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UD administrator dies in Korea

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 6:06 PM
Updated: Monday, April 29, 2013 @ 6:06 PM

The Rev. Joseph Lackner died Sunday in Seoul, South Korea, following complications from a heart attack, according to University of Dayton officials.

Lackner, 71, was remembered for his intellectual curiosity, humor, care for others, cooking prowess — and ability to give a brilliant homily, a release said.

“In my estimation, he was one of best preachers we had in the Society of Mary,” said Brother Raymond L. Fitz, past UD president. “He was somebody you really loved being around. He was always very present to people. If you were in a conversation with him, he’d be totally there for you. He brought humor and joy to life.

Lackner had just finished teaching courses in the University’s Bangalore, India, program when he made a stop in Seoul to visit Marianists before heading back to the U.S. He suffered a heart attack there last week and was slowly recovering before a setback over the weekend, according to the Rev. Jim Fitz, vice president for mission and rector.

“I will miss Joe’s enthusiasm for the mission and his great fraternal spirit,” Fitz said. “His presentations on Marianist education and spirituality will be a lasting legacy to us all. On top of that, Joe was a wonderful and generous cook. It has been a privilege to share Marianist life with him over the years as our lives intersected.”

Lackner, who taught and served in various capacities at the University of Dayton including an eight-year stint as director of campus ministry, was set to return to campus to preside over liturgies, administer sacraments and teach a course in literature and Christian tradition in the English department and another in sacraments and liturgy in the religious studies department.

A wake will be held at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial May 11, in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on campus. A noon reception will be held in Kennedy Union’s Torch Lounge. A 1:30 p.m. burial will take place at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount Saint John.

Middletown man pleads guilty to rape, child porn charges

Published: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

A Middletown man has pleaded guilty to rape and multiple child pornography charges.

Phillip Gregory Norman, 54, of Ottawa Street, was indicted in October on two counts of rape, two counts of gross sexual imposition involving minor and 46 charges involving child pornography.

Thursday Norman pleaded guilty in Butler County Common Pleas Court to rape, gross sexual imposition, pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor, three counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance. The remainder of the charges were dismissed.

Sentencing was by Judge Noah Powers for March 23. Norman faces up to 48 years in prison. He will also be classified as a Tier III sex offender requiring him to register is residence every 90 day for the rest of his life.

Middletown police arrested Norman in September after a mother called police when her daughter returned from a sleepover and said Norman had sexually assaulted her, according to a police report.

On the day of Norman’s arrest, Middletown detectives obtained a search warrant to seize and view images on Norman’s cellphone and laptop computer, according to court documents.

In the affidavit for the search warrant, detectives said Norman confessed to performing a sex act on a minor girl and taking pictures of girls’ breasts.

Wright-Patt airman pleads guilty to attempts to falsely obtain loans

Published: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 @ 12:50 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 @ 12:50 PM

Wright-Patt airman pleads guilty to attempts to falsely obtain loans

An active-duty Air Force airman pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the use of other airmen’s personal information in a failed attempt to receive bank loans, testimony shows.


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Airman 1st Class Mia Donte T. Knox White entered the guilty plea Wednesday during court martial proceedings before Lt. Col. Christina Jimenez, a military judge hearing the case at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Knox White, who joined the Air Force in 2014, was employed at the 88th Force Support Squadron at Wright-Patterson. Among other charges, she plead guilty to failure to obey an order or regulation and an attempt to steal money, Air Force records show.

Knox White told the judge in 2015 she made several attempts to use the names, date of birth and social security numbers of fellow airmen in an attempt to try to obtain over $20,000 through MidCountry Bank. She said she used a laptop to file online applications while she resided in base housing.

“I have no justification or excuse for what I did,” she told the judge.

A panel of military officers was set to determine the penalty for the guilty plea, said Wright-Patterson spokesman Daryl Mayer.


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Serious crash reported near Spring Valley

Published: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 @ 12:17 PM

Crews are on scene of a potentially serious-injury crash at the intersection of Ohio 380 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Twp.

Authorities report that two vehicles were involved and the driver of a truck has sustained serious injuries and might have been ejected from his vehicle.

One of two vehicles involved reportedly rolled over when the crash happened around 11:30 a.m.

We’re on scene working to find out what happened.

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Nationwide manhunt on for man suspected in 2 women’s slayings

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 3:42 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 3:42 PM

            Nationwide manhunt on for man suspected in 2 women’s slayings

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Mississippi man accused of killing his girlfriend and shooting a second woman as she jogged Friday morning.

Alex Bridges Deaton, 28, of Brandon, is also a person of interest in the slaying of a third woman, according to authorities. Though no charges have been filed in that case, Deaton has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Heather Robinson and aggravated assault in the shooting of the jogger.

“Something inside him appears to have snapped,” Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said, according to WLBT in Jackson.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Marshals have joined local authorities in the search for Deaton, who is described as a white man standing 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

His last known location was in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, WLBT reported. His last known contact with anyone was a text message to his mother Saturday morning.

Deaton is considered to be armed and dangerous. 

Bailey’s office reported on its Facebook page that Rankin County deputies were called around 5 a.m. Friday to the scene of a shooting in which the female victim said she was jogging when a white man with facial hair drove up in a small white SUV and shot her from his open driver’s side window, the bullet striking her in the thigh.

It was around 4:20 p.m. that same day that a deputy, along with a concerned family member, went to Robinson’s apartment for a welfare check and found her dead, the Sheriff’s Office said. WJTV in Jackson reported Monday that Robinson, who was described as Deaton’s girlfriend, is believed to have been strangled.

Robinson’s cellphone and white 2012 GMC Arcadia SUV were missing, the Sheriff’s Office said. The SUV bears Mississippi Nurses Foundation tag number F396 NF.

Robinson was a registered nurse who worked at a hospital near Jackson, according to her Facebook page.

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Deaton became a suspect in both cases because of the proximity of the two crime scenes, which are about a mile apart, as well as his resemblance to the suspected shooter, the similarity of the vehicle in each case and physical evidence found at the scene of the shooting.

Deaton is also a person of interest in the death of Brenda Pinter, 69, who was found shot to death Thursday evening in Dixon Baptist Church in Philadelphia, about 75 miles from Brandon in Neshoba County. According to the Clarion-Ledger, Pinter went to the church to do some cleaning.

Her husband found her body after she failed to return home, the newspaper said.

Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell told WLBT that surveillance footage from the church showed Pinter arriving around 4 p.m. on the afternoon she died. A short time later, a white SUV pulled into the parking lot and stayed for several minutes before leaving.

Waddell told the news station that investigators know “without any doubt at all” that the SUV was the only vehicle to enter the parking lot between that time and the time Pinter’s husband found her body.

There was no known connection between Pinter and Deaton, though Waddell said that Deaton has family in the Philadelphia area and has worked there in the past.

A reward for information leading to Deaton’s arrest has been increased to $27,000, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office said. Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS (8477), submit a tip online through the Web Tip link on the home page of the Central MS Crime Stoppers website or use a computer or mobile device to submit a tip at