Trump's latest statement 'a declaration of war,' North Korean foreign minister says

Published: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Monday, September 25, 2017 @ 2:36 PM

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North Korea's foreign minister on Monday told reporters that President Donald Trump has issued "a declaration of war" against the Hermit Kingdom in the president’s most recent statements on the country.

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However, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders insisted at a news briefing on Monday that no declaration had been made.

“We’ve not declared war on North Korea, and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,” she said.

On Saturday, Trump said that North Korea "won't be around much longer" if it continues to threaten the United States.

 

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump walks toward the White House after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn on September 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)(Pool/Getty Images)

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Tick season is here; Here’s some advice to keep yourself safe

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:09 PM

Tick prevention tips
Tick prevention tips

Because ticks are most active in April through September, Greene County Public Health officials want to remind you to take preventive measures against them because they can transmit possibly fatal diseases.

An infected person or animal cannot pass disease  to another animal or person. In Ohio, these kinds of diseases include Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

Preventative measures include avoiding direct contact with ticks, avoiding wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter, and walking the center of trails. 

To help repel ticks, use repellents that contain 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing. Follow the product instructs and avoid applying to hands, eyes and mouth. Use products that contain permethrin for clothing and to treat boots, socks, pants and tents. 

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To find and remove ticks from your body: 

  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors
  • Conduct a full-body check using a mirror
  • Parents, check children’s hair, ears, arms, waist, belly button, behind knees and between legs
  • Examine gear and pets
  • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill ticks 

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Dogs are susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases, Cats are sensitive to a variety of chemicals, so consult a veterinarian first before applying any insect repellents. 

With the exception of Lyme disease, vaccines are not available for most of the tick-borne diseases that dogs can get. Tick bites on dogs may be hard to detect, and signs of tick-borne disease may not appear for 7 to 21 days or more after a bite, so watch your dog closely for changes in behavior or appetite. 

Here are some ways to reduce the chances a tick will transmit disease to you or your pets: 

  • Check your pets daily, especially after they spend time outdoors
  • If you find a tick on your pet, remove it right away 
  • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam 
  • Talk with your vet about using tick preventives 

To remove a tick: 

  • Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible 
  • Pull upward with steady pressure. Twisting or jerking can cause mouth-parts to break and remain in the skin
  • Clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, iodine scrub, or soap and water 
  • Submerse a live tick in alcohol and place it in a sealed container or flush it in the toilet  
  • Never crush a tick with your fingers 

For more, call 937-374-5600. Additional health information can be found at www.gcph.info.

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Who’s removing political signs from public property? Government officials

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:41 PM

Political signs being stolen for violating laws
Political signs being stolen for violating laws

Political signs are being removed from residential yards in Washington Twp. - and local officials are the ones taking them, says NewsCenter 7's Sean Cudahy. 

One of the biggest violations local officials see are signs being placed on the grassy spots between the road and the sidewalk, which is public property and in violation of the law. 

Township officials have workers going out and pulling up signs if they're placed in the public right of way. 

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You can find a political sign for every candidate and just about every issue on the May 8 ballot. 

Washington Twp.'s development director said they've seen an influx of signs to their offices, which is typical for the weeks leading to an election.

But it's about zoning rules - not your politics - when your sign gets pulled up by government officials. 

"I really don't care for them, they're kind of tacky because people put a whole bunch of them in one area a lot of times, where just one would probably suffice," said Travis Charles of Washington Twp.

"I'm glad these workers are cracking down. If you put them out on public property, then if they get ripped up, they get ripped up."

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Hit-and-run accidents are on the increase; AAA advises to be more alert

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 8:43 PM

Hit and run crashes on the rise
Hit and run crashes on the rise

More than one hit-and-run accident occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

In 2016, these types of accidents resulted in 2,049 deaths, which is the highest recorded number and a 60 percent increase since 2009. 

Hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in Ohio as well, with a 26 percent increase from 2015 to 2016.

Fatal hit-and-run accidents in Ohio were 39 in 2012-13, 35 in 2014, 45 in 2015, and 57 in 2016 (and 7,032 injuries.) 

Because such incidents are on the rise, AAA is suggesting to drivers to be alert. If you’re involved in a hit-and-run accident, AAA suggests you follow these steps: 

1. Assist the injured and call 911. 

2. Make sure the scene is visible to approaching vehicles. If possible, move vehicles out of the path of traffic and use hazard flashers, flares, and reflective triangles. Find a safe place to remain until emergency services arrive. 

3. Call police and file a report. If police do not come to the scene, you can visit a local police department or your automobile insurance agency and file a report. 

Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, said, "We can't forget that cars can be deadly when they come into contact with pedestrians, cyclists or other cars. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to stay alert, be aware of our surroundings, and always stay on the scene if involved in a crash." 

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AAA found these common characteristics of hit-and-run accidents: 

  • An average of 682,000 hit-and-run accidents have occurred nationwide each year since 2006,
  • Nearly 65 percent of fatalities in such accidents were pedestrians or bicyclists (nearly 20 percent were pedestrian deaths in the past decade), 
  • Hit-and-run deaths in the U.S. have increased an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009,
  • New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida have the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run accidents. New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota have the lowest rates. 

"Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction," Yang said.

To decrease the chances of being involved in an accident with a pedestrian or bicyclist, drivers should: 

  • Be aware: Pedestrians can walk into a vehicle’s path at any point
  • Be cautious: Look out for small children and be alert to areas where there are likely to be more pedestrians, including school zones, playgrounds, bus stops and intersections 
  • Be patient: Give a pedestrian or cyclist plenty of space when you’re trying to pass
  • Be vigilant: Always yield to pedestrians. 

"It is every driver's legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” AAA spokeswoman Cindy Antrican said. “While no one likes being involved in a crash, leaving the scene will significantly increase the penalties for drivers, whether they caused the crash or not."

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Northwestern School District holds safety and protocol meeting

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:21 PM

Northwestern school safety meeting
Northwestern school safety meeting

Northwestern School District, in Clark County, held a meeting on Thursday night with residents to discuss the schools safety and procedures.

Parents, the Clark County Sheriff's Office, German Township Police, and school leaders gathered in the elementary schools cafeteria to discuss the districts protocol. 

Many school districts have held this type of meeting, especially after the Parkland shooting in Florida, for parents to know the protocols and what the districts are doing to improve security. 

"There's just more and more violence happening in schools," said Denise Hermetz, a teacher of more than a decade at Northwestern. "For me it's not about me. No matter how many kids I have in my classroom I need to do my best to keep them safe." 

"As a school district we're always looking to improve our safety protocols but there's never a point where oh we finally got it we're as safe as we can possibly be we're always looking at improvements," states Jesse Steiner, Northwestern Superintendent. "Parents have turned to social media to ask about safety, especially after the district found a student brought a gun on campus in January." 

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All visitors must buzz themselves into the office and get their ID's scanned - if you're walking through the building without a visitor badge, somebody's going to question who you are. 

Since the district doesn't have a school resource officer, they are asking voters to pass a levy to pay for one. 

Teachers want parents to know they are looking out for their kids. 

"I don't know how we put their minds at ease other than to say just know that your kids come first to me I'm going to do whatever I have to do to keep them safe," continued Hermetz. 

The district is also looking into buying hand held metal detectors for students going into school. 

To help with safety, German Township Police Officers are on campus all day - when students arrive until when they leave.

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