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Champaign County shooting investigated as attempted murder-suicide

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 1:55 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

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UPDATE @ 11:21 a.m. (Jan. 2):

Champaign County deputies are investigating the shooting on Loveless Road New Year’s Eve as an attempted murder-suicide, according to a sheriff’s office report.

According to the report, Joe Hooper, 51, shot Pamelia Hooper, 48, before killing himself.

Two guns were recovered from the scene, the report indicated.

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Pamelia Hooper was in intensive care at Miami Valley Hospital on New Year’s Day at last check, Sheriff Matt Melvin said.

UPDATE @ 8:06 p.m. (Dec. 31):

Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the man killed in the shooting as Joe Hooper, 51.  The woman injured in the shooting was Pamelia Hooper, 48, and she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

UPDATE @ 5 p.m. 

Investigators said additional details about a fatal shooting in Champaign County will not be released on scene, but an update is expected later tonight. 

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One person was killed and a second person suffered critical injuries in what was described as an active shooter situation around 1:40 p.m. Sunday at a home in the 9800 block of Loveless Road.

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It is not known if one of the people shot was the suspected shooter, or if investigators were looking for a suspect. 

We’ll continue to update this page as details become available. 

UPDATE: @3:55 p.m. 

One person is dead and a second person suffered critical injuries during an active shooter situation in Champaign County Sunday. 

The second victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by a CareFlight medical helicopter and is in critical condition, according to a fire official at the scene. 

Additional details, including if investigators have a suspect, were not available. 

Our crew remains on the scene and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

Two people have suffered gunshot wounds after an active shooter situation south of Mechanicsburg in Champaign County Sunday. 

Medics were first dispatched on reports of one victim suffering a gunshot wound in the 9800 block of Loveless Road in Champaign County around 1:40 p.m. 

Units on the scene reported an active shooter situation on arrival, according to scanner traffic. 

Dispatchers confirmed two people suffered gunshot wounds and the active shooter situation was contained. 

A CareFlight medical helicopter was requested to transport both people who were shot. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page when we know more. 

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Thunderbirds name new pilot, cancel more shows to prepare after crash

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:42 AM

Behind the scenes at Thunderbird training

The Air Force Thunderbirds canceled two more shows to allow a new pilot to qualify while the team prepares to resume the 2018 show season after a deadly training crash.

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Maj. Nick “Khan” Krajicek, who will fly the remainder of this season, was the No. 4 pilot the previous two show seasons.

The team had suspended flights and canceled public performances since a tragic April 4 crash killed Maj. Stephen “Cajun” Del Bagno during practice over the Nevada Test and Training Range.

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“We’re grateful to have Kahn coming back to the team,” Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh said in a statement Thursday. “His experience and familiarity with our team’s mission and the demonstration profile make him the right choice as we safely make our way back on the road to recruit, retain and inspire once more.”

The team announced Thursday it would cancel upcoming aerial performances at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., this weekend and in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and had not yet determined if two additional air show appearances in Texas and Virginia may be canceled in May.

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After the crash, the Thunderbirds scrubbed appearances at March Air Reserve Base in California, in Lakeland, Fla., and at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., this month.

The accident was the most serious since a Thunderbird jet ran off a runway and flipped at Dayton International Airport last June during a familiarization flight, trapping two crewmen until they were rescued by first responders. The mishap scrubbed the team’s appearance in Dayton.

An Air Force investigation determined excessive speed and landing too far down on a wet runway contributed to the June 23 incident that destroyed the $29.2 million fighter jet.

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Then team narrator and F-16 pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves was hospitalized for leg injuries, according to the Air Force. A second crewman who was a backseat passenger in the two-seat F-16D jet was uninjured, the Air Force said.

The Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in the 2019 show season. The Navy’s Blue Angels are set to fly at the air show June 23-24.

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3 Middletown High School students arrested after social media threat

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:38 AM

There will be extra police presence today at Middletown High School after a threat was made on social media.

UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. April 26:

Three Middletown High School students were arrested and charged with inducing panic Wednesday night after they allegedly posted a video on Snapchat threatening school violence, said Maj. David Birk from the Middletown Division of Police. 

He praised students for alerting school and police officials about the video.

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The district’s “See Something, Say Something” slogan is catching on, and stopped this threat before it became “a bigger issue,” Birk said.

After investigating the video, police determined the boys— two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old — were holding BB guns in the Snapchat video, Birk said. 

The teens were transported to Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, Birk said. 

There is a larger “police presence” at the school today, but classes are being held, according to school officials.

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UPDATE, 10 a.m. April 26:

There will be a larger "police presence" throughout the day, though the threat of violence is over, said Elizabeth Beadle, spokeswoman for Middletown City Schools. 

She said classes are being held and it's "business as normal" inside the school.

There were three Middletown cruisers in the high school parking lot this morning.

INITIAL REPORT, 2:07 a.m. April 26:

There will be extra police presence today at Middletown High School after a threat was made on social media.

Three middle school students have been detained for a video posted to Snapchat that threatened violence against the high school, according to a post on the Middletown City Schools Facebook page.

Any student absences will be excused, according to the post.

Details of the threatening post on social media have not been made public.

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Centerville blood drive honors police officer whose career was dedicated to caring for others

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:50 AM

Paula and John Kalaman with retired Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson at 2017 Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive. CONTRIBUTED
Paula and John Kalaman with retired Centerville Police Chief Bruce Robertson at 2017 Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive. CONTRIBUTED

The legacy of a Centerville police officer, killed in the line of duty 20 years ago, continues to serve the community. 

The 21st annual Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive will take place Friday, April 27 at the Centerville Police Department. 

Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman was killed while on duty Jan. 12, 1998. An annual blood drive is held in his honor each year. CONTRIBUTED

“It’s been 20 years since the accident that created the blood drive, and now it’s the 21st annual blood drive with 4,114 units donated,” said Officer Kalaman’s father, John Kalaman.

“Over the years we’ve seen a lot of the same people and every year we have new donors. Some folks have been with us almost every year.” 

In the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 1998, Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman, 29, and Washington Twp. Firefighter Robert O’Toole, 26, responded to a single-car accident on I-675 at Wilmington Pike along with firefighter Charles Arnold. 

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While investigating the scene on the highway, the three men were struck by a car whose driver lost control while speeding on the slick roadway. 

Officer Kalaman, a five-year police department veteran, was killed at the scene. Firefighter O’Toole, who had been with the department for four years, died at Miami Valley Hospital. Arnold, who was seriously injured, survived. 

John Kalaman and his wife Paula held the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday. 

Each year the couple greets the donors and supporters at the blood drive and serves birthday cake in honor of their son. 

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“It’s one of those things where we will reach a point when we can no longer be there,” said John Kalaman. “I hope the blood center will continue the blood drive for the community and for all the people who have donated over the years. It’s all we can hope for.” 

The blood drive will be held Friday in the Centerville Police Department training room, 155 W. Spring Valley Rd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 293-3373.

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Kettering Health Network celebrates completion of radiation therapy center

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 6:48 PM

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Kettering Health Network is celebrating the completion of the new radiation therapy center at Soin Medical Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 3 for members of the media.

The public is invited to a community open house for its entire comprehensive cancer services on May 9 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. 

Kettering Cancer Care is located at the hospital's Ollie Davis Pavilion in Beavercreek. 

Attendees will be able to tour the center and meet oncology physicians. 

According to a press release, the success of the cancer center allowed for an $8 million expansion to cancer services provided at Soin. 

Phase one of the expansion doubled the infusion center in size to 13,000 square feet to accommodate more chemotherapy patients. 

Clinical exam rooms also doubled in size to support the growing on-site medical oncology team. 

The expanded infusion center opened in fall 2017. 

The radiation center was completed in phase two of the expansion.

The 8,300-square-foot radiation therapy center includes a linear accelerator for radiation therapy, as well as a CT simulator and scanner to support the addition of an on-site radiation oncology team. 

Greene Medical Foundation provided a $3 million grant to cover part of the cost. 

Kettering Health Network is a not-for-profit network of 8 hospitals, 10 emergency departments, and 120 outpatient facilities serving southwest Ohio. 

For more information, visit www.ketteringhealth.org.

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