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Defense contractor opens new Beavercreek office

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:38 PM


Defense contractor MEI Technologies has opened a Beavercreek office to focus on providing best-value solutions and support to the U.S. Air Force, the company announced.

“By establishing a presence here in Dayton, we are fully committed to supporting the community, the future of the Air Force and its warfighters,” said Richard (Dick) Watters, deputy program manager and business development manager in Dayton.

MEIT, which has been around for 25 years, currently supports the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center community by utilizing its expertise and experience in engineering, information technology, modeling and simulation and program management.

The new Dayton-area office, at 4031 Col Glenn Hwy, Suite 140 in Beavercreek, is the sixth location for MEIT.

OVI Checkpoint planned tonight on Main Street

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:30 AM


An OVI Checkpoint is planned tonight on Main Street in Xenia.

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The checkpoint will operate from 9 p.m. to midnight by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Xenia police, the patrol announced today.

The checkpoint will be held in conjunction with “nearby saturation patrols,” according to the release.

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The effort is aimed at deterring and intercepting impaired drivers.

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"Based on provisional data, there were 392 OVI-related fatal crashes in which 430 people were killed last year in Ohio," Lt. Matt Schmenk, commander of the OSP Xenia Post, said in a prepared statement. "State troopers make on average 25,000 OVI arrests each year in an attempt to combat these dangerous drivers. OVI checkpoints are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to proactively remove these dangerous drivers from our roadways."

Investigators discover true identity for NH serial killer, seek more tips

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


A serial killer known by the FBI under several aliases, and who died in prison in 2010, has finally been identified, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.

The man believed to be responsible for at least 6 deaths was referred to by the FBI as Robert ‘Bob’ Evans, but has been identified as Terry Peder Rasmussen.

Police say Rasmussen was born in 1943 in Denver, Colorado and lived in Colorado and Arizona before he eventually enlisted in the Navy and later made his way to New Hampshire.

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It was while he was living in New Hampshire that police say he was responsible for the murders of three unidentified children and one unidentified woman found in barrels in Bear Brook State Park. The Barrels were found in 1985 and 2000, though police say they were likely dumped there in the late 1970s.

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Police say Rasmussen worked as an electrician at Waumbec Mills during that time and likely left New Hampshire with Denise Beaudin – a woman who hasn’t been seen since – around 1981.

The identity of Evans/Rasmussen and his connection to crimes in New Hampshire became apparent late last year when a woman named ‘Lisa’ discovered her true identity as the daughter of Denise Beaudin. She had been abandoned by Rasmussen in a California trailer park shortly after he disappeared from New Hampshire in the 1980s.

According to court documents, Rasmussen – under an alias – agreed to give up custody or ‘Lisa’ and serve time in prison in exchange for police dropping molestation charges against him.

In a press release issued Friday morning, police now say Rasmussen was discharged from the Navy in 1967 and was married in Hawaii before his wife gave birth to twin girls, a son and another daughter.

According to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office, Rasmussen’s wife left him in 1974 and took the children with her. Police say his former wife and four children are alive and accounted for.

With this identification, police say they hope tips will help fill in the remaining gaps about Rasmussen’s whereabouts in the late 1970s and the identity of the woman and children found dead in barrels in New Hampshire.

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SpaceX set to launch space station resupply mission Monday

Published: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 6:33 PM

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SpaceX is preparing to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Monday afternoon as part of an International Space Station resupply mission.

The launch window is set for 12:31 p.m. with weather forecasts showing a 70 percent likelihood of favorable conditions during the launch window.

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The rocket was rolled out onto launch pad 39-A and raised vertically for a static fire test Thursday morning.

Despite the relatively high favorability rating, the forecast, provided by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron, indicates the rocket may have to launch through rain.

The Falcon 9 rocket will boost a Dragon spacecraft filled with almost 6,000 pounds of supplies to the ISS.

The payload includes crucial materials to support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will occur during the next ISS missions, according to NASA.

Since SpaceX plans to attempt to capture this rocket, there is the possibility that residents in Central Florida may hear a sonic boom Monday as part of the launch. 

Atlas V rocket carrying NASA communications satellite launches

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 10:27 AM

Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M is the latest spacecraft destined for the agency's constellation of communications satellites. (Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett)
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M is the latest spacecraft destined for the agency's constellation of communications satellites. (Photo: NASA/Kim Shiflett)

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasted off Friday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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The rocket delivered into space the TDRS-M communications and data relay satellite for NASA.

The satellite, which was built by Boeing, will allow scientists, engineers and control room staff to access data for missions such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

Visitor Bruce Tollefson said he traveled to Brevard County one day early to witness the launch.

"We are here in town to catch a cruise ship tomorrow, and the launch is this morning," he said. "I thought I would come down a little earlier and see it."

A 40-minute launch window opened at 8:03 a.m., but the rocket didn't launch until 8:29 a.m.