$1,000 offered for return of kitten stolen from Kettering adoption event

Published: Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 4:56 PM
Updated: Monday, August 12, 2013 @ 4:56 PM

When one thinks of a cat burglar, this probably doesn’t come to mind.

A $1,000 reward is being offered for the return of a “tiny, cute and sweet” calico kitten stolen from a rescue group’s adoption day Sunday evening in front of Pet Supplies Plus, 508 E. Stroop Road, Kettering.

Police are investigating the incident, which was reported around 6 p.m.

Elisabeth Fitzhugh of Blue’ Mews Siamese Cat Rescue said a woman removed the 9 or 10-week-old kitten named Cally from its cage and expressed interest in adopting her.

A rescue group volunteer signaled Fitzhugh that there was something suspicious about the woman inquiring about the little, long-haired feline.

Fitzhugh told the woman that her group had already found a home for the kitten.

While Fitzhugh worked to get Cally’s mother adopted, the suspect apparently only pretended to return the kitten to her cage.

A short time later a rescue group worker yelled that the kitten was missing and a woman and a man were making a get away.

Fitzhugh and her husband followed the suspected couple.

Fitzhugh learned after the couple drove off in a silver SUV that a worker saw the suspect hand the kitten off to another woman.

“I was really in a state of shock,” said Fitzhugh, who has worked with rescue groups 30 years.

Her own group has worked for three years to find homes for Siamese cats and other felines. This is the first time one of her cats has been stolen.

An unidentified woman who found and fostered Cally, her mother and two litter mates has been besides herself with sadness.

Cally’s mother was starving and could not produce milk to feed her young when the woman stepped in to save them.

“She wanted to hand the kittens over to someone who love them,” Fitzhugh said, noting that the thief wasn’t accustomed to being told ‘no.’

The actions by the alleged thief and her suspected accomplices prove that the volunteer worker’s evaluation of her personality was correct, Fitzhugh said.

“Just because you want something doesn’t mean it is the best thing for the thing you are stealing,” she added.

There is a $100 fee to adopt Siamese and mixed-breed Siamese cats from Fitzhugh’s organization. Other cats and kittens are adopted for $75.

The fee includes micro-chipping, shots, spaying or neutering and medical care for three weeks.

Fitzhugh worries that the thieves will not properly care for the kitten.

You don’t know what kind of person that is,” she said. “But you knew they are willing to steal.”

Those with information about the theft should call Kettering police at (937) 296-2555.

Fitzhugh’s group can be reached at (937) 271-1411.

Contact this blogger at arobinson@DaytonDailyNews.com or Twitter.com/DDNSmartMouth

Sidney McDonald’s robbery suspect arrested

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 3:33 AM

 SIDNEY — A man suspected of robbing the McDonald’s on Michigan Street was taken into custody by police on Thursday. 

Lance C. Shewalter, 32, is being held at the Shelby County Jail.

Sidney police were dispatched to the 2200 block of Michigan Street around 10:43 p.m. Thursday.

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Shortly after, officers located Shewalter in the an area near where police say witnesses lost sight of him.

Several items used in the robbery were located in the area, according to police. 

Shewalter has been charged with robbery and is being held at the Shelby County Jail. 

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1-month-old boy dies after parents didn't check on him for at least 6 hours, police say

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

Cameron Dowden, 21, (pictured) and Superiah Campbell, 19, were arrested in Florida Thursday after investigators claimed their child died because they allegedly failed to check on him for at least six hours.

The parents of a 1-month-old Cocoa, Florida, boy were arrested Thursday after investigators claimed their child died because they allegedly failed to check on him for at least six hours.

Superiah Campbell, 19, and Cameron Dowden, 21, were each charged with a count of manslaughter of a child for the May 10th death of their son.

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Cocoa police officers were called to the couple’s apartment unit at about 12:15 p.m. on May 10.

The 911 caller told officials the child had stopped breathing and was cold to the touch, investigators said.

Emergency personnel tried to resuscitate the child when they arrived at the apartment, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

After investigating the child’s death, police said they found that evidence showed the parents had not checked on the child for at least six hours, leading to the discovery of the boy in an unresponsive state.

“By failing to check on the child for over six hours, the defendants consciously did an act, or followed a course of conduct that they must have known, or reasonably should have known, was likely to cause death or great bodily harm,” Cocoa Police Department Detective Debra Titkanich wrote in an affidavit. “Both parents showed a reckless disregard for human life.”

Investigators had not determined an official cause of death but said it appeared the child suffocated. 

2-car crash forces vehicle into Dayton house; 2nd driver flees

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:23 PM

A two-car crash this evening forced one car into a house at the corner of Stewart Street and Clement Avenue in Dayton.

A passenger in the car was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries described as minor, according to police.

The second car fled the scene but was found a few blocks away. However, its driver ran from the car before police arrived.

It is not clear whether that driver has been caught and we’re working to learn more information about what led to the crash.

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9th inmate sues Montgomery County Jail, now-fired officer

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 1:12 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 6:05 PM

A ninth lawsuit has been filed by a former inmate alleging mistreatment by Montgomery County Jail personnel, this one involving a now-fired corrections officer that the sheriff’s office tried to prosecute.

Former inmate Daryl Wallace, 44, filed a lawsuit this week against former corrections officer Jerrid Campbell, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and the county’s board of commissioners in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Wallace’s attorneys alleged that Campbell “viciously beat” Wallace with impunity. The Sept. 28, 2015, altercation was captured on surveillance video.

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The civil rights, excessive force lawsuit claimed that Wallace complained to Campbell that his cell’s hot water wasn’t working and Campbell refused to call maintenance.

Wallace called Campbell a name, the lawsuit said, and walked away before Campbell ordered him to stop and shoved Wallace to the ground.

“Campbell then pummeled Mr. Wallace with punch after punch while holding handcuffs and using them like brass knuckles,” Wallace’s attorney’s wrote. “(Wallace) was bleeding from his scalp.”

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Wallace claims he regularly experiences migraine headaches so bad “it feels like his forehead swells, the pain paralyzes him, and he vomits.” The suit also said Wallace’s vision has worsened since the incident.

Plummer said Thursday that Campbell was fired Tuesday for “violations of numerous policies.”

According to sheriff’s office documents, those violations included: using racist slurs against Plummer and other command staff members; failing to allow an inmate access to a dentist; two violations of use of force; an inappropriate Facebook post about a co-worker, making inaccurate and untruthful statements to the Dayton Daily News; making similar statements to the Dayton Weekly News. Campbell was suspended a total of 23 days for those alleged violations.

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Campbell wouldn’t comment Thursday about the lawsuit but said he was fired “for exposing the segregation in the jail and for writing a complaint against Phil Plummer plus the rest of his racist command staff for creating a racist atmosphere towards black officer (sic) and threatening (other officers) for speaking out against racism.”

Campbell’s complaints about comments by former Maj. Scott Landis led to Landis’ demotion in October. In November, Campbell was quoted in a story about allegations that female inmates are racially segregated at the jail and an analysis by this newspaper that found black female inmates were disproportionately placed in older, smaller cells.

Chief Deputy Rob Streck said Thursday that Campbell has alleged he was treated unfairly, but “those allegations have been covered numerous times in numerous investigations without any evidence or any type of proof bought forward other than just accusations.”

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The sheriff’s office said this week the “expedited” internal review of the segregation allegations they announced in November is still ongoing.

The 156-page internal investigation of the altercation between Campbell and Wallace, obtained by this newspaper, shows the sheriff’s office referred the case to both city and county prosecutors and both declined charges.

“The situation was properly investigated, and the employee was disciplined and held accountable to the fullest extent,” Plummer said, noting that Campbell was suspended without pay for 10 days.

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Wallace’s attorney, Adam Gerhardstein, said the sheriff was right to discipline Campbell, but the department should have done more to prevent the incident in the first place.

“What’s important is looking at what caused excessive force to be used, and there’s enough evidence out there that we believe there’s a pattern and practice within the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office of using excessive force in that jail,” he said.

Eight other former inmates have filed suits alleging mistreatment in the jail. None has reached trial or been settled.


Wallace’s suit mentions the pepper-spraying of Amber Swink while in a restraint chair by then Sgt. Judith Sealey, injuries to Joseph Guglielmo allegedly caused by jail personnel and the death of Robert Richardson, who died after suffering a medical emergency while in his cell.

The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages plus attorneys fees and court costs.

“Corrections officers are supposed to keep the people in their custody safe,”Adam Gerhardstein said in a statement. “There is no justification for Officer Campbell’s vicious assault on Mr. Wallace. Montgomery County has a responsibility to put an end to the use of excessive force by the corrections officers in its jail.”

The same day the Wallace lawsuit was filed, Plummer attended the first meeting of a new committee established to review jail practices and policy in light of the slew of lawsuits — which he blames in part on increased public attention.

“Another thing we need to address is the media and the frenzy they create, and they bring more ambulance chasers to sue us,” Plummer said at that meeting. “This is a vicious cycle.”