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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:25 AM
— It looked like “a lovely old bottle,” but a woman from found something much more intriguing on the beach in Western Australia: the world’s oldest known message in a bottle, CNN reported.
Tonya Illman discovered the bottle, half-buried in the sand, with a note dated June 12, 1886. The bottle was thrown into the Indian Ocean from the German boat Paula, which was traveling from Cardiff, Wales to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), CNN reported.
According to the Western Australia Museum, the bottle was one of thousands thrown into the oceans as part of a 69-year-long experiment on global currents, CNN reported.
The previous world record for the oldest message in a bottle was 108 years, 4 months, 18 days from the time it was thrown into the water until the time it was discovered, the Western Australia Museum said.
The authenticity of the bottle was confirmed by experts in Germany and Australia, CNN reported.
Illman said she found the bottle near her son’s car.
"My friend Grace Ricciardo and I were walking across the dunes when I saw something sticking out of the sand so I went to take a closer look," Illman told the museum. “It just looked like a lovely old bottle so I picked it up thinking it might look good in my bookcase. My son's girlfriend was the one who discovered the note when she went to tip the sand out.”
Illman said the note was “damp, rolled tightly and wrapped with string.”
Experts said the bottle was a 19th century Dutch gin bottle, CNN reported.
“Incredibly, an archival search in Germany found Paula's original Meteorological Journal and there was an entry for 12 June 1886 made by the captain, recording a drift bottle having been thrown overboard,”Ross Anderson, the museum's assistant curator Maritime Archeology, told CNN. “The date and the coordinates correspond exactly with those on the bottle message.”
The museum did not reveal what the exact message was.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Huber Heights residents can participate in a free paper shredding event on July 14.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Thomas Cloud Park and the Rose Music Center.
Only paper will be accepted for shredding. Documents residents may consider shredding include old bank records, tax returns and other documents that could catch the attention of identity thieves.
Assistance will be provided for unloading items.
Huber Heights city government and the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce will host the event. Shred-it will provide the document destruction services.
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Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 7:14 AM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 9:20 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
DAYTON — The victim killed in a wrong-way crash Tuesday morning in downtown Dayton was identified as 87-year-old Opal Clouse of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
Officers were dispatched to a report of a crash with one person trapped near the intersection of West Fifth Street and South Perry Street around 9 a.m.
According to a crash report, a red Toyota Rav driven by Adrian F. Traylor, 67, was traveling westbound in the wrong direction on West Fifth Street. At the intersection of W. Fifth Street and S. Perry Street, Mr. Traylor crashed into Mrs. Clouse’s silver Honda, sending her vehicle into a DP&L pole.
Ms. Clouse was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she was pronounced dead, the report states.
Mr. Traylor was not injured in the crash.
Police said excessive speed doesn’t appear to be a factor, and it is not uncommon to see drivers travel the wrong way on Dayton’s one-way streets.
“With going the wrong way, there is no traffic device to tell you that you should be slowing down for a red light,” Lt. James Mullins said. “I’m sure the person was driving normal speeds and had the collision.”
The preliminary report does not show Mr. Traylor to be charged or cited in the crash, however, the crash remains under investigation.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 3:46 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield police are investigating after a 79-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday evening.
The incident was reported around 8 p.m. in the 2100 block of Gerald Drive. The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital.
According to his neighbors, he was alert and talking to medics following the incident, and he said he was stabbed by a relative.
Everyone knows the victim, neighbors said. They described him as a nice man who is quick to help out his neighbors.
According to initial reports, the victim suffered wounds to the chest and leg.
Springfield police Lt. Jeff Williams said detectives were at the scene and that no further information would be released until Wednesday.
The incident remains under investigation and no one is in custody, Williams said.