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What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 6:36 PM

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Dayton VA Medical Center STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)

Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend. 

The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open.

After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget cycle. That exempts the department from the latest funding skirmish in Washington.

About 4 percent of the department’s workforce — nearly 16,000 workers — would be subject to furloughs during a shutdown, with almost half of that total coming from the Veterans Benefits Administration, according to Navy Times

Veterans would still get checks during a shutdown, but some education benefit programs would cease as well as the hearing of case appeals. 

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Man who played high school football in Dayton despite being born without legs arrested in ATV incident

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton
Robert Martin Jr., 30 of Dayton

Robert Martin Jr., 30, who gained national attention in 2005 for playing football at Colonel White High School in Dayton, despite being born without legs, was booked into Montgomery County Jail Sunday morning for failing to comply with officers.

 According to a Dayton police report, Martin was driving one of the eight to 10 ATVs traveling southbound on N. Main Street around 12 a.m.

Several of the ATVs then fled in different directions from police moments later in the area of E. Third St and Main, the report said.

 An officer followed Martin, who was traveling at a high rate of speed, driving a blue Kawasaki ATV to the railroad tracks in the 300 block of N. Paul Laurence Dunbar St.

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According to the report, Martin was found on the ground crawling toward nearby bushes while the ATV was on its side.

When asked his name, Martin said, “It’s me, Bobby.”

Martin was issued traffic citations and faces charges in Clark Co. for an outstanding OVI warrant.

Police have not confirmed if any of the other drivers were arrested. 

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Charges filed in crash that killed local driver who stopped to help

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 4:48 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 4:48 PM


            A floral memorial has taken shape across from where a traffic accident a week ago resulted in the death of a Butler County woman assisting crash victims. Staff photo by Lawrence Budd
            Lawrence Budd
A floral memorial has taken shape across from where a traffic accident a week ago resulted in the death of a Butler County woman assisting crash victims. Staff photo by Lawrence Budd(Lawrence Budd)

Charges have been filed in the fatal crash that took the life of a 53-year-old Butler County woman earlier this month along the Warren-Butler county line.

Charges of vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, and assured clear distance, a minor misdemeanor, will be filed against John Cowdrey of Liberty Township, according to a press release issued this afternoon by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

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The charges stem from the May 11 crash that resulted in the death of Tina Campbell and injuries to Aaron Reed, two passing drivers who stopped to help after another crash on Butler Warren Road.

The Butler County woman’s death heightened residents’ concern about traffic safety in the fast-growing area along the Butler-Warren county line, east of Interstate 75.

Campbell, 53, of Liberty Twp., died May 14 from injuries suffered on May 11 as she was helping victims of a crash on Butler-Warren Road at Heritage Club Drive.

Campbell, a wife, mother and grandmother, was popular with neighbors.

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According to the crash report, Campbell and Reed, 49, of Mason were out of their cars giving aid to Jagdish Makkar, 83, of Beavercreek, and Ciarra Witt, 18, of Monroe, after their crash at the entrance to the Heritage Club development. A 2011 Mazda CX-9 driven northbound on Butler-Warren Road by Cowdery swerved to avoid the disabled vehicles and “rotated counter-clockwise” into Campbell and Reed.

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Campbell was pronounced dead at West Chester Hospital. None of the others was left with incapacitating injuries, according to investigators.

Investigators indicated they did not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor.

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ATV crash in Clark County sends man, child to area hospitals

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:58 PM



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A man and child were taken to area hospitals this afternoon following an ATV rollover crash.

The crash was reported around 2:20 p.m. in the 4600 block of New Carlisle Pike, west of Springfield.

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A man was taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, and a child was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital. Their injuries were not life-threatening, according to crews on the scene.

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Boy Scouts, Dayton church celebrate unique partnership

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 1:42 PM

Boy Scouts, Dayton church celebrate unique partnership

The Boy Scouts of America presented Mount Enon Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton with a special charter on Sunday for a unique partnership. 

Through the church, 1501 W. Third St., youths can get involved in scouting programs, which is intended to help steer kids away from trouble and teach them leadership skills. 

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Julian Pruitt Sr., community scouting coordinator, said he wants to eventually charter other churches in Dayton, creating a network of places young people of all ages can find mentors and special programming to address issues in their neighborhoods. 

“We are actually looking at kindergarten all the way to the 12 grade. That is a unique responsibility,” Pruitt said. 

Increasing scouting in Dayton can literally save the lives of members, giving them a positive alternative and an outlet to make a difference, he said. 

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“There has been a lot of break-ins and cellphone stores and things of this nature. At the same time we can bring more leaders to the community,” Pruitt said.

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