‘It was supposed to be the best weekend ever’: Bengals fans missed game due to flight delays

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Cincinnatian Michelle Dorward Jones goes to Cincinnati Bengals games to have fun, but she also goes to gather content for her blog and Instagram account, Hey Michelle, in which she promotes things to do in Cincinnati.

But due to flight cancellations, delays and a missed connection she missed the AFC Championship game Sunday in Kansas City, which the Cincinnati Bengals won.

She and at least six other fans didn’t end up arriving until just as the game was ending Sunday night.

“It was supposed to be the best weekend ever,” Dorward Jones said. She is mad at American Airlines, but she and her sister, Suzy Dorward still managed to have fun, she said.

Here’s what happened: The sisters’ Saturday flight was canceled and moved to early Sunday. Amid big storms along the East Coast, the crew didn’t show up for the Sunday flight so the sisters were moved to flight that had a connection through Philadelphia.

That wasn’t ideal, but it did get them to Kansas City. But the flight to Philadelphia didn’t get there in time and as a group of Cincinnatians hustled to the gate, Dorward Jones said airline employees shut the door on them saying they didn’t arrive in the required time before departure.

The new flight was the one that arrived in Kansas City after the game.

Jones posted on Facebook.

“Cincinnati Bengals fans cheers extra hard for all of us who won’t make the game!!” She posted. “Who Dey now Bengal fans and Chief fans are supporting each other to figure (expletive) out!”

Brent Chism, 46, of Dallas, is a marketing executive who was on Doward Jones’ Kansas City flight because he too was headed the game, only as a Chiefs fan. Still, the two bonded in their desire to get to the game and their frustration.

Chism’s take, “I was bummed, but then you see people on the flight, Bengals fans, who had made a huge sacrifice to get the game and they were crying. My heart was broken to see how upset they were.”

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Girl says man with homemade ‘Ski Patrol’ jacket followed her on Colorado mountain

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A man wearing a red jacket with “Ski Patrol” written in permanent marker followed a girl at a Colorado ski area, police said.

The man impersonating a ski patroller followed a girl from a ski run last week at Copper Mountain, a ski resort about 75 miles west of Denver, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said Jan. 27.

“The unidentified adult male was wearing a red jacket with ‘Ski Patrol’ written poorly on the outside, in what appeared to be Sharpie marker,” deputies said in a news release.

The man followed the girl across the ski resort from the Center Village to the East Village, officials said. She was then able to elude him.

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The incident was reported to the sheriff’s office on Tuesday, Jan. 25. Deputies opened an investigation after receiving the report and are searching for the man.

“The odds of solving a case can drop by 50% in the first 48 hours after a crime is committed,” Summit County Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said in the news release. “Therefore it is imperative to any investigation that both victims and witnesses report a crime to law enforcement immediately.”

Officials ask that anyone who has information contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Copper Mountain told Fox 31 that its ski patrollers wear black pants and red coats. The resort logo is visible on the uniform and name tags.

“All on-mountain personnel have been notified of the incident and the description of the individual,” the resort told FOX 31. “Copper Mountain takes the incident very seriously and is conducting an internal investigation.”

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‘Going to be a mess’: Up to 8 inches of snow with freezing rain, sleet from winter storm

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Weather experts are urging people to stay home if possible starting Wednesday night as a winter storm is forecast to dump up to 1.25 inches of rain on Monroe County, followed by up to 2 inches of sleet and up to 8 inches of snow.

“It’s going to be a very impactful storm,” said Sam Lashley, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.

The NWS expects rain to switch to freezing rain and sleet sometime Wednesday afternoon to evening. For much of Wednesday night through Thursday, Monroe County will see a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow.

Lashley told The Herald-Times parts of the county could see sleet accumulations of up to 2 inches, which is rare.

He urged people to avoid travel starting Wednesday evening.

“It’s going to be a mess through the end of the day Thursday,” he said. “Staying at home is the best course of action.”

Precipitation will switch to snow Thursday morning and will be heavy at times, along with strong wind and gusts of up to 30 mph, Lashley said.

He projected snowfall of 6-8 inches, with the larger accumulation expected for northern parts of the county.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits Friday night into Saturday. Lashley said the low temperatures will quickly harden the snow, which, accompanied by the earlier freezing rain and sleet, will make shoveling difficult.

“It’s not going to be an easy system to deal with,” he said.

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CDC Adds Another 12 Destinations, Including Mexico, to Its Highest Warning Level

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans against traveling to Mexico along with nearly a dozen other destinations, adding the vacation hotspot to its highest travel advisory list.

The agency classified Mexico as a “Level 4” destination, indicating there is a “very high” level of COVID-19 transmission in the country and telling Americans they should not travel there. If people do decide to head to Mexico, the CDC recommended they be fully vaccinated and “up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travel.”

In addition to Mexico, the CDC classified Anguilla, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, French Guiana, Kosovo, Moldova, Paraguay, Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, Singapore, and the Philippines under its highest travel warning, which the agency updates on a weekly basis.

Destinations are classified as “Level 4” if they report more than 500 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over the last 28 days. Currently, there are 128 destinations classified as “Level 4,” including popular spots like Canada, St. Barths, Aruba, Spain, Italy, and France.

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TRAVEL HELL: Hundreds of passengers stuck at JFK urinating in seats, having panic attacks…

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Fed-up JetBlue fliers were fuming at New York’s JFK Airport on Monday after flight delays left hundreds of weekend passengers stranded in terminals overnight or on the tarmac for hours.

“I’ll never fly JetBlue again,” said New Mexico-bound Claudia Agun, who flew in from Turkey — and told The Post she had been sleeping in the departures area since Saturday on a red Turkish Airlines throw blanket because of flight snags.

Christopher Broderick said he had two flights to California canceled on him since he woke up at 3 a.m. for his planned trip Monday.

“I was going to say I would never fly JetBlue again, but we’ve not been able to fly JetBlue,” he quipped.

Airline passengers Sunday griped that they were held “hostage” in the airport’s terminals overnight since JetBlue refused to cancel their flights until the last minute amid weather delays.

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Some passengers who were forced to wait in limbo in the airport’s terminals due to ongoing delays.
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JFK has been inundated with long lines and tons of stranded passengers as flights are canceled.

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Seven in critical condition after suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at Union County hotel


UPDATE: Four people have since been released from the hospital after 11 people were initially hospitalized after inhaling dangerous amounts of carbon monoxide at the Hampton Inn in Marysville on Saturday. Read the full update on this story.

MARYSVILLE — Eleven people were transported from the Hampton Inn in Marysville in Union County to area hospitals Saturday night — including seven considered in critical condition — in what local officials are calling carbon monoxide poisoning.

Marysville Fire Chief Jay Riley said the exact source of the carbon monoxide was unclear as of late Saturday evening, but any potential sources had been shut off and the building was cleared of people.

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All of the injured taken to hospitals had been in the pool area. Riley did not have ages of any of the victims immediately available, but said there were both children and adults.

A huge emergency service operation was launched after reports of carbon monoxide poisoning
A huge emergency service operation was launched after reports of carbon monoxide poisoning ( Image: REUTERS)

Two others were treated at the scene, and five more later sought treatment on their own at Memorial Health Hospital in Marysville, Marysville Police Chief Tony Brooks said.

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Brooks said the first call came into 911 about 5:30 p.m. that a 2-year-old girl had either fallen into the pool or was found in the pool unconscious at the hotel at 16610 Square Dr. More calls to authorities about unconscious people followed, with others reporting symptoms such as dizziness and a burning in the throat, Brooks said. 

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The Marysville Fire Department and Marysville Police called for help from multiple departments, and the hotel was evacuated. All the other guests and staff left on their own, officials said, and hotel management made accommodations to have them stay at other hotels.

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Coast Guard searching for man who fell from a boat that capsized off the Lower Keys

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A search is underway for a man who fell from a small boat Saturday night off the Lower Keys, according to authorities.

Erik Rundle was last seen around sunset on the capsized boat in the Man of War Harbor— located west of Fleming Key, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the search and rescue operation of the man who they believe is around 40-years-old.

“We are assisting the U.S. Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in trying to locate him,” sheriff’s spokesman Adam Linhardt said Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about Rundle’s whereabouts is asked to call the Coast Guard at 305-292-8727.

This story is developing.

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Hiker dies in Arizona after falling 700 feet while trying to take a photo

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A hiker camping in an Arizona mountain range fell hundreds of feet to his death while trying to take a photo, authorities said.

The hiker, identified as 21-year-old Richard Jacobson, was camping with a friend in the Superstition Mountains just east of Phoenix this week. On Monday around 12:45 a.m., the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement, its search and rescue unit was sent to the Flatiron Trail “after a 911 caller reported his friend had taken a fall from the mountain.”

Jacobson had gone to the edge of the mountain to take a photo when he slipped, authorities said. He fell an estimated 700 feet and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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