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Deputies: Elderly couple says 60 pounds of pot in vehicle was for Christmas gifts

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 2:39 AM

Couple Who Had 60 Pounds Of Marijuana Said It Was For Christmas Gifts

Deputies received a stunning answer during a traffic stop on a Nebraska interstate Tuesday. An elderly couple claimed that the nearly 60 pounds of marijuana found inside their vehicle, worth more than $300,000, had been earmarked as gifts.

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“They said the marijuana was for Christmas presents,” Lt. Paul Vrbka told the York News-Times.

Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, were arrested by the York County Sheriff’s Department, the News-Times reported. The couple told deputies they were from Clearlake Oaks, Calif., and were heading for Vermont. Deputies stopped the Toyota Tacoma on I-80 near the town of Bradshaw after they saw the vehicle cross the center line and fail to signal, the News-Times reported.

Vrbka said when the vehicle was stopped, deputies allegedly detected a “strong odor” of marijuana and conducted a probable cause search. The marijuana was found in boxes stored inside the pickup topper. The street value was estimated at $336,000, Vrbka told the News-Times.

Lt. Paul Vrbka said the two elderly people, Patrick Jiron, 80, and Barbara Jiron, 83, indicated they were from Clearlake...

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Dayton flight to Houston successful; could lead to two flights

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

MICHAEL CIAGLO/HOUSTON CHRONICLE
MICHAEL CIAGLO/HOUSTON CHRONICLE

The success of the newly added United Airlines route from the Dayton International Airport to Houston airport is expected to result in a larger aircraft next month.

The 2.5-hour, nonstop flight was offered on June 8 at the Dayton International Airport for the first time since 2011. It was one of eight airports to receive the nonstop flight recently, including the Akron/Canton airport.

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“We already know that the flight is successful because the first flight had over 70 percent load factor, which is very good for a first flight,” said Terrence Slaybaugh, director of aviation for Dayton and the airport.

Slaybaugh and United Airlines did not provide specific ticket sales for the flight, but Slaybaugh said United Airlines has an automated system that increases the size of aircraft if they see the sales support it, and the company has already scheduled a larger aircraft for July. That plane could double the seats available from roughly 50 to 100.

United Airlines spokesman Jonathan Guerin confirmed that there is a larger aircraft scheduled for July and October because demand is expected to be high during those months.

The flight is currently departing and arriving to the airport once a day, but Slaybaugh expects that to change.

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“We expect it to go to two flights pretty quickly,” he said. “They’ll do it if they think it would work.”

He said since the flight leaves in the morning and arrives at night, a flight in the middle of the day would serve the airport best, and it’s his job to keep Dayton in the running for another flight since the other seven airports will also want a second flight.

“We will continue to review performance and determine opportunities for growth,” Guerin said.

Dayton Airport served a nonstop flight to Houston until 2011 via Continental Airlines before the company merged with United Airlines.

“We’ve been asking for (the flight) for five years,” Slaybaugh said. “The reason we didn’t get it sooner is that all the carriers have a shortage of aircrafts.”

One of the keys to the flight’s success is the connection it gives Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio, Texas. Slaybaugh said Houston also serves as a gateway in connecting the rich aerospace activity due to Wright Patterson and manufacturing in southwest Ohio to that of the west coast.

“Customers are now able to make convenient connections to key destinations in the central and western United States via Houston,” Guerin said. “Additionally, our Houston hub is United’s gateway to Latin America and these new nonstop flights will connect to key business and leisure destinations such as Mexico City, Cancun, Los Cabos, Leon, and Puerto Vallarta.”

The nonstop Houston flight leaves Dayton at 7:08 a.m. and arrives in Houston at 8:46 a.m. The return flight leaves Houston at 7:53 p.m., returning to Dayton Airport at 11:29 p.m., according to Dayton airport’s website.

It’s been a year of changes for the Dayton International Airport with fluctuating passenger traffic and the loss of service from Southwest Airlines in June 2017, which negatively affected Dayton’s traffic numbers and average fare prices.

The Dayton airport now offers a total 17 nonstop destinations served by United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Allegiant Air.

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Auntie Anne’s offering fans chance to choose next pretzel flavor: Here’s how

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:15 AM


            (Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)
(Photo by Philipp Guelland/Getty Images)

Soft pretzel fans can start voting for the next Auntie Anne’s pretzel flavor today.

The company is once again holding its Pretzel Nation Creation contest, where customers can vote online for a new flavor. This year’s contest offers sweet options in celebration of Auntie Anne’s 30th birthday.

Narrowed down from more than 650 suggestions, customer can vote for 10 different flavors on www.pretzelnationcreation.com through June 25. The winner will be announced on June 26 and available in stores for a limited time this fall.

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“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th birthday than with a new flavor selected by pretzel lovers nationwide,” said Marcel Nahm, Auntie Anne’s vice president of marketing.

The options include:

1. Birthday Cake

2. Caramel Apple Crème Brûlée

3. Chocolate Coconut

4. Chocolate Covered Cherry

5. Cookies & Cream

6. Cotton Candy

7. Lemonade Cake

8. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

9. Red Velvet Cheesecake

10. Tiramisu

Last year, customers cast more than 1.3 million votes in the first Pretzel Nation Creation resulting in the Sriracha pretzel.

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Auntie Anne’s has more than 1,800 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, mostly in malls and outlet centers, but also in universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. The closest Auntie Anne’s is at the Dayton Mall and there are 11 others in the Dayton and Cincinnati region.

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Local police dog struck, killed by car: ‘Play ball in heaven, my buddy’

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM

BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
BATAVIA POLICE DEPARTMENT

An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.

A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.

“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook. 

The police department will post more information about a memorial when details are finalized. 

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Trump orders new Space Force: ‘We must have dominance in space’

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:10 PM

President Donald Trump holds up an executive order that he signed during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed an executive order to establish the Space Force, an independent and co-equal military branch, as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces.
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President Donald Trump holds up an executive order that he signed during a meeting of the National Space Council at the East Room of the White House June 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump signed an executive order to establish the Space Force, an independent and co-equal military branch, as the sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump announced the formation of the Space Force, a new branch of the military, during a meeting Monday of his National Space Council at the White House.

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Trump said getting ahead in space is integral to the nation’s national security.

“When it comes to defending America, it is not enough to merely have an American presence in space, we must have American dominance in space,” Trump said during a speech at the meeting. 

“I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force. Separate, but equal. It is going to be something. So important,” he said.

Trump has previously mentioned his intention to create a Space Force. 

The president also signed an initiative called “Space Policy Directive -3, National Space Traffic Management Policy.” Among other issues, the document addresses the unfolding crisis and growing danger of space junk circling the planet.

National Space Council executive secretary Scott Pace said the policy addresses “the challenges of a congested space environment,” CNN reported.

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“If we’re going to expand the economy in space, we need to make sure it’s done in a sustainable way,” Pace said.

The policy will also help private space interests in “more rapid and more accurate information on where they can launch” as well as “flexibility in launch windows,” Pace said, according to CNN

 

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