Butler County team returns from Hurricane Irma help in Florida

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 10:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:27 PM

Matt Haverkos, director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, discussed the team's efforts in Florida.

The Butler County emergency management response team deployed to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma arrived home Thursday to a cheering crowd of family and supporters.

A team of 16 members from the Incident Management Team from various local fire and police departments were deployed to Florida two weeks ago, ahead of the devastating hurricane, to help with relief efforts.

RELATED: Butler County relief team to battle Hurricane Irma

As several vehicles turned into 1810 Princeton Drive just after 5 p.m. today, loved ones responded with applause and cheers.

The team aided relief efforts from the state’s main command post in Tallahassee and further south in the state in areas hardest hit.

The Butler County team coordinated the efforts of 28 other Incident Management Teams from around the country, deploying them to 50 missions.

Matt Haverkos, director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, said the governor of Florida acknowledged that response from outside communities, like Butler County, were vital to dealing with the devastation.

“In his words there was not enough resources in the state of Florida to help and there was not enough resources alone in the federal government to help, bringing in 28 state’s resources was I think key, in his words, to a quick response,” Haverkos said.

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Ross Twp. Fire Chief Steve Miller was part of the team deployed first to Hendry County near Fort Meyers and then to Lee County, where they coordinated the movement of more than 6 million pounds of materials — including fuel, meals and cleaning supplies — for people impacted by Irma.

Miller said when they first arrived, prior to the hurricane, they were hunkered down in the Hendry County emergency operations center.

“We got there two days before the hurricane approached and then Sunday afternoon the hurricane passed and we were inside the EOC which is a hurricane-proof building so we were safe,” Miller said. “Just witnessing the wind and the rain, I was expecting the worst. The day after we did some recon missions and I was really quite surprised there wasn’t more devastation.”

This was not the first time the team deployed to national disasters. As one of only a few accredited agencies in the state the IMT responded when hurricanes Irene and Sandy hit the U.S. in 2011 and 2012, respectively and other major events.

Staff writer Wayne Baker contributed to this report.

2 California women arrested in dead baby scam

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:12 AM

A sign soliciting donations for burial donations was allegedly used by two women arrested on dead baby scam charges.
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A sign soliciting donations for burial donations was allegedly used by two women arrested on dead baby scam charges.(San Bernardino Sheriff's Department)

Two California women were arrested Sunday on fraud charges after allegedly panhandling for money to bury a dead baby that did not belong to either of them, police said.

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San Bernardino County deputies arrested 26-year-old Chasity Marie Doll on suspicion of panhandling charges, and an hour later they arrested 41-year old Michele Love on the same charge, The Sun of San Bernardino reported. During Love’s booking, deputies said evidence linking the two women was found and an investigation was launched, The Sun reported.

Deputies allege that Doll and Love worked together to make signs to get donations from the public for their baby’s funeral. The infant’s photo on the poster does not belong to either woman, deputies said.

Doll was arrested on a similar charge six years ago in Modesto, California, KOVR reported in 2011.

U.S. 42 reopens following double-fatal motorcycle crash in Greene Co.

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:02 AM

FROM THE SCENE: Spring Valley fatal crash

A man and woman from Xenia were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. U.S. 42 was closed and reopened just before midnight.

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Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. An occupant from the Dodge is recovering at an area hospital from non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road, according to a preliminary investigation, troopers said.

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Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered as causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished with the investigation.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff


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Family celebrates birthday of Miamisburg teen killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:49 AM

Family celebrates birthday of teen killed in wrong-way crash

Family members gathered for a birthday celebration Sunday to honor Kalip Grimm, the 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate killed in a wrong way crash Monday night on I-675 in Centerville. 

Grimm would have been 19 Sunday.

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"It’s the worst feeling to know you're celebrating your son's birthday one day and burying him the next,” Grimm’s mother, Stacey Grimm said.

Grimm was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Family and friends will gather tomorrow for funeral and memorial services.

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A memorial pamphlet honoring Kalip Grimm, a Miaimisburg teen killed in a wrong-way crash on I-675 Monday.

"He was the most compassionate person. It didn't matter time of day, if anybody needed anything he'd be right there,” Stacey Grimm said.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy reports hundreds of people visited the family today with some offering kind words and others sporting new tattoos honoring Kalip.

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"I'm at so much peace right now to know how many people's lives he touches,” Stacey Grimm said.

'"I've had several people tell me that when 'I was going through a hard spot Caleb brought me out of it.”

Friends of Kalip Grimm show off new tattoos remembering the Miaimisburg graduate killed in a wrong-way crash Monday. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Family and friends released balloons in the air Sunday after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in linked arms.

“We had no idea how he touched people outside of our family,” Kalip’s step mother, LeAnn Crone.

Crone said she remembers Kalip as the person who pulled his family together.

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“Anybody that knew him...knew kalip...biggest heart ever...he'd give you the shirt off his back,” Crone said.

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John McCain takes apparent jab at Trump during interview about Vietnam War

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 1:21 AM

Sen. John McCain  took an  apparent swipe at President Donald Trump during a televised interview about the Vietnam War.
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Sen. John McCain took an apparent swipe at President Donald Trump during a televised interview about the Vietnam War.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sen. John McCain appeared to take a swipe at President Donald Trump during an interview about the Vietnam War on CSPAN-3 American History TV, criticizing people from “the highest income level” who avoided the military draft by finding a doctor who would say that “they had a bone spur,” CNN reported.

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Trump attended the New York Military Academy as a young man and received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, CNN reported. One was a medical deferment after he was diagnosed with bone spurs in his foot. 

It’s the latest war of words between the Arizona Republican and the president. During the early stages of the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump claimed McCain was not a was hero because he was captured during the Vietnam War. Trump never apologized for the remarks, and McCain has since been one of his most vocal Republican critics in Congress, CNN reported.

“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest income level of America and the highest income level found a doctor that would say they had a bone spur,” McCain told C-SPAN3. “That is wrong. That is wrong. If we are going to ask every American to serve, every American should serve.”

McCain never mentions Trump by name in the interview, but the President's deferment because of a bone spur is widely known and his family was well off at the time.

Trump told The New York Times in 2016 that a doctor "gave me a letter -- a very strong letter -- on the heels."

"Over a period of time, it healed up," he said.

McCain spent five years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, declining to be released despite being the son of an admiral.