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Queen of Hearts: Mercer County man wins $580,000 jackpot

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 9:14 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 30, 2017 @ 10:30 PM

WATCH: Man wins $525,000 in Queen of Hearts drawing in Ansonia

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.

The winner of the $580,000 jackpot in the Queen of Hearts game is Jason Broering of St. Henry in Mercer County. His winnings represent 80 percent of the total jackpot of more than $700,000, with 20 percent going to charity.

>> Charities real winners of Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop

UPDATE @ 9:44 p.m.

We have a winner! Third time’s a charm after the third person is the one who drew the Queen of Hearts to take home the more than $550,000 jackpot. News Center 7’s James Buechele is at The Whistle Stop waiting to talk to the man who pulled the winning card.

UPDATE @ 9:42 p.m.

Next card drawn was the 8 of hearts. Still no winner with six cards left on the board.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m.

The first card drawn was a loser -- 9 of Clubs. Seven cards are left on the board.

VIDEO: Last Queen of Hearts drawing draws crowd in Ansonia


A crowd of several hundred tonight is awaiting the final drawing for the Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop.

The jackpot is $525,054, and someone is guaranteed to win after the game has gone on for an unheard of amount of time at around 40 weeks.

>> Final Queen of Hearts drawing tonight

There are eight cards left, and organizers will keep drawing tickets until someone finally pulls the Queen of Hearts.

>> Charities real winners of Queen of Hearts game at The Whistle Stop

Queen of Hearts is a legal game of chance in which the person holding a ticket pulled during a raffle has a chance to pick the Queen of Hearts from the remaining cards in the deck posted on a board at the business, 200 S. Main St.

Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 5:57 PM

One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul.

The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs if the government shuts down, according to the U.S. Treasury. And it would be happening right when the IRS is updating its guidelines and software, while also fielding questions from the public about new tax laws. 

Experts told the Washington Post that even a short shutdown will set back implementation on the new tax code.

Tax filing season begins on Jan. 29. The IRS generally issues nine out of 10 refunds in less than 21 days. With the workforce cut in half, it is likely that a prolonged shutdown could lead to delayed returns and the inability to access IRS assistance phone lines. 


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No serious injuries among children in Butler County school bus-truck collision

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:35 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:43 PM

School bus rear ended by truck in Trenton

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m.: At least a couple of students are receiving medical attention in the pickup truck-school bus collision on Wayne Madison Road, but there are no serious injuries, Edgewood Schools Spokeswoman Pam Pratt said. 

The children are from Edgewood Elementary, she said, and they are in grades 2 through 5. 

District officials are telephoning parents and guardians to arrange rides home, Pratt said.

A pickup truck rear ended an Edgewood school bus Friday, Jan. 19 on Wayne Madison Road in Trenton. Several students were transported to the hospital with minor injuries and the driver of the pickup was transported to the hospital. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF


Police and medic crews are at a collision in the 3200 block of Wayne Madison Road involving a school bus and a pickup truck. 

Several of the children on the bus have complained of neck and back pain. Medical personnel are evaluating the children and are taking some to a hospital. 

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Crews were dispatched just after 4 p.m. on the report of a vehicle accident that been described as a pickup truck that rear-ended a school bus. 

The accident occurred near Noah's Ark Child Development Center, 3259 Wayne Madison Road. 

Edgewood Schools Superintendent Russ Fussnecker and other district officials are on the way to the scene.

We have a crew on the way to check out the accident. We will update this developing report.

Logan Cole recounts the day he was shot at West Liberty-Salem High School

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:54 PM

Logan Cole who was shot at West Liberty Salem High School in January 2017 talked to NewsCenter 7 for the first time, detailing what exactly happened that morning.

Saturday will mark one year since dozens of first responders and police rushed to West Liberty-Salem High School for a report of student who opened fire inside the school. Logan Cole sat down with News Center 7’s John Bedell to share what he recalls from that unforgettable day. 

"I remember walking into the bathroom and there Ely was with the gun. Then after getting shot I talked to him some and I pretty much told him you pretty much don't have to do this anymore you don't have to kill anybody," Cole stated.

West Liberty-Salem shooting victim Logan Cole donates $22K in thanks for support

After talking with Cole, gunman Ely Serna sprayed four more blasts from his shotgun into the school hallway. Thankfully no one was hit by the additional blasts and immediately after firing into the hallway Serna returned to the bathroom and dropped the gun.

Logan Cole talks about shooting 1 year later

Teachers then restrained Serna inside the bathroom until deputies arrived and were able to arrest him. Cole was then taken out on a stretcher and Cole’s father said his son’s attitude towards Serna really impacted him. 

"I remember Logan telling me he loved me and I told him I loved him. Then when I asked him who did it, he said it didn't matter, dad. That really struck me." stated Logan Cole’s father Ryan. 

Logan Cole still showed this attitude of grace when we talked to him a year later. "I go back and get angry about it again and I have to forgive him again. And it's kind of a process, “ says Logan.

Logan’s father credits their family’s christian faith for helping Logan find the strength to forgive. 

Even after all of his suffering Logan still says he is thankful that no one else was hurt and believes the events of that day happened for a reason. 

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"If somebody hadn't walked into that bathroom at that moment I think that more people would have died. I'm not thankful that the situation happened but I'm thankful that I went in there at the same time for the outcome that there was, “ Cole remarks. 

Serna has been charged with multiple felonies including two counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty due to reason of insanity, but the court has ruled him competent to stand trial.  Serna is due in court again in February. 

NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell will have more coverage of the one year anniversary and Logan Cole’s full interview  beginning at 5 p.m. on WHIO channel 7. 

Dancing Dayton police officer faces OVI charges

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Dancing Dayton police officer faces OVI charges

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):

Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.

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The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.

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Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District.  Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.


Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. 

According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek. 

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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test. 

Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning. 

He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.

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The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media. 

Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.

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At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.

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