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Mental health professionals, advocates discuss resources for transgender community

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

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.

Two injured after car crashes into Dayton building

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 12:28 AM

A car crashed into this building near the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning. Malik Perkins/Staff

UPDATE @ 5:13 a.m.

One person has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital and another sent to Grandview Medical Center following a crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue Saturday morning, according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers said the conditions of both victims remain unknown at this time.


A car has reportedly crashed into a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

Dayton crews were dispatched to the crash at the intersection of West Third Street and Moss Avenue around 12:05 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate two people at the scene are injured. 

Dispatchers could not comment on the severity of either victim's injuries, but said medics have yet to leave the scene.

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Health advisory posted at Kiser Lake due to algae bloom

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 5:19 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

            Andrew Headlee, a maintenance worker at Kiser Lake State Park, posts a sign on the beach warning people of the toxic algae in the water in 2015. State officials issued another public health advisory on Friday for the lake in Champaign County, recommending that visitors take caution when going to the lake. Bill Lackey/Staff

State officials posted a recreational health advisory at Kiser Lake State Park in Champaign County on Friday, alerting residents after sampling showed high levels of algal toxins.

The is the second time in recent years that a public health advisory has been posted at the popular recreational beach due to high levels of microsystin, a toxin produced by the algae.

The advisory indicates that an algal bloom has been detected, and the Ohio Department of Health says swimming and wading aren’t recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, those with certain medical conditions and pets.

EARLIER COVERAGE: Toxic algae warning issued for Champaign County’s Kiser Lake

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources conducted sampling at the lake and found levels of about 11.7 parts per billion, according to information from the state’s BeachGuard website.

Any level detected higher than 6 ppb prompts a health advisory, state officials said. If detected levels reach 20 ppb, the health department recommends residents avoid all contact with the water, according to information from the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the water, said Matt Eiselstein, a spokesman for ODNR. Once officials pull two samples below 6 ppb, the health advisory will be lifted.

Other beaches across the state are also under toxic algae advisories. Two beaches at Buckeye Lake have been under an elevated recreational health advisory since June 16 after state officials found toxin levels higher than 25 ppb.

Most algal blooms aren’t harmful but some are a type of cyanobacteria than can produce toxins. The blooms can have several causes, including warm temperatures and stagnant water. Some toxins can produce symptoms that include rashes, stomach issues, dizziness or other health concerns.


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The Springfield News-Sun conducted an extensive review of the region’s lakes, rivers and streams as area residents prepare for summer recreation. The News-Sun interviewed water experts, state officials and public records about the health of the region’s waters. Read more in Sunday’s Springfield News-Sun.

Medic dispatched to report of pedestrian strike in Germantown

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 11:21 PM

Police on the scene of a reported pedestrian strike, in the 500 block of Dayton Germantown Pike in Germantown, have located the victim who is between two parked vehicles.

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A medic unit has been dispatched and CareFlight is being put on standby for the accident, reported at 11 p.m.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report.

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Man indicted in break-in, desecration of Miamisburg church

Published: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:55 PM

UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. (June 23)

A 25-year-old man was indicted today in connection to a break-in last month at Miamisburg Christian Church.

Joshua C. Mullins is charged with desecration, burglary and possession of criminal tools, according to a Montgomery County grand jury report. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court.

He was arrested after Miamisburg police responded around 8 a.m. May 31 on a report of a breaking and entering at the church, 1146 E. Central Ave. A church member who entered the sanctuary saw that someone had ransacked the building.

A police K-9 found the suspect, who has been held in the Montgomery County Jail since his May 31 arrest.

EARLIER (May 31)

Police arrested one person after responding this morning to the report that someone was inside the Miamisburg Christian Church.

Police said a church member entered the sanctuary this morning and saw that someone had ransacked the place. She left and called police to report the break-in.

Miamisburg officers and Montgomery County deputies responded around 8 a.m. to the church on East Central Avenue on a breaking and entering call. Police said a K-9 was able to locate the burglar, who was apparently looking for valuables to steal.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released, told officers that another person was in the church but no one else was found after an extensive search.

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We’re working to gather more details on this developing story.