Springfield native hit by shrapnel during Las Vegas massacre

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

A Springfield native who attended the country concert in Las Vegas was hit by shrapnel and tried to save the life of a woman near him after she was struck by gunfire during the largest mass shooting in United States history.

A Springfield native who attended the country concert in Las Vegas was hit by shrapnel and tried to save the life of a woman near him after she was struck by gunfire during the largest mass shooting in United States history.

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47-year-old Todd Riley, a 1988 Kenton Ridge High School graduate who now lives in Thornton, Col., attended the three-day concert with his fiancée and two other couples last week, said his mother, Springfield native Rita Riley.

“You just can’t even imagine something like this happening,” Rita Riley said.

On Sunday evening, the unthinkable happened: As Riley was in line for a drink, the woman in front of him was shot in the chest and fell into his arms, Rita Riley said.

Riley and another man found shelter for the woman after she was shot. They attempted to CPR, but were unsuccessful, Rita Riley said. A young man used a wheelbarrow to get her to medics during the gunfire, she said.

This was just one act of courage her son saw during the shooting, she said.

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“You always try to save somebody, that’s just your nature,” Rita Riley said, “I think it’s going to weigh on him for awhile. … I think that’s going to be the hardest thing for him to heal from. He tried his best (to save her).”

Her son was treated and released from the hospital and is back in Colorado, where he works as a school principal.

“He just basically says no one will ever know the nightmare of what these people went through and what they witnessed,” Rita Riley said. “You don’t think to experience that at a concert.”

The shooting left 59 people dead and 500 people were taken to hospitals in Las Vegas on Sunday night after authorities said Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his nearby hotel room window.
Springfield native hit by shrapnel during Las Vegas massacre

What’s that noise? F-16s to fly over Dayton region at night this week

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:02 PM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 12:28 PM


            Ohio Air National Guard F-16s were scheduled to fly night training exercises Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, according to a unit spokesman. Here, a jet prepares for takeoff while on temporary duty at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013. CHRIS STEWART/STAFF FILE PHOTO
Ohio Air National Guard F-16s were scheduled to fly night training exercises Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, according to a unit spokesman. Here, a jet prepares for takeoff while on temporary duty at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2013. CHRIS STEWART/STAFF FILE PHOTO

F-16 fighter jets were set to fly around the Dayton region Wednesday night, an Ohio Air National Guard spokesman says.

The Toledo-based 180th Fighter Wing will be training through 9 p.m. Thursday, according to the unit.

The jets could travel through the region at any time during the night exercises, said Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes, a wing spokesman.

Southern Ohio is home to the Brush Creek/Buckeye Military Operating Area where the pilots occasionally train.

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Cresco Labs to break ground on medical marijuana plant in Miami Valley

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:46 AM

A ceremonial groundbreaking is set to happen Thursday on one of two medical marijuana cultivation facilities to be built in the Miami Valley.

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Cresco Labs Ohio LLC and officials with the village of Yellow Springs will be on hand at the site off East Enon Road near Antioch University, where a 23,294-square-foot steel greenhouse and a 26,445-square-foot processing facility will be built.

The “environmentally sound greenhouse will be built for cultivating and harvesting condition-specific strains of medical marijuana and produce non-invasive medical products for qualified patients,” according to a release from Cresco Labs, which has similar facilities in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.

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“With licenses announced just two weeks ago, Cresco Labs is the first to break ground and start construction on their Yellow Springs medical marijuana cultivation facility,” according to the release. “Cresco’s brand name products will be available at dispensaries across Ohio to patients that have been physician-certified with any of the 22 approved medical conditions. All growing will take place in secure, climate-controlled environments that utilize nearly 85% renewable energy.”

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Cresco’s cannabis oil products include pharmaceutical-grad oral sprays, sublingual digestible tablets and transdermal patches.

Cresco has also applied to the state for a dispensary license and is expected to apply for a processing license.

A medical marijuana cultivation facility is also approved in Clark County. Pure Ohio Wellness plans to renovate an existing building at 4020 Dayton-Springfield Road in Mad River Twp., outside of Springfield.

Clark County Municipal Court cases

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 11:41 AM


            Clark County Municipal Court. Bill Lackey/Staff
Clark County Municipal Court. Bill Lackey/Staff

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED:

Zachary Glenn Berry, 29, of 2007 Prospect Cir., assault, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $500; resisting arrest, innocent, continued.

Gary Lee Crews, 50, of Dayton, assault, innocent, continued, bond $1,500.

Marcus Edwards, 29, of Fairborn, weapons under disability, innocent, continued, bond $10,000; firearms in motor vehicle, innocent, continued, bond $500; tail lights, innocent, continued, released on own recognizance bond; carrying concealed weapon, innocent, continued.

Roxann Sue Heeter, 43, of 833 Oak St., obstructing justice, guilty, continued.

Brennon M. Hill, 28, of 1034 Jasper St., trafficking drugs, innocent, continued, bond $10,000; possession of drugs, innocent, continued.

Ashley M. Jenson, 27, of Fairborn, domestic violence, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $500; assault, innocent, continued.

Toby A. Knerr, 20, of Kenton, OVI, marked lanes, no seat belt, innocent, continued.

Lyndee Marquez, 27, of 1593 Columbus, pass bad check, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $5,000.

Rodney L. McMahon Jr., 34, of 927 W. Pleasant St., receiving stolen property, driver’s license required, failure to pay reinstatement fee, failure to stop after accident, failure to control, innocent, continued.

Angela Rogan, 43, of 916 W. Columbia, obstructing official business, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, released on own recognizance bond; disorderly conduct, improper use 911 system, innocent, continued.

Jeremy Runyan, 27, of 827 Olive, distribution/drugs, innocent, continued, bond $100,000; three counts possession of drugs, innocent, continued.

Madison Schneider, 22, of Lafayette, La, distribution/drugs, innocent, continued, bond $10,000; three counts possession of drugs, innocent, continued, bond $1,000.

Alexander M. Zarazua, 30, of Dayton, burglary, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $15,000; criminal damaging, innocent, continued, public defender appointed, bond $750.

Strong winds, snow, dropping temps to impact area today

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:09 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at the impacts the snow & wind will bring today.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Strong wind gusts 30-40 mph today
  • Snow squalls possible late morning through afternoon
  • Temperatures drop through the day w/ single digit wind chills

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY:  Temperatures are at or above 32 degrees with mist and drizzle across the area, but as temperatures drop, slick spots could develop, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Snow is set up off Lake Michigan in northern Indiana. That snow, along with colder air, will arrive later this morning. Winds are already begun gusting between 25-35 MPH, which could produce some issues for the morning drive. As wind flow becomes more favorable off Lake Michigan, some lake effect snow bands are expected to develop. 

A look at conditions along I️-75 in Butler Twp.Tuesday morning

Active snow will likely start later this morning. There’s a chance for snow squalls during the day, and they will gradually turn northeast as the winds shift late afternoon. One to two inches of snow is possible in the bands. Outside of bands, it will be cloudy with flurries, but less than half an inch is expected. 

Rapid drops in visibility and slick roads are the main concern if caught in one of these bands, called a snow squall. The bands will be thin with strong winds on the road. Temperatures will fall through the day and wind chills will drop to the single digits by about 4 p.m. Any snow ends into early evening. Tonight temperatures drop into the teens with wind chills in the low single digits.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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WEDNESDAY: Not much of a break. Isolated slick spots on the roads possible and BITTER cold with temperatures in the teen and wind chills in the single digits in the morning. Another quick system will aproach Wednesday. Temperatures climb into the low 30s during the day. Breezy with scattered snow showers in the afternoon. More scattered snow showers at night. Accumulation should stay light around 1” but temperatures drop to the upper teens overnight so that will keep roads snowy by Thursday morning.

(Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini)

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THURSDAY: Slick roads early and COLD. Mostly cloudy day but quiet. Highs in the upper 20s which is colder than normal.

FRIDAY: Another cold morning in the upper teens. Mostly cloudy with some passing snow showers possible mainly north. Highs in the upper 20s.

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SATURDAY: A better start to the weekend. Temperatures improve to around 40 during the day with partly cloudy skies.