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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 9:55 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 3:36 PM
OXFORD — Mike Fox this week will undergo a life-threatening surgery, just two months after he nearly lost his life when he suffered a congestive heart failure.
Fox will have a cancerous left kidney removed. He believes the tumor been growing since 2016 but never diagnosed as cancerous until last month by doctors at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in Oxford. A 3-centimeter cancerous tumor was found.
He said the diagnosis was “pretty sobering” and “a surprise on top of the other stuff.”
“It’s not like I had enough problems,” said Fox in an exclusive interview with this news organization. “After having gone through all the stuff I went through … my whole system is pretty weak. We just hope my body is strong enough to get me through it.”
Fox is infamous in Butler County. He served longer in the Statehouse, 23 years, than any other Butler County lawmaker and was also a former county commissioner. He also later served four years in prison for wire fraud and filing a false tax return.
And now, he and his family are putting their faith in God, he said.
“You put it all in God’s hands, and that’s all you can do,” Fox said. “I just pray that he lets me hang around for a little longer.”
There have been many well-wishers posting thoughts and prayers for Fox, including Butler County Democratic Party’s Central Committee Chair Suzi Rubin.
Fox told this news organization last month that he nearly died because he relied on food to relieve the stress, which only increased when the FBI began to investigate him for his role in Butler County entering into fiber optics.
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Fox, already a big man, gained more than 100 pounds.
“When the FBI came calling, I went into a total crash,” he said. “I became a total hermit, and eating was my comfort.”
Fox was hospitalized on Dec. 2 after he collapsed in his home and stayed in a pair of hospitals — McCullough-Hyde and Bethesda North in Hamilton County — until Dec. 18. He doesn’t remember most of that time as he suffered congestive heart failure when in the hospital.
It was all because of his insatiable appetite, which caused him to say, “I almost ate myself to death.”
“You think you’re bulletproof until something like this happens,” he said. “Basically, my body was shutting down. It was by the grace of God, that’s the only way to explain it. God gave me my life back.”
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:12 AM
The parent said he saw the driver texting while driving on I-20 in Georgia and started filming. He said he believes the driver’s actions were dangerous and irresponsible.
The video shows what appears to be a cell phone in the bus driver's hand while she steers the wheel with her right hand. A student is seated on the bus.
Katrecia Lo, another parent, told WSB she’s also seen a DeKalb County bus driver on the phone while behind the wheel.
“To know they’re picking up phones and texting while our kids are in their care is gut-wrenching,” Lo said.
“The DeKalb County School District is currently investigating what appears to be a bus driver using a phone while driving,” a statement from the district said. “This behavior is completely unacceptable. Not only is it illegal, it is not safe for other drivers, and it is a danger to the district’s staff and students. The safety of our students and staff is paramount to the DeKalb County School District.”
There is no word that the district has taken any disciplinary action against the driver. The parent who recorded the video hopes quick action is taken so something like this never happens again.
“No child should be in danger,” he said. “No child. That”s my first thought: the children.”
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:30 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 8:30 AM
NEW YORK — Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities on Friday to face charges related to sexual abuse allegations in New York.
Update 5/25 8:35 a.m.: Police confirmed in a statement released Friday morning that Weinstein has been charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women.
Statement from the NYPD following the arrest of Harvey Weinstein. pic.twitter.com/SrE315vhC7— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) May 25, 2018
Update 5/25 7:28 a.m.: Weinstein has turned himself in to police to face charges in a sexual misconduct investigation. He will be charged with first- and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree sex act in a second, CNN reported.
BREAKING: Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York police station to surrender in sexual misconduct investigation. .— The Associated Press (@AP) May 25, 2018
Reporters waited as Weinstein arrived at the police department just before 7:30 a.m. After booking, he will then be transferred to Manhattan Criminal Court to face his charges, NBC News reported.
The charges, according to sources close to the investigation, come from the allegations made by two women, NBC News reported. The women have not been identified, however, many big-name stars have accused Weinstein of various acts. Some of the women who have come out against the mogul include: Rose McGowan, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o and Ashley Judd, NBC News reported. Their speaking out sparked the #MeToo movement.
Police will fingerprint Weinstein, have mug shots taken and be given an arrest ID. Then he will be taken to his court appearance on felony complaint based on allegations of to women, WNBC reported. It is expected he will leave court on $1 million bail and will be issued an ankle monitor, sources told WNBC. Deadline reported that Weinstein will also have to forfeit his passport.
Update 5/24, 8:47 p.m.: Weinstein is expected to face first-degree rape and third-degree rape charges in one case, and a first-degree criminal sex act charge in another case, law enforcement officials told The New York Times.
The Times is reporting that the sex act charge is related to an incident with Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker and investigators that Weinstein assaulted her during a casting meeting.
It’s unclear which of Weinstein’s many victims over two decades may be at the center of the rape case.
Mr. Weinstein is expected to turn himself in to the police on Friday to face first- and third-degree rape charges, law enforcement officials said https://t.co/3KqdynwgNo— NYT Metro (@NYTMetro) May 25, 2018
Original story: Two unidentified law enforcement officials told The New York Times on Thursday that Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to bring charges against Weinstein one day after a grand jury convened to hear evidence in connection to allegations of sexual abuse that have been levied against the well-known producer, according to WNBC.
Harvey Weinstein is expected to turn himself in on sex abuse-related charges in NYC Friday, a source familiar with the case tells NBC 4 https://t.co/3mqrLRAJRU— NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) May 24, 2018
Dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and misconduct after the Times published a report last year detailing complaints of sexual harassment made against Weinstein over nearly three decades. Weinstein, who co-founded entertainment company Miramax, was ousted from his position at The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Times report.
New York police opened an investigation into Weinstein in 2015, after Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told officers that she was groped by Weinstein without consent.
Authorities outfitted Gutierrez with a wire and had her meet with the producer. In an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New Yorker, Weinstein could be heard apologizing after he’s confronted about the alleged assault.
Despite the recording, no charges were filed against Weinstein.
Prosecutors said that they were never consulted about the New York Police Department’s plan to get Weinstein to admit to the assault on tape and that the tape was not enough evidence to convict the 65-year-old. Police defended their actions, saying that the recording was one of multiple bits of evidence collected by officers and presented to the Manhattan District Attorney for prosecution.
New York City police said last year that they were working to learn of any additional complaints against Weinstein.
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:55 PM
WOODSTOCK, Ga. — A metro Atlanta teenager who is charged in a crash that killed three people, including a 3-month-old baby, said she was looking at the road at the time of the deadly incident.
"I never saw anyone coming,” Zoe Reardon, 18, told WSB-TV. “My eyes were on the road,” she said.
Reardon faces eight misdemeanor charges that include vehicular homicide and the use of an electronic communication device under the age of 18 in connection with the Sept. 9 crash in Woodstock, Georgia.
Reardon's attorney, Manny Arora, told WSB his client texted her dad about dinner two minutes before the deadly accident. At the time, she was stopped in traffic elsewhere, he said.
However, investigators say Reardon "failed to exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle ... and engaged in the action of putting away her cellular telephone which distracted her," a point the teen disputes.
“I wasn't doing anything,” she said.
Kaitlin Marie Hunt, 28, her baby Riley and family friend Kathy Deming, 61, of Marietta, were hit by Reardon’s SUV about 8 p.m. while trying to cross Arnold Mill Road, according to the sheriff’s office.
Riley died that night.
Days later, Hunt and Deming died.
Hunt, a Marietta native who was with the Coast Guard in Florida, had come to metro Atlanta to escape Hurricane Irma.
“I see my family’s hurt, my parents' hurt,” Reardon said. “I can only imagine their families’ hurt must be four times what we’re going through.”
Arora said investigators earlier told her family they saw no basis for charges.
"No crosswalk and these people happen to be crossing, and she happened to be driving, and it's just tragic," Arora said.
Cherokee County Solicitor General Jessica Moss said she never told anyone there would be no charges.
Zoe Reardon told WSB that she is a straight-A student who has a partial scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Texas. But she now has the charges from the crash to deal with, and thinks of family members of the crash victims.
"I pray for the hearts,” she said, “and I pray for their healing."
Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 7:55 AM
— This week on Cloudy with a Chance of Podcast, Joey Picca sits down with Kirstie and McCall to talk about his role at the Storm Prediction Center.
The SPC is part of the National Weather Service and is one of nine Centers for Environmental Prediction across the country. The SPC, especially in the spring and summer, is busy producing products that help give timely and accurate outlooks and watches for severe weather.
Joey Picca is now an outlook/mesoscale forecaster at the SPC which is in Norman, Oklahoma. As a forecaster at the SPC, his primary duties include: issuing outlook and near-term forecasts for severe, fire, and winter weather across the contiguous United States. Picca first worked was a meteorologist at NWS New York, NY, where he supported operations for numerous high-impact events such as Hurricane Sandy and the Northeast Blizzard of February 2013.
Every day Picca has to tell the weather story of the entire country, first starting broad and zooming closer and closer until he is pin-pointing where severe weather could occur. The Convective Outlooks he produces are important in the Miami Valley and are just one tool the Storm Center 7 team uses when developing local forecasts each day.
Picca gives an in-depth and honest look at the interesting job he has in the field of meteorology as well as some of the stressors he must overcome.
“The atmosphere really knows how to slap you over the head and say, 'Oh, I've got many tricks up my sleeve,'" explained Picca.
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