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The complicated history of Dayton man charged in corruption investigation
 One of the four Dayton men indicted in a federal corruption investigation has a history that includes a fire-bombed car, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes and debt, numerous lawsuits and judgments against him, and public contracts that made his companies millions of dollars transporting dead bodies. In an ongoing effort to...

Posted: 12 days ago

One of the four Dayton men indicted in a federal corruption investigation has a history that includes a fire-bombed car, hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes and debt, numerous lawsuits and judgments against him, and public contracts that made his companies millions of dollars transporting dead bodies. In an ongoing effort to...
Dayton school district rethinks plan to bus thousands of students
 Plans to create designated bus routes to get thousands of Dayton high-schoolers to class — which the board of education president identified as the district’s No. 1 priority — are on hold after school officials said they are reconsidering. That’s according to emails between Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority...

Posted: 29 days ago

Plans to create designated bus routes to get thousands of Dayton high-schoolers to class — which the board of education president identified as the district’s No. 1 priority — are on hold after school officials said they are reconsidering. That’s according to emails between Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority...
Dayton, Montgomery County at odds over water
 Montgomery County’s decision to do independent testing of the drinking water it buys from the city of Dayton came out of a growing concern over a lack of communication, according to County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. On Friday, the county announced its new testing process despite also stating there is no immediate threat to the water...

1:43 PM Monday, Jun. 17, 2019

Montgomery County’s decision to do independent testing of the drinking water it buys from the city of Dayton came out of a growing concern over a lack of communication, according to County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman. On Friday, the county announced its new testing process despite also stating there is no immediate threat to the water...
County expresses concern about region’s drinking water quality
 Montgomery County officials released a statement just before 5 p.m. Friday expressing concern about the quality of the region’s drinking water.  The statement said there is no immediate threat but raised concerns about the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination in the city of Dayton’s water supply. PFAS can...

9:35 PM Friday, Jun. 14, 2019

Montgomery County officials released a statement just before 5 p.m. Friday expressing concern about the quality of the region’s drinking water.  The statement said there is no immediate threat but raised concerns about the impact of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) contamination in the city of Dayton’s water supply. PFAS can...
Dayton teachers to get raises; top pay of $84k still below other districts
 *** As part of its recently approved spending plan, the Dayton Public Schools board signed off on a “salary adjustment for teachers” that will cost the district an extra $4.5 million per year. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said it is aimed at making salaries more competitive with other districts to help Dayton schools recruit...

6:51 PM Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

*** As part of its recently approved spending plan, the Dayton Public Schools board signed off on a “salary adjustment for teachers” that will cost the district an extra $4.5 million per year. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said it is aimed at making salaries more competitive with other districts to help Dayton schools recruit...
Dayton schools hiring 10 new mental health specialists to assist students with trauma, behavioral issues
 *** A comprehensive spending plan recently approved by the Dayton Public Schools board includes spending $882,000 a year to hire 10 new behavioral/mental health specialists to place in schools across the district. The dollar amount is based on a $65,000 starting salary plus benefits. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the new employees...

6:47 PM Monday, Jun. 10, 2019

*** A comprehensive spending plan recently approved by the Dayton Public Schools board includes spending $882,000 a year to hire 10 new behavioral/mental health specialists to place in schools across the district. The dollar amount is based on a $65,000 starting salary plus benefits. DPS Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the new employees...
How Steve Rauch grew $500 into multimillion-dollar demo contracts
 Steve Rauch — the long-time go-to contractor who has torn down hundreds of buildings in the region, many paid for with millions of tax dollars — started his business with $500 in capital. Rauch now faces state criminal charges in an environmental case and federal investigators have subpoenaed records about his business dealings...

9:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 09, 2019

Steve Rauch — the long-time go-to contractor who has torn down hundreds of buildings in the region, many paid for with millions of tax dollars — started his business with $500 in capital. Rauch now faces state criminal charges in an environmental case and federal investigators have subpoenaed records about his business dealings...
Dayton schools to spend $60 million on core problems
 With the possibility of state takeover looming, the Dayton Public Schools board of education has unveiled a plan to spend more than $60 million over the next three years in an all-out effort to improve student performance. The plan is aimed at what school leaders say are its most pressing needs: - Bringing back high school busing to improve...

4:01 AM Sunday, Jun. 09, 2019

With the possibility of state takeover looming, the Dayton Public Schools board of education has unveiled a plan to spend more than $60 million over the next three years in an all-out effort to improve student performance. The plan is aimed at what school leaders say are its most pressing needs: - Bringing back high school busing to improve...
How CityWide was caught up in federal corruption investigation
 Federal prosecutors allege former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams used the nonprofit CityWide Development — along with the city itself — to steer contracts in exchange for bribes they say he took. It’s unclear at this point in the investigation how he could have done this or what contracts might have been involved...

4:00 AM Sunday, Jun. 02, 2019

Federal prosecutors allege former Dayton city commissioner Joey Williams used the nonprofit CityWide Development — along with the city itself — to steer contracts in exchange for bribes they say he took. It’s unclear at this point in the investigation how he could have done this or what contracts might have been involved...
Community-by-community assessment of tornado damage: What they are saying
 The Dayton Daily News surveyed area communities to get their assessment of damage following 15 tornadoes that hit the region on Memorial Day. Below is what they said about their communities: (THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) How many houses/businesses damaged: Homes: 300 heavily damaged; 200 moderately damaged; 350 light damage. Apartment...

5:15 PM Saturday, Jun. 01, 2019

The Dayton Daily News surveyed area communities to get their assessment of damage following 15 tornadoes that hit the region on Memorial Day. Below is what they said about their communities: (THIS LIST IS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER) How many houses/businesses damaged: Homes: 300 heavily damaged; 200 moderately damaged; 350 light damage. Apartment...
Butler County aids Miami Valley in aftermath of 3 devastating tornadoes
 Miami Valley residents continue to tally the damage wrought by Memorial Day storms and three twisters, and Butler County is one of many communities assisting in relief and recovery efforts. The Butler County Emergency Management Agency sent a team around midnight Tuesday to help with the aftermath of tornadoes that blew through the Dayton...

11:00 AM Wednesday, May. 29, 2019

Miami Valley residents continue to tally the damage wrought by Memorial Day storms and three twisters, and Butler County is one of many communities assisting in relief and recovery efforts. The Butler County Emergency Management Agency sent a team around midnight Tuesday to help with the aftermath of tornadoes that blew through the Dayton...
Tales from the storms: ‘Our whole house is ruined’
 Each of the tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley late on Memorial Day whirled with winds of more than 136 mph and harnessed the power to obliterate a well-built home or toss a car. Area residents today continue to tally the damage wrought by these twisters and the storm that produced them. Sunrise Tuesday revealed hundreds of damaged homes...

5:00 AM Wednesday, May. 29, 2019

Each of the tornadoes that struck the Miami Valley late on Memorial Day whirled with winds of more than 136 mph and harnessed the power to obliterate a well-built home or toss a car. Area residents today continue to tally the damage wrought by these twisters and the storm that produced them. Sunrise Tuesday revealed hundreds of damaged homes...
Power restored to Children’s Hospital; surgeries, appointments to resume as normal
 Surgeries and outpatient visits at Dayton Children’s Hospital scheduled for Wednesday will proceed as normal, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The only exceptions are appointments with Dayton Children’s Pediatrics in the Child Health Pavilion at 1010 Valley St. Those appointments are canceled because the building is still...

3:16 PM Tuesday, May. 28, 2019

Surgeries and outpatient visits at Dayton Children’s Hospital scheduled for Wednesday will proceed as normal, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The only exceptions are appointments with Dayton Children’s Pediatrics in the Child Health Pavilion at 1010 Valley St. Those appointments are canceled because the building is still...
These documents reveal what feds are looking at in Dayton-area probe
 City of Dayton records obtained by the Dayton Daily News shed light on a former Trotwood mayor’s trucking company, a prominent demolition and landfill business, and a federal housing program that all have come under the microscope of federal investigators. The records were subpoenaed by federal investigators amid an ongoing investigation...

9:00 AM Sunday, May. 26, 2019

City of Dayton records obtained by the Dayton Daily News shed light on a former Trotwood mayor’s trucking company, a prominent demolition and landfill business, and a federal housing program that all have come under the microscope of federal investigators. The records were subpoenaed by federal investigators amid an ongoing investigation...
Feds seek Kettering city records amid corruption investigation
 Federal prosecutors commanded the city of Kettering to turn over records pertaining to the city’s use of some U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds, according to a subpoena obtained Wednesday by the Dayton Daily News. The Oct. 26, 2018, subpoena came a month before another one was sent to the city of Dayton seeking similar records...

8:43 PM Wednesday, May. 22, 2019

Federal prosecutors commanded the city of Kettering to turn over records pertaining to the city’s use of some U.S. Housing and Urban Development funds, according to a subpoena obtained Wednesday by the Dayton Daily News. The Oct. 26, 2018, subpoena came a month before another one was sent to the city of Dayton seeking similar records...
What we know now: Latest on federal investigation in Dayton
 On Monday, the Dayton Daily News got the first look at two subpoenas federal investigators sent the city of Dayton amid an investigation of what FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Deters called “a culture of corruption in Dayton-area politics.” The new documents show that federal investigators sought records related...

3:12 PM Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

On Monday, the Dayton Daily News got the first look at two subpoenas federal investigators sent the city of Dayton amid an investigation of what FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Deters called “a culture of corruption in Dayton-area politics.” The new documents show that federal investigators sought records related...
Federal subpoenas show reach of FBI case in Dayton
 Two federal grand jury subpoenas from an FBI investigation into the Dayton area show investigators have sought records related to demolition contractor Steve Rauch and his businesses, former Trotwood mayor Joyce Cameron and her trucking firm, a former Dayton planning official and an initiative called the Dayton/Kettering Consortium. The Dayton...

12:20 AM Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

Two federal grand jury subpoenas from an FBI investigation into the Dayton area show investigators have sought records related to demolition contractor Steve Rauch and his businesses, former Trotwood mayor Joyce Cameron and her trucking firm, a former Dayton planning official and an initiative called the Dayton/Kettering Consortium. The Dayton...
New details: Federal subpoenas show extensive reach of FBI case in Dayton
 Two federal grand jury subpoenas from an FBI investigation into the Dayton area show investigators have sought records related to demolition contractor Steve Rauch and his businesses, former Trotwood Mayor Joyce Cameron and her trucking firm, a former Dayton planning official and an initiative called the Dayton/Kettering Consortium. The Dayton...

9:57 PM Monday, May. 20, 2019

Two federal grand jury subpoenas from an FBI investigation into the Dayton area show investigators have sought records related to demolition contractor Steve Rauch and his businesses, former Trotwood Mayor Joyce Cameron and her trucking firm, a former Dayton planning official and an initiative called the Dayton/Kettering Consortium. The Dayton...
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