New fitness class in Butler County designed for breast cancer patients

Published: Sunday, September 24, 2017 @ 3:00 PM


            Cancer survivors stay in shape during recovery with a fitness program. (Manny Crisostomo/The Sacramento Bee/TNS)
Cancer survivors stay in shape during recovery with a fitness program. (Manny Crisostomo/The Sacramento Bee/TNS)

A Butler County healthcare provider has launched a new class specifically for breast cancer patients.

Many breast cancer treatments can affect a woman’s ability to move her shoulders and arms and cause pain and stiffness, according to the professionals at Mercy Health.

So a new gentle movement class offered at Mercy Health Fairfield HealthPlex teaches stretching and movement techniques to improve posture, flexibility, blood flow and overall wellbeing.

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The series of classes focuses on upper body mobility and lengthening to help breast cancer patients at all stages of survivorship. It is open to all women seeking simple exercises that can be practiced anywhere with limited equipment.

Breast surgeon and surgical oncologist Jacquelyn Palmer, MD will be the special guest at the first class.

Classes take place the fourth Wednesday of each month from 5 to 5:45 p.m., beginning Sept. 27 at the Fairfield HealthPlex, which is located at 3050 Mack Road.

Classes are free but space is limited. Call 513-686-1212 to register.

Murder trial starts in death of Lebanon man shot in Dayton

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:58 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:18 PM


            Quentin Brown, 17, of Dayton sits in a Montgomery County Common Pleas courtroom Monday as opening statements are delivered in his murder trial. He is accused in the death of Benjamin Werner of Lebanon.
Quentin Brown, 17, of Dayton sits in a Montgomery County Common Pleas courtroom Monday as opening statements are delivered in his murder trial. He is accused in the death of Benjamin Werner of Lebanon.

(UPDATE 6 p.m., Oct. 23)

Benjamin Werner was a son, a brother, a father and a friend, but he also unfortunately was addicted to drugs, a Montgomery County assistant prosecutor told jurors Monday during opening statements of the Quentin Brown murder trial.

And Werner’s addiction led him to come into contact with Brown, who was 17 when he allegedly killed Werner on Nov. 26, 2016 in an alley behind 155 W. Norman Ave. in Dayton.

Brown, now 18, is on trial in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gregory Singer’s courtroom for murder and other counts for the death of Werner, 32.

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Assistant prosecutor Julie Bruns told jurors that Werner stole a gun and an iPad from a pickup at Miami Valley Gaming in Lebanon and later met with Brown outside a Dayton grocery store.

Brown and Werner had a conversation near the store before Brown and another man drove in one car and Werner followed in another, Bruns said.

Twenty minutes later, a 911 call from a neighbor on West Norman said gunshots had been fired.

Bruns said the other man in the car with Brown told police during a second interview that he was selling marijuana and that Brown agreed to buy the gun Werner had for $150.

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Bruns told jurors that when Brown was arrested the next day, the gun Werner took from a pickup at Miami Valley Gaming was in the vehicle: “Evidence will show that the defendant Quentin Brown is the killer of Benjamin Werner.”

Defense attorney Marshall Lachman told jurors that the story of the other man in the car with Brown changed six or seven times.

“You’re not going to hear any evidence of fingerprints that tie Quentin to the murder,” Lachman said. “You’re not going to have any DNA evidence that ties Quentin to the murder, or any other physical evidence that ties Quentin to this murder.”

Lachman said there were no witnesses and questioned why Brown is the one on trial for murder. Lachman also said the gun stolen from Miami Valley Gaming is not the one used to shoot Werner seven times, asking jurors, “Is there any evidence to firmly convince you that Quentin Brown shot Benjamin Werner?”

Werner’s father, Michael, told this news organization that he wants justice.

“He was a great young man,” Michael Werner said. “He’s got a wife. He’s got a little baby that was 4 months old when he got shot.”

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Michael Werner said he raised his son, gave him his first bath in a turkey roaster and brought him to work in the tree service business as a boy before his son joined the company.

“We argued who was the best. That was our relationship because we worked together,” Werner said. “I’m here to be his voice. He hasn’t got a voice, but his dad does. And his dad’s got a heart and I’m here to show that love.”

The trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday afternoon

(ORIGINAL STORY)

Four months after a possession of cocaine conviction in juvenile court, then 17-year-old Quentin L. Brown allegedly shot and killed Benjamin Werner, according to Montgomery County prosecutors.

Brown, 18, is on trial starting today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for murder and other counts related to the death of Werner, 32, of Lebanon.

Werner’s body was found outside a car on West Norman Avenue in Dayton on Nov. 26, 2016.

“This juvenile fatally shot a man during a robbery attempt,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said in a press release after Brown was indicted. “Clearly he did not benefit from being allowed to participate in the Juvenile Court’s Drug Court instead of being sentenced,” Heck continued in the release.

Jury selection in Judge Gregory Singer’s courtroom is expected to last all morning. A jury view of several sites near where Werner was located is expected before opening statements later today.

Restaurant employee tied up, has car stolen in Harrison Twp. robbery

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:25 AM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:10 AM

Restaurant employee tied up, has car stolen in Harrison Twp. robbery

UPDATE @7:10 a.m.: A man called 911 and reported he has been tied up, hit with a crow bar and locked in a cooler during a break-in early Monday morning.

The man said he had been hit in the kneecap with the crow bar.

UPDATE @6 a.m. The owner of a restaurant where an employee was tied up during a robbery early Monday morning said nothing was stolen from her business.

The owner said when the employee got to work around 3 a.m., he was tied up while the two suspects attempted to get into the restaurant’s safe.

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Nothing was stolen from the restaurant.

The employee was taken to an area hospital. We’re working to learn more about his condition.

UPDATE @ 5:05 a.m: Two masked men fled with an employee’s red Honda CR-V after robbing a restaurant in Harrison Twp. Monday morning. 

The incident occurred at Burkey Family Restaurant just after 4 a.m., prompting police to respond.

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One employee was taken away on a stretcher by an ambulance. 

Officials continue to investigate the details of the ordeal. 

FIRST REPORT

Police are responding to a reported robbery at 670 Shiloh Springs Road in Harrison Twp. early Monday morning.

The incident occurred just after 4 a.m. at Burkey Family Restaurant.

Employees were tied up by individuals wearing masks, per initial reports.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this page with more details. 

Texas high schooler pulls off ‘superhuman’ volleyball play

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 6:17 PM

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And they say we weren’t meant to fly. Much less while returning a volleyball crosscourt. 

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A senior at North Texas’ Decatur High School, Autumn Finney, is receiving a lot of attention after video of her completing an impressive volleyball return made the rounds online. 

Deadspin called the play “superhuman,” and Sports Illustrated tweeted out a clip of the return calling it “simply preposterous.” 

You can watch the feat from a few different angles below:

“This is a point that normal high schoolers should not be able to win,” Deadspin said.

What did Finney have to say of her save? She told Volleyball Mag, “I honestly don’t remember doing it.” Reportedly Finney is also a long jumper, something she thinks may have come in handy during the play.

“I remember I saw Mallory hit the ball, and then Tayte made a great dig and I was like, ‘I can’t let that go.’ That was such an effort and she was on the ground and I had to jump over her. And then I thought, ‘This ball has to go that way and I’m flying this way and how am I gonna do it?’”

Sounds like Finney was no less impressed by her feat than those who witnessed it.

UD, WSU, Sinclair and Clark State pledge to partner with Amazon

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 4:41 PM

In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company’s second headquarters. The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second headquarters in September, promising to bring 50,000 new jobs. It will announce a decision sometime in 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
In this Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, photo, an Amazon employee gives her dog a biscuit as the pair head into a company building, where dogs are welcome, in Seattle. Amazon says it received 238 proposals from cities and regions hoping to be the home of the company’s second headquarters. The online retailer kicked off its hunt for a second headquarters in September, promising to bring 50,000 new jobs. It will announce a decision sometime in 2018. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Four local colleges and universities have pledged to partner with Amazon as part of a regional effort to try to convince the company to build its second headquarters in southwest Ohio, according to documents obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

The presidents of the University of Dayton, Wright State University, Sinclair College and Clark State Community College signed a letter to Amazon president and CEO Jeff Bezos in support of the region’s bid for the company’s anticipated $5 billion investment.

Amazon today announced it received 238 proposals from cities, jurisdictions and others from across North America that want the online retailer’s second home, called HQ2.

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The letter from the four schools says the Dayton region has 23 colleges and universities, including “some of the best” in the world.

Sinclair, Clark State, UD and WSU collaborate to benefit the region through education, training and workforce development programs, according to the letter.

More than 90 percent of the Dayton region’s largest employers work with educational institutions to develop their current and future workforces, and other important partners include Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) and Ohio Department of Higher Education, the letter states.

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In 2015 to 2016, SOCHE placed more than 15,000 students in internships across the region.

“Together, we partner with top thought leaders worldwide to provide innovative, world-class education to senior executives, emerging thought leaders and front-line supervisors and professionals,” the letter reads. “We absolutely pledge to do the same for Amazon.”

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Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said the city was part of a regional project proposal led by the Dayton Development Coalition, and the city collaborated with Cincinnati by sharing data that she says highlights the strengths of the combined cities.

But Dayton Development Coalition President and CEO Jeff Hoagland sent a letter to the coalition’s board of trustees earlier this month clarifying that Dayton and Cincinnati did not submit a joint proposal, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by this newspaper.

He said the mayors of Dayton and Cincinnati discussed the possibility of a joint proposal, but development leaders ultimately decided to submit separate proposals for each region, though they did work collaboratively.

Hoagland said the Dayton region’s proposal notes Dayton’s position as the mid-point between Cincinnati and Columbus and the “rich resources” the three markets offer.