Kettering officer says ‘gut feeling’ led to helping man who fell

Published: Tuesday, March 01, 2016 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 @ 6:53 AM

Kettering officer's 'gut feeling' saves man

The Kettering Police officer whose actions helped a man who fell spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday, saying he had a “gut feeling” something was wrong.

Officer Jonathon McCoy responded to an area around East Drive on Feb. 28 around 4:30 p.m. after someone found a dog.

McCoy looked at the dog’s tags and saw it was from a nearby address. No one answered the door to the home so McCoy began checking the doors and windows, according to a Facebook post from the Kettering Police Department.

“We were right in front of the owner’s house and took the dog in the backyard,” McCoy said. “There was some sort of gut feeling that I had. There were a couple of lights on inside the house and fresh food that wasn’t eaten completely.”

McCoy called for more officers and then began opening an exterior window to yell for someone in the home, according to the post.

At that point, the 60-year-old homeowner yelled that he had fallen, the post said. The homeowner gave McCoy the code to the garage door and McCoy made it inside, the department said.

The homeowner had fallen seven hours earlier and was unable to find his cell phone to call for help, the post said.

“The first thing he said to me was, ‘How did you know I was in here?’” McCoy said. “You never expect it but this job is full of surprises and that’s something you learn early on.”

The Facebook post has gone viral, having been viewed more than two million times.

“Off. McCoy chose to go above and beyond; he could have simply put the dog in the back yard and left. Instead, Off. McCoy chose to go the extra mile, which resulted in possibly saving this man’s life! Great job Off. McCoy,” the post said.

McCoy joined the Kettering Police Department in May 2015 and previously served on the Village of Cedarville and University of Dayton Departments, according to a release from the department when McCoy was hired.

“The public pays attention a lot to the negative things and rightly so,” Kettering Police Chief Chip Protsman said. “Officers make mistakes and we have to answer for that. But for the most part, officers do a good job and I think this is just a very good example of them doing that.”

Attempts to reach the man McCoy helped were unsuccessful, but the department said officers were able to help him back up and he refused medical treatment.

One person transported to hospital after stabbing in Trotwood

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:30 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

ON SCENE:Stabbing reported at Trotwood apartment

At least one person was taken to Miami Valley Hospital early Wednesday following the report of a stabbing at the Wingate at Belle Meadows Apartments in Trotwood.

Police and medics were called late Tuesday night to a report of a woman stabbed.

Crews were dispatched around 11:50 p.m. to an apartment in the 300 block of Outer Belle Drive.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard glass breaking and a woman screaming.

Additional details were not available on scene. We will continue to follow this story.

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Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 12:00 AM
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Middletown police: Beware tree-trimming scam

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:03 AM

Middletown police are warning residents of “unscrupulous tree trimmers” who have been taking advantage of elderly people.

The police department posted its warning Tuesday on its Facebook page.

One incident was thwarted, but the culprits were paid in another incident.

Police remind residents that door-to-door solicitors need a permit in the city. Call police if tree trimmers knock on your door uninvited.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine offers tips to avoid tree-trimming scams. Beware of a tree trimmer who:

  • Comes to your door unexpectedly
  • Says your trees are diseased
  • Requires a large down payment
  • Accepts only cash or check
  • Says nothing about your right to cancel
  • Starts work immediately

Sidney businessman accused of not paying people in Piqua

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:32 PM

Duaine E. Liette

A 57-year-old Sidney businessman is facing numerous felony theft charges after multiple people claimed he hired them to do work but didn’t pay them.

Duaine E. Liette has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Miami County Municipal Court. He was arraigned Friday on four felony theft charges and three misdemeanor theft counts and was released from custody on his own recognizance.

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The cases were related to complaints from June 2015, June 2017 and July 2017, in which people stated they were hired to complete work for Liette but never received payment, according to Piqua police and court records.

Piqua police arrested Liette on Thursday at 1037 Broadway St., in Piqua. The house is owned by Sidney-based real estate company American Land Investments, of which Liette is listed as its principal; the business also has the same address as Liette’s residence, records show.

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Piqua police are urging anyone else who believe they may be victims to call 937-440-9111.