Education raises awareness of warning signs

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:11 AM


            Did you know there’s a DOD reporting option that allows you to get help and also maintain privacy? Learn which reporting option is best for you. If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, seek help. Services are available and you don’t have to sacrifice your privacy. Visit www.militaryonesource.mil/-/domestic-abuse-military-reporting-options to learn about your options. (Graphic courtesy militaryonesource.mil)
Did you know there’s a DOD reporting option that allows you to get help and also maintain privacy? Learn which reporting option is best for you. If you’re experiencing domestic abuse, seek help. Services are available and you don’t have to sacrifice your privacy. Visit www.militaryonesource.mil/-/domestic-abuse-military-reporting-options to learn about your options. (Graphic courtesy militaryonesource.mil)

For the past 36 years, October has been designated as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The purpose of this observance is to provide education to communities, individuals, couples and families concerning Family Advocacy Program services and other community resources that can help prevent, raise awareness of community responsibility and provide resources for addressing domestic abuse.

“The Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Family Advocacy Program provides services to prevent abuse, promote early identification and reporting, provide treatment to offenders, and support for victims,” said Beverley Knight-Stukenborg, Family Advocacy Outreach manager at the 88th Medical Operations Squadron.

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“No relationship is perfect. But it’s important to be aware of unhealthy behaviors which can lead to domestic abuse – emotional, economic, sexual and physical. Abuse can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or economic status,” she said.

Even simple actions can help those at risk for abuse. For instance, learning about the warning signs of abuse and reporting options that are available is equally important, said Knight-Stukenborg.

“Deciding whether to report domestic abuse can be difficult. Victims of domestic abuse may feel confused, alone or afraid to get help. If your partner is abusive, knowing your reporting options may help you decide what’s best for you and your family,” she added.

There are two options for reporting abuse. Restricted reporting is for those who want victim advocacy services, medical care or counseling but do not want an official investigation. Reports must be made to a Family Advocacy Program manager, military health care provider, domestic abuse victim advocate or clinical treatment provider.

Unrestricted reporting is for those who want to pursue an official investigation through command, Family Advocacy Program or law enforcement. All reports of child abuse will be investigated.

Several Domestic Violence Awareness Month events and activities are scheduled this month across the installation and at local community events, including activities at the Air Force Institute of Technology, 88th Force Support Squadron, 88th Medical Group, the base commissary, the Family Violence Prevention Center Candlelight Vigil, Retiree Appreciation Day, Dayton YWCA and the Artemis Center Benefit Breakfast.

There is also a Domestic Violence Awareness Month poster campaign this month with posters displayed at units across the installation. DVAM activities are also being held during unit commander’s calls and wingman day events.

“Domestic violence is never OK,” Knight-Stukenborg said.

For free, confidential support, information or referrals, contact Family Advocacy at 937-257-4608. For domestic violence emergencies, call 911. For more information, visit www.militaryonesource.mil or call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-548-2722.

Hippo-ray! #TeamFiona fan proposes

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 6:23 PM

Team Fiona fan proposes to girlfriend with help from hippo

Fiona, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s beloved baby hippopotamus, helped celebrate the engagement of #TeamFiona fans.

The couple were in line to snap a picture on their one-year anniversary earlier this month when Nick Kelble surprised Hayley Roll when he got down on one knee and proposed while Fiona photo-bombed the special moment at the zoo’s Hippo Cove.

Kelble, a University of Cincinnati student, and Roll, a recent Bowling Green State University grad and radiology tech at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, have loved Fiona from the start, our media partner WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.

“We are huge #TeamFiona fans and have been following her since she was born,” Roll said, WCPO reported. “We’re so happy Fiona could be there on our special day. Here’s to many more years of going to zoos with you,” Roll posted on Instagram.

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One zoo staff member cropped the photo and quipped that Fiona thinks she’s the one getting engaged. Another said Fiona would need a much bigger ring for one of her toes.

Photos show suspected poaching ring gloating over illegal kills; now they face nearly 200 charges

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:16 PM

Case files and criminal charges show the extent of a poaching case in Washington and Oregon where dozens of bears, elk, and bobcats were killed. (Photo: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)
Case files and criminal charges show the extent of a poaching case in Washington and Oregon where dozens of bears, elk, and bobcats were killed. (Photo: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Newly obtained case files and criminal charges show the extent of a poaching case in Washington and Oregon where dozens of bears, elk and bobcats were killed for the thrill of it. 

KIRO 7 News reported in September that as many as 23 people possibly took part in the poaching ring breaking virtually every hunting law and regulation in Washington and Oregon. The suspects' photos of them gloating over their kills were used against as evidence by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

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Seven people — six adults, some of whom have previously been targeted in poaching investigations, and one juvenile — have been charged so far. 

Documents from the Skamania County clerk show at least five of those suspects are collectively facing 189 charges related to illegal hunting with aid of dogs, unlawful hunting of big game, and wasting fish and wildlife. 

Here are the suspects named in Skamania County case summaries:

• Joseph Dills, 64 charges

• Bryan Tretiak, 10 charges

• Eddy Dills, 26 charges

• Erick Martin, 28 charges

• William Haynes, 61 counts

Joseph and Eddy Dills were scheduled for arraignment hearings earlier this month.

Investigators said they linked the suspected ring through text messages and cellphone records allegedly showing the group coordinating illegal kills, which authorities say began in 2015.

Their alleged killing sprees focused on areas near Skamania County, where Gifford Pinchot National Forest is located, and near The Dalles in Oregon. 
Here’s what some of the video and images documented:

• Cougar chased up a tree by hounds before being shot and killed.

• Several bears treed by dogs, then shot and killed. 

• Elk killed in areas where hunting was not permitted. 

• A bobcat, along with deer, and elk shot illegally before being beheaded to take antlers and skulls as trophies. 

• Bones discovered months later in areas animals were killed. 

Investigators said the suspected poachers often left the carcasses of the slaughtered animals behind to rot in the woods. Additionally, the suspects shot animals in places where it was not allowed or the suspects did not have correct permits, according to WDFW. 

And in at least one case, the suspected poachers’ dogs were also apparently injured.

WDFW obtained one a series of text messages in their investigation. Authorities said this one was sent from a suspect to his girlfriend. 

“I'm done hunting already. I killed a huge bear about 400 pounds this morning about two feet from the ground. Now we are headed to Joe’s to drop the dogs off except for Jip and Stormy. Jip has about a 10-inch gash on her back leg and [Stormy’s] stiches pulled out so we're headed to get them fixed.”

Phone photos and videos dated back to August 2015, show bears illegally killed and hound hunting activity. Investigators said they were able to identify specific areas the suspected poachers went to over the last two years by photo-embedded GPS coordinates. 

Here’s how the investigation began: 

The investigation began with Oregon State Police troopers who were looking into poaching in The Dalles, charging papers filed in Skamania County Superior Court say.

Last December, the troopers contacted and interviewed two Longview, Washington, men, Haynes and Martin, who, the troopers said, confessed to illegally killing deer in Oregon and bringing their heads and antlers back to Washington.

The troopers contacted authorities in Washington, who recovered 27 deer heads and a bull elk unlawfully possessed by Haynes and a co-defendant, the charging papers say.

In executing search warrants for the suspects’ cellphones, the documents say, investigators found pictures, text messages and videos linking several other people to the poaching.

“The bears really suffered the brunt of this,” Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Brad Rhoden said. “They were just killed and left.”

More charges are expected in both Oregon and Washington state.

The Associated Press contributed to this report .

Funeral held for soldier at center of Trump rift

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 6:30 PM

VIDEO: Sgt. La David Johnson Laid to Rest

Before Sgt. La David Johnson joined the Army, he was known as “Wheelie King.”

He would remove the front tire from his bicycle and ride to Walmart where he worked in the produce department.

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“Once you feel that you are comfortable, you could just ride all day,” he said in a 2013 interview featuring his wheelie skills.

Johnson, 25, joined the Army in 2014, becoming a member of the Special Forces and was awarded leadership, achievement and marksmanship accommodations, according to his obituary.

Johnson and three other soldiers, as well as five Nigerian soldiers, died Oct. 4 in Niger when they were attacked by militants tied to the Islamic State. His death became the center of a dispute between President Donald Trump and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.

About 1,200 mourners gathered Saturday at Christ the Rock Church to remember Johnson before he was laid to rest. Johnson’s family asked reporters to stay outside during the service.

HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 21: U.S. Military honor guards carry the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Sgt. Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Portraits of his three comrades killed in action -- Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington; Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio; and Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons, Georgia -- joined his on the stage as the pastor, family and Wilson spoke.

Johnson's pregnant widow, Myeshia, held the arm of an Army officer as she led the couple’s children Ah'Leeysa, 6, La David Jr., 2.

HOLLYWOOD, FL - OCTOBER 21: Myeshia Johnson kisses the casket of her husband U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson during his burial service at the Memorial Gardens East cemetery on October 21, 2017 in Hollywood, Florida. Sgt. Johnson and three other American soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

La David and Myeshia were high school sweethearts. She is due to have a daughter, La’Shee, in January. An online fundraiser has raised more than $600,000 to pay for the children's education.

Johnson's sister, Angela Ghent, said his loss doesn’t feel real.

"It hasn't hit me yet,” Ghent said. “I haven't had time to grieve.”

Mourners said the fight between Trump and Wilson was never mentioned during the service.

The war of words between the president and Wilson began Tuesday when she said Trump told Johnson’s widow in a phone call that her husband "knew what he signed up for" and didn't appear to know his name, a version later backed up by Johnson's aunt.

The dispute has continued through the weekend with Trump tweeting: "I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!"

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

INITIAL REPORT

U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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