To let West Chester and Liberty Township residents catch up with the news that they need to know, WestChesterBuzz.com will list and link to all of last week’s top local stories every Monday.
Voters could see school levy – Voters in Greater Cincinnati’s second-largest school system will likely see a tax hike on the fall ballot. The Lakota Board of Education voted unanimously last Monday evening to place a combination operating levy and a permanent improvement tax on the Nov. 5 ballot. Voters will decide on a 3.5-mill operating levy and a 2-mill permanent improvement levy combined into a single 5.5-mill school tax hike issue.
Driver whose tire struck, killed man pleads guilty – Tim Morrison, whose son Dylan was killed after a loose tire fell off a semi truck on Interstate 75 and crashed into his son’s windshield, has been waiting more than two years for justice. He and his family will have to wait another month. Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman accepted a guilty plea from Paul Lallier, 64, of Hamilton on one count of vehicular homicide and one count of obstructing justice in the death of Dylan Morrison Tuesday but put off sentencing until July 22.
Liberty Twp. Tea Party sues IRS – The Liberty Township Tea Party became the latest conservative group to join a class action lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service stemming from the agency’s improper targeting of conservative groups during their application process for nonprofit status. The Liberty Township organization is joining 40 others in a suit that has been filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based conservative legal advocacy/issues group.
Youth and Jr. USA Triathlon staying W.C. – Voice of America Park in West Chester will host the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships through 2015, the Butler County Visitor’s Bureau announced this week. VOA Park hosted the event for the first time in 2012 and will host this year’s event Aug. 2-4.
Special dance class – West Chester volunteer shared his thoughts on unique dance class in nearby Sharonville. The consists of more than 40 who live with Down syndrome. “When I walk in, I have had a long day. It is close to 6 o’clock and then the dancers are saying ‘hello’ to you, you are getting hugs and you sort of drift into this world that is separate from all the day-to-day problems,” said Leonard Mark of West Chester, a volunteer with the class since 2008. “For one hour, you really get a chance to focus on something that’s really important.”
Lakota adds two – The Lakota Board of Education recently approved the appointments of a new curriculum director and a elementary school principal. Marlon J. Styles Jr. of West Chester was approved to be the school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction. The Lakota school district also approved the appointment of Jodi Leichman as the new principal of Adena Elementary.
Looking for couple for using stolen credit card – The West Chester Police Department requested assistance last week in identifying two suspects involved in a theft from a motor vehicle. During the overnight hours July 22, an unknown person entered an unoccupied vehicle and removed a resident’s credit card. The credit card was later used at the West Chester Wal-Mart store.
AK Steel blast furnace failure – Work is continuing at AK Steel’s steelmaking facility in Middletown to repair a blast furnace that suffered a mechanical failure last week. West Chester-based AK Steel Holding Corp. said no injuries resulted from the Saturday failure at the furnace’s charging apparatus. The charging apparatus is the system used to feed coke, iron ore, limestone and other feedstock into the blast furnace, which is used to produce molten iron.
Mortgage scheme sends woman to prison – A 40-year-old West Chester Township woman was sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison for her role in a mortgage-fraud scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio said in a news release Tuesday. Senior U.S. District Judge Herman J. Weber imposed that punishment on Sylvia Odia Thomas, and also ordered her to pay $313,021 in restitution to lenders, plus $95,422.14 to the IRS, the release said.
Craiglist predator sentenced – A car thief who used Craigslist to troll for vehicles – and drove one stolen car in a high-speed chase that ended with a crash — will spend the next seven years in prison. A Warren County judge handed down the sentence Friday to Trevon Broomfield, 21, of Dayton, who pleaded guilty to three counts of theft, failure to comply with an officer’s orders, felonious assault on a police officer and receiving stolen property. Broomfield’s spree ended Jan. 15 after he stole a 2005 Nissan Sentra from West Chester.