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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

Where to find your faves: 5 winners from Best of Springfield

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 2:37 PM

            The dining room of Guerra’s Krazy Taco. Bill Lackey/Staff
The dining room of Guerra’s Krazy Taco. Bill Lackey/Staff

The Chamber of Greater Springfield announced the winners of the annual Best of Springfield competition, a fan vote with residents choosing their favorite places from in and around the Springfield area in a variety of categories, on Thursday. More than 30 businesses were recognized by the Chamber across categories such as best cheap eats, best bar and others. Here’s where you can find five of your new local favorites and what makes them special.

» DETAILS: Best of Springfield: See who won in all 32 categories

1. Best Cheap Eats: Guerra’s Krazy Taco

This cozy Mexican spot has been a fan favorite for years. Located at 229 N. Belmont Avenue in Springfield, Guerra’s is known for providing big portions with huge flavor for small prices. People who stop by can also enjoy the unique atmostphere, which features a lot of colorful references to the culture of the cuisine.

2. Best Bar & Best Patio: Mother Stewart’s Brewing Co.

Mother Stewart’s, located at 109 W. North Street in Springfield, prides itself on its rich atmosphere. Featuring a spacious dining area, the family-owned beer garden offers a lot more than choice suds: there’s also often live music, special events and visits from some of the city’s best food trucks.

3. Best Pizza: The Hickory Inn

Having served the greater Springfield community for over 70 years, The Hickory Inn has a long-standing track record for being one of Springfield’s finest. Located at 629 N. Limestone Street, the family-friendly spot features locally-sourced food and tons of options. Some of their pizza offerings that won them their prize include the White Greek, the Pesto Chicken and the Mexican Mild, though you can build your own for an extra special touch.

4. Best Fine Dining: Cecil & Lime Cafe

Located at 227 E. Cecil Street in Springfield, Cecil & Lime caters to the more refined palate with its array of thoughtful options. Elevated dishes like sea scallops over lobster risotto and rack of lamb are only a few examples of what diners can enjoy in the upscale atmosphere. The prices may be higher here, but they’re definitely well worth it.

5. Best Coffee & Best Sweets: Winan’s Chocolates + Coffees

If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee with customer service to match, look no farther than Winan’s. Springfield’s branch of the Ohio-based retailer, located at 32 N. Fountain Avenue, is one of the chain’s newest and they’re already making an impact. They offer a number of mellow blends for caffiene lovers, but their real claim to fame is their menu of gourmet chocolates like double dark meltaways and peanut butter smidgens that will have you counting down the time until you can visit again.

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Hometown favorites: 3 places that make Springfield special

Published: Saturday, October 21, 2017 @ 11:47 AM

Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen(HANDOUT)

Sometimes, the most fascinating things about your hometown are hiding in plain sight.

Here are three local landmarks you may want to visit so you can rediscover their magic all over again — or see them for the first time.

1. The Hartman Rock Garden

The restored Hartman Rock Garden in Springfield will be dedicated on June 26. Staff Photo by Barbara J. Perenic(Barbara J. Perenic)

Started in 1932 by Harry George “Ben” Hartman, the Hartman Rock Garden, located at 1905 Russell Ave., started as a single stone pond. Hartman, who had been laid off from his job as a molder, soon began building other things from rocks, bits of metal, concrete and anything else he came across, creating a stunningly detailed garden world unique in its own right.

Now, after 85 years, the garden still welcomes tourists from all over the world to see the intricate creations inside what Hartman’s wife, Mary, called a “garden of love.”

» READ MORE: Hartman Rock Garden gaining solid ground as tourist draw

2. George Rogers Clark Park

George Rogers Clark Park, Springfield (Courtesy of iWitness 7 Contributor Eric Wright)(Breaking News Staff)

The George Rogers Clark Park has a unique history, set on the site where the Battle of Peckuwe was fought and won by Clark in 178re0 near the end of the Revolutionary War.

Now the park, which can be found at 936 South Tecumseh Road, plays host to a quiet atmosphere with many natural trails, scenic waterways, and an open lake. The park is also the site of the Fair at New Boston every Labor Day weekend, which allows visitors to enjoy an 18th Century atmosphere and learn about the history of the time.

» READ MORE: Clark County has plenty of local recreation options

3. The Pennsylvania House

The Pennsylvania House at 1311 W. Main Street. The Springfield Historic Landmarks Commission passed a resolution of support for a special panel to identify a list of potential buildings and sites for designation as local landmarks. The Pennsylvannia House is already designated a local landmark. Bill Lackey/Staff(Bill Lackey)

The Pennsylvania House, originally constructed in 1839, was a vital part of the National Road before trains became a major option for settling the western frontier. Travelers used the site to rest on their journeys, and the inn there is said to have housed famous historical figures such as Charles Dickens and James K. Polk.

It is now part of the National Historic Register and operates as a museum located at 1311 W. Main Street and houses many artifacts of the past, from an extensive button collection to its own architecture. The museum is only open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from March through December and is closed on all major holidays. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for students.

1 flown to hospital in crash that closes I-75N in Shelby County

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:01 PM
Updated: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 6:25 PM

UPDATE @ 6:25 p.m.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are back open at Ohio 274 near Botkins in Shelby County.

The vehicle in the crash is off the side of the highway, but traffic remains backed up.

A medical helicopter took one person to an area hospital.


The northbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down this evening near Botkins in Shelby County.

The highway is closed at I-75 N at Ohio 274.

A medical helicopter has been called to the crash scene, and the crash resulted in significant vehicle damage, according to initial reports.

Cedarville HS band plays Greenon fight song in honor of student killed in crash

Published: Friday, October 20, 2017 @ 10:44 PM

At tonight's Greenon vs Cedarville game, Cedarville's band played Greenon's fight song to honor Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, who died in a car accident on Sunday (CONTRIBUTED/Mariah Gossett).

The Cedarville High School marching band tonight played the Greenon High School fight song in honor of the marching band member killed in a weekend crash.

The Cedarville band faced Greenon fans when they played the fight song.

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It was in tribute of 16-year-old Kendal “Kenny” DePhillip, a Greenon  junior who was a passenger in a car that crashed Sunday afternoon on Fowler Road in Clark County. He was a member of the marching band and on the swim team.

The musical tribute happened during the football game at the Cedarville stadium, which Greenon’s varsity team won with a score of 7-6. Video above was contributed by student Mariah Gossett.

>>Greenon mourns 3rd student death in 2 months in fatal car crashes

The driver of the car was a fellow Greenon student, 16-year-old Andrew Scott, who sustained non-life threatening injuries.

DePhillip was the third Greenon student to die in a crash this academic year.

A crash in August killed David Waag and Connor Williams.