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Report: Car driven through garage door during dealership break-in

Updated: Thursday, January 12, 2017 @ 6:11 AM
By: Breaking News Staff

Deputies in Harrison Twp. are investigating a break-in at the SVG Motors dealership on Shoup Mill Road. 

Units responded to the dealership at 400 Shoup Mill Road around 3:30 a.m. after receiving an alarm.

Initial reports indicate a car was either used to drive through an old service bay garage door, or was stolen from the dealership, and driven out of the garage door.

Scanner traffic indicates deputies are searching for where the thief or thieves broke into the business. 

We have a crew on the scene and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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Sheriff: Suspected West Liberty school shooter wanted to do more harm

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:59 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

UPDATE @ 4:57 p.m. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus released this statement provided by the family of victim Logan Cole:

“We are thankful for the Lord’s protective hand on our son. We are also grateful for the outpouring of support from our family, friends, and community. We would like to ask for continued prayers for Logan. Also, we’d like to encourage prayer for the community, the other student, and his family. We are certain they have been deeply hurt as well. We are confident that God has a purpose and plan through this tragedy.”

UPDATE @ 4:21 p.m. 

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin S. Talebi said the suspect is initially charged with felonious assault. The prosecutor’s office will continue to monitor the investigation prior to Monday’s hearing and appropriate charges will be filed.

UPDATE @ 4 p.m.

Champaign County Sheriff Matthew Melvin said the suspected lone shooter is 17 years old and is in custody.

Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin S. Talebi said during an afternoon press conference, that the investigation will be ongoing for many days. The suspect is being housed in juvenile detention center.

A juvenile detention hearing will be held Monday in front of a juvenile court judge.

Talebi said the male victim remains hospitalized and the family is hopeful.

West Liberty-Salem Superintendent Kraig Hissong identified the student victim as Logan Cole.

“We’re really pleased with how our community stood beside us,” Hissong said.

Sheriff Melvin said the school officials played a large role in neutralizing the threat and having the suspect pinned on the ground prior to law enforcement arriving.

The weapon used was a shotgun, Melvin said.

Melvin said that Cole was a random victim and he believes the suspect wanted to do more harm.

Melvin said the victim, a junior, 16, was shot multiple times.

UPDATE @ 1:39 p.m.

The shooting victim from West Liberty has been identified as 16-year-old Logan Cole, according to multiple social media posts by friends, family and fellow students.

He is at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in the pediatric ICU. The hospital has not provided a condition update for Logan, but according to a Facebook post by Ryan Cole, a man who friends identify as Logan Cole’s father, Logan is in critical but stable condition.

Ryan Cole is asking for prayers. 

Champaign County sheriff’s officials have not confirmed identities of the suspected shooter and victim, but we are working to find out more.

Champaign County deputies at the high school have towed the suspected shooter’s vehicle. 

UPDATE @10:32 a.m.

The Champaign County prosecuting attorney said there is an active, ongoing investigation and at this time there is very limited information in what can be provided.

Other than one victim, the students are safe and the building has been secured.

He said the family has been notified and the student is receiving treatment. The condition of the student has not been released. 

The initial call of shots fired came in at 7:36 a.m. A suspect is in custody.

At 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, the sheriff’s office will provide an update. 

West Liberty superintendent Kraig Hissong said today has been a tragic day at the school district.

He said he was very thankful with how staff and students responded.

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The shooting happened right at the beginning of the school day, Hissong said. Once they were notified of an active shooter, they ran, got into rooms and barricaded rooms. Students and staff also ran from the school.

“I can’t say how pleased I am with how staff and students handled this today,” Hissong said.

He said all students are safe that are on site at school. Students are being evacuated to Lyons Park in West Liberty, and that’s where parents can pick them up.

Hissong asked for patience in getting students evacuated to the park, noting they need to take their time.

He confirmed the active shooter was a student at the school, along with the victim.

The school where the shooting happened is a K-12 building.

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UPDATE @9:47 a.m.:

Lilly Keller, a student at West Liberty, said students were told over the loudspeaker there was an active shooter and to go on lockdown.

Keller said she doesn’t know who the shooter is.

Keller said students broke out windows and ran out of the school. She said students ran to a nearby house after being told to.

UPDATE @9:13 a.m.

Parents are telling our crews they are being told to pick up their children on E. Baird Street just east of town.

Students are now being taken out of the front of the school.

We have multiple crews on scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.

RELATED: Parents pick up West Liberty students after shooting

FIRST REPORT

The Champaign County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a student was injured in the shooting. 

The student’s condition is unknown at this time. 

The law enforcement agency had declined to disclose the hospital where the student is being treated.

Parents of West Liberty-Salem students are being asked to pick up their children at the IGA grocery store on South Detroit Street near the high school following a school shooting. Parents are also meeting at the Lions Club Ball Park located near the school.

The incident is now contained with the shooter reportedly in custody. 

One person was reportedly shot. It’s unknown if the injured is a student or an adult.

Initial reports indicated the shot came through a window at the high school and shot someone in the boys bathroom near the science wing.

A firearm has reportedly been recovered. 

U.S. 68 is closed between W. Kanagy Road and Pimtown Road.

We have multiple crews en route and will update this story as additional information becomes available.

Inauguration 2017: ‘Quite a few today from Dayton,’ southwest Ohio

Published: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 3:42 PM
Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:57 PM
By: Will Garbe, Amelia Robinson - Staff Writer

News Center 7 reporters Jim Otte and Lauren Clark contributed reporting.

Plenty of Ohio Buckeyes packed into Washington, D.C. for President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, and more are expected for a protest tomorrow.

“I saw quite a few today from Dayton,” said Mike Healy, a Chesapeake, Va. resident originally from Centerville. “It was great to see people from Dayton and say, ‘Ohioans! Ohio Buckeyes!’”

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Kevin Burch, owner of the Dayton-based Jet Express trucking company, indicated the new administration will benefit his business.

“For us small- and medium-size business owners, we look at this as a new opportunity moving forward as he (Trump) said,” Burch said.

Among the other southwest Ohio residents there were Dawn and Barry Rothchild, of Cincinnati, who said they traveled to Dayton to watch one of Trump’s campaign speeches.

VIDEO: Protesters near podium disrupt Trump’s oath

“We have supported Donald Trump for the last 18 months, including the one in Dayton,” said Barry Rothchild. “We’ve said for months, if he wins the presidency we are coming to the inauguration.”

Still, Rothchild said Trump’s inaugural address “did not have the feel of a Trump rally.”

“It was much more presidential and much more what the country wanted to hear,” he said, as Dawn Rothchild added, “He’s for the people, and that’s the most important thing.”

Ann Staugler, of Fort Recovery in Mercer County, said she believes Trump “knows what we need,” and think’s he’ll “get it done.”

“He’s done it with his businesses, so I hope, I pray,” she said.

Residents from southwest Ohio are also expected at Saturday’s march to protest the new administration.

Middletown adds canine to help investigate fires

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 4:03 PM
By: Rick McCrabb - Staff Writer

Middletown has another resource to investigate fires in the city.

Scottie, a Labrador retriever from the Butler County Humane Association, recently became an Accelerant Detection canine officer, said firefighter Chris Klug.

Klug said he trained Scottie for about three months.

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“Arsonist beware, we’re hitting the streets,” Klug posted on his Facebook page.

Scottie is named in memory of Middletown firefighter Scott D. Bruggeman, 45, who died in January 2016 after battling heart disease for almost two years.

Middletown will make the dog available to other fire departments in the county, said Middletown Fire Chief Paul Lolli. The closest dog certified to detect arson fires is located in Columbus, he said.

Unseasonably warm weekend ahead

Updated: Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 3:48 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Breaks in the clouds early tonight 
  • Temps near 60 degrees this weekend
  • Showers returning by Sunday

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: Some breaks in the clouds are expected this evening with breezy, mild conditions and temperatures in the 50s, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Overnight, there is a slight chance for a passing shower. Temperatures will hold to around 50 degrees overnight, Elwell said.

SATURDAY: Lots of clouds will start the weekend. There will be the chance for a few showers returning by late evening. Highs will be unseasonably warm, topping out near 60 degrees.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy skies will end the weekend with a chance for showers. Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm with highs in the upper 50s.

MONDAY: Showers will be likely to start the week. It also will be windy at times. Temperatures will be cooler with highs in the upper 40s.

TUESDAY: Expect a mix of sun and clouds with cool temperatures in the middle 40s.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy skies and slightly higher temperatures are expected midweek with highs returning to the lower 50s.

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