WPAFB: Emergency response tested during base-wide exercise

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

            Airmen from the 88th Air Base Wing Chaplains office review their office’s shelter-in-place checklist during a base exercise at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 30. Sheltering in place is a procedure designed to protect individuals by having them take shelter inside a dedicated room. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)
Airmen from the 88th Air Base Wing Chaplains office review their office’s shelter-in-place checklist during a base exercise at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Oct. 30. Sheltering in place is a procedure designed to protect individuals by having them take shelter inside a dedicated room. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wesley Farnsworth)

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base personnel once again tested their emergency response procedures last week during 2017’s final, quarterly base-wide exercise.

Activities ranged in scope from a family assistance exercise, to a pandemic response, to an air piracy event. As with most exercises, automated external defibrillator, or AED, usage was also evaluated.


Across the base on the morning of Oct. 30, there seemed to be little outward appearance that an exercise was underway, but representatives from several installation organizations converged on the Wright-Patterson Club where a temporary Emergency Family Assistance Center, or EFAC, was being activated.

An EFAC is typically activated in conjunction with an emergency management incident and when needs are beyond the capability of the agencies primarily tasked to respond to a crisis. Following events such as an active shooter or a tornado strike, the EFAC becomes the focal point where family members of those affected by the incident can get assistance and information. The core staff includes representatives from the Chapel, Mental Health, Finance, Legal, Public Affairs, Logistics Readiness and 88th Force Support Squadron, including both Military and Civilian Personnel, and Family Services Flight.

Besides responding to a variety of exercise inputs, this particular event also provided an opportunity for the EFAC representatives to interface and work on becoming more effective in their roles in advance of a real-world event.

On Oct. 31, the most intense exercise event of the week happened within the walls of the Crisis Action Team facility. It was here that representatives of offices whose primary responsibility for carrying out the provisions of the installation Disease Containment Plan, or DCP, met in a robust “table-top” plan review. Using a scenario where a global influenza pandemic has impacted Wright-Patterson, participants were evaluated on their responses to a variety of disease and process-related topics.

At the conclusion of the four-hour, table-top exercise, participants were asked to provide their own perspectives of the team’s ability to effectively follow the DCP’s requirements and provisions. Proposals and inputs will be used to make improvements in the base’s ability to react to any possible future pandemic.

The next day, the base’s Air Piracy plan was implemented and emergency response personnel from 88th Security Forces and the base Fire Department were dispatched following an exercise notification that a hijacked aircraft was heading to Wright-Patterson. As part of the response, the base’s Anti-Hijacking Control Center was activated and representatives converged to meet the possible needs brought on by the hijacking.

During the balance of the week, smaller exercise events, such as a facility lockdown in response to a “disgruntled” employee, shelter-in-place actions and automated external defibrillator responses, played out at a variety of base locations.

Wing Inspection Team members evaluated each event and, by the end of the week, built a record of those evaluations that will go into a report to indicate what areas went well and which might need refinement.

“This fourth quarter exercise culminates a full year of challenging base members to prepare for potential emergencies, whether natural or ‘man made,’” said Carmen Riches, chief, WPAFB Exercises. “Our goal is to ensure they think ahead on how they’ll react during the crisis. This enables a much quicker response, thus saving lives.”

The next quarterly base-wide exercise is scheduled for Jan. 29 to Feb. 2.

Dayton business owner exchanges gunfire with burglars with AK-47

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 6:06 AM

STORE SURVEILLANCE: Fix or Cell Now robbery

A Dayton business owner fired an AK-47 at burglars breaking into his cell phone store early Sunday morning.

Dayton police were dispatched to Fix or Cell Now at 619 Watervliet Street around 5:09 a.m. after the business' owner called to report the attempted robbery. 

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store's security system. 

The owner of Fix or Cell Now says he fired shots at potential robbers.

According to a police report, owner Adam Seaton was blocks away when he received a notification on his phone from the store's security system. 

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As he arrived to the store, Seaton told Dayton police he saw two men running from the store. Seaton said one of the men then stopped, pulled out a gun, and pointed it in his direction. 

According to police, Seaton then grabbed an AK-47 from his passenger seat and fired at the men. Seaton told our breaking news team he believes one of his bullets hit a suspect, but he cannot be sure. 

"Typically robberies at the store are done in 20 to 45 minutes, but I happened to be in the right place at the right time," Seaton said. 

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Seaton told police the would-be-thieves wearing black masks fled on foot after he fired shots. He said he followed the two men in his truck as they made their way into a running getaway truck parked in the 2500 block of Mundale Avenue. 

Seaton continued to follow the suspects in his truck. That's when he says the suspects began firing shots at his vehicle out of a driver side window. 

Police said Seaton ended his pursuit at the intersection of Smithville Road and Linden Avenue before returning to the store to alert police. 

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Seaton is calling for stricter punishment for robbers targeting area phone stores. 

“Give these guys [robbery suspects] punishment. They’re just stealing them [cell phones] and the courts just let them out the next day,” Seaton said. 

"“It’s not the police it’s the justice system. The police arrest them and the courts just let them out the next day." 

Seaton said this is the fourth robbery - and the first he's successfully stopped, since opening his store in December. 

As for what other business owners can do to prevent robberies, Seaton advises they purchase a folding security gate. 

"Just had my security gate save my inventory from getting stolen so invest in one of those," Seaton said.

According to the report, officers reviewed store surveillance which showed one suspect throw a brick through a security-gate reinforced window while another stood watch outside of the store. 

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3 connections Charles Manson has to southwest Ohio

Published: Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 7:40 AM

ARCHIVE: Charles Manson in 1969, 1970s

Mass murderer Charles Manson died Sunday night, according to reports.

Here are three connections Manson has to Ohio:

1. Born in Cincinnati. Charles Manson was born “no name Maddox” to 16-year-old Kathleen Maddox in 1934, according to hospital records unearthed for a 1987 Al Schottelkotte News special. He was born at Cincinnati General Hospital, which is where University of Cincinnati Hospital is today, news partner WCPO reported. He was eventually given the surname “Manson” when his mother married William Manson.

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2. Transient childhood. Manson’s childhood was transient, moving to West Virginia with relatives before he turned 6 years old. Then, he lived with his mother in various hotel rooms. “The next couple of years saw us in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, and probably a couple more states, and who knows how many cities,” Manson said in an autobiography. Manson had several run-ins with law enforcement through his childhood and young adulthood. At 9 years old, he was caught stealing and sent to reform school. He was later placed in the Gibault School for Boys in Indiana, but ran away. He spent time in several juvenile detention centers and childcare centers and was placed in the Chillicothe Correctional Facility in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1952.

3. Dayton locations for Manson film. Several films and documentaries have been created about Manson’s cult killings. Jim Van Bebber, an American film director who attended Wright State University, created “The Manson Family” — a cross between a fictional story and a documentary. Scenes for the film, which was released in the early 2000s, were filmed in Dayton.

Cool and sunny today, rain/snow mix possible Tuesday evening

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 3:57 AM

Darke County remains under a flood warning until 8:45 a.m. today.


  • Frigid morning
  • Few showers Tuesday with rain/snow mix possible
  • Quiet for Thanksgiving

>> WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar


Today: It will be a bitter cold morning with temperatures in the 20s, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Skies will be clear with plenty of sunshine through the afternoon. Highs will climb to the mid-40s, which is a little cooler than normal. It will be clear and chilly tonight with temperatures in the low 30s.

Tuesday: It will be a dry start to the day with sunshine. Clouds will increase into the afternoon and highs will reach around 50. A weak front will pass into the night. Some passing light rain showers are possible for the evening. A rain/snow mix is possible and showers will end quickly overnight.

>> County-by-County Weather

Wednesday: It will be cold again with temperatures in the morning in the 20s. A slick spot or two on bridges and overpasses can’t be ruled out where there were showers. There will be sunshine and a few clouds. Highs will only reach the upper 30s, which is about 10 degrees colder than normal.

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Thanksgiving: We’ll have beautiful weather for Thanksgiving this year. It will be cool and sunny with highs in the low 40s and dry from start to finish.

Friday: It will be a frigid morning for Black Friday shoppers as temperatures will start in the upper 20s. Skies will be sunny, so it will warm to the mid-40s. It will stay dry.

Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM

South 75 at Grand Ave Crash

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

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Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report

Surface Street Incidents

  • Rip Rap Road is closed due to high water. 
  • Crews are responding to a crash on Ballinger Road near Old Springfield Road in Union. The crash was reported shortly after 2 a.m.

>> RELATED: Check for delays or cancellations before heading to the airport

>> RELATED: Track the latest conditions in your neighborhood on our live WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 


  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: SR 48 to US 40 east to SR 49 to I-70 west.
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 east, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. The official detour is SR 48 to US 40 east to Airport Access Road to I-70 east.
  • US 35 east Ramp to I-75 north, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE, Nov. 16 at 10 p.m. - Nov. 17 at 6 a.m. The official detour is: US 35 east to I-75 south to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east


  • SR 4 between I-70 and Enon Road, Lane closures Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • Enon Road Ramp to SR 4 south, RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. The official detour is: SR 4 north to SR 369 to SR 4 south
  • SR 4 north Ramp to Enon Road, Intermittent RAMP CLOSURE Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. The official detour is: SR 4 north to SR 369 to SR 4 south to Enon Road


  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
  • SR 29 between Cisco Road and West Russell Road, shoulder closures through Nov. 17. *There could be intermittent lane closures in this area between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • SR 705 between Holthaus Road and Baumer Brandewie Road, ROAD CLOSURE Nov. 8 - 22. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 119 to SR 364