2 possible arson fires investigated in Middletown

Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 11:56 AM
Updated: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 2:08 PM


            Middletown fire officials are investigating two possible arson fires in the city. FILE PHOTO
Middletown fire officials are investigating two possible arson fires in the city. FILE PHOTO

UPDATE @ 2 p.m.: Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Spaulding said he believes the home fire in the 1700 block of Church Avenue was “intentionally set,” though no arrests have been made.

He estimated damages to the second floor at between $60,000 to $70,000.

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Middletown fire and police investigators are determining whether people who allegedly started a house fire and poured lighter fluid on a car should be charged, according to police reports.

Police and fire were called Sunday morning to a residence in the 1700 block of Church Avenue on a report of a house fire. There were numerous people standing outside the residence, and two juveniles told police they saw a man enter the residence with a red gas can.

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The same man was seen leaving the residence with the can and he ran eastbound down Church toward Grimes Street, the juveniles told police. Then they saw smoke coming from the residence, the report said.

The description the juveniles gave police matched the description of a man who lives in the house, according to the report.

The property owners told police they were in the process of evicting the man and his girlfriend.

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On Tuesday, police and fire officials responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Hill Avenue and a female told police that her husband was trying to light her car on fire.

The man was seen standing on the hood of his wife’s 2002 Ford pouring what appeared to be lighter fluid, the report said.

When the woman called police, her husband ran toward Roosevelt Avenue, the report said.

Fire investigators smelled some type of accelerant coming from inside the vehicle, according to the report. The vehicle’s seats and carpet were wet, the report said.

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Wu-Tang Clan member gives monster shout-out to Dayton bar’s warning to ‘parents and prudes’

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 8:51 AM

A sign posted at Barrel House warns parents and prudes that unedited hip hop will be played  for Wu Tang (Clan) Wednesdays.
A sign posted at Barrel House warns parents and prudes that unedited hip hop will be played for Wu Tang (Clan) Wednesdays.

If you need proof that a downtown Dayton business ain’t nothing to (bleep) with, turn to RZA’s Facebook page. 

The member of the legendary hip-hop squad Wu-Tang Clan gave The Barrel House, 417 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton, a shout-out for the record books on Friday night. 

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As we first told you in December,  the bar’s owners, Gus Stathes and his  fiancée Sara Levin, are major Wu-Tang fans.

They launched Wu-Tang Wednesdays with the following posted warning:

“Dear Parents and Prudes, 

We will be playing unedited hip hop all day today for Wu-Tang Wednesday. Due to the nature of the music, there may be language which may offend you or your kids. 

Unless of course you take parenting advice from Ol’ Dirty Bastard, in which case — WU-TANG IS FOR THE CHILDREN.”


 

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The Barrel House’s notice somehow made it to RZA and he responded by posting a photo of the Barrel House’s  sign on his official Facebook page with the  sentence “Wu Tang is for the children.”

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Bobby Steelz, aka RZA, performs with Banks and Steelz on the second weekend of the 2016 Austin City Limits Music Festival. RZA is a guest on Elizabeth McQueen’s podcast, “This Song.” He and musical partner, Interpol singer Paul Banks, talk about the impact of Leonard Cohen. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN(Tom McCarthy Jr.)

Sara Levin and Gus Stathes, owners of The Barrel House in downtown Dayton. SUBMITTED(Staff Writer)

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Underground tunnels among unique features of 2018 Homearama homes

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Updated: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

Homearama 2018 at Highlands at Heritage Hill in Warren County’s Union Twp.

Highlands at Heritage Hill at 3284 Columbia Road, Union Twp., marks the 17th time Homearama is being held in Warren County. This year’s Homearama features 10 homes ranging in cost from $1 million to more than $2 million.

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Here are some of the more unique features and trends we saw during a sneak-peek tour of Homearama, which opens Saturday, July 21:

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MORE: Everything to know about this year’s Homearama in Warren County

1. Multi-generational homes

Homearama, until this year, has never featured multi-generational homes. This year it features two, both of them by High Pointe Custom Homes.

“These are actually two of the first multi-generational homes that have been built in this region and in the Midwest, for that matter,” said Dan Dressman, executive director for Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. “What it allows is two or three different families — it could be the in-laws, kids, cousins — they all live in different sections of the house … and then they’re joined together.

In the case of Heritage A (6,475 square feet) and Heritage B (2,705 square feet), a 32-foot underground hall runs between the two homes.

The underground hall connecting the The Heritage A and B homes by High Pointe Custom Homes. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

Constructed using a prefabricated concrete bridge structure, the hall is decorated to look like a combination beer hall/wine cellar with giant casks lining each wall, wooden picnic-style tables and benches as well as solid wood, double-arched doors with a speakeasy window into the wine room.

The Lighthouse is a 6,165-square-foot home connected by a secret passageway in a parlor room just off the entrance. A spiral staircase in that same room leads to a second-story crow’s nest.

2. Frontyard social spaces

Rather than sequester family and friends in the backyard for social gatherings, two Homearama 2018 homes put such spaces in the front of the property.

The Ashby Manor by Wieland Builders boasts a Southern style, with a wraparound front porch with a wood-burning fireplace. French doors open the space to the dining room.

Entertaining moves to the front yard at The Homegrown by High Pointe Custom Homes that is part of Homearama 2018, Highlands at Heritage Hill, in Warren County’s Union Twp.   (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)

The Homegrown by High Pointe Custom Homes puts a fire pit in the middle of a circular driveway in front of the residence. That rarely-found feature allows a homeowner to invite passing neighbors to sit and socialize and, on Halloween, a unique way to ensure trick-or-treaters don’t have far to go to score some candy, according to the builder.

3. Second-floor living rooms

While living rooms once were relegated to the main or lower levels, several Homearama 2018 homes add mini-gathering spaces on the second floor, giving a social aspect to an area once thought only worthy of bedrooms.

4. Refrigerators in pantries

Refrigerators, once the staple of kitchens and basement “man caves,” are fast becoming fixtures of walk-in pantries, as well, assuring meal maker or party planners additional space for lesser-used items.

5. Movie theaters, billiards rooms

Most of the homes at Homearama 2018 feature lower-level getaway spaces meant to give family and friends a place to unwind and have fun.

A media room in The Ashby Manor by Wieland Builders at Homearama. (GREG LYNCH/STAFF)
Stonewood, by Frazier Homes, takes that sentiment one step further. Following a meal, guests can settle into the lower-level media room or gather in the billiards room or recreation room, which features a bar and built-in booth. There’s a television over the bar, one in the billiards room and three in the main recreation area.

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Heart doctor for former President H.W. Bush killed in bicycle drive-by shooting

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM

Former President George H.W. Bush waves with his cardiologist, Mark Hausknecht, after a news conference in Houston in 2000. Hausknecht was shot and killed by a fellow bicyclist Friday, July 20, 2018, while riding through a Houston medical complex.
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Former President George H.W. Bush waves with his cardiologist, Mark Hausknecht, after a news conference in Houston in 2000. Hausknecht was shot and killed by a fellow bicyclist Friday, July 20, 2018, while riding through a Houston medical complex.(David J. Phillip, AP)

A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, Houston Police tweeted.

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The man fired two shots at Hausknecht before taking off on his bike, police said.

Hausknecht was on his way to work at the time, KTRK reported. A witness flagged down a private ambulance driving by the scene. Emergency crews rushed him to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Investigators do not know if the shooting was random or targeted, or possibly the result of road rage.

Jim McGrath, spokesperson for former President H.W. Bush, 94, issued a statement on Twitter.

“Mark was a fantastic cardiologist and a good man,” President Bush said in the statement. “I will always be grateful for his exceptional, compassionate care. His family is in our prayers.”

The suspect in the shooting is still at large, CNN reports. He is described as a 30-year-old white or Hispanic man, wearing a tan baseball cap, grey jacket, khaki shorts and riding a light-colored mountain bicycle. 

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Transgender woman says CVS pharmacist refused to fill hormone prescriptions

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:19 AM

Transgender woman Hilde Hall said a pharmacist at a CVS store in Phoenix, Arizona, refused to fill her hormone prescriptions. CVS said that employee has since been fired.
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Transgender woman Hilde Hall said a pharmacist at a CVS store in Phoenix, Arizona, refused to fill her hormone prescriptions. CVS said that employee has since been fired.(Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A transgender woman in Phoenix has filed a formal complaint against CVS with the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, after she said a pharmacist refused to fill her hormone prescriptions and humiliated her in front of other customers.

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In a blog on the ACLU of Arizona website, Hilde Hall said it was the first time she filled the prescription for hormone therapy.

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“I was finally going to start seeing my body reflect my gender identity and the woman I’ve always known myself to be,” Hall said.

Hall said the pharmacist loudly questioned her need for the medication and wouldn’t give her a clear reason why he wouldn’t fill the prescription, KSAZ reports.

“I nearly started crying in the middle of the store. I didn’t want to answer why I had been prescribed this hormone therapy combination by my doctor,” Hall wrote. “I felt like the pharmacist was trying to out me as transgender in front of strangers. I just froze and worked on holding back the tears.”

Hall also said the pharmacist refused to give her back the doctor’s note so that she could go to another pharmacy. 

Hall said she called the CVS customer service complaint line twice, and when she didn’t hear back, she filed a complaint with the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.

CVS said in a statement to CNN the pharmacist violated company policy and has been fired. 

Steve Kilar, communications director with the ACLU of Arizona, said CVS spoke with Hilde over the phone on Friday after the incident.

The ACLU of Arizona issued the following statement:

“Hilde appreciates that CVS took her experience seriously. She spoke with a CVS representative today who offered a sincere apology on behalf the company and said that the pharmacist who mistreated Hilde acted outside of the company’s guidelines. Hilde hopes that CVS will make its nondiscrimination policies public, so that transgender and non-binary customers have some assurance the corporation will take appropriate action if similar discrimination occurs in the future.”

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