Steve Rauch faces felony charges in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court of illegal open dumping of solid wastes and illegal operation of a solid waste facility without a license.
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Prominent Dayton businessman’s firm indicted on dumping charge

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Rauch Trucking Co. Inc. was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury, court records show.

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The trucking company “did unlawfully and recklessly dispose of solid waste by open dumping” in 2016 on land at 4000 Hydraulic Drive owned by the city of West Carrollton, according to the indictment filed today.

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The indictment was signed by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, records indicate. The Dayton trucking company is set to appear Aug. 20, court records show.

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Steve Rauch was indicted in 2018 on counts of open dumping and burning, and operating a solid waste facility without a license. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Federal investigators have subpoenaed records about his business dealings with the city of Dayton as part of a separate public corruption case. He hasn’t been charged in the federal corruption investigation.

Rauch, 64, incorporated his business in 1976 with $500 in capital, according to state records. He now personally owns property and buildings — more than 800 acres — in Montgomery County valued at $3.99-million, according to county auditor records. He owns a cattle farm in Jefferson Twp. and in 2015 bought his Germantown home for $739,500.

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