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"No way were we going to split them up": Local foster parents adopt 5 siblings
 
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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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Crowd Pushes Through Barriers at WWII Memorial
 
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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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One last game
 
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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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Michigan Football Team Embraces Special Player
 
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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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Jay Pharoah does several impressions ahead of his Liberty Funny Bone shows
 
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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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Hero dog adopted through rescue organization helps boy
 
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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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Burned as baby, woman finally meets nurse who cared for her
 
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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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Man reunites with stolen car after more than 30 years
 
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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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Holocaust survivor meets US Veteran after 70 years
 
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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. Kaufman‚„s 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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Baby hippo Fiona meets parents
 
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati's favorite baby hippo, Fiona, turned two months old on Friday. The Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo was made famous when she was born a preemie on Jan. 24. She's getting big and strong and has been introduced to her parents. Fiona’s mom Bibi and dad Henry were brought together last summer on the recommendation of a Hippopotamus SSP (species survival program). Before being brought to the Cincinnati Zoo, Henry spent 20 years alone. Head Keeper Wendy Rice says it was love at first sight. "It was like cartoon hearts in his eyes. He was like, there's a girl here! He seems to have been smitten with her ever since," said Wendy. "They bred right away, which is why Fiona is here." Fiona was born at least six weeks early and 25 pounds underweight. The now-106-pound baby hippo can walk into the tub all by herself. She's sleeping part of the night alone. From midnight to 5 a.m. there’s not a caregiver with her anymore, but she is being watched with a video monitor. The most exciting part is that she’s been introduced to her mom and dad, though the family is still being kept in separate areas divided by a small barrier. Rice says, "but they can see each other, smell and hear each other. Fiona has definitely noticed her parents. She kind of checks them out but she's more focused on people at this time. She's kind of like, there's a hippo ... but I'll go play with you (caregiver)." Fiona gear has been very popular. The "Feeling Hip'"graphic T-shirt by Cincy Shirts is a hot item. Darin Overholser says, “it’s quickly becoming our highest-selling shirt of all time." The company plans to donate close to $45,000 to the zoo from the sale of the shirt. Busken Bakery is also donating $39,000 from its Fiona cookies. Zoo officials say the support is unbelievable. There was even a big online concern over the lack of Fiona updates. Michelle Curley, communications director, said, "people got so upset that we said, OK, never mind. We heard you, we are going to post something every day." There’s lots of love for a hippo baby who hasn't even been introduced to the world yet. The zoo says that'll happen when "Fiona is ready."
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Dance Party Friday: Bridgetown Funk
 
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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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Flyin' Brian Pillman's son hopes to follow in his father's footsteps
 
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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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Bengals A.J. Green helps make dying fan's wish come true
 
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MASON, Ohio (Adam Clements) -- With all the negative attention surrounding the NFL, the good deeds of players are often overlooked. They don't always want attention for them, but they can make a real difference in peoples' lives. That's what Alex Fulton learned the week of May 25, 2015. The Mason man is in Hospice Care with brain cancer. When Bengals star A.J. Green heard his story, he helped Fulton's wish come true. July 2014, Alex and Katie Fulton were fishing with their three kids; a normal outing for a happy family. Until something unexpected happened, Alex had a seizure.Katie remembered, "They called the ambulance and they took him to Bethesda North. They did CAT scans and MRIs and they found two tumors in his brain." Both tumors cancerous, both terminal. Right now, Alex only has about two weeks left to live."It's really hard. I would take it from him if I could. I've told him that. I would go through it, so he didn't have to. I would totally go through all of this if I could," Katie said. She told Local 12 News her husband's strength that's keeping her going, Alex, he's never complained one time about it. He's been great through it all. He's done everything he's needed to do - his treatments, the chemo, speech, occupational therapy. He's done it all without a complaint." No complaints, but one request. You see Alex is die-hard Bengals fan and he's always wanted to meet his favorite player, A.J. Green. Katie put out the word, and it spread. Tuesday afternoon, May 26, an unsuspecting Alex got a knock at the door. The all-pro wideout came bearing gifts; a jersey, a hat, autographed cleats. He signed footballs and posed for pictures and made a dying man's wish come true."It was just so heartfelt. I don't know if every football player is like that, but he just seemed so genuine and so down to earth, and just a really great guy," said Katie. They aren't all like A.J. Green; maybe they should be.Alex hasn't been able to work since he was diagnosed, and Katie has been taking care of him full time. There's a fund set up at Fifth Third Bank if you'd like to help the family. It's called the Alex Fulton Benefit Fund. Green visited the father of three and put up a Facebook post saying Fulton is his new favorite Bengals fan and that the Fulton family is inspirational. Follow Adam Clements on Twitter @aclementswkrc, and LIKE him on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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Actor and author Bruce Campbell talks about his career and his new book
 
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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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Troubleshooter Consumer Alert: Ford Focus transmission issue
 
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CINCINNATI (Howard Ain) -- Complaints about the operation of two of the Ford Motor Company's top selling models prompted the company to make changes. The problem goes back three years and involves the transmissions. It concerns the 2012, 13 and 14 Ford Focus and the Ford Fiesta. It all has to do with their power shift transmission. A Newport woman told Local 12 News she and two family members all bought the 2014 Ford Focus. She said they've all had problems with the transmission. Another local owner, Cheryl Pemberton of Florence, had her transmission and clutch replaced in 2014 but she said her problems continued. Pemberton said, I have not met one person yet who has a 12, 13 or a 14 that is not having the exact same issue." As she described it to her dealer, the problem was the car would sputter and jerk and make grinding noises. When it jerked very hard she said it could be scary; too much for her young daughter. Penberton said, Initially I was going to give this to her when she turns 15. I wouldn't give this to her. I would not give this to my daughter, no way." In December 2014, Ford replaced Penbertons transmission and clutch but now, she said, the clutch has to be replaced again. I'm not anti-Ford at all. We've always had Ford cars forever; my whole family. But this clutch, this transmission that they have now clearly doesn't work." Local 12 News went to ASE certified master technician, Matt Overbeck, This particular transmission is basically a completely manual transmission that is being controlled electronically by a computer." Overbeck said the system used by Ford was similar to that used by Volkswagon several years ago. Only Ford's is slightly different all in an attempt to get better gas mileage. Overbeck said, It takes a little bit getting used to, to the person whose driving it. Ford claimed up to 10 percent increase in fuel economy and that was a significant amount of improvement. Permberton said, When they did the diagnosis on it they said there's a certain number that they, once they get to a certain number, that its not safe to drive. My car is not at that number so its still safe to drive." Local 12 News tried contacting the spokesperson for Ford Motor Company both by phone and online but did not hear back. Tod Shack-Lighter, service manager for a local Ford dealership, told Local 12 drivers needed to be educated to the fact they were really driving a vehicle with a manual transmission. So some noises or hesitation would be expected. In the meantime, he said, Ford was constantly updating the software on its transmission control module to try to fix the concerns. The company also just re-designed the clutch disk itself and hopes all the changes will put an end to the repeated repairs needed by Pemberton and others. Ford has extended the warranty to 7-years or 100,000 miles on the vehicles. At this point (7/9/15) there was no recall and Ford has been repairing the transmissions as problems come up. If people drive one of these vehicles and they're having these issues, contact your dealer. Follow us on Twitter @Local12 and LIKE us on Facebook for updates!
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The 'Quilt Maker': 106-year-old quilter, businesswoman
 
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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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WWE's Uso Brothers visit kids at Children's Hospital
 
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CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- The Uso Brothers make up the top tag team in the WWE. This week they made a stop in Cincinnati at US Bank Arena for Smackdown. Before they got in the ring, they visited fans at Children's Hospital. They're third generation wrestlers who've worked hard to make it to the top of their profession. Jimmy and Jey Uso are twin brothers. They're on the road together almost 300 days a year. They drove to Cincinnati from Indianapolis after Monday Night Raw. While crews set up the ring at US Bank Arena for another big night of wrestling, the brothers took on a new assignment, the first of its kind in their career. There are kids like Marcus, Mikey, Molly and Brittany. They're all patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, all ready for a little pick me up. Tuesday, it came in the form of two tough guys, both more than six feet tall, with pony tails and big bright smiles. You may know them as the WWE's Uso brothers, tag team champions and stiff competitors in the ring. For the kids here, they're heroes. "We have kids of ourselves, you know, so coming here and seeing these kids here and seeing how strong they are and how happy they are. For us to even come here and for them to want to meet us, it's beyond words. I got chills just talking about it right now." This visit is special for the kids and the Usos. It's the first time they've made a stop like this. The day started at the new Ryan Seacrest Studio. That's where they met Marcus, Mikey, and Molly. They shook their hands and snapped some pictures. Then, the brothers took on the maze of hallways to meet the kids that couldn't get out. That's where they met Brittany, a big wrestling fan, whose room was covered with posters and other WWE keepsakes. On another floor, it was Deonta, a seven-year old spitfire and another big wrestling fan. He got a little starstruck. "What up 'us'? Why you not saying 'o' man, are you saying it? Come on. What's up buddy. Can I get a hug man?" Eventually, this little guy wasn't afraid to go toe to toe with the champs. He asked about his favorite wrestlers and picked out who was Jimmy and who was Jey. And then he tried on the belt. It was a big day for the youngest patients. "Man, it's so cool to see these kids smile, man and this is the coolest thing we have ever done. Ever, yes, ever, ever. We've had moments, to me, it probably tops winning these...and Wrestelmanina and, this is by far the coolest thing we've ever done. Hands down." Follow Perry Schaible on Twitter @Local12Perry and LIKE her on Facebook
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Nicole's Story: Paralyzed but not broken
 
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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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18-month food stamp fraud investigation leads to searches and arrests
 
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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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Man sings "Let It Go" in voices of 21 Disney characters
 
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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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Real clowns not laughing about "creepy clown threats"
 
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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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Float therapy helping veterans with PTSD
 
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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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Landlord tries to evict tenants in retaliation
 
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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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Romance Scam: Facebook friend request goes sour
 
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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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FULL INTERVIEW: Bootsy Collins on Prince
 
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Local 12's Angenette Levy talks with local legend, Bootsy Collins, after the passing of Prince.
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Good Samaritan stops man from kidnapping 11-year-old girl
 
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GOLF MANOR, Ohio (WKRC) - Just across the street from the Golf Manor Police Department, an 11-year-old girl played in a park on Wiehe Road. Police say Jesse Woodard was sitting outside of the police station and grabbed the girl when she crossed the street. "If you look at the video you can see people coming and going. There's activity in the park. So it was very unexpected," said Police Chief Chris Campbell. Surveillance video shows a man having a brief conversation with a girl before grabbing her by the wrist and leading her down the street. Police say Woodard made it down Wiehe Road and was pulling the girl in the opposite direction of her home. As he was pulling her down Losantville, two friends who were talking noticed that something was wrong. Nazier Elahee is one of the two men who saw Woodard with the child. "I initially thought it was her father disciplining his child, taking her home, but as they got closer and they started to pass us, she leaned back and mouthed the words 'help me' several times and when she did that I stopped them and I asked if she was okay. She said no," said Elahee. Elahee and his friend separated Woodard and the girl, called 911, and took off after Woodard when he ran. Officers caught up with Woodard because Elahee and his friend took the time to help a child. "Nobody should have to worry about their kids going to the playground and not coming home. I have an 11-year-old myself and that's something that I think about every day. Just her going to school and not coming home. So hopefully they don't let that guy back out," said Elahee. The Golf Manor Police Chief says there is a concern that Woodard may have had contact with other children. He is asking anyone who might have any information to speak with police. Woodard is in the Hamilton County Jail on a $15,000 bond. He is expected in court next Tuesday.
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Lavell Crawford to perform at the Liberty Funny Bone
 
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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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Mother gives birth to rare twins holding hands
 
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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Twin girls born with a rare condition in Ohio were breathing on their own and their mom said she and her husband were able to hold them on Mother's Day. Sarah Thistlethwaite said babies Jillian and Jenna were removed from ventilators Sunday afternoon after they were able to breathe comfortably. She told The Associated Press that she and her husband Bill both held them for a while on Mother's Day. "It's just hard to put into words how amazing it feels to know the girls are OK," she said. "It's great to know that they're doing so well, and being able to hold them." The identical twin girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. Such births are called monoamniotic, or "mono mono," and doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies. They were born Friday at Akron General Medical Center, grasping each other's hands when doctors lifted them up for their parents to see after delivery. Thistlethwaite told the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/1hG517d ) that was "the best Mother's Day present ever." "They're already best friends," said Thistlethwaite, 32. "I can't believe they were holding hands. That's amazing." Jenna was born first at 4 pounds, 2 ounces and 17 inches, with Jillian following 48 seconds later at 3 pounds, 13 ounces and 17.5 inches. They were moved temporarily to Akron Children's Hospital because they needed breathing assistance. Thistlethwaite expects to be released from Akron General on Tuesday, while the girls will remain in the hospital two to four weeks. Dr. Melissa Mancuso helped deliver the twins, one of several amniotic pairs she has helped deliver in 11 years. She said the twins are at risk during pregnancy of entanglement of umbilical cords, which can cause death. Another woman at Akron General is expected to give birth later this week to monoamniotic twins. Sarah and Bill Thistlethwaite, of Orrville, Ohio, have a son, Jaxon, whose first birthday was Jan. 27. That's the day they also found out she was carrying twins. "All I could do was laugh," said Bill, 35. They rushed to prepare their home for the twins, and Sarah was soon on bed rest. A middle school math teacher, she went into the hospital on March 14. "It's hard, it really is," she said of extended bed rest. "It was very mentally challenging knowing I have to sit here all day." Besides television, books and "trashy gossip magazines," she viewed YouTube to learn how to crochet baby hats. The girls were born at 33 weeks and two days. Mancuso said there were only minor issues during the pregnancy. Sometimes the girls would kick the monitors off. "I don't know what they're doing to each other," Sarah said jokingly of her "sweet girls." -- Online: Akron Children's Hospital: bit.ly/1jwEkq8 (c) 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.
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Mom's video goes viral: Boy with Down syndrome inspiring
 
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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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GMC crew goes through the Dent Schoolhouse
 
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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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Teen hit by train exhumed nearly 100 years later for chance to ID him
 
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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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Divorce Debacle: Man charged for child support already paid
 
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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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#LicensePlateLinda: Colerain Township woman learns firsthand about social media shaming
 
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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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FULL INTERVIEW Angenette Levy on Letterman
 
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The full interview of Local 12's Angenette Levy on The Late Show with David Letterman
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Health Alert: Testing new meniscus implant for knees
 
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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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Making "Mom" and "Dad" Official in a Public Adoption Ceremony
 
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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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First female K9 officer now on patrol
 
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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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Video of two men paying for others groceries goes viral
 
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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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Deputy coroner testifies about toddler's injuries in Glen Bates trial
 
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The deputy coroner for Hamilton County took the stand in the Glen Bates murder trial on Friday. Dr. Jennifer Schott performed the autopsy on Glenara Bates. Dr. Schott said the cause of death for Glenara was multiple blunt force trauma and starvation. Glenara was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital on March 29. Dr. Schott testified that a pink belt taken from the Bates' home is consistent with the scars and bruises found on Glenara during her autopsy. She showed the jury pictures of scars, cuts, bruises and scrapes that she says are consistent with child abuse. She also showed the jury pictures of Glenara at the time of her death. Her ribs and bones could be seen and Dr. Schott said she suffered from neglect and starvation. Glenara also had diaper rash so severe that she had multiple sores and her skin was red and raw. Both sides rested their case. Closing arguments are set for Monday in front of the jury of eight women and four men. If convicted of the charges of aggravated murder, murder and child endangering, Bates could face the death penalty. Glenara's mother, Andrea Bradley, faces the same charges. She'll be back in court on Sept. 29.
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Cincinnati native and author is the real Alex Vause
 
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- If you're a fan of "Orange Is the New Black", here's a new fix. Cincinnati native and former St. Ursula student, Cleary Wolters, is the real Alex Vause. She's written her answer to the TV show, "Out of Orange". Wolters will be at Joseph-Beth at Rookwood Pavilion at 7 p.m.
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Mother and son meet after 40 years
 
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TAYLOR MILL, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- A high school football game outside Atlanta had a one-of-a-kind halftime show. The crowd saw the reunion of a mother and the son she hadn't seen since his birth in 1974. It was a nearly 40-year saga that had a very happy ending. Tish Myatt of Taylor Mill is the mother who never dreamed she would meet her son, Robby Gilbert. They didn't know each others names until last month. 40 years ago, they were a teen mom and an unexpected baby. Monday, they were a family. In the spring of 1974, Tish Myatt hid her pregnancy under her cap and gown. On Nov. 29, she gave birth to a little boy who was put up for adoption. He grew up to become Robby Gilbert, the offensive line coach of Tucker High School's football team outside Atlanta. When his adopted mother died last year, Gilbert went searching for his birth mom. He found her and they connected with a phone call last month. "It was incredibly sweet. Never in 40 years did I think this day would ever come and to hear him talk to me was just incredible. An amazing gift," said Myatt. The two decided to meet in Georgia the weekend of Oct. 31. But a scheming birth mom and her newly-discovered daughter-in-law surprised Gilbert at halftime of Friday's game, Oct. 24. "Words don't even do it justice to be honest. It's amazing. It's unbelievable. Just an awesome time and you feel so blessed," said Gilbert. "To lay eyes on him for the second time because I did get to see him briefly when he was born
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Girl plays baseball on boy's JV high school team
 
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BATAVIA, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) - Opening Day for the reds is Monday, but high school ball in our area is already well under way. Usually it's baseball for the boys, and softball for the girls, but not at one local school. One young woman is breaking barriers while throwing a ball at breaking speeds. The first thing you'll probably notice in this particular baseball game is that the pitcher has a pretty good arm, and the second thing you'll probably notice is that pitcher also has pig tails. "Actually, when I was younger, I was embarrassed being a girl so I tucked my hair under my hat," said Olivia Bricker. "I'm used to the grief but I go out there and yep, I'm a girl." 15-year-old Olivia Bricker is a freshman at Clermont Northeastern High School and a pitcher and outfielder on the Junior-Varsity Baseball Team, the "boys" baseball team. "Oh she's very good. Very fundamentally sound. Boy or girl it doesn't matter to me. She can play, there's no doubt about that," said JV Baseball Coach Cody Cooper "She's got a very flawless swing, good mechanics throwing-wise. She's very talented." Olivia was not born wearing a pair of baseball spikes, but that's pretty close to the truth. Her father, Mike, runs Champions Baseball Academy, a baseball camp and training school, so Olivia was raised with the game. "She would hit off the tee and throw baseballs in the batting cage," said Mike. And Mike also says Olivia was doing this at ages 2 to 4-years-old. As she got older, Olivia did what most female ballplayers do, but went one step beyond: "Play softball, but I just like the game of baseball way better," said Olivia. To teammates like Dustin Lykins, Olivia is a girl who's just one of the guys. "It's not really different. She's a player. She's fun to be around," said Dustin. Most of the team has known Olivia since they were all little kids together, so it's no shock for them to see her playing ball, but the other teams, that's something else. "You always get those weird looks from the boys. I can sometimes hear them whispering 'is that really a girl?' 'Yeah, it's a girl. See her hair?' And it's always fun listening to what they say but I'll just go out there and show them how it's done," said Olivia. Olivia is so good she's been invited to try out for Team USA this summer. Team USA is a women's team which will play international competition. But as for playing baseball with boys, Olivia sees herself as an example for others. "Definitely, I definitely feel like that. I want to encourage all girls to keep trying with baseball, because I know there have been moments which I felt like I didn't want to do this anymore. But I'm glad i stuck with it. It's amazing and it's really fun," said Olivia. Olivia does indeed have big plans for her future. She'd like to play college baseball on a men's team. And as for being the first woman ever to play Major League Baseball, sure it's a long shot. But if you can run and throw and hit, you can dream. "That would be an amazing opportunity to have. To someday make it there, I've got to keep working," said Olivia. Olivia will try out for Team USA, the National Women's Team, after school ends. We'll let you know how she does.
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Tenants living in fear; landlord has history of violations
 
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MOUNT AIRY, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- Imagine trying to raise children living in a cold apartment crawling with roaches. That was exactly the situation a Local 12 investigation found inside multiple buildings owned by one particular landlord whose properties are scattered around Mt. Airy. The landlords name is Vinh Vu. He owns more than half a dozen buildings and Local 12 found conditions in those buildings go from bad to worse. But as bad as things looked inside those buildings, most of his tenants were afraid to speak up about it. Inside one of Vu's apartments on Kipling Local 12 found holes in the walls, cheap patches falling off, and the tenants forced to heat with their oven. There were roaches crawling everywhere. The apartment housed two women, two young boys, and a baby. They were afraid to talk with Local 12, fearing that Vu would evict them. Ken Nutter used to live in one of Vu's buildings almost around the corner on Flanigan Court and said, "The thermostat was in an unheated basement and he kept the thermostat on 45 degrees." Nutter actually recorded the winter temperatures in his apartment for over a year. His living room usually didn't even make it to 60 degrees. "It was about one o'clock in the morning. I woke up it was cold. There was no heat at all. I called his cell three times, no answer. So I drove over to his house, knocked on his door. Him and his wife came to the door I said, 'Mr. Vu, I don't have any heat. I need to have some heat.' It was cold that night. He slammed the door in my face," Nutter recalled. After talking to residents in a number of Vu's properties, Local 12 also went to his home. There was no answer. Local 12 called and tried to have a conversation with Vu but he hung up the phone after finding out who was on the line. Vu's city and court records speak volumes. He has a long history of building code violations on his properties and has even been arrested for code violations. Tenants don't have to put up with landlords like Vu. Ed Cunningham of the Cincinnati Trade and Development Department explained, "They can pay their rent to the court and the court will hold the rent until the conditions are remedied. The violations, that has to be done through a special process." And they don't have to be afraid. Cunningham added, "There is also a rule about retaliation. That if a tenant in good standing has made a complaint to a public agency about housing conditions the landlord shall refrain from retaliating against the tenant for a period of six months after the complaint is made." Cunningham's building inspectors currently have extensive orders on four of Vu's buildings. If Vu doesn't fix them up, he could end up in court and even in jail. Kenneth Nutter did a great job of documenting his landlord problems. After putting his rent in escrow, Vu tried to evict him but couldn't do it. Nutter eventually won a court judgment and got all the escrow money, more than $2,000, returned to him by a judge. Follow Rich Jaffe on Twitter @rajaffe, and LIKE him on Facebook.
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Dance Party Friday: The Whip and Nae Nae
 
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- It's been a while since Bob Herzog dipped his toes in the current dance trends of "the youths". But lo and behold, for Dance Party Friday, he attempted to Whip and also Nae Nae. Follow Bob Herzog on Twitter @bob_herzog and LIKE him on Facebook
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Reducing carbon with algae at local power plan
 
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YOUR DESCRIPTION HAS REACHED THE LIMIT OF CHARACTERS ALLOWED AND WAS CUT. BOONE COUNTY, Ky. (Josh Knight) -- While algae might be a nuisance in your fish tank, researchers think it might be part of the answer to slowing greenhouse gas emissions at power plants, and ultimately climate change. As global carbon dioxide levels continue to go up, more mandates are likely to come down and power plants need solutions. About half of the electricity produced in the United States is done at coal fire plants like the Duke Energy East Bend Station in Boone County. That process releases gas into the air and now it's being trapped and used to grow algae. Then the algae can be turned into other important things. "We've made jet fuel, we've made renewable diesel fuel," said Biofuels Research Engineer Michael Wilson with the University of Kentucky. Going from algae to jet fuel may sound like a big jump, but making new materials out of coal burning byproducts has been going on for years. Doug Durst, Technology Development Manager with Duke Energy, explained the majority of what can be seen at a power plant isn't actually generating electricity. The coal burning and the spinning turbine are housed in one area and the rest is all environmental equipment. Over the years, as environmental laws are passed, new equipment is added that traps different chemicals. At this plant, things like sulfur, ash, and mercury are no longer released into the air, but it goes one step farther. The byproducts created while capturing these chemicals can sold and used in concrete and even drywall manufacturing. "The flue gas coming from a coal fire plant, ten percent of it is CO2," Durst said. Nitrogen is the most abundant gas coming from the stack (also the most abundant gas naturally found in the atmosphere) and the part you can see is predominantly water vapor. The University of Kentucky and Duke Energy have partnered on this project to capture the flue gas and grow algae. Algae research is happening around the world, but this is the only place in the country where the team is tied into an actual power plant. The gas coming out the stack is actually the same gas running through the tubes. "We've got it in an applied nature at a pilot level and now we're just going to be improving efficiencies," said Wilson. Algae are growing in clear tubes several feet tall. "Algae are microscopic water balloons, dissolved and very diluted in water," said Wilson. Like all plants, they grow and make food using carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water through photosynthesis. Inside the tubes with the flue gas, they have all the carbon dioxide they could want. Wilson said, "it's a Kentucky alga, readily found in many of the waterways around here. We're harnessing its ability to do photosynthesis very, very fast. So it's consuming CO2 as it grows." At this point, the amount of gas being diverted is miniscule, "It's the equivalent to a leak in the duct work," said Durst. However, they're proving it's possible. "They call it research for a reason, there's a 're' in research, so you're going to do it over and over again until you find a way that works," Wilson said. In order to scale this up, to take on all of the flue gas, it would be a much bigger operation. "We're talking hundreds of acres, potentially square miles. That's just a factor of how quickly the organism grows and how much CO2 is being generated," Wilson said. "If you look at that from a positive side, you could say that's an awful lot of biomass we're producing, an awful lot of final product," he added. "They can double every day. So you could potentially take a harvest out of this reactor, if the growth conditions are r
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Comedian Greg Morton to perform at Liberty Funny Bone
 
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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKRC) - Comedian Greg Morton is one talented man: He's voiced and directed Saturday morning cartoons, sung parodies on radio shows like the Bob & Tom Show, and has even opened for Celine Dion and Luther Vandross. Greg joined us on Good Morning Cincinnati Friday, and you can also see Greg this weekend at the Liberty Funny Bone! He'll be performing in two shows Friday night, two shows Saturday and one show Sunday.
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5-year-old battles DIPG and continues Lauren Hill's cancer fight
 
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Lauren Hill's battle with cancer was the first introduction for many to the letters DIPG. Since it's taken Lauren Hill's life, it has also claimed the lives of Kyler Bradley and Huxley Williams. Brooklyn Smith of Erlanger is 2016's ambassador for the Hyde Park Blast. She was diagnosed with DIPG in January, and Local 12 has followed the Smile for Brooklyn Campaign. Neither Brooklyn nor her parents have spoken to the media, until Wednesday, May 18. They shared their story with Local 12 News. Mr. Nick Smith had the, "Who are you going to spend the rest of your life with?" figured out when he entered Boone County High School. He met his wife freshman year and they started dating. They've been together ever since. Nick and Brittany were married by junior year in college, and talked about family down the road. Brittany said, "We wanted to wait a little while. She was a surprise." Brooklyn spoke her first words at six months, walked at 10 months, but the bundle of "don't get in my way" hit a wall in January. Brittany said, "The weekend following her fifth birthday she fell in the shower, off the toilet twice and we knew something was wrong." It was a tumor on the brain stem. Nick told Local 12, "I asked him, 'What does this mean when we talk about longevity?' 10 years? No. Two. There aren't words." Chemo, radiation and steroids can make you mad but Brooklyn responded and those symptoms that led them to a diagnosis of DIPG went away for a couple of months. "Her left hand, she cannot really use it. Grip straighten, thumbs, left leg as she walks she kinda drags," said her mom. Brooklyn knows the letters "DIPG" and the word "tumor." The word "cancer" isn't used in the house. The mother who lost her daughter to those four letters has reached out to help the Smiths. No parent tears were allowed in the house either; at least none that might be noticed by a little girl wondering why they aren't smiling. Pulled out of preschool Brooklyn has a "monkey in the chair;" a program to help cancer patients stay connected to their classmates. Her monkey's name, what else, Sunshine. Lauren's lessons are mandatory in the Smith house: live in the moment, say what they need to say, advocate for medical funding and change and at all cost know who you're going to spend the rest of your life with. Since Local 12's visit doctors added an aggressive steroids regimen. Brooklyn has gained 12 pounds and been fitted for a leg brace to help her walk. The Hyde Park Blast will happen June 25 and 26.
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Beware of romance scams, average victim loses $22,500
 
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CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Valentine's Day is Saturday, but not everyone is using the holiday to get in a romantic mood. Scam artists use the holiday to get their hooks in vulnerable people who think the scammers are looking for love. Ohio's Attorney General is warning people to be on the lookout, especially on online dating sites.Mike DeWine says he's seen about 90 romance scams in the last couple of years, seven of them from the Tri-State. It's always the same thing, the scammers troll an online dating site, meet someone and proclaim their love, they build confidence and then cook up a story about why they need money. They usually walk away, untouched with around 0,000.Marlana Yaegel says her problems began last summer when she was having marital problems and decided to look for a new partner online. She found one, and a lot more.I met the man on MeetMe.com, said Marlana. He claimed he wanted to be with me forever. All of my dreams would come true. I'd have everything.The guy online sent her a picture and claimed to be businessman Robert Karaukus. She fell for him. She also fell for his scheme and gave him her bank account number. He said he was wiring her money that she needed to wire someone else. You can guess the rest.To the bank I lost ,000 and I also have to pay back Western Union ,000 so a total of ,000, said Marlana.,000 she doesn't have. Yaegel is the victim of what Attorney General Mike DeWine calls a romance, or sweetheart scam. DeWine doesn't blame online dating services, he says they provide a legitimate service, but they also create large pools of often vulnerable targets. Con artists know that.We have one woman in Cincinnati who lost 0,000, said DeWine. We've had people all over the state who've lost money. The average person who falls for this...Who reports it to the attorney general's office, lost 2,500. Yaegel reported her loss, but DeWine says most don't. She talked on Monday, hoping some woman would see her and not be fooled by love.There ain't no man worth losing everything that you have, said Marlana. Dewine's advice is pretty simple. If you meet someone online and they won't agree to meet you in person, take that as a red flag.If they ask you for money or personal financial information, don't give it to them. If you think someone online is trying to pull a scam on you, contact the Attorney General's consumer protection section. DeWine says he believes most victims are too embarrassed to report the crimes. He encourages you to swallow your pride and make the call.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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Devon Still reacts to Patriots' tribute to h
 
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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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Truckshop: Mobile boutique is a rolling success
 
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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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