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New Butler County restaurant to serve comfort food

Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 5:41 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 4:43 PM


            Wooden Barrel is scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester Twp. The new restaurant will specialize in homestyle cooking and offer breakfast all day.
Wooden Barrel is scheduled to open Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road in West Chester Twp. The new restaurant will specialize in homestyle cooking and offer breakfast all day.

A new Butler County restaurant specializing in homestyle cooking is set to make its debut Friday.

Wooden Barrel, 9303 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, will offer comfort food and breakfast all day, according to general manager Robert Combs, of Trenton, who also manages Dad’s Restaurant in Middletown.

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The new restaurant’s menu will feature everything from country fried steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders and meatloaf to fried chicken, haddock, pork chops and liver and onions, Combs said.

About 10 people will be employed by the new restaurant, which will open at the former site of the Crooked Nail Pub, he said.

NFL investigating allegations Jameis Winston groped Uber driver in 2016, report says

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 1:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:21 PM

In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)
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In this Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)(Butch Dill/AP)

Update 2:27 p.m. EDT Nov. 17: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston on Friday denied that he groped a female Uber driver in 2016, saying in a statement that he believes “the driver was confused as to the number of passengers in the car and who was sitting next to her.”

“The accusation is false, and given the nature of the allegation and increased awareness and consideration of these types of matters, I am addressing this false report immediately.”

BuzzFeed News reported Friday that the NFL is investigating the alleged incident, which happened in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The driver, who was not identified, told BuzzFeed that Winston “reached over and he just grabbed my crotch” as they were waiting for food in the drive-thru of a Mexican restaurant.

“I am supportive of the national movement to raise awareness and develop better responses to the concerns of parties who find themselves in these types of situations, but this accusation is false,” Winston said. “While I am certain that I did not make any inappropriate contact, I don’t want to engage in a battle with the driver and I regret if my demeanor or presence made her uncomfortable in any way.”

In response to the incident, Uber barred Winston from using the service.

Original report:The NFL is investigating an allegation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston groped a female Uber driver in 2016, BuzzFeed News reported Friday.

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Lisa Friel, a member of the NFL’s special counsel for investigations, sent a letter to the female Uber driver on Thursday confirming that the NFL is looking into the matter, according to the report.

The female Uber driver told BuzzFeed News that she picked up Winston in the early hours of the morning on March 13 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She said that Winston “behaved poorly” immediately when he entered her vehicle.

Later in the drive, when they waited for food at a Mexican restaurant drive-thru, Winston “reached over and he just grabbed my crotch,” the woman told BuzzFeed.

Soon after the ride, the driver filed a formal complaint with the company, writing that “apparently a big athlete in the NFL” reached over “and put his fingers on my crotch.”

“It wasn’t my stomach or thigh, it was my crotch and I want to be clear about that,” she added in the complaint. “He is NOT safe for other drivers.”

Uber banned Winston from using the service in the future, according to BuzzFeed.

“The behavior the driver reported is disturbing and wrong,” an Uber spokesperson said Friday in a statement. “The rider was permanently removed from the app shortly after we learned of the incident.”

Winston’s representative, Russ Spielman, issued a statement denying the allegations, saying the Uber driver “was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver inappropriately. The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his Uber account was used to call the ride.”

While at Florida State, Winston was accused of raping a female student. The alleged assault, which occurred in 2012, was not made public until 2013 amid the controversy of a cover-up by the school and Tallahassee police.

The woman in the case, Erica Kinsman, sued the University. In 2016, she and Florida State reached a settlement that would pay her $950,000.

Winston is currently sidelined with a shoulder injury.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice comes to defense of ‘all heterosexual males’

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

Bill O'Neill, Ohio Supreme Court Justice, makes Facebook post about his past sexual relationships and thoughts on Al Franken.
Bill O'Neill, Ohio Supreme Court Justice, makes Facebook post about his past sexual relationships and thoughts on Al Franken.

An Ohio Supreme Court justice has taken to Facebook to share details about his past sexual relationships and his thoughts on Senator Al Franken being accused of forcibly touching and grabbing a woman in 2006. 

Bill O’Neill, who has expressed interest in running for Ohio governor, posted on Facebook Friday afternoon stating: “Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males.”

News Center 7’s Jim Otte reached O’Neill by phone, to ask if his Facebook account had been hacked.

"I did post it and I stand by it," O'Neill told Otte by phone.

The original Facebook post by Bill O'Neill before he edited it.

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, on Thursday called for an ethics investigation of himself after a Los Angeles news anchor came forward with allegations that he kissed her forcibly and groped her as she slept during a USO tour in 2006.

O’Neill continues on the Facebook post to describe the “approximately 50 very attractive females” he’s had sex with in the last 50 years.

“Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo (sic) disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago,” O’Neill said in his post. Signing off with a “Peace.”

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat who is also running for governor, called for O’Neill to resign from the court. 

“Sexual harassment, degrading and devaluing women is not a joke. Justice O’Neill should resign,” Whaley tweeted at 1:02 p.m.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor also weighed in.  

“I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O’Neill’s Facebook post,” she said in a statement. “No words can convey my shock. This gross disrespect for women shakes the public’s confidence in the integrity of the judiciary.”

In addition, Chris Clevener, O’Neill’s campaign manager, announced on Twitter that he resigned. 

“The comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot in good faith remain a part of #TeamONeill,” the Tweet read. 

Background on Justice O’Neill Controversy

O'Neill's entry into the Democratic primary for governor in 2018 is controversial because he chose to remain on the high court but recused himself from future cases. 

The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges to step down if they run for partisan office. O'Neill, who announced on Oct. 29 that he is running, has a Bill O'Neill for Governor campaign set up but says won't step down because he does not believe he is officially a candidate until he files his petitions for candidacy by Feb. 7. 

Those petitions, which require the signatures of 1,000 valid registered Ohio voters, are a declaration for candidacy. 

State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, earlier in the month filed a resolution to begin the process of hauling O'Neill before the General Assembly in an effort to remove him from the Court. 

The other Democrats in the race are former state representative Connie Pillich of Cincinnati, state Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, and former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton of Akron are in the running. 

Many believe that Richard Cordray will enter the race, which O'Neill previously has said would lead him to drop out. Cordray, announced this week that he is stepping down early as the director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Candidates for governor on the Republican side include Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor. 

O'Neill is the lone Democrat on the state's high court and if he leaves office before his term ends in 2019 his replacement would be named by Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican.

5K Thanksgiving Day run in Hamilton helps teen moms

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:21 PM


            Runners take part in last year’s Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives. The race raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp. CONTRIBUTED
Runners take part in last year’s Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives. The race raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp. CONTRIBUTED

Before enjoying a Thanksgiving Day meal, hundreds of people are expected to start the day running through the streets of Hamilton to help raise funds for local teenage mothers.

The third annual Young Lives Thanksgiving Run raises money for teenage mothers to attend a special summer camp, and organizers are expecting the event’s largest crowd so far on Thursday.

“We expect between 500 to 1,000 (race participants) this year,” said Katie Powers, coordinator of the race that last year drew just over 300 people.

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That’s impressive growth since the race’s inaugural year, which had 30 participants.

Part of the growth has come from adding more events.

“We have a few new elements to this year’s Thanksgiving 5K, including a chip-timed official 5K course, finishers’ medals, and a special top finishers prize for our first place male and female 5K runners,” Powers said. “The 5K course is improved from last year and will be closed to traffic. Our free kids fun run is expanding into three age groups with top finisher prizes as well.”

With the race’s growth also comes the opportunity for Young Lives, a non-denominational ministry for teen moms or pregnant teens, to help more mothers and their children.

Last year, funds raised by the 5K were used to send 18 teen moms, their children and mentors to a summer camp in Michigan, according to Powers.

“This year we hope to raise the funds and have the opportunity to send even more,” she said.

Young Lives is part of a larger organization, Young Life, a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school, high school and college-aged students across the country, according to its website.

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Mindee Callahan helps lead the local effort, and she said the annual running event has become a favorite for local teen mothers.

“We have been doing a regular Stroller Club to prepare mothers for the race,” she said.

Brittany Botkins is one of the young mothers who is part of the Young Lives organization. She said the faith-based group has helped her by providing emotional support.

“I can reconnect with Jesus and other friends and they have a great support system. I know I can always count on them,” Botkins said about Young Lives.

Botkins, who has attended the summer camp twice, said being a part of Young Lives has helped her raise her daughter, Jayce, who is almost 2 years old.

“It is important for our community to support Young Lives because there are ladies around Hamilton that have nobody and don’t know about Jesus,” Botkins said. “When they come to Young Lives, they will always be welcomed and loved.”

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Thanksgiving 5K to benefit Young Lives

WHEN: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; Kids’ Fun Run starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K begins at 9 a.m.; awards ceremony is at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Race begins and ends at Wilson Middle School, 714 Eaton Ave., Hamilton

COST: $25 for 5K. The Kids’ Fun Run is free.

TO REGISTER: Click here or register in person the morning of the race

Young hunter who mistakenly shot elk won't be able to keep its meat

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:02 AM

14-Year-Old Hunter Who Mistakenly Shot Elk Can’t Keep Meat

A 14-year-old hunter from Missouri who shot an elk by mistake will not get to keep the meat, hide or antlers of the animal, conservation officials said.

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Abby Wilson, 14, shot the elk Saturday in Boone County, thinking it was a large white-tailed buck, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Her father, Donald White, immediately called the Conservation Department upon realizing his daughter's mistake.

Abby killed the bull elk with a single shot from a .243-caliber rifle, the News-Leader reported.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is refrigerating the elk carcass and may donate the meat to needy families. 

Abby’s story went viral Monday. Many posters on social media poked fun at her mistake, with one even suggesting that Abby should be jailed. 

Donald White was upset with the tone of many of the posts, suggesting that her daughter was being bullied and mocked.

"There's no sense in it, people doing that," he told the News-Leader. "Don't come at my daughter saying lock her away. Wow. If my daughter gets fined, I'll pay it and move on. So be it. We'll deal with it."