Man pleads guilty in Yellow Springs NYE incident

Published: Thursday, April 13, 2017 @ 4:51 PM

UPDATE @ 10:52 a.m. (April 14):

David Carlson pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct as part of a plea agreement in Xenia Municipal Court.

As part of the agreement, felony charges against Carlson were dropped.

Carlson will not have to serve any time in jail and will not have to pay restitution.

He also was sentenced to two years probation.

UPDATE @ 10:18 a.m. (April 14):

The Yellow Springs Village Council is asking for charges against David Carlson to be dropped in relation to the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop event in the village.

“As you are aware, many mistakes were made by our local police officers that contributed to the unfortunate actions and outcomes associated with the 2016 YS New Year’s Eve Ball Drop,” Council President Karen Wintrow wrote to Greene County Prosecutor Stephen K. Haller. 

“Certainly this does not exculpate David Carlson’s behavior, but we do believe the circumstances established illustrate a context that explains the reported reactions and behaviors, which would be natural for any individual confronted with such documented aggression by a police officer,” she wrote.

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Wintrow said the council’s focus is to “move past these unfortunate incidents.”

ORIGINAL REPORT:

David Carlson has been charged with criminal offenses stemming from his conduct following the Yellow Springs New Year’s Eve ball drop event, according to a statement released through the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office this afternoon.


>>RELATED: Village retains attorney to investigate New Year’s Eve incident

A plea and sentencing hearing is set for Friday morning in Xenia Municipal Court, according to the prosecutor’s office.

According to an account of the incident, police officers on routine patrol during the event were involved in an altercation with Carlson after they said he refused to follow an officer’s commands.

“During this event this year, David Carlson, 29 years of age, appeared intoxicated and began leaning into the occupied cruiser of a Yellow Springs Police Officer. Carlson was told several times to move away from the door and Carlson failed to do so,” Police Chief Dave Hale said in a prepared statement released days after the incident.

Hale has since resigned. He said his officer eventually forced open the door and had his Taser in his hand.

According to Hale, Carlson then grabbed the Taser from the officer and fled into the crowd of several hundred spectators.

Officers chased Carlson and stopped him briefly. When another officer deployed their Taser unsuccessfully, Carlson got up and fled into the crowd again. Officers arrested Carlson when they responded to the Gulch, 128 Dayton St.

>>RELATED: Officer involved in New Year’s Eve incident resigns

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REPORT: Drugged driving surpasses drunken driving as a factor in fatal crashes 

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 4:13 AM

 DAYTON— A new Governor’s Highway Safety Association report shows drugged driving has now surpassed drunken driving as a factor in fatal crashes.

Statistics show drugs were present in 43 percent of drivers in crash fatalities.

The majority of Ohio motorists now view people driving after using illegal drugs as a bigger threat to their personal safety than those driving after using alcohol, according to a AAA survey.

“Public awareness of the drugged driving issue is critical to finding a solution,” said Cindy Antrican, a AAA spokeswoman. “The new statistics mirror what the public is already feeling which is the dire threat to their safety posed by drugged driving.”

Three out of four motorists surveyed said the use of illegal drugs before driving was a “very serious threat” to their safety compared to 66 percent who said the same thing about people driving after drinking alcohol.    

“This is especially significant when you consider the number of years it took to get the public to fully understand the dangers posed by drinking and driving,” Antrican said.  

‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:05 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 11:56 AM

Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” has died. He was 73.

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An unidentified source close to Demme’s family told IndieWire on Wednesday that Demme died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.

School district: No shooter at Washington state middle school, despite report

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:48 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 3:33 PM

Hawkins Middle School complex

School district officials said authorities did not find a shooter at Hawkins Middle School in Mason County, Washington, on Wednesday afternoon, after deputies said they were responding to a report of an active shooter.

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Mason County sheriff’s deputies told KIRO7.com they received a report a shooter in the school’s cafeteria.

UPDATE: Police initially said there were reports of an active shooter in a school cafeteria, at Hawkins Middle School in Belfair. Police now say there is no active shooter. KIRO 7 is overhead. Time-stamped updates are being posted here as we get them >> http://kiro.tv/ActiveShooterReport

Posted by KIRO 7 News on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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Series of pit bull dog attacks reported in Dayton this week

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 12:04 PM

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DAYTON — Multiple pit bull attacks in the city this week have left five people injured, including one man who died. 

The family dog

Dayton reports show the first dog attack was reported on April 23. 

Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of North Main Street for an animal complaint. The homeowner told officers her daughter was bitten by a pit bull mix dog. 

The victim was transported to Grandview Medical Center for treatment. 

“(The homeowner) stated she wanted the animal taken away due to this not being the first time to have happened,” wrote Dayton Police Officer Justin Ellis. 

Police contacted animal resources and requested the agency pick up the dog which was locked in a room. 

Fatal attack

Two days later, city officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Middle Street in response for a report about a man yelling for help and dogs barking around 5:15 a.m. on April 25. 

When officers arrived, a pit bull was attacking 60-year-old Maurice Brown, according to police. 

The dog mauled Brown to death. Officers shot and killed the dog, according to police. five

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Terra

Less than 24 hours after Brown was killed, officers were dispatched to 1414 Leo St. around 5:13 p.m. for an animal complaint. 

The victim told officers he was walking in the alley next to 1418 Lamar St. When he reached the front yard of the house a brown pit bull with a white chest started barking at him. A few seconds later the pit bull jumped over the fence and attacked him before jumping back into the yard.

The victim had bite injuries on his left upper thigh and lower right leg.

Medics transported the victim to Grandview Medical Center were he received stitches in his lower right leg.

The unnamed victim told police the dog grabbed him, shook its head a few times, causing him to fall on his knees. The dog also scratched his back. 

Officers later responded to the 1400 block of  Lamar Street to contact the dog’s owner. 

A man at the home told officers the dog that attacked the victim is Terra— a 2-year-old who recently had puppies. 

The man at the home told officers he didn’t own Terra, but he allowed her in the front yard while he did yard work. He typically allows the dogs in the back yard where there is a privacy fence.

Officers told Hamilton the dog had to be quarantined for 10 days.

Coco

Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of  East Third Street for an animal complaint.

The victim told police that around 5:30 p.m. he was in a back yard located in the 2800 block of East Third Street pulling weeds from the fence line. He was outside the fence near the alley when two dogs he recognized approached him. 

“The dogs he stated began to ‘rile each other up’ by barking at him until the brown and white dog bit him on the left leg above the ankle.”

Police later identified the brown and white dog as Coco. The other dog was identified as Bella. 

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After biting the victim, the dogs left the area. 

Police reported the victim had a small laceration above his left ankle. 

The victim reported he planned to go to the hospital. 

Officers drove to the address where the dogs live and spoke with the owner Alexander Elizarars. The owner told police the dogs recently escaped from the back yard, but had since been secured and the fence had been fixed. 

Police told Elizarars to quarantine Coco for 10 days until an Animal Resource Center advocate could respond to the scene. 

Bella

Dayton police were dispatched to the 2800 bock of East Third Street at 6:05 p.m. for an animal complaint. 

The victim told police she was attacked by a dark brown pit bull in the alley behind her home. She said the dog and another lighter brown pit bull escaped from their yard and were running lose in the alley. 

“She state that the dark brown dog bit her one time above her left ankle,” Dayton Police Officer Scottie Fero wrote. “I observed two puncture wound above her left ankle.”

Officers went to Elizararas’s home again. 

The owner said the dark brown pit bull, Bella, is between ages 4 and 5 and weighs about 50 pounds. 

Officers told Elizararas Bella, in addition to Coco, would also be under quarantine. 

Officers transported the victim to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment.