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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.
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.

Suspect arrested by Dayton police in double-shooting has Monday court date

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 9:46 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 10:32 PM

Double shooting: Gunshot victims had baby in car

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m. (Nov. 17): Dayton police have made an arrest in Thursday night’s double-shooting they believe occurred in the city and involved a pursuit that ended up in Harrison Twp. with two victims and a 1-year-old, in their car.

Michael Sanders, 44, was arrested just before 1 a.m. Friday, according to Montgomery County Jail records. Police investigators are working their theory that he and the victims were the only three adults involved in the incident.

Police also have seized a vehicle they think Sanders was driving.

According to the police incident report, police list the 3900 block of Necco Avenue in Dayton, near North Gettysburg Avenue, as the location where the incident began. Deputies and police found the car carrying the victims and the child on Evansville Avenue near Falmouth Avenue in Harrison Twp., several blocks to the north of Necco.

Police have not said Sanders was the shooter, but he is being detained as the only suspect in the case.

He remains in jail tonight, with a scheduled Monday court date on several felony charges that include five counts of felonious assault, and single counts of having weapons as a convict and illegal discharge of a firearm.

Michael Sanders (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)

Police have not released the names of the male, 25, and female, 20, wounded in the shooting.

The 1-year-old boy, in the rear seat of the shot-up car, is in the custody of family members. He is believed to be related to the woman, who was the driver, police said.

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A young child was riding in a car with two gunshot victims Thursday night, officials said.

The gunshot victims were in a car that stopped on Evansville Avenue in the block just south of the Falmouth Avenue intersection in Harrison Twp.

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The double-shooting possibly occurred along or near North Gettysburg Avenue in Dayton.

The victims are a male and a female, and one was reportedly shot in the chest, according to reports. 

A woman who described herself of the aunt of the female victim said the boy was a year old.

One deputy was seen holding a baby inside a cruiser before Montgomery County Children Services investigators arrived on scene.

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Police were dispatched just after 9 p.m. on the report of a double-shooting.

Male, female shot in double shooting in Harrison Twp.

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Pittsburgh hospital employee accused of exposing himself to patient

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:18 PM

Patient Accuses Hospital Employee Of Exposing Himself

A food server at a Pittsburgh hospital is accused of exposing himself in front of a patient. 

Police said Michael Booker, 37, a dietary server at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy, approached the female patient at the walking bridge that joins the parking garage and the hospital. 

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WPXI reported that the woman told investigators Booker approached her, said something vulgar and started fondling himself. 

Booker is facing charges that include open lewdness. Officials said he has since been terminated from his position as a server. 

Booker faces a preliminary hearing next month.

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

Dayton school teacher says she was assaulted at Thurgood Marshall

Dayton Public Schools is investigating an alleged assault on a Thurgood Marshall High School teacher this month.

District officials are still probing two accounts of the Nov. 8 incident — one given by a teacher, another from a student the teacher said held her down while another student hit her four times.

“Our security people are still moving through both of these accounts,” said district spokeswoman Marsha Bonhart-Neilson. “There’s no conclusion being drawn yet.”

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The 63-year-old teacher told police she was in her classroom when four girls arrived. She told the girls to leave, when one of the students told the teacher to “get the (expletive) out of her face,” according to the teacher’s account to police. The teacher said a male then held her down while the female student hit her four times, a police report said.

The teacher complained of chest pain and pain in the back of her head, according to the police report. She was transported to the hospital by a medic, according to the report.

Assistant Principal Bert Seard told police he interviewed the male the teacher accused of holding her down. Seard told police the male’s account was that the alleged assailant and her boyfriend came into the classroom, when the female began chasing her boyfriend.

Seard told police the male said the teacher got in between the boyfriend and the female. The male said he grabbed the teacher’s arm while the female hit the teacher.

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A summons arrest was completed for the female student, according to the police report.

We’re working to learn more details about this incident.

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 12:33 PM

Baby’s feeding tube removed, mother arrested

A Kettering mother was arrested and jailed for allegedly removing her infant daughter's feeding tube, then walking out of Dayton Children's Hospital.

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Michele Hughes, 35, walked into her 3-month-old daughter's hospital room and pulled the feeding tube out of the child and removed her from the hospital, according to a Dayton Police report. 

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Hospital staff contacted police out of concern for the child because she was 3 months old, only weighing 8 pounds. 

The staff told police the child was dehydrated and very malnourished. 

Dayton Police contacted Kettering Police for assistance. 

Hughes was located in her car in the driveway of her Kettering home, with the infant. 

A Children's Services caseworker came to the home and took emergency custody of the child. 

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Michele Hughes was arrested for child endangering and taken to the Montgomery County Jail. 

She has been released, and is awaiting court action.