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Around Ohio: Nightclub shooting in Cincinnati leaves one dead, 15 injured

CINCINNATI - At approximately 2:20 a.m. a shooting occurred at Cameo nightclub on Kellogg Avenue on the east side of Cincinnati. There were 15 victims and at least one confirmed casualty.

The Cincinnati Police Department was actively investigating the scene throughout the day Sunday including interviewing multiple witnesses. The conflict is believed to have begun between specific groups or individuals earlier in the day, escalating and ultimately leading to this tragedy occurring at the nightclub.

Cincnnati police said in a news release that The Cameo club has a history of gun violence including a shooting inside the club on New Year's Day 2015 and a shooting in the parking lot in September of the same year.

Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black said, "We recognize the horrific nature of this incident. I have full confidence in our police professionals who are devoting all the necessary resources toward working this case. I want to recognize all of our first responders who answered the call last night and handled a very difficult situation extremely well. As our assessment and investigation continues we will continue to share information as soon as we are able.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on Twitter that he was "saddened to learn about last night's shooting" and that he was offering the state's assistance.

MVPD honors officers for success in drug cases

By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor

MOUNT VERNON - Law enforcement efforts to crack down on the sale of illegal drugs in the community have resulted in awards for outstanding service at the MVPD.

Public service, integrity, loyallty and dedication. Those are the qualities of the 2016 MVPD Officer of the year, Ptl. Jessica Butler.

Chief Roger Monroe says Officer Butler had to change positions this year and take over a new role of drug interdiction. Monroe said, "Since she's been in this position, [she's] been killing it.  I can't even tell you the amount of arrests [that] are being made, the contacts, and the production she has had since [she] has been in this position." 

Officer Butler has worked in the department 14 years. 

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MVPD 2016 Officer of the Year Ptl.Jessica Butler is congratulated by Chief Roger Monroe Thursday afternoon - KP Photo by Marty Trese

The Bartlett Award is named for the late Thomas Bartlett, MVPD's Chief from 1983-2006. The award is presented for outstanding performance in the line of duty. Chief Monroe says the award is given to the officer who also went above and beyond for the year. "In this case, we had a joint operation with BCI, MVPD and KCSO in working an ongoing drug investigation on a business that we have been trying to get into for over two years," said Monroe. MVPD had taken complaints about the business for five years.

Monroe continued "We had come to a standstill, we didn't have the manpower, so we reached out to BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation). They took the lead on the investigation.  During that investigation several MVPD officers assisted helping with surveillance, evidence collection, search warrants, and tagging evidence." 

Drugs, money, and guns were seized from that operation. It's been estimated that business did about a half million dollars of drug trade a year. The business has been shut down Chief Monroe couldn't give more information about the business or the particiulars of the case because it is still in litigation. 

Monroe says he couldn't decide on one person to give the award to saying based on "Their outstanding efforts and their long hours and extra time, the whole division deserves the award." The detectives are Sgt. Beth Marti, Cpl. James DeChant, and Det. Timothy Arnold.

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L to R: MVPD Detectives Sgt. Beth Marti, Cpl James DeChant, and Timothy Arnold - KP Photo by Marty Trese    

Detective Sgt. Marti said, "Any award in this field is amazing. We hear a lot of negativity. Any time we're recognized for working hard it's really, really awesome." 

Detectives DeChant and Arnold said receiving the Bartlett award is a great honor.

Chief Monroe said "These guys did an outstanding job this year and the awards are well deserved."

 

East Knox Schools released from fiscal emergency

COLUMBUS – Auditor of State Dave Yost Tuesday released the East Knox Local School District (Knox County) from fiscal emergency, a status it held for more than two years.
The district spent a combined four and a half years shifting between fiscal caution, watch and emergency because of deficit fund balances and a failure to adopt and submit an acceptable financial recovery plan.
“Today, the district and its community can breathe a sigh of fiscal relief,” Auditor Yost said. “The decisions were not easy, but they were vital to the financial upswing the district is now experiencing.”
The district, which enrolls roughly 1,230 students, erased a projected $3.3 million deficit, in part, by reducing staff by 27 employees for approximately $1.5 million in annual savings. Also, the district is saving $144,000 each year from the closure of Bladensburg Elementary School, in addition to $19,000 by charging lunchroom utility costs to the food service fund instead of the general fund.
During the current fiscal year, the district will begin realizing added revenue from a 10-year, $1.2 million annual emergency levy passed on Nov. 8, 2016. The district also implemented a “pay to participate” fee for athletics, increasing revenue in the general fund by $50,000 each year. The fee will be phased out in fiscal year 2018.
Additionally, the district had to satisfy the following requirements to be terminated from fiscal emergency:
Effectively implement a financial accounting and reporting system in accordance with Section 118.10(A) of the Ohio Revised Code; Correct or eliminate all fiscal emergency conditions and prevent new ones from occurring;
Meet the objectives of the financial plan; and Prepare a five-year forecast in accordance with standards issued by the Auditor of State; the opinion expressed by the Auditor’s office is “nonadverse.”

The Ohio Department of Education placed the district in fiscal caution on Sept. 4, 2012 due to deficit fund balances. Auditor Yost declared the district in fiscal watch on Sept. 30, 2014 before elevating its status to fiscal emergency on Feb. 5, 2015 after it failed to adopt and submit an acceptable financial recovery plan.

 

Sanoh explores $1.5 million expansion in Mount Vernon

By Cheryl Splain, KnoxPages.com Reporter

MOUNT VERNON — Preliminary plans are in the works for a $1.5 million, 50,000-square-foot warehouse addition at Sanoh America, 7905 Industrial Park Drive.

 

“We are just in the exploration phase of this right now,” said Eric Carroll, vice president of operations and administration for Sanoh. “We do have plans available.”

 

Carroll said the structure would mainly be for warehousing space, as there is a safety issue with supplies needing to be kept separate from equipment.

 

“We're two months out from [making a decision],” he said. “We have a lot of warehouses scattered throughout the U.S. Can we consolidate? That's what I have to look at and decide.”

 

Developer Jerry Baker built the current plant and leases it to Sanoh. Carroll confirmed that Baker plans to do the same with the new building.

 

Mayor Richard Mavis and Jeff Harris of the Area Development Foundation met with the superintendents of the Knox County Career Center and Mount Vernon City Schools to talk about the possibility of a tax abatement for the project, although Baker has not yet requested an abatement.

 

“The schools are valuable partners in the abatement and are used to working with them,” said Harris. “In that sense, the conversation went well. There is a fair amount of interest in how City Council will react and a fair amount of interest in what, if any, jobs would be created.”

 

 

MOUNT VERNON — Preliminary plans are in the works for a $1.5 million, 50,000-square-foot warehouse addition at Sanoh America, 7905 Industrial Park Drive.
 
We are just in the exploration phase of this right now,” said Eric Carroll, vice president of operations and administration for Sanoh. “We do have plans available.”
 
Carroll said the structure would mainly be for warehousing space, as there is a safety issue with supplies needing to be kept separate from equipment.
 
We're two months out from [making a decision],” he said. “We have a lot of warehouses scattered throughout the U.S. Can we consolidate? That's what I have to look at and decide.”
 
Developer Jerry Baker built the current plant and leases it to Sanoh. Carroll confirmed that Baker plans to do the same with the new building.
 
Mayor Richard Mavis and Jeff Harris of the Area Development Foundation met with the superintendents of the Knox County Career Center and Mount Vernon City Schools to talk about the possibility of a tax abatement for the project, although Baker has not yet requested an abatement.
 
The schools are valuable partners in the abatement and are used to working with them,” said Harris. “In that sense, the conversation went well. There is a fair amount of interest in how City Council will react and a fair amount of interest in what, if any, jobs would be created.”

Neighbor hears explosion before fire damages Apple Valley home

UPDATE - There are reports from that the fire reignited early Friday morning leveling the home. 

HOWARD - A home on Lakeview Heights sustained heavy damage Thursday morning.  Firefighters from the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District and from Danville were on scene in the 11 a.m. hour. A neighbor told KnoxPages.com that the couple who lives there and their dog escaped the flames unharmed.  She says she heard an explosion and then the entire garage was on fire.

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Firefighters assess the damage after the fire on Lakeview Heights in Apple Valley this morning - KP Photo by Marty Trese

A section of Lakeview Heights was closed to traffic while fire crews were on the scene.  KP will pass along more information as it becomes available

 

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