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Published: Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 09, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
MIAMI COUNTY — It's been almost five years since 19-year-old Nikki Forrest vanished without a trace in Miami County. At the time, Forrest was halfway through a high-risk pregnancy that required her to take injections twice daily.
Tammy Weddington of Piqua said her stepdaughter was very excited about having a baby and they talked on the phone or texted almost daily. She vividly remembers their last conversation.
"She said she was going to go to another state with a boyfriend and start a new life with him and we didn't hear from her after that," said Weddington. She said she tried to talk Nikki into staying in Piqua, where she had family and friends to help her with the baby.
The boyfriend told police that he last saw Nikki Forrest the night of September 25, 2010 when she showed up at his home on Croydon Rd. in Troy.
"The story we have received is that there was an argument and he placed her baggage outside his house and some unknown person came and picked her up and drove off with her and she's not been seen since," said Tom Christy, Piqua Deputy Chief of Police. "That was the dispute that night, whether he was the father or not."
Nikki was never seen or heard from again. Police said she never used her cell phone again or picked up her last paycheck. Days after she was reported missing, an elderly couple came into the Kroger Pharmacy on Covington Rd. in Piqua with Nikki's bag that contained her medication. They said they found the bag along Eldean Road. However, they did not tell the pharmacist exactly where the bag was found and they did not give their names.
"We've reached out to the people who found this bag and we have yet been able to talk to them, " said Deputy Chief Christy. "Our interest in talking to them is merely to find out where this bag was found."
Now, almost five years after Nikki vanished, a cold case investigator from the Montgomery County Coroner's Office is joining the case. Glen McIntosh said it appears that something tragic happened to the pregnant teenager.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 2:52 PM
— Selling raffle tickets to benefit an athletic team is not new, but having an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon as the prize is drawing heavy criticism in the wake of the shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 and injured dozens, The Kansas City Star reported.
Third-graders in the southern Missouri city of Neosho were selling the tickets to benefit their traveling baseball team. Levi Patterson, the coach of a 9-and-under team in Neosho, said the idea was conceived before the Feb. 14 shooting at Parkland High School in South Florida, the Star reported.
The father of one of the players offered the weapon for the raffle.
Patterson told the Star that he considered changing the prize after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, but decided to “turn it into a positive thing.”
The post, which has since been removed by Facebook, showed a weapon next to the mascot logo of South Elementary School in Neosho.
The raffle is not affiliated with the Neosho School District, and the winner must pass a background check before receiving the gun, the Star reported.
“Are you all tone deaf?” Dan Weaver wrote in a Facebook post on Patterson’s page. “AR15 kills seventeen so you raffle a gun for child sports? Lord, people wake the hell up. Justify all you want but you are wrong, period.”
Patterson answered the post, noting that “gun raffles have been going on for years. Evil has and will always exist. Our hearts break for those involved, and we do not take that lightly.”
The Star originally linked to the exchange, but the link is no longer active.
Patterson told the Star that he understands the criticism, which has been fierce.
“I applaud them for standing up for what they believe in. I just think they have feelings to this specific type of gun (that are) different than people around here do,” he said.
Tyler Tannahill of Kansas, who is running for Congress, was criticize this week for offering an AR-15 giveaway as part of his campaign, the Star reported.
Patterson stressed that the baseball players, who range in age from 7 to 9, are under no obligation to sell the raffle tickets.
“We appreciate your ‘concern’ but please understand, we are not, have not, and will not force one of our boys to sell raffle tickets for the Black Rain AR15 Spec 15, if they are uncomfortable doing so,” he wrote on Facebook.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A survivor of Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, slammed President Donald Trump, lawmakers and the National Rifle Association in a scathing speech Saturday at an anti-gun rally in Fort Lauderdale.
"Every single person up here today, all these people should be home grieving," said Emma Gonzalez, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. "But instead, we are up here standing together because if all our government and president can do is send thoughts and prayers, then it's time for victims to be the change that we need to see. Since the time of the founding fathers and since they added the Second Amendment to the Constitution, our guns have developed at a rate that leaves me dizzy. The guns have changed, but our laws have not."
Gonzalez called out one of Trump's tweets following the shooting that left 17 people dead.
So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
"So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!" Trump wrote Thursday morning.
Gonzalez said Saturday: "We did, time and time again. Since he was in middle school, it was no surprise to anyone who knew him to hear that he was the shooter. Those talking about how we should have not ostracized him, you didn't know this kid, OK? We did. We know that they are claiming mental health issues, and I am not a psychologist, but we need to pay attention to the fact that this was not just a mental health issue. He would not have harmed that many students with a knife."
She added: "If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy and how it should never have happened and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, I'm going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association."
She went on to criticize him and other lawmakers.
"To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!" she said, prompting the crowd to chant, "Shame on you" in response.
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 5:38 AM
This lady thought she was going to be rude to me and Mason now she has no way home today.Posted by Marissa Rundell on Tuesday, February 6, 2018
“State employees are and must be held to the highest standard both professionally and personally,” said Ronni Reich, a spokesperson for the New York State Council of the Arts, where Peirez works. “We were notified of this situation and have commenced an investigation. This employee has been removed from the office and placed on leave until further notice and until the inquiry is resolved.”
Mother Marissa Rundell captured the incident on camera, and the video quickly made its rounds on the internet. The footage shows an annoyed Peirez complaining about having to sit next to a “crying baby” on the plane even though it doesn’t appear the child was crying at the time. When a flight attendant informed her that she couldn’t change seats, she threatened to have the employee fired and was soon removed from the flight.
Delta responded in a statement, saying Peirez’s actions and behavior failed to meet the airline’s standards for passengers:
Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:04 PM
DAYTON — Update@1:25 p.m.:
Police officers were initially sent to scene Saturday night for on domestic violence-related incident call, and the suspect wasn't home. But once he returned home Sunday afternoon, neighbors called police, and officers returned to the scene, said Sgt. Kyle B. Thomas of the Dayton Police Department.
When officers arrived, the unidentified suspect refused to come out and was concerned about the safety of his dog. So officers asked him to secure the dog in the house so it wouldn’t get injured, Thomas said.
The dog’s breed and name were not released.
Officers then continued negotiating with the suspect and he subsequently came out of the house, and was taken in to custody.
SWAT was not called to the scene. But the K9 unit as well as the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center were there make sure the dog’s well taken care of while the investigation takes place, Thomas said.
There were not injuries to the dog, suspect or officers, Thomas, said, thanking the community for getting involved.
“The community stepped up,” he said. “They were aware that we were looking for this guy and they made some calls and let us know where we could find him. Without their help we wouldn’t have him in custody right now.”
It is unclear if the suspect has been charged. We will bring you the information as soon as charges as well as the
We are hearing reports of a possible police standoff at an apartment complex located at Superba Court and North Irwin Street in Dayton.
Multiple callers to our newsroom said there are several officers in the area, and they are using a loudspeaker to get someone to come out of a building. Although a police dispatch sergeant acknowledged that officers were called to the area, he couldn’t confirm that there is a standoff.