Before snow came, this West Chester fire closed part of U.S. 42

Published: Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 6:13 PM


            West Chester firefighters, shown fighting another recent fire at an apartment complex, battled a fire this morning that caused a portion of U.S. 42 to close down as they put out the blaze. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
West Chester firefighters, shown fighting another recent fire at an apartment complex, battled a fire this morning that caused a portion of U.S. 42 to close down as they put out the blaze. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

West Chester firefighters battled a fire this morning that caused a portion of U.S. 42 to close down as they put out the blaze.

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Drew Reeder, West Chester Twp. spokesman, said the fire occurred shortly after 8 a.m. Friday at 9112 Cincinnati Columbus Rd.

“A caller said that he needed help because there was a fire at that address — apparently in the basement,” Reeder said.

Due to the placement of fire hydrants on that portion of the road, Reeder said it became necessary to close the area down to traffic so firefighters could deal with the fire.

He added that there were no injuries at the location and the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. The total amount of damage is unknown at this time.

Multi-county theft suspect nabbed after nearly striking detective

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

Contributed Photo/Mercer County Jail
Contributed Photo/Mercer County Jail

A Darke County man, wanted in connection to several thefts across multiple counties, was arrested after trying to flee from officers in Celina Sunday. 

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Officers were initially dispatched to reports of a suspicious person at Bud’s Jeep and Chrysler car dealership on South Main Street Sunday, Celina Police Chief Tom Wale said in a media release Monday. 

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While searching the area for the suspect, police and deputies located a pickup truck about a block away on Murlin Avenue that appeared to be occupied. Officers said they recognized the truck from multiple crimes in Mercer and surrounding counties. 

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“As officers were checking the vehicle, which had dark tinted windows (that) were fogged over, the lights came on and an officer could see a male hunched down inside the cab,” Wale said. “Celina officers and Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies had the truck surrounded and were ordering the (driver) out of the truck.” 

The driver, later identified as Jason Amspaugh, 31, of Union City, Ohio, started the truck and accelerated towards a detective with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Wale said. The detective was able to get out of the way of the truck before it crashed into a parked car and came to rest in a ditch. 

Amspaugh was arrested after the crash. Investigators were granted a search warrant of the truck where they located multiple stolen items, including ones stolen from the Celina car dealership, Wale said. 

Police later obtained a search warrant for Amspaugh’s home on Ellis Road in Union City, where an estimated $75,000 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered. 

Amspaugh remains booked in the Mercer County Jail on a $500,000 bond on preliminary charges of felonious assault of a peace officer and fleeing. The case remains under review by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. 

Police did not say if Amspaugh is facing charges in any of the surrounding counties he’s accused of committing crimes. 

Senate reaches compromise to end shutdown

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:16 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

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Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill today to re-open the federal government until early next month in return for Republican promises to permit a floor debate on a bill to provide protection for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the breakthrough on the Senate floor shortly before a scheduled vote today on a bill to keep the government open until Feb. 8 and extend for six years a popular program that provides billions of federal dollars to the states to pay for the health care costs of low-income children.

"We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up-or-down vote on the floor," Schumer said.

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If the Senate agrees, the government will re-open this afternoon.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., earlier today pledged to have the Senate will take up immigration after the government re-opens. In a floor speech this morning, McConnell promised “an amendment process that is fair to all sides.”

“This immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset,” McConnell said.

Senate Democrats had discovered what congressional Republicans learned in 1995 and 2013 – that it is difficult to prevail in a partial shutdown against a White House which will not budge.

In 2013, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, demanded that the price for keeping the federal government open was for President Barack Obama to scrap his signature 2010 health law known as Obamacare. Obama held firm and the congressional Republicans collapsed in acrimony.

This time, Senate Democrats are insisting that any move to open the government protections for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA.

In an appearance Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said “as Republicans, we have some experience with futile gestures like government shutdown.”

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Although most analysts do not believe a brief shutdown will have any meaningful impact on the November elections, Senate Democrats such as Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey in Pennsylvania are under intense pressure to keep the government open.

But like the tea party conservatives who backed Cruz in 2013, progressive Democrats are demanding that Senate Democrats hold firm and not yield to President Donald Trump.

“If you are a Democrat and you want to run for president you have to prove you hate Trump more than anyone else and this is part of the deal,” said Corry Bliss, who directs an independent organization support House Republicans.

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Fight with brass knuckles sparked Piqua standoff

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:08 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

Possible standoff in Piqua

UPDATE @ 11:46 a.m. 

A standoff situation has ended and a man is in custody. 

Police on scene told News Center 7’s Steve Baker that a male neighbor with brass knuckles reportedly assaulted another male of the apartment building. The man assaulted was involved in a domestic dispute at the time.

The male in custody is the one who had brass knuckles, police said.

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An apparent standoff is actively underway on Park Avenue in Piqua this morning.

Officers and a heavily armored police vehicle were in the area of the 1000 block of Park around 11 a.m.

We’re working to learn more.

Service dog, Pluto have magical meeting at Walt Disney World

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:41 PM

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Check out what happened Friday night when Atlas, a service dog, saw Pluto for the very first time up close at Walt Disney World.

With his friend recording, Julian Gavino took his Golden Retriever to meet Pluto Friday night at Epcot.

Gavino told ABC News until this past week, Atlas only knew of Pluto as a giant stuffed doll, because he has one at home that "he loves so much."

But the two hit off when they met as real live dogs.

Gavino posted the video on Facebook and wrote "Atlas was more than excited to meet his best pal look alike."

Gavino, who lives in the Sarasota area, has taken his service dog to Disney about once a week since he got him from New Horizons Service Dogs in Orange City, Florida.