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Rescued pit bull was used as a ‘bait dog’

Published: Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 2:13 PM
Updated: Monday, December 08, 2014 @ 2:13 PM

            Animal Cruelty Task Force helping dogs in Ohio

After being rescued a few months ago from a dogfighting ring in Cleveland, a pit bull named Belle is getting better. 

Steffen Baldwin, the founder of Ohio's Animal Cruelty Task Force, has been caring for the canine and reports she has made significant progress in getting better, both physically and socially.  

It’s believed that Belle was used as a “bait dog,” in which she was used to train other dogs to attack.

WHIO’s Brian Bondus recently met Belle and talked to Baldwin, who handles some of the worst cruelty and abuse cases in the state.

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

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

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. 

Man who showed up stabbed to Dayton church remains hospitalized

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

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UPDATE @ 9:03 a.m. (June 26):

The 28-year-old man that showed up to St. Mary Catholic Church in Dayton with a stab wound remains at Miami Valley Hospital being treated for his injuries, according to a spokesperson.

A condition for the man was not able to be released.

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m. (June 25):

Police in Dayton responded to a reported shooting early Sunday morning, but it turns out a Hispanic male suffered a stab wound, not a gunshot, according to Sgt. Matthew Locke.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of the injury, which was not considered life-threatening, Locke said.

The emergency dispatch center got two calls related to the incident.

The first call came from the St. Mary Catholic Church on Allen Street where the victim showed up and asked for help.

Locke said the second call came from an address on Church Street, and evidence indicates the stabbing happened on Church Street.

The victim went into surgery and police have not had a chance to interview him.


Dayton police are investigating a shooting Sunday morning, according to Montgomery County dispatchers. 

Crews were sent to the reported shooting in the 100 block of Church Street around 7:24 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate investigators are collecting evidence at the address and found blood on a fence in the area. 

Dispatchers said the number of victims and further details are unknown at this time.

NEW: 7 Florida kids found in 'worst living conditions ever seen’ at home

Published: Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 1:21 PM

Melida Jenkins (left) Shameka Jenkins (right)
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Police in Daytona Beach arrested two women on Wednesday after they found seven children living in a home covered with urine, feces, bugs and black mold.

One officer said the apartment “had the worst living conditions I have ever seen children exposed to,” WKMG reports. 

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Sisters Shameka Jenkins, 21, and Melida Jenkins, 27 both face charges of child abuse with great harm. 

Police said the apartment contained walls covered back to back with black mold, bathroom floors coated with flies and “layers and layers of feces,” WKMG reports. 

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Officers found the children trying to get fresh air from a ceiling fan in a room that had dirty mattresses with cockroaches crawling on the floors, according to WKMG. The temperature inside the home was hotter than outside, police said. 

The oldest child is 8 years old and the youngest is an infant, police said. Two of the children are Melida Jenkins and five are Shameka’s. 

Shameka Jenkins told officers that she submitted complaints to her landlord about the apartment “but they would not help her,” according to WKMG. 

The seven children are in temporary custody with their grandmother while the Department of Children and Families investigates. 


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.


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.