Wright State’s executive vice president resigns

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 9:04 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 5:11 PM

Robert J. Sweeney, Executive Vice President for Planning and Secretary to the Board of Trustees Wright State University
Robert J. Sweeney, Executive Vice President for Planning and Secretary to the Board of Trustees Wright State University

Wright State University’s executive vice president of planning is resigning, the Dayton Daily News has learned.

Robert Sweeney’s last day as part of the WSU administration will be May 20, said spokesman Seth Bauguess. Sweeney also serves as secretary to the board of trustees.

Sweeney will return to a finance faculty position in the Raj Soin College of Business. He will begin teaching full-time again either this summer or in the fall, Bauguess said.

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Sweeney was not immediately available to comment on Thursday.

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Sweeney’s resignation comes just days after this news organization learned that provost Tom Sudkamp and associate provost Steven Berberich are looking to leave the university. The two leaders were named as finalists for jobs at two different universities in Arkansas.

Robert Fyffe, Wright State’s vice president of research and graduate school dean, also recently announced he would resign, effective Sept. 30.

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Fyffe’s resignation came less than two weeks after an audit of WSU’s research funding was released by the board of trustees.

The leadership changes come as the school is dealing with a financial crisis that requires the administration to cut $25 million from next year’s budget to balance the books.

Wright State trustees have said they expected administrators to resign as the university begins the transition of bringing its next president into office.

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US Marine helicopter window falls from sky, injures child

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

Helicopter.
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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.

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


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

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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.

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.

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.

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“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.

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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.

Watch: He’s going to Harvard, and Louisiana student’s reaction is priceless

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 1:33 AM

VIDEO: Student’s Priceless Reaction to Harvard Acceptance Letter

It has been quite a week for two Louisiana brothers. Both were accepted into big-name colleges, and separate videos of their reactions have gone viral.

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On Tuesday, 16-year-old Ayrton Little and his classmates at T.M. Landry College Preparatory waited as he opened his email to see if he had been accepted into Harvard University’s 2019-2020 class, WAFB reported. The junior’s reaction is priceless when he gets the good news.

His classmates shout “three-peat,” as it is the third consecutive year that a T.M. Landry student has been accepted to Harvard, WAFB reported. 

Ayrton said he plans to major in applied math and computer science.

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His celebration came on the heels of a joyous day for his older brother, Alexander Little. On Friday, Alexander got the news that he had been accepted into Stanford University.

Alexander said he plans to major in physics with a minor in computer science.

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