ONE TEEN TO BE CHARGED AS ADULT IN SHOOTING - October 27, 2016
We've been following the homicide of Ronnie Bowers, 16, since September, when the former Fairmont student was shot to death near Alter Fest. Bowers, a teen with plenty of Darke County ties and family from the area was murdered after he was shot by another teen. On Wednesday, prosecutor said a 16-year-old Kettering defendant will face murder charges as an adult in last month's shooting death. Kylen Gregory will face two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two other firearm charges in the Sept. 4 homicide of 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers. The charges against two other teens - ages 17 and 15 - in the shooting near AlterFest will remain in juvenile court. On Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi ordered Gregory held until his probable cause hearing on Jan. 24.
NUMEROUS TIPS RECEIVED ON GREENVILLE ROBBERY - October 27, 2016
Earlier this week, we reported on the robbery of an 83 year old woman at Walmart. Greenville Police say they've received an overwhelming amount of tips identifying the the three suspects. The case will be presented to the grand jury and charges will be pursued. Greenville PD appreciate the support from the community in trying to resolve the case.
BEGGER'S NIGHT IN GREENVILLE THIS EVENING - October 27, 2016
On Thursday, October 27th, downtown Greenville will be transformed into a trail of Halloween treats for elementary school aged children.
Main Street Greenville and downtown businesses are pleased to bring this safe Halloween event to the community. There are many ways to join in the fun, including a costume contest and costume parade. Anyone who chooses to enter the costume contest will walk in this parade, from W. 5th Street (next to Wayne Cinema), down Broadway and finish at the circle. The costume judging will take place at the circle. Cash prizes will be awarded in seven categories of costumes, with first place winning $30, second place winning $20 and third place winning $10. The ages for the costume contest range from 6 to Adult.
6:30 pm - To participate in the costume contest, line-up on W. 5th St., next to Wayne Cinema
7:00 pm - Costume Contest Parade begins, will end at the circle. After costume judging (approx. 7:45), Beggars' begin trick-or-treating. Only pre-registered businesses will be able to distribute candy during the event. More details visit MainStreetGreenville.org.
FORMAL CHARGES AGAINST MICHIGAN MAN IN MERCER COUNTY - October 26, 2016
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the filing of formal charges against Jeffery E. Rasawehr, age 51, Birmingham, Michigan. Since January 2012, Rasawehr has continually barraged his family & extended family and the Mercer County Sheriff's Office with threatening and condescending emails, blog posts, voicemails, phone calls, and texts.
The Mercer County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutor's Office have tried to work through Rasawehr's attorney, Joseph Yamin, to find a solution to the ongoing issues. These attempts have been met with threats by Rasawehr to sue the Sheriff's Office. In a statement from Sheriff Grey "While people have a first amendment right to free speech, the Ohio Revised Code prohibits menacing by stalking, telecommunications harassment, and obstructing official business". Rasawehr has been charged with 5 counts of Menacing by stalking, 8 Counts of Telecommunications Harassment, and 13 Counts of Obstructing Official Business. Menacing by stalking and telecommunications harassment are first degree misdemeanors carrying a possible penalty of 6 months in jail for each charge. Obstructing Official business is a second degree misdemeanor carrying a possible 3 months in jail for each charge. It is possible more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.
CHACON CHARGED WITH RAPE - October 26, 2016
On Tuesday, Hermelando Chacon, 29, was arraigned in a Darke County Court Room. Jailed on a $150,000 bond, Chacon was charged with the rape of a juvenile female, on allegations of a incident that happened this past Sunday in Greenville. Pending an indictment by a Grand Jury this week, Chacon is expected to appear in court on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. He faces a maximum of 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted as currently charged.
ARCADE TO NOT RETURN TO FAIR - October 26, 2016
After 54 years, a historic Great Darke County Fair vendor has decided to not return to Greenville. In 1963, Melvin Moore from Lancaster OH first brought the Arcade Express to the Great Darke County Fair. Melvin operated the arcade until his son, Jon Moore, took over the business in 1970. John's daughter Holly and her husband Mike Williams became the owners in 1997 and have continued the tradition by returning to Greenville for the annual event that always begins the 3rd Friday in August. In a tough decision, Holly spoke with her 93 year old grandfather before she and husband Mike confirmed they would not return. Holly stated it was strictly a business decision only. Holly and Mike reassure everyone that they are not going out of business, they are just minimizing their travel distances. The entire Moore and Williams families wish to extend a since thank you to everyone that has played and enjoyed the arcade these past 54 years.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT GREENVILLE SHOOTING - October 25, 2016
We've learned some more details to that shooting that took place Sunday at 3:45 A.M. The Darke County 911 Center received a 911 call in reference to a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the yard located 3652 US Route 127 South. Darke County deputies and investigative division along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene. Tyler L. Minton (29) of Verona, Ohio sustained a single gunshot wound to his right thigh. Minton was treated at the scene for his injury and airlifted by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital for further treatment. At that time, his condition was listed as stable. Minton was discharged from Miami Valley Hospital later that day. Based upon multiple witness statements and the physical evidence at the scene, the investigation revealed the injury appeared to be the result of an accidental discharge by the victim with his own firearm. Alcohol can not be ruled out as a factor. This incident remains under investigation.
MORE PHEASANTS TO BE PLACED IN DARKE COUNTY - October 25, 2016
Ohio wildlife officials are releasing more than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants at 24 public hunting areas this fall to provide more hunting opportunities. The Department of Natural Resources says its Division of Wildlife released pheasants on Oct. 21 with another release scheduled for Oct. 28, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Youth ages 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during the designated weekends of Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Ohio's small game hunting season begins Nov. 4 with more pheasant releases set for Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. The final release this year will be Nov. 23. Pheasant hunting season in Ohio runs from Nov. 4, through Jan. 8 with a daily bag limit of two male birds.
P.A.L.S. PROGRAM AT DARKE COUNTY PARKS THIS WEEKEND - October 25, 2016
Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on October 29th from 10am to noon to explore bats during Park P.A.L.S. With Halloween myths and everyday legends, the bat has a wicked reputation. Come learn why bats are actually beneficial and what we can do to help keep them in you backyard. Explore bat biology, and take a peek around Shawnee Prairie to see if there are any winged residents sleeping the day away. Park P.A.L.S. is a series of monthly programs designed for students of this age group who are interested in nature. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other park district programs or to register for the October class, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.
DCAA TO PRESENT RIDERS IN THE SKY - October 24, 2016
Darke County Center for the Arts will present America's favorite cowboys, Riders In the Sky, for two performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13. The Saturday show is a salute to Roy Rogers, and features film clips of Roy's greatest moments on screen as well as the songs that the western icon made famous; the salute to "The King of the Cowboys" begins at 8 p.m. The following day at 2 p.m., the Riders will deliver a special performance aimed at youngsters; their "Roundup at Kids Corral" features their Grammy-Award winning music from Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc., as well as rope tricks and laugh-out-loud humor. For Tickets or more information call 937-547-0908 or visit CenterForArts.net.
SUNDAY ACCIDENT ON 127 - October 24, 2016
On Sunday, at 1:35 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US127 and Childrens Home Bradford Rd reference a two vehicle accident. The original dispatch advised that one vehicle rolled. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevy Blazer, driven by Starla Bowers(51) of Union City, IN, was westbound on Childrens Home Bradford Rd. Bowers pulled through the intersection at US127 and was hit by a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by Jonathan White(37) of Troy,OH, which was southbound on US127. Bowers vehicle overturned on its side from the impact of the two vehicles. Bowers and her minor child passenger both climbed out of the vehicle as emergency units arrived. White had two adult passengers and two minor children in his vehicle. All subjects were treated at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue, but refused transport to the hospital. Bowers was issued a citation for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.
ANOTHER SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN GREENVILLE - October 24, 2016
Another suspicious fire is being investigated by the Greenville Fire Department that took place Sunday night. Emergency personnel responded to the alley behind 409 Riffle Ave. in Greenville just before 8 p.m. on a reported fire near a garage. As crews arrived on scene it was discovered that a mattress was on fire against the garage. Firefighters were about to quickly extinguish the fire before it could ignite the wood-framed, detached garage. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation by the Greenville Fire Department.
GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT AT PRAIRIE PRESERVE - October 21, 2016
Darke County Parks has announced the return of the Great Pumpkin Hunt. Spend the afternoon wandering through the woods at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on a scavenger hunt filled with tons of fall goodies. Inside the nature center each child will get a pumpkin to paint and take home. Children are encouraged to wear a costume and receive an extra prize. The Great Pumpkin Hunt will take place on October 22nd at 1pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. Pre-registration is required, and a $6 fee is charged. To register for this fun fall event, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165. To find out more about the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the office, check out the website at darkecountyparks.org, or make the trip out to visit the park.
EDISON FOUNDATION CUTS CHECK TO EDISON STATE - October 21, 2016
The Edison Foundation presented Edison State Community College with a check for $101,325 to support student scholarships. These funds are a percentage of the Foundation's asset pool, which continues to grow thanks to the financial support of the surrounding community. Scholarships are administered by the Edison Foundation and are typically bestowed or endowed by individuals, corporate partners, and civic organizations to support nearly 100 students annually. It is the mission of the Edison Foundation to assist Edison State Community College in meeting its educational and community service goals. The Foundation accomplishes this through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of corporate, foundation and individual donors, and by communicating the goals and needs of the college to the communities of Darke, Miami and Shelby counties. For more information about scholarship opportunities or to help support local students, visit www.edisonohio.edu/Foundation.
MERCER COUNTY DRUG TAKE BACK - October 20, 2016
On Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff's Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. The Sheriff's Office will be working in conjunction with Mercer Health and the Coldwater Exempted Village School System. The public can bring their expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Coldwater High School at 310 North Second Street in Coldwater. The public is reminded that if they are unable to make it to the organized take back event, the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office is available 24 hours a day. There are no liquids or needles accepted at the drug take back events or in the drug drop box. Also Saturday, from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. the Miami County Sheriff's Office and the Miami County Sanitary Engineer's Office are hosting a drop-off event where residents can bring unwanted pill medications for disposal to the Miami County Sanitary Engineer's Office (Transfer Station) located at 2200 North County Road, Troy, Ohio. The Miami County Sheriff's Office also has drug drop-off boxes located at the Miami County Incarceration Facility, 2042 N. County Road 25A, and at the Sheriff's Office lobby in the Safety Building, 201 W. Main St., Troy. Both boxes are accessible to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. to drop off unwanted medications.
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ON HEROIN MEETING ON TUESDAY - October 20, 2016
The Darke County Sheriff's Office sent out a press release on Wednesday, pertaining to Heroin's grip on every community in Ohio and it’s use in Darke County is on the rise. Heroin and the challenges it poses to the community will be the focus of the first meeting hosted by the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County. Community members and stakeholders are invited to learn more about the Coalition and participate in a "Community Conversation on Heroin" at Romer's Catering in Greenville on Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will bring the community together for a panel discussion and update on where the Coalition partners are in the fight against heroin in Darke County. The panel includes Anna Hatic, D.O, Board Certified Internal Medicine, Family Health, Mark McDaniel, Executive Director, Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services, Judge Jonathan Hein, Darke County Common Pleas Court, Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker, Darke County Sheriff's Office, Pastor Peter Menke, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Pastor Mark Burd, The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ. The mission of the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County is, "To bring our entire community together to create and maintain healthy lifestyles for all residents and businesses in Darke County." Contact the Coalition for a Healthy Darke County at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL HEARS FROM AGE AND YOLO - October 19, 2016
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday, for a meeting that could be described as long and strange. First, Affordable Gas & Electric approached the podium for their 2nd public hearing regarding an overview of the gas and electricity aggregation ballot question that will appear this November during the election. A representative from AGE was present to answer questions from Council and the public about the vote. Second, Phillip Pierri, addressed Council on behalf of YOLO of Darke County, he provided an update on their Urban Park Project. Pierri gave council a very detailed packet about the potential project that is featured across the street from the Annie Oakley statue from Martin Street to Broadway. The project cost $750,000 and YOLO has been able to raise $400,000 so far, with $250,000 coming from a grant with the State of Ohio. Pierri is looking for final approval from the City and an agreement to move forward and officially receive funding from the state. There were some questions brought up about a water feature to the project and City Council's legal team will review the agreement and project. Pierri, is hopeful to have that approval by November 1, so YOLO can submit their plans and continue to move forward on the Urban Park. To view plans and learn more about that project visit YOLOorg.com.
COUNCIL HEARS FROM COUNTY COMMISSIONER - October 19, 2016
Tuesday's City Council meeting became strange following the YOLO Urban Park public hearing. Darke County Commissioner, Mike Rhoades approached the podium and President of Council, John Burkett informed Rhoades and the audience that City Council would enter into executive session. Council left the room at 8:10 PM and left the public in the Council Chambers waiting for a little over 20 minutes before they re-entered just after 8:30. The meeting continued at 8:32 with President Burkett asking Commissioner Rhoades to come back to the podium. The Commissioner was there representing the County and Erwin Brothers LLC, pertaining to the new happenings and buildings out by the Sheriff's Department on State Route 49 near US 127. Commissioner Rhoades asked Council if a committee could be put together to talk about a misunderstanding the County had with the City pertaining to an agreement on the project centered around Erwin Brothers. After a few questions were traded back and forth with the City Lawyer, Eric Brand and design representation with Erwin Brothers, the City agreed to put a committee together to meet with the Commissioners. However, after Commissioner Rhoades left with Erwin Brothers, the City did not assign a committee to the issue. In other business, Council approved 2 committee reports and passed 4 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.
COMMISSIONERS SIGN PROCLAMATION FOR RENEWAL LEVY - October 18, 2016
The Darke County Commissioners on Monday, held their general session meeting and all 3 Commissioners would sign a proclamation supporting the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery Renewal Levy. Mental illness does affect one in five persons in any given year. Substance abuse and addiction does affect businesses and families across all socio-economic groups. Treatment is effective and people do recover to live productive and rewarding lives and to contribute to the prosperity of the community. Access to mental health and addictions treatment and related services is critical to maintaining healthy individuals, livable communities and a productive workforce. The 0.6 mill Mental Health and Recovery Levy, which is necessary to address local needs and priorities for Mental Health and Recovery services to children and adults in the our community, shall expire December 31, 2016, if not renewed. The Commissioners have endorsed the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery Levy Renewal. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
HIGH AMOUNT OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS REQUESTED IN OHIO - October 18, 2016
Just 21 days ahead of the 2016 Presidential General Election, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that as of Friday, October 14th, an estimated 1,245,670 absentee ballots had been requested statewide. This includes 19,770 requests from military and overseas voters whose absentee ballots started going out on Saturday, September 24th. Ballots for all other voters started going out on October 12th and a total of 74,249 have been cast by mail and in person. Absentee ballot applications must be received by boards of elections by noon on Saturday, November 5, 2016, but voters are encouraged to submit their request as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time to complete and return their ballot to the board of elections. Completed absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election and arrive at the board of elections within 10 days of Election Day in order to be counted. Ohio is only one of 12 states to allow late-arriving ballots to be counted. If you have not mailed your ballot prior to election week, the Secretary of State's Office recommends voters take their completed ballot to the post office and request it receive a postage cancellation marking, or return it personally to their county board of elections prior to the close of the polls at 7:30pm on Election Day.
STATE OF THE HEART REMEMBRANCE GATHERING - October 18, 2016
A tradition continues this year when State of the Heart Care will hold their annual Remembrance Gathering in Greenville, OH. The event is for those who have lost a loved one and want to remember them in a special ceremony which will be held Sunday, November 6th at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, OH. The remembrance gathering is for anyone who has lost a loved one; a person need not have had any connection with hospice care. The ceremony is special in that it draws so many people together who have a common bond: they are together and they are remembering a loved one. During the gathering ceremony there will be special music, scripture readings, and words of sharing. Staff, friends, and family members will also remember their loved one by lighting a candle in their honor. For more information about the Remembrance Gathering, please contact the Bereavement team at 1-800-417-7535. There is no need for reservations. Visit the agency web site at www.stateoftheheartcare.org.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - October 17, 2016
On Saturday, at 7:55 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue, and the Darke County Coroner's Office responded to the 8500 Block of Horatio Harris Creek Rd on a injury accident. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2006 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by John Shingler (58) of New Carlisle was east bound on Horatio Harris Creek Rd. The motorcycle went off the right side of the road and impacted a utility pole, John was pronounced dead at the scene. This accident remains under investigation.
ATV ACCIDENT SENDS 2 TO HOSPITAL VIA CAREFLIGHT - October 17, 2016
Two women were airlifted after being ejected from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) Saturday night. At 7:45 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, and CareFlight responded to the ATV rollover accident at 8157 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. The preliminary investigation reveals that Amanda Hans, 36, of Greenville was operating a Polaris ATV in the yard at 8157 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. Hans lost control of the ATV ejecting both her and her passenger, Leah Patterson, 28, of Greenville. Both women were flown to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where they are both listed in stable condition at the time of the press release.
DEER SEASON UP AND RUNNING - October 17, 2016
In a letter from State Representative Jim Buchy, Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 24th and will run through February 5th, while deer gun season will begin on November 28th and end on December 4th, with a bonus season December 17th and 18th. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four day season January 7th through January 10th, and youth deer gun season will be November 19th and 20th. Once again, bag limits have stayed the same as last year. In Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Shelby counties, hunters will be under the two-deer bag limit. These bag limits are established by county lines, so you should consult the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handbook on bag limits in other counties. Hunters this year will be using the electronic checking system, which has successfully reduced administrative concerns during deer season and ensures that permit money is put to better use. Whether you are hunting with a bow or a gun this deer season, please be safe and remember to wear your orange.
DRUG BUST IN PARKER CITY - October 13, 2016
Four people were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday after a traffic stop west of Parker City. Law Enforcement was told shortly after midnight a van had been parked at a gas pump at that town's Pak-a-Sac convenience store, 725 W. Jackson St., for about 25 minutes, although its occupants never bought gas. As the officer pulled onto store property, the driver of the van - later identified as Carlina M. Bitette, 30, Springport - started its engine and drove away. The deputy activated his car's emergency lights after noticing the van's license plate was not illuminated. The westbound van did not pull over until entering Delaware County. The deputy described the behavior of Bitette and three passengers as "very nervous and fidgety." The Parker City officer and two Randolph County deputies reported finding plastic bags containing methamphetamine, along with 20 syringes and other drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Bitette was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. Passengers Danny R. Melman, 43; William E. Norris, 46, and Nathan A. Privett, 36, were also arrested on preliminary charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth and visiting a common nuisance.
DRUG TAKE BACK IN MERCER COUNTY - October 13, 2016
On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff's Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. The Sheriff's Office will be working in conjunction with Mercer Health and the Coldwater Exempted Village School System. The public can bring their expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Coldwater High School at 310 North Second Street in Coldwater. So far in 2016, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office has collected nearly 200 pounds of drugs from the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office and from take back events. The public is reminded that if they are unable to make it to the organized take back event, the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office is available 24 hours a day. There are no liquids or needles accepted at the drug take back events or in the drug drop box.
MALE DRIVER FLEAS SCENE OF ACCIDENT - October 12, 2016
We reported on a crash Tuesday, in the 7500 block of Horatio New Harrison Road. The male driver fled the scene of a crash before crew arrived. A White Saturn struck a utility pole off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle then came to rest after colliding with a second pole - approximately 100 feet away. Witnesses to the crash came out to see if the man was injured, but he quickly exited the white Saturn Aura and fled through a nearby cornfield on foot. The abandoned vehicle caught on fire after the subject fled, but was extinguished by fire crews after they arrived on scene. Deputies patrolled the area in search of the man, who is said to be a white male, in his 30's, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The crash knocked out power to neighboring homes and businesses.
TRUCKS COLLIDE RESULTING IN ACCIDENT - October 12, 2016
On Tuesday, at 3:49 PM Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with New Madison Fire Department, Tri Village Rescue Squad and Careflight were called to the intersection of Otterbein-Ithaca Road and Emerick Road on a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation reveals Steven Dull (66), of Greenville Ohio, was travelling north on Emrick Road in a 2015 GMC truck. Mr. Dull pulled into the path of an east bound 2003 Ford F-350 truck driven by Daniel Clark (59), of Greenville Ohio. Mr. Clark was traveling east on Otterbein Ithaca Road. The collision caused Dull's vehicle to roll onto its side. This crash remains under investigation.
DARKE COUNTY TEAMS TO FACE EACH OTHER AT FLYIN' TO THE HOOP - October 12, 2016
Every year, the Flyin' to the Hoop tournament pumps millions into the local economy. On Tuesday, the Schedule was released for the event and 2 Darke County Schools this year will be featured and they'll be playing each other. It's one of the largest high school basketball tournaments in the country–giving players a chance to showcase their talents in front of college coaches–while the local economy cashes in on the thousands of people coming to the area. More than 20,000 basketball fans will be there–some have been attending the tournament for the last 14 years. It's an event that takes thousands of hours of planning to put together. Coming with them is roughly $1.9 millions dollars that will be spent at local businesses in the area. This year Tri-Village and Versailles will square off at Kettering Fairmont Trent Arena on Monday, January 16th at 11:30 AM. WTGR will be covering the covering the Darke County Match Up on Martin Luther King Day.
SIDNEY POLICE OFFICERS RECEIVE AWARD - October 11, 2016
It was announced on Monday, that 3 Sidney Police Officers have received lifesaving awards. On May 11, 2016, officers were dispatched on a report of a child not breathing. Officer Hofmann was the first responder on the scene and he located an infant who was not breathing in the upstairs bedroom apartment. Officer Hofmann started CPR, he continued rescue measures until relieved by the Sidney Fire Department. The infant child was rushed to the Wilson Health Emergency room and then transferred to Children's. Through follow up investigation conducted by Officer Hofmann and the Sidney Police Department special assignment section it was learned that the child was a victim of Child abuse. Through Officer Hofmann's actions, he not only helped to save one child's life, he also helped remove a sibling from a very dangerous situation. On June 6, 2016, Officer Brown and Officer Burmeister observed a female lying on a bed in the living room with no pulse and she did not appear to be breathing. Through training and experience they realized this appeared to be a heroin overdose. At that time, they did not have access to Narcan and the squad was still minutes away. They moved the female to the floor and started rescue measures. Officer Burmeister began chest compressions and Officer Brown gave rescue breaths. Sidney Fire and Rescue arrived shortly thereafter and administered Narcan. The female regained consciousness a short time later and made a complete recovery. Sidney Police would like to thank these three officers and all the first responders for everything that they do day in and day out.
OUT OF DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALK IN MERCER COUNTY - October 11, 2016
People from throughout Mercer County are participating in the upcoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, October 15. The fundraising walk supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) by helping to support local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. The Mercer County, Ohio Out of the Darkness Walk is one of nearly 250 Out of the Darkness Community Walks (www.OutOfTheDarkness.org) being held this fall nationwide. The walks are expected to unite more than 100,000 walkers nationally and raise money for suicide prevention efforts. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a 501(C) (3) Charitable Organization. The Mercer County Ohio community walk will begin at Mercer County fairgrounds at 9:00 am for registration and end at approximately 2:00 pm. Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10:00 am and the walk officially starts at 10:15 am. It is estimated that close to 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more than 36,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression each year. This walk is to bring awareness and hope for those who struggle with life.
CANDIDATES FORUM MONDAY OCTOBER 10 - October 10, 2016
The League of Women Voters of Darke County is again sponsoring a Candidates Forum on Monday, October 10 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Located at the American Legion Hall, Ohio St., in Greenville, the non-partisan forum will focus on the contested races for Darke County Commissioner and Darke County Prosecuting Attorney. Candidates for Darke County Commissioner, term commencing 1/2/17 (vote for one) - Matthew Aultman (R) or Leon Rogers (D). Candidates for Darke County Prosecuting Attorney (vote for one) - R. Kelly Ormsby III (R) and David A. Rohrer (non party). The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization with the major purpose being to inform voters about the candidates and issues. Funding for voter service activities comes from the League House Tour. Further information about the Candidates Night may be obtained by calling Holly Finnarn 937.417.4483 or Eileen Litchfield, 937.623.1234, Voter Service Co-Chairs. PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8.
BLUE RIBBON ARSON REWARD ON TRAILER FIRE - October 10, 2016
On Friday, the Greenville Fire and Police departments posted a Blue Ribbon Arson Reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the most recent fire at Colonial Mobile Home Community in Greenville, which occurred on Sept. 28 on lot #13. Another vacant trailer fire has been ruled arson at Colonial. This marked the fourth intentionally set fire at the trailer park since 2014. Any information that leads to a conviction will be submitted for a cash award up to $5,000 under the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson committee. Anyone with information about any Greenville arson fire is urged to contact the fire department at 937-548-3040 or the police department at 937-548-1103. You can also submit an anonymous tip through Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or online at darkecountycrimestoppers.com/tips.
SEMI FIRE ON I-70 - October 7, 2016
This morning a fire happened on the Highway, but this time in Englewood. A semi-trailer caught on fire early on Friday morning, shutting down part of a busy stretch of highway. It happened just before 3:30 a.m. on Friday on I-70 westbound near the SR 48 exit. Englewood Police Dispatch says when officers arrived on the scene, the trailer of the semi was fully engulfed in flames. Police shutdown I-70 westbound for clean-up. No injuries have been reported.
SIDNEY AND DAYTON RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR DRUGS - October 6, 2016
A Dayton man and two Sidney residents were nabbed Wednesday in a SWAT-related drug bust in Sidney. Tactical officers from Sidney and Piqua police departments about 4:30 p.m. secured a home so it could be searched in the 400 block of North Miami Avenue in Sidney. Sidney police investigators seized a large quantity of heroin, methamphetamine, cash, capsules, syringes and other drug paraphernalia, according to Sidney police. Four people were arrested and were booked into the Shelby County Jail, including: David T. Copeland, 26, and Alisha R. Croft, 29, who lived in the home that was searched in Sidney; Michael. A. Lewis Jr., 35, and Trinton W. Woods, 28, of Dayton. Copeland and Croft were each booked on suspicion of drug possession and permitting drug abuse; Lewis was booked on suspicion of drug trafficking and tampering with evidence; and Woods was booked on suspicion of complicity, according to police. The drug raid and arrests came in part from tips from concerned citizens, police said. Anyone with information about drug activity is urged to call Sidney police at 937-498-8777.
2016 MISS PUMPKIN AND LITTLE MISS AND MISTER PUMPKIN - October 6, 2016
On Wednesday, the Bradford Pumpkin Show held the Queens Contest, along with Little Miss and Master Pumpkin. Congratulations to Little Miss Pumpkin 2016, Olivia Lear and Little Master Pumpkin Carson Bryant. For Little Miss, 1st Runner Up was Harper Moore and 2nd Runner Up Sophia Lacy. For Little Master, 1st Runner Up was Garrett Yingst and 2nd Runner Up Robert Wood. In the Queen's Contest, Miss Pumpkin 2016 went to Ally Booker, a Senior at Bradford. 1st Runner Up went to Lillian Elleman, a Sophomore from Bradford. 2nd Runner Up and Miss Congeniality was Aspen Weldy, a Junior from Bradford and Best Evening Gown went to Brycelyn Hoop, a Sophomore from Bradford. The Bradford Pumpkin Show continues today and runs until Saturday in Downtown Bradford.
HENSLEY INTRODUCED AS NEW COUNCIL MEMEBER - October 5, 2016
Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and John Hensley was introduced as the newest council member. Earlier this year, we reported that Steve Willman, left his position on Council to become Mayor of Greenville. Hensley fills that vacant council position with a lot of experience working for the city. In 2002, Hensley retired from Greenville Police as a Lieutenant. Hensley is currently the chairman of the Greenville Civil Service Commission and a member of the Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission. In other business, Safety Service Director Curt Garrison informed council that recently the City held its Police Civil Service Test. Greenville Police will see major changes in the near future with 2 current openings and the recent resignation of a Sergeant. Garrison also provided information on the resignation of Chief Dennis Butts, which is expected to happen sometime in 2017. Recently, several changes have been made at Greenville City Fire and the public is welcome to meet their new personnel with an Open House this Sunday at the City Building from 1 to 4 PM. City Council on Tuesday night approved 5 of 6 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, October 18th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.
OSGOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES FUNDING - October 5, 2016
Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $23,670 to Osgood Community Volunteer Fire Department in Darke County for Operations and Safety through the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program. Osgood Community Volunteer Fire Department was awarded this funding as part of the round 6 competitive Fiscal Year 2015 AFG Program announcements. The AFG program helps firefighters and other first responders protect the public and themselves. Projects funded though the Operations and Safety category include training, facility upgrades and modifications, and supplies such as protective equipment.
ARCANUM MAN DIES IN FARMING ACCIDENT - October 4, 2016
On Monday, at 12:57 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Pitsburg Fire, Arcanum Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to 8296 SR722 reference a male subject, who had fallen inside a grain bin. Preliminary investigation revealed that Gary Brown (75) of Arcanum was in the process of transferring grain from one bin to another. Family members located Brown inside the grain bin and immediately called 911. Brown was trapped inside the grain bin for an unknown amount of time before family members had located him. When rescue personnel arrived on scene Brown was pronounced dead. The Darke County Coroner's Office was called to the scene.
MODAC TEEN ARRESTED IN MUNCIE - October 4, 2016
A rural Modoc teenager accused of robbing a Farmland convenience store was arrested Monday near downtown Muncie. Gavien D. Isaacs, 19, was arrested about 1:30 p.m. as he emerged from a business in the 300 block of South Madison Street in Muncie. Isaacs is accused of holding up a clerk at the Village Pantry, 100 W. Jackson St. in Farmland, about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. According to Randolph County Sheriff Ken Hendrickson, Farmland Town Marshal Melvin Nott received tips about the robbery, which was investigated by the marshal and Randolph County Sheriff's detectives. On Monday, Randolph County officers went to Muncie to look for Isaacs. The teen was arrested after a Delaware County Sheriff's investigator found the Modoc resident's vehicle. Isaacs - preliminary charged with armed robbery – was being held in the Randolph County jail in Winchester under a $20,000 bond.
ROBBER AT CELINA BANK CAUGHT IN INDIANA - October 3, 2016
Back in September, a man entered the 2nd National Bank at 800 N. Main St., Celina announcing a robbery and demanding cash. The man did obtain an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene. Tips were received as a result of a released photo. The man was identified as 32 year old Joshuia Dale Bursey of Pierceton, Indiana. Celina Police signed charges of Robbery, a third degree felony as well as theft, a fifth degree felony. On Friday, a traffic stop was conducted in Ft. Wayne, Indiana by Ft. Wayne P.D., Allen Co, Ind, Sheriff's Office, the FBI Task Force and the U.S. Marshalls. Bursey was subsequently arrested. He is being held in Indiana on charges unrelated to the Celina bank robbery. The Celina Police Department's investigation continues in conjunction with the Lima, Ohio office of the FBI, the FBI Task Force and the Ft. Wayne, Indiana Police Department.
HOLIDAY HORSE PARADE FORMS AVAILABLE - October 3, 2016
Voted best parade by the readers of Ohio Magazine in 2015, Main Street Greenville is busy preparing for the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade! The parade will take place the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 19th. The lighted horse parade event boasts 90+ entries and brings an estimated 8,000+ spectators into the downtown Greenville area. The parade will travel down South Broadway, travel around the circle, and return back up South Broadway. The parade begins at 7 pm with entertainment leading up to the main event. Entry forms can be submitted online by visiting www.mainstreetgreenville.org, or by contacting their office at 937-548-4998 for a printed form. Please visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or their social media accounts for more information about the organization and the 13th Annual Hometown Holiday Horse Parade.
MEN WANTED IN MIAMI COUNTY SHOOTING - October 3, 2016
Last week, Miami County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to 7649 N. Montgomery County Line Road in Union Township in reference to a home invasion in which shots were fired. Upon deputies arrival they located one male suspect outside the residence where he had collapsed from gunshot wounds. The suspect, whose last known address was Dayton, was attended to by medics and transported to the hospital via Careflight. The lone resident told deputies four subjects forcibly entered his home and he shot at them as they entered. The resident also stated that shots were fired at him by the suspects. The suspects then fled the house. Based on evidence recovered we do believe this residence was targeted and it was a narcotics related home invasion. The suspect who was shot underwent surgery and is expected to survive. Detectives are working with him on learning the identity of the other three suspects who were also captured on the homeowner's video surveillance system. Anyone having information or knowing the identity of the other three suspects is asked to call their local law enforcement agency or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911. Anonymous tips can be left on our website at www.miamicountysheriff.org.
MADER IN PRISON FOR STOLEN ITEMS - September 30, 2016
Mail and packages have been stolen from mailboxes and porches in at least three counties - Montgomery, Miami and Darke counties. The crime spree may be over thanks to Miami County deputies who arrested a man earlier this month following a pursuit of a stolen truck and a man witnessing a theft firsthand. Brian C. Mader is in the Miami County jail on 10 charges, including theft, failure to comply with a police officer, vandalism and drug possession. The pursuit occurred on Sept. 14 after Mader, who was driving a stolen truck from Greenville, allegedly stopped in front of a home in Miami County and stole a motorcycle for sale in the front yard of the home. The pursuit ended with Mader's arrest. Deputies found a large amount of stolen mail in the truck. A Union resident told our reporter he's had a package stolen from his porch and credit card information stolen from mail in his mailbox, which were used to buy items. Union police say Mader has stolen packages delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, Fedex and UPS. Federal authorities also may pursue charges.
2016 DARKE COUNTY FAIR NUMBERS RELEASED - September 30, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society released official numbers to the 160th Great Darke County Fair. Attendance was listed at 186,333 that excludes individuals under the age of 12.
The Gate Receipts for 2016 came in at $500,977. Livestock Sale Revenue: $557,895 that excludes market price. Trash Removed 65.84 tons. Vendors: 312. Judges: 114. Gazebo Entertainers: 26. Grandstand Event Attendance
Band Spectacular: 1,148
Chicago Concert: 5,898 (sellout)
Darke County Tractor Pull: 686
NTPA Pull August 23; 2,993
NTPA Pull August 24: 2,447
Demolition Derby: 4,603 (sellout)
The 2017 Great Darke County Fair is set for August 18-26th.
6-STATE TROOPER PROJECT FOCUSED ON CRIMINAL PATROL - September 29, 2016
The Ohio State Highway Patrol joined forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on marijuana and criminal patrol enforcement from Thursday, September 22 through Sunday, September 25. This high-visibility enforcement effort included the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. In total, OSHP made 32 felony drug arrests and 125 misdemeanor marijuana arrests. 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.
SUSPICIOUS TRAILER FIRE IN GREENVILLE - September 29, 2016
A trailer fire was called down last night at approximately 9:15 p.m., City of Greenville Fire and Police joined Greenville Township Rescue in responding to the Colonial trailer park on Sweitzer Street on the reported vacant trailer fire at lot #13. A second alarm was requested as the New Madison Fire Department arrived on scene to offer mutual aid. The flames were quickly contained to the trailer before the fire threatened surrounding structures. According to the Greenville Fire Department, the fire began in the rear of the structure, which was confirmed to be unoccupied. The department has responded to several vacant trailer fires in the past few years - which most have been ruled as arson. The fire remains under investigation. If you have information about any of the vacant trailer fires that have been reported at Colonial, you are urged to contact the Greenville Fire Department at 937-548-3040 or the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103.
CLOWNS IN GREENVILLE - September 28, 2016
There has been some buzz recently online pertaining to clown sightings around the country. On Tuesday, Darke County had a Clown Story that generated a lot of buzz online. Greenville Police are investigating a complaint of a man attacked by two clowns early Tuesday in downtown Greenville. A 28-year-old man called police around 3:55 a.m. Tuesday from the 200 block of Tillman Avenue in Greenville. The man said he was chased down Broadway Street by two people dressed as clowns. The alleged victim had baseball bat with him. The victim said he was hit in the neck and side and his baseball bat was stolen. The victim refused medical treatment and did not have any obvious injuries. The Darke County Sheriff's Office has received no complaints of clown encounters, but the public is encouraged to call police to report strange activity.
CITIZEN ACADEMY IN MERCER COUNTY IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER - September 28, 2016
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced Tuesday that his office will be hosting a Citizen Academy in October - November of 2016. The purpose of the academy is to give residents of Mercer County the opportunity to see an overview of Sheriff's Office, and how it differs from other law enforcement agencies. This will be the third citizen's academy for the Sheriff's Office. The 2016 academy will take place from October 20, 2016 until November 17, 2016, and will usually be held two evenings per week for a four week period. The classes will begin at 6 p.m. and will last for 2-3 hours per session. The academy is open to residents of Mercer County, who are at least 21 year old. A background check is required. Class size is limit. Interested persons can stop at the Sheriff's Office during office hours or go to our website at www.MercerCountySheriff.org to obtain an application packet. Completed applications need to be returned to the Sheriff's Office by October 5th.
WEST MILTON MAYOR RESIGNS - September 22, 2016
The Mayor of West Milton has resigned. On Tuesday, Mayor Fred Francis called a special meeting to announce his decision to step down, as well as to swear in the new mayor, former vice mayor Scott Fogle. His resignation created a vacant seat on the council, which will be filled by appointment. The village will take applications for the seat until their Oct. 11 meeting when a new council member will be selected. Francis denied that his decision to step down was related to an incident involving his wife that occurred during a meeting with Milton-Union Recreation Association members earlier this summer. According to police reports, the meeting concerned $250 missing from one of the association's funds. Stephanie Francis was involved in a verbal argument with another citizen and both were charged with disorderly conduct due to the "turbulent behavior and obscenities" exchanged during the confrontation. Francis stressed that his decision was solely based on his desire to spend more time with his family.
OHSAA RELEASES MEMO ABOUT NATIONAL ANTHEM - September 22, 2016
With protests against the National Anthem causing controversy across sports, the Ohio High School Athletic Association released a memo Tuesday to all OHSAA officials regarding the organization's policy. The memo stated: "As officials, you are there to officiate. It is not within the purview of officials to make judgments on personal, social, or political opinions of any player or coach. It is neither proper nor warranted for officials to express their pleasure or displeasure with how players act during the National Anthem." The memo continued, regarding the stance of officials during the Anthem: "As OHSAA officials, it is our expectation that you stand and face the flag during the National Anthem. Athletes and coaches have their expectations set by their school. These expectations are set by the school (and) are not within the official's purview."
AGE PRESENTS TO CITY OF GREENVILLE - September 21, 2016
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and during the public hearing a representative from Affordable Gas & Electric addressed council for 20 minutes. It was the 1st of 2 public hearing for AGE as they provide an overview of the gas and electricity aggregation that will be on the ballot in November. Several municipalities have joined AGE recently, including Sidney, Russia and Fort Loramie. If approved by the majority of voters in the November election, Community Choice Aggregation allows the community to join its residents together to shop for electricity and natural gas as a group. To learn more on the issue visit AffordableElectricRate.com or call 855-682-0222. AGE will be back at the next council meeting for their 2nd public hearing on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30. In other business, Council approved 4 Ordinances and Resolutions.
4TH WARD FOR CITY COUNCIL NEEDS FILLED - September 21, 2016
The Darke County Republican Party is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the position of Greenville City Council, 4th Ward. New Mayor Steve Willman had to leave his position on Council. Any registered Republican residing within the City of Greenville, 4th Ward, that is interested can apply to Darke County Republican Party at P. O. Box 45, Greenville, OH 45331 or e-mailed to email@example.com. The deadline for submission is Noon on September 23, 2016.
WLW RADIO PERSONALITY DRUG CASE DENIED INTERVENTION - September 20, 2016
A Miami County judge on Monday denied a defense lawyer and a Cincinnati radio personality's request for intervention in lieu of conviction on felony drug possession charges following a Jan. 25 traffic stop on Interstate 75 near Piqua. State troopers who stopped Lisa Wells, 37, of West Chester reported seeing pills on the front seat of the vehicle after the stop. Also found in a search was a baggie of assorted pills in her purse. Common Pleas Judge Jeannine Pratt said Wells did not meet the intervention/treatment program requirements because she used opioids in violation of her bail conditions and notes on her treatment showed failure to make progress, attend all counseling and participate as required in groups. Wells is a defense lawyer and served as a guest and legal analyst on WLW Radio. A not guilty plea on her behalf was made in June on four felony counts of possession of drugs identified as amphetamine and Oxycodone.
COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER TRIP TO ALASKA WINNER ANNOUNCED - September 20, 2016
Hamilton donor James Finnegan was named the winner of the Wild About Alaska Summer Blood Drive. Finnegan will travel to Alaska as the winner of the CBC Campaign. Everyone 18 and older who registered to give blood with CBC from May 2 to Sept. 3 was automatically entered in the drawing. Jim entered the drawing when he made his 48th lifetime donation on June 1. Jim spent 37 years as an educator, including 15 years teaching religion at Badin High School, but is now transitioning to a new career in trucking. Jim has donated the equivalent of eight gallons of blood during his lifetime. As both an O negative donor and a CMV-negative donor, his blood type is in constant demand, especially for young hospital patients. Congrats Jim, enjoy the trip.
BOOK CLUB ANNOUNCED FOR PARK DISTRICT - September 20, 2016
The Darke County Park District is pleased to announce the Down to Earth Book Club's autumn selection. Each quarter the program will feature a different book, some by well-known nature writers, some about outdoor adventure, and even some about pioneers settling Ohio. Everyone is invited to read the book and join them at the Nature Center to discuss the work. This season's book club will meet on Monday, November 7th at 6:30pm at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center. Please call ahead to let them know you plan on participating in the book club discussion in November. The Darke County Parks Nature Center can be reached at (937) 548-0165.
EATON MAN KILLED IN VAN WERT COUNTY - September 19, 2016
A 42-year-old Eaton, man is dead after a two-vehicle crash in Van Wert County. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that occurred Thursday on Ohio 118 at Wren-Landeck Road just north of Ohio City in Van Wert County. Around 7:30 p.m., a 2001 Chevrolet Impala operated by Timothy L. Perry, 42, of Eaton, Ohio, was traveling west on Wren-Landeck Road. A 2005 tractor-semitrailer driven by Ronald Wolf, 72, of Greenville, Ohio, was traveling south on Ohio 118. Perry allegedly failed to stop at the posted stop sign and struck the left side of the semitrailer. Perry, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. The semi driver was not injured. The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said motorists should drive cautiously with the current detour routes causing some motorists to be unfamiliar with the roads.