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Piqua Police use a 'Res-Q-Disc' to pull man from river

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

Piqua police use a devise called a "Res-Q-Disc" to save the life of Daniel Sampson, Jr. of Minster. They pulled him from the chilly waters of the Great Miami River in Piqua early Wednesday morning.

He jumped into the river to avoid police following a brief pursuit.

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Elsa Croucher, advocate for domestic violence victims after daughter’s murder, dies

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 10:43 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:21 PM


            Elsa Croucher, from Monroe, was awarded the 2010 Steel Magnolia Award, presented by the Middletown Community Foundation and AK Steel. She and husband Jim founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence. STAFF FILE PHOTO
            GARY STELZER
Elsa Croucher, from Monroe, was awarded the 2010 Steel Magnolia Award, presented by the Middletown Community Foundation and AK Steel. She and husband Jim founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence. STAFF FILE PHOTO(GARY STELZER)

UPDATE, APRIL 20:

Funeral services for Elsa Croucher will be held at Breiel Boulevard Church of God, 6000 N. Breiel Blvd.

Visitation for Croucher will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, followed by the funeral at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

She will be laid to rest at Woodside Mausoleum.

INITIAL REPORT, APRIL 19:

A woman who spent more than 20 years advocating for victims of domestic violence after her daughter was murdered has died.

Elsa Croucher, who along with her husband, Jim, founded Citizens Against Domestic Violence in 1996 and created a teen dating violence prevention program, Dating Violence: 101, died Thursday morning surrounded by family and friends in her Monroe home.

She battled cancer for 18 months. She was 78. Her husband died in 2013. He was 69.

MORE: Family of slain woman honored for work against domestic violence

Nationally recognized speakers, the Crouchers furthered their efforts to educate the public about domestic violence with their efforts in the passage of the Tina Croucher Act in 2009. Tina Croucher, 18, died at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend four days before Christmas in 1992. He then committed suicide.

Bridget Mahoney, Ohio Domestic Violence Network Chair Elect, said Elsa Croucher displayed “strength and courage” as she and her husband spoke to hundreds of thousands of students after losing their daughter.

“She saved a number of lives and helped a lot of us deal with abuse,” Mahoney said. “She brought attention to abuse. She helped us deal with the process. Heaven gained an angel today.”

The Crouchers started their campaign in 1996, years before domestic violence was a hot topic, Mahoney said. After their daughter was killed, Mahoney said the Crouchers could have taken two paths the rest of their lives. Either shut the blinds or open their doors and address domestic violence.

In 2013, the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN) announced the newly established Croucher Family Award for Outstanding Advocacy. The award was presented at the Kickoff to Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Ohio Statehouse. The award was given to Elsa Croucher and Johanna Orozco-Fraser, a young Cleveland woman who survived a gunshot wound to her face at the hands of an abusive ex-boyfriend.

Individually, Elsa received the “Integrity” Award presented by the Butler County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; the Soroptimist International “Ruby Award” for outstanding work to improve the lives of women; the AK Steel “Steel Magnolia Award” presented to women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the community; and she was chosen as one of Nabisco’s “100 Extraordinary Women,” a national award given for excellence in development, innovation, and administration of programs and in victim advocacy.

The Crouchers were preceded in death by a daughter, Connie, 26, who died of congenital heart disease on Jan. 3, 1988. They’re survived by a daughter, Terri Evick and son, Tim.

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‘Robust’ police presence at Mason schools after 2 threats

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:16 PM


            A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO
A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said. FILE PHOTO

A Mason High School student was arrested Thursday evening after an investigation tied him to a threat about a shooting at the school, district officials said.

In a notice posted on Mason Schools’ website — and sent to school parents in the Warren County district — Mason officials said the district worked with Mason Police in their investigation of a threat posted in a restroom of the school.

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And a Mason Middle School student is under investigation for his threat made on a school bus, said officials.

The student allegedly stood up on the bus today (Thursday) and said he was going to shoot up the school on Friday, according to communications from the district.

“We will have a robust law enforcement presence at all of our schools on Friday, and will have other measures in place that we aren’t sharing publicly. We always support a parent’s decision to do what is in your best judgment when it comes to your child’s safety — and an absence will be counted as excused,” an email to parents from the district said.

“We understand how disturbing threats are for your family. They are for our Mason City Schools staff, too. We are all working hard to share the message that making a threat is very serious and has enormous consequences for the person who does so, and a community,” said officials.

Mason High School is the largest in Ohio and the school system’s enrollment is the biggest in Warren County.

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McDonald’s phasing out plastic straws at UK locations

Published: Saturday, April 07, 2018 @ 10:28 PM

File photo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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File photo. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

McDonald’s is phasing out the use of plastic straws at its 1,300 locations in the United Kingdom, according to Sky News.

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Straws will only be available upon request, and restaurants also will start using paper straws in May. 

"Straws are one of those things that people feel passionately about, and rightly so, and we're moving those straws behind the front counter. If you come into McDonald's going forward, you'll be asked if you want a straw,” chief executive Paul Pomroy told Sky News. “The other thing we're looking to do is to move to recycled paper on the straws and biodegradable paper straws and that test, I'm really proud to say, will start next month."

Almost all the restaurant’s packaging is recyclable. 

"We've been on a journey over the past 10 years with recycling, from taking out foam and polystyrene to where we are now -- with Big Mac 'clam' boxes that are made with recycled board,” Pomroy said. “The only thing left for us to move forward on are the lids that go on to our cups. Those are complicated, but we're working with our suppliers to find a solution to that. We're really close, so we hope within the next year to be able to have a lid that's recyclable and serves the same purpose -- for hot and cold drinks.”

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McDonald's will implement touch-screen order kiosks

Published: Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

Touch-screen kiosks will allow customers at McDonald's to order their food quicker.
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Touch-screen kiosks will allow customers at McDonald's to order their food quicker.(Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

It’s going to be easier to order a Happy Meal or a Big Mac.

McDonald's is installing touch-screen order kiosks at more than 3,800 restaurants nationwide, WXYZ reported.

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The machines will allow customers to order from the menu, and then use a credit or debit card to pay for the meal.

McDonald's is also bringing back table service. After you order, have a seat at a table and a server will bring you your meal, WXYZ reported.

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