Packing heat? Some businesses may not let you shop at their store

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 9:53 AM
Updated: Monday, August 19, 2013 @ 7:41 PM

Mayor Mike McGinn and Washington Ceasefire Board President Ralph Fascitelli launched the Seattle Gun Free Zone program Monday morning at Oddfellows Cafe & Bar on Capitol Hill.

>>> Essex Porter attended the official launch of the Gun Free Zone Program and will be asking McGinn and Fascitelli about the program. Watch KIRO 7 Eyewitness News at 5 p.m. for a full report.

Several businesses have signed up for the voluntary program: 5 Point Café, Barboza, Big Mario's Pizza, Brenthaven, Bus Stop Espresso, Café Paloma, Café Racer, Century Ballroom, Elliott Bay Books, First United Methodist Church, Fish Fry, Freddy's Junior, Havana, Linda's, Lost Lake Café & Lounge, Manhattan Seattle, Moe Bar, all six locations of Molly Moons, Neumo's, Nube Green, Oddfellows, Office Nomads, Platinum Records, Quinn's, Smith, Southern Street Kids, Sweatbox Yoga, The Saint, Totokaelo and Zoe.

Cities in Washington can't pre-empt state gun laws, but businesses can prohibit guns.

Businesses can opt into the program by visiting, signing the pledge to participate, and placing a "Gun Free Zone" decal in their window.

Fascitelli said that every business that Ceasefire has approached about the program has been positive about it.

The program is designed to address "the culture of violence," said Fascitelli, who likened Ceasefire's "cultural war" to the war MADD has fought against drinking and driving.

"Businesses have a right, as private proprietors," to disallow guns, Fascitelli said.

McGinn said that the program mirrored the values of Seattle residents.

Banning guns from individual businesses is a hot-button topic, especially with a controversial policy at Starbucks that allows customers to openly display their guns.

Gun rights advocates say the program won't reduce gun violence and will only alienate customers.

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Strong storms may threaten Miami Valley today

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 7:17 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 6:05 AM

A couple rounds of showers and storms today will affect the Miami Valley.

A powerful spring storm system moved through the Central Plains Wedneday night produced strong to severe storms in that region. The storms spread eastward into the Mississippi Valley Wednesday night and will move into the lower Ohio and Tennessee valleys today.

RELATED: Track storms with WHIO Interactive Radar

Showers and storms expected to redevelop in our warm and moist environment for late day and mainly for the evening hours. Storms could become severe with most of the Miami Valley under and "Enhanced Risk" for severe storms. 

Damaging winds will be the main threat but large sized hail or even an isolated tornado can't be ruled out. We look to be the most active from 5 p.m. through midnight. Some scattered showers then overnight into early Friday.  

RELATED: The difference between Watch vs. Warning

Stay "weather aware" for the evening hours with the threat for severe storms. 

Showers and a few storms will still be possible into Friday, but the severe weather threat will rapidly decrease early Friday morning.


Severe Weather Outlook Mar 29, 2017 - 7:17 PM

Suspect in custody after shots fired near Dayton motel

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 5:41 AM

UPDATE @6:20 a.m.

Dayton police have taken a man into custody suspected of firing shots near the Dayton Motor Motel.

We’re working to determine if the suspect fired shots from the motel roof or the roof of a building next door.

UPDATE @5:58 a.m.

The suspect is in custody on the roof, according to police scanner traffic.

Police are requesting a ladder truck or bucket truck from Dayton Power & Light  to get the suspect off the roof.

Police are also working to determine if there were any others with the man taken into custody.

A gun was located on the motel’s roof.

UPDATE @5:47 a.m.

Police are working to take a man suspected of firing shots near the Dayton Motor Motel into custody.

Multiple police officers from several jurisdictions are on scene.

Reports indicate the suspect is on a roof or scaffolding. 

The Keowee Street bridge is blocked and motorists should avoid the area.


Multiple police units have been requested to the Dayton Motor Motel after shots were fired.

Police were called to the hotel around 5:20 a.m. after someone reported shots fired. Initial reports indicate the gunfire may be related to an abandoned car found along the riverbank that was involved in an earlier pursuit in Riverside.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.


Christian school principal arrested on child porn charges

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 5:50 AM

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A principal at a Christian school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is facing child porn charges.

Jeff Goss is the principal at the Christian Education Alliance in west Tulsa.

Goss was arrested Tuesday morning by federal officials after they reportedly caught Goss using an online application to view child pornography.

>> Watch the news report here

Authorities said the application lets people enter chat rooms and share videos, pictures and more.

Agents from Phoenix said Goss showed his face in the chat room, and they were able to track his IP address.

Goss reportedly confessed to using the app at least five times.

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Agents said he preferred children ages 10 to 12 and did not care if they were girls or boys. Goss allegedly told officers that he primarily teaches children ages 12 and 13.

School officials said they did not find out about the allegations against Goss until called them. They said he did not show up to work Wednesday.

The station confirmed that he is in the Tulsa County Jail.

The school's website says that it has served home-school families for more than 20 years.

Counties may be able to raise driver’s license fees

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:19 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 4:19 PM

Ohio will let counties raise driver’s license fees

Counties will be allowed to bump up license plate fees by $5 without first seeking voter approval but the people will still have the power to block those fees through referenda.

The fight over the $5 fee increase was one sticking point ironed out between the House and Senate in the two-year state transportation budget bill.

Related: Would you vote to increase your license plate fees?

Both chambers on Wednesday approved the compromise version and the bill now heads to Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The governor may use the power of line-item veto to strike out portions he doesn’t like or sign the entire bill into law.

The bill prescribes how Ohio will spend $7.82 billion on transportation over the next two years. The revenue comes from fees, federal highway money and the state gas tax, which has stood at 28 cents per gallon since July 2005. As fuel efficiency improves, money available for road projects drops. Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, said lawmakers will examine alternatives to boost funding.

The legislation gives the Ohio Department of Transportation director the authority to change the speed limit on certain interstate highways, based on the time of day, traffic and weather conditions. For example, if lake effect snow were causing a white-out along I-90 from I-271 to the Pennsylvania state line, ODOT could lower the speed limit until conditions improved.

The variable speed limit program will be tried on I-90 as well as I-670 in Columbus and I-271 in Cincinnati. Rolling it out statewide would require legislative approval.

Here are some other items that the bill does:

Earmarks $33 million for public transit, an increase of $10 million.

Eliminates the requirement that a spotter be used for water skiers. Now the boat driver can use a review mirror to keep watch on the skier.

Allows the use of ATVs and snow mobiles on state routes on South Bass Island between November and April.

Cracks down on third-party websites that look like BMV sites and attempt to dupe people into paying extra fees.

Authorizes the registrar of the BMV to set transaction fees as high as $5.25, up from the current $3.50.


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