UD released ID of student who fell 6 stories

Published: Monday, April 22, 2013 @ 1:39 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 @ 1:47 AM

It has been a tumultuous year so far for the University of Dayton, from the St. Patrick’s Day party gone awry to the suspension of basketball standout Matt Kavanaugh, who was accused of assaulting a freshman co-ed. Recently there have been back-to-back tragedies of students falling from dorm windows, resulting in the April 2 death of Larry Cook and the critical injuries suffered April 20 by freshman Michael Fuchs. We would like to hear from UD students, parents and alumni about how these recent incidents could affect UD’s image and reputation. What should university officials be doing to address these incidents and prevent future problems in the future? Please send feedback to reporter Mary McCarty at mary.mccarty@coxin.com.

The University of Dayton has released the name of the freshman who injured himself after he fell from a sixth-floor dormitory window Saturday afternoon and said his condition is improving.

Michael Fuchs, 19, of Edison, N.J., continues to recover from injuries sustained in an apparent fall from Marycrest Complex residence hall. He remains hospitalized at Miami Valley Hospital, according to school officials.

“His mother describes his condition as serious but improving,” said Bill Fischer, UD’s vice president for student development. “The family is appreciative of the care and support they have received from the University and asks that we keep Michael in our prayers.”

Fuchs is a criminal justice major. Dayton police are conducting a joint investigation with University of Dayton public safety into the cause of the fall.

Campus ministers and counselors remain available for all students seeking support, Fischer said.

Fuchs was found at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday lying in a temporary parking zone outside Marycrest, according to university officials.

UD officials said their investigation is ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the second freshmen to fall from a sixth-story dormitory window this month. Fuchs was found on the ground with visible injuries to his left leg around Saturday afternoon, according to a 911 call released today by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Fuchs was described as conscious, but unresponsive, according to the call.

A woman breathlessly tells the 911 dispatcher that she has just walked up to the residence hall and found Fuchs on the ground bleeding heavily and “just moaning,” according to the nearly 6-minute call. “Somebody fell,” the woman told the dispatcher. She described Fuchs had a severe leg injury and that other UD students were starting to crowd around the injured teen.

The operator told the caller neither to touch nor move the student until medical personnel arrived.

Marycrest is the largest community housing on campus with approximately 560 first-year and 300 second-year students, according to UD’s website.

The university said it has no new information to release about the investigation, which is being conducted by Dayton police and UD’s public safety officials. They noted also they have not set a timeline when the investigation will be completed.

Earlier this month, UD freshman Larry Cook, 18, died after falling from a sixth-floor window in the Stuart Complex, which UD’s website says houses 632 first-year students.

His death was ruled a suicide by the Montgomery County Coroner, but his family disputes that ruling. They have hired Florida attorney Christopher Chestnut, who is conducting his own investigation. Dayton police are investigating Cook’s death, as well.

Marycrest and Stuart complexes are co-ed dormitories and are air-conditioned.

Cold tonight, more sunshine Sunday

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 4:07 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 10:05 PM

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Cold tonight with wind chills in the teens
  • More sunshine expected Sunday
  • Rain chances return next week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Clouds will break more overnight, which will allow temperatures to fall into the lower 20s. While the winds will calm down some, wind chills will stay in the teens overnight, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.

Sunday: More sunshine is expected, with a few passing clouds from time to time. Highs will be in the lower to middle 40s.

Monday: More clouds return and a few light showers also are possible. Highs will be in the upper 40s.

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Tuesday: Mostly cloudy skies are expected with the chance for rain. Highs will be near 60 degrees.

Wednesday: Rain showers are on tap with highs in the upper 50s. With a cold front moving through, there also is the chance to see a few thunderstorms.

Thursday: Behind the cold front, temperatures will be falling. Highs will be in the middle 40s shortly after midnight. Afternoon temperatures will be in the 30s. There is the chance to see a few passing flurries.

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Stolen-car pursuit in Moraine leads to Kettering crash

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 9:50 PM

Suspects fleeing Moraine police in a car stolen in Trotwood later crashed and overturned before bailing on foot in Kettering.

Moraine police first intercepted the car around 4:50 p.m. and had a short pursuit on South Dixie Drive before they learned the car crashed at 4:52 p.m., said Moraine police Sgt. Andrew Parish. 

"It was driving so fast we lost sight of it," Parish said, which is why they ended the pursuit at Dorothy Lane. 

The fleeing vehicle then passed a Kettering officer, who pulled out to follow. By the time she got to South Dixie Drive near Sacramento Avenue, she found the car, a red Buick sedan, overturned. 

"It hit a culvert on the side of the road and flipped over," Parish said. 

Excessive speed and possible alcohol impairment are factors in the crash, the sergeant said. 

The driver and his passenger fled on foot and were caught a short time later. They suffered minor cuts and scrapes and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail. 

The driver was identified as Deonta Jones and his passenger as Shaquiel Clemons, Parish said.

Jones, 24, was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property, failure to comply with police, operating a vehicle while intoxicated and obstructing official business. He also had a warrant for his arrest in Fairborn. 

Clemons, 22, on was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor warrant for criminal trespassing from an unrelated case, online jail records show.

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Riverside police K9 graduates from Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 8:03 PM

Riverside police K9 graduates from Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy

Riverside Police Department K9 Tina was among five K9s to graduate Friday from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

It’s the third class of K9s to graduate from the patrol’s academy.

K9 Tina and handler, Riverside police officer Matthew Jackson, trained together for 10 weeks to earn police dog certification by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council. Each K9 mastered narcotic detection or tracking apprehension, or both, according to the highway patrol.

K9 Tina was purchased with donations from local businesses within the city of Riverside.

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2 gunshot victims dropped off at Dayton hospital; police say shootings linked

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 3:12 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 6:00 PM

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m.

Dayton police were called to Good Samaritan Hospital around 2:15 p.m. today for a shooting victim, when a second gunshot victim was dropped off at the hospital.

The shootings possibly happened at or near College Hill Park, but Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said the victims were not really forthcoming. Dayton police also notified the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office about the shootings, which may have happened in their jurisdiction.

Both victims were brought to the hospital by friends or relatives and later were transferred to Miami Valley Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The second man had to be taken by CareFlight medical helicopter to the second hospital, Coleman said.

“That victim told us that they were in a truck and somebody jumped in the back of that truck bed and began shooting,” Coleman said.

The first victim gave multiple versions, but also indicated it may have happened at College Hill Park. Witnesses told police they heard three gunshots, however, Coleman said police did not find a scene, no shell casings.

“We do know something happened at the College Hill Park. At this point in time we are going to turn everything over to the detectives and hopefully they can get some more information from these two victims,” Coleman said.

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FIRST REPORT

Police in Dayton responded to Good Samaritan Hospital after reports of one or more shooting victims arriving at the emergency room. 

Police were notified around 2:15 p.m. 

The initial reports indicate there were two victims from two separate shooting incidents. 

Police were working to determine where the shootings actually happened. 

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

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