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.

‘I’m glad he was here,’ co-pastor says of man who OD’d in Dayton church

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 10:42 AM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.:  A co-pastor with Sons of Light Ministries said he's glad the man who overdosed on heroin did so in a bathroom at the Dayton church on Sunday. 

"This is a wake-up call for us. We're not heroic," Edward Crislip said in a 5-minute, 4-second video posted to Facebook early Monday evening. 

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"All we did was call 9-1-1. I'm glad he was here and not out behind the church building, behind a car or somewhere where no one could find him." 

Keith Parsons, the other co-pastor of the church on Nordale Avenue, said Crislip posted the video to explain what happened Sunday because he was there to see it. 

Parsons said he was out of the city Sunday. 

The church membership, he said, comprises mostly bikers. The ministry has been in operation about a year, he said, is directed to the homeless and is focused on the east end of Dayton. 

Crislip said the man who overdosed, identified in a Dayton police incident report as John Morgan, had never been to the church before Sunday and entered the building at the end of the service. He came in through the front door.

"I'm thrilled to say he is doing well," Crislip said in the video, the roar of traffic at times drowning out his voice. 

"This is a tough thing for the church. It is a tough thing for the community.... This thing [heroin] is attacking. It is a plague," he said. 

Crislip said it was frightening for people and especially children to see the man on the bathroom floor, literally dying right in front of them. A medic crew administered Narcan and took Morgan to Miami Valley Hospital.

Crislip, wearing a black T-shirt bearing the words "Shoot your local heroin dealer" in white all-capital block letters, suggested that people pray for the drug dealers to change their ways. 

"I sport this T-shirt with pride," he said (Note: The word "Shoot" has a red line through it). "We're not shooting anyone. We're praying for this community. We're trying our best to bring God to the masses."


DAYTON — City officers issued drug-related citations to a 24-year-old man after receiving reports he overdosed on heroin inside the Son of Light Church on Sunday, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

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Dayton police were dispatched around 12:26 p.m. to 519 Nordale Avenue for a reported drug overdose.

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John Morgan, of Dayton, was on the church bathroom floor when officers arrived, according to the incident report. 

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“An empty syringe was laying under his right arm,” wrote Dayton Police Officer Phillip Hubbard. 

Officers administered 2 milligrams of Narcan which had no effect, according to police. Medical personnel arrived and administered an additional 5 milligrams of Narcan which had the desired effect. 

Officers located a small bag of marijuana in Morgan’s pocket while searching for his identification card. 

Police cited Morgan for drug possession and public intoxication. 

Morgan was transported to Miami Valley Hospital. 

“He admitted to doing one cap of heroin,” Hubbard wrote. 

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Georgia county says mosquito spraying is killing its bees

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 9:20 PM

Honey Bees Flying Into Beehive Bringing Pollen
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Douglas County, Georgia, has suspended its mosquito control program because officials say the pesticides kill too many honeybees.

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Beekeeper Marilyn Parker said she lost 22 hives last year and nearly that many the year before. She blames it on pesticides used to kill mosquitoes.

"You would just see dead bees. Piles of dead bees. You open the hive and you see nothing but dead bees," Parker said.

Experts say the loss of all those bees is affecting the local honey industry.

Parker also says it should concern everyone, because it’s ultimately about protecting what the insects pollinate.

"Everything we eat, we have the bees to thank. At least for every third bite of food that you put in your mouth," Parker said.

She estimates there are at least 1,500 hives in the county.

Many metro area municipalities have spraying programs. Douglas County officials are currently exploring other methods of controlling mosquitoes that won't harm honeybees.

"We don't have Zika here in Georgia yet. But when we do, yes, I understand that," Parker said.

Tips to keep your pet calm on the Fourth of July

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 9:02 PM

Scared Yorkshire terrier dog hiding under bed.
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Every year, dogs and cats flee with fear from the sound of fireworks.

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According to PetAmberAlert, a lost pet finder that uses phone and fax broadcasts to help lost pets find their way back home, animal control officials across the nation report a 30-60 percent increase in lost pets each year between those dates.

July 5, according to PetAmberAlert, is one of the busiest days of the year for shelters.

  • Keep your pet indoors, preferably in the quietest room in your house while fireworks are going off
  • Soothing music or turning on the TV can provide a good distraction for your pet
  • Some pets like being in a secure crate in a darkened room to help them stay calm
  • Do not leave your pet outside
  • Make sure your pet is licensed and has an ID tag or microchip
  • Even if your pet hasn't had a negative reaction in the past to fireworks, don't assume they won't react -- some pets become more sensitive to loud noises as they age
  • If your pet is lost, check in person at local shelters and check back frequently as it can take time before a pet is brought to a shelter
To store information about your pet should you need to set up posters or communicate that your pet is lost, download the ASPCA's mobile app. The app also helps pet owners in times of natural disasters. 

Searchers at Glen Helen Nature Preserve find lost/missing person

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 7:13 PM
Updated: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 7:29 PM

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UPDATE @ 7:26 p.m.:  The missing person has been located and reportedly is in the lobby of the Yellow Springs Police Department, according to Greene County Sheriff's Dispatch.


A search crew is heading into the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Greene County to look for a person reported lost or missing. 

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Yellow Springs police officers have joined the search crew. 

The call for a search party was made about 6:55 p.m. Crews staged in the 500 block of Corry Street. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. 

Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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