Local shooting victim’s family OK with plea deal

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 6:36 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 @ 6:36 PM

The stepfather of a local man who died in the Colorado theater shooting last year said it would not bother him if suspect James Holmes pleads guilty and avoids the death penalty.

“As long as he’s pleading guilty and it puts him in prison for life, I’m good with it. As long as he’s not walking the street, I don’t care,” David Jackson, 59, said.

Jackson is the stepfather of Matthew R. McQuinn, 27, who died trying to provide cover for his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, during the shooting. Yowler was shot in the leg but survived.

McQuinn, a Springfield native, graduated from Vandalia-Butler High School in 2004. The couple met at a Springfield Target store and moved to the Denver area in November of 2011.

Lawyers for shooting suspect James Holmes said Wednesday he would agree to plead guilty and serve the rest of his life in prison to avoid the death penalty.

The offer comes just days before the prosecution was set to announce whether they would seek to have Holmes put to death for the attack that killed 12 people and injured 70.

Prosecutors wouldn’t say Wednesday whether they’d go along with a plea deal, and likely will consult with victims and their families before deciding whether to accept the offer.

Police take woman into custody from reported stabbing in Riverside

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:35 PM

UPDATE @ 10:50 p.m.:  The woman involved in the reported stabbing remains in a Riverside police cruiser, which has left the scene. 

The male involved has been released by medics, did not require a trip to a hospital, and has returned to the address on Prince Albert Boulevard. 

Riverside police have declined comment.

UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.:  The woman is now in a Riverside police cruiser, in handcuffs, from the reported stabbing on Prince Albert Boulevard. 

A male walked to a medic unit. 

INITIAL REPORT

Police and medics are on the scene of an apparent stabbing in Riverside reportedly involving a woman who has wounded a male and now has the knife to her throat. 

Police were called to an address on Prince Albert Boulevard on a report of a victim stabbed with a butcher knife. They were dispatched about 10:10 p.m. 

>>RELATED: Springfield police continue to investigate shooting

People from the neighborhood are near the scene and police have called for extra officers for crowd control. 

There is no word about the victim's condition. 

We have a crew on scene and we will update this developing report. 

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Butler County deputies investigating apparent homicide near Hamilton

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 10:06 PM

One person is dead in an apparent homicide Monday night in St. Clair Twp., north of Hamilton. 

According to Butler County Sheriff's Dispatch, the sheriff's office was called about 6:41 p.m. on a report of a shooting in the area of Warwick and Eaton roads. 

The victim was found in the roadway, according to dispatch. The dispatcher had no information about the gender or approximate age of the victim, but said there is a crime scene. 

>>RELATED: Fatal crash in Butler County under investigation

We have placed several calls to the Butler County Coroner's Office and have been cut off. 

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We'll keep working to find out details about this incident. 

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Smoking not allowed at this local outdoor swimming pool

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 7:09 PM

The city of New Carlisle has banned smoking at its local pool, continuing the jurisdiction's promotion of a healthy environment. 

This ban is in accordance with the passed resolution implemented in late May 2016, prohibiting smoking around playground equipment, swimming pools, bleachers, and so on. 

Mayor Mike Lowry explained to News Center 7's James Buechele what prompted the change to provide smoke free areas. 

"We tried to-as a whole, at parks and especially at pools, promote a healthy lifestyle," said Lowry. "It's about getting kids out, getting families out to have a healthy lifestyle of getting exercise." 

Local residents appear all for the new ban and are providing good feedback. 

>>RELATED: Oakwood has an outdoor smoking ban

Janelle Loundenback, mother of four and avid pool goer is, "extremely excited" about the change. 

"Now when we're here at the pool we don't have to worry about getting second hand smoke, or kids stepping on cigarette butts and so forth. It just makes us a little more comfortable," said Loundenback. 

"I think it's a great idea, because it's definitely a child friendly place and there's really no need for anyone to be smoking," said Sarah Benable, nurse and mother of two. 

>>RELATED: Poll reports that most prefer smoke-free parks

Although Benable does not smoke, there are plenty of adults who do, but Lowry assures they will not be disregarded. 

"I know there are a lot of people out there that do smoke," said Lowry. "If they do come to the pool they can still smoke they just have to step out, out the front door, 15 feet away from the pool itself." 

Smokers who violate the rule will be asked to leave, but will not receive fines or penalties.

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Firefighters: Woman, two children safe after suspicious fire destroys Dayton home 

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 6:56 PM

UPDATE @ 8:09 p.m.

A woman and her two children are unharmed after a suspicious fire fully engulfed and destroyed the family’s Dayton home, according to district fire chief Peter Whitby.

The woman quickly got her boys and two pet dogs out of the house when she noticed smoke in a front room.

Whitby said the fire is under investigation as suspicious due to a report of a fire burning near the home shortly before flames spread to the attic.

The Red Cross has been called for the family as the home has been deemed a complete loss. 

Whitby said older homes in Dayton tend to burn more slowly than those built with modern materials.

“Those burn extremely fast (newer homes) but it’s not their fault it’s just current lightweight construction you’d find in a modern home.”

A neighbor told our news crew she witnessed a trash can on fire in the area shortly before the fire spread to the home.

Whitby said a fire investigator at the scene will continue to collect evidence as crews work clean up the scene.

UPDATE @ 7:35 a.m.

A woman and her two dogs are reportedly safe after a fire fully engulfed the Danner Avenue home they were in Monday evening. 

A neighbor in the area tells our crew she noticed a fire in a trash can at the house before the flames spread quickly. 

"I went to grab my house thinking I was going to do something and by the time I came back around the whole top of the house was smoking," Portia Williamson said. 

Williamson said a woman living at the house made it out quickly with her dogs before fire crews arrived. 

"I was concerned about my house because you can see how fast these things happen." 

The fire is now out, according to our crew, and firefighters are working to secure the scene. 

Our crew is working to learn what caused the fire and the extent of the damages.

INITIAL REPORT

Fire crews are arriving to the scene of a fully-engulfed house fire reported in Dayton Monday evening. 

Crews were dispatched to the 1300 block of Danner Avenue around 6:50 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate a house on the street is fully engulfed in flames. 

We have a crew heading to the scene to learn more from firefighters.

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