Las Vegas shooting: Germantown couple on same floor as gunman

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

Las Vegas shooting: Germantown couple on same floor as gunman

As a gunman fired shots from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, a Germantown couple staying in a room on the same floor listened to the chaos unfold behind the locked doors of a local bar.

Jen Rupert and her husband Zach flew to Las Vegas for a long weekend in celebration of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary and Zach’s birthday.

Germantown couple were on same floor as Las Vegas shooter

Rupert said she and her husband were at a local bar when a man ran in and yelled news of the shooting. At first, Rupert said she and others – including the bar’s owner – thought the warning was a false alarm or exaggeration.

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“At first there were reports of multiple shooters at multiple hotels and we didn’t know what to do so we hunkered down. The owner closed and locked the doors and we stayed,” Rupert said.

“There were cop cars flying and people running around with no rhyme or reason to anything.”

Empty slot machines can be seen in the lobby of the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino shortly after the deadly shooting Monday morning. Jen Rupert/Contributed photo

Upon leaving the bar about an hour after the shooting, Rupert said the couple began walking as most of the roads in the city closed.

“We didn’t know where to go or which way was safe. SWAT officers started yelling at everyone to get off the streets [….] and we took shelter in a food court connected to the Planet Hollywood casino,” Rupert said.

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It was while sitting in the food court that the couple realized the severity of the situation.

“A man in the lobby with blood on him was telling a person on the phone that he could help.”

“He said he was doing CPR on someone and they died. At that time, I had heard two were confirmed dead, but I knew after hearing him there just had to be more,” Rupert said.

The couple stayed in the casino as details emerged while police warned that safety outside could not be guaranteed.

“In the thick of it, there was so much information, even the police officers were saying if you go out there we can’t guarantee your safety,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband hailed a taxi later in the night and checked into a hotel off the Las Vegas strip. 

A message attempting to reconnect families with missing loved ones appears on a Las Vegas strip-billboard Monday afternoon. Jen Rupert/Contributed photo

Now in a room on the hotel’s 7th floor, the couple was given permission earlier today to retrieve their belongings from the floor where the deadliest shooting in U.S. history began.

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“Thankfully we were not in the hotel. You start thinking about every decision you make when something like this happens and how one choice could lead to something different,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband were scheduled to return to the Miami Valley tomorrow evening, but will be fly into Dayton tonight. The couple will return home to their two young children and many worried family members.

“Overwhelmingly, people are good. That’s what I’ve gathered from this,” Rupert said.

“There are way more good people. It’s tragic that one person can do that to so many people […] you can’t stop people from doing things. No matter what someone is going to find a way to do these things.”

Crews continue to battle a vacant house in Dayton

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:12 AM

Smoky fire at Garfield Avenue house

UPDATE @ 4:10 a.m: Fire crews continue to battle a structure fire that occurred on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street early Thursday morning

The residence is vacant, according to officials.

We’re working to learn more details on the fire. 

INITIAL REPORT

Units are on scene of a structure fire on S. Garfield Avenue and E. Third Street that was reported in Dayton early Thursday morning.

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The incident occurred around 3:45 a.m., according to initial reports. 

Flames are reportedly showing from the structure. 

We have a crew on the way to the scene and will update as additional details become available. 

Groundbreaking set for first local medical marijuana plant

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:46 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:15 AM

A ceremonial groundbreaking is set to happen today on one of two medical marijuana cultivation facilities to be built in the Miami Valley.

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Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and officials with the village of Yellow Springs will be on hand at the site off East Enon Road near Antioch University, where a 23,294-square-foot steel greenhouse and a 26,445-square-foot processing facility will be built.

The “environmentally sound greenhouse will be built for cultivating and harvesting condition-specific strains of medical marijuana and produce non-invasive medical products for qualified patients,” according to a release from Cresco Labs, which has similar facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

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“With licenses announced just two weeks ago, Cresco Labs is the first to break ground and start construction on their Yellow Springs medical marijuana cultivation facility,” according to the release. “Cresco’s brand name products will be available at dispensaries across Ohio to patients that have been physician-certified with any of the 22 approved medical conditions. All growing will take place in secure, climate-controlled environments that utilize nearly 85% renewable energy.”

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Cresco’s cannabis oil products include pharmaceutical-grad oral sprays, sublingual digestible tablets and transdermal patches.

Cresco has also applied to the state for a dispensary license and is expected to apply for a processing license.

A medical marijuana cultivation facility is also approved in Clark County. Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at 4020 Dayton-Springfield Road in Mad River Twp., outside of Springfield.

At least 40 houses without power in Dayton after pole is knocked down 

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 2:03 AM

Downed power line on Westwood Avenue cuts power to 40 houses

Officials say close to 40 houses are without power after a Dayton Power & Light pole was knocked down in Dayton early Thursday morning. 

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The pole is down in the 100 block of Westwood Avenue and surrounding Brooklyn Avenue and Huron Avenue are affected as well.

High winds have caused a few outages in the Miami Valley since late Wednesday night.

DP&L have been notified of the incident.

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No word on when power will be restored. We will continue to monitor. 

Vehicle crashes into pond after blowing tire

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 1:47 AM

SCENE: Vehicle blows tire, lands in Dayton pond

A driver blew a tire, sending the vehicle into a pond, according to Dayton police.

Just after midnight, the car blew a tire on Route 4 just north of Harshman Road, sending the vehicle into the Dayton Well Field pond, according to police.

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The driver, the only occupant, was able to escape and called 911. 

A tow truck was on scene and was attempting to remove the vehicle from the pond.

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