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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

The scene outside West Liberty-Salem School following a student shooting Friday. Marshall Gorby/Staff
The scene outside West Liberty-Salem School following a student shooting Friday. Marshall Gorby/Staff

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.”

‘You guys are ruining Christmas,’ theft suspect tells police

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Steven Elzey
Steven Elzey

A theft suspect told police “you guys are ruining Christmas” after he was arrested while police investigated a suspicious circumstance involving copper wire at First Street Recycling, reported by the plant manager.

Steven Elzey, 35, was arrested on suspicion of obstructing official business and falsification at the business at 1341 E. First St. after police said he initially gave them his brother’s information, according to a Dayton Police Department report.

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After determining Elzey’s correct identity, Dayton police learned he had a warrant for his arrest in Clark County.

“I should have ... run. I would have got away,” Elzey told police as they drove him to the Montgomery County Jail, the report stated.

Elzey is next scheduled to appear Nov. 30 in Dayton Municipal Court, and he has another hearing scheduled in January in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court for a suspected parole violation, jail records show.

Greenville grad, explosive ordnance disposal tech hit by IED in Syria

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 8:09 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 9:55 PM

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy
U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy

UPDATE @ 9:55 p.m. (Nov. 17)

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy is at a hospital in San Antonio, Texas, after he was struck by an improvised explosive device while clearing a hospital in Syria.

The 2002 Greenville High School graduate and father of four is an explosive ordnance technician. He was severely injured while assigned to the Operation Inherent Resolve campaign against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The Navy said they are working to provide further details about how he was injured.

Most of Stacy’s family is in Texas with him, including his wife, Lindsey, who also is a Greenville grad. His mother-in-law works for Greenville schools, but the district said she is with her family in Texas.

FIRST REPORT

A 2002 Greenville High School graduate earlier this month was severely wounded in action in the Middle East.

U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy was injured by an improvised explosive device, reportedly while clearing a hospital in Syria. 

The explosive ordnance disposal technician is part of Operation Inherent Resolve and is back in the United States receiving treatment. 

Stacy and his wife, Lindsey, also a Greenville grad, are parents to four children. They live in San Diego, Calif., where Stacy is stationed, our media partner the Early Bird Paper reported. 

Vice Chief of Naval Operations  Adm. Jonathan Greenert introduces Explosive Ordnance Disposal 2nd Class Kenton Stacy as the USO Sailor of the Year at the 2010 USO Gala. (Mass Communication Spc. 1st Class Jennifer A. Villalovos/U.S. Navy)

In October 2010, Stacy represented his branch of the military when he was presented with a USO Servicemember of the Year during a USO gala. At the time of his award, he had participated in more than 50 combat missions while deployed in Afghanistan. He destroyed IEDs, trained Afghan forces and U.S. Special Forces on route-clearing techniques. 

Operation Inherent Resolve has suffered 44 deaths, of which 30 were killed in action; and 239 service members were wounded in action, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. It is not clear whether the statistics include Stacy.

8 vehicles, 1 injury in 2 crashes on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:05 PM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

Two separate vehicle accidents on I-75 South in Dayton during rush hour Friday evening sent one person to a hospital, left eight vehicles heavily damaged and clogged traffic. 

The accidents were reported between 5:45 p.m. and 6 p.m., according to Montgomery County Regional Dispatch. 

RELATED: Crashes along I-75 South in Dayton cause delays

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Crash on state Route 741 closes road several hours

The first accident, near the Stanley Avenue exit, involved a semitrailer and three passenger vehicles. No one was injured. 

Dayton police said a lane change apparently triggered the mashup. 

Traffic, at 6:30 p.m., was down to one lane. 

One person was taken to a hospital from the second accident, farther south state Route 4, which involved four passenger vehicles, police said. 

In that accident, the far left lane remained closed at 6:30 p.m.

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Crash closes Ohio 741 at least 6 hours near Springboro to replace power pole

Published: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 3:43 PM
Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 4:45 PM

Crash closes SR 741 for hours

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.

Those headed to the 5:30 p.m. Springboro High School boys basketball scrimmage, coming from south of Ohio 741 and Red Lion-Five Points Road, should use Interstate 75 to get to the game.

On northbound I-75, get off at the exit for state Route 73 (West Central Avenue) and go right on on South Main Street (Ohio 741). Springboro High School will be on the right at 1675 S. Main St.

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For the latest traffic information, tune in to AM 1290 or News 95.7, or visit the WHIO traffic page.

UPDATE @ 4:17 p.m.

The Ohio Department of Transportation said state Route 741 will be shut down for 6 to 7 hours near Red Lion-Five Points Road. Duke Energy is on scene repairing a pole and said the damages will take an extended time to fix. The driver was an man and not a student, according to authorities. 

The Springboro boys basketball team has a scrimmage scheduled tonight and drivers will need to find an alternate route to Springboro High School. 

FIRST REPORT

State Route 741 is currently closed due to a one car accident near Red Lion-Five Points Road just south of Springboro High School.

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The crash reportedly happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a driver hit an electric pole. The driver was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Clearcreek Township Fire Department. 

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The pole was reportedly ripped in half and Duke Energy is on scene working to repair the damages. We will bring you the latest developments in this story.