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Dayton startup company working to curb hacking of medical devices

Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:37 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 6:25 PM

Dayton startup company working to curb hacking of medical devices

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.: Hannah Hays of Dayton has been in the hospital before, but she never realized the devices used to treat her could have been hacked. 

"It's very scary, especially because being in the hospital is a very vulnerable time for someone," said Hays. 

Dayton startup MediTechSafe is working to stop the growing danger of medical device hacking. 

There were more than 100 medical devices pinpointed as vulnerable in the last year alone, according to MediTechSafe founder and C.E.O. Pranav Patel. 

"My family could be impacted, your family could be impacted -- so solving something that has a purpose tied to it is really a driving factor," said Patel. 

Related: Some medical devices vulnerable to hackers

The main threat is ransomware, in which criminals hack into and hold medical devices and data hostage, forcing hospitals to pay. 

Each device can be attacked up to nine different ways from unsecured data transfer to open USB ports, Patel said. 

The hacks could potentially change dosages and stop treatments -- the risk to just one patient is staggering. 

"You could be exposed to 190 different ways of being impacted," said Patel. 

MediTechSafe assesses risks and vulnerable devices, and creates a plan of action for hospitals. 

Dayton Entrepreneur Center President Scott Koorndyk said it's great to see this potentially life-saving company develop in the Miami Valley. 

"It's exciting because it's not only a national problem and an international problem, but it's going to have real local applicability as well, said Koorndyk. 

According to Patel, MediTechSafe will begin to be rolled out in hospitals next month and the company plans to add more than 140 jobs in four years.

EARLIER 

In May 2017, News Center 7 brought you an investigation that highlighted vulnerabilities in insulin pumps, pacemakers and medical databases. 

There were more than 100 medical devices pinpointed as potentially hackable last year alone, according to Dayton-based startup MediTechSafe. 

News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray. 

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Dayton woman killed by stray bullet was quadriplegic son’s primary caregiver

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 7:23 AM

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

Update@4:17 p.m.:

Jackie Allen, Wheatley’s niece, flew to Dayton from Atlanta as soon as she heard about her aunt’s death. 

“It’s disgusting, this violence, taking innocent people away from their families and stuff,” she said. “You took a lady from our family but you also took a grandmother who took care of 10 and 11-year-old boys.

Update@1:43 p.m.:

Antwand Warren, Wheatley’s son, said Monday that he can’t fathom why anyone would shoot his mother. She was a wholesome person who helped everyone and had no enemies or no flaws, he said. 

“That was my mom, I loved her,” said Warren, who is a quadriplegic. “She was my angel, she was my everything, and somebody snatched that away from me.”

RELATED: Stray bullets that killed woman also struck neighbor’s home, friend says

Sherrell Wheatley

Warren said one of the t hings he will miss most about his mother is her cooking. She cooked everything Southern style, he said she he choked up. 

“ I want justice. That’s all, I want justice,” he said.

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Wheatley had previously been the victim of violence. Four years ago was stabbed multiple times in her neck and other parts of her body. She told police then that she and Warren were attacked by her husband Stanley Wheatley, 48, because she wouldn’t give him money to buy crack. 

Stanley Wheatley was sentenced to prison for the attacks. 

Update@12:13 p.m.:

Wheatley, a grandmother, had just fed some neighborhood dogs and was walking back to her home when she was shot, neighbors said Monday. She died about a half block from home, neighbors said. 

There’s a makeshift memorial where Wheatley died, and it continues to grow.  

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Meanwhile, a man called 911 after hearing shots fired and seeing Wheatley lying on the ground, according to the 911 recording.

“Someone just got shot on Euclid... a lady is lying on the sidewalk,” the unidentified man said, later adding that he heard 12-15 shots. 

 2 men jailed in Dayton kidnapping, sex-related case

First report:

An innocent bystander was fatally shot Saturday evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.

Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Wheatley was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound as she was walking in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue around 6:10 p.m. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.

Police investigate a fatal shooting May 19, 2018, in the 860 block of North Euclid Avenue in Dayton.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

“A vehicle driven by a male had another male inside the vehicle, and that male fired several rounds towards an unknown house in an attempt to probably cause damage to that house,” Coleman said.

The passenger fired five or six rounds, he said.

Aaron Taylor said the woman was his great aunt.

“I just happened to pull up, see my auntie in the grass dead,” he said.

He described his aunt as a sweet lady and matriarch of his family and the community.

“Definitely innocent bystander walking up the street,” Taylor said.

Police are searching for a silver Ford Taurus or similar four-door car, and also are asking for the public’s help to come forward with any information.

>> 2 men jailed in Dayton kidnapping, sex-related case

“Now this is a situation where a person was indiscriminately firing a weapon, a large-caliber weapon from what I’ve been told, at a house and a person who was innocent just happened to be walking by and got hit by a bullet that has no eyes,” Coleman said.

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Stray bullets that killed woman also struck neighbor’s home, friend says

Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 PM

A woman who lives across the street from the 62-year-old victim of a drive-by shooting said Monday that her home was struck by bullets that may have also killed Sherrell Wheatley on Saturday.

Kenya Schumpert said she’d just left her Superior Avenue home to run an errand when she received a call to return home quickly.

Related: Dayton woman killed by stray bullet was quadriplegic son’s caregiver

She arrived home and found bullet holes in her upstairs window and walls of several rooms in her home.

“I’m like wow, it was a powerful gun to get holes this big in your house,” Schumpert said. “If we had been going up and down the stairs, we would be gone too.”

Schumpert said neighbors told her that they heard between 12 and 15 shots, so many some kids thought it was fireworks.

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She says when she realized her friend Wheatley had been killed by one of the bullets fired in the drive-by attack, she couldn’t believe it.

“My feelings was hurt so bad when I found out about that because she didn’t have a chance to duck, just trying to get home when this happened.”

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Schumpert and others in the neighborhood say Wheatley had just finished feeding a friend’s dogs and was walking back about a half block to her own home.

“This is sad right now, she’s going to be missed dearly,” a neighbor said. 

Dayton police say they are looking for a silver Ford Taurus or similar car, reported leaving the area after the fatal gunfire.

They’re asking anyone with information to call them at (937) 333-COPS.

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Woman pulled into Dayton home, sexually attacked, records show

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 8:44 PM

Reginald B. Gardner Sr., left, and Carlos R. Martin
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Reginald B. Gardner Sr., left, and Carlos R. Martin(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

UPDATE @ 2:43 p.m.:

Two men are facing felony charges after a 28-year-old woman was pulled into a Dayton house, where she was sexually attacked and held against her will, according to court records.

The victim was reportedly walking her bicycle in the 700 block of Xenia Avenue Friday, when a man, later identified as Carlos Martin, was smoking a cigarette on his porch, court records read.

>> Police investigate shooting on Euclid Avenue in Dayton

“(The victim) asked Martin for a cigarette and he invited her up onto the porch,” an affidavit filed in municipal court read.  “Martin went inside and while (the victim) was waiting on the porch she was dragged into the residence by Martin.”

Martin is charged with attempted rape, kidnapping, abduction and gross sexual imposition. He remained in jail Monday on a $250,000 bond.

The victim told police Martin dragged her upstairs and allegedly had sexual contact with her, the documents read.

Martin also was accused of locking the door refusing to let her leave.

Later, another man identified as Reginald Gardner Sr., 49, showed up at the house and watched the victim to make sure she didn’t leave the house, court records showed.

Gardner is charged with kidnapping and abduction and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

A short time later an unidentified woman came to the house and left a door open, where the victim was able to escape and call 911.

Both men made initial appearances in Dayton Municipal Court Monday.

INITIAL REPORT (May 19):

Two men were arrested Friday night on sex-related charges at a Xenia Avenue duplex.

Carlos Rico Martin, 49, was arrested just after 10 p.m. Friday at his residence in the 1500 block of Xenia Avenue. Reginald B. Gardner Sr. also 49, was arrested at 11 p.m. at the same residence, according to a Dayton police report.

>> Police investigate shooting on Euclid Avenue in Dayton

They were booked early Saturday into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping and gross sexual imposition and are due Monday in Dayton Municipal Court, online jail records show.

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‘Self-identified sovereign citizen’ pleads no contest to charges, avoids trial

Published: Tuesday, May 08, 2018 @ 1:25 PM

WATCH: A man who considers himself a sovereign citizen enters plea. A sovereign citizen is someone who believes that he is not held accountable to the laws that are put into place.

UPDATE @ 11:14 a.m. (May 21):
Lenvil Persinger, 43, who police described as a “self-identified soverign citizen” pleaded no contest to felony charges in a plea deal that has the Piqua man avoiding trial.

Persinger pleaded no contest to attempted felonious assault and tampering with evidence charges in Miami County court Monday.

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He is set for sentencing on July 2.

INITIAL REPORT (May 8):

A Miami County judge Monday found a Piqua man competent to stand trial in an alleged attack on a neighbor and standoff with police in January. 

Lenvil Persinger, 43, faces charges of felony aggravated burglary, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. 

Persinger was described by Piqua police as “a self-identified sovereign citizen." 

He told Judge Christopher Gee at a previous hearing, "Clearly I’m sane," after his defense lawyer requested the competency evaluation. 

Gee said Monday a clinical psychologist found Persinger did not suffer from mental illness or defect and was competent to stand trial 

Persinger is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s apartment and assaulting a man after hearing a boyfriend and girlfriend arguing. Police said Persinger used nunchucks in the assault. 

A trial is set to begin May 23, but public defender Steve King told Gee he might need more time to prepare the case. 

Persinger is being held on $50,000 bail.

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