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Cold no problem for American buffalo; other farm animals need extra care

Published: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 8:46 PM

What farmers should know to keep their animals safe in freezing temps

Farm animals aren’t immune to the cold, but some can handle it better than others.

The Jersey cows on Dave Linkhart’s farm near Xenia started growing their thick hide back in the fall. And his herd of American buffalo has 10 times the number of hairs per square inch compared to the cows.

“They’re acclimated to this. Especially the bison,” Linkhart said of the native species. “They don’t even come in. You’d give them a barn and they wouldn’t go into it.”

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Linkhart makes sure his herds are well fed through the winter because they need the extra calories to keep up their energy. He also constantly checks the water to make sure it isn’t frozen.

Some animals prefer to stay inside.

“Hogs don’t have that much hair, but as long as there are more than one of them, they’ll pile up to keep each other warm and they have a thick layer of fat on them, helps insulate their bodies as well,” Linkhart said.

Enjoying an afternoon outdoors, many horses on area farms were wearing blankets, some quite colorful.

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Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture said how well animals do in the winter depends a lot on how acclimated they are to Ohio winters. For example, horses born here are used to them, but horses brought in from warmer climates may  need some extra care.

Many local farm families, including Linkhart’s, have been taking care of animals for generations and know their livestock well.

“Again, it’s primarily important, you give them a place to get out of the weather and plenty of feed and water,” he said.

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Woman killed in Greenville fire identified by coroner

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 10:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

1 woman dead, two children in critical condition after fatal fire in Greenville

UPDATE @ 3:14 p.m. (Jan. 16):

The woman killed in the mobile home fire in Greenville over the weekend has been identified as Christina Haag, 38, of Greenville, according to the coroner’s office.

UPDATE @ 3:42 p.m. (Jan. 15):

Two children injured in the fire at the Colonial Mobile Home Community remained at Dayton Children’s Hospital on Monday afternoon, hospital officials said.

Officials at the Oakland Church of the Brethren, where the family attends, identified two of the injured children as Breanna, 14, and Trey, 12, according to a post on the church’s Facebook page.

A Dayton Children’s spokesperson said Breanna Wogerman was in critical condition and Trey Wogerman was listed in serious condition Monday.

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UPDATE @ 11:26 a.m. (Jan. 15):

The church where the father of the woman killed in Saturday’s fire at the Colonial Mobile Home Community attends is asking the community to come together to support the family.

“They called when that happened and we’ve just been trying to help them, walk alongside them in their time of need,” said Pastor John Sgro with the Oakland Church of the Brethren.

Sgro said the victim’s father reached out to the church for help after the woman, whose name has not been released by officials, and his three grandchildren were injured in the fire. Sgro also said the man staying with the family was burned after he went back in to save the children.

“They are a family of faith, but I think they are still in the shock moment,” the pastor said.

According to Sgro, the youngest child is at home recovering and the two others were still being treated for their injuries at Dayton Children’s Hospital.

“They are stable from what I’ve heard,” Sgro said.

UPDATE @ 12:10 a.m. (Jan. 14)

A man awakened by fire inside his family’s mobile home early Saturday went back in multiple times to try to save a woman and three children.

The man and three children, ages 6 to 14, escaped the fire reported around 2:30 a.m. in the Colonial Mobile Home Community in Greenville.

A woman was trapped inside and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman’s name has not been released.

The fire’s cause is not determined but is considered accidental, Greenville fire officials said.

The 6-year-old was treated and released from Wayne HealthCare. The older two siblings are in intensive care at Dayton Children’s Hospital, and the man is in intensive care at Miami Valley Hospital. Their names also have not been released.

UPDATE @ 12 p.m:

One woman is dead and two children are in critical condition after a fire occurred in a mobile home at a Greenville trailer park early Saturday morning.

Crews were dispatched to Colonial Mobile Home Community, located off Sweitzer Street, around 3 a.m., per initial reports.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, according to officials. 

A man and three children made it out of the home, but were taken to area hospitals.

The man was taken to Miami Valley Hospital on unknown conditions and three children were taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

One child was treated and released while the other two are in critical condition. 

The State Fire Marshall, investigators with the Greenville Fire Dept., a detective from the Police Dept, and the Darke County Coroner’s office are on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is not considered suspicious. There were also working smoke detectors inside the home. 

We’re working to learn more details on this incident. 

INITIAL REPORT

One person is dead and several others have been taken to the hospital after a fire occurred in a Greenville mobile home early Saturday morning. 

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The fire was reported around 3 a.m. in the Colonial Trailer Parker located off Sweitzer Street, per initial reports.

The cause of the fire still remains under investigation and fire marshals are expected to be on scene this morning. 

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

JUST IN: Dayton apartment residents able to stay after judge issues order

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 1:15 PM

Dayton police visited the Newcom apartment building in downtown Dayton last week after the building’s ownership was given an order to vacate if the heating system was not repaired. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF The boiler in the Newcom apartment building was shut down because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, city officials say. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Dayton police visited the Newcom apartment building in downtown Dayton last week after the building’s ownership was given an order to vacate if the heating system was not repaired. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF The boiler in the Newcom apartment building was shut down because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, city officials say. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

UPDATE @ 3:02 p.m.:

Judge Richard Skelton has issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the city of Dayton’s emergency vacate order for the Newcom building.  

Skelton said the building owner must purchase infrared heaters today for the remaining 18 tenants in the building.  He ordered that the building be available for inspection to the court.

Skelton said he will review the matter every two days and planned to inspect the building tonight.  “I will be watching this very closely,” Skelton said.

UPDATE @ 2:07 p.m.:

Judge Richard Skelton said he is willing to work with the building owner to avoid kicking residents out of their homes.

But he said he wants to know how quickly owner Howard Heck can acquire infrared heaters for the 18 residents who remain in the building. 

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About seven residents have moved out owing to the vacate order. 

Heck’s attorney at first said his client would order the heaters on Amazon, but Skelton said he wanted a quick and definite plan for obtaining the heaters. 

Skelton took a short recess in court to allow Heck time to try to figure out how he could get the heaters quickly. 

INITIAL REPORT:

The roughly 50 residents of a downtown Dayton apartment building who were ordered to vacate by Tuesday if the heating system was not repaired were awaiting the results of an emergency hearing this afternoon

Last week, city of Dayton housing inspection officials issued an emergency vacate order to residents at the Newcom Building, located at 255 N. Main St.

The building’s boiler was shut off because it was releasing dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, which can cause deadly poisoning.

Dayton crews discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the boiler room after responding to a medic call at the Newcom building.

RELATED: Dayton issues vacate order for downtown apartment building

The city told the building’s ownership it had to repair or replace the boiler by Tuesday or the building would be boarded up and all residents would be required to leave.

The building is not safe to live in because it does not have a functioning heating system, officials said, and the especially cold weather poses a threat to residents.

A small number of residents had moved out by Tuesday late morning, but most do not have any place to go and moving itself would be very difficult since some residents are elderly or disabled, said Bradley Brumit, who lives in the building.

Gun stolen in Miami Twp. store break-in

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 3:09 PM

The Miami Township Police Department is investigating a break-in that occurred early Monday morning at the Miami Armory on Kingsridge Drive. 

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According to police an alarm was triggered at 6:28 a.m. Monday and when officers arrived they found the front window of the business smashed.

After reviewing surveillance footage officers say four people entered the building and one weapon is missing from the store. 

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Police have not made any arrests and if you have any information regarding this crime you are asked to call Detective Nienhaus at 937-433-2815.

Dogs, cats rescued from burning Middletown duplex

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 9:33 AM

Weather hampers firefighters at Middletown house fire

UPDATE @ 12:44 p.m. (Jan. 16):

Steven Piersall, 33, of Middletown, said he was driving on Tuesday morning when he saw “a bunch of black smoke” coming from a Young Street residence. 

He quickly pulled his car off the road and ran to the front door. He heard women screaming and called 911 to report someone may be trapped inside the burning home. 

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Instead, he learned later, the screams were coming from neighbors who also saw the home at 1113 Young St. on fire. Piersall tried to knock the front door down, but was unable, he said. 

He said the front room was “fully engulfed in flames” when he arrived. When two police officers knocked the door down, several dogs, all smelling of smoke, ran out of the residence. 

Piersall put some of the dogs in his car to protect them from the freezing temperatures.

UPDATE @ 11:06 a.m. (Jan. 16):

No people were home when a duplex on Young Street caught fire Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the residence in the 1100 block shortly before 9:30 a.m.
Several cats and dogs were rescued from the house and the American Red Cross is assisting the residence.

Kevin Gordon, hugs his dog Leo, after Middletown Division of Fire rescued the dog from Gordon Home. Photo by Marshall Gorby

A cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Temperatures and icy conditions made a “tough job tougher,” said Middletown Deputy Fire Chief Dave Adams.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m. (Jan. 16):

Firefighters rescued at least two dogs from a duplex on Young Street after fire damaged the upper level of the building, according to officials.

It’s unknown if any injuries were reported.

INITIAL REPORT:

A fire has been reported at a residence on Young Street in Middletown this morning.

Firefighters responded to the 1100 block of Young around 9:25 a.m.

We’re working to learn whether any injuries have been reported.