Christmas spirit alive in Xenia: Officer helps family targeted by thief

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:21 PM



Kate Bartley
(Kate Bartley)

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.

Xenia officer Rob Swihart and family

“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.

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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.

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“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.  

“I'm still in shock,” she said. “It's like all the Christmas movies that you watch only it happened in real life for us."

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Two dogs die in ‘total loss’ barn fire in Clark County

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:04 PM

Two dogs die in barn fire

Two dogs died after a large barn fire occurred in the 2200 block of E. County Line Road Sunday evening, according to officials.

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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.

CRED: Robert Kennedy

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.

Credit: Robert Kennedy

German Twp. and Pleasant Twp. fire departments assisted Moorefield Twp. fire crews. 

There was a police standoff in Champaign Co. near the area where the barn fire occurred, however, the two incidents are not related. 

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Skies clearing tonight, rain moves in Monday

Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 4:57 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:23 PM

Filtered sunshine is expected today in the Dayton area, with rain returning as early as Monday.

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.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Rain moves in Monday
  • More rain Tuesday/early Wednesday
  • Another round of rain later Friday

5-Day Forecast


DETAILED FORECAST

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.

County-by-County Weather

Thursday: Partly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower 60s.

Friday: A dry start is expected, but rain returns later in the day. Highs will be in the lower 60s.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 10:14 PM

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 to report.

Surface Street Incidents

  • On Superior Avenue and N. Broadway Street in Dayton, crash reported around 10 p.m. 
  • On Springboro Pike near Crown Cork & Seal Co. in Moraine, injury accident reported around 8:55 p.m. 

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    MONTGOMERY COUNTY

    • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
    • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
    • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
    • SR 4 north/south between I-70 and Lower Valley Pike, Lane closure April 2 - 26. One northbound and two southbound lanes will remain open. 
    • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
    • Airport Access Road South between US 40 and I-70, Lane closure April 2 - 27. One southbound lane will remain open. 
    • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

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    • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

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    • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
    • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 

    DARKE COUNTY

    • SR 49 between Hollansburg-Sampson Road and Arcanum Bears Mill Road, Lane closure April 16 - May 16. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of portable signal.
    • SR 716 between Washington Street and Water Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 22. The official detour is SR 705 to SR 364 to SR 119

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    • SR 49 between Frank Road and Winkler Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE April 9 - 22. The official detour is SR 49 to SR 707 E to SR 118 N to US 33 W to SR 49
    • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
    • SR 49 between Menchhofer Road and SR 219, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 30. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 118 to SR 219
    • SR 707 between Taylor Road and Lewis Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is US 127 north to SR 117 east 

    SHELBY COUNTY

    • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
    • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
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    Double shooting victims in Dayton leave behind newborn boy, family says

    Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 8:23 PM

    

JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF
    (JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

    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.

    Ashley James, left, and Darion Harris(Contributed)

    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.

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    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.

    (JAMES BUECHELE / STAFF)

    Harris said her brother leaves behind three daughters and his newborn son.

    She described both victims as wonderful, loving people.

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