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.

Russell Simmons accused of rape by 3 more woman, but ‘vehemently’ denies it

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Music Mogul Russell Simmons speaks at an event on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.  
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Music Mogul Russell Simmons speaks at an event on June 24, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Jerritt Clark)

Music mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons is “vehemently” denying he raped at least three women dating back to the late 1980s.

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The three women have stepped forward, accusing Simmons, 60, of a “pattern of violent sexual behavior,” including rape, between the late 1980s and 2014, according to the New York Times.

The women all spoke on the record and allowed their names to be revealed.

The Times said it confirmed the allegations through friends and associates of the women at the time the incidents occurred.

The women said they decided to come forward and tell their stories after dozens of victims publicly detailed alleged sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of disgraced filmmaker Harvey Weinstein.

Simmons said the accusations are false.

“I vehemently deny all these allegations. These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all my relations have been consensual,” the Def Jam Records co-founder told the newspaper.

He also said he has “enormous respect for the women’s movement worldwide and their struggle for respect, dignity, equality and power.”

Simmons stepped down from his business empire last month after sexual misconduct allegations against him first surfaced. 

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At that time he also denied the allegations, but apologized.

“While I have never been violent, I have been thoughtless and insensitive in some of my relationships over many decades and I sincerely and humbly apologize,” he said.

Trotwood police investigating claim of a shooting at Shell station in Drexel

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 10:41 PM

Trotwood police are investigating a person's claim of being shot and wounded at the Shell station in the 6100 block of West Third Street in Drexel. 

According to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, Miami Valley Hospital officials notified police about 8:50 p.m. that a person walked into the hospital claiming to have been shot. 

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When the shooting is believed to have occurred is not certain and there is no information about the gender of the person. 

The vehicle the person was in has been seized at the hospital by police, according to regional dispatch. 

We are working to learn more about this incident. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

More than 400 DP&L, Duke customers reporting power outages; Winds to blame?

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 11:04 PM

@ 10:35 p.m., the online DP&L outage map shows:

Preble 141 

Montgomery 135 

Darke 57 

Miami 9 

Greene 2 

Warren 1 

The online Duke Energy map shows: 

Butler 817 (approximately 110 north and west of Middletown, in the area of Kalbfleisch Road. Another 11 east of the city are without power).

We will update this developing report.

Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

Man stuns fellow drivers by stripping naked, jumping on cars

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 6:11 PM

The main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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The main terminal at Washington Dulles International Airport (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Wild footage taken during a Tuesday afternoon Incident shows a naked man running down a highway and jumping onto vehicles after crashing his own truck — causing the road to close to traffic.

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Police responded to a call about an accident near Washington Dulles International Airport and a man possibly fleeing the scene without his clothes on. According to officers, one of the drivers involved in the crash got out of his car and assaulted the other driver. That’s when the suspect reportedly undressed and jumped onto a passing vehicle. After causing damage to the truck, he got off of it and ran away.

The video shows the man trying to climb into a dump truck. At one point, he jumps onto the back of a passing truck, clinging on as the driver attempts to drive away. Theo Garner watched the entire episode from the Herndon office building.

“Out of the corner of my eye, I see a ... half-naked guy cross eight lanes of traffic on 28. He then climbs up on the back of the dump truck that a pickup truck had slammed into the back of, disrobes and then proceeds to throw things on 28,” he said. “It’s not something you see every day. I’ve been working there for 17 years and I’ve never seen any shenanigans like that man. That was absolutely insane. But I’ll tell you it did brighten up a boring workday.”

The man was later located on Dulles property, arrested and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are reportedly still working to identify the suspect, and charges against him are pending.