Race, kids basketball event kick off NCAA week

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:18 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 @ 10:18 AM

A free youth basketball event and a 4-mile road race, both set for Sunday, will kick off Dayton’s week of NCAA basketball tournament activities, according to the First Four Local Organizing Committee.

Basketball event

The second annual Hoopla Challenge, set for 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Chaminade-Julienne High School, is aimed at families with young children. Boys and girls in grades 2-8 can participate in a basketball shooting challenge, with one boy and one girl from each grade winning an iPad, according to Mike Lehner, assistant director of development at C-J.

Because the event is indoors in C-J’s gym at 505 S. Ludlow St., the event will be limited to the first 400 kids registered. Preregistration is available at daytonhoopla.com.

Matt Farrell, one of the leaders of the LOC, said kids can also win tickets to NCAA First Four tournament games at the event, as well as iTunes gift cards.

Lehner said kids will get free pizza thanks to a donation from Marion’s Piazza, will win T-shirts for making shots, and can watch Sunday’s conference championship games and the NCAA tournament selection show on TVs in the C-J gym and cafeteria.

Running race

The First 4 – 4 miler will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at UD Arena, 1801 S. Edwin C Moses Blvd. Preregistration is available at www.keysports.net until noon Friday, and race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday. Either costs $25.

Runners and walkers will check in at UD Arena, and will race across the Stewart Street bridge, down Patterson Boulevard past Carillon Park and back to the Arena, with awards for the top three in each age group. After the race, there will be food and a St. Patrick’s Day-themed party in the Arena parking lot, according to Key Sports President Anthony Trimble.

Local chairman

The University of Dayton announced plans to extend the term of Local Organizing Committee chairman J.P. Nauseef, who is in his second year at the helm of the volunteer group.

UD President Daniel J. Curran cited Nauseef’s “passion, enthusiasm and can-do attitude” in announcing the move. Nauseef deflected credit, saying the LOC is a group effort that relies on a broad range of dedicated volunteers.

After this year’s NCAA tournament is finished, the local organizing committee will talk to the NCAA about the possibility of reviving an event like Dayton’s 2012 Selection Sunday festival, for 2014 and beyond.

NCAA games

UD Arena will host 10 games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament next week. It starts with the First Four – two games each next Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. There will be a full day of four second-round games on Friday, March 22, and two third-round games Sunday, March 24.

Teams and matchups will be announced on CBS at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Petland offers to pay Tipp City puppy’s medical bills after News Center 7 report

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:09 PM

Petland puppy has "worst case" of hip condition vet has seen

A family says the puppy they bought from a Dayton pet store has one of the worst cases of hip dysplasia their vet has ever seen.

They are blaming the store and its breeders for selling them the injured dog, but the store says it’s not their fault.

Thor, a young German shepherd, loves on everyone who comes through the front door at the Miller home. At 9 months old, he already has serious, debilitating medical issues, and is in pain.

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“It’s every day and he’s on pain medicine but they’re not doing much at all,” his owner, Courtney Miller said.

She and her father-in-law, Frank Miller, bought the pup in March from a Petland in Dayton. At the time, Thor was given a clean bill of health. But almost immediately, Courtney Miller said she noticed something was wrong with his hips.

“Pretty much everything is wrong with them. They area all out of socket. Walking up the steps he does a bunny hop. Outside he tries to walk around and his legs just hit each other,” Miller said. “So he’s just all in pain. He can barely sit, he cannot lay down.”

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Miller’s veterinarian said Thor has the worst case of hip dysplasia he has ever seen. And he likely was born with it.

That’s when Miller and her father-in-law called Petland’s corporate office, which offered a partial reimbursement.

“Two thousand dollars for his expense, which we know it’s going to be more. Or we give you $4,000 towards a new dog. You know, that’s like giving up your kid,” Frank Miller said.

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Tonight, JR Badger, director of Petland’s companty stores, sent an email to Miller that offers to pay for Thor’s medical bills. This came around 8 p.m., hours after Miller’s story ran on WHIO-TV.

It reads: “Good evening Courtney! I am sorry you are dealing with this. All you will need to do is take Thor to MedVet for the consultation and they will bill us directly ... Thank you and we will get Thor taken care of.”

OSP: Seizure led to truck crash along I-70 West in Preble County

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:59 PM

Truck crash on I-70W in Preble County

UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m.: The truck driver suffered a seizure, which caused him to crash the box truck into a bridge crossbeam to the state Route 127 overpass at I-70 West in Preble County, a state patrol sergeant said. 

The driver is Richard Aurs, 46, of Indianapolis, according to the state patrol.

The accident was cleared and all lanes on I-70 West were reopened about 7:45 p.m.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.: 

The driver of a box truck that crashed along I-70 west apparently suffered from a medical condition, a state patrol sergeant said. 

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The driver of the truck, which was carrying a liquid material used in foam insulation for residential structures, tried to take the ramp off I-70 west to state Route 127 when he lost control of the vehicle, Sgt. Frank Simmons Jr. said. 

The truck continued through the grass about 500 feet, hit an embankment and overturned after smacking the crossbeam of the state Route 127 overpass, Simmons said. 

"It looks like it was just a medical condition," the sergeant said, noting that paramedics were able to revive the man and get him to a hospital via medical helicopter. Simmons said the medic crew has learned the man has a history of heart problems. 

His injuries do not appear to be life threatening. 

A state EPA crew has been called in because two of the eight barrels of liquid insulation are leaking, Simmons said. The liquid is flammable, he said. 

ODOT has an investigator on scene, inspecting damage to the crossbeam, which Simmons said does not appear to be significant.

Medical condition blamed in truck crash on I-70W in Preble County

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

A box truck overturned after hitting a bridge abutment in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at U.S. 127 in Preble County.

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The crash was reported after 3:30 p.m.

The driver was flown to Kettering Medical Center, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Dayton Post.

The driver’s name, age and condition were not available.


A serious crash late this afternoon has the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 closed at U.S. 127 in Preble County.

A medical helicopter has been called to the scene, but it’s not clear how many other people are injured.

Billy Joel, Alexis Roderick expecting second baby

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 5:43 PM

Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel are expecting their second child together.
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Alexis Roderick and Billy Joel are expecting their second child together.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Billy Joel and his wife of two years, Alexis Roderick, are expecting their second child together.

Joel, 68, said his wife is due next month during an interview with The Belfast Telegraph

“This one is pretty good,” he said of his 2-year-old daughter, Della Rose. “She sleeps through the night. I hope the next one will.”

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The couple welcomed Della Rose in August 2015, a little more than a month after their secret wedding at Joel’s Long Island estate. The Los Angeles Times reported that two had been dating since 2009. Joel had been married three times before.

A representative for Joel confirmed to E! News that Roderick, 35, is due in November.

Joel is also father to 31-year-old Alexa Ray Joel with ex-wife Christie Brinkley.

Report: thousands in jewelry stolen from Rogers Jewelers in Middletown

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.

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According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.