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Published: Monday, June 19, 2017 @ 2:14 PM
— A Huber Heights mother is upset after she said her daughter was pricked with a syringe found in a children’s toy in a Kettering thrift store.
Siearra Kern said she was shopping in the Valley Thrift Store on Woodman Drive in Kettering last week when her daughter picked up a puppet and was pricked with a syringe.
“I didn’t even know how to react to that situation,” Kern said. “I just knew immediately to get her to the hospital.”
Kern said she and her 7-year-old daughter will have to wait at least a month before blood test results are available. She also says doctors said her daughter will have to have intermittent check-ups for about a year.
Kern said her daughter was initially afraid because she thought she had did something wrong when she picked up the puppet. She said she tried to reassure her she had done nothing wrong.
“There should be no reason why she can’t pick up a stuffed animal at a thrift store and show me or her sisters and not be pricked by a needle,” Kern said. “That should never occur.”
Kettering police officer Matthew Barnes confirmed a needle and puppet were in police custody.
He said he hasn’t been involved with a situation like this, but acknowledged the incident is “serious” and “dangerous.” He also acknowledged there were questions the police department is looking into.
“Did they not check the product, or is this something happening once the product has been put out?” Barnes pondered. “Is this something happening by employees, people shopping in the store? There’s a lot of questions we don’t have the answers to at the moment.”
Barnes said police encourage parents to act like Kern did by seeking immediate medical attention.
“You don’t know if anything’s been in it and if so, what? All you know is that potentially you’ve injected an outside agent into your body,” Barnes said.
Judy Negrete, store manager at Valley Thrift Store, confirmed the incident and said the store is working with Kettering police regarding proper search techniques to find potential threats and to remain safe.
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 1:18 AM
Updated: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:43 AM
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Published: Sunday, April 22, 2018 @ 11:19 PM
KETTERING — A service dog is missing after he ran off when the vehicle his owner was driving became involved in a crash in Kettering Friday morning.
Officials say Zeus the dog, and his owner, a Special Forces veteran, were involved in a two-vehicle crash that ended with their vehicle into a pole at the intersection of East Dorothy Lane and Shroyer Road.
Zeus ran from the crash that occurred just after 11 a.m. and has not been seen since.
His owner reportedly suffered a broken jaw as a result of the crash and allegedly will not seek medical treatment until his dog is found, community members said.
Signs about Zeus being missing, as well as articles of clothing, have been placed all around the Oakwood, Far Hills and Oak Knoll areas where he was last seen.
Community members looking for the missing dog urge others not to chase Zeus if you locate him, but rather call the local police department.
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.