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MetroParks deal includes Olympic relationship

Published: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 10:10 AM
Updated: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 12:34 PM

MetroParks announces Olympic rowing relationship

Five Rivers MetroParks today announced an agreement with the United States Olympic Committee and USRowing that designates Dayton Regional Rowing as a Community Olympic Development Program.

The goals include training future Olympian rowers, increasing visibility for high school rowers who want to compete in college and raising awareness with businesses about quality of life offerings locally.

The newly formed Dayton Regional Rowing is a partnership between MetroParks, the Dayton Boat Club and Greater Dayton Rowing Association.

Dayton Regional Rowing is the only USOC and USRowing sanctioned Community Olympic Development Program for rowing in the nation and one of 12 development programs in the country.

The mission of Dayton Regional Rowing is to provide lifelong personal development and active lifestyles for Miami Valley youth through the sport of rowing, as well as to enhance high-quality intermediate programs for youth to maximize their potential in the Olympic sport of rowing, the group said in a prepared release.

Supporters said the agreement will develop athletes and enhance the sport of rowing in the Dayton region, which MetroParks officials called the “Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest.”

Glenn Merry, USRowing CEO, said the designation meant a “certificate of approval and seriousness” behind the grassroots efforts of the teams to train Olympic competitors. He added the designation was different from resident centers where top athletes train before trying to get onto the Olympic team. Instead of training athletes who are already at the Olympic level, the program would train athletes to become Olympians, Merry said.

“This is about developing the base and future Olympians,” Merry said.

FiveRivers Metroparks Executive Director Becky Benna said the designation could bring more awareness about the Dayton region to companies.

“This is another great opportunity to be able to promote to people and companies all the great things we have,” Benna said.

Benna added the partnership could help get more children and adults outside for recreation.

Greater Dayton Rowing Association head coach Abbey Beach said the designation could help her team become more visible to the community and to colleges looking to attract athletes into their rowing programs. Beach said five of the six seniors on the team were headed to college to row.

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police seek missing Springboro teen

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

>>Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe

Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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Amber Alert canceled after 2 Urbana boys found safe; suspect still sought

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM

Suspect sought after Amber Alert issued

UPDATE @ 12:08 p.m.:

An Amber Alert has been canceled after two Urbana boys were found safe.

The suspect and vehicle still have not been found.

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An Amber Alert is active for two boys reported abducted from Urbana.

They were reported missing at 7 a.m. from Maplewood Circle after their grandparents awoke to find them gone, according to a release from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

The first boy is Justin Wallace Jr., 7, a biracial boy with black hair who stands 4 feet 5 inches and weighs 72 pounds. There was no further descriptive information available.

The second boy is Aaron Rollins, 9, a white boy with brown hair and hazel eyes who stands 4 feet, 11 inches and weighs 72 pounds. He was last seen wearing a maroon and white T-shirt and camo high-top tennis shoes.

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The suspect, Jamie Rollins, 39, is the non-custodial mother. She is believed to be driving a taupe Kia Optima with Ohio plates 347YSL. She is described as a white woman with red hair and blue eyes who stands 5 feet 3 inches and weighs 223 pounds.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts or who spots them is urged to call 911.

For more information visit the Ohio Amber Alert website.

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German explosion: 25 hurt, 4 seriously, in Wuppertal blast

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:09 AM

A car and a house are destroyed after an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, June 24, 2018. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
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A car and a house are destroyed after an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, June 24, 2018. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)(Henning Kaiser/AP)

At least 25 people were hurt in an explosion in Wuppertal, Germany, police said Sunday.

According to The Associated Press, four victims were hurt "severely" in the blast and ensuing fire late Saturday at a "several-story building." The other victims suffered slight injuries, the AP reported

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"It can currently not be ruled out that there are still other people in the building," police said Sunday, according to Deutsche Welle. "The rescue efforts are ongoing."

Authorities are looking into what caused the blast, the AP reported.

Read more here.

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Car splits in half on impact at Dayton intersection crash 

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM

Police were dispatched to the intersection of N. Main Street and Delaware Avenue Sunday after a car split in half on impact.

The accident occurred at approximately 4:48 a.m. 

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Witnesses say the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and swerved into a pole to avoid a semi-truck, causing the car to split in half on impact. The driver was seen crawling out of the car and fled the scene.

Dayton police use a K9 to track a suspect seen fleeing from the scene of an auto accident where the vehicle split in half on impact.(JEFFREY BROWN / STAFF)

Police are using a K9 to track the suspect. 

It is unknown at this time if the driver sustained any injuries.

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No other vehicles were involved.

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