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Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 9:31 AM
The Rapid Development Integration Facility provides rapid and adaptive engineering solutions to the warfighter faster and less expensively than prime contractors, according to Alan Brookshire, RDIF director.
Since 2010, the Rapid Development Integration Facility, part of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, has been saving time and money for U.S. taxpayers, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Air Force bases worldwide, Brookshire said.
“We produce modification kits, develop engineering solutions and modify aircraft and weapon systems worldwide,” Brookshire said. “We design, develop, produce and install, cradle to grave. We are a one-stop shop. What we can’t do organically we team with local small businesses in the Miami Valley to deliver a final product to our customer. The partnership with small local businesses is for technologies and capabilities we don’t have like special welding, painting and special coatings.”
The RDIF, located at 5001 Skeel Ave., Bldg. 148 in Area A, occupies a 20,000-square-foot building operated by AFLCMC and began without any tools in 2010. Brookshire’s small team has transformed the building into a productive shop doing jobs in-house that would normally be too expensive to contract to a large aircraft company. Tools were acquired and bought from their government customers who factored in the cost and still saved substantial money, according to Brookshire.
The shop is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. When aircraft modifications are needed, they go into a 24/7 flexible time mode. When Brookshire’s team travels outside the country, they are on 24/7 time schedule.
With savings up to 70 percent, organizations could extend their budgets and accomplish No. 2 and No. 3 on their wish list without asking for more money, Brookshire said.
“The RDIF is here to deliver to the warfighter what he wants, when he wants and below budget expectations, saving taxpayers over $350 million since 2010,” said Brookshire.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:58 AM
MIAMI VALLEY — May 21, 2014, a day some local motorists will never forget. Flooded interstates caused hundreds of drivers to be trapped in their cars on I-75 and I-70. Motorists were without food, water and restroom facilities for hours.
Flood waters covered all lanes of I-70 near State Route 201 (Brandt Pike) in Huber Heights. Ohio Department of Transportation traffic cameras showed frustrated drivers began making u-turns and driving in the wrong direction on the interstate to exit and find another route. Other motorists could be seen exiting their cars and walking on the interstate.
Huber Heights Battalion Chief Keith Knisley said a swollen creek caused the flooding on the interstate. He said it was over a retaining wall that is over 4 feet high.
The situation was similar that day in Miami County on Interstate 75 between Tipp City and Piqua. High water and disabled vehicles made the interstate impassable in the north and southbound lanes near State Route 36 and Farrington where the Great Miami River runs near the interstate. Traffic was also at a standstill on both sides of I-75 just north of Tipp city.
Ohio Department of Transportation crews used snow plows to push water and debris out of the way to allow cars to move again on I-75.
In Clark County, at height of flooding, county Engineer Johnathan Burr said water was 2-1/2 feet deep across Ridgewood Road east.
"The rain just came down so fast and so hard, the roads were overwhelmed," Burr said.
So much rain fell in some locations that the storm was the equivalent of a 1,000-year flood, ODOT said in a report.
“Another way to say it would be the probability of that amount of rain in that duration has the probability of happening, 0.1 percent chance in a year’s time.”
The highway agency based its analysis on records kept by the Miami Conservancy District and other weather trackers. Total rainfall in the area of flooding was approximately 4.5 inches in roughly a two-hour time period.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 6:04 PM
BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — The brother of a man accused of driving his car into a North Carolina restaurant and killing two family members Sunday said there is nothing to forgive.
"I didn't need to forgive him. I never was angry at him, and I know what he did wasn't him," Monty Self said.
Police have charged Roger Self with first-degree murder after they say he intentionally drove his Jeep into the Surf and Turf Lodge in Bessemer City just after noon, killing two family members.
But Monty Self said the brother he loves didn't commit that deadly act. He said Roger Self is mentally ill, and the demons deep inside got the best of him and brought out the worst.
Here are photos of Roger Self and his daughter Katelyn Self. Police said Roger Self crashed into a Gaston County restaurant and killed his daughter and another person. https://t.co/NTyy71TWSr pic.twitter.com/THyg8PetRB— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) May 20, 2018
At a news conference Monday, the Self family's pastor also blamed the incident on severe mental illness. Austin Rammell, pastor at Venture Church, said "there is no way the man I've known for 16 years could do this."
Roger Self’s daughter, 26-year-old Katelyn Self, a Gaston County sheriff’s deputy, was killed when the Jeep crashed through the wall of the restaurant.
The other victim was identified as Amanda Self, Roger Self's daughter-in-law, who worked as an emergency room nurse at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.
Other family members were also injured. Roger Self's wife Diane was badly hurt and is in critical condition. His son Josh Self - a Gaston County police officer - was also injured, along with Amanda Self’s 13-year-old daughter.
They are expected to recover.
Wait staff told WSOC-TV’s partners at the Gaston Gazette that Self took his family into the restaurant and had them seated. He then excused himself, went out to his vehicle and drove it at a high rate of speed into the area where they were sitting.
This is a picture of Roger Self. Police say he intentionally plowed his car into the restaurant. He was arrested immediately after the crash.— Stephanie Tinoco (@STinocoWSOC9) May 20, 2018
Investigators working to find out what could have possibly lead up to this attack. @wsoctv
📷 : our partners at the Gaston Gazette pic.twitter.com/sqPsgeyXiE
"It was like a battle zone in a movie," Monty Self said.
Self said during a jail visit he told his brother what happened.
"He was numb. He was numb. He kept saying this was crazy," Self said in describing his conversation with his brother.
He became concerned about the health of the people who survived the crash that he caused.
"He was distraught," Self said.
"Tragic, tragic loss of life,” Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger said. “I'm asking people just to keep the family in your prayers, and the sheriff's office, because we're suffering right now."
Rammell said he saw the entire family in church Sunday morning, just a couple of hours before the horrific attack.
“I'm just trying to encourage them,” Rammell said. “This was not a conscious act by their father and they know that.”
Rammell said Roger Self has been dealing with mental illness, including anxiety, depression, and mental breakdowns, in recent months and has sought medical help.
“Family has been loving him through this,” Rammell said. “He's been taking precautions. He had all the guns removed from his house, so he was taking steps that were rational steps,” the family’s pastor said.
Rammell said he was set to officiate at Katelyn Self’s wedding to her fiance, Alex, in September.
"There's nobody in the world Roger loved more than those people and they know that,” Rammell said. “Even in the most chaotic, senseless, moment like this, they at least cling to the confidence that they know where Kate and Amanda are."
Rammell said that within hours of the tragedy, church members gathered at Venture Church for a vigil for the family.
Caleb Martin, a 14-year-old who buses tables at the restaurant, witnessed the car crash through the building.
"I walked over to my station and I heard a loud boom,” he said. “It went straight through. There's a doorway. There is a wall and he drove in another room."
Caleb was dazed by the carnage he saw. He said that, for a moment, he didn't know what to do but then he sprang into action.
"The one guy I could help in back, he was pretty hurt,” Martin said, “I helped paramedics move tables off this dude and I moved debris out of the way so they could get to him."
Officials said Roger Self is a private investigator who worked for the Gastonia Police Department years ago.
“He was a regular and we haven't seen him in a while, so when he came back, it was kind of sad,” Martin said.
Area law enforcement agencies offer condolences
Law enforcement agencies from across the area expressed their condolences on social media.
Katelyn Self was a corporal at the Gaston County Sheriff’s Department. "Thoughts and prayers for the Gaston County Sheriff's Office and Deputy Self's family and friends."
The Huntersville Police Department posted on Twitter, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gaston County Sheriff's Office and the family and friends of Corporal Katelyn Self. Corporal Self was senselessly killed today while off duty."
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 PM
DAYTON — A woman who lives across the street from the 62-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting said Monday that her home was struck by bullets that may have also killed Sherrell Wheatley on Saturday.
Kenya Schumpert said she’d just left her Superior Avenue home to run an errand when she received a call to return home quickly.
She arrived home and found bullet holes in her upstairs window and walls of several rooms in her home.
“I’m like wow, it was a powerful gun to get holes this big in your house,” Schumpert said. “If we had been going up and down the stairs, we would be gone too.”
Schumpert said neighbors told her that they heard between 12 and 15 shots, so many some kids thought it was fireworks.
She says when she realized her friend Wheatley had been killed by one of the bullets fired in the drive-by attack, she couldn’t believe it.
“My feelings was hurt so bad when I found out about that because she didn’t have a chance to duck, just trying to get home when this happened.”
Schumpert and others in the neighborhood say Wheatley had just finished feeding a friend’s dogs and was walking back about a half block to her own home.
“This is sad right now, she’s going to be missed dearly,” a neighbor said.
Dayton police say they are looking for a silver Ford Taurus or similar car, reported leaving the area after the fatal gunfire.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:53 PM
MORAINE — UPDATE@5:54 p.m.
All students at the Education Service Center have physical or behavioral disabilities, said Frank DePalma, superintendent for the Educational Service Center. The Moraine school serves sixth grades through 22-year-olds, he said.
Teachers at the school became aware of the gun Monday morning when they heard students talking about it as they got off the bus, DePalma said. Teachers immediately confiscated the student’s backpack, where the gun was, so it was never taken into the building, the superintendent said.
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The state does not allow the school to expel students. The most they can do is suspend them for several days, DePalma said. School officials are waiting for the results of the police investigation before discipline the student for bringing the gun to school, he said.
“There is no good motive to bring a gun to a school,” DePalma said, noting that he’s pleased that the school’s safety protocol worked.
UPDATE @ 5:23 p.m.
The Superintendent for the Education Service Center in Moraine said the school works with students with physical or behaviorial disabilities from grade 6 through students age 22.
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Frank DePalma said this morning students were getting off the bus when teachers heard them talking about a gun. The student’s backpack was confiscated and the gun was never brough in to the building.
DePalma said the school is waiting for the police investigation to determine discipline for the student with the gun.
The state does not allow ECS to expel students, only to suspend students for several days.
DePalma is pleased the school’s safety protocol worked 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.
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.