When is Kings Island Winterfest? It’s sooner than you think…

Published: Saturday, October 14, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

Kings Island announced on Thursday morning that Winterfest will return in 2017 after a 12 year absence.

It might be 83 degrees and sunny for Halloween Haunt at Kings Island, but Winterfest is right around the corner.

Winterfest — Kings Island’s ode to all things winter — will return to the park in 2017 for the first time in years.

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Winterfest will be held on select nights beginning Black Friday, Nov. 24, through Dec. 30.

Park officials say they’ll transform Kings Island into “nine enchanting winter wonderlands” for Winterfest. Up to 17 rides including the new Mystic Timbers and a host of children’s rides will be open, according to the Kings Island website.

The park’s replica of the iconic Eiffel Tower will be transformed into a massive Christmas tree for Winterfest, and the park’s Royal Fountain will be frozen over for ice skating.

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The park has also assembled a menu of holiday-themed foods for Winterfest, including Cafe du Pere Noel, which will serve hot chocolate, cinnamon pull-a-part bread and other snacks, and Tinker’s Spielzeug Haus, which will serve beer and holiday meals of roasted turkey, maple and brown sugar ham, and sides, according to the park’s website.

For now, Halloween Haunt continues Friday and Saturday nights until Oct. 28.

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17 abandoned cats rescued from Wilmington apartment, humane official says

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:02 AM

(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)
(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)

Seventeen cats, most of them feral and unsocial, were rescued from a Wilmington apartment, where they had been abandoned.

Fayette County Regional Humane Society agents were called to the complex, in the 800 block of Xenia Avenue, to help Wilmington police because neither the Clinton County Humane Society nor the Wilmington Area Humane Society has humane agents, Brad Adams, Fayette County humane agent and outreach director, said in a prepared statement. 

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Seventeen cats were found and removed by the humane agents. 

According to FRHS Veterinary Technician and Humane Agent Danyel Bageant, most of the cats were feral and unsocial, clawing at agents. 

(Courtesy/Fayette County Regional Humane Society)

"Fortunately the cats had healthy body conditions and access to food and water inside of the apartment upon our arrival," Bageant said.

The cats that are candidates for the FRHS adoption program will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, tested for FeLV/FIV, rabies vaccinated, flea treated, and micro-chipped.

A Humane Agent has been in contact with the investigating officer of the Wilmington Police Department since the removal. 

A suspect has been identified and reports have been submitted to the Clinton County prosecutor for charges.

No injuries from apartment fire on Summit Square Drive in Dayton

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 11:28 PM
Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 12:16 AM

UPDATE @ 12:12 a.m.: An arson investigator has been called to the scene of the apartment fire in the 800 block of Summit Square Drive. 

Dayton Fire Capt. Brad Baldwin said crews arrived to find heavy fire on the first floor of a unit and at least two people had climbed out of a second-floor window before crews arrived. 

The fire affected three apartments -- flames damaged one, smoke got into the adjoining units. 

One of the occupants said she heard "popping and cracking" coming from the kitchen, Baldwin said. 

No injuries were reported, he said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Crews are dealing with a fire in the 800 block of Summit Square Drive in Dayton. 

Dayton crews were dispatched just after 11 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire. 

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We're hearing they arrived to find heavy flames in a first-floor unit. There are no reports of injuries. 

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.

Soldier from Clark County is missing from Fort Drum, New York

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 9:27 PM

Soldier from Clark Co. missing out of Fort Drum, NY

Spc. Trevor Nichols, a soldier from Clark County, is missing from Fort Drum, N.Y., and a national organization is asking for the public's help in finding him. 

"I see absolutely nothing that says foul play" or suicide, Brenda Paradise, a private investigator who volunteers for Guardian Search and Investigations. 

That organization issued a press release Thursday about Spc. Nichols, 24, of Tremont City, was was last seen Nov. 17, according to Guardian Search and Investigations. 

The watertowndailytimes.com is reporting that the specialist left without his driver’s license, military ID card or his cell phone and has not had any contact with his family since being missing. 

Julie A. Halpin, Fort Drum spokeswoman, told the news organization that Spc. Nichols was a soldier with the 10th Mountain Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team as of November. He was listed as absent without leave on Nov. 15 and his status was updated to deserter on Dec. 18. 

Paradise, in an interview with whio.com tonight, said the specialist was in basic training in 2012, has served a tour in Afghanistan and just returned from a tour in Iraq last May. 

Spc. Nichols is estranged from his wife and they have a son who is just shy of 2 years old, Paradise said. She was living on base with the specialist until recently, Paradise said. 

Paradise said the military was transitioning him farther away from his son, and that may have affected the specialist. 

Spc. Trevor Nichols (Courtesy/Nichols family)

The soldier's mother, Erin Nichols, also has filed a missing person's report through the Clark County Sheriff's Office. 

"I can't even imagine where he would have gone," she said in a phone call Thursday night. 

Mrs. Nichols said her son, the youngest of three boys who grew up in Enon and joined the Army right out of Enon High School, was to report to Fort Riley, Kansas, on Dec. 7. 

She said she also believes that transfer has something to do with her son being missing. 

Mrs. Nichols said she last spoke with him by phone on Nov. 14, the day he was trying to move his estranged wife's belongings to storage. 

If you have information about Spc. Nichols, you are asked to call investigator Paradise at 907-795-5292, referencing case number 17-1689237, the Tremont City, Ohio, police department at 937-969-8281, or 911.

Good Samaritan Hospital closing will stress EMS transport system, Dayton chief says

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:41 PM

EMS transport system impacted by Good Sam closure

Premier Health's decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton by the end of the year will stress the city fire department's emergency transport system, but the issue will be regional issue in terms of emergency medical service response and transport, Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said. 

"It will leave a little bit of a void in coverage for emergency rooms we can transport to," he said of the Dayton Fire Department, but "we should still be able to get patients to the hospital within five minutes or so, for the most part." 

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The closing of Good Samaritan will mean longer transport times, which will stress the Dayton Fire Department's system, the chief said, noting, "this could be problematic, but I think it's something we can handle." 

The protocols -- official procedures or a system of rules under which all hospitals and fire departments operate -- call for taking patients to the closest hospital. 

Payne said, "The most important message we need the public to understand is that regardless of which hospital you go to ... whether it's Miami Valley, Kettering, Grandview, the VA , Wright-Patt, they all operate under the same protocols to make sure you get swift, efficient and effective patient care." 

He warned that the void left by the hospital's closing will be a regional issue, not just a city of Dayton issue, in terms of EMS response and transport because there are a number of fire departments that normally transport to Good Samaritan Hospital. 

Payne stopped his comments there, saying he didn't want to speak for those other fire departments.