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Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 4:13 PM
— A former Miamisburg teacher indicted on charges of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor is seeking the name of her accuser and specific allegations that led to charges.
Montgomery County court records show Jessica Langford, 32, of Centerville, is asking for the identity of the alleged victim.
The indictment does not specify a specific age or gender of a student, stating it involved one “thirteen years of age or older but less than sixteen.” However, a statement from Prosecutor Mathias Heck Jr. has said he is a 14-year-old student with whom the veteran middle school teacher had “inappropriate sexual conduct.”
Langford is also asking for more details about the acts she is accused of committing, according to a motion filed Nov. 27 by her attorney, Lawrence Greger.
Langford was indicted Nov. 14 on three counts of sexual battery and three counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. On Nov. 21, she pleaded not guilty to all counts, court records show.
In late May, three counts of the indictment stated, Langford “did engage in sexual conduct with another….and the other person is enrolled in or attends that school…”
Langford, who was hired by Miamisburg schools in August 2008, resigned May 24, shortly after being informed of the allegations, according to Miamisburg school district records.
“The six-count indictment does not contain the name of the alleged victim, nor does it specify the ‘sexual conduct’ that allegedly occurred that comprises a violation of the statutes,” the motion filed by Greger states. “To adequately defend herself, the defendant seeks those two items.”
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Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8:02 PM
MIAMISBURG — At Miamisburg High School, the national pastime also is an opportunity to honor America’s heroes.
The varsity baseball team on Saturday held its annual Veteran Appreciation Game, this time when they played Bellbrook High School.
Both teams started by shaking the hands of veterans across different generations, followed by a 21-gun, salute, then a rendition of taps.
“It’s just a way for us to honor people that don’t normally get enough credit,” said Miamisburg head coach Steve Kurtz.
After the national anthem, professional skydivers from Team Fastrax brought down the ball for the first pitch, thrown by a Gold Star father, Paul Zanowick.
“It was an honor I think our son was smiling down,” he said.
He and his wife, Nanette, lost their son, Marine Cpl. Paul “Rocky” Zanowick II, almost seven years ago in Afghanistan.
“I’m very touched and very proud of this community and what we do for the veterans and they honored our son today to make it extra special,” Nanette Zanowick said.
>> Volunteers help at Five Rivers MetroParks 31st annual Adopt-a-Park event
“Not everywhere in the country is there so much care and concern for the military, but it is here,” Paul Zanowick said.
Veterans are the real winners of the game, with proceeds from T-shirt sales benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Kurtz said he’s glad to support the veteran community.
“It’s good to see that they smile and they know that we do care and we are extremely grateful for what they’ve done for us,” he said.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
— It’s official: Prince Charles will succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth, the BBC reported.
The Queen had said it was her “sincere wish” that the Prince of Wales succeed her when she dies. Leaders of the Commonwealth discussed the issue before making their decision, the BBC reported.
Unlike the British crown, the lead role in the Commonwealth is non-hereditary, the BBC reported.
At a news conference, British Prime Minister Theresa May praised the Queen for her "vision and duty" in growing the Commonwealth from eight members to 53. She said it was "fitting" Prince Charles would succeed her due to his "proud support" of the Commonwealth "for more than four decades."
The role is largely symbolic and carries no maximum fixed term, the BBC reported.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 9:05 AM
— Queen Elizabeth II turned 92 on Saturday, and after 65 years on the throne, she holds the distinction of ruling longer than any monarch in the United Kingdom’s history.
The queen actually celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday, which is April 21; and one in June when she hosts a parade -- weather permitting -- called “Trooping the Color.”
Here are some other fun facts about the Queen:
One queen, many presidents and popes
Harry S Truman was in the White House and Pope Pius XII was on the throne of St. Peter when Elizabeth II was coronated in 1952. Thirteen U.S. presidents and seven popes have served during her reign.
Her French is tres bien
The queen speaks fluent French, as evidenced by this video:
She has met rocket men (and women)
The queen has hosted Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space; Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space; and Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, the crew of Apollo 11 that was the first crew to land on the moon. Armstrong and Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon in July 1969.
The monarch received driving and mechanic training as a member of the Women's Auxiliary Territorial Service during World War II.
Elizabeth is the first head of state to open two Olympic games in two different countries. She opened the 2012 Summer Games in London and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:23 PM
DAYTON — Five Rivers MetroParks held its 31st annual Adopt-a-Park cleanup event Saturday in honor of Earth Day.
Volunteers of all ages helped remove trash, plant trees, repair trails, and prepare flower beds at more than 2 dozen sites.
Volunteers received a free lunch at Riverscape and a T-shirt for their efforts.
"We see families, individuals, church groups, students and children participate in Adopt-a-Park,” said Kevin Kepler, volunteer services manager for Five Rivers.
“The community really comes out in full force, which is great because all this important work couldn't be accomplished without our dedicated volunteers. It's the perfect occasion to celebrate Earth Day with your fellow Daytonians,” Kepler said.
Last year, more than 1,800 volunteers removed 65,000 pounds of trash, 32 miles of river ways were cleaned and more than 15 acres of invasive plants were removed, according to a press release.
"I think the success of this event reflects the community's support of MetroParks' mission to protect the region's natural heritage," said Kepler.
Adopt-a-Park is sponsored by Vectren and Barrett Paving Materials, Inc.