2 STATE VEHICLE PURSUIT ENDS IN ARRESTS - October 22, 2020
    On October 21, 2020 at approx. 7:26 PM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the area of US 36 West and the Indiana State Line to assist Indiana law enforcement with a vehicle pursuit.
    Darke County Deputies joined the pursuit near the state line. A white 2017 GMC U-Haul van was traveling East bound on US 36 from the state line. The van was driven by Charles Keller, 53, of Anderson Indiana. Mr. Keller traveled East on US 36 from the state line to the intersection of US 36 and US 127 at speeds of 40 to 50 MPH. Mr. Keller failed to maintain control at the intersection striking a red 1992 GMC driven by Daniel Howard, 38, of Brookville that was stopped on US 127. Mr. Keller and his passenger Devan Phillips, 30, of Anderson, Indiana were taken into custody. Mr. Howard and his juvenile passenger were treated and released at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue. Mr. Keller and Ms. Phillips were transported to Wayne Health Care and were later released. Mr. Keller was booked into the Darke County Jail on felony charges. Ms. Phillips was also booked into the Darke County Jail for out standing warrants.
    This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

DEER SEASON UPON US - October 22, 2020
    The Ohio Department of Insurance, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and AAA want to remind motorists of the increase in deer-related traffic crashes this time of year. In 2019, statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol show there were 19,375 deer-related crashes on Ohio's roadways. Of those crashes, four resulted in fatal injuries to motorists and 966 people were injured. Additionally, 46 percent of these crashes occurred in October, November, and December. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), deer become much more active during the fall breeding season which occurs from late October through November. Recent data estimates the average insurance claim for a deer-vehicle collision in Ohio is nearly $4,000. How to avoid animal collisions, Scan the road ahead, Use high beam headlights if there is no oncoming traffic, Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk, If a collision is unavoidable, apply the brakes firmly and remain in your lane, always wear a seatbelt and remain awake, alert, and sober. if you hit a deer, following the collision, call the police. Ohioans with insurance questions can reach out to the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 or via www.insurance.ohio.gov. The website also contains wide-ranging educational insurance information.

MICHIGAN MAN ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE - October 21, 2020
    Early Tuesday, Roger Brulez, 32, from Michigan, was incarcerated at the Shelby County Jail after a high speed pursuit with Deputies. The pursuit began downtown Sidney and ended with a crash. The Michigan man is charged with failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Tuesday, at approximately 5:27 a.m., a Deputy was northbound on North Main Avenue in Sidney when he observed a pickup truck driving the wrong way on North Main. The vehicle accelerated southbound on Main Avenue. Another Deputy was at Poplar Street and North Main Avenue. Both deputies continued to pursue the truck southbound. The truck's speed reached 85 to 90 mph as it continued south out of the city and southbound on County Road 25A. The truck continued south on County Road 25A to the Kirkwood Road intersection, where the intersection was closed due to construction. The driver plowed through the road closed signs, struck a skid loader and flipped on its top before coming to a stop. The driver, identified as Brulez, got out of the truck and was arrested without incident.

COUNCIL COULD MEET BACK IN CHAMBERS IN NOVEMBER - October 21, 2020
    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Safety Service Director, Ryan Delk, announced that the council chambers had recently gotten a new sound system. He also informed council that a new camera system would be installed by the end of the week. Greenville City Council still meets online with Zoom and Facebook Live, the Safety Service Director told council that they could be meeting in the Council Chambers in November. If Council does gather again in the City Building, the public would not be allowed other than watching the meetings on Zoom, Facebook Live and the City of Greenville Youtube Stream. Delk also informed Council that the city will be working through 6 retirements over the next 4 to 6 months. Greenville Law Director, Michael Rieman, informed council that a business has come forward to ask about a CRA, which stands for community re-investment area. The process is for redeveloping properties in the City. The Law Director called it an exciting program. In official business, Council passed all ordinances and resolutions. Wednesday, an AD Hoc Committee will meet to discuss a Joint Fire District. That meeting will be held at 7 on facebook.com The next Greenville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 3, at 7:30.

MUNCIE MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO CONTACT YOUTH - October 20, 2020
    A Muncie man is accused of trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old girl in Parker City. However, the person that 61-year-old Jeffry M. Soverns was allegedly communicating with online was actually an undercover Randolph County Sheriff's deputy, not a child. Soverns, was arrested last week and is charged in Randolph Circuit Court with attempted child molesting, a Level 1 felony carrying up to 40 years in prison, and child solicitation, a Level 4 felony with a maximum 12-year sentence. Soverns' online dealings with the detective began on Sept. 16, when he sent the "girl" a "waving emjoi.” The Muncie man eventually began discussing plans to have sex with the juvenile. Soverns allegedly made plans to pick up the teen at a Parker City convenience store last Thursday. A day earlier, authorities said, he emailed the undercover detective a photo of his genitalia. He was arrested when he arrived at the store about 10:30 p.m. The Muncie man — being held in the Randolph County jail under a $70,000 bond — on Monday received a March 1 trial date.

NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK - October 20, 2020
    The week of Oct. 19 through 23 has been designated National School Bus Safety Week. This year's theme, "Red Lights Mean STOP!" serves as a reminder for students, parents, teachers and the community to keep school bus safety in the forefront. From 2017 to 2019, there were 3,967 crashes involving school buses reported in Ohio. During that time frame, five people were killed in five crashes and there were 1,322 injuries. None of those killed in these crashes were passengers on the buses. Prior to stopping, school buses display yellow warning lights that signify the bus is about to stop. Once a bus comes to a stop, flashing lights and a stop sign are displayed. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is picking up or dropping off students. When a road is divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop. Drivers may not resume their travels until the bus resumes traveling. Also from 2017 to 2019, troopers cited 1,999 drivers who passed a school bus when they were required to stop. Troopers will be highly visible this week along school bus routes and in school zones to ensure the safety of students.

GREAT PUMPKIN HUNT - October 19, 2020
    The Darke County Park's Great Pumpkin Hunt will begin October 24th. Please note the pumpkin hunt will be a different format this year due to group size limitations. The Great Pumpkin Hunt will take place at your own pace over a two week period. A pumpkin will be at 4 different parks including Eidson, Coppess, Worth and Routzong. Inside each pumpkin will be a stamp for your passport! Once you register, they will email you a PDF of the Pumpkin Passport You have two weeks to visit each park, 4 total, find the pumpkin, stamp the passport and return it to them. Once your mission is complete, they will have fall-themed goodies for your family to pick up at the Nature Center at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Park staff will email all participants the week of October 19 with detailed directions. Participants who do not have a printer, can pick up the passport at the nature center, Bish discovery center, or have it mailed. Questions? Call the Nature Center at 937-548-0165. Registration is required and can be completed on line at DarkeCountyParks.org.

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - October 19, 2020
    On Sunday, at approximately 5:49 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the area of State Route 121 and Oliver Road in ref. to an accident with injury involving a motorcycle. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 1994 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Stephen Eldred, 51, of Greenville was traveling South on State Route 121 near Oliver Road. Eldred failed to negotiate a curve, traveling off the right side of the roadway and striking the ditch before coming to rest. Eldred was ejected from the motorcycle. Eldred was treated at the scene by Gettysburg Fire and Rescue and was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Eldred was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

UNION CITY JUDGE TALKS ABOUT COURT FOR OFFENDERS - October 16, 2020
    Union City Police Chief, Mark Ater, released a statement on Thursday, in regards to the Darke County Common Pleas Court. In the long message the Police Chief says the Common Pleas Court has adopted recommendations from the State of Ohio in regards to reducing the amount of people who are sentenced in the prison system. The short version is the State of Ohio is trying to save money by having local judge's sentence offenders to community control sanctions (probation), rather than sending them to prisons. While the Police Chief understands that a Judge has to make decisions based on finances, at the same time he believes that they have to take into consideration the safety of law-abiding citizens within the county. Police Chief After then goes into specific detail about an offender from Union City. The long statement also includes other situations questioning the Common Pleas Court and situations that are happening in the United States. That Statement can be found on the Union City Ohio Police Facebook Page.

MONEY COMING TO FARMERS - October 16, 2020
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes. Through CRP, farmers and ranchers establish long-term, resource-conserving plant species, such as approved grasses or trees, to control soil erosion, improve water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on cropland. Farmers and ranchers who participate in CRP help provide numerous benefits to the nation's environment and economy. CRP participants with contracts effective beginning on October 1, 2020, will receive their first annual rental payment in October 2021. For more information on CRP, visit fsa.usda.gov.

NEARLY 200 VOTER RETURN ENVELOPES WRONG - October 15, 2020
    Officials with the Darke County Board of Election said Wednesday that an error resulted in a limited number of Darke County voters receiving an incorrect return envelope with their ballot. Darke Co. BOE said that the return envelope of those impacted had a return address for Huron County Board of Elections instead of Darke County. The number of voters impacted was no more than 200 who received the wrongly labeled envelopes. Board of elections officials said they are working with the vendor, Ohio Envelope Manufacturing Company, to figure out how the error happened. Arrangements are being made with Huron County to properly return any ballots that were incorrectly sent back to Darke County. Officials say they regret the error, but with the help of Huron County Board of Elections, they can make a commitment to every impacted Darke County voter that their ballot will be counted. Darke County Board of Election said it encourages any voter who received the incorrect return envelope to drop their absentee ballot off at the Darke County BOE office instead of mailing it to Huron County. Voters in Darke County may also visit www.voteohio.gov/track to track their ballot and ensure it has been properly received.

RELIEF MONEY USED BY COMMISSIONERS - October 15, 2020
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. All 3 Commissioners approved a Resolution for the 2nd round of Coronavirus Relief money for revenue and appropriation increases. Earlier this month, the county received over $1.3 Million and Wednesday's resolution was over $1.8 Million. Most the agenda was for resolutions authorizing funds from the coronavirus relief fund. Those projects include repairing showers at the Darke County Jail, re-locating the CCW facility, purchasing webcams and microphones for virtual training, buying smart cameras at the courthouse and jail, purchasing a Canon Printer-Copier-Scanner, updating telecommunication systems for Job & Family Services, buying laptops, purchasing polo shirts and buying a hands free automatic paper towel dispenser. The Commissioners will appear on Community Ties this Friday, at 11:10 AM on WTGR. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, October 19, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - October 14, 2020
    On Monday, at approximately 4:02 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, responded to an injury crash at the intersection of State Route 571 and Arnold Road. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2010 Ford Escape driven by Kyle Collins 21, of Greenville, was stopped at the stop sign at Arnold Road and State Route 571, and then pulled out into the intersection to make a left turn onto State Route 571 and was struck by a white 2019 Chevy 2500 truck, driven by John Beaty 51, of Redkey Indiana. Collins was transported to Wayne HealthCare for suspected injuries, and Beaty was treated and released at the scene. Collins was issued a citation for failure to yield from a stop sign.

VOTING NUMBERS UP FOR 2020 ELECTION - October 14, 2020
    With 21 days until Election Day, Ohioans are showing up to vote early in record numbers – with triple the number of Ohioans voting at early voting centers across Ohio compared to the same point four years ago. 193,021 Ohioans voted early in-person in the first week compared to 64,312 at the same time in 2016. Absentee ballot requests increased by 316,033 to a total of 2,470,268 absentee ballot applications received by county boards of elections statewide. This includes 23,853 requests from military and overseas voters. At the same time during the 2016 election, 1,245,670 absentee ballots had been requested. With 216 hours of early voting available to registered Ohioans, Ohio ranks ahead of 43 other states. We're one of 20 states with voting on Saturdays and one of just five that allow voting on Sunday. Voters can check early voting days and hours by visiting: VoteOhio.gov/Hours.

PARKS NAME NEW TRAIL - October 13, 2020
    Darke County Parks has opened the new Jim Buchy Mile on Tecumseh Trail. A Grand Opening will be held Saturday, October 24 at 1 PM. The ceremonies will be at the corner of Broadway and Wilson Ave., in Greenville, at the start of the Jim Buchy Mile. Please park in the Garst Museum's new parking area and use the cement walkways to save the newly planted grasses. Named in honor of Jim Buchy, the man who as our former long-term State Representative was so instrumental in the growth of your Darke County Park District. Jim was continuously supportive of the building of the Tecumseh Trail, one of your Darke County Parks, not only during his tenure as a legislator but also after his retirement. Without his creative written support and his liaison work with several different State of Ohio organizations, the continual expansion of the Tecumseh Trail would not have happened. The Tecumseh Trail Multi-Use Pathway is partially on a former railway line, the same one used for the Lincoln Funeral Train in 1865. The trail construction began in downtown Gettysburg almost 13 years ago, is now complete from Bradford New Harrison Rd. to the point where the Grand Opening will be held at the site of the former Buchy Meat Packing Company. For more information call the Darke Co. Park District at 937.548.0165.

HALLOWEEN EVENT TO TAKE PLACE IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - October 13, 2020
    Beggars Night on Broadway was canceled last month, but a new event is coming downtown. October 31st, from 6- 8pm at S. Broadway & the Yolo Urban Park, back your decorated trunk, bike, truck bed into parking spots and pass out candy to the kids that walk the sidewalks of Downtown Greenville. BEST DECORATED VEHICLE WINS CASH PRIZE & TROPHY!!!! Costume Contest, Trophies and Cash Prizes! Food Trucks! 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction and Live Music 8PM. From 3-8PM: the is the (#TylerStrong) Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle, also taking donations for Tyler Gear Ferrands who is a 15 year who was hit by a car while on his skateboard in Sept. this year. From6-8PM: Trunk-Or-Treat on S. Broadway with Kids Costume Contest at 7pm @ Yolo Urban Park. Ages: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 Girls. Ages: 1-5, 6-10, 11-15 Boys Then for adults from 8-10PM: Live Music @ Yolo Urban Park with Adult Costume Contest at 9PM. Best Overall Costume , Best Group Costume and Best Couples Costume.

PATRIOTIC TOUR TO MAKE STOP IN DARKE COUNTY - October 12, 2020
    The Patriots, God and Country Tour is making a stop along its national route in Greenville, Ohio on Thursday, Oct. 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. The tour began Sept. 29 and comes to an end on election day Nov. 3, 2020. Currently, it has planned rallies in 28 cities, and will stop or pass through 22 states along its route. The Hometown Heroes Motorcycle Association is participating in the Greenville tour stop, will make its down Broadway to Wagner, and onto the Veteran Services Building. For more information on the tour, go to the Patriots, God and Country tour homepage at www.patriotsgodandcountry.com.

TEEN DIES IN ATV ACCIDENT - October 12, 2020
    Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reported that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on October 9.. Grey advised that his office received a 911 call at 11:55 PM on the report of a crash that occurred on the Indiana – Ohio State Line Road just north of Fox Road in Gibson Township. The investigation found that Jake D Muhlenkamp (15) Portland, Indiana was operating a 2020 Polaris 570 4 Wheeler. Muhlenkamp was northbound on State Line Road and for an unknown reason drove off of the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Muhlenkamp was ejected from the 4 wheeler. Muhlenkamp was pronounced dead by medical personnel at the scene. Assisting the Sheriff's Office at the scene were members of the Fort Recovery Fire Department, St. Henry EMS and the Fort Recovery Police Department.

GARST MUSEUM HAS NEW MARKETING DIRECTOR - October 9, 2020
    The Garst Museum is pleased to welcome Katie Gabbard as the new marketing director and chairperson of the Gathering at Garst. She replaces Jenny Clark, who has stepped down to spend some deserved time off in northern Michigan. The Garst Museum applauds all that Jenny has spearheaded for the community and wishes her the very best. Gabbard has been a familiar face at the Garst Museum as a volunteer for the Gathering at Garst since its inception in 2011. For this new role as marketing director, Gabbard brings specific insights into engaging social media, promotions, and events. Gabbard says, "With COVID-19 affecting nearly every facet of business and life, I think it's important to get a strong plan in place for 2021. I'm looking ahead to hosting a stellar 2021 Gathering at Garst, bringing more awareness about the dynamic volunteer opportunities at the Garst Museum, and drawing visitors from across the Midwest to experience all that the Garst Museum has to share."

HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSED UNTIL OCTOBER 21ST - October 9, 2020
    In an effort to protect the public, the Darke County Health Department Environmental Division will be closing to the public for the next fourteen days due to a COVID-19 exposure. They will reopen on Wednesday, October 21st. You may still call the Health Department and leave a message at 937-548-4196 ext. 210, but please be patient on a return phone call. They apologize for the inconvenience, but they want to do their part to keep everyone safe and healthy. If you need a birth certificate, please visit another county in Ohio or go to vitalchek.com. You can also use this website to obtain a death certificate.

JUNIOR FAIR MEMBERS APPROACH BOARD - October 8, 2020
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. It was the 1st time this year that the meeting was held in the Youth Building. The youth were the focus as Junior Fair President, Jacob Wuebker and Vice President, Deanna Hesson, approached the Fair Board with a petition from change.org to reconsider a September Vote not to renew the contract for Beth Martin as Junior Fair Coordinator. Hesson and Wuebker were looking for answers on why Martin was let go. In 5 days there were over 150 people that signed the Petition in Martin's support. President Jim Zumbrink replied that there was a "conflict of interest" with Beth Martin in charge of Junior Fair and her husband, Doug Martin on the Agricultural Society. Multiple people in the audience did not agree with that answer. The group in support of Martin thought the board handled the situation poorly and used the term unprofessional to describe the action by the board. President Zumbrink took the blame for the situation and also mentioned that the caretaker contract was also handled poorly. Multiple people in the audience wanted the board to revote on Martin's contract. The only motion that was made was to approve the Job Description for the Junior Fair Coordinator position, that motion failed with a 5 to 5 vote and Doug Martin abstaining from the vote. The Board will look back on that matter in November. The Board will hold their annual meeting next week on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 PM in the Youth Building. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, November 4th, at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

AUTHORITIES LOOKING FOR TIPS IN CELINA FIRE - October 8, 2020
    The Division of State Fire Marshal's Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau is seeking tips from the public regarding an intentionally set fire at West Bank Park in Celina (Mercer County). Remnants of the fire were discovered at approximately 8:19 a.m. Sept. 29 in the public restroom building at 1199 West Bank Road. There was also damage to several boats in the area, which investigators believe are connected to the fire. The property is owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The investigation is being conducted jointly by the State Fire Marshal's office, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Celina Fire Department. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered by the Blue Ribbon Arson Committee for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this fire. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the State Fire Marshal's tip line at 800-589-2728, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at 937-323-1582 or the Celina Fire Department at 419-586-2127.

EMERGENCY SITIUATION AT COUNCIL MEETING - October 7, 2020
    It was a scary and strange situation at the Greenville City Council meeting on Tuesday. Due to COVID-19 the regularly scheduled meetings are still held on Zoom and Facebook Live through the City of Greenville Facebook Page. During ordinances and resolutions, Council Member, Jeff Whitaker made a motion to read an ordinance for the 2nd and 3rd time. At that moment, President of Council, John Burkett was seen on video falling back in his chair. Silence fell over the meeting with Burkett not moving nor talking. The Council President was in the City Building sitting with the Mayor, Safety Service Director and Auditor. A scramble was seen with everyone trying to assist President Burkett, the video box was then removed from the zoom screen. Council Member Doug Schmidt, was then asked to take over the meeting as President. A few minutes later, the video box could be seen from the City Building, but President Burkett was not in the room. WTGR hopes to learn more on the situation on Wednesday. City Council approved 7 ordinances and resolutions from Tuesday's meeting. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 20, at 7:30 on Facebook Live.
    
    Also Tuesday, Greenville City Council agreed to split the cost with Greenville Township on hiring an independent group to look over the possibility of joining both Fire Districts. To hire an out side consulting firm, the number was passed around at 30 to $40,000. City of Greenville Fire Chief Russ Thompson, recommended Council look at the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association to do the assessment. Greenville Township is supposed to talk on the matter this Saturday, at their regularly scheduled meeting. An Ad Hoc Committee will look to find a price for that independent group.

TRUCK & SEMI TRAILER COLLIDE CAUSING FIERY SCENE - October 7, 2020
    On October 6, 2020 at 8:20p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire Department, along with mutual aid from Liberty Township Fire Department responded to the 2800 block of State Route 502 on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2019 Peterbuilt Semi-Tractor Trailer driven by, Galen Flora II (30), of Greenville, was attempting to back into a driveway in the 2800 block of State Route 502. The Semi-Tractor Trailer was across the roadway. A 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Ricky Gump (52), of Greenville, was traveling west bound. Mr. Gump struck the side of the empty Trailer that had been hauling fuel. The Tahoe caught fire and Mr. Gump and his juvenile passenger were able to exit the vehicle. Mr. Flora refused medical treatment on scene. Mr. Gump and his juvenile passenger were treated on scene and transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Rescue, for non-life threatening injuries. This accident remains under investigation.

EMPLOYEES OF COVINGTON TRAPPED IN ELEVATOR IN FIRE - October 6, 2020
    On Monday, Covington Fire was dispatched to Perrigo on Hazel Street shortly after 10:30 a.m. on the report of employees trapped in an elevator and smoke inside. As Covington units responded to the scene, additional response was requested from Piqua, Pleasant Hill, and Bradford fire departments. Covington Fire Department officials reported that the cause of the alarm was traced to a burned out power unit to a service elevator in the building. A pair of employees were stuck on the fourth floor as smoke from the burned out unit drifted into the elevator car. Covington firefighters, with assistance from Piqua firefighters managed to free the trapped employees who immediately returned to work. The only reported damage was to the burned out power unit. There were no injuries.

AKRON WOMAN FAILS TO YIELD AT STOP SIGN - October 5, 2020
    On Saturday, at approximately 10:43 a.m Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire Department, and Care Flight, responded to State Route 502 and New Madison Coletown Road on a two vehicle accident with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2018 Black Chevrolet Malibu driven by Jennifer Champ (53), of Akron Ohio, was traveling North on New Madison Coletown Road. Champ failed to yield to the right of way at a posted stop sign, and was struck by a 2018 Dark Blue Chevrolet Silverado driven by Shawn Hartsock (39), of Union City Ohio, who was traveling East on State Route 502. Hartsock was treated and released at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue. Champ was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight. This accident remains under investigation.

DRIVER LOSES CONTROL & STRIKES UTILITY POLE - October 5, 2020
    Saturday night, at approximately 9:14 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, and Gettysburg Fire were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 571 and Arcanum Bearsmill Road in reference to an accident with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2016 Kia Sportage driven by Alexander Vanhoose ,23, of Greenville was traveling South on Arcanum Bearsmill Road. Vanhoose approached the intersection of State Route 571 and failed to maintain control of his vehicle traveling through the intersection and coming to rest after striking a utility pole. Vanhoose was treated and released at the scene by Arcanum Rescue. Vanhoose was cited for Failing to control his vehicle and OVI. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

OCTOBER IS CAR CARE MONTH - October 2, 2020
    October is Car Care Month and AAA is advising drivers to give their vehicles some extra attention this year. As a result of Stay at Home orders, an increase of people working from home and virtual learning, motorists are logging far fewer miles and vehicles are sitting idle for longer periods of time. October is the perfect time to ensure vehicles are road-ready for the winter ahead. During the summer of 2020 AAA responded to nearly 6,735 calls for battery service in the Miami Valley area, an increase of nearly 5% compared to the summer of 2019 as a result of the Stay at Home orders issued in the spring. Be on the look out for the following battery warning signs:
    
    The starter motor cranks the engine slowly
    
    Battery/Charging warning lamp illuminates on the dashboard
    
    In older models, dim incandescent headlights, particularly when the car is idling, indicate a weak batter
    
    When having your car serviced, follow the factory recommended maintenance schedule to avoid under- or over-maintaining your vehicle. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR REAL ID FOR FLYING - October 2, 2020
    Effective October 1, 2021, the state-issued identification that airline passengers present at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening checkpoints for boarding a commercial airline must be REAL ID compliant. Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID enforcement deadline from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021.

FLU CLINICS AVAILABLE - October 1, 2020
    Family Health is holding a Flu Clinic Drive Thru at all their locations. Family Health-Greenville will hold the Drive Thru today, from 8:30 AM to 4 PM and Saturday, October 10th 8am-12pm. Family Health-Arcanum will set up the Drive Thru on Wednesday, October 7, from 8:30am-4pm. Family Health-Versailles will be Tuesday, October 13th 8:30am-4pm and Family Health-New Madison, will go Friday, October 23rd 8:30am-4pm. Insurance may be billed or payment at the time of service is $28.00 for regular flu vaccine; and $56.00 for high-dose (65 and older only). The Drive Thru is for Adults (19 years and up). Children under 19 years of age, please schedule with your Family Health healthcare provider.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAY HORSE EVENT COMING IN NOVEMBER - October 1, 2020
    On Wednesday, we reported on the Hometown Holiday Horse Event returning to Downtown Greenville, for November 21. Steve Baker, from WHIO was named Parade Marshall for this years event. What we failed to mention was that last year’s Parade Marshall, Betty Birt, will also be recognized. The 2019 event was canceled do to inclement weather. Birt has been a huge supporter and volunteer for Main Street Greenville. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 with the lighted horse caravan beginning at 7 p.m. along South Broadway in downtown Greenville. MSG also announced on Wednesday, that the Chocolate Walk is returning this November. Tickets for the First Friday Chocolate Walk will go on sale on Saturday, Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Unfortunately, you cannot reserve tickets and phone/internet/email orders will not be accepted. There are a limited number of tickets available. The Chocolate Walk will take place on Friday, Nov. 6.

SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS OPENING FOR DISPATCHER - September 30, 2020
    The Darke County Sheriff's Office is currently seeking qualified applicants for Dispatcher positions. All applicants must obtain an application packet online at www.darkecountysheriff.org or in person at the Darke County Sheriff's Office and return the completed application and CVSA questionnaire to the Sheriff's Office. Pushing the APPLY button on this page will not be considered an application for employment. Review the application, including disqualifying criteria, before filling out the application. Anyone meeting any of the disqualifying criteria will be excluded from the hiring process. For a detailed job description or additional information regarding this position, please call the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-547-3911.

OSP REMINDS DRIVERS TO STAY FOCUSED - September 29, 2020
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and their focus on the roadway while driving. Since 2015, there have been 75,411 crashes in Ohio which involved one or more drivers who were distracted by something inside their vehicle. Of these, 227 were fatal crashes which resulted in 248 deaths. Male drivers were involved in 55 percent of these crashes, while females were involved 44 percent of the time. In fatal crashes, males made up 63 percent of distracted drivers. Nearly 34 percent of distracted drivers were between the ages of 16 and 24 years old. On October 29, 2018, Ohio passed House Bill 95, a law which broadened what is considered distracted driving and increased the fine if it was a contributing factor to the commission of the driving violation. The Hands Free Ohio bill, which is pending in the Ohio General Assembly, would make driving while handling any electronic device a primary offense in most circumstances. Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. As a reminder, Ohio law bans all electronic wireless communication device usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers and is a secondary offense for adults 18 and above.

YOUTH PHEASANT HUNT IN NOVEMBER - September 29, 2020
    Darke County Pheasants Forever will be hosting the 19th annual youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, November 14. The hunt and field day will be held at Deer Run, located at 5252 Stoker Road (about 2 miles southeast of Newport) in Shelby County. This event is sponsored by Darke County Pheasants Forever, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Wildlife, The Wildlife Restoration Fund, and several local sponsors. The purpose of the Youth Pheasant Hunt is to instill in young people a lifelong enthusiasm and respect for hunting. Providing a complete and realistic upland bird hunting experience teaches hunter safety and ethics and the importance of wildlife habitat conservation. Only youth 12 to 16 years of age the day of the hunt with proof of hunter safety course completion and a valid Ohio hunting license or an apprenticeship license are eligible to hunt. All youth must have a guardian present with them. Applications must be received by October 26. The application packet can be printed from the Darke County Pheasants Forever website www.darkecountyPF675.org.

CAREFLIGHT CALLED TO 1 VEHICLE ACCIDENT - September 28, 2020
    On Sunday, at approximately 3:05 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Versailles Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Miami Valley Careflight were dispatched to 11800 block of State Route 185 on a single vehicle accident with injury. The investigation revealed that a 2005 Silver Chevrolet Malibu driven by Chad Barga (41), of Rossburg Ohio, was traveling westbound on State Route 185. Barga went off the right side of the road and over corrected. The vehicle then went off the left side of the road striking a power pole. Barga was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight with non-life threatening injuries. This case remains under investigation.

NEW MADISON MAN ARRESTED AFTER INTRUDING - September 28, 2020
    On Saturday, at approximately 8:31 p.m. the Darke County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received a 911 call from a resident of the 200 block of North Harrison Street in New Madison. The caller told dispatch that an unknown person had entered her residence. During the call with 911, dispatchers could hear that the caller was being attacked by the intruder. Upon arrival Darke County Deputies came in contact with the suspect Dustin Yount (36), of New Madison. Yount was taken into custody after a short struggle with officers. Yount was held at the Darke County Jail on Aggravated Burglary charges after officer's learned that the victim was physically assaulted by Yount. The New Madison man could face further charges after the investigation is completed. The case remains under investigation.

TROY MAN DIES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT - September 25, 2020
    Troopers from the Indiana State Police are investigating a single vehicle crash that occurred on S.R. 32 near Union City in Randolph County. Emergency personnel were notified at 8:48 a.m. Thursday morning of the crash involving a green 2005 Chevrolet Malibu. Emergency personnel responded quickly to the scene. Union City Police units were first to arrive. Upon their arrival they found the driver of the vehicle, a Bruce N. Lachey II (70) of Troy, Ohio, had been ejected from the vehicle and was unresponsive. Officers immediately determined that Lachey had succumbed to his injuries. He was later formally pronounced deceased by the Randolph County Coroner. A preliminary crash investigation revealed Lachey was driving the 2005 Chevrolet eastbound on S.R. 32 traveling towards Union City. As the vehicle proceeded east of Jackson Pike the vehicle lost control while navigating a curve in the roadway. The vehicle spun clockwise, until the left rear tire left the roadway and struck the ditch on the south side of S.R. 32. The impact with the ditch caused the vehicle to flip multiple times. Lachey, whom is not believed to have been wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the vehicle as it flipped. S.R. 32 was shut down as a result of the crash for over an hour due to the lengthy cleanup and investigation. The investigation is ongoing, pending autopsy and toxicology results.

DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP EARLY FRIDAY MORNING - September 25, 2020
    Today, at approximately 12:19 a.m. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue responded near the intersection of U.S. Route 127 and York Road in reference to an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Buick Lacrosse driven by Phaedra Brotherton (48), of Bryant, Indiana was traveling South on U.S. Route 127, North of York Road. Brotherton failed to maintain control of her vehicle and traveled across the center line before exiting the roadway to the left. Brotherton struck a raised area of the ditch causing the vehicle to go airborne. Brotherton was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Ansonia Rescue for her injuries. Further investigation revealed the crash was caused from Brotherton falling asleep.

BILL ANNOUNCED FOR REVISIONS FOR FOSTER CARE - September 24, 2020
    State Rep. Susan Manchester (R-Waynesfield) on Wednesday, announced her legislation revising the requirements for foster caregiver training in Ohio now heads to Governor DeWine for his signature. House Bill 8 will help potential foster parents to be trained, licensed, and approved more efficiently and effectively. H.B. 8 eliminates the statutory mandate on pre-placement training hours, training hours and continu­ing education hours, as well as the statutory training plans, coursework and needs assessment requirements. Under the bill, up to 20 percent of the pre-placement training can be taken online. The bill does not lower the standards to become a foster caregiver. Instead, it gives the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) the authority and flexibility to establish these standards. There are currently more than 16,000 boys and girls in foster care in Ohio, a figure that has grown by 25 percent in recent years, driven by the addiction crisis. In 2018, a total of 26,737 were in foster care at one point or another. These trends have resulted in a shortage of foster caregivers in Ohio, leaving children without a safe and healthy environment to heal from the trauma many of them have endured. The House unanimously concurred with Senate amendments during session Wednesday. Once signed into law, the bill will go into effect after 90 days.

COMMISSIONERS RECEIVE GRANT FOR AIRPORT - September 24, 2020
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them in session was Susan Laux, who presented a grant application from the Federal Aviation Administration. Earlier this month, the Commissioners accepted bids for a project at the Darke County Airport for a new apron and parallel taxiway. The FAA with the grant application will provide $3.1 Million for the County Airport project. No money is coming in or going out of the general fund for the project. After the bid is rewarded, the Commissioners have plans to start the project as soon as possible. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, September 28, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

SLOW DOWN DURING HARVEST SEASON - September 23, 2020
    The fall harvest season is upon us and drivers can expect to see large farm implements traveling on the roads. Farm implements need additional roadway space, so be prepared to slow down, pull to the side or stop. Drivers in rural areas must remain alert to the possibility of encountering slow moving farm machines and be prepared to slow or stop to avoid a rear-end collision or striking a farm machine that is turning into a field or driveway. Before passing farm machinery: Check to be sure that machinery is not turning left. Look for left turn lights or hand signals. If the machinery slows and pulls toward the right side of the road, the operator is likely preparing to make a wide left turn. Likewise, sometimes to make a right turn with wide equipment, the driver must fade to the left. Determine if the road is wide enough for you and the machinery to safely share. Look for roadside obstacles such as mailboxes, bridges, or road signs that may cause the machinery to move to the center of the road. Be sure there is adequate distance for you to safely pass. The Indiana State Police want this farming season to be safe for farmers and motorists sharing Indiana roadways. Please be patient and courteous to each other when driving.

SEMI RUNS STOP SIGN AND CAUSES ACCIDENT - September 23, 2020
    Two people sustained injuries following a serious crash at the intersection of Troy-Sidney and Peterson roads around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Miami County Sheriff's Office deputies said that a westbound semi tractor failed to stop at the stop sign and struck a southbound pickup truck. Both occupants of the pickup were transported to Upper Valley Medical Center by Troy Fire Department medics. The driver of the semi was not not injured. The intersection was closed due to power lines being knocked down from the crash. Witnesses told deputies that the driver of the semi did not even slow down before entering the intersection.

FRAMED AUTOGRAPHED FLAG TO BE RAFFLED OFF - September 22, 2020
    The Darke County Republican Party is selling raffle tickets for a framed autographed 2020 Trump-Pence Flag that was recently won in a statewide contest by the Trump Victory Campaign. This 3'x5' flag is an authentic, canvas flag signed by President Donald J. Trump and framed locally. Tickets are $10 apiece and will be available at Ace Hardware in Greenville, a Soothing Touch Massage in Versailles, or by contacting any Republican elected office holder in Darke County. Tickets will also be sold at the Mobile Headquarters held on Saturday mornings from 9-12p in front of A&B Coffee in Downtown Greenville. The drawing will be held on Sunday, October 18th at the Darke County Hog Roast. Winner does not need to be present to win.

DRUGS FOUND IN CAR AFTER PURSUIT - September 21, 2020
    On Saturday, around 3:48 PM, Sidney Police attempted to stop a silver Nissan Sentra for an equipment violation at the N/B 90-mile marker on I-75. The vehicle got off exit #92 (Michigan St.). It continued without stopping going E/B onto Michigan St. The vehicle ran a red traffic light on Michigan St. at Fourth Ave. The officer ran the vehicle's plate, and it came back to a suspended driver out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Police continued to pursue the vehicle E/B through downtown Sidney on Court St. and the K-9 Officer joined the pursuit and took the lead as the vehicle continued to travel E/B on St. Rt. 29. The vehicle continued E/B on 29 and turned N/B on St.Rt. 706 and continued until the driver attempted to go straight onto Tawawa Maplewood Rd. and lost control of the vehicle and went into a bean field. The driver and two other passengers took off running from the vehicle in which Sidney K-9 Officer Kilo gave chase. All three quickly stopped running and were placed under arrest. A fourth passenger who remained with the vehicle was also apprehended. Officers found a large amount of fentanyl, cash, and a stolen handgun inside the vehicle. After a further investigation, the same vehicle was involved in an armed robbery in the Cincinnati area of Delhi Township earlier in the day. The vehicle also had stolen tags on it. The vehicle itself was stolen from Cincinnati, Ohio. The stolen handgun is suspected of being used in a past officer-involved shooting by one of the suspects. The driver of the vehicle (16-year-old male from Cincinnati, Ohio) was arrested for felony one drug trafficking, fleeing and eluding, several receiving of stolen property charges, and he had an active warrant from Hamilton County. Two adult passengers (18 Year Old Jacon Breaton from Covington, Ky, and 21-year-old Keonte Hardy from Cincinnati, Ohio) were also arrested for felony one drug trafficking. 18 Year Old Raul Vega Jr. from Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested for felony one drug trafficking, several receiving stolen property charges, and an active warrant out of Hamilton County for felonious assault with a gun. The adults were placed in the Shelby County Jail, and the Juvenile was transported to the JDC in Troy.

FATAL ACCIDENT ON MERCER COUNTY FARM - September 21, 2020
    Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office investigated a farm accident that occurred at 889 Cassella – Montezuma Road Maria Stein, Ohio. Grey advised that his office received a 911 call at 10:20 AM and the caller reported that a male was trapped inside a silo at that location. The investigation found that 39 year old Timothy J Dirksen (same address) was inside a 90 foot silo and was leveling off silage. It is believed that Dirksen was overcome with fumes from inside the silo. Fire and EMS Personnel were able to extract Dirksen from the silo and began resuscitation efforts with him. Dirksen was flown from the scene by helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital (Dayton, Ohio), where he was pronounced deceased. Assisting at the scene were members of the Saint Henry EMS and Fire Departments from North Star, Osgood, Chickasaw, Celina and Burkettsville.

DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET & CHRISTMAS - September 18, 2020
    On Saturday, Main Street Greenville will be holding Christmas in September at the Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Do your Christmas shopping early. There will be plenty of crafts, soaps/lotions, and other items. There will also be plenty of treats and vegetables. The Farmers Market has just a few more weeks. Main Street Greenville host the event every Saturday morning from 9 to 1 in front of the Courthouse. The Farmers Market runs until October.

TROY WOMAN TO FACE FELONY CHARGE OF THEFT - September 18, 2020
    Cheryl Terry from Troy, has signed off on a plea agreement this week to a felony charge of theft in office, which could include up to 36 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. While no mandatory minimum sentence is involved, the agreement does stipulate that she must pay $267,000 in restitution. The former office manager for the Troy Recreation Department is to be in court in late October to find out how much time she'll spend in prison for her role in stealing from the city department since 2017. Terry was the department's office manager. In May she became the target of the investigation. She soon resigned. Terry, who remains free on her promise to return to court, is to be sentenced Oct. 26.

DARKE COUNTY PARKS HAS A NEW PROGRAM - September 17, 2020
    Darke County Parks is featuring a new free program, Rest Home Roam. Rest Home Residents have been able to enjoy visiting with naturalists and animal ambassadors through the windows of their rooms. In March, programming was transitioned to all digital formats because of the uncertainty of the Covid pandemic. Some programs do require a small fee which covers input cost. Most fee-based programs are offered for under $10. These include parent and preschool adventures, pumpkin hunt, canoe and kayak trips and more. The Darke County Parks is happy to announce that they will begin to offer some in-person public programs starting September 18, while continuing a selection of digital options. Upcoming programs include: Morning Bird Walks Every Friday from Sept. 18 through Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.; Bark in the Park Dog Walks, Sept. 22, Oct. 8, and Nov. 5; Preschool Adventures, Sept. 23, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18 at 10 a.m.; Owl Prowls, Oct. 1, Oct. 30, and Nov. 30; and Fall Family Fun Day, Oct. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information please contact DCP at 937-548-0165 or visit www.darkecountyparks.org. All programs do require registration at this time.

MIAMI COUNTY NOW OFFERS INFO HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES - September 17, 2020
    United Way of Miami County rolls out 211 service! 211 is an information and referral service that families and individuals in Miami County can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services resources within their community. 211 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year and resources are available in most languages. The 211 specialists can refer callers to the organizations in their local community best equipped to address their specific health and human services needs including food, shelter, energy assistance, housing, parenting resources, health care, employment, substance abuse treatment, as well as specific resources for older adults and for persons with disabilities, and much more. Simply dial 211 or 855-944-3372 for assistance. Find out more information on Miami County 211 by going to www.miamicounty211.org.

CITY MEETS WITH CIC ABOUT DOWNTOWN OPEN SPACE - September 16, 2020
    It was a busy night for Greenville City Council as they met for their regularly scheduled meeting. Before the meeting, council included the Darke County CIC on their video chat as Council was provided an update by Mayor Steve Willman and CIC Director Mike Bowers, on dealings in Greenville. The Mayor and Bowers are still working on trying to find a new home for KitchenAid space downtown on Broadway. The meeting is there to keep the city informed and to have a communication link with the CIC and Council. In official business, council approved 9 ordinances and resolutions. One resolution passed, was to allow for the purchase of the remainder of the decorative street lights for downtown Greenville. That total includes 18 lights for a cost of $47,000. The next City Council meeting will be held Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 on Facebook Live under the City of Greenville Facebook Page.

TEEN INJURED IN GREENVILLE ON SKATEBOARD - September 9, 2020
    A teen riding a skateboard was hit by a car on North Ohio Street on Tuesday. The 15 year old was trying to cross in the 300 block of North Ohio near the Caddy Shack Driving Range and Putt Putt. Skateboarding, the teen was riding beside a truck that had stopped and was waiting to turn south from the parking lot of the park. The teenager continued into the street when an oncoming Lincoln MDX SUV hit the 15 year old. The teenager was taken to Dayton Children's Hospital by CareFlight and listed in serious condition. Greenville Police were called to the scene just before 5:15 PM. North Ohio was closed for 2 hours as Greenville Police handled the investigation.

WINTER SEASONAL POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN INDIANA - September 2, 2020
    The Indiana Department of Transportation will host open interviews for over 100 winter seasonal positions on Tuesday, September 15 and Thursday, October 15 at eleven locations around the state. Hiring events will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter seasonal positions run from November through March at a starting pay of $16 per hour. INDOT offers $250 sign on and $500 retention bonuses for eligible candidates. Candidates should have a valid driver's license and commercial driver's license (CDL). A high school diploma or GED is preferred but not required. Visit INDOTjobs.com to learn more and register. Registration is not required to attend the event, but INDOT recruiters will contact pre-registered participants directly with additional instructions and details prior to the event.

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