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Clark County first responders are on high alert after the number of opioid-drug overdoses more than doubled in a 24-hour period.

County health officials say there were at least 16 known overdoses -- that’s at least one per hour. But that number is likely an undercount.

The county coroner suspects synthetic fentanyl, which often looks similar to heroin, is to blame in most of the overdose cases.

The high-potency narcotic is known to be up to 50 times stronger than heroin, and up to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information related to a suspected double homicide at a  Yellow Springs duplex to come forward and call a dedicated tip-line. Authorities have not yet named a suspect in the killings.  

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer says the male victim was shot multiple times. He says investigators believe he was the intended victim.

Fischer says initial evidence indicates the shootings were “not random." 

Dan Gummel

At a Tuesday night meeting, the Springfield City Commission voted unanimously to put Issue 2, an income tax increase, back on the ballot this May.

 

The levy originally failed during the November election. Since then, the city has cut police services and closed a local fire station. Mayor Warren Copeland says the commission was forced to make cuts due to decreased state funds.  

 

A trolley bus parked at RTA headquarters in Dayton.
Pat O'Malley, RTA

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority board and union members voted to ratify a new three-year contract Tuesday. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 have been without a contract for about two years. 

Constance Roberts

A Dayton women’s rights group plans to protest President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Saturday. The downtown Dayton “sister march” was organized to coincide with the “Women’s March on Washington”, which is expected to attract more than 200,000 people.

Organizers from the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance say they decided to plan the protest after hearing that many Dayton women weren't able to make the trip to Washington.

The Watts Rebellion & Watts Writers: 1965 & Today

Jan 18, 2017
Watts in the summer of 1965
New York World-Telegram / via wikimedia commons

After the Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles in 1965, something unique happened. An Academy Award-winning screenwriter visited Watts and realized the neighborhood had stories the nation needed to hear.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Statehouse News Bureau

Worries about hacking and cybercrime resulted in the federal Department of Homeland Security naming voting machines and elections systems around the country as “critical infrastructure”, and therefore eligible for more federal help to protect them. 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said he’s not sure what this designation means – and whether it gives the federal government authority to do something that it didn’t have power to do before. He says wants more information in writing.

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The Sun enters its sign of Aquarius on the 20th, bringing in the last days of deepest winter. Even though the mornings are still so dark, the days are more than a quarter hour longer than they were at Christmas time!

Veteran Washington journalist - Sid Davis - has witnessed many of the most pivotal events in recent American political history -- including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and the swearing into office of Lyndon Johnson on Air Force One immediately after.

 

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Police are investigating a double shooting after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a duplex near Yellow Springs yesterday.

 The Dayton Daily News reports a woman’s body was found outside 4444 E. Enon Road about 1 mile north of Antioch University. Police later found the body of a man inside the same residence.

The Greene County Sheriff's office is now investigating the case as a double homicide and has identified the victims as William Brown and Sherri Mendenhall, both of Yellow Springs.

 

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