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No major problems with roller coaster that fatally struck man

Published: Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 5:20 PM
Updated: Friday, August 14, 2015 @ 5:20 PM

A safety inspection found no major problems with a roller coaster that struck and killed a man who entered a restricted area to look for a lost cellphone at Cedar Point amusement park, a spokesman said Friday.

Police say 45-year-old James A. Young had just finished riding the Raptor on Thursday and jumped over a fence to retrieve something he dropped during the 57 mph ride. The Erie County coroner says it was his cellphone.

Sandusky police said Young was struck by the ride or someone on it. No one else was hurt.

The ride was examined overnight by state safety officials and found to be in safe working order, so it resumed operating Friday, park spokesman Bryan Edwards said. He wouldn’t comment on whether officials are considering any changes to the Raptor or the area around it.

“Safety is always our highest priority here at Cedar Point, and we will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to provide an enjoyable, safe experience for all of our guests,” he said.

The amusement park sits along Lake Erie in Sandusky and has billed itself as the best in the world.

Cedar Point is owned by Cedar Fair, which also owns several other indoor and outdoor parks, including Kings Island in Mason.

The park expressed condolences to Young’s family, Edwards said.

Young was from East Canton and had worked as a teacher for special-needs students in nearby Louisville last school year and, before that, in Alliance, The (Canton) Repository reported.

Cedar Point on Friday also said it was delaying an upcoming ride announcement because of Thursday’s death.

The 9 p.m. Tuesday announcement was billed as historic and record-breaking, and was largely expected to involve the addition of a new roller coaster opening in 2016, the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported.

A statement from Edwards, emailed to media Friday, said, “Due to yesterday’s incident, we are respectfully postponing our 2016 announcement event.”

He said he didn’t know when the announcement would take place.

Premier planning to redevelop Good Sam site once hospital closes

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:44 PM

Premier Health officials have told this news organization that they want to "transform" the soon-to-be former main campus of Good Samaritan Hospital once the facility closes at the end of the year.

Related: Good Samaritan to close: What we have learned

They don't know exactly what redevelopment will look like on the site once the buildings are razed, but they say it's a process they will be here to see through.

"Unlike other Dayton-based employers who closed a business and walked away from Dayton, Premier Health will be working with others to explore the possibilities of redevelopment," President and CEO Mary Kay Boosalis said Wednesday during the news conference at which she announced the hospital’s closing.

The city of Dayton plans to hold Boosalis to her words as the leadership will push them to redevelop the site.

"They shouldn't just sell the site off,” Mayor Nan Whaley said. “They should stay with the site and make sure that is truly developed for the community to benefit from that. They should have community input in the redevelopment and they have to put significant dollars into that."

Related: 5 things you need to know about Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton

Premier has hired Columbus-based Planning Next and Dayton-based Citywide Development Corp. to help re-purpose the site, officials said. The firms will team up to help plan, design and transform the site “for decades to come,” Boosalis said. 

The goal is for the site to be shovel-ready after the hospital closes at the end of this year and the buildings are torn down. However, demolition dates have not been announced.

Citywide and Planning Next declined to comment about the development plans Thursday, instead deferring to Premier. 

Local middle school releases students early after threat

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:45 PM

Morton Middle School students were released early Thursday after a threatening comment was found in the girl’s bathroom according to Vandalia City Schools. 

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The Vandalia Police Department was called to the school and began an investigation Thursday afternoon. Police do not believe the threat is viable, but as a precaution the decision was made to release students early. 

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The away boys and girls basketball games are still on as scheduled, but all evening activities at the building are cancelled. 

Montreal man fools police with detailed snow car sculpture

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

A man in Montreal made a car out of snow (not pictured), tricking police.
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A man in Montreal made a car out of snow (not pictured), tricking police.(Ryan Remiorz/AP)

A Montreal man was able to briefly dupe police with his creation after a snowstorm Monday.

KMSP reported that Simon Laprise created a sports car out of snow in a snow removal zone. The sculpture, which he posted photos of on Facebook, looked like a real car that had been parked during a snowstorm and was covered in powder.

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Laprise, a 33-year-old machinist and artist, modeled the car after the DeLorean DMC-12, famously featured in the “Back to the Future” movies, KMSP reported. The final detail that made it so life-like was the Laprise’s incorporation of an actual windshield, which he found across the street.

Once he completed his duplicate, Laprise hid out of view and waited for the police.

A police car soon drove up to investigate the car in a snow removal zone. The officer soon realized the car was made entirely of snow.

Laprise got a “ticket” with a note that read, “You made our night hahahahaha :)”

By the next morning, snowplows had removed the sculpture from the snow removal zone.

Miami County man charged with rape of child

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Gerald Rue
Gerald Rue

A 67-year-old Laura man is in the Miami County Jail accused of raping a child under the age of 10, according to records.

Deputies said they arrested Gerald Rue on a rape charge Wednesday afternoon and his bond is set at $800,000, according to jail records.

“The now adult victim reported the sexual assault to detectives last year,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said. 

Anyone who may information on this case or the suspect can call Det. Todd Cooper at 937-440-3965, ext. 6632.