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‘Voodoo black magic’ threats left on Dayton workers’ desks, report says

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 @ 7:15 AM

Voodoo and black magic, including salt imprinted with faces and crosses, were cited in a Dayton police report Jan. 30, 2018 after Honeywell employees threatened. Staff photo illustration
Voodoo and black magic, including salt imprinted with faces and crosses, were cited in a Dayton police report Jan. 30, 2018 after Honeywell employees threatened. Staff photo illustration

Police in this city were called to a Honeywell office building Tuesday after several employees were threatened and “black magic symbols” left on their desks. 

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dayton police were called to Innovation Court to gather information from a 45-year-old female employee and a 47-year-old male employee about threatening text messages, letters and items left on their desks. 

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“Several employees have been threatened via text and several threatening notes with Voo-Doo or black magic symbols have been left on desks,” by an unknown suspect, the police report reads.

The two employees, who have been friends over a decade, began receiving text messages from unknown numbers in April 2017 and again in September 2017. The messages included “untrue allegations against the two,” the police report reads.

The Honeywell employee that called Dayton police Tuesday on behalf of the two workers said there had been five different notes found that day around their work stations.

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In part, one note addressed to the male worker said: “I will get you don't waste you time going to the doctor. I will make you sick,” according to the Dayton police report.

“In addition to the notes, there was salt spread across (the male victim’s) desk. There were crosses across the salt with faces imprinted in the salt. In addition to the salt, there were two eggs that had multiple crosses on them,” the police report narrative reads.

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Fire severely damages home north of St. Paris

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

Bill Lackey/Staff
Bill Lackey/Staff

UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m.: 

A couple was able to safely evacuate their home after a fire broke out Friday morning. 

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The home on North Heck Hill Road suffered extensive damage in the blaze, according to our crew on the scene. 

There have been no immediate reports of injuries. 

Crews are blocking North Heck Hill Road near Millerstown-Eris Road to battle the blaze. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Fire crews have reported heavy smoke and flames coming from a house on North Heck Hill Road, north of St. Paris in Champaign County Friday morning. 

Several fire crews were dispatched to the house in the 2500 block of North Heck Hill Road, near Millerstown-Eris Road, after the fire was reported around 11:10 a.m. 

It was not immediately known if the structure is believed to be occupied or vacant. 

Initial reports indicate fire crews are fighting the fire defensively. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles over cruise control issue

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:52 AM

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles over an issue that could prevent drivers from turning off cruise control. Models affected include the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, model years 2014-2018.
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Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles over an issue that could prevent drivers from turning off cruise control. Models affected include the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, model years 2014-2018.(Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles that could prevent drivers from turning off the cruise control function.

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The cruise control could become dangerous when an affected car accelerates under cruise control, like when trying to climb up a hill, Fiat Chrysler officials told CNN. This could cause the car to become locked in cruise control, and the driver might not be able to tap the breaks or hit the designated switch to turn it off.

One incident related to this issue has been reported to Fiat Chrysler, but there have been no reported injuries. 

Affected car owners are told to stop using the cruise control function immediately until the vehicle can be repaired, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated in a press release.

If this issue happens while driving, the NHTSA said drivers might be able to stop the vehicle by pushing the break pedal and placing the vehicle in park once it is stopped. Drivers could also shift the transmission to neutral or forcefully apply the manual break and place the car in park once it has stopped. 

Fiat Chrysler officials are asking owners of the recalled vehicles to bring them to a dealership for a software update.

The models covered under the recall include:

• 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan

• 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan

• 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan 

• 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV 

• 2014-18 Dodge Journey crossover 

• 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV 

• 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV 

• 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup 

• 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis 

• 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup 

• 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis

• 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup 

• 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe 

• 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan 

• 2018 Jeep Wrangler 

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22-year-old uses ‘odd’ strategy to win $2 million on lotto scratch off

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

A 22-year-old won $2 million on a Diamond Dazzler scratch-off ticket. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)
A 22-year-old won $2 million on a Diamond Dazzler scratch-off ticket. (Photo: Michigan Lottery)

A 22-year-old man whose strategy is to only play odd-numbered scratch off tickets, won $2 million from the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond Dazzler game.

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The player, who wanted to remain anonymous, took the lump-sum payout of $1.3 million Wednesday, according to lottery officials

“Winning this much money at my age gives me endless opportunities if I’m smart about how I spend it, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.

The win came from the player’s odd strategy. 

He walked into the Busatti Party Store and asked the clerk what number the ticket was on his favorite game, the Diamond Dazzler. 

“Twenty-one,” she replied. 

He had to have it. He scratched the $20 ticket off in the store and saw it was a winner. He looked at the clerk then at his friend who was with him before running out to his car.

He plans to buy a new vehicle and invest the rest. 

More than $72 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes.

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Rape victim wins $1 billion verdict in civil suit against security company

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 2:11 AM

Rape Victim Wins $1 Billion Verdict Against Security Company

A Georgia rape victim was awarded a $1 billion settlement verdict Tuesday by a Clayton County jury in a civil lawsuit, according to court documents.

Hope Cheston, who is now 20 years old, sued a security company whose employee, Brandon Lamar Zachary, was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The rape occurred in October 2012 when Cheston was 14. 

Hope Cheston, who is now 20 years old, sued a security company whose employee, Brandon Lamar Zachary (pictured), was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison.(Clayton County Sheriff's Office)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s policy is to not name rape victims, but Cheston has chosen to speak out after the verdict. 

“Sexual assault is sexual assault,” Cheston said at a news conference Wednesday. “It’s not right, and it needs to be punished.”

She said the verdict was a pleasant surprise that validates her struggles and emotional pain.

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“For the longest (time), I thought it would be pushed under the rug and no longer mattered ... but come to find out 12 strangers feel like what I went through and my story and how I feel six years later is worth a billion dollars,” Cheston said.

She originally filed the civil suit against the apartment complex, HACC Pointe South Inc., the property management company, Hammond Residential Group, Inc., and the security company, Crime Prevention Agency Inc.

HACC Pointe South Inc. and Hammond Residential Group Inc. were eventually dismissed from the suit.

The State Court of Clayton County ruled in Cheston’s favor against the security company, handing her the huge settlement, according to a statement from her attorney. 

“This is a huge victory for women,” Cheston’s attorney, Chris Stewart, said at the news conference.

Stewart said Crime Prevention Agency Inc. has since changed its name to International Security Agency Inc., which he said has prompted a subsequent lawsuit.

“You can’t change names or try to hide from your responsibility,” Stewart said.

Zachary, who is now 28, was arrested on charges of rape, statutory rape and child molestation, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. 

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