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Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 10:36 PM
Updated: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 1:12 PM
WEST CARROLLTON — UPDATE @ 4:10 p.m. (Jan. 2, 2017):
The shooting deaths of John and Alma Smelko appears to be the result of a murder-suicide.
Alma Smelko, 83, of West Carrollton, died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.
John Smelko, 83, of West Carrollton, died of a gunshot wound to the torso and his death has been ruled a suicide, the coroner’s office said.
Police said there are no suspects in the case and the added the public does not have any reason to be concerned following the shooting.
INITIAL REPORT (Dec. 31, 2017):
Two people were found dead in a home on Enxing Avenue in West Carrollton Sunday night and police are saying there is no immediate cause for concern for residents in the area, according to David Wessling, Deputy Chief of the West Carrollton Police Department.
John and Alma Smelko, of West Carrollton, were removed from the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and autopsies are scheduled for the two victims Tuesday, the coroner’s office said.
Wessling said the department is not searching for any suspects in the case, however stopped short of saying what led to the deaths of the 83-year-old victims.
Officers responded to the 300 block of Enxing Avenue around 10 p.m. after dispatchers received a call from a relative of the victims saying he discovered them unresponsive, according to dispatch reports.
According to initial reports, the person who reported the incident said they found a handgun on the scene.
“He has located a handgun on the floor,” dispatchers told officers responding to the scene.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:21 PM
DAYTON — The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility.
"We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, 5370 Dayton-Liberty Road.
"They've made the decision, which means we don't count,” she told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Wednesday evening. “That's just how it is."
Stone, Mount Carmel Pastor Chad White and Omega Baptist Church Pastor Daryl Ward offered their reactions -- as well as the reactions of the communities they serve -- in the wake of Premier Health's announcement Wednesday morning that Good Samaritan Hospital will be closing by the end of the year.
Stone, a member at Mount Carmel for 50 years, said her three daughters and four grandchildren were born at the hospital. She was a patient there, as was her grandmother and late husband. Stone said Premier officials should have come to the community and at least given the community a chance to react.
"If they had come to the community a year or two ago and said, 'we're planning on closing Good Samaritan Hospital and what do you guys think?' At least that would have been a good faith thing if they could have acted like they cared. But they didn't," Stone said.
Pastor White, who also is executive organizer with SCLC Dayton, echoed Stone's sentiment. He, too, has been a patient at Good Samaritan and worries about access to healthcare because that while Miami Valley Hospital is five miles away, the distance can be great if one doesn't have adequate transportation.
"I don't know the numbers, I don't know the fiscal issues the hospital is facing, but I do know it will be a great void," White said. "There will be a great abyss that will take place once Good Samaritan leaves that part of the city.
"There are great concerns in the community about jobs, access to adequate healthcare," he said. "And, is this systemic racism? Is it intentional disinvestment in the west Dayton area on the heels of all the other things that west Dayton has come through?
"Does corporate America have a moral compass or a social conscience to say that 'we need to look at areas that are being impacted above and beyond any other areas' and say, 'do we take some loss or do we take some hit to stay because we have a moral conscience as a corporate citizen in the city of Dayton?' "
White said the news of the closing "literally took the wind out of my sails."
Pastor Ward called the news "devastating."
His edifice is right down the street from the hospital, which is at 2222 Philadelphia Drive in northwest Dayton.
He said the leaving is not a new concern. "This has been a part of the ongoing devastation that's been going on in this community. I'm angry at the leaders of our community in terms of why can't we think about the best for the community."
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 10:01 PM
NEW CARLISLE — Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a tax request to support the city’s fire and emergency medical service.
In a special meeting held at 7 p.m. in the Smith Park Shelter House, the council and Chief Steve Trusty discussed the needs of the city's fire department.
Trusty cited low pay for personnel and rising costs of equipment among the department's challenges.
If certified, the 3-mill, five-year levy would be be placed on the May 8 ballot.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 9:04 PM
CINCINNATI — In celebration of the first birthday of Fiona — the premature hippopotamus who beat the odds and captured hearts around the globe — fans will get a chance to win a one-of-a-kind “Hippo Kiss” painting, and become an official Fiona parent.
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is marking Fiona’s first birthday with a special ADOPT (Animals Depend on People Too) promotion. ADOPT parents help provide food, toys and fun enrichment items to the zoo’s animal family.
Anyone who “adopts” Fiona will be entered into a drawing to win “Hippo Kiss,” the purple peck on canvas created by Fiona herself.
Fiona’s First Birthday ADOPT promotion ends Feb. 7, and the drawing is at noon Feb. 8. The winner will be contacted directly, according to the zoo.
Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:11 PM
KETTERING — Police are continuing to look for two males who committed a home invasion robbery on Hazel Avenue.
Investigators don't know what led the invaders to pick the home they did Wednesday afternoon, Kettering Police Patrolman John Jung said.
According to the preliminary investigation, the two males forced their way inside just before 4 p.m., knocked down the resident and took property, Officer Jung said.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton to close
A K-9 unit was called to the scene as part of the investigation and he said police are interviewing neighbors, hoping to get a description of the robbers.
Jung asked that if you have information you believe will help in this investigation, please call Kettering police at 937-296-2555.