Logan Cole recounts the day he was shot at West Liberty-Salem High School

Published: Friday, January 19, 2018 @ 4:54 PM

Logan Cole who was shot at West Liberty Salem High School in January 2017 talked to NewsCenter 7 for the first time, detailing what exactly happened that morning.

Saturday will mark one year since dozens of first responders and police rushed to West Liberty-Salem High School for a report of student who opened fire inside the school. Logan Cole sat down with News Center 7’s John Bedell to share what he recalls from that unforgettable day. 

"I remember walking into the bathroom and there Ely was with the gun. Then after getting shot I talked to him some and I pretty much told him you pretty much don't have to do this anymore you don't have to kill anybody," Cole stated.

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After talking with Cole, gunman Ely Serna sprayed four more blasts from his shotgun into the school hallway. Thankfully no one was hit by the additional blasts and immediately after firing into the hallway Serna returned to the bathroom and dropped the gun.

Logan Cole talks about shooting 1 year later

Teachers then restrained Serna inside the bathroom until deputies arrived and were able to arrest him. Cole was then taken out on a stretcher and Cole’s father said his son’s attitude towards Serna really impacted him. 

"I remember Logan telling me he loved me and I told him I loved him. Then when I asked him who did it, he said it didn't matter, dad. That really struck me." stated Logan Cole’s father Ryan. 

Logan Cole still showed this attitude of grace when we talked to him a year later. "I go back and get angry about it again and I have to forgive him again. And it's kind of a process, “ says Logan.

Logan’s father credits their family’s christian faith for helping Logan find the strength to forgive. 

Even after all of his suffering Logan still says he is thankful that no one else was hurt and believes the events of that day happened for a reason. 

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"If somebody hadn't walked into that bathroom at that moment I think that more people would have died. I'm not thankful that the situation happened but I'm thankful that I went in there at the same time for the outcome that there was, “ Cole remarks. 

Serna has been charged with multiple felonies including two counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty due to reason of insanity, but the court has ruled him competent to stand trial.  Serna is due in court again in February. 

NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell will have more coverage of the one year anniversary and Logan Cole’s full interview  beginning at 5 p.m. on WHIO channel 7. 

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WATCH: The Ohio River is rising, prompting flood warnings for some areas

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM

Ohio River rises, floods areas of Cincinnati

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Ohio River at Cincinnati from late Sunday until early Friday.

The  river has been rising at a steady pace with the recent rain and there are even ducks floating in water where a road once was. 

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According to our news partner WCPO, the Ohio River is expected to rise to about 55 feet by Wednesday in areas near Cincinnati. Several major roads in Cincinnati have already closed for flooding including Kellogg Road, Eight Mile Road and Four Mile Road. 

The Ohio River is expected to fall back below flood stage by Friday afternoon.  

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Flooding threat continues this week; warm up on the way

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 4:59 AM

A few showers are expected in the Dayton area today, with more rain expected later this week.


  • Rounds of rain this week
  • Very mild temperatures
  • Minor flooding a continued threat

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: Scattered showers will continue to move in through the early morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A rumble of thunder can’t be ruled out. It will be a very mild day with temperatures climbing into the low to mid-60s. Widespread rain will push north during the afternoon. There’s a chance for a downpour or two late in the day.

Tuesday: Rain should stay to the northwest. It will be a warm morning around 60. Temperatures through the afternoon will soar into the low to mid 70s. There will be sunshine and scattered clouds. Some dry time is expected during the afternoon. Scattered showers will move back in at night.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: Scattered showers are expected with the chance for a thunderstorm or two for the morning and afternoon. A cold front will push through during the day. Highs will be in the low 60s early and fall through the day. Watch for ponding on the roads and gusty winds.

Thursday: It will be a little cooler with highs in the mid 40s. Some dry time is expected during the day. Clouds will be broken with the chance for a few showers south.

>> 5-day forecast

Friday: More widespread rain will push into the Miami Valley through the day. Highs will be in the upper 50s.

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Reports: 2 found shot near Keowee Street bridge in Harrison Twp.

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:39 PM

Shooting North Dixie

Two people have been found suffering from gunshot wounds near a car dealership on North Dixie Drive in Harrison Twp. Monday afternoon. 

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Emergency crews requested medics to the 2800 block of North Dixie Drive, near the Keowee Street bridge, on reports of at least one person suffering a gunshot wound. 

Deputies have surrounded and placed crime scene tape up around the Buck-I Auto Sales dealership. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Marshall Gorby/Staff

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Victim in deadly Springfield shooting identified 

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 6:05 AM
Updated: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 12:42 PM

Fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield

UPDATE @ 10:55 a.m.

The victim in Monday’s deadly shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Cobey Etherington.

According to a Springfield Police report, Etherington was in the passenger seat of a car on W. Mulberry Street when he was shot.

Police are still working to find out additional details and if you know anything about this crime you are asked to call Springfield Police at (937) 324-7680. 

Cobey Etherington (Contributed Photo)

UPDATE @6:41 a.m.

Springfield police said a man who died in a Springfield shooting early Monday morning was shot and killed while he was in his car.

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

UPDATE @6:25 a.m.

Springfield police are investigating a fatal shooting on South Yellow Springs Street.

The coroner is on scene.


Police have a crime scene taped off on South Yellow Springs Street in Springfield.

The scene is reportedly between Mulberry and Jefferson streets. Authorities declined to comment on the nature of the investigation.

>> Harrison Twp. deputy struck during traffic stop

A  man who called our newsroom said he sees a white sedan in the middle of the roadway. 

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.

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