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Shutdown: Air Force museum closes: Wright-Patt workers face furlough

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown.

Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m.

The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect thousands of workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated 27,000 military and civilian personnel.

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Wright-Patt employees were told to report to work Monday for further instructions on “shutdown activities,” but it was not yet known how many would be furloughed if the partial federal closure continued into the work week.

National Park Service interpretive centers near Huffman Prairie where the Wright brothers perfected the airplane, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton, were among NPS sites closed Saturday in the region because of the shutdown, although the two properties were open to traffic.

What’s next for the base?

More fallout was expected Monday if the shutdown persists into the work week.

As of Friday, base officials did not have an estimate of how many Wright-Patterson civil service workers might be furloughed. All military personnel, and some civilian employees deemed in “essential” jobs, would be exempt from being sent home temporarily, but would not be paid until Congress passes an appropriations bill, according to the Pentagon.

When the last shutdown struck in 2013, both furloughed workers and those who stayed on the job were reimbursed.

Base authorities have not released further details of the full scope of what might be impacted at Wright-Patterson.

The Child Development Center was scheduled to be open Monday, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said Saturday.

Col. Alden Hilton, commander of the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine which marked its 100th anniversary Friday, said essential classes to train aeromedical flight personnel would continue without interruption.

Hundreds of Air Force reservists scheduled for a monthly drill weekend Jan. 20-21 with the 445th Airlift Wing were expected to proceed because it was previously funded, said Lt. Col. Cynthia Harris, a unit spokeswoman.

Museum to remain closed

Matthew and Leigh Boyce, a married couple, traveled from St. Louis to the Air Force museum hoping it was open despite a partial federal government shutdown that struck midnight Saturday when Congress failed to pass a short-term stopgap funding measure.

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“We came into town to see our daughter and this was obviously one of the things we wanted to go to, but we were worried after we heard the news that we weren’t going to be able to get in,” Boyce, 46, said as he and his wife, Leigh, stood in the newest gallery housing iconic presidential planes and one-of-a-kind experimental jets.

“We checked the website that said it might be a possibility that it would not be open because of the shutdown, and we called this morning and they said they didn’t know whether they were even going to be open, but they suggested we come and see,” he added.

A museum spokeswoman said in an email late Friday the museum planned to stay open this weekend until it received a federal order to shut down. On Saturday, the museum indicated it would remain closed until the shutdown has ended.

Steven Wright said he was part of a group with a Cub Scout pack that drove four-and-a-half hours Saturday from Pittsburgh, Pa., only to discover the museum closed.

“It would have been nice to have known, but we didn’t even think to check on that,” he said.

The political drama over the failure of Congress and the White House to prevent a shutdown because of a lapse in a temporary funding frustrated Boyce.

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“Our entire government causes me frustration,” he said. “It’s a little ridiculous that things like this get used as pawns in political games.”

WHIO-TV’s Malik Perkins contributed to this story.

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Man taken without incident in police standoff in Fairborn 

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Fairborn Stand off

Police have taken a man into custody after assaulting a female Sunday afternoon in Fairborn.

SWAT crews were called to the scene after the man barricaded himself in the home located in the 2200 block of Gierson Place, police said.

The man was taken without incident.

No other details are immediately available, according to a press release.

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Passenger ejected from car on I-75 being treated for life-threatening injuries

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:18 PM

UPDATE @ 8:05 p.m.:

A car rolled over multiple times, ejecting a rear passenger during a single-vehicle accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 78, Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed.

The person was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for life-threatening injuries.

Police are currently investigating what caused the accident.

The northbound center and left lanes are closed, but should reopen within the next half hour, OSP said. 

FIRST REPORT:

An accident on I-75 northbound near mile marker 78 has caused at least one person to be ejected, Miami County dispatch confirmed.

Scanner reports indicated the car rolled over several times and injuries could be fatal.

We are working to learn more and will update this story with more details as they become available.

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Deputies find community corrections center escapees

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 4:14 PM

Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)
Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

The two prisoners that escaped from the Community Correctional Center near Lebanon were found earlier today.

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Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, the two prisoners who escaped Saturday night, were found around 3 p.m. by deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, according to Warren County Dispatch.

They have been re-booked into Warren County Jail, dispatch said.

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Semi-truck hits barrier wall on I-70 in Huber Heights 

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 1:10 PM



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UPDATE @2:03 p.m.:

A semi-truck traveling westbound on I-70 hit the side of the barrier wall near OH-202 this afternoon.

Initially, Huber Heights city dispatch reported the driver was injured, but city police on scene said the driver was not hurt. 

The wreckage has been cleared and traffic is moving normally, police said.

FIRST REPORT:

A semi-truck has crashed into a wall near OH-202 in Huber Heights, city dispatch confirmed. 

The crash has resulted in an injury, dispatch said. 

We are on our way to the scene and will update with further details. 

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