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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 3:45 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 4:15 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — A Hamilton man is facing six felony charges for allegedly lighting a series of fires during the summer.
James Agee, 35, of the 600 block of North D Street, was indicted Wednesday by a Butler County grand jury on four counts of arson, a fourth-degree felony, and and two counts of aggravated arson, a second-degree felony.
Agee is accused of setting fires in the neighborhood where he lives on May 2, May 8, June 20, July 7, July 13 and July 20, according to the indictment.
Trevor Snider, Hamilton fire investigator, said some of the fires caused damage to homes, but there were no injuries. All of the fires were set outside during night time hours, he said.
In July, Agee was arrested for arson after setting fire to a couch in an alley on Prytania Avenue. That case was bound over to a grand jury.
Snider said further investigation tied Agee to the other fires.
Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 4:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:15 PM
— As a Flood Watch remains in effect for the southern Miami Valley counties through Sunday morning, creeks, streams and fields will likely flood, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
“Creeks and streams, if not already, will likely be out of their banks through the weekend,” she said. “Fields will also be flooded with the heavy rains that arrive Friday and Saturday.”
A Flood Warning is in effect through 5 p.m. Monday along the Little Miami River in parts of Greene and Warren counties. Along the Great Miami River, a Flood Warning goes into affect at 10 p.m. and lasts through 5:48 p.m. Monday in Shelby County; and from 4:36 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 p.m Monday in Butler County near Middletown.
There’s a lag between the heavy rain and water levels rising, which is why creeks, streams and rivers won’t recede until the start to the new week, Zontini said.
The Great Miami River is expected to crest, or hit its highest levels, this weekend.
In Troy, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 13.6 feet Sunday, and in Dayton, the river is expected to crest, also Sunday, at 32.3 feet. And in Middletown, the Great Miami River is expected to crest at 12.4 feet Sunday.
The Stillwater River in Englewood is expected to crest Monday at 33.6 feet.
When the river does crest, here are the areas that will see flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
ENGLEWOOD (Stillwater River)
DAYTON (Great Miami River)
SIDNEY (Great Miami River)
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 10:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 11:24 AM
— Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members.
The move comes as some other businesses broke ties with the NRA amid debate over gun control in the wake of the Parkland school shooting in Florida earlier this month.
“We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,” Delta said in a written statement.
Following is a list of some of the companies that have cut ties or distanced themselves from the NRA:
United Airlines -- United tweeted Saturday, "United is notifying the NRA that we will no longer offer a discounted rate to their annual meeting and we are asking that the NRA remove our information from their website."
Delta Air Lines -- Delta issued the following statement Saturday: "Delta is reaching out to the National Rifle Association to let it know we will be ending its contract for discounted rates through our group travel program. We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website."
First National Bank of Omaha -- The bank announced that it would not renew a co-branded Visa credit-card with the NRA.
The Hertz Corp. -- The rental car company ended its discount program for NRA members.
MetLife Inc. -- The insurer terminated discounts that had been offered to NRA members on the NRA website
Enterprise Holdings Inc. -- The car rental company that also owns Alamo and National cut off discounts for NRA members.
Symantec Corp. -- The software company that makes Norton Antivirus technology ended its discount program with the NRA.
Chubb Ltd. -- The insurer announced it was ending participation in the NRA's gun-owner insurance program, though it provided notice three months ago.
Best Western -- The hotel chain told multiple social media users that it was no longer affiliated with the NRA, though it did not say when that decision was made.
Wyndham Hotels -- The hotel chain told social media users it is no longer affiliated with the NRA without specifying when that decision was made.
The NRA has released the following statement:
"The more than five million law-abiding members of the National Rifle Association have enjoyed discounts and cost-saving programs from many American corporations that have partnered with the NRA to expand member benefits.
"Since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, a number of companies have decided to sever their relationship with the NRA, in an effort to punish our members who are doctors, farmers, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, nurses, shop owners and school teachers that live in every American community. We are men and women who represent every American ethnic group, every one of the world’s religions and every form of political commitment.
"The law-abiding members of the NRA had nothing at all to do with the failure of that school’s security preparedness, the failure of America’s mental health system, the failure of the National Instant Check System or the cruel failures of both federal and local law enforcement.
"Despite that, some corporations have decided to punish NRA membership in a shameful display of political and civic cowardice. In time, these brands will be replaced by others who recognize that patriotism and determined commitment to Constitutional freedoms are characteristics of a marketplace they very much want to serve.
"Let it be absolutely clear. The loss of a discount will neither scare nor distract one single NRA member from our mission to stand and defend the individual freedoms that have always made America the greatest nation in the world."
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:51 PM
COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich issued an emergency declaration today for 17 counties in southern and eastern Ohio affected by flooding amid continued downpours.
The emergency declaration allows the governor to use state resources, including activating the National Guard.
Counties affected are Adams, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Clermont, Columbiana, Gallia, Hamilton, Hocking, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Monroe, Meigs, Muskingum, Scioto and Washington.
An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain is forecast by Sunday morning, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 12:38 PM
Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released their redacted response to a Republican memo on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, as Democrats charged that the GOP omitted numerous details about the FBI’s probe during the campaign for the White House.
“FBI and DOJ officials did not “abuse” the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, omit material information, or subvert this vital tool to spy on the Trump campaign,” the Democratic memo states.
“The FBI supplied information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that Russia might be colluding with Trump campaign associates,” Democrats said in a press statement announcing the release of the memo, which had been held back earlier this month after the White House raised questions about details included in the ten page memo.
“Some time ago, Republicans on our committee released a declassified memo that omitted and distorted key facts in order to mislead the public and impugn the integrity of the FBI,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel.
“We can now tell you what they left out,” Schiff added.
Democrats said their rebuttal “should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC,” as they said the evidence “failed to uncover any evidence of illegal, unethical, or unprofessional behavior by law enforcement.”
Democrats not only countered that, but raised questions about the testimony of one-time Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, who was the focus of the original Republican memo, as the GOP raised questions about how surveillance had been approved of Page.
Democrats said the answer was not the information supplied by ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
Some portions of the document on those points were blacked out, or redacted.