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Dayton City Commission approves ordinance for chained dogs 

Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 @ 9:44 PM

Dayton commissioners hear arguments for changing dog laws

UPDATE June 13 @ 9:44 p.m.: 

The Dayton City Commission voted to approve a dog ordinance involving the length of time unattended dogs can be on chains.

Police now have the right to seize any dog chained for more than 30 minutes outside of a property, a change from the previous two hours allowed.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said this law change didn’t come from herself or her staff, but from several members of the community who were adamant about the humane treatment of city dogs. 

“The reason we are doing this isn’t to police everyone and say ‘got cha’ but to say this is our standard in the community,” Mayor Whaley said. 

The Mayor said she hopes this law will bring changes in behavior to city dog owners, but will allow police to step in if they aren’t willing to follow the new law. 

FIRST REPORT June 6 @ 10:43 p.m.:

Dog owners who leave their pets on chains outside all day could face big fines, and have police seize their animals if they are mistreated.

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Dayton City Commission on Wednesday night held a first reading on changing a city ordinance, and adding a new one.

“We need to make sure we are treating animals humanely,” Gail Downie, a dog advocate and part of a Facebook group that posts photos and info about animals left on chains in the city.

Four years ago, the city made it so dogs could not be chained unattended outside for more than two hours straight during a 12-hour period.

“Chained dogs suffer. They’re pack animals and when they’re chained alone in a yard often without medical care, food, water they suffer. They get anxious and then they can pose a danger to others if they get loose,” Downie said.

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A second proposal would allow Dayton police officers to impound an animal they believe is in danger. 

“This is necessary for the Dayton Police Department to do what they need to do if there’s a dog that’s being inhumanely treated,” Dayton Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Sexton told commissioners.

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Police officers would still have to leave written messages to dog owners if police seize the animals. And, within 10 days there would be a hearing to determine whether officers had probable cause to take the animal. 

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Officers respond to shooting, stabbing in Fairfield

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:16 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 7:11 AM

Contributed Photo/WCPO-TV
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Officers are on the scene of a shooting and stabbing that occurred in Fairfield Friday morning.

The incident was reported around 6 a.m. in the 1500 block of Gelhot Drive. 

A medical helicopter was requested to the scene, but was unable to fly.

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Officers were reportedly on scene when the shooting happened. No officers were injured, according to initial reports.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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Patchy fog this morning; showers, storms return for the morning and afternoon 

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:57 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini tracks the chance for more storms Friday.

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  • Patchy fog this morning
  • Few downpours early
  • More storms in the afternoon & evening

>> 5-Day Forecast


TODAY: Some passing downpours and patchy fog this morning with a little dry time later in the morning into lunchtime. It’ll be partly to mostly cloudy today and mild with highs around 80 degrees. We’ll see isolated storms redevelop in the afternoon hours as we heat up. Localized heavy rain and strong winds are the main weather threats. Activity for the early evening will then taper off. 

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SATURDAY: A stray shower or two early on. We’ll see broken clouds into the afternoon as highs peak around 80 degrees again. A few showers or storms pop into the afternoon, but expect it to dry out later in the day into the night. 

SUNDAY: It’ll feel muggy with sunshine, scattered clouds, and highs in the low 80s. We can’t rule out a stray shower, but most will stay dry. 

>> County-by-County Weather 

MONDAY: Quiet to start the work week with highs in the low 80s. Expect sunshine. 

TUESDAY: Sunshine and a few clouds for the day. It still feels muggy with highs peaking in the middle 80s. 

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Reward offered for missing guest book of Harrison Twp. stabbing victim

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

Harrison Twp. family searching for missing guest book

The family of Amber Hoover, who was found with multiple stab wounds behind a Harrison Twp. home last week, are offering a reward for anyone with information on the whereabouts of the guest book that is missing from her funeral.

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Hoover, 42, was found stabbed behind a residence on Embury Park Road on June 10, and was pronounced dead at Grandview Medical Center.  The coroner's office ruled the incident a homicide and said Hoover died of multiple stab wounds. 

Hoover’s mother and daughter, who are still mourning the loss, are now focused on finding the missing guest book.

“We absolutely don’t care who has it or why you have it”, said Kelsey Jewett, Hoover’s daughter. “If you have it, we just want it back”.

They are not accusing anyone of stealing the book and are aware it could have simply been misplaced, as there were plenty of visitors at Hoover’s funeral last week. 

“That’s our one last memory to speak of Amber”, said Theresa Jones, Hoover’s mother.

According to a Montgomery County Sheriff's incident report, deputies found two witnesses and a possible suspect when her body was found. 

Sheriff's investigators know who fatally stabbed Hoover, but they have not arrested the person. 

Anyone willing to come forward with the guest book are urged to contact the family directly or the funeral home. 

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Fire at Greene County home rekindles, displacing family

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 2:10 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:47 AM

A family is displaced after a fire rekindled in Greene County early Friday morning.

Fire crews originally responded to the house in the 500 block of Golden Willow Court Thursday afternoon for a fire in an upstairs bathroom. The fire was quickly knocked down, said Miami Twp. Fire Chief Colin Altman.

Around 2 a.m. Friday, crews were called back out to the house when the fire rekindled.

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“At this point we’re suspecting some of the insulation kept the heat in, and fans stirred it up and got the fire going,” Altman said.
The fire was through the roof directly above the bathroom when crews arrived. The fire was again knocked down quickly, he said.

The fire was contained to the second floor, but the family is displaced.

No one was injured.

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