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Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
— A 3-month-old girl and her 5-year-old sister were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this month’s FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, CNN reported.
In announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI, FBI officials said 82 other juveniles were rescued during a nationwide sweep last week. The FBI said 120 people were arrested.
In the case of the two sisters in Denver, the alleged trafficker was a friend of the children’s family who made a deal to sell them for sex for $600, the FBI said. The friend communicated with an undercover agent.
"Unfortunately, the number of traffickers arrested -- and the number of children recovered -- reinforces why we need to continue to do this important work," FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a statement.
The average age of the victims recovered from this year's operation is 15, the FBI said. Traffickers would offer the victims to outsiders from hotels, truck stops or from online, the FBI said.
On Oct. 13, the second day of the operation, a minor was rescued by the FBI in El Paso, Texas, when a 16-year-old female victim was advertised online for "entertainment," CNN reported.
The girl was accompanied by a 21-year-old female who offered an undercover agent sexual intercourse with both her and the underage victim for $200, the FBI said.
At a news conference in Denver on Thursday, District Attorney George Brauchler reminded traffickers that undercover agents and task force officers are always lurking, whether behind cameras, on the Internet or in a casino, prepared to make another bust.
"To those out there who are watching this who might avail themselves at the opportunity to exploit children or to engage in even the adult sex trade, this is a bit of a warning. ... The people that you can't see behind those cameras, they are fins. They are fins in the water and they represent sharks who are there all the time,” Brauchler said.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:09 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 1:09 AM
WEST MANSFIELD, Logan County — UPDATE @ 1: 20 a.m: State Route 292, north of West Mansfield has reopened following a crash involving a semi-trailer Monday night.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision
There were no injuries to the driver, who was trapped as a result of the crash that occurred around 9:45 p.m.
The driver will be cited, according to the Ohio Highway State Patrol, Springfield Post.
Deputies and a medic unit are on the scene of a semitrailer crash that left the driver trapped and forced the shutdown of state Route 292 north of West Mansfield in Logan County.
The driver's condition is not known.
The accident was dispatched about 9:45 p.m. as a motor vehicle crash at state Route 292 and County Road 50, north and east of Bellefontaine.
The semi is in a field, on its side and diesel fuel is leaking, we're hearing. A hazardous materials unit has been requested.
State Route 292 will be closed until further notice, according to Logan County Sheriff's Dispatch.
We will update this developing report as warranted. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.
Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 @ 12:54 AM
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio — A man in Ohio realized the downside of bringing home the bacon when a pig wouldn't stop following him on his way home this past weekend.
Officers in North Ridgeville, Ohio, received a call from a man who said while walking home from an Amtrak train station, a pig started following him, and he didn't know what to do, according to our partners at WCPO.
Thinking he had just left the bar in Elyria named the Train Station, police went out to pick up the caller, who they believed was drunk.
When officers arrived, they found the man stone-cold sober, complete with his four-legged stalker in tow.
In the end, the pig named Zoey, was very cooperative and placed in the back of a police cruiser and taken to the station. Police made the animal feel at home for a bit inside the department's dog kennels until the owner was notified, and it was picked up.
Authorities didn't say if the owner was cited for having a pig on the loose.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 8:44 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
UPDATE @ 9:54 p.m.:
The top of a pole was struck by lightning, causing the second large outage that occurred at 7:22 p.m. in Bellefontaine.
Lightning damaged the pole and a transformer, causing 287 customers to lose power, Millhouse said.
Power was restored to all customers except one. Millhouse said crews are making final repairs and hopes to have power fully restored by midnight.
UPDATE @ 9:37 p.m.:
Approximately 86 customers are without power in Clark Co., 77 in Pleasant Township, according to the FirstEnergy outage map.
Trees and power lines are down in the 4200 block of Runyan Road, county dispatch has confirmed.
UPDATE @ 9:13 p.m.:
Two large outages affected two different parts of South Main Street in Bellefontaine within two minutes of each other, according to Director of Operations Kelly Millhouse of DP&L.
DP&L crews found blown fuses due to heavy lightening at the first outage reported at 7:20 p.m. in a predominately commercial area of town, Millhouse said.
All 373 customers have had their power restored except for one, said Millhouse.
The second outage occurred two minutes later at 7:22 p.m. and affected 287 customers in a predominantly residential area, according to Millhouse.
Multiple crews are currently patrolling the area of South Main Street near Cross Pointe Circle and South Detroit Street to determine the cause, Millhouse said.
Millhouse said it shouldn’t be too long for restoration but does not have an estimated time of restoration.
Nearly 373 customers were reported without power in the Bellefontaine area around 7:20 p.m. Monday, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
Logan County dispatchers said they believe the outages were weather related.
Estimated restoration time is currently reported to be midnight, according to the DP&L Outage Map.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 11:35 PM
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