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Suspect says he would rather have killed younger black man

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:18

NEW YORK (AP) — A white Army veteran accused of killing a 66-year-old black stranger in a racial attack in New York City says he regrets killing the man because he would rather have killed a younger or more successful black victim.

James Harris Jackson told the Daily News on Sunday he’s “sorry” he stabbed Timothy Caughman, who was collecting bottles. He says it was dark and he didn’t know the victim was elderly.

Authorities say Jackson came to Manhattan from Baltimore earlier this month with the aim of killing black men and to “make a statement.”

Jackson told the newspaper his goal was to force women to reconsider their interracial relationships.

The 28-year-old has been arraigned on a hate crime murder charge. He didn’t enter a plea. His next court date is Monday.

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TIPPING OFF: Final Four welcomes trio of 1st-time coaches

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:16

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships.

Gonzaga’s Mark Few dismissed questions of whether his Bulldogs would be a failure as long as they failed to get to a Final Four after so many great regular seasons. And Oregon’s Dana Altman focused on turning one deep NCAA Tournament run into something more.

Whatever their differences in personality, playing style and approach, that trio now shares something in common after all that work: each is headed to his first Final Four. It’s the first time since 2006 that the Final Four will feature three first-time coaches there.

“Anyone that’s in sports dreams of moments like this,” Martin said after Sunday’s win against Florida in the NCAA Tournament’s East Region final. “It’s not something that you start dreaming it the year you win 25 games. You dream it every single day.”

South Carolina and North Carolina both won regional finals Sunday, sending them to Phoenix along with Gonzaga and Oregon after their wins a day earlier.

This is nothing new for the Tar Heels and Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams, who is in his fifth Final Four with UNC and ninth overall dating to his time with Kansas. For everyone else, this is a breakthrough moment.

Gonzaga (36-1), the West’s No. 1 seed, had been to five Sweet 16s and one Elite Eight under Few before this season. This time, the Zags eked past Northwestern and West Virginia before routing Xavier in the regional final.

“I’ve been there 28 years. My first year on staff we won four Division I games,” Few said Saturday of his time as an assistant. “And I mean this wasn’t even possible. And each year we got better and better, and then we got really, really good. … And our culture is just so strong. And this was a culture win and a culture statement and (I) couldn’t be prouder.”

Oregon (33-5), the No. 3 seed in the Midwest, secured the program’s first trip to the national semifinals since the 1939 “Tall Firs” won the first NCAA Tournament. Altman, in his seventh year, led the Ducks to last year’s Elite Eight before falling to Oklahoma but came back to beat top-seeded Kansas in Kansas City, Missouri, to secure the program’s first Final Four since that ’39 title.

Then there’s Martin, whose seventh-seeded Gamecocks (26-10) upset East No. 2 Duke — the preseason No. 1-ranked team — and No. 3 seed Baylor before Sunday’s win against Florida in New York. Martin had coached in a regional final at Kansas State in 2010.

And with Gonzaga facing South Carolina in the first semifinal, at least one of the newcomers will coach for a national championship on the final night of the season.

Here are things to know after the regional rounds and entering the Final Four:

THE SCHEDULE: Gonzaga and South Carolina will be Saturday’s first semifinal, tipping off at 6:09 p.m. EDT. Oregon and UNC will tip off roughly 40 minutes after the conclusion of that game.

RECORD HAUL: UNC, the South Region’s No. 1 seed, earned a record 20th Final Four berth on Luke Maye’s last-second shot to beat Kentucky 75-73 in Memphis, Tennessee. That also sent UNC (31-7) back to the national semifinals a year after losing to Villanova on a last-second 3-pointer in the title game — which formed the basis of a season-long rallying cry to get back and try again.

UNFAMILIAR FOES: The semifinalists haven’t met often. Gonzaga and South Carolina have never played. Meanwhile, UNC and Oregon have played four times, with the Tar Heels winning all four — the last coming in the 2008 Maui Invitational.

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN: The Southeastern Conference fell short in its bid for multiple Final Four teams after getting three to the Elite Eight. Now four conferences each have one team: the SEC (South Carolina), the West Coast (Gonzaga), the Pac-12 (Oregon) and the Atlantic Coast (North Carolina).

The SEC has the most wins of any league (11-4) in this year’s field of 68, followed closely by the Pac-12 (10-3).

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Police investigate hotel robbery in Riverside

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 06:21

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) — Police are investigating a reported robbery at a Riverside hotel.

Officers went to the Comfort Suites around 5:30 a.m. on Monday on reports of a robbery.

Police have not said if anything was taken.

We have a crew at the scene and we’ll provide updates as they become available.

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Springfield gas station robbed at gunpoint

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:51

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — Springfield Police are searching for a suspect after an armed robbery at a gas station.

Police say a man walked into the Certified gas station in the 2500 block of South Limestone Street around 1:30 a.m. on Monday.

The man reportedly showed a weapon and robbed the clerk. The suspect left in a gray or silver pickup truck.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

This is the second gas station in Springfield to be robbed at gunpoint in a matter of days. The Speedway on North Bechtle Avenue was also robbed last week.

Police say the description of the suspect vehicles is similar, but they could not confirm if the two robberies are related.

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3 people hospitalized after Darke County crash

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 04:23

DARKE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — Three people were hospitalized after a crash in Darke County.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a crash at the intersection of Red River West Grove Road and Delisle Fourman Road around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

When authorities arrived, they found a two-vehicle crash with multiple injuries.

Investigators say a 16-year-old was driving south on Red River West Grove Road, when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Delisle Fourman Road.

His car was hit by another vehicle. Both vehicles ran off the road and and the car driven by the teen hit a house. The house was not damaged.

The teen was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown.

Two people from the other vehicle were taken to Wayne HealthCare for treatment. Another man in that vehicle was treated at the scene and released.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue, Laura Fire and CareFlight assisted at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Clark County Sheriff’s Office gets new K9 officer

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 03:58

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has a new four-legged officer.

The sheriff’s office introduced their new K9 officer Gordon on Sunday.

Gordon is a 4-year-old German Shepherd.

“Gordon was donated to us 100 percent,” Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett said. “It’s not going to cost the community anything and it made it a very special day to us.”

Burchett says Gordon and his handler will begin work in about six weeks.

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3 people injured in Harrison Township shooting

WDTN News - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 23:40

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a suspect after an attempted armed robbery turned into a shooting Sunday night.

Crews were called to the 3800 block of North Dixie Drive in Harrison Township just before 10:30 p.m.

Officials say a man wearing a black jacket and cap entered the delivery room of the Talk ‘N’ Win. Witnesses reported seeing him wave a gun around while demanding money.

Deputies say he opened fire and shot a woman in the arm. They say another person was shot in the foot, and another woman was grazed by bullet. Officials say the injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

Authorities say the suspect left the business through the front door and ran away.

No arrests have been made at this time.

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Five people still hospitalized after Cincinnati night club shooting

WDTN News - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 21:35

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) — Four candles illuminate a makeshift memorial on a foggy morning, one day after a Cincinnati nightclub shooting.

O’Bryan Spikes/WLWT

A poster dedicated to the 27-year-old man slain in the gunfire that injured 16 others states: “R.I.P Lucky” with a heart and messages for O’Bryan Spikes. It calls him “Father Son Uncle Brother.”

The Cameo club was dark inside, with a piece of yellow crime tape wrapped over its front door. Several champagne bottles, broken glass and other debris littered the parking lot.

Cameo’s operator says it will remain closed until police and internal investigations are completed. City officials plan a 10 a.m. update on the investigation.

A University of Cincinnati Medical Center spokeswoman says two people remain in critical condition.

Police searching for suspects plan to give an update late Monday morning.

Authorities say a dispute among several people escalated into the shootout early Sunday that sent patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets at the crowded Cameo club. Police say the club has a history of gun violence.

Five people remain hospitalized, including two in critical condition.

Witnesses told WLWT in Cincinnati that they heard as many as 20 shots fired from inside the Cameo night club.

In all, 16 people were shot. Ten people have been treated and released from the hospital.

Police believe there were multiple shooters. No one has been arrested yet.

Authorities say a dispute earlier in the day may have led to the shooting inside the club. They do not suspect terrorism, they said.

Police are working to interview as many of the nearly 200 people who were inside the club when the shooting happened.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from inside the club to determine what happened and to identify potential suspects.

Mayor John Cranley woke up to chaos in the Queen City on Sunday morning.

“People were just going to have a good time and ended up getting shot. That is totally unacceptable,” he said.

The police department feels the same.

Officials are investigating who pulled the trigger and how many people were involved. Police Chief Eliot Isaac believes there are multiple suspects after a fight broke out in the club.

“As a result, there were 16 people that sustained gunshot injuries. One of which is deceased,” said Chief Isaac.

As for the club’s security, police say it’s up to the club to keep everyone safe.

“It is my understanding that they do wand individuals and pat them down. However, what we know at this point, several firearms were able to be brought inside the bar,” said Isaac.

Some police were already on scene because the club pays off-duty police to provide security outside of the venue.

During a Sunday morning news conference the police chief and mayor were asked about safety at the club and the area. Mayor Cranley responded, “It’s to early to answer that question directly as it relates to this establishment but it obviously begs the question and needs future inquiry.”

This is the third shooting at this nightclub since 2015. There was one in September and one on New Years Day.

According to WLWT, Cameo Nightclub is a large building near warehouses and some homes near the Ohio River. The club is 18 and over on some nights and is open until 4 a.m. on Saturdays.

Anyone with information on the latest shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (513) 352-3040.

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