Christmas gifts found on Florida interstate will be returned to child

Published: Friday, December 29, 2017 @ 6:56 AM

Andrea Reed hopes to return the Christmas presents she found on an interstate highway to the boy they were intended for.
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Andrea Reed hopes to return the Christmas presents she found on an interstate highway to the boy they were intended for.(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A woman who found a bag of presents on a Florida interstate on Christmas Eve has located the child they belong to and hopes to return the gifts soon.

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Andrea Reed posted an update to her Facebook page Thursday, thanking people on social media for their help in locating the family of “Branson,” whose presents were found by her as she drove south on I-75 in Sarasota County near North Port.

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Andrea Reid was driving from St. Petersburg to Cape Coral when she spotted the presents on the side of the road, WFLA reported.

The tags on the gifts were for Branson, and “they are from Pops and Windy Randy and Jack,” Reed said. “Unfortunately, the wrapping had come off some of them just because from sliding on the road.”

Reid’s post on Facebook has been shared hundreds of times, and it paid off when she learned the whereabouts of Branson.

“Branson has been found!!” Reed posted Thursday. “Thank you to everyone for your help, you have been amazing!

“I’m still trying to figure out the details to get Branson his gifts.”

Update 12/28/17 BRANSON HAS BEEN FOUND!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR HELP, YOU HAVE BEEN AMAZING!! IM STILL TRYING TO...

Posted by Andrea Reid on Sunday, December 24, 2017

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Texas woman accused of biting off, swallowing part of victim's nose

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:54 AM

Jessica Collins, 41, of Conroe, Texas, is facing an assault charge after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.
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Jessica Collins, 41, of Conroe, Texas, is facing an assault charge after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.(Harris County Sheriff's Office)

A Texas woman was arrested and charged with assault after police say she bit off and swallowed part of another woman's nose.

According to KTRK, the victim, identified only as "Tatiana," said the incident happened last week after she, her neighbor and the neighbor's guest came back to Tatiana's home after a night out. When the neighbor's guest, 41-year-old Jessica Collins of Conroe, "demanded more alcohol and cigarettes," Tatiana said she asked her to leave, KTRK reported

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That's when Collins attacked her, Tatiana said.

"I didn't have time to react, to push her away," said Tatiana, who claimed that Collins then bit off a portion of her nose. 

Tatiana told KTRK that she didn't know the extent of her injury until the ambulance ride to the hospital. She said she called her husband, screaming, "I don't have a nose! I'm 28 years old and I don't have a nose anymore!"

Tatiana said she will need plastic surgery for her injury. 

Collins was released from jail Monday after posting bond.

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Vacant house fire in Harrison Twp. considered suspicious, officials say

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 1:28 AM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:15 AM

Fire on Lodell Avenue

UPDATE @ 2:20 a.m: A vacant house fire that occurred on Lodell Avenue early Tuesday morning is considered suspicious, according to Harrison Twp. fire officials.

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The structure, located in the 2100 block, was fully involved when crews arrived on scene just after 1 a.m.

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No other nearby homes were affected as a result of the fire.

No injuries were reported as crews extinguished the flames.

Damage estimates were not immediately available as the fire remains under investigation. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are responding to the 2100 block of Lodell Avenue on a reported fully involved structure fire that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched just after 1 a.m. at a structure that is reportedly vacant. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will continue to update this story with additional details. 

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Family confronts Dayton police during man’s arrest, prompts ‘Signal 99’ call for assistance

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:42 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:07 AM

Signal 99 issued in Dayton, indicating officer needs assistance

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m.

A 23-year-old Dayton man is jailed on felony drug and weapons charges.

Jason M. Herron is in the Montgomery County Jail following his arrest at 7:30 p.m. in the 200 block of West Parkwood Drive. He was booked on suspicion of carrying concealed weapons, having weapons under disability and drug possession, all felonies, in addition to a misdemeanor drug possession charge, online jail records show.

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He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Dayton Municipal Court.

UPDATE @ 7:25 p.m.

Family members confronting police officers after they took an armed man to the ground during an arrest prompted a “Signal 99” call for officers in need of urgent assistance.

The incident began when officers tried make a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled, Dayton police Sgt. Ryan Halburnt said.

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Shortly afterward, they found the vehicle but its passenger, a man in his 20s, had bailed on foot, the sergeant said.

“(Police) started canvassing the neighborhood looking for the suspect that had run from the traffic stop and found the gentleman walking down the 200 block of West Parkwood Avenue. Officers made contact with him and he began to actively resist the police, which forced them to go to the ground,” he said.

Officers found a loaded firearm in the suspect’s waistband and a large amount of drugs in his pocket, Halburnt said.

“As the officers were arresting him the family members, which were a few houses away, saw what was happening and came out to confront the officer, which elicited the ‘Signal 99’ officer needs assistance,” Halburnt said.

It is not clear whether the driver was arrested.

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m.

A fleeing suspect led police to issue a “Signal 99” for an officer in need of urgent assistance.

Backup arrived quickly, but it was not clear what led a suspect to flee.

 It is unclear if the suspect is in custody.

FIRST REPORT

Police issued a “Signal 99” this evening for officers in need of assistance.

The call for urgent help came shortly before 6:30 p.m. to the 200 block of West Parkwood Drive in Dayton.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn information.

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

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Dog missing since Sunday rescued from Perry Twp. culvert

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 9:12 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:10 AM

Dog rescued from storm drain

UPDATE @ 10:25 p.m.

Brookville firefighters rescued a family pet stuck in a drainage ditch after a neighbor reported hearing a dog barking.

Crews responded to the ditch on Air Hill Road, near Keener Road in Perry Twp.

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“We did find a small 30- to 40-pound dog that was trapped about 40 feet in the storm drain,” Brookville Fire Capt. Jim Hart said. “We utilized a portable stretcher and two of my guys were able to crawl into the storm drain, and the dog was thankfully pretty friendly and we were able to get her put on top of that stretcher and use the rope system to pull her out.”

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The 17-year-old dog was stuck and had potentially been there for about a day, Hart said.

The dog’s family took her home following the rescue.

UPDATE @ 9:50 p.m.

A dog was pulled from a 48-inch culvert.

The dog was described as about 17 years old and deaf and had been missing since Sunday.

The dog’s owners took their pet home.

FIRST REPORT

A rescue operation is underway after a dog was found trapped in a 48-inch culvert.

Crews are on scene near the intersection of Keener and Air Hill roads, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

The dog, described as possibly a yellow Labrador retriever, is reportedly 45 feet down.

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

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