Video of officer, attendee encounter at Pridefest sparks outrage

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 9:09 AM
Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

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A video apparently shot at Sunday’s Pridefest festivities in downtown Pittsburgh is sparking outrage online.

Several WPXI-TV Pittsburgh Facebook fans and viewers sent WPXI a video of an incident that appears to have happened between a woman and a Pittsburgh police officer.

WPXI-TV has reached out to Pittsburgh police, who are aware of the video.  Officials plan on holding a news conference Monday morning concering the incident. According to a press release issued late Monday,  Public Safety director Stephen Bucar, Mayor Bill Peduto,  acting police chief Regina McDonald, city solicitor Lourdes Sanchez-Ridge and OMI director Deborah Walker will be there. 

The Delta Foundation issued a statement saying, “Following an extremely successful Pittsburgh Pride 2014 which included record crowds all weekend, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh was concerned to learn about a video of an incident between a city of Pittsburgh police officer and an attendee.  We are working closely with Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, public safety director Stephen Bucar, acting chief Regina McDonald, the office of municipal investigations, and the Citizens Police Review Board to review the incident and take appropriate action.”

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:38 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:08 AM

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Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

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Surface Street Incidents

  • On East Main Street at South Burnett Road in Springfield, police and medics responded to a crash reported around 5:50 a.m. Initial reports indicate the entire intersection is blocked due to the crash. 

WEATHER: Mild today, rain returns Wednesday

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • I-75 south near North Main Street in Dayton, lane closure May 1st – 26th. Two southbound lanes will remain open.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-75 south Ramp to Northwoods Boulevard, ramp closure May 25th between of 9 am and 3 pm. The suggested detour from ODOT is: I-75 south to US 40 to I-75 north to Northwoods Boulevard
  • I-70 between I-75 and SR 202, Nightly lane closures May 15th – June 6th between 6 pm and 6 am. Two lanes will be closed starting at 9 pm. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • I-70 east between Airport Access Road and North Dixie Drive, Overnight lane closures May 24th at 10 pm – May 25th at 6 am. One eastbound lane will remain open.
  • US 35 east Ramp to Perry Street, ramp closure April 1st – May 30th. The official detour is: US 35 east to Jefferson Street to South Patterson Blvd. to Stout Street to Perry Street.
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15TH – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • SR 202 between Ross Road and US 40, road closure May 22nd through 31st. The official detour is: US 40 to I-75 to SR 571 to SR 202
  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

GREENE COUNTY

  • Gate 19B on National Road at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is closed until mid-June for a $1.3 million security upgrade. Drivers should expect delays around the base at the three gates remaining open, Gate 16B off Kaufman Avenue, Gate 1B off Springfield Street, and Gate 22B at I-675 and Col. Glenn Highway. Gate 22B will be inbound traffic only during the morning commute. 

CLARK COUNTY 

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 56 at Silvers Road, road closure May 22nd through the 26th. The official detour is: SR 4 to SR 29 to SR 187 to SR 56.
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, road closure May 25th through June 2nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

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Fentanyl disguised as OxyContin in drug bust

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 3:04 AM

A November traffic stop on Interstate 77 in North Carolina's Iredell County turned into a drug bust.

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That drug bust was considered the biggest OxyContin bust in the county’s history.

But WSOC-TV anchor Allison Latos has learned that the drugs seized in the bust turned out to be fentanyl, which is up to 100 times more powerful than heroin.

Thousands of pills were packed into a paint can with a false bottom.

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell said he is shocked that 5,000 pills were disguised as OxyContin but were actually fentanyl.

“Bad guys don't want other bad guys to know what they have, so that's why they disguise their products,” Campbell said.

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Deputies arrested Anthony Prettyman and Corey Laurenson, of Elmira, New York.

Weny Elmira Narcotics helped feds break up a large drug ring there, where police raided homes and arrested four men accused of dealing tens of thousands of pills.

“To have a sort of relatively rural smaller city, such as Elmira, be a source location for drugs was something we hadn't seen very frequently,” said U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr.

Police are still investigating if the ring is to blame for several overdoses in New York, but Campbell is grateful deputies stopped the pills from being sold here.

“Over 5,000 pills taken off the street and who knows what that could have led to and how many countless lives it saved,” Campbell said.

The sheriff said the pills were headed for Charlotte, a distribution city for the East Coast.

Fentanyl is so powerful, had deputies touched those pills, they could have become ill.

Deputies take precautions and wear gloves during drug investigations.

Last week, officers in Rock Hill were on heightened alert because an officer in Ohio went to the hospital after he brushed fentanyl off his uniform.

Rock Hill police said every officer has a kit with a mask, gown and gloves

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Father of Lori Sue Ave. child killed said he had been looking for his son

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 5:43 AM

Neighbors have added to a makeshift memorial at the home on Lori Sue Avenue where two children were shot, May 18, 2017.
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DAYTON — The father of one of the children shot and killed inside a Lori Sue Avenue home said he had been looking for his son for three years. 

Khmorra Helton, 8, and Kaiden Helton, 6, were shot in the head and critically injured on May 18. The children died three days later at Dayton Children’s Hospital on May 21.

The children’s mother Claudena Helton is being held at the Montgomery County Jail on charges related to the children’s deaths. 

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In a News Center 7 interview, Kaiden’s father Stephen Fletcher said he tried to find his son and get in touch the child’s mother for the last three years.  He said Helton’s family told him she moved out of town, they hadn’t heard from her and they didn’t know where she was located. 

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"I'm very devastated right now,” Fletcher said. “I can't sleep. I can't eat. I don't even know what to do with myself now. It's crazy ... he didn't deserve this. I don't even know why she would do this. I don't have any answers for anything.”

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Fletcher said he learned his son had been shot when he saw it on the news. 

“I just heard my baby momma's name and I heard my son's name,” Fletcher said. “And I heard what happened, so right then and there I literally fainted like passed out because I  was so worried. I couldn't' believe that it had happened.”

Helton faced previous allegations involving children before the shootings. In March 2014, she was convicted of disorderly conduct in Montgomery County Juvenile Court, according to the county prosecutor's office.

At the time of the shootings, Montgomery County Children Services initiated an investigation focused on Helton.

“I'm not going to say anything evil or rude,” Fletcher said. “I mean, even as much as I'm hurt. Because I’m not that type of person. But she's in jail. She deserves to be in jail.”

On May 23, 2010, Trotwood police arrested Fletcher for allegedly threatening Helton’s life, punching her in the face and choking her until she nearly fainted, according to a police report. Fletcher was charged with misdemeanor counts of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. He was found guilty of one of the counts and sentenced to 123 days in jail.

“I love my son,” Fletcher said. “I'd do anything to have him back now, man. I'm going through a lot right now. I'm hurting real bad.” 

Manchester explosion: Here’s what we know about the victims

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

Armed police stand guard at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig  in Manchester, England Monday, May 22, 2017. Police says there are

Authorities continue  to sort out what happened Monday night when a man who police believe was a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device outside an arena in Manchester, England.

The explosion happened moments after the conclusion of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

At least 22 have been confirmed dead and 59 injured as of 2:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Here's what we know now about some of the victims: