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Donkeys rescued from field flooded up to their necks

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM

Two donkeys rescued from Highwater Clark county

Two donkeys, Pancho and Eddie, are resting comfortably in a neighbor’s barn after being rescued from rising flood waters by Springfield Twp. firefighters Sunday. 

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The two donkeys were rescued early Sunday after a neighbor in the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike spotted them trapped up to their necks in flood waters.

The Mad River came out of its banks and rose quickly, within 20 minutes, according to residents in the area.

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The pair were in water up to their necks. The smaller donkey, Pancho, was treading water. Pancho and had to rest his head on Eddie’s back to keep from drowning.

Neighbors who knew the donkeys called them by name and eventually a fence was cut, and rescue workers were able to walk the donkeys to the road. Once rescued, they were dried off, fed grain and hay, and housed in a neighbor’s dry, warm barn.

Pancho and Eddie’s owner, Tim Arnold, said Monday he’s appreciative for everyone’s help. 

“They are great, I just came back from feeding and watering them,” he said. “They're in a nice clean barn right down the street here until I can get this fence fixed, then I'll bring them home," added Arnold. 

He was unable to reach them himself over the weekend because of the high water. 

“It's the first time they've ever got caught. They usually get on high ground but they were by the fence and it came up so fast I don't think they could get through. They got scared,” said Arnold.

Arnold has two donkeys, a mule, 12 ducks and a cat.

“I love my donkeys. I love all my animals. I would have been heartbroken if I lost my donkeys," said Arnold. 

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Winter Storm Watch issued for system that could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:55 PM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current track and forecast for another spring storm.

Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Wayne, Randolph, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties from 2 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m. Sunday. Conditions are expected to be favorable for impactful snow, sleet or ice that can make travel difficult. 

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A quick-moving low pressure system will spread moisture back into the Miami Valley Saturday and Saturday night, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A band of snow will be possible that, at times, might mix with rain. The system currently is favoring the southern and western half of the Miami Valley where the watch was issued. This means areas such as Logan, Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer counties could see a sharp cut-off from moisture and possibly very little, if any, snow. 

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The track and intensity of this system is still in question, and fine-tuning will come together during the end of the work week. Counties under the Winter Storm Watch have the best chance to see sticking snow that will could be more than two inches. 

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A few factors that could limit impact in the Miami Valley: Warm road temperatures allowing for snow melt, snow falling during the day allowing for a mix with rain, the track shifting and pulling the accumulating snow further south.

A few factors that could increase impact in the Miami Valley: Staying colder than expected, a shift further north could spread more snow across the entire area and the intensity of the system. 

Stay with Storm Center 7 for the latest updates to this spring snow storm.

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CareSource: Downtown Dayton construction fire ‘no reason to delay’ completion of new offices

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 1:31 PM

The new CareSource building under construction caught fire sending up black smoke that could be seen miles from Dayton

UPDATE @ 3:10 p.m. (March 22):

A CareSource spokeswoman said the organization does not anticipate today’s fire at the new CareSource building to delay the completion or opening of the new building.

“The new CareSource office location is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019 and at this time there is no reason to delay the completion and opening,” said Fran Robinson, spokeswoman for CareSource.

>>WHAT HAPPENED: CareSource building under construction catches fire on the roof

Robinson said the fire at the construction site at First and Jefferson streets did not effect operations at any of its other four office locations in downtown Dayton.

>>Downtown streets closed due to fire operations

“At no time was the fire a danger to any downtown office location or staff,” Robinson said.

Robinson said approximately 2,000 staff work in Dayton for CareSource.

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The spokeswoman for CareSource spoke with our team about how Thursday’s downtown Dayton fire at the new CareSource construction site on Jefferson Street is impacting the company’s operations.

Fran Robinson said, “We want to let people know that our operations are not affected. Family and friends of those who work in our four CareSource buildings in downtown Dayton should know that the fire did not approach any of our other buildings.”

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“Our support lines are open and operational.” added Robinson.

“I think that the official word of what happened to cause the fire at the new construction site will have to come from the Fire Chief,” said Robinson.

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The new building is still set to open in the spring of 2019 and is expected to house 650 employees.

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Centerville students make Disney dreams come true for boy, 6, with cancer

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:45 PM

Centerville students make Disney dreams come true for boy, 6, with cancer

Students at Magsig Middle School are making a 6-year-old boy’s wish come true to visit Disney World.

The Centerville students raised more than $8,000 for Aiden and his family to make the trip through Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Aiden suffers from neoblastoma, a form of childhood cancer. This summer will be his first vacation, and first trip on an airplane.

“It’s breathtaking just to see everything that they did and not knowing who Aiden was, just the initiative to help someone out, it’s really good,” Aiden’s father Matt Young said.

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The fundraising efforts were led by Magsig’s lacrosse players, Student Council and Junior Optimist Club and supported by students, staff and community members, Magsig Principal Stacey Westendorf said.

The school is still accepting donations for the family.

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How to keep facebook from accessing your information 

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 5:21 PM

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts. 

“You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins, the owner of DNA Computers in Kettering.

Jenkins found over 100 apps on her own Facebook account that have grabbed her profile information, friend list, posts, likes, or even photos she’s posted and photos she’s tagged in. 

A look at my phone revealed over 70 apps including “Apply Magic Sauce.”

According to their website, the app translates individuals digital footprints into psychological profiles. Jenkins showed me how to get rid of it. 


To remove or modify these Facebook Apps and quizzes using your phone:

Open the Facebook app

Click the menu (which is typically designated by three lines)

Select “account settings”

Click “apps”

Choose apps you want to delete 


To delete Facebook Apps on a desktop or laptop:

Log on to Facebook

Click the menu (the small triangle in the upper right corner)

Click “settings”

Click “apps” (located in a list on the left side of the screen)

Select an app 

Select the pencil icon to modify settings or click the “X” to delete the app


You can turn off all app access completely, but Jenkins recommends deleting apps one by one.

“if you scroll down past the apps there is a box where you can turn off Platform. Platform is the interface which allows Facebook to work with third-party websites and software. If you disable it, you can’t log into anything with Facebook anymore,” said Jenkins.

Jenkins warns of another big risk with access you grant these apps.

“If they collect enough information they could actually carry out a social engineering hack,” Jenkins said, “potentially answering your security questions or pretending to be you and call a company and request access to information about you.” 

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