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Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:16 PM
MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Last weekend’s false alarm in Hawaii that sent people scrambling for cover is a mistake that is unlikely to be repeated in the Miami Valley, according to Jeff Jordan, director, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management.
Saturday morning, people were alerted by the Hawaii emergency management agency that a missile attack was imminent.
Text alerts went to people’s cell phones and radio broadcasts were interrupted with the message. It came during a test of the state’s emergency notification system.
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“It sounds like in their system the test message and the actual message were right next to each other. Frankly that is an accident waiting to happen,” Jordan said.
Hawaii authorities confirmed that once the first message went out in error, it took more than 30 minutes to recall it and replace it with the all clear.
Jordan said notification systems used locally and statewide in Ohio do not include just one “button” for an emergency. Each message, he said, must be written to fit the emergency to avoid the situation that Hawaii found itself in.
“There are specific protocols in place (in Montgomery County) to prevent that kind of miscommunication,” Jordan said.
A mix of multiple agencies are responsible for notifying the public of emergencies. Alerts of incoming bad weather come directly from the National Weather Service, according to NewsCenter 7 Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs.
“We actually see it instantly into our weather graphics and that is why it is so great with the new technology that we have to get these watches and warnings immediately,” Vrydaghs said.
The NWS alerts also go directly to emergency management agencies statewide.
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Other emergency notices include Amber alerts, concerning missing children, which come from local law enforcement.
The Ohio Department of Transportation uses highway electronic signs to notify the public of slow traffic or emergency response crews blocking expressway lanes.
Jordan said oftentimes, their best means of distributing emergency information is through the media. The agency uses social media as well, but broadcast radio and TV can reach more people very quickly.
He advises people that in case of a true emergency to take cover first and then check local media for updates on the situation.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 3:14 AM
MASON — Several rifles were reportedly stolen when a firearms store was broken into early Wednesday morning.
The break-in happened just after 2 a.m. at Firepower Arms & Supply in the 700 block of Reading Road. Initial reports indicate three men wearing neon green gloves broke into the store and stole rifles.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:46 AM
HUBER HEIGHTS — UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m: Two men are in custody after reportedly breaking into Target and leading officials on a pursuit Wednesday morning, officials say.
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Huber Heights police were dispatched to the store at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. on reports of a break-in, per initial reports.
After seeing a car that matched the suspect vehicle description, a short, low-speed pursuit began southbound on Old Troy Pike near the I-70 overpass, according to officials.
The pursuit ended in the 5600 block of Taylorsville Road and the suspects were apprehended.
Officials say the men could face charges including failure to comply and breaking and entering.
Police are responding to a break-in that occurred at the Target in Huber Heights Wednesday morning.
The incident occurred at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., per initial reports.
There are at least three subjects reportedly involved.
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:24 AM
— More consumers are using their phone to make purchases using apps like Apple Pay, Venmo, and Zelle, but scammers are finding new ways to target these digital wallets.
Crooks are tricking users with phishing, over payment schemes, canceled payment fraud, sweepstakes scams, and more, according to the BBB.
Leroy Wilson of Dayton uses Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, and Google Pay and said he feels safe using them, but he does worry about potential scams when buying from an individual online.
“I had an identity theft thing a while back and now it’s just caution, caution, caution,” said Wilson.
Crooks are tricking digital wallet users with phishing, over payment schemes, cancelled payment fraud, sweepstakes scams, and more, according to the BBB.
“Basically, they are new twists on old schemes,” said Sheri Sword, Dayton and Miami Valley BBB, vice president of communications.
One of the biggest risk with digital wallets the liability factor, according Sword.
A lot of the digital app vendors do not protect you against fraud. So, they will not reimburse you,” Sword said.
To protect your money from digital wallet scams, follow these steps:
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:06 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:24 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:35 a.m: Dayton police are investigating after a woman was shot in Dayton early Wednesday morning.
Crews were dispatched to the 500 block of Bentley Street around 1 a.m. on a person shot, per initial reports.
Officials told this news outlet that they are working to learn if the woman was shot at the dispatched address or another location.
A 911 caller stated they heard at least two gunshots in the area of Bentley Street and Bickmore Ave.
“I heard screaming and yelling. A girl was screaming and yelling”, the caller said.
The woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
There are no suspects at this time.
Officials are on scene in the 500 block of Bentley Street after a person was reportedly shot early Wednesday morning.
The incident was dispatched around 1 a.m. with a woman reportedly shot in the side, per initial reports.