Wright-Patt officials help deliver baby in base housing

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Wright-Patt medics have reunion with baby they helped deliver

A quick, unexpected birth at home may seem frightening, but one growing family living in The Prairies housing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base had nothing to fear: Base emergency responders utilized their training and assisted the mother and father — and baby boy — in their time of need.

The response began the afternoon of Jan. 26, when a father who is active-duty on base, called the Emergency Communications Center, saying his wife’s amniotic sac had broken. This being their fourth child, and with a very short labor with the third child, a quick response was vital.

Richard Stiles, emergency communications specialist at the ECC, handled the call. It was the first of its kind for him during his almost 11 years of service, but his training kicked in as he calmly provided instructions to the father.

Meanwhile, members of the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight’s Station 3 in Area B, along with medics from the Wright-Patterson Medical Center, proceeded to the location.

The mother reported that she was in active labor, and Stiles referred to his emergency medical dispatcher cards to follow proper protocols.

“It was nerve-wracking, but it was exciting at the same time,” he said. “I’m happy things went smoothly with no complications. Everything went according to plan.”

Personnel from the 788th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight’s Station 3 in Area B assisted with a successful at-home birthJan. 26.They are (l to r, first row): firefighter/EMT Paul Malleck, Capt. Ken Gibson, firefighter/ EMTAndrew Short, Capt. Chase McGrath, firefighter/ paramedic Bryan Gustafson, firefighter/ paramedic Daryle Williams. Second row (l to r): District Chief Matt Dickey, firefighter TracyWatts.(Staff Writer)

“All emergency communications specialists go through training to maintain their emergency medical technician status,” said Wright-Patterson AFB Fire and Emergency Services Deputy Chief Jeff Kitzmiller.

Cory Downey, ECC supervisor, commended Stiles for his cool, calm demeanor. Two such ECC dispatchers are on duty 24/7 so that if one is involved with providing emergency information, the other can handle other calls that come in. The ECC, which handles emergency calls for fire, medical and security, displays 18 monitor screens with a wealth of computer applications and enhanced 911 phone lines.

At first, the mother reported she felt like she could be transported to the base’s medical center for the delivery, then it became apparent that she needed to deliver at home.

“We saw some signs of imminent childbirth, so we decided to stay,” Williams said. “We had our OB kit out and ‘Gus’ and I knew what we were going to do. Everyone worked together as a team, including those outside.”

Within 15 minutes the baby was delivered; his nose and mouth were suctioned to clear his air passages, and the father was able to cut the umbilical cord and hold his child.

The mother and baby were then transported to the obstetrical area at WPMC.

The event has had an impact not only on the family but on the emergency responders, too.

“As soon as you hear that baby cry, it’s a total, different experience that I don’t think any of us have ever had in years of being in the fire service,” said Capt. Chase McGrath. “It’s good to see the opposite spectrum of life to death.”

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18 vehicles hit by rocks Saturday night on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 4:09 AM

Multiple vehicles hit by rocks on WB U.S. 35 in Dayton

Nearly 20 motorists pulled over Saturday night after their vehicles were struck by someone throwing rocks while they were traveling west on U.S. 35.

Thomas Acco of Jefferson Twp. and his girlfriend had just dropped off their children and were headed home when a rock came through the front of the windshield.

“I was in shock that someone would play with someone’s life like this,” he said.

“Glass just flew everywhere. We had a little swerve contest with the car in front of us — their windshield got hit also. We just pulled to the side and it was like 15, 20 cars lined up to the side all with damage.”

Motorists line up along westbound U.S. 35 May 26, 2018, just before the South Smithville Road exit after their vehicles were struck by rocks.(JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said there are no suspects, but plenty of victims.

“We got a report of multiple cars, approximately 18 of them, that were hit with rocks as they were driving westbound on U.S. 35 near Woodman (Drive),” he said. “All the calls came within about five minutes of each other.

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center said they received starting at 10 p.m. The last one received was at 10:29 p.m.

One of the victims was Susan Myers of Lima who was headed back home with her husband, riding in the front passenger seat.

“We heard a loud bang and looked up and saw the damage on the windshield,” she said. “We immediately pulled over and noticed that there were several cars ahead of us also pulled over with their hazard lights on.”

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There are no reports of injuries, but Myers said they were shaken and now have to deal with broken glass inside the car and their insurance company.

Tony Gerardi of Xenia said he was driving home from visiting friends in Dayton when his car was struck.

“I hope police get them. I’m safe, thank God,” said Gerardi, “I don’t know why someone would do something like that.”

Earlier Saturday, around 4:45 p.m., another two motorists, one from Illinois and one from Dayton, reported their windshields were struck by rocks. At least one of the windshields shattered just when they went under a bridge. They told police the rocks appeared to come from the north side of the highway but were not able to see the culprits. Police officers found a pile of rocks laying on the side of the highway before the South Smithville Road exit, according to a Dayton police report.

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Hot with the slight chance for rain for the rest of the holiday weekend

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:49 AM

A dry start expected with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. 

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  • Hot and humid today through Tuesday
  • Slight chance for an isolated shower or storm today and Monday
  • Better chance for rain Wednesday and Thursday

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Tonight: A mild night is expected again with temperatures dropping into the middle to upper 60s.

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Monday (Memorial Day): Should be a dry day, but once again an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out. It will be a hot day with highs near 90 degrees.

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Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 under mostly sunny skies.

Wednesday: Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could bring a chance for rain, maybe storms with highs in the middle 80s. 

Thursday: Remnants of Alberto will give us more rain, highs in the middle 80s.

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Friend of serial pedophile's victims shocked he was set to be released

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:33 AM

Wayne Chapman was convicted of molesting as many as 100 boys in the 1970s. Now he's due for release from prison after being deemed no longer sexually dangerous. (Photo: Massachuetts Department of Corrections)
Wayne Chapman was convicted of molesting as many as 100 boys in the 1970s. Now he's due for release from prison after being deemed no longer sexually dangerous. (Photo: Massachuetts Department of Corrections)

Serial pedophile Wayne Chapman's release from prison was put on hold this week after an emergency petition pushed courts to keep him in jail.

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Melanie Perkins, a friend of some of Chapman's victims, says she was shocked to hear he was supposed to be released this week.

"Wayne Chapman is a very dangerous man," Perkins said. "He’s also a very sick man."

Perkins says a few of her friends were sexually abused by Chapman, and believes the disappearance of her childhood friend Andy Puglisi, is also connected to Chapman.

"While there’s considerable circumstantial evidence against Wayne Chapman in the disappearance of Andy Puglisi, there’s, in fact, no body," Perkins said. "Andy’s remains were never found."

Chapman was convicted of raping young boys in 1977, and spent four decades in prison.

Two qualified examiners determined Chapman is no longer sexually dangerous, and he was set to be released.

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts agreed to take another look at the case after attorney Wendy Murphy filed an emergency petition to appeal Chapman's release.

"Obviously we are very pleased," Murphy said. "The victims are relieved to put it mildly, and they’re also optimistic."

Those against Chapman's release are optimistic now that the Judicial Court will have a say in the decision, and Perkins is hoping that the convicted child rapist is never let out.

"If and when Wayne Chapman does get out and he does re-offend, this has all been recorded," Perkins said. "So that everybody knows what the warnings were ahead of time, and this is all evidence in terms of unfortunately whatever child might be next in his case."

Chapman will remain in prison until the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts decides whether he's no longer sexually dangerous.

The decision could come next week, and Chapman's attorney, the Department of Corrections, the Attorney General, and the District Attorney of Essex County need to file pleadings for the appeal by Wednesday at 5 p.m. After that, the justice will make a decision on the release.

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Atlanta Special Agent in Charge dies of complications from role at World Trade Center

Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:30 AM

Atlanta Special Agent in Charge David LeValley (WSBTV.com)
Atlanta Special Agent in Charge David LeValley (WSBTV.com)

Atlanta Special Agent in Charge, David LeValley, died Saturday morning of complications from his role as a first responder at the World Trade Center. 

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WSB-TV confirmed the information Saturday morning with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

LeValley served as the special agent in charge of the Atlanta Division since November 2016. He previously served as the SAC of the Criminal and Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office.

LeValley became a special agent with the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Division.

He was called to serve his country following the attacks on 9/11 at the World Trade Center, where he spent several weeks being exposed to contaminants. LeValley died in the line of duty as a direct result of his work at the World Trade Center.

"LeValley’s death is a great loss to the entire FBI, but particularly to his family, the FBI Atlanta Division and the Atlanta community," the FBI said in a statement to WSB-TV "We are honored to have served beside him and are grateful for his leadership and sacrifice."

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