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UK police arrest 9th man in concert bombing investigation

WDTN News - 11 hours 33 min ago

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police investigating the Manchester Arena bombing have arrested a ninth man while continuing to search addresses associated with the bomber who killed 22 people.

Eight other men are in custody in connection with Monday’s blast, with police and security agencies working to prevent further attacks. Britain’s security level has been upgraded to “critical” meaning officials believe another attack may be imminent.

Authorities are chasing possible links between the bomber, Salman Abedi, and militants in Manchester, elsewhere in Europe, and in North Africa and the Middle East.

Abedi, a college dropout who had grown up in the Manchester area, was known to security services because of his radical views. He was the son of Libyan parents who migrated to Britain in the early 1990s.

He reportedly was in contact with family members just before the attack.

The name of the man arrested in the early hours Friday and those of the eight others in custody were not released. No one has yet been charged in the bombing.

British police working on the case have resumed intelligence-sharing with U.S. counterparts after a brief halt because of anger over leaks to U.S. media thought by Britain to be coming from U.S. officials.

British officials say that have receive assurances from U.S. authorities that confidential material will be protected.

Campaigning in Britain’s general election, set for June 8, is resuming after being suspended because of the bombing late Monday following an Ariana Grande concert.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn plans to use a speech Friday to link Britain’s actions overseas to the increased extremist threat at home.

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The Latest: Democrat concedes to Gianforte in Montana race

WDTN News - 11 hours 45 min ago

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on the misdemeanor assault case against Greg Gianforte, a Republican candidate for a Montana congressional seat in a special election Thursday. (all times local):

11:15 p.m.

Democrat Rob Quist conceded the contest for Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House late Thursday to Republican Greg Gianforte.

The country singer and political newcomer told supporters he called Gianforte and stressed the need to listen to all Montanans.

Quist said he was “sure that Montanans will hold Mr. Gianforte accountable.”

Gianforte was charged with assaulting a Guardian reporter the day before the election. He apologized during his victory speech.

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10:55 p.m.

Newly elected Republican congressman Greg Gianforte apologized to the reporter he’s charged with assaulting.

After being declared the winner in the U.S. House race in Montana, Gianforte told supporters Thursday night that he should not have treated Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the way he did.

Gianforte told the crowd: “I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry.”

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after witnesses said he grabbed Jacobs and slammed him to the ground.

Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks.

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10:30 p.m.

Republican Greg Gianforte has won the special election for Montana’s sole U.S. House seat a day after being charged with assaulting a reporter.

Gianforte defeated Democrat Rob Quist on Thursday to replace Ryan Zinke, who is now President Donald Trump’s interior secretary.

Gianforte was elected despite being charged with misdemeanor assault on Wednesday after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter for the Guardian newspaper and slammed him to the ground.

The multimillionaire technology entrepreneur is an enthusiastic Trump backer, and his victory was seen as an endorsement of Trump.

Gianforte’s campaign was boosted by rallies featuring Vice President Mike Pence and Donald Trump Jr. plus millions of dollars in ads by Republican groups.

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8:03 p.m.

Montana polls are closing, a day after Republican candidate Greg Gianforte was charged with assaulting a reporter.

Witnesses say Gianforte, a wealthy technology executive, grabbed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, by the neck on Wednesday in a Bozeman office and threw him to the ground.

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office cited him for misdemeanor assault and he has until June 7 to appear in court.

Gianforte was keeping a low profile Thursday and could not be reached for comment.

He’s running against Democrat Rob Quist and Libertarian Mark Wicks.

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4:05 p.m.

A county attorney in Montana says he will review the case involving a Republican congressional candidate accused of shoving a reporter to the ground on the eve of a special election.

Gallatin County Attorney Marty Lambert said Thursday he will set aside celebrity and hype and look at the facts surrounding Greg Gianforte’s altercation with Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian.

Lambert, who was elected as a Republican, says he knows Gianforte but not well. He sometimes encounters Gianforte at church, social events and GOP functions.

Sheriff’s officials have cited Gianforte for misdemeanor assault in the Wednesday altercation.

Lambert, who has not donated money to Gianforte’s campaign, says he will review the sheriff’s decision to pursue a misdemeanor and not a felony.

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3:45 p.m.

The sheriff who cited a Montana congressional candidate for misdemeanor assault has apologized for not disclosing that he contributed $250 to the Republican’s campaign.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Thursday that he should have revealed the donation at a previous news conference held after witnesses said candidate Greg Gianforte had grabbed a reporter by the neck on Wednesday and threw him to the ground at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters.

Gootkin said the contribution had nothing to do with his duties as sheriff.

Gootkin said Gianforte left his campaign headquarters while deputies were investigating the case, and investigators later heard from Gianforte’s attorney that they would need to contact him before speaking with Gianforte again.

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2:55 p.m.

The sheriff who cited a Montana congressional candidate for shoving a reporter to the ground says the Republican was charged with misdemeanor assault because there was no serious bodily injury.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Thursday that under Montana law, assaults that don’t result in serious injuries or involve a weapon are considered misdemeanors. Assaults that cause serious physical injuries or involve weapons are treated as felonies.

Gootkin said he never considered pursuing a felony charge against Greg Gianforte based on evidence collected after the Wednesday incident.

The reporter, Ben Jacobs, didn’t have any visible injuries when he spoke to “Good Morning America” on Thursday but said he was taking “a lot of Advil” for pain.

He said he trusted that investigators had made the right decision on how to handle the case.

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12 p.m.

The Montana congressional candidate accused of assaulting a reporter hasn’t been seen or heard from Thursday as voters go to the polls.

Repeated phone calls to Greg Gianforte’s cellphone went unreturned Thursday. Twice it sounded like someone picked up then immediately hung up.

His home in Bozeman is set back on property along the Gallatin River and isn’t very visible from the road. Its gate was half-opened, with a sign thanking people for not trespassing.

People at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters referred all questions to spokesman Shane Scanlon, who was not there. No one answered the door at Scanlon’s home.

Gianforte has backed out of at least one planned television appearance. MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” says he canceled on the show.

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11:15 a.m.

Montana’s Democratic governor is condemning a GOP House candidate charged with assaulting a journalist.

Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday it is “unsettling that Greg Gianforte physically assaulted a journalist and then lied, refusing to take responsibility for his actions.”

Bullock defeated Gianforte in Montana’s governor’s race last fall.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after an audio recording and eye witnesses appeared to describe him slamming a reporter for the Guardian to the ground.

Bullock says that no matter the outcome of Thursday’s vote, “the actions of Gianforte do not reflect the values of Montana or its people.”

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are vying to replace Ryan Zinke, who vacated Montana’s lone House seat to become U.S. interior secretary.

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10:09 a.m.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the GOP House candidate in Montana charged with assaulting a reporter is “a wannabe Trump.”

“That’s his model, Donald Trump,” Pelosi said of Greg Gianforte, the wealthy Republican running in Thursday’s special election for Montana’s sole House seat.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault Wednesday after an audio recording and eye witnesses appeared to describe him slamming a reporter for the Guardian to the ground.

Ben Jacobs had been trying to question Gianforte about a new Congressional Budget Office analysis of the House health care bill. Gianforte’s campaign accused Jacobs of “badgering.”

Some House Republicans were not eager to comment Thursday morning but Pelosi said: “We’ve really got say enough. Behave. That was outrageous.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for Gianforte to apologize, saying “that’s wrong and should not happen.”

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9:56 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling for the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election to apologize after allegedly attacking a reporter and getting charged with assault.

Ryan says “that’s wrong and should not happen.”

But Ryan wouldn’t say if Greg Gianforte should be barred from joining the House GOP conference if he wins Thursday’s election. Instead Ryan said, “I’m gonna let the people of Montana decide who they want as their representative.”

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, Congressman Steve Stivers, also weighed in Thursday. Stivers said: “From what I know of Greg Gianforte, this was totally out of character, but we all make mistakes.”

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9:20 a.m.

It’s unclear how an alleged assault of a reporter by a Montana congressional candidate will affect the special election’s outcome — in part because more than a third of the state’s registered voters cast absentee ballots before polls opened Thursday.

Republican Greg Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly throwing a reporter for the Guardian to the ground at his campaign headquarters late Wednesday.

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to become President Donald Trump’s Interior secretary.

Montana’s secretary of state’s office says 37 percent of registered voters had returned absentee ballots as of Wednesday.

Montana has just over 699,000 registered voters.

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8:40 a.m.

GOP lawmakers emerging from a closed-door caucus meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday said they didn’t know the facts about Republican Greg Gianforte being charged with misdemeanor assault.

A reporter from the Guardian accused the tech millionaire of slamming him to the ground and breaking his glasses in an altercation at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman on Wednesday afternoon. The reporter had tried to ask Gianforte a question about the latest budget analysis of the GOP health care bill.

A few lawmakers did comment.

Asked if assaulting a reporter is appropriate behavior, California Rep. Duncan Hunter said, “Of course not. It’s not appropriate behavior. Unless the reporter deserved it.”

Indiana Rep. Luke Messer said he wasn’t sure whether the incident would hurt or help Gianforte in Thursday’s special election for the open House seat.

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7:50 a.m.

The polls are open in a race for Montana’s only congressional seat just hours after the front-running candidate was charged with beating up a reporter.

Republican Greg Gianforte has not appeared in public since he was charged with misdemeanor assault late Wednesday. A reporter from the Guardian accused the tech millionaire of slamming him to the ground and breaking his glasses in an altercation Wednesday afternoon at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman.

Gianforte’s camp issued a statement hours before the charge was filed disputing reporter Ben Jacobs’ account. But an audio recording Jacobs made and a Fox News crew that witnessed the altercation back up Jacobs’ version.

Three of Montana’s biggest newspapers pulled their endorsements of Gianforte but did not endorse his opponents.

Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was doing his job and asking a question.

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5 a.m.

The Guardian reporter who authorities say was assaulted by a Montana Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat says he never touched the politician before he was thrown to the ground.

Ben Jacobs told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was doing his job and asking a question of candidate Greg Gianforte as part of covering Thursday’s special election.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault. He’s accused of grabbing Jacobs by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. Gianforte’s campaign blamed Jacobs, saying the reporter was being aggressive and grabbed Gianforte.

Jacobs said Thursday of Gianforte’s account that “the only thing that is factually correct … is my name and place of employment.”

Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist are seeking to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant when Ryan Zinke resigned to join Trump’s Cabinet as secretary of the Interior Department.

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12:30 a.m.

Thursday’s special election for Montana’s sole congressional seat got a last-minute twist when the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, was charged with misdemeanor assault.

Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of The Guardian, was asking Gianforte about the Republican health care bill. Three Fox News employees witnessed the attack, which was also captured on an audio recording.

Gianforte’s campaign blamed Jacobs for the incident.

Many voters cast their ballot early so it’ll be hard to know the impact of the charge on the election results. Authorities said Jacobs’ injuries weren’t severe enough for a felony assault charge.

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Clean-up underway after 3 tornadoes cause widespread damage

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:34

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday 3 tornadoes touched down Wednesday night, causing damage to homes and businesses in parts of Park Layne, Medway and Troy.

“I opened my storm door,” Pam Grant said. “And it just sucked the door right out of my hands.”

It was a terrifying night for Pam Grant followed by a devastating sunrise when the light of day showed her porch and chimney were destroyed. She says she took cover in an interior bedroom and waited out the storm.

“It was really loud,” Grant said. “I can remember screaming and running to the bedroom with my animals.”

Three dogs and more than a dozens horses and donkeys were all safe. Grant says she’s breathing a sigh of relief.

“I felt very lucky even last night even after it happened,” Grant said. “I was shaking like a leaf, but the house wasn’t damaged.”

That wasn’t the case for residents in Medway, where a large tree fell on a mobile home, forcing homeowner Alicia Williams to move out.

“Everything is of value,” Williams said. “Our whole life is in there.”

5 miles down the road had the heaviest damage. The roof of a Sunoco gas station was ripped apart, gas pumps were destroyed and windows shattered. Next door, the inside of a motorcycle shop was destroyed and windows were blown out from the extreme wind.

The roof of a Family Dollar store was also ripped apart. A woman who was trapped inside called 911 and was quickly rescued.

Back in Troy, Grant’s hoping her insurance will cover the damage. She says she’s more sympathetic now to people in other parts of county where tornadoes are more common.

“The people in Oklahoma and Kansas that go through this a lot,” Grant said. “They come home and see their houses flattened. I just felt very blessed.”

No injuries were reported from the storms. No word on when the Family Dollar and other surrounding businesses will re-open.

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15-year-old driving during fatal Warren County crash

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:03

CLEARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — Authorities say a 15-year-old was behind the wheel during a fatal crash in Warren County.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the crash happened on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road in Clearcreek Township just after 8 p.m. on Thursday.

OSP says the car was going east on Springboro Road when it ran off the right side of the road, hit a utility pole and flipped several times.

The passenger in the car, 17-year-old Noah J. Theiss, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a Junior at Bishop Fenwick High School.

The 15-year-old driver and another 16-year-old passenger were taken to separate hospitals, where they were treated and released.

OSP says speed is considered a factor in the crash. Authorities say none of the people in the car were wearing seatbelts.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Wright State crushes Northern Kentucky 12-2 in Horizon League tourney

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:46

Wright State scored in five of  eight innings in rolling to a 12-2 victory over Northern Kentucky in its Horizon League Tournament opener Thursday afternoon in Chicago.

WSU opened the scoring with two runs in the second.  Gabe Snyder led off with a double to right and scored as Seth Gray had a single through the right side of the infield.  Brandon Giltrow later drove in the second run on a fielder’s choice.

NKU posed a major threat in the third as the Norse loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk, but Raider starting pitcher Ryan Weiss minimized the damage to just one run with a double play and a ground out.

The Raiders made it 4-1 in their half of the third with a Gray RBI single and a Heffron sacrifice fly and the margin grew to 6-1 an inning later on a Snyder two-run hit.

Wright State tallied six runs in its final two at bats, four coming on a Kevin Whatley grand slam in the seventh, his second home run of the season, and two in eighth on grounders by Matt Morrow and Snyder.

Weiss (8-1), the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and reigning Horizon League Pitcher of the Week, pitched seven innings for the win, scattering eight hits and four walks while striking out six.

At the plate, Snyder finished four-for-five with three RBI and three runs scored while Gray had three hits and two RBI, JD Orr two hits and two RBI and Zach Weatherford two runs scored.

Wright State (37-19) will face #1 seed and host UIC (37-15) in the winner’s bracket final Friday at 1:00 Eastern.

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Friedl hits 3 home runs in Dragons DH split against the Loons

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 21:39

Midland, Mich.—T.J. Friedl blasted two home runs including a grand slam to lead the Dayton Dragons to a 14-6 victory over the Great Lakes Loons in the second game of a suspended doubleheader on Thursday afternoon.  The Loons won the suspended game 2-1 in 16 innings despite another Friedl home run.

Friedl enjoyed one of the biggest days in Dragons history.  In his first at-bat of the morning, he crushed a home run in the top of the 16th inning that broke a scoreless tie, only to see the Loons battled back to win with two runs in the bottom of the 16th.  Then in the regularly-scheduled game, Friedl connected on two more home runs, a solo shot in the third inning and a grand slam in the fourth.  The three-homer day gave Friedl four home runs on the season.

The Dragons finished the day with a record of 31-15.  They are 20-6 over their last 26 games.  The Dragons finished their game in second place in the Midwest League East Division, one-half game behind West Michigan.  The Whitecaps play tonight at Fort Wayne and would fall back into a tie with the Dragons with a loss.  Third place South Bend is three and one-half games back of the Dragons.

The Dragons collected 14 hits in the second game as all nine batters had at least one hit.  Friedl, James Vasquez, Bruce Yari, Tyler Stephenson, and Luis Gonzalez each had two hits.

The Dragons trailed 2-1 when Friedl connected on a solo home run in the third inning to tie the score.  Then in the fourth, Dayton sent 12 batters to the plate and scored six runs, powered by Friedl’s grand slam to make it 8-2.  Great Lakes battled back and trailed 10-5 in the sixth when Dayton’s Brantley Bell blasted a three-run home run to give the Dragons a commanding 13-5 lead.

Dragons starting pitcher Scott Moss (7-1) did not have his best day but qualified for the victory and continues to lead the league in both wins and strikeouts.  He allowed five runs in five innings of work.

The suspended game began Wednesday night and resumed at 10:35 a.m. Thursday morning with no score going to the 14th inning.  Friedl homered in the top of the 16th to give the Dragons a 1-0 lead.  Dragons reliever got the first two outs in the bottom of the 16th before an error allowed Carlos Rincon to come to the plate, and Rincon drilled a game-ending two-run home run to left field, his ninth homer of the year.

Up Next:  The Dragons host West Michigan in the start to a big four-game series at Fifth Third Field on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  Wennington Romero (3-1, 2.42) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Austin Sodders (5-0, 0.73).

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

 

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Homes left “unlivable” after strong winds uprooted trees

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:13

MEDWAY, Ohio (WDTN) – Wednesday’s storm left a trail of destruction in its wake. Strong winds uprooted trees, causing severe damage to two mobile homes.

Residents said they evacuated the area after hearing sirens from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and couldn’t believe the damage when they returned.

“We were very shocked,” homeowner Alysia Williams said, gesturing to her damaged home.

“I kind of don’t know what to do. We called someone out to help us from the insurance company and he said to get anything of value out. And you just kind of look around; Everything is of value. Our whole life is in there.”

The home Williams and her family have shared for four years, is now unlivable.

After evacuating earlier in the evening, they returned – once the wind subsided – to find a large tree on top of their home.

Next door, it was a similar situation. Another large tree had crashed into her neighbor’s house.

Bruce Diehl the homeowner’s brother-in-law said: “It’s totaled. It’s inside the house, and the whole one side is gone… It’s pretty well shot. We’re just lucky that nobody was there.”

He said they too evacuated after hearing the sirens, and were also shocked when they returned.

“We couldn’t believe the damage,” Diehl said. “We couldn’t even get back in last night until about 1 o’clock.”

Several smaller trees and branches littered the area, blocking the roads.

Inside Williams’ home, tree branches had crashed through the roof – damaging the living room and her daughter’s bedroom.

“It’s devastating. It really is devastating,” Williams said.

“The inside of the house is damaged pretty severely. We’re hoping the tree doesn’t actually come in.”

Diehl said his sister-in-law is still trying to come to grips with the damage.

“She’s pretty well tore up,” he said.

“I was going to come down and do some work on the roof for her, here. As soon as she got the money saved up. But I guess I won’t be doing that now.”

It was also a close call for a family in New Carlisle, who said they arrived home just after large trees came crashing into their driveway and yard.

With chainsaw in hand, homeowner Francisco Green worked in his yard clearing away the massive branches.

Green and his family were at their son’s high school graduation during when the storm hit.

They realized just how bad the wind was when they started the drive home and had to avoid debris blocking the streets.

“We were certainly shocked. I think we were all appreciative that we weren’t here at the time. And we thought about how close it could have been,” Green said.

“There’s tree damage all around. Especially in the vicinity of the house and the barn.”

The winds tore shingles off their home and sent a tree crashing into their backyard barn and driveway.

“We are very glad that no one got injured,” Green said.

“The driveway had several trees down all the way through. So it would have been pretty bad had we been here.”

Green said he expects he’ll be cleaning up the damage until sunset, and perhaps even beyond that.

He said he’s never seen anything quite like it.

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Centerville Police ask for help identifying a suspect

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 19:01

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Detectives from the Centerville Police Department are asking for help identifying a suspect who they say was caught on camera using a stolen credit card

Police say the suspect in the photos was using a stolen credit card in the Fairborn and Columbus areas at several gas stations, ATMs and stores.

If you have any information about who this man is or if you know anything about these crimes call Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP (7867).

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Xenia High School graduation send off they won’t soon forget

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:52

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Xenia high school graduates had a send-off ceremony they won’t soon forget.

Xenia High School seniors were walking across the stage at Wright State’s Nutter Center, when the tornado warnings hit forcing them to take shelter.  High school principal Dr. Henry Jackoby said he had just shaken the last graduating seniors hand before advisory.

Wright State University Police Chief David Finnie said activating a campus wide emergency alert was a part of their protocol and they wanted to make sure everyone safe.

“We’ve had some situation in the past but never to this scale, so haven’t had a tornado hovering over the Nutter center, so close.  I understand it did eventually touch down just a few miles away, but you know this is a realistic scenario for us.  We know they can happen in the Miami Valley,” Finnie said.

Nearly 4,000 people were in attendance, including 300+ seniors, when cell phones began ringing with weather alerts and sirens signaling throughout the city of Fairborn.

According to Jackoby, everyone appeared calm inside the Nutter center and was prepared because the city of Xenia has a long history of tornadoes touching down including the big one in 1974, in 2000 and in 2011.

“We’ve learned that our being prepared for this kind of stuff has actually paid off, because we drill our tornado drills religious and we do safety drills here at the high school religiously.  We are very careful about that and so that pays off when the actual situation happens,” Jackoby said.

Although the ceremony ended abruptly, Jackoby said, all the seniors receive their diplomas and are certified high school graduates.

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Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:52

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban “speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination,” a federal appeals court said Thursday in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries.

Trump’s administration vowed to take the fight to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a 10-3 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban likely violates the Constitution. And it upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from cutting off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit is the first appeals court to rule on the revised travel ban unveiled in March. Trump’s administration had hoped it would avoid the legal problems that the first version from January encountered. A second appeals court, the 9th U.S. Circuit based in San Francisco, is also weighing the revised travel ban after a federal judge in Hawaii blocked it.

The Supreme Court almost certainly would step into the case if asked. The justices almost always have the final say when a lower court strikes down a federal law or presidential action.

Trump could try to persuade the Supreme Court to allow the policy to take effect, even while the justices weigh whether to hear the case, by arguing that the court orders blocking the ban make the country less safe. If the administration does ask the court to step in, the justices’ first vote could signal the court’s ultimate decision.

A central question in the case before the 4th Circuit was whether courts should consider Trump’s public statements about wanting to bar Muslims from entering the country as evidence that the policy was primarily motivated by the religion.

Trump’s administration argued the court should not look beyond the text of the executive order, which doesn’t mention religion. The countries were not chosen because they are predominantly Muslim but because they present terrorism risks, the administration said.

But Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory wrote that the government’s “asserted national security interest … appears to be a post hoc, secondary justification for an executive action rooted in religious animus and intended to bar Muslims from this country.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the court’s ruling blocks Trump’s “efforts to strengthen this country’s national security.”

Trump is not required to admit people from “countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism until he determines that they can be properly vetted” and don’t pose a security threat, Sessions said.

The three dissenting judges, all appointed by Republican presidents, said the majority was wrong to look beyond the text of the order. Calling the executive order a “modest action,” Judge Paul V. Niemeyer wrote that Supreme Court precedent required the court to consider the order “on its face.” Looked at that way, the executive order “is entirely without constitutional fault,” he wrote.

Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, said if the Supreme Court follows a partisan divide, the Trump administration may fare better since five of the nine are Republican nominees. Still, he said, it’s difficult to make a confident prediction because “Supreme Court justices don’t always vote in ideological lockstep.”

The first travel ban issued Jan. 27 was aimed at seven countries and triggered chaos and protests across the country as travelers were stopped from boarding international flights and detained at airports for hours. Trump tweaked the order after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the ban.

The new version made it clear the 90-day ban covering those six countries doesn’t apply to those who already have valid visas. It got rid of language that would give priority to religious minorities and removed Iraq from the list of banned countries.

Critics said the changes don’t erase the legal problems with the ban.

The case ruled on by the 4th Circuit was originally brought in Maryland by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center on behalf of organizations as well as people who live in the U.S. and fear the executive order will prevent them from being reunited with family members from the banned countries.

“President Trump’s Muslim ban violates the Constitution, as this decision strongly reaffirms,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, who argued the case. “The Constitution’s prohibition on actions disfavoring or condemning any religion is a fundamental protection for all of us, and we can all be glad that the court today rejected the government’s request to set that principle aside.”

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Clayton man arrest in drug trafficking investigation - WDTN

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Clayton man arrest in drug trafficking investigation

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:41

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Clayton man was arrested after a drug task force raid Thursday.

The Montgomery County RANGE Task Force served a search warrant Thursday in the 7800 block of North Main Street in Clayton Thursday.

The raid ended a month-long drug trafficking investigation.

According to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the task force seized “a large quantity of heroin,” cocaine and cash from the apartment.

Mikeial Smedley, 33, was arrested and taken to the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked on possession of drugs charges.

This case is still under investigation.

 

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Juvenile arrested after Franklin Township shooting.

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 18:26

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that happened in Franklin Township Thursday morning.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Deputies were called to the 3700 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard for a reported shooting around 9:30 Thursday morning.

When deputies arrived they found a person has been shot. The victim was taken to Atrium Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A juvenile at the house was arrested and taken to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center. The juvenile has been charged with one count of Attempted Murder and one count of Domestic Violence.

This incident is still under investigation by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.

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Roadside trash is costing taxpayers millions in Ohio

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:46

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) -Millions of tax payer dollars are going to pick up trash like this along the highways every year in Ohio.

“It’s costing taxpayers about 4 million dollars every year for ODOT forces to go out and pick up this litter and it’s a very preventable cost,” said ODOT Press Secretary, Matt Bruning.

That’s 4 million dollars that could be used to improve to roads you drive on every day.

“We could use that money to buy additional snow plow trucks, place guardrail, we could pave a very long road with that,” said Bruning.

2 NEWS Investigates dug through the trash data and found since 2014 the amount of trash found in our area has gone up and so has the amount of money spent to pick it up.

“5-600 pounds of litter a day usually is what we pick up,” said Highway Technician, Greg Raines.

From tire parts to fast food cups, these crews spend hours every week keeping these roads clear. The state averages about 400 thousand bags of trash every year.

ODOT uses sheriff’s departments and inmates to help lighten that work load but it still doesn’t lighten the bill.

“We still pay those guard those inmates and monitor them so there is still a cost even for that,” said Bruning.

ODOT leaders said the only way to cut down on those costs is prevention and more people participating in their adopt-a-highway program.

Bruning said it’s also a great alternative to memorials on the side of the highway.

“Instead of erecting a small memorial that then potentially starts to look unsightly if it’s not maintained well or it’s in the way for our mowing crews. They actually opt to Adopt A Highway and then we put up a sign and put “in memory” of their loved one on the sign and it’s a great way to memorialize someone,” said Bruning.

For more information on the Adopt A Highway program click here:

http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Operations/Maintenance/Pages/AdoptAHighway.aspx

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Gas pumps inspected for skimmers

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:22

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Many of us hit the road for Memorial Day weekend which means filling up your gas tank and that is prime time for those looking to steal your personal information.

Southern Ohio is a hot zone for credit card skimmers. They’re devices thieves attach to the interior part of the pump and key pad. They can be installed in less than a minute.

When you go to swipe your card, they automatically have your information.

Skimmers have been found in 18 counties in the state.

The Montgomery County auditor’s office is out checking for these devices before drivers hit the road this weekend.

Auditor, Karl Keith suggests looking for the security seal they attach to the bottom part of the pump. if the seal is broken, it might be an indication someone has tampered with the pump.

He also suggests using a specific form of payment.

“Use a credit card to give you a certain amount of protection, but never use a debit card. A debit card, you’ve given over your account information and your pin number and it really makes you susceptible to a thief,” said Keith.

Gas pumps are not required to have chip readers until 2020 so they’re easier targets for thieves.
Keith says awareness is key to fighting this crime. He said if you see someone tampering with the pump who shouldn’t be to report it.

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Montgomery County looks for gas pump skimmers before holiday weekend - Dayton Daily News

Local News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 17:07


Dayton Daily News

Montgomery County looks for gas pump skimmers before holiday weekend
Dayton Daily News
Joseph Harris, chief inspector with the Montgomery County Auditor office's weights and measures division, checks a gas pump for skimmers at Clark gas station on Old Troy Pike. ... Since 2015, about 44 skimming devices were located in Ohio gas stations.

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Woman traveling country paying drug addicts to get vasectomies, tubes tied

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 16:24

MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – A woman on a mission to stop drug-addicted mothers from having babies is making stops across the country.

Barbara Harris is the founder of a non-profit organization called Project Prevention. She travels around the country in her van, giving cash incentives to drug addicts who agree to get on permanent birth control.

For women, this is the implant, an IUD, or having their tubes tied. For men, it’s a vasectomy. Addicts do not receive birth control inside her RV. They must get their birth control from a health clinic, then send her the paperwork. After that, Harris sends them $300.

Harris founded the organization after she adopted four babies who were dependent on drugs. She says she doesn’t care if people find what she’s doing controversial.

“The women made a choice to use drugs. The children did not make that choice.” She goes on to say, “The people who come out the loudest are not willing to adopt these children. They want to campaign for women’s right to keep procreating, but if you ask them to adopt a drug-addicted baby, no, they wouldn’t.”

Harris spends most of her days travelling the country looking for drug hot spots. For more information about her non-profit, click here.

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Law & Order finale to air Sunday morning

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:37

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Due to the severe weather in the Miami Valley Wednesday evening WDTN will re-air Law and Order Special Victims Unit on Sunday morning at 1:30 a.m.

RELATED: NWS: EF1 tornado caused damage in Park Layne

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is now in its fourteenth season.  The program has received numerous accolades from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.

This hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s Law & Order brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.  Dedicated Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, heads up the department with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past – as a product of rape and a witness to her mother’s grief, she can personally relate to each victim she tries to help.

 

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VIDEO: New York store owner takes on armed robbers

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:23

ROTTERDAM, NY (WNYT) – 54 year-old Gurchran Singh has lived in Rotterdam, New York for three decades.

He and his wife have owned the Markanda Grocery Store for half that time. They say they love knowing all of their customers, and think it’s a great community regardless of Monday night’s attempted robbery.

It was 7:12 p.m when the two robbers put their masks on, walked under a surveillance camera, and banged on the window. That gave the owners enough of a heads up to reach the panic button.

“They come suddenly, they open the door, and said, ‘Give me the money, give me the money.’ One kid said they had a gun but they did not show the gun,” Singh said.

The two men rushed into the store demanding money. While one got behind the counter to steal some cigarettes, the other wielded a knife. Singh, barely getting past the blade, managed to grab an aluminum baseball bat and he started swinging.

“I grab the bat and I tried to hit beat him,” Singh recalled.

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Slithery surprise: Python in the pantry

WDTN News - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:20

(WESH/NBC News) An Orlando, Florida man opened his pantry Tuesday morning to a slithering surprise: A four-foot python!

Lenny Lichtman says when he went to throw out the garbage when he saw the snake.

“I thought it was a hallucination, I swear to God. I told the lady on the phone don’t laugh when I tell you this,” Lichtman said.

He called 911, and when Orange County Fire and Rescue arrived they used a pillow case to capture the snake.

They took it to a local theme park and animal reserve, where the python now has a new home, far away from Lenny’s.

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