Akron plane crash victim had area connection

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 4:08 PM
Updated: Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 7:53 PM


            New surveillance video shows the deadly plane crash from a distance. Investigators will spend their first full day at the scene today.

A look at Flightaware.com revealed the following about the activity of the most recent activity for the charter:

On Monday

  • The jet left Fort Lauderdale, Fla., at 6:58 a.m. and arrived at St. Paul, Minn. Field at 9:19 a.m.,
  • It departed St. Paul at 10:59 a.m. and arrived at Quad City International Airport in Moline, Ill., at 11:46 a.m.
  • The jet departed Moline at 2:58 p.m. and arrived in St. Louis at 3:36 p.m.
  • The jet left St. Louis at 5:49 p.m. and landed in Cincinnati at Lunken Airport at 7:49 p.m.

On Tuesday

  • It took off from Lunken at 11:12 a.m. and touched down at Dayton Wright Brothers Airport at 11:25 a.m.
  • It departed the Dayton area airport at 2:13 p.m., bound for Akron Fulton International Airport.

The latest in the Akron plane crash on Tuesday that killed seven passengers and two crew members:

  • Seven victims identified: Diane Smoot, Gary Shapiro, Thomas Virgin, Diana Suriel, Jared Weiner, Oria Rom, Andres Chaves
  • Pebb Enterprises owns Sugarcreek Plaza strip mall
  • Plane took off from Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport
  • Jet clipped power lines, crashed into apartment building

UPDATE @ 7:40 p.m. (Nov. 12):

One of nine people killed in the charter plane crash was Gary Shapiro, the spouse of a former Dayton-area resident.

Shapiro, one of seven Pebb Enterprise employees on the jet, was the husband of Corey Weprin Shapiro, the daughter of William and Barbara Weprin, formerly of Oakwood. In addition to Corey Shapiro, Mr. Shapiro is survived by two daughters, one 3 years old and the other 2 months.

UPDATE @ 4:40 p.m. (Nov. 12):

Updates were given during a 20-minute news conference by the National Transportation Safety Board on the agency’s first full day of investigation at the scene of a fatal plane crash in Akron.

Bella Dinh-Zarr, vice chairman, NTSB, said the work started at 7 a.m. today and includes various teams focused on the aircraft’s structure; weather conditions at the time of crash; and the air traffic control and radar information, among others. She said both turbine engines have been removed to be examined.

“All of our teams have been working around the clock to gather information,” Dinh-Zarr said.

She said the NTSB’s on-scene investigation will continue for at least two more days.

“We’re still quite early in the investigation phase,” Dinh-Zarr said. “The objective is not just to find out what happened but why it happened,” so it can be prevented.

Dinh-Zarr said a team is still trying to locate the aircraft’s ground proximity warning system and the engine computer. They continue to search the apartment building and surrounding areas for plane materials.

The plane was manufactured in 1979, and the pilot had over 6,000 hours of flight time, Dinh-Zarr said.

She said 30 minutes of conversation from the cockpit voice recorder is of “poor quality,” but includes discussion of the weather conditions and landing in Akron. While Dinh-Zarr did say “sounds of the impact were recorded,” she wouldn’t say yet if there were any sounds of distress of the recording.

“There’s 30 minutes of conversation … we’ll be looking at it more carefully next week,” Dinh-Zarr said.

Any members of the public with information on the crash, can email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov.

“We do not determine probable cause or speculate while on scene,” Dinh-Zarr said.

EARLIER REPORT

The Florida real estate company that lost seven employees in a corporate jet crash in Akron had been attempting to buy commercial property in Sugarcreek Twp. in Greene County, a local official said.

Family members and news reports have identified seven of those believed to have been onboard the twin-engine corporate jet that crashed Tuesday in Akron after making a stop at Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport, killing all nine aboard including the seven employees.

The fund-raising site gofundme.com is hosting a memorial for Gary Shapiro, an employee of Boca Raton, Florida-based Pebb Enterprises. The posting said he died along with eight others who “tragically lost their lives in a plane crash.”

“Gary is survived by his wife Corey, and daughters Sammie (3 yrs) & Abigail (2 months). Please help support Corey and the girls,” the posting says.

Shapiro is described on the company’s website as director of leasing. The plane made numerous stops in the Midwest on its flight that started in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday.

A second employee of the Florida company — Diane Smoot, a 50-year-old manager — has been identified by family.

A third victim was identified late Wednesday by newsnet5.com based on reporting by Florida television station WPTV.

The man, Thomas Virgin, also died in the crash, his sister told the station, adding that he leaves behind a wife and four-month-old child. He is identified as Director of Construction/Development at Pebb, according to a profile on the networking website Linkedin.

Multiple media outlets have confirmed the other victims, although the names of the victims has not been officially released pending the coroner’s office confirmation of the victim identities using medcal records.

According to FlightAware.com, the plane first flew to St. Paul Minn., then to Moline, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo. It arrived at Cincinnati at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday morning before continuing to Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport and then on to Akron.

Pebb Enterprises has been seeking to buy commercial real estate on Wilmington Pike in Sugarcreek Twp., where Cub Foods was formerly housed.

“They’re acquiring this property,” Sugarcreek Twp. Administrator Barry Tiffany said. “They’re under contract — hopefully going to be closing in the very near future. From what I understand, they have a party that’s interested in leasing this space once they do close. We looked at it as a very positive thing.”

The Boca Raton company Wednesday posted the following message on its website:

“Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises. We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished. Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers. We ask for the media’s understanding and cooperation at this time of unimaginable loss and mourning and are not responding to media requests at this time.”

Pebb Enterprises “has been a very active developer in buying retail sites across the country,” said Robert ZavakosCQ, senior vice president of the commercial real estate company NAI Bergman in Dayton.

Shapiro had been working on prospects for the Wilmington Pike site, and Zavakos said he gave Pebb a letter of intent.

“I was trying to find a spot that was close to (Interstate) 675 where we could put some small retail tenants,” he said.

Zavakos said he received an email from Shapiro last week and sent him a message informing the Pebb manager about a client’s change of plans.

“One of my clients today wanted me to relay a message to them, so I sent an email to Gary. I got a reply back saying he was going to be out of the office traveling until today.”

Zavakos said he was shocked when he heard about the crash. “Something like that touches you personally. Even though I wasn’t close to them, I still was completely shocked.”

Investigators with the Summit County coroner’s office and the National Transportation Safety Board are still identifying those who perished in the crash.

“We’re doing a very systematic recovery of these folks. It will take time to get the medical records to make the identification,” Lisa Kohler of the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said at a press conference.

Diane Smoot, also of Florida, was said by family members to have been traveling with business colleagues to scout real estate with Pebb Enterprises, a Florida company that owns a strip mall in Sugarcreek Twp. in Greene County. The company’s website indicates it owns Sugarcreek Plaza on Wilmington Pike.

Twelve families living in the apartments at the crash site have been displaced and 11 are being helped by the American Red Cross, said Lt. Bill Haymaker of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

As the plane made its final approach to the Akron Fulton International Airport, it flew low and lowered its left wing toward the ground. At about 2:53 p.m., the plane’s wing clipped power lines and crashed into the top of a small apartment building on Mogadore Road in the Ellet neighborhood of Akron before careening into an embankment and bursting into flames.

An NTSB representative said Wednesday afternoon that a pilot in another plane that landed immediately before the jet crashed has been interviewed.

Haymaker said the passenger compartment remained intact after the crash but was heavily burned. “That is the problem with the recovery at this point,” he said. “The recovery could take days and be extensive in nature.”

He added: “You won’t hear the names of passengers or copilots until there is 100 percent identification.”

Family members can contact authorities at (330) 535-6131 to confirm the identify of those aboard, Haymaker said.

The Palm Beach Post is reporting that Pebb Enterprises lost seven employees in the crash. The Boca Raton-based real estate firm is a “close-knit family business with deep ties to Palm Beach County. The company builds new properties and rehabs old ones and is in the process of redoing an old shopping center in Cincinnati,” according to the newspaper.

In Palm Beach County, Pebb is building a combined Toys R Us/Babies R Us store on State Road 7 in Wellington. Pebb previously built the Shoppes at Isla Verde shopping center in Wellington.

The 40-year-old company owns, operates and develops a diversified portfolio of more than 2 million square feet of commercial property throughout South Florida and the Midwest.

EARLIER REPORT

The Ohio State Patrol’s Akron post said the investigation so far shows that the crashed into power lines and a four-family apartment complex before slamming into an embankment. The crash occurred as the jet was on an approach to the Akron Fulton Airport from the Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp.

The plane, a Hawker H25 twin-engine 10-passenger jet chartered by Execuflight,crashed into a four unit apartment building and a single family home directly behind it caught on fire as well, said Lt. Leon Henderson of the Akron Fire Department. No one was in either structure, he said, although a tenant in the apartment building left to go to the grocery store shortly before the incident.

“When he came back the plane was in the building,” Henderson said of the tenant.

The first call came in about 2:54 p.m. followed by 20 to 30 other calls from people saying there was an explosion. The callers didn’t realize that a plane had crashed, he said.

Eyewitnesses said the explosion from the crash sounded like artillery fire, and flames shot up as high as 60 feet, Henderson said.

The plane arrived at the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami Twp. at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday following a 13-minute flight from Cincinnati Municipal Airport, according to Augusto Lewkowicz, whose company Execuflight Inc. owned and operated the aircraft. The plane crashed 36 minutes after takeoff.

Lewkowicz said the plane was starting the second-leg of flights that began Monday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco said the area will be shut down for at least two days.

Aviation investigators and law enforcement officials will be back at the scene today working to determine what caused the crash.

Testimony underway for teen accused of murder in Fairmont student’s shooting death

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:53 AM

UPDATE @ 12:36 p.m. (May 24):

Montgomery County Juvenile Court psychologist Dr. Laura Fujimura testified for more this an hour, saying her investigation has shown several counseling attempts dating back to 2012 have failed.

Since being charged in Bowers' shooting, his lack of willingness to work with juvenile court counselors has continued.

She said Gregory has expressed a sense of entitlement, which she called "a relatively consistent theme" with him.

"An individual who has an air of entitlement doesn't readily accept the consequences or punishment" for their actions, she said.

Fujimura was one of three witnesses to testify for the prosecution this morning.

Fairmont High School Unit Principal Andrew White told the court Gregory was put into a special program at the school, initially because of academic issues.

The teen later experienced behavioral issues, he said.

But White said Gregory was not in a situation where expulsion was considered.

UPDATE @ 10:36 a.m. (May 24):

A woman who lives on the street where a Fairmont High School student was fatally shot Sept. 4 today described hearing what sounded like s gunshot that night.

Colleen Mallory of Willowdale Avenue testified she called 911 shortly after seeing a girl running from a car driven by Ronnie Bowers.

Mallory said she went out to the street and called 911 after hearing a "boom and a bang."

"It was very quick," she said.

Mallory said she later went to the drivers side of the car, saw blood and glass on Bowers, and touched his neck to check for a pulse.

INITIAL REPORT:

A hearing is scheduled today that will decide if a 17-year-old will be tried as an adult on murder and other charges in the death of a Kettering Fairmont High School student.

RELATED: Dispute involving teens ends with fatal shooting outside AlterFest

Prosecutors are seeking to try Kylen Jamal Gregory as an adult in the Sept. 4 shooting death of Ronnie Bowers.

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Wright State Police K-9 retiring from duty

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Wright State Police will honor police K-9 Galli during a special ceremony at the university’s Hearth Lounge in the Student Union Wednesday.

K-9 Galli will be retiring from the department and served the Wright State Police Department as the first explosive detection canine for the university.

Sgt. Kurt Holden is K-9 Galli’s handler.

“She was highly requested to assist other agencies and universities,” according to a statement from the university.  “In addition, she was requested to assist the FBI and Secret Service on multiple occasions for low-level and high-level Homeland Security operations.”

The ceremony is being held between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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Coroner releases new information on Kirkersville fatal shootings

Published: Friday, May 12, 2017 @ 8:07 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 @ 10:50 AM

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m. May 16

The Licking County Coroner’s Office released new information late Monday on the manner in which three victims and the shooter died at the Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville on Friday. 

Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Disario, 38, was killed by a single shotgun blast as he exited his cruiser in the alley behind the nursing home. 

Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse’s aide at the home, died from a single, close-range shotgun wound in the hallway of the home. 

Marlina Medrano, 46, was killed in the nursing office. She died of multiple gunshot wounds from both a shotgun and a handgun. 

All three of those deaths have been ruled homicides. 

Thomas Hartless, 43, was also found dead in the nursing office. He died of a single shotgun wound to the head. His death has been ruled a suicide.

UPDATE @ 2:59 p.m. May 15:

Funeral services for Kirkersville Police Chief Steven DiSario are scheduled for Saturday, however except exact times have not been released, according to 10TV.

Calling hours for DiSario are scheduled for Friday, 10TV reported.

UPDATE @ 1:41 p.m. May 15

The shooting Friday that claimed the life of Kirkersville, Ohio Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario and three others is getting national attention after President Donald Trump referred to the incident during a tribute to fallen law enforcement, according to a report from the Associated Press.

At the 36th Annual national Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, Trump recalled the events that occurred Friday morning in the Central Ohio town and told the crowd that DiSario leaves behind six children and an unborn child on the way, according to AP’s report.

DiSario was one of three — along with Marlina Medrano and Cindy Krantz — who were fatally shot at a nursing home by Thomas Hartless, who then turned the gun on himself and took his own life, according to authorities in Kirkersville. 

AP quoted Trump from the speech: "Our hearts break for the chief's family. We love you all ... The attacks on our police are a stain on the very fabric of our society," Trump said, adding that it’s his duty as president to keep America safe "from crimes, safe from terrorism and safe from all enemies — foreign and domestic."

UPDATE @ 1 p.m. May 13

Main Street in Kirkersville is mostly back to quiet business as usual a day after a gunman with a violent past took hostages behind a nursing home here before shooting the police chief and then shooting his way into the Pine Kirk Care Center and killing two employees. 

But signs of the tragedy are evident. 

The American flag flies at half staff at the Kirkersville United Methodist Church across the street from the home. Blue ribbons honoring the fallen chief, Steven Eric DiSario, are tied on poles throughout town. 

In the alley where he was slain, someone has spray painted "RIP Chief" on the ground. 

One of the men who was held hostage lives in a home directly behind the nursing home. His wife asked not to be identified, but said her husband is physically okay, but mentally shaken. 

He took the couple's dog out for a walk early Friday morning and apparently encountered Thomas Hartless, 43, of Utica, Ohio. 

It's believed Hartless was hiding out in the brush waiting for Marlina Medrano, a nurse at the home who he had a past relationship with, to come outside. 

Instead he took the man walking his dog hostage. When he didn't return, his wife called a coworker of his to take a look around and see where he was at. That man also became a hostage of Hartless, but was able to call 911. 

That's when DiSario responded. The police station is four buildings down from the nursing home. 

After shooting DiSario, witnesses said Hartless ran to the front of the nursing home and shot his way inside. It's a secure facility that can't be entered without being buzzed in. 

After killing Medrano and nurses aide Cindy Krantz, Hartless reportedly turned the gun on himself. 

Official autopsies have not been released to confirm cause of death of the four deceased individuals. 

No nursing home residents were injured and they have not returned to the home. A biohazard cleanup crew were the only people at the home on Saturday morning.

Honoring a fallen police chief

Michelle Bachelor, her sister Victoria Roles and other neighbors cut lengths of black ribbon to tie on poles all over town in honor of the victims including fallen police chief Steven Eric DiSario. 

"I have many friends that are police officers, and it was her idea to do this because she lives here in this community," said Roles who is visiting from Maryland. 

Bachelor lives catty-corner from the nursing home where three people plus the shooter died Friday morning. 

She heard some commotion outside, and then her son called. 

"He said, 'Get the shotgun and take cover, there's an active shooter in Kirkersville,'" she said. 

Her husband was sitting out on the porch, but hadn't seen what was going on. 

Neighbors said it's not uncommon to hear gunfire from nearby fields, but it was immediately evident this was something different. 

"I thought I was dreaming at first because you don't just walk outside and see something like that," said Deanna Kesterson, who lives down the block. 

She walked outside to put her son on the school bus, but was met by and officer telling her to get back inside and that the school was on lock down. 

"They told us to go inside and lock our doors," she said. 

She and others said it was a huge shock as mornings in Kirkersville are usual quiet. 

"People got up that morning, got their coffees heading to work, think they're going to go home to their families and someone just ruined it for a whole lot of people. Especially those kids. Very very sad," Kesterson said. 

"My first thought, was my neighbors," said Kathy Rogers, who heard the shots as she was letting her dog out Friday morning. 

"I didn't know any of the people, but they were our people," she said. "So it's personal." 

Bachelor was immediately worried about her niece. 

"My niece works there and ran late that day," she said. "That could have easily been her." 

Many in the five-block-by-five-block town were easily able to recall the last time there was a serious crime in Kirkersville. It was years ago when a guy tried to rob the bank with a giant knife. The bank isn't there anymore. 

In it's place is the Kirkersville Police station, which Saturday was decorated with flowers, blue ribbons and stuffed animals in honor of DiSario. 

People stopped to sit on the steps and pray and think. 

"This is a speck on the map. This is just so random it could have happened anywhere," Bachelor said.

EARLIER

Four people — a police chief, a nurse, a nurse’s aide and the man who killed all of them — are dead following a shooting  Friday morning at a nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio, east of Columbus. 

WATCH: Emergency vehicles leaving Kirkersville

UPDATE @ 8:12 p.m.:

Marlina Medrano, 46, a nurse at facility who had a past relationship with Thomas Hartless and who lived on the same street as he did in Utica, has been identified as one of the victims in the shooting. 

“Without going into things we don’t really know yet, it is clear one of the victims had a relationship with the shooter,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in confirming for reporters that he was referring to Medrano .

Cindy Krantz, 48, a nurse’s aide at the facility, has been identified as another of the victims.

Licking County Coroner Dr. Michael Campolo said the autopsies on all of dead would be completed by Sunday. He would not say how many times the victims were hit by gunfire.

“We’re still investigating, but it appears so” that Hartless turned a gun on himself, Campolo said.

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said multiple firearms were recovered at the scene, though he would not say how many or what type, and that he believes they all belonged to Hartless.

He said he believes Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario was on duty and in uniform when he was slain.

Thorp said his deputies will be patrolling Kirkersville for the small police department, in light of the tragedy. “We would do whatever the village needs us to do” in terms of helping the police department deal with losing its chief, he said.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, in an impromptu news briefing with Thorp and Campolo, said he and the sheriff have spoken with some family members of the victims.

“We just wanted to tell them how much we care, how sorry we were and that we’re here for them,” he said.

“This is just a horrible day,” DeWine said. “It’s a horrible day for this community. It’s a horrible day for the county and the state.”

UPDATE @ 5:10 p.m.:

The shooter has been identified as Thomas Hartless, 43, of Utica, Ohio.

We’re also hearing that SWAT and Ohio BCI are searching Hartless’ house in the 300 block of Oakland Avenue.

UPDATE @ 3:47 p.m.:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the suspected shooter is from Utica. Search warrants have been obtained for his home as well as two vehicles. 

One vehicle was found at a Pilot Flying J. The gunman is not being identified at this time.

The gunman for a period of time prior to the shooting did have two hostages in a wooded area that were not harmed, DeWine said in an afternoon press conference.

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said investigators are still trying to determine any connection between the shooter and residents or employees of the nursing home. 

“This is a situation, we don’t know the cause or purpose or what drove the individual to do this,” Thorp said. 

Names of the two other victims, only identified as female, will be released by the Licking County Coroner’s Office, which has not released any preliminary information at this time. 

UPDATE @ 2:31 p.m.:

Sarah Sims, 23, had just finished working a 12-hour overnight shift at Pine Kirk and was in the basement with five co-workers and five residents when they heard loud bangs. 

Sims said since some residents have behavioral issues, she thought someone was throwing a chair. But a new co-worker quickly returned to the basement, telling them someone was shooting upstairs.

Sims and her co-workers acted quickly: barricading the basement door and calling 911. Sims, who started working at Pine Kirk as a high school junior six years ago, said she thought, “I just gotta keep people in this room safe and keep this door closed.”

Sims stayed on the line with county dispatch for 32 minutes, getting advised to say quiet and calm. 

After the scene was cleared, Sims and others were taken to a church across the street to be interviewed by investigators. She is still uncertain who of her co-workers were killed.

“I don’t know who it could be or anything,” she said.

Sims said she is shaky and in shock now but she expects she’ll return to work — a place where she said she has grown into an adult and where she is close to residents and workers.

“It’s like family,” she said.


UPDATE @ 1:09 p.m.:

Bill Sims said his 23-year-old daughter Sarah Sims is a worker at the nursing home. S he had locked herself in the basement and called 911 when shots rang out. She then texted her mother saying she was safe.

“It’s just traumatizing,” Bill Sims said. “We’re so glad she’s safe.”

Bill Sims said he rushed over from work, and family members of the nursing home employees were waiting outside while the workers were interviewed by police. 

UPDATE @ 12:18 p.m.:

Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said two nursing home employees and Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario, 36, were killed. The police chief had only been police chief for a few weeks.

The police chief killed is a father of five with a sixth child on the way.

Thorp said the police chief was responding to an initial report of a gunman in the street. The last radio traffic from the police chief was that he had the gunman in sight. 

Thorp said the police chief engaged the gunman near the rear of the nursing home.

“This is a terrible tragedy for our community,” Thorp said.

Thorp said a weapon has not been recovered yet. 

None of the 23 nursing home residents were injured. They have all been taken to area hospitals.

Thorp said some of the nursing home residents had barricaded themselves during the shooting. 

Gunfire only lasted for a matter of minutes just before 8 a.m. 

A crisis team is in place to help the responding officers and deputies, including those that pulled the police chief to safety. 

The state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading the investigation.

EARLIER REPORT

Shots rang out around 7:50 a.m. at Pine Kirk Care Center on East Main Street. It was an active shooter situation for a period of time.

LIVE COVERAGE: Active shooter situation in Kirkersville

By 8:45 a.m., the shooter was reported down, according to our partners at 10TV in Columbus. The male shooter reportedly turned the gun on himself after shooting multiple people inside the nursing home.

WATCH: Witness to Kirkersville shooting 

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At least two are reported shot inside the nursing home, according to sources.

The police officer killed is from the Kirkersville department, according to 10TV.

WATCH: Aftermath: The scene at Kirkersville

»PHOTOS:  Kirkersville shooting scenes

By 10:30 a.m., law enforcement officers were moving some of the senior citizens that had been inside the building for hours to a neighboring church across the street.

Police are also interviewing witnesses from inside the nursing home.

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Brian Milam, of Kirksersville for the last decade, lives next door to the nursing home.

“I was talking to my friend Bob on the phone and I heard a loud pop and I said I thought it sounded like a gunshot. … Then I heard two more shots. Then I walked out on the porch and about that time the squad and police were everywhere,” Milam said.

»WATCH LIVE: Coverage of Kirkersville shooting

A nearby Kirkersville Elementary School was on lockdown as a result of the situation. 

Ben Richards, director of communications, Southwest Licking Local Schools, said there are about 600 kindergartners and first graders in enrolled in Kikersversville Elementary School. When the sheriff informed the district about the shooting, all the kids were taken to the middle school and subsequently released to their parents.

Other schools in the district were also placed on a Level 1 lockdown as a precaution, which means no one leaves and no one comes in, but classes resume.

Gov. John Kasich reacted to the incident on Twitter around 9 a.m.

LIVE COVERAGE: Active shooter situation in Kirkersville

Police investigate reported theft at Boost Mobile store

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

Police in Dayton are investigating a reported theft at Boost Mobile, 3902 Linden Avenue.

The theft was reported around 11:45 a.m.

We’re working to gather more information.