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Published: Monday, April 28, 2014 @ 6:17 PM
Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 @ 7:08 PM
DAYTON — A Dayton police officer followed protocol when he shot a St. Bernard while investigating an aggressive dog complaint Monday evening, officials said Tuesday.
Officer Devin Portis was trying to contain the dog in the 700 block of Edgemont Avenue so that it could be transported to the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center. But it "turned on him," and charged Portis, said Dayton police Lt. Matthew Dickey.
"(Portis) tried to back up and he fell over and then pulled his gun and fired," Dickey said. "It was pretty straight forward."
The case is still under investigation. The dog was injured by the shot, and released into the custody of the animal resource center to be evaluated. Calls to the center inquiring about the dog's name and condition were not returned Tuesday afternoon.
But on Monday night, Josh Cusick, an animal resource center officer, said the dog would "probably will survive, but will need vet care." Police said the dog lost some teeth in the shooting. A vet will evaluate the St. Bernard and test it for temperament, Cusick said.
Shooting the dog is considered a "use of force" and a sergeant with the department will investigate the incident, per police procedure. Officers aren't placed on leave for incidents like this, which Dickey said is similar to the process followed when an officer uses a Taser on-duty. Use of force is allowed whenever an officer perceives he or she may be in danger.
"The definition would be that we're allowed to use lethal force to protect ourselves or someone else from harm or death," Dickey said. "We view dog bites as potential for serious harm. If you do get bitten by a dog, it is going to cause significant injuries, so we view that as a justifiable use of a firearm."
Officers must also consider safety when shooting an animal, such as ensuring no one is behind the animal and could be struck with a bullet should the officer miss, he added.
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 2:55 PM
DAYTON — Flyer, the baby bald eagle who just took her first flight Tuesday, has died.
Jim Weller, founder of Eastwood Eagle watchers, confirmed with us that the 87-day-old eagle was struck by a delivery truck while attempting to cross Interstate 75 in Dayton Sunday morning.
She flew across the highway from the north riverbank area and attempted to land but missed her perch. Weller said this is common for eagles at this age. She then flew back across the highway to the north riverbank area but she was too low, and was struck by a delivery truck.
A member of the Eastwood Eagle Watchers had witnessed the accident.
Weller said she flew outside of Carillon Historical Park for the first time Saturday.
According to Weller, 50 percent of eagles do not survive their first year. A lot goes against them, he said, such as electrical wires, automobile traffic, and planes.
Flyer had a wingspan of six feet and hatched in April, said Weller.
Her remains were recovered and taken to the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs. She will then be transported to Colorado Springs, Colorado to a federal eagle repository by federal law, Weller said.
Flyer’s father, Orv, and mother, Willa, were still active in her life. Orv had caught her a fish to eat and Willa was perched nearby Saturday.
Weller said her father and mother will spend about one to two weeks searching for her.
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to a video his department created as part of a national lip sync challenge among police departments.
Since its posting at noon Wednesday, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times, shared more than 56,000 times and has generated more than 6,000 comments.
“Incredible,” Muterspaw told the Journal-News this morning.
The video also attracted the attention of country music group Lady Antebellum, whose song “Need You Now” is lip synced by Middletown Police.
The group tweeted the video was “amazing.”
Muterspaw said it took about one hour to shoot the video, and while some officers were reluctant at first, he said everyone seemed to enjoy the experience.
He said it’s important to show police officers are human.
“If we brought out some smiles, then we did our job,” Muterspaw said.
In the video, officers are seen craving doughnuts, and once the empty boxes in the office are replenished, stuffing their faces with doughnuts.
Muterspaw said police officers truly “love” their doughnuts.
“We always have them in the break room,” he said.
Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 7:43 PM
HUBER HEIGHTS — Perfections Beauty College held a ribbon-cutting with the city Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
This Beauty College is located at 7806 Waynetown Blvd., where the old Carousel Beauty College was located.
When Carousel Beauty College abruptly closed about two years ago, over 300 students in the Dayton region were unable to finalize their education, said City Council Member of Huber Heights Richard Shaw.
Perfections Beauty College has revamped and renovated this location and is coming in to help students continue their education that they had with Carousel.
Published: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2018 @ 1:00 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:00 p.m.:
Police on scene told us one man was taken to a hospital but is in good condition after he struck an RTA pole and flipped his car on its top.
The driver was the only person involved in the accident, police said.
He lost control of his car before striking the pole.
A tow truck just left the scene and the road should open back up soon.
A road is closed after a vehicle flipped on its top and caught fire in Dayton Sunday.
Crews responded to the scene at North Broadway Street and Superior Avenue around 11:38 a.m., regional dispatchers confirmed.
North Broadway Street between Grand Avenue and Superior Avenue is closed, according to our crew on scene.
Dispatch advised people take an alternate route.
Everyone was able to get out of the vehicle, dispatch said.