2 locals injured in UC house fire

Published: Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 5:00 PM

Two local people continue to fight for their lives after they were injured in a Cincinnati house fire on New Year’s Day.

Ellen Garner, 20, a 2010 graduate of Tippecanoe High School, and Chad Kohls, 21, a 2009 Centerville graduate, were both at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in critical condition late Thursday. Both are University of Cincinnati students.

The fire, ruled accidental, was caused by a space heater placed too close to bedding, according to Cincinnati Fire Investigation Unit Capt. Dan Rottmueller. The fire occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on Jan. 1 at 2824 Digby Ave., a rental property located in University Heights.

Tipp City School Board member Kate Johnsen said that her daughter Becca graduated with Garner and was in her hospital room on Wednesday.

Johnsen, who said she once administered an aerobic ministry program with Garner’s mother, described Garner as “a very talented woman,” “very vivacious” and “a great kid.”

Garner majors in design. Johnsen said Garner was into costuming when she was in high school, making costumes for many of the school plays and musicals.

Garner had just finished an internship in New York City last year, where she worked at Garan Inc., as a design intern for the infant/toddler girls Garanimals division, according to her linkedin profile.

Efforts to reach people who know Kohls were unsuccessful.

On Thursday, a Facebook page was created titled “Pray for Chad.” One update noted that his mother had said that Kohls had been in stable condition through the night

“No complications,” the update said. “His eyes opened a bit but is still sedated. His friend is not doing well, with seizures. Please pray for both. It is a critical time period.”

Johnsen said that Garner suffered no burns, but smoke inhalation, and was suffering brain seizures. Another facebook update stated Garner was in a medically induced coma.

The fire started in a second-room bedroom, and there was at least one person asleep in that room at the time the fire started. But Kohls and Garner were rescued from the third floor of the three-story house. Others inside managed to get out before firefighters arrived.

At least one other victim was taken to a hospital and treated and released.

There were 10 people in the house at the time of the blaze, and all were believed to have been asleep when the fire occurred, Rottmueller said. Some of the people inside the house were residents and some were friends of the residents.

The fire was contained to one room. The estimated damage cost is approximately $20,000.

Pray for Ellen Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/events/458494964198803/?ref=22

Pray for Chad Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/Prayforchad

Xenia police investigating reported shooting on Vermont St.

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:49 AM


UPDATE @ 7:38 a.m.

A woman and a child are there as detectives can be seen going into the home, which is blocked by crime scene tape.

Officers are going door-to-door talking to neighbors and searching in nearby yards.


A man was reportedly shot inside his Vermont Street home while getting ready for work, according to scanner traffic.

Police and emergency crews were dispatched to the 1900 block of Vermont Street a little before 6:28 a.m. Wednesday. 

The victim’s wife called 9-1-1 after hearing a single gunshot and witnessed blood on her husband, before locking herself and her baby inside another room in the house, according to initial reports. 

We will bring you updates on this developing story. 


Xenia man shot 40 mins ago

Harrison Twp. fatal crash victim IDed

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 @ 7:36 AM
Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 4:32 AM

HARRISON TWP. — The 51-year-old Vandalia woman killed in a fatal vehicle crash on North Main Street and Shoup Mill Road on Tuesday has been identified as Christine Bowyer, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

  • Around 7:20 a.m., Montgomery County Sheriff deputies were dispatched to Shoup Mill Road and state Route 48 for a three-vehicle crash.
  • A 58-year-old male driver in a Chevrolet Cobalt  sustained minor injuries and did not want immediate treatment. 
  • A 73-year-old male driver in a Ford 350 passenger van, who was traveling with two passengers, was taken to Grandview Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening  injuries. 

Bowyer was traveling east on Turner Road, which becomes Shoup Mill at SR 48,  in a Jeep Cherokee when she entered the intersection against a red light, according to a sheriff’s office news release. 

Bowyer’s vehicle struck a Chevrolet Cobalt traveling south on State Route 48 before colliding with a passenger van.  

The crash is under investigation by the Traffic Services Unit of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.

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F-16 possible source of house-shaking boom heard in area

Published: Sunday, February 19, 2017 @ 8:21 PM
Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 @ 5:28 PM

UPDATE @ 5:01 p.m. (Feb. 20): Englewood police, prompted by reports of a loud boom, checked the area and found nothing, Sgt. Mike Lang said.

But Rick Lohnas, retired wing commanded of the F-16 wing at the Air National Guard base in Springfield, said an F-16 could have produced the noise.

He said F-16s from Toledo were in the area recently on an exercise and easily could have been performing maneuvers that could break the sound barrier.

Any pilot can break the sound barrier as long as the pilot is at an altitude of 30,000 feet, Lohnas told News Center 7’s Caroline Reinwald.


Residents across the north Dayton, Englewood, Clayton and Trotwood areas reported a loud boom this evening that shook their houses.

“We just heard a huge explosion, like a sonic boom,” said one caller in the 8300 block of East Westbrook Road, near Seybold Road. “It happened very close by. It jarred the house. It sounds like a house explosion.”

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center and Englewood police said they received reports around 6:25 p.m. about the loud boom. 

Many residents took to social media, questioning the source of the boom on Facebook pages.

Englewood officers and Montgomery County sheriff's deputies responded to the area but were not able to find anything that may have caused the boom. 

Hundreds gather in Cincinnati, Columbus to protest Trump travel ban

Published: Monday, January 30, 2017 @ 9:43 PM

Hundreds turned out in Columbus and Cincinnati on Monday evening to continue protests against President Trump's travel ban. 

Hundreds gathered at the steps of Cincinnati City Hall and more than 1,000 met on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse before marching through that city's streets. 

There were reports via Twitter on Monday night that police used pepper spray on marchers near the Statehouse. 

The president on Jan. 28 signed an executive order on immigration that includes the suspension of immigration for people from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. 

Trump insists his actions are not a "Muslim ban" and said the U.S. will issue visas to all seven countries affected after a review of security policies. 

Protests planned in Cleveland were rescheduled because of a lake effect snowstorm that hit the city overnight Sunday and into Monday morning. 

Monday's demonstrations followed protests over the travel ban that erupted at several airports and in several cities Sunday -- including Dayton.