Mental health professionals, advocates discuss resources for transgender community

Published: Friday, March 03, 2017 @ 5:10 PM

Mental health professionals, advocates discuss resources for transgender community

Mental health care professionals teamed up Friday with advocates to talk about issues surrounding mental health care and resources for the transgender community.

In 2014, a teenager who said she felt trapped in a male’s body killed herself when she walked in front of a moving semi in Warren County. Leelah Alcorn, 17, born Joshua Alcorn, said her family would not accept her gender identity.

News Center 7s Gabrielle Enright looks at the challenges facing the transgender community and what health care professionals are doing.

“I’ve never been happier,” said Ramona Peel, who said it took her almost 30 years to accept her gender identity. “It seems so scary and daunting to actually accept myself and my own identity that I spent 20 years really denying the fact that I was trans and that I was a woman.”

More than one million people nationwide identify as transgender.

“When it comes to gender identity, there’s spectrum in how people identify,” said Dr. Scott Leibowitz of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Often, they keep their personal life a secret.

“There’s a transgender American veterans association because there are so many transgender veterans that have served our country,” said Dr. Fred Peterson of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dozens of mental health care and social service providers gathered at Ellis Human Development Institute’s School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University’s Dayton campus to learn how to better connect transgender and gender-diverse populations with resources.

“There’s very few protections for people in Ohio, and it puts a big stress on their mental health and well being,” said Dr. Michelle Vaughan of the Ellis Human Development Institute.

Although organizers and participants said there is still much misinformation regarding transgender issues, a lot of progress has been made.

Organizers and participants said a lot of progress has been made.

“It is easier ... living authentically than it was before,” Peel said.

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Sophomore removed from Dixie HS following concerning messages about school shooting

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

Local authorities taking school threats seriously

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

A male sophomore at Dixie High School is facing charges after posting concerning statements on social media directed towards staff and students at the school, according to New Lebanon police Capt. Jim Chambers. 

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School administrators contacted police around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after students alerted teachers of the messages posted to social media, Chambers said. The suspect was arrested and has been booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center on a charge of inducing panic. 

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“With the events in Florida, this obviously concerns our agency,” Chambers said. “We owe it to the public to keep them safe.” 

“We’re going to work with folks at the juvenile justice center and the prosecutor’s office to find a resolution to this matter, hopefully one that fixes the problem,” Chambers said. 

FIRST REPORT

A Dixie High School sophomore was taken into custody Thursday after administrators said the student posted concerning messages on social media regarding a school shooting.

New Lebanon Local Schools Superintendent Greg Williams said other students made administrators aware of the social media post around 9:30 a.m., shortly after the post was made.

According to Williams, police were called to the school and the student was removed from the building by New Lebanon Police.  We’ve contacted police to see if the student was ultimately arrested and if the student will be facing any charges.

Williams added that the social media post was not a specific threat of a shooting at Dixie, but the message warranted action by the school.

The district is planning a one-call message to parents informing them of the incident.

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Robbery attempt at Table 33 restaurant in downtown Dayton

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:24 PM

Dayton police are investigating after a robbery attempt at the Table 33 restaurant on West Second Street Thursday afternoon.

Initial dispatch reports indicated a suspect entered the restaurant, 130 W. Second St., around 5 p.m. and demanded cash from the register. The employees denied the suspect’s demands.

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The suspect fled and was wearing a red t-shirt and camo pants. No weapon was shown during the robbery attempt.

No one was hurt.

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Repairs continue after Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Repairs continue after Huber Heights gas leak causes business evacuations

UPDATE @ 3:32 p.m.:

One lane of Executive Boulevard has reopened as crews continue to make repairs to a leaking gas line.

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m.:

Fifteen businesses along Executive Boulevard in Huber Heights have been evacuated following a gas leak on the road, Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said.

Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive, which has caused the gas to leak from underground.

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Executive is currently closed to traffic while utility companies, including DP&L and Vectren work to isolate their utilities, so repairs can be made, Ashworth said.

Huber Heights gas leak

Ashworth said he anticipates the work to take “several hours” and advised the public to stay away from the area.

Executive is one of the city’s most commercial areas and Ashworth said the leak will have an impact on the businesses in the area.

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. 

Some businesses along Executive Boulevard have been evacuated after a gas leak in Huber Heights, according to crews on the scene. 

Fire crews and police continue to block both directions of Executive Boulevard, east of Old Troy Pike, where the construction crew struck the gas line. 

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FIRST REPORT

Executive Boulevard is blocked in both directions in Huber Heights after a construction crew struck a gas line Thursday morning. 

Vectren crews have been requested to the scene to isolate the leak, according to initial reports. 

Dispatchers said there have been no reports of evacuations in the area. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.

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Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire

Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

Family member arrested for alleged arson in Dayton house fire

 Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house.

Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries.

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James Dennis, 23, of Dayton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson after the fire at 29 S. Terry St., according to a police report.

The victims and the suspect are relatives, firefighters said. 

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The investigation is now a joint effort by the Dayton Fire and Police departments, said Sgt. Michael Godsey of the Dayton police homicide squad, which was later called to the address following the fire first reported about 11 a.m.

Flames hit home on Terry street
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