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Vandalia couple inspires 4 Paws to train Alzheimer’s assistance dogs

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 11:56 AM

Vandalia couple inspire 4 paws

Four Paws for Ability is starting a new program to provide service dogs for families impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia.

The new program comes after the Xenia-based nonprofit organization placed Diva, a 4-year-old Papillon, with John and Judy Kucharski, of Vandalia.

“I couldn't do it without (Diva). It takes me away from the situation a little bit,” John Kucharski said of his daily reality providing care for his wife.

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The Kucharskis’ lives changed dramatically in 2002 when Judy started showing signs of dementia. The couple, married for 47 years, has three children. 

John said Judy is “a great mother and great wife,” but her illness has been “devastating.”

Judy and Diva(Contributed)

“It's the toughest thing I’ve ever been through,” he said. “If I didn't love her I wouldn't do this. It's devastating. But when you love someone. It's what you do.”

In addition to providing companionship for John, Diva is a comfort to Judy and encourages her to take daily walks with her husband.

“It helps the caregiver immensely,” John said.

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Karen Shirk, founder and CEO of 4 Paws for Ability, said seeing the difference that the pint-size dog made in the Kucharskis’ lives was an inspiration to create the Alzheimer’s Assistant Dog Program. 

“We actually developed the program because we saw what an amazing difference it made in (John’s) life,” Shirk said. 

The primary mission of 4 Paws for Ability is focused on placing trained service dogs with disabled children, but the organization, located at 253 Dayton Ave., has expanded its services to help veterans and train dogs for specific purposes, such as alerting their owner of a seizure or diabetic emergency before it happens.

Shirk said the new Alzheimer’s assistance program will include dogs trained to locate missing people.

“Once we place a dog that needs to do search and rescue, we'll use a larger breed for that,” she said.

For more information, visit 4pawsforability.org or call (937) 374-0385. 

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Flash Flood Watch issued for some, isolated storms possible today 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Damaging winds and flooding the main threat.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for some counties in the area until midnight. 

The watch is in effect for Auglaize, Clark, Champaign, Darke, Logan, Mercer, Miami, and Shelby counties until midnight. 

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Mild for the weekend 
  • Isolated flooding and damaging winds possible
  • Few showers and storms into the evening

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

THIS EVENING:Partly sunny with a few passing showers or storms into the early evening. Some isolated storms may become intense with locally heavy rain and strong wind gusts. Severe threat is low, but the potential exists that a couple of storms may produce damaging winds. Storms will weaken and taper of into the night. Clouds linger with temperatures falling into the middle 60s late.

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TOMORROW:  Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and comfortably warm for Monday. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy and warmer for Tuesday. Highs in the middle 80s.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny skies with showers and a few storms developing. A very warm and muggy day with temperatures climbing into the upper 80s.

 

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BODY CAM: Police, fire rescue trash truck driver after he hit Xenia nursing home

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM

Xenia Trash Truck Body Cam

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m. (June 22):

Body camera footage obtained through a public records request shows police and fire personnel rushing to help a trash truck driver for Rumpke who crashed into a Xenia nursing home.

Timothy Plemons, 58, of Dayton, suffered injuries not believed to be life threatening, according to a crash report.

PHOTOS: Trash truck crashes into front of nursing home

No citations have been issued in the crash, according to the report.

The report shows that Plemons was driving northwest on a private driveway when he drove of the left side of the road.  Plemons then drove off the right side of the road before he hit a tree and the building, the report shows.

Xenia police are continuing to investigate the cause of the crash.

UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. (June 21): The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning. 

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The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured. 

"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said. 

This is the damage done to the Greenwood Manor Nursing Home in Xenia when a Rumpke trash truck crashed into it Thursday morning. (Marshall Gorby/Staff)

Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building." 

He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped. 

There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.

There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.

UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.: 

A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.

No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m. 

A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident. 

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The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said. 

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Marshall Gorby/Staff

FIRST REPORT

A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning. 

Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor,  711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building. 

Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Clayton Police need your help identifying break-in suspect

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:08 PM

The Clayton Police Department is investigating a break-in at Marlyn Jewelers in the 8000 block of North Main Street.

The break-in occurred Friday morning at 2:10 a.m. A dark colored, four-door sedan can be seen backing up to the front of the store and three subjects exiting.

The three subjects eventually gained entry into the business and stole property.

If you recognize these individuals please contact Detective Shawn Schutte at 937-836-3500 ext 119. 

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Endangered Missing Adult Alert issued statewide for northern Ohio man, 83

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:30 PM

A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for an 83-year-old northern Ohio man who hasn't been seen since he left his residence Friday morning.

Sheldon Kamen was last seen about 10:30 a.m. when he was leaving his residence on Southhampton Drive in Aurora, Portage County. He hasn't been seen since, according to Aurora police. 

He suffers from Alzheimer's. He has gray hair, brown eyes, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 170 pounds. 

He is believed to be driving a black Toyota Rav4 bearing Ohio license tage GLZ 4994.

Sheldon Kamen is believed to be driving a vehicle similar to this one, Aurora (Ohio) police said Friday. (Courtesy/Aurora Police Dept.)

 

Police issued a photo similar to one Kamen is believed to be driving. 

Call or dial 911 if you see the adult or the vehicle.

You can also call the Aurora police, 330-562-8181, the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit, 1-866-693-9171 or 911 to be transferred directly to the investigating law enforcement agency or to hear the alert information.

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