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Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 6:53 AM
KETTERING — The Kettering Police officer whose actions helped a man who fell spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, saying he had a “gut feeling” something was wrong.
Officer Jonathon McCoy responded to an area around East Drive on Feb. 28 around 4:30 p.m. after someone found a dog.
McCoy looked at the dog’s tags and saw it was from a nearby address. No one answered the door to the home so McCoy began checking the doors and windows, according to a Facebook post from the Kettering Police Department.
“We were right in front of the owner’s house and took the dog in the backyard,” McCoy said. “There was some sort of gut feeling that I had. There were a couple of lights on inside the house and fresh food that wasn’t eaten completely.”
McCoy called for more officers and then began opening an exterior window to yell for someone in the home, according to the post.
At that point, the 60-year-old homeowner yelled that he had fallen, the post said. The homeowner gave McCoy the code to the garage door and McCoy made it inside, the department said.
The homeowner had fallen seven hours earlier and was unable to find his cell phone to call for help, the post said.
“The first thing he said to me was, ‘How did you know I was in here?’” McCoy said. “You never expect it but this job is full of surprises and that’s something you learn early on.”
The Facebook post has gone viral, having been viewed more than two million times.
“Off. McCoy chose to go above and beyond; he could have simply put the dog in the back yard and left. Instead, Off. McCoy chose to go the extra mile, which resulted in possibly saving this man’s life! Great job Off. McCoy,” the post said.
McCoy joined the Kettering Police Department in May 2015 and previously served on the Village of Cedarville and University of Dayton Departments, according to a release from the department when McCoy was hired.
“The public pays attention a lot to the negative things and rightly so,” Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said. “Officers make mistakes and we have to answer for that. But for the most part, officers do a good job and I think this is just a very good example of them doing that.”
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
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Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:47 AM
DARKE COUNTY — A firefighter has reportedly been injured in a fire in Darke County.
The fire was reported shortly before 3 a.m. in the 1400 block of Preble County Butler Township Road. Around 3 a.m., crews reported there was an explosion and a firefighter was down, according to initial reports.
The fire reportedly started in an attached garage before spreading to the home.
We have a crew headed to the scene. This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 10:34 PM
— Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight as rain approaches toward daybreak Monday. Temperatures overnight will be steady in the upper 30s and lower 40s.
MONDAY: Rain returns, and it could be heavy at times. While the chance for storms is not all that high, it can’t be ruled out. Highs will be in the lower to middle 60s.
TUESDAY: More dry time is expected, but storms will be possible later in the evening. Highs will be near 70 degrees.
WEDNESDAY: Rain showers are expected with highs near 60 degrees.
THURSDAY: The chance for rain continues mainly south. Highs will be in the middle 40s.
Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:07 AM
SEATTLE — A self-proclaimed white nationalist was banned from a Fremont gym after the owners learned he is a leader in the alt-right community.
The owners of Northwest Fitness Project say Greg Johnson is longer welcome there.
“The trainer terminated his contract and we banned him from the gym,” said Kyle Davis, a co-owner of the gym.
It's a move that has some people wondering if it violates a city ordinance that says "places of public accommodation" can't discriminate based on a person's beliefs.
But the owners of the gym say that ordinance doesn't apply -- because it’s not a public space. To use the space, you must be the client of a trainer.
“There’s no open gym membership, it's not like people can come and go as they please,” Davis said. “Trainers come and run their own businesses out of this location."
“There's a right of first refusal of the independent trainer. And (the trainer) chose to not work with him anymore due to the harm it would cause his reputation, and not wanting to be associated with those views,” Davis said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center calls Greg Johnson an "international figure for white nationalism” and “one of the leading voices of the far-right.”
In September 2017, the New York Times interviewed him undercover and posted it on its website.
In the interview, Johnson says, “I would identify myself as a white nationalist. That states the goals I have politically.”
When asked about people who are Jewish, Johnson says, “The solution would ultimately (be) to expel them.”
Davis said he’s disturbed to hear Johnson’s views.
“I would feel threatened, yes,” he said. “I'm converting to Judaism, my fiancée is Jewish and we want to raise our kids Jewish.”
The owners say after Johnson was banned, a white nationalist publication told followers to post negative reviews on the gym's Yelp and Facebook pages.
“We were at a five (star average review); it went down to a three,” said Matthew Holland, the other co-owner of Northwest Fitness Project.
But hundreds of people supported the gym on social media, helping it bounce back.
“Now we're to like a 4.8,” Holland said. “We have a great community and we didn't realize how awesome they all were. Going through a rough time like this, it was just so encouraging.”
The Puget Sound Anarchists first published last week that Johnson lives in Seattle. It’s also how the gym owners found out about Johnson’s beliefs.
Johnson did not comment.