Wright-Patt C17 crews involved in Texas rescue efforts

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 1:41 PM


            A C-17 takes off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE PHOTO
A C-17 takes off from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE PHOTO

Two C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets based at Wright-Patterson were flying to Texas today to aid relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey unleashed high winds and devastating floods that have forced thousands to flee.

The first flight was due to land at Biggs Army Air Field near El Paso, Texas, to pick up 35 tons of equipment for transport to Kelly Field, Texas, near San Antonio, according to 445th Airlift Wing spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris.

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A second flight was scheduled to the same bases to transport food, generators and power equipment, she said. “We’re always on standby to support,” she said. “We’re here to support the people of Texas.”

At least one C-17 flight from Wright-Patterson was scheduled on both Thursday and Friday to aid relief efforts, but additional details were not immediately available.

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The Air Force Reserve unit flew relief missions in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that struck the Gulf Coast in 2005 and Hurricane Sandy that churned into New York and New Jersey off the Atlantic Coast in 2012.

In the biggest relief effort in recent decades, the Wright-Patt wing flew C-141 Starlifters to evacuate more than 400 patients in New Orleans, La., and southwest Texas after Katrina and Rita.

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Katrina, a monster storm, caused a widespread path of destruction, killing more than 1,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless in Mississippi and Louisiana. New Orleans was extensively flooded after a levee holding back water was breached.

In 2012, the Wright-Patterson wing flew 10 C-17 missions carrying 69 patients and 685 tons of equipment and relief supplies —- including blankets, power generators and utility trucks — after Hurricane Sandy rolled into New York and New Jersey.

2 detained in R.A.N.G.E Task Force raid at Dayton house

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:47 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

RANGE Task force raided a home on Emerson this morning

UPDATE @8:25 a.m.

One person was taken into custody in a R.A.N.G.E. Task Force raid in Dayton Wednesday morning.

A woman detained at the scene was released, officers said. A dog will also be removed from the property.

Our crew on scene saw officers removing items from the house, but officers would not comment on the items further.

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There is police activity in the 1900 block of Emerson Avenue in Dayton, per our crews.

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We’re working to learn the cause of police being in the area.

We’ll continue to update this page with more. 

Trump denies telling widow of fallen soldier that her husband 'knew what he signed up for'

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:41 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

Reports: President Trump to Widow of Fallen Soldier, He Knew "What He Signed Up For"

UPDATE, 7:38 a.m. ET Wednesday: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to deny reports that he told a fallen soldier’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”

“Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!” Trump tweeted.

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The tweet was referring to U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., who said she heard Trump say the words when he offered his condolences to Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson.

Wilson stood by her remarks. 

"I don't know what kind of proof he's talking about. I'm not the only person that was in the car," Wilson told CNN. "I have proof, too. This man is a sick man and he feels no pity for no one."

ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump reportedly told the pregnant widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson that “he knew what he signed up for...” in a call Tuesday afternoon according to WPLG.

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Johnson’s body, one of the four Army servicemen killed in action in Niger on Oct. 4, returned to the United States Tuesday. The flight bearing Johnson’s remains landed at Miami International Airport, according to WPLG.

The plane was met by Johnson’s widow, Myeshia Johnson, who is pregnant with the couple’s third child. Also present was an honor guard and local politicians.

Trump called Johnson to offer his condolences, telling her that her fallen husband “knew what he signed up for,” adding that “when it happens it hurts anyway,” a congresswoman who said she was present for the call said.

That response is generating some controversy, with some saying the president was unnecessarily callous and blunt. U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., said she heard the call with Trump and couldn’t believe her ears.

“It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it,” she said.

Also killed in action on Oct. 4 were Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Sgt. Bryan Black, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson and four soldiers from Niger, according to the New York Daily News. Two other Americans were wounded.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Homeowner creates amazing Halloween light show, synced with ‘Feel It Still’

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

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For seven years, Brandon Bullis has combined light and music for an amazing Halloween display and this year is no exception.

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Bullis uses 16,000 lights and computer animation to create “Edwards Landing Lights” almost every night for the Halloween season. This year the show features “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man.

The show goes dark one night, Halloween itself, WRC reported.

The show is a hobby of Bullis’s, but it also serves a purpose. He collects donations for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

And you’d think the nightly lights would cost Bullis a lot when it comes to the electric bill. You’d be wrong. It adds about $25 to $35 to the power bill because he uses energy-efficient LEDs.

Bullis went viral back in 2013 with his light show that danced to Ylvis’ “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say).” That show had more than 8 million views on YouTube.

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Two U.S. Navy sailors found dead at same Georgia home days apart

Published: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 5:13 PM

Two U.S. Navy Sailors Found Dead of Apparent Drug Overdoses at Same Ga. Home Days Apart

Kingsland, Georgia, police are investigating after two U.S. Navy sailors were found dead days apart at a Kings Bay home.

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Officials say Brian Jarrell, 25, was reported missing by his family after he disappeared during a trip to Orlando.

His wife told investigators the family was at Disney World on Wednesday for Jarrell's daughter's birthday when he said he wasn't feeling well and left the park.

Jerrell’s wife filed a missing person report with the Orange County Sheriff's Office when she got back to the hotel and couldn't find him.

Jarrell's shipmates began searching for him in Camden County. They found his car outside a friend's home on Spinnaker Circle on Thursday.

They asked their friend Ty Bell if they could look for Jarrell inside the house.

They found Jarrell face down in the back bedroom. He was unconscious and cold to the touch.

Officials arrived at the residence and Jarrell was pronounced dead. He had no known medical issues, according to officials.

Police were called to the home on Spinnaker Circle again Monday after someone reported seeing a person lying inside unresponsive.

Police spoke with a U.S. Navy chief, who said he sent two sailors to their shipmate's house after he didn't report for duty.

Police found Bell lying on his back on the couch, unresponsive, with a white foamy substance coming from his nose.

He did not appear to be breathing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials have not released a cause of death for either sailor.

Both were stationed at Kings Bay Submarine Base.