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Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 5:01 PM
A line of thunderstorms is expected to bring damaging winds and rain to the area. Check out our videos and photos of the event.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 8:17 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 8:10 a.m.:
A man arrested at the same address of a fatal double shooting in Dayton has been booked into jail on a preliminary charge of murder, jail records indicate.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Stabbing victim, 79, still recovering, no suspect in custody
Willie James Henry Jr., 43, was arrested at the same address on East Norman Avenue in Dayton around 5:30 a.m., according to jail records. He is facing preliminary charges of murder and felonious assault.
Police said a woman was pronounced dead at the scene while a man was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
We’ll update this page as new details become available.
One person has died and another is at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Norman Avenue early Thursday morning.
Officials say the two victims, only described as a male and female in their 40s, were found with gunshot wounds in the 30 block of Norman Avenue around 1:15 a.m.
The female victim was pronounced dead on scene, while the male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.
There is a suspect in custody that detectives are questioning, according to police.
A neighbor who called 911 reported the male victim was shot first. The female victim went inside, and the neighbor heard an additional shot.
The neighbor said the suspect was sitting on the porch with a gun. Police confirmed the suspect had been walking around the area with a gun. The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody without incident.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:52 AM
— Koko the gorilla, the simian who showed the world that they could communicate has died.
Koko was born 46 years ago at the San Francisco Zoo. She was taught sign language by Dr. Francine Patterson starting in 1974, The Associated Press reported.
She had a vocabulary of about 1,000 words of American Sign Language, National Geographic reported.
Koko’s ability to communicate and the empathy she showed made the gorilla a national treasure. She was featured on National Geographic’s cover twice, including one from 1978 that featured a photo that the animal took of herself in a mirror.
She had learned how to use a camera after watching a photographer and imitating him. At the end of the National Geographic photoshoot, she signed “love camera,” according to National Geographic.
The second cover, from 1985, showed the large western lowland gorilla cradling a kitten. Koko had asked for a kitten for Christmas in 1984. Her caretakers gave her a stuffed animal, but that didn’t work for the gorilla who told her human family that she was sad that she didn’t get a real cat, The Los Angeles Times reported in 1985. So on her birthday, she was allowed to chose one and became famous being a gorilla who had a kitten as a pet. Researchers said that Koko would cradle and pet the small cat, while the feline would treat Koko like a human. Like any cat, she was independent, and would bite, or get loose when she had had enough love from her gorilla caretaker. When that happened, Koko would sign “obnoxious cat.” But when the kitten, whom Koko named All Ball, wanted affection, Koko would sign,“soft, good cat.” Koko and All Ball’s family came to an end, though, when the cat wandered into a road and was hit by a car. Koko signed about death after the kitten was killed and cried, mourning her pet, the Times reported.
That wasn’t the only time that Koko showed that she understood death and would mourn the passing of a friend, the “Today” show reported. When she was told of Robin Williams’s death in 2014, she became sad, Patterson wrote on Koko.org. Williams and Koko became friends after they met in 2001.
The Gorilla Foundation said it will keep Koko’s memory alive by continuing its conservation efforts in Africa, operating a great ape sanctuary on Maui and developing a sign language app that features Koko that will help gorillas and children learning to sign.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:26 AM
PINE BLUFF, Ark. — A suspected thief is behind bars after police say he handed an Arkansas waitress her own stolen card while paying his bill at a Pine Bluff restaurant.
According to The Associated Press, Shamon West, 21, was arrested Tuesday after Shannon's Restaurant waitress Flora Lunsford went to swipe the credit card and noticed her own name on it. She called police, who searched West and found Lunsford's Social Security card and driver's license, as well, the AP reported.
The arrest came two days after someone took Lunsford's purse from her car, which was parked outside a gas station two blocks from the restaurant, KATV reported.
West now faces charges of theft by receiving and forgery.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 5:47 PM
Bada Bing Pizzeria in Springfield will close on Sunday, according to a post on the business’ Facebook page.
The post reads in part, “Thank you all for your support over the last few years. We have been blessed beyond measure. What’s next? Stay tuned.”
The restaurant is located at 40 N. Fountain Ave.