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Middletown police: Man killed in wrong-way crash was not being chased

Published: Tuesday, November 07, 2017 @ 4:24 PM

Other driver received non-life threatening injuries.

A Middletown man killed Monday evening in a wrong-way crash was not being chased by officers at the time of the crash as some had speculated, according to police.

Alex Johnson, 30, was driving a Pontiac G6 east — the wrong way — on Verity Parkway at 5:30 p.m. Monday when he apparently lost control of his car and hit a Dodge Avenger near Eldora Drive.

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The driver of the other car, Michael Lidstone, 45, of Franklin, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Johnson was pronounced died at the scene by the Butler County Coroner’s Office, according to the patrol. He was speeding in the 35 mph zone, but his speed hasn’t been determined, the post said.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the investigation is being handled by the state patrol, but said that Middletown police officers were not chasing Johnson.

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The incident began after a Middletown police officer noticed Johnson’s window tint was non-transparent and the officer couldn’t see inside the vehicle, according to the police report.

Johnson allegedly was driving erratically on Verity Parkway, nearly striking other vehicles, the report said. Johnson lost control of his car and it stopped near the Parkway Inn, police said.

The officer walked toward the car and drew his weapon and yelled for Johnson to show his hands, the report said. Johnson then drove his car to the Shell gas station at the corner of Verity Parkway and Germantown Road, the report said.

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Johnson started to drive again, weaving between parked cars in the gas station, police said. That’s when the officer deactivated his emergency lights and stopped following Johnson, the report said.

Another police officer said he observed the crash, then activated his lights.

The officer and witnesses removed Lidstone from his vehicle and laid him on the grassy median. Johnson had an warrant for felony domestic violence and was on parole, police said.

The road was closed during the investigation and a “one way” sign was partially torn down Tuesday in the median that separates the east- and west-bound lanes of Verity Parkway.

Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome third child via surrogate

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West welcoemd their third child, a baby girl, via surrogate Monday.
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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West welcoemd their third child, a baby girl, via surrogate Monday.(Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar)

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West are parents of three. The TV personality and rapper welcomed a baby girl Monday via surrogate. The couple, married in 2014, are already parents to daughter North, 4, and son Saint, 2.

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Kardashian West confirmed the news on her official website.

“Kanye and I are happy to announce the arrival of our healthy, beautiful baby girl. We are incredibly grateful to our surrogate who made our dreams come true with the greatest gift one could give and to our wonderful doctors and nurses for their special care. North and Saint are especially thrilled to welcome their baby sister.”

The baby was born Jan. 15 at 12:47 a.m. PT and weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, Kardashian West said.

Reports emerged in July that the celebrity pair hired a surrogate to carry their third child. By September, Kardashian West confirmed the news and later revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that they were having a baby girl.

The newest addition joins an ever-growing Kardashian-Jenner family. Kardashian’s youngest sister, Khloe Kardashian, confirmed she is six months pregnant with her first child. 

Live updates State of the Union 2018: What time, what channel, livestream, protests

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)
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President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Image via AP)(Jim Lo Scalzo/AP)

Five Democratic members of Congress have said they will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for the end of the month, boycotting the speech, they say, because of an alleged racial slur over immigration by the president.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), announced Monday she will not attend the speech. Four other Democrats had previously said they will not be attending. When Trump gives the speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30 he will see the female Democrats attending the speech, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), dressed in black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” movement which gives voice to those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

While this will be Trump’s first State of the Union address, it is not the first time he has addressed a joint session of Congress. Trump spoke before Congress last February.

Check back here on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for live updates from the speech and reaction afterward.

Here’s how to watch the speech.

When is the speech: Tuesday, Jan. 30

What time: 9 p.m. ET

What channel: The speech will be carried live on all the major cable and news networks.

Livestream: on YouTube from the White House YouTube channel

Where is it taking place: President Trump will deliver the speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Why he does it: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution says, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The speech was first called the Annual Message, then in the 1940s, the address became known as the “state of the union.” Since 1947, the speech has been known as the “State of the Union Address.”

Firsts for State of the Union speeches

From the U.S. House History, Art & Archives website:

First radio broadcast of the address: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.

First television broadcast of address: President Harry Truman, 1947.

First televised evening delivery of address: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.

First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.

First high definition television broadcast of the address came with President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message in 2004.

Protests:

Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), said she will give her guest ticket to the speech to a person involved in the “Me Too” movement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats have said they plan to wear black to the speech in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement.

Who is not coming:

More than 60 members of Congress boycotted Trump’s inauguration. So far, five Democrats have said that they will not attend the State of the Union address. They are:

  • Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.)
  • John Lewis, (D-Ga.)
  • Earl Blumenauer, (D-Oregon)
  • Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) 

 

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Robert Mueller subpoenas Steve Bannon in Russia probe

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, to testify before a grand jury as part of the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to the Trump campaign, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Beavercreek budgets $5.8M in road construction projects

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

A major project to widen Dayton-Xenia Road and add sidewalks is ongoing in the city of Beavercreek. Richard Wilson/Staff
A major project to widen Dayton-Xenia Road and add sidewalks is ongoing in the city of Beavercreek. Richard Wilson/Staff

Beavercreek residents can expect to see some significant road construction projects this year.

City leaders announced they have budgeted about $5.8 million in road construction improvements for the year.

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Major thoroughfares that are slated to get improvements include National, Indian Ripple, North Fairfield and Shakertown roads.

Work to widen Dayton-Xenia and Shakertown roads is ongoing and expected to be wrapped up by the summer.

In addition, officials said the city is aiming to beat last year’s record total of “16 centerline miles” that were resurfaced.

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Residents with questions should call the city engineer’s office at (937) 427-5513.