Springfield native hit by shrapnel during Las Vegas massacre

Published: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 8:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 03, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

A Springfield native who attended the country concert in Las Vegas was hit by shrapnel and tried to save the life of a woman near him after she was struck by gunfire during the largest mass shooting in United States history.

A Springfield native who attended the country concert in Las Vegas was hit by shrapnel and tried to save the life of a woman near him after she was struck by gunfire during the largest mass shooting in United States history.

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47-year-old Todd Riley, a 1988 Kenton Ridge High School graduate who now lives in Thornton, Col., attended the three-day concert with his fiancée and two other couples last week, said his mother, Springfield native Rita Riley.

“You just can’t even imagine something like this happening,” Rita Riley said.

On Sunday evening, the unthinkable happened: As Riley was in line for a drink, the woman in front of him was shot in the chest and fell into his arms, Rita Riley said.

Riley and another man found shelter for the woman after she was shot. They attempted to CPR, but were unsuccessful, Rita Riley said. A young man used a wheelbarrow to get her to medics during the gunfire, she said.

This was just one act of courage her son saw during the shooting, she said.

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“You always try to save somebody, that’s just your nature,” Rita Riley said, “I think it’s going to weigh on him for awhile. … I think that’s going to be the hardest thing for him to heal from. He tried his best (to save her).”

Her son was treated and released from the hospital and is back in Colorado, where he works as a school principal.

“He just basically says no one will ever know the nightmare of what these people went through and what they witnessed,” Rita Riley said. “You don’t think to experience that at a concert.”

The shooting left 59 people dead and 500 people were taken to hospitals in Las Vegas on Sunday night after authorities said Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from his nearby hotel room window.
Springfield native hit by shrapnel during Las Vegas massacre

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Clark Co. homeowner trying to kill weeds sets garage ablaze, fire officials say

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:03 AM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 5:42 AM

SCENE: Fully engulfed garage fire in Clark County

UPDATE @ 6:00 a.m: A homeowner attempting to kill weeds surrounding his garage with a torch, caused the entire garage to go up in flames, officials say.

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Springfield Twp. fire crews were dispatched to the 2000 block of Scioto Street around 4 a.m. on reports of a fully involved detached garage fire, per initial reports.

The fire did not expose to the house and no injuries were reported. 

Damage estimates are expected to be around 10 to 15 thousand dollars, as the structure, which had tools and appliances inside, was a total loss.

Fire officials are ruling the fire as accidental. 

INITIAL REPORT

Crews responded to the 2000 block of Scioto Street in Clark County on a reported detached garage fire early Thursday morning.

Photo by iWitness 7 contributor Susan Fain

Initial reports indicate the fire was fully involved with possible exposure around 4 a.m. 

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We’re on scene and will update this story with additional details. 

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Temperatures soar, high UV index for the day 

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 3:58 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini looks at how warm we get today and how muggy it gets this weekend.

>> Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • UV index very high today
  • Dry rest of work week
  • Hot, humid with storms this weekend 

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A quiet morning with low humidity and plenty of sunshine through the day. Highs soar into the low to mid 80s, which is about 10 degrees above normal. UV Index is very high for the afternoon. Expect it to be dry from start to finish. 

FRIDAY: Another dry day with highs in the middle 80s, so it’ll start to feel a little muggy. UV Index will be very high again. Sunny skies for the afternoon with a a few clouds at night. 

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SATURDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds with lots of dry time during the day, but winds out of the south will help to increase moisture. Dew points climb and it will feel hot and humid as highs reach in the upper 80s. High humidity will make it feel like 90 (heat index). A few afternoon/early evening storms may develop.

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SUNDAY: Sun and clouds again with highs in the upper 80s, but even muggier for the day. The heat index values rise to the low 90s, but the UV Index will likely still be high. An afternoon pop up storm is possible again. 

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MONDAY: Dry time expected, especially early in the day. Another hot and humid day with highs in the upper 80s. Heat index values will be in the low 90s. A pop up storm is possible during the day with most spots looking to stay dry. 

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2 injured in collision involving semi on U.S. 127 in Darke County, near Ansonia

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:42 AM

Crash at U.S. 127 and Ohio 242 in Darke County on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

UPDATE @ 4:45 a.m: U.S. 127 north and south have reopened following a crash that involved a semitrailer late Wednesday night.

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.

INITIAL REPORT

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. 

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Air Pollution Advisory today for Butler, Warren counties

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 4:04 AM

An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell
An Air Quality Advisory is in place for Thursday in Butler and Warren counties(Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell)

An Air Quality Advisory will be in effect today for Butler and Warren counties.

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency issued the advisory in anticipation of high ozone levels. It also includes Clermont and Hamilton counties in Ohio and Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky.

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Active children and adults, and people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion, according to a release from the agency.

To help reduce air pollution:

  • Take the bus, carpool, bike or walk instead of driving 
  • Refuel vehicles after 8 p.m., do not top off 
  • Do not idle your vehicle 
  • Combine trips or eliminate unnecessary vehicle trips 
  • Keep your vehicle maintained with properly inflated tires and timely oil changes 
  • Avoid use of gasoline-powered lawn equipment on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Avoid use of oil-based paints and stains on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Never burn leaves or other yard trimmings 
  • Always burn clean, seasoned wood in outdoor fire pits, fireplaces and wood stoves 
  • Avoid using fire pits or fireplaces for non-essential home heating on Air Quality Advisory days 
  • Conserve electricity

The Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency monitors and reports air quality data as a public service. 

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