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.”

Fire ravages historic building near bike trail in downtown Loveland

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

A massive fire overnight damaged a historic building in Loveland in a popular part of the city for shopping and outdoor activities.

West Loveland Avenue near the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail is closed to pedestrians and motorists as Loveland-Symmes firefighters continue working after responding to the fire call around 1:30 a.m., according to our news partner in Cincinnati, WCPO-Ch. 9.

Flames spread from one end to the other of a mixed retail and residential building that has been renovated several times, according to WCPO’s report.

Everyone escaped the building and there were no reports of injuries, although a firefighter was overcome with exhaustion while fighting the flames, according to WCPO’s report.

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder told the media outlet the part of the building that sustained the most fire damage did not have a sprinkler system, and the side that did have sprinklers sustained water damage.

The cause is under investigation and the city engineer’s office has been called to determine whether the building is structurally sound.

5th tornado confirmed in neighboring Miami Valley county

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:53 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 7:22 AM

A fifth tornado touched down Wednesday in Warren, in addition to the two that hit in Clark County, one in Fayette County and one in Miami County.

Tornadoes were confirmed in the following locations:

  • EF-1 confirmed in Park Layne
  • EF-0 confirmed near Medway
  • EF-1 confirmed near Piqua
  • EF-0 confirmed in Fayette County

UPDATE @ 2:52 p.m.:

A fifth tornado is reported to have touched down in the region during Wednesday night’s storm, according to the National Weather Service. 

An EF0 tornado briefly touched down in Warren County, in a field four miles north of Harveysburg, according to the NWS.

UPDATE @ 1:30 p.m. (May 26)

In addition to three tornadoes that hit the Miami Valley on Wednesday, a fourth tornado touched down in neighboring Fayette County, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

The EF-0 tornado touched down in the extreme western portion of Fayette County, based on radar data, video evidence and eyewitness reports, according to the weather service.

The tornado had wind gusts of 50 mph, was 25 yards wide and traveled approximately three miles, according to the weather service. it dissipated about four miles southeast of Jamestown.

The tornado traveled primarily through empty farm fields and did not left little damage, according to the weather service.

EARLIER

The National Weather Service has confirmed a third tornado touched down near Medway in Clark County.

Maximum sustained winds for the tornado were 75 mph and it was said to be on the ground for 500 yards, the weather service said.

The tornado touched down on Lower Valley Pike near Princeton Drive, just southwest of the I-70 and Ohio 235 interchange.

Several manufactured homes sustained roof and siding damage and two large trees fell on and destroyed homes on Cordova Drive at McMahan’s Fairview Terrace Mobile Home Park.

RELATED: Multiple mobile homes damaged by downed trees in Clark County

Several homes on Wellington Avenue had mud splattered on the north or east side of the homes, showing evidence of rotation, the weather service said.

According to the weather service, carports and awnings also were destroyed.

The damage quickly lessened in strength further to the northwest with minimal damage along Jason Drive and no evidence of damage by Amy Dee Lane, NWS said.

UPDATE @ 3:46 p.m.:

A second tornado was confirmed by the National Weather Service approximately five miles southeast of Piqua.

The weather service said the maximum winds for the tornado near Piqua were estimated at 90 mph.

UPDATE @ 3:36 p.m.:

A tornado that caused damage in Park Layne and southeast Miami County had maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and was on the ground for nearly four miles, the National Weather Service said.

Officials said the tornado first touched down in the western side of Park Layne as an EF-1 tornado, where damage occurred to some commercial buildings and trees.

RELATED: Businesses damaged in Park Layne

The maximum width of the tornado was 300 yards.

Additional tree damage and minor roof damage occurred along Bellefontaine Road to the northwest, the weather service said.

Sporadic damage, primarily to trees, was found farther to the northwest, ultimately ending along Ohio 201 north of Studebaker Road.

The damage near Studebaker Road was consistent with wind speeds of an EF-0 tornado, the weather service said.

Officials are expected to release additional details later this afternoon.

An EF-1 tornado is classified with wind speeds between 86 to 110 mph and an EF-0 tornado has wind speeds of 65 to 85 mph.

UPDATE @ 2:56 p.m. 

Bethel Twp. fire department official gave an update on the damage at Sunoco gas station. The hazard has been secured and no fuel was lost. The fuel tank valves have been secured.

Also, there are six families being assisted in this area of Park Layne.

There has been extensive damage to roofs on homes along Osborne Road, according to Bethel Twp. fire. The department was able to use a drone in the daylight to get a clearer picture of the damage. 

Clark County EMA is handling the damage assessment. 

Larry Shaffer, Clark County Combined Health District, said eight of 10 restaurants are back in business after the storms caused closures. 

The Mel-O-Dee restaurant could be closed for up to three weeks due to broken air conditioning units and a structural truss damaged. The Family Dollar that was damaged will also remain closed. 

Tom Hale, Clark County building official, said several businesses remain without power. 

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado hit Park Layne Wednesday night.

The weather service estimated maximum winds for the tornado at 100 mph.

Additional details, including the path length and width on the Park Layne tornado will be released later today, NWS said.

UPDATE @ 9:49 a.m.:

The National Weather Service storm survey teams have arrived in Park Layne and are beginning their surveys of suspected tornado damage in Clark, Greene and Miami counties.

>>PHOTOS:  Storm damageStorms, funnel clouds

The National Weather Service will be out today to survey damage in Greene, Clark and Miami counties to determine the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns.

Two survey teams will begin today in Park Layne and then those teams will split up, with one going to Miami County and the other going to Greene County.

>>VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn

In a statement issued early this morning, weather service officials in Wilmington said some of these damage reports, reported by whio.com and News Center 7, include:  

  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security forces are checking for damage. “At this time, we do not know if a tornado touched down or not” on the base, spokeswoman Marie Vanover said. WPAFB weather casters issued a tornado warning at 8:33 p.m., which was extended twice more. An “all clear” has since been issued, she said.
  • In Greene County, several trees and power lines were reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads in the Xenia area.
  • In Miami County, a tornado may be responsible for barn debris, trees and wires in the street the 8000 block of Bellefontaine Road, according to the National Weather Service. The road is closed, according to the Miami County Sheriff’s Dispatch.
  • In Miami County, trees and power lines down in Bethel Twp. at Bellefontaine Road, between U.S. 40 and Palmer Road.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be possible for several trees and power lines reported down near Dayton Xenia and Trebein roads, according to the National Weather Service.
  • In Beavercreek, a tornado may be responsible for several trees down along Dayton Yellow Springs Road near Fairborn. 
  • In Miami County, two homes with structural damage near highway 201 at Studebaker Road.
  • In Miami County, Deweese Road at Peterson, closed because of power lines and trees down.
  • In Montgomery County, trees were reported down in the 8300 block of National Road

It is believed that a tornado or multiple tornadoes were responsible for the damage in certain locations in these 

counties, weather service officials said.  

There may be additional locations that require damage surveys that aren't listed above, weather service officials said. 

“We will be in contact with emergency managers from the affected counties to determine a specific plan for damage surveys, as well as assess the need for additional surveys in other locations,” weather service officials said in the statement.

INITIAL REPORT

Several tornadoes are being reported in Greene County tonight.

Here are some of the reports (all of these reports have to be verified by the National Weather Service):

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>>VIDEOS: Sirens, wall clouds in Greene

  • One has been reported in Fairborn, reported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • One has been reported, by weather spotters to the National Weather Service, in southwest Miami County
  • Another in the area of U.S. 35 at the split with the U.S. 35 Business Route near Xenia
  • Near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line in eastern Greene County

Jason Slyger, of Sabina, said he saw a tornado touch down near Jeffersonville and the Jackson Twp. line about 8:30 p.m. 

"You see the storm, you see a V and all of a sudden you see debris in the air," he said. 

We are hearing no reports of damage of injuries. 

We have been fielding reports of funnel and other threatening clouds. 

We will continue to update this report as warranted. 

Burglary suspect caught, arrested in Greene County

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 12:12 PM

Deputies in Greene County tracked down a burglary suspect this morning in the 1400 block of U.S. 68 North.

A homeowner called to report a burglary and responding deputies were able to make an arrest, according to Sgt. Sean Magoteaux.

There was a short pursuit through the woods and a creek, but deputies caught up to and arrested the suspect, Magoteaux said.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The suspect’s identity has not been released. The incident remains under investigation and further details are not being released at this time.

Dayton crews respond to structure fire on Grove Avenue

Published: Sunday, May 28, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

Crews in Dayton were called to a structure fire in the 300 block of Grove Avenue.

The fire was reported around 9:14 a.m.

We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.