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Vigil held on 10-year mark of double homicide

Published: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 2:26 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 @ 2:26 PM

Vigil held on 10-year mark of double homicide

A vigil was held Tuesday afternoon on the 10-year anniversary of the deaths of Elizabeth Davis, 49, and her partner, Felicia Kirksey Goodson Battle, 44, at their home on Vernon Drive.

The vigil was held in front of the lot where the house formerly stood in the Dayton View neighborhood at Vernon Drive and Grand Avenue.

Elizabeth’s daughter Andrea Davis said she is promoting a “see something, say something” campaign to help end the violence.

Police previously arrested a suspect in the double homicide, Velis Nelson of Dayton, but a Montgomery County grand jury declined to indict him in 2015.

The criminal investigation remains open, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Premier Health asks UnitedHealthcare policy holders to switch plans

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:03 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:55 PM

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Premier Health sent a letter this week to its patients saying “we strongly advise” those with UnitedHealthcare policies to consider switching plans, as both sides remain far from a deal that would let policy holders again get coverage at Premier doctors offices and hospitals.

The contract between UnitedHealthcare and Premier, the region’s largest health system, expired May 13 after negotiations fell apart. The two parties both said they are not close to a deal that would again bring Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and the rest of Premier Health’s affiliates back in network.

The dispute centers around the giant insurer’s plan to rank hospitals and doctors in tiers based on cost and quality, with the goal of incentivizing lower health care costs. Premier opposes the ranking system, which it says is already steering patients away from its hospitals and providers.

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There are 70,000 UnitedHealthcare members who have used Premier facilities or physicians in the last year prior to May’s contract expiration and 200,000 patients with UnitedHealthcare in the Dayton region.

A Premier spokesman said the letter speaks for itself and the health system didn’t have additional comment.

In an Oct. 16 letter signed by Premier CEO Mary Boosalis, she states Premier has contracts with other plans like with Anthe Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medical Mutual, Aetna, Human and Cigna.

“If your employer hasn’t offered another plan option other than UHC, consider asking your human resources department to either switch health plans or to provide a plan option that includes Premier Health as “in-network.”

Some local hospitals that remain in UHC’s network include Dayton Children’s, Grandview, Greene Memorial, Kettering Medical Center, Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, Soin Medical Center, Southview, Springfield Regional, and Sycamore.

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Premier has a large network of primary care doctors under its umbrella, along with Miami Valley Hospital with an additional site at Miami Valley Hospital South, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center.

Premier said the last offer it put on a table was for no rate increase in 2017, a 3 percent increase in 2018, a 3 percent increase in 2019 and no increase in 2020. UnitedHealthcare’s last offer is a 10 percent rate decrease in 2017, a 5 percent decrease in 2018, and a 5 percent decrease in 2019.

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UnitedHealthcare has maintained none of Premier’s offers address the high cost of care that gets passed onto its customers. It said it is still open to conversation with Premier.

“Local employers are asking everyone to play a role in helping address the high cost of health care in Dayton, and we want to work with Premier on this goal, but to this point we have been unable to find a resolution that creates sustainable improvements.”

The insurer said it still has a broad network of physicians that its policy holders can see.

Hikers rescue dog who fell down mine shaft

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:51 PM

WATCH: Hikers Rescue Stranded Pup From Mine Shaft

Three hikers went on a journey into the woods of Colorado, and came out as heroes.

Portia Scovern and her boyfriend Preston Gladd were hiking in Park County, Colorado, when they heard sounds from a cave, The Summit Daily reported.

They thought it was a wild animal. 

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But when they returned a week later, Gladd, Scovern and Gladd’s roommate, Gannon Ingels, said they found out it wasn’t a wild animal, but rather a dog that had fallen to the bottom of a mine shaft, KXRM reported.

The fall was at least 20 feet, KMGH reported.

The dog, who they found out was named Cheyenne, was not hurt, but was a little underweight and dehydrated. She’s since been returned to his owner, all thanks to Facebook, The Summit Daily reported.

A dog named Cheyenne was rescued by hikers after being trapped in the bottom of a mine shaft for a week.(Photo courtesy: Portia Scovern)

The dog had been missing since Oct. 4 when he ran off and is believed to have been at the bottom of the mine for at least a week.

School to host drug abuse summit tonight

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:52 PM

What You Need To Know: Opioids

Dayton Christian School will hold an open public summit on Monday, Oct. 23 to educate area parents on prescription drug and heroin abuse.

Jennifer Mason, EMS coordinator with Fort Hamilton Hospital’s opiate task force, will share her experience with a family member’s drug addiction as well as lessons from working in emergency medicine, according to school officials.

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The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Dayton Christian School, 9391 Washington Church Road in Miamisburg. No registration is required.

This will be the first of five summits that DC said it plans to host, with future topics to include media wars, pornography, sex education, and bullying and suicide prevention.

Alleged cop-killer smears feces on self in court, halting jury selection in murder trial

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 1:24 PM

Alleged Police Killer Smears Himself With Feces In Court

A man accused of murdering a New Orleans police officer in 2015 halted jury selection in his trial Wednesday by smearing feces on his face, head and mouth, horrifying potential jurors and courtroom spectators. 

Travis Boys, 35, apparently put the feces, wrapped in tissue, in his pocket during a bathroom break earlier in the day, NOLA.com reported. He was seated at the defense table with his attorneys when he pulled the tissue out and silently rubbed the waste on himself. 

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Boys is charged with first-degree murder in the June 20, 2015, shooting death of Officer Daryle Holloway. The officer was transporting Boys to jail when Boys allegedly shot him inside his police SUV. 

Boys escaped custody and was at large for about 24 hours before being recaptured. If convicted, he faces life in prison. 

The Advocate reported that criminal defense lawyer David Belfield, who is Holloway’s uncle, witnessed the incident. Belfield said he believed Boys was trying to sway potential jurors. 

“It’s calculated, and it shows that he’s not insane, not crazy,” Belfield told the newspaper

Boys has pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity, the Advocate reported. District Court Judge Karen Herman ruled last month that Boys was competent to stand trial in Holloway’s slaying. 

After halting the proceedings Wednesday, however, Herman ordered that another competency hearing be held on Thursday. His attorneys have argued that Boys suffers from low IQ and mental health problems. 

Though Herman ruled him competent to stand trial, she is allowing the defense to present evidence of schizophrenia in Boys’ family, the Advocate said. 

The judge dismissed the panel of potential jurors who witnessed Boys’ actions on Wednesday. 

The Advocate reported that the odor of bleach clung to the air an hour after the incident.