Coroner IDs woman fatally mauled by 2 dogs

Published: Friday, February 07, 2014 @ 9:05 AM
Updated: Friday, February 07, 2014 @ 8:15 PM


            2 people in custody after dog fatally mauls woman

Two people are under arrest in the death of a Dayton woman fatally mauled by two mixed-breed dogs Friday morning.

Dayton police were called to 31 E. Bruce Ave. shortly after 8 a.m. after receiving a report of a naked person on the sidewalk. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of the woman whose coat had been torn off. They also found two male dogs who charged, prompting officers to shoot and kill the animals.

Friday evening, the Montgomery County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Klonda S. Richey, 57. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday morning.

The attack is believed to be the third fatal incident in 17 months in Montgomery County involving dogs and people.

Richey worked for the county for 25 years. An employee with the Montgomery County Job & Family Services' Administrative Services Division, she worked at the Haines Children's Center on North Main Street. In the wake of Friday's attack, Montgomery County Animal Control Resource Center officers removed 20 cats, which were well cared for, from Richey's home.

Complaints about the dogs had been made before. According to Mark Kumpf, Animal Resource Center director, there were nine earlier complaints about the dogs. The Dayton Daily News and News Center 7 requested the public records, but they were not available Friday.

Following the attack, police took Andrew Nason, 28, and Julie Custer, 25, into custody while executing a search warrant at 35 E. Bruce Ave., the home next door to the victim's. Nason and Custer each are being held on a charge of reckless homicide, pending the filing of formal charges.

Kumpf described the dogs as mixed-Mastiff breeds and believes each of the dogs weighed up to 60 pounds. It is unclear what the mix of the dogs is but Kumpf said he believes they are part Cane Corso.

A search of county dog license owners shows there are three dogs licensed and living in the same block as the victim. Two of those dogs, described as mixed breeds -- one tan, one red -- belong to Custer.

It is believed that the county has had three deaths related to dog attacks since 2001, according to Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. Two of those attacks occurred in separate incidents in 2012 and involved the deaths of a 76-year-old woman mauled by a Cane Corso and a 93-year-old female mauled by a Boston terrier. The third death occurred in 2001 after a 3-day-old boy was mauled by a German shepherd.

The coroner's office, in its records, does not list "dog bite" as a cause of death, Betz said.

The state does not keep track of dog bite-related fatalities, said Joanne Midla, public health veterinarian for the Ohio Department of Health. Nationally, the number of dog bite-related fatalities has ranged from 31 to 34 during the last five years, according to the National Canine Research Council.

Kumpf said any large breed dog has the potential to seriously injure or kill a person.

"Anybody who encounters a dog that they're not familiar with should try and back away from the situation," Kumpf said. "If they are not able to do so, one of the things that we recommend is that they make themselves a smaller target as possible."

News Center 7 Reporter John Bedell contributed to this report.

Missing Florida teen considered in danger, may be with man she met on Facebook

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

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Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger.

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Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook.

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She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green shirt and black jeans, and carrying a purple duffel bag. 

She has blonde/brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 to 140 pounds. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-423-TIPS. 

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Deputies: Naked, bloody man is suspect in Jefferson Twp. hammer attack

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 10:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.

A man was taken into custody tonight after employees at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp. reported a naked, bloody man was trespassing.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:30 p.m. to Clean Water Ltd., 300 Cherokee Drive, and determined the trespasser was the suspect in an earlier felonious assault in the township. Deputies with the assistance of Trotwood and Dayton police searched the complex and were able to find him. They took the suspect into custody without incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded around 6:15 p.m. to an assault in the 20 block of South Northampton Avenue after one person hit another in the head with a hammer, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect -- later identified as the man trespassing at the wastewater treatment  plant -- fled and the victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The names of the suspect arrested and the victim were not released.

Deputies said the incidents remain under investigation.

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One person was taken into custody tonight after a report of a bloody and naked man at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp.

The incident was reported around 7:30 p.m. at Clean Water Ltd, 300 Cherokee Drive, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. 

It's not clear why the man was bloody and nude, nor why he showed up at the business. 

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies took one person from the scene to the county jail. 

We are working to learn more about the incident.

Police seek robber who held up Chase Bank in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

A masked man held up a Chase Bank branch Friday morning in Dayton.

The suspect demanded tellers to empty several money drawers before he fled through the front entrance of the bank, 1078 Patterson Road, according to a Dayton police report.

The suspect is described as a man with an athletic build standing 5 feet 10 inches. He was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black gloves and a mask, the report stated.

He was last seen running towards apartment buildings behind the bank and may have fled in a vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to call Miami Valley CrimeStoppers, 937-222-STOP (7867).

OSP: Man crashes into Middletown police cruiser, admits drug abuse

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 9:03 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

A driver who admitted to law enforcement he was impaired while driving struck a Middletown Division of Police cruiser Saturday morning, June 24, 2017, which forced the cruiser to strike a pickup truck in Middletown. FACEBOOK
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UPDATE @ 7:10 p.m.

The Middletown Division of Police used social media today to say all of Middletown needs to take a stand against opioid abuse after an impaired driver crashed into a cruiser this morning. The officers in the cruiser were on their way to a report of an overdose when the crash happened.

“Very definition of ironic. Thankful our two officers made it out safely after being hit by a person suspected of opioid abuse while en route to an overdose call early this morning,” police posted to its Facebook page.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lebanon Post Sgt. Tom Bloomberg said charges likely will be filed Monday in Middletown against a man who admitted to being under the influence of drugs when he crashed into a Middletown Division of Police cruiser early this morning. 

Adam Danner, of Middletown, allegedly ran a red light around 4:20 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard and struck the cruiser. The cruiser then careened into opposing traffic and struck a southbound pickup truck.

“There are going to be charges,” Bloomberg said. “There will definitely be OVI because he admitted to being impaired and obviously showed signs of impairment.” 

Officers and the truck driver were treated by medics at the scene. Danner was taken to a Middletown hospital for treatment of injuries. As of this afternoon, Atrium Medical Center no longer has Danner listed as a patient.

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A Middletown man is believed to have been on drugs when he crashed into Middletown Division of Police cruiser in a three-vehicle crash this morning. 

The crash occurred around 4:20 a.m. when the Ohio State Highway Patrol said Adam Danner ran a red light at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Breiel Boulevard and struck the cruiser.

According to a release from the highway patrol’s Hamilton Post, the impact sent the cruiser into the opposite lane of traffic and into a southbound truck. 

The two officers in the cruiser and the pickup truck driver were treated at the scene. Danner was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown with minor injuries. 

Deputies said while in the hospital, Danner admitted to using drugs before driving.

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

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