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Israeli company starts water service at Sinclair

Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 12:50 PM
Updated: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 12:50 PM

Sinclair Community College, the city of Dayton and Montgomery County are part of a pilot program to test an environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic bottled water.

An Israeli start-up company unveiled today three smart water stations at Sinclair, a first step toward expanding its services stateside and a milestone for a trade alliance between the Dayton region and the Middle Eastern nation.

Woosh, based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is installing three touch-screen stations that allow users to clean and fill water bottles and containers for a fraction of the price of buying bottled water. This will be the company’s first venture into the United States.

In addition to the college, Dayton and Montgomery County also will get Woosh stations, likely in about a month. The jurisdictions each have approved spending $25,000 to participate in the pilot program.

West Liberty school shooting suspect pleads not guilty by insanity

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 10:28 AM

The suspect in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ely Serna, through his attorney Dennis Lieberman, filed the plea by motions this week in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

RELATED: Judge orders competency hearing for West Liberty shooting suspect

Serna has been accused of bringing a shotgun to school on Jan. 20 and firing six shots. Another student, 17-year-old Logan Cole, was shot twice in the chest and survived.

Deputies have alleged Serna also shot at a teacher and then randomly shot at classrooms before he was detained by school staff.

READ MORE: ‘Cole’s Pack’ greets West Liberty school shooting victim

Another student was grazed by a shotgun pellet but not injured.

Lieberman also filed a motion to dismiss the case in adult court and transfer the case back to juvenile court. A juvenile judge moved the case to adult court earlier this month.

Ellen DeGeneres calls out audience member for dishonesty

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 2:14 AM

Ellen DeGeneres tested the honesty of her audience in a recent show, and most of them passed. The one woman who didn’t was embarrassed with a reprimand on national television.

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With “Ellen” in its 14th season, DeGeneres gave her audience members the chance to choose one item from the Ellen Shop, the Huffington Post reported. What the audience didn’t know was that DeGeneres had hidden cameras trained on the table, filming the shoppers as they chose between hats, mugs and other trinkets. A sign at the table reminded the shoppers that they were limited to one free item.

“I just wanted to see how honest my audience was,” DeGeneres said during the show’s segment.

Most of the guests chose one item and one woman offered to pay for a second item, the Huffington Post reported. But a woman named Nancy failed the test.

DeGeneres played back the video to the audience and called out Nancy for taking more than one item. DeGeneres then had the embarrassed woman placed in a special chair on stage and lectured her about the importance of honesty.

It was awkward, but it’s a safe bet that Nancy learned her lesson.

Florida woman forced to marry rapist at 11 years old

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 @ 3:20 PM

A Florida woman shared her story of how she was raped as a child, got pregnant at 10 years old and then legally married her rapist at age 11. 

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Sherry Johnson, now 57, told WTSP that she “was raped repeatedly” while living in an apartment building attached to her church in Tampa. 

>>Florida woman accused of raping 6-year-old ‘five or six times’ with father

“The deacon had keys, and so he would come in when he got ready, and guess where he would come? My room,” she told WTSP. 

When Johnson got pregnant, she told WTSP she didn’t even know what it meant. She was sent by her mother to Miami in 1970 to have the baby and then got legally married to her rapist, who was 20, in 1971, WTSP reported. Johnson’s mother, who was very involved with the church, took her daughter to Pinellas County to have a judge sign off on the marriage after court officials in Hillsborough County refused to issue a marriage license.

Johnson’s mother made her a wedding dress, a veil and a wedding cake.

Johnson described her marriage as “a living hell,” and had five more children with her husband, according to WTSP. She filed for divorce at age 18.

>>VIDEO: ‘Failed’ marriage proposal at baseball stadium goes viral

“We didn't really talk that much, I was there for sex only. We didn't have conversations,” Johnson said to WTSP.

Current Florida law does not prevent child marriage and allows girls under 18 to get married “when a child or pregnancy is involved,” WTSP reported. 

“That's why I won't stop,” Johnson, who wrote a book about her experience, said. “That’s why I'm going to do everything I possibly can that no one has to go through this. It’s not fair. It’s not right, and we shouldn’t allow it to happen.”

Read the full story at WTSP.com

Ohio Politics Today: Should medics stop responding to overdoses?; Senate releases health bill details

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

A Middletown city council member has suggested not responding to certain calls to where a person who has overdosed multiple times in the past. Councilman Dan Picard said he wants to instill fear in people who overdose in Middletown that no one will respond with Narcan to save their life. (Photo via Nick Graham/ Cox Media Group Ohio)

Here’s a look at today’s top political stories from around Ohio and Washington.

Getting tough on drug overdoses

Frustration with the escalating opiate epidemic is growing, along with costs for localities and emergency medical services.

Middletown City Council member Dan Picard asked during this week’s meeting if the city was bound by law to respond to overdoses

Picard noted people with cancer don’t get free treatment, neither do people suffering heart attacks get free bypasses. 

City manager Doug Adkins said the city is en route to spending $100,000 on NARCAN this year after budgeting $10,000 for 2017. 

Details release on Senate health care bill

Senate Republicans released details of its version of the GOP Congressional healthcare bill. Details included phasing out Medicaid’s list of essential health benefits,  would set the individual mandate penalty to $0, and repeal taxes put in place by the Affordable Care Act. 

The bill isn’t a true repeal of ACA, or Obamacare, but an overhaul through budget reconciliation, and would leave much of ACA infrastructure in place. The fact it isn’t a true repeal has raised consternation among some Republicans

Trump says he doesn’t have tapes on Comey

President Trump seemed to admit in a Thursday tweet he does not have recordings of his meeting with former FBI Director James Comey.

3. Most panhandlers operating in the area are working in teams, and are also addicted to opiates, according to Amelia Robinson and her latest on Dayton.com.

4. Ohio Congressional Democrat Tim Ryan made a quick summary of his party’s defeats  in all four of Tuesday’s special elections - the Democratic party brand is worse than Trump. Ryan took on Nancy Pelosi for the position of minority leader, but was roundly defeated. Ryan’s frustrations with the national party are similar to other non-coastal Democrats.

Quick Hits

* Vice President Mike Pence will visit Cleveland on June 28, according to Cleveland.com, continuing the administration’s steady presence in the Buckeye state.

Akron’s Mayor and City Council are asking for an income tax increase to deal with aging buildings and less funding from the state, according to the Beacon Journal. 

* WHIO: Gubernatorial candidate wants to create a buy-in option to join the Medicaid program

* DDN: Victim’s rights activists have collected half million signatures to put on the ballot an Ohio Constitutional amendment requiring courts to give victims the same rights as the accused in court.