Church leaders: Lean on loved ones in wake of tragedy

Published: Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 8:02 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2012 @ 8:02 PM

Area church leaders on Sunday said the best way to deal with a tragedy like Friday’s shooting at a movie theater in Colorado which claimed the life of Springfield native Matt McQuinn is to spend time with loved ones and remember that God has a plan for our lives.

“There’s no better a reminder than an incident like this that life is short,” said Fellowship Church youth and campus pastor Jeremy Hudson, who developed a friendship with McQuinn while they were both members at Maiden Lane Church of God.

McQuinn, a Vandalia Butler High School graduate, his girlfriend, Sam Yowler, formerly of St. Paris, and her brother, Nick Yowler, also formerly of St. Paris, all attended a midnight screening of the “Dark Knight Rises” on Friday at a suburban Denver cinema in Aurora where a lone gunman entered the theater, threw gas canisters and opened fire on the crowd. He killed 12 people, including McQuinn who spent his last moments shielding his girlfriend from the bullets. There were 58 peole injured in one of the deadliest shootings in United States history.

In a time like this, Hudson said, it’s best to not let things go unsaid or unresolved with family members.

“There’s unsettled business in each one of us where we could stand to pick up the phone or go knock on a door and clear the air,” said Hudson, who had just run into McQuinn at Chipotle in Springfield a few months ago.

Tim Cary, worship pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church, said residents should rely on God in these times of need.

Cary also had a small connection to the shooting. He recently started following Jessica Ghawi, an aspiring sportscaster who also went by the name Jessica Redfield, on Twitter and saw her tweet about going to see the midnight showing. The next morning, he was shocked to hear she was one of 12 killed in the shooting along with McQuinn. Ghawi had recently survived shootings at a mall in Toronto last month.

Cary said hearing the news about Ghawi, who he only knew through social media, was an eye-opener.

“It was one of a bunch of tweets (about the movie), probably hundreds,” Cary said. “I remember reading that, and for me personally, you have to stop and realize that life is a vapor. We have plans and ideas and hopes and goals and dreams of what our lives are going to be, and we never really know where our next breath is going to come from.”

Two of McQuinn’s former band mates and friends said he exuded a lighthearted spirit even in the midst of having a bad day. Mark A. Robey, 29, of New Carlisle, and Aaron J. Snow, 29, of Springfield, said they all met at a youth study group at Maiden Lane Church in Springfield where they played together in a worship team band. McQuinn played bass guitar. Robey and Snow played the drums.

“He was always a happy guy,” Robey said. “There wasn’t a time where we got together that he wasn’t laughing. Even on bad days, when he was having a bad day, he would find the joy and laugh and lighten the mood.

“He was always thinking about other people,” Robey said. “He would drop anything he was doing to spend time with his friends.”

Aaron J. Snow, 29, of Springfield, similarly described McQuinn.

“Matt was a goofball,” Snow said. “He always had something funny to say, (he was) a guy to laugh with. One of those people to lighten the mood regardless of the situation.”

The two would spend hours talking and stay up playing video games into the “wee hours of the morning,” Snow said.

“He was a very good guy,” he said. “One of my closest friends. I don’t have very many, and he was definitely one of those.”

“That’s just where our friendship between all three of us got real solid,” Robey said.

Robey and Snow said they weren’t surprised by reports McQuinn used his body to shield Samantha during the tragedy.

“Matt definitely died a hero protecting Sam,” Snow said. “That’s definitely Matt, too. Didn’t surprise me when I heard that. He’ll drop everything if you need (him) to be with you.”

“I think when Matt had his mind set on something, he would do it, and if it involved a friend, or family member or someone he cared about, he would step up to the plate and help out,” Robey said. “I would say he definitely died a hero.”

Hudson said church officials from all walks of faith are ready to help area residents make sense of the tragedy.

“All it takes is the effort to reach out,” Hudson said.

Crews respond to 2 fires this week at same Miamisburg house

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:30 AM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 12:30 a.m. (Oct. 21)

The Miami Valley Fire District responded twice this week to fires at the same East Central Avenue address in Miamisburg.

A kitchen fire reported shortly after 9:30 p.m. brought crews Friday night. A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution because she was light-headed, battalion chief Glenn Jirka said.

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The property owner said there was a fire earlier this week to the detached garage, but that she did not want to provide further details about that incident.

Jirka said all fires are considered suspicious until a cause can be determined.

“There was a fire at this same address early this week,” Jirka said. “We’ll be taking a look at that but right now we don’t have any connection; we don’t have any reason to believe there is a connection.”

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The tenants who live in the two units are displaced because of the damage to the dwelling, Jirka said.

UPDATE @ 11 p.m.

A 21-year-old woman was taken to a local hospital tonight to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The property owner said there was a fire last week at the home’s detached  garage, though she would not provide further details about that incident.

The owner of the dwelling in the 700 block of East Central Avenue said there are three people who live on the first floor: an infant, the woman and the woman’s mother. There is one person who lives on the second floor.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to the Miami Valley Fire District.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

1 drug arrest but none for OVI at Dayton checkpoint

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

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UPDATE @ 1:45 a.m. (Oct. 21)

An OVI checkpoint Friday night led to one drug arrest but no arrests for impaired driving.

Dayton conducted two checkpoints, with a combined 251 vehicles that went through the checkpoint, according to a release sent early today by the Dayton Police Department.

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At the checkpoint at East Third and Terry streets, of the 137 motorists there were 11 diverted. Citations issued include six with a suspended license and eight with no driver’s license. In patrols around the checkpoint, there were five traffic stops that led to the drug arrest; one driver with no license and another with a suspended license.

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At the checkpoint at South Keowee and East Fifth streets, of the 114 motorists there were seven diverted. Citations issued include three for a suspended license; two for no driver’s license and one driver with temps who did not have a licensed driver in the car. Patrols around the checkpoint led to one stop with a misdemeanor warrant arrest, the release stated.

FIRST REPORT

OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends

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Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

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The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.

New Carlisle news photographer shot by deputy back at work

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 11:43 PM

New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.
New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, shows where a bullet went in through his torso and out the side while on the scene of an accident. He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 when a Clark County Sheriff's deputy said he mistook Grimm's camera for a gun.

Andy Grimm, the New Carlisle News photographer shot on the job by a deputy last month, was spotted working today at an accident scene.

News Center 7 photographer Jim Noelker this evening caught up with Grimm today when they both responded to a crash in New Carlisle.

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Grimm showed Noelker where the bullet entered on the left side of his torso and came out on his side.

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He was shot around 2 a.m. Sept. 4 by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jacob Shaw at a crash scene. Shaw said he shot Grimm because in the dark he mistook the tripod Grimm was carrying for a gun.