WHIO Reports: Health care reform

Published: Saturday, October 07, 2017 @ 4:46 PM

This Show airs Sunday, Oct. 8, 20017

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on Congress as it continues to consider making changes that will affect us in the Miami Valley, health care reform and the move to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), has been a start and stop and start again process. This week’s episode will take a look at the challenges we face, the services from local public health agencies and what the coming changes could mean for all of us.

Guests Include: Mariette Orlowski, Ph D., Associate Professor at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine - Department of Population and Public Health; Dr. Kate Conway, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine; and Dr. Robert Dillaplain, Greene County Public Health. 

WHIO Reports airs at 11:30 a.m. on October 8, 2017.

‘Overwhelming’ response for 9 Middletown children who found mother dead

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:23 AM


            Donations are continuing to be dropped off at the Middletown police department. The presents will be given to nine children whose mother died in a possible overdose Wednesday night. RICK McCRABB/STAFF
Donations are continuing to be dropped off at the Middletown police department. The presents will be given to nine children whose mother died in a possible overdose Wednesday night. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

While Middletown police are searching for two “people of interest” in the death of a Middletown mother of nine, the community continues to donate to the family days before Christmas.

MORE: Police searching for 2 ‘people of interest’ in mother of nine’s death

On Thursday, the police department announced on its Facebook page that it was accepting donations for the family of nine children ages 1-14.

RELATED: Police: Drug dealers let Middletown mother die in front of her 9 kids

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the response was “overwhelming” in the first hour after the post.

This morning, the police training room in the lower level of the City Building wasn’t large enough to hold all the presents that had been donated, with several donated bikes parked in the hallway.

Two police department employees are sorting through the items this morning and they said “two large loads” were already delivered to the family.

According to Muterspaw, “known drug dealers” were in the house in the 1400 block of Yankee Road on Wednesday and they left the woman to die.

Police searching for 2 ‘people of interest’ in mother of nine’s death

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:14 AM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

Middletown police are searching for two “people of interest” in the death of a Middletown mother of nine.

RELATED: Police: Drug dealers let Middletown mother die in front of her 9 kids

Middletown Police Lt. Scott Reeve said officers are looking for two “people of interest” in the death of a 31-year-old mother who was found by her children lying on the kitchen floor late Wednesday night.

Middletown responds with gifts money


Reeve declined to name the “people of interest.”

Police are looking for two white males, possibly a father/son team. One man has gray hair and gray facial hair and was wearing a red and black coat. The other man was thin build and was wearing a brown jacket, the children told police.

The Butler County Coroner’s Office will determine the cause of death of the Middletown woman.

According to Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw, “known drug dealers” were in the house in the 1400 block of Yankee Road on Wednesday and they left the woman to die.

US Marine helicopter window falls from sky, injures child

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 7:47 AM

Helicopter.
Keyur Khamar/US PGA TOUR
Helicopter.(Keyur Khamar/US PGA TOUR)

A 20-pound window of a US Marine Corps helicopter fell off in mid-flight onto a school playing field Tuesday, slightly injuring a child on the Japanese island of Okinawa, CNN reported. 

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US Forces Japan said in a statement that the window of a CH-53 transport helicopter fell onto a sports field at an elementary school outside Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

"We take this report extremely seriously and are investigating the cause of this incident in close coordination with local authorities," the statement said. "This is a regrettable incident and we apologize for any anxiety it has caused the community."

The child was not seriously injured, CNN reported.

Juror’s emergency halts Miami County child rape case verdict

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 10:16 AM


            Charles Hiser, right, seated at the defense table in Miami County Common Pleas Court earlier this year. STEVE BAKER/STAFF
Charles Hiser, right, seated at the defense table in Miami County Common Pleas Court earlier this year. STEVE BAKER/STAFF

A Miami County jury’s deliberations in the child rape trial of Charles Hiser of Troy were interrupted today by a family emergency of a juror.

The juror left the deliberations, and Judge Christopher Gee told the 11 remaining jurors attempts were being made to contact an alternate juror to join the deliberations. The jury had deliberated 4.5 hours Thursday and around 90 minutes today.

Gee told jurors in Common Pleas Court they could not deliberate further until an alternate joined them.

EARLIER: Mistrial declared in case against man accused of child rape

“I know it is going to be frustrating for all of you to retire to the jury room and not be able to do the work you are here for,” Gee said.

Three alternate jurors had been seated in the event a problem arose with one or more of the 12 jurors who weree to decide the case. The alternate jurors were dismissed before deliberations began.

Hiser, 37, faces eight felony rape charges for alleged sexual contact and sexual conduct with a person under age 10 and then under age 13 between February 2012 and late 2016 in Piqua and Troy. He is being held on $550,000 bail.

A trial in October ended in a mistrial after some jurors said they had seen or heard about media accounts of the case.

Jurors, in a written question sent to Gee after around 3.5 hours of deliberations Thursday, asked what would happen if they were unable to agree. They were told there was no specific time line for deliberations and the focus should be on trying to reach a verdict, if possible.

One defense witness, Hiser’s wife, testified earlier Thursday before closing arguments and deliberations. Stacy Hiser testified she did not observe anything inappropriate or suspicious about her husband.

EARLIER: Victim says sex abuse happened more times than she could count

In closing statements, Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, said the girl may have said she assumed why the sexual acts began and could not provide specific dates and times for alleged c acts, but that is not unusual for sexual assault victims.

“There were no assumptions as to what happened between her and the defendant. She was very clear it happened too many times to count,” Parker said.

Public defender Steve Layman said there was not an objective fact finding process followed in the investigation by police, who he argued displayed a lack of effort.

“Charles was assumed guilty from moment of disclosure. Why didn’t they dig deeper?” Layman said.

He questioned why corroborating evidence was not sought about allegations that he said could have been fabricated.

Parker said the girl’s account, if believed by the jury, told the story. “She is worth listening to,” she said.