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5-year-old boy shoots himself after getting mom's gun out of her purse, police say

A 5-year-old Virginia boy is in stable condition after police say he found his mother's gun in her purse and shot himself. 

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According to WTKR, the Portsmouth boy's mother was driving him to the doctor Tuesday morning when he got out of his car seat and found the gun in her handbag, Virginia State Police said. The boy then shot his own wrist as they traveled along Interstate 64 in Hampton, police said.

The woman was talking on her cellphone at the time of the incident, police said.

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The boy is being treated at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk. 

Authorities are still deciding whether the child's mother will face any charges.

Read more here.

Rookie firefighter saves man suffering from heart attack on flight

A 25-year-old rookie firefighter from Massachusetts saved a man's life – while 30,000 feet up in the air.

>> Watch the news report here

Joe Manganaro is a Stoughton firefighter and paramedic who was recently promoted to sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves. 

Manganaro was on his way to California to conduct training with the Marines last month when his life-saving skills came in handy.

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While aboard an American Airlines flight, a man began complaining of chest pains and showed signs that he was suffering a heart attack.

After no one spoke up when the captain asked if there were any doctors on board, Manganaro stepped up.

"I was looking around. I'm like, 'Seriously, there's no doctor here? There's like 200 people and no doctor. Alright, here we go,'" Manganaro said. "[The man] was really pale, sweating through his shirt. He was wearing a white shirt; he was drenched in sweat, out of it – he wasn't feeling well."

Manganaro evaluated the passenger's symptoms and was patched through to a doctor on the ground.

"[I] talked to him on phone, told him, 'Gotta take the bird down; he needs to go to a hospital,'" Manganaro said.

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The pilot made an emergency landing in Washington, D.C. so the passenger could be rushed to a hospital.

Veteran firefighters say that, despite Manganaro only being with the department for a short time, they couldn't be prouder of one of their rookies.

"He was a little out of his element, you know we go in as a team here," said Stoughton Fire Department Deputy Chief Scott Breen. "He was by himself on a plane, thrown into a position he was probably a little bit uncomfortable with, but he stepped up."

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Manganaro truly did step up and in a big way, saving a man's life.

"He [the passenger] sent me a message saying he's doing well, everything good on his end so it's really nice to hear he was very thankful and appreciative," Manganaro said.

Man contracts flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing, could lose arms, legs

A New Jersey man may lose his legs and arms after he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria near a river in the state. 

Angel Perez was crabbing at Matt’s Landing near Camden on July 2. Hours after the excursion, his right leg swelled. Then his daughter said that his leg started becoming brown and black and blistered, WPVI reported

They took him to the hospital where doctors said he contracted vibrio, a bacteria commonly known as flesh-eating bacteria, WPVI reported.

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Perez’s daughter said that the infection is now in his blood and he’s in critical condition, NJ.com reported.

Doctors are treating him with antibiotics and have to wait until he responds to the treatment before they consider amputating at least three, if not all four, limbs, NJ.com reported.

He is able to breathe on his own and family can communicate with Perez. 

Two other friends of the family also frequent the landing and have also been experiencing swelling. One had painful swelling in a leg. Another has a swelling on an elbow, NJ.com reported

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that variations of vibrio can be found in brackish or salt water. Open wounds can cause the bacteria to enter the body. Most infections, 80 percent of them, happen between May and October when water is warm.

Those who contract vibrio vulnificus infections can get so sick that they need intensive care and even amputation of limbs. One in four people die, some succumbing to the infection within a day or two of getting sick, according to the CDC.

This restaurant's special kayak adventure is perfect for local food and beer lovers

Mudlick Tap House, Twin Creek Kayak and Canoe Livery and Sweetwater Brewing have teamed up to do a very special event for beer loving, outdoor adventurers with an appetite. 

>> Mudlick Tap House celebrates one year downtown with a new menu

Guests of the Mudlick Tap House floats paddle on a guided kayaking tour on the Mad River and experience the urban landscape from Eastwood MetroPark to Riverscape River Run. 

In case you missed this week’s float (on July 9), here is what you need to know:

"What started as monthly gatherings has grown from a few friends to dozens of participants. Some come to try out the kayak experience. Seasoned paddlers bring their own boats. All come for the fun. We started these in 2015 in Germantown on the Twin Creek. After a year hiatus and settling into our new downtown location, we decided to try the urban floats. It is a great way to meet new people, build community and explore the amazing waterways we have," said Jennifer Dean, Mudlick Tap House proprietor. "The floats are on fire ... every one of them have sold out this year!" 

Floats happen the second and fourth Mondays of the month with upcoming excursions happening July 23, Aug. 13 and 27 and Sept. 10 and 24. 

Mudlick opens the restaurant up after the fun on the river for a limited menu that typically consists of a couple of sandwiches, an entree and a shareable. 

"Building community is very important in the revitalization of our city. With the influx of new residents gobbling up all the real estate downtown, what better way to get out, learn about what the city has to offer and meet new people. You can spend weeks attending events, meetups and happy hours and never find real community," said Dean. "By bringing people together for a relaxing evening on the water, people concentrate on building relationships rather than forced conversations. Communities are networks with shared ideals and demographics. We have found that many of the people who have been attending the floats not only come back for the floats, they make new friends and contacts and often congregate and hang out at the Tap House." 

Contact this contributing writer at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com. 

 

WANT TO GO?

What: Mudlick Tap House floats 

When: The second and fourth Mondays of the month with upcoming excursions happening July 23, Aug. 13 and 27 and Sept. 10 and 24 

Where: 135 E. 2nd St., Dayton 

More information: 937-895-4066 or mudlicktaphouse.com 

Cost: Kayak rentals are limited and must be booked in advance. Kayak rental and transportation: $35, which includes rental, life jacket, paddle and shuttle service to launch point. Transportation and livery services: $15. For those bringing their own kayaks, you may drop off your equipment at the launch point at Eastwood MetroPark as early as 4 p.m. Twin Creek Kayak and Canoe Livery will be there as a security measure to watch over equipment. You are welcome to park near the takeout point and head over to the Tap House for a pre-float pint before boarding the shuttle at 5:30 p.m. to head back up to launch at 6 p.m.

Miss Massachusetts hopeful gives up regional crown over pageant emcee's #MeToo joke

A beauty queen is giving up her crown after she says a joke at the Miss Massachusetts pageant made fun of the #MeToo movement.

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Maude Gorman says telling her story of sexual assault isn't easy, but that she has made it her life mission to pass it along.

“I hope to be proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel," Gorman said.

Gorman says her life began spiraling after she was raped at the age of 13.

>> Miss America to end swimsuit competition

“I dropped out of high school; I transferred five times before I even dropped out. People kind of wrote me off as a troubled teen," Gorman said. "I battled obesity and anorexia.”

Yet somehow, she found her own light at the end of the tunnel and turned her life around. 

Gorman is now in the coast guard auxiliary, she's a motivational speaker, an athlete and was Miss Plymouth County.

“I was so excited to compete at Miss Massachusetts," Gorman said.

However, toward the end of the pageant last week, Gorman's excitement turned into disgust.

In an onstage skit, shared by the observer, a woman asked why the swimsuit competition was eliminated. The pageant emcee then held up a sign that said #MeToo.

“It’s not a joke; it should never be a joke," Gorman said. "It’s hard enough to share your story without having to wonder if someone is going to laugh at you.”

After the pageant, she decided to give up her regional crown.

“I had competed for Miss Plymouth County before and was second runner-up, so to finally get that title and to represent where I grew up was a really exciting time so to walk away was hard, but doing the right thing is hard sometimes," Gorman said.

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The Miss Massachusetts Board of Directors issued an apology, saying the "skit was not in the script and was not authorized by the board."

“There were so many talented girls there and everyone is so beautiful and they are all there to make change in this world, so to mock something that has been making change for survivors of sexual assault – it was just counterproductive," Gorman said.

The emcee also issued a statement saying the "skit was meant as a satirical poke at those who are upset that swimsuit is going away. It was intended to be a nod to the #metoo movement, not a knock on it.”

Gorman said she appreciates the apologies but stands by her decision.

Local brewery manager pops the question before Guided By Voices' set at Springsfest

No one has ever said that Guided by Voices’ music is for lovers, but, well, maybe they should.

Jared Pierce certainly did one of the most romantic things that has ever happened before a GBV set when the dropped down on his knees and popped the question to Rebecca Reid, his girlfriend of three years. 

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In front of friends and strangers at Springsfest, she said “yes.” 

Reid, a Phoenix, Ariz. native, was repping the Gem City big time at the Yellow Springs festival Saturday, July 6.

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She rocked a T-shirt that read: “Dayton As F#$K.” 

Dayton.com contributing photographer Tom Gilliam captured the epic moment where two GBV fans made that commitment to get hitched. 

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Pierce, the manager of Branch & Bone Artisan Ales at 905 Wayne Ave. in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood, beamed the day after the engagement as he worked behind the bar. 

Appropriately he wore the new GBV T-shirt he picked up at Springsfest. 

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>> Guided by Voices releases new album 

>> Mudlick Tap House celebrates one year downtown with a new menu

>> PHOTOS: Guided by Voices in Dayton

Starbucks employee helps deliver baby outside store

A Starbucks worker in Tacoma, Washington, is being credited for her quick thinking after she helped a woman deliver her baby outside the store.

>> Watch the news report here

“It all seems kind of like a dream,” Rashelle Rehms said.

Rehms is a shift supervisor at the 24-hour drive-through Starbucks off South 72nd Street in Tacoma where she’s worked for five years. She’s seen some pretty interesting things, but this is the first time she's delivered a baby.

She was working her typical overnight shift when a man knocked on the window around 1 a.m. Friday.

“He said she's laying on the ground about to have a baby,” Rehms said.

Rehms immediately jumped into action.

She grabbed towels and ran out to the grassy slope right outside the store.

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“The lady was laying right here, so I got the towels for her, this side,” she said.

Seconds later, the baby was out.

“She said she needed her pants off, so I took those off for her and I noticed the baby was crowning,” Rehms said. “So I asked her to lift her hips so I could put the towels underneath her hips, and as soon as she lifted her hips, the baby came right out.”

Paramedics showed up shortly after.

Video shows other strangers also stopped to help.

Rehms, a mother of two, said she relied on her instincts that morning and went into “mom mode.”

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“When you're a mom you kind of go back to those moments when your babies are born,” Rehms said. “There was no really fear. It was just mainly this needs to be done and she needs help.”

Rehms also said she broke store policy when she left the store to help.

"We're proud of Rashelle for her quick thinking and actions until additional help could arrive, and appreciate their quick response as well," a Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement to KIRO-TV.

Later that day, Rehms visited the mom at Tacoma General Hospital. She said mom and baby both appear to be doing well.

“It's an honor that I could be there,” Rehms said.

Rehms said she also hopes to stay in touch with the mom so she can get updates on the baby.

What a hot dog! Vandalia ‘Wolf’ chows down, wins glory at famous Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest

Some people enjoy collecting stamps or assembling model trains. 

Derek “The Wolf” Jacobs’ hobby is eating as much as he can in a race to beat the clock.

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For the second consecutive year, the Vandalia resident’s eating skills were put to the test at the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest held July 4 at New York's Coney Island.

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Jacobs said the 27 hot dogs he chowed down to place 12th out of 21  in the competition sounds like a lot until you consider that world-record-holding hot dog champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut chomped down 74 in 10 minutes to win the whole thing for the 11th time. 

In the women’s division, Miki Sudo creamed a field of 19 — multiple world-record-holder Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas included — by eating 37 hot dogs.

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Jacobs is happy with 27. 

“It’s not bad considering all the best competitive eaters in the world were there,” the 35-year-old father of two said.  

At last year’s competition, he put away 23 at the contest many consider the Superbowl of competitive eating. 

THE FAT-AND-SKINNY OF IT ALL 

It is also pretty impressive when you consider the fact that Jacobs has only been in the eating-for-competition game a short time. 

He started entering food challenges at restaurants two and half years ago, winning T-shirts, bragging rights and/or  gift cards for taking down ginormous pizzas, super big burgers and other culinary monstrosities. 

“I am trying to get a win in every state,” said Jacobs, who often travels for his job as structural engineering manager at ADF Engineering, Inc. in Miamisburg. 

So far he’s taken on 93 challenges in 24 states. 

Jacobs’ first challenge was a 4-pound Fat-n-Skinny breakfast at KJ’s restaurant, 35 W. Center St. in Germantown. 

His 2017 win at Great American Ballpark qualified him for that year’s Nathan’s hot dog eating contest and marked his entry into the world of competitive eating.

UP AND AT ‘EM

Now a member of MLE, Major League Eating, Jacobs qualified for this year’s Nathan’s contest in Cincinnati as well. 

Jacobs’ practice regimen includes stretching his stomach by eating seven to nine pounds of watermelon, lettuce and other low-calorie foods. 

“You go hard and try to get it all in,” he told this news organization. He noted that it takes practically no time to rebound. 

After the Nathan’s contest, Jacobs said he took a little nap and was back up and at 'em. 

He donated the $1,400 in prize money he won last year to a food bank in Vandalia and the Ronald McDonald House. 

Jacobs said that some people get upset and criticize competitive eaters for putting so much away when people are starving. 

Gluttony is not the objective, he said. 

“The one little contest is not going to impact hunger,” Jacobs added. “I know a lot of guys that donate to food banks. 

 He said it is a fun and challenging hobby.

“It is a good time. The other eaters are great, and we hang out afterwards,” he said. 

THE FINAL COURSE: BROCCOLI AND CHICKEN

Competitive eaters are also not what people expect.

“Everyone assumes competitive eaters are these huge people,” Jacobs said. 

Now 6’5’’ and 200 pounds, Jacobs said he’s dropped 40 to 50 pounds since getting serious about his health between 2014 and 2015.   

“I’ve always ate quite a bit, but not nearly this level,” he said.  “That comes with some practice.”

Jacob and his wife, China, compete in obstacle course races. He is into weightlifting and does a little martial arts.  Jacobs said many of his opponents are personal trainers and marathon runners. 

To be clear, Jacobs does not eat 27 hot dogs in one sitting on a regular basis. 

“It is generally broccoli and chicken (that I am eating),” he said. 

Young’s Jersey Dairy named an official stop on the Ohio Ice Cream Trail

Now this is the kind of trail we would be happy to trek in recent sizzling temperatures.

An official Ohio Ice Cream Trail with 15 shops has been compiled by ohio.org — and Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs is an essential stop along the way. 

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The website pointed out that Ohio is home to more than 2,200 dairy farms and hundreds of shops “each with their own flavor for creativity.” With Ohio being an ice cream lover’s dream state, the top 15 is pretty much the cream of the crop. 

Graeter’s made the list, and so did Jeni’s.

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>>Newly opened coffee shop adds Young’s Jersey Dairy ice cream

>>The best ice cream in Ohio is just a short drive from Dayton

The dairy farm, located at 6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd. in Yellow Springs, offers a lot more than just great ice cream, though. A fully functioning dairy farm, batting cages and even a year-round restaurant also operate on the property, making it a go-to destination for locals and visitors alike.

Other Ohio favorite’s that made the sweet list include Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, Aglamesis Brothers in Cincinnati, Handel’s in Youngstown, Hartzler Family Dairy in Wooster, Johnson’s Real Ice Cream in Bexley, Lake City Creamery in Celina, Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream in Cleveland, Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville, Sweet Moses Soda Fountain and Treat Shop in Cleveland, Toft’s in Sandusky, Whit’s Frozen Custard in Athens and Dietsch Brothers in Findlay.

>> Young’s Dairy is on the MOOOVE

WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS PODCAST: Dayton’s mysterious walled falls, a phantom driver and how Dayton became the ‘Gem City’

What’s more Google than Google? A librarian who loves local history. 

Amelia Robinson and Nancy Horlacher of the Dayton Metro Library talk about odd and scary Dayton stories for the latest episode of the What Had Happened Was podcast.Nancy shares tales about the supposedly haunted Frankenstein Castle, alligators raised in a Dayton wonderland, how water brought down Dayton’s wall city within our city and the creep-tastic Phantom Driver of Englewood dam.

>> 7 of Dayton’s most haunted spots

She even dives into one of the city’s biggest  controversies: how Dayton became known as the Gem City. 

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ABOUT THE PODCAST

“What Had Happened Was” is a podcast for Dayton, powered by Dayton.com. You won't believe the stories that come from right here. Host Amelia Robinson shares the best tales from the Gem City, Land of Funk and Birthplace of Aviation: Dayton, Ohio. 

This podcast is brought to you by Cox Digital Marketing

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Episode 11: Radio pioneer and DCDC leader on burning crosses and fighting for herself

EPISODE 10: Tom Archdeacon talks Miami vices, wedding rings and LeBron’s mom 

EPISODE 9: Cackle vs. Cancer — the world with Alexis Larsen and Kristen Wicker

EPISODE 8 : Dead in Dayton — a mayor trapped in a brothel, a former slave claps back, and a gypsy queen cliffhanger

EPISODE 7: Tusks, Fireball and belly shirts with the magical McKibben Brothers

EPISODE 6: Sweet sticky things with John “Turk” Logan

EPISODE 5:  Watch for 10,000 ‘leprechauns’

EPISODE 4: The Yellow Springs vagina tree’s knobby side

EPISODE 3: All funked up with Ohio Players’ Diamond Williams

EPISODE 2: Bourbon, Beards and Joe Head

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