2 injured after school bus crashes into home

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 3:57 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 20, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

Fairfield police are investigating a school bus crash into a home this afternoon that injured the driver and a driver in another vehicle.

Police said at 1:50 p.m. a bus hit a house at 455 Magie Ave., causing major structural damage to the residence.

The driver of the school bus was trapped briefly and transported to Mercy Hospital of Fairfield. There were two other people on the bus at the time of the crash — an aide and an eighth-grade student, police said.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the westbound school bus collided with a 1998 Chevy Silverado that was northbound on Redwood Drive prior to striking the house. The driver of the pickup truck was ejected from the vehicle, but suffered minor injuries, police said. He was transported to Mercy Hospital of Fairfield.

A young couple with two young children live in the home, according to Stephanie Adelsterger, who lives across the street.

The 20-month-old child’s grandmother was in house babysitting at time of accident, Adelsterger said, and the school bus crashed into the garage, just a few feet from where the child was playing.

No one inside the house was injured, she said.

Adelsterger said she hopes this accident will cause more people to obey the posted 25 miles per hour speed limit.

“Is that 25 miles an hour?” she asked, looking at her neighbor’s destroyed garage.

Police have not said if speed was a factor in the crash.

Paying respects on eve of Memorial Day: ‘These people gave a lot’

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:22 PM

            Many people around the region paid their respects to family members who has died and served in the military. Pictured are military graves at Woodside Cemetery in Middeltown. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

Many people in the area on Sunday, the eve of Memorial Day, took the time to pay their respects to family members who served in the military who are no longer with us.

Officially, Memorial Day is designated to remember America’s war dead, but it’s evolved over time to remember every veteran who has died, regardless if they died during their time in uniform or as a civilian.

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Clint Wallace, a Marine Corps veteran from Middletown, spent time at Woodside Cemetery on Sunday to show his respect to those who “didn’t make it” home fighting in war.

“It’s the respect of these guys that died so young,” he said.

It’s difficult for Wallace to imagine the ages of many of those who died in combat, and said one can “get very sentimental” to see many of them were 18, 19 or 20 years old when they “paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Beth Bishop, an Army and Air Force veteran in Middletown, spent the day with Wallace, visiting her uncle, Eddie Gehm (Army Air Corps) and grandfather Edmund Gehm, Sr. (World War II veteran) at Woodside Cemetery, and her mother, Emily Gehm (Korea War veteran), at the Butler County Memorial Park in Wayne Twp.

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“These people gave a lot,” said Bishop, who held back tears looking at graves of military men and women. “That’s what Memorial Day is about. These people. It’s very important to acknowledge that. It’s very important, even though it’s hard. It’s hard to go but it’s a necessity.”

Bishop would encourage anyone to sign up and serve the country to honor those who served and died for the country because, “Freedom isn’t free. It’s far from free.”

Gail Napier came from Centerville on Sunday to visit her brother, Billy J. Mize (Marine Corps) and father William Jasper Mize (World War II veteran).

Napier, formerly of Middletown, called the time “sad.” Her brother and dad didn’t die while serving, but she recalls how “honored” her brother was when he was able to join the Marine Corps in the 1980s, as well as how her father liked to tell military stories.

“That was all my dad ever talked about was being in the war,” she said.

Napier said her father visited Woodside frequently before he died in 2002 because he was “honored just to be a part of the service.”

Sen. Tim Kaine’s son charged for role in pro Trump rally riot

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 3:09 PM

US Sen. Tim Kaine’s son, Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, is facing several charges for his alleged role in a then-candidate Donald  Trump campaign rally riot last year. 
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Former Democratic vice presidential candidate US Sen. Tim Kaine’s son is facing charges for his alleged role in a riot that broke out at a pro Trump rally in Minnesota earlier this year.

Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, whose father, Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-VA), was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in the 2016 presidential election, was charged on Friday with three misdemeanor counts, including fleeing police on foot, concealing his identity and obstructing the legal process with force. He was initially facing second-degree riot charges.

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The “announcement of misdemeanor charges against Sen. Kaine’s son contains no suggestion that he engaged in disruptive behavior while at the rally, but are instead focused on his actions as he was arrested after he left,” Kaine’s spokeswoman, Miryam Lipper, said in a statement.

“Tim and Anne support their son and hope the matter is resolved soon,” Lipper said.

The charges stem from an incident on March 4 at the state Capitol in St. Paul when a group of 125 protesters wearing all black — with some covering their faces — stormed a Trump rally. Demonstrators tossed a smoke bomb into the crowd of about 400, sprayed pepper spray and blew whistles and air-horns, inciting a riot. They scattered as police arrived, but Kaine was caught. Seven others were also charged for their participation in the chaos.

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“When people seek to prevent others who are peacefully assembled from making their voices heard, it threatens the very foundation of our democracy,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said.


Study: Dads’ brains respond differently to daughters than sons

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:09 AM

Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to their needs than fathers with toddler sons, according to a study published in an American Psychological Association journal.

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Behavorial Neuroscience journal. Fathers of young boys engaged in more rough-and-tumble play and used more achievement-related language, while fathers of daughters used more analytical language, the study revealed.

"If the child cries out or asks for Dad, fathers of daughters responded to that more than did fathers of sons," said lead researcher Jennifer Mascaro of Emory University. "We should be aware of how unconscious notions of gender can play into the way we treat even very young children."

The research took a look at whether the different ways fathers treat sons or daughters may be influenced by different brain responses to male or female children. Emory University and University of Arizona researchers took their study out of the laboratory and used a sample with real-life situations, the APA said.

The study used data from 52 fathers of young children (30 girls, 22 boys) in the Atlanta area who agreed to clip a small handheld computer onto their belts and wear it for one weekday and one weekend day. The device randomly turned on for 50 seconds every nine minutes to record any sound during the 48-hour period. 

The fathers also were told to leave the device charging in their child's room at night so any nighttime interactions with their children could be recorded, said Mascaro, an assistant professor in family and preventative medicine at the Emory School of Medicine.

In daily interactions, fathers of daughters used more language referencing the child's body (e.g., words such as belly, foot and tummy) relative to fathers of sons. Previous research has shown that pre-adolescent girls are more likely than boys to report body dissatisfaction and lower self-esteem relating to body image.

The study focused on fathers because there is less research about fathers' roles in raising young children than mothers, Mascaro said.

If fathers are more attentive to daughters and open about expressing emotions, that may help girls develop more empathy than boys. Fathers of sons could take the same approach, Mascaro said.

"The fact that fathers may actually be less attentive to the emotional needs of boys, perhaps despite their best intentions, is important to recognize," she said.

Previous research has shown that rough-and-tumble play by parents can help young children better regulate their emotions. Fathers of daughters may want to engage in more rough-and-tumble play with girls, even though such play is more often associated with boys, Mascaro said.

Missing woman lost at sea still puzzling authorities, husband questioned in disappearance

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 2:13 PM

On Tuesday night, a neighbor watched out the window of her condo west of the city as official-looking men wearing powder-blue latex gloves searched Lewis Bennett’s car and questioned him as he stood nearby.

Neighbors say they last saw Isabella Hellmann weeks before Bennett, her newlywed husband, says he left with her on a two-week romantic sailing jaunt through the Tropics — one that ended with Bennett being rescued at sea and Hellman missing.

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Bennett said his catamaran struck something while he slept and that he came topside to find the boat sinking and no trace of his new wife — a 41-year-old real estate broker, his wife of just three months and the mother of the couple’s 9-month-old daughter.

The Coast Guard and the FBI both have confirmed they are jointly conducting a “missing person investigation” into Hellmann’s disappearance.

The Palm Beach Post has been unable to reach Bennett, 40, a dual British-Australian citizen with few ties to Florida and an enigmatic past. Hellmann’s family spoke briefly at the start of a Coast Guard search that would cover four days and 6,600 miles, an area nearly three times the size of Palm Beach County. Since then, relatives have declined to speak with The Post.

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What happened in those evening hours on the high seas, about 70 miles southeast of Key West, remains, in large part, a mystery. Authorities do know some details, but haven’t yet revealed them. They’re remaining silent about other pieces of the puzzling disppearance.

On May 17, the night before the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search, neighbor David Mayer said last week he approached Bennett to express his concern and sympathy.

“He said, ‘Yeah. I’m going to be leaving for England. I’ve got to move on with my life,’ ” Mayer recalled. “I said, ‘What about the baby?’ He stopped and said, “Oh. I guess I’ve got to take her with me, too.’”

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