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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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On The Beat: 11/1

Note to self: Never say Never By Jim Bucher Remember the first Bond, the James Bond played extremely well by actor Sean Connery? Well, after six Bond films, Connery had enough and proclaimed about reprising the role, “Never again.” Well, he ate his words playing 007 one more time in the aptly titled film, “Never […]

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On the Beat: 10/25

‘The ghost lady’ Haunted Ohio’s Chris Woodyard by Jim Bucher   OK, it’s time to put this whole ghosts, goblins, and spirits from beyond stuff to rest. I mean come on already, there’s no such thing as… WAIT… What was that? Remember the cowardly lion in Wizard of Oz with his panicky delivery, “I do […]

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On The Beat: 10/18

When a car accident wrecks your week by Jim Bucher So, my day was going well a couple of Wednesdays back. Yes, it was raining, but I was having a good time in an edit session for my production business with my partner and a client. It was dinnertime, so I ran to get pizza […]

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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 […]

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 […]