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Think you can eat this massive burger? If so, prizes await

Published: Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

A Monroe flea market is offering prizes to the person who eats this colossal cheeseburger, stacked high with: three patties (equating to one whole pound of ground beef); slices of Pepper jack, American and Cheddar cheeses; mac and cheese bites; fried pickle slices; fried onions; and nacho cheese sauce all sandwiched between a large hamburger bun that’s then topped with two giant fried onion rings. CONTRIBUTED

If you’re a lover of cheeseburgers, and a speed-eating contest sounds like something you’d enjoy, then you’ll want to pay a visit to a Monroe flea market this weekend.

The “Say CHEESE Burger” contest is taking place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Treasure Aisles Flea Market, located just off of I-75 in Monroe.

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At 2:30 p.m., contestants can make their way through a colossal cheeseburger, stacked high with:

  • 3 patties, equating to one whole pound of ground beef
  • slices of spicy Pepper jack, American and Cheddar cheeses
  • mac and cheese bites
  • fried pickle slices
  • fried onions
  • and a slathering of nacho cheese sauce
  • all sandwiched between a large hamburger bun that’s then topped with two giant fried onion rings

The winner of the contest will be rewarded with $50 worth of “Market Bucks,” a “Say CHEESE burger” T-shirt and a 30-day free gym membership to Anytime Fitness.

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You’ll also get to have your photo displayed on the “Say Cheese” challenge wall.

Think you have what it takes? Register here

Wisconsin boy burned after park slide 'explodes'

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 7:39 AM

Playground slide.
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A Wisconsin boy suffered second-degree burns on a slide in a park, WISN reported.

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The family of Giuseppe Storniolo, 9, of West Allis, said the slide “exploded” after spontaneously bubbling.

“I was about to get off and it just started to happen and it came up shaking,” Storniolo said. “I never saw any cracks on it or no holes. But I don’t know what happened.”

West Allis Mayor Dan Devine said city officials contacted the slide’s manufacturer, Landscape Structures, and removed the slide from the park, WISN reported.

“I have never seen -- and I don’t know of anybody who has seen -- anything like that before,” Devine said.

A Landscape Structures spokesman told WISN that company officials were aware of the incident and were investigating.

Thunderbird F-16 technical sergeant released from hospital following crash

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 12:42 PM
Updated: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 5:50 PM

UPDATE @ 7:55 a.m. (June 24)

Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova has been released from the hospital, according to the Thunderbirds.

“Our priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety,” said Lt. Col. Jason Heard, Thunderbirds Commander/Leader. “ Both teammates were extremely brave during the extraction and we’d like to thank Wright-Patterson Crash and Recovery, Dayton International Fire and Rescue, local police, medical personnel and team members on scene for their incredible recovery efforts.”

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UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.

The top priority of the Dayton International Airport is to ensure crowd safety this weekend and help the Thunderbirds team process the incident, Aviation Director Terrence Slaybaugh said.

"We're obviously very disappointed they won't fly [Saturday]," he said. "We'll get through it."

Slaybaugh said the mishap was a "best-case scenario," with a quick response from emergency teams and no fatalities. 

The airport will work "arm in arm" with the military during its investigation into the accident.

Response teams are working to move the aircraft away from the accident site tonight, he said.

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UPDATE @ 5:09 p.m.

Lt. Col. Jason Heard of the Thunderbirds says there was a “mishap” with the plane upon landing. The pilot and tactical aircraft maintainer that were on board are in good condition.

Heard said the Thunderbirds will not fly on Saturday.

“From the Thunderbirds that were on scene ... to crash recovery ... to fire department ... it was a tremendous effort. Very impressed and grateful,” Heard said.

The injuries are non life-threatening. The man in the back seat had no visible injuries, Heard said.

The pilot had “a lot of experience,” Heard said, with 1600 hours of experience.

Capt. Erik Gonsalves was the pilot. The passenger was Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cordova.

Heard said “we land in rain all the time.”

Heard said they were able to speak and communicate with the pilot and passenger throughout the recovery effort, which took two hours. They were alert and speaking. 

“The plane sustained damage as it was overturned,” Heard said.

UPDATE @ 5 p.m.

The Thunderbirds will be providing an update on the crash and the injured. You can watch live here

UPDATE @ 4:43 p.m.

The Air Force Thunderbirds tweeted their pilot and tactical aircraft maintainer injured in a crash at the Dayton Air Show Friday are in good condition.

In other social media posts by the team, Lt. Col. Jason Heard said, “our first priority is taking care of our Thunderbird teammates and ensuring future safety.” Lt. Col. Heard is the Thunderbirds Commander/Leader.

The performance at Dayton Air Show this weekend is to be determined, but Dayton Air Show organizers say the rest of the planned Dayton Air Show will go on.

UPDATE @ 3:52 p.m.

Terry Slaybaugh, airport director, is speaking. He said it took an “inordinate amount of time” to remove the two occupants of the aircraft. The plane crashed around 12:20 p.m.

A Vectren Dayton Air Show official said the Dayton Air Show will go on as scheduled Saturday. They are unsure yet if the Thunderbirds will fly.

The pilots are conscious and talking.

UPDATE @ 2:38 p.m.

From Thunderbirds Facebook page: “The United States Air Force Thunderbirds were conducting a single-ship familiarization flight on Friday June 23, 2017. Upon landing there was a mishap at the Dayton International Airport with an F-16D Fighting Falcon at approximately 12:20 p.m. Emergency services are on the scene. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”

Members of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds

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UPDATE @ 2:29 p.m.

Reports indicate the second pilot has been removed from the plane.

Officials will soon be giving a live update on the crash. You can watch live here

UPDATE @ 2:05 p.m.

Ricardo von Puttkammer, chief correspondent for Aviation Photojournal, was out in the air field when he witnessed the two-seat Thunderbird taxi on the runway toward the staging area.  

"It was raining, and I was taking pictures of some airplanes," he said. "The plane was taxing and it flipped. Right away the fire department personnel was running toward the accident." 

von Puttkammer said volunteer event staff and media were immediately taken back to the Dayton Airport Expo Center.

UPDATE @ 2:01 p.m.

One pilot has reportedly been extricated and crews are working to extricate a second pilot. 

Toni Bankston, spokeswoman for city of Dayton issued a statement: “The City of Dayton is confirming an aircraft accident involving one of the acts scheduled to appear at the Vectren Dayton Airshow this weekend. There were 2 people on board. Airport Fire and Rescue are providing assistance at the scene. The airport is open.”

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UPDATE @ 1:51 p.m.

Emergency scanner traffic indicates a “front pilot has been disentangled.” Dayton police will escort the medic unit to the hospital.

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UPDATE @ 1:25 p.m.

There are reports that two people are trapped inside the plane.

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UPDATE @ 1:18 p.m.

There are reports of possible entrapment. The injured pilot is to go with CareFlight crew to the hospital, according to emergency scanner traffic.

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UPDATE @ 1:10 p.m.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base first responders have responded to Thunderbird jet crash at Dayton International Airport, according to base spokeswoman Marie Vanover.

UPDATE @ 1:05 p.m.

Medics have arrived on scene. An occupant of the plane has reportedly given medics a “Thumbs Up.”

Emergency scanner traffic indicates the ejection seat is still armed.

The aircraft is as safe as we can make it,” said fire crews on emergency scanners.

UPDATE @ 12:59 p.m.

Dayton Daily News photographer Ty Greenlees is on the scene. He reports photographer Ricardo von Puttkammer told him he saw the two-seat Thunderbird land and taxi toward the staging area when it appeared that a gust of wind flipped the F-16 on its top.

Von Puttkammer is chief correspondent for Aviation Photojournal in New York City.


UPDATE @ 12:56 p.m. 

A tow truck has been called to the scene. The plane went off the runway and is in the grass, according to emergency dispatchers.

A medical helicopter is unable to fly. A CareFlight ground unit is on the way to the air show. We are working to find out the extent of injuries.

UPDATE @ 12:43 p.m.

News Center 7’s John Bedell confirms a military plane is on its top. Law enforcement official confirms a Thunderbird jet on its top.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar reports heavy rain in the area at that time. Rainfall rates in the vicinity exceeding two inches per hour, Collar said.

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There have been reports of a military plane crashing at the Dayton Air Show today at the Dayton International Airport, 3600 Terminal Drive.

An eye witness reports a Thunderbird F-16 coming in for landing, had slipped and wound up on its top. Rescue crews are on the scene. 

We are working to confirm more information and will update this report.

Butler County dodged flooding bullet Friday

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 10:15 AM

            Butler County didn’t experience flooding like other counties did on Friday. Pictured here is flooding from a recent that hit Seven Mile hard. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Despite several flood warnings throughout the torrential storms Friday Butler County dispatchers are reporting there weren’t many flooding problems.

Butler County dispatchers said they did get one call about a problem in the Hueston Woods area but when deputies arrived the water had receded.

All other county dispatch centers say they did not get any weather-related calls Friday.

James Gibson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, said the county was under a flood watch but only 1.2 inches of rain were reported at the Butler County Regional Airport.

“Butler didn’t get the heaviest rain as the other counties did,” he said. “They were under the flood watch.”

Police: Florida father flashing gun in front of child on Facebook Live arrested

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 9:52 AM

Jakeeco Milton

The man seen on Facebook Live posing with a gun and what appears to be drugs in front of his child is now in jail, police said.

Jakeeco Milton, 25, was arrested Thursday for violation of probation.

ActionNewsJax first showed the Facebook Live video of Milton posing with a gun in front of his child on Wednesday.

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Milton is behind bars after police say he violated his probation. It comes after he posted a Facebook Live video, in which he is seen with a gun and possibly drugs in front of his child.

Family members told ActionNewsJax they are happy Milton is locked up. Court records show he has felony convictions for resisting an officer and battery in a detention facility. He and the child’s mother have four children together and one on the way. Family members said the couple and the kids bounce around from motel to motel.

Both the State Attorney’s Office and the Florida Department of Children and Families are investigating the incident.