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Xenia teen no longer missing

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:04 PM
Updated: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 4:02 AM

FROM SCENE: Xenia police search for missing juvenile

UPDATE @ 8:54 a.m. 2/9/18:

William Corkum is no longer missing, according to Xenia police.

UPDATE @4 a.m. 2/9/18:  William Corkum remains missing, according to Xenia police.

UPDATE @ 11:39 p.m. 2/8/18: The search for 15-year-old William Corkum, listed by police as a missing endangered juvenile, is continuing, Xenia police Capt. Alonzo Wilson said. 

The boy's family called police when Corkum took the family's dogs for a walk and did not return. The dogs did return, Wilson said. 

Police learned the teenager was in contact with friends, via social media, and made statements about being depressed. 

"So we're a little concerned for his welfare," the captain said. "At this point, we're not sure why he walked away." 

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Wilson said the Xenia Fire Division and the Greene County Sheriff's Office are assisting police and the state patrol in the search. 

The patrol's helicopter, which was being used for a time tonight, has left the area.

INITIAL REPORT

Xenia police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are working together in the search for a missing endangered juvenile. 

The search, which involves the state patrol helicopter, has been ongoing several hours. 

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According to the Xenia Police Division's Facebook page, police are searching for a 15-year-old William Corkum, who was last seen wearing a black pea coat, black beanie, blue jeans and black boots. He is described as having red hair, brown eyes, about 6-feet and 215 pounds.

He was last seen in the area of East Third (where he lives) and South Collier streets. 

If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, you are asked to call police dispatch at 937-372-9901. 

We have a crew on the way to Greene County to find out more. 

We will update this developing report as information becomes available. 

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com 

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2 suffer serious injuries in Preble County motorcycle crash

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:14 PM

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UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.: 

Two occupants of a motorcycle suffered serious injuries and were flown to an area hospital following a three-vehicle crash on Ohio 122 in Preble County, according to state troopers. 

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Two vehicles, a gold car and a white pickup truck, were traveling north on Ohio 122 near Somers Gratis Road around 12:15 p.m. Monday. The gold car attempted to turn left into a driveway and crashed into the motorcycle traveling south, Sgt. Chris Colbert of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. 

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Both occupants of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and were flown to Miami Valley Hospital by a CareFlight medical helicopter. Their conditions were not immediately available. 

One of the occupants of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, Colbert said. 

Additional details were not available and the crash remains under investigation. 

FIRST REPORT

At least one medical helicopter has been requested to a crash involving a motorcycle on Ohio 122 south of Gratis in Preble County Monday afternoon. 

Emergency crews were dispatched around 12:15 p.m. to the intersection of Ohio 122 and Somers Gratis Road on reports of a three-vehicle crash. 

Initial reports indicate two occupants of a motorcycle suffered serious injuries. At least one CareFlight medical helicopter responded to the scene, according to scanner traffic. 

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

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Rain delays force Lakota track star to miss graduation. Here’s the surprise he got today.

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:30 PM

Lakota East High School track star Dustin Horter missed his graduation due to rain delays at state meet, but school officials moved fast to fix that.

Dustin Horter watched his dreams of graduating with his Lakota East High School classmates wash away last Friday in a series of rain delays at his state-qualifying track meet.

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A half-dozen downpours kept the track state champion — and one of the most honored student athletes in Lakota East’s history — from finishing his runs and then heading to his class’ commencement ceremony at the Cintas Center at Xavier University.

Friday evening after his track meet finally finished late he learned — via a text message from school officials — that he had missed the once-in-a-lifetime event.

But over the weekend Lakota officials hatched a plan, dashing together to put on a special Monday morning graduation ceremony just for Horter as part of the school’s annual parade honoring track and other spring sports teams qualifying for state tournaments.

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School officials scrambled to assemble a stage and podium, unpacked their ceremonial graduation gowns and as thousands of cheering Lakota students lined the school’s “main street” hallway, Horter was given his own, personal graduation ceremony complete with music and confetti.

“I honestly didn’t expect to go this big with setting up a stage and put it on Main Street,” said a wide-eyed and grateful Horter, who is both a national and state champion in track.

“To have the whole student population here witnessing it was pretty darn cool,” said Horter.

Lakota wanted to make sure it was special to reflect Horter’s extraordinary career at the Liberty Twp. high school.

He is a five-time state champion in track and the district’s record holder for the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter events.

And as of May 11, Horter holds the fastest one mile time in the country at 4:04 minutes and the fastest 3200 meter time in the nation at 8:48 minutes.

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But the true measure of Horter’s high school career for the Lakota Thunderhawks can’t only be measured by a stop watch.

Earlier this school year he was selected for the prestigious Thunderhawk of the Year.

Lakota East Principal Suzanna Davis said Horter was a natural choice because the award is voted on by faculty and staff at Lakota East to determine the recipient of this award.

“The Thunderhawk of the Year recognizes a well-rounded student who is actively involved in daily life at East. They epitomize what it means to be a Thunderhawk. Quite simply, they are Lakota East,” said Davis.

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“On Friday night, Dustin was running to qualify for regional champions and, unfortunately due to weather delays, he was unable to make it to the graduation ceremony,” she said. “It is our honor and pleasure to be able to present Dustin with his diploma in front of his family, friends and Lakota East family.”

“His mark will forever be felt at Lakota East High School,” said Davis.

Horter said “everybody kind of re-enacting everything was definitely special and definitely something I won’t forget.”

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Student brings loaded gun to Moraine school, police say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine Monday morning.

A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine this morning, according to Moraine police.

The incident was reported around 8 a.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.

Officers responded to the school on Kettering Boulevard after becoming aware of the incident, Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine Police said.

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According to Spencer, the student was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered by staff members.

Police said the student was allegedly carrying the loaded weapon in his backpack when it was discovered.

A motive for why the weapon was brought to school is still under investigation, Spencer said.

Staff members were notified of the weapon, which prompted the investigation, Spencer said.

The student was transported to the juvenile detention center and could face charges of a CCW violation, illegal conveyance of a weapon and inducing panic, Spencer said.

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Best state for veterans? Ohio isn’t on the list

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:09 AM

HINES, IL - MAY 30:  A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines,  which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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HINES, IL - MAY 30: A sign marks the entrance to the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital on May 30, 2014 in Hines, Illinois. Hines, which is located in suburban Chicago, has been linked to allegations that administrators kept secret waiting lists at Veterans Administration hospitals so hospital executives could collect bonuses linked to meeting standards for rapid treatment. Today, as the scandal continued to grow, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized in public and then resigned from his post. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Ohio isn’t one of the best states for veterans, according to a new analysis.

The average officer is only 45 years old — 42 for non-disability enlisted personnel — upon retirement from service, according to WalletHub’s new analysis. Military retirees deal with re-assimilation into civilian life, sometimes facing challenges with the job markets, homelessness, disabilities and Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder.

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WalletHub ranked the best states for the military community, using a data set of 27 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans. Ohio didn’t rank in the top 20 states, landing at No. 23. The top states include:

1. Florida

2.Virginia

3. New Hampshire

4. Alabama

5. South Carolina

6. Maine

7. South Dakota

8. Alaska

9. Idaho

10. Texas

11. Montana

12. Minnesota

13. Massachusetts

14. Kentucky

15. Oklahoma

16. Luisiana

17. Wyoming

18. North Dakota

19. Missouri

20. Wisconsin

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