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.

Police search for vehicle’s occupants after pursuit in Kettering and Moraine

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:31 AM

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Police are looking for multiple occupants that fled from a vehicle after a police pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering early Wednesday morning. 

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A Moraine officer attempted to stop a vehicle he observed traveling north in the southbound lanes on South Dixie Drive around 12:15 a.m., according to police scanner traffic. 

Three people were observed by both Kettering and Moraine officers fleeing from the vehicle after it came to a stop near Heritage Point Drive in Kettering. 

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Initial reports indicate one person was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle stopped. A second person was located and taken into custody on South Patterson Boulevard near Carrollon Park. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and will update this page as new details become available. 

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Overheating equipment blamed for small house fire in Oakwood

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:05 AM

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. 

A house recently purchased and currently under renovation suffered ‘very minor’ damage after a piece of equipment overheated. 

Firefighters said a floor sander overheated and filled the house with smoke, but only damaged a small portion of a floor. 

No injuries were reported.  


Firefighters have responded to a report of a house fire on Orchard Drive in Oakwood late Tuesday night. 

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Crews from Oakwood and Kettering were dispatched to the house in the 200 block of Orchard Drive around 11:25 p.m. for an initial report of a smell of smoke in the area. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates firefighters kicked open a door and found heavy smoke conditions inside. 

Officials told our crew they believe the house is vacant and no one is inside. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Police investigating after 2 found dead in hotel room

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:59 PM

Police in Miami Twp. are investigating after two people were found dead in a room at InTown Suites, 8981 Kingsridge Drive.

Police were called to the hotel after someone called 9-1-1 and reported seeing two unresponsive people inside the room.

The 9-1-1 caller reported the unresponsive people were a male and female, according to the call log at the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

Two Montgomery County coroner’s vehicles responded. Police on scene did not provide a statement or details of the investigation.

Manchester attack: Security at local concert venues gets renewed focus

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:17 AM

In the aftermath of this week’s deadly terror attack outside a concert venue in Manchester, England, operators of area concert sites have become hyper-sensitive about the safety of performers and audiences. 

Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer supervises the city-owned Rose Music Center and asserts that he keeps the round-the-clock safety at music events at the forefront of his thoughts. 

"That's part of good preparation, you don't wait until something triggers your thought process," Schommer told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell on Tuesday. 

"[Safety is a] part of hiring, it's part of training." 

And because the Rose Center is city-owned, that training is an advantage to the center's audience. Since the officers can train at the center, they can become more familiar with the facility and make it easier for the audience if an incident were to happen. 

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"Some officers are uniformed, some are lightly uniformed or have no uniforms," said Schommer. "We want a pleasant experience for customers without making it feel like, 'Hey, there's something wrong.' " 

Although, Ohio audiences have valid reason to not consider a disastrous event happening at their concerts, terrorism expert Dr. Glen Duerr of Cedarville University believes otherwise. 

Duerr explained that while it is true and beneficial that Ohio does not have venues close to major transportation centers, he urges that "we have to remain vigilant." 

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Venue owners and operators exhibit this mindset and note that communication is key. 

Schommer said having a relationship with customers who attend the concerts is useful. 

"Make sure they know who to go to, how to report it, that is the biggest force multiplier," he said. "The old "see something, say something" phrase is good advice. For [me] it's all about identify, deter and prevent."