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Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:13 AM
FAIRFIELD TWP. — Crazy 8, a low-cost children’s clothing retailer that opened at Bridgewater Falls in 2012, will close Oct. 28.
Prices for all items at the store switch from 75 percent off to 80 percent off starting today, Oct. 20, according to store officials.
Crazy 8 and children’s designer clothing stores Janie and Jack are part of Gymboree, a San Francisco-based children’s clothing retailer that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June and confirmed it will close 350 of its 1,281 stores.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 5:21 PM
— TROY - A Troy woman convicted of stealing prescription drugs belonging to a relative who was under hospice care was sentenced Wednesday to five years of community control and completion, if accepted, in the MonDay program.
If Melissa Clark, 53, is denied program participation, she will return to Miami County Common Pleas Court for sentencing to a prison term, Judge Jeannine Pratt said.
Clark was charged with the Nov. 11 possession of three stolen medications, including morphine pills. She was on probation at the time of the offense after pleading to another charge involving theft of liquid morphine from the same relative in June 2017, according to court documents. Police reports said Clark initially blamed hospice workers for the missing medication.
Clark told Pratt she never intended to steal the medications Nov. 11, and she could not recall what occurred after she took some of her own prescription medication in order to sleep. The next thing she remembered, Clark said, was waking up in jail after she was found in a car with the relative's medication.
"I don't think you appreciate the fact you have a problem with drugs," Pratt said.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:47 PM
— Everyone wants to feel self-sufficient, and even those with deep pockets find it's a good idea to stick to some kind of home maintenance budget. If you chuckled at the thought of having "deep pockets," you're probably even more concerned with controlling costs on the home front.
But frugal isn't always better, even if you have monster DIY skills. "When it comes to doing your own home repairs, there's a thin line between being fearless and foolish," noted Joseph Truini of Popular Mechanics.
Involved electrical work.
Feel free to install dimmer switches or replace an old ceiling light with a new ceiling fan, Truini advised. "Upgrading existing devices and fixtures is relatively easy and safe, as long as you remember to first turn off the electricity." But anything more complicated than that and it's time to call the pros (and heave a sigh as you get out your wallet). "When it comes to extending existing electrical circuits or adding new ones, call in an experienced, licensed electrician," he said. "When homeowners start messing around with electrical circuits and running new cables, there are two likely outcomes and both are potentially lethal: electrical shock and fire."A leaky roof.
Those drip-drips on the floor, even if it's only the attic floor, can indicate big problems for a homeowner who ignores them. They include possible structural damage, mold or loss of personal property, according to The Balance. "It's nothing to mess with. Address roof leaks as soon as you discover them, and you'll save yourself a ton of cash," it added.
Roof problems can be caused by weather, which can decay roof materials, or a simple lack of maintenance, which most commonly makes a flat or low-sloped roof uneven, so it accumulates water that can destroy roofing material. While a few adjustments can be made by an amateur, the most important roof area to inspect is the flashing, which is supposed to provide a watertight seal between your roof's sections and other parts of the building, according to The Balance. If you try to install, adjust or replace the flashing yourself, you're risking a disaster. "Incorrect installation procedure or attachment, and improper sealing of the flashing will allow the water to enter between the roofing systems and the roof structure."
If the problem is the roof's design, including the slope, drainage or incompatible materials, you should also get an expert roofer involved before the leaks start leaving impressive levels of destruction. While design adjustments are expensive to correct and have to happen while another roofing material is happening, ignoring them will cost many more do-overs and potential roof failures.
Defective water-based plumbing appliances.
Being a homeowner requires a little bit of DIY plumbing for the occasional leaky faucet, clogged drain or stopped-up toilet, according to the Louisville, Kentucky-based Tom Sondergeld Plumbing. "These basic projects can be finished in a couple of hours and don't require any specialized skill," the owner admitted.
But there are larger plumbing issues that can't be ignored, or tackled by a homeowner who's handy with the wrench. One time not to skimp is when a water heater, sump pump or other water-based appliance stops functioning properly. "When these appliances need maintenance or replacement, it can be an extensive process," TSP advised. "A licensed plumber can either repair or replace the appliance properly."
All jokes about hourly rates and attire malfunctions aside, sometimes a plumber's efforts can prevent out and out disasters. One of these instances is when you spot standing water in the house, according to TSP. (Mysterious standing water, that is, not the result of a recent large dog being bathed or a spill you recognize.) The standing water can be close to a water heater, toilet or sink, but the damage may be far more extensive. "A plumber can see if there is more than meets the eye," TSP said. "Typically, standing water is a sign of a much larger problem. Before you start digging into the issue, call a professional and let them use their expertise to diagnose and treat the issue before your home becomes a splash park."
A dirty chimney.
Due to the potential for fires and dangerous fumes, sweeping the chimney annually is not optional, according to the Balance. "Hire a professional chimney sweep once a year to make sure your chimney is free of creosote, bird nests and other flammables," the site recommended.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 10:39 PM
— Tennis champion Serena Williams revealed she “almost died after giving birth” to her first child, daughter Olympia, last fall, according to a column by Williams on CNN.com.
Williams had a relatively easy birth Sept. 1, 2017, delivering her daughter by C-section, but two hours later, she was in a fight for her life that lasted six days, she wrote.
“It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn't wait a second to alert the nurses,” Williams said.
Serena Williams almost died after giving birth to her daughter. She writes for @CNNopinion about the mothers who don't get the treatment they need for pregnancy complications - and how we can help them https://t.co/0GlM2UFKhU— CNN International (@cnni) February 20, 2018
She underwent three surgeries to deal with the health crisis and credited her medical team for her survival.
“When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed,” she wrote on CNN.com.
“I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren't for their professional care, I wouldn't be here today.”
Williams knew about her health condition and was able to alert medical staffers that something was wrong.
Unfortunately, many women don’t know their health risks. According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, African-American women are three times more likely than others to die from complications in pregnancy or childbirth.
Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:12 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 9:43 PM
SPRINGFIELD — Local law enforcement and school officials are aware and investigating reports on social media of possible threats against a school.
Lt. Jeff Williams of Springfield police said since Tuesday evening when reports surfaced of an 8-year-old male arrested for an unloaded gun at Simon Kenton Elementary, that many social media posts have surfaced and been shared.
Williams said many “rumors” are being investigated by Springfield police. He said police believe it is “misinformation” circulating around and they do not believe any credible threat exists.
However, Springfield police will have extra patrols at the high school Thursday.
The vague social media post referenced a “SHS” school, which could include any one of many schools in the area that start with the letter “S.”
Williams said officers spent most of Wednesday tracking down social media posts and speaking with witnesses in Springfield.
Williams said they don’t know who exactly made the post yet but they are in the process of tracking the source of the post.
“We are investigating every possible lead,” Williams said.
He added even the FBI called Springfield to offer assistance — if they need it, but the FBI is not involved at the moment.
Williams said Springfield police are fielding calls from police agencies in other states with “S” schools. He declined to share which states have made inquiries.
Springfield High School’s website now includes a message on the homepage about this social media threat. School will be in session Thursday.
Parents in the Mad River Local Schools — as well as Springboro — were issued one-calls Wednesday evening.
The Mad River call from the superintendent said they are aware of a social media threat against “SHS” and are investigating whether it was directed to Stebbins High School or another school.
“Every school that starts with an “S” has done that,” Williams said of being on alert.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday evening said they are also investigating these threats.