Springboro soldier killed: Details of why U.S. troops were in Africa

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 1:09 PM

Jeremiah W. Johnson of Springboro was killed Wednesday while on active duty in Africa according to a release from the U.S. Dept. of Defense. 

U.S. Africa Command said the U.S. forces were Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists.


The White House said President Donald Trump was notified about the attack Wednesday night as he flew aboard Air Force One from Las Vegas to Washington.

Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad are putting together a 5,000-strong G5 Sahel force to fight the growing threat from extremists in the vast Sahel region. The first units are expected to deploy in October and all battalions should be on the ground by March 2018.

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution in June welcoming the deployment, but at U.S. insistence it did not include any possibility of U.N. financing for the force.

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The countries have been pressing the international community to help funding and in equipping troops and ensuring their mobility and help with logistics, communications and protection in the field.

That force will operate in the region along with a 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, which has become the deadliest in the world for U.N. peacekeepers, and France's 5,000-strong Barkhane military operation, its largest overseas mission.

Dayton CareFlight nurse nationally recognized

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

            Mandy Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Outreach Manager, received a national emergency medical transport award. CONTRIBUTED
Mandy Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Outreach Manager, received a national emergency medical transport award. CONTRIBUTED

A Dayton CareFlight nurse was nationally recognized with an emergency medical transport award.

The Association of Air Medical Services has announced that Amanda Via, CareFlight Air and Mobile Outreach Manager, was the 2017 recipient of the AAMS Excellence in Community Service Award.

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Via received the award for her work on CareFlight’s “Drive Smart” mock crash program.

AAMS presents this award annually to an emergency medical transport organization or individual that demonstrates broad-based continuing commitment to the communities they serve, according to a statement from Miami Valley Hospital.

CareFlight Air and Mobile Services is a part of Miami Valley Hospital and under Premier Health network.

Xenia police working for tips today at Red Robin in Beavercreek

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Xenia police will be at the Red Robin in Beavercreek today to raise money for the Special Olympics of Ohio.

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Uniformed officers will be helping the servers and asking for support as part of the “Red Robin Tip-A-Cop” fundraiser, a nationwide initiative.

The officers will be at the Beavercreek location, 2671 Fairfield Commons, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

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“The Xenia Police Division has been a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics of Ohio,” according to a Xenia police Facebook post. “We will be volunteering our time in uniform helping the servers and asking for tips for the Special Olympics. With your help we’ve raised thousands of dollars in similar events.”

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There are various Special Olympics events scheduled, including a team bowl event this weekend in Columbus. The SOOH Winter Games happens in February and the Summer Games happens in June.

For more information, visit the Special Olympics of Ohio website.

Owner of Gilly’s willing to sell downtown Dayton club

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 2:26 PM

Some Dayton-area venues for local music.

The owner of an iconic downtown music venue says the future of his business is very uncertain.

Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti, the owner of Gilly’s Jazz at 132 S. Jefferson St., said he has a month-to-month agreement for that property with the city of Dayton.

As much as he would like to continue, Gillotti says he has faced reality. 

“I am 80 years old,” he said. “I don’t have the health or the stamina or the years left or days left.”

Gillotti was robbed and viciously attacked at his club around 4 p.m. on March 16, 2016. He suffered a serious brain injury. 
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He says he has not fully recovered and relies on his wife for transportation. 

His brother helps him run Gilly’s. 

Benefit being planned for attacked business owner Jerry Gillotti of Gilly's. (Source: Archive)

Gillotti says he has entertained four recent offers to sell the business, but none of the offers were good.

The month-to-month agreement with the city also compromises matters, he said. 

Reached via text, Toni Bankston, the city of Dayton’s chief communication officer, said that Gillotti some time ago told city officials about his plans to eventually sell Gilly’s and have the new owner assume his lease. 

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“The city policy would not allow a new owner to simply assume the lease,” she said. “So we agreed to give the current owner a lease that is month-to-month. This would make it easier if and when the property needs to be turned over.”

Gillotti’s last lease with the city ended in May. 

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The business has operated in the space since 1972. It has hosted a list of artists, including Tony BennettB.B. King and John Lee Hooker

“I’ve had every jazz artist in the world,” he said. 

The Dayton Blues Society recently canceled its winter blues showcase at Gilly’s scheduled for Jan. 13. Gillotti said he could not guarantee his business would still be open. 

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Jerry Gillotti(Staff photo by Darin Pope)

The uncertainty of the month-to-month arrangement has also made it difficult for him to book bands in the future. He would have to front money, assuming the business would still be there. 

“I can’t be tied up with a month-to-month,” he said. 

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Because Gilly’s is a “show bar” as opposed to a traditional bar, Gillotti said he often has to pay acts up to 50 percent in advance to perform. 

Despite his current predicament, Gillotti said he can’t complain. 

I’ve had (45) years, and they have been good years,” he said. “I haven’t made a lot of money to be honest with you, but it is a passion to present the music in the right way.”  

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Gillotti at his club in 1977.(Contributed)

International Food Store fire under investigation

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

A local store caught fire early this morning

Firefighters are investigating what caused a fire at the International Food Store on Troy Street early this morning.

Fire crews on the scene said the fire appeared to start in the basement, before spreading to other parts of the business, 642 Troy St.

The fire was reported shortly before 4 a.m.

We’re working to learn more about whether the business will be able to reopen.