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City of Marietta responds to K-9 auction case

Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 5:20 PM
Published: Monday, February 01, 2016 @ 8:40 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (Feb. 1): The City of Marietta, in a prepared statement released tonight via Facebook, stands by its offer to appoint retired police Officer Matt Hickey to the position of an auxiliary officer with duties that would include his being a keeper for K-9 Officer Ajax.

According to the statement, Hickey agreed to the arrangement last week after the city council on Jan. 28 voiced support for keeping the dog with Hickey.

There has been no comment from Hickey and word on what will happen to the more than $50,000 pledged to a GoFundMe page set up to help the former officer buy Ajax when the city takes the dog to auction.

According to the city. K-9 officers retired because of age or infirmity are offered to their former partners, by state law, for $1. Ajax has several working years remaining in his career and according to state law would have to be sold at auction if the officer wanted to purchase the animal before the K-9 is officially retired, according to the statement.


People have stepped up to help a retired Ohio police officer purchase his longtime K9 partner.

By Sunday, a GoFundMe page set up to help buy Ajax when the city takes it to auction had raised more than $50,000.

Recently retired Marietta officer Matt Hickey has offered to buy the dog for $3,500 — the police dog’s estimated value, but the city said Ajax must be sold at auction because he’s public property, according to the Associated Press report.

Any excess funds raised on the GoFundMe page will go toward buying protective vests for other K9 officers, according to the AP report.

In an interview with WBNS-TV in Columbus, Hickey said he has cared for the dog for three years and that he’s like a family member.

Marietta officials said they’ll only allow a police officer, active or retired, or a trainer of police dogs to bid on Ajax, according to the AP.

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Wife listens to entire 4-hour rescue of big-rig driver after interstate crash

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 8:28 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 8:04 PM
By: Ken Lemon - WSOC

WSOC has learned that Jackson Musyoka, of Flower Mound, Texas, is the driver who was trapped for nearly four hours inside his tractor-trailer Thursday on Interstate 85.

Firefighters and rescuers worked in the heat and in poison oak for hours to save Musyoka, who officials said lost his leg in the crash.

They feared he would die, but reassured him the whole time that he would be OK.

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WSOC learned Musyoka’s wife was on the phone with him when the crash happened.

"That was the worst ever, just to hear all of that," Tyshell Musyoka said, adding that her husband looked down for a brief moment while driving and when he looked back up the truck was swerving. 

"I heard the tumbling and everything.  Then it got silent for a minute and then that's when I started hearing him screaming for help," she said. 

He had no idea his wife was still on the phone, listening and worrying, until rescuers arrived. His wife heard their voices. 

"The way they were doing him it pretty much eased my mind," she said.

Tyshell Musyoka couldn't hear everything, but she heard rescuers asking for room just as they got him free. J's ackson Musyokacell phone battery died before they took him out. She didn't get to hear them taking him up to a waiting helicopter.

"I just want to say, Thank you so much,'" Tyshell Musyoka said. 

Tyshell Musyoka said her husband is weak, but in good spirits.

Police are still not sure what caused the 18-wheeler to go off the interstate.

Fireman shares his rescue story

Fireman Alex Hardee worked side-by-side with other rescuers.

"Four hours for me. That’s a first,"  Hardee said. "That’s the longest that I have probably been a part of," Hardee said.

Authorities said the trucker’s leg was so badly damaged, paramedics considered amputating it on the scene.

Hardee climbed into the rig in full turnout gear on a blistering hot day.

"Your body temperature, no matter how much you sweat, you can’t drink enough water," Hardee said.

Fire crews took turns so that they didn't overheat, going up and down a steep hill.

Cables from a large wrecker kept the truck from sliding further down hill.

"We have a job to do. We signed up to do this. We trained for this," Hardee said, adding for four hours firefighters and police focused on the trucker trapped inside.

"Keeping him abreast of the steps were taking to extricate him. Just more or less talking to him and keeping him calm," he said.

They had to remove the floor of the rig to pull him out. Hardee helped to take him back up the hill to a waiting medical helicopter.

"We were excited. We were glad that he was out. Then we got right back into the mode of, ‘We got to get him out of here,’" Hardee said.

They saved his life, but the damage to his leg was too severe. Doctors at the hospital amputated his leg. One officer said it’s still a success and that in 29 years he has never had rescue last so long and have the patient survive.


Dayton pastor accused of murder in death of foster son, 2

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 8:14 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 5:19 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. (Aug. 26): Torace D. Weaver, a Dayton pastor accused of murder, was 2-year-old Stanley Thomas’s foster father but he and his wife had not adopted the boy, Kevin Lavoie, spokesman with Montgomery County Children Services, has confirmed.

There were no other fosters in the home, Lavoie said, noting the Weavers received their licensure to become foster parents in August 2015.

“Obviously, we have an open case on them,” he said of the Weavers. Lavoie said the case was opened in November 2015, about the time of the child’s death.

Yvonne Letne, who lives across the street from King of Glory Church on Genesee Avenue in Dayton, said she knows the family well.

“I’m really shaken up; We watched each others’ properties and stuff,” Letne said.

She said she had believed the pastor’s original story that the boy suffered injuries after falling off a table.

“I knew there was more to what they were telling us,” she said, but never expected this.

“Oh that little boy, he was so sweet,” Letne said. “He played with my grand kids.”

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m. (Aug. 26): Montgomery County prosecutor’s confirm with this newsroom that Torace Weaver has just been taken in to custody by U.S. Marshal’s in Dayton late Friday afternoon.


A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted Torace D. Weaver, 37, in the death of a 2-year-old boy in 2015.

Weaver, who is not in custody, was indicted on two counts of murder; involuntary manslaughter; two counts of endangering children; felonious assault; reckless homicide; and obstructing official business, according to court records.

Stanley Thomas, 2, died in November 2015.

The boy’s death was ruled a homicide in March 2016.

On Nov. 18, 2015, emergency first responders were called to King of Glory Church on Genesee Avenue in Dayton, where Weaver was pastor, on a report of a toddler not breathing. The child, 2-year-old Stanley Thomas, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Injuries included bruises, scars and a large burn, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Weaver, also the child’s foster father, stated the child had fallen from a table at the church.

The Montgomery coroner said in March ruled the child’s cause of death was blunt force trauma and the death was a homicide.

Weaver is listed as a pastor at King of Glory Church, according to a sign on the edifice, but church members tell us he is no longer with the church.

According to records, Weaver currently works as an ortho-tech with Kettering Medical Center.

An arrest warrant has been issued. He is to be arraigned Sept. 8.

Huber Heights teacher arrested in Kettering drug raid

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 8:08 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:15 PM
By: Jeremy P. Kelley - Breaking News Staff

Huber Heights teacher arrested in Kettering drug raid
Kelly Stone

UPDATE @ 12:14 p.m. (Aug. 26): Huber Heights school Superintendent Susan Gunnell said late Friday morning that the district was just hearing details of a teacher’s drug arrest. But she confirmed that the Kelly Stone arrested in the Kettering raid is the Huber Heights teacher listed as Kelly McGill.

She said she wasn’t aware of any complaints against Stone, who had just started her second year with the district.

“It’s highly unfortunate. When we get this information we take it very seriously and put our steps in motion,” Gunnell said. “First and foremost, who we want in front of our children are people who are able to make good decisions and follow rules and guidelines.”

UPDATE 10:37 a.m. (Aug. 26):

An elementary school art teacher in Huber Heights City Schools was one of two people arrested in a Kettering drug bust Friday morning.

Kelly Stone, 30, was arrested on a drug possession charge, according to jail records, in connection with a raid in the 1200 block of Rose Bower Drive, just south of the Stroop-Marshall intersection.

Stone, also known as Kelly McGill, teaches art at Charles Huber Elementary and Wright Brothers Elementary, according to district officials. She taught at Summit Academy Community School in Dayton from 2012-15 according to the state treasurer’s web site.

Kettering police confirmed that their information also showed Stone as a teacher at Huber Heights schools.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said the raid was conducted after an investigation into drug complaints from neighbors.

The other person arrested on the scene was Donte Shackelford, 31. He was arrested on a warrant from another jurisdiction, according to jail records.

Kettering Police Lt. Dan Gangwer said KPD’s investigation led to a search warrant and Friday’s raid. He said detectives are still working on the investigation and more charges could be forthcoming.

UPDATE 10:17 a.m. (Aug. 26):

We are looking into the possibility that a woman jailed during this morning’s raid is a local school teacher.

We are working to gather more details.

UPDATE @ 8 a.m. (Aug. 26)

Two people have been detained following a drug raid at a Kettering home on Rose Bower Drive.

Kettering Police Chief Christopher Protsman said this morning’s raid was after an investigation into drug complaints from neighbors.

Our crew on the scene observed both a man and a woman were placed in the back of police cruisers.

A police K9 is currently searching around a vehicle and garage of the house.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.


We’re following reports of police activity in the area of Marshall Road and Rose Bower Avenue in Kettering Friday morning.

Officers along with Kettering’s Special Response Team were reportedly surrounding a home on Rose Bower Avenue, but details were not available from dispatchers.

Our crew on the scene observed one man was placed in the back of a police cruiser.

We’ll update this page as new details become available.

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Parents say school slavery game is demeaning

Updated: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:28 PM
Published: Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 7:10 PM
By: Tom Regan - WSB-TV

            Parents say school slavery game is demeaning

A slavery educational activity game is no longer part of the lesson plan at a Cobb County school and the teacher responsible is now facing disciplinary action.

Delores Bunch-Keemer knew something was wrong when her 10-year-old granddaughter came home from Cheatham Elementary School Tuesday afternoon.

"She was very concerned. I could see the expression on her face," Bunch-Keemer told WSB

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The teacher who conducted this interactive learning activity says she was simply doing it to try to engage her fifth-grade students in the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad.

But it apparently had some unintended consequences.

Bunch-Keemer's granddaughter and her classmates were playing an interactive game taking the role of slaves trying to escape a plantation and find freedom on the Underground Railroad.

A role of dice directed their path, escaping into the woods or getting sent back to the plantation.

Bunch-Keemer said her granddaughter wound up back at the plantation several times, and in one instance, “When going back to the plantation her teacher said they would be beaten cause they didn't like their work."

The teacher may have been trying make a dramatic point about the suffering imposed on slaves, but Bunch-Keemer said her granddaughter took it another way.

It didn’t help that she's the only African-American girl in the classroom.

“She said she went back to the plantation six times, so that consistent feeling of being degraded, and I have to be beaten when I got back to the plantation,” Bunch-Keemer told Regan.

Bunch-Keemer said she went to the elementary school and spoke with the teacher, who told her till now, she had received no complaints about the history simulation game. She then took it a step further. 

“If we did a Holocaust game, and people had to roll the dice if they were going to go in the gas chamber, do you see any similarity in that, and she didn't, that it was wrong,” Bunch-Keemer said.

"Cheatham Hill administrators were not aware in advance of the activity,"  the Cobb County school district said in a statement. "The activity in question was not an approved lesson plan. School officials are taking appropriate personnel action with the teacher."