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Alaska restaurant helps feed homeless on Christmas Day

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 4:09 AM

The sun rises near Anchorage, Alaska.
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The sun rises near Anchorage, Alaska.(John Moore/Getty Images)

An Alaska restaurant helped feed the homeless at a shelter on Christmas Day, as more than 500 people were treated to a hot meal, KTVA reported.

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For the volunteers dishing out food from the Bean Cafe in Anchorage, it is a chance to give back to the community and help people in need. 

“Everyone is happy, it's Christmas,” Caroline Compton told KTVA. “They get (a) hot meal, a place to stay. It's festive and we get to meet a lot of nice people you may not get to meet in another way.”

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Compton’s daughter, Stephanie Compton, works for AmeriCorps and has been volunteering at Bean’s Café. Over the past two months, she’s seen how little gestures, like a holiday meal, can make difference.

“There's a lot of stigma about homeless people in Anchorage,” Stephanie Compton said. “Bean's Cafe serves clients without discrimination. We feed anyone and everyone.”

Stephanie Compton said Christmas has always been a big holiday for her family so she’s happy her parents are volunteering.

“It's fun to see them around and working hard. They really taught me how to give back and share my privilege so it's awesome to have them here leading by example,” she said.

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Gas prices to drop around 10 cents this week

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:16 PM

The average price of gas in Ohio drops 10 cents this week.

Ohio has topped the charts for the biggest weekly change in gas price averages in the country; Ohio is the 11th lowest in the nation at $2.70 per gallon.

Nationwide, 44 states have less expensive or steady gas price averages compared to last Monday. However, the cheaper trend may be reversing. “If demand continues to strengthen and inventories decrease in the weeks ahead, motorists can expect gas prices do a reversal and start to increase again,” said AAA spokeswoman Jennifer Moore. “AAA expects the national gas price average to range between $2.85 and $3.05 through Labor Day, likely seeing the summer’s highest prices in June.”

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Moving into this week, another factor that will influence gas prices in the near and long-term will be outcomes from the June 22 OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria. The cartel, along with other major producers including Russia, will discuss increasing oil production ahead of the year-end scheduled dissolution of its production reduction agreement.

Motorists are spending $69 or more a month for gas compared to last year, but that won’t stop their summer travel. Gas expenses are accounting, on average, for 7% of an American’s 2018 annual income.

Visit https://gasprices.aaa.com/ to check the latest gas prices.

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Dayton SWAT standoff; Police surround second home

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:23 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:37 PM

Standoff

UPDATE @ 8:35 p.m.:

Police now have another interest and have their guns drawn at a house in the 200 block of Livingston Avenue.

People were seen coming in and out of the house, Montgomery County dispatch confirmed

The original SWAT scene remains active at the house in the 100 block of Livingston Avenue.

UPDATE @ 7:40 p.m.:

Police are using a bullhorn to communicate with a suspect who is inside a home involved in a standoff with police. 

"You are under arrest. You need to come to the door with your hands up," an officer announced on the loudspeaker. 

Area residents are outside watching the police activity, with many recording the event on their smartphones.

FIRST REPORT:

The Dayton police SWAT team is on scene of an apparent standoff in the 100 block of Livingston Avenue.

Crews were dispatched at 4:22 p.m., Montgomery County Dispatch confirmed.

Livingston Avenue at Florence Avenue is currently closed.

We have a crew on scene and will update this page when more information becomes available. 

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Woman found dead in freezer following husband’s suicide, police say

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:39 PM

Woman Found Dead In Freezer Following Husband’s Suicide, Police Say

Arkansas police officers attempting to notify a woman of her husband’s suicide earlier this month found her body stuffed into a freezer at their home. 

Lori Jean Bruick, 55, of West Fork, died of blunt force trauma, according to a news release from the West Fork Police Department. Her obituary puts the day she died as June 7.

West Fork police officers learned of Lawrence “Larry” Bruick’s apparent suicide June 10 from Logan County sheriff’s deputies, who reported that the 56-year-old took his life about 100 miles away from home near Mount Magazine, police officials said. Officers began trying to contact Lori Bruick at the couple’s home that day to deliver the news.

The officers were unable to make contact with Lori Bruick the following day, either. 

“Officers could see items in the home that led them to believe that Mrs. Bruick was still at home,” the West Fork police’s news release said

The officers forced entry into the home, at which time they found men’s clothing that appeared to have blood on them, the news release said. They also found letters that indicated Larry Bruick was contemplating suicide. 

Evidence of a struggle was found in the couple’s garage, the news release said. Lori Bruick’s body was found in a chest freezer inside the garage, officials said. 

Police officials said investigators do not know what caused the fight that precipitated the slaying. Larry Bruick, whose obituary indicated that he died the day before he was found, was the sole suspect in the homicide, officials said. 

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The couple is survived by two grown children, four grandchildren and a host of other relatives, according to Lori Bruick’s obituary. A joint funeral was held Monday morning, and Lori Bruick is scheduled to be buried Tuesday in her native Texarkana. 

It was not clear if Larry Bruick would be buried alongside her. 

A statement said to be from the family was posted on the Arkansas High School Class of ’81 alumni Facebook page

“The Bruick family has suffered a tragedy and that resulted in loss of life for Larry and Lori Bruick. Many details remain unclear and likely will for some time,” the statement said. “We thank you for and covet your prayers, messages of support, and actions of kindness. As we move forward, we ask that you respect the family's privacy concerning the details of this tragedy as we move through the grieving process.”

One former classmate called the pair a “match made in heaven.”

“Now they get to dance with angels,” Chuck Phillips wrote. “Prayers for the family.”

A memorial video on the funeral home’s website shows photos of the couple with their family in happier times. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations in Lori Bruick’s name to the Washington Regional Medical Center’s patient benevolence fund. 

According to a LinkedIn profile in her name, Lori Bruick was a respiratory therapist there. 

The family asked for donations in Larry Bruick’s name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Forest Park vision includes relocated Harrison Twp. government center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:44 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Outlines of retail building foundations and a parking lot are all that remains of the Forest Park shopping center on North Main Street in Harrison Township. County Corp, in partnership with Harrison Township and Montgomery County will facilitate the first public meeting to initiate feedback on the Forest Park Area Plan on Monday, January 29th at Horizon Science Academy. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

A new town square anchored by a relocated Harrison Twp. government center is the centerpiece of a consensus redevelopment plan for the Forest Park area, officials and planners announced Tuesday.

The redevelopment area includes a 54-acre tract in Harrison Twp. that was once the location of a thriving amusement park and later a shopping center that fell out of fashion and into decay.

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Planner Joe Nickol called it a “first draft” and “the part in the process where we lay out all the hard work that has to be done.”

“What really quickly bubbled up to the top was the idea of exploring further the idea of relocating the township hall to this site. It’s at the center of the township,” Nickol said. “It meets a need in that what we’ve heard anecdotally is the township hall is undersized and we’re in a position to help the township meet the needs of the community.”

Securing funding and building the vision could be a decade or more away, but planners also announced some activation activities at the site that aren’t expensive or complicated and can happen soon. Events could include closing down parts of Riverside Drive for events, gatherings where people could build and launch small hot air balloons and refurbishing an old post office for community events.

The current township offices are at 5945 N. Dixie Drive. The township consists of about 6.3 square miles just north of Dayton.

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The town center concept was popular with residents who graded the alternatives at an April meeting. About 100 people attended the meeting Tuesday.

The result of a four-year process, the redevelopment plan could be a big leap forward for the area on top of some smaller recent positive steps, said Kristofer McClintick, Harrison Twp. administrator.

A nearby 549-unit apartment complex has been refurbished top to bottom. Two schools — Dayton Public’s Charity Adams Earley Academy and the The Horizon Science Academy, a charter school — are in the plan area and attract students. The Girl Scouts of Western Ohio-Dayton office draws activities and people.

“We feel this will be the anchor site to continue that investment all along that North Main corridor,” McClintick said.

MKSK Studios, consultants out of Covington, Ky., developed the plan for County Corp, working in partnership with Harrison Twp. and Montgomery County.

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