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Woman saves North Hampton Memorial Day Parade

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:31

NORTH HAMPTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A local Memorial Day parade will happen just like it has for years in Clark County.

In North Hampton, the cars travel slow. The news–travels fast.

“I found out a month ago that they were going to cancel the parade,” Rebecca Briggs tells 2NEWS.

It was news she never wanted to hear. Briggs lives nearly an hour away from the village of nearly 500 people. She said going to the parade every year has a special place in her heart.

“We go every year. It’s a family thing,” she added, “We always have a picnic. We always see the parade,”

It’s a parade that almost didn’t happen. Briggs says the local fire department, which is run by volunteers, was unable to organize the event.

Briggs stepped up.

“I didn’t want everybody to miss it because nobody wanted to plan it,” she said.

The parade’s biggest fan–her great-grandfather–died last November.

“Losing him. He loved the parade,” she added, “having those losses, I didn’t want to lose the parade, too.”

Saturday, Briggs expects 17 Corvettes to make their way into the village. 

It’s an opportunity to see what a small town can do–with a bit of love.

“It’s a beautiful town. There’s so much love there. I just hope people come out and enjoy the day,” she said.

The day begins with a Lion’s pancake festival downtown from 7 a.m. to noon. The parade begins at 3 p.m. with an ice cream social to follow.

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PHOTOS: The latest edition of Crime Stoppers Most Wanted

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:12

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Miami Valley Crime Stoppers want your help to find these suspects. There is a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of these suspects.

Brad Culvahouse

Brad Culvahouse

Brad Culvahouse has a warrant through the Dayton Police Department for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon. He has a criminal history of Receiving Stolen Property, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Official Business. Culvahouse is a 32-year-old male, 5’06, 170 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. His last known location was in Dayton, Ohio.

 

 

 

Stevi Barr

Stevi Barr

Stevi Barr has several warrants through Montgomery County and the Dayton Police Department for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Felony Receiving Stolen Property, and Criminal Trespass. She has a criminal history of Possession of Drugs, Theft, and Falsification. Stevi Barr is a 21-year-old female, 5’06, 120 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.

 

 

 

Lee Gaines

Lee Gaines

Lee Gaines has several warrants through Montgomery County, Miami County, and Greene County for Fraud (Writing Bad Checks) in multiple counties and three counts of Forgery. He has a criminal history of Resisting Arrest, Trafficking and Possession of Drugs, and Motor Vehicle Theft. Gaines is a 26-year-old, 5’00, 200 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

 

 

 

Quran Hottenstein

Quran Hottenstein

Quran Hottenstein has several warrants through Clark County for Aggravated Burglary, Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor,  and Felony Theft.  He has a criminal history of Aggravated Menacing, Assault, and Falsification. Hottenstein is a 19-year-old male, 5’05, 138 lbs., with black hair and hazel eyes.

 

 

 

If you have any information about these crimes please call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 222-STOP. You may phone in tips to Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, and callers can remain anonymous. In addition to the hotline, tips can also be submitted online at www.miamivalleycrimestoppers.com, or through the mobile app “p3 tips” (select Miami Valley Crime Stoppers as the agency). You never have to give your name, just the information. Information that leads to an arrest will get a reward of up to $2,500.

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2 found dead in Miami Township hotel identified - WDTN

Local News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:04


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2 found dead in Miami Township hotel identified
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MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Coroner's Office identified the two people found dead in a Miami Township hotel Tuesday. The Coroner's Office says 48-year-old James Beeler and 42-year-old Londen Baver were the two people ...

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Graco recalling 25K car seats for possible failure during crash

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:56

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WDTN) — The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said more than 25,000 Graco car seats are being recalled because they may not properly restrain a child during a crash.

Graco Children’s Products Inc. (Graco) is recalling certain Graco My Ride 65 convertible child restraints, models 1871689, 1908152, 1813074, 1872691, 1853478, 1877535, 1813015, and 1794334. According to the NHTSA, in a crash, the child seat webbing may not adequately restrain the child.

Graco will notify owners, and dealers will provide consumers with a replacement harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 17, 2017. Owners may contact Graco customer service at 1-800-345-4109.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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Ohio police officers involved in fatal shooting

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:47

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Police in the northeast Ohio city of Canton say two officers have fatally shot a suspect.

The (Canton) Repository reports that the Canton police chief said the suspect was killed shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Police haven’t released the name of the suspect or officers and details about the shooting.

The two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Canton is 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Cleveland.

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Miami County Deputies will be on extra patrols this weekend

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:35

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – You will see a greater police presence on Miami Valley roads this weekend.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday it is joining more than 900 hundred other law enforcement agencies in Ohio to raise awareness for and enforce Ohio’s seat belt laws.

The traffic enforcement campaign has already begun and runs through the Memorial Day Holiday concluding on June 6, according to the Miami County Sheriff.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying additional deputies at various times on Miami County roadways to strictly enforce all Ohio traffic statutes.  Special emphasis will be placed on seat belt enforcement, speeding, stop sign violations and other crash-causing infractions.

Deputies will also be on the look-out for impaired drivers during the upcoming Memorial Holiday weekend.

The Memorial Day weekend is officially kicking off the “Click-It-Or-Ticket” campaign throughout Ohio as the summer driving season begins.

The extra Miami County deputies will be working a combined 99 hours in overtime and will be on patrol for traffic enforcement purposes only.  During this time, deputies will be issuing only citations and offering no warnings.

The extra deputies are being funded by a grant the Sheriff’s Office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.  The federal monies, which are administered by the state, also reimburse some fuel costs.

All motorists are reminded to buckle-up and have a designated driver if they choose to drink.

 

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Woman accused of beating toddler, saying she wanted to kill him

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 08:32

WAYNESBORO, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania woman has been jailed and charged by Waynesboro police after a 1-year-old boy was treated in March for a number of injuries.

Jessica Samick, 21, of Greencastle, is charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of a child and a misdemeanor count of simple assault.

According to court documents, the child’s mother filed a report of child abuse in March after her toddler was in Samick’s care for several days in Waynesboro. She told police she had a difficult time getting Samick to return her son and noticed bruising on his face once he was finally back in her care.

The mother also told police she found what appeared to be burn marks on her child’s back and armpits, according to an affidavit of probable cause. She took him to a doctor, who then told police the bruising, apparent burns, and possible cuts on the boy’s body may have been two to three days old.

Documents say Samick had watched the child before and the boy’s mother had known her for some time.

Last month, Waynesboro police received a video that showed the abuse, according to documents. It came from someone who had been at Samick’s house for several days.

The person who provided the video told police in an interview that Samick “was like two different people” around the child. She said Samick would be fine with the boy and “then it was like something snapped in her.”

Documents also state the video provider accused Samick of putting the child in a closet while citing “time out,” wiping his nose while scratching him, and pulling his hair.

The video, recorded on March 9, shows Samick changing the child and smacking his bottom for several minutes, according to police.

Police also list in documents several examples of verbal abuse from the video, including that Samick said, “I want to kill him.” She’s also accused of using expletives while threatening the child.

Samick was charged Friday and arraigned Monday before Magisterial District Judge Glenn Manns.

She is in Franklin County Jail after failing to post $100,000 bail.

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Tom Cruise reveals ‘Top Gun 2’ to start filming soon

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:52

SYDNEY (AP) — The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he’s about to fly back in.

The 54-year-old actor says the long-discussed sequel to “Top Gun” is a sure thing and should start shooting soon.

Cruise made the announcement Wednesday in response to questions from anchors on the Australian morning news show “Sunrise.”

WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: @TomCruise just confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening! "I’m gonna start filming it probably in the next year". #sun7 pic.twitter.com/X17xvxz4Q4

— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 23, 2017

The actor said filming will likely begin within the next year. He added, “It’s definitely happening.”

Cruise has said in similar interviews that the film was in development and a strong possibility, but has not offered such clear confirmation.

The 1986 Reagan-era flyboy epic propelled Cruise to superstar status.

Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the original, had been dropping hints too. He posted a picture of himself and Cruise on Saturday’s 31st anniversary of the original’s release.

In Paris for #PiratesoftheCaribbean press and stopped by the MI:6 set to see TC on the 31st anniversary of Top Gun opening day. pic.twitter.com/qiSp2Dkyrl

— JERRY BRUCKHEIMER (@BRUCKHEIMERJB) May 20, 2017

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Alleged nurse impersonator faces criminal charges

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:26

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman is in deep trouble for allegedly pretending she was a nurse. Investigators say she even managed to work in an intensive care unit before she was found out.

“I thought she was a traveling nurse,” said a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous.

Her neighbors in the Northeast Heights say 35-year-old Samantha Rivera always looked the part.

“She always had the scrubs on,” said the neighbor.

They never had any reason to think this New Mexico native was anything other than a trained medical professional.

Yet, according to a criminal complaint, Rivera had everyone fooled.

It’s based on a 2016 New Mexico Board of Nursing investigation alleging Rivera was a fraud.

The document reveals Rivera was hired at Brown Mackie College, teaching nursing classes in the fall of 2015. Administrators say she didn’t know what she was doing. After the semester, they ran a check and learned Rivera didn’t have a nursing license.

It wasn’t the only thing the nursing board said she lied about.

Rivera claimed she taught at the University of New Mexico, that she was a flight paramedic and said she graduated from Georgetown University with her master’s degree.

The board says none of it is true.

While Brown Mackie fired Rivera, she was still able to get a job somewhere else. The board says that’s because the school never reported she was an imposter.

Now, charging documents reveal Missouri police are investigating Rivera for impersonating a nurse. They say Rivera stole the identity of an actual nurse to get a job working in an ICU there.

“It makes me nervous. Anybody who says they’re something they’re not, it’s a danger to the community,” said Rivera’s neighbor David Brockington.

Meanwhile, Rivera’s neighbors are still trying to wrap their minds around how a story like this could hit so close to home.

“Extremely scary. Not just a little bit,” said Brockington.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rivera was let go after a few months at the hospital in Missouri. She finally did herself in when she applied for a job with a staffing agency in Chicago and bombed her nursing test, the paper reports.

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Fugitive who taunted officers on Facebook captured

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:25

MOBILE, AL (WKRG) — A fugitive who taunted police on Facebook for weeks has been captured in Alabama.

Last week Detectives posted on Facebook that they were looking for Thames, who goes by “Etoe da Shooter” on Facebook.

On the Mobile Police Cyber Intelligence Page Officers said ” ‘Etoe’ we are coming for you!! We will even let you have first dibs on top bunk or bottom bunk!!!!”

“Etoe” even posted in the comments section “…Catch me if you Can.”

On Sunday he posted a nearly 20 minute Facebook Live video taunting police. Making claims that he watched officer raid a relative’s home and that he will stay a step ahead of the police.

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4 bodies found inside tent at the highest camp on Everest

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:23

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) – A government official and a rescue coordinator say four bodies have been found inside a tent at the highest camp on Mount Everest.

Tourism Department official Hemanta Dhakal said the four bodies were found by a team of rescuers who were there to recover the body of a Slovak mountaineer who died over the weekend.

The identities of the dead climbers in the tent were still unknown Wednesday and other rescuers were heading there to learn more details.

Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, who was coordinating the recovery of the Slovak climber’s body, said the Sherpa rescuers found the four bodies on Tuesday night.

Six climbers have already died on the world’s highest mountain this year attempting to reach the 8,850-meter (29,035-foot) summit.

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Mom of twins killed in fire while she bought pot gets jail

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:21

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) – A New York woman whose twin toddler sons died in a fire while she went to buy marijuana has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Twenty-five-year-old Heather Ace received the maximum sentence Monday in Batavia Town Court, where she pleaded guilty in February to a single count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Ace’s home caught fire last May, killing 2-year-olds Michael and Micah Gard. Authorities say Ace had left them locked in their bedroom alone for about 90 minutes while she went out to buy pot and alcohol and visited a friend.

Ace’s lawyer, Benjamin Bonarigo, asked the judge for probation so she could continue to see her 6-year-old son.

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Authorities: Girl, 2, dead after man used ‘wrestling moves’

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:20

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Authorities say a 2-year-old Missouri girl died after her mom’s boyfriend injured the toddler using “wrestling moves.”

Authorities say one of the moves 24-year-old Richard Gamache Jr. of House Springs allegedly used involved picking up the girl and slamming her to the ground.

Jefferson County Sheriff David Marshak says the girl was hospitalized after having a seizure on May 16. She died three days later.

Gamache was charged Tuesday with abuse of a child resulting in death. His girlfriend, 19-year Cheyenne Cook, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The toddler’s name hasn’t been released.

Gamache is jailed on $500,000 bond.

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‘We can use peace’: Pres. Trump and Pope Francis meet

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:19

VATICAN CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Pope Francis, two leaders with contrasting styles and differing worldviews, met at the Vatican on Wednesday, setting aside their previous clashes to broadcast a tone of peace for an audience around the globe.

Trump, midway through a grueling nine-day, maiden international journey, called upon the pontiff in a private, 30-minute meeting laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol. The president, accompanied by his wife and several aides, arrived at the Vatican just after 8 a.m. local time. The president greeted Francis in Sala del Tronetto, the room of the little throne, on the second floor of Apostolic Palace.

Upon completing their meeting, the pope gave the president a medal featuring an olive branch, a symbol of peace, among other gifts.

“We can use peace,” the president responded.

The visit began with a handshake after each man arrived, Trump in a lengthy motorcade, Francis in a Ford Focus. The president could be heard thanking the pope and saying it was “a great honor” to be there. They posed for photographs and then sat down at the papal desk, the pope unsmiling, as their private meeting began.

It ended a half hour later when Francis rang the bell in his private study. The pontiff was then introduced to members of Trump’s delegation, including his wife Melania, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, as well as aides Hope Hicks and Dan Scavino.

Smiling for the staff, Francis had a light moment with the first lady, asking via translator, “What do you give him to eat, potizza?” referring to a favorite papal dessert from her native Slovenia.

The first lady said “Yes.” She and Ivanka covered their heads in a sign of papal respect, a gesture they did not partake in Saudi Arabia.

As is tradition, the pope and president exchanged gifts. Trump presented the pontiff with a custom-bound, first-edition set of Martin Luther King Jr.’s works, an engraved stone from the King memorial in Washington and a bronze sculpture of a flowering lotus titled “Rising Above.”

“I think you’ll enjoy them. I hope you do,” Trump said.

The pope presented Trump with the medal, a message of peace and three bound papal documents that to some degree define his papacy and priorities, including the family and the environment. The pope told Trump he signed the message “personally for you.” Trump said he would read the books.

When Trump departed, he told the pope: “Thank you, I won’t forget what you said.”

Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, had a private audience with Francis at the Vatican in 2014 that lasted 50 minutes. But the timing Wednesday was tight as Francis had his weekly Wednesday general audience. The thousands of pilgrims on hand forced Trump’s motorcade to enter Vatican City from a side entrance rather than the grand entrance through St. Peter’s Square.

The meeting, which concluded Trump’s tour of the world’s largest monotheistic religions, comes after the president and pope collided head-on early last year, when Francis was sharply critical of Trump’s campaign pledge to build an impenetrable wall on the Mexican border and his declaration that the United States should turn away Muslim immigrants and refugees.

“A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian,” Francis said at the time. The pontiff has been a vocal advocate for aiding refugees, particularly those fleeing the violence in Syria, deeming it both a “moral imperative” and “Christian duty” to help.

Trump then called Francis “disgraceful” for doubting his faith.

Though both Trump and Francis are known for their unpredictability, papal visits with heads of state are carefully arranged bits of political and religious theater that follow a specific program, with little room for deviation or unwanted surprises. Trump, the 13th president to visit the Vatican, was also given a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

In recent days, Francis and Trump have been in agreement on a need for Muslim leaders to do more against extremists in their own communities. But there are few other areas where their views align.

The president’s prior anti-Muslim rhetoric — including his musing that Islam “hates” the West — is the antithesis of what the pope has been preaching about a need for dialogue with Muslims. Francis also differs sharply with Trump on the need to combat climate change and economic inequality. And he could react to events this week, including the release of Trump’s budget, which would dramatically cut funding to programs that help the poor, and the president’s agreement to sell military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Trump’s visit to the Eternal City comes after two stops in the Middle East where he visited the cradles of Islam and Judaism. In Saudi Arabia, he addressed dozens of Arab leaders and urged them to fight extremists at home and isolate Iran, which he depicted as menace to the region. And in Israel, Trump reaffirmed his commitment to strong ties with the nation’s longtime ally and urged both the Israelis and the Palestinians to begin the process of reaching a peace deal. No details or timetable have yet to be established for negotiations.

But while Trump received extravagantly warm welcomes in Riyadh and Jerusalem, the reception could grow much cooler now that he’s reached Europe, site of widespread protests after his election. Climate change activists projected the words “Planet Earth First” on the massive dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Tuesday night and protests are expected later in the week when Trump travels to Brussels for a NATO meeting and Sicily for a G-7 gathering.

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3 more arrested in Manchester; attacker’s Libya ties probed

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 06:38

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police and intelligence agencies arrested three more suspects Wednesday in connection with the Manchester suicide bombing and moved quickly to secure key sites across the country, including Buckingham Palace and the British Parliament at Westminster.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the bomber, identified as British-born Libyan Salman Abedi, “likely” did not act alone when he killed 22 people and wounded dozens at an Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester. She said he had been known to security forces “up to a point.” Officials are examining Abedi’s trips to Libya as they worked to piece together his allegiances and foil any new potential threats.

Police said three men were arrested Wednesday in south Manchester, where a day earlier a 23-year-old man was also arrested and a number of homes were searched.

Britain raised its threat level from terrorism to “critical” after an emergency government meeting late Tuesday amid concerns that the 22-year-old Abedi may have accomplices who are planning another attack. British soldiers have been deployed in place of police officers to guard high-profile sites such as Buckingham Palace and Parliament.

The changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace was canceled Wednesday so police officers can be re-deployed, Britain’s defense ministry said. The traditional ceremony at the palace is a major tourist attraction in London.

The Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament in London, was also closed Wednesday to all those without passes, and tours and events there were cancelled until further notice. Armed police were seen on patrol outside St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, another popular tourist spot.

Abedi was born in Britain to a Libyan family, grew up in Manchester’s southern suburbs and attended the local Salford University for a time.

Police on Tuesday raided his house, using a controlled explosion to blast down the door. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much.

British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday chaired a meeting of her emergency security cabinet group known as Cobra to deal with the intelligence reports about Abedi and concerns that he might have had outside support.

Police also raided and searched a property elsewhere in Manchester where Abedi’s brother Ismail is thought to have lived. A 23-year-old man has also been arrested as part of the investigation but officials have released no details about him.

Officials are probing how often Abedi had traveled to Libya, which has seen an eruption of armed Islamist groups since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown and killed in 2011.

France’s interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State group.

Minister Gerard Collomb said Wednesday on BFM television that British and French intelligence have information that Abedi had been to Syria. He did not provide details, and said it’s unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.

British officials have not commented on whether Abedi had links to IS or other extremist groups.

Rudd said Britain’s increased official threat level will remain at “critical” as the investigation proceeds and won’t be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place.

She also complained about U.S. officials leaking sensitive information about Abedi to the U.S. press.

“I have been very clear with our friends that that should not happen again,” she said.

In addition to those killed in the concert attack, 64 people are being treated for their wounds, Jon Rouse of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said Wednesday.

He said some of the reported 59 wounded had been discharged, but that the number of patients being treated had increased due to “walking wounded” who came in hours after the attack. Rouse said many of those hospitalized had serious wounds that would require “very long term care and support in terms of their recovery.”

Officials said all those hospitalized had been identified.

Soldiers were replacing armed police on Wednesday at sites like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament. London Police Commander Jane Connors said the goal is to “make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate.”

She said armed police will also be ready to respond quickly to any incidents and their walking patrols had been increased.

Collomb, who spoke with May after the attack, said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.

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Philippine church says priest, churchgoers taken hostage

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:17

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine Roman Catholic church leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage from a cathedral by gunmen in a southern city.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and another church official said Wednesday that gunmen forced their way into a cathedral in Marawi city and seized the Rev. Chito Suganob and more than a dozen churchgoers and staff as fighting raged between government troops and Muslim militants.

Villegas says the gunmen have threatened to kill the hostages “if government forces unleashed against them are not recalled.”

Villegas asked Filipinos to pray for the captives and for the government to make their safety a primary concern.

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Military presence stepped up as Britain faces raised threat

WDTN News - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 05:17

LONDON (AP) — Britons will find armed troops at vital locations Wednesday after the official threat level was raised to its highest point following a suicide bombing that killed 22, as new details emerged about the bomber.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said bomber Salman Abedi was known “up to a point” to the British intelligence services and police.

France’s interior minister said Abedi is believed to have traveled to Syria and had “proven” links with the Islamic State group.

Gerard Collomb said on BFM television Wednesday that British and French intelligence have information that the British-born attacker had been to Syria. He did not provide details, and said it is unclear whether Abedi was part of a larger network of attackers.

Collomb, who spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May after the attack, said the two countries should continue cooperating closely on counterterrorism efforts despite Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.

Rudd said Britain’s increased official threat level will remain at “critical” as the investigation proceeds. It will not be lowered until security services are convinced there is no active plot in place, she said.

Following the increase in the threat level, officials say soldiers will be deployed to places like Buckingham Palace, 10 Downing Street and Parliament. They will replace armed police as Operation Temperer takes effect Wednesday.

Officials believe this will free up police to fight the threat of further extremist action against civilian targets, amid fears that another attack may be imminent.

London Police Commander Jane Connors said the goal is to “make our city as hostile an environment as possible for terrorists to plan and operate.”

She said the “reality” of the situation is that police must be ready to respond quickly with armed officers. Armed police walking patrols have been added, she said.

The government Tuesday night raised the threat to “critical”, its highest level, following an emergency Cabinet session.

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Encarnacion homers twice as Indians edge Reds 8-7

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 23:08

CINCINNATI (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Cleveland’s four homers off rookie Amir Garrett and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch Tuesday night, leading the Indians to an 8-7 victory and a split of their two-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.

The series moves to Cleveland for two games. The Indians have won seven of the last eight between Ohio’s teams.

Carlos Carrasco was in line to move to 5-0 on the road this season, but Cleveland’s bullpen had an uncharacteristic meltdown in the seventh. Eugenio Suarez’s first career pinch-hit homer — a three-run shot off Bryan Shaw — tied it at 7.

Encarnacion reached on third baseman Scooter Gennett’s error in the eighth and came around on a wild pitch by Drew Storen (1-1). Cleveland improved to 18-0 when leading after six innings.

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Packing while praying: Local churches take aim to protect members

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:58

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — In recent years, churches have joined the long list of places marred by gun violence; therefore local pastors are coming up with a plan to protect their congregations from any kind of a threat.

“We live in a dangerous world. It’s not as innocent as it used to be,” reflected Reverend William E. Harris, Jr., Pastor of Believers Christian Fellowship Church.

Worshippers gather to pray down the street from the Emanuel AME Church following a shooting Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In South Carolina in June 2015, a hate crime claims nine innocent lives when Dylann Roof opens fire inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church.

Read more about the sentence handed down to Dylann Roof here

Closer to home, gunfire erupts inside St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church in February 2016 leaving Reverend William Schooler dead, and sending church members scrambling.

“Then we heard pow pow pow. That’s when everybody started running,” described Loretta Smith, a member of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church.

The accused gunman is the pastor’s own brother, Daniel Schooler.

Read where the case stands here

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it that my pastor is gone,” cried Vonetta McGraw, another member of St. Peters Missionary Baptist Church member.

It’s because of incidents like this that churches are taking action.

“I know some pastors — put it this way — feel that it’s necessary to arm themselves,” stated Rev. Harris.

He has been a pastor for more than 20 years. He hasn’t reached that point yet, but he knows some members of his church are packing.

Read more on Ohio’s concealed carry law here

“Even some of the ladies after church they’ll come to me and say yes reverend I have, I have my weapon with me,” said Rev. Harris.

“Doesn’t bother me at all. As long as they don’t have any mental issues,” stated Yvette Stiles, a member of Believers Christian Fellowship Church.

“I’m a CCW holder but I don’t bring my gun to church,” admitted Believers Christian Fellowship Church member Teena Davis. “I do have things that I can protect myself with. It doesn’t bother me that other people are packing. It gives me somewhat of a relief that I know that we’re going to fight to the end.”

Two women embrace after a shooting inside St Peters Missionary Baptist Church.

Others don’t feel the same.

“It makes me uncomfortable people packing in church because you never know what’s going to set a person off at this particular point,”said Calvin Heard, another member of Believers Christian Fellowship Church.

Believers Christian Fellowship Church in Dayton will take part in active shooter training. Heard is spear-heading the effort.

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“You hate to see that happen in a church, but it’s everywhere right now,” said Heard.

Rev. Harris says safety in churches has changed a lot over the years.

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“Some of our churches actually have safety teams,” said Harris. “The church that I came out of in Washington, D.C. we had what we called sentinels. They were a security team actually and they assisted in the parking lot as well as when we took up an offering. They would follow the basket to the proper place and make sure, you know, no incident occurred.”

A safety team is something Tad Stoll put together a few years ago at Springboro Baptist Church. He’s been coming there for about 35 years.

“We understand that in this day and age there is evil, and we need to train and we need to pray for nothing to happen. But we need to prepare for if and when it does,” said Stoll.

His team has already taken part in active shooter training, sponsoring a course in March.

“We’re actually training people to respond as if the event really is happening and not with an incorrect response like lockdown, but with an actual response that involves evacuation of the facility, bariccading if you can’t leave, or counter measures in direct contact with a threat,” stated Joseph Hendry, National Trainer for A.L.I.C.E. Training Institute.

“I would rather be doing something different Sunday morning than looking out for the church family. But it is what it is and we need to accept the responsibility,” admitted Stoll.

Stoll is also a CCW permit holder and believes guns should be allowed in churches.

“My little tagline when I send out email is pray hard and shoot straight,” Stoll smiled.

While some are still undecided about the place of weapons in sanctuaries, churchgoers recognize violence is now a reality and say preparation is just as important as prayer.

“I just think it’s important for people to be able to protect themselves,” stated Stiles.

“We believe in God. We believe that He will protect us. But He also gives us common sense and the ability to protect ourselves,” said Davis.

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STOP Trafficking tour reveals how children as young as 13 are used for sex

WDTN News - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 22:57

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – the group “Abolition Ohio” is touring colleges this week to train students on the dangers of human trafficking.

The University of Dayton group is spreading awareness about human trafficking with its STOP Traffick(ing) Tour.

The group kicked off their tour at Wright State University with a free community training session to teach students how to identify and report human trafficking and who are the most vulnerable.

According to statistics cited by the group, in this past year, 1,078 young Ohioans have been trafficked into sex.

Abolition Ohio STOP Trafficking Training Coordinator Adie Lewis said it affects over 20 million people worldwide, “This is happening to the high school and middle school age students as well as college age students and adults, but the average age from someone first being sex trafficked is the age of 13.”

Lewis cited our interstates and a record number of truck stops and adult establishments in our state for why we’re seeing it more and more.  However, it’s not just highways that drive up the numbers, she said major sporting events like The First Four can also bring in more human traffickers.

“We now know that when major sporting events happen traffickers bring in victims in order to supply clients who are coming in for those events,” Lewis said.

The Opioid crisis gripping our state has also contributed to the increase in human trafficking.  Lewis said even parents can traffic their children for drug money.

“This can realistically happen to anyone.  There’s no, if you have a picture in your head of what the trafficking victim may look like, there is no such thing anyone could be vulnerable if the factors lineup for someone to exploit them,” Lewis said.

The STOP Traffick(ing) Tour will run Tuesday through Thursday at three different locations.

  • Tuesday, May 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Wright State University
  • Wednesday, May 24 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Dayton Science Center
  • Thursday, May 25 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Eaton Church of Brethren

To learn more go to the Abolition Ohio Facebook page.

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