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.

MAURICE BROWN THE ARTIST

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.

EARLIER REPORT

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. 

2-motorcycle accident in Fairborn sends 3 to area hospitals

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 9:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 10:21 PM

Multi-vehicle Greene Co. crash

UPDATE @ 10:12 p.m.: Speeding has been determined as the cause of a two-motorcycle accident on Bath Road in Fairborn that sent three people to area hospitals, a trooper with the Ohio Highway Patrol said. 

Two of the injured aboard one of the bikes have been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The lone motorcyclist on the second bike has been taken to Grandview Medical Center. 

None of the injuries was considered life threatening. 

The trooper from the Xenia post said the motorcycles, which ended up in a ditch or yard off Bath Road between Adams and Kitridge roads, were being driven too fast. The at-fault motorcyclist will be cited for failure to control. 

An earlier report that a small car may have been involved in the accident was incorrect.

INITIAL REPORT

Crews have been dispatched to a multiple-vehicle accident, involving as many as three motorcycles, in the 4600 block of Bath Road, near Adams Road in Fairborn.

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The incident, which also reportedly involves a small car, was dispatched just after 9:30 p.m. 

We're hearing from arriving fire/rescue crews that the motorcycles are in a ditch. 

We have a crew on the way to check it out. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Fire in vacant Dayton house under investigation as suspicious

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:56 PM

Weaver St vacant house fire

A fire that caused significant damage to a vacant house in the 1600 block of Weaver Street in Dayton is being investigated as suspicious, Dayton fire personnel said. 

Crews were dispatched just after 5:30 p.m. on a report of a possible structure fire with smoke and flames showing. The dispatch was upgraded minutes later to a working structure fire. 

No injuries were reported. 

Crews told us this is the second fire in a vacant house today. The other was Wednesday morning on Anna Street

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Guilty plea accepted in Tipp City home robbery for stolen drugs

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Carlos Gomez (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)
Carlos Gomez (Courtesy/Miami County Jail)

The last of four people indicted on charges stemming from the robbery of a Tipp City home to retrieve stolen drugs pleaded guilty to a lesser felony in a Troy courtroom on Wednesday.

Carlos Gomez, 23, now of Baldwin Park, Calif., was returned to Ohio to face the charge from a November incident in which Tipp City police said one person was injured. 

He is to be sentenced Oct. 31.

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Gomez pleaded in Miami County Common Pleas Court as part of an agreement with the county prosecutor’s office, in which an aggravated robbery charge was changed to felony robbery. He could be sentenced up to three years in prison.

Visiting Judge William Wolff Jr. told Gomez that because he was not a U.S. citizen, he could be deported, excluded from admission to the country and denied naturalization as a U.S. citizen. 

Gomez said he understood those possible consequences. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Man recovered from Wolf Creek in Dayton was focus of endangered missing alert

Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 5:52 PM

Family had been searching for man pulled from Wolf Creek

UPDATE @ 5:58 p.m.: Dayton police believe the body pulled from Wolf Creek is that of a 71-year-old man who was the subject of an endangered missing adult alert issued earlier Wednesday.

Police have been working all day with the family of Charles Romine, who was the focus of an endangered missing adult alert, Sgt. John Riegel said. 

Police investigators received additional information that led them to the location along Wolf Creek. Police had been searching bushes and all along the riverbank when an officer made the discovery. 

"I don't know how long he's been in the water," Riegel said, noting that the cause of death right now is not known. 

Riegel said he had no information to indicate that the man took his own life. 

Information police had Tuesday, from the family, was that the man was lost, the sergeant said, "and that's why police were looking for him."

UPDATE @ 5:46 p.m.: 

The body recovered from Wolf Creek is believed to be Charles Romine, 71, for whom Dayton police issued an endangered missing adult alert this morning, a Dayton homicide detective said.

UPDATE @ 5:18 p.m.: 

The body recovered from Wolf Creek is a man believed to be in his 70s, Dayton fire personnel is telling us. 

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The Montgomery County Coroner's Office will make the official determination as to the man's identification, but Dayton police this morning issued an endangered missing adult alert for 71-year-old Charles Romine. 

He has not been heard from since Monday, police said.

INITIAL REPORT

A body has been spotted in the Wolf Creek, off the bridge that spans West Riverview Avenue and North James H. McGee Boulevard.

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Fire/rescue crews have brought a boat to Wolf Creek, in the area of West Riverview Avenue and Philadelphia Drive, on a police officer's request for a "water recovery." 

The incident was dispatched just after 4:30 p.m. 

According to a sergeant with Montgomery County Regional Dispatch, a police officer who had driven onto the bridge from Riverview to North James H. McGee Boulevard called regional dispatch after reportedly seeing something in the water. 

Dayton police and fire have taped off access to the bridge and are keeping media away from the bridge. 

We will update this developing report. 

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