Area grocery stores pull salad bags following E. coli outbreak

Published: Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 12:38 PM

Kroger removed chopped and bagged romaine lettuce from its shelves as a precautionary measure amid an E. coli outbreak. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF
Kroger removed chopped and bagged romaine lettuce from its shelves as a precautionary measure amid an E. coli outbreak. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF

A multi-state E. coli outbreak has prompted grocery stores to pull bags of chopped romaine lettuce from their shelves.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has linked an E. coli outbreak that started in March to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., region.

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However, no grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified as a source of the 11-state outbreak that’s left 35 people ill including two Ohio women.

Wal-Mart, Kroger and Meijer were among grocery chains that pulled all products that may contain chopped romaine lettuce from that region.

“We have no reports of any issues with romaine lettuce sold at Meijer in recent weeks and we are simply removing these lettuce products out of an abundance of caution,” a Meijer spokeswoman stated.

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Likewise, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman said “Out of an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the CDC Advisory, all products which may contain chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ area have been removed from our shelves.”

Kroger also removed bagged salad items that contain romaine.

“As part of Kroger’s commitment to food safety, we proactively reach out to customers by phone, email and at the register if they are flagged as a person who has previously purchased this product,” a spokeswoman stated. 

Symptoms of an E. coli infection vary but often include severe stomach cramps and (often bloody) diarrhea. Most people get better in five to seven days. Infections can be mild but can also be severe or life-threatening.

If you think you have E. coli, the CDC advises you to speak with your health care provider or public health department and write down what you ate in the week before you get sick.

RELATED: Another Ohio woman sick from E. coli outbreak

The outbreak strain as of April 13 had spread to 11 states there have been 22 people hospitalized, including one of the two Ohio women.

Both Ohio cases were reported by 24-year-old women from Mahoning County. The onset of the first case was March 24 and onset the second case was March 26.

To reduce your risk of an E. coli infection, you can:
  • Wash your hands. Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals.
  • Cook meats thoroughly to kill harmful germs.
  • Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
  • Avoid raw milk, other unpasteurized dairy products, and unpasteurized juices.
  • Don’t prepare food or drink for others when you are sick.

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Champaign County standoff: Deputy injured, Dallas Road blocked as U.S. 68

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 6:43 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 7:25 PM

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UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

A Champaign County Sheriff’s deputy was taken to a local hospital after he was injured this evening in an incident that sparked a standoff.

There were more than 20 cruisers and fire vehicles at the scene in the 100 block of East Dallas Road, which was blocked at U.S. 68.

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Deputies were using a bullhorn to try to get a suspect to come outside he had barricaded himself inside.

We are working to find out what led to the incident.

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A deputy is reportedly injured after an incident that led to a standoff in Champaign County.

The police activity is centered in the 100 block of East Dallas Road.

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U.S. 68 is closed at East Dallas Road.

A passerby said the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol and local fire departments are on scene.

We have a crew on the way and will update this developing story.

Got a tip? Call our monitored 24-hour line, 937-259-2237, or send it to newsdesk@cmgohio.com

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Waffle House shooting: 4 dead after nude gunman opens fire in Tennessee; victims identified

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 7:48 PM

Police: 4 Dead After Waffle House Shooting by Nude Gunman

At least four people are dead after a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee.

Killed were Taurean C. Sanderlin, 29, a Waffle House employee who was outside the restaurant when the gunman opened fire; Joe R. Perez, 20, of Nashville, who was a patron standing outside the restaurant; Akilah Dasilva, 23, of Antioch, who was wounded inside the restaurant and died at Vanderbilt University Medial Center; and DeEbony Groves, 21, of Gallatin, a senior at Belmont University in Nashville. 

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Florida commissioner allegedly fed, housed couple in exchange for sex twice a week

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:36 AM

Police: Florida Commissioner Allegedly Fed, Housed Couple in Exchange for Sex

A Florida county commissioner was arrested Thursday on multiple prostitution-related charges after authorities said he housed and fed a couple in exchange for having sex with the man’s wife twice a week, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Hernando County Commissioner Nick Nicholson, 71, was arrested Thursday by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with one count of operating a location for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution and two counts of purchasing services from a person engaged in prostitution, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

The charges are second-degree misdemeanors for a first offense, and each has a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail. Nicholson posted $3,000 bail, records show.

Florida law allows Gov. Rick Scott to suspend an elected official through an executive order, the Times reported.

"Governor Scott expects all elected officials to behave ethically and responsibility. Our office is aware of this and reviewing the details,’’ spokesman McKinley Lewis told the Times.

The charges followed an alleged domestic dispute in February between Kendel Surette, 33, and Valerie Surette, 30, who were living at Nicholson’s home in Spring Hill. Kendel Surette told deputies that Nicholson had housed and fed the couple for six months; in exchange, Surette said, Nicholson had sex with his wife on Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to court records. Nicholson paid the Surettes $100 every Tuesday and $200 every Saturday, the Times reported.

Kendel Surette also told deputies that Nicholson allowed his wife to have sex with other clients on a mattress in the commissioner’s garage or in a car in the driveway, the Times reported.

Nicholson said in February that he met Valerie Surette at Icon Gentlemen’s Club, where she was a stripper. He denied having sex with the woman.

“She keeps me company,’’ he told the Times. “I’m just a nice guy, so they just took advantage of me.’’

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Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:52 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:03 PM

Waffle House Shooting: ‘Hero’ Disarmed Shooter and Tossed Rifle Over Counter

One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported.

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Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, the newspaper reported.

The restaurant on Bell Road in Antioch was crowded when Shaw and his friends arrived at 2:30 a.m., so they decided to go to the one on Murfreesboro Pike, which was two miles away, the Tennessean reported.

They arrived at the second Waffle House at 3:20 a.m., shortly before the shooting began.

According to his Facebook page, Shaw is a wire technician for AT&T.  At a news conference Sunday afternoon, he said that he was born and raised in Nashville and has a 4-year-old daughter.

He’s a vegan and studied online to be an electrician technician at Brightwood College. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University and attended Hunters Lane Comp High School In Nashville. 

“I think I’m a pretty cool guy,” he told reporters.

Shaw began receiving messages on social media, lauding him for his quick action.

“You are my hero!” Jackie Thames posted on Facebook. “You are so brave and your daughter has just another reason to be proud! Thank you for saving lives sir! The world is a better place with you in it ♡”

“Thank you for your act of bravery,” Kelly Tate posted. “You are an angel to those whose lives you saved. God bless you!”

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