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Spirit Airlines pilot’s suspected overdose draws national attention

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

Their deaths could be drug related.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the medical certifications of the deceased Spirit Airlines pilot from Centerville who died of a likely drug overdose were up-to-date but have not said why the agency’s publicly-available database used by crash investigators suggests he was unable to fly any aircraft in the United States.

The four children of Brian Halye, a pilot, and Courtney Halye found the couple dead in the bedroom of their Centerville home Thursday in Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Director Ken Betz called a “probable accidental drug overdose.”

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Betz said examinations on the couple have been completed, but a final determination on the cause and manner will take six weeks until toxicology reports are completed. Since Jan. 1, Montgomery County has had 155 accidental drug overdoses, Betz said.

The case attracted national media attention Friday.

Officer John Davis, Centerville Police spokesman, said, “I think maybe just where it occurred, and what occurred, has drawn some attention to that. I know that the speculation as to Mr. Halye’s employment has also drawn attention to it. That’s not the focus of our investigation at this time.”

Investigators have not given any indication the Spirit Airlines pilot used drugs prior to his death. Brian Halye’s last flight for the company before his death was March 10, a Spirit Airlines spokesman said.

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Questions remain about why a federal database did not show up-to-date information on Brian Halye.

Aviation safety expert Shawn Pruchnicki of Ohio State University told the Dayton Daily News the database is one of the tools used by the National Transportation Safety Board during investigations of air disasters.

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The FAA told the Dayton Daily News on Thursday that Brian Halye had a valid first-class medical certificate allowing him to fly. But the agency could not definitively answer why the public database of airmen indicated the certificate expired more than four years ago.

The Dayton Daily News has filed a federal Freedom of Information Act request for Brian Halye’s medical certificates.

Pilots must hold valid medical certificates in order to fly. The Airline Transport Pilot certificate, which he held, requires a first-class medical certificate, which must be updated every 12 months for a pilot under the age of 40. Brian Halye was 36.

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The FAA database lists Brian Halye’s medical certificate date as September, 2011, more than five years ago. No class of pilot is allowed to go that long without a medical exam. Asked Thursday to double check, Cory said Brian Halye’s certificate was up-to-date, with it due to expire this fall.

“I’m not sure why the online database does not have that information,” Cory said in an email to the Dayton Daily News on Thursday. “The system could be in the process of update.”

The database is updated each federal working day at midnight, according to the FAA’s website.

Cory said she asked another FAA employee on Thursday to check Brian Halye’s medical certification. The employee, a medical doctor, Cory said, “went into the airman’s file and looked it up.”

“The online database is one of many that we have,” she said Friday. “It is a very basic listing of name and certificate. It is separate from an in-depth medical file. It is not the only database we have.”

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Pruchnicki, a lecturer at OSU’s Center for Aviation Studies and a pharmacist, said he’s never had a problem seeing his medical certifications in the airmen database.

“I’ve always been able to pull up my own medicals to see,” said Pruchnicki, a former Comair pilot, after hearing about the FAA’s response to the newspaper. 

The newspaper has asked Spirit Airlines if it is conducting an internal investigation into Brian Halye’s death. The airline did not respond at time of publication.

Martin Rottler, also an OSU lecturer, said he did not expect “anything nefarious” was going on with the FAA’s records.

“They have several hundred pilot records that are in there,” Rottler said. “The carriers and the FAA have better records and far greater records than what you’ll find on the FAA database.”

Brian Halye had two children from a previous marriage, as did Courtney Halye. Her former husband, Jacob Castor, died in August 2007 from an accidental drug overdose, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Two of the children attend Centerville schools. The other two attend Spring Valley Academy.

Spring Valley released a statement Friday that read in part: ” … we are doing all we can to provide all appropriate support for them and all their classmates who are affected by this heartbreaking loss. As a Christian community we take comfort in the promise of ultimate healing, restoration, and resurrection but at the moment we are deeply grieving with our students and their families.”

Dayton fatal shooting victim ID’d; suspect in custody

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:31 AM
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:00 PM

Our crew at the scene reports crime scene tape around 10 to 15 police cruisers can be seen in the 2400 block of Edison Street.

UPDATE @ 1 p.m.

The victim in a fatal shooting early Saturday has been identified as 35-year-old Chaunsay Tinsley Jr. of Dayton by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

A preliminary cause of death was not able to be released. However, Dayton police Lt. Steven Bauer earlier said Tinsley suffered several gunshot wounds.

UPDATE @ 7:18 a.m.

The victim in Saturday morning's shooting on Edison Street has died, according to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office. 

A coroner's investigator told our newsroom the victim's identity will be released later today. 

>> Police: Man shot in back on Edison Street

Crews were called to the 2400 block of Edison Street on a report of a person shot. Police told our crew they believe the shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute. 

Dayton police said they have a suspect in custody as they continue their investigation.

UPDATE @ 3:31 a.m.

A man is in critical condition following a shooting in Dayton Saturday morning, correcting earlier reports from dispatchers. 

Dayton Lt. Steven Bauer told our crew police arrived on scene to find a male victim with several gunshot wounds. 

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Police said the unidentified victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. 

Little is known about the motive behind the shooting or the suspect currently in custody. 

Our crew reports crime scene tape has come down as police leave the scene.

UPDATE @ 2:13 a.m.

At least one person is dead following a shooting on Edison Street in Dayton Saturday morning, according to regional dispatchers.

Our crew at the scene reports crime scene tape around 10 to 15 police cruisers can be seen in the 2400 block of Edison Street.

Dispatchers said only one person was reported injured after the shooting call came in just after 1 a.m.

One person is crying in the back of a police cruiser as police continue to establish a crime scene, according to our crew.

We will continue to update this developing story as new details emerge.

EARLIER REPORT

At least one person has been injured in a reported shooting in Dayton Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. 

Police and medics were dispatched to the 2400 block of Edison Street around 1:10 a.m. on a report of a person shot. 

Initial reports indicate there may be as many as two victims at the scene. 

It is unknown how many people were shot, according to dispatchers, but police logs indicate a person at the scene suffered a chest injury.

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Police: Man swipes keys off store counter, steals manager's car, guns

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 1:05 PM

Superior store manager T. Ginem says a thief stole his car and other valuable merchandise.
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Superior store manager T. Ginem says a thief stole his car and other valuable merchandise.(Fox13Memphis.com)

A business owner was helping a customer when a man grabbed his keys and stole his car and guns Thursday. 

The alleged thief also got away with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, the manager told Fox13Memphis.com.

Superior’s store manager, T. Ginem, was helping a customer when the crime took place.

"While our attention was towards the other customers, [the man] reached over the counter and took the keys," Ginem said.

The incident was caught on a security camera. 

On the surveillance video, one of Ginem’s employees is seen walking into the store and setting the car keys on the counter.

Minutes later, a man snags them from the counter and takes off. 

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"He power walked out of here. We didn't realize the vehicle was gone until half an hour later,” Ginem said. 

The man can be seen on outdoor surveillance camera video hopping into the car and speeding off. The manager was not just upset with the car being stolen, he also had thousands of dollars in merchandise taken along with multiple guns.

"I had an AK-47, a 9 mm, and a 40 mm,” Ginem said.

This year, more guns have been stolen from cars than any other location.

According to Memphis Police Department numbers obtained by Fox13Memphis.com, in June and July alone, there were more than 100 guns stolen each month in the city.

"[I’m] extremely worried about the guns, man, because you don't want them in the wrong hands,” Ginem said.

A quick crime map of the area surrounding the store revealed eight carjackings and roughly 100 auto thefts in the last two months.

Ginem said multiple people have already told him who committed the theft.

"He just recently got out of jail. He has nothing to lose,” he said.

Memphis police are now trying to make an arrest.

Ginem said he is going to be thinking about the whole ordeal for a while.

"We are looking at least $12,000 [lost], so it is going to hurt my pocket, but it's a lesson learned,” he said.

Fox13Memphis.com was unable to confirm the suspect’s identity with police but authorities are asking for the public's assistance. Anyone with information about where the man is, or where the stolen items are located, is asked to call police.

Ginem said he is offering a $1,000 reward to the person who leads police to an arrest.

Foreman says both signatures hers in boyfriend homicide case

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:03 AM

Harrison Twp. woman charged with shooting fiancé appears in court

UPDATE (11 a.m. Saturday)

The grand jury foreman whose signature is at the heart of a debate of a woman indicted for the manslaughter of her boyfriend testified Friday that she signs documents in more than one style.

“Yeah, I have multiple ways to sign my name,” the woman said Friday during a hearing in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Langer’s court.

Jessica Grieco’s attorney has asked the court to pay for a handwriting expert to examine the signatures on both a no true bill and of the indictment that states probable cause that Grieco killed Peter Underwood. Both documents were signed the same day.

Langer did not immediately rule on the defense motion to dismiss the indictment or to see the grand jury voting sheet.

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The new defense attorney of a woman indicted for involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend is continuing a legal challenge against the validity of the grand jury foreman’s signature, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas Court documents.

A hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Judge Dennis Langer’s courtroom in which the grand jury foreman is scheduled to testify about why her signature looks different on two documents signed the same day.

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Jessica Lynn Grieco, 34, was indicted July 26 on counts of involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide and domestic violence for the March 21 death of Peter Underwood, 32.

Jeffrey Gramza, Grieco’s former attorney, disputed the legality of the signatures of a no bill and an indictment signed about 2½ hours apart on the same day, alleging that they don’t match.

Grieco’s new attorney, Marshall Lachman, filed a motion Oct. 31 asking prosecutors to disclose the grand jury members responsible for the issuance of the indictment, or, in the alternative, disclose the grand jury vote.

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“At issue in this matter is whether the indictment was properly signed and (Grieco) was properly indicted under Ohio law,” Lachman wrote in his motion, adding that the state “should be required to disclose the grand jury voting sheet to confirm that the required seven grand jurors voted in favor of the indictment.”

Lachman also filed a motion for funds for a handwriting expert who is “necessary for a fair and competent defense in this matter.”

Prosecutors haven’t answered either motion in court filings, but Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. said earlier that the signatures were from the same person.

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“I can’t remember if she used a different hand, if there was an issue with her hand,” Heck said in August. “I just remember that it was done by her, but it was done by the same person and the same name.”

Prosecutors responded to Gramza’s accusation with a motion to the court with a signed affidavit from the grand jury foreman, who said she signed both documents. The foreman did not mention why the signatures appear differently.

Grieco told a 911 dispatcher she accidentally shot her fiancé while attempting to unload a gun to prevent him from committing suicide. Underwood lived in a home on Claggett Drive in Harrison Twp. where the shooting occurred. He died of a shotgun wound to the chest, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

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“He’s shot in the chest. Get here now!” Grieco yelled during the call. “He’s going to die!”

Grieco repeatedly yelled, “Oh my God!” and said: “I tried to unload it. It went off because he was trying to commit suicide earlier. I had to take a rope from him earlier,” she said in the call, which the Dayton Daily News obtained through a public records request.

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.

EARLIER REPORT (Nov. 16)

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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