Girl, 5, mauled by Akita in Clark County

Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 5:20 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 @ 10:03 PM

A 5-year-old girl mauled by an Akita required more than 200 stitches, family members say.

But it wasn’t the first time the dog attacked a child. Now, her parents are questioning the state’s dog laws.

Adara was bitten Tuesday while she was with her mother, Gretchen Smith, visiting a friend on Groop Road near Springfield.

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“I’m on the computer, I hear some growling,” Smith said. Then, “I’m screaming, no, no, no, no, no.”

Adara had seven lacerations, from 2 to 4 inches long.

“You could actually see her scalp and skull,” Smith said.

The dog apparently has a previous bite history.

“I had no idea that this dog previously bit the grandson of the owner’s face and gave it 42 stitches, and they never put it down then,” Smith said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office responded and took a report, but could not seize the dog because the attack happened inside its home. The previous incident involved a family member, so authorities didn’t need to step in.

“Because of the extent of the injuries, we are going to deem the dog vicious,” said James Straley, director of the Humane Society Serving Clark County.

However, there is a question whether the laws apply when the incident happens inside, Straley said.

“We’re trying to figure out whether the dog can be under control or out of control while in a house with a family member there and with an invited guest, that’s where the legal snafu is.”

The case now is in the hands of prosecutors to decide whether to file charges or seek to euthanize the dog. Meanwhile, the dog’s owner wants to keep her pet.

Michael Sullins, the girl’s stepfather, and Smith said they don’t agree with the family keeping the dog.

“I think he needs to be put down,” Sullins said. “They’re still standing up for the dog, saying it wasn’t his fault.”

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On-ramp to I-675 N & S in Fairborn, from base Area B, reopens after crash

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 5:10 PM

SCENE: 3 injured on I-675 crash near Col. Glenn

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m.:  The on-ramp has reopened.

UPDATE @ 4:35 p.m.:

One lane on the ramp to I-675 North and South, from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Area B, has reopened.

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Three people have been taken to a hospital following a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-675 near Col. Glenn Highway, according to the Ohio Highway State Patrol.

All three victims have been taken to Miami Valley hospital. The driver is in serious condition. The condition of the two passengers is unknown.

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Both the northbound and southbound ramps to Col. Glenn Highway are shut down.

The vehicle crash was reported about 2 p.m., according to scanner traffic. Speed and alcohol may have played a factor in the crash, according to OSP.

We are working to find out more information. We will update this developing report.

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Police lip sync battle: Which Butler County officers did it better?

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:52 PM

Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge. The Middletown Police Department’s video features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.
(From: Middletown Division of Police Facebook)
Police departments across the country are issuing and answering a lip sync challenge. The Middletown Police Department’s video features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.((From: Middletown Division of Police Facebook))

Two Butler County law enforcement agencies have released lip sync challenge videos this week. Now the question is: Who is the better performer — the Middletown Police Department or the Butler County Sheriff's Office? And will any other departments take on the challenge?

MORE: Police across the country compete in viral lip sync battle

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said numerous people, after watching other public safety departments post lip sync videos, encouraged Middletown to create their own music video.

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“Hopefully it made somebody’s bad day a better day where they could laugh a little bit,” he said.

CLICK HERE to watch Middletown Police in their lip sync battle

In the video that was released today on the department’s Facebook page, the officers poked fun at themselves by eating doughnuts. The video to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” features officers upset that there are no doughnuts left in the break room.

Among the video's highlights: Maj. Leanne Hood throws a bagel against a wall and Maj. David Birk sings to a picture of a doughnut on his desk.

The video also features Officer Chris Alfrey pounding on the door of a closed Central Pastry.

The video ends with Muterspaw being told that one doughnut is left in the break room — only to find that a canine officer has found the doughnut first.

The Middletown Police Department has challenged the Fairfield Police Department to create their own lip sync video.

Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard said, “If I can get enough interest from my staff we certainly will.”

On Monday, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office released its answer to the lip sync challenge with a featuring “The Final Countdown” by Europe, which was recorded in the Butler County Historic Courthouse; a dispatcher belting out “One Call Away ” by Charlie Puth; and Sheriff Richard Jones dancing to “Ice, Ice Baby" by Vanilla Ice with several sheriff's office employees.

“You have to be able to laugh at yourself,” Jones said, noting he failed at doing the flossing dance but he keeps trying.

The sheriff said the videos humanize law enforcement to the community as well as build morale within the ranks.

“(Officers) have difficult, dangerous jobs. It is good for everyone to have a chance to laugh,” Jones said. “And I hope people are watching it and laughing their (expletive) off.”

The sheriff’s office has challenged the Hamilton West Chester police department to the lip sync battle. There's no word yet if they plan to respond.

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Vandals cause $2,000 in damage to Riverside baseball concession stand

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:32 PM

A concession stand was vandalized in Riverside this week.

UPDATE @ 4:32 p.m.:

A group of teenagers are reportedly responsible for more than $2,000 worth of damage to a Riverside baseball league concession stand.

The suspects squeezed though a vent in the ceiling to break in to the concession stand Monday night, according to Riverside Amateur Baseball Association Vice President Amanda Edens.

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“Just pure devastation,” she said. “Completely — everything’s just demolished. It’s horrible.”

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“They had taken ketchup, mustard bottles — squirted everything everywhere. They dumped the drawers. They broke into the safe.”

Surveillance cameras mounted to the neighboring Beverly Gardens Elementary School reportedly helped identify the suspects as they made off with boxes of candy.

Police have yet to make any arrests, but Edens said she recognized the teens.

“They come here; they play basketball,” she said. “We feed them; they purchase things here. They’re probably here all the time.”

Edens added that the incident was “completely senseless.”

“I don’t understand it, and I hope these kids have some kind of punishment that equals the damage they have created.”

However, multiple people have rallied around RABA and have offered their help.

“We’ve had several parents reach out to us, wanting to do some fundraising,” Edens said.


A Riverside concession stand was reportedly vandalized with multiple items stolen.

The Riverside Amateur Baseball Association’s concession stand had an estimated 50 Blow Pops and $50 worth of Fricker’s coupons taken, according to a Facebook post by RABA.

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Images posted to the page showed food smeared on the door and various items strewn across the concession stand.

The Riverside Police Department is investigating the incident. 

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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Rescued cats from Dayton storage unit receiving medical treatment

Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 4:01 PM

SCENE: Cats removed from Dayton storage unit

UPDATE @ 4:01 p.m. 7/18: 

The nine cats rescued from a North Smithville Road storage unit are receiving medical care at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

The case is still under investigation, and it is not yet known whether or not charges will be filed, according to the Humane Society.

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UPDATE @ 3:27 p.m. 7/17:

About a dozen cats were rescued from a Dayton storage unit Tuesday afternoon.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed the cats from the North Smithville Road storage unit, which had some food but no ventilation.


The cats were reportedly in small carriers and cages.

All the cats are alive and receiving medical treatment.

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INITIAL REPORT @ 2:44 p.m. 7/17:

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is responding to a cruelty and neglect case at a Dayton storage unit.


The Humane Society is reportedly removing nine cats from a North Smithville Road storage unit.

The condition of the cats is not known as of this time.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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