Soccer-dribbling Monroe fundraisers complete 250-mile mission

Published: Monday, June 03, 2013 @ 5:00 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 09, 2013 @ 12:29 AM

During their 13-day, 250-mile walk from Monroe to Toledo, four college buddies learned a lot about themselves, raised $3,000 more than their goal, and even named their soccer ball, their constant companion.

Three Monroe High School graduates — Jake Essig, 21, Derek Garde, 21, and Nick Streibick, 20 — and Isaac Beal, 22, of Greenfield, Ind., who graduated from Huntington University recently, won’t soon forget the Summer of 2013.

Last summer, as members of the Huntington (Ind.) University men’s soccer team, Essig, a 2010 Monroe High School graduate, and Beal attended a soccer camp in Toledo, where they were introduced to LifeLine Toledo, the city’s medical unit.

Since their bus is in major need of repairs and upgrades to keep up with the demand of its services, they decided to raise money and awareness by dribbling one soccer ball — named Wilson in honor of the volleyball in “Castaway” — among the four of them along U.S. 127.

After averaging about 20 miles a day, they arrived in Toledo at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, days before they expected, and immediately attended a community dinner there to celebrate their accomplishment.

They came up with a name — Dribble4Toledo — and decided to raise funds with a goal of $10,000. Essig said the group raised $13,000, thanks to the generosity of local companies and individuals who made monetary donations along the way.

The four guys all planned to carry 35-pound backpacks, and spend some nights sleeping along the road. But every night, they either slept in churches, homes and one night, in a hotel, courtesy of a gentleman they met.

The experience, Essig said, showed that if you display “energy, effort and a steadfast heart,” you can change this world, one dribble at a time.

“It gave us a great sense of accomplishment,” Essig said.

Throughout the trip, he said, the guys met the “nicest people in America,” those who housed them, fed them or simply gave them a thumbs up.

“They believed in us,” said Essig, who added they were joined for short stretches by others who wanted to volunteer.

Essig said there were two “close calls.” Both times, he said, in the final miles before the group reached Toledo, they were nearly hit by cars that were passing semis. They came within a foot or two of being hit, he said.

“A chilling experience,” he said. “One of us should have gotten hurt.”

When Essig’s parents drove him home Saturday night, he headed directly to the shower, then bed.

“It was nice to be home,” he said with a laugh.

But when he woke up Sunday and Monday morning, there was something missing. There was no duct taped soccer ball to dribble, no miles to log, no mission to accomplish.

“I can’t sit still,” Essig said. “I hope we have inspired others to go to action. We all have a lot to offer in this dark world at times. The power of one is amazing.”

Stolen-car pursuit in Moraine leads to Kettering crash

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

Suspects fleeing Moraine police in a car stolen in Trotwood later crashed and overturned before bailing on foot in Kettering.

Moraine police first intercepted the car around 4:50 p.m. and had a short pursuit on South Dixie Drive before they learned the car crashed at 4:52 p.m., said Moraine police Sgt. Andrew Parish. 

"It was driving so fast we lost sight of it," Parish said, which is why they ended the pursuit at Dorothy Lane. 

The fleeing vehicle then passed a Kettering officer, who pulled out to follow. By the time she got to South Dixie Drive near Sacramento Avenue, she found the car, a red Buick sedan, overturned. 

"It hit a culvert on the side of the road and flipped over," Parish said. 

Excessive speed and possible alcohol impairment are factors in the crash, the sergeant said. 

The driver and his passenger fled on foot and were caught a short time later. They suffered minor cuts and scrapes and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

The driver was identified as Deonta Jones and his passenger as Shaquiel Clemons, Parish said.

Jones, 24, was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property, failure to comply with police, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and obstructing official business. He also had a warrant for his arrest in Fairborn. 

Clemons, 22, on was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant for criminal trespassing from an unrelated case, online jail records show.

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12 injured when car crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:43 PM

            12 injured when car crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

A driver careened through a crowd during a parade Saturday, injuring at least 12 people, police say.

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The vehicle ran through the Krewe of Endymion parade around 6:45 p.m., according to The Times-Picayune.

"Initial reports show so far about a dozen people are in critical condition," police spokeswoman Ambria Washington told The Times-Picayune. "That number could increase as the investigation is ongoing."

12 injured when car crashes into New Orleans parade crowd

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Heroin, other drugs killing Ohioans in record numbers

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:47 PM

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has tripled since 2010.

In 2015, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics. Overdose deaths involving fentanyl and tramadol also increased, according to the data from 2015, the latest year available.

The impact of the epidemic stretches past those who are struggling with addiction, with dire consequences for families, communities and the economy, said Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for American Progress.

“It’s in every corner of this country,” Robbins said. “We need to think of this and all drug addiction as a public health crisis.”

Ohio had particularly high drug overdose rates in 2015. The only states with higher death rates were West Virginia, New Hampshire and Kentucky.

On Saturday afternoon in Dayton, a man’s body was found in the 2900 block of Kingston Avenue. When medics arrived, he was already deceased due to a presumed drug overdose, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Deaths increased in all races, ethnicities and age groups, with adults 45 to 54 having the highest fatal OD rate, the data show.

President Donald Trump pledged on the campaign trail that addicts would get the services they need. Robbins criticized GOP priorities laid out so far this year that she said could do more harm than good.

“I think if we don’t address things now we are looking at some really dark things coming in the future,” she said.

The data in the report showed that fewer people died in 2015 from taking powerful and addictive opioid drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone.