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Driver of car that plowed into crowd protesting white nationalists identified

After violence caused authorities to stop a white nationalist rally before it began Saturday, a driver plowed his car into a crowd of protesters.

The driver has been identified as James Alex Fields, 20, of Ohio, according to CNN. He was arrested and charged with second degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of failing to stop at an accident that resulted in a death, according to police.

Department of Justice officials opened a civil rights investigation Saturday into the deadly car attack, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia and the Richmond field office of the FBI said. 

“The violence and deaths in Charlottesville strike at the heart of American law and justice,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “When such actions arise from racial bigotry and hatred, they betray our core values and cannot be tolerated.”

A 32-year-old woman who was crossing the street was killed and 19 people were injured, the Associated Press confirmed with hospital officials. Altogether 35 people were treated for injuries.

The incident took place approximately two hours after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters caused authorities to declare the "Unite the Right" rally an unlawful assembly, The Associated Press reported. 

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The white nationalists were protesting the city of Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The group carried torches at a rally Friday night.

Several hundred protesters were marching when the car appeared to deliberately drive into a group of them, The Associated Press reported. Virginia State Police said injuries ranged from life-threatening to minor.

The Associated Press reported that the driver has been arrested.

This is a developing story, return for updates.

Country Concert Weather Forecast: Strong storms, rain making soggy conditions, concert still on schedule 

Despite strong storms Country Concert 2017 is still starting their Friday night schedule on time

A cold front moved through Shelby County drenching Country Concert goers in Fort Loramie.  

GUIDE: All you need to know about the region’s biggest, craziest country music tradition

Showers and storms will be approaching the northern Miami Valley around lunch. Active weather expected from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar 

Friday will be hot and muggy for the afternoon though and Fort Loramie will likely hit the middle 80s. Strong to damaging winds, large hail and minor flooding will be the main threats. Scattered storms will impact shows early in the day and some later ones like Old Dominion, but will be gone when Jake Owen who takes the stage at 10 p.m. that night. We will cool off to around 60 Friday night. 

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 

Saturday looks the be the best day of the concert by far. The cold front that passes Friday will bring a change to the air. It won’t be muggy and temperatures will reach the upper 70s for Country Concert. Plenty of sunshine expected for the afternoon so make sure you have sunscreen. Shows like Dan & Shay and Florida Georgia Line will have dry forecasts when they take the stage. 

Don't forget to turn on your push alerts on your WHIO Weather App to get any watches and warnings. You can also turn on "lightning detection" to be informed when storms are near you. Since you can add a location to the app, it will be helpful to make sure you have Fort Loramie set. 


Country music star donates to family of Franklin fan killed in crash

While mourning Courtney Trent’s death, her family received a heart-warming surprise: a country star’s addition to an online fund established to support the family.

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Trent, 20, died in a head-on car crash June 17 in Franklin after an oncoming driver fell asleep at the wheel. Her husband, James Daley, 20, was injured in the crash. The couple, parents of a 6-month-old son, were on her way home from celebrating her one-year wedding anniversary a day early, according to a longtime friend.

On June 19, a campaign to support the family on the website Meal Train, which allows community members to donate money and volunteer to provide dinners, was started.

One donation — in the amount of $1,135 — stood out.

Country singer Lee Brice made the donation with a note saying, “Y’all will be in my prayers.”

MORE: Franklin crash victim, 20, remembered as ‘amazing person’

Brice was Trent’s favorite musician, according to her brother, Trenten Scott.

Scott reached out to the country star on Twitter after his sister’s death. Brice privately messaged Scott soon after, asking how he could help, so Scott said he sent him a link to the online collection.

The page has raised more than $3,000 from dozens of people, including Brice.

All money collected, according to Scott, will go toward funeral expenses and the care of Trent’s six-month-old son.

“Our fans treat us so well,” Brice said. “We love them. I felt like I was part of their family and I wanted to help — just like I’d help my own family.”

“(Brice’s donation) had a huge impact,” Scott said. “That much money really helped me and my family out. I was very surprised. I have a bunch of respect for him. He’s a great person.”

The country star, known best for his songs “A Woman Like You,” “I Don’t Dance” and “Hard to Love,” said, “My fans are like family, so, being concerned, I checked out the link.”

No fish tale: Centerville man catches 50-inch muskie

Wow! That’s a big fish.

Centerville resident Cole Menker caught this 50-inch muskellunge “muskie” Saturday morning at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County.

>> Caesar Creek Lake beach advisory for E. coli lifted

“Haven’t caught a lot of musk in my life but he looks like he’s a high 40,” Menker said in a Facebook video on his page before catching the fish on an eight-pound line.

Menker was fishing with his brother C.J. Menker on their late mother’s birthday.

>> WATCH: Sky7 takes a birds-eye view of Caesar Creek Lake

“She must have thrown one down from heaven,” Cole Menker said in his social media post.

The brothers have been fishing and hunting since they were young. On Saturday, they were practicing for an upcoming Mid-Ohio Saugeye Trail fish tournament when the muskie, a type of Pike, caught Menker’s hook.

After posing for pictures, Menker threw the fish back into the water.

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Trump EPA head praises Great Lakes program administration plans to eliminate

Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt may not be on board with White House plans to cut programs that directly affect the Great Lakes.

Pruitt defended the program before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, in a report from the Detroit Free Press. Pruitt said cuts to the restoration program may cripple efforts to halt the invasive Asian carp, algae blooms that have become more problematic as agriculture has grown in the state, and efforts to protect drinking water.

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The Trump administration has proposed a 30 percent cut to the agencies budget along with eliminating 3,800 jobs. The budget isn’t expected to pass. 

Congressman Mary Kaptur and David Joyce of Ohio questioned Pruitt on whether there would be room for the program with the cut the administration planned. Both parties have been critical of the budget, which in early planning would cut funding to any geographically centered projects. That would affect funding for the  Great Lakes as well as other areas in Ohio.

Pruitt said he looked forward to working with Congress to make sure the funding remains in the budget for the Great Lakes. Kaptur invited Pruitt for a tour of the lakes. 

Actress, beauty queen found dead in Texas home

Former beauty queen and TV actress Margaret Ann Garza, 31, was found dead Tuesday at her Texas home.  

Police were called at 6:31 a.m. to a home near Austin, Texas, about a woman who was not breathing, according to Angelique Myers, a spokeswoman for the Round Rock Police Department.  

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Firefighters and medics were already at the scene when police arrived. Her death is under investigation and an autopsy is pending, Myers said.

Garza was crowned Miss Texas Belleza Latina in 2007 and Miss Belleza Latina International in 2008, according to an online obituary.  

She recently appeared in the AMC television series “The Son,” as well as in the movie “Mercury Plains” with Scott Eastwood, the obituary said. She is also in the movie “Pizza Joint,” which will premiere this month, according to her obituary.

Police: Oklahoma teen likely killed in horseback riding accident

An Oklahoma teen is dead after he left his home on a horse and didn't return, investigators said.

Family members said 13-year-old Cash Lawrence, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, rode off to round up a herd of horses on the family's property on Tuesday. When the horse returned without Lawrence, family members and authorities started to search for him.

Deputies said a family friend found the boy's body late Tuesday night, according to Fox23 News.

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A medical examiner is working to confirm a cause of death; investigators believe it was an accident.

Family members say they believe the boy's horse was provoked by other horses, and likely threw him from the saddle and dragged him.

Lawrence and his brother were set to compete in a youth rodeo Wednesday. Family members said he wanted to become a bull rider.

Family members said Lawrence competed in track and field, and even made a pole vault out of supplies he found on the family's small ranch. They said Lawrence loved the outdoors and was looking forward to joining the seventh-grade basketball team in Kellyville.

His funeral will be held Monday.

PHOTOS: Storm damage to Mel-O-Dee restaurant in New Carlisle

The beloved Mel-O-Dee restaurant in New Carlisle has shut down “until further notice” after damage during storms on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. 

Jimmy Buffett fan attacked concert staff, security, authorities say

A 23-year-old Space Coast woman’s 125-mile trip to Palm Beach County to watch a Jimmy Buffett concert was cut short Tuesday night after she allegedly attacked employees and security staff at the Perfect Vodka Amphitheater, in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Authorities say Shannon Springhorn of Melbourne was attending the show at the concert venue just east of the village when she caused a disturbance. She faces charges that include battery on a law-enforcement officer, simple battery, resisting with violence and trespassing after receiving a warning.

Springhorn remained at the Palm Beach County Jail early Thursday after Judge Dina Keever-Agrama set her bail at $13,000 during a hearing at the jail Wednesday.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputy and security staff responded shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday after Springhorn allegedly assaulted an employee at the concert venue, which is within the grounds of the South Florida Fair, according to an arrest report made public Wednesday.

As she was taken into custody, Springhorn tried to kick a sheriff’s deputy and fell, according to a sheriff’s arrest report. She also hit a deputy in the groin with her knee, the Sheriff’s Office said

The arrest report indicates that Springhorn appeared intoxicated and on some type of drug. According to the report, she became unconscious as a deputy forced her to the ground. She was treated by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue workers and taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Deputies learned that Springhorn had been issued a trespass warning at the concert venue earlier in the evening, the report said.

Tickets for Big & Rich concert go on sale this weekend

Attention, country music fans... 

Big & Rich are coming to Kettering on Aug. 25 with special guest Trent Tomlinson for a show at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering.

The concert is presented by K99.1FM.

>> RELATED: Where to see two of country music’s rising stars for just $10

Known for their high-energy shows and thrilling crowds across the country, they are America’s technicolor cowboys, brothers-in-arms in service to the creed that great music has no boundaries.

Their latest single “California” is out now with the full album, “Did It For The Party,” to be released later this year.

Some of their hit songs include “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” “8th of November,” “Run Away with You,” “Lovin’ Lately” and “Comin’ to Your City.”

>> RELATED: Must-see concerts close to Dayton

Tickets are:

  • $35 for Plaza & Orchestra 
  • $25 for Lawn & Terrace 

All ticket prices increase $5 day of show. Limit four tickets per person first day of sale.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. at Fraze FanFare Store (Town & Country Shopping Center, 300 E. Stroop Road, Kettering), online at or charge by phone by calling 800-514-3849.

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