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Names of two killed in I-75 crash in West Chester released

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 10:17 AM

Traffic backs up due to early morning fatal accident on I-75 in West Chester

UPDATE@12:10 p.m.: The names of the two people killed this morning in a multi-vehicle accident on I-75 in Butler County have been released.

The victims were identified as Rodney J. Bartleson Jr., 34, and Marvin Eugene Hunter, 43, both of Cincinnati, were identified as the victims, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

OSHP received a call of a crash on Interstate 75 near mile marker 18 in West Chester Twp. Troopers arrived on scene and were assisted by West Chester Police and determined the crash involved three vehicles and confirmed that two individuals involved had sustained fatal injuries.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit.

UPDATE@11:40 a.m.: The West Chester Police Department received at least seven 911 calls minutes after I-75 froze over and several accidents were reported, including a double fatal.

One caller said: “I’m in shock.”

He said there were several accidents on northbound I-75 near the Union Center Boulevard at 5 a.m. today.

“I wasn’t expecting that,” he told the dispatcher.

Another caller said he witnessed the accident and when the dispatcher said it was a fatality, the man said: “Of my God.” Then he started crying.

The callers said the bridge near Union Centre was “a sheet of ice” and cars were spinning out of control.

“It was insane,” another 911 caller said.

Later he added: “I feel like I’m in shock.”


The State Highway Patrol is investigating a double fatal accident this morning on Interstate 75 in West Chester, one of the many accidents blamed on winter weather.

The accident closed northbound I-75 near Union Centre Boulevard around 5 a.m. and the lanes now are reported open.

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The Butler County Coroner’s Office was called to the accident.

Several other accidents on I-75 and I-71 were reported this morning after a burst of scattered showers dumped ice and snow across the region.

This story will be updated throughout the day.

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Man arrested on murder charge after fatal double shooting in Dayton

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

Shooting on Norman Avenue in Dayton

UPDATE @ 8:10 a.m.:

A man arrested at the same address of a fatal double shooting in Dayton has been booked into jail on a preliminary charge of murder, jail records indicate. 

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Willie James Henry Jr., 43, was arrested at the same address on East Norman Avenue in Dayton around 5:30 a.m., according to jail records. He is facing preliminary charges of murder and felonious assault. 

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Police said a woman was pronounced dead at the scene while a man was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

We’ll update this page as new details become available. 

Willie James Henry Jr. (Contributed Photo/Montgomery County Jail)


One person has died and another is at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Norman Avenue early Thursday morning.

Officials say the two victims, only described as a male and female in their 40s, were found with gunshot wounds in the 30 block of Norman Avenue around 1:15 a.m.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene, while the male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

There is a suspect in custody that detectives are questioning, according to police. 

A neighbor who called 911 reported the male victim was shot first. The female victim went inside, and the neighbor heard an additional shot.

The neighbor said the suspect was sitting on the porch with a gun. Police confirmed the suspect had been walking around the area with a gun. The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody without incident.

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Koko the gorilla who could sign, owned kitten, dies 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:52 AM

FILE PHOTO:  Koko (left) indicates
FILE PHOTO: Koko (left) indicates "eat" with bunched fingertips to her lips and gets her prize (right). The experiment began in a mobile home at San Francisco Zoo. Koko died this week at the age of 46.(Bettmann/Bettmann Archive/Getty Images)

Koko the gorilla, the simian who showed the world that they could communicate has died. 

The Gorilla Foundation made the announcement

Koko was born 46 years ago at the San Francisco Zoo. She was taught sign language by Dr. Francine Patterson starting in 1974, The Associated Press reported.

She had a vocabulary of about 1,000 words of American Sign Language, National Geographic reported.

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Koko’s ability to communicate and the empathy she showed made the gorilla a national treasure. She was featured on National Geographic’s cover twice, including one from 1978 that featured a photo that the animal took of herself in a mirror.

She had learned how to use a camera after watching a photographer and imitating him. At the end of the National Geographic photoshoot, she signed “love camera,” according to National Geographic.

The second cover, from 1985, showed the large western lowland gorilla cradling a kitten. Koko had asked for a kitten for Christmas in 1984. Her caretakers gave her a stuffed animal, but that didn’t work for the gorilla who told her human family that she was sad that she didn’t get a real cat, The Los Angeles Times reported in 1985. So on her birthday, she was allowed to chose one and became famous being a gorilla who had a kitten as a pet. Researchers said that Koko would cradle and pet the small cat, while the feline would treat Koko like a human. Like any cat, she was independent, and would bite, or get loose when she had had enough love from her gorilla caretaker. When that happened, Koko would sign “obnoxious cat.” But when the kitten, whom Koko named All Ball, wanted affection, Koko would sign,“soft, good cat.”  Koko and All Ball’s family came to an end, though, when the cat wandered into a road and was hit by a car. Koko signed about death after the kitten was killed and cried, mourning her pet, the Times reported.

That wasn’t the only time that Koko showed that she understood death and would mourn the passing of a friend, the “Today” show reported. When she was told of Robin Williams’s death in 2014, she became sad, Patterson wrote on Koko.org. Williams and Koko became friends after they met in 2001.

The Gorilla Foundation said it will keep Koko’s memory alive by continuing its conservation efforts in Africa, operating a great ape sanctuary on Maui and developing a sign language app that features Koko that will help gorillas and children learning to sign.

Koko died in her sleep at the age of 46, the AP reported.


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Man arrested after trying to pay waitress with her own stolen credit card, police say

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:26 AM

Police: Man Arrested After Trying to pay Waitress with Her Own Stolen Credit Card

A suspected thief is behind bars after police say he handed an Arkansas waitress her own stolen card while paying his bill at a Pine Bluff restaurant.

According to The Associated Press, Shamon West, 21, was arrested Tuesday after Shannon's Restaurant waitress Flora Lunsford went to swipe the credit card and noticed her own name on it. She called police, who searched West and found Lunsford's Social Security card and driver's license, as well, the AP reported.

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The arrest came two days after someone took Lunsford's purse from her car, which was parked outside a gas station two blocks from the restaurant, KATV reported.

West now faces charges of theft by receiving and forgery.

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Downtown Springfield pizzeria closing

Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM

Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza.  The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week.  JEFF GUERINI/STAFF
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Bada Bing Pizzeria owner Jason Hague serves the staff of The Salvation Army a Red Kettle pizza. The Red Kettle pizza is a special pizza that will be available during National Salvation Army week. JEFF GUERINI/STAFF(Jeff Guerini)

Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page. 

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The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”

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The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.

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