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WH aide suggests that Trump wants Sessions gone

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:22

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications director says it’s “probably right” that Trump wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.

Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump adviser, said in an interview Tuesday with radio host Hugh Hewitt that Trump is “obviously frustrated” and that the two men “need to work this thing out.”

Scaramucci replies “you’re probably right” when Hewitt says it’s clear that Trump wants Sessions gone.

Trump is angry that Sessions recused himself from the investigation into the relationship between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia. Officials say Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Sessions. The president has also been pressuring Sessions on Twitter in recent days.

Trump recently told The New York Times he wouldn’t have picked Sessions for the job had he known beforehand that Sessions would step aside from the investigation.

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Ohio man found wrongly imprisoned, cleared to seek damages

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:16

CLEVELAND (AP) — A state appeals court says a Cleveland man was wrongfully imprisoned for 18 years, and that finding clears the way for him to seek financial compensation for his time behind bars.

Anthony Lemons maintains he’s innocent in a 1994 slaying. reports a three-judge panel from Ohio’s 8th District Court of Appeals has found that prosecutors withheld key evidence in the murder trial. The court says authorities violated Lemons’ rights by not telling the defense that police identified Lemons as a suspect using shoes not publicly available when the slaying occurred.

Prosecutors dropped charges against Lemons in 2014. A judge declared him not guilty, but prosecutors stopped short of conceding his innocence.

The appeals court says Lemons didn’t prove he’s innocent, which would require a higher burden of proof.

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Trial begins for driver charged in death of Ohio trooper

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:13

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jurors are being chosen for the trial of a driver suspected of fatally hitting a state trooper along a Cleveland highway. reports that jury selection began Monday for 38-year-old Joshua Gaspar, of Columbia Station.

He is charged in the September death of Trooper Kenneth Velez. Gaspar previously pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated vehicular homicide and causing an officer’s death while driving recklessly or under the influence of drugs.

Prosecutors say Gaspar hit Velez on Interstate 90 after swerving to avoid a stopped car. Prosecutors have said that Gaspar took methadone shortly before the crash and didn’t have a proper license.

His attorney has said that Gaspar took a dose of methadone prescribed to address a drug addiction and that his license was valid.

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Sheriff urges fairgoers to try police shooting simulator

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:10

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff is encouraging county fairgoers to try police scenarios in a firearms training simulator, hoping they’ll better understand the split-second decisions that officers make about firing their weapons.

Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett said she rented the simulator to promote discussion about the dangers that officers face. She says most people don’t understand how quickly officers must decide whether to shoot someone.

Participants in the simulation use a modified gun and decide, from an officer’s perspective, whether to fire in various situations, such as a traffic stop or a domestic dispute. It’s free but open only to adults, who must first be patted down and sign a waiver.

Burchett says the technology costs about $90,000, but she rented it for the week for $3,000.

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NASA astronaut captures Northern Lights from space

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:33

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WFLA/NBC) – A NASA astronaut took incredible images from the International Space Station on Monday.

Astronaut Jack Fischer captured the images of the Northern Lights from 250 miles above earth.

“People have asked me what a ‘burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce’ is… Well folks, it looks like this awesome sauce is green,” Fischer tweeted.

The Northern Lights are a result of collisions between earth’s gaseous particles and matter released by the sun, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Tokyo to begin seeking names for star giant panda cub

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:49

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s capital says it will start collecting suggestions this week for the name of a recently born giant panda cub.

Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, Japan’s oldest, has not shown the cub directly to the public. But it released a video of the cub born on June 12 showing the squeaky baby snuggling with its mother, ShinShin. The female cub already has the characteristic black and white panda pattern in its fur and its eyes have opened.

ShinShin’s last cub was born in 2012 and survived only six days. The newcomer appears to be thriving, and is sure to draw huge crowds once it goes on display.

The city government has said it will accept name suggestions online and also in a suggestion box at the zoo. Local reports said the panda will be named when it is about 100 days old.

About 420 giant pandas live in captivity, mostly in their native China, while about 1,860 live in the wild.

For decades, China gifted friendly nations with its unofficial national mascot, in what was known as “panda diplomacy.” The country more recently has loaned pandas to zoos on commercial terms. Eventually, the cubs born overseas must be returned to China.

But in the meantime, Japan is rejoicing in having a new giant panda to coo over.

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AP sources: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as he continues to rage against Sessions’ decision to recuse himself from all matters related to the Russia investigation.

The president’s anger again bubbled into public view Monday as he referred to Sessions in a tweet as “beleaguered.” Privately, Trump has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president. They demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations.

Trump often talks about making staff changes without following through, so those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all. What is clear is that Trump remains furious that the attorney general recused himself from the investigations.

“So why aren’t the Committees and investigators, and of course our beleaguered A.G., looking into Crooked Hillarys crimes & Russia relations?” Trump tweeted Monday. His tweet came just hours before his son-in-law, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, traveled to Capitol Hill to be interviewed about his meetings with Russians.

Trump’s intensifying criticism has fueled speculation that Sessions may resign even if Trump opts not to fire him. During an event at the White House, Trump ignored a shouted question about whether Sessions should step down. The attorney general said last week he intended to stay in his post.

If Trump were to fire Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would be elevated to the top post on an acting basis. That would leave the president with another attorney general of whom he has been sharply critical in both public and private for his handling of the Russia probe, according to four White House and outside advisers who, like others interviewed, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

It could also raise the specter of Trump asking Rosenstein — or whomever he appoints to fill the position — to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election and potential collusion with Trump’s campaign.

The name of one longtime Trump ally, Rudy Giuliani, was floated Monday as a possible replacement for Sessions, but a person who recently spoke to the former New York City mayor said that Giuliani had not been approached about the position. Giuliani told CNN on Monday that he did not want the post and would have recused himself had he been in Sessions’ position.

The president’s tweet about the former Alabama senator comes less than a week after Trump, in a New York Times interview, said that Sessions should never have taken the job as attorney general if he was going to recuse himself. Sessions made that decision after it was revealed that he had met with a top Russian diplomat last year.

Trump has seethed about Sessions’ decision for months, viewing it as disloyal — arguably the most grievous offense in the president’s mind — and resenting that the attorney general did not give the White House a proper heads-up before making the announcement that he would recuse himself. His fury has been fanned by several close confidants — including his son Donald Trump Jr, who is also ensnared in the Russia probe — who are angry that Sessions made his decision.

Trump and Sessions’ conversations in recent weeks have been infrequent. Sessions had recently asked senior White House staff how he might patch up relations with the president but that effort did not go anywhere, according to a person briefed on the conversations. Sessions was in the West Wing on Monday but did not meet with the president, according to deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Newt Gingrich, a frequent Trump adviser, said that the president, with his criticisms of Sessions, was simply venting and being “honest about his feelings. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to do anything,” Gingrich said. Still, he said the president’s comments would have repercussions when it comes to staff morale.

“Anybody who is good at team building would suggest to the president that attacking members of your team rattles the whole team,” Gingrich said.

Sessions and Trump used to be close, sharing both a friendship and an ideology. Sessions risked his reputation when he became the first U.S. senator to endorse the celebrity businessman and his early backing gave Trump legitimacy, especially among the hard-line anti-immigration forces that bolstered his candidacy. Several of Sessions’ top aides now serve in top administration posts, including Stephen Miller, the architect of several of Trump’s signature proposals, including the travel ban and tough immigration policy.

After Trump’s public rebuke last week, Sessions seemed determined to keep doing the job he said “goes beyond anything that I would have ever imagined for myself.”

“I’m totally confident that we can continue to run this office in an effective way,” Sessions said last week.

Armand DeKeyser, who worked closely with Sessions and became his chief of staff in the Senate, said he did not see the attorney general as someone who would easily cave to criticism, even from the president.

“If Jeff thinks he is in an untenable position and cannot be an effective leader, I believe he would leave,” DeKeyser said. “But I don’t think he’s reached that point.”

But Anthony Scaramucci, the president’s new communications director, said that it’s time for Trump and Sessions to hash out a resolution, regardless of what they decide.

“My own personal opinion, I think they’ve got to have a meeting and have a reconciliation one way or another. You know what I mean? Either stay or go, one way or another,” he said.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

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Smugglers offer crammed big rigs as ‘VIP treatment’ to US

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:37

SAN DIEGO (AP) — When Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was awakened Sunday morning with news that migrants were found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer outside a San Antonio Walmart, his mind flashed back to 2003, when he stood at the back of a truck about 120 miles (200 kilometers) southeast of San Antonio that carried 19 dead migrants.

“It is sad that 14 years later people are still being smuggled in tractor-trailers,” he said. “There still isn’t water, there still isn’t ventilation. These criminal organizations, they’re all about making money.”

The striking similarities of the Texas tragedies demonstrate how smugglers have found a durable business model carrying large groups — often in big rigs — through an elaborate network of foot guides, safe house operators and drivers. A criminal complaint about Sunday’s discovery that 10 were dead and dozens injured in the truck opens a window on their degree of sophistication and organizational muscle: passengers had color-coded tape to split into smaller groups; and six black SUVs awaited them at one transit point to bring them to their destinations.

Big rigs emerged as a popular smuggling method in the early 1990s amid a surge in U.S. border enforcement in San Diego and El Paso, Texas, which were then the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Before that, people paid small fees to mom-and-pop operators to get them across a largely unguarded border. As crossing became exponentially more difficult after the 2001 terror strikes in the U.S., migrants were led through more dangerous terrain and paid thousands of dollars more.

Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, a political scientist who teaches at University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, said migrants she interviewed last year in South Texas paid $2,000 to $3,000 more to ride in the crammed tractor-trailers, considering them more effective, faster and safer than walking through the desert to a pickup point far from the border. Hundreds of border crossers perish each year in the desert, getting lost and dehydrated in extreme heat.

The growing use of trucks coincided with increased trade with Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement, allowing smugglers to more easily blend in with cargo, particularly on Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas, to San Antonio, Correa-Cabrera said. Walking in the open desert more easily exposes them to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Women, some carrying children, think they are less likely to be raped on a truck than in the open desert because there are more witnesses, Correia-Cabrera said. Riding in a big rig, she said, is “the VIP treatment.”

For smugglers, the advantage of tractor-trailers boils down to scale.

“It’s like any other business: the more they move, the more profit they make,” Homan said. “Rather than taking four in a car, the profit margin on tractor-trailers is a lot more.”

Truck drivers are low-level cogs in a big machine, recruited in the U.S. at casinos and other places where smuggling organizations look for people who are down on their luck, desperate for quick cash and disinclined to ask questions.

James Matthew Bradley Jr., who made an initial court appearance Monday in San Antonio on smuggling charges, told authorities he was delivering what he thought was a sold vehicle from Schiller, Iowa, to Brownsville, Texas, and that he didn’t know what was inside, according to the complaint. He said he was given no deadline or address to deliver the truck.

Other guides take migrants across Mexico by bus. Others join them on a raft across the Rio Grande or through the desert to a hideout or to a nearby house where they may wait days or weeks. Eventually smuggling organizations get them to major cities like Phoenix, Houston or San Antonio.

“I have to imagine that their winning percentage is really, really high,” said Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy group. “Whatever reputation they lose from episodes like this, their profit margins are still high enough to make it work. Otherwise people wouldn’t pay.”

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Derrick Rose signs with Cleveland Cavaliers

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:34

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard.

Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has battled knee injuries, will get a one-year contract at the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the agreement.

The deal is expected to be finalized and announced Tuesday.

Rose played for the New York Knicks last season and averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists. The 28-year-old’s role with the Cavs is still to be determined. He could be used as a backup or even start depending on what the team does with All-Star Kyrie Irving, who recently asked for a trade.

Irving’s demands have complicated things for the defending Eastern Conference champions, who were beaten by Golden State in the Finals. They’ll certainly find interest in Irving, but it may be challenging to find comparable talent in return.

That’s where Rose comes in. If healthy, Rose is a dynamic scorer capable of taking over a game, and paired with LeBron James, he could be even more dangerous.

Not long after reports surfaced of Rose’s agreement, James posted a message on Twitter with five rose emojis followed by, “Let’s Rock G!!”

Rose drew interest from other teams. He met with Cleveland’s front office on Monday, when the team promoted Koby Altman to be its full-time general manger after he served as the interim GM since mid-June.

Rose just completed his eighth since being drafted first overall by Chicago in 2008. He was named the league’s MVP in 2011 while with the Bulls. Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 season following knee surgery.

Because the Cavaliers are so far over the salary cap, they could only offer Rose a one-year deal. But the possibility of playing alongside James, who can become a free agent next summer, and to contend for a title will offset any financial concerns for Rose.


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Fishing crew catches 926-pound shark off New Jersey coast

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:32

BRIELLE, N.J. (AP) — A fishing crew has reeled in a 926-pound Mako shark, and New Jersey officials say it’s the biggest shark catch in the state’s history.

The boat’s crew was fishing about 100 miles off the coast in an area known as Hudson Canyon on Saturday. The shark was weighed and displayed in Brielle later that day.

Kevin Gerrity, captain of the boat, says they didn’t think they could manage to catch the shark. It took over two hours to pull it aboard.

The New Jersey Division Fish and Wildlife says the previous record weight for a shark caught was an 880-pound tiger shark caught off Cape May in 1988.

The Hudson Canyon is populated by a number of large fish, and has produced multiple record setting fish catches.

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McCain’s return, heavy with drama for ‘Obamacare’ repeal

WDTN News - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 05:05

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that’s defined the GOP for the past seven years.

It’s a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”

McCain himself campaigned heavily on the “Obamacare” repeal issue last year as he won re-election to a sixth and almost certainly final Senate term. And there could be sweet revenge in defying cancer to undo the signature legislation of the man who beat him for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama.

The Arizona senator would also deliver a key victory to President Donald Trump, despite emerging as one of the president’s most outspoken GOP critics on Capitol Hill. During last year’s campaign Trump shockingly ridiculed McCain over his years as a POW during the Vietnam War.

And the situation was eerily reminiscent of a similar scenario involving McCain’s good friend, the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who returned to the Senate in July 2008 while battling brain cancer to vote on Medicare legislation, his dramatic entry in the chamber eliciting cheers and applause. Kennedy died of cancer in August 2009.

The possibility of McCain returning had been discussed around the Capitol on Monday, yet the press release from his office late in the day came as a surprise. Nor did it guarantee success on Tuesday’s vote for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is managing a balky GOP caucus with almost no room for error in the closely divided Senate.

“Senator McCain looks forward to returning to the United States Senate tomorrow to continue working on important legislation, including health care reform, the National Defense Authorization Act, and new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea,” his office said.

McCain has not been overly enthusiastic about the GOP health bill or the partisan process through which it’s emerged. After an earlier version was poised to fail, he called on McConnell to reopen the process with a bipartisan approach, advice the majority leader ignored.

But McCain’s best friend in the Senate Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and other colleagues who’ve spoken with McCain of late, say he’s been itching to get back to the Senate, impatient to return to work. And he’s expected to support McConnell and Trump and vote to move forward with the GOP health bill.

“I have a feeling if there’s any way he can be back he’ll be here, whether or not his doctors like it, knowing John,” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said earlier Monday.

And sure enough, he will.

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Indians win fourth straight, 6-2 over Reds

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 23:40

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Cleveland Indians won their fourth straight, 6-2 over the tumbling Cincinnati Reds on Monday night in the makeup of a May 25 rainout.

Tomlin (7-9) gave up two homers but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start. Cleveland’s bullpen did its part as well, with Andrew Miller working two innings and Cody Allen finishing up.

Santana homered in the seventh and eighth as the Indians moved over .500 (25-24) at Progressive Field for the first time since winning their home opener on April 11.

Cleveland’s Roberto Perez snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with an RBI double off Reds starter Tim Adleman (5-8), who lost his fourth straight start.

Scooter Gennett and Zack Cozart hit solo shots for Cincinnati, just 2-9 since the All-Star break.

“You try to find ways to get better, but you can’t reinvent the wheel,” Reds manager Bryan Price said. “This is our ballclub.”

Tomlin’s solid performance — he threw 49 of 72 pitches for strikes — was another positive for the Indians, who are waiting for one of their starters in the back end of their rotation to step up. On Saturday, Danny Salazar returned from a stint in the minors to allow just one hit in seven innings.

Those outings could influence whether the Indians’ front office tries to trade for another front-line starter before the July 31 trading deadline.

“When he’s going good, that’s what he can do,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of Tomlin, who was just 2-6 in May and June. “Those were six really good innings.”

Tomlin was dominant during one stretch, striking out six straight from the second to the fourth and allowing just one hit until the fifth.

“It was just the execution of pitches,” Tomlin said. “That’s a pretty good-hitting team over there. I think the two pitches I didn’t execute were hit for home runs and the other ones were hit pretty hard in the gap somewhere and our defense made great plays on them.

“I never try to get strikeouts. I don’t know how people can get as many as the (Corey) Klubers of the world, but it was kind of nice to get those, for sure.”


Santana homered from both sides of the plate for the fourth time in his career. He’s batting .333 (18 of 54) with 11 RBIs in 15 game this month.

And while he’s only hitting .241, the DH has traditionally gotten stronger in the second half.

“He doesn’t wear down,” Francona said. “It’s like the more at-bats he gets, the better he is. That’s really welcome because he’ll play a huge part in us going forward.”


The Reds have allowed a major league-leading 171 homers. Cincinnati’s pitchers have surrendered 25 homers in the past 11 games.


Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton recorded his major league-leading ninth assist in the first inning, catching a fly and doubling Francisco Lindor off first with a strong throw. Hamilton is batting .386 since the All-Star break and leads the majors with 43 stolen bases.


Reds: RHP Anthony Desclafani (sprained elbow ligament) made his first minor league rehab appearance in the Arizona rookie league Sunday, allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenhall (strained right calf) and 2B Jason Kipnis (strained right hamstring) both took batting practice for the first time since getting hurt. They will gradually increase their baseball activities, but no timetable has been set for their return. … OF Austin Jackson (strained left quadriceps) is expected to be activated from the DL on Tuesday.


Reds: Rookie RHP Luis Castillo starts a series opener at Yankee Stadium. Castillo has pitched six innings in each of his last two starts, but lost both.

Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger, who has won his last three decisions, starts the opener of a three-game series against the Angels. He was acquired from Los Angeles for pitcher Vinnie Pestano in 2014.

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Dragons win 3-1 as Siri’s streak reaches 30

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 23:16

DAYTON, Ohio – Dayton starting pitcher Andrew Jordan and two relievers combined to allow just five hits as the Dragons defeated the Burlington Bees 3-1 on Monday night.  The Dragons won two-of-three in the series with the Bees and went 4-2 on their six-game home stand.

Dayton’s Jose Siri singled to left field in the third inning to extend his hitting streak to 30 straight games, marking the third longest hitting streak on record in Midwest League history.  Siri added another single in the seventh inning to finish the night at 2 for 4.  Siri’s hitting streak is the longest in the league since 1997 when Robert Fick of West Michigan had a 32-game hitting streak. The MWL record is 35, set in 1977 by Waterloo’s Tony Toups.  Siri’s hitting streak is the longest in all of Professional Baseball (Major Leagues or Minor Leagues) in 2017.

The Dragons trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third when Siri singled with two outs and scored on a triple to deep center field by Malik Collymore to tie the game.  In the sixth, the Dragons took the lead on back-to-back walks to Collymore and Taylor Trammell and a two-out, run-scoring single by Hector Vargas to make it 2-1.  In the eighth, Michael Beltre blasted a long home run to right field to extend the Dragons lead to 3-1.  The homer by Beltre left the ballpark entirely and was his third of the year.

Burlington put two men on base after two were out in the ninth inning but stranded the tying run at first base.

Jordan was outstanding over six innings.  He allowed just one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.  Lucas Benenati worked a perfect seventh inning and Jesse Adams worked a 1-2-3 eighth.  Joel Kuhnel earned his 10th save by pitching a scoreless ninth.  He allowed one hit in the inning and had to pitch around a two-out error that extended the game.

Up Next:  The Dragons (12-19, 53-48) do not play on Tuesday.  They will travel to Lansing, Michigan to meet the Lansing Lugnuts (10-20, 47-49) on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.  Matt Blandino (1-2, 4.74) will start for the Dragons against Lansing’s Yennsy Diaz (2-2, 3.96).

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Local News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 22:33

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Darke County drug raid uncovers meth, handgun and cash

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:55

GETTYSBURG, Ohio (WDTN)– The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with Greenville police conducted a drug bust Monday afternoon, netting drugs, cash, and a handgun.

Crews went to 205 Bridge St. around 4 p.m.

42-year-old Christopher A. Silcott and 38-year-old Jamie R. Hampshire were both taken into custody by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

Silcott was charged with Trafficking Methamphetamine, while Hampshire was charged with Permitting Drug Abuse.

An assortment of drug paraphernalia, Methamphetamine and a handgun were also found in the apartment.

Both suspects were booked into the Darke County Jail and could face additional charges.

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Huber Heights changes course, votes for moratorium on medical marijuana

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:30

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) — The Huber Heights City Council made an unexpected decision on Monday night.

Council members voted for a six-month moratorium on medical marijuana.

The council was originally scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would allow a medical marijuana cultivation facility to open inside the city limits.

But, the council voted instead to ban the drug for six months.

Council members didn’t say what would happen to the company that submitted a bid to the state to locate in Huber Heights.

Monday’s vote further postponed a decision some expected weeks ago. The council was expected to vote on the ordinance at its last meeting, but instead chose for a third reading of the ordinance at Monday’s scheduled meeting.

A group of concerned citizens opposed to the idea held a press conference to urge city leaders to vote against the ordinance Monday.

City leaders created a 12 question survey about the issue and Huber Heights residents will begin receiving calls this week.  City Manager, Rob Schommer, said the results of the phone survey will be in next week.

FW Green Investment, LLC has submitted a bid with the state to open a cultivation facility on 5051 Kitridge road.  The group wants to build a $10M facility where the old Globe Product Inc. factory used to be.

More than 180 applicants have applied for 24 state medical marijuana cultivator, large and small, licenses.

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Authorities return to Carlisle home

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 20:25

CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN/WLWT) –  Authorities on Monday were back at the Carlisle house where a baby’s remains were found.

According to neighbors, deputies arrived at the house around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Crews left the house just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

2 News crews witnessed authorities removing several items from the home during the investigation.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, has already been arraigned on a reckless homicide charge after investigators found remains of an infant in her families backyard.

Investigators initially believed the remains were that of a stillborn, but the prosecutor says evidence indicates that the infant was born alive.

Authorities would not say why they returned to the home on Monday night.

#BREAKING: Authorities outside home of Skylar Richardson whos facing one count of reckless homicide after remains were found at home. @WDTN

— Jordan Bowen (@JordanBowenWDTN) July 25, 2017

Our partners at WLWT are also at the scene. According to WLWT’s reports, they say detectives have not confirmed the baby was Richardson’s, and they’ve sealed court documents including both search warrants.

#NOW: Investigators expect to be on the scene for at least a few more hours. #wlwt

— Dan Griffin WLWT (@DanGriffinWLWT) July 25, 2017


#NOW: Warren Co. Sheriff's investigators wouldn't elaborate on what this search warrant is focusing on, but say they are inside home. #wlwt

— Dan Griffin WLWT (@DanGriffinWLWT) July 25, 2017

READ MORE: Prosecutor: Infant found buried in backyard of Carlisle home was born alive

READ MORE: Teen appears in court after skeletal remains of baby found



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Teenage driver livestreams crash that kills sister

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:53

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A teenage driver lost control of her car while she was livestreaming on Instagram and recorded part of the crash that authorities said Monday killed her younger sister in California.

After a gap in the livestream, the driver is seen leaning over the body of the girl, trying to shake her awake and saying she was sorry. She said she expected to spend the rest of her life in prison but doesn’t care.

“This is the last thing I wanted to happen, OK? … Rest in peace, sweetie,” the teen says. “If you don’t survive, I’m so (expletive) sorry.”

Authorities say Obdulia Sanchez, 18, was driving the car Friday when it veered onto the shoulder of a road about 75 miles (120.7 kilometers) northwest of Fresno.

She overcorrected, causing the vehicle to swerve and overturn into a field, ejecting her sister, the California Highway Patrol said.

Jacqueline Sanchez, 14, of Stockton died in the crash, Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said. Another girl, also 14, was in the backseat and survived with a leg injury.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt but not the two girls, the CHP said.

Obdulia Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter and remained in jail with bail set at $300,000.

The livestream was recorded on Instagram and posted on Facebook by someone who had seen it. Stockton resident Mary Hernandez said she saw the video there and reposted it.

“People need to know these things can happen,” Hernandez said, adding that she had gotten a range of responses from anger to gratitude.

“I mean no disrespect to their family for posting it,” she said. Hernandez said she knew about Obdulia Sanchez through social media but they never met in person.

Rob Carroll, a chief deputy in the Merced County District Attorney’s Office, said he had not yet seen the video but expects it will be a key piece of evidence.

“Drinking, driving and driving erratically — obviously those are poor choices,” Carroll said.

Relatives have set up a GoFundMe page to pay for the funeral of Jacqueline Sanchez. The page says she was planning to celebrate her 15th birthday — known as a quincenera — on Sunday.

Neither Obdulia Sanchez nor an attorney representing her could be reached for comment

She is expected to make her first court appearance Wednesday.

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Officials: Mother and baby trapped in SUV

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 19:41

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Police were called to a scene where a mother and baby are trapped in a black truck.

Police got the call around 6:40 p.m. Monday.

Reports say a tan impala hit the a mother and baby in a black truck. Then the tan impala fled on Fair Oaks Road, according to reports.

(WDTN Photo/Dominic Wilson)

Officials say the mother and baby were trapped in the truck after the collision.

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Fire Chief Ashworth talks about water safety

WDTN News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 18:43

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth talks about water safety on Five on 2.


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