5 Eaton women witness moments after Las Vegas shooting

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 7:46 AM
Updated: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 11:54 AM

UPDATE @ 2:34 p.m.:

A group of five Eaton women are in Las Vegas and witnessed the chaos that followed the shooting at the Route 91 concert Sunday night.

Janet Eby was one of the women and she said the group found out about the shooting when they got off the bus on the Las Vegas strip.

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“At that point we just attempted to head back to the hotel,” Eby said.  “The eerie thing was that everyone on the strip and walking was solemn, everyone was on their cell phones, we could hear the police, see the police, going down the street"

Eby is a member of the women’s singing group “Something Good,” who are spending time in Vegas for what she described as a “girls week out.” The group is staying at the Marriott Grand Chateu.

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A Bellbrook native attending the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas left minutes before the shooting began, according to her mother. 

Molly Sparks called her mother, Lori, early Monday and told her about the mass shootings. 

“As a parent getting that 2 a.m. phone call from your children is heart-stopping,” Lori Sparks posted on Facebook. 

“I got that call (this morning) from my daughter Molly Sparks who had been at that country concert in Las Vegas, but luckily had left about 30 minutes before the chaos started,” she added. “Those that were not so lucky, my heart goes out to their families and I will pray for the injured as well. I hope that type of call never happens again.”

A local couple vacationing in Las Vegas chose not to attend the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas at the last minute, a decision that may have saved their lives." 

Holly Bennett, who is from Xenia, and her husband were in Las Vegas the night tragedy struck after a gunman opened fire at a concert, killing at least 50 people and wounding over 200, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. They are safe after deciding to attend another show, rather than the Route 91 Festival the night of October 1.

“We decided not to go because of the chaos that happened the night before”, said Bennett. “Instead, we ended up going to a Cirque du Soleil show.”

Video on social media shows people panicking during the shooting in Las Vegas on late Sunday, Oct. 1. Russell Bleck, also known as @rtbleck on Instagram, was filming and running low towards his friends. He also shared on the website that 'he had barely made it out'.

Bennett was staying at The Mirage hotel, which is right next to the Mandalay Bay where the shootings occurred and fortunately got word of the shootings early and made an escape plan.

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“There was word of a shooting, so we went seven miles downtown to stay away from it”, she said.

Bennett has been stuck at a downtown Las Vegas casino since the shootings first occurred and is unsure when she or  the many others who are stuck as well, will be able to go back to their hotel.

“The entire strip is shut down, back roads are closed, and they are not allowing residents to get back in their hotel, especially at the New York-New York hotel”, Bennett said.

She said police are investigating the New York-New York Hotel specifically, which is right across the street from the Mandalay Bay, and she is unsure why. 

A concert-goer captured the moment a gunman opened fire on an outdoor music festival held on the Las Vegas Strip late on Sunday, killing at least 20 people - including two off-duty police officers - and wounding more than 100.

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Nonetheless, Bennett says police have been great with giving out information and updating everyone on the unexpected situation.

“Knowing this to be one of the largest shootings, it is unbelievable and shocking”, said Bennett. “The atmosphere is weird, kind of somber, and strange”.

Bennett is not scheduled to fly out of Las Vegas until Wednesday and although flights have been affected by the incident, she believes she will have no problem getting home. 

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:04 AM

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.

Major Highway Incidents

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Surface Street Incidents

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • 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.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west. 
  • Airport Access Road South between US 40 and I-70, Lane closure April 2 - 27. One southbound lane will remain open. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

GREENE COUNTY

  • There will be various lane closures on U.S. 35 between the Greene/Montgomery county line and Grange Hall Road through May 1 for bridge work. Lane closures will take place nightly from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m.
  • Red Stewart Airfield (Waynesville Airport) and State Route 725, lane closures April 23 - 27 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

PREBLE COUNTY

  • State Route 320 at Cedar Springs Road, ROAD CLOSURE for a mudslide until further notice.

WARREN COUNTY

MIAMI COUNTY

  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • SR 49 between Hollansburg-Sampson Road and Arcanum Bears Mill Road, Lane closure April 16 - May 16. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of portable signal.

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 
  • SR 49 between Menchhofer Road and SR 219, ROAD CLOSURE April 16 - 30. The official detour is: SR 29 to SR 118 to SR 219
  • SR 707 between Taylor Road and Lewis Street, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is US 127 north to SR 117 east 

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times. 
  • SR 274 between Shroyer Road and Island Avenue, Lane closure April 9 - June 9. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • SR 66 between Basinburg Road and Mason Road, ROAD CLOSURE April 9 - May 11. The official detour is: SR 66 to SR 47 to I-75 to SR 29 to SR 705 to SR 66

CLARK COUNTY

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • Upper Valley Pike between State Route 296 and Lippincott Road, ROAD CLOSURE, starting April 16 for approximately four weeks.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • US 68 between SR 508 and Township Road 310, ROAD CLOSURE April 23 - 27. The official detour is: US 68 to SR 296 to SR 29 to SR 235 to SR 47 to US 68. 
  • SR 235 between Township Road 93 and Township Road 250, ROAD CLOSURE April 30 - May 4. The official detour is SR 366 to US 33 to SR 385 to SR 117/SR 235.
  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • SR 197 between Township Road 117A and Ridge Street, Lane closure April 2 - May 3. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of temporary signal.
  • SR 116 between Hesse Road and Baker-Wright Road, Lane closure April 2 - 30. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of temporary signal.
  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 
  • US 33 between SR 65 and Center Street, Lane closure April 16 - May 9. One lane will remain open in each direction through the use of temporary signal.

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WPAFB forecast: Sunshine to take over after early morning chill

Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 12:37 AM

Temperatures will fall back into the mid-40s by Friday morning and give way to lots of sunshine to start the day.

Clouds will arrive in the afternoon, along with the chance of passing showers in the evening and then again later Friday night.

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Temperatures will reach into the mid-60s moving into Saturday, when a bit of clouds and another chance of a  passing shower or sprinkle will be evident.

Expect breezy and noticeably cooler weather for Saturday. Highs will top out in the low 50s.

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Severe weather season eerily quiet -- for now

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:20 PM

In Ohio, severe weather season got off to a quick start in March and early April with 9 tornadoes reported in the state. Typically, Ohio sees about 3 tornadoes from January through April. However, it has been eerily quiet in the Central and Southern Plains, which is tornado alley.

Despite the cold winter, severe weather season actually got off to a quick and intense start, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. 

On Feb. 25, the state's first tornado of the year touched down in Clermont County, just outside of Cincinnati. 

March was also active but with flooding more of a concern than severe winds or hail. 

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But that changed again as we rolled into April with several tornadoes touching down across the Miami Valley and the state. 

So far in 2018, there have been nine tornado touchdowns in Ohio. Usually by this time of year, we've had an average of three tornadoes. 

But since early April, the weather turned cool across the Ohio Valley and really about the eastern half of the country. 

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The cooler weather has all but squashed severe weather across much of the region. 

In the central plains, what is typically known as "Tornado Alley" has been unusually void of tornadoes. Typically, Oklahoma and Kansas have had about 20 tornadoes each by this time of the year. 

So far, there have been no tornado touchdowns in either state. 

Amazingly, there have been more tornadoes in California and Ohio than in anywhere in the northern or central plains. 

As May gets underway, a more active -- typical -- spring pattern is expected to evolve. 

This will likely bring the threat of severe storms back into areas that typically see it this time of year. 

The threat for stronger storms may even return to Ohio by the first or second week of May.

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Moraine police issue warning after attempted child abduction

Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:55 PM

The Moraine Police Department is issuing a warning to parents and guardians to keep an eye on children as the warm weather brings more of them outside to play.

The department, in a social media post tonight, related that police took a complaint from a 13-year-old girl who said a white male, 40 to 50 years old with brown hair, brown hat and dark sunglasses tried to lure her into his vehicle. 

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Officer Jay Klemmensen said the incident occurred sometime between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

The incident occurred in the area of Lauderdale Drive and Genoa Street, according to the social media post. 

The would-be assailant claimed to have a dog in the back of the vehicle, police said in the post. He also exposed himself to the girl, who police said was able to run to safety. 

The suspect was believed to be driving an older four-door sedan, dark gray with a rusted front end. 

Officer Klemmensen noted that the suspect followed the girl from Alex-Bell Plaza. 

If you have information about this incident or believe you saw the incident, you are asked to call Moraine police at 937-535-1166.

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