United passenger dragged from plane reaches settlement with airline

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 3:19 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:36 PM

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A Kentucky doctor who made headlines earlier this month when he was dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago has settled with the airline, attorneys said Thursday in a news release.

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Dr. David Dao suffered numerous injuries when he was dragged off a flight bound for Kentucky on April 9 after refusing to give up his seat.

The confrontation between Dao, 69, and three Chicago Department of Aviation officers was caught on video by passengers on the flight. The footage quickly spread on social media.

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Attorneys for Dao declined to share details of the settlement, citing a confidentiality provision in the agreement. Attorney Thomas Demetrio praised Oscar Munoz, CEO of United's parent company, in a statement.

"Mr. Munoz said he was going to do the right thing, and he has," Demetrio said. "In addition, United has taken full responsibility for what happened on Flight 3411, without attempting to blame others, including the city of Chicago. For this acceptance of corporate accountability, United is to be applauded."

Dao was hospitalized for days after the incident on Flight 3411 with injuries that included a severe concussion, a broken nose and an unspecified injury to his sinuses. He lost two front teeth in the scuffle, Demetrio said.

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"Dr. Dao has become the unintended champion for the adoption of changes which will certainly help improve the lives of literally millions of travelers," Demetrio said.

The settlement was reached on the same day United announced policy changes aimed at preventing a similar situation from happening to other passengers. Among the changes was the announcement that the airline will offer travelers as much as $10,000 to give up their seats on overbooked flights.

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Previously, the airline would offer up to $1,350, according to Bloomberg.

A number of other airlines also announced policy changes aimed at offering passengers more incentive to delay flights in cases of overbooking and to ensure that they are not taken off planes after boarding.

United's response in the immediate aftermath of the confrontation was widely criticized. Munoz first defended the airline and described Dao as "belligerent" before publicly apologizing days later and vowing to do better.

The officers who pulled Dao from the United flight were placed on leave after the incident.

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The agency released a report on Monday in which the officer who pulled Dao from his seat, James Long, gave his version of events. Long said Dao was verbally and physically abusive and was flailing his arms before he lost his balance and struck his mouth on an armrest.

The department's roughly 300 officers guard the city's two main airports but are not part of the regular Chicago police force. They receive less training than police officers do and cannot carry guns inside the terminals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Paint Creek firefighter killed after station accident in Highland Co. ID’d

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 5:28 AM

Firefighter's body escorted to morgue

UPDATE @ 5:45 a.m: The Paint Creek firefighter killed after a tragic accident that occurred while at the district’s station has been identified as Joe Patterson.

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The Paint Creek Joint EMS & Fire District posted the message to their Facebook page: “It is our sad duty to report the Line of Duty Death of Fire Fighter Joe Patterson of the Paint Creek Fire District in Highland County Ohio. Fire Fighter Patterson lost his life in a tragic accident at the fire house on the afternoon of June 24, 2018. Memorial details will be announced as they are finalized.”

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

Local police and firefighters helped escort the fallen firefighter to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed later today, according to the coroner’s. 

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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, according to officials. 

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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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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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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