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.

5 new Zika cases reported in Florida, including 1 on Gulf Coast

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: WFTV – Orlando, Fla.

            5 new Zika cases reported in Florida, including 1 on Gulf Coast
New Fears: The Zika Virus

Five new non-travel-related cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed by the Florida Department of Health.

The agency announced Tuesday that one of the new cases transmitted by local mosquitoes is in Pinellas County and the other four cases are in Wynwood, near Miami.

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The Department of Health said it is going door to door to homes in Pinellas County for mosquito sampling and mosquito abatement.

DOH officials still believe that ongoing active transmission is taking place only within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County.

Pinellas County residents can ask for mosquito control services by clicking here.

WATCH: Student-teacher welcomes 4th-grade class with viral rap song, video

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            WATCH: Student-teacher welcomes 4th-grade class with viral rap song, video
Via Ty Gotham / YouTube

A Chicago area student-teacher's creative way of welcoming his class back to school has gone viral.

According to WMAQ, Dwayne Reed, a student-teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Illinois, joined forces with his friend, filmmaker Ty Gotham, and producer Stevo Thompson to record a rap song and make a music video for his fourth-graders.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed told WMAQ.

>> Download the track here

According to the YouTube description, "the song and video emphasize the reality that hard work is a must, but that school and learning can certainly be fun!"

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The video, uploaded Saturday, has been viewed more than 161,000 times. 

Read more here.

7 things to know now: Deadly earthquake in Italy; Clinton Foundation; NY Times hacked

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            7 things to know now: Deadly earthquake in Italy; Clinton Foundation; NY Times hacked
A woman is comforted as she walks through rubble after an earthquake, in Amatrice, central Italy, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. A devastating earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday, collapsing homes on top of residents as they slept. At least 23 people were reported dead in three hard-hit towns where rescue crews raced to dig survivors out of the rubble, but the toll was expected to rise as crews reached homes in more remote hamlets. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Alessandra Tarantino)

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Quake in Italy: The town of Amatrice, Italy, was leveled by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake Wednesday, that killed at least 37 and injured scores more. The search for survivors continues as crews dig for those buried under the debris of collapsed buildings. The mayor of the town in the Umbria region of the country told reporters, “the town isn’t here anymore.”

2. Clinton Foundation access: The Associated Press is reporting that more than half of the people outside of the government who met with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money to the Clinton Foundation prior to the meetings. Eighty-five of 154 people who requested meetings and had donated to Clinton’s family foundation were able to meet with or speak on the phone with Clinton while she ran the department, the AP has so far found. Together, the 85 donated as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million, the AP is reporting.

3. Missile launched: North Korea has launched a ballistic missile from a submarine in the waters 300 miles off its coast, according to South Korea officials. The missile was tracked to the Sea of Japan. This is the first North Korean missile to be fired into Japan’s air defense zone. "This is a threat to Japan's security and an unforgivable reckless act that significantly damages the peace and stability of the region," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday morning.

4. NYT hack: U.S. officials say they believe that email accounts for reporters for The New York Times and other news organizations were hacked by Russian intelligence agencies. FBI investigators say they think the same people who hacked Democratic Party organizations and Hillary Clinton’s campaign are responsible for the hacks of the news groups.

5. A shift in policy: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he may be open to  "softening" laws dealing with undocumented  immigrants. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said. "We want people — we have some great people in this country." Trump was speaking in Austin, Texas, when asked about changing laws in favor of helping law-abiding or longtime immigrants become citizens.

And one more

Ok, who among us hasn’t stood in front of the mirror, grabbed up the imaginary Fender and launched into the meanest air guitar version of Areosmith’s “Walk this Way.” Today in Oulu, Finland, the 21st World Air Guitar Championship get underway with people from all over the world performing their perfect version of imaginary guitar playing. Yes, it is a thing. If you go, careful of the air drummers – you know how those bad boys of pretend bands get.

In case you missed it

Taking the hot wings challenge.

 Sneak peek: Meet downtown Dayton’s next new restaurant

Updated: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
By: Staff Writer

Downtown Dayton’s newest restaurant has started hiring as it gears up to open in early fall.

Initially, plans call for Table 33 at 130 W. Second St. to open only the bakery and bar part of the restaurant, followed four to six weeks later by the full-service restaurant portion of the business, co-founder Chris Harrison said this week during a walk-through of the new restaurant.

Table 33 will be hosting open interviews starting next week from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays for all positions, including baristas, bartenders, servers, kitchen staff and managers, Harrison said. An application is available on the web site.

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Table 33 will start out as primarily a breakfast-and-lunch eatery, serving dishes such as Chicken and Waffles, Sweet Potato and Chorizo Hash and French Toast, with a full lineup of coffees and fresh-pressed fruit juices, Harrison and co-founder Charlie Carroll said. And the restaurant has obtained a liquor license and will open some evenings, particularly on show nights for the nearby Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, the owners said.

The restaurant will seat about 100 diners inside and dozens more on a patio.

The space previously housed Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers, the Downtown Grill & Cafe, and, before that, the first incarnation of Sidebar lounge. The restaurant space has been vacant since August 2015, when Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers — which operated on South Jefferson Street for 24 years before relocating to West Second Street — shut its doors.

>> RELATED: Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers closes downtown location

Harrison and Carroll are also co-founders of theNorthGate church at 138 S. Wilkinson St. a few blocks from the restaurant. The restaurant will operate independently from the church, the co-founders said. A separate company, Table Thirty Three LLC, has been formed to run the eatery.