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It’s National Puppy Day

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:53

COLUMBUS (WCMH)– How will you celebrate National Puppy Day?

Yes, there is actually a nationally recognized day to celebrate the cuteness and loving attitudes of puppies everywhere. What could be better?

The day was created specifically to bring attention to the number of dogs who need to find their forever homes. Shelters and charities around the country celebrate with special events and fundraisers.

What better way to celebrate than to give a puppy a new home and loving family?

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Grand jury to consider OVI case against Ohio state lawmaker

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:36

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state lawmaker accused of impaired driving and mishandling a gun has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Rep. Wes Retherford waived that right Wednesday in a Hamilton courtroom in southwestern Ohio. The case will now be sent to a Butler County grand jury for consideration.

The Republican lawmaker from Hamilton is charged with driving under the influence and improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office said Retherford was arrested March 12 after a report of a man passed out behind the wheel at a McDonald’s restaurant. Deputies said they found a loaded handgun in a car seat while investigating.

Retherford hasn’t commented publicly on the circumstances of his arrest. A message seeking comment was left at his attorney’s office.

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US probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 06:19

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, The Associated Press has learned.

Information about Manafort’s transactions was turned over earlier this year to U.S. agents working in the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network by investigators in Cyprus at the U.S. agency’s request, a person familiar with the case said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to publicly discuss a criminal investigation.

The Cyprus attorney general, one of the country’s top law enforcement officers, was made aware of the American request.

A spokesman for Manafort did not immediately respond to questions from the AP.

Manafort, who was Trump’s unpaid campaign chairman from March until August last year, has been a leading focus of the U.S. government’s investigation into whether Trump associates coordinated with Moscow to meddle in the 2016 campaign. This week, the AP revealed his secret work for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago.

Federal prosecutors became interested in Manafort’s activities years ago as part of a broad investigation to recover stolen Ukrainian assets after the ouster of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych there in early 2014. No U.S. criminal charges have ever been filed in the case.

It was not immediately clear what time period was covered under the government request for information about Manafort’s financial transactions in Cyprus. Manafort was known to route financial transactions through Cyprus, according to records of international wire transfers obtained by the AP and public court documents filed in a 2014 legal dispute in the Cayman Islands.

In the 2014 case, Manafort used Cypriot shell companies as part of a nearly $19 million deal with Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to purchase Ukrainian cable television provider Black Sea Cable. Deripaska said that after taking the money, Manafort and his associates stopped responding to Deripaska’s queries about how the funds had been used.

As part of their investigation, U.S. officials were expected to look into millions of dollars’ worth of wire transfers to Manafort. In one case, the AP found that a Manafort-linked company received a $1 million payment in October 2009 from a mysterious firm through the Bank of Cyprus. The $1 million payment left the account the same day — split in two, roughly $500,000 disbursements to accounts with no obvious owner.

There is nothing inherently illicit about using multiple companies as Manafort was doing. But it was unclear why he would have been involved with companies in Cyprus, known for its history of money laundering before joining the European Union, with unclear sources of the money flowing in to them and with such secrecy surrounding the firms’ connections to Manafort.

A Treasury Department spokesman, Stephen Hudak, declined to answer the AP’s questions about Manafort’s records. “We often get press inquiries concerning individuals and our policy is to never confirm, nor deny the existence, or non-existence, of any potential investigation,” Hudak said.

Cypriot officials said further information would have to come to the agency through a formal request to the Cypriot Ministry of Justice and Public Order — under a mutual legal assistance treaty — although no request has been made, according to two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the case.

Democrats on Capitol Hill who are part of two congressional investigations of Trump associates said the new disclosures about Manafort’s work for the Russian billionaire guarantee that Manafort will be sought as a key witness in upcoming hearings. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who is a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said revelations about Manafort’s work were “serious and disturbing.”

The AP’s reporting about Manafort’s activities “undermines the groundless assertions that the administration has been making that there are no ties between President Trump and Russia. This is not a drip, drip, drip,” said Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California, a member of the House intelligence committee. “This is now dam-breaking with water flushing out with all kinds of entanglements.”

The White House said Trump had not been aware of Manafort’s work on behalf of Deripaska, a close Putin ally with whom Manafort eventually signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006. “To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane,” Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. “I don’t know what he got paid to do,” Spicer said, adding, “There’s no suggestion he did anything improper.”

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, known as FinCEN, was established in 1990 and became a Treasury Department bureau soon after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It collects a vast repository of records that financial institutions are required to report under the Bank Secrecy Act, such as suspicious activity reports and currency transaction reports, and assists law enforcement agencies in helping analyze complex data.

The agency is a part of an international network of so-called financial intelligence units that share information with each other in money laundering and terrorism financing investigations. It’s work has been critical in helping officials piece money trails together and identify leads for criminal investigators.

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Sidney murder suspect arrested in Lima

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:46

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — A man wanted for a murder in Sidney was captured in Lima on Wednesday night.

Sidney Police say 34-year-old Tony McRae, Jr. was taken into custody by Lima Police without incident.

He’s being held in the Shelby County Jail on an aggravated murder charge.

His arrest comes after police found a man dead at an apartment in Sidney.

Officers went to an apartment in the 400 block of North Miami Avenue in Sidney on March 14th to perform a welfare check.

When officers arrived, they found Lance Johnson dead in the apartment. After investigating, police determined there was a fight. Someone has also ransacked the apartment.

The Shelby County Coroner examined the body and said Johnson had been stabbed multiple times.

An investigation led police to identify McRae, Jr. as the suspect in Johnson’s murder.

Police say a witness told them McRae, Jr. was seen shortly after the murder with a bandage on his left hand. The witness said McRae, Jr. confessed to him that he stabbed Johnson and said other things only the person responsible would know.

The investigation is ongoing. Jail records show that McRae, Jr. is due in court on Thursday morning.

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Nuggets power past Cavs 126-113

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 04:56

DENVER (AP) — LeBron James’s forgettable night included some statistical oddities like going minus-30 in 34 minutes and being the only player on either team to miss a free throw.

In East-leading Cleveland’s stunningly thorough 126-113 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, James saw his Cavaliers get outscored 70-30 in the paint.

And the most painful of those points had to be from Nikola Jokic, who backed down James in the paint in a pivotal third-quarter possession, fending off plenty of contact for a hook shot that rocked the Pepsi Center.

“Nikola is not going to back down from anybody, and I think you’ve seen that from our team a little bit, whether we’re playing Golden State, Cleveland, Boston, whoever it is, we’re not going to back down,” coach Michael Malone said after his Nuggets increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over idle Portland in the race for the final playoff spot in the West.

Malone said that basket, which gave Denver a 99-83 lead and highlighted a 15-3 game-sealing run, would go down as a defining moment in Jokic’s blossoming career.

“LeBron will go down as one of the best players to ever play the game,” Malone said. “It’s like a heavyweight fight and Nikola backing him down to finish, I think the crowd erupted in celebration because it was like a defining moment for Nikola.

“I’m sure Nikola will be showing that to his grandkids many years from now.”

Maybe so, but in the aftermath of this crucial win, Jokic shrugged it off like it was any other play against any other player.

“I just tried to score,” the second-year Serbian said with a shrug. “I didn’t think that was him or whatever, I just wanted to score. That’s it.”

Kyrie Irving led the Cavs with 33 points but James had just 18 and the two stars sat out much of the fourth quarter with Cleveland trailing by double digits.

“They played an exceptional game,” James said. “I didn’t think our physicality was where it needed to be the way how well they moved bodies and moved the ball. They beat us pretty good.”

“We were playing uninspired basketball on both ends,” added Kevin Love. “It’s definitely not a good thing when you play that style or that way this late in the season. But I do think we will clean it up.”

STAT SHEET

The Nuggets had 35 assists and only six turnovers.

“We found the open man all night long,” Malone said. “We scored 70 points in the paint, held them to 30. Obviously, defense was solid enough to get the win. But I’m just so proud of the guys. It’s a very ecstatic locker room right now because it was a hell of a win and everybody contributed.”

Wilson Chandler scored 18 points in his return from a four-game absence with a strained groin. Gary Harris led Denver with 21 points and Jokic had 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with seven assists.

BIG BENCH

Kenneth Faried scored 17 points off the bench for Denver. Jamal Murray’s 15 points included three consecutive 3-pointers that gave Denver a 50-40 lead. And Jameer Nelson had nine assists without a turnover.

“A lot of guys shined tonight,” Malone said.

Said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue: “They kicked our butt in every facet of the game. Coaches, we got to be better, but players they got to be better, too. They got to be tougher, got to (have) more urgency. It comes from all of us. They got 3-point shots, they got points in the paint, they got offensive rebounds, they got, I mean whatever they wanted.”

BIG MEANING:

The Nuggets have beaten both of last year’s Finals teams in the last six weeks. They walloped Golden State 132-110 on Feb. 13.

What does that mean?

“Oh, I think we’re going all the way to the Finals,” Malone deadpanned. “No, you know what it says? It says that we’re a team that has a lot of talent, that we believe in each other, we believe in the process that we’re embarking upon and that great things are in store for us, whether that’s this season, whether that’s in the future.”

As for Cleveland, James said the physicality will be there when it matters most.

“Playoffs not here yet,” he said.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: The Cavs fell to 18-17 on the road. … Irving topped 20 points for the 19th consecutive game, extending the longest current streak in the NBA.

Nuggets: Danilo Gallinari missed his fourth straight game with a bone bruise on his left knee. … The Nuggets made all 13 of their free throws, marking the 15th time in franchise history they were perfect from the line.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: On Friday night wrap up four-game trip with game at Charlotte.

Nuggets: On Friday night visit Indiana, beginning a stretch in which they will play six of seven on the road.

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U.S. wins World Baseball Classic

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 04:53

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top.

The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman.

The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of its large wings.

“It’s a different feeling when the USA is on your chest,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “We wanted to get the U.S. back on top of the baseball world, and we did that.”

For a sport known as America’s pastime, the U.S. had struggled since the WBC began in 2006. Twice, the Americans lost in the second round and they went out in the semifinals in 2009.

This time was different.

“These guys were here to do their best,” Team USA general manager Joe Torre said. “The thing I marveled at was how quickly they came together, and Jimmy (Leyland) deserves a lot of that credit. They’re just a great group who understood what this event is all about.”

Accepting the gleaming silver trophy from baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, manager Leyland told the crowd, “This is for the men and women who serve our country.”

After the final out, the Americans massed on the mound, hugging and high-fiving while fireworks exploded in center field. Some of them grabbed a U.S. flag and circled the warning track, waving it in celebration with fans in the stands.

“There was only one thing on our mind, was to win this thing and to do whatever we can to win,” left fielder Christian Yelich said. “That helped us come together.”

The U.S. pounded out 13 hits and finished with a 6-2 record while making the final for the first time in front of 51,565 at Dodger Stadium.

Puerto Rico’s fans saluted their team with a standing ovation and the players responded by clapping.

“The satisfaction is huge,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said. “It has filled our hearts.”

Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S. territory finished runner-up for the second time, having lost to the Dominican Republic in the 2013 final.

“They’re loaded with All-Star players. They outpitched us. They outscored us. They outhit us,” Rodriguez said. “We came here to win the championship, but with a record of 7-1, we feel satisfied, pleased with what we were able to achieve.”

Tournament MVP Stroman avenged his shakiness in the Americans’ 6-5 loss to Puerto Rico during pool play. The right-hander from the Toronto Blue Jays gave up one hit in six-plus innings, struck out three and walked one on 73 pitches.

“I love pitching in these moments,” he said. “I love the atmosphere. I feel like the bigger the game, the more I’m able to get up, the more effective I am.”

Stroman allowed just three balls past the infield until Angel Pagan’s double in the left-field corner leading off the seventh, when he departed to a standing ovation, having staked the Americans to a 7-0 lead with the help of Ian Kinsler’s two-run homer.

In 2013, Stroman tweeted that he was going to play for Puerto Rico, where his mother was born. Instead, he wore the red, white and blue of the U.S.

“It was an unbelievable experience,” he said, “and I’ll be back in four years to defend the title.”

For the tournament, Stroman allowed 12 hits and four runs in 15 1/3 innings, with a 2.35 ERA, nine strikeouts and two walks.

“Marcus set the tone right off the bat and just was dealing,” Yelich said, “and we kind of fed off that and we were just rolling ever since.”

Stroman walked Carlos Beltran leading off the second, but the defense helped him out. Yadier Molina hit the ball to shortstop Brandon Crawford, who started a double play before Stroman struck out Javier Baez to end the inning.

Kinsler homered off an 0-1 pitch from Seth Lugo into left-center field in the third, scoring Jonathan Lucroy, who singled leading off.

Lugo of the New York Mets allowed four runs and five hits, struck out seven and walked four in four innings. The right-hander won his first two starts of the tournament, including in the second round against Stroman and the U.S. Stroman gave up six consecutive singles in a four-run first inning and took the loss against Puerto Rico last Friday in San Diego.

The Americans made it 4-0 in the fifth on RBI singles by Yelich and Andrew McCutchen.

Fans wore flags of both countries as capes and decorated their faces in team colors. Puerto Rico boosters pounded cowbells, tooted horns and blew whistles early on before their team fell behind 4-0.

Fans were on their feet chanting “U-S-A!” when the Americans loaded the bases in the seventh with two outs. They were rewarded with Crawford’s two-run single that chased J.C. Romero, extending the lead to 6-0.

The U.S. tacked on another run on Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI single off Hiram Burgos past diving shortstop Francisco Lindor.

The Americans defeated two-time champion Japan, while Puerto Rico beat the Netherlands to reach the final.

The three games at Dodger Stadium drew 109,892.

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Springfield Police investigate gas station robbery

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 04:47

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — Springfield Police are investigating a robbery at a gas station.

Someone called 911 to report the robbery just after 3 a.m. on Thursday at the Speedway in the 2000 block of North Bechtle Avenue.

Police have not released information about the suspects.

There’s no word if anything was taken during the robbery.

Police are working to get surveillance video at the scene.

No one was hurt during the robbery.

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Homicide detectives investigate after body found in Dayton

WDTN News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 04:34

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton homicide detectives are investigating after a woman’s body was found in an alley.

Police say two people walking in the 800 block of North Paul Lawrence Dunbar Street found the body around 11:40 p.m. on Wednesday.

The scene where a woman’s body was found on North Paul Lawrence Dunbar Street in Dayton.

When officers arrived, they found enough evidence at the scene to call for homicide detectives to take over the investigation.

The deceased is a white woman in her mid-to-late 20s, according to police.

The body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an examination and autopsy. The woman’s name has not been released yet.

“We didn’t locate any ID here at the scene so right now it’s still a mystery about who this person is and how she came to be here,” Dayton Police Lt. Mark Ponichtera said.

Lt. Ponichtera says the people who found the body are cooperating with the investigation. He says cooperation like this is often what makes the difference in solving a crime.

“We just need that one piece of key evidence, for any one individual to come forward,” Lt. Ponichtera said. “There are many cases that we have a good idea of who likely committed the crime, but we just need that one eye witness to come forward, that one individual who’s willing to stand up to the violence in the community and come forward.”

Police say anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call 333-cops or Crimestoppers at 222-stop.

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Warren County 3rd fastest growing in Ohio; Dayton metro area up - Dayton Daily News

Local News - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 00:03


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Local man reacts to London terrorist attack

WDTN News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 22:28

 

CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The attack in London has sent shockwaves throughout the world, including here in the Miami Valley. A Centerville man is relieved after learning his family in the U.K. are safe and accounted for.

Alan Kercher is a native of the United Kingdom. He’s been in the states for decades, but travels frequently to London for business. He’s very familiar with the area where the attack happened and says he’s thankful he wasn’t there or any of his family.

“My phone went off in my pocket,” Kercher said. “I thought it was business, it was twitter. And it was breaking news.”

Police say the deadly attack started on the famed Westminster bridge. Kercher says the bridge is a crowded hot spot for tourists.

“It’s always congested,” Kercher said. “There’s a lot of people. There’s two sidewalks on the road that probably got four or fire people in width.”

The bridge is near a large hotel popular with tourists. Kercher says many in the area walk to get around.

“There’s a curb which is about 8 or 9 inches high just like a step,” Kercher said. “That’s the only thing that separate traffic.

Following the attack, Kercher tried to get a hold of family. After a few hours, he was able to reach them.

“I talked to my mum,” Kercher said. “My mum was just as shocked as everyone else. She was like wow you know can you believe it.”

Kercher’s mom actually heard from friends who were there on the bridge at the time of the attack.

“She had a friend that was there and witnessed one of the incidents,” Kercher said. “Of one of the lady’s that had died and said it wasn’t a nice sight. You can imagine it must be awful.”

Kercher was just in London in January.He has plans to go back in April and doesn’t plan on changing that because of what happened.

 

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Police: Officer, 3 others killed in Wisconsin shootings; suspect in custody

WDTN News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 21:39

WESTON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a string of shootings in northern Wisconsin that killed a police officer and three others and prompted local schools and a hospital to go on lockdown (all times local):

8:20 p.m.

Police in northern Wisconsin say an officer and three other people were killed in what apparently began as a domestic dispute in a bank.

Everest Metro Police Chief Wally Sparks said the slain officer was from his department. Sparks did not release the officer’s name. The names of the other three dead also were not released.

Sparks said a suspect was in custody.

The violence in the small town of Rothschild began shortly after noon on Wednesday, after police were summoned to what they called a “domestic situation” at Marathon Savings Bank.

They say they arrived to find two people with gunshot wounds and the suspect gone. Authorities say a second shooting happened soon after at a law firm and a third at an apartment complex.

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7:10 p.m.

A witness to the shooting of a police officer in northern Wisconsin says he was hit moments after arriving at an apartment complex in pursuit of a suspect in a string of shootings.

Kelly Hanson says she looked out her apartment window in the small town of Weston about 1:15 p.m. to see a squad car approach, and a few seconds later heard a gunshot and saw the officer fall. She says other officers then drove in with an armored vehicle to retrieve him.

Authorities haven’t released information on the officer’s condition.

Hanson says she stayed in her apartment all afternoon until hearing a volley of about 10 shots. Police haven’t said what happened with the suspect, but Hanson says she was finally allowed to leave her apartment in early evening.

Police say the shootings began at a bank in nearby Rothschild around midday and included one at a law firm before the violence at the apartment complex.

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5:45 p.m.

Gunshots have been heard at an apartment complex in northern Wisconsin where a suspect was holed up after a shooting that wounded at least two people other than the police officer.

WSAW-TV reports about a dozen gunshots were heard about 5 p.m. Wednesday. The station reported an ambulance went by after police said they were trying to engage the suspect.

Wausau Police Capt. Todd Baeten said earlier that a police officer was among the victims but would not give details on the officer’s injuries.

The shootings began at a bank in Rothschild where officers responding to a domestic situation arrived to find two people had been shot.

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5:10 p.m.

Police in Wisconsin say an officer is among the victims in a shooting in the small town of Rothschild.

Wausau Police Capt. Todd Baeten would not give details on the officer’s injuries. But he said authorities were in contact with the suspect at an apartment complex and were trying to engage him. He gave no other details.

Authorities say the shooting began at Marathon Savings Bank about 12:30 p.m. They say officers were responding to a reported domestic situation and arrived to find two people had been shot.

Authorities say two shootings happened later at a law firm and at the apartment complex in nearby where the suspect was being sought.

The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay.

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4:45 p.m.

Police in a small northern Wisconsin town say they were responding to a “domestic situation” at a bank when they arrived to find two people with gunshot wounds.

Police Chief Jeremy Hunt says officers were called to Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild about 12:30 p.m. He said the suspect was gone when officers arrived.

Authorities say two shootings happened later at a law firm and an apartment in nearby Weston. The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay.

Schools in the D.C. Everest School District were put on lockdown, but the district posted on Facebook that the lockdown was lifted for all but two schools.

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This version of the story corrects that police now say the apartment building is in Weston, not Schofield.

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4:10 p.m.

A SWAT team and other police officers are outside an apartment in northern Wisconsin as police investigate shootings at three locations.

Wausau Police Capt. Todd Baeten says the shootings happened Wednesday at a bank in Rothschild and then a law firm and the apartment where authorities remained on the scene mid-afternoon in nearby Schofield. The area is about 90 miles west of Green Bay.

Early police reports indicated two people were shot and critically injured, but Baeten wouldn’t confirm the injuries later Wednesday. He says the shootings involved “multiple scenes” and many law officers.

Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after the shooting was reported in Rothschild. Wausau police say the situation is active and have asked residents to avoid the area.

Schools in the D.C. Everest School District are on lockdown, as is Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

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2:55 p.m.

SWAT teams have entered an apartment building after a shooting critically injured two people in northern Wisconsin and prompted schools and a hospital to go on lockdown.

Police have marked off an area around Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild, though a police officer told USA Today Network-Wisconsin (http://wdhne.ws/2o5KDq2 ) the incident was “not a bank robbery.”

Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after the shooting was reported Wednesday afternoon in Rothschild, about 90 miles west of Green Bay. Wausau police posted a link on social media saying the situation was still active and asked residents to avoid the area.

An officer on the scene confirmed shots were fired. Other information wasn’t immediately available.

Schools in the D.C. Everest School District are on lockdown, as is Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

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2:40 p.m.

Authorities say a shooting has critically injured two people in northern Wisconsin, and area schools and a hospital are on lockdown.

Dozens of police cars and emergency vehicles were responding after the shooting was reported Wednesday afternoon in Rothschild. The Wausau Police Department posted a link on social media saying the situation was still active and asked residents to avoid the area.

An officer on the scene confirmed to USA Today Network-Wisconsin (http://wdhne.ws/2o5KDq2 ) that shots were fired. Other information wasn’t immediately available.

Police have marked off an area around Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Schools in the D.C. Everest School District are on lockdown, as is Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

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Polaris recalls 19k all-terrain vehicles due to burn and fire hazards

WDTN News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 21:15

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 19,000 Polaris ATV’s are being recalled after reports of fires.

Polaris has received nearly 800 reports of incidents, including 47 fires and four minor burn injuries.

The ATV’s were sold nationwide from May 2014 through March 2017.

Consumers should contact Polaris at 800-765-2747 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.polaris.com and click on “Off-Road Safety Recalls” for more information.

In addition, check your vehicle identification number (VIN) on the “Product Safety Recalls” page to see if your vehicle is included in any recalls.

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Woman who ran daycare accused of leaving children alone to go tanning

WDTN News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:46

PORTLAND, OR (AP) – An Oregon day care provider has been indicted on more than 100 criminal counts after being accused of leaving children as young as six months old alone multiple times over eight days to go to a tanning salon and a gym, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted January Neatherlin, 31, of Bend late Tuesday on 76 counts of criminal mistreatment and 38 counts of reckless endangerment, said Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel.

Neatherlin was arrested last week after police found seven children ranging in age from 6 months to 4 years alone in her home.

She has a court appearance scheduled Thursday. Her attorney, Matthew Baughman, did not return a call from The Associated Press.

Court documents say Neatherlin left children alone at her home on eight different occasions between March 3 and March 15, the day she was arrested after police received a tip and set up surveillance outside the home.

Officers watched as parents dropped off their children and then saw Neatherlin drive away hours later, authorities said. Out of fear for the children’s safety, officers entered the home and found the unattended children.

In addition to facing charges, Neatherlin must stay away from seven children identified only by their initials in court papers, as well as their parents, and she must avoid unsupervised contact with her own minor son. She has also been ordered to stay away from minors in public.

State records show that Neatherlin’s business, Little Giggles Daycare, has been investigated twice before by state child welfare advocates.

In 2014, she was found to be caring for more children than allowed without a license. She was told to drop her number to three or less children.

She was investigated for a similar allegation in 2015 and officials found no evidence that she was caring for more than three children.

Neatherlin took out a business license for Little Giggles in 2010, but it lapsed in 2012 and was not renewed, The Bend Bulletin reported.

A day care license is only needed if a provider cares for more than three children.

Neatherlin was on a list of subsidized child care for students at Oregon State University-Cascades.

A school administrator said Neatherlin has been dropped from the list.

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Police: Ohio man snorted heroin, drank Mike’s Hard Lemonade before drive

WDTN News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:40

AUSTINTOWN, OH (WKBN) – Police say an Austintown man snorted heroin and drank Mike’s Hard Lemonade before driving around the township.

Robert McCulley, 53, was stopped at 4:14 p.m. Tuesday making an improper turn from Bears Den Road onto Burkey Road, according to a police report. Police said McCulley nearly caused an accident and failed to signal a turn.

An officer questioned McCulley after smelling alcohol in the vehicle and reported that McCulley handed him a cup containing alcohol but said it wasn’t his. McCulley then told the officer, “It’s probably Mike’s Hard Lemonade,” the report said.

Police reported finding heroin in a cigarette box in the car. After some questioning, the report says McCulley admitted to snorting heroin and drinking a little alcohol.

He was arrested an charged with drug abuse — heroin, open container and with a turn signal violation.

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