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.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:10 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:10 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

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Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

HAMILTON COUNTY

  • Brent Spence Bridge will have two lane closures and certain entrance/exit ramps will be closed for 60 days starting June 26.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • Old Dayton Road between Diamond Mill Road and Lutheran Church Road in Trotwood will be closed for road repair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 27. Local traffic will be maintained. All other traffic will be re-routed.
  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lanes will remain open.
  • I-70 between Preble County Line Road and South Kimmel Road, overnight lane closures June 12th – August 31st between 6 pm and 7 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 741 at Austin Boulevard, Intermittent lane closures and construction work May 22nd – August 25th.  
  • SR 49 between SR 721 and US 40, lane closures June 12th – July 31st between 7 am and 7 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 202 between Troy Villa Boulevard and Chesam Drive, Traffic pattern shift May 15th – July 21st. All southbound traffic will be shifted to the northbound side of SR 202. There will be one southbound lane and one northbound lane operating on the northbound side of SR 202.
  • Shroyer Road between Gainsborough Road and East Dorothy Lane will be repaved and reconfigured from June 9 through at least October. Once the project is completed, Shroyer Road will be reduced to three lanes. 
  • Ludlow Street Ramp to westbound US 35 in Dayton, ramp closure May 12th – August 9th. The suggested ODOT detour is: Washington Street to US 35 west.
  • Hoover Avenue between Gettysburg Avenue and Elmhurst Road in Dayton will be closed starting April 3 until early June for water line construction. The construction will also impact the intersection of Hoover and Gettysburg avenues and drivers should expect congestion and delays. Detours will be posted. 
  • Bridgewater Road between Taylorsville Road and US 40, bridge closure May 15th – September 12th. The official detour is: Bridgewater Road to Taylorsville Road to Rip Rap Road to Little York Road to Brown School Road to US 40
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • Piqua-Troy Road between Statler Road and Eldean Roadbridge closure April 12th – October 12th. The official ODOT detour is: Piqua-Troy Road to West Peterson Road to CR 25A to Eldean Road to Piqua-Troy Road.

GREENE COUNTY

CLARK COUNTY  

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, ramp closure April 19th – October 31st. The official detour is: I-675 to SR 444 to I-675 north.
  • SR 4 Ramp to Enon Road, ramp closure June 13th – 25th The suggested detour from ODOT is: SR 4 to SR 369 to SR 4 to Enon Road.
  • SR 4 between I-70 and Enon Road, lane closures June 13th – 25th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Enon Road Ramp to SR 4, ramp closure June 13th – 25th. The suggested detour from ODOT is: SR 4 to SR 369 to SR 4 south
  • SR 565 between SR 29 and Houston Pike, Daily lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

DARKE COUNTY 

  • US 36 between US 127 and SR 48, Lane closures April 24th – June 30th. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 121 between Arnold Street and Fairview Avenue, Daily lane closures April 24th – September 1st between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • US 127 between US 36 and Kruckeberg Road, Daily lane closures June 12th – August 25th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 118 between SR 47 and the Mercer/Darke County line, lane closures June 16th – July 14th between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 726 between Preble County Butler Township Road and East Washington Street, lane closures June 15th – July 21st between 6 am and 6 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY 

  • US 36 between Berwick Drive and Dugan Road, road closure April 10th – July 10th. The suggested ODOT detour is: SR 814 to SR 296 to US 68.
  • US 36 between SR 814 and McMahill Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction..
  • US 36 between Bollinger Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures June 12th – August 31st between  7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 54 between SR 4 and Brigner Road, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 55 between Elm Tree Road and Edgewood Avenue, lane closures May 22nd through September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • SR 296 between SR 29 and SR 814, lane closures May 22nd – September 30th between 7 am and 5 pm. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • Amsterdam Road between CR 25A (Sidney) and Heiland Kies Road, road closure May 15th– August 15th. The official detour from ODOT is: Amsterdam Road to CR 25A to SR 274 to Heiland Kies Road to Amsterdam Road

 

 WARREN COUNTY
  • I-71 south between Wilmington Road and State Route 123 will have various nightly closures from 7:30 p.m. June 26 until 6 a.m. the following day. These lane closures will be in place nightly through July 1.

‘Adverse chemical reaction’ at Vandalia business sends 15 to hospitals

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 12:16 AM
Updated: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 1:28 AM

UPDATE @ 1:25 a.m.:  An “adverse chemical reaction” sent 15 workers from  All-Service Plastic Molding to area hospitals, none suffering from life-threatening injuries, Vandalia Fire Chief Chad Follick said.

“When crews arrived, we found the building being evacuated,” Follick said. “We also found victims complaining of respiratory-type irritation -- eyes, some headaches.” 

According to the preliminary investigation, he said, some materials they were working with “off-gassed” during a process in the plant and caused some noxious fumes resulting in the 15 people having to be taken to hospitals. 

“It’s not anything they could have prevented,” the chief said. “It just happened.” 

Fire crews ventilated the building and turned it over to company managers. Follick said he believes the second shift will run as it normally would. 

Company managers did their job and made the job of the fire/rescue crews easier, he said. 

The Dayton Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team was called and consulted, but did not respond because the HAZMAT official felt the fire crews had the situation well in hand, Follick said.

UPDATE @ 12:54 a.m.:   

As many as 15 victims have been taken to hospitals from the HAZMAT incident, according to an updated count from one of the fire chiefs on scene. 

UPDATE @ 12:23 a.m.:  

We're hearing there are at least eight victims who have been taken to various hospitals from the HAZMAT incident at All-Service Plastic Molding in Vandalia. 

Two have been taken to Miami Valley Hospital, two to Grandview Medical Center, three to Good Samaritan North Health Center and one to Huber Heights Health Center.

We’re hearing that acetal is the chemical workers at ASPM may have inhaled. 

According to ULprospector.com, a global independent safety science company, acetal is a thermoplastic. 

Acetal resins are among the strongest and stiffest of all thermoplastics and are available in fiber reinforced and lubricated molding grades as well as extruded shapes for machined parts.

INITIAL REPORT

Fire/rescue crews are tending to several people who have fallen ill in a reported hazmat situation at a Vandalia business.

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Crews from Vandalia, Huber Heights, Dayton and elsewhere were dispatched to All-Service Plastic Molding, 900 Falls Creek Drive, Tuesday night just before midnight on a report that workers there had inhaled acetone.

The business has been evacuated.

All-Service Plastic Molding, also known as ASPM, is a company that specializes in injection molding, according to its webpage.

It offers component assembly, pad printing, sonic welding and hot stamping services. 

The company serves the automotive, consumer, electrical, medical, telecommunications, and office and business equipment markets. 

All Service Plastic Molding has more than 25 presses that perform several molding procedures. 

According to chemicalsafetyfacts.org, acetone is a colorless liquid solvent used in manufacture of plastics and other industrial products. 

Acetone may also be used to a limited extent in household products, including cosmetics and personal care products, where its most frequent application would be in the formulation of nail polish removers.

We have a crew on the way. We will update this developing report as we get information.

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Public gets chance to affect future of historic brick homes at Wright-Patt

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 12:02 AM

The Air Force wants to be a good neighbor and is doing its part this week, giving the public a chance to comment on the future of the historic brick homes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

“We’re good neighbors,” Raymond Baker, chief of the base environmental branch, told News Center 7’s James Buechele on Tuesday night.

“We’re significant to the region around us. It’s our obligation that we do that, to see how the public sees us as a community neighbor... because these are cultural resources that are significant to the Air Force and the community around us,” Baker said.

RELATED: Future of historic brick homes in limbo

The Air Force is exploring 11 options for the 89 Tudor Revival-style homes in the Brick Quarters Historic District:

  • Partial to total demolition 
  • From renovation to privatization, 
  • To building new homes, 
  • Or a combination of all of those alternatives.

The homes were built in the mid-1930s and are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

According to the Air Force, the future of the homes were under review because the Air Force needs to offer adequate housing for 30 "key and essential" personnel senior military and civilian personnel at Wright-Patterson who officials have said must live at the base because of their duties in the event of an emergency.  

A major renovation could cost up to $700,000 per home and a less extensive upgrade focused on repairs could reach about $150,000 per house.  

Whatever option is chosen, 10 government-owned homes built in 1975 along Yount Drive would be demolished, and the Foulois House, built in 1874 and home to a high-ranking general, would be renovated, plans show.  

The homes are among the last in the government-owned housing in the Air Force. 

Fifteen years ago, Wright-Patterson privatized more than 1,500 residences, but an Air Force study concluded those remaining "are not of adequate size and are not close enough" to the key leaders work sites to be considered alternatives.

The Air Force has scheduled a second environmental impact hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday. An open house is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. An overview of options is set for 6:30 p.m.  

The meeting is in the Fairborn High School media center, 900 East Dayton Yellow Springs Road.  

You may submit comments to Air Force Public Affairs, 5135 Pearson Road, Building 10, Room 235A, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433 or via email at 88abw.pa@us.af.mil or via http://wpafbhousingeis.versar.com.

Oven possible source of residential fire in Harrison Twp.

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 8:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 11:26 PM

UPDATE @ 11:27 p.m.:  The oven is being investigated as the possible source of the residential fire at an apartment building on East Nottingham Road in Harrison Twp.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews are on the scene of a working structure fire in the 200 block of East Nottingham Road in Harrison Twp. 

The incident was dispatched about 7:45 p.m. and we're hearing everyone has been able to get out of the apartment building. 

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