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Few partake in local Chick-fil-A “Kiss-In”

Published: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:12 PM
Updated: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:42 PM

A local Chick-fil-A drew few participants Friday night for an event aimed at protesting remarks made by the president of the fast-food chain, although business continued to be busy.

Last month, Dan Cathy, the president of Chick-fil-A, was quoted in The Baptist Press as saying: “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

In response, gay rights activists and other supporters planned the National Same-Sex Kiss Day Friday evening. Turnout was low for the event at the Chick-fil-A on Miamisburg Centerville Road in Washington Twp., which got slammed with hundreds of additional customers Wednesday.

The restaurant continues to be busier than normal, said owner Marla Davis. Customers, across the nation, inundated the restaurants on Wednesday in a show of support for Cathy.

“Our philosophy here is to treat each customer with honor, dignity and respect. That’s the golden rule for us,” Davis said.

Managers there walked out to offer drinks and food to two people who stood on the sidewalk holding signs - one in support of gay and lesbian rights and the other representing the view that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

“Even though I’m not gay, I wanted to come out and show my support,” said Christina Barr, a 29-year-old stay-at-home mom of Fairborn. “People who are gay have families too. They want to live normal lives just like everybody else.”

The restaurant on North Fairfeild Road in Beavercreek had a busy lunch hour. Cones were set up in the parking lot to direct drive-thru traffic, but employees said this was standard protocol. The restaurant was not taking any measures to prepare for the “Kiss In.”

Bret Wendel, vice president and pride chair of The Greater Dayton LGBT Center, said several organized groups and volunteers planned to participate in the “Kiss In” Friday night.

“The mission of this night is not to discourage free speech,” Wendel said.

The biggest problem the LGBT community has with Chick-fil-A’s stance is their funding of anti-gay hate groups, Wendel said. Some of the groups the restaurant funds go out of their way to keep the LGBT community from receiving equal housing and employment opportunities, according to several news organizations.

According to the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, there are 29 cities and counties in Ohio that have anti-discrimination ordinances in place. Eleven protect individuals from employment and housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, including Dayton and Yellow Springs.

WinShape, a non-profit foundation supported by Chick-fil-A and founded by Cathy, donated over $1 million to the Marriage & Family Foundation as well as $37,000 to the National Institute of Marriage. Both of these organizations promote marriage between one man and one woman and have strong religious and traditional values.

Chick-fil-A also supports Exodus International, a Christian organization that attempts to correct gay and bisexual desires with reparitive therapy.

Wendel said Chick-fil-A encourages people to look down on the gay community by funding these groups.

“It encourages bullying,” he said. “We don’t think the business should get involved.”

Staff Writer Richard Wilson contributed to this report.

Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

West North Street Arcanum

The Miami Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 8:15 a.m.

Storm damage has been reported in the area.

>> Heavy rain, gusty winds this morning; humid pattern continues

  • Westbound Kemp at Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is shut down for a tree across the roadway as of 8:10 a.m.
  • At 10877 North Kessler Road in Piqua, a DP&L pole is reportedly on fire as of 8:06 a.m.
  • On Greenville St. Marys Road and Goubeaux Road in Darke County, trees and wires are down across the roadway as of 8 a.m.
  • On Union Boulevard and Wenger Road in Englewood, trees and poles are reportedly down across the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On Ohio 320 outside of New Paris in Preble County, the road is being shut down for trees down in the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On U.S. 127 just north of North Star in Darke County, a tree is reportedly down and is partially blocking the road as of 7:45 a.m.
  • On Rip Rap Road at Taylorsville in Huber Heights, a tree is reportedly down on the road as of 7:41 a.m.
  • In the 300 block of West North Street in Arcanum, emergency crews were dispatched on reports of a tree into a house at 7:15 a.m.  Initial reports indicate five people were in the home at the time and had to leave the home through the back door.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

DP&L: More than 13K without power in the Miami Valley region

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

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UPDATE @8:36 a.m.  

DP&L is reporting outages in the following areas: 

  • Greene: 3,490 
  • Montgomery: 8,505 
  • Preble: 23 
  • Miami: 755 
  • Darke: 117 
  • Shelby: 283 
  • Mercer: 233

UPDATE @8:26 a.m. 

Ohio Edison reports 586 Clark County customers are without power.

UPDATE @8:13 a.m. 

  • Montgomery: 10,205
  • Greene: 3,458
  • Darke: 965
  • Miami: 216
  • Preble: 17

UPDATE @8:03 a.m. 

Dayton Power & Light is reporting outages in the following counties: 

  • Montgomery: 9,896
  • Greene: 13
  • Darke: 958
  • Preble: 15
  • Miami: 187

EARLIER REPORT

Dayton Power and Light has reported power outages for the following counties: 

  • Darke: 949 
  • Montgomery: 14 
  • Preble: 14 
  • Miami: 3
We are working to bring you more information on this developing story. 

Bond $500K for Dayton sex offender charged in child rape case

Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

Bond set for sex offender charged in child rape case

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m. (July 20)

Bond was set today at $500,000 for a convicted sex offender indicted earlier this month on child sex charges.

>> Read the latest local stories in the Miami Valley  

Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton, appeared today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with six counts of rape of a child younger than 13; four counts of sexual battery; two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child younger than 13; and three counts of domestic violence.

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Brune did not make a plea, and next has a scheduling conference set for Aug. 1.

The case involves two children known to Brune, with incidents alleged to have happened in December 2016, according to prosecutors.

FIRST REPORT

A convicted sex offender has been indicted on several counts of rape involving children, according to a media release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton was indicted Wednesday on six counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child under 13, and three counts of domestic violence. 

The incident occurred in December 2016, after the two victims, both under the age of 13 at the time, told their mother Brune had forced them to perform sex acts with him. 

“After the two minor children and the mother were attacked by the defendant, the victims were able to escape,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said in the release.

Heck said Brune is a convicted sex offender after he was found guilty on a charge of gross sexual imposition in Clermont County. Brune, as a registered sex offender, was required to register his address and place of employment with the sheriff’s office, which prosecutors said he failed to do. 

Brune was also indicted on a separate charge of failure to register. 

“As parents, it is vitally important that instances of inappropriate sexual conduct are reported to law enforcement, as this parent did,” Heck said. “We all have a duty to protect children from sex offenders.”

Brune is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20. 

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OSHP: OVI checkpoint planned for Sidney

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 4:52 AM

PIQUA — Ohio State Highway Patrol announced an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m.  tonight till midnight on Wapakoneta Avenue in the City of Sidney.

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The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers and is a partnership between the OSHP and the Sidney Police Department, according to a OSHP news release. 

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The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol related injury and fatal crashes, according to OSHP.