Dayton dog attack: Lawmaker to continue push for stronger penalties for dog owners

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

Lawmaker will again sponsor dog bill

After a piece of legislation that would have strengthened state law governing dangerous dogs failed to pass the Ohio House last year, a local lawmaker vows to reintroduce the bill.

“Ohio’s laws could probably stand some improvement to help prevent some of these [dog attacks],” state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, said following this morning’s fatal dog attack on Middle Street in Dayton.

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“This is just the latest in a long series of events that were probably preventable in a lot of ways, and yet here we are again continuing to talk about it,” Beagle said at the statehouse Tuesday.

Beagle was the primary sponsor of the Klonda Richey Act, which unanimously passed the Ohio Senate in December, but was not taken up by the Ohio House before the last legislative day of 2016.

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Tuesday Beagle said he plans to reintroduce the legislation at the statehouse, but not before some revisions are made to the bill.

“It's in the process of being redrafted after we had some success in the senate last year,” Beagle said.  “We had some folks that wanted to see some changes."

Just over three years ago, Richey, 57, was mauled to death by two mixed-mastiff dogs outside her home at 31 E. Bruce Ave. 

Her body lay outside in subfreezing temperatures until a passerby reported seeing a naked body in the snow around 8:15 a.m. 

When police responded, the dogs charged them and were shot and killed. The dogs owners — Andrew Nason and Julie Custer — pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of failure to control dogs.

1 sent to hospital after Miamisburg house fire

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:03 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:10 PM

FROM SCENE: One sent to hospital from Miamisburg house fire

UPDATE @ 10:10 p.m.

One person was sent to a local hospital tonight after a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

The victim’s condition was unknown.

FIRST REPORT

Firefighters were called tonight to a house fire in Miamisburg.

The fire was reported around 9:30 p.m. in the 700 block of East Central Avenue.

According to initial reports, fire was showing from the rear of the two-story house.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

SB I-75 back open after semi, 2-car crash in Tipp City

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:34 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

FROM SCENE: I-75 in Tipp City closed for crash between semi, 2 cars

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

Two southbound lanes of Intersate 75 in Tipp City are back open following a crash involving a semi hauling new cars and two cars.

A third lane remains closed for road construction.

FIRST REPORT

The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Tipp City are closed tonight following a crash involving a semi and two cars.

The highway is shut down just south of exit 68, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Piqua Post.

The crash was reported around 7:45 p.m.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.

OVI checkpoint underway in Dayton

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017 @ 5:15 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

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UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m. (Oct. 20):

OVI checkpoints will be held between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. in two Dayton locations.

Police will be out in the area of East Third and Terry streets and Keowee and East Fifth streets.

State law requires law enforcement to announce sobriety checkpoints ahead of time.

INITIAL REPORT:

A sobriety checkpoint in Dayton is planned for this weekend. 

The Combined Agency OVI Task Force of Montgomery County will operate the enforcement, according to a statement released Monday afternoon. The location will be revealed this week. 

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According to the OVI task force, there were 596 alcohol-related crashes in Montgomery County in 2016. 

Fourteen people were killed and 273 were injured in those accidents. 

The majority of the deadliest crashes occur on weekends, according to task force officials.

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Girl climbs out from under pickup unscathed after her bike is hit

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:40 PM

North main in New Carlisle child struck

UPDATE @ 5:40 p.m.

A girl and her bicycle landed underneath a pickup truck after she was hit by the vehicle.

The girl was able to climb out from underneath the Chevrolet Avalanche unscathed, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post.

The driver was headed south on North Main Main Street and tried to avoid the girl who rode into traffic, the trooper said.

FIRST REPORT

A child riding a bicycle was hit by a car late this afternoon in New Carlisle.

The incident was reported around 5 p.m. in the 400 block of North Main Street.

The severity of the child’s injuries is unknown.

We have a crew on the way and will update this report.