Mom who microwaved baby wants new trial

Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 3:29 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 @ 3:55 PM

A woman convicted of microwaving her month-old baby in a microwave wants a new trial.

An attorney for China Arnold argued Tuesday in Ohio's Second District Court of Appeals that there were five errors made in Arnold's case and that she should get another trial without death penalty specifications.

Arnold, 33, was convicted of murdering her 28-day-old daughter, Paris Talley, by placing the baby in a microwave and "cooking" her in August 2005.

Prosecutors say Arnold put the baby in the microwave after a drunken argument with her boyfriend over whether the infant was his biological daughter.

Arnold was tried three times, with the death penalty a possibility each time.  Her first trial in February 2008 ended in a mistrial.

Her second trial ended in September 2008 when she was found guilty but the jury could not decide on the death penalty. Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman imposed a sentence of life in prison, but that decision ultimately was overturned on appeal in November 2010. 

In the third trial, which ended in May 2011, Arnold was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a parole after a jury did not vote for the death penalty. Defense attorney Christopher Thompson listed multiple possible trial court errors in the third trial in his filed brief.

 Old U.S. 35 near Jamestown reopens after semi crash

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 4:20 AM

UPDATE @8:10 a.m.

An overturned semi has been cleared and Old U.S. 35 has completely reopened.

UPDATE @5:55 a.m.

Old U.S. 35 is completely closed as crews work to upright an overturned semi.

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UPDATE @4:52 a.m.

The westbound lane of Old U.S. 35 is closed after a semi crashed onto its side.

The semi, which is full of sweet potatoes, remains on its side. 

FIRST REPORT

A crash has reportedly left a semi on its side on Old U.S. 35 near Jamestown Tuesday morning. 

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Deputies and fire crews were dispatched to the area of the Jamestown Church of Christ on Old U.S.  35, about a mile east of U.S. 35, around 4 a.m. on reports of an overturned semi. 

The truck was reportedly hauling sweet potatoes, according to scanner traffic from the scene. 

Old U.S. 35 is reportedly blocked in both directions due to the crash.

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Man driving DeLorean gets caught speeding. Guess how fast he was going

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 8:02 AM

The original DeLorean Time Machine Hero

A California man was actually happy he got a speeding ticket recently.

Spencer White owns an iconic part of automotive and movie history. White drives a DeLorean, the same type of car that was made famous by the “Back to the Future” trilogy.

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Recently, he was driving down a freeway just a few miles below the famed 88 mph required, at least in movie lore, to break through the space-time continuum.

His mother egged him on to go from 85 to 88.

“I was at 88 for about two seconds, and immediately I saw a police officer behind me,” White told KTLA.

The officer told them how fast they were going, and when he confirmed it was 88 mph, they started laughing.

The officer also smiled and let White take a photo of the radar gun.

And while he did get fined $400 for speeding, White said that it was “the dream ticket,” KTLA reported.

White told The Santa Clarita Valley Signal that he wanted the DeLorean for about a decade, but just bought it a month ago.

Local BBQ restaurant snags ‘Best Sauce’ national award

Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 @ 7:13 AM

Southwest Ohio nearly made it a clean sweep of the three sauce categories in the National Barbecue News 2017 “Sauces of Honor” competition.

First, in the pork category, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q — the seasonal restaurant that opened last June on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg — won 1st place for its “Roadhouse Blues” sauce. Roadhouse Blues is the house sauce at the barbecue eatery, and it beat out 79 entries from across the country for the top spot this year.

In the chicken category, Historic BBQ’s “Original Sauce” captured the No. 1 award for best sauce. Historic BBQ is a Lebanon, Ohio-based caterer and competition BBQ team. In the same chicken category, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q restaurant captured 6th place for its — yes, you’re reading this right — Myassis Dragon Asian sauce.

And finally, in the Beef category, 1572 Roadhouse scored a 2nd place award for its Smoky Maple sauce, while Englewood restaurant Company 7 BBQ won 3rd place for its “Chief Smoky” sauce. The same Company 7’s sauce won first place in the same category in 2015.

RELATED: Local BBQ restaurant wins national acclaim for its sauces (July 2015)

That’s an extraordinary showing for both 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q and for southwest Ohio in general. The national competition drew 197 entries, and the Barbecue News specialty publication and web site named “top 10” sauces in each of the three categories. The state of Ohio had more entries than any other state with 31, followed by Texas.

Last year, 1572 Roadhouse — led by pitmasters Chris Cavender and Mike Tenore — also captured 1st place for its “All About The Meat” beef rub in a separate National Barbecue News 2016 Rubs of Honor competition.

RELATED: Local BBQ restaurant wins a 1st-place award in national competition (December 2016)

The 1572 Roadhouse restaurant is open from May to October, and its menu includes Chicken, Pulled Pork, Ribs, Tri-tip, Sausage and a variety of traditional barbecue house side dishes and desserts. It also offers a children’s menu. Carry-out and catering are available. For more information, go to 1572roadhousebarbq.com or email info@1572roadhousebarbq.com, or call (513) 897-1572.

Historic BBQ caters parties, corporate events, luncheons, employee appreciation days, graduations, birthdays, fund-raisers, festivals, car shows and other events. For more information and to see a menu, go to historicbbq.com/catering.

Company 7 BBQ, with an atmosphere that evokes a 1920s-era firehouse, opened in December 2010 at 1001 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood. For more information, go to www.company7bbq.com.

Denver sportswriter fired after tweet about Indy 500 winner

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 3:14 AM
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

A Denver sportswriter has been fired from his job for an insensitive tweet about the winner of the Indianapolis 500 being from Japan.

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Terry Frei of the Denver Post tweeted that he was “very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend,” the New York Post reported.

Frei’s tweet came shortly after former Formula One driver Takuma Sato captured Sunday’s race at the Brickyard, becoming the first Japanese winner in the race’s history. 

 The tweet caused an immediate backlash on social media, with some Twitter users criticizing his post as insensitive.

Frei later deleted his tweet and apologized.

“I fouled up. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have said what I said when I said it. I should have known better and I regret it,” he tweeted.

The apology may have came too late, however. The Denver Post issued a statement on Frei Monday saying that he had been fired:

We apologize for the disrespectful and unacceptable tweet that was sent by one of our reporters. Terry Frei is no longer an employee of The Denver Post. It’s our policy not to comment further on personnel issues.

The tweet doesn’t represent what we believe nor what we stand for. We hope you will accept our profound apologies.