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.

Serena Williams shares open letter to her mother since giving birth to Alexis Olympia

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 8:41 PM

What You Didn’t Know about Serena Williams

Serena Williams is a new mother and still can’t believe it.

In an open letter posted on Reddit Tuesday, the tennis icon reflects on the role her own mother, Oracene Price, played in protecting her as she grew up in the public eye as she prepares to do the same for her own daughter.

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Williams welcomed daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. with fiance, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian,Sept. 1.

Alexis Olympia made her debut on her mother’s Instagram story and in a YouTube video posted by Ohanian Sept. 12.

Serena Williams, a new mother to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, wrote an open letter to her mother, Oracene Price, on Reddit.(Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Burberry)

“You are one of the strongest women I know. I was looking at my daughter (OMG, yes, I have a daughter ) and she has my arms and legs! My exact same strong, muscular, powerful, sensational arms and body,” Williams wrote. “I don’t know how I would react if she has to go through what I've gone through since I was a 15 year old and even to this day.”

“I’m not sure how you did not go off on every single reporter, person, announcer and quite frankly, hater, who was too ignorant to understand the power of a black woman.”

Williams expressed gratitude to her mother for helping her show the range of beauty women with different shapes and sizes have.

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“I am proud we were able to show them what some women look like. We don't all look the same. We are curvy, strong, muscular, tall, small, just to name a few, and all the same: we are women and proud!

“You are so classy, I only wish I could take your lead.”

Biceps 💪🏾

A post shared by Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. (@olympiaohanian) on

Williams thanks Price for being her role model and hopes to do the same for her daughter.

“Thank you for being the role model I needed to endure all the hardships that I now regard as a challenges--ones that I enjoy. I hope to teach my baby Alexis Olympia the same, and have the same fortitude you have had.”

Read Williams’ full letter below.

Letter to my mom from u_serenawilliams

'The Little Couple’s' former Texas home is for sale

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 9:08 PM

Doctor Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (2014 Getty photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
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Doctor Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein (2014 Getty photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)(Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)

Jen and Bill Arnold’s former Houston home is on the market.

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The diminutive TLC stars and former Houston residents have listed their custom home, which was recently retrofitted to normal scale. The couple and their two kids moved to Florida over the summer due to a new job opportunity for Jen.

The home, which was tailored to the Arnolds’ stature, is listed for just under $1.23 million. It is approximately 3,600 square feet with four bedrooms.

Not far from NRG Park, it has a first-floor master suite, a media room, a study, a resort-style pool and spa, and a wine grotto.

Fortunately for any interested homebuyer, and the Arnolds, it escaped unscathed from neighborhood flooding despite the property’s flood-prone location.

Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner says slugs not from his gun range

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:32 PM

Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner says slugs not from his gun range

A lawsuit from a Vandalia resident claims bullets fired from the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds were landing in his property.

Jamie Spencer said he’s found hundreds of bullet casings on his property, with some projectiles flying past him.

“It’s a whistling sound that flies over your head. It’s gone before you even know it was there. At that point you knew you were pretty doggone close to it,” he said.

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The owner of Miami Valley Shooting Grounds, 771 Johnson Station Road, said the slugs are not coming from his gun range.

“He has his own range up there, he shot up there forever,” Dana Tackett said of Spencer. “I can give you names of people who go there and shoot.

“If I thought for one-half a second one of my bullets, trajectories, were going onto his property, wouldn’t shoot, wouldn’t do it, don’t need it,” Tackett said.

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The permit for Miami Valley Shooting Grounds states shooters are only allowed to fire from east to west at the 50-foot hill. 

Today, there were bulldozers going in and out of the gun range. Tackett said it’s regularly scheduled maintenance. Spencer said it’s because of the recent attention from his lawsuit.

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“It clearly states projectiles are to be maintained on the property. Even if you don’t believe me, I think we’ve got the police officer’s report, we’ve got multiple witnesses,” Spencer said.

The city of Vandalia said it’s not getting involved in the dispute.

West Carrollton school worker focus in student assault allegation

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:03 PM

A Moraine father claims a West Carrollton school district worker assaulted his daughter at CF Holliday Elementary School on Friday. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO
A Moraine father claims a West Carrollton school district worker assaulted his daughter at CF Holliday Elementary School on Friday. NICK BLIZZARD/STAFF PHOTO

A West Carrollton City School District worker is the focus of an assault allegation lodged by the father of a Moraine elementary school student.

Marcus Harrison said he filed a police report Sunday, alleging a CF Holliday Elementary School intervention specialist on Friday grabbed his daughter by the arm after she said the child stole her snack.

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The specialist “grabbed her by her arm and basically squeezed her arm until she started crying,” Harrison said.

This news organization is not identifying the specialist, who has not been charged.

West Carrollton Superintendent Andrea Townsend said the school district is investigating the issue.

“Her job is to work with special needs children,” Harrison said. “If she can lose her temper on one special needs child, it’s my opinion I don’t think she needs to be working with kids.”

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This news organization requested a copy of Moraine police records filed Sunday involving a report of an assault at an address matching CF Holliday’s location. Police did not release the report, saying the case involved child abuse.

The news organization has requested a copy of the employee’s personnel file.