Job fair held for BAE Systems workers

Published: Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

            Buford Dudley interviews with Matthew McGowan and Melinda Pregon of Staffmark during a job fair at Workforce One of Butler County, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. BAE Systems will have its first round of layoffs in December and Workforce One held a job fair specifically for them. Staff photo by Greg Lynch
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BAE Systems in West Chester Twp. has pushed its first round of layoffs back until later this month as employees finish work on a contract, company officials said.

Shannon Booker, a spokeswoman for BAE, said the first round of job cuts would happen in mid-December — she did not give a more specific date — and would affect 40 people. A contract that was supposed to have finished in November was delayed causing the company to hold off on the move, according to BAE.

BAE Systems, an armored vehicle company, is moving its military operations from West Chester Twp. to Sealy, Texas, resulting in the elimination of approximately 160 jobs locally. The company filed a notice with the state workforce department saying it would do layoffs in rounds, which were expected to begin Nov. 30 and occur monthly until the end of March 2013.

About 100 current and former workers at BAE Systems attended a job fair Friday at Workforce One of Butler County in Fairfield held specifically for them. About 20 different employers from throughout the region participated, hoping to find workers with the skills they need.

The job fair took place the same day the U.S. Labor Department released its report saying the nation’s economy added 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008. Economists say the unemployment rate dropped to a four-year low mainly because more people stopped looking for work and weren’t counted as unemployed.

Buford Dudley, 62, of Hamilton, doesn’t count himself among those who’ve given up on the hunt. Dudley will be laid off from BAE Systems, where he has worked for five years as a truck driver and material handling specialist, on Jan. 18. He said he was at the job fair hoping to find work that would keep him employed for at least three more years until he could retire.

“I’ve been working for a long time, so sitting at home is not my cup of tea,” Dudley said.

G&W Products Inc., a contract metal manufacturer in Fairfield, was among the companies at the fair looking for talent and experience, particularly in the areas of engineering, quality inspection, welding and laser and stamping manufacturing operations. Eric Davis, operations manager of G&W, said his company is hiring.

“We’re in a great position from business standpoint. We’re actually growing,” Davis said. “That’s why we’re here.”

BAE Systems has done a series of downsizings in recent years in response to lost contracts and reduced military spending. Most recently in September, BAE Systems said it would move its local military operations to Texas. The remaining commercial business is being negotiated in a sale to the O’Gara Group Inc., a Cincinnati-based company that opened a commercial armoring business this year in Fairfield.

Richard Chrisman, of Hamilton, was laid off from BAE in April of 2011 and hasn’t been able to find a steady job since. He worked at BAE more than seven years, most recently in quality inspection of bulletproof glass and armored vehicles.

“Basically, you have to get a job where you can,” Chrisman said. “But I don’t want to get a job that pays $9, $10 an hour, but you have to drive an hour away. Some of the jobs listed are way down in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Burglary suspect caught, arrested in Greene County

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Deputies in Greene County tracked down a burglary suspect this morning in the 1400 block of U.S. 68 North.

A homeowner called to report a burglary and responding deputies were able to make an arrest, according to Sgt. Sean Magoteaux.

There was a short pursuit through the woods and a creek, but deputies caught up to and arrested the suspect, Magoteaux said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The suspect’s identity has not been released. The incident remains under investigation and further details are not being released at this time.

Police: 'Movie money' being used to defraud Florida retailers

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

The “money” looks real and feels real, but to the right of Benjamin Franklin’s head, the $100 bill reads, “For motion picture use only.”

Despite the warning, a manager at Forever 21 at the Treasure Coast Square in Jensen Beach was fooled Wednesday by the $100 bill someone used to pay for $93.81 worth of women’s clothing and accessories, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office said. It was the fifth recent case of the “movie money” being used at county retailers.

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Deputies arrested the teenager suspected in the Forever 21 fraud case when managers at another chain store contacted authorities and said he tried to purchase $400 worth of merchandise with the fake bills.

A manager at the Forever 21 store told the Post on Friday that another manager took the counterfeit money. She said the scammers, a young male and  young female who looked to be about 16 or 17 years old, were purchasing items such as a bodysuit, fake eyelashes and an eyelash curler.

She said the bill appeared to be real, aside from the label saying it was for movies only, and she hadn’t seen the “movie money” used previously in the store.

The store has a machine to check for counterfeit money, but it wasn’t working at the time of that purchase, the manager said.

Deputies withheld the name of the teen apprehended in the fraud cases at the mall.

Other cases include using fake $20 bills as well as well as $100s. 

The Sheriff’s Office encouraged retailers in the area to make their employees aware of the fake bills being circulated.

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart shows off new baby

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is pictured here in an appearance on the ‘Today’ show in 2013. Smart and her husband, Matthew Gilmour, have welcomed a new baby boy to their family.
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Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart has posted photos of her new baby boy on Instragram.

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The photos feature her husband Matthew Gilmour, daughter Chloe, 2, and newborn son James.

“These people are my whole world,” Smart wrote in a caption of a family portrait. “Whenever I look at them I realize how fortunate I am. I hope I never forget what a blessing a safe, healthy, happy family is.”

Earlier this month, the proud parents took baby James to get a “special blessing.”

“The sunshine made today the perfect day for an adventure with great Granny and Grandpa, and great uncle Neville!” she wrote in a photo caption of the family visiting with Gilmour’s parents in Scotland, where he’s from.

Another photo shows Chloe and James snuggling.

“Nothing better then seeing my two babies love on each other!” Smart wrote.

Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her home in Salt Lake City in 2002 when she was 14 by a homeless man, who her father had employed as a handy man, and his wife. She was rescued nine months later by police just 18 miles from the family home. 

Suspect, Brian David Mitchell, and his wife, Wanda Ileen Barzee, were eventually convicted in the Smart kidnapping and assault case. 



Fire ravages historic building near bike trail in downtown Loveland

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

A massive fire overnight damaged a historic building in Loveland in a popular part of the city for shopping and outdoor activities.

West Loveland Avenue near the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail is closed to pedestrians and motorists as Loveland-Symmes firefighters continue working after responding to the fire call around 1:30 a.m., according to our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

Flames spread from one end to the other of a mixed retail and residential building that has been renovated several times, according to WCPO’s report.

Everyone escaped the building and there were no reports of injuries, although a firefighter was overcome with exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to WCPO’s report.

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder told the media outlet the part of the building that sustained the most fire damage did not have a sprinkler system, and the side that did have sprinklers sustained water damage.

The cause is under investigation and the city engineer’s office has been called to determine whether the building is structurally sound.