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Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
— High school students in Beavercreek City Schools will be able to sign up next year for the new Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
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The district announced today it received approval for the JROTC program, which will be an elective for grades 9-12 and is a natural fit for a district where 30 percent of the students are connected to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
"We were thrilled that the answer was 'yes'," Assistant Superintendent Jason Enix told WHIO's Gabrielle Enright. "We received a phone call from headquarters about two weeks ago letting us know we are ready for the 2018/2019 school year."
Getting approval for the "US Code mandated citizenship training program" took two years to complete, according to the district.
The program trains cadets in citizenship, promoting community service, instilling personal responsibility, character and self-discipline, according to the district.
As many as 150 students are expected to sign up, and ninth-grader Claire Yamamoto may be one of them.
Yamamoto is among the 30 percent of Beavercreek schools' 7,800 students who are connected to the base.
Yamamoto said she's lived on the base for seven years after her family moved up from San Antonio.
Claire said her father recently retired from the Air Force. She's not sure yet whether she'll follow in his steps, but she likes having this new program at the high school.
"I think it's a good thing to show kids in the Air Force and kids outside of the Air Force what they do and how they do it and that it's a good atmosphere," she said.
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:14 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 2:50 a.m: Two people were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after a police pursuit ended in a crash on Needmore Road early Thursday morning.
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According to officials, they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Stanley Avenue around 1:45 a.m., the suspect did not comply and a pursuit started on northbound I-75.
The suspect ended up crashing into another vehicle after running a red light on Needmore Road not too long after the pursuit ensued.
The suspect and the driver of the other vehicle were the individuals transported to Grandview Medical Center.
Officials did find a loaded handgun and narcotics in the suspect vehicle.
The individual was placed under arrest and will be taken to Montgomery County Jail after their release from the hospital.
A pursuit on northbound I-75 ended as a crash on the Needmore Road exit ramp early Thursday morning.
According to officials, the pursuit started around 1:45 a.m. at the 55 milemarker.
The Ohio Highway State Patrol are handling with assistance from Dayton police.
Published: Friday, March 02, 2018 @ 2:52 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 12:44 AM
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Published: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 4:33 PM
Updated: Monday, March 12, 2018 @ 5:37 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.
A electrical fire that started in the basement of a residence on Pinehurst Avenue has been extinguished, according to Dayton District Fire Chief Adam Landis.
No injuries were reported. He estimated the damage at $10,000.
Landis also said the cause of the fire is under investigation and the residents will be able to stay in their house.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — A 32-year-old Huber Heights man was arrested Wednesday on a charge accusing him of committing a hate crime when federal authorities said he attacked a man outside a Cincinnati restaurant because the man identified himself as Jewish.
Izmir Koch -- also under indictment in Montgomery County involving a June 2016 fight on Valley Street in Dayton -- remains in federal custody following his arrest on one count of committing a hate crime under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Koch already has appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
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According to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday, Koch was outside a restaurant with others on Feb. 4, 2017, when he allegedly yelled out asking if anyone outside the restaurant was Jewish.
A victim responded that he was Jewish and it is alleged that Koch then ran to the man and punched him in the head. When the victim fell to the ground, Koch and others continued hitting and kicking him.
The victim suffered injuries from the attack, including rib contusions and a fracture of his orbital floor - the bottom portion of an eye socket.
"Physically attacking someone because you think he's Jewish or Christian or Muslim or any other religion is a federal crime," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said in the prepared statement. "This office prosecutes hate crimes."
According to one Cincinnati media report, the victim was not actually Jewish, Glassman said at a news conference.
KOCH INDICTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
A check of Montgomery County online court records shows that Koch was indicted in July 2016 on two counts of felonious assault (deadly weapon and serious harm). The status of the case is labeled "reopened" and a motion in the case was filed Tuesday.
In that motion filed by the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, Koch and at least five other men accused of assaulting a man in a fight and stabbing June 7, 2016, outside SMS Trucking, 1602 Valley St., are claiming self-defense.
The fracas involved men of Russian descent, police have said.
One of the co-defendants claimed to a police detective that they committed the assault because the man "made disparaging comments about their mothers, and their culture does not permit such comments."
The co-defendant also told the detective they all fought with the man because "they were not scared of him and they needed to handle the situation on their own."
The prosecutor's office has asked the trial judge to compel the co-defendant to testify as to those statements.