Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 11:15 AM
Updated: Saturday, January 21, 2017 @ 2:21 PM

Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard.

RELATED: West Liberty shooting rocks community.

Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers, as well as their supervisor, were suddenly and unexpectedly deluged with pleas for help dripping with fear and despair.

“We had calls from teachers, staff and several of the children inside the school that called 911,” Ballard said. “The kids were all upset. They told us there was an active shooter, but they didn’t know if there was more than one.”

Ballard said dispatchers remained on the line with callers until police arrived at the school, where one student, identified as Logan Cole, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical but stable condition. A 17-year-old student, who was not named, was hit with part of a shot that discharged but was not seriously hurt. The 17-year-old suspect, identified as Ely Serna, was armed with a shotgun, according to authorities.

“We were busy getting help there to them, and trying to keep them calm, but we didn’t have to give the much direction because they all had had ALICE training,” Ballard said, referring to a civilian active shooter response training program adopted by many schools and other institutions.

The program acronym stands for “Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate,” and West Liberty students and staff did exactly that, Ballard said.

“The kids did what they were supposed to, and so did the staff,” she said. “They did a very good job.”

’Enhanced risk’ for severe weather issued for tonight

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:17 AM

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an “enhanced risk” report that would indicate strong to severe storms are possible late tonight into the overnight.

RELATED: Severe Weather: Slight vs. Enhanced Risk

  • The real threat for strong to severe storms arrives tonight, mainly after midnight
  • Damaging winds, heavy rain and hail are main threats
  • Scattered showers and storms possible throughout Tuesday during the day

TODAY/TONIGHT: As of 11:30 a.m. the western part of the Miami Valley, including the city of Dayton has been placed under an enhanced risk for severe storms later tonight into tomorrow morning.   


Scattered showers and storms are possible at any point during the day today. The real threat for strong to severe storms arrives tonight, mainly after midnight with damaging winds, heavy rain and hail. The threat for a spin-up tornado is not out of the question and will be monitored throughout the night.

WEDNESDAY: Some storms may become strong with wind, hail and minor flooding the main threat. Highs will be in the low 60s early with temperatures dropping late afternoon and evening behind our front. Some passing rain or snow showers possible at night. Gusty winds over 30 mph possible during the day and night.

THURSDAY: Cooler day in the low 40s. Some passing rain or snow showers late afternoon. Passing snow showers at night.

FRIDAY: Temperatures start in the 20s. Coldest bus stop forecast of the week. Flurries will likely linger especially in the eastern Miami Valley for the first half of the day. Highs in the upper 30s.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy, and warmer than normal with highs around 50.

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New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:42 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:31 PM

New Oakwood stadium opens for team practices; dedication on schedule

Oakwood's nearly completed Lane Stadium is now open for team practices as construction continues on the new $4 million stadium complex

The stadium hosted Oakwood High School's girls and boys lacrosse team practices Monday in the complex's first official use, Oakwood school district spokeswoman Traci Hale said. 

She said a March 11 dedication is on schedule as construction crews work to install a regulation eight-lane track and press box. 

The track at the stadium located in the Old River Sports Complex is scheduled to be installed during the first week of April during Oakwood school's spring break. 

Hale said a press box is due for completion at the end of March. 

The mostly privately funded complex will seat about 700 when completed and will serve as home to Oakwood school's field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and track and field teams.

UPDATE @ 11:30 p.m.: The lights will remain on through the end of the day Tuesday, Hale said. That’s because when they are turned on for the first time, they have to remain on for 48 hours.

Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries today

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

Humane Society of Greater Dayton offers low-cost spay/neuter surgeries today


DAYTON — The Humane Society of Greater Dayton will lift financial restrictions for the spay/neuter voucher program today making the discount program accessible to everyone today.  

In honor of World Spay Day, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is working with local veterinary offices to help spay/neuter more pets. 

"Spaying and neutering your pet is such a crucial part in fighting overpopulation within our community, but it can be an expensive procedure for animal owners," said Brian Weltge, president and CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

Individuals must be part of the voucher program to be eligible for these discounted rates. You can pre-pay for your voucher by visiting the Humane Society of Greater Dayton between 1 and 6 p.m. today

Once you purchase your voucher, set up your appointment with one of five local vet clinics including: Animal Medical Center of Miamisburg, North Main-Clayton Animal Hospital, Shiloh Animal Hospital and Pets in Stitches. 

"We are so thankful to be working with some amazingly generous veterinary offices who are devoted in serving our community and impacting the lives of pets,” Weltge said. “These vets are showing the true meaning of philanthropy and are leading by example by providing a day for anyone to take advantage of these extremely discounted rates." 

Visit the Humane Society of Greater Dayton webpage for additional information www.hsdayton.org.   

Vandalia golf course gets new manager

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 11:04 AM


            Vandalia golf course gets new manager

VANDALIA – The city of Vandalia has named Ben Lickliter as the new managing golf professional for Cassel Hills Golf Course. Lickliter’s appointment comes following John Marhi’s retirement in December.

RELATED: Vandalia seeking new golf course manager

Lickliter started in his new position on Feb. 22.

The city of Vandalia conducted a search through the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America’s Careerlinks program.

Cassel Hills’ management structure was reorganized in January, with the managing golf professional position reporting to the Parks and Recreation director. That decision was made after a consultation with the National Golf Foundation (NGF) determined Cassel Hills was best run in-house by city staff rather than on a contract, due to the smaller size of the market area.

CASEY LAUGHTER