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Victim ID’d in fatal CSX train-pedestrian accident in Wapakoneta

Published: Friday, December 01, 2017 @ 7:13 PM
Updated: Saturday, December 02, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

We’re working to get more information.

UPDATE @ 5:15 p.m. (Dec. 2)

The victim of the fatal train-pedestrian crash was identified as a 32-year-old Wapakoneta woman.

Kimberly Simpson was pronounced dead at the scene, Wapakoneta police said. No foul play is suspected, but police are still gathering information from witnesses as part of its investigation.

UPDATE @ 11:36 p.m. (Dec. 1)

There is no indication of foul play in the death of a pedestrian hit by a CSX train in Wapakoneta, Police Chief Calvin Schneider said. 

Police are continuing the investigation, interviewing witnesses, and they are making sure all family members are notified before the department releases the victim's name, the chief said in a prepared statement. 

The statement does not indicate whether the victim is male or female. 

Police received a call just before 5:30 p.m. about the accident at the CSX crossing at Auglaize Street. They arrived within a minute and found the pedestrian deceased, the chief said. 

A CSX official earlier incorrectly stated that the accident occurred in the area of North Street.

The city fire department, CSX police, Auglaize County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted in the investigation.

INITIAL REPORT (Dec. 1)

A pedestrian has been hit and killed by a CSX freight train in Wapakoneta and the Auglaize County coroner has been called to the scene.

A CSX spokeswoman said Auglaize County sheriff’s deputies and Wapakoneta police confirmed the fatal incident occurred near North Street just before 5:30 p.m.

There were no injuries to the two-man crew, the spokeswoman said.

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The train was headed to Cincinnati. It consists of four locomotives, 83 rail cars loaded with mixed freight and 16 empty rail cars, the spokeswoman said.

“CSX would like to extend its deepest sympathies to everyone impacted by this event,” she said. “We appreciate the assistance of the local first responders on site.”

Local authorities will determine when the train will be allowed to leave.

A city police department dispatcher tells us the chief will issue a statement about the incident. We will update this report. 

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Middletown native and Ohio State grad decides against Senate run

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:18 PM

J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling book "Hillbilly Elegy" and Middletown native, was the speaker for the 2017 Alex & Lena Casper Memorial Lecture Thursday at Miami University Middletown.

J.D. Vance, a Middletown High School and Ohio State graduate, has decided a senate run is not in the best interest of his family at this time.

According to a social media post pictured below Vance states, “ Count me out of politics for now.”

Vance is a New York Times bestselling author for his memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” and the book was a 2017 finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

Vance has not ruled out running for office in the future. 

Ohio college president related to suspect in California captive children case 

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

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.

Daytonian makes splash on magazine cover, calls mom ‘doyenne of Dayton, Ohio’

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

Oakwood-raised actress Allison Janney and Anna Faris, her co-star of CBS'
Oakwood-raised actress Allison Janney and Anna Faris, her co-star of CBS' "Mom" on the cover of the Jan. 21 edition on Parade magazine.(Parade)

One of Dayton’s favorite daughters graces the latest cover of a magazine that makes it into 22 million homes. 

Oakwood-raised movie and television star Allison Janney and Anna Faris, her co-star on CBS’s “Mom,” are on the cover of this Sunday’s “Parade” magazine. 

>> Allison Janney: “Dayton spawns great people” 

You’ll be able to find Parade this Sunday in the “Dayton Daily News” and thousands of other newspapers around the country.  

“Mom” airs at 9 p.m. on Thursdays on WHIO-TV Channel 7.

Janney talks about feminism and her mom in the Parade story: 

Janney’s mom, Macy, was a former actress who decided to forego an acting career to raise her family—“back when that’s what women did,” she says. But Macy was “the doyenne of Dayton, Ohio,” with a strong feminist stance who was on the boards of multiple entertainment, arts and educational programs. Today, Janney loves it when people tell her, “You sound just like your mom.” 

 

Janney, a former Miami Valley School student, recently won a Golden Globe for

for playing LaVona Harding, figure skater Tonya Harding’s mother, in the dramatic dark comedy “I, Tonya.”

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Faris and Janney play daughter and mother on the CBS show “Mom.”

MORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM PARADE: 

Scaring boyfriends: Faris says her mom, Karen, was “crazy loyal,” “ferocious,” encouraged her imagination and always instilled in her the idea that “you will never be dependent on a man.” She adds, “I think that scared some boyfriends—I mean, not that I had boyfriends.” 

Telling her story. One of Faris’ side projects is her podcast, “Anna Faris Is Unqualified,” which she started as “a weird hobby” with her producing partner, Sim Sarna, in 2015. “I worked hard to be independent,” says Faris, who separated from actor Chris Pratt in August 2017 after eight years of marriage. “So the podcast has given me a lot of freedom. I’m not waiting for the next role to come around.” 

>> Dayton favorite Allison Janney wins first Golden Globe for movie role

Award buzz. Janney is soaking in awards buzz after winning a Golden Globe for her supporting role as the mother of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding (played by Margot Robbie) in the movie I, Tonya. A former figure skater herself, Janney says she well recalls the 1994 incident depicted in the film—in which Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and sidelined by a thug hired by Harding’s ex-husband and her bodyguard. “I was floored that that sort of thing could happen in the world of figure skating—a very refined, elegant sport rocked by this crazy incident.”

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UPDATE: Ohio flu hospitalizations continue to climb

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:31 AM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 11:50 AM


            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

NOTE: An earlier version of this story contained incorrect totals for the most recent week.

The number of flu-related hospitalizations in Ohio jumped more than 50 from the week before, according to new data Friday from the Ohio Department of Health.

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.

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

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.