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Deadly Dayton dog attack: Coroner IDs man killed by pit bull

Published: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 5:24 AM
Updated: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 @ 3:32 PM

More details on fatal Dayton dog attack


  • Police were dispatched to Middle Street Tuesday morning on report of man yelling for help, and dogs barking
  • Police report the dog is an adult pit bull who broke loose from a chain
  • Officials shot and killed the dog 
  • Coroner confirms identity of 60-year-old male dog attack victim 

RELATED: Dayton dog attack victim pleads ‘Jesus, help me’ before his death

DAYTON — The man killed after being mauled by a pit bull Tuesday morning has been identified as 60-year-old Maurice Brown, of Central Avenue in Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

Dayton Police Lt. Andrew Booher said no one has come forward as caretaker to the suspect dog and three other dogs that were removed from the 300 block of Middle Street.

Police are working with the Animal Resource Center to find out what dogs in that area might have licenses, and identify problem animals reported by neighbors.

Booher said the property owner is in a nursing home. Its unknown if the property owner is the dog owner, however there's evidence people were feeding and caring for four dogs at the residence.

PHOTOS: Scenes from fatal dog attack site in Dayton

Police said Brown was walking in the area, around 5:15 a.m., when he was attacked by a vicious adult male pit bull. Authorities quarantined the pit bull that attacked the victim before shooting it.Officers located and removed three pit bulls from the property. Police say it appears the dogs did not have food or water and may have been hungry.     

The dog that attacked Brown attacked a rodent before breaking loose from its chain. Police responded to Middle Street Tuesday morning after a neighbor called 9-1-1 and reported he heard someone yelling for help.  

RELATED: A child was attacked by a dog at the same address in 2011

The caller told the 9-1-1 dispatcher he heard a man outside yelling for help and crying for about three to five minutes. 

"Near Riverview Avenue there's a man outside yelling 'Jesus help me. Help me,'" the caller said to the dispatcher. "Sounds like he's in pain. He's yelling at the top of his lungs. All the dogs are barking." 

Potential charges in a fatal dog attack could range from control of animal to felony offenses, but Booher said the prosecutor’s office will be consulted. 

"The injuries were pretty severe from the dog itself," Booher said, adding the dog was still attacking the man when officers arrived on scene. "This isn't something that ordinarily happens."

On Tuesday, Dayton police waited on a search warrant to enter a house in the 300 block of Middle Street. 

Three dogs were removed from the house after a dog fatally mauled a man walking in an alley behind the house.

911 call: Man describes victim yelling 'Jesus, help me'

A man was mauled to death by a dog in a Dayton alley on Tuesday morning. Drone view of the deadly attack area in a residential neighborhood.


Klonda Richey was mauled by dogs and killed on East Bruce Street on Feb. 7, 2014 when 

Kimiko Hardy convicted on manslaughter and other felony charges after her dog fatally mauled her 7-month-old stepgrandson in 2014.


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Winter Storm Watch issued for system that could bring snow to area this weekend

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 10:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 6:35 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the current track and forecast for another spring storm.

Those ready for spring weather likely won’t like this forecast.

Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Darke, Preble, Montgomery, Wayne, Randolph, Butler, Warren and Clinton counties from 2 a.m. Saturday through 2 a.m.Sunday. A Winter Storm Watch means conditions are favorable for impactful snow, sleet or ice that can make travel difficult. 

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A quick-moving low pressure system will spread moisture back into the Miami Valley Saturday and Saturday night, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A band of snow will be possible that, at times, might mix with rain. The system currently is favoring the southern and western half of the Miami Valley where the watch was issued. This means areas such as Logan, Shelby, Auglaize and Mercer counties could see a sharp cut-off from moisture and possibly very little, if any, snow. 

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The track and intensity of this system is still in question, and fine-tuning will come together during the end of the work week. Counties under the Winter Storm Watch have the best chance to see sticking snow that will could be more than two inches. 

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A few factors that could limit impact in the Miami Valley: Warm road temperatures allowing for snow melt, snow falling during the day allowing for a mix with rain, the track shifting and pulling the accumulating snow further south.

A few factors that could increase impact in the Miami Valley: Staying colder than expected, a shift further north could spread more snow across the entire area and the intensity of the system. 

Stay with Storm Center 7 for the latest updates to this spring snow storm.

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Dayton’s Fire Blocks faces deadline, could lose $4.5M in funds

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 7:10 AM

            Workers replace street lights near the Elks Building near the intersection of South Jefferson and East Third Street in the Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Workers replace street lights near the Elks Building near the intersection of South Jefferson and East Third Street in the Fire Blocks District in downtown Dayton. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

The state of Ohio has told the group that wants to redevelop the Fire Blocks District that it has until June 30 to prove it has financing for the project or its tax credits may be rescinded.

The Ellway Group won nearly $4.5 million in state historic preservation tax credits in June 2016 to help fund the restoration of the Elks Building and the Huffman Block building on the 100 block of East Third Street.

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The development group’s $23 million plan was to create new housing and first-floor retail and restaurant spaces in the mostly vacant buildings.

But this month, the Ohio Development Services Agency sent a letter to Ellway Group CEO Winfield Scott Gibson saying his project has not demonstrated “sufficient evidence of reviewable progress” because the has not closed on financing, according to a copy of the letter obtained by this newspaper through a public records request.

Tax credit recipients risk losing their awards if they fail to show after 18 months that they have secured financing for their proposed rehab projects and have not commenced construction. It’s been about 21 months since the project received its award.

RELATED: Fire Blocks plan to reshape downtown Dayton faces growing pains

Last month, Gibson sent the state a letter asking to push back the project’s end date until March 31, 2019, saying there were delays related to finding a tax credit investor and securing financing, according to records obtained by this newspaper.

Tax credit recipients must file a 12- or 18-month progress report on their projects with the state.

In the letter, Gibson said project construction financing is expected to close in June and construction should begin on May 1. The state agreed to a short time extension to allow the Ellway Group to secure financing and start construction.

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But if that does not happen by the end of June, the Ohio Development Services Agency said it may rescind the approved tax credits and give them away to other projects in upcoming funding rounds.

Gibson told this newspaper that it’s “going to be tight” but he believes his group will close on financing in time to meet the deadline. He also said he has a back-up plan if the project were to lose its state historic tax credits and had to be scrapped — but he says he really hopes it does not come to that.

“The plan is the plan and we’re moving forward,” he said.

The district covers multiple blocks but centers around the 100 block of East Third Street. Companies controlled by Gibson or the Ellway Group own about nine buildings in and around downtown Dayton.

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Clayton, three other local communities purchase new warning sirens

Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 6:47 PM

            Clayton, Clay Township, Trotwood and Englewood invest about $108,000, along with about $108,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for new sirens. STAFF PHOTOS.
Clayton, Clay Township, Trotwood and Englewood invest about $108,000, along with about $108,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for new sirens. STAFF PHOTOS.

Nine new warning sirens are being installed in and around the Northmont community, a partnership of four local governments designed to keep residents safe in an emergency.

The new sirens will help alert more people in Clayton, Englewood, Trotwood and Clay Township, the four governments that partnered on the project.

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The sirens will be placed strategically throughout the region to warn residents of severe weather conditions.

The sirens were purchased by Montgomery County and then sold to the partnering agencies. The Department of Homeland Security and the four local governments involved split the costs.

The sirens will be put in places to provide maximum coverage but so they do not overlap. The city of Clayton added three to the city.

Residents can sign up for Clayton’s notification system to receive alerts for tornadoes and emergency warnings. Residents also can use a weather radio or tune into WHIO-TV and WHIO-Radio, or download the WHIO app, for updated weather alerts.

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For more information on the new sirens, contact the Clayton Director of Development Jack Kuntz at (937) 836-3500.

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Two hospitalized after police pursuit ends in crash in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:14 AM

I-75 Pursuit

UPDATE @ 2:50 a.m: Two people were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after a police pursuit ended in a crash on Needmore Road early Thursday morning.

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According to officials, they attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Stanley Avenue around 1:45 a.m., the suspect did not comply and a pursuit started on northbound I-75. 

The suspect ended up crashing into another vehicle after running a red light on Needmore Road not too long after the pursuit ensued. 

The suspect and the driver of the other vehicle were the individuals transported to Grandview Medical Center.

Officials did find a loaded handgun and narcotics in the suspect vehicle. 

The individual was placed under arrest and will be taken to Montgomery County Jail after their release from the hospital. 


A pursuit on northbound I-75 ended as a crash on the Needmore Road exit ramp early Thursday morning.

According to officials, the pursuit started around 1:45 a.m. at the 55 milemarker.

The Ohio Highway State Patrol are handling with assistance from Dayton police.

We will continue to update this story with more details. 

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