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Xenia man accused of exposing himself to girl, 10, sex act with animals

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 1:17 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 2:23 PM

59-year old Kevin Pettit booked into jail 3 weeks ago.

A Xenia man is facing charges after he allegedly exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl and committed a sexual act with two dogs on the same day. 

Kevin James Pettit, 59, was booked into the Greene County Jail Jan. 19 on charges of public indecency and violating Ohio’s law against bestiality by engaging in sexual conduct with an animal, according to court records.

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The incidents leading to the charges happened on Dec. 20, according to records.

The girl was walking home from the bus stop just before 4 p.m. when Pettit pulled his pants down and showed her his genitals as he stood near a red truck along a fence on South Galloway, according to a police report. The girl then went home and told her parents.

The girl’s parents also told officers that she walks home from the bus stop every day, and Pettit watches her, making her feel threatened, the report said. 

Shortly after Pettit exposed himself to the girl, the suspect lured two dogs behind a garage along the same fence line and committed the sex act, according to the report. The suspect denied committing the act with the dogs, but their owners had taken photos of the incident during the act and gave them to police, the report said. 

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Pettit is due back in court on March 5 for his next hearing.

Until recently Ohio was one of the few states with no bestiality ban on the books. Lawmakers finally approved a bill banning sex with animals in December 2016.

Ohio’s law, which also bans selling animals for sex, took effect last March.

Ohio’s first case under that new law is in Cleveland, where Scott Turner 48, pleaded not guilty last week to a second-degree misdemeanor charge of having sexual contact with an animal. Turner is accused of having oral sex with a dog . 

He faces a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

Even with the law in place, animal welfare experts say it can be difficult to get convictions in these the cases.

“Just like children who can’t say what happened to (them), it makes it very difficult to investigate these cases,” said Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, in an earlier interview.

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Fire severely damages home north of St. Paris

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

Bill Lackey/Staff
Bill Lackey/Staff

UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m.: 

A couple was able to safely evacuate their home after a fire broke out Friday morning. 

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The home on North Heck Hill Road suffered extensive damage in the blaze, according to our crew on the scene. 

There have been no immediate reports of injuries. 

Crews are blocking North Heck Hill Road near Millerstown-Eris Road to battle the blaze. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have reported heavy smoke and flames coming from a house on North Heck Hill Road, north of St. Paris in Champaign County Friday morning. 

Several fire crews were dispatched to the house in the 2500 block of North Heck Hill Road, near Millerstown-Eris Road, after the fire was reported around 11:10 a.m. 

It was not immediately known if the structure is believed to be occupied or vacant. 

Initial reports indicate fire crews are fighting the fire defensively. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Memorial Day Weekend local lake quality outlook

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

Photo Courtesy: Ohio.gov
Photo Courtesy: Ohio.gov

If you plan on spending your Memorial Day weekend at a local body of water we have your covered with the latest advisories from all the Ohio lakes, rivers and creeks.  

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The local bodies of water that are affected are: 

Grand Lake St. Marys- Has issued a Red Flag Warning for their Camp, Main East, Main West and Windy Point locations.  The Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory is reportedly due to Algal Bloom/Toxin.

Madison Lake- Has issued a Yellow Flag Warning for high bacteria levels.

Memorial Day Forecast

You can check the latest advisories in your area by visiting the Ohio Beach Guard website at Ohio Beach Guard

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1st named storm of Atlantic season could hit Gulf states Memorial Day

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

UPDATE @ 11:27 a.m. (MAY 25):

As Storm Center 7 Meteorologists forecasted, a broad area of low pressure that has been located over the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula has moved into the waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Based on observations, this system has grown in intensity into what is now Subtropical Storm Alberto. This is the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  

 What do the categories mean for a hurricane?

Alberto is expected to a take a north to northwestward track over the next few days making landfall near the Gulf States on Memorial Day.  

According the National Hurricane center, regardless of its exact track and intensity, Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

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Rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and early next week when Alberto is expected to slow down after it moves inland.

UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m. (MAY 25):

The National Hurricane Center said the season’s first named storm, Subtropical Storm Alberto, has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Additional advisory information is expected to be released later this morning.

INITIAL REPORT (MAY 23):

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and runs through the end of November. This year's tropical season may begin right on time.

 What do the categories mean for a hurricane?

According to the National Hurricane Center there is the chance that a broad area of thunderstorms near the Yucatan Peninsula may move into the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and develop into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend. If that occurs, this would be the first named storm of the season.

 WHIO Live Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Many Miami Valley residents may be planning to head south for the long holiday weekend. The potential for this tropical development could lead to a wet and stormy holiday. The National Hurricane Center says "regardless of the development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast during the weekend."  

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Dog rescued from sweltering vehicle in Xenia

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:23 AM

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A small dog was rescued from over 100 degree temperatures after being locked in a vehicle with the windows closed Thursday morning in Xenia.

Officers responded to the 100 block of West Main Street around 11 a.m. after someone called 911.

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“The windows are rolled up and there’s a small dog,” the caller said.  “It’s parked in front of the new Xenia administrative offices.”

Once officers arrived they found the dog and were able to get it to safety.

“The temperature in this vehicle is 105,” an officer told dispatchers over emergency dispatch radio traffic.

The owner received a warning and the investigation is ongoing.

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