News events of 1997


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October 1997

10-5-1997 -- The Dayton Daily News publishes the first part in the series "Unnecessary Danger - Military Medicine" by Russell Carollo and Jeff Nesmith.
10-13-1997 -- The Ohio State Bar Association filed an ethics complaint against Greene County Domestic Relations Judge Judson L. Shattuck Jr., saying he violated the Code of Judicial Conduct when he dismissed a drug charge against Lloyd Dale Perry on July 7, 1994.
10-15-1997 -- NCR Corp. said it will cut 1,000 jobs worldwide by the end of 1998 as part of a reorganization to give more control to its five business units.
10-15-1997 -- The Cleveland Indians won the American League pennant, defeating the Baltimore Orioles in game six of the ALCS. The Tribe will face the Florida Marlins in the World Series.
10-16-1997 -- A military jet crashed near the intersection of I-675 and I-70 shortly after takeoff from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The pilot ejected safely and was credited with steering the jet towards an open field before ejecting. No one was injured.
10-20-1997 -- The 20th anniversary of the murder of Beth Ann Mote, an Oakwood schoolgirl who on Oct. 20, 1979 was kidnapped while walking to school.
10-23-1997 -- A gunman interrupted a Vandalia exercise class, grabbed his estranged wife and shot her repeatedly in front of about 30 witnesses, police said. Police identified the victim as Gina Melton Frazier, 41, of Troy, and the assailant as Jerry L. Frazier, 40. Gina Frazier died the following day.
10-26-1997 -- The Cleveland Indians lost the World Series to the Florida Marlins. The Marlins won the deciding Game 7 in the 11th inning.
10-27-1997 -- On Wall Street the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 554 points, a seven percent decline.
10-27-1997 -- Cincinnati Bengals rookie Tremain Mack was sentenced to a 30-day jail term after he pleaded no contest on a drunk driving charge.
10-28-1997 -- The stock market bounced back 337 points a day after its 554-point decline.
10-30-1997 -- Wright State University officials announced that WSU President Harley E. Flack was taking a leave of abasence to seek treatment for cancer.


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November 1997

11-1-1997 -- Jeffrey C. Bruce was named editor of the Dayton Daily News, succeeding Max Jennings when Jennings retires at the end of 1997. Bruce was executive editor of The Tribune in Arizona.
11-3-1997 -- Vincent Smith, son of former UD basketball player Donald Smith, was shot to death in an argument.
11-4-1997 -- Dayton Mayor Mike Turner was re-elected over challenger Tony Capizzi, who also lost his commission seat. Commissioner Abner Orick was defeated in his bid for re-election as newcomers Mary Wiseman and Lloyd Lewis Jr. won seats on the commission.
11-7-1997 -- The Clinton Administration said it will use military force against Iraq if necessary if Saddam Hussein continues to forbid U.S. representatives of a U.N. inspection team from entering the country.
11-9-1997 -- The Dayton Daily News begins publication of the 19-part series "The Gift" about DDN assistant sports editor Dwayne Bray's experience donating a kidney to his cousin.
11-10-1997 -- British au pair Louise Woodard was released from jail after the judge in the homicide case reduced her sentence to time served. The 19-year-old had been convicted of second-degree murder in the shaking death of an infant in her care.
11-11-1997 -- Prospective minor-league team owner Sherrie Myers announced she is dropping her effort to bring a team to Dayton and accused Major League Baseball officials of discriminating against her in favor of another ownership grouup led by former boxing promoter Rock Newman. Newman's group, Sports Spectrum, appeared to have won tentative backing from MLB and the Cincinnati Reds.
11-11-1997 -- Well-known DDN columnist Mickey Davis died of cancer.
11-12-1997 -- Ohio Secretary of State Bob Taft announced he is running for governor.
11-13-1997 -- Saddam Hussein expelled U.S. weapons inspectors from Iraq.
11-17-1997 -- Terrorists massacred 65 tourists in Egypt at the Hatshepsut Temple near Luxor.
11-18-1997 -- Chaminade-Julienne basketball sensation Tamika Williams announced she will play for the University of Connecticut next year.
11-19-1997 -- Iowa resident Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets. It was the second known set of septuplets to be born alive.
11-19-1997 -- Anthem Alliance for Health Inc. announced it would bring 200 jobs to Downtown Dayton .
11-19-1997 -- Iraq agreed to let U.N. inspectors return. The agreement came after a meeting between Iraqi officials and Russian foreign minister Yevgeny Primakov.
11-19-1997 -- Dayton received a dubious popular culture reference when a character played by Emma Thompson on the television program "Ellen," confesses that she is actually from Dayton, Ohio but that she lies about it because there is nothing chic about Dayton.
11-22-1997 -- U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at a ceremony marking the second anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords.
11-21-1997 -- Dayton Police Officer Ronald Horton was acquitted of resisting arrest charges stemming from a Sept. 2, 1996 altercation at his home.
11-24-1997 -- Roberds CEO Kenneth Fletcher, who co-founded the company in 1971, resigned unexpectedly.
11-29-1997 -- Valley View High School won the Division IV state football championship for the second year in a row.


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December 1997

12-1-1997 -- Three students were shot to death and several others were injured at a morning prayer meeting at a high school in West Paducah Kentucky when a 14-year-old boy drew a gun and began firing on his fellow students. The boy was later identified as Michael Carneal.

12-2-1997 -- Cityfolk co-founder Phyllis Brzozowska announced she will resign as executive director of the traditional and ethnic arts organization.
12-3-1997 -- Two Stebbins High School students were killed in a traffic accident. The two were identified as Joshua A. Parsons and Stephanie A. Crabtree.
12-3-1997 -- President Clinton was in Akron for a town meeting on race relations. The event was part of Clinton's "national conversation on race."
12-4-1997 -- Two people were killed and several others were injured in a shooting on Valley Street in Old North Dayton. Circumstances of the shooting were unclear initially, but police later characterized the incident as a robbery attempt.
12-4-1997 -- Lazarus announced it will close its Salem Mall store after the Christmas shopping season. Lazarus will be the second of the mall's three anchor stores to close.
12-4-1997 -- The NBA basketball player Latrell Sprewell was suspended for a year for physically attacking his coach, P.J. Carlesimo. The penalty, the longest suspension in league history, comes after Sprewell was fired by the Golden State Warriers, which terminated the remaining three years of his four-year, $32-million contract.
12-5-1997 -- Two plainclothes Cincinnati police officers were fatally shot while serving a warrant. Officers Daniel Pope, 35, and ronald Jeter, 34, were both found shot in the head.
12-9-1997 -- GM announced it will expand the Moraine truck assembly plant to build a new generation of sport utility vehicles.
12-10-1997 -- Trotwood and Hara Arena announced a deal to build a minor league baseball stadium adjacent to Hara.
12-12-1997 -- Chevie Kehoe, a suspect in the 1997 Wilmington shootout case, was indicted by a federal grand jury was indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts including racketeering, conspiracy and murder. The indictment said Kehoe and Daniel Lewis Lee sought to start a revolution in the United States and estabish a separate nation, the Aryan People's Republic.
12-12-1997 -- Bryan Keith Singleton, 19, was sentenced to life in prison for the aggravated murder of Margaret "Peggy" Chain, a Sunoco Mini Mart employee who was shot to death in a 4-3-1997 robbery. Singleton will not be eligible for parole until he is 79 years old.
12-13-1997 -- UD defeated WSU 94-63 in the last "Gem City Jam."
12-14-1997 -- A 16-year-old girl, who had just left rehearsals at the Muse Machine theatre group, was abducted downtown and raped.
12-17-1997 -- President Clinton announced that U.S. troops will remain in Bosnia after the June 1998 deadline he had previously announced.
12-18-1997 -- Comic actor Chris Farley was found dead in his Chicago apartment.
12-18-1997 -- The Montgomery County prosecutor's office dismissed charges against Jenny Wilcox and Robert Dale Aldridge. The two had served 11 years in prison for allegedly mollesting several Huber Heights children, but were released from prison after several of the children, now adults, recanted.
12-18-1997 -- Jason Collier, a Catholic Central graduate and Ohio's 1996 Mr. Basketball, announced he is leaving Indiana University. Collier cited the behavior of Coach Bobby Knight for his decision to leave.
12-19-1997 -- NRC Corp departed from its long manufacturing history by signing a $100 million deal to shift manufacturing of its cash registers and computers to a California company, Solectron Corp.
12-21-1997 -- An elderly East Dayton couple, Delmer Unum, 77, and Helen Unum, 70, were found shot to death in their home at 3909 Kittyhawk Drive. Authorities later arrested the couple's grandson, Dion Sanders, 22.
12-22-1997 -- President Clinton visted U.S. Troops in Bosnia. Former Senator Bob Dole, who lost to Clinton in the 1996 election, accompanied the president and Mrs. Clinton on the tour.
12-23-1997 -- Terry Nichols was found guilty of manslaughter and conspiracy in the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing which killed 168 people.
12-24-1997 -- A third child was found dead at 633 Homewood Ave. Two other children died at the house in November, apparently of natural causes. Officials called the third death suspicious.
12-29-1997 -- Former UD basketball star Roosevelt Chapman was suspended from his coaching job at Belmont High School after several unexplained absences from practices and games. Chapman was later hospitalized for depression.
12-29-1997 -- In Terre Haute, Indiana, a former intensive care nurse was arrested on murder charges. Orville Lynn Majors was on duty during dozens of unexplained deaths in 1994 and early 1995.
12-30-1997 -- An apparent drug-related shooting on Gard Avenue marked Dayton's 35th and final homicide of 1997. It was the city's lowest annual homicide count in a decade.
12-31-1997 -- Michael Kennedy, son the late Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident in Aspen, Colorado.


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