Misplaced phone call prompts school lock down

Published: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 4:46 PM
Updated: Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 4:46 PM

Miscommunication during a police training operation Monday morning caused the new Weisenborn Junior High School to be locked down.

Huber Heights police said a participant in an “active shooter” simulation being conducted at the old Weisenborn Middle School next door mistakenly called 911 instead of the designated training dispatch phone number.

When Huber Heights emergency dispatchers received the call at about 11 a.m., they treated it as a real emergency at the junior high and sent police and fire to the school at 6061 Old Troy Pike.

“Until the call could be confirmed, crews responded as if it was a true, live emergency,” said Principal Tom Heid. He said police arrived with weapons and ordered the lock down. “Our staff and students did an excellent job.”

Huber Heights Lt. Mark Lightner said although it was a mistake, the lock down served as good practice for students, staff and emergency responders.

“It was a good training at the new school because they had an unscheduled lock down,” Lightner said. “They did what they were supposed to do.”

Teachers had just gone through fire drill and lock down training a few days earlier, Heid said. School began Wednesday for about 950 seventh- and eighth-grade students at the new building.

Heid said the school received phone calls from concerned parents as reports of a police with guns at school spread on social media. The school sent out a “one call” message to parents at about 11:30 a.m. informing them that there was no threat at the junior high.

Lightner said the training simulations for Huber Heights and Riverside police will continue for the next three days at the old middle school, but should not affect operations at the junior high.

Family of Springfield woman found in crashed car looks for answers

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:00 PM

Family seeks answers about Springfield woman's death

The family of a Springfield woman found dead in a crashed car last week says they have a lot of questions about what caused her death.

Chelsea Marie Dowler, 27, was found in a 1993 Dodge Dakota on Sept. 14. The car left the roadway and struck a tree before coming to rest in Delaware County’s Kingston Twp. north of Columbus, according to the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol, but it’s unclear when the crash happened.

She had been missing for nearly four weeks, according to her brother, Tyler Dowler.

“It’s definitely a little bit easier than not knowing,” Tyler Dowler said. “Not knowing was the worst.”

The family had filed a missing person report with the Springfield Police Department, he said, and had handed out flyers and made posts online asking for information about his sister.

“It gives us a little bit of relief knowing that she’s not in pain anymore,” he said. “She’s not suffering.”

But he said he wants more answers.

“Did she wreck? Did someone force her to wreck? Was it drugs? We’d like to know,” he said.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing, said Lt. Bob Sellers with the Delaware Post of the State Highway Patrol.

Chelsea Dowler leaves behind two sons, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. Tyler Dowler and his girlfriend are now the guardians of the boys.

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“Things are finally starting to come together a little bit. I think they’re happy,” Tyler Dowler said. “They don’t want to go anywhere.”

She struggled with drug addiction, he said, but was a good mother.

“She was loving you know, she had her problems as most of us do,” he said.

He wants the boys to remember their mom for the good times they shared.

“The times where their mom did nothing but make them smile,” he said, “because she would, she would do anything in her power to make them smile.”

The Springfield Police Division has closed its missing person investigation, according to Capt. Mike Varner.

The family is still in the process of making funeral arrangements.

Dayton Defense Education Foundation gala raises money for scholarships

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:38 PM

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.
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The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation tonight hosted its annual fundraiser gala at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton.

News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry served as the emcee for the event. 

The foundation is a 100 percent volunteer charitable organization that provides scholarships to local students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. This year, the foundation will award more than $80,000 in scholarships. 

The Dayton Defense Education Foundation's annual fundraising gala was Sept. 23, 2017, at the Racquet Club in downtown Dayton, with News Center 7's Cheryl McHenry as emcee.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

Also tonight, the foundation presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Nathan Klingbeil, professor and dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University. Klingbeil has mentored many engineering students and is dedicated to encouraging this career path to help keep the U.S. defense industry second to none.

911 call: Teen laid on tracks before fatally struck, ‘tried to survive it’

Published: Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 8:08 PM
Updated: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 6:55 PM

911 Call: Teen laid on tracks before fatally struck, tried to survive

UPDATE @ 6 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old boy who was fatally struck by a train Friday night in Miamisburg was walking with a friend along railroad tracks behind Library Park before the teen was struck.

At first the friend told a 911 dispatcher: “I guess he didn’t hear the train.” 

He later admitted Fernandez had laid down on the tracks.

“I think he had the idea of laying on the tracks and tried to survive it,” he said.

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Centerville City Schools Superintendent Tom Henderson said district leaders are meeting this weekend and that counselors will be available to students Monday.

UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Sept. 23)

A 16-year-old pedestrian who died Friday night after he was struck by a train in Miamisburg has been identified as a resident of that city.

Jose Fernandez was struck by a Norfolk Southern train on the tracks between Linden and East Central avenues, authorities said Saturday.

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Fernandez, a Miamisburg resident, was a student at Centerville High School, according to Miamisburg police.

There is no indication of suicide at this time, according to police, and it is believed that all crossing arms and signals were functioning at the time.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office is still working on Fernandez’s specific cause of death, investigators said Saturday afternoon.

UPDATE @ 10 p.m.

A Norfolk Southern train struck and killed a teenager tonight, but Miamisburg police Sgt. Josiah Keefer said police do not believe it was a suicide.

The 16-year-old boy was hit just after 7:40 p.m. on the railroad tracks near the 400 block of East Linden Avenue. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police did not release his name or whether he was a Miamisburg student.

The train has been stopped since the crash, and will block crossings possibly until midnight as police investigate. Pearl Street was one of the few crossings that was open.

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Police earlier had portions of the train taped off. As news spread of the accident, some mothers came down to ask officers if their child was hit. Others came to the scene to offer support for friends and family of the victim.

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“Our hearts and our prayers are with them and I don’t think any of us can truly say we understand what they’re feeling but that doesn’t mean that our hearts and our prayers won’t be with them,” said Glenda Mesta of Miamisburg.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has taken the teen’s body. He has not been identified pending notification of family.

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UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m.

A teenage boy was confirmed deceased tonight when medics arrived at the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a train hauling lumber.

A friend of the victim called 911 to report the incident, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

FIRST REPORT

A pedestrian was struck by a train tonight in Miamisburg.

The incident was reported at 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Linden Avenue. The train has stopped, which is blocking streets in the area.

Minor injury reported after fire engine, car collide in Xenia

Published: Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 12:43 PM

UPDATE @ 4:07 p.m.

No serious injuries are reported after a car and Xenia fire engine collided in Xenia Saturday morning, according to Sgt. Scott Beegle. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of West Second Street and South Progress Drive around 12:25 p.m. 

Beegle said crews are still investigating and working to determine who was at fault in the crash. 

One of the three people in the crashed car was taken to Miami Valley Hospital with minor injuries, according to Beegle.

He said two people in the fire engine were uninjured. Beegle said the engine sustained major front-end damage and will be out of service for an indefinite time. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to Beegle.

EARLIER REPORT (Sept. 23)

Police and medics are responding to the scene of an injury crash involving a fire response vehicle Saturday morning. 

Crews were dispatched to the intersection of West Second Street and Progress Drive around 12:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate a medic has been called to the scene for an injured patient. 

Dispatchers could not confirm if the injured person was in the fire response vehicle. 

Traffic in the area is currently being rerouted, according to dispatchers. 

We will continue to follow updates in this developing story.

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