Sheriff to release body cam footage after Ohio news photographer shot

Published: Monday, September 04, 2017 @ 10:39 PM
Updated: Wednesday, September 06, 2017 @ 4:25 AM

News photographer released from hospital; deputy who shot him ID’d

UPDATE @4:25 a.m. 9/6

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will release body-camera footage, radio traffic and other documents related to Monday’s officer-involved shooting.

The records will be made available today after this news organization submitted a public records request.

New Carlisle News staff photographer Andy Grimm was shot by Clark County Sheriff’s deputy Jake Shaw in the incident Monday night.

Grimm has been released from the hospital. Shaw is on administrative leave.

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UPDATE@3:49 p.m. 9/5

Andrew Grimm, the shooting victim, has been released from the hospital, he told WHIO TV.

He said he was discharged about 2:30 p.m. and is feeling sore. 

UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m.

The Clark County deputing involved in the shooting has been identified as Jake Shaw, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Tuesday afternoon.  

The incident occurred when Shaw initiated a traffic stop Monday night. During traffic stop, a man later identified as Andrew Grimm arrived on the scene and was injured after being shot, the release said. 

Shaw has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation and will attend critical incident debriefing, according to the press release. 

UPDATE@2:18 p.m.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office has asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations to head up the investigation into the shooting, officials said Tuesday. 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the goal is to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest. It’s not unusual for the AG's office to head up an investigation surrounding an officer-involved shooting, DeWine said, noting that this will be regular investigation.

Any internal affairs investigation would obviously be handled by Clark County Sheriff's Office, he said. 

DeWine also confirmed that a photographer with New Carlisle News shot while he was out taking pictures, as this news organization has reported. However, the attorney general wouldn't go into details of the case because he said key interviews have yet to be conducted.

He said it would be up to the Clark County Sheriff's Office to release the name of the deputy involved, and to confirm that deputy's employment status, DeWine said, adding that the investigation will be carried out in an impartial way.

UPDATE @ 11:07 a.m.

The news photographer who appears to have been shot by a Clark County deputy is recovering, according to a Facebook post. 

The New Carlisle News is reporting that its staff photographer Andy Grimm was shot when a deputy mistook his camera for a weapon. His father, Dale Grimm, is the publisher of the newspaper.

"I talked with Andy a little while ago," the New Carlisle News posted on its site. "He said he is very sore but otherwise is doing fine. He said they expect to be releasing him sometime tomorrow. On behalf of our entire family, we thank you for all of the kind messages." 

Dale Grimm declined to comment.

The post also asks people not to "mean mouth" the deputy who shot Andy Grimm.

"Andy said he doesn't want (him) to lose his job over this," the post says. 

Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett also took to Facebook in the aftermath of the shooting. 

“As sheriff of this county, I would truly appreciate if the community would just send prayers for Andy Grimm and my deputy,” she says on Facebook. 

State Rep. Kyle Koehler, R-Springfield, reiterated Grimm’s wishes in a Facebook post of his own. 

“Let’s support Andy with our prayers and by doing what he asks by not tearing down law enforcement,” Koehler's post says.

EARLIER REPORT

A Clark County sheriff’s deputy was involved in an officer-involved shooting Monday night, and the New Carlisle News is reporting its staff photographer was shot when a deputy mistook his camera for a weapon.

Clark County deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of North Main Street in New Carlisle around 9:50 p.m. The officer-involved shooting happened shortly after.

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The New Carlisle News is reporting that Andy Grimm, a photographer for the News, was working on taking lightning pictures when a deputy performed a traffic stop nearby. Grimm was holding his camera and tripod and the deputy is believed to have mistaken them for a weapon, the News is reporting.

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Grimm was shot in the side and is undergoing surgery at Miami Valley Hospital, according to the News.

The New Carlisle News had posted a paragraph of information to its Facebook page earlier in the evening where they stated Grimm had been pulled over on a traffic stop when the shooting occurred, but said later he was not involved in the stop.

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Officials on scene did not comment. Ohio BCI is now in charge of the investigation and any statement will be coming from state Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, Clark County sheriff’s officials said.

We are working to learn more and to confirm the New Carlisle News account of the shooting.

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital. 

Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation. 

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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured. 

Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.

INITIAL REPORT

As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer. 

The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time. 

Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242. 

The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia. 

Traffic in the area is affected until further notice. 

We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 

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Gravesites overrun for Civil War veterans at Miami County cemetery

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM

Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.

The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.

However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.

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She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.

“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.

“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.

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“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.

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Lights back on after more than 7,800 lose power in Kettering area

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:00 PM

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

Power has been restored after more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers lost service earlier this evening in the Kettering area due to a “substation event.”

UPDATE @ 8:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 359, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

Power was expected to be restored around 9 p.m., according to the DP&L website.

UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.

The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 4,733, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.

At its height, the number without service was more than 7,800 after a malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m.

UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.

Crews are working to restore power to more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers without service this evening in the Kettering area, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations, said.

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A malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m. that led to the outages.

Millhouse said service will be switched to other circuits to restore power as soon as possible, and that there should be no other interruption of service as repairs are made to the substation.

FIRST REPORT

More than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening in the Kettering area.

According to the DP&L online outage map, the power failure was reported around 6:30 p.m. and restoration time is expected by 8 p.m. Originally, about 900 outages were reported before that number jumped to 7,882 on the outage map.

We are waiting to hear back from the utility on what led to the outages.

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Collision involving private ambulance, passenger car snarls traffic

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM

Crash at Linden Avenue involving ambulance

A collision involving a private ambulance and a passenger car on Linden Avenue at East Third Street ended with no injuries, police said. 

The accident was dispatched about 8:15 p.m. 

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The MedPro ambulance was empty and was not on a call, according to police. The other car, a small Saturn, had a small child inside. 

Police tell us they're working to determine the at-fault driver.

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