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Residents on alert after Eaton barn arsons

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 7:38 PM
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 11:43 AM
By: Staff Report

Eaton residents are being warned to be on guard after two fires claimed barns in a week.

Firefighters said the two fires are suspcious, and the incidents both took place the past two Friday mornings. They also are blocks apart from one another.

The city’s fire chief is warning residents to watch their properties and keep an eye out for neighbors. Any unusual activity should be reported to authorities.

Child sex assault case heading to grand jury

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 6:53 PM
Published: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 @ 7:43 PM
By: Staff Report

Prosecutors will seek charges of rape and gross sexual imposition against an 18-year-old male and hope to present the case to a Montgomery County grand jury next week, a Dayton police sergeant said Wednesday.

Charles Owens was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Dayton Municipal Court on sex charges involving a 5-year-old boy.

Owens, arrested Monday on suspicion of those charges, was released from a juvenile detention center in Tennessee on July 24 after serving three years, Dayton police Sgt. Larry Tolpin said, noting that the time served was not for a sex offense.

Owens is originally from Dayton. The offenses he is accused of committing are believed to have taken place three days after his release from the center, police said.

WPAFB civilian employees return to work

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 6:27 PM
Published: Monday, October 07, 2013 @ 9:20 AM
By: Breaking News Staff -

Despite the ongoing government shutdown, civilian employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base returned to work today.

A notice sent over the weekend instructs "All Air Force Materiel Command civilians" to report for duty at their normal time.

"We are grateful for the opportunity to bring our entire team back to work," said Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing Commander. "While it will take some time to catch up from last week's disruption, I'm confident our team is more than capable of meeting this challenge."

Approximately 8,700 base employees were furloughed last week.

Mike Turner trying to get WPAFB furloughs ended

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 6:27 PM
Published: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 11:40 PM
By: Frazier Smith - Breaking News Team

While U.S. Rep. Mike Turner says he's clearly making progress toward getting furloughed Wright-Patterson Air Force Base employees back to work during the government shutdown, he was less clear about whether he would give up his salary during the shutdown.

"I am working for the people of the community to get everyone back to work," Turner, 10th congressional district, told News Center 7's Layron Livingston in a telephone interview Tuesday evening, on day one of the shutdown. "I will continue to do that."

When Livingston asked Turner whether it's fair that he and other members of Congress continue to be paid while some of their staff go without pay, Turner said, "We're at work. We're at work making certain that we get this resolved. And that's what's important."

On the issue of trying to get Wright-Patt workers back on the payroll, Turner said he has sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pointing out the language in the bill President Obama signed authorizing military uniformed troops to be paid and remain on duty during the shutdown.

Hagel's office has indicated that he is reviewing the issue, Turner said, and "there is an opportunity that perhaps some of the furloughs that have been recommended at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base can be lessened."

Turner said he's not sure how many employees could be affected. More than 8,700 civilian workers at the base are included in the estimated 800,000 government workers who have been furloughed because of the shutdown.

"I was surprised that Secretary Hagel had furloughed anyone" at Wright-Patt because of the language in the bill and the law, Turner said, noting the language authorizes him to keep on anyone who is in support of the armed forces.

"We're going to continue the fight over the next several days to get the Pentagon to recognize that people working for the armed forces, whether they be uniform or civilian, ought to be at work and ought to be paid."

Turner and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio agree that the government should not have been shut down. Neither one has any idea how long the shutdown will last.

But on the issue of whether members of Congress should be drawing a paycheck during the crisis, Brown said he would do what he did the last time the government was partially shut down by Congress.

"I plan to, starting today [Tuesday], to do what I did 18 years ago...give my salary to charity," Brown told a Cox reporter in Washington.

Brown said one of the charities will be Honor Flight, the nonprofit that honors America's veterans by taking them to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorials.

"I'm not going to judge others that aren't doing that," Brown said of giving up his salary. "I just think it's the way we should operate."

Gay rights activists to stage Chick-fil-A ‘Kiss In’

Updated: Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 5:34 PM
Published: Friday, August 03, 2012 @ 10:55 AM
By: CBS/Associated Press

Gay rights activists and other supporters of marriage equality plan a national “Kiss In” at Chick-fil-A restaurants Friday to protest the fast-food chain owners’ opposition to same-sex unions, two days after gay marriage foes delivered the chain a one-day sales record.

Hundreds of thousands of customers, many of them conservative Christians, attended “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day” at more than 1,600 locations on Wednesday, following a call from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist minister and Fox News talk-show host.

Chick-fil-A vice president Steve Robinson said the company won’t release sales figures for Wednesday. Customers lined up outside restaurants and the Rev. Billy Graham, the 93-year-old evangelist, dined on a Chick-fil-A lunch on the record-setting day.

“We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country,” Robinson in the statement.