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Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 7:46 AM
Updated: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 11:54 AM
Las Vegas — 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.
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.”
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.
“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.
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”.
Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 1:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 1:04 AM
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Published: Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 12:37 AM
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — 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.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 11:20 PM
MIAMI VALLEY — 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.
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.
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2018 @ 10:55 PM
MORAINE — 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.
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.