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Founder of ‘Ask Gary’ medical, legal referral service arrested on DUI charge

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 4:40 AM

"Ask Gary" Founder Arrested On DUI Charge

A prominent Florida chiropractor who founded a medical and lawyer referral service was arrested Thursday on a DUI charge, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

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Gary Kompothecras, 57, who founded the 1-800-ASK-GARY service and the father of a star of an MTV reality show, was arrested at 2 a.m. after a deputy clocked him driving more than 100 mph, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

According to the arrest report, Kompothecras was arrested while driving south on I-75 in Manatee County. He failed a field sobriety test and refused to give a breath sample, the Herald-Tribune reported.

Kompothecras uses marketing tools like signs, billboards and television advertising to draw customers to his 1-800-ASK-GARY business.

His son, Alex Kompothecras, has appeared on the MTV reality show “Siesta Key,” The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Gary Kompothecras was released from the Manatee County jail Thursday on $500 bail, the Herald-Tribune reported.

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Maryland police officer killed in line of duty during traffic stop, reports say

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:48 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:48 PM

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A Maryland police officer was killed Monday during a traffic stop in a neighborhood in Baltimore County, Maryland, according to news reports.

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The four-year female veteran of the force was responding to reports of a “suspicious vehicle” Monday afternoon when she was fatally injured,” WJZ-TV reported.

It’s unclear whether she was shot or run over or both, but police are searching for those responsible, who they consider “armed and dangerous.”

Authorities said they won’t know for sure how the officer died until an autopsy is performed, but she was wearing a body camera and police are reviewing the tape, according to WJZ-TV.  

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan did say in a tweet the officer was shot.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Baltimore County police officer after she was shot in the the line of duty,” Hogan said on Twitter.

“Our prayers got out to this brave officer’s family, Baltimore County police and fire and the Baltimore County community,” he said. 

Baltimore County Councilman David Marks wrote in a Twitter post that the officer was shot in Perry Hall, near Belair and Lausmier roads.

Police had warned residents to shelter in place as a manhunt got underway Monday afternoon. 

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FLASH FLOOD WATCH remains in effect for some in region until Tuesday morning

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:36 PM

Hail, gusty winds and heavy rain the main concern with storms this evening.

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  • Flash Flood Watch for Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene and Warren continues until 6 a.m. Tuesday 
  • Rain slowly ends overnight
  • Few more showers or storms Tuesday 
  • 5-Day Forecast


OVERNIGHT: Some lingering rain from Monday night will slowly taper to the south and east. The flooding threat remains until the wet weather comes to an end. Look for the weather to remain mild and muggy, with lows in the middle 60s.

Flash Flood Watch issued for Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Greene and Warren counties until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

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TUESDAY: Partly sunny, warm and muggy again with a chance of a few passing showers or storms, mainly during the peak heating of the day. The threat for severe weather is low, but areas to the south and east of Dayton could see an isolated strong to severe storm with gusty winds and hail. Highs for the day should climb to about 80. A cold front will pass through and high pressure settles in for the night. Skies will clear, humidity will drop and temperatures will fall into the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: Finally, dry and comfortable with a mix of sun and clouds. A high in the upper 70s. 

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THURSDAY: Mostly sunny and nice, with highs in the lower 80s.

FRIDAY: A great way to finish the week with lots of sunshine and high temperatures. Highs in the middle 80s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, warm and a bit more humid. Chance of a few pop-up shower or storms into the afternoon. Highs in the middle 80s.

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After talk of removal, Centerville retains cross country coach

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:44 PM

Speakers support Centerville girls cross country coach David Dobson

After word got out to several parents and teachers that a “minority voice in the community” wanted the school board to oust veteran girls cross country coach David Dobson, a strong majority appeared Monday night at the board’s meeting to show support for his tenure.

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Centerville’s girls cross country team has won four consecutive state championships and Dobson was selected as the U.S Cross Country Coaches Association’s 2017 coach of the year.

But according to Sara Cox, who teaches first-grade classes with Dobson in the district, there was a group of people working to have him relieved of his coaching duties. Well over 100 people turned out for the school board meeting.

“There was “a minority voice was against him to be coach,” she said. “Many of us worried that those voices might cause him to lose his job. I drove all the way from Germantown tonight to voice support so that wouldn’t happen.”

Before Cox spoke during the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment, she was informed that the board had in fact voted 3-1 in favor of renewing Dobson’s contract. Board Member Annie Self cast the lone vote against renewing his contract.

Board members said afterward that since it was a personnel decision there would be no comment on the vote, but only the vote tally itself.

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“I wish I had the opportunity to call David Dobson coach myself,” Cox, who was a track athlete at Wright State University, said to the board. “I believe that David has proven himself to be trustworthy and thank you for renewing his contract.”

Nobody spoke against the contract renewal. During an earlier work session, nothing was said against Dobson and no letters were submitted to be read advising that he should not be rehired as coach.

Attempts to reach Dobson following the meeting were unsuccessful.

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Cincinnati State to launch avionics technician program in Middletown

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:05 PM

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Middletown will launch an avionics technician training program this fall.

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The new program will be announced Tuesday at the Cincinnati State Board of Trustees meeting at Cincinnati State Middletown at 3:15 p.m.

The city of Middletown and MADE are investing $72,000 for the avionics lab, according to a press release from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

Those interested in a career in the avionics industry can obtain fundamental skills through the program, according to the release.

Avionics Technicians install, repair and maintain electronic components such as navigation or communications systems found on different aircraft including helicopters, airplanes, jets and drones. They also work in the aerospace parts industry, according to the release.

Avionics technicians are listed as an in-demand career in Ohio with entry-level salary positions averaging at $43,000, the release said. Experienced workers make an average of $85,000.

Anyone interested in enrolling into the program can get more information by calling 513-217-3700 or at the college’s website.

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