Champaign County teen remembered as ‘really inspiring’

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 1:56 PM

Champaign Co teen laid to rest

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Friday for a Champaign County teenager killed in car accident last week.

Sara Marie Hess, 15, a sophomore at Graham High School, died after another car rear-ended the one in which she was riding on Ohio 235 near Roswell on Nov. 3, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office.

Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997 Honda Civic that rear-ended the car as 27-year-old Dillion Lambert of St. Paris. He and his passenger, 32-year-old Clint Miller of Urbana, were flown to Miami Valley Hospital after the crash, Melvin said. 

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The funeral for Hess took place Friday at Westville Methodist Church. Graham Local Schools closed for the service “to provide respectful observance for our school community,” Superintendent Kirk Koennecke said.

Graham Local Schools Superintendent Kirk Koennecke arrives at Westville United Methodist Church for the funeral of student Sara hess. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Staff Writer)

About 450 chairs were set up and the crowd was was standing room only, according to attendees.

Hess was a girl who lived a good life in her almost 16 years, said Pastor Chuck Glower. She would have turned 16 on Sunday. 

“Her involvement with her peers in her life and her involvement with so many different organizations associated with the school and the community, just really inspiring,” Koennecke

Hess was the sophomore class president, a member of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), STEM club and Student Senate, according to her obituary. She played volleyball for her school and a Junior Olympics team called the Sharks and was a coach as well. She also was involved in 4-H and her church. She participated in Westville’s youth group and the W.E. (Worship Eternally) singing group.

Hess was heavily involved and intelligent, Koennecke said. This past school week has been a hard one for the district, and grief counselors were on hand to help students, faculty and staff, he said.

“The community has rallied, students and staff have been absolutely phenomenal in supporting one another,” he said

Students at the funeral said it’s horrible that she’s gone, but they hope she is in a peaceful place.

The 45th annual Dayton Holiday Festival kicks off today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 4:22 AM

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The holiday season kicks off in Dayton today with the annual Grande Illumination and Dayton Children's Parade Spectacular in Lights.

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This year marks 45 years celebrating the Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by Dayton Power & Light.

The event will be held at Courthouse Square and surrounding buildings from 4-9 p.m. with the tree-lighting ceremony at 7:45 p.m. and the parade immediately following. Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate the 45-minute parade, which will feature a variety of floats, entertainers, animals and several surprises.

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Activities planned include the live reindeer display, musical entertainment, carnival rides and games, holiday crafts and games, horse-drawn wagon rides, the Tike's Shoppe and a gingerbread house contest.

A complete list of festival events is available online, as well as a calendar of other downtown holiday events.

PARADE ROUTE: 

The parade will begin at 7:50 p.m. at Second and Wilkinson streets. It will proceed east on Second Street to south on Main Street, then to west on Fourth Street. When at Fourth and Perry streets, the parade floats will disband and stage for escort to their designated storage area.

Streets to Be Closed for Dayton Holiday Festival:

  • Closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.:  Third Street between Main and Ludlow
  •  Closed from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Second Street between Perry and Vista View 
  • Closed from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Wilkinson Street between Second and Third,  Ludlow Street between First and Second
  •  Closed from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.:  Main Street between First and Fifth, Second Street between Jefferson and Perry, Third Street between Jefferson and Perry, Fourth Street between Jefferson and Ludlow, Wilkinson Street between Maple and Fourth, Southbound Red Cross Lane between First and Second, Southbound Stafford Street between First and Second

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The Dayton Holiday Festival, presented by DP&L, is a program of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, the City of Dayton, Montgomery County and the Mrs. Virginia W. Kettering Dayton Holiday Festival Fund.

Troopers: Naked couple crashes car while having sex; baby was in back seat

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 1:25 AM

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Washington State Patrol.(David Ryder/Getty Images)

A naked couple, having sex in their car while their baby was in the back seat, crashed while driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

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The man was driving on Highway 7 near La Grande in Pierce County, naked and having sex with a woman who also was naked, when he missed a curve, went off the road and struck a tree, State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said.

The crash occurred Wednesday at 6 p.m. troopers said.

Witnesses told troopers both the man and woman were naked when they got out of the car, The Everett Herald reported. Troopers said they were also both impaired.

The woman wasn't wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the hospital with several broken bones. The 3-month-old child in the back seat was not injured.

The man was arrested and booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, vehicular assault and child endangerment, the Herald reported.

Troopers said the man has three prior DUI convictions.

Chrissy Teigen asks Springfield for a “Christmas miracle”

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 5:24 PM

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Chrissy Teigen, wife to Springfield native John Legend, has asked the city for what she calls a “Christmas miracle.”

The model and her husband visited Springfield this week for Thanksgiving, and apparently left an important item behind.

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“I left my Nintendo at the Courtyard Marriott in Springfield please I need a Christmas miracle. I need my moons back,” Teigen tweeted.

She has made her love of Nintendo and the game Super Mario Odyssey known on social media. Obtaining moons are a part of said game.

So if you happen to stay at the Marriott hotel on South Fountain Ave. in the near future, be sure to check for a small electronic device. You might just become a Christmas hero.  

South African court increases Oscar Pistorius' jail term

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 3:34 AM

Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence was increased to 13 years, 5 months.
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Oscar Pistorius' jail sentence was increased to 13 years, 5 months.(Foto24/Getty Images)

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal increased the jail sentence for former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to 13 years, 5 months, the BBC reported Friday.

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Pistorius was originally sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. 

"The sentence imposed by the … [High Court] with respect to murder is set aside and substituted with the following –- the respondent’s imprisonment for 13 years and five months," Justice Legoabe Willie Seriti said. 

He said Pistorius should have been sentenced to 15 years, but the Supreme Court of Appeal took into account the time he had already served, News24 reported. 

Pistorius was arrested on Valentine’s Day in 2013 –- the day of the killing.

North Gauteng High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa initially sentenced Pistorius to five years for culpable homicide in 2014, News 24 reported.

Pistorius served only 10 months of the five-year sentence in prison before being released and put under house arrest.

The state appealed the culpable homicide conviction, and it was later replaced with murder by the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2016, and Masipa handed down a six-year jail term, News24 reported.

Previously, the six-time Paralympic gold medallist had made history by becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete at the Olympics, in 2012 in London, running on prosthetic "blades.”

He had his legs amputated below the knee as a baby, the BBC reported.