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Local man shot, killed in theater shooting

Published: Friday, July 20, 2012 @ 10:30 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2012 @ 6:50 AM


            Shooting victim Matt McQuinn and girlfriend Samantha Yowler.
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Shooting victim Matt McQuinn and girlfriend Samantha Yowler.(Facebook)

In the chaos of one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history, one local woman’s brother and her boyfriend shielded her. She suffered a bullet wound to the leg, her brother escaped physically unharmed but her boyfriend was killed.

Siblings Samantha and Nick Yowler — both former St. Paris residents — were watching The Dark Knight Rises at a theater in Aurora, Colo., with her boyfriend Matt McQuinn when James Eagen Holmes reportedly kicked in an exit door, released canisters of pepper spray and opened fire.

At least 58 people were injured and 12 were killed, including McQuinn, a Vandalia-Butler graduate whose Springfield family agonized for hours Friday without knowing if he had survived or where he was.

He and Nick Yowler tried to shield Samantha Yowler with their bodies, according to the Yowlers’ grandmother, Elsie Windle of St. Paris. Nick Yowler called his mother, Ann Massie, at 3:30 a.m. to tell his family about the shooting.

“It’s been a difficult morning,” stepfather Scott Massie, the St. Paris fire chief, said Friday morning, his voice shaking before his wife boarded a plane to fly to Colorado.

Scott Massie said he spoke to his stepchildren while they were at the scene.

“Just total chaos,” he said of the reports they gave and what he heard. “Disbelief. Shock.”

Samantha Yowler underwent surgery and was reported in fair condition Friday.

Matt McQuinn’s family tried all Friday to find any information about his condition.

Springfield resident Stacie McQuinn, Matt’s stepmother, said the hospital would not confirm to Samantha Yowler what happened to him because they are not related.

“It’s minute by minute,” said Stacie McQuinn as she waited on a telephone update from his mother, Jerri Jackson, who traveled to Aurora Friday to find out what happened.

By Friday evening, the families retained attorney Rob Scott to speak for them.

“Both the Yowler and McQuinn families thank everyone for their concerns, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” Scott said. “The families ask for everyone to be patient and respect their wishes during this very difficult time.”

Samantha Yowler is a 2004 graduate of Graham High School, where she was in National Honor Society, earned a KTH Scholarship, was a blood donor and was involved in the high school’s Special Wish program. She attended Ohio State University until 2007.

She met Matt McQuinn, a member of Maiden Lane Church who graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 2004, at the Springfield Target store. Target officials declined to comment.

The two transferred to a Target in Denver, Colo., in November last year. Nick Yowler had already lived in Colorado for several years, said his grandmother, Windle.

“Samantha had moved out there last November” after her brother’s divorce, she added.

At Vandalia-Butler, Matt McQuinn was part of the Occupational World Experience program, where students attend classes for a minimum of three periods a day, then work the rest of the day at a job.

“I learned how to hold a job,” he said in his 2004 senior yearbook.

Before she left, Samantha Yowler was well known in the St. Paris neighborhood where she grew up.

“She was just very, very caring. She has a lot of friends,” said Talia Kauffman-Diaz, who grew up with Samantha and lived next door to the family as a child.

Diaz, who lives in St. Paris, was with Samantha Yowler from elementary school through high school graduation in 2004. Diaz said their families were very close, and a group of friends from the neighborhood all spent time together.

“She was there for me when my parents divorced, and I was there for her when she needed me,” said Diaz, who said she didn’t know Matt McQuinn well.

Diaz said there’s nothing organized yet, but she has been trying to get in touch with other childhood friends and with the Yowlers to determine what to do to help.

“It’s just, how shocking it is to come from this small town and have someone so loving and caring have something so tragic happen,” Diaz said.

Samantha Yowler and Matt McQuinn are popular in their new home in Colorado as well. Her Facebook page was full of wall posts wishing the best for the couple from people in Ohio and Colorado.

“They’re really fun people, we always go out together,” said Melissa Downen, a Colorado co-worker and friend to the couple. She said they’ve worked at Target for about six months. Downen added that everyone working there is consumed with worry over the couple.

“Everyone here is really close, and they really integrated well with the Target family,” she said.

People in the village of St. Paris reacted with shock to the news and reached for note cards to offer comfort to the family.

“You don’t feel a connection to this area, and then it really hits you,” Teresa Roberts said while having lunch with husband, Ken, at C.J.’s Pizzeria on Main Street.

“Another maniac out there,” said a customer in the Howard’s IGA in St. Paris, where store manager Mike Townsend said that before learning of the local connection “the one thing was worried was it was a terrorist.”

“This is awful and scary,” said Cheri Howard, who was treating two grandsons to ice cream at Howard’s Dairy Barn. “All these people did was go to a movie. It could have happened in Springfield. It could have happened in Urbana, I suppose. It makes you afraid to let your teenagers go to a movie,” she said.

Springfield, following a presidential proclamation released by the White House from President Barack Obama, will fly flags at half-staff until sunset on Wednesday to honor of the victims of the tragedy.

“It’s a very tragic event that’s taken place in Colorado, and we wanted to show our support as a community,” said Springfield city manager Jim Bodenmiller.

Wire reports and staff writers Michael Cooper, Marc Katz and Mark McGregor contributed to this story.

Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:26 AM

West North Street Arcanum

The Miami Valley is under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning until 8:15 a.m.

Storm damage has been reported in the area.

>> Heavy rain, gusty winds this morning; humid pattern continues

  • Westbound Kemp at Grange Hall Road in Beavercreek is shut down for a tree across the roadway as of 8:10 a.m.
  • At 10877 North Kessler Road in Piqua, a DP&L pole is reportedly on fire as of 8:06 a.m.
  • On Greenville St. Marys Road and Goubeaux Road in Darke County, trees and wires are down across the roadway as of 8 a.m.
  • On Union Boulevard and Wenger Road in Englewood, trees and poles are reportedly down across the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On Ohio 320 outside of New Paris in Preble County, the road is being shut down for trees down in the roadway as of 7:55 a.m.
  • On U.S. 127 just north of North Star in Darke County, a tree is reportedly down and is partially blocking the road as of 7:45 a.m.
  • On Rip Rap Road at Taylorsville in Huber Heights, a tree is reportedly down on the road as of 7:41 a.m.
  • In the 300 block of West North Street in Arcanum, emergency crews were dispatched on reports of a tree into a house at 7:15 a.m.  Initial reports indicate five people were in the home at the time and had to leave the home through the back door.

>> WHIO Interactive Radar

DP&L: More than 13K without power in the Miami Valley region

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:54 AM
Updated: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

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UPDATE @8:36 a.m.  

DP&L is reporting outages in the following areas: 

  • Greene: 3,490 
  • Montgomery: 8,505 
  • Preble: 23 
  • Miami: 755 
  • Darke: 117 
  • Shelby: 283 
  • Mercer: 233

UPDATE @8:26 a.m. 

Ohio Edison reports 586 Clark County customers are without power.

UPDATE @8:13 a.m. 

  • Montgomery: 10,205
  • Greene: 3,458
  • Darke: 965
  • Miami: 216
  • Preble: 17

UPDATE @8:03 a.m. 

Dayton Power & Light is reporting outages in the following counties: 

  • Montgomery: 9,896
  • Greene: 13
  • Darke: 958
  • Preble: 15
  • Miami: 187

EARLIER REPORT

Dayton Power and Light has reported power outages for the following counties: 

  • Darke: 949 
  • Montgomery: 14 
  • Preble: 14 
  • Miami: 3
We are working to bring you more information on this developing story. 

Bond $500K for Dayton sex offender charged in child rape case

Published: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 6:45 PM

Bond set for sex offender charged in child rape case

UPDATE @ 6:45 p.m. (July 20)

Bond was set today at $500,000 for a convicted sex offender indicted earlier this month on child sex charges.

>> Read the latest local stories in the Miami Valley  

Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton, appeared today in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. He is charged with six counts of rape of a child younger than 13; four counts of sexual battery; two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child younger than 13; and three counts of domestic violence.

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Brune did not make a plea, and next has a scheduling conference set for Aug. 1.

The case involves two children known to Brune, with incidents alleged to have happened in December 2016, according to prosecutors.

FIRST REPORT

A convicted sex offender has been indicted on several counts of rape involving children, according to a media release from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Michael Brune, 31, of Dayton was indicted Wednesday on six counts of rape of a child under 13, four counts of sexual battery, two counts of gross sexual imposition of a child under 13, and three counts of domestic violence. 

The incident occurred in December 2016, after the two victims, both under the age of 13 at the time, told their mother Brune had forced them to perform sex acts with him. 

“After the two minor children and the mother were attacked by the defendant, the victims were able to escape,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck said in the release.

Heck said Brune is a convicted sex offender after he was found guilty on a charge of gross sexual imposition in Clermont County. Brune, as a registered sex offender, was required to register his address and place of employment with the sheriff’s office, which prosecutors said he failed to do. 

Brune was also indicted on a separate charge of failure to register. 

“As parents, it is vitally important that instances of inappropriate sexual conduct are reported to law enforcement, as this parent did,” Heck said. “We all have a duty to protect children from sex offenders.”

Brune is scheduled to be arraigned on July 20. 

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OSHP: OVI checkpoint planned for Sidney

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 4:52 AM

PIQUA — Ohio State Highway Patrol announced an OVI checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m.  tonight till midnight on Wapakoneta Avenue in the City of Sidney.

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The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers and is a partnership between the OSHP and the Sidney Police Department, according to a OSHP news release. 

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The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol related injury and fatal crashes, according to OSHP.