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‘60 Minutes’ story on Allegiant Air raises questions over airline’s safety

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 4:45 AM

EXCERPTS: '60 Minutes' report on problems with Allegiant Airlines

More than 100 serious mechanical incidents were reported in the first 10 months of 2016 by Allegiant Air, raising questions about the performance of the airline’s fleet, according to CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.

The incidents included mid-air engine failures, smoke and fumes in the cabin, rapid descents, flight control malfunctions, hydraulic leaks and aborted takeoffs, according to the report.

The airline had 60 unscheduled landings and 46 in-flight emergencies between January and the end of October 2016, an extremely high number, according to one expert. 

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“I hate to make comparisons, but we’ve seen that before in airlines that are no longer with us that had experienced a number of accidents that killed a bunch of people,” said John Goglia, who has more than 40 years of experience in the aviation industry, including nine years as president appointee to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Goglia said he has encouraged his family, friends and himself not to fly Allegiant Air.

Some planes had recurring issues and others were returned to service before they were ready, according to the report.

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Last July, Allegiant Flight 533 scheduled to run between Cincinnati and Las Vegas was delayed before takeoff. Mercedes Weller, who was on the flight, paid $80 for a round-trip ticket. Weller said the plane was pushing away from the gate three hours behind schedule when the pilot made an announcement.

“He came on and said, ‘the mechanics have been working on this right engine. We apologize for that. We’ll get you up in the air as soon as possible.’ As soon as we started taxiing, everything was going okay. And then, it’s like, as soon as the wheels come up, the engine blew.”

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The force popped open the cockpit doors, smoke filled the cabin and there was fire coming out of the engine.

In one weekend in July, Allegiant canceled or rescheduled 11 flights leaving Las Vegas for mechanical issues, according to the report.

In a statement, Allegiant Air said “All of us at Allegiant are proud of our strong safety record, as noted in the most current, comprehensive FAA audit. Safety is at the forefront of our minds and the core of our operations.”

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Middletown police chief responds to mother’s allegation of officer misconduct

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:40 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

Mother says her son was beat up by Middletown police officers

A mother’s post on Facebook that that her son feared for his life during an arrest by Middletown police was “blown out of proportion,” Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said.

In a Facebook post attributed to LaShandra R. Tatum, who identified herself at Isaiah Elliott’s mother, she wrote: “Middletown police did this to my son after he was in handcuffs begging for his life. He said he thought he was going to die and he kept saying yes sir to the officers. The officer touched his gun and told my son I will smoke you!!!! The prayers of the righteous availeth much! Thank you Jesus. Now direct me to a lawyer please!!!!”

But in another post, Elliott, wrote, in part: “My mama over did it…not once did I beg for my life or tell her I thought I was (going to) die…”

This afternoon, Elliott said he didn’t want a story written. Then, when pressed about the alleged incidents when he was arrested, Elliott said: “Nothing happened.” Then he hung up the phone.

His girlfriend refused to comment on the phone.

Muterspaw said Tatum, or anyone who has an issue with alleged officer misconduct, should meet with him, and if they don’t trust police, they are welcome to bring a lawyer or pastor to the meeting. He said his department is “open and transparent.” Muterspaw also contacted the NAACP and the Black Ministerial Alliance to make them aware of the investigation.

He said Tatum left out “10 times the facts” in her social media post that was shared more than 1,000 times.

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Muterspaw said that around 2 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Holly Owens was dispatched to a disturbance at Trinity Place Apartments. A woman who lived there told police that she didn’t want to file charges but she wanted Elliott, 19, of Cincinnati, to leave the complex.

Officers stood by while Elliott left the complex, according to Muterspaw.

Later that same day, police were called after the woman said Elliott had returned and started a fight with her before she escaped the apartment and went to the clubhouse and called the police.

She told the officers Elliott was pushing her around, Muterspaw said, but didn’t want to file charges.

The apartment management also told police they wanted Elliott trespassed off the property.

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Police then responded to the apartment for a third disturbance. This time, Officer Jordan Wagers was talking to the complainant and she went back inside the apartment to get a few things. That’s when the officer heard her scream, according to a police report.

Wagers said the woman ran outside, crying and screaming that Elliott was chasing her. Wagers stopped Elliott and told him to leave the property but he refused, according to the police report.

At that time, Wagers told Elliott he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, but Elliott refused, according to police. He was told several times to comply but he refused, police said.

Wagers then took Elliott to the ground and got him handcuffed, police said.

During the take down, Elliot received scrapes on his face, but declined treatment by medics and the hospital, Muterspaw said.

Elliott was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest.

On Friday, Elliott was found guilty of resisting arrest and ordered to stay away from the woman’s apartment, according to court documents.

Muterspaw said Elliott has a history of the following arrests: physical harm to a law enforcement officer (2017), criminal trespass (2017) and two counts of obstructing official business (2017).

Sgt. Earl Nelson and Sgt. Raqib Ahmed both reviewed and signed off on the incident investigation. Maj. David Birk also has approved the use of force by officers during the incident, the chief said.

This news outlet is reaching out to Tatum for more comment.

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Waffle House shooting: Man accused of killing 4 in Tennessee arrested

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:09 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 2:09 PM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

Authorities on Monday afternoon arrested a man suspected of stripping at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, early Sunday before opening fire on customers and employees, killing four people.

Nashville police confirmed that authorities arrested suspected shooter Travis Reinking, 29, on Monday afternoon. He was earlier identified as the man suspected of killing Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29; Joe R. Perez, 20; Akilah Dasilva and DeEbony Groves, 21. 

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, gives birth to baby boy

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:16 PM

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, Gives Birth to Royal Baby

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, formerly known as Kate Middleton, has given birth to a baby boy, Kensington Palace tweeted Monday

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Deputies: Shots fired incident in Harrison Twp. possibly connected to homicide suspect

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 1:55 PM

Shot-up minivan in Harrison Township

A homicide suspect might have been responsible for firing multiple shots into a minivan on Republic Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Officers from multiple departments were in the area of Republic Drive near North Dixie Drive around 1 p.m. Monday after the shots fired incident was reported. 

The shots were fired into the hood of the vehicle, but the one person inside the van was not injured, deputies said. 

A suspect wanted in a Montgomery County homicide might have been the shooter Monday but those reports were still under investigation. Deputies did not provide the name of the suspect nor the homicide they are wanted for. 

Additional details were not available. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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