Dog attack: Family of man killed by pit bull wants answers, action

Published: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 2:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, May 02, 2017 @ 7:50 PM

More details on fatal Dayton dog attack

UPDATE @ 7:30 p.m. (May 2):  The family of Maurice Brown wants answers and justice from the investigation into the death of the 60-year-old, fatally mauled by a pit bull in the 300 block of Middle Street on April 25.

The funeral for Brown was held at Corinthian Baptist Church in Dayton. A second ceremony was held at the Dayton VA cemetery to honor Brown as an Air Force veteran.

“Any animal that takes a human life and has a known capability to do that is something we can’t come to grips with,” said David Brown, Maurice’s brother. 

He said the family is looking for answers and would like to see tougher rules and regulations on pit bull ownership.

A Dayton police spokesperson said the case is under investigation and there is no new information.

Pit bulls should be “treated as an exotic animal,” David said, because of the threats they pose and Maurice’s death hopefully will start a dialogue to prevent this from happening to someone else.

David said his family is Christian and willing to forgive the responsible parties but that person or family must be held accountable for their actions.


He worked as a metallurgist after moving to California. He also was a talented musician, performing alongside the Ohio Players, Slave and other bands.

Brown moved back to Dayton in 1999 and volunteered for various organizations. He was deeply religious and played drums for multiple churches.

“He was always preaching to us about how to live and do right and dream. That was his big one: Dream big,” David Brown said. “He was an artist. He gave up some lucrative opportunities to pursue his dream and that was something I always looked up to.”

Family members said Maurice Brown’s death is especially tragic and hard to cope with because of the way in which he died.


Maurice Brown, fatally attacked by a pit bull Tuesday, was described by his brother as a “smell the roses type guy.”

David Brown said his brother lived near the scene of the mauling and went for walks nearly every day. He would often collect cans on his walks.

"What we know is from what detective told us, that he was walking down the alley, a dog broke loose and attacked him and they struggled for several minutes before someone called 911 and got help," David Brown said. 

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The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has ruled Maurice’s death an accident with the immediate cause being severe blood loss — clinically referred to as exsanguination due to extensive soft tissue trauma.

Animal Resource Center officials said a week ago that an owner of the pit bull had not been identified. Three additional dogs from the Middle Street home are being housed by ARC. 

MU Prez to Congress: All students need entrepreneurial skills

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 11:38 AM

            Miami University President Gregory Crawford recently testified before a U.S. Congressional Committee on Small Business on the programs and emphasis the Butler County school places on cultivating entrepreneurial skills among all its students. Miami is regularly lauded by national publications and studies as one of the top producers of business executives in America.
Miami University President Gregory Crawford recently testified before a U.S. Congressional Committee on Small Business on the programs and emphasis the Butler County school places on cultivating entrepreneurial skills among all its students. Miami is regularly lauded by national publications and studies as one of the top producers of business executives in America.

In many ways all Miami University students are also students of entrepreneurial skills, the president of the Butler County university told Congressional leaders recently.

Miami University President Gregory Crawford traveled to the nation’s capital last week to testify to members of the U.S. House Small Business Committee to discuss the role his school – and others across the nation – must play in expanding entrepreneurship in America.

Miami has much to offer in this burgeoning arena, Crawford told lawmakers, with officials at the school estimating close to 1,500 alumni are founders or co-founders of business.

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“The entrepreneurial mindset is as vital for success in the 21st century as the pioneering mindset in the 19th century and the manufacturing mindset in the 20th,” Crawford testified.

MORE: Miami business executives alumni are among top in nation

“Miami’s universal approach to entrepreneurship exceeds the conventional higher education mindset on experiential learning. We believe there is no substitute for the messy, complex, sometimes risky, tension-filled aspect of the compromise-driven world of real business and value creation,” Crawford told the committee, whose Chairman is U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati.

“No classroom can replicate real projects, with real stakes that require real results. This approach has transformed our traditional internships into interactive apprenticeships where students make quantifiable contributions to the entrepreneurial ecosystem,” he said.

Miami’s Redhawk Ventures (RV) is one of the few student-run venture capital funds in the nation, he said.

It invests up to $25,000 of university assets into selected student and alumni businesses. Members of RV have the opportunity to work through the entire venture funding process, ranging from business plan presentations to term sheets to growing new and innovative businesses.

Crawford said $2.1 billion in venture funding has been raised by Miami-affiliated high-growth companies since 2011. And 94 Miami-affiliated high-growth companies have exited through acquisition since 2011.

The university, which is Butler County’s largest employer, is regularly cited among the nation’s top institutions of higher learning when it comes to producing business leaders.

Besides its main Oxford campus, Miami also has regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown and a Learning Center at the Voice of America Park in West Chester Township.

There are intangible benefits beyond making money for students and recent graduates in adopting an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of their college major, Crawford told legislators.

“There is also a certain intangible beauty about the entrepreneurial mindset. No matter what your major, whether you become a doctor, congresswomen, social worker, scientist, teacher, that mindset empowers you with the capacity to accept failure with optimism rather than discouragement; the intellectual courage to try something no one else in the world has tried; the unity to gather a team and translate an idea from concept to product,” he said.

“No matter what field you choose to pursue after graduation, optimism, courage, and unity are personal virtues all employers and industries value,” said Crawford.

1 reported missing in widespread flooding in Northern Kentucky

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 11:24 AM

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Residents in Northern Kentucky are dealing with a mess this morning after heavy rains overnight caused widespread flooding that led to damages to vehicles and property.

SEE PHOTOS: Rains caused flooding in the Miami Valley earlier this month

Up to 5 inches of rain fell overnight in Bracken and Mason counties, where flood waters lifted homes from foundations, set moored boats adrift and tossed vehicles into muddy ditches, according to coverage from our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

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Authorities in Bracken County are searching for one man whose home may have drifted away in the flood waters, according to WCPO’s report. About 20 boats tethered on Bracken Creek broke loose and were sent downstream into the Ohio River, according to WCPO’s report.

MORE: Substantial flooding happened in May in Butler County

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A Mason County resident reported he was in his home when flood waters lifted it up from its foundation. The home ended up about 200 yards away, according to WCPO’s report.

Firefighters find body at Harrison Twp. house fire

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

SCENE: Fatal fire in Harrison Twp.

UPDATE @ 10:20 a.m.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a house fire where one person was found dead this morning in Harrison Twp.

The fire was reported by a witness shortly before 7 a.m.

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When crews arrived, they encountered heavy flames coming from a bedroom in the rear of the brick ranch-style home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue, according to the fire chief.

Firefighters started dousing the flames and did a search inside the home where they found one person deceased, according to the chief.

It was not immediately known whether the body is that of a male or female, the chief said.

The body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office where the victim’s identity as well as the cause and manner of death will be determined.

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UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m.

Authorities in Harrison Twp. are investigating after a body was found in a home that caught fire early this morning.

A man who spotted the fire called 9-1-1 at 6:57 a.m.

"I'm here at Maple Leaf and Ark and there's a house on fire," the caller told the dispatcher.

The caller did not know whether anyone was inside.

We’re working to gather more details.

UPDATE @ 7:49 a.m.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office has been requested to the scene of a Harrison Twp. house fire, according to regional dispatchers.

UPDATE @ 7:40 a.m.

Flames are now out at the scene of a house fire in Harrison Twp. and a person is believed to still be inside the home, according to dispatchers. 

Dispatchers said no one was evacuated front the home when fire crews arrived just before 7 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a large amount of smoke has filled the home in the 3500 block of Ark Avenue. 

A fire investigator is responding to the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We are working to learn the condition of the person previously trapped in the home as well as what caused the fire.


A person is reportedly trapped in a burning home on Ark Avenue in Harrison Twp. 

Fire crews were dispatched to the 3500 block of Ark Avenue around 7 a.m. on a report of a house fire. 

Initial reports indicate a person may be trapped in the house. 

Our newsroom is working to confirm details in this developing story.

Man hit by car during argument in Trotwood

Published: Sunday, July 23, 2017 @ 8:10 AM

Trotwood crews are responding to a reported pedestrian strike in Trotwood. 

Crews were dispatched to the 4400 block of Shorham Court around 7:55 a.m. 

A male caller told dispatchers his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend assaulted him before hitting him with a car. 

Initial reports indicate the man hit by the car refused medical treatment at the scene. 

The victim's condition, as well as what instigated the fight, remain unknown.