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Man steps in to stop sexual assault in Dayton

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:50

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man stopped a woman from being sexually assaulted in a yard behind a Dayton house early on Thursday morning.

Police were called to the first block of Vine Street around 6 a.m. on Thursday.

When they arrived, they found a woman who said she was attacked by a man.

Police conducted interviews, and searched scenes on Vine Street and on Adams Street before leaving the scene.

The woman who spoke to 2 News off camera says she currently lives at the Adams Street location, but was at the Vine Street property to pick up some personal items.

She says when she walked into the backyard behind the property, she was attacked by a man, who tried to sexually assault her.

A man living next door to the house on Vine Street heard commotion, went into the yard and stopped the man from assaulting the woman. The suspect ran away.

The man and woman say they may have known the suspect.

Police have not made any arrests yet.


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Brother surprises little sister with Disney princess photo shoot

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:23

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WDTN) – A 13-year-old from Cincinnati asked his mother to get him a Prince Charming costume to surprise his sister with a Disney princess photo shoot as a birthday gift.

Christina Angel says that she was looking for a costume for herself. She had just given birth to her seventh child a few weeks ago and was looking for a princess gown to reward herself with if she “lost the baby weight.” she  told Yahoo Style.“

Her son Anthony was beside her and saw a Prince Charming costume and asked his mom if she would buy one for him. “Belle had just had a birthday, and he wanted to surprise her with a princess photo shoot as a birthday gift,” Angel said

Anthony, a real Prince Charming, made sure every detail was in place, “right down to him shining his dress shoes the old-fashioned way, with solid polish and an old rag,” Angel wrote on her company’s Facebook page.

Photos: Brother surprises sister with Disney photo shoot Brother surprises little sister with Disney princess photo shoot Anthony and Anabel (Courtesy: Paint The Sky Photography) Brother surprises little sister with Disney princess photo shoot Anthony and Anabel (Courtesy: Paint The Sky Photography) Brother surprises little sister with Disney princess photo shoot Anthony and Anabel (Courtesy: Paint The Sky Photography) Brother surprises little sister with Disney princess photo shoot Anthony and Anabel (Courtesy: Paint The Sky Photography) Brother surprises little sister with Disney princess photo shoot Anthony and Anabel (Courtesy: Paint The Sky Photography)

She loved absolutely every second of her photo shoot with her “favorite boy in the world.” I don’t have to tell you all that, I’m sure you can see in on her face in every photo.

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Reward offered for tips in Dayton arson

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:20

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Miami Valley Crime Stoppers and the Dayton Fire Department need your help to solve an arson case, and they’re offering a reward encourage tips.

A rewards of $2,500 is offered for any information on the fire that leads to an arrest.

Authorities are looking for two people who set a car on fire in the 300 block of Sheridan Avenue on Friday, April 1st.

Investigators say two suspects were driving a blue-green GMC Safari with tan/silver kick-plates and a luggage rack on top. The SUV had tinted windows.

According to authorities, the SUV backed into an alley and set a vehicle on fire using a flammable liquid.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1: White male, 40’s, bald, average build with “beer belly”

Suspect #2: White female, 30’s to early 40’s, long black hair in a bun, short and “plumpy”

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call Dayton Fire Investigator Jennifer Godsey at 937-333-4531 or Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP. Tips can also be submitted online at, or through the mobile app “p3 tips” (select Miami Valley Crime Stoppers as the agency).

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Southern Ohio school district allowing teachers to carry guns in class

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:44

GEORGETOWN, Ohio. (WATE) – Another school district in Ohio voted to allow teachers and staff to carry guns.

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Related: Another Ohio school district allows armed staff in school

Teachers and staff at the schools must have a concealed carry permit in order to carry a gun. Also, they will go through first aid and first responder training.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 24.4 percent of active shooter incidents in the United States between 2000-2013 were at schools.

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Police: Woman stabs man multiple times in Greenville

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:28

GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) — Greenville Police are investigating after a woman is seen stabbing a man several times.

Officers were called to McMiller’s in the 600 block of Martin St. around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday on reports of two people stabbed.

After investigating, police found just one person was stabbed.

An employee at McMiller’s says a couple who lived across the street had a domestic dispute that spilled over to the store.

The woman was seen attacking the man, stabbing him multiple times. The employee says police tased the woman, but police have not confirmed the use of a taser.

The man was taken to Wayne Hospital and later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital.

Police say one person is in custody awaiting charges. The investigation is ongoing.

Photos: Greenville Stabbing  Woman stabs man multiple times in Greenville (Ethan Fitzgerald / WDTN Photo)  Woman stabs man multiple times in Greenville (Ethan Fitzgerald / WDTN Photo)  Woman stabs man multiple times in Greenville (Ethan Fitzgerald / WDTN Photo)

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Body found on Salem Ave. in Dayton

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 09:15

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Police are investigating after a body was found in Dayton.

Officers were called to an alley near Richard Allen Academy in the 100 block of Salem Avenue around 7:10 a.m. on Thursday.

When officers arrived, they found a black man laying in the alley. The Montgomery County Coroner was called to the scene to investigate.

Stay tuned to 2 News and the 2 News App for updates on this story.

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United raising limit on payments to bumped flyers to $10,000

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 08:01

DALLAS (AP) — United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.

United is also vowing to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking — the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane.

The airline made the promises Thursday as it released a report detailing mistakes that led to the April 9 incident on a United Express plane in Chicago.

United isn’t saying whether ticket sales have dropped since the removal of a 69-year-old passenger by three airport security officers, but the airline’s CEO admits it could be damaging.

“I breached public trust with this event and how we responded,” Oscar Munoz told The Associated Press. “People are upset, and I suspect that there are a lot of people potentially thinking of not flying us.”

To head off customer defections, United had already announced that it will no longer call police to remove passengers from overbooked flights, and will require airline crews traveling for work to check in sooner. On Thursday, it added several other new policies including:

— Raising the limit on compensation to $10,000 for customers who give up their seats. That is a maximum — it’s unclear how many, if any, passengers would see that much. The current limit is $1,350. Delta Air Lines earlier this month raised its limit to $9,950.

RELATED: Delta OKs offers of up to $9,950 to flyers who give up seats

— Sending displaced passengers or crew members to nearby airports, putting them on other airlines or arranging for car transportation to get them to their destinations.

— Giving gate agents annual refresher training in dealing with oversold flights. Munoz said he also wants agents and flight attendants to get more help at de-escalating tense situations.

For United, the timing of the viral video could hardly have been worse. The airline struggled badly after a 2010 merger with Continental, enduring several technology breakdowns that angered customers. In the past year, however, the airline has flown more on-time flights and lost fewer bags. It recently rolled out plans for expanding service this summer.

Instead of being commended for those signs of progress, however, it has faced more than two weeks of withering criticism and mockery. David Dao, the passenger injured when he was yanked from his seat, is almost certain to file a lawsuit.

Munoz apologized again and faulted his own initial response, in which he defended airline employees and called Dao belligerent.

“That first response was insensitive beyond belief,” Munoz said. “It did not represent how I felt,” saying that he got “caught up in facts and circumstances” that weren’t initially clear, instead of expressing his shock.

In Thursday’s report, United provided new details about the incident. It said Flight 3411 to Louisville, Kentucky, was oversold by one ticket, but a volunteer gave up his seat. After passengers boarded, four crew members of Republic Airline, which operates many United Express flights, showed up late after their Louisville-bound plane was delayed by a mechanical problem.

United said it was a mistake to let the Republic crew board late, which required removing four paying passengers; calling officers when there was no safety or security issue; and not offering enough money to entice volunteers to give up their seats.

“We could have spent a lot of $10,000s and made that thing right,” Munoz said.

United said it will reduce but not end the overbooking of flights. Munoz said if airlines can’t overbook flights there will be more empty seats and fares will rise. Delta CEO Ed Bastian called overselling flights “a valid business process.”

Politicians in Washington and elsewhere have called for a ban on overselling flights. Some critics have said airlines should leave a few seats empty if they think they will be needed by crew members.

“This overbooking needs to be softened,” Dao’s attorney, Thomas Demetrio, told the AP. “People really do believe when they buy their ticket they are good to go.”

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Coulter’s Berkeley speech canceled, police prep for violence

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:56

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Ann Coulter said Wednesday that she was forced to cancel her speaking event Thursday at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence, calling it “a dark day for free speech in America.”

Police and university officials said they were still preparing for possible violence and protests whether Coulter comes to campus or not. In an email to The Associated Press, Coulter said that despite the event’s cancellation she might decide to turn up anyway.

“I have my flights, so I thought I might stroll around the graveyard of the First Amendment,” Coulter said in an emailed message when asked if she was still coming to Berkeley.

Officials at UC Berkeley said last week they feared more violence on campus if Coulter followed through with plans to speak. They cited “very specific intelligence” of threats that could endanger Coulter and students, as Berkeley becomes a platform for extremist protesters on both sides of the political spectrum.

Efforts by the university to cancel or delay the event dealt a blow to Berkeley’s image as a bastion of tolerance and free speech.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks sent a letter to the campus Wednesday saying the university is committed to defending free speech but also to protecting its students.

“This is a university, not a battlefield,” Dirks said in the letter. “The university has two non-negotiable commitments, one to Free Speech the other to the safety of our campus community.”

Berkeley’s reputation as one of the country’s most liberal universities, in one of America’s most liberal cities, has made it a flashpoint for the nation’s political divisions in the era of Donald Trump.

Earlier this month, a bloody brawl broke out in downtown Berkeley at a pro-Trump protest that featured speeches by members of the white nationalist right. They clashed with a group of Trump critics who called themselves anti-fascists.

Similar violent clashes also erupted at the same site, a public park, on March 4.

In February, violent protesters forced the cancellation of a speech by right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who like Coulter was invited by campus Republicans.

The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America’s Foundation, a conservative group that had helped book Coulter’s campus speaking events, both pulled their support Tuesday citing fears of violence. They blamed the university for failing to ensure protection of conservative speakers.

“Berkeley College Republicans do not want to endanger people’s lives so because of the university’s unwillingness to do their job we are forced to cancel the event,” Troy Warden, president of the campus Republicans, said Wednesday.

Coulter echoed the blame on Twitter: “I’m very sad about Berkeley’s cancellation, but my sadness is greater than that. It’s a dark day for free speech in America.”

Police and university officials said they remained concerned by online chatter and intelligence that groups on the extreme ends of the political spectrum were ready to incite violence.

Capt. Alex Yao of the Berkley campus police force said police presence will be strong Thursday.

“You will see a high number of highly visible law enforcement. We’re going to have a very, very low tolerance for any violence,” he told a news conference. He said Berkeley police had reached out to local and state police forces “to let them know we might be calling for assistance.”

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911 call: Man wants police dog to search for stolen heroin

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:42

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio man called 911 to request a police dog to help track down heroin allegedly stolen from him.

WEWS-TV reports a 20-year-old man in Bath Township, near Akron, made the call in January. The recording was released this week.

When the call operator asks why the caller needs a police dog, he replies that a female stole heroin from him.

Bath Police Chief Mike McNeely says it’s among the most bizarre things he’s heard in four decades of policing.

McNeely says the man is expected to face a drug charge after he pulled a brown, waxy substance from his pants while being interviewed by police.

The substance was seized and sent to a lab for testing. The caller was released pending the test results.

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IRS, postal inspectors raid Benny Hinn Ministries

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:32

GRAPEVINE, TX (AP) – Federal agents descended on the North Texas headquarters of television evangelist Benny Hinn and took boxes out of the offices.

The search began about 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hinn’s headquarters in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Grapevine, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. According to Hinn’s website, he was in Paris.

Lisa Slimak, spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, said she was unable to confirm or deny the existence of an investigation. A message sent to Bennie Hinn Ministries went unanswered.

Hinn was one of six television evangelists investigated by the Senate Finance Committee in 2007. Three years later, the six were cleared of any wrongdoing.

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Charmin drops off load of toilet paper to Michigan’s Butt

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:31

PICKERINGTON, Ohio (AP)– Michigan tight end Jake Butt doesn’t mind people having fun with his last name. The folks at Procter & Gamble sure are.

The parent company of Charmin toilet paper delivered a truckload of the squeezably soft product to him in his hometown of Pickerington, Ohio, on Wednesday.

The gesture surely was a nod to Butt’s last name, which elicits snickers wherever he goes. He embraces it.

Have you seen the #CharminDumpTruck driving through? We've got a special destination for a butt-load of TP

— Charmin (@Charmin) April 25, 2017

@mstaudt1589 Now if only the tight end, named Butt goes in the #2 round of the draft. That's maximum Charmin right there.

— Charmin (@Charmin) April 26, 2017

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Pregnant mother and baby die after heroin overdose

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:29

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Police in West Virginia are investigating a pregnant woman’s death from an apparent overdose.

It happened on the 400 block of South Ruffner Road in Charleston, West Virginia around 10am Wednesday.

According to police, when emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found Jennifer Rodgers dead of a suspected heroin overdose.

Rodgers was pregnant at the time and the unborn child also died.

Charleston Police are investigating the incident.

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Man arrested after punching security robot

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 07:27

MOUNTAIN VIEW (KRON) — This is one of those only in Silicon Valley stories.

Mountain View police arrested a man for knocking over a security robot. The robot was patrolling a parking lot belonging to Knightscope.

Its alarms immediately went off, alerting an employee inside the business.

That person came outside and made a citizen’s arrest. Police showed up and took the suspect in custody.

And he is accused of being drunk in public.

The robot was not damaged.

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Suspect identified in fatal officer-involved shooting in Columbus

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:56

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus Division of Police says a suspect has died after an officer-involved shooting on the south side.

Columbus Police say the incident began as a traffic stop near the intersection of Lockbourne Road and Frebis Avenue around 5:07pm.

Jason Thomas Christian/WCMH

According to Columbus police, officers were following 32-year-old Jason Thomas Christian in connection with a series of car break-ins in Columbus. Officers stopped Christian’s vehicle due to a warrant issued by Whitehall police.

Christian pulled his car into the lot of a Mobil gas station at 1509 Lockbourne Road and stopped the car, according to police.

Officers walked up to the car and told the driver he was under arrest, according to police. The officers then opened the door and attempted to get Christian out of the car.

Christian then put the car into drive and accelerated, dragging one of the officers, according to police. The officer struck a parked car as the car continued to move. The officer pulled out his gun and fired multiple times, striking Christian while the vehicle was still dragging him through the parking lot.

The officer fell from the car, and the car continued until it jumped a curb and hit a fence, police said.

Christian was taken to Grant Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

The officer was taken to Grant Medical Center to be treated for injuries to his legs and arm.

Police said the entire incident was captured on security cameras from the gas station.

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Trooper ambush killer sentenced to death in Pennsylvania

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:29

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The bell atop the Pike County Courthouse last tolled the fate of a condemned killer in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, it rang again.

Eric Frein, the would-be revolutionary who shot two Pennsylvania troopers, one fatally, was sentenced to death late Wednesday. The jury’s decision that Frein should die by lethal injection brought a shout of “yes!” from a gallery that included high-ranking state police brass, the slain officer’s mother and the trooper who suffered debilitating injuries after Frein shot him with a high-powered rifle.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin says the jury delivered a penalty that is “so richly deserved” by Frein.

His lawyers promise an appeal.

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Police say woman held hostage in pit had reported harassment

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:29

BLANCHESTER, Ohio (AP) – Police say an Ohio woman who was kidnapped and kept trapped in a small pit in her neighbor’s shed had reported receiving harassing phone calls and text messages from him.

Blanchester police say the woman was reported missing early Wednesday and was found about two hours later by officers responding to neighbors’ calls about a woman crying. They say she reported the harassment by Dennis Dunn in October. But they say she declined to participate in any prosecution of him at that time.

Dunn was arrested and jailed Wednesday. He can’t be reached for comment. He awaits a court appearance Thursday on a felony kidnapping charge.

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President Trump won’t pull U.S. out of NAFTA, for now

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 05:13

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not immediately pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, just hours after administration officials said he was considering a draft executive order to do just that.

The White House made the surprise announcement in a read-out of calls between Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“President Trump agreed not to terminate NAFTA at this time and the leaders agreed to proceed swiftly, according to their required internal procedures, to enable the renegotiation of the NAFTA deal to the benefit of all three countries,” said the White House.

Trump said he believes “the end result will make all three countries stronger and better.”

The Mexican government confirmed the conversation in a statement issued late Wednesday.

“The leaders agreed on the convenience of maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and working together with Canada to carry out a successful renegotiation for the benefit of all three countries,” the statement read.

Trudeau’s office issued a brief statement saying “the two leaders continued their dialogue on Canada-U.S. trade relations, with the Prime Minister reinforcing the importance of stability and job growth in our trade relations.”

The White House announcement came hours after administration officials said Trump was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the deal — though administration officials cautioned it was just one of a number of options being discussed by the president and his staff.

Some saw the threat as posturing by Trump to gain leverage over Mexico and Canada as he tries to negotiate changes to the deal. Trump railed against the decades-old trade deal during his campaign, describing it as a “disaster.”

Senior White House officials had spent recent days discussing steps that could be taken to start the process of renegotiating or withdrawing from NAFTA before the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, according to a person familiar with the president’s thinking.

But the person, along with an administration official, who both spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal deliberations, had said a number of options remained on the table, and stressed discussions are ongoing about the best way to proceed.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment on the order, which was first reported by Politico.

“The president has made addressing the problems of NAFTA a priority throughout the campaign, and once the president makes a decision about how he wants to address that, we’ll let you know,” he said.

The administration appeared to be divided Wednesday over how and when to proceed, as they balanced a newfound cautiousness with the desire to rack up accomplishments before Trump’s 100th day on the job.

Some were gunning for Trump to sign a draft order this week, while others were weighing the complications surrounding withdrawing from or renegotiating the deal without Congress fully onboard. The debate played out in the press Wednesday as some outlets quoted officials insisting the signing was imminent, while other officials dismissed the reports as “just a rumor.”

“My practice is to comment on things we’ve actually done or are doing as opposed to commenting on rumors,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters at an unrelated White House briefing Wednesday evening.

Trump could withdraw from NAFTA — but he would have to give six months’ notice. And it is unclear what would happen next. The law Congress passed to enact the trade pact might remain in place, forcing Trump to wrangle with lawmakers and raising questions about the president’s authority to raise tariffs on Mexican and Canadian imports.

The decision came days after the administration announced it would slap hefty tariffs on softwood lumber being imported from Canada. Trump has also been railing against changes in Canadian milk product pricing that he says are hurting the American dairy industry.

Trump told The Associated Press in an interview last week that he planned to either renegotiate or terminate NAFTA, which he and other critics blame for wiping out U.S. manufacturing jobs because it allowed companies to move factories to Mexico to take advantage of low-wage labor.

“I am very upset with NAFTA. I think NAFTA has been a catastrophic trade deal for the United States, trading agreement for the United States. It hurts us with Canada, and it hurts us with Mexico,” he said.

Another senior White House official declined to comment on “rumors” of specific actions. But that official said NAFTA has been a top priority for the president since day one and said the administration has been working on it since taking office. That person also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the administration’s thinking.

The Trump administration last month submitted a vague set of guidelines to Congress for renegotiating NAFTA, disappointing those who were expecting Trump to demand a major overhaul.

In an eight-page draft letter to Congress, acting U.S. Trade Representative Stephen Vaughn wrote that the administration intended to start talking with Mexico and Canada about making changes to the pact, which took effect in 1994.

The letter spelled out few details and stuck with broad principles. But it appeared to keep much of the existing agreement in place, including private tribunals that allow companies to challenge national laws on the grounds that they inhibit trade — a provision that critics say allows companies to get around environmental and labor laws.

Reports Wednesday of the possible move drew objections from some in Congress, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

“Withdrawing from #NAFTA would be a disaster for #Arizona jobs & economy,” he tweeted. “@POTUS shouldn’t abandon this vital trade agreement.”

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Ohio drivers fear drugged drivers more than drunk drivers

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:38

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association shows drugged driving has passed drunk driving as a cause of fatal crashes.

Statistics in the study show drugs were present in 43% of fatal crashes.

A survey from AAA shows a majority of Ohio drivers fear drugged drivers more thank drunk drivers. Three out of four drivers surveyed viewed the use of illegal drugs before driving as a “very serious threat”. By comparison, 66% of people said the same thing about people drinking and driving.

“Public awareness of the drugged driving issue is critical to finding a solution,” said AAA Spokesperson, Cindy Antrican. “The new statistics mirror what the public is already feeling which is the dire threat to their safety posed by drugged driving.”

“This is especially significant when you consider the number of years it took to get the public to fully understand the dangers posed by drinking and driving.”

Recent crash statistics released by the Ohio Department of Transportation show a 25% increase in drugged driving crashes since 2012. There were more than 3,500 drug-related crashes in Ohio in 2016.

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Man arrested for OVI after crashing into parked car

WDTN News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 04:05

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) — A man is behind bars after crashing into a parked car in Vandalia.

Police investigate a suspected OVI crash on Helke Road in Vandalia.

Police say the man was driving under the influence when he slammed into the back of a car in the 500 block of Helke Road around 3 a.m. on Thursday.

Police didn’t say whether the man was suspected of driving drunk or under the influence of drugs.

Officers on scene say that determination won’t be made until tests results come back.

No one was injured during the crash.

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Co-op grocery store shares selling fast in hopes of ending food desert in Dayton

WDTN News - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 23:20

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Work to build a new co-op grocery store, to address the food desert in West Dayton, is underway, but its success relies on community support.

Wednesday was the first day that community members could buy-in to the co-op and purchase $100 shares.  Organizers told 2 NEWS those shares are selling even better than expected.

Being a co-op business, the store will actually be owned by the customers and workers.

Shareholders would receive membership privileges and discounts.

The plan is to build the 15,000 square foot market on the 100 block of Salem Avenue in West Dayton.

To open the market and provide fresh food for the area, organizers need to raise $3.9 million.

They’re hoping to do so by selling 2,000 shares and raise the rest through donations, grants, the business community and loans.

Organizers hope to open Gem City Market in 2019.

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