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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 11:35 AM
A West Carrollton police officer’s accidental shooting of himself at a Franklin firing range is being attributed to his gun malfunctioning, authorities said.
The May 4 firing range accident occurred after a safety feature on the officer’s Glock failed, said West Carrollton Deputy Police Chief David Wessling.
“There’s a pin in the triggers of Glocks that keeps the safety in place, and the pin had actually worked itself out to the side of the gun to the point that it was sticking out far enough that when he stuck (the gun) in the holster, the pin caught the edge of the holster and pulled the trigger back,” Wessling said.
“That’s nothing that you would ever expect to happen,” he said.
The officer was wounded in the calf area and in the foot on his right side, Wessling said.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but he’ll fully recover from it,” Wessling added.
His identity has not been released but has been he described as a veteran of at least 10 years. The officer is not expected return for a couple of months, Wessling said.
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Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM
KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. — A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies.
The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities that she began to look for the twins after another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. Friday.
She said she found them in the deep end of a swimming pool, deputies said.
First responders attempted to revive the children and rushed them to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in critical condition, WBIR reported.
Deputies said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was on life support Friday.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:34 PM
LIBERTY TWP. — A resident escaped from a Liberty Twp. house Friday after it was struck by lightning as storms pounded the the area, according to to the Liberty Twp. Fire Department.
The two-story house was hit about 3:20 p.m., which ignited an attic fire at the residence in the 5400 block of Walkers Court, said Battalion Chief Chad Canupp.
“The occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors,” Canupp said.
The fire was contained to the attic area, but the family has been displaced during the cleanup, he said.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:30 PM
— A Dayton man who called in a bomb threat to an airport so he wouldn't miss his flight has been sentenced to four months in prison.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Dana Carter, of Dayton, was sentenced Thursday for his calls to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in October.Court records show Carter made a series of calls saying there was a bomb on a flight bound for Dallas, Texas.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that flight ended up being canceled due to the threat, and Carter was placed on another flight that left less than two hours later.
Carter has been ordered to pay about $7,700 in restitution to United Airlines over the canceled flight.
Carter's attorney says the fake bomb threat was a "foolish act."
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:13 PM
— The lawyer for a Trotwood man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the December death of a Troy man asked a Miami County judge on Friday to order prosecutors to turn over the 911 tape from the incident.
If the tape isn't available, the charge against William C. Smith Jr., 42, should be dismissed, lawyer Dennis Lieberman said.
Smith was indicted in the Dec. 8 death of Willard Higgins Jr., 40, of Troy. Police said Higgins died following an altercation with Smith at a South Walnut Street residence in Troy. Smith has pleaded not guilty in county Common Pleas Court.
Lieberman asked Judge Christopher Gee to order prosecutors to produce the recording of the 911 call for help at the Troy residence. Lieberman said he was told there is no recording of the 911 call available although police reports refer to the call being made.
The call "is evidence the emergency squad was sent to the location in question for reasons other than those mentioned in the criminal indictment of the defendant," Lieberman wrote. That information, he said, could be exculpatory evidence, or evidence that favors the defendant in the case.
A Troy police report in the case states "there was a squad call ... in reference to a 40 year old male that was having difficulty breathing and heart problems."
Gee previously was asked, and approved, a defense request for money to hire a forensic pathology expert to review autopsy findings in the death. Lieberman said during a July 13 court hearing that he and county Prosecutor Tony Kendell met jointly with another pathologist who ruled after an autopsy that Higgins’ cause of death was due to blunt force trauma.
Lieberman said there were no signs “on the body or head to indicate a fight.” That information, along with medical record details about Higgins’ heart being revived at the hospital were cited in the request.
Kendell did not object to the hiring of the expert. “It is a very unique set of circumstances,” Kendell said.