Warren Co. teen suffers hand laceration in dog attack

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 1:16 PM

Warren County Chief Dog Warden, Nathan Harper, right, and Deputy Dog Warden, Eric Hancock, keep a close eye on Warren County strays. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News
Warren County Chief Dog Warden, Nathan Harper, right, and Deputy Dog Warden, Eric Hancock, keep a close eye on Warren County strays. Jim Noelker/Dayton Daily News

UPDATE @ 2:28 p.m.

Clearcreek Sgt. Curt Hensley said a 16-year-old girl suffered a bite to her left wrist when she attempted to break up a dogfight at her Ridgeville home Saturday afternoon.

Her father, Joshua Burnett, told our newsroom his daughter is being released from the hospital in a cast and will receive further treatment at Southview Hand and Orthopedic Center.

Hensley said the dog that attacked the teen was in the yard on a leash when it became involved in a fight with another dog at the address.

Burnett said the family has four dogs at their home that have been provoked by his father’s dog in the past.

UPDATE @ 2:11 p.m.

The father of a Warren County teen bitten by a dog said his daughter is at Kettering Emergency Center in Franklin with a serious hand injury. 

The 16-year-old suffered a severe laceration to her left wrist that may require a hand specialist, according to her father Joshua Burnett. 

Burnett told our newsroom his father owns the dog that attacked his daughter. He said the same dog attacked him years ago. 

"This has been a long, embroiled family issue [...] I've got scars and marks around my right knee from when [the dog] bit me," Burnett said. 

Burnett said he lives with his daughter at the Ridgeville home where she was attacked Saturday afternoon. 

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Burnett said his father, who lives in Waynesville, was at the house with the dog while picking up items for a family member. 

Doctors told Burnett they are concerned about nerve damage his daughter may have suffered in the attack. 

Burnett said the Warren County dog warden has begun an investigation.

EARLIER REPORT (Sept. 23)

Police are responding to a Ridgeville home after a teen was reportedly bitten by a dog Saturday afternoon. 

Crews were sent to the 6400 block of West Street after a caller reported a 16-year-old girl had suffered a dog bite. 

Initial reports indicate a family member is driving the teen to the hospital while the dog warden is called to the house. 

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The teen's injuries have been described as significant, according to scanner traffic. 

Initial reports indicate the dog has attacked a family member in the past. 

Our newsroom is working to confirm multiple details in this developing story.

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Fire in vacant Dayton dwelling ‘suspicious in nature,’ district chief says

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:21 PM

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

UPDATE @ 9:15 p.m.: The fire in a vacant dwelling in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue is being investigated as “suspicious in nature,” Dayton Fire District Chief Tim Rose said. 

The building, at Parkhill Drive, was boarded up and 30 firefighters successfully prevented flames from damaging two adjacent properties, Rose said. 

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An investigator was called because witnesses told fire crews that people were seen in the area of the dwelling. 

There were no injuries, Rose said. "We sent nobody in the building." 

He estimated damage to the structure at $40,000.

INITIAL REPORT

An investigator has been called to a fire in the 2800 block of Salem Avenue, at Parkhill Drive, in a dwelling believed to be vacant.

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Dayton crews were dispatched just before 6 p.m. on a report that flames were said to be showing from a two-story dwelling. 

We're hearing that crews went to a defensive posture, allowing the structure to burn, because it was vacant. 

We will update this report as information becomes available. 

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Report: thousands in jewelry stolen from Rogers Jewelers in Middletown

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 8:30 PM

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry was stolen tonight from Rogers Jewelers at the Towne Mall.

The incident was reported just before 8 p.m. at the store, 3461 Towne Blvd., according to Middletown police dispatch.

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According to initial reports, about $20,000 in jewelry was taken; however, police could not confirm the amount.

Police: 9-year-old boy brings loaded handgun to Middletown school

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:14 PM

A 9-year-old boy who said he was being picked on brought a loaded handgun to school.

A teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School on Monday morning noticed a bulge in the boy’s pants pocket. When she reached for it, the boy grabbed her arm, Middletown police Lt. David Birk said. The teacher had to get assistance from another teacher to get the loaded Luger from the student.

The incident happened at 10:40 a.m. inside a classroom at the school, 2210 Verity Parkway, Middletown.

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The boy was taken to the Butler County Juvenile Justice Center, where he is being held on suspicion of felonious assault, conveyance of a weapon into the school and carrying a concealed weapon, Birk said.

The boyfriend of the boy's mother also was arrested on suspicion of child endangering, according to a Middletown police report. Jerron Dean, 29, had his arraignment continued to Nov. 1, according to online Middletown Municipal Court records.

Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 4:21 PM


            Brenda Ellis
Brenda Ellis

The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail was booked into the jail in August and later agreed to treatment in lieu of conviction on charges of theft and theft of drugs.

Dr. Brenda Ellis was booked on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug. 29, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

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Ellis was the medical administrator at the jail and worked for the company NaphCare, which provides inmate medical services at the jail through a contract with the county. Under the current NaphCare contract, the county will pay the company up to $3.55 million a year through 2019.

Contacted this week, Ellis declined to comment.

The allegations against her followed a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigation into improper handling of controlled substances at the jail from 2011 to 2015.

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In July, the state pharmacy board reached a settlement agreement with NaphCare that called for the company to pay the board $7,000, provide more staff training and remove Ellis as the person responsible for compliance with the jail’s pharmacy license.

“NaphCare agrees to never use Dr. Ellis as a Responsible Person on any of its Ohio licenses,” the agreement states.

As part of the agreement, the company neither admitted nor denied fault.

Bradley Cain, spokesman and general counsel of Alabama-based NaphCare, said in an interview Wednesday that the company was unaware of the allegations against Ellis but that changes were made to address the issues identified by the pharmacy board.

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“We have made implementation of changes based on the settlement agreement we entered into with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy,” Cain said. “Everything outlined in that agreement we’re in compliance with today.”

Cain said the company has contracts with jails in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties and has had no problems at other facilities.

Ellis resigned from NaphCare on July 31 and is no longer allowed access to the jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office officials.

No formal action has been taken against Ellis’ medical license, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Medical board records say she has had a license since 1989 and has specialties in general practice and pediatrics.

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