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.

Car crashes, strikes home in Dayton; driver flees

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:23 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 9:41 PM

Car on its top Video

UPDATE @9:42 p.m.

A woman said she was inside her home watching television with her family when they heard tires squealing and a crash.

A car struck the house in the 800 block of Osmond Drive around 8:50 p.m.

No one in the house was injured. 

FIRST REPORT

Crews are investigating a rollover crash in Dayton.

The crash was reported around 8:50 p.m. in the 800 block of Osmond Avenue. The car came to a rest on its top next to a house.

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It’s unknown if anyone was injured.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

Clouds and more snow expected over coming days

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:19 AM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 4:50 PM

Cool temperatures and snow are expected this week in the Dayton area.

Mainly clear skies are expected this evening, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Temperatures will fall into the 20s.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Clouds return tonight
  • Chance for snow returns this week
  • Low temperatures remain

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DETAILED FORECAST

Overnight: Clouds build in overnight, which will be cold with lows in the lower to middle 20s.

Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the middle to upper 30s. There is the chance for a passing light rain shower in the afternoon, but most look to stay dry with a better chance for snow coming overnight into Tuesday. 

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5-Day Temperature Trend(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)

>> County-by-County Weather 

Tuesday Lake-effect snow showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 20s.

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Wednesday: A few flurries are possible. It's also going to be a cold day, with morning temperatures in the middle teens. Highs will only be in the middle to upper 20s. 

Thursday: The chance for more snow returns with highs in the middle 30s.

Friday: A few flurries are possible with highs in the lower 30s.

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Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 5:26 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 5:20 PM

Child survives double fatal crash in Greene Co.; Victims ID’d

UPDATE @ 5:20 p.m. (Dec. 10)

We're waiting to learn more information about a young girl who survived a crash that killed two of her family members.

The girl, who was restrained in a child seat, was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital with injuries described by troopers as not life-threatening. Troopers today said they did not have any updates on how she is doing, or if she is still in the hospital.

>> One dead after 2-vehicle crash in Butler County

The crash killed Carl A. Perry, 49, who was driving a pickup truck that overturned and crashed into a tree on Ohio 308 in Spring Valley Twp. The crash also claimed his passenger, 73-year-old Linda J. Davis.

It was snowing at the time of the crash and they were traveling on a downhill grade, but troopers have not yet confirmed the accident was weather-related. They did say alcohol is not a factor.

UPDATE @ 9:35 p.m.

A young girl is the lone survivor of a double fatal crash this evening in front of Camp Jabez in Spring Valley Twp.

Carl A. Perry, 49, of Xenia, was identified as the driver of a 2004 Ford F-Series pickup truck who was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, Linda J. Davis, 73, also of Xenia, was taken with life-threatening injuries to Miami Valley Hospital, where she died, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

At the time of the crash, reported around 5 p.m., it was snowing and the pickup was headed north in the 3100 block of Ohio 380. The pickup struck a sign, overturned, struck a fence and then struck a tree.

“They were going down a downhill grade, so obviously it struck the tree with a significant amount of force,” Sgt. Richard Milstead said.

A young girl was restrained in a child seat. She suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

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Neither adult was wearing a seat belt, according to the highway patrol.

Alcohol is not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Xenia Police Department, Spring Valley Twp. Fire and EMS, Xenia Twp. Fire and EMS and the Ohio Department of Transportation.

UPDATE @ 5:30 p.m.

The Greene County coroner has been called to a multiple-injury crash this evening in front of Gospel Mission on Ohio 380.

According to reports, there were as many as three people in a vehicle who were injured. At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, and another to Dayton Children’s Hospital.

It has not been confirmed whether the crash was weather-related.

FIRST REPORT

A serious-injury crash this evening has shut down a portion of Ohio 380 in the Spring Valley area.

The single-vehicle crash was reported shortly after 5 p.m. in front of Gospel Mission, 3191 Ohio 380. There were reports there were children in the car, and that occupants initially were trapped.

>> Woman critically injured in Harrison Twp. crash

The Greene County Sheriff’s Office said they were unable to confirm the severity of injuries.

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Updated: 2 inches of snow falls in parts of region

Published: Saturday, December 09, 2017 @ 10:38 PM
Updated: Sunday, December 10, 2017 @ 1:30 PM

VIDEO: Snow falls in Beavercreek

A clipper brought snow showers throughout Saturday afternoon and evening, measuring as much as 2 inches in Piqua to ½ inch in Lebanon. Most spots reached about 1 inch. In all areas, the snowfall led to numerous crashes and slide-offs as roadways became slick.

Snowfall Totals(Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar)
Following are snowfall totals reported as of 11 a.m., Dec. 10, by the National Weather Service in Wilmington:
  • 2 inches Piqua (Miami County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.7 inches Dayton International Airport, reported at 12 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1. 5 inches Englewood (Montgomery County), reported at 12:42 a.m.
  • 1.5 inches Celina (Mercer County), reported at 12:21 a.m.
  • 1.5 inches Greenville (Darke County), reported at 7:03 p.m. 
  • 1.4 inches Springfield (Clark County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.4 inches Fairborn (Greene County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.3 New Carlisle (Darke County), reported 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1.2 inches Centerville (Montgomery County), reported at 9:05 p.m. 
  • 1.1 inches in Wilmington (Clinton County), reported at 12 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Eaton (Preble County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Versailles (Darke County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Waynesfield (Auglaize County), reported at 12:15 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Wapakoneta (Auglaize County), reported at 12 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 1 inch Springfield (Clark County), reported at 11:47 p.m.
  • 1 inch Maustown (Butler County), reported at 9:17 p.m.
  • 1 inch Richmond (Wayne County, Ind.), reported at 8 p.m.
  • 1 inch West Alexandria (Preble County), reported at 7:58 p.m. 
  • 1 inch Urbana (Champaign County), reported at 7:56 p.m. 
  • 1 inch Xenia (Greene County), reported at 7:37 p.m. 
  • 1 inch Sidney (Shelby County), reported at 7:15 p.m. 
  • 0.8 inch Houston (Shelby County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.8 inch Bellefontaine (Logan County), reported at 11:51 p.m.
  • 0.7 inch Maineville (Warren County), reported at 9 p.m.
  • 0.5 inch Huntsville (Logan County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch St. Paris (Champaign County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch Farmersville (Montgomery County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch New Lebanon (Montgomery County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch Fort Loramie (Shelby County), reported at 9:02 a.m. (Dec. 10)
  • 0.5 inch Lebanon (Warren County), reported at 7:58 p.m. 
  • 0.5 inch Liberty Twp. (Butler County), reported at 6:15 p.m. 
  • 0.2 inch Kings Mills (Warren County), reported at 10:49 a.m. (Dec. 10)