Mom says child pricked by syringe from Kettering thrift store doll

Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:14 PM

Mom says child pricked by syringe in toy at thrift store

A Huber Heights mother is upset after she said her daughter was pricked with a syringe found in a children’s toy in a Kettering thrift store.

Siearra Kern said she was shopping in the Valley Thrift Store on Woodman Drive in Kettering last week when her daughter picked up a puppet and was pricked with a syringe.

“I didn’t even know how to react to that situation,” Kern said. “I just knew immediately to get her to the hospital.”

Kern said she and her 7-year-old daughter will have to wait at least a month before blood test results are available. She also says doctors said her daughter will have to have intermittent check-ups for about a year.

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Kern said her daughter was initially afraid because she thought she had did something wrong when she picked up the puppet. She said she tried to reassure her she had done nothing wrong.

“There should be no reason why she can’t pick up a stuffed animal at a thrift store and show me or her sisters and not be pricked by a needle,” Kern said. “That should never occur.”

Kettering police officer Matthew Barnes confirmed a needle and puppet were in police custody.

He said he hasn’t been involved with a situation like this, but acknowledged the incident is “serious” and “dangerous.” He also acknowledged there were questions the police department is looking into.

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“Did they not check the product, or is this something happening once the product has been put out?” Barnes pondered. “Is this something happening by employees, people shopping in the store? There’s a lot of questions we don’t have the answers to at the moment.”

Barnes said police encourage parents to act like Kern did by seeking immediate medical attention.

“You don’t know if anything’s been in it and if so, what? All you know is that potentially you’ve injected an outside agent into your body,” Barnes said.

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Judy Negrete, store manager at Valley Thrift Store, confirmed the incident and said the store is working with Kettering police regarding proper search techniques to find potential threats and to remain safe.

She also said the store tried to be proactive in handling the situation, admitting that she too did not know what to do in that situation.

Moraine police shooting vigil: Jamarco McShann’s death ‘senseless’

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:10 PM

Vigil for Jamarco McShann ends with balloon release

Community members and family gathered tonight for a candlelight vigil to remember a man shot and killed Friday in a Moraine police shooting.

Local activist, the Rev. Jerome McCorry, spoke at the vigil and said he represents the family of 23-year-old Jamarco McShann.

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“This was senseless,” he told the crowd in the Pinnacle Park lot that marked the spot where McShann was shot and killed.

Moraine police said he pointed a gun at them, which family members dispute.

Jamarco McShann

A large photo of McShann was held up at the vigil, which ended with a balloon release and a vow from organizers to seek justice.

“It’s about a bunch of scared cops who use the excuse ‘I feared for my life,’ ” McCorry said. “In the name of Jamarco a federal lawsuit will be filed.”

Pumpkin glow highlight of ‘Saturday Nightmare’ in Germantown

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 9:49 PM

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.
There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

There were 1,000 carved pumpkins alight during the “Saturday Nightmare” in historic downtown Germantown.

The second annual event began at 3 p.m. with activities for all ages, including a car show featuring 300 to 400 hot rods, carnival rides, games for children, Halloween costume contest, beauty pageant, food, beer truck and live entertainment.

“It’s nice for us to be able to give back to our community we love,” event co-organizer Dave Eshbaugh said.

There were 1,000 Jack-o-Lanters Saturday night, Oct, 21, 2017, for Germantown's Saturday Nightmare event.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The highlight of the “Saturday Nightmare” is the pumpkin glow, which this year featured 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns.

The festivities mark the final of four Saturday Night Out events, held the third Saturday of the month in June, July, August and October. Local businesses, sponsors and the city helps make the events a success, Eshbaugh said.

The summer events draw 2,500 each. But in October, the crowd is easily 5,000, he said, after one car show organizer came up with a Halloween theme.

“It became our flagship event,” he said. “It’s phenomenal for our community.”

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Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred said he opens the firehouse to the community and serves popcorn. It’s also an opportunity to interact with kids and teach fire safety.

“We think it’s great to have an event like this,” he said.

Homeless pets find families at SICSA’s free adoption event

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 8:26 PM

VIDEO: Dog is adopted during SICSA event

Free adoptions on Saturday helped give homeless pets find a furr-ever home.

The SICSA Pet Adoption Center in Kettering partnered with Wagner Subaru for the “Wagner Subaru Loves Pets” free adoption event.


Wagner Subaru and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals sponsored adoption fees of all animals.

The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals is the area’s first no-kill shelter that has served companion animals for more than 40 years.


More than 1,500 dogs and cats were adopted through SICSA in 2016, in addition to 3,400 low-cost spay and neuter surgeries, the agency reported.

The adoption center is open seven days a week at 2600 Wilmington Pike in Kettering

WB U.S. 35 reopens following crash; CareFlight call canceled

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 12:19 PM
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 1:04 PM

UPDATE @ 12:52 p.m.

Westbound U.S. 35 has reopened following a crash involving a car and semi, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said a call to CareFlight was canceled and the severity of the victim's injuries remain unknown.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.


U.S. 35 westbound near Jamestown is closed following a reported crash involving a semi Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 35 and Old U.S. 35 in Greene County just after noon. 

Initial reports indicate a person is injured after a crash involving a car and semi. 

CareFlight has been requested to the scene. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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