United passengers describe scene as man dragged off flight

Published: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 @ 8:08 AM

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Other passengers who watched as Chicago Department of Aviation security officers boarded a United flight and dragged a man away from the plane are speaking up about what they saw.

“None of us believed that it could get to that point of violence,” said John Klaassen, an instructor at Boyce College in Lousiville. “When the police came on, they were just determined to take him off of the plane. There was no negotiating.”

Passengers watched, and filmed, as officers pulled  a man from his seat on Kentucky-bound United Flight 3411 on Sunday and dragged him up the aisle toward the plane’s door as others shouted in protest.  He continued to resist, and ran back onto the plane with a bloody face.

The Courier-Journal has identified the passenger as David Dao, a doctor from Elizabethtown, Ky.

“He hit his face when they initially dragged him off, as you guys saw,” said passenger Jayse Anspach in a CNN interview. “It was 10 minutes later, he comes running back in and runs to the back, his face bloody, and just clings to the post in back and just saying, ‘I need to go  home, I need to go home, I need to go home.”

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The incident began when United asked for four volunteers to give up their seats to allow four crew members to travel to work another flight in Louisville. No one volunteered, so the airline was forced into an “involuntary de-boarding situation,” according to a United statement.

“Once they dragged the guy off, the United employees come on the plane,” said passenger Tyler Bridges. “The other passengers were just berating the employees, saying things like ‘You should be ashamed of yourself. You should be embarrassed to work for this company.’”

An internal email from United CEO Oscar Munoz circulated to employees said he “emphatically” stands behind them, that the man who was removed from the flight was “disruptive and belligerent” and that United would be conducting a detailed review of what happened.

Police: Georgia shopper beaten, shot at in Kroger parking lot

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:21 AM

Kroger.
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A shopper was robbed, beaten and shot at in the parking lot of a Georgia grocery store, police said.

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His assailants also told the man to “stop moving or (I’m going to have to) kill you,” according to the report.

The incident happened about midnight Wednesday, which is one hour before closing time at the Kroger on Old National Highway, according to a new police report.

The customer, described as a 47-year-old College Park resident, was putting groceries in his car when two armed robbers walked up to him, demanded his wallet and cellphone, and pistol-whipped him, Fulton police said.

“I’m just minding my own business,” the victim told the robbers. “I’m trying to go home. Just leave me alone.”

The encounter started when one of the men asked the victim for his car keys and he refused, according to the report.

“Give me your wallet instead,” the robber said.

At that point, the victim started resisting.

“Stop moving or (I’m going to have to) kill you,” one of the robbers told him.

The robber then snatched at the victim’s wallet, causing it to fall. An accomplice picked it up and one of the men cocked a firearm, according to the report.

“Open your car,” one of the men said. “We going to ride together. I should kill you right now for resisting.”

The robber hit the victim on the left side of his head, police said.

The victim started walking quickly toward the grocery store, and that’s when he heard at least one gunshot and saw a store window shatter, according to the police report.

Fulton County police Officer Sherton Hutchins, who was in the area doing a business check, heard the shot. 

The officer then saw two men in gray clothes sprint across Old National Highway. Hutchins ran toward the victim while others searched the area for the two robbers, police said.

They have not been found.

Detectives are now looking at surveillance video for clues into who the robbers are. Kroger spokesman Felix Turner said that store officials were “in full cooperation with local authorities to provide any information as they investigate the incident.”

In a statement, he said Kroger is committed to providing a secure environment for all customers.

“As part of this commitment,” Turner said, “Kroger has invested in several measures at the Old National Highway location, including in-store security, security patrol in the parking lot, surveillance equipment and associate training. “

Most at Beavercreek meeting oppose medical marijuana in community

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 10:14 PM

Most of the two dozen residents who gave feedback about medical marijuana told city leaders they don’t want to see it in any form.

Right now, Beavercreek law allows for dispensaries, cultivation and processing sites. No one has applied for a license in Beavercreek, and the deadline is Friday.

“The issue is will you be able to sell your house?” Denise Buell said. “And the next question may not be for it, if you have a cultivation facility right down the street you may have difficulty selling it, so why bother even buying there?”

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Not everyone was against it, including Beavercreek resident Mary Lou Hopun, who said she suffers from a chronic illness.

“There's no discussion being held here about the science of medical marijuana and how it's not addictive, and they talk about the type of people that will come to this area and the property values that will go down. This is all just conjecture," Hopun said.

After Friday’s state application deadline, city leaders will get another nine months to decide whether to change rules. Earlier this week, council members decided against a moratorium.

“We’re hearing the public ... You’re going to have three new council members come January on council, they could have a total different perspective,” City Manager Pete Landrum said.

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Another public meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, with a state representative. The meeting also will be held at Beavercreek City Hall, 1368 Research Park Drive.

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Medical marijuana lab breaks ground in Yellow Springs

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:07 PM

Cresco Labs LLC owns and operates medical marijuana facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.
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Cresco Labs LLC owns and operates medical marijuana facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.(CONTRIBUTED)

Heavy equipment already started moving dirt for one of Ohio’s first medical marijuana facilities.

Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and several village leaders and residents gathered Thursday morning in a cornfield next to Antioch University.

“Yellow Springs was founded on wellness,” Village Council President Karen Wintrow said. “People came to the yellow spring in Glen Helen for the healing waters so the idea of a wellness company, a health company, being here is a perfect fit. This facility is going to be sitting adjacent to farm fields in an area that we have really identified that we want to remain agriculture.” 

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The 50,000-square-foot environmentally sound greenhouse will be built along East Enon Road. It is expected to initially provide about 25 jobs, and possibly more because Cresco will seek a medical marijuana processing license.

Cresco has agreed to pay for the infrastructure, which includes building roads, installing water, sewer and electric service, said Village Manager Patti Bates.

“We’re looking at a month build that will be followed by some cultivation and we should have product for patients by June of 2018,” Cresco Labs CEO Charles Bachtell said.

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Those who were the driving force behind the failed 2015 marijuana legalization issue in Ohio are now backing a plan to put an issue on the November ballot that, if approved by the voters, would make marijuana legal for recreational use. 

It’s not clear how that would affect the medical marijuana industry in the state.

“We are a medical cannabis operator and currently we operate only in medical programs,” Bachtell said. “We’ve evaluated Ohio for about a year as a medical program so that’s what we’re focused on right now.”

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Police, children services investigating circumstances of infant’s injuries

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:20 PM

Police respond to Dayton Children's Hospital for a three-month old with a brain bleed

UPDATE @ 11:05 p.m.: Police and Montgomery County Children Services are investigating how an infant suffered injuries that prompted her mother to bring her to Dayton Children's Hospital on Thursday morning. 

The mother said her 3-month-old daughter, who was suffering from bleeding on the brain, fell off the couch, according to recordings from county regional dispatch this news organization obtained through a public records request. 

"The doctors are saying that the child's injury don't match the story that was given. So I need an officer to come out," the social worker said on the 9-1-1 call. 

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Doctors said testing confirmed their suspicions. 

"We just recently got the results back on the head C-T," the caller told dispatchers. 

The baby was going into surgery Thursday morning when the call from the hospital was made to police. Police were also at the mother's apartment on Thursday. 

Montgomery County Children Services officials said their office had an open investigation into the mother before Thursday's incident. The agency could not confirm how many children live in the home.

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Neighbors told News Center 7's John Bedell the infant is the youngest of the children in the home. 

Neighbor Letisha Hardin said she saw police cars at the home Thursday. 

"Yes, when I took my kids to school this morning I noticed it was a couple police cars over there but I didn't know what was going on," Hardin said of the apartment on Elsmere Avenue. 

Hardin said she knows the family. 

"My kids play with their kids and so yeah it is … concerning," she said. "I would hope that nobody would hurt a little child but these days, you never know."

The mother is not being identified by name in this report because no charges have been filed.

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