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Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 12:45 PM
— Xenia Community Schools has posted a job opening for the district’s second-highest administrative position previously held by Christy Fielding, who resigned without explanation from the district earlier this month.
Fielding, the district’s former assistant superintendent and director of business and technology, resigned as part of an agreement with the Xenia school board, whose members voted to accept her resignation at their meeting Feb. 12.
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As part of the separation agreement, the district will pay Fielding a lump sum in two equal installments, the first on Wednesday and the second on March 31, according to district records.
The payout is for the remainder of Fielding’s $140,183 salary and the remaining contributions to her state retirement fund owed to her under the contract, according to district records. In addition, the lump sum includes half of the unused vacation time that Fielding had accrued, and the district agreed not to contest Fielding’s potential claims for unemployment compensation, according to district records.
Fielding was put on administrative leave Jan. 30, according to a Feb. 2 notification letter from Superintendent Gabriel Lofton that is in Fielding’s personnel file.
Lofton has not commented as to why Fielding was put on administrative leave, and her personnel file does not contain any records of disciplinary actions. Messages left by phone and email to Lofton seeking comment have not been returned.
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Fielding received glowing performance evaluations since she was hired in 2011 as the director of business and technology. Former Xenia Community Schools Superintendent Denny Morrison promoted her to assistant superintendent in 2015, and she served briefly last year as the district’s top administrator after Morrison retired and prior to Lofton being hired.
In January, the school board awarded Lofton a four-year contract at an annual salary of $155,000, plus $600 monthly payments to cover expenses such as cell phone and automobile, as well as reimbursement up to $8,500 to cover expenses incurred by relocating to the district, according to district records.
As part of the separation agreement, Fielding agreed to not pursue any legal action against the school board. In addition, the agreement stipulates that Fielding is forbidden from talking about the details of what led to her decision to leave except in private conversations with her spouse, legal counsel and tax advisers.
This news organization has asked the district for the exact amount to be paid to Fielding as part of the separation agreement.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
DAYTON — A Dayton man reportedly threatened to shoot an Oregon District tavern before making similar threats to an area woman, according to investigators.
Killian Thomas, 29, was detained in the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of aggravated menacing, obstructing official business and resisting arrest early Sunday morning.
Dayton police officers were flagged down by staff at Ned Pepper's around 2 a.m. Sunday, according to the report. Staff reported that after asking Thomas to leave the establishment, he threatened to return with a gun to shoot it up.
The staff asked that Thomas be trespassed from Ned Pepper's and Hole In The Wall, read the report.
When police spoke to Thomas to document the trespass, he was reportedly uncooperative in providing his identification.
Shortly after, officers were flagged down near Hole In The Wall, where Thomas was seen yelling at a woman in a parking lot, according to the report.
The woman reportedly told police that Thomas, who is an acquaintance, threatened to shoot up her home.
When police caught up with Thomas and informed him that he was under arrest, he grabbed onto the railing at Ned Pepper's, read the report.
After Thomas reportedly ignored multiple commands to let go of the railing, police were able to cuff him.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:39 AM
DAYTON — The Dayton VA Medical Center nursing home earned two stars out of five in a quality rating system, according to the agency.
Cleveland and Cincinnati also received two stars while Chillicothe received one, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
Nearly half, or 60 of the VA’s 133 nursing homes received a one-star rating, the newspaper reported.
The results were disclosed after USA Today and Boston Globe obtained the internal VA reports, officials said. On average, VA nursing homes scored worse last year then their private sector counterparts on nine of 11 key indicators, including rates of anti-psychotic drug prescription and residents’ deterioration , officials said.
The VA nursing home system overall compares “closely”with private nursing homes despite caring for typically sicker patients,
VA officials reportedly told USA Today.
Sixty VA nursing homes saw improvements in their ratings over last year, and only one had a “meaningful decline” VA spokesman Curt Cashour told the newspaper.
A request for comment was left with a Dayton VA spokesman Monday.
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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 10:28 AM
Free testing will be available for National HIV Testing Day on June 27 at sites around the area, according to Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County.
About 1,900 people are living with HIV in Butler, Darke, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Warren counties, the health department stated. One out of seven don’t know.
People between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested for HIV yearly.
Testing sites will be at:
Dr. Charles R. Drew Health Center
1323 W. Third St. Dayton
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free rapid HIV testing as well as testing for Hepatitis C, syphilis, pregnancy, glucose, blood pressure.
Preble County General Health District - Reproductive Health Clinic
615 Hillcrest Drive Eaton
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free gift cards with rapid HIV test.
Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio in Dayton
224 N Wilkinson St., Dayton
12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:29 AM
— 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.
Do you think air shows are safe for performers and spectators? https://t.co/v5m2tFXk5v— Kara Driscoll (@KaraDDriscoll) June 18, 2018
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.
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.
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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