Family: Troy soldier always wanted to serve

Published: Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 5:04 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 12:50 AM

An Army soldier from Troy who died in Afghanistan on his second tour of duty was a protective son who always wanted to join the military, a relative said Monday.

Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice, 24, a member of a Fort Hood, Texas-based unit, died in Kandahar Province on July 19, according to the Department of Defense. He was a field engineer who searched for improvised explosive devices, a family member said. Funeral arrangements were pending Monday.

The 2007 Troy High School graduate attended Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua his last two years in school.

“He was just a very caring and likable person,” said Cathy Pencil, his aunt. “Ever since he was a kid he wanted to be a soldier so he was just in his element when he joined the Army. He was very protective of his mother. She’s just devastated at the loss.”

Upper Valley Principal Thomas J. Davis said his former student was the first to die in Iraq or Afghanistan since Davis became principal more than a decade ago.

“He was an exemplary student,” Davis said. “No problems. He was a good kid, a leader.”

The school plans to remember Rice this Veterans’ Day, Davis said.

“You always think in the back of your mind something like this may happen, but you never think something like this would happen to one of your students,” said Robert Voisard, Rice’s guidance counselor at Upper Valley.

The soldier’s death was mourned in a community unaccustomed in recent years to losing someone they know during wartime, one resident said.

“We’re not used to this in a little, small town like Troy,” said Vaughn McKee, 65, a Vietnam veteran and member of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post.

But it should serve as a reminder on the risks members of the military confront in combat, the former Army soldier said.

“They’re at risk every day of their life,” said McKee, a VFW honor guard member.

The family was attempting to learn the circumstances surrounding Rice’s death, Pencil said. The military had not released those details Monday.

“The circumstances around the incident are under investigation,” said Tyler Broadway, a Fort Hood spokesman. Rice was a soldier with the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade at the base.

Rice played football early in his days at Troy High School and later studied welding at Upper Valley, school officials said.

“He was a hard worker and what sticks out most is whatever you asked him to do he would go 100 percent to do it,” said Steve L. Becker his former football coach and American history teacher. “He always wanted to do very, very well. The effort was always there on the football field, in the classroom. He had the work ethic that really, really made him stand out.”

The family has dealt with tragedy before. Rice’s father, Bruce, died in January 2007 after he suffered a stroke, Pencil said. Rice quit football to help care for his father before he died, Pencil said.

She said her nephew as a child liked “karate and he liked to play as a Ninja soldier … and he would tell his mom he was going out to protect the perimeter. He was just very protective that way. He just loved it. It was just him. He knew he wanted to be a soldier.”

The Department of Defense has reported 1,925 deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan.

Gradual weekend warm-up; Possible light showers to cause slick roads

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

A mild evening is expected in the Dayton area, with rain returning Sunday & Monday.

Increasing clouds are expected this evening. Overnight we’ll keep an eye out for a few light showers as rain chances increase, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures overnight will drop into the middle to upper 30s. 

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  • Warmer finish to weekend
  • Wet Sunday into Monday
  • Colder with snow possible Tuesday

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Sunday: We’ll experience cloudy skies with a chance for drizzle and fog. A few light showers will be possible as temperatures climb into the mid 40s.

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5-Day Rain Chances(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

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Monday: It’ll be mainly dry to start the day, but rain chances increase late morning into the afternoon. Gusty winds will be likely as temperatures soar into the lower 50s. 

Tuesday: A colder, blustery day with the chance for a few passing snow showers or flurries. Highs will be in the mid-30s, but will feel like the teens and 20s. 

5-Day Temperature Trend(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Wednesday: Some sunshine make a return, but it will still be breezy and cold in the upper 30s. 

Outdoor Outlook(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

Thursday: Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s under partly cloudy skies. 

Florida group raffles off rifle to benefit children's program

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:50 PM

An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children. (Photo: WFTV.com)
An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children. (Photo: WFTV.com)

An assault rifle is a prize in a raffle to raise money for programs to help disadvantaged children.

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Channel 9 found out that phone calls to buy tickets for the raffle go to three Central Florida county jails.

The flyer advertising the raffle was created by the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency.

It advertises a chance to win an AR-15 rifle. There are phone numbers on the flyer to buy $20 tickets.

Every one of the numbers directs the caller to someone's desk at the Orange, Seminole and Osceola County jails.

Some were perplexed by the offer.

“Probably a good value, but it’s very bizarre and counterintuitive,” said Andrew Shure.

Information on the raffle to win the $1,200 gun was tweeted by the St. Cloud police.

The local Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency chapter said the $6,800 or so raised would be used for community projects, like buying gifts for underprivileged children.

“They could raffle off a car or something other than a gun. That doesn’t make sense to raffle off a gun,” said Laura Stephenson.

Officials in Orange and Seminole counties seemed surprised that calls for information about the AR-15 raffle were going to county jail offices.

There is an asterisk on the flyer that said the winner must comply with applicable laws and background checks.

A member of this organization said that they won't really be handing over a rifle to the winner, but instead a certificate they can use to pick up the gun.

Police investigating reported shooting outside Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 4:54 PM



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Police are investigating after a reported shooting outside a Walmart in Fairfield Twp.

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Fairfield Township Police were called at about 3:15 p.m. Saturday to the Walmart at 3101 Hamilton Princeton Road.

According to scanner traffic, a person was shot in the leg during the incident.

Initial reports may have been drug related.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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

Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 5:06 PM

A piece of stony-iron meteorite sits on a display during a press conference, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the Longway Planetarium in Flint, Mich. Longway Planetarium astronomers have located three meteorites, after a meteor broke apart about 20 miles over Earth Tuesday. Most of the meteorite’s fragments landed in Hamburg Township, Mich. The meteor will be sent to NASA for analysis. (Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
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A piece of stony-iron meteorite sits on a display during a press conference, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the Longway Planetarium in Flint, Mich. Longway Planetarium astronomers have located three meteorites, after a meteor broke apart about 20 miles over Earth Tuesday. Most of the meteorite’s fragments landed in Hamburg Township, Mich. The meteor will be sent to NASA for analysis. (Bronte Wittpenn/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)(Bronte Wittpenn/AP)

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS.

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“We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”

A group from Longway Planetarium and the Farmington Community Stargazer also recovered a meteorite and planned to share more details about its discovery, according to WDIV.

The meteorites were found near Charlotte, Michigan and near Whitmore Lake, according to WDIV. The AMS received more than 650 reports of a fireball from people in Michigan, Ohio and Canada.