WSU grad, Centerville football coach killed in crash

Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013

An assistant coach for the Centerville Elks High School football team was killed in a crash on Interstate 70 that closed a portion of the highway for more than three hours Sunday morning.

Francois Hagenimana, 24, an alumnus of Centerville High School and a resident of Kettering, was driving west in the eastbound lanes on I-70 in a Toyota Scion when his vehicle collided head-on with a Honda Accord driven by Jason Fricke, 28, of Westerville around 3:09 a.m., according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither driver had passengers.

"At this point in time the investigation does look like we did have somebody that was going the wrong way," said Lt. Matthew Cleaveland of the state patrol.

Several 911 calls were received before the crash from drivers reporting a wrong-way driver on the interstate, Cleaveland said.

It was unknown at press time whether alcohol or speed were factors in the crash.

Hagenimana was in his first year as an assistant coach with the Elks and had recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He wanted to become a Navy SEAL.

Hagenimana attended Ashland University, where he played corner and safety. He graduated in 2012.

Fricke is a 2010 engineering graduate of Wright State University. He was on I-70 returning to Westerville after visiting friends in the Dayton area, his friends told News Center 7.

Friends also said Fricke was a great friend and "was the kind of guy that would give the last dollar in his pocket and the shirt off his back just so he could bring happiness to someone else."

The speed limit on the stretch of I-70 was increased to 70 miles per hour in July. The change has not resulted in an influx in crashes along the interstate, but the State Highway Patrol will review a long-term study of crashes over time as the speed limits continue to change across the state, Cleaveland sad.

Under a new law, going into effect today, any roads designated as rural divided highways will now have a speed limit of 60 mph while rural expressways without traffic signals will have a speed limit of 65 mph. Rural freeways across the state will move to a speed limit of 70 mph.

"You can only imagine both vehicles going around the speed limit of 70 mph and when you get a head-on crash with those kind of speeds it's usually pretty bad," Cleaveland said.

After the initial impact, each vehicle veered right, sending one car into the wire barricade and the second into a grassy embankment. Both vehicles were heavily damaged in the wreck.

Valerie Carson, of the Cleveland area, was returning home from Kansas City, where her family had attended a funeral over the weekend. She was devastated to see the destruction.

"It just hurt me so bad, because I could only imagine that that person was either going home or maybe leaving home and may have said goodbye to a family member," Carson said. "Who knows that when you say goodbye, it could be the last time you say goodbye."

Carson, along with dozens of other drivers, sat in their vehicles on the highway while officials cleaned up the crash.

The Ohio Department of Transportation was summoned to the scene to place lighted arrow boards directing drivers off east I-70 at the U.S. 40 exit.

The highway was reopened to drivers just before 7 a.m.

High Schooler asked to change 'Black Lives Matter' shirt

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            High Schooler asked to change 'Black Lives Matter' shirt

A Buckeye, Arizona, 10th grader says she was unfairly targeted because of a shirt she wore to picture day Tuesday.

KSAZ reported that Mariah Havard, 15, said Buckeye Union High School administrators made her change out of her Black Lives Matter shirt.

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Mariah said that another student has worn a shirt with a Confederate flag on it to class before, but that student was not asked to change.

“I wasn't able to wear the shirt anymore because somebody made a complaint,” Mariah told KPNX.  “I was a little bit confused as to why I wouldn't be able to wear something so meaningful to me.”

“She was asked to change and she didn't question them -- she was being respectful,” Roxanne Havard, Mariah’s mother, told KPNX. “She went in the bathroom and was thinking about why she had to change.”

Mariah said her school's principal cited the school dress code for why she was asked to change her shirt, which prohibits clothing that would "disrupt the education process."

“I've seen gay pride shirts, I've seen confederate flags,” student Genesis Santoyo told KXTV. "I've actually seen a white power shirt once.”

"I felt as though I was being punished for being proud and proud of my culture, which in the principal's office, my dad kept on asking him why they're suppressing me and why it's not okay for me to be proud of who I am," Genesis told KSAZ.

Mariah said there was an announcement after class thursday that said no student may wear a Confederate flag shirt or a Black Lives Matter Shirt. If they do, there will be consequences.

“I've seen gay pride shirts, I've seen confederate flags,” said student Genesis Santoyo, ‘I've actually seen a white power shirt once.”
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Is France's burqini ban here to stay?

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Eugene Daniels

The ban on burqinis in French towns will either be completely legalized nationwide or struck down Friday. The State Council, France's version of our Supreme Court, will decide whether one of the controversial bans currently recognized in more than a dozen towns is constitutional. 

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To catch you up, burqinis are used by Muslim women who still want to cover up in accordance with their beliefs when they go to the beach or pool. Bans have popped up in towns all over the country, and one was upheld by a lower court Monday.  

The ban before the court doesn't actually mention the word burqini, like most of them. It's actually a ban on anyone who wears swimwear that displays "religious affiliation" and "could create risks of trouble to public order." 

Proponents of the ban see it as a way to protect the country's secular culture, in some cases claiming it presents a hygiene issue or that the clothing holds women back. France's prime minister told press: "It's the translation of a political project for a counter-society based on woman's enslavement. ... That is not compatible with the values of France and the Republic." 

But many are calling the bans discriminatory and examples of hatred against Muslims. A lawyer with the League of Human Rights called it "a serious and manifestly illegal infringement of several fundamental freedoms: freedom of opinion, religion, dress, to come and go." Others worry the bans will make the tensions among cultures even worse. 

While it's possible the high court will strike down the ban, thus setting a national precedent, it's not far-fetched to imagine it standing up in court. Because of its secular laws, the country has already banned the burqua in public while religious symbols, including headscarves, are banned in public schools.

Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa sued after railing collapse at concert

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Samantha Crook

            Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa sued after railing collapse at concert
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A railing collapse at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert in New Jersey has gotten the artists in some legal trouble.

Fourteen concert attendees and three workers are suing the artists and the venue operator. The plaintiffs' legal team said the rappers encouraged people to come closer to the railing on the edge of a 6-foot drop off.

One of the plaintiff's attorneys told the press, "Pure luck is the only reason nobody died in that terrifying incident."

The firm representing the 17 plaintiffs said one of the people injured was a security worker who was crushed by the railing and crowd. The man needed a major surgery to address a fractured spine and will need "continuing medical attention."

More than 40 people were injured, some suffering broken bones and concussions.

The venue operator will reportedly work with structural engineers to figure out what went wrong.

 Man accused of firing gun 6 times, next to woman’s head

Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2016
By: Jeff Guerini, Multi-Media Journalist/Breaking News Staff

A Springfield man is accused of putting a gun next to a woman’s head and firing six shots.

It happened Wednesday in the 700 block of Linden Ave. in Springfield.

The suspect, James Sammons, got in to an argument with the woman and pulled the gun out of his waistband, according to a police report.

Sammons was arrested and appeared in court Thursday on charges of felony assault and domestic violence. He’s being in held in jail on a $31,000 bond.