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Butler County boy with medical issues wants one thing: Christmas cards

Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 @ 6:26 PM

All Andrew Little, 8, wants for Christmas is enough holiday cards to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville, and share them with his friends at the facility for wheelchair-bound people with complex medical needs. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Eight-year-old Andrew Little wants just one thing for Christmas — actually, lots of that one thing: Christmas cards. Enough to cover the walls of his room at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville and to share with friends there.

When Andrew was about 15 months old, he contracted a rapid onset of transverse myelitis, a swelling of the spinal cord, which paralyzed him from the neck down. Doctors told his family, “He wasn’t going to live beyond the week,” said his grandmother and guardian, Alyson Little of Fairfield Twp. “Then, when he did, they said, ‘He’s never going to be able to communicate past what he’s doing now. He’ll never be able to talk, there’s too much brain damage.’”

Those predictions also were wrong.

Andrew is clever, has an 8-year-old’s wit, attends second grade at Evendale Elementary and loves the Bengals — especially wide receiver A.J. Green because he said he’s so fast and Andrew Whitworth because they share a first name.

He also wants to attend the University of Cincinnati someday, which is considered against the odds because he’s so medically fragile.

“So far, I’ve received messages from people all over the country that they’ve seen it,” Alyson Little said, noting many are from people she doesn’t know. Her hope was, “Maybe I could get him 25-30, at the most, 50 cards, just enough to put in his room, for us to read a card a day.”

The cards have been slow in coming so far, but already he’s ahead of last Christmas.

“Last year he only got four cards,” his grandmother said.

“After his mother passed away (in 2012), I wanted to do something to bring the world to him, because he couldn’t go to the world. This year, about a week ago, I just decided to promote it on Facebook. I had $35 left in my checking account, and it was $30 to promote it. So I’m like, ‘Just let me see what happens,’ ” she said.

Alyson Little said Andrew enjoys kid-oriented cards most. He enjoys looking at the photos and then the inside messages.

Andrew is on a ventilator, and “to keep him alive has been a huge medical undertaking,” Alyson Little said. “I mean, he has monitors, and they go off. And his medication list is just endless.”

His heart monitor has flat-lined many times, she said. His lungs are so damaged, the flu or pneumonia could be deadly.

His grandmother called St. Joseph and other facilities every six months for three years asking if they had a bed available for Andrew. One day, the answer was yes.

“It was truly like a Utopia,” Alyson Little said. “They don’t just care for the residents, they have pure love, and that’s not something you can pay for.”

Operated by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, St. Joseph is a non-profit home for adults and children who use wheelchairs and have complex medical needs.

“The director of nurses, when she took me around, she knew everybody, their history, their names, their family members,” Alyson Little said. “I knew, if I couldn’t bring him home with me, that was where I wanted him.”

“He’s a very sweet little boy. He’s very kind, very generous. His heart is so big, and he’s so full of compassion,” she said.

After his birthday Nov. 25, “he wanted to give away his gifts to all the residents, because he wanted to share the love,” she said. “He wanted all the residents to come to his birthday party.”

“When any of the residents are sick and he knows it, he constantly asks about them,” she said. “He’s very loving and nurturing.”

“And I’m going to tell you something,” his proud grandma said: “He remembers people and their names from when he was 3 years old. If you talked about something today, and you didn’t see him for six months, he would pick that conversation right back up where you left off.”

When he and sister Aubrey, a fifth grader at Fairfield Intermediate School, get together, they tease like any siblings, his grandmother said.

“For somebody who has such a hard life, honestly, he’s very optimistic and happy,” she said. “He does not look at himself as having challenges or disabilities. He puts everyone else in front of him.”

Want to send Andrew a Christmas card? Mail it to: Andrew Little, 4181 Weathered Oaks Lane, Hamilton, OH 45011.

Suspect, customer exchange shots during attempted bank robbery

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

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Police said shots were exchanged between a bank robber and a customer inside Key Bank location north of Cincinnati on Monday. 

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Officers in Colerain Twp. were called to the bank around 11 a.m. Monday on Springdale Road, our news partner WCPO-TV reports. Employees told police the robber entered the bank wearing dark clothing and a black hat and demanded cash. 

Police said at some point a customer inside the bank and the robber fired shots at each other. Following the shootout the suspect and a second man fled from the scene on foot. 

Neither the customers nor employees were injured. But, police said they were not sure if suspect or the other man suffered injuries. Police issued an alert to local hospital in case the suspect arrived with a gunshot wound, WCPO-TV reports. 

There were no reports of the suspect arriving at a hospital for treatment. 

Police told the station the customer who fired was legally carrying the firearm. 

The FBI is also assisting with the investigation. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 7:25 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • I-675 NB just past Ohio 235, left lane blocked after crash involving at least two vehicles at 8:35 a.m.
  • I-675 SB at Yankee Street, semitrailer on its side off the side of the right lane at 8:30 a.m. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • On East Main Street at South Burnett Road in Springfield, police and medics responded to a crash reported around 5:50 a.m. The intersection reopened around 6:50 a.m.

WEATHER: Mild today, rain returns Wednesday

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south near North Main Street in Dayton, lane closure May 1st – 26th. Two southbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 south Ramp to Northwoods Boulevard, ramp closure May 25th between of 9 am and 3 pm. The suggested detour from ODOT is: I-75 south to US 40 to I-75 north to Northwoods Boulevard
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • I-70 east between Airport Access Road and North Dixie Drive, Overnight lane closures May 24th at 10 pm – May 25th at 6 am. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street.
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15TH – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 


  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 


  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 56 at Silvers Road, road closure May 22nd through the 26th. The official detour is: SR 4 to SR 29 to SR 187 to SR 56.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.


  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

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$4M naming rights deal announced for Huber Heights music center

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 8:01 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 8:01 PM

Continuing coverage

The Dayton Daily News has provided in-depth coverage on the Huber Heights music center story since we broke the news in December 2012 of the city’s proposal. We will continue to follow this story closely and bring you the latest updates as they develop.

The Huber Heights music center officially has been named.

The city’s $19.3 million music venue will be called the “Stuart & Mimi Rose Music Center at The Heights” after City Council approved Thursday night a $4 million lifetime naming rights deal with the Stuart Rose Family Foundation.

The contract calls for the $4 million to be paid out over two 10-year terms, at $200,000 a year.

“The wisdom this council has shown in continuing to invest in our city and its citizens is impressive,” Councilman Mark Campbell said. “We all know long term the only way to achieve the necessary income, jobs, quality of life and future health of our city will only be accomplished by growing our tax base, and today, we see the fruits of our efforts.”

Rose is the CEO of REX American Resources Corp., a Dayton-based ethanol producer. REX American Resources previously operated as REX Stores Corp., a retailer of electronics and appliances, before closing its stores and exiting the retail business.

Rose and his wife, Mimi, were unavailable to attend Thursday night’s meeting. He was out of town on business.

“This is one of the greatest initiatives that has occurred in the Dayton area, and it will serve as another attraction that will make our region great,” Rose said in a statement. “The music center is a testament to the greatness of the people who put their minds together to deliver something truly positive.”

Now that the music center has its official name, Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer said the next step is to market that identity, including launching a website. Schommer said the music center’s website is expected to go live within a week.

“We’re within weeks, not months,” Schommer said of announcing shows. “It’s astounding how well everything has come together and how well this project has manifested through the very steps. Things are coming together seamlessly.”

A $2 million lifetime deal — $200,000 a year for 10 years — with the same foundation had been originally discussed. Schommer previously said the city had naming rights conversations with about 10 interested parties over the last year and a half.

According to the city’s management agreement with Music and Event Management, Inc., the entire revenue generated by the music center’s naming rights directly goes to Huber Heights. The city will pay MEMI $225,000 annually to manage the music center.

The music center’s VIP area will be named the “Circuits & Cables VIP Area” — an agreement that will pay the city $40,000 annually for the first five years of the deal.

The music center is completed and will open in the spring. The 4,500-seat covered seasonal venue is located at 6800 Executive Boulevard.

Hit-and-run driver admits heroin use before fatally striking bicyclist

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 12:52 AM

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A bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, who later admitted to using heroin before getting behind the wheel near Cincinnati on Monday.

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The victim, 61-year-old William Rust III, of Cincinnati, was riding his bike along the shoulder of U.S. 52 in Anderson Twp., just east of Cincinnati Monday afternoon, our news partner WCPO-TV reports. 

A car, driven by Steven Sickle, 33, of Feesburg, Ohio, drifted off the road and hit Rust, throwing him from the bike, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said in a media release. Deputies said Sickle fled the scene without stopping or attempting to help.

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Rust was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another person drover Sickle back to the scene of the crash, where he admitted to ingesting heroin before driving, WCPO-TV reports. 

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Sickle was charged with fleeing the scene of a deadly automobile crash, and aggravated vehicular homicide.  

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