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Published: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 @ 8:51 PM
Ma'lik Richmond, convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl when he was a high school football player in Steubenville, will not be permitted to play for the Youngstown State University football team this fall but will be a part of the program.
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According to a statement YSU officials released Wednesday evening, Richmond "will continue to be a part of the football program as a practice player, forfeiting a year of eligibility.
"He will be given the opportunity to benefit from group participation, the lessons of hard work and discipline, as well as the camaraderie and guidance of the staff and teammates. He will also continue to work with the university’s director of student outreach and support who assists young men and women in becoming successful students and YSU graduates."
University officials released the statement two days after a student started a petition asking YSU football coach Bo Pelini and university President Jim Tressel to remove Richmond from the team.
Richmond, a defensive tackle, was a high school player in Steubenville, Ohio, when he was charged and convicted in the 2012 rape.
He was released after serving time in a juvenile detention center and returned to his high school football team.
Pelini told cbssports.com that Richmond enrolled at Youngstown State in August 2016 and joined the football program as a walk-on in January.
"I gave him some stipulations and some things he had to be able to do, and if he lived up to them, he'd be able to come out and see if he could be a member of our football team. He did those things and continues to do those things right now, and he's done a nice job for us," Pelini told WFMJ in Youngstown.
According to cbssports.com, the petition to have Richmond removed had 6,800 supporters as of Monday morning.
Katelyn Davis, the listed author on Petition.org, detailed her cause.
"For many years, athletes have constantly been given additional chances because they are athletes," Davis wrote. "What does this say about rape culture? That athletes can do no wrong; that they can get away with anything because of how they perform on the field or in the gym?
"Does he deserve a second chance? Yes, he does, and he is receiving that second chance by furthering his education on YSU's campus. Does he deserve the privilege of playing on a football team and representing a university? Absolutely not. Education is a right, whereas playing on a sports team is not."
YSU officials, in the prepared statement, said,
"The University is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and of petitions that are circulating on social media in protest and support of one of our students, Ma’lik Richmond. We value the input of the entire YSU community and are committed to providing a safe learning environment and growth opportunities for all students, faculty and staff.
“Ma’lik Richmond transferred to Youngstown State University in good standing from his prior institution for Fall 2016. After matriculating at YSU, he expressed a desire to try out for the football program. Ma’lik was advised by the coaching staff that if he integrated himself within the campus community academically and socially and completed the fall semester in good standing, further discussions could occur.
“In January, Ma’lik again inquired about trying out for the team. At this time, he was permitted to participate on a tryout basis with the team, for winter workouts. At the conclusion of winter workouts, he was permitted to practice with the team as a walk-on from February to April. Ma’lik Richmond earned a spot on the 105-man roster on August 2 as a walk-on and is not receiving an athletic scholarship. He continues to be in good standing on the YSU campus.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
NEW LEBANON — UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.
A male sophomore at Dixie High School is facing charges after posting concerning statements on social media directed towards staff and students at the school, according to New Lebanon police Capt. Jim Chambers.
School administrators contacted police around 9:30 a.m. Thursday after students alerted teachers of the messages posted to social media, Chambers said. The suspect was arrested and has been booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Justice Center on a charge of inducing panic.
“With the events in Florida, this obviously concerns our agency,” Chambers said. “We owe it to the public to keep them safe.”
“We’re going to work with folks at the juvenile justice center and the prosecutor’s office to find a resolution to this matter, hopefully one that fixes the problem,” Chambers said.
A Dixie High School sophomore was taken into custody Thursday after administrators said the student posted concerning messages on social media regarding a school shooting.
New Lebanon Local Schools Superintendent Greg Williams said other students made administrators aware of the social media post around 9:30 a.m., shortly after the post was made.
According to Williams, police were called to the school and the student was removed from the building by New Lebanon Police. We’ve contacted police to see if the student was ultimately arrested and if the student will be facing any charges.
Williams added that the social media post was not a specific threat of a shooting at Dixie, but the message warranted action by the school.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 5:24 PM
DAYTON — Dayton police are investigating after a robbery attempt at the Table 33 restaurant on West Second Street Thursday afternoon.
Initial dispatch reports indicated a suspect entered the restaurant, 130 W. Second St., around 5 p.m. and demanded cash from the register. The employees denied the suspect’s demands.
The suspect fled and was wearing a red t-shirt and camo pants. No weapon was shown during the robbery attempt.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:11 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — UPDATE @ 3:32 p.m.:
One lane of Executive Boulevard has reopened as crews continue to make repairs to a leaking gas line.
UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m.:
Fifteen businesses along Executive Boulevard in Huber Heights have been evacuated following a gas leak on the road, Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said.
Ashworth said a construction crew working in the area struck a 6-inch gas main directly under Executive, which has caused the gas to leak from underground.
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Executive is currently closed to traffic while utility companies, including DP&L and Vectren work to isolate their utilities, so repairs can be made, Ashworth said.
Ashworth said he anticipates the work to take “several hours” and advised the public to stay away from the area.
Executive is one of the city’s most commercial areas and Ashworth said the leak will have an impact on the businesses in the area.
UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.
Some businesses along Executive Boulevard have been evacuated after a gas leak in Huber Heights, according to crews on the scene.
Fire crews and police continue to block both directions of Executive Boulevard, east of Old Troy Pike, where the construction crew struck the gas line.
Executive Boulevard is blocked in both directions in Huber Heights after a construction crew struck a gas line Thursday morning.
Vectren crews have been requested to the scene to isolate the leak, according to initial reports.
Dispatchers said there have been no reports of evacuations in the area.
Published: Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:09 AM
DAYTON — Dayton police arrested a man Thursday afternoon in connection with a fire just hours after city firefighters rescued people from the second floor and roof of the burning house.
Two people, a man and a woman, were taken to the hospital — with one of them reportedly suffering from life-threatening injuries.
James Dennis, 23, of Dayton was arrested on suspicion of aggravated arson after the fire at 29 S. Terry St., according to a police report.
The victims and the suspect are relatives, firefighters said.
The investigation is now a joint effort by the Dayton Fire and Police departments, said Sgt. Michael Godsey of the Dayton police homicide squad, which was later called to the address following the fire first reported about 11 a.m.