Crash in high school parking lot results in minor injury

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 7:44 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 @ 10:44 AM

A life squad was dispatched to Hamilton High School this morning on the report of a crash in the parking lot.

Initial police scanner traffic at 7:21 a.m. indicated a vehicle struck two other vehicles. One student was injured, but was not taken to the hospital, according to dispatchers.

Tow trucks were also requested to the parking lot.

There’s no word yet on who was cited in the crash.

Protests after off-duty LA officer fires shot in clash with teen

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 8:35 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 6:13 AM

Dozens of people, including children, were arrested early Thursday after clashing with Southern California police outside a home where a Los Angeles policeman fired a single round during an off-duty tussle with a 13-year-old boy.

Hundreds of people had gathered hours earlier after videos surfaced showing the incident between the officer, whose identity has not been released, and a group of youths.

The incident occurred Tuesday over ongoing issues with children walking across the officer's property in Anaheim, a police spokesman told The Orange County Register.

The 13-year-old believed the officer had cursed a teenage girl who had walked on his lawn on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"The little kid said, 'I'm going to sue you,' and then the guy thought he said, 'I'm going to shoot you.' That's when he started grabbing the little kid," Gregory Perez, 16, told The Orange County Register.

One video posted on YouTube shows the officer struggling with the boy, who repeatedly denies he threatened to shoot and at one point says "Let me go. ... I'm only 13."

A taller youth steps in and tries to break the officer's grip. Another youth rushes the officer, who stumbles back through a small hedge, still holding the 13-year-old.

The taller boy then takes a swing at the officer. Other teens approach and the officer — still gripping the 13-year-old with one hand — pulls a gun from his waistband, crouches, and a shot is fired.

Witnesses said the officer "did not discharge the gun toward anyone," Anaheim Sgt. Daron Wyatt told KNX-AM radio.

After police arrive, the off-duty officer puts his hands up and is walked away to be interviewed while the teenager eventually is handcuffed.

The 13-year-old boy was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall on suspicion of making criminal threat and battery, while a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery and later released, Anaheim police said. Their names were not released because they are minors.

The American Civil Liberties Union said in a statement Wednesday that the video was deeply disturbing, and said investigators need to explain why the boys were arrested, but not the officer who fired the shot.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said in a statement Wednesday that he was concerned with what he saw in the video, and the city is committed to a full and impartial investigation.

Anaheim and Los Angeles police were investigating the incident and the officer was cooperating, Wyatt said.

The Anaheim Police Department said it was aware of "numerous videos" posted on YouTube. The department said its Homicide Detail is investigating and when the case is completed, it will be submitted to the Orange County district attorney's office.

That office will decide whether any criminal charges should be filed.

The LAPD's Force Investigation Division is also looking into the altercation and the officer has been placed on administrative leave, the LAPD told the Register.

The calm gathering of protesters was disrupted Wednesday night as some began vandalizing the officer's and neighboring homes and throwing objects at Anaheim police officers observing the demonstration across the street, the Register reported.

Protesters then took to Euclid Street, blocking traffic before confronting Anaheim police officers in riot gear who had established a skirmish line.

Police created a second skirmish line around the officer's home.

Early Thursday, police said in a statement that 24 people were arrested: 10 men, eight women, three boys and three girls. All are misdemeanor charges for variations of failure to disperse, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

13 Butler County projects to be awarded money today

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 8:34 AM


            13 Butler County projects to be awarded money today

A host of projects will be approved for federal grant funds today by the Butler County commissioners, through the Community Development Block Grant and HOME housing assistance programs.

Every year communities throughout the county are invited to apply for Community Development Block Grant funds, for projects that benefit low-to-moderate income residents and areas.

MORE: Here are some of the Butler County grant requests

The commissioners are expected to approve 13 projects totaling almost $1 million in federal funds and $577,000 in housing help.

The biggest project recommended for approval this year is $260,000 for repaving the access road to the Butler County Regional Airport.

MORE: Airport remains a drag on Butler County budget

Desmond Maaytah, the county community development manager, said the road sorely needs attention and is not eligible for Federal Aviation Administration funding, like other capital projects at the airport.

Hamilton board that hears utility bill complaints needs 3 new members

Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 8:30 AM


            Hamilton board that hears utility bill complaints needs 3 new members

The city of Hamilton is seeking applicants for three seats on the five-member Utility Appeals Board, which hears appeals from utility users who are not satisfied by decisions involving their utility bills.

Here are the specific conditions applicants must meet:

  • One must be a member of Hamilton’s Public Utilities Commission;
  • One must be the owner of a Hamilton small business who also lives within city limits; and

  • The other simply must be a city resident.
  • The remaining two members are city staff members.

    MORE: Hamilton water, electric rates going up

    “The purpose of the board is to review customer appeals of utility-related decisions,” said Nathan Perry, the city’s utilities business manager. “If customers have a concern after they’ve worked through us (utility officials), on a decision that’s been made related to their account, they have a place they can go to appeal that decision.”

    The appeals board has the power to adjust bills and penalties after reviewing citizens’ complaints. Ordinary citizens are encouraged to apply.

    Hamilton owns its own electric, natural-gas, water, sewer and storm-water utilities.

    MORE: Hamilton electric customers eligible for discounts

    Applications must reach the city by 5 p.m. Friday, March 3 — being in the mail doesn’t count. A

    pplications can be downloaded from the city’s website, www.hamilton-oh.gov. They can be submitted in person, by email or by mail to nick.garuckas@hamilton-oh.gov or Office of the City Clerk, 345 High St., Suite 780, Hamilton, OH 45011.

    “We’re not asking for somebody who has a business degree or some knowledge necessarily of this,” Perry said. “Everybody uses utilities, so everybody kind-of knows what their bill looks like and could have some valuable input on the board.”

    The board hasn’t been active recently and is being reconstituted.

    Pop up storms today, strong storms coming tomorrow

    Published: Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:26 AM

    Very mild this morning with patchy fog mainly in rural communities. A mix of sun and clouds today. 

    • Some patchy fog possible 
    • Warm today, stray shower or storm 
    • More storms Friday evening, severe threat

    TODAY: Mild weather again with highs in the mid to upper 60s very close to the record for the day. A little breezy into the afternoon with the chance for some isolated showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Overnight mild and breezy.

    FRIDAY: Most showers and storms should be north of the Miami Valley in the morning. Dry with partly cloudy skies during the day. 

    Temperatures will heat up and help support strong to severe storms for the evening. Highs will soar to the low 70s which will blow the record of 67 degrees. 

    A strong cold front will approach from the west heading into the night. 

    Showers and storms are still expected to fire along and ahead of the front 

    early evening through midnight. This will be looking at storms from start to finish. Timing may change a bit, but the evening hours will be the most active. 

    Main threats still could be widespread damaging winds with an smaller possibility of large hail or a spin-up. Colder air will quickly approach into the overnight hours and winds outside of any storms will be picking up as well.

    SATURDAY: Gusty winds up to 40 mph will be possible. Temperatures will likely start in the 40s and drop to the 30s for most of the afternoon. Scattered rain/snow showers will be possible to mix through in the afternoon and evening. Dry overnight but cold.

    SUNDAY: Temperatures move back in the middle 20s which is actually typical for this time of year. Sun and scattered clouds through the day. Highs climb to the low 40s.

    MONDAY: Scattered showers develop quickly. A brief rain/snow mix north might be possible, but most areas will be breezy with rain showers. Highs in the middle 40s.

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