Funeral services set for Centerville pilot, wife suspected of drug OD

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 10:33 AM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 2:45 PM

UPDATE @ 2:45 p.m.

A neighbor who lives on East Von Dette Circle near the Halyes said she and others were shocked by the deaths of the couple.

“I said this is not right,” said Naree Vanetten of watching the bodies of Brian and Courtney Halye being removed from their home.

Vanetten said she never suspected the couple was involved with drugs until the coroner said it appears they died of overdoses.

“I never believed it was going to happen to him. He looked normal, healthy,” she said. “But you know drugs can happen anywhere.”

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The Centerville couple who died of an apparent drug overdose will have separate burial services Tuesday, according to obituaries published in the Dayton Daily News.

Brian J. Halye, a 36-year-old Spirit Airlines pilot, and Courtney C. Halye, 34, were found dead Thursday by their four children. Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Director Ken Betz said the deaths appear to be drug-related.

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Brian Halye’s funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Fisher-Edgington Funeral Home, 97 W. Locust St., Wilmington. A wake will be held from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Courtney Halye’s funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills, 5471 Far Hills Ave., Dayton. A wake will be held 4-6 p.m. before the service. Jeffery Campbell of St. John’s United Church of Christ will officiate.

Donations in memory of Courtney Halye may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2555 S. Dixie Dr., Dayton, OH 45409, according to her obituary. Donations in Brian Halye’s memory, his obituary requests, may be made to Wings of Mercy Inc., 100 South Pine Street, Suite 393, Zeeland, MI 49464.

Kettering police investigate robbery at CVS store

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

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Police in Kettering are responding to a reported robbery at CVS, 1785 Woodman Drive.

Officers responded to the call around 2 p.m.

Scanner traffic indicated a K-9 unit was requested to the scene in an effort to track the robber’s whereabouts after leaving the store.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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House speaker: Wright State on right track for new beginning

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger told more than 2,100 graduating Wright State University students on Saturday that their shared alma mater has a bright future, despite recent controversies.

Rosenberger’s speech at the Ervin J. Nutter Center touched on the usual commencement fare: quoting Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and aiming to inspire. He also noted he wasn’t paid for the appearance.

He turned around at one point to pose for a selfie with the student government president and the graduating student body: graduates ranging in age from 19 to 61, hailing from 58 Ohio counties, 23 states and 19 nations.

“When facing adversity, keeping it simple and remembering the golden rule of treating others as you would be treated will guide you through,” Rosenberger, R-Clarksville and a 2012 WSU graduate, advised them.

Rosenberger was introduced by Provost Thomas Sudkamp, who oversaw the ceremony instead of former WSU president David Hopkins, who resigned his post in March.

Rosenberger didn’t specifically mention Hopkins or the university’s current budget crisis, ongoing federal investigation, lawsuits and other issues in recent years that led the speaker last year to advise fellow lawmakers to use caution when dealing with the school “because clearly they can’t handle themselves right now.”

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Rosenberger said Saturday that when considering giving the address he experienced a “sense of pause because of recent events at Wright State” but that dissipated when he remembered his time at the school.

“There’s no question this university has faced its share of challenges and hardships in recent past brought on by so few, but I know this institution, and it boasts some of the best faculty, and obviously you as some of the best students,” he said.

“Wright State has an obligation to demand the best of its students, and the university alumni and its students have every right to demand the best from this institution. I am confident that just as you each are about to experience your new beginning in life, Wright State is on the right track for a new beginning as well that will carry it on for many many years to come.”

Jordan Keckler, who will graduate from WSU in the fall with a degree in organizational leadership, spent the ceremony in the Nutter Center hallway manning a table selling graduation memorabilia. She was optimistic about the half-century-old school’s future in the face of current problems.

“I think we’re definitely going to overcome it,” she said. “I think we’ve done a lot in 50 years and I think we are going to overcome it in a few years.”

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Drivers take note: Hollywood comes to Dayton, closing some streets

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 1:18 PM

Hollywood is showing Dayton some love, but that means downtown workers, residents and visitors face minor traffic disruptions as stars of the silver screen shoot a new crime movie.

Scenes from the “Old Man and the Gun,” starring Academy award winners Robert Redford and Casey Affleck, will be filmed Monday and Tuesday at multiple downtown locations.

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The movie’s production crew will film at the Liberty Savings Bank building on West Second Street, which will be closed between Ludlow and Wilkinson streets starting at 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Second Street from Main to Ludlow streets also will be shut down from 7 p.m. Monday to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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Film crews will have vehicles, lights and boom lifts parked on Second Street over those two days, according to FilmDayton.

Though road closures create a minor traffic inconvenience, the movie will be a jolt in the arm for the local economy, said FilmDayton, a local nonprofit dedicated to building the region’s filming community.

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The film is working with a variety of local businesses and groups, including 1st Financial, Table 33, Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, the Arts Garage and Key Bank.

“Old Man and the Gun” is directed by David Lowery, whose credits include the 2016 Disney film “Pete’s Dragon,” and the upcoming spine-tingler “A Ghost Story,” also starring Affleck and Rooney Mara.

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The film is based on a New Yorker story about Forrest Tucker, a real-life career stickup man who robbed a bank at age 78, according to the magazine.

The crew filmed in Hamilton earlier this week.

Fairborn police searching for missing elderly man

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 8:34 AM

Fairborn police are requesting the public's help in finding a missing man.

Alfred Henry, 75, was last seen yesterday around 9 a.m. driving a maroon Chevy Lumina with license plate number CA37ED. 

Fairborn police said Henry recently suffered a stroke and does not have his needed medication. 

Anyone with information on his location is encouraged to call Fairborn police at 937-754-3000 option 2.