Ohio Players frontman Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner dies

Updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013
By: Staff Writer

Funk legend Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner has died, according to friends and musicians.

“He was a great person with a lot of wisdom not just in music, but in life,” said Keith Harrison of the bands FAZE-O and the Dazz Band.

Bonner, 69, who helped make Dayton the Land of Funk, died Saturday following a battle with cancer in Trotwood, according to an “Official Family Annoucement” posted Sunday on his Facebook page. Bonner, whose career spanned 56 years, died just shy of his 70th birthday, according to the post. “While his family, friends, colleagues, and fans mourn his passing they celebrate fondly his memory, music and legacy,” the posting stated.

The Hamilton native was the lead singer and guitarist of the Ohio Players since he joined the band in 1971.

Harrison said he received word of Bonner’s passing from Marshall “Rock” Jones and another Ohio Players band member.

“He was an extraordinary person,” Harrison said of Bonner.

Dayton musician Ronald Frost, a friend of Bonner’s, said that Bonner will be remembered for his kindness and heart.

“He was one of the nicest people I have ever met,” Frost said.

Frost’s father, keyboardist Ronald Nooks , is also a member of the Ohio Players.

“He was a good friend of my dad’s,” Frost said.

Based in Dayton, the Ohio Players rocketed onto the international stage in the 1970s with string of funk hits, including “Fire,” “Skin Tight” and “Love Rollercoaster.”

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Logan County reports spike in diarrheal disease

Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2016
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m. (Aug. 19)

Logan County Health District officials report a rise in gastrointestinal illnesses linked to Cryptosporidiosis (crypto) cases spreading throughout Ohio.

One case has been confirmed and it’s under investigation where that person became infected, said Corinne Riegler, emergency planner and public information officer for the health district. However, many cases have been linked to swimming pools in central Ohio. Prevention is key to avoid the spread of this illness, Riegler said.

Columbus Public Health announced this week the number of cases in Franklin and Delaware counties has grown to 202, which prompted public pools and spray parks to close in Columbus and Dublin. The outbreak so far has more cases than the last four years combined, our media partner, CBS affiliate WBNS-TV reported.

Symptoms of crypto include: watery diarrhea; stomach cramps or pain; headache; dehydration; nausea/vomiting; low-grade fever and loss of appetite or weight loss.

Tips to avoid parasitic infections

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water.
  • Drink water from safe sources such as municipal water.
  • Wash all raw fruits and vegetables under running water from a safe source.
  • If possible, use a vegetable brush to scrub the outside of fruits and vegetables.
  • If camping/hiking and safe water is not available, boil water for 1 minute before drinking.
  • When swimming try not to swallow the water.
  • Be aware of water boil alerts and follow the recommendations.


Source: Ohio State University Extension

EARLIER (Aug. 11)

A dip in the pool is one way to beat the heat this hot, humid summer, but it also can spread illness.

Mother Amy Howard and her 2-year-old son have spent much time this summer at a public pool.

“We come here every day. We like to get out of the house and spend time out in the sun, and we have a great time,” said Howard, of Xenia. She keeps a close eye on her son to keep him safe in the water, but it’s what she doesn’t see that could make them both sick.

Cryptosporidiosis, or crypto, is a gastrointestinal illness is caused by a microscopic parasite and is most commonly spread through water. This year, Ohio has seen a 50 percent increase in cases, and officials in Central Ohio on Thursday declared an outbreak. Columbus Public Health reported 107 cases in Columbus, Franklin and Delaware counties, which is more cases than the health departments saw in the last three years combined.

The couple of cases so far this year in Greene County is typical, but public health nurse Amy Schmitt said that number could rise. “This organism is pretty hearty and it can continue to shed for a very long time.”

The best way to reduce risk is for people, especially children, to avoid ingesting pool water, and for anyone who is sick to stay out of the water.

“We want to make sure that if they’re sick, particularly with diarrhea, they really shouldn’t be swimming,” Schmitt said. “And if they’re diagnosed with this infection called crypto — and that’s done by lab test — they should not swim for two weeks after the diarrhea has stopped.”

In addition to swimming pools, crypto can be spread at splash pads, water parks, lakes, ponds, streams and rivers. The parasite is protected by an outer shell that allows it to survive outside the body for extended periods of time that also makes it tolerant to chlorine disinfection. Symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pains and vomiting, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Woman recalls suspect in Dayton triple shooting

Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2016
By: Staff Writer, Breaking News Staff

Denise Richardson experienced a visceral reaction when she learned the name of the man Dayton police arrested in Wednesday’s deadly triple shooting on Oxford Avenue.

Muhammad Shabazz Ali, 61, had another name when he pleaded guilty to killing her sister, Angela, and their unborn baby in 1988. Ali — then Robert Ford — was sent to prison for admitting to voluntary manslaughter in the deaths committed in Montgomery County.

Richardson said she was reading the news story, wondering how someone could kill three people. “When I came to his name, it just made me sick, like oh my God,” she told News Center 7’s Natalie Jovonovich on Thursday evening.

Ali — then Ford — and Angela had two other children, beside the one in her womb, Richardson said. Their second son witnessed his mother’s slaying. She was 21 and eight months pregnant when she was stabbed.

“It devastated us a lot,” Richardson said, “especially me. I was working a job I had to quit because I cried all the time thinking about her. It was just a terrible time, the worst thing I ever felt.”

Reading about and seeing the coverage of the story brought back memories of a younger sibling who was more like a mom, Richardson said.

“It took me ten years when it happened to be able to talk about it without crying and today seeing that, it seemed like it happened all over again,” she said. “It just brought it all back all over again.”

Richardson said she had heard Ali changed his name while in prison (September 1988 until his parole in January 2009 and subsequent release from parole in January 2010), but she didn’t know what his “new” name was.

She was told where the former Robert Ford had been staying and studiously avoided him or even being on the same side of town where he lived.

“I just don’t want to see that person’s face knowing that they took my sister’s life,” she said.

When told that Ali had been at Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care twice on Wednesday — before and after police said he committed the shooting — Richardson said she has no knowledge of him being mentally challenged.

Richardson said she doesn’t know the victims of Wednesday’s killing — Tammy Cox, 53, believed to be Ali’s former girlfriend; Cox’s boyfriend Jasper Taylor, 74; and her son, Michael Cox, 25 — or the people who own the house on Oxford Avenue.

“I feel sad and hurt for them that they have to go through this,” she said.

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Back-to-school shopping deals still available

Updated: Monday, August 22, 2016
By: Staff Writer

“We are in crunch time now— two days away. I took the day off work and hope to get everything done,” said Leigh Topp of Carlisle, shopping with her son, Kalen, 10, and hunting for some last minute deals at Kohl’s.

She’s not the only parent who has put off shopping for back-to-school.

Eighty-seven percent of U.S. parents say they have yet to check off everything on the school supplies and clothes list this year, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation.

Perhaps even more surprising— 22 percent of parents haven’t even begun to shop at all, the survey found.

“I think it just came up really fast and people were trying to get their vacations in and that sort of thing,” said Centerville Kohl’s manager Brandy Duran, adding that she hasn’t seen as many people shopping.

Procrastinators will still find plenty of back-to-school sales.

Kohl’s is offering 25 percent off select summer styles online through midnight tonight. In store now, you can use rewards coupons and Kohl’s Cash to save.

Target has buy one get one 50 percent off select school supplies.

Walmart has new online rollbacks on everything from clothes and school uniforms, to calculators and crayons.

Staples has deals of over 80 percent off on composition books and rulers, and a 110 percent price match.

At Kohl’s, Kalen found some shorts on sale— 55 percent and 35 percent off - he said he’s a bargain shopper like him mom.

Stephen Colbert gives Dayton a shout-out

Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2016
By: Amelia Robinson

Fact: you never know who you are going to run into at a political convention.

Reporter Amelia Robinson saw Stephen Colbert taping a segment for his show Sunday at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

The talk show host gave Dayton a big shout out.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs 11: 30 p.m. Monday through Friday on WHIO channel 7.