It’s been a week since a 24-year-old gunman shot and killed nine people in Dayton’s Oregon District, leaving more than two dozen other people injured.
And, the district was busy this weekend with crowds of people lining up to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial to the victims.
The sidewalk memorial of photos, flower bouquets, cards and candles outside the nightclub where the shooting happened grows bigger every day. Hanging above it is a graffiti mural reading “Dayton Strong” in red and blue bubble letters and hearts.
Just hours after the mass shooting that killed nine and injured dozens more, Emily Mendenhall decided to throw a fundraiser. Not some time off in the future. But right then and there.
Mendenhall is from a restaurant family that owns multiple businesses on 5th Street, where the shooting occurred. She runs Lily’s Bistro. Her brother runs Blind Bob’s, and one of the waitresses who works at Blind Bob’s, Alayna Young, was shot.
The jumble of shoes abandoned by people fleeing for their lives early Sunday morning has been removed from the parking lot of Ned Pepper’s bar. Near the front door, flowers and candles are piling up. Heart-shaped wreaths honoring the victims stand a few feet away.
The Dayton community is in mourning after 9 people were killed and over 30 injured in Sunday’s mass shooting.
Fifth street is typically empty on Mondays because most businesses are closed. But today, reporters from all over the country pace on the sidewalks. TV news trucks hum on both sides of the street.
The Miami Valley’s first medical marijuana dispensary held its grand opening Thursday. Mad River Remedies in Riverside offers 20 types of medical marijuana to registered patients with one of 21 state-approved medical conditions.
Riverside Mayor Bill Flaute was on hand for the ribbon cutting. He dismissed concerns about people abusing medial marijuana.
“It’s not about abuse,” Flaute says. “It’s about using it correctly and making people feel better when they’re in a lot of pain.”
A coalition of Miami Valley community colleges and industry groups is launching a new program that aims to close the manufacturing skills gap.
With help from a federal Department of Labor grant announced Wednesday, Clark State Community College, Sinclair Community College and the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association will work together to train 365 skilled workers over the next four years, and match them with Miami Valley manufacturing employers.
In the wake of this week’s devastating tornadoes that killed one person and injured dozens of others, many Miami Valley relief organizations are mobilizing to assist storm victims. Unfortunately, it’s likely some con men and con women are mobilizing, too.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost says he expects a wave of storm-chasing scammers to arrive on people’s doorsteps as storm recovery continues. Some may offer inspections and services that may or may not be real, he says, and may be wildly overpriced.
In Celina, gas service has been restored and power is expected to be up and running in most of the city again soon. But after Monday’s tornadoes that swept across the region, dozens of families remain homeless. And, while the damage in Celina is still being tallied, estimates show the cost of the recovery is likely to escalate into the millions of dollars.
Dozens of people were injured and one man was killed when winds from Monday night’s EF3 tornado tossed a vehicle into his home.