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Pet owner turns over every rock for return of pet turtle

Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 8:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 8:06 PM

More than a week of signs, newspaper ads and a pet detective paid off Tuesday for an Oakwood woman searching for a missing 10-year-old turtle.

An open sliding patio door allowed Nike, a 10-inch long Red-Earred Slider Turtle, to escape her Oakwood home on July 22, according to Nike’s owner, Samia Borchers, a local dermatologist. “My husband opened it slightly for air,” Borchers said. “He did not calculate that the turtle could go through sideways, which is what happened. The turtle fell about four feet to the ground and took off from the balcony.”

Borchers took out ads, offered a $100 reward, and hired a Cincinnati pet-tracker - who charges around $600 for his services, not including travel time - to come to Oakwood and follow Nike’s trail. All, until Tuesday, for naught.

Then Jonathan Patterson, 27, of Kettering called. He found the turtle while driving on Far Hills Avenue on July 23. “I wanted to stop and help this turtle before it got ran over so we stopped traffic. Held everybody up, went and got the turtle,” Patterson said.

He contacted Borchers on Tuesday evening after an acquaintance told his stepmother about the lost turtle ad she saw in the Dayton Daily News. The stepmother then called Patterson.

“I’m an animal lover. Animal, people, life,” Patterson said of why he stopped for the turtle. “If somebody is in need I can’t really help but stop and do what I can.”

Borchers was already moving through the grieving process. “I was just starting to accept the fact that someone nice picked her up,” she said Tuesday. “I was hoping that a nice person either kept her as a pet or put her in a lake. I just can’t believe it. The chance of her making it back home, is unbelievable.”

When Patterson met Borchers at her house she called him a hero and told him he would receive a $100 reward. “I just did what anybody would do for a hurt creature. I took it in and helped it. I don’t know if that’s heroic, but I am glad I could be a hero for somebody,” Patterson said.

Samia Borchers husband, William, said his wife had not spoken to him for days because of the missing turtle.

“She’s thrilled to have her turtle back. I’m thrilled too for her,” William Borchers said.

“I’m surprised that (the turtle’s disappearance) upsets me as much as it did,” Borchers said prior Nike’s return. She admitted that some might find her actions to get Nike back as a waste of time, but they are mistaken. “You can think of a dog and a cat that way. I feel like I have always taken care of this turtle. I just feel like its not getting cared for right now.”

Borchers went so far as hiring Jim Berns of Pet Search and Rescue to help find Nike. “In five years, we’ve had no calls for turtles and in the last month, we’ve had two,” said Berns, a pet detective based in Cincinnati. He used a coon hound and then a blood hound to track Nike’s scent to Far Hills Avenue.

Nike was a gift from a family friend in Florida who drove the little turtle to Ohio 10 years ago. At the time, Borchers was seeking a turtle for her daughter after two previous ones had died.

Borchers even took the turtle on walks in the neighborhood, sometimes turning him sidewides so people would think she was a purse. She feared if she didn’t, they would stare.

When asked if hiring a pet detective to search for a turtle was going to the extreme, Berns said, “Love doesn’t make any sense. When you are attached to your pet, it becomes a member of your family…(My clients) are really really attached to their pets.”

Red-Earred Slider Turtles cost about $15. They are regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and owners must pay $25 each year to renew their permit to possess once, since it is a native reptile, said Ron Ollis, ODNR’s Law Enforcement Program administrator.

Tree falls on Arcanum home as severe weather moves through

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

Huber Heights crews are working to clear and tree that fell across Rip Rap Road

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.
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  • 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: Close to 15K without power in the Dayton region

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

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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.