I-Team: Watching Your Tax Dollars

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This undated image provided by the US Air Force shows avionics specialists preparing a Global Hawk for a runway taxi test at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. The high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial reconnaissance system is designed to provide military field commanders with high resolution, near-real-time imagery of large geographic areas. (AP photo/US Air Force photo - Stacey Knott)

Report, requested in 2011, blames Air Force for drone cost overruns

It took only three-and-a-half years for the Department of Defense to respond to an I-Team Freedom of Information Act request for a report on cost overruns and oversight problems in the Global Hawk drone program, which is managed through Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.Among the DOD Inspector General’s findings: The program ...

This motel on U.S. 35 West logged 39 health violations since 2009, ranking second in Montgomery County.

Hotel nightmares

From Interstate 75 in Harrison Twp. travelers can spot the sign for the Liberty Motel and an inviting price: $29.95. What they can’t see — at least from the outside — are the bed bugs, broken toilets and assorted other problems health and fire inspectors have repeatedly encountered there in ...

Priest had huge tax debts

The Huber Heights priest who resigned amid a police investigation into financial irregularities at his church accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal debt from unpaid taxes and court judgments on property he owned and businesses he operated during his 23 years as pastor, a Dayton Daily News investigation ...

Impact of county veterans board shakeup hard to gauge

Vietnam veteran Bobby Barnett only turned to the Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission for money as a last resort.When he couldn’t make rent for his Dayton home shortly before Christmas, he first went to his bank for a loan. They turned him down. He then borrowed $400 from a payday ...

Administrator reverses course, stays at OSU

In a surprise reversal, Ohio State University announced that it struck a deal to keep Chief Financial Officer Geoff Chatas, who just last month said that he was leaving to work for the international asset management company that OSU hired to operate its 35,000 parking spaces. Ohio State said late ...

Ohio State University Chief Financial Officer Geoff Chatas.

OSU administrator exits to big payday

A top Ohio State University administrator who was once described as being responsible for creating “a new model of financing universities” will leave the school in May with a check for $1.08 million — deferred earnings he is entitled to under his contract because he stayed in the job for ...

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County has too many members on veterans board

A careful reading of state law may lead to the sudden ouster of several members of the board that oversees aid to veterans in Montgomery County.Montgomery County Veterans Service Commission members on the bubble include board president Dave Fierst, who calls the move a power-grab by a newly appointed boardmember.”This ...

State: Tax ID quiz stopped fraudulent returns

About 1.5 million people had to take the Ohio Department of Taxation’s identity confirmation quiz this tax season, and the agency says the series of questions helped weed out many fraudulent refund requests. Deborah Smith, Income Tax Division administrator, said it may be several months before she has a firm ...

WSU paid $1M for president in 2014

Wright State University spent more than $1 million to compensate president David Hopkins last year, or the equivalent of the full-time tuition of more than 119 undergraduate students, an I-Team investigation found. This is because of provisions in his contract that spiked his pay last year — and will again ...

Melissa Cantrell, a registered nurse with Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County, administers routine immunizations for school to Amandeep Chahal (right) and his brother Harpreet, both juniors at Wayne High School. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Epidemic fears follow parents’ refusal to vaccinate

Enough parents are refusing to have their children vaccinated in some area school districts that health officials worry it puts those communities at risk. The I-Team found that nearly 30 percent of Yellow Springs kindergartners came to school without their required shots because their parents opposed the vaccines.   That ...

Lessons from unvaccinated Amish: ‘I wanted to die’

Coming Sunday: Find out how many kids at area schools are foregoing vaccines. —-An I-Team analysis of Ohio school vaccination data found that the schools with the highest rates of unvaccinated children tend to be in the Amish community, especially in Holmes County.But some schools in southwest Ohio are not ...

I-Team sheds light on vaccination rates

Coming Sunday: Find out how many kids are foregoing vaccines at area schools. —-Every school in Ohio is required to report vaccine data on kindergartners, seventh-graders and new students to the Ohio Department of Health every October. But the data is not shared with the public or even local health ...

Wait times still problem for VA

Thousands of area veterans waited more than a month for medical care since last summer, while wait times at VA facilities nationwide have stagnated despite a $16 billion infusion of federal funds intended to expedite care for those who have served in the military. This is according to an I-Team/Associated ...

David Collins, shown in December 2014, looks at his 2013 calendar, where he documented when went to the VA with bladder problems. It took months for the VA to schedule a ultrasound, then months more for them to treat his tumors once they were found. Collins died March 1. His family is suing the VA. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Vet featured in December story on wait times dies of cancer

Coming Thursday: Congress budgeted billions of dollars last year to address concerns about how long veterans were waiting for medical care. The I-Team investigates whether wait times have improved at VA hospitals and clinics across southwest Ohio. —- Vietnam veteran David Collins succumbed to cancer in March after his claims ...

Bill Sollenderger, a Navy veteran from Dayton, ask a question about his drug prescriptions during a Veteran Listening Session moderated by Glenn Costie, CEO/Medical Center Director for the VA Healthcare System of Ohio, held at the Middletown Area Senior Citizens Center, Tuesday, Mar. 24, 2015. This is the third in a series of quarterly Veteran listening sessions for the Dayton VA Medical Center that give veterans, family members and other members of the community an opportunity to share any feedback, questions, or concerns regarding VA leadership. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Report: VA facilities fall short in treatment for alcoholism

Patients found by area VA medical centers to have possible drinking problems often received little or no follow-up assessment or treatment, according to a report released this week by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General. The report also looked at how long veterans waited for appointments with ...

Dayton Correctional Institution is located on Germantown Pike in Dayton. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF

Three more workers fired at Dayton prison

Three Dayton Correctional Institution employees have been fired since January for inappropriate relationships with inmates, including the man whose job was to investigate wrongdoing by prison guards, according to records obtained by the I-Team. This brings to seven the number of DCI workers who have lost their jobs for getting ...

Payroll Project: 11 more public employees top $100K

The I-Team continues to research how much public employees are paid at area governments as part of our Payroll Project.Since our original investigation ran — including pay information and pointing out payroll anomalies from 19 area counties, cities and townships — we have added a few to the list.This includes ...

Charter school troubles

Six felony chargesBoardmembers, superintendents, treasurers and a vendor for a charter school that closed in 2010 have all since been named in criminal charges or audit findings.Trial is still pending for the two boardmembers and superintendent from Arise Academy charged in federal court with taking bribes and kickbacks from a ...

Investigations focus on time off, free OSU tickets, missing fuel

A controversial “incentive pay” policy and long-awaited closure in Ohio’s Coingate scandal highlight two of the 90 completed investigations into wrongdoings recently listed in the Ohio Inspector General’s 2014 annual report.At year’s end, the OIG received 363 complaints of wrongdoing in 2014. Read up on the agency’s findings while you ...

Civilian dispatcher Denise Steele works at the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.Capt. Matt Haines, commander of the dispatch center, said strict training requirements and high turnover feed unavoidably steep overtime costs for his office. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Rush hour at dispatch center shows public employees’ value

“911. What’s the address of your emergency?” Mike Rhodes asks calmly. It’s Friday afternoon, rush hour at the Montgomery County Emergency Dispatch Center. The room is perched atop the Mound in Miamisburg, though the people working there are robbed of the view by blinds drawn tight to keep the light ...

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