Local airman in Guam tells his Greene Co. family not to fret about North Korea

Published: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 5:32 PM

Local airman in Guam tells family not to worry

With tensions rising between the U.S. and North Korea, there are more than 160,000 people living on the island of Guam. One family stationed there has roots here in the Miami Valley.

News Center 7’s James Buechele spoke with Kim Lewis, who was just in Guam a few months ago to visit her son and daughter-in-law. 

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Lewis, who works at Cedarville University, said her son attended Cedarville and has been living in Guam while serving overseas in the Air Force.

"It was an incredible adventure for us cause I got to meet my grandson for the first time,” Lewis said.

Late Tuesday, Lewis heard of North Korea’s threats to target the tiny island.

"My first inclination was to be stressed out. However, I got right on my phone and texted my son to see how things were,” Lewis said.

Lewis said her son forwarded her a letter the governor of Guam had sent out, reassuring there was no imminent threat.

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"I have full confidence in our president that he has got my son's back so, I'm honestly not stressed because I know that our military is prepared,” Lewis said.

New York explosion: Suspect faces terror, weapons charges

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

Explosion Reported At New York City Port Authority Bus Station

Four people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Port Authority subway corridor in New York City on Monday morning, including the alleged bomber, police said.

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Local post office drop box fire being investigated as arson 

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The Bowersville Post Office on the 3000 block of Maysville Street required a heavy fire response Monday night. According to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office a juvenile has been questioned and the fire is being investigated as an arson. 

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The Post Office lobby is open 24 hours and the fire was reported in the overnight drop box. It is unclear at this time what was put in the drop box to start the fire and officials from the State Fire Marshall’s Office have been called in to investigate. 

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We reached out to the post office to find out the extent of the damage and if hours would be affected, but received no response. We will continue to update you with the latest details in this developing story.

16-year-old charged in Middletown murder to remain behind bars

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:31 AM

16-year-old appears in Butler County Juvenile court charged with aggravated murder

A 16-year-old Middletown boy accused of fatally shooting a Loveland man Friday night will stay behind bars in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.

The teen was arraigned today in juvenile court on charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery, and Magistrate Patricia Wilkerson ordered the boy to remain behind bars.

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The 16-year-old is charged with shooting and killing Stephan Cotter, 22, of Loveland, on Friday night in what police said was a drug deal gone bad.

The teen sat alone at the table while charges against him were read, which also included tampering with evidence for allegedly throwing the gun used in the shooting in the river, and a burglary charge for a previous incident on Yankee Road. In addition, he is charged with a probation violation and was a runaway at the time of shooting.

When the magistrate asked the teen if he understood the charges, he answered “Yeah.”

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The teen’s family members were in court, but made no comments.

A hearing before Judge Ronald Craft has been scheduled for Dec. 21.

At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, Middletown police were called to the area of Lawn Avenue on a report of a shooting. They found Cotter slumped over and unconscious in the passenger seat of a 2012 Kia, according to a police report. Cotter was shot in the chest area.

Cotter was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where he died, according to Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve.

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Cotter and the teen met on Facebook, and the teen arranged to buy marijuana and other drugs from Cotter near Cherry Street and Lawn Avenue, police said.

Friday night’s shooting was the city’s ninth homicide of the year, according to police.

City to assess future of Dayton Convention Center

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets.  LISA POWELL / STAFF
The Dayton Convention Center sits on Fifth Street between Main and Jefferson Streets. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The city of Dayton announced plans to create a task force to assess the future of the Dayton Convention Center Tuesday.

The task force will evaluate the current condition of the facility, its financial situation and the potential for future development on the site, according to the city.

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“This effort is on the heels of a feasibility study conducted last year by Crossroads Consulting Services of Tampa, Fla., which indicated the facility needs major renovations that could cost millions,” the city said in a prepared statement.

Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the task force will provide an analysis of the facility and its impact on the community.

The task force is made up on 21 members of local businesses and other local organizations.