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T EC ION E s, rt A E SP CIA L L PU L-O S UT ... tc www.oakwoodregister.com January 8, 2014 Vol. 23, No. 1 Officers catch suspect by tracking footprints Early last Thursday morning an alert citizen called 911 to report a suspicious person around a vehicle on Spirea Drive. Oakwood safety officers responded quickly and observed a white male subject running from the area. Officers, aided by the recent snowfall, were able to track the individual and eventually apprehend him. The suspect was identified as twenty-eight year old Adam Gafford of Dayton. Gafford is well known to the Safety Department from previous arrests in the city. The department took a total of eleven reports from residents, whose cars or back porches were entered by the suspect. Stolen property recovered from the suspect totaled $5,140 dollars. "The concerning issues that the Safety Department faces time and again is complacency. Residents simply must remove valuables from their vehicles and lock their doors." said Major Randy Baldridge. "Leaving valuables in your car, including loose change, GPS units, cell phones, brief cases, purses, etc… just entices criminals to come here to commit thefts. Criminals who hit the jackpot big will talk with other criminals in jail and on the streets; inevitably this will lead to more undesirable individuals coming here to commit criminal offenses." While most of these individuals go to great lengths to avoid detection, if confronted by anyone, they can be dangerous. Many criminals steal to support substance abuse habits and can exhibit unpredictable behaviors. Adam Gafford Residents are reminded to remove all valuables from vehicles, lock all their doors and park in illuminated areas. If you observe any suspicious activity, immediately call 911 and report it. Peace Museum discusses book on immigration Nancy Brown Diggs, Oakwood resident, is always amazed at how willing people are to tell their stories. An author and co-author of seven books, Diggs was particularly surprised by the forthrightness of those she interviewed for her book, Hidden in the Heartland: The New Wave of Immigrants and the Challenge to America. Dr. Diggs will discuss the challenge of immigration to the U.S. heartland on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the Dayton International Peace Museum, reading excerpts, giving updates on the situation and participating in a discussion with John Pawelski, a former police officer who has had extensive experience with immigrants. John Pawelski is the founder of the Nancy Brown Diggs Latino Connection and grew up in Mexico as the son of missionary parents. Hidden in the Heartland makes a passionate case for confronting the immigration issue as it threatens the unity of our country. Diggs and Pawelski will describe some of the human stories behind the cold statistics and reveal that what was once a border problem now extends throughout the country. This program is in conjunction with the Peace Museum's current exhibition "Immigration: Our Shared Dream." which examines the critical role immigrants played in Dayton's early development as an industrial center, as well as stories from recent immigrants to Dayton. The Dayton International Peace Museum is located at 208 W. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. Free parking. Call 227-3223 or email info@daytonpeacemuseum.org for further information. Frigid cold greets first 2014 City Council meeting By Dolores W. Wagner Below zero temps greeted Oakwood City Council's first meeting of 2014 which began with the swearing in of re-elected council members, Ann Hilton and Rob Stevens by City Manager Norbert Klopsch. Both Stevens and Hilton ran unopposed in Oakwood's November elections. This was followed by the nomination and approval by council of Bill Duncan and Steve Byington as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, of the city. Also sworn in was Jason Tipton, Oakwood's new public safety officer. Council Committee assignments were announced as follows: Planning Commission, Harrison Gowdy; Board of Zoning Appeals, Kip Bohachek; Personnel Appeals Board, Lawrence Leese; Budget Review Committee, Charles Campbell & Vince Lewis (Precinct A); Howard Boose (B); Frederick Dudding (B); Jaci Hollmeyer (C); Brian Huelsman (C); Rob Connelly (G); Jim Broz (E); and Susan Elliot (F). Environmental Committee, John Rasmussen & Jane Rininger; Property Maintenance Board, Kathy Luckett; Tax, Water and Sewer Appeals Board, Robert Coughlin; and ADA Compliance Committee, Harvey Pierce. Several openings are still unfilled. See Meeting on page 2 u Officer Tipton takes oath Officer Jason Tipton being sworn in by Mayor William Duncan at Monday night's city council meeting as Chief Alexander Bebris looks on. Officer Tipton became Oakwood's newest Public Safety Officer. Officer Tipton was previously with the Dayton Police Department and has extensive investigative and patrol experience. He was assigned as a detective on the west side of Dayton before coming to Oakwood as a lateral entry applicant in the most recent hiring process. Officer Tipton was highly regarded by his peers in the Dayton Police Department. He has two daughters and resides in Dayton. Tipton will attend the Ohio Fire Academy beginning in February where he will obtain his certification as a Level 2 firefighter and emergency medical technician. Hours: Tues-Fri 10-6 Sat 10-4

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