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Dayton Daily News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:12

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Father Acquitted in Shooting Death of Drunken Driver

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:30

ANGLETON, Texas -- A man whose two children were struck and killed by a drunken driver has been cleared of murder charges.

Jurors didn't believe beyond a reasonable doubt that the father killed a man in a fit of rage.

The ruling came as a relief to David Barajas and what's left of his family.

"A lot of weight off my back," Barajas said. "I'm still destroyed. I'm missing my sons -- always and forever."

Barajas and his sons, David Jr., 12, and 11-year-old Caleb, were on an unlit road in Alvin, Texas, in December 2012. A truck they were in had run out of gas and the three were pushing it down the road when a drunken driver slammed into the boys, killing them both.

That driver, 20-year-old Jose Banda, was shot and killed that night along the road. and prosecutors said at the time Barajas pulled the trigger.

"I would never proceed on a case on someone that I believed to be factually innocent," Brazoria County District Attorney Jeri Yenne said.

But she said she respects the jury's decision to acquit.

A witness testified he saw Barajas leave the scene, come back a few minutes later and put his head into Banda's car. The witness described hearding a gunshot but no one saw the actual shooting and no gun was found.

The defense argued that someone else killed Banda.

"What the defense did in this case, which I think was very clever, was they didn't exactly say he had it coming, he deserved it," CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin said. "They gave the jury an opportunity to acquit on the evidence before them."

And the defense was able to convince jurors that Barajas could not be convicted of murder beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Dayton's Hollywood Racino Opens

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:58

DAYTON -- Hollywood has finally hit the Miami Valley as Dayton's racino officially opens its doors.

Officials at Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway planned to open to the public at 1 p.m. today but a growing crowd at the door prompted the racino to open a little early.

With 1,000 video lottery terminals, which resemble slot machines, Dayton's Hollywood is now the fifth racino to open in Ohio, with a sixth scheduled to open next month near Youngstown.

Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway was designed to resemble the 1930's-style Hollywood ambiance with art-deco design details throughout the property.
"We want our guests to feel as if they've re-entered the Golden Age of Hollywood," said Hollywood Gaming at Dayton Raceway General Manager Gary DeWitt. "Vintage Hollywood never goes out of style and we've created an atmosphere of classic sophistication throughout the property."

The economic impact will be huge for the north Dayton area as a million people a year are expected to visit the facility.

The $250 million dollar venue made jobs for 500 people in our area. That's good news for locally owned business like Paradise Key Cafe.

"We're just fortunate to be across the street from the new racino," said owner Larry Parr.

The racino will be opened 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

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Xenia teacher on leave as a result of investigation

Dayton Daily News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:29

A Xenia High School Teacher is currently on paid administrative leave as a result of an internal investigation.

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