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Dragons knocked out of first place with 11-3 loss at Bowling Green

WDTN News - 2 hours 12 min ago

Bowling Green, Ky.—Bowling Green’s Jesus Sanchez hit two home runs and drove in four runs to lead the Hot Rods to an 11-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday afternoon.  The Dayton loss dropped the Dragons out of first place for the first time since April 11th.

The Dayton fell to 11-9 on the year, falling one game out of first in the Midwest League East Division.  The Dragons went 2-5 on their seven-game road trip, dropping two-of-three in Bowling Green.  The Dayton loss coupled with a West Michigan win ended a stretch of 14 straight days in which the Dragons held at least a share of first place.

The Dragons scored in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead when John Sansone doubled and scored on Tyler Stephenson’s single.  But Bowling Green responded with three runs in the second and then four more in the fifth to take a 7-1 lead.  The Hot Rods added two more in the seventh to lead 9-1.  The Dragons scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings, sandwiched around Sanchez’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth for Bowling Green.

Dragons starting pitcher Andrew Jordan (1-2) suffered the loss.  He worked four innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits with two walks and one strikeout.  Ryan Hendrix followed Jordan and tossed two perfect innings, striking out three.  Lucas Benenati worked the seventh, allowing two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout.  First baseman James Vasquez pitched the bottom of the eighth, allowing a pair of runs while striking out two.  

The Dragons collected six hits.  Stephenson was 2 for 4 with a run batted in.  Sansone and T.J. Friedl had doubles.

The Dragons (11-9) open a four-game home series against the Great Lakes Loons at Fifth Third Field on Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  Tony Santillan (0-1, 4.00) will start for the Dragons against Great Lakes’ Jordan Sheffield (0-0, 3.27).

All Dragons games are broadcast on radio on Fox Sports 980 WONE and on the internet at Games are also available on the Dayton Dragons mobile app.

Notes:  Stephenson is batting .387 over his last eight games.  He began the day ranked third in the league in RBI with 16 and added one to his total…Brantley Bell had one hit Wednesday and is batting .387 over his last nine games…Friedl’s double was his team-leading ninth extra base hit of the year…Hendrix notched three strikeouts in two innings.  He leads Midwest League relievers in strikeouts per nine innings with 19 Ks in 10 innings…Dragons reliever Aaron Fossas, who pitched three scoreless innings on Tuesday, has not been scored upon this season in 15 innings…The Dragons had a rare game on Wednesday in which they did not steal a base.  They began the day with 37 steals, 15 more than any other Midwest League team.

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First openly gay bishop may lose job

WDTN News - 2 hours 14 min ago

DENVER (KUSA) – The first openly gay bishop for the United Methodist Church could lose her title because of her sexuality.

The denomination’s highest court heard arguments Tuesday and could decide this week if it will overturn Denver-based Reverend Karen Oliveto’s election.

“This is a community of faith and I’m a clergy person who believes we are called to draw our circle wider, not to build walls, not to build barriers, not to exclude people,” says Rev. Eric Strader of Christ Church United Methodist.

The church on Colorado Boulevard in Denver is covered with rainbow signs signifying open doors for the LGBT community.

While some individual churches and pastors like Strader welcome diversity, in the 1970s the United Methodist Church added a clause to their rules stating clergy cannot be “self-avowed practicing homosexuals.”

Despite this rule, Oliveto became the first lesbian elected bishop last July. She oversees hundreds of churches in five states including Colorado.

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Florida teen playing with gun shoots, kills 13-year-old sister on his birthday

WDTN News - 2 hours 19 min ago

FLORIDA CITY, FL (AP) — A 13-year-old girl has died after authorities say her teenage brother shot her in the back of the head following a birthday hug.

Miami-Dade Police say 17-year-old Martaevious Santiago told officers it was an accident.

They say Santiago told them he was horsing around with his sister Tedra King while he and a friend were handling a loaded handgun at their Florida City home Tuesday night.

He said King gave him a birthday hug and he accidentally shot her as she turned away.

Santiago is charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child and possession of a weapon. Authorities said his 14-year-old friend was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that the killing is “heartbreaking, reckless gun violence.”

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Affidavit: Murder suspect confesses to coworker, asks him to pinkie swear not to tell

WDTN News - 2 hours 24 min ago

LIBERTY, OH (WKBN) – The man accused of murdering an elderly Liberty, Ohio woman told a co-worker that he may have killed someone and asked him to “pinkie swear” not to tell anyone, according to court documents.

Sean Clemens is charged with aggravated murder, robbery and burglary in the killing of 84-year-old Jane Larue Brown, who was found dead in her Liberty home early Monday morning.

According to the affidavit filed by prosecutors Tuesday, Clemens told a co-worker that he had beaten someone up and cut that person’s throat. The co-worker told investigators that Clemens made comments that he was going to spend the rest of his life in jail and made him “pinkie swear/promise not to divulge any of the information he had told him.”

Clemens made the comments during a drive to the methadone clinic, where Clemens went for treatment, the affidavit said. The two later went to work.

READ: Affidavit filed by prosecutors (Warning: Graphic content) 

The co-worker told investigators that he first thought Clemens may have gotten into a fight with an unknown man but later questioned the statements that he made.

According to the co-worker, Clemens told him to throw out a Samsung mini tablet and later threw it out of the car window during the drive.

The affidavit also details evidence that police said they collected from Brown’s home, as well as the home of Clemen’s.

Police said Brown was found dead in the home, appearing to have been stabbed and beaten. Missing was a flat screen TV, and the house was ransacked.

Investigators noted that the back sliding glass door of Brown’s home on Churchill Hubbard Road and been smashed, and a sledgehammer was found nearby. Her 2017 Cadillac SUV was found burning in a grass alley between March and East Drive, and a gas can was nearby, according to court documents.

Officers canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses went to Clemen’s home across the street, at 420 Churchill-Hubbard Road. Court documents say investigators found the back breezeway door open and blood on the door.

A search of the home discovered the stolen flat screen TV with blood on it and other items, including half of a $10 bill with blood, the affidavit said. Police said the other half of the $10 bill was in Brown’s home.

Clemens, who was arrested when he returned to the area and parked in a neighbor’s driveway, was found to have injuries to his head and arm, prosecutors detailed.

The court records say Clemens admitted during questioning that he broke into Brown’s house with a sledgehammer and beat her with a garden shovel while she was in bed. He then used the knife, according to the affidavit.

Investigators said there were some injuries that showed she may have fought back.

According to the affidavit, Clemens told investigators that he stole the items, put them in his house and burned the car, burning himself and his dog in the process. Police said Clemens also had a burn on his arm when he was arrested.

Clemens appeared in court on Tuesday. He is being held in Trumbull County Jail without bond.

Prosecutors plan to present their case against Clemens to a grand jury next week.

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JFK diary written in post-WWII Europe sells for $718,000

WDTN News - 2 hours 27 min ago

BOSTON (AP) — A diary kept by John F. Kennedy during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II has sold for more than $718,000 at auction.

Boston-based RR Auction says the diary sold Wednesday for $718,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $200,000. It says the winning bid was made in person by JFK collector Joseph Alsop, of Beverly.

The diary was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and traveled through a devastated Europe.

It provides insights into Kennedy’s thoughts on world leaders of the era. Kennedy reflects on the legacy of Hitler and presages the future of the United Nations.

The 61-page diary was given by Kennedy to Deirdre Henderson, a research assistant in his campaign office in the late 1950s.

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Fired bus driver indicted for killing Cleveland pedestrian

WDTN News - 2 hours 51 min ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — A bus driver fired by an Ohio transit authority has been indicted on an aggravated vehicular homicide charge for killing a pedestrian in a crosswalk in downtown Cleveland.

Thirty-five-year-old Antoinette Peterkin, of the Cleveland suburb of Highland Heights, also faces a vehicular homicide charge in an indictment handed up Tuesday.

Authorities say Peterkin slowed her bus but failed to make a complete stop near Cleveland’s Public Square and struck 69-year-old Joan Kuendig in a crosswalk Dec. 7. Keundig died at a hospital several weeks later.

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority fired Peterkin on Jan. 23.

Court records don’t indicate if Peterkin has an attorney. An arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has been scheduled for May 10.

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Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director, dead at 73

WDTN News - 3 hours 3 min ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” has died. He was 73.

Demme’s publicist, Annalee Paulo, said Demme died Wednesday morning in his New York apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children. Demme died from complications from esophageal cancer, she said.

Demme broke into moviemaking under the B-movie master Roger Corman in the early 1970s, and his prodigious, wide-ranging body of work always kept the spirited, agile curiosity of a low-budget independent filmmaker. His hopscotching career spanned documentaries, screwball comedies and tales of social justice.

Yet his most famous films were a pair of Oscar-winners “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an FBI analyst, earned him a directing Oscar, as well as best picture. He followed that up with “Philadelphia” (1993), with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, the first major Hollywood film to confront the AIDS crisis. It remains a landmark film in the portrayal of gay life and injustice, subjects Hollywood has previously largely turned a blind eye toward.

Hopkins, Foster and Hanks all earned Academy Awards for their performances from those films. Demme’s sensitive, alert eye help produce countless other acclaimed performance, too, from Melanie Griffith (“Something Wild”) to Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”).

If there was one commonality in Demme’s varied filmography, it was music. Demme acknowledged that while he was talentless when it came to playing an instrument, he found he could join the acts he documented with his camera. His deftly observed 1984 film “Stop Making Sense” began with David Byrne with a guitar and a boom box on a bare stage and swelled into an art-funk spectacular.

“I’ve come to believe, and I kind of felt this when we did ‘Stop Making Sense,’ that shooting live music is kind of like the purest form of filmmaking,” Demme told The Associated Press last year. “There’s no script to worry about. It’s not a documentary, so you don’t have to wonder where this story is going and what we can use. It’s just: Here come the musicians. Here come the dancers. The curtain goes up. They have at it and we get to respond in the best way possible to what they’re doing up there.”

Demme also made films with Neil Young (“Heart of Gold,” ”Neil Young Trunk Show,” ”Neil Young Journeys”), Bruce Springsteen, the Pretenders, and documented Spalding Grey performing a monologue (“Swimming to Cambodia”). In “Storefront Hitchcock,” the British singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock performed in a storefront window.

“Jonathan was a born movie-maker: He loved people and he loved filming them. Fictional or actual, he caught so many lives and glimpses of lives and framed them for others to enjoy,” Hitchcock said Thursday. “Jonathan was a true keeper of souls, and now we must celebrate his.”

Demme last year released his latest concert film, “Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids,” on Netflix. Timberlake, a passionate fan of “Stop Making Sense,” sought out Demme to direct it. Demme’s last fiction film, “Ricki and the Flash,” was perhaps his ultimate fusion of music in a fiction film. It starred Meryl Streep as an aging bar-band rocker.

Robert Jonathan Demme was born on Long Island on Feb. 22, 1944. His father, Robert, was a press representative in the travel industry. After his family moved to Miami, he attended the University of Florida where he wrote movie reviews for the school paper. In 1971, he went to work for Corman, first as a unit publicist on “Von Richthofen and Brown” and later directing his own films: the women’s prison movie “Caged Heart”; “Crazy Mama” with Cloris Leachman; and “Fighting Mad,” with Peter Fonda as a farmer.

Demme’s breakthrough came with the Oscar-nominated “Melvin and Howard” (1980), starring Jason Robards as Howard Hughes. The film is centered on a Nevada service station owner who claims to be the beneficiary of the billionaire.

From early on, music played a central role in his films. In 1986’s rollicking road-trip comedy “Something Wild,” Jeff Daniels starred a tax consultant drawn into the wilder orbit of Melanie Griffith. The music-stuffed movie included 49 songs.

Some films were misfires. Demme’s 1988 adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” didn’t click with critics, nor did his 2004 big-budget remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

But 2008’s “Rachel Getting Married” was a return to form for Demme that seemed to combine many of his talents — for a buoyant humanism, for the joy of music performance, for troubled outsiders, for a natural, documentary-like realism. Hathaway played a young woman released from rehab to go home for her sister’s wedding.

Demme most recently directed an episode of the Fox police drama “Shots Fired,” scheduled to air Thursday. He also completed a film for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to debut July 1.

Demme was initially married to Evelyn Purcell, before divorcing. His second marriage was to artist Joanne Howard, which whom he had three children who survive him: Brooklyn, Romana and Jos. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Americans for Immigrant Justice.

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OSP seizes $123K in drugs from Preble Co traffic stop

WDTN News - 3 hours 11 min ago

PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol seized more than $100,000 in marijuana and hashish from a traffic stop.

According to a post on the OSP Facebook page, Troopers seized drugs and contraband they say is worth $123,000 in a traffic stop on April 19.

The car was stopped for speeding at 11:20 a.m. After troopers “observed criminal indicators” and a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the vehicle, a search was conducted.

Troopers discovered 43 pounds of vacuum-sealed hydroponic marijuana, 10 ounces of marijuana edibles, 19 grams of solid hashish, 25 grams of liquid hashish, and 73 vapor pipes. The contraband has an approximate street value of $123,597, according to OSP.

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Trump proposing tax cuts for companies big and small

WDTN News - 4 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to simplify the personal tax code by cutting rates and eliminating deductions used by more affluent Americans.

White House economic adviser Gary Cohn says the plan would cut the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. It also would reduce the number of personal income tax brackets to three from seven. The new tax rates would be 10 percent, 25 percent and 35 percent.

The plan would double the standard deduction for married couples to $24,000, while keeping deductions for charitable giving and mortgage interest payments. The plan would trim other deductions used by high-income Americans, including state and local tax payments.

It would also repeal the estate tax, the catch-all alternative minimum tax and the 3.8 percent tax on investment income from President Barack Obama’s health care law.

The White House proposal does not include budget cuts or tax increases that would offset the tax cuts and keep the proposal from increasing the nation’s deficit. It also does not include the so-called border adjustment tax preferred by House leaders. Both omissions left significant doubt over whether the outline would be embraced by Trump’s own party.

The president sent his team to Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening to discuss his plan with Republican leaders.

“They went into some suggestions that are mere suggestions and we’ll go from there,” said GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

The White House’s presentation will be “pretty broad in the principles,” said Marc Short, Trump’s director of legislative affairs.

In the coming weeks, Trump will solicit more ideas on how to improve it, Short said. The specifics should start to come this summer.

Short said the administration did not want to set a firm timeline, after demanding a quick House vote on a health care bill and watching it fail.

But, Short added, “I don’t see this sliding into 2018.”

Republicans who slammed the growing national debt under President Barack Obama have said they are open to Trump’s tax plan, even though it could add trillions of dollars to the deficit over the next decade.

Echoing the White House, Republicans argue the cuts would spur economic growth, reducing or even eliminating any drop in tax revenue.

“I’m not convinced that cutting taxes is necessarily going to blow a hole in the deficit,” Hatch said.

“I actually believe it could stimulate the economy and get the economy moving,” Hatch added. “Now, whether 15 percent is the right figure or not, that’s a matter to be determined.”

The argument that tax cuts pay for themselves has been debunked by economists from across the political spectrum.

On Tuesday, the official scorekeeper for Congress dealt the argument — and Trump’s plan — another blow.

The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation said a big cut in corporate taxes, even if temporary, would add to long-term budget deficits. This is a problem for Republicans because it means they would need Democratic support in the Senate to pass a tax overhaul that significantly cuts corporate taxes.

Republicans have been working under a budget maneuver that would allow them to pass a tax bill without Democratic support in the Senate, but only if it didn’t add to long-term deficits.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate was sticking to that strategy.

“Regretfully we don’t expect to have any Democratic involvement in” a tax overhaul, McConnell said. “So we’ll have to reach an agreement among ourselves.”

President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut reduced federal revenues by almost 19 percent, according to a Treasury report. In today’s dollars, that would mean a tax cut of more than $600 billion a year — or well over $6 trillion over the next decade.

Democrats said they smell hypocrisy over the growing national debt, which stands at nearly $20 trillion. For decades, Republican lawmakers railed against saddling future generations with trillions in debt.

But with Republicans controlling Congress and the White House, there is no appetite at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue to tackle the long-term drivers of debt, Social Security and Medicare. Instead, Republicans are pushing for tax cuts and increased defense spending.

“I’m particularly struck by how some of this seems to be turning on its head Republican economic theory,” said Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.

Added Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.: “On a lot of fronts, both the administration and Republicans have been contradictory, to say the least.”

“There’s no question we should try to reduce (the corporate tax rate), but I don’t see how you pay for getting it down that low,” Casey said. “Fifteen percent, that’s a huge hole if you can’t make the math work.”

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Prosecutor: Couple laughed as they fatally shot service dog

WDTN News - 4 hours 27 min ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina prosecutor says an Army veteran and her boyfriend, who’s also a soldier, can be heard laughing as they filmed themselves fatally shooting her service dog.

The Fayetteville Observer reports 23-year-old Marinna Rollins and 25-year-old Jarren Heng are accused of tying the dog, Cam, to a tree and shooting it multiple times with a rifle.

Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves says the two can be heard giggling and laughing as the dog is being killed.

Both are charged with cruelty to animals.

Court documents show Rollins medically retired from the Army in January.

Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt said Heng is a soldier in a unit that reports to the Army Special Operations Command. Bockholt declined to give the exact unit.

It’s unclear whether they have lawyers.

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Pennsylvania rules require vaccinations within 5 days of beginning of school year

WDTN News - 4 hours 56 min ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — New Pennsylvania Department of Health rules require school students to be fully vaccinated within five days of the beginning of the school year.

The Tribune-Review says the new rules take effect in August.

Students who don’t have their vaccinations in time must have a doctor provide a written medial plan to outline when the vaccinations will occur.

Loren Robinson, the deputy secretary and health promotion and disease prevention, says the rules mostly affect kindergarten students because that’s when most children get the vaccines. Parents previously were given up to eight months to get their children vaccinated after starting school.

The new rules are meant to ensure more accurate reporting to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and to prevent outbreaks of measles and other infectious diseases.

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Feds: Ohio men killed 2 witnesses of drug activity, beating

WDTN News - 5 hours 1 min ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The government says two Ohio men have been arrested on allegations of killing two women to keep them from talking to police about drug activity and a severe assault.

Federal prosecutors say Antwan Hutchinson and Michael Favors killed the women Feb. 23 because they were seen as potential witnesses against the pair.

The indictment released Tuesday charges Hutchinson and Favors with murder of a witness for allegedly shooting victims Sidney Campbell and Marie Stamp.

Hutchinson and Favors are also accused of severely beating Campbell’s son, Cody Campbell, on Feb. 12 in Columbus to keep him from cooperating with a federal drug investigation. Cody Campbell died the next day.

Messages were left with the attorneys for both men seeking comment on the charges.

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Bigfoot on the lam: Sasquatch statues vanish from Ohio store

WDTN News - 5 hours 4 min ago

NORTH LIMA, Ohio (AP) — Police in Ohio are on the lookout for Bigfoot after a gift shop owner reported that statues of the hairy creature vanished from outside her store.

Arlene Fitzer tells WFMJ-TV in Youngstown that the three hand-painted, concrete statues disappeared from Farmer Dave’s Gift Shop between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Fitzer suspects they were stolen but says they would have been difficult to lift and to hide. She’s reviewing surveillance video for clues.

Two statues had been mounted on pedestals in front of her shop in Beaver Township, in rural northeast Ohio.

One is 3.5 feet tall. Another is 2.25 feet. The third is considered the “baby” Bigfoot.

Fitzer says they range in value from $55 to $150.

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Agency to look into demolition costs in Michigan, Ohio

WDTN News - 5 hours 10 min ago

DETROIT (AP) — An agency that investigates how federal blight demolition funds are used plans to look into why the cost of tearing down vacant houses rose by thousands of dollars in Michigan and Ohio.

The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program — TARP — says the average cost of razing a house in Michigan increased from about $9,200 to $17,600.

In Ohio, the cost rose from about $9,200 to $15,000.

The agency says Wednesday in a report that Michigan’s costs dropped about 38 percent last year following an audit.

Funding for demolitions in Detroit was temporarily halted last year while Treasury officials reviewed a state audit of spending costs.

The Detroit Land Bank says the average demolition cost eventually was cut to $13,516.

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Woman accused of having sex with teen again

WDTN News - 6 hours 20 min ago

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – An Oregon woman convicted of having sex with her neighbor’s teenage son has been arrested after authorities say she did it again.

The Register-Guard reports 28-year-old Jessica Bennett of Cottage Grove was sentenced in October to 10 days in jail and two years on probation after she pleaded guilty to contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

She wasn’t allowed to have contact with the teenager while on probation and had to register as a sex offender.

A charging document filed Monday shows Bennett is again charged with contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. She’s accused of having sex with the same underage boy as recently as Saturday.

Bennett pleaded not guilty at Monday’s arraignment.

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101-year-old wins gold medal in 100 meters

WDTN News - 6 hours 21 min ago

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (NBC News) — A 101-year-old Indian athlete sprinted to 100-meter gold at the World Masters Games in New Zealand Monday.

As the only competitor in the 100-plus age category in the discipline Man Kaur completed her one-woman race in a time of one minute 14 seconds to wild cheers from the crowd.

She was also entered in the 200 meters race, the shot, and javelin competitions.

Kaur told reporters she would keep “rocking” for the rest of her life.

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United investigating after ‘Simon’ the giant rabbit dies during flight

WDTN News - 6 hours 24 min ago

LONDON (AP) – United Airlines is investigating a report that a giant rabbit died on one of its trans-Atlantic flights.

Distraught breeder Annette Edwards from Worcestershire in central England told The Associated Press by phone Wednesday that Simon, a 10-month-old, 3-foot-long continental rabbit, had a vet check shortly before traveling from London’s Heathrow airport to Chicago’s O’Hare airport. She said Simon had been purchased by a celebrity whom she did not identify.

“Simon had his vet check just before getting on the plane,” she said. “He was fit as a fiddle.”

The airline said in a statement that it was “saddened” by the news and had been in contact with Edwards and offered assistance. The company is dealing with public relations issues after a passenger who would not give up his seat was dragged forcibly from a plane in Chicago three weeks ago.

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Woman found trapped in hole inside Clinton County shed

WDTN News - 6 hours 51 min ago

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (WLWT/WDTN)One man was arrested after a woman was found trapped in a hole inside a shed at a Blanchester home Wednesday, police said.

Police in Blanchester say a 30-year-old-woman was reported missing by her mother around 1:30 Tuesday morning. Officers responded and searched the area but did not find her.

Police responded to a home in the 100 block of Central Avenue home at 4:00 a.m. after a neighbor reported hearing cries coming from a shed on the property. When police arrived, they found a woman inside a hole that had been covered with wood and heavy objects, in a yard belonging to Dennis Dunn, 45, they said.

Police say the hole was about 3.5 feet deep and 2-feet wide. They say the pit was covered with wood and heavy objects to hold the lid in place.

Police say the woman appeared to be suffering a sezure when they found her and she was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Offices observed no obvious signs of physical trauma to the woman.

Photos: Shed where woman was held Woman found trapped in hole inside Clinton County shed (Ethan Fitzgerald / WDTN Photo) Woman found trapped in hole inside Clinton County shed (Ethan Fitzgerald / WDTN Photo) Woman found trapped in hole inside Clinton County shed (Ethan Fitzgerald / WDTN Photo)

Officers stationed outside the home with guns drawn for four hours, awaiting SWAT, before Dunn walked out the front door “like he was going for a stroll,” police said.

Dunn was charged with one count of kidnapping and taken to the Clinton County Jail.

2 NEWS has a crew on the scene and will keep you updated as we learn more.

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FirstEnergy pushes for rate hike to help Ohio nuclear plants

WDTN News - 6 hours 58 min ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The head of northern Ohio’s largest electric utility is telling state lawmakers that a proposal to keep alive its two nuclear plants along Lake Erie is more than just a bailout.

FirstEnergy Corp. President Chuck Jones says the plants need to keep operating to ensure Ohio has a diverse lineup of homegrown energy sources and that electricity prices aren’t vulnerable to wild swings.

The Blade in Toledo reports Jones spoke to lawmakers Tuesday about the plan. If approved, it would increase rates by as much as $5 a month for FirstEnergy customers in Ohio.

The increase could generate about $300 million each year for the Davis-Besse and Perry nuclear plants that are owned by the Akron-based utility.

Both plants are facing stiff competition from cheaper natural gas plants.

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Ohio man accused of impersonating officer, giving kids jail tours

WDTN News - 8 hours 18 min ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A man has been accused of taking children in handcuffs to tour an Ohio county jail and courthouse while wearing a police uniform.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports Christopher S. Hendon claimed he was part of a police program that gives kids prison tours to scare them off from committing crimes.

Police say Hendon tried to enter the courthouse and jail four times and left each time after being denied access. Authorities arraigned Hendon on Tuesday on charges of impersonating an officer, criminal trespass and taking a gun into a courthouse.

A councilwoman says Hendon wanted to be an officer and mentor young people. Hendon attended a police academy but didn’t graduate.

Hendon is jailed. Attorney Don Hicks says he’ll represent Hendon but hasn’t met with him.

Authorities are trying to identify the children involved in the tours.

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