Lengthy High-Speed Chase Ends With Crash In Findlay

2/24/17 – 5:17 A.M. A high-speed chase that spanned three counties ended with a crash in downtown Findlay Thursday evening. The Findlay Police Department says several law enforcement agencies tried to stop a truck driven by 45-year-old William Milliron Sr. The chase started in North Baltimore, went through Fostoria, and ended at the intersection of South Main and Sandusky streets around 6 p.m. Authorities kept the intersection closed until around 11 p.m. because they believed Milliron was using the truck as a mobile meth lab. Federal officers tackled Milliron when he tried to get out of the truck following the crash. They took him to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment and then to the Hancock County jail. Milliron had several outstanding warrants. Several charges are pending in the case. A Findlay Police Department officer wearing a hazardous material suit removed items from the bed and cab of the truck. Investigators collected several containers of liquid. Before slamming into a brick wall at the Millstream Art Plaza Milliron hit two other…

Latta Protested in Bowling Green

2/24/17 – 4:26 A.M. Congressman Bob Latta is being targeted by constituents who say he’s dodging face-to-face meetings. Dozens of people protested last night’s Wood County Republican Party dinner, demanding Latta hold a town hall meeting. Organizers say they want the Bowling Green Republican to answer questions about the environment, health care reform and national security. Latta told WTOL-TV he’s already holding one-on-one meetings with constituents throughout his district.

Photographer captures childbirth in hospital parking lot

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Noah Parker van Rhyn Strunk was born exactly on his due date, Feb. 22, but he came into the world in a most unconventional way — in the parking lot of the hospital where he was supposed to be born. His parents, Noah and Lauren Strunk, left their Jacksonville Beach, Florida, home around midnight on Wednesday for the short drive to a nearby hospital for the birth of their second child. The couple was joined in a caravan to the hospital by Lauren’s mom and their birth photographer, Stephanie Knowles. As Noah exited from the highway, Lauren’s contractions began to increase. “He started going faster and I knew something was going wrong,” said Knowles, the owner of Jaiden Photography, who was driving behind the Strunks. When Noah took a wrong turn that left him near the hospital’s emergency room instead of the maternity unit, Lauren told him to park the car immediately because the baby was on its way. “She said to come over to her side…

DNC reaching end of tight leadership race as party seeks to unite

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Democratic party officials will vote Saturday for a new chair of the Democratic National Committee, but heading into the weekend, the race is still neck-and-neck and hotly contested. Democrats may be united against President Donald Trump, but they remain deeply divided about who is best to lead and represent them. The crowded field of candidates vying for the job narrowed this week, but those who dropped out only solidified the fault lines in the race. It remains to be seen whether the drawn-out campaign for this role will help the party as it looks to rebuild itself. Insiders, party staff and many voting members fear it may have hurt it. They feel they have been handicapped at the start of the new Trump administration. In conversations, they say they are anxious to have a leader in place and the organization fully operational again. “The biggest issue I hear right now is they want to get this part over with and they want to start fighting, we…

President Trump reiterates call for US nuclear supremacy

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump on Thursday renewed his call to expand the country’s nuclear weapons cache so that the U.S. is the “top of the pack,” according to an interview with Reuters. Trump’s comments echoed statements he offered in December when he tweeted about “expand[ing]” the nation’s “nuclear capability” and told MSNBC that he was willing to engage in an “arms race.” Trump told Reuters today he wants the country’s cache of weapons to be “top of the pack,” a notion expanded upon by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at his daily press briefing. “The U.S. will not yield its supremacy in this area to anybody,” said Spicer. “That’s what he made very clear [during the interview], and that if other countries have nuclear capabilities, it’ll always be the United States that [has] the supremacy and commitment to this.” On Dec. 22, Trump — who indicated during the campaign that some nuclear proliferation might be good — advocated in a tweet for bolstering American capabilities. The United…

Ivanka Trump hosted lawmakers at White House last week for meeting on childcare tax proposal, paid leave

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Ivanka Trump hosted Republican members of Congress at the White House last week to discuss some of her personal legislative priorities — a childcare tax proposal and paid maternity leave, according to a White House official and a Senate GOP aide. News of the White House meeting was first reported by Bloomberg News. It is unusual for the child of a president — with no formal role in her father’s administration — to host a policy meeting with lawmakers inside the West Wing. The White House official noted that Ivanka has been long been passionate about the issue and that it remains a priority. A spokesperson for Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, said the senator attended the Wednesday evening meeting in the Roosevelt Room, where the group of GOP lawmakers discussed Trump’s proposed childcare tax benefit and paid leave. Fischer introduced a paid leave bill earlier this month. Ivanka has back-channeled with members of Congress on the issues she trumpeted during her father’s campaign. This fall, she met with…

Teen siblings involved in altercation with LAPD officer file lawsuits

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Lawyers for two teen siblings involved in an altercation with an off-duty LAPD officer filed civil lawsuits against the Anaheim and Los Angeles police departments today, alleging battery, negligence and state civil rights violations, among other claims. The lawsuits come the day after as many as 300 people demonstrated and at least 23 were arrested after protests broke out over the altercation. Some vandalism was reported in the demonstrations, according to police. Police say the off-duty officer fired his weapon into the ground during the scuffle on Tuesday, which was caught on video and spread through social media. A video of part of the incident appears to show the off-duty officer struggling with a 13-year-old boy, clinging to the boy’s hooded sweatshirt as he tries to get away. The officer appears to argue with the boy and several other people who began gathering around. At one point, the officer is shoved over a bush and a person appears to take a swing at his face. The officer…

Man arrested in connection with 2005 disappearance of Georgia high school teacher

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Georgia police have arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with the 2005 disappearance of a high school teacher. Ryan Alexander Duke, a former student of the Georgia high school where the woman taught, was arrested Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said today in a press conference. He was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, murder and concealing a death during his first court appearance Thursday. On Oct. 22, 2005, Tara Grinstead vanished from her home in Ocilla, Georgia, a small town with a population of less than 3,500 about 160 miles south of Atlanta. She was 30 years old at the time. Police immediately suspected foul play in Grinstead’s case, the GBI said in a press release. A massive manhunt was launched after Grinstead’s disappearance, but the case proved difficult due to the lack of evidence found in Grinstead’s home, according to the GBI. Though they have received many tips over the years, none led to credible information. However, the case remained open and the GBI recently…