Parents of teen killed by Virginia homeowner want his death to inspire change

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Monday, March 25, 2013 @ 6:06 PM

            Caleb Gordley's parents, Shawn and Jennea Gordley, talk about their son’s love of writing music and his tragic death. They are both Belmont High School graduates who lived in Dayton until 2000 and have come home to celebrate their son’s life with local family and friends this week. Marshall Gorby / Staff

The parents of a Dayton-born teen who was shot and killed in Virginia last week after he erroneously entered the home of a neighbor hope his death will inspire positive change in the world.

Dayton natives Shawn and Jennea Gordley are in town this week to hold a memorial service for their son, Caleb Gordley, 16. Caleb was killed March 17 in Sterling, Va. after he was mistaken for an intruder.

Shawn and Jennea Gordley said they forgive the man who shot their son and think there are lessons to be learned from the tragedy.

“Horrible things happen and there is no reason,” Shawn Gordley said, but they don’t want their son’s death to be in vain.

“It was not absolutely necessary for my son to lose his life,” said Jennea Gordley, who moved back to the area after the couple divorced and now lives in Clayton. She said better training for gun owners could help prevent further deaths. She also said she hopes to promote a resurgence of neighborliness in communities because she believes that if the man who shot her son had known the family two doors down, the shooting could have been avoided.

Neither Shawn Gordley nor his two children had ever met the man who lived in an almost identical house down the street before the shooting, and they haven’t spoken to him since.

Investigators believe that Caleb was intoxicated and attempting to sneak back into his own house when he scaled a backyard fence and crawled into an unlocked window at the stranger’s home. Even his friend who walked him home thought the teen had made it inside safely, Shawn Gordley said.

“He heard yelling and thought it was me,” Gordley said. “He heard two bangs,” but didn’t know his friend had been shot until the story hit the news the next day.

Caleb’s father was similarly unaware of the tragedy when he awoke the next morning to find his son not home. He heard the news of a shooting in his neighborhood, but brushed it off.

“I never in a million years associated that it was my son,” he said.

Jennea Gordley said she’s realistic about the fact that teens are going to go out with their friends and may drink or make other poor decisions. She said she hopes her son’s death will at least be a lesson to teens to stay put and not drive or make other bad choices in order to avoid punishment. “It’s not worth your life,” she said.

Shawn and Jennea Gordley are both Belmont High School graduates who lived in Dayton until 2000. Caleb and his sister, 13, were both born in Dayton and visited family in the area during summers.

The service for local family and friends will be at the Greenmont Village Hall in Kettering Tuesday evening.

Police investigate crash involving pedestrian in Piqua

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:03 PM

Police are investigating a crash tonight involving a pedestrian.

The crash was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. at Riverside Drive and North Main Street (County Road 25A), according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Office dispatch. County Road 25A is shut down in the area of the crash.

The Piqua Police Department is investigating the incident, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post is assisting at the crash scene.

The extent of injuries suffered by the pedestrian has not been released, nor has information about what led to the crash.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

Police warn pet owners after finding drugged dog treats

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:12 PM

Police are warning residents after drugged dog treats were found. (Photo: Scott County Sheriff's Office)

A resident found pieces of hot dogs and beef sticks stuffed with ibuprofen, which can be fatal to dogs. 

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Police searched and cleaned the area in which the tainted treats were found, the Scott County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Dayton crews rescue man who loses kayak in Great Miami River

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:04 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m.

Dayton crews had to rescue a man stranded tonight on a piling under the Monument Street Bridge in the Great Miami River.

The man lost his kayak, wasn’t wearing proper safety equipment and didn’t have much knowledge of kayaking, Fred Marx, Dayton Fire Department district chief, said.

“Nobody has any business in this water without being an experienced kayaker. It’s just too dangerous right now,” Marx said, with the swift current, high water and debris.

A passerby reported the man was stranded in the area of the 600 block of West Third Street, but crews found the man under the Monument bridge.

“We put one of our boats in the water and were able to go over and get him off there fairly quickly,” he said.

It took about 20 minutes to respond to the call, launch two boats and safely bring the man ashore. The man seemed unfazed, Marx said.

The rescue happened according to Dayton Fire Department training, he said.


Dayton crews are launching a boat to rescue a man tonight who apparently lost his kayak in the Great Miami River.

According to initial reports, the man is not in distress but requires assistance to get out. He is reportedly on an island in the middle of the river, not far from a kayak water feature.

The incident was reported in the 600 block of West Third Street.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

Service dog missing after lawn mower hits tie-down

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 10:29 PM

Dog leash. (Photo: Alan Levine/flickr/Creative Commons)

A guide dog for the blind that was recently matched with its handler disappeared shortly after going into service. 

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Brinkley, a yellow Labrador retriever that was trained through Leader Dogs for the Blind, ran off after getting scared by a lawn mower that hit her tie-down, according to WJRT. Brinkley started working 10 days earlier.

Jackie McKeon recently finished a 26-day training with Brinkley before taking her home.