Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:55 AM

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A high school senior spoke about her terrifying experience in the building at a high school in South Florida where a gunman opened fire last week, killing 17 people, WFOR reported. 

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Samantha Fuentes said she bruised her eye and cut her forehead during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She also suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, WFOR reported.

“I heard two shots fired in the hallway. The first two shots everyone froze; everyone was under the impression it was drill and that’s what we said to each other, and then the third shot was fired and that’s when we knew it wasn’t a drill,” Fuentes told WFOR.

Fuentes said she was sitting directly in front of the classroom door when gunfire erupted. She said she panicked and ran forward.

“That’s when I realized I made a very fatal mistake because it was not the right place to hide during a shooting,” Fuentes told WFOR. “You’re supposed to hide behind the door so when the shooter looks in the room you become pretty much invisible, so it looks like nobody is in the room but I ran forward. That’s when he shoved the barrel of his gun through the window of the door and started spraying pretty indiscriminately across the room.”

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Fuentes said she and five of her classmates hid behind a podium.

It was “just a small space and that is where Helena (Ramsay) and Nick (Dworet) were sitting and were shot and killed right next to me,” Fuentes said. “Everything that hit them ricocheted and hit my legs, into my face and into my arm.”

When SWAT teams arrived, Fuentes ran from the building as she bled from her legs, WFOR reported.

Fuentes said she was “not really surprised” that school resource officer Scot Peterson, a Broward County Sheriff’s deputy did not enter the building to confront the shooter, who police have identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.

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“He did not have much of a presence in the school to begin with,” Fuentes told WFOR.

Fuentes said that Peterson “failed us.”

“You took an oath and you broke your promise and that is disappointing and I am disappointed in you,” she said.

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Police: Man shoots self, runs to mother’s house blocks away in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:31 PM


A man who was shot in the arm tonight ran inside his mother’s house.

Police and medics were called around 6:35 p.m. to the 3100 block of East Third Street after a woman said her son was shot and was bleeding profusely.

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He was taken by medics to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The man told police he shot himself in the 2800 block of East Third Street, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. The area outside a home near the corner of East Third and Jersey streets was surrounded in yellow police tape.

The man’s name and age were not available.

A woman inside a residence where the shooting happened had a broken nose, and police said it’s under investigation whether the man shot himself.

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Reward offered after dog found burned to death in Dayton

Published: Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 9:50 AM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:45 PM

Dog set on fire in Dayton

UPDATE @ 7:45 p.m.

A reward is offered for anyone who saw or knows anything about a dog found burned to death.

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton’s partner, Lexus of Dayton, is offering $1,500 to anyone with information that leads to catching those responsible, the agency announced tonight.

The incident was reported around 9:30 p.m. Monday in the 1000 block of Kammer Avenue. Dayton police stated the dog appeared to have been hogtied and burned.

Contact the humane society at 937-262-8091.


A dog was found to be set on fire, causing the animal’s death, and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is hoping someone has information on how the incident happened.

“Due to the time and location of this incident, authorities are confident there are witnesses to this crime and/or those who possess knowledge about it,” the Humane Society of Greater Dayton said in a prepared statement.

A humane agent responded to the 1000 block of Kammer Avenue around 9:30 p.m. Monday after police and fire officials responded to a fire call.

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“Upon arriving at the scene, the police and fire departments discovered a dog that had been bound and set on fire,” the humane society said.  “The dog was pronounced deceased at the scene. An arson investigator responded to conduct a preliminary fire investigation.”

According to a Dayton police report, the dog appeared to have been hogtied and burned.

Anyone with any information can contact the Humane Society of Greater Dayton at 937-262-8091.

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Clark County chief deputy resigns amid internal investigation

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 2:37 PM
Updated: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:08 PM

Clark County chief deputy resigns amid investigation

The Clark County chief deputy resigned Friday amid an internal investigation, according to the sheriff.

Travis Russell no longer works for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Deb Burchett said.

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She declined to comment why Russell resigned but said the office is investigating. She also said other deputies are being investigated as part of an internal investigation.

A message left with Russell by the Springfield News-Sun hasn’t been returned.

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Emergency responders leave dead man on side of road, officials say

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:37 AM

Man Allegedly Left On Side Of Road To Die By Emergency Responders

Emergency personnel left the lifeless body of a man they were unable to revive on the side of a road, according to reports. 

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Ty Ross took his dogs Jake and Holly for a walk around the Palma Sola Marina Feb. 26 when he suffered a heart attack, according to WWSB

His wife Julie Ross had her phone off while she was working out and when she was able to get to the scene, there was only a Manatee County sheriff’s deputy there, according to WWSB

Emergency personnel, who had been there for about an hour, had already left, leaving Ty Ross’ body half in the street and the other half in the grass. 

His body was in the sun for about three hours before a friend who runs a funeral home arrived to pick up Ross’s body, according to WWSB.

The Manatee County Emergency Medical Services’ policy is that an ambulance will not transport a person who has died, according to WWSB.

County officials told WWSB they are looking to change that policy in light of this incident.

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