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Published: Thursday, October 05, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
PIQUA — Police are seeking the public’s help to find a missing endangered teenager.
Matthew D. Muncey, 17, went missing Sept. 15, according to Piqua police. He was last seen wearing ripped blue jeans, white Nike shoes and an unknown shirt. He has a tattoo of “Muncey” on his forearm.
He has brown hair and eyes, stands 6 feet and weighs 130 pounds, according to police.
Muncey left on his own, and possibly is still in the Piqua area, but police list him as an endangered missing juvenile.
Anyone with information on Muncey’s whereabouts is urged to call Miami County dispatch, 937-440-9911 or local law enforcement agency.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 6:59 PM
— Scattered thunderstorms, some with brief heavy downpours, are showing weakening trend as expected as we approach sunset, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Eric Elwell reports. Storms should continue to fizzle although there are still a few heavy showers drifting near Richmond, another one near Xenia and another moving south in Butler County. Little, if any rainfall will be left after sunset (after 9pm).
This evening: Expect passing showers and storms. A few may contain gusty winds and brief heavy rainfall. Temperatures will be in the 80s but fall into the 70s where rainfall occurs.
Overnight: Any lingering showers will taper off with clouds breaking. Temperatures and humidity will drop with lows in the upper 60s by morning.
Tuesday: Skies will become mostly sunny. It will be warm but less humid with highs in the middle 80s.
Wednesday: Lots of sunshine is expected with much less humidity. Highs will top out near 80 degrees.
Thursday: Expect another nice day under mostly sunny skies. Highs will rebound back into the middle 80s.
Friday: Clouds will be on the increase with a chance for scattered showers and storms developing by afternoon. The humidity will also be on the rise with highs in the middle 80s.
Saturday: Numerous showers and storms are expected, especially in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the lower 80s.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 4:21 PM
TROY — An off-duty Troy firefighter/paramedic passed away unexpectedly Friday evening.
Jason Holfinger, 38, died unexpectedly at his Covington home, according to his obituary.
He is survived by his wife and three children.
Holfinger joined the Troy Fire Department in 2013.
Grief counseling has been offered to Troy firefighters.
Visitation will be at Koinos Christian Fellowship Church in Troy on Wednesday from 3 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the church.
A cause of death has not yet been determined.
Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 5:30 PM
— Mindi Harris was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at an early age and suffered from severe pain.
"They put me on Morphine 60's. They put me on Percocet 10's and Fentanyl patches and I'm just an 18-year-old kid," said Harris.
Harris said she was soon addicted, but managed to hold down a full-time job until her addiction to opioids caught up with her at work.
"They said, 'okay it's drug test time,' and at that time I'm in active addiction so I freak out," Harris said.
Harris said she lost her job and spiraled out of control, "my addiction kind of took off and I hit rock bottom."
She is in recovery now and while looking for a new job, Harris said she is seeing a growing number of Miami Valley companies doing drug testing. Our investigation found that drug testing is mandatory in manufacturing since these businesses require employees to operate heavy machinery.
Steve Staub runs Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton and said his company has a hard time filling jobs because so many applicants cannot pass the drug test.
"We have people apply and we do interviews on the phone and ask, 'can you pass a drug test?' They say, 'no, not right now. Can you give me a month or so and maybe I can,'" Staub said.
A top testing company found that drug use by American workers is at its highest rate in a decade at 4.2 percent, based on 10-million drug test results. What are these companies seeing when applicants find out there is a required drug test?
"Probably about a third of those folks who schedule to come in and see us, don't actually make it," said Jeff Noble, of Noble Staffing Solutions.
Facing the need to fill these jobs, Staub is stepping up with a unique solution.
"The business here is taking a new approach. First, working with a local nonprofit to give people a second chance, and at the same time, helping the company," said Staub. "It's the right thing to do."
The nonprofit is Good Shepherd Ministries and the goal is to give recovering addicts a place to live and help finding a job.
Bryan Blackford said he used pain pills and then Fentanyl and eventually lost his job.
"There were times when I was sitting there using Fentanyl," said Blackford. "I'd b half hunched over, dead basically, and still trying to hit more."
Blackford was a welder at Honda and now that he is in recovery, he hopes to get a job in metal fabrication.
"To be fully independent, that would mean the world to me," Blackford said.
With the economy in overdrive, other local companies are now turning to Good Shepherd for help too.
"My phone rings every other day. People want employees that can pass drug tests," said Shawn Trapp of Good Shepherd Ministries.
While looking for work and fighting the stigma of addiction, Mindi Harris is telling others in recovery not to give up.
"That's what I'm continuing to do because I have to," said Harris. "As frustrating as it is, that's what we have to do."
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Published: Monday, July 16, 2018 @ 10:29 AM
SPRINGFIELD — Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue.
Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police.
No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently do not have a description of any suspects.