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. 

DASH CAM: Dancing Dayton cop arrested on suspicion of OVI

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 7:31 PM

Dayton officer pulled over, arrested for DUI. The 2010 CJ grad became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media.

UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. (Jan. 23):

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released dash cam video Tuesday that shows the questioning and arrest of Dayton police officer Jermar Rayford for suspicion of OVI in Fairborn on Jan. 12.

In the video, Rayford denies having consumed any alcohol prior to the traffic stop for speeding.

“I’m a Dayton police officer...I’m not going to jeopardize my career,” Rayford tells troopers.  “I ain’t been drinking though.”

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The trooper told Rayford he smelled alcohol coming from the vehicle, which Rayford said was a rental car.

“There ain’t nothing to it bro,” Rayford said.

Rayford declined to take a breathalyzer test on the scene after being asked multiple times if he would be willing to and was taken into custody.

“I don’t have to do a breath test,” Rayford said.  “This is so beyond crazy.” 

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):

Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.

The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.

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Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District.  Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.

INITIAL REPORT:

Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12. 

According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek. 

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He was driving 69 mph in a 45-mph zone, according to the court document, and refused a blood alcohol test. 

Rayford was summoned into court on Tuesday morning. 

He is the police officer who performed the Superman in 2015 while dancing to Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) at the Taste of All Things Oregon.

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The 2010 Chaminade Julienne graduate became a local celebrity when several people posted videos and photos of his dancing to social media. 

Rayford also gained local attention in July 2016 when he posted a video to social media, offering an emotional plea to the Dayton community focused toward police-community relations.

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At the time, he said he posted the video in reaction to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, both of whom were killed by police. The video surfaced hours before five Dallas police officers were shot and killed.

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Huber Heights police mourn retired officer’s death

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM


            A Huber Heights police vehicle is shown in an investigation in the area of Wildcat and Kellenburger roads. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF
A Huber Heights police vehicle is shown in an investigation in the area of Wildcat and Kellenburger roads. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF

The Huber Heights Police Division announced retired officer Robbie Redcross died Tuesday of health complications.

Redcross died at Hospice of Dayton, according to the division’s Facebook account. He served in Huber Heights for 25 years before retiring in 2006, according to the post and archival news coverage.

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Redcross’ age and service arrangements were not immediately available.

“Robbie was well loved by the Police Division and the residents of Huber Heights,” the division said on Facebook. “This is a huge loss for all who knew Robbie. Robbie will be remembered for his generosity, calming presence and his dedication.”

In 2015, Redcross — then retired from the police division — stood armed in front of the Huber Heights Armed Forces Recruiting Center on Chambersburg Road after a lone gunman killed four Marines and a sailor in attacks at two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Last month, Huber Heights Sgt. Frank Crouse died. His funeral was Dec. 11.

Centerville schools, deputies investigate threat at CHS

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 4:07 PM

Centerville Schools investigate threat made on school bus

A 16-year-old high school student is accused of making threatening comments on one of the district’s school buses and law enforcement is now involved in the investigation, school officials said Tuesday.

The district said they were made aware of the threatening comments Monday night and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation, said Sarah Swan, spokesperson for Centerville City Schools.

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The district did not release the specific details of what the threat entailed, but said the student made a variety of inappropriate comments.

“This situation shows how important it is for our students, families and community members to notify us if they are aware of any threats toward our students or school facilities,” Swan said.

We’re working to learn additional information from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

2 injured while breaking up Springfield dog fight

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:19 PM

JEFF GUERINI / STAFF
JEFF GUERINI / STAFF

Two people were transported to a local hospital after being bit by dogs while attempted to break up a fight between two dogs Tuesday. 

Officers responded to the 300 block of East College Avenue around 12:45 p.m. 

According to investigators, a person was walking a dog in the area, when the dog began to charge toward another dog on a property in the area. 

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The two dogs began fighting and while trying to break up the fight the people involved were injured, authorities said. 

The victims' conditions were not immediately known. 

Animal control was called to the scene, but the status of the dogs involved was not immediately known.