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On The Beat: 4/11

A journey like the Amazon By Jim Bucher Chicago is my kind of town. Years ago, my dad occasionally had business there (all legal of course—you know, the organized crime stuff) and he would bring the family along, always staying at the Executive House in “The Loop.” It still exists after many a name change, […]

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On the Beat: 4/4

Guarding early morning memories Live at Winter Guard International By Jim Bucher   About this time every year, my friend Carly Davidson gets a little “verklempt,” choked up. “Buch, my kids are grown and in college, but for years I schlepped them around in the soccer mom van, with flags and costumes hither and yon […]

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On the Beat: 3/28

Where are they now? Back on the air with Z-93’s Jeff Wicker By Jim Bucher photo: (l-r) Producer Dave Redelberger, Kim Faris, and Jeff Wicker Anybody remember Eaton, Dayton, Springfield Alive: Z-93? Bring back memories? Well, in the ’90s, I became friends with the radio station’s morning madman, Jeff Wicker and his 1992-1995 Wicker in the […]

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On The Beat: 3/21

Class of ’17 Local Broadcasters Hall of Fame honors next class By Jim Bucher One of the cool things about growing up here with one of the few color televisions on the block was the fact that my boys and me enjoyed a slew of network shows and, of course, a wide variety of local […]

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On The Beat: 3/14

Bucher’s Almanac Local green thumbs sow spring wisdom By Jim Bucher So, is it me or has winter passed us by again? Could it be a temporary weather pattern or “climate change?” Seems like as a kid, we were out gallivanting in the snow on a regular basis from November through March. This year, as […]

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On The Beat: 3/7

First car, first love A drive on memory lane By Jim Bucher   What is it about a first car? For some it was our first true love. It was a time of freedom. Freedom from your parents lugging you around everywhere. The first time you could really feel independence. Mine was the parents’ two-door […]

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On The Beat: 2/28

7 days a week By Jim Bucher As we celebrate another Black History Month, I recall my reporting days at channel 2. Apologies first though, because this column is at the tail end of February. But can’t Black History Month be celebrated year round? Well, back in my reporting days at channel 2. My friend […]

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On The Beat: 2/21

You are 17, I was 17 By Jim Bucher When I was in high school, way back in 1977 at Dayton Christian (6 years, but I made it!), staring at the clock on the wall in Spanish III, I daydreamed about the year 2000, 23 short years away. I wondered what life had in store. Sort […]

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On The Beat: 2/14

The charitable Energizer bunnies move on Judge A.J. and Joan Wagner say goodbye By Jim Bucher Photo: May 8, 2012 DCP cover story on A.J. Wagner Hearing the news was like getting hit over the head with a shovel. (That hasn’t happened yet, but you get my drift.) My good friend A.J. Wagner is leaving […]

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On The Beat: 2/7

Angel of the Amazon By Jim Bucher The life story of Sister Dorothy Stang still resonates going on 12 years after her murder. Born and raised in Dayton, one of nine siblings, Stang was part of a traditional Catholic family, and it soon became apparent she would make the mission of the church her life’s […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/20

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By Michelle Strauss  Music man In a local apartment complex, alarms went off and alerted the police that a robbery […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/13

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  What a mouthful Believe it or not, in a local residence, a boyfriend kept his girlfriend’s dentures hostage. Earlier […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 6/6

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New Picasso? A woman came home from work one sunny afternoon to find her house awry. She frantically observed a […]

Law and Disorder: The Docket 5/30

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By Michelle Strauss Means of transportation When a woman arrived home from work she noticed something rather peculiar: a man […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 5/23

By Michelle Strauss Wii the people A woman decided to go outside to take her evening smoke. Inside her residence, […]