Springfield crew ordered to crash drone

Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

A Predator aircrew at the Springfield Air National Guard Base had no choice but to fly its unmanned aircraft into the side of a mountain in Afghanistan this spring, according to an Air Force report released this week.

The remotely piloted MQ-1B Predator, armed with an air-to-surface missile, experienced irreversible engine failure on April 14 before its Springfield-based crew was guided to purposefully fly the plane into an unpopulated mountainside, the report states.

The loss was valued at $3.8 million by the Air Force.

The failure of the Predator’s ignition control system was attributed to the failure of the power cable joining the two ignition circuits.

“There was no fault found with the operators,” Col. Gregory Schnulo, commander of Springfield’s 178th Fighter Wing, said Wednesday.

Operated remotely from Springfield via satellite by the 162nd Reconnaissance Squadron, the plane’s crew “applied all critical actions procedures and accomplished the appropriate checklists, but determined the aircraft could not successfully return to the air base,” according to the report by Air Combat Command.

It was the base’s first mishap involving a Predator, Schnulo said, since local aircrews began remotely flying the already-iconic drones in February.

Even after the crash, the relatively intact Predator and its guided missile had to be destroyed by an Army recovery team, which also recovered sensitive parts.

The loss of a Predator isn’t uncommon, according to Joseph Trevithick, a military analyst for GlobalSecurity.org.

The Air Force lost 65 Q-1 series aircraft between fiscal-years 2000 and 2011, according to Trevithick. Of those, 12 were lost in fiscal-year 2011 alone.

The sensitive parts of a Predator would include its electro-optical equipment and even its engine, Trevithick wrote in an email.

The local Guard base, located at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, is in its first year of flying Predators around the clock on armed reconnaissance missions.

Previously, the base flew the F-16C/D fighter jet — each valued at $18.8 million. Pilots here began learning how to fly the Predator in August 2010.

“We had an older, more mature group of instructor pilots,” Schnulo told the News-Sun in June. “Rather than go try to pursue an F-16 elsewhere, they chose to stay in Springfield and fly the new mission, which has been an outstanding benefit for us.”

Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

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The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

“There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

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

1 drug arrest but none for OVI at Dayton checkpoint

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

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UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m. (Oct. 21)

An OVI checkpoint Friday night led to one drug arrest but no arrests for impaired driving.

Dayton conducted two checkpoints, with a combined 251 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, according to a release sent early today by the Dayton Police Department.

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At the checkpoint at East Third and Terry streets, of the 137 motorists there were 11 diverted. Citations issued include six with a suspended license and eight with no driver’s license. In patrols around the checkpoint, there were five traffic stops that led to the drug arrest; one driver with no license and another with a suspended license.

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At the checkpoint at South Keowee and East Fifth streets, of the 114 motorists there were seven diverted. Citations issued include three for a suspended license; two for no driver’s license and one driver with temps who did not have a licensed driver in the car. Patrols around the checkpoint led to one stop with a misdemeanor warrant arrest, the release stated.

FIRST REPORT

OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends

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Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.

New Carlisle news photographer shot by deputy back at work

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.

Andy Grimm, the New Carlisle News photographer shot on the job by a deputy last month, was spotted working today at an accident scene.

News Center 7 photographer Jim Noelker this evening caught up with Grimm today when they both responded to a crash in New Carlisle.

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Grimm showed Noelker where the bullet entered on the left side of his torso and came out on his side.

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He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Shaw at a crash scene. Shaw said he shot Grimm because in the dark he mistook the tripod Grimm was carrying for a gun.