Homeless shelter gets heartwarming donation from famous Middletown family

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 @ 3:26 PM

World Series champion and Middie graduate was welcomed home with pep rally and meet and greet in Middletown.

Bill Fugate, a coordinator at the Middletown church-based shelter, said a generous donation from the Schwarber family was “a real blessing” and it illustrated how they wanted to help others this holiday season.

Kyle Schwarber, a Middletown native who plays for the Chicago Cubs delivered a truckload of goods on Dec. 26 to the office of Serving Homeless Alternative Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM) along with his sister, Lindsey, a Middletown police officer, and their mother, Donna.

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Bill Fugate (right), one of the coordinators at a Middletown church-based homeless shelter, was impressed that Kyle Schwarber, a fourth-year player for the Chicago Cubs, participated in his family’s donation to SHALOM. The Middletown family dropped off goods on Dec. 26 at the SHALOM office. Submitted photo(Staff Writer)

The items included bed linens, pillows, towels and wash cloths. They were useful because of the number of items the homeless shelter uses, Fugate said. He said sometimes the items can’t be reused or the homeless take them.

It was the first time Fugate, a huge baseball fan, had an opportunity to meet Schwarber and his family. He was impressed.

“The fact that they decided to buy for others tells you they have Christ in their heart,” Fugate said. “They were thinking of others, and that tells you a lot about them.”

The Schwarber family said they would have preferred to remain anonymous. But the timing of the donation was perfect, Fugate said.

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“It lifted my spirits,” he said. “It’s difficult at this time when you deal with so many who have so little.”

Instead of writing a check to the organization, Kyle Schwarber, who is entering his fourth season with the Cubs, participated in the donation, Fugate said.

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“It takes a special person to show up,” Fugate said of the Middletown High School graduate who starred at Indiana University. “I’m sure he’s busy. He was so humble around me.”

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Grass fire in Fairborn Community Park is extinguished

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:03 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:03 PM

UPDATE @ 7:02 p.m.: Crews tell us they don’t know what caused the fire in prairie grass at Community Park that burned an area approximately 100 yards by 100 yards.

There were no injuries, officials said.


Crews are dealing with a grass fire reportedly in Community Park, on East Dayon Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn. 

The park is near I-675 in Greene County and there were calls to police dispatch about a grass fire near the interstate. 

The incident was dispatched just after 4:20 p.m. 

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We're hearing that about an acre is burning. 

We have a crew on the way to check it out. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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MetroParks ranger arrests man who takes a swing at him at RiverScape

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 7:24 PM

MetroParks ranger arrests man who takes a swing at him at RiverScape

A MetroParks ranger was giving a man a ticket involving an alcohol violation Thursday afternoon when the man took a swing at the officer. 

That resulted in the man's arrest, according to a MetroParks sergeant. 

The incident, dispatched about 6:16 p.m., occurred in the 100 block of Monument Avenue at RiverScape MetroPark. 

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No one was injured. 

The man will be charged with the alcohol offense as trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer. He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail.

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Police surround home in Xenia, at least one person in custody

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 3:51 PM

Police activity in Xenia

Update@5:15 p.m.:

Deputies recovered a weapon while searching the apartment building that the suspect ran into, Sheriff Gene Fischer said. It’s not clear if it’s a pellet gun or a real handgun, but they’re working to confirm, he said.

The sheriff said they think it’s the same weapon that the suspect pointed at the deputy. 

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m.:

One person has been taken into custody according to Xenia Police. 

UPDATE @ 3:25 p.m.:

We’re hearing reports that someone has been taken into custody after running from the building that was surrounded in the area of East Market Street and North Monroe Drive, according to initial emergency dispatch reports.


Police activity has been reported in the 200 block of East Market Street this afternoon after police have reportedly surrounded a home in the area.

Initial dispatch reports indicated a person may have pointed a gun at a law enforcement officer around 3 p.m.

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Running vehicle leads police to apartment drug operation in Dayton

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

An investigation into a vehicle found unoccupied with the engine running on a sidewalk led police to an apartment believed to be used for drug manufacturing, according to a Dayton police incident report. 

Officers patrolling in the 200 block of West Beechwood Avenue in Dayton found a Dodge pickup truck parked over the sidewalk with the engine running around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police attempted to locate the driver of the vehicle, noting the parked car presented a hazard to pedestrians attempting to walk on the sidewalk, officers  said. 

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While checking apartment units for the possible owner of the truck, police found the door to one unit opened with $79 in cash lying on the ground, officers said in the report. There was also a digital scale, which is commonly used to weigh illegal drugs, the report said. 

The officers identified themselves before entering the apartment, but there was no response. Fearing that someone may be injured, they entered the apartment and found additional items that are commonly used for illegals, the report said. 

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The items included a hydraulic press, which drug dealers use to press and compact illegal drugs, several razor blades with what appeared to be cocaine residue on them, several false bottom containers, 404 grams of suspected cocaine, 783 grams of suspected heroine and a semi-automatic handgun, $79 in cash and several other items that indicated the apartment was being used to manufacture and package illegal drugs, the report said. 

The items were taken into evidence, but it’s not clear if anyone was charged. 

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