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Powerball jackpot grows to whopping $510 million

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:01

ORLANDO, FL (AP) — There was no winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday, Aug. 16, so the jackpot will grow to $510 million.

The next Powerball jackpot drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the Powerball game were: 09-15-43-60-64, Powerball: 4, Power Play: 3. The estimated jackpot for the drawing was $430 million.

One ticket was sold that is worth $1 million. The ticket had five winning numbers.

Six tickets were sold that are worth $50,000. These tickets had four out of five winning numbers and the Powerball number.

See the rest of the payouts below as provided by the Florida Lottery.

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5 more officials could lose licenses in school data scandal

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show five more administrators in an Ohio school district could lose their state educator licenses in connection with an investigation that found student data was falsified to improve district performance ratings.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Department of Education sent the letters Aug. 8 to the Columbus City Schools principals suspected of falsifying data. They have 30 days to request a hearing.

School district spokesman Scott Varner says the district won’t enact further penalties pending the outcome of the hearings.

The Columbus school board president declined to comment.

Ohio’s state auditor previously found the district “scrubbed” some students who hadn’t left school from attendance rolls to make the district’s performance appear better on its state report cards.

The latest notices accuse administrators of misconduct during the 2010-11 year.

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When solar eclipse mania gripped Dayton — in 1918 - MyDaytonDailyNews

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:54

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Prosecutor cites stepson’s death; pushes for drug program

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:53

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor whose stepson died from a drug overdose a year ago is now asking county leaders to put money into a program to help addicts get into treatment more quickly.

Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson says his stepson died in 2016 despite going through a recovery program. The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green reports Dobson asked this week for the northwest Ohio county to fund a coordinator for a new quick-response program to help fight opioid addiction. The prosecutor’s office also is applying for an Ohio Attorney General’s grant that will pay $77,000 for a Wood County Sheriff’s Office deputy to work with the program. Dobson says he wasn’t placed in the office to follow his own needs, but programs like this are in the interest of the public.

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DEA “360 Program” launching in Dayton - WDTN

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:35

WDTNDEA “360 Program” launching in DaytonWDTNOther people expected to appear at Thursday's announcement include Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and officials from the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton, as ...and more »

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DEA “360 Program” launching in Dayton

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:35

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new program is coming to Dayton, aimed at battling the opioid epidemic.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency is using Dayton as a testing ground for its “360 Degree Strategy”.

The DEA will roll out the three-tiered strategy at the Boys & Girls Club on W. Stewart Street on Thursday morning.

The national strategy emphasizes prevention, treatment and recovery, and collaboration with law enforcement.

It’s meant to tackle the issue from all sides by cracking down on drug traffickers, raising awareness about over prescribing painkillers and building drug-free communities.

In 2016, four other cities began rolling out the strategy, including Louisville and Pittsburgh.

DEA agents say it’s too early to gauge the program’s success, but those cities are already seeing progress.

On Thursday, a DEA special agent will give more details about Dayton’s involvement in the program.

Montgomery County has been called ground zero in the opioid crisis.

 

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Hidden camera discovered in council chambers riles members

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:32

BELLAIRE, Ohio (AP) — A hidden camera in the chambers of an Ohio village council has riled some of the members who discovered it, but village officials say it’s there for security, not spying.

Bellaire Village Councilman Dan Brown says council members were unaware of the camera until they began searching for the source of leaks about nonpublic meetings and found a receipt for a video surveillance clock. Brown says the receipt bore the name of Village Administrator Scott Porter.

But Porter told WTOV-TV that the camera is there to monitor the council’s audience and the entry to the chambers as a security measure. He says it doesn’t record audio.

Brown says he wants the device removed and would have it destroyed if it weren’t paid for by taxpayers.

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Springfield holds rally in response to Charlottesville attack

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — A local community is standing in solidarity against hate groups, four days after a man plows his car through a crowd in Virginia, killing one and injuring several others. The vigil also comes in the wake of harsh criticism facing President Trump over his response to the violence.

A few hundred people gathered at the fountain in downtown Springfield, to call out groups like the KKK and white supremacists, but more importantly to bring members of the community together. At one point, everyone in the crowd joined hands as to show that Springfield doesn’t tolerate what happened in Charlottesville.

A community embracing all colors and warning those who don’t to stay away.

“There is no room in our city for you,” NAACP Chapter Springfield Denise Williams said. “There’s no room for you.”

4 days after police say 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car through a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I couldn’t believe that was happening,” Williams said. “I couldn’t believe when I saw the torches and how they were marching through the streets that just brought back painful memories.”

That’s why Williams and other community members organized Wednesday’s rally, calling for President Trump to be swift in condemning the violence.

“I need him to call them out by name,” Williams said. “I challenge him to say Duke I rebook you. You don’t speak for me you don’t March for me as matter fact take off my hat.”

Wednesday, President Trump blamed both sides for the attack.

“I need about the contact the national NAACP,” Williams said. “I need him to sit down with the black caucus and I need him to address this at the local NAACP around the country.”

Going forward, Williams says Springfield is a strong community it won’t tolerate the hate.

“We are not a divided city,” Williams said. “We are one and we all believe the same.”

Several police officers and OSP troopers were at the vigil to protect people from an similar attacks like what happened.

 

 

 

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The Latest: Peaceful candlelight vigil moves through campus

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:46

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for the woman killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally (all times local):

10 p.m.

Hundreds of people have gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.

Marchers Wednesday peacefully assembled in the same place where hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists marched Friday, when several fights broke out. That was followed Saturday by clashes between rally attendees and those protesting them in the city’s streets.

Video feeds show the group moving slowly through campus Wednesday night before singing several spirituals and observing a moment of silence for the three lives lost during Saturday’s violence.

A memorial had been held earlier in the day for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by a car as she protested the rally. Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter, which was monitoring the rally.

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9:15 p.m.

Thousands of people rallying against white supremacists have marched through the streets of downtown Philadelphia.

Wednesday’s event was called the Philly is Charlottesville March and Rally. The name is a reference to Charlottesville, Virginia, where a rally of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis over the weekend led to violent confrontations with counterprotesters and the death of a woman when a car rammed the crowd.

Organizers say they have to “boldly rebuke all forms of bigotry.”

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6:20 p.m.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s changing his mind on the need to remove Confederate statues in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

McAuliffe released a statement Wednesday saying monuments of Confederate leaders have become “flashpoints for hatred, division and violence.” He’s encouraging local governments and General Assembly to take down those monuments and put them in museums.

McAuliffe had previously said he did not think the monuments needed to be removed. He joins a growing number of elected officials who have called for Confederate monuments to be removed after the violent events in Charlottesville, where white supremacists rallied against the city’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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5:40 p.m.

In the wake of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, says his city should consider removing or relocating its Confederate statues.

Mayor Levar Stoney’s announcement Wednesday is a reversal from a position he took earlier this year. In June, he said he thought the monuments should stay but have context added about what they represent and why they were built.

He appointed a commission to study how to do that and seek public input.

Stoney’s statement Wednesday says that effective immediately, the commission will begin considering “the removal and/or relocation of some or all” of the statues.

Richmond served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and has five soaring Confederate monuments along a historic, prominent boulevard.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions has condemned the violent protest in Charlottesville but did not directly address President Donald Trump’s latest remarks showing sympathy for some of the demonstrators.

“In no way, we can accept or apologize for racism bigotry and violence and those kinds of things that too often arise in our country,” Sessions said at a Wednesday event in the Port of Miami.

Sessions said the FBI was moving aggressively to investigate the protests where one woman died when a car rammed into a crowd of people demonstrating against a white nationalist rally. He mistakenly referred to Charlottesville as Charlotte and did not call groups like white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazis by name.

Trump has been attacked by high-profile Republican party members for saying there were “fine people” on both sides of the protests.

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4:45 p.m.

The FBI says it has set up a tip line for the public to submit photos, videos and other information regarding the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

The FBI said Wednesday that it was setting up the tip line due to the volume of information already coming in from the public.

The Department of Justice announced earlier this week that it was opening a civil rights investigation into Saturday’s rally, in which one woman was killed after a car plowed into a group of people protesting the rally.

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3:45 p.m.

A neo-Nazi website’s publisher says he he’s “effectively been completely banned from the internet” after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Andrew Anglin told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday that he is “figuring out the next step” after four domain registrars refused to service his site, The Daily Stormer, which is named after a Nazi propagandist newspaper.

GoDaddy and Google said earlier that the site violated their terms of service after Anglin mocked victim Heather Heyer and lauding her alleged killer, James Alex Fields Jr., as a “player.”

After briefly reappearing under a Russian domain name, the site was again offline Wednesday afternoon.

Anglin also said by email that San Francisco-based Cloudflare Inc., a company that protects websites from denial of service attacks, had dropped him as a customer.

A Cloudflare spokeswoman did not immediately confirm that account.

1:30 p.m.

The white supremacist website that demonized the woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has found a new home: Russia.

The Daily Stormer, a site that takes its name from the Nazi propaganda newspaper Der Stürmer, reappeared early Monday with a new domain name ending in “.ru.” Access was sporadic.

The site has mocked Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a man rammed his car into a crowd of demonstrators Saturday.

The Daily Stormer website continued to receive performance and security services from San Francisco-based Cloudflare Inc.

A Cloudflare statement said the company is cooperating with law enforcement. It called some of the content on Cloudfare’s network “repugnant,” but said withdrawing its services would not remove the website from the internet, just make it slower and more vulnerable to attack.

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Noon

The mother of the young woman who lost her life during violent weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, says the way to truly honor Heather Heyer is to “make a difference in the world.”

Susan Bro urged about 1,000 mourners gathered inside the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday to “find in your heart that small spark of accountability.”

“You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would have done and you make it happen.”

“You take that extra step and you find a way to make a difference in the world!”

Bro said Heather’s participation in the protests against white nationalists was “not the end of her legacy.”

“It was just the beginning of Heather’s legacy.”

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11:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time about Heather Heyer, the young woman who lost her life over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump says the 32-year-old Heyer was “beautiful and incredible” and a “truly special young woman.” He says “she will be long remembered by all!”

A memorial service was taking place Wednesday in Charlottesville for Heyer, who was killed Saturday in Charlottesville during violent clashes between white nationalists protesting the pending removal of a Confederate statue and counter-demonstrators. Heyer was killed when a car rammed into the counter-protesters.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he planned to reach out to Heyer’s family. The White House did not respond to questions Wednesday about whether Trump has contacted the family.

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11:30 a.m.

The grandfather of a woman who was killed in violent protests in Charlottesville says she always wanted fairness, even from a young age.

Elwood Shrader said Wednesday at a memorial service for Heather Heyer that Heather showed her passion for equality at an early age and swiftly called out something that wasn’t right.

He says she wanted respect for everyone and believed “all lives matter,” a reference to the “Black Lives Matter” slogan that arose after several black men were killed following encounters with police.

Heyer’s father, Mark Heyer, told the approximately 1,000 people attending the memorial that Heather wanted to “put down hate.”

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11:30 a.m.

Dozens of people have gathered in downtown Charlottesville outside a memorial service to the woman who was killed while protesting white nationalists, but there was no sign of any of the nationalists themselves, despite their pledge to attend.

Residents with young children, clergy members in robes and people walking their dogs were among those seen around the mall, where Virginia state police troopers were posted.

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10:50 a.m.

Inside the theater where mourners are gathering for a memorial service, a slide show is playing on a large screen showing a variety of photos of Heather Heyer smiling with friends.

The 32-year-old was killed over the weekend during a protest in Virginia that turned violent.

Outside, the theater’s marquee carried the message “C’Ville Strong,” a reference to Charlottesville where the rally took place on Saturday.

The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

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10:10 a.m.

People are lining up at a historic theater to attend a memorial service for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed over the weekend during a protest in Virginia that turned violent.

The line started forming more than 90 minutes on Wednesday before the service at the Paramount theater in Charlottesville.

About a half dozen police stood in front of the theater. Other officers stood in front of shops across a brick promenade.

Outside the theater, several people who came to show support for Heyer brought shields with purple covers. Purple was Heyer’s favorite color. They stood quietly, with helmets wrapped in pink with a heart drawn on them and baseball bats.

The scene outside the theater was quiet about an hour before the service was expected to start. Someone played a saxophone. One of the tunes was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The theater, which seats roughly 1,000 people, is a short walk away from the street where a man plowed into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Saturday. The crash killed Heyer and injured 19.

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3:25 a.m.

Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally.

A memorial service for Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer’s favorite color, in her memory.

The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant. Heyer’s mother described her daughter as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality.

The man accused of driving the car that slammed into the crowd has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said this week that his department is working with Heyer’s family to ensure the safety of those at vigils and other memorials.

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Escaped Montgomery Co. inmate found in Ohio - WKYT - WKYT

Local News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 04:15

WKYTEscaped Montgomery Co. inmate found in Ohio - WKYTWKYTThe Montgomery County sheriff tells WKYT that Wesley Davis was arrested around 1:30 Thursday morning in Lawrence County, Ohio. He says Davis stole a car ...Missing Montgomery Co. Inmate Caught In Ohio - LEX18.com ...LEX18 Lexington KY Newsall 3 news articles »

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Woman killed in Springfield crash identified

WDTN News - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 04:11

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The woman killed in a crash in Springfield on Wednesday night has been identified.

Springfield Police say the woman killed was 41-year-old Elizabeth Brightman from Columbus.

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday night on U.S. 40 near Titus Road.

The car that hit and killed a woman on U.S. 40 in Springfield. Police say Brightman parked her car on the side of the road and they believe the flashers on her car were turned on. As she was getting out of her car, another car swerved and hit her. Investigators aren’t sure why Brightman was parked on that stretch of U.S. 40. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car that hit Brightman stopped and cooperated with authorities. The 23-year-old woman consented to a drug test and alcohol test. Police say they do not believe these were a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Operation Football preview: Marion Local Flyers

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:42

MARIA STEIN (WDTN) – After winning state championships in 5 of the last 6 seasons, including last years D-VI title, Marion Local is young, but maintains the same expectations.

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Do companies have the right to fire Charlottesville protester

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:27

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A South Carolina man was fired after a photo showed him standing next to suspected killer James Alex Fields at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.  Sparking questions about freedom of speech.

Social media users are coming together to expose Charlottesville white nationalist protester by creating controversial pages to make sure employers, friends, and neighbors know their names.

According to Employment attorney Jeffrey Silverstein, Ohio is an “at will employment” state.  Giving employers the right to fire anyone for any reason, so long as it’s not based on age, gender, races, religion and other protected classes.  He goes on to say having a contract or collective bargaining agreement is in place could also provide some job security.

“You have a right to free speech and that’s under the First Amendment.  People mistakenly assume they have a right to free speech when it comes to their employers and they don’t.  Free speech is based upon government interference with your speech but a private corporation is not the government,” Silverstein said.

When asked would this be the case if someone attended a Black Lives Matter or Pride rally he said it’s not the same, because of discrimination protections.

“If you speak publicly in a way or ideologically in the way that your employer feels brings negative perceptions about your business and you are associated with that business, I think they have a right to fire you, because you are sending a bad example,” Silverstein said.

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Montgomery County officials share the latest on the opioid epidemic - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:22

WRGT TV Fox 45Montgomery County officials share the latest on the opioid epidemicWRGT TV Fox 45MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The Montgomery County Drug Free Coalition and the sheriff's office shared the latest on the opioid epidemic with residents Wednesday night. An opioid forum put on by the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist ...and more »

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Operation Football preview: Twin Valley South Panthers

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:37

WEST ALEXANDRIA (WDTN) – Clint Bartlett enters his second year at Twin Valley South looking to lead the Panthers to a winning season.

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Dragons blast 3 home runs in 7-0 win over Whitecaps

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:26

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons belted three home runs and four Dragons pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as Dayton defeated West Michigan 7-0 on Wednesday night.  The Dragons have won two-of-three so far in the four-game series that concludes on Thursday.

Taylor Trammell, Hector Vargas, and Cassidy Brown each connected on home runs and the Dragons collected 11 hits, their most in a game since July 20.

Meanwhile, Scott Moss, Joel Kuhnel, Aaron Fossas, and Carlos Machorro combined to keep the Whitecaps off the board.  It was the Dragons first shutout win since June 28 at West Michigan.

The Dragons took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jose Siri reached on a bunt single and Trammell connected on a home run to left-center field.  The homer was Trammell’s second in the last two nights and his 11th of the year.

In the bottom of the fourth, Vargas led off with his sixth home run of the season to make it 3-0.  One batter later, Malik Collymore doubled to center, went to third on an error, and scored on Michael Beltre’s single to right to make it 4-0.

One inning later, Brown blasted a three-run home run to left field to extend the Dragons lead to 7-0.  It was Brown’s third homer of the year.

Moss (12-6), the Dragons starting pitcher, fired five shutout innings to earn the win and move into a tie for the league lead in victories.  He allowed three hits with two walks and five strikeouts as he increased his league-leading total to 140.  Kuhnel worked two innings, Fossas tossed the eighth, and Machorro pitched the ninth.

Up Next:  The Dragons (16-36, 57-65) close out the series against West Michigan (36-15, 81-37) at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night at 7:00.  Tony Santillan (6-7, 3.64) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Anthony Castro (9-4, 2.70).  The Dragons will try to hand West Michigan their first series loss of the second half.

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Operation Football preview: Piqua Indians

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:19

PIQUA (WDTN) – After missing out on the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion last year, the Piqua Indians are highly motivated to get the postseason in 2017.

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Operation Football preview: Troy Trojans

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:05

TROY (WDTN) – The Troy Trojans are looking to build off last year’s playoff run.  Watch the preview!

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City removes historical monument from Right-of-Way

WDTN News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:01

FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – A monument dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy was removed overnight.

The City of Franklin removed the monument and landmark because they say a recent review showed the marker to be in the right-of-way for Dixie Highway.

The City said the monument is intact.

The Robert E. Lee Dixie Highway Monument was built in 1927 and has been a landmark for over six decades.

City officials also said they did not know the monument was is in the city’s Right of Way, which means an object in “right of ways must remain clear to avoid the creation of a public safety hazard.”

According to a press release, the city gave the following statement:

“Shortly after Franklin Township officials announced earlier today that the monument would remain; the city was notified that a review of the site indicates that the monument is located within the city’s Right of Way for Dixie Highway. Dixie Highway was a court appointment annexation that occurred in the mid 1990’s, placing the roadway exclusively within the municipality of Franklin. This land, and the monument itself, was in Franklin Township’s control for six decades.”

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'Major crackdown' on impaired driving in Montgomery County | WRGT - WRGT TV Fox 45

Local News - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 19:32

WRGT TV Fox 45'Major crackdown' on impaired driving in Montgomery County | WRGTWRGT TV Fox 45MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – The Montgomery County OVI Task Force announced that a major crackdown on impaired driving kicked off ...and more »

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