SHELBY COUNTY/STATE FAIR QUEEN HONORED BY JIM BUCHY - May 26, 2016
On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) presented a resolution to Mary Buehler honoring her as the 2016 Ohio Fairs' Queen at the Ohio Statehouse. Each year, a queen is chosen at the Ohio Fairs' Queen contest where representatives from each county and independent fair compete. Mary represents Ohio's county and independent fairs as an advocate for fairs and the agricultural industry. She plans to use fairs as a vehicle for agriculturalists and consumers to come together to decrease the gap between the two. Prior to her Ohio fairs' Queen title Mary served as the Shelby County Fair Queen. Currently, she is a student at the Ohio State University, where she studies agriculture and environmental science. Mary is also the FFA State Vice President and is a former state President of the FCCLA.
PATROL TO BE OUT IN FULL FORCE IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 26, 2016
The Miami County Sheriff's Office is joining more than 900 hundred other law enforcement agencies in Ohio to raise awareness for and enforce Ohio's seat belt laws. The traffic enforcement campaign has already begun and runs through the Memorial Day Holiday concluding on June 4th.. The Miami County Sheriff's Office will be deploying additional deputies at various time frames on Miami County roadways to strictly enforce all Ohio traffic statutes. Special emphasis will be placed on seat belt enforcement, speeding, stop sign violations and other crash causing infractions. Deputies will also be on the look-out for impaired drivers during the upcoming Memorial Holiday weekend. The Memorial Day weekend is officially kicking off the "Click-It-Or-Ticket" campaign throughout Ohio. The extra Miami County deputies will be working a combined 104 hours in overtime and will be on patrol for traffic enforcement purposes only. The extra deputies are being funded from a grant the Sheriff's Office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
MOTORCYCLIST CAREFLIGHTED NEAR UNION CITY - May 26, 2016
On May 25, 2016 at 8:31 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Union City OH PD and Union City Ohio Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to the 2000 BLK. of SR571 reference to a motorcycle crash with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed that Larry LeMaster (47) of Union City, OH was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson Road King westbound on SR571 when LeMaster was negotiating a curve and drove off the right side of the road down in to a ditch. LeMaster lost control of the motorcycle and the motorcycle overturned ejecting LeMaster. Union City Rescue treated Lemaster and he was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight, where he is currently listed in critical condition. The Darke County Sheriff's Office accident re-construction team was called to the scene. This accident remains under investigation. LeMaster was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. It is possible that alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. At this time the cause of the accident is unknown and if anyone witnessed the accident, or has any information pertaining to the crash you are asked to call the Darke County Sheriff Office at (937)548-3399.
ROBBERY CAUSES ANNA SCHOOLS TO LOCKDOWN - May 25, 2016
Anna Schools were locked down Tuesday afternoon after an attempted robbery at the IGA Anna Market. Anna Schools sent out a message via One Call that the schools were locked down at 2:47 p.m. A second notification informed recipients that the school was still on lockdown at 3:26 p.m. At 3:56 p.m., parents were informed that students were being released from school. Anna Police, with assistance from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, are investigating the incident, which happened around 2:14 p.m. K-9 units were brought to the scene to help track the suspect. Bystanders were told there had been a robbery or attempted robbery at the market.
FATAL ACCIDENTS IN INDIANA - May 25, 2016
For the third time in four days, a vehicle accident in Wayne County has claimed a life. Crystal Downing, 24, of Milton, was killed early Tuesday in a single-vehicle crash just west of Centerville. The incident was reported at about 2:09 a.m. near the intersection of U.S. 40 and Mineral Springs Road. According to investigators, Downing was driving westbound when her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the north side of the road just east of Mineral Springs Road. The vehicle rolled several times, and Downing, who wasn't wearing a seat belt, was ejected. On Saturday afternoon, Christopher E. Hines, 54, of Winchester, was driving south on Centerville Road north of Webster Road when he lost control of his 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer. Hines was thrown from the Trailblazer as it turned over. He was transported to Reid Health where he later died from his injuries. A Massachusetts woman was killed Sunday afternoon in a multi-vehicle accident near the 145 mile marker of eastbound Interstate 70 in Wayne County. Frank L. Massey died Thursday at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, from injuries he sustained in a May 12 traffic accident on U.S. 40 west of Centerville. Fatal crashes have also occurred in Miami County and a Preble Country Couple was also lost earlier this week riding a motorcycle.
REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE COMING IN 2017 - May 25, 2016
Beginning next year, millions of Ohioans will be able to register to vote from the convenience of their computer or smart phone after lawmakers on Tuesday put the finishing touches on a bill that authorizes a new online voter registration system. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, who has pushed for online voting for more than five years, said the new system will make voting more secure, harder to cheat and less costly to taxpayers. He added that he is disappointed that the bill includes a delay to January 2017. The Ohio House voted 90-2 on the bill, which now must return to the Senate for approval of House changes. Ohio has 7.5 million registered voters and Husted estimates that 400,000 more will register before the November election. Ohio is lagging behind 31 states and the District of Columbia, which already offer online registration, and six other states have have passed bills to create such systems but have not yet implemented them, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
WAPAKONETA WOMAN SENT TO PRISON - May 24, 2016
Going back to Miami County, a judge on Monday sentenced a Wapakoneta woman to prison for the January death of a 34-year-old Piqua man, who overdosed on heroin. Karmen Heniser, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison for the death of Benjamin Jacomet, 34. Heniser pleaded guilty in April to felony involuntary manslaughter and trafficking in drugs. Charges in the death also are pending against Ryan Sheppard, 42, of Piqua. As part of a plea deal, Heniser agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Police said Jacomet was found deceased Jan. 3 at his parents' home, where he had stayed the night. Reports showed that Heniser, a friend of Jacomet's, lied to police about what happened prior to the death of Jacomet. The Wapakoneta woman sold him heroin knowing he was intoxicated. Heniser was given 73 days credit for time served in jail.
FATAL FIRE IN MERCER COUNTY - May 24, 2016
Firefighters rescued one person from a burning home in Montezuma early Tuesday morning. Crews were dispatched to a home near the intersection of East Main and High streets around 1:15 a.m. after a neighbor reported seeing fire from the home. Firefighters said a female was rescued from the burning home and taken to Coldwater hospital for treatment where she would be pronounced dead. The cause of the fire is unknown but will be investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. Firefighters from St Mary's Township, Coldwater, and Celina responded to battle the fire.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 24, 2016
Another fatal crash took place on Monday, this time near Troy. Emergency responders were sent to the 1000 block of Polecat Road, between Piqua-Troy and DeWeese Road, on the report of a motorcycle crash and the victim not breathing. They arrived on the scene to find an off-duty sheriff's deputy and another rider, who is reportedly an EMT, performing CPR. Medics continued to work on the victim, who has been identified as Dominic Naiorano, 20, of New Carlisle. Naiorano was transported to Upper Valley Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival. Nairano was traveling at a high rate of speed, when a large tractor pulling a piece of equipment was coming the opposite direction on Polecat. Naiorano rounded a curve and struck the farm machinery, ejecting the rider. His motorcycle stopped approximately 40 yards further down the road. The driver of the tractor was not injured.
FATAL ACCIDENT ON I-70 - May 23, 2016
Over the weekend, A 22-year-old woman from Boston was killed, and her passenger injured in a crash this afternoon that shut down eastbound Interstate 70 for more than five hours. The four-vehicle crash was reported around 3:50 p.m. during a traffic backup just west of the Centerville Road exit. Preliminary investigation shows a red eastbound 2015 Volvo semi driven by Harvinder Singh Bhagtana, 21, of Fresno, California, was going too fast for traffic conditions while heading into a construction zone. Traffic at the time was backed up for five or six miles and was slow to stopped for a lane closure up ahead. Bhagtana was not able to stop before glancing off the rear corner of a 2016 Acura driven by 21-year-old Nicholas Berry of Naperville, Illinois. Bhagtana's semi then went into the left lane and struck the rear of a 2009 Audi, driven by Margaret Ryan, 22, of Boston. The impact pushed Ryan's sport-utility vehicle under the semi in front of her. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Christine Yip, 25, of St. Louis, was taken to Reid Health Hospital in Richmond, where her injuries are not life-threatening. The driver of the second semi, William Weatherford III, 51, of Palm Coast, Florida, was not injured, and neither were Berry and Bhagtana, who was cited for speed too fast to avoid collision.
GREENVILLE HOUSE FIRE - May 23, 2016
On Saturday, near midnight, the Greenville Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 311 Central Ave. Heavy smoke was visible coming from the 2-story home. Multiple crews responded to the scene as New Madison, Liberty Twp, Arcanum fire and Greenville Township assisted in battling the blaze. It appears the fire started in the basement area of the home, before spreading to the first floor. The residents were not at the home at the time of the blaze. Luckily, no injuries were reported during the fire, the cause of the fire is under investigation.
POLICE TO BE OUT IN FULL FORCE MEMORIAL DAY WEEK AND WEEKEND - May 23, 2016
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project this week to focus on safety belt enforcement. The week-long initiative will take place from Monday, May 23 through Monday, May 30. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police. In 2015, 473 people died in traffic crashes on Ohio's roadways while not wearing a seat belt, out of 776 total deaths. In the last five years, 61 percent of traffic fatalities in Ohio were unbelted.
GRADUATION SEASON IS HERE - May 20, 2016
In high schools all across Ohio, graduates and their families are celebrating the ending of one chapter and the beginning of another. Those celebrations often include alcohol. In an effort to make this a safe graduation season, agents with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Ohio Investigative Unit (OIU) remind parents and graduates to make the decision not to participate in illegal and dangerous behavior, such as providing alcohol to minors and consuming underage. To help foster good choices, parents and teens need to understand Ohio's underage drinking laws.
It is illegal to provide a place for your child and his/her friends to drink in a "safe" environment. In fact, parents may not provide alcohol to children who are under 21, who are not their own, even in their own home with the other parents' permission. Those convicted of providing alcohol to a person under 21 years of age face maximum sentences of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
It is illegal to purchase alcohol for anyone under 21.
If you are under 21 and are caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or higher, a level that can be reached after just one or two drinks, you can be arrested.
Commit to making this a safe graduation season, by not participating in underage drinking.
DARKE COUNTY PHONE SCAM - May 20, 2016
The Darke County Sheriff's Office has received numerous calls from citizens reporting an IRS telephone scam in the Darke County area over the last few days. This type of scam has been going on all around the country for sometime and seems to be perpetrated in this area periodically. The scam typically involves a caller reporting that the IRS is taking legal action against the person receiving the call. The caller often threatens that this is a final call and some financial or legal detriment will come to the victim. Many times the caller has a foreign accent and uses intimidation to solicit personal information from the unsuspecting citizen. In addition they may suggest a particular amount of money that the victim could send to stop the alleged "IRS" legal action. The caller will suggest that you send money through money wiring services or money cards. This is a scam and an illegal telecommunications fraud scheme. The numbers on the caller ID are often incorrect or can not be effectively tracked within the state or country. If you receive such a call you should immediately hang up and do not engage the caller. Do not provide or verify any personal information that the caller might ask for or present. Do not send money. The Darke County Sheriff's Office is aware of the scam and you do not need to report it to us unless you have shared your personal information or feel you have been victimized by the scam and suffered a monetary loss. Sheriff Toby Spencer is warning citizens not to fall for this scam. Any citizens who have suffered a monetary loss or feel they have compromised their personal identifying information can contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020 or their local law enforcement agency.
MEMORIAL BENCHES AVAILABLE - May 19, 2016
The Darke County Fair Board and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District are placing another order for Memorial benches. These six foot long benches are made from recycled milk jugs as a lasting tribute to family and friends and will be placed around the Gazebo and other areas of the Fairgrounds for Fairgoers to enjoy the festivities of the Fair. The benches may be purchased and lettered as a lasting memorial to a loved one, as an advertisement and donation from your business, or just a donation from your family to the Fair. These benches will quickly become a benefit to the entire community and be enjoyed by Fairgoers for generations to come. The cost per bench, which includes lettering, is $550.00 and the order deadline to ensure delivery prior to the 2016 Fair is June 30. For more information or to order call Krista Fourman @ 937-547-0827, or the Fair Office @ 937-548-5044. Order forms can be found on the district website, www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste.
TAX FREE GYMS - May 19, 2016
On Wednesday, State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauded the passage of House Bill 334, legislation that exempts non-profit gyms from sales tax, at Ohio House session. HB 334 exempts federally tax-exempt nonprofit charitable organizations that are gyms, recreational or sports club facilities from sales and use tax memberships. According to the sponsor, prior to this passage, Ohio was one of six states to have this tax on non-profit gyms. The Legislative Service Commission estimates that $7.3 million in tax revenue would be foregone, compared to the $23 million provided in financial assistance to those who can't afford a membership on their own. House Bill 334 passed with bipartisan support and now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.
JOSEPH MOGLE SENT TO PRISON ON FAILURE TO ADDRESS CHANGE - May 19, 2016
On Wednesday, Joseph S. Mogle, 26, was sent to prison for three years following a second conviction for Failure to Report a Change of Address to the Sheriff's Office. Mogle, who is required to register as a sex offender following a 2012 Gross Sexual Imposition conviction, reportedly moved to Piqua without reporting the change in residence. According to the address he has filed with the Darke County Sheriff's Office, Mogle was supposed to be residing with his parents in the New Madison area. With Mogle being convicted the first time in 2014 for the same violation, Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge had little choice in the mandatory three year sentence set by the state legislation. Mogle was credited with 142 days in jail and was immediately transported back to the Darke County jail to await transport to Orient, Ohio.
SIDNEY & PIQUA POLICE DEPARTMENTS RECEIVES GRANT - May 18, 2016
The Sidney Police Department is one of 20 law enforcement agencies which will receive a grant to help strengthen community-police relations. The grants, which total $400,000, were announced Monday by the Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS). Ohio is becoming a national leader in its efforts to build stronger relationships between police and communities, and Sidney Police will receive $29,940. Money will be used to re-establish a Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy, will be for individuals who want to learn more about law enforcement, the criminal justice system and what the officers do in the city of Sidney. The only other local police department to receive the award was the Piqua Police Department. Examples of programs awarded include: community-policing initiatives; training; juvenile-mentoring programs; education and awareness tools; and evidence-based policing strategies.
PLANTING IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE THIS WEEKEND - May 18, 2016
Last Saturday, Mother Nature got in the way and Planting Day was canceled Downtown for Main Street Greenville. This Saturday, MSG will try again as they're looking for volunteer's for the annual spring event. If you are interested in helping, simply report to the Gazebo in front of the courthouse between 8 - 9 am on Saturday. They ask for volunteers to bring hand trowel, gloves, and a broom/dustpan. All are welcome to help. For more information visit MainStreetGreenville.org.
MOSQUITO SEASON IS HERE - May 18, 2016
The Indiana Department of Health is urging residents to take precautions against mosquitoes to avoid diseases, such as West Nile virus and Zika virus. State Health Commissioner Jerome Adams says mosquitoes can transmit many illnesses, so it is important to take steps to prevent bites and to eliminate breeding grounds. He says the most common mosquito-borne illness identified in Indiana is West Nile virus. Indiana has confirmed six cases of Zika virus this year - all have been associated with international travel. The Health Department recommends avoiding outdoor activity at times and places where mosquitoes are biting; wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and socks when outdoors; applying insect repellent containing DEET, or IR3535 to exposed skin; and takings steps to eliminate breeding grounds.
SIDNEY MAN ARRAINED IN COURT - May 18, 2016
Earlier this month, Allen Daniels, 21, of Sidney, was accused of beating his 6-week-old daughter, and her 2-year-old brother. Earlier this week, Daniels was arraigned in Sidney Municipal Court on two counts of felonious assault, second-degree felonies. Daniels bond was originally set at $60,000 when he was taken into custody by Sidney Police on Friday, but was increased to $200,000 at his court appearance. During the investigation a second victim was identified. Both children were taken to Wilson Health and then transferred to Children's Medical Center in Dayton. Daniels' next court date has not been scheduled yet.
STABBING IN GREENVILLE - May 17, 2016
Flashing lights could be seen late last night as drivers passed through Greenville near the circle. In the 10 o'clock hour, a young man was stabbed in the chest at the Circle Mart on East Main Street. Greenville Police along with Greenville Township Rescue would respond to the seen. A male suspect stabbed the victim in the chest during an altercation at the gas station. The victim would later be airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. The suspect taken into custody. The stabbing remains under investigation. Multiple witnesses saw the crime.
PHILLIPSBURG MAN RELEASED FROM JAIL - May 17, 2016
Charles W. Braumiller, 80, of Phillipsburg, was charged with two counts of felonious assault after an incident in November in which he reportedly pulled a Beretta 9mm handgun on Carl Smith, 56, and shot him once in the side. The incident apparently resulted from an ongoing feud between the two men involving a mutual romantic interest. Braumiller has spent 6 months in jail, after he entered a plea of guilty to one count. The Prosecution and defense agreed that community control sanctions and credit for the six months he has already spent in jail were sufficient punishment under the circumstances. Judge Johnathon Hein sentenced Braumiller to 180 days in jail, with credit for the full time that he has been incarcerated since his November arrest. He also was sentenced to up to 60 months of community control sanctions, including regular reporting to the probation department, abstaining from any drug or alcohol use, and successfully completing any recommended rehabilitation programs. He was fined $500 and ordered to complete 40 hours of community service. Failure to comply with the terms of the community control sanctions would result in a two-year prison sentence.
FARLM SAFETY DAY IN JUNE - May 17, 2016
Progressive Agriculture Safety Day is coming back and applications are now available. On June 14th, from 9AM to 2PM, kids will have the opportunity to participate in the 12th Annual Safety Day presented by Darke County Chapter Farm Safety For Just Kids. The event is being held at the Fairgrounds in the Youth Building. Registration fee is-$3/child (Adults are free). The event only registers kids from ages 6-13. The public can send completed application and consent forms along with $3/child to:
Rhonda Kress 7972 Graw Rd. Arcanum, OH 45304
Only copies of the application and consent forms need to be sent. Registration is limited to the first 100 kids.
Safety Sessions Topics will be: Citizen's CPR, Chemical Look-a-Likes, ATV Safety, Fire Safety, Water Safety, Drug Safety and more.
For more information, contact OSU Extension at 937-548-5215.
KARLH MCCALLISTER GOLF OUTING - May 17, 2016
Entries now are being accepted for the seventh Annual Karlh McCallister Golf Outing, planned for 12 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 State Route 36 East. Proceeds from the event benefit Bridges to College. The outing will be in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $90 per person and includes green fees, reverse raffle entry, meal, and golf cart. There will be golf prizes for winners as well as skills contests for closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt. Additional reverse raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each. The Karlh McCallister Golf Outing also is accepting corporate and hole sponsorships at this time. Karlh McCallister, a Greenville businessman, was instrumental in starting Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college through educational programming, mentoring, and scholarships. For more information about the outing, contact Linda Hickerson at 548-2084, or visit the Bridges to College website at www.bridges2college.org.
BRADFORD RAILROAD FESTIVAL JUNE 4 - May 16, 2016
The Bradford Ohio Railroad Museum Railroad Heritage Festival is coming back June 4 from 10 am- 4pm. This daylong event celebrates the 130 year history of the railroad operation at the former junction. The museum will be open with its 2016 exhibits that feature the Mail by Rail from the Railway Postal Office and REA the Railway Express Agency artifacts. The BF Tower will be open with telegraph school that demonstrates the movements of rail traffic through the junction and telegraph code that operators used. Children's activities and games will be held at Idding's and the Y Park throughout the day. A lot of Activities and events are planned for the Festival. The museum is located at 200 N Miami Avenue and the BF Tower is at 501 E Main St Bradford, Ohio 45308. There should be something for all train fans. Visit the website and like us of facebook www.bradfordrrmuseum.org Admission is $5 for adults for the daylong event. Their children under 21 are free with their admission.
SCHWIETERMAN GRANTED CLAIM - May 16, 2016
Earlier this month, Nicholas Schwieterman, 28, from Chickasaw, was granted from the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati a claim that his defense team - Dayton attorneys Marc T. Ross and Scott Calaway - failed to properly investigate circumstances of the crash and advised him to plead with inadequate information. The Chickasaw man is serving 24 years in prison for a 2008 quadruple traffic fatality. A federal three-judge panel will convene later this year in Cincinnati to determine whether the claim has merit. The panel could decide to proceed no further or order Schwieterman's no contest plea be withdrawn and grant a trial. An attorney from the Ohio Attorney General's Office will represent the state. Schwieterman on March 15, 2008, failed to stop at the intersection of Brockman Road and County Road 716A near St. Sebastian and struck another vehicle broadside. The four occupants - all Marion Township residents ages 18 and 19 - were pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators determined Schwieterman was under the influence of alcohol, cocaine and marijuana at the time of the crash.
NATIONAL POLICE WEEK - May 16, 2016
Billboards nationwide are currently displaying tribute messages for each of the 252 law enforcement officers whose names will be engraved on the Memorial walls this year - 123 of whom were killed in the line of duty in 2015. Each officer's billboard appears in the neighborhood where the hero served and features the officer's photo, agency name and 'end of watch' date. This is part of a National Police Week tribute. Over the weekend, The 28th Annual Candlelight Vigil was held in Washington, DC on May 13th.
TEETER HONORED BY SENATE PRESIDENT - May 12, 2016
Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) Wednesday, recognized Mississinawa Valley High School student-athlete Joseph Teeter following his victory at the 2016 Division II Boys Bowling State Championship. En route to the state title, Teeter beat out 83 of Ohio's top young bowlers and set the Division II record by scoring a 748 in his three-game series.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS WIN SCHOLARSHIPS - May 12, 2016
Thoughtful, inspirational, and fun. Five area high school seniors demonstrated all those qualities and more in their winning blood drive recruitment campaigns for the annual Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition. Scholarship applicants must be graduating, college-bound seniors from a school that hosts a CBC blood drive. They are challenged to develop an effective blood drive marketing campaign with a clever theme and slogan, and creatively designed marketing materials. Two of the winners are from the area in Danielle Swabb, Covington High School and Maya Wills, Houston High School. Samples of the scholarship winning artwork will be available at GivingBlood.org. The Lead The Way Creative Scholarship for High School Seniors is made possible by a $5,000 grant from Vectren.
GRANTS RECEIVED BY SOLID WASTE - May 12, 2016
Darke County Solid Waste Director, Krista Fourman, attended the Darke County Commissioners Meeting on Wednesday. Fourman, announced the district had received several grants to help with upcoming projects with one being associated with Kitchenaid and the other Tire Recycling. In other news, the District and 1 Shot Services, Bradford, are joining forces to sponsor a "FREE" Electronics Recycling Day on May 26, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the swine barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Anyone interested in participating in this program must be preregistered by May 13, 2016. In addition to the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Office at 684 Wagner Ave; Suite C in Greenville, telephone 937-547-0827, preregistration forms can also be completed electronically or printed from the district's website at www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. The program, which is "free" to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, May 16th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
GRANT MONEY AWARDED TO AREA COMMUNITIES - May 11, 2016
This year's Capital Budget totaled $2.6 billion, of which $160 million was allocated toward state projects. Some of that money is coming to the 84th House District. Earlier this year, we reported The Garst Museum in Darke County securing funds. Also, The YOLO Organization received funding to build a splash park in downtown Greenville which will attract consumers to local businesses and revitalize downtown Greenville. Additionally, Friends of Harmon Field, who have already raised significant local dollars toward the new athletic complex, will now receive state assistance to repair these fields for our local sports teams. The Union Literary Preservation Society secured funds to help preserve the Longtown Clemens Homestead Museum. In Mercer County, the Celina Bryson Pool, Ft. Recovery Community Park, and Rockford Shane's Park all received funds to continue providing services benefiting the health and wellness of the community. The Grand Lake St. Marys Lake Facilities Authority also received necessary funding to complete the Chickasaw Treatment Train wetlands project. The villages of Coldwater and St. Henry will be receiving funds to boost recreational activities in the community. Shelby County was able to get funding to be added to the already robust local funding to complete renovations to Redskin Memorial Park. The Shelby County Fairgrounds will also receive $200,000 towards a new grand stand, which will replace the current, aging facility.
UNION CITY LOOKING FOR "LIKES" FOR PROJECTS - May 11, 2016
Union City is 2 months away until they present to the Indiana Stellar Committee. Union City Progress is asking you to please share their Facebook page and comment "Why Union City is Stellar". They need to get 5000 likes & reach all 50 states in 60 days. Their plan has many projects such as the completion of the downtown streetscape, Backstay Loft Apartments and job training center, renovation of the Eagles building into a YMCA Youth center, connectivity through a major sidewalk replacement, and park improvements just to name a few. This is a multi-year project based presentation illustrating our connecting the dots throughout our community. They have the complete proposal at the city building for you to review and for those out of town it can be emailed it to you. For more information, visit their Facebook page at Union City Progress.
ST. RTE. 571 WEST TO BE NAMED - May 11, 2016
State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) applauded the signing of Senate Bill 182 into law by Governor Kasich last Friday, legislation that will designate bridges and roadways including the naming of part of State Route 571 as the "196th Light Infantry Brigade SP4 Robert L Fowble Jr and PFC Jack E Beam Memorial Highway". With the Governor's signature, drivers riding between Union City and Greenville on State Route 571 will be able to commemorate the sacrifice of SP4 Robert L Fowble Jr and PFC Jack E Beam and their fellow brigade members. Robert L. Fowble, Jr., and Private First Class Jack E. Beam both served in Vietnam as members of the 196th Infantry Brigade and were killed in action in 1966. The highway includes a portion of State Route 571, beginning at the southeastern boundary of Union City and ending at the western boundary of Greenville.
ALGAE BACK IN GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS - May 10, 2016
In a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Grand Lake St. Marys is already colored by the blue-green algae that plagues Ohio each year. Last week, levels of a potent nerve toxin produced by the algae were more than four times the safety threshold set by the World Health Organization for swimming. That does not bode well for summer tourism, a $150-million-a-year industry for the small cities around the lake. Fish have died in the lake, and pets have become ill from drinking water contaminated by an algae toxin. The lake's annual sailing regatta has been canceled again. Residents and owners of vacation houses say the number of visitors is shrinking. Last month, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded Celina an $8 million grant to improve its drinking-water treatment plant, largely because of the toxic algae. That's on top of the roughly $20 million the state has spent trying to clean the lake over the years. Efforts have included chemical applications, dredging and even the building of a wetland that is supposed to naturally filter the water that drains into the lake from the farms that surround it.
JANE DOE IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 10, 2016
A few weeks ago, we reported on the ongoing investigation pertaining to Jane Doe in Miami County. The Sheriff's Office, says they're moving forward on isotope testing on the woman's hair and nails. The department has gotten tips about some females that had been previously excluded as possibilities. Back in April, Pollen samples were revealing some clues about Jane Doe of Miami County, found 35 years ago in a ditch west of Troy, and Miami County Sheriff's investigators are hoping these new avenues in the cold case homicide lead to the discovery of the victim's name and how she ended up in Ohio. Sheriff's investigators are sharing what the office has learned. They're also sharing new photographs of Jane Doe, reconstructed using new technology and additional lab testing on her clothes. For more information or to see pictures, visit facebook.com and search Miami County Sheriff's Office.
WINCHESTER MEN ARRESTED ON DRUG INVESTIGATION - May 10, 2016
Two Winchester men face drug-related charges after a Saturday raid at a home in the 600 block of South Richmond Street. Justin Allen Speed, 25, and Riley Bowmer, 19, were both preliminary charged with possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. A search warrant was put out after following a lengthy investigation. Heroin, cocaine and marijuana were seized, along with packaging paraphernalia and "ledgers of sales". Speed's criminal record includes convictions for possession of a narcotic drug, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance. The public is encouraged to report drug activity on Facebook at Winchester Crime Tips.
PEACE OFFICER TRAINING BEGINS IN JULY - May 9, 2016
The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 20-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement. Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in July and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in December. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation. For more information or to apply, call 937.778.7865. Completed applications must be received by May 27. Candidate interviews will begin on June 1 and June 2, with the academy running from July 5 to December 12, 2016.
DRIVER FAILS TO YIELD RESULTING IN ACCIDENT - May 9, 2016
On Sunday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office, responded to Children’s Home Bradford Road just before 5 p.m. because a Ford Windstar minivan pulled out from an eastbound stop sign. As the female driver of the Windstar attempted to cross the US 127 intersection, she collided with a southbound Ford Taurus. The minivan made contact with the passenger side of the Taurus, which was occupied by two adults and two minor children. A child from the Taurus was transported to Wayne HealthCare for minor injuries, the other occupants were not hurt. The female driver of the minivan was also not injured, but was cited for Failure to Yield.
TRAIN TRAVELING THROUGH RANDOLPH COUNTY ON FIRE - May 9, 2016
This morning police officers from the Randolph County Sheriff's Department and Winchester Police Department observed a westbound train that was on fire as it passed through Winchester. Officers reported observing flames extending 5 feet or more from the number two engine as it passed through Winchester. CSX dispatch was notified of the fire through the E911 center employees. The train stopped at the intersection of 375 West and requested fire department personnel. The conductor for the train reported that they were pulling 80 full cars of Ethanol that they had just picked up from Cardinal Ethanol. The train personnel also informed deputies that a house next to the rail line should be evacuated until the fire is extinguished out of an abundance of caution. Fire department personnel arrived and was able to extinguish the fire which remained confined to the number two engine. White River Fire was assisted by police officers from the sheriff's department and Winchester Police, along with Randolph HSEM. All units were on scene for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
HOLZAPFEL SENTENCED TO 4 YEARS - May 6, 2016
Last August, we reported on a deadly crash on Mills Road. Tyler Holzapfel, 23, from Greenville, was charged following that crash, which claimed the life of 19-year-old Samuel Barga – who was a passenger in the vehicle. The investigation revealed that Holzapfel, who was 22 at the time, was behind the wheel of a 2004 Ford truck that was westbound on Mills. The truck went off the right side of the road striking a utility pole, then a fence, before coming to rest on its top. Barga was ejected from the vehicle. According to a report from the Darke County Sheriff's Office, Holzapfel fled the scene on foot and wasn’t located until early the next morning. Holzapfel, back in March, entered a guilty plea to the original count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide. As part of the plea agreement, the state and defense mutually agreed to a four year sanction - with an unopposed option of judicial release after serving at least 36 months.
POULTRY DAYS TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE - May 6, 2016
Poultry Days has announced that chicken prices will remain $7.50 per dinner for 2016. Also that ride tickets which were reduced last year will be maintained and the all-day ride special will be expanded. For the first time Greenville residents will be able to purchase presale tickets at the Greenville ACE. Tickets are now on sale for the Poultry Days BBQ Chicken to be served the weekend of June 10th, 11th and 12th. Tickets will be available in Versailles at Johns IGA, Second National Bank, Versailles Savings and Loan, and USBank and ACE Hardware in Greenville. Dinners will be sold from 3:30-8pm Friday, 11:30-7:30pm Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday. Come early since the chicken can sell out earlier. Presale tickets will end on Thursday, June 9th. Please visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS DRIVER TO HOSPITAL - May 6, 2016
On Thursday, at 7:24 PM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Laura Fire Dept., and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of Hogpath Road, and Red River West Grove Road reference a crash with injury. Preliminary investigation revealed that a White 2008 Chevrolet Van, driven by Randall Flory, 42, of Bradford was traveling East on Hogpath Road, when he attempted to make a left turn onto Red River West Grove Road and struck a Westbound Silver 1985 Suzuki motorcycle driven by, Jonathon Cottrell, 28, of Arcanum. Flory was treated and released from the scene with no reported injuries. Cottrell was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight and is listed in serious condition. Flory was issued a citation for failure to yield.
COMPLETION OF PROJECT AT WHIRLPOOL - May 5, 2016
Whirlpool Corporation is celebrating significant investments at two of the company's manufacturing facilities in Greenville and Findlay, Ohio. Wednesday, Whirlpool held a ribbon cutting to mark completion of a $40 million project to expand operations at its Greenville, facility. A project to invest in and double the size of Whirlpool Corporation's Greenville operations was announced in 2014. Whirlpool produces KitchenAid brand stand mixers and attachments, hand mixers and blenders at the Greenville facility, which has been in operation since 1942. The facility employs more than an estimated 1,200 men and women. Production of the stand mixer doubled at the Greenville facility 2009-2014. Whirlpool will celebrate the completion of the Greenville expansion and break ground at their Findlay facility. Since 2010, Whirlpool has invested more than $1 billion in new facilities and plant upgrades. The company currently employs approximately 23,000 U.S. manufacturing workers, more than any other U.S.-based appliance manufacturer.
DRUG BUST IN WINCHESTER - May 5, 2016
Earlier this week, we reported on a few drug bust in Union City, Indiana. Another search warrant was served, but this time in Winchester. Levi Tucker, 22, of the 600 block of East Short Street, was preliminary charged with dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of paraphernalia. The Winchester man was arrested and up to five pounds of marijuana, packaged to be sold, was seized during the search. Winchester police also seized "ledgers of sale and debts owed by users, along with scales, packaging material and a marijuana growers guide". The raid followed a month-long investigation.
RUBBER DUCK RACE IN JUNE - May 5, 2016
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming annual fundraising event, 2016 Rubber Duck Race. This event will be held on Thursday, June 23rd. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the tenth annual Duck N' Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be held on the same evening of Thursday, June 23rd with race time at 8:15 p.m. through scenic Tawawa Park in Sidney. Registration will begin at 7:00 p.m., and a shot-gun start will begin the race at 8:15 p.m. The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for some awesome prizes. If you would like to register for the 5k Race, or adopt a "duck", please call the local office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. Interested persons also have the option of obtaining a registration and/or order form on-line. Log on to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org and download your forms today.
MOTHER IS CHARGED WITH DEATH OF 21-MONTH OLD SON - May 5, 2016
On December 13, 2015, Preble County Deputies began investigating the death of a 21 month old child after responding to 5247 Lexington Road. The mother of the child had called 9-1-1, reporting that her son was unresponsive. The child was transported to Preble ER and later transferred to Children's Hospital in
Dayton. He died on December 14th.
The Sheriff's Office continued its investigation and presented the case to a Preble County Grand Jury on
Tuesday, May 3, 2016. The Grand Jury indicted the child's mother, Christy Lynn Warwick, age 37 of West
Alexandria, with the following crimes:
(1) count of Endangering Children, 3rd degree felony;
(1) count of Involuntary Manslaughter, 1st degree felony
A warrant was issued and Warwick was arrested by deputies on Wednesday, May 4th and is currently housed in the Preble County Jail. Bond in the case has been set at $10,000.00. The death of the child, Sylas Warwick, has been ruled a Homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head.
2ND DRUG BUST IN 2 DAYS IN UNION CITY INDIANA - May 4, 2016
The Union City Police Department Special Entry Tactical Team (SETT) served a search warrant in the early morning hours Wednesday. This is the second search warrant in as many days leading to the recovery of drugs in Union City. Officers contacted two adults, who were later arrested on numerous charges.
On May 4, 2016 at approximately 1:08 AM, members of Union City SETT served a no knock search warrant at 1009 N Plum St, in Union City Indiana. Upon entering the residence, officers identified Morgan L Gard (24, Union City IN) and Victoria L Zehringer (25, Union City IN). Officers located Marijuana, marijuana wax, prescription drugs, several items of paraphernalia and items consistent with dealing marijuana. Officers from the Union City Ohio Police Department as well as Randolph County Sheriffs deputies assisted in the warrant service.
Gard and Zehringer were lodged in the Randolph County Jail on the following charges. Maintaining a common nuisance- Level 6 Felony, Possession of a legend drug- Level 6 Felony, Possession of marijuana- B Misdemeanor and possession of paraphernalia- A Misdemeanor. Additional charges have been submitted to the Randolph County Prosecutor.
STANDOFF IN MINSTER HOME - May 4, 2016
Law enforcement agencies from three counties were involved with negotiations with a man inside a rural Minster home. It was Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 when the call came down of a man with a gun who was held up in a house on State Route 119. The man, was threatening suicide and was in a residence on State Route 119, east of Minster. When deputies arrived on the scene, they learned a juvenile male was also present in the home. Deputies were able to remove the juvenile to safety and began talking to the male to get him to surrender. The adult male didn't surrender and the Auglaize County Special Response Team was dispatched along with negotiators. Further information at the scene revealed the possibility of explosive devices in the home. A second Special Response Team was called in from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office along with the bomb squad from the Allen County Sheriff's Office. After approximately four hours, the 38-year-old male surrendered. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.
HONEYSUCKLE TALK AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING - May 4, 2016
Greenville City Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. Council voted on and approved 8 ordinances and resolutions. During the Administrative Reports, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison asked council multiple times if the city could move forward on a planned Honeysuckle Street road repave project. The city is preparing to repave the road that has been in desperate need of work for several years. However, citizens were hoping for a total reconstruction of the road, similar to a project that recently took place to neighboring Gardenwood Drive. Last week, City Council met for a general work session to talk about the project and their options. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 17, at 7:30 in the City Building.
MAIN STREET GREENVILLE QUARTER-FINALIST IN CONTEST - May 3, 2016
Main Street Greenville has announced that they have been named a quarter-finalist in a nationwide contest through Independent We Stand. There were a total of 253 nominees, and they are in the top 25. Main Street Greenville is a historic district offering architectural beauty, charm, and a vibrant shopping atmosphere with over 50 quaint shops, stores and dining opportunities for all to enjoy. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarter-finalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000. "America's Main Streets" contest requires a voting process to win a $25,000 prize. MSG is asking for community support to win. For more information and to vote, visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org.
OHIO STATE TROOPER NOT INDICTED IN SHOOTING - May 3, 2016
The Mercer County Grand Jury has decided not to indict the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who fatally shot 22-year-old Justin McHenry on Nov. 29, 2015, according to a press release from Matthew Fox, Mercer County Prosecutor. Officials say McHenry parked his 1991 Chevrolet S-10 near the area of Main and Livingston Streets and walked over to Trooper Brandon Chaney's patrol car. According to Chaney, McHenry became confrontational and ordered him out of the patrol car. Chaney got out of his vehicle to deal with the suspect when he 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. McHenry 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. After considering the testimony of the witness and the evidence presented, the grand jury found and held that the actions of Justin D. McHenry towards trooper Brandon Chaney presented the imminent threat of serious physical harm or death toward Brandon Chaney. The Ohio State Highway Patrol said it's not clear why McHenry confronted the trooper.
DRUG BUST IN UNION CITY - May 3, 2016
The Union City Police Department Special Entry Tactical Team (SETT) served a search warrant early Tuesday morning. On May 3, 2016 at approximately 12:47 AM, members of Union City SETT served that search warrant at 624 N Union St, in Union City Indiana. Upon entering the residence, officers identified five people, including one child. This concluded an investigation of reported drug use, sales and manufacturing at the residence. During the search, officers located marijuana, several syringes, empty gel caps, heroin and numerous pills, along with other items of paraphernalia.
Kyle Scott Hartman (26, Union City IN) was arrested on the following charges. Dealing narcotic drug, level 5 Felony, possession of narcotic drug, level 6 Felony, dealing controlled substance, level 6 Felony, sale of legend drug, Level 6 Felony, 2 counts possession of a syringe, Level 6 Felony, maintaining common nuisance, Level 6 Felony, possession of controlled substance, A Misdemeanor, possession of marijuana, B Misdemeanor and reckless possession of paraphernalia, B Misdemeanor. Hartman remains in the Randolph County Jail at the time of this release.
MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH - May 2, 2016
Urging motorists to "Look twice and save a life," the Darke County Board of Commissioners proclaimed May 2016 as "Motorcycle Awareness Month" during a recent board meeting. The proclamation was made possible through the efforts of ABATE of Ohio, Inc. ABATE - "American Bikers Aimed Toward Education" - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to "preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operation practices of Ohio motorcyclists." The commissioners' proclamation urges not only motorists, but "clubs, dealerships, groups and highway safety officials in our state" to join ABATE to actively promote safe operation, increased rider training and improved licensing efforts. Abate of Ohio, Inc. is open to all persons 18 years of older having an interest in preserving personal freedoms and sharing the group's goals. Owning a motorcycle is not necessary. Dues are assessed yearly. Single memberships are $30; couples, $50. For more information on ABATE, visit the organization's website at www.abate.com.
WEEKEND ACCIDENTS IN SOUTHERN DARKE COUNTY - May 2, 2016
It was an interesting scene on Sunday, when a car crashed atop a retaining wall in front of the Dollar General store in New Madison. The crash was reported at 3 p.m. when a silver Chevrolet Impala was northbound on Main Street in New Madison lost control and hit a guardrail fence post. The impact stopped the Impala from going over the stone retaining wall and dropping to the parking lot below. The car had to be secured before the driver could be extracted. That person was transported to Wayne HealthCare with injuries. There were reports of the driver speeding in town and reckless driving in the area. The crash remains under investigation.
Another crash near New Madison, took place on Saturday. The single-car crash was reported around 11:20 a.m. on Ohio 726 near the intersection with Ohio 722. A woman was headed northwest on Ohio 726 when she lost control of her Nissan Altima. She went off the roadway, then got back on the road but then swerved to avoid an oncoming car. Her Nissan then left the road a second time, striking a pole and coming to rest in a field. The woman and her baby were taken to Wayne HealthCare. The woman injuries were not life-threatening, and the infant was taken for evaluation. The crash remains under investigation.
INDIANA PRIMARY ELECTION - April 29, 2016
More Indiana residents have cast their votes early for the state's primary election than any of the previous nomination contests during the same time period in at least two decades. The Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division reported Thursday that more than 157,000 early votes had been cast between April 5 and Wednesday. That's nearly 30,000 more for the same period for the 2008 primary, the last one without a presidential incumbent. Observers have credited the increased turnout to the hotly contested presidential primaries from both Democrats and Republicans. Indiana's record-setting turnout so far follows a dismal 2014 general election - one of the lowest rates in the nation. State officials and some of the campaigns this year have stressed efforts to bolster early campaigning and increase turnout.
VECTREN REPLACING GAS LINES - April 29, 2016
Vectren crews and contractors are already working to replace gas mains and service lines in in 15 cities across the service area. The work is part of a multi-year program to replace 700 miles of bare steel and cast iron pipeline infrastructure. This year's work is an investment of more than $37 million to replace 55 miles of pipeline in 15 cities, including: Greenville, Piqua, Sidney, Troy and West Milton. First, the gas main - a pipeline that ranges from 2 to 8 inches and is often under the street or sidewalk - is replaced within the right of way and then the service lines that run directly to homes and businesses will be replaced. Upon completion of the project, affected yards, sidewalks and streets will be restored, Vectren said. Since 2009, more than 260 miles of the 700 total have been replaced. For more information, visit www. vectren.com/pipelinereplacement, where an interactive map displays existing and upcoming work in each city.
BULLET PROOF VEST FOR DARKE COUNTY K-9 - April 28, 2016
Darke County Sheriff's Office K9 Britta will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Britta's vest is sponsored by a memorial donation to honor the late Donnie Buff and will be embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Don Buff". Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks. 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. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,800 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.6 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org.
MIAMI COUNTY DETECTIVES LOOKING FOR "JANE DOE" - April 28, 2016
Investigators in Miami County are reaching out to the public in helping identifying a "Jane Doe" from 1981. An unidentified female homicide victim was found 35 years ago on April 24, 1981 in Miami County. She was found in a ditch along Greenlee Road located west of Troy. She had been deceased less than 2 days before she was found. The female is estimated to be in her late teens to early twenties. She was approximately 5'6" and 125 lbs. She had long reddish-brown hair that was styled in two side braids and a part down the middle. The female appears Caucasian. She had freckles on her face. The female had several scars; one beneath her chin, one on her left arm, two on her left wrist, right hand, right ankle, and right foot. The female had also been treated by a dentist in life. The female was found clothed wearing bell bottom blue jeans, a brown turtleneck sweater with an orange crisscross design on the front, and a handmade tan buckskin pull-over jacket with leather fringe around the seams with a deep purple lining.
In February of 2016 Miami County Sheriff's detectives working with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children provided forensic scientists with case information on Jane Doe, who then conducted a facial reconstruction with new technology and additional lab testing on the clothing. Miami County Sheriff's detectives sent the clothing recovered from Jane Doe to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Southwest Regional Science Center in Houston, TX, to test pollen collected from the clothing.
On April 24th, 2016 the Miami County Sheriff’s Office received lab results from the pollen testing on the clothing. Pollen analysis of the clothing recovered on the female suggest that she was from or spent a significant amount of time in the northeastern dry-oak forest region, which includes areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Some pollen grains in excellent condition, from a more arid region in the western U.S. or northern Mexico, were found on the outer layers of her clothing, including her jeans and jacket. This suggests that the female traveled to an arid region in the western U.S. or northern Mexico shortly before she was killed. Additional testing will performed in the near future in an attempt to narrow the region/location of the country the unidentified female may have been from. People can view her picture on the Miami County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page. If anyone recognizes or has any information in regards to Jane Doe's identity, please contact Detective's at 937-440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.
TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG BUST - April 27, 2016
A traffic stop in Winchester early Tuesday set in motion events that led police to heroin, cocaine and a marijuana-growing operation in a local home. A Randolph County Sheriff's deputy approached a car driven by Karla F. Hibbard, 20, about 3:20 a.m. after noticing a portion of her vehicle's license plate was not visible. Deputies and Winchester police officers said they found two tablets - determined to be a narcotic pain killer - on the seat of Hibbard's passenger, 22-year-old Zachary L. Fellers, and more tablets wrapped in plastic in his sock. Hibbard, meanwhile, revealed to the officers that she had a syringe. Authorities later served a search warrant at a nearby apartment, in the 300 block of East Washington Street, where Hibbard and Fellers reportedly lived. According to a police report, items found at the scene included capsules that contained heroin, along with cocaine, prescription medication and drug paraphernalia. Fellers and Hibbard were preliminarily charged with dealing in heroin, dealing in cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, maintaining a common nuisance and possession of legend drug. Hibbard also faces a count of unlawful possession of a syringe. They're being held in the Randolph County jail.
SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED TO DARKE COUNTY STUDENTS - April 27, 2016
The Darke County Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship award for the 2015-2016 academic year has been presented to John Sullenbarger, Bradley Subler, Amy Wilcox, and Melanie Stall. All recipients are graduates of Darke County high schools and are currently attending medical school. The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas's will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships. Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.
COMMISSIONERS & HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP SUBDIVISION - April 26, 2016
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. The Commissioners approved a letter from the Health Department on a plan for immediate elimination of the nuisance and pollution from septic systems on Beamsville-Webster Road (Moorman's First Subdivision). The 9 residents in the Subdivision are experiencing a problem with drainage in their front yards. The Health Department has applied for the Water Pollution Control Lund Fund from the Ohio EPA and has been successful in securing $300,000 to help assist the homeowners. In the letter the Health Department suggest a plan of action with 5 steps. For more information on the letter, the Health Department can be contacted at 548-4196 ext 201. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting is Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
JURY DUTY SCAM IN MIAMI COUNTY - April 26, 2016
In Miami County, scammers are calling area residents claiming to represent the Sheriff's Office enforcing a court order in which the target failed to comply with jury duty. The scammer will then tell the target that they owe money for missing jury duty or face a warrant being issued for their arrest. Scammers have represented that they are from the Montgomery and Miami County Sheriff's Offices. Residents should hang-up on the scammers and if telephone harassment continues contact your local law enforcement agency.
VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS PARADE REGISTRATION - April 26, 2016
Registration is open for Versailles Poultry Days' Grand Parade and the Antique Car and Tractor Parades. To register for two of the largest parades in the area, go to Activities at versaillespoultrydays.com. They expect over 125 units again this year for the Grand Parade which will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 11th. Awards are given for Junior Civic, Senior Civic, Commercial, Theme Award, Queen's Trophy, Mayor's Trophy and Chairman's Choice. The deadline for registering for the Grand Parade is May 25th. The Antique Car and Tractor Parade begins at 2:30 on Sunday, June 12th and is preceded by a cruise-in display beginning at 9:00 am. The Antique Car and Tractor display will be held on the grounds of the Versailles High School and expects to surpass 200 vehicles with music, door prizes and a raffle. The 65th annual Versailles Poultry Days will be held June 10-12th with a festival theme of "A Salute to the American Farmer". Please visit the website www.versaillespoultrydays.com for event details and schedules.
STATE ROAD 26 IN JAY COUNTY TO CLOSE - April 25, 2016
An $8.2 million construction project on State Road 26 in Jay County will close the highway on or after Wednesday, May 4 for about seven months. A signed detour will direct state highway traffic around the closure via State Road 67 and State Road 1. Motorists with local destinations are encouraged to plan ahead and seek their best alternate routes. To maintain local access as much as possible, County Road 200 West will remain open throughout most of the project for north-south traffic crossing State Road 26. This access will be closed for up to 60 days sometime after June 1, 2016. State Road 26 and County Road 200 West are expected to open to traffic before the end of November.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS 4 FROM GREENVILLE TO HOSPITALS - April 25, 2016
In Shelby County, a crash involving three motorcycles Saturday afternoon sent four people from Greenville to area hospitals. The crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. on Ohio 66 at Basinburg Road in Cynthian Twp. south of Fort Loramie. Preliminary investigation shows that 61-year-old Charles Fitzgerald, driving a maroon Harley Davidson, rear-ended another motorcycle driven by 40-year-old Matthew Fitzgerald, which forced the second bike into a third motorcycle driven by 28-year-old Mathew Hoff, all of Greenville. Both motorcycles struck had passengers. Falicia Oostra, 41, of Greenville, was riding with Matthew Fitzgerald, and 28-year-old Rebecca Hoff, also from Greenville, was riding with Mathew Hoff. Rebecca Hoff was taken from the scene by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, while Mathew Hoff was not injured. Matthew Fitzgerald, Oostra and Charles Fitzgerald were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, where Charles Fitzgerald was later transferred by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. Charles Fitzgerald was in serious condition and Rebecca Hoff in fair condition on Sunday night at Miami Valley Hospital. The crash remains under investigation.
FATAL TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN PREBLE COUNTY - April 25, 2016
The Preble County Sheriff's Office is investigating a vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, April 23rd at approximately 11:33 P.M. The crash occurred on State Route 122, north of Greenbush Road. The preliminary investigation indicates that a 2011 Chevrolet Impala was traveling north on State Route 122 and left the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a driveway/culvert and went airborne. The vehicle flipped and came to rest on its top. The driver of the vehicle, Charles Osborne, age 66 of Camden, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene. Karen Osborne, age 49 of Camden, Ohio, who was a passenger, was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where she was in stable condition. Neither occupant of the vehicle was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash. Deputies are working to determine if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Gratis FD & EMS and West Elkton - Gratis Twp. FD responded to the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff's Office.
SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR GREENVILLE & ANSONIA ALUMI - April 25, 2016
Bridges to College is offering renewable scholarships of up to $750 each to eligible Greenville and Ansonia High School graduates. Students who graduated from GHS or AHS within the last five years are eligible for the scholarships. This will be the tenth year that Bridges to College has offered scholarships to area high school students. The deadline for the scholarships is May 15th. These scholarships are unique in that they are renewable for up to four years. This means that if students do well, Bridges to College will continue to support them. Scholarship recipients are required to complete 15 hours of community service for a nonprofit organization in Darke County. Guidelines and applications are available in the guidance offices at Greenville High School and Ansonia High School. Applications are also available online at the Bridges to College website, www.bridges2college.org.
DARKE COUNTY CHAMBER RECEIVES AWARD - April 22, 2016
The Ohio Chamber's Action Alliance (CAA) awarded the Darke County Chamber of Commerce the 2016 Best Advocacy Campaign Award for its extraordinary efforts and commitment to advocating against State Issue 3 which would have legalized marijuana. This is the third year in a row that the Darke County Chamber has been recognized for its outstanding efforts in the area by the Ohio Chamber and CAA. The CAA is the state-wide grassroots advocacy coalition of Ohio chambers of commerce coordinated by the Ohio Chamber. The CAA determines state-wide policy issues facing the business community, educates and empowers pro-businesses advocates to take action, and champions a business-friendly climate throughout the state of Ohio. Every year the CAA selects one local chamber that has done outstanding work on a single issue to recognize. The Darke County Chamber is a leader in Ohio in helping to educate workers and business owners on drugs in the workplace and is a leading supporter of drug-free workplaces.
PIQUA MAN CHARGED IN ROBBERIES - April 21, 2016
A Piqua resident has been charged and arraigned in connection with the December armed robbery of Subway. James L. Mumaw, III, 26, of Piqua, is facing charges of first-degree felony aggravated robbery and third-degree felony tampering with evidence. Mumaw is accused of displaying a large butcher knife at the Subway located at 1225 E. Ash St. in Piqua, stealing money from the cash register, and then fleeing the scene at the beginning of last December. Mumaw allegedly admitted to committing the Subway robbery while he was in jail on an unrelated charge of third-degree felony robbery. In late December, Mumaw was accused of robbing the Marathon gas station located at 315 Looney Road in Piqua. Mumaw pleaded guilty to that incident in February. According to court records, Mumaw also wore the same clothing to the Marathon robbery as he did to the Subway robbery. Mumaw is currently being held in the Miami County Jail on a total of $85,000 bond. A preliminary hearing for Mumaw is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27.
NO EARLY CHAIRS AT 2016 FAIR - April 7, 2016
It was a busy night for the Darke County Agricultural Society as the board met for their monthly meeting. The board approved multiple projects including electrical upgrades in the Sheep Barn that will cost no more than $22,500 with the Sheep Committee paying for 50% of the project. In addition to the Sheep Barn Project, also approved was a concrete project at the north side of the Beef & Dairy Pavilion. At the end of the public meeting, the board focused their attention on chairs at the fair. In 2016, the Agricultural Society will be implementing a policy that no chairs will be permitted to be placed at the Gazebo and Grandstand area until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The motion was made for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.
VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS INVITES PAST WINNERS BACK THIS YEAR - March 16, 2016
In celebration of the 65th Anniversary, the Poultry Days Board of Directors extends an invitation to all past Poultry Days Miss Chicks, Little Miss Poultry Days and Poultry Days Festival Chairmen to participate in the Grand Parade. The Grand Parade will be held Saturday June 11th at 11: a.m. The Poultry Days festival has enjoyed 65 years of success. Floats have been organized. RSVP by May 1, 2016 to: Versailles Poultry Days, PO Box 108, Versailles, OH 45380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The 65th annual festival will be held June 10, 11, and 12th in Versailles Ohio. One of Ohio's oldest festivals, this event celebrates the area's poultry producing history as well as its sense of community. Registration information for the parade and other festival events will be posted as available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.
CHICAGO TICKETS FOR DARKE COUNTY FAIR ON SALE - March 7, 2016
The Great Darke County Fair had a Great start to selling tickets for Chicago. In the first 4 hours of sales for the entertainment to the 160th Fair Concert, the box office sold over 2,800 tickets. Tickets went on sale via internet and phone at 937-548-5044. Beginning Today, Monday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m., tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH. Persons 3 years of age and older are required to purchase a seat ticket. Persons under 3 years of age are admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying seat ticket holder. Mark your calendars for this fun concert that will begin at 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 21st.