Local man diagnosed with fungal meningitis

Published: Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 12:08 PM
Updated: Monday, October 15, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

A Dayton man has been diagnosed with a rare form of fungal meningitis, but health officials Monday said the case is not linked to potentially contaminated steroid injections that are making people sick around the country sick.

Elizabeth A. Nichols told the Dayton Daily News Monday that her son, Chris A. Williams, was in Miami Valley Hospital diagnosed with fungal meningitis. Williams, 46, was admitted Wednesday with a high fever, headache, nausea and other serious symptoms, Nichols said.

Doctors at first thought he had an acute sinus infection, Nichols said, and cultures of his spinal fluid initially showed negative for meningitis, but later tests confirmed he had fungal meningitis, she said.

Bill Wharton, spokesman for Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, said his agency was notified of the infection Monday. The type of fungus involved was not released.

Wharton stressed that the Dayton case is separate from the national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to injectable methylprednisolone acetate. New England Compounding Center of Framingham, Mass., recalled three lots of the steroid after health officials began receiving reports of fungal meningitis infections in people who received it. The company has ceased operations, recalled all of its products and is under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Nichols said her son, who is unemployed, sometimes works doing odd jobs and handyman work. He had previously worked as a bank teller, she said. She said he has not had an injection of the steroid that is been recalled.

He got sick about a month ago, Nichols said, and they thought he had a cold. Then he developed a headache and began suffering with fever, chills ad nausea.

“I’ve seen everything on TV about those shots, and people need to know you can get this other ways,” she said. “Sometimes it’s not just a headache or a sinus infection.”

Fungal meningitis is rare, though the organisms that can cause it are widespread in the environment, growing in soil, on plants and even in bird droppings.

“Fungi are all around us,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, epidemiologist with the Ohio Department of Health, and many, including two species implicated in the national outbreak, are found in soil and on plants. Most people, though, are healthy enough to fight off an infection if they inhale or otherwise ingest the spores, she said. People with compromised immune systems are most at risk for infection, she said.

Individual infections of fungal meningitis are not reportable to the state. Fungal meningitis is not spread from person-to-person, said Dr. Tom Herchline, medical director of Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County. Histoplasmosis, a fungal infection linked to bird droppings, usually affects the lungs, but he has occasionally seen it cause meningitis, he said.

The national outbreak has reached 15 states. On Monday, the tally stood at 214 infections and 15 deaths. In Ohio, three people have developed the rare brain infection after receiving the steroid injections: a 40-year-old woman from Crawford County, a 65-year-old man from Hamilton County and a 39-year-old woman from Morrow County. The injectable steroid was shipped to four pain clinics in Ohio, including one each in Cincinnati and Dublin and two in Marion.


Cooler, fall temperatures start to approach Miami Valley 

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 3:39 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Sunny skies and warm temperatures continue into the weekend.

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  • Warm and dry start to weekend
  • Cooling off next week
  • Showers return late Sunday night

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TODAY:  Lots of sunshine today and warm temperatures into the middle 70s. This is more than 10 degrees above normal. Clear skies and cooling off tonight. Falling into the 60s for Touchdown 7 football games, then into the lower 50s late tonight. 

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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SATURDAY:  A very mild start to the weekend. Wake up temperatures in the 50s and climbing into the upper 70s for the afternoon. Highs will be about 15 degrees warmer than normal. Lots of sunshine and dry.

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(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

SUNDAY: Becoming a little breezy, but overall the day will be nice and warm with highs in the mid to upper 70s. Clouds increase into the night as a cold front approaches, but rain should hold off until very late Sunday.

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MONDAY: A few showers and gusty winds possible for Monday. Temperatures will start to drop as well with highs in the upper 60s. We’ll also experience cloudy skies.

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TUESDAY: Cloudy and cooler for Tuesday. We could see a few more showers, especially east. Highs will be in the upper 50s, which is finally cooler than normal.              

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Wright State needs to carve $10.5M out of its budget this year

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:39 AM

WSU needs to carve $10.5M out of its budget this year

Wright State University will need to carve out more than $10.5 million of its budget this year that was not part of the school’s original fiscal year 2018 budget adopted in June.

The millions that have to be squeezed from the university’s budget have been caused by enrollment mix issues, additional scholarship and fellowship costs and the need to generate a $6 million surplus this year, according to a budget document distributed at a board of trustees meeting Friday morning.

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The enrollment issues arose because the mix of in-state versus out-of-state students did not come in as expected this fall, said board chairman Doug Fecher. The university had more in-state students enroll than expected and fewer out-of-state students, Fecher said.

Non-Ohio residents pay more for tuition at most state institutions so fewer than anticipated students from out of state meant fewer tuition dollars for Wright State this fall. Tuition and fees are typically the top revenue source for most universities.

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Wright State plans to make up the revenue difference through $1 million in savings from summer classes and operations, $1 million from non-labor “discretionary spending,” and more than $8.5 million from vacant positions, according to the budget document. There are an estimated $15.5 million available due to vacant positions at Wright State, the document shows.

The university is already working on solutions to head off potentially similar unforeseen shortfalls that could pop up for next year’s budget, said Walt Branson, vice president for finance and operations and chief business officer at Wright State.

Moraine officer-involved shooting: 5 questions we’re asking

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 1:15 PM

Moraine shooting: Man killed identified

Two Moraine police officers fired their weapons at a 23-year-old man Friday, killing him on scene, police said.

Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson said the man — identified by the Montgomery County Coroner as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton — pointed a gun at officers, who were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive.

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The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will conduct an independent investigation into the shooting, a BCI spokeswoman told this news organization.

Richardson said the Moraine department will have more information in a later press conference.

Here are four outstanding questions about this morning’s shooting in Moraine:

1. What type of gun did the man shot have? Moraine police said that “the officers located the suspect in the vehicle, the suspect pointed a handgun at the officers and two Moraine police officers responded with gunfire.” Police have not said what type of handgun McShann had.

2. What warnings, if any, were officers able to give the suspect? We do not know if officers were able to warn the man to drop the gun before shooting him.

3. Who are the officers who fired at the man? This newsroom has asked for more information about the officers who fired at McShann. Specifically, we’ve asked for their personnel files and whether they are still on-duty. Typically after an officer-involved shooting, the officer will go on an administrative leave during the investigation.

4. When was Moraine’s last officer-involved shooting? The Dayton Daily News I-Team’s database of officer involved shootings does not list any Moraine police shootings. Using news coverage and other records, the I-Team’s database keeps a tally of all known area officer-involved shootings since 1995.

5. What is McShann’s background? We are seeking more information about the man shot to death.

Moraine police shooting: Man killed is identified

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 12:54 PM

Moraine shooting: Man killed identified

A Moraine police shooting left one man dead after two officers said a man pointed a gun at them while they were investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Pinnacle Park Drive, according to Moraine Police Chief Craig Richardson during a news conference Friday.

Jamarco McShann, 23, was shot and killed by Moraine police Friday morning while officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle report. Moraine's police chief said McShann pointed a gun at the officers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
  • Deceased identified as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton
  • McShann was in a white car ; windows shot out, surrounded by crime scene tape
  • Two officers questioned in investigation will be placed on leave; standard procedure
  • State’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation taking over investigation

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UPDATE @ 12:57 p.m.:

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will lead the investigation into Friday's officer-involved shooting in Moraine, said spokeswoman Jill Del Greco. 

"Our Special Investigations Unit was requested by Moraine to lead this investigation into what exactly occurred," Del Greco said. "What we're going to be doing is conducting an independent investigation to determine the facts about what exactly occurred, and we'll go from there." 

Between six and seven BCI agents are on scene in Moraine.  BCI is not required to investigate officer-involved shootings, nor are departments required to ask for BCI's assistance, Del Greco said. But many departments ask for assistance.

At least 17 officer-involved shootings have been referred to BCI this year, she said. BCI's investigation will focus on whether there were any criminal violations during the incident, but will not make a determination on whether the officers violated any department policies.

BCI will refer its findings to the Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office at the end of its investigation, Del Greco said.

UPDATE @ 11:09 a.m.:

Moraine police said two officers shot and killed Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton after McShann pointed a gun at police when they responded to a suspicious vehicle call, according to Police Chief Craig Richardson.

Richardson said they located McShann in the vehicle when they responded and McShann was pronounced dead on the scene following the shooting.

Sky 7 footage of the Signal 99 in Moraine

“We have an active investigation going on right now of an officer-involved shooting,” Richardson said.  “I will not be taking any questions.”

Richardson promised a more thorough update on the case at an unannounced later time.

“We will do a thorough, complete investigation,” Richardson said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has arrived on the scene of the shooting.

UPDATE @ 10:37 a.m.:

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the victim removed from a Pinnacle Park Drive address this morning as Jamarco McShann, 23, of Dayton.

An autopsy is scheduled for today and a cause and manner of death were not immediately available.

UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:

A beige car is surrounded by crime scene tape and witnesses said it appears at least one of the windows in the vehicle may have been shot out on Pinnacle Park Drive in Moraine.


The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and removed a victim, however no identity of the victim was released

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“I don’t know what happened, but I see the window shot out,” said Timeka Dreke, who said her son is best friend’s with who died this morning.

Officers called for extra assistance from across the county around 5:45 a.m. after a Moraine officer reported shots were fired.

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“Shots fired. Shots fired,” the officer said over police radio. “We need the medics out here.”

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UPDATE @6:34 a.m.

Crime scene tape is up and several officers are on scene of a county-wide call for help after shots fired report in Moraine.

Police have not commented on what led up to the incident.

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UPDATE @5:51 a.m.

Officers have reportedly canceled a “signal 99,” a county-wide request for officers to respond. We are working to find out additional details.

A medic has been requested to the scene.


Officers have dropped a Signal 99 and have reported shots fired in Moraine.

A signal 99 is a county-wide request for officers to respond.

The incident was reported around 5:45 a.m. at an apartment complex on Pinnacle Park Drive.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.