Carlisle crematory’s license revoked after inspection finds bodies not refrigerated

Published: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 @ 3:21 PM

Company losses license

A Carlisle crematory business has temporarily lost its license after it was investigated for having non-refrigerated human remains at its facility, according to state documents obtained by this news outlet.

Premium Mortuary Services failed to keep seven human bodies, not embalmed, in a working refrigerated facility at the crematory facility, according to the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.

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The board has recommended that the company’s license be suspended immediately, stating it presents “a danger of immediate and serious harm.”

Jon Rittig, board president, said the Crematory Review Board will consider the facts involved in the case and make a recommendation back to the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors board. He said the seven-member board has seven to 14 days to make its decision, according to state law.

Rittig said the board takes the accusations “very, very seriously” and its goal is to “protect” consumers.

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This news outlet has left a message with the company seeking comment.

Here’s what a board inspector found at the facility July 28, according to state documents:

  • “a slight odor of decomposition” around an exterior garage door that was slightly open

  • three deceased human bodies in alternate cardboard containers — one on a cot, and the other two each on separate eight-foot tables, located outside of two coolers. These three bodies had been embalmed.
  • a three-person cooler not functioning properly with a temperature of about 68 degrees, according to the temperature gauge.
  • a walk-in cooler not functioning properly with a temperature of about 62 degrees.
  • an odor of decomposition inside the facility

  • dead flies on the floor and live ones flying around the facility
  • a temperature of 95 degrees in the cremation retort area and 93 degrees on the garage door

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The inspector observed 18 deceased human bodies in the facility. Fifteen were adults and three were children.

Of the seven bodies that hadn’t been embalmed, their date of arrival at Premium Mortuary Services were: Feb. 6, March 12, April 10, June 22, July 22 ,July 22 and July 26, according to documents.

The owner told the inspector that the three-person cooler had not worked since July 26. He didn’t say how long the walk-in cooler had not worked.

Local law enforcement and the Warren County Coroner’s Office were called to the scene, and the two coolers were repaired.

Beavercreek voters to decide same school tax rejected in May

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:17 PM

Beavercreek City Schools is returning to the Nov. 7 ballot with the same proposal that voters narrowly defeated in the spring special election.

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The proposed 6-mill substitute emergency levy would permanently replace an emergency levy that is set to expire in 2018. If passed, the tax would not raise costs to property owners but continue at the current rate of $210 a year for property valued at $100,000, according to the district. 

The tax would generate approximately 13 percent of the district's daily operating revenue, paying for utilities, bus fuel, classroom supplies, technology and personnel.

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Substitute levies came into being in Ohio in 2008 and since then 20 public school districts have secured that revenue source with voters' approval. 

Instead of producing a fixed-dollar amount each year like an emergency levy regardless of new construction, a substitute levy's tax rate doesn't change, but the levy's annual revenue can increase as new homes get built and occupied. Under the current tax, property owners' tax bills gradually decrease as new homes get built and occupied.

You can find out more about the proposal by reading the district’s one-sheet graphic, which is posted on the district’s website.

Buildings damaged following large earthquake in Mexico City

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 4:20 PM

7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Central Mexico

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake caused buildings to sway and break apart in Mexico City on the anniversary of the magnitude 8.0 quake that did major damage in 1985.

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Pictures fell from walls, objects were shaken off of flat surfaces and computer monitors toppled over.

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Former UD student indicted in series of nude burglaries

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 3:55 PM

Andres Berdut, Montgomery County Jail
Andres Berdut, Montgomery County Jail

Seven months after allegedly breaking into University of Dayton residences with no clothes on, a man has been indicted for burglary and voyeurism.

Andres Berdut, 22, of Puerto Rico, will be arraigned Oct. 3 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court on four counts each of burglary and voyeurism. 

Berdut, who was a University of Dayton student at the time, was arrested Feb. 16 after three female students reported that a nude man entered their houses in the early hours of Feb. 15.

Prosecutors say Berdut’s DNA has now also linked him to prior burglaries on the UD campus in September 2015 and December 2016.

Berdut was criminally trespassed off the UD campus following the incidents.

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The first encounter occurred around 3:15 a.m. on Woodland Avenue, the second at 4 a.m. on Frericks Way and the third at 4:15 a.m. on College Park Avenue, according to an email advisory from the university. 

Kettering police investigate break-in at Cricket store

Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 2:51 AM

Capt. Jeff Kunkleman with Troy PD talks to NewsCenter 7's Steve Baker about the break-in that happened at the MetroPCS store early Monday morning. If you have an information about the break-in, please contact Troy police at 440-9911.

UPDATE @4:51 a.m.

Kettering police said it’s possible a break-in at a Cricket store is connected to similar breakins overnight.

Sgt. Brad Lambert said police were already checking for break-ins in the city after a Metro PCS in Huber Heights and a Rent-a-Center in Riverside were broken into.

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Lambert said break-ins come in spurts, and if one break-in is reported, there usually end up being several.

“When it does happen, it typically happens in multiple jurisdictions in one night,” he said.

After being alerted of the break-ins in Huber Heights and Riverside, Kettering police were checking area cell phone stores for any criminal activity and came upon the break-in at the Cricket store. 

“We had an officer sitting and watching the store. He left to do something else, and an office came 10 minutes later and the store had been broken into,” Lambert said.

Employees are in the store taking inventory to determine what was stolen. 

Rocks were thrown through the front windows at all three break-ins.

UPDATE @4 a.m.

A Cricket employee is in the store working to determine if anything was stolen or damaged.

A rock was thrown through the front window, according to our crews on the scene.

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Kettering police are investigating a reported break-in at a Cricket store.

The break-in was reported around 2:40 a.m. at the store in the 2200 block of Patterson Road.  A window was reportedly smashed in.

Huber Heights police are also investigating to break-ins early this morning. It’s unknown if the incidents are related.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.