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Auditor Keith and Inspector Joe Harris check a pump for skimmers
Montgomery County

The Montgomery County auditor’s office says there were no credit card skimmers found in a countywide sweep of gas pumps carried out last weekend in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Skimmers are small devices designed to steal credit card information. And while none were found at the more 120 gas stations checked across the county, Auditor Karl Keith says there is still reason for concern.

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar and her son Amir
Zakiya Sankara-Jabar / WYSO

A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued over 30,000 suspensions to kindergarten through third-grade students during the 2016 school year. In Dayton, the same data show hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year.

Layer Park reopens in Miami Twp.
Jerry Kenney

On Friday, officials in Miami Township in Montgomery County are expected to celebrate the rededication ceremony of a neighborhood park. The park had been closed because of lead and arsenic contamination found at the site.

Layer Park is on Cordell Dr. in what some call the Huber South section of Miami Township.

The park reopens after a $3 million cleanup that began more than two and a half years ago -- after, officials say, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency first discovered toxins at the park.

The Montgomery County commission Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a sales tax increase.

The quarter-percent rise was proposed earlier this year as part of a plan to address the county's previously forecast 2019 $9 million budget gap.

Boosting the sales tax is expected to generate an estimated $19.1 million in revenues, Cathy Petersen, the county's communications director, says.

It’s set to take effect in October.

Major Wendy Stiver with Dayton Police
Jerry Kenney

Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of infant mortality in the country, and data show the problem is often related to premature birth and low birth weight.

Now, the Dayton Police Department is trying something new as part of a larger countywide effort aimed at bringing infant mortality rates down. Police will be collaborating with an intensive home-visiting program that helps families with newborns and young children.  

Clifton "Sonny" Montgomery recently reinstated his suspended driver's license with the help of a specialized Dayton legal clinic.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A Cleveland investigation last year found driver's license suspensions disproportionately affect Ohio’s poorest communities.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles data collected by WYSO show the number of driver's license suspensions is on the rise in Montgomery County. Many are for non-driving related offenses.

If Gem City's fundraising effort is successful, construction will begin early next year. The store is set to open in the summer of 2019.
April Laissle / WYSO

Organizers have secured a location for Gem City Market, a planned co-operative grocery store designed to help alleviate food insecurity in West Dayton.

Officials announced this morning Gem City Market will be built in one of Ohio’s largest food deserts, on the 300 and 400 blocks of Salem Avenue in Northwest Dayton. The site currently houses a vacant lot and shuttered art supply shop.

Organizers are hoping to raise a total of $4.2 million to fund the project. More than one-third of that amount has already been committed.

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Darryl Fairchild won a Dayton City Commission seat in Tuesday’s May 8 primary over opponent Daryl Ward. Fairchild has run for city commission before. He’ll fill the open seat left by former city commissioner Joey Williams, who stepped down in February.

Fairchild’s victory was too close to call for much of the night. He won with around 52 percent of the vote, with Ward claiming 48 percent of more than 12,000 ballots cast.

Minister Fairchild manages the chaplaincy at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

April Laissle / WYSO

In Tuesday's Democratic primary for Montgomery County Commissioner, current Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice beat challenger Don Shaffer by a wide margin, with Rice capturing 89 percent of the vote. She’ll go on to face local businessman and Republican Doug Barry in the November general election.

Capturing 41 percent of Republican ballots, Barry narrowly edged out challengers former Dayton Mayor Gary Leitzell and Bob Matthews.

Democrats have held the majority on the Montgomery County Commission for more than a decade.

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On the ballot in Tuesday’s May 8 Primary is a special election for the Dayton City Commission seat formerly held by Joey Williams. Williams announced in February he would step down because of work obligations. 

Williams was reelected to the Dayton City Commission less than four months before his resignation. Now, two well-known faith-based community leaders -- with similar first names -- are competing to join the existing commissioners on the board. 

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