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Delta latest company ending discounts, benefits for NRA members

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:25 PM
Updated: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:25 PM

Delta Air Lines will be ending discounts for NRA members.
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Delta Air Lines will be ending discounts for NRA members.(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members.

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The move comes as some other businesses broke ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.

“Delta’s decision reflects the airline’s neutral status in the current national debate over gun control amid recent school shootings,” airline officials said Sunday in a statement. “Out of respect for our customers and employees on both sides, Delta has taken this action to refrain from entering this debate and focus on its business. Delta continues to support the 2nd Amendment.”

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The move comes as some other businesses break ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.

Following is a list of some of the companies that have cut ties or distanced themselves from the NRA:

  • United Airlines -- United tweeted Saturday, "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website." 

  • Delta Air Lines -- Delta issued the following statement Saturday: "Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website." 

  • First National Bank of Omaha -- The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.

  • The Hertz Corp. -- The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.

  • MetLife Inc. -- The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website

  • Enterprise Holdings Inc. -- The car rental company that also owns Alamo and National cut off discounts for NRA members.

  • Symantec Corp. -- The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.

  • Chubb Ltd. -- The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.

  • Best Western -- The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.

  • Wyndham Hotels -- The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.

  • Starkey Hearing Technologies -- We have made the decision not to renew our discount program with the NRA. We will be asking them to remove our information from their website.

    The NRA has released the following statement: 

    "The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the NRA to expand member benefits.

    "Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationship with the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community. We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment.

    "The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.

    "Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.

    "Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world."

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    Kettering officer shot passenger from stopped vehicle who refused to drop gun

    Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 PM
    Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:30 PM

    Kettering police officer-involved shooting in Dayton wounds 1

    One man was shot and injured in a police officer-involved shooting Thursday night in Dayton:

    • The passenger ran from a traffic stop at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue
    • A Kettering police officer chased the armed passenger; the driver was released
    • The officer shot and wounded the passenger when he would not drop the gun 

    UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.: 

    The passenger, identified as 31-year-old Wayne Morgan, was shot when he refused the Kettering police officer’s order to drop a handgun he was holding, Kettering Police Chief Christopher “Skip” Protsman said at a news conference held at Kettering Fire Department Headquarters.

    Morgan had run from the stopped vehicle, and then broke away from the officer during a confrontation with the officer a short distance from the stopped vehicle.

    Protsman said the officer, while giving chase on foot, saw that Morgan had a handgun and ordered him to drop it. Morgan ran into an alley and turned quickly toward the officer, who fired at least once when he thought he was forced to defend himself.

    Morgan, hit in the arm and side, remains in a hospital. His injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening.

    The driver of the car police stopped was not charged and has been released, the chief said.

    The officer’s name is not being released, the chief said.

    The city of Dayton will handle the criminal investigation. Kettering police are doing an administrative review of this case. The Kettering officer who shot Morgan is on paid administrative leave.

    UPDATE 11:30 a.m.: 

    Kettering police Lt. Michael Gabrielson said he’s working on downloading the cameras and radio traffic from the shooting and there might be video and audio available of what happened available later today.

    The Dayton Police Department is conducting a separate investigation into the incident, he said.

    A Kettering police officer tried to pull over a vehicle at Smithville Road and Ewalt Avenue on Thursday night. Within one minute, at 8:45 p.m., the officer reported shots fired. A call for officer needs assistance was issued to surrounding agencies, according to information from the Kettering Police Department.

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    “We can confirm a Kettering officer was involved in an officer-involved shooting as a result of this traffic stop. No further details are being released at this time,” Lt. Gabrielson stated in the release.

    The traffic stop was initiated in Kettering, but the shooting happened in Dayton.

    “A passenger fled. There was an altercation about a block down the street and a Kettering officer fired at the suspect, wounding him,” said Mark Ecton, Dayton assistant police chief and deputy director.

    The driver is in custody, he said.

    It’s not clear how many shots were fired or whether the suspect fired at the officer but a weapon was recovered, Ecton said.

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    The man was taken to a hospital. We’re working to learn more on his condition. The officer was not injured.

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    The investigation has not mentioned whether the incident was connected to a hit-and-run crash nearby.

    Nick Kauffman of Kettering said he was on his way to a motorcycle ride when his path was blocked by all the police activity.

    “It’s pretty wild. You don’t expect to see this stuff outside your back door,” he said.

    There were officers from at least three police departments.

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    ODH issues statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A

    Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:34 PM

    Thirty one cases have been reported in Ohio.

    The Ohio Department of Health declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A Friday evening, with 79 hepatitis A cases associated with the outbreak so far this year.

    As of June 1, there were 11 cases of hepatitis A in Montgomery County. In 2017 there was one case, and none were reported in 2016, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County reported.

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    Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease that usually spreads when a person ingests fecal matter — even in microscopic amounts — from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. Hepatitis A also can spread from close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sex, according to the ODH.

    Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, low appetite, stomach pain, nausea, clay-colored stools and jaundice. People with hepatitis A can experience mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months.

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    “Good hand-washing and vaccination are the best ways to prevent hepatitis A in at-risk individuals,” said Sietske de Fijter, state epidemiologist and chief of the ODH Bureau of Infectious Diseases. “If you or someone you know has one or more risk factors for hepatitis A, call your local health department to see about getting vaccinated.”

    ODH has provided more than 5,000 doses of hepatitis A vaccine to local health departments.

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    Declaring a hepatitis A outbreak ensures ODH access to additional hepatitis A vaccine through the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ODH said.

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    Retired Troy firefighter, and now a co-defendant, accused in rape case

    Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:08 PM
    Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

    Retired Troy firefighter arrested for rape, son arrested hours later

    UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (June 22): A retired Troy firefighter and a co-defendant remain in jail on a rape charge, while the former firefighter's son also remains in jail on a weapons charge. 

    Jeffrey Paul Covault, 48, had his bond set at $200,000 cash on a single count of rape. His plea of not guilty was taken this morning. 

    Thomas Perkins Jr., 54, identified as a co-defendant in the rape case, had his bond set at $200,000 as well. According to authorities, Perkins worked for Jeffrey Paul Covault's lawn care business. 

    Aaron Jacob Covault, 24, had his bond set at $22,000 cash during his court appearance via video in Miami County Municipal Court. 

    He is detained in the Miami County Jail on charges of weapon possession as a felon (a felony) and weapons possession while intoxicated (a misdemeanor).

    Aaron Jacob Covault, left, and Jeffrey Paul Covault

    The elder Covault and Perkins are accused of engaging in sexual conduct with an intoxicated 21-year-old woman on March 2, in the parking lot of The Vault, on North County Road 25A, county Prosecutor Tony Kendell said. According to the indictment, the victim was impaired because of a mental or physical condition and the alleged perpetrators had cause of know of that impairment.

    Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee issued a “no contact order” for the elder Covault and Perkins, meaning they are to have no contact with the alleged victim or with each other.

    The elder Covault worked as a Troy firefighter/paramedic from May 1996 until he retired April 1, according to city personnel records.

    A criminal records check shows he has been convicted for operating a vehicle under the influence in 2011 and for disorderly conduct in 2012.

    The father and son were arrested hours apart Thursday from the same home, a residence in the 700 block of County Road 25A, north of Troy.

    Aaron Jacob Covault, was arrested at the same address hours after his father was taken into custody. Police said the younger Covault was upset over the arrest of his father and discharged a gun.

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    There were no report of injuries.

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    Woman accused of leaving 8-week-old puppy in hot car in Springfield

    Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:21 PM

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    A Fairborn woman is charged in Clark County with leaving an 8-week-old puppy in a hot car for about an hour.

    April Booth, 41, was charged Thursday with cruelty to companion animal in Clark County Municipal Court. The case was continued until next month, according to court records.

    Clark County Dog Warden investigator Beth Hollingsworth began her investigation on June 8 when she was called to Sally’s Beauty Supply on North Bechtle Avenue in Springfield. There, she spoke with witnesses who said a puppy was left in a hot car.

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    “(A witness) stated that she and some co-workers were informed of a dog in a hot car,” the affidavit says.

    The employees were able to get the dog out of the car using a cracked window, but Hollingsworth said she took the temperature reading and the car was 132 degrees in the backseat.

    “(The witness) stated that they had removed the dog from the back seat of the car after noticing the dog for over 20 minutes in the vehicle,” an affidavit says. “She stated that the puppy was panting heavily and after taking her out of the car and bringing her into the store she had been given a bowl of water which she drank the entire bowl.”

    The puppy, a gray pit mix named Skye, was taken to the Clark County Dog Shelter, the affidavit said. Booth contacted the shelter to get her dog back and told authorities she was only gone for about 20 minutes, the affidavit says.

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    However, law enforcement was able to collect surveillance video of the parking lot that showed she had left the parking space at around 2:50 p.m. and did not return to the car until about 4:12 p.m., the affidavit says.

    Hollingsworth said Skye didn’t appear to suffer long-term effects from the incident.

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