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COMMENTARY: Tom Stafford’s annual Christmas Carols remake

He remains cooped up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London like a Santa in a snug pair of Spanx. But that hasn’t stopped Julian Assange from leaking. And what he leaked this time is bigger than the dope on Hillary’s emails. He leaked the list. THE LIST. I’m talking about the one the Deep State provides each year that contains the name of every child in the world and what he or she...


Officer: Books ‘just as vital as Narcan’ for first responders

Officer: Books ‘just as vital as Narcan’ for first responders

It’s hard to know what impact a traumatic event can have on a child, but Jana Gruber has learned a small gift can make a big difference. Gruber is the founder of Books to the Rescue, a Greene County nonprofit organization that is providing children’s books, games and stuffed animals for dozens of police cruisers, fire engines and life squads across the county. The new books will be used...
Gap store at The Greene closing

Gap store at The Greene closing

The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other questions to Gap corporate offices. TRENDING: Friend: People...
Dayton probe leads to more than 80 pounds of drugs, 2 arrests

Dayton probe leads to more than 80 pounds of drugs, 2 arrests

Two men are facing a minimum of 10 years in prison and up to a $10 million fine after they were caught with more than 80 pounds of drugs on Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint. Michael Nailen, 53, and Marco Gonzalez, 47, are accused of possession with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Both are being held by the United States Marshals Service at the Butler County Jail...
More than 2,000 Springfield area kids will get donated gifts this year

More than 2,000 Springfield area kids will get donated gifts this year

More than 2,000 kids will be getting gifts this Christmas thanks to the generosity of the Springfield community and the work of the Springfield Salvation Army and its volunteers. About 300 volunteers were labeling and preparing gifts with the goal to hand out the gifts Thursday, said Development Director of the Springfield Salvation Army Ryan Ray. The toy drive is meaningful to many children, he said...
State’s long-time plans for UAS could benefit Clark County center

State’s long-time plans for UAS could benefit Clark County center

State officials said this week a new long-term plan to push unmanned vehicle technologies could boost resources and lead to more investment in Clark County, which houses the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center. DriveOhio, an entity developed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, is tasked with pushing new technologies like autonomous vehicles to improve Ohio’s transportation system...
Showers taper off by sunrise, dry tomorrow

Showers taper off by sunrise, dry tomorrow

Showers will begin to taper off towards sunrise Dry conditions for Sunday Sunny stretch next week Tonight: Scattered rain showers will begin to taper off as we head into sunrise, said Meteorologist Molly Coates. Winds will start quieting down towards sunrise as well. Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the upper 30s.  Sunday: Clouds will begin to break and we will see late day...
Use of dating website led to capture of fugitive soccer coach in Florida, chief deputy confirms

Use of dating website led to capture of fugitive soccer coach in Florida, chief deputy confirms

A Germantown man who has been on the run from the law for 45 days after being convicted of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old was captured Friday evening in Florida. Justin K. Smith was captured shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the Fort Walton Beach area. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail as a fugitive from justice. Smith had been one step ahead of authorities and using cash and burner cell...
State Attorney General, Gov.-elect Mike DeWine is scheduled guest on ‘60 Minutes’

State Attorney General, Gov.-elect Mike DeWine is scheduled guest on ‘60 Minutes’

Attorney General Mike DeWine is scheduled to appear on “60 Minutes” this Sunday.  The governor-elect's lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors will be featured during the CBS program at 7:30 p.m. (to air at the conclusion of the scheduled NFL game), according to a news release.  DeWine sat down with “60 Minutes” Correspondent Bill Whitaker in August...
Friend: People made fun of Richmond school shooter

Friend: People made fun of Richmond school shooter

The mother of the 14-year-old who brought a gun to a Richmond school called 9-1-1 to alert police, allowing officers and school officials to intervene before the teen could potentially harm others. Indiana State Police on Friday night confirmed that Mary York, 42, of Richmond, made the call Thursday morning. Grief counselors flocked to Richmond schools to talk with students and faculty Friday, a day...
Richmond school shooting: Suspect in attack ‘not a bad kid,’ student says

Richmond school shooting: Suspect in attack ‘not a bad kid,’ student says

A student claims he knew 14-year-old Brandon Clegg, reportedly involved in the Dennis Intermediate school shooting in Richmond, Indiana, on Thursday, as a nice and cool young man. “He wasn’t a bad kid,” Kaden Baker, 13, told NewsCenter 7’s Gabrielle Enright.  Baker, a student at Julia E. Test Intermediate School, claimed Clegg was a former student at Dennis Intermediate...
Pike County murders: Mother’s attorney asks court for new venue, to drop death penalty

Pike County murders: Mother’s attorney asks court for new venue, to drop death penalty

One of four capital defendants charged with the 2016 Pike County murders has asked a judge for a change of venue. Attorneys for Angela Wagner, 48, asked the court to consider moving the case outside Pike County Common Pleas Court to ensure she receives “a fair trial before a jury untainted by pre-trial publicity.” Wagner’s attorney, Robert Krapenc, said he filed the motion &ldquo...
2 injured in 4-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on I-75 South in Vandalia

2 injured in 4-vehicle, chain-reaction crash on I-75 South in Vandalia

UPDATE @ 9:05 p.m.: Two people on a Piqua City Schools bus were injured Friday afternoon in a chain-reaction crash involving the bus, two semitrailers and a pickup truck on I-75 South in Vandalia, said Lt. Mark Nichols, Ohio State Highway Patrol. Both victims were on the bus, one of whom was a woman who had to be extricated. She was flown to Miami Valley Hospital, Lt. Nichols said. A...
Former jail employee faces sexual battery charge

Former jail employee faces sexual battery charge

A former Montgomery County corrections officer faces charges of sexual battery for allegedly assaulting a woman who was a jail inmate. Franco Rodio Villella, 22, was detained pending the filing of two third-degree felony sexual battery charges, with a contempt of court charge. Villella was arrested Thursday afternoon. He has been released from probationary employment at the jail, Maj. Matt Haines...
SOCHE president to take new job at another higher ed organization

SOCHE president to take new job at another higher ed organization

The president of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education is taking a new job with another organization. Sean Creighton will become the second president of the New American Colleges and Universities in March, the group announced this week. The NAC&U is a national consortium of select small and mid-size independent colleges that are focused on liberal education, professional studies and civic...
Man fell asleep at the wheel in U.S. 68 in Clark County crash

Man fell asleep at the wheel in U.S. 68 in Clark County crash

A Cincinnati area man fell asleep at the wheel before a rollover crash on U.S. 68 in Clark County. The man was getting off Interstate 70 when he fell asleep, lost control of his sport-utility vehicle and hit a median, flipping the vehicle, authorities said. People at the scene pulled him out the SUV. A CareFlight medical helicopter took him to an area hospital, but his injuries were not life-threatening...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Israel Lavern Carter, 46, of 3952 Harris Lane, OVI, guilty, 33 days jail with 30 days suspended, three days jail credit for time served for driver’s intervention program, six months probation, 12 months driver’s license suspension, fined $375. Kimberlie M. Cole, 47, of 803 W. Columbia St., theft, guilty, 180 days jail, $90 restitution. Megan M. McCormick...
Government shutdown could still impact more than 400 local jobs

Government shutdown could still impact more than 400 local jobs

While a partial government shutdown would likely have little impact on Wright-Patterson, more than 400 federal employees in the region could still be affected. A quarter of the federal government could shut down just before Christmas if lawmakers don’t agree on a spending bill. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is not expected to close if President Donald Trump continues his threat to force a...
Richmond school shooting: 14-year-old took hostage, mom called in tip

Richmond school shooting: 14-year-old took hostage, mom called in tip

We are continuing to cover the Richmond, Ind., school shooting where 14-year-old Brandon Clegg died after exchanging gunfire with police. Here’s what we know so far: Boy’s mom called in tip about “potential violent act” at Dennis Intermediate School Brandon Clegg fired at a door to get inside, then exchanged gunfire with police Clegg died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 18-CV-0634 - Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., v. Shawn L. Maltby, 1225 W. Mulberry St., Unit 1225, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 1223-1225 W. Mulberry St., for $53,634. 18-CV-0635 - The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, v. Cora F. Forshey, Kenton, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 2679 Van Buren Ave., for $60,337. 18-CV-0636 -...
Man identified in deadly shooting in Yellow Springs

Man identified in deadly shooting in Yellow Springs

Yellow Springs police identified the victim of a Thursday night shooting as 40-year-old Kenneth Livingston. He died of a gunshot wound to the head. The wound may have been self-inflicted, according to police. Yellow Springs police and the Greene County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a man at a Corry Street apartment Thursday night. The man died as the result of a self-inflicted...
Misunderstanding prompts bomb threat investigation at Moraine nursing home

Misunderstanding prompts bomb threat investigation at Moraine nursing home

A bomb threat reported at Pinnacle Point Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Moraine was caused by a misunderstanding from a corporate email, according to police.  An email sent by the facility’s corporate office regarding a rash of bomb threats across the country was misunderstood, prompting the police investigation, officers said.  Staff members interpreted the email was asking...
Convicted Springboro man challenges 15-year sentence in Ponzi scheme

Convicted Springboro man challenges 15-year sentence in Ponzi scheme

Convicted Ponzi schemer William Apostelos is challenging his 15-year federal prison sentence alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. Apostelos, 57, of Springboro, was sentenced June 30, 2017, in Dayton’s U.S. District Court after pleading guilty to mail fraud in connection with a Ponzi scheme. Apostelos and his wife Connie — also in federal prison — had been indicted on 27 counts...
Man changes plea in Park Layne Rite Aid robbery

Man changes plea in Park Layne Rite Aid robbery

Cameron Redd is only 19-years-old and was on the path to a potentially bright future — but now he’s facing up to 11 years in prison. The Dayton man changed his plea to guilty in Clark County Common Pleas Court for his role in a Park Layne Rite Aid robbery over the summer. Redd was originally indicted on nine counts, but all other charges were taken off the table aside from aggravated robbery...
Clark County leaders approve of state changes to graduation rules

Clark County leaders approve of state changes to graduation rules

The changes to graduation requirements approved by the state legislature and awaiting Gov. John Kasich’s signature are good for local seniors, Clark County school superintendents said. It’s the second year in the a row the state has made changes to graduation requirments in the middle of the school year. Originally, the class of 2019 had three pathways to graduate: by scoring enough points...
‘It just dragged me:’ Pit bull bites third-graders after escaping from Seattle home

‘It just dragged me:’ Pit bull bites third-graders after escaping from Seattle home

A pit bull escaped a Seattle home and bit a third-grade girl inside nearby St. Therese Catholic Academy on Thursday.  >> Read more trending news  St. Therese Catholic Academy is an elementary and middle school. “(It) jumped on one of my friends and started attacking me,” said Doris Dickerson, the 8-year-old who was attacked and bitten on her head and hand. &ldquo...
Huggable moment: Kindergartners' daily greeting goes viral

Huggable moment: Kindergartners' daily greeting goes viral

Hugs can go a long way toward making someone’s day happy. >> Read more trending news  That’s the idea behind a viral video shot at a kindergarten class in northwest Wisconsin, KARE reported. It was a huggable moment by students that has been viewed more than 10 million times on social media. The reaction to the video on Facebook, shot at an elementary school in the...
Cloudy with scattered showers overnight

Cloudy with scattered showers overnight

Scattered showers overnight Wet and breezy tomorrow Drying out for Sunday Overnight: Cloudy with scattered showers overnight. Winds will become breezy by daybreak with lows in the lower 40s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Saturday: Cloudy with on and off rain that may become heavy at times, especially south. Breezy with some winds gusting as high as 25 mph at times...
Georgia teacher's assistant accused of pushing child to floor

Georgia teacher's assistant accused of pushing child to floor

Georgia police said they are investigating after a paraprofessional at McNair Discovery Learning Academy was arrested on simple battery charges. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened Dec. 7. Carlas Smith, 47, is accused of using her hands to push a 10-year-old student in the chest, causing the victim to fall to the floor, according to DeKalb County police. The woman...
Pike County Murders: Ohio lawmakers OK $100K to help cover costs

Pike County Murders: Ohio lawmakers OK $100K to help cover costs

Ohio lawmakers passed a bill Thursday night that would give Pike County $100,000 to help cover the costs of litigating the four death penalty-eligible cases related to the 2016 Rhoden family massacre.  The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for approval.  Pike County officials have long been concerned about the cost of the eight-victim murder case. Those anxieties increased...
School safety expert: Entrances can be made less vulnerable

School safety expert: Entrances can be made less vulnerable

A Miami Valley school security expert said glass doors on school entrances can be modified to make them much less vulnerable to the kind of attack in Richmond, Indiana, that allowed a teenage shooter to gain access.  Craig Hoschouer, president of PLE Group, Kettering, said on Thursday that a protective film can be applied to glass doors and windows that make it difficult to penetrate, even...
Richmond school shooting: Police seize computers, gun boxes from home

Richmond school shooting: Police seize computers, gun boxes from home

Authorities seized computers and two gun boxes this afternoon from the home in the aftermath of a shooting at Dennis Intermediate School. Neighbors said Indiana State Police, the FBI and ATF were outside the home all day in the 100 block of Southwest 16th Street in Richmond. “When I got up this morning, the police were across the street with the yellow tape up,” said Duane Reed. He said...
Richmond school shooting: ‘It sounded like a pistol,’ fifth-grader says of gunshots

Richmond school shooting: ‘It sounded like a pistol,’ fifth-grader says of gunshots

It started as a normal morning today at Dennis Intermediate School, but ended with the suicide of 14-year-old Brandon Clegg, who shot his way into the school. “It was calm until they said it was a lockdown. Everybody thought it was a drill until they said it again really fast,” said fifth-grader Jayla Henderson. Then, moments later, Jayla said she and her fifth-grade classmates knew it...
Driver arraigned in crash that injured Northwestern school board member, killed husband

Driver arraigned in crash that injured Northwestern school board member, killed husband

A Sidney man pleaded not guilty this week to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a June 30, three-vehicle crash that injured a Northwestern school board member and killed her husband. Charles Robbins 61, appeared in Miami County Municipal Court. He is free without bail. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Jan. 17. Miami County Sheriff’s deputies said Dan Hasting, 54, of New Carlisle died...
Study finds heavy metals in popular baby food brands

Study finds heavy metals in popular baby food brands

A recent Consumer Reports study revealed the presence of heavy metals in popular baby foods. Dan Snyder would do anything for his son Austin. So when he found out his son’s baby food was listed on Consumer Reports’ heavy metals list, he was concerned. “We were shocked to see how many baby foods out there that are on the market that have these items in there,” he said. Those...
Partial government shutdown possible: Here’s what it means for Wright-Patt

Partial government shutdown possible: Here’s what it means for Wright-Patt

A quarter of the federal government could shut down just before Christmas if lawmakers don’t agree on a spending bill, but the area’s largest federal employer should escape closing. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is not expected to close if President Donald Trump continues his threat to force a partial government shutdown if Congress does not approve spending for a wall along the Mexican...
Man shot by police after firing at Clay Twp. officers indicted on charges

Man shot by police after firing at Clay Twp. officers indicted on charges

A man accused of exchanging gunfire with police in Clay Twp. in November will face criminal charges.  Aaron Mitchell, 40, of Brookville, was indicted Thursday by a Montgomery County grand jury on two counts of felonious assault on a police officer, two counts of failure to comply, and one count of discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor&rsquo...
Middletown man indicted in death of Rumpke worker

Middletown man indicted in death of Rumpke worker

A Middletown man was indicted Wednesday by a Butler County grand jury for the death of a Rumpke employee. Following months of investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol, the grand jury indicted Brian Jankovich, 41, with a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-degree felony. MORE: Rumpke worker dies after being pinned in Middletown crash Dan Phillips, an assistant Butler County prosecutor...
2 sought in armed robbery of elderly victim in Greenville

2 sought in armed robbery of elderly victim in Greenville

Two Richmond, Ind., men are wanted in the armed robbery of an elderly victim in Greenville on Dec. 5. Michael Keeton and Charles Gray, both 31, are suspected of stealing property at gunpoint from the person in the 400 block of Armstrong Street.  Both men are believed to be in the Richmond area and both are believed to be armed and dangerous.  Arrest warrants on a charge of aggravated robbery...
Drivers in Champaign County crash identified; 1 in critical condition

Drivers in Champaign County crash identified; 1 in critical condition

Drivers have been identified for the Thursday morning crash on Runkle and St. Paris-Jackson roads in St. Paris.  At around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, Ruth Helms, 67, of St. Paris, was traveling westbound on Runkle Road in a Chevy Impala, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol. Helms reportedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of Runkle and St. Paris Jackson roads.  Joseph Reneer, 34, of St....

Richmond School Shooting: Active shooter training saved lives, police say

Indiana State Police said an intended shooting at Dennis Intermediate School was likely prevented by past training for active shooter scenarios.  Brandon Clegg, 14, who intended to shoot up the school in Richmond, Ind., used a gun to commit suicide Thursday morning, but no other students were injured, according to ISP.  Indiana State Police trains at least once a year on handling active...
Richmond school shooting: ‘Very frightening,’ grandparents say

Richmond school shooting: ‘Very frightening,’ grandparents say

When Linda Wallace got the phone call that there was an active shooter situation in Richmond, Indiana, she ran right out of her office building.  “Very upsetting,” Wallace said. “Very upsetting and very frightening. Very frightening.” Wallace’s two granddaughters attend Dennis Intermediate School where a teenager used a gun to die by suicide Thursday morning after...
Richmond school shooting: What we know now

Richmond school shooting: What we know now

Indiana State Police report that a possible mass shooting was avoided this morning when law enforcement responded quickly to a tip that someone was threatening to shoot up an intermediate school in Richmond, Indiana. The incident ended with the death of 14-year-old Brandon Clegg by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Richmond police received a tip around 8 a.m. about a “potential...
Richmond school shooting: Indiana officials issue statements

Richmond school shooting: Indiana officials issue statements

Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Congressman-elect Greg Pence issued statements after law enforcement reported an active shooter situation was over at Dennis Intermediate School in Richmond, Ind. Indiana State Police report a teenager who had threatened to shoot up the school committed suicide after being cornered by law enforcement inside the intermediate school this morning. The Wayne County Coroner&rsquo...
Springfield woman pleads guilty to carrying concealed weapon

Springfield woman pleads guilty to carrying concealed weapon

A Springfield woman pleaded guilty to a gun charge this week that stemmed from her asking officers to retrieve her purse. Tonya Metcalf, 35, pleaded guilty to carrying concealed weapon in Clark County Common Pleas Court. A sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 7 in front of Clark County Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill. Metcalf was accused of carrying a loaded 9mm handgun concealed in her purse...
Archaeologists discover 4,400 year-old tomb in Egypt

Archaeologists discover 4,400 year-old tomb in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a tomb in Egypt that has gone untouched for 4,400 years. The Associated Press reported that Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities announced the discovery Saturday at the Saqqara burial ground in Giza, west of Cairo.  >> Read more trending news  Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said the tomb is from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs and belonged...
Texas mom sentenced in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

Texas mom sentenced in hot car deaths of 2 toddlers

A Texas judge has sentenced a mom to 40 years in prison for the hot car deaths of her two toddler daughters. According to the Kerrville Daily Times, Amanda Hawkins, 20, was sentenced Wednesday, about three months after she pleaded guilty to child abandonment and endangerment charges in the June 2017 deaths of her daughters, Brynn Hawkins, 1, and Addyson Overgard-Eddy, 2, in Kerrville. Authorities...
Breast cancer risk increases after childbirth, study says

Breast cancer risk increases after childbirth, study says

While scientists do not know what causes cancer, they believe childbirth may increase the possibility of a diagnosis, according to a new report.  Researchers from the University of North Carolina's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center recently conducted a study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, to determine the association between the disease and childbirth.  To...
New rules in Ohio could close some child care businesses

New rules in Ohio could close some child care businesses

More than two-thirds of the providers in southwest Ohio who serve families with publicly funded child care are at risk of losing the ability to accept state funds when new rules go into effect in 18 months, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. The new rules and rating system were aimed at exposing more children to enrichment programs and educational offerings, with an eye toward improving kindergarten...
Dry conditions, warmer temperatures today 

Dry conditions, warmer temperatures today 

Dry conditions today Sunny stretch this week Warmer temperatures coming  This morning: Mostly cloudy skies under dry conditions. Temperatures warming up in the upper 40s. Today: Clouds will begin to break and we’ll see sunshine in the late afternoon/evening hours. Warmer, with temperatures near 48 degrees. Monday: Mix of sun and clouds with highs in the lower 40s. Tuesday...
Heart attack risk spikes on Christmas Eve at this specific time, study says

Heart attack risk spikes on Christmas Eve at this specific time, study says

From good food to thoughtful gifts, Christmas Eve is often a time to spend with family. But beware; it’s also the time of year there’s the greatest risk of a heart attack, according to a new report.  Researchers from health institutions in Sweden recently conducted a study, published in the British Medical Journal, to explore national holidays and sporting events as...
Scam alert: Fake Netflix email seeks payment info, personal data

Scam alert: Fake Netflix email seeks payment info, personal data

Beware, Netflix customers: Scammers are trying to get your personal information using a realistic-looking email that falsely claims to be from the streaming service. Ohio's Solon Police Department took to Facebook earlier this month to warn subscribers of the phishing scam, an email that asks recipients to update their payment information. "We're having some trouble with your current billing...
Teacher stole student's violin to pay $700 ticket, police say

Teacher stole student's violin to pay $700 ticket, police say

A Georgia teacher is facing charges after surveillance video captured him stealing a violin from one of his students, police say. Police in DeKalb County told WSB-TV's Michael Seiden that the teacher offered a full confession. Investigators said Brockett Elementary School teacher Kalif Jones, 21, made his move while students were eating lunch in the cafeteria. Days later, he ended up...
Groom surprises bride, guests with Toys for Tots shopping spree

Groom surprises bride, guests with Toys for Tots shopping spree

Newly-married Jessica Bond walked into a Kissimmee, Florida, Target store with her wedding gown on. She’d just had her first dance with Brad Bond at her wedding reception. Then he announced she and all their wedding guests would be taking a break from the reception to contribute to a cause dear to their hearts: Toys for Tots. The couple’s relationship started at a Target, shopping for...
Foul-mouthed parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order things while owner is away

Foul-mouthed parrot uses Amazon Alexa to order things while owner is away

Rocco the parrot is in trouble again. The parrot, which  was kicked out of the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary for swearing too much, has learned how to use Amazon’s Alexa and decided to shop online when his owner was away, according to The Sunday Times. Rocco, who is an African grey parrot and lives in Berkshire, U.K., reportedly learned how to use the smart speaker to order...
Trucker rescues dogs thrown from vehicle along highway 

Trucker rescues dogs thrown from vehicle along highway 

A passing trucker stopped Saturday morning to rescue two beagle mixes that were thrown from a moving vehicle along a snowy New York highway.  >> Read more trending news  One of the dogs was badly injured and had to have a leg amputated, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reported.  "These animals have been through a lot, and people need to understand that this is not...
Deck collapses while family taking Christmas photos; multiple people injured

Deck collapses while family taking Christmas photos; multiple people injured

Two people were airlifted to an Atlanta hospital Saturday after a deck collapsed at a home in Conyers, Georgia, and several other people suffered injuries requiring transport to area medical centers. About 4:30 p.m., the Rockdale County Fire Department received a call of a deck collapse on Lake Sorrento Drive. About 15 people were on the deck at the rear of the home when the structure collapsed, according...
At least 4 officers injured during NJ SantaCon

At least 4 officers injured during NJ SantaCon

Eight people have been arrested and at least four police officers required medical attention after the SantaCon pub crawl kicked off in Hoboken, New Jersey on Saturday. Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante began live tweeting Saturday, reporting each arrest, including those accused of aggravated assault on police officers: Two other police officers were exposed to blood after a fight at a restaurant...
Megachurch pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini purchase for wife

Megachurch pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini purchase for wife

Saying he is not a “pulpit pimp” or “prosperity preacher,” Pastor John Gray defiantly and emotionally defended a $200,000 Lamborghini he purchased as an anniversary gift to his wife in a 23-minute video posted on social media. >> Read more trending news  Gray, who leads Relentless Church and is an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, was...
Lonely veteran flooded with Christmas cards after pizza shop’s social post

Lonely veteran flooded with Christmas cards after pizza shop’s social post

Glenn Tesnow has checked his mailbox twice daily the last few weeks, hoping for Christmas cards.  Each day, the 97-year-old has found none. >> Read more trending news  That is, until the staff at Sloopy’s shared his story Thursday on social media, hoping to bring some holiday cheer to the World War II veteran.  “We all may not be here today in this Holiday season...
Good Samaritan intervenes, prevents child abduction

Good Samaritan intervenes, prevents child abduction

A good Samaritan intervened and stopped an abduction, holding the suspect until police arrived, investigators said. >> Read more trending news  Relyn Estrada, 40, drove beside an 11-year-old girl who was walking to school around 7:50 a.m., offered her a ride and, when she refused, he tried to force her into his car, WABC reported. He blocked her path with his car and tried to grab...
California farm tied to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, recalls more lettuce

California farm tied to romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak, recalls more lettuce

A California farm tied to a recent outbreak of E. coli bacteria in romaine lettuce is recalling more lettuce, as well as other vegetables.  >> Read more trending news  Adam Bros. Farming is recalling red and green leaf lettuce and cauliflower harvested between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30 because it might be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, the farm said Thursday in a release. ...
Year’s brightest comet flies by Earth this weekend

Year’s brightest comet flies by Earth this weekend

Backyard astronomers will get a visual feast this weekend when a comet that orbits between Jupiter and the Sun will be closest to Earth.  >> Read more trending news  Comet Wirtanen reaches its closest approach to Earth, a mere 7.1 million miles, Sunday evening and early into Monday, making it one of the 10 closest flybys in 70 years, according to NASA.  Viewers are expected...
Priest’s suicide homily, ‘bully’ coach add to family’s grief at son’s funeral

Priest’s suicide homily, ‘bully’ coach add to family’s grief at son’s funeral

Maison Hullibarger was a straight-A student and a tremendous athlete who ended his own life earlier this month.  The tragic loss was devastating and the difficulty of burying their son was made harder by a priest’s homily with myriad references to suicide and the unwelcome attendance of a hard-nosed football coach who had bullied the 18-year-old. “(Rev. Don LaCuesta) was up there...
Florida mother disappears day after Thanksgiving, community rallies to find her

Florida mother disappears day after Thanksgiving, community rallies to find her

Family members of a mother say she disappeared the day after Thanksgiving and was never heard from again.  >> Read more trending news  Tiffany Wells, 35, has two young children and had just started working at the ULTA in the St. Johns Town Center Action News Jax obtained a missing person’s report that says Tiffany Wells never showed up for her next shift for work, and no one...
Gun deaths at highest level in 40 years, CDC says

Gun deaths at highest level in 40 years, CDC says

New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database shows gun-related deaths have reached the highest level in almost 40 years. >> Read more trending news  Nearly 40,000 people in the United States died from a gunshot wound in 2017. According to the data, 14,542 were murders and 23,854 were ruled a suicide. The CEO of Lutheran Services Florida Health...
World War II vet, 92, robbed at gunpoint at retirement home

World War II vet, 92, robbed at gunpoint at retirement home

A 92-year-old World War II veteran was robbed at gunpoint Thursday at his Louisiana retirement home, WDSU reported. The thief escaped with cash and medications, the television station reported. >> Read more trending news  Police in Slidell said the suspect entered the Lafittes Landing retirement community and knocked on the victim’s front door.  When the victim opened his...
For sale: Island with pebbles and penguins

For sale: Island with pebbles and penguins

If you are looking for beachfront property located far off the beaten path, then a piece of land in the Falkland Islands could be your own personal paradise. >> Read more trending news  That is, if you don’t mind sharing the island with five different species of penguins, sea lions, cattle, 42 different species of birds and 6,000 sheep. Pebble Island was bought by the Dean family...
New Hampshire banker accused of stealing nearly $100K from customer

New Hampshire banker accused of stealing nearly $100K from customer

A banker in New Hampshire is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a customer's bank account, allegedly using the money to buy everything from manicures to family vacations.  >> Read more trending news  For five years, Britt Landsperger oversaw the day-to-day business of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, TD Bank branch until investigators said one of her own employees...
California man charged with murder in shooting death of librarian

California man charged with murder in shooting death of librarian

A California man accused of fatally shooting a Sacramento librarian was charged with murder Friday, the Sacramento Bee reported. >> Read more trending news  Ronald Seay, 56, was arrested Wednesday in the death of Amber Clark, 41, who was sitting in her car Tuesday night when she was killed in the parking lot of the North Natomas Public Library, KCRA reported. Detectives said they...
'Astonishing': Largest known diamond in North America unearthed in Canada

'Astonishing': Largest known diamond in North America unearthed in Canada

An “astonishing gemstone” unearthed in a Canadian mine in October is the largest diamond ever found in North America, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news  The 552-carat yellow diamond was found in Canada’s Northwest Territory at the Diavik Diamond Mine, according to a news release from Dominion Diamond Mines. The diamond measures 33.74 millimeters by...
Minnesota man assaults 2 teachers at community college, police say

Minnesota man assaults 2 teachers at community college, police say

A Minnesota man is accused of assaulting two instructors at a Bloomington community college, KARE reported. >> Read more trending news  Gavin Hutson, 21, faces one count of third-degree assault, two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and a gross misdemeanor charge of carrying a pistol without a permit, KSTP reported, citing a report from the Hennepin County Attorney's...
Man spray-paints 'cocaine' at historic Bourbon Street locations

Man spray-paints 'cocaine' at historic Bourbon Street locations

A 45-year-old Louisiana man is accused of spray painting the word “cocaine” in several areas of New Orleans’ historic Bourbon Street district, the Times-Picayune reported. According to New Orleans police, Sean Harrington was caught on surveillance cameras spray painting the words early on Dec. 3, including on the doors of a historic building on Bourbon Street, the newspaper...
Kentucky high school stages 'Adulting Day' to target real-life skills

Kentucky high school stages 'Adulting Day' to target real-life skills

A Kentucky high school staged an “Adulting Day” event Wednesday, an event that gave student tips in making the grade with real-life issues, WAVE reported. >> Read more trending news  Seniors at Bullitt Central High School were schooled in practical matters such as managing credit cards, changing a tire, finances and dormitory room cooking, the television station reported...
Prada pulls products after 'blackface imagery' backlash

Prada pulls products after 'blackface imagery' backlash

Italian luxury fashion label Prada is pulling a controversial product line that many have called “racist” and said depicts “blackface imagery.” >> Read more trending news  The new “Pradamalia” collection of wallets, jewelry and trinkets is part of what Prada calls “a new family of mysterious tiny creatures that are one part biological, one...
Watch: Thief struggles to steal huge TV

Watch: Thief struggles to steal huge TV

This thief should get points for not giving up. >> Read more trending news  Surveillance video released by Maryland police showed a man struggling to steal a large 4K television set on Nov. 29, WBAL reported. According to the Prince George's County police blog, the man grabs a large box at a residence in Fort Washington. As he hustles back to his car, the man stumbles and falls...
Two dogs thrown out of window on New York interstate

Two dogs thrown out of window on New York interstate

Two dogs were thrown out of a moving vehicle on a New York interstate Wednesday, and state troopers are looking for the person or persons responsible. WTEM reported. >> Read more trending news  New York State Police driving on I-81 in Cortland County at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday noticed a tractor-trailer pulled over in the left lane, the television station reported. The driver was several...
Florida mom served by teen at meat counter who later was charged in son's murder

Florida mom served by teen at meat counter who later was charged in son's murder

A Florida woman discovered that a clerk who served her at a Tampa meat market last month is the man accused of murdering her son, the Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Tara Jones was wearing two laminated images of her 18-year-old son, TeSean “Bama” Blue, who was shot to death in Tampa on Sept. 3 while riding his bicycle, when she went to the Meat Depot...
Father reportedly turned away from mental health institute days before being shot, killed by police

Father reportedly turned away from mental health institute days before being shot, killed by police

A Memphis, Tennessee, father of six is dead after Memphis police shot and killed him Thursday night. MPD said a man was pointing a gun at a motorist in Raleigh. Investigators were called to the intersection of James Road and Homewood Street around 10:20 p.m., according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Officers arrived on the scene and noticed the suspect was armed. Shots were fired,...
Good Samaritans pay off layaways for Walmart customers in Georgia

Good Samaritans pay off layaways for Walmart customers in Georgia

There are four Walmarts in Forsyth County, Georgia, and now everyone who had items in layaway can take those things home free and clear, thanks to a random act of kindness.  It all happened because of a Santa Claus of sorts in Forsyth County this week. One man filled with holiday spirit felt compelled to help others. "We just felt a tug in our hearts," said Forsyth County resident Greg...
Mom of fighter jet pilot who crashed in Hawaii details son's heroic efforts

Mom of fighter jet pilot who crashed in Hawaii details son's heroic efforts

It's a mother's worst nightmare. Elaine Regan sat down with WFXT to describe the moment she got the phone call telling her that her son, Matthew Pothier, had crashed his fighter jet into the Pacific Ocean. “He was one of those kids that knew early on that he wanted to be an aviator, specifically, a jet pilot," said Regan. "He had a wonderful experience with the Andover school...
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