Donations ease sting after vandalism wipes out Iowa honey business

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 2:51 AM

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Bees.(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Donations nationwide have eased the sting for an Iowa couple whose beekeeping business was destroyed by vandals, The Globe Gazette reported.

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Justin and Tori Engelhardt, who own Wild Hill Honey in Sioux City, discovered their 50 hives and supplies had been ransacked Thursday. Nothing was stolen, but Justin Engelhardt said nearly half a million bees were killed and there was an estimated $60,000 worth of damage not covered by insurance. He called the destruction “completely senseless.”

“They knocked over every single hive, killing all the bees. They wiped us out completely,” Engelhardt told the Globe Gazette. “They broke into our shed, they took all our equipment out and threw it out in the snow, smashed what they could. Doesn’t look like anything was stolen, everything was just vandalized or destroyed.”

The Engelhardts opened Wild Hills Honey six years ago. They sell jars of pure, raw and creamed varieties of honey and other honey byproducts, the Globe Gazette reported.

Todd LaCroix began an approved GoFundMe account on behalf of the Engelhardts and Wild Hill Honey. 

“Tori and Justin are wonderful people who have just suffered a terrible loss,” LaCroix wrote. “The destruction of their bees and equipment is not only a financial hardship but has taken an emotional toll as well.

“Unfortunately, insurance will not cover the loss of the bees and equipment. Any help is appreciated.”

LaCroix set a goal of $24,000, and that had been surpassed by midnight Friday as more than $28,000 had been pledged.

Victoria Kleber, who identified herself on the fundraising page as a 50-hive operator from southwestern Pennsylvania, said she would also donate “nucs and queen cells this spring” if she lived closer to the couple. 

"I hope you will come back stronger and that the perpetrators of this cruel act will face justice," Kleber wrote. "I had ONE hive vandalized last winter and can not even imagine losing all my girls. God bless, and you are in my prayers!"

Wild Hill Honey plans to restock its hives by spring, Engelhardt said Friday, noting he and Tori are salvaging what they can. They hope to resume sales by 2019, the Globe Gazette reported. 

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Two hospitalized after police pursuit ends in crash in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

UPDATE @ 2:50 a.m: Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a police pursuit ended in a crash on Needmore Road early Thursday morning.

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According to officials, they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Stanley Avenue around 1:45 a.m., the suspect did not comply and a pursuit started on northbound I-75. 

The suspect ended up crashing into another vehicle after running a red light on Needmore Road not too long after the pursuit ensued. 

The suspect and the driver of the other vehicle were the individuals transported to Grandview Medical Center.

Officials did find a loaded handgun and narcotics in the suspect vehicle. 

The individual was placed under arrest and will be taken to Montgomery County Jail after their release from the hospital. 


A pursuit on northbound I-75 ended as a crash on the Needmore Road exit ramp early Thursday morning.

According to officials, the pursuit started around 1:45 a.m. at the 55 milemarker.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol are handling with assistance from Dayton police.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

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Travis AFB main gate closed after car gains 'unauthorized access,' crashes

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:00 AM

The visitor's entrace to Travis  Air Force Base in California.
The visitor's entrace to Travis Air Force Base in California.(Google)

Officials at Travis Air Force Base in California say a car gained “unauthorized access” to the base’s main gate and later crashed.

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Smoke alarm recall: 500,000 Kidde detectors might not alert users to fire

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:42 AM

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Kidde recalled about 500,000 dual-sensor smoke alarms Wednesday because they pose a risk of people not being alerted to a fire in their home.

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A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke.

About 452,000 devices were sold in the United States, in addition to 40,000 sold in Canada.

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This recall involves models PI2010 and PI9010 of Kidde dual-sensor (photoelectric and ionization) smoke alarms. “KIDDE” is printed on the front center of the smoke alarm. The model number and date code are printed on the back of the alarm.

The recall includes:

Model: PI9010 (DC/battery powered)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017

Model: PI2010 (AC/hardwired)Date Code: September 10, 2016 through October 13, 2017

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People should remove the alarm from their wall or ceiling and look through the opening on the side of the alarm for a yellow cap. People should not attempt to take apart the alarm, open the casing, or otherwise remove the yellow cap themselves. If a yellow cap is present, people should immediately contact Kidde to receive instructions and request a free replacement smoke alarm. They should remove and discard the recalled smoke alarm only after they receive and install the replacement alarm. If no yellow cap is present, people should reinstall the smoke alarm and no further action is needed.

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The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.

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The affected smoke alarms were sold at Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide and online at, and other websites from September 2016 through January 2018 for between $20 and $40.

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3 critical, 1 dead after crash on U.S. 36 in Champaign County

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:41 AM

At least one dead in Champaign Co. crash involving ambulance

UPDATE @ 1:41 a.m: Three people are in critical condition after a fatal two-vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 36 East and Parkview Road in Champaign County Wednesday afternoon.

The crash involved a private ambulance and a full-size pickup truck.

One woman died at the scene and the other four individuals involved were flown to Miami Valley Hospital.

Matthew Wallen, 21, of St. Paris; Mark Stith, 23, of Marion; and Christopher Bopp, 51, of Kenton all remain in critical condition. 

A condition update was not immediately available for Jeremy Fetters, 23, of Plain City. 

UPDATE @ 7:20 p.m.: A 61-year-old Kenton woman was killed in the two-vehicle collision involving a private ambulance and a full-size pickup truck in Goshen Twp., the Champaign County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. 

Debra Lock was a front-seat passenger in the Med Care ambulance sheriff's investigators said failed to yield the right of way when it entered the intersection of U.S. 36 East and Parkview Road. The accident was reported at 3:22 p.m.

Matthew Wallen, 21, of St. Paris, was driving the truck that struck the medic unit. 

Jeremy Fetters, 23, of Plain City, was the ambulance driver. Also in the ambulance were Mark Stith, 23, of Marion, and Christopher Bopp, 51, also of Kenton. 

Wallen, Fetters, Stith and Bopp were all taken to Miami Valley Hospital in two CareFlight helicopters. Their conditions were not available Wednesday night.

Lock died at the scene. She was removed by Champaign County Coroner Josh Richards.

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Mechanicsburg Fire Lt. Matt Bebout said the sheriff's office is continuing to investigate where the medic unit may have been going or coming from at the time of the accident. The sheriff's office also is looking into whether the medic unit's lights and sirens were activated.

The accident investigation is continuing, according to the sheriff’s office.

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A Pioneer Electric crew was on scene Wednesday evening to repair a utility pole the medic unit also struck in the collision.

Both roadways were shut down for a time because of the investigation.

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