Officer faces leave in cancer probe

Published: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 5:37 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 02, 2013 @ 7:16 PM

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A South Vienna police officer whose wife is under investigation after allegations that she lied about having cancer and took money from fundraisers will be placed on administrative leave.

And a longtime family friend who helped the family with fundraisers said Thursday that he was heartbroken by the news.

The Springfield News-Sun broke the story that Michelle Mundy, 38, is being investigated by Springfield police after her former employer, the Ohio Masonic Home, told officers she lied about having Stage 4 Lymphoma and received a “substantial amount” of money from Masonic Home fundraisers.

Chief Stephen Moody could not be reached for comment Thursday on the status of the investigation, but Mundy has not been charged.

Her husband, Joseph “Matt” Mundy, is a South Vienna police officer.

Sgt. Bryan Sullivan is acting chief for South Vienna while Chief Patrick Sullivan is out on medical leave. He said his office received a call Monday about the allegation that Michelle Mundy did not have cancer.

On Tuesday, he said, they received a copy of the report from Springfield police and attempted to reach Matt Mundy.

“We have, myself and the chief, have both tried to make contact with him several times, left voicemails, and to this date we have not heard back from him,” Sgt. Sullivan said Thursday. “Because of the pending investigation, the chief has decided once we make contact with him, we will be placing him on unpaid leave until the end of the investigation.”

He said that is standard procedure and that the department does not offer paid leave. Matt Mundy is a paid part-time officer who has served in South Vienna since January 2004. South Vienna has 11 officers, 6 of whom are paid. Matt Mundy typically works Mondays from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Sullivan said he’s staying in contact with Springfield police during the investigation. Matt Mundy was not named in the report from the Ohio Masonic Home. South Vienna would complete its own internal investigation should Matt Mundy become involved in the case, Sullivan said.

Michelle Mundy declined to speak to a reporter Wednesday, and multiple messages left for Matt Mundy were not returned.

The Springfield News-Sun uncovered at least half a dozen fundraisers held for Michelle Mundy through the Masonic Home, friends, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and various sports groups.

Many of the events were held in Clark County. To date, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office has not received any complaints connected to the Mundys. Should the office receive a complaint, detectives would address concerns then, said Lt. Chris Clark.

If the allegations about the Mundys are shown to be true, there is no more compelling victim than local singer and guitar player Ryan Judy.

Judy is not only a childhood friend of Matt Mundy, he played at a fundraiser at Bogey’s on Springfield Xenia Road in November for Michelle at Matt’s request. Judy is a survivor of the very kind of cancer Michelle is suspected of untruthfully claiming to have.

“I had this disease when I was 15,” said Judy, now 37. “I was in the hospital pretty much my freshman year of high school,” enduring chemotherapy.

Judy said he’s been friends with Matt “for a long time” as the two lived on the same street as children and both attended Clark-Shawnee schools. That friendship has continued into adulthood, and the two usually talk on a weekly basis, Judy said.

When he was fighting the disease, Judy said Matt Mundy as well as other friends witnessed his fight against the disease firsthand.

“When I was allowed to be home, I would be sleeping on the couch and have pretty bad sickness going on,” he said. “And they, my friends, would take shifts and come sleep on the floor next to me.”

However things turn out, “I’m not going to regret giving my time.”

“The way I understood it, she had been sick many years ago with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” he said.

If the allegations are true, it will raise questions in Judy’s mind about whether her original bout with the disease really happened. And that might raise the possibility that the disease was chosen for the alleged scam because of Judy’s friendship with Matt Mundy.

“If this is the case,” said Judy, “I’m just terribly shocked.”

While the possibility of “irks me,”and the thought of it is “pretty heartbreaking,” he said it’s done and he’s going to look ahead.

“I’m an entertainer. And if other people need me (for benefits), I’m not going to turn them away. I’m not going to be deterred by that.”

Cars stripped of tires, windows smashed at Dayton car dealership

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:21 PM

Vandalism at White Allen

Dayton police are investigating after thieves reportedly stole the tires from three cars in the White Allen parking lot. 

Police were dispatched to the dealership in the 600 block of North Main Street around 1:40 p.m. on a report of three damaged cars, according to dispatchers. 

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A car sits on concrete blocks at White Allen Chevrolet in Dayton after tires were reported stolen from three cars at the dealership Sunday morning. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

Officers arrived to find three vehicles on concrete blocks with missing wheels and busted windows. 

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A store representative could not be reached for comment as Dayton police investigate.

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Gusty winds cause plane to flip on Greene Co. airport runway, pilot uninjured

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 4:22 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:13 AM

Plane crashes attempting to land

UPDATE (10/23/17) @ 3:20 a.m: High winds played a role in the crash of a single-engine plane at Greene County's Lewis A. Jackson Regional Airport Sunday, according to troopers. 

>> Greene County fatal plane crash report released

The pilot of the plane was not injured after the crash that occurred around 4 p.m.

The plane's pilot was landing on the runway when wind gusts sent the two-seater aircraft onto its top. 

>> U.S. 42 reopens following double-fatal motorcycle crash in Greene Co.

Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar reports wind gusts in the area of the airport registered as high as 22 mph earlier Sunday. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Troopers told our crew the pilot was flying in from an airport near Bradford before crashing. 

The airport has since reopened after crews cleared the scene and removed the upright plane from the runway.

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U.S. 42 reopens following double-fatal motorcycle crash in Greene Co.

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:15 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 3:02 AM

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A man and woman from Xenia were killed after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a Dodge Charger in Spring Valley Sunday night, according to troopers.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road. U.S. 42 was closed and reopened just before midnight.

>>CareFlight called to Greene Co. motorcycle crash

Troopers said the victims on the motorcycle, both in their mid-20s, were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. An occupant from the Dodge is recovering at an area hospital from non-life-threatening injuries.

The motorcyclist was northbound on U.S. 42 when the driver of the car attempted to turn onto the highway from Spring Valley Paintersville Road, according to a preliminary investigation, troopers said.

>> Pilot uninjured after plane flips on Greene County airport runway

Troopers said at this time speed and failure to yield are being considered as causes, but a definitive answer will not be available until investigators are finished with the investigation.

A crashed motorcycle at the scene of a fatal crash on U.S. 42 and Spring Valley Paintersville Road in Spring Valley Sunday night. DeAngelo Byrd/Staff

 

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Family celebrates birthday of Miamisburg teen killed in wrong-way crash

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 8:54 PM
Updated: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 2:49 AM

Family celebrates birthday of teen killed in wrong-way crash

Family members gathered for a birthday celebration Sunday to honor Kalip Grimm, the 2017 Miamisburg High School graduate killed in a wrong way crash Monday night on I-675 in Centerville. 

Grimm would have been 19 Sunday.

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"It’s the worst feeling to know you're celebrating your son's birthday one day and burying him the next,” Grimm’s mother, Stacey Grimm said.

Grimm was killed when the car he was driving was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver. Family and friends will gather tomorrow for funeral and memorial services.

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A memorial pamphlet honoring Kalip Grimm, a Miaimisburg teen killed in a wrong-way crash on I-675 Monday.

"He was the most compassionate person. It didn't matter time of day, if anybody needed anything he'd be right there,” Stacey Grimm said.

News Center 7’s Sean Cudahy reports hundreds of people visited the family today with some offering kind words and others sporting new tattoos honoring Kalip.

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"I'm at so much peace right now to know how many people's lives he touches,” Stacey Grimm said.

'"I've had several people tell me that when 'I was going through a hard spot Caleb brought me out of it.”

Friends of Kalip Grimm show off new tattoos remembering the Miaimisburg graduate killed in a wrong-way crash Monday. Sean Cudahy/Staff

Family and friends released balloons in the air Sunday after singing ‘Happy Birthday’ in linked arms.

“We had no idea how he touched people outside of our family,” Kalip’s step mother, LeAnn Crone.

Crone said she remembers Kalip as the person who pulled his family together.

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“Anybody that knew him...knew kalip...biggest heart ever...he'd give you the shirt off his back,” Crone said.

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