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Middletown man charged with double murder will get one trial

A judge has ruled a Middletown man facing two murder charges for allegedly killing two woman will receive only one trial. James Geran, 45, is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 10 in Butler County Common Pleas Court, but he was back in court Thursday for a hearing to separate the charges and allow two trials — one for each alleged killing. Geran killed his “business associate in criminal...


Wright State moving forward with new $6.5-million archives center

Wright State moving forward with new $6.5-million archives center

Wright State University’s board of trustees is moving ahead with plans for a new $6.5-million archives center on Colonel Glenn Highway across from its main campus. The finance committee of the WSU board of trustees unanimously approved a resolution today to spend $450,000 raised by the Wright State Foundation for phase I of the project. The resolution will now proceed to the full board of trustees...
Pastor criticized for ‘distasteful’ Aretha Franklin eulogy coming to Dayton, standing by message  

Pastor criticized for ‘distasteful’ Aretha Franklin eulogy coming to Dayton, standing by message  

An Atlanta pastor heavily criticized for focusing on the ills of the black family at singer Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be the special guest at a Dayton church Sunday, Nov. 18.  On Thursday, Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., pastor emeritus of Atlanta’s Salem Bible Church, said he did not know yet exactly what he will say as part of his visit to St. Luke Missionary Baptist...
Springfield police use billboards to crack cold cases

Springfield police use billboards to crack cold cases

Michelle Rice, Amanda Ward-Romine and Amber Whitmer are names burned into Detective Shelly Pergram’s mind. “I have my missing ladies’ pictures in my office. I mean I look at them every day,” she said. The Springfield Police Division is continuing its initiative to crack cold cases by taking out billboards in different parts of the city. All three women featured on the billboard...
Honda engineers use algae to capture emissions in spare time

Honda engineers use algae to capture emissions in spare time

Instead of fishing or playing golf, a pair of Honda Powersports engineers have been spending their weekends collecting kitchen grease from bars and restaurants and converting it to homemade biodiesel fuel. Now, their alternative energy hobby is turning into a much larger scale project. Experts said their work at Honda’s Research and Development facility in Raymond, Ohio demonstrated a possible...
Blustery, cold conditions through the day today

Blustery, cold conditions through the day today

Blustery and cold day Wind gusts up to 30 mph this afternoon Few light rain or snow showers late weekend TODAY:  Cloudy, blustery and cold during the rest of the day with highs reaching the upper 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said.  “Winds may gust as high as 3 0mph this afternoon and the will create wind chills in the upper 20s to lower 30s,&rdquo...
Springfield motel death determined to be drug overdose, sheriff says`

Springfield motel death determined to be drug overdose, sheriff says`

Investigators determined that the person died of a drug overdose, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s office.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a death investigation is underway at the Drake Motel.  Officials said the death was reported just before midnight. Early Friday morning, the motel was taped off and officials remained on scene.  No other information...
Chief: Man critically injured after pickup goes under parked truck trailer

Chief: Man critically injured after pickup goes under parked truck trailer

It took crews nearly an hour Thursday night to free a man from the wreckage after he crashed his pickup truck into a stationary truck trailer on a residential street. “We found a full-size Chevy pickup truck that went completely under a trailer that had no tractor attached to it … that truck went up and underneath and the edge of the trailer was up on the driver’s chest,”...
Springfield cardiologist, wife plead guilty in federal health care fraud case

Springfield cardiologist, wife plead guilty in federal health care fraud case

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife changed pleas to guilty Thursday in a federal Medicare and Medicaid fraud case. Dr. Salim Dahdah and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were headed to trial in early October on a July 2017 federal indictment accusing them of unlawfully raking in more than $2 million by billing, or causing billing to be submitted, for medically unnecessary medical tests and procedures...
First winter storm of season downs trees, power lines in Clark County

First winter storm of season downs trees, power lines in Clark County

The first winter storm of the season moved through the region Thursday bringing a wintry mix of snow, ice and rain and knocking out power to hundreds in the area. The morning commute was slowed by ice-covered roads. Schools in Clark and Champaign counties opened late or closed for the day. There were reports of downed trees and Ohio Edison’s website showed about 2,000 outages at the peak of...
What the first court appearances revealed about the Pike County murders investigation

What the first court appearances revealed about the Pike County murders investigation

The four family members charged with murdering eight members of a nearby Pike County family discussed ways to exact revenge on Ohio’s attorney general if one of them was individually arrested, prosecutors said in court Thursday. In addition to revenge against Ohio Gov.-elect Mike DeWine, the incumbent attorney general, the Wagner family reportedly discussed ways to exact revenge against Pike...
Pike County murders: Grandmother in talks about revenge against DeWine, state says

Pike County murders: Grandmother in talks about revenge against DeWine, state says

A woman accused of helping cover up the 2016 Pike County murders reportedly took part in a conversation with the four suspected killers about getting revenge if they were arrested. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and a special agent in the AG’s office, according to prosecutors were possible targets discussed by Fredericka Wagner and the murder suspects....
Mark Wahlberg donates $20K to Ohio foster care organization

Mark Wahlberg donates $20K to Ohio foster care organization

Actor Mark Wahlberg, who is promoting his new movie “Instant Family,” donated $20,000 to an Ohio foster care organization. Walhberg, and business partner Jay Feldman, made the donation to Buckeye Ranch, an organization that operates foster homes in 23 counties in Central and Southern Western Ohio. The organization serves children and families through family-focused mental health treatment...
No charges in Kyle Plush death investigation, prosecutor says

No charges in Kyle Plush death investigation, prosecutor says

No charges will be filed in the Kyle Plush death investigation, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced today. A monthslong investigation into the case of 16-year-old who died after he became trapped in his minivan despite making two calls to 911 for help included close scrutiny of police and 911 responders, our news partner WCPO reported. A preliminary investigation revealed technical problems...
Here’s what to do if you see downed power lines

Here’s what to do if you see downed power lines

With winter weather causing issues across the region, several downed power lines have been reported. Temperatures will continue to climb towards the middle 30s this morning. The ice threat will keep dropping, but there will be scattered rain showers through noon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. The ice has weighed down several power lines, causing them to fall. Here’s what...
5 tips for using a chainsaw safely for downed trees in winter

5 tips for using a chainsaw safely for downed trees in winter

With downed trees across the region, people are cutting down trees and branches in their yards and on streets. Before you pull out the chainsaw, remember there are some safety tips you need to follow. A chainsaw has more power per inch than most other tools, which requires extra attention to safety, Lowe’s advises. Here’s what you need to know for cutting down trees: 1. Use protection...
Local manufacturer develops scholarship at Clark State

Local manufacturer develops scholarship at Clark State

The Clark State Foundation is working with a long-time Springfield manufacturer and will begin offering a new scholarship annually to two students majoring in manufacturing technologies at the community college. The Sweet Manufacturing Company will provide funding for the scholarships, which will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and other course-related materials. Students who receive the scholarships...
Springfield, Urbana: What are you thankful for?

Springfield, Urbana: What are you thankful for?

The Springfield News-Sun wants to know what you are thankful for this holiday season. “We know that the world can sometimes seem negative,” Springfield News-Sun Editor Sharon Wilmore said. “We also know that when we look close to home, we find there’s a lot that people are thankful for in their everyday lives. Seeing what others appreciate can be inspiring to the rest of us...
WINTER WEATHER: 7 important updates you need to know right now

WINTER WEATHER: 7 important updates you need to know right now

An Ice Storm Warning was in effect for southern Miami Valley this morning. Counties included were Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren. Temperatures will continue to climb towards the middle 30s this morning. The ice threat will keep dropping, but there will be scattered rain showers through noon, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said.  A wintry mix is expected...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0574 - Mid America Mortgage, Inc., v. Christian N. Crain, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 1200 Klose Ave., New Carlisle, for $55,615. 18-CV-0577 - Lonnie R. Moore, 1802 S. Fountain Ave., v. Gregory E. Johnson, Enon, complaint in excess of $25,000 for damages and injuries suffered in an auto accident on Oct. 23. 18-CV-0580 -...
Downed trees damaging property as ice coats region

Downed trees damaging property as ice coats region

Trees and branches are coming down across the area after ice coated the Miami Valley Thursday morning, damaging property in some cases. In the 3060 block of E. Stroop in Kettering, a large tree fell onto a home. The homeowner said the “whole house shook” when the tree landed on the roof. On Ridgebury Drive in Kettering, a tree fell on a home in the 4500 block around 7...
Icy conditions lead to falls, other weather-related injuries

Icy conditions lead to falls, other weather-related injuries

Icy conditions impacted the Miami Valley throughout the morning Thursday and local hospitals are treating people for weather-related injuries. Premier Health said they’ve treated 10 people for fall injuries at Miami Valley Hospital’s campuses. Five people have been treated for injuries related to falls and weather-related crashes at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. Kettering Health...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY INCLUDED: Rita D. Jones, 65, of 640 Cedar St., theft, guilty. Matthew R. Webb, 42, of 35 Greenmont, OVI, guilty, 53 days jail with 50 days suspended, three days credit for time served for driver’s intervention program, 12 months probation, 12 months driver’s license suspension, interlock required for modification, fined $375. Jacob T. Hawk, 20, of 2246 Seminole Ave...
Local airports see flight delays, cancellations due to winter weather

Local airports see flight delays, cancellations due to winter weather

Flights at airports across Southwest Ohio are seeing cancellations as winter weather hits Ohio and the East Coast. Flights from Dayton International Airport to Washington and New York are canceled this morning, and other flights from Dayton to Minneapolis, Charlotte, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Detroit have also been delayed. At Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport, flights...
School district will focus on supporting students after teen indicted on sex crime charges

School district will focus on supporting students after teen indicted on sex crime charges

The Logan County 15-year-old accused of assaulting a six-year-old on a Benjamin Logan school bus now faces additional charges after three other potential victims have been identified. Court documents show the teen was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on two counts of rape and seven counts of gross sexual imposition. The indictment indicates three other potential victims in the case — another...
5 tips for driving on icy roads

5 tips for driving on icy roads

With slick roads in parts of the region, it’s important to drive with caution if you hit ice. Here are five tips for driving safe in winter weather: 1. No cruise control. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). Always look and steer where you want to go, according to AAA. 2...
Request to rename street after Medal of Honor recipient sparks closer look at policy

Request to rename street after Medal of Honor recipient sparks closer look at policy

A veteran and former police officer advocating that Middletown’s only Medal of Honor winner be recognized by naming a park or street named after him continues his efforts as the city considers its policy on such efforts. MORE: Middletown may rename street, park after city’s only Medal of Honor recipient Last month, David Shortt and Deb Morrison went to the city Park Board with the request...
Clark, Champaign County ready for winter weather

Clark, Champaign County ready for winter weather

Clark and Champaign County crews are preparing for the winter season with thousands of tons of salt. WHIO Storm Center 7 forecast called for a winter mix to fall Thursday. A Winter Weather Advisory was issued for the entire Miami Valley for Wednesday beginning at 10 p.m. and was expected to last until Thursday at 12 p.m. The forecasts calls for the wintry mix to fall early Thursday causing roads to...
DP&L: Goal is to restore power to 95 percent of customers by tonight

DP&L: Goal is to restore power to 95 percent of customers by tonight

As of Friday afternoon, the DP&L had restored service to all but about 6,300 of its customers, according to the utility company. Company spokesperson Mary Ann Kabel said DP&L has restored service to its larger lines and crews were focusing on residential outages. The goal, she said, was service restoration to 95 percent of customers by Friday night. “We appreciate everybody’s patience...
Passing flurries linger as winds increase; slick spots possible as temps drop

Passing flurries linger as winds increase; slick spots possible as temps drop

Passing flurries linger overnight as winds increase Some refreeze possible as temperatures drop overnight Few rain/snow showers to end the weekend Ovenight: Some flurries will linger into the overnight hours under cloudy skies, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Gusty winds will develop and may cause weakened tree limbs from the ice storm to come down. Wet surfaces may become...
How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 

How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 

More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County.  Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26.  Rita Newcomb, 65, of South Webster and Fredericka Wagner, 76, grandmothers...
Acura SUV hits sales record

Acura SUV hits sales record

The Acura RDX, assembled in East Liberty, Ohio set a new annual sales record this year, beating a previous sales record of 52,361 units set in 2016. Sales in 2018 have exceeded that figure with more than six weeks remaining in 2016. Further, RDX has helped Acura to a 7.3 percent gain in luxury sport utility sales for the year, including a new all-time record for Acura SUVs in October. On a cumulative...
At long last, murder charges bring relief, healing to Pike County

At long last, murder charges bring relief, healing to Pike County

As legal proceedings begin for the six people arrested in connection to the slaying of eight people in Pike County in 2016, a wave of relief spread over this rural community traumatized by 2½ years of not knowing if the case would ever be solved. The first suspect to appear in court was George “Billy” Wagner III, who said he wouldn’t fight extradition during his appearance...
Beware of shady door-to-door energy sales tactics

Beware of shady door-to-door energy sales tactics

It’s the time of year for door-to-door pitches to get you to switch your energy provider, but consumers need to be wary of shady sales tactics. Norm Krebs of Dayton said he was pressured into an energy contract with a new supplier. Instead of saving money, as he was promised — his bill skyrocketed.  He listened to a pitch from a salesperson from Statewise Energy LLC.  &ldquo...
Pike County murders: Arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’

Pike County murders: Arrests ‘put a Band-Aid on an open wound’

For more than 2½ years, uncertainty and fear hung over this rural community. Eight people had been gunned down in their homes and it wasn’t clear if detectives even had suspects. Were the killers still in their community? Would it ever be solved? Now state and local law enforcement officials claim they have the murderers in custody; a family of four was arrested Tuesday and charged with...
Yellow Springs man accused of sex offense arrested 7 months after investigation began

Yellow Springs man accused of sex offense arrested 7 months after investigation began

We’re learning more about a Yellow Springs rape investigation that led to the arrest and indictment of a 28-year-old man who is being held in the Greene County Jail. Jacob Louis Pflanzer was arrested seven months after Yellow Springs police began investigating allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman at his home, according to police and court records. Pflanzer has pleaded not guilty to...
Mercy Health, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center launch new alliance

Mercy Health, Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center launch new alliance

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Mercy Health announced today they have launched a new ambition aimed at addressing the opioid crisis and increasing access to cancer and transplant care, among other things. MORE: Mercy Health’s Fairfield Hospital grows with community In announcing the Healthy State Alliance, officials said: Ohio is among the top five worst states...
Pike County murders: Victims’ pastor hopes arrests can bring closure, justice

Pike County murders: Victims’ pastor hopes arrests can bring closure, justice

The pastor for the victims in the 2016 Pike County killings hopes the arrest of six suspects will lead to closure for the Manley and Rhoden families, as well as the community. Phil Fulton, pastor at Union Hill Church in Adams County, said he was “ecstatic” when he found out about the arrests. “It was the greatest news we had in two and a half years,” he said.  On...
15-year-old bus helper indicted on sex crimes against four children

15-year-old bus helper indicted on sex crimes against four children

The teen accused of sex crimes against a girl on a Benjamin Logan school bus last month is now facing additional charges involving other children, according to court records. The 15-year-old was a bus helper at the time of at least one of the alleged incidents, school officials have said. The teen is was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of rape, court...
Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in Pike County murder case

Homemade silencer last piece of evidence in Pike County murder case

After tens of thousands of hours of investigative work over 2½ years, the final clue in the investigation of the murder of eight people in Pike County came a week ago, according to law enforcement officials. That’s when authorities confirmed the existence of a homemade silencer they say was built by the suspects. “This particular evidence, along with all the other pieces of this...
Local Rep. Jim Jordan loses bid to lead House Republicans

Local Rep. Jim Jordan loses bid to lead House Republicans

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy easily fended off a challenge from Rep. Jim Jordan Wednesday, becoming House Republicans’ choice to become the incoming House minority leader in January.  Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus, received 43 votes to McCarthy’s 159 in a closed–door meeting of House Republicans. While Jordan is viewed...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY INCLUDED: Dustan Dean Conley, 23, of 1322 Perry St., domestic violence, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $2,500; assault, violation of temporary protection order, innocent, continued. Chelsea A. Dean, 24, of 302 Selma Road, theft, innocent, continued. Martas Patrick Dearmond, 20, of 323 E. Euclid Ave., robbery, innocent, continued, public defender appointed...
Springfield City narrows search for new city manager to 3

Springfield City narrows search for new city manager to 3

Springfield City commissioners have narrowed the field of city manager applicants to three, including two internal candidates. Deputy City Manager Bryan Heck and Community Development Director Shannon Meadows remain in consideration for the city manager position while Michael Ciaravino, city manager of Newburgh, New York, is the third candidate. PREVIOUS: More than 20 applicants seek...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-DP-0962 - Barbara Yates, 3379 Ventura Ave., v. Katrina Yates, South Charleston, petition for civil stalking protection order. 18-DS-0963 - Aaron D. Staker, 1938 E. Mile Road, and Autumn R. Staker, 1548 Regent Ave., petition for dissolution of marriage. 18-DS-0964 - Christina Ann Bitzan, New Carlisle, and Daryl John Bitzan, 2801 Wellsford Lane, petition for dissolution...
Pike County murders: 1 of 6 suspects makes first court appearance

Pike County murders: 1 of 6 suspects makes first court appearance

George “Billy” Wagner III waived extradition on the murder charges filed against him during his initial appearance in a Fayette County, Kentucky, courtroom, according to CNN affiliate LEX18. Extradition is when one law enforcement agency captures a suspect who is wanted in another jurisdiction and returns the suspect to the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction where the crime...
Alabama nurse accused of poisoning husband with insulin

Alabama nurse accused of poisoning husband with insulin

A former Alabama nurse accused of poisoning her private investigator husband had a preliminary hearing Thursday, at which time the shocking details of the crime were revealed for the first time. Marjorie Nicole “Nikki” Cappello, 32, of Huntsville, is charged with murder in the September death of her husband, New York native Jim Cappello Jr. AL.com reported that Jim Cappello, who was...
North Carolina man's runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluid

North Carolina man's runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluid

Last Thanksgiving was ruined for Greg Phillpotts and his family after fluid from his nose ran into the food. "I was preparing a meal and standing in the kitchen and it just added itself to the ingredients -- it screwed up the whole dinner," said Phillpotts. >> Read more trending news  Phillpotts said he had been battling what he thought were allergies for the last five years and...
Jell-O introduces slime you can eat

Jell-O introduces slime you can eat

Moms usually say “stop playing with your food” but Jell-O has come out with a new variation that literally has the name play in its name. It’s called Jell-O Play edible slime and while kids can make the slime, they can eat it at the same time. There are two variations -- Monster Slime, which is green and lime flavored, and Unicorn Slime, which is pink and strawberry flavored...
Krispy Kreme offers pumpkin spice, cinnamon swirl doughnut for Thanksgiving

Krispy Kreme offers pumpkin spice, cinnamon swirl doughnut for Thanksgiving

Fans of fall-flavored confections can rejoice this week after Krispy Kreme released its pumpkin spice glazed and cinnamon swirl doughnuts. >> Read more trending news  “Our cinnamon swirl doughnut accomplishes the unthinkable: You get a gooey cinnamon swirl, decadent cream cheese icing and melt in your mouth doughnut in every bite,” Brittany Dubin, culinary manager for Krispy...
Lone wild turkey brings city together

Lone wild turkey brings city together

Some people will call an elected official a turkey, but this “appointed” mayor is really a turkey. His name is Smoke and he’s a wild turkey who lives outside Green Bay, Wisconsin, in Ashwaubenon.  Smoke, according to The Washington Post, liked to chase cars, and “talk” to his constituents, gobbling like he was passing along some wisdom to his neighbors...
CNN v Trump White House: Jim Acosta's press credentials temporarily restored

CNN v Trump White House: Jim Acosta's press credentials temporarily restored

A judge ruled Friday that the White House must reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials after the news network filed suit earlier this week against President Donald Trump and his top aides. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN a temporary restraining order after determining that the White House likely violated Acosta’s right to due process when he was banned...
Plane carrying Pitt cheerleaders forced to make emergency landing after odor fills cabin

Plane carrying Pitt cheerleaders forced to make emergency landing after odor fills cabin

An American Airlines flight carrying University of Pittsburgh cheerleaders was forced to make an emergency landing Friday in North Carolina because of an odor in the cabin. >> Read more trending news  The connecting flight from Charlotte was heading to Greensboro when there was a strong smell of smoke. Passengers on board told WSOCTV.com that they thought the plane caught on fire. ...
Ex-Alabama trooper shoots DA in face, is killed by police

Ex-Alabama trooper shoots DA in face, is killed by police

A west Alabama district attorney on Thursday survived what authorities are calling an “ambush-style shooting” by an unlikely suspect -- a former state trooper, who was subsequently killed by police.  Steven Smith Jr. was shot dead by officers who had just eaten lunch with Greg Griggers, the district attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit, according Capt. Jason Roberts, of the...
Uber Eats driver found guilty of killing customer

Uber Eats driver found guilty of killing customer

A jury on Friday found former Uber Eats driver Robert Bivines guilty of several charges, including felony murder, for the February shooting death of his customer Ryan Thornton. >> Read more trending news  Update 12:45 p.m. EST Nov. 16: Jurors in Fulton County deliberated for roughly three hours Friday before finding Biviens guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated...
How you can help Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill earn national bragging rights

How you can help Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill earn national bragging rights

For more than 30 years, Clifton Mill has been a glowing example of what the holiday season is about in Southwest Ohio.  The official Ohio.org website published its Ohio Holiday Lights Trail list, and Clifton Mill was near the top of most spectacular light shows in the state. The recognition comes just in time, as Clifton Mill is in the running for the “USA Today 10BEST” competition...
Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time

Alleged victims in OSU doctor sex abuse scandal speak to trustees for the first time

For decades, Dr. Richard Strauss preyed upon young men at Ohio State University — watching them shower and groping them during medical exams – but administrators failed to put a stop to sexual abuse, seven men told OSU trustees on Friday. Strauss, who died by suicide in 2005 in California, was a faculty member, student health center physician and athletics doctor from 1979-98 at OSU. The...
Recalls: Dangerous baby carriers and poisonous tables 

Recalls: Dangerous baby carriers and poisonous tables 

Parents and those cleaning up from this week’s ice storm should check to see if they have this week’s recalled products. Jobs news: Amazon hiring in Butler Co.  Active Series baby carriers by LILLEbaby are being recalled because a clip can detach and cause your child to fall, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. There are three reports of the chest straps detaching...
Kansas county commissioner tells black woman he is part of ‘master race’

Kansas county commissioner tells black woman he is part of ‘master race’

A white Leavenworth county commissioner denigrated a black woman’s appearance and told her he was part of the “master race” after she presented a land-use study at a Tuesday commission meeting.  >> Read more trending news  "I don’t want you to think I am picking on you because we are part of the master race,” Commissioner Louis Klemp told the...
Springfield internet cafe broken into

Springfield internet cafe broken into

Springfield police are investigating a store break-in that took place Thursday morning. Authorities were called to Internet Cafe, 1881 S. Limestone Street, where they found the store’s front glass door damaged. READ: Springfield pizza robbery: Media coverage leads to arrest “I arrived and found the east, front door glass shattered and the bottom half busted out completely,” a police...
Who is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?

Who is WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange?

We have heard the name Julian Assange, but how did he become a household name? Assange was born on July 3, 1971, in Townsville, a city in the Australian state of Queensland, according to Biography.  He traveled with his mother Christine and stepfather Brett Assange, who were in the theater. After his mother and stepfather broke up, Assange moved around the world with his mother, attending...
Springfield woman accidentally shoots herself in leg, police say

Springfield woman accidentally shoots herself in leg, police say

Springfield police were called after a woman accidentally shot herself in the leg, according to a police report. Authorities were called to the Springfield Regional Medical Center to take a report of the shooting at about 2 a.m. Thursday morning. The shooting took place at a residence on the 400 block of South Clairmont Avenue, the report says. READ: Springfield pizza robbery: Media coverage leads...
2-year-old wanders away from home, drowns in Texas lake

2-year-old wanders away from home, drowns in Texas lake

A 2-year-old boy died Thursday after wandering away from home and drowning in a nearby lake. >> Read more trending news  The toddler was found in Lake Houston, about five minutes after a 911 call was made about the missing child, KTRK reported.  Rescuers took the child to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The best Amazon Black Friday deals of 2018

The best Amazon Black Friday deals of 2018

Not a fan of the chaos that inevitably comes with in-person Black Friday shopping? » RELATED: Amazon offers free shipping for all during 2018 holiday season If you’d rather get in on the fun from the comfort of your couch or bed, e-commerce giant Amazon has plenty of deals for its customers just in time for the holidays. Amazon is kicking off its device deals Friday, Nov...
Chris Watts murder case: Girlfriend speaks out before Watts’ sentencing

Chris Watts murder case: Girlfriend speaks out before Watts’ sentencing

The woman who said she had an affair with Chris Watts, the Colorado man who is set to be sentenced in the murders of his two daughters and pregnant wife, is telling her side of the story. >> Read more trending news  Nichol Kessinger’s exclusive interview with the Denver Post comes days before Watts is set to be sentenced to life in prison. Kessinger, 30, said she started dating...
Man has shootout with police, tells police he ‘wanted to die’

Man has shootout with police, tells police he ‘wanted to die’

A motorist opened fire on police along a road in Arkansas Sunday. He allegedly told police he wanted to die, according to the probable cause, KFSM reported. A sheriff’s deputy tried to stop Luis Cobos-Cenobio for a traffic violation, but Cobos-Cenobio did not pull over immediately. Eventually he did, but when Cpl. Brett Thompson got out of his cruiser, Cobos-Cenobio got out of his car...
Here’s when stores will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

Here’s when stores will open for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping

It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving and Black Friday ads are surfacing quickly. Here’s when stores plan to open this year: Kohl’s will open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday. The store is offering its well-known deal of $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent. The ad also features a 15 percent off coupon. Sales will begin at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving...
Deer carcasses left on cars outside Minnesota YMCA

Deer carcasses left on cars outside Minnesota YMCA

Minnesota police are trying to find out who put deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars parked outside a YMCA in St. Cloud on Wednesday night, WCCO reported. >> Read more trending news  Ali Abdullahi, a Somali interpreter who owned one of the cars, said he smelled something foul when he came out of the YMCA, the television station reported. “I thought that this was just somebody...
Ground turkey recall: 90K pounds recalled days before Thanksgiving

Ground turkey recall: 90K pounds recalled days before Thanksgiving

If ground turkey is on the menu for Thanksgiving, then you will need to check the freezer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection service has issued a ground turkey recall, CNN reported. Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC has recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey after a sample tested positive for salmonella that matched a strain related to an outbreak, ...
New York school district puts 2-pack limit on condiments for students 

New York school district puts 2-pack limit on condiments for students 

A school district in New York has decided to limit students to dispensing two 9-gram packs of condiments per meal, Newsday reported. >> Read more trending news  Eastport-South Manor Assistant Superintendent Timothy Laube sent a letter to parents Tuesday that explained that the condiment crackdown was a move toward healthier eating habits for children and stricter adherence to...
Georgia inmates send heartfelt letter to sheriff after officer's death

Georgia inmates send heartfelt letter to sheriff after officer's death

A group of Georgia inmates are opening up about a heartfelt letter they sent to the sheriff in the wake of an officer's death in the line of duty.  >> Read more trending news  Officer Antwan Toney, 30, was shot and killed by a suspect while responding to a call on Oct. 21. The suspect was later killed by police. Last week, Sheriff Butch Conway shared a letter on Facebook...
Teacher: School banned him after he thanked students for saying Pledge of Allegiance

Teacher: School banned him after he thanked students for saying Pledge of Allegiance

A longtime substitute teacher at a suburban St. Louis high school said school administrators banned him after he thanked students for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. >> Read more trending news  Jim Furkin, who taught for 10 years as a Parkway South High School substitute in Manchester, Missouri, said the ban was mandated after a student complained...
Woman who needed soap cleans up with $200K lottery win

Woman who needed soap cleans up with $200K lottery win

A North Carolina woman who forgot to buy soap while shopping decided to buy a lottery ticket when she walked back into the store. >> Read more trending news  Doralee Preston-Price cleaned up big time, winning $200,000 on a holiday scratch-off ticket, WRAL reported.  While driving home after shopping, the Fayetteville resident realized she didn’t buy soap, the television...
Police: Toddler dies after shooting himself while parent slept

Police: Toddler dies after shooting himself while parent slept

A Georgia toddler allegedly shot and killed himself Thursday, police said. Investigators said they were called to a residence in Jonesboro around noon Thursday about the shooting. Police said the child’s father, Johnathan Butler, 31, was asleep in his bed when the 2-year-old climbed into bed with him. Officers said the toddler grabbed a handgun that was under a pillow in the bed...
Dallas airport workers find fossils more than 11,000 years old

Dallas airport workers find fossils more than 11,000 years old

Fossils believed to be more than 11,000 years old were found by two employees of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, KXAS reported. >> Read more trending news  Pieces of a mammoth’s tooth and a bison thigh bone were found in a creek at the airport, WFAA reported.  “Two employees of the airport’s Environmental Affairs Department found the tooth while...
Connecticut mom upset after son's hair lit on fire at school

Connecticut mom upset after son's hair lit on fire at school

A Connecticut mother is angry after she said her 17-year-old son’s hair was set on fire, WTNH reported.  >> Read more trending news  Vivian Mabry, the teen’s mother, said the alleged attack occurred Oct. 26 at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, the television station reported. Mabry said her son was sitting in piano class when a 15-year-old classmate...
Second member of Jacksonville rock band accused of sex crimes

Second member of Jacksonville rock band accused of sex crimes

The lead singer in a Florida-based rock band was arrested Nov. 8 on charges of sex crimes involving a teenager.  >> Read more trending news  Chad Valeu, 42, of Jacksonville, was charged with unlawful sexual activity with a teen, between the age of 16 and 17, and possession of child porn. Valeu is the second member of the band, Near Empty, arrested on child porn charges. ...
Dog steps on drug needle in Milwaukee neighborhood

Dog steps on drug needle in Milwaukee neighborhood

A Wisconsin woman walking her dog Tuesday morning had to remove a drug syringe from the animal’s paw when he stepped on it, WISN reported. >> Read more trending news  Christina Lawrence and her fiance were walking Jack Daniels, a chocolate lab-golden retriever, when the dog yelped, the television station reported. "Walking around daily, you see caps (to needles) lying in...
Massachusetts man uses machete to defend himself during home invasion

Massachusetts man uses machete to defend himself during home invasion

A Massachusetts man was listening to a meditation app in his bedroom when suddenly, things took a chaotic turn with a home invasion. >> Read more trending news  Two armed teenagers broke into Evan Luongo's home in Lynn. But what they didn't realize is that Luongo, a 37-year-old who keeps a machete under his bed, was fully prepared to defend himself.  “But like, &lsquo...
MInnesota great-grandma marries boyfriend she rebuffed in 1954

MInnesota great-grandma marries boyfriend she rebuffed in 1954

It took more than six decades, but a Minnesota great-grandmother finally wed her teenage sweetheart. >> Read more trending news  Janet Skillingstad, 82, married Gene Ertel, 81, on Oct. 26 -- 64 years after she broke off their engagement, KARE reported. “Not too many people get a second chance,” Ertel told the television station. In 1954, Skillingstad returned the engagement...
Teen accused of strangling mother during argument over grades to be charged as adult

Teen accused of strangling mother during argument over grades to be charged as adult

A 15-year-old Florida boy accused of killing his mother will be charged as an adult, State Attorney RJ Larizza said Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Deputies said Gregory Ramos killed his mother, Gail Cleavenger, Nov. 3 during an argument over his grades at their DeBary home. Investigators said Ramos buried Cleavenger's body beneath a church fire pit with the help of two...
73-year-old woman worried about meth she was smoking asked doctor to test it

73-year-old woman worried about meth she was smoking asked doctor to test it

A 73-year-old Florida woman wanted to make sure what she was smoking was really methamphetamine, so she took the drugs to her doctor for testing.  >> Read more trending news  Polk County resident Barbara Lee Ray said she was “scared” of what smoking it was doing to her, according to the Miami Herald, which cited an arrest affidavit, and brought her doctor at the Complete...
Florida man says girlfriend's death a suicide; police arrest him on murder charge

Florida man says girlfriend's death a suicide; police arrest him on murder charge

A Jacksonville, Florida, man is facing murder charges for his girlfriend’s 2017 death. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said he told officers she committed suicide in a Pine Forest apartment, but JSO's homicide unit says the evidence shows otherwise. Sean Curtis Lovins, 27, appeared in court on Thursday. Police say it all happened at Dunsford Terrace Apartments. JSO responded to a report of...
Georgia sergeant demoted after leaving 13-year-old in freezing police car

Georgia sergeant demoted after leaving 13-year-old in freezing police car

A police officer in Roswell, Georgia, who was seen on body camera video leaving a 13-year-old boy in a cold patrol car and taunting him in January has been demoted after an internal investigation, police confirmed. Daniel Elzey, who was a sergeant, was demoted to a police officer II and will be suspended for 30 days without pay, Roswell police Chief Rusty Grant told AJC.com. Elzey had been placed...
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