March 19-25: Severe weather awareness week

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 11:59 AM

It is Severe Weather Awareness Week across the state of Ohio. 

After a winter that didn't provide much snow or cold and an early start to severe weather season, it is important to take a minute to review with your family what the plan is if severe weather strikes at your house.

The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness (OCSWA) and Governor John Kasich are encouraging all Ohioans to participate. The OCSWA is made up of 16 agencies throughout the state that are dedicated to educating communities in Ohio about natural disasters. 

A statewide tornado drill was held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 9:50am, with school districts around the Miami Valley practicing their emergency plans.

“Whenever you can practice, whenever you can get the kids together and go through your procedures--it’s a good thing. - Ryan Gilding/Beavercreek City Schools

Your Storm Center 7 Team as well as the National Weather Service will be taking time throughout the week to help spread the word about severe weather safety. 

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Spring can bring not only strong storms and tornadoes but even the last rounds of winter weather. Several tornadoes were already reported south and east of the Miami Valley in early March as well as snow, sleet and freezing rain mid-March.

Since Ohio weather can change quickly, it is key to understand what to do and where to go whether you are at home, work or school when severe weather develops. 

Understanding what different watches and warnings mean as well is helpful. Remember a watch (severe thunderstorm or tornado) means conditions are favorable for either to develop. A warning (severe thunderstorm or tornado) means the activity is imminent or already occurring. Seek shelter immediately when a tornado warning is issued.

SEVERE WEATHER: What’s the difference between a watch and warning?
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When it comes to seeking shelter, it can be helpful to remember this simple word, DUCK

- Get down to the lowest level you can

- Get under something sturdy (a staircase, heavy table or bench)

- Cover your head (with your hands, a pillow or helmet)

K - Keep in your shelter until the warnings have expired or an all clear has been given

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SIGN UP: Severe weather alerts

Getting notified about watches and warnings either severe weather or winter weather related has been made easier with the WHIO Weather App. 

Watches and warning are pushed directly to your phone even when the app isn't opened. You can turn on winter weather alerts when the threat for snow or ice is in your spring forecast and tornado warnings will be sent automatically. 

You can also now sign up for lightning detection and get heavy rain alerts to help you when you are outside this spring season. You can download the WHIO Weather App in your App store for free. 


In the spring, the threat for flooding also increases so it is important to understand the difference between all the flood threats that could develop including river flooding and flash flooding. 

RELATED: Flooding: Know Your Risks

Never drive through standing water because it can be deeper than it appears. According to the National Weather Service it takes only six inches of rushing water to knock down an adult and only two feet of moving water to wash away a car. 

Download our free WHIO Storm Center 7 weather app to stay aware of severe weather anytime anywhere.

Air Force Marathon sign up cost going up

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:31 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:29 PM

Running in the Air Force Marathon will get a little more expensive soon if you haven’t signed up for one of the series of races.

Registration fees will rise $10 for the full- and half-marathon and the 10K races on Tuesday, April 4, organizers say.

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Today, registration costs for the full marathon are $95; half-marathon, $85; and 10K, $4. The races will launch Sept. 16 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The price for the 5K race Sept. 15 on the campus of Wright State University will stay at $35, organizers said.

About 15,000 runners from around run in the series of races.

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Suspect in fatal Miami Co. police chase said he used drugs during pursuit

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 4:24 PM
Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

HARRISON TWP. — The suspect in a pursuit that ended with a crash that killed an Englewood man appeared in court for his arraignment in Miami County Municipal Court on Tuesday.

CRUISER CAM VIDEO: Pursuit captured on camera

Jordan Harville, a 24-year-old Clayton resident, was arraigned on charges stemming from the theft of the Ford F 250 pickup allegedly stolen from an auto repair shop on U.S. 36 in Fletcher.

The court set his bond at $75,000 and additional charges are still possible from the pursuit and fatal crash.

  • A 28-year-old Anthony Hufford was killed in a crash that ended the police pursuit 
  • Hufford, who was in a Honda Accord, pulled out from a private driveway in the Arthur Avenue and North Dixie Drive area, and was struck by the pickup truck driven by Harville
  • An autopsy will be performed on Hufford on Tuesday at the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

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The pursuit

The pursuit was dispatched just after 4 p.m. on Monday. Authorities believe Harville stole a pickup truck from a residence on U.S. Route 36 in Fletcher. 

Nathan Wagoner said the truck, believed to be a Ford F 250 pickup, was stolen from his father’s auto repair shop in the 3200 block of U.S. Route 36. 

Troy police initiated a pursuit after the pickup truck was seen heading south on Interstate 75 at high speed. Tipp City police and sheriff's deputies joined the pursuit in the area of state Route 571, according to the sheriff's office. 
Troopers with the state patrol post in Dayton joined the pursuit once the chase reached Montgomery County. 

Drugged while driving

State police reported the pickup truck driver showed signs of drug impairment, which led law enforcement officers to use Narcan. 

“Harville was acting like he was having trouble breathing,” wrote Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Godsey in an incident report. “His eyes kept rolling into the back of his head.”

Emergency personnel asked Harville what he had taken. Harville told the medic he was drunk, according to the incident report. 

“Harville continued to act like he was going in and out of consciousness,” Godsey wrote. “He would slide completely off the seat and be unresponsive, and then wake up. He then stated he used heroin.” 

Harville told the sheriff’s deputy he used heroin during the police pursuit.

Harville suffered minor injuries, and was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kramer said. 

An arrest warrant was issued for Harville after he failed to attend court-ordered treatment. He failed to attend treatment in lieu of conviction stemming from an incident involving a breaking and entering of an unoccupied structure, according to Montgomery County Common Pleas records.

On Feb. 27, a county community control officer reported to the court Harville’s whereabouts had been unknown since for a month. The court listed Harville as an absconder and issued the arrest warrant.

Harville is now being detained in the Miami County Jail on felony charges of warrant service and theft on Monday. He is waiting for an arraignment hearing, according to online jail records.

RELATED: Pedestrian killed in 2014 police pursuit remembered 

Resident reactions

Residents in the neighborhood where the crash occurred are upset about the incident that resulted in the death of an innocent man.

One residents, Jeremy Brewer, said, "I see an innocent guy who got hurt for no reason because someone else was not caring about others...just being completely reckless and stupid." 

Brewer said he understands why police engage in pursuits to keep people safe, but it is unfortunate people get hurt. 

"I see a guy that could have been going home to his wife and kids and he ain't going to be able to do that today.... it's a scary feeling," he said.  

Brendan O'Brien, who lives near the accident scene, said he was sitting on his front porch when he heard sirens,  and then what he characterized as an explosion. 

"It just shows what happens. They killed an innocent man today because he wanted to be a criminal and run from the cops. It makes no sense."

North Dixie Drive in the area of the accident will remain closed at least another hour for the accident investigation.

RELATED: Troopers not involved in deadly pursuit that killed bystander

Children at overdose scenes make it tough for Dayton first responders

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 10:35 PM

Dayton firefighter/paramedics say they responded to 32 overdoses from Saturday to Sunday -- three times as many ODs this past weekend as the same weekend period a year ago. 

And they say their task is made more complicated when children are witnesses to the aftermath of overdoses.

RELATED: 9-year-old calls 911 after babysitter, girlfriend overdose 


"I think it's starting to get worse, honestly," Dayton resident Aaron Gibbons told News Center 7's Kate Bartley on Monday. 

Bryan Adams, Dayton Fire Department public information officer, said, "obviously it takes an emotional toll any time you deal with families. I think it becomes even more complicated when you're trying to explain a situation or deal with children who don't understand the cause." 


RELATED: Across Ohio, children are calling 911 to report overdoses


Incidents were there are two or more overdose victims are becoming more commonplace, he said. 

Adams said the situation becomes troublesome when it's over and over and over. 

"So when you think of the 32 we've had over a two-day period this past weekend, that takes a toll on the first responders who are going out to these calls as well," Adams said.

Cyber war at home: 7 ways to protect yourself

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 5:04 AM

If you lock your car at night, can you guarantee no one will get inside?

Cyber experts say it’s the same for your personal computer and other devices.

“A really good thief who has all the tools at their disposal is going to get into your car,” said David Salisbury, a University of Dayton information systems professor. “You’re just trying to make yourself a less attractive target by putting in countermeasures.”

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Here are internet-related seven countermeasures that will make yourself a less attractive target:

• Connect to the internet over secure-password protected networks.

• Create stronger passwords with letters, symbols and numbers and change them more often. Jeff Hughes, co-founder and president of Riverside-based Tenet3 recommends creating a password manager in a protected setting — on your smart phone, for example — to keep a list of unique and individual passwords. 

• Require more authentication to log in and operate on computer systems.

• Encrypt data, including on a disk.

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• Make sure all of the software patches and updates are installed. “Any software I’m using, I’d make sure my patches are up to date and I would run a full (anti-virus) scan fairly routinely,” Salisbury said.

• If you are unsure of a sender online, always enter a URL by hand instead of following links.

• Pay close attention to the privacy settings on your social media accounts and restrict who sees information.


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