Midwest Auctioneers & Realty, Inc. along with the approval of the Greenville City School Board, will be conducting auctions to release the contents of the 3 Elementary schools and the Junior High. All removable items will be sold as well as 14 mobile modular classroom units. All auction dates have been finalized. Please mark your calendars for the following dates:
    Feb. 25th @ 9AM – South Middle School – 701 Wayne Ave.
    Mar. 2nd @ 5PM – 14 Mobile Modular Units – 7550 St. Rt. 118
    Mar. 18th @ 9AM – Woodland Heights Primary – 7550 St. Rt. 118
    April 1st @ 9AM – Junior High School – 131 Central Ave
    Live internet bidding and pre-bidding is available NOW on the East School/Jan. 28th Auction: WWW.PROXIBID.COM

    Thursday night, 2 people were hospitalized after their SUV merged into a semi on US 127. A Ford Expedition was northbound on 127 when the female driver attempted to merge into the eastbound lane in front of a semi. The SUV was too close and made contact with the front of the semi, sending it off the roadway. The Expedition over turned and came to rest against a tree just north of the Greenville Celina Road intersection. The female driver and male passenger were transported to Wayne HealthCare with injuries from the crash. The semi driver was not injured.

    Last year, we reported on Phillip Weimer being arrested after authorities determined his elderly mother had not left a chair in their Randolph County home since breaking her hip three months earlier. Earlier this week, the 54-year-old Weimer - who at the time of his arrest was living with his parents at a house in the 400 block of West Church Street in Lynn - pleaded guilty to two counts of neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony carrying a standard one-year jail term. A Randolph Circuit Court Judge imposed a pair of one-year sentences, which were suspended except for 156 days the Lynn man had already spent in the Randolph County jail. Weimer will serve 13 months on probation. Weimer's mother had to be removed from her home through a window, due to the house's cluttered condition.

    Garst Museum's 2017 Speaker Series will kick off at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 26. Ric Sheffield will speak on the diverse African-American history in rural Ohio. Many rural areas in Ohio have long established black communities, such as Darke County's Longtown community, that are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. Sheffield is a Professor at Kenyon College. His research has focused upon the relationship between law and issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. He has lectured widely on issues of race and law as well as African Americans in rural Ohio. All lectures are free and open to the public. However, regular admission will apply to tour the exhibit and museum which includes the outstanding National Annie Oakley Center, Crossroads of Destiny, and Longtown exhibits. Funding for this program was made possible by the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the Stephens Foundation.

    This Saturday, February 25th, at 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Commissioner Mike Stegall will be holding a "Coffee with the Commissioner" meeting for those interested at The Bob Evans Restaurant in Greenville. Bob Evans is located at 1403 Wagner Avenue at the north end of Greenville. This is an opportunity for people to discuss county matters with one of its local elected officials. Come on out, enjoy a delicious breakfast and discuss county matters. That is Saturday, February 25th, 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Bob Evans in Greenville.

    We've learned some more information about a story we've been following in Miami County .The Sheriff's Office has identified Virgil Corbin (48) of Dayton, Ohio as the person involved in leaving Terry E. Sims at the entrance of Upper Valley Medical Center on January 29, 2017. Sims (59), also of Dayton, was found lying at the entrance of the hospital by a nurse on her way to work. Sims was determined to be deceased and autopsy results, specifically toxicology, are pending. The investigation will be presented to the Miami County Prosecuting Attorney for consideration for criminal charges.

    The Coalition for a Healthy Darke County (Coalition) celebrated its one-year anniversary as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit in January by awarding local grants for youth substance abuse education and prevention. In 2016, the Coalition applied and received grants from the Darke County United Way and the Greenville Rotary Club. Those funds were added to Coalition dollars to offer Substance Abuse Education and Prevention grants. Grants were awarded to a student group from Darke County We Are The Majority (WRTM) and Greenville Elementary School. Plans are in process for the Coalition to host a Community Conversation on Youth Substance Abuse Education and Prevention in May 2017. For more information or to join the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County visit

    Earlier this week, we reported on law enforcement looking for a suspect that robbed the Speedway gas station early Sunday morning in Greenville. According to the Greenville Police Department, at approximately 4:20 a.m. a black male reportedly threatened a clerk with a gun while demanding cash inside the store, located at 201 Wagner Ave. On Wednesday, at approximately 2.33 p.m., the suspect, Eric D. Higgins, was apprehended in Piqua, Ohio. An arrest warrant was issued for Higgins on a charge of Robbery, a second degree felony. Higgins is currently in custody awaiting arraignment.

DRIVER FLEAS ACCIDENT - February 22, 2017
    On February 21, 2017 at approximately 11:22PM, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Police, Arcanum Fire & Rescue responded to the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road on a report of a one vehicle possible injury crash with a utility pole knocked down. Preliminary investigation revealed an unknown driver operating a 1989 White Buick Riviera was traveling westbound in the 5600 block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road when the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway striking a Vectren gas meter and then colliding with and knocking down a utility pole causing a short power outage for nearby residents. Further investigation revealed the driver had fled on foot. Crews from Vectren and Arcanum Power responded to the scene to restore electric and to stop the natural gas leak. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    Thousands of Dollars worth of damage was done earlier this week to cars throughout Greenville. Early Monday, numerous vehicles and other property was damaged as three male suspects were arrested. At least 14 vehicles, including several business and one city vehicle, were involved. The damage investigation revealed the vandals smashed out windows of the vehicles, as well as causing some body damage in the process. Most reports came from parked near homes on Marion Dr., Sharp Ln., Park Ave. and several other isolated incidents on surrounding streets. The three accused subjects were stopped in a vehicle by police at approximately 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. The suspects are Matthew Adams (23), Jacob Marando (20) and a 17-year old juvenile. The trio faces a number of misdemeanor and felony charges. Alcohol is believed to be involved. The charges are being referred to the Grand Jury for indictment.

    This Sunday Greenville City Schools will open its doors to the public for the upcoming K-8 Facility Dedication on February 26th. The ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. with an open house until 5:30 following the ceremony. There will be overflow parking with a shuttle bus available throughout the day from Trinity Wesleyan Church, Rest Haven Nursing Home, American Legion and VFW. On Saturday, the second auction for the Greenville City Schools loose furnishings will begin at 9:00 AM (Doors will open at 7 am) at the South School located at 701 Wayne St. Online pre-bidding is available NOW via Open inspections are taking place Thursday Feb. 23 from 5-7 PM and Friday Feb. 24 from 9am to 5pm. We encourage the public to get their bidder numbers at this time to avoid a long wait the morning of the auction. Please visit the website for complete information including catalog and pictures. If you have any questions please contact 937-548-2640.

    Celina Police posted pictures on their Facebook Account and asked questions about a male who made purchases at the Celina Walmart using counterfeit bills. He then left driving a white Ford Mustang. If anyone recognizes the male or the vehicle, contact Celina Police 225 N. Main Street in Celina, or call 419-586-2345. To view the pictures visit and search Celina Police.

    Congratulations to the Union City Indians Girls Basketball team, who will play this Saturday for the Indiana Station Championship in Indianapolis. Justiss Cantu scored 36 points on Saturday to lead Union City to a 69-64 Double Overtime win over No. 5 Marquette Catholic. The Semi-State win in Logansport now puts the Indians in the Class A State Championship game at Bankers Life in Indianapolis at 10:30 a.m this Saturday. Union City (24-4) will meet top-ranked Wood Memorial (27-1), which defeated No. 7 Indianapolis Tindley 59-50 in the other semi-state affair in Jeffersonville. Best of Luck to the Lady Indians of Union City!

    A Darke County 16-year-old lost his life after a fatal accident in Shelby County. It happened just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning on Versailles Road just east of Darke-Shelby Road near Russia, Ohio. The preliminary investigation shows 16-year-old Zachary R. Kelch of New Weston was driving westbound on Versailles Road when the car went off the roadway before rolling multiple times. Investigators say Kelch was thrown from the 2009 Chevy Malibu and died at the scene. There was no one else in the car at the time of the accident. Kelch was a Versailles High School junior. On Monday February 20th from Noon - 5 PM, a support team of personnel from Tri-County Recovery and Mental Health Crisis Counselors and local public school counselors will be available in the Versailles Elementary School gymnasium to assist anyone. Please enter the building using door 1 or 2 by parking in the north lot. On Tuesday February 21st, when students return to school, the district will have the same resources for students from 7 AM - 4 PM. HS students will report to the high school gymnasium at 8 AM. On Wednesday February 22nd, the high school will be closed for the day to allow all students and staff to attend funeral services.

    On February 19, 2017 at 5:49 PM Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Rescue, Liberty Township Fire Department and Miami Valley Careflight responded to an injury accident in the 2400 block of Wildcat Rd. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2005 blue Chrysler Town and Country driven by Nicole Shell (16), of Greenville, was travelling eastbound Wildcat Rd. and traveled off the right side of the road. The vehicle struck a utility pole and overturned. Ms. Shell was treated and released at the scene. A front seat passenger, Michael Shell (14), of Greenville, was transported by Careflight to Dayton Children's Hospital where his condition is unknown. This accident remains under investigation.

    Congressman Warren Davidson (R-Troy) has announced 2017 mobile office hours for the 8th Congressional District. Mobile office hours give constituents the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with Congressman Davidson's staff. Mobile office hours are an effort by Congressman Davidson to increase accessibility to services for constituents across the 8th District.
    Mobile office hours will be held in Darke County every second Wednesday of the month:
    9:30 a.m. – Union City Village Offices (419 E. Elm Street)
    10:45 a.m. – Darke County Administrative Building (520 S. Broadway Street, Greenville)
    12 p.m. – Versailles Village Offices (177 North Center Street)
    1:15 p.m. – Bradford Municipal Building (115 North Miami Ave.)
    2:30 p.m. – Arcanum Village Offices (104 West South Street)
    For additional information, constituents may call the Troy District Office at (937) 339-1524 or the West Chester District Office at (513) 779-5400.

    Last year, we reported on a road rage crash during Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, Nathan Nisley, 34, from Rawson, Ohio entered a plea of ‘no contest' to two counts of Felonious Assault, felonies of the second degree. He was charged and later indicted following the crash which occurred on May 29, 2016 – that left 2 people seriously injured. Nisley is believed to have changed lanes on US 127, near Children's Home Bradford Road, in his 2012 Ford Fiesta and struck a northbound 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle occupied by 2. The contact caused the couple to crash the bike and were airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. Nisley was evaluated at a Toledo hospital and was recently found competent to stand trial. Agreeing with the recommended sentence, as part of a plea agreement, Nisley was ordered to two years in prison, with 264 days of jail credit. The man from Northwest, Ohio apologized Thursday to both crash victims.

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on speed, safety belts and OVI enforcement along Interstate 75. The initiative will take place from Friday, February 17 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 19 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol. There were 14,420 OVI-related crashes on Ohio’s roadways in 2016, killing 423 and injuring 8,785. OVI-related crashes accounted for 37 percent of all fatal crashes in Ohio. The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

    In May of 2015, we reported on a Fatal Crash claiming the life of a Ridgeville teen. Morgan Qualls, 19, lost her life when Austin C. Mallory then 17, was eastbound on Ind. 28, west of Randolph County Road 475-W, when he left the north side of the highway, struck a tree head-on, then rolled onto the driver's side and came to rest in the road. Qualls was pronounced dead at the scene. Mallory and a three-week-old baby in the vehicle were treated at the scene by Randolph County EMS. Earlier this week, a Randolph County grand jury indicted Mallory, alleging he had marijuana in his system when he caused a fatal traffic accident in 2015. Mallory, of Winchester, is charged with driving with a controlled substance in system causing death, a Level 5 felony carrying a standard thee-year prison term. An initial hearing in the Randolph Circuit Court case is set for Thursday.

    The Darke County Agricultural Society sent out information in their goal to hire a new Fair Manager. Earlier this month, we reported on the resignation from Darryl Riffle. The Fair Board will begin reviewing resumes the week of February 20th. If you are interested in applying for the position, please pickup application and job description at office or online. Return with resume and cover letter to office. For more information on the position and requirements, visit The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society are having an Open House for the outgoing Fair Manager/Secretary Daryl Riffle on March 1, 2017 in the Youth Building at the Darke County Fair. Please stop by between the hours of 5pm—7pm to wish him well.

JR. NATURALISTS PROGRAM FEB. 25TH - February 16, 2017
    Darke County Parks invites students in grades 3-6 to join them for the Jr. Naturalists program on Saturday, February 25th from 9:30am to 12pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. This month will focus on animals and their tracks. Animal tracking is as old as the human race. Students will follow our ancestor's footsteps by following the animals' footsteps. The Jr. Naturalists is a series of monthly programs designed to give 3rd-6th grade students hands-on interaction with the natural world and a look at our current and historical place within it. For questions about the Jr. Naturalists program or any other park district programs or to register for the February class, please call the park office at (937) 548-0165.

AIRPORT MANGER RESIGNS - February 14, 2017
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. All 3 Commissioners were in attendance and they all agreed to accept a letter of resignation from Airport Manger, David Spillers. The letter was submitted on Friday and Spillers will leave his position with the airport on March 31, 2017. The Commissioner also approved a resolution re-appointing Monty Stump and Ken Timmerman to the Airport Advisory Board. During the back end of the month, the Commissioners will meet with the Airport Advisory Board to discuss options of replacing the Airport Manager position. Spillers has been a long serving manager and will move off the Airport grounds to make way to a new manager, who the Commissioners hope can take the airport to bigger and better things. The Darke County Commissioners will be back in session on Wednesday, 1:30 in Downtown Greenville. County Offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day.

PHONE SCAM IN MIAMI COUNTY - February 14, 2017
    In Miami County, residents are reporting receiving phone calls from a person representing they are from Publisher's Clearing House and they need personal information so they can send an award. This is a scam, never give out any personal or financial information to anyone on the phone who you do not know. One of the numbers the calls are originating from is (876) 393-2118.

    A teen is facing charges after crashing a stolen car in Sidney. The Sidney Police Department, say an officer tried to pull over a car on a traffic violation on East Russell Road near Broadway Avenue around 2:45 a.m. Sunday. Police say the car kept going about a block before crashing into a fire hydrant at the intersection of East Russell and Port Jefferson Road. The 15-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken to Wilson Hospital with unknown injuries. Police later found out that the car was stolen sometime earlier from a Sidney home. Charges are pending against the teen, and alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor. The crash is under investigation.

    Speaker of the Ohio House Clifford A. Rosenberger (R-Clarksville) has announced that State Representative Keith Faber (R-Celina) has been appointed to serve on four Ohio House committees. Earlier this month, Faber was appointed to the House Finance Committee, which is responsible for vetting and deliberating the two-year state operating budget. Within that committee, he will chair the Finance Subcommittee on State Government and Agency Review. The announcement indicated that he will also be serving on the following committees:
    Agriculture & Rural Development
    Government Accountability & Oversight
    Public Utilities
    Faber represents the 84th District, which encompasses Mercer County, as well as portions of Auglaize, Darke and Shelby counties. He most recently served two terms as the 94th President of the Senate and previously served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives.

    In a report from Blue Bag Media, emergency personnel have responded to at least 93 Darke County overdoses in 2016. 2017 is on-track to dwarf that number, with at least 31 being reported in January alone. The Sheriff's Office currently has two full-time drug detectives and two K-9 units to aid in combating the problem. Additionally, the Greenville Police Department has its own detective on-staff to handle local drug investigations for the city. This time last year, the Darke County Coroner's Office recorded no suspected overdose-related deaths, but they have already investigated seven so far for 2017. In just the first week of February, crews have responded to 12 overdose calls. Earlier this week, we reported on a overdose numbers being up in Miami County and Wayne County. In Montgomery County, The Dayton Fire Department responded to a record number of overdose calls in January, with over 235 victims needing lifesaving emergency help. If you or you know someone suffering from opioid addition, contact the Darke County Recovery and Wellness Center at (937) 548-6842 to learn about addiction resources available. Visit their website at Learn more about drug addiction, what to do if someone overdoses and find more treatment resources, visit

    On the topic of Opiod Addiction, an Ohio panel created to study how students are educated about the dangers of drug use amid the growing opiod epidemic is ready to share its recommendations. State legislative leaders and the attorney general announced the committee last August, saying that educational efforts to prevent drug abuse are an important part of addressing the opiod crisis. They plan to share the panel's recommendations Friday. Its members included lawmakers and educators, as well as representatives from law enforcement, the health care community and state agencies. They have held meetings and talked with folks around Ohio to learn more about existing drug education in schools, how to best provide it in an age-appropriate way for all grade levels, and how abuse prevention efforts could be strengthened.

    Earlier this week, we reported that Greenville City Council would hold a special meeting Thursday. Last night, Council met to discuss the hiring of an interim superintendent for the city's sewer plant. Unfortunately, current wastewater superintendent, Chuck Hapner, was involved in a very serious injury accident in late January. Council appointed former superintendent Vaughn Downey to fill the role on a temporary basis. Downey will work on an interim basis of not more than 180 days. He will work a maximum of 20 hours per week at a wage of $20 per hour, without benefits. Hapner had served as acting superintendent following Downey's retirement in June after 30 years at the plant.

    Over the weekend, Joshua Schwarz, 29, was arrested on a 21-count indictment. He pleaded not guilty Monday in county Common Pleas Court. His bail was set at $50,000 cash or surety or 10 percent cash. A Miami County grand jury has indicted the Piqua man on multiple felony charges alleging possession of child pornography. A grand jury in January issued 10 counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor and 10 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance. The charges accuse him of possessing materials depicting children as young as infants in sexually related poses/activities in August 2016. He also faces one felony count of tampering with evidence for allegedly attempting to erase or destroy evidence.

    In a close vote, Troy city council members rejected an ordinance that would have introduced medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. The measure was defeated in a 4-3 vote by council members, but the issue is expected to go back to the planning commission for further discussion. In addition to prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries the ordinance also would have prohibited the sale of medical marijuana within the downtown business district.

    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Fair Manager Daryl Riffle, during the Fair Managers report presented a letter of resignation to each board member. Riffle added that he felt there was too big of a gap between how he thought the business should be run, compared to how some board members wanted to handle the operation. The Fair Manager said he didn't see the situation improving anytime soon so he thought it was best to resign and he will pursue other opportunities outside of the fair industry. Board President Brian Rismiller said he was shocked and did not ask for a motion to accept, but instead said he wanted to handle the issue at the end of the meeting. The board went into executive session for 15 minutes to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee. Joining the board was Caretaker Robert Johnston. The board returned by accepting Riffle's resignation, which will be effective March 31, 2017. Riffle had to give the board 30 days notice according to his contract, but he said he was willing to stay until March 31, in order to give the board time to get things in order. Riffle's resignation comes just a couple months after the board accepted the resignation of Caretaker Ken Coates. Board member Cindy Riffle was absent from Wednesday's meeting. For over 11 years, Riffle has served as Fair Manager, he took over the position on August 1, 2005. In the past few months, a visible disconnect could be seen between several board members and Riffle. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.

    Christopher S. Newman, 31, and Stacey R. Whitesel, 20, both from Union City, were arrested Tuesday on preliminary charges of burglary, residential entry, theft, possession of marijuana, possession of meth, possession of paraphernalia, counterfeiting and maintaining a common nuisance. In a report, a Lynn police officer said he questioned Newman and Whitesel on Tuesday about a Monday night break-in at a house in the 300 block of Pearl Street. Whitesel, allegedly admitted that she and Newman had broken into the Lynn house, taking a TV, video game system and stereo speakers, among other items. Authorities searching the home of Newman and Whitesel reported finding meth, marijuana, theft, a "synthetic drug look-alike substance," counterfeit money and a printer, materials used to "cook" meth, and drug paraphernalia including syringes.

    Two Sidney High School students were suspended after they were allegedly joking around in the hallway about carrying out a shooting during the lunch period. The 10th-graders are facing criminal charges after their conversation was overheard by another student who reported them to the school resource officer. One student allegedly said, "It's going down in the cafeteria today," and when asked to clarify, another student replied he was going to shoot up the cafeteria. Plain clothes officers and the district's "first responders" were present and visible during the lunch period and the school day proceeded without any problems. Sidney police also responded to "sweep" the parking lot Tuesday afternoon in search of any potential threats. It is believed the threat was credible, but such incidents must be taken seriously and school administration will be recommending that the students are expelled from the district.

1ST FATAL DARKE COUNTY ACCIDENT IN 2017 - February 1, 2017
    On January 31, 2017 at approximately 5:07 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 9000 block of US RT 36 East in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a gray 2015 Chevrolet Cruz driven by Christan M. Thomas (34) Troy, Ohio was traveling westbound on US RT 36 when she traveled left of the center line to pass the vehicle in front of her. Ms. Thomas collided head on with an eastbound 2007 gray Honda Element driven by Bret J. Baumann (49) Troy, Ohio. The collision caused Baumann's vehicle to strike a third vehicle which was a westbound 2007 black Ford Escape driven by Victoria M. Hale (25) Portland, Indiana that Ms. Thomas was attempting to pass. Ms. Thomas was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Gettysburg Rescue where she was treated and released. Tyler J. Baumgardner,23, of Troy, Ohio. was the right front passenger and was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Baumann was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in serious condition. Ms. Hale was treated and released from the scene. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Darke County Coroner's Investigator also responded to the scene for further investigation. Illegal narcotics were located at the scene and could be a factor in the accident. This accident marks Darke Counties first fatal accident on Darke County roadways in 2017.

    Darke County Center for the Arts wishes you the luck of the Irish this spring with the return of the exciting fundraising raffle "Off To The Isle". One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to Ireland through AAA and Brendan Vacations. DCCA will be selling a limited number of chances for this exclusive raffle. Raffle Tickets are $100 each. Tickets sales have started and the winner will be drawn at DCCA's annual Irish themed fundraising event the Irish Wave, Friday, March 17th at the Montage Cafe. Only 75 tickets will be sold. The winner will receive a $5,000 voucher to customize their Irish experience through Brendan Vacations. Darke County Center for the Arts presents and promotes performing and fine arts encouraging cultural enrichment. All proceeds from the "Off To The Isle" raffle will go to DCCA programming and the arts in Darke County. For more information and to purchase tickets contact DCCA at (937) 547-0908.

    Last week, we reported on a possible kidnapping and assault in Sidney. Another arrest has been made as Sidney patrol units arrested a second individual believed by investigators to be involved with the January 25th Felonious Assault and Kidnapping incident that occurred at 510 N. Main Ave Apt C. On Friday, an arrest warrant was filed with Sidney Municipal Court charging Tyler S Rhoads age 19 with one count of Felonious Assault a felony of the 2nd degree and one count of Kidnapping a felony of the 1st degree. Officers with the Sidney Police patrol unit located and arrested Rhoads at 805 Arrowhead Drive, Apt K. Rhoades was transported to the Shelby County Jail shortly after his arrest. All citizens are asked that if they have any information about this incident to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).

    An Indiana woman was sentenced to local jail and probation for assaulting a corrections officer in January 2016. Nisa A. Bryant, 26, appeared in the Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday afternoon to be sentenced on one count of Assault on a Corrections Officer, a felony of the fifth degree. She was indicted on the charge, along with Assault on a Peace Officer (F4) and Harassment with bodily substances. As part of a plea agreement , Bryant pleaded guilty to the one count in December. According to court records, Bryant assaulted the Darke County Sheriff's Deputy before being transported to the Darke County Jail where she proceeded to assault and attempted to spit on a female corrections officer. The Indiana Woman will serve 45 days in jail, with 29 days credit, in addition to up to five years of community control sanctions and 75 hours of community service.

    Last week, officers from the Union City Ohio Police Department were dispatched to Knollwood Commons Apartment complex in reference to a male that broke into an apartment and assaulted a female. Upon the arrival of officers, it was found that a male subject slipped the lock of the apartment and went inside and assaulted a female and demanded that she give him money. The male subject was attempting to disguise himself with a mask, however, he was still identified by the female as Jordan Jenkinson, age 24, of Union City, Ohio. During the altercation Jenkinson took the females phone so that she could not call for help and as Jenkinson departed the apartment he told the female that she needed to stay inside the apartment or she would be hurt. The male then threw her cell phone that in a yard about a block from the apartment complex. Jenkinson was arrested on Friday. He has been preliminary charged with Aggravated Burglary, a Felony of the First Degree. He was also charged with a misdemeanor theft that occurred on January 13th, in Union City, Ohio. Jenkinson was also wanted for failure to appear in the Darke County Municipal Court. Jenkinson is currently being held at the Darke County Sheriff's Jail without bond, awaiting arraignment.

MAN "DUMPED" OFF AT HOSPITAL - January 30, 2017
    A man was found unresponsive at the entrance to the Upper Valley Medical Center over the weekend. The death is a suspected overdose and it's believed the man's body was "dumped" at the hospital entrance. The deceased was identified as Terry E. Sims. 49, of Dayton. A nurse who was arriving at work discovered the man lying in the entry way around 7 a.m. The nurse attempted CPR before the man was taken to the emergency room where he was pronounced dead. His body has been taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. The investigation into the man's death is continuing. Investigators believe he may have overdosed on drugs and someone may have left him at the hospital entrance.

    On Wednesday, at approx.7:41 AM Sidney Police units were dispatched to the 500 block of N. Main Ave in regards to a female subject running away from a residence after being held against her will. The victim was bloody and had no shoes and had run to The Main Stop Drive Thru (438 N Main Ave) for help. Upon speaking with the victim (age 31) it was learned that victim had been sleeping in a room at 510 N. Main Ave Apt C, Sidney. This was a residence of a female friend of the victim. As the victim slept, a male adult at the home attempted to wake the victim asking the victim for sexual relations. When the victim refused an argument ensued which resulted in three persons, 2 adult males and one adult female, at the residence physically grabbing the victim and forcibly moving the victim from the room she was sleeping into another bedroom. The victim was then threatened and physically assaulted in an attempt to compel her to comply with sex acts. When the three suspects attempted to remove the victim from the N. Main residence to go to another location the victim was able to run away. The victim was able to outrun the female suspect running to safety. A search was conducted at the home and evidence supporting the victim's account was discovered and collected. The victim sustained several physical injuries during the assault. As a result of the initial investigation the female suspect has been identified as Racheal Ellen Potter age 34, who was arrested late Wednesday night and jailed on one count of Kidnapping and one count of Felonious Assault both felonious of the 2nd degree. All citizens are asked that if they have any information about this incident to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2351 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).

    A Rossburg man made his first appearance in Darke County Common Pleas Court Tuesday afternoon following a chase with Darke County Sheriff's deputies late Monday night. Randy Scott Balcom, 37, appeared in court via video teleconference from the Darke County Jail, where he is currently being held. Balcom reportedly stole a 2004 Dodge Caravan from a family member and led deputies on a chase through and around Greenville at times exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour. He eventually crashed the vehicle on Mill Road off State Route 36, near Gettysburg. In wrecking the vehicle, Balcom damaged the bridge on Mill Road which crosses Greenville Creek. Mill Road is off-limits to motor vehicle traffic. Balcom then exited the vehicle and jumped 30 feet into Greenville Creek. According to the affidavit, after being retrieved from the creek, he reportedly said he had been trying to kill himself and asked the arresting officers why they had not shot him. He was transported to Wayne HealthCare, where he refused to comply with a blood test. He faces a third-degree felony charge of Failure to Comply with the Order of Police Officer, a fourth-degree felony charge of Theft of a Motor Vehicle Without Consent, and two misdemeanor charges of Refusing a Blood Test and Driving Under Suspension. Balcom is also under indictment for two fifth-degree felony counts of Forgery, a case dating from August 2016. Balcom's next court appearance is scheduled for February 2. His bond was set at $20,000 bond for both cases. According to Darke County Engineer Jim Surber, the damage to the Mill Road bridge will cost the county approximately $8,000 to $10,000 to repair.

    Just before midnight, the Greenville Fire Department was called to a reported shed fire behind a home at 401 Anderson Ave. in Greenville. As firefighters arrived on scene the detached wood structure was fully engulfed. The fire was quickly extinguished and was contained to the small structure – which burnt to the ground. Neighbors said they heard a "boom" before going outside and discovering the fire. According to the Greenville Fire Department, the cause of the fire appears to be suspicious and is under investigation. Then not long after the Greenville Fire Department left that fire scene, they were called to a car fire on the 400 block of Harrison Ave. just before 2 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was discovered inside a green Ford Taurus parked behind a residence. The flames were quickly put out and did not damage a detached garage nearby. The fire appears to have been intentionally set and remains under investigation by the GFD. If you have any information about any of the recent suspicious fires, contact the Greenville Fire Department at 937-548-3040.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. All 3 commissioners approved a letter of support for the Darke County's Park District's application to Clean Ohio Funds. The application is needed for the extension of Tecumseh Trail. This Phase VII grant will extend the Trail from the northern edge of Greenville City northwest on the former railroad bed to Arnold Road in Greenville Township. The Commissioners have approved multiple letters of supports in years past pertaining to the project. In the letter, the Commissioners said they were grateful to have received the past grants that enabled the trail to be constructed to this point and for what those sections of trail have done for the people in the community. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    An Indiana 19 year old is accused of impersonating a a Randolph County Sheriff's deputy. Authorities allege Jaylen P. Tunnell, 19, of Elwood, in September claimed to be a Randolph County deputy to gain employment as a security guard at Indy Scream Park in Anderson. Tunnell – who worked at the Randolph County jail as a civilian employee – allegedly wore a Randolph County deputy uniform while working at the haunted house attraction through mid-November. When authorities searched his Elwood home, they reportedly found other deputy uniforms and equipment including badges and a ballistic vest. In Madison Circuit Court 5, Tunnell is charged with impersonation of a public servant, a Level 6 felony carrying a standard one-year jail term. He was arrested Thursday on three charges filed in Randolph Superior Court – impersonation of a public servant, official misconduct and unlawful use of a police radio.

LOU HOLTZ COMING TO AREA - January 23, 2017
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County will be the beneficiary of proceeds from the West-Central Ohio Financial Summit to be held here April 27 in the Sidney High School auditorium. Legendary coach Lou Holtz will be the featured speaker at the event. Tickets for the event are $25 per person with sales from the tickets benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Additional information is available by calling 800-548-6511.

    Darke County Prosecuting Attorney R. Kelly Ormsby, III said he would not be filing any criminal charges against the students on the Tri-Village Basketball Team that were recently involved in the hazing incidents against other students. "After review of a lengthy report prepared by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and discussions with officers, alleged victims, their family members and others, I have determined that it is not in the interest of justice to file any charges," Ormsby wrote in a release. Ormsby said that he arrived at the decision after considering disciplinary actions already taken by school authorities as well as the wishes of the alleged victims.

    Kyle L. McGlothin, 29, was sentenced to 14 years in prison Friday for sexual battery. McGlothin was arrested, Oct. 31, 2016 and charged with six felony counts involving a known female child under the age of 10. Two known incidents occurred between May 1 – Sept 27, 2016 with McGlothin and the victim. McGlothin pled guilty to an amended charge of two counts of sexual battery, third-degree felonies. He had originally faced two counts of rape, first-degree felonies and two counts of gross sexual imposition, third-degree felonies. The man sentenced to a 14-years, serving seven years per count and a mandatory five-year post-release supervision. Also, McGlothin is to register on the Electronic Sex Offender Registration and Notification System as a Tier III sex offender for the rest of his life, after release from prison.

BOWL FOR KIDS' SAKE MARCH 3RD AND 4TH - January 19, 2017
    Mark you calendars! Bowl For Kids' Sake 2017 is scheduled for March 3 & 4, 2017, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney & Treaty Lanes in Greenville. This year's Theme is Hawaiian to help celebrate the festive theme come dressed in your Hawaiian attire. Bowl for Kids' Sake serves as the largest fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County. Bowl for Kids' Sake is open to the public, with $40 admission or $25 for those under the age of 18, this includes T-shirt, snacks, and one hour of bowling. For registration forms and more information please visit You can also register by calling (937) 492-7611 or (937) 547-9622. All individuals and businesses from the surrounding areas are invited to participate. You can choose to form a team with friends, family, and/or co-workers and raise money, or bowl individually. High school students are also encouraged to participate and are eligible to bowl for just $25. Lanes are available Friday, March 3rd from 5-6:00pm & Saturday, March 4th from 1-2:00pm at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney & Treaty Lanes in Greenville. You get to choose what one-hour block of bowling works the best for you. Sponsor opportunities are available for the 2017 Bowl for Kids' Sake event as well.

    The Darke County United Way would like to announce that applications for 2017 funding are currently available. There are two types of funding applications, Partner Program and the Community Fund. Applicants for both funds are reviewed by the local, volunteer Board of Directors and a team of community volunteers through a process meeting professional standards for nonprofit management practices, financial management, and service provision. To apply your organization must be a 501c3 health and human service non-profit in establishment for at least one year serving Darke County. The Partner Program Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or more from the Darke County United Way. Partner Program Grants are reserved for agencies working in the areas of health, education, and income stability. The Community Fund Grant is for agencies requesting $5,000 or less from the Darke County United Way. Community Fund Grants are open to any 501c3 agency serving Darke County. Priority will be given to agencies working in the health and human service field. Applications are available by contacting the Darke County United Way Office at 207 E. Fourth Street in Greenville, or call 937-547-1272.

    Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that the HIT Team (Heroin Interdiction Team, which is comprised of deputies / officers of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, Celina Police Department and the Coldwater Police Department), made several arrest on January 13th, 2017 5:09 PM during a traffic stop on Us Rte. 127 at Green Road. Members of the HIT team were out in force on Friday, when they spotted a person known to them, who had an active warrant. The HIT Team called for marked patrol cars to make a traffic stop on the suspect's vehicle.
    Members arrested the driver for the outstanding warrant, he was found to be is possession of 2 syringes and a "rock" of Meth. Mercer County Deputy Kevin Wynk and his K-9, Franko did a "walk around" on the car and the dog alerted to the presence of drugs. HIT Team members removed the two other passengers from the car and the front seat passenger was found to be in possession of 3 syringes and a "rock" of Meth. The back seat passenger was arrested at the scene for obstructing and a female deputy was called to the scene for a pat down, nothing was located at that time. Later when all three were transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, the female was found to be in possession of a syringe, 3 empty capsules and 53 full capsules of heroin. The female had the items inside her vaginal cavity.
    Arrested were the driver of the car 30 year old Kyle D Blake of 820 Hemlock Street Celina, Ohio. Blake was arrested on the outstanding warrant from the Celina Police Department for Failure to Pay on the original charge of Disorderly Conduct. Blake was also charged with two counts of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The front seat passenger, 36 year old William Allan Lange of 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A Celina, Ohio was arrested for three counts of Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments. The back seat passenger, 30 year old Samantha Ann Harris of 537 Touvelle Street Lot 68A Celina, Ohio was arrested for Obstructing Official Business and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments.
    The Drug Abuse Instruments are a Misdemeanor of the Second Degree. The Obstructing Official Business is Misdemeanor of the Second Degree as well.
    Bond was set by Celina Municipal Court Judge James Scheer at 100,000.00 each, subject to ten percent.
    This case has been sent to the Mercer County Prosecutor (Matt Fox) for his office to review for additional drug charges.

    The leadership and advocacy development program AgriPOWER is now accepting applications for participation. The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's AgriPOWER Class IX will include 20 individuals who are committed to improving their understanding of important issues and are willing to develop skills to become effective advocates for the farm and food community. Applications are due April 17, 2017. The AgriPOWER program consists of seven multi-day institute sessions across 17 days between July 2017 and March 2018. Two sessions will be held out of state including one in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the program, see specific session dates, read about past participants' experiences and complete an application, visit Ohio Farm Bureau is the state's largest and most inclusive farm and food organization. One of its highest priorities is to help develop exceptional community leaders.

ST. 571 EAST CLOSES TODAY - January 16, 2017
    The Darke County Engineer and Darke County Sheriff are issuing a public notice on the impending closure of State Route 571 east of Greenville, Ohio. This closure will impact travel on the east side of Greenville which is an area with many manufacturing and industrial businesses. On Monday, January 16, State Route 571 will be closed to thru traffic between Jaysville-St. Johns Road and USR 36. This closure will last 60 days, or more, for the construction of a new bridge over Bridge Creek. During this closure, all trucks will be prohibited from traveling East on SR 571 from USR 36, except those trucks making deliveries or pickups to businesses accessed from SR 571, West of Jaysville-St. Johns. Westbound trucks on SR 571 coming to Greenville shall use Landsdowne Avenue and Jaysville-St. Johns Road, South of Landsdowne. Trucks other than those making deliveries or pickups shall not travel Jaysville-St. Johns North of Landsdowne. All trucks are specifically prohibited from using Jaysville-St. Johns between SR 571 and USR 36. Signs will be placed to guide trucks and prohibit them from certain routes. These routes will be strictly enforced by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and drivers disobeying the routes will receive citations. The official detour for the project is via SR 721, SR 49 and USR 127/36. Please note that immediately following this project another bridge project will occur on SR 571 between Hartzell Road and Culbertson Road that will keep this route closed possibly into June 2017. Motorists are asked to plan their routes accordingly especially if you live and work in the area of the project.

    Starting Tuesday, Jan. 17, military veterans living in Darke County will be able to obtain special identification cards issued by the Darke County Veterans Service Office. The cards will be issued at no cost to honorably discharged veterans living in the county. The primary purpose of the card is to aid businesses in identifying those who qualify for military discounts. The cards, similar in appearance to a driver's license, will feature the veteran’s photo, branch of service and date of discharge and more. To get a card, a veteran living in the county must first go to the Darke County Recorder's Office to have their discharge paperwork recorded there. The veteran then will need to schedule an appointment with the Darke County Veterans Service Office to come in and have their card made. The card expires 10 years from its issue date, and then a new one will be issued. A veteran can also be issued a new card in the event his or her ID is lost or stolen. The card, however, cannot be used for official government purposes, such as obtaining services from the Veterans Administration. To schedule an appointment or for further information, call the Darke County Veterans Service Office at 937-548-5305. The Darke County Veterans Service Office is located at 611 Wagner Avenue in Greenville.

    This month, the Best of Ohio results were revealed from Ohio Magazine. Darke County came away with 10 Best Of's. The Great Darke County Fair, earned the award in the Best County Fair category. The Gathering at Garst grabbed the top spot with Best Summer Festival. Bear's Mill, earned the award for Best Historical Site. Garst Museum, won for Best History Museum. Greenville's downtown was called Ohio's Best Main Street Shopping. The Winery at Versailles earned the top award for Best Winery Tasting Room. The Merchant House earned the award for Best Casual Dining. Michael Anthony's at the Inn in Versailles was recognized as the best for Fine Dining. Arcanum's The Old Arcana was honored for its breakfast and the Best Breakfast Spot. The Coffee Pot in Greenville was awarded for Best Coffee Shop/Roaster. Darke County did Well.

    In October of 2016, we reported on 29-year-old illegal immigrant Hermelando Chacon. Arrested following an investigation by the Greenville Police Department that he raped a female victim under the age of 13. On Thursday he appeared in Darke County Common Pleas Court. Chacon entered a guilty plea to a sole count of Rape, a felony of the first degree. As part of a plea agreement with the state, Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley dismissed several other felony sex-related charges that appeared on the indictment. Sentencing followed with Chacon having to spend the next five years in prison. The 29 year old faces deportation following his time behind bars.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and with regret the Commissioner's accepted a letter of resignation from Patty Harter. Business Administrator, John Cook, presented the letter that indicates Harter will be leaving the county at the end of March. For the past 12 years, Harter has served the county as assistant clerk/secretary. In other business, the Commissioners approved a proposal for office renovations at the Wagner Avenue complex where Big Lots was located. In the future that site will be home to the Darke County Auditor, Recorder, Treasurer and Engineer. Those offices will be moving from the Courthouse, but time will tell. The Commissioners said they hope to make the change as soon as possible, but one of the renovations call for the replacement of sewer lines. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, January 18th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

FREE TAX CLINICS - January 12, 2017
    Fish Choice Pantry in Greenville, is partnering with the Ohio Benefit Bank, and they're pleased to announce a series of free tax clinics. The clinics will be held on Saturdays with appointments from 9AM until 2:30PM at Fish Choice Pantry located at 400 Markwith Ave, Greenville. Clients will be served by appointment only. Call 937-547-9730 to schedule an appointment. Households choosing the filing status of married filing jointly are eligible if their annual income is $95,000 or less. All other filing status includes an annual income of $65,000 or less. No taxes for farm or rental income can be completed. Fish Choice Pantry is a local food pantry serving Darke County residents for nearly 50 years. If you are interested in serving in the food pantry or becoming a tax counselor please contact 937-548-2000.

    A Preble County Teen was reported as a Missing/Runaway Juvenile on Wednesday. Jami Hounsell ran away from her home in Eaton, on January 8th. Jami is 16 years old, 5'7" tall, 140 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. Jami has a tattoo of an outline of a heart on her left upper arm that says "lil sister." Jami also goes by the name of /"Alex./" Jami left in a 2000 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with Ohio license plate GOY6855. The minvan has stickers placed in the rear window; pictures included on under Eaton Police Division. Jami is possibly with Dalton Knisley who is also pictured online. If you know of Jami's whereabouts, or have any information pertaining this case, please contact the Eaton Police Division immediately. You can also send in information anonymously. All information will be promptly investigated.
    Eaton Police Division: 937-456-5531
    EPD Anonymous Tip Line: 1-888-456-2980

RED CROSS CELEBRATES 100 YEARS - January 11, 2017
    With World War I raging overseas and events such as the Great Flood of 1913 still fresh in the memories of many in the region, leaders through the Northern Miami Valley set about to find a way to protect the citizens of the area. Their solution: The establishment of American Red Cross chapters throughout the region. In 1917, Red Cross chapters came into existence in Darke, Miami, Shelby, Clark, Champaign and Logan counties, and for the last 100 years the Red Cross has been helping prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of disasters in the area. As we start 2017, the Red Cross is kicking off a yearlong celebration of its 100 years of serving the Northern Miami Valley. For the next 12 months, they will be commemorating the many past and present contributions of the Red Cross and the amazing volunteers that have given so much. Over the last 100 years, almost everyone has been impacted—either directly or indirectly—by the Red Cross. For more information on the Red Cross and Celebrating 100 years, visit or listen to WTGR on Friday as the Red Cross will be in the spotlight during Community Ties.

    On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and re-organized for 2017. Commissioners Mike Rhoades stepped into the position of Chairman and will lead the meeting for the new year. Commissioner Mike Stegall will be Vice Chariman and Commissioner Matt Aultman, who's in his first year as a Commissioner will serve as member. Business Administrator, John Cook, was also in attendance on Monday and informed the Commissioners on a Letter of Intent with provisions to Harbor Freight Tools. Cook said that Harbor Freight is interested in a spot on Wagner Avenue in Greenville and they plan on investigating the spot. The Budiness Administrator is hopeful that the County will have lease with the Company in the next few weeks. The location is the old Aaron's Inc next to Goodwill. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    The Preble County Sheriff's Office is investigating a one vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Orphans Road, west of Pence Shewman Road. The crash occurred between 2:00 and 2:30 P.M on Saturday. The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2008 Honda was traveling west on Orphans Road when the driver lost control. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree. The driver and only occupant, Olivia Wallace, age 16 of Eaton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Wallace is a student at National Trail High School and Miami Valley Career Technology Center. North Central EMS, Eldorado and West Manchester Fire Departments and the Preble County Coroner's Office responded to the scene. Wallace was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office where an autopsy will be performed. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.

    The Board of Directors for the Darke County Agricultural Society sent out a press release last week, saying they had recently selected retired employee Ken Coates Sr as the 2017 Great Darke County Fair Parade Marshal. Coates retired from Frigidaire after 36 1/2 years. The Ansonia native was hired by the Darke County Agricultural Society in April of 2001 as a mower. After 1 year, Coates was was promoted to Assistant Caretaker and worked under Head Caretaker John Robinson. In 2004, Ken and his wife, moved into the Caretaker home on the fairgrounds. When John Robinson retired, Ken then shared the Head Caretaker responsibilities with George O'Dell until 2008, when he became Head Caretaker. Ken has been a great asset to the Darke County Agricultural Society over the past 15 plus years. Ken was responsible for the setup and tear-down of approximately 300 annual non-fair events as well as the 9-day annual fair that begins the 3rd Friday of each August. Ken will be recognized at the Grand Opening of the 161st Great Darke County Fair that will take place at 8:00am on Friday, August 18, 2017 and also at the annual Parade of Champions event that will take place in front of the Grandstand on Thursday, August 24th.

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