‘This was his happy place’: Fairfield school hosts ‘Superbubz’ visitation

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 5:53 PM

A public visitation was held at Fairfield Central Elementary

Walter “Superbubz” Herbert loved his Fairfield elementary school and Thursday saw those who loved the heroic boy and backed his brave struggle against cancer turn out by the hundreds to honor his life.

Walter — the Fairfield Central Elementary first-grader who went by the nickname of “Superbubz” — and for many embodied a superhero’s courage — died Oct. 6 at his home.

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A public visitation for Walter was held Thursday evening at the school.

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

“This was his happy place, so it just made sense that we would offer this and be able to share his happy place with everyone for a final goodbye,” said Central Elementary Principal Karrie Gallo, who was close to Walter and his family.

People were given yellow ribbons to wear, many pinning them to their gray shirts that read “Superbubz.” Therapy service dogs were also on hand to comfort young children.

The boy’s brave struggle and buoyant attitude captured the hearts of the region as he was honored by major area sports stars, police departments, and enjoyed a special early graduation from high school courtesy of Fairfield Schools.

MORE: Fairfield ‘superhero’ youngster graduates with high school diploma

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Walter loved school and superheroes and among his last wishes was to graduate from high school, which he did in a special ceremony at Central Elementary attended by more than 300, including some of his favorite costumed comic book heroes.

That special graduation ceremony “showed how it takes a village to raise a child,” Gallo said Thursday night. “We all came together and were able to help support one another and to fulfill his dreams.”

A funeral service for the 6-year-old will be private and limited to family and friends, school officials have said.

Staff writer Greg Lynch contributed to this report.

Hundreds of people attended a visitation Thursday, Oct. 12, at Fairfield Central Elementary for Walter “Superbubz” Herbert. Attendees were given yellow ribbons to wear. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Honolulu bans smokers in cars when children are present

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:55 AM

Smoking while driving is now illegal in Honolulu if there are minors in the vehicle.
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Smoking while driving is now illegal in Honolulu if there are minors in the vehicle.(Heritage Images/Getty Images)

Smoking in a car in Honolulu can bring a hefty fine if there are children in the vehicle, KHON reported.

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In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council passed a bill that would make it illegal to smoke in a vehicle if someone under 18 is in inside. The ban also extends to electronic cigarettes, KHON reported.

First offenders would be fined $100, and the fee jumps to $200 if a smoker is cited within a year. A third offense within a year of the second offense would cost the smoker $500, KHON reported. 

The ticket would be issued to the person smoking in the vehicle.

Lila Johnson, program manager for tobacco prevention at the Department of Health, says youths are the most vulnerable to be exposed to secondhand smoke.

“It is probably 10 times as toxic as it is to be sitting inside a smoky bar for a child to be sitting inside a confined unit exposed to secondhand smoke,” Johnson said.

Health officials said drivers are permitted to smoke as long as there are no minor in the vehicle, KHON reported.

1 flown to hospital in crash that closes I-75N in Shelby County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are back open at Ohio 274 near Botkins in Shelby County.

The vehicle in the crash is off the side of the highway, but traffic remains backed up.

A medical helicopter took one person to an area hospital.

FIRST REPORT

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down this evening near Botkins in Shelby County.

The highway is closed at I-75 N at Ohio 274.

A medical helicopter has been called to the crash scene, and the crash resulted in significant vehicle damage, according to initial reports.

3 hurt after 2 cars, semi hauling cars collide on I-75 S in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.

FIRST REPORT

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

Court: Cross shaped monument honoring WWI vets ruled unconstitutional

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 5:06 AM

An Eternal Flame monument dedicated to World War I casualties.
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An Eternal Flame monument dedicated to World War I casualties.(Harvey Meston/Getty Images)

A 40-foot Latin cross-shaped monument in Maryland, built nearly a century ago to honor soldiers who died during World War I, has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court, CNN reported

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The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday by a 2-1 margin that the 92-year-old structure was in violation of the First Amendment because it is on public land at a busy intersection in Prince George's County and is maintained with government funds. The court's decision does not address whether the monument should be removed or modified.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and the American Legion, who were named as defendants in the case, argued that the cross had a nonreligious purpose “does not have the primary effect of endorsing religion.”

But the appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, sided 2-1 with the American Humanist Association, an organization that advocates for secularism and represented several non-Christian residents of Prince George's County.

The memorial was completed in 1925 using contributions from private donors and the American Legion. It was acquired in 1961 by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

If the Supreme Court declines to hear the case, a district court judge would have to decide whether to order the removal of the cross, said David Niose, legal director of the American Humanist Association.

"It's hard to think of remedies other than removal," Niose told CNN, though he said there is the "possibility of modifying the structure."