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.

Car crashes, strikes home in Dayton; driver flees

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

Car on its top Video

UPDATE @9:42 p.m.

A woman said she was inside her home watching television with her family when they heard tires squealing and a crash.

A car struck the house in the 800 block of Osmond Drive around 8:50 p.m.

No one in the house was injured. 

FIRST REPORT

Crews are investigating a rollover crash in Dayton.

The crash was reported around 8:50 p.m. in the 800 block of Osmond Avenue. The car came to a rest on its top next to a house.

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It’s unknown if anyone was injured.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Clouds and more snow expected over coming days

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Cool temperatures and snow are expected this week in the Dayton area.

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will fall into the 20s.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds return tonight
  • Chance for snow returns this week
  • Low temperatures remain

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clouds build in overnight, which will be cold with lows in the lower to middle 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle to upper 30s. There is the chance for a passing light rain shower in the afternoon, but most look to stay dry with a better chance for snow coming overnight into Tuesday. 

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> County-by-County Weather 

Tuesday Lake-effect snow showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

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Wednesday: A few flurries are possible. It's also going to be a cold day, with morning temperatures in the middle teens. Highs will only be in the middle to upper 20s. 

Thursday: The chance for more snow returns with highs in the middle 30s.

Friday: A few flurries are possible with highs in the lower 30s.

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Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m. (Dec. 10)

We're waiting to learn more information about a young girl who survived a crash that killed two of her family members.

The girl, who was restrained in a child seat, was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital with injuries described by troopers as not life-threatening. Troopers today said they did not have any updates on how she is doing, or if she is still in the hospital.

>> One dead after 2-vehicle crash in Butler County

The crash killed Carl A. Perry, 49, who was driving a pickup truck that overturned and crashed into a tree on Ohio 308 in Spring Valley Twp. The crash also claimed his passenger, 73-year-old Linda J. Davis.

It was snowing at the time of the crash and they were traveling on a downhill grade, but troopers have not yet confirmed the accident was weather-related. They did say alcohol is not a factor.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m.

A young girl is the lone survivor of a double fatal crash this evening in front of Camp Jabez in Spring Valley Twp.

Carl A. Perry, 49, of Xenia, was identified as the driver of a 2004 Ford F-Series pickup truck who was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Linda J. Davis, 73, also of Xenia, was taken with life-threatening injuries to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

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At the time of the crash, reported around 5 p.m., it was snowing and the pickup was headed north in the 3100 block of Ohio 380. The pickup struck a sign, overturned, struck a fence and then struck a tree.

“They were going down a downhill grade, so obviously it struck the tree with a significant amount of force,” Sgt. Richard Milstead said.

A young girl was restrained in a child seat. She suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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Neither adult was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.

Alcohol is not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Xenia Police Department, Spring Valley Twp. Fire and EMS, Xenia Twp. Fire and EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

The Greene County coroner has been called to a multiple-injury crash this evening in front of Gospel Mission on Ohio 380.

According to reports, there were as many as three people in a vehicle who were injured. At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, and another to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

It has not been confirmed whether the crash was weather-related.

FIRST REPORT

A serious-injury crash this evening has shut down a portion of Ohio 380 in the Spring Valley area.

The single-vehicle crash was reported shortly after 5 p.m. in front of Gospel Mission, 3191 Ohio 380. There were reports there were children in the car, and that occupants initially were trapped.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office said they were unable to confirm the severity of injuries.

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Updated: 2 inches of snow falls in parts of region

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 10:38 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

VIDEO: Snow falls in Beavercreek

A clipper brought snow showers throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, measuring as much as 2 inches in Piqua to ½ inch in Lebanon. Most spots reached about 1 inch. In all areas, the snowfall led to numerous crashes and slide-offs as roadways became slick.

Snowfall Totals(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)
Following are snowfall totals reported as of 11 a.m., Dec. 10, by the National Weather Service in Wilmington:
  • 2 inches Piqua (Miami County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.7 inches Dayton International Airport, reported at 12 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1. 5 inches Englewood (Montgomery County), reported at 12:42 a.m.
  • 1.5 inches Celina (Mercer County), reported at 12:21 a.m.
  • 1.5 inches Greenville (Darke County), reported at 7:03 p.m. 
  • 1.4 inches Springfield (Clark County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.4 inches Fairborn (Greene County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.3 New Carlisle (Darke County), reported 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.2 inches Centerville (Montgomery County), reported at 9:05 p.m. 
  • 1.1 inches in Wilmington (Clinton County), reported at 12 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Eaton (Preble County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Versailles (Darke County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Waynesfield (Auglaize County), reported at 12:15 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Wapakoneta (Auglaize County), reported at 12 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Springfield (Clark County), reported at 11:47 p.m.
  • 1 inch Maustown (Butler County), reported at 9:17 p.m.
  • 1 inch Richmond (Wayne County, Ind.), reported at 8 p.m.
  • 1 inch West Alexandria (Preble County), reported at 7:58 p.m. 
  • 1 inch Urbana (Champaign County), reported at 7:56 p.m. 
  • 1 inch Xenia (Greene County), reported at 7:37 p.m. 
  • 1 inch Sidney (Shelby County), reported at 7:15 p.m. 
  • 0.8 inch Houston (Shelby County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.8 inch Bellefontaine (Logan County), reported at 11:51 p.m.
  • 0.7 inch Maineville (Warren County), reported at 9 p.m.
  • 0.5 inch Huntsville (Logan County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch St. Paris (Champaign County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch Farmersville (Montgomery County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch New Lebanon (Montgomery County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch Fort Loramie (Shelby County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch Lebanon (Warren County), reported at 7:58 p.m. 
  • 0.5 inch Liberty Twp. (Butler County), reported at 6:15 p.m. 
  • 0.2 inch Kings Mills (Warren County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)