Woman killed after plane destined for Urbana crashes in Tennessee

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 11:46 AM

Springfield couple aboard plane that crashed in Tennessee killing 1

A Springfield couple aboard a plane flying from Florida to an Urbana airport crashed in Scott County, Tennessee, killing a woman and injuring the man and dog on board, according to Knoxville media reports.

The crash wreckage was found by Scott County authorities around 8 a.m. Wednesday near a cliff line along Old Jamestown Road in Helenwood northwest of Knoxville, according to the reports.

According to reports, Vicki Maxwell, was killed in the crash and her husband, David Maxwell was transported to a hospital with life threatening injuries.

The Independent Herald reported a rescue team was sent to search in the area around midnight Wednesday after the couple’s daughter, Erin Patton, notified authorities that her parents’ plane had not arrived.

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Scott County Sheriff Ronnie Phillips said an aircraft from the U.S. Air Force's Civil Air Patrol flew over the region during the overnight hours and was able to ping the missing plane but was unable to determine its exact location, due to the rugged terrain, according to the Independent Herald report.

Knoxville media outlets reported the plane left Venice Municipal Airport in Venice, Fla Tuesday morning and the FAA issued an alert when the aircraft did not arrive at its destination in Urbana. The plane disappeared from air traffic tracking systems in Scott County, according to the reports.

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3-time killer suspected of stabbing Ohio prison guard dozens of times

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

Casey Pigge is unlikely to serve more time for Springfield man's murder.

Three-time killer Casey Pigge is suspected in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, a well-placed source said on condition of not being identified.

Pigge, 30, was convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend’s mother, his cellmate in Lebanon Correctional and another inmate on a prison bus.

Sally Meckling, spokeswoman for the union that represents prison workers, said the guard was airlifted to a hospital in Huntington, West Virginia with several dozen stab wounds.

“It was bad. He is still in the hospital. There were multiple, multiple stab wounds,” she said. Meckling confirmed that the guard is Matthew Mathias.

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10TV in Columbus reported Mathias and inmate were both transported to a local hospital.

The Ohio Highway Patrol, which is investigating the incident, could not be reached for comment. Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction officials could not be reached for comment.

Inmate Casey Pigge appears in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court with his defense attorney Steve Larson on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Pigge pleaded guilty to murdering a fellow inmate on a prison bus on Feb. 1, 2017.

When Pigge appeared in Pickaway County Common Pleas Court in September, he was guarded by three armed SWAT officers from DRC. He was sentenced to 25 years to life for the strangling and beating death of inmate David Johnson, 61, on a prison bus on Feb. 1.

Pigge was on the bus after appearing in Warren County Common Pleas Court where he pleaded guilty to the February 2016 beating death of his cellmate, Luther Wade, of Springfield. He told authorities that he tricked Wade into wearing a blindfold as part of a card game and then used a wall cinder block to beat Wade to death.

After Wade’s murder, prison officials found a hole in the wall between two high-security cells so large that Pigge regularly shimmied through it so he could visit and play cards with the prisoners next door.

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Wade’s family is now suing the state of Ohio in the Ohio Court of Claims.

In November 2009, Pigge pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated arson and other charges and received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. In that case, he killed his ex-girlfriend’s mother, Rhonda Sommers, and set her home on fire on Sept. 5, 2008.

Luther Wade, of Springfield, was murdered by his cellmate, Casey Pigge, at Lebanon Correctional Facility in February 2016.(Columbus bureau)

A clinical psychologist determined in that case that Pigge is mentally impaired, making him ineligible for capital punishment, court records show.

According to the Wade family lawsuit, Luther Wade was the youngest of three brothers who had a difficult upbringing. He was described as a “sweet, quiet man”

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Dayton Regional STEM students walkout to support gun control

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 12:12 PM

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At least 50 to 60 students have walked out of the Dayton Regional STEM school on Woodman Drive to show support for gun control and to show solidarity with their counterparts in Florida following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas school.

The students left the school around noon Wednesday and were planning to be outside for 17 minutes, representing the number of people killed in last week’s shooting, according to a spokesperson.

The walkout was for students in eighth to 12th grade, the school said.

A spokesperson said the district is supporting the students, however staff will not be participating in the event.

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Do you want to be a speaker at TEDxDayton?

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

Have you ever heard of Ted Talks?

After five successful years of sparking energetic curiosity, inspirational conversations and meaningful connections, TEDxDayton is ramping up for its sixth year with big aspirations.

Organizers of the 6th annual TEDxDayton event have announced that they are now accepting applications from speakers who want to give a TED talk at this year’s event on Oct. 12, 2018, at the Victoria Theatre in Dayton.

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The theme for this year’s event is “SHIFT.” 

“We chose a theme that reflects a new era for TEDxDayton,” event co-chair John Owen said in a news release. “We’ve had five strong years, and as we go into our next five, we’re looking for creative ways to change and improve the experience for the audience, while paying tribute to the ideas, speakers and spirit of the events we’ve had up till this year.”

WHAT IS A TED TALK?

Since the very first licensed TED talk in 1984, TED talks have been a platform for short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances that foster learning on a global scale, as well as in local communities.

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“This year’s speakers will be helping us build upon five great years of sold-out TEDxDayton days that have seen the event become one of the most talked-about in town,” said event Co-Chair Ron Rollins. “We’re looking for people who know they have an idea worth sharing that will help the audience see and think of the world in a new and different way.”

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Cory Owen, who is co-chairing this year’s speaker’s committee along with Brenden Wynn and Chelley Seibert, said the committee is looking for speakers who can teach and inspire — speakers who will leave the audience still talking as they leave the theater.

HOW TO APPLY

Potential speakers should complete the speaker application on www.tedxdayton.com by March 30. 

The speakers committee will review all applications and invite selected candidates to auditions on May 5, 8 and 10, according to a TEDxDayton press release. 

Participants will be notified within a few weeks of auditions if they have been selected to be a TEDxDayton 2018 speaker.

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Rounds of rain, dropping temperatures expected today

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 11:48 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the rain Wednesday and who could see some light freezing rain Thursday.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain likely today
  • Several rounds of rain continue into weekend
  • Flood threat lingers 

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Rain continues through the afternoon, a bit breezy along with falling temperatures. By the end of the afternoon most will be in the upper 30s to low 40s. Drivers should slow down and watch for pockets of heavy rain that could drop visibility. More rain into the evening and overnight. As temperatures fall into the 30s overnight, a few elevated surfaces may become slick by morning. Areas north of I-70 are in the best position to see any slick spots early Thursday as temperatures fall close to freezing. 

>> County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Temperatures, especially in the northern Miami Valey, should reach the low to mid 40s. Scattered rain showers in the morning will mix with freezing rain in some spots, however, temperatures will quickly climb to above freezing, limiting any major impact. Road temperature may also stay warm enough to limit problems, but conditions could get slick briefly in some areas. The rest of the day will be dry in most cities as highs reach the upper 40s. 

FRIDAY: Another wave of energy will bring widespread showers back to the Miami Valley. It’ll be breezy with highs in the upper 50s. Rain may fall heavy in some spots, keeping the flood threat elevated for low lying cities, creeks, and streams. 

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

SATURDAY: We’ll see scattered showers at times, especially in the afternoon. A breezy day with highs in the upper 50s. 

SUNDAY: Morning showers come to an end with it being windy and cooler at times as highs peak in the low 50s. These temperatures will drop quickly into the evening. 

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