9 years of an unsolved murder

Dayton Daily News cutting about SGM Woodall Murder

Gone, but never forgotten. SGM Woodall, US Army Special Forces

The original link to the Dayton Daily News story is a 404 error now.

It happened in 2009. Here we are in 2018, and no one has been brought to justice in Dayton Ohio for this unspeakable crime.

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) North E. Woodall was found bloodied and unconscious by a neighbor about 11:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at 1028 Walton Ave. after an apparent home invasion, police said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The front door to the home was kicked in, and Woodall was found on the floor near the door, Lt. Brian Johns said….

Woodall served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam before retiring as an E-9 sergeant major, U.S. Army Special Forces , also known as a Green Beret.

The recipient of two Silver Stars

Source: Unforgiveable – Esrati

Lt. Johns is now Maj Johns, and in charge of the detective division.

Sgt. Maj Woodall is still dead, and his murderer is still unknown, running the streets.

This should bother you. It still bothers me.

What bothers me most, is I swear to write this post every year, on the anniversary of his death. I don’t put it on my calendar, I don’t write the post in advance, I have to think about it. Remind myself. The article, with his picture still is above my desk, slightly behind my monitor- yellowing. I thought about it a few days ago, but didn’t immediately sit down to write. For that, Sgt. Maj. I’m sorry.

Every year I hope I would have been writing a different story. One of some jailhouse confession, or someone ratting the punk out that stole this hero from us. Instead, I’m just reminded that sometimes the world just stinks.

To the murderer who did this- I hope someone returns the favor to you- killing your father, or your kid, and gets away with it… because, you don’t deserve to be loved, not after what you did.

There is still a reward offered for tips leading to the solving of this crime.

Hopefully, this is the last time I have to write one of these. But, I made a promise, until this case is solved, I’m never going to forget you Top.

Court clerks are jerks in Montgomery County

We have too many clerk of courts in Montgomery County. We have too many courts too.

In the entire state of Wisconsin and Florida, there is one universal courts website. All cases, criminal, civil, probate, are managed in one place. They have one login per attorney, one set of forms, one set of fees, one set of processes- making it easy-peasy for attorneys to do their job. This also makes it easier for news organizations, background checkers, and for people who are trying to keep track of legal precedents and case law (like LexisNexis and Westlaw).

It’s also a hell of a lot more cost effective. We’ve been digging into the costs of the court websites in Montgomery County- and have gotten graceful help from some communities when we’ve filed public records requests, others have played dumb.

You can see the costs of each municipal court website on Reconstructing Dayton, our 501(c)(4) that is set up to research and then inform voters how their tax dollars and time are being wasted by unnecessary duplication and complication of and by government in Montgomery County.

You’ll see that Kettering and Miamisburg use the vendor case management system, Civica CMI from the firm of the same name in Englewood.

Vandalia Municipal Court uses a case management system from Henschen & Associates, Inc. in Bowling Green Ohio.

Oakwood, Dayton, Montgomery County Municipal, and Dayton Municipal have all been non-responsive. We’ll be filing complaints about their failure to respond to public records requests soon.

The insane thing is that none of these systems allow for online filing, or online case management and research. I just got a scan of the snail mail judgement that was mailed to my attorney in a case where a local harlot stole money from a Service Disabled Veteran that I had power of attorney for. That means anyone doing a background check, won’t find it, at least until we get the judgement recorded in Montgomery County Common pleas court. The fact that it can’t be accessed online other than a list of actions is criminal.

Screen shot of the Montgomery County Ohio lame court efiling website portal

It’s 2018 and this is the best they can do?

The County Clerks site is a home grown mess with its multiple domains. “ProNet” is one part and it’s efiling another, managed by Tybera out of Orem Utah, but it at least allows for online filing for civil and criminal cases, but not for probate or juvenile cases.

It’s time for a unified system in Ohio, but, we can start with working on it here. Franklin County has a single site– including their single countywide municipal court – which may be part of the reason Columbus is growing, and we’re losing congressional representation (among other things).

Which leads us to the people who “run” these courts. Mark Owens has been the Dayton Clerk of Courts since 1991. In that time, he has seen the rise of the internet, but still hasn’t made the effort to provide an efficient web filing system. Maybe, because it helps create work for the 45 patronage jobs he presides over. Mark is the godfather of the local Montgomery County Democratic Party too. He needs more people, because, well, they have to print out and mail all these documents- something that’s been done away with in the County Common Pleas court.

And, now, we’re asked to vote for his Chief Deputy Clerk, Russ Joseph, who was appointed by Mark and the Central Committee to take over the County Clerk job when Greg Brush “retired” to go work in Cincinnati for their Clerk of Courts. It helps to be an appointed incumbent running for office, even if you’ve spent 10 years not moving the Dayton Clerks office into the twentieth century. He was appointed Nov 20, 2017, he has to be on the ballot this November – and is facing Republican businessman Mike Foley, to run for the remaining 2 years of the current term.

Russ previously served with the Dayton Municipal Clerk of Court from 2004 to 2017, first as the Administrative Assistant for three years and then as Chief Deputy Clerk for 10 years. As Chief Deputy Clerk, he oversaw the office’s $3.6 million annual budget and 45 employees. This included the Clerk’s four divisions as well as administrative staff including the Chief Information Officer, Accountant and Director of Operations.

In 2008 Russ was named the Deputy Clerk of the Year by the Ohio Association of Municipal & County Court Clerks. Russ currently serves as a Trustee for the Southwestern Ohio Municipal Court Clerks Association where he’s been a member since 2004. He’s also a member of the National Association for Court Management and the Ohio Association of Municipal & County Court Clerks.

…He is also a Certified Court Manager, having completed a multi-year program through the National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management and the Judicial College of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Source: About

All that experience, and not a massive move to consolidate and simplify the clerks sites throughout the county. His site makes no promises of implementing change, just, vote for me, I’m great, and btw- here’s a list of my fundraisers and that I raised a bunch of money.

This is incompetence.

As a builder of websites, I can tell you that it would be very easy to have one integrated county wide site, even with different front ends for each municipality. We do this all the time with open source content management systems. Unfortunately, politicians with a degree in “Sociology & Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Environmental Science” missed anything about running a business or computer science.

We’re working on a campaign to bring this issue to the forefront, not just in Montgomery County, but statewide. If you are an attorney, a bill collector, an investigative reporter or anyone else that has to interface with this horrific mishmash of bad websites and inept clerks, and would like to support forcing the simplification and consolidation of online clerks sites in Ohio, please consider making a donation to Reconstructing Dayton. Because we are a 501(c)(4) your donation can remain entirely anonymous.

It’s time to get clerks that aren’t jerks in office and doing their job effectively.

Only the little people get burned in Dayton Ohio

I’ve often said the worst thing that can happen to a property owner in Dayton is when your next door neighbors home is foreclosed on. Next thing you know, the copper wire, the copper plumbing, the furnace, the A/C, is all pulled out by scrappers and the cost to replace it it way more than the scrap value.

The second worst, if it doesn’t burn your house too, is having your neighbors home catch on fire. The hulking relic can stick around for years.

Unless of course, your a school board member and a friend of Mayor Nan Whaley.

The house next door to new School Board member Karen Wick Gagnet burned down on April 22nd 2018.

A few days later, demolition crews were knocking the walls down and making it a mound of rubble.

And, by June 22nd- it was being excavated and backfilled.

That doesn’t happen for the average taxpayer. There’s a house on Salem that burned so long ago- it’s covered in ivy.

That’s why we did a little video- “Burning Questions” which asks why there isn’t a standard protocol city wide for what has to happen when a building burns, complete with deadlines, bonding, and even a public auction if an owner can’t promise to take care of it.

It’s time that everyone gets the same treatment in Dayton. Not just the elected folks.

What should happen?

Within the first 30 days, a property owner has to fill out a plan complete with how they’ll pay, to either demo the property or begin repairs.

If that doesn’t happen, an instant auction will take place, with bidders able to take the property, as long as they can file a plan and have a bond for enough to cover the project.

If no bids come in, the building is demolished, the owner charged for the demolition, and the real estate is instantly put up for sale.

There is no reason for these hulking piles of trash should be allowed to stand.

Get tax credits, building burns weeks later

update 2 July 2:30 pm – edits in italics and strikethroughs.
The headline is wrong.

Mea culpa- The building that burned was 101 Bainbridge, not 15 McDonough.

The property is owned by the City of Dayton- and is adjacent to Garden Station- which was handed over to Weyland Ventures for nothing.

The building that got the tax credits, is still standing, and yes, it was given to Weyland Ventures- and they don’t seem to have to pay taxes- and still get tax dollars for historic tax credits.

June 20, 2018, the headline reads “Developer receives tax credits for $18M rehab project, Dayton tech company to expand.” Next thing you know, there’s a massive fire in part of the building.

I was heading downtown to shoot some drone footage of the fountains at sunset when I saw the smoke and shot this footage.

Of course, this “smokin hot” real estate is part next to of the insane giveaway by the City of Dayton of your tax dollars. First they bought the old Supply One HQ on Wayne Avenue for $450K, then gave it away to Weyland Ventures out of Kentucky. They threw in the community built “Garden Station” for free.  101 Bainbridge- Its parcel ID is R72 00604 0003

The city “sold” the property that burned last night on 24 March of 2016 to “OREGON INNOVATION DISTRICT LLC” which has an address in Louisville. There is  no sale price. The interesting thing about the property tax records- is that Oregon Innovation District doesn’t seem to pay property taxes. PARCEL ID: R72 00611 0061

The rest of us do have to pay taxes.

Here’s the info on the tax giveaway from the above mentioned Dayton Business Journal article:

A robotics and technology company will have new office space in downtown Dayton thanks to a historic tax credit approved Wednesday.

Gosiger Industries, currently located at 108 McDonough St., is planning to expand into the Dayton Motor Car Building after its development partner received $1.8 million from the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program. The $18.2 million project would allow the company to occupy new office space in the six-story, 80,000 square-foot building at 15 McDonough St.

Louisville-based real estate development firm Weyland Ventures will rehabilitate and restore the iconic building from its heyday of Dayton’s auto manufacturing era. The concrete industrial building features expansive windows and open floor plates, and has long been underutilized. The building sits close to East Third Street, on the edge of the Oregon District, and is also part of the Dayton Motor Car Company Historic District.

The Dayton Business Journal previously reported Weyland also oversaw the renovation of the Wheelhouse building at 210 Wayne Ave.

According to the tax credit application filed by Weyland, Gosinger “has agreed to lease all of the space in the rehabilitated building to fulfill their space needs now and in the future.” The company intends to occupy part of the building immediately, and will sublease the remaining space. Weyland plans to begin the project by the end of the year, and is looking to complete it by December 2019.

Source: Developer receives tax credits for $18M rehab project, Dayton tech company Gosiger Industries to expand – Dayton Business Journal

While a ton of buildings burn in Dayton, it’s interesting that this is the one where before the fire is out, the Dayton Day-Old News is reporting “2 Juveniles” were caught and are being charged with arson.

There are arsons all over this city, and no one gets caught that quick.

Not only that, only if you are a friend of the Mayor, will the burned out building be torn down pronto asap. More on that story coming up soon- with video.

  • The timbers
  • The fire burned hot
  • What’s left after the fire
  • The garage on the left- the factory on the right

This low building connected to the tower was the original Dayton Motorcar Company, and had some really incredible timber construction based on the remains this morning. It also, was the historic part. I’m sure that before the tax credits were awarded, the insurance value was pennies, but, the moment the tax credits came through, the insurance value went up.

Something smells worse than the thick black smoke that could be seen for miles.

One YouTube commentor- Ronn Jane, said they worked there for 14 years in the last incarnation “The business was Called Dayton Warehouse Inc. Which closed in 1993. The Tall concrete building was full, all 5 floors full of cigarettes by the case. The old building in front on fire was office and storage of liquid 50 gallon barrels of dye and on third floor was powder dyes, Maytag washers and dryers, and BMW motor cycle’s. That place survived the great flood but is no match for fire..”

Revisions in italics and strikethroughs- Publishing since 2005, esrati.com is a solo operation, done in addition to running a business, and caring for my mother. I do the best I can. This post had some factual errors in it- I’m sorry. I’ve done the best I can to fix this mess, and move forward. The video is still spectacular- and the reality is, the City of Dayton shouldn’t be in the real estate business.
note- the building had burned before https://www.mydaytondailynews.com/business/vacant-dayton-industrial-site-set-for-reuse-master-plan/HcGl8vq4H6p0Ukrp5SVK3K/

The city also owns 101 Bainbridge after purchasing it for less than $100,000 in November 2013. But the city has prepared legislation authorizing the building’s transfer to Gosiger at some point, said Amy Walbridge of the city’s Office of Economic Development. The transfer would be a similar transaction as 15 McDonough St.

DPS board stuffing money in their pockets

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Brian Wildermuth either didn’t present my offer to the board, or he did illegally. Click to download PDF

On May 22nd, I offered to settle the lawsuit over the Sunshine Law violations of the public body, “school closing task force” on this blog and in writing to the City and the School Board.

This requires the attorney’s to take the offer to the school board. I go to board meetings, I watch the agendas. There has been no discussion of legal issues mentioned in the executive session briefings since I made the offer.

On June 2nd, I got a letter of rejection from the school boards lawyer of my settlement offer.

This means that either they illegally discussed it in executive session, of which they’ve had two meetings this week, both, “Special Meetings” and both about personnel. The meeting on Friday was just over the change of contract for board attorney Jyllian Bradshaw. This was 4 days after another special meeting- called for the budget presentation and a bunch of HR Changes- without public input, including the travesty of paying Erin Dooley less than Wyetta Hayden for a similar position.

Either Brian Wildermuth broke the law by not presenting the offer to his client, or Bradshaw and Lolli broke the law by not presenting it to the board, or someone illegally polled the board about the offer.

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Invoices from Subashi & Wildermuth for “protecting” the school board from a violation of the Sunshine laws. Click to download PDF

In the meantime, the board has already spent $12,500+ defending themselves- and lost the first round.

thumbnail of Human Resources-Jyllian Change of contact

It cost taxpayers $625+ to have the board come in for a special meeting to vote on this.

But, those two “special meetings” this week- cost the taxpayers too. The meeting about the budget seems to be an annual thing- why the treasurer can’t have the numbers at the regularly scheduled business meeting like every other school board in Ohio is a mystery- and why they had so many personnel issues that couldn’t wait- is one thing, but to call a board meeting just to change Jyllians Bradshaws title?
REALLY?

You see, each board member collects $125 per meeting, plus mileage. So having these five idiots come in for one vote on Friday cost you $625 plus mileage:

Motion by Mohamed H Al-Hamdani, second by Karen Wick-Gagnet.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Mohamed H Al-Hamdani, William E Harris Jr, Sheila J Taylor, Karen Wick-Gagnet
Abstain: Robert C Walker

Why there isn’t outrage over this I don’t know. The rule of “P’s” should apply- Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance.

And if you are wondering about the pay?

Here is the section of Ohio Revised Code on school board compensation:

(A) Each member of the educational service center governing board may be paid such compensation as the governing board provides by resolution, provided that any such compensation shall not exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars a day plus mileage both ways, at the rate per mile provided by resolution of the governing board, for attendance at any meeting of the board. No member of an educational service center governing board shall receive in compensation under this division a total amount greater than five thousand dollars per year for service on the governing board. Such

Source: Lawriter – ORC

The lawmakers had to make the change and add a cap, because of idiots like the former DPS board who were scheduling meetings almost weekly and stuffing their pockets. Normal school boards meet at most twice a month. DPS finds a way to meet almost weekly, often times hitting the cap in August- meaning all the meetings after that are unpaid.

And on June 12, they are going to meet again- to give Erin Dooley a supplemental contract to fix the last oversight- and to hire yet another expensive PhD $117,040  to oversee the office of exceptional children. Dr. Angela Nichols is coming from the Lebanon City Schools. Because, well, you can never have to many PhDs in education.

There are also some inconsistencies in the supplemental contracts- with Dr. Donetrus Hill getting a premium double supplemental for $5,200, maybe because his title is longer “Chief of Curriculum, Instruction, PD ?Math/Science”

Still no word as to who the principal will be at Belmont, although former DPS superstar principal David White just got moved in Trotwood from High School Principal to Junior high principal- and it wouldn’t surprise me if he made a return, with some kind of secondary responsibility as “head of discipline” to justify a boost in DPS pay to come closer to what he makes in Trotwood.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball coaching positions at Dunbar are still up in the air. The women’s team hasn’t been playing in summer ball, thanks to the indecision by new AD Shawna Welch. Coach Jim Cole was “coach of the year” last year- which in DPS doesn’t mean anything. He’s basically built this program from nothing to a winner in 3 years.

Of course, the question is, will the board try to vote in a review session, as has been the case forever. That’s why we have “business meetings” and there is time for public input- but, hey, that would be following the rules, and they just don’t like to do that.

And, for tomorrows meeting, the agenda does have them going into executive session to discuss legal matters… maybe they will get smart and settle, before they buy Wildermuth a new boat.