Akron hospital evacuated after 3-alarm fire

Published: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 9:03 AM

A 3-alarm blaze caused the partial evacuation of an Akron hospital early Friday morning.

According to Akron Fire Department, firefighters were called to Summa St. Thomas Hospital around 6:30 a.m.  According to WOIO, the fire originated from plastic materials in the storage area.  Reports say some patients and employees were evacuated while others were relocated to safe parts of the building.

There were no injuries reported in the fire.

Pregnant woman killed by stray bullet near area popular with recreational shooters

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 4:20 AM

File photo. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Robert Laberge/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)(Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Kami Gilstrap, 24, who was struck by a stray bullet during a family outing in Arizona’s Buckeye desert on Jan. 14, has died from her injuries.

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Friends told AZFamily.com that Gilstrap was the wife of an airman stationed at Luke Air Force Base, and she had just learned she was pregnant with their first child.

Buckeye is an area popular with recreational shooters, Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall told reporters. He said both the Buckeye Police Department and the Bureau of Land Management had officers in the area because of the high number of people out shooting.

“There’s tons of ricochets. And our incident from yesterday was an indication that the round that was fired at our victim, yesterday, came from a completely different direction than where everybody’s firing right now. There are no regulations out here,” Hall said.

Police said there were hundreds of people out shooting Jan. 14.

Gilstrap was shot in the chest around 2 p.m. A pickup truck sped to a group of officers with Gilstrap in the bed; a group of people performed chest compressions on her in an effort to deliver emergency first aid. Witnesses told the officers they heard three distinct shots but didn’t know where they came from. One of the bullets lodged in Gilstrap’s chest. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but she died Jan. 15.

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Hall said the area is filled with trash and debris, which makes it easy for bullets to ricochet and hit another shooter.

“And that’s where this whole situation out here is absolutely dangerous,” Hall said. “I would never bring my family out here, and I’d never bring my friends out here.”

Hall said investigators have not been able to pinpoint the shooter.

“The biggest challenge we’re facing in this investigation right now is that there are hundreds of shooters out here, and there were hundreds of shooters just south of where the incident occurred, which is a 1-mile stretch of area,” Hall said. “In trying to determine trajectory, and actually the round that hit her, it’s gonna be a very challenging investigation at this point.”

Others who frequent the Buckeye desert were shocked but not surprised that something like this happened.

“It’s something that would have been a matter of time, not if, but when it was going to happen,” said Hector Guzman, who has gone target shooting in the desert a few times.

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Springfield man accused of attempted murder allegedly gave fake name

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:08 PM


            Dantez Craigmiles
Dantez Craigmiles

A Springfield man accused of attempted murder for a 2016 shooting on Race Street allegedly gave police officers a fake name to avoid charges, according to a police report.

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Dantez Craigmiles, 33, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and falisfication in the Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning. Bond was set at $500,000.

On Nov. 1 of 2016, around 11:50 p.m. officers and medics were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of South Race Street on a report of a man being shot.

Craigmiles allegedly entered the home without permission and pointed a gun at two witnesses, according to a police report. A man then came out of the bedroom and punched Craigmiles, who shot the man, Kenneth Adams in the chest, the report said. As the man fell to the ground, the suspect walked over and stood over top of Mr. Adams and fired another shot, striking him in the left side of his head, according to the report.

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At about 7:45 p.m. Monday, police stopped a vehicle after it had turned the wrong way onto a one-way street. The passenger in the vehicle identified himself as “Jay Bellew,” but dispatch could not find the name in records. The man allegedly also gave his birthdate at “11-6-7-91,” the report said. However, officers were able to identify Craigmiles with pictures and a list of his known tattoos.

While being taken into custody, officers found four bundles of an unknown off-white substance and an unlabeled pill bottle containing 30 Ambien pills in his jacket pocket, the report said. The drugs were sent to the lab for testing, according to the report.

Craigmiles was placed in the Clark County Jail.

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No easy road to a deal in Congress on DACA, Dreamers, and immigration

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 11:00 PM

The White House on Tuesday staked out a hard line on immigration negotiations in the Congress, as lawmakers in both parties tried to sort out how best to reach an agreement by February 8 to deal with nearly 700,000 thousand illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, under the Obama Administration’s DACA program.

“I’d like to leave no doubt as to where the President stands on the Flake-Graham-Durbin agreement on immigration reform,” said White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, referring to a bipartisan DACA plan worked out by six Senators last week.

“In short, it is totally unacceptable to the President, and should be declared ‘dead on arrival,” Sanders declared.

Sanders said Mr. Trump is ready to accept a deal on illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” but only if there are real efforts on border security, an end to the diversity visa lottery, and an end to so-called chain migration.

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On Capitol Hill, where members were moving on past a three-day government shutdown, which was forced in part by an impasse over DACA, there were no indications that an immigration deal was near.

“We must finally pass a bill to protect the Dreamers,” said Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer, who won the assurance of Republicans that if no deal could be struck on immigration by February 8, then the matter would be brought to the Senate floor for a full debate.

“The clock is ticking,” Schumer said Wednesday on the Senate floor. “Sixteen days. We’ve got to get moving.”

But as Schumer was making that statement, news organizations were reporting that he had rescinded an earlier offer to the President, in which Democrats said they would back money for a border wall, in exchange for DACA protections for the Dreamers.

Democrats also acknowledged that to get a bill through the Senate, they will need 60 votes to overcome any filibuster – and that means they will have to compromise with Republicans, and likely give in on some immigration matters.

One uncertainty at this point is how DACA recipients should be dealt with.

Under the bipartisan plan which has already been rejected by the White House, the “Dreamers” would have a path to citizenship – but it would take them 12 years to get to that point.

But for a lot of Republicans – especially in the House – any pathway to possible citizenship is a non-starter, as many GOP lawmakers say will not accept anything that looks like “amnesty.”

“There is a deal to be made,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) of immigration. “But in my mind, that would not include amnesty.”

“I think it would be a serious mistake for us to pass an amnesty bill, providing amnesty and a path to citizenship, for millions of people who are here illegally,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“I think that would be an enormous mistake,” Cruz added.

Under a Republican immigration plan that’s been unveiled in the House, DACA recipients would have no path to citizenship – instead, they would be eligible for a renewable three year legal status to stay in the United States.

To many Democrats, ideas like that are a non-starter as well.

Making negotiations somewhat more difficult is that it’s not clear exactly what the President would accept on illegal immigrant “Dreamers” – it was described Tuesday only as a ‘permanent solution’ to DACA – it’s not clear if that means citizenship, a permanent legal status, or a temporary one.

On the other side, the President has made clear that he wants money – maybe as much as $20 billion in 2018 – just to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Sen. Schumer said he had offered that to the President late last week, but on Tuesday, the Senate Democratic Leader made clear that offer was no longer valid.

While Schumer has a promise for a debate on the Senate floor if no deal is reached, there is no guarantee that the House would even vote for an immigration bill approved by the Senate.

Two weeks ago, the President said he was ready ‘to take the heat’ for lawmakers on immigration and broader immigration reform, and basically said whatever deal they could make in Congress, he would sign that package into law.

But that changed after the intervention of more conservative Republicans in Congress, and some top White House aides.

The deadline for action set by the President on DACA is March 5.

 

Ricky Skaggs to play Miamisburg bicentennial this spring

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 12:37 AM

Ricky Skaggs (October 2012 photo)
Ricky Skaggs (October 2012 photo)

Multiple Grammy Award-winner Ricky Skaggs will perform as part of Miamisburg's bicentennial celebration in June.

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The performance will be the centerpiece of a weeklong celebration of Miamisburg's 200th birthday, according to the bicentennial committee. 

Skaggs has won seven Grammys, including five for best bluegrass album.