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Pit bull recovering after alleged beating with baseball bat caught on video

A Middletown, Ohio, man is charged with beating a dog with a bat, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. 

A humane officer was called to Seldon Avenue on Saturday on a report of a dog being beaten with a baseball bat. A neighbor caught the alleged abuse on video and sent it to authorities, said Butler County Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

Clayton Sisco, 18, admitted that he was punishing Duece, a pit bull, for defecating in the cage it was confined in, Merbs said. 

There were seven other dogs on the property, all pit bull mixes, that were removed for safe keeping. 

>> Father slaps children in front of police officer, gets arrested, officials say

Merbs said Duece is recovering at the Animal Friends Humane Society, but the dog does not appear to have suffered serious injuries. 

“He (Duece) is very friendly,” Merbs said.

In the video, Sisco hit the dog with a Louisville Slugger wooden bat. The dog is on its side. Duece did get up to try to get away from the abuse after Sisco walked away, Merbs said.

Merbs said it is helpful to have a video to use as evidence. 

“In this day and age, everyone has a phone. It shouldn’t take the place of call-ups. But if you have us coming and it continues, taking a video is really helpful,” he said.

Unfortunately, it is not surprising Merbs said to see this type of abuse. 

“It is kind of becoming more routine around here,” Merbs said. "We are seeing more of it." 

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Sisco was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to companion animals. He was also arrested for outstanding warrants. He is scheduled to will appear in the Middletown Municipal Court on July 19. 

“We love our animals in Butler County,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. “This dog was obviously submissive and not deserving of the punishment.”

Mosquitoes in Ohio test positive for West Nile virus

Mosquitoes trapped in Ohio are the first in the nation to test positive for the West Nile virus this summer, reports say.

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Test results released last week from the Ohio Department of Health showed mosquitoes found in Harrison Township in Licking County, which is east of Columbus, had the virus.

West Nile virus is typically spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms can include fever, headache, stiffness, rash, or nausea and vomiting. The Ohio Health Department has already scheduled mosquito spraying as part of the department's mosquito control program. 

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About 80 percent of those who are infected with West Nile do not show any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Father slaps children in front of police officer, gets arrested, officials say

Two North Carolina children, ages 5 and 3, wandered away from their home nearby and tried to cross New Hope Road near Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, police said.

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Police said an officer walked the children home Sunday, and that was when the children's father, Tequan King, struck the kids in the head while the officer was still holding their hands.

A man who stopped to help the children trying to cross the street said he saw their father slap both children.

Police quickly arrested the father.

"It makes your heart almost stop, you know?" witness Daniel Byrd said.

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Byrd and his wife were driving when he saw the 5-year-old fearlessly step into traffic.

"He just held up his little hand, you know, but he was so short they couldn't see him trying to stop traffic," Byrd said.

A car came within inches of hitting the child and his sibling, Byrd said.

"I don't think I could have lived with myself if something had to have happened to those children," Byrd said.

The couple stopped and called police, and another passer-by helped the children get out of the street.

Byrd wonders if things could have been much worse.

"If he is assaulting the children in front of the police officer, then it has to run through your mind what they would have went through, if he goes them back home," Byrd said.

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The children's mother was inside bathing another child when the incident happened.

She was not charged.

King is out of jail and has to follow social services’ instructions regarding contact with his children.

Mom says 7-year-old daughter's 'Roblox' character was sexually assaulted in online video game

A North Carolina woman is warning parents nationwide after her daughter witnessed disturbing sexual images on a gaming site for kids.

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Amber Petersen of Raleigh said her 7-year-old was playing a virtual character on the game "Roblox."

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In the game, the character was face-down on a virtual playground after being attacked and sexually assaulted by two male characters.

Petersen said she was shown the attack by her daughter.

Petersen posted a warning about the gaming site on Facebook.

She wrote: “At first, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My sweet and innocent daughter's avatar was being violently gang-raped on a playground by two males."

The post has been shared more than 2,000 times.

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The popular gaming site "Roblox" is rated for kids ages 7 and older.

The gaming site responded, “We have identified how this bad actor created the offending action and are putting additional safeguards in place to reduce the possibility of this happening again in the future."

A spokesperson for the gaming site also said the person behind that virtual attack has been permanently banned from the site.

Watch: Mom cries as deaf baby hears for the first time with implant

One mother was unsure if her deaf infant would ever be able to listen to her voice. But when doctors installed an implant that allowed her baby to hear for the first time, she was moved to tears. 

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A team at Cooks Children’s Ear Nose and Throat hospital in Texas worked with Will and Anna Esler to create an implant for their daughter Ayla. 

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In June, they recorded a video of the little one being fitted for a cochlear implant, an electronic device that takes on the role of the inner part of the ear known as the cochlea. It helps send sound signals to the brain.

When the device is turned on, Ayla, who is sitting in her mother’s lap, smiles and begins to reach for her ear. 

“Yeah, you heard it,” a voice says in the background, and Anna Esler starts to cry.

The recording, which was uploaded to YouTube, went viral, garnering more than 67,000 views within a few days. 

“Every child responds differently when their cochlear implants are activated, and so we didn’t know what kind of reaction she would have,” the mom said in an interview with the hospital. “And even though I knew it would work, there was still some doubt in my mind, so when I saw her responding to sound I was overwhelmed by thankfulness to God and to everyone else who has been a part of this journey.”

According to her parents, the baby girl is adjusting to the new device well, and they are teaching her how to recognize that sounds have meaning. 

“She’s already responding positively — sometimes she turns to sounds [which she had never done before], she dances to music, she’s starting to calm down when we sing to her if she’s upset,” they said. “We really couldn’t be more thankful for the new opportunities our little girl has thanks to everyone in her life.”

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Dayton-born ‘Million Dollar Matchmaker’ star hooking up singles here

A nationally known matchmaker hopes to hook singles up in her hometown. 

Candace Smith,  the director of recruiting on BRAVO’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and senior matchmaker on two seasons of WE TV’s “Million Dollar Matchmaker” will hold a Singles Mingle from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Taste restaurant, 2555 Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood. 

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Registration is $30 at the door or in advance at candacesmith.com/loveandwine. 

“I talk about how to meet people of quality in the real world,” said Smith, a graduate of Chaminade-Julienne High School and the University of Dayton. “It is just a good way for singles to meet other singles.”  

Admission includes appetizers and a wine tasting with selections from JW Wines. DJ Ron Hunter will provide music for the event that includes time to mingle after Smith shares her thoughts on single life, dating techniques and how to meet people. 

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Smith, the 2003 Miss Ohio USA,  holds a psychology degree from UD and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Law. She recently launched the “Love by Candace” podcast and is working on a book and developing her own TV show. 

She will present a women’s empowerment workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at 1972 Central Ave in downtown Cincinnati. Admission is $60 and there will be a variety of giveaways. 

The daughter of Ida Smith and the late C.J. McLin Jr., a state representative, Candace Smith splits her time between Hawaii and Los Angeles. 

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She said he hopes to do more events in the Dayton area. 

She said dating can be difficult in cities like Dayton partly due to the racial divide and the pressures people may face from their families and or cultures.

“In cities like this, people limit themselves,” she said. 

Smith said there may be love connections at her event. 

“The hope is that you can have a diverse group of people who are actually single and who are actually motivated enough to meet somebody else and to learn,” she said.  

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WANT TO GO 

What: Taste’s Singles Mingle with love coach Candace Smith

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 

Where: Taste restaurant, 2555 Shiloh Springs Road in Trotwood

Cost: $30 admission includes wine tasting and appetizers 

More info: Candacesmith.com 

COSI chief has big plans for new science festival — and they involve Dayton

If Frederic Bertley’s vision comes true, COSI’s Science Festival will reach Dayton in the future. 

But for now and the foreseeable future, Bertley — the science museum’s President and Chief Executive Officer — said the new festival set to be held in 2019 will be concentrated in and around the Columbus area. 

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But Bertley, who came to the  Columbus science museum in in 2017 from Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, has big dreams and big plans for the Buckeye State.

If the new festival is successful in Columbus, Bertley said he would like to see it roll out to Dayton, Cleveland and Cincinnati, then continue to expand around the state. 

“My dream is to literally have a science festival in all 88 counties,” Bertley said. “It is a heavy lift to do something like this statewide.” 

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If the festival expands statewide — something Bertley says he is committed to trying to do  — COSI would partner with universities, museums and other institutions in different communities. 

The inaugural four-day festival patterned after the Philadelphia Science Festival will showcase science around central Ohio.

It is set for May 1-4, 2019 and will conclude with a hands-on, day-long carnival-style celebration on the Scioto Peninsula outside COSI.

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About 30,000 people are expected to attend the carnival. It will be open to anyone who wants to attend. 

Bertley said it will not be a grab-a-brochure-and-go kind of event. Each vendor will have a hands-on activities.

Why a science festival?

“This state and this country is growing more and more science illiterate,” Bertley said.

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He said he’d like to erase the conception that science is for geeks with lab coats and thick glasses. There should be as much love and support for scientists as there is for celebrities. And the inventor of the cell phone should be as widely known as athletes and stars, Bertley said.   

“Science is for everyone,” he said. “Everyone from the womb to the tomb.” 

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WATCH: Police officers get in July 4th spirit with 'cop pool karaoke'

The Fourth of July is days away and many are getting into the patriotic spirit – including a couple of Boston police officers. 

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Officers Kim Tavares and Stephen McNulty of the Boston Police Department can sing! The department posted a video Monday morning of the two singing "God Bless America" while driving through the city. 

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JUST IN: New health-food store & juice bar coming to Far Hills Avenue

Natural Foods Plus store which includes “The Juice Caboose” is coming soon to Far Hills Avenue in Kettering.

Natural Foods Plus has operated a store at 2901 Philadelphia Drive at Siebenthaler Avenue for more than two decades. The new store will be located at 3070 Far Hills Ave. (Ohio 48) just south of Dorothy Lane, in a strip retail center that also houses Big Sky Bread bakery and a Super Cuts hair salon. The space previously housed a Click Camera (later Dodd Camera) store, but has been vacant for a few years. 

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The 2,000-square-foot store is scheduled to open around Sept. 1, and will hire about 17 employees, Natural Foods Plus founder Rick L. Poole told this news outlet this morning, Monday July 2. Offering a health-food store and a juice bar under one roof offers “a two-in-one experience” for customers, Poole said. 

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“I am personally looking forward to expanding to the Kettering community, as we know it is a ‘community unlike any other,’” Poole said in an email. “Natural Foods Plus & Juice Caboose will certainly be positioned to make an immediate impact to healthy living in the community.”

Poole said he plans to expand Natural Foods “even further” after getting the new Kettering store up and operating.  

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On its web site, Natural Foods Plus & The Juice Caboose says it is “more than a health-food store” that “takes pride in offering cutting-edge supplements, freshly made juices and smoothies, natural groceries and toiletries, alkaline water, exercise equipment, and much more healthy goodness.”

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Plans call for the Kettering store to be open seven days a week.

“Our mission is to add value to people’s lives, and this will be quite evident right away after our Kettering store’s grand opening,” Poole said.

Bride needs help finding grandmother's wedding ring attached to bouquet

A woman is looking for help finding her grandmother's missing wedding ring, which was attached to her wedding bouquet. 

>> Watch the news report here

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Karen Olsen said the bouquet may have fallen out of her bag in Pittsburgh when she was walking on Federal Street between her reception at PNC Park to the Springhill Suites about 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

Olsen said there were a lot of people walking around on Federal Street after the Luke Bryan concert and is hoping someone picked up the bouquet.

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She described the ring as a "simple gold band" but said it has sentimental value.

If you have any information about the missing ring or bouquet, you can call 724-307-5469. 

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