Iconic Fairfield Central Elementary demolished

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Fairfield's old Central Elementary is being torn down.

It’s the second oldest school building in Butler County — opening its doors in 1929 — but today saw Central Elementary begin its journey into dust.

Demolition crews used a giant construction claw to tear away one corner of the former Fairfield school as a small crowd of teachers and residents watched from across Ohio 4.

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It was bittersweet for them.

Though the school was outdated, cramped and inadequate for years for the growing, 10,000-student district, so many local residents spent part of their early school years during the school’s 88-year history and it housed many memories.

“It kind of hurt a little bit. It’s very sentimental,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, after watching the large excavator tear down the first walls.

“While we know we have exciting times coming, it’s also a little sad to leave a piece of your history and we have a lot memories that occurred in that building,” said Gallo. “It’s kind of sad to see it go down. It makes it final.”

The sweet part of the bittersweet was hidden from spectator view because directly behind the old Central school stands a nearly-completed, new Central Elementary.

Fairfield City Schools will soon experience what few Southwest Ohio school systems ever have — the district is opening three new schools in early September as part of a historic $80 million building project.

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The district is also building the new Compass Elementary across from Fairfield High School and the Fairfield Freshman School on the high school campus.

“A lot of people don’t realize what’s been going on behind the building (Central) and once the building goes down and they see our new school, I think they will be really excited about what the next (school year) is going to bring for us,” said Gallo.

Jill Arent had two children attend the old Central school and while she’ll miss the old school, she’s excited about the new learning facilities that will soon be available to thousands of Fairfield students.

“It’s a new beginning for a lot of kids and a lot of teachers and a lot of new (learning) environments for them to be in so I’m very excited,” said Arent.

“I’m a little remorseful that an icon has to go, but in the same sense to me it’s all a new beginning,” she said.

The demolition will now switch to removal of interior drop-ceilings and other fixtures before resuming the tear down of the remaining exterior walls later this week.

The adjacent Fairfield Freshman School will also soon begin its demolition, said Fairfield officials.

Classes for Fairfield students will be starting later than normal for the 2017-2018 school year due to the demolition and construction work. Usually classes start in mid-to-late August, but for the coming school year they will begin Sept. 5.

Eclipse causes strange shadows during totality

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:18 PM
Updated: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 5:12 PM

Total Solar Eclipse 2017

While people were gazing upward to witness Monday’s spectacular solar eclipse, shadows on the ground were just as fascinating. Some of them even looked like crescents.

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According to World Book, in the minute or two before and after the sun is totally blocked, people may notice thin stripes of dark and light shadows moving rapidly, as if in waves.

They are called shadow bands or snake bands. Scientists are unsure what causes it, but it is the same phenomenon that causes stars to twinkle, World Book reported.

Woman charged with groping University of Texas police officer said he was 'hot,' report says

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 6:04 AM

Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, is charged with grabbing a University of Texas police officer by his genitals.
University of Texas police/American-Statesman Staff
Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, is charged with grabbing a University of Texas police officer by his genitals.(University of Texas police/American-Statesman Staff)

A woman who was arrested Friday on outstanding warrants picked up another charge for allegedly grabbing the genitals of a University of Texas police officer and calling him "hot."

According to the affidavit, Bonnie Fay Terraciano, 43, was loitering outside a CVS drug store at 2200 Guadalupe St. in Austin, Texas, when the officer approached her at about 11 p.m. and asked about an open can of beer sitting next to her.

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When a background search revealed Terraciano had outstanding warrants for public intoxication and interfering with a roadway, she was arrested and placed in the back seat of the officer’s vehicle, an arrest report says. But the woman reportedly fell over and landed on the ground. As the officer assisted her back into the vehicle, the affidavit says Terraciano grabbed him and twisted.

The officer, Alan Martin, reported that it hurt.

On the ride to jail, Terraciano allegedly told the officer, “Why are you good looking but so mean? You’re hot, man, that’s why I grabbed you!” She added that she figured Martin would enjoy it.

Terraciano, who is homeless, was charged with assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was booked on $15,000 bond.

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Couple gets engaged on live TV during total solar eclipse

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 5:42 AM

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Viewers of KOKI-TV in Tulsa, Oklahoma, witnessed an engagement live on air during coverage of the total solar eclipse on Monday. 

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KOKI Chief Meteorologist James Aydelott traveled to Prairie Home, Missouri, to be in the path of totality for the eclipse. He met several people that traveled to the area to see the eclipse, including a couple from Dallas. One man told Aydelott he planned to propose during the eclipse. 

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KOKI was live on TV covering the eclipse when the man pulled the woman to the side, got down on one knee and proposed. The crowd turned their attention from the sky to the couple. Based on the tears and kiss, she said yes.

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Man who shot Ohio judge is father of HS football player convicted in rape

Published: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:46 AM
Updated: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 1:46 AM

Northern Ohio judge shot

The gunman killed after shooting and injuring a Jefferson County, Ohio judge was the father of former Steubenville High School football player Ma’Lik Richardson.

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  • The shooter was identified as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, according to Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.
  • Ma’Lik Richardson was convicted of raping a 16-year-old unconscious girl in 2012.
  • The high school rape case gained international attention when the players involved posted an image on Instagram of the unconscious girl being dragged.

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The victim

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese underwent surgery at a Pittsburgh-area hospital, and is expected to survive. 

Bruzzese was transported by a medical helicopter to a hospital for treatment. A city official said Bruzzese was talking after the shooting and is believed to be in stable condition. 

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The Ohio Bureau of Investigation will investigate the Jefferson County Courthouse shooting at the that resulted in a judge injured and a suspect killed, according to a statement issued by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. 

The attack

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told CNN affiliate WTOV-TV the deceased suspect ambushed Judge Joseph J Bruzzese Jr. outside the courthouse, when Bruzzese and a probation officer returned fire. 

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“We’re starting to put this whole picture together, but basically what you have is the judge is going to work, these subjects were waiting for them. He comes up, shoots at the judge. The judge returns fire,” Mavromatis said. “We also have a probation officer that was behind the judge. He returns fire as he is shot at. The subject is deceased that he shot at.” 

“This probation officer has done his job. He reacted to the threat, trying to save the judge and any other bystander that may have been in the area.”

Commissioners told the station the courthouse is shut down for the day and employees will not be permitted inside. 

Officials have declined to identify the suspects, but Mavromatis said both suspects have served prison time. 

Jefferson County Juvenile and Probate Judge Joseph Corabi told the Associated Press the shooting must have been intended because people know where the judges park. 

The AP reports Corabi and other judges park in reserved spots next to the courthouse and walk a few feet to a side entrance in what’s known as “Courthouse Alley.”

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more. 

The suspect’s son — Ma’Lik Richmond

Ma’Lik Richmond served around 10 months in a juvenile prison after he and another high school football player were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party. 

Hanlin told the AP authorities were not aware of a connection between the rape case and the shooting. 

RELATED: Player jailed for rape will sit out a year at Youngstown State

Ma’Like Richmond made headlines earlier this month after he attempted to walk-on to the Youngstown State University football team. 

Following community outcry and a petition, the school announced Ma’Lik would sit out a year before attempting to play football for the school.