Area college trustee under fire for telling woman to stay in abusive marriage

Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 7:43 AM

Paige Patterson doesn’t rule out involvement in Baptist politics. ((RON T. ENNIS/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/TNS)
Paige Patterson doesn’t rule out involvement in Baptist politics. ((RON T. ENNIS/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/TNS)

A member of the board of trustees at a Dayton-area college who has received national criticism for comments he made about women about 18 years ago has apologized.

Paige Patterson is president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and serves as a trustee at Cedarville University, about 35 minutes northeast of Dayton. Patterson has come under fire for comments he made in 2000 that were not widely circulated until recently. The comments are being re-examined in light of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse.

In a recording, Patterson told a story about a woman who came to him about abuse and he told her to pray for God to intervene, The Washington Post reports. The woman came back to him later with two black eyes, he said.

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“She said: ‘I hope you’re happy.’ And I said ‘Yes … I’m very happy,’ ” because her husband had heard her prayers and come to church for the first time the next day, according to The Post. Patterson was also heard on the recording saying that abused women should “be submissive in every way that you can.”

Since Patterson’s comments were published, Southern Baptist leaders have mobilized to denounce domestic abuse. When asked about the comments, Patterson originally doubled down on the statement. On May 4, he said he had nothing to “apologize for” because his comments were not “wrong.”

But most recently, Patterson has apologized.

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On May 14, Patterson released this statement: “I would also like to reiterate the simple truth that I utterly reject any form of abuse in demeaning or threatening talk, in physical blows, or in forced sexual acts. There is no excuse for anyone to use intemperate language or to attempt to injure another person. The Spirit of Christ is one of comfort, kindness, encouragement, truth, and grace; and that is what I desire my voice always to be.”

Patterson is one of 28 members of Cedarville’s board of trustees, according to the school’s website. The school is a private christian institution with around 3,300 students enrolled.

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Toddler drowns in babysitter's pool, twin brother hospitalized, deputies say

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM



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A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies.

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The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities that she began to look for the twins after another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. Friday.

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She said she found them in the deep end of a swimming pool, deputies said.

First responders attempted to revive the children and rushed them to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in critical condition, WBIR reported.

Deputies said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was on life support Friday.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

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Resident escapes Liberty Twp. house fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:34 PM


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A resident escaped from a Liberty Twp. house Friday after it was struck by lightning as storms pounded the the area, according to to the Liberty Twp. Fire Department.

The two-story house was hit about 3:20 p.m., which ignited an attic fire at the residence in the 5400 block of Walkers Court, said Battalion Chief Chad Canupp.

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“The occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors,” Canupp said.

The fire was contained to the attic area, but the family has been displaced during the cleanup, he said.

A strong band of storms moved through the area from Central Kentucky to Montgomery County on Friday afternoon and evening, causing high winds, lightening and hail in some areas.

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A Dayton man called in a bomb threat so he wouldn’t miss a flight. Now he’s going to prison.

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

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A Dayton man who called in a bomb threat to an airport so he wouldn't miss his flight has been sentenced to four months in prison.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Dana Carter, of Dayton, was sentenced Thursday for his calls to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in October.Court records show Carter made a series of calls saying there was a bomb on a flight bound for Dallas, Texas.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that flight ended up being canceled due to the threat, and Carter was placed on another flight that left less than two hours later.

Carter has been ordered to pay about $7,700 in restitution to United Airlines over the canceled flight.

Carter's attorney says the fake bomb threat was a "foolish act."

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Does a 911 call exist? That question could alter an area manslaughter trial

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

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The lawyer for a Trotwood man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the December death of a Troy man asked a Miami County judge on Friday to order prosecutors to turn over the 911 tape from the incident.

If the tape isn't available, the charge against William C. Smith Jr., 42, should be dismissed, lawyer Dennis Lieberman said.

Smith was indicted in the Dec. 8 death of Willard Higgins Jr., 40, of Troy. Police said Higgins died following an altercation with Smith at a South Walnut Street residence in Troy. Smith has pleaded not guilty in county Common Pleas Court.

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Lieberman asked Judge Christopher Gee to order prosecutors to produce the recording of the 911 call for help at the Troy residence. Lieberman said he was told there is no recording of the 911 call available although police reports refer to the call being made. 

The call "is evidence the emergency squad was sent to the location in question for reasons other than those mentioned in the criminal indictment of the defendant," Lieberman wrote. That information, he said, could be exculpatory evidence, or evidence that favors the defendant in the case. 

A Troy police report in the case states "there was a squad call ... in reference to a 40 year old male that was having difficulty breathing and heart problems." 

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Gee previously was asked, and approved, a defense request for money to hire a forensic pathology expert to review autopsy findings in the death. Lieberman said during a July 13 court hearing that he and county Prosecutor Tony Kendell met jointly with another pathologist who ruled after an autopsy that Higgins’ cause of death was due to blunt force trauma.

Lieberman said there were no signs “on the body or head to indicate a fight.” That information, along with medical record details about Higgins’ heart being revived at the hospital were cited in the request. 

Kendell did not object to the hiring of the expert. “It is a very unique set of circumstances,” Kendell said. 

Smith remains in the county jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

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