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Published: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:32 AM
Updated: Friday, October 06, 2017 @ 11:31 AM
COLUMBUS, Ohio — No. 10 Ohio State continues to plow through a series of lesser opponents before the next big test comes Oct. 28 against No. 4 Penn State. Maryland, coming off an exhilarating win over Minnesota last week, will try to keep up with the more-talented Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on Saturday.
Ohio State (4-1, 2-0 Big Ten) beat up on Rutgers last week , 56-0, after routs of UNLV and Army. The games were confidence builders after the Buckeyes were beaten by Oklahoma in the week No. 2. But given the level of competition, it's difficult to know if they really have made improvements in an inconsistent passing game and other problem areas.
Coach Urban Meyer insists Ohio State has gotten better while feasting on outgunned opponents.
"The good thing about this team and the coaching staff is we're not walking around with blinders on," Meyer said. "We're optimistic, and we're pleased with the progress, but we're also realistic. Where are we? I think we've improved, like anybody can see we improved. When it comes time, this week, can we continue against good, very good competition?"
Center Billy Price put it more bluntly: "There's been a lot of progress. You're blind if you can't see that."
Despite being a 30-point underdog, Maryland (3-1, 1-0) should be the best team Ohio State has faced since Oklahoma.
Some other things to watch for Saturday:
MAKE WAY FOR MAD MAX
Third-string quarterback Max Bortenschlager was pressed into service as a starter after ACL injuries to the two guys in front of him, Tyrrell Pigrome and Kasim Hill. The sophomore was up for the task.
He put together a long game-winning drive against Minnesota last week, hitting some clutch throws to set up a 34-yard touchdown run by Ty Johnson with 70 seconds remaining. He finished 18 of 28 for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
"I really think, again, it comes back to his teammates around him," Maryland coach D.J. Durkin said. "I thought our receivers played phenomenal in that game, our O-line did a great job protecting him, as well as our running backs being effective in the run game and converting on third downs."
RUNNING BACK ROULETTE
With Ohio State running back Mike Weber now fully healthy after a hamstring injury that has dogged him most of the season, Meyer has a pleasant conundrum: How should he divide carries between Weber, a 1,000-yard rusher last season , and dynamic true freshman J.K. Dobbins, who has piled up the yards as the primary back so far.
Weber played his first completely healthy game of the season against Rutgers, rushing for 44 yards and bullying his way in for three touchdowns.
Meyer said a package of plays is being developed for a scheme that includes both backs in the game at the same time.
A big key for Maryland last week was its play on third down. The Terps turned a third down into a first-and-10 on nine of 16 occasions last week. Minnesota went 5 for 12.
Duplicating that feat will be important, because the less Maryland sees of the Buckeyes' offense on the field, the better.
"We've got to win on third down and get off the field defensively, and on offense it's how you extend drives," Durkin said. "At the end of the day, you've got to figure out what you can execute on third down in order to stay on the field. We had a good plan put together and our guys executed it."
Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley, who has missed time with a foot injury, is probable for Saturday. Defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones, who cut himself in a freak locker room accident and had to have stitches last week, will miss a second game. Backup running back Antonio Williams is questionable.
Also, starting safety Erick Smith will miss his second game for unspecified reasons, which will take a bite out of the depth in the defensive secondary.
More AP college football at www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 12:41 PM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:47 PM
WASHINGTON TWP. — UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.:
Some of the biggest damage caused by today’s storms was from lightning, including the apartment complex on Seabreeze Court who saw the most damage due to lightning igniting parts of the roof.
“It’s indescribable. I mean it was really really loud you just heard it sounded like a crash,” said a neighbor.
10 fire trucks and two ambulances were called out to this apartment building around noon on Friday.
“Me and my boyfriend smelled all the smoke coming through our windows, ran downstairs and saw that the backside of this building caught of fire,” said a resident.
Fires happening due to lightning was the story of the day in most of the Miami Valley.
“These thunderstorms intensified very quickly. They were producing a lot of lightning in particular a lot of cloud to ground lightning,” said Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell.
Lightning caused a lot of damage, however, the Miami Valley was able to avoid the worst of the storms because of rain early in the afternoon.
“It was an incredibly close call we had the instability at least higher up in the atmosphere but because we stayed in the mid-60s through the day we were lucky we did not get the severe weather to the west,” said Elwell.
Firefighters are on the scene of a fire reported at the Chesapeake Landing Apartments in Washington Twp. Friday afternoon.
Crews responded to the 1600 block of Seabreeze Court around 12:30 p.m. and reported a working fire in the structure.
Initial reports indicate the fire might have been caused by lightning that struck the building.
There are no reports of any injuries, however firefighters did have to rescue a dog from one of the buildings, firefighters said.
A second alarm has been requested to help fight the blaze, emergency scanner traffic indicates.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:00 PM
TROY — It took nearly 37 years before a positive ID was made of Jane Doe whose body was found along a Miami County road, but only a short time for donations and creation of a new stone marking her grave in Troy.
Marcia Sossomon King of Arkansas, who was 21 when she died in 1981, was remembered Friday with the placement of the stone and a memorial service at Riverside Cemetery. The name Sossomon, her father’s last name, was added at the request of her family.
The body of the Jane Doe, also known as “Buckskin Girl” for the jacket, was buried at the city cemetery weeks after its discovery with a marker identifying the grave as Jane Doe’s.
Nine members of King’s family attended the Friday service.
“Words don’t describe the feelings we have for all of you, how you have loved her and taken her in your arms,” said her stepmother Cindy Sossoman.
She said King’s father, John Sossomon, died in January, a few months before she was identified. Cindy Sossomon said King was very trusting and obviously fell into the wrong hands. However, thanks to Miami County investigators and the community, she soon “was in good hands ... in the loving hands of people here.”
King’s identity was confirmed this spring thanks to new genetic genealogy tools by the nonprofit DNA Doe Project with ID confirmation by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab.
She died of strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head. She had no socks, shoes, bags or any form of ID. She did have a buckskin jacket, which was shown in efforts to find out her name and led to her being known as the Buckskin Girl.
“We are grateful this day has come, that Marcia has a name other than Buckskin Girl,” said the Rev. Greg Simmons, chaplain of the Miami County Fraternal Order of Police lodge.
The stone was the result of a private fundraising effort led by retired Piqua police officer Paul Sullenberger with assistance from the FOP lodge. He asked the some 50 people gathered to say King’s full name aloud.
“Her name is written in stone and etched in our hearts and minds,” Sullenberger said.
“I just can’t thank people enough,” Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak said of the efforts to provide the stone.
Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Steve Lord said the investigation into who killed King continues with a focus on establishing a timeline for the days and weeks leading to the discovery of her body.
“She has been placed in Louisville, Kentucky, approximately 14 days prior to her being found,” he said. “We continue to seek the assistance from anyone that may have had contact with her in April of 2014 in Ohio or Kentucky.
Anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff’s tip line at 937-440-3990 or leave tips at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contactus-1.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 10:26 PM
DAYTON — In an effort to reduce drug sales, gun crimes, and traffic pursuits in the City of Dayton, officers utilize the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSP) aircraft to track vehicles who fail to comply with traffic stops. These air patrols are helping to catch drivers in pursuit from police cruisers.
On Thursday, four arrests were made in two different incidents with the help of the OSP aviation unit, according to Dayton police reports.
Ahlea Graham-Johnson, 23, was charged with obstructing official business and a parole violation. Charles Warren, 28, was charged with obstructing official business and was later released. James Mitchel, 39, was charged with obstructing official business, failure to comply, improper use of CCW fire arms, carrying concealed weapon, and having weapons while under disability. His next court date is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
Graham, Warren, and Mitchel were all passengers of a 2009 Chevrolet Impala while traveling at an excessive rate of speed with a loud exhaust when they failed to comply to a traffic stop initiated by a cruiser illuminating their overhead lights and sirens.
An OSP aircraft was hovering above when they took over the pursuit and followed the Chevy for about 15 minutes before it parked in the rear of 749 Taylor Street. Three individuals fled from the vehicle, and were then caught and arrested.
During a different incident, Marcus Blackwell, 22, was arrested and charged with obstructing official business and failure to comply with order. His next court date is set for Monday at 1:45 p.m.
Blackwell was driving a 2007 Dodge Charger with excessive tint when he failed to comply to a traffic stop when a cruiser activated their emergency lights.
An OSP aircraft took over the pursuit by keeping visuals on the Charger. Blackwell turned onto Stormont Drive, parked, and started walking down the sidewalk before police showed up and arrested him.
Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:04 PM
DAYTON — A non-profit is offering complimentary laundry services to lower-income Dayton residents on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
This service will be held At Your Service Coin Laundry located at 4755 Airway Road in Riverside, according to a release.
The Laundry Project brings renewed hope to thousands of people nationwide by providing the funds and items necessary to wash and dry clothes and linens. Fees are paid for while volunteers assist with laundry services, entertain children, and create a caring space at the laundromat.
Members of the community may donate much-needed supplies including detergent, bleach, quarters (rolls of $10), one-gallon Ziploc bags, garbage bags, coloring books, crayons, fabric softener, and laundry baskets.
With the average cost of eight loads of laundry nearing $35, many families are forced to choose between paying bills and washing their clothes. To ease this expense, Currents hosts its Laundry Project to lift a burden many families experience regardless of location. In 2017, this project positively impacted 1,161 families by washing 12,442 loads of their laundry for free.
For more information about Current of Ohio or past Laundry Projects, visit www.CurrentOfOhio.org.