Kavanaugh reinstated by UD

Published: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 1:25 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 @ 1:25 PM

Continuing Coverage

The Dayton Daily News first reported on this story when Matt Kavanaugh was suspended by UD in October 2012. Our reporters have stuck with the story to give you the latest linformation.

Matt Kavanaugh couldn’t attend classes at Dayton while being suspended for a year for violating the school’s code of conduct, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t learn a thing or two during his time away.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound center said the disciplinary measures taken by UD taught him some life lessons.

“I have to be aware that I need to hold myself to a higher standard and that I’m representing more than myself,” he said. “I’m representing my family, the university and the basketball program.”

Kavanaugh was reinstated by UD on Wednesday and will be on full scholarship for his senior season in 2013-14. He seemed apprehensive as he met the media outside the men’s basketball office and looked leaner than he did during his last public appearance a year ago.

He was listed by police as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation involving a 17-year-old UD student last August, although no charges were filed. (His parents said at the time they disagreed with the university’s decision to suspend him.) He repeatedly refused to discuss the actions that led to his suspension, but he admitted mistakes were made.

“I just know a lot of people have been affected with all that’s gone on,” he said. “I’m really sorry for anyone who’s been impacted by all this. I’m really looking forward to putting everything behind me and having a successful senior school year.”

UD coach Archie Miller kept a scholarship open, though he said he wasn’t sure whether the school would allow Kavanaugh to return. That decision was made a couple of weeks ago.

Miller wanted to see some remorse — and did.

“I think the biggest thing for him is he’s sorry,” the second-year coach said. “When you go through something like that, you learn a lot about opportunity. You learn a lot about privileges. One thing you’ve got right now in him is he’s someone who knows things shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“I think Matt has grown up a lot. I’m just anxious to get him back in the fold and continue to coach him. I know what he’s all about right now and feel very, very confident that we’re going to be able to lead him to the finish line. That’s our job.”

Kavanaugh, who averaged about nine points and six rebounds as a junior starter, said he’s been diligent about staying in shape. He’s been lifting weights and doing basketball workouts.

But he wasn’t allowed on campus until the second semester ended in April. He’ll take one class during the first summer session, which starts Monday.

Teri Rizvi, UD’s associate vice president for university communications, wouldn’t give specifics about Kavanaugh’s reinstatement but indicated the school took a strong stance given the facts in the case.

As for the decision to readmit him, she said: “He fulfilled the obligations laid out for him. We took the issue seriously. We reviewed it really carefully, as we would for any student.”

Athletic Director Tim Wabler said: “I feel very strongly the decision the university made to readmit him is the right decision — not only for the university, but for Matt.”

The family of the alleged victim, though, had hoped for a different outcome.

“We think the University of Dayton is a fine institution,” her father told the Dayton Daily News in an email. “At the same time we feel strongly that the universities (sic) decision to readmit Kavanaugh is less than prudent and borderline reckless.”

Bringing Kavanaugh back is likely a divisive issue even among Flyer fans. And though they’re probably too polite to razz him at home, the Centerville product could be subjected to some heckling on the road.

“I really can’t worry about what I can’t control. I can’t control how other people feel or what they say,” he said. “I just have to do my best on what I can control, and that’s working hard in the classroom, graduating and helping the team.”

Kavanaugh said he took two classes while away, one at Sinclair and another at Franklin University. He said he needs seven credits to graduate.

He also kept track of the team from afar.

“I watched every game on TV. I was rooting for them every step of the way,” he said. “I wish I could have been out there with them, but I can’t worry about that now. I have to be focused on helping the team win this year.”

Deputies investigating 2-vehicle crash, pedestrian strike

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 4:22 PM

HARRISON TWP. -- A pedestrian strike and a two-vehicle crash on North Main Street has prompted sheriff's deputies to close North Main at Julia Avenue.

As many as three medic units were dispatched to the scene. The conditions of the pedestrian and the people in the vehicles are not known. 

We're told that Montgomery County deputies are trying to determine whether the pedestrian was struck before the vehicle accident or as a result of the vehicle accident. 

The incident was called out about 3:50 p.m. as an injury crash. 

Tow trucks are on scene, which will be cleaned up shortly. 

We will update this developing report as we get information. 


Accused in double-stabbing at Troy motel pleads not guilty

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 5:15 PM

Accused in double-stabbing at Troy motel pleads not guilty

TROY - A Troy man is to be court on March 6 for a pretrial hearing on charges accusing him of stabbing his former girlfriend and her boyfriend at a Troy motel earlier this month.

David Boyea, 33, remains in jail on a $500,000 bond after pleading not guilty Monday at his arraignment to charges of attempted murder and aggravated burglary in the Feb. 6 incident.

A 33-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man who were staying at the motel told police someone knocked on the door, forced his way in and stabbed them in the early morning hours. Both were taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. 

Police said all three worked at the Troy Burger King and that the woman had ended a relationship with Boyea. 

Miami County Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt set bond at $500,000 cash or surety, which was $50,000 less than the bail set at Boyea’s initial court appearance in county Municipal Court.

Suspect in attempted robbery of Key Bank is in custody

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 4:38 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 5:44 PM

UPDATED @ 4:59 p.m.: HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County -- The suspect is in custody, according to county regional dispatch supervisors.

Sheriff's deputies tell us the suspect stole a passenger van from the Key Bank, then drove it to the apartment building on Triangle View Drive. 

The suspect abandoned the van, ran into the building and out a back door where deputies apprehended him.


HARRISON TWP., Montgomery County -- Police and sheriff's deputies are chasing a man who is suspected of trying to rob a Key Bank branch in the 4700 block of North Main Street. 

The pursuit has led officers to an apartment building in the 1700 block of Triangle View Drive. A K-9 dispatched to the scene tracked a scent to the Triangle View Drive address. 

The attempted robbery of the bank branch, 4747 N. Main St., occurred sometime between just before 4 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. 

We have crew on the way. We will update this developing report.  

Storms, expected in the region Tuesday, could be strong to severe

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 5:12 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

Passing sprinkles or showers are possible this evening. Otherwise, mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 40s. 

  • Near record warmth Tuesday 
  • Strong storms possible Tuesday, Wednesday 
  • Colder, with snow-mix late in the week

THIS EVENING: Clouds thicken toward Tuesday morning, along with a chance of a few showers or storms by daybreak with an approaching warm front, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said Monday afternoon.

TUESDAY: Several rounds of showers and a few storms are possible. An isolated, strong storm is possible in the afternoon. Winds increase through the day and into the night as a cold front approaches from the northwest. Temperatures will climb into the middle 60s by evening. The record high for the day is 64, set in 2016. The greatest threats would be damaging winds and possible flooding. It will be windy even beyond any storm, with gusts at more than 30 mph. Temperatures will begin to fall Wednesday morning as the front passes.

WEDNESDAY: Waking to scattered showers and storms, with some being isolated and strong to severe with damaging winds. This will cause problems for the morning commute well as reduced visibility. The record high for the day is 66 set in 1976, and it's possible temperatures could be near that shortly after midnight Tuesday. Morning temperatures will be in the 50s and fall through the day. Chance for showers will continue into evening and may mix with light snow late. Temperatures will fall into the 30s before ending overnight.

THURSDAY: Colder air moves in. Temperatures, starting in the 30s, will climb into the low 40s. Rain/snow showers possible late afternoon transitioning to some light passing snow showers at night with a quick moving system.

FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy skies are expected Friday with the chance of flurries early. Highs Friday will be middle to upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Look for partly cloudy skies and warmer air after a cold start in the upper 20s. Daytime highs could reach the lower 50s.

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