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Ohio woman was outside nursing home 8 hours before dying in cold

Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 6:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 1:38 PM



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A nursing home resident with dementia and a history of wandering off was outside in temperatures hovering around zero for about eight hours before staff members noticed she was missing and found her dead from hypothermia, a state investigation found.

The woman, who earlier in the day told a nurse's aide she was going home, went through a door into a courtyard even though she was wearing a monitor that should have set off alarms, the report said.

Two aides told investigators they did not do scheduled checks that night even though they were marked as completed, according to the Ohio Department of Health investigation.

A coroner determined that Phyllis Campbell, 76, likely died an hour or two after she went outside the Hilty Memorial Home in Pandora, roughly 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Toledo.

She was found in the courtyard about 30 feet from its doors the morning of Jan. 7.

The state's report said four workers had been put on leave, but the facility's owner said Wednesday that the employees involved are no longer with the organization.

Laura Voth, chief executive of Mennonite Home Communities of Ohio, said the nursing home also made changes to safety procedures.

"Let me restate that we are deeply saddened by this loss. We are grieving for the family and extend our heart-felt sympathy to them," she said.

The Putnam County sheriff's office has handed over the results of its investigation to the county prosecutor.

The state's findings say Campbell had wandered into the courtyard twice during the week before she died and that she got out of her room several times that day and said, "I'm going home."

Later that night, she went through a door to the courtyard with an alarm that should sound constantly for 90 seconds, the report said.

She also was wearing a device that should have detected when she was wandering the building, but tests later showed the sensors did not always work, the state's report said.

Staff members also told investigators the device didn't always work.

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8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 9:16 PM

8-year-old found with a gun in his backpack at local elementary school

UPDATE @ 8:44 p.m.:

The gun found in an 8-year-old’s book bag at Simon Kenton Elementary School was discovered at the end of the day before dismissal, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.

“As a parent and as a resident, you wonder if it’s safe to send your children to school and if they will return safely,” Nina Wiley of Springfield said to News Center 7’s James Buechele about the incident Tuesday.

UPDATE @ 7:36 p.m.:

The 8-year-old student who brought a gun to school in his book bag will face discipline in accordance with Springfield City School Districts student code of conduct, according to Superintendent Dr. Robert Hill.

Hill said he was proud of the staff at Simon Kenton for their quick response in ensuring the safety of the students. 

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INITIAL REPORT:

A student at Simon Kenton Elementary School brought a gun to school in his book bag on Tuesday according to Springfield Police. 

The 8-year-old told police that he thought another student was going to hurt him and that is why he had a gun. The gun was found unloaded by a teacher who was putting homework in the suspect’s backpack.  

Police responded to Simon Kenton Elementary School at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and arrested the student in question. According to police the suspect will be charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone.

No one was hurt in the process of securing the weapon and the student is currently in custody. We will update this developing story with the latest details as we receive them.  

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Beavercreek student arrested for threatening messages related to Florida shooting

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 8:19 PM

A Beavercreek High School student was arrested after reportedly making posts on social media about gun violence and the school shooting incident in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead.

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The student was placed in Greene County Juvenile Detention February 17, Beavercreek Police Department said.

The student was also linked to an animated video depicting a shooting with a caption that stated, “Don’t go to school tomorrow,” police said.

The reports regarding the posts came into police February 15, with the animated video report coming in on February 16.

Beavercreek police thank the individuals who reported the information and urge individuals to be vigilant and alert.

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Woman killed in front of 2 children, reward offered

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:04 PM

Reward offered for information after woman shot in front of children in Dayton

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of arrests of anyone involved in the shooting death of a woman shot in front of two children on Friday.

Keyona Murray, 22, died at Miami Valley Hospital after being transported from a home in the 100 block of Lorenz Avenue in Dayton, where she was shot in the head, according to police.

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Murray was sitting in the bedroom with her 2-year-old child, 2-year-old nephew and another adult when someone fired numerous gunshots into the house.

Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering the reward and said anyone providing tips can remain anonymous.

“We also know that in all likelihood, someone in the community knows who committed this heinous crime, so Miami Valley Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or arrests of anyone involved,” the organization said in a prepared statement. “Keyona succumbed to her injuries later that night, leaving many to mourn her loss after this senseless act of violence.”

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Rain returning, flooding threat increasing

Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 3:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:37 PM

The ground remains saturated across the Miami Valley. With more rain in the forecast, the threat for flooding will be on the increase. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist explains why so much rain is expected and the threat it will bring.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain, few storms late tonight
  • Chance for freezing rain early Thursday
  • More rain, heavy at times Friday into the weekend

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

This evening: Clouds will be on the increase with gusty winds. Temperatures will stay in the 70s. 

Tonight: Rain will develop, mainly after midnight. A few thunderstorms will be possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s by morning. It will remain breezy.

Wednesday: Rain likely. A rumble of thunder possible early, mainly south. Temperatures will fall through the 50s into the 40s by evening. As temperatures drop, rain may change to freezing rain late at night across the northern Miami Valley.

Thursday: Rain will be around in the morning and may begin as freezing rain, mainly north of I-70. Temperatures will start the day in the lower 30s and climb into the middle 40s. The afternoon should dry out.

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Friday: Rain returns. The rain may be heavy at times. It will be milder with highs in the upper 50s. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues.

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Saturday: Rain likely. The rain may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder will also be possible, mainly south. Heavy rain may lead to flooding issues. It will also become windy at times with highs near 60 degrees.

Sunday: There will likely be rain in the morning with clouds lingering into the afternoon. It will be windy with highs cooling into the middle 50s.

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