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"No way were we going to split them up": Local foster parents adopt 5 siblings
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Five young children, all related, were adopted on Thursday by their foster parents. “No way were we going to split them up.” That was the message from a foster mom and dad who are no longer foster parents. Now they're just parents. Every court case has a number, but behind every number there is a person, or in this case, five. Five children, the oldest age 12, the youngest age 2, were all adopted by their foster parents. “We can't separate them, it's about the kids,” said Wil Rom, who is now the father of the five kids. The kids, 12-year-old William, 9-year-old Truth, 6-year-old Mariana, 3-year-old Keyora, and 2-year-old KJ are all siblings or half siblings with the same mom. Wil and Julie Rom took the youngsters in as foster children between 2014 and 2016 and then decided to adopt them all at once. “There was never a second guess. It was a package, a package deal,” said Wil. Judge Ralph Winkler presided in the creation of one big happy family. “The kids would miss each other if we had to separate them and most of the time they do get separated, which is a sad thing for the children. But these kids get to stay together forever,” said Judge Ralph Winkler. “We went from a three-bedroom ranch to a five-bedroom two-story. But it's for the kids. It's best to keep them together,” said Julie. Others sharing the joy on Thursday were friends, family and even a former teacher of the two oldest kids. “I look at these two boys right now and they are alive right now. Their eyes are bright with wonder. I could not be more grateful to Julie for letting former teachers in who have a piece of their heart in these children, to let them know that they're okay and I’m grateful to you for letting me be here for this process,” said Ann Boyle, a former teacher of the kids. A lot of the time, people who are in a courtroom are either unhappy, in handcuffs, or both. That was definitely not the case on Thursday. Court is adjourned. The family is in session.
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Crowd Pushes Through Barriers at WWII Memorial
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial's closing under the government shutdown. Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas were among those who gathered Sunday morning, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Cruz says President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the government shutdown. The memorial has become a symbol of the bitter fight between Democrats and Republicans over who is at fault since the shutdown began. On Sunday morning, a protest by truckers converged with a veterans march at the World War II Memorial. Participants cut the links between metal barriers at the National Park Service property and pushed them aside.Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Jay Pharoah does several impressions ahead of his Liberty Funny Bone shows
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - You've likely seen Jay Pharoah's' work whether it was on saturday night live, viral parody music videos, or in major movies. He'll perform at Liberty Funny Bone but before that he did his best impressions and helped Jen Dalton with her traffic report.
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Michigan Football Team Embraces Special Player
OLIVET, Mich. (WKRC) -- A Michigan middle school football team goes behind their coach's back to give a developmentally disabled player a special moment. CBS' Steve Hartman found a very special story in Olivet, Michigan.Keith Orr suffers from boundary issues and can always be seen hugging his teammates. His fellow players wanted Keith to score a touchdown at a game in early October. When the team was about to score, they stopped so Keith could make the touchdown.
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Hero dog adopted through rescue organization helps boy
MONROE, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A local dog certainly lived up to the saying “dog is a man’s best friend.” A local family said if not for their pit bull, Ember, their son's medical emergency could have been much worse. The Daniels family was aware that there's a negative stigma that sometimes surrounds the breed. But they said Ember was the second pit bull they've had as a pet. Ember has always had a special bond with Tre Daniels. And when the 10-year-old needed help, Ember was there. It was evident from the time they adopted the pit bull June 2014. Sunday, May 31, the family was even more grateful for Ember when Tre had a medical emergency. Tre’s mother, Tracy, said, “We were sleeping and she just sat down next to the bed and she was doing this real low grumble. It wasn't even a growl, it was just this odd grumble.” Ember was unrelenting and led Tracy down the hallway to the bathroom, “Then I saw Tre's legs just hanging over the side of the tub there. And as I looked into the tub, half of his body was out and the other half was in the tub and his head was fully extended back.” Tre told Local 12, “I guess I fell in there cause my head was right here and my head was going back and forth.” Tre was having a seizure and medics rushed him to the hospital. Tracy shared pictures on Facebook giving credit to her pet and "Adore-A-Bull,” the pit bull rescue that united Ember and her family. Libby Power from Adore-A-Bull said, “It's a very proud moment not only for our organization but more so for this dog that was abandoned. She was a lone puppy on the streets. She had no family, nobody to be her advocate.” The organization is hoping to stop the negative stigma surrounding the breed. Tony Daniels, a Cincinnati firefighter, understands why some don't like them. “We've dealt with a lot of really nasty accidents with pit bulls,” he said. “But I would say 99-percent of the time it's always, you know, you look at the owner.” The family said it's about the owner, not the breed. Doctors did some testing when Tre was in the hospital. Everything came back normal so he should be fine. When he got home from the hospital his mother said Ember stayed by Tre's side for the entire evening. Advocates are also hoping that more people spay and neuter so that there are fewer pit bulls abandoned and ultimately euthanized. Follow Angela Ingram on Twitter @newslaw1, and LIKE her on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Josh Wolf asks that people let him do his job at Liberty Funny Bone
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - He had a weekly spot on Chelsea Lately, a recurring role on "My Name is Earl" and "Raising Hope" and has done several hosting-type jobs for E! Josh Wolf is in town to bring big laughs to the Liberty Funny Bone February 10-12.
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Holocaust survivor meets US Veteran after 70 years
LOS ANGELES, Cali. (WKRC) -- A Holocaust survivor reunited with an American veteran who helped liberate him from the horror of a Nazi concentration camp 70 years ago. Joshua Kaufman was just a teenager during World War II, but he was a teenager who had seen and survived more than most of us can imagine. He was only 15 when he was forced into a Nazi concentration camp, but now Joshua Kaufman is ready to celebrate his 87th birthday next month beside his four adult daughters and their children. He credits it all to the US troops who freed him, when he says he was just days from dying ‚“You cannot imagine,‚ said Kaufman. ‚“Skin and bones, and I saw them in front of me‚ they [the troops] are my God.‚ ‚“I promised one day when I come to America, any American soldier‚ I will fall down on my knees, and I will hug him and I will kiss him,‚ Kaufman said. Kaufman did just that when he saw Daniel Gillespie, a US Army veteran, who helped liberate Kaufman and other Jews, from a Nazi death camp in 1945. The German History Channel arranged the reunion in Orange County and captured Kaufman kissing Gillespie's feet. It's a picture seen around the around world now. Kaufman‚„s daughter, Rachael, said that he's always wanted to show that level of respect to the soldiers who saved him. ‚“In all the years, he saluted, he shook hands, but he never kept his dream of actually kissing feet of veteran,‚ said Rachel Kaufman Together, Kaufman and Gillespie are a living reminder of what we can never let happen again. World leaders are gathering at Auschwitz on Tuesday to mark the liberation of the concentration camp. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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One last game
For Lauren Hill’s #Layup4Lauren campaign, click here: http://layup4lauren.org ---------- Continuing Coverage: Ticket information for Lauren's "One Last Game" to be held at Xavier University's Cintas Center. ----- CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- When Mount Saint Joseph University opens its women's basketball season in November, the opening game will be unforgettable, but it won't have anything to do with the score. For one incoming freshman from Lawrenceburg High School, taking the floor will be fulfilling the dream of a lifetime
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70-year-old man read more than 5,000 books within 8 years
PERU, Ill. (WWMT) -- A 70-year-old man gave up drinking to read books instead, roughly 5,000 of them.For the past eight years, Michael Coulter says he has read an average of two books a day."If I don't have nothing to do, I'll just sit down and read," Coulter said.Adriana Diaz reports. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Homeowners Association changes flag rule: Marine Corps flag stays
UNION, Ky. (WKRC) - From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Triple Crown, people better be careful if they pick a fight with the United States Marines. The homeowners association of Triple Crown found that out Thursday night, February 2, after a veteran pushed back on social media when he was told he would be fined if he kept flying his Marine Corps flag. The association for the upscale development in Union, Kentucky backed down Friday, February 3. The story blew up on Facebook overnight after the vet posted a copy of the letter telling him to pay a fine or take down the flag. Towne Properties manages Triple Crown but did not make the Homeowners Association rules. They told Local 12 News a new manager sent out about three dozen letters to residents who were violating the Homeowners Association's rules, but this one got all the attention. The flag that Scott Wallace proudly flies outside his Triple Crown home is a Marine Corps flag. Wallace said he was a proud Marine veteran and flies it to support all vets and current troops. He said he was shocked when he got the letter Tuesday, January 31, telling him his marine flag was not permitted, only US flags. Wallace would not talk on camera Friday but several of his neighbors weighed in on the issue. Eric Hingle was an army vet who didn't know he couldn't fly his Army flag, "Are we going to say there's no school flags or no professional sports flags or anything else? I mean you come out during football season there's Bengals flags all over the place and blow up dollars all over the yards. If we're trying to keep the neighborhood looking good I'd say that stuff shouldn't be out there." But it is. There are Valentine's Day flags, UK flags, snowmen, even a Miami Dolphins flag. Just two blocks from Wallace's house, Dale Cammack proudly flew a US flag and a Marine Corps flag and had for 13 years. Cammack said he didn't get a letter and was dumbfounded that Wallace did. "I can't believe in it. In the united states that they would come out with something like that. I just can't comprehend it. Just cannot believe it," said Cammack. "I would completely ignore it. I would fight it to my last breath." It was that kind of outrage that swamped the Crestview Hills office of Town Properties with calls. Even some threats. Late Friday morning, they issued a statement: Towne properties wholeheartedly supports all members of the United States Military and thanks them for their service. Town Properties is also obligated to support their association and rules set by the association board. The association manager has spoken with the board and it has been decided that any flag representing the United States is allowed to be flown in the community provided it is in good shape. As such, Mr. Wallace will be allowed to keep his flag displayed outside his home. Towne Properties said the rules were not theirs, they were the Homeowner's Associations rules. They just manage the property and have to enforce the rules. Bottom line, the rule was changed. The flag was up and no fine will be levied. Scott Wallace told Local 12 that he was satisfied that he got to keep the flag flying. He did not want to talk on camera because he would like to let the issue cool down.
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Flyin' Brian Pillman's son hopes to follow in his father's footsteps
CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRC) - Former Cincinnati Bengals player and professional wrestler Brian Pillman passed away in 1997, when his son, who bears the same name, was just four years old. "Growing up, I thought, he's going to be forgotten by the time I'm 24, before I get settled in and can even consider this as a career." He was wrong, and now, that's exactly what he's doing. Pillman announced two weeks ago his intentions to become a professional wrestler. It's the same path that led his late father to fame in the 1990s. "Somebody told me it was their dream to see me go out and become a wrestler, because they couldn't wait to see how I would develop." Pillman says. "It is a huge legacy. It is very big shoes to fill." Pillman says he's found strength from an unlikely source. "What really changed my confidence, and gave me confidence in my athleticism was discovering yoga." The original "Flyin' Brian" was known for his gravity-defying acrobatics, and his brash, in-your-face persona. The 22-year-old Pillman says he won't be a carbon copy of his father, but fans will definitely see plenty that resembles the WWE legend. "The plan is to follow in his footsteps for sure and maintain that high flying style." adding, "His love is scattered all throughout the world, and I just want to go to each and every one of those places and pick that up and connect with those fans, because, I'm a product of them. I'm a product of those fans, and I'm going to fulfill the fans dreams of becoming a star. Just to see that I've come full circle, and I'm back to pursuing his dream, I think he would be very proud."
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Man reunites with stolen car after more than 30 years
NORTH CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- A northeastern Ohio man has been reunited with his car after it was reported stolen more than 30 years ago. The (Canton) Repository reports that 52-year-old Ron Reolfi bought the 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for around 00 when he was 19. The North Canton man last saw the car on Oct. 24, 1981. He parked it outside a grocery store where he worked, and it was gone 20 minutes later. Reolfi says he thought he'd never see it again. He says someone in Maryland sold the car to a person in Delaware. Authorities were then alerted that it had been stolen. Reolfi's dad, whose name was on the title, received an email last year with a photo of the vehicle. Reolfi says recovering the car was "really emotional" for him. (Video: WOIO/CBS Newspath) Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Bengals A.J. Green helps make dying fan's wish come true
MASON, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- With all the negative attention surrounding the NFL, the good deeds of players are often overlooked. They don't always want attention for them, but they can make a real difference in peoples' lives. That's what Alex Fulton learned the week of May 25, 2015. The Mason man is in Hospice Care with brain cancer. When Bengals star A.J. Green heard his story, he helped Fulton's wish come true. July 2014, Alex and Katie Fulton were fishing with their three kids; a normal outing for a happy family. Until something unexpected happened, Alex had a seizure.Katie remembered, "They called the ambulance and they took him to Bethesda North. They did CAT scans and MRIs and they found two tumors in his brain." Both tumors cancerous, both terminal. Right now, Alex only has about two weeks left to live."It's really hard. I would take it from him if I could. I've told him that. I would go through it, so he didn't have to. I would totally go through all of this if I could," Katie said. She told Local 12 News her husband's strength that's keeping her going, Alex, he's never complained one time about it. He's been great through it all. He's done everything he's needed to do - his treatments, the chemo, speech, occupational therapy. He's done it all without a complaint." No complaints, but one request. You see Alex is die-hard Bengals fan and he's always wanted to meet his favorite player, A.J. Green. Katie put out the word, and it spread. Tuesday afternoon, May 26, an unsuspecting Alex got a knock at the door. The all-pro wideout came bearing gifts; a jersey, a hat, autographed cleats. He signed footballs and posed for pictures and made a dying man's wish come true."It was just so heartfelt. I don't know if every football player is like that, but he just seemed so genuine and so down to earth, and just a really great guy," said Katie. They aren't all like A.J. Green; maybe they should be.Alex hasn't been able to work since he was diagnosed, and Katie has been taking care of him full time. There's a fund set up at Fifth Third Bank if you'd like to help the family. It's called the Alex Fulton Benefit Fund. Green visited the father of three and put up a Facebook post saying Fulton is his new favorite Bengals fan and that the Fulton family is inspirational. Follow Adam Clements on Twitter @aclementswkrc, and LIKE him on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Downtown business growing microgreens, spices sustainably using hydroponic system
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - This is not an outdoor field of crops, and you may have eaten these greens grown in one of the last places you'd expect: inside an old slaughterhouse in downtown Cincinnati. "That's something that's a little different on our farm as opposed to other farms. We try to grow our crops in a context that is most appropriate for the plants in order to get the highest quality production but also the highest value so that we're able to create something that is truly unique," said Dan Divelbiss, the Chief Growing Officer of Waterfields, LLC. While also using outdoor and greenhouse space, Waterfield's indoor crops are made through seeding up microgreens into trays, germinating them a few days, and growing them in a hydroponic grow system for a week to six weeks. Everything from radishes to basil to microherbs are produced here, year-round, and indoors. Divelbiss explained, "We have some spicy and peppery flavors. We have some sweet flavors. We have some really brilliant colors that come out of here. It's a place where we are able to grow ingredients not just produce." Waterfields is able to maximize the use of their space and increase yields in a shorter time by growing crops vertically. "If we were growing outdoors, our trays would be shaded, and we wouldn't have the ability to go vertically. By having artificial light, we can light every level independently," said Divelbiss. While there are many great advantages to harvesting plants inside, one of the biggest advantages is being able to control weather conditions, including temperature and the amount of moisture available to plants. "We're able to control all aspects of temperature, humidity, light, and the nutrients that are available to the plants. As a result of that, not only do we get a consistent quality, but we also get a very high quality and flavorful product," explained Divelbiss. Other aspects of sustainability in the business come from a gradual roll out of LED lighting - which boosts production amounts, lowers production times, and decreases energy use - and reduced transportation costs - which means restaurants get deliveries from local suppliers in minutes to hours instead of days. From seed to harvest, the rewards of this green business are coming to a table near you. Divelbiss said, "When we bring something new to a chef, that's always a lot of fun. Because you work with creative people, you get to see their wheels start to turn right away on how they would use [our products], and that's very cool."
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570 lb. man finishes 5K run
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (CNN) -- Thousands turned out in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday for the Big-12 5K run. But one participant may have had a little more to prove than your average runner.Derek Mitchell weighs well over 500 pounds. But he participated in, and finished, the race because he says he is on a path to a better life.I just knew that things had to change if i was going to have any kind of you know hope for a future, Mitchell said.Five years ago, 34-year-old Derek Mitchell was diagnosed with a benign tumor on his pituitary gland, which contributed to his 625-pound size. A new years resolution to stop drinking soda has spiraled into a quest to change his life.Starting with just walking around his neighborhood, Mitchell, who now weighs 570 pounds, logs his exercise on social media and got quite a response from his friends.If I can walk a 5K anybody can, and Im living proof of that now, Mitchell said.Jim Moody was at the finish line, as part of team red, white and blue, which connects veterans to the community through social and physical activities.So here comes along Derek, and he was at that finish line, but he just needed a little more help, you could tell he was almost there, Moody said.Thats why I was so excited to see Jim come along, the guy in the red shirt, because he was like, alright, finish strong, Mitchell said.I figured why not, and I ran out there and as soon as I got to him, I said, lets go, and his face lit up, I said, lets get this, come on, lets go.So I booked it, laugh, as fast as I could, Mitchell said.Mitchell listens to music while he exercises, to distract him from the pain. With Moody cheering him on, he received some additional inspiration.I think its called Gonna Fly Now from the movie Rocky, where he is running up the stairs, you know, that started playing while I was approaching the finish line, and wanted to cross the finish line with my hands in the air, because thats how it felt! It was pretty awesome, Mitchell said.Mitchell says his first 5K took him an hour-and-a-half to finish. He hopes to run nine more this year and knock five minutes off his time in each race.Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Actor and author Bruce Campbell talks about his career and his new book
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - He's an actor and bestselling author. You might recognize him from the "Evil Dead" or "Burn Notice". Bruce Campbell has a new book out "Hail to the Chin: Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor". He says don't show up to his book signing at Joseph Beth Booksellers.
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Burned as baby, woman finally meets nurse who cared for her
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- For 38 years, a few black-and-white photographs of a nurse cradling a baby provided comfort to a woman who suffered terrible burns and endured years of playground taunts and painful surgeries thereafter. For all that time, until Tuesday, she dreamed of meeting her again. The photos show Amanda Scarpinati at just 3 months old, her head thickly wrapped in gauze, resting calmly in the nurse's arms. Shot for the Albany Medical Center's 1977 annual report, the images have a beatific, "Madonna and Child" quality. As a baby, she had rolled off a couch onto a boiling steam vaporizer. Melted mentholated ointment scalded her skin. The burns would require many reconstructive surgeries over the years. The photos helped. "Growing up as a child, disfigured by the burns, I was bullied and picked on, tormented," she said. "I'd look at those pictures and talk to her, even though I didn't know who she was. I took comfort looking at this woman who seemed so sincere, caring for me." Scarpinati now lives Athens, 25 miles south of Albany, and works as a human resources manager. All her life, she wanted to thank the nurse who showed her such loving care, but she didn't even know her name. She tried to find out 20 years ago, without success. The pictures were taken by photographer Carl Howard, but his subjects weren't identified. At a friend's urging, she tried again this month, posting the photos on Facebook and pleading for help. "Within 12 hours, it had gone viral with 5,000 shares across the country," said Scarpinati. She had her answer within a day: The fresh-faced young nurse with the long wavy hair was Susan Berger, then 21. Angela Leary, a fellow nurse at the medical center back then, recognized her and sent Scarpinati a message, saying Berger "was as sweet and caring as she looks in this picture." Preserved by the photos, their encounters in the pediatric recovery room turned out to have a lasting impact on both their lives. "I remember her," Berger said before they met face to face on Tuesday. "She was very peaceful. Usually when babies come out of surgery, they're sleeping or crying. She was just so calm and trusting. It was amazing." Berger had been fresh out of college, and baby Amanda was one of her first patients. Now she's nearing the end of her career, overseeing the health center at Cazenovia College in New York's Finger Lakes region. Both women were thrilled to see each other again Tuesday, sobbing and embracing as cameras clicked all around them in a medical center conference room. "Oh my God, you're real! Thank you!" Scarpinati said. "Thank YOU!" Berger responded. If any scars remain, Scarpinati doesn't show them, from her long dark hair to the butterfly tattoo just above her ankle. Berger also seems youthful and upbeat, with shoulder-length blonde hair, slightly shorter than how she wore it in 1977. "I'm over the moon to meet Sue ... I never thought this day would come," Scarpinati said. Berger said she feels even more blessed. "I don't know how many nurses would be lucky enough to have something like this happen, to have someone remember you all that time," Berger said. "I feel privileged to be the one to represent all the nurses who cared for her over the years." Someone asked if their reunion might be the start of a lifelong friendship. Scarpinati had a quick answer to that: "It already has been a lifelong friendship. She just didn't know." AP Photo/Mike Groll Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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The 'Quilt Maker': 106-year-old quilter, businesswoman
MAPLETON, N.D. (WDAY TV/CNN Newsource/WKRC) -- Everyone in Mapleton, North Dakota, knows Myrtle Farrell.Over the years, she babysat children for most of the town. And for decades, she has been known as the "Quilt Maker."There is more to the story. She's still doing it today as a business, and she is 106.After helping with the morning dishes, Myrtle Farrell is at her sewing machine.I have to have them pressed them this way, said Myrtle Farrell.It's just another work day.If I was sewing on this end, I would be running into these seams.At the age of 106, Myrtle may be the oldest businesswoman in North Dakota, dewing quilts and selling them still; detailed, intricate work.Myrtle married during the Depression...Could not afford a dress; wore what we had. Lived in Cass County her whole life. She even remembers Civil War veterans in town. Teddy Roosevelt was president when she was born. And since she was too young to move into a nursing home, she recently moved in with her longtime neighbors, where every day, she cuts, stitches, and makes baby quilts for hundreds.I think it is her lifestyle. She grew up on a small farm, her parents rented, worked hard for a living. She wants to be productive, said Jean Madsen, Myrtles friend.She has made 300 quilts the last three years alone, all tagged with her name. Her mind is sharp, hands worn from work, but the quilt-making goes on. She has more to do before turning 107 later this year.She likes to be busy," said Madsen.Myrtle was born in Fargo, and still recites the exact street address.And before we left, she recited the entire "Village Blacksmith" poem, all three minutes of it, word for word; something she memorized back in country-school. We figure back in 1918. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Devon Still reacts to Patriots' tribute to h
CINCINNATI, Ohio (Mike Berk) -- Devin Still had a hard time keeping his emotions in check, during the Patriots on-field tribute Sunday night to his daughter Leah, who continues to fight pediatric cancer. From the New England cheerleaders wearing Still's jersey, to team owner Bob Kraft's generous gift to Cincinnati Children's Hospital, it was all greatly appreciated. But what moved him to tears, actually had nothing to do with the tribute itself. "It actually happened during pre-game," Still said. "When they brought a woman up who beat breast cancer, and was cancer free. It kind of made me emotional because I often wait for that day when they say that about my daughter. I got to speak to her this morning, cause she was asleep by the time we got on the plane, and she was happy to see herself on TV as she always is, and it's definitely a blessing." Leah's next round of chemotherapy, hopefully her last, was postponed to next Friday. Devin said she's a bit dehydrated and down a few pounds, so doctor's want her to get that back up before resuming chemo treatments Follow Mike Berk on Twitter @mike_berk and LIKE him on Facebook.
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22 kids and 4 dogs: Local family adopts 18 children from 6 countries
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (WKRC) - For almost 20 years the Rosenow family has been changing the lives of orphans around the world. Scott and Kathy have four biological children and 18 adopted children from six different countries. Nineteen of them still live at home. The first adoption took place in 1998 in Bolivia with Nathan when he was 8-months-old. After another child was adopted in China there was an opportunity to save another life in Bolivia. When we were in Bolivia doing Colin's adoption we decided this problem is so huge we have to do more than just adopt, that's when we started the Shepherds Crook,” said Kathy Rosenow. Shepherd’s Crook Orphan Ministry was officially founded in 2002 and since then its helped place 350 orphaned children with families. Three of the Rosenow’s biological children have moved out and one remains at home with the 18 adopted brothers and sisters. All with a chance of a better life than they had before coming into the Rosenow home. "We see where they come from and what they turn into,” said Kathy Rosenow. “I mean look around the room, the bond they have with each other, they're all brothers and sisters, there's no question about that. They take care of each other, they protect each other, they encourage each other.” In addition to a full house of children, the Rosenow’s have four dogs. One of them was just adopted a week ago, his name is Godfrey. Godfrey became “Facebook Famous” after the Oxford Police Department found him on the streets and posted a picture on Facebook in hopes of finding his owners. That didn’t happen and Godfrey went to a shelter. Thanks to the social media post, Kathy saw Godfrey. "I don't know, we kind of decided we had to be his home, his family. If even if he didn't have long left, we wanted him to spend whatever time he had left with a family and be loved. There's no shortage of that here,” said Scott Rosenow. And that is certainly a fact.
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Dance Party Friday: Bridgetown Funk
CINCINNATI (Bob Herzog) -- Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars found a place in my iTunes library well before last Christmas. And every time it comes on the radio now, I still start dancing. 14 weeks at number one. Still at number two. A celebration of a city. However, like many, I spend a lot of time in suburbia. What's that funk look like here? Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, doDo, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, doDo, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, doZip Dip, Home DepotOak Hills High School, Western BowlThis one, for St. Jude girlsThem good girlsMake masterpiecesStylin', while inGreen Township not the cityGet my stumps on, a bowling ballGotta kiss myself, I'm so prettyI'm too hot (hot dang!)Call the police and a firemanI'm too hot (hot dang!)Wear a highlander's attire, manI'm too hot (hot dang!)Say my name, you know who I amI'm too hot (hot dang!)My man says "mostly sunny"Break it downGirls, hit your, "hallelujah"Ooo!Girls, hit your, "hallelujah"Ooo!Girls, hit your, "hallelujah"Ooo!'Cause Bridgetown Funk gon' give it to you'Cause Bridgetown Funk gon' give it to you'Cause Bridgetown Funk gon' give it to youSaturday night and we in the spotDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchHey, hey, hey, oh!Stop!Now wait a minute,Here's my gut. Put some chicken in it.Know what's hip? A plastic egg.Johnny Lo! Get the stretch!Ride to Delhi, Cheviot, Price Hill to get some chiliIf we show up, we going show outSmoother than a fresh cone at ZippyI'm too hot (hot dang!)Call the police and a firemanI'm too hot (hot dang!)Wear a Highlander's attire, manI'm too hot (hot dang!)Say my name, you know who I amI'm too hot (hot dang!)My man says "mostly sunny"Break it downGirls, hit your, "hallelujah"Hooo!Girls, hit your, "hallelujah"Hooo!Girls, hit your, "hallelujah"Hooo!'Cause Bridgetown Funk gon' give it to you'Cause Bridgetown Funk gon' give it to you'Cause Bridgetown Funk gon' give it to youSaturday night and we in the spotDon't believe me, just watch (woo!)Don't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchHey, hey, hey, hey!Do, do, do, do, do, do, do, do, doBefore we leaveLemme tell y'all a lil' somethingBridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you upBridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you upI said Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you upBridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you upCome on, danceJump on itIf you at Oakdale, than flaunt itIf you at St. Al's, than own itDon't brag about it, come show meCome on, danceJump on itIf you at Bridgetown, than flaunt itWell, it's Saturday night and we in the spotDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchDon't believe me, just watchHey, hey, hey, hey!Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you up (say whaa?)Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you upBridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you up Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you up (everybody!)Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you up (sing it, bob!)Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you up (it feels good)Bridgetown Funk you up, Bridgetown Funk you up (oh yeah!)(Come on now!) Bridgetown Funk you up
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Good Samaritan stops man from kidnapping 11-year-old girl
GOLF MANOR, Ohio (WKRC) - Just across the street from the Golf Manor Police Department, an 11-year-old girl played in a park on Wiehe Road. Police say Jesse Woodard was sitting outside of the police station and grabbed the girl when she crossed the street. "If you look at the video you can see people coming and going. There's activity in the park. So it was very unexpected," said Police Chief Chris Campbell. Surveillance video shows a man having a brief conversation with a girl before grabbing her by the wrist and leading her down the street. Police say Woodard made it down Wiehe Road and was pulling the girl in the opposite direction of her home. As he was pulling her down Losantville, two friends who were talking noticed that something was wrong. Nazier Elahee is one of the two men who saw Woodard with the child. "I initially thought it was her father disciplining his child, taking her home, but as they got closer and they started to pass us, she leaned back and mouthed the words 'help me' several times and when she did that I stopped them and I asked if she was okay. She said no," said Elahee. Elahee and his friend separated Woodard and the girl, called 911, and took off after Woodard when he ran. Officers caught up with Woodard because Elahee and his friend took the time to help a child. "Nobody should have to worry about their kids going to the playground and not coming home. I have an 11-year-old myself and that's something that I think about every day. Just her going to school and not coming home. So hopefully they don't let that guy back out," said Elahee. The Golf Manor Police Chief says there is a concern that Woodard may have had contact with other children. He is asking anyone who might have any information to speak with police. Woodard is in the Hamilton County Jail on a $15,000 bond. He is expected in court next Tuesday.
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FULL INTERVIEW: Bootsy Collins on Prince
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local 12's Angenette Levy talks with local legend, Bootsy Collins, after the passing of Prince.
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#LicensePlateLinda: Colerain Township woman learns firsthand about social media shaming
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A local woman is the latest example of “social media shaming.” Domonique Duskin's Facebook post has received a lot of attention. She shared pictures, showing damage to the license plates and cars of family members who attended a party at her cousin's house in Colerain Township on Sunday night. Police charged Linda Shad with criminal damaging. She's a neighbor of Marvin Shelton, who hosted the party. Marvin says Shad complained about his guests blocking his driveway. Shelton says Shad called police, who told her it was Shelton's driveway. "When she wasn't happy with the outcome, I guess she decided to take matters into her own hands. I’m pretty sure she didn’t expect things to take off they that they did," said Shelton. Duskin's social media post about "#LicensePlateLinda" now has thousands of shares and comments. "I just wanted to put it out there so people can see that it is happening in your neighborhoods. It’s happening everywhere, so that was my whole meaning. I didn’t think it would take off as much as it did. but I’m glad that it did so it can expose people for who they are," said Duskin. A string of recent viral posts have shamed people for "questionable" behavior, like the woman dubbed "Permit Patty" who was a white woman who lost her job after calling police about a black 8-year-old girl selling water on the street or "Barbecue Becky", a white woman who called police on black people having a cookout. Julie Stockman is with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University. She says "social media shaming" is happening more often in this highly politicized environment and what has been posted, sticks around for a while. "In court, it's public record, but people don't go out Googling public record to find things. Social media, everyone is on it. It’s ubiquitous and it’s out there for eternity. So, she’s not going to be able erase anything they are focusing on," said Stockman Meanwhile, Marvin Shelton is looking for a public apology and a little peace. "I'm hoping they learned a lesson and I’m hoping that we can... We don’t have to be friends. We don’t have to be buddies. We can just co-exist," he said. Marvin Shelton says the damage to his neighbor from social media posts will likely be worse than any punishment from the courts. It's important to say again she is only charged and not convicted. Local 12 and Larry Davis went to Linda Shad's home and rang her doorbell, but there was no answer. Larry Davis left his card asking for comments, but so far no call has been returned.
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Troubleshooter Consumer Alert: Ford Focus transmission issue
CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- Complaints about the operation of two of the Ford Motor Company's top selling models prompted the company to make changes. The problem goes back three years and involves the transmissions. It concerns the 2012, 13 and 14 Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta. It all has to do with their power shift transmission. A Newport woman told Local 12 News she and two family members all bought the 2014 Ford Focus. She said they've all had problems with the transmission. Another local owner, Cheryl Pemberton of Florence, had her transmission and clutch replaced in 2014 but she said her problems continued. Pemberton said, I have not met one person yet who has a 12, 13 or a 14 that is not having the exact same issue." As she described it to her dealer, the problem was the car would sputter and jerk and make grinding noises. When it jerked very hard she said it could be scary; too much for her young daughter. Penberton said, Initially I was going to give this to her when she turns 15. I wouldn't give this to her. I would not give this to my daughter, no way." In December 2014, Ford replaced Penbertons transmission and clutch but now, she said, the clutch has to be replaced again. I'm not anti-Ford at all. We've always had Ford cars forever; my whole family. But this clutch, this transmission that they have now clearly doesn't work." Local 12 News went to ASE certified master technician, Matt Overbeck, This particular transmission is basically a completely manual transmission that is being controlled electronically by a computer." Overbeck said the system used by Ford was similar to that used by Volkswagon several years ago. Only Ford's is slightly different all in an attempt to get better gas mileage. Overbeck said, It takes a little bit getting used to, to the person whose driving it. Ford claimed up to 10 percent increase in fuel economy and that was a significant amount of improvement. Permberton said, When they did the diagnosis on it they said there's a certain number that they, once they get to a certain number, that its not safe to drive. My car is not at that number so its still safe to drive." Local 12 News tried contacting the spokesperson for Ford Motor Company both by phone and online but did not hear back. Tod Shack-Lighter, service manager for a local Ford dealership, told Local 12 drivers needed to be educated to the fact they were really driving a vehicle with a manual transmission. So some noises or hesitation would be expected. In the meantime, he said, Ford was constantly updating the software on its transmission control module to try to fix the concerns. The company also just re-designed the clutch disk itself and hopes all the changes will put an end to the repeated repairs needed by Pemberton and others. Ford has extended the warranty to 7-years or 100,000 miles on the vehicles. At this point (7/9/15) there was no recall and Ford has been repairing the transmissions as problems come up. If people drive one of these vehicles and they're having these issues, contact your dealer. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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18-month food stamp fraud investigation leads to searches and arrests
FAIRFIELD, Ohio (Joe Webb) -- State, local and federal agents armed with 19 search warrants and 14 arrest warrants came down hard on two local businesses suspected of massive food stamp fraud. Agents raided U.S. Beef and The Butcher Shop in Fairfield Wednesday morning, August 26, and seized cars, trucks, records and cash. It was the culmination of an 18-monthlong undercover operation that focused on the drivers who sell meat for the two businesses door-to-door. These meat truck drivers were taking food stamp benefits and exchanging them for cash, exchanging them for narcotics, Agent-in-charge of the Ohio Investigative Unit Harold Torrens told reporters during a Wednesday afternoon news conference. Whats so significant about this particular investigation is the amount of fraud weve uncovered in the last 18 months; about million worth of fraud. At mid-day, the U.S. Beef plant on Profit Drive was swarming with federal agents hauling off employees in cuffs, searching the business and seizing cars and trucks. They also searched the owners Colerain Township home. Hamilton Countys SWAT accompanied agents because many of the suspects were known to carry guns. The investigation was a collaboration between the 60 agencies in the regions Financial and Electronic Crimes Task Force. It is ongoing and more arrests are possible. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said he hopes the arrests send a message to the small stores and individuals who trade cash for food stamps. Were looking at you. Dont think we dont have your name and number now and dont think that were not coming after you soon, Jones told reporters. As of mid-afternoon, 12 of the 14 people named in the arrest warrants were apprehended. The charges included wire fraud, illegal use of Food Stamp benefits, theft of public money, money laundering and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. They will appear before a federal judge Thursday afternoon, August 27. Follow Joe Webb on Twitter @joewebbwkrc, and LIKE him on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Romance Scam: Facebook friend request goes sour
CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- The rise of social media offered a world of opportunity when it came to connecting with other people. But with that opportunity also brought a need for caution and concern. Facebook was very possibly the place where users needed that the most. The problem with Facebook and many other social media connections was that they open individuals up to people all over the world. It could be a blessing and a curse because unless it was someone a person already knew, it could be hard to tell who the other person is behind the screen. A couple of months ago, Linda Bell got a friend request on Facebook, from a man dubbed, "Peter." Peter appeared to be in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Linda said, "Starts out, 'Would you like to have a friendship?' Certainly, I'd like to have a friendship. Then it went a little bit more with, 'I love your smile. I love how kind you speak.'" The Facebook friendship with Peter quickly spiraled out of control into phone calls and "I love you" emails. Linda said, "He was so charming, he knew all the right things
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Making "Mom" and "Dad" Official in a Public Adoption Ceremony
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Twelve children feel a lot more secure Friday night; they were adopted by six local families. Normally, adoption ceremonies are private but Friday, for national adoption month, the ceremony was open. Local 12 News reporter Jeff Hirsh was there and tells the touching story.How do you pick a story to tell when each story is so wonderful? Tough choice, but here's one of them; four siblings, in foster care for a long time, adopted by their foster parents. This was a momentous day for 8-year-old Lawrence, his 5-year-old twin sisters Laila and Loriana, and 12-year-old big sister Leasia. After four years in foster care with Robin and Greg Smith of New Richmond, the Smith's were adopting them. All of them. Greg Smith said, I couldn't see a family being split up. I'd rather see the siblings stay together. They did want to split them up and I just couldn't see it.The Smiths were among six families adopting twelve children Friday. Many of the kids in Judge Jim Cissell's courtroom come from original families were they were abused or neglected. Getting them to a position where they can open their hearts again is something we have to work with. And the families, you'll often hear them say once this child came to our home we fell in love with this child and we couldn't imagine the child being anywhere else.The Smiths already had two foster children when they took in four more. At first, Robin and Greg figured it would be temporary. But when the birth mom couldn't take the children back the Smiths said, We're in.They were a handful, we had some ups and downs with them but they have been a blessing. They taught us more about love than I taught them.Jeff Hirsh asked, Did it take you awhile to call them mom and dad or did you just fall into it?It took me about a month, because when we first got there my little sisters were afraid of them and I didn't know why. They were always clamped to my sides so I felt if I started calling them mom and dad maybe it will take the pressure off of them, and they started calling them mom and dad. And we've been calling them mom and dad for about four years now.76 percent of adoptions in Hamilton County involve foster parents adopting the children they've been caring for. Fridays ceremony reflected that as all but one of the adoptive parents were foster parents before then.Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services currently has 190 children available for adoption. 70 children have been adopted this year.
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Jury hears from homicide detective, criminalist and father in murder trial
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Testimony resumed in the trial of a man charged with the murder of his toddler daughter. The jury heard from a homicide detective, a criminalist and Glen Bates himself. Homicide detective Bill Hilbert testified about the injuries he saw on Glenara Bates at the time of her death. He said he'd never seen such abuse. "My first impression was I was looking at a six-month-old baby." When the prosecutor asked why, he replied: "The weight, she was only 12 to 13 pounds, very emaciated, it just looked like an infant, not a 2-year-old toddler." A criminalist presented a diagram of the home where the family was living as well as photos of evidence from inside the home. He showed pictures of the bathtub that investigators believe the Bates kept Glenara. The evidence he presented also included a belt that prosecutors believe might have been used on the toddler. The jury saw the police interview with Glen Bates, as well. They asked him about her injuries, her weight and finding Glenara not breathing on the day of her death. Bates first denied hurting his child and said she fell out of her chair. But hours later after talking to a different detective, Bates admitted to some abuse. He said he saw Glenara before his ex-girlfriend, Andrea Bradley, took her to the hospital. He said her lips were purple and she felt cold. He then said he blamed his ex "for the whole situation." Bates also admitted to biting Glenara. He said it was an accident and they were playing a game he called "Doggie Gonna Get Ya." He also said he dropped her, saying he was holding her up and she fell. Andrea Bradley also faces murder charges. Her trial is being held separately, and she is scheduled to go on trial at the end of September. Both could face the death penalty if convicted. In court on Friday, the Hamilton County coroner will testify and tell the jury exactly what killed Glenara.
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Float therapy helping veterans with PTSD
AUSTIN, Texas (WKRC) -- Nearly 20 percent of veterans who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq have post-traumatic stress disorder. Some have found help with an alternative treatment called "float therapy." Army veteran Cody Austell grew up on Fort Hood, the son of a Blackhawk chopper pilot. He joined the infantry in 2007. But after he came home from a 16 month deployment in Iraq his life took an unexpected turn. Cody said, "I felt like no one really had any answers for me. I was diagnosed with PTSD and here recently I was diagnosed with chronic PTSD." The young vet pulled away from friends and family, "I would just disappear for months at a time. My friends used to say I was like a ghost," Cody explained. At one point he had prescriptions for more than a dozen anxiety and depression medications. Over the last three years doctors put Cody on several different medications. Then Cody's brother encouraged him to try an alternative treatment called "float therapy." The Zero Gravity Institute in Austin, Texas specializes in sensory deprivation tanks. Kevin Johnson with the Zero Gravity Institute said, "You're lying down in about 12 inches of water. Its got 1200 pounds of Epsom salt dissolved in the water so you're very buoyant, you're gonna float right on top of the water." "When I come into here I literally just, it allows me to not be distracted by everything else around me and purely focus on what's going on with me," Cody said of the experience. "I came in here and I did my first float and it was very amazing to me. I was able to put in line 3 years' worth of stuff that was trapped in my head in pretty much an hour session." Cody wasn't alone. The Zero Gravity Institute sees a lot of veterans and many suffering from PTSD and hyper-vigilance. While Cody's VA doctors wouldn't say the float tank was a cure-all, they have seen improvements. "I'm more inclined to learn. I'm more inclined to be in a positive mood. It's really something amazing that they have going on here," Cody said. CLICK HERE for more information on "float therapy." Follow Adam Clements on Twitter @aclementswkrc and LIKE him on Facebook
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Nicole's Story: Paralyzed but not broken
CINCINNATI (Brad Underwood) -- Nicole Coburn's life got turned upside down after a car accident left her paralyzed from the waist down. But she's not one to give up. She's a fighter and the accident hasn't broken her spirit. It's exercises like picking up three cones; small victories but they keep Nicole Coburn focused. In the Health South Gym Coburn works on mobility and balance, transferring herself from a wheelchair to a bed. "Ive been doing a little more leaning over, getting over my fear of leaning forward because I'm scared I'm just going to fall over," said Nicole. You can see the grit, the fight in Nicole as she pulls her legs from the edge of the bed up onto it. They're daily tasks for the 23-year-old and people can see, she's not giving up, I'm paralyzed from here down now so I don't have any core strength anymore." The accident happened along I-71/75. Coburn was merging onto the highway. She said she remembers seeing yellow poles then overcorrected toward the right side. The accident report said her car hit a wire fence, then a raised manhole and landed in the construction site. Nicole said, They ended up telling me that flipped my car and it landed on the roof and I crawled out of my vehicle. I have no recollection of it." As a result of the crash, Coburn's spine was severed, now held together by rods and screws. Before the accident she worked two jobs and was devoted to yoga, mastering body control and core strength. Coburn said she was on her way to becoming a yoga instructor, I'm an active person, so losing my legs is probably one of the hardest things. Never thought I would go through something like this." Nicoles mom, Elizabeth Rabe, rarely leaves the hospital and says her daughters strength is inspiring, The physical therapy. That's what surprises me the most. She gets out here and works out. She works it and she's determined and we are going to join a gym and get her upper body strong." The road to recovery is long and Coburn will have major challenges for the rest of her life. But even after the life changing accident she's thinking of others. "When they told me, one of the first things I did say was God meant for this to happen so I can help other kids and people in this situation. And that's what I want to do." Nicoles family is making their home, wheelchair accessible. There's also a fundraising campaign to help pay for the ever growing medical bills. People can go to any branch of The Huntington Bank and ask to donate to Nicoles Smile. There is also a GoFundMe page you can access here. Follow Brad Underwood on Twitter @BUnderwoodWKRC, and LIKE him on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Man Fights Four Suspects in Home Invasion to Protect Family
***WARNING*** Graphic Images***WARNING***WESTWOOD, Ohio (Angela Ingram) -- A man fights with four suspects who broke into his house during an overnight home invasion.Just before midnight the men forced their way inside the house on Mignon Avenue in Westwood and it was all caught on camera. The victim's girlfriend and baby were in the house and he was trying to protect them. He asked us not to show his face.Just about everywhere you look in the entryway of the home there is blood. The floor, the walls, and on the victim's clothing.I guess they're claw marks and then here's some scratch marks.The victims say their next door neighbor called and asked if she could come over because she was having problems with her boyfriend. She had a conversation with them and left. The homeowner's surveillance system shows she knocks at the door again. A short time later, you see the suspects crouching down on the porch.And when the neighbor is leaving, the four men push past her, bursting through the door with guns.I like twisted it out of his hand and he dropped it. So I'm down on the ground trying to get that. About that time I got hit with a semi-automatic pistol under my right eye. I got a hold of the gun, the revolver, the first gun, put it up to the guy's stomach, clicked it. It was empty.The victim fought all four suspects. He was able to disarm another one and turn the man's own firearm on him.The guy with the semi-automatic came to the right, I twisted the gun outta his hand, stuck it on his chest. Clicked it, it was empty.The suspects also hit the victim with the victim's BB gun and with a gumball machine. During the chaos the victim's girlfriend was hiding under a dining room table with the couple's eight-month-old daughter.I wouldn't suggest anyone fighting, but when you got a gun in your face and I figured let her and the baby at least get somewhere to hide.After about 25 minutes of fighting the suspects left with 600 dollars and a cell phone. The victim is hoping his surveillance system will help get these suspects arrested.You're in the sanctuary of your house. You don't think that somebody's going to do that.The victim says he recognized at least three of the men who broke in, he believes one man is a neighbor of his. Police are using the surveillance video, a license plate number, and other evidence to catch the suspects.If you have any information that can help police find the people involved call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.
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Mom's video goes viral: Boy with Down syndrome inspiring
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- A boy with special needs and a love for dancing is starring in his mother's videos and inspiring a nation. Dehvin Brown has Down syndrome but the 12-year-old doesn't let anything get in his way. If there's a song on he likes Dehvin will move to it. His mother affectionately calls him "Dancing Dehvin and in a YouTube video, Dehvin has been viewed nearly 2 million times on Facebook. Dehvins mom, Kenya Flowers, said, For it to go viral, I don't know what happened! I had posted it back in February. We probably got 10,200. Then I think it ended up being like 300,000 and then last week all the sudden it was like a million! Kenya said she's never let her 12-year-old use his Down syndrome as a crutch. He has the same responsibilities in the household as the rest of his siblings. Kenya first started posting videos of Dehvin on Facebook with a hashtag, #downsyndromestillrocks. She said, The reason why I started posting videos of Dehvin was because I just thought that he beat the odds and I thought for him to have Down syndrome he had a special gift. Dehvin was walking well before doctors expected him to. He was potty-trained years before doctors expected. And each year his skills land him solos with a West Chester-based dance team called the "Swag Katz. The team is made up of young people with special needs and competes nationally against other groups. Kenya's videos celebrating Dehvin were originally just a way that she celebrated all of her children. But they've turned into a way for her to encourage other parents who have kids with special needs. I think that it was just letting parents know that no matter what your child has, as long as you're a strong parent and parents with support of family and friends that your child can do anything, Kenya said. Kenya said since Dehvin's video went viral she's been getting messages from other parents who have children with special needs. They've been asking her for advice, sharing positive feedback and words of encouragement. Dehvin and his dance team, The Swag Katz, have a showcase the weekend of Oct. 30. It's Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Midwest Cheer Elite in West Chester. Follow Angela Ingram on Twitter @newslaw1, and LIKE her on Facebook.
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Baby hippo Fiona meets parents
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati's favorite baby hippo, Fiona, turned two months old on Friday. The Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo was made famous when she was born a preemie on Jan. 24. She's getting big and strong and has been introduced to her parents. Fiona’s mom Bibi and dad Henry were brought together last summer on the recommendation of a Hippopotamus SSP (species survival program). Before being brought to the Cincinnati Zoo, Henry spent 20 years alone. Head Keeper Wendy Rice says it was love at first sight. "It was like cartoon hearts in his eyes. He was like, there's a girl here! He seems to have been smitten with her ever since," said Wendy. "They bred right away, which is why Fiona is here." Fiona was born at least six weeks early and 25 pounds underweight. The now-106-pound baby hippo can walk into the tub all by herself. She's sleeping part of the night alone. From midnight to 5 a.m. there’s not a caregiver with her anymore, but she is being watched with a video monitor. The most exciting part is that she’s been introduced to her mom and dad, though the family is still being kept in separate areas divided by a small barrier. Rice says, "but they can see each other, smell and hear each other. Fiona has definitely noticed her parents. She kind of checks them out but she's more focused on people at this time. She's kind of like, there's a hippo ... but I'll go play with you (caregiver)." Fiona gear has been very popular. The "Feeling Hip'"graphic T-shirt by Cincy Shirts is a hot item. Darin Overholser says, “it’s quickly becoming our highest-selling shirt of all time." The company plans to donate close to $45,000 to the zoo from the sale of the shirt. Busken Bakery is also donating $39,000 from its Fiona cookies. Zoo officials say the support is unbelievable. There was even a big online concern over the lack of Fiona updates. Michelle Curley, communications director, said, "people got so upset that we said, OK, never mind. We heard you, we are going to post something every day." There’s lots of love for a hippo baby who hasn't even been introduced to the world yet. The zoo says that'll happen when "Fiona is ready."
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Firefighter retires after 33 years, works last day with sons
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Capt. Jack Klosterman has been a firefighter for 36 years. Friday he started his final 24-hour shift, working side-by-side with his two sons. Capt. Klosterman had worked with his older son, Josh, on a shift but not Eric. It was truly a family affair when Klosterman's six grandchildren stopped by to see him. "It was kind of one of those things. I never dreamed of it when I was coming up and the kids were here running around the firehouses when they were kids," said Capt. Klosterman. They had a busy day at the fire station that houses the 29's. Capt. Klosterman said he would do it all over again. "It's kind of a little bit sad but I'm ready. I've seen plenty, I've done plenty, and it's an ok thing," Capt. Klosterman said of his retirement. Captain Klosterman has seen a lot in his career. He responded to the BASF explosion that killed one and injured 71 and the Queen City Barrel fire. His sons were excited that they could work with their father on his last tour. Their father inspired them to become firefighters. "It's a cool opportunity that we have to see him go after growing up as kids coming to the firehouse," said Josh Klosterman. "Working with my dad is pretty special," Eric Klosterman said. Eric and Josh put together a special last dinner for their dad at the firehouse. But when it was time to make a run they're ready racing off to a head-on collision downtown. Capt. Klosterman has seen a lot of things change over the years but the one thing that hasn't changed is the way he treats the people he meets on his runs. He said he treats them like family. "I always say you see the best of humanity and the worst of humanity but somebody's got to do it. I enjoy it and love the team work, comraderie," said Capt. Klosterman. And that attitude is why he's considered one of the best in the department. Several firefighters stopped by to say goodbye. They said he is a leader who always stays calm under pressure. "You know you're here to serve and it's been a great run." Capt. Klosterman said he plans to travel and play golf during his retirement.
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GMC crew goes through the Dent Schoolhouse
DENT, Ohio (WKRC) -- It's So Cincinnati that more than thirty-thousand people go there every October to get scared. The Dent Schoolhouse has made all sorts of lists of best haunted houses so John Lomax took the ladies of GMC on a tour.
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Alleged traffickers in major drug bust appear in court, 2 still on the run
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A major Cincinnati drug ring was busted up Monday, and many of the alleged traffickers were in federal court to answer to charges Thursday. There were 12 suspected drug traffickers in court. Each stood before a judge to try and get released on bond, and each time, the judge denied the request, saying the men and women are a danger to the community. Ten of suspects were arrested in a series of raids Monday morning by DEA agents and local officers. Nine search warrants were served at three spots in Cincinnati, including a car wash off Reading Road in Bond Hill and an apartment complex in Hartwell. DEA agent Tim Reagan says they also got $15,000 in cash, four firearms and 250 grams of fentanyl, but they are still searching for Keysean Dickey who ran the operation. The DEA says Dickey directed runners to drive highways like Norwood Lateral. Then the group would use cell phones to direct the dealer and buyer to a certain place at certain time. "Keysean had six to eight people working for him at any given time every day. So typically we see 10 to 20 customers. On this one, they had about 50," Reagan said. DEA agents estimate that Dickey was pulling in $40,000 a week. It was happening mostly in CPD's District 4, which includes Mount Auburn, Corryville and Bond Hill. If you know where either Da'Macro Browner or Keysean Dickey is, you are asked to call Crimestoppers at 352-3040. The DEA had been investigating this gang for eight months. They believe some of the suspects were responsible for recent violence in the city. Tom Fallon with the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force says this only makes a small dent in the drug problem. "Just in the last 16 hours my task force has investigated two deaths. The problem is still there. Does this help? Yes. Are there a lot more people to get? Yes," he said.
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10-year-old CEO runs business
MURRAY, Ky (Tori Shaw) -- Jack Jones is CEO of JR Jones Management Group, a company that buys and sells textbooks online. He's ten years old. "The joy of people learning is one of the things we take pride in," Jack said. 'We' meaning Jack and his four employees. One of them is marketing director Skylar Swalls, who is also 10. Skylar said, "Working for Jack is a day at Disneyland." On this particular day, Jack spent his time in his office paying bills. And Skylar? Let's say she's a little go-getter. "I'm always like, 'Jack is there something I can do? Anything I can do? I can make a phone call. I can run back to the house and do something if you need me to go grab something. I can go get you a coffee or something.'" This is a small business now, but jack runs it like a larger corporation. Every once in a while, they have meetings around their conference table, where jack and his employees talk about important topics such as the employee handbook. "There's no alcohol or weapons in the workplace," Jack said. "And that's in our book." And the dress code is smart casual. Skyler said, "Jack takes his fashion very, very seriously." Of course, being ten, you have the giggles, the sniffles, and there's also the occasional spill of ice cream on pants. "Yesterday, that happened to Jack. It was chaos," said Skyler. But the secret to running a successful business rings true for anyone at any age. Jack said, "Don't let other people tell you what you can and can't do." A piece of advice we could all put in our own handbook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Video of two men paying for others groceries goes viral
CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- There's a video making its way around social media Monday night, July 6. It shows a bunch of shoppers at a local Kroger getting a surprise. A couple random men paid for their groceries. As part of the project the men affiliated with a in Norwood produced a small video to show the church congregation. The video has been viewed more than five-million times since it was posted Sunday, July 5. In seven minutes the pair capture the power of giving. Thursday, July 2, the power of giving walked into the Kroger near the University of Cincinnatis campus. Two men, Mike Lewis of Jesus Painter Ministries and Rob Westerman of SNC Norwood Church, set out to help others. As unsuspecting customers tried to pay for their groceries, Rob beat them to the punch. What was going on when Rob left was a series a stunned faces. All the while, out of view, Mike was capturing reactions with a camera. The duo shot the video over a two hour period and Mike cut those emotional reactions down to a seven minute video. He said part of the goal was to show that anyone can perform a random act of kindness. Clearly some were moved in profound ways and the pair said it was there way of bringing out the sunshine for people weathering a storm. The new church just started in November. The pastor, Westerman, said when they showed the video Sunday, July 5, there were no dry eyes in the building. The church's pastor said since the video the congregation has been eager to move on to another project of giving. Follow Angela Ingram on Twitter @newslaw1, and LIKE her on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Landlord tries to evict tenants in retaliation
CINCINNATI (Rich Jaffe) -- "There's obviously a big difference in power between the landlord and a low income person renting an apartment but their actions of trying to get a landlord to comply with building and health code violations, that's protected by law," said the managing attorney for Legal Aid Society of southwest Ohio. A local landlord tried to evict the tenants who've been blowing the whistle on deplorable conditions in his building. But Local 12 is getting in his way. A landlord is trying to silence his tenants and keep them from talking with Local 12 News and city officials about the mess inside one of his apartment buildings. The residents told Local 12 Wednesday, Jan. 28, about their concerns that power may be cut off because the owner, Terrance Sebastian, hadn't been paying his bills. Even as the story aired, Sebastian was apparently trying to intimidate the tenants with eviction orders. But when tenants officially complain about sub-standard conditions in buildings it is illegal by both state and local law for landlords to retaliate against them. That was clearly something Terrence Sebastian of TBC Enterprises did not understand. After showing Local 12 the leaks in his apartment on two different occasions Jesse Duke got a surprise from his landlord
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Man sings "Let It Go" in voices of 21 Disney characters
DALLAS (WKRC) -- We know there are a lot of versions of Disney's hit song "Let It Go" out there, but nothing quite like this. 22-year-old Brian Hull is a vocal performance major at Dallas Baptist University. He sings the song in the voices of 21 different Disney characters. This cover has gotten more than six million hits in just five days. He was inspired to make the compilation after seeing a contest from Disney offering a $100 gift card to the Disney Store for the best recording of the Frozen tune. Bob Herzog did his best Donald Duck after seeing the story. Click here to see the entire video Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Michael Blackson, AKA the African King of Comedy, to perform at Liberty Funny Bone
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Michael Blackson, AKA the African King of Comedy, has had people rolling in their seats all over the world. You may have seen him in movies or TV shows, but this weekend, you can see him take the stage at the Liberty Funny Bone. He woke up early to give us a little taste of his comedy.
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Couple turns passenger party bus into mobile hair salon
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A beauty shop on wheels is pulling up to homes across the Tri-State. “MOBA” is the first licensed mobile salon in Ohio. Warm water runs through the hair of one local client getting a shampoo and style, but she isn't at a regular salon, she’s at MOBA, a mobile hair salon. "This has always been a dream of mine to own my own salon, so it just made sense to go mobile,” said Allison Riddle. Allison riddle has 20 years in cosmetology. She and her husband Eli created the beauty shop on wheels to bring a salon to customers. "We are available when the client needs us. So that can be early in the morning or late at night depending on their event or where they need us to be,” said Allison. "This was a 15 passenger party bus. I stripped it and gutted it all the way down to the bare floor,” said Eli. Eli said the plumbing for the sink was the toughest part of the transformation. "42-gallon clear-and-clean tank and a dirty water tank,” said Eli. When MOBA rolls up to the location, there is one thing that has to happen to make it work. They have to plug in for electricity and turn on the 10,000-watt generator. That power energizes blow driers and curling irons. MOBA says they've hosted a group of ladies for a night out or girls for a princess party. Katie says she likes the convenience of the bus pulling into her driveway "It was just like being at a salon, just like being at a salon. I couldn't tell any different. She's got it very nice in there,” said Katie. Katie is living proof that a “glam new do” can happen on four wheels. MOBA also does wedding parties.
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Real clowns not laughing about "creepy clown threats"
LUDLOW, Ky. (WKRC) - After a lengthy interview about the recent “Creepy Clown threats,” Circus Mojo creator Paul Miller walked across his office, grabbed three knives, started juggling and said what was really on his mind. “Any clown can stand there in the forest and go ERRRRR,” Miller said while pausing to hold one of the knives to his throat. “But they don’t have the skills to really juggle the knives so it’s a little bit different. Anyone can dress up and scare people. But they’re posers. They’re phonies.” Miller, who spent several years as a featured clown with the Ringling Brothers “Greatest Show on Earth” Circus, said he’s not angered by the phony clowns but thinks what they are doing is a “cheap shot” to a time-tested art form. “It’s not effecting my business but it does affect people’s perceptions.” The “Creepy Clown threats” started in the Carolinas where police received complaints about men dressed as clowns trying to lure children into the woods. Earlier this week the threats made their way to the Tri-State. On Tuesday, September 27, a Franklin, Ohio woman called police and complained that a man dressed as a clown chased her into her apartment. The same day, a clown-related social media threat prompted parents in Gallatin County, Kentucky to keep their children home from school. Attendance was cut in half. On Wednesday a Facebook post prompted Covington police to monitor buses arriving at the Holmes High School campus. No one has been injured in any of the local incidents and only the Franklin call was more than an online ruse but people are concerned. “I don’t want to be discriminated against. Not all clowns are the same,” said Gretchen Cox whose alter ego, Cookie the Clown, is a fixture at Coney Island. “It makes me nervous. When I go on a birthday party this weekend are people going to be frightened of me if I stop and get gas? Are they going to make a big deal or be nice to me? Are they going to be mean to me?”
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Truckshop: Mobile boutique is a rolling success
OAKLEY, Ohio (Perry Schaible) - When Ashley Volbrecht rolls in, she usually makes quite an entrance. The petite blonde, originally from Chicago, is in the driver's seat of Ohio's first mobile boutique, "Truckshop." "I'd always wanted to be in fashion," Volbrecht said. "I'd always wanted to open my own store, but this felt like a completely different twist to it all." It's definitely a new way to shop. "We're here today, gone tomorrow," Volbrecht said. "We don't restock. People like the sense of a surprise when you come in. You can't go back a couple days later to get it. So, it kind of keeps people on their toes a little bit." Ashley got the idea for Truckshop during a trip to L.A. She bought an old bread delivery truck, hired a local designer and created a unique, boutique on wheels. "We've got tops in the front, tops in the back, dresses in the middle, but kind of try to keep it a clean layout since space is at a premium here." Her business is riding the way of the E-commerce boom, selling exclusively online and out of the truck. So far, it's been a success. Ashley opens the doors on her third season Saturday.
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First female K9 officer now on patrol
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Four new four-legged police officers will be on the streets this weekend. After 14 weeks of training, four new police dogs and their handlers graduated Friday morning, August 5, at the Cincinnati Police Academy. The local K9 corps is no longer an all-boys club. Two Hamilton County sheriff's deputies, a Cincinnati police officer and an Amberley Village officer joined the ranks of K9 handlers during a ceremony at the police academy. But what everyone really came to see was the dogs. They put on a show. Andrea Alt was the only woman in the class. She and her Belgian Malinois, Creed, will be Amberley Village's first K9’s. “He's already a good police officer but he's going to be a great police officer for Amberley Village and the surrounding agencies that want to use us,” said Alt. Creed showed off his training by finding a pistol hidden in the grass outside the police academy. Others sniffed out drugs hidden under a car and followed commands on the leash and off. Officer Alt wasn't the first female K9 handler in Hamilton County. But there was a female breaking ground Friday. Sicaria, the Belgian Malinois, was the first female K9 to go on patrol in Cincinnati. There have been other female K9s that sniffed out drugs. But she will be the first, full-blown female patrol K9. Sicaria was handler Jason Ader's second K9. He said she was as good an officer as any of the boys. Officer Alt said gender talk didn't bother her but she thought, in 2016, it really didn't matter. Friday four females and males, four men and women, teamed up and got it done. And put man and woman's best friend to work, serving everyone. Andrea Alt is one of two, current female K9 handlers in Hamilton County. All the dogs in the class were donated by sponsors arranged by the Matt Haverkamp Foundation.
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Warrant says HIV-positive man did not disclose status to victim
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Emilio Benyard seemed like a nice enough guy. A woman asked us not to reveal her identity, but she says she met him in a church in 2006. Last year, the two started dating. She said, "Throughout the years, he would always flirt, do little things, say little things. So late last year in May, I decided to give him a chance." The victim dated Benyard for several months. Then she started feeling sick in October of last year. She was tested at the Price Hill Health Center. She has also been to UC Health Holmes Hospital. She then received a diagnosis no one wants to hear. Someone from the Cincinnati Health Department came out to her house and told her that she is HIV positive. Police have charged Benyard with felonious assault and there's a warrant out for his arrest. He is known to frequent several neighborhoods in the city including Price Hill, Westwood, the West End, and Over-the-Rhine. Police also charge the Benyard with having sex with another woman without telling her that he has HIV. That case was ignored earlier this month because the victim did not go to court. The women who thought Benyard was a good guy feel betrayed, to say the least. The victim chose to come forward and share her story with Local 12 News to protect the public. She said, "I wanted to get the word out and let people know because he's not going to let you know." The victim says that she reached out to Benyard's mother after she was diagnosed. She says Benyard's mother told her that he has had HIV for roughly 13 years. If you can help police find Benyard, call Crimestoppers. The number is 513-352-3040. You do not have to leave your name and you could get a cash reward for anonymous tips.
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Teen hit by train exhumed nearly 100 years later for chance to ID him
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKRC) - “Some Mother’s Son” is the only name on the engraved headstone of an unidentified teen buried in Georgetown, Kentucky in 1921. He got there by riding the rails of a passenger train out of Cincinnati. Back then, people who did that were called Hobos, but clues showed the brown haired, blue-eyed teen around 17-years-old led a privileged life. Friday, March 10, his body was exhumed from the grave where he was buried after no one could identity the young man. What investigators did know was he rode the Southern Railway’s Royal Palm passenger train out of Cincinnati that traveled between Midwest cities including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Cincinnati; ending up in Jacksonville Florida. ox car April 1, 1921, and ran to catch a slow moving passenger train on another track. He likely didn’t even see the train that hit him. Emily Craig is a forensic anthropologist and works special projects of NamUs, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, and said, "We don’t think he rode the rails like a hobo, he was dressed well and groomed. Not that someone like that deserves more attention, that means someone more likely is missing him.” He wore tailored clothes, with monogrammed buttons, the clothes had a laundry mark that said “ Jones” and he had a watch with W.A. engraved on the back, and L.H.D. engraved inside the time piece. John Goble, the Scott County Coroner, said, "His mother and father have passed away, of course, but he could have nieces, nephews and cousins; His mother and father are buried somewhere, we want to get him back to his parents.” The FBI has agreed to pay for DNA testing. A tooth found during the exhumation of his grave will help with that. Then the profile will be entered into the DNA database to see if it links to any relatives. If not, there are other options. Todd Matthews manages cases for NamUs, "This guy is the missing leaf on a family tree. We could approach ancestry.com, a lot of ways we can reach out on this.” Was he a runaway headed to Florida for spring break? Or was he out for an adventure? The only thing that is certain is that he is some mother’s boy. Coroner Goble said, "He deserves to be buried with his family.” This case is on the NamUs website that is open to the public. Go to www.NamUs.gov.
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WWE's Uso Brothers visit kids at Children's Hospital
CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- The Uso Brothers make up the top tag team in the WWE. This week they made a stop in Cincinnati at US Bank Arena for Smackdown. Before they got in the ring, they visited fans at Children's Hospital. They're third generation wrestlers who've worked hard to make it to the top of their profession. Jimmy and Jey Uso are twin brothers. They're on the road together almost 300 days a year. They drove to Cincinnati from Indianapolis after Monday Night Raw. While crews set up the ring at US Bank Arena for another big night of wrestling, the brothers took on a new assignment, the first of its kind in their career. There are kids like Marcus, Mikey, Molly and Brittany. They're all patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, all ready for a little pick me up. Tuesday, it came in the form of two tough guys, both more than six feet tall, with pony tails and big bright smiles. You may know them as the WWE's Uso brothers, tag team champions and stiff competitors in the ring. For the kids here, they're heroes. "We have kids of ourselves, you know, so coming here and seeing these kids here and seeing how strong they are and how happy they are. For us to even come here and for them to want to meet us, it's beyond words. I got chills just talking about it right now." This visit is special for the kids and the Usos. It's the first time they've made a stop like this. The day started at the new Ryan Seacrest Studio. That's where they met Marcus, Mikey, and Molly. They shook their hands and snapped some pictures. Then, the brothers took on the maze of hallways to meet the kids that couldn't get out. That's where they met Brittany, a big wrestling fan, whose room was covered with posters and other WWE keepsakes. On another floor, it was Deonta, a seven-year old spitfire and another big wrestling fan. He got a little starstruck. "What up 'us'? Why you not saying 'o' man, are you saying it? Come on. What's up buddy. Can I get a hug man?" Eventually, this little guy wasn't afraid to go toe to toe with the champs. He asked about his favorite wrestlers and picked out who was Jimmy and who was Jey. And then he tried on the belt. It was a big day for the youngest patients. "Man, it's so cool to see these kids smile, man and this is the coolest thing we have ever done. Ever, yes, ever, ever. We've had moments, to me, it probably tops winning these...and Wrestelmanina and, this is by far the coolest thing we've ever done. Hands down." Follow Perry Schaible on Twitter @Local12Perry and LIKE her on Facebook
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Woman beaten and scalped in domestic violence attack helping other victims
UNION, Ky. (Brad Underwood) -- It's almost been a month since a 26-year-old, Union, Ky. woman endured a vicious attack. As she continues to recover, she's finding happiness in helping other victims of domestic violence. If two black eyes and a chewed off ear weren't enough, Marilyn Stanley was awake as her scalp was ripped off her head. But now she said talking with other woman gives her comfort. The gashes on her arm are healing and her black eyes are gone. Weeks after the attack Marilyn is smiling again.When asked how the attack had affected her confidence she said, "It hasn't. Yeah, I might not have hair on my head. Yeah, I have a bandage on my head. But I think I wear it pretty well." Stanley was assaulted Sept. 24, inside a home in Walton, Kentucky. The Boone County sheriff's office said Zachary Gross punched Marilyn multiple times, commanded his dog to attack her and then removed 75% of her scalp with a knife. "When you're getting hurt you minimize the pain that you feel because you are so numb. You don't recognize everything you are being put through. You know it's happening but you don't feel the pain from it," said Marilyn. Through social media she said other women have reached out, asking questions, seeking advice, "Me, helping somebody else is the best thing that actually does help me. It makes me feel better, it makes be happy, it makes me smile because I can help them." Marilyn's advice to other women: know your worth and don't let anyone bring you down."Don't let anyone break your confidence because you're better than any abuse you will get. Nobody deserves that."
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