WEEC NEWS – TUESDAY, AUGUST 05, 2014


A woman in Butler County has died after being attacked by her dog yesterday afternoon in her backyard in Madison Township.

I’m Ruth Book reporting on this story and more for WEEC News.

59 year old Cindy Whisman was dead when Sheriff’s deputies and the dog warden arrived at her home around 1:10 Tuesday afternoon. A neighbor called 911 at 1:03 and told dispatchers that a woman was being attacked by her dog. Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt of the sheriff’s office confirmed that the dog was a pit bull and the family pet. The dog was taken into custody by the Butler County Animal Friends Humane Society and deputies said there were no prior incidents with that dog reported to authorities. Whisman’s husband was at home at the time of the attack but he said he heard no screams. A neighbor, 79 year old Wayne H. Walker, lives next door to Whisman and said when he arrived at the home, Whisman’s 2 year old granddaughter was standing in the yard and Whisman was bitten several times around the face area. The little girl was not injured. Monday’s attack is the fourth serious dog mauling that has happened in southwest Ohio in recent months.

Today is election day and Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office said there are only 16 issues on the ballot statewide. There are two levies for local school districts being voted on today. In Lebanon, there is a 5.38 renewal levy. The current levy expires at the end of 2014. In Clark County, Northeastern Local School district is asking voters to approve a five-year, 1 percent earned income tax ballot issue which if approved, would generate about $4.1 million per year in revenue for the school district. If rejected, the News Sun says the issue would return on the November 4th ballot. Polls are open until 7:30pm. Remember to bring the proper form of ID and know your polling place and precinct. You can check that information by visiting: www.MyOhioVote.com.

Two people had to be taken to Miami Valley Hospital Monday morning after a head-on crash in Clay Township at State Route 49 and Sweet Potato Ridge. That accident occurred when the driver of a sedan failed to yield and hit another vehicle.

The owner-operator of the dump truck that crashed in Fairborn has been cited for having an unsafe vehicle according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. That dump truck crashed on the northbound ramp from Dayton Yellow Springs Road to Interstate 675 and the truck ended up tangled in the guardrail. Steve Tyson said he bought the truck just three days ago. Troopers said the tires on the truck may have been in poor condition.

Dayton police arrived to break up a fight Monday morning and when they arrived in the 1300 block of Wyoming Avenue just before 1am there was a dispute involving a half-dozen people. 48 year old Helen Murray nearly ran a police officer over as she was trying to get to the scene. Murray was taken into custody. Her boyfriend, 38 year old Terry Pugh, knocked the glass out of the cruiser window, bent the window frame and possibly the door frame. Police requested a cruiser with window guards in which to transfer Pugh.

P.F. Chang’s at the Dayton Mall suffered a security breach when debit and credit cards used between February 21st and June 11th were used at that location and could be compromised. The restaurant chain said it will provide those customers with identity protection services. They can also have a “fraud alert” placed on their files by credit bureaus for no charge, P.F. Chang’s said. They said the chain was notified on June 10th by the Secret Service that credit and debit card information may have been stolen from certain locations, including the one at the Dayton Mall.

Hunger fighting programs in Ohio are using innovative ways to get food to hungry children during the summer months. Weekend meals, rural delivery and mobile farmers markets are helping reach kids not able to access the Federally Funded Summer Food Service Program. Susan Rogers of the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development says their meal delivery program gets food to kids in rural areas who are unable to travel to a summer food site. Additionally, the Summer Weekend Meals Program gives children in summer food programs food to take home to eat over the weekend and Mobile Farmers Markets are providing fresh produce to food service sites. It is estimated that in Ohio this summer, 600,000 weekend meals were provided to children, 200,000 meals were delivered to homes and more than one and a quarter million pounds of fresh produce were distributed. Rogers adds that these programs are a blessing for many Ohio families. A recent report from the Food Research and Action center found that just one in ten eligible children in Ohio are accessing summer meals.

A person who returned to Ohio recently from West Africa had to be tested for the deadly Ebola virus, but the test came back negative. The Ohio Department of Health administered the test for the virus which has left nearly 900 people dead in West Africa. The virus can be transmitted through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. The CDC says symptoms include a sudden fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is then followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function…and in some cases…both internal and external bleeding.

An electrician in Greenville suffered electrical burns to both of his arms this morning while working at a construction site. The man was tightening lug nuts connecting a main electrical line to a fuse box when something set off a flash which burned his arms. There was no fire or explosion according to the Dayton Daily News and the man’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A man was shot this morning at the intersection of Oakwood Place and Lowry Avenue in Springfield this morning around 11am. He was taken via Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital.

The Democratic National Committee will be in Columbus tomorrow to tour the city before they make their final decision on where to hold their 2016 National Convention.

8 year old Gavin Debord loves to play soccer and basketball…but most of all he loves Nascar! The young boy from Kettering was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and has spent most of his time in and out of hospitals. Because of the generosity of Bill’s Donut Shop in Centerville and its customers, Gavin will soon meet his favorite NASCAR driver, Dale Earnhardt Junior…and not only that…he’ll get to race Go-Karts against his favorite driver!

The National Weather Service is calling for a 30 percent chance for rain showers and thunderstorms tonight through tomorrow night. Lows tonight will drop to 63 with overnight lows tomorrow night at 58. Temperatures will rise to 79 on Wednesday. Thursday brings sunshine and highs near 79. We go back to a 30 percent possibility of some precipitation Thursday night and Friday, but then sunshine could be in store for Saturday and Sunday with highs each day at 83.