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.

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.

>> PHOTOS: Winter comes early

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

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

>> How much snow fell on Saturday?

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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.

>> SkyWitness7

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.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar

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.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

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)