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Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 @ 6:56 AM
— While police continue to investigate Monday’s attack that left 11 injured on Ohio State’s campus, here are five things to know surrounding the case.
1. Attacker’s social media posts examined
Federal law enforcement officials confirmed late Monday to CNN that attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan wrote a Facebook post saying he had grown “sick and tired” of seeing fellow Muslims “killed and tortured.”
Law enforcement officials from Ohio State and the city of Columbus said Monday that they were investigating any ties to terrorism with help from federal authorities, but said it was too early to determine a motive.
Shortly before the attack, Artan posted a comment urging America “to stop interfering with other countries, especially the Muslim Ummah,” a term for Muslim people at large. “By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims,” he wrote. “You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”
2. Political arguments over terror, guns
While university officials were urging unity on campus, some political leaders were already arguing about the role of Islamic terrorism and guns.
Josh Mandel, Ohio’s elected treasurer, tweeted: “Looks like Radical Islamic terror came to my alma mater today. So sad what happened at OSU. We must remain vigilant against Radical Islam.” He later tweeted the last line again.
Ohio Democrats fired back at the Republican Mandel. Michael Premo, the Ohio Senate Democrats’ chief of staff, tweeted, “Looks like knee-jerk islamophobia came to my state today. So sad what @JoshMandelOhio said. We must remain vigilant against prejudice.”
The gun debate also came into play. The attack was first reported as an active shooter, until it became clear that Artan used a car and knife, and was eventually shot by a police officer with a gun.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, issued a simple statement after the attack: “Thank God he didn’t have a gun.”
Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association tweeted: “If there’s one lesson to be learned today, it’s this: In the right hands, guns are tools that protect & save lives #2A #OhioStateUniversity.”
3. Ohio legislature addressing campus gun issue
The Columbus Dispatch reported that the Ohio Senate could pass a bill this week that would reduce the penalty for carrying a gun on a college campus from a felony to a misdemeanor.
That issue is addressed in House Bill 48, which easily passed the Ohio House a year ago. The bill also would allow colleges to let people carry concealed handguns on campus.
The bill has been scheduled for a possible Senate committee vote on Wednesday morning. It’s unclear whether the Ohio State incident will change that timeline in any way.
The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police opposed the bill when it was in the House.
4. A huge roller coaster for OSU
The simple timing of Monday’s attack meant people on campus had gone through a wide range of emotions in just a few days.
Last week saw Thanksgiving celebrations on campus, followed by students saying goodbye to head home for a long holiday weekend. Then Saturday, Ohio State’s nationally ranked football team won an overtime thriller against their intense rival Michigan, buoying spirits on campus.
Then Monday morning, as thousands of students were returning to their normal routines and saying hello to those they hadn’t seen in almost a week, the attacker struck.
5. One-year anniversary of other incident
Monday’s attack happened 364 days after a man fired gunshots in the Wexner Center for the Arts on OSU’s campus. That incident happened on a Sunday morning when few people were there, and no one was hurt.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:01 PM
DAYTON — City of Dayton police have blocked off Grand Avenue due to a tree falling on multiple cars.
Crews were dispatched at approximately 6:30 p.m. to the 500 block of Grand Ave. after the tree fell on two vehicles, knocking a light pole down. No injuries were reported.
Crews are working to clear the scene and will reopen the roadway as soon as DP&L confirms there are no safety hazards, regional dispatch said.
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Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 7:14 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:09 PM
CENTERVILLE — A 16-year-old Washington Twp. boy has been accused of committing a sex crime as a result of an ongoing investigation by Centerville police after an incident alleged to have occurred at Centerville High School.
John Davis, community relations officer with the Centerville Police Department, confirmed the investigation began May 5 after an incident on the grounds of the high school.
“The suspect and victim are both juveniles, therefore, the details that I can provide are very limited,” Davis said.
The suspect is a Centerville student. The matter is now juvenile court.
School officials said that allegations involving sex crimes are taken seriously and police were notified immediately.
“We cannot go into much detail since the student involved is a juvenile,” said Sarah Swan, community relations specialist for the school district. “There were school consequences for the student, and the police were notified.”
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:22 PM
XENIA — UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m.: The Rumpke trash truck has been pulled from the building it crashed into this morning.
The office the Rumpke trash truck hit was the home administrator's office, Greene County Administrator Brandon Huddleson said. The nursing home administrator was in the front of the building and was not injured.
"We've had some of these issues before [a car hit the treasurer's office on Main Street some time ago]... I wasn't expecting to see a trash truck actually inside our building," he said.
Huddleson said, "by the grace of God, the folks that were in those offices were out in the field or out in other places in the building."
He noted it's hard to imagine that anyone who would have been in the building could have escaped.
There are about 50 residents in the building, but the entire wing where the truck hit is all administrative/maintenance offices.
There was some ancillary flooding in the damaged portion of the building, because of the sprinkler system that activated. Otherwise, he said, it's business as usual at the nursing home.
UPDATE @ 12:45 p.m.:
A building support will have to be installed at the Greenwood Manor nursing home before the Rumpke trash truck lodged inside a wing of offices can be pulled out, Greene County building inspectors said.
No employees were in the wing when the truck crashed into the home, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, about 8:45 a.m.
A Rumpke official said the company and police are continuing to investigate the incident.
The trash truck driver was taken to Greene Memorial Hospital, where he was to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, Xenia police said.
A trash truck has crashed into a nursing home on Dayton Xenia Road in Xenia Thursday morning.
Fire crews were initially dispatched to the Greenwood Manor, 711 Dayton Xenia Road, around 8:45 a.m. on reports of a fire alarm from the building.
While crews were still responding, dispatchers said a trash truck had crashed into the building.
Initial reports indicate one person was injured in the crash and the wing where the crash occurred has been evacuated.
Additional details were not available.
Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:25 PM
— FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED UNTIL MIDNIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES:
Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby, Warren and Wayne (Indiana).
This evening: A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of the region until midnight. Rain will be likely, but gradually decrease in coverage through the evening, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will hold to around 70 degrees.
Overnight: Expect mostly cloudy skies with a chance for lingering showers. A rumble of thunder is possible. Temperatures will drop into the upper 60s.
Friday: Partly sunny skies are expected to start the day with scattered thunderstorms developing. While the overall severe weather threat is low, one or two storms could become severe with isolated wind damage or even a tornado possible. Highs will be near 80 degrees.
Saturday: Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a chance for a few passing showers or storms. Highs will hold in the upper 70s.
Sunday: Partly sunny skies will end the weekend with a slight chance for a pop-up shower or storm. Highs will reach back into the lower 80s.
Monday: Mostly sunny skies will start the new week with highs in the lower 80s.