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Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:30 AM
— Restroom graffiti targeting blacks, women, gay men and women and people of the Jewish and Muslim faith was discovered at Wright State University twice in the last two weeks.
The graffiti was scrawled on stalls in campus restrooms and was promptly removed, WSU chief diversity officer Matt Boaz said in an email to campus on Tuesday night.
The graffiti contained racial slurs and anti-gay slurs along with phrases such as “Islam is terrorism,” “Liberals hate America,” “Date rape doesn’t exist” “Black lives don’t matter here,” “Jews go home,” among other things, images of the graffiti show.
The graffiti also referred to women as property and praised President Donald Trump while referring to his 2016 campaign slogan, Make America Great Again or “MAGA.”
“It’s a very serious situation because a lot of times, no matter what the intent of the activity was, we focus on the impact of the activity,” Boaz said. “The impact is people don’t feel as safe as they should be, they don’t feel that the campus community is as inclusive as it should be when things like this happen. So, we take it very seriously. We don’t want that to be the only voice that’s heard.”
The recent graffiti on campus is disturbing. I invite students to share your thoughts w me on the matter today in the SU Atrium, 4:15-5 p.m.— Cheryl B. Schrader (@WrightStatePrez) October 18, 2017
The graffiti was written in restroom stalls in Wright State’s Medical Sciences Building and Oelman Hall. The graffiti appears to have been written in some sort of erasable marker rather than a permanent one, said spokesman Seth Bauguess.
The graffiti prompted Boaz to send out a campus-wide email Tuesday evening to warn students of the graffiti.
“This behavior is not reflective of our values as a community. Messages of hate will never be acceptable at Wright State. Moreover, damage to university property of any kind is also not acceptable,” Boaz wrote in the Tuesday campus-wide email.
Wright State police have not been able to locate some of the graffiti, of which images are circulating online, but they are encouraging anyone to report graffiti to police, according to the email.
Vandalism is against Wright State’s student code of conduct and anyone caught committing an act of vandalism “will be held accountable to the fullest extent possible,” the email stated.
When something like the graffiti incident occurs, it feels like a “setback” for the university,” Boaz said. Though Boaz said Wright State has long tried to make campus an inclusive place, the graffiti was not the only racially-charge incident to have occurred on campus in the last few years.
A little more than a year ago a rock on campus was painted by students to say “Black Lives Matter.” Shortly after, the word “black” was changed to “white” and later to “all,” causing some controversy.
Since then, Wright State erected a rules sign in front of the rock and more recently, president Cheryl Schrader sent a campus email encouraging students to report hate speech on campus.
“Acts of racism, anti-Semitism, violence, and hatred continue to exist in our country. Let me be clear: Hateful actions and speech are not welcome at Wright State University,” Schrader said in August.
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Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:51 PM
SUGARCREEK TWP. — The 22-year-old victim of a Feedwire Road fatal accident was “a real good kid” who “everybody loved” according to the mother of a close friend.
Tracey Hogan, mother of Josh Hogan, recalled Evan Henry-Singleton’s positive nature and constant smile.
The Centerville man’s life was cut short early Monday morning after he drove into a tree and ended up in a culvert.
“It’s hitting hard,” said Hogan. “It’s hitting all the kids hard.”
Hogan’s son knew Henry-Singleton from high school, and she described him as “a very loyal friend.”
“He never met a stranger ... He was good to everyone and he introduced a lot of people,” she said. “He brought people together.”
Hogan called Henry-Singleton’s death a “tragedy.”
“They’re just 22. Their life is just beginning and it’s so full of promise,” she explained. “To have it cut short like that, it’s a tragedy. You don’t know what to say. It’s hard.”
Hogan said she talked to her son about mourning and how to cope with the loss of a friend.
“He’s gotten together with friends,” she added. “I know that a lot of them are trying to get together and maybe put together a memorial. Something where they can come together, honor [Henry-Singleton] and grieve together.”
Sugarcreek Twp. police are reportedly exploring all factors that might have played a role in the crash, but haven’t released any information yet.
“The kids seem to think he had a problem with his brakes; the brakes locked up,” said Hogan. “It was a tragic accident.”
Hogan said her heart goes out to Henry-Singleton’s entire family.
“When something like this happens, it just brings it home,” she said.
“Just cherish your children, every moment you have with them, because you don’ t know. We’re not promised tomorrow. We all think we have a long life, but you never know.”
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:06 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 5:53 p.m. (July 17): Niguel Hamilton’s family has retained the services of civil right attorney Ben Crump.
Crump, who has represented the family of Trayvon Martin and taken on other high profile cases, was retained by the Hamilton family to “pursue justice,” according to a statement issued Tuesday.
“They don't understand how you have three certified swimming instructors and only four children in the pool, and yet you lose one of them,” Crump said of the family. “They're heartbroken, and they just are searching for answers.”
The Hamilton family was paying for swimming lessons a Lohrey Recreation Center to prevent exactly this kind of tragedy, Crump said.
The attorney was in town Tuesday and he said he’s helping the Hamilton family plan Niguel’s home-going celebrations this weekend. He said he also plans to push the city for an explanation of how the boy could have died.
“The family has gotten no answers at this point,” Crump said.
Niguel’s parents released a statement for the first time Tuesday: “No parent should ever have to endure such a preventable loss, and we want to make sure no other parents suffer a loss like this."
Crump added: "He had his whole life ahead of him. He never ever, ever, ever should have been taken this soon."
Services for Niguel are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Timothy Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton.
The 6-year-old pulled from a Dayton pool last week has died, according to the coroner’s office.
Niguel Hamilton died at the hospital Sunday night, officials said.
Hamilton was pulled from the indoor pool at Lohrey Recreation Center in Dayton on July 12.
The city released a statement Friday afternoon: “A thorough investigation is underway. Out of respect for the family involved, we will not be making additional comments at this time.”
A Dayton Police Department detective also has been assigned to the case.
Niguel Hamilton was one of about four children in the indoor pool for swim lessons at the center, the boy’s grandfather, Willie Hamilton said.
“He’s happy, full of life, loving, smart,” his grandfather said Friday. “Niguel is a good kid. He is a loving kid. Everybody who meets Niguel loves him.”
The last thing Hamilton remembers of Niguel’s swim lesson is that he saw him with his class in the deep end, and that Niguel, who is 6 but small for his age, had just gone off the diving board with his instructor’s assistance.
Shortly after that, a lifeguard said they didn’t see Niguel in the water and asked if he had seen him, whether he had gone to the restroom.
“I got up, went to the bathroom and looked around and couldn’t find him,” Hamilton said.
The lifeguards then got everyone out of the pool and searched again, in vain.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 6:35 PM
MORAINE — UPDATE @ 6 p.m.
A neighbor spotted a fire coming from a garage and alerted a man and his grandson to get out of the house.
The occupants had to rush out and leave their pets behind, but Moraine firefighters were able to rescue two dogs, two cats and five kittens.
Damages were extensive to the home and garage.
UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m.
Moraine fire crews rescued kittens from a house fire and reunited them with a little girl.
Fire and heavy smoke are reportedly coming through the roof this afternoon of an attached garage.
Crews were called around 4:15 p.m. to a single-story home the 5000 block of Lauderdale Drive in Moraine.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.
Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 5:25 PM
SNOHOMISH, Wash. — “Deadliest Catch” reality TV fisherman Edgar Hansen pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a home near Seattle, but isn’t expected to serve any jail time.
Hansen, 47, received a 364-day suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to fourth degree sexual assault with sexual motivation, the Associated Press reported. He was also ordered to undergo a sexual deviancy evaluation and give a DNA sample to authorities.
According to court documents obtained by KIRO 7, a 16-year-old girl told her therapist that Hansen sexually assaulted her at a Montlake Terrace home in September.
A detective contacted Hansen’s wife, who confronted her husband about the allegations, court documents show. She told police that he denied the accusations at first, but eventually admitted to touching the girl inappropriately.
Hansen is deck boss and crew member of the Seattle-based crabbing boat featured on the Discovery Channel show “Deadliest Catch.”