Sunday, July 27 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-27 21:57:03 GMT
A dive team is searching for the body of a 34-year-old man from the Toledo area, believed to have drowned in a Jet Ski accident on Saturday. It happened around 8:30 p.m. Saturday in a private pond inMore >>
The body of 34-year-old Jason Mitchell, from Perrysburg, was located by divers around 1pm on Sunday in about seven feet of water.More >>
"This incident did not take place at Wildwood," said Joe Fausnaugh, chief of operations, who oversees the park district's Ranger Department. "The two individuals did suffer injuries inflicted by a dog, but our investigation has concluded that they were injured by their own dog in a west Toledo apartment, and not on Metroparks property. We don't like to see anyone suffer injuries like these, but this had nothing to do with the Metroparks."
On July 5, rangers were notified by Toledo police that two people were being treated at a hospital for dog bites they received that morning at Wildwood. A ranger went to the hospital to check on the victims' condition and gather information to ensure the safety of other park visitors. Rangers closed the east entrance to the park for the rest of the day and searched for the dogs with the assistance of Sylvania Township police and Animal Control officers from the Lucas County Dog Warden's Office.
Nicole Farrell, 36, told the ranger that she and Steve Thompson, 35, were walking their own dog at Wildwood that morning when they were confronted by three stray dogs, one of which attacked them. However, in a subsequent interview last week, Farrell gave a written statement that the incident did not occur at the Metropark.
Thompson has left the state and did not suffer any injuries. Park rangers have charged Farrell with falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor. They have also turned over gathered information to the Sylvania prosecutor.
"Safety of park visitors is always our first concern, and our law enforcement officers took this matter very seriously," said Steve Madewell, executive director of the park district. "Evidence convinced them the incident did not happen as it was reported, and that there was never a threat to the safety of our park visitors. Our actions reflect the Metroparks commitment to providing clean, safe, natural parks."
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity. According to WATE in Tennessee, the Sullivan CountyMore >>
A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.More >>