Officer shoots, injures pit bull that charges at him and letter carrier in Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 08, 2017 @ 7:33 PM

A Dayton police officer shot and injured a pit bull that charged at him Friday after also charging at a letter carrier.

Police were called around 12:40 p.m. to an animal complaint in the 1000 block of Dennison Avenue in Dayton.

A U.S. Post Office employee said she was charged by the gray and white pit bull, and that it was not the first time it happened, according to a Dayton police report.

The dog had a metal chain attached to an anchor, but it was not in the ground and the dog was not restrained. The dog was behind the home when officers arrived and began to bark at them. Police contacted the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, but no animal control officers were immediately available, the report stated.

The two Dayton police officers used a loudspeaker to try to contact the dog’s owner in the house. Then, one kept an eye on the dog while the other attempted to knock on the door. While the officer approached the door, the dog trotted from behind the house, and then began to growl and started running at the officer, according to the report.

“I fired three shots at the dog as I was back peddling away from the pit bull. The pit bull was still charging towards me. I fired one more shot at the pit bull. The pit bull turned around and ran to the rear of the house,” the officer stated.

The dog’s owner, identified as Frances Daniel, had been away from home and returned shortly after the shooting. She and her two sons took the dog to get veterinary care for a gunshot on its back, according to the report.

An ARC van also responded, and the officer said there were several complaints against the owner and that the gray and white pit bull was deemed a nuisance, the report stated.

Daniel was cited for failure to control dogs, according to the police report.

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Middle school teacher resigns amid student sexual battery allegation

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 11:50 AM
Updated: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 5:22 PM

A veteran Miamisburg Middle School teacher resigned amid an allegation of sexual battery involving a student, according to the district.

The resignation of the unidentified woman came Wednesday, district Superintendent David Vail said, a day before Miami Twp. police began investigating a sexual offense at school on Miamisburg Springboro Pike, records show.

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Vail declined to confirm the name of the teacher, but said she had taught in the district for nine years. The superintendent said he first became aware of the allegations Tuesday morning, just prior to the start of the last day of school for students.

“Once we became aware ... the central office and human resources became involved,” Vail said.

He said “our investigation did not allege any sexual conduct.” But Vail said that the issue involved “some action that warranted further investigation,” and a decision was reached “that it was in her best interest to resign.”

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That occurred Wednesday, the last day for teachers, Vail said.

A sexual battery complaint report filed Thursday, and “we are cooperating fully with authorities,” Vail said.

“Because of the nature of the investigation, there’s a lot I’m not at liberty to discuss at this time,” he said.

This news organization has requested a copy of the former teacher’s personnel file and resignation letter.

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Police on Friday acknowledged the allegations, but declined to comment further. A police record the department released Friday indicates the initial report of the allegations came in about 7:20 a.m. Tuesday.

It lists “sexual offense” as the nature of the call and “sexual battery” as the description of the offense. Additional police reports were requested by this news organization. Authorities declined to release those documents, citing the ongoing investigation.

Cincinnati police: Runaway may be headed to Dayton

Published: Friday, May 26, 2017 @ 10:09 PM

Kelssie Campbell (Cincinnati Police Department)

Cincinnati police put out an alert today that a runaway juvenile could be headed to the Dayton area.

Police said Kelssie Campbell, 17, left the Girls Stay Center youth home and has yet to return. 

Campbell, described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches with black eyes and hair, has a history of running away, police said. 

She is believed to be headed to Dayton, where she's from. Police have no word on her means of travel, but she was last seen wearing a purple dress and gray shoes. 

Anyone with information is urged to call police.

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WATCH: Florida man goes airborne after being shot with Taser

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:24 PM

A Florida man’s unceremonious meeting with the ground after being shot with a stun gun was caught on camera.  

Carlos Sierra, a 26-year-old homeless man, was on the run from Surfside police in Miami-Dade County after authorities said he stole a bicycle from a condominium's parking garage, WFOR reported.

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When officers arrived to find Sierra with the bike in his hands, he dropped to the ground and allowed the officers to handcuff him and get him back on his feet.  

Sierra tried to run away, while still in handcuffs, before being stopped by a jolt from a stun gun, WFOR reported. The shock sent the man flailing into the air, which led to a forceful, and likely painful, landing in the middle of the road.   

Sierra, who is sporting bloody facial wounds in his mugshot, was charged with burglary, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Kirkersville Murders: 4 probation officers suspended for killer’s early release

Published: Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 8:36 PM

UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m. (May 26)

Four probation officers have been suspended for their roles in the early release of the man who killed his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief last month.

Thomas Hartless, 43, was released April 12 by the Licking County Probation Department. Following a Licking County Municipal Court investigation four officers were suspended for failure to complete various tasks, this news organization’s media partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

EARLIER REPORT (May 18)

The man responsible for the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend, her co-worker and the Kirkersville police chief at a nursing home should not have been released early from jail.

The Licking County Probation Department director in Newark released a report today regarding its handling of Thomas Hartless’ case, our news partner 10TV.com (WBNS) in Columbus reported.

Licking County Municipal Court released Hartless, 43, on April 12 after he served 20 days of a 90-day sentence. He pleaded guilty March 23 to misdemeanor domestic violence charges involving three attacks on Medrano — in December, January and March, 10TV.com and the Newark Advocate reported. That decision was made in error, and bypassed established protocol.

"It has been uncommon for our court over the past seven years for early releases to be done on those offenders who have had violent backgrounds," Kevin Saad, director of the Licking County Court Municipal Probation Department wrote. 

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The investigative report highlights multiple issues with the handling of the Hartless case, which ultimately led to the May 12 shooting deaths of Medrano, a nurse, nurse's aide Cindy Krantzand Police Chief Eric DiSario at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville. Hartless then turned the gun on himself.

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Saad also noted that the additional domestic violence charges in January and March were violations of his pretrial probation supervision for the December 2016 offence, but that no actions were taken, the Advocate reported. A probation officer added a condition that Hartless not possess weapons, but no one visited his home to make sure he didn't have them, according to the newspaper. 

10tv.com reported that among 13 issues of concern outlined by Saad were: 

  • The recommendation to release Hartless was reviewed by the senior probation officer but he wasn't supposed to approve it 
  • The weight of an early release fell only on the recommendation of the interviewing probation officer 
  • The intensive support probation officer failed to take into account Hartless' record of violence 

The probation department is working to make changes to prevent further violence after a domestic violence offender is released from custody, 10tv.com and the Advocate reported. Those changes include:

  • A lethality risk assessment on a victims if the offender is eligible for early release
  • No contact orders to no violent contact orders in every domestic violence case 
  • Order domestic violence offenders to complete a domestic violence treatment program and be ordered to not possess weapons
  • Home checks within seven days of release to search for weapons
  • Mandatory GPS monitoring for offenders in appropriate circumstances
  • Continued training for probation officers on risk assessments
  • Mandatory home visits have a violence complaint has been levied against an offender on supervision.

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