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Published: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 3:29 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 08, 2018 @ 11:00 PM
— Cloudy skies are expected overnight with a chance for snow, mainly across the northern half of the region, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures overnight will hold to around 20 degrees.
Friday: Expect cloudy skies with a chance of a few sprinkles or drizzle. Some snow showers are possible, mainly early across the northern Miami Valley. Highs will rebound into the lower 40s.
Saturday: Cloudy skies will start the weekend with a chance for a passing rain or snow shower. Highs will drop back into the upper 30s.
Sunday: Expect a wintry mix to start the day of either sleet or perhaps freezing rain. This mix will likely change over to snow showers before ending. Highs will be in the lower 30s but fall through the day.
Monday: Skies will clear with plenty of sunshine by late afternoon. It will be chilly with highs in the middle 30s.
Tuesday: A warming trend will get underway under partly cloudy skies. Highs will reach into the middle 40s.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 1:42 PM
DAYTON — The Boy Scouts of America presented Mount Enon Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton with a special charter on Sunday for a unique partnership.
Through the church, 1501 W. Third St., youths can get involved in scouting programs, which is intended to help steer kids away from trouble and teach them leadership skills.
Julian Pruitt Sr., community scouting coordinator, said he wants to eventually charter other churches in Dayton, creating a network of places young people of all ages can find mentors and special programming to address issues in their neighborhoods.
“We are actually looking at kindergarten all the way to the 12 grade. That is a unique responsibility,” Pruitt said.
Increasing scouting in Dayton can literally save the lives of members, giving them a positive alternative and an outlet to make a difference, he said.
“There has been a lot of break-ins and cellphone stores and things of this nature. At the same time we can bring more leaders to the community,” Pruitt said.
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 2:27 PM
In a Warren County courtroom and outside a Texas school building where a recent deadly shooting happened, video games and their potential connection to violence have been part of the conversation about school threats.
After the May 18 school shooting that killed 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said the nation has “got to address” the issue of video game violence.
Locally, at least 15 school threat cases have been filed in Warren County since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting killed 17 people in February. In at least two of those cases, defendants and lawyers made references to video games.
Research doesn’t link violent video games directly to acts of violence. Local experts, however, said studies have linked violent games to minor acts that are more rude or anti-social than violent.
Steven Liptak, a psychologist with Upper Valley Outpatient Behavioral Health, said video game violence could be considered a risk factor that might make violence more likely, but it is unlikely to be the single cause of a violent incident. Other factors can include peer rejection, poor self-control, bad school performance and lack of empathy for others.
“If you look at it from a common-sense perspective, there’s literally millions of people, not just kids, who play … first person shooter video games like Call of Duty, for example,” Liptak said. “Most of those people don’t turn out to be violent.”
Violent video games are one of several factors the National Rifle Association and politicians have brought up following school shootings. Politicians have also blamed Ritalin, the structure of school buildings and mental illness for mass shootings. Gun control advocates say those arguments serve to distract the public from the gun control debate.
A 13-year-old Mason boy acknowledged under questioning by Warren County Juvenile Court Judge Joe Kirby this month that he learned about the gun he threatened to shoot his teacher with from the video game “Call of Duty.” Kirby sentenced the boy for inducing panic after he admitted to threatening his teacher with a Glock when she reprimanded him for watching YouTube videos in class.
In March, a 16-year-old Clearcreek Twp. boy was charged with disorderly conduct after alluding to the game in an Instagram post following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High school in Parkland. He posted a picture of an Osprey gun and referenced a “killstreak” in the “Call of Duty: MW3 game,” comparing it to the Parkland shooting.
But research has yet to link school shootings, or any serious violence, to violent video games. America has a high rate of gun ownership and gun murders relative to other developed countries, but not a high rate of video game use, according to reporting by the New York Times.
Dr. Latisha Gathers-Hutchins, a pediatric psychologist at Dayton’s Children’s hospital, said studies have linked aggressive behavior to video game violence. The field defines aggression differently than violence; it’s a wider range of behavior that includes less serious harmful behavior.
“It could be something like yelling at someone or being mean, all the way up to violence,” she said.
Studies have concluded that violent video gaming can make people more likely to commit minor acts of aggression such as giving actors simulated electric shocks, loud noise blasts or very spicy hot sauce. Gathers-Hutchins said studying actual violence is difficult because violent acts are relatively rare and provoking them in a research setting is unethical.
She also said seeking a single cause of violent acts like school shootings is misguided. Violent acts tend to have multiple causes and risk factors, she said.
Callousness and disregard for human life is another risk factor for violence, and Liptak said more researchers should study whether violent media consumption decreases regard for human life.
“I think most people can kind of separate or compartmentalize,” Liptak said. “I think if they were to see something in real life, they would be affected by it. I do wonder if some of the violent video games, given how realistic they are, could be sort of a subtle risk factor because it could contribute to some callousness.”
Liptak said parents should make sure children are mature enough for the games they play and monitor the way their children and teens use video games. If children play video games to let off steam but are also involved in sports and doing well in school, the gaming is likely not a problem.
If a teen or child is becoming isolated, acting irritable and losing sleep because of the gaming, it could have negative health effects. Besides increased aggression, excessive gaming could lead to addiction or signal someone is depressed.
Gathers-Hutchins said risk of aggressive behavior increases with more violent video gaming. Research doesn’t suggest video games cause more aggression than passive consumption of violent media, so parents should consider their child’s consumption of violent television, movies and music as well.
Staff Writer Lawrence Budd contributed to this report.
Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM
BEAVERCREEK — Saturday marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.
The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.
VIDEO: Beavercreek tornado of 2015
Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.
“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.
Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.
“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.
Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.
“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”
The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.
There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.
“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”
Published: Sunday, May 27, 2018 @ 9:34 AM
— This edition of WHIO Reports will focus on human trafficking. It sounds like the kind of crime that happens somewhere else around the country. But, in fact, it’s happening in the Miami Valley. It’s a combination of a lot of crimes, often times it involves drugs, prostitution, organized crime, forced labor – some of them or all of the above.
Guests include: Tonya Folks, Trafficking Liaison with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department; Susan Gruenberg, Human Trafficking Awareness Advocate and Amy Wilhelm, Safe Harbor House (Springfield).