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.

White nationalist Richard Spencer jeered by University of Florida crowd

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:19 AM

White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks during a news  conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida. Spencer delivered a speech on the college campus, his first since he and others participated in the
White nationalist Richard Spencer speaks during a news conference at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Gainesville, Florida. Spencer delivered a speech on the college campus, his first since he and others participated in the "Unite the Right" rally, which turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

White nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida was cut short Thursday by chants, jeering and shouting, Gainesville.com reported.

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Spencer spoke at an afternoon event at the university’s Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but cut his scheduled two-hour appearance shortened by 25 minutes after having to yell over a heckling crowd, Gainesville.com reported.

“I feel sorry for you,” Spencer told the crowd. “Do you know how this is going to be read? Do you think this is going to be read as ‘great victory for U of F’? No, it’s going to be read as the University of Florida is filled with child-like antifa, who shout at people as opposed to talking to them.”

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The event brought nearly 2,500 protesters to the university, and 500 tickets were distributed for the event in the 1,700-seat theater. Police in riot gear stood on the second level of the Phillips Center, and several rows remained empty, separating Spencer supporters from protesters, Gainesville.com reported.

The university spent an estimated $600,000 for security for the event, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in advance of Spencer’s speech.

Spencer spent the first half hour arguing and trying to be heard above the crowd, which chanted “Black Lives Matter,” “Let’s go, Gators,” and “Go Home, Spencer,” Gainesville.com reported.

Spencer called the crowd “babies” and “pathetic” and their chants “stupid.”

“Oh, Nazis have no right to speak, really?” he asked the crowd. “So, you don’t believe in free speech at all, do you?”

Spencer opened up the floor for questions earlier than expected, Gainesville.com reported.

The first question: “Why are you still here?”

A few dozen in the crowd supported Spencer and his organization, the National Policy Institute, although most declined to comment to the media.

As the event ended, Spencer thanked the university for allowing him to speak, but chastised the crowd, saying UF “failed” its test of allowing free speech, Gainesville.com reported.

“You think that you shut me down, well you didn’t,” Spencer said. “You failed at your own game ... The world is not going to be proud of you.

Some of social media also chastised the Florida crowd. Columnist Ben Shapiro called the students “dumb,” saying  “You gave Spencer what he wanted. You should have left him an empty auditorium.”

In a telephone interview after the speech, Spencer described the appearance as "frustrating and exhilarating at the same time." 

"I'm inspired that we persevered against totally thuggish behavior," he told The Washington Post. "Screaming at the top of your lungs is the same as trying to bar the door."

Clinton County police pursuit ends in Xenia

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 2:10 AM

A police pursuit that reportedly started in Clinton County has ended in a field near Bellbrook Avenue and S. Allison Avenue in Xenia.

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The incident occurred around 2 a.m. on Friday.

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The subjects fled the vehicle, per initial reports.

One individual has been captured by police, two others are still on foot.

We will update this story with more details as they develop.

Utah man uses sandwich board to find kidney donor for his wife

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:09 AM

Patients on kidney dialysis machines.
Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images
Patients on kidney dialysis machines.(Jeff Overs/BBC News & Current Affairs via Getty Images)

A 74-year-old Utah man whose wife needs a kidney transplant is spreading his message by wearing a sandwich board, KSTU reported.

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Earlier this week, Wayne Winters began walking busy streets in Farr West, Utah, wearing a sign that reads “Need Kidney 4 Wife,” along with his telephone number. Winters’ wife, Deanne Winters, has stage 5 kidney failure.

“I don’t walk real fast,” Wayne Winters told KSTU. “I’m trying to get a kidney for my wife.

“She’s on dialysis and she doesn’t like it. It’s horrible.”

Wayne Winters said he got the idea of using a sandwich board after seeing a story online about another man who received national attention by using one.

“I thought, ‘I can do this,’” he told KSTU.

Winters said the first day he walked, a man stopped and said he would check to see if he was a match. But until there is a confirmed match, he will continue to pound the streets.

“After I get a kidney I will have my wife back the way she was, normal, helping people, loving people,” Winters told KSTU. “She likes to serve other people.”

For more information about donating a kidney, visit kidney.org. To help Winters with his efforts, call 801-675-0278.

Boy stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

Published: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:00 AM

FROM SCENE: Child stops man to get help for Dayton gunshot victim

UPDATE @ 1 a.m. (Oct. 20)

Anthony Watson Jr., a 25-year-old man who was shot two times in the leg, was listed in serious condition early today at Miami Valley Hospital.

Crews were dispatched to the 3400 block of Valerie Armes Drive around 4 p.m. after a boy alerted an adult to call for help.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

An 11-year-old boy stopped a man this afternoon to get help for a gunshot victim.

According to a Dayton police report, the victim was 25-year-old Anthony Watson Jr.

There was no information about any suspects.

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m.

A child alerted an adult that a man had been shot late this afternoon in Dayton. 

The 911 caller said the child told him the man was shot twice in the leg. 

Crews were dispatched just before 4 p.m. to the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive. 

The shooting victim, a man in his mid-20s, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

According to an incident call log, the suspect vehicle is described as a black 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix with temporary tags and a large scratch on the rear. Two men in their 20s were inside.

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A shooting victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital this afternoon.

The incident was reported around 4 p.m. in the 3400 block of Valerie Arms Drive in Dayton.

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The victim’s name, age and condition were not available.

It’s not clear whether police have a shooting suspect.