Actor from Miami Valley lands major role in new film

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM



Photo contributed by Alex Henry
(Photo contributed by Alex Henry)

Come late next year, Dayton will be able to watch one of their very own on the big screen.

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Chase Crawford, a 2014 graduate of Butler Tech and Monroe High School, has landed a major role in the new JM Productions film, Stronger Than Pretty

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The film, set to premiere in late 2018, is one mother’s unfiltered, true account of how she escaped domestic abuse. 

“It’s not too often that you get a script in a story as raw as this one. It all happened … You get to be forever attached in telling that story,” Crawford said. “I can’t imagine living through what she went though.”

The story is sure to be true to its core. Crawford will be working side by side with the mother’s son, one of the producers working on Stronger Than Pretty.
Joining Crawford for the project is a well-known cast including “Shameless” actress Kate Amundsen, Raquel Castro from “Empire,” and “The Birth of a Nation” actor Jason Stuart.

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“Everyone just wants to make sure that this story is given justice,” Crawford said. 

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While Crawford is more accustomed to comedic roles, this will not be his first time playing a serious character. Two successful independent films where he appeared in such roles were the 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection “Goat” and the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (tiff) selection “The Radiant City.”

Shooting for Stronger Than Pretty is expected to begin principal shooting in Los Angeles this September. 

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Pinning ceremony honors new VA Medical Center director Jill Dietrich 

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:14 PM

Jill Dietrich
Veteran Affairs
Jill Dietrich(Veteran Affairs)

Newly appointed VA Medical Center Director Jill Dietrich's pinning ceremony was held this afternoon, marking the first time a woman has been sworn in to the leadership role in the VA’s 150 year history. 

"I was just extremely happy to be joining the ranks of the senior executive service and come lead the Dayton VA Medical Center, " said Dietrich. 

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Dietrich says she wants to create a high level of trust with the veterans and increase employee engagement. 

"Listening sessions, and walking around talking to people and tours, the culture here is phenomenal. "People here care and they want to do what is best for the veterans," said Dietrich. 

The Dayton VA has faced issues in the past, from a dental hygiene scandal in 2011 where a dentist was accused of not changing gloves between patients. 

In 2015, a whistleblower brought attention to a patient backlog in the pulmonary clinic. 

Officials say improvements have been made locally. 

The VA is currently facing national issues like concerns over hiring enough qualified staff and providing timely patient access to healthcare. 

The top of the VA is also facing problems.  

President Donald Trump fired VA secretary David Shulkin last month, and has nominated White House doctor Navy Rear Admiral Ronny Jackson to take his place. 

Dietrich says despite what's going on with the VA in Washington, the mission does not change at the local level here in Dayton.

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Layer Park opening could be delayed a few months

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 5:15 PM

Layer Park opening could be delayed a few months

The reopening of Layer Park in Miami Twp. could take a couple more months, despite the sign out front indicating "Park will open in Spring 2018." 

The park has been shut down since January 2016 because of high levels of lead and arsenic found in the ground. 

The lead and arsenic was initially found back in 2013, when the park was the site of a former shooting range.

Those tests only came to light in early 2016, in what the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) admitted was a big mistake. 

The federal EPA used more than $3 million from a super fund to clean up the park, costing the township nothing. 

EPA work initially wrapped up in October, but the grassy areas still need more work, we've been told. 

Dave Hill, a resident who lives next to the park, is glad the digging and hauling of dirt is over so he can regain some peace and quiet. 

"Big semi trucks, hauling it out, all that earth moving equipment back there, steam shovels," Hill said. 

Township contractors installed a new play set, basketball hoop, and planted 60 new trees. 

The parking lot has also been redone. 

Hill says the reopening can't come soon enough, and is hopeful the park will reopen soon so he can take his grand kids.

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Greene County sheriff removes body from vet clinic near Yellow Springs

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 PM

Greene County sheriff removes body from vet clinic near Yellow Springs

Update@4:13 p.m.

Greene County deputies were dispatched to the scene just after 11 a.m., and upon their arrival they found an individual with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, said Chief Deputy Mike Brown. He declined to release anymore information, saying the case remains under investigation. 

First report: 

The Greene County sheriff’s and coroner’s offices are investigating after deputies responded to a reported shooting at a veterinary clinic near Yellow Springs.

Crime scene tape is up around Hosket Veterinary Service, 4450 U.S. 68 North, where authorities responded this morning to a reported shooting.

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A coroner’s investigator was dispatched to the scene, according to Greene County Coroner’s Office Administrator Bill Harden.

Harden deferred all other questions to the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s Capt. David Tidd advised their detectives are involved in an active, open investigation at that location.

According to emergency scanner traffic, officers were dispatched around 11:20 a.m. to the report of a self-inflicted gunshot at the veterinary clinic.

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This news organization has a crew on scene working to gather more information.

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Street back open after gas leak in Fairborn

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:08 PM

UPDATE @ 6:30 p.m.

The street is back open and the scene clear after a gas leak shut down a portion of West Hebble Avenue this evening in Fairborn.

FIRST REPORT

A gas leak has forced the closure this evening of a portion of West Hebble Avenue.

The street is closed from Third Street to Central Avenue.

Vectren is on the scene to start digging for the gas shutoff, according to a social media post from the Fairborn Fire Department.

There are no evacuations, Fairborn police dispatch said.

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