What you need to know about getting a gun

Published: Monday, February 05, 2018 @ 5:38 PM

CCW holder has sometimes been shooter, other times hero

More Ohioans than ever are buying guns for protection. Sherry Washington of Centerville decided to buy one and signed up to take a C-C-W class to learn how to use it.

"Times are changing and it's a comfort," said Washington.

For other Miami Valley residents, it's all about invoking their Second Amendment rights to own a firearm. 

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"I have guns at home and I may carry it sometimes," said Jim McDowell of Troy. "I may not but I want to have that option."

Either way, for long-time C-C-W instructor Sanford Whitlow, it is about education, proficiency and being responsible.

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"I thing anybody who's carrying a gun should have some kind of training. I think that should be mandatory," said Whitlow of Personal Defense Incorporated. "I don't want you around me if you don't know what you're doing. It's that simple."

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Whitlow has been teaching C-C-W classes since it became legal in Ohio to conceal and carry a firearm. He said he has seen a lot of changes including the reasons why many people want to own a gun. In the past, most of his students got a gun because it was their right. Now, Whitlow said, he's hearing more about people being afraid and wanting to protect themselves. 

Fear is the reason said Sherry Washington, after she heard about a car-jacking in an area she often travels.

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"I'm always stuck at that light at Salem and Grand, so I started carrying a gun for years. I carried it in the side of the car seat. I carried it on the door," said Washington. "Even though I knew it was wrong, I wanted to be safe for me and my kids.

Jim McDowell of Troy is a teacher who said he is preparing for the day when the law might allow him to protect his students.

"I think its something that's coming. It should be there. Schools are just sitting ducks as far as i'm concerned," said McDowell. 

Whitlow said that no matter what the reason for owning a gun, it is important to train on how to use it and keep up with the laws. For example; employees who are not federal workers can now keep a gun secured in their vehicle. That includes teachers, pastors, retail workers and anyone who doesn't work on a federal property can keep a gun locked in their car. However, he said the rules are different if you ride an RTA bus.

"If you are not a C-C-W holder, you are not allowed to carry a firearm on our property or on our buses," said Jessica Olson, RTA spokesperson.

There is another change that impacts military men and women in the Miami Valley.

"Now if you're active duty military, you can actually get a license to carry a gun without taking the class," said Whitlow.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office tells us that nearly 118,000 people got their C-C-W license in 2017 compared to only 53,000 in 2012. Whitlow said he is not surprised by those numbers because dangerous times demand personal protection. 

"Crime happens everywhere right? There's no restrictions on where crooks go," Whitlow said. 

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Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 7:10 PM

Today marks 3rd anniversary of Beavercreek tornado

Today marks the third anniversary of a tornado that ripped through Beavercreek, damaging businesses and homes.

The most damage was to part of the Greene Crossing Shopping Plaza off Indian Ripple Road, where two people suffered minor injuries while inside their vehicles.

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Don Moncrief is a mechanic at Performance Bicycle at the strip mall. He said he’ll never forget the twister that came through.

“It started to rain real hard and I was just standing right back here, right where I am now,” he said.

Store surveillance video shows the tornado as it traveled through the parking lot, hitting portions of the building as drivers try to veer out of its path.

“And I looked and I’ve never been close to a tornado before but I knew as it brushed the front of the building, I knew exactly what it was,” Moncrief said.

A tornado toppled cars and tore roofs off businesses at the Greene Crossing Shopping Center May 26, 2015, in Beavercreek. LISA POWELL / STAFF FILE

Another video shows large pieces of debris land on two vehicles.

“I could see the debris swirling. It blew our door open (to the shop). I could look up and see the windows and glass just flexing like crazy,” he said. “It came and went. I didn’t even have time to get scared.”

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The National Weather Service classified the tornado as an EF-1 with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph. The width of the tornado was 70 yards, and it was on the ground for one minute and traveled a half-mile. As many as 22 cars sustained damage in the shopping center parking lot in addition to building damage, the NWS said.

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There was plenty of damage to the Fit Works gym next door to Performance Bicycle, which was closed for nine days, Moncrief said.

“It wasn’t a vicious tornado, but I don’t want to do another one,” he said. “One’s enough.”

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Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:14 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 5:20 PM

Bicyclist struck, killed on West Main Street in Troy

A bicyclist was killed late Saturday morning after he was struck by an SUV while headed west on West Main Street.

  • Bicyclist pronounced dead at scene
  • Victim’s identity not yet released
  • Motorist taken to hospital as precaution

The bicyclist was traveling west in the curb lane in the 900 block of West Main Street just before noon when he was ended up in the path of an oncoming SUV and was struck, Troy police Capt. Joe Long said.

The victim, described as an older man from the Troy area, was not identified. 

He was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

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The driver of the SUV was not believed to be injured but was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy as a precaution.

The crash remains under investigation.

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People and pets participate in Humane Society’s annual Furry Skurry 5K

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 11:22 AM

Furry Scurry 5K event on Saturday

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton held its 27th annual Furry Skurry 5K walk/run Saturday morning.

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People with their pets walked and ran to raise money to help care for homeless pets at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, according to Jessica Garringer of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.

The event took place at Eastwood Metro Park at 9:30 a.m.

The Furry Skurry had live entertainment, arts, crafts, food truck rally, a kids play zone, a beverage tent and more according to Garringer.

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Community celebrates honorary street naming for Dean Lovelace

Published: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 6:38 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 26, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Street named for former city commissioner Dean Lovelace

The family of Dean Lovelace, the longest-serving Dayton city commissioner, celebrated an honorary street renaming for him Saturday.

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Dean Lovelace Drive was unveiled at 11 a.m. at Madden Hills Drive in Dayton.

The ceremony also included a balloon release in memory of the late commissioner who died last year on Memorial Day weekend at the age of 71.

Dean Lovelace

He served as commissioner for 22 years and left the commission in 2016 for health reasons after finishing his sixth term.

Lovelace was described by friends and peers as a firebrand committed to serving the most needy residents of Dayton.

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