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Ohio State attack: Champaign County man grabbed attacker’s knife

Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 10:17 AM

Graham High graduate Andy Payne is recovering from surgery today

A Champaign County native and Army veteran is recovering from surgery after being injured in Monday’s attack at Ohio State.

Andy Payne, a 2006 Graham High School graduate now studying welding engineering at Ohio State, was outside Watts Hall because of a fire alarm when the attacker drove through the crowd.

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“Once he let off the gas pedal and the car came to a stop, I began to take a few steps toward the car to help people who were hit by the vehicle,” Payne said. “That’s when the individual got out with a knife and he attacked someone to my right. Then he turned to attack me and I grabbed the knife with my left hand, which gave me enough time to get under his arm and away from him.”

DETAILS: Ohio State attack: Officials say it will take time to ascertain motive

Payne said he had surgery Monday to repair the tendons and nerves in his left hand and is now recovering at home in suburban Columbus.

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The six-year Army veteran deflected any talk that he was a hero for grabbing the knife.

“I just kept him from stabbing me,” Payne said. “It wasn’t like I was trying to tackle him or take him out or anything. I was just trying to keep the knife from hitting me.”

Kings racist jerseys incident: Where do things stand now?

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:12 PM


            Kings Schools Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet Tuesday that systemic - but not yet detailed - changes are coming to Kings to better foster racial and other diversity sensitivity for students, school staffers and the community at large.
Kings Schools Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet Tuesday that systemic - but not yet detailed - changes are coming to Kings to better foster racial and other diversity sensitivity for students, school staffers and the community at large.

The story of racist basketball jerseys that drew national media attention continues to shake up the Kings school community with Tuesday’s resignation of a school board member, setting up a scenario for a new member joining the district’s governing board.

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Former Kings Board of Education Vice President Kerry McKiernan did not attend the final public meeting of his term where fellow members voted 4-0 to accept his resignation.

McKiernan had earlier cited his own failure in stopping some of the boys on the recreational league basketball team – not affiliated with Kings — from wearing jerseys with names that appeared to slur African-Americans.

MORE: Kings board member’s emotional announcement about resigning

Kings officials promised at their meeting Tuesday that major changes are coming to improve racial and diversity awareness among the 4,300-student district in southern Warren County’s Deerfield township.

Here are five things you know about where the controversial issue stands:

Changes are coming to Kings: Kings Superintendent Tim Ackermann told this news outlet Tuesday that systemic - but not yet detailed - changes are coming to Kings to better foster racial and other diversity sensitivity for students, school staffers and the community at large.

Controversy has caused change to the board: By no later than Feb. 9 - more likely Jan. 31 - the four-member Kings school board will have a new member filling McKiernan’s seat. The board Tuesday went into executive session - as allowed under Ohio school law’s provisions for school boards pertaining to personnel matters - to discuss their interview questions for applicants.

Applications are due Jan. 24 for the school-board seat: The board has decided to interview all eligible candidates who file an online application for the board seat. The application is expected to be posted on the Kings website later today. The deadline for filing an application is 4 p.m. Jan. 24.

How the new member will be chosen: Applicants must be at least 18 years old, residents of the Kings School district and registered voters. The board’s choice of a new member will be made during a public vote on Jan. 31, and the chosen applicant will serve out the remainder of McKiernan’s four-year term to December 2019.

Diversity committee will work with officials: An existing Kings diversity committee, whose members include some minority school parents, will work with district officials in formulating new programs and activities designed to improve racial sensitivity in the school system.

Grandson surprises grandfather with restored 1957 Chevy

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:06 PM

File photo.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Scott Olson/Getty Images
File photo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Fred Lamar’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sat in a garage, just as he left it, for 30 years.

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Until about a year ago, when his grandson, Cameron Dedman, started restoring the iconic Motor City machine.

On Saturday, Lamar, 81, nearly passed out when the car was revealed to him.

“I have been doing a full frame off restoration of this car a big surprise for my grandpa,” Dedman wrote in a post with the photos of the restored Bel Air. “He’s my best friend and truly deserves it.”

Lamar has owned the vehicle since the 1950s. The pair plan to take it to car shows this spring and summer, according to WHAS.

Premier Health to close Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton 

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:55 AM

Premiere health partners announces surprise move as part of their strategic vision plan

UPDATE @ 12:03 p.m.:

Premier Health officials said 2,100 to 2,200 employees will be impacted by Good Samaritan Hospital’s closure, but the company hopes to offer jobs to all affected employees within Premier at other facilities. 

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UPDATE @ 11:15 a.m.:

Good Samaritan Hospital is scheduled to close by the end of the year.

Premier Health announced today that the hospital, based on the northwest side of Dayton, will shut down by the end of 2018. 

RELATED: Good Samaritan Hospital closing: What we know now

The company announced in a statement: 

“Premier Health made this difficult but necessary decision partly in response to the changing national and local dynamics of health care. This transformation has made the status quo – operating two hospitals within five miles of each other – unsustainable. The impact of national changes in the health care industry, compounded by the changing face of Dayton over the past decade, made clear that Premier Health had to make significant changes to continue to serve the entire region and reach patients in innovative ways in their communities going forward.

RELATED: Local leaders ‘saddened’ by announced hospital closing

Premier Health’s strategic plan encompasses the entire organization and calls for continued investment in higher acuity services and critical programs at Atrium Medical Center. It also remains committed to ensuring Upper Valley Medical Center remains the leading ambulatory and surgically focused community hospital in its region. In the central part of the service area, Premier has moved forward with a previously announced Phase 3 plan to expand Good Samaritan North Health Center, including an additional 46 inpatient beds, along with elective orthopedic joint and spine services, to be completed later this year. Future phases of expansion are to be actively assessed for opportunities to best serve the community.”

RELATED: 5 things you need to know about Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton

Good Samaritan North Health Center and other current Good Samaritan Hospital locations will remain operational and will become part of Miami Valley Hospital, Premier officials said. 

“Good Samaritan Hospital has a special place in the hearts of countless Daytonians. So many of our friends and neighbors are better off thanks to the commitment of generations of physicians, clinical and support staff, and volunteers,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health. “The heart of Good Samaritan Hospital is its people and it is our goal to offer a place within Premier Health to those currently working there.” 

Anita Moore, chair of Premier Health’s board of trustees, said it was not an easy decision to close the hospital but that it is “the right decision for our community.” 

“This announcement is a lot for all of us to absorb, and it brings with it a great deal of emotion. As a community and as a health system, though, we will without a doubt,” Moore said. 

INITIAL REPORT:

Premier Health plans to make an announcement today about the future of services at Good Samaritan Hospital, several sources have told this media outlet.

The health network — the largest private employer in the region — said it will make a major announcement this morning “as part of Premier Health’s new strategic plan.”

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Dayton-based Premier Health operates four hospitals in the region and is the largest private employer in the region. It has 3,500 employees and $1.7 billion in revenue.

Good Samaritan Hospital, located in northwest Dayton on Philadelphia Drive has more than 2,000 employees and 643 physicians as of 2016. The hospital reported 261,270 outpatient visits, 22,332 admissions and observations and 65,106 ER visits in 2016.

It’s one of four hospitals affiliated with Dayton-based Premier Health, the largest private employer in the region and has 13,500 employees and $1.7 billion in revenue.

Good Sam was founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Charity with the Catholic church.

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The company is adding 46 inpatient beds and new operating rooms to Good Samaritan Hospital North Health Center as part of a $40 million construction project announced in April 2017.

The patient rooms, which are expected to be completed by the second half of 2018, will be built in existing shell space on the second and third floors of a 96,000-square-foot addition completed in 2015 at the health center at 9000 North Main St. in Englewood.

The build-out, which is expected to generate 65 jobs over the next five years, will included five operating rooms on the ground floor of the new building, and offices for ancillary and support departments on the fourth floor, said Eloise Broner, president of Good Samaritan Hospital, which oversees the health center.

A new emergency department that was part of the first phase of the health center expansion has already exceeded expectations, attracting more then 18,000 visitors in the first year alone, Premier officials said.

The new project will allow the health center to start providing elective orthopedic joint and spine services in late 2018 following construction, Broner said, noting the overwhelming demand for such services in the area.

Premier has been pushing ahead with new suburban construction, and CEO Mary Boosalis previously said that Premier’s health construction projects are not adding so much as shifting care to the communities with growing populations. While Dayton’s population has not been growing, the southern suburbs have.

“So we’ve quietly taken down the beds at Miami Valley Hospital and Good Sam because that population is not growing, while there’s many good things happening in Dayton. There’s a lot of growth here. There’s a lot of growth in our southern market,” Boosalis said at the time. “So our challenge, if you will, is to meet people where they need the care.”

Teen accused of killing acquaintance who sold him paprika instead of pot 

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

Seth Carreras, 17, is charged with murder in the Nov. 21, 2017, death of Hunter Woodson. Woodson, 19, was gunned down in his bedroom after he allegedly sold Carreras paprika and other spices instead of marijuana.
Davis County Jail
Seth Carreras, 17, is charged with murder in the Nov. 21, 2017, death of Hunter Woodson. Woodson, 19, was gunned down in his bedroom after he allegedly sold Carreras paprika and other spices instead of marijuana.(Davis County Jail)

A Utah teenager has been charged as an adult in a homicide that police investigators said took place after another teen sold him cooking spices instead of marijuana.

Seth Carreras, 17, of Layton, was moved into the adult population at the Davis County Jail earlier this month, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. He is being held without bail on charges of murder and assault by a prisoner.

Reporters described Carreras as “smirking” during a Jan. 5 court hearing in the death of Hunter Woodson, 19, who was gunned down in his Sunset home on Nov. 21. Carreras is accused of barging into the house and shooting Woodson to death in front of his girlfriend.

Woodson’s family members described Carreras’ facial expression in court as an “evil smile.” 

“I feel like he had zero remorse for what he did,” Travis Woodson, Hunter Woodson’s uncle, told the Tribune. “He was proud of what he did. He was acting like he’s proud of it.”

Court documents obtained by the newspaper allege that Carreras went to Woodson’s home the afternoon of the shooting after the pair messaged back and forth about a marijuana sale. They initially smoked a joint so Carreras could test the drug Woodson was selling, but the younger teen did not have cash on him, so he left. 

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He came back later in the day to buy 1 ½ ounces of the drug. Woodson did not have that much marijuana on hand, but told Carreras that he did. 

While he sent his 17-year-old girlfriend out to collect Carreras’ cash, Woodson filled a small, pink plastic bag with paprika, salt, pepper and other spices and taped it shut, the affidavit said. When Woodson’s girlfriend delivered the fake marijuana to Carreras, he felt the bag and sensed that something was not right.

As he ripped the bag open, the girl ran into the house to warn Woodson, the Tribune reported

Carreras followed her inside and into Woodson’s bedroom, where the girl hid behind the door while Woodson took a fighting stance, the affidavit said. 

The girl told police that when Carreras walked into the room with a gun, Woodson asked, “What are you going to do about it, shoot me?”

Carreras did just that, firing “a lot of times” and causing Woodson to fall to the floor, the girl told investigators. He then stood over Woodson and continued shooting. 

Before he fled, he rifled through Woodson’s pockets for his cash, the affidavit said. 

Carreras was arrested less than 30 minutes later at his home, where officers found him trying to crawl under a car to hide, the Tribune said

Woodson’s obituary described him as a high school senior who, “after hitting a rough patch … was getting his life turned around.” He had started taking some college courses and was looking forward to the future, his family wrote.

“You could usually find Hunter with his shaggy hair and charismatic smile doing what he loved more than anything else, eating,” the obituary read

“Hunter loved skateboarding, playing football and doing MMA,” his family wrote. “He was training for his first fight. He also loved the outdoors and spending time with family.”

Police officials who searched Carreras’ home after the shooting found hundreds of pill bottles, guns, ammunition and two machetes in a shed on the property, the Tribune reported in December. They also found scales used to measure drug amounts and “marijuana shake,” or small bits of plant matter that remain after larger nuggets are bagged or used, on the floor.

When investigators opened the shed door, they found a man sitting inside with a sword, the Tribune reported. He dropped the weapon and was arrested without incident.

Prior to his move to the adult jail, Carreras was held in a juvenile detention facility. His pending assault charge stems from a Dec. 22 incident in which he is accused of kicking the leg of a juvenile detention staff member.