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People Pets: 19 Adoptable Dogs and Cats

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:14

Thousands of pets will be available for adoption Saturday, Aug. 19., during Clear the Shelters. Here are 19 adorable dogs and cats available at partner shelters across the country.
View Full Story Photo Credit: Miami Dade County Animal Services

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Springboro teacher arrested on child endangering charges

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 09:03

SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) – A Springboro teacher was arrested Monday on child endangering and other charges.

According to jail records, Amy Panzeca was arrested Monday evening around 6:00 pm on Sesame Street in Springboro.

Panzeca was booked into the Warren County jail on two counts of permitting drug abuse, endangering children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A spokesperson for Springboro Community City Schools says Panzeca teaches 5th grade at Five Points Elementary School.

Panzeca is currently on paid administrative leave while the school works with police to investigate the allegations.

The spokesperson says the all parents of students in Panzeca’s class will be notified by phone of the allegations on Tuesday. A letter will be sent to all parents as well.

A substitute teacher will teach Panzeca’s class until the matter is resolved. The first day of class for Springboro Community City Schools is Thursday, August 17th.

2 NEWS is following this story and will keep you updated when more information is available.

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Tiger Woods had pain, anxiety, sleep drugs in system during arrest

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:40

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – The toxicology report has been released from Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest in May.

The report, released Monday, reveals the golfer had taken hydrocodone and hydrophone, which are two opioid pain medications, alprazolam, for anxiety and panic disorders, zolpidem, a sedative prescribed for insomnia, and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

Woods pleaded guilty last week to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion program.

It is not known is Woods had prescriptions for all of the medications.

Medical marijuana is legal in Florida.

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Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice lattes to be sold in grocery stores

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:31

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Get ready, pumpkin spice latte fans.

Starbucks has announced the launch of two new products in fall’s favorite flavor and now you can enjoy the popular drink without stepping foot into a café.

Ready-to-drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Pumpkin Spice-flavored ground coffee are hitting the shelves of grocery stores, according to the coffee chain.

The bottled lattes will cost $2.79 each and be released later this month.

The ground coffee costs about $10 for an 11-ounce bag and is already available at supermarkets nationwide.

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Both Korean leaders, US signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:08

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Even as North Korea presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” both Koreas and the United States signaled their willingness to avert a deepening crisis Tuesday, with each suggesting a path toward negotiations.

The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats between President Donald Trump and North Korea amid worries that Pyongyang is nearing its long-sought goal of accurately being able to send a nuclear missile to the U.S. mainland. Next week’s start of U.S.-South Korean military exercises that enrage the North each year make it unclear, however, if diplomacy will prevail.

During an inspection of the North Korean army’s Strategic Forces, which handles the missile program, Kim praised the military for drawing up a “close and careful plan” and said he would watch the “foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees” a little more before deciding whether to order the missile test, the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said. Kim appeared in photos sitting at a table with a large map marked by a straight line between what appeared to be northeastern North Korea and Guam, and passing over Japan — apparently showing the missiles’ flight route.

The missile plans were previously announced, and Kim said North Korea would conduct the launches if the “Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and its vicinity” and that the United States should “think reasonably and judge properly” to avoid shaming itself, the news agency said.

Lobbing missiles toward Guam, a major U.S. military hub in the Pacific, would be a deeply provocative act from the U.S. perspective, and a miscalculation on either side could lead to a military clash. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United Sates would take out any such missile seen to be heading for American soil and declared any such North Korean attack could mean war.

Kim’s comments, however, with their conditional tone, seemed to hold out the possibility that friction could ease if the United States made some sort of gesture that Pyongyang considered a move to back away from previous “extremely dangerous reckless actions.” This might be difficult as the United States and South Korea prepare for their military drills next week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, a liberal who favors engagement with the North, urged North Korea to stop provocations and to commit to talks over its nuclear weapons program.

Moon, in a televised speech Tuesday on the anniversary of the end of World War II and the Korean Peninsula’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule, said that Seoul and Washington agree that the crisis over the North’s nuclear program should “absolutely be solved peacefully,” and that no U.S. military action on the Korean Peninsula could be taken without Seoul’s consent.

Moon says solving the crisis could begin with freezing the North’s nuclear weapons program, and the North could create conditions for talks by stopping nuclear and missile tests.

“Our government will put everything on the line to prevent another war on the Korean Peninsula,” Moon. “Regardless of whatever twist and turns we could experience, the North Korean nuclear program should absolutely be solved peacefully, and the (South Korean) government and the U.S. government don’t have a different position on this.”

The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, on Monday met with senior South Korean military and political officials and the local media, and made comments that appeared to be an attempt to ease anxiety while also showing a willingness to back Trump’s warnings if need be.

Dunford said the United States wants to peacefully resolve tensions with North Korea, but Washington is also ready to use the “full range” of its military capabilities in case of provocation.

Dunford is visiting South Korea, Japan and China after a week in which Trump declared the U.S. military “locked and loaded” and said he was ready to unleash “fire and fury” if North Korea continued to threaten the United States.

North Korea’s military had said last week it would finalize and send to Kim for approval the plan to fire four ballistic missiles near Guam, which is about 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) from Pyongyang.

The plans are based on the Hwasong-12, a new missile the country successfully flight-tested for the first time in May. The liquid-fuel missile is designed to be fired from road mobile launchers and has been previously described by North Korea as built for attacking Alaska and Hawaii.

The North followed the May launch with two flight tests of its Hwasong-14 ICBM last month. Analysts said that a wide swath of the continental United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, could be within reach of those missiles, once they’re perfected.

The North’s latest report said Kim ordered his military to be prepared to launch the missiles toward Guam at any time. If the “planned fire of power demonstration” is carried out because of U.S. recklessness, Kim said it will be “the most delightful historic moment when the Hwasong artillerymen will wring the windpipes of the Yankees and point daggers at their necks,” the North reported.

North Korea is angry about new United Nations sanctions over its expanding nuclear weapons and missile program and the upcoming military drills between Washington and Seoul.

Kim said that the United States must “make a proper option first and show it through action, as it committed provocations after introducing huge nuclear strategic equipment into the vicinity of the peninsula” and that it “should stop at once arrogant provocations” against North Korea, state media said.

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Counter rally set in Charlottesville suspect’s Ohio town

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 05:46

MAUMEE, Ohio (AP) – An anti-white supremacists rally is planned in the Ohio city where a man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia had been living.

Organizers of the rally and march Monday night in Maumee say they want to stand in solidarity with counter-protesters in Virginia and denounce all forms of racism.

James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, is charged with second-degree murder and other counts after authorities say he drove into a crowd Saturday, fatally injuring one woman and hurting 19 others.

A judge said Monday that he’ll appoint an attorney to represent the 20-year-old Fields.

His mother told The Associated Press on Saturday that she and her son moved from Kentucky to a suburb near Toledo about a year ago.

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Charlottesville driver previously accused of beating mother

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 05:09

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The driver charged with killing a woman at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was previously accused of beating his mother and threatening her with a knife, according to police records released Monday.

Samantha Bloom, who is disabled and uses a wheelchair, repeatedly called police about her son, James Alex Fields Jr., in 2010 and 2011, telling officers he was on medication to control his temper, transcripts from 911 calls show.

Fields, 20, is accused of ramming his car into a crowd of counter-protesters on Saturday in Charlottesville, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Fields, described by a former high school teacher as an admirer of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, was charged with second-degree murder.

A judge denied him bail Monday after the public defender’s office said it couldn’t represent him because a relative of someone in the office was injured in Saturday’s protest.

Fields was assigned a local attorney, and another hearing was set for Aug. 25.

Records show that Fields was arrested and put in juvenile detention after his mother reported in 2011 that he stood behind her wielding a 12-inch knife.

In another incident in 2010, she said her son smacked her in the head and locked her in the bathroom after she told him to stop playing video games. There was no indication in the records that he was arrested.

Also Monday, a former classmate told The Associated Press that on a school trip to Europe in 2015, a teenage Fields couldn’t stand the French and said he only went on the trip so that he could visit “the Fatherland” — Germany.

“He just really laid on about the French being lower than us and inferior to us,” said Keegan McGrath.

McGrath, now 18, said he challenged Fields on his beliefs, and the animosity between them grew so heated that it came to a boil at dinner on their second day. He said he went home after three or four days because he couldn’t handle being in a room with Fields.

The incident shocked McGrath because he had been in German class with Fields for two unremarkable years.

“He was just a normal dude” most of the time, though he occasionally made “dark” jokes that put his class on edge, including one “offhand joke” about the Holocaust, McGrath said.

McGrath said Fields was no outcast: “He had friends. He had people who would chat with him.”

Meanwhile, under pressure to speak out more forcefully, President Donald Trump condemned Ku Klux Klan members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists who take part in violence as “criminals and thugs” and declared that “racism is evil.”

Trump’s initial failure on Saturday to denounce the groups by name, and his blaming of the violence on “many sides,” prompted criticism from fellow Republicans as well as Democrats.

A teacher who taught Fields in high school said Sunday that Fields was fascinated with Nazism, idolized Hitler, and had been singled out in the ninth grade by officials at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, Kentucky, for his “deeply held, radical” convictions on race.

Fields also confided that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was younger and had been prescribed an anti-psychotic medication, according to the teacher, Derek Weimer.

Fields later enlisted in the Army and reported for basic training in 2015 but was released from active duty four months later because of what military described only as “a failure to meet training standards.”

The violence in Charlottesville also was blamed for the deaths of two Virginia State Police officers in a helicopter crash.

Fields had been photographed hours before the attack with a shield bearing the emblem of Vanguard America, one of the hate groups that took part in the protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The group on Sunday denied any association with Fields.

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Dayton Police investigate shooting claim at Desoto Bass

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:48

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Dayton Police are investigating a report of a shooting.

Someone called 911 around 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday and reported a shooting victim at the Desoto Bass apartments.

When authorities arrived, they looked for a victim. Police are trying to determine if the victim was actually shot or if that person was injured in an earlier incident at a nearby bar.

One man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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Motorcycle rider seriously hurt in Clayton crash

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 04:13

CLAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A man riding a motorcycle is in serious condition after a crash in Clayton.

It happened just after 10 p.m. on Monday on North Main Street near East Greenview Drive.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a car failed to yield, turning in front of a motorcycle.

The motorcycle hit the car and the rider was thrown.

He was taken by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital with serious injuries.

OSP says the rider was not wearing a helmet.

The driver of the car ran away from the scene.

Trotwood Police took him into custody for questioning a short time later.

No charges have been filed yet.

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Huber Heights medical marijuana survey results too close to call

WDTN News - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:16

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – Too close to call is what some are saying about the Huber Heights Medical Marijuana survey results.

The analyzed data shows that the gap between those in favor and opposed is wider than initially thought, but not large enough to impact the medical marijuana moratorium.  One council member told 2 NEWS there was no indication that they would reconsider or revisit the moratorium at this time.

The city conducted both a phone and online survey with roughly 350 residents participating in the phone survey.  While another 1,170 people completed an online version.

The analyzed data shows that 43% are in favor of a zoning change to allow cultivation, processing and dispensing in the city.  35% were opposed and the rest were neutral or unsure.

One thing was clear, according to The Impact Group who presented the data analysis, was voters 35 years of age and under skewed more in favor of it medical marijuana in Huber Heights.  While voters over the age over 65 skewed strongly against.

During the council meeting some residents did question the validity of the survey, particularly the online version, but the presenters said the survey was balanced.

“Usually when we do this we have the peak in the middle.  It’s just the opposite here. You got not a lot of undecided people.  You have passionate people for, passionate people against.  And that’s what makes it interesting right,” The Impact Group principal and survey presenter Tom Speaks said.

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DEA rolling out 360 strategy in Dayton to tackle opioid crisis | WDTN - WDTN

Local News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:33

WDTNDEA rolling out 360 strategy in Dayton to tackle opioid crisis | WDTNWDTNDAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is putting Dayton on the list. Dayton is now one of four cities where the DEA is rolling out its new ...and more »

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