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Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:37 PM
— A Miami Valley woman on vacation in Florida witnessed the aftermath of today’s deadly high school shooting.
“I have never in my life seen so many cop cars and paramedics and SWAT team things everywhere. It was unbelievable,” said Urbana resident Stacey Longstreath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus in Parkland, Florida.
Longstreath said she first heard about the shooting when she and her husband stopped for a pizza lunch. She saw numerous police cruisers speed by and then her sister called to tell her what was happening and how close she was. Longstreath said she read about it using the WHIO app on her mobile phone.
As she and her husband were passing by the school on the interstate this afternoon on their way from Fort Lauderdale to an area beach, Longstreath shot a video using her cellphone, which she provided to WHIO.
Longstreath — a grandmother of school-aged children
— lives near West Liberty, where there was a shooting in January 2017 that injured a student. Today’s events called that to mind.
“It just makes you kind of scared because you know, it’s a school, and you feel the same way whether it’s in my town or someone else’s town. ... you send your kid, like I said, to go get an education, and they’re supposed to be safe there and these kinds of things are happening, you don’t even want to send your kids to school,” she said.
But Longstreath said a shooting is something that can happen any time, any where.
“You can’t be afraid or you’ll never leave your house.”
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:26 PM
ANSONIA — UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.: U.S. 127 North and South will remain closed as deputies investigate the collision involving a semitrailer and a passenger that sent two people in the car to a hospital.
Both victims were in the car, which appears to have failed to yield and pulled into the path of the semitrailer at the intersection of Reed Road and state Route 242, according to the preliminary Darke County Sheriff's investigation.
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The semi hit the gas tank section of the car and it spun to a stop in the roadway. The driver of the semi was not injured.
Both victims had to be extricated and were loaded onto one CareFlight helicopter for the trip to a hospital. Their injuries were said to be serious, but not life-threatening, according to a sheriff's sergeant on scene.
As many as two people have been taken to a hospital from a collision near Ansonia involving a passenger vehicle and a semitrailer.
The conditions of the victims is not known, but an initial report indicated that one or two of the victims may have been trapped in the wreckage for a time.
Darke County sheriff's deputies, medic units and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched sometime after 8 p.m. to the accident reported at U.S. 127 and state Route 242.
The scene is just west of Versailles, east of Ansonia.
Traffic in the area is affected until further notice.
We will update this developing report. Stay with whio.com for breaking news.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:48 PM
PIQUA — Jackson Cemetery just outside Piqua is home to Civil War veterans and many African-Americans who were born slaves but died free.
The cemetery has been a historical landmark for the last 10 years.
However, of concern to Piqua resident Della Shaffer is that some of these historical gravesites are overrun by brush.
She knows of nine veterans buried here and has seen at least five headstones in the woods.
“I think it’s very disrespectful and it’s kind of sad to think this is their final resting place after giving service to our country,” Shaffer said.
“We are Americans. These are veterans of the Civil War. These are men that served under Abraham Lincoln.
“I would love to have this cleared up by Memorial Day out of respect for them. But sometimes things take time,” she said.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 6:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 10:00 PM
KETTERING — UPDATE @ 10 p.m.
Power has been restored after more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers lost service earlier this evening in the Kettering area due to a “substation event.”
UPDATE @ 8:50 p.m.
The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 359, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.
Power was expected to be restored around 9 p.m., according to the DP&L website.
UPDATE @ 7:50 p.m.
The number without power in the Kettering area has dropped to 4,733, according to the Dayton Power & Light online outage map.
At its height, the number without service was more than 7,800 after a malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m.
UPDATE @ 7:15 p.m.
Crews are working to restore power to more than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers without service this evening in the Kettering area, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations, said.
A malfunction occurred at a substation around 6:30 p.m. that led to the outages.
Millhouse said service will be switched to other circuits to restore power as soon as possible, and that there should be no other interruption of service as repairs are made to the substation.
More than 7,800 Dayton Power & Light customers are without power this evening in the Kettering area.
According to the DP&L online outage map, the power failure was reported around 6:30 p.m. and restoration time is expected by 8 p.m. Originally, about 900 outages were reported before that number jumped to 7,882 on the outage map.
We are waiting to hear back from the utility on what led to the outages.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:24 PM
DAYTON — A collision involving a private ambulance and a passenger car on Linden Avenue at East Third Street ended with no injuries, police said.
The accident was dispatched about 8:15 p.m.
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The MedPro ambulance was empty and was not on a call, according to police. The other car, a small Saturn, had a small child inside.
Police tell us they're working to determine the at-fault driver.