Video on social media shows another racist incident at Mason schools

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 12:19 PM

Mason High School has again been the site of another racist incident when a white student was filmed in a short video Monday slurring African-Americans in response to being asked about Black History Month.
Mason High School has again been the site of another racist incident when a white student was filmed in a short video Monday slurring African-Americans in response to being asked about Black History Month.

Another racist incident involving Mason Schools has surfaced, and district officials there are reassuring its school families they are reacting quickly.

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A white Mason High School student was featured in a short video filmed at the Warren County school Monday and posted on Twitter and other social media accounts by area teens.

The male student makes a series of racist slurs toward African-Americans in a 30-second response to being asked about Black History Month.

The student, said Mason school officials, will not be identified due to student privacy laws, but he will be punished.

“This afternoon at about 1:30 p.m., our high school administrative team was alerted to an offensive video that contained racial slurs from a Mason High School student at school today,” a statement posted hours later on the Mason Schools’ website stated.

“While the district cannot discuss individual student discipline due to (student privacy law) restrictions, racial slurs and discriminatory language are a violation of our student code of conduct. All reports of such behavior are investigated fully and would result in disciplinary action.”

“We are grateful to the students who reported this situation. We want our classroom conversations to stand up against racism and discrimination, and to offer messages of hope and resilience. Sometimes those conversations occur naturally within our curriculum, and other times they arise unexpectedly through student concerns, comments, or behavior,” according to the district’s statement.

In January, a white teacher’s comments to a black Mason Middle School student about being “lynched” by his white classmates drew a national outcry.

MORE: Mother of black student slurred speaks out at Mason board meeting

Issues of race also came to the forefront at nearby Kings Schools in early January. High school students were banned from a recreational basketball league for jerseys with racial slurs written on them. A Kings school board member then resigned, saying his son was on the team.

MORE: Mason, Kings both battle racist incidents and national outcry

Our media partner WCPO-TV contributed to this report.

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Warm temperatures lead to record-breaking week

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 3:14 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how the numbers have broken down for this warm week in February.

The Miami Valley saw record-breaking warmth this week.  

On Monday, temperatures climbed to 70 degrees, tying the record for the warmest day set back in 1939. The week continued to get warmer, and Tuesday morning temperatures never dropped below 61 degrees. This set a record for the warmest low temperature in Dayton for Feb. 20. The old record was 49 degrees set back in 1930.

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Things continued to heat up in the afternoon. Tuesday, the high temperature soared to 75 degrees smashing the old record for the warmest high temperature of 69 degrees which was set in 2016. The warmest February day ever on record is 76 degrees from February 24, 2017, making Tuesday the second warmest February day on record in Dayton.

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Driver extricated, highway reopens after crash on SB I-75 

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:37 AM

Crash on I-75 near Needmore Road exit

UPDATE @ 3:40 a.m: All lanes on southbound I-75 have reopened following a crash early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE @ 3:03 a.m: After nearly two hours, the driver of a vehicle that went off the road on southbound I-75 has been extricated from the vehicle.

The interstate has been shut down for over an hour between Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road.

The extrication of the driver took hours because a guard rail went into the door of the vehicle. 

Per initial reports, the individual will be transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital.

We will continue to monitor when the highway reopens. 

UPDATE @ 2:09 a.m: One person is still trapped inside of their vehicle after it went off the road on southbound I-75 Wednesday morning, according to Ohio Highway State Patrol, Dayton Post. 

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Harrison Twp. emergency crews are working to extricate the driver from the vehicle in order to be transported to Miami Valley Hospital via Careflight. Though he is trapped, he appears in stable condition, according to officials.

The single-vehicle crash was reported around 1:20 a.m. and due to the entrapment, Careflight was requested to the scene, shutting the interstate down between Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road exits.

I-75 has been shut down for about 45 minutes and officials believe it should reopen in the next 30 minutes once Careflight lifts off the ground. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 1:50 a.m: Soutbound I-75 between the Needmore Road and Wagner Ford Road exits is shut down after a crash occurred early Wednesday morning. 

INITIAL REPORT

Careflight has been requested to a crash with reports of entrapment on southbound I-75 near the Needmore Road exit early Wednesday morning.

The incident was dispatched around 1:20 a.m., per initial reports.

The Needmore Road exit ramp is currently closed and with Careflight on their way to the scene, this will likely shut the highway down.

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update this story with more details. 

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Drugs, guns recovered in 2 task force raids in Dayton

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)
David Powell (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)

A 25-year-old man has been arrested and is facing drug charges following two search warrants, executed by the Montgomery County R.A.N.G.E. Task Force Tuesday. 

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The task force, along with the Dayton Police Narcotics Bureau executed search warrants at two homes, one in the 1700 block of Manor Place, the other in the 600 block of Cambridge Avenue Tuesday, according to a news release.

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During the searches, investigators recovered large amounts of fentanyl, crystal meth, marijuana, and four guns, including and AR-15 rifle. 

David Powell, 25, was arrested at the Cambridge Avenue home and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on initial charges of drug trafficking. 

The warrants were the result of a long-term drug trafficking investigation, investigators said. 

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Parents locked 4 adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricted food, bathroom use, police say

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 2:28 AM

Benito and Carol Gutierrez. (Photo via Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Pima County Sheriff's Department
Benito and Carol Gutierrez. (Photo via Pima County Sheriff's Department)(Pima County Sheriff's Department)

An Arizona couple is facing child abuse charges after police say they locked their four adopted children in separate bedrooms, restricting access to food and bathrooms.

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