FAA, Spirit Airlines ‘quickly became aware’ of Centerville pilot’s death

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 1:54 PM

The Federal Aviation Administration and Spirit Airlines “quickly became aware” of pilot Brian Halye’s likely drug overdose death, a spokeswoman for the federal agency said Monday.

Spirit Airlines also released new information to the Dayton Daily News and NewsCenter 7 about how it drug tests pilots, though the company has not said if it is internally investigating Halye’s death.

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Halye, 36, of Centerville, and wife Courtney Halye, 34, were found dead Thursday by their four children. Their deaths appear to be drug-related, according to Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Director Ken Betz.

Investigators have not given any indication the Spirit Airlines pilot used drugs before the incident that led to his death. Halye’s last flight for the company before his death was March 10, a Spirit Airlines spokesman said.

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Airline explains drug tests

The Dayton Daily News last week asked Spirit Airlines to provide more information about Halye’s employment, including the last route he flew and scheduled flights, the dates and results of any drug screens during and before his employment, and whether the carrier was aware of Halye’s apparent drug use.

The company initially declined to respond, though the Dayton Daily News continued to ask for comment over the weekend. On Monday, Spirit Airlines provided the newspaper with additional details about the airline’s drug policy, but the company did not say if it is internally investigating the matter, or the last time Halye was tested.

“Spirit Airlines is required by federal regulations to operate with the highest degree of safety,” said Spirit Airlines spokesman Paul Berry in an emailed statement.

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U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration “regulations require that the airline conduct various drug and alcohol tests on all safety-sensitive employees including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and dispatchers,” Berry said.

“These tests include, but are not limited to, pre-employment, random and reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing. Spirit Airlines is fully compliant with these DOT and FAA regulations,” Berry said.

“In addition, Spirit Airlines has implemented and maintains a number of programs, in cooperation with its pilot union, that exceed any federal mandates, designed to detect, report and assist employees with potential life challenges,” he said.

“In the event that someone in a safety sensitive position tests positive, they would be immediately removed from their position,” Berry said.

FAA database had ‘discrepancy’

The FAA and Spirit Airlines stay in “constant contact,” an FAA spokeswoman said, noting both organizations “quickly became aware” of the pilot’s death.

On Monday, the FAA confirmed the agency’s public database of pilots was updated to reflect the most up-to-date medical information about Halye, following the newspaper’s discovery of a discrepancy in agency records.

Last week, the federal agency’s database of pilots suggested Halye’s last medical certification was issued in September 2011, though the spokeswoman said Halye’s medical certification was up-to-date.

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The discrepancy was due to a duplication of files in the agency’s master database when Halye elected not to use his Social Security number when filing his certification, something that “happens occasionally,” according to FAA Spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory.

“The elimination of the Social Security number means the airman was assigned a random number, and ended up with two files in the master database,” Cory said. “They were merged in the master file, which enabled me to answer the question about whether he had an active medical so quickly on Thursday.”

The updated database lists Halye’s last medical certification as September 2016. While a urine sample is taken during the tests, the sample is tested for diseases but not drug use.

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2 safe after Dayton water rescue 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

UPDATE @ 2:04 p.m.:

Dayton crews have rescued two kayakers from the Great Miami River. Both a male and female kayaker were ejected into the river and required assistance. Both are on land and in good condition with no reported injuries. 

FIRST REPORT

Dayton Police and Fire crews have been dispatched to the 1300 block of Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton for a potential water rescue. 

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch reports that two kayakers were caught in a line of trees and debris on the Great Miami River. 

They lost control of their kayaks and were tossed into the river needing assistance. 

One person has been rescued and they are attempting to rescue the second passenger. We will update you with the latest in this developing story. 

Reports: Comey knew Clinton email info was fake, created by Russia

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

FILE- In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey's memo relating President Donald Trump’s request to shut down an investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against the president. But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are difficult in ordinary circumstances, several former federal prosecutors cautioned Wednesday, May 17, 2017, a day after word of the existence of the memo broke. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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CNN is reporting that former FBI Director James Comey knew that some information about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server was created by Russian intelligence, but did not disclose that fact when he declared that the investigation into Clinton’s activities was over last summer.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the FBI received a Russian intelligence document saying the Clinton campaign had an understanding with the Justice Department that Clinton would not be prosecuted over the email inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.

According to the Post story, Comey made his decision to end the investigation in part on the basis of that memo.

According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over. In the July 5 hearing, Comey did say that while Clinton was secretary of state, she had been “extremely careless” when she set up a private email server in her home in New York.

The CNN story claims that the FBI knew that piece of the investigation was fake and that the bureau was not deceived. According to the story in the Post, it was not until some time later that the bureau learned the information was fake.

According to CNN, Comey was not as concerned about whether the information was fake, but about whether the report was going to be released by the Russians. If it had been, sources close to Comey told CNN, the FBI could not refute it without compromising intelligence sources and methods.

For the full story, see CNN and The Washington Post.

Homicide victim found in field suffered multiple gunshot wounds

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

The city of Dayton’s most recent homicide victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to preliminary findings at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The body of Davionte Lavon Jones, 22, was found Thursday evening lying in a field in the 3500 block of Dorham Place.

We’re working to gather more details about the investigation.

EARLIER

A 22-year-old man is listed as a victim in Dayton’s latest homicide.

Next-of-kin has been notified about the death of Davionte Lavon Jones and an autopsy is underway today, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officers were called Thursday evening to the 3500 block of Dorham Place, according to the Dayton police report.

The police report lists two vehicles that are part of the investigation, a tan 2005 Chevy Impala and a black 2006 Kia Sorrento.

Further details, including the cause and manner of Jones’ death, were not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Troopers: 15-year-old driving at time of crash that killed 17-year-old

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (May 26)

From the 9-1-1 call

“He's 17. He flew through the roof," according to a 911 caller. 

The driver, Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children's Hospital South Campus in Springboro.

"I don't know the address. We're in the middle of nowhere," the caller told a 9-1-1 operator. "Please help me, I'm so scared," the 911 call continued. 

A woman, who saw the crash while visiting a nearby creek at the Sycamore Reserve Park with her husband and two children, took over the call and reported the other boy at the scene, apparently Mousa, was walking around "kind of out of it."  

From the Ohio Highway Patrol

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O'Bryon of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said there was no indication that alcohol or drug use were involved, but investigators were awaiting toxicology tests.

O'Bryon said it appeared the crash was the result of a combination of driver inexperience, high speed and failure to wear a seatbelt.

It was unclear why Mousa was driving. "It's a tragedy," O'Bryon said.

Mousa was identified as the driver after conflicting reports at the scene, O'Bryon said.

O'Bryon said the case will be presented to the Warren County prosecutors and that could take several weeks.

UPDATE@11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy died in a crash Thursday night in Warren County, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Springboro, was a passenger in a car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Centerville, that crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Township, according to a press release.

Preliminary investigation determined Mousa was driving a 2013 Honda Accord eastbound on Springboro Road, when he lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned several times. 

The accident occurred on a very winding section of the road, just south of Springboro, according to authorities. The car’s speed at the time of the crash is undetermined, but speed and no seatbelt are listed as contributing factors.

Theiss, the right front passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center.

Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro. 

It was unclear if Mousa had been charged.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a vehicle that crashed in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male from Springboro Thursday night, according to state troopers. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a reported single-vehicle, rollover crash on Springboro Road, near Red Lion-Five Points Road. 

A 2013 Honda sedan, driven by a 15-year-old male from Centerville, was traveling east on Springboro Road when the car, lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned several times, state troopers said in a media release. 

The crash ejected the front-seat passenger and was later pronounced dead at the scene. State troopers identified the victim as 17-year-old Noah Theiss of Springboro. 

The driver was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus and was treated and released. 

A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old female from Springboro, was also injured and transported to Atrium Hospital where she was also treated and released.  

State troopers said speed and no seat belt use are contributing factors in the crash. 

Investigators did not indicate if the 15-year-old driver was licensed with a temporary permit. 

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ site, a driver can be issued a temporary instruction permit identification card starting at age 15 years and six months.  The temporary permit must be held for at least six months, among other requirements that must completed, before a drivers’ license can be issued. 

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (May 25)

One juvenile was killed and two others injured tonight in a rollover crash on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

“Upon arrival there was one fatality,” Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

There were three youths in the car. The other two were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening, Cook said.

>>VIDEO: Trooper gives update on crash

The age and identity of the juvenile killed has not been released.

“We’re in the process of notification of next of kin,” the sergeant said.

The names and ages of the two injured juveniles also were not released.

The crash happened just east of Red Lion Five Points Road, Cook said.

A crash reconstruction team is investigating the crash, which appears to be a single-vehicle crash. It is not clear whether speed or alcohol were factors, Cook said.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.