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BREAKING: Retailer to move from Town & Country to The Greene

Published: Friday, March 10, 2017 @ 2:39 PM

            BREAKING: Retailer to move from Town & Country to The Greene

Griffin & Co., a home decor and gift shop that has operated in the Town & Country Shopping Center since August 2014, will relocate to The Greene Town Center in the coming weeks, according to a spokeswoman for The Greene and a post on Griffin & Co.’s Facebook page.

“We are growing to a new location,” Griffin & Co. said. “Moving sale starts tomorrow … .”

A spokeswoman for The Greene said Griffin & Co. would move into the space at 4392 Holly Drive that previously housed The Limited, which shut down less than three months ago. The new store is looking to open by the end of April, the spokeswoman said.

5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate #MuslimWomensDay

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 7:59 PM

5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate #MuslimWomensDay

Monday, March 27, marks the first-ever Muslim Women’s Day — a day for Muslim women to share their stories and for others to celebrate them during Women’s History Month.

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Created by with the help of dozens of media groups and websites, the day is an opportunity to “hear from a community that’s often talked about, but rarely given the chance to speak.”

All day long, outlets such as Refinery29, Teen Vogue and Nylon magazine, as well as users on Twitter and several more outlets, have highlighted Muslim women from diverse backgrounds in different lines of work.

TeenVogue shared a Twitter thread of stories from and about Muslim women and their experiences.

In honor of the first Muslim Women’s Day, we rounded up some of our favorite inspirational quotes from iconic Muslim women around the world.

Social media users have also used their platforms to celebrate with the hashtag #MuslimWomensDay.

But the movement also invited its share of criticism.

The backlash is similar to the criticism Nike faced when the company unveiled a new product for Muslim women: the Nike Pro Hijab.

Some criticized the company for supporting the “oppression of women,” prompting tweets of dissent with the hashtag #BoycottNike, despite Nike saying the product was developed with Muslim athletes after some expressed frustration with competing while wearing a traditional hijab.

Englewood man, 28, killed in Harrison Twp. wreck that ended Miami County police pursuit 

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 8:06 PM

HARRISON TWP. -- UPDATE @ 7:54 p.m.: A 28-year-old Englewood man, Anthony Hufford, was the fatality in the Harrison Twp. crash that ended the Miami County police pursuit, state patrol Sgt. Frank Simmons said.

An autopsy will be performed Tuesday on Hufford, of Woodridge Drive, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office.

UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.: A 24-year-old Clayton man is the driver of the pickup truck that crashed in Harrison Twp. and left one man dead after a police pursuit that began in Miami County, Troy police said. 

Jordan Anthony Russell Harville was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and not Upper Valley Medical Center following the crash, Troy police said. 

He is being charged by the Miami County Sheriff's Office with vehicle theft involving the pickup truck believed to have been stolen from a residence on U.S. 36 in Fletcher, Miami County. 

Harville was being sought on a warrant because he failed to show up for treatment in lieu of conviction stemming from an incident involving a breaking and entering of an unoccupied structure, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas records.

A county community control officer, on Feb. 27, reported to the court that Harville’s whereabouts had been unknown since Jan. 26. The court on Feb. 27 listed Harville as an absconder and issued the arrest warrant.

The 7000 block of North Dixie Drive remains closed in the area of the accident.

UPDATE @ 6:07 p.m.: A Honda Accord pulled out from a private driveway and was struck by the pickup truck, which was being pursued by law enforcement and traveling at high speed south of North Dixie Drive, just south of Stop 8 Road in Harrison Twp., state patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said. 

The man driving the truck has been arrested by Troy police. 

The name and age of the deceased has not been released. 

Kramer said the driver of the pickup truck showed signs of drug impairment, which led officers to use Narcan on the man. Officers do not know whether the man was overdosing at the time. He suffered minor injuries and has been taken to Upper Valley Medical Center, Kramer said. 

Kramer said the truck driver is from Montgomery County and why he was in Miami County is not clear. 

Residents of the neighborhood are upset about the incident that has left an innocent man dead.

One of the residents, Jeremy Brewer, said, "I see an innocent guy who got hurt for no reason because someone else was not caring about others...just being completely reckless and stupid." 

He said he understands why police engage in pursuits to keep people safe, but it is unfortunate that people get hurt. 

"I see a guy that could have been going home to his wife and kids and he ain't going to be able to do that today.... it's a scary feeling." 

Brendan O'Brien, lives near the accident scene, said he was sitting on his front porch when he heard sirens and then what he characterized as an explosion. 

"It just shows what happens. They killed an innocent man today because he wanted to be a criminal and run from the cops. It makes no sense."

North Dixie Drive in the area of the accident will remain closed at least another hour for the accident investigation.

UPDATE @ 5:02 p.m.: The incident that led to the deadly pursuit that has ended in Harrison Twp. began with a suspicious person report, according to the Miami County Sheriff's Office. 
Deputies were dispatched on a report of a suspicious person who was walking in the middle of the roadway on U.S. 36 in Fletcher. 

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That person is believed to have stolen a white pickup truck from a residence on U.S. 36, west of Fletcher. 
The truck was spotted headed south on I-75 at high speed and Troy police initiated a pursuit. Tipp City police and sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit in the area of state Route 571, according to the sheriff's office. 
Troopers with the state patrol post in Dayton joined the pursuit once it reached Montgomery County. 
The truck is said to have left the interstate at Benchwood Road and continued south on North Dixie into Vandalia. 

The driver of the truck is believed to have lost control of the vehicle, striking a passenger vehicle in the area of Arthur Avenue and North Dixie Drive that has left a man dead.

RELATED: Pedestrian killed in 2014 police pursuit remembered

UPDATE @ 4:47 p.m.: The police pursuit began with a stolen pickup truck out of Fletcher in Miami County and the fatality is a person in a vehicle that the truck hit during the pursuit, according to sources at the scene. 

The fatality is believed to be a male and he was not involved in the pursuit, according to our sources. 

The Ohio Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation.

UPDATE @ 4:42 p.m.: A Montgomery County coroner's investigator has been dispatched to the Harrison Twp. crash that ended a police pursuit believed to have started in Miami County.


A fatal vehicle crash in the area of Arthur Avenue and North Dixie Drive has ended a police pursuit involving the Ohio Highway Patrol, Miami County sheriff's deputies and Tipp City police. 

The crash scene, in the 7000 block of North Dixie Drive, is in the roadway and a parking lot near an American Legion hall. 

The pursuit was dispatched just after 4 p.m. and was believed to be coming from Miami County. 

There is crime scene tape up and debris all over the road. 

Roads are closed at Arthur Avenue and North Dixie Drive. At least one medic unit has been dispatched to the scene. 

One of the vehicles is believed to be a pickup truck. 

We're working to learn more about what happened and what led to the pursuit and crash.

Jurors quizzed on views of Muslims in Warren County shooting trial

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 6:49 PM

The jury in the trial of Mohammed Laghaoui on Tuesday will visit the scene of a shooting last June in Warren County that left a sheriff’s deputy wounded and the area on lockdown.

The jury was selected in six hours Monday, about the same amount of time from the start of the June incident until Laghaoui, now 20, returned to the Orchards of Landen apartment complex where he lived with his father and brother, ending the lockdown.

RELATED: Active shooter wounded two before fleeing scene

Laghaoui’s lawyer, Nadeem Quraishi, questioned potential jurors on their opinions of Muslims and whether they thought Muslims were prone to violence.

Evidence indicates Laghaoui, a Moroccan raised in Butler County, was preparing to leave the country with an AK-47 at the time of the fight with his father and brother that brought Deputy Katie Barnes to their door twice that day.

So far, authorities have declined to comment on whether Laghaoui had been radicalized by extremists or was intent on terrorist violence when he quarreled with his family.

RELATED: Passport, AK-47 ammo found at scene

Both Barnes and Laghaoui’s father were wounded during the shooting.

Laghaoui faces 10 charges ranging from the attempted murder of Barnes - a coach and former sports star in Mason - to domestic violence.

RELATED: Who is Warren County sheriff’s deputy Katie Barnes?

After opening statements, prosecutors are expected to call Barnes and other law enforcement officials and use a wide range of photos, some bloody, and an AK-47 “exactly similar” to convince the jury that Laghaoui shot Barnes and his father and fired on another neighbor and into a neighboring apartment.

Quraishi is expected to work to show the jury that Laghaoui should be found not guilty by reason of insanity due to mental illness and use of synthetic marijuana.

The defense lawyer also repeatedly asked prospective jurors if they would use a gun to defend their families, indicating another potential element of his strategy.

RELATED: Defense wants to claim synthetic drug use

We don’t have to prove that he was not insane,” Assistant County Prosecutor John Arnold said during jury selection.

Also Monday, Arnold indicated the Laghaouis worked at Kroger stores in the area.

RELATED: Fish finder used in search for AK-47

Among the potential jurors released was a Mason police officer who helped search for LaghaouiLaw enforcement officers from around the area assisted with the search and lockdown.

The trial was to take five days, but Judge Timothy Tepe - who took over the case in January after his election - acknowledged it was so far moving at “a snail’s pace.”


Before releasing the jury Monday, Tepe said they would visit the scene to start off Tuesday and advised them not to discuss the case - even with their families.

“You can tell them that you had jury duty today, but you can’t talk about it until the trial is over,” Tepe said.

Middies’ new ball fields ‘crown jewel’ of community

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 3:00 PM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 6:39 PM

The Middletown City Schools District unveiled “the crown jewel of the community” Monday afternoon when the MHS softball team opened its season at Lefferson Park, said Athletic Director Aaron Zupka.

The complex includes four ball fields — one for baseball and three for softball — complete with concrete block dugouts and backstops, a concession stand, scoreboards and plans for an indoor complex to eventually to be built on the grounds, Zupka said.

Built for $1.3 million, the ball park is part of the $96 million construction project Middletown voters approved three years ago. The district is renovating the high school and building a middle school on North Breiel Boulevard and used land that formally housed the high school baseball and softball diamonds, Zupka said.

The City of Middletown and the district swapped land: The district received Lefferson Park and the city received the former Roosevelt Elementary School property, said Sam Ison, the district superintendent.

He sees the Lefferson project as more than a sports complex.

It’s a vehicle to “bring the community” together and create activity to the park, which is near Pickleball courts, Elley’s Hope Playground and Berachah Church, Ison said.

“This is progress,” Ison said after the Opening Day ceremonies that were held under threatening skies. “We always talk about Middie Pride. This is Middie Pride.”

The high school baseball team was scheduled to open its season at home Monday, but the field wasn’t “safe” for play after the weekend’s rain storms so the game was moved to Hamilton, Zupka said.

Carmela Cotter, the high school principal, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on the softball diamond. Then Greg Schwarber, the city’s former police chief and father of Chicago Cubs standout Kyle Schwarber, threw out the first baseball pitch.

Zupka said there still is some work to be done. A new scoreboard will be erected at the softball field and there was no flag pole so high school students held an American flag before the national anthem was sung by Middletown senior Zayion Hyman.

Zupka hopes the complex becomes “a breeding ground” for future baseball and softball players.

“To me it’s more about what we can do for our community,” he said. “This will be a central point for building that.”

He said the district has discussed allowing Miami University Middletown, the YMCA and youth groups to also use the facilities.