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Wedding cake-stealing, goose-chasing dog dies after life spent zipping around 

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:34 PM

Zipp, Five River MetroPark's former geese-chasing dog, had died, according to Danielle O'Neill,  his owner.
Photo: courtsey of  Danielle O'Neill
Zipp, Five River MetroPark's former geese-chasing dog, had died, according to Danielle O'Neill, his owner.(Photo: courtsey of Danielle O'Neill)

A mischievous pooch known to chase off geese and chomp into wedding cakes at Cox Arboretum and Gardens MetroPark has died. 

Zipp, Five Rivers MetroPark’s former goose-chasing dog,  died Friday, according to 

Danielle O’Neill of Stalk and Awe, a  company that manages geese with trained Border Collie dogs. 

O’Neill and her husband Greg adopted Zipp, a Border Collie, after he retired from Cox Arboretum in 2015.

He helped to control the park’s geese for about a decade. 

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Zipp was suffering from Cushing’s disease when the O’Neills welcomed him into their family.

The disorder causes weakness and increased thirst, urination, hunger and panting among other symptoms.

Zipp working at Cox  Cox Arboretum MetroPark (Source: Five Rivers MetroParks(Five Rivers MetroParks)

Zipp was supposed to live just six months, but just kept on zipping around the O’Neills’ small farm, Danielle told this organization. 

She says her “sweet boy” befriended a young Brittany Spaniel named Hopper and spent his days watching goats and chicken.

Danielle calls it dog TV. 

There was a big age difference — Zipp was about 14 when he died while Hopper is 3 —  but the dogs were partners in doggie antics, Danielle said. 

“They would run around and take naps,” she said. “He liked to lay under the apple tree and eat all the apples.” 

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Danielle said she and her husband did not want Zipp to suffer.  His health declined in recent weeks. 

Aside from the Cushing’s,  Zipp had arthritis.

The friendly pooch earned his name at Cox Arboretum and chased away thousands of messy geese from the day he began in 2005.

Danielle said stories about Zipp stealing wedding cake from wedding parties are legendary. 

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Zipp had a spacious kennel at Cox, but the O’Neills were his first family. 

 He even had his own Facebook page. 

“He got to run around and be a dog and be spoiled,” Danielle said. “We called him our little zippy tomato.”  

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Police find man with gunshot wound to the head in Dayton home

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 6:13 AM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

Video from the scene from staff photographer Jeffery Brown.

UPDATE @ 7:15 a.m.:

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with life-threatening injuries after police found him with a gunshot wound to the head in a home in Dayton, according to Sgt. Thomas Schloss of Dayton Police Department.

The man was found lying on the floor in the home on Brooklyn Avenue, Schloss said.

Homicide detectives were called out to investigate, said Schloss.

It’s not known how the man was shot and his identity was not released.

This is currently an ongoing investigation, according to Sgt. Spires of the Dayton Police Department.

FIRST REPORT:

Emergency crews are on scene of a shooting in Dayton.

Police: Innocent bystander shot, killed by high-caliber gun in Dayton

The shooting occurred in the 200 block of Brooklyn Avenue around 5:50 a.m. Sunday, according to initial reports.

Police have the road between West Second Street and Edison Street blocked off with crime tape.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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3 restaurants have now closed at this high-traffic location

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:00 AM

The closing of the Milano’s restaurant in West Chester Twp. marked the third eatery to shut down in the building near the corner of Tylersville and Cox roads. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
The closing of the Milano’s restaurant in West Chester Twp. marked the third eatery to shut down in the building near the corner of Tylersville and Cox roads. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

The closing of the Milano’s restaurant in West Chester Twp. marked the third eatery to shut down in the building near the corner of Tylersville and Cox roads.

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The Dayton-based restaurant chain announced Thursday that it had closed its location at at 7701 Voice of America Park Drive “effective immediately.”

“It is with heavy hearts that we share this news and we so appreciate the West Chester community for all of the support they’ve shown us,” Milano’s Pizza, Subs & Taps wrote via social media. “We are making every effort to relocate our current employees to other Milano’s locations.”

Milano’s opened its West Chester Twp. location in January 2014, replacing Marlin & Ray’s.

Marlin & Ray’s, a steak and seafood restaurant, served its last meal in January 2013 at the location, just one month shy of its one-year anniversary.

The restaurant was one of 13 locations closed by its owner, Ruby Tuesday Inc.

Prior to Marlin & Ray’s, the building housed a Ruby Tuesday restaurant.

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“The opportunity arose to sell this property which includes both the building and the land,” Milano’s said in a statement. “We made this decision carefully and determined that the sale fit our future plan and the new owner would be a great addition to the area.”

Milano’s said the future restaurant tenant would be disclosed at a later date.

There’s no record yet of a recent sale. The property was last purchased in 2013 for $1.5 million, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

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WHIO Reports: How much do you know about concealed carry?

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 8:53 AM

Major change to Ohio gun laws takes step forward

This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on your personal safety – the safety of your family, and your ability, under state law to carry a concealed weapon. It does require the proper training and licensing with local authorities.

INTERACTIVE QUIZ: Do you know Ohio’s gun laws?

It’s a very personal choice and your right, but it may not be for everyone, but a recent report said about one in every 20 people around the state of Ohio have a license for concealed carry. 

Guests include: Skip McGee, Mad River Armory and Range and Kim Campbell, Ohioans for Concealed Carry

The Ohio Legislature has passed a bill that would allow concealed-carry permit holders to keep their guns in their cars on company property.

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911: Your life might be on the line

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 5:27 PM

Can 911 find you?

What if you needed help right now, and emergency crews couldn’t find you?

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News Center 7’s Jim Otte investigates why 911 dispatchers might not know where you are until it’s too late.

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A closer look at what you need to know when you call 911, and what technology might save your life. 911: Your Life on the Line, Monday beginning at 5pm on News Center 7. 

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