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Springfield woman named as a top female leader in region

It was an unexpected honor for National Trail Parks and Recreation District executive director Leann Castillo. Castillo was named to the 2017 class of Top 25 Women to Watch for the Dayton and Miami Valley Region, an honor she hoped will draw more attention to the organization. The list is sponsored by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking program. “I’m very surprised...
Holocaust survivor shares story of horror of war at Air Force museum

Holocaust survivor shares story of horror of war at Air Force museum

Samuel Heider lost three sisters, three brothers, his mother and father, and an infant nephew in Nazi concentration camps. He was the only one in his family who survived. Heider, 92, of Dayton, spoke emotionally of his treacherous journey through the depths of the atrocities of Nazi run concentration camps over five years at a “Voices of the Holocaust” forum Wednesday at the National Museum...
Huber Heights step-father, son deploying overseas on same day

Huber Heights step-father, son deploying overseas on same day

A Huber Heights family with strong military ties will send two members in harm’s this week to contribute to the Global War on Terrorism. Ellie Carrsaid Wednesday her husband and son, both members of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, are preparing to deploy Saturday to Afghanistan and Iraq.  Ellie Carr’s husband 1st Sgt. Robert...
Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record

Lawmakers take on drug crisis as Clark County OD deaths hit record

State lawmakers introduced a plan Wednesday to combat the growing drug crisis in Ohio as a record number of Clark County residents died from overdoses last year. Sen. Bob Hackett, R-London, who represents Clark, Greene and Madison counties, is co-sponsoring the bill that would align Ohio law with guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control. “You have seen the number of Narcan...
Counties may be able to raise driver’s license fees

Counties may be able to raise driver’s license fees

Counties will be allowed to bump up license plate fees by $5 without first seeking voter approval but the people will still have the power to block those fees through referenda. The fight over the $5 fee increase was one sticking point ironed out between the House and Senate in the two-year state transportation budget bill. Both chambers on Wednesday approved the compromise version and the bill now...
Suspected cocaine found on unauthorized aircraft at Ohio University airport

Suspected cocaine found on unauthorized aircraft at Ohio University airport

ALBANY, Ohio -- UPDATE @ 10:58 p.m.:  A “significant quantity of suspected cocaine” has been seized from the unauthorized aircraft that landed at Ohio University airport, OU Police Department officials said in a prepared statement. The suspected cocaine, concealed in the aircraft, was seized through a joint investigation by OUPD, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, agents...
Clark County man accused of letting horse out, nearly trampling kids

Clark County man accused of letting horse out, nearly trampling kids

A Clark County man faces a misdemeanor charge after authorities said he allowed his horse to run free in a neighborhood. Eric Frock, 50, was charged with animals running at large in Clark County Common Pleas Court on Monday. Authorities were called to Troy Road in German Twp. in October where they were told a horse was continually getting loose. German Twp. Police Officer Joshua Perry said the horse...
Choosing a tuck pointer to fix your masonry needs

Choosing a tuck pointer to fix your masonry needs

Do you own a home in which the brick and mortar is crumbling or just needs a facelift? If you’re not a DIYer, you may leave this job to a professional. Hiring a reputable tuck pointer or masonry contractor can be challenging. To ensure your brick gets the care it needs, Better Business Bureau offers tips to find a reliable tuckpointer. So, what is a tuckpointing? It’s a term used to describe...
Ohio fixes law that let cars run red lights; only applies to bikes

Ohio fixes law that let cars run red lights; only applies to bikes

Have you heard about the new law that lets drivers run red lights if the traffic light isn’t working? Yeah, forget about that. Ohio lawmakers on Wednesday moved to pass a new bill to clarify that the run-the-redlight-if scenario only applies to bicyclists when they don’t trip the traffic light detectors embedded in the pavement. House Bill 9 sailed through the Ohio Senate on a unanimous...
Sen. Brown says he is ‘ready’ to work with Trump on some ACA changes

Sen. Brown says he is ‘ready’ to work with Trump on some ACA changes

Sen. Sherrod Brown and 43 other Senate Democrats told President Donald Trump they are “ready and willing” to work with the White House to stabilize the individual insurance markets established by the 2010 health law known as Obamacare. Just days after House Republicans gave up efforts to scrap the law signed by President Barack Obama and replace it with a more market-oriented approach...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

17-CV-0180 - Fifth Third Mortgage Company, Cincinnati, v. Lacey M. Coe aka Lacey M. Albert, Urbana and New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 1669 Lambers Dr., New Carlisle, for $65,856. 17-CV-0182 - Bank of America, N.A., v. Helen I. Murray, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 844 Cliffside Dr., New Carlisle, for $72,145. 17-CV-0183...
Springfield resident to make theatrical directorial debut

Springfield resident to make theatrical directorial debut

There’s an old showbiz saying about actors — what they really want to do is direct. Count Connie Strait in that category. The Springfield resident and longtime community theater actress will make her directorial debut this week with the Xenia Area Community Theater’s production of Oscar Wilde’s classic satire, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It opens at 6:30...
Youth groups to play Sanctuary Series

Youth groups to play Sanctuary Series

You shouldn’t touch live wires. Live Wire youth ensembles may touch you, though. The ensembles derived from the Springfield Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Symphony are in their 10th season and will display the skills of five different groups of student musicians during the next Sanctuary Series event. A woodwind trio, clarinet quartet, brass quintet, string quartet and percussion ensemble...
Local songwriter isn’t April Fooling around

Local songwriter isn’t April Fooling around

You could say up-and-coming singer/songwriter Ty is and isn’t fooling around with his new EP. He is with its title, “Fool,” but not with promoting it. He’s been in Indianapolis, Columbus and Cincinnati so far and Saturday, April 1, appropriately April Fool’s Day, the Southeastern High School graduate is returning to this area. Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs will...
StepCrew brings energy to familiar, varied dance forms

StepCrew brings energy to familiar, varied dance forms

Dancer and fiddler Jon Pilatzke feels it’s only fair to warn audiences ahead of time what they may experience following a StepCrew performance. “They may leave more tired than we are,” he said of the energetic, interactive dance and musical show. Bringing three unique dance forms — Irish Stepdancing, Ottawa Valley Stepdancing and Modern Tap — along with live Celtic music...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

Nathaniel D. Compston, 30, address unknown, violation of temporary protection order, dismissed - prosecutor request. Ashley N. Cromlish, 30, of 320 S. Western Ave., assault, guilty, 30 days jail with 25 days suspended, five days credit for time served. Stacy A. Draper, 44, of 1942 Primm Dr., Apt. D, theft, guilty, five days jail. Stephine M. Fulco, 21, of Arlington, Texas, theft, dismissed - prosecutor...
Two Springfield women indicted, accused of attacking woman with wrench

Two Springfield women indicted, accused of attacking woman with wrench

Two Springfield women have been indicted on charges of aggravated burglary after police said they beat up another woman with a wrench. Mercedes Palmer, 19, and Brittnie McConnaha, 22, allegedly broke into a home on South Limestone Street about 7:30 p.m. March 13 and hit another woman with a wrench, along with their fists. The victim had visible injuries to her face, hands and feet, police said, and...
Storm chaser killed Tuesday talked about job dangers

Storm chaser killed Tuesday talked about job dangers

Weather Channel Storm Chaser Kelley Gene Williamson said other people posed one of the biggest dangers in his line of work.  “The biggest danger out there is the other chasers and that grandma who’s trying to get her kids,” he said. “The tornado sirens are going off and she’s trying to get them to safety. You’ve got to watch out for everybody out there. The...
Opiate Crisis: Ohio lawmakers want to curb over-prescribing

Opiate Crisis: Ohio lawmakers want to curb over-prescribing

In the battle against the opioid addiction crisis gripping Ohio, state lawmakers are looking at cracking down on the over-prescribing powerful painkillers. Germantown resident Scott Weidle, whose son Daniel died of a drug overdose in December 2015, is pushing to replace Ohio’s opioid prescribing guidelines with those recommended by the federal Centers for Disease Control. Related: 2016 deadliest...
Troopers seize crystal meth worth over $200K during traffic stop

Troopers seize crystal meth worth over $200K during traffic stop

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized more than 14 pounds of crystal methamphetamine during a traffic stop early Wednesday.  Manuel Hernandez, a 20-year-old Chihuahua, Mexico resident, was taken into custody on drug and immigration charges Hernandez is expected to appear in federal court within the next couple of days Hernandez  has illegally been in the United States for two months ...
Mercury, Mars, and the Moon line up tonight

Mercury, Mars, and the Moon line up tonight

A special sight in the sky is expected this evening for residents of the Miami Valley.  With dry weather expected throughout Wednesday, it might be worth your time to get out and try to find some visible planets in the sky. Clouds should be broken enough to see the moon, Mercury and Mars line up.  The thin waxing crescent moon will be setting around 10 p.m., so head out right after sunset...
Clark County health ranking drops, experts point to OD crisis as cause

Clark County health ranking drops, experts point to OD crisis as cause

Clark County dropped lower in the County Health Rankings released today, which local health experts believe is tied to a rapid rise in drug overdoses and deaths. The county dropped six spots from last year to 73 out of 88 counties in the state, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Heroin and related drugs are killing Clark...
Quiet overnight, threat for storms returns late Thursday

Quiet overnight, threat for storms returns late Thursday

Clouds will increase overnight with temperatures dropping into the middle 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. There is a chance for a shower by morning, mainly north. Quiet and cool overnight Warm, increasing clouds Thursday Storms return Thursday night; some strong Thursday: A mix of sun and clouds is expected with breezy southerly winds. An isolated shower or storm is...
Are you ready for a disaster? Bethel Twp. wants to make sure

Are you ready for a disaster? Bethel Twp. wants to make sure

We all love being optimistic. Everyone wants to think that the things we are doing and planning will work out. Life will move on in a positive direction. But deep in our gut we know it won’t. In the real world there are potholes in the roads that we must avoid. Some day there will be rain that will go on too long, and there will be flooding that ruins homes and crops. And what if there is a...
Authorities identify 3 storm chasers killed in crash near Lubbock, Texas

Authorities identify 3 storm chasers killed in crash near Lubbock, Texas

UPDATE @ 10:51 p.m.: Authorities have identified the driver of the Suburban as Kelley Gene Williamson, 57, of Cassville, Mo., CBS Dallas, other Texas media and CNN are reporting. The Suburban's passenger was Randall Delane Yarnall, 55, also of Cassville.  The Jeep's driver has been identified as Corbin Lee Jaeger, 25, of Peoria, Ariz. According to authorities, Williamson was not wearing his seat...
Clark County voters can register online for May election

Clark County voters can register online for May election

There is less than a week to register to vote for the May election that includes two school bond issues and a city-wide income tax question. Clark County Board of Election’s Director Jason Baker said traditionally odd-year May elections don’t attract many voters, but turnout might spike due to some of the issues on this year’s ballot. “There are a couple bond issues for schools...
Mad River Twp. mining proposal concerns residents

Mad River Twp. mining proposal concerns residents

Hundreds of Enon and Mad River Twp. residents are concerned about how a mining permit modification could affect their water, property values and quality of life. Mining company leaders say they understand the neighbors’ concerns and follow all state regulations. Enon Sand and Gravel applied in November 2016 to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Mineral Resources Management...
South Charleston man accused of punching police officer after fight

South Charleston man accused of punching police officer after fight

A South Charleston man has been accused of punching a Springfield officer who broke up a large fight Monday evening. Trey Michael Smith, 18, of South Charleston, appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday on assault on a peace officer, resisting arrest and obstructing official business charges. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $2,500. Officers were called to the 1700 block of...
How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

Not even 100 days into his presidency, President Donald Trump Tuesday announced an executive order that would have sweeping impact on his predecessor’s efforts to curb climate change – a move that business and the energy industry cheers and that environmentalists lament. With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, Trump issued an order that will begin to bring to a halt the Clean Power Plan,...
Air Force Marathon sign up cost going up

Air Force Marathon sign up cost going up

Running in the Air Force Marathon will get a little more expensive soon if you haven’t signed up for one of the series of races. Registration fees will rise $10 for the full- and half-marathon and the 10K races on Tuesday, April 4, organizers say. Today, registration costs for the full marathon are $95; half-marathon, $85; and 10K, $4. The races will launch Sept. 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force...
WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, school needs a ‘Dr. No’

WSU interim leader: Golf team could go, school needs a ‘Dr. No’

Most of Wright State University’s financial wounds were self-inflicted, interim president Curtis McCray told the Dayton Daily News in his first interview as the college’s temporary leader. WSU needed a “Dr. No,” or someone who could turn down financial requests that led to the university overspending, McCray said. McCray has served as a president at four other universities...
Court date pushed back for West Liberty school shooting suspect

Court date pushed back for West Liberty school shooting suspect

A competency hearing for the 17-year-old suspect in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting has been pushed back. Ely Serna was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning but that hearing has been moved to April 7, the Champaign County Juvenile Court said in a statement. The new date was set at the agreement of counsel, Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said, to allow for more hearing...
BGSU professor caught with sexually explicit material on work computer

BGSU professor caught with sexually explicit material on work computer

An investigation by the Ohio Inspector General and Bowling Green State University Police found that a BGSU professor disseminated “erotic literature” from university equipment. Alan Atalah, associate dean in the BGSU college of technology, provided a USB drive with research on it to the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to a release from the inspector general. Along with the...
Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports

Ohio may redact kids’ names from school bus crash reports

In what could be a major shift in Ohio’s public records law, the names of children involved in hundreds of school bus accidents across the state each year would be withheld from disclosure on police reports. Republican State Reps. Jeff Rezabek of Clayton and Peter Hambly of Brunswick are co-sponsoring a bill to exempt from public disclosure information on minors who are passengers in school...
Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Deadly home fires spark fight over regulations

Fire officials across Ohio are backing a proposal by Gov. John Kasich to abolish the industry-controlled agency that regulates manufactured homes, saying the commission does too little to protect manufactured home residents from deadly fires. The Ohio Fire Chief’s Association last week sent a letter to Ohio lawmakers expressing support for a provision in the state budget that would do away with...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

Richard L. Arnold II, 33, of 1115 Clifton Ave., Apt. #1S, aggravated burglary, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $2,500; assault, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $2,500. Boston R. Beavers, 30, of 1637 Overlook, theft, innocent, continued. Sabrina Marie Brown, 21, of 724 E. Madison Ave., domestic violence, innocent, continued, released on own recognizance bond...
Holocaust survivors to speak at Air Force museum

Holocaust survivors to speak at Air Force museum

Two survivors of the Holocaust were set to speak Wednesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force about their survival and overcoming adversity. “Voices of the Holocaust,” with survivors Ira Segalwitz and Renate Frydman, is set for 10 a.m. in the museum. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Nazi-ruled Germany killed millions of Jews and others in concentration camps during...
Suspicious package found at the White House

Suspicious package found at the White House

A man was taken into custody near Pennsylvania Avenue, his suspicious package is still being investigated according to the US Secret Service. The Secret Service cleared the White House just before noon and lifted all lockdowns.  The White House press briefing room has been placed on lockdown after the discovery of a suspicious package according to multiple eye witness and media reports. ...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

17-CV-0173 - The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, v. John E. Fisher, 1805 S. Sweetbriar Lane, et al., complaint in foreclosure for $76,414. 17-CV-0175 - Wells Fargo Bank, NA, v. Irene A. Bryan, 2362 N. Limestone St., Apt. 102, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 1752 Center Blvd., for $59,461. 17-CV-0176 - U.S. Foods, Inc., v. Hungry Dog Hospitality, LLC, dba The Wot-A-Dog...
Unemployment rates fall in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates fall in Clark, Champaign counties

Unemployment rates fell in both Clark and Champaign counties last month and Ohio employers added slightly more than 15,000 jobs last month, according to state data released Tuesday morning. In Clark County, the unemployment rate dipped to 5.6 percent, down slightly from 5.9 percent the previous month. The unemployment rate in Clark County was also slightly lower compared to the same month last year...
Pension cuts looming for Ohio teachers and retirees

Pension cuts looming for Ohio teachers and retirees

The financial strength of the State Teachers Retirement System — the second largest pension fund in the state — is being questioned after actuaries told trustees to make big changes. Now, teachers and retirees may face benefit cuts. STRS Ohio’s expected annual investment return — 7.75 percent — is too rosy, retired teachers are living longer than expected and payroll...
Logan County gets new $262K emergency radios to improve safety

Logan County gets new $262K emergency radios to improve safety

Many Logan County first responders will get new emergency radios after years of spotty reception that left officers unable to communicate with dispatchers at times. The county received a $262,000 grant for new radios from the Ohio Development Services Agency. More than 100 radios will be purchased with the grant and will be distributed to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Bellefontaine Police...
Cool tonight with some fog possible

Cool tonight with some fog possible

Clouds will linger across the area with a few breaks possible. Temperatures will hold in the lower to middle 50s. Clouds linger, areas of fog possible late tonight Temperatures near average midweek Rain, chance for storms return Thursday RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts   TONIGHT: While some breaks in the clouds will be possible, any breaks will only help promote developing...
Unusual ‘meso-low’ system moves through Miami Valley Monday

Unusual ‘meso-low’ system moves through Miami Valley Monday

If you look closely at this radar, you can see what appears to be a circulation - almost like a mini-hurricane showing up on radar moving across southeastern Indiana.  You can almost see what appears to be an eye form briefly. While this is not a hurricane or anything close, it sometimes can increase the threat for severe storms. RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  The term meso-low...
OSP: Motorists need to watch out for motorcycles

OSP: Motorists need to watch out for motorcycles

The warmer weather has more motorcyclists out on the roadways, and for new or experienced riders, both bikers and drivers need to be aware of everyone on the road with them. “I ended up buying one and I’m really happy I did. It’s been a blast,” said Charlie Colucci, who works for a motorcycle dealership and has been a biker for a little over a year. He said he’s been...
'Bathroom bill': North Carolina lawmakers announce deal on HB2 standoff

'Bathroom bill': North Carolina lawmakers announce deal on HB2 standoff

North Carolina leaders reached an agreement Wednesday on the repeal of House Bill 2, popularly known as the "bathroom bill," lawmakers said. Sources told WSOC-TV earlier in the day that Gov. Roy Cooper reached a deal with Republican leadership to repeal HB2. "I support the House Bill 2 repeal compromise that will be introduced tomorrow,” Cooper said in a statement sent...
George Clooney talks about helping Amal with her pregnancy, potential names

George Clooney talks about helping Amal with her pregnancy, potential names

George Clooney made the rounds at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday to promote his upcoming movie, “Suburbicon.” A lot of red carpet chatter led him to use that time to share some details about his wife, lawyer Amal Clooney’s, pregnancy. She is reportedly expecting twins. Clooney joked with Entertainment Tonight about the two names he has picked out for his kids...
Top returning GWOC softball hitters

Top returning GWOC softball hitters

The top returning Greater Western Ohio Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Emily Kepple, jr., Miamisburg: 41 of 71 (.577); 12 runs, 26 RBI’s, 4 SB. 2. Sophie Weber, so., Springboro: 45 of 84 (.536); 27 runs, 35 RBI’s, 9 SB. 3. Alexis Gordon, sr., Piqua: 44 of 84 (.543); 46 runs, 16 RBI’s, 24 SB. 4. Madison Mills, sr., West Carrollton: 31...
Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans in Northern Ireland

Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans in Northern Ireland

A Coca-Cola factory in Northern Ireland halted production last week after human waste was discovered in its soda cans, The Guardian reported.  Now police are investigating how this could have happened at the Hellenic Bottling Company.  The company said none of the contaminated products made it onto store shelves and they impounded the contaminated cans, according to The...

H.S. Results for 3/29: Connaughton passes milestone in Badin win

Noah Connaughton achieved his 100th victory in Badin’s 3-2 win against Northwest in boys tennis on Wednesday. Connaughton won his first singles match by scores of 6-0 and 6-1 to reach the career milestone. Seth Papania and Dominic Grime also had wins in helping Badin sweep the singles portion of the match. Boys Tennis Greenville 3, Tecumseh 2: Craig Manges and Branson Leigeber each had singles...
Top returning SWBL softball hitters

Top returning SWBL softball hitters

The top returning Southwestern Buckeye League high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Faith Hensley, jr., Monroe: 36 of 63 (.571); 40 runs, 54 RBI’s, 8 SB. 2. Olivia Kelly, jr., Franklin: 21 of 39 (.542); 11 runs, 16 RBI’s. 3. McKinlee Ruppert, so., Dixie: 45 of 84 (.536); 31 runs, 22 RBI’s, 5 SB. 4. Skylar Stiles, sr., Waynesville: 44 of 83 (.530); 21...
Ohio stepfather, son deploying overseas on same day

Ohio stepfather, son deploying overseas on same day

A Huber Heights family with strong military ties will send two members into a combat zone Ellie Carr said Wednesday her husband and son, both members of the Ohio Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, are preparing to deploy Saturday to Afghanistan and Iraq.  Ellie Carr’s husband, 1st Sgt. Robert Carr — expected to be promoted to the rank...
Ivanka Trump will take  official White House role as the assistant to the president

Ivanka Trump will take official White House role as the assistant to the president

After ethics questions were raised about the nature of her role in the White House, Ivanka Trump will officially become an employee of the federal government and will work as the “assistant to the president” for no pay. Last week, reports came out suggesting the first daughter would be getting a White House office, security clearance and government-issued phone as an informal...
Video captures terrifying Washington state home invasion robbery

Video captures terrifying Washington state home invasion robbery

The Sheriff's office in Snohomish County, Washington, is asking for the public's help to identify two men who robbed an Everett woman on Wednesday morning in her own home. According to police, the men broke into the home by kicking in the doors. Once inside, the two confronted the victim and ripped off her jewelry. Anyone with information is asked to call at 425-388-5258.
Top returning GCL Co-Ed North softball hitters

Top returning GCL Co-Ed North softball hitters

The top returning Greater Catholic League Co-Ed North Division high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Carly Fugett, so., CJ: 37 of 70 (.529); 27 runs, 25 RBI’s. 2. Caroline Nevius, sr., CJ: 30 of 72 (.417); 31 runs, 6 RBI’s. 3. Maria Mosconi, sr., Alter: 25 of 64 (.391); 22 runs, 17 RBI’s, 8 SB. 4. Khristina Dare, sr., Carroll: 23 of 59 (.390); 9 runs...
Here’s how to use Twitter's updated mute feature to prevent spoilers for your favorite shows

Here’s how to use Twitter's updated mute feature to prevent spoilers for your favorite shows

A new Twitter feature allows users to mute words, phrases and hashtags from view on timelines and in notifications, and it could mean a way out of having your favorite shows spoiled. USA Today reported that the social-media company announced the tool as a way to prevent abuse, but the ability to avoid show spoilers appears to come as an additional benefit. That initial feature only applied to...
Texas van crash  kills 12, including church members

Texas van crash kills 12, including church members

Twelve people were killed and three others were injured Wednesday when a pickup collided head-on with a van carrying 14 senior members of a New Braunfels, Texas, church on a two-lane highway north of Uvalde, authorities said. The crash happened 75 miles west of San Antonio, said Sgt. Conrad Hein of the Texas Department of Public Safety. It was unclear if the lone occupant of the pickup was among the...
Strong storms may threaten Miami Valley Thursday

Strong storms may threaten Miami Valley Thursday

A couple rounds of showers and storms Thursday will affect the Miami Valley, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. A powerful spring storm system moving through the Central Plains tonight is producing strong to severe storms in that region. The storms are expected to spread eastward into the Mississippi Valley tonight and move into the lower Ohio and Tennessee valleys on Thursday. The...
Teen shot multiple times in robbery dies; suspect in custody

Teen shot multiple times in robbery dies; suspect in custody

A 14-year-old Dayton boy targeted in an apparent attempted robbery Tuesday night was shot to death — allegedly by someone whose record consisted of one traffic citation, police reported. James Banks Jr. died Wednesday after being shot several times near his home on Wexford Place in Hilltop Apartments in Dayton. RELATED: Homicide suspect in teen’s death has ‘very minor’ criminal...
Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds 

Premature baby hippo Fiona packing on pounds, weighing in at 116 pounds 

Fiona, the baby hippo born six-weeks early at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens in January and 25 pounds underweight, is making great progress and gaining weight, tipping the scales at 116 pounds Wednesday morning. The zoo is preparing to gradually introduce 2-month-old Fiona to her parents as she gets a little bigger. She caught a glimpse of her parents in their outdoor habitat this week,...
Fatal police pursuit may not have followed new guidelines

Fatal police pursuit may not have followed new guidelines

Troy police’s pursuit of a driver who later killed an innocent third party on Monday appears to conflict with recommendations made by the Ohio attorney general’s advisory group late last year. Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a report in November to Ohio’s nearly 1,000 law enforcement agencies with a list of “best practices” of when and how to pursue. Under the initiation...
3 storm chasers die in car crash while pursuing tornado

3 storm chasers die in car crash while pursuing tornado

Three storm chasers were killed in a car crash Tuesday while pursuing a tornado in Spur, Texas. >> Read more trending news Authorities said the accident itself was not caused by severe weather. According to CBS Dallas, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the storm chasers were driving toward a tornado and ran a stop sign. “A black suburban was traveling north on FM 1081, when...
Devon Still announces milestone for Leah

Devon Still announces milestone for Leah

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still is still a free agent looking for somewhere to play in 2017, but he’s been all smiles this week after announcing daughter Leah Still just celebrated her two-year anniversary of being cancer free. Still announced the milestone on Instagram on Saturday, writing “I want to wish a Happy 2nd Birthday to my daughter, Leah. Today marks 2...
WSU golf program ‘floored’ by interim president’s comments about cuts

WSU golf program ‘floored’ by interim president’s comments about cuts

Wright State golfers and their coaches were “completely floored and taken back” by interim president Curtis McCray saying the school is looking at eliminating the program, according to Chris Schoonmaker, whose son Austin is a freshman on the team. “This guy has clearly been brought in to be the henchman so the new president can start out with a clean record, which makes sense, I...
Ford recalling 441,000 vehicles over engine fires, faulty door latches

Ford recalling 441,000 vehicles over engine fires, faulty door latches

Ford has issued a recall covering 441,000 2013 through 2015 model year vehicles over problems related to engine fires and faulty door latches. The company is alerting 230,000 owners of four 2013 through 2015 models, including Fusion mid-size cars, Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines. The engines can overheat, causing a crack in the cylinder...
State hearing examiner says local doctor’s license should be revoked

State hearing examiner says local doctor’s license should be revoked

A hearing examiner for the State Medical Board of Ohio has concluded that a local doctor “engaged in sexual misconduct” with two teen-age patients and is recommending that the full board revoke his license. Dr. Arun Aggarwal was part of a physicians group at Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine who practiced at Dayton Children’s Hospital. In a report dated...

BGSU professor suspended because of ‘erotic literature’

An investigation by the Ohio Inspector General and Bowling Green State University Police found that a BGSU professor disseminated “erotic literature” from university equipment. Alan Atalah, associate dean in the BGSU college of technology, provided a USB drive with research on it to the Ohio Department of Transportation, according to a release from the inspector general. Along with the...
House representatives vote to repeal internet privacy protections

House representatives vote to repeal internet privacy protections

The companies that provide you with internet service may soon be able to sell your web browser and app history to advertisers without your consent. >> Read more trending news The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal rules preventing internet-service providers from doing so. The Senate already voted in favor of the repeal. Now the legislation is being sent to President Donald...
Top returning CBC softball hitters

Top returning CBC softball hitters

The top returning Central Buckeye Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Sammi Miller, sr., Indian Lake: 60 of 95 (.632); 46 runs, 27 RBI’s, 27 SB. 2. Ashley Fite, so., Tecumseh: 56 of 91 (.615); 26 runs, 54 RBI’s, 3 SB. 3. Tahlsa Bowshier, sr., Ben Logan: 26 of 57 (.456); 13 runs, 18 RBI’s, 1 SB. 4. Janna Robbins, jr., Northwestern: 45 of...
New York sanitation workers find woman’s lost wedding bands

New York sanitation workers find woman’s lost wedding bands

A New York City woman is thanking sanitation workers for doing the seemingly impossible: finding her lost wedding rings in a mountain of garbage. Shannon Lombardo told WABC that she wrapped her wedding rings in a paper towel after cleaning them. “I think I got distracted with the kids ... and I think I just crumpled it up and I didn’t feel the weight of them and I threw them...
Tearful Vin Diesel honors late friend Paul Walker at early screening of 'The Fate of the Furious'

Tearful Vin Diesel honors late friend Paul Walker at early screening of 'The Fate of the Furious'

During an early screening of “The Fate of the Furious” at CinemaCon Wednesday, star Vin Diesel paid tribute to his late friend and franchise costar, Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car accident in 2013. During his speech, the actor revealed that it was Walker’s idea to do an eighth “Fast and Furious” film. “It was Paul Walker who promised eight,” Diesel...
Rookie Reds lead the pitching staff

Rookie Reds lead the pitching staff

Rookie Davis was determined to prove doubters wrong. Robert Stephenson had his own critics to win over. Both did just that to open the season on the Reds’ Opening Day roster Davis, who will start the third game of the regular season April 6 vs. the Phillies at Great American Ball Park, pitched with a strained groin last season. His velocity was down but he continued to pitch. Even though he...

COMMENTARY: America’s crisis in governance

America is in a crisis of governance. No adult is in charge. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to be against...
Beekeeper removes 160-pound beehive from house in Texas

Beekeeper removes 160-pound beehive from house in Texas

At first, the Hughes noticed just a couple of bees in their Texas home. When that grew to 20 to 30 bees at a time, the Hughes called in a professional. Aaron Garcia, a beekeeper with Bee Charmer, told WFAA that he noticed bee activity on the side of the Hughes home. Upon closer examination, Garcia discovered a five-foot-long, 160-pound beehive. Garcia said the hive was stacked like a file cabinet...
‘Get Out’ writer and director Jordan Peele honored with director of the year award

‘Get Out’ writer and director Jordan Peele honored with director of the year award

Jordan Peele, writer and director of the brilliant socially conscious horror film “Get Out,” is being honored as Director of the Year at CinemaCon, the gathering of the National Association of Theatre Owners, happening March 30 in Las Vegas. “With the phenomenon known as ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously...
Florida couple drinks, shoots up hot-water tank, police say

Florida couple drinks, shoots up hot-water tank, police say

A Florida couple has been convicted of shooting at a hot-water tank in the middle of the night. According to Villages-News, Clifford A. Boyce, 29, and Kari L. Coleman, 27, were accused of drinking and firing guns at a hot-water tank in January outside of a home in Lady Lake. Police were called to the home in the middle of the night after reports of gunshots in the area. Authorities said Boyce...
30-pound turkey slams through rental car's windshield

30-pound turkey slams through rental car's windshield

A family got a fowl surprise while traveling in Indiana Tuesday, when a 30-pound turkey slammed through the windshield of their rental car, La Porte County sheriff’s deputies said. The Tarabocchia family was traveling west on U.S. 20, bound for Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, when the bird flew into the windshield of their rented GMC SUV, WBBM reported. “I thought...
IHOP waiter says he was offered nursing job after helping feed disabled customer

IHOP waiter says he was offered nursing job after helping feed disabled customer

A waiter is getting a lot of attention for feeding a disabled customer at an IHOP restaurant. >> Read more trending news  For more than a decade, Joe Thomas, 43, has been working at an IHOP restaurant in Springfield, Illinois. On Saturday, a couple of his regulars stopped in for breakfast. Thomas knows the woman has trouble eating because of a medical issue. “I always see him...
Bengals president Brown says he’s giving Pacman a chance

Bengals president Brown says he’s giving Pacman a chance

As the NFL annual meeting was wrapping up Wednesday in Phoenix, Cincinnati Bengals president Mike Brown told the team website he is willing to give cornerback Adam Jones a chance despite his Jan. 3 arrest. Jones is still facing three misdemeanor charges from the incident, although Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters dropped the felony count of harassment with a bodily substance last week...
‘DWTS’ pro Cheryl Burke replaces Abby Lee Miller on ‘Dance Moms’

‘DWTS’ pro Cheryl Burke replaces Abby Lee Miller on ‘Dance Moms’

“Dance Moms” instructor Abbey Lee Miller blindsided fans when she announced she was quitting the Lifetime reality TV show Monday, but the network is moving on fast. According to Entertainment Tonight, “Dancing with the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke will be on board with the show for the rest of the season. “It's a go with or without Abby,”an unnamed source told ET...
Melania Trump needs to pay up for security or move to DC, petition says

Melania Trump needs to pay up for security or move to DC, petition says

Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling on Melania Trump to either move to Washington or start paying for the expensive New York security detail required to protect the first lady and the Trump’s son, Baron. As of Wednesday afternoon more than 200,000 people had signed a Change.org petition asking Melania Trump to either move into the White House or pay for the additional...
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools to open in Beavercreek

Aqua-Tots Swim Schools to open in Beavercreek

A new swimming school for children is opening up in Beavercreek near the new Aldi grocery store and Hobby Lobby. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools will open at 2451 Lakeview Drive off of North Fairfield Road on May 4 at 11 a.m. The school, which is owned by Paul and Rebecca Sinopoli, offers eight different class levels for children of varying ages and swimming abilities. » BUSINESS NEWS: Domino’s...
U.S. Capitol honors female political pioneers with new exhibit

U.S. Capitol honors female political pioneers with new exhibit

A new exhibit in the U.S. Capitol pays tribute to iconic women in political history. House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the new exhibit, “The First Women in Congress,” last week. “We owe so much to our pioneers," Ryan said. "It is a chance to remember public servants who made this institution and this country what it is today, for all of us, especially our daughters.&rdquo...
Top returning MBC softball hitters

Top returning MBC softball hitters

The top returning Metro Buckeye Conference high school softball hitters, according to 2016 conference stats: 1. Hannah Morrison, sr., Yellow Springs: 28 of 47 (.596); 24 runs, 16 RBI’s, 21 SB. 2. Lauren Reece, sr., Middletown Christian: 18 of 31 (.581); 12 runs, 11 RBI’s, 12 SB. 3. Kadie Lafferty, jr., Yellow Springs: 15 of 29 (.517); 15 runs, 6 RBI’s, 20 SB. 4. Jada Long, sr., Middletown...
Reds Top 10 position prospects coming to Dayton for Futures Game

Reds Top 10 position prospects coming to Dayton for Futures Game

The top 10 position prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization will be in Dayton on Saturday for the Futures Game at Fifth Third Field. The Futures Team, which features top prospects from Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A, will play the major league team at 1:30 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. The top 10 prospects who will play Saturday include: Nick Senzel, third base (Reds No. 1 overall...
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