After 4 days, Caesar Creek Lake beach advisory for E. coli lifted

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:29 PM


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The water advisory for an E. coli contamination at Caesar Creek has been lifted just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

A spokesman for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources told this news organization that samples came back and showed no elevated levels of bacteria. The advisory was initially issued after samples were taken on Monday at 8 a.m. at the beach at Caesar Creek Lake, according to the Ohio Health Department.

» RELATED: Water advisory issued at Caesar Creek for E. coli contamination

The samples on Monday showed a result of 3840 cfu/100 ml, or colony forming units per 100 milliliters of water. That value exceeds the Ohio Water Quality recommendations for public beaches of 235 colonies of E. coli per 100 milliliters of water.

The water quality is monitored throughout swim season for algae and bacteria from May through September. In 2016, Caesar Creek had two advisories — one that lasted a week and another that lasted only two days. In the past five years, the longest contamination advisory was back in 2013, which lasted 27 days. That advisory was for high bacteria levels, and the pollution source was unknown.

Woman caught snorting cocaine in parent pickup line at school, police say

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

Christina Hester
Lee County Sheriff's Office
Christina Hester(Lee County Sheriff's Office)

A Florida woman was arrested Tuesday after a school resource officer at a Fort Myers middle school spotted her snorting cocaine as she sat in the parent pickup line at the school, police said. 

WBBH reported that Christina Hester, 39, of Fort Myers, was sitting in her car when a school resource officer, who was standing near a second-floor window, saw her using what appeared to be a credit card to chop up a white substance on the back of her cellphone case. The officer said he then saw her use a straw to snort the substance.

The SRO, who is also a Lee County sheriff’s deputy, asked Hester to come to his office until school dismissal was over, according to WFTX in Cape Coral. At that point, he got her purse out of her car and performed a field test on the substance, which indicated it was cocaine. 

The baggie of cocaine weighed about half a gram, the news station reported

Lee County jail records show that Hester was booked on charges of felony cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a misdemeanor. Her bond was set at $6,500. 

She was released after posting bond. 

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Parents and students at Lexington Middle were equally shocked by the arrest. 

“She’s responsible for other people’s lives, and she’s driving a car where my kids are walking, and other kids,” parent Katie Lindsay told WBBH. “Just (a) lack of responsibility.”

Sara Millican, 13, told WFTX that the incident was “crazy.”

“People come to school to learn, and not to see people doing drugs in their cars,” Sara told the news station. “Like, why would anyone do that? Especially when there’s kids of all ages here.”

It was not immediately clear if Hester is the parent of a child or children at the school. 

Trump slams Lindsey Graham, media over Charlottesville backlash

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7:15 AM

Watch - President Trump Says "Blame on Both Sides, I Wait for Facts"

Update:  Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to President Donald Trump’s tweets Thursday morning.

Graham, also using Twitter as a forum, has challenged the president, saying, “Mr. President, like most I seek to move our nation, my state and our party forward - toward the light - not back to the darkness.”

Original story: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Thursday to respond to the backlash over his comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, slamming Sen. Lindsey Graham and the media.

>> Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville

"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists ... and people like Ms. Heyer," he wrote, referring to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed Saturday while protesting the white supremacist Unite the Right rally. "Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember!"

Trump added: "The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!"

On Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., issued the following statement:

"Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville. Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them," Graham said, according to CNN. "Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer."

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In a news conference Tuesday, Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence.

“You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists," he said. "The press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”

He added: "You also had some very fine people on both sides."

Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated: What we know now

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:28 AM


            A state board’s decision about the future of Premium Mortuary Services, a Carlisle crematory, is expected to be announced next week. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
A state board’s decision about the future of Premium Mortuary Services, a Carlisle crematory, is expected to be announced next week. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The future of a Carlisle crematory that had its license revoked earlier this month will be announced next week, this news outlet has just learned from state officials.

MORE: 5 disturbing finds at Carlisle crematory where bodies not refrigerated

Here’s what we know now:

1. State board’s decision expected Wednesday

Representatives from the Crematory Review Board met with William Liston, owner of Premium Mortuary Services, last week.

The results of that hearing will be announced Wednesday at the next Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors meeting in Columbus, according to Jon Rettig, president of the board.

MORE: Carlisle crematory’s license revoked after inspection finds bodies not refrigerated

2. Crematory’s license still revoked

The Carlisle crematory had its license revoked earlier this month by the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors after it found 15 violations, including that the business failed to keep seven deceased human bodies, not yet embalmed, inside a working refrigerator.

MORE: Middletown cemetery official: ‘No excuse’ for violations alleged at Carlisle crematory

3. Family takes legal action

At least one family whose loved one was at the crematory has said Premium Mortuary Services should permanently lose its license.

It’s hay fever season in Southwest Ohio: 5 things you need to know

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 9:14 AM

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The end of spring doesn’t mean your allergy struggles are over. Southwest Ohio is gearing up for another season of high pollen.

Ragweed allergen levels will be high, starting this week and could continue to be a problem for allergy sufferers until mid-October, according to local allergy experts. Pollen counts in the Miami Valley will be higher this week, and top allergens include ragweed, grasses and dock, according to pollen.com.

Here’s what to know about the high pollen counts:

1. HOW LONG DOES THE SEASON LAST? Dr. Arturo Bonnin of the Allergy and Asthma Centre of Dayton said ragweed season started this week and will continue through October. If the temperature stays warmer throughout the fall, the pollen season will last even longer. People who are allergic to ragweed or suffer from asthma should avoid outdoor activities and should keep their windows closed in their homes and their cars.

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2. WHAT IS RAGWEED?

There are 17 species of ragweed in the U.S., and the weeds grow in most regions — producing a fine-power pollen when they bloom from August through as late as November, according to the ACAAI. There are more than 67 million Americans suffering from different allergies every day.

3. HOW MANY PEOPLE SUFFER FROM HAY FEVER?

Ragweed reaches peak levels in mid-September, and this type of pollen can cause seasonal allergic rhinitis — otherwise known as hay fever. Hay fever impacts up to 23 million Americans each year, and symptoms include sneezing, runny nose and itchy throat or eyes, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

» RELATED: Spring allergy season hits hard, early

4. WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE DO IF THEIR CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING FROM ALLERGIES?

The fall allergy season starts as students head back to school for the year. ACAAI officials advise that parents make sure their children have their allergies and asthma under control before sending them off to school, which includes securing medicine, inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors for their classrooms.

5. WHAT SHOULD SCHOOLS DO? 

“Keeping allergies and asthma under control during the school year is a huge challenge,” said allergist Stephen Tilles, president of the ACAAI. “If you plan in advance, and understand the school’s procedures that are in place to keep your child healthy, you’re ahead of the game. Remember to keep communication with the school open, and work with your child to know their triggers. If you do, you’ll be off to a great start to the school year.”

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