Teacher accused of taking students to strip club

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 9:22 AM

An Indiana teacher allegedly decided to celebrate a student's birthday in highly inappropriate fashion. The now-suspended high school teacher is accused of taking some of his students to a local strip club to celebrate the occasion.

The 31-year-old is also suspected of  serving the students beer and hard liquor whenever they came over to "hang out" at his home.

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The chemistry teacher, Travis Lechien, has been teaching for the Hanover Community school district in northwest Indiana for a decade and has been on paid suspension since mid-September. 

School authorities were warned by another teacher about Lechien's habit of hanging out with his students outside of school and had also been hearing rumors circulating among students at Hanover Central High School about possibly inappropriate behavior. 

According to an affidavit, several of the students say they were pulled over by police officers on their drive back from the strip club with Lechien.

While one of the students did apparently tell officers that Lechien was their teacher, there is no evidence that Lechien was charged during that traffic stop.

Lechien was driving the car and had been pulled over for speeding.

All of the students are age 18 or younger and many have known the teacher since middle school. Lechien is now facing three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Each charge could carry a penalty of up to one year in prison. His attorney says he plans to enter a plea of not guilty on the charges when he appears at a hearing in November. 

Man shot in hand, leg during large fight in Springfield

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 10:49 PM

A Springfield man was shot in the hand and leg tonight in the 1800 block of Rutland Avenue in Springfield.

“It originally came in as a large fight,” Sgt. Jeff Williams of the Springfield Police Division said.

Later, the report was updated around 8:30 p.m. that someone had been shot.

The gunshot victim was taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. His name and age were not released, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Williams said.

It’s not clear whether he was shot twice, or one bullet inflicted both wounds.

Police have identified a suspect, but he is not in custody. Formal charges are expected to be filed, the sergeant said.

Pressure cooker at terminal prompts evacuation at Newark Airport

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:54 PM

Newark Airport.  (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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Newark Airport evacuated Terminal A after a pressure cooker was found in the terminal, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.

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The bomb squad was called in to investigate.

Newark Airport says the package has been cleared, but passengers should expect delays.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Bird causes outage; power restored to Elizabeth Place in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:40 PM

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.

A bird damaged an airbreak switch tonight, causing 162 customers, including Elizabeth Place, to lose power, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations for Dayton Power & Light said.

The service outage was reported at 8:27 p.m., and crews were able to restore service at 9:17 p.m., she said.

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m.

Power has been restored to Elizabeth Place tonight after it was out for about 45 minutes.

It is not clear what led to the service outage, and we’ve reached out to Dayton Power & Light.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.

A backup generator is maintaining power at The Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, Deputy Chief Paul Raisch of the Dayton Fire Department said.

Crews are not sure why power is out, but they have called Dayton Power & Light to restore service.

In the area, power also is out to about 165 customers, according to the DP&L online outage map.


Power is out to the entire building tonight at Elizabeth Place while there are about 100 patients inside.

The power outage was reported sometime after 8:30 p.m. at the medical center, 1 Elizabeth Place off Edwin C. Moses Boulevard in Dayton.

The patients are still inside the facility, but it’s not clear whether they will need to be moved, nor how long it will take to restore service.

ID released for Indiana man who never resurfaced at Grand Lake St. Marys

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

The man who went overboard a pontoon boat overnight was identified as 48-year-old Kevin Mann of Portand, Indiana, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search will resume Sunday for Mann, who apparently jumped from the pontoon into the lake but never came back up, officials said.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

The search has been called off for tonight, but will resume Sunday to find the man who went overboard from a pontoon boat during the overnight hours.

Authorities said the man is from Indiana, but have not released his name and age.

UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m.

The search continues at Grand Lake St. Marys where a male went overboard from a pontoon boat overnight.

Montezuma firefighters and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are actively searching the lake in the area of Safety Island.

Firefighters got the call at 2:35 a.m. that a male went overboard and needed rescued. Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze said the search for the victim continues this morning.

Celina police and fire, as well as St. Mary’s Twp. firefighters are assisting.

Further details have not been released.


A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.