Horse manure left at Democratic Party headquarters

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 9:05 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 @ 9:05 AM

A large pile of horse manure left outside the Warren County Democratic Party headquarters is being investigated by the sheriff’s office.

A worker for the democratic party reported the incident to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday morning after coming to open the building, located at 1975 U.S. 42, Lebanon.

The man filed a criminal damaging report, and told authorities when he’d closed up the building the night before around 10 p.m. there was no horse manure, according to the sheriff’s office. The manure was dumped in the parking lot near the front door.

The sheriff’s office reports no suspects or leads have been made in the case.

Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 2:52 PM

Janet Jackson performs after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 26, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Friends say the Grammy Award-winning singer may be looking forward to an upcoming tour, but she loves being a new mom.
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Janet Jackson welcomed her very first child, son Eissa, in January and is having a great time being a mom!

“She’s so happy,” her longtime producer, Jimmy Jam, told Entertainment Tonight.

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“I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I’m wrapping up in the studio. It’s always just Isa [on FaceTime], she’s in the background somewhere. He’s the cutest baby in the history of babies.”

Currently living in London, Jackson is reportedly excited to get back into performing and recording music, and motherhood may have come along with some newfound creativity.

“I told her that when you have a baby, it’s going to be a whole different inspiration for you,” Jam continued.”A whole different reservoir of creativity, of cadence, of love, and all these things that have always been with you, but it doesn’t really come out until [you become a parent]. She’s recognizing that.”

In the meantime, Jackson is in the midst of finalizing her divorce from estranged husband Wissam Al Mana, with whom she shares her son.

In April, she shared the first and only picture so far of Eissa.

Gov. John Kasich’s website hacked

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 2:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 2:43 PM


            Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s website was hacked today by a grouip claiming to support the Islamic State.

The Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was also hacked.

A screen appeared saying:

“Anti: Govt all word. You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people. For every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries. I love Islamic state.”

According to a report on CNN, a group calling itself Team System DZ, apparently hacked numerous state websites, including first lady Karen Kasich’s website.

It was not clear who the group was or whether it was genuinely affiliated with ISIS, CNN said.

Kasich’s staff said Sunday that they were aware of the hack and working to resolve the issue. They’d been working on the hack on the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website when they were alerted to their own hack.

Attorney General Mike DeWine to make ‘special announcement’ at 3 p.m. & then tour state

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 6:36 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 2:18 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to announce today that he will for Ohio governor, putting him in contention against two other statewide officials and a U.S. congressman seeking the Republican nomination.

“I have an announcement that I’m going to share with everyone at three o’clock Sunday at our house,” DeWine said in an interview.

He will speak at his Cedarville home during the DeWine Family Ice Cream Social, a nearly-annual event held since 1976 when he was first elected Greene County prosecutor.

WATCH LIVE: You can livestream Mike DeWine’s announcement on our website around 3 p.m. today here

He’ll then launch a three-day tour of the state starting on Monday, visiting six cities, including Cincinnati on Tuesday.

DeWine will “embark on a statewide tour visiting small businesses and families who are affected in real ways by the important issues facing our state,” his campaign announced in a Sunday morning news release.

DeWine’s plans to run for governor have been the worst-kept secret in the state, especially since he was overheard by a reporter in May 2016 telling a Dayton charter school executive of his plans.

Candidates on the Republican side include Secretary of State Jon Husted, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

On the Democratic side, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former state representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Akron are in the running.

DeWine has been an elected public official since 1977 when he became Greene County prosecutor. He served in the Ohio Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and was lieutenant governor, serving with Ohio Gov. George Voinovich, and a U.S. senator. He was defeated by Democrat Sherrod Brown in the 2006 senate race and then ran for attorney general in 2010, unseating Democrat Richard Cordray.

Current Greene County Prosecutor Steve Haller worked for DeWine as an assistant prosecutor and he remains a strong supporter.

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“He was a high-energy guy,” Haller said. “I still see that same level of energy today and that’s some 40 years later. He’s hard to keep up with.”

“He gave you the leeway to get the job done, but he wanted results,” Haller said.

Haller said DeWine is less about partisanship than about getting things done, pointing to DeWine’s decision once elected attorney general to expedite testing a huge backlog of rape kits that counties had not tested. Haller said DeWine also took the lead in battling the opiate crisis.

“He’s a hard-working, honest guy,” said U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose, who was an assistant prosecutor for DeWine and is his former law partner. “He was an avid prosecutor and he has always been dedicated to public service as long as I’ve know him.”

At 70, DeWine is older than the Republicans who have already announced they are running.

Age is less of an issue with voters than it once was, said Mark Caleb Smith, political director of Cedarville University’s Center for Political Studies. He said there are about six governors who are age 65 or older and President Donald Trump is 71.

“I’m not sure DeWine’s age is as much of a negative now that it might have been 20 or more years ago,” Smith said. “Besides, he seems quite energetic and engaged, so regardless of age, he appears more than capable of doing the job.”

When he was a U.S. senator DeWine was criticized by conservatives for his efforts to work with Democrats on legislation. Some dubbed him a RHINO, meaning “Republican in name only.” But DeWine remains proud to this day of his across-the-aisle efforts.

“To get a bill passed in the Senate you have to have some Democrat support,” DeWine said in an exclusive interview on Friday. “In politics you have to know how to count.”

He said the conventional wisdom is that he lost to Brown because of the RHINO effect, but he said it was a difficult year for Republicans in the 2006 mid-terms and his main problem was he “didn’t do well with independents that year.”

DeWine said he believes he can do well with people who supported Donald Trump for president.

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“The interesting thing is Donald Trump’s appeal is to some of the same people that I’ve always been able to appeal to, blue collar Democrat workers,” he said. “I’m a conservative who likes to get things done.”

Smith said the Trump effect is one of the big unknowns about the 2018 mid-terms.

“Trump’s victory showed some Republican appetite for radical change in 2016. DeWine, for all of his strengths and experience could not be called ‘radical change.’ Of course, I am not sure it is safe to say Jon Husted would represent radical change either,” Smith said.

“It could be this race will hinge on whether or not Mike DeWine’s extensive experience and background will be a strength or weakness. In normal times, it seems obvious. These are not normal times.”

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Who is Mike DeWine?

Party: Republican

Age: 70

Hometown: Cedarville

Family: Married to Fran, eight children, 22 grandchildren

Education: bachelor’s degree, Miami University, 1969; law degree, Ohio Northern University, 1972

Political experience: Greene County prosecutor, 1977-1981; Ohio Senate, 1981-1982; U.S. House, 1983-1991; lieutenant governor, 1991-1994; U.S. Senate, 1995-2007; Ohio attorney general, 2011-current.

Fun fact: He and his family own the Asheville Tourists, a single-A minor league farm team of the Colorado Rockies

Website: www.mikedewine.com

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Police: Woman arrested in prostitution sting left toddler alone at home

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 11:45 AM

An Arizona woman arrested on suspicion of prostitution Wednesday admitted to leaving her 18-month-old toddler at home alone, police said.

Alexis Buchanan, 25, was arrested in an undercover sting operation Wednesday afternoon, investigators said. Upon her arrest, she told officers that her daughter was home alone.

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Police performed a welfare check and found the toddler in a bedroom on the second floor of the town home, which contained dog waste and small objects that could be choking hazards, KPHO reported. The girl was wearing a heavily soiled diaper and had dried food on her face, officers said. 

The child was taken into protective custody, KPHO reported.

In addition to the prostitution charge, Buchanan faces a child abuse charge, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.