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Published: Monday, November 28, 2016 @ 5:13 PM
UPDATE @6:20 a.m.
Investigators are examining Abdul Razak Ali Artan’s Facebook page to determine whether the attack was terrorism, though law enforcement officials said it will take time to ascertain motive.
In a Facebook post shortly before the Monday morning rampage, the Somali immigrant urged America “to stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah,” a term for Muslim people at large.
“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”
The Ohio State University attack suspect has been identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan of Somalia. There are conflicting reports on his age, between 18-20.
Artan did an interview with OSU’s campus newspaper, The Lantern, in August about his fear as a Muslim, of praying on campus.
In the interview with Lantern reporter Kevin Stankewicz, Artan said Muslims must pray five times a day, and before he came to OSU, he attended Columbus State where he was able to go in to private prayer rooms.
Artan described himself as a third year Logistics Management student in the article, who was interviewed on his first day on the OSU campus.
He told the reporter he was fearful of praying out in the open on such a large campus because of how the media portrayed Muslims.
On Monday morning, at approximately 9:50 a.m., Artan drove his Honda Civic alone, over a sidewalk near OSU’s Watts Hall striking as many as 10 pedestrians, some OSU students, according to OSU’s Public Safety Director, Monica Moll.
She went on to say that Artan then used a butcher knife to stab those pedestrians.
Approximately one minute later, OSU police officer Alan Horujko shot and killed Artan.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 2:06 AM
FAIRFIELD — UPDATE @ 5:50 a.m: About 35 people were displaced and two dozen apartment units were damaged after a fire occurred at an apartment complex in Fairfield Tuesday morning, according to our partners at WCPO.
OTHER LOCAL NEWS: Cause of Xenia house fire on Glen Kegley Drive under investigation
Crews responded to Camelot East Apartments in the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive around 12:30 a.m. after a resident smelled something burning and found a fire in the third floor utility room.
A total of 24 units were impacted, 12 as a result of the fire, and the other 12 due to utilities in the complex being shut off, according to the American Red Cross, who assisted the displaced residents.
Fairfield firefighters worked to control the heavy fire for over 2 hours with assistance from Forest Park and Colerain Township Fire Departments.
Crews responded to the 1400 block of Sherwood Drive on fire reportedly coming from the third floor of an apartment building Tuesday morning, according to Fairfield police.
Initial reports indicate smoke and flames were showing around 12:25 a.m., prompting crews to evacuate the building.
We will continue to update this story as additional details become available.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 3:57 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 6:57 AM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
TUESDAY: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Montgomery and Preble counties until 11 a.m. Tuesday due to freezing rain in the area.
Some snow showers and freezing rain have made their way up from the south with temperatures being at or below freezing for the morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini.
Rain and freezing rain will mix through the morning with the possibility of a light ice accumulation that could develop on elevated surfaces, bridges, and overpasses before and around sunrise.
“Drivers should take their time if they are out before the sun comes up,” Zontini said.
Temperatures improve during the day by climbing to a high the low 40s after sunrise with some dry time expected in the middle of the day.
Moisture brings rain showers back towards late afternoon with cold air transitioning everyone to snow for evening hours between 7 and 9 p.m. Expect snow to accumulate through the night. Winds will gust around 30 mph this afternoon and tonight, so drivers should watch for slick roads and poor visibility as a result.
WEDNESDAY: A messy morning commute is expected with temperatures in the 20s and snow still falling. Winds will still gust around 30 mph, so blowing, drifting, and poor visibility are possible. Snow will taper off into the afternoon as moisture shifts east, but overall most of the Miami Valley will end up with around 2 to 4 inches of snow with some areas seeing closer to 5 inches. It’ll be breezy for the rest of the day with mostly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-30s. Chilly temperatures overnight drop to the low 20s.
THURSDAY: Refreeze or lingering snowy roads are possible early since temperatures will be in the low 20s. However, they’ll be big improvements through the day as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s. Expect it to be dry throughout the entire day.
FRIDAY: A sunny start with clouds increasing through the day. Highs will peak in the mid-40s as passing showers develop overnight.
SATURDAY: Morning temperatures starting in the upper 20s could mean a brief wintry mix. Rain showers through the afternoon may end as wet snow. Highs reach in the low 40s.
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 7:01 AM
But the city of Dayton’s new mascot, Captain Customer Service, looks to be a big cheerleader for customer service “all-stars” within the government organization.
Captain Customer Service will be called to help honor and highlight the work of people who display or embody the city’s core values of strong customer service, said Tammi Clements, Dayton’s deputy city manager.
“We hope that will bring a little more attention to the things we’re trying to do,” she said.
Captain Customer Service will be played by Andrew Estevez, the TV production specialist for the city’s office of communications and public affairs.
Estevez may don a cape and other superhero garb.
His main duty will be to recognize employees for “outstanding” customer service, which is the point of the city’s Dayton Delivers all stars program.
Government agencies for years have turned to some quirky mascots to promote their initiatives. There’s Deputy Drip, who raises awareness about water conservation in Nevada and Twisty the LED light bulb in Seattle.
Sports teams, of course, have mascots, including local fan favorites Heater, Gem and Roofman of the Dayton Dragons.
Dayton city commissioners praised plans for the new mascot at a special meeting last week. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said, “I like this guy: I think it’s supposed to be fun, and this is fun.”
Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
MORAINE — UPDATE @ 5:58 a.m: The Montgomery County Coroner been requested to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine after a reported forklift accident occurred Tuesday morning.
Initial reports indicate the incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. to 2801 W. Stroop Road with one person reportedly unresponsive.
Additional details have not been released.
Crews are responding to Fuyao Glass America, Inc. in Moraine on reports of an accident involving a forklift.
The incident was dispatched around 5:20 a.m. at the business located at 2801 W. Stroop Road, per initial reports.