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Springfield native hit by shrapnel during Las Vegas massacre

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.

Las Vegas shooting: Dispatch traffic from first responders released

Emergency dispatch traffic from the moments just after shots were fired during a Las Vegas country concert Sunday night has been released.

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The scanner traffic includes from the time shots were fired until police find the suspect down inside his hotel room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Las Vegas shooting: Germantown couple on same floor as gunman

As a gunman fired shots from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, a Germantown couple staying in a room on the same floor listened to the chaos unfold behind the locked doors of a local bar.

Jen Rupert and her husband Zach flew to Las Vegas for a long weekend in celebration of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary and Zach’s birthday.

Rupert said she and her husband were at a local bar when a man ran in and yelled news of the shooting. At first, Rupert said she and others – including the bar’s owner – thought the warning was a false alarm or exaggeration.

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“At first there were reports of multiple shooters at multiple hotels and we didn’t know what to do so we hunkered down. The owner closed and locked the doors and we stayed,” Rupert said.

“There were cop cars flying and people running around with no rhyme or reason to anything.”

Upon leaving the bar about an hour after the shooting, Rupert said the couple began walking as most of the roads in the city closed.

“We didn’t know where to go or which way was safe. SWAT officers started yelling at everyone to get off the streets [….] and we took shelter in a food court connected to the Planet Hollywood casino,” Rupert said.

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It was while sitting in the food court that the couple realized the severity of the situation.

“A man in the lobby with blood on him was telling a person on the phone that he could help.”

“He said he was doing CPR on someone and they died. At that time, I had heard two were confirmed dead, but I knew after hearing him there just had to be more,” Rupert said.

The couple stayed in the casino as details emerged while police warned that safety outside could not be guaranteed.

“In the thick of it, there was so much information, even the police officers were saying if you go out there we can’t guarantee your safety,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband hailed a taxi later in the night and checked into a hotel off the Las Vegas strip. 

Now in a room on the hotel’s 7th floor, the couple was given permission earlier today to retrieve their belongings from the floor where the deadliest shooting in U.S. history began.

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“Thankfully we were not in the hotel. You start thinking about every decision you make when something like this happens and how one choice could lead to something different,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband were scheduled to return to the Miami Valley tomorrow evening, but will be fly into Dayton tonight. The couple will return home to their two young children and many worried family members.

“Overwhelmingly, people are good. That’s what I’ve gathered from this,” Rupert said.

“There are way more good people. It’s tragic that one person can do that to so many people […] you can’t stop people from doing things. No matter what someone is going to find a way to do these things.”

Country Concert president pledges ‘layers of security’

The president of Ohio’s Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes says he and his colleagues have developed “layers of security” for their summer event.

“Safety is our highest priority,” Paul Barhorst, president of Country Concert, said in a text to this news outlet. “We want fans to make friends and awesome memories in a safe, fun environment.”

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Barhorst sent his message in the wake of a mass shooting last night at an unaffiliated country concert in Las Vegas. More than 50 people were killed and more than 400 injured in that event.

“We have developed multiple layers of security at our event over the past 37 years,” Barhorst added. “Shelby County Sheriff, John Lenhart, has been involved as our sheriff, advisor or head of our security for each event. He brings with him experience as former superintendent of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and second-in-command at the Ohio attorney general’s office.

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“He’s (Lenhart) has presided over Ohio’s crime labs, chaired Ohio’s organized crime unit and peace officers training offices,” he also said. “We continue to monitor, learn and improve our safety techniques every year and use the best safety options possible.”

Added Barhorst: “Our thoughts, prayers, love and support are with the victims, everyone in attendance, first-responders, performers and everyone involved with the event in Las Vegas.”

“We’ll look forward to hosting another fun, peaceful and safe event in July of 2018.”

Barhorst declined to comment beyond his written statement. 

The Country Concert happens every summer in Fort Laramie, about 55 miles northwest of Dayton, near Sidney.

Las Vegas shooting victim featured on K99.1FM morning show

Dayton’s K99.1FM opened its phone lines to listeners after the shooting in Las Vegas at a country music concert, which killed at least 50 people and hurt over 400 people.

“We just thought we’re going to suspend what we normally do on the show,” said K99.1FM host Nancy Wilson.  “Country music is family. This is all about how folks bond together.”

Wilson said the majority of callers expressed anger this morning, but one caller said she was wounded by the gunfire.

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“It went into my left arm and shot through,” Kena Parry told K99.1FM’s sister station in Tulsa, adding that the bullet is still lodged in her abdomen, as doctors told her it would be more dangerous to try and remove the bullet.  

“I still have the bullet in me,” she said.

Kena said she and her boyfriend thought the gunfire was initially fireworks, but soon figured out it was gunshots.

“We were actually starting to leave when it got really bad,” Kena said. “We had dropped to the floor and started telling him that my arm and side was really hurting.”

Darlene Dye called the station and said the tragedy won’t keep her from going to concerts.

“You can’t let it stop you from going,” said Darlene Dye.  “We can’t let these crazy people stop us.”

Another caller, who identified herself as Michelle, said her daughter in-law was in Las Vegas, staying at the MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

“There was a lot of chaos,” Michelle said, adding that her daughter-in-law is OK.  “She was actually one of the ones down on the strip.”

Wilson’s co-host, Frye, has visited Las Vegas 36 times and said being a new father, he could only think of what was going through Jason Aldean’s mind when he heard the gunfire while performing on stage being an expecting father.

“Jason Aldean’s wife was there and as a new dad myself, thinking about them and their family, and here’s his wife standing by the side of the stage, I’m sure that’s where Jason was running to,” Frye said.  “I take offense to it. It hits home when it’s your friends and people you know in part of your community.”

Artist performing in Franklin left Vegas venue moments before mass shooting

Days after standing on the Las Vegas stage where the country's deadliest mass shooting unfolded, country music artist Dylan Scott is in Franklin Tuesday night for a concert benefiting a local nonprofit. 

Scott left the Route 91 Harvest music festival Sunday night moments before a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel killing over 50 people. Tonight, he is at K99.1FM's Concerts for a Cause at JD Legends in Franklin. 

"He thought it was very important that they still have the show because despite all of the hate that happened on Sunday this is a good way to show up for the Pink Ribbon Girls and show solidarity among country music fans," K99.1 FM's Nancy Wilson said. 

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Tuesday night's concert benefits the Pink Ribbon Girls, a nonprofit that provides support and services to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. 

"Not only do they take care of the folks who have the cancer, but they take care of the families, providing meals, providing comfort, providing counseling while a loved one is going through cancer," Wilson said. 

K99.1FM's James Frye said he is honored to have Scott in the Miami Valley following Sunday's shooting. 

"To me it’s an honor and it shows the resilience of country music, the fans, the artists, that they're ready to get back on the stage and they’re not going to let something like this keep them from continuing," Frye said. 

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Charlie Samaan, owner of JD Legends, said the entertainment complex has increased security for tonight's performance. 

“I think people really need the music. They need the music in their lives to get away, so for everyone its going to be a great opportunity to be outside […] and get their minds away from everything," Samaan said. 

Cancer survivor Angie Evans is at tonight's concert and said Scott’s performance is a way of moving on. 

"It's probably very difficult for him to come out here but you have to go on and continue with your life. If you let something like this keep you from doing what you love then they win and you lose," Evans said. 

"With me being a survivor, that’s what I do.”

5 Eaton women witness moments after Las Vegas shooting

UPDATE @ 2:34 p.m.:

A group of five Eaton women are in Las Vegas and witnessed the chaos that followed the shooting at the Route 91 concert Sunday night.

Janet Eby was one of the women and she said the group found out about the shooting when they got off the bus on the Las Vegas strip.

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“At that point we just attempted to head back to the hotel,” Eby said.  “The eerie thing was that everyone on the strip and walking was solemn, everyone was on their cell phones, we could hear the police, see the police, going down the street"

Eby is a member of the women’s singing group “Something Good,” who are spending time in Vegas for what she described as a “girls week out.” The group is staying at the Marriott Grand Chateu.

INITIAL REPORT:

A Bellbrook native attending the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas left minutes before the shooting began, according to her mother. 

Molly Sparks called her mother, Lori, early Monday and told her about the mass shootings. 

“As a parent getting that 2 a.m. phone call from your children is heart-stopping,” Lori Sparks posted on Facebook. 

“I got that call (this morning) from my daughter Molly Sparks who had been at that country concert in Las Vegas, but luckily had left about 30 minutes before the chaos started,” she added. “Those that were not so lucky, my heart goes out to their families and I will pray for the injured as well. I hope that type of call never happens again.”

A local couple vacationing in Las Vegas chose not to attend the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas at the last minute, a decision that may have saved their lives." 

Holly Bennett, who is from Xenia, and her husband were in Las Vegas the night tragedy struck after a gunman opened fire at a concert, killing at least 50 people and wounding over 200, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. They are safe after deciding to attend another show, rather than the Route 91 Festival the night of October 1.

“We decided not to go because of the chaos that happened the night before”, said Bennett. “Instead, we ended up going to a Cirque du Soleil show.”

Bennett was staying at The Mirage hotel, which is right next to the Mandalay Bay where the shootings occurred and fortunately got word of the shootings early and made an escape plan.

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“There was word of a shooting, so we went seven miles downtown to stay away from it”, she said.

Bennett has been stuck at a downtown Las Vegas casino since the shootings first occurred and is unsure when she or  the many others who are stuck as well, will be able to go back to their hotel.

“The entire strip is shut down, back roads are closed, and they are not allowing residents to get back in their hotel, especially at the New York-New York hotel”, Bennett said.

She said police are investigating the New York-New York Hotel specifically, which is right across the street from the Mandalay Bay, and she is unsure why. 

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Nonetheless, Bennett says police have been great with giving out information and updating everyone on the unexpected situation.

“Knowing this to be one of the largest shootings, it is unbelievable and shocking”, said Bennett. “The atmosphere is weird, kind of somber, and strange”.

Bennett is not scheduled to fly out of Las Vegas until Wednesday and although flights have been affected by the incident, she believes she will have no problem getting home. 

Here’s how to score FREE TACOS on National Taco Day

You’ve heard of “Taco Tuesday,” but the REAL taco action next week occurs a day later, on Wednesday, Oct. 4 — National Taco Day.

The national taco holiday of sorts brings with it some rather tasty discounts and special deals. Here are a handful of ways to get free or discounted tacos on National Taco Day:

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• At Hot Head Burritos, the locally based fast-casual Mexican chain, customers can get a free taco when they buy two tacos. The promotion is being offered company-wide for the entire day. Hot Head Burritos was founded in Kettering in 2007 and has grown to over 70 locations in eight states, including several in southwest and west-central Ohio.

• Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurants isn’t just limiting its special offers to tacos. The Austin, Texas-based chain will offer a crispy beef taco to any order for $1 and also is offering $1 off Mexican beers. Customers can buy any Chuy’s t-shirt with a taco on it for $10.

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Chuy’s customers can dress like a taco on Oct. 4 and earn a free entrée, redeemable the same day, and can visit Chuy’s social media pages for a secret Taco Day catchphrase. If they repeat the phrase to their server on Oct. 4, they can score a free crispy beef taco with their order.

There are three Chuy’s restaurants in the region: at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek; at the Austin Landing development in Miami Twp.; and on Civic Center Blvd. in West Chester.

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• And Taco Bell says it will offer a National Taco Day Gift Set that consists of four different Taco Bell tacos for $5 — a Crunchy Taco, a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco, a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco, and a Fiery Doritos Locos Taco. As always, the promotional offer is good at participating locations only. And we have plenty of Taco Bell locations in southwest and west-central Ohio.

Dunkin’ Donuts to offer BOGO deal for National Coffee Day

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced a rather attractive buy-one-get-one offer for National Coffee Day on Friday, Sept. 29.

We checked with both of the franchise owners of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee shops in the Dayton, Springfield and Cincinnati area, and both confirmed they’re participating in the promotion.

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Here are the details:

On Friday, Sept. 29, any guest who purchases a medium or larger cup of Dunkin’ Donuts signature hot coffee will receive an additional medium hot coffee for free.

>> RELATED: Dunkin’ Donuts to offer cold brew coffee at Dayton locations

“Connecting over coffee with friends, family and colleagues is often a key part of an on-the-go day,” Tom Manchester, vice president of field marketing for Dunkin’ Donuts, said in a release. The promotion will make it easy and affordable for customers “to bring the joy of coffee to their favorite people, or to perhaps keep themselves extra energized to make the most of the day,” Manchester said.

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Dunkin’ Donuts is also offering an array of coffees featuring fall flavors. In addition to its pumpkin-flavored hot and iced coffees and lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts this year introduced Maple Pecan-flavored coffees and lattes.

There are Dunkin’ Donuts locations in Kettering, Centerville, Sugarcreek Twp., Miami Twp., Riverside and Springfield. All but one of the existing shops (Miami Twp.) have opened in the last four years.

>> RELATED: Dunkin’ Donuts to open 13 new Dayton-area locations (February 2013)

The Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and breakfast chain has been expanding. The greater Dayton area’s sixth Dunkin’ Donuts shop opened last October at 1310 Woodman Drive in Riverside.

Prior to Gilligan’s franchise deal, Dunkin’ Donuts’ once-robust presence in the Dayton area had shrunk to one location on Springboro Pike (Ohio 741) near the Dayton Mall, which operates under separate franchise ownership.

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Originally a doughnut and coffee chain, Dunkin’ Donuts has expanded its offerings in recent years to include frozen and iced beverages as well as bagels, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, bakery sandwiches and wraps.

As local restaurant boycotts NFL games, DirectTV offers fans refunds

The owner of Beef O’Brady’s restaurant in Beavercreek says he will not air NFL games at his restaurant while NFL players kneel during the national anthem.

“They need to return to respect for the flag and the anthem,” restaurant owner Bill DeFries said in an interview Wednesday. “They can certainly exercise their right to free speech — but not during that one period of time, as far as I’m concerned.”

DeFries is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. “While I respect the right of every American to express their views and voices freely, the actions demonstrated by NFL players during our country’s national anthem are offensive and disrespectful to me as a proud veteran,” DeFries said in a prepared statement.

PUBLIC RESPONDS: Restaurant owner says response to NFL boycott has been ‘overwhelming’

And CBS Sports and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that DirectTV is letting “at least some” customers cancel subscriptions to its Sunday Ticket package of NFL games and obtain refunds if they cite players’ national anthem protests as the reason, customer service representatives told the news outlets.

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About 150 NFL players took a knee -- or protested in some other way -- before or during the playing of the national anthem this past Sunday. Many did it to protest or call attention to what they feel are instances of racial injustice or police brutality. Others did it to express solidarity with, or support for, fellow players.

“It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel,” San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid wrote in a recent New York Times column. “We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite. It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.”

“We’ll do it indefinitely until they (NFL players) can have a conversation among themselves and maybe even include President Trump,” DeFries said in an interview. “When the national anthem is played, if you’re anywhere within earshot of that, you stop what you’re doing, and face towards the flag.”

“They need to pick the right time and place to have that protest,” he added. “We’re going to exercise our right to let them know that what they did was misguided.”

Instead of airing NFL games, DeFries said he will offer a 50-percent discount to all active-duty military and veterans on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays during all NFL games.

Asked how he will respond if his stance hurts his business, DeFries said: “We’re ready.”

He said he assured his servers and bartenders that he will compensate them “out of my own pocket” for any tips or gratuities they miss if business falls as a result of his decision.

Said DeFries: “Even though we may lose business, it’s important for us to be heard as well.”

Beef O’Brady’s is a restaurant at 3347 Seajay Drive in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center.

DeFries has owned and overseen Beef O’Brady’s restaurants in Centerville and Beavercreek for a total of nearly 14 years. He sold the Centerville location five years ago.

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