‘Dancing Trucker’ brings smiles to downtown Hamilton

Published: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, September 21, 2017 @ 5:09 PM

Dancing trucker brings smiles to downtown Hamilton

It’s 80-plus degrees on a sweltering afternoon in downtown Hamilton and yet several cars, motorcycles and school buses are honking at a 6-foot-7, 350-pound man, smiling and showcasing his dance moves at a fevered pitch.

The sight of John “The Dancing Trucker” Drury performing is certainly something out-of-the-ordinary.

As KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man” sets the mood for Drury in front of the Historic Butler County Courthouse, he displays some fancy footwork that belies a man of his size.

“This all got started in 2011 when I lost 100 pounds through dance, dance fitness and Zumba,” Drury said.

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He said in recent years he has performed in front of the courthouse on Sundays, usually starting at 1 p.m. The “Dancing Trucker” says he just wants to bring some joy to others.

He also likes show he can dance.

“I am a 6-foot-7 big white dude with rhythm so I am trying to break stereotypes,” Drury, who lives in Hamilton, said with a laugh, while doing a little Michael Jackson moonwalk on the curb. 

He added, “ I try to get people to step out of their comfort zone. There is a stereotype involved with dancing in public.”

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From truck stops to competitive dance competitions, the “Dancing Trucker,” who also does part-time security for the Bengals, has become somewhat of a local phenomenon.

Getting positive feedback from onlookers and on social media tugs at Drury’s heart. The bond created has helped him deal with a personal tragedy.

“About two years ago, my mother, (Sandra Drury) was killed by a drunk driver on her way to church,” he said. “That was just the worst thing. She was just a kind, giving person. So that is another reason I want to get out here and just spread joy and get smiles. It helps me too. I don’t want money or just attention.”

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Hamilton police Sgt. Brian Robinson said Drury often lets the police department know when he is performing — just in case people call about a man big enough to play for the Bengals is trying a Justin Timberlake dance move downtown.

“OMG! Who is this guy dancing on High Street? He just made my day,” was one social media post that Drury shared with the Journal-News.

“That makes my day — and seeing the people smile,” Drury said. “It is all worth it and I hope to be able to continue to do it.”

Flames shoot from vacant house in Dayton

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:54 PM

VIDEO: Flames shoot from vacant house in Dayton

Flames shooting from a vacant house ablaze late Friday night could be seen by motorists traveling along U.S. 35 in Dayton.

Crews were called around 11:20 p.m. to the abandoned two-story house at 808 Linden Ave.

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When firefighters arrived, the house was engulfed.

According to initial reports, there were no utilities connected to the house.

Police: Man uses fishing line to steal change from car washes

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:14 AM

Car wash.
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Car wash.(Ulrich Baumgarten/U. Baumgarten via Getty Images)

Ohio police are looking for a man who they say is reeling in money illegally from local car washes, WKBN reported.

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According to Boardman police, a man used a $20 bill attached to a fishing line to steal hundreds of dollars in change from car wash coin box machines. Police said that according to surveillance camera video, the suspect is as a white man in his 50s or 60s, heavyset, balding and wearing glasses.

The man was driving a blue Dodge Caravan, police said.

The suspect allegedly stole money from car wash facilities in Boardman, Austintown and Geneva, and also could be responsible for thefts in Illinois and Indiana, WKBN reported.

This guy is tampering with coin machines. If you know him. Please call our tip line at 330-270-5108 or send a private Facebook message. All leads will be considered confidential.

Posted by Austintown Police District on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Police find woman, child and infant naked and unconscious under mysterious circumstances

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:41 PM

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(Photo By Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)(Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

A baby girl passed away, and a woman and an older girl, believed to be the infant’s mother and sister, are still hospitalized after police discovered all three of them naked, unconscious and covered in white powder in the parking lot of a Los Angeles, market.

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Officers responded to the scene around 2 a.m. Thursday after receiving a report of a woman screaming. They arrived to find the victims in the mysterious condition, none of them breathing. Authorities believe the three are residents of the area. According to the owner of the market, the woman was barefoot, and the 8-year-old girl was crying when they purchased three cans of Ajax cleaner and latex gloves.

There were no signs of obvious trauma on the trio’s bodies, and police are not sure what happened to them or what injuries they may have suffered. Both the woman and the girl are in critical condition. A hazardous-material team identified the white powder covering the victims as a baby product.

“It is devastating when you’re dealing with children,” LAPD 

Capt. Michael Rimkunas said.

While an unidentified man was seen in handcuffs during a preliminary investigation, he was later released. Police will review surveillance video from the scene and are currently looking for witnesses who may have information on what happened.

New Carlisle news photographer shot by deputy back at work

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.

Andy Grimm, the New Carlisle News photographer shot on the job by a deputy last month, was spotted working today at an accident scene.

News Center 7 photographer Jim Noelker this evening caught up with Grimm today when they both responded to a crash in New Carlisle.

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Grimm showed Noelker where the bullet entered on the left side of his torso and came out on his side.

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He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Shaw at a crash scene. Shaw said he shot Grimm because in the dark he mistook the tripod Grimm was carrying for a gun.