Columbus -- The suspended attorney general's office manager who is already under investigation for sexual harassment and damage to two state vehicles also may have been involved in a hit-skip accident last summer while driving a state car, the office says. Read on... Dann aide Guitierrez accused of hitting truck- cleveland.com.
A flood of records has not confirmed accusations that a senior aide to Attorney General Marc Dann sexually harassed two junior staffers.
the documents and emerging details make one thing clear: Dann and a
circle of his closest aides interacted with a group of young women in
the office more like buddies - or prospective boyfriends - than
Dann's 28-year-old scheduler, Jessica Utovich,
playfully calls Dann names, invites him to drinks, solicits his opinion
of her hair and scolds him for his conduct in thousands of e-mails
between them released this week. Read on...
UNION TOWHSHIP, OHIO - The visitation for SSgt. Matt Maupin is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, ending at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Union Township Civic Center, 4350 Aicholtz Road.
Parking details are: Parking at the Civic Center will not open until 10:45 AM Saturday, April 26. Civic Center public parking will be limited to the far parking lot. The near parking lot is designated for handicapped and yellow parking pass holders.
Additional parking will be available at Total Quality Logistics (TQL), 4289 Ivy Pointe Blvd., and at Eastgate Mall, 4601 Eastgate Blvd. Buses, courtesy of the West Clermont Local School District and Croswell Bus Services, will be shuttling from these two locations to the Queen City Metro lot at the Civic Center, and back, until 10:30 PM Saturday.
Guests should park in the designated areas at TQL, and buses will leave from the front of the lot, by the traffic light at Ivy Pointe Blvd.
At Eastgate Mall, parking is available behind Dillards and Kohls department stores, in the area of the old Eastgate Cinemas. That is also the bus shuttle pick-up and drop-off area.
Due to expected heavy traffic, Aicholtz Road may experience some temporary closings throughout the event. Only residents of Aicholtz Road and holders of yellow parking passes will be permitted to enter Aicholtz Road during these closings.
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OHIO NEWS - The Clermont County Highway Department will be closing Price Road on Monday, May 5 through Tuesday, May 6. The closure is for a culvert pipe replacement at Hobbyhorse. Hobbyhorse will be accessible from the North side of Price Road.
This is a daytime only closure from 7 AM until 5 PM.
"This is a serious violation of EPA's system for protecting people and
the environment from the potential harmful effects of pesticides," said
Mary Gade, a regional administrator for the EPA.This is an example of a formatted note note. Read on...
Columbus- The State Highway Patrol will investigate whether
a suspended manager at the Ohio attorney general's
office wrecked his state vehicle in October, and, if so,
whether he was drunk when he did it. Read on...
Audit coming of department in attorney general's office
- The state attorney general's office has asked for an audit of the
department overseen by an aide accused by two subordinates of sexual
Anthony Gutierrez, 50, the director of general services for Attorney General Marc Dann,
has been on paid leave as Dann's office investigates the claims from
two 26-year-old women. Aside from the harassment complaints, one of the
women told an investigator that Gutierrez told her he was drunk while
driving, fell asleep and crashed a state-owned SUV into a guard rail in
As director of general services, Gutierrez oversaw the
office's fleet of 254 state-owned vehicles and assigned vehicles to
himself, Dan spokesman Ted Hart said. Read on...
LOVELAND, OHIO - The
Loveland City School District Preschool Program has openings for girls
in the afternoon session for the 2008-2009 school year.The
District’s preschool program serves students with a variety of special
needs, and on a tuition basis enrolls typically-developing peers to
serve as role models. Each classroom is a multi-age grouping of 3-5 year olds taught by qualified teachers.Classes are in session Monday-Thursday.Applications are available at Loveland Early Childhood Center.Contact the LECC school office at 683-4200 with any questions.Space is limited. LINK
MIAMI TOWNSHIP, OHIO – In a SafetyNet advisiory issued by Miami Township Chief of Police Steven Bailey he said, “We have been notified that unidentified persons are calling citizens in the community asking for donations to a 'Drug Awareness' program. The reports say that the person sounds very authentic and that you can hear what sounds like a police radio in the background. When asked for a call back phone number, the person hangs up.”
Bailey said that his police department is not soliciting donations from anyone for a Drug Awareness program or any other program.
Bailey's advice is that when asked for a donation to any group, always ask for an address and a phone number of the organization. Also ask, if the person is a hired solicitor, and what percent of the donation goes to the program and to the soliciting company. “Ask for time to think about your answer, and never be afraid to say no.”
If you think that you have been misled by a solicitor or you feel that you have received undue pressure from a solicitor, you can contact the police department at: 248-3721.
CLERMONT COUNTY, OHIO - Testimony will be heard Wednesday in Columbus on a proposal to rename part of I-275 in Clermont County as the Staff Sergeant Matt Maupin Veteran’s Memorial Highway. The House Infrastructure, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs Committee will be considering House Bill 344 introduced by State Representative Joe Uecker (R-66) and State Representative Tom Brinkman (R-34).
Clermont County Veterans’ Services Director Dan Bare will be among those testifying in support of the bill. “Matt Maupin became America’s son during the four years he was missing,” said Bare. “He was the face of the war, and for a long time, he was the only American soldier unaccounted for in Iraq.”
Maupin was taken captive on April 9, 2004 while taking part in an Army convoy near Baghdad. His remains were recently discovered and his body is being returned for a funeral service in Cincinnati this weekend.
“Four years is a long time to be gone,” added Bare. “People have a tendency to forget with time, but not here. In Clermont County the community embraced Matt and refused to give up hope. That spirit of support remains for all of our men and women stationed on foreign soil.”
“Matt and his family made an enormous sacrifice for this country, and House Bill 344 would give us a method to recognize that sacrifice,” said Representative Uecker.
A penny for your thoughts? Or... How 'bout YOU paying $25.00? $65.00?
by David Miller LOVELAND, OHIO – It's a growing trend, being expected to shell out what's left of your hard earned paycheck, to get access to government leaders. Here are two examples that hit close to home.
If you can afford a lunch break on Tuesday, April 29, from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM, the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting lunch at a local country club where for $25.00 you get to hear views on school taxes as presented by the Superintendent of the Loveland District and the Loveland City Manager. An unspecified meal is on the menu. Work afternoons, or the graveyard shift, paying those local property taxes? At least you won't have to ask the boss for a little time off with pay.
In a “joint” press release issued by the Chamber and the City, the subject of the session is, “Supporting our Public Schools: the Role and Importance of the Commercial Tax Base.” Guest speakers will include Dr. Kevin Boys, Superintendent of Loveland City Schools; Tom Carroll, City Manager of Loveland; and Paulette Leeper from the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce.
If usual practice is followed by Loveland, and if you are an elected official, lunch is on the taxpayer.
There are rumblings in the community that the average Joe and Jane will have to pay $25 to hear these appointed community leaders discuss their taxes, and that the Chamber may now be profiting from the recent school levy defeat. Despite formally endorsing or opposing several local ballot issues in recent years, the Chamber declined to support the recent tax levy for the school.
City Council Member Paul Elliott has always refused to allow City tax dollars to pay his way to Chamber events. The City, being a Chamber member, issues an e-mail soliciting whether City Council members wish to attend Chamber functions like networking breakfasts, cookouts, or golf outings. When Council Clerk Linda Cox receives responses, she makes reservations for the individuals and a city check is written. A recent Chamber event that was held at City Hall required an admission fee for a catered breakfast and a presentation by the City Manager and Mayor to present the “State of the City.” Elliott, being a council member wanted to find out what state his City was in, however, Elliott did not allow a reservation to be made in his name. He said he went after the breakfast was served to hear the presentation.
Boys was asked “The City usually uses tax dollars to pay the way to Chamber events for Council members - will the District pay the cost for Board members to attend this lunch?” Boys responded, “It would be a proper public expenditure, but I see your point.” Boys had told Board members at their last meeting to let him know if they wanted to go, and he would make a reservation for them to hear him speak.
Boys said in an e-mail, “Interesting. You know me.... if given the opportunity I will speak on behalf of Loveland schools and our children... not sure I would pay $25 to hear me speak.”
Responding about the upcoming breakfast where the City Manager and School Superintendent will discuss school taxes Elliott said, “I always find it interesting that such a potentially important community dialogue, especially on such an important subject, has a significant cost the attend.”
Paulette Leeper is the Executive Director of the Chamber and has also been a member of the City's Finance Committee for several years where she votes to recommend a budget to City Council that contains line items for the types of expenditure that lead to checks being written to the organization she runs. Leeper then routinely solicits money from the City for Chamber membership, and support for Chamber programs, such as a golf outing, a membership directory, and lunches where the City writes checks for staff and council members who attend.
The luncheon will be on Tuesday, April 29, from 11:30 AM -1:00 PM at the Oasis Conference Center. You can contact the Chamber to make your reservation at: email@example.com or 683-1544. Chamber members receive a $5.00 discount; all others will be charged $25.00 for the privilege. Example #2
The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) has final authority over all federal dollars spent on transportation in the region. This quasi-government agency's purview also covers greenspace and land use, water quality issues, air pollution, homeland defense, and has an annual operating budget of $7.5 million. Their primary source of funds is from Federal and State government grants. The Boards of Directors, OKI's policy making body, are elected and appointed representatives from county, township, and municipal governments in eight counties in greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana.
They are currently working on a long-range plan that includes funding recommendations for the allocation of more than $7 billion for road, transit, freight, and bicycle/pedestrian projects in the eight-county region.
If you are a Board member there is no-cost for their April 24 Annual Meeting at the Savannah Center in West Chester where you “Step back in time when Southern grace and elegance was part of everyday living …” and be served grilled New York Strip with sauteed mushrooms and onions, a speech by Ohio Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, and get a first hand presentation of how they have used their time and your tax dollars the past year. Presumably, they will also discuss how that $7 billion will be spent.
Concerned whether OKI will recommend that trucks are banned from I-75 and rerouted to the Loveland area? Non-Board members can pay $65.00 for the “gracious service and the warmth of Southern hospitality and culinary talents of award-winning Chef Henry,” the knowledge of Toni Sander, their Sommelier, and chat with local leaders about the use of your tax dollars. If you want to make a reservation, call Marilyn Osborne at (513) 621-6300 ext. 120.