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Playboy model pleads no contest for post of nude woman

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:50

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Playboy centerfold was ordered to clean up graffiti Wednesday for secretly snapping a photo of a naked 71-year-old woman in a locker room and posting it online with a mocking comment.

Dani Mathers pleaded no contest to misdemeanor invasion of privacy in Los Angeles County Superior Court for the case that sparked outrage over the incident of so-called body shaming.

Mathers, 30, had previously apologized for taking the photo at an LA Fitness club in July and posting it on Snapchat with the caption: “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”

The posting was accompanied by a selfie of Mathers in a tank top with her hand over her mouth as if she’s gasping in horror.

The 2015 Playmate of the Year contended she intended to send the photo privately to a friend and accidentally posted it publicly.

Mathers was relieved to put the case behind her and was grateful to be spared a jail term, defense attorney Thomas Mesereau said outside court.

“She really apologizes from the bottom of her heart for what happened,” he said. “She never thought this would come out like this. Never intended to hurt anyone.”

Under terms of the plea, Mathers will be on probation for three years and must not take photos of people or post them online without their permission.

She was ordered to either serve 45 days in jail or 30 days of graffiti removal. She chose the latter.

Defense lawyer Dana Cole earlier argued unsuccessfully that the charge should be dismissed because the woman in the photo can’t easily be identified.

The victim, who has not been named, had been expected to testify if the case went to trial, according to Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney.

Defendants who plead no contest do not admit guilt but do not dispute the charges and are convicted.

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Pregnant senior not allowed to walk at graduation

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:37

HAGERSTOWN, MD (WHAG) – A high school senior Maryland has stood out in the classroom for the last four years.

But now, the spotlight is on her for a different reason.

Maddi Runkles, 18, has a 4.0 grade point average, was president of Student Council and an officer in the prestigious Key Club. Despite all of that, she won’t be walking at her graduation on June 2.

She got pregnant last year, a violation of the school’s code against premarital sex. The school’s Board of Directors decided she could finish her classes, but not walk with her classmates.

“To have a girl who is seven months pregnant walking at graduation would be easily misunderstood, bringing even more pressure onto Maddi,” said Dave Hobbs, principal of Heritage Academy.

Hobbs said this was done with Maddi’s best interests at heart, even though her family has opposed it.

“I am glad that she has decided to keep the baby and not abort the baby,” Hobbs added. “Yet, she’s not being disciplined because she decided to keep the baby.”

To go to school at Heritage Academy, you have to sign a student pledge to avoid things like alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. However, when you sign that dotted line, you’re also taking a vow of abstinence.

“When Maddi chose to breach that Bible standard, a discipline plan had to be established,” Hobbs said.

But the “Students for Life of America” anti-abortion group said she already received a two-day suspension, and that kicking her out of graduation took things too far.

“The school has shown students that it would be easier to choose abortion than to choose life,” said Kristan Hawkins, executive director of Students for Life of America. “Because she chose to carry her child and courageously made that decision, she’s been punished this entire semester for being pregnant, and that’s just wrong.”

Maddi’s parents have planned an alternative graduation ceremony for their daughter next weekend. She is due to deliver her child in September, and is planning to start her college career by taking online classes through Liberty University.


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South Dakota girl with cancer prevented from graduating

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:31

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A western South Dakota high school won’t allow a student who has brain cancer to walk at graduation because she is six credits short of being able to officially graduate.

The Rapid City Journal reports 17-year-old Meredith Erck wasn’t sure whether she would live to see graduation day.

The Central High School student had colon cancer before she was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015. Between surgeries and recovery, she couldn’t complete all of her classes on time.

Rapid City school district officials said in a statement that her participation without credit completion “diminishes the accomplishments of the graduates.”

Meredith is expected to finish her remaining credits before the end of the next academic year.

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Judy’s Law passes unanimously in Ohio House

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:28

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ohio House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass Judy’s Law, the bill named in honor of Judy Malinowski.

She’s the Gahanna mother doused with gas and set on fire by her ex-boyfriend. The bill was voted out of committee and will be debated by the full House on Wednesday.

The advancing of Judy’s Law comes at a tough time for Judy and her family. After nearly 60 surgeries and two years in the hospital, Judy has been moved to a palliative care facility and is no longer getting medical treatment. But, Judy’s mom, Bonnie Bowes, isn’t giving up hope.

Judy’s Law would increase the penalties for cases like Judy’s.

“I wish this bill was in effect because I don’t think this man should get out. For what he did to Judy he should never get out,” said Representative Jim Hughes who introduced the bill.

Judy’s attacker is serving just 10 years for the horrific attack. Bowes said the bill is one reason Judy has kept fighting.

“To Judy it would have been worth all of the fight, I’m sure of it,” said Bowes. “To me, it’s amazing because she will live on through that forever and ever through the state and she is truly the face of domestic violence.”

Bowes said she’ll never lose hope.

“I will not give up until God says it’s time to give up.”

The bill will be debated by the full house on Wednesday and is expected to move on to the Senate. Representative Hughes said he’s hopeful it will pass before July 1st and it would then become law by the fall.

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Behind the scenes at Universal Orlando’s newest park, Volcano Bay

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:20

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFLA) — The wait is just about over. Universal Orlando’s newest theme park, Volcano Bay, is just one day away from its grand opening.

(Photo by NBC 8 Staff)

On Wednesday, News Channel 8 will get a sneak peak inside the water park that has been years in the making.

It spans 30 acres with the massive volcano visible from Interstate 4.

The park features an “aqua-coaster” that winds through a man-made “volcano” with life-like eruptions.

The park has more than a dozen attractions including a beach, wave pool, and body slides.

(Photo by NBC 8 Staff)

The best part is you don’t have to wait in line to ride the coaster and other rides, thanks to the TapuTapu wristband.

Volcano Bay guests can also use their TapuTapu wearable, which is included with admission, to virtually wait in line for rides while enjoying other areas of the park – converting their “queue” experience into a float down a peaceful, winding river or a quick bite to eat. Their wearable will simply alert them when it’s time for their ride.

Or, they can enjoy many TapuTapu play experiences throughout the park. The bands trigger special effects like controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River and even illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves and more.



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Video appears to show Texas officer striking teenage girl

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 15:51

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Police Department is reviewing police body camera footage after a bystander posted video online that appears to show an officer punching an eighth-grade girl three or four times outside a birthday party last weekend.

Mayor Ivy Taylor issued a statement saying the video “is hard to watch and listen to” and that the department is reviewing the police body camera footage to determine exactly what happened.

The grainy footage was shot late Saturday outside an event center where authorities say officers were called about men fighting at a quinceanera, a Hispanic tradition of celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday.

The 14-year-old girl was arrested on a charge of assaulting a public servant, a San Antonio police spokeswoman said.

Artessia House, a lawyer for the girl, denies that the teen struck the officer. She told the San Antonio Express-News that the girl is an honor roll student with no history of violence.

The girl was taken to a juvenile detention center Saturday and was released Monday after appearing in juvenile court.

House did not reply to a phone message left Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Police Chief William McManus said in a statement that the teen’s arrest is being reviewed “to ensure compliance with department policies.”

Police officials have declined to release the officer’s name.

An incident report described a volatile scene outside the event center, with multiple people fighting and onlookers angered by the police response, with many “on the verge of interfering.”

The girl was in the crowd with her mother and brother.

The video appears to show the girl step toward the officer before he strikes her for the first time. He lunges forward and delivers another blow, causing her to twist backward and fall into people standing nearby. He appears to hit her again before he and other officers grab her and arrest her.

The teen’s mother can be heard screaming as other officers restrain her daughter.

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Ariana Grande cancels world tour stops through June 5

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:48

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande canceled concerts in London and several other European cities and suspended her world tour to “further assess the situation and pay our proper respects” to victims of the bombing tragedy in Manchester, England, her management team said in a statement Wednesday.

“We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together,” the statement said.

The pop star’s shows on her Dangerous Woman tour were canceled through June 5 in London, Antwerp, Belgium, Lodz, Poland, Frankfurt, Germany, and Zurich. All ticketholders will be granted refunds, Grande’s team said.

Grande, who reportedly is in Boca Raton, Florida with her family, has kept a low profile since Monday’s blast, which killed 22, including an 8-year-old girl. She took to Twitter afterward to say she was “broken” and “i don’t have words.”

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Investigators explore bomber’s links to larger network

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:41

LONDON (AP) — British investigators are hunting for potential conspirators linked to the bombing that killed 22 people in a search that is exploring the possibility that the same cell linked to the Paris and Brussels terror attacks was also to blame for the Manchester Arena attack, two officials familiar with the investigation said Wednesday.

Investigators were also assessing whether Salman Abedi, the bomber in the attack Monday on a pop concert in Manchester, may have been connected to known militants in the northern English city. Abedi, a 22-year-old British citizen born to Libyan parents, died in the attack.

Abedi’s father, Ramadan Abedi, was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun. The elder Abedi, also known as Abu Ismail, denied that he was part of the militant group and told The Associated Press that his son was not involved in the concert bombing and had no connection to militants.

“We don’t believe in killing innocents. This is not us,” the 51-year-old Abedi said in a telephone interview from Tripoli.

He said he spoke to his son five days ago and that he was getting ready for a religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia. He said that his son visited Libya a month and a half ago and was planning to return to Libya to spend the holy month of Ramadan with the family. He also denied his son had spent time in Syria or fought with the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the concert bombing.

“Last time I spoke to him, he sounded normal. There was nothing worrying at all until … I heard the news that they are suspecting he was the bomber,” the elder Abedi said.

He confirmed that another son, Ismail, 23, was arrested Tuesday in Manchester. A third son, 18-year-old Hisham, was arrested in Tripoli late last night, according to a Libyan government spokesman, Ahmed bin Salem. The elder Abedi was arrested shortly after speaking to the AP, Salem said.

Ramadan Abedi fled Tripoli in 1993 after then dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s security authorities issued an arrest warrant. He spent 25 years in Britain before returning to Libya after Gadhafi was ousted and killed in the country’s 2011 civil war. He is now a manager of the Central Security force in Tripoli.

In addition, Abedi’s wife, Samia al-Tabal, is a close friend of the wife of Abu Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaida veteran who was snatched off the streets of Tripoli in 2013 by U.S. special forces and faced accusations of involvement in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, al-Libi’s wife, Um Abdallah, told the AP. Al-Libi was on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list and died in U.S. custody in 2015.

British police said Wednesday they had not yet found the bomb maker in the Manchester Arena attack, indicating Salman Abedi was part of a larger cell.

“It’s very clear this is a network we are investigating,” Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said.

British authorities are also exploring whether the bomber, who grew up in Manchester, had links with other cells across Europe and North Africa, according to two officials familiar with the case who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the ongoing investigation.

They said one thread of the investigation involves pursuing whether Abedi could have been part of a larger terror cell that included Mohamed Abrini, otherwise known as “the man in the hat,” with connections to the Brussels and Paris attacks. Abrini visited Manchester in 2015.

Investigators are also looking into possible links between Abedi and Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Libyan refugee from Manchester who was shot in Libya and later jailed in the U.K. for terror offenses, including helping Stephen Gray, a British Iraqi war veteran and Muslim covert, to join fighters in Syria.

Other Manchester connections under investigation, the officials said, include a 50-year-old former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ronald Fiddler, also known as Jamal al-Harith. The Briton blew himself up at a military base in Iraq in February. He was one of 16 men awarded a total of 10 million pounds ($12.4 million) in compensation in 2010, when the British government settled a lawsuit alleging its intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Another possible link under investigation is whether Abedi had ties to Raphael Hostey, a jihadist recruiter who was killed in Syria, the officials said.

The sweeping investigation, meanwhile, has caused friction between U.S. and British security and intelligence officials. The bomber’s name and other details of the investigation were apparently leaked by the Americans

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who said Abedi had been known to British security officials, said Wednesday the leaks could compromise the investigation.

“I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again,” she said. It was unclear whether Abedi was under surveillance as recently as the attack.

U.S. Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan declined to say Wednesday if Abedi had been placed on the U.S. no-fly list. Under normal circumstances, he said, Abedi may have been able to travel to the United States because he was from Britain, a visa-waiver country, but he would have been subjected to a background check via the U.S. government’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA.

Lapan said the Homeland Security Department has shared some information about Abedi’s travel with the British government, but declined to offer specifics. Customs and Border Protection has access to a broad array of air travel information through the U.S. government’s National Targeting Center.

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$12M sought for research in opioid crisis

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:34

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state commission in Ohio is debating making available $12 million to support scientific breakthroughs aimed at tackling the nation’s opioid crisis.

The head of the Third Frontier Commission told members Wednesday that the request for proposals would pay for developing products in the areas of diagnostics, devices, pharmaceuticals and health technologies.

It’s the first portion of $20 million Republican Gov. John Kasich has asked the commission to approve for research and development around opioid addiction, prevention, and treatment.

Commission Director Norm Chagnon has been answering questions on awarding the $12 million a meeting where final action has not yet been taken.

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Local News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:34

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Catholic high schools to begin mandatory drug testing

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:23

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Chaminade-Julienne and Carroll High Schools in Dayton plan to start drug testing all students.

Officials at Carroll High School say their testing will begin with the 2017-18 school year. Students will be randomly chosen throughout the year until every student has been tested.

The school points out this is not meant as a punitive measure and there is no discipline attached for the first failed test. School administrators, however, will notify parents and guardians in the event a drug test is failed.

Education of drug use will also be included as part of the program.

School officials at Chaminade-Julienne say the policy will begin with the 2017-28 school year with a voluntary program in an effort to allow time for conversations between parent and school leaders. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, the program will be mandatory for all students.

While the school says they do not have a widespread problem with drug use this measure is an educational initiative to serve students, their families and the community.

The school says parents can request voluntary drug tests for their students for the 2017-18 school year and that experience will guide policy for the program in the future.

The school says the test are expected to cost between $30 and $50 each. Whether parents will pay those fees has not been determined.

You can learn more about the policy by going to the CJ website.


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82-year-old accused of stabbing his wife indicted on murder charges

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:47

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  The 82-year-old man who allegedly admitted stabbing his wife in their Dayton home has been indicted.

Donald Cleaver was indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury on three counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault Wednesday.

Dayton Police went to a house in the 200 block of Delmar Avenue around 1:00 a.m. on Friday. A person called 911 and said Cleaver, who is his neighbor, admitted to killing his wife. Cleaver reportedly told his neighbor he wanted to turn himself into authorities.

READ MORE: Man admits to killing his wife, faces murder charge

Police found a woman dead inside the home. Officers located Cleaver near the Dayton Police Department Safety Building and took him into custody.

After interviewing Cleaver, he was booked into the Montgomery County Jail.

Investigators say the couple argued on Thursday night. After the woman went to the bed, Cleaver allegedly stabbed her. The woman died from the stab wounds.

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West Liberty-Salem School administrators to be honored for actions in shooting

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:39

WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Two administrators at West Liberty-Salem School will be honored for their actions during the January shooting at that school.

High School and Middle School Principal Greg Johnson and the Assistant Principal Andy McGill will be honored in Washington D.C. on July 25 for their heroic actions during the incident.

The two administrators tackled Ely Serna during an active shooting event at the school on January 20.

READ MORE: Officials: ‘More would have been wounded’ in school shooting if not for staff, deputies

The Jake Ryker award was created by the ALICE Training Institute to honor those who stand up in the face of danger and act. It is an award for those who use human behavior during violent attacks to save lives. Jake’s story proves the ALICE philosophy that human behavior and proactive response can save lives; that people can be counted on to step up in times of great danger and bravely take proactive action to save others.

You can learn more about the award by going to the ALICE Training website.

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Earthquake reported in southeast Ohio Wednesday

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:22

MCARTHUR, OH (WCMH/WDTN) — The United States Geological Survey reports a 3.4 magnitude earthquake struck just south of McArthur, Ohio around 12:25 p.m. Wednesday.

McArthur is a village in Vinton County. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 59 miles south-southeast of Columbus.

According to Earthquake Tracker, 17 people reported feeling the earthquake.

You can learn more about this earthquake by going to the USGS Event website.

Click this image to see more maps from USGS about the Wednesday earthquake.

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Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine students graduate Friday

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:19

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ninety-nine Wright State University students will graduate from the Boonshoft School of Medicine Friday, May 26.

The ceremony will be at Victoria Theater in Downtown Dayton at 6:30 p.m.

Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., the 19th U.S. surgeon general, will deliver the commencement address.

The ceremony can be live streamed at

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Free movie night with West Carrollton Fire Department June 2

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:08

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of West Carrollton said Wednesday Movie Night at Wilson pool has been scheduled.

The first special event of the year at Wilson Pool will be the Movie Night with the West Carrollton Fire Department on Friday, June 2.

The free event will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and will include emergency vehicle displays as well as a chance to spray fire hoses, walk through a fire-safety house, and free snacks.

The gates to the pool will open at 9:00 p.m. for a family-friendly movie, sponsored by the West Carrollton Church of the Nazarene.

Admission is $1 per person, no pool passes are accepted.

Wilson Pool will begin regular season operation at Noon on Saturday, June 3. For more information about hours, weather delays, or swim lessons, call the pool at (937) 859-5334.

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Tornado warnings across the Miami Valley expired

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:49

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The tornado warnings that were issued in several counties across the Miami Valley have all expired.

Storm Team 2 Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis says there is still a great deal of rain in the area but the most severe of the weather has moved through the area.

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2 NEWS has a crew in New Carlisle and they are having trouble getting inside the city limits because all the roads leading in are blocked.

Miami County Dispatch tells 2 NEWS there is debris in the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road near South Palmer Drive. Trees and wires are down in the area and dispatchers tell us the road will be closed for some time.

Flood advisories were issued earlier for Butler, Darke and Preble Counties until midnight.

[5:02 PM] Persistent storm activity may lead to localized flooding concerns this eve thru tonight for SE IN / N KY and SW OH. Stay wx-aware!

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NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will be in Charlotte

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:35

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) – The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years longer than anticipated.

The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets.

The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting the rights of LGBT people. However, a compromise was struck in March to partially erase the impact of the House Bill 2 law limiting anti-discrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.

“While we understand the concerns of those who say the repeal of HB2 did not go far enough, we believe the recent legislation eliminates the most egregious aspects of the prior law,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Additionally, it allows us to work with the leadership of the Hornets organization to apply a set of equality principles to ensure that every All-Star event will proceed with open access and anti-discrimination policies.

“All venues, hotels and businesses we work with during All-Star will adhere to these policies as well. Sports have a long history of helping to change attitudes around important social issues. We believe holding our All-Star activities in Charlotte will be a powerful way for the NBA to continue this tradition.”

Hornets owner and longtime NBA great Michael Jordan said in a release he is “thrilled” the game is coming back to Charlotte.

“We want to thank Commissioner Silver for his leadership throughout this process and for the decision to bring NBA All-Star back to Buzz City,” Jordan said in the release. “All-Star Weekend is an international event that will provide a tremendous economic impact to our community while showcasing our city, our franchise and our passionate Hornets fan base to people around the world.”

Charlotte previously hosted the All-Star game in 1991 at the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished.

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2nd kayaker’s body recovered on central Ohio river

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:44

MARION, Ohio (AP) — Searchers have found the second body of a kayaker in a central Ohio river.

Authorities recovered the body of 28-year-old Raymond Williams in the Scioto River on Wednesday.

He and 29-year-old Tyler Webb were kayaking near Marion on Monday. Webb’s body was spotted by a fisherman and recovered by rescue teams Monday.

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey says it appears they got into trouble almost immediately after launching their kayaks near a lowhead dam.

He says the dams create a deceptively dangerous hydraulic pull that easily trap experienced swimmers.

The sheriff says Webb was wearing a life jacket when he drowned.

Both of the men were from Marion.

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Suspect in Ohio house fire that killed 7 is denied bond

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:40

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man accused of setting a house fire that killed seven of his neighbors has been denied bond at his first court appearance.

Stanley Ford (Photo: Akron Fire Department)

Stanley Ford, 58, appeared by video in court in Akron on Wednesday. He was calm as he had one charge of aggravated arson and seven charges of aggravated murder read out to him.

Judge Ann Marie O’Brien denied bond to Ford, citing “the potential risk to the community” and calling it one of the most tragic incidents in recent memory. Charges could be amended so that Ford faces the death penalty.

Police arrested Ford on Tuesday. Court records did not show any previous criminal convictions in Akron.

Investigators aren’t discussing a possible motive or what led them to Ford. Last Thursday, police executed a search warrant on a house Ford owns and one next door. He’s accused of setting a fire on May 15 that killed a couple and five children.

Firefighters found the two-story home engulfed in flames when they arrived in the early morning hours last week. The house sat near the top of a winding street in a neighborhood of mostly clapboard houses.

READ MORE: Man arrested for causing deadly Akron house fire

Killed were 35-year-old Dennis Huggins, his partner, 38-year-old Angela Boggs, and five children: 14-year-old Jered Boggs, 6-year-old Daisia Huggins, 5-year-old Kylle Huggins, 3-year-old Alivia Huggins and 16-month-old Cameron Huggins.

A medical examiner said all seven died of smoke inhalation on the second floor. The loss of life equals the deadliest fire in Akron history.

Tony Huggins, brother of Dennis Huggins, said he had never seen Ford and didn’t think anyone in his family knew Ford. Police said they didn’t know of any relation between Ford and the victims other than they were neighbors. Neighbors described Ford as a “regular, nice, normal guy” who’d occasionally wave or chat briefly while mowing his lawn.

The fire happened a block from a home where a man and a woman died in an April 2016 fire that was investigated as a potential arson. No one was charged in that fire, and authorities said they are taking another look at it because of this recent blaze.

Angela Boggs’ estranged husband was detained following the fire last week on a suspected parole violation. Police said Tuesday that he is not a suspect in the fire.

A public defender was appointed to represent Ford. He is due back in court on Thursday.

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