German shepherd from Centerville is national Service Dog of the Year

Published: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 @ 10:28 PM

German shepherd from Centerville is national Service Dog of the Year

Atlas the Wonderdog is a local canine celebrity.

He was named the 2017 American Humane Service Dog of the Year in an awards ceremony.

U.S. Marine veteran Kenny Bass of Centerville nominated Atlas.

“He’s an incredible dog,” Bass said tonight during a Skype interview from a New York City hotel room.

Bass, 36, was hit by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2003. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, and has been suffering from post-traumatic stress.

The pair just last month celebrated five years together. The 6½-year-old German shepherd already was named Atlas, but Bass upgraded his name to Atlas the Wonderdog.

“He’s earned that name every day,” the father of three said.

Atlas earned the most online votes to capture the service dog award. Along with his claim to fame, $2,500 will be donated to the Battle Buddy Foundation, which Bass co-founded to help provide service dogs to veterans.

The “original Battle Buddy,”  Atlas has a Facebook page with 18,000 followers, and the Battle Buddy Foundation’s Facebook page has a quarter-million followers, Bass said.

In his nomination, Bass called Atlas his “lifesaver.”

“I was lost until I found Atlas. ... Atlas is a grounding and solid presence when flashbacks, hyper-vigilance and the lingering effects of war begin again to creep up my spine. Atlas has been trained to sense these changes in me and then acts to redirect my attention and focus during these overwhelming instances. Whether it is to nudge my hand if I am getting anxious, wake me up in the throes of a nightmare or just stand behind me so I know someone has my back,” Bass wrote.

Atlas the Wonderdog(Kenny Bass)

He and Atlas will be in attendance at a watch party from 7:15 to 10:15 p.m. Wednesday at Bennett’s Publical Family Sports Grill, 67 S. Main St., Miamisburg. 

Earlier this week, Bass and Atlas appeared on national news stations, but they were stuck in New York for another night after ice forced the cancellations today of several flights leaving La Guardia Airport. Bass and Atlas are expected to fly out Wednesday morning.

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Police looking for suspect in nail salon robbery in Dayton

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 10:05 PM

Police are looking for the suspect accused of breaking into Venus Nail and robbing the salon in Dayton Monday.

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A police report stated surveillance video showed a male holding a pry bar and forcing the front door open to the nail salon located at 1070 Patterson Rd. around 3:30 a.m.

The man was seen on video taking the money from inside a drawer and running out of the front door, according to the report. An undisclosed amount of money was reported missing.

The suspect was wearing a black coat, a hoodie over his head and possibly gloves.

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Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in Dayton area homes

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:33 PM

The American Red Cross and its partners want to install 850 free, working smoke alarms in Dayton area homes as part of its nationwide campaign effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

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The American Red Cross, Rebuilding Together Dayton, the Dayton Fire Department and others will hold a home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event April 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Job and Family Services located at 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton, according to Cory Paul of the American Red Cross Dayton Area Chapter.

Trained volunteers will go to the Carillion neighborhood the same day to install free smoke alarms and help families with a fire escape plan from 9:30 a.m until 3 p.m., Paul said.

“The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. To make this impact, we must start locally,” Paul said.

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Seven people die per day due to home fires across the country, with 60 percent of deaths occurring because of no or nonworking smoke alarms, according to Paul.

The Dayton Area Chapter Red Cross is a non-profit organization that has helped thousands of people affected by local disasters for over 100 years.

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I-75 North in downtown Dayton reopens nearly 4 hours after crash

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 7:28 PM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 9:10 PM

Crash on I-75 North in Dayton closes down highway.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.: The northbound lanes of I-75 in downtown Dayton reopened to traffic at 8:57 p.m., according to a Montgomery County Regional Dispatch sergeant.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a multiple-vehicle accident on I-75 North in downtown Dayton that shut down the northbound lanes more than two hours. 

According to Dayton police Sgt. Anderson, the driver of a minivan or van apparently swerved and ended up partially beneath the rear of a semitrailer. 

The sergeant shared a photo of the accident, which occurred about 5 p.m. in the area of 75 North at North Main Street. 

A Dayton police sergeant took this photo of Monday afternoon's accident on I-75 North that shut down the north lanes nearly four hours. (Courtesy/Dayton Police Dept.)

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According to Anderson, the driver of the minivan or van was not seriously injured. 

A police department traffic accident reconstruction team continued its investigation into the evening. 

We're working to find out more about the accident and other injuries. 

The northbound lanes were still closed at 7:10 p.m. 

We will update this developing report.

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Driver, 18, killed in two-vehicle crash on U.S. 33 in western Auglaize County

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 8:50 PM

An 18-year-old St. Marys, Ohio, woman was killed Monday when an SUV hit her sedan broadside after she apparently failed to stop at a stop sign at U.S. 33 and south Kettlersville Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a statement released tonight.

Heaven Leigh Bolinger died at the scene, according to the statement from the Wapakoneta post. She was taken to Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta. 

Charles Estle, 24, of Mendon, Ohio, was driving the Nissan SUV that struck the driver's side of Bolinger's Oldsmobile 4-door. He was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital where he was treated for cuts and bruises, then released, a patrol sergeant said. 

Both people were wearing their seatbelts, according to the patrol, and alcohol is not suspected as a factor in the accident in western Auglaize County that occurred about 3:05 p.m. 

The collision sent Bolinger's vehicle into the median. Members of the Buckland Fire Department extricated her from the wreckage. 

Estle's vehicle ended up on the westbound berm of U.S. 33.

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