3 sent to hospital after fire at West Chester apartment complex

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 3:25 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:24 PM

Fire at Meadow Ridge apartments in West Chester

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.:

West Chester fire crews discovered a fire in the attic space of an apartment, according to Fire Chief Rick Prinz.

All of the apartments were evacuated.

Three people suffered smoke inhalation and one of those people suffered minor burns, according to Prinz. All three — who were described by the fire chief as younger adults — were transported to West Chester Hospital, he said.

Due to wind conditions, the fire spread “very quickly,” Prinz said.

No cause has been determined, he said.

As many as 10 families have been displaced by the fire, according to Prinz.


West Chester Twp. officials say they have responded to a working fire at the Meadow Ridge apartment complex, near Muhlhauser Road.

Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said numerous calls came in at around 2:40 p.m. today with reports of heavy black smoke.

She said she doesn’t have any information about injuries but said the fire department has called for mutual aid.

8-year-old football players kneel during national anthem in protest

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 7:49 AM

Youth Football Players Kneel For National Anthem

Every player from an 8-and-under football team in Belleville, Illinois, took a knee in protest during the national anthem before their game on Saturday, according to KTVI.

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“One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'” said Coach Orlando Gooden during a phone interview with the news station on Tuesday.

>> See a photo of the protest here

Gooden told the news station that one of the players responded, “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”

Gooden, a former football player at the University of Missouri, said his players were aware of the recent Jason Stockley decision, which saw an ex-St. Louis officer acquitted in a fatal shooting of a black driver and led to numerous protests.

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“I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team and have a meeting,” he said.

Gooden said he spoke with his team about that and other situations that have taken place recently in the United States and explained why free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others have knelt during the anthem in protest.

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“One of the kids asked, ‘Can we do that?’ I said, ‘As long as we know why we’re doing it, I don’t have a problem with any of it,'” he said.

According to the coach, the third-graders immediately took a knee as the anthem began, with their backs — unintentionally — away from the flag.

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“What I teach my kids is love, integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and boundaries,” he said.

The players’ parents reportedly supported the coach’s decision to allow the team to take a knee; however, a Facebook post from his wife reveals that there has been some backlash from other residents in the area.

“As long as I have support of my parents and team, I’m perfectly fine, and I’m covered under the First Amendment to peacefully protest and assemble,” Gooden said.

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Baby’s body found hidden in storage containers

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:24 AM

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A shocking discovery in a South Carolina apartment building has police and investigators dealing with an unimaginable case. They have to determine what happened to a baby that led to its death, and find out why someone would put the baby’s body in not one, but two containers, WSPA reported.

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A sheriff’s deputy was at the apartment in Fountain Inn, South Carolina, to serve eviction papers. That’s when the baby’s remains were found, sealed in two containers and left in a bedroom.

No one has been charged yet, but police are awaiting autopsy results.

"The landlord was coming down and she was just crying,” apartment building resident Bianca Jackson told WSPA. “I’m like ‘Miss Reina, what’s wrong?’ And she was like ‘Bianca, there’s a dead baby up there.’”

Police officers who are investigating the baby’s death are able to get counseling.

“It’s very sad and very difficult for officers and investigators to have to go in and do their job and determine what took place,” Fountain Inn Police Capt. Michael Hamilton told WSPA.

Fire causes significant damage to Dayton house

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:41 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Dayton fire fighters are battling a house fire on Anna

UPDATE @ 9:35 a.m. 

Investigators believe a fire that significantly damaged a house on Anna Street in Dayton is suspicious. 

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Firefighters responded to the house in the first block of Anna Street around 8:30 a.m. and reported seeing heavy smoke from the structure. 

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The fire was contained to the second floor of the structure but did cause significant damage. 

Firefighters said the house is vacant and the fire is considered suspicious. 

No injuries were reported. 

UPDATE @ 9:10 a.m. 

Firefighters continue to work to extinguish a house fire that broke out in the first block of Anna Street in Dayton Wednesday. 

There have been no initial reports of injuries and it is unknown if the house is occupied. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more.


Firefighters have responded to a reported house fire in the first block of Anna Street in Dayton Wednesday morning. 

Crews were dispatched around 8:30 a.m. and reported smoke coming from the second floor of the structure. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

JUST IN: Dayton Woman’s Club hires new chef, opens to public for lunch

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 7:50 AM

Dayton Woman's Club hires new chef, expands lunch menu

The Dayton Woman’s Club has hired a new chef, revamped its restaurant’s menu, and expanded the restaurant’s hours to be open the public for lunch each weekday.

In recent months, the Dayton Woman’s Club’s restaurant had been open to the public only two days a week. But those hours have expanded to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Heather Riley, the club’s general manager.

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The restaurant at 225 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton is now under the direction of a new executive chef, Stephanie Schifrin Salas, a Cincinnati native who has more than two decades of experience, the last three years as executive chef at the University of Cincinnati. The Culinary Institute of America-trained chef also has worked for The Compass Group, Aramark, and Sodexo Corporate Services, and has served sports teams including the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Indians.

The Woman’s Club restaurant’s current lunch menu focuses mostly on soups and sandwiches, but will expand and will change with the seasons, Riley said.

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The historic club is located at 225 N. Ludlow St. in downtown Dayton. It was founded in 1916 as an organization that would provide women in the Dayton area a center for social, civic and literary activities. The building was constructed in the late 1840’s as the private home of Robert W. Steele, for whom Dayton’s first high school was named.

The Dayton Woman’s Club remains a membership organization, with 110 current members, but its structure, which has been given Historical Landmark status, is open to the public for seminars, meetings, weddings and other events, Riley said.

The club’s restaurant will be open one Sunday a month for brunch, and may add dinner service on evenings when there is a show at the Schuster Center, Riley said.

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A special dinner that will be co-hosted with another downtown club steeped in history — The Engineer’s Club — is scheduled for this Friday, Sept. 22, at the Dayton Woman’s Club. It is open to the public and will feature guest speaker Mitch Heaton, president of The Engineer’s Club and project manager at the Dayton Development Coalition. The cost is $25 for members, $28 for non-members Reservations for the special dinner are required and can be made by calling (937) 228-1124.

Reservations for lunch at the Dayton Woman’s Club are accepted but not required. For large parties, reservations are recommended. For more information, call (937) 228-1124.