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Loud booms heard from Wright Patt Air Force Base: What we know now

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:35 AM

Clark County high school students participating in the Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Program at Clark State Community College got the chance to control the robot used by the Wright Patterson Air Force Base EOD team or “bomb squad” Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Guiding the students with the robot is StSgt. Nicholas Scheer. The Dayton Police Department’s bomb squad was also on hand demonstrating their robots for the students. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Clark County high school students participating in the Johns Hopkins Engineering Innovation Program at Clark State Community College got the chance to control the robot used by the Wright Patterson Air Force Base EOD team or “bomb squad” Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Guiding the students with the robot is StSgt. Nicholas Scheer. The Dayton Police Department’s bomb squad was also on hand demonstrating their robots for the students. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

If you are hearing loud noises coming from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base today, you aren’t the only one.

Airmen from the Explosives Ordnance Disposal, also sometimes referred to as the “bomb squad,” are conducting activities on the base today, a spokesman from the WPAFB told this news organization.

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There is an explosives testing field on the base that EOD personnel were scheduled to use today from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

EOD personnel notify the base on the day they use the field for testing or disposal, according to the WPAFB public affairs office.

They may be testing or disposing some explosive devices, according to the base public affairs office.

The loud booms from the explosives reportedly could be heard on base as well as nearby areas.

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Along with the noises from explosives, some area residents may also hear or see F-16 fighter jets overhead this week as the Ohio Air National Guard’s 180th Fighter Wing conducts night training flights.

The unit, based in Toledo, is expected to conduct night operations through Thursday. A spokeswoman for the Ohio Air National Guard said the flights could potentially use airspace across southwest Ohio, including the Springfield area.

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Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. (Nov. 17)

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria.

The 2002 Greenville High School graduate and father of four is an explosive ordnance technician. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy said they are working to provide further details about how he was injured.

Most of Stacy’s family is in Texas with him, including his wife, Lindsey, who also is a Greenville grad. His mother-in-law works for Greenville schools, but the district said she is with her family in Texas.

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A 2002 Greenville High School graduate earlier this month was severely wounded in action in the Middle East.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was injured by an improvised explosive device, reportedly while clearing a hospital in Syria. 

The explosive ordnance disposal technician is part of Operation Inherent Resolve and is back in the United States receiving treatment. 

Stacy and his wife, Lindsey, also a Greenville grad, are parents to four children. They live in San Diego, Calif., where Stacy is stationed, our media partner the Early Bird Paper reported. 

Vice Chief of Naval Operations  Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduces Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Kenton Stacy as the USO Sailor of the Year at the 2010 USO Gala. (Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/U.S. Navy)

In October 2010, Stacy represented his branch of the military when he was presented with a USO Servicemember of the Year during a USO gala. At the time of his award, he had participated in more than 50 combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan. He destroyed IEDs, trained Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces on route-clearing techniques. 

Operation Inherent Resolve has suffered 44 deaths, of which 30 were killed in action; and 239 service members were wounded in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. It is not clear whether the statistics include Stacy.

Pittsburgh hospital employee accused of exposing himself to patient

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Patient Accuses Hospital Employee Of Exposing Himself

A food server at a Pittsburgh hospital is accused of exposing himself in front of a patient. 

Police said Michael Booker, 37, a dietary server at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, approached the female patient at the walking bridge that joins the parking garage and the hospital. 

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WPXI reported that the woman told investigators Booker approached her, said something vulgar and started fondling himself. 

Booker is facing charges that include open lewdness. Officials said he has since been terminated from his position as a server. 

Booker faces a preliminary hearing next month.

Serena Williams marries Alexis Ohanian in New Orleans, reveals wedding dress

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 8:42 PM

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are reportedly married
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Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian are reportedly married(Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly/Getty Images For Entertainment W)

Serena Williams is officially a married woman, according to reports.

People reported that the tennis legend and her fiance, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, were married Thursday in New Orleans.

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Reports bubbled this week that the pair was getting married at the Contemporary Arts Center

E! News reported that the nuptials came two years after Ohanian and Williams began dating. They welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in early September.

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On Wednesday, the pair and 100 guests reportedly attended  a rehearsal dinner at Emeril Lagasse’s Meril restaurant. Eva Longoria and Colton Hayes were among those at the dinner, as was Williams’ mother, Oracene Price, and sister, Venus Williams.

Williams’ wedding gown was seen being brought into the city the same day.

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Williams posted a caption-free image of her in a ball gown silhouette wedding dress on Instagram Friday. 

“Entertainment Tonight” reported that Beyonce, Venus Williams, Kelly Rowland, Lala Anthony, Kim Kardashian and Ciara were among the famous wedding guests. According to an ET source, daughter Alexis Olympia was also in attendance. 

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Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ tennis coach, offered the couple congratulations in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“I send you all my positive feelings for that very special day. I wish you a very happy wedding, a fantastic party and a full life of happiness,” he captioned the post.

K99.1 FM fundraiser draws generous donation from Garth Brooks and others

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

Credit: Getty Images
Credit: Getty Images

Garth Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood made a contribution of close to $50K during K99.1 FM’s yearly Dayton Children’s radio-thon Thursday morning.

This is the second straight year that Brooks has called into K99 to make a personal donation to Dayton Children’s. During a dollar for dollar match hour by McAfee Air, Brooks said he would match all donations and also added that his wife Trisha Yearwood would match all donations as well. This generous act allowed all contributions during that time to be quadrupled from $1 to $4.

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Last year when Garth was in Cincinnati, he met privately with Nancy, Frye and Nick Roberts of K99 and discussed again his passion for Dayton and Children’s Hospital. 

“He’s been very good to our station and to the hospital. It’s kind of mind blowing to think that one of the biggest entertainers in music history has that kind of connection to Dayton.” Said Nick Roberts, VP Marketing for Cox Media Group. 

Many other generous donations have been given via the Radiothon including a signed guitar from Ketih Urban. Urban called in to K99 to express his support for the fundraiser and while talking with Nancy and Frye informed that he would be sending in the guitar. 

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This is the 20th year of the Children’s Hospital of Dayton radio-thon and K99 has raised almost $4 million dollars in that time.