Volunteers take to the streets to help homeless in dangerously cold weather

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2017 @ 6:02 PM

Help homeless in dangerously cold weather

Volunteers took to the streets to help get people in need out of dangerously cold weather.

Homelessness can be dangerous any time of the year, but with temperatures as low as they are now, made worse by wind chills, there is concern the homeless could be harmed, or even killed, from exposure to the elements.

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“If you don’t have hats, gloves, and stuff like that in the night, man ... you’re in big trouble,” said one homeless man. He didn’t want to be identified but said it’s a daily struggle to survive in these conditions, especially when he can’t make it to an area shelter.

“The shelter we have here is so far away. It’s way over on Gettysburg Avenue. If you got bus fare you can make it over there but you have to be there at 7:30 (p.m.),” he said.

This is where the Path program steps in.

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“It’s very cold so we want to make sure people aren’t dying out here while they are sleeping in tents or in abandoned houses or things like that,” Healther Wilson, Path outreach specialist said. “We want to make sure that they are being fed and able to stay warm.”

The Path program helps more than 200 people who are homeless in the area.

Angel Barger and other outreach specialists go out every day searching for people who don’t have a place to stay. They either try to get them to go to a shelter, or give them supplies to help them through the cold. They went to an area where they heard someone might be braving the winter weather with a small tent.

“Today, we actually did locate them in there. There are two people, we provided them with some blankets, and talked with them a little bit about the services we provide,” Barger said. “And we will come back out here and check on them.

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“A lot of them already have pre-existing conditions. Those are worsened by the cold weather ... the inability to get to teh meal sites so they can get proper nutrition,” she said.

Anyone in need of their services can go to Miami Valley Housing Services at 907 W. Fifth St., in Dayton.

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Police: Motorist drives into house, flees scene in Miami County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 4:07 AM

Troy police are looking for a suspect who drove into the side of a house in Troy Saturday.

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Crews were dispatched to 400 block of East Staunton Road around 2:15 a.m. on reports of a vehicle into a structure.

The motorist didn’t stay at the scene and drove away after causing significant damage to the house, according to Sgt. Mumford of the Troy Police Department.

The vehicle was found a couple blocks away from the house but possible suspects were not found, Mumford said.

Residents were home at the time but no one was injured, according to Mumford. 

Mumford said the vehicle had significant damage to it.

It’s not known what caused the accident.

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Two arrests made during OVI checkpoint in Greene County

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:31 AM

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Two OVI checkpoints and saturated patrolling took place in Beavercreek and Fairborn Friday night.

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It was reported that 510 motorists passed through the two checkpoints, according to Lieutenant Matt Schmenk of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Xenia Post.

The checkpoints took place on Colonel Glenn Highway from 8 to 10 p.m. in Beavercreek and 10 p.m. until midnight in Fairborn, according to Schmenk.

Five motorists were evaluated for impairment during the checkpoints but no arrests were made. Two OVI arrests were made during the checkpoints by saturated patrols in the area, Schmenk said.

The checkpoints were held by OSP, Greene County Sheriff’s Office, the Beavercreek Police Department and the Fairborn Police Department.

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Family Video robbed at knife-point in Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 3:00 AM

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Police are searching for a man who reportedly robbed a Family Video at knife-point in Dayton Friday.

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The suspect reportedly entered the location at 1910 Wayne Ave. just after 10:30 p.m., according to the employee working at the time.

A man in his late 20s to early 30s reportedly looked around the store before going behind the counter and pulling out a pocket knife, according to a Dayton police report.

The employee told police the man put the knife to the their stomach and demanded them to get on the ground. The suspect then took an undisclosed amount of money from the drawers before leaving out of the front door on foot, the report said.

It was not known which direction the suspect went.

A K-9 was requested to the scene, as well as an evidence technician, according to the report.

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The suspect is described as being between five foot six and five foot eight inches tall, thin with a dark mustache and brown hair. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red shirt underneath, a black and red hat and jeans, according to the report.

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Fire destroys barn in Shelby County

Published: Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 11:34 PM

A fire destroyed a barn Friday evening near Houston in Shelby County.

The blaze was reported sometime around 4 p.m. in the 2100 block of Patterson Halpin Road.

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Crews from multiple fire departments were called to the scene.

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