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Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 6:50 AM
Updated: Monday, February 26, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
SPRINGFIELD TWP. — Two donkeys, Pancho and Eddie, are resting comfortably in a neighbor’s barn after being rescued from rising flood waters by Springfield Twp. firefighters Sunday.
The two donkeys were rescued early Sunday after a neighbor in the 3600 block of Lower Valley Pike spotted them trapped up to their necks in flood waters.
The Mad River came out of its banks and rose quickly, within 20 minutes, according to residents in the area.
The pair were in water up to their necks. The smaller donkey, Pancho, was treading water. Pancho and had to rest his head on Eddie’s back to keep from drowning.
Neighbors who knew the donkeys called them by name and eventually a fence was cut, and rescue workers were able to walk the donkeys to the road. Once rescued, they were dried off, fed grain and hay, and housed in a neighbor’s dry, warm barn.
Pancho and Eddie’s owner, Tim Arnold, said Monday he’s appreciative for everyone’s help.
“They are great, I just came back from feeding and watering them,” he said. “They're in a nice clean barn right down the street here until I can get this fence fixed, then I'll bring them home," added Arnold.
He was unable to reach them himself over the weekend because of the high water.
“It's the first time they've ever got caught. They usually get on high ground but they were by the fence and it came up so fast I don't think they could get through. They got scared,” said Arnold.
Arnold has two donkeys, a mule, 12 ducks and a cat.
“I love my donkeys. I love all my animals. I would have been heartbroken if I lost my donkeys," said Arnold.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 8:08 AM
— An off-duty K-9 officer in Batavia died after being struck by a vehicle on Monday.
A Batavia Police Department K-9 unit dog, Officer Kraft, was accidentally struck and killed by a car. Kraft was Batavia’s first police dog, according to the department.
“Kraft, you will be missed and your service to Batavia Police Department was greatly appreciated. Go and play ball in heaven, my buddy,” according to a statement posted by Batavia Police Chief Michael Gardner on Facebook.
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:26 AM
A remarkable letter written by an escaped slave living in Dayton to his former master was the subject of a public program recently at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum.
Today is Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which commemorates the emancipation from slavery in the U.S. Slaves had acted to secure their own liberty, including Jordan Anderson.
» UNMATCHED COVERAGE: Escaped slave living in Dayton sends rejection letter to former master
Jordan Anderson (spelled Jourdan in some documents) and his wife Amanda, escaped slavery from a Tennessee plantation in 1864 and eventually made their way to Dayton.
After the Civil War, the slaveowner, Col. Patrick Henry Anderson, contacted Anderson and asked him to return to work on his farm.
Anderson’s reply, dated Aug. 7, 1865, was addressed “to my old master,” and published in the Cincinnati Commercial newspaper and then reprinted in the New York Daily Tribune on Aug. 22, 1865.
“Sir: I got your letter, and was glad to find that you had not forgotten Jourdon, and that you wanted me to come back and live with you again, promising to do better for me than anybody else can. I have often felt uneasy about you… Although you shot at me twice before I left you, I did not want to hear of your being hurt, and am glad you are still living.”
In a measured tone Anderson asks what his former master is offering, and goes on to request back pay for decades of abusive labor:
“I want to know particularly what the good chance is you propose to give me. I am doing tolerably well here. I get twenty-five dollars a month, with victuals and clothing; have a comfortable home for Mandy,—the folks call her Mrs. Anderson,—and the children—Milly, Jane, and Grundy—go to school and are learning well.”
The Dayton Daily News is committed to bringing you in-depth coverage of issues that matter to you. Read more about Anderson’s life in Dayton in this interactive report by reporter Lisa Powell.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 7:44 AM
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Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 4:53 AM
DARKE COUNTY — A driver was critically injured in a rollover crash in Darke County early Tuesday morning.
A 1998 grey Cadillac Deville driven by Kory Dusko, 25, of Greenville, was traveling northbound on Ohio 121 when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, rolling the vehicle, according to a release.