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Car catches fire in Middletown restaurant parking lot

Published: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 10:28 AM
Updated: Monday, July 17, 2017 @ 1:35 PM

No one injured

A car parked at Steak ‘N Shake, 3170 Towne Blvd., caught fire this morning, according to the Middletown Division of Fire.

When firefighters arrived around 6:30 p.m.,, the 2000 Buick Park Avenue Ultra was unoccupied with heavy fire showing from the engine compartment, according to the fire report.

Before the fire could be extinguished, it extended through the hood and front right tire, officials said.

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The vehicle owner, Anthony Monk, told officials he got off work from night shift at UDF in Red Lion, and he met a friend for breakfast after work. Monk said that, while pulling into the lot, he noticed smoke coming from under the hood. He then called 911 from inside the restaurant.

He said the “check engine” light came on several days ago.

Deputy Fire Chief David K. Adams said there were no injuries.

Ohio State Fair ride accident kills one, injures six

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:48 PM

UPDATE @ 8:07 p.m.

One person is dead and six injured after an accident on a ride at the Ohio State Fair  tonight, according to, our media partner in Columbus.

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.

There are at least five injuries reported following the ride accident tonight during the opening day of the Ohio State Fair, the Columbus Dispatch reported.


Numerous emergency responders are on scene at the Ohio State Fair tonight for a report of a serious ride malfunction.

The fair opened today.

A caller to the News Center 7 newsroom said he heard a loud boom from the ride called the “Fire Ball” and that there were multiple injuries. However, his report has not been confirmed.

We are working to learn more information about the incident.

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Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Trump: Transgender People Won't Be Allowed In The Military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.”

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Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals “can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military solely for being transgender individuals.”

Trump said the decision was made after he consulted his “generals and military experts.”

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote in a series of tweets.

Jury deliberating in heroin-related murder trial in Warren County

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Freddie Green faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering his father.

A jury is deliberating in the murder trial of a Lebanon man accused of killing his father in December in Warren County.

Freddie Green, 42, is accused in the Dec. 2 fatal shooting of his father, Sidney Green, 64, in a rented home they shared in Lebanon.

The jury began deliberations at 10:57 a.m. Wednesday, the third day of the trial in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

On Tuesday while testifying, Green admitted waiting four hours, during which time he drove to Dayton for heroin, before calling 911 for help for his father.

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Green said he planned to commit suicide with the drugs.

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Green said he was unsure what to do after shooting his father out of fear he would pull out another gun after they struggled in the bedroom of a duplex in Lebanon.

A syringe containing the illegal drugs was found in the kitchen when police arrived to find Sidney Green dead in the bedroom from a single gunshot to the back of his head.

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Green is charged with murder and felonious assault.

If convicted, he faces as much as 15 years to life in prison.

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His father was one of six victims of deadly domestic violence in the last half of 2016 in Warren County.

Fake doctor ran clinics in Georgia and across U.S. for 15 years

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Mugshot of Isabel Gervais
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Mugshot of Isabel Gervais(Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

A woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to pretending to be a doctor while running clinics throughout the country during the last 15 years.

Prosecutors said Isabel Kesari Gervais, 60, used multiple aliases while offering naturopathic medicine, which the federal government says uses homeopathic and detoxification methods, among other things, to help patients heal themselves.

She entered her plea in an Alabama federal court and admitted to running clinics in Arkansas and Kansas as well as Georgia. Gervais had “no legitimate medical degrees or training,” according to a news release from federal prosecutors.

The American Medical Association recently said 18 states offer naturopathic medical licences. Georgia is not one of them.

The prosecutors said Gervais — often using variations on the names “Dr. Rose Starr” or “Debra Lynn Goodman” — ran the Chiron Clinic on Johnson Ferry Road in Marietta.

Georgia business records show a “Debrah L. Goodman” registered The Chiron Clinic Atlanta LLC to an office inside Northside Hospital during April 2004. The business dissolved in May 2008.

“At all the clinics, Gervais falsely represented herself as a licensed doctor with extensive experience and various degrees who used naturopathic medicine to cure people of various illnesses, including cancer,” the release said.

To stay out of trouble, authorities said, she abandoned rental properties and changed locations all while adopting new aliases.

According to the indictment, she made charges on the credit cards of Alabama patients totaling about $9,000. She operated that clinic in Hoover out of an herb shop.

“She promised patients, including cancer sufferers, at the Hoover clinic that she could provide various medical services, including DNA tests that she did not have the technology to conduct,” prosecutors said.

She had “Dr. Rose Starr” business cards and advertised with that name online and on the radio in Alabama, the indictment said.

Gervais pleaded guilty to one charge each of wire fraud affecting a financial institution, aggravated identity theft and making false statements.

She faces a maximum of 37 years and fines up to $1.25 million.

She already agreed to forfeit $108,146 she gained from the illegal activity.

Gervais has been in Alabama’s Shelby County Jail since March 24, according to the jail’s online database. Prosecutors said she is set to be sentenced in November.