Waves of watery action as wakeboarders ski West Chester

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 4:51 PM

High flying action at Wakeboarding Championships in Butler County.

Waves of watery action took over the Voice of America lake Saturday as wakeboarders dazzled a crowd of more than 2,000 while competing for a championship title.

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The acrobatic water sport combines single-board skiing with gymnastics, as wakeboarders try to outdo each other in routines judged by difficulty, intensity, variety and execution.

The Supra Boars Pro Wakeboard Tour attracted 16 professional wakeboarders from around the nation and the event was live-streamed to fans across the globe.

The event will be the fourth and final competition of the tour, which pits the world’s top professional wakeboarders against each other.

Parker Payne, 17, who traveled here from Dallas, is a past champion and was gliding into a second- place finish during Saturday afternoon’s finals.

“The thrill of the event is getting to compete against your longtime friends and cheer each other on,” said Payne.

“For the fans, they get to see the love we have for this sport,” he said.

The event will have an estimated economic impact of $150,000 on the region, according to officials with the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

The park is an ideal site, according to Supra Boats Pro Wakeboard Tour Director of Operations Chris Bischoff.

It has “a perfect man-made lake” and is “great for viewing the action,” he said.

The first-place winner gets $3,000, second earns $2,000 and third brings in $1,000.

The annual event has proved popular at the county park lake that sits on the West Chester and Liberty township border.

Tom Curti of Mason is a 61-year-old amateur wakeboarder who on this day stuck to the shore and admired both the young competitors and the growing crowds for the yearly event.

“This sport is really growing in popularity,” said Curti.

Robbery reported at James Free Jewelers

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 4:05 PM

JIM NOELKER / STAFF
JIM NOELKER / STAFF

Kettering police are investigating a reported robbery at James Free Jewelers on Far Hills Avenue this afternoon, according to police.

The robbery was reported around 3:40 p.m.

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Police are searching the surrounding neighborhood for a possible suspect.

We’re working to learn more.

Laid off worker accused of stealing work truck identified

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:10 PM

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DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

UPDATE @ 3:27 p.m.:

The laid off worker accused of stealing a work truck from his former employer has been identified as Paul Joseph Broughton, 49, according to jail records.

Broughton is booked into the Montgomery County Jail on an initial charge of theft, however has not been formally charged.

INITIAL REPORT:

A worker who was recently laid off stole a work truck from his former employer and was later arrested during a traffic stop, according to Vandalia police. 

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Officers responded to Jones & Frank at 7468 Webster Street in Vandalia around 11 a.m. Friday on reports of a work vehicle that was stolen. 

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The vehicle was followed by an officer from Montgomery County into Miami County, before it was stopped near New Carlisle, investigators said. 

The driver, who was not identified, was taken into custody. There were no injuries and the vehicle was not damaged, police said.

Additional details were not available. 

Covington teen pleads in adult court to Piqua robbery

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 1:49 PM

A Covington teen pleaded guilty Friday to five felony counts of robbery with firearm specifications in a Piqua robbery police said stemmed from a dispute over money.

Christian Triplett, 17, was accused of possessing a firearm in an Oct. 8 incident in Piqua. The police report said the robbery took place after one man accused Triplett of stealing $100 from his wallet. One of the robbery victims was injured when he fell and hit his head.

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The case was filed in Miami County Juvenile Court before being transferred to the adult court.

Triplett's pleas were accepted by Judge Jeannine Pratt in Common Pleas Court. A presentence investigation was ordered with sentencing scheduled Jan. 23.

Triplett was being held in the West Central Juvenile Detention Center near Troy.

WATCH: Car leads police on high-speed chase through Baltimore

Published: Friday, December 15, 2017 @ 12:38 PM

A driver was arrested after leading police on a chase through West Baltimore, Maryland.

Police have arrested a shooting suspect who attempted to flee officers by initiating a lengthy chase through the city according to the Baltimore CBS affiliate. 

The suspect was eventually arrested in the 1800 block of Gwynn Falls Parkway.