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Cleveland Clinic: Holiday Toy Hazards

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 22:02

CLEVELAND -- With Christmas just a week away, if you are still shopping for your little ones you should know that some toys are more dangerous than others.

Research from the Nationwide Children's Hospital showed that riding toys like foot-powered scooters, tricycles, and wagons have a major risk of injuries in children between the ages of 5 and 17 years old.

Analysts found that foot-powered scooters alone cause more than 500,000 injuries from 2000 to 2011. The study also notes that children under 5-years old are at greatest risk from choking on small toys and toy parts.

"If they're too young, those small things are going to go in their mouths and they are potentially choking hazards, so parents should be really conscientious about the size of the toy when they are thinking about the age of their child," said Dr. Elaine Schulte.

Small shiny batteries are very interesting to little kids and that can be dangerous if swallowed.

So parents should be highly aware of the type of battery in a toy and avoid giving young children gifts that contain small batteries.

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Caught on Camera: Thief Fakes Heart Attack

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:41

POLK COUNTY -- A pair of thieves made off with a bunch of kids toys after one of them faked a heart attack.

Surveillance video showed Genard Dupree grabbing his chest and faking a heart attack after falling to the floor. As soon as that happened his buddy, Tarus Scott calmly walked out of a Florida Walmart with more than $400 worth of goods.

"After a heart attack. what's next? It's incredible I don't know. They must sit and spend hours thinking of these diversions and the things that they can do to get over on other people," said one woman.

It turns out the duo was caught by the street sheriff's office and will now be spending their Christmas behind bars.

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Caught On Camera: Salvation Army Worker Orchestrated Theft of Donations

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:31

GULFPORT -- Salvation Army bell ringers are supposed to be there to help their community, but not for one woman.

Police in Mississippi believe Michelle Pope orchestrated a crime that was caught on camera.

Pope now faces charges of false reporting of a crime and petty larceny about the theft of her kettle full of cash, and that's not sitting well with a fellow volunteer.

"I did this last year and they helped me out a lot they do help a lot of people and I don't understand why anyone would do this," said volunteer Monica Whipple.

The Salvation Army said they do perform background checks on most of their employees but because the volunteers only work for five weeks out of the year not all of them get checked.

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Honda opens $35M training facility, museum

Dayton Daily News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 21:30

Honda has completed a $35 million expansion to its Marysville plant that includes research and training facilities for technicians across the U.S.

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Anonymous School Threat Tip Line Launched

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:54

DAYTON-- A new tool is available to Ohio school districts aimed at preventing another school shooting or tragedy.

It is an anonymous tip line that is free of charge for any district that wants to take advantage of it.

It works like this, a student; parent or teacher just has to pick up the phone and call or send a text message if they hear about a threat.

Centerville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Tom Henderson knows just how effective these systems can be. The district already has its own in place.

"I think the students that know they can report something and that it won't come back on them I think it makes them a little more likely to leave good information," said Dr. Henderson.

The system came about after Gov. John Kasich, the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety got together to launch the SaferOH tip line.

Right now, only Springboro and the Life Skills High School have signed up in the greater Dayton area.

Research shows someone other than the attacker usually is aware of a threat 80 percent of the time before something happens.

"This is just another way for that information to pass along to those who can do something with it or investigate it or check it out," said Dr. Henderson.

Henderson is glad to see it being made available to every school in the state.

The calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by the Ohio Homeland Security's Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit. The TAP Unit immediately forwards information to local school officials, local law enforcement agencies and others, if necessary.

"I think it's just a great asset that schools can participate in and you know school safety is priority one for all of us, so anything that can help promote that or help us with that is going to be huge," said Dr. Henderson.

The superintendent knows it's up to the students and parents to act on something if they think there is danger.

"If students see something, hear something, anything suspicious we ask them to pass that along and then we can check it out," said Dr. Henderson.

Click here to learn more about the program.

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Fairview Students Receive Gear To Help Keep Them Warm This Winter

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:24

DAYTON -- A special donation will help local kids keep warm at the bus stop this winter.

Dayton police got some help from Santa and McGruff the crime dog for the special delivery at Fairview Elementary School on Thursday (Dec. 18, 2014). Together they handed out new winter coats, gloves, hats, and even boots to students at the middle school.

"The Dayton police officers that you see here today are the same officers who patrol this neighborhood and care very deeply about the community these kids live in so it's a real honor for us to be involved in such a great event," said Major Matt Carper.

A group of anonymous donors were responsible for helping to make it all possible.

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Investigator sent to fire in vacant Dayton house

Dayton Daily News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:19

Dayton crews were called to a fire on North Findlay Street and determine the structure is vacant.

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Milton Union Students Get Hands-On Agriculture Experience

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:09

WEST MILTON -- Students at Milton Union Schools are working on getting good grades and green thumbs.

They're getting hands-on agriculture experience by planting their own garden. It's too cold to put the plants in the ground now, but students are testing their water supply and soil for their crops.

The school recently got a $25,000 grant to supply the "Garden To Table Program."

Teachers said it helps students understand that food doesn't just come from a supermarket.

"If they get to see the whole process the planting, the fertilizing the testing the soil the water quality all the things that go into where the food comes from that they see on their table it will be a great benefit," said STEM teacher Kelly Strick.

The students plan to start planting in the spring. The food they grow will be eaten in the cafeteria.

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Dog Stolen in Riverside from Autistic Teen

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:05

UPDATE: As of tonight, (Dec. 18, 2014) Rockie has safely been returned to his family!


RIVERSIDE -- A Riverside family says their nine-month-old Toy Poodle was stolen from their backyard earlier this week.

Tanya England, says her 14-year-old son is autistic and relies on the companionship from the dog, "he keeps him calm," he said.

England says her son, Travis, uses Rocky the Poodle as a therapy dog to help him succeed.

Rocky was found missing Monday around 4:30 p.m. The family lives behind the International College of Broadcasting off Smithville Road. England said when she went to check on her other dogs barking, she saw a red car speed out of the college's parking lot.

"If anybody knows anything about anybody getting a new dog for Christmas, a black Toy Poodle, please help us," said England.

England says she's filed a police report with Riverside Police. Call detectives if you have any information.

The family has posted pictures of the dog all around the area. If someone has a change of heart, you can return Rocky to Travis, to make his Christmas.

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Do you know this suspect in wallet theft?

Dayton Daily News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 20:02

The Dayton Police Department is asking the public help locate a man who stole a wallet from a car he broke into using keys he stole.

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New Money For Old Building In Dayton

ABC 22 / FOX 45 Dayton's News Source - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 19:55

DAYTON -- An old building is getting new life thanks to $2 million dollars in tax credits for historic preservation.

The money will be used to invest in the Old Hughes Supply Plumbing and Heating building on Wayne Avenue.

The building is vacant and it's been owned by the city for years, now it will house apartments with small retail on the first floor.

"It's been a... it's been a strategy that we uh have again for the last 20 years, it is the future the seeds of this building incented by outside capital through these tax credits is what's going to allow us to build a better product when we build new out of the ground," said Bill Weyland.

Dayton's Mayor Nan Whaley will help revive Wayne Avenue between Third and Fifth Streets.

In all it's expected to cost nearly $8 million dollars.

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