Missing Newberry County Man Found Safe Tuesday

NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WACH) – The Newberry man who went missing Monday has been found, according to the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office.
Johnny H. Smith was found alive in his car, which was backed into a wooded area in prosperity, according to a citizen who spotted the vehicle.

The citizen was alerted about the missing person’s case through an alert system called Nixle.

There’s still no word on Smith’s condition and why he was in the wooded area.
Smith was last seen dropping off items on Mountain Drive in the Columbia area around 7 a.m. Monday.

‘Community’ major factor in locating missing boy

A 12-year-old Oak Ridge boy was reported missing from Georgia Avenue early Monday night, but was located approximately four hours later.

By Donna Smith/The Oak Ridger
A 12-year-old Oak Ridge boy was reported missing from Georgia Avenue early Monday night, but was located approximately four hours later.

“He was fine,” Oak Ridge Police Chief James Akagi said Tuesday afternoon.

“He was wet and cold. He was not injured in any way. We’re glad we got him back to his family.”

Akagi said the parents have asked the police to not comment on the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and they are honoring those wishes.

However, he is commenting on the response he witnessed by officers and the community in locating the Jefferson Middle School student.

“It was quite a feeling of group accomplishment when we got him,” Akagi said during the telephone interview. “Everybody contributed. It’s really neat to live in a community that has the kind of spirit to rally around a crisis.”

The police chief said about 15 to 20 officers were involved in the search. When the call about the missing child came in at about 6:30 p.m. Monday, the police department was finishing a meeting.

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“We had supervisors there who volunteered to assist,” Akagi said. “We had a lot of volunteer people who just said, ‘Look we’ve got a missing child, I’m here to help.’

“That was very, very gratifying,” the police chief said.

He said the principal and staff at Jefferson Middle School were contacted and began working together to come up with any leads as to where the child might be. The police got a lot of leads from the school personnel, he said.

A man who had received the information that the boy was missing through the Nixle system called police dispatch when he saw a boy matching his description, Akagi said.

“It’s a great way to get information out very quickly to a lot of people, Akagi said. The chief said 4,797 people are signed up to receive alerts from the ORPD through the system that sends out messages from the police to people’s smartphones, computers or other internet-connected device. People can easily sign up for the system by going to http://local.nixle.com/oak-ridge-police-department/. They can also text 37830 to 888-777 to subscribe to text alerts.

“We sincerely appreciate the public calling (the Police Department.) That made the difference last night,” he said.

City Council Approves New Severe Weather Alerting System

SAN ANGELO, TEXAS – Tuesday morning, the San Angelo City Council approved an agreement that would change the way citizens receive warnings, alerting them of severe weather conditions.

Currently, the City uses 29 air sirens to alert residents around the city of hazardous weather. However, due to the age of the siren system and the sparse coverage from the sirens, both San Angelo Police and Fire departments, have recommended that the City switch over to a new software system: Nixle.

Nixle is currently used by the SAPD to alert people of motor vehicle crashes. The City would like to use the “upgraded version” that would work with a federal regulated integrated public alert and warning system “iPause,” said Brian Dunn, San Angelo’s Fire Chief, this morning. The upgraded Nixle system will work similar to amber alerts.

“They will come through no matter what,” added Dunn.

With the new system, residents will be able to receive alerts via landlines, cell phones, local TV stations, and the weather radio. Alerts will also be sent out via SAPD Facebook, Twitter, Google accounts, City Emergency Management and COSA social media accounts.

Furthermore, SAPD’s Public Information Officer, Tracy Gonzales, added, “We are the only phone safety system that partners with Google,” which means that should “somebody [visit] San Angelo and they have not subscribed to Nixle, or they are not residents of San Angelo,” Nixle will still “automatically populate to their [phone].”

The new Nixle system will allow for pre-built messages, e.g. “tornado warning,” for each message sent out. Gonzalez added that the message will not only include what the warning is for, but also a “call to action” and “instructions of what to do and where to go afterwards for help.”

The price for the switch is not as pricey as one may assume.

All 29 sirens and their poles will need to be torn down. Dunn estimates that the demolitions would require a one-time fee of $150,000–a fee that is significantly cheaper than paying approximately $150,000 per new siren head. The City will also need to pay an annual fee of $5,500 to keep the system up to date. This cost is similar to the amount the City is currently paying for electricity on the sirens.

Councilman Lane Carter raised his concern of people not wanting to answer unrecognized phone numbers, to which both Dunn and Gonzalez reassured him that the Nixle landline alert could be automated to show as an official COSA number on caller ID.

After a 30 minute debate, the council approved of the change. Currently, Chief Dunn is in negotiations with iPause in regards to legalities; however, once officially approved, the new system can be used within three to four weeks.

The next city council meeting will take place on April 18 at the McNease Convention Center at 8:30 a.m. As always, all meetings are free and open to the public.

Nixle Saves Lives During Illinois Tornado

“LaSALLE COUNTY, Ill – Tuesday’s storm caused extensive damage in LaSalle County, homes were blown apart and large trees were knocked down.

Ottawa’s Mayor believes the new Nixle system, helped save lives of citizens in the city.

‘Our citizens were advised, by phone, cell  phone about the appending tornado and i think hopefully in minimizing the fatalities,’ Mayor Robert M Eschbach said. Many believe without the new software, things could have been much worse.

‘They did a good job warning people, when they sent those alarm outs and probably saved lives. If someone had been outside walking, they’d  be dead right now,  they did a good job, i have got to give them credit for that,’ Gerald Stevens said.”

Alert Citizen Finds Missing Man With Dementia

ANHORAGE, AK – Missing Man, Charlie Fahl, was found safe yesterday evening thanks to an alert citizen who had received an APD’s Nixle notification.  The citizen spotted Fahl at the New Sagaya City Market located at 900 West 13th Ave. at about 5pm.  Fahl had wandered about 5 miles to the downtown destination after going missing in the Goose Lake area around noon today.


Anchorage Police are looking for a missing man with dementia. Charlie Fahl, age 77, was last seen walking in the area of Goose Lake at about noon today.

Falhl is a white male, about 5’7″ tall, 145 pounds with blonde hair and hazel eyes.  He was last seen wearing a rust colored down jacket, olive colored pants, black shoes and a multi-colored hat with ear flaps.  Fahl also wears glasses and has hearing aids.

Woman Missing From Northville House Found Safe

A 25-year-old woman who disappeared late Wednesday or early Thursday from the home of relatives in Northville was located Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police had been looking for Dara Slater of Farmington Hills since early Thursday morning, after an aunt and uncle discovered she had left their home on Fairbrook Street in Northville, where she was to have spent the night.

She had apparently not taken shoes or a jacket with her, said Michael Carlson, the city’s police chief.

No details about how or where Slater was found were available late Thursday afternoon, but a dispatcher at Northville Community Dispatch said she was safe.

Police had put out a Nixle alert about Slater’s disappearance Thursday morning. The alert was updated just before 4 p.m. to say Slater had been found.

NYC Bomb Suspect Found With Help of Everbridge Nixle

The swift take-down of Ahmad Khan Rahami is being credited to vigilant civilians, brave law enforcement and the keen intelligence sharing that’s come about in the post 9/11 era.

“It’s hard to imagine the case being made any more quickly than it was. The events from the weekend led to an arrest on Monday. It’s extraordinary. And when you think about the flow of information and the level of cooperation that is necessary to get that done it really is inspiring,” said New Jersey State Attorney General Christopher Porrino.

The Seaside Park bomb plot along a military 5K run, followed by the explosion in Chelsea set off a chain of events between law enforcement agencies. Today the state’s top officer, Porrino, said part of that involves the ROIC — or State Police Regional Operations Intelligence Center.

“I can’t get into the specifics but I’ll say that the sharing and cooperation is completely seamless. There are no state lines when it comes to tracking down terrorism,” Porrino said.

Authorities are reluctant to share just how the information trickles down. Though Linden Mayor Derek Armstead says his team relies on a digital alert system to communicate internally and with outside towns.

“We have something called Nixle. We had gotten alerts over our phones as to who the individual was prior to him being involved or engaged with our officers in town. So we knew who he was and we were on the lookout for him and I think that contributed a tremendous amount. When Officer [Angel] Padilla first approached the individual, he knew right off who he was dealing with,” Armstead said.

Missing Boy Found at Secret City Festival

The Charlie Daniels Band kicked off the two night Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge Tennessee which attracted over 2,500 attendees. Among the crowds of music lovers and the WWII battle reenactment, an 8-year-old boy was reported missing and a Nixle alert was sent out to those in the area. Thankfully, about an hour after the alert was sent out the missing boy was safely found and returned.

79-Year-Old Reported Missing Since Wednesday Found Safe

At 6:24p.m. yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department sent out a Nixle alert regarding 79-year-old San Angelo man, R.A. Anders, who was last seen Wednesday. SAPD officials are asking for the public’s help in locating this “at risk” individual.


Nixle informs citizens of police activity

One year ago, the Oak Ridge Police Department began using a new community notification system called Nixle. The system uses text and email messages to alert subscribers to critical events happening in the city — and it seems to be popular. Since November 2014, the system has steadily grown to about 2,000 subscribers. It went from zero to 1,500 text subscribers and from zero to 500 email subscribers in that one year alone.