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.

INITIAL REPORT:

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.

Bush’s recalls beans over defective cans

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 7:44 PM

Bush Brothers and Company is recalling certain varieties of beans because of defective cans. (Bush Brothers and Company)
Bush Brothers and Company is recalling certain varieties of beans because of defective cans. (Bush Brothers and Company)

Bush Brothers and Company is voluntarily recalling certain varieties of beans because of defective cans that can leak or allow harmful bacteria to grow.

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Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans in 28-ounce cans were recalled after an internal quality control check uncovered the issue.

“We urge you to dispose of these affected products immediately even if the beans do not look or smell spoiled,” the company said in a news release.

There have been no reports of illness or adverse reactions.

Ohio set to resume executions this week, child killer awaits appeals

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 3:46 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 3:47 PM

Ronald Phillips
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
Ronald Phillips(Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

Ohio is moving toward carrying out its first execution in more than three years.

The last time that happened was January 2014 when a condemned inmate repeatedly gasped and snorted during a 26-minute procedure with a never-before-tried drug combo.

Executions have been on hold since because the state had trouble finding new supplies of drugs, and death row inmates challenged Ohio’s plans for a new three-drug execution method.

A look at the case of death row inmate Ronald Phillips who is awaiting decisions on his final appeals ahead of his scheduled execution Wednesday:

BRUTAL KILLING

Phillips stayed behind at his girlfriend’s Akron apartment with her two young daughters while she took her son to the doctor in January 1993. When she got back, her 3-year-old was motionless on a bed. The toddler, Sheila Marie Evans, died hours later at a hospital.

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The little girl had bruises all over her body, an autopsy found, and had been beaten on the head, face, lower torso, arms, legs and genitalia.

Phillips, then 19, first denied hurting the girl but then told a police detective he threw the girl against a wall and beat her after she didn’t come to breakfast, a parole board document said. He also admitted to raping the girl that morning and two previous times, the document said.

He was convicted and sentenced to death later that year.

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ORGAN DONATION

Phillips has had several delays to scheduled executions, most notably in 2013 when he made a last-minute plea to donate his organs.

He wanted to give a kidney to his mother, who was on dialysis, and possibly his heart to his sister. His request was denied and his mother has since died.

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WORST OF WORST

Phillips went up before the Ohio Parole Board in 2013 to ask for clemency but they rejected him, calling the killing “among the worst of the worst.”

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“Words cannot convey the barbarity of the crime. It is simply unconscionable,” the board said.

They also noted that in his first interviews with police that Phillips tried to shift blame onto the girl’s mother.

The parole board last year voted against mercy again, rejecting arguments that Phillips had a terrible childhood and that there were legal mistakes at his trial.

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FINAL APPEALS

Phillips still has two appeals pending.

Last week, he asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay based on his age at the time of the killing. He was 19 — older than the Supreme Court’s cutoff of 18 for purposes of barring executions of juveniles — and argues the cutoff age should be 21.

He also wants a delay based on an execution method he and other inmates have challenged. Phillips’ attorneys say they need time to appeal a lower court decision allowing Ohio to use the new method.

Apple supplier Foxconn to announce in August if Ohio among three states to get operations

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

Ohio is among seven states competing to land factories from Apple iPhone supplier Foxconn, a Taiwanese touchscreen maker.

The company will announce locations of new U.S. operations in early August, according to the Associated Press, which would be built in three states.

Ohio has made no mention of negotiations with Foxconn, but Governor John Kasich made a hastily planned trip to Japan in June to discuss an undisclosed business venture, the same weekend governors from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - two other states Foxconn is considering - were also present.

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Texas, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are also being considered. Foxconn began examining operations in the United States in 2014 because of shipping costs, but has stressed the need for financial incentives to make U.S. factories work. The company’s purchase of Japanese company Sharp has also played a factor. Gou said in January that Pennsylvania appeared to be a leader in luring the manufacturer

In an article from Bloomberg, Gou said the company was focused on building factories in the U.S. heartland.

“Our investment in the U.S. will focus on these states because they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector,” Gou told investors, according to Bloomberg. “We are bringing the entire industrial chain back to the traditional manufacturing region of the U.S. That may include display making, semiconductor packaging and cloud-related technologies.”

The investment has been estimated to be near $7 billion. Gou said there is potential for tens of thousands of new jobs.

Wisconsin is viewed as a  favorite because of its governor, Scott Walker, and his close relationship with President Donald Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan is also from Wisconsin and the state has made a major play for the company and been one of the few to publicly acknowledge incentives it would give if Foxconn were to open there for business.

Michigan recently passed a bill rewarding companies that relocate with 3,000 or more jobs and pay a wage average for the area. 

No details of Ohio’s package have been made available, but the AP listed positives for each state, writing Ohio has a strengthening business economy, as well as recent cuts to corporate taxes and regulation streamlining. Ohio also has an extensive network of universities for training high-skilled workers.

Kasich was also involved in helping Chinese autoglass manufacturer Fuyao to locate its U.S. plant at the site of the former General Motors truck plant. Ohio's location is also a major positive being close to the U.S. population center, given logistics, shipping costs; a trait shared by other competing states Indiana and Illinois. 

 

Woman’s body recovered from Harrison Twp. house fire

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 7:16 AM
Updated: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

SCENE: Fatal fire in Harrison Twp.

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.

An early morning house fire claimed a woman’s life at a home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue in Harrison Twp.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the blaze, and the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has not released the victim’s identity.

However, neighbors said an elderly woman lives at the brick ranch-style home.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a house fire where one person was found dead this morning in Harrison Twp.

The fire was reported by a witness shortly before 7 a.m.

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When crews arrived, they encountered heavy flames coming from a bedroom in the rear of the brick ranch-style home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters started dousing the flames and did a search inside the home where they found one person deceased, according to the chief.

It was not immediately known whether the body is that of a male or female, the chief said.

The body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where the victim’s identity as well as the cause and manner of death will be determined.

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UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.

Authorities in Harrison Twp. are investigating after a body was found in a home that caught fire early this morning.

A man who spotted the fire called 9-1-1 at 6:57 a.m.

"I'm here at Maple Leaf and Ark and there's a house on fire," the caller told the dispatcher.

The caller did not know whether anyone was inside.

We’re working to gather more details.

UPDATE @ 7:49 a.m.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office has been requested to the scene of a Harrison Twp. house fire, according to regional dispatchers.

UPDATE @ 7:40 a.m.

Flames are now out at the scene of a house fire in Harrison Twp. and a person is believed to still be inside the home, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said no one was evacuated front the home when fire crews arrived just before 7 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a large amount of smoke has filled the home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue. 

A fire investigator is responding to the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We are working to learn the condition of the person previously trapped in the home as well as what caused the fire.

INITIAL REPORT

A person is reportedly trapped in a burning home on Ark Avenue in Harrison Twp. 

Fire crews were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ark Avenue around 7 a.m. on a report of a house fire. 

Initial reports indicate a person may be trapped in the house. 

Our newsroom is working to confirm details in this developing story.