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Springboro student’s choice to sit during Pledge of Allegiance sparks investigation

Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 6:31 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 02, 2017 @ 7:40 PM

Investigation underway into Springboro student's treatment after sitting for pledge

Springboro Junior High officials will speak to a study hall monitor Friday as part of an investigation into a student's complaint to a principal that arose out of her not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Scott Marshall, district communications coordinator, said the student went to the principal because of how the monitor questioned her and addressed her in front of the other students. 

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"The student remained seated throughout the Pledge of Allegiance. After, the study hall monitor returned back to the desk, and the student spoke to the Springboro Junior High School principal about being questioned," Marshall stated in a release. 

A relative of an eighth-grade classmate contacted the newsroom about a claim of a physical altercation involving the monitor and an African-American student.

"We believe there was not" a physical altercation, Marshall said Thursday night. 

He said the study hall monitor is a classified employee, and not a teacher, who has worked for the district eight months. 

A Springboro police official and Marshall both said the police department is not involved.

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DPS picks new Dunbar football coach despite loud support for Powell

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 10:32 PM

Longtime coach Albert Powell and Dunbar junior Ciential Vaughn address the Dayton school board

Dayton’s school board on Tuesday hired Corey Freed as the new coach of Dunbar’s football team, despite a large outpouring of support for Darran Powell, who has coached the team the past five years.

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said she couldn’t answer questions about Freed’s coaching background, referring those questions to new Athletic Director Shawna Welch, who was not at the school board meeting. Lolli said Freed was hired last month as a teacher at Dunbar.

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According to prep football websites, Freed coached the past few years at Waco and McGregor High Schools in Texas.

Multiple Dunbar athletes, parents and current coaches spoke out in favor of Powell. Ciential Vaughn, who will be a junior at Dunbar this fall, said the school board doesn’t understand the depth of connection players had with Powell and his assistants, from football, to school, to staying out of trouble.

Longtime coach Albert Powell and Dunbar junior Ciential Vaughn address the Dayton school board

“Young coaches out there are like father figures for the kids who don’t have a father, such as myself,” Vaughn said. “That’s like my family. There’s not one day that I can’t call and tell them I need something, that they’re going to help. It’s like y’all are breaking up my family. … I can honestly say I love every coach on that staff, and I’d do anything to get them back.”

LAST YEAR: DPS re-hires Powell after much debate

The Powell family has coached at Dunbar for decades. Alfred Powell, a longtime coach, said his nephew Darran went far beyond football, pulling kids out of crack houses and going to gang meetings to keep the gangs away from his players.

School board member Robert Walker asked the board to hold a separate vote on Freed’s hiring, rather than lumping it with 230 other personnel moves. Walker and John McManus were the two school board members to vote against Freed’s hiring. The four newly elected board members joined Sheila Taylor in voting for Freed.

Walker said he had problems with the search process. Last month, Freed was listed on the school board agenda to be hired as the coach, days before Darran Powell had even been interviewed. The hiring was delayed, but Tuesday’s result ended up the same.

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Lolli said Freed comes highly recommended as a teacher, which is her first priority. She also spoke highly of Powell.

“Coach Powell is an outstanding coach and an outstanding gentleman. I know him personally and enjoy working with him,” Lolli said. “I’m hopeful that in the future he will be working with our young people. … I believe it was just a matter of interviewing, and the team that interviewed making a decision that they thought would be a good decision for Dunbar.”

Powell was Dunbar’s coach in 2016 when a team headed for the playoffs was ousted because it used an ineligible player. The team then briefly tried to lose a game on purpose to engineer a certain playoff outcome. The Powells have said former district AD Mark Baker directed coaches to try to lose. Baker denied that, while OHSAA officials implicated Baker.

RELATED: Trotwood ousts Dunbar from football playoffs

Powell, a 2006 Dunbar grad, was nearly ousted as coach last summer before the school board reversed direction and rehired him. In 2017, Dunbar reached the second round of the playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Trotwood-Madison.

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REPORT: Man detained for public indecency twice in same day

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 3:18 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

Samuel Tumaini
MONTGOMERY COUNTY CORONER
Samuel Tumaini(MONTGOMERY COUNTY CORONER)

A Dayton man taken into custody early Monday for public indecency was back in the Montgomery County Jail the same night after dancing downtown naked, according to Dayton police reports. 

Samuel Tumaini, 25, was detained on suspicion of public indecency, read the report. 

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Police received multiple calls around 11:30 p.m. Monday about the incident, ranging from a man standing in front of an RTA bus to a naked man urinating in the street to a naked man lying in a field, according to the report. 

When officers arrived at North Jefferson at East First streets they observed an RTA employee speaking with the suspect, who was completely naked and dancing, read the report. 

The suspect then crossed the street and reportedly began dancing again. 

Officers were able to handcuff Tumaini and detain him without incident, according to the report. 

He told officers he took his clothes off because he was thirsty, read the report. 

Police reported that the suspect spoke in broken English, but was coherent and did not appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 

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When officers located his clothes, they reported that it appeared they had been urinated on.

They also found paperwork with his clothing that indicated that Tumaini had been released from jail within the hour, according to the report.

Around 12:45 a.m. Monday, police detained Tumaini after he stood in Newport Avenue naked while popping balloons with his mouth, according to reports. 

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How safe are air shows? Here’s how many crashes occurred in past decade

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:29 AM

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John Cuday, president of the Virginia-based International Council of Air Shows, contends air shows are safe for spectators. No spectator at an airshow – which has different rules than air races -- has been killed since the 1950s because of safety measures in place, he said.

“There is no motorsport in the world that has the safety record of spectators that we do,” he said.

The danger is primarily to pilots, he said.

“The flying that these guys do is more dangerous than standard flying, but they take this risk knowingly” and mitigate risk, he said.

In what he described as a four-legged stool, the first safety measure is distance between pilots and people.

Small planes, for example, stay at least 500 feet away from spectators. Jets operate up to 1,500 feet away.

“I’ve actually charted where the wreckage has landed and that system has acted precisely as it was to work,” he said.

Additionally, pilots’ knowledge and flight routines are evaluated every year.

Acrobatic maneuvers toward spectators are banned and an acrobatic sky box sets aside restricted airspace for performances.

“That’s the four-legged stool we have come to rely on and it’s worked very, very effectively to protecting spectators,” he said.

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In late June just a year ago, a Thunderbird jet flipped over after taxiing at the Dayton International Airport.

The crash occurred on June 23 prior to the Dayton Air Show, and injured Pilot Capt. Erik Gonsalves and Tactical Aircraft Maintainer Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova. The F-16 sustained significant damage, and the Thunderbirds cancelled all performances at the air show.

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The Thunderbirds jet mishap was the first major aviation related incident at the air show since the fatal crash of a wing walker and a pilot in front of thousands of horrified spectators on June 22, 2013.

Air shows can be risky for performers. Approximately 52 percent of civil air show crashes that occurred from 1993 to 2013 involved at least one fatality, according to FAA’s General Aviation and Air Taxi Survey and the National Transportation Safety Board data. The data studied 174 civil air show crashes.

Here’s what we know about air show safety: 

1. How many deaths have occurred as a result of crashes and mishaps at air shows and races in the U.S.? 

This news organization reviewed data from the Federal Aviation Administration, which showed that 44 fatalities have occurred in the past decade as a result of injuries sustained in crashes and incidents at air shows and races in the United States. This news organization reviewed fatality reports from 2007 to 2017. That number increases looking at incidents globally. 

2. Have deaths occurred at the Dayton Air Show? 

In Dayton, three deaths have occurred since 2007 at the air show. In 2013, a stunt pilot and a wing-walking performer were killed in a fiery crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The pair was identified as Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker. 

Wicker was wing walking at the time of the crash, sitting on the underside of the inverted 450 HP Stearman named “Aurora.”
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The plane did a cartwheel and burst into flames as it hit the ground. A fire truck was at the crash within two minutes and extinguished the flames.

Since 1990, there have been 160 crashes at air shows and air races across America. Not a single year during that time was there not a crash. Wingwalker Jane Wicker, 46, and pilot Charlie Schwenker, 64, crashed and were killed at the Vectren Dayton Air Show on Saturday, June 22. The biplane appears to have crashed just inside the 500-foot show line which is marked by orange construction barrels seen at right. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Ty Greenlees/Ty Greenlees)

In 2007, aerobatic pilot Jim LeRoy failed to maintain clearance from the ground during an acrobatics routine and crashed his 400-horsepower, single-seat biplane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. 

The safety board found that “smoke oil” present in the air where the performers were flying also contributed to the crash. 

LeRoy’s yellow Bulldog Pitts continued from a spiral spin into the ground, slid 300 feet and burst into flames. LeRoy was killed on impact.

3. How many crashes have occurred in the past decade?  

Approximately, 96 aviation accident reports related to air races and shows have been filed since 2007, according to NTSB data. However, most of the accidents investigated did not result in fatalities. 

People on the ground watch as Jim Leroy's plane burns following his crash at the Vectren Dayton Air Show, Saturday, July 28, 2007.(Peter Wine)

4. What has been the worst air show crash in recent U.S. history?

A plan crashed into spectators at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada in September 2011. The crash killed the pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 spectators. It also injured more than 60 others, according to federal investigators. 

5. What regulations are in place to keep pilots and spectators safe at air shows?

The FAA provides aviation event organizers with assistance when planning a safe aviation event. Planes are no longer allowed to fly over crowds at air shows inn the U.S., and significant changes occurred after the Reno accident in 2011. Spectators have to be staged a specific distance away from where planes are performing now, and airshows have to follow a ground operations plan

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2 accused of backing into sheriff’s cruiser, triggering pursuit, remain in jail

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 2:01 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 5:43 PM

2 in custody following pursuit in Dayton

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m. (June 19): Two people remain in jail on preliminary charges stemming from a pursuit that involved hitting a sheriff's cruiser. 

Christopher Harvey, 28, is detained pending the filing of three charges -- felonious assault, felony failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer, and probation violation. A judge Tuesday afternoon set Harvey's bail at $50,000. 

Also in jail is Blaire Kennerly, 27, detained pending the filing of one charge -- misdemeanor failure to comply with the signal or order of a police officer. She is due in court Wednesday. 

Christopher Harvey (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

WHIO-TV on Tuesday obtained surveillance video that shows the truck backing into the cruiser at a Germantown Shell station on early Monday. 

Montgomery County deputies spotted a pickup truck three different times early Monday before they were able to get it stopped. Deputies had been looking for the truck after a 911 call accusing the driver of disorderly conduct at a bar. Deputies said they saw a man driving the truck when they lost it at some point during the pursuit. 

Blaire Kennerly (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

Deputies said when they spotted the truck again, they gave chase and managed to get it stopped near Germantown Pike and Frytown Road in Jefferson Twp. 

They broke the driver's side window and said the occupants refused to get out. That's when they discovered a woman behind the wheel. They arrested that woman, later identified as Kennerly. 

Deputies also arrested the man with her, Harvey, who they believe was driving when the pickup hit the cruiser.

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No injuries were reported.

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