Huber Heights mom tragically loses 3-year-old son; now she helps other kids

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:53 PM

Huber Heights mom helping other kids

A Huber Heights mother watched her 3-year-old son lose the fight for his life this summer.

Now, she is continuing the fight in her little son’s memory to help other children in the area.

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“Christmas has been very hard ... I won’t lie. Every day is very hard,” said Brandi Stoll, whose son Hayden drowned five months ago in the family’s swimming pool.

Hayden Stoll

Now she said her son is living on through the work in their community, done through her church that worships inside the Wayne High School gymnasium each Sunday.

“I vowed to Hayden on his deathbed that I would help in any way I could to make one parent never feel this,” Stoll said.

Hayden died in July after he fell into his family’s pool. He was without oxygen for 20 minutes. After a week, Hayden’s family made the heartbreaking decision to remove him from life support.

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“If he can fight that fight, then I’m going to keep fighting in his memory,” Stoll said. “You never know what tomorrow’s going to bring.”

Stoll’s friend Jennifer Phillips of Beavercreek knows that all too well.

Her daughter Ella was diagnosed with cancer and beat it. But then a couple months ago, Ella relapsed.

“I had a need to do something for my friend Jen and her little girl, Ella,” Stoll said.

So she went to her pastor at Engage City Church and asked what they could do.

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Last weekend, the church delivered a “City Wish” winter wonderland for Ella and two other area children. For one magical evening, which included a special visit with Santa Claus, the kids could forget their battle with cancer.

“Brandi took the worst experience that could ever happen to a mother, to a family, and she didn’t let it break her,” Phillips said. “She let it make her stronger. And through her grief she’s able to give hope and love to so many others.” 

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Windy and cold tonight with chance for snow tomorrow

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:31 AM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6:44 PM

Falling temperatures and the chance for snow through mid-week.

>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


  • Few Showers Around Tonight
  • Windy and Turning Cold
  • Chance Rain to Snow Showers Tomorrow

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THIS EVENING/OVERNIGHT:  Cloudy and windy with scattered showers through the evening. Winds may gust as high as 30mph. Chance of a few showers remain through the night, but as temperatures fall some mixing with snow showers may occur by daybreak. Temperatures will fall from the 50s this evening into the upper 30s by morning.

5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs

TUESDAY:  Early scattered rain showers mixing with snow showers during the day, then changing to light passing snow showers before ending into the night. No snow accumulation expected. Temperatures will hold in the 30s through most of the day. Another blustery afternoon with winds gusting as high as 35mph. This will create wind chills in the 20s. Winds relax into the night and clouds break a bit with lows in the middle 20s.

>>5-Day Forecast

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, blustery and cold for Wednesday with a few flurries possible. Highs in the middle 30s, but feeling like the 20s.

>>County-by-County Weather

THURSDAY: A pleasant day expected for Thursday with mostly sunny skies and milder temperatures around 40 degrees.

FRIDAY:  Lots of sunshine in the morning will give way to clouds through the day. A mild afternoon with highs around 50 degrees.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy with the chance for rain showers on Saturday. Breezy and mild with highs around 50 degrees.

Solution met between Dayton food pantry and city officials

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:54 PM

With God’s Grace, a nonprofit food pantry was approved to operate again after a solution was met during a zoning administrative meeting Monday.

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The pantry, located at 622 Springfield St., will begin operations Jan. 31 under new plans.

“When I came out of the meeting, I felt relieved because I know that we got a solution. Our families are still going to be fed knowing that we’re right here in the food desert since the Food 4 Less happened. These families are not going to go without,” Executive Director Nicole Adkins said following her meeting with city officials.

According to Adkins, parking, a neighborhood concern, will change. 

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A new parking lot layout will be submitted for approval to the Board of Zoning Appeals on Feb. 27 to get their variance approved for their plans of the new staging areas. 

With God’s Grace was ordered to stop operating earlier this month by the city of Dayton because it did not have the required occupancy certificates. City officials said the pantry caused issues with lines outside and visitors parking haphazardly.

The pantry has seen longer lines since the fire at the Food 4 Less in Nov. 2017.

Alcohol use suspected in wreck of truck that slams into RR trestle in Dayton

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 4:38 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:47 PM

Livingston ave crash

UPDATE @ 4:41 p.m.: Fire/rescue crews have freed the person trapped in the wreckage on Livingston Avenue, at the RR trestle just north of Barstow Avenue, in Dayton.

Both victims are males who a fire official said suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Alcohol is suspected as crews found beer cans in the truck. Police are continuing their investigation.


One person remains trapped in the wreckage of a pickup truck that slammed into steel beams of the railroad trestle on Livingston Avenue just north of U.S. 35 in Dayton. 

A second person in that vehicle has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

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Crews are working to free the individual trapped in the truck. The conditions of the victims are not known. 

Police and fire rescue units were dispatched just after 4 p.m. on a report of a vehicle accident with possible entrapment. 

We have a crew on scene. We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news. 

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Arrest ends standoff with police, SWAT in Greenville

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
Updated: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 7:40 PM

(Courtesy/Clinton J. Randall/for
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UPDATE @ 7:35 p.m.: A person has been taken into custody from the SWAT search of a home on 12th Street. 

Police and the special tactics team had been at the residence, in the 300 block, at least 3 hours, a resident tells us. 

We're working to find out more details about today's standoff and arrest.


There is a standoff occurring at this hour at a house on 12th Street. 

Clinton J. Randall, a reporter affiliated with our news partner in, is on scene and reports that tear gas has been used. 

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He also said it appears police are about to enter the house.

A resident in the neighborhood tells us police have ordered people to remain in their homes. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with for breaking news.

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