New Carlisle family fights to keep pet pot-bellied pig

Published: Thursday, March 09, 2017 @ 7:47 PM

A New Carlisle family has less than a month to get rid of their beloved 100-pound pot-bellied pig Olive.

City officials recently sent the family a letter telling them pigs of all types are considered livestock and not allowed to live inside city limits.

“She’s in our family; she’s like a dog, a cat,” said Misti Hedrick, who added that she plans to start a petition to bring changes to the livestock ban before voters as early as the August ballot. Meanwhile, Hedrick is seeking a temporary home for Olive.

State coming to Dayton Arcade to award tax credits

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 9:58 AM

In a good sign for the long vacant Dayton Arcade, the Ohio Development Services Agency is holding its announcement of the next round of state historic tax credits at the downtown complex.

The group that wants to redevelop the Dayton Arcade earlier this year applied for about $5 million in state historic tax credits after being turned down for the incentives in 2016.

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According to the official invitation, the Ohio Development Services Agency’s round 18 announcement of tax credit awards will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the arcade building at 26 S. Ludlow St.

The development team that wants to rehab the massive complex has said obtaining tax credits is one of the last major pieces of the “capital stack” needed for the project to move forward.

RELATED: Arcade ‘very close’ to securing financing, developers say

The first phases of the arcade project (labeled the Fourth Street Project) are expected to cost more than $56 million and would transform three vacant historic buildings, according to the development team’s application requesting tax credits.

The Ludlow and Fourth Street buildings will offer 72 units of affordable housing, as well as ground floor commercial space.

The Commercial and Lindsey buildings also will be rehabbed to offer 54 affordable apartments, constructed above street-level restaurant space, the application states. The housing will be geared for artists and creative types, and the arcade will have studio spaces, an art gallery and other creative spaces. 

The rehab would convert the arcade’s three-story rotunda into an “innovation hub,” which is a collaboration between the University of Dayton and The Entrepreneurs Center.

The arcade would house classes, offices, meeting and co-working spaces and would allow students, faculty, businesses, start-ups and groups from higher education, research and the arts to work together, officials said.

RELATED: UD, Entrepreneurs Center join forces for Arcade project

“The proposed project will return the block to its rightful place as a vibrant hub in downtown Dayton, reimagined to serve a new audience for the 21st century, delivering substantial economic and community benefits in the process,” according to the application.

The arcade complex will be home to about 336 permanent jobs and the project would stimulate substantial new investment in that part of downtown, developers say.

The arcade’s tenants could include the second location of Warped Wing Brewery, a Boston Stoker Coffee Co. shop and the Dayton Visual Arts Center.

Other tenants could include a deli and grocer called Feelohs and a collection of pop-up restaurants and a kitchen incubator.

United passenger dragged from plane reaches settlement with airline

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

A Kentucky doctor who made headlines earlier this month when he was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago has settled with the airline, attorneys said Thursday in a news release.

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Dr. David Dao suffered numerous injuries when he was dragged off a flight bound for Kentucky on April 9 after refusing to give up his seat.

The confrontation between Dao, 69, and three Chicago Department of Aviation officers was caught on video by passengers on the flight. The footage quickly spread on social media.

>> Related: United passenger suffered broken nose, teeth while being dragged from plane

Attorneys for Dao declined to share details of the settlement, citing a confidentiality provision in the agreement. Attorney Thomas Demetrio praised Oscar Munoz, CEO of United's parent company, in a statement.

"Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has," Demetrio said. "In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded."

Dao was hospitalized for days after the incident on Flight 3411 with injuries that included a severe concussion, a broken nose and an unspecified injury to his sinuses. He lost two front teeth in the scuffle, Demetrio said.

"Dr. Dao has become the unintended champion for the adoption of changes which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers," Demetrio said.

The settlement was reached on the same day United announced policy changes aimed at preventing a similar situation from happening to other passengers. Among the changes was the announcement that the airline will offer travelers as much as $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights.

>> Related:United unveils 10 policy changes, will pay bumped passengers up to $10,000

Previously, the airline would offer up to $1,350, according to Bloomberg.

A number of other airlines also announced policy changes aimed at offering passengers more incentive to delay flights in cases of overbooking and to ensure that they are not taken off planes after boarding.

United's response in the immediate aftermath of the confrontation was widely criticized. Munoz first defended the airline and described Dao as "belligerent" before publicly apologizing days later and vowing to do better.

The officers who pulled Dao from the United flight were placed on leave after the incident.

>> Related: Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

The agency released a report on Monday in which the officer who pulled Dao from his seat, James Long, gave his version of events. Long said Dao was verbally and physically abusive and was flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest.

The department's roughly 300 officers guard the city's two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force. They receive less training than police officers do and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patt under review

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 6:30 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

The future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base will be under review at public hearings this week at Fairborn High School.

The Air Force is exploring 11 options for the 89 Tudor Revival-style homes in the Brick Quarters Historic District, from partial to total demolition, and from renovation to privatization, to building new homes, or a combination of all of those alternatives.

Since the alternatives were presented to the public in September, an option to use the homes as temporary lodging was dropped because residents objected to the idea, said Michael D. Ackerman, an Air Force Civil Engineer Center planning expert at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. Wright-Patterson has existing quarters for temporary lodging.

“The residents of the brick quarters did not want that type of transient housing,” he said Tuesday. “They didn’t want to lose the feel of the residential neighborhood.”

The homes were built in the mid-1930s and are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

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The Air Force says the future of the homes were under review because it needs to offer adequate housing for 30 “key and essential” personnel — senior military and civilian personnel at Wright-Patterson — who officials say must live at the base because of their duties in the event of an emergency.

A major renovation could cost up to $700,000 per home and a less extensive upgrade focused on repairs could reach about $150,000 per house, Ackerman has estimated.

A recommendation on the future of the homes was planned this winter, he said. Whatever option is chosen, 10 government-owned homes built in 1975 along Yount Drive would be demolished, and the Foulois House, built in 1874 and home to a high-ranking general, would be renovated, plans show.

The homes are among the last in the government-owned housing in the Air Force. Fifteen years ago, Wright-Patterson privatized more than 1,500 residences, but an Air Force study concluded those remaining “are not of adequate size and are not close enough” to the key leaders work sites to be considered alternatives.

An environmental review found no adverse or minor impacts to the environment if the brick homes were demolished. But the study noted a “major impact” on the historic district’s “cultural landscape” if the old houses were torn down.

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The Air Force has scheduled an environmental impact hearing at 7 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. An open house is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. An overview of options is set for 6:30 p.m.

The meeting is inside the high school media center, 900 East Dayton Yellow Springs Road.

The public may submit written comments though July 17 on the latest proposal. Comments may be submitted to Wright-Patterson Public Affairs, 5135 Pearson Road, Building 10, Room 235A, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433 or via email at 88abw.pa@us.af.mil or at the website http://wpafbhousingeis.versar.com.

Redstone Arsenal on lockdown after reports of possible shooter

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:36 AM



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Officials told people at Alabama’s Redstone Arsenal to shelter in place after reports Tuesday morning indicated a possible shooter at the U.S. Army installation.

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Redstone Arsenal officials announced the lockdown on social media around 10:25 a.m. local time.