Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement to return to Dayton in 2020

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:48 PM


            At the 2015 National Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony Apollo 13 astronaut James A. Lovell received the first Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award. The event was held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. LISA POWELL / STAFF
            Lisa Powell
At the 2015 National Aviation Hall of Fame ceremony Apollo 13 astronaut James A. Lovell received the first Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award. The event was held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. LISA POWELL / STAFF(Lisa Powell)

A coveted National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony of aerospace legends will return to Dayton in 2020, the organization announced Monday.

The enshrinement will be in the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. this year, and at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Denver, Colo., in 2019 , the organization said.

The site of the Dayton event was not announced, but in 2016 — the last year it occurred in the region — it was at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

Tony Sculimbrene, executive director of the National Aviation Heritage Alliance in Dayton, was heartened by “the good news.”

“I think it affirms that this is probably the most famous aviation town in the country and while other places have aviation assets … it affirms that Dayton really is the birthplace of aviation and a place where this industry began,” he said.

Dayton officials recently submitted a package to the NAHF to bring the event back to the region.

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For the first time in its history in 2017, the celebrated “Oscars Night in Aviation” black-tie event left Dayton for one year for Fort Worth, Texas, upsetting many local aviation heritage advocates. The ceremony was in the Dayton region for more than half a century before it broke with the long-standing tradition.

“Dayton is our home, we never had any intention of moving (the Hall of Fame itself) contrary to what has been purported,” NAHF President Michael Quiello said in an email Monday.

Memorializing more than 200 aviation legends such as the Wright brothers, astronauts, test pilots and research pioneers, the NAHF is inside the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson.

Quiello added the NAHF board of trustees is “fully focused” on expanding the brand recognition of the Aviation Hall of Fame throughout the country while updating the non-profit’s Learning Center inside the museum into a “21st century, state-of-the-art, world-class facility.”

The non-profit is currently in the midst of a $5 million endowment fund-raising drive.

The hope is to “increase substantially” the number of NAHF visitors above the 250,000 a year who typically visit, he added.

NAHF executive director Amy Spowart said the goal was the Learning Center will be renovated by the time the enshrinement returns to Dayton in 2020.

Phil Parker, president of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, said he was disappointed the enshrinement ceremony will be in other cities the next two years, but glad progress was made to return it to Dayton.

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Parker has been actively involved in keeping the event in the Dayton region in recent years.

“Certainly, we wanted to see it come back to Dayton full time every year,” he said “We think it’s important for it to be at home. We appreciate the image and prestige that it brings to our community of aviation. We’re disappointed that it’s going to go to Denver and Washington before it comes back to Dayton, but glad we’re starting to make sure progress for getting it back to Dayton.”

After the decision was made to move the enshrinement in late 2016, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, announced in early 2017 he would commission a “blue ribbon” panel of community leaders to review the NAHF’s finances and make recommendations on its future. Financial records show the non-profit has lost money for years. He also sponsored legislation that was passed in the National Defense Authorization Act to keep the hall in Ohio. Hall officials have said they had no intention of moving the center.

The blue ribbon panel has not yet released a report.

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Girl, 8, crossing street for bus, dies after she was hit by car

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:19 PM

Tluang Tha Men was hit by a car while walking to the bus. (Photo: WSBTV.com)
Tluang Tha Men was hit by a car while walking to the bus. (Photo: WSBTV.com)

Charges are pending for a driver who hit and killed a girl while she was walking to the bus stop with her mother.

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The crash happened at Rays Road and Central Drive in DeKalb County. The mother, Dawt Chin Sung, was holding Tluang Tha Men, 8, in her arms when the car struck them.

Friends and relatives said they're still in shock.

“Everyone is praying for them,” a friend said, asking not to be identified.

Close friends and relatives of Tluang gathered at the little girl’s home in Stone Mountain after they heard the horrible news.

“They hit them at the bus stop,” the friend said.

Authorities said Sung was carrying her daughter to a bus stop at the corner of Rays Road and Central Drive, which is very close to their home.

Police said they were walking in a crosswalk when Ejigayheu H. Tsegaye, 38, hit them.

Witnesses told police the bus driver put out the stop sign arm but the driver went through the green light at the intersection anyway.

The little girl was killed. Her mother was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, police said.

Investigators said they have to recreate the scene and decide if they’re going to charge the driver with a crime or not.

The driver’s relatives said that the mother and daughter were not walking in the crosswalk.

“When the accident happened, the lady, she’s not crossing in the crosswalk, she cross in the road,” the driver’s cousin, Lung Thawng, said.

Police will have the final say and the victim’s relatives said they’ll withhold their judgment pending the outcome of the investigation.

“If the stop sign was up and hit her, that’s a different story. But if the bus stop wasn’t there, I don’t know what to say about that,” the friend said.

Relatives said that the 8-year-old victim leaves behind three sisters, one of whom is a newborn.

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Firefighters rescue 10 pets from burning house in Franklin

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:48 PM

Franklin house fire

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. 

Firefighters were able to rescue 10 pets from a burning home in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

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Officials said all 10 of the family’s pets were pulled to safety and were not injured after the fire broke out in a home in the 900 block of Turner Lane around 3:25 p.m. 

The residents and firefighters battling the blaze were also not injured. Crews initially reported possible injuries after a man was found on the porch of the home when emergency units first arrived. Those reports were later deemed unfounded, according to investigators. 

The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation, fire officials said. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have responded to reports of a house fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house around 3:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate at least one person might have been injured. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Snow ends this evening, warmer temps return this week

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

Warmer temperatures and rain loom for the Dayton area during the coming week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Snow showers end this evening, up to 1-inch of accumulation
  • Warmer temperatures return this week
  • Wet start to the new week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Areas north of I-70 will see a chance for snow through the evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. All snow will taper off during the overnight hours. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight and overnight, with lows eventually reaching the upper 20s. Due to the dropping temperatures, an isolated slick spot will be possible on the roads. 

>>County-by-County Forecasts

Sunday: Sunshine is expected with highs reaching the middle 40s. 

Monday: Rain returns to the area, and overall it appears to be a rather soggy day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. Highs will climb to the lower 60s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Tuesday: High temperatures will be near 70 degrees but we’ll have a chance for more rain. Rain and even a few storms will be possible in the evening through early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday: Rain to start the day but clouds will break into the afternoon. Given the amount of rain from Monday through Wednesday, flooding will be possible in some areas. Highs on Wednesday will reach the middle 50s. 

Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies with highs expected in the middle to upper 40s. 

Snow at UD

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Man arrested 18th time for indecent exposure, police say

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 1:03 PM

Nebraska Man Arrested For 18th Alleged Indecent Exposure

A Nebraska man has been arrested for the 18th time for indecent exposure, authorities said.

The latest incident took place Thursday at an Omaha food court, KETV reported.

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Witnesses told KETV that Shawn Noble, 39, was yelling obscenities when he emerged from the food court restroom completely naked. When the property manager ordered him back into the bathroom to put on his clothes, he lunged at her, witnesses said.

Food court employees were able to barricade Noble inside the restroom until police arrived, KETV reported. Noble was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct and taken to the Douglas County Jail.

Noble, a lifetime registered sex offender and transient, has over 30 arrests, including 17 previous arrests for alleged indecent exposure, KETV reported. He recently completed a six-month jail sentence for a 2017 indecent exposure conviction, according to court documents reviewed by KETV.

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