Election 2018: Carruthers says she’s running ‘for the right reasons,’ not a paycheck or healthcare

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

Sara Carruthers stands with her father Pat in front of a family portrait of her parents Pat and Donna Carruthers in September 2011. NICK DAGGY/FILE
Sara Carruthers stands with her father Pat in front of a family portrait of her parents Pat and Donna Carruthers in September 2011. NICK DAGGY/FILE

The first question most people ask Sara Carruthers about her candidacy for Ohio’s 51st House District is, “Why are you running?”

“I’m in it because it’s a mess,” she said. “About the time things went crazy for this office, I got sort of angry. I thought a long time about it and I prayed a long time about it and I thought, ‘People are getting into this position for the wrong reason,’ and I’m not in it for the wrong reasons as far as I feel.”


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Carruthers said she isn’t a “career politician” — she’s never run for political office previously — and believes people are running for this office “for a paycheck,” “for healthcare” and “status.”

“I don’t need any of those things,” she said. “My kids are settled and I thought, ‘Maybe I can make a difference.’”

The Hamilton philanthropist said she’s got a team of people to help her campaign and was a close friend to the late Tom Rentschler, a former state lawmaker born and raised in Hamilton who represented this district from 1967 to 1970.

“I admired him because he did it for the right reasons,” Carruthers said about Rentschler. “Now with the Internet and everything else it’s about what kind of dirt can you find on people, and that takes people away that are really good.”

Hamilton native Sara Carruthers is seeking to win the primary in May and election in November as the 51st Ohio House district representative.

Carruthers said somebody with a fresh face and a fresh point of view “that’s doing it for the right reasons, needless to say they’re going to be excited about what they’re seeing and try and help.”

This week, this news organization is profiling each candidate vying for the Republican nomination in the Ohio 51st House District race. This is the third of those profiles. The Ohio 51st House District represents residents in Hamilton and Fairfield, and Ross Twp., and parts of Fairfield, Hanover and St. Clair townships.

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The Carruthers’ family has donated to several projects around the county, including the Donna Y. Carruthers Fine Arts Center at Wilson Middle School, Ralph Rogan Carruthers Intensive Care Unit, Donna Y. Carruthers Cardiovascular Suites, and Carruthers Emergency Department and Gebhardt Center Cancer Treatment Center at Fort Hamilton Hospital.

“I love this place,” Carruthers said. “This place pumps through my veins and I want it to succeed. I want my kids, my grandkids and my great grandchildren, I want them to stay here, live here, work here and be good citizens here. I want to help people that I care about.”

If she wins in the May primary and then in the November election, she said she would focus on education, jobs and the drug crisis that’s devastated the area.

After meeting with some area police chiefs and police officers, she said she has “a few ideas what could be put into place without being drastic. I’ve seen some loopholes in the laws that need to be closed up, and nobody mentions them.”

She wouldn’t expand on what those loopholes are but said, “the police know they’re there.”

When it comes to education, she said she wants “to do more with the schools.”

“Our kids need to know that there are good people running this country, and that they do have a voice,” Carruthers said. “Right now our kids need heroes more than anything else.”

Carruthers also wants to focus on bringing jobs to the district, as well as filling the jobs that are available.

But she said there are quite a few people who cannot pass a drug test and “that’s a huge issue.”

Reports indicate positive results in drug tests are increasing, and in an employment agency survey of more than 1,000 businesses, 65 percent businesses indicated applicants are known to fail drug tests.

Carruthers said she knows Hamilton “like the back of my hand,” and is learning more about the other areas of the district, “although I know them well already.”

“It’s a two-year term so I’m going to have to hit the ground running,” she said. “I have some fabulous people that are helping me.”

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Water quality expert: Dayton chemical concerns demand monitoring, attention

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:17 PM

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A professor of toxicology and environmental health says Dayton and Montgomery County residents should expect regular monitoring and public updates about water quality in the wake of test results showing the low-level presence of potentially dangerous chemicals.

However, Rita Loch-Caruso, a professor of toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, said it’s too soon to recommend buying new household water filtration systems as a cautionary measure.

Loch-Caruso said similar levels of PFAS have been found in Ann Arbor drinking water, where she lives, and she has not purchased a water filtration system.

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“It certainly is low,” she said. “I would say it’s something for the people and for the city to start to pay attention to, and to keep paying attention to.”

“We certainly don’t know everything there is know about PFAS (polyfluoralkyl substances), and PFAS are a difficult group of chemicals to study because there are so many variations of them,” Loch-Caruso said.

PFAS is a substance once used as a firefighting foam at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The chemical has infiltrated groundwater and prompted the shutdown of several Dayton water wells and has now been detected in drinking water bound for customers.

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Dayton and Montgomery County are sending customers notices with the results of recent testing of treated water leaving the city’s Ottawa Water Treatment Plant. The results of March testing show PFAS detected at a level of 7 to 13 parts per trillion.

Officials stress that level is significantly below the EPA health advisory limit of 70 ppt (parts per trillion) for lifetime exposure, but it marks the first time PFAS have been detected in water after the treatment process.

Loch-Caruso said that if she lived in Dayton, “I’d pay attention.”

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“I would like to see my city doing regular monitoring and publishing the results of the concentrations,” she said. “I would like to see a plan for monitoring — how is the city going to watch this?”

Michael Powell, director of the city of Dayton Water Department, said Wednesday the city has monitored the situation and will continue to test concentration levels.

“I drink it every day,” Powell said of Dayton’s water.

One part per trillion is comparable to finding one grain of sand in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, he said.

The discovered concentration levels “are right on the edge of the detection levels that the latest tests are able to detect,” he said.

In fact, they are so low, the levels are labeled by testing labs as “estimated,” he said.

Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, said county leaders will work to coordinate with Dayton to make sure testing protocols are consistent.

“As the entity that has the community asset that is the well fields and water treatment facilities, we want to make sure we are working in concert with the city and certainly making sure they are taking the lead in any activities around this whole PFAS issue,” Tuss said.

“This is something that is really a relatively new issue for water systems around the country,” he added, saying he believes it started to emerge in 2014. “So this is a relatively new phenomenon.”

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17-year-old shot, killed by police in Pennsylvania

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot.
A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot.(WPXI.com)

A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot, authorities said.

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Police have not officially identified the teenager, but community sources told WPXI he is Antwon Rose. He attended Woodland Hills High School last year.

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According to the Allegheny County Police Department, Rose got out of a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle seen near a shooting that occurred shortly before 8:30 a.m. on Kirkpatrick Avenue in North Braddock.

The vehicle, which police said had damage from bullets to the back window, was stopped near Grandview Avenue and Howard Street.

An officer from the East Pittsburgh Police Department was handcuffing the driver when two males ran from the car, police said. One of those males was Rose, according to officials.

Rose was taken to McKeesport Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Allegheny County Police Department is asking the other person who ran away from the vehicle to turn himself in "so that he can give a comprehensive description of what occurred."

The victim in the North Braddock shooting, a 22-year-old man, was treated for his injuries and released from an area trauma center.

The Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit is investigating both incidents. 


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Storm Center 7’s Kirstie Zontini to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 8:26 AM

Kirstie Zontini prepares to fly with U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Storm Center 7 Daybreak meteorologist Kirstie Zontini is scheduled to fly with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Wednesday afternoon.

Zontini will be meeting with the team early this afternoon and will be going through a training program to learn how the team’s F/A-18C Hornet aircraft perform and what she should expect during her flight.

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Zontini is scheduled to fly with the team this afternoon around 4:30 p.m.

The Blue Angels are making their first appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show since 2014.

The fastest speed the team reaches during its performances is about 700 mph.

News Center 7 will bring you the behind the scenes look at the team and Zontini’s flight throughout the day Wednesday.

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Man with gun tattoo on forehead charged with illegal gun possession

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

Michael Vines
Greenville Police Department
Michael Vines(Greenville Police Department)

Michael Vines has a gun tattooed on his forehead, but that’s not the weapon that put him behind bars in South Carolina.

Police in Greenville reported Tuesday that Vines was involved in a recent car crash, after which city firefighters said they saw him toss a weapon into the grass nearby. The firefighters reported it to police officers, who recovered the gun, described as a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver. 

Vines, whose mugshot shows a tattoo of a handgun in the middle of his forehead, is federally prohibited from having a gun, police officials said. He was charged with unlawful carrying of a firearm, as well as driving under a suspended license and speeding. 

“The real weapon was placed in property and evidence,” police officials said on the department’s Facebook page

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The department’s social media followers couldn’t resist a few jokes at Vines’ expense. One man asked if someone “held a gun to his head” to make him get the tattoo. 

Another man offered this hypothetical exchange:

“COP: ‘Sir, do you have any guns on you?’ 
THIS GUY: ‘No.’ 
COP: ‘Are you sure?’
THIS GUY: ‘Absolutely. No way.’ 
COP: ‘Are you suuuuuuuurrrrreeeee?’ (Taps him on the forehead.)”

“Remorse written all over his forehead,” a commenter said. “No, wait. Nope, that’s a gun. My bad.”

Police officials did not say why Vines is prohibited from possessing a gun. 

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