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Investigation Concluded In Darke Co. Dispatch Error

Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011 @ 2:16 PM
Updated: Friday, February 11, 2011 @ 9:08 AM

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer said he has finished the internal investigation into a dispatch error that happened on Jan. 14.

Spencer said the investigation was to determine the cause of the error and correct it, and to discipline those for any violation of policy and procedure.

On Jan. 14, at approximately 9:41 a.m., the sheriff's office received a 911 call from 120 East Cross Street in the village of Palestine. The 911 caller reported that a 9-year-old child was unresponsive and was not breathing.

The dispatchers sent Ansonia Rescue to 120 East Cross Street in Ansonia. The report then indicated that approximately eight minutes later, and after Ansonia medics could not locate the address that the dispatcher realized the error. Medics from Tri-Village were then dispatched to the Palestine address, where the incident happened.

The results of the investigation revealed that the cause of the improper dispatch was human error on the part of Dispatcher Christina Lennon. She confirmed the house number and address; however, she failed to verify the village. In failing to verify the address, she incorrectly assumed the call was in Ansonia.

The investigation included an examination of the technical functions of the 911 system. Examined was the computer that provided information from the caller's phone and the computer-aided dispatch system. It was determined that the 911 system was in correct operating order, and that the correct address information was provided on the 911 screen and the mapping system.

The computer-aided dispatching system was working correctly and when the dispatcher entered the address, she was provided with a list of addresses that match 120 East Cross Street. In this case, the first address on the list was 120 East Cross Street in Palestine. However, the dispatcher incorrectly assumed the call was in Ansonia, which was second on the list.

The sheriff said one technical issue occurred during the call. The 911 computer which provides data from the caller's phone is a separate computer-aided dispatch system. When the two systems work together, the address information on the 911 screen will be placed into the computer-aided dispatch system automatically. IN this case, that did not happen and the dispatcher manually entered the address into the computer-aided dispatch system.

Officials said this is a common technical issue and is easily overcome on a regular basis. If the address had dropped into the computer-aided dispatch system, the dispatcher would still be provided with a list to choose from as she did with the manual entry. Therefore, the sheriff said the technical issue was found to be irrelevant and not a factor in the error.

Lennon was found to be in violation of policy and procedure and appropriately disciplined, according to the sheriff's disciplinary guidelines and the union contract. She was given three days suspension without pay, ordered to be retrained in emergency medical dispatch and department policies and procedures.

The sheriff said Lennon has an additional seven days suspension pending for six months. These additional days will be immediately enforced should any similar violations of policy and procedure occur.

Lennon is a 15-year employee with very few disciplinary actions. Her commendations far exceed any disciplinary actions she has received in the past.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office and Dispatcher Lennon regret the error that was made and it is inexcusable that it occurred. The results of the investigation and the department's apologies for the error have been personally communicated to the Hudson family. Spencer said he and his staff wish to learn from the incident and move ahead.

The following is a statement from the Darke County Sheriff's Office on the death investigation: "The cause and manner of death of this child is pending a determination by the Darke County Coroner’s Office. At this point there has been no information or evidence to suggest the delayed response was or was not a contributing factor in the death of this child. In the early moments of this 911 call the child was reported to be possibly deceased, unresponsive, not breathing and no one could determine if there was a pulse present. Based on this information and no current determination on cause of death it would be inappropriate for anyone to speculate on whether the delay would have affected the outcome of this case."

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

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Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

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Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.