Trial this week for superintendents charged in sex abuse case

Published: Sunday, February 04, 2018 @ 11:21 AM

The Indian Lake school superintendent accused of child rape has been fired.

The married Logan County superintendents connected to a child sexual abuse case will now face a jury trial together this week.

Patrick O’Donnell, the former superintendent at Indian Lake Schools, and Heather O’Donnell, the superintendent at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, will go to trial on Tuesday, according to court documents.

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Patrick O’Donnell, faces felony charges that include rape-child under 13, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. He’s pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Indian Lake Local Schools fired him from his position in November. The alleged victim in the case wasn’t a student at the district.

His wife, Heather O’Donnell, is charged with two counts of child endangering. Washington Twp. Police Chief Rick Core said in an affidavit that the girl told Heather O’Donnell about the alleged abuse and she didn’t report it to authorities. Heather O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty.

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Temperatures soar, high UV index for the day 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:58 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how warm we get today and how muggy it gets this weekend.

>> Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • UV index very high today
  • Dry rest of work week
  • Hot, humid with storms this weekend 

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A quiet morning with low humidity and plenty of sunshine through the day. Highs soar into the low to mid 80s, which is about 10 degrees above normal. UV Index is very high for the afternoon. Expect it to be dry from start to finish. 

FRIDAY: Another dry day with highs in the middle 80s, so it’ll start to feel a little muggy. UV Index will be very high again. Sunny skies for the afternoon with a a few clouds at night. 

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SATURDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds with lots of dry time during the day, but winds out of the south will help to increase moisture. Dew points climb and it will feel hot and humid as highs reach in the upper 80s. High humidity will make it feel like 90 (heat index). A few afternoon/early evening storms may develop.

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SUNDAY: Sun and clouds again with highs in the upper 80s, but even muggier for the day. The heat index values rise to the low 90s, but the UV Index will likely still be high. An afternoon pop up storm is possible again. 

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MONDAY: Dry time expected, especially early in the day. Another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s. Heat index values will be in the low 90s. A pop up storm is possible during the day with most spots looking to stay dry. 

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Clark Co. homeowner trying to kill weeds sets garage ablaze, fire officials say

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:42 AM

SCENE: Fully engulfed garage fire in Clark County

UPDATE @ 6:00 a.m: A homeowner attempting to kill weeds surrounding his garage with a torch, caused the entire garage to go up in flames, officials say.

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Springfield Twp. fire crews were dispatched to the 2000 block of Scioto Street around 4 a.m. on reports of a fully involved detached garage fire, per initial reports.

The fire did not expose to the house and no injuries were reported. 

Damage estimates are expected to be around 10 to 15 thousand dollars, as the structure, which had tools and appliances inside, was a total loss.

Fire officials are ruling the fire as accidental. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews responded to the 2000 block of Scioto Street in Clark County on a reported detached garage fire early Thursday morning.

Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Susan Fain

Initial reports indicate the fire was fully involved with possible exposure around 4 a.m. 

Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Susan Fain

We’re on scene and will update this story with additional details. 

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:42 AM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 4:45 a.m: U.S. 127 north and south have reopened following a crash that involved a semitrailer late Wednesday night.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:04 AM

An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell
An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

An Air Quality Advisory will be in effect today for Butler and Warren counties.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency issued the advisory in anticipation of high ozone levels. It also includes Clermont and Hamilton counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.

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Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion, according to a release from the agency.

To help reduce air pollution:

  • Take the bus, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving 
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m., do not top off 
  • Do not idle your vehicle 
  • Combine trips or eliminate unnecessary vehicle trips 
  • Keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes 
  • Avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Avoid use of oil-based paints and stains on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Never burn leaves or other yard trimmings 
  • Always burn clean, seasoned wood in outdoor fire pits, fireplaces and wood stoves 
  • Avoid using fire pits or fireplaces for non-essential home heating on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Conserve electricity

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service. 

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