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.”

Dayton Children’s Hospital hosts recruitment fair 

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 6:38 AM

Dayton Children’s Hospital hosts recruitment fair 

Dayton — Dayton Children's Hospital will host a recruitment fair at the Hilton Garden Inn at Austin Landing Tuesday night. 

The hospital is looking for employees for the major expansion in Springboro and the main campus in Dayton. 

Open positions include nurses, clinical support, pharmacists and pharmacy tenchinicans, security officers and housekeeping.

Check the Dayton Children’s website to review all open positions. Potential candidates should apply online before coming to the recruitment fair, and bring multiple copies of their resume the event. 

The recuritment fair will start at 3 p.m. on March 28  at the Hilton Garden Inn located at 12000 Innovation Drive in Miamisburg.



Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:00 AM

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Michael Purves is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • On the northbound I-75 ramp to eastbound U.S. 35 in Dayton, ODOT construction starting today will shut down the ramp until September 23rd. The official detour given by ODOT is northbound I-75 to westbound U.S. 35, to James H McGee Boulevard, to eastbound U.S. 35. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • In the 500 block of Walnut Springs in Oakwood, there is a water main break. The break was reported around 6:45 a.m.
  • In the 800 block of Broadmoor Drive in Dayton, a car crashed into a tree and rolled over after the driver became distracted while texting and driving, police said. The driver was not injured. Clothes that were in the car were scattered across the roadway.

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 


  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west.
  • I-75 north ramp the US 35 east will be closed March 28th to September 23rd. ODOT lists the suggested detour as NB I-75 to US 35 west, to James H McGee Blvd, to US 35 east. 
  • On Snyder Road will be closed on March 28 between old Dayton and Little Richmond roads in Trotwood for a drain tile replacement, according to the city. The roadwork is expected to be completed around 4 p.m. 
  • I-70 between Airport Access Road and Taywood Road, Lane closures April 3rd - June 30th. Two lane will remain open at all times.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 


  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 


  • SR 49 between Elroy- Ansonia Road and SR 47, road closure March 27th -31st. The official detour is: SR 118 to SR 47.
  • SR 571 between Culbertson Road and Harzell Road, bridge closure March 8th – May 22nd. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721
  • SR 721 between US 36 and Covington-Gettysburg Road, bridge closure March 20th – June 3rd. The official detour is: US 36 to SR 48 to SR 718.


  • North Main Avenue in Sidney between Edgewood and Parkwood streets will be closed on Tuesday, March 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for replacement of a water main. 
  • I-75 south Ramp to Fair Road, ramp closure April 9th – 14th. The official detour is: I-75 south to US 36 to I-75 north to Fair Road.


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Fairborn police arrest suspect in stabbing outside motel

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 8:25 AM

Fairborn police arrest suspect in stabbing outside motel

FAIRBORN - Police have arrested a suspect following a stabbing in the parking lot of the Fairborn Motel on Sunday morning. 

Police said they responded to the area of 800 North Broad Street shortly before 2 a.m. for a report of a disturbance involving numerous people. 

Once officers arrived on the scene they found a victim had been stabbed and was treated for injuries not believed to be life threatening, police said. 

Officers received suspect information and were able to locate a suspect that had left the scene on foot. 

The suspect was taken into custody, however police have not yet released their identity. 

Wet roads, patchy fog Tuesday morning

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:56 AM

Scattered showers move through early Tuesday. Some mist or patchy fog is also expected.  

  • Showers end Tuesday morning; patchy fog possible 
  • Dry time on Wednesday 
  • More showers and storms Thursday and Friday

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts  

TODAY: Broken clouds through the day with highs climbing back to around 60. Temperatures drop to 40 with some spotty fog possible Tuesday night.

WEDNESDAY: Clouds break with some sunshine for the afternoon. Highs climbing back to the upper 50s which is a little warmer than normal. 

RELATED: WHIO Interactive Radar

THURSDAY: Clouds increase quickly with dry weather to start the day. Some scattered showers arrive later in the afternoon becoming more widespread overnight. Highs in the low 60s.

FRIDAY: Scattered showers and storms will be in the area as our storm system pulls through. Highs in the low to mid 60s. Breezy as well with rain ending into the night.

RELATED: Flooding: Know Your Risks

SATURDAY: A better start to the weekend with a dry day and clouds breaking for some sunshine. Highs in the upper 50s.

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