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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 5:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
BUTLER COUNTY — Two women were found dead in less than 12 hours in Butler County, and police are working to determine if the shootings are related.
A woman was killed inside a Trenton apartment Wednesday morning during a hostage situation, just hours after another woman’s body was found dead in Madison Twp., according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Butler County sheriff’s deputies went to an apartment at the corner of Sal Boulevard and Dell Drive on Wednesday morning to question a potential suspect involved in the Madison Twp. homicide, he said.
When deputies knocked on the apartment door, there was no answer until about 10 rounds of gunfire were exchanged between the potential suspect and deputies, Jones said.
The deputies retreated after the initial gunfire and negotiated with the suspect, who was holding at least two women hostage, police said.
The potential suspect, a man not yet identified by police, later shot several more rounds at law enforcement officers through the apartment’s windows.
The man eventually walked outside the apartment, released one woman, and put a handgun under his chin and pulled the trigger, Jones said.
The man was conscious and talking to officers and paramedics as he was transported to a local hospital around noon Wednesday, Jones said.
When officers entered into the apartment, they found one woman dead. The woman had been shot, police said.
Jones declined to say if there was a connection among the people in the apartment — the suspect and the two women — or the woman found dead in Madison Twp. around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on Woodsdale Road, close to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office shooting range.
The names of the suspect and the two women found dead have not yet been released by police.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:56 AM
FAIRFIELD, Butler County — Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.
The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive.
A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.
Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:12 AM
— Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early on Nov. 22, 2017, and only given 24 hours to live.
"Her kidney wasn't working. Her liver's enlarged. She couldn't breathe on her own," her grandmother, Cindy Washington, said Wednesday.
The newborn was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as mucopolysaccharidosis type VII.
Her mother, Hunter Howard, said they are one of the first cases in this part of the United States.
"They told us there are only 150 people in the whole world that have this," Howard said.
The disease is also known as MPS7 or Sly syndrome. Patients with it are missing a key enzyme needed for healthy body function.
Body tissue and organs are damaged because of the disease. The result is a very short life expectancy for the now 7-month-old.
"At this point, they're saying that she won't live a year," Washington said.
Skylar's family said they have received world-class care at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center while coming to grips with their new reality.
"I'm thankful, there couldn't have been a better team to take care of Skylar," Washington told us.
But the clock is ticking with no cure for MPS7.
Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for MPS7. It's an enzyme therapy drug.
However, the family's being told it will cost them $200,000 per year.
That's money they don't have, and the family is left hoping Medicaid will agree to cover the cost of treatment.
"Skylar needs it now, 'cause that medicine just might save her," Washington said.
They are left to wait for an answer about treatment and said they'll cherish every moment they have for now with Skylar.
"She's the light of my life, and I would never want that to dim," her mother said.
Doctors are allowing Skylar to leave the hospital on July 5.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:57 AM
TODAY: Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off.
SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night.
SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry.
MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine.
TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 5:30 AM
— Two people were arrested in Idaho after a toddler who was unrestrained in a car seat fell out of a moving car -- and the driver did not stop his vehicle, KTVB reported.
Police in Boise said they received a call at 7:53 p.m. on June 15. According to witnesses, the car’s back seat flew open as the driver made a right turn. The 2-year-old child and the car seat spilled onto the road, KTVB reported.
A witness retrieved the boy -- who was not buckled into the seat -- off the road. The child suffered bruises to his left cheek and was taken to a hospital, the television station reported.
Moments later the driver of the car -- Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, 57, of Boise, returned to the scene and dropped off the boy’s mother, Ashley Pantoja, 25, also of Boise -- and drove away, police said.
Officers later discovered that two other children were in the car and were not properly restrained, KTVB reported.