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$375K settlement reached in jail pepper spray incident

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:38

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A settlement has been reached in the civil case of a woman who sued Montgomery County over a pepper spraying incident that was caught on camera.

Court documents show attorneys for both sides participated in a phone call with the court Thursday where the court was advised a settlement had been reached between Montgomery County and Amber Swink.

Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said Thursday afternoon the settlement has not yet  been accepted but the amount is $375,000.

Swink sued the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and several others claiming excessive use of force after pepper spray was used on her in the Montgomery County Jail in 2015.

The incident was captured on video which was released by Swink’s attorneys.

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The complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court of Ohio in September 2016.

READ MORE: Brookville woman sues over jail excessive force claims It all began in Nov. 2015 in the 4600 block of Sulphur Springs Road in Brookville when police responded to a house for a domestic disturbance. Amber Swick, was taken into custody from the home, as she was intoxicated and arguing with her boyfriend. While being apprehended by police, the arresting’s officers glasses broke. Swick’s attorneys say the glasses tell off the officer’s face, whereas documents from the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas say she intentionally broke the glasses. One of the deputies involved in the incident, Captain Judy Sealy, was placed on administrative leave and the case was taken before a Montgomery County grand jury. No indictments resulted in the case. READ MORE: Grand jury declines to indict captain in pepper spray case

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OVI checkpoint planned for Friday

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:08

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) –  The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced Thursday an OVI checkpoint will be held in Greene County Friday.

The location and time of the OVI checkpoint will be announced Friday.

The OVI checkpoint is funded by federal grants and is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.

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Police: Riverside shooting suspect ‘armed and dangerous’

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:11

RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Riverside Police Department said Thursday the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting should be considered armed and dangerous.

Riverside Police Chief Frank Robbinson said Thursday the U.S. Marshal Service has joined the hunt for 34-year-old, Sterling Roberts of Dayton in relation to the Tuesday homicide that killed 35-year-old Robert Lee Caldwell of Beavercreek Township.

Robbinson said Roberts has family ties to Nashville, Tennessee.

Sterling Roberts is a white male standing at 6’2 with multiple tattoos.

He was last seen running from the scene located at a business complex behind Bob Evans on Linden Avenue near Woodman Drive.

If you recognize Sterling Roberts you are asked to call Riverside Police at 233-1801 and ask to speak with a detective. You can also leave a tip on the the Riverside tips website. Roberts is suspected of shooting Caldwell multiple times in front of his three children. Caldwell recently gained custody of his children. Investigators would not say what led up to the shooting or what Caldwell was doing in the parking lot during the time of the shooting.

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Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly Barcelona van attack

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:07

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Islamic State terrorist group claims responsibility for deadly Barcelona van attack in statement carried on its Aamaq news agency.

Catalonia’s regional president said two arrests has been made in the Barcelona van attack Thursday and made people evacuate the area.

Catalonia’s regional president also said 12 people were killed and 80 are hospitalized after Barcelona van Thursday after a white van that jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s historical district Thursday. Police say the driver hit two officers but they are unclear if it was related to the van attack.

Barcelona resident Keith Fleming says he was watching television in his building on a side street just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to the balcony to investigate.

He says he saw “women and children just running and they looked terrified.” Fleming heard a bang, possibly from someone rolling down a store shutter, as more people raced by.

The American living in the Spanish city says police arrived and pushed everyone a full block down the street. He says the officers still are there with guns drawn and riot police stationed at the end of the block.

His street now is deserted.

Fleming says: “It’s just kind of a tense situation….”Clearly, people were scared.”

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Browns bid to NFL to host draft in 2019 or 2020

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:30

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Cleveland Browns are hoping to host the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020.

The team has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to potentially host the annual three-day event. The group delivered its application to league headquarters in New York last week.

After years at Radio City Music Hall, the draft has been on the road the past few years, with stops in Chicago and Philadelphia. The league will celebrate its 100th season in 2019 and the Hall of Fame is celebrating its centennial in Canton the following year.

Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam noted the area’s rich football history make Cleveland and Canton “the ideal sites for the NFL draft due to our region’s unmatched passion and respect for football, as well as our commitment to its future and the next generation of Hall of Fame players.”

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Ballot measure could allow earlier drinks with Sunday brunch

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:18

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Businesses in Dayton want to sell liquor earlier on Sundays.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, with the help of downtown businesses, launched a campaign to support what they call the “Brunch Bill.”

The measure will appear on the November ballot for some Dayton residents and would allow some downtown businesses to begin selling liquor on Sunday at 10:00 am. Current law allows sales to begin at 11:00 am.

“Sunday Brunch is one of our busiest days of the week,” said Steve Tieber, owner of The Dublin Pub.

Liquor licenses give restaurants the ability to open up at 5:30 in the morning, six days a week. Opening up an hour earlier on Sunday would increase the opportunity for business regardless if a customer would like to have a Bloody Mary or mimosa or not. Passage of the Brunch Bill will create additional jobs, and in turn, bring people to downtown.”

The Dayton Chamber says if approved, the change would only apply to restaurants and bars located in voting precinct Dayton 1-B. That includes restaurants and bars in and around the Oregon District. Only residents living in Dayton 1-B will see the measure on the ballot this November. That includes The Cannery, Water Street, St. Clair, Cooper Place and the Biltmore Towers among others.

“The Brunch Bill is an opportunity for any restaurants currently open on Sunday morning or others that may have Sunday brunch in the future,” said Chris Kershner, vice president of public policy and economic development, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “This collaborative effort will support and contribute to our downtown Dayton residents, businesses and vibrancy. Dayton restaurant owners have invested in downtown, now it’s our turn to help them grow.”

You can learn more about the bill by going to the Dayton Chamber website.

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Meow Factor: The Felines of CatCon

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:37

CatCon 2017, a two-day festival of all things feline, returned to Southern California on August 12-13.

Photo Credit: CatCon

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Gov. to Trump: Only come to talk about healing

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:34

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he doesn’t want President Donald Trump to visit Charlottesville if the president continues using rhetoric the governor says is dividing the country.

McAuliffe said in an interview on CBS on Thursday that Trump should come to the city if he wants to discuss how the nation can heal after the deadly violence during Saturday’s white nationalist rally.

But the Democratic governor says he doesn’t want Trump to come “to continue on with the speeches he has given the last couple of days.” McAuliffe says “those speeches are dividing us.”

McAuliffe said there’s no place in the country for people who incite or encourages the hateful behavior on display last weekend. McAuliffe says “this hate speech has got to end.”

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Committee recommends eliminating residency restrictions for sex offenders

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:19

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – A proposed change to Ohio’s Criminal Code could eliminate residency restrictions for sex offenders. The Criminal Justice Recodification Committee has finished reviewing Ohio’s extensive criminal code after two years. However, not everyone agrees with some of its recommendations. The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) opposes this specific recommended change, saying it’s meant to keep children safe. Right now, sex offenders cannot live within 1,000 feet of a school, daycare center or pre-school. “They made some recommendations on a variety of bills,” said director of government affairs for the FOP Michael Weinman. “One of the most alarming is allowing the sex offenders to live anywhere.” He said the restrictions create a safe zone in areas where there’s a concentration of children. “From a police perspective you’re getting the potential offenders away from those victims,” said Weinman. State Public Defender and vice chair of the Criminal Justice Recodification Committee Tim Young said there’s no empirical data that shows these restrictions protect kids. He said residency restrictions can leave some sex offenders homeless, which can create more problems. “As soon as you destabilize someone to homelessness you’re far more likely for them to commit another crime,” said Young. “There’s a higher likelihood of crime with these restrictions than without.” He said eventually some of these offenders stop reporting to sheriffs and probation officers, leaving law enforcement without any oversight or control. “I want our government to spend money on things that are effective and if we’re spending money on this and we spend millions on this, on enforcing these restrictions, on enforcing registration requirements,” said Young. “I know that means we’re taking money away from actually making my children safe.” He said the Recodification Committee had a broad range of members including prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges and law enforcement officials. Young said they’re hopefully their recommendations will be introduced as an omnibus bill when the next legislative session begins.

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Columbus police searching for missing teen girls

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:04

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Police are searching for two teen girls after they went missing in north Columbus, Wednesday. According to the Columbus Division of Police, officers are searching for sisters Keiana and Tamira Smith after the girls were seen in a silver Chevy Sedan with unknown plates leaving  from a market in the 700 block of Weber Road. Keiana, 12, is described as a black female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds. She was last seen wearing a light grey top, purple striped yoga pants and white shoes. Tamira, 14, is 5 feet 1 inch tall and 105 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black shirt with gold embellishments, dark pants and white shoes. Police say the vehicle the girls were in had a driver and a female passenger wearing pink scrubs at the time. Anyone with information on the girls whereabouts can call the Columbus Police Missing Persons Unit at 614-645-4624.

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Powerball jackpot grows to whopping $510 million

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 08:01

ORLANDO, FL (AP) — There was no winning ticket for the Powerball jackpot on Wednesday, Aug. 16, so the jackpot will grow to $510 million.

The next Powerball jackpot drawing will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.

The winning numbers in Wednesday evening’s drawing of the Powerball game were: 09-15-43-60-64, Powerball: 4, Power Play: 3. The estimated jackpot for the drawing was $430 million.

One ticket was sold that is worth $1 million. The ticket had five winning numbers.

Six tickets were sold that are worth $50,000. These tickets had four out of five winning numbers and the Powerball number.

See the rest of the payouts below as provided by the Florida Lottery.

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5 more officials could lose licenses in school data scandal

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:58

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show five more administrators in an Ohio school district could lose their state educator licenses in connection with an investigation that found student data was falsified to improve district performance ratings.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Ohio Department of Education sent the letters Aug. 8 to the Columbus City Schools principals suspected of falsifying data. They have 30 days to request a hearing.

School district spokesman Scott Varner says the district won’t enact further penalties pending the outcome of the hearings.

The Columbus school board president declined to comment.

Ohio’s state auditor previously found the district “scrubbed” some students who hadn’t left school from attendance rolls to make the district’s performance appear better on its state report cards.

The latest notices accuse administrators of misconduct during the 2010-11 year.

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Prosecutor cites stepson’s death; pushes for drug program

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:53

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio prosecutor whose stepson died from a drug overdose a year ago is now asking county leaders to put money into a program to help addicts get into treatment more quickly.

Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson says his stepson died in 2016 despite going through a recovery program. The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green reports Dobson asked this week for the northwest Ohio county to fund a coordinator for a new quick-response program to help fight opioid addiction. The prosecutor’s office also is applying for an Ohio Attorney General’s grant that will pay $77,000 for a Wood County Sheriff’s Office deputy to work with the program. Dobson says he wasn’t placed in the office to follow his own needs, but programs like this are in the interest of the public.

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DEA “360 Program” launching in Dayton

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:35

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new program is coming to Dayton, aimed at battling the opioid epidemic.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency is using Dayton as a testing ground for its “360 Degree Strategy”.

The DEA will roll out the three-tiered strategy at the Boys & Girls Club on W. Stewart Street on Thursday morning.

The national strategy emphasizes prevention, treatment and recovery, and collaboration with law enforcement.

It’s meant to tackle the issue from all sides by cracking down on drug traffickers, raising awareness about over prescribing painkillers and building drug-free communities.

In 2016, four other cities began rolling out the strategy, including Louisville and Pittsburgh.

DEA agents say it’s too early to gauge the program’s success, but those cities are already seeing progress.

On Thursday, a DEA special agent will give more details about Dayton’s involvement in the program.

Montgomery County has been called ground zero in the opioid crisis.


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Hidden camera discovered in council chambers riles members

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:32

BELLAIRE, Ohio (AP) — A hidden camera in the chambers of an Ohio village council has riled some of the members who discovered it, but village officials say it’s there for security, not spying.

Bellaire Village Councilman Dan Brown says council members were unaware of the camera until they began searching for the source of leaks about nonpublic meetings and found a receipt for a video surveillance clock. Brown says the receipt bore the name of Village Administrator Scott Porter.

But Porter told WTOV-TV that the camera is there to monitor the council’s audience and the entry to the chambers as a security measure. He says it doesn’t record audio.

Brown says he wants the device removed and would have it destroyed if it weren’t paid for by taxpayers.

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Springfield holds rally in response to Charlottesville attack

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 07:00

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — A local community is standing in solidarity against hate groups, four days after a man plows his car through a crowd in Virginia, killing one and injuring several others. The vigil also comes in the wake of harsh criticism facing President Trump over his response to the violence.

A few hundred people gathered at the fountain in downtown Springfield, to call out groups like the KKK and white supremacists, but more importantly to bring members of the community together. At one point, everyone in the crowd joined hands as to show that Springfield doesn’t tolerate what happened in Charlottesville.

A community embracing all colors and warning those who don’t to stay away.

“There is no room in our city for you,” NAACP Chapter Springfield Denise Williams said. “There’s no room for you.”

4 days after police say 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car through a crowd of counter protesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“I couldn’t believe that was happening,” Williams said. “I couldn’t believe when I saw the torches and how they were marching through the streets that just brought back painful memories.”

That’s why Williams and other community members organized Wednesday’s rally, calling for President Trump to be swift in condemning the violence.

“I need him to call them out by name,” Williams said. “I challenge him to say Duke I rebook you. You don’t speak for me you don’t March for me as matter fact take off my hat.”

Wednesday, President Trump blamed both sides for the attack.

“I need about the contact the national NAACP,” Williams said. “I need him to sit down with the black caucus and I need him to address this at the local NAACP around the country.”

Going forward, Williams says Springfield is a strong community it won’t tolerate the hate.

“We are not a divided city,” Williams said. “We are one and we all believe the same.”

Several police officers and OSP troopers were at the vigil to protect people from an similar attacks like what happened.




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The Latest: Peaceful candlelight vigil moves through campus

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 05:46

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a memorial service for the woman killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally (all times local):

10 p.m.

Hundreds of people have gathered on the University of Virginia campus for a candlelight vigil against hate and violence days after Charlottesville erupted in chaos during a white nationalist rally.

Marchers Wednesday peacefully assembled in the same place where hundreds of torch-carrying white nationalists marched Friday, when several fights broke out. That was followed Saturday by clashes between rally attendees and those protesting them in the city’s streets.

Video feeds show the group moving slowly through campus Wednesday night before singing several spirituals and observing a moment of silence for the three lives lost during Saturday’s violence.

A memorial had been held earlier in the day for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by a car as she protested the rally. Two Virginia state troopers also died in the crash of their helicopter, which was monitoring the rally.


9:15 p.m.

Thousands of people rallying against white supremacists have marched through the streets of downtown Philadelphia.

Wednesday’s event was called the Philly is Charlottesville March and Rally. The name is a reference to Charlottesville, Virginia, where a rally of white nationalists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis over the weekend led to violent confrontations with counterprotesters and the death of a woman when a car rammed the crowd.

Organizers say they have to “boldly rebuke all forms of bigotry.”


6:20 p.m.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s changing his mind on the need to remove Confederate statues in the wake of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

McAuliffe released a statement Wednesday saying monuments of Confederate leaders have become “flashpoints for hatred, division and violence.” He’s encouraging local governments and General Assembly to take down those monuments and put them in museums.

McAuliffe had previously said he did not think the monuments needed to be removed. He joins a growing number of elected officials who have called for Confederate monuments to be removed after the violent events in Charlottesville, where white supremacists rallied against the city’s planned removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.


5:40 p.m.

In the wake of a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, says his city should consider removing or relocating its Confederate statues.

Mayor Levar Stoney’s announcement Wednesday is a reversal from a position he took earlier this year. In June, he said he thought the monuments should stay but have context added about what they represent and why they were built.

He appointed a commission to study how to do that and seek public input.

Stoney’s statement Wednesday says that effective immediately, the commission will begin considering “the removal and/or relocation of some or all” of the statues.

Richmond served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War and has five soaring Confederate monuments along a historic, prominent boulevard.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions has condemned the violent protest in Charlottesville but did not directly address President Donald Trump’s latest remarks showing sympathy for some of the demonstrators.

“In no way, we can accept or apologize for racism bigotry and violence and those kinds of things that too often arise in our country,” Sessions said at a Wednesday event in the Port of Miami.

Sessions said the FBI was moving aggressively to investigate the protests where one woman died when a car rammed into a crowd of people demonstrating against a white nationalist rally. He mistakenly referred to Charlottesville as Charlotte and did not call groups like white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazis by name.

Trump has been attacked by high-profile Republican party members for saying there were “fine people” on both sides of the protests.


4:45 p.m.

The FBI says it has set up a tip line for the public to submit photos, videos and other information regarding the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.

The FBI said Wednesday that it was setting up the tip line due to the volume of information already coming in from the public.

The Department of Justice announced earlier this week that it was opening a civil rights investigation into Saturday’s rally, in which one woman was killed after a car plowed into a group of people protesting the rally.


3:45 p.m.

A neo-Nazi website’s publisher says he he’s “effectively been completely banned from the internet” after mocking the victim of a deadly car attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia.

Andrew Anglin told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday that he is “figuring out the next step” after four domain registrars refused to service his site, The Daily Stormer, which is named after a Nazi propagandist newspaper.

GoDaddy and Google said earlier that the site violated their terms of service after Anglin mocked victim Heather Heyer and lauding her alleged killer, James Alex Fields Jr., as a “player.”

After briefly reappearing under a Russian domain name, the site was again offline Wednesday afternoon.

Anglin also said by email that San Francisco-based Cloudflare Inc., a company that protects websites from denial of service attacks, had dropped him as a customer.

A Cloudflare spokeswoman did not immediately confirm that account.

1:30 p.m.

The white supremacist website that demonized the woman killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville has found a new home: Russia.

The Daily Stormer, a site that takes its name from the Nazi propaganda newspaper Der Stürmer, reappeared early Monday with a new domain name ending in “.ru.” Access was sporadic.

The site has mocked Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a man rammed his car into a crowd of demonstrators Saturday.

The Daily Stormer website continued to receive performance and security services from San Francisco-based Cloudflare Inc.

A Cloudflare statement said the company is cooperating with law enforcement. It called some of the content on Cloudfare’s network “repugnant,” but said withdrawing its services would not remove the website from the internet, just make it slower and more vulnerable to attack.



The mother of the young woman who lost her life during violent weekend clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, says the way to truly honor Heather Heyer is to “make a difference in the world.”

Susan Bro urged about 1,000 mourners gathered inside the Paramount Theatre on Wednesday to “find in your heart that small spark of accountability.”

“You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would have done and you make it happen.”

“You take that extra step and you find a way to make a difference in the world!”

Bro said Heather’s participation in the protests against white nationalists was “not the end of her legacy.”

“It was just the beginning of Heather’s legacy.”


11:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump has tweeted for the first time about Heather Heyer, the young woman who lost her life over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump says the 32-year-old Heyer was “beautiful and incredible” and a “truly special young woman.” He says “she will be long remembered by all!”

A memorial service was taking place Wednesday in Charlottesville for Heyer, who was killed Saturday in Charlottesville during violent clashes between white nationalists protesting the pending removal of a Confederate statue and counter-demonstrators. Heyer was killed when a car rammed into the counter-protesters.

Trump told reporters Tuesday that he planned to reach out to Heyer’s family. The White House did not respond to questions Wednesday about whether Trump has contacted the family.


11:30 a.m.

The grandfather of a woman who was killed in violent protests in Charlottesville says she always wanted fairness, even from a young age.

Elwood Shrader said Wednesday at a memorial service for Heather Heyer that Heather showed her passion for equality at an early age and swiftly called out something that wasn’t right.

He says she wanted respect for everyone and believed “all lives matter,” a reference to the “Black Lives Matter” slogan that arose after several black men were killed following encounters with police.

Heyer’s father, Mark Heyer, told the approximately 1,000 people attending the memorial that Heather wanted to “put down hate.”


11:30 a.m.

Dozens of people have gathered in downtown Charlottesville outside a memorial service to the woman who was killed while protesting white nationalists, but there was no sign of any of the nationalists themselves, despite their pledge to attend.

Residents with young children, clergy members in robes and people walking their dogs were among those seen around the mall, where Virginia state police troopers were posted.


10:50 a.m.

Inside the theater where mourners are gathering for a memorial service, a slide show is playing on a large screen showing a variety of photos of Heather Heyer smiling with friends.

The 32-year-old was killed over the weekend during a protest in Virginia that turned violent.

Outside, the theater’s marquee carried the message “C’Ville Strong,” a reference to Charlottesville where the rally took place on Saturday.

The service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.


10:10 a.m.

People are lining up at a historic theater to attend a memorial service for 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was killed over the weekend during a protest in Virginia that turned violent.

The line started forming more than 90 minutes on Wednesday before the service at the Paramount theater in Charlottesville.

About a half dozen police stood in front of the theater. Other officers stood in front of shops across a brick promenade.

Outside the theater, several people who came to show support for Heyer brought shields with purple covers. Purple was Heyer’s favorite color. They stood quietly, with helmets wrapped in pink with a heart drawn on them and baseball bats.

The scene outside the theater was quiet about an hour before the service was expected to start. Someone played a saxophone. One of the tunes was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

The theater, which seats roughly 1,000 people, is a short walk away from the street where a man plowed into a crowd of peaceful protesters on Saturday. The crash killed Heyer and injured 19.


3:25 a.m.

Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Wednesday to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally.

A memorial service for Heather Heyer is scheduled Wednesday morning at a downtown Charlottesville theater. Attendees were asked to wear purple, Heyer’s favorite color, in her memory.

The 32-year-old was a Charlottesville resident and legal assistant. Heyer’s mother described her daughter as a courageous, principled woman and firm believer in justice and equality.

The man accused of driving the car that slammed into the crowd has been charged with second-degree murder in her death.

Charlottesville Police Chief Al Thomas said this week that his department is working with Heyer’s family to ensure the safety of those at vigils and other memorials.

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Woman killed in Springfield crash identified

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 04:11

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — The woman killed in a crash in Springfield on Wednesday night has been identified.

Springfield Police say the woman killed was 41-year-old Elizabeth Brightman from Columbus.

The crash happened around 8:15 p.m. Wednesday night on U.S. 40 near Titus Road.

The car that hit and killed a woman on U.S. 40 in Springfield. Police say Brightman parked her car on the side of the road and they believe the flashers on her car were turned on. As she was getting out of her car, another car swerved and hit her. Investigators aren’t sure why Brightman was parked on that stretch of U.S. 40. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car that hit Brightman stopped and cooperated with authorities. The 23-year-old woman consented to a drug test and alcohol test. Police say they do not believe these were a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation.

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Operation Football preview: Marion Local Flyers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:42

MARIA STEIN (WDTN) – After winning state championships in 5 of the last 6 seasons, including last years D-VI title, Marion Local is young, but maintains the same expectations.

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Do companies have the right to fire Charlottesville protester

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:27

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A South Carolina man was fired after a photo showed him standing next to suspected killer James Alex Fields at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville.  Sparking questions about freedom of speech.

Social media users are coming together to expose Charlottesville white nationalist protester by creating controversial pages to make sure employers, friends, and neighbors know their names.

According to Employment attorney Jeffrey Silverstein, Ohio is an “at will employment” state.  Giving employers the right to fire anyone for any reason, so long as it’s not based on age, gender, races, religion and other protected classes.  He goes on to say having a contract or collective bargaining agreement is in place could also provide some job security.

“You have a right to free speech and that’s under the First Amendment.  People mistakenly assume they have a right to free speech when it comes to their employers and they don’t.  Free speech is based upon government interference with your speech but a private corporation is not the government,” Silverstein said.

When asked would this be the case if someone attended a Black Lives Matter or Pride rally he said it’s not the same, because of discrimination protections.

“If you speak publicly in a way or ideologically in the way that your employer feels brings negative perceptions about your business and you are associated with that business, I think they have a right to fire you, because you are sending a bad example,” Silverstein said.

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