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County man charged with importuning

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By WDTNTROY — A Miami County man is accused of emailing sexual photos to teenaged girls.Michael Epley, 29, is charged with three counts of importuning and a count of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles.The Troy Police Departmeny says he sent three girls improper photos from his cell phone, then asked to meet them at a local fast food restaurant.Police say Epley has been arrested before for similar offenses.He is in the Miami County Jail on $61,000 bond.


Manziel: ‘I’ve made some rookie mistakes’

BEREA (AP) — Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel acknowledged he has “made some rookie mistakes” during the offseason, but doesn’t think his partying has hurt his chances of winning a starting job.Speaking on the eve of Cleveland’s first training camp practice, Manziel briefly addressed his fraternity-guy-gone-wild behavior during the past two months when photos of him partying around the country were a weekly occurrence. Manziel, who opened his news con...

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Students attend conferenceSAN ANTONIO, Texas — More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni and guests from across the country gathered in San Antonio for the 2014 National Leadership Conference.The conference is based on the student-originated theme “SOAR.” Ryan Hines, a senior and Taylor Edington, a junior at Newton High School, were among the members and took part in S.T.A.R. event...

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Quickest route into NFL draft goes through SEC

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has become the most popular jumping-off point for underclassmen looking for a head start on NFL careers, creating more spots to fill around the league with preseason camps approaching.No league has had nearly as many players leaving early to pursue NFL careers over the past eight years, and LSU has had the most of any program two years running.“We do lead college football in three-and-outs,” Tigers coa...

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With Nibali in command, Tour now battle for 2nd

BERGERAC, France (AP) — Ramunas Navardauskas gave Lithuania and his American team a stage victory Friday at the Tour de France. Now cycling’s great showcase is reduced to this — the race for second place behind Vincenzo Nibali.The Italian, who has all but won the yellow jersey, cruised to the finish in Stage 19 in the rain-splattered pack behind the Lithuanian’s breakaway. Only a mishap of the highest order during Saturday’s time trial would deny Nibal...

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Busch trades Double for Single at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kurt Busch is slacking at Indy. He’s only entered in one race, scheduled to drive just 400 miles, and has no reason for a mad dash to the helicopter to catch a ride to another track.Busch is like any other driver trying to win the Brickyard 400, blending in around the garage without scores of reporters and a documentary crew shadowing his every move. Busch has scrapped The Double for The Single at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Returning to I...

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Torre, Cox and La Russa manage their way into Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.“It’s still sort of unbelievable,” he said. “Cooperstown was always something way out there. OK, I know where it is. Doesn’t mean I’m going there to visit, much less be inducted. I never had a goal of getting to the Hall of Fame.”That’s exactly where he’s headed Sunday.Torre will be inducted with fellow former managers Bo...

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Thomas, Glavine, Maddux to enter Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.“I was never that blue-chip prospect,” he said. “I had to outwork my opponents.”Hard to imagine now that Thomas was ever anything except a huge star.For Thomas, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound former Chicago White Sox slugger known as the Big Hurt, life has come full circle — from awe-struck rookie in 1990 to baseball royalty.T...

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On to the next challenge

By Josh BrownSports EditorHAMILTON — Hitting for average. Hitting for power. Clutch hitting. And even some pitching.During his time with the Troy Trojans, Nathan Helke did a bit of everything.But it was that last thing — pitching, or more specifically closing — that has turned into the 2012 Troy High School graduate’s calling card in his post-high school career. And after setting records during his two seasons at Sinclair Com...

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Up, up and away

For the Troy Daily NewsTROY — The serenity of floating through the air in a hot air balloon to view his 40-acre Ohio family farm from a new vantage point is 93-year-old Warren Jackson’s Wish of a Lifetime. That Wish was granted this week when Brookdale, It’s Never Too Late (iN2L) and Wish of a Lifetime joined together to send Warren and his son to new heights in a ride in the sky over Miami County, and it was all caught on videotape.“Ever...

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Rock Piqua to feature country tunes

For the Troy Daily NewsPIQUA — Country music is synonymous with good times, large crowds and lots of foot-stomping sounds as attested by fans of the Nashville Crush band scheduled at the season finale of the Rock Piqua! riverfront concert series tonight at the Lock Nine Park. Festivities get under way at 7 p.m. with the popular Me vs. Gravity singer-songwriter Zach Nelson warming up the crowd.The concert series is expected to topple the 3,000-plus crowd attending e...

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Public views plans for city projects

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comTROY — Dozens of people cruised around Hobart Arena to review the city of Troy’s recently revealed Riverfront Development project at an informal open house on Thursday evening.Funding for projects ranging from a second sheet of ice at Hobart Arena to an amphitheater at Treasure Island with all the “bells and whistles” of both projects has a price tag of $17.8 million. To fund all of the Treasure ...

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Thanking student volunteers

To the Editor:I would like to thank those students from Miami East and Troy High Schools (Nick Staton, Sean Slack, Tyler Sloan and Chad Baker) that donated their time to help place flags on the square for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July and and the no parking signs around for the parade.This was a great help to the sponsors of the parade, the Miami Valley Veterans Museum. Nick, Sean, Tyler and Chad — your efforts were greatly appreciated....

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Proposed parking fees and fines to increase

By Melanie Yingstmyingst@civitasmedia.comTROY — City council’s street and sidewalks committee agreed to move forward with legislation to adjust many city fees including doubling its parking fines, increasing meter rates, increasing its cemetery fees by 10 percent and increasing its board of zoning appeals (BZA) fees.The committee met Thursday to discuss the proposal to adjust the fees which will be part of council’s agenda on Aug. 4. The comm...

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Bengals’ Hall cleared to practice

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cornerback Leon Hall jogged toward the right side of the defense and took his customary place, matched against receiver Mohamed Sanu. The play was a handoff, so Hall didn’t have to do much.That’s not what mattered.Hall lined up for the first 11-on-11 play in the Bengals’ first practice of training camp on Thursday, an encouraging sign for one of the NFL’s top defenses.“It means a lot,” Hall said....

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Nibali wins Stage 18, closes in on Tour victory

ARGELES-GAZOST, France (AP) — Vincenzo Nibali crushed everyone on the last mountain leg of the Tour de France on Thursday, all but ensuring he will be crowned champion when the race ends in Paris in three days.On the big, final climb of Stage 18, the Italian broke out of the peloton, chased down breakaway riders, and rode solo in front for the last eight kilometers (five miles) uphill.Nibali, who captured his fourth stage of the Tour, stuck out his tongue, tapped h...

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Ravens’ Rice suspended for 2 games

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Jana...

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Flashback Friday

By Josh BrownSports EditorTIPP CITY — It would be easy for Tippecanoe to fall into the “what could have been” trap, to let one fateful play define its 2013 season.But the Red Devils have one massive positive to focus on instead — the fact that its talented senior class took the football program farther than it had ever been.After an undefeated regular season and its first outright Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Divis...

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