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Kasich to cite $800M business cost in tax fight

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:23

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is preparing to make an $800 million argument for his plan that would allow the state to process and distribute the taxes levied by cities, counties and villages on business profits.

An Ohio Department of Taxation estimate released to The Associated Press on Monday suggests that’s how much Ohio business taxpayers would save in compliance costs under the governor’s proposal.

The plan, contained in the budget bill being debated in the Ohio House, calls for the department to process the payments then return the proceeds to municipalities, with interest minus a 1 percent administration fee.

The administration plans to use the $800 million figure to push back against objections raised by members of the Ohio Municipal League, which sees Kasich’s plan as a power grab for one of the largest revenue sources municipalities continue to control.

The nonpartisan Policy Matters Ohio estimates the business-profits tax accounts for more than $600 million of the over $4.7 billion in municipal income tax revenue collected annually.

“It’s no wonder that city councils across the state have been passing resolutions opposing the tax collection proposal,” said Zach Schiller, research director for the group. “The General Assembly should be wary of this plan.”

The state estimates cities would save $9 million a year on administration, a figure the Cleveland-based think tank says its calculations show is exaggerated. Among concerns is that the move eventually could lead to the state eliminating the tax altogether.

Tax Commissioner Joe Testa said Ohio’s current system requires businesses to file taxes in every municipality where they earn income, which requires extensive tax planning and preparation. He told the AP he charged his tax analysis group about a week and a half ago to calculate businesses’ compliance costs.

“Imagine having to file 50, or hundreds, of returns with different municipalities, all having their own tax rates, rules and filing requirements,” Testa said. “We estimate that businesses are spending $1 billion a year just to file municipal net-profits tax. A centralized system for filing and payment would cut that bill by 80 percent.”

He said that figure is drawn from several data sources, including a National Society of Accountants survey of businesses’ tax preparation costs, state costs of processing other taxes and the geographic distribution of businesses’ current tax filings.

In one of many objections registered to the proposal, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley wrote that the city employs a 120-member staff to collect local business and personal income taxes. He said the state’s administrative fee would cost the city $750,000.

“This is unacceptable,” Kelley wrote. “We don’t need another layer of state bureaucracy to handle our local tax collections; to skim off 1 percent of our tax revenue.”

Testa said the administration disagrees with the premise that it’s trying to take something from municipalities.

“We just see this as such a win-win,” he said. “We’re proposing taking this on. This is the state offering to use our capabilities here for the benefit of the businesses and municipalities in this state.”

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Zoo investigates mysterious reptile deaths

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WBIR) – A Knoxville Zoo is investigating the mysterious deaths of 33 reptiles.

According to a news release from the zoo, when staffers entered the building Wednesday morning they found 30 snakes and one lizard unresponsive.

Zoo clinic staffers and veterinarians from the UT College of Veterinary Medicine responded. Surviving animals were evacuated and given oxygen, while others were checked for heartbeats using ultrasound.

Of the 52 animals housed in the building, 33 died, including three critically endangered species.

“It’s devastating. It’s a lot bigger than just the individual snake in our collection,” Zoo Knoxville director of animal care, conservation and education Phil Colclough said. “All these are pieces to a larger conservation puzzle and in some cases with these animals, there might be a handful of them left in the world.”

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VIDEO: Daycare abuse caught on camera

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:10

SPRING, TX (KPRC) – A Texas day care worker is in jail, accused of slamming a child to the ground.

The alleged incident happened at the Children’s Lighthouse Daycare on Waterbend Cove in Spring.

A video recovered by investigators shows Gregory Diglin grabbing a 4-year-old girl by the arm and slamming her to the ground.

“The child has sustained injuries to the face and mouth area, busted lips, damage to the gums, featured dental damage as well,” Chief Matt Rodrigue with Montgomery County Constables Office, Precinct 3.

In what appears to be an attempt to disguise his assault, officers said Diglin then took the girl across the room and tried to clean up her blood.

“When the parents picked up the child from the day care center, they were provided a form from the daycare center saying the child had basically hurt themselves by tumbling within the classroom,” Rodrigue said.

Officials said the child revealed the truth, and investigators found the video that soon confirmed every parents’ worst nightmare.

“This is something you never want to see especially when you talk about leaving your children in the care of others. So it’s a disturbing video to watch to say the least,” Rodrigue said.

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2 victims in Cincinnati nightclub shooting from Trotwood

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:03

CINCINNATI (AP/WDTN) — 2 NEWS has confirmed that two victims in the Cincinnati nightclub shooting Sunday morning are from Trotwood.

Friends of Jarrod Givens and Lyrik Hardaway said both men were among the 16 injured in the mass shooting at Cameo nightclub.

The Cincinnati police chief says it doesn’t appear there is any video footage of a deadly nightclub shooting that killed one man and injured 16 people.

READ MORE: Shooting at Cincinnati nightclub kills 1, 15 hurt, suspect sought

Chief Elliot Isaac also said in a Monday morning briefing that the Cameo nightclub had metal detectors but it wasn’t something the club was required to have.

The chief says five people are still hospitalized, two in critical condition and three in serious condition.

One victim, 27-year-old O’Bryan Spikes, was killed in the Sunday morning shooting at the nightclub.

Keith Forman of the Cincinnati law department said liquor license renewals come up in April. Forman said he’s not aware of plans yet to look at Cameo’s license.

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Applications accepted for Miami Township Trustees vacancy

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:32

MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami Township Board of Trustees is looking for applicants for its upcoming vacancy.

Trustee Robert Matthews submitted a letter of resignation last week. He begins a position with law firm Frost Brown Todd, LLC on Wednesday. His resignation from the Board of Trustees is effective Tuesday.

The Board of Trustees is accepting resumes to fill his position. The new trustee will fulfill the term that ends Dec. 31, 2017. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, a Miami Township resident and a registered voter for at least 10 days.

Applicants can send resumes and a letter of interest to:

Andrew Papanek, President
Miami Township, Montgomery County Ohio
2700 Lyons Road
Miamisburg, OH 45342

The deadline to apply is April 3 at 5 p.m. Contact the Miami Township Government Center for more information at 937-433-9969.

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Oklahoma officer wounded in traffic-stop shooting has died

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:30

TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — A 22-year-old police officer has died after a shootout with a man who fled a traffic stop in central Oklahoma, police said Monday.

Officer Justin Terney died Monday morning after undergoing surgery overnight, Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said.

The suspect was also shot and was in intensive care Monday morning, Kidney said.

According to police, Terney pulled over a vehicle about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Tecumseh, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City. Kidney said the man ran away as Terney checked with dispatchers to see if he had any outstanding warrants.

Terney used a stun gun on the man but it was ineffective, Kidney said. The man then shot at Terney, who returned fire. Both men were wounded and taken to OU Medical Center.

Kidney said Terney, who graduated from police academy last summer, was shot several times in the “lower extremities.”

He said authorities are still working to confirm the identity of the suspect, who was also shot multiple times.

“If it is who we think this person is, there’s a possibility that he has some warrants,” Kidney said. “That could be the reason that he ran.”

 

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Auto plant bringing $60 million investment, jobs to Springfield

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:10

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — A Japanese auto parts manufacturer is making a major investment in Springfield.

The city on Monday announced a plan for Topre America to make a $60 million investment to build a 150,000 square foot facility.

The new facility will be built on the site of the old International Harvester plan on Loganda Avenue.

Chamber of Greater Springfield President and CEO Mike McDorman says the new facility will create 85 jobs, with hopes that hundreds more will come in the future.

Monday’s announcement is a big change from Topre’s previous plan unveiled in December to build a 20,000 square foot facility with an investment of $9-10 million.

McDorman says construction on the new facility will begin immediately, with plans to have the facility operational in either July or August. Topre plans to be fully operational in either February of March of 2018.

Topre will use the facility to make parts for the Toyota Rav4. McDorman says the company, which originally made parts for Honda vehicles, could work with other auto manufacturers as well.

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Police: Man carrying sword while dressed as The Joker arrested

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:59

WINCHESTER, Va. (AP/WNCN) – Police in Virginia have arrested a man who was dressed as comic book villain The Joker, and was carrying a sword, officials said.

The arrest, Friday afternoon, came after police received several similar reports over the last week, officials said in a news release.

Winchester Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Hall said in a news release that the department got several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman’s nemesis.

He was arrested around 2 p.m. wearing a cape and carrying a sword.

Jeremy Putnam, 31, has been charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony that can result in a year in jail.

Putnam is being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center under a $2,000 secured bond.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Putnam has a lawyer.

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Man who bound dog’s muzzle with tape sentenced to 5 years

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:54

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who wrapped electrical tape around a dog’s muzzle to stop her from barking has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Media outlets report William Dodson’s sentence Friday represented the state’s maximum for animal cruelty. However, Dodson’s sentence for mistreating Caitlyn won’t extend his prison time.

The 43-year-old North Charleston man was sentenced a day earlier in federal court to 15 years on a gun charge stemming from a traffic stop months before Caitlyn was found in spring 2015. Under a plea agreement, the two sentences will run simultaneously.

RELATED: Police arrest suspect in South Carolina muzzled dog case

“I wish I could give you more,” Judge Markley Dennis told Dodson in court Friday.

Still, the sentence sends a message that animal cruelty won’t be tolerated, said Aldwin Roman, Charleston Animal Society’s director of anti-cruelty and outreach.

“We’re going to do everything we can within the law to stop this, and then we’re going to go beyond and change our laws and make them stronger,” he told The Post and Courier of Charleston.

Dodson, who was free on bail from the traffic stop, had chained Caitlyn outside after wrapping her muzzle nine times. But the then-15-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier mix escaped and was found in critical condition. The tape cut off blood flow to her tongue. Veterinarians at the Animal Society unraveled it after an estimated 36 hours.

“I remember seeing the fear … in her eyes,” Roman said. “That was 36 hours of torture.”

The case sparked international outrage after photos of Caitlyn’s tightly bound snout spread on social media. She required repeated surgeries and lost part of her tongue. Her snout is still scarred.

Dodson pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty last August. Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore said at the time that Caitlyn was living with a new family but continued to suffer from anxiety and stress.

Dodson still faces state drug charges stemming from the March 2015 traffic stop. Prosecutors say he tossed a loaded pistol, along with cocaine and marijuana, as he ran from North Charleston police officers.

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New Lebanon man killed in motorcycle crash

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:54

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — A New Lebanon man was killed in a motorcycle crash in Preble County on Saturday night.

The Ohio State Patrol says 22-year-old Blake Daniel died in the crash.

It happened around 10:15 p.m. on S.R. 726 near Orphans Road.

OSP says Daniel was riding a motorcycle north on 726 when he ran off the road and hit a culvert. Daniel was ejected from the motorcycle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. OSP says Daniel wasn’t wearing a helmet.

OSP says the crash is under investigation to determine if speed or alcohol were factors.

 

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94-year-old woman honored for 44 years working at McDonalds

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:50

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 94-year-old Indiana woman is celebrating 44 years of working at McDonald’s.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports friends and co-workers threw a party for Loraine Maurer, of Evansville, last week.

Maurer started working at McDonald’s in 1973 and has been a fixture behind the counter at several locations in the area ever since.

Maurer works the breakfast shift on Friday and Saturday mornings. Franchise owner Katie Kenworthy tells the newspaper that people “come from all over town to see her and make sure they get their coffee or oatmeal made the Loraine way.”

Maurer tells ABC News that she has thought about retirement, but “would miss it too much.”

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Suffocation risk prompts baby bib recall

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:37

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – More than 10,000 packages of baby bibs are being recalled. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the waterproof plastic backing on the Environments-brand bibs, poses a suffocation hazard to children.

No injuries have been reported, according to the CPSC.

The recall covers two styles of bibs; the “pocket” style and the “cover-up” style, which were sold in packages of twelve from January 2008 through October 2016. Look for SKU numbers 900822 or 900823, which can be found printed on the tag.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bibs and contact Discount School Supply for a refund. The company can be reached at 800-338-4430 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or by email.

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IU introduces Archie Miller as new coach

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:33

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP/WDTN) — Fred Glass wanted to hire a proven winner for Indiana’s next coach. The athletic director didn’t have to wait long — or travel far to find what he was looking for.

On Saturday, less than 24 hours after UCLA coach Steve Alford pulled his name out of the sweepstakes, Glass announced he had hired Archie Miller from Dayton. Miller replaces Tom Crean, who was fired March 16 after missing the NCAA Tournament five times in nine seasons.

Indiana University introduces Miller as the new Head Coach Monday If you missed the news conference live you can watch it here:

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“Archie Miller was on my short list from the very beginning,” Glass said in a statement. “The more I learned about him, the more convinced I became that he is the coach we need to meet our high expectations for many years to come.”

Miller will be introduced at a press conference in Bloomington at 3 p.m.

The 38-year-old Miller comes from a basketball family and put together a solid track record in six seasons with the Flyers — earning a school-record four straight NCAA Tourney bids, winning 24 games in each of those seasons and claiming the last two Atlantic 10 regular-season titles.

Miller’s older brother, Sean, coaches at perennial powerhouse Arizona, and the younger Miller is considered one of the brightest young coaches in America.

“IU is one of the greatest basketball programs and academic institutions in the country and I cannot wait to get started,” Miller said. “With peerless fan support, outstanding facilities and tradition, a beautiful campus, and located in one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country, IU is a dream destination for me and my family.”

Miller’s teams are known for their disciplined, hard-nosed play. Glass also dubbed Miller a tireless recruiter in the Midwest and a “noted developer of talent.”

Indiana fans wanted all of those features in their new coach — as expect postseason success, too.

Alford, a former Indiana star, might have been a candidate for the job, but he reiterated Friday night that he wanted to remain at UCLA.

The move comes at an opportune time for Miller. The Flyers are losing at least five players from the school’s incredible four-year run.

“We did everything we could to keep Archie at UD, but now our sole focus turns to continuing to build the quality of our nationally competitive program,” athletic director Neil Sullivan said in a statement.

Before taking the Dayton job in 2011, Miller worked as an assistant for his brother at Arizona and as an assistant under Thad Matta ta Ohio State. He also has been an assistant at Arizona State, North Carolina State, his alma mater, and Western Kentucky. And he worked on the staff with USA Basketball’s under-19 team, which won the FIBA world championship gold medal in 2015.

Miller’s father, John, coached in high school.

Sean, Archie and Lisa Miller all played Division I basketball, and now it’s the youngest of the three children who finds himself leading a program that has won five national championships.

“I cannot wait to connect with former players, current players, and future players and all of Hoosier Nation,” Miller said. “I want to thank all of the great people and players at the University of Dayton who have supported me along the way. I look forward to outlining my vision for IU basketball.”

Miller is 139-63 in his career.

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Research: Give some peanut to babies

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:21

(NBC News) New research suggests people with a single tree nut or peanut allergy or may not need to avoid all nuts in their diet.

The research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology examined 109 people known to be allergic to a specific nut, like walnuts, almonds or cashews.

Despite blood or skin prick tests that showed a sensitivity to other nuts, 50 percent of those patients had no reaction when doctors had the patients actually eat the other nuts, and very few of those diagnosed with a peanut allergy in the study ended up clinically allergic to tree nuts.

“In patients with multiple food allergies, especially, if we can liberate their diet, allowing them to eat other foods, quality of life is much better,” notes Dr. Chris Couch.

This past January the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said most children by age 6 months should have a little taste of peanut butter or another food with peanut in it.
Research shows babies exposed to peanut by then are 80-percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy.

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13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:01

CHILLICOTHE, OH (WCMH) —  Chillicothe police, along with several other law agencies arrested 13 people during a two-day operation.

According to the Chillicothe Police Department, the human trafficking/prostitution investigation was conducted over a two day period starting March 22.

“The Chillicothe Police Department is well aware of the dangers associated with human trafficking and the connection between this and the drug trade in our community.  This operation provided intelligence information as well as removing those soliciting sex from our streets,” released in a statement.

The ages of those arrested ranged from as young as 31 to as old as 81. All face charges of loitering to engage in solicitation and soliciting.

PHOTOS: 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Rose Darling, 39 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Carl Hayth, 64 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Angela Seward, 42 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting, Possession of criminal tools, Possession of drug abuse instruments 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Dustin Everhart, 31 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Joseph Coon, 42 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Joshua Wiseman, 41 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Kanwaljeet Lall, 42 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Leo Madden, 80 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Oscar Conley, 48 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Robert Bost, 81 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Ryan Fair, 33 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Thomas Strausbaugh, 74 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, soliciting 13 arrested during 2-day Chillicothe human trafficking/prostitution operation Timothy Theobald, 51 -- Loitering to engage in solicitation, soliciting

Police released the following information on those arrested and their charges:

  • Carl Hayth, 64 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Angela Seward, 42 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting, Possession of criminal tools, Possession of drug abuse instruments
  • Dustin Everhart, 31 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Joseph Coon, 42 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Joshua Wiseman, 41 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Kanwaljeet Lall, 42 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Leo Madden, 80 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Oscar Conley, 48 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Robert Bost, 81 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Rose Darling, 39 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Ryan Fair, 33 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Thomas Strausbaugh, 74 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting
  • Timothy Theobald, 51 — Loitering to engage in solicitation, Soliciting

The Chillicothe Police Department teamed up with the Dayton Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ross County Sheriff’s Office to carry out the operation.

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Teens barred from United flight because they were wearing leggings

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:58

DENVER (AP) — Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings.

United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said the girls were not allowed onto the Sunday morning flight because they were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code.

That dress code bars pass travelers from wearing spandex or lycra pants such as leggings. Guerin says the teenagers agreed to change their clothing and take a later flight.

The airline’s actions sparked a backlash on Twitter. Activist Shannon Watts of Denver tweeted that she witnessed Sunday’s events and questioned United’s decision to police women’s clothing.

Guerin says ticketed passengers are not subject to the same dress code and can wear leggings.

The passengers this morning were United pass riders who were not in compliance with our dress code policy for company benefit travel.

— United (@united) March 26, 2017

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Ohio gas prices dip further below unchanged national average

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:55

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices have dipped in Ohio since last week, sending the average back to where it stood a month ago.

The state average for regular gas was $2.13 per gallon in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s 7 cents cheaper than a week ago and a little higher than at this time last year, when the average was $1.94.

The national average has remained relatively steady for a few weeks and was about $2.29 on Monday, matching the average a week earlier. It was lower at this time last year at $2.04.

AAA has said gas prices are expected to rise this spring as refiners switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline.

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Netflix in April: What’s coming, and what’s going

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:37

LOS GATOS, CA (WFLA) — Netflix fans have tons of movies and TV shows to look forward to in April, but a lot are also leaving. Be sure to catch them all before they are gone. Here’s what is arriving and leaving for April on Netflix. ARRIVING April 1 A Weekend with the Family (2016) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Across the Universe (2007) An American Tail (1986) An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991) An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999) Boy Bye (2016) Born To Be Free (2016) Cool Runnings (1993) Good Witch: Season 2 (2016) Gremlins (1984) Only for One Night (2016) Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’ (1971) Scooby-Doo (2002) Schindler’s List (1993) Something’s Gotta Give (2003) Thunderstruck (2012) Wynonna Earp: Season 1 (2016) Trouble with the Curve (2012) Tropic Thunder (2008) The Tenth Man (2016) April 2 The D Train (2015) April 4 Chewing Gum: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Louis C.K. 2017—NETFLIX ORIGINAL April 6 Disney’s The BFG (2016) April 7 El Faro De Las Orcas—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM Dawn of the Croods: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Get Down: Part 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Win It All—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM April 8 Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) April 10 Documentary Now!: Season 2 (2016) April 11 Kevin Hart: What Now (2016) April 12 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016) April 14 Chelsea: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL El Elegido (2017) Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Sandy Wexler—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM April 15 Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) Slam—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM April 18 Lucas Brothers: On Drugs—NETFLIX ORIGINAL April 19 A Plastic Ocean April 21 Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Girlboss: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Sand Castle—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM Tales by Light: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Prestige (2006) Tramps—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM April 22 The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016) The Secret Life of Pets (2016) April 23 Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016) Phantom (2013) April 24 Long Nights Short Mornings (2016) April 25 Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016) The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM Vir Das: Abroad Understanding—NETFLIX ORIGINAL April 26 Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012) Trust (2010) April 27 Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL April 28 A Murder in the Park (2014) Casting JonBenet—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Dear White People: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL Rodney King—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM Small Crimes—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM April 30 Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015) LEAVING April 1 Ally McBeal: Seasons 1 – 5 Angel: Seasons 1 – 5 Better Off Ted: Season 1 Barbershop 2: Back in Business Bones: Seasons 1 – 4 Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1 – 7 Chaplin Dollhouse: Season 1 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Firefly House, M.D.: Seasons 1 – 8 Lie to Me: Season 1 Menace II Society Resident Evil: Extinction Rosewell: Seasons 1 – 3 Snow Day Stomp the Yard Superman II Superman III Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Superman Returns Superman: The Movie The Agony and the Ecstasy The Boys from Brazil The Escapist The Princess Bride The Riches: Seasons 1 – 2 The Usual Suspects The X-Files: Seasons 1 – 9 Vanilla Sky April 3 Collateral Damage The Circle April 4 Legit: Season 2 Wilfred: Season 4 April 9 Hero April 10 Legit: Season 1 Flower Girl April 14 The Lazarus Effect April 15 A Fantastic Fear of Everything April 17 American Dad! Season 6 April 26 The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear April 30 Under the Tuscan Sun The Mirror Born to Defense The Defender

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Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:24

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas.

Spain’s civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas.

Among the real bananas, police found 57 fake bananas made of resin that were stuffed with 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) of cocaine. Another 10 kilograms (22pounds) of cocaine were hidden inside the flaps of the cardboard boxes that carried the fruit.

The police bust took place in the coastal cities of Valencia and Malaga.

The two men charged with trafficking drugs and belonging to a criminal organization are Spanish. Police say they are investigating a third man, who is Italian.

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Report: Ohio woman mumbles to police with mouth full of crack cocaine

WDTN News - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 07:21

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A woman from Youngstown was arrested on drug charges after police say tried to hide crack cocaine in her mouth while they were trying to speak to her.

The incident began about 12:35 a.m. Sunday when police pulled over a car on W. Delason Avenue for a traffic violation.

Sandra Duckworth, 59, was a backseat passenger in the car and police say they saw her quickly put her hand up to mouth as they were approaching the vehicle, according to a police report.

Duckworth couldn’t answer police and only mumbled when they asked for her name, and would only shake her head back and forth, according to the report. Police also noted that Duckworth had loose, white rocks all about her lips.

Police forced Duckworth to spit out whatever was inside her mouth into a piece of paper and officers confirmed that it was crack cocaine, the report stated.

Duckworth was arrested and charged with drug possession.

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