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Wright State to offer 4-year degree at area community college

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

            The Emerson Center at Edison Community College has been praised by Green Energy Ohio for its unique energy-saving features. The 34,000 square foot facility is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building which optimizes performance well beyond building codes producing significant energy and financial savings. Contributed photo
The Emerson Center at Edison Community College has been praised by Green Energy Ohio for its unique energy-saving features. The 34,000 square foot facility is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified building which optimizes performance well beyond building codes producing significant energy and financial savings. Contributed photo

Wright State University will begin offering a bachelor’s degree program at a Dayton-area community college.

Edison State Community College students will soon be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership without leaving the school’s main campus in Piqua. The degree offering was made possible by a newly signed articulation agreement between the two colleges.

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Edison State students will meet once per week and receive their instruction from Wright State professors via an interactive video distance-learning system, according to WSU. The program will be offered starting this fall and students can complete the degree in 16 months, depending upon the number of transferred credits they have earned.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for students to stay close to home and develop their leadership skills in preparation for many different career paths,” said Chris Spradlin, Edison State provost.

To enter the Wright State program, Edison State students must first complete an associate of arts or associate of science degree. Students can also qualify for the program by completing 60 or more semester credit hours, earning a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher and completing Ohio Transfer Module Math, according to Wright State.

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The two colleges will host an informational meeting on the degree at 5:30 p.m. on April 30.

“This new agreement with Edison State Community College is an innovative approach that meets the needs of more students while providing them with an excellent education from our outstanding organizational leadership faculty,” said Wright State provost Tom Sudkamp.


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Champaign County standoff: Deputy injured, Dallas Road blocked as U.S. 68

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 7:25 PM

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UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

A Champaign County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to a local hospital after he was injured this evening in an incident that sparked a standoff.

There were more than 20 cruisers and fire vehicles at the scene in the 100 block of East Dallas Road, which was blocked at U.S. 68.

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Deputies were using a bullhorn to try to get a suspect to come outside he had barricaded himself inside.

We are working to find out what led to the incident.


A deputy is reportedly injured after an incident that led to a standoff in Champaign County.

The police activity is centered in the 100 block of East Dallas Road.

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U.S. 68 is closed at East Dallas Road.

A passerby said the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local fire departments are on scene.

We have a crew on the way and will update this developing story.

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Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; 3 victims identified

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 3:33 PM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; and Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who was wounded inside the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center. A 21-year-old woman from Gallatin was also killed, but her identity has not been released. family. 

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Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Police: Florida Commissioner Allegedly Fed, Housed Couple in Exchange for Sex

A Florida county commissioner was arrested Thursday on multiple prostitution-related charges after authorities said he housed and fed a couple in exchange for having sex with the man’s wife twice a week, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with one count of operating a location for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution and two counts of purchasing services from a person engaged in prostitution, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The charges are second-degree misdemeanors for a first offense, and each has a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail. Nicholson posted $3,000 bail, records show.

Florida law allows Gov. Rick Scott to suspend an elected official through an executive order, the Times reported.

"Governor Scott expects all elected officials to behave ethically and responsibility. Our office is aware of this and reviewing the details,’’ spokesman McKinley Lewis told the Times.

The charges followed an alleged domestic dispute in February between Kendel Surette, 33, and Valerie Surette, 30, who were living at Nicholson’s home in Spring Hill. Kendel Surette told deputies that Nicholson had housed and fed the couple for six months; in exchange, Surette said, Nicholson had sex with his wife on Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to court records. Nicholson paid the Surettes $100 every Tuesday and $200 every Saturday, the Times reported.

Kendel Surette also told deputies that Nicholson allowed his wife to have sex with other clients on a mattress in the commissioner’s garage or in a car in the driveway, the Times reported.

Nicholson said in February that he met Valerie Surette at Icon Gentlemen’s Club, where she was a stripper. He denied having sex with the woman.

“She keeps me company,’’ he told the Times. “I’m just a nice guy, so they just took advantage of me.’’

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Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Waffle House Shooting: ‘Hero’ Disarmed Shooter and Tossed Rifle Over Counter

One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported.

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Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, the newspaper reported.

The restaurant on Bell Road in Antioch was crowded when Shaw and his friends arrived at 2:30 a.m., so they decided to go to the one on Murfreesboro Pike, which was two miles away, the Tennessean reported.

They arrived at the second Waffle House at 3:20 a.m., shortly before the shooting began.

According to his Facebook page, Shaw is a wire technician for AT&T.  At a news conference Sunday afternoon, he said that he was born and raised in Nashville and has a 4-year-old daughter.

He’s a vegan and studied online to be an electrician technician at Brightwood College. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University and attended Hunters Lane Comp High School In Nashville. 

“I think I’m a pretty cool guy,” he told reporters.

Shaw began receiving messages on social media, lauding him for his quick action.

“You are my hero!” Jackie Thames posted on Facebook. “You are so brave and your daughter has just another reason to be proud! Thank you for saving lives sir! The world is a better place with you in it ♡”

“Thank you for your act of bravery,” Kelly Tate posted. “You are an angel to those whose lives you saved. God bless you!”

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