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Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:21 PM
XENIA — A thief took some clothes and towels from an unattended dryer inside a laundromat, threatening to ruin Christmas for one family. But Xenia Patrol Officer Rob Swihart made sure that wasn’t the end of the story.
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On Saturday Gena Storer left towels, washcloths, her baby girl’s clothes and other items in one of the three dryers at the Xenia Laundromat on Charles Street, she said.
Storer said she planned to return later that day to retrieve the items after they had dried.
“We went to get our clothes and everything was stolen,” she said. “We were completely devastated.”
The thief took new pajamas, pants and other items that she had recently bought for her toddler-aged daughter, Storer said.
“It was stuff that we had just gotten her for Christmas that we went ahead and gave to her because she had outgrown all of her pajamas so fast,” she said.
Storer said they planned to return Christmas gifts that were already wrapped and under the Christmas tree to help pay for replacing the items.
Xenia Patrol Officer Rob Swihart responded to Storer’s home to take the theft report.
Storer said Swihart took her daughter’s clothing sizes and other specifics of what was taken and left, promising to check with local charities to see if there might be help available.
"He came back within less than two hours with Walmart bags of stuff that he had gone out and got with his own money and a $50 gift card on top of that,” Storer said.
Swihart said it was a busy night, but he told his shift commander what happened and asked for permission to go to Walmart to help the family out.
Swihart, who is a new father of a 4-month-old, said he couldn’t bear the thought of the family going without during the holidays.
“This isn't something that just goes on during the holidays,” he said. “I know that if I would have contacted any of the six other officers that were working with me that night and said, 'hey I need money for this,' they all would have ponied up money for it."
Swihart added that it’s important for people to realize that "we're people too."
"If we have the ability to help somebody out then that's what we want to do," he said. "In our line of work there's a lot of negativity. For us to be able to influence something in a positive manner that's important to us as individuals and us as a department.”
Storer said she’s excited about Christmas this year. She can’t wait to see her daughter open the present that has Tickle me Elmo inside.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:04 PM
CLARK CO. — Two dogs died after a large barn fire occurred in the 2200 block of E. County Line Road Sunday evening, according to officials.
Crews were dispatched to the scene around 8:15 p.m. with reports that black smoke was showing and animals were inside, per initial reports.
The fire’s start remains under investigation and although damage estimates could not be confirmed at this time, the barn is a ‘total loss’, according to Moorefield Twp. fire personnel.
Only the animals were inside of the barn at the time of the fire.
German Twp. and Pleasant Twp. fire departments assisted Moorefield Twp. fire crews.
Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:23 PM
— More clearing is expected overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. It won’t be as cool tonight for most, temperatures dropping into the middle 40s.
Monday: After a dry start in the lower 50s, rain is expected to move in headed toward lunchtime. Highs will be in the lower 60s. Periods of rain are expected, but there will be some breaks, especially in the evening.
Tuesday: A few more scattered showers are expected. Highs will be in the upper 50s.
Wednesday: A pre-dawn shower is possible, otherwise it should be drying out. Highs will be in the lower 60s.
Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:14 PM
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Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:23 PM
DAYTON — More than 100 people turned out Sunday evening to honor the couple shot and killed outside a Dayton nightclub this weekend.
The victims, Darion Harris and Ashley James of Dayton, just welcomed a baby boy two months ago, family said.
They were found shot inside a vehicle in the 1800 block of Lakeview Avenue, near Rick Jazz Lab. Harris, 29, died at the scene and James, 28, succumbed to her injuries at Miami Valley Hospital.
The crowd prayed for no more shootings in Dayton.
“I just want the violence to stop. There’s too many people losing their life,” said Harris’ sister Danielle Harris.
Harris said her brother leaves behind three daughters and his newborn son.
She described both victims as wonderful, loving people.