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Marriott finishes $21 million renovations

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 18:13

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Renovations of a hotel near a local college finished Monday.

This information comes from our partners at the Dayton Business Journal.

General Manager of the hotel, Ben Haller, says the Marriott at the University of Dayton has wrapped up a $21 million renovation that has meant a revamp for its facilities.

This hotel has 399 rooms, which makes it the largest hotel in the Dayton region. Hotel managers hope the new hotel will bring in more people for big events and dining destination. The hotel has big event spaces for meetings and conferences.

Announced in late 2015, the renovation expanded from a $15.5 million job. This was only a year after Concord Hospitality and University of Dayton purchased it for $18.5 million.

The hotel at 1414 S. Patterson Blvd. was built in 1982 and last remodeled in 2008.

Its role in the community has changed in those years, Haller said. While its rooms business was hurt in the late 2000s with the departure of NCR Corp. and other names, it then began to invest in larger event spaces to bring in networking, weddings and social events. That in turn drove more demand for in-house food preparation beyond what was offered to guests.

The renovation completes that shift, Haller said. Now it will have its own restaurant, Dewberry 1850, which features locally-produced ingredients in its food and has more of an open feel, evoking modern house construction, and matching the larger and more open feel in the hotel rooms after the upgrade.

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Sinclair Community College to buy new property - WDTN

Local News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:03


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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A local college plans to develop buildings at a new location in Montgomery County. College officials say the new buildings will help serve Montgomery County students. Sinclair Community College plans to buy land at the 5800 block ...

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Sinclair Community College to buy new property

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:02

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A local college plans to develop buildings at a new location in Montgomery County.

College officials say the new buildings will help serve Montgomery County students.

Sinclair Community College plans to buy land at the 5800 block of Clyo Road.

The property is located near the Far Hills Church.

The college and the church are creating a plan that will lead the two to a final purchase and agreement sale.

Some project details are still in the works.

 

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VIDEO: Dump truck driver lost control on I-675

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:23

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio Department of Transportation released video Tuesday of the dump truck loaded with gravel that lost control and crashed on the highway, blocking a busy interstate ramp for several hours on Monday.

(WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

“The dump truck came across the median and onto the ramp and stuck another vehicle, causing the truck to turn on its side,” Deputy Chief Mercs said.

Crews had to remove spilled gravel from the highway and the I-675 ramp at Indian Ripple.

Officials say the dump truck hit a pickup truck and both drivers were taken to the hospital.

Deputy Chief Mercs says the dump truck driver is in serious condition and the pickup truck driver has minor injuries.

Deputy Chief Mercs says it’s possible that the dump truck driver blew a tire but the case is still under investigation.

The scene is now clear and the ramp has reopened.

 

SB 675 to Indian Ripple Closed! – The exit ramp from SB 675 to Indian Ripple Rd is clos… More info: https://t.co/vyqOA6UwBk

— Beavercreek PD (@beavercreekohpd) July 24, 2017

 

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Pharmacology profs call drug in Ohio execution ‘unsuitable’

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:04

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Fifteen pharmacology professors are arguing to stop the impending execution of a condemned Ohio killer on grounds that a sedative being used is incapable of inducing unconsciousness or preventing severe pain.

In a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the professors called the record on the sedative midazolam “profoundly troubling” and said it’s “unsuitable” as an execution drug.

Their filing comes as Ohio prepares to resume executions after a more than three-year hiatus.

Ronald Phillips is scheduled to die Wednesday for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter in Akron.

Phillips and two other inmates have asked the high court for stays as they appeal Ohio’s lethal injection method. Phillips is also pursuing a separate age-related stay.

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Veteran officer shot for 3rd time; in good condition

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:59

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans police officer is recovering from a leg wound after being shot for the third time in his law enforcement career.

Police say Officer Christopher Abbott was in uniform working an off-duty private security patrol early Monday when someone fired a single round into the privately owned car he was in. The shooter was in a light colored SUV and was still at large.

Spokesman Aaron Looney says Abbott was in good condition.

Archived news accounts show Abbott was on his way to a 2001 court appearance when he spotted a man with a gun and approached him. The man fired and hit Abbott.

In 1998, Abbott was wearing a protective vest when he was shot in the chest after stopping a suspect in a public housing project.

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Husted turns over some Ohio voter data to Trump panel

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s elections chief says he has complied with an information request from a presidential commission on voter fraud with a series of web links to publicly available data.

Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted tells The Associated Press he withheld voters’ driver’s license and partial Social Security numbers from President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, as planned.

In a letter to the commission Monday, Husted included links to the state’s online voter database and reports of voter fraud investigations conducted after the 2012, 2014 and 2016 elections. The reviews identified a combined 820 irregularities in years when a combined 14.4 million general-election votes were cast.

Husted said he told Vice President Mike Pence the letter was forthcoming when they saw each other at Sunday’s state Republican dinner.

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Xenia Community Schools issue free lunch policy

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:25

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) –  Xenia Community Schools announced its free lunch policy for the 2017-2018 school year Monday.

This information comes from our partners at the Xenia Daily Gazette.

Students who can’t afford the meals can apply for the free and reduced-price meals from the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The schools are mailing application forms to parents or guardians of the students. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school.

To see if your child qualifies for the program, click here for more information.

 

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Wisconsin company offering implanted microchips to employees

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:53

RIVER FALLS, WI (WCMH) — A company in Wisconsin will begin offering its employees implanted microchip technology, starting in August.

Three Square Market (32M) will offer the chips to its employees on a volunteer basis, according to a news release.

The chips can be used to make purchases in the break room, open doors, login to computers, or even use the copy machine.

“We foresee the use of RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology to drive everything from making purchases in our office break room market, opening doors, use of copy machines, logging into our office computers, unlocking phones, sharing business cards, storing medical/health information, and used as payment at other RFID terminals.  Eventually, this technology will become standardized allowing you to use this as your passport, public transit, all purchasing opportunities, etc.” stated 32M CEO, Todd Westby.

RFID technology uses electromagnetic fields to identify electronically stored information.

The chip takes only a few seconds to be implanted under the skin, between the thumb and forefinger, and 32M is expecting about 50 of its employees to volunteer for the chip.

 

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Montgomery County: Animal shelter wants help identifying dog ... - Dayton Daily News

Local News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:34


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Man stabbed after argument with a stranger

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:21

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Dayton Police were called to Grandview Hospital where they met a man who was stabbed Sunday.

Police arrived around 2:30 p.m. at the hospital.

The man told police he parked his car on a street waiting for a friend, but he did not know his surroundings.

The man also told police a male known as Juan got his attention, while he was waiting for his friend. The man said he did not know Juan’s real name.

According to the police report the two started fighting after Juan made comments about the man’s brother.

The police report says an unknown person came up behind the man and stabbed him once.

The man said he did not see who stabbed him or what he was stabbed with at the time.

The man gave a description of this Juan character to police as a black male about 5 feet and 11 inches tall, about 180 pounds with a dark complexion, short hair, clean shaven expect for some hair on his chin and last seen wearing a white t-shirt, red athletic shorts and black tennis shoes.

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Trump intensifies criticism of his own attorney general

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:07

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a new swipe at Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday, referring to him in a tweet as “beleaguered” and wondering why Sessions isn’t digging into Hillary Clinton’s alleged contacts with Russia.

Fuming about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and questions as to whether his campaign colluded with foreign officials, Trump again focused his ire on Sessions, who was once one of the president’s closest allies.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump tweeted Monday. His tweet came just hours before his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, traveled to Capitol Hill to be interviewed about his meetings with Russians.

During an event at the White House, Trump ignored a shouted question about whether Sessions should resign.

The president’s tweet about Sessions comes less than a week after Trump, in a New York Times interview, criticized Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia probe, saying he should never have taken the job as attorney general. Sessions recused himself from the investigation earlier this year after it was revealed that he had met with a top Russian diplomat last year.

The attorney general said last week that he planned to stay in the post.

Trump has seethed about Sessions’ decision for months, viewing it as disloyal — arguably the most grievous offense in the president’s mind — and resenting that the attorney general did not give the White House a proper heads-up before making the announcement that he would recuse himself.

The men have not spoken since the publication of the Times interview, according to Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. And their conversations in recent weeks have been infrequent as Trump has been unable to forget the attorney general’s action, according to three White House and outside advisers.

The men used to be close: Sessions first appeared with Trump at a rally in the then-senator’s home state of Alabama in August 2015, an event that drew a massive crowd and was, for many members of Trump’s inner circle, one of the first signs that their candidate was catching on.

Sessions then became the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump and a frequent campaign adviser. When Trump was elected, Sessions was given a pick of prime Cabinet spots and expressed interest in being attorney general, giving up a safe Senate seat and decades of seniority.

The broadside against Sessions in the interview was not a calculated ploy to force the attorney general to resign but rather Trump’s frustration with his longtime ally bubbling to the surface, according to the advisers who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Several people close to Trump — including his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, who has also been ensnared in the Russia probe — have also told the president that they believe Sessions’ decision to recuse himself was a mistake.

That has only fueled Trump’s obsession with the probe, which has dogged his White House since Inauguration Day. Despite his protests to the contrary, Trump continues to watch and obsess over cable news coverage and he frequently interrupts conversations about other topics to complain bitterly about the probe or, on occasion, predict that it’ll soon be behind him.

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Downtown RTA hub closed for construction

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:57

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Regional Transit Authority has closed the Wright Stop Plaza hub on Main Street in downtown Dayton while improvements are made to the facility,

The plaza was closed Saturday and is scheduled to reopen July 30.

During the closure, RTA says riders can board on East Third Street. The only exceptions are Routes seven and eight, which will board on Main Street.

Temporary signs and additional staff are in the area to help point customers in the right direction.

The concourse inside Wright Stop Plaza will remain open while the platform is closed.

For more information go to the RTA website.

 

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Weight loss tips with Horizons Hormones and Weight Loss

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:56

Most people struggle with their weight at one point or another. Luckily, Horizons Hormones and Weight Loss can help you get back on track.

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Chef Head shares his secrets to perfecting a burger

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:56

The People’s Chef shows you how to make the ultimate burger on on a stove top!

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Miracle Makers combating East Dayton’s cycle of poverty

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:51

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An initiative here is attacking poverty from the ground up and directors say its mission is more important than ever.

Monday marked the last week of Miracle Makers’ 2017 summer session and students at Ruskin school were eager to start their day at the camp with breakfast, followed by group sing-along songs.

Miracle Makers started in 1998 as the ‘flagship’ program of East End Community Services. It offers after school and summer programs to the disadvantaged children living in inner East Dayton.

“We create a space that has caring adults, we created a space where they’re engaged and can see themselves as successful learners,” said Miracle Makers director Ellen Mays.

The program primarily focuses on the Ruskin neighborhood, where more than 60 percent the school age children are living at or below the poverty level. Mays said Miracle Makers gives those children equal opportunities to their more privileged peers.

“Miracle Makers gives every possible opportunity to these kids that kids in other, more affluent neighborhoods, have. To us it’s a social justice. It’s social justice and human rights in action,” Mays said.

Academically, Mays and East End credit Miracle Makers with helping Ruskin grown from an under-performing school to the second best scoring in Dayton Public Schools. However, Mays said the initiative has broader implications than classroom skills.

“We’re not just about academic achievement,” she said. “We’re really looking at the span of a child’s life and that kind of success.”

Aside from providing students a place to spend their time, East Ends said Miracle Makers meets a community need for a safe, nurturing environment.

In between songs and lessons Monday, Kindergarten instructor Jason McIntosh was leading a group of 5 year olds in a meditation-like breathing exercise he calls ‘mindfulness.’

“Usually through mindfulness, by the end of the year, I’m able to get them to be like, ‘I’m responsible for me, I’m in control of myself.’ And that’s been awesome. That’ been a great thing to see kids just kind of take charge of their own self,” McIntosh said.

Mays said the program is gaining importance as the opioid epidemic tightens its grip on the Miami Valley. The Ruskin-Twin Tower neighborhood, in particular, is struggling mightily with addiction. Mays said she hopes the Miracle Makers can be a bright spot and source of pride for the neighborhood.

“Miracle Makers, and Ruskin in general and East End, is an anchor in the community,” she said. “We’re everything positive, we’re everything optimistic, we are everything helpful, we are everything kind, we are everything giving.”

Thursday, July 27th, Miracle Makers MakerCamp 2017 invites community members to a school Maker Faire. The event will showcase the program’s mission and feature student work. It takes place from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at Ruskin Neighborhood School.

You can learn more about East End Community Services and Miracle Makers here.

 

 

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Chinese national charged with leading ivory smuggling ring

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:45

BOSTON (AP) — A Chinese national has been arraigned in federal court in Boston on charges he led a conspiracy to illegally smuggle $700,000 worth of goods made from banned rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory and coral.

Guan Zong Chen was arrested last year while traveling from China to Australia, which extradited him to the U.S. on a 2015 indictment. He pleaded not guilty Monday.

The indictment alleges Chen bought the artifacts at auction houses in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas. It says he conspired with an unidentified Chinese national to pick up the items and mail some to a shipping business in Concord, Massachusetts, which repackaged and falsely labeled them.

Trade in rhinoceros horn, elephant ivory and coral has been regulated since 1976 under an international treaty.

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Man with a colostomy bag robs Circle K

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:43

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police arrested a man with a colostomy bag after he robbed a Circle K Sunday.

Police went to the Circle K around 3:00 p.m. on the 1900 block of East Fifth Street.

As police arrived at the scene, they noticed a male at the intersection of East Fifth Street and High Street that matched the description of the complaint.

According to the police report, a police officer turned on his cruiser camera and approached the male with a taser.

Police later identified the suspect as Richard Wallace and told Wallace about the shoplifting complaint calls.

At first, Wallace told police that his friend allegedly shoplifted from Circle K but then Wallace said to police that he shoplifted from the store.

The police had Wallace in the back of the police cruiser and went to Circle K to talk to the store manager. The police report says the store manager confirmed that Richard Wallace stole items from the store.

The store manage told police Wallace grabbed items from the store, put them in his baseball hat and placed them in his backpack. The store manager also said Wallace left the store without paying for the items.

According to the police report, the store manager said Wallace used vulgar words towards her when she was taking a smoke break.

The jail refused to take Wallace until he was checked out at Grandview Hospital for a colostomy bag.

Wallace is now in the Montgomery County Jail.

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Kushner says he ‘did not collude with Russia’

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:42

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House senior adviser and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner says he did not collude with Russia.

Kushner spoke to reporters at the White House Monday after meeting with Senate investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Kushner told reporters he wanted to be “very clear.” He said he “did not collude with Russia nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so.”

Kushner says he “had no improper contacts” with Russia and says his actions were entirely “proper.”

Kushner left his private meeting with Senate investigators, nearly three hours after it began. He delivered a brief statement upon his return to the White House but did not answer reporters’ questions.

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Trump tells reporter to be “quiet”

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 13:38

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told a reporter asking questions Monday to be “quiet.”

A White House reporter called out questions as Trump posed for photographs with interns in the East Room. Asked if Attorney General Jeff Sessions should resign, Trump rolled his eyes. When the reporter asked the president if he had a message on health care, Trump said “quiet.”

The president then told the interns that the reporter “was not supposed to do that” and was “breaking a code.”

Reporters typically call out questions to the president when covering photo ops or bill signings. The president frequently answers.

Trump last week named Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as his new communications director. Scaramucci has said he’d like to hit the “reset button” with the media.

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