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.

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Chilly night ahead of sunny Sunday

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 5:14 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 11:25 PM

Sunshine returns Sunday in the Dayton area, with the chance for rain and snow returning later in the week.

Clouds decrease overnight. It’ll be cold with temperatures dropping into the middle 20s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.


  • Slick spots possible overnight
  • More sunshine on Sunday
  • Rain/snow chances return late Monday/early Tuesday

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Sunday: Sunshine returns under milder conditions. Highs will be in the lower 50s.

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Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.

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Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.

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Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.

Thursday: Partly sunny skies are expected with highs in the lower 40s.

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Vietnam veterans honored in McCartyville St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:23 PM


In the tiny Irish crossroads of McCartyville in Shelby County this afternoon, veterans from the Vietnam-era were honored on this St. Patrick’s Day.

About 50 vets were the grand marshals of the community parade.

Today was the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, founded in 1984.

In case you never heard of McCartyville, it’s located between Anna and Minster where state Routes 29 and 119 intersect in the center of town.

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Cables tightened on FIU bridge before it collapsed, possible cracks reported

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

Miami Bridge Collapse: At Least Six Dead

Officials with The National Transportation Safety Board said construction workers were tightening cables on the newly constructed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University on Thursday before the structure collapsed, killing at least six people. And days before the collapse, a lead engineer reportedly noticed cracks in the bridge, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. 

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Friday night, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said their investigation is still in the early stages, but they know what workers were doing before the collapse. At this point, they don’t know if the work that was being done was the cause of the collapse. 

“Our mission is to find out not only what happened -- we know what happened, the bridge collapsed,” he said. “We want to find out why it happened.”

At about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, law enforcement responded to the intersection of Southwest Eighth Street and Southwest 109th Avenue west of Miami to the bridge collapse. Several people were taken to the hospital and six were confirmed dead as of Friday evening. Authorities said they expected to find other victims during their recovery efforts.

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On the day of the collapse, the main NTSB investigator for the said that there are 10 “diagonal members” that connect the walkway portion of the bridge to the canopy portion. He said on Thursday, construction workers were tightening cables within those diagonal supports. 

“Construction crews were applying post-tensioning force that is designed to strengthen the diagonal member,” he said.

During the news conference, officials were asked about possible cracks in the structure. They said at this time, they have not confirmed that on their own.

Friday night, the Florida Department of Transportation released the transcript of a voicemail left Tuesday by the lead engineer with FIGG, the firm that designed the bridge. The engineer, Denney Pate, said there were cracks in the concrete.

“Um, so, uh, we’ve taken a look at it and, uh, obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there so we’re not concerned about it from that perspective although obviously the cracking is not good and something’s going to have to be, ya know, done to repair that,” Pate said.

FDOT said in their release that no one in the office heard the voicemail until Friday, a day after the collapse. 

Additionally, FDOT said that neither FIU nor the engineering firm ever warned them of any “life-safety issue.”

NTSB investigators were also asked about the cables shown in the photo renderings of what the bridge would look like when complete. In those depictions, the cables spread across the upper portion of the bridge much like the sail of a boat. Investigators said from their understanding, those cables “were only cosmetic; they were not structural members.” They had not been installed at this point because the second part of the bridge had not been built or installed. 

Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Alejandro Camacho said that Southwest Eighth Street between Southwest 107th Avenue to Southwest 117th Avenue will remain closed indefinitely as the recovery efforts and investigation continue. 

Sumwalt said they expect NTSB investigators to spend between five and seven days at the scene. 

“That’s really just the beginning of our investigation because there’s a lot of work that goes into this,” he said. 

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Millennials replacing engagement rings with diamonds embedded in fingers

Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 4:13 AM

Traditional engagement rings may be becoming a thing of the past among millennials.
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Millennials are spurning traditional engagement rings and replacing them with diamonds embedded into fingers, WCBS reported.

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“We notice lately a lot of people coming looking for that,” said Sam Abbas, who owns NYC Ink Studio in Manhattan.

“I think it looks nice, but if you really think what it’s doing to the body – and you can have scarring – it’s so many complications that can happen from it,” Cynthia Rivas told WCBS.

The biggest issue is keeping the area around the piercing clean. Abbas suggests cleaning the finger at least two or three times. When seeking a piercing artist, it’s also important to gauge his or her experience, Abbas said.

“You’re dealing with the blood, so you got to be very, very safe,” Abbas told WCBS. “What we do, we sterilize everything.”

The embedding process takes about 10 minutes. An artist marks a spot with a pen, cleans the area with alcohol and iodine and then inserts an anchor -- typically made of gold or titanium -- to hold the diamond, WCBS reported.

The procedure costs approximately $100; the selected gem has an additional cost, Abbas said. 

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