Number of sexual assaults reported at Wright Patt increases

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 5:24 PM


            Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. TODD JACKSON | STAFF

The number of sexual assaults reported at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base has increased the past four years, with 83 reported since 2013, the Department of Defense said Friday.

The Pentagon released the data for military installations around the world, including Wright-Patterson which is the largest single site-employer in Ohio with a workforce of about 27,000 employees.

The data, which does not include cases from this year, was disclosed as high-profile political and entertainment figures have been accused of sexual assault or harassment in recent weeks.

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The Defense Department report showed the number of reported incidents to a sexual assault response coordinator at that base. According to the Pentagon, it does not necessarily mean the incident took place on the installation where it was reported, or could have occurred before a service member joined the military.

Don Christensen, a retired Air Force chief prosecutor, said Friday in his more than two decades of military judicial experience the “vast majority” of reported assaults occurred at or near the installation where it was first recorded.

At Wright-Patterson, the numbers showed 19 incidents reported to a sexual assault coordinator in fiscal year 2013, 17 cases in both 2014 and 2015, and 30 cases in 2016, the data showed.

Air Force wide, the service branch reported 821 cases in 2013; 1,003 in 2014; 1,009 in 2015; and 1,043 in 2016, data shows.

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Christensen, president of the advocacy group Protect Our Defenders, said education to reduce sexual assault can be helpful, “but it’s not going to eliminate the problem and the inability to hold people accountable, which is really a problem here, (and) is thwarting their efforts to reduce sexual assault.”

U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, said in a statement he was briefed on the findings.

“Although the numbers for Wright-Patt are low in comparison to other places, they are still too high and show we have a long way to go to create a safe work environment in the military,” said Turner, chairman of the House Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus.

In a statement released Friday, Wright-Patterson said “effectively responding to sexual assaults is not only critical to the health, morale and welfare of our Airmen — civilian, officer and enlisted — but, ultimately essential to Air Force readiness.”

It added: “Respect for all is imperative and success of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program relies on all Airmen standing against those who would commit sexual assault and supporting those who have been victimized by these heinous acts. We are committed to providing support to anyone affected by sexual assault.”

The Pentagon categorizes sexual assaults into restricted and unrestricted categories. A restricted category means a victim can receive medical and mental health services, but there is no investigation of the alleged incident, Christensen said.

An unrestricted report allows an investigation to proceed.

Based on those categories, Wright-Patterson reported 12 unrestricted and seven restricted reports in 2013; 10 unrestricted and seven restricted reports in 2014; 11 unrestricted and six restricted reports in 2015; and 20 unrestricted and 10 restricted reports in 2016, according to the Defense Department.

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Rapper Offset, of trio Migos, arrested in metro Atlanta on weapon, drug charges

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Rapper Offset, of the trio Migos, was arrested Friday in metro Atlanta on weapon and drug charges.
Clayton County Police Department
Rapper Offset, of the trio Migos, was arrested Friday in metro Atlanta on weapon and drug charges.(Clayton County Police Department)

Rapper Offset, of the trio Migos, was arrested Friday on weapon and drug charges in Georgia, WSB reports

Clayton County police said the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, were traveling in Jonesboro, just outside Atlanta, when the 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera that Offset was driving was pulled over after an improper lane change. 

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Rapper Offset (L) and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn (R) were arrested during a traffic stop in metro Atlanta. They were arrested on weapons and drug charges.(Clayton County Police Department)

During a search, officers found three handguns, less than 1 ounce of marijuana and more than $107,000 in cash.

Offset was charged with improper lane change; possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

Gezahgn was charged with possession of marijuana, less than 1 ounce, and possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

This is not Offset’s first run-in with the law.

He was arrested in 2016 for driving with a suspended license. In 2015, all three members of Migos were arrested for drug and gun charges during a concert at Georgia Southern University, Billboard reported.

Offset and his wife, rapper Cardi B, just welcomed their first child together last week.

Offset and Cardi B pose backstage for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week on February 11, 2018.(Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images)

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Impact of 3-vehicle crash pushes car, SUV into McDonald’s lot in Springfield

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:19 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:00 PM



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UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

Alcohol may have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash Friday night that sent four people to area hospitals.

The impact of the crash around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street forced a red car and silver SUV off the roadway and into a McDonald’s parking lot.

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According to witnesses, the driver of the red car pulled out of KFC and in front of a white pickup truck, which then struck it. The car then hit the SUV.

The driver of a red car was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition. Two passengers in the red car and the pickup driver were taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

A woman and her children inside the SUV were not hurt, she said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Springfield Police Division.

FIRST REPORT

Multiple injuries were reported tonight in a three-vehicle crash on East Main Street.

The crash was reported around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street in front of McDonald’s and KFC.

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Main Street is down to one lane going eastbound, with the westbound lanes blocked.

There were crash victims taken to Springfield Regional Medical Center, but their names and the severity of injuries was not immediately available.

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

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Washington Twp. apartment complex fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:47 PM

Storms roll through Miami Valley; lightning major cause of damage

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.:

Some of the biggest damage caused by today’s storms was from lightning, including the apartment complex on Seabreeze Court who saw the most damage due to lightning igniting parts of the roof.

“It’s indescribable. I mean it was really really loud you just heard it sounded like a crash,” said a neighbor.

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10 fire trucks and two ambulances were called out to this apartment building around noon on Friday.

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“Me and my boyfriend smelled all the smoke coming through our windows, ran downstairs and saw that the backside of this building caught of fire,” said a resident.

Fires happening due to lightning was the story of the day in most of the Miami Valley.

“These thunderstorms intensified very quickly. They were producing a lot of lightning in particular a lot of cloud to ground lightning,” said Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.

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Lightning caused a lot of damage, however, the Miami Valley was able to avoid the worst of the storms because of rain early in the afternoon.

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“It was an incredibly close call we had the instability at least higher up in the atmosphere but because we stayed in the mid-60s through the day we were lucky we did not get the severe weather to the west,” said Elwell.

FIRST REPORT:

Firefighters are on the scene of a fire reported at the Chesapeake Landing Apartments in Washington Twp. Friday afternoon. 

LOCAL WEATHER: Strong to severe storms expected today; tornadoes, high winds, and hail possible

Crews responded to the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court around 12:30 p.m. and reported a working fire in the structure. 

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Initial reports indicate the fire might have been caused by lightning that struck the building. 

There are no reports of any injuries, however firefighters did have to rescue a dog from one of the buildings, firefighters said.

A second alarm has been requested to help fight the blaze, emergency scanner traffic indicates. 

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

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Gravesite for ‘Buckskin Girl’ gets new headstone with her name

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

Marcia Sossomon King was found dead in Miami County 37 years ago. She was known as the 'Bucksin Girl' until her remains were recently identified.

It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.

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Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.

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The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.

Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.

“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.

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She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”

King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.

She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.

“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.

The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.

“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.

“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.

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Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.

“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.

Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.

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