Wright-Patt officials help deliver baby in base housing

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

A quick, unexpected birth at home may seem frightening, but one growing family living in The Prairies housing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base had nothing to fear: Base emergency responders utilized their training and assisted the mother and father — and baby boy — in their time of need.

The response began the afternoon of Jan. 26, when a father who is active-duty on base, called the Emergency Communications Center, saying his wife’s amniotic sac had broken. This being their fourth child, and with a very short labor with the third child, a quick response was vital.

Richard Stiles, emergency communications specialist at the ECC, handled the call. It was the first of its kind for him during his almost 11 years of service, but his training kicked in as he calmly provided instructions to the father.

Meanwhile, members of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight’s Station 3 in Area B, along with medics from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, proceeded to the location.

The mother reported that she was in active labor, and Stiles referred to his emergency medical dispatcher cards to follow proper protocols.

“It was nerve-wracking, but it was exciting at the same time,” he said. “I’m happy things went smoothly with no complications. Everything went according to plan.”

“All emergency communications specialists go through training to maintain their emergency medical technician status,” said Wright-Patterson AFB Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Chief Jeff Kitzmiller.

Cory Downey, ECC supervisor, commended Stiles for his cool, calm demeanor. Two such ECC dispatchers are on duty 24/7 so that if one is involved with providing emergency information, the other can handle other calls that come in. The ECC, which handles emergency calls for fire, medical and security, displays 18 monitor screens with a wealth of computer applications and enhanced 911 phone lines.

At first, the mother reported she felt like she could be transported to the base’s medical center for the delivery, then it became apparent that she needed to deliver at home.

“We saw some signs of imminent childbirth, so we decided to stay,” Williams said. “We had our OB kit out and ‘Gus’ and I knew what we were going to do. Everyone worked together as a team, including those outside.”

Within 15 minutes the baby was delivered; his nose and mouth were suctioned to clear his air passages, and the father was able to cut the umbilical cord and hold his child.

The mother and baby were then transported to the obstetrical area at WPMC.

The event has had an impact not only on the family but on the emergency responders, too.

“As soon as you hear that baby cry, it’s a total, different experience that I don’t think any of us have ever had in years of being in the fire service,” said Capt. Chase McGrath. “It’s good to see the opposite spectrum of life to death.”

Ten Commandments monument destroyed in less than 24 hours after installation

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 8:00 AM

A two year battle came to an end in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, but the controversy over a monument to the Ten Commandments has not.

In less than 24 hours after the installation of the monument, someone destroyed the display by knocking it down, breaking chunks of granite off, KARK reported.

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The Ten Commandments were unveiled after state Sen. Jason Rapert introduced legislation to have the biblical laws displayed on the grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol.

It measured 6 feet tall and stood near a walkway between the capitol building and the state’s Supreme court, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

It was paid for by private donations totaling more than $26,000.

The bill, the Arkansas Ten Commandments Monument Act 1231, was passed in April, 2015, despite opposition that has continued until this year.

The American Civil Liberties Union said they plan to file a lawsuit to get the monument taken down.

The Satanic Temple also plans on filing a lawsuit.

Gov. Mike Huckabee took to Twitter for some harsh words for whoever knocked down the monument.

KTHV is reporting that Michael Reed has been arrested for destroying the monument.

Marsh Supermarket in Hamilton sets closing date

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:23 AM

Hamilton’s Marsh Supermarket is among 18 locations that are closing and holding liquidation sales.

Located at 1500 Plaza Dr. just off Millville Avenue, the store is set to close July 8.

Prices are marked down between 30 percent to 50 percent and the vast majority of items remaining are non-perishable ones.

MORE: Grocer buys 15 Marsh stores, including Middletown, Eaton stores

The other 17 Marsh locations set to close by next month are located in Indiana.

The Hamilton location was built in 1967, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

Marsh closed 19 stores in May and put 44 locations up for sale after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

RELATED: New owner of Marsh groceries calls Middletown ‘a good fit

Generative Growth II LLC, a privately-held Findlay based company, purchased 15 Marsh Supermarkets in Ohio and Indiana earlier this month, including stores located at 621 N. University Blvd. in Middletown; 223 Aukerman in Eaton; and 982 N. Market in Troy.

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They’ll be managed by Fresh Encounter Inc., which operates grocery stores under the banners of Great Scot, Community Markets, King Saver, Chief and Sack n’ Save.

TSA begins searching books before travelers board planes

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:08 AM

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The TSA is testing a new policy under which passengers will be asked to separate their reading materials from the rest of their carry-on luggage so agents can fan through the pages to see if anything dangerous is hidden inside.

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Right now, the book searches are happening at just a few airports, but Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a recent television interview that the process could expand nationwide.

Though the TSA insists agents will not pay attention to the contents of your reading material, there’s no way to verify or enforce that neutrality. Some already believe the TSA doesn’t pick passengers for extra screening as randomly as it claims. And some say it would be easy for agents to unfairly scrutinize people reading controversial political or religious content — or just an author the agent happens to dislike.

The policy also raises a new privacy concern. The United States has “a long history of special legal protection for the privacy of one’s reading habits,” notes privacy expert Jay Stanley in an analysis of the TSA’s plan for the ACLU. That history includes “numerous Supreme Court and other court decisions, [plus] state laws that criminalize the violation of public library reading privacy or require a warrant to obtain book sales, rental or lending records.”

“A person who is reading a book entitled ‘Overcoming Sexual Abuse’ or ‘Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction’ is not likely to want to plop that volume down on the conveyor belt for all to see,” Stanley said. Or what if you’re learning Arabic or studying advanced mathematics? Critics have pointed out that both of those activities attracted airport security scrutiny even before implementation of a nationwide book screening.

Some say scholars are especially at risk of running afoul of the TSA under this new program. “Academics are unsurprisingly big readers, and since we don’t simply read for pleasure, we often read materials with which we disagree or which may be seen by others as offensive,” said Henry Reichman, chair of the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

“For instance, a scholar studying terrorism and its roots may well be reading — and potentially carrying on a plane — books that others might see as endorsing terrorism,” he said.

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Deputies: Mother locks 11-year-old in car, sets it on fire

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 9:44 AM

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Authorities arrested a 48-year-old woman on Tuesday after she was accused of binding her 11-year-old son’s wrists, locking him in a car and setting it on fire at a Michigan cemetery, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

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Deputies and firefighters were called around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday by the suspect’s 50-year-old husband, who was worried that his wife might have harmed their son. Officials learned the couple’s car was on fire at Roselawn Memorial Park in LaSalle Township.

Deputies found a smoking 2014 Ford Focus at the cemetery, but neither the woman nor her son were nearby. Authorities found the pair talking to staff in a different part of the cemetery and arrested the woman on charges of attempted murder and arson.

She was taken to ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital for evaluation. Her son was also taken to the hospital and later released.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation found the mother bound her son’s wrists and locked him inside the Focus. She set fire to the trunk of the car as the boy struggled to get out, deputies said.

“The mother later attempted to ignite a fire using gasoline inside the passenger compartment where the boy sat,” deputies said in a news release. “This fire did not ignite.”

When the fire failed to catch, the woman let her son out of the car and walked away. The pair found a cemetery employee, who freed the boy from his bindings, according to authorities.

Deputies continue to investigate the case.