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Ohio coach proposes to rival coach on field

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An Ohio high school softball coach threw a curve at the rival team’s coach when he dropped to one knee on the diamond and asked for her hand in marriage.

Glen Este High School varsity coach Tim Gregory and Milford High School coach Christy Foster had been dating more than two years before Wednesday’s proposal.

Gregory says “softball is really what brought us together.” Foster, of course, said yes to the proposal and called it perfect.

 The ensuing game wasn’t, though. Gregory’s team won 1 to 0.

 Read more: Ohio coach proposes to rival on field

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04/09/2010 at 3:24 pm

Woman spends $23,000 to find lost dog [Video]

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Ginny Davis went to extreme measures to find her lost dog, a $23,000 investment that she said paid off.

When Davis lost her 2-year-old shih tzu, Sam, money was no object.

With six furry friends, Davis considers her dogs family. When Sam wiggled out of his collar on the way to the groomer, Davis was devastated.

“He was just in panic mode at that point and so he just kept running,” she said.

As quickly as Sam made his escape, Davis drew up a game plan to find him. She hired search and rescue teams from Oklahoma and Ohio to trace his scent and plastered thousands of signs all over Indianapolis and Greenwood.

With every phone call she got, Davis had a little more hope that Sam would be found safe and sound.

One day last week, Davis got a phone call she had waited months for. A postal worker saw Sam sleeping in a nearby field. When Davis called Sam’s name, the dog came running to her.

“I thought, ‘My God, it is him,’ and I just sat down and cried,” Davis said.

Philip Borst, who has a veterinary practice near Davis’ home, said he was shocked when he heard that a pet owner spent $23,000 to find her dog.

“I’ve had stories over my 35 years of dogs that have been lost for 100 miles away and they found them … in another city or state,” Borst said. “The lengths that she went, that showed that she sure did love that little pooch.”

“I’m not a wealthy person. It’s just that I feel when you get an animal, you make a commitment,” Davis said.

Sam was extremely dirty and full of ticks when he was found, but after a good grooming and examination, he’s the same dog Davis loves.

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Man on motorized barstool charged with DUI

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A DUI is never “good news” but this is positively interesting.

Neighbors heard what sounded like a lawnmower buzzing down Kelley Lane in Newark earlier this month. It turned out to be a motorized barstool which police say a man crashed while drunk.

Kile Wygle, 28, is charged with driving a barstool while under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license. He’s asked for a jury trial.

Police say Wygle crashed his strange-looking contraption while trying to make a U-turn.

According to a report, Wygle told Officer Michael Trotter that his barstool can reach speeds of 38 mph, but was only going 20 mph when he crashed.

Wygle was treated for minor injuries at Licking Memorial Hospital where he joked with Trotter about drinking 15 beers before the crash. He refused the blood-alcohol test.

Ohio law prohibits anyone from operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The law excludes wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Read more: Man on motorized barstool charged with DUI

Pink water in Ohio [Video]

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You’ve got to watch the video to see the water.

Lake County residents may have noticed something strange about their water this weekend. Their water was pink.

The utilities department said there was a malfunction with a chemical feeder at about 8 p.m. Saturday at the water department, which led to too much Potassium Permanganate being put into the water.

Potassium Permanganate is a chemical used to remove bad taste, odors and improprieties in water.

The chemical turned the water pink for residents in a 15-block area near the plant, which is located near Lake Erie just east of Painsville, said Executive Director Rick Martin. While the pink water is not a health risk, it can stain clothes.

The Water Department is flushing hydrants and adding additional treatments to the water to clear up the discoloration. He estimated the water should be back to normal by Monday morning. He said a lot of people have called about the pink water.

Watch this story: Ohio County’s Water Turns Pink

Natasha Richardson’s death saved the life of a girl hit by baseball

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Connie and Donald McCracken were watching CNN one evening last week when they learned of the tragic death of actress Natasha Richardson from a head injury. Immediately, their minds turned to their 7-year-old daughter, Morgan, who was upstairs getting ready for bed.

Two days earlier, Morgan, her father, and brother had been playing baseball in the yard of their Mentor, Ohio, home when her father hit a line drive that landed just above Morgan’s left temple. A lump formed, but the McCrackens iced it down and the swelling subsided within an hour.

“For the next two days, she was perfectly fine,” Donald McCracken says. “She had no symptoms. She went to school both days and got an A on her spelling test as usual. There were no issues whatsoever.”

But after hearing about Richardson’s death, the McCrackens wondered if Morgan was really as OK as she seemed. After all, Richardson had been talking and lucid immediately after her fatal injury.

When they went upstairs to kiss Morgan good night, she complained of a headache. “Because of Natasha, we called the pediatrician immediately. And by the time I got off the phone with him, Morgan was sobbing, her head hurt so much,” McCracken says.

The McCrackens took Morgan to the emergency room at LakeWest Hospital in neighboring Willoughby, where doctors ordered a CT scan and immediately put Morgan on a helicopter to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, with her father by her side.

Unlike Richardson’s, Morgan’s story has a happy ending. After surgery and five days in the hospital, she’s at home and doing fine. “Dr. Cohen told us that if we hadn’t brought her in Thursday night, she never would have woken up,” McCracken says.

Read more: Natasha’s lesson helps save Ohio girl

Students on Spring Break repair homes [Video]

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For many people, the biggest investment is their home. But countless people can’t afford to pay for all the work that needs to be done.

Home hasn’t been a home for Sarah Ware. But she said she has angels on her side.

“This is more than a blessing,” Ware said. “I just thank the Lord.”

Her home of 60 years was falling apart. In just days she would’ve had to move out. But on Thursday, her home looked like new.

The student group BG Crosswalk, from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, spent its spring break in Greenville.

“We’ve done some painting, some trim work,” said BGSU student Josh McRoberts. “We’ve cleaned up outside. Some of the guys did some siding.”

Across town, more students were working up a sweat helping another homeowner with work he said he could never afford.

“Right now we are putting up a screen on the fence, we primed the whole house, we painted it,” said BGSU student Cody Elling.

It’s not the spring break many of them expected.

“A lot of our students struggled with it,” a group member said. “They could’ve worked this week and made money, but instead they paid $140 to come down here.”

The tough economy is hitting each student in different ways. But they said, right now, that doesn’t matter.

They all put their problems aside to help people they’ve never met.

Read more and watch that story: Students On Spring Break Repair Homes

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Miracle Mom wakes from coma and walks from hospital [Video]

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A miracle went home from the hospital this week. Now, we know the word miracle is used far too often, but this time, well, you decide.

Lori Smith, Survived Strokes & Coma: “I’m 19 days from them pulling the plug. 19 days. I was going to be dead.”

38 year-old Lori Smith says prayer, God, and some great doctors, nurses, and therapists pulled her through, after what started out as a normal delivery of a baby. Lori and Michael Smith’s fourth child was born New Year’s Day.

“I got to say she’s beautiful.”
 
“About 15 minutes after that, our world got turned upside down.”
 
“My body just came to a halting stop.”

A complicated blood clotting problem, called d-i-c, nearly killed Laurie… a series of strokes… kidney failure… liver failure … and 12 days in a coma. On day 11, Michael brought their three other kids in to say goodbye.
 
Michael Smith, Lori’s Husband: “They said mom, if you love us, blink your eyes, and she would blink her eyes, so that’s the point I knew we had Laurie there. I didn’t know if she was being mom for the last time, but what I knew is it was a miracle at that point.”

Laurie came back and was transferred from Bethesda North to Drake Center for a month of intensive therapy.

The baby’s name is Delilah Grace. Actually, it’s Delilah Grace Hope. That’s what the nurses called her while mom was in a coma … Hope. Sure looks like the nurses were right.

Read more and watch this story: Miracle Mom Leaves Hospital After 56 Days