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Published: Thursday, September 28, 2017 @ 12:24 PM
XENIA — Update@2 p.m. (Oct. 27):
A man accused of causing serious harm to a 13-week-old dog named Willow in August pleaded not guilty to animal abuse Friday, officials said.
Matthew Bolen could spend up to one year in prison if he’s convicted. His bond was continued at $5,000.
The is the first time a person has been charged with a felony concerning animal abuse in Greene County since new law was introduced in 2016, officials said.
Nearly a month after an arrest warrant was issued, a man has turned himself in related to charges of animal abuse.
The 13-week-old dog, named Willow, underwent emergency surgery and has been healing since mid-August.
Leah Lind, a Xenia victim advocate who has been acting as Willow’s “mom,” said Willow has been doing great.
“She’s very sweet considering what she’s been through,” Lind said.
Matthew Bolen turned himself into police over the weekend, reports News Center 7’s Gabrielle Enright. He faces a felony count of causing serious harm to a companion animal. He has posted bond and is not in jail.
Willow is now taking part in physical therapy and learning to play with other dogs.
Lind said the Xenia law director would like to get Willow trained as a service dog to help other animals that have been abused.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A 6-year-old child was abducted early Tuesday after two car thefts at a Georgia day care, authorities said.
About five minutes after the car thefts, the child was seen on surveillance video walking back to the Childcare Network Daycare, Clayton County police Sgt. Ashanti Marbury said. It’s not known where he was abandoned.
Three men are sought in connection with the crimes at the day care, located in the 6000 block of Fayetteville Road in Riverdale, police said.
About 7:25 a.m., Clayton County police were called to the day care in reference to two stolen vehicles left running and unattended.
Surveillance video showed a silver Nissan Altima parking next to a gray 2016 Chrysler 300. A man in the front passenger seat of the Nissan jumped into the Chrysler’s front passenger seat. Moments later, the Chrysler drove away.
Not long after the theft, the Nissan drove to another location in the day care parking lot and made an abrupt stop at a white 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe, Clayton County police said. The Hyundai, which had a 6-year-old inside, was also left running and unattended.
A person in the back seat of the Nissan hopped out, got into the Hyundai and sped away, police said.
In under a minute, all three cars were seen on surveillance video leaving the day care parking lot.
Shortly after, the child was seen walking back to the day care and was reunited with his mom. He was not injured.
Police later found the Hyundai Santa Fe at the intersection of East Faytetteville Road and Evans Drive — less than a mile from the day care. The Chrysler 300 has not been found.
Earlier this year, Clayton County police rescued two girls after someone stole an SUV with them inside from a gas station. A baby and her 4-year-old sister were dumped on the side of the road miles apart in freezing temperatures. Authorities arrested Khyree Swift and a 16-year-old in connection with the crime.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:39 AM
MILTON, Mass. — Now that summer is just around the corner, experts are warning that ticks will be coming back in full force.
One tick expert in New England told Boston's WFXT that the warmer weather will cause what he called a "tick explosion."
The tiny, pesky and possibly harmful arachnids are about to spring into action, and everyone should be extra vigilant.
"They're up and looking for a host hoping something will walk by that they can latch on," said Dr. Thomas Mather, aka "The Tick Guy."
Mather said this season is prime for ticks, and his website, tickencounter.org, shows the type to watch out for in New England this season is the deer tick because it spreads Lyme disease.
"It's very important because around here it's the worst for Lyme disease more than anywhere else in the nation," Mather said.
The website also lists high tick activity in most of the eastern United States, as well as the Midwest, Plains states and West Coast. Deer ticks are the most prevalent species in the Northeast and Midwest, while Lone Star ticks dominate in the Southeast and much of the Central U.S. Wood ticks are more common in the Mountain region, and Pacific Coast ticks are prevalent on the West Coast, the site said. Learn more here.
Stephen Novick of Boston-based FlyFoe said his business is extremely busy since the ticks never really went away.
"We had a mild winter, didn’t freeze too much, and because of that, the animal populations were active longer, and that enabled the tick populations to be active," he said.
Deer, chipmunks and rodents all carry ticks. Spraying is one way to keep ticks out of your yard.
You may even opt for a garlic-based, organic repellent or a store-bought pesticide.
"The pesticide is the lowest rated by the EPA, so it’s also super safe," Novick said.
The pesticide is used for flea and tick collars for pets.
Spraying has to be done once a month to keep ticks at bay, but for many it's the best alternative as it provides peace of mind.
Ticks usually hide in tall grass, so if you go hiking or walking in the woods, make sure to wear long-sleeve shirts and pants or get tick repellent clothing, use bug spray and always check yourself for ticks after being outdoors.
Checking for ticks is always important because if you happen to have been bitten, the quicker you remove the tick, the less likely it is that it will transmit any diseases.
Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:15 AM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 1:15 AM
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Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 12:59 AM
DAYTON — A two-vehicle accident at Wayne Avenue and East Fifth Street early Wednesday is believed to be the result of a road-rage incident, Dayton police officers said.
The accident was dispatched about 11:53 p.m. with a vehicle reportedly on its top.
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Police tell us their preliminary investigation reveals that a gold Saturn began pursuing a red Ford on I-75, near Stanley Avenue. The pursuit continued into Dayton, where the Saturn hit a blue car and ended up on its top at Wayne Avenue and East Fifth Street after that collision.
Police did speak with the driver of the red car and let that person go.
They told us they cited the driver of the Saturn for reckless operation. Officers said they believe the Saturn was pursuing the Ford as part of some kind of argument.
No one was injured, police said.