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Active shooter training factor in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

A flood of panicked calls started pouring in to the Champaign County Sheriffs office at 7:36 a.m. Friday, reporting an active shooter on the premises at West Liberty-Salem High School, but little else, according to Senior Dispatcher Robin Ballard. Ballard said she and two other Champaign County dispatchers, as well as their supervisor, were suddenly and unexpectedly deluged with pleas for help dripping...
Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

Vigil for shooting victim ‘just us staying strong, supporting the family’

The tight-knit West-Liberty Salem community came out tonight to support each other and the victim of this morning’s school shooting. "It's just us staying strong, supporting the family," said eighth-grader Montgomery Leach, who was among those who attended the prayer vigil at Quest Community Church on South Street in West Liberty. The vigil was for 16-year-old Logan Cole, who was in...
New Carlisle seeks to fill empty council seat, welcomes new member

New Carlisle seeks to fill empty council seat, welcomes new member

The city of New Carlisle has a new city council member and will interview a handful of candidates to fill one more vacancy. The current opening is from the departure of former New Carlisle Mayor Lowell McGlothin, a longtime council member who won a race for Clark County commissioner in November. McGlothin had to resign his New Carlisle seat to take the job as county commissioner. RELATED: New Carlisle&rsquo...
West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

A shooting in West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday morning left one student critically injured and a tight-knit, rural community where most families know each other badly shaken. Logan Cole, a 16-year-old high school junior, remained in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in the pediatric intensive care unit after sustaining more than one shotgun wound. A Facebook post by Logan&rsquo...
Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration

Springfield residents react, protest Trump’s inauguration

Some local residents watched Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump with enthusiasm. Others said they were worried, and marched in protest. Some, attending the event in Washington, said they were just glad to be part of an important American event. Springfield High School teacher Zach Raines and a group of three students watched the inauguration from the National Mall, which had big...
VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

VICTIM’S FAMILY: God has a purpose...through this tragedy

The 16-year-old victim in the West Liberty Salem High School shooting is identified as Logan Cole. He remains in critical but stable condition at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus according to hospital officials speaking on behalf of his family.  Logan Cole’s family released a statement late Friday afternoon: “We are thankful for the Lord’s protective hand on our son...
Local schools offer condolences to West Liberty

Local schools offer condolences to West Liberty

Residents of West Liberty were shocked as the news of the West Liberty school shooting, that took place about 7:30 a.m. Friday, shook the area to its core. As news spread about the shooting, local schools from around the area took to social media to offer their condolences and support.
West Liberty, surrounding communities react to school shooting

West Liberty, surrounding communities react to school shooting

Residents of West Liberty were shocked as the news of the West Liberty school shooting, that took place about 7:30 a.m. Friday, shook the area to its core. As news spread about the shooting, people took to social media to offer their condolences and support.
Deputies conduct search at teen suspect’s home in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Deputies conduct search at teen suspect’s home in West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

Champaign County Sheriff’s deputies are now inside the home of the suspected teen shooter at West Liberty-Salem High School. A search warrant was signed earlier this evening. According to authorities, the 17-year-old suspect was armed with a shotgun and had planned to do more harm. One student, identified as Logan Cole, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is in critical but stable condition...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED WEDNESDAY INCLUDED: Catherine E. Bowen, 35, of Cedarville, two counts receiving stolen property, dismissed - indicted by the grand jury. Christopher Alexander Burks, 43, of 414 W. Liberty, trafficking drugs, weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, possession of drugs, dismissed. Nathaniel D. Compston, 30, of 2333 Northmoor Dr., violation of temporary protection order, dismissed...
West Liberty shooting: Coverage available to all readers all day

West Liberty shooting: Coverage available to all readers all day

We are continuing team coverage of West Liberty High School shooting. You normally get 8 stories free each month, but due to our continuing coverage on SpringfieldNewsSun.com all stories are free today. Check back throughout today for the most updated information. Here’s some of our stories already: Victim, suspect in West Liberty school shooting are students School security expert: Rural areas...
School security expert: Rural areas not more prone to shootings

School security expert: Rural areas not more prone to shootings

Today’s shooting at West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County wasn’t any more likely to happen because of the school’s rural setting, says Ohio-based school security expert Ken Trump. The shooting, which wounded one student this morning, remains under investigation but a suspect is in custody, according to local county sheriff deputies. The school building and campus is...
7 lessons learned from another local school shooting

7 lessons learned from another local school shooting

The shock of a school shooting Friday in Champaign County brought questions as the West Liberty-Salem community also wrestled with its emotions and fears. After a 2016 school shooting in Butler County’s rural Madison Twp., several lesson were learned. 1. Evaluate safety measures Madison Local School District implemented new safety measures in the wake of the school shooting in 2016, including...
Shootings at K-12 schools in Ohio in the past 50 years

Shootings at K-12 schools in Ohio in the past 50 years

Jan. 20, 2017, West Liberty:One student is shot at West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County. The student’s condition is critically stable, and the shooter reportedly in custody. Oct. 13, 2016, Columbus: Two 16-year-olds are arrested and accused of shooting two Linden-McKinley STEM Academy students from a moving car as students left school at the end of the day. The injuries were not...
5 things to know about West Liberty 

5 things to know about West Liberty 

A student was injured on Friday morning during a shooting incident at West Liberty-Salem High School. Here are five things to know about the school and the community: The West Liberty-Salem Local district received a grade of B in the Performance Index Score in the latest school report card from the Ohio Department of Education. The district also received an A for its 4-Year Graduation Rate...
Parents pick up West Liberty students after shooting

Parents pick up West Liberty students after shooting

Parents of West Liberty-Salem High School students have been picking up their children on East Baird Street just east of town.   Students were taken out of the front of the school around 9:13 a.m. this morning after a shooter was reported to be in the building earlier. One student was injured in the shooting.    Jennifer Kirkham, of West Liberty, said her daughter called her...
HS Basketball: Springfield will take a shot at top-ranked Moeller

HS Basketball: Springfield will take a shot at top-ranked Moeller

Springfield will be looking to do what Alter couldn’t last week, beat undefeated and top-ranked Cincinnati Moeller. Alter fell 60-46 to Moeller in the 8th Annual Kevin C. Barnhill Coaches Showcase at Little Miami High School in Morrow last Saturday. The matchup of Greater Catholic League boys high school basketball powers was part of a fund-raiser for a memorial scholarship and Community Outreach...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0019 - PNC Bank, NA, v. Christina M. Closson, 740 Snowhill Blvd., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $61,137. 17-CV-0020 - PNC Bank, NA, v. Leola Justice, 909 Eastmoor Dr., et al., complaint in foreclosure for $54,348. 17-CV-0021 - U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee, v. Paul David Holliday, New Carlisle, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 913...
Sheriff: Suspected West Liberty school shooter wanted to do more harm; 911 caller says 4 shots fired

Sheriff: Suspected West Liberty school shooter wanted to do more harm; 911 caller says 4 shots fired

A 911 caller told the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office that four shots rang out during a school shooting this morning at West Liberty-Salem High School. Caller: “Hi we’re at West Liberty-Salem High School and there’s a shooter.” Dispatcher: “There’s a shooter at West Liberty?” Caller “Yes. West Liberty-Salem High School.” The caller...
New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

New shopping center proposed at long-vacant Springfield site

A new retail development is likely coming to the east side of Springfield at a longtime vacant property, the first major commercial growth there in several years. The Springfield Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday night a variance for the former Roberds site in the 3000 block of East Main Street. City documents filed by developer Springfield Properties Inc. don’t provide further details...
Unseasonably warm weekend ahead

Unseasonably warm weekend ahead

Breaks in the clouds early tonight  Temps near 60 degrees this weekend Showers returning by Sunday TONIGHT: Broken clouds are expected. Temperatures will hold steady in the 40s. SATURDAY: Lots of clouds will start the weekend. There will be the chance for a few showers returning by late evening. Highs will be unseasonably warm, topping out near 60 degrees. SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy...
Clark County program aims to stop kids from sexting

Clark County program aims to stop kids from sexting

A group of Springfield fifth graders will have to complete a court diversion program after a student took an inappropriate selfie that was then sent to several others, according to Springfield police. The students won’t face criminal charges as long as there is no further violation, authorities said Thursday. Instead they will take part in Stop Texting Teen Pictures, a diversion program designed...
What is mystery blob on Doppler radar?

What is mystery blob on Doppler radar?

By Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist A mysterious blob has been showing up on Doppler radar this afternoon and evening near Van Wert, Ohio. Rain has been moving in, but this blob is not actually precipitation falling from the sky. So what is it? Turns out this is the Blue Creek Wind Farm – owned by Avangrid Renewables – that straddles Van Wert and Paulding counties in northwest...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll vote against Trump pick for Treasury

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll vote against Trump pick for Treasury

Just hours after engaging in a testy exchange with U.S. Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he will vote against his confirmation. In a statement, Brown, D-Ohio, said Mnuchin’s “cozy ties to Wall Street raise serious red flags that demand serious answers.” Instead, Brown complained “nothing” the former Goldman Sachs investment banker...
Gloomy weather expected for inauguration in DC

Gloomy weather expected for inauguration in DC

By Eric Elwell, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist It will be gloomy and rainy in our nation’s capital Friday as hundreds of perhaps thousands attend the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. The wet weather in the Miami Valley Thursday night and early Friday will head to Washington, D.C. Rain there is expected to develop by mid to late morning with on and off rain likely throughout...
Springfield man charged in death also convicted in seperate murder

Springfield man charged in death also convicted in seperate murder

A Springfield man has been charged with the murder of a woman who’s bones were found in a wooded area in Greene County last May. Prentiss Hare, 35, has been indicted on charges of aggravated murder, murder, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse in connection with the death of Tiffany Chambers. Chambers’ remains were found in Spring Valley Twp. in May 2016, Clark County Prosecutor...
Northeastern residents debate $100M school plan

Northeastern residents debate $100M school plan

Northeastern Local School District leaders say they want to make sure the community is educated on potential options for new schools that could cost more than $100 million before a scientific survey is launched in the coming months. Officials at Northeastern — the second largest school district in Clark County serving around 3,200 students — say they are desperate for new school buildings...
Clark County school district warns on phone scam

Clark County school district warns on phone scam

Northwestern Local Schools officials are advising the Springfield community about what they believe is a phone scam involving school tax collections. District officials on Thursday evening sent a Facebook message to the community that "Northwestern does not collect any funds directly nor are we contacting community members regarding this."  "...be advised we believe this to be...
Dayton to become home to National VA History Center

Dayton to become home to National VA History Center

The Dayton VA will become the home of the National VA History Center, the federal agency announced Thursday. Outgoing national VA Secretary Robert McDonald officially designated the Dayton VA as a national archive in one of his final acts prior to leaving office Friday, the VA said. A Trump administration nominee, David Shulkin, the current VA undersecretary of health, is expected to take over the...
High School Basketball: Shawnee bounces back after slow start

High School Basketball: Shawnee bounces back after slow start

What may have depressed Shawnee’s boys basketball team a month ago now serves as motivation. The Braves struggled to a 1-7 start and had a couple of close losses. Shawnee coach Chris McGuire saw his players look dejected a number of times during that stretch, but after a two-point loss to Fairborn last Saturday, he saw something different. “They were ready to bounce back,” McGuire...
Catholic Central program connects with students

Catholic Central program connects with students

As our community has become more diverse in recent years, Catholic Central has expanded its mission and admissions by making a faith-centered education available to a more diverse group of students. This school year, a third of Central students are African-American, Hispanic, multi-racial and other ethnicities, including multiple immigrant children for whom English is a second language. In some ways...
Pitch counts approved for high school baseball in Ohio

Pitch counts approved for high school baseball in Ohio

The Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its maximum allowed pitch counts for baseball pitchers on Thursday. This was in response to a mandate by the National Federation of State High School Associations last year that each state do so prior to the upcoming spring season. “We have met that goal,” OHSAA assistant commissioner Jerry Snodgrass said...
Residents to protest Trump in downtown Springfield on Inauguration Day

Residents to protest Trump in downtown Springfield on Inauguration Day

A demonstration will be held downtown Friday by residents who say the want to demand inclusion from President-Elect Donald Trump on his Inauguration Day. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday on two corners of City Hall Plaza — the southeast corner at Limestone and High streets and northwest corner at Fountain Avenue and Main Street. A group of local residents received a permit to assemble...
Toddler taped to wall in Facebook live video

Toddler taped to wall in Facebook live video

An Ohio mother was arrested Thursday after police were alerted to Facebook live video of her showing a toddler taped to a wall.   Shayla Rudolph was arrested Thursday morning by Reynoldsburg police and charged with felony abduction, according to CNN-ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus.  The news outlet said it brought the Facebook live video to the attention of authorities Wednesday after...
Daylight, temperatures increase ahead of spring

Daylight, temperatures increase ahead of spring

Spring doesn't officially begin until the vernal equinox around 6:30 a.m. March 20. Until then, we will still be dealing with winter weather. Even though this week has felt more like spring, a pattern shift heading into February might remind us again that winter isn't over, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. A piece of good news though heading through the rest of the month is that...
Lagonda Elementary students in trouble for ‘inappropriate selfie’

Lagonda Elementary students in trouble for ‘inappropriate selfie’

A group of fifth graders at Lagonda Elementary are in trouble after police said a student took an inappropriate selfie that was then sent to several others, according to Springfield police. Police said the incident did not happen on the school property, but all of the people involved go to the school. Springfield police said they seized two phones during their investigation and officers are working...
Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

Clark County Common Pleas Court cases

COMMON PLEAS COURT NEW SUITS 17-CV-0013 - Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Aubrey Ludlow, New Carlisle, complaint for $15,787 for damages to motor vehicle of plaintiff’s insured due to an auto accident on Jan. 20, 2016. 17-CV-0014 - Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, v. Raymond J. Monroe, 2900 Old Clifton Road, et al., complaint in foreclosure for $99,103. 17-CV-0015 - Heartland Federal Credit Union...
Springfield students head to Washington for Trump inauguration

Springfield students head to Washington for Trump inauguration

A small group of Springfield High School students are making the trip to Washington D.C. to watch President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Springfield government teacher Zach Raines is taking three students on the trip to the nation’s capital. The students will get a chance to see Arlington Cemetery, many monuments and landmarks in D.C. and watch Trump getting sworn in as president...
Ohio AG Mike DeWine: People are waiting to see what Trump has to say

Ohio AG Mike DeWine: People are waiting to see what Trump has to say

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is in Washington for the inauguration. We caught up with him at Reagan Airport in D.C. after a flight from Columbus. “I think it’s always interesting to see what the new president says,” DeWine said Thursday. His wife, Fran, and his grandchildren are also attending Friday’s inauguration. “These speeches, many times they are remembered...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED TUESDAY INCLUDED: Catherine E. Bowen, 35, of Cedarville, two counts receiving stolen property, dismissed - indicted by the grand jury. Christopher Alexander Burks, 43, of 414 W. Liberty, trafficking drugs, weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, possession of drugs, dismissed. Nathaniel D. Compston, 30, of 2333 Northmoor Dr., violation of temporary protection order, dismissed...
Country legend Vince Gill, Time Jumpers to perform in Springfield

Country legend Vince Gill, Time Jumpers to perform in Springfield

The Clark State Performing Arts Center will continue to swing through its 2016-2017 season with an additional concert. The performing arts center announced Wednesday that the multiple Grammy Award-nominated western swing and traditional country music band The Time Jumpers will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 17.  The 10-piece band features Country Music Hall of...
More rain arrives with unseasonably high temps

More rain arrives with unseasonably high temps

Wet overnight with rising temps Wet Friday morning commute An unseasonably mild weekend Overnight: Showers remain likely and it will stay mild, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Temperatures will hold steady or slowly rise through the 40s. Friday: Showers are likely in the morning, then taper off. Skies will stay mostly cloudy with highs climbing into the middle 50s. Saturday...

School Notes

CLARK STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Local Clark State Community College full-time students recently named to the 2016 fall semester dean’s list include: Joshua Lyons, Megan Miller, Olivia Taylor and Hannah Walls, all of Cable; Eric Schellentrager, of Catawba; Carley Jones, John Murray and Patricia Voisard, all of Cedarville; Keara Nelson, Michaela Palmer, Lisa Swallow and Patricia Valentine, all of...
Help shape Springfield by volunteering to serve on a city board

Help shape Springfield by volunteering to serve on a city board

With Springfield’s incorporation in 1850, city fathers quickly put their most valuable resource — their citizens — into service on a variety of community boards. That practice continues today. More than 100 seats on boards and committees are filled by city residents. The boundaries for some boards expanded with the inception of combined districts. The Board of Health, one of the...
Poor Will’s Clark County Almanack: Days longer in deep winter’s 3rd week

Poor Will’s Clark County Almanack: Days longer in deep winter’s 3rd week

A day of thaw. Early this morning crows flew westward over the prairie, cawing in the fresh, temperate air, their voices as always filling the morning with the promise of spring. — August Derleth, A Countryman’s Journal, Jan. 15 The Almanack Horoscope Moon Time: The Tufted Titmouse Moon entered its final quarter on Jan. 19. On the 22nd, it reaches apogee, its least influential position...
Springfield police searching for suspects in reported bank robbery

Springfield police searching for suspects in reported bank robbery

Springfield police are searching for a suspect who reportedly robbed a Springfield bank. Crews were dispatched to the National Savings Bank in the 1700 block of North Limestone Street around 11:40 a.m., according to dispatchers.  Initial reports indicate a clerk called police after a man in a mask wielding a handgun walked into the bank.  Dispatchers said limited information is available...
Jesse Jackson: Trump's inauguration speech was 'full of hope and inclusion'

Jesse Jackson: Trump's inauguration speech was 'full of hope and inclusion'

Not long after President Donald Trump was sworn in, we happened to run into the Rev. Jesse Jackson on the street. He gave a thumbs-up to Trump’s inauguration speech but said the new commander in chief has much work to do in order to unify a nation riven by a divisive campaign. “The speech was full of hope and inclusion and he reached out to cities in a way they’ve...
White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview

White nationalist Richard Spencer punched during interview

White nationalist and alt-right movement founder Richard Spencer was caught off-guard when a protester punched him during an on-the-street interview on Inauguration Day. According to CNN, Spencer, 38, was speaking to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation when the attack occurred. As he was responding to a question about his Pepe the Frog pin, a protestor dressed in black rushed in, punched Spencer...
Deadly storm tears through Mississippi

Deadly storm tears through Mississippi

A severe storm — including a tornado — tore through southern Mississippi early Saturday, damaging several buildings in Hattiesburg. Three people have been killed, The Associated Press reported. A search and rescue operation has begun in Hattiesburg, Mayor Johnny DuPree said. Most of the damage appeared to be in the downtown's outskirts, DuPree told CNN. A fire station was damaged...
Bush, Clinton wrote warm letters to successors

Bush, Clinton wrote warm letters to successors

It’s a tradition that an outgoing president will leave a letter behind for the new commander-in-chief. The letters are usually filled with best wishes and even some advice. The National Archives recently released the letters that former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush wrote to the successors, according to ABC News and Politico. The letter from Bush, on White House stationary, reads...
White House had ghostly look on Obama's final night

White House had ghostly look on Obama's final night

Desks were emptied and staff moved out as the outgoing staff made way for the staff of Donald Trump, who was inaugurated on Friday.
'House of Cards' will 'Bring the Terror' in Season 5

'House of Cards' will 'Bring the Terror' in Season 5

As the nation watched Donald Trump being sworn in as the 45th president, Frank Underwood already was planning ahead. Netflix released a teaser Friday for the fifth season of its presidential drama, "House of Cards." Underwood, the crafty politician played by Kevin Spacey, will return to action on May 30, Netflix announced.   The teaser shows an American flag waving in the breeze as...
Ohio key battleground in abortion fight

Ohio key battleground in abortion fight

Ohio is at the frontline in a battle over abortion rights that continues to rage on 44 years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Roe versus Wade . “I would argue, and we have the data to back this up, that Ohio and Texas are the key battleground states for the abortion debate. What happens in Ohio tends to trickle to other states,” said Ohio Right to Life President...