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Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:08 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:47 PM
OAKWOOD — A settlement agreement that could bring a proposed condominium complex to Pointe Oakwood was approved by City Council on Monday night in a 3-0 vote.
Vice Mayor William Byington and Council Member Anne Hilton recused themselves from the vote. Byington previously said he lives across the street from Pointe Oakwood and Hilton said she has relatives in that neighborhood.
The agreement was reached after a year-long dispute between residents, the city and the developer.
“We wanted a consensus agreement; we weren’t trying to ram anything down anybody’s throat,” Oakwood Mayor Bill Duncan said.
The settlement abandons the proposed 32-unit complex at the corner of Far Hills and Schantz Avenues called “The Pointe,” and approves 84 units along Old River Trail called “The Trails.”
Oakwood Investment Group, the owners of the property, must also amend their master plan to allow for the construction of a three-story office building on five acres of land in the southwest corner of Pointe Oakwood. The building will complement the existing Sugar Camp campus near the development, said City Attorney Robert Jacques.
Also, four single-family homes will be built on the lots where The Pointe had been planned.
Council initially approved The Pointe development, but denied construction of The Trails. After the settlement agreement, the two developments switched fates.
“Part of it was the developer looked at what made the most economic sense,” Duncan said, in reference to the decision to develop The Trails. “They felt like the 84 units at The Trails would be reasonable density.”
Last year, two lawsuits were filed against Oakwood over the two proposed condo developments — one by 15 Pointe Oakwood residents, and the other by the developer.
Oakwood residents said that construction of two, high-density developments would cause major traffic concerns. They filed a lawsuit against the city to stop construction of The Pointe. The developer, Hills Developers, filed a lawsuit to appeal the rejection of The Trails.
No one representing the developer attended Monday’s meeting.
After more than a year, the three sides have made compromises to suit all parties.
Stephen Susta, who has lived in Pointe Oakwood for two years and was part of the resident group that filed suit against the city, said for all parties to be on common ground is “an accomplishment all itself.”
“I don’t think anyone is thrilled with the complete outcome,” Susta said. “People are happy with the settlement that I think will be a solution to all the parties. We’re pleased to hopefully someday soon get this all behind us.”
Last February, a council meeting regarding the development lasted for more than six hours. Monday’s meeting was much shorter, lasting about 20 minutes before being adjourned.
The settlement agreement must now be reviewed and accepted by the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court before the developer can move forward.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:09 AM
— A poor diet and lack of exercise can contribute to obesity. However, antidepressants may also play a role, according to a new report.
Researchers from health institutions in Europe recently conducted a study, published in the BMJ journal, to determine the link between antidepressants and weight gain.
To do so, they analyzed 295,000 people from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink, a large collection of electronic health records. They examined how often the individuals, who were of all sizes, took antidepressants as well as their weight gain over time. They also considered factors, including age, chronic disease diagnoses, smoking status and taking other drugs.
After analyzing the results, they found that those were prescribed antidepressants during the first year of the study were 21 percent more likely to have gained weight. These subjects gained at least 5 percent of their starting body weight over a 10-year period, compared to those were not on the drugs.
“Patients who were normal weight were more likely to transition to overweight, and overweight patients were more likely to transition to obesity if they were treated with antidepressants,” co-author Rafael Gafoor told TIME.
Furthermore, they discovered that some medications were more strongly associated with weight gain than others.
People who took mirtazapine were 50 percent more likely to gain weight, and those who took citalopram had a 26 percent higher risk of weight gain.
The researchers did note some limitations. They said the medical regimens of some patients may have influenced their diets, and that depressive symptoms, such as increased appetite and decreased motivation to exercise, may have contributed to weight gain.
Despite the findings, the researchers said antidepressants are still useful and patients should be aware of the potential risks.
“A variety of factors need to be taken into account when prescribing any given antidepressant,” Gafoor said. “The best advice is to have an open, informed conversation with your prescriber if weight gain (or any other side effect) is bothersome.”
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:49 AM
— A dry start expected with highs in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. With the daytime heat, there may be an isolated shower or storm, but it looks like most will stay dry. Don’t cancel your outdoor plans, but have a backup plan indoors, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A mild night is expected again with temperatures dropping into the middle to upper 60s.
Monday (Memorial Day): Should be a dry day, but once again an isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out. It will be a hot day with highs near 90 degrees.
Tuesday: Another hot day is expected with highs near 90 under mostly sunny skies.
Wednesday: Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could bring a chance for rain, maybe storms with highs in the middle 80s.
Thursday: Remnants of Alberto will give us more rain, highs in the middle 80s.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 3:33 AM
— Serial pedophile Wayne Chapman's release from prison was put on hold this week after an emergency petition pushed courts to keep him in jail.
Melanie Perkins, a friend of some of Chapman's victims, says she was shocked to hear he was supposed to be released this week.
"Wayne Chapman is a very dangerous man," Perkins said. "He’s also a very sick man."
Perkins says a few of her friends were sexually abused by Chapman, and she believes the disappearance of her childhood friend Andy Puglisi is also connected to Chapman.
"While there’s considerable circumstantial evidence against Wayne Chapman in the disappearance of Andy Puglisi, there’s, in fact, no body," Perkins said. "Andy’s remains were never found."
Chapman was convicted of raping young boys in 1977, and spent four decades in prison.
Two qualified examiners determined Chapman is no longer sexually dangerous, and he was set to be released.
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts agreed to take another look at the case after attorney Wendy Murphy filed an emergency petition to appeal Chapman's release.
"Obviously we are very pleased," Murphy said. "The victims are relieved to put it mildly, and they’re also optimistic."
Those against Chapman's release are optimistic now that the Judicial Court will have a say in the decision, and Perkins is hoping that the convicted child rapist is never let out.
"If and when Wayne Chapman does get out and he does re-offend, this has all been recorded," Perkins said. "So that everybody knows what the warnings were ahead of time, and this is all evidence in terms of unfortunately whatever child might be next in his case."
Chapman will remain in prison until the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts decides whether he's no longer sexually dangerous.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 10:08 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 2:01 PM
— Update 9:25 p.m. EDT: President Donald Trump on Saturday evening welcomed Joshua Holt who had been held captive for two years in a Venezuelan jail, back to the United States.
Holt and his wife arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport after being released by Venezuelan officials following high level talks between President Nicolas Maduro and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
Holt said he was “overwhelmed with gratitude.”
Thamara Caleno, Holt’s wife, told The Associated Press that until they were airborne, they worried their return might fall through.
Update 2:01 p.m. EDT: CNN reports that President Donald Trump will make a live address to the nation at 7 p.m. EST after he meets with Joshua Holt at the White House.
Update 10:43 a.m. EDT: Joshua Holt’s family has released a statement following the President’s announcement regarding his release from Caracas, Venezuela, calling it a “miracle.”
The Holt family stated:
“We thank you for your collaboration during this time of anguish,” the Associated Press reports. “We ask that you allow us to meet with our son and his wife before giving any interviews or statements. We are grateful to all who participated in this miracle.”
President Trump tweeted he is looking forward to meeting the family at the White House on Saturday night.
Looking forward to seeing Joshua Holt this evening in the White House. The great people of Utah are Celebrating!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Original story: Joshua Holt, an American from Utah jailed in Venezuela for over two years without trial, is expected to be released and return to the United States Saturday night.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Holt was a “hostage” in the socialist country.
Holt is expected to arrive in Washington D.C., around 7 p.m. on Saturday night and will be reunited with his family at the White House.
Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M. The great people of Utah will be very happy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
Holt is a Mormon missionary from Utah who was jailed in 2016 after traveling to Venezuela to marry a woman he met online, according to The New York Times.
He was accused of stockpiling weapons and arrested.
Holt has been held in a Caracas jail since 2016.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) posted a statement on Twitter, saying Holt’s release is the result of a two-year effort working with the Trump and Obama administrations and Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela.
Hatch says Holt's wife, Thamy Holt, had also been released but it is unclear if she will travel with her husband back to the United States.