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

Flood advisory in effect for several counties

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 6:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 8:55 PM

Flood Advisory

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UPDATE @ 8:55 p.m.

A flood advisory for Auglaize and Mercer county is in effect through 11:45 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service.

UPDATE @ 8:40 p.m.

A flood advisory is in place through 11:30 p.m. for Auglaize, Logan, Mercer and Shelby counties, issued by the National Weather Service.

UPDATE @ 7:05 p.m.

A flood advisory is in effect until 10 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service.


A flood advisory is in effect until 9 p.m., issued by the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

Radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall. Minor flooding of low-lying and poorly drained streets, highways and underpasses will occur. In addition, farmland near creeks, streams and drainage ditches will experience minor flooding, the NWS reported.

Troopers: Fenwick HS student, 17, dies in crash with 15-year-old driver

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 7:45 PM

A Bishop Fenwick High School student died after he was ejected in a crash Thursday night just southeast of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  

Noah J. Theiss, 17, of Franklin Twp., was a passenger in his parents’ car driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Washington Twp. in Montgomery County. The car crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Twp., Warren County, according to troopers. 

“He was so young. I don’t think he should have died this way,”Gabe Hoel, a friend of the victim, said Friday. 

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Investigation determined Mousa was driving the 2013 Honda Accord east on Springboro Road when he lost control. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a utility pole and rolling over several times.  

The crash occurred on a winding section of the road, near the Sycamore Preserve Park southeast of Springboro, according to authorities.  

Theiss, the right front passenger, was partially ejected through a sun roof and pronounced dead at the scene, according reports. 

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A rear passenger, Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown. 

“He’s 17. He flew through the roof,” according to a call, apparently from Armbruser, to 911.  

Mousa was treated and released from Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro.  

“I don’t know the address. We’re in the middle of nowhere,” the caller told a 911 operator. “Please help me, he’s dead.”  

“Please help me, I’m so scared,” the 911 call continued.  

A woman who saw the crash while visiting a nearby creek at the Sycamore Reserve Park with her husband and two children took over the call and reported the other boy at the scene, apparently Mousa, was walking around “kind of out of it.”  

On Friday, Lt. Chuck O’Bryon of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, said there was no indication that alcohol or drug use were involved, but investigators were awaiting toxicology tests.  

O’Bryon said it appeared the crash was the result of a combination of driver inexperience, high speed and failure to wear a seat belt.  

It was unclear why Mousa was driving.  

According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ website, a driver can be issued a temporary instruction permit identification card starting at 15 years and six months. The temporary permit must be held for at least six months, among other requirements that must be completed, before a drivers’ license can be issued.  

Hoel said he was under the impression that Mousa had a temporary permit.  

Mousa was unlicensed, but even with a temporary permit, Mousa was not supposed to have driven as he is alleged to have Thursday night at the time of the crash, O’Bryon said.  

“He has to be with a parent or guardian,” he said.  

Mousa was identified as the driver after conflicting reports at the scene, O’Bryon said. 

“It’s a tragedy,” O’Bryon said.  

O’Bryon said it could be several weeks or longer before the case is presented to Warren County prosecutors.  

Andrew Barczak, principal at Bishop Fenwick High School in Middletown, confirmed Theiss attended the school, in a voice mail left as he headed to graduation.  

Hoel said he thought of Theiss as a brother.  

“I was really good friends with Noah. He was like a bigger brother to me,” said Hoel, recalling he met Theiss through his brothers, Dylan and Tristan Theiss.  

“He would always make everything fun. He was just a positive person,” Hoel said.  

Hoel said he and the Theiss brothers would often drive around together. He recalled Theiss taking him to Kings Island Amusement Park.  

“He just had an outgoing spirit. He was fun to be around,” Hoel added.  

Hoel said he was less familiar with Mousa. He said Mousa and Theiss became friends after Theiss moved to the area from Gratis, a village in Preble County.

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UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.

A 17-year-old Springboro boy who died in a crash Thursday night was identified as Noah J. Theiss. He was a passenger in a Honda Accord driven by Hosney Mousa, 15, of Centerville, that crashed about 8:10 p.m., on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road, in Clearcreek Twp. A rear passenger was identified as Faith N. Armbuser, 16, of Springboro, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m. (May 26) 

A 15-year-old was driving a car that crashed in Clearcreek Twp. and resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy from Springboro Thursday night. 

Around 8:10 p.m. Thursday, state troopers and medics were dispatched to a single-vehicle, rollover crash on Springboro Road near Red Lion-Five Points Road. 

A 2013 Honda sedan, driven by a 15-year-old male from Centerville, was traveling east on Springboro Road when the driver lost control, struck a utility pole and overturned several times, state troopers said. 

The crash ejected the front-seat passenger who was pronounced dead at the scene. Troopers identified the victim as 17-year-old Noah Theiss of Springboro. 

The driver was treated and released from to Dayton Children’s Hospital South Campus in Springboro. A back-seat passenger, a 16-year-old Springboro girl, was treated and released from Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m. (May 25)

One juvenile was killed and two others injured tonight in a rollover crash on Springboro Road in Clearcreek Twp.

“Upon arrival there was one fatality,” Sgt. Bryan Cook of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post said.

There were three youths in the car. The other two were taken to local hospitals with injuries described as not life-threatening, Cook said.

>>VIDEO: Trooper gives update on crash

UPDATE @ 9:25 p.m.

A crash with ejection tonight on Springboro Road turned deadly.

The Warren County Coroner’s Office is on scene.

There was at least one other injury reported in the crash.


Crews were called to a serious injury crash tonight in Clearcreek Twp. in Warren County.

The crash was reported around 8:15 p.m. on Springboro Road near Red Lion 5 Points Road. The road is closed in the area of the crash.

One person was reported ejected, and there was at least one other injury, with CareFlight initially placed on standby.

We have crews on the way and will update this report.

Seven injured in ‘accidental’ fire in Dayton high rise

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 6:07 PM

A blaze in an 11-story Dayton high-rise building injured at least five firefighters and two others and forced the evacuation of dozens Saturday at Park Layne Apartments near the Dayton Art Institute.

At least 60 firefighters dispatched on four aerial ladder trucks and eight fire truck pumpers and an array of support vehicles arrived to battle the blaze and evacuate residents as smoke billowed out of an eighth-floor window, scorching the side of the building just before noon Saturday.

Police officers and firefighters helped dozens of residents — many elderly or disabled — out of the high-rise complex in the 500 block of Belmonte Park North.

The Red Cross set up a temporary shelter across the street at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, said Bryan J. Adams, a Dayton Fire Department firefighter and public information officer. Dispatchers sent firefighters to the scene about 11:47 a.m.

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Fire investigators initial findings determined an accidental cooking fire started in the kitchen of an eighth-floor apartment, he said.

A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available, but smoke damage to the upper floors was expected to be “fairly extensive,” Adams said. Residents remained outside the building for hours Saturday waiting to return to their apartments. Authorities did not have an exact number of how many people the blaze forced out.

Park Layne resident Lucas Bechtel, 28, heard the fire alarm go off sometime after 11:30 a.m.

“It’s always one of those, ‘Is this the real one?’” he said. “We had one earlier this year that was just like a small cooking fire, no big deal.”

This time, he and his roommates learned it was serious.

“We get everything together, we came downstairs, we look up and we saw smoke billowing out of the eighth-floor apartment there,” he said. “It’s like, yeah, it’s a good thing we got going there because it was definitely pretty serious.”

Fellow roommate Laura Davidson, 25, quickly left her ninth-floor apartment.

“Basically, I heard the alarms go off and the first thing I did was grabbed my pet rabbit and stuffed him into his carrier and grabbed my purse and got ready to head downstairs,” she said, standing on a sidewalk as a parade of fire trucks formed a blockade and fire hoses snaked through the neighborhood. “I’m really happy that all of us are out. That’s all that really matters.”

One firefighter suffered smoke inhalation, another an arm injury and three more had heat exhaustion, Adams said. Three firefighters were transported to Miami Valley Hospital.

The extent of residents’ injuries were not immediately known, but none were apparently life threatening, officials said. One elderly woman wearing an oxygen mask was put on a stretcher and transported by ambulance for medical treatment.

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One man who identified himself as a son of a resident said he was told his mother had been cooking when apparently a grease fire started in her apartment. She evacuated safely, he said.

Dayton Police Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman said authorities went door-to-door to get residents out. When he arrived, he said he carried a woman who uses a walker down five flights of stairs.

“I wanted to make sure I could get to as many people as possible to make sure I could evacuate as many people as possible, and again, when that lady could not walk it was good I was there because we do not know what would have happened,” he said.

So many firefighters were at the scene off-duty Fire Department personnel were called in on standby at some city fire stations, Adams said.

A message was left Saturday with F&W Properties, which manages the high-rise building.

Staff writer Richard Wilson and Cox Media Group Ohio videographer DeAngelo Byrd contributed to this story.

4-vehicle crash traps 2 infants in car on its side in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 7:48 PM

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m.

A car carrying a woman and two infants turned onto its side tonight during a four-vehicle crash in Dayton.

Police said a Porsche driver headed south on North Gettysburg Avenue ran a red light, striking two cars at the intersection with North James H. McGee Boulevard. The Porsche then struck a third car in the north lanes of Gettysburg Avenue before fleeing, Dayton police said.

The occupants of another car involved in the crash also fled the scene, according to officers.

The two infants were momentarily trapped in the car. The babies and woman were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries, police said.

The crash remains under investigation.


One car was on its top tonight after a three-vehicle crash in Dayton.

The traffic crash was reported at 7:10 p.m. at North Gettysburg Avenue and North James H. McGee Boulevard.

It’s not clear how many people were injured, and the extent of their injuries.

Police are investigating the crash.