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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 1:47 PM
— William Hobart Jr., the former chairman and CEO of the Hobart Brothers Company, died at the age of 93 on New Year’s Day.
Hobart helped lead the welding company that his grandfather, Charles Clarence Hobart, started in 1917. The company, based in Troy, makes welding “consumables” such as stick electrodes, solid wire, flux-cored wire and metal-cored wire.
He worked at the family welding business for over 6o years, according to his obituary. Under his leadership, Hobart Brothers Company grew by “tenfold.”
The company has three “plants” under one roof on Trade Square East and another plant in Traverse City, Michigan that makes aluminum wire. There’s also a Piqua facility.
Hobart was also known for his public service.
For years, he led several community organizations including the Aullwood Audubon Center, The Miami Valley School, the Ohio Nature Conservancy, The Overfield School, Stouder Hospital, the Trinity Episcopal Church Building Committee and The Miami Conservancy District for 32 years. He also served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II, according to his obituary.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:41 AM
EUSTIS, Fla. — A young boy died of rabies after being scratched by a bat, according to Christian Academy school officials in Eustis, Florida.
The school posted about the boy’s death on its website, saying that he attended the school in 2016.
The post said Ryker Roque “was a quiet boy adored by teachers and classmates.”
Henry Roque, Ryker's father, took a video of the two on a fishing trip and said they were as close as father and son could be.
He shared pictures and videos of his son with WFTV to share with the world how much he loved his son.
As Ryker underwent an experimental procedure for the rabies infection, Henry held out hope, even as doctors told the family he had virtually no chance of surviving.
"I've seen huge miracles before. And I went back on the bed and laid with him and held him and said, 'Ryker, miracles happen every day. I know you hear me,'" Henry said.
Several weeks ago, Henry said he found a sick bat, which he did not know had rabies, and put it in a bucket, telling Ryker not to touch it.
But Ryker did touch it and was scratched by the bat – but seemed fine, school officials said.
A week later, the child lost use of his legs and “experienced confusion,” having hallucinations and convulsions.
Ryker was hospitalized and an experimental treatment was used, but he died Sunday.
The school held a fundraiser to help the family with medical expenses.
"He was a very sweet boy. Everything he did was nice. The kids loved to play with him because he was the kindest kid," said Connor Jenkins, with the Christian Academy preschool.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:13 AM
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Incredible video captured firefighters rescuing a child from a burning building in DeKalb County, Georgia.
The helmet camera video, posted by DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, was taken at the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3.
The video shows a person on top of a ladder drop a child down to a firefighter as the flames roar around them.
The firefighter catches the child and quickly runs to safety.
"Third-generation DCFR firefighter Capt. Scott Stroup can be seen catching one of the children that was dropped from the third-floor balcony. Great job by all hands operating on this fire as several lifesaving grabs were made that night," the department posted on Facebook.
An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.
Capt. Eric Jackson, with DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, told WSB-TV that four adults and eight children were hurt in the fire.
He said their injuries were minor and mostly related to smoke inhalation.
Firefighters kicked in doors and ushered out residents when they arrived on the scene, Jackson said.
One of the victims told WSB-TV's Steve Gehlbach hearing the screams coming from the people trapped was the most frightening part of the fire for them.
Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
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Published: Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:21 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 12:20 a.m. (Jan. 16): Charles Kirchoff is in jail pending the filing of a formal charge of felony domestic violence in the stabbing at a home on Alton Avenue that sent the victim to a hospital suffering from a neck wound.
According to online jail records, Kirchoff, 71, is expected to be in court this afternoon.
The victim’s condition was not available.
UPDATE @ 10:55 p.m. (Jan. 15):
A 71-year-old man is in custody, accused of stabbing a man in the neck with a utility or work knife during an argument, Dayton police Lt. Chris Malson said.
Police and medics dispatched to the home in the 200 block of Alton Avenue found the victim, who was in surgery tonight.
Malson said the preliminary investigation reveals that the stabbing stems from arguing that had been occurring at the residence for much of the day.
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The victim, identified as an adult, and suspect, identified as Charles Kirchoff, live at the Alton Avenue address.
Kirchoff was on his way to the Montgomery County Jail late Monday, the lieutenant said.
One person has been taken to a hospital from a reported stabbing at a residence in the 200 block of Alton Avenue in Dayton.
Police and a medic unit were dispatched to the address for the incident, reported about 8:45 p.m., according to a Montgomery County Regional Dispatch sergeant.
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The victim was stabbed in the neck, according to regional dispatch notes. The victim's condition is not readily available.
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