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Motorcyclist seriously injured in downtown Hamilton crash

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 7:36 AM
Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 12:56 PM

A 55-year-old woman involved in a crash in downtown Hamilton this morning is being treated at an area hospital for serious injuries, according to Hamilton police.

Hamilton police and fire department units were dispatched to the intersection of High Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at 7:18 a.m. to aid victims.

The woman, who is from Arcanum, was driving a motorcycle south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and hit a car at the intersection, according to Sgt. Ed Buns, a spokesman for the Hamilton Police Department.

She was not wearing a helmet and sustained what are described as serious head injuries, Buns said.

On the arrival of officers, the woman was found laying in the intersection. She is listed as being in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The driver of the car is a 64-year-old Hamilton woman.

Names are not being released until family members are notified, Buns said.

Traffic was shut down at the busy intersection, but lanes were reopened around 8:15 a.m. today.

The crash remains under investigation, Buns said. At this time, no charges have been filed.

Witnesses may call Buns or Hamilton police officer Mike Coleman at 513-868-5811.

Butler County studies workers comp program for possible tax savings

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

            Butler County studies workers comp program for possible tax savings

Butler County is taking another step in its goal to save taxpayers money on insurance costs by hiring a consultant to see if it is feasible to go self-insured for workers’ compensation coverage.

The county already expects to save about $500,000 this year after the commissioners agreed to a new self-insured health plan and more than $400,000 on property and casualty insurance.

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The commissioners have signed a contract with World Risk Management to study the workers compensation program. County Administrator Charlie Young said the county’s sound financial practices have allowed for the savings.

“We believe there is significant savings to Butler County by moving to a self-insured model,” Young said. “We believe we have reserves now that we did not have a few years ago, that are sufficient to allow us to adopt that model and take the risk associated with being self-insured.”

Donald Trump joins ranks of politicians with stuff thrown at them

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM

            Donald Trump joins ranks of politicians with stuff thrown at them

Call it an attack or call it a juvenile prank: Either way, the actions of a middle-school student Friday evening made international headlines after the youth threw a block of wood at President Donald Trump's motorcade as it drove from Palm Beach International Airport to Mar-a-Lago.

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Once the president was safely inside his Palm Beach estate, members of the motorcade returned to the scene on Southern Boulevard between Parker and Lake avenues, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Saturday. The student eventually confessed, and implicated four other kids in the act.

Neither the student nor the other kids have been identified. PBSO said the State Attorney's Office will decide whether any charges will be filed in the case.

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It's not the first time someone has chucked something at a president, whether in a motorcade or otherwise. And the penalties that go along with such an act can be stiff: A man who rode a rented bicycle near President Barack Obama's motorcade last year in New York City was thrown to the ground by police officers, briefly detained at the scene and issued a notice to appear for disorderly conduct, the New York Daily News reported.

Here's a look at some of the most notorious close calls for presidents and presidential candidates.

President George W. Bush and the shoes

On a 2008 visit to Iraq, a local journalist heaved his shoes at President George W. Bush as the head of state spoke at a news conference with the Iraqi prime minister — who tried to intercept the journalist's second shoe.

Muntader al-Zaidi yelled, "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!" before sending his shoes flying through the air one-by-one at the president. Al-Zaidi was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail, of which he served nine months.

The shoe-thrower became a bit of a folk hero in the Middle East, with one artist crafting a massive sculpture of one of al-Zaidi's shoes outside an Iraqi orphanage.

President Bill Clinton and the egg

While on a tour of Europe in 2001, former President Bill Clinton was hit in the arm by a raw egg thrown by a protester in Poland. A spokeswoman for Clinton told ABC News that he "laughed off the matter saying 'it was good for young people to be angry about something.'"

Sarah Palin and the tomatoes

The former vice presidential candidate was signing copies of her book, "Going Rogue," at the Mall of America in Minnesota in 2009 when a man threw a tomato at her — missing by a pretty wide margin. CBS News reports the tomato splatted onto the stage about 10 feet from Palin, with red, pulpy pieces splashing onto two nearby police officers.

The tomato tosser, Jeremy Paul Olson, was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. When police took him into custody, they found two more tomatoes, according to CBS News.

President Barack Obama and the book

A book thrown at President Barack Obama at a 2010 campaign rally seemed to barely draw the president's attention. Video from the event shows the book sailing through the air several feet from Obama — while he carries on waving to the crowd. No one was arrested in the incident.

Hillary Clinton and more tomatoes, and more shoes

While visiting Eqypt in 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's motorcade was pelted with shoes and tomatoes. One tomato hit an Egyptian official in the face, as protesters chanted "Monica, Monica" and "leave, Clinton" at the passing vehicles, Reuters reports. The armored vehicle in which Clinton was riding was out of range by the time protesters began lobbing veggies at the motorcade, with a U.S. official telling Reuters she was around the corner from the incident.

Walmart cashier helps struggling family pay for groceries

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:10 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 5:10 AM

            Walmart cashier helps struggling family pay for groceries

A South Carolina Walmart cashier's heartwarming act of kindness for a struggling family of five has gone viral.

According to WGHP, Ashley Jordan; her husband, Michael; and their youngest daughter went to a Columbia Walmart on Saturday to buy groceries.

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"We literally dread going to Walmart and buying groceries, period, because my husband's whole check goes to food for our family," Jordan, a stay-at-home mom, wrote on Facebook. "I will say that I'm not a fan of shopping at Walmart because of how rude some of the people can be. But after tonight, my whole perspective has changed."

That's because of cashier Sharnique Dasant. As the Jordans started to unload two carts of groceries while trying to soothe their fussy daughter, Dasant knew she had to help.

"As we're scanning and scanning, she got in front of me, and it's like I saw a different face on her," Dasant told WLTX. "And I just had ... a little man on my shoulder that was like, 'Give her $100, give her $100.'"

Dasant said she told Jordan, "God told me to give you $100," walked to the other side of the register and slid her own card to pay half of the family's grocery bill. 

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"This sweet woman whom I never met in my life paid for half of my groceries! I was in complete shock because I never expected anything like that to ever happen," Jordan wrote on Facebook.

After the Jordans got back into their car, "we just looked at each other and smiled, and at that moment, we both knew things were going to be OK because there truly are good people out there," Jordan wrote. "Thank you so much, Sharnique Dasant. You truly are a blessing and you will never realize how much you helped us out and how much faith you have put back into our hearts."

Jordan's post quickly went viral, garnering more than 27,000 likes and 6,600 shares.

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Today me and my Husband Michael Jordan went to the Walmart on Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, SC. It was another dreaded...

Posted by Ashley Jordan on Saturday, February 18, 2017


Walmart checkout Feb 21, 2017 - 5:17 AM

9 people wanted by police after Facebook post of alleged assault

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:04 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

            9 people wanted by police after Facebook post of alleged assault

Middletown police have issued warrants for the arrest of nine adults after they allegedly assaulted a 19-year-old woman in a Middletown home Monday afternoon.

Maj. Mark Hoffman said at approximately 4 p.m. officers from the Middletown Division of Police were notified of an assault that had been video recorded, with the video posted to Facebook. Numerous members of the public contacted the department and sent the video to the police department’s Facebook page, he said.

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Although the post was quickly removed, the investigating officer reviewed the incident, thanks to the information supplied by concerned residents through the department’s Facebook messaging system, Hoffman said.

Detectives discovered a 19-year-old was assaulted by nine people at a house in the 500 block of 15th Avenue.

Those people are: Justice Moore, Jemarious White, Kierra Curry, Cheri Jackson, Chantal Helvey, Rian Buchanan, Channel White, Alexis Barge, and Kymber Leigh Calhoun, according to police.

The investigation is continuing, Hoffman said. Anyone with further information is urged to contact Detective Hughes at 513-425-7737.