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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

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.”

Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

Huber Heights crews are working to clear and tree that fell across Rip Rap Road

The Miami Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 8:15 a.m.

Storm damage has been reported in the area.

>> Heavy rain, gusty winds this morning; humid pattern continues

  • At Michigan and Monroe avenues in Harrison Twp., a tree is reportedly down as of 8:35 a.m.
  • Trees are reportedly down at At Litchfield Avenue and Otterbein avenues, 20 McReynolds Street and in the 600 block of Pollock Road in Dayton as of 8:30 a.m. 
  • Westbound Kemp at Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is shut down for a tree across the roadway as of 8:10 a.m.
  • At 10877 North Kessler Road in Piqua, a DP&L pole is reportedly on fire as of 8:06 a.m.
  • On Greenville St. Marys Road and Goubeaux Road in Darke County, trees and wires are down across the roadway as of 8 a.m.
  • On Union Boulevard and Wenger Road in Englewood, trees and poles are reportedly down across the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On Ohio 320 outside of New Paris in Preble County, the road is being shut down for trees down in the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On U.S. 127 just north of North Star in Darke County, a tree is reportedly down and is partially blocking the road as of 7:45 a.m.
  • On Rip Rap Road at Taylorsville in Huber Heights, a tree is reportedly down on the road as of 7:41 a.m.
  • In the 300 block of West North Street in Arcanum, emergency crews were dispatched on reports of a tree into a house at 7:15 a.m.  Initial reports indicate five people were in the home at the time and had to leave the home through the back door.

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DP&L: Close to 15K without power in the Dayton region

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 8:21 AM

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UPDATE @8:26 a.m. 

Ohio Edison reports 586 Clark County customers are without power.

UPDATE @8:13 a.m. 

  • Montgomery: 10,205
  • Greene: 3,458
  • Darke: 965
  • Miami: 216
  • Preble: 17

UPDATE @8:03 a.m. 

Dayton Power & Light is reporting outages in the following counties: 

  • Montgomery: 9,896
  • Greene: 13
  • Darke: 958
  • Preble: 15
  • Miami: 187


Dayton Power and Light has reported power outages for the following counties: 

  • Darke: 949 
  • Montgomery: 14 
  • Preble: 14 
  • Miami: 3
We are working to bring you more information on this developing story. 

Bond $500K for Dayton sex offender charged in child rape case

Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

Bond set for sex offender charged in child rape case

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m. (July 20)

Bond was set today at $500,000 for a convicted sex offender indicted earlier this month on child sex charges.

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Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton, appeared today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with six counts of rape of a child younger than 13; four counts of sexual battery; two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child younger than 13; and three counts of domestic violence.

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Brune did not make a plea, and next has a scheduling conference set for Aug. 1.

The case involves two children known to Brune, with incidents alleged to have happened in December 2016, according to prosecutors.


A convicted sex offender has been indicted on several counts of rape involving children, according to a media release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton was indicted Wednesday on six counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child under 13, and three counts of domestic violence. 

The incident occurred in December 2016, after the two victims, both under the age of 13 at the time, told their mother Brune had forced them to perform sex acts with him. 

“After the two minor children and the mother were attacked by the defendant, the victims were able to escape,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said in the release.

Heck said Brune is a convicted sex offender after he was found guilty on a charge of gross sexual imposition in Clermont County. Brune, as a registered sex offender, was required to register his address and place of employment with the sheriff’s office, which prosecutors said he failed to do. 

Brune was also indicted on a separate charge of failure to register. 

“As parents, it is vitally important that instances of inappropriate sexual conduct are reported to law enforcement, as this parent did,” Heck said. “We all have a duty to protect children from sex offenders.”

Brune is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20. 

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OSHP: OVI checkpoint planned for Sidney

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 4:52 AM

PIQUA — Ohio State Highway Patrol announced an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m.  tonight till midnight on Wapakoneta Avenue in the City of Sidney.

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The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers and is a partnership between the OSHP and the Sidney Police Department, according to a OSHP news release. 

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The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol related injury and fatal crashes, according to OSHP.