Greene County: 5 stories that gripped your attention in 2016

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Wright State University announced Tuesday they will not host the September presidential debate.

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Editor’s note: Another year means another list of our top stories that’ve captured your attention in the last 12 months. Here’s a look back at some of our most read stories that happened in Greene County.

1. Hofstra University offers debate spots for WSU students

As security concerns escalated and costs continued to rise, Wright State University withdrew from hosting the first presidential debate. As a consolation, Hofstra University, which took over the hosting duties, offered for 15 Wright State students to attend the debate at their campus in Hempstead, N.Y.

2. $11M 'superstreet' proposed for US 35

In an effort to improve safety and ease congestion along U.S. 35, and following years of rejection for funding from the ODOT Transportation Advisory Council, the state is working on a cheaper, less extensive alternative plan to redesign the state highway between Orchard Lane and Factory Road.

Greene County commissioners will discuss ODOT’s proposed changes to U.S. 35 that would remove the traffic signals from the Factory Rd and Orchard Lane intersections at a work session on Friday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Greene County commissioners will discuss ODOT’s proposed changes to U.S. 35 that would remove the traffic signals from the Factory Rd and Orchard Lane intersections at a work session on Friday. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

3. Family held at gunpoint after WPAFB museum trip files lawsuit

A Columbus family filed a federal lawsuit against Wright Patterson Air Force Base security officers after the family was detained at gunpoint on their way out of the museum's parking lot on the belief that they were riding in a stolen vehicle.

The fourth hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A family has filed a lawsuit against Wright-Patterson Air Force base security officers after they were handcuffed and held at gunpoint following a trip to the museum in April 2014. Old cutline: TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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The fourth hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. A family has filed a lawsuit against Wright-Patterson Air Force base security officers after they were handcuffed and held at gunpoint following a trip to the museum in April 2014. Old cutline: TY GREENLEES / STAFF

4. Accused Wright-Patt gate runner appears in court

Edward J. Novak, the Beavercreek man accused of trespassing on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in November 2015, pleaded not guilty to charges including trespassing, assault, making false alarms and disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle under the influence, inducing panic, failure to comply with a lawful order, and fleeing and eluding a police officer in U.S. District Court.

Edward J. Novak CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF Edward J. Novak CHUCK HAMLIN /STAFF
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Edward J. Novak CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF Edward J. Novak CHUCK HAMLIN /STAFF

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Credit: Chuck Hamlin

5. WPAFB: No connection to Youtube video claiming UFO sighting

A viral video, later debunked, claimed to show an unidentified flying object that the narrator of the video implied was connected to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

YouTube video has users questioning object seen near WPAFB. Contributed photo from YouTube
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YouTube video has users questioning object seen near WPAFB. Contributed photo from YouTube

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