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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 11:40 AM
CINCINNATI — Love from around the world is streaming into an area hospital to warm the hearts of its young patients and their families.
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s annual Valentine’s Day program usually averages a few thousand e-cards per year, but this year a record number of valentines — more than 220,000 — arrived from countries as faraway as Argentina, New Zealand and Iraq.
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The outpouring of love arrived after a tweet by a teenage girl in Eastern Kentucky went viral.
“Valentines have arrived from across the world including six continents, 114 countries and all 50 states,” said Liz Smith, manager of Annual Giving at Cincinnati Children’s. “We are so very thankful to everyone for their thoughtfulness.”
The program launched in 2014 as a way for people to send well-wishes electronically to reduce the spread of infection. As a result of this year’s support, employees are partnering with other groups across the medical center to blanket the hospital and satellite locations with printed and digital valentines.
Inpatient Cohen Bramlee smiled when organizers delivered a stack of valentines to his room at the hospital.
“It’s amazing,” said Carrie Bramlee, Cohen’s mom, in a news release. “In the hospital, it can feel lonely at times, so it’s incredible to think there are people outside thinking about us and want to spend their time to send a little note to us.”
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 1:22 AM
GEORGETOWN, Ind. — A family in Georgetown, Indiana, said they walked on their front porch to find a bobcat sleeping on a chair.
WAVE reported that Donna and Ray Singleton, the owners of the home, walked out onto the porch around 7:30 a.m. Monday.
“I looked at it and I thought, ‘That is the biggest cat I have ever seen,’” Donna Singleton told WDRB. “It was very, very beautiful.”
They left the home for four hours and the big cat hadn’t moved.
“My husband, Ray, said, ‘I think that's a bobcat.’ With that, we got in the car, came back at 11:30 and it’s still there,” Donna Singleton said.
Like Donna Singleton, neighbors began taking videos and photos of the bobcat.
According to WDRB, residents in the area suspect that the bobcat is a pet because it’s been seen in the area before. It’s also known that someone in the area owns a bobcat. With the proper permit, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says it’s legal to own the big cat, according to WDRB.
The bobcat eventually woke and walked away.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:23 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:19 AM
NEW LEBANON — UPDATE @ 2:23 a.m.:
According to the DP&L outage map, the number of affected customers has dropped to 1,084. The estimated restoration time is 3 a.m.
UPDATE @ 12:35 a.m.:
The number of reported outages now stands at 2,101, according to the DP&L online outage map.
More than 4,000 Dayton Power & Light customers in New Lebanon, along U.S. 35, are without power and we're working to find out why.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: All eyes on Tropics, Alberto
According to the DP&L outage map, the outage is affecting 4,013 in the area of the Voyager Village Trailer Park and the Snickers Bar & Restaurant, between North Lutheran Church and Diamond Mill roads.
An email to our newsroom describes a "complete power outage, lots of emergency vehicles" near the trailer park and the bar/restaurant.
We will update this developing report as information becomes available.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:53 PM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:51 PM
COLUMBUS — UPDATE @ 11:50 p.m.: The alert for the 79-year-old Columbus man has been canceled.
An Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a Columbus man.
Stanley Lapcynski, 79, suffers from dementia and was last seen around noon Friday when he left his residence but did not return.
He stands 5 feet 6 inches and weighs 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a Home Depot shirt and blue jeans.
He is believed to be driving a dark green 2001 Chevrolet Aveo with Ohio plate FFW4599.
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
— Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic Ocean season, is forecast to strengthen as it emerges into the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center brings the system to strong tropical storm strength before making landfall somewhere along the Louisiana to Florida coastlines, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.
Long range model tracks show that the remnants of Alberto could influence the weather here in the middle or later half of next week. The main threat for this area would be significant rain.
There is still a lot to keep an eye on through the holiday weekend, Elwell said.
It also is important to note that your WHIO Weather App may alert you if the Miami Valley is placed within the uncertainty cone issued by the National Hurricane Center sometime this weekend. If you get that alert, it doesn’t mean to expect a tropical storm … but that there is an increased possibility of some influence of the storm.