SWAT expert: Elevated, night-time shooter among ultimate challenges

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 4:55 PM

            More than 50 people were killed - including the shooter - in a late-night shooting from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sunday night. FILE PHOTO
More than 50 people were killed - including the shooter - in a late-night shooting from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Sunday night. FILE PHOTO

Elevated shooters in the dark - such as the one suspected in the Las Vegas mass killings - are one of the difficult situations law enforcement officers can face, according to a local police commander.

“That’s probably one of the ultimate challenges for any police officer, because it’s hard to determine where it’s coming from” said Lt. Gregg Gaby, Dayton Police Department violent crimes bureau commander and former SWAT commander.

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“Especially in a city where sound can bounce off multiple objects – like high rises and buildings. It’s just really hard to determine where they’re coming from,” he said. “Also, high ground gives anybody an advantage in looking for somebody.”

Gaby said he returned this weekend from teaching a Patrol Response to Active Shooter Instructor class for the National Tactical Officers Association before learning of the Las Vegas shootings.

More commonly, Gaby said, the term “active shooter” is a misnomer.

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“I think it should be called active killer,” he said. “Because now we’re starting to see anything from edge weapons to automobiles being used also.

Obviously, when you’ve got a mass gathering of people – whether it’s a workplace, a school or an event like this (the Las Vegas concert) - it presents a lot of people that can become victims real quick,” Gaby said. “And it presents targets of opportunity for someone whose wanting to do harm to them.”

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Dayton Auto Show ends today: Check out these 9 hot SUVs, trucks

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 12:10 PM


Today is the last day to look at rugged trucks, SUVs, family-friendly crossovers and minivans at the 2018 Dayton Auto Show, which continues today at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St.

You’ll see not only great vehicles but may win something worth upwards of $9,500, plus possibly T-shirts, trinkets and gift cards for gas and merchandise from various contests.

The event is presented by the Dayton Area Auto Dealers Association. Show sponsors are the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, Miami Valley Chevy Dealers and Dayton Area Toyota Dealers.

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Ford F-150

The perennial best-seller in the U.S., the Ford F-150, is at the Dayton Auto Show in the form of an F-150 4X4 SuperCrew, with a total MSRP of $65,350.

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Chevrolet Silverado

2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 offerings include regular cab, double cab and crew cab body styles – all offered with 4WD. Here is the 1500 Z71 4WD LTZ Crew.

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GMC Sierra

The GMC Sierra’s available EcoTec3 6.2L engine is the most powerful gasoline V-8 in its class, GMC says. Here is the Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT, with an MSRP of $56,815.

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Jeep Wrangler

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is manufacturered just up Interstate 75 in Toledo.

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Nissan Titan

The 2018 Nissan Titan’s 5.6-liter V8 pumps out 390 horsepower and 394 lbs.-ft. of torque.

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RAM 1500

A special Night Edition options package gives this RAM 1500 Crew Cab (MSRP $57,525) its dark good looks.

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Subaru Ascent

Subaru brought its 2019 Ascent, the largest Subaru ever, to the Dayton Auto Show. It offers room for up to 8 people.

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Pacifica Hybrid

Chrysler estimates that owners will spend an average of $900 in fuel costs annually with this 2018 Pacifica Hybrid.

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Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is being celebrated for a quarter century of being on American roads.


Today at the Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. Fifth St.


Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

ADMISSION: $8 for adults at the door, $6 online at https://www.tix123.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=DAS18. Children ages 9 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.

PARKING: Available in the Transportation Center garage, one block east of the Dayton Convention Center on Fifth and Jefferson streets. There is a covered skywalk on Level 1 that will bring you to the third floor at the Dayton Convention Center facility. $5 flat rate

INFORMATION: DaytonAutoShow.com; Facebook: Facebook.com/DaytonAutoShow; Twitter: @DaytonAutoShow; Instagram: @DaytonAutoShow

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Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:41 AM

Daniela Ulbing of Austria barely missed slicing a squirrel in half during a heat for the Ladies' Parallel Giant Slalom Elimination Run on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  
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Daniela Ulbing of Austria barely missed slicing a squirrel in half during a heat for the Ladies' Parallel Giant Slalom Elimination Run on day fifteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 24, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.  (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing.

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Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though she won the heat that was almost thwarted by the squirrel, she fell in the next round to Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic.

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But, Ulbing can’t be too disappointed with her loss to Ledecka. The Czech snowboarder is a regular winter games sensation. At only 22 years old, she made history at the 2018 games by becoming the first female athlete to win gold medals in different sports — she won the gold in alpine skiing last week.

After a fun and freezing few weeks, the winter games are finally preparing to wrap up. At the moment, the Norwegians are at the top of the pack with 13 gold medals and 38 total. They’re followed by Canada and Germany. The Americans are in fourth place with nine gold medals and 23 total.

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And, while the sports and squirrels were fun, this year’s games also had a lot of diplomacy going on in the stands and around the venue. Vice President Mike Pence kicked off the games with his visit to South Korea where he sat only feet away from the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un during the opening ceremony. President Trump’s daughter and special adviser, Ivanka Trump, is in South Korea now for the closing ceremony.  

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Florida school shooting survivor's mother says her family has received death threats

Published: Sunday, February 25, 2018 @ 9:45 AM

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The mother of Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg is speaking out after her family received death threats because her son and another survivor were accused of being crisis actors.

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Hogg and fellow students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, have made frequent media appearances to call for action on gun control after police say Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people and injured more than a dozen others in a Valentine’s Day massacre.

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The students have since become the center of a false conspiracy theory claiming that they are actually actors who are coached before television appearances.

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Rebecca Boldrick, Hogg’s mother, told The Washington Post that her family has received death threats since the conspiracy theories started surfacing, saying, “I’m under so much stress.”

“I’m angry and exhausted,” she added. “Angry, exhausted and extremely proud.”

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The student has said he's not a “crisis actor” but rather someone who witnessed a tragedy.

“It’s annoying. I hate it. But it’s part of American democracy,” Hogg said in an interview with the Post. “Am I an actor? No. Am I a witness? Yes.”

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Ohio EPA orders Dayton to take action on groundwater concerns

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:30 AM

Dayton demands Wright Patt act on groundwater concerns

The Ohio EPA and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base only learned this month that test results showed the city of Dayton’s firefighter training center on McFadden Avenue was a potential source of groundwater contamination, state and base officials say.

The disclosure comes as the city is trying to pressure Wright-Patterson to act more quickly on preventing contamination to city water supplies.

Dayton has asked the Air Force for nearly $1 million to reimburse costs for environmental testing and studies to track the contamination, which the city believes is caused by firefighting foam contaminants on the base. The city is worried the contamination will impact the Huffman Dam well field, which is about a half mile away from Wright-Patterson.

Base officials did not know until earlier this week that the city has had concerns about contamination from its firefighting training center, base spokeswoman Marie Vanover said.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it was also unaware of the contamination levels. The EPA says it only learned at a meeting with the city on Feb. 16 that sampling results in monitoring wells at the Tait’s Hill well field showed high levels of a substance known as perfluoroakyl substance (PFAS), a contaminant found in an old formula of aqueous film-forming foam that was used as a fire-fighting retardant.

PFAS substances are also found in consumer products from clothing to cookware.

The Tait’s Hill well field, which is adjacent to the city’s firefighting training center at 200 McFadden Avenue, is part of the much larger Mad River well field, which supplies water to a broad section of the region.

Both the EPA and the city say the water distributed to customers is safe.

Until the Feb. 16 meeting, the EPA believed Wright-Patterson was the “only known source” of contamination caused from firefighting foam contaminants in the Mad River well field, according to Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.

The EPA this week ordered the city to track and mitigate potential contamination from the firefighting training center and determine the source of a small level of PFAS contamination at the city’s Ottawa treatment plant in the Mad River well field.

RELATED: Dayton urges communities to push Wright-Patt for action on waterPFAS contamination, at certain levels, can cause major health concerns. According to the U.S. EPA, human epidemiology and animal testing studies indicate high-level exposure to the contaminant may lead to testicular and liver cancer; changes in cholesterol; low birth weight in newborns; liver tissue damage; and effects on the immune system and thyroid.

The retardant that produces PFAS was sprayed at both Wright-Patterson and Dayton’s firefighting training center.

The city has been meeting with base officials over water contamination for roughly two years. In a Feb. 7 letter, the city asked local communities to join with it to pressure Wright-Patterson and the Air Force to act more quickly to prevent the potential contamination of Huffman Dam production wells closed last April. Dayton sent a second letter two weeks later notifying city managers in the region about concerns tied to the Dayton firefighting training center. 

Michael Powell, the city’s water department director, said in an email that Dayton will meet all the requirements the EPA demands and attributed the delay in telling the state about sampling results to an “internal miscommunication.”

The city closed drinking water wells at the Tait’s Hill well field next to the training center about two years ago. A May 2017 test for PFAS detected in groundwater monitoring wells at the well field found at least one sample registered 1,260 parts per trillion, according to the city.

RELATED: Dayton: Contaminated sites could pose risk to Mad River well fieldsThe U.S. EPA has set a health advisory threshold level of 70 parts per trillion for lifetime exposure to drinking water.

In a Feb. 21 letter that the EPA’s Butler sent to Dayton, the director wrote the state agency was “disappointed” the city had not shared the information with the state about sampling results at the fire training center before mid-February. The letter does say EPA officials are confident Dayton officials will act to address the contamination.

“It is more critical than ever that Dayton be more forthright with the sampling results and data as this investigation progresses to ensure Dayton’s drinking water is protected,” Butler wrote.

RELATED: 3 things to know about Dayton, Wright-Patt and drinking waterIn his email, Powell said the city shut down the production wells at Tait’s Hill prior to the water sampling because of how close it was to the firefighting training center.

“Two sampling events were subsequently conducted by Division of Environmental Management staff, but the City’s management was not aware they had been done until last Monday,” the email says. “As soon as City management became aware of the data, we notified Ohio EPA and met with them to review the information. We now have a process in place to prevent this internal miscommunication from occurring in the future.”

The closed production wells at Huffman and Tait’s Hill have not yet been sampled, acccording to the city.

RELATED: Dayton demands Wright-Patt act on groundwater concernsWright-Patt spokeswoman Marie Vanover said in an email the base continues to study the extent of contamination and is committed to identify and mitigate any groundwater contamination that resulted from activities on base.

“We will continue to evaluate potential impacts to the drinking water and will work with our local and state partners to develop defensible work plans to do so,” the email says. “The Air Force is committed to protecting human health and the environment and we are working aggressively to ensure our installation and supporting communities have access to safe drinking water. “

RELATED: Wright-Patt treating tainted drinking waterDayton officials say they detected less than 10 parts per trillion in the raw water intake of the Ottawa water treatment facility. The substance has not been detected in treated water, city officials say.

This newspaper provided the first, continuing and most complete coverage of concerns about contaminated groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and now the city of Dayton, work made possible by your newspaper subscription. Count on us for continuing coverage of this key environmental issue.

The Ohio EPA director has instructed the city of Dayton to take several actions in response to testing results showing high levels of contaminants in monitoring wells monitoring wells at the city’s Tait’s Hill well field. They included:

  • Testing treated water at the Ottawa treatment plant monthly beginning March 31 and “raw,” or untreated, water at least quarterly.
  • Additional testing of groundwater wells near the firefighting training center and notification to the Ohio EPA of any PFAS contamination above the federal threshold of 70 parts per trillion.
  • Installation of more groundwater monitoring wells if needed.
  • Determine if the firefighting training center is the source of contamination at the Ottawa plant.
  • Submit a work plan on short-term actions the city will put in place to prevent training center contamination impacting operating wells in the Mad River.

Dayton confronts two Mad River well field sites that face contamination threats from contaminants in firefighting foam. One is at the city’s fire training facility site off Springfield Street shown here, and the other is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, city officials say. TY GREENLEES / STAFF(Staff Writer)

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