Ohio State Fair ride accident: 5 things to know about The Fire Ball ride

Published: Thursday, July 27, 2017 @ 3:48 AM

The ride at the fair malfunctioned.

A man was killed and seven people were injured while riding The Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday

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WATCH: Past footage of Fire Ball operating

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WATCH: Footage from Ohio State Fair accident

Here are five things to know about the ride: 

1.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a permit  for The Fire Ball to Amusements of America, a carnival operator, on July 26, according to state documents obtained by this news organization.  

2.  The Fire Ball swing riders 40 feet about the fair midway — the area where  games, rides, entertainment and food booths are grouped — and spins them at 13 revolutions per minute, according to the company website. 

3.  The state’s chief ride inspector, Mike Vartorella, said he and his four-person crew signed off on the Fire Ball. Vartorella called The Fire Ball "a spectacular piece" of equipment on Wednesday. 

4.  The Fire Ball received a “satisfactory” rating on its daily inspection report on July 26. The inspection report includes a total of 25 points of inspection that must be reviewed daily including checking the attachment brackets on the seat; making sure the ride will not start with a seat fault light on; and checking operational controls, according to state documents obtained by this news organization.  .

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5.  The Fire Ball debuted in 2002 and is one of Amusements of America’s most popular thrill rides, according to the company’s website. 

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One taken by CareFlight after two-vehicle accident in Darke Co.

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 7:37 PM

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an injury accident that occurred Monday afternoon around 4:00 p.m., according to a release.

Deputies, along with Greenville Twp. Rescue and Fire Department, responded to a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 127 north of Horatio Harris Creek Road.

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The preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Buick LeSabre, driven by Jarrod Archer, 18, of Arcanum, was traveling southbound on U.S. 127. Archer’s vehicle traveled into the northbound lane striking a 2012 Chrysler Town and County, driven by Angela Fahncke, 31, of Minster.
Archer was taken to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office where he was transferred by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital, and Fahncke was taken to Wayne Hospital.

Both Archer and Fahncke’s conditions are unknown, and the accident remains under investigation.

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UK woman gets 9 years for killing father after finding child porn of herself, others

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 11:32 AM

Woman Kills Father After Finding Child Porn of Herself, Others

A 63-year old British woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for killing her father and burying him in her Manchester garden after she found his collection of child pornography that included images of herself, the BBC reported.

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Barbara Coombes confessed to police in January that she killed her 87-year-old father, Kenneth Coombes, in 2006, after being subjected to “a lifetime of abuse,” The Guardian reported. Her father’s body was found two days later, the newspaper reported.

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Coombes told police “she snapped” in January 2006 when she found indecent images of herself and other children in her father’s belongings, The Guardian reported. She told police that “a black cloud appeared over me,” and she went to the backyard, where her father was tending to a garden.

Coombes, who said she had suffered 40 years of physical and verbal abuse from her father, hit him over the back of the head with a shovel. When the man turned around she hit him a second time, slashing his throat with the shovel’s blade, the BBC reported.

She then wrapped her father in a carpet, ordered soil and buried him the next day, according to court documents. 

Coombes pleaded not guilty to murdering her father but guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, according to court documents.

Coombes told the court that when she was a child, her father took her to a photography club and forced her to display her genitals while being photographed, The Guardian reported. She said her father would constantly touch her, even as she entered her 50s, the newspaper said.

Judge Timothy King, in passing sentence, said he did not accept Coombes’ claim that she acted in self-defense. He did, however, accept the idea that the woman committed the murder while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression as a result of “40 years of extreme mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of your father,” The Guardian reported.

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Trump Putin summit: Paul Ryan, Lindsey Graham, John McCain react

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 2:00 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a join press conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva via AP)

Response to President Donald Trump’s comment at the Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin that he doubted Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was swift and pointed Monday.

Reaction ranged from CNN anchor Anderson Cooper calling the president’s performance “disgraceful” to retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (California) defending the president’s comments.

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Trump and Putin “spent a great deal of time” discussing allegations of Russian election meddling as they met for several hours Monday, the U.S. president said. 

Trump resisted when asked Monday to condemn Russian meddling in the election, instead complaining about a Democratic National Committee computer server and Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. 

“They said they think it’s Russia; I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia,” Trump said. 

“I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that was responsible for the election hacking. “I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.”

Here are some of the comments made just after the summit ended.

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Beloved Labrador dies after drinking too much saltwater at Florida beach

Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 1:35 PM

Drinking Too Much Saltwater Kills Beloved Dog

O.G. was by Chris Taylor’s side for nearly seven years. 

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Taylor and the Labrador bonded almost immediately when they met when he was a 3-month old-puppy, according to WFLA. O.G. helped Taylor between classwork as he attended college to become a teacher.

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"He always wanted to be doing what I was doing," Taylor told WFLA. "He's my family. He's just so goofy and just always excited to see me when I came through the door."

They went to the beach to take a break from schoolwork Monday. Hours later, the problems began. The Labrador started to vomit and experience diarrhea, according to WFLA. On Tuesday, O.G. was lethargic but eating. By Wednesday, things got worse when O.G. suffered a seizure. 

"I saw him last night, and he was convulsing,” Taylor told WFLA. “And I asked if he was in pain, she said, ‘I don't even think he knows where he is.’"

Taylor found out that saltwater can be highly toxic to animals, causing brain damage, seizures and dehydration, veterinarian Katy Meyer told WFLA. She recommends limiting a dog’s exposure at the beach to about two hours, with fresh water breaks in between. 

"Things can come on gradually and you're not aware of how serious things are upfront," Meyer said. "When the brain gets affected, the body is affected.”

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