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2 more arrests made in London terror attack

WDTN News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 04:39

LONDON (AP) — London’s top anti-terror officer says two more “significant arrests” have been made in connection with the Westminster attack, in central and northern England. Nine people are currently in custody, while one has been released on bail.

Counter-terror chief Mark Rowley on Friday also identified the latest victim, who died in the hospital on Thursday, as 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes from Streatham, south London. Rhodes is one of four people killed in the attack. Nearly 50 more were wounded.

The attacker, identified as Khalid Masood, drove his car into crowds of people on Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, killing three and wounding some 50, before stabbing a police officer to death at the Houses of Parliament. He was shot dead by police.

Rowley says the birth name Masood is Adrian Russell Ajao. The attacker was born in southeastern England and had most recently been living in the central city of Birmingham.

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Xavier stuns Arizona, advances to Elite Eight

WDTN News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 03:40

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O’Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region on Thursday night.

Xavier (30-13) stayed with the second-seeded Wildcats behind Bluiett’s 18 first-half points and tracked down the Wildcats after they tried to pull away in the second half. O’Mara scored on a power move inside, but missed a free throw to give Arizona (32-5) a final chance.

Allonzo Trier missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and Xavier was able to dribble out the clock, earning its first trip to the Elite Eight since 2008.

The Musketeers held Arizona scoreless over the final 2:52 to earn a sport in the West final against No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Saturday.

Trier scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and Dusan Ristic had 17 for Arizona.

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.

On a night that featured 51 fouls and only 34 made baskets, Mathews delivered the big shot that sent the Bulldogs (35-1) to their third Elite Eight in school history.

It didn’t come easily. West Virginia (29-8) had three shots to tie the game but Tarik Phillip missed a shot from the lane and Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers after Silas Melson made one foul shot. The Mountaineers rebound both misses but couldn’t get another shot off before the buzzer.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III poured in 26 points, Kansas turned on the jets in the second half and the top-seeded Jayhawks soared to a 98-66 blowout of No. 4 seed Purdue on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

Devonte Graham also had 26 points and Josh Jackson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Jayhawks (31-4), who led by 7 at halftime before their up-and-down pace finally wore down the Boilermakers.

Kansas used two big runs, including an 11-0 charge highlighted by Lagerald Vicks’ 360-degree drunk, to coast into a matchup with No. 3 seed Oregon on Saturday for a spot in the Final Four.

The Ducks survived a nail-biter against Michigan earlier in the night.

Caleb Swanigan had 18 points and seven boards for the Boilermakers (27-8), but the 6-foot-9, 250-pound All-America candidate had to work for all of it.

 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon ended No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night.

Dorsey, the man the Ducks call “Mr. March,” had his sixth straight game scoring 20 or more points.

The Wolverines (27-11) had one more chance to extend their run after Dylan Ennis missed a free throw with 15 seconds left. But Derrick Walton, who had carried the Wolverines the last three weeks, was off with his long jumper just before the buzzer.

Jordan Bell had a double-double for the Ducks (32-5), with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Pac-12 player of the year Dillon Brooks added 12 points and Dylan Ennis had 10.

Walton led the Wolverines with 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Zak Irvin had 14 of his 19 points in the second half and DJ Wilson had 12 points.

Oregon plays Kansas or Purdue on Saturday in the regional final.

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Man killed in Springfield shooting

WDTN News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 02:55

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — Springfield Police confirm a man is dead after an early morning shooting.

Officers were called to the 1300 block of Linden Avenue just after 2 a.m. on Friday.

Police say the man died at the scene. No other injuries have been reported.

No one is in custody. Police have not released suspect information yet.

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

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Local News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 01:43


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All-Star Game raises money for school shooting victim Logan Cole

WDTN News - Fri, 03/24/2017 - 00:35

URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds of people attended the Miami Valley All-Star Game at Urbana High School Thursday, where organizers helped to raise money for West-Liberty Salem High School shooting victim Logan Cole.

The organizer of the game–Jim Dabbelt–decided to do things a little bit different this year. He decided to open up a raffle and give people in Urbana the chance to help Cole.

“To have a child that’s in that kind of a situation,” Dabbelt said. “I have a child so I could not imagine.”

He’s talking about Logan Cole. The West Liberty-Salem High School Sophmore who was seriously injured after being shot by a fellow classmate inside a school bathroom on January 20th.

He spent weeks at Nationwide Children’s Hospital under the close attention of doctors. He’s since returned to school, but still in recovery. Tournament Organizer Jim Dabbelt is now helping raise money for Cole and his family.

“I just figured it was something that would be able to help the family,” Dabbelt said. “They’re going through some tough times rehabbing.”

Dabbelt says he’s still trying to understand how and why the shooting happened.

“It’s really scary,” Dabbelt said. “And disappointing that this kind of stuff has to happen, but in today society you hear about it on the news everyday somewhere that something bad has happened. It’s tragic and I really feel for the family.”

Dabbelt has a goal of raising $1,000.

 

 

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Fuyao workers take concerns to Moraine City council

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 23:50

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Factory workers from Fuyao Glass America voiced their safety and management concerns to the Moraine City council Thursday night.

Since opening in 2015, Fuyao has been under continued investigation by OSHA.

When the workers took the stage, they focused on concerns related to safety at their workstations and an ongoing language barrier between workers and management.

“First of all I’m here because I want Fuyao to succeed. I’m not anti-Fuyao,” said Lamination Expert Cynthia Harper.

Despite their grievances, all seven employees that addressed the council said they want the factory to be successful. After all, Fuyao has been a sign of hope for Moraine and for the entire Miami Valley.

“The Chinese owners of this company have made an incredible investment into this community,” said Moraine’s Law Director, Buzz Portune.

According to workers, the cultural barrier that came with the foreign company has been more of an issue than expected.

“They don’t understand English. We have interpreters in some areas, but in my area they do not understand what we are trying to say,” said Harper.

After hearing about the factory’s communication issues, Fuyao’s safety manager took the stand.

“We try very hard. I am frustrated often by the inability to always be able to communicate what we need and how we need it to you guys who are working out there.”

As the workers struggle to communicate, their safety concerns remain after Fuyao was fined over 200,000 dollars in safety violations since opening in 2015.

“There are chemical hazards, electrical hazards. In my area, there is no emergency exit. If there is a fire, we have no way to get out,” said Nan Wilton a worker at the plant.

Fuyao is currently fighting prior fines by OSHA. Now, two more complaints were filled last month and are currently being investigated.

 

 

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Trotwood loses heartbreaker in D-II state semifinal

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:55

COLUMBUS (WDTN) – Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s stunned Trotwood at the buzzer to beat the Rams 62-60 in the division 2 state semifinal.

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Parents accused in kid’s shooting death investigated in 2014

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:21

PHOENIX (AP) — Child-welfare officials investigated an Arizona couple accused of murder in their 9-year-old son’s shooting death after she gave birth to a child who had been exposed to methadone and heroin.

The couple’s children were eventually put in foster care for a year, but the family was reunited after the parents worked on their struggles with substance abuse and underwent parental training, according to the state Department of Child Safety, which conducted the investigation that began in 2014.

Wendy and Kansas Lavarnia were booked on suspicion of first-degree murder in a shooting at their Phoenix home this week that led to the death of their son Landen. The mother told police that her 2-year-old son found a gun left on a bed and accidentally shot his older brother in the head. They have not been charged yet.

Police began to become suspicious of the mother’s story when they found inconsistencies in her account and when the boy’s father showed up at the home with a crudely bandaged gunshot wound on his upper arm. The wound looked to have been punctured multiple times, possibly with a screwdriver, to camouflage the injury.

Investigators declined Thursday to say who they believe is responsible for shooting the boy and his father.

Authorities said the parents delayed calling 911 for medical care for their son so they could clean up evidence in the house. Police declined to say whether they believe the boy would be alive had authorities been alerted sooner.

Investigators said the lack of visible blood and the extent of blood residue implied that a significant amount of time passed before the mother called 911. Police say they found evidence of blood in the trunk of the vehicle that Kansas Lavarnia drove to the house.

It’s unclear whether the couple is represented by lawyers who can speak on their behalf.

Both parents struggled with drugs over the years. Kansas Lavarnia, 30, blamed his three 2009 convictions for theft and possession of burglary tools on his longstanding addiction to pain medications, saying he started taking the drugs after he broke his back in an ATV accident when he was 15, according to court records.

The child-welfare agency started investigating in 2014 after authorities were told that Wendy Lavarnia had given birth to a child who had been exposed to methadone and heroin. The child in question was a younger sibling of the 9-year-old boy, Landen. The couple had four children.

The children remained in the home while the parents worked with child-welfare officials to address their parenting skills and substance abuse struggles. But the children were put into foster care after the mother tested positive again for drugs and failed to provide adequate housing, the Department of Child Safety said.

The parents then worked toward addressing their substance abuse problems and domestic violence issues and successfully completed their parental training, the agency said.

The children reunited with their parents in November 2015, and 10 days later, Wendy Lavarnia gave birth to a child who was exposed to methadone. But she had been prescribed the drug by a doctor as part of her treatment plan, the agency said.

Greg McKay, director of Arizona Department of Child Safety, told Phoenix radio station KTAR-FM that agency employees are devastated by the boy’s death.

“An organization is damned if you do and damned if you don’t. In this particular situation, they went above and beyond to make these children safe,” McKay said.

His department was created in 2014 after years of scandal in the former child-welfare agency that culminated with the discovery of thousands of child-abuse hotline calls that had not been investigated.

It has since worked to increase transparency, resolve a huge backlog of abuse and neglect cases, and cut the number of children in state protective care.

Neighbors of the Lavarnias said the children could sometimes be seen outside wearing only a diaper.

Maria Mosley, who lives next door, said the surviving children, now in the care of the agency, were walking around barefoot when the parents were arrested.

“They were walking on the hot sidewalk, and you know that has to hurt their feet,” Mosley said.

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Utah man killed in London attack was hit on bridge

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:14

WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — A Utah couple was enjoying the final day of their European trip to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when they were among the crowd of people on London’s Westminster Bridge who were struck by an SUV.

Kurt W. Cochran was one of four victims killed and his wife, Melissa Cochran, was among dozens who were injured, according to a statement issued Thursday by the family through a Mormon church spokesman. The couple was visiting Melissa Cochran’s parents who were serving a church mission in London.

Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old British man as the person who mowed down the Cochrans and other pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list.

Pictures on Kurt Cochran’s Facebook page show the couple enjoying their sightseeing travels through Europe prior to the tragic events. In one post, there are pictures of German architecture beneath a caption, “Trier Germany. Another WOW!” In another, he is shown smiling and holding a German beer under the caption, “After a long day of sightseeing.”

Steve Hatch, 46, said he just talked with Kurt Cochran online about how much fun the couple was having on the trip.

Family and friends said they’re heartbroken over the loss of a loving husband and father who loved music.

For the last decade, the couple ran a recording studio in their basement where he helped musicians develop their talents. The couple lives in a middle class neighborhood with small, older homes arranged on both sides of a quiet road in a bedroom community just outside Salt Lake City.

Bret Layton started crying while talking about his longtime friend and business associate outside Cochran’s house where he went Thursday to check on things. Layton said he ran the recording studio with Kurt Cochran.

“He’s one of those guys: You just know you want him to be your friend within five minutes… He was just an overall good guy to everybody,” Layton said.

Melissa Cochran’s brother, Clint Payne, said through a verified GoFundMe account webpage that the couple was among the first hit by a vehicle on the Westminster Bridge.

“Kurt was a good man and a loving husband to our sister and daughter, Melissa,” the statement said.

Melissa Cochran is still hospitalized. She suffered a broken leg, broken rib and a cut and bruises, said friend Mike Murphy.

Murphy, owner of Murphy’s Guitars in Bountiful, said Kurt Cochran would come into his shop regularly to buy recording equipment for his basement studio where he tried to help young bands get started by charging only a small fee for them to use the studio.

“He loved music,” Murphy said. “He was always around when there were music things going on.”

Emma Dugal, executive director of Bountiful Davis Art Center, said the couple has been volunteering at the organization’s annual summer arts festival for years. Calling what happened devastating, she said they both are very warm, friendly people and as a couple were inseparable.

She said Cochran’s death will have a huge impact on the music community, especially for young musicians.

“I know of musicians who lacked confidence and who weren’t sure how they wanted to present their talent, but Kurt encouraged them and got them out into performing, and has just made a huge difference in so many people’s lives,” Dugal said.

Kurt Cochran was a good dad and likable guy who will be missed dearly by his two adult sons, said Danny Wiley, the step-father to Cochran’s sons. Wiley said he and Cochran always got along well. He says Cochran loved skateboarding and playing basketball with his sons.

“It’s devastating,” Wiley said. “He was a good guy, everybody liked him. He always had a smile on his face.”

The London attack comes exactly one year after four Mormon missionaries — three from Utah — were seriously injured in a Brussels airport bombing on March 22, 2016.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump and Utah leaders expressed their sympathies and pointed to terrorism.

President Trump Tweeted: “A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends.”

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Oregon downs Michigan 69-68 to reach Elite Eight

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:11

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Oregon has beaten Michigan 69-68 to move on to the Elite Eight.

Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points in a game that was back and forth throughout.

Oregon will advance to play the winner of the Kansas-Purdue game to be played later Thursday night.

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Jury fails to reach verdict in Penn State ex-president trial

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 21:07

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jurors in the criminal trial of former Penn State University president Graham Spanier spent more than six hours deliberating Thursday without reaching a verdict regarding the child endangerment and conspiracy charges he faces in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

The panel got the case after Spanier’s attorneys declined to call any witnesses to counter accusations he acted illegally in handling a 2001 complaint about Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, showering with a boy. Deliberations were scheduled to resume Friday.

In a closing argument, Spanier attorney Sam Silver said there was “no evidence” and the case involved judgment calls by high-ranking university administrators in dealing with the complaint Sandusky had been seen naked with the boy in a team locker room.

“They made judgment calls,” Silver said. “They did not engage in crimes. They did not enter in a conspiracy.”

Prosecutor Laura Ditka said Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz took actions to preserve the university and their own reputations, at the expense of children.

“They took a gamble,” Ditka told jurors. “They weren’t playing with dice. They were playing with kids.”

Spanier, who didn’t testify, faces three felonies. Curley and Schultz struck plea deals last week to a misdemeanor count of child endangerment and testified against Spanier.

Spanier was forced out as president in 2011, after Sandusky was charged with child molestation and Curley and Schultz were charged over their handling of the matter. Spanier was charged a year later.

Sandusky has been in prison since his 2012 conviction on dozens of counts of child sexual abuse and was expected to be in a courthouse near campus Friday for an appeal hearing. He insists he’s innocent.

During deliberations, the Spanier jury twice returned to the courtroom, asking the judge about what makes someone a supervisor of a child under the law, what constitutes a criminal conspiracy and how the law defines reckless.

The abuse scandal sent shockwaves through the Penn State community, led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who died of cancer in early 2012, and ultimately led the university to pay more than $90 million to settle civil claims.

Silver called Spanier, Curley and Schultz “good men” who took seriously the 2001 complaint by then-graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary.

He urged jurors to focus on testimony by Schultz and Curley that they never told Spanier that McQueary had reported seeing something sexual, although McQueary’s testimony was that he did tell the two of them it was sexual in nature.

“Mr. Schultz made clear — he, Gary Schultz, told Graham Spanier that it was horseplay,” Silver said.

A key piece of evidence was an email exchange in which the three debated what to do.

Spanier OK’d having Curley tell Sandusky to stop taking children to athletic facilities and inform The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk youth founded by Sandusky. An earlier plan had involved informing the state Department of Public Welfare, but Spanier approved putting that on hold, and the agency was never contacted. That failure to make a report forms the heart of the criminal accusations against him.

“The only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it,” Spanier told Curley and Schultz in the 2001 email exchange.

Silver said several people knew of McQueary’s complaint and The Second Mile’s director was informed.

Ditka began her closing argument with reference to the “only downside for us” quote and repeated it several times, urging jurors to convict.

“All they cared about was their own self-interest,” Ditka said, arguing the three men “let (Sandusky) run wild” despite knowing he had been the subject of complaints in 1998 and 2001.

The 1998 complaint, from a woman upset that Sandusky had bear-hugged her son in a team shower, was investigated, but the district attorney declined to file charges.

Ditka said McQueary told Curley and Schultz he saw Sandusky behind a prepubescent boy, in a dark shower at night, with his hips moving slightly.

“Do you think that’s horseplay?” she asked jurors.

She dismissed any idea three of the university’s top leaders would have immediately launched a series of meetings and discussions if they really thought it was just horseplay.

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White House, in gamble, demands make-or-break health vote

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 20:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if Friday’s vote fails.

The risky move, part gamble and part threat, was presented to GOP lawmakers behind closed doors Thursday night after a long and intense day that saw a planned vote on the health care bill scrapped as the legislation remained short of votes amid cascading negotiations among conservative lawmakers, moderates and others.

At the end of it the president had had enough and was ready to vote and move on, whatever the result, Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers.

“‘Negotiations are over, we’d like to vote tomorrow and let’s get this done for the American people.’ That was it,” Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said as he left the meeting, summarizing Mulvaney’s message to lawmakers.

And if the vote fails, Obamacare “stays for now,” Hunter said.

“Let’s vote,” White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said as he left the meeting.

The outcome of Friday’s vote was uncertain. Both conservative and moderate lawmakers claimed the bill lacked votes after a long day of talks.

The Republican legislation would halt Obama’s tax penalties against people who don’t buy coverage and cut the federal-state Medicaid program for low earners, which the Obama statute had expanded. It would provide tax credits to help people pay medical bills, though generally skimpier than Obama’s statute provides. It also would allow insurers to charge older Americans more and repeal tax boosts the law imposed on high-income people and health industry companies.

The measure would also block federal payments to Planned Parenthood for a year, another stumbling block for GOP moderates.

The drama unfolded seven years to the day after Obama signed his landmark law, an anniversary GOP leaders meant to celebrate with a vote to undo the divisive legislation. “Obamacare” gave birth to the tea party movement and helped Republicans win and keep control of Congress and then take the White House.

Instead, forced to delay the vote, the anniversary turned into bitter irony for the GOP. As the House recessed and lawmakers negotiated, C-SPAN filled up the time playing footage of Obama signing the Affordable Care Act.

“In the final analysis, this bill falls short,” GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington state said in a statement Thursday as she became the latest rank-and-file Republican, normally loyal to leadership, to declare her opposition. “The difficulties this bill would create for millions of children were left unaddressed,” she said, citing the unraveling of Medicaid.

In a danger sign for Republicans, a Quinnipiac University poll found that people disapprove of the GOP legislation by 56 percent to 17 percent, with 26 percent undecided. Trump’s handling of health care was viewed unfavorably by 6 in 10.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who as speaker was Obama’s crucial lieutenant in passing the Democratic bill in the first place, couldn’t resist a dig at the GOP disarray.

“You may be a great negotiator,” she said of Trump. “Rookie’s error for bringing this up on a day when clearly you’re not ready.”

Obama declared in a statement that “America is stronger” because of the current law and said Democrats must make sure “any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans.” Trump tweeted to supporters, “Go with our plan! Call your Rep & let them know.”

Congressional leaders have increasingly put the onus on the president to close the deal, seemingly seeking to ensure that he takes ownership of the legislation — and with it, ownership of defeat if that is the outcome.

Yet, unlike Obama and Pelosi when they passed Obamacare, the Republicans had failed to build an outside constituency or coalition to support their bill. Instead, medical professionals, doctors and hospitals — major employers in some districts — as well as the AARP and other influential consumer groups were nearly unanimously opposed. So were outside conservative groups who argued the bill didn’t go far enough. The Chamber of Commerce was in favor.

Moderates were given pause by projections of 24 million Americans losing coverage in a decade and higher out-of-pocket costs for many low-income and older people, as predicted by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. In an updated analysis Thursday, the CBO said late changes to the bill meant to win over reluctant lawmakers would cut beneficial deficit reduction in half, while failing to cover more people.

And, House members were mindful that the bill, even if passed by the House, faces a tough climb in the Senate.

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New census numbers reveal change throughout Miami Valley region

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 20:45

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) – The statewide population held relatively steady at more than 11.6 million, however, Ohio’s most populous county is no longer the one that includes Cleveland, but the one that includes Columbus.

Locally Miami and Greene counties were ranked 14th and 15th in terms of population growth in the state, with thousands of people moving into those communities within the last 6 years based on the latest U.S. Census Bureau report.

“We have a lot of jobs in Greene County we have a lot of amenities we have a lot of amenities in Greene County we have a lot of universities here so there’s a lot going on that appeals to several different generations and different demographics,” Greene County Business Administrator Brandon Huddleson said.

Not only is Greene County home to five colleges and universities, which bring an influx of young adults every year, it’s also the home of one of the largest employers in the state in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Champaign, Clark, Darke, Montgomery and Preble Counties were among the biggest losers with significant drops in population.

Montgomery County leaders told 2 NEWS there’s been a long time trend of people moving out of the Miami Valley, but they believe we’re on the tail end of it.

With an incredible amount of jobs available in the region, a booming housing market and new developments in Dayton, they’re hopeful there will be an uptick in population soon.

“If there is any indicator why we might be losing population on the mega scale, on a micro scale we have downtown housing market where we literally can’t build enough housing fast enough so i put a lot of hope in those statistics for sure,” Director of UpDayton AJ Ferguson said.

Ferguson believes keeping University of Dayton graduates in the area is essential to growing the population.

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Troopers: Ohio National Guard Humvee swiped from armory

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 18:28

STOW, Ohio (AP) — State troopers in Ohio are looking out for a stolen vehicle that shouldn’t be hard to miss.

The State Highway Patrol says someone cut through a fence at the Ohio National Guard Armory in Stow, about 8 miles north of Akron, and made off with a military Humvee.

Troopers say the Humvee was discovered to be missing from the armory in northeast Ohio on Wednesday. They say it was secured at the time, but someone managed to disable its locking mechanism.

The patrol says the sand-colored Humvee is marked with bumper numbers 174 and 1-145 near the left tail light and HQ-51 on the right.

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Ohio paying 2 men declared wrongfully imprisoned $1.45M each

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 18:25

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has agreed to pay about $1.45 million each to two men declared wrongfully imprisoned for more than 16 years in a woman’s 1988 slaying.

The Ohio Court of Claims announced Thursday it has approved a settlement between the state and Robert Gondor and Randy Resh. The men were 24 years old when a man who pleaded guilty in the murder of 31-year-old Connie Nardi in Portage County implicated them as accomplices.

Both were convicted. But they continued to argue their innocence.

Resh was acquitted in a retrial. Charges against Gondor were dropped. The men were freed in 2007.

A 2014 civil case ruling affirmed by an appeals court found both men were wrongfully imprisoned.

An attorney for Resh and Gondor says they’re moving forward with their lives.

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URS celebrates ‘I CAN Day’

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:54

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A local organization is honoring “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.”

United Rehabilitation Services is recognizing the important contributions of individuals with disabilities in our community.

Thursday, URS celebrated “I CAN Day.” Clients participated in activities including wheelchair basketball, four square, karaoke, and button making.

The day emphasized what URS clients can do.

Recreation Specialist at United Rehabilitation Services Vanessa Moore said, “If our individuals that we serve want to do something, we strive to make it. The sky is the limit [and] we want them to be able to do that.”

URS has planned a month of activities for the 300 children and adults it serves each day.

They’re holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new facility Friday. The expansion will double the number of people with disabilities they can serve.

It’s part of the “Unlocking PossAbilities Expansion Campaign.”

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Daycare worker speaks out after toddler found

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:28

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The daycare worker who cared for a toddler found wandering the streets, alone and wearing only underwear, said she was in “panic mode” when police first informed her of the circumstances.

Tara Lyn Woodall, administrator of Pat’s Care on West Third Street, said she learned something was wrong when police knocked on the door of her daycare to ask if the boy came from there.

“He explained to me that there was a child that was found in his underwear and I simply told the officer to bring him to the center so we could help him figure out who that child was,” Woodall said.

“I was in panic mode but I instantly wanted to make sure that child was okay.”

Woodall said she and her team gave the little boy some clothes and some lunch, and kept him occupied – and warm – until Child Protective Services showed up.

Police say, the parents left their napping son in the care of his 13-year-old sister, while they went to the grocery store. But the girl feel asleep and the little boy wandered off.

He’s since been reunited with his family.

“It’s a wonderful thing to hear,” Woodall said.

“All of the staff here – everyone was worried about that child. I pretty much didn’t get any rest or anything until I found out the child was back reunited with his parents.”

The child, who is just four years old, was found by a woman driving in the area who pulled over and got him into her car before dialing 911.

Pat’s Care is a 24-hour, 7 days a week daycare.

Woodall is responsible for approximately 106 children.

Police said they don’t expect any charges to be filed.

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Man convicted of child rape, child pornography sentenced

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 17:27

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Miamisburg man was sentenced Thursday for child pornography and rape of a minor.

Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. said Thursday David Gale Mattox, 61, of Miamisburg, was sentenced today to 30 years‐to‐life in prison and was designated a Tier III sex offender.

In October 2014, a minor victim disclosed that the defendant had committed sex offenses with her.

The Prosecutor’s office said further investigation revealed two additional victims, both minor children. In addition, images of the victims in states of nudity were discovered on the defendant’s computers.

As a result, Mattox was indicted by the grand jury in July 2015. A bench trial was held in January 2017, and the Court found the defendant guilty on:

  • Seven counts of Rape of a Child under 13
  • Two counts of Gross Sexual Imposition of a Child under 13
  • Two counts of Kidnapping
  • Nine counts of Illegal Use of a Minor in Nudity-Oriented Material

Thursday, Mattox was sentenced to 30 years‐to‐life in prison and was designated a Tier III Sex Offender, the most serious designation in Ohio, which requires him to register his address with the Sheriff’s office every 90 days for the rest of his life, in the event he is released from prison.

Prosecutor Heck said, “This defendant sexually abused these victims for years, going back to 2008. I applaud the children for having the courage to disclose the abuse and confront this defendant. It is my hope that knowing the defendant will be incarcerated for at least 30 years will allow these victims to have some peace of mind and begin the healing process.”

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Parents of homicide suspect indicted

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:56

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The mother and step-father of a woman suspected in the murder of a babysitter in Dayton have been indicted.

Montgomery County Prosecuting Attorney Mat Heck, Jr. said Thursday Keith Allen Hankins, 41, and Krista M. Hankins, 48, of Mentor, Ohio, have been indicted for obstructing justice in connection with a homicide investigation.

READ MORE: Parents of second suspect in babysitter shooting in jail

Investigators say on March 12, Kara Parisi‐King was suspected of being involved in the homicide of 20‐year‐old Taylor Brandenburg on Huffman Avenue in Dayton.

READ MORE: Second suspect arrested for shooting death of Dayton babysitter

Detectives contacted Krista Hankins, Parisi-King’s mother and her step-father Keith Hankins trying to learn the location of Parisi‐King.

The Hankins both claimed to be unaware of the where Parisi‐King was, but were found to have moved her things out of her home and helped her in hiding from investigators.

The Hankins helped Parisi‐King find a new place to live in Euclid, Ohio and helped her buy a new cell phone.

Prosecutors say Parisi‐King was eventually found and taken into custody.

Krista and Keith Hankins have each been indicted on one count of Obstructing Justice – provide false information and one count of Obstructing Justice – harbor/conceal.

The Hankins are both in custody in the Montgomery County Jail, being held on a $25,000 bond. They will be arraigned March 28.

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Officer fires at stabbing suspect north of Ohio State University campus

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 15:52

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus Police officer fired at a stabbing suspect near the Ohio State University campus on Thursday.

Police say they were responding to a call of a woman stabbed at Neil Avenue and West Northwood Avenue. The suspect was transported to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with self-harm injuries. All officers are reportedly unharmed.

According to police, an officer fired one shot at the suspect.

The woman who was stabbed is in critical condition.

The suspect is in custody at the hospital. Police are not looking for anyone else.

An officer was taken to the hospital for “blood exposure.”

The incident occurred near the intersection of Neil and West Oakland avenues. Part of the block is taped off.

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