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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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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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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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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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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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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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. Kaufmans 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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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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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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WASHINGTON (Kristine Frazao) -- For gun rights advocates across the country, there's now a real shot for change.It's called the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, already introduced in both the House and the Senate. Read the proposed law here.It would make it so where you're from counts more than where you actually are."The idea is if you have a concealed carry permit, it will be recognized in all states the way your Driver's license is," said Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America. It goes even further, to say if you're from one of the five states that don't require concealed carry permits, your driver's license will be enough.Those five states are Vermont, Alaska, Arizona Wyoming and Arkansas. Lawmakers in other states, including New Hampshire, Kansas, Mississippi and Montana, are working to follow suit.Supporters say it would make states with stricter gun laws safer, by allowing out-of towners to bring their guns with them. "It's already going on - felons are already carrying guns. Let's even the game so everyone else can participate legally," Pratt said.With republicans in control in both houses, those backing the bill are confident it will pass, and have vowed to attach it to a separate bill this year, since President Obama would likely not sign it as is. Brian Malte with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Violence, calls the bill evil and dangerous, and says it diminishes the rights of states."You may not even be able to possess a gun in one state but yet allowed to carry it so it really does override the public safety laws of these states," Malte said. He adds it would make the jobs of law enforcement much more difficult and make the country more dangerous "Good gun laws keep guns out of hands of dangerous people - people like domestic abusers, felons and fugitives," Malte added.But gun rights advocates say they also keep guns out of the hands of the good guys.Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If you are fans of the hit series "Breaking Bad" or "Better Call Saul", you'll recognize our next guest. Lavell Crawford is quickly climbing the comedic ranks and becoming a rising comedy star to watch. He'll perform at the Liberty Funny Bone Jan. 19-20.
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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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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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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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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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CINCINNATI (Angenette Levy) -- A South Cumminsville man took on City Hall and won. Gilbert Parker represented himself during the nearly five-year long court battle. The city impounded his 2007 Chrysler 300 in 2009 when he was charged with OVI. The city later sold the car at an auction. Parker sued to get his car back. Thursday morning he received a check for $15,500. Right now I'm elated. I'm glad that this is finally resolved and it's over with, Parker said after receiving the check. Parker maintains he was not guilty of the OVI. He said he was walking out of a convenience store when police told him they'd watched him drive under the influence. Parker maintains he was innocent - and a woman was actually driving the car. His car was impounded by the city and later sold. When this first started, I went to city hall to complain. And there was a gentleman there at city hall and his remark to me was 'it's just a car.' But what he didn't understand was that car was my livelihood. That's how I made my income. That's what made it personal, Parker said during an interview with Lincoln Ware on 1230 AM The Buzz. Parker used the car to sell clothes at flea markets and other venues. He said he started a company and even had a couple of employees. Once he lost the car his business failed. Parker sued the city of Cincinnati. But city attorneys claimed they had a right to sell the vehicle because Parker failed to retrieve it from the impound lot when he was told to do so. But, Parker said he never received that notification. An appeals court agreed last summer. The city offered to settle the case for $500. But, Parker felt that wasn't enough. He kept fighting. The city eventually offered $8,000. But, Parker felt the city should pay the blue book value of the car. Last month, Hamilton Co. Judge Norbert Nadel agreed and ordered the city to pay $15,500. Parker has no formal legal training. He studied law out of necessity while serving two prison terms for attempted burglary in New York in 1991 and 2000. He felt he had to become familiar with the law because the public defenders who represented him were often underpaid and overworked.You can't put all faith in to a lawyer because he's another human being. He can make mistakes or he might not care, Parker said.It's not often you hear about someone beating city hall. But Parker said it's really not that unusual for him. He claims to have taken on the city of New York in the past. Me and New York has settled four cases already and I was pro se as my own attorney, Parker said. Despite Judge Nadel's ruling the city maintains it had the right to sell the vehicle. In a prepared statement acting city solicitor Terrence Nestor wrote: Mr. Parker was convicted of an OVI after failing to appear at court on three separate occasions. The City of Cincinnati sold his car after he failed to pick it up despite notice from the City that it was available for pick up. It is unfortunate that the Court system has rewarded Mr. Parker's actions and failure to secure his property. The City chose to resolve the case to mitigate the continuing waste of judicial and taxpayer resources consumed by this case. As in all cases, the City intends to abide by the Court's order.Now that Parker has been compensated for his car he plans to use most of the money to start his business again. He will buy a used beater car rather than something new and shiny.When asked why he won't pursue a career in law he said, That's stressful. That's stressful. That's more stressful than selling clothes.Parker would like to start a community research group in which he could teach people how to read law books and help themselves. Follow Angenette Levy on Twitter @angenette5 and LIKE her on Facebook
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AVONDALE, Ohio (WKRC) - It was a service fit for a princess. Family and friends called services for 2-year-old Iyana Davis a "homegoing celebration". The little girl died Oct. 18 after her second battle with cancer. The theme at the Church of the Living God was "Frozen" for Iyana. It was a movie she would watch with her parents from her hospital bed. Those who knew her wanted to send her to heaven like the princess that she was. Pictures of the princesses, pink flowers, and crystals decorated the church. In her short life, the 2-year-old who suffered so much pain brought joy to those who knew her. Hundreds packed the church for her homegoing celebration. Iyana beat brain cancer once but in November 2015, the family learned the cancer had returned and spread to her spine. Pastor Ennis Tait said, "Even in her infant stage she was determined to live. So her battle represents determination, it represents you can make it. You can try and nothing beats a failure but a try." In the program for Iyana's homegoing there was a poem written to Iyana from her parents. It read, "Although you couldn't walk or talk or even count to 10. You're short life had impact more than 100 million men." Iyana died peacefully in her parents' arms. In the midst of mourning, there was a feeling of hope and joy. Family and friends said Iyana taught them that everyday was a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. Iyana was laid to rest at Spring Grove Cemetery.
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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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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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CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A new report said one diet stood out when it comes to fighting cancer. The diet stood out not because of what people take away but because of what people added to it. There's some thought people would all rather add to than take away for any health benefit. For example people would rather add red wine, to fight heart disease, to the burgers and fries rather than take away the fast food. So in this case, to fight colon cancer people might want to add a great catch and eat what's called a pescetarian diet. Seafood is the key ingredient in the pescetarian diet. It's really salmon, or other fish, with a vegetarian diet. So that means fruits and vegetables make up the bulk of the diet along with fish. Researchers said the combo was so effective for lowering colon cancer risk those who at that way had a bigger drop in colon cancer, than those who ate the vegan way. Vegan uses just plant proteins instead of fish such as beans and no animal products at all. Those who ate the pescetarian way dropped colon and rectal cancer risk 16 percent. It was likely that the seafood works against inflammation which has been linked to certain cancers. Inflammation is a silent marker in the blood that may play a role in several top risks such as cancer and heart disease. And that means people negate it by eating anti-inflammatory foods. Or it's like eating natural aspirin, which is what fish or seafood might be in the body. Follow Liz Bonis on Twitter @lbonis1, and LIKE her on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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BLUE ASH, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- Divorce is tough enough under even the best circumstances but for a Blue Ash couple it turned into a nightmare. What they thought was a simple child support issue became a threat to the ex-husbands financial future when he missed a major bit of the fine print in their divorce decree. They say the devil is in the details and this is a situation that really could happen to anyone. Due to some legal language that he hadn't noticed, Nick Viltrakis found himself caught in a tight spot, literally between the courthouse on one side, and job and family services on the other. Nick Viltrakis and his wife Terri split up last June. They worked out a child support payment plan between themselves and Nick started having electronic withdrawals made from his bank account. He showed Local 12's Rich Jaffe the list of payments. Terri explained, "We wanted to make the process of getting done with the divorce financially as simple as possible and we figured if we were to go through a child support on our own before the process and the paperwork started much later we would actually come out ahead and be even. It didn't turn out that way actually." The divorce decree along with child support language was finalized in February. In April, Nick and his ex-wife were surprised to get a notice saying he was more than 2,000 dollars in arrears on child support for all the months he'd paid her directly. He says, "I thought that's clearly wrong we had paid through each other and everything and so we thought it was easily resolved or at least resolved in a timely manner." Nick and his ex had failed to notice a line in the decree that says payments made other than through job and family services are considered "gifts." Rich Jaffe asked Terri if Nick was ever in arrears in his payments to her? She replied, "Never, not once." The couple started working through what's called a county "forgiveness" program to fix the financial mix up but forgiveness is sometimes tough to find. "I was kind of shocked, I thought it would be much simpler to at least tell them I had already been paid, and this should be easy. But it took maybe three weeks of phone calls just to get a phone call back because I couldn't speak with a person," said Terri. Nick added, "I've had the additional sum, 20 percent of what they believe I owe, tacked on to my child support payment an additional 18 dollar service fee and of course the 2 percent commission they get. So it's been tough making ends meet with the additional funds taken out." When Rich Jaffe explained the issue to Hamilton County Job and Family Services, Brian Gregg of ODJFS came up with a simple solution. He told Local 12, "I think this is a relatively easy fix, if all parties agree. They just need to fill out some paperwork, come down here for a quick hearing, and I think we can wipe that arrearage out." It's important to point out here that Job and Family Services was simply enforcing the court's order in the divorce decree and what we should all take away from this is how important it is to read legal documents carefully. If at all possible, have an attorney do that for you as well. ODJFS said they'll "expedite" the hearing for Nick and Terri. One of the other issues here is how difficult it is to communicate with agencies the size of Job and Family Services. Records indicate the paperwork the couple needs to clear their record was sent out six days ago, but no one's received it yet. Follow Rich Jaffe on Twitter @rajaffe and LIKE him on Facebook
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NEWPORT, Ky. (Jeff Hirsh) -- The defense is getting its turn in a murder case that's getting national attention. Shayna Hubers is accused of shooting and killing her boyfriend, Ryan Poston. The shooting took place at Poston's Highland Heights home in October 2012 following an argument between the two. The prosecution in Hubers trial wrapped up its case with witnesses attacking Hubers' claim of self-defense Friday, April 17. The defense begins calling witnesses Monday, April 20. The judge said he expected the case to wrap up that week Hubers has been held in the Campbell County jail since she was arrested following Poston's death 2.5 years ago. Follow Jeff Hirsh on Twitter @local12jeff, and LIKE him on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- Researchers are testing a potential breakthrough for knee injuries, Surgeons at Ohio State have implanted a first of its kind plastic device that could help people who have knee pain due to a problem with the meniscus. The meniscus is a pad made of cartilage between a person's thigh and shin bone. When it's damaged or torn, it really hurts. It can sometimes be repaired but when it deteriorates beyond repair the new implant might offer people another option. It's called a "Nusurface Meniscus Implant" and it is part of a national trial just launched by the Food and Drug Administration. It's implanted to replace the damaged meniscus through a small incision in the knee. The implant then will form a customized fit, to the shape of a person's own knee. Once the implant is in the knee people can gradually go back to normal activity. If it works it could give patients a whole new option to knee or joint replacement surgery. The need for this surgery is expected to sky-rocket
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MASON, Ohio (WKRC) -- Kings Island has been a hot topic among roller coaster enthusiasts lately. The park recently opened Banshee, the world's largest inverted roller coaster but it's an old classic that keeps people coming back. Called a beast of a project, that's how The Beast roller coaster got it's name. A lot goes into keeping it in working order, including a team of maintenance workers, carpenters and electricians who are on the job early in the morning The Beast is 650-thousand feet of southern pine lumber with a track that spans one point four miles at speeds up to sixty-five miles per hour. The Beast, opened at Kings Island in 1979. Thirty-five years later, it still holds the title for the longest wooden roller coaster in the world. The crew starts their day at five in the morning, walking the entire length of the track to fix any boards, rails, or nails that may have shifted. The workers wear harnesses to keep them safe as they scale the highest parts of the track including the lift hills, weighed down by thirty-five pounds of equipment. Next, they move on to the trains. Each car is taken off the tracks and inspected, from the lap belts to the wheels and everything in between. When everyone is satisfied, the trains are moved back onto the track and run multiple times without riders. This is called blocking. Blocks enable a train to be stopped and only one train can be moved in each block at any time. There is a similar maintenance team assigned to every ride in the park. "Every day at Kings Island, each and every ride at the park will go through a series of operational, electrical, and mechanical tests. The ride carpenters, the maintenance workers, they walk every inch of the track of all the rides in the park," says PR manager Don Helbig. This is done, of course, to keep all the guests safe. And, there are a lot of them. It's estimated that more than three million people visit the park each year. "It's not until the maintenance team turns it over to the ride operators that the park is ready to open at 10 a.m." In addition to all that lumber, it also took more than 37,000 pounds of nails and more than 82,000 bolts and washers. It takes the maintenance team two to three hours to walk the track each day. Follow Perry Schaible on Twitter @Local12Perry and LIKE her on Facebook
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