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Man riding through region on horseback has mission to help others

Published: Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 9:30 AM
Updated: Friday, August 31, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

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— Brant’s trek began in early June in Illinois

— The horse’s name is “Abby Road,” the mule is “Sgt. Major Jack Houdini,” and the dog is Pepper, an Australian Shepherd

— Brant keeps a mobile phone with him and maintains social media pages

A man traveling through the area with a horse, mule and dog has captured the attention of many in recent days.

Bryan Brant, a native of Kansas, rode through Butler and Warren counties in the past few days and is currently in Montgomery County. His mission is to retrace the steps of Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant, from whom he is a descendant.

The trek began in Illinois in early June.

“I’ve been traveling for two months and three weeks this Sunday,” Brant said Friday. He has traveled more than 250 miles and is headed to upstate New York and then to Canada.

Brant said he is going to the Six Nations Indian reservation in Ontario.

“Once I’m there I am going to meet my family and begin to write a book about the trip I took,” he said. He also wants to speak to leaders there and propose a mounted honor society made of veterans to work with people on reservations as a form of therapy.

“I can’t propose it to anyone if I can’t do it myself, and that’s what this is about,” he said. “I want to meet with the elders there to propose an idea that might be able to help with some of the issues we see on Indian reservations, such as alcoholism, drug problems and homelessness.

“There are a lot of different issues that need addressed,” he said.

Part of his goal is to speak to people along the way about the positives of riding horses and prevention of horse genocide.

Brant relies on others to help him along in his journey. He has stayed mostly in barns and in the homes of people he has met along the way.

He said many farmers allow him to take shortcuts through their land.

Brant once stayed in the barn of an Amish family who owned a restaurant where had had stopped to dine.

Others have offered him food and water for the animals and aided in his travel safety.

“The sheriff’s department of Butler County was extremely kind to me,” he said. “They gave me an escort down a dangerous road. It would have been a recipe for disaster had they not been there,” he said.

Brant is legally allowed to travel along all roadways, he said, but because of vehicles and safety, he must go off course and take back roads. That’s why several locals have seen Brant traveling along their residential streets.

He chose to travel through Shandon, Millville and Hamilton because going along the Ohio River in Cincinnati proved to be too dangerous, and private businesses prevented it.

“It was pleasant to see the city of Hamilton at night. Beautiful,” Brant said.

The trip has had a few bumps, Brant said. He was fined $160 in Brown County, Ind., where he stopped in a state park to allow the animals to graze.

“I didn’t have the proper bridal tag for Abby (the horse), which you had to purchase inside the park,” he said.

Weather also causes him to delay arriving at his destination.

Hamilton resident Karen Johnson said she met him recently at a Tractor Supply store on Ohio 4 in Liberty Twp. She called Brant “interesting” and “inspiring.”

“I wish I could be like him,” she said.

Investigators digging to recover body of missing woman

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Authorities are in Troy this morning in hopes of getting answers about a woman who went missing nearly seven years ago.

Nikki Lyn Forrest was 19 years old and pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010.

Investigators have new information in the cold case that has sent them to a backyard of a home off South Dorset Road near West Main Street in Troy.

A white tent is up and authorities tell us they are digging in hopes of recovering Nikki Lyn Forrest’s body.

We’re working to gather more details and will update this story as more information becomes available.

Kirkersville shooting cruiser camera video released

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

Cruiser camera video showing the moments after an active shooter opened fire at a Kirkersville nursing home, killing the village’s police chief, has been released.

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home.  

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Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse’s aide at the home, died from a single, close-range shotgun wound in the hallway of the home.  

Marlina Medrano, 46, was killed in the nursing office. She died of multiple gunshot wounds from both a shotgun and a handgun.  

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All three of those deaths have been ruled homicides.  

Thomas Hartless, 43, was also found dead in the nursing office. He died of a single shotgun wound to the head. His death has been ruled a suicide.

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Terrorism expert calls Manchester attack the worst since 2005

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

The explosion near Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom where an Ariana Grande concert on Monday is the second most significant attack in the country since 2005, according to Glen Duerr, a Cedarville University professor who has citizenship in the U.K., the United States and Canada.

“The targets really being teenage girls in particular, pre-teen girls and younger kids, so really (it’s) a heinous attack,” Duerr said. 

At least 22 people were killed and 59 injured which has been identified as a terrorist attack carried out by a male suicide bomber. 

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Duerr also noted the attack occurred in the middle of campaign season in the U.K.

“The general election is coming up on June 8,” he said. “The polls are beginning to narrow so there’s real chance to influence the election.”

Obamas vacation in Italy; Michelle’s fashion draws praise

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

US former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle leave the Museum of Opera, one of the oldest private museums in Italy, during their visit to Siena, Tuscany region, Italy, Monday, May 22, 2017. The Obamas arrived in Tuscany last Friday for a six-day holiday. (Fabio Di Pietro/ANSA via AP)

Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were spotted this week in Italy as the two continued their post-White House vacations. 

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The couple visited the Museum of Opera, one of the oldest private museums in Italy, during a visit to Siena on Monday. According to The Associated Press, the couple arrived in Tuscany on Friday and plans to stay for six days. 

Earlier this month, the two visited Milan, Italy, where Barack Obama discussed climate change and food security at a global sustainable food summit.

Photographers captured images of Michelle Obama in what some have called an “off-duty look.”

The former FLOTUS sported a pink and white one-shoulder shirt and white denim capris with white sandals during a day on the town. She also donned hoop earrings, bangles and a small, white cross-body purse.

Michelle Obama’s top, from Finnish desinger Teija, costs $397

Barack Obama was photographed over the weekend golfing at the exclusive Castiglion del Bosco course. According to the Daily Mail, membership to the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club is by invitation only and it is the country’s only private golf club in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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The Obamas were photographed earlier in February vacationing in the British Virgin Islands with British media mogul Richard Branson after the inauguration of Donald Trump. 

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The former first couple was also spotted dining with U2’s Bono at a New York City restaurant in March and was seen yachting in French Polynesia in the company of Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey in April. 

Barack Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Berlin for an event promoting the Obama Foundation’s global effort to “inspire and support young people active in narrowing inequality, combating climate change, working on public health, empowering women and girls and boosting young entrepreneurs,” CNN reported.