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Suspect identified in Fairborn hotel stabbing

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:23

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) — Police have identified the suspect in a stabbing outside a Fairborn hotel.

Officers arrested Jorge P. Ramirez on a felonious assault charge.

Ramirez’s arrest stems from an incident outside the Fairborn Motel on North Broad Street.

Officers on patrol responded to a call of a disturbance outside the motel involving several people around 2 a.m. on Sunday.

When officers arrived, they found a person with a stab wound.

Officers got a description of the suspect and found Ramirez trying to run from the scene.

Ramirez was taken into custody at that time.

Medics were called to the scene to treat the stabbing victim. Police say the victim had non-life threatening injuries.

The case remains under investigation. Authorities have not set a court date for Ramirez.

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White House eyeing $18 billion list of social program cuts

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is following up its longshot roster of budget cuts with a wish list of $18 billion worth of immediate reductions, including cuts to medical research, infrastructure, and community development grants.

Like President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget, which was panned by both Democrats and Republicans earlier this month, the proposals have little chance to be enacted.

Unlike the budget document itself, the roster of cuts do not represent official administration proposals. Instead, they were sent to Capitol Hill as a set of “options” for GOP staff aides and lawmakers crafting a catchall spending bill for the ongoing budget year, which ends Sept. 30.

The documents arrived as negotiations over a catchall spending package continue Tuesday with the aim of averting a partial government shutdown at the end of next month. The package would wrap up $1.1 trillion in unfinished spending bills and address the administration’s request for an immediate $30 billion in additional Pentagon spending.

Those talks are intensifying, but Senate Republicans are considering backing away from a showdown with Democrats over whether to fund Trump’s request for immediate funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Senate Democrats have threatened to filibuster any language providing money for the wall.

Asked about including Southern border wall financing in the broader spending package, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a key negotiator, said, “They will not pass together. That’s just my view.”

Blunt added, “My view is there’s a path to get 60 votes” in the Senate, the total required to overcome a Democratic filibuster.

“There is no path to put a supplemental (wall) as currently described on that package,” said Blunt, a member of the Senate GOP leadership team and is major player on health and human services accounts.

The government would shut down except for some functions on April 29 without successful action on spending. GOP leaders are eager to avoid a politically damaging shutdown, especially in the wake of last week’s embarrassing failure to pass the Trump-pushed bill to “repeal and replace” former President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law and Trump’s decision to abandon the effort.

Negotiators have made progress on the core elements of a dozen must-do funding bills but have ignored the White House’s list of cuts in doing so.

But the White House badly wants funding for the Mexico wall and hasn’t fully engaged in the Hill negotiations. Pitfalls and land mines lay ahead in the talks, and the situation is especially fragile because of divisions among GOP ranks and uncertainty over who’s playing the lead role at the White House on the particulars of budget work.

The new list of cuts include $1.2 billion in National Institutes of Health research grants. The community development block grant program would be halved, amounting to a cut of $3 billion, and $500 million would be stripped from transportation projects.

White House budget office spokesman John Czwartacki said the proposals were not being shared with the media. A Capitol Hill aide described the cuts to The Associated Press, speaking only on grounds of anonymity because the budget document is not yet public.

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Bond set at $25,000 each for parents of murder suspect

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:11

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The mother and step-father of a murder suspect appeared in court on Tuesday morning.

A judge set bond at $25,000 each for Keith and Krista Hankins. Both of them pleaded not guilty on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping their daughter, Kara Parisi-King, hide from police.

Authorities were searching for Parisi-King in connection with the shooting death of Taylor Brandenburg at a house on Huffman Avenue.

Investigators say on March 12, detectives contacted Keith and Krista 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.

Brandenburg was killed outside a house on Huffman Avenue, where she was babysitting some children. Police have arrested Chuckie Lee and Parisi-King for Brandenburg’s murder.

Parisi-King’s bond was set at $1 million.

Keith and Krista Hankins are scheduled to appear in court again on April 11th.

If they post bond, they’ll be required to undergo electronic home detention.

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Crews repairing water main break in Oakwood neighborhood

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 08:51

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — Oakwood Street Deparment crews are making repairs to a water main break.

It happened in the 500 block of Walnut Springs Lane.

Crews on-scene say there will be a water boil advisory put in place soon.

No word on what caused the break. We’re working to speak with the Oakwood Service Director to find out when that advisory will be in place.

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Body cam video shows drunk, armed FBI agent at Michigan PD

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 08:40

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Body camera video shows a drunk and armed FBI agent inside Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters hours after his partner shot at officers.

John Salazar, the agent who showed up to GRPD, hasn’t faced any criminal charges.

The video from the early morning of Dec. 6, 2016 was posted online over the weekend and appears to be incriminating. Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said on Monday that he had not seen it until WDTN’s sister station WOOD-TV showed it to him.

In the video, officers comment on Salazar.

“He’s eating 14 pieces of gum,” one officer can be heard saying.

Salazar arrived at the downtown headquarters after his partner, Ruben Hernandez, was arrested for firing at a GRPD officer outside a gym off of 28th Street — though no one was hurt in that incident.

“Did you get a call from him tonight?” one of the officers asked Salazar.

“Um,” Salazar responded.

“Someone called us. We’re still trying to figure out who called us to say he was in trouble or something. That wasn’t you?” an officer asked.

“Listen, I’m not going to answer anything right now. I have no idea,” Salazar said.

According to receipts WOOD-TV obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Salazar and Hernandez started drinking at 7:45 p.m. the night before at Brann’s Steakhouse, where they bought 12 beers. Then they headed to Sensations Showgirls nightclub near the intersection of 28th Street and the East Beltline, where they bought five more drinks. They were then separated, after which the shooting happened outside a nearby Planet Fitness.

“How come you’re not going to answer anything?” an officer can be heard asking Salazar in the video.

“Well, I got to wait for, you know, I gotta talk to my superiors and everything else,” Salazar said.

Later, an officer is heard on a phone call saying, “He’s not wanting to talk to us right now.”

“OK, really?” the person on the other end of the phone said.

“I think it’s all starting to come together,” the officer said.

Last week, Prosecutor Becker told WOOD-TV that there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Salazar with being drunk and in possession of a firearm.

“We have no idea what his blood alcohol level was when his gun was on him,” Becker said.

The video shows Salazar was armed when he walks into police headquarters.

The timestamp on the video shows the recording started around 4:23 a.m. Police documents show that at 5:22 a.m., Salazar had a blood alcohol content level of .116. Michigan’s legal limit is .08.

WOOD-TV brought the video to Becker on Monday. He said he didn’t have time to talk on camera, but later emailed that he “never knew about it and never even considered there would be body camera footage from inside the department to ask for it. Our understanding of body camera policy is that they are not turned on inside of the department.”

The other possible charge that Salazar could have faced was driving under the influence. The video makes it appear that he drove drunk to police headquarters. At one point, the video shows him get a cellphone charger from his rental car, which was parked in front of the police station on Monroe Center. He had the keys and no one else was with him.

Video from surveillance cameras outside headquarters could easily have shown whether or not he drove, but the prosecutor has not seen or asked to see that video. GRPD told WOOD-TV it is no longer available.

The prosecutor said he was only looking at what happened at the shooting scene.

WOOD-TV reached out to the FBI, but officials there will not comment on Salazar’s employment status.

His partner, Hernandez, was fired by the FBI. He has taken a plea agreement and will be sentenced next month.

It’s unclear if the new video will lead to the case being reopened.

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Police south of US on lookout for missing Tennessee teen

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 08:02

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities asked law enforcement in Mexico and Central America to be on the lookout for a 15-year-old girl who disappeared with her teacher two weeks ago, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Monday.

The agency’s request was made as a precaution only, and there have been no sightings south of the U.S. border of either Elizabeth Thomas or her 50-year-old teacher, Tad Cummins. The pair has been romantically linked.

The Tennessee agency got a tip last week that the teacher’s car may have been spotted in Corpus Christi, Texas, but police there were not able to confirm it.

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The pair’s disappearance came after Cummins was investigated by the school system when another student reported seeing the married teacher kiss the girl at the Culleoka Unit School. Culleoka is a community about 60 miles south of Nashville near the Alabama state line.

Maury County District Attorney Brent Cooper tells WAAY-TV that investigators have discovered the pair had a “romantic interest” and believe they communicated in secret by writing draft emails to each other. Cooper said one person would save the email as a draft on Cummins’ school account, and the other person would read the message, delete it and write another note as a draft.

A news station has also posted a video of the teenager in hopes that someone will recognize her voice.

The video posted on Facebook by Wayne County Now shows Elizabeth Thomas teaching her older brother how to sew a Confederate flag.

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It wasn’t seaweed; Man finds marijuana bale on Florida beach

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:57

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 52-year-old man called 911 after finding a bale of marijuana that had washed up on a Florida beach.

Jeff Stolowitz tells local news outlets he was walking on Daytona Beach on Saturday morning when he spotted the object, which was shaped like a giant cigar. As he got closer on Saturday morning, he saw a ripped edge and what appeared to be blood. That’s when he called for help.

Volusia County Beach Safety Capt. Mike Berard says narcotics sometimes wash ashore when the surf kicks up. He says small amounts are typically tested and disposed of, but larger amounts are transferred to another agency.

Berard says they’ve found cocaine, medical waste and 30-gallon drums of diesel fuel on the beach after big storms or high surf.

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Tennessee couple accused of trying to sell baby for $3,000 on Craigslist

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:51

GREENE COUNTY (WATE) – A Tennessee couple is behind bars after authorities said they tried to sell a 5-month-old baby by posting an ad on Craigslist.

John David Cain, 26, and Deanna Lynn Greer, 37, are charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment-Haley’s Law.

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office says the couple told TBI agents that the baby was for sale for $3,000. An undercover TBI agent then met with Greer and Cain on Friday afternoon at the Dollar General on Asheville Highway, paid them $3,000 in cash and was given the baby.

Cain and Greer were then arrested and taken into custody at the Greene County Jail.

The baby is currently in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

A warrant from the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says the couple “did knowingly place the child in threat of serious danger, bodily injury or death by selling the child to an unknown person”.

Cain and Greer are each being held on $150,000 bond. Deanna Lynn Greer’s court date was set for April 7 and John David Cain’s court date was set for April 8.

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Report finds less poverty among Ohioans in 2015 than in 2011

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report indicates nearly 15 percent of Ohioans lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2015, down from 16.4 percent in 2011.

The annual report from the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies highlights the 93,000 Ohioans who were caretakers for their grandchildren. About 22 percent of them lived in poverty.

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging says the opioid crisis has contributed to grandparents becoming caregivers.

Also noted in the report: At least a dozen colleges and universities in the state now provide free food pantries.

The association says the figures reflect a steady rise in income inequity.

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Sheriff: Ohio jail inmate dies after apparent hanging

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:27

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a female inmate was pronounced dead at a hospital after being found unresponsive in her cell at a northwest Ohio jail.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says it appears the woman hanged herself in the jail.

The office says a corrections officer making rounds at the jail found the woman Monday night and tried to resuscitate her. Paramedics rushing her to a hospital also tried unsuccessfully to revive her.

The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately release the woman’s name, age or other details about her.

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Single mom dressed as a dad turned away from Georgia daddy-daughter dance

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:22

LOCUST GROVE, GA (WCMH) – A single mom says her daughter was devastated when they were turned away from a school father-daughter dance.

Amy Peterson told WXIA she thought it would be memorable if she dressed up as a dad and took her daughter to the dance. She said school leaders wouldn’t let her inside since she wasn’t a man.

“I was trying to comply with the rules,” Peterson told WXIA. “I knew if I showed up as her mom, they probably wouldn’t have let me in.”

Peterson used mascara for a beard, wore baggy clothes and donned a bowtie and hat.

As Peterson and her 6-yer-old daughter Gracie were getting ready, she received a call from the school.

“An hour before the school principal called, saying she caught rumor that her (Gracie’s) mother was bringing her and she forbid us to come, and if we showed up we would be turned away,” Peterson said.

A school spokesperson told WXIA that the school apologized and offered her a refund.

“She screamed, ‘No, why? Why do I have to be the one missing a dad,’” Peterson said. “She was just excited that we were doing this together.”

Peterson is now calling for changes to the way this kind of dance is handled.

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13 states urge court to keep Pres. Trump’s travel ban

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 07:16

RICHMOND, VA (AP) – A group of 12 state attorneys general and one governor is backing President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries, telling a federal appeals court Monday that the Republican acted lawfully in the interest of national security.

The states are urging the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court judge’s ruling that blocked part of the president’s revised executive order. The states say the administration’s action is not a “pretext for religious discrimination” and does not violate the constitution.

“The Executive Order’s temporary pause in entry by nationals from six countries and in the refugee program neither mentions any religion nor depends on whether affected aliens are Muslim,” the states write in the brief with the Richmond, Virginia-based court. “Thus, the Executive Order is emphatically not a ‘Muslim Ban.’”

The states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and West Virginia. Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi also joined.

The appeal stems from a ruling from a federal judge in Maryland earlier this month. That ruling and a separate one in Hawaii were victories for civil liberties groups and advocates for immigrants and refugees, who argued that Trump’s temporary ban on travel from six predominantly Muslim countries violated the Constitution.

The Trump administration argued that the revised executive order, which includes a temporary ban on refugees and a cap on the number of refugees who can enter the country, was intended to protect the United States from terrorism. Citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are temporarily barred from entering the country under the order, though there are exceptions.

The 4th Circuit has set oral arguments in the Maryland case for May 8.

The administration urged the court in a brief also filed Monday to put the lower court ruling on hold and let the executive order take effect while its appeal is pending. Lawyers for Trump said the people named in the case haven’t shown they will suffer “substantial harm” and that the nationwide injunction blocking the ban is “fatally overbroad.”

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Trump signs order rolling back environmental efforts

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 06:36

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will roll back many of former President Barack Obama’s efforts to curb global warming. The order is aimed at helping spur American energy jobs.

The president signed the order at the headquarters of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Trump says this is “the start of a new era” in energy production.

The order will mandate a review of the Clean Power Plan, which restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. It will also lift a 14-month-old moratorium on new coal leases on federal lands.

Trump has called global warming a “hoax,” and has repeatedly criticized Obama’s efforts as an attack on American workers and the struggling U.S. coal industry.

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LeBron James injured in Cavs loss to Spurs

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:48

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Cavaliers acknowledged having heavy legs, yet there is something far weightier on the minds of the defending NBA champions.

Cleveland is in the midst of one of its worst stretches this season and there is little time to fix it.

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cavs 103-74 on Monday night in a much-anticipated showdown that turned into a major letdown for Cleveland.

“The way we’ve been struggling, (the Spurs are) the last team that you want to play,” said LeBron James, who was fine after taking an elbow to the neck. “A well-oiled machine like this, they exploit everything that you’re not doing well at that point in time of the season and right now we’re not playing good basketball.”

James, who finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 29 minutes, said he will play Thursday at Chicago.

Cleveland (47-26) dropped its second in a row, set a season low for points and fell a half-game behind Boston (48-26) for the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Cavaliers have nine games remaining, all against teams in the East, including a visit to Boston on April 5.

James said the standings “always matter,” but playing more consistently is far more important and he refused to blame injuries or an arduous schedule for the team’s troubles.

“It matters more that we’re playing better basketball than where we’re at,” he said. “If that results in us having the No. 1 seed, the No. 2 seed, 3 or whatever the hell it is, we need to play better basketball. That’s what it comes down to.”

What Cleveland is seeking, the Spurs have already found.

San Antonio (57-16) is two games behind Golden State (59-14) for the league’s best record entering a home game against the Warriors on Wednesday.

The Spurs have won five straight and eight of 10 after sweeping the season series with the Cavaliers.

“It was a big game, but in the end, it’s just one game, and one win,” San Antonio guard Tony Parker said. “We’re trying to be consistent. We’re trying to play the same way every game. It was definitely surprising. Coming off a loss, I thought they would play with a lot more energy, but it can happen. It’s a long season. It’s just one game and I’m sure they’re going to bounce back and use this game as motivation.”

LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol added 14 points apiece for the Spurs.

San Antonio led by as many as 33 to the delight of the sold-out crowd, and the Spurs’ bench outscored the Cavaliers’ reserves 49-24.

“We did a good job coming out early and then keeping our foot on the pedal,” Leonard said.

Cleveland, which was already without injured Iman Shumpert, received more bad news Monday morning when it was announced that Kyle Korver will miss at least two more games with a sore left foot.

“You lose Korver and Shumpert off your bench and things tend to change,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. “With those two guys out, we tried some different things and it didn’t work. It was not on the bench. It was on me.”

Cleveland opted to play its stars rather than rest them, but the trio of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out the fourth quarter of the Cav’s second lopsided loss in the past two weeks.

Lue said he has considered resting his stars over the team’s final nine games, which James is not in favor of.

“Coach is going to have his logic of things, but we need to play,” he said.

James exited with 25 seconds remaining in the third after taking an elbow to his neck from David Lee on a rebound. James continually rubbed the area before collapsing after he crossed midcourt. He remained on the floor for about a minute before walking unassisted to the bench.

James left for the locker room early in the fourth quarter during a timeout, but said afterward he is fine.

EXTRA SHOOTING

Irving returned to the court for about 15 minutes following the loss to work on his jump shot. The star guard had eight points and two assists in 26 minutes. He finished 4 for 13 from the field and missed his two 3-point attempts.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Cleveland completed its schedule against the West, finishing 16-14. In addition to losing to the Spurs by 29 points, the Cavaliers lost by 35 to Golden State and 30 to the Los Angeles Clippers. … James needs 24 points to pass Shaquille O’Neal for seventh overall in career scoring. O’Neal has 28,596 career points. … The Cavaliers averaged 116.3 points in their previous four games.

Spurs: San Antonio is holding opponents under 100 points per game for the 22nd straight season. … Danny Green tied his season high with four blocked shots. … Leonard has scored in double figures in 100 straight games.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night.

Spurs: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

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Visit to WH grounds by intel chairman clouds investigation

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 05:44

WASHINGTON (AP) — House intelligence chairman Devin Nunes went to the White House grounds to review intelligence reports and meet the secret source behind his claim that communications involving associates of President Donald Trump were caught up in “incidental” surveillance, the Republican congressman said Monday.

Nunes’ revelation prompted the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, as well as the Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, to call on Nunes to recuse himself from the committee’s Russia probe.

Schiff said Nunes’ connections to the White House have raised insurmountable public doubts about whether the committee could credibly investigate the president’s campaign associates.

“I believe the public cannot have the necessary confidence that matters involving the president’s campaign or transition team can be objectively investigated or overseen by the chairman,” Schiff said in a statement Monday.

Nunes confirmed Monday that he met with the source at the White House complex, but he denied coordinating with the president’s aides.

After reviewing the information last week, Nunes called a news conference to announce that U.S. spy agencies may have inadvertently captured Trump and his associates in routine targeting of foreigners’ communications. Trump quickly seized on the statements as at least partial vindication for his assertion that President Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower — though Nunes, Schiff and FBI Director James Comey have said there is no such evidence.

The Senate intelligence committee is also conducting an investigation into Russia’s interference in the election and possible ties with the Trump campaign. On Monday, it announced that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has agreed to be interviewed. The White House confirmed that Kushner, a senior Trump adviser, had volunteered to be interviewed about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

Kushner is the fourth Trump associate to offer to be interviewed by the congressional committees looking into the murky Russia ties. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, Trump adviser Carter Page and Trump associate Roger Stone last week volunteered to speak as well.

“Mr. Kushner will certainly not be the last person the committee calls to give testimony, but we expect him to be able to provide answers to key questions that have arisen in our inquiry,” the chairman, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, and the top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, said in a joint statement Monday in a sign of bipartisanship.

Trump himself suggested late Monday that the House panel should investigate Bill and Hillary Clinton’s dealings with Russia. “Trump Russia story is a hoax,” he tweeted.

Besides the two congressional committees, the FBI is also investigating connections between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The House investigation, meanwhile, has been plagued with partisan divisions under Nunes’ leadership.

The chairman did not tell the top Democrat on the committee about the meeting at the White House complex. It is highly unusual for a committee chairman and ranking member not to coordinate meetings related to an investigation.

Nunes argued he had to review classified, executive branch documents from a secure facility at the White House because the reports had not been provided to Congress and could not be transported to the secure facilities used by the House intelligence committee.

“Because of classification rules, the source could not simply put the documents in a backpack and walk them over to the House Intelligence committee space,” Nunes spokesman Jack Langer said. “The White House grounds was the best location to safeguard the proper chain of custody and classification of these documents, so the chairman could view them in a legal way.”

Nunes would not name the source of the information, nor would he disclose who invited him on the White House grounds for the meeting. In addition to the White House itself, the grounds include an adjacent building with offices for National Security Council and other executive branch employees.

Nunes described the source as an intelligence official, not a White House official. In an interview on CNN, he suggested the president’s aides were unaware of the meeting.

The disclosure renewed calls for an independent committee to investigate the Russia ties.

Indeed, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on House Speaker Paul Ryan to replace Nunes as chairman of the intelligence committee.

“He has not been operating like someone who is interested in getting to the unvarnished truth. His actions look like those of someone who is interested in protecting the president and his party,” Schumer said.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said, “Chairman Nunes’ discredited behavior has tarnished that office,” and said Ryan should insist that Nunes “at least recuse himself” from the Russia probe.

AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said Monday the speaker has “full confidence that Chairman Nunes is conducting a thorough, fair and credible investigation.”

When Nunes disclosed the intelligence reports last week, he said what he reviewed had nothing to do with Russia, which could suggest that Trump associates were in touch with other foreign targets of U.S. intelligence surveillance in November, December or January.

“The chairman is extremely concerned by the possible improper unmasking of names of U.S. citizens, and he began looking into this issue even before President Trump tweeted his assertion that Trump Tower had been wiretapped,” Langer said.

It is unclear exactly what documents Nunes reviewed.

Nunes and Schiff have asked the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency for the names of officials who were cited in intelligence reports. The committee has said it is getting some of what it requested, but has not received everything.

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Police investigate 2 cell phone store break-ins

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 04:48

TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) — Police are investigating break-in attempts at two cell phone stores on Salem Avenue.

Police check a broken window at Venus Wireless in Trotwood

Trotwood Police are checking Venus Wireless in the 4700 block of Salem, where someone smashed in a front window.

Dayton Police are investigating a similar break-in attempt at a cell phone store in the 2800 block of Salem.

Police responded to alarm calls in the 2800 block of Salem around 2:20 a.m. on Tuesday. Less than 45 minutes later, officers went to Venus Wireless in the 4700 block on another alarm.

Authorities haven’t said if anything was taken at either location.

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Truck slams into pole in Beavercreek Township

WDTN News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 03:50

BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — A man was hospitalized after his pickup truck slammed into a utility pole in Beavercreek Township.

A man was hospitalized after his pickup truck hit a pole in Beavercreek Township.

The crash happened around 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday on U.S. 35 eastbound near Orchard Lane.

The Ohio State Patrol says the truck ran off the road and hit the pole.

The man driving was taken to Miami Valley Hospital where his condition is unknown.

OSP says the man was wearing his seatbelt. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash.

The crash is under investigation.

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Ohio children keep calling 911 to report drug overdoses - Dayton Daily News

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Dayton teens start spring break by volunteering for URS

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 19:44

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Children and adults with disabilities and volunteers had a ball at the annual United Rehabilitation Services Bowl-A-Thon Monday.

The annual event was held at Poelking Marian Lanes in Huber Heights.

The group “Young Ladies Aspiring Greatness” was there helping out. The high school sophomores from Dayton, spent the first day of their spring break volunteering for the event, helping URS clients bowl, and handing out snacks.

They say they enjoy spending time and giving back to the community.

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White House looks to bounce back after health care loss

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 18:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — Regrouping after a rocky few weeks, the White House declared Monday that President Donald Trump doesn’t consider the health care battle to be over, suggesting he may turn to Democrats to help him overhaul the system after his own party rejected his proposal.

The sudden interest in bipartisanship is a shift for a president who has spent months mocking Democratic leaders as inept. And Democrats indicated they have no interest if his intent is still to dismantle “Obamacare.”

But Trump’s interest reflects the strained state of his relations with conservatives in his party and his search for a way to regain his footing after the painful withdrawal of his health care legislation last Friday.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the end of health care,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday, pointing to “a series of fits and starts” that marked the process that led to passage of President Barack Obama’s health care law, too, in 2010.

Trump’s failure to win the votes to pass his bill has prompted the new president to rethink how he intends to promote his agenda in Congress.

White House officials are signaling a renewed focus on job creation, taxes and the administration’s push to win confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a bright spot for the president. House Speaker Paul Ryan huddled at the White House with Vice President Mike Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to discuss the legislative agenda, a Ryan spokesman said.

Yet the rosy notion of Democratic cooperation glosses over recent history.

Trump is viewed with broad contempt among the party’s base. Before his inauguration, the incoming president called Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer the “head clown” in tweets about the health care law.

Schumer said in light of the withdrawal of the House bill the president should no longer attempt to undermine the Obama law. “He’s in charge, people want him to make their lives better, not make them worse because of some political anger or vendetta,” he said.

In the meantime, lawmakers face the possibility of a partial government shutdown on April 29 unless Republicans and Democrats can manage to pass a federal spending bill or provide an extension of current funding levels.

Trump had initially blamed Democrats for the health care measure’s failure, predicting an eventual collapse of the law. But he later acknowledged a more widely held view: That the bill was undone by hard-line conservatives of the House Freedom Caucus, who refused to back a measure they said did not go far enough in repealing the current law.

Trump on Sunday complained on Twitter that Democrats were gleeful that “the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”

Spicer on Monday reiterated that Trump had learned “a lot in this process about loyalty” but brushed off questions of whether the president had written off working with conservatives. He also dismissed suggestions that Trump encouraged his 27 million Twitter followers to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro’s program on Fox News on Saturday as a slap against Ryan. Pirro opened her show with a call for Ryan to resign.

Republicans warned that a blame game would be counterproductive.

“It would be a huge mistake for the message on this failure on health care to be to assume that conservatives won’t be good allies,” said Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union. “Most conservatives stood with the president.”

Publicly, Trump on Monday greeted female business owners to a round-table discussion on jobs and later joined with Republican lawmakers and members of his Cabinet as he signed into law bills focused on overturning Obama era regulations.

“I will keep working with Congress, with every agency, and most importantly with the American people until we eliminate every unnecessary harmful and job-killing regulation that we can find,” Trump said.

The White House also has sought to deflect attention from Trump’s troubles.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened Monday’s daily briefing at the White House with a vigorous new call for “sanctuary cities” to comply with federal laws or risk federal funding. The administration has targeted cities which shelter people living in the country illegally by refusing to help the federal government enforce immigration laws.

Post-health care, many issues remain for the White House.

Gorsuch, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, remains on track for confirmation with solid support among Republicans. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on the judge on April 3.

While the House is moving forward on plans to overhaul the tax system, the White House has not yet made its views explicitly clear on what approach it would support and there is a broad expectation that the work could stretch beyond Capitol Hill’s self-imposed August goal for completion.

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