Saturday, May 18 2013 11:32 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:32:55 GMT
Powerball tickets are selling at a brisk pace with such a large jackpot at stake. Surging ticket sales have pushed the multi-state Powerball jackpot to a whopping $600 million. The odds of winning areFull Story >
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Rings in our culture signify many important events like graduations, weddings and special achievements, just to name a few.
For one local soldier, however, the ring he wears tonight signifies something different. And to understand the incredible journey of this ring, you have to see where it has been.
That takes us to Afghanistan.
The ring was lost by an American soldier in Afghanistan in 2005, maybe 2006. The truth is, it's not clear how the ring was lost and even how it was found is a bit of a secret.
"We were going through one of the villages and one of the locals came up to me and I couldn't understand what he was saying, but he showed me the class ring and gave it to me," said Ken Stafford, speaking from San Antonio, TX.
Stafford was serving in Afghanistan in 2006 when the ring came into his life. He knew right away it was a high school class ring and he assumed it must have belonged to an American killed in action and taken from his body.
"I don't know how they got it, you automatically think the worst, but I'll take the ring anyway regardless," Stafford said.
Stafford put the ring aside for safe keeping, but brought it out this year, determined to solve the mystery behind it. He wanted to return the ring to who he assumed was the dead soldier's family.
He had one word to go off of on the ring: "Aloha."
"I thought it belonged to someone who went to school in Hawaii," Stafford said.
Stafford asked his neighbor, who just happens to be from Hawaii, for help.
The ring has a warrior on both sides and Kalani Young said it's a warrior that dates back to the days of King Kamehameha.
Convinced they were on the right track, Stafford and Young decided to have the ring blessed and they videotaped the ceremony.
"When we think bad spirits or events are surrounding an object, our tradition is to bless it with a Kahuna, a Hawaiian priest, so I took it upon myself to have it blessed and wrapped it up in tea leaves," Young said. "And that's the last time I ever saw it."
The ring may have been blessed in a traditional Hawaiian manor, but it's not actually from the islands at all.
"Aloha" referred to Aloha High School in Oregon.
Stafford and Young contacted Fox 12 asking for help reuniting the ring with its proper owner. All there was to go on was the faint initials inside the ring, "BJB." It also had the year on it.
A quick look through the Aloha High School year book from that year produced a "BJB." His name is Bryant James Beebe.
Then came the best news of all. Lt. Col. Beebe was still very much alive.
The ring had traveled around the world, but it's last stop wouldn't have it going very far at all. Beebe's parents live only about a quarter-mile from the Fox 12 station in Beaverton.
Fox 12 anchor Wayne Garcia and photographer Devin Eskew set off to make the special delivery.
When they arrived at the home they were greeted by Bryant. They handed him the ring in a bag surrounded by the blessed tea leaves.
"That is unbelievable, that is absolutely unbelievable," he said. "I had no idea where along the way I had lost this ring and to have this back in my hands right now after being found in Afghanistan it's incredible."
The ring doesn't quite fit anymore, but that wasn't important to Beebe at that moment.
"God bless the people who found this in the heat of battle and we know more details than what we'll say but God bless them for noticing that, keeping track of the item and coming back and making the effort to return the ring," he said.
Beebe wanted to thank the men who had helped bring the ring back into his life.
That was arranged at the Fox 12 studios, where Beebe met Stafford and Young live via a video monitor.
"Thank you for doing all the work that you did to return this class ring to me," Beebe told the men. "I can't believe I'm holding it again in my hands."
Beebe is still in the Army and now works out of Washington D.C. He said he took the ring to a jeweler, got it resized and now wears it with an incredible amount of pride.
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Friday, May 17 2013 10:45 PM EDT2013-05-18 02:45:31 GMT
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009. The group was asked about prayerFull Story >
Continuing our exclusive coverage of the IRS scandal, FOX19 has obtained documents of a fifth Cincinnati IRS agent who reportedly came after a pro-life group in 2009.Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:51:09 GMT
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati.Full Story >
Transcribed interviews conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are set to begin Monday, May 20th for five IRS employees. Four of those IRS employees are based in Cincinnati. Full Story >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.Full Story >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:44:02 GMT
A bystander is in hot water after a late night crash in Middletown. Police say they were called to Verity Parkway to investigate a head on crash, An investigation revealed that a car driven by DanielFull Story >
An investigation revealed that a car driven by Daniel Guy Rich of Dallas, Texas had lost control and hit a PT Cruiser driven by a unnamed 17-year-old girl head on.
Wednesday, May 15 2013 9:50 PM EDT2013-05-16 01:50:03 GMT
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. WhileFull Story >
The White House today released over 100 pages of emails regarding the attack in Benghazi. So what do those emails tell us? Members of congress and the President himself say it's all a side-show. While others say the truth has still not been revealed. So what is true here? Full Story >
Saturday, May 18 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-18 17:47:49 GMT
A fire badly damages an Anderson Township home. It happened early Saturday morning at a home in the 8000 block of Pine Terrace Drive. Fire officials say they got a call that smoke was coming from theFull Story >
Fire officials say there is significant damage to the home's first floor.Full Story >