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Police: Man beats girlfriend’s son for sneaking peek at presents 

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2017 @ 8:03 AM

Christmas presents under the tree.
Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group
Christmas presents under the tree.(Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group)

An Oklahoma man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly punished his girlfriend’s son for opening his Christmas presents early, police said.

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Bridgette Payne took to Facebook and posted now-removed images of her 5-year-old son, Ayrian, after Wesley McCollum, 25, allegedly beat him, KFOR reported

“Words cannot explain seeing your baby like this and having no clue what happened,” she wrote. “I ran to him like any mother would do crying, hugging, beggin (sic) what happened. ‘Wesley hurt me bad mama,’ is all he kept saying.”

According to Payne, she left Ayrian and her other children with McCollum on Dec. 16 in order to finish some last-minute Christmas shopping. When she returned home, she found her son cowering in bed and covered in bruises, with forehead welts and a handprint on his cheek. Her boyfriend allegedly claimed he was trying to teach the boy a lesson because “he needed to learn to listen,” The Miami Herald reported.

“For a grown man to punch a child over and over and slap him and beat him with a belt ALL over is no man at all,” Payne wrote. “He is the lowest scum on earth…” According to Payne, she is a survivor of domestic violence and saw no signs in her boyfriend of 10 months that he could have done something to her son.

Payne immediately called police and McCollum was arrested, while the boy was taken to the hospital. McCollum is facing charges of child abuse and neglect, according to jail records. Since his arrest, the mom has filed a protective order against him.

“There is an evil inside of some people no one sees and that’s how this happened,” Payne wrote. “If I could change my son’s places in a heartbeat, I would.”

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Waffle House 'hero' disarmed shooter, tossed rifle over counter

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:59 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Waffle House Shooting: ‘Hero’ Disarmed Shooter and Tossed Rifle Over Counter

Some fast thinking by a Waffle House patron in Antioch, Tennessee, saved numerous lives after a man opened fire at the restaurant, The Tennessean reported.

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Police said the suspected shooter, believed to be Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, opened fire at about 3:25 a.m. at the Waffle House.

James Shaw Jr., 29, was sitting in the Waffle House when the gunman opened fire, The Tennessean reported. He said he saw a chance to tackle the shooter and does not feel like a hero.

“I don’t really know, when everyone said that, it feels selfish,” Shaw Jr. said. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”

Police spokesman Don Aaron said the shooter was rushed by the restaurant patron, disarmed him and threw the assault rifle over a counter, the Tennessean reported.

“When he heard the gunshots (Shaw) ran back to restroom area,” Aaron said. “He watched the gunman.

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“He reported that he saw the gunman looking at his rifle. At that point, the shots had stopped,” Aaron said. “So he decided to rush the gunman, actually wrestled that assault rifle away (and) tossed it over the counter.

“At that point, the gunman then fled.”

The suspect fled on foot and was nude after removing his coat, police said.

Shaw Jr. said a bullet grazed him, so he jumped toward the bathroom.

"I remember I was like ‘Dang, I’m basically in a barrel,’ ” Shaw Jr. told the Tennessean. “There is no place for me to go.”

Shaw Jr. said what happened Sunday morning has yet to sink in.

“I don’t know if it has hit me yet as far as witnessing other people dying,” Shaw Jr. said. “Its kind of, it shouldn’t have happened. When I was in (the) ambulance to (the) hospital I kept thinking that ‘I’m going to wake up and it’s not going to be real.’ It is something out of a movie.

“I’m OK, though, but I hate that it happened.”

Chuck Cordero, a Waffle House employee who was off-duty at the time but pulled up to the restaurant while the shooting was in progress, said the patron “really saved some people.”

"Had that guy had a chance to reload his weapon, there was plenty more people in that restaurant," Cordero told the Tennessean.

A man, believed to be Reinking, was last seen in woods near the Waffle House, police said. He was wearing black pants and no shirt.

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Café giving away free burger TODAY to celebrate Earth Day

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

Northstar Cafe is now open at Liberty Center in Liberty Township.

Northstar Café is celebrating its 14th Earth Day today by giving away a free vegetable burger.

The giveaway starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. at all Northstar locations, including Liberty CenterEaston and Westerville, as well as Beechwold and Short North.

The restaurant’s signature burger is made with organic brown rice, black beans and beets.

MORE: Take a peek at Northstar Café in Liberty Center

“We know every decision we make affects the health of the community on a local and global scale,” the restaurant posted to its Liberty Center site. “That’s why we make conscious choices about everything from the takeout containers we use to the organic clothes we wear.

Northstar Café at 7610 Sloan Way in Liberty Twp.’s Liberty Center is one of five locations offering a free veggie burger from 3 to 10 p.m. April 22, 2018 to celebrate Earth Day. The signature burger, which is made with with organic brown rice, black beans and beets, also is available at Northstar’s Easton, Westerville, Beechwold and Short North locations.(Staff Writer)

“Most importantly, it’s why we choose locally grown, organic, and artisan produced foods, not only to protect the environment and to support producers whose values align with ours, but to serve the most wholesome and delicious food we possibly can.”

The restaurant’s burger isn’t the only earth-friendly item on Northstar’s menu. Other examples include its house-made granola, which is made with Ohio maple syrup, and its crisp pizzas that feature hand-made wheat and spelt crusts and fresh vegetables.

Northstar Cafe also offers an in-house bakery and fresh juice bar, coffee service featuring organic, direct-trade varieties, and a lineup of local beers.

MORE: A new sandwich spot is coming soon to Liberty Twp. (and it works nicely with the nearby craft beer shop)

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Who is James Shaw Jr., the man who disarmed the Waffle House shooter?

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:52 PM

Waffle House Shooting: ‘Hero’ Disarmed Shooter and Tossed Rifle Over Counter

One crowded Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee, led Nashville resident James Shaw Jr. to the restaurant where a gunman opened fire early Sunday morning, killing four people. Shaw acted quickly to disarm the gunman and toss the rifle over the counter at the Antioch restaurant, an action police said saved several lives, The Tennessean reported.

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Shaw, 29, a graduate of Tennessee State University, said he was at a fraternity house party on Saturday night and decided to go to a Waffle House with some friends, the newspaper reported.

The restaurant on Bell Road in Antioch was crowded when Shaw and his friends arrived at 2:30 a.m., so they decided to go to the one on Murfreesboro Pike, which was two miles away, the Tennessean reported.

They arrived at the second Waffle House at 3:20 a.m., shortly before the shooting began.

According to his Facebook page, Shaw is a wire technician for AT&T.

He’s a vegan and studied online to be an electrician technician at Brightwood College. He is a graduate of Tennessee State University and attended Hunters Lane Comp High School In Nashville. 

Shaw began receiving messages on social media, lauding him for his quick action.

“You are my hero!” Jackie Thames posted on Facebook. “You are so brave and your daughter has just another reason to be proud! Thank you for saving lives sir! The world is a better place with you in it ♡”

“Thank you for your act of bravery,” Kelly Tate posted. “You are an angel to those whose lives you saved. God bless you!”

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Boil Advisory for the village of North Hampton

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM

According to Jeff Clevenger - Operator of record of the North Hampton Water Treatment Plant - there is a boil advisory for the Village of North Hampton in Clark County.

The tower pressure dropped under 20 psi, and residents need to boil water for three minutes. 

Residents should bring water to a roiling boil for at least three minutes before using for drinking, cooking or brushing teeth. 

Bacteria samples will be collected on Monday, and testing takes 24 hours.

The boil advisory will be in effect until at least Tuesday.

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