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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 5:31 PM
Columbus — Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws.
State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation being sponsored by state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City. Having “companion” bills in both chambers often increases the chances that legislation will pass.
“We have got to tell owners — whatever breed you have, if you have a dog that’s biting you can’t take that lightly,” said Rezabek.
The bills call for requiring investigation of every complaint call made to dog wardens, mandating that dog owners respond to warnings and postings from dog wardens, allowing witnesses to give sworn statements regarding problem dogs, increasing penalties for owners who fail to control their vicious dogs, requiring annual registration of dangerous dogs, extending a ban on dog ownership by violent felons or child abusers to five years and giving local authorities more discretion.
Rezabek said if a dog is provoked to attack, the owner must prove it. Currently, the law requires prosecutors to show there was no provocation in the attack.
“We want a good law that will protect the community,” Rezabek said.
The bills in the House and Senate are both named after Richey, who was fatally attacked by her neighbor’s mixed breed mastiffs on Feb. 7, 2014. Richey, 57, had called local authorities dozens of times to report concerns about the dogs in the two years leading up to her death.
Klonda Richey bills failed to gain traction in two previous legislative sessions: one died in committee in 2014 and Beagle’s bill introduced in April 2015 was voted out of the Senate in December 2016 without enough time to go through the House.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:09 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 5:10 AM
MIAMISBURG — Crews are responding to a reported electrical fire at the Kettering Health Network building in Miamisburg.
The fire at the business on Prestige Plaza was reported before 5 a.m.
This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Published: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:43 AM
TODAY: A mild and muggy morning, yet a quiet start to the day. Some sunshine and scattered clouds expected into the afternoon. Isolated storms develop late afternoon that may become strong with the main threat being strong to damaging winds. Activity tapers off into the night, but a few showers may linger. Highs reach around 80 degrees with it being a little breezy.
TUESDAY: A passing rain shower is possible in the morning. It’ll be warm and muggy again for the afternoon as highs peak in the 80s. Another passing shower or storm is possible towards late afternoon with heavy rain and gusty winds being the main threat. Expect it to dry out into the night.
WEDNESDAY: Not as muggy as other days, but still becoming very warm as highs reach in the low 80s. Expect sunshine and scattered clouds through the day.
THURSDAY: A great day with plenty of sunshine. It won’t be too muggy, yet it’ll be warm with highs in the low 80s again, which is warmer than normal.
FRIDAY: The dry stretch continues with warmer than normal temps in the middle 80s. Humidity will be low for the day with lots of sunshine.
Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 @ 2:44 AM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 4:41 AM
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Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 6:32 PM
Updated: Monday, May 21, 2018 @ 3:58 AM
DAYTON — Five traffic enforcement red-light cameras will be activated starting today at two intersections.
Three cameras will be at James H. McGee Boulevard and West Third Street, and two others are at Linden Avenue and South Smithville Road. A 30-day warning period begins Monday at both locations, according to a release from the city.
During the warning period, the registered owner of a vehicle committing a violation will be sent a warning in the mail. After 30 days, citations will be issued by mail, according to the city.
Activation of these red-light cameras completes the Dayton Police Department’s plan for traffic enforcement cameras.
Following is a list of fixed-site camera locations, along with the current locations of mobile speed trailers:
The Dayton Police Department also uses six handheld speed enforcement camera units.
There have been 84 fewer injury crashes (432) to date in 2018 compared to 516 injury crashes during the same period in 2017, the city reported.