Groundhog Day: Local hedgehog predicts six more weeks of winter

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
Updated: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 10:40 AM

In Dayton, Boonshoft uses a hedgehog day to predict winter! Meet Quilliam!

UPDATE @ 10:41 a.m. 

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s hedgehog Quilliam did see his shadow and the Dayton area can expect six more weeks of winter, reports  Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

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Today is Groundhog Day, a time when this woodland animal is watched closely to see if winter will be six weeks longer or if spring will start early, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.

Gusty winds today, light rain/snow showers move in tonight

If the groundhog sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

At Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, you won't find a groundhog — instead they use a hedgehog called Quilliam.

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The first Groundhog Day was in 1887, according to the History Channel.

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94-year-old pastor plans regional youth center in Fairborn

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 4:09 PM

Pastor Ancil Carter, 94, working to transform empty church he started in 1963 into youth and family center for three counties

Plans are underway to reopen a former church in Fairborn as a youth and family center to serve residents in Greene, Clark and Montgomery counties.

A rent-to-purchase contract has been signed with California-based CDF Holdings LLC, the owners of the former Emanuel Ministries property, 206 W. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, according to the buyer, Pastor Ancil Carter of Victory Temple.

The church campus, which sits on nearly three acres and features a carpeted gymnasium, large kitchen and dining facilities as well multiple rooms and offices, is valued at more than $2 million, according to the Greene County Auditor’s Office.

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The property has been vacant for a few years. Carter, who will be celebrating his 95th birthday in July, said he had the original section of the church built in 1963 and led a congregation there for three decades. He said he sold it to the current owners and now has worked out a deal to buy it back.

The facilities will be opened next month as a youth and family center. Carter said they are looking for volunteers and donations, but the plans are to make the location a destination place for hundreds of children, teenagers and their parents in the tri-county region.

“We’re not going to babysit. But we’re asking the parents to bring the little fellows, and while we teach them and train them, we’ll have something for the parents to do,” said Carter. “Our first thing to do is to lay a foundation with the young children and the mothers and the teenagers.”

Carter said he is answering a spiritual calling that has been tugging at his heart for about a year, quoting the Bible passage in which Jesus tells his apostles, “Suffer the little children to come unto me.”

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“I feel in my heart the lord wants me to start,” he said. “Anybody we talk to, seems like their heart is touched that they should volunteer to help. I feel that when we get started, we will have plenty help, and plenty of people to carry out.”

Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer said Pastor Carter has reached out to him on a few occasions to talk about his plans.

Fischer said coordinating through a family resource center may be a good plan for the potential youth center.

“Heroin continues to be a problem and will be a problem for sometime,” he said. “I believe the pastor wants to help the forgotten victims, the kids of parents on drugs. Faith-based programs have aided victims in the past and hopefully will continue to assist in ongoing issue.”

Part of an advisory board met in the broad entryway at the church building on Friday. Donna Carter, the pastor’s wife, retired social worker Barb Stamper and parent/volunteer Julie Rickert brainstormed some ideas on creating a mission and vision statement, as well as planning the open house next month.

Rickert said she hopes the building can be a safe, positive place where “people can come and feel loved.”

“I think we’re kind of lacking things that kids can do after school. (We need) a more positive environment,” she said.

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Utah man jailed in Venezuela to be freed Saturday

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:08 AM

In this July 13, 2016 file photo, Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Josh Holt at her home, in Riverton, Utah.  Josh Holt  has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.  
Rick Bowmer, AP
In this July 13, 2016 file photo, Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Josh Holt at her home, in Riverton, Utah. Josh Holt has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges. (Rick Bowmer, AP)

Update 10:43 a.m. EST: Joshua Holt’s family has released a statement following the President’s announcement regarding his release from Caracas, Venezuela, calling it a “miracle.”

The Holt family stated:

“We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish,” the Associated Press reports. “We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews or statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”

President Trump tweeted he is looking forward to meeting the family at the White House on Saturday night.

Original story: Joshua Holt, an American from Utah jailed in Venezuela for over two years without trial, is expected to be released and return to the United States Saturday night. 

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President Donald Trump tweeted that Holt was a “hostage” in the socialist country.

Holt is expected to arrive in Washington D.C., around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and will be reunited with his family at the White House.

 

Holt is a Mormon missionary from Utah who was jailed in 2016 after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online, according to The New York Times

He was accused of stockpiling weapons and arrested.

Holt has been held in a Caracas jail since 2016. 

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) posted a statement on Twitter, saying Holt’s release is the result of a two-year effort working with the Trump and Obama administrations and Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela. 

Hatch says Holt's wife, Thamy Holt, had also been released but it is unclear if she will travel with her husband back to the United States.

 
This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

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Man upset over 97-cent coffee throws it at McDonald’s manager, police say

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 4:18 AM

WATCH: Man Upset Over Coffee Throws it at McDonald’s Manager

Police in Lacey, Washington, are asking the public to help identify a man who they say threw hot coffee at a McDonald’s manager Friday morning. 

Investigators with the Lacey Police Department said a man walked into the restaurant and ordered a cup of coffee, but was upset over the 97-cent price.

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After he received his coffee, the man poured it into his to-go mug and then demanded a refill from the manager. 

Investigators said the manager asked the man to leave after he got verbally abusive about the price of the coffee.

The man then got upset and threw the cup of hot coffee into the manager’s face and fled. 

Police said the manager had burns on her neck. KIRO reported that the manager was being treated for third-degree burns.

The man is being sought for simple assault, according to Lacey Police.

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At least 3 pedestrians injured in hit-and-run in Portland, Oregon

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 3:55 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:20 AM

Car Jumps Curb, Injures Several People in Portland

At least three women were injured Friday after an SUV jumped a curb in downtown Portland and struck them before speeding away, according to multiple reports.

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Portland Fire & Rescue officials confirmed authorities were responding to the incident near the intersection of SW 6th Avenue and SW Hall Street around 10:20 a.m. local time.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT Sat. May 26: Overnight, the mug shot of Greg Porter was released by authorities. Porter, 61, has been charged with 3 counts of attempted murder in connection with Friday’s hit-and-run incident, KATU reported.

Update 3:55 p.m. EDT: A suspect was in custody Friday after a blue SUV struck at least three women Friday in downtown Portland, KPTV reported.

 

Police earlier asked for help locating the SUV. By 12:45 p.m. local time, authorities said the vehicle had been located.

 

Update 2:25 p.m. EDT: Portland police confirmed that three women were injured Friday in a hit-in-run reported in downtown Portland.

Police said the injuries appeared to be serious and two of the women’s injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Authorities said a fourth person might have also been injured but left the scene before police arrived.

Officials did not rule out the possibility that the crash could be connected to terrorism, though police said it was too early to tell Friday afternoon.

Update 1:53 p.m. EDT: Police described Friday’s crash as a “hit and run,” according to KATU.

A witness, who said he was nearly run over, told The Oregonian that it was clear that the driver of the car acted intentionally before Friday’s crash.

"When he got right before me he gunned it,” said the man, who was not identified. He estimated that the vehicle was traveling at about 45 mph when it collided with several other pedestrians.

 

Original report: The Oregonian reported that at least three people were injured, citing an officer at the scene.

 

Matt Ritzi told the newspaper that he was walking to Portland State University when he saw the aftermath of the accident, which left three or four people on the ground. He said he saw more than a dozen people trying to help them. "

I heard a lot of moaning and crying," he told The Oregonian. "I didn't see much movement."

Check back for updates to this developing story.

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