Chief: Springfield Twp. firefighter who lost leg to come back stronger

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Updated: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

David Noble is retired from the Air Force. Contributed photo
David Noble is retired from the Air Force. Contributed photo

A friend of the firefighter whose leg had to be removed after he was hit by a car said he’s in good spirits as he gets treated in the hospital.

David Noble, 72, was responding to a crash at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Fairfield Pike when he was struck and pinned against a car. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital and his leg had to be amputated. He remained in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.

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“It affects everybody. It affects all the members,” former Springfield Twp. Fire Chief John Roeder said.

Roeder still volunteers as a firefighter and was chief when Noble was sworn in as a firefighter about two years ago. The crash has been hard on all the firefighters, Roeder said, but he’s confident Noble will recover quickly.

“It’s life altering. No one’s going to say it’s not,” Roeder said. “But I think with his attitude, his mentality, that he’ll probably come back stronger.”

Troopers said Noble responded to the crash in his personal vehicle and was the first on scene. It’s no surprise to Roeder that Noble stopped to help. Noble is also retired from the Air Force and an experienced rescue diver.

“If there was an accident and no one was there yet, he would stop and offer assistance,” he said. “Just like any of us would. That’s what we’re trained to do.”

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The fire department and township communities have come together to support Noble, Roeder said. People have dropped off cards and flowers to the hospital.

“The support will be there because that’s just what we do,” he said.

A spot for Noble will be open in the fire department when he’s ready to return, Roeder said.

A neighbor near the intersection of U.S. 68 and Fairfield Pike who didn’t want to give her name said the high speed on U.S. 68 has caused many crashes. She has seen many speeders in the area and said she would like to see the intersection redone.

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Data from the Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee shows that since 2007, there have been 29 crashes near that intersection.

Of those crashes, 14 involved injuries. That’s a high number of injury crashes, according to TCC Transportation Director Scott Schmid, but it’s probably because of the high speeds on U.S. 68.

Fatal accidents have happened in the area in the past, Schmid said, but not close enough to the intersection to be counted in the crash data.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash to determine if the driver who hit Noble was distracted and if the weather contributed to the accident. Investigators don’t suspect drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, according to Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post Commander.

The driver may face charges, Aller said.

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Texas officer arrested, accused of stealing $830 in groceries from Walmart

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 2:41 PM

SECAUCUS, NJ - NOVEMBER 20:  Shoppers enter the Wal-Mart store November 20, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. 
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SECAUCUS, NJ - NOVEMBER 20: Shoppers enter the Wal-Mart store November 20, 2007 in Secaucus, New Jersey. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

A police officer in Texas has been arrested, accused of stealing over $800 in groceries from a Walmart, law enforcement officials said.

Christopher Hankins, 30, is a Dallas Police Department officer, WFAA reported. He was arrested at a Denton County Walmart Wednesday, accused of leaving the store with $830 in groceries and not paying for them.

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The store's manager told police that Hankins was wearing his police department jacket, and spent almost three hours in the store, acting suspiciously. Arresting officers reported smelling alcohol on Hankins' breath.

Hankins has been with the Dallas Police Department since 2014, WFAA reported. He has been placed on administrative leave pending and investigation.

Police: Self-professed ‘voodoo priest’ arrested in death of Ollie the pit bull

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 1:11 PM

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Palm Beach Post
Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.(Palm Beach Post)

A man, who Florida detectives believe fatally stabbed and left a pit bull named Ollie in a suitcase is behind bars.

Brendan Evans, 31, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty Wednesday, the Palm Beach Post reported. 

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Hollywood police said that DNA evidence left on the suitcase is what linked Evans to the Oct. 11 crime, where Ollie was found behind an abandoned building with 30 stab wounds and died days later. 

During the investigation, Evans allegedly told police that he was “a voodoo priest” and it was “his right to kill” animals if he wanted, according to WPLG

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Detectives reportedly found rats with their scalps removed, cat paws and blood in Evans’ refrigerator, the Palm Beach Post reported. There was also a CrimeStoppers poster of Ollie ripped in two, WPLG reported.  

“We will not tolerate any form of animal cruelty or violence in our city. Each reported case of animal cruelty, be it physical abuse or neglect, is disturbing, and this case is particularly heartbreaking,” said Acting Police Chief Chris O'Brien. “We were all pulling for Ollie to survive, but unfortunately he didn't make it. However, due to our investigation, we are now able to provide justice for Ollie.” 

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Man cited after fight with older man over handicap parking space

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

A Massachusetts man was cited after a dispute over a handicap parking space.
A Massachusetts man was cited after a dispute over a handicap parking space.(

An altercation over a handicap parking space in front of a Boston Market was caught on camera Wednesday afternoon.

The 11-second video, which was shared across Facebook and with Boston 25 News, shows a younger man push an older man, knocking him to the ground.

The altercation started because the younger man, who isn’t being identified because he isn’t facing criminal charges, was sitting in his truck in a handicap parking spot.

When the older man approached him with his handicap placard in hand and asked for the space, things turned physical.

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“All he said was ‘my car is running and I’m allowed to sit here,’” Marcie, the woman who recorded the video, told Boston 25 News. “The word entitled is exactly what came to my mind at the beginning.”

In the video, Marcie can be heard telling the men she recorded what happened and was going to call 911, but that apparently didn’t stop it from continuing.

“After the older gentleman was on the ground, he got back up and they started to fight again, actually worse. I wish I got that (on) film,” she said.

The Swampscott Police Department tell Boston 25 News officers responded to the altercation. Officers say the man who was knocked to the ground declined to press charges, but the younger man was issued a citation for illegally parking in a handicap spot.

Xenia man is fatality in 3-vehicle Greene County crash, OSHP says

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 12:54 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 7:20 PM

SKY 7 FOOTAGE: Driver, dog killed in 3-vehicle crash in Greene County

Authorities have identified the man who died in a three-vehicle accident in Greene County Wednesday afternoon.

Zachary McDaniel, 25, died at the scene of the crash at Clifton Road and State Route 72, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said in a statement.

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One of two dogs in the vehicle with him was killed as well. 

He was wearing a seat belt when he drove his white Isuzu Rodeo onto 72 from Clifton Road and was hit by a Ford dump truck headed south on 72.

McDaniel’s vehicle continued forward after impact and struck a semitrailer headed north on 72.

Robert Thornton Sr., 73, of Dayton, was driving the dump truck. He was checked at the scene for injuries.

Waylon Throckmorton, 35, of Lucasville, the driver of the semitrailer, was not injured.

Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, according to the state patrol.

A medical helicopter was initially placed on standby.

S.R. 72 and S. River Rd. in Miami Twp. in Greene County. A three vehicle crash is reported. Google Map
Man, dog killed in Greene County crash