‘Show Some Love’ campaign about to kick off with Charity Fair

Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:40 AM

            The Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff and Charity Fair provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. (Skywrighter file photo)
The Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff and Charity Fair provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. (Skywrighter file photo)

The annual celebratory Charity Fair and Campaign Kickoff supporting the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The kickoff is open to all Department of Defense, federal, U.S. Postal Service and Veterans Affairs employees.

The event will include more than 80 charitable organization information booths with information, subject matter experts, giveaways and mementoes. Food trucks outside the building will be available for purchasing lunch for a modest price.


Using the national CFC theme of “Show Some Love”, the campaign will seek to raise at least $1.5 million, said Susy Himelhoch, Miami Valley CFC volunteer executive director. In 2016, the local effort was the third-largest CFC e-pledge campaign in the world, she noted.

The formal part of the campaign runs through Nov. 22. Payroll deductions will be made from January to December 2018.

“We are pleased to be able to support the charitable organizations that will be part of the Miami Valley Combined Federal Campaign,” said Rebecca Westlake, 88th Air Base Wing vice director and chair of the MVCFC’s Board of Governors.

Ray Otto of the 88th Logistics Readiness Squadron is serving as the campaign’s chair. Col. Rick Johns of Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command is this year’s vice-chair; Master Sgt. Fanny Wright is his CFC action officer. Other leadership includes loaned executives Airman 1st Class Jeremy Tobar of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, and Chantaé Gray of the 711th Human Performance Wing, U.S. School of Aerospace Medicine.

Donations in any amount are greeted by the charities with gratitude, Himelhoch said, because the needs are so vast and recent disasters and other events mean the charitable organizations need to replenish their supplies.

The wide spectrum of CFC-approved charities also includes the fine and performing arts, environmental causes and veteran and animal welfare, Himelhoch pointed out. Donors may give to any CFC-approved charity, no matter where it or the donor’s duty assignment is located.

New and sweeping regulations, initiated in 2012 by the Office of Personnel Management and authorized by Congress, have introduced changes to the pledging system. Cash and checks are no longer being accepted; because of that, fundraisers are no longer being conducted. Instead, e-pledges and credit and debit pledges are being emphasized, and awareness events are being held.

The CFC provides an opportunity to learn about the work charitable organizations do locally, statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally, Himelhoch said.

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Autistic boy reported missing north of Logan County is found deceased 

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 7:24 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Samuel Rowold was reported missing from his home in Ada, Ohio, about 85 miles north of Dayton, Friday afternoon. His body was found near his home just hours later.

UPDATE @ 2:30 p.m. (Feb. 26):

An extensive search began following the report just after 3 p.m. Friday that a 13-year-old autistic boy was missing from his home on Township Road 55 near Ada, Ohio, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

Samuel Rowold was identified as non-verbal and believed to be wearing only a T-shirt and sweatpants and was shoeless when he went missing, deputies said.

Divers discovered his body around 7 p.m. in a nearby pond, approximately 20 feet from shore.

The search for Samuel involved numerous law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS and helicopters from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and LifeFlight; the Hardin County Joint Dive Team; and friends, family and neighbors.

UPDATE @ 9:02 p.m.: The boy was recovered from a pond a short distance from his residence, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page. 

UPDATE @ 8:45 p.m.: Samuel Rowold, an autistic boy listed as endangered missing in Hardin County, has been located deceased, according to the Ohio Missing Children Clearinghouse, with the state attorney general’s office.

No details have been given about the circumstances of the boy’s death. 

We are working to find out more about what happened to Samuel.


The public is asked to help find a missing 13-year-old boy described as autistic and non-verbal who wandered away this afternoon shoeless.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office issued an endangered missing child advisory to help find Samuel Rowold.

Samuel is described as friendly and answers to Sam, stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds with black hair in a buzz cut and brown eyes, according to the sheriff’s office.

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He is of Filipino descent and was last seen about 2:30 p.m. on 726 Township Road 55 in Hardin County.

He was wearing a blue jacket, blue T-shirt with the faded letters EMS or an EMS logo on it and blue jeans.

This is not an Amber Alert, but Samuel is believed to be in danger, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 419-673-1268.

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Lisa Marie Presley sues ex-manager contending he lost her $100 million fortune

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7:55 PM

Singer Lisa Marie Presley (L) and musician and estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Singer Lisa Marie Presley (L) and musician and estranged husband, Michael Lockwood, attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Mad Max: Fury Road" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on May 7, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Lisa Marie Presley is suing her former manager, Barry Siegel, for “reckless and negligent mismanagement” of her inherited estate, but her estranged husband was quick to call her so-called mountain of debt a lie.

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Presley inherited $100 million from her rock ‘n’ roll father Elvis Presley back in 1993. Today, she said she only has $14,000 left, alleging that Siegel’s poor investment decisions whittled down her cash reserves. He sold off 85 percent of her share in the Elvis Presley Enterprises company in 2005, saying it “cleared up over $20 million in debts she had incurred and netted her over $40 million cash and a multi-million dollar income stream.”

Presley, however, said she lost millions in the deal. Siegel has counter sued, claiming she is to blame for squandering much of her own fortune, and he’s demanding $800,000 in damages for non-payment.

Presley is now $16 million in debt amid her ongoing divorce from estranged husband Michael Lockwood. That figure was revealed after a judge ordered her to pay $50,000 of Lockwood’s  $450,000 in attorney’s fees, which she claimed she could not afford. Lockwood, however, claimed Presley isn’t being truthful about her debt.

According to Lockwood, Presley claimed to be making $104,000 per month in 2016 and that she owed the IRS $1.67 million, which Lockwood says would mean she owes more than she made in income that year. Additionally, Presley did fudge the numbers when it comes to the English manor she owns, according to documents obtained by TMZ. While she has claimed to be way behind on mortgage payments for the property, Lockwood believes it’s still worth something and accused her of leaving that out of her calculations.

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The pair married in 2006 and welcomed twin daughters two years later. In 2016, Presley filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences and claiming Lockwood was a bad father who “took advantage” of her financially.

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Daytonian shares Muhammad Ali’s favorite title belt and legacy

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 3:39 PM

Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Jessie Vargas and Zab Judah
Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President Jessie Vargas and Zab Judah

The decorated green strip of leather was the first WBC title belt custom-made for a boxer, and that boxer was Muhammad Ali, according to Tony Shultz, a Daytonian who shares the belt with everyone he meets. 

The 39-year-old who lives in the Dayton View Triangle neighborhood is a former boxer who trained with the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Roy Jones Jr. 

Shultz said the belt was given to him at Ali's funeral by Ali's wife, Lonnie.

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"This was the first belt created for a champion," Shultz said. "It was created to divide all the weight divisions. This was the heavyweight championship belt and named the "Ali WBC Belt" because it would always have his image on it as the division's greatest champion." 

The belt has the signatures of many famous boxers — including Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy "The Hitman" Hearns and Neon Leon Spinks, who defeated Ali in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. 

Shultz said the belt was Ali’s favorite and he often wore it around the house. 

"After he passed away, Lonnie (Ali's wife) decided that she wanted to keep the Ali legacy alive and the best way she could do that was having a belt in circulation," Shultz said. "All the other belts are either in the Ali Center, they're in the museum or his kids have them. This is actually the only Ali belt that's in circulation, outside of the 'Rumble in the Jungle' belt which just sold at a private auction." 

Shultz said he was given the belt on the condition that he share it with people and thus share Ali's legacy. 

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"Lonnie gave it to me, said 'Tony, here's the deal. I want you to have every champion that you know, every champion that you meet, sign it … have their story told. I want (to continue) Ali's legacy of humanity, his spirit of equality, fairness, and most importantly that of conquering any challenges," he said. 

At the last sparring session for Dayton Fight Night competitors at the Brown Institute of Martial Arts, Shultz brought the keepsake and let anybody who wanted to have a photo taken with it draped over their shoulder. 

Shultz will be sharing the amazing keepsake tonight at Memorial Hall at Dayton Fight Night. Tickets are $20. The doors open at 7 p.m.

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House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

 House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks at the Council On Foreign Relations .
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
 House Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) speaks at the Council On Foreign Relations .(Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia. 

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The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked it and after wrangling between Democrats and DOJ officials, was authored by ranking Intelligence Committee Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in response to one by House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and disputes allegations that illegal tactics were used to get warrants to surveil a former Trump campaign aide.

“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC. Our extensive review of the initial FISA application and three subsequent renewals failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement and instead revealed that both the FBI and DOJ made extensive showings to justify all four requests,” Schiff said in a statement Saturday after the release of the memo.

Trump tweeted a response to Schiff’s document release Saturday, calling the Democrats’ memo “a total political and legal bust.” He also repeated his claims that special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign is a “witch hunt.”

The president released the Nunes memo last month, which contained information purporting to show that the FBI and DOJ did not provide complete information when requesting a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant to watch one-time Trump campaign member and foreign policy advisor Carter Page.

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The release of both memos came over the objections of investigators in the intelligence communities.

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