Pitcher Released From Jail Following Brawl

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2008 @ 9:41 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2008 @ 11:35 AM

A 21-year-old pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs was released from jail on bond Saturday.

Julio Castillo was charged with felonious assault and officials said suspensions are coming against other players and managers involved in a brawl between the Dayton Dragons and the Peoria Chiefs Thursday night.

Castillo, from the Dominican Republic, also had to surrender his passport so he cannot leave the country.

The pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs is accused of throwing a ball that hit a fan sitting in the stands. The fan, a 44-year-old Middletown man was treated and released from Miami Valley Hospital.

Thursday night's game at Fifth Third field came to a halt after words were exchanged and punches were thrown between the two teams.

A batter for the Chiefs was hit by a Dragons pitcher in the top of the first inning, but that half of the inning ended uneventfully.

However, things heated up in the bottom of the first. "The very first pitch was a wild pitch that went right over the catcher's head and to the backstop," said Kettering resident Judy Robinson, "he was just trying to throw the fastest thing he could."

Castillo hit at least two Dragons batters in that first inning and hit infielder Zach Cozart in the head. Cozart laid motionless on the field for several moments before being removed for medical treatment. Eventually, a runner for the Dragons tried to break up a double play by sliding hard into second base. The Chiefs apparently took exception to that and players and managers began arguing back and forth.

Dragons' manager Donnie Scott eventually left the third base coaching box to talk with the umpires. The Chiefs' interim manager, and former major-league player Carmelo Martinez, came out too and both managers began yelling at each other and the umpires.

Players from both teams began running onto the field and then Martinez shoved Scott.

Players from both teams headed for each other. Witnesses said that's when Castillo fired a fastball in the direction of the Dragons dugout. A Dragons player jumped on his back and the brawl was on.

The fight was very different from most baseball brawls, which often are made up of pushing and shoving. Players from both teams exchanged heavy punches in a melee that lasted for five minutes or more.

Dragons fan Greg Kooyman said, "It was the biggest brawl I've ever seen." Another fan, Mark Ricketts said, "There was a lot of good punches, baseballs were thrown, I didn't see a bat get thrown but someone said a bat got thrown."

As the fight ended, fans and team officials realized that the ball that Castillo threw at the Dragons dugout actually hit a fan sitting in the second row. That fan was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for medical care. The fan's condition has not been released.

It took officials about an hour to restore order and decide on punishment. The umpires initially ejected both managers and 15 players in all. But officials from both teams consulted with the President of the Midwest League, of which both teams are members.

The ejections were placed in suspension and all players were allowed to continue until the conclusion of the game, eventually won by the Dragons 6-5.

Neither the Chiefs or the Dragons wanted to complete the game by using at least two pitchers in outfield positions, which both teams would have been forced to do. It's expected those ejections will be reinstated on Friday as the Midwest League hands out punishment.

Fans said the brawl was an ugly scene all the way around and it could have escalated even more.

Billy Snyder a fan apparently threw something towards the field that hit the pitcher, Castillo. Snyder said it was "A big soda and it hit him on the head, he grabbed a bat and was ready to jump over the wall into the stands but the coaches grabbed him."

Dayton Police were called to the ballpark and eventually arrested Castillo and booked him into the Montgomery County Jail for felonious assault.

It appears that Thursday night's wild fight may have been the result of bad blood brewing between the two teams for a couple days. During Wednesday night's game there were allegedly a trio of Chiefs hitters hit by Dragons pitchers.

The Dragons and the Chief ended a three-game series Friday night with no additional problems. The Dragons won 3-2.


U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Boy exchanges prized Christmas gift to help homeless 

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:46 AM

Boy Gives Up Game Console To Help Those In Need For Holidays

An Xbox is tops for many gamers’ holiday wish lists. 

Mikah Frye was no different, until he noticed homeless people outside during the cold Ohio weather.

His grandmother said he asked what homeless people do when it’s cold outside. So he came up with an answer: giving those who needed them a blanket to stave off the chill, WJW reported.

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But he needed to find out how to pay for the gifts.

His grandmother suggested he give up one gift to help warm the homeless.

“He later said if the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant,  told WJW.

Mikah’s family found themselves in a similar situation a few years ago. They had some financial difficulties and lost their home and had shelter thanks to the Access program, WJW reported.  

So far more than 60 blankets have been donated and have started to be given out to families in need. Each one has a message from Mikah that says, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket.”

He ends his note with “Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”

And while Mikah gave up his dream of an Xbox for those who need help, WJW reported that “Santa” is still trying to get the video game for the selfless child.

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Fire department recreates adorable holiday card one year later

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

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A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.

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Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.

Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.

This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.

Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.

Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”

The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”

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Five tips to keep your holiday packages safe from porch pirates

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM

How to Avoid Package Theft

Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.

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So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cybersecurity.

“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then, they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”

They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, providing the final link in their well-laid plan.

Police tell us thieves mark their calendars with notes that say such things as  "Package theft Wednesday."

“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” Miliefsky said.

There are, however, ways around even cybercriminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:

• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way, they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours while anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family members to ship packages to your work address.

• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on workdays, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.

• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.

• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers, for that matter – can’t track your location. There’s no need to make it easier for them.

• Set up a live recording video camera aimed at your porch. That could allow you to spot a theft as it happens and alert law enforcement officials, or at least provide you with video that might help identify the thieves.