WUEBKER RECEIVES SENTENCE - December 1, 2015
Back in June, we reported on Alan Wuebker from Versailles being charged with 12 counts of gross sexual impositions. On Monday, Wuebker, entered guilty pleas in Darke County Common Pleas Court to an amended indictment. The Versailles man pleaded guilty to 12 counts of sexual imposition, third-degree misdemeanors. The charges carry no mandatory jail time, although he could be sentenced to up to 18 months in jail. He will be required to register as a Tier I sex offender.
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT THE GARST - December 1, 2015
Garst Museum's annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on this one afternoon. Highlights of the afternoon include live seasonal music, light refreshments and beautiful decorations. Also artifacts from the Museum's Christmas collection will be used for decorating. The museum features a number of decorated Christmas trees illustrating the theme "The Heroes and Legends of Darke County." For more information visit www.garstmuseum.org.
PIQUA SHOOTING - December 1, 2015
On Saturday, November 28, at approximately 5:46 pm, Piqua Police Officers responded to the area of 304-1/2 S. Main St. regarding a subject with a gun and another subject with a head injury possibly as a result of a shooting. Officers found Robert V. Smith, 35 years of age, unconscious and bleeding from an unknown head wound. Officers also located James E. Wright, 35, a few blocks away. Wright was identified by witnesses as a suspect and taken into custody. Wright and Smith were "friends" and the motive for the assault was not immediately known. Robert Smith was transported to UVMC by Piqua FD squad and then taken by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital. He was released on Sunday. He was treated for blood loss, blunt force trauma and a gunshot wound. Search warrants were conducted at a garage at 224 S. Main St., where the incident was believed to have started, and at 304-1/2 S. Wayne St., where the victim was found. James E. Wright was incarcerated on a Parole Violation during the investigation. Wright has now been charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Having Weapons Under Disability. It is alleged that Wright wanted money from the victim and fired multiple shots while attempting to rob him. The gun used in the assault and robbery was recovered during the investigation. This investigation is ongoing.
SIDNEY MAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT - November 30, 2015
A crash near Covington left a Sidney man in Miami Valley Hospital on Friday. Brian Korte, 30 from Sidney was traveling east on Covington-Bradford Road just before 9:00 PM when he failed to stop in time at the State Route 48 intersection. Korte would crash head on into the embankment. The Sidney man was CareFlighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Alcohol may be suspected in the crash.
WINTER WONDERLAND THIS SATURDAY - November 30, 2015
The Darke County Park District is thrilled to announce their 8th annual Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland holiday celebration taking place on Saturday December 6th from 6-9pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. There will be over 350 luminaries lighting the way along the wooded trails, allowing for a peaceful winter's night in nature. As families hike along the illuminated trail toward the log house and blacksmith shop, they can enjoy the crisp air, the bright stars, and perhaps the light crunch of snow on this early December evening. In the log house, the fire will be warm with holiday snacks and drinks to sample. For more information about Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland or any other program or event offered by the Darke County Park District, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165 or visit their website atwww.darkecountyparks.org.
OHIO STATE TROOPER SHOOTS SUSPECT - November 30, 2015
Officials are investigating after a Celina man died after they say he pulled a gun on a state trooper. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, a trooper was confronted by the suspect around 1:30 a.m. Sunday while he was parked on Main Street near Livingston Street working on paperwork in his patrol car from a previous incident. Officials said the man parked his 1991 Chevrolet S-10 across the street and walked over to the trooper's car. The man then became confrontational and ordered him out of the patrol car. The trooper got out of his vehicle to deal with the suspect then the trooper said the suspect pulled out a gun. In an attempt to disarm the suspect, gunfire was exchanged. The suspect was hit by rounds from the trooper's gun. The man was taken to Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater and was later airlifted to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima. There, he was pronounced dead. The trooper was not hurt in the incident. The man is identified as Justin D. McHenry, 22. The Ohio State Highway Patrol saidit is not clear why McHenry confronted the trooper.
2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON STATE ROUTE 49 - November 25, 2015
On November 24, 2015 at approximately 6:57 a.m. Darke County Deputies, Arcanum Rescue, New Madison Fire were dispatched to 4600 block State Route 49 for a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2004 Chrysler Sebring driven by Paige McCool (Arcanum, Ohio) was traveling north on Jaysville St. Johns Rd. The second vehicle was a 2014 Toyota Scion driven by Donovan Veeley (Beavercreek, Ohio) was traveling North West on State Route 49. The 2004 Chrysler Sebring pulled from the stop sign into the path of the 2014 Toyota Scion. The 2014 Toyota Scion hit the 2004 Chrysler Sebring in the passenger side pushing it off the roadway into an area of grass on the North West corner of the intersection. Donovan was treated and released at the scene. Paige was transported by Arcanum Rescue to Wayne Healthcare. Paige was treated and released from Wayne Healthcare.
WOMAN RECEIVES COMMUNITY CONTROL - November 25, 2015
On Tuesday, Miami County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Gee sentenced Eva Villamor-Goubeaux, 39, of Columbus, to three years of community control for fifth degree felony interference of custody. Villamor-Goubeaux was found guilty of fifth degree felony interference of custody during a court trial last September. The sentence was continued from earlier this month due to restitution which was determined to be $1,570.74 to be paid to her ex-husband Michael Goubeaux. Judge Gee said Villamor-Goubeaux showed no signs of true remorse for her conduct when she took the couple's then four-year old daughter out of the state and made no efforts to contact her ex-husband for nearly three months. She was also ordered to be employed, abide by a curfew and participate in probation programs and pay court costs. If Villamor-Goubeaux fails to comply with the court order, Judge Gee reserved 12 months in prison. Villamor-Goubeaux was located and arrested by U.S. Marshals Service in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 27, 2014, on a Miami County Sheriff's Office warrant. The child was last seen by the father on Nov. 24, 2013, after a scheduled visitation. The child, then age 4, and Villamor-Goubeaux were extradited back to Ohio, from Las Vegas by the Troy Police Department. The mother and child were living with her mother and Villamor-Goubeaux was to begin working as a home health aide. Villamor-Goubeaux also took the child to New Jersey during the time period. Judge Gee ordered Villamor-Goubeaux to forfeit her U.S. passport following the verdict.
CONCEALED CARRY WEAPONS PERMITS UP IN SHELBY COUNTY - November 25, 2015
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has seen an influx of citizens obtaining their Concealed Carry Weapons permits since the horrendous acts of violence in France. In the past week the Sheriff's Office has processed 50 CCW's for people in our County and surrounding Counties. The Sheriff wants to remind everyone if you want to obtain your CCW you can obtain a current form printable from their website at www.shelbycountysheriff.com or you can pick up one at the office. To obtain your CCW you will need to fill out the form, attached a photo to the form, along with a copy of your firearms certificate and $67.00 if you're a County or adjacent County resident and have been a resident of the State of Ohio for a period of more than five (5) years. If you have not been a resident of the State of Ohio for more than five (5) years the cost of a CCW permit is $90.00. Bring in the form along with payment to the office; a background check will also be conducted at that time. You will receive a call when your permit is ready to be picked up. The office accepts applications from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM Monday thru Friday and from 8:00 AM to 11:00 Am on Saturday.
UCIPD TACTICAL TEAM TAKES MAN INTO CUSTODY - November 24, 2015
A Union City, Indiana man was taken into custody early Monday evening, after officers responded to a shots fired call in the 300 block of S. Columbia Street. The suspect Jesus Perez, was arrested on the charges of criminal recklessness and possession of a firearm by a felon. On Monday, November 23rd, at approximately 4:36pm, officers received a call of shots fired in the 300 block of S. Columbia Street. Members of the Union City, IN Police Department responded, along with members from the Union City, OH Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff's Department, and the Darke County, OH Sheriff's Office. After speaking to a witness in the area, officers were directed to 354 S. Columbia Street, UCI. The witness reported that approximately 6 shots had been heard. Officers were advised that it sounded as if the shots had came from the rear of the residence. Officers were told that a male subject had been seen running from the back yard into the rear of the residence. Several 9mm shell casings were found in the back yard where the male subject had been observed. A female, who was later identified as Carmen Ramero, 44 of 354 S. Columbia Street, came out of the residence and spoke to officers. After interviewing Ramero, officers identified that the suspect of the shooting was Jesus Perez, 46 of 354 S. Columbia Street. Members from the UCIPD Special Entry Tactical Team were called to the seen to attempt to contact Perez inside the residence and safely resolve the incident. After team members moved into position, Chief Cobie Wells, UCIPD, began to use a vehicle PA system to attempt to make contact with Perez inside the residence, and order him to come outside. After several attempts, Perez finally opened the door and began to exit the residence. SETT members gave commands to Perez, who was quickly and safely taken into custody at approximately 7:23pm. Items recovered from the scene included; 10 spent 9mm shell casings, a Hi-Point 9mm handgun, and a box of 9mm ammunition. It was later learned that Perez had previously been convicted of a felony, and was not supposed to be in possession of any firearms. Perez was taken to the Randolph County Jail and booked on the charges of criminal recklessness, (a level 5 felony), and possession of a firearm by a felon, (a level 4 felony).
2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - November 24, 2015
A woman was hospitalized following a crash south of Greenville Monday afternoon. Preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 2:25 p.m. a black Chevrolet Lumina pulled out from the eastbound stop sign on Bishop Road. The male driver attempted to turn northbound on SR 121 when he was struck in the driver's side by a southbound Honda Civic. The female driver of the Honda was transported to Wayne HealthCare with non-life-threatening injuries. The male driver refused treatment and was cited for the crash.
HIKE AT ROUTZONG PARK - November 24, 2015
Autumn offers some of the absolute best hiking in Darke County. The bugs are nearly gone, humidity is a memory, the landscape is full of fantastic colors, and the crunch of leaves underfoot pleases the soul every step of the way! On Wednesday November 25th at 6pm join a naturalist at Routzong Preserve on Routzong Rd. just 3 miles south east of Greenville on St. Rt. 571. Hikers may experience all sorts of sights and sounds not found during the daylight hours. With any luck the full beaver moon will be shining bright, but flashlights might prove useful if it is not such a clear night. Remember to dress for the weather as things are turning colder. For more information about this hike, weather updates, or information about any other program offered by the Darke County Parks, please call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165.
INDIANA DEER MEAT CAN BE DONATED - November 23, 2015
Firearms season is underway for Indiana deer hunters, and those who bag a deer have two ways to donate meat to those in need. The Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund and the GiveIN Game program allow hunters to share their bounty with those who would like local, low-fat and high-protein meat. The Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund assists Indiana's food pantries. The fund began in 2008 to help offset deer processing costs. Harvested deer may be dropped off at participating deer processors throughout the state. More than 70,000 pounds of ground deer meat was sent to Indiana food pantries through the state program. In eastern Indiana, Glick's Butcher Shop in Williamsburg, Cedar Grove's Kaiser Meat Market in Franklin County and the Farmland Locker in Randolph County are area processors participating in the food pantry program. Hunters are encouraged to sign up and donate deer meat at dnr.IN.gov. In 2014, more than 715 people participated in the GiveIN Game Program, with the need for deer meat outpacing the offers.
LANDOWNERS POSSIBLY COULD AVOID HIGHER PROPERTY TAXES - November 23, 2015
Ohio landowners could avoid soaring property tax increases thanks to efforts by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). Last week both the House and Senate introduced bills that encompass Ohio Farm Bureau's suggested changes to the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula that would result in more accurate valuations for landowners. Because no administrative action has been taken on its proposed CAUV changes, Ohio Farm Bureau began pursuing legislative changes. Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, is the sponsor of House Bill 398, and Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 246. Both bills would enact Ohio Farm Bureau's suggested CAUV changes. The two bills would prohibit certain non-agricultural factors from being used in the CAUV formula and remove disincentives for farmers to engage in certain conservation practices.
MODAC TEENAGER KILLED OVER WEEKEND - November 23, 2015
A teen from Modoc, Indiana lost her life in a fatal crash that took place Satruday near Gaston. The crash happened around 2 PM Saturday, involving a Ford Focus and a massive AEP bucket truck. The fatal collision took place near the intersection of Ind. 28 and Langdon Road, northwest of Muncie. The driver of the Focus lost control of the vehicle during slick and slushy conditions as snowfall increased during that time. After losing control, the car, traveling eastbound, crossed the center line and collided with the AEP truck. 17-year-old Allie Marie McKim of Modoc was a passenger that was ejected from the car and pronounced dead on scene. The driver of the of the focus was Michael Berry, 18, who was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital for a head injury. The driver of the truck, Anthony Heagy, 23, was not injured.
HIGH SPEED CHASE ACROSS STATE LINE - November 20, 2015
Rufus King Jr. Of Union City, Ohio was arrested by the Union City Ohio Police Department for Failure to Comply with the Signal or Order of a Police Officer. On Thursday, just before 3:00pm, King was observed on State Route 502 traveling at a high rate of speed by a deputy of the Darke County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were unable to catch up with King. An officer of the Union City Ohio Police Department then observed King enter into the Village of Union City and commit multiple traffic violations. That officer activated his overhead lights and siren and King refused to stop. King at one point drove through a business parking lot which had multiple people in it. Officers chased King into Randolph County, Indiana where he finally ran out of fuel. King was then taken into custody without incident. King signed his waiver of extradition hearing and was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail where he was held without bond on a Felony of the 3rd degree.
RESOLUTION TO HALT SETTLEMENT OF REFUGEES - November 20, 2015
State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauded State Representative Tim Derickson (R-Oxford) for his leadership in sponsoring House Concurrent Resolution 31. The concurrent resolution, which passed the Ohio House on Tuesday, urges President Obama to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S. and Ohio. The legislation was in response to President Obama declaring the U.S. will continue to allow Syrian refugees in the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks. House Concurrent Resolution 31 was passed Tuesday with a vote of 65-29.
DRUG & MONEY BUST IN SHELBY COUNTY - November 19, 2015
Early this week, in Shelby County, authorities seized drugs and cash from a Sidney home that they believe is part of a drug cartel. Part of a larger operation that began Monday in Montgomery County when Jose Morales-Medina, 40, was arrested on drug, weapon and immigration charges during a traffic stop. The subject was known to be connected to three homes, one of which was in Sidney. A search warrant was obtained for 526 S. Miami Ave. Shelby County detectives, along with members of the task force, served the search warrant at the Sidney residence and found $100,000 and a small amount of drugs. During Monday's operation, the task force confiscated over $450,000 and seven kilos (22 pounds) of heroin. Medina is currently in the Montgomery County Jail.
OHIOANS MAY BE ABLE TO CARRY GUNS INTO OTHER PLACES - November 19, 2015
Ohioans with concealed-carry licenses could carry a gun inside a day care center and in certain public areas of airports and police stations under a bill that passed the House on Tuesday. Supporters said they are eliminating "victim zones", by further curtailing the list of places where guns cannot be carried in Ohio, although private business owners still can prohibit guns on their property. The bill would allow someone to carry a handgun in a school safety zone if the person has a license and leaves the weapon inside a locked motor vehicle. Under current law, a person in a school safety zone could have a handgun in a vehicle only if the licensee is in the process of picking up or dropping off a student. In addition, the bill would allow universities to adopt policies permitting people to carry concealed handguns on campus. The bill passed the House with no debate, mostly along party lines. The bill now goes to the Senate.
PIQUA MAN WANTED - November 19, 2015
Piqua Police have issued an arrest warrant for Cody A. Mills, 23, of 1030 Jill Court in Piqua in connection with the shooting incident that took place in the Shawnee neighborhood over the weekend. On Saturday, Piqua police were called to 628 Second St. just after 9:30 p.m. on the report of a subject threatening to shoot someone. According to previous statements from the Piqua Police Department, two suspects allegedly entered the home and one of them pulled a gun at one point. Mills is 5'9", 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. The warrant is for first-degree felony aggravated burglary and second-degree felonious assault related to this case. James W. Turner, 40, of Troy, was arrested Sunday for first-degree felony aggravated burglary and second-degree felonious assault. He is currently incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on a total of $150,000 bond. Detectives also arrested Angel E. Boyer, 36, of 628 Second St. Boyer also is incarcerated at the Miami County Jail on a total of $12,500 bond. She has been charged with fifth-degree felony permitting drug abuse, second-degree misdemeanor obstructing official business, third-degree felony tampering with evidence, and fourth-degree felony corrupting another with drugs. Mills is also a person of interest for questioning regarding several other theft/burglary-related investigations over the past months. The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477).
SHOOTING ON HARRISON AVENUE IN GREENVILLE - November 18, 2015
On Tuesday, a man was shot during a fight that broke out on Fair and Harrison Avenue in Greenville. Carl Smith, is 56 from Greenville and he was shot in the side during an altercation with what is believed to be a 79 year old suspect. Smith was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight after being driven to the Darke County Sheriff's Office landing zone. The gunshot came from a 9 mm handgun. The dispute broke out at 1000 Harrison and is believed to be centered around a female. Smith's injury was not considered life threatening. The gun and shell casing were recovered at the scene and Greenville Police continue to investigate the shooting.
UNION CITY K9 UNIT RECEIVES PROTECTIVE VEST - November 18, 2015
Union City Police Department's K9 Roki will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Robi's vest will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police." Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795-$2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States.
TRIM A TREE BENEFIT IN BRADFORD - November 18, 2015
The Annual Trim a Tree to benefit the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum is set for Saturday, November 21. The Trees will be auctioned by silent bid at the Bradford High School Band Boosters Craft Fair held at Bradford School on Railroad avenue. The proceeds from the Trim a Tree Auction are used toward capital improvements at the museum. The Trees will be awarded to the highest bidder at the conclusion of the craft Fair. The museum wishes to thank the Bradford, Ohio area businesses for their continued support of the museum efforts. The museum will be opening for the 2016 season in April.
ANOTHER ACCIDENT AT 127 & KRUCKEBERG - November 17, 2015
On Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:05 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Rescue and Greenville Twp. Fire Dept. were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road reference a two vehicle crash involving three injured persons. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Honda Civic, driven by Alexander Fugate, 33, of Greenville, was traveling westbound on Kruckeberg Road when it drove into the path of a 2007 Dodge Caliber, driven by Laura Turner, 47 of Versailles, which was southbound on US Route 127. The Dodge Caliber struck the Honda Civic, causing both vehicles to strike a stop sign at the intersection. Fugate, Laura Turner, and a passenger in the Dodge Caliber, Ronald Turner, 47, of Versailles, were all transported to Wayne Health Care by Greenville Rescue. Laura Turner and Ronald Turner were treated and released at Wayne Health Care. Fugate was transferred to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in serious condition. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
FARMLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD MOLESTING - November 17, 2015
Steven F. Welch is 40 from Farmland and was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges that included child molesting, a Level 1 felony carrying up to 40 years in prison. The arrest comes following a student reporting it during a school program called "good touch, bad touch." An initial hearing is set Thursday in Randolph Circuit Court.
STATE REP TO RUN FOR 80TH DISTRICT AGAIN - November 17, 2015
Republican State Representative Stephen A. Huffman of Miami County has announced his intention to run for a second term. Rep. Huffman, who was first elected to the 80th District in 2014, expects to file his petitions by the December deadline. Rep. Huffman, the initially only freshman legislator appointed as vice chair of a committee, serving in that capacity for Health and Aging Committee. He is also a member of the Education Committee and State Government Committee. Huffman was also chairman of the Healthcare Efficiencies Study, comprised of legislators who conducted hearings around the state this past summer on how to improve health care in Ohio. The 80th District is made up of all of Miami County and the southern portion of Darke County.
SUSPICIOUS FIRE IN GREENVILLE - November 17, 2015
Another garage fire appears to be suspicious in the City of Greenville. The Greenville Fire Department responded to the fire of a detached garage behind a duplex at 746 and 748 Central Ave. just after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. When crews arrived on the scene, the structure was ablaze with heavy smoke rolling west into the streets on Sweitzer. Once the fire was out, firefighters began removing property from inside. Everything was destroyed, including a motorcycle. A neighboring garage sustained heat damage to the vinyl siding. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but looks suspicious according to Greenville Fire Chief Mark Wolf. The New Madison Fire Department also responded for mutual aid with the fire.
17-YEAR-OLD IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT - November 16, 2015
Saturday, at approximately 10:48 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2700 Block of State Route 571 reference to an accident with injuries. Preliminary investigation showed that a silver Honda Civic, driven by a 17 year old male, was traveling east on State Route 571. The vehicle went off the right side of the road struck a telephone pole and a parked car before coming to rest on it's driver's side. The driver was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital and listed in critical condition.
RANDOLPH COUNTY RESIDENT ARRESTED - November 16, 2015
Kyle E. Moore was arrested Sunday night by the Union City Ohio Police Department after officers gained information that he was hiding in an apartment in Knollwood Commons. Moore had active warrants out of Randolph County for Failure to Report for Lawful Detention. Moore who was on a work release program in Randolph County, IN failed to report back to the Randolph County Jail as he was ordered by the court. Moore refused to answer the door when officers arrived at the apartment. Officers were on scene for more than two hours until a key could be obtained by the tenant of the apartment. Once the key was obtained officers entered the apartment and were able to take Moore into custody without incident. Moore was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail where he awaiting a hearing on extradition. Officers from the Union City Indiana Police Department were on scene assisting with the incident.
2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT 47 & 127 - November 16, 2015
On Saturday, at approximately 11:54 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Ansonia Fire, Versailles Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of SR 47 and US RT 127 in reference to an accident with. Preliminary investigation shows that a 2009 Nissan, driven by Rodney Abney (24) of Bradford, was traveling east on State Route 47. Abney's vehicle failed to stop for the stop sign at US RT 127 hitting a south bound 2008 Suzuki driven by Cierra Wolfe (24) of Greenville. The driver of the Nissan and his passenger, Cody Shafer (24) of Bradford, were taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital from the scene and the driver of the Suzuki was transported to Wayne Health Care in Greenville. Abney was listed in stable condition, Shafer critical, and Wolfe was treated at Wayne Health Care and later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital. This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
WINCHESTER MAN & WOMAN ARRESTED - November 13, 2015
A Winchester man was arrested earlier this week following a chase that ended in Muncie. Ryan Lee Riggs, 34, of Winchester, was arrested on a dealing-in-heroin charge. Authorities allege he sold the substance to an agent for the Delaware County Sheriff's drug unit last July. Police said Riggs was a passenger in a car driven by Cassandra Alaine Morgan, 32, Upland, that was pursued by officers. Morgan fled when they attempted at least two traffic stops during the pursuit. Police at times stopped actively chasing Morgan's car, but kept it in sight. The car at times was weaving left of center and ran at least one stop sign. Two syringes and a spoon "with burnt residue" were found in the car, and another syringe and a spoon were recovered from a backpack. Morgan was preliminary charged with resisting law enforcement, reckless driving and reckless possession of paraphernalia.
EMPLOYERS ASKED TO HIRE VETERENS - November 13, 2015
Governor John R. Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor recently signed a resolution officially recognizing November 2015 as Hire a Veteran Month throughout Ohio, asking Ohio's employers to consider the skills and abilities of Ohio's military veterans and service members when seeking new employees. Ohio is proud to be called home by nearly 900,000 veterans and military service members and is committed to prioritizing and increasing the number of veterans, military service members and their families living and working in the state. Last year, the state launched the OhioMeansJobs.com Veterans Business Support Center specifically to make it easier for employers to connect with veteran talent. More than 2,300 employers have requested veteran resumes resulting in 490 veterans hired through this initiative. For the veteran community, the new www.OhioMeansVeteranJobs.com gives Ohio veterans, service members and their families one easy entry point to find information about jobs, building civilian resumes, professional licenses, benefits and how to obtain free college credit for their military training, education and service.
AUGUST ARSON FIRE SUSPECT ARRESTED - November 13, 2015
Back in August, we reported on a fire near Phillipsburg in the 9200 block of Wengerlawn Road. It was a two-alarm fire, which prompted a response from nine different fire departments. Fire Officials claim there was evidence of hoarding taking place on the property. Firefighters said because there were so many items inside the home, it went up in flames quickly. A medic took a firefighter to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. On Thursday, an arrest warrant was issued for 23 year-old, Anna Sprinkle as she was indicted on 1 count of felony arson. Sprinkle is scheduled to be arraigned in early December, if not sooner.
UPS TRUCK/HORSE ACCIDENT - November 12, 2015
On Wednesday, a UPS delivery truck collided with a horseback rider in the 3 o'clock hour. The accident happened near Bradford in the 9200 block of Yount Road. The collision occurred when the UPS truck attempted to pass the horseback rider and the horse turned into the truck. The woman riding the horse the suffered minor facial injuries, while the UPS driver was not injured. The horse might have suffered a broken leg.
CLEAN ENERGY PROPOSAL FOR OHIO - November 12, 2015
In an unusual move earlier this week, the state Ballot Board split a proposed clean energy bonding amendment after proponents added language to change potential future ballot issues. The decision means backers of the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative would have to circulate two petitions, one outlining a $14 billion-plus energy program, the other focused on the initiative process, to qualify for the ballot. This is the fifth time the Ohio Clean Energy Initiative petition language has been certified, and the language reviewed by the Ballot Board Nov. 10 was mostly identical to the plan OK'd in mid-2014. Secretary of State Jon Husted and Senate President and Ballot Board member Keith Faber said the change represented a separate issue from the larger clean energy proposal, and they moved to separate the amendment into two petitions.
TOYS FOR TIKES - November 12, 2015
The local Road Hogg Motorcycle Club will launch its' annual Toys for Tikes Campaign in an effort to brighten the holidays for families less fortunate this holiday season in Darke County. The campaign will be held on Sunday, November 29 from 9:00-5:00 pm in downtown Greenville on the Circle. Club members will be available during this time to accept new and very gently used toys. Cash donations will also be accepted for purchase of food and other items needed by families less fortunate. Community members are reminded that the club will be out on the circle rain or shine and is encouraging everyone to stop by and assist them with this worthwhile project. Again this year the Road Hoggs have partnered with Big Brother Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County & Community Action Partnership. The agency will have an application process available for all families in need, not only in Big Brother Big Sis, but for the general public. The community is reminded that NOT all applications will be accepted or fulfilled. The process will based on need and availability of supplies. Anyone wishing to receive an application should contact the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 937-547-9622. The agency will have a strict application deadline of Thursday, December 3rd for those families needing assistance. Individuals not able to drop off items on the scheduled date may contact Big Brothers Big Sisters to make other arrangements.
RANDOLPH COUNTY RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR DRUGS - November 11, 2015
A boyfriend and his girlfriend remain in an Indiana jail after admitting to committing several burglaries in Randolph County, including one where they said they traded guns they took for heroin they got from a dealer in Dayton. David Kelly, 26, and Lauren Hill, 28, both of Winchester, are in the Randolph County Jail on a number of felony charges, the Sheriff's department said in a statement released Tuesday night. A caller reporting a residential burglary Tuesday afternoon in the 8700 block of West 700 South told the Sheriff's office there was a blue Buick in the driveway of the caller's home. The woman in the car said she had brake trouble and drove away. Officers were sent to the area on the suspected burglary and were looking for the woman because they believe she was a driver for the crime. About 30 minutes into the investigation, a police officer found a shirtless male walking along County Road 900 West, about a mile from the reported burglary.
The officer noted that the outside temperature was 50 degrees and the male was sweating profusely. The officer detained the male, later identified as Kelly. The woman in the Buick, later identified as Hill, was located in the area a short time later. Both admitted to detectives that they were trying a commit a burglary at the address. They also admitted to committing a burglary Monday, where three guns and money were stolen. They said they took the guns to a heroin dealer in Dayton and exchanged them for heroin. Kelly and Hill also admitted to being involved in three other burglaries in Randolph County. The charges against Kelly include:
-4 counts of burglary of a dwelling
-3 counts of theft
-1 count of attempted theft
The charges against Hill include:
-5 counts of burglary
-4 counts of theft
-1 count of attempted theft
INDIANA LOAN PAID OFF - November 11, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence says Indiana has paid off a $250 million debt owed on a recension-era federal loan that was used to pay unemployment benefits after the state depleted its own funds. Pence said in a statement Tuesday that the payment will enable Indiana employers to avoid a $126 penalty for each worker. The Republican governor first announced his plans to pay off the loan in October and said he would borrow $250 million from the state's budget surplus to make the payment. Businesses pay taxes into the unemployment fund. Indiana once had a flush unemployment fund, but it was depleted after lawmakers increased benefit payments and lowered premiums. The fund at one point owed $2 billion in federal loans.
"WIN THE WINDOW" CONTEST FOR DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - November 11, 2015
Main Street Greenville has announced the return of "Win the Window". Bring your holiday shopping downtown this year and enter to win while supporting local businesses in the process. Earn chances to win a window filled with over $3,000 in merchandise and gift certificates from participating downtown businesses.
The prize window can be viewed at the Welcome Center, located at 421 S. Broadway.
From November 15th-December 15th, shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, if you spend $100, you will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes.
Shoppers are required to request their tickets at the time of purchase.
The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, December 18th at 3:30 pm at the Main Street Greenville office, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. You are not required to be present to win.
For more rules, information and a list of prizes visit MainStreetGreenville.org.
PORTLAND INDIANA MAN GUILTY - November 10, 2015
A jury has found an eastern Indiana man guilty of two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of a man and his daughter earlier this year. A Blackford Circuit Court jury convicted 60-year-old Charles Whittington of Portland in the Feb. 5 slayings of 40-year-old Shane Paul Williamson and his 14-year-old daughter, Katelin, at a Hartford City apartment building where the victims lived. A witness testified during the trial that the Portland man was agitated by Shane Williamson's online contact with his former girlfriend. Whittington will be sentenced at a later date.
SHOOTING IN DARKE COUNTY - November 9, 2015
An accidental shooting took place on Sunday near Union City. A medical helicopter was called for a man who reportedly shot himself in the face. The shooting, described as accidental, was reported around 9:45 p.m. in a wooded area behind the 200 block of Zumbrum Road in Darke County. According to initial reports, the victim suffered severe facial wounds. CareFlight landed at Commerce Park. Darke County Sheriff's Office and Medics responded to the scene.
RAILROAD MUSEUM LOOKING FOR DONATIONS - November 9, 2015
The Bradford Railroad Museum Board is reaching out to area residents to help the museum qualify for a $275,000 capital appropriation from the State of Ohio. The museum is preserving railroad history for future generations and bringing railroad heritage tourism to the area. The opportunity to qualify for the $275,000 capital appropriation from the state will expire June 2016. The appropriation always requires a local match, and $185,000 in local money is needed to qualify. The museum is at the exhibit phase of development, with an interpretive plan to design and install the exhibits to tell the story of the railroad at Bradford and the surrounding area. The museum will be transformed into an educational experience for area youth and adults. The exhibits will meet the Ohio School Standards in math, science and social studies. With the state of Ohio and private donors, the museum restored and renovated the BF Tower and the 1919 bank into the Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum. The museum has been awarded two Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Ohio Local History Alliance for its contribution in the field of local history.
PREPARE YOUR HOUSE FOR WINTER SEASON - November 9, 2015
With cold weather right around the corner, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is warning Hoosiers to be safe when heating their homes. Every year, unsafe alternative heating sources are one of the leading causes of home fires and fire-related deaths during the winter months. Two of the leading culprits are improper use of space heaters and using a cooking stove or oven as a heating source. Hoosiers are urged to make sure space heaters are kept away from flammable materials and far away from items like curtains, bedding or clothing. Those who use wood as an alternate heating source, have chimney flues inspected and cleaned annually. Each year it is recommended that Hoosiers evaluate the condition of their traditional furnaces before turning them on for the winter. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates one in four furnaces has been in operation for 20 years or more, making it even more important that a trained professional evaluate a furnace’s condition and operation. For more tips on being prepared for winter weather, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.
BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE - November 6, 2015
At least 4,000 chickens, many only a day old, perished after flames destroyed a large two-story barn Thursday night. Multiple local fire departments responded to the fully engulfed barn fire, which was on the 7000 block of Arcanum Bears Mill Road. The flames could be seen for nearly a mile away as crews arrived on the scene shortly after 9 p.m. The 10,000 square foot barn, that housed the chickens as part of a local family poultry business, burnt to the ground. Crews were able to keep the flames from reached either of two 500 gallon propane tanks and the family home that were all nearby exposures. In addition to the barn and chickens, the fire destroyed a feed truck, tractor and other business equipment. Propane heaters used for the newly hatched chicks is a probable cause of the fire. Gettysburg, Greenville Twp., Versailles, Bradford and Ansonia were among area fire departments called to the scene. No injuries are reported aside from the loss of the chickens.
PIQUA WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ACCIDENT - November 6, 2015
A 4-year-old boy suffered a broken leg when he was partially ejected from a parked minivan struck by a hit-and-run driver. Tyla McReynolds, 32, is accused of crashing a stolen minivan at 12:08 p.m. Thursday into another van parked at a Shell gas station on 600 South Street. The driver of the parked minivan stepped away momentarily to pay for gas, leaving two young children and dog in the vehicle. That's when McReynolds drove off the street, hit the parked minivan and crashed into a yard across the street, barely tapping the house. McReynolds then ran from the wrecked van and was caught a short time later. The 4-year-old boy was not strapped into a seat because the minivan was parked, and he was partly ejected out the back window. A 2-year-old was also in the car but was still in a child seat and did not suffer any injuries. A family member said the dog, named Patches, was severely injured. McReynolds suffered a laceration to the top of her head and was booked into the Miami County Jail on suspicion of felony hit-skip and felony theft.
COMMISSIONERS HEAR FROM PUBLIC ON HOG BARN BUILDING - November 5, 2015
The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday and well over 60 people were in attendance as the administration building was packed with concerned citizens. The Commissioners official business lasted close to 20 minutes and after the agenda was completed the Commissioners turned things over during the public hearing to a large group that was there with concerns over a proposal to build 4 hog buildings on Beanblossom and Arnold Roads in Greenville Township. Over 10 people read letters, shared information and voiced concerns pertaining to a facility that would hold 8,000 hogs. Concerns brought before the Commissioners dealt with health, property value, loopholes in the law, water contamination, environmental impact, way of life and more. It was pointed out that there were over 100 homes in a one-mile radius of the proposed facility. The property in question also sits very close to Greenville City limits. The Commissioners listened to the large group for close to an hour before ending the discussion. The Commissioners pointed to Ohio Revised Code to illustrate that the issue was beyond their control. However, Commissioner Mike Rhoades said they would try to organize a meeting with the group and state legislators to discuss the matter and concerns. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
FAIRBOARD REMAINS SAME - November 5, 2015
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their monthly meeting and it was election night. The Fair Board made no changes at the top for 2016, all leaders will keep their respected positions as the board approved keeping Brian Rismiller as President, Dean Neff as Vice President and Jerry Marker as Treasure. There will be a change to box office ticket software as the board approved an upgrade that will allow the public to purchase tickets to various events on their smart phones. Fair Manager, Darryl Riffle, said the new upgrade was much needed and it will be very user friendly. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
TASTE OF DARKE COUNTY BOXES - November 5, 2015
In an effort to promote the tourism industry of Darke County and the idea of shopping local, the Darke County Visitors Bureau will again offer "Taste of Darke County" Boxes for sale. The cost for a "Taste of Darke County" Box is $75, plus shipping (if necessary). Cash or credit cards are acceptable forms of payment. Orders must be placed by December 10 in order to be completed and shipped for Christmas. Quantities are limited. To place an order, please call the Darke County Visitors Bureau, (800) 504-2995 or locally, (937) 548-5158.
GREENVILLE COUNCIL DISCUSS JOINT FIRE DISTRICT - November 4, 2015
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their first regularly scheduled meeting in November. Council accepted a Committee Report for the review of the Greenville Fire Departments Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan. In the report, it was the committee's opinion that the administration, legal representation and representatives of the Council should meet with County Officials to establish a central dispatch for the County. Also, the committee thought that the addition of EMS to the City Fire Department did not have the support of council due to concerns over funding. However, the committee did feel that council would support the establishment of a joint Fire and a joint EMS district with Greenville Township. The report recommended that the respected parties should begin meeting to discuss a format and creation of a joint fire district. The Ad Hoc Committee was made up by Tracy Tryon, John Baumgardner and Todd Oliver. Multiple members of Greenville Township were in the audience watching the meeting. This is not the first time something like this has been recommended. City of Greenville Council will meet again this month on Tuesday, November 17th at 7:30 in the City Building.
ELECTION RESULTS - November 4, 2015
Voters headed to the polls on Tuesday and Ohio voters rejected Issue 3, a ballot proposal to legalize marijuana for both recreational and medical use. The measure known as Issue 3 would have allowed adults 21 and older to use, purchase or grow certain amounts of marijuana. Voters in Darke County were strong in voting against Issue 3 as 9,284 vote against, while 3,281 voted for. On other Issues across the state, Voters overwhelmingly backed Issue 1, a plan to reform Ohio's hyper-partisan process for drawing legislative districts. Ohio voters also approved Issue 2, a measure to prevent monopolies from being inserted into the state constitution. Issue 2 aims to keep individuals or private economic interests from placing new monopolies or cartels into the Ohio Constitution for their own benefit. Some of the results in Darke County included Greenville Schools renewal levy passing, New Madison Library renewal going through and voters in Arcanum and Union City rejected additional police protection. In the Greenville Township Trustee race Matthew Kolb with 1,603 was able to edge out Jeremy Edger with 1,594 and Geoff Surber with 1529 votes. There will be 2 new member on Greenville City Council as Doris Howdieshell will serve the 2nd ward and Stephen Willman will represent the 4th Ward. To find out, who won in your area visit www.ElectionsOnThe.net and click on the county you are registered.
SIDNEY ROBBER ARRESTED - November 4, 2015
Last week, we reported on a purse-snatching incident in Sidney. An 86-year-old woman was walking to her car when a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck pulled alongside her, the driver grabbed her purse, and drove away. The woman was dragged a short distance by the truck. On Tuesday, law enforcement said they were able to positively identify the man who allegedly committed the crime in the parking lot of the Sidney Food Town, 1010 Wapakoneta Ave. last Wednesday. Arrested was Gene Patrick Agnew, 42, of Sidney. Agnew is currently incarcerated in an Allen County charged with one count of aggravated robbery on an incident he is believed to be involved with in Lima. Agnew was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony, Tuesday afternoon in Sidney Municipal Court for the incident that occurred in Shelby County.
GARST MUSEUM TO HOST EVENT THIS SATURDAY - November 3, 2015
On Saturday, November 7, Garst Museum will rock to the Big Band sound. The museum has received a donation of the World War II Army uniforms of Robert L. Niswonger Sr. and his wife, Agnes Carpenter Niswonger. After a short introduction and explanation of the exhibit, the Swing Era Big Band and Beyond will perform for an hour and a half. Limited dancing space will be available as well as refreshments provided by the Fort Greene Ville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This program, the second in the annual Speaker Series, is at 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 7 at the Garst Museum. Admission to the program is free, but regular admission applies if you wish to tour the museum. The museum is available for tours on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information call 937-548-5250 or visit www.GarstMuseum.org.
ELECTION DAY - November 3, 2015
The first Tuesday in November marks Election Day in both Indiana and Ohio. In Ohio, Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m. Officials say to bring a valid ID with you with your current address. In Indiana, Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Voters can confirm the location of their polling site at IndianaVoters.com. Indiana law requires a voter to present a photo ID before casting a ballot. An Indiana driver's license, an Indiana photo ID card, a U.S. Passport or a military ID are sufficient.
JAY COUNTY MAN KILLS TEENAGER AND WILL HEAD TO PRISON - November 3, 2015
A Portland man on Monday was charged for a fatal crash that took place last Friday. Bryce J. Paxson, 47, was charged in Jay Circuit Court with causing death when driving while intoxicated. Paxson is looking at a Level 5 felony carrying up to six years in prison. Authorities allege Paxson was drunk late Friday when his pickup truck crashed into the living room of an East Largo Street home in Pennville, killing 16-year-old Seth Corwin. Authorities said Paxson's blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent. In Indiana, motorists with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher are considered intoxicated. Paxson is being held in the Jay County jail on Monday under a $20,000 bond.
RICHMOND MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT - November 2, 2015
A Fatal crash took place on Sunday on Interstate 70 in Preble County. The crash happened around 2 p.m. on Sunday in the westbound lanes near mile-marker 14 near Lewisburg. The crash happened after another accident on westbound I-70 when crews were working to reroute traffic. One died and three others were injured, including two children, after a vehicle slammed into a semi on Interstate 70. Troopers said a red car driven by Andrew Adkins, 29, failed to maintain an assured cleared distance and ran into the back of semi which had stopped. Adkins was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Christine Adkins, was flown to Miami Valley Hospital in serious condition. The couple's two children suffered only minor injuries and were taken to Dayton Chidlren's Hospital. The driver of the semi was uninjured. The crash remains under investigation.
FAMILY DOLLAR ROBBER ARRESTED - November 2, 2015
On Friday, we reported on Greenville Police looking for Shayne Coleman Rayburn, 24, who was wanted for a robbery that took place last week at the Family Dollar on Martin Street. The Greenville man was taken into custody Friday afternoon and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a 1st degree felony. Taken to the Darke County Jail, Rayburn was being held on a warrant out of Darke County for criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and theft without consent, a first-degree misdemeanor. Rayburn also has a warrant out of Preble County for vehicle theft. The robbery took place last Wednesday.
VICTIM ROBBED IN SIDNEY - October 30, 2015
On Wednesday, at approx. 3:25 PM the Sidney Police Department responded to Sidney Food Town 1010 Wapakoneta Ave. on a report of a robbery. Arriving Officers located an elderly female victim with significant injuries to her arms from the incident. The victim reported that she was walking to her car when a white Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck pulled alongside her, grabbed her purse, and drove away. The victim was dragged by the truck a short distance. The truck left the parking lot east bound. The driver was described by a witness as a white male with a mustache and beard wearing a ball hat and sun glasses. All citizens are asked that if they have any information relating to this crime to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2353 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477(TIPS). There is a Crimestoppers reward offered in this case up to $500 for information leading to the identity and arrest of the individual involved in this crime.
GORDAN MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON - October 30, 2015
An Ohio man was sentenced Thursday in Wayne County to seven years in prison for stealing another man's food stamp card. Nicholas R. Reeder, 21, of Gordon, reached a plea agreement with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office that required him to plead guilty to robbery. The charge was a Level 3 felony because the robbery resulted in bodily injury to the victim. Reeder was sentenced to nine years in prison with two years suspended to probation. The Gordon man admitted he repeatedly struck a man on Aug. 20, 2014, and stole the man's food stamp card. Larry S. Mikesell, 48, of Richmond was arrested with Reeder in connection with the robbery. Mikesell is serving an eight-year prison sentence.
CNG REFUELING STATION COMING TO TROY - October 29, 2015
American Honda Motor Company Inc. announced the opening of a public compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station at its parts distribution center in Troy. The station primarily serves suppliers and logistics companies that transport goods for Honda's manufacturing operations. The station is also available to service the general public and other businesses. The CNG station, which was designed, constructed and will be operated by Trillium CNG, is the second public CNG station located on a Honda property in North America, following one opened at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville this past August.
COMMISSIONERS DISCUSS NEW RADIO SYSTEM - October 29, 2015
The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday and in the audience was Greenville City Council member Leon Rogers. It was business as usual for the Commissioners as they approved resolutions and signed off on various agreements. The Commissioners also approved a Letter of Support for the Darke County Fire Chiefs Association for submitting for a MARCS Grant Application. The county is in the process of moving to the MARCS radio system. Commissioner Mike Rhoades said the County is in the process of trying to determine the cost and what kind of levy needs to be put up for supporting the system. Leon Rogers from Greenville City Council commented on the possibility of a new system and his hope for a movement towards City and County. In response, Rhoades said thank you multiple times, while Commissioner Dianne Delaplane replied "good to know". Rogers added that he felt it would save the city money and also voiced the idea that the current members on council might provide a favorable vote on the matter. The change to the MARCS Radio System will be expensive and could be on the fall ballot for 2016. The next Darke County Commissioners Meeting will be Monday, November 2nd at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
PUBLIC HEARING ABOUT GREENVILLE EMS - October 28, 2015
Greenville City Council met for a special work session on Tuesday to review the Greenville Fire Departments Strategic and Capital Improvement Plan for 2015-2020. The big issue and focus for the work session was should Greenville start an EMS unit. A large crowd turned out for the meeting with representation from both Greenville Township and Greenville Fire. President of Council, John Burkett at the beginning of the meeting wanted the input of the City Auditor and Law Director. Auditor Roxanne Willman did not approve of adding EMS as she said after gathering a lot of information about the issue she felt the projected revenue would not be sufficient to cover the operating expenses. Law Director, Eric Brand, who also serves Greenville Township, addressed a few legal issues with the matter along with tax revenue concerns. Fire Chief Mark Wolf would address Council about staffing, income and volume if the City were to add EMS. This is not the first time the City has looked into the matter as similar discussions have taken place when looking back to 2009 and 2012. With Tuesday's meeting being a work session, no action was taken on the issue. At the end of the meeting, Burkett turned the issue back over to the Committee and asked they present something to council for a formal vote as soon as possible. With the work session there was no public hearing, but Burkett did encourage the audience to come back and voice their opinion during the next City Council meeting, which will be Tuesday, November 3rd at 7:30 in the City Building.
GREENVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY - October 27, 2015
Back in August, we reported on a Greenville man being accused of stabbing a man in the chest at a party. Dale Leroy Brock Jr., 56, of Greenville, was indicted by grand jury on one count of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies, for the stabbing of David A. Elliott at a party May 2. On Monday, a day before a jury selection was to be scheduled, Brock entered a plea of 1 count of Felonious Assault. As part of the plea agreement, the state agreed to dismiss a charge of Attempted Murder, and the second count of Felonious Assault. Brock will be sentenced on December 7th and is looking at 8 years behind bars. Police said the dispute between the two men went back 20 years or more. Bond is still at $100,000.
ISTEP SCORES RESULTS COULD CHANGE - October 27, 2015
The Indiana State Board of Education could vote this week on setting the minimum scores that students need to pass the ISTEP standardized tests they took last spring. The board announced Monday that it will consider establishing the ISTEP pass-fail marks during a meeting on Wednesday. That's two weeks after the board put off a vote because of questions over potential differences in difficulty between the test's online and paper versions. Board vice chairwoman Sarah OBrien says outside experts believe adding a few bonus points to scores for the online version will equal them out. The state is months behind the typical schedule for giving schools and parents the results of the ISTEP exam. More than 400,000 students in grades three through eight took the test last spring.
BOMB THREATS BEING INVESTIGATED - October 27, 2015
A rise in bomb threats across the state have prompted federal investigators to look into the calls. It has been a growing problem early into the school year for various Ohio School Districts including schools in Darke County. The Dayton Public Schools district has had 11 bomb threats since the school year started. The increase across the state has prompted the Ohio Department of Homeland Security to investigate. Officials believe some of the incidents may be linked as callers use internet lines to make the threat. The department has sent out an alert about bomb threats across the state. Meanwhile, investigators look into who is behind the calls.
PIQUA MAN PLEADS GUILTY - October 23, 2015
Back in August, we reported on an a manhunt involving multiple agencies in Miami County. Robert Riddle, 35, of Piqua allegedly attempted to a steal a vehicle using a toy gun at the Piqua Walmart located on 1300 E. Ash Street. Piqua police, along with the Miami County Sheriff's Office, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and the Tipp City Police Department, launched a manhunt for Riddle. The Piqua man was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his actions on Thursday. Riddle, entered a plea of guilty for first-degree felony aggravated robbery and fifth-degree felony breaking and entering in Miami County Common Pleas Court earlier this month. Riddle apologized to the city of Piqua and said he realized he made a bad decision and apologized for his actions. Riddle also apologized to the victim during his change of plea hearing.
SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION - October 22, 2015
The Ohio Senate on Wednesday quickly passed legislation to block state funding for Planned Parenthood's health education and prevention programs. Senate Bill 214 passed the Republican-controlled Senate along party lines in a 23-10 vote and now heads to the House for consideration. The bill would redirect about $1.3 million annually from Planned Parenthood to federally qualified health centers, health departments, and other clinics that don't perform or promote abortions or contract with facilities that do. Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio offers birth control, cancer screenings, tests for sexually transmitted diseases and well-woman exams at its 28 centers across the state. Three centers perform abortions. The bill's sponsor, Senate President Keith Faber, dismissed the notion that the bill was rushed. Faber said the money could and should be distributed to the more than 200 community health clinics, 124 health districts and 55 free clinics across the state.
PIQUA FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR RELEASED FROM PRISON - October 22, 2015
Back in August, Terri Meyer, 52, of Piqua, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the theft of over $41,000 from vending machine funds from Piqua City Schools. After spending just over 50 days in prison, Meyer has been released and the former Piqua City Schools Food Service Director has also repaid the funds in full back to the Piqua City Schools' Board of Education. A Miami County Judge granted Meyer judicial release on conditions that she must serve two years of community control, maintain a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. with work privileges, pay all court costs and probation fees. Also ordered to not obtain employment where she has access to her employer's funds or possess a credit card from an employer. Meyer resigned from her position on March 19 and is to have no contact with the Piqua City Schools' Board of Education.
EMPTY DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ADDRESSED IN MEETING - October 21, 2015
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. A public hearing was scheduled pertaining to a nuisance property on South Broadway. For the 2nd straight city council meeting, Pamela Spitler approached the podium and asked for an update pertaining to the property at 532 South Broadway. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, informed Spitler that the Property Owner had contacted the Mayor's Office and a hearing has been set for Monday with planning and zoning. On Monday, the owner will be given the chance to tell their side of the story. The property is located in the old Bonfiglio's building and recently Greenville Fire inspected the structure in question and it was found to be not compliant with city regulations. In a previous meeting, Spitler informed council that there was no sewage, nor plumbing, but someone was living there and there was a lot young people going in and out of the structure. Garrison informed Council that the property owner was informed of the complaints and issues back in December with the hope that the problem would be resolved. However, now that the property has been written up, a formal hearing will now be held Monday. In other business, City Council accepted 1 committee report and approved 5 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be a special work session on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 PM in the City Building.
UNION CITY FIRE - October 21, 2015
On Tuesday, multiple Fire Crews from both sides of the State Line responded to a house fire on the 500 block of Howard Street in Union City, Indiana. Heavy smoke and flames were visible from the 2-story home as crews arrived on the scene. Three families lived in the structure, all made it out safely. The families were referred to the American Red Cross for immediate services and Wesleyan Methodist Church in Union City for follow-up care and assistance.
MIAMI COUNTY FIRE DESTROY'S BARNS - October 20, 2015
A large fire broke out on Monday in Miami County near Potsdam. Two barns were destroyed at a property on Ohio 721. Some cows were burned in the blaze, while fire crews were able to help dairy cows out of the burning structure. Crews called to the scene of 721 and West Laughman Road were West Milton, Pitsburg, Covington, Phillipsburg, Tipp City and Arcanum. Emergency Personnel responded to the scene around 4 p.m. Multiple field fires were reported in the area on Monday. Estimated damage for the Miami County blaze was at $500,000. Luckily no one was injured during the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
MEHAFFIE NAMED REPUBLICAN OF THE YEAR - October 20, 2015
On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners signed off on a proclamation declaring Darryl MeHaffie as Republican of the Year for 2015. MeHaffie was recognized over the weekend at the Darke County Republican Party annual Hog Roast. An Arcanum graduate, MeHaffie was chosen for the award due to his dedication and loyalty to the Community and Republican Party. A teacher at Northmont Schools from 1966 thru 1996, MeHaffie was nominated for teacher of the year before retiring with 30 years of service. Darryl continues today with his educational background serving as a trustee on the Edison Community College Board since 1999. Recently, he was instrumental in helping to secure grants for the Memorial Hall Restoration. Last week, we reported that he was awarded the William L. Combs Patron of the Arts Award by the Darke County Center for the Arts. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
TWO AIRLIFTED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT NEAR WINCEHSTER - October 19, 2015
On Friday, at approximately 5:07 p.m. the Randolph County 911 Center received a report of a accident with injuries. Randolph County Sheriff deputies responded to the scene along with multiple emergency personnel. Upon completion of the investigation it was determined that the 1998 Ford Windstar driven by Heather Arnold, 34, of Winchester, Indiana was westbound on State Road 32 near the intersection of County Road 900 W when a 2002 Cadillac driven by Thomas Hawkins, 66, of Muncie, Indiana was eastbound on State Route 32 attempted to make a left hand turn (north) into the path of the van driven by Arnold. Arnold's vehicle struck the Cadillac in a head-on collision. Arnold had three children in her vehicle; an 11-year-old male in the front passenger seat was transported by lifeline to Riley Hospital with serious injuries; in the rear driver side seat an 8-year-old female was also transported by lifeline to Riley with serious injuries. A 10-year-old female sitting in the rear passenger side of the vehicle was transported to Ball Memorial along with Arnold with non-life threatening injuries. Hawkins was transported to Ball Memorial Hospital along with front passenger Alice Garrett, 49, and a 10-year-old female sitting in the rear passenger side of the vehicle, all three subjects had non-life threatening injuries.
JAY COUNTY MAN COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON - October 16, 2015
On Thursday, a Jay County Prosecutor filed documents necessary to pursue a life sentence without parole for Dalton Davis, 21, who is charged with the murder of his girlfriends 5 week old daughter. In a confession to police, Davis allegedly said he was angry with his girlfriend when he took her baby outside their home, in the 8800 block of North Jay County Road 550-W, on the night of Sept. 28. Davis, who was not the child's father, was arrested Sept. 30, and continues to be held without bond in the Jay County jail. A date has not yet been set for his Jay Circuit Court trial. Indiana's criminal code had not included a life sentence as an option in murder cases for several years until it was revived by Hoosier lawmakers in 1993. If the jury can't reach a unanimous decision, the trial judge would determine whether a life sentence would be issued. A murder conviction normally carries a maximum 65-year prison term.
CLOPAY TO EXPAND - October 16, 2015
Clopay Building Products of Troy, a garage door manufacturing and distributing company is expanding. The company is a subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of residential and commercial garage doors in the country. Clopay says the expansion will add hundreds of jobs and 200,000 square feet at their Troy facility. The company will be putting about $30,000,000 into their expansion. The hiring process has started, for application information visit www.Jobs.net/Jobs/ClopayCorporation.
MEHAFFIE RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS AWARD - October 16, 2015
Congratulations to Darryl Mehaffie, who is the recent recipient of the prestigious William L. Combs Patron of the Arts Award. Presented at Darke County Center for the Arts' opening performance of the 2015-2016 Artists Series on October 10, the award was given in recognition of Mehaffie's significant contribution to the Arts. The William L. Combs Patron of the Arts Award was established by Darke County Center for the Arts in 1988 to recognize those who have made an exceptional contribution to cultural enrichment in our community.
BIKES STOLEN FROM UNION CITY INDIANA FOUND - October 15, 2015
On Tuesday several officers from Union City Indiana Police Department completed an investigation into several bicycle thefts throughout the UCI area. The investigation began several days earlier when there were several complaints of stolen bicycles. During the investigation, officers found and located several bikes and bicycle parts in plain view on a property in the 200 Block of west division. Officers identified a juvenile suspect in the case but were not able to locate the juvenile. On Tuesday, the juvenile appeared in Union City, City Court on unrelated local ordinance citations. Officers identified the same juvenile as the suspect in the bicycle thefts. The juveniles parents and the juvenile were interviewed about the thefts and the juvenile admitted to stealing several bicycles and parting them out. After further investigation another juvenile was also charged with theft. Officers recovered approximately 15 bikes from a residence. Several of the bikes were in pieces and dis assembled. Bike parts and pieces were also discovered inside and outside of the home. If you have reported a missing or stolen bike or have had one stolen please contact the Union City Police Department at 1-765-964-5328.
FARMERS CAN RECEIVE DISASTER ASSISTANCE LOANS - October 12, 2015
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $1 million in Disaster Assistance Loans for residents in Indiana affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from June 7 through July 29. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is Oct. 19, 2015. Low-interest disaster loans are available in over 25 counties in Indiana including Jay, Delaware and Randolph. Also, Darke and Mercer Counties in Ohio. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA'S secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela. Disaster loan information and applications may also be obtained by calling the SBA's Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Oct. 19, 2015. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 18, 2016.
WATER RATES TO INCREASE FOR GREENVILLE RESIDENTS - October 7, 2015
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and honored before the public hearing was retired firefighters Captain Chip Fashner, who served the city for 25 years and Michael Hohler, who was recognized for 22 years. In official business, council approved an ordinance with a 6-1 vote that amends the codified ordinance in order to increase the water rates that were recommended by the Utilities Committee. The adoption of the revised rates will help maintain the operation of the Water Department thereby better assuring the health, safety and welfare of city residents. It was the 3rd time council had read the ordinance with the first 2 readings coming on September 1st and September 15th. Council also approved 4 other ordinances and resolutions and set up a work session for Tuesday, October 27th at 7:00 PM. That meeting will be for the committee of the whole and the focus will be on the capital improvement plan. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30 in the City Building.
MUSIC TO BE PLAYED AT ALL TIMES IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - September 30, 2015
Main Street Greenville, the non-profit organization created to help revitalize the downtown district, typically plays holiday music throughout downtown from the end of November through the first of January. Now, music will be offered all year-round for residents and visitors to enjoy. The YOLO Organization and the Greyson James Steyer Fund through the Darke County Foundation partnered to provide the financial support to make the project possible. In March, the YOLO Organization and the Greyson James Steyer Fund donated $3,500 to Main Street Greenville, for the purpose of updating the downtown speaker system. The upgrade allowed for new equipment and wiring the sound system into Main Street Greenville's office. Before moving forward with the project, Main Street Greenville asked for the downtown business owner's opinions and suggestions about the days and hours in which music would be played. The organization also contacted the city about any potential concerns or issues. MSG is testing different volume levels to find the best fit for the district. They also plan to change the type of music offered each day, ranging from oldies to current hits.