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Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 9:17 AM
DAYTON — From eating laundry detergent pods to getting run over by a train, these challenges have already gone viral on the internet, and now there is new concern over the latest challenge -- teens recording themselves pulling guns on each other.
“They feel like they’re invincible. They are saying nothing bad will happen to me. It might happen to someone else, but not me,” said Dr. Latisha Gathers-Hutchins, clinical psychologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “Until they are about 25 their brains aren’t even developed. They have a harder time managing peer pressure. They are more compulsive.”
This month in Memphis, a teen was shot in the head while playing what is called “The No-Lackin’ Challenge,” which kids pull loaded guns on their unsuspecting friends. The teen accused of pulling the trigger in that case is facing charges of reckless endangerment and unlawful possession of a handgun.
While there haven’t been any local incidents involving “The No-Lackin’ Challenge” there have been other dangerous viral stunts.
A Warren County teen was taken to the hospital in January for trying the “Tide-Pod Challenge.”
In Miamisburg, teen Joseph Fernandez was killed while attempting to let a train pass over him. His family said the teen was trying to recreate an internet stunt.
Gathers-Hutchins said there are things parents can do to try and help their child not become susceptible to these types of stunts.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 2:14 PM
— UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.:
Two occupants of a motorcycle suffered serious injuries and were flown to an area hospital following a three-vehicle crash on Ohio 122 in Preble County, according to state troopers.
Two vehicles, a gold car and a white pickup truck, were traveling north on Ohio 122 near Somers Gratis Road around 12:15 p.m. Monday. The gold car attempted to turn left into a driveway and crashed into the motorcycle traveling south, Sgt. Chris Colbert of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.
Both occupants of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and were flown to Miami Valley Hospital by a CareFlight medical helicopter. Their conditions were not immediately available.
One of the occupants of the motorcycle was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, Colbert said.
Additional details were not available and the crash remains under investigation.
At least one medical helicopter has been requested to a crash involving a motorcycle on Ohio 122 south of Gratis in Preble County Monday afternoon.
Emergency crews were dispatched around 12:15 p.m. to the intersection of Ohio 122 and Somers Gratis Road on reports of a three-vehicle crash.
Initial reports indicate two occupants of a motorcycle suffered serious injuries. At least one CareFlight medical helicopter responded to the scene, according to scanner traffic.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 1:30 PM
LIBERTY TWP. — Dustin Horter watched his dreams of graduating with his Lakota East High School classmates wash away last Friday in a series of rain delays at his state-qualifying track meet.
A half-dozen downpours kept the track state champion — and one of the most honored student athletes in Lakota East’s history — from finishing his runs and then heading to his class’ commencement ceremony at the Cintas Center at Xavier University.
Friday evening after his track meet finally finished late he learned — via a text message from school officials — that he had missed the once-in-a-lifetime event.
But over the weekend Lakota officials hatched a plan, dashing together to put on a special Monday morning graduation ceremony just for Horter as part of the school’s annual parade honoring track and other spring sports teams qualifying for state tournaments.
School officials scrambled to assemble a stage and podium, unpacked their ceremonial graduation gowns and as thousands of cheering Lakota students lined the school’s “main street” hallway, Horter was given his own, personal graduation ceremony complete with music and confetti.
“I honestly didn’t expect to go this big with setting up a stage and put it on Main Street,” said a wide-eyed and grateful Horter, who is both a national and state champion in track.
“To have the whole student population here witnessing it was pretty darn cool,” said Horter.
Lakota wanted to make sure it was special to reflect Horter’s extraordinary career at the Liberty Twp. high school.
He is a five-time state champion in track and the district’s record holder for the 800, 1600 and 3200 meter events.
And as of May 11, Horter holds the fastest one mile time in the country at 4:04 minutes and the fastest 3200 meter time in the nation at 8:48 minutes.
But the true measure of Horter’s high school career for the Lakota Thunderhawks can’t only be measured by a stop watch.
Earlier this school year he was selected for the prestigious Thunderhawk of the Year.
Lakota East Principal Suzanna Davis said Horter was a natural choice because the award is voted on by faculty and staff at Lakota East to determine the recipient of this award.
“The Thunderhawk of the Year recognizes a well-rounded student who is actively involved in daily life at East. They epitomize what it means to be a Thunderhawk. Quite simply, they are Lakota East,” said Davis.
“On Friday night, Dustin was running to qualify for regional champions and, unfortunately due to weather delays, he was unable to make it to the graduation ceremony,” she said. “It is our honor and pleasure to be able to present Dustin with his diploma in front of his family, friends and Lakota East family.”
“His mark will forever be felt at Lakota East High School,” said Davis.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 12:20 PM
MORAINE — A loaded handgun was recovered from a 12-year-old male student at the Montgomery County Learning Center in Moraine this morning, according to Moraine police.
The incident was reported around 8 a.m. and no injuries were reported, police said.
Officers responded to the school on Kettering Boulevard after becoming aware of the incident, Sgt. Jon Spencer with the Moraine Police said.
According to Spencer, the student was taken into custody and the weapon was recovered by staff members.
Police said the student was allegedly carrying the loaded weapon in his backpack when it was discovered.
A motive for why the weapon was brought to school is still under investigation, Spencer said.
Staff members were notified of the weapon, which prompted the investigation, Spencer said.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:09 AM
— Ohio isn’t one of the best states for veterans, according to a new analysis.
The average officer is only 45 years old — 42 for non-disability enlisted personnel — upon retirement from service, according to WalletHub’s new analysis. Military retirees deal with re-assimilation into civilian life, sometimes facing challenges with the job markets, homelessness, disabilities and Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder.
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WalletHub ranked the best states for the military community, using a data set of 27 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans. Ohio didn’t rank in the top 20 states, landing at No. 23. The top states include:
3. New Hampshire
5. South Carolina
7. South Dakota
18. North Dakota
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