30,000 turn out for Romney in West Chester

Published: Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 10:55 PM
Updated: Friday, November 02, 2012 @ 10:55 PM

Mitt Romney’s campaign brought out Republican star power Friday night, with governors, senators and dozens of other political leaders from around the nation urging Ohioans to make the difference in an election that could come down to “the ultimate" swing state.

“Your state is the one I’m counting on,” Romney told a crowd of 30,000 at The Square at Union Centre, believed to be the largest gathering of the entire campaign season. “This is the one we have to win.”

National leaders like Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Speaker of the House John Boehner to campaign in Boehner’s hometown, a clear Republican stronghold.

Those prominent Republicans and dozens of other governors and senators will fan out across the country the next three days as part of the Romney-Ryan Real Recovery Road Rally, taking aim at nearly a dozen states that the campaign believes are key to a tight election.

The majority of polls show President Barack Obama with a narrow lead in Ohio and nationally, but the margins in seven key swing states — including Obama’s lead in Ohio, and Romney’s leads in Florida and Virginia — are less than 3 percent, or within the polls’ margins of error.

Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, said with the race so close and the differences between Obama and Romney so large, it is crucial for supporters to work hard in the final days, knocking on doors and urging others to vote.

“We want to wake up on Wednesday morning and look back and know we met the moment,” Ryan said. “Mitt Romney is the right man for this moment.”

It didn’t take much to fire up the crowd. In 2008, when Ohio as a whole backed Obama, Butler County supported McCain by a 60-38 vote. And in a tight Republican primary this March, Butler County gave Romney a 7-point margin over Rick Santorum.

Before any of the 17 speakers took the stage, thousands of supporters jammed the area around the stage, chanting “Four more days” instead of “Four more years.”

Sitting behind the stage were hundreds of Romney supporters in red, white and blue shirts, arranged so they appeared to make huge American and Ohio flags.

Adding to the festival nature, musician Kid Rock opened the event with a 40-minute concert, ending his show with the “Born Free” song that the Romney campaign has used as an anthem at its rallies. Kid Rock left the stage with a call of “Go Romney, we can get this done Ohio.”

Romney adviser Scott Jennings said despite the saturation coverage of the campaign in recent months, there’s still work to do in these final days.

“We’re trying to use the last few days before Election Day to maximize our turnout, and we’re also making a closing argument,” Jennings said. “Our closing argument is a positive vision for America where we’re cutting taxes, getting the government out of the way of job creation, using our energy, cutting the debt – it’s a positive path forward.”

Ohio Obama spokeswoman Jessica Kershaw responded that speakers at the event were “hyper-partisan” and aired far-right wing attacks that had been previously debunked.

“Anyone looking for a positive, forward-looking vision at Mitt Romney’s Ohio event tonight was surely disappointed,” Kershaw said. “If this is Mitt Romney’s closing argument for the American people, he’s making a compelling case for why we can’t afford to elect him.”

The standing room only crowd cheered the loudest and waved their flags and inflatable “thundersticks” hardest when the distinguished speakers mentioned the military, the economy and criticized Obama.

Most people said they only waited about an hour to get in, but the lines snaked around several times before people hit the security station.

Caitlyn Brandenburg, 22, and her 16-year old brother Drew of Fairfield were the first out of the airport style metal detectors. They secured prime real estate at the gate that cordoned off the podium. Caitlyn was the first person in line, arriving at the venue at 8 a.m.

“I like to think about my future. I like to think ahead, and politics is one of the most important things to me,” she said. “It’s our future and our country, and I make sure I’m informed about things.”

Debbie Seiler of Maineville admitted she is something of a “rally junky” — she attended a Romney event in Bond Hill and was in the front row. She said she got to shake his hand. Rallies like the West Chester Twp. event are the shot in the arm that the election needs, she said.

“It is very exciting, the crowd really gets into it and everybody’s all pumped and things are looking really good for us,” she said. “It’s just fun to be around like-minded people.”

Morrow resident Jeff Dollar said he hopes the rally will get out the vote on Tuesday.

“I want to get back to America’s values,” he said. “It’s exciting, hopefully if I get excited my excitement will spread.”

Lisa Donathan of Fairfield Twp. said she was impressed with the turnout and energy of the rally.

“I think it was very high spirited, the turnout was impressive,” she said.

Her mother, Menita Donathan, said she was on the fence before the rally.

“I’m going to vote for him,” she said.

Retiree Eileen Menna of Huber Heights said she was excited to see Romney for the first time, adding that she likes him better than Obama both on economic and social-issue stances.

“I back him, and I want to show him that,” she said. “Romney’s had business experience. Obama doesn’t know what he’s doing. He’s never run anything … until he was president.”

Gretchen Franck of Centerville, a paralegal, said she thinks Romney is charismatic, but she focused mainly on economics.

“I am the middle class, and I don’t feel the middle class is getting a fair shake from the Obama administration,” she said. “He ran his first platform on the middle class, but for the past four years he’s done nothing to help me. … The more tax breaks they can give the middle class the more we’re going to pump into the economy.”

Repeatedly in his speech, Romney tried a twist on the 2008 Obama campaign’s strategy, talking about “real change.” Romney told supporters that Obama had promised change, but had failed to deliver it, not meeting promises on lowering the debt, cutting unemployment, and governing in a bipartisan way.

“It comes down to this,” Romney said. “Do you want more of the same, or do you want real change?”

While the jobs report out Friday showed more jobs created than analysts had expected, Romney pointed to the unemployment rate, which rose 0.1 point to 7.9 percent. That is down from 10 percent a year into Obama’s term, but 0.1 point higher than when Obama took office in January 2009.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana took aim at another of Obama’s slogans, asking what the president means with the word forward. “Who in the world would vote for ‘forward’ when we’re going 80 mph at a brick wall?” Jindal said.

Romney closed by talking about leadership.

“With the right leadership, America is coming roaring back,” Romney said. “The only thing that stands between us and some of the best years we’ve ever known is a lack of leadership. That’s why we have elections. This Tuesday is a moment to look into the future and imagine what we can do.”

Ohio State Fair ride accident: Rides remain closed; victims identified

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 7:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 11:17 AM

Enhanced Video: Ohio State Fair ride malfunction

An 18-year-old man was killed and seven others were injured, five critically, when a ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the 2017 Ohio State Fair in Columbus.

  • 1 killed, 7 hurt when riders are thrown from The Fire Ball
  • Ohio State Fair gates will open at 9 a.m. Thursday
  • Gov. John Kasich orders all rides shut down until they are inspected again
  • Kasich said inspection records for all fair rides will be made available
  • Ride inspectors in process of inspecting all rides at fair


NEW: Read the safety inspection report on the Fireball ride

VIDEO: James Brown interviews eyewitness of tragedy

VIDEO: Footage of Fire Ball ride operating properly (from the past)

VIDEO: Aerial scenes show aftermath of fatal malfunction

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James Brown interviews eyewitness to Ohio State Fair accident

UPDATE @ 11:38 a.m.:

All rides at the Ohio State Fair will remain closed until inspections of each attraction can be finished, according to the director for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the agency in charge on conducting inspections on fair rides.

“Our inspectors are very well trained,” said David Daniels, director of Ohio Department of Agriculture.  
When we feel we’ve gotten our complete inspection done we’ll reopen.”

Daniels and Gov. John Kasich were among the people who addressed the media Thursday morning.

Kasich told Ohioans despite the tragedy that the fair remains a place people should visit.

“Ohioans should come to the fair.  There is so much to do,” Kasich said.

The Ohio Highway Patrol is handling the investigation on the accident and said Thursday an independent review of the attraction will be done to determine what caused the incident to happen.

OSP said they’ve set up a hotline for people who may have been witnesses to the accident to call and that number is 614-799-6633.

UPDATE @ 10:44 a.m.

Identities of those killed and injured at the Ohio State Fair have been released. 

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was pronounced deceased at the fairgrounds, according to a media release.

Those injured include: 

  • Tamika Dunlap, 36, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio;
  • Russell Franks, 42, of Columbus, Ohio;
  • Keziah Lewis, 19, of Columbus, Ohio;
  • Jacob Andrews, 22, of Pataskala, Ohio;
  • Jennifer Lambert, 18, of Columbus, Ohio;
  • Abdihakim Hussein, 19, of Columbus, Ohio; and
  • A 14 year-old male whose name is being withheld.

Anyone who witnessed the accident and can help investigators, call  614-799-6633. 

UPDATE @ 10:39 a.m. 

The Associated Press is reporting the injured range in age from 13 to 41. 

Officials at the California State Fair have shut down their Fire Ball ride there.

UPDATE @4:18 a.m. 

Of the three patients being treated at The Ohio State University Medical Center, one is in serious condition and two are in critical condition, according to the hospital.

Medical teams are still assessing and treating injuries.

UPDATE @1:56 a.m.  7/27/17

The Ohio State Fair announced it will open gates at 9 a.m. today, and other activities will resume as scheduled. 

UPDATE @ 10:35 p.m. 

The Ohio State Fair will be open Thursday but the rides will remain shut down until they are inspected again, Gov. John Kasich said at a news conference tonight at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy, on the grounds of the state fair in Columbus. 

"This is the worst tragedy in the history of the fair," he said. "It is a very, very sad night for all of us." 

Kasich said he will at the fairgrounds Thursday, hoping to be able to speak with the people who were affected by the fatal ride accident. 

He said the state highway patrol and the state department of agriculture will investigate the incident, along with his office. 

The governor promised that all available information about the Fire Ball -- and all the rides at the fair -- will be made available for public scrutiny. He wants the information made available because there may be things that can be learned that could apply at other state and county fairs, and amusement parks. 

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Footage from Ohio State Fair accident

Mike Vartorella, the state’s chief ride inspector, said he and his four-person crew signed off on the Fire Ball, a ride he called "a spectacular piece" of equipment, on Wednesday, the first day of the 2017 edition of the fair. 

All rides are inspected by him and his staff before they are put together, as they are being put together and when they have been put together. 

Vartorella said he and his crew regularly perform inspections on the rides every day. 

"A tragedy like this hits all of really hard," he said, noting that he and other people have children and grandchildren they want to be safe at the fair. 

Kasich, backing the inspection team, pointed out that there were at least 10 rides not operating Wednesday because inspectors were not satisfied with what they saw. 

"We don't want to speculate on any of this," he said. "We're not going to take anything for granted. We don't want to pre-judge the investigation."

Aerial scenes above accident at Ohio State Fair

UPDATE @ 9:45 p.m.:

A man was killed on impact when he was thrown into the air and landed on the ground about 50 feet from the ride, Columbus Fire Division Battalion Chief Steve Marton told the Columbus Dispatch.

Martin said the incident happened around 7:20 p.m.

According to the Amusements of America website, The Fire Ball combines swinging and spinning action in one ride. It debuted in 2002, and swings riders 40 feet above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute. The New Jersey-based company provides the rides for the Ohio State Fair, and other events across the country.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center received three of the seven people injured on The Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair. In a Tweet, the hospital said it will provide further updates as information becomes available.

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman tonight issued statements regarding the Ohio State Fair accident.

Lt. Mary Taylor also issued a statement tonight on her Twitter account: “We are continuing to monitor the tragic situation at the @OhioState Fair.”

The ride at the fair malfunctioned.

UPDATE @ 9:07 p.m.

One man died and seven were injured - five critically - on Wednesday night at the Ohio State Fair when a ride called The Fire Ball malfunctioned. 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ordered all fair rides shut down and an investigation into the incident, which occurred during the opening night of the state fair.

"I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair," Kasich said in a statement issued on Twitter after the accident. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured."

Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a Columbus Fire Division spokesman, said some or all of the victims were reported to have been thrown from the ride, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

>>ON THE WAY TO THE SCENE: NewsCenter 7’s James Buechele on the way to the Ohio State Fair

UPDATE @ 8:47 p.m.

All fair rides are shut down pending additional inspections, Gov. John Kasich announced on his social media account.

Kasich Tweeted a statement about The Fire Ball ride accident that left one man dead and seven injured, five critically, at the Ohio State Fair.

UPDATE @ 8:37 p.m.

Witnesses said an arm of a ride appeared to fly off The Fire Ball ride, flinging at least one rider to the ground, killing one and injuring six at the Ohio State Fair tonight.

“I was in line for the ride right next to The Fire Ball ride and I heard screaming and looked to my right and saw people fly (off) the ride,” wrote a Twitter user named Angelica.

UPDATE @ 8:23 p.m.

One person is dead and six injured after an accident on a ride at the Ohio State Fair  tonight, according to 10TV.com, our media partner in Columbus.

UPDATE @ 8 p.m.

There are at least five injuries reported following the ride accident tonight during the opening day of the Ohio State Fair, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

RELATED: Ohio spends $1.17 million to inspect amusement rides


Numerous emergency responders are on scene at the Ohio State Fair tonight for a report of a serious ride malfunction.

The fair opened today.

A caller to the News Center 7 newsroom said he heard a loud boom from the ride called “The Fire Ball” and that there were multiple injuries. However, his report has not been confirmed.

RELATED: After tragedies, rides inspected for safety at area fairs

We are working to learn more information about the incident.

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6 Dayton locations where companies want to grow medical marijuana

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

A harvester examines marijuana buds from a trimming machine near Corvallis, Oregon. Researchers complain the government marijuana consists of leaves and unsmokable stems. ANDREW SELSKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Staff Writer
A harvester examines marijuana buds from a trimming machine near Corvallis, Oregon. Researchers complain the government marijuana consists of leaves and unsmokable stems. ANDREW SELSKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS(Staff Writer)

Six locations in Dayton are potential sites for marijuana cultivation, according to city records obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

City zoning records list six companies that also appear on the list released by the Ohio Department of Commerce of 185 companies that applied for licenses to grow medical cannabis in Ohio. The state will issue only issue a dozen each of level 1 and 2 licenses, allowing the recipient to grow initially up to 25,000-square-feet and 3,000-square-feet, respectively.

One of the companies is listed in state records as Agrogenius LLC, but company representative Adam Goldie said the company name is actually Agrogenics LLC.

A seventh company named Sriven Farms LLC filed zoning forms for four different properties in Dayton, but that company is not listed as having applied for a license from the state.

RELATED: State identifies medical pot applicants

The city records, required as part of each company’s state application, simply says there are no prohibitions against a medical marijuana facility at that location.

If they get a license from the state, each company would still have to go through formal zoning approval.

RELATED: Ohio-based retailer partnering with Canadian medical marijuana company

The companies and addresses listed in city records are: 

1. Ohio Medical Holdings LLC,

5031-5059 Riverton Drive, Dayton

Level 1 application

2. Certified Cultivators, LLC

1654 Springfield Street, Dayton

Level 1 application

3. Ohio Clean Leaf, LLC

2046 Valley Street, Dayton

Level 2 application

4. Pure Medicinal Co

660 Milburn Ave, Dayton

Level 2 application

5. Bickshaw Investment Group

5732 Webster Street, Dayton

Level 2 application

6. Agrogenics LLC

1516 Stanley Ave., Dayton

Level 1


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New Butler County Jail body scanner deters weapon, drug smuggling

Published: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 5:41 PM

the recently added body scanner at the Butler County Jail has potential to increase security for inmates and corrections officers.

Inmates who smuggle drugs or weapons into the Butler County Jail put corrections officers and other inmates in danger, but a new body scanner reportedly is making a difference in its first four months of use.

“It is a big deterrent,” Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer said Wednesday.

In March, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office installed a body scanner at the jail to help detect any type of contraband smuggled into jail in body cavities.

“People know we have it,” Dwyer said. “The inmates know they are going to go through it when they get in here and, unfortunately, 80 percent of people coming through that door have been here before and they know.”

MORE: Counties struggle to keep drugs out of jail

That means more people are “dumping stuff,” Dwyer said, both in cruisers and outside the facility, before stepping into the booking area of the Hanover Street jail. There is an additional criminal charge of conveyance into a detention facility if the contraband is discovered by the scanner.

The scanner has also been used to help find items that corrections officers believe have already been smuggled into the jail.

“If we get information something had been smuggled in and we can identify a group of inmates, we will scan those inmates to see if they have contraband on them,” Dwyer said.

This sometimes occurs when inmates leave the facility for court or work duty.

The $49,000 price tag for the scanner came from commissary money collected at the jail. Dwyer said the department gets a small portion of the commissary sales that can be used to benefit inmates. The county received a good deal from a company wanting them to test out the new canning system, Dwyer said.

MORE: Greene County jail uses scanner to combat smuggling

Drugs and weapons are obvious items prohibited in the jail, but anything that can be fashioned into a weapon, such as nail clippers, also are contraband.

“If someone brings heroin in here and someone overdoses, that is major problem. If someone brings a weapon in here, the chances of it being used on another inmate is also significant. A lot of what you find in jails with shanks and everything else is people trying to harm other inmates,” Dwyer said. “So keeping contraband down is a direct benefit to inmates above and beyond just patting someone down.”

The scanner is located in a separate alcove inside the booking area. Corrections officers trained to know what to look for sit at a screen and view images similar to X-rays.

“Metal lights up like a rainbow in the night,” said James Turco, a corrections officer for five years.

Finding drugs or soft material smuggled in a body cavity is a bit trickier. Turco said a trained eye looks at the “symmetry” of the body for something out of place.

MORE: Full body scanner purchased for Montgomery County Jail

Turco said the scanner is a good addition that helps keep everyone safe.

“It’s a hell of a machine, ” Dwyer said.

The chief deputy noted that inmates are very “cunning” with their ability to smuggle in items, and jailers are always trying to stay one step ahead. The scanner is a big step.

Dwyer and Major Mike Craft remembered a time when such a scanner would have prevented hours of messy work to recover a loaded gun brought into the jail stuck in a female inmate’s vagina.

The inmate removed the gun in her cell and placed it in a potato chip bag. It was taken out to the trash later.

“We couldn’t chance that gun being in the jail or someone having it,” Craft said.

Detectives spent hours searching a Dumpster before finding the weapon.

Officials could not say how many items have been recovered directly through the scanner so far.

Butler County is just one of those in Ohio with a jail scanner.

The Hamilton County Jail in Cincinnati installed a body scanner in 2012; it cost about $200,000, paid for entirely through the jail commissary. Body scanners are already in use at the Tri-County Regional Jail in Mechanicsburg and jails in Belmont, Cuyahoga, Fayette, Medina and Stark counties. The Shelby County Jail received a scanner this summer, and Montgomery County has purchased one.

Police: Gunshot breaks man leg in Dayton

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

A man was shot on Gettysburg Ave in Dayton

UPDATE @ 11:53 a.m.:

A man was shot in the leg in the area of North Gettysburg Avenue and Glenbrook Drive and police are still looking for the shooter in the case this morning.

Police said the man is expected to recover and believe he was shot by a person inside an apartment nearby, according to police.

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Officers searched the apartment, however did not locate a suspect, but did find drug paraphernalia inside the residence, police said.


A man has reportedly been shot in the leg on North Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton Thursday morning. 

Dayton police and medics were dispatched to the area of North Gettysburg Avenue and Glenbrook Drive around 10:45 a.m. on reports of a person shot. 

TRENDING: Latest from the fatal accident at the Ohio State Fair

Initial reports from the scene indicate a man was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound to his leg. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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