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Beavercreek mom of ‘that kid’ gives teachers wine with son’s face on bottle for Christmas 

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

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In most cases, a coffee mug would suffice as a Christmas gift for a teacher who has worked hard. 

Mary Sommers of Beavercreek said the teachers who taught her son this year deserved something a little more intoxicating. 

“How many coffee mugs does a teacher need,” she said. “But who doesn’t need a glass of wine after teaching a kid like mine?” she said. 

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Good thing her friend just happens to works at a printing company. 

DJ Sommers' posted a photo of wine bottles his parents gave his brothers teacher on Twitter.(Photo: DJ Sommers)

As a joke and a thank you, Mary and her husband Paul gifted their son Jake’s teachers at Ascension School in Kettering with bottles of white wine with personalized wine labels reading: “Our Child Might Be The Reason you Drink So Enjoy This Bottle On Us.” 

The Sommers’ oldest son, Daniel Joseph “DJ” Sommers, a sophomore at Ohio State University, posted a photo of the bottles on his Twitter page and the post went viral. Thus far, it has had more than 5,400 retweets and 36,000 shares. 

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Mary said her son is not a bad kid, but he is “that kid.” 

In Jake’s case, the buckeye didn’t fall far from the tree. Mary says she was “that kid” when she was a student at Ascension, too. 

“My four older siblings were good kids and it was hard to live up to that, so I didn’t try,” she recalled. “(Jake) always has something to say. He’s that kid.” 

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DJ and Jake both said they were surprised by how much attention the post has received. 

DJ said he’s been contacted by a representative from “Good Morning America” and CNN, as well as television stations from around the country. 

Besides being a fun joke, DJ said the wine was also meant as a gift for the teacher who has served his family. 

His sister Sarah also attended Ascension. As an eighth grader, this is Jake’s final year. 

“It is a farewell from my family,” DJ said. 

For his part, Jake said he thought it was pretty funny. 

“I guess my teachers deserve it (the wine),” he said.

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Jake, Daniel Joseph, Sarah, Mary and Paul Sommers of Beavercreek. A photos Daniel Joseph, DJ, posted on Twitter show the wine bottles his parents gave teachers went viral.(Photo contributed by Daniel Joseph Sommers)

DJ Sommers' posted a photo of wine bottles his parents gave his brothers teacher on Twitter.(Photo: DJ Sommers)

U.S. Air Force Museum temporarily closed during shutdown

Published: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 20, 2018 @ 3:12 PM

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force closed Saturday after initially opening in the morning in the midst of a federal government shutdown.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is temporarily closed, effective Jan. 20, 2018 due to the federal government shutdown. All museum events and activities have been suspended until an appropriation bill or continuing resolution is enacted. 

If the museum reopens by Jan. 27, 2018, the Reds Caravan event will continue as planned. 

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. BARRIE BARBER/STAFF(Staff Writer)

Please watch the museum's website, www.nationalmuseum.af.mil, and local media outlets for information about when the museum's normal operations will resume. 

 For information about Air Force Museum Foundation please contact them at (937) 258-1218 or foundation@afmuseum.com. The Air Force Museum store, operated by the Air Force Museum Foundation is available online at http://store.airforcemuseum.com

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy during holiday breaks? Here are four great reasons the Air Force Museum should be at the top of your list.

Hundreds of people had trekked inside the world’s largest military aviation museum Saturday morning before the closure at 1 p.m.

The fallout was the latest from the federal closure expected to affect thousands of workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the largest single-site employer in Ohio with an estimated 27,000 military and civilian personnel.

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The Omnimax Theater at the Air Force Museum has the largest movie screen in southwest Ohio.

National Park Service interpretive centers near Huffman Prairie where the Wright brothers perfected the airplane, and the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton, were among NPS sites closed Saturday in the region because of the shutdown, although the two properties were open to traffic.

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WHIO-TV’s Malik Perkins contributed to this story.

Researchers find meteorites from Michigan meteor

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

WHIO Weather Camera Network caught a possible meteor Wednesday night in Miamisburg.

Researchers with the American Meteor Society found two meteorites just days after a meteor lit up the sky across part of Michigan, according to a tweet from AMS.

Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV ClickonDetroit.com

“We are happy and excited to report, two meteorites from the Jan. 16th fall have been found in Michigan,” the Thursday tweet said. “Congratulations to Robert Ward and Larry Atkins on the first two reported finds.”

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Meteorites from Michigan meteor. Photos from WDIV ClickonDetroit.com

According to a report from WDIV-TV in Detroit, another team from Longway Planetarium and the Farmington Community Stargazer also recovered a meteorite and planned to share more details about its discovery Friday.

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WDIV-TV reported the meteorites were found near Charlotte, Michigan and near Whitmore Lake.

Ohio flu hospitalizations climb, prompting caution and optimism

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 3:15 PM


            Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Nurse Debbie Parker prepares flu vaccine for patients at the Montgomery County Public Health Clinic in downtown Dayton. Flu numbers continue to climb in 2018. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Ohio’s flu-related hospitalizations increased by more than 50 from the previous week, new data released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health said.

The increase was smaller than previous weeks, prompting some optimism and words of caution from one local expert.

“While it looks like (the flu) may be leveling off, it is still significantly higher than the five year average,” said president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, Bryan Bucklew. “It has been above average since it started.”

From Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state reported 1,805 people in Ohio were hospitalized with influenza-like illnesses. Of those, 458 of those were in Montgomery County.

For the previous reporting period, Dec. 31 through Jan. 6, the state recorded 1,750 flu-related hospitalizations.

The 2017-2018 numbers for reported flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu have been above the five-year average. While the smaller week to week increase is encouraging to health officials, the flu is unpredictable.

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“It’s been a strong flu season,” Bucklew said. “Our hope would be that instances of flu are lower because of their early start.”

Area hospitals have put restrictions on visitors and local health officials throughout the region have encouraged people to get a vaccine and take precautions to prevent the spread of the flu.

Those restrictions are still in effect, according to Bucklew.

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With influenza being at its highest level in almost all states, other organizations are taking steps to prevent spread of the flu.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, decided to change some Mass traditions to keep parishioners healthy.

TIME said the diocese announced Jan. 18 it is suspending sharing wine during communion and holding hands during Our Father.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops urges “priests, deacons and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion” to practice good hygiene and to instruct church-goers not to drink from the chalice if they are sick.

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Miami Valley, has not taken an official position on the matter, with a spokesperson saying that they leave “the running of a parish up to the pastor.”

The University of Dayton is relying on its students to use “common sense” when it comes to Mass and flu season.

“We’re still offering the chalice; we’re not putting out any kind of memo. We are relying on students to stay home if they are sick,” said Kathy Sales, associate director of campus ministry.

Ohio college president related to suspect in California captive children case 

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

13 Siblings Held Captive In California "House of Horrors"

UPDATE @ 12:04 p.m. (Jan. 19):

An Ohio Christian college President related to the father accused of shackling his own children in their California home has taken a leave of absence from his position, according to the New York Post.

Dr. Randy Turpin, president of Valor Christian College in Canal Winchester, near Columbus,  is the brother of David Turpin, the father accused in the case.

This news organization received a statement from the college this afternoon.

“The Valor Christian College community joins with millions of Americans who are shocked and saddened by these terrible stories from California and we are praying for the full recovery of all involved,” the college said in a prepared statement

UPDATE @ 1:20 p.m. (Jan. 16): Officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents for an undisclosed period of time are recovering.

The siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were in stable condition Tuesday.

“They’re very friendly, they’re very cooperative and I believe that they’re hopeful that life will get better for them after this event,” said Mark Uffer, CEO of the Corona Regional Medical Center.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

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In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

Riverside County Sheriff's Department Capt. Greg Fellows said Louise Anna Turpin, the mother of the children, was “perplexed” when police arrived at the family’s home Sunday. Authorities said they had received no prior calls to the house and said there were no early indications that either Linda Anna Turpin or her husband, 57-year-old David Allen Turpin, had any history of mental illness.

Original report: A California couple was arrested Sunday after 13 siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 29, were allegedly held captive in a home, with several children “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks in dark and foul-smelling surroundings,” the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

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In a news release, the Sheriff’s Department said David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, were arrested and charged with torture and child endangerment. Bail was set at $9 million apiece, according to the news release.

David Turpin’s parents, James and Betty Turpin of West Virginia, told ABC News they were surprised and shocked at the allegations, KABC reported.

According to the California Department of Education website, David Turpin is listed as principal of the Sandcastle Day School, which was operated out of his home. The address listed for the school is the same residence where the 13 victims were discovered, CNN reported.

The school opened March 21, 2011, according to the website, and was categorized as a private school for students in grades one through 12.