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Dog that killed Ohio woman will be euthanized

Published: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 @ 3:08 AM
Updated: Thursday, August 07, 2014 @ 7:06 AM

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UDPATE: Julie Whisman, the woman whose dog attacked and killed her 59-year-old mother on Monday at their Ohio home, has relinquished the dog to the county following the completion of the sheriff's investigation.

“At this time, no charges will be filed. The detectives found no evidence that this dog had been aggressive in the past,” said Lt. Mike Craft of the Butler County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff’s deputies said Cindy Whisman, 59, was dead when they arrived at her ranch-style home in Madison Township about 1:10 p.m. Monday. A 911 call was received at 1:03 p.m. from a neighbor who told dispatchers that she saw a woman being attacked by a dog, according to sheriff’s officials.

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Because the dog, named Polo, killed a person, it is considered unadoptable and will be euthanized, Craft said.

Meg Stephenson, executive director of Animal Friends Humane Society, said that given the scenario, “placement of the dog is not an option."

Julie Whisman told Cox Media Group Ohio on Tuesday the she was undecided about whether she wanted the dog back.

Detectives have taken DNA from the dog, described as a pit bull by the owner, to determine the exact breed of the dog, which the dog wardens believe may be part Preso Canario.

But exactly what caused the dog to attack remains unknown, Craft said. 

This is a breaking news update. Below is the original story from Cox Media Group Ohio.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A 59-year-old woman died Monday after being attacked by her daughter’s pit bull in the backyard of her home in Madison Township, Ohio, officials said.

According to the Dayton Daily News, sheriff’s deputies confirmed that Cindy Whisman, 59, was dead when they arrived at her home at about 1:10 p.m. A 911 call was received at 1:03 p.m. from a neighbor who told dispatchers that she had seen a woman being attacked by her dog, according to sheriff’s officials.

In the frantic 911 call recording, a woman can be heard screaming for help and breathlessly trying to tell dispatchers about the attack.

“Hurry! My neighbor’s dog is biting her,” the woman tells the dispatcher between cries for help. “It’s a pit bull; she’s all bloody.”

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Kurt Merbs, Butler County’s assistant dog warden supervisor, confirmed the dog is believed to be a pit bull-Presa Canario mix.

According to Butler County records, of the 694 pit bulls registered in the county, none were listed at Whisman’s address.

Cindy Whisman’s daughter, Julie Whisman, told WCPO-TV that her mother was at her home watching her 2-year-old son when she received the call of the attack while at work.

She and family members were “shocked” by what happened, she said. There had been no problems with the dog, who is named Polo, before Monday, she said.

“As far as I know, my neighbor told me she saw her and the dog outside,” said Julie Whisman, who had moved in with her mother just two months ago. “She thought they were playing back and forth like this, then all of a sudden, she saw her on the ground and kept saying, 'Polo, Polo,' because that was the dog’s name, and she was rolling over, so she (the neighbor) called 911 and then she didn’t see her no more.”

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Merbs said the red-and-white colored dog had blood on its chest when deputies arrived and was “very aggressive” as attempts were made to remove it from the home. He said it took two people using two pole snares to secure the animal, which is now in the hands of the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society. A second dog — a black Labrador retriever — was also removed from the home as a safety precaution, Merbs said.

Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt, of the sheriff’s office, said Whisman’s husband was home at the time of the attack, but he told investigators that he did not hear any screams. It is unknown what provoked the dog to attack Whisman, Gerhardt said. Detectives said the woman suffered injuries to her face, neck and body.

Reporters knocked on the doors of the neighbor who called 911, but no one answered. A small, red sign that read “Beware of Dog” could be seen on the Whismans’ front door.

Wayne H. Walker, 79, who lives next door to Whisman, said he was outside doing yard work with headphones on when another neighbor ran up to him screaming about Whisman being attacked by her dog. He said he grabbed his walking stick and immediately ran next door.

“I didn’t think to go get my gun in the house,” Walker said.

When he arrived next door, Walker said Whisman’s 2-year-old grandson was standing in the yard and the dog was “still right there with Cindy, licking her face.” Walker said he knew Whisman “was dead right away” and that it appeared as though she had been bitten multiple times around the face area.

“It looked like it (the dog) took a chunk of her throat out around the jugular,” he said.

At that point, Walker hit the dog across the face with his walking stick and the dog ran away, he said. He immediately grabbed the child and went inside Whisman’s house. The child did not appear to be injured, Walker said.

Walker, who has known Whisman for 40 years, said her husband has health issues and rarely leaves their house.

“It was a terrible thing that happened to her,” he said. “She was a good woman.”

Julie Whisman called her mother her best friend.

“Great sweet, loving lady, would do anything for anybody. She loved her grandson more than you would ever know,” she said.

Detectives roped of the entire backyard for several hours while investigating. Whisman’s body was removed from behind the shed in the yard by an investigator from the Butler County Coroner’s Office about 3 p.m. 

Family members will have the option to get ownership of the dog back, pending a court hearing and an order by a judge, detectives said. If they opt to not keep the dog, it will be euthanized after the investigation is complete, detectives said. Julie Whisman told WCPO she does not want the dog back.

Monday’s dog attack was the fourth serious dog mauling — and third fatality — to happen in southwest Ohio this year. It is the first fatal dog attack in Butler County since 1998, according to sheriff’s officials.

Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slammed a reporter to the ground

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

MISSOULA, MT - MAY 24:  Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters during a campaign meet and greet at Lambros Real Estate on May 24, 2017 in Missoula, Montana.  Greg Gianforte is campaigning throughout Montana ahead of a May 25 special election to fill Montana's single congressional seat. Gianforte is in a tight race against democrat Rob Quist.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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On the night before Montana’s special election to fill Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s vacant congressional seat, GOP candidate Greg Gianforte reportedly body-slammed The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs to the ground and shouted “Get the hell out of here” at him.

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“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said while in an ambulance after the incident. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

In the audio of the interview Jacobs was attempting to orchestrate at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, Gianforte can be heard saying, “I’m sick and tired of you guys. The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with The Guardian?”

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“Yes! You just broke my glasses,” Jacobs replied.

“The last guy did the same damn thing,” Gianforte said.

“You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacob said.

That’s when Gianforte yelled, “Get the hell out of here.”

Jacobs immediately filed a police report, but Gianforte reportedly left without speaking. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin issued a statement late Wednesday saying that authorities issued a misdemeanor assault citation for Gianforte, who is scheduled to appear in court by June 7.

In a statement provided to media outlets, the candidate gave an alternate account of the incident, saying, “Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions.”

The statement goes on to say that Jacobs was asked to lower the recorder, but did not. After Gianforte tried to grab the recorder, “Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.”

6-year-old asks people on Facebook to ‘stop killing each other’

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:31 PM


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A Facebook video featuring kindergartner, Jeffrey Laney, urging people to end violence and violent crime has gone viral.

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According to KTVI, Laney’s mother, who posted the video, said she hopes that the video will affect those whose actions kill innocent children.

“We need to value life more and we need to watch what we do around these little ones,” Leanndra Cheatham told KTVI.

Cheatham told CNN that her 16-year-old cousin was shot to death last month.

Read more at KTVI.

Cav’s J.R. Smith shares photos of premature baby girl since coming home from hospital

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his wife, Jewel Smith, brought his daughter Dakota home after she spend months in NICU. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Months after his daughter’s premature birth, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel Smith, were able to bring baby Dakota home.

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E News reported that Smith shared on Instagram a photo of the family leaving Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Tuesday. 

“We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!! Thank you so much to our extended family at the #NICU You all are truly the WORLDS GREATEST,” Smith captioned the photo on Instagram.

Dakota was born five months premature Jan. 2, weighing 1 pound, making her a micro preemie.

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Now 7 pounds 5 ounces, Dakota joins big sisters Demi, 8, and Peyton, 7.

In February, Smith was able to hold his daughter for the first time and shared the milestone on social media.

On Wednesday, Smith shared a photo of Dakota getting skin-to-skin contact with her dad as a big sister looked on.

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Smith’s team, the Cavaliers, are leading the NBA conference finals 3-1 against the Boston Celtics.

With Confederate flags gone, Georgia Civil War museum will close

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:34 PM

A Civil War museum in metro Atlanta plans to close.
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A commissioner in Henry County, Georgia requested a few months ago that a local Civil War museum remove its Confederate flags.

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But without that symbol, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced that it can’t conduct its mission properly and will close June 1.

In a Facebook post, the museum’s directors cited the request by District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, “in an effort not to offend anyone.”

“To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest,” the post read. “Confederate flags were on this hallowed ground, as were the Union flags. To remove either of them would be a dishonor.”

The museum property, which is owned by the county, included a large collection of artifacts and exhibits that were owned by private citizens.

“Henry County in no way asked them to remove their things,” county spokeswoman Melissa Robinson told Channel 2 Action News. “We did not request that. It was a voluntary move to leave the museum.”

The action comes as sentiment against the public display of the Confederate flag is causing similar changes elsewhere in the South. New Orleans recently removed four monuments to Confederate leaders.

But the change in Henry County was not received well by some residents.

“You have a museum in this time period to honor both Union and Confederate veterans,” Chuck Johnson said. “No matter which side they fought on, they were all Americans.”