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A friend of the gunman who killed nine people outside an Oregon District bar Sunday Aug. 4 now faces federal charges that could send him to prison for up to 15 years.

Authorities have charged 24-year-old Ethan Kollie with illegally owning firearms, and lying about his drug use on a federal form in order to acquire them.

Kollie allegedly told FBI agents he regularly smokes marijuana and used “hard drugs” with shooter Connor Betts in 2014 and 2015.

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Law enforcement authorities say the shooter in the Oregon District attack had a history of obsession with violence and had expressed a previous desire to commit a mass shooting.

Dayton Police announced Tuesday the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking over the investigation into the 24-year-old killer’s motives in the attack that left nine people dead and more than two dozen others injured.

At a press conference, an FBI special agent from the Cincinnati Field Office told reporters there’s still a lot of evidence to go through. 

(from left) FBI special agent Joseph Deters, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
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One of four men indicted on federal corruption charges has pled guilty. Former State Rep. Clayton Luckie entered his guilty plea to a single count of mail fraud, though his indictment under an ongoing Department of Justice investigation into alleged public corruption in the city of Dayton also included a felony count of wire fraud.

Police officers in riot gear stand on Third Street as a small Indiana Klan group rallied in Courthouse Square Saturday.
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A rally by an Indiana Ku Klux Klan group in Dayton’s Courthouse Square resulted in no major problems or violence Saturday. The event drew hundreds of police officers from across the Miami Valley and the state of Ohio, and crowds of counterdemonstrators, who flooded downtown Dayton to protest the KKK.

The protestors vastly outnumbered the nine Klan members who had traveled more than 100 miles from Indiana to rally inside a fenced-off plaza in Dayton’s Courthouse Square.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein says the city is reviewing all current and potential contracts.
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The Dayton City Commission Wednesday approved a contract that was taken off the agenda last week after a federal investigation raised questions about the city’s business practices.

Last week, City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the nearly $1 million contract needed further review before coming up for a vote.

At Wednesday's meeting, Dickstein said that review was now complete.

Dayton City Commissioners Wednesday voted to approve an ordinance banning panhandling along several busy roadways within city limits
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Voters across the Dayton region cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary elections. In the competitive race for Dayton City Commission, five candidates were vying to compete for two open seats in the fall. Now, four candidates move on to a place on the November ballot.

Montgomery County Board of Election unofficial results show voters approved incumbent City Commissioners Matt Joseph, with more than 28 percent of the vote, and Chris Shaw, with more than 25 percent of the vote, to compete in November.

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Dayton officials say the city’s Minority Business Assistance Center remains open for business. Center director RoShawn Winburn is on leave and faces wire fraud and public corruption charges stemming from a federal investigation revealed last week by the Department of Justice.

He’s accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes and providing confidential information to companies seeking city contracts.

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On Tuesday, four Dayton men, including former city commissioner Joey Williams and current city official Roshawn Winburn, were indicted on a range of charges including bribery, wire fraud, and public corruption. Former state representative Clayton Luckie, and entrepreneur Brian Higgins were also indicted. 

The allegations come ahead of  the May 7 primary election where five candidates are running for two open seats on the city commission.

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The Dayton Commission held its first meeting Wednesday, one day after federal law enforcement officials revealed a major investigation into alleged fraud and public corruption in the city’s government. The probe is related to the city’s handling of public contracts.

At the commission meeting, Dayton officials announced they’re launching their own separate internal investigation into the federal allegations. 

Dayton City Manager Shelly Dickstein
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Late Tuesday, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement commenting on the indictments and arrests of former city commissioner Joey Williams, two other public officials and a Dayton-area business owner. U.S. Department of Justice and FBI officials handed down the indictments alleging public corruption and fraud in Dayton, and city commissioners are following suit with their own comments.

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