What you need to know about getting a gun

Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 5:38 PM

CCW holder has sometimes been shooter, other times hero

More Ohioans than ever are buying guns for protection. Sherry Washington of Centerville decided to buy one and signed up to take a C-C-W class to learn how to use it.

"Times are changing and it's a comfort," said Washington.

For other Miami Valley residents, it's all about invoking their Second Amendment rights to own a firearm. 

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"I have guns at home and I may carry it sometimes," said Jim McDowell of Troy. "I may not but I want to have that option."

Either way, for long-time C-C-W instructor Sanford Whitlow, it is about education, proficiency and being responsible.

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"I thing anybody who's carrying a gun should have some kind of training. I think that should be mandatory," said Whitlow of Personal Defense Incorporated. "I don't want you around me if you don't know what you're doing. It's that simple."

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Whitlow has been teaching C-C-W classes since it became legal in Ohio to conceal and carry a firearm. He said he has seen a lot of changes including the reasons why many people want to own a gun. In the past, most of his students got a gun because it was their right. Now, Whitlow said, he's hearing more about people being afraid and wanting to protect themselves. 

Fear is the reason said Sherry Washington, after she heard about a car-jacking in an area she often travels.

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"I'm always stuck at that light at Salem and Grand, so I started carrying a gun for years. I carried it in the side of the car seat. I carried it on the door," said Washington. "Even though I knew it was wrong, I wanted to be safe for me and my kids.

Jim McDowell of Troy is a teacher who said he is preparing for the day when the law might allow him to protect his students.

"I think its something that's coming. It should be there. Schools are just sitting ducks as far as i'm concerned," said McDowell. 

Whitlow said that no matter what the reason for owning a gun, it is important to train on how to use it and keep up with the laws. For example; employees who are not federal workers can now keep a gun secured in their vehicle. That includes teachers, pastors, retail workers and anyone who doesn't work on a federal property can keep a gun locked in their car. However, he said the rules are different if you ride an RTA bus.

"If you are not a C-C-W holder, you are not allowed to carry a firearm on our property or on our buses," said Jessica Olson, RTA spokesperson.

There is another change that impacts military men and women in the Miami Valley.

"Now if you're active duty military, you can actually get a license to carry a gun without taking the class," said Whitlow.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office tells us that nearly 118,000 people got their C-C-W license in 2017 compared to only 53,000 in 2012. Whitlow said he is not surprised by those numbers because dangerous times demand personal protection. 

"Crime happens everywhere right? There's no restrictions on where crooks go," Whitlow said. 

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Firefighters rescue 10 pets from burning house in Franklin

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:38 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:48 PM

Franklin house fire

UPDATE @ 4:50 p.m. 

Firefighters were able to rescue 10 pets from a burning home in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

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Officials said all 10 of the family’s pets were pulled to safety and were not injured after the fire broke out in a home in the 900 block of Turner Lane around 3:25 p.m. 

The residents and firefighters battling the blaze were also not injured. Crews initially reported possible injuries after a man was found on the porch of the home when emergency units first arrived. Those reports were later deemed unfounded, according to investigators. 

The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation, fire officials said. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have responded to reports of a house fire in the 900 block of Turner Lane in Franklin Saturday afternoon. 

Firefighters reported heavy smoke and flames coming from the house around 3:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate at least one person might have been injured. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Snow ends this evening, warmer temps return this week

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 5:54 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

Warmer temperatures and rain loom for the Dayton area during the coming week.

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Snow showers end this evening, up to 1-inch of accumulation
  • Warmer temperatures return this week
  • Wet start to the new week

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DETAILED FORECAST

Tonight: Areas north of I-70 will see a chance for snow through the evening, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. All snow will taper off during the overnight hours. Temperatures will continue to drop tonight and overnight, with lows eventually reaching the upper 20s. Due to the dropping temperatures, an isolated slick spot will be possible on the roads. 

>>County-by-County Forecasts

Sunday: Sunshine is expected with highs reaching the middle 40s. 

Monday: Rain returns to the area, and overall it appears to be a rather soggy day. Highs will be in the middle 40s. Highs will climb to the lower 60s. 

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar

Tuesday: High temperatures will be near 70 degrees but we’ll have a chance for more rain. Rain and even a few storms will be possible in the evening through early Wednesday morning.

Wednesday: Rain to start the day but clouds will break into the afternoon. Given the amount of rain from Monday through Wednesday, flooding will be possible in some areas. Highs on Wednesday will reach the middle 50s. 

Thursday: Mostly cloudy skies with highs expected in the middle to upper 40s. 

Snow at UD

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Suspicious fire damages Dayton house

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
Updated: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Victor Ave fire

UPDATE @ 3:50 p.m. 

Firefighters are calling a blaze suspicious that broke out in a Dayton house Saturday afternoon. 

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Investigators said the fire was located in the kitchen area of a vacant house around 2:15 p.m. Saturday. 

No injuries were reported. 

FIRST REPORT

Fire crews have responded to a house fire in the first block of Victor Avenue in Dayton Saturday afternoon. 

Emergency crews were dispatched around 2:15 p.m. and reported heavy smoke coming from the structure. 

Initial reports indicate the structure is believe to be vacant, and the fire was located in the kitchen area of the house. 

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

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Injured hikers, showing signs of hypothermia, rescued from Caesar Creek State Park

Published: Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 3:21 PM

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Two hikers, one of which was injured, have been located and rescued at Caesar Creek State Park in Warren County Saturday, according to dispatchers. 

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Emergency crews responded to the state park on reports of at least one injured hiker around 1:40 p.m., dispatchers told this news organization. 

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One hiker was found suffering from a hip injury. One, or both of the hikers were also showing signs of hypothermia, according to officials. 

Rescue crews had to use a boat to get the injured hikers to safety. Around 3:15 p.m., scanner traffic from the scene indicated both hikers were off the boat and safely on land at one of the boat ramps with medics tending to them. 

Additional details were not available. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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