WEEC NEWS – FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014


We have big news out of Columbus: Ohio State University has fired their marching band director.

I’m Ruth Book reporting on this and more for our WEEC News!

Jonathan Waters was fired yesterday after a two-month investigation revealed a culture of sexual harassment and hazing within the marching band. The investigation concluded that Waters was aware or should have known about the culture but failed to eliminate or address it, according to the report done by the University. OSU President Michael Drake said in a statement that was posted online: “Nothing is more important than the safety of our students.” Drake continued, “We expect every member of our community to live up to a common standard of decency and mutual respect and to adhere to university policies.” Drake started at OSU as president three weeks ago and has said that former Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery will lead an independent task force to review the matter. Ohio State’s home opener is September 6th against Virginia Tech. A new interim band director will be named.

Troy Clarke, Navistar’s CEO and President visited the Springfield facility yesterday and talked to employees about the status of the company. Navistar is one of Clark County’s largest employers with more than 1,100 workers and thousands of retirees in the area. The truck maker has become more financially stable in the past year and those results are expected to continue, Clarke said in a Springfield News Sun article. Clarke took over as CEO at Navistar in 2013 after a long career at General Motors. Navistar was under pressure because EPA had rejected its engine technology, saying it didn’t meet emissions standards. The Navistar company lost market share as a result and has slowly worked to rebuild its image and profitability. To stabilize its business, it slashed costs, closed a facility in Texas and moved the work to Springfield, as well as eliminated hundreds of corporate jobs. Earlier this year Navistar moved production of its MaxxForce mid-range engines to a single site in Melrose Park, IL. Navistar in Springfield had seen its workforce slashed to around 300 in 2010 but last year had increased to 980 union employees. Jason Barlow, president of the UAW Local 402 said that most employees are more optimistic at the direction the company is taking. Navistar is currently in negotiations with members of the UAW Local 402 in Springfield and begins talks with the union at the national level later this year.

There was a high-speed, two-part chase in Trotwood that ended with one fatality and two injuries. That chase began Thursday afternoon when a police task force attempted to talk to a man wanted in connection with a drug investigation. The chase reached speeds of nearly 100 mph hour between 2 and 3pm. Identities have not been released at this point.

Springfield police are investigating whether a man was driving drunk this morning when he caused a series of crashes around 6:30am. The suspect almost hit a man, did a donut in the middle of the road, then spun around and crashed into a fence. Then he went across the road and hit the Central Fire Protection Company building, then struck a power pole. After that he was hit by another pickup truck. The suspect fled his Dodge Durango and police found him hiding behind a house.

This morning was a busy one for accidents and fire incidents. A car was destroyed this morning around 5:30am by fire in Trotwood. Officials said the incident is suspicious. They said it was the second time this week firefighters found an incendiary device under the hood of a vehicle.

Interstate 75 southbound ended up closed for a time around 6:30 this morning after a semi overturned near Sidney. No one was hurt in that crash that occurred when a driver lost control and hit a guardrail. The truck was hauling produce. A leak of about 100 gallons of diesel fuel resulted on the highway. EPA was called to the scene and determined the spill was not a hazard.

News sources report that firefighters from Springfield were on the scene of a large house fire in the 600 block of West High Street around 9am this morning. A column of large black smoke could be seen in downtown Springfield. Firefighters at the scene requested that the fire marshal’s office be called in, according to scanner traffic. The home appears to be vacant and is boarded up.

A 21 year old Fairborn man was killed last night around 11:45pm where Spangler Road turns into I-675 and goes over I-70. 21 year old Chay Demint hit a concrete wall, then got out of his truck and that is when another truck drove through and hit Demint. The driver of the second truck was taken to the hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening. The highway was shut down for about five hours.

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was at Sinclair Community College Thursday and said that Sinclair is leading the way in Ohio in helping military veterans get the education they need to get jobs. She stated, “Sinclair is doing a lot of the things that we’d like to see going on in all of our public universities and colleges across the state of Ohio.” In June of this year, Gov Kasich signed legislation outlining several initiatives to help get veterans back to work. That included converting military training and experience into college credits, assigning counselors who could help with the transition to campus life, academic and career counseling and providing priority course registration at Ohio’s public institutions. Sinclair Community College has its own Veteran’s Services Office, which has trained faculty and staff to help veterans transition to campus life, and offers career and resume’ building workshops for veterans, serving 700 veterans over the last academic year. Recent figures showed that Sinclair has the highest veteran enrollment of any university or college in Ohio, according to Sinclair Community College President Steven Johnson. In the Dayton Daily News article, Lt. Governor Taylor said she hopes Sinclair will serve as a template for other schools across the state.

The Clark County Fair continues through tonight! Yesterday, 17 year old Chase Green won the Showman of Showmen competition! This competition includes all show winners of specific species and each competitor must perform tasks, decided by the judges, with an animal from each species. Green will be a senior at Greenon High School and has been a part of the fair for nine years. He hopes to attend The Ohio State University and study agriculture. Today is “Free Till Three” day and everyone can enter the fair for free until 3pm. From 3:00 on, general admission is $6, with children 5 and under free. Parking is $3.00. Tonight is the last day of the Clark County Fair, but a couple of the fair-goers favorites are tonight with the Kiddie Pig Chase at 6pm at the Grandstand and at 7pm…it’s the Pig and Calf Scrambles. In the Big Tent at 7:30 you can be entertained with a Jimmy Buffet Tribute by the Buffetman.

The Ohio State Fair continues in Columbus! Governor John Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels announced the winners of the 2014 “Agriculture is Cool” visual arts contest. 11 year old Brandon Barr of Xenia won for Best in Show! Also in our listening area, 10 year old Jessie Abke of Shelby County and 11 year old Matthew Harris of Powell won awards.

Strong Tower Christian Media including radio stations WEEC and WFCJ will be at the Greene County Fair in Xenia which begins on Sunday and continues through next week. Caroline Mason will be there on Sunday from Noon-3 and I’ll be at our tent to greet you from 3:00 Sunday afternoon through 9pm that night! I’m looking forward to getting to see you!!

We’ll see some clouds tonight with lows dropping to 62. It will be a warm day on Saturday, highs around 87 with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. The possibility of precipitation goes up to 60 percent Saturday night and 70 percent on Sunday. Temperatures will peak at 82 Sunday.