Area ‘no-kill’ animal shelter criticized for killing 7 dogs

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Richmond 'no-kill' shelter kills 7 dogs

A no-kill animal shelter in Indiana admits it has killed over 50 animals in the last five years, including seven healthy dogs this month.

The board at HELP the Animals Inc. has recently placed its shelter manager on administrative leave, and two of its board members have resigned following backlash from seven healthy dogs being killed, reports News Center 7’s John Bedell.

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“We want to take responsibility for what happened. And most of all, we want to improve our practices and move forward,” the board wrote in a letter posted to its website this week.

HELP the Animals Inc. has a policy to euthanize any critically sick cats and dogs, as well any animals that are considered dangerous to the public. 

The shelter’s board president told media outlets this week the seven dogs were killed due to be aggressive and biting staff.

John Bedell is in Richmond today and will have the latest on this story starting at 5 p.m. on WHIO-TV.

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The shelter said a total of 19 dogs have been killed due to being “bite risks,” and another 33 were too critically ill and were put down, since 2012. 

The Palladium-Item in Richmond has reported the shelter’s director was fired, but the shelter listed on its website a manager was placed on leave. 

“The board is reviewing all our of procedures including the in-take of animals, rehabilitation practices and end-of-life decisions,” the board’s letter continued.

Crews continue to battle fire at wood production company in Camden

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:15 AM

SCENE: Fire destroys barn in Preble County

UPDATE @ 5:55 a.m: Fire crews are still on scene of a barn fire that occurred at Precision Wood Products in Camden Monday morning.

The fire was reported around 3:50 a.m. in the 2400 block of Aukerman Creek Road as fully involved, prompting multiple area fire departments to respond.

No word on what caused the fire or what damage estimates will be, but the barn appears to be a total loss as crews are tearing it down. 

Officials continue to investigate the incident. 

INITIAL REPORT

There is a reported structure fire in the 2400 block of Aukerman Creek Road that occurred early Monday morning, per initial reports. 

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The incident was reported as a barn fire around 3:50 a.m. and multiple mutual aid has been requested.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story as additional details become available. 

Power restored, Ohio 571 closed after corn silo collapse in New Carlisle

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:44 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:46 AM

SCENE: Explosion reported at New Carlisle grain bin

UPDATE @ 4:55 a.m: Power is steadily being restored in Clark County with only a reported 15 customers experiencing an outage.

Power was cut off as a safety measure after a corn silo collapsed Sunday night prompting crews to investigate the building. 

UPDATE @ 3:35 a.m: Over 300 customers are without power in Clark County after a corn silo collapse caused crews to cut the power in order to investigate the incident.

The collapse occurred late Sunday night at Miami Valley Feed & Grain around 11:40 p.m. 

Crews will be working all night into tomorrow and there’s no word on how long the outage will have customers without power. 

We will monitor the DP&L outage map and continue to update the story.

INITIAL REPORT

Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) will be closed while officials continue to investigate what caused a non-injury silo collapse Sunday night.

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Crews were initially called to Miami Valley Feed & Grain at 880 W. Jefferson St. around 11:40 p.m. on reports of an explosion.

After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that one silo collapsed, rather than exploded, and partially damaged another building as well as caused 10,000 tons of corn to cover Ohio 571.

“What residents heard when they thought they heard explosions were the transformers blowing when the debris hit them”, said Steve Trusty, Chief of New Carlisle Fire Department. 

Officials do not believe anyone is trapped as a result of the collapse, as the company said no employees were on site at the time but will further investigate the building to confirm.

The silo collapse took out at least three power poles and power lines, which caused a brief power outage that has since been restored to all area residents.

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Crews will be on scene all night until midday tomorrow while they continue their investigation.

An Ohio Fire Marshal has also been called to the scene and will assist with the investigation tomorrow.

Drivers are encouraged to use Scarf Road as the detour while Ohio 571 (Jefferson Street) is blocked off.

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Fog for morning commute, rain showers to move in during afternoon

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM

A cold front will bring rain showers today, tomorrow we could see some snow showers.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain showers and gusty winds Monday
  • Chance for snow showers Tuesday
  • Dry time to end work week

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Some passing, isolated rain showers will be possible this morning. We could also see some spotty fog as temperatures push into the upper 50s. A cold front will move in and rain will be widespread, arriving after lunch and lasting into the evening. Winds will pick up, gusting around 20 to 30 mph at times. Expect a few rain showers to linger into the night. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

TUESDAY: Some passing rain and snow showers will be possible during the day. It’ll be breezy and colder with highs in the mid to upper 30s. Road temperatures will be warm, so not much expected to stick, but wet snow will taper off Tuesday night.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Cold morning the 20s with partly cloudy skies. It’ll be a cool afternoon as highs peak in the mid-30s with a breeze.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: Sunshine arrives through the day as temperatures are warmer than normal in the upper 30s. 

FRIDAY: A very nice end to the work week as highs push above normal into the upper 40s. We’ll see sunshine through the afternoon. 

Morgan Freeman honored with lifetime achievement award at SAG Awards

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 11:43 PM

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21:  Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Honoree Morgan Freeman accepts the Life Achievement Award from actor Rita Moreno onstage during the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 27522_010 (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Turner Image)(Christopher Polk)

Legendary actor Morgan Freeman was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards — one of the most prestigious honors in the entertainment industry — which was given to him by longtime colleague and friend Rita Moreno.

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“Morgan is way more than just an actor, narrator, producer, humanitarian. This man is a national treasure,” Moreno said.

When he came to the stage, the 80-year-old icon traded a few playful jokes with Moreno, before moving on to the thank you’s.

“These moments in one’s life usually will call for an entire litany of thank you’s. I can’t do that because I don’t know all of your names, so I won’t try,” said Freeman. “This is beyond honor. This is a place in history.”

But towards the end of his speech, Freeman commented on the SAG award statue: 

“I wasn’t gonna do this, but I’m gonna tell you what’s wrong with this statue,” he said. “It works from the back. From the front, it’s gender-specific. Maybe I started something.”