PREBLE COUNTY ARRESTS AFTER BREAK-INS - June 24, 2016
    Deputies have arrested and formally charged (2) two adults after responding to a residence in the 1400 block of Orphans Road on June 17, 2016 at approximately 6:00 A.M. The property owner noticed a vehicle sitting on the property between two barns and made contact with (3) subjects that were in the car. Those subjects fled the area. The homeowner discovered that an unoccupied residence had been entered. Within an hour deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle on Ozias Road, near the original call. Further investigation led deputies to question and arrest (2) adults and (1) juvenile who were involved in the earlier incident. Deputies have charged Christopher Childers, age 32 of New Paris, and Nashelle Dorr, age 19 of Eaton with the following:
    
    Burglary, 3rd Degree Felony
    Breaking & Entering, 5th Degree Felony
    Contributing To Unruliness or Delinquency of A Minor, 1st Degree Misdemeanor.
    
    Both remain in custody in the Preble County Jail. Deputies are awaiting the filing of formal charges against the juvenile in Preble County Juvenile Court. Deputies continue to actively work investigations involving a series of burglaries in the county.

VERSAILLES SENIORS GO FOR DUCK TAPE SCHOLARSHIP - June 24, 2016
    Two Versailles High School seniors are competing for scholarships in the 16th Annual Duck brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest. Noah Pleiman and Jenna Frantz are among the finalists announced in the competition in which public voting for the top Duck Tape prom designs has begun. They are Couple No. 4 in the top 10 finalists. Students from across the United States and Canada spent countless hours creating big and bold, one-of-a-kind prom apparel to win their share of the more than $50,000 in scholarship prizes. In all Frantz & Pleiman used 39 rolls of Duck Tape in 207 hours. Frantz estimates they saved $150 apiece on their prom attire. The seniors are planning to further their education, Frantz set on getting her bachelor's degree in nutrition at the University of Dayton and Noah majoring in engineering at Purdue. The scholarship is for $20,000 and Frantz & Pleiman could get $10,000 a piece. The grand prize winners will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, the second-place students will each receive $5,000, and third-place winners will each receive $3,000. The remaining seven "runner up" couples will each receive a $1,000 prize. Additionally, the Singles Category winner will receive a $1,000 prize. Visit stuckatprom.com now to vote for Frantz & Pleiman (couple #4). Polls are open until noon on July 6, and accept one vote per day.

DEADLINE TO VOTE IN AUGUST ELECTION IS JULY 5TH - June 24, 2016
    The Darke County Board of Elections will be open on Tuesday, July 5th regular hours of 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, the last day to be registered in order to vote in the upcoming Special Election to be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The Special Election includes Mississinawa Local School District and an overlap with Mercer County, Tri-Star Career Compact Participating School Districts of Fort Recovery Local School District, Marion Local School District, Minster Local School District and St. Henry Consolidated Local School District. Registration forms are available at the Board office, 300 Garst Ave., Greenville, the Darke County Courthouse Treasurer's Office, any public library and the License Bureau on Wagner Avenue in Greenville. Questions should be directed to the Board of Elections during normal office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (937)548-1835. The Board urges those who wish to check on their status as a voter to call before the July 5th deadline.

JULY 1ST FIRST FRIDAY IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - June 23, 2016
    Next Friday, July 1st will be another Lunch on the Lawn at the Greenville Public Library. The event takes place from 11:30 to 1:00 on the Library Lawn. July's lunch is provided by D'Alessios with a $7 Lunch that sends $1 to support Main Street Greenville. It will also kick-off "Stuff the Bus." The Library is partnering with United Way to be a drop-off location for donations of school supplies throughout the month. Please give generously as these supplies will be given out free to students in August. Music will be provided by Quintessential, who won first place in the 2016 Ohio's Got Talent Competition in March. The group consists of Quincy Baltes, Isaac Buschur, Brody Hyre, Mitch Rawlins, and Kyle Wuebker, all of Versailles High School. They won as the Jersey Boys singing a medley of The Four Season songs. Monday, WTGR will be talking with Quintessential and on Tuesday, the Community Ties Guest will be the United Way.

RICHMOND FIRE CAUSE BY ELECTRICAL WIRING - June 23, 2016
    A problem with electrical wiring was to blame for a house fire Wednesday afternoon north of Richmond. The blaze at 3000 Roberts Road was called in to emergency dispatchers just after 3 p.m. Wednesday when a passerby saw flames coming from the home near the intersection of Roberts and Park Elwood roads. Richmond Fire Department was the first on the scene, and aid was requested from the Fountain City, Webster and Hollansburg (Ohio) departments. No one was home when the fire broke out. The back of the house was burning when firefighters arrived, and they were able to knock down the flames quickly. The fire had spread into the attic, and as a precaution, the volunteer departments' tanker trucks were asked to ferry water to a drop tank at the scene.

GAS & ELECTRIC SERVICES TOPIC OF GREENVILLE COUNCIL MEETING - June 23, 2016
    On Wednesday, we reported on Greenville City Council meeting for their regularly scheduled meeting. At Tuesday's meeting was a representative from Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE). Council read for the first time a proposed ballot question regarding natural gas and electric services. Two ordinances are being considered that would allow the city to enter into a Municipal Aggregation Consulting Service Agreement, by which the consultant - in this case, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE) - to enter into service agreements to facilitate the sale and purchase of natural gas and electric on behalf of the city. If the ordinances are approved by council after second and third readings, the measures will appear on the November 8 ballot. If approved by voters, the measures would allow AGE to negotiate community-wide bulk gas and electric rates for eligible city residents and small businesses, who nonetheless would retain the ability to opt out of the program. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 5th at 7:30 in the City Building.

UPDATE ON STOLEN TRUCK BY 2 ESCAPED INMATES - June 22, 2016
    Fayette County (Ind.) Sheriff Joey Laughlin said the Indiana jail escapees have been apprehended in Dayton. On Tuesday, Dayton police after receiving an anonymous tip, apprehended the men that escaped last week. Dayton Officers Rodney Barrett and Scott Myers located Chadwick Heath and Michael Roberts in the 2100 block of North Gettysburg Avenue just before 7 p.m. The officers took them into custody without incident. Heath and Roberts are now at the Montgomery County Jail. Roberts has charges in Ohio and Heath is awaiting extradition back to Indiana.

MILLER TO BE SENTENCED ON JUNE 30TH TO PRISON - June 22, 2016
    In the past, we've reported on Kelly Miller, 40, from Greenville. On Tuesday, he appeared for a scheduled change of plea hearing in the Darke County Court. Facing two separate indictments and probation violations, Miller choose to accept a plea bargain offered by the State. Miller was picked up with the help of Crime Stoppers after he was accused breaking into his estranged wife's home in Greenville on March 17th and attacking her with a baseball bat. Miller then reportedly held the victim, and her six-year-old daughter, against their will for several hours and subsequently forced her to withdraw money from the bank before eventually fleeing the scene. As part of the plea agreement, Miller entered a guilty plea to the Felonious Assault, Theft and an amended count of Abduction (F3).Though Miller could face a maximum of over 12 years in prison, it appears 4 years will be recommended. Sentencing is scheduled for June 30th.

FOOD TRUCK APPROVED FOR HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT - June 22, 2016
    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their last meeting in June. Brian Fisher from New Paris, was present at the meeting on behalf of the Darke County Horseshoe Club. A public hearing was scheduled for Fisher regarding food trucks in the park for the clubs 2 large tournaments during the July 4th weekend and Labor Day weekend. Council was hesitant to approve the request of one food truck in the park. After a long discussion, council gave Fisher and the club the okay in allowing a food truck on July 2nd, 3rd along with September 3rd and 4th for 2016. Both events for the Horseshoe Club attract anywhere from 200 to 400 people. Council hopes the Horseshoe Club or food truck vendor can make a donation to Greenville City Parks. In the future, Council suggested the Park Board come up with a fee to charge vendors/food trucks for setting up in the park. In other business, Council gave Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison the okay to purchase a used pick up truck for the Fire Department that does not exceed $10,500. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 5th at 7:30 in the City Building.

ELDORA DRIVERS DISQUALIFIED AFTER DREAM - June 21, 2016
    DIRTcar Racing officials have disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. Tire samples collected from the #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis. A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9, 10 and 11, from participants. All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1. All five have been disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. Each has been placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, which includes World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competition, beginning June 11, 2016 and concluding Sept. 11, 2016 and will be under probation following the conclusion of the suspension for the remainder of the 2016 season.

WESTERN OHIO PRECISION AGRICULTURE DAY - June 21, 2016
    Registration is now open for the July 12th Western Ohio Precision Agriculture Day hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Darke and Miami County. Focusing on precision placement opportunities, the daylong workshop is a chance for growers to learn more about nutrients and water quality,. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and begins at Covington Eagles, 715 East Broadway St., in Covington. Participants will then go to a Miami County farm where they will see demonstrations of soil samplers and strip-till fertilizer applicators. The program includes lunch and is free and open to the public, but organizers require registration by July 1. Register by calling 937-440-3944.

GREENVILLE MAN IN COURT FOR ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION - June 21, 2016
    On Monday, Wesley A. Hobbs, of Greenville, appeared in court and entered a plea of no contest to an amended charge of attempted abduction, a fourth-degree felony, and the state agreed to dismiss other charges. Back in January, Hobbs was originally indicted on four counts of kidnapping. The plea agreement includes a recommendation of community control sanctions rather than prison, including 120 days in county jail, restitution, court costs, a suspended prison term and supervised probation for five years.

GREENVILLE TEEN CITED FOR ACCIDENT - June 20, 2016
    On Friday, at approximately 7:59 PM Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Gettysburg Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of E. Main St. and Clay St. in the Village of Gettysburg reference to a two vehicle, injury crash. Investigation revealed that one of the drivers, Ryan Campbell, 17, of rural Greenville, driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix, was westbound on E. Main St. when he attempted to turn left onto Clay St. Campbell failed to yield to a 1989 Chevrolet pick up, driven by Shaun Idle, 25, of Rossburg, which was eastbound on E. Main St. Careflight responded to the scene and Idle was flown to Miami Valley Hospital where he was treated and released. Campbell was cited for failure to yield while turning left.

OHIO FARM BUREAU TO PROVIDE GRANT MONEY - June 20, 2016
    Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is providing $200,000 for county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. With additional matching funds from partnering organizations, these projects will provide more than $460,000 in total resources. The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau's comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has dedicated more than $2 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers' ability to produce food. This is the second year Ohio Farm Bureau has provided funding for county water quality projects.

STOLEN TRUCK BY 2 ESCAPED INMATES - June 20, 2016
    Fayette County Sheriff's Department encourages area residents to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle they believe might be connected to a Friday night escape from the Fayette County Jail. On Sunday morning, the department announced a resident who had previously hired one of the two missing inmates had filed a stolen vehicle report. The employer also told a deputy that the worker had stolen from him in the past. The complainant discovered his 2015 white Ford F350 dual wheel utility truck was missing. The last time the truck was seen was at about 8 p.m. Friday. The truck is white and has black lettering that says "JOBE BROTHERS" on the side doors. It has the Indiana truck license plate SZP509w If anyone locates the vehicle or the two escaped inmates, Chadwick R. Heath and Michael D. Roberts, the sheriff's department urges an immediate call to 911.

BARBECUE AND BLUES ON JULY 15TH - June 17, 2016
    Darke County Center for the Arts will host "Barbecue and Blues," a family-friendly fundraiser at Turtle Creek Golf Course on Friday, July 15. The event opens at 6:30 p.m., with local favorites Higgins-Madewell providing their music. Tickets for the event are $10. In case of inclement weather, "Barbecue and Blues" will move inside. Although tickets will be available at the gate, DCCA strongly recommends purchasing them in advance. Tickets can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or ordered online at www.centerforarts.net. Tickets are also available at Greenville Public Library, Readmore's Hallmark, and Darke County Welcome Center, as well as at Turtle Creek Golf Course.

DRUG ARREST IN INDIANA - June 17, 2016
    Earlier this week, 3 Redkey residents were arrested on drug-related charges by Jay and Delaware County authorities. The arrests followed an investigation - and several undercover drug transactions - conducted by the Delaware County Sheriff's Drug Task Force and the Jay County Narcotics Division. The Jay County SWAT team and members of the Delaware County Sheriff's SWAT team served a warrant at the Meridian Street home about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, seizing cash, drugs and firearms. Scott A. Krieg, 47, Anthony Massey, 25 and Angela Krieg, 46, were all arrested. Being held in the Jay County Jail, charges range from dealing in cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.

MINSTER MAN PLEADS GUILTY AFTER STANDOFF - June 17, 2016
    Earlier this year, we reported on a standoff in Auglaize County. James W. Hoskins, 38, of Minster, was arrested after he surrendered approximately four hours after the standoff began. Hoskins pleaded guilty to one felony count of inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony. He will pay restitution of more than $11,000 for the cost of the departments who responded to the standoff on May 3rd at the rural home on State Route 119, just outside Minster. He cannot consume alcohol or drugs, cannot be near weapons and must take his medication as prescribed as part of the conditions for his release from jail.

FAIRBOARD DOESN'T HIRE MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE - June 16, 2016
    It was a strange and short meeting for the Darke County Agricultural Society on Wednesday, as they met for the 2nd time in June. The meeting started with the Board not approving the hire of a Fair maintenance employee that was recommended. The Board voted 5-5 on the hire and with Jim Zumbrink absent, the motion did not pass. After the vote, some members of the board discussed the situation with the Fair Manager and Caretaker. Daryl Riffle, who serves as the Darke County Fair Manager, did use the word "disappointed" when describing the situation and his feelings toward the board on the issue. The Fair is close to 9 weeks away and from Wednesday's meeting it seems like multiple people were discouraged by the hiring process. The board went into Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee. At 8:45 PM. the board declared the Executive Session over. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 6th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

DRIVER STILL ON LOOSE AFTER HITTING ST. MARY'S GIRL - June 16, 2016
    Earlier this week, that 14-year-old St. Marys girl struck and killed by a large pickup truck that fled the scene was laid to rest at Elm Grove Cemetery. Emily Rempe was struck while she was walking on County Road 33A close to her home the night of June 8. The student at St. Marys Memorial High School was taken to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, where she died. The driver of the full-size dark-colored pickup truck with either a roll bar or smoke stack in the back remains at large. Troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Wapakoneta Post urge the driver to turn himself or herself in. Troopers are following up on tips, and are urging anyone with information about the driver's identity or whereabouts to call the OSP at 419-738-4324.

BRADFORD MAN RECEIVED DUI AFTER ACCIDENT - June 16, 2016
    On June 15, 2016 at approximately 9:31 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue and Greenville Township Fire were dispatched to 6972 Jaysville-St. Johns Road in reference to a motor vehicle that crashed into a residence. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2004 Kia Sorento driven by Daniel L. Stetson Jr., 35, Bradford, Ohio was southbound on Jaysville-St. Johns Road just south of Kruckeberg Road. Stetsons vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into a ditch, Stetson over corrected traveling back across the roadway and off the right side traveling through a ditch and a yard before striking a residence. Stetsons vehicle came to rest on the front porch of the residence. Stetson fled the scene on foot, responding officer's located Stetson upon arrival. Stetson was placed under arrest for operating a vehicle impaired after he became combative while performing his standardized field sobriety test. Stetson was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Office Jail. Stetson was treated and released at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue with no injuries. The two adults and one infant in the residence at the time of the accident were not injured.

CELINA MAN ARRESTED FOR METHAMPHETAMINE IN VAN - June 16, 2016
    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of an individual on drug related incident. On June 14, 2016 a deputy stopped a 2003 Dodge Caravan for fictitious plates on Mud Pike west of Celina at 6:22 PM. The driver and owner of the van consented to the van being searched and deputies found suspected methamphetamine. The substance was field tested and tested positive for methamphetamine. Arrested 51 year old Michael Croyle from 132 Buckeye Street in Celina. Mr. Croyle was incarcerated in the Mercer County Detention Facility, and held on charges of driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for consideration of additional charges.

SPEED LIKELY CAUSE OF MIAMI COUNTY CRASH - June 15, 2016
    Multiple people in Miami County were left without power after a crash on Piqua-Troy Road. Emergency crews were dispatched around 3:50 a.m. to the 3500 block of Piqua-Troy Road on a reported single-vehicle crash with ejection. Reports indicate a man was thrown from the vehicle after it slammed into a pole. Police scanner traffic indicated power lines were down and electric service was out in the area. Speed is likely a factor in the crash as the driver was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. A pickup truck lost control on a sharp curve. Just over 70 people were without power.

DARKE COUNTY STUDENTS TAKE PART IN AG SAFETY DAY - June 15, 2016
    On Tuesday, over 100 children participated in the Darke County Progressive Ag Safety Day at the Fairgrounds. The event put on by Farm Safety For Just Kids, featured multiple safety stations for kids ages 6-13. Kids learned CPR and ATV, farm, chemicals, water, fire, gun and drug safety. Detectives from the Darke County Sheriff's Office also spoke about stranger danger and bullying. Reporter Clinton Randall, was also present to share with the kids his story with drugs and some of the obstacles he's overcome. Grain Entrapment safety was also taught by OSU Extension. Kids and adults were able to get up close to the Grain CART, which stands for Comprehensive Agricultural Rescue Trailer. The Grain CART was available in multiple sessions with the kids and adults. The 12th annual Ag Safety Day was another big success.

FOOD TRUCKS COMING TO CITY PARK - June 15, 2016
    Earlier this week, Greenville City Council met in a special Monday morning meeting. Council addressed the issue on Food Trucks for a special event to be held on Sunday nights during the summer months. Council unanimously approved a variance to allow food trucks in the parking lot near the horseshoe courts on Sundays, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the Greenville Municipal Band concerts at the Marlin Band Shell. Three trucks are expected to be available at the first event and five on the final two dates. Main Street Greenville, the last two summers has held food truck events downtown on Sunday nights. Greenville resident, Kim Murray, has helped with the event in years past, has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the event for 2016. The next Greenville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 in the City Building.

INDOT TO CLOSE PORTION OF STATE ROAD 227 - June 14, 2016
    The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $258,000 contract to Milestone Contractors to replace a small culvert under State Road 227 between Randolph County Roads 500 and 600 South, which is about 1.5 miles north of U.S. 36. Weather permitting, Milestone plans to begin work by closing State Road 227 on Thursday, June 16. A signed detour will direct state highway traffic west to U.S. 27 via U.S. 36 and State Road 32. The existing structure will be removed and replaced with a structure measuring 4 feet tall, 9 feet wide and 43 feet long. State Road 227 is expected to open to traffic in August.

JUNE 28TH LUNCHEON FOR ALZHEIMER'S WALK - June 14, 2016
    The Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter is hosting a Luncheon on Tuesday, June 28 called Why We Walk. During this one hour awareness event, you will learn more about Alzheimer's disease and dementia, how the disease impacts our community, and the local care and support services available through the Alzheimer's Association A primary purpose of the Why We Walk luncheon is to promote the October 1 Greenville Walk which supports the thousands of families in our community who are impacted by the disease. If you are interested in attending, or want more information about the Walk to End Alzheimer's, call 937.610.7014. The Miami Valley Chapter has a variety of care and support services for those impacted by dementia in Darke County. To learn more, call our 24/7 Helpline number at 800.272.3900 or visit alz.org/dayton.

EDISON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE GETS LEADER - June 14, 2016
    After an extensive search, Edison State Community College has announced Christopher D. Spradlin is the college's provost - a first for the college. Replacing the unfilled role of senior vice president of Academic Affairs, Spradlin will take his new post in July. Most recently, Spradlin served as the vice president of Academic Services for the last two years after being promoted from his role as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lake Michigan College. He also holds 10 years of experience as dean, department chair and faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, as well as Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast in Fort Wayne. Spradlin was appointed to serve on the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Student Success Center's Advisory Committee in 2012 and the Michigan Center for Student Success Advisory Committee in 2014.

SIDNEY ATTORNEY SENTENCED TO JAIL - June 14, 2016
    A former Sidney attorney was sentenced Friday to 90 days in jail. Joshua Albright, 29, appeared in Shelby County Common Pleas Court on one count of forgery, a felony of the fifth degree. Albright, practiced law with Roberts, Kelly and Bucio law firm and was originally charged with five counts of forgery, but the prosecution dropped the other four counts as a part of an agreement reached in April. According to the Feb. 2015 indictment, Albright knowingly uttered falsified paperwork for custody on behalf of Christopher M. Strunk, which bore a fraudulent file stamp from the Juvenile Court of Shelby County in Aug. 2014. For his guilty plea, Albright agreed to resign and will no longer practice law. Albright is currently spending 90 days in the Miami County Jail on one count of theft, in a case where he failed to turn over approximately $60,000 worth of contracts to his law firm.

DARKE COUNTY GRADS DO WELL AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - June 13, 2016
    Clayton Murphy, a Tri-Village High School grad and junior at the University of Akron, won the 1500 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. It's the second NCAA title for Murphy, who who won the NCAA 800 meter indoor title in March. Fellow Darke County native and Versailles High School grad Sam Prakel finished fifth. The junior at the University of Oregon finished with a time of 3:40.84. Murphy won with a time of 3:36.38. It was a busy weekend for Murphy as the NCAA indoor 800m and newly crowned 1500m champion won the Portland Track Festival 1500m race in 3:36.22 on Sunday, which was just shy of the Olympic standard (3:36.20). After the race, Murphy confirmed with FloTrack that he has signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility at Akron.

VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS SETS RECORD - June 13, 2016
    It was a record setting weekend for Versailles Poultry Days. Celebrating for the 65th time, a record that has stood for 14 years was broken with 26,640 BBQ Chicken Dinners sold. Alyssa Morgan was crowned Miss Chick 2016, Megan VanSkyock was 1st Runner-up, Maggie Hedrick was 2nd Runner-up. In the Little Miss Poultry Days contest, Joely Bertram, 6-year-old from Farmland, Indiana, was named the winner. First runner-up went to Nadia Bolin, 6, of Versailles, while second runner-up was Maggie DeLand, 6 from North Star.

SIDNEY MAN INJURED AFTER MACHINERY FALLS ON HIM - June 13, 2016
    A Sidney man was flown to the hospital after heavy machinery fell on him. Sidney police were called to the 400 block of W. North St. shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Officials said the man was working along railroad tracks near his property when an excavator fell and landed on his foot. The man's six-year-old stepson called 911. It took about 40 minutes for crews to free the man from underneath the excavator. He was flown via CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.

FARM SAFETY DAY IN JUNE - June 13, 2016
    Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is coming back and applications are now available. On June 14th, from 9AM to 2PM, kids will have the opportunity to participate in the 12th Annual Safety Day presented by Darke County Chapter Farm Safety For Just Kids. The event is being held at the Fairgrounds in the Youth Building. Registration fee is-$3/child (Adults are free). The event only registers kids from ages 6-13. The public can send completed application and consent forms along with $3/child to:
    
    Rhonda Kress 7972 Graw Rd. Arcanum, OH 45304
    
    Only copies of the application and consent forms need to be sent. Registration is limited to the first 100 kids.
    
    Safety Sessions Topics will be: Citizen's CPR, Chemical Look-a-Likes, ATV Safety, Fire Safety, Water Safety, Drug Safety and more.
    
    For more information, contact OSU Extension at 937-548-5215.

FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN PIQUA - June 10, 2016
    The U.S. Marshals, Piqua police, and other local law enforcement agencies apprehended a fugitive out of Detroit Thursday morning at Family Dollar. U.S. Marshals were looking for fugitive Roy Bonam when they located him at a home in the 200 block of Broadway. Bonam was wanted for charges of escape, assault, resisting arrest, and obstructing official business. According to Piqua Police, the U.S. Marshals tased Bonam, but Bonam managed to flee on foot. He then ran into Family Dollar, located on High Street. Additional personnel was requested at approximately 10 a.m. The Piqua Police Department responded along with deputies of the Miami County Sheriff's Office and the K-9 unit of the Piqua post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. The law enforcement agencies created a perimeter around Family Dollar while they searched for the fugitive inside the business. He was located in the storage room and arrested. The incident ended at approximately 10:45 a.m.

AUGLAIZE COUNTY POLICE LOOKING FOR SUSPECT - June 10, 2016
    The Police are continuing to search for the vehicle that struck and killed a St Mary's teenager Wednesday night. The vehicle is described as a dark colored full-size pick up truck with either a roll bar or smoke stacks in the back. If you have information about the truck or the driver, call the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-738-4324. Emily Rempe, 14, was in the eastbound lane of County Road 33A when she was fatally struck by a pickup truck, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Office. The driver of a dark colored pickup truck struck Rempe and continued driving on County Road 33A. The pickup truck fled the scene around 10:40 p.m. Again, anyone with information about the truck or driver involved in the crash is asked to call OSP at 419-738-4324.

FOOD TRUCK EVENT ADDRESS TO CITY COUNCIL - June 9, 2016
    Earlier this week, Greenville resident Kim Murray approached Greenville City Council about a plan to hold a Food Truck event in conjunction with the summer concert series at Greenville City Park. Murray addressed Council during the public hearing and asked for a variance on a ordinance related to food trucks in the city. The dates requested were Sunday, July 10th, August 14th and September 4th from 4:30 to 6:30 with the Concert starting at 7. The event would feature 3 to 5 food trucks, something similar to what Main Street Greenville has done the last 2 years on Third Street during Sunday nights in the summer months. The past food truck events have been well attended, but with limited space, Murray is hoping the move to the park will provide more room and a better environment. Law Director, Eric Brand informed Council that the Park Board was fine with the idea with Council's approval. However, several City Council members wanted the plan in writing and had some questions about the event. A few members of Council seemed confused and not familiar with the idea of a food truck rally. Murray was asked to come back for their next meeting on Tuesday, June 21st with more of a concrete plan.

DARKE COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT FUNDS - June 9, 2016
    On Wednesday, State Representative Steve Huffman congratulated Darke County for being named a recipient of the Local Government Safety Capital Grant funds. Initiated by the Ohio House of Representatives and included in the state operating budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017, these grants can be used to help fund public safety projects in local communities throughout Ohio. Local governments could apply for the grants for eligible projects, but the funding must be used for purchasing vehicles, equipment, facilities and/or systems utilized by police, fire, and/or EMS providers to enhance public safety. The grant will be used to integrate to the MARCS communication system. The current structure is outdated and has become difficult to maintain, which is why the funding will be used to purchase a new communications tower. The Local Government Innovation Council administers the program.

OVERNIGHT STABBING IN GREENVILLE - June 8, 2016
    One person has reportedly been stabbed following a domestic incident in Greenville early Wednesday morning. Police were first dispatched before 3:15 a.m. to the 100 block of Montgomery Street on a reported domestic situation, according to police scanner traffic. Medics were requested after one person was found with stab wounds to the neck. CareFlight was also requested to the scene, but was cancelled. The severity of the injuries and the condition of the victim was not immediately known.

US HOUSE SEAT FILLED - June 8, 2016
    Republican Warren Davidson will fill the U.S. House seat left vacant in Ohio by another Republican ó former Speaker John Boehner after a lop-sided special election victory. Davidson had some 75 percent of the vote with 30 percent of precincts reporting unofficial returns Tuesday from six counties. Democrat Corey Foister was running second at 22 percent with Jim Condit Jr. third for the Green Party with 3 percent. Republican Warren Davidson jumped out to an early lead Tuesday in the race to move into the congressional seat left vacant by former House Speaker John Boehner after nearly 25 years. Tuesday's winner will complete Boehner's term and be in a strong position to win the general election for a full term in the next Congress. Low turnout was expected for the special election, with no other races on the ballot. Davidson, an Army veteran and businessman in Miami County, has never won elective office. He won the dual March primary for the special and general election nominations with about 32 percent of the vote in each. He ran as a conservative outsider, defeating two incumbent state legislators in the field.

OFFICERS AWARDED AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING - June 8, 2016
    On Tuesday, Greenville City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting. During the administrative report, Safety Service Director Curt Garrison informed Council of a special award handed to Greenville Police Officer Ryan Borowske. Last November, a medical event occurred at Rural King in Greenville. A male was unresponsive and a request was made for an AED. Darke County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Garbig and Deputy Doug Didier responded to the request along with Officer Borowske. The 3 were able to assess the situation quickly and react by performing separate life-saving tasks. The AED was used and electrical shock was administered to the unresponsive subject. The self-initiated response to a critical situation saved the life of the unresponsive male, who later stated if it wasn't for the officers, he wouldn't be alive. In May, the 3 were recognized by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association with a Life Saving Award. In other business, Council approved 2 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 in the City Building.

DUCKS AVAILABLE FOR DAFFY DERBY JUNE 23RD - June 8, 2016
    Duck adoptions remain steady for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County, and Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director of the Shelby and Darke County agency, is hopeful to reach over 4,000 ducks being launched this year. Keeping with tradition, the person with the number on the winning duck wins the grand prize of $1000.00 and the next 12 ducks to follow win various prize packages including, two "3-day" passes to Country Concert at Hickory Hills. All of the prizes have been donated for the event and are listed on the Big Brothers Big Sisters website. The 2016 Rubber Duck Race, will be held Thursday, June 23rd at 7:30 p.m. in Tawawa Park near Sidney. Those wishing to adopt their duck may still do so up until June 23rd. Visit www.BigBroBigSis-ShelbyDarke.org. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the tenth annual Duck N' Run 5k walk/run on June 23rd at Tawawa Park in Sidney.

CONCERT SEASON IS HERE - June 7, 2016
    Throughout Ohio, outdoor concert venues are gearing up for a busy concert season and several multi-day music festivals. If you're heading to one or more of these events, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit want all concert-goers to remember to drink responsibly, don't drink if you haven't turned 21, and do not furnish alcohol to anyone under 21 or to anyone who is already intoxicated. For many of these concerts, OIU will have undercover agents working alongside local law enforcement officials, looking for various alcohol and drug offenses both inside and outside the concert venues. Anyone convicted of providing or purchasing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age may face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

705 MORNING ACCIDENT - June 7, 2016
    On June 7, 2016 at 6:57 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Union City Rescue, Southwest Mercer Fire and Lutheran Air, responded to an injury accident in the 2100 block of State Route 705. Preliminary investigation reveals that a black 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Jared Fennig (21), of Union City, Indiana, was traveling west on State Route 705 and traveled off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility pole and continued west striking a second utility pole. Mr. Fennig was transported to Mercer Health by Union City Rescue. A front seat passenger, Brittany Hiatt (26), of Union City, was transport to Miami Valley Hospital by Lutheran Air. At last check Mr. Fennig is listed in fair condition and Brittany Hiatt's condition is unknown. This accident remains under investigation.

ANOTHER OVERNIGHT GARAGE FIRE IN GREENVILLE - June 7, 2016
    The cause of another detached garage fire in Greenville remains under investigation after crews left the scene early Tuesday morning. A second alarm was requested as the Greenville Fire Department arrived on the scene of the fire behind 401 N. Gray Ave. at approximately 1:30 a.m. The fire was contained to the small wood-framed structure. No injuries were reported. Authorities could not rule out an intentional fire, but stated it did not appear that way following an overnight preliminary investigation. According to Assistant Chief David McDermitt of the Greenville Fire Department, the cause of the fire will remain undetermined as the investigation continues.

CONFIRMED TORNADO IN RICHMOND - June 6, 2016
    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has confirmed that a tornado touched down near Richmond, Ind. Saturday night. The tornado struck at approximately 6:24 p.m. with maximum wind gusts of 85 mph. The tornado was 150 yards at its widest and traveled 1.25 miles. There were no injuries or fatalities associated with this storm. Wayne County Emergency Management Agency officials said storm damage appeared to start in the area of Indiana 38 and Round Barn Road and then head northeast. Law enforcement reported spotting a tornado just before 6:30 p.m. in the 4600 block of U.S. 35 in Wayne County. Fountain City firefighters were out in the weather on Saturday and high winds shifted the fire truck's weight, and rolled it.

MIAMI COUNTY HEROIN COALITION ESTABLISHED - June 6, 2016
    Officials in Miami County are responding to at least 50 heroin overdoses every month. In an effort to stop the opiate problem before it gets worse, officials established the Miami County Heroin Coalition. It was launched in January and started with 25 members. Since, it's grown to 40 with people across the region joining the cause including CareSource and Premier Health officials. One of their accomplishments is creating a brochure filled with treatment options throughout the county. It also includes programs in Darke and Shelby counties.

STREET ART SATURDAYS IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - June 6, 2016
    This Saturday, a new event art series will begin in downtown Greenville. Street Art Saturdays plan to transform downtown Greenville into a outdoor performing arts venue on the second Saturdays of the summer season. The 2016 season includes the dates of June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th. The events will take place from 10am - 1pm and will feature 6 different locations, including musicians and visual artists set-up throughout the district. The visual artists will be set-up from 10 am - 1pm, the band and musicians will perform from 11am - 1pm, and the Farmers' Market will take place from 9am - 1pm. In addition, retail stores and restaurants will be open for all to enjoy. To learn more visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO BE AT FAIR - June 2, 2016
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled Fair Board meeting. During the Fair Manager's report, Daryl Riffle informed the board that this year the United States Postal Service will be setting up shop at the Fair. To celebrate the 160th Great Darke County Fair, the postal service will have a booth at the fair and serve as an actual post office for fairgoers. US Mail will also provide a commemorative pictorial post mark for the 160th Great Darke County Fair. In other business, fair books are now available at the secretary's office on the Fairgrounds. This year's Fair Book cover design comes from Megan Bergman from Rossburg, who was selected the winner of the 2016 Fairbook cover design contest.The age divisions were 9 and under, 10-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds. As the winner, Megan (15-18 year old category), received a check in the amount of $250.00. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

3 INJURED IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT - June 2, 2016
    On Wednesday, at 1100 AM Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire Department, Pitsburg Fire Department, Arcanum Rescue, Tri Village Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident in the intersection of Grubbs Rex Rd. and Gordon Landis Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed that a Red 2010 Chevrolet Aveo driven by Mary Harter (86), of New Madison, was traveling east on Grubbs Rex Rd. and failed to stop at the stop sign. Harter's vehicle struck a 1990 Oldsmobile as it traveled south on Gordon Landis Rd. Driving the Oldsmobile was Kimberly Davis (47), of Arcanum, and also in the vehicle was Megan Davis (16), of Arcanum. Both Harter and Kimberly Davis were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Megan Davis was also transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Tri Village Rescue. Harter was listed in serious condition and Kimberly Davis was listed in good condition. Megan Davis was treated and released. This accident remains under investigation.

GRAND LAKE ST. MARY'S GETS IMPROVEMENTS - June 1, 2016
    In a new effort, state leaders are coming together to improve one of Ohio's largest lakes. At Grand Lake St. Marys, officials are hoping to drive back tourism to this once popular vacation spot by upgrading their campgrounds. At a dedication ceremony Tuesday, Ohio Department of Natural Resources Director Jim Zehringer showcased the new upgrades. The changes include 20 new camp spaces for RVs and trailers with full electrical hook-up. Also, they added a new pavilion, showering house, and a splash pad area for kids. The improvements were initially planned back in 2014 and cost about $2.4 million dollars. The money to fund them came from funds set aside for Ohio State Parks in Governor Kasich's 2014 capital budget.

DRUGS FOUND IN FATAL ACCIDENT - June 1, 2016
    Earlier this year, we reported on fatal crash on Interstate 75 that killed 5. The driver of that fatal wrong-way crash tested positive for drugs and alcohol in his system. The crashed killed several from Shelby County and one from Miami County. According to a toxicology report, James Pohlabeln, 61, was almost three times the legal limit for alcohol at .23. He also tested positive for Hydrocodone or Vicodin. The report also notes a positive result for antidepressant drugs that are meant to treat anxiety, panic attacks or depression. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the 61 year old, was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of the highway. He hit a car head-on, carrying four people. Pohlabeln and the passengers in the other car all died. Those killed include, Kyle Canter, 23, Earl Edward Miller II, 27, Devin Bachmann, 26, and Vashti Brown, 29.

ANOTHER FATAL ACCIDENT IN PREBLE COUNTY - May 31, 2016
    The Preble County Sheriff's Office is investigating a (1) vehicle fatal crash that occurred over the weekend in the 3100 block of US 40 West, between State Route 726 and Pence Shewman Road. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Honda SUV was traveling east on US 40 when the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle rode the ditch line, struck a pole, and then a drainage pipe in a small creek. The female driver, age 63 of Miami County, and only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are not releasing the name of the driver, pending notification of family. The victim was removed to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office where an autopsy will be performed. At this point in the investigation, deputies do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Preble County Coronerís Office. North Central EMS, Eldorado FD and West Manchester FD responded to the scene as well.

NISLEY CHARGED FOR FELONIOUS ASSAULT - May 31, 2016
    Earlier this month, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Rescue and Careflight, responded to an injury accident on US127 in the area of Children's Home Bradford Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that a black 2012 Ford Fiesta driven by Nathan Nisley (33), of Rawson Ohio, changed lanes and struck a northbound 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. The occupants of the motorcycle were Justin Ungericht (32), of Greenville and Tyra Vanatta (25), also of Greenville. Both occupants on the motorcycle were ejected and neither person was wearing a helmet. Ungericht and Vanatta were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Vanatta was released and Ungericht listed in fair condition. During the course of the investigation Deputies learned that the incident appeared to be the result of road rage. Deputies arrested Mr. Nisley on two counts of felonious assault both a felony in the second degree. Nisley is being held at the Darke County Sheriff's Office where he is awaiting his initial appearance.

COVINGTON MAN CRASHES MOTORCYCLE - May 31, 2016
    The driver of the motorcycle involved in a pursuit that ended in a crash in Shelby County has been identified as Everett Booth, 38, of near Covington. Deputies tried to stop Booth in the area of Green and College streets in Piqua after a deputy suspected he was driving under the influence. Miami County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving around 3:15 a.m. The pursuit, lasted 10 to 12 minutes, mainly on State Route 66 through Miami and Shelby counties. The motorcycle crashed in the area of State Route 48 and Russia Versailles Road in Shelby County. Booth was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center for treatment. Booth was booked into the Miami County Jail on suspicion of OVI and failure to comply.

PREBLE COUNTY FATAL ACCIDENT - May 27, 2016
    In a week that has been filled with fatal crashes, another one took place on Thursday, this time in Preble County. One person has died from a crash that occurred at Lexington Salem Road and South Preble County Line Road. The crash was reported around 12:30 p.m. as it sent three people to the hospital. A pickup truck slammed into a car headed west on Lexington Salem Road as it was making a left turn onto South Preble County Line Road. The pickup truck driver ran a stop sign and T-boned the car. The driver and passenger in the car were taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries described as critical. The driver of the pickup also was taken to a local hospital. One crash victim died of his injuries at Miami Valley Hospital. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Troopers and deputies responded to the scene along with West Alexandria fire, Lewisburg fire, and Perry Twp. police.

ANNA TEEN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY - May 27, 2016
    The 16-year-old boy accused of robbing the Anna Market appeared in Shelby County Juvenile Court Thursday morning. The boy entered a denial of the charge in court. He is charged with aggravated robbery. He was ordered back to the West Central Juvenile Detention Center, Troy. The teen allegedly entered the Anna Market with a handgun Tuesday afternoon and took money from the business. He then fled from the business and was later apprehended at his residence. Assisting in the search for the suspect Tuesday was Anna Police, Shelby County Sheriff's Office deputies, Sidney Police, Ohio Highway Patrol and Botkins Police. The weapon and money were recovered.

SHELBY COUNTY/STATE FAIR QUEEN HONORED BY JIM BUCHY - May 26, 2016
    On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) presented a resolution to Mary Buehler honoring her as the 2016 Ohio Fairs' Queen at the Ohio Statehouse. Each year, a queen is chosen at the Ohio Fairs' Queen contest where representatives from each county and independent fair compete. Mary represents Ohio's county and independent fairs as an advocate for fairs and the agricultural industry. She plans to use fairs as a vehicle for agriculturalists and consumers to come together to decrease the gap between the two. Prior to her Ohio fairs' Queen title Mary served as the Shelby County Fair Queen. Currently, she is a student at the Ohio State University, where she studies agriculture and environmental science. Mary is also the FFA State Vice President and is a former state President of the FCCLA.

MOTORCYCLIST CAREFLIGHTED NEAR UNION CITY - May 26, 2016
    On May 25, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Union City OH PD and Union City Ohio Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to the 2000 BLK. of SR571 reference to a motorcycle crash with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed that Larry LeMaster (47) of Union City, OH was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King westbound on SR571 when LeMaster was negotiating a curve and drove off the right side of the road down in to a ditch. LeMaster lost control of the motorcycle and the motorcycle overturned ejecting LeMaster. Union City Rescue treated Lemaster and he was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight, where he is currently listed in critical condition. The Darke County Sheriff's Office accident re-construction team was called to the scene. This accident remains under investigation. LeMaster was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. It is possible that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. At this time the cause of the accident is unknown and if anyone witnessed the accident, or has any information pertaining to the crash you are asked to call the Darke County Sheriff Office at (937)548-3399.

ROBBERY CAUSES ANNA SCHOOLS TO LOCKDOWN - May 25, 2016
    Anna Schools were locked down Tuesday afternoon after an attempted robbery at the IGA Anna Market. Anna Schools sent out a message via One Call that the schools were locked down at 2:47 p.m. A second notification informed recipients that the school was still on lockdown at 3:26 p.m. At 3:56 p.m., parents were informed that students were being released from school. Anna Police, with assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the incident, which happened around 2:14 p.m. K-9 units were brought to the scene to help track the suspect. Bystanders were told there had been a robbery or attempted robbery at the market.

FATAL ACCIDENTS IN INDIANA - May 25, 2016
    For the third time in four days, a vehicle accident in Wayne County has claimed a life. Crystal Downing, 24, of Milton, was killed early Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash just west of Centerville. The incident was reported at about 2:09 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Mineral Springs Road. According to investigators, Downing was driving westbound when her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the north side of the road just east of Mineral Springs Road. The vehicle rolled several times, and Downing, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected. On Saturday afternoon, Christopher E. Hines, 54, of Winchester, was driving south on Centerville Road north of Webster Road when he lost control of his 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Hines was thrown from the Trailblazer as it turned over. He was transported to Reid Health where he later died from his injuries. A Massachusetts woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a multi-vehicle accident near the 145 mile marker of eastbound Interstate 70 in Wayne County. Frank L. Massey died Thursday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, from injuries he sustained in a May 12 traffic accident on U.S. 40 west of Centerville. Fatal crashes have also occurred in Miami County and a Preble Country Couple was also lost earlier this week riding a motorcycle.

REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE COMING IN 2017 - May 25, 2016
    Beginning next year, millions of Ohioans will be able to register to vote from the convenience of their computer or smart phone after lawmakers on Tuesday put the finishing touches on a bill that authorizes a new online voter registration system. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who has pushed for online voting for more than five years, said the new system will make voting more secure, harder to cheat and less costly to taxpayers. He added that he is disappointed that the bill includes a delay to January 2017. The Ohio House voted 90-2 on the bill, which now must return to the Senate for approval of House changes. Ohio has 7.5 million registered voters and Husted estimates that 400,000 more will register before the November election. Ohio is lagging behind 31 states and the District of Columbia, which already offer online registration, and six other states have have passed bills to create such systems but have not yet implemented them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

WAPAKONETA WOMAN SENT TO PRISON - May 24, 2016
    Going back to Miami County, a judge on Monday sentenced a Wapakoneta woman to prison for the January death of a 34-year-old Piqua man, who overdosed on heroin. Karmen Heniser, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison for the death of Benjamin Jacomet, 34. Heniser pleaded guilty in April to felony involuntary manslaughter and trafficking in drugs. Charges in the death also are pending against Ryan Sheppard, 42, of Piqua. As part of a plea deal, Heniser agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Police said Jacomet was found deceased Jan. 3 at his parents' home, where he had stayed the night. Reports showed that Heniser, a friend of Jacomet's, lied to police about what happened prior to the death of Jacomet. The Wapakoneta woman sold him heroin knowing he was intoxicated. Heniser was given 73 days credit for time served in jail.

FATAL FIRE IN MERCER COUNTY - May 24, 2016
    Firefighters rescued one person from a burning home in Montezuma early Tuesday morning. Crews were dispatched to a home near the intersection of East Main and High streets around 1:15 a.m. after a neighbor reported seeing fire from the home. Firefighters said a female was rescued from the burning home and taken to Coldwater hospital for treatment where she would be pronounced dead. The cause of the fire is unknown but will be investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Firefighters from St Mary's Township, Coldwater, and Celina responded to battle the fire.

FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 24, 2016
    Another fatal crash took place on Monday, this time near Troy. Emergency responders were sent to the 1000 block of Polecat Road, between Piqua-Troy and DeWeese Road, on the report of a motorcycle crash and the victim not breathing. They arrived on the scene to find an off-duty sheriff's deputy and another rider, who is reportedly an EMT, performing CPR. Medics continued to work on the victim, who has been identified as Dominic Naiorano, 20, of New Carlisle. Naiorano was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival. Nairano was traveling at a high rate of speed, when a large tractor pulling a piece of equipment was coming the opposite direction on Polecat. Naiorano rounded a curve and struck the farm machinery, ejecting the rider. His motorcycle stopped approximately 40 yards further down the road. The driver of the tractor was not injured.

DARKE COUNTY PHONE SCAM - May 20, 2016
    The Darke County Sheriff's Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting an IRS telephone scam in the Darke County area over the last few days. This type of scam has been going on all around the country for sometime and seems to be perpetrated in this area periodically. The scam typically involves a caller reporting that the IRS is taking legal action against the person receiving the call. The caller often threatens that this is a final call and some financial or legal detriment will come to the victim. Many times the caller has a foreign accent and uses intimidation to solicit personal information from the unsuspecting citizen. In addition they may suggest a particular amount of money that the victim could send to stop the alleged "IRS" legal action. The caller will suggest that you send money through money wiring services or money cards. This is a scam and an illegal telecommunications fraud scheme. The numbers on the caller ID are often incorrect or can not be effectively tracked within the state or country. If you receive such a call you should immediately hang up and do not engage the caller. Do not provide or verify any personal information that the caller might ask for or present. Do not send money. The Darke County Sheriff's Office is aware of the scam and you do not need to report it to us unless you have shared your personal information or feel you have been victimized by the scam and suffered a monetary loss. Sheriff Toby Spencer is warning citizens not to fall for this scam. Any citizens who have suffered a monetary loss or feel they have compromised their personal identifying information can contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020 or their local law enforcement agency.

MEMORIAL BENCHES AVAILABLE - May 19, 2016
    The Darke County Fair Board and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are placing another order for Memorial benches. These six foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs as a lasting tribute to family and friends and will be placed around the Gazebo and other areas of the Fairgrounds for Fairgoers to enjoy the festivities of the Fair. The benches may be purchased and lettered as a lasting memorial to a loved one, as an advertisement and donation from your business, or just a donation from your family to the Fair. These benches will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be enjoyed by Fairgoers for generations to come. The cost per bench, which includes lettering, is $550.00 and the order deadline to ensure delivery prior to the 2016 Fair is June 30. For more information or to order call Krista Fourman @ 937-547-0827, or the Fair Office @ 937-548-5044. Order forms can be found on the district website, www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste.

TAX FREE GYMS - May 19, 2016
    On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauded the passage of House Bill 334, legislation that exempts non-profit gyms from sales tax, at Ohio House session. HB 334 exempts federally tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organizations that are gyms, recreational or sports club facilities from sales and use tax memberships. According to the sponsor, prior to this passage, Ohio was one of six states to have this tax on non-profit gyms. The Legislative Service Commission estimates that $7.3 million in tax revenue would be foregone, compared to the $23 million provided in financial assistance to those who can't afford a membership on their own. House Bill 334 passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

ALGAE BACK IN GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS - May 10, 2016
    In a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Grand Lake St. Marys is already colored by the blue-green algae that plagues Ohio each year. Last week, levels of a potent nerve toxin produced by the algae were more than four times the safety threshold set by the World Health Organization for swimming. That does not bode well for summer tourism, a $150-million-a-year industry for the small cities around the lake. Fish have died in the lake, and pets have become ill from drinking water contaminated by an algae toxin. The lake's annual sailing regatta has been canceled again. Residents and owners of vacation houses say the number of visitors is shrinking. Last month, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded Celina an $8 million grant to improve its drinking-water treatment plant, largely because of the toxic algae. That's on top of the roughly $20 million the state has spent trying to clean the lake over the years. Efforts have included chemical applications, dredging and even the building of a wetland that is supposed to naturally filter the water that drains into the lake from the farms that surround it.

JANE DOE IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 10, 2016
    A few weeks ago, we reported on the ongoing investigation pertaining to Jane Doe in Miami County. The Sheriff's Office, says they're moving forward on isotope testing on the woman's hair and nails. The department has gotten tips about some females that had been previously excluded as possibilities. Back in April, Pollen samples were revealing some clues about Jane Doe of Miami County, found 35 years ago in a ditch west of Troy, and Miami County Sheriff's investigators are hoping these new avenues in the cold case homicide lead to the discovery of the victim's name and how she ended up in Ohio. Sheriff's investigators are sharing what the office has learned. They're also sharing new photographs of Jane Doe, reconstructed using new technology and additional lab testing on her clothes. For more information or to see pictures, visit facebook.com and search Miami County Sheriff's Office.

PEACE OFFICER TRAINING BEGINS IN JULY - May 9, 2016
    The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 20-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement. Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in July and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in December. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation. For more information or to apply, call 937.778.7865. Completed applications must be received by May 27. Candidate interviews will begin on June 1 and June 2, with the academy running from July 5 to December 12, 2016.

RUBBER DUCK RACE IN JUNE - May 5, 2016
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming annual fundraising event, 2016 Rubber Duck Race. This event will be held on Thursday, June 23rd. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the tenth annual Duck N' Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be held on the same evening of Thursday, June 23rd with race time at 8:15 p.m. through scenic Tawawa Park in Sidney. Registration will begin at 7:00 p.m., and a shot-gun start will begin the race at 8:15 p.m. The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for some awesome prizes. If you would like to register for the 5k Race, or adopt a "duck", please call the local office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. Interested persons also have the option of obtaining a registration and/or order form on-line. Log on to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org and download your forms today.

STATE ROAD 26 IN JAY COUNTY TO CLOSE - April 25, 2016
    An $8.2 million construction project on State Road 26 in Jay County will close the highway on or after Wednesday, May 4 for about seven months. A signed detour will direct state highway traffic around the closure via State Road 67 and State Road 1. Motorists with local destinations are encouraged to plan ahead and seek their best alternate routes. To maintain local access as much as possible, County Road 200 West will remain open throughout most of the project for north-south traffic crossing State Road 26. This access will be closed for up to 60 days sometime after June 1, 2016. State Road 26 and County Road 200 West are expected to open to traffic before the end of November.

NO EARLY CHAIRS AT 2016 FAIR - April 7, 2016
    It was a busy night for the Darke County Agricultural Society as the board met for their monthly meeting. The board approved multiple projects including electrical upgrades in the Sheep Barn that will cost no more than $22,500 with the Sheep Committee paying for 50% of the project. In addition to the Sheep Barn Project, also approved was a concrete project at the north side of the Beef & Dairy Pavilion. At the end of the public meeting, the board focused their attention on chairs at the fair. In 2016, the Agricultural Society will be implementing a policy that no chairs will be permitted to be placed at the Gazebo and Grandstand area until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The motion was made for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.

CHICAGO TICKETS FOR DARKE COUNTY FAIR ON SALE - March 7, 2016
    The Great Darke County Fair had a Great start to selling tickets for Chicago. In the first 4 hours of sales for the entertainment to the 160th Fair Concert, the box office sold over 2,800 tickets. Tickets went on sale via internet and phone at 937-548-5044. Beginning Today, Monday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m., tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH. Persons 3 years of age and older are required to purchase a seat ticket. Persons under 3 years of age are admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying seat ticket holder. Mark your calendars for this fun concert that will begin at 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 21st.

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