This inspiring event featured models with disabilities. Here’s how it happened.

Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 8:38 AM

The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities collaborated with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and the Paul Mitchell School to host a Holiday Fashion Show. Pictured front row, from left are: Megan Manuel of the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities, models Shelby Dietz and Emily McMahon, and Sharon Hannon of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Back row from Paul Mitchell School are Wallis Doyle, Ashley Gill and Melanie McGregor. CONTRIBUTED
The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities collaborated with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and the Paul Mitchell School to host a Holiday Fashion Show. Pictured front row, from left are: Megan Manuel of the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities, models Shelby Dietz and Emily McMahon, and Sharon Hannon of Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries. Back row from Paul Mitchell School are Wallis Doyle, Ashley Gill and Melanie McGregor. CONTRIBUTED

The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities recently collaborated with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries and the Paul Mitchell School to host a holiday fashion show.

Seventeen models served by the WCBDD were the featured stars of the show and modeled fashions selected by Ohio Valley Goodwill’s donation team. A team of students from the Paul Mitchell School volunteered their time to do hair and makeup on all the models.

Megan Manuel, Superintendent for the WCBDD said, “It was a great show! It was so much fun, and everyone looked great! We’re so appreciative of the community collaboration that made this event so successful.”

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Sharon Hannon, Marketing Manager for Goodwill, said, “Our team worked hard for months selecting fashions for each model which would showcase attire that would be appropriate for holiday events. We wanted to make sure that we provided fashion selections that would look great on each and every model in the show.”

Wallis Doyle, Design Tech Leader for Paul Mitchell School, said, “We had an incredible time and were so happy to be part of the event.”

Rhonda Schutte, Community Integration Coordinator for the WCBDD coordinated the event and thanked long-time volunteer Joe Koehl for hosting as Master of Ceremonies.

The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities supports more than 1,800 individuals with disabilities and their families through Early Intervention, Adult, Employment, Residential, Therapy, and other support programs.

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2 Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 12:22 AM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 1:49 AM

Gilchrist County sheriff's deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, left, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, right, a seven-year veteran, were shot and killed at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, on Thursday afternoon,
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Gilchrist County sheriff's deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, left, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, right, a seven-year veteran, were shot and killed at a restaurant in Trenton, Florida, on Thursday afternoon,(Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office)

Two Florida sheriff’s deputies were killed Thursday, shot through the window of a Chinese restaurant as they shared a meal, The Gainesville Sun reported. The man who allegedly shot the Gilchrist County deputies was found dead in a car outside the restaurant, authorities said.

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Deputy Taylor Lindsey, 25, and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 29, were eating at the Ace China restaurant in Trenton at 3 p.m. when they were shot, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter as John Hubert Highnote, 59, of Bell, Florida. Deputies responding to the shooting found Highnote dead from a gunshot wound, the statement said.

Ramirez was a seven-year veteran and was married with two children, Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz said.

Schultz called the shooter “a coward,” while Bill Cervone, state attorney for Florida’s 8th Judicial Circuit, called the act “inexplicable.”

"It appears (the shooter) just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It’s inexplicable ... people will want to know why and we may never have an answer for them," Cervone told the Sun.

“Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Lindsay were the best of the best,” Schultz said at a news conference. “They’re men of integrity, they’re men of loyalty, they are God-fearing and they loved what they did. We are very proud of them.”

Schultz added that he did not want to make his remarks political, but said “What do you expect when you demonize law enforcement to the extent it has been demonized?”

The shooting was not prompted by any incident in the restaurant, the Sun reported.

In a statement, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he was “heartbroken.”

"It is true evil for anyone to hurt a law enforcement officer, and in Florida, we have zero tolerance for violence, especially against the police," Scott said.

President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted their condolences.

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Parents file $750,000 lawsuit against Tennessee trampoline park

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:49 AM

A Tennessee couple filed suit against a trampoline park.
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A Tennessee couple filed suit against a trampoline park.(Fox13Memphis.com)

A Tennessee family filed a $750,000 lawsuit against Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Cordova. 

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Two parents filed the lawsuit in Shelby County Circuit Court last week on behalf of their son, who was injured on a rope course at the park in September 2017. 

“He was given a harness by an employee, and after he had the harness on he was told he was ready to go,” the family claims in the complaint. 

“(The child) was going up the climbing pole to the top, he fell off, landing on the ground below sustaining serious injury to his legs,” the lawsuit continues. “Employees failed to secure the lanyard rope, which was designed to prevent patrons from falling.”

The child fell 12 to 15 feet. According to the complaint, he is “permanently disabled.”

A spokesman for Urban Air Trampoline provided a statement in a voicemail. 

“Urban Air is committed to ensuring the highest levels of safety to our guests and employees,” the spokesman said. “We focus on meeting and exceeding industry standards in our training and operating procedures."

Urban Air representatives would not discuss the specifics of the lawsuit, but did say the family signed a waiver. 

The waiver warns parents of potential risks that can result in injury, including minor injuries, serious injuries, and “catastrophic injuries.”

After signing the waiver, parents also acknowledge Urban Air will not pay for medical expenses.

“Participant acknowledges that the protected parties will not pay for any cost or expenses incurred by participant if participant is injured,” the waiver says. 

Neither the family nor their attorney have returned messages requesting additional comment.

The family claims Urban Air employees failed to do their jobs, and Urban Air failed to adequately train employees on safety precautions, among other allegations.

The family is suing the adventure park for $750,000 in damages to cover “all past, present and future medical expenses associated with treatment of his medical condition.”

The money would also cover lost wages, since the parents said they “lost time from work” because of the fall.

Nationally, injuries at trampoline parks are an “emerging concern,” according to a study published in the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study found a “significant” increase in patients visiting emergency departments due to injuries at trampoline parks, as the recreational trend becomes more popular in cities across the U.S.

“Additional investigation and strategies are need to prevent injury at trampoline parks,” the study concluded. 

Tim Ware, a parent in Shelby County, said employees at the indoor parks need to remain focused. 

“I want every employee looking at my daughter the same way they would look at a family member of theirs,” Ware said. “Say, ‘Hey, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to make sure this kid is safe.’”

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One in custody after OSP pursuit on I-75 in Miami County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:34 AM

A pursuit that occurred on northbound I-75 in Miami County ended with one suspect in police custody, officials say. 

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The pursuit started at the 67 milemarker and ended at the 73 milemarker early Friday morning, per initial reports.

The pursuit did not end in a crash and no injuries were reported, per officials.

Police also reportedly had someone at gunpoint on a ramp near where the pursuit ended.

We’re working to learn if a passenger reportedly fled, as officials were reportedly looking for an individual in the area where the pursuit ended. 

We’ll continue to update this story with more details. 

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Freeze Warning in effect; temperatures climb into weekend

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 3:26 AM

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  • Freeze warning in effect south of I-70 until 9 a.m.
  • Sunshine returns today
  • Warming up through the weekend

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Today: It will be a chilly morning with temperatures in the 30s with frost expected to develop, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. We’ll see sunshine through the day. Temperatures will finally get closer to normal again with highs in the upper 50s. It will be a clear and chilly night.

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Saturday: It will be a nice start to the weekend. The day looks to be dry, but clouds will likely increase for the afternoon. Highs will be around 60.

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Sunday: It will be another beautiful weekend day with highs in the low 60s, which is right where temperatures should be. There will be plenty of sunshine.

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Monday: Temperatures will continue to climb as highs reach the mid-60s. Clouds will increase and thicken up into the evening. A passing rain shower at night can’t be ruled out.

Tuesday: We’ll see scattered, mild rain showers. It will be breezy and cloudy. Highs will be around 60.

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