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Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 7:24 PM
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Sunday he will take steps to bolster local school safety by training those who work there.
Jones posted to social media that his office will offer free conceal-and-carry classes to a limited number of teachers in Butler County. He also said training on how to react during school shootings would be provided.
He said the details would be coming soon online at the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
I am going to offer free concealed and Carry class free 2 teachers in butler county. Limited number. Details coming soon on line. Also training on school shootings.— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 18, 2018
Visit our Facebook page for more info. On CCW for teachers.— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 18, 2018
Jones said Saturday he has “been saying this for years” as he tweeted a Fox News story that Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd said it would be a “game changer” to allow some handpicked teachers to carry firearms in the classroom.
Been saying this for years https://t.co/1oVN2AbEfd— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) February 17, 2018
Jones, in a video posted Thursday, urged local schools to act now to improve school security in the wake of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school on Wednesday.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:16 AM
— A convenience store clerk last week offered an Oregon man a chance to buy two lottery tickets that were printed by mistake. The man bought one and left, then thought better of it and returned to buy the other one.
It was a decision for which he would be richly rewarded.
That second ticket Charles Svitak bought June 16 at a 7-Eleven store earned him a $7.3 million payday in Oregon’s Megabucks game, KDRV reported.
"When I checked the ticket on my computer I couldn't believe it," Svitak told The Oregonian. "The first thing I thought is that I had worked my last graveyard shift."
Svitak, who works in Medford, took the lump sum option, which was for $3.65 million, KDRV reported.
Patrick Johnson, public affairs officer at the Oregon Lottery, told the Oregonian that the tickets were not Quick Picks, where numbers are randomly generated by the computer.
Svitak did not tell his wife about the winnings. He went to Salem to get the check and then bought a truck.
"On the way home I got a new truck and put the oversized check they gave me on the windshield," Svitak told the Oregonian.
Svitak showed his wife the check and truck when he returned home.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:57 PM
— A giant spoon was left in front of a pharmaceutical company in protest by a Connecticut artist.
The 800-pound, 11-foot-long steel spoon symbolizes a much heavier burden for two artists.
"A symbol of the negative emotion I felt of the opioid addiction of my brother, Danny," Westwood native Domenic Esposito said. "For the last 14 years, we have been dealing with it.”
Esposito traveled to Connecticut to work with art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez to make the sculpture, and then move it to the front of Purdue Pharma in Stamford, Connecticut.
“I’ve gotten a lot of tweets and messages about this," Esposito said. "Everyone knows what the missing spoon is who has family members that were affected by this.”
Earlier in June, Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit against Purdue on behalf of the state.
The lawsuit accuses the maker of oxycontin of illegally promoting the use of opioids and misrepresenting the risks of addiction and death connected to the drug.
It was the first lawsuit that also names the drug maker's executives and directors.
Purdue has denied the allegations and released a statement on the protest.
“We share the protestors’ concern about the opioid crisis, and respect their right to peacefully express themselves," the protest said.
Gallery owner Fernando Alvarez said the crimes are never punished, and changes need to occur.
"No one ever goes to jail for these things and that’s why the epidemic continues to happen," Alvarez said. "We are talking about real lives.”
Alvarez ended up in handcuffs on Friday for a minor charge of obstructing free passage.
City workers using heavy equipment hauled away the giant spoon, but the two men hope the weight of the message stays.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:24 PM
TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting a woman for eight counts of embezzlement.
Officials said Ciera Garvin, 31, embezzled $153,000 from the doctor’s office where she worked over a period of seven years.
Garvin turned herself in to the Tulsa County Jail.
Investigators said the doctor noticed on her tax forms that Garvin made too much money and said she discovered Garvin had altered her hours to overpay herself by $8,000 to $10,000.
Investigators said based on a forensic audit, they believe Garvin skimmed all the cash co-payments from patients and kept them rather than depositing them, along with co-payments made via credit and debit cards.
Police said Garvin had been doing it since at least 2011.
Fraud detectives said they believe it’s a growing problem and have arrested at least five office managers from doctors’ offices for embezzlement over the past few years.
A few months ago, the Tulsa Police Department fraud unit teamed up with the Tulsa Attorney General’s Office to have them prosecute some of the repeat offenders and larger cases. TPD said this case involved such a large amount of money that it was the first case in the partnership that the AG’s Office will prosecute.
Garvin has bonded out of jail. Her attorney, Chad Greer, said they have no comment.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 9:43 PM
— A 12-year-old girl from Andover, Massachusetts, is getting a big prize and national recognition for her invention to clean up the world's oceans.
Anna Du is one of 10 finalists for the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her work on an invention that detects microplastics in bodies of water without disturbing plants or animals.
"One day when I was at Boston Harbor, I noticed there was a lot of plastics on the sand," Du said. "I tried picking some up, but there seemed to be so many more, and it just seemed impossible to clean it all up."
Du, a lover of marine animals, decided to take action.
She began work on an underwater device that uses infrared light to detect harmful microplastics in the ocean.
Her invention is now gaining national attention as a finalist in the challenge.
As a finalist, Du will get a chance to work with one of 3M's scientists to take her invention from detecting plastic in her backyard, to detecting it in the world's oceans.
"Science has always been a big part of my life," Du said. "I'm super excited to make something that can actually help the world."
Du wants to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study marine-related science.
She and the other nine finalists will take part in the final competition in October at the 3M Innovation Center in Saint Paul.