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Wright State faculty ask for laid off colleagues to be rehired

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 11:49 AM


            Wright State faculty members asked the university’s board of trustees to reinstate instructors who are set to be laid off. Some faculty stood at the back of the room to protest the cuts.

Wright State University faculty, representing the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors, today asked the board of trustees to reinstate faculty positions that were cut last fall.

The university announced in October 2016 that it would eliminate 23 positions, including six faculty jobs, following spring semester. The cuts were one way the university said it was dealing with its budget issues and a drop of enrollment in WSU’s College of Liberal Arts.

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The first faculty member to speak at the board meeting this morning, Gretchen McNamara, a lecturer in the school of music, said that students “are devastated” to be “stripped away” from their instructors. The elimination of positions in the music school will make Wright State a less competitive university, McNamara said.

The October layoffs included two instructors in the school of music, officials have said.

Another faculty member pointed to arguments that the university needs to up enrollment to increase revenue as a reason why instructors should not have been laid off.

“Faculty are the revenue generators,” said Noeleen Mcllvenna, a WSU history professor. “We need more faculty not less. The rest is just noise.”

Wright State president David Hopkins said he understands faculty concerns and that he hopes enrollment increases so that faculty members who were laid off can eventually return if they want to.

“It’s always the last thing we want to do,” Hopkins said of the layoffs. “Because of the circumstances of the budget and enrollment challenges, these are the tough decisions we’re forced to make.

RELATED: Students call for WSU foundation to divest from hedge funds

Additional faculty stood at the back of the trustees meeting Friday where they held signs protesting the cuts, budget issues and the Wright State University foundation’s hedge fund holdings.

Students today were set to call for the foundation to divest from its hedge fund holdings. Hedge fund holdings make up about $6 million or 8 percent of the foundation’s nearly $80-million endowment, according to a statement from WSU spokesman Seth Bauguess.

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2 safe after Dayton water rescue 

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

UPDATE @ 2:04 p.m.:

Dayton crews have rescued two kayakers from the Great Miami River. Both a male and female kayaker were ejected into the river and required assistance. Both are on land and in good condition with no reported injuries. 

FIRST REPORT

Dayton Police and Fire crews have been dispatched to the 1300 block of Siebenthaler Avenue in Dayton for a potential water rescue. 

Montgomery County Regional Dispatch reports that two kayakers were caught in a line of trees and debris on the Great Miami River. 

They lost control of their kayaks and were tossed into the river needing assistance. 

One person has been rescued and they are attempting to rescue the second passenger. We will update you with the latest in this developing story. 

Reports: Comey knew Clinton email info was fake, created by Russia

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

FILE- In this May 3, 2017, file photo, FBI Director James Comey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington. Comey's memo relating President Donald Trump’s request to shut down an investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against the president. But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are difficult in ordinary circumstances, several former federal prosecutors cautioned Wednesday, May 17, 2017, a day after word of the existence of the memo broke. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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CNN is reporting that former FBI Director James Comey knew that some information about the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server was created by Russian intelligence, but did not disclose that fact when he declared that the investigation into Clinton’s activities was over last summer.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the FBI received a Russian intelligence document saying the Clinton campaign had an understanding with the Justice Department that Clinton would not be prosecuted over the email inquiry into whether she intentionally revealed classified information through her use of a private email server.

According to the Post story, Comey made his decision to end the investigation in part on the basis of that memo.

According to the CNN story, Comey did not consult with Attorney General Loretta Lynch when he decided to make a public announcement that the investigation was over. In the July 5 hearing, Comey did say that while Clinton was secretary of state, she had been “extremely careless” when she set up a private email server in her home in New York.

The CNN story claims that the FBI knew that piece of the investigation was fake and that the bureau was not deceived. According to the story in the Post, it was not until some time later that the bureau learned the information was fake.

According to CNN, Comey was not as concerned about whether the information was fake, but about whether the report was going to be released by the Russians. If it had been, sources close to Comey told CNN, the FBI could not refute it without compromising intelligence sources and methods.

For the full story, see CNN and The Washington Post.

Homicide victim found in field suffered multiple gunshot wounds

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:40 AM

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

The city of Dayton’s most recent homicide victim died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to preliminary findings at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

The body of Davionte Lavon Jones, 22, was found Thursday evening lying in a field in the 3500 block of Dorham Place.

We’re working to gather more details about the investigation.

EARLIER

A 22-year-old man is listed as a victim in Dayton’s latest homicide.

Next-of-kin has been notified about the death of Davionte Lavon Jones and an autopsy is underway today, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Officers were called Thursday evening to the 3500 block of Dorham Place, according to the Dayton police report.

The police report lists two vehicles that are part of the investigation, a tan 2005 Chevy Impala and a black 2006 Kia Sorrento.

Further details, including the cause and manner of Jones’ death, were not immediately available.

We’re working to learn more and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Troopers: 15-year-old driving at time of crash that killed 17-year-old

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (May 26)

From the 9-1-1 call

“He's 17. He flew through the roof," according to a 911 caller. 

The driver, Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children's Hospital South Campus in Springboro.

"I don't know the address. We're in the middle of nowhere," the caller told a 9-1-1 operator. "Please help me, I'm so scared," the 911 call continued. 

A woman, who saw the crash while visiting a nearby creek at the Sycamore Reserve Park with her husband and two children, took over the call and reported the other boy at the scene, apparently Mousa, was walking around "kind of out of it."  

From the Ohio Highway Patrol

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O'Bryon of the Ohio Highway Patrol, said there was no indication that alcohol or drug use were involved, but investigators were awaiting toxicology tests.

O'Bryon said it appeared the crash was the result of a combination of driver inexperience, high speed and failure to wear a seatbelt.

It was unclear why Mousa was driving. "It's a tragedy," O'Bryon said.

Mousa was identified as the driver after conflicting reports at the scene, O'Bryon said.

O'Bryon said the case will be presented to the Warren County prosecutors and that could take several weeks.

UPDATE@11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy died in a crash Thursday night in Warren County, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Springboro, was a passenger in a car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Centerville, that crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Township, according to a press release.

Preliminary investigation determined Mousa was driving a 2013 Honda Accord eastbound on Springboro Road, when he lost control, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned several times. 

The accident occurred on a very winding section of the road, just south of Springboro, according to authorities. The car’s speed at the time of the crash is undetermined, but speed and no seatbelt are listed as contributing factors.

Theiss, the right front passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center.

Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro. 

It was unclear if Mousa had been charged.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a vehicle that crashed in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old male from Springboro Thursday night, according to state troopers. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a reported single-vehicle, rollover crash on Springboro Road, near Red Lion-Five Points Road. 

A 2013 Honda sedan, driven by a 15-year-old male from Centerville, was traveling east on Springboro Road when the car, lost control, struck a utility pole, and overturned several times, state troopers said in a media release. 

The crash ejected the front-seat passenger and was later pronounced dead at the scene. State troopers identified the victim as 17-year-old Noah Theiss of Springboro. 

The driver was transported to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus and was treated and released. 

A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old female from Springboro, was also injured and transported to Atrium Hospital where she was also treated and released.  

State troopers said speed and no seat belt use are contributing factors in the crash. 

Investigators did not indicate if the 15-year-old driver was licensed with a temporary permit. 

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ site, a driver can be issued a temporary instruction permit identification card starting at age 15 years and six months.  The temporary permit must be held for at least six months, among other requirements that must completed, before a drivers’ license can be issued. 

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (May 25)

One juvenile was killed and two others injured tonight in a rollover crash on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

“Upon arrival there was one fatality,” Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

There were three youths in the car. The other two were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening, Cook said.

>>VIDEO: Trooper gives update on crash

The age and identity of the juvenile killed has not been released.

“We’re in the process of notification of next of kin,” the sergeant said.

The names and ages of the two injured juveniles also were not released.

The crash happened just east of Red Lion Five Points Road, Cook said.

A crash reconstruction team is investigating the crash, which appears to be a single-vehicle crash. It is not clear whether speed or alcohol were factors, Cook said.

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.

FIRST REPORT

Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.