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Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:05 AM
CELINA, Ohio — Five women who work at an Ohio Waffle House received a touching Christmas surprise from members of Grand Lake United Methodist Church.
Rev. Mick Whistler, the lead pastor of the church in Celina, challenged church members to set aside $1 each week of Advent, with each family bringing five $1 bills to the Christmas Eve service.
At the end of the service, Whistler took off his minister’s robes and revealed he was wearing a red server’s apron. He announced the church raised more than $3,500 and that they were going to take it to the Waffle House in Wapakoneta, where servers were unable to be home with their families.
Despite the snow and poor road conditions, church member Barb Vorhees said between 60 and 70 church members joined the caravan to the restaurant.
The five workers were amazed by the large envelope stuffed with $1 bills.
“They were all very touched by it,” Vorhees said. “The cool thing about it was none of us knew about it. It was a surprise to us, too.”
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:25 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:25 AM
— President Donald Trump called in to Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” morning show on Thursday, criticizing Democrats and the Justice Department and calling former FBI Director James Comey “a leaker and a liar” in a wide-ranging interview.
Trump called in to the news show after his pick to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, White House physician Ronny Jackson, announced he would no longer pursue the post. Jackson and the president faced criticism after reports surfaced that the doctor was accused of overprescribing pills and crashing a government vehicle while drunk.
Trump blamed Democrats for the decision, insisting that lawmakers were dragging out the process and keeping “the best people in our country” from quickly taking positions.
“I even told him a day or two ago, I saw this, where this was going," he said, telling the “Fox & Friends” hosts that Democrats were disappointed after failing to stop the nomination of former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as chief of staff.
"They thought they had him stopped. The Democrats are obstructionists, it’s horrible what they’re doing,” Trump said. “They’re not approving people. ... It’s a disgrace.”
Trump singled out Sen. Jon Tester, the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, telling “Fox & Friends” that the senator from Montana will “have a big price to pay” with voters for the statements he’s made about Jackson.
"For Jon Tester to bring up stuff like 'candy man' and the kinds of things he was saying and then to say, 'Well, you know, these are statements that were made.' There is no proof of this," Trump said. "For him to be doing this to this man and his family, I think Jon Tester has to have a big price to pay in Montana. I don't think people in Montana — the admiral is the kind of person that they respect and admire — and they don't like seeing what's happened to him.”
The president added that Jackson has an unblemished record. Jackson, a U.S. Navy rear admiral, was appointed in 2013 by then-President Barack Obama to serve as physician to the president.
Trump hinted that he has a new nominee in mind for the post, but he declined to name the person, saying only that it was “somebody with political capabilities.”
He repeated his claim that the Justice Department investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election amounted to little more than a “witch hunt,” telling “Fox & Friends” that he had resolved to stay out of the probe but that he might change his mind.
“Because of the fact that they have this witch hunt going on with people in the Justice Department that shouldn't be there -- they have a witch hunt against the president of the United States going on -- I’ve taken the position, and I don't have to take this position, and maybe I'll change, that I will not be involved with the Justice Department,” Trump said. “It is all lies and it is a horrible thing that is going on, a horrible thing.”
The president also said memos written by Comey and leaked to the media last week included “a lot of phony stuff.”
"He didn't write those memos accurately," Trump said. He pointed specifically to Comey’s claims that the president told him on two occasions that he didn’t stay in Moscow overnight in 2013, around the time of the Miss Universe pageant.
“I went to Russia for a day or so -- a day or two -- because I own the Miss Universe pageant, so I went there to watch it,” Trump said. “He said I didn’t stay there a night. Of course I stayed there. I stayed there a very short period of time, but of course I stayed.”
The unusual call started with the president mentioning that Thursday is the birthday of his wife, first lady Melania Trump.
Trump tells Fox and Friends that he decided to do an interview with them because it's Melania's birthday. Asked what he got her, he pauses and says, "Maybe I didn't get her so much. I got her a beautiful card."— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 26, 2018
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:27 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:15 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Today: We’ll see sunshine today with a few afternoon clouds as highs reach the mid-60s, which is normal. It will be dry tonight with a few clouds lingering.
Friday: It will be a dry morning with some sunshine. A quick front will swing through, which could spark off a few afternoon/evening showers. Activity looks light and isolated. It will be a mild day again with highs in the mid-60s and a little breezy.
Saturday: Clouds will decrease through the day. It will be a little cooler than normal with highs in the upper 50s. Temperatures will drop into the low to mid 30s overnight, so some spotty frost could develop.
Sunday: Spotty morning frost is possible. It will be a nice end to the weekend with plenty of sunshine and dry conditions. Highs will be in the upper 50s to near 60.
Monday: A warm-up begins with plenty of sunshine and highs around 70.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 9:50 AM
— The legacy of a Centerville police officer, killed in the line of duty 20 years ago, continues to serve the community.
The 21st annual Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive will take place Friday, April 27 at the Centerville Police Department.
“It’s been 20 years since the accident that created the blood drive, and now it’s the 21st annual blood drive with 4,114 units donated,” said Officer Kalaman’s father, John Kalaman.
“Over the years we’ve seen a lot of the same people and every year we have new donors. Some folks have been with us almost every year.”
In the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 1998, Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman, 29, and Washington Twp. Firefighter Robert O’Toole, 26, responded to a single-car accident on I-675 at Wilmington Pike along with firefighter Charles Arnold.
While investigating the scene on the highway, the three men were struck by a car whose driver lost control while speeding on the slick roadway.
Officer Kalaman, a five-year police department veteran, was killed at the scene. Firefighter O’Toole, who had been with the department for four years, died at Miami Valley Hospital. Arnold, who was seriously injured, survived.
John Kalaman and his wife Paula held the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday.
Each year the couple greets the donors and supporters at the blood drive and serves birthday cake in honor of their son.
“It’s one of those things where we will reach a point when we can no longer be there,” said John Kalaman. “I hope the blood center will continue the blood drive for the community and for all the people who have donated over the years. It’s all we can hope for.”
The blood drive will be held Friday in the Centerville Police Department training room, 155 W. Spring Valley Rd., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:38 AM
MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE, 10:30 a.m. April 26:
Three Middletown High School students were arrested and charged with inducing panic Wednesday night after they allegedly posted a video on Snapchat threatening school violence, said Maj. David Birk from the Middletown Division of Police.
He praised students for alerting school and police officials about the video.
The district’s “See Something, Say Something” slogan is catching on, and stopped this threat before it became “a bigger issue,” Birk said.
After investigating the video, police determined the boys— two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old — were holding BB guns in the Snapchat video, Birk said.
The teens were transported to Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, Birk said.
There is a larger “police presence” at the school today, but classes are being held, according to school officials.
UPDATE, 10 a.m. April 26:
There will be a larger "police presence" throughout the day, though the threat of violence is over, said Elizabeth Beadle, spokeswoman for Middletown City Schools.
She said classes are being held and it's "business as normal" inside the school.
There were three Middletown cruisers in the high school parking lot this morning.
INITIAL REPORT, 2:07 a.m. April 26:
There will be extra police presence today at Middletown High School after a threat was made on social media.
Three middle school students have been detained for a video posted to Snapchat that threatened violence against the high school, according to a post on the Middletown City Schools Facebook page.
Any student absences will be excused, according to the post.
Details of the threatening post on social media have not been made public.