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On The Beat: 1/10

My lunch with a princess On the beat with Carrie Fisher, 1956 – 2016 By Jim Bucher OK, I admit it. I’m star-struck. And I was super lucky during my TV career. Anytime a star came to town and was willing, I’d request a sit-down interview. Lots of times, the “stars” didn’t want to bother […]

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On The Beat: 1/3

This, that, and a wrap for 2016 By Jim Bucher Well, for this column it’s time to tie up some loose ends. First, what’s the old saying? “If I’d known I was going to live this long, would’ve taken better care of myself.” Looking back at my New Year’s resolutions for 2016, I’m zero for […]

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On The Beat: 12/28

All the fake news (not) fit to print By Jim Bucher Well, with all the talk of fake news out there, we thought we’d get into the act, too. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? By the way, you all know I love this city—and a few jabs here and there never hurt […]

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On The Beat: 12/20

The times they are a-changin’ By Jim Bucher Who woulda thunk it? I’m attending a gay wedding. Yep, a good friend back in high school days has taken the plunge into holy matrimony. As my wife Lauren and I are seated, waiting for the ceremony to begin, my mind wanders… Will they be pronounced husband and […]

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On The Beat: 12/13

Warm up with Whimsical Windows By Jim Bucher   While escorted in the Five Rivers MetroParks van on a trip through downtown recently, my backseat companion and friend Montgomery County Communications Director and former Ch. 7 news personality Cathy Petersen said upon passing the Rike’s, or rather the Schuster Center’s Wonderland Windows, “That’s the bar […]

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On The Beat: 12/6

My heart hurts for Gatlinburg By Jim Bucher It’s always sad to see the destructive forces of Mother Nature. Whether a tornado, hurricane, or natural disaster, it weighs on your psyche. But when it’s close to home, the sadness and concern of those affected is 10-fold in the worry department. I, like thousands of Buckeyes, […]

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On The Beat: 11/29

The mystery of the Talbott Tower murals By Jim Bucher OK, you detective types out there in DCP Land, need your help. Years ago, my mom worked at Talbott Tower at First and Ludlow Streets in downtown Dayton, and on visits, I remember seeing the cool murals on the walls of the first floor. They […]

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On The Beat: 11/22

More historical ‘gems’ in the gem city By Jim Bucher A couple weeks back, I wrote about the “House on the Hill” next to Miami Valley Hospital. The Rudolph Pretzinger Home, designed by his famous architect brother Albert. As you head south on Main and Apple Streets, just look up to the left—you can’t miss […]

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On The Beat: 11/15

A bridge to memories By Jim Bucher By now, you should know I’m a local history buff. Love everything about it. So many stories, so little time. But I despise when we rush to judgment on some of our historical structures. A few get a way and end up meeting a wrecking ball. In this […]

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On The Beat: 11/8

Keep writing those letters now By Jim Bucher As the contentious election process ends, and hopefully the vile vitriol that came with it, it got me thinking: it’s time to move on. How perfect, too, with Thanksgiving coming up. A time for family, friends, and giving thanks. A time to count your blessings. I’m reminded […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/15

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Slash and dash Taking the overused and overdone tactic of the “dine and dash” to a whole new level… a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/8

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On the run from a BB gun At a local historical park just a few days ago, a large truck was […]

Law & Disorder The Docket: 7/11

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Steal anything At a local auto-parts store, a car radio was shoplifted. The thief suspiciously perused through the aisles and […]

The Docket: 7/4

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By Michelle Strauss Pissed off Just a few weeks ago, someone broke into a local residence. The trespasser-turned-burglar began his raid, […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/27

A game of telephone Last week, on a particularly scorching hot afternoon, a man was driving his ex-girlfriend home. The […]