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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 11:22 AM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Applause was the sound of the day at the Michael J. Colligan Lodge at Veterans Park in Hamilton on Friday.
There, veterans and politicians observed Veterans Day, which is today, and honored Butler County’s Veteran of the Year.
Ron Dzikowski, commander of the VFW Post 7696 in West Chester Twp., was bestowed the honor of Veteran of Year for his contributions to the post, including tripling the number of active members and leading the restoration of the home where the group meets
Dzikowski said a few years ago only maybe 10 people would attend meetings and now 30 are routinely involved in the activities at the Post, which is unusual these days.
“It’s a great honor,” he said about the designation. “I didn’t do this for the accolades I did it because of my concern about my fellow veterans. And I’m going to still continue doing it.”
State Rep. George Lang, a former West Chester Twp. trustee, was the keynote speaker for the event that celebrated all veterans.
“In my opinion all veterans are heroes. I know many of you who have served and come back, you say you’re not the hero, the heroes are those who did not return, those are the true heroes” Lang said. “You may be right, but my definition of a hero is this: anybody that put their life on the line for the benefit or the safety of another or anybody who is willing to put their life on the line for the benefit of another … are heroes.”
Lang told the group he is not a hero and doesn’t know if he could step up, but went on to say everyone needs to teach young people that sports icons and entertainers are not heroes. That the service men and women and veterans gathered in the lodge were.
“They should be known that the true heroes are not the sports heroes but they are the men and women who served our community,” Lang said. “Our heroes today are not Colin Kaepernick but they are people like Warren Davidson who fought for our country.”
Congressman Davidson was also on hand for the ceremony and took the opportunity to scold his colleagues in Washington for the lack of a national security plan, for breaking promises they made to veterans and for not providing adequate funding. He said even with those problems young people are still signing up to serve, which is a “humbling” thing.
He described service in the military like this:
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 7:37 PM
GREENVILLE TWP. — The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred Monday afternoon around 4:00 p.m., according to a release.
Deputies, along with Greenville Twp. Rescue and Fire Department, responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 127 north of Horatio Harris Creek Road.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Buick LeSabre, driven by Jarrod Archer, 18, of Arcanum, was traveling southbound on U.S. 127. Archer’s vehicle traveled into the northbound lane striking a 2012 Chrysler Town and County, driven by Angela Fahncke, 31, of Minster.
Archer was taken to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office where he was transferred by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, and Fahncke was taken to Wayne Hospital.
Both Archer and Fahncke’s conditions are unknown, and the accident remains under investigation.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:32 AM
MANCHESTER, England — A 63-year old British woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for killing her father and burying him in her Manchester garden after she found his collection of child pornography that included images of herself, the BBC reported.
Barbara Coombes confessed to police in January that she killed her 87-year-old father, Kenneth Coombes, in 2006, after being subjected to “a lifetime of abuse,” The Guardian reported. Her father’s body was found two days later, the newspaper reported.
Coombes told police “she snapped” in January 2006 when she found indecent images of herself and other children in her father’s belongings, The Guardian reported. She told police that “a black cloud appeared over me,” and she went to the backyard, where her father was tending to a garden.
Coombes, who said she had suffered 40 years of physical and verbal abuse from her father, hit him over the back of the head with a shovel. When the man turned around she hit him a second time, slashing his throat with the shovel’s blade, the BBC reported.
She then wrapped her father in a carpet, ordered soil and buried him the next day, according to court documents.
Coombes pleaded not guilty to murdering her father but guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, according to court documents.
Coombes told the court that when she was a child, her father took her to a photography club and forced her to display her genitals while being photographed, The Guardian reported. She said her father would constantly touch her, even as she entered her 50s, the newspaper said.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:00 PM
— Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday.
Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president’s comments.
Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said.
Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election, instead complaining about a Democratic National Committee computer server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said.
“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”
Here are some of the comments made just after the summit ended.
Dan Coats statement:— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 16, 2018
"We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy..." pic.twitter.com/bgvCgWnMlB
Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018
Anderson Cooper calls the Trump-Putin press conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader certainly that I've ever seen" https://t.co/M0guPGHxMt pic.twitter.com/8s7I3iP4pp— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) July 16, 2018
Russia interfered in our elections and they will do it again unless we stand up to Putin. It’s insane that the President of the United States is attacking the FBI and believes Putin over his own intelligence officials and evidence presented by both the House and the Senate. Wow.— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) July 16, 2018
I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 16, 2018
For the entire eight years Obama was in the White House, the sycophant media heralded his imaginary diplomatic prowess. Now that a real president is engaging in true diplomacy with a nuclear superpower, they all condemn the effort. Unsurprising hypocrisy. https://t.co/BTXkUgYyDo— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 16, 2018
Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) July 16, 2018
This answer by President Trump will be seen by Russia as a sign of weakness and create far more problems than it solves. (1/3)
This entire trip has just been one giant middle finger from President Trump to his own country. Just jaw dropping. https://t.co/pH2GzgpALJ— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 16, 2018
from @realDonaldTrump and I couldn’t agree more: “...open new pathways to peace and stability in our world. I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, then to risk peace in pursuit of politics.”— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 16, 2018
I want President Trump’s diplomatic efforts to be successful, but I’ll take the word of a Hoosier over Vladimir Putin any day. We must take seriously the warnings of Director Coats and the American intelligence community. Russia is not our friend.— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 16, 2018
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 1:35 PM
TAMPA, Fla. — O.G. was by Chris Taylor’s side for nearly seven years.
Taylor and the Labrador bonded almost immediately when they met when he was a 3-month old-puppy, according to WFLA. O.G. helped Taylor between classwork as he attended college to become a teacher.
"He always wanted to be doing what I was doing," Taylor told WFLA. "He's my family. He's just so goofy and just always excited to see me when I came through the door."
They went to the beach to take a break from schoolwork Monday. Hours later, the problems began. The Labrador started to vomit and experience diarrhea, according to WFLA. On Tuesday, O.G. was lethargic but eating. By Wednesday, things got worse when O.G. suffered a seizure.
"I saw him last night, and he was convulsing,” Taylor told WFLA. “And I asked if he was in pain, she said, ‘I don't even think he knows where he is.’"
Taylor found out that saltwater can be highly toxic to animals, causing brain damage, seizures and dehydration, veterinarian Katy Meyer told WFLA. She recommends limiting a dog’s exposure at the beach to about two hours, with fresh water breaks in between.