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Operation Football preview: Twin Valley South Panthers

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:37

WEST ALEXANDRIA (WDTN) – Clint Bartlett enters his second year at Twin Valley South looking to lead the Panthers to a winning season.

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Dragons blast 3 home runs in 7-0 win over Whitecaps

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:26

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons belted three home runs and four Dragons pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout as Dayton defeated West Michigan 7-0 on Wednesday night.  The Dragons have won two-of-three so far in the four-game series that concludes on Thursday.

Taylor Trammell, Hector Vargas, and Cassidy Brown each connected on home runs and the Dragons collected 11 hits, their most in a game since July 20.

Meanwhile, Scott Moss, Joel Kuhnel, Aaron Fossas, and Carlos Machorro combined to keep the Whitecaps off the board.  It was the Dragons first shutout win since June 28 at West Michigan.

The Dragons took a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jose Siri reached on a bunt single and Trammell connected on a home run to left-center field.  The homer was Trammell’s second in the last two nights and his 11th of the year.

In the bottom of the fourth, Vargas led off with his sixth home run of the season to make it 3-0.  One batter later, Malik Collymore doubled to center, went to third on an error, and scored on Michael Beltre’s single to right to make it 4-0.

One inning later, Brown blasted a three-run home run to left field to extend the Dragons lead to 7-0.  It was Brown’s third homer of the year.

Moss (12-6), the Dragons starting pitcher, fired five shutout innings to earn the win and move into a tie for the league lead in victories.  He allowed three hits with two walks and five strikeouts as he increased his league-leading total to 140.  Kuhnel worked two innings, Fossas tossed the eighth, and Machorro pitched the ninth.

Up Next:  The Dragons (16-36, 57-65) close out the series against West Michigan (36-15, 81-37) at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night at 7:00.  Tony Santillan (6-7, 3.64) will start for the Dragons against West Michigan’s Anthony Castro (9-4, 2.70).  The Dragons will try to hand West Michigan their first series loss of the second half.

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Operation Football preview: Piqua Indians

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:19

PIQUA (WDTN) – After missing out on the playoffs in heartbreaking fashion last year, the Piqua Indians are highly motivated to get the postseason in 2017.

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Operation Football preview: Troy Trojans

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 22:05

TROY (WDTN) – The Troy Trojans are looking to build off last year’s playoff run.  Watch the preview!

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City removes historical monument from Right-of-Way

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 20:01

FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – A monument dedicated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy was removed overnight.

The City of Franklin removed the monument and landmark because they say a recent review showed the marker to be in the right-of-way for Dixie Highway.

The City said the monument is intact.

The Robert E. Lee Dixie Highway Monument was built in 1927 and has been a landmark for over six decades.

City officials also said they did not know the monument was is in the city’s Right of Way, which means an object in “right of ways must remain clear to avoid the creation of a public safety hazard.”

According to a press release, the city gave the following statement:

“Shortly after Franklin Township officials announced earlier today that the monument would remain; the city was notified that a review of the site indicates that the monument is located within the city’s Right of Way for Dixie Highway. Dixie Highway was a court appointment annexation that occurred in the mid 1990’s, placing the roadway exclusively within the municipality of Franklin. This land, and the monument itself, was in Franklin Township’s control for six decades.”

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Woman wins $1.6 million inside the Las Vegas airport

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:58

LAS VEGAS, NV (WCMH) — A California woman is going home $1.6 million richer after hitting the jackpot on an airport slot machine.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas reports Sandra A. Dublin won the prize playing a Wheel of Fortune slot machine Tuesday in the airport’s C concourse.

She says she travels to Las Vegas twice a year for pleasure and always gambles.


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Woman says she bit into needle tip in a McDonald’s hamburger

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:21

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Officials in Kentucky are investigating a McDonald’s after a woman reported finding a needle tip in her hamburger.

News outlets report the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department investigated the restaurant Monday.

The woman’s stepdaughter, Erin Spellman, posted a Facebook photo of the needle tip and a warning about the restaurant. Spellman says her 5-year-old son and his grandparents were eating at the McDonald’s when her stepmother bit into the needle tip. She says they had to visit the hospital to get a hepatitis B vaccination and antibiotics.

Health department spokesman Kevin Hall says a health inspector visited the restaurant, surveyed hamburger ingredients and found no evidence of burger contamination.

The restaurant’s owner, Denise Long, says the restaurant takes the allegation seriously and is working to verify facts. The McDonald’s remains open.

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CDC: Teen overdose deaths on the rise

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:07

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Teen overdose deaths are back on the rise, according to a new study by the Center for Disease Control.

A local drug counselor said the rise in teen overdose deaths could be linked to the increase in more lethal drugs – like fentanyl and carfentanyl which dealers often mix with substances like heroin and even marijuana.

Jill Sokolnicki, a counselor at South Community –  a behavioral healthcare facility – said: “It is like Russian roulette. You don’t know what you’re getting.”

The CDC found that the death rate among people between the ages of 15 and 19, increased by 15 percent in 2015, after falling steadily for seven years.

Overdose deaths have remained a public health challenge across the nation, but especially in Montgomery County.

Dayton is now one of four cities where the Drug Enforcement Agency is introducing a new 360 program to tackle the problem from all angles.

The DEA will roll out the program alongside the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, tomorrow.

Sokolnicki said the new data from the CDC is a concern but drug use among teens, isn’t exactly new. She said the rise in deaths can be attributed to stronger and more lethal drugs.

“We’ve always known that teens can use drugs and do use drugs,” Sokolnicki said. “But now we’re talking about kids getting into opiates and of course they have even less tolerance than their counterparts in the adult population so they’re probably even more prone to dying of an overdose.”

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NAFTA critics say agreement pushed jobs from Midwest to Mexico

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 18:03

WASHINGTON (WDTN) – The U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, stated President Trump’s position on the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA.

“He is not interested in a mere tweaking a few provisions and a couple of updated chapters. We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many many Americans and needs major improvement,” said Lighthizer.

Mexico, Canada and the Unites States say NAFTA needs to reflect technology changes, like e-commerce.

NAFTA critics argue the free trade agreement has pushed Midwest manufacturing jobs to Mexico where companies can find cheaper labor and then ship their products back to the United States.

Celeste Drake, a global trade expert, said to protect Midwest jobs, NAFTA 2.0 needs to include labor and environmental standards that boost wages in Mexico.

“It’s helping to level the playing field, so it’s not such a draw for employers to go there to easily exploit workers, middle class,” said Drake.

In a USA Today op-ed ahead of the negotiations, Senator Sherrod Brown wrote in part, “American jobs shouldn’t be up for negotiation…by putting workers ahead of corporations…we can create the best possible deal for workers in all three countries.”

Chris Wilson with the Wilson Center a non-partisan policy center, said millions of American jobs now depend on trade with Canada and Mexico.

“You’d start to put those jobs at risk if you simply get rid of the agreement,” said Wilson.

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Congressman Turner reflects on 1994 KKK rally in Courthouse Square

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:35

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local leaders, including Congressman Mike Turner, are standing in solidarity against the recent attack in Charlottesville.

Flashback to 1994 and Courthouse Square was the site of a KKK rally, where 2 people attended. This was the one of the first and the very last time the KKK came to the Dayton area.

The rally sparked a controversy, and a response from civil leaders who banded together and washed Courthouse Square after the KKK left. They wanted to cleanse the area of evil. Businesses donated mops and supplies to help with the effort.

Wednesday, Republican Congressman Mike Turner and some civil rights leaders held a news conference telling that same story while showing their solidarity against the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this past weekend.

Congressman Turner spoke about Trump, critizing him for his response to the violence.

“I would like to see some clarity from the president,” Congressman Turner said. “I was a Mayor of the City of Dayton in the 1990s and it was clear. This needs to be clear for the president. You can’t pull the country together if things aren’t clear. Evil is evil and there is nothing good about it.”



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Canadian woman finds lost engagement ring on growing carrot 13 years later

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 17:02

ALBERTA, Canada (NBC News) — When a Canadian woman lost her diamond engagement ring in the garden 13 years ago, she thought it was gone for good.

But this week it was found on a carrot, plucked from the soil on the family farm.

Mary Grams, 84, said she thinks she lost the ring while pulling a large weed from the garden in September 2004.

“I went to the garden for something and then I don’t know I seen this big, big weed and I don’t know why I had to pull it. I should have left it or at least pulled with my right hand. It must have got caught in here somewhere and pulled the ring off and I still can’t figure out the big knuckle it got over it somehow,” said Grams.

Grams has had the ring since 1951, a year before she married her husband.

After it was lost she quickly replaced it.

Her daughter-in-law was the one who pulled the lucky carrot from the ground.

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Ohio Sec. State announces business creation can now be done completely online

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:34

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Quicker, easier, faster, are all ways to describe how people can start their own business in Ohio, according to Secretary of State Jon Husted.

Husted’s office announced today that 100% of what is needed to file a business with the Secretary of State can now be done online for the first time.

The cutting of red tape comes as part of an effort by Husted to make things more efficient for entrepreneurs to reach their goals.

“By putting it online, we made it so much easier to start a business,” said Husted. “Since doing so, we’ve set records every year for the number of new business starts in Ohio.”

Since 2013, Husted says nearly 275,000 businesses have filed with his office, more than 70,000 in 2017 alone.

All of this follows the pattern Husted has had for working with businesses in Ohio.

Two years ago, the Secretary of State reduced the cost to start a business by 21% saving businesses more than an estimated $4.5 million.

Husted says his work on this matter is just a small part of what needs to be done at all levels of government to prepare the state for the future.

“The world, the economy, is going to change in an alarming pace,” said Husted. “The states that are prepared for it are the ones that are going to win, and the ones that aren’t will fall behind.”

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First human case of West Nile virus in Ohio for 2017 confirmed

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:18

CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (WLWT) — Ohio’s first human West Nile virus case in 2017 has been confirmed in a Clermont County man, officials with the Ohio Department of Health said. A 44-year-old man from Clermont County is recovering from the West Nile virus infection and did not require hospitalization, health officials said. This year, 29 Ohio counties have reported West Nile virus activity in mosquitoes collected as part of statewide surveillance. Last year, ODH reported 17 human West Nile virus cases. The primary way people get West Nile virus is through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus do not have any symptoms. About one in five people who become infected develop a fever with other symptoms, such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash. For more information about the West Nile Virus, click here to visit the Ohio Department of Health website.

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Medical center hosted hiring event Wednesday

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:47

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  One medical center in the Miami Valley hosted a hiring event Wednesday.

Grandview Medical Center held the event at the hospital located at 405 West Grand Avenue from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The hospital is looking to fill several open full-time, part-time and resource positions at different hospitals through the Kettering Health Network.

Here is a list of position the hospital is looking to fill:

  • Environmental service workers
  • Culinary associates
  • Admitting representatives
  • State tested nursing assistant (STNAs) – certified or enrolled in a program

Here is a list of openings at the following hospitals:

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Downtown Dayton businesses push for earlier liquor laws with “Brunch Bill”

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:08

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Some Dayton bars and restaurants are hoping to start pouring Sunday drinks an hour earlier. Wednesday, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce launched its campaign in support of a so-called “Brunch Bill.”

The measure was initiated by several restaurants in Dayton’s Oregon District, when business owners approached the chamber to help expanding Sunday brunch hours.

Currently, city liquor laws don’t allow alcohol sales until 11:00 A.M. on Sundays, though Ohio state law permits liquor sales as early as 10:00 A.M. Business owners are proposing a change to match the earlier start time.

The proposal only applies to Dayton’s voting district 1-B, including popular watering holes in the Oregon District and extending north into downtown.

A group of 15 bars and restaurants supporting the measure formed the “Brunch Bill Coalition.”

The owner of The Dublin Pub, Steve Tieber, is chairing the coalition. He said Sunday brunch is one of the pub’s busiest days of the week.

Blind Joe’s bartender Josh Goldman agreed.

“There’s a line out the door, every Sunday,” Goldman said.”

Blind Joe’s opens at 11:00 A.M. on Sundays, but Goldman said if the “Brunch Bill” passed, it could stimulate business.

“Anything that helps people get down here is good for business,” he said. “So if that includes letting them drink an hour earlier or an hour later or whatever, I think that’s great. People will be down here. If there’s something to be utilized, people will.”

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce saw little resistance to the proposal when it was seeking petition signatures to send to the Board of Elections. Chamber president and CEO Phil Parker believes the bill could capitalize on the current brunch rush and attract new patrons to downtown.

“We really enjoy them coming to our downtown,” Parker said. “We want them to take advantage of every opportunity, and that might be recreational or entertainment. This is just one more of those opportunities that says, ‘Well, why not (come downtown).”

Only residents living in Dayton 1-B will see the measure on the ballot on November 7th. That includes The Cannery, Water Street, St. Clair, Cooper Place and the Biltmore Towers, among others.

You can find a map of the precinct here. You can find more information from the chamber here.    

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School to close for solar eclipse

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:53

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  One school in the Miami Valley will be closed Monday, August 21.

Dayton Christian School announced Wednesday there will be no school August 21 due to health and safety concerns for its students during the solar eclipse.

School officials said the reason they chose to close school for the day is because the youngest students would be lining up to leave school at the peak time of the eclipse.

“The solar eclipse is a spectacular phenomenon, but one that can be extremely dangerous to those who watch it without protective eyewear,” said John Gredy, Ed.D., head of school. “After much deliberation and discussion of our options, our leadership team decided the use of a calamity day was the wisest decision for the safety of our student body.”

School officials said they thought about having an early dismissal day Tuesday but found out it would be difficult for students to find a way home. The school also bought safety glasses for the students but found out those specific glasses were recalled.

The school said it will reopen at 4:00 p.m. Monday for evening activities.

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Man noticed 500 pound yard statue was missing

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:16

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  A man called Dayton Police Tuesday after he noticed his 500 pound concrete gargoyle statue was stolen.

Police were dispatched to the 3200 block of E Third Street around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday.

The man told police statue is red and blue, is approximately four and a half feet tall and the last time he saw it was around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the police report, a neighbor told the man he saw three guys load the statue into a white ford bronco.

Police are still investigating this case.



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6 Must-Have Apps for Pet Owners

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:11

Caring for you pet has never been easier and more enjoyable. From finding a pet sitter and setting up play dates to handling medical emergencies and training your pet, there’s an app for that. Whether your looking to better fulfill your pets needs or find resources to help you with yours, these free pets apps have you covered.

Photo Credit: ASPCA

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Beth Stern, Katie Lee Talk Clear the Shelters and ‘Pethood’

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:09


Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help animals in need finding loving homes, will take place on Saturday, August 19.

This year’s event hosts, celebrity chef Katie Lee and Beth Stern, stopped by the “Today Show” to talk about the initiative.  

They also brought along a few rescues from North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York, who are in need of forever homes. Stern advised potential pet parents to assess their lifestyle before going through with an adoption, noting “pethood is hard.”     This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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Cedar Point announces new roller coaster ‘Steel Vengeance’

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 13:04

SANDUSKY, OH (WCMH) — Cedar Point has announced its newest roller coaster, “Steel Vengeance.”

According to the theme park, the coaster will be 205 feet high and feature a 90-degree initial drop 200 feet down to the earth, almost 30 seconds of airtime (the most on any roller coaster on Earth), 4 head-over-boots inversions, ricocheting movements left-to-right, up-to-down and side to side.

The entire ride will be about two minutes and 30 seconds long and reach speeds of up to 74mph.

The coaster is expected to be completed in 2018 and will hold several world records, according to the park, inlcuding:

1. World’s tallest hybrid roller coaster (205 feet tall)
2. World’s fastest hybrid roller coaster (74 miles per hour)
3. World’s steepest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (90 degrees)
4. World’s longest drop on a hybrid roller coaster (200 feet)
5. World’s longest hybrid roller coaster (5,740 feet)
6. Most inversions on a hybrid roller coaster (4)
7. Fastest airtime hill on a hybrid roller coaster (73 mph)
8. Most airtime on a hybrid roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
9. Most airtime on any roller coaster (27.2 seconds)
10. World’s first “hyper-hybrid” roller coaster


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