IU campus to test new automated tornado warning alerts

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:26 PM
Updated: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 7:25 PM

Indiana University students and faculty should receive automatic tornado warning alerts Tuesday as IU tests a new severe weather notification system.

Tuesday's test will be done in conjunction with Indiana's statewide tornado drills at 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. IU's tornado warning alert system is intended to automatically activate when the National Weather Service issues a warning. The system will eliminate the need for an IU staffer writing and sending those alerts.

IU Emergency Management Director Diane Mack tells The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/2nKpvX5 ) school officials aren't certain how the test will turn out and ask for patience.

IU students and faculty are automatically enrolled in an emergency alerts system called IU-Notify. They can opt to receive those alerts through text messages, email and office phones.

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Information from: The Herald Times, http://www.heraldtimesonline.com

Man shot, killed on Linden Ave. in Springfield identified

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 2:20 AM
Updated: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

A Springfield man was shot and killed Friday morning in the city's second homicide of the year, both coming in the span of eight days. Brandon Jamal Dearmond, 30, of Charles St., was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1300 block of Linden Avenue.

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Police were initially dispatched to the area of Linden and Rose Street, but could not find a victim, according to a report from the Springfield Police Division. Officers were then given an address in the 1300 block of Linden and found four or five people yelling for help on a porch. 

The victim was located next to a lawnmower, according to the report. Initial reports said as many as 30 shots had been fired. 

Officers began CPR on the porch, then medics arrived and continued to attempt to resuscitate Dearmond. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“Officers spoke with several people at the house as the crime scene unit was called out to collect evidence,” the report says. 

One neighbor said she heard several gunshots fired. 

“I went down there and saw the crime scene tape, people, sirens, police,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. 

This is the second homicide of the year in Springfield. 

Jeffery Rife, 36, was shot and killed on March 18 in the 500 block of Clairmont Avenue. 

MORE: Springfield homicide underscores increased gun violence

Another man was shot on Linden Avenue on March 16. Jimmy L. Dornon, 31, was found on the ground with a gunshot wound on his left side, according to a police report, and taken to the hospital. 

He was riding his motorcycle when he was shot by a man driving a white Ford Explorer, police said. Dornon told officers that he had recently sold the SUV to the suspect but didn’t know who he was, according to the report. 

The two recent shootings on Linden Avenue are scary, the neighbor said. 

“This neighborhood used to be a real good neighborhood,” she said. “But it seems like it’s going down.” 

She walks her dog in the neighborhood daily, she said, but now she doesn’t think it’s safe. 

“I know the police can’t be everywhere, but we certainly need them over here now,” she said. 

Police didn’t have any updates on Dearmond’s case as of Friday evening. The investigation is ongoing, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said.

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Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 5:21 PM

Dayton Dragons install safety net upgrade, cancel city EMS contract

Thanks to safety upgrades at Fifth Third Field, the Dayton Dragons decided it no longer needed to staff Dayton Fire Department medics at home games.

“They did terminate the contract with the city to provide EMS services this season,” Dayton Fire Chief Jeffrey L. Payne said. “That is a direct result of them enhancing their netting in the stadium.”

The protective netting now covers all lower-level seating, and the height of the netting is raised five feet to better protect upper-level club seating and luxury boxes, Bob Murphy, the team’s president and general manager announced in August.

RELATED: Fifth Third Field to install additional safety netting

Dayton medics used to be stationed at the first and third base lines, where fans were more at risk from foul balls and flying broken bats.

“With the netting, hopefully there will be very little that will get through there,” Payne said.

If anyone has a medical issue at the ballpark, the Dragons, which is a Class A Cincinnati Reds affiliate, staff and supply a first aid room.

“And, as always, if there is anything that is beyond their staff to handle, they call 911,” he said, noting that there are procedures so the Dayton medics know the best ways to enter the facility to quickly reach a person in need of help.

A representative of the Dayton Dragons could not be immediately reached for comment.

Three structures involved in Riverside fire

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 12:07 PM

UPDATE@ 1:40 p.m.

Three structures were reportedly on fire: Sparky’s Auto Center, a house next to the auto center, and a garage behind the house. Sparky’s Auto Center has sustained tremendous damage and has been reported as a total loss. The house behind the auto center has substantial damage as well. There was one person inside and he was checked out at the scene for minor injuries. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation. 

UPDATE @ 12:41 p.m.

Riverside police and Riverside fire department are handling the active fire scene at Sparky’s Auto Shop on Valley Pike, not Huber Heights fire crews.

We’ve learned at least one person is being checked out by medics called to the scene.

UPDATE @ 12:22 p.m.

Heavy smoke and flames are coming from Sparky’s Auto Center at 2401 Valley Pike. Riverside fire crews are assisting Huber Heights fire department. There are no reports of injuries or cause of the fire at this time. We’ll continue to post updates to this breaking news as details become available.

FIRST REPORT @ 12:11 p.m. 

Huber Heights fire crews are calling for extra help at a structure fire at an auto shop at 2401 Valley Pike. We have crews on the way and will update this story as soon as new information is available.

Haunted old Butler County school to be featured on national TV

Published: Friday, March 24, 2017 @ 1:22 PM

A former Butler County school that is believed to be haunted will be featured on national television.

Poasttown Elementary School, a former Madison Twp. school building that is now the home of Darrell and Brenda Whisman, will be featured on the TLC show “Ghost Brothers.”

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The episode is scheduled to air at 10 p.m. April 21.

Formally skeptical of anything paranormal, Darrell Whisman, claims the building is haunted by former students and victims of tragic train accidents.

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The former school is believed to have been very close to two train accidents, one where two locomotives collided head-on in 1910, killing 30 people.

With no hospital close by, the field where the school now exists was set up as a triage center. The thought is that the spirits of those who died from the accident still remain on the land.