Butler County has first confirmed case of West Nile virus

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2:09 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 2:56 PM


            A Monroe woman has the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Butler County.
A Monroe woman has the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Butler County.

A Monroe woman is the first confirmed case of West Nile virus in Butler County.

The Butler County Health Department confirmed today the first human case of the virus and the first positive mosquito samples in 2017.

Debbie Ridenour of Monroe said she had been sick for three weeks and was hospitalized for four days at Atrium Medical Center last week.

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“I had severe headaches and I felt so bad that I couldn’t move my eyes,” she said, adding that her neck was sore and she had fevers and nausea.

After a spinal tap was conducted and cultures were taken, it was confirmed she had West Nile virus, she told this news outlet.

“People need to pay attention to their surroundings and watch themselves around standing water where mosquitoes are,” she said. “I don’t get sick, but this really took me down.”

Ridenour, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer, said there are two ponds at her home and that she didn’t think too much about mosquito bites.

“I was really surprised when I was told it was West Nile disease,” she said.

Mosquito-borne diseases are a threat throughout mosquito season, which extends until the first frost, according to the Butler County Health Department.

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HOW TO AVOID MOSQUITO BITES:

  • If you are outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, be sure to wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which is less attractive to mosquitoes.
  • Use EPA-registered mosquito repellent and follow the label directions.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

HOW TO ELIMINATE MOSQUITO-BREEDING SITES

  • Eliminate standing water.
  • Empty or remove water-holding containers, such as buckets, unused flower pots and bird baths.
  • Make sure all roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Keep child wading pools empty and on their sides when not being used.

Source: Ohio Department of Health

One person transported to hospital after stabbing in Trotwood

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

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At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital early Wednesday following the report of a stabbing at the Wingate at Belle Meadows Apartments in Trotwood.

Police and medics were called late Tuesday night to a report of a woman stabbed.

Crews were dispatched around 11:50 p.m. to an apartment in the 300 block of Outer Belle Drive.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard glass breaking and a woman screaming.

Additional details were not available on scene. We will continue to follow this story.

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Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

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Hurricane Maria is bearing down on the Caribbean and is set to pass over much the same area devastated by Hurricane Irma nearly two weeks ago.

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Middletown police: Beware tree-trimming scam

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Middletown police are warning residents of “unscrupulous tree trimmers” who have been taking advantage of elderly people.

The police department posted its warning Tuesday on its Facebook page.

One incident was thwarted, but the culprits were paid in another incident.

Police remind residents that door-to-door solicitors need a permit in the city. Call police if tree trimmers knock on your door uninvited.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers tips to avoid tree-trimming scams. Beware of a tree trimmer who:

  • Comes to your door unexpectedly
  • Says your trees are diseased
  • Requires a large down payment
  • Accepts only cash or check
  • Says nothing about your right to cancel
  • Starts work immediately

Sidney businessman accused of not paying people in Piqua

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

Duaine E. Liette
MIAMI COUNTY JAIL
Duaine E. Liette(MIAMI COUNTY JAIL)

A 57-year-old Sidney businessman is facing numerous felony theft charges after multiple people claimed he hired them to do work but didn’t pay them.

Duaine E. Liette has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Miami County Municipal Court. He was arraigned Friday on four felony theft charges and three misdemeanor theft counts and was released from custody on his own recognizance.

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The cases were related to complaints from June 2015, June 2017 and July 2017, in which people stated they were hired to complete work for Liette but never received payment, according to Piqua police and court records.

Piqua police arrested Liette on Thursday at 1037 Broadway St., in Piqua. The house is owned by Sidney-based real estate company American Land Investments, of which Liette is listed as its principal; the business also has the same address as Liette’s residence, records show.

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Piqua police are urging anyone else who believe they may be victims to call 937-440-9111.