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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 11:14 AM
— A three-time Oscar nominee, a husband and wife crime fighting team, and the woman who gave Marvel’s “Black Panther” its eye-popping look are among the next class to be immortalized in the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame.
The inductees will be celebrated at a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Sinclair College Conference Center, 444 W Third St. in Dayton.
Tickets for the luncheon are available on the Dayton Walk of Fame website.
Individual tickets are $70.
Inductees will be on hand during the Walk the Walk street party 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m in the Wright Dunbar Historic Business District May 18.
The street party ends at 9 p.m.
The Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame’s memorial stones are on West Third Street in the business district between Broadway and Shannon streets and along William Street.
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The 2018 honorees are: Hannah Beachler, Major General George R. Crook, Dr. Richard A. DeWall, Robert C. Koepnick, Dayton police sgt. Lucius J. Rice and police officer Dora Burton Rice, and Julia Reichert.
Below are their bios from the Dayton Region Walk of Fame.
HANNAH BEACHLER (1971- )
Groundbreaking media production designer
Hannah Beachler grew up in Centerville, Ohio, majored in fashion design as an undergraduate at the University of Cincinnati and then went back to school at Wright State University in 2005 to earn a B.F.A. from WSU’s Motion Pictures Program. She began working on films as a set dresser in small movies and horror films. Her talent and attention to detail quickly brought her assignments as a production designer. She won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Film for Fruitvale Station and the Audience Award for the Best Film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. In 2017 she was nominated for an Emmy and won the Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a video for Beyoncé. Her most recent success came as the first-ever female black production designer for a Marvel film. That film, Black Panther, is breaking box office records and is one of the most talked about films of the season. She returns home to spend time at WSU talking to students about her career and mentoring many young filmmakers.
MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE R. CROOK (1828-1890)
Leader in the U.S. military and civil rights activist
George R. Crook was born and raised near Taylorsville, now a part of Huber Heights, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1892. He is recognized as a major figure in U.S. military and civil rights history. He had an active career in the Civil War capped by his Division causing General Robert E. Lee to surrender at Appomattox. He was an important commander in the Indian Wars that followed the Civil War. While serving as the Commander of the Department of the Platte in 1879, Crook arranged to have himself sued on behalf of the Ponca tribe. The case resulted in a major civil rights victory when Chief Standing Bear was recognized as a person under the law and therefore Native Americans were entitled to equal protection under U.S. law. Sioux Chief Red Cloud remarked after Crook’s passing that, “He, at least, never lied to us. His works gave us hope.”
DR. RICHARD A. DEWALL (1926-2016)
Pioneer heart surgeon
Dr. Richard DeWall came to Dayton in 1966 and spent 50 years of his life here. He is credited with inventing the first workable, portable heart-lung machine. Dr. Doug Talbott recruited him to Dayton, and Mrs. Virginia Kettering invited him to initiate an open-heart surgery program at Kettering Hospital, where he performed the first successful open-heart surgery in the area. He established the general surgery residency-training program, serving as its director from 1970-1976 and also acted as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health. The winner of many national and local awards, his proudest accomplishment was his role in the founding of Wright State University School of Medicine because he wrote the original proposal for what would become the medical school. He also helped establish the Wright State School of Medicine Foundation. He said, “With the bubble oxygenator (the name of his invention), you are dealing with maybe several hundred patients a year. With a medical school, when you get it expanded, you’re dealing with thousands.”
ROBERT C. KOEPNICK (1907-1997)
Nationally known sculptor, talented teacher
Robert C. Koepnick, a native Daytonian, was born in 1907 and lived virtually all of his life in the Dayton Region. He was a sculptor of national reputation and maintained a studio in Lebanon, Ohio until shortly before his death. He was a prolific, versatile sculptor who worked in wood, bronze, stone, aluminum, and terra cotta. He studied with Carl Miles, the noted Swedish sculptor. He headed the sculpture department at the Dayton Art Institute for almost 30 years, with the exception of a five-year period during World War II when he worked for the Aeromedical Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, helping to design gloves and oxygen masks that made it possible for pilots to fly at ever increasing altitudes. His works are displayed in many states, and he has exhibited in distinguished museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design, and the Dayton Art Institute. At least 17 of his major works are displayed in Dayton. He once remarked that, to his amazement, “I really marked up this world.”
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POLICE SERGEANT LUCIUS J. RICE AND POLICEWOMAN DORA BURTON RICE (1876-1939; 1882-1940)
Long serving pioneer Police officer and community activist policewoman
In 1896, when he was 20, Sgt. Lucius Rice moved from North Carolina to Dayton where he met his future wife Dora, a first cousin of the renowned poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar. He served in the Ohio National Guard, distinguishing himself at Lake Erie in 1908 and winning government marksmanship medals. After being honorably discharged from the military, he was appointed to the Dayton Police Department. He became the second African-American man to serve on the Dayton police force and was one of the longest serving Dayton Police officers of the 20th century, serving more than 30 years. He was the first African-American lawman to be appointed a plainclothes detective. He was the first African-American in Dayton to become a police supervisor when he was promoted to sergeant in 1916. During his career, he served with distinction and sacrifice, often working 12-hour days, wounded twice, and then tragically lost his life in the line of duty in 1939.
Dora Rice first played the role of homemaker until her children were older when she became a community activist in her church, serving Wesleyan Methodist Church as treasurer for 20 years and as church organist for over 22 years. Then she chose to join her husband in law enforcement. In 1929 she was appointed to the Dayton Bureau of Policewomen, becoming the first African-American policewoman in Dayton. She served for 10 years before resigning for poor health and died six months after her husband was killed. Sgt. Rice is remembered by the Dayton Police History Foundation as a local legend and his wife as a civic activist and Dayton Police Woman.
JULIA REICHERT (1946- )
Pioneering independent filmmaker and educator
Julia Reichert, a graduate of Antioch, has been called the godmother of the American independent film movement. She is a three-time Oscar nominee. Her film Growing up Female was the first feature document of the modern Women’s Movement. Recently it was chosen for inclusion in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. One of her films (with Steven Bognar) premiered at Sundance and won the Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filming. She writes, directs, and produces. She is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and a member of the advisory board of the Independent Feature Project. She is the co-founder of the New Day Films, a 42-year old social issue film distribution co-op, author of Doing it Yourself, the first book on self-distribution in independent film, a professor of motion pictures at Wright State University and a grandmother.
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Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
DAYTON — Flyer, the baby bald eagle who just took her first flight Tuesday, has died.
Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, confirmed with us that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.
She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area but she was too low, and was struck by a delivery truck.
A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers had witnessed the accident.
Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.
According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic, and planes.
Flyer had a wingspan of six feet and hatched in April, said Weller.
Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado to a federal eagle repository by federal law, Weller said.
Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.
Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.
Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.
“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.
The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.
The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”
Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
He said it’s important to show police officers are human.
“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.
In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.
Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.
“We always have them in the break room,” he said.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.
When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.
Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:
Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.
The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.
He lost control of his car before striking the pole.
A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.
A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.
Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.
North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.
Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.
Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.