Dayton Daily News

Dayton police are asking for the public to comment on the department’s decision to purchase body cameras for its officers.

The Dayton Daily News reports an online survey went live this week and will be open for Dayton residents until July 31. Questions ask about people’s feelings about police, interactions with the community, ways they think body cameras would help officers and when and where they should be used.

The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.
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Bus drivers for Dayton Public Schools could go on strike later this month. Members of the drivers’ union rejected the district’s latest contract offer Thursday night and agreed to file a 10-day strike notice.

The Dayton Daily News reports the 160 school bus drivers transport more than 11,000 students daily. That includes DPS students as well as kids from parochial, charter and private schools.

The girlfriend of John Crawford III has reportedly been killed in a car crash in Dayton.

Several news outlets are reporting two victims of a high-speed crash on New Year’s day turned out to be Tasha Thomas, age 26, and Frederick Bailey, age 30.

The Beavercreek Police Chief will not be retiring next month. According to a written statement from Dennis Evers, he says he will continue to lead the department for the “forseeable future.”

Authorities say University of Dayton student neighborhoods toned down their St. Patrick's Day partying this year.

School officials said in a statement Monday night that students celebrated responsibly overall. Three people were arrested Monday afternoon in a gathering after classes ended, and police said there were at least 10 citations for violations of city open container laws.

It wasn't known immediately whether the people arrested were UD students.

Redevelopment of the fairgrounds in one southwestern Ohio county is on hold as state officials figure out the details of distributing $12 million in payments to communities affected by the legalization of racinos.

Lebanon in Warren County, north of Cincinnati, is the first of four communities around Ohio eligible for up to $3 million from a fund set up as part of the 2011 law that allowed racetrack owners to add electronic slot machines.

An official at the racino under construction in Dayton says most of the hiring will happen this summer - but smokers need not apply.

Gary DeWitt, general manager of the Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway, wouldn't say how many people will be hired or how many will be full-time at the new track being built on the site of an old automotive plant.

But he did say they won't hire smokers. All Penn National Gaming establishments require employees to be non-smokers. The harness-racing track, which also will feature 1,000 slot machines, will be smoke-free.

Initial reviews of a lengthy execution several weeks ago found no reason to change the way Ohio puts condemned prisoners to death.

The reviews, required by prison rules, found that the state execution policy was followed, and execution and medical team members did what they were supposed to.

The state is still planning a longer review of Dennis McGuire's Jan. 16 execution looking at specific things that happened during the procedure.

The number of replacement food stamp cards issued by the state of Ohio is down - meaning fewer were lost, stolen and used fraudulently.

State data show Ohio issued nearly 328 thousand replacement electronic benefit cards in 2013, down 8 percent from 2012. During that period, participation in the program increased.

Food stamp benefits are uploaded monthly on benefit transfer cards, which are similar to debit cards and require a personal identification number.

The cost to repair weather-related damage to water pipes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has reached about $260,000

An official at Wright-Patterson said sub-zero temperatures two weeks ago caused the pipes to burst.

Randy Parmenter, chief of operations for civil engineering at the base, says the burst pipes caused leaks in about 50 buildings.

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