Report: Jared Kushner’s security clearance downgraded

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

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Presidential adviser and son-in-law to the president Jared Kushner has had his security clearance downgraded, according to media reports citing unnamed government sources.

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The downgrade means that Kushner, a senior presidential adviser and the husband of President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will no longer have access to top secret, classified documents, according to CNN.

Kushner was not the only White House staffer affected by the move. In a memo sent last week, access for all staffers with an interim security clearance was also downgraded, according to media reports.

The move follows the resignation last month of former staff secretary Rob Porter amid allegations of domestic abuse by two former ex-wives. During the media storm that followed the Porter allegations, sources revealed that Porter, Kushner and dozens of other White House aides had regular access to top secret U.S. documents without permanent security clearances.

According to Politico, which first reported the story Tuesday, Kushner's clearance has been reduced to secret and his foreign policy responsibilities are expected to be reduced as well.

For months, Kushner has been unable to pass an extensive FBI background check, something that's required for top security clearances.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly moved this month to end the temporary clearances of staffers who have been operating under them since last summer, CNN reported.

White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner speaks during a conversation with Haim Saban at Saban Forum, December 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Kushner's attorney said in a statement that the change in security clearance would "not affect Mr. Kushner's ability to do the very important work he has been assigned by the president," Politico reported

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders would not answer a question about Kushner's security clearance at Tuesday's briefing, but Kelly said last week in a statement that he expected Kushner to continue with his work without any trouble. 

"I have full confidence in his ability to continue performing his duties in his foreign policy portfolio including overseeing our Israeli-Palestinian peace effort and serving as an integral part of our relationship with Mexico,” Kelly said

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One man in jail after alleged domestic violence stabbing

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:21 PM

Stabbing reported in Dayton

A man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Sunday against Harry McBride, 27, according to a Dayton Police report.

Emanuel Porter, also 27, was arrested and booked into Montgomery County Jail.

Initial reports say there was a possible stabbing at 1906 Elsmere Avenue.

When crews arrived, neighbors were being combative and told them it wasn’t anything serious.

Porters next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m. 

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Local police and fire departments escort fallen Firefighter/EMT

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:14 PM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

Local Dayton police and fire departments helped escort a fallen firefighter/EMT from Kettering Medical Center to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Sunday night.

The firefighter died early Sunday, Dayton Police Sgt. Anderson confirmed.

He was a firefighter/EMT with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and lost his life after an accident at the district’s station near Rainsboro, according to a local news journal.

Firefighter escorted to morgue after accident

The firefighter was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.

The name of the firefighter will be released once his family has been notified. 

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Darke Co. Humane Society first felony animal cruelty conviction

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:22 PM

Man sentenced in animal cruelty felony case

The Darke County Humane Society (DCHS) has received their first felony Animal Cruelty Conviction, according to a release.

Robert Frazier of Ansonia, who was facing felony charges after a dog was found frozen to death behind a home in December 2017, plead guilty last Thursday in Darke County Court on a fifth degree felony charge of animal cruelty. 

Agent Wills of the Darke County Humane Society located the dog behind Frazier’s residence that was starved and frozen to death. Wills removed the dog and had it examined by a veterinarian to confirm his findings. 

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This is the first felony conviction the DCHS has been able to prosecute under the new Ohio Animal Cruelty Laws. 

Frazier was sentenced to 30 days in jail, and 16 days were credited for time served already. He reported to the Darke County Jail on Friday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. to serve the remaining 14 days. He was also ordered to pay restitution, a Veterinarian Bill, and court costs/fines.

“It’s sad we need laws in place to make people treat animals in a decent way. I’m glad the new laws give us more power when we charge offenders. Hopefully this will show the people that we are not playing around. We will not tolerate this behavior in our county,” said Agent Wills.

For more information, visit www.DarkeCountyHumaneSociety.org.

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New Carlisle Purple Heart City celebration

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Purple hear t event

A celebration took place earlier today at the New Carlisle Fire Station to celebrate the city being designated a Purple Heart City. The city will post signs at the entrances to the city designating that it’s a Purple Heart City.

The city of New Carlisle was named a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 2014, according to Mayor Ethan Reynolds. The honor means the city has many veterans who served in the armed forces.

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“Our city is very close to the base and many young men and women go in and serve the military,” said Reynolds. “Unfortunately, some have been wounded and this is a way for us to honor them and show them respect.” 

The idea for the event came after a citizen, David Bauer--a Vietnam veteran and a Purple Heart recipient--came to him and asked about why the city didn’t celebrate being named a Purple Heart City when it happened.

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The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the Armed Forces wounded in combat with an enemy force, or posthumously to the next of kin of members of the Armed Forces killed in combat. 

Making sure people know that New Carlisle is a Purple Heart City should be a priority, said Bauer. “This is for our veterans.”

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