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.”

Missing cop faked his death, fled to Mexico, police say

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 6:31 PM

A Texas police officer who was originally reported missing is believed to have attempted to fake his own death and to have fled to Mexico, officials said Friday night.

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Austin police Officer Coleman Martin, 29, is facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of “false report,” as a result.

Martin’s wife told KVUE-TV on Saturday that “Cole recently received a new prescription medication."

"The side effects were causing him to be depressed and think irrationally,” she said. “We want him to know his family loves him unconditionally and wants him home safe." 

Martin’s wife asked to remain anonymous for the interview.

An arrest affidavit for the missing officer said a woman, who was not his wife, shared an email with detectives, in which Martin wrote to her and said his plan for a staged death had been successful.

The affidavit does not say how the woman knows Martin.

Martin’s email to the woman said he had staged a scene by parking his vehicle by a body of water near the U.S. border with Mexico, the affidavit says. Then he rode a bicycle for about 8 miles to a convenience store, took a taxi to the border and rode a bus farther into Mexico, the affidavit says he said in the email.

Police obtained video footage of Martin at a gas station in Del Rio, the affidavit says. They also talked to a clerk at the gas station who had spoken to Martin. Martin told the clerk he had biked from Amistad Park to the store, the affidavit says.

Police first got involved on Tuesday night, when Martin’s wife called 911, the affidavit says. She told police that Martin had texted her a photo of a handwritten note that said he was going to drown himself in a lake near the border of Mexico. 

The next morning, officials at the Amistad National Recreation Area said they found Martin’s vehicle with a suicide note inside, the affidavit says. His wallet was also inside the vehicle, but there was no money inside it. His passport was also not in the vehicle.

In response, “a massive search operation was initiated using local, state and federal resources” on Wednesday and Thursday, the affidavit says.

The search team found an inflatable raft in the Amistad Reservoir, which is on the Rio Grande at the border between Mexico and the United States, with Martin’s name, his date of birth, date of death and his and his wife’s initials written on the side, the affidavit says. Inside the raft were remnants of a concrete block as well as scrape marks that indicated that concrete blocks had been pushed over the edge.

Investigators discovered a charge on Martin’s credit card for a new HP tablet from a Best Buy in Austin a few hours before he sent the suicide note to his wife, and the tablet was not found in his vehicle, the affidavit said. Then, investigators learned that someone had accessed Martin’s email from Mexico about five hours after he sent the suicide note text.

According to the affidavit, investigators believe Martin placed “the boat to appear he entered the water, paddled to the middle and jumped overboard with concrete blocks and ropes, and (placed) the raft on the shore to give the appearance it had drifted to shore from where the initial entry place was.”

Investigators tracked down and interviewed the unnamed woman at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.

Female dragonflies play dead to avoid amorous males

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Macro portrait of a black darter dragonfly (Sympetrum danae), taken on July 26, 2014. (Photo by Chris Rutter/N-Photo Magazine via Getty Images)
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Female dragonflies are one of only a few animal species that play dead to avoid mating or death, falling out of the sky and remaining motionless until the amorous male dragonfly leaves.

That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Ecology by University of Zurich zoologist Rassim Khelifa, Newsweek reported.

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Khelifa, who documented the behavior while studying dragonflies in Switzerland, said it’s the first time scientists have seen dragonflies feigning death as a means of avoiding mating. 

“I witnessed a dragonfly dive to the ground while being pursued by another dragonfly. The individual that crashed was a female,” the scientist said, according to Newsweek. “She was lying motionless and upside down on the ground.”

Khelifa said he expected the female would be unconscious or even dead, after crashing to the ground.

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“But she surprised me by flying away quickly as I approached,” Khelifa said.

Scientists believe that by playing dead, the female dragonfly may survive longer and possibly reproduce more frequently and more successfully.


Kettering police investigate robbery at CVS store

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

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Police in Kettering are responding to a reported robbery at CVS, 1785 Woodman Drive.

Officers responded to the call around 2 p.m.

Scanner traffic indicated a K-9 unit was requested to the scene in an effort to track the robber’s whereabouts after leaving the store.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.

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House speaker: Wright State on right track for new beginning

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger told more than 2,100 graduating Wright State University students on Saturday that their shared alma mater has a bright future, despite recent controversies.

Rosenberger’s speech at the Ervin J. Nutter Center touched on the usual commencement fare: quoting Dr. Seuss, Shakespeare and aiming to inspire. He also noted he wasn’t paid for the appearance.

He turned around at one point to pose for a selfie with the student government president and the graduating student body: graduates ranging in age from 19 to 61, hailing from 58 Ohio counties, 23 states and 19 nations.

“When facing adversity, keeping it simple and remembering the golden rule of treating others as you would be treated will guide you through,” Rosenberger, R-Clarksville and a 2012 WSU graduate, advised them.

Rosenberger was introduced by Provost Thomas Sudkamp, who oversaw the ceremony instead of former WSU president David Hopkins, who resigned his post in March.

Rosenberger didn’t specifically mention Hopkins or the university’s current budget crisis, ongoing federal investigation, lawsuits and other issues in recent years that led the speaker last year to advise fellow lawmakers to use caution when dealing with the school “because clearly they can’t handle themselves right now.”

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Rosenberger said Saturday that when considering giving the address he experienced a “sense of pause because of recent events at Wright State” but that dissipated when he remembered his time at the school.

“There’s no question this university has faced its share of challenges and hardships in recent past brought on by so few, but I know this institution, and it boasts some of the best faculty, and obviously you as some of the best students,” he said.

“Wright State has an obligation to demand the best of its students, and the university alumni and its students have every right to demand the best from this institution. I am confident that just as you each are about to experience your new beginning in life, Wright State is on the right track for a new beginning as well that will carry it on for many many years to come.”

Jordan Keckler, who will graduate from WSU in the fall with a degree in organizational leadership, spent the ceremony in the Nutter Center hallway manning a table selling graduation memorabilia. She was optimistic about the half-century-old school’s future in the face of current problems.

“I think we’re definitely going to overcome it,” she said. “I think we’ve done a lot in 50 years and I think we are going to overcome it in a few years.”


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