WHIO Reports: Drugs through the mail

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 @ 4:55 PM

WHIO Reports Drugs Through Main Feb 19 2017

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on drug addiction in the Miami Valley. 

Guests will discuss drug trafficking in the area with particular emphasis on a method of illegally sending and receiving through the mail from other countries through online ordering.  

>>>RELATED: China shipments help to fuel local drug trade<<<

Guests: Lori Erion, Founder and Executive Director, FOA Families of Addicts; Scotty Mays, former user; and Chris Stewart, Reporter, DDN.

WHIO Reports will air at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday,  Feb. 19.

Investigation into Natalee Holloway’s disappearance leads to discovery of human remains

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

What You Need To Know: Natalee Holloway

Twelve years after her unsolved disappearance, human remains have been discovered in connection to a search for Natalee Holloway.

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Her father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on Wednesday’s episode of “TODAY” that an 18-month investigation, which was documented for an Oxygen show that airs Sunday, led them to discover the remains, which are currently being DNA tested to confirm if they are indeed Holloway’s.

>> RELATED: Docu-series about Natalee Holloway’s disappearance sparks a new lawsuit

“When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked,” her father said. “I know there’s a possibility this could be someone else, and I’m just trying to wait and see.”

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 on a post-high school trip to Aruba, and her disappearance has remained a mystery as no one has been charged. Speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man whom Holloway was last seen with at a bar. Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for killing student Stephany Flores on the fifth anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance in 2010.

An informant put the young woman’s father and his private investigator in contact with a man who claimed to have helped van der Sloot hide Holloway’s body. The man claimed Holloway died after being given a date rape drug and was buried in a park. He then led them to the discovery of the human remains.

>> RELATED: Eleven years after her daughter went missing, Natalee Holloway’s mother is still searching for justice

“We have a person who states he was directly involved with Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee’s remains,” Holloway’s father said. “I thought, you know, there may be something to this … We’ve chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years.”

The DNA test would take several weeks to a month to determine if the remains are Holloway’s, but her father is looking forward to possibly gaining some closure.

“It would finally be the end,” he said.

Woman arrested for DUI, child unbuckled in car after tow-truck driver alerts police

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7:41 AM

Brandy Lerma
Palm Beach County Sheriff
Brandy Lerma(Palm Beach County Sheriff)

A 31-year-old woman whose blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit as she drove in suburban West Palm Beach with a 3-year-old child unbuckled in the backseat was arrested this weekend, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday, Brandy Lerma of Boynton Beach was driving southbound on Haverhill Road near Belvedere Road when a tow-truck driver noticed she was “zig-zagging in and out of lanes,” a sheriff’s report said.

“I was afraid she was going to kill someone,” Juan Martinez wrote in his witness statement.

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Martinez called 911 and followed Lerma in the gold Chevrolet until deputies pulled up beside him and pulled her over. The deputy said Lerma was driving in between lanes along Haverhill when she was pulled over.

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When the deputy approached the car, the deputy said the child was standing in the backseat of the car without any kind of restraint.

“I was greeted with an extremely strong odor of an unknown type of alcoholic beverage,” a deputy wrote. “The odor grew stronger as she spoke.”

During her DUI roadside tasks, in which Lerma was asked to walk and turn and stand on one leg, deputies said she fell twice to the ground.

Breathalyzer results show she blew a .200 and then a .187, according to the report. The legal limit for intoxication in Florida is .08. Lerma told deputies she took Percocet, a pain killer, and Xanax, a sedative, and had consumed “two fireball drinks.”

Lerma faces several charges including DUI and child abuse. She was released on $3,000 bond from the Palm Beach County Jail on Sunday, according to court records.

Lerma has had several traffic tickets, including multiple citations for not wearing a seat belt or for passengers younger than 18 years old not wearing a seat belt.

Trump slams Lindsey Graham, media over Charlottesville backlash

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 7:15 AM

Watch - President Trump Says "Blame on Both Sides, I Wait for Facts"

Update:  Sen. Lindsey Graham has responded to President Donald Trump’s tweets against him Thursday morning.

Graham, also using Twitter as a forum, has challenged the president, saying, “Mr. President, like most I seek to move our nation, my state and our party forward - toward the light - not back to the darkness.”

Original story: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Thursday to respond to the backlash over his comments on the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, slamming Sen. Lindsey Graham and the media.

>> Trump again blames ‘both sides’ for violence in Charlottesville

"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists ... and people like Ms. Heyer," he wrote, referring to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman killed Saturday while protesting the white supremacist Unite the Right rally. "Such a disgusting lie. He just can't forget his election trouncing. The people of South Carolina will remember!"

Trump added: "The public is learning (even more so) how dishonest the Fake News is. They totally misrepresent what I say about hate, bigotry etc. Shame!"

On Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., issued the following statement:

"Mr. President, I encourage you to try to bring us together as a nation after this horrific event in Charlottesville. Your words are dividing Americans, not healing them," Graham said, according to CNN. "Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like Ms. Heyer."

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In a news conference Tuesday, Trump blamed "both sides" for the violence.

“You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists," he said. "The press has treated them absolutely unfairly.”

He added: "You also had some very fine people on both sides."

Many schools view eclipse as learning opportunity

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 8:28 PM

Many school districts across the region are planning to turn Monday’s Great American Eclipse into a great learning opportunity.

Beavercreek City Schools is among about 20 districts to return to class today.

“Kids are excited, the staff is excited,” Superintendent Paul Otten said.

In addition to regular planning for the upcoming academic year, the district had to consider the Great American Eclipse. The district bought eclipse glasses earlier this summer.

“Every student and staff member in the district will be getting solar glasses,” which Otten said will be handed out Monday to the district’s staff and more than 7,800 students.

Teachers are enthusiastic about an interactive science lesson, the superintendent said.

“They saw it immediately as a learning experience for our kids, and instead of just trying to talk about it in the classroom, we wanted to give them an opportunity to get out and experience it firsthand,” Otten said.

Lena Ellis’ daughter started kindergarten today. “She’s so ready,” said Ellis, who admitted she is as well. “Mommy gets her break.”

She applauds the district for making sure science lessons on the eclipse will be safe.

“I think it’s wonderful they’ll keep their eyes protected,” Ellis said.

However, students must have parental permission to participate in outdoor eclipse activities. Letters will be sent home by the end of the week.

More eclipse-related news is on the News Center 7 website’s #SkyWitness7 page.

News Center 7 will livestream special eclipse coverage Monday on Facebook and www.whio.com. A special broadcast also will be on AM 1290 and 95.7 WHIO.