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West Carrollton officer accidentally shoots self at Franklin police firing range

Published: Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 11:02 AM
Updated: Friday, May 04, 2018 @ 12:20 PM

An officer was shot in the leg at the Franklin PD shooting range Friday.

UPDATE @ 12:20 p.m.: 

A West Carrollton officer accidentally shot himself in the leg at the Franklin police firing range Friday morning, according to police. 

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The officer, only identified as a veteran of at least 10 years, was at the range for an annual qualification when he shot himself while holstering his weapon, according to West Carrollton Deputy Police Chief David Wessling and Franklin police. 

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The officer was transported to Kettering Medical Center in stable condition and is expected to be ok, according to police. 

“He’s proficient, but sometimes incidents happen. This is an unfortunate event,” Wessling said.

West Carrollton police use the Franklin police range for standard qualifications that occur annually and biannually, Wessling said. 

Additional details, including the officer’s identity, were not released. 

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UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m.: 

An officer shot in the leg at the Franklin police firing range is from a different department that was using the range, according to Franklin Police Chief Russ Whitman. 

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Initial reports indicate the shooting was accidental, but those reports have not been confirmed by officials. 


An officer has reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the leg at a Franklin police firing range Friday morning. 

Medics were dispatched to the range in the 200 block of Baxter Drive around 10:50 a.m. in Franklin after the incident was reported. 

Dispatchers said the officer was already being removed to an area hospital, but their condition wasn’t immediately known. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Cooling centers beginning to open in response to relentless heat 

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

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A number of people are taking advantage of Dayton's designated cooling centers to beat the relentless heat and humidity that has hit the region.

In Dayton, the Greater Dayton Rec Center, the Northwest Recreational Center and Lohrey Recreational center are places where people can beat the heat. 

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"We have a lot of people that don't have air conditioning or fans, " Nicole Burger, Greater Dayton Rec Center, told News Center 7's Malik Perkins on Monday morning. "When the weather gets hot like this, we need to give them some relief." 

Heat Advisory remains in effect

City of Dayton 

Greater Dayton Recreation Center, 2021 W. Third St., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Lohrey Recreation Center and Belmont Pool, 2366 Glenarm Ave., Dayton, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Northwest Recreation Center, 1600 Princeton Drive, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 

We'll keep working to update this story throughout the day. 

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How much do you know about your credit score?

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

Your credit score has the ability to impact how much you pay for your home, car, credit cards and insurance. 

A new study being released today by the Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions will reveal what consumers do and don't know about credit scores and how those answers may affect our ability to borrow and have a secure financial future. 

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News Center 7 consumer reporter Rachel Murray will have the results of the survey and easy ways you can improve your credit score on WHIO-TV at 5 p.m.

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Man detained following false shooting call in Centerville

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 8:29 AM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:14 AM

Officers and medics responded to a home in the 8200 block of Rhine Way Monday morning on initial reports of an unresponsive person.

UPDATE @ 11:12 a.m.:

A 37-year-old man is being detained following a false report of a shooting and home invasion on Rhine Way this morning, according to Centerville police.

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Additional details about the incident are expected to be released later this afternoon.

UPDATE @ 9:15 a.m.:

A report of a shooting after a home invasion robbery at a Centerville home was a false call, according to investigators. 

Officers and medics were dispatched to the home in the 8200 block of Rhine Way around 8 a.m. after a man called dispatchers and claimed he shot an intruder. 

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Centerville police surrounded the house but found no initial evidence of a crime. Officers later forced entry into the home and found nothing. 

Police said the investigation will continue into who made the false call. 

Additional details were not available. 


We’re working to learn more about a police investigation occurring at a Centerville home Monday morning. 

Officers and medics responded to a home in the 8200 block of Rhine Way around 8 a.m. on initial reports of am unresponsive person, according to scanner traffic. 

According to initial reports, a person called into dispatchers and said they shot an intruder, before hanging up. Police have not found any evidence of a crime at the house, but are continuing to investigate, according to scanner traffic and our crew on the scene. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Miami Valley looks for ways to beat the heat

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:55 AM

The entire Miami Valley is under a heat advisory Monday with a heat index of 100 degrees outside.

That will make any prolonged outdoor activity dangerous if you're not taking the right precautions. 

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Doctors at Kettering Medical Center said that they are seeing a lot more patients coming in this time of year with complaints of severe cramping, nausea and headaches from the heat. 

Tree trimmers were in Riverside Monday morning, cutting down limbs around the Valley Worship Center on Valley Pike. 

Trimmers started the work at 9 a.m. and planned to be there for five to six hours. 

They filled coolers with ice and drinks to keep their core temperatures down and to keep out of the Kettering Medical Center ER.

“[The heat] makes us constantly sweat,” said Josh Patterson, tree trimmer for Tackett Tree & Shrub Service. “Keeping sweat out of your face and eyes, you really want to come down for a drink of water every five minutes.”

At Orchardly Park, parents were making sure kids' body temperatures stayed cool with the splash pad water and by giving them plenty of fluids.

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