College student donates kidney to Mason boy

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

            “He’s definitely a hero and an inspiration and I’m happy that I could help him along in his journey,” said Karly Schmidt, 23, a nursing student at the University of Kentucky who donated a kidney to Mason resident Logan Wiesman. WCPO
“He’s definitely a hero and an inspiration and I’m happy that I could help him along in his journey,” said Karly Schmidt, 23, a nursing student at the University of Kentucky who donated a kidney to Mason resident Logan Wiesman. WCPO

“You want to know something special about me?”

That’s a line from Logan Wiesman’s book, “Logan’s Bumpy Kidneys.” The remarkable 7-year-old wrote it with his aunt April to explain to his classmates and other children why his tummy stuck out.

Logan’s hometown of Mason will honor him Sunday with Logan Wiesman Day and will celebrate a friendship with a college student that made it possible.

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Logan had PKD — Polycystic Kidney Disease — and his condition worsened quickly over the winter. Family and friends were testing to see if they could donate a kidney. His mother, Ann, had kidney problems and couldn’t. His father, Dave, was tested but wasn’t a match.

“It was heart-wrenching,” remembered Ann, “and the day that we posted to say that Dave wasn’t going to be able to be Logan’s donor is when we heard from Karly.”

Karly Schmidt, 23, was studying nursing at the University of Kentucky. Schmidt’s family has been close friends of the Wiesmans, and her dad had given a friend a kidney in college. She underwent the testing during final exams and she was a match.

“I think he’s awesome,” Schmidt said of Logan. “He’s definitely a hero and an inspiration and I’m happy that I could help him along in his journey.

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“For Logan, this is like a huge deal,” Schmidt said, “but for me it was more like, ‘I’m excited to do this.’”

“I think Karly downplays it a lot, but what she’s done for us and for Logan is amazing,” said Logan’s dad, Dave. “He’s a healthy boy now. He’s back to having a normal childhood.”

Logan’s mom, Ann, broke into tears talking about Karly’s gift.

“I really wish I could’ve been my son’s organ donor. I wish I could give a kidney to anybody,” Ann said, “but I am so grateful for the people that step in and step up, especially when parents can’t, to save the lives of their children.”

The Wiesmans will celebrate with a “Walk To End PKD” Sunday at Voice of America MetroPark in West Chester Twp. There’s a kids’ dash at 12:30 p.m. followed by a 2½-mile walk at 1 p.m.

Groundbreaking set for first local medical marijuana plant

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:46 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:15 AM

A ceremonial groundbreaking is set to happen today on one of two medical marijuana cultivation facilities to be built in the Miami Valley.

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Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and officials with the village of Yellow Springs will be on hand at the site off East Enon Road near Antioch University, where a 23,294-square-foot steel greenhouse and a 26,445-square-foot processing facility will be built.

The “environmentally sound greenhouse will be built for cultivating and harvesting condition-specific strains of medical marijuana and produce non-invasive medical products for qualified patients,” according to a release from Cresco Labs, which has similar facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

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“With licenses announced just two weeks ago, Cresco Labs is the first to break ground and start construction on their Yellow Springs medical marijuana cultivation facility,” according to the release. “Cresco’s brand name products will be available at dispensaries across Ohio to patients that have been physician-certified with any of the 22 approved medical conditions. All growing will take place in secure, climate-controlled environments that utilize nearly 85% renewable energy.”

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Cresco’s cannabis oil products include pharmaceutical-grad oral sprays, sublingual digestible tablets and transdermal patches.

Cresco has also applied to the state for a dispensary license and is expected to apply for a processing license.

A medical marijuana cultivation facility is also approved in Clark County. Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at 4020 Dayton-Springfield Road in Mad River Twp., outside of Springfield.

Crews continue to battle a vacant house in Dayton

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:12 AM

Smoky fire at Garfield Avenue house

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m: Fire crews continue to battle a structure fire that occurred on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street early Thursday morning

The residence is vacant, according to officials.

We’re working to learn more details on the fire. 


Units are on scene of a structure fire on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street that was reported in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m., according to initial reports. 

Flames are reportedly showing from the structure. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as additional details become available. 

At least 40 houses without power in Dayton after pole is knocked down 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:03 AM

Downed power line on Westwood Avenue cuts power to 40 houses

Officials say close to 40 houses are without power after a Dayton Power & Light pole was knocked down in Dayton early Thursday morning. 

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The pole is down in the 100 block of Westwood Avenue and surrounding Brooklyn Avenue and Huron Avenue are affected as well.

High winds have caused a few outages in the Miami Valley since late Wednesday night.

DP&L have been notified of the incident.

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No word on when power will be restored. We will continue to monitor. 

Vehicle crashes into pond after blowing tire

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:47 AM

SCENE: Vehicle blows tire, lands in Dayton pond

A driver blew a tire, sending the vehicle into a pond, according to Dayton police.

Just after midnight, the car blew a tire on Route 4 just north of Harshman Road, sending the vehicle into the Dayton Well Field pond, according to police.

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The driver, the only occupant, was able to escape and called 911. 

A tow truck was on scene and was attempting to remove the vehicle from the pond.

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