MIT student from Centerville describes lock-down

Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Friday, April 19, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

Catherine Garrison, a 2012 Centerville High School graduate now attending MIT in Cambridge, described being under a city-wide lock-down Friday during the police pursuit of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Garrison of Washington Twp. said she and her fellow students had been under lock-down since the shooting Thursday night that claimed the life of an MIT police officer.

“It is pretty somber right now,” Garrison said. “Everybody is really affected by the death of the police officer. It is a real tragedy,” she said.

Fire crews investigating car fire, arson attempt at Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 4:04 AM

Dayton fire crews are investigating an arson attempt and car fire at a home in the first block of Murray Hill Drive. Cox Media Group Ohio/Stock photo

Dayton fire crews are investigating a reported arson attempt Sunday morning.

Crews were dispatched to the first block of Murray Hill Drive around 3:45 a.m. on reports of a car and house fire. 

Initial reports indicate an a fire investigator has been called to the scene after a burning 10-gallon fuel container was found near the house. 

Someone attempted to set fire to the home's mailbox and porch, according to scanner traffic. 

Reports indicate the car fire has been extinguished and the fire near the house is under control.

Jet owned by Elvis fetches $430,000 at auction

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:39 AM

A plane once owned by Elvis Presley sold for $430,000 at auction on Saturday.
GWS Auctions Inc.

A red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar private jet once owned by Elvis Presley sold for $430,000 at a California auction featuring celebrity memorabilia on Saturday.

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The plane had been sitting on a New Mexico tarmac for 35 years before it was consigned for sale, GWS Auctions said. It was owned by Presley and his father, Vernon, according to

The buyer was not disclosed, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse told The Associated Press that she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane.

GWS Auctions said Presley designed the interior of the plane, which sports gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats, and red shag carpet. The jet no longer has an engine and its cockpit needs repair. Privately owned for the past 35 years, the jet has been sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, N.M., the auction house said. 

Man causes delay of TV newscast in New Mexico

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 2:00 AM

Saturday night’s newscast at a New Mexico television station was delayed when a man attempted to break into the facility, station officials said.

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On its Facebook pace, KOB in Albuquerque apologized for the delay. Just before 10 p.m., a man began pounding on the front door of the station. Officials called the police, but in the meantime the man gained access to the lot located behind the station, KOB reported.

The man then began hitting the back door. The telecast was delayed until the members of the Albuquerque Police Department arrived and took the man into custody, the station said.

We apologize for the delay, but a man that was attempting to break into the station forced us to push the newscast back. The man is now in custody.

Posted by KOB 4 on Saturday, May 27, 2017

101-year-old Alabama man gets high school diploma

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 1:20 AM

Goshen High School is located in Pike County , Alabama.

Thursday night’s graduation ceremony at an Alabama high school included a man who finally earned his diploma after 84 years. At 101 years old, John Presley Motes graduated with Goshen High School’s Class of 2017, but he is older than his classmates — and also older than the school officials who handed him his diploma.

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Motes was born in Pike County, Alabama, on Sept. 10, 1915, according to his World War II draft card information. He grew up in the Goshen area and should have graduated in 1933, but he had to drop out of school because of a health condition, WFSA reported.

When he turned 18, he joined the Air Force as an engineer.

“He was smart as a whip,” Motes’ wife, Bettye Motes, told WFSA. “He just never got a chance to graduate.”

About seven months ago, Motes’ children asked school officials at Goshen High School to see if their father could participate in Thursday’s ceremony.

“We asked the seniors if they would be willing to do it, and they were beside themselves excited,” Assistant Principal Anthony May told WFSA. “It was sprung on us, but we’re so glad it was.”

Motes did not want to go first in the procession. He wanted to go in the traditional alphabetical order. He received a standing ovation as he accepted his diploma, WFSA reported.

Motes wants to continue his education. His next move is to return to Mobile, where he now lives with his wife, and apply to the University of South Alabama in the fall, WFSA reported.

“I’m going to major in music,” Motes said.

Motes’ children said his goal is to live to be 107.