WEEC NEWS – FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014


There was a plane crash yesterday afternoon at Dayton International Airport. Officials said 73 year old James D. Bryson of Troy took off from Benton Harbor, Michigan. He stopped in Piqua then ended up skidding to a stop with a belly slide at the Dayton airport.

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

According to the Dayton Daily News report, the pilot was the only person on board the Cessna 210. The airplane is registered to Bryson Air Incorporated of Casstown. The pilot was able to walk away from the crash.

Trotwood Madison High School was briefly locked down Thursday morning after a fight involving 23 students. Trotwood police responded to the school around 10:20am on the report of a large fight. All 23 students were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. In addition to the criminal charges, all 23 students were suspended for violation of the student conduct manual.

The Darke County Sheriff’s office confirms that a 91 year old female passenger who was hurt in a car crash Wednesday died Thursday morning at Miami Valley Hospital. Olive Custer was riding in a car with 67 year old Michael Custer, heading north on Arcanum Bears Mill Road when Custer failed to stop at the intersection of Ohio 571. A vehicle heading west on Ohio 571 then slammed into Custer’s car, injuring three. The two others injured did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

There was a two car crash Thursday afternoon in Trotwood which sent one person to the hospital with serious injuries. That accident occurred around 3:09pm in the 2800 block of Shiloh Springs Road. The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

Huber Heights Police say that after an investigation that the evidence indicates a shooting overnight Wednesday was an accident. 70 year old Mae Worthy was shot in the head when her husband , James, accidently fired the weapon while handling it in the bedroom with the bullet travelling through the door frame of the bedroom and striking Mae in the head while she was sitting on the couch. The Worthys have been married for 50 years. Mae Worthy is in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital. Mrs. Worthy is the grandmother of NFL player, Jerel Worthy, a defensive end for the Green Bay Packers. Jerel played football at Wayne High School, as well as Michigan State University. Wayne football coach and athletics director Jay Minton said Mae would cook breakfast for the football team at times and was like a mother for a lot of the players.

32 year old Mark Gershon died Wednesday night in Englewood after being stabbed multiple times with a sword. The case is now officially a homicide with officers arresting one of Gershon’s roommates, John Cochran. The incident apparently began as a domestic situation according to Englewood police who were called around 5pm. A third roommate was taken to the hospital for defensive wounds on his hands and he has since been released. Sgt. Mike Lang said the homicide is the city’s first in seven years.

A semi crash in Dayton knocked down power lines at Paragon and Social Row roads, leaving the transformer on top of the truck’s trailer. No one was hurt in that accident around 1pm Thursday. Earlier in the day, a cement truck snapped a pole in the 4900 block of Medlar Road in Miamisburg. Although the driver wasn’t hurt in that crash, he had to wait to get out of the truck until DP&L was able to ensure his safety.

The westbound lanes of U.S. 35 ended up being closed near Beavercreek Township after a crash that involved two semis and a pickup truck around 10:30am. The road was able to reopen at Noon. The semi driver said he tried to stop for a traffic light, but couldn’t.

More than 2.9 million Ohioans struggle with a mental health disorder. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, work is underway to educate the public about mental health issues and reduce the stigmas associated with them. Katie Dillon with the National Alliance on Mental Illness says discrimination is a major barrier to those who seek treatment. This summer, the Ohio National Alliance on Mental Illness will launch a mobile bus campaign and representatives will travel to over 100 communities around the state to educate the public about mental illness and build support for the almost 3 million Ohioans who experience mental health disorders. Dillon says mental illness can affect anyone at any age, and regardless of race, economic status or education. She encourages people to watch for signs of concern in those they care about, as well as themselves. The mobile unit will visit Troy on its bus tour Monday, June 2nd from Noon – 1pm. The mobile will be parked outside 224 S. Market Street.

In news out of Wilmington, fourteen people are being charged with a fraternity hazing incident at Wilmington College last fall. The Wilmington News Journal reports that each of the fourteen who range in age from 36 to 20, will be charged with one count of misdemeanor hazing. One person is facing an additional charge of misdemeanor assault. The October 31st incident involving the Gamma Phi Gamma fraternity brought the college into the national spotlight. The fraternity was placed on temporary suspension following the incident, but later administration officials decided the college would no longer recognize the fraternity, but college President Jim Reynolds later changed the ban to one that will continue at least until the 2019-20 school year.

The current overall unemployment rate for Ohio veterans from the War on Terror is about 5.7 percent, but for post-September 11th veterans, it is 11.8 percent, according to Len Proper, executive director of Military Veterans Resource Center. The center’s Springfield branch, located at 1920 Kenton Street, held a free workshop yesterday to teach veterans the skills they need to help them get a job or go back to school. Veterans coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan often face obstacles while searching for jobs. He said they may use too much military jargon, have physical and mental health issues, or lack transportation or appropriate clothing for interviews. Nearly 10 percent of Clark County’s population is veterans. Proper also shared that many vets don’t know how to explain how their skills can benefit a civilian employer. The resource center not only helps veterans get ready for job applications and interviews, but can also provide a gas card or clothing for an interview, as well as helping with haircuts and shaves. The center can also assist with education costs to help a veteran gain a specific skill to get a job. The Military Veterans Resource Center was started in 2000 and is funded by donations.

It’s Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? We have a great weather forecast for this weekend with sunny skies tomorrow and Sunday! Highs on Saturday will go up to 80 and on up to 85 for Sunday. Overnight lows tonight and Friday night will drop to 56 but Sunday night, those lows will be at 66. It looks like rain is in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.