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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.”

Meeting scheduled to explore plans for 25-A area

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:47 AM

Public meeting planned for developing I-75 interchange

A community meeting on the future of the County Road 25A area between Troy and Piqua will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Troy Junior High School, 556 Adams St.

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The Miami County commissioners hired Burton Planning Services earlier this year to help conduct a study of the future of the area bordered to the south by Troy, to the north by Piqua, to the west by Washington Road and to the east by the Great Miami River. 

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The area also includes the undeveloped area near Exit 78 of Interstate 75.

For more information, contact ROsgood@MiamiCountyOhio.gov or DSuerdieck@Miami-CountyOhio.gov.

FOOD DEAL: How to get a $3 burrito from Chipotle on Halloween

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Chipotle restaurant workers fill orders for customers on the day that the company announced it will only use non-GMO ingredients in its food on April 27, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Chipotle is known for dishing out food deals to its fans. 

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The latest “Boorito” offer is a $3 burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos from 3 p.m. to close on Halloween. You can stop by any Chipotle to get your food, but here’s the catch: you’ve got to be in costume.

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Here’s further fine print about the definition of “costume” on Chipotle’s website

“Determination of whether a ‘costume’ qualifies for the offer is at the sole discretion of Chipotle restaurant personnel. Applicable taxes to be added to $3 purchase price. Additional restrictions may apply; void where prohibited.” 

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You can also get a chance to win a year of FREE burritos by texting BOORITO to 888222 by Oct. 31. 

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Oh, my gourd! Celebrate all things pumpkin on Monday

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 8:01 AM

What could possibly say “fall” more than pumpkins? On Monday, Oct. 23, head out to the Park at Austin Landing for the first annual Pumpkins in the Park with Kettering Physicians Network event. From 3-7 p.m., you and your family can enjoy a FREE event that will celebrate everything pumpkin.

Internationally prominent carvers will be on hand to create amazing pieces of art from giant, 500-pound pumpkins live, while you watch. There also will be a display of more than 50 individually carved pumpkins, and you and your family can try your own hands at pumpkin art by visiting the carving station. 

If you’re feeling exceptionally crafty, you can sign up for the pumpkin carving class being conducted by master carver Chad Hartson, who recently was a finalist on Holiday Cake Wars as part of Team Winter Wonders. Pumpkins and carving tools will be provided to participants, and the class starts at 5 p.m. Although the class is currently full, you can check the sign-up page here to see if any openings come up.

Additional family fun includes free face painting, glitter tattoos, bounce houses, photo booth and giant games. Kettering Sports Medicine will host a tug-of-war for those who want more active fun, and Kettering Physicians Network will be on-site to provide health information, blood pressure checks, giveaways and more. Other artists will be decorating sidewalks and parking areas with a Chalk Art in the Park display, and Ranger Vic will pop in for a visit with the kids.

Host Austin Landing is giving away 300 pumpkins, on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure you show up early for yours. Bring the whole family out for an evening of fall-themed fun at Austin Landing!

WANT TO GO? 

    WHAT: Pumpkins in the Park with Kettering Physicians Network

    WHEN: Monday, Oct. 23, from 3-7 p.m. (rain date: Tuesday, Oct. 24)

    WHERE: The Park at Austin Landing (10400 Innovation Dr., Miamisburg)

    HOW MUCH: FREE

1 dead after police call for help in Moraine shooting

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 5:52 AM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

Moraine police asked for a Signal 99 for an officer in distress



UPDATE @ 9:25 a.m.:

A white car is surrounded by crime scene tape and witnesses said it appears at least one of the windows in the vehicle may have been shot out on Pinnacle Park Drive in Moraine.

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The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene and removed a victim, however no identity of the victim was released

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“I don’t know what happened, but I see the window shot out,” said Timeka Dreke, who said he son is best friend’s with who died this morning.

Officers called for extra assistance from across the county around 5:45 a.m. after a Moraine officer reported shots were fired.

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“Shots fired. Shots fired,” the officer said over police radio. “We need the medics out here.”

We’re working to learn who fired shots this morning.

UPDATE @7:47 a.m.

The Montgomery County coroner is on the scene.

UPDATE @7:06 a.m.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has been requested to the Signal 99 and shots fired report in Moraine.

We’re working to learn additional details.

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UPDATE @6:34 a.m.

Crime scene tape is up and several officers are on scene of a Signal 99 and shots fired report in Moraine.

Police have not commented on what led up to the incident.

We have a crew on scene and will continue to update this story.

>> Montgomery County Jail Bookings

UPDATE @5:51 a.m.

Officers have reportedly canceled a “signal 99,” a county-wide request for officers to respond. We are working to find out additional details.

A medic has been requested to the scene.

FIRST REPORT

Officers have dropped a Signal 99 and have reported shots fired in Moraine.

A signal 99 is a county-wide request for officers to respond.

The incident was reported around 5:45 a.m. at an apartment complex on Pinnacle Park Drive.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.