Deputy violated policy in dog’s river rescue

Published: Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 6:33 PM
Updated: Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 6:33 PM

            Firefighters from Troy Fire Department managed to rescue a dog that fell through the ice of the Great Miami River in Troy on Monday morning. iWitness7 Reporter Daryl Williams caught the rescue of video.

A Miami County sheriff’s deputy who went on her own to assist during a January rescue of a dog from the Great Miami River in Troy was given verbal counseling by a supervisor for violating department policies.

Sheriff’s Maj. Steve Lord said longtime deputy Tina Waymire, who handled the department’s K-9 units for more than 20 years, was not disciplined for her actions but the supervisor did talk with her.

“We appreciate she helped save a dog. We are very grateful the dog survived,” Lord said Friday. “We understand the situation … but keep in mind we have to follow policies.”

Waymire said Friday she could not comment. She referred questions to her lawyer and labor union representative, who were not available late Friday afternoon.

The Labrador retriever named Stella was seen in the icy river near the Adams Street bridge around 9 a.m. Jan. 12. Troy police were called along with the fire department and Miami County Animal Shelter.

Waymire, who was on duty, responded to the bridge without being called to assist and was on the radio talking to the countywide dispatch center, Sgt. Todd Tennant wrote in a sheriff’s office memo to Lt. Tom Wheeler dated Jan. 13.

Tennant said he received an email from a dispatch center supervisor during the incident regarding Waymire’s participating in the response and questioning the location of a rescue boat when her assistance had not been requested.

Once the dog was rescued from the water by firefighters, Waymire put the dog in her cruiser and took the dog to the Stonyridge Veterinary Hospital using emergency lights and sirens, Tennant wrote. He noted the GPS from the cruiser showed the vehicle at 54 mph in an area of 35 mph during the drive from the river to the veterinary offices.

Information with the memo said the counseling included discussions on the tone of her radio traffic, the department escort policy and her driving on a day when roads were icy.

Lord said only verbal counseling was given to Waymire. “She will not be punished, will not receive any loss in pay,” he said of the action. The counseling with Waymire was on Feb. 6, according to the memo.

Pike County Sheriff issues alert about criminal gang, heroin

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 3:30 PM

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued a warning Monday to residents regarding “gang members” coming to the area and “‘taking out’ believed snitches.”

The unusual message — posted on Facebook and confirmed as authentic by dispatchers — did not reference the April 22, 2016, murders of eight people that have become synonymous with the rural southern Ohio county.

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“MS-13, an International Criminal Gang and or Konvicted Family gang members are allegedly coming into Pike County this weekend,” the alert reads. “Possibly planning on ‘taking out’ believed snitches and spread (sic) ‘HOTSHOTS’ of heavily laced Heroin into the area that could cause an extremely large amount of overdoses in Pike County and surrounding counties.”

“This is according to very limited intelligence deputies have gathered in recent drug related investigations across the area in the past weeks,” the notice stated.

A dispatcher at the Pike County Sheriff’s Office said no additional details are available.

Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, said, “We are not involved with this.”

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Gang or cartel involvement have long been theories in the mysterious deaths of eight people in Pike County.

Initial reports that investigators found a large marijuana grow operation at the crime scene fueled speculation that Mexican drug cartels could be involved, considering the apparent sophistication of the crime and prior reports that Mexican organized crime was previously active in the area.

But Reader played down the Mexican cartel idea last year in an interview with WCPO in Cincinnati.

“With the nature of the investigation, and the things that’s been revealed while conducting the investigation, there would be no indication to me as to any type of Mexican drug cartel being involved,” he said. “It wasn’t because they had a couple little indoor grows, wasn’t because there was just a couple of cars on the property that may have been stolen. It’s much bigger than that.”

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Man who shot wife in Germantown sentenced

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 8:55 AM

Thomas A. Shockey (Montgomery County Jail)
Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 2:00 p.m.:

Thomas Shockey, 71, was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting his wife and hitting her in the head last September, according to court officials.


DAYTON — A 71-year-old Germantown man accused of shooting his wife in the stomach and hitting her in the head in their home will be sentenced in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court today.

Thomas Shockey, a Germantown resident, called 911 and admitted he shot his wife on September 4, 2016

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Shockey is facing a felonious assault charge. 

MC Sheriff’s Office looking for garage break-in suspect

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help identifying a suspect in a recent garage break in. 

The break in occurred on Lago Mar Drive in Washington Township. The suspect is seen carrying a flashlight as he walks around the garage and opens a vehicle's door.

The unknown male subject then notices the surveillance cameras and leaves the scene.

He is identified as a male who has a beard and is wearing a baseball style hat, a long sleeve shirt, and blue jeans. A vehicle was not seen leaving the area.

If you have any information regarding the person seen in the photos you are asked to contact Detective Ridgeway at 937-432-2766.

Police: Man allegedly hit wife with prosthetic leg

Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 @ 1:01 PM

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A man in Ohio is accused of striking his wife with one of his prosthetic legs, police said.

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Police responded Friday to a home in Sandusky on a disorderly conduct call, The Associated Press reported. Ronna Wilson told police that her husband, Richard T. Wilson Sr., 63, threw one of his prosthetic legs at her, striking her in the head. She claimed she suffered wrist injuries while trying to defend herself when her husband attempted to hit her with his other prosthetic leg.

Police arrested the man on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He denies assaulting his wife, The Associated Press reported.