WEEC NEWS – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2014


WIND CHILL VALUES ON THURSDAY MORNING WILL RANGE FROM ZERO DEGREES TO 10 DEGREES BELOW ZERO. WIND CHILL VALUES MAY AGAIN FALL BELOW ZERO ON FRIDAY MORNING. WE’VE BEEN HEARING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT IT…BUT HERE IS THE NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: A PROLONGED PERIOD OF WINTRY WEATHER IS EXPECTED FROM SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON…WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS. WE’LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION AS THE TIME GETS CLOSER!

OUR TOP STORY TODAY INVOLVES THE CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LOOKING FOR A MISSING 14 YEAR OLD GIRL AND A 44 YEAR OLD MAN CHARGED WITH HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH HER. 44 YEAR OLD MARK EDWARDS IS SUSPECTED OF ABDUCTING 14 YEAR OLD MICHAELA BRUCE. SHE WAS REPORTED MISSING YESTERDAY. ACTING ON A TIP, DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO KNIGHT’S INN HOTEL ON WEST MAIN STREET IN SPRINGFIELD. ITEMS BELONGING TO THE TWO WERE FOUND IN THE HOTEL, BUT BRUCE AND EDWARDS WERE NOT THERE. DEPUTIES LATER SPOTTED THE VEHICLE EDWARDS HAD RENTED BUT IT GOT AWAY. DEPUTIES LATER FOUND THE VEHICLE, BUT NO SIGN OF THE TWO. EDWARDS WAS ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2013 AFTER BEING FOUND WITH BRUCE WHEN SHE WENT MISSING FROM HER SCHOOL BUS STOP. A FELONY WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR EDWARD’S ARREST BY THE CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION THAT COULD PRODUCE THE WHEREABOUTS OF MICHAELA BRUCE IS REQUESTED TO CONTACT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE @ 937-328-2560.

38 YEAR OLD WILLIAM INGRAM OF MORAINE WAS KILLED IN A CRASH ON INTERSTATE 75 SOUTH NEAR THE OHIO 725 EXIT RAMP WHEN HIS VEHICLE SMASHED INTO THE BACK OF A SEMI CAB. MICHAEL LINDENAUER WAS ON HIS WAY HOME FROM WORK WHEN HE WITNESSED THE CRASH AND DEBRIS RAINED DOWN ON HIS VEHICLE. WITNESSES REPORTED SEEING INGRAM MAKE SEVERAL LANE CHANGES BEFORE THE IMPACT AROUND 2:45AM. INGRAM WAS REPORTED TO BE TRAVELLING AT SPEEDS OF AROUND 90MPH ACCORDING TO OHIO PATROL SGT. JOHN CHESSER. 45 YEAR OLD KARL CASEY OF SPRINGFIELD WAS OPERATING THE COMMERCIAL BOB TAIL TRUCK AND WAS NOT INJURED IN THE CRASH.

IN SPRINGBORO, ONE ANONYMOUS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT STARTED SOMETHING THAT WOULD CHANGE THEIR SCHOOL FOR THE BETTER AND WOULD CREATE A TRADITION THAT WOULD LAST FOR YEARS TO COME. THE DAYTON DAILY NEWS REPORTS ABOUT WHAT THE STUDENT…ONLY KNOWN AS “ANONYMOUS PANTHER” HAS DONE. LAST YEAR THAT STUDENT BEGAN A TWITTER PAGE – @ANON_PANTHER – TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS! “THE PAGE WAS DESIGNED TO NOT ONLY SPREAD POSITIVITY, BUT IMPACT THE LIVES OF EACH AND EVERY STUDENT DIRECTLY ON A PERSONAL LEVEL.” THE ANONYMOUS PANTHER SAID IN AN EMAIL INTERVIEW THAT, “IT DIDN’T MATTER WHO YOU WERE OR WHAT SOCIAL CLIQUE YOU BELONGED TO – EVERYONE NEEDED AND STILL NEEDS TO BE REMINDED OF HOW GREAT THEY ARE EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE.” SPRINGBORO HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TINA DANIEL SAYS ANONYMOUS PANTHER’S EFFORTS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. ACCORDING TO ANONYMOUS PANTHER THE IDEA WAS THAT IF ONE PERSON COULD BE TOUCHED, IT WOULD THEN EVENTUALLY CAUSE A DOMINO EFFECT THAT WOULD SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL LIKE WILDFIRE! THE ANONYMOUS PANTHER HAS WORKED WITH STUDENTS IN LEBANON, CENTERVILLE, MIAMISBURG, ALTER AND FENWICK TO LAUNCH SIMILAR EFFORTS. AT WEEC WE WANT TO THANK THE ANONYMOUS PANTHER FOR GETTING INVOLVED AND FOR CARING FOR FELLOW STUDENTS!

THE SPRINGFIELD AREA IS THE SECOND MOST-AFFORDABLE SMALL CITY HOUSING MARKET IN THE NATION ACCORDING TO WWW.CNNMONEY.COM, THAT IS BASED ON THE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY INDEX FROM THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HOME BUILDERS AND WELLS FARGO. KERMIT ROWE, NEWS SUN STAFF WRITER, SAYS MORE THAN 93 PERCENT OF THE HOMES SOLD THE LAST THREE MONTHS OF 2013 WERE DEEMED AFFORDABLE ACCORDING TO THE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY INDEX. MEDIAN HOME PRICE IN THE SPRINGFIELD-CLARK COUNTY AREA WAS $76,000 AND THE MEDIAN INCOME WAS $53,500. NANCY EUBANKS, 2014 PRESIDENT OF THE SPRINGFIELD BOARD OF REALTORS SAID THAT FROM A BUYER’S PERSPECTIVE…THAT IS GOOD NEWS BECAUSE IT MEANS THE BUYER WILL GET MORE HOME FOR THEIR DOLLAR.

IT WAS CITIZEN TIPS AND THE DAMAGE TO AN URBANA WOMAN’S VEHICLE THAT HELPED POLICE MAKE AN ARREST IN THE HIT-AND-RUN CRASH THAT KILLED MARINE GUNNERY SGT. MONICA PLANK WHILE SHE WAS WALKING WITH HER HUSBAND FROM AN ESTABLISHMENT IN BELLEFONTAINE TO THEIR HOTEL ROOM. INTERVIEWS WITH WITNESSES AND REVIEWING SURVEILLENCE FOOTAGE OF PEOPLE LEAVING THE TP BOWLING LANES LED POLICE TO 26 YEAR OLD HOLLY FOWLER OF URBANA. INITIALLY FOWLER DENIED INVOLVEMENT IN THE HIT-AND-RUN BUT LATER ADMITTED RESPONSIBILITY. BELLEFONTAINE POLICE CHIEF BRANDON STANDLY SAID IF FOWLER WOULD HAVE STOPPED, THEY COULD HAVE HANDLED THE INCIDENT AS A TRAFFIC CRASH. FOWLER IS CHARGED WITH FELONY CHARGES OF FAILING TO STOP AT THE SCENE OF A FATAL ACCIDENT AND TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE ACCORDING TO THE NEWS-SUN ARTICLE. THE CASE WILL BE CONSIDERED BY A GRAND JURY.

THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS INVOLVED NOW IN THE SHOOTING AND STABBING OF THE RTA DRIVER IN DAYTON WHOSE DEVOTIONAL, THE MESSAGE, HELPED TO SAVE HIS LIFE! RICKEY WAGONER, A 10 YEAR RTA EMPLOYEE, WAS SHOT THREE TIMES BY THREE TEENS AND STABBED AS WELL. TWO OF THOSE SHOTS, AIMED AT WAGONER’S CHEST, COULD HAVE KILLED HIM IF IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN FOR HIM CARRYING THE MESSAGE IN THE CHEST POCKET OF HIS SHIRT. THE FBI HAS BEEN CALLED IN TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT AS A HATE CRIME. WAGONER IS RECOVERING FROM A GUN SHOT WOUND TO HIS LEG AND A STABBING WOUND TO HIS ARM. WAGONER TOLD INVESTIGATORS HE BELIEVES THE ATTACK MAY HAVE BEEN A GANG INITIATION AFTER OVERHEARING ONE OF THE SUSPECTS TELL ANOTHER TO KILL HIM “IF YOU WANT TO BE ALL THE WAY IN THE CLUB” AND THAT THEY WERE THERE TO “SHOOT A POLAR BEAR” WHICH THEY SAID IS STREET LINGO FOR A WHITE PERSON.

WEATHER-WISE, WE DO HAVE A MAJOR SNOW EVENT COMING INTO THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY WITH SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SNOW POSSIBLE. FOR NOW THOUGH…IT’S THE FRIGID TEMPERATURES THAT’S MAKING NEWS. OVERNIGHT LOWS TONIGHT WILL DROP TO 11 DEGREES WITH WIND CHILL VALUES AS LOW AS -6. HIGHS TOMORROW WILL GET TO 18 DEGREES, BUT WIND CHILLS WILL BE FELT AS LOW AS -7 AND WE COULD SEE SOME SCATTERED SNOW FLURRIES. THURSDAY NIGHT GETS REALLY COLD AS LOWS DIP TO 3 DEGREES AND WE COULD HAVE WIND CHILL VALUES AROUND -5. SUNSHINE COMES IN ON FRIDAY, BUT SNOW IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY.