FARMLAND COUPLE ARRESTED FOR NEGLECT - August 19, 2016
A rural Farmland couple were arrested Thursday based on what authorities called "deplorable conditions" in their mobile home. Ralph E. McKinney Jr., 44, and Amy L. McKinney, 32, were each preliminary charged with three counts of neglect of a dependent. They were being held in the Randolph County jail in Winchester. Sheriff Ken Hendrickson said the scene in the couple's trailer was "one of the worst living conditions" he had observed in 29 years of law enforcement. A child in his teens was at home when deputies served a search warrant at the home – south of Farmland, east of Ind. 1, and was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. Two other children, one a teen and the other a pre-teen, were to be placed with CPS when they returned home from school. Randolph County Health Department officials on Thursday condemned the mobile home.
160TH GREAT DARKE COUNTY IS UNDERWAY - August 19, 2016
The 160th Great Darke County Fair gets underway on Friday. The ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 8 AM in front of the Gazebo. Rides, games, show’s, food and fun will take place all 9 days beginning Friday. Harness racing starts on Friday at 6:30 with 15 races on the scheduled. WTGR will have all the live action when talking about the race. Next Thursday, 2016 Darke County Agricultural Society Board of Director Elections will take place with 4 to be elected. Election to be held Thursday, August 25, from 9am to 7pm in the Red Cross Building north of the Grandstand. Those on the ballot will be Jerry Marker, David Niley, Doug Martin, David Singer, Dean Neff and Jerry A. Bunch.
160TH GREAT DARKE COUNTY FAIR BEGINS TOMORROW - August 18, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society met for their last regularly scheduled meeting before the 160th Great Darke County Fair. The meeting started with concerns from several vendors over location of one vendor on the grounds. The discussions would change to parking as the Fair Board spent the majority of their time discussing parking issues. The main concern for the fair board is the soft ground and wet conditions. Multiple Fair Board members were pleased that it did not rain on Wednesday, as rain over the last few days has made the grounds extremely soft. The 160th Great Darke County Fair starts on Friday morning and runs 9 days.
INDOT TO CHIP SEAL STATE HIGHWAYS STARTING AUGUST 22 - August 18, 2016
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) maintenance crews plan to chip seal sections of area state highways starting next week. Weather permitting, crews will start chip sealing:
State Road 227 from U.S. 27 to Ohio starting on Monday, Aug. 22
U.S. 40 between Pershing and Centerville on Wednesday, Aug. 24
State Road 1 from State Road 38 to U.S. 36 on Monday, Aug. 29
Schedules are dependent on weather conditions and subject to change. During chip seal operations, State Road 227 and State Road 1 will be closed to through traffic when work is taking place between approximately 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Access will be maintained to local homes and businesses. A signed detour will direct State Road 227 traffic to U.S. 27 and State Road 44. State Road 1 traffic will be detoured west to State Road 103 via State Road 38 and U.S. 36. Alternating lane closures will be in place on U.S. 40, and a single lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction.
BREAK-INS AT SWINE BARN ON FAIRGROUNDS - August 18, 2016
Although not discussed at Wednesday's meeting, Darke County Sheriff deputies are investigating reports of several tack boxes that were broken into in the swine barn as well as vandalism at the swine barn and underneath the Grandstand. In addition to the break-ins, vandals broke a light outside the Swine Barn and damaged a roll-up door on a concession stand under the Grandstand. The incident occurred prior to the start of the fair's contract with Sheriff's Patrol began and there were no deputies on the fairgrounds when the incident took place. The Sheriff's Patrol's contract began Wednesday and they will have a constant presence at the fairgrounds until the end of the fair.
SPECIAL MEETING FOR WHIRLPOOL - August 17, 2016
City of Greenville Council met for their Regularly scheduled meeting and 3 public hearings were listed on the agenda. One of the talking points centered around rezoning Whirlpool Corporation. The large Greenville employer had multiple people present to represent the company. City Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday at 8 AM in the Council Room for consideration of legislation for rezoning 1700 KitchenAid Way, from General Business to Limited Industrial Commercial. With another meeting set in August, Mayor Mike Bowers will have one more meeting with Council as acting Mayor. However, Bowers was recognized by Council on Tuesday, for his years of service to the city. Mayor Bowers has served in the position for over 8 years and at the end of the month will move into the position of Darke County Economic Development Director. Council and City Administration thanked the Mayor and Mayor Bowers returned the thank you. In other business, Mayor Bowers announced that the City of Greenville would pay it's respect and congratulations to Clayton Murphy for his Bronze Medal performance in the Men's 800 meters by turning the water in the fountain red.
DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER 2016 - August 17, 2016
The Greenville Police Department will join local and national law enforcement officers and highway safety advocates all across the country for the 2016 National DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER Campaign. During the mobilization, officers will be cracking down on motorists, August 19th - September 5th, both day and night. Labor Day weekend brings an increase in highway travel and drunk driving, so State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up enforcement to crack down on this deadly epidemic and save lives. On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide. Almost half (48%) of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking (.01+ BAC); 38 percent involved drivers who were drunk (.08+ BAC); and more than a fourth (27%) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the illegal per se limit (.15+ BAC). For more sobering statistics on drunk driving in the United States, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov. Law enforcement will be cracking down on impaired drivers around the clock. You can expect to get a ride to the police station at the very least. "No excuses and no exceptions." More than 900 law enforcement partners around Ohio, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol, will be aggressively enforcing the law with a ZERO TOLERANCE policy. The Greenville Police Department urges everyone to DRIVE SOBER for yourself, your families, friends and strangers.
COMMISSIONER STEGALL WILL BE AT FAIR - August 16, 2016
This month is Fair month! In keeping with that, Commissioner Stegall will be at the Great Darke County fair with most of the people from the County and surrounding areas. Commissioner Stegall will be at the fair on Friday, August 19th , August 22nd, and August 26th from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Republican tent to answer any questions, or listen to any concerns or comments that you may have on any county issue. The county fair is always a good time to meet with friends and family, and a good time to stop by and say "Hi" to a county official. Commissioner Stegall will also be on Community Ties this Friday with the other 2 Darke County Commissioners. WTGR is the official voice of the Darke County Fair.
MURPHY WINS BRONZE IN 800 METERS - August 16, 2016
It was a packed house at Tri-Village Schools on Monday, a large crowd turned out to eat pizza, wings and watch a former Patriot run for Bronze. Clayton Murphy, Tri-Village class of 2013, sent everyone home with a smile as the TV Grad came from behind to win a Bronze Medal in the Men's 800 Meters. A 2 time NCAA Champion for the University of Akron, Murphy is the first American in 24 years to medal in the 800-meter run. The 21-year-old Murphy clocked a personal-best time of 1 minute, 42.93 seconds to win bronze. Murphy's time is the third fastest in the world this year, trailing only Monday's gold and sliver medalists. David Rudisha of Kenya won his second straight Olympic gold in 1:42.15. The last American to medal in the 800 at the Olympics was Johnny Gray, who won the bronze at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. It's been quite a rise for Murphy, who was ranked 19th in the world in the 800 in May. Murphy was a gold medalist in the 800 at the 2015 Pan American Games. An All-American at Akron, he won NCAA titles in the 800 (indoor) and 1,500 (outdoor) this year. Tri-Village was loud and proud in supporting their own on Monday Night and the community is ready for a heroes welcome. Congratulations to Clayton Murphy on his Bronze Medal. Way to Go!!
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AT FAIR SUNDAY - August 16, 2016
The ODNR Day at The Great Darke County Fair will be Sunday-August 21 beginning at 12:00 pm and lasting until 6:00 pm. Groups that will be attending are: ODNR Divisions of: Natural Area and Preserves, Parks and Recreation, Watercraft and Wildlife. The following Conservation Organizations will also be represented: Darke County Fish and Game Association, Pheasants Forever and Safari Club International. Also, the Darke County 4H Shooting Sports Club will be there as well. There will be presentations given by ODNR, Parks and Recreation, and Wildlife as well as Pheasants forever. In addition, there will be learning opportunities available. For more information visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
MURPHY GOES FOR GOLD TONIGHT - August 15, 2016
On Saturday, Clayton Murphy put on a show and finished second in his semifinal of the men's 800 meter at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The Darke County Native will be center stage tonight as he races for a medal against the best in the world. The Tri-Village grad will compete this evening against 7 other men, including fellow American Boris Berian at 9:25 PM on NBC. The former Akron Zip and 2 time NCAA Champion ran the 4th fastest time on Saturday, advancing to the 800 finals. The 2016 USA Track and Field Olympic Trials champion, finished second in a personal-best time of 1:44.30. Murphy's old school will be holding a special get together tonight for the race as Tri-Village will hold a watch party at the school with the doors opening around 8. Again Murphy is set to run at 9:25 PM on NBC, Best of Luck Clayton Murphy!! Go For Gold!!
SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT - August 15, 2016
Early Sunday, at 12:54 AM Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire Department and Gettysburg Rescue, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the area of Gettysburg Pitsburg Road and Yount Road. Preliminary investigation revealed that Richard Dillon Medrano (22), of Bradford Ohio, was traveling northbound on Gettysburg Pitsburg Road near Yount Road when he lost control of his 2012 Chevrolet Cruze, traveling off the left side of the roadway, striking a guardrail. After striking the guardrail, the vehicle went airborne before hitting a ditch and flipping the vehicle multiple times. The vehicle then struck a utility pole and came to rest on its side. Medrano and his passenger, Katherine Besecker (19), of Arcanum, were transported to Wayne Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Medrano was issued a citation for the accident.
I.D. CARDS AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN AT MIAMI COUNTY FAIR - August 15, 2016
The Miami County Sheriff's Office will once again be offering free children's I.D. cards at the Sheriff's building beside the fair secretary's office. While obtaining the child I.D. card, please take the time to fill out a sheet to be eligible to win a free girls or boys bike. The drawing for one girl's and one boy's bike will occur each evening of the fair. The bikes were furnished courtesy of the Miami County Sheriff's Patrol and Miami County F.O.P. Lodge #58. Monday, from 10AM - 1PM in honor of kid's day at the fair many of Miami County's first responders will be on hand to interact with the kids and show off some of their equipment. The Miami County Fair runs until Thursday.
SEMINAR FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE RETIREES - August 11, 2016
The Greenville Public Library is working with the Darke County Chapter of Public Employee Retirees, Inc. (PERI) to arrange an informational seminar that will be held on three different dates to address concerns and problems involving PERI medical insurance and prescription drug benefits, including questions about their reimbursement funds. The seminar is free and open to both PERI members and nonmembers, who are eligible to retire under OPERS, which is the Ohio Public Employees' Retirement System. The seminar will be held on the third floor in the Library's boardroom, which is handicap accessible, on the following dates and times, Friday, August 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, August 16 from 10 am to 12 noon.
BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS HANDS OUT SCHOLARSHIPS - August 11, 2016
Big Brothers, Big Sisters has awarded 2 scholarships to a Shelby County and Darke County Big Sister. Elizabeth Landis, of Anna, received a $500 scholarship which was awarded by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby County. Landis a 2016 Anna High School Graduate, plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at The Ohio State University, majoring in AgriScience Education. Elizabeth stated that "My favorite part of Big Buddies was building a relationship with a child and helping them develop confidence and good character." In Darke County- Rachel Shellhaas, of Versailles, received a $500 scholarship. Shellhaas, a 2016 Versailles High School Graduate, plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at The University of Kentucky, majoring in Neuroscience, Premed. Rachel stated that "My favorite thing was being with the same buddy for 3 years and being able to see him open up to me and hearing him say "I'm gonna miss you" at our last session." In addition to the after-school program the agency has 88 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County. For more information on the various programs call 547-9622 or 492-7611 or go to the website www.BigBroBigSis-ShelbyDarke.org.
SEMI TRACTOR/TRAILER DRIVES INTO HOUSE - August 11, 2016
On Wednesday, at approximately 3:45 PM Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, New Madison Fire, Hollansburg Fire and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to 937 US RT 36 West in reference to a semi tractor/trailer that drove through a residence. Upon arrival Fire crews called for additional resources from Greenville City Fire, Union City Fire, Arcanum Fire, Englewood Fire and CareFlight due to severe damage to the residence. Preliminary investigation revealed a red 2015 Freight-liner semi tractor/trailer driven by Thomas D. Traver, 57 of Coaldale, Pennsylvania was traveling eastbound on US RT 36 West when the tractor/trailer traveled off the right side of the roadway and into a residence. Traver was able to free himself from the vehicle and debris but his passenger, Teresa A. Gill, 39 of Hanover, Pennsylvania was trapped for approximately two hours while fire crews stabilized the structure before extrication. Gill was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in stable condition. Traver was treated and released from the scene. There were no occupants inside the residence at the time of the accident. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division were also called to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SENDS 1 TO HOSPITAL - August 10, 2016
Late Tuesday afternoon, a motorcycle crash happened just outside of New Madison. The crash, which happened near a curve in the 1000 block of State Route 121 South, resulted in the driver being thrown from the bike. The driver required serious medical help after being ejected from the motorcycle, the injured man had to be airlifted to an area hospital. We're still trying to learn more details pertaining to the crash.
CAR SLIDES OFF ROAD IN SHELBY COUNTY - August 10, 2016
In Shelby County, a man is in a hospital after his car hit a utility pole just west of Sidney. The Crash happened at Cisco and Hardin Wapakoneta roads, as a car slid off the road and crashed into a fence, rolling several times before coming to a rest in a field. The accident happened in the 8 o'clock hour. Speed might be a factor in the crash. CareFlight was initially called but was cancelled because of rain in the area. The man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital for evaluation and transported to Miami Valley Hospital.
BACK THE WAVE NIGHT THIS EVENING - August 10, 2016
Greenville City Schools student athletes, in conjunction with the Greenville Athletic Boosters, will be holding their annual fundraising event, traditionally known as "Back the Wave", on Wednesday night, August 10th from 5:00-7:00pm. This door-to-door annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Greenville Athletic Boosters, an organization vitally interested in promoting and encouraging the activities and athletic programs of Greenville City Schools. For a $3 donation, you will receive a Greenville Green Wave decal and a Greenville High School and Junior High School sports schedule. Student athletes and parent representatives will begin the event at 5:00 from Greenville High School Football Stadium. Any questions concerning this event may be directed to Greenville's Athletic Office between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm at 548-4416. Friends of Harmon Field will hold a Public Meeting at 7:00PM after the event at Good Samaritan Stadium at Harmon Field. The purpose of this meeting is to share information with the community concerning the progress, direction, and the goals of the project. Friends of Harmon Field invite the community to the meeting, following the annual "Back the Wave."
8TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION - August 9, 2016
Despite an estimated cost of $500,000, state authorities have set the stage for a primary election in the 8th Congressional district even though there is absolutely no doubt about who will win. The district stretches along the state's western border, from Hamilton to Troy and eastward to Springfield. Only one candidate, Mercer County native Steve Fought, filed petitions for the Democratic primary election set for Sept. 13. Another Democratic candidate who qualified earlier for the November ballot suddenly dropped out of the running. That prompted the special election. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted looked into the possibility of foregoing the primary, since there is only one candidate on the ballot, but said state law requires the special election. Husted said he will ask lawmakers to change the statute so a special election would not be required under similar circumstances in the future.
DECOLORES MONTESSORI SCHOOL RECEIVES GRANT - August 9, 2016
Employees from Monsanto Company recommended the DeColores Montessori School to receive a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund's 2016 site grant initiative. Funds from the grant will be used to renovate an existing structure at the DeColores Montessori Farm School into a high tech STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Fab Lab. This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years. The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.MonsantoFund.org.
WINCHESTER MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE - August 9, 2016
A 69-year-old Randolph County man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his home near Union City. James M. Wilson, of the 2800 block of North Randolph County Road 700-E, was arrested on preliminary charges of rape, criminal confinement and possession of marijuana. According to a Randolph County Sheriff's Department report, Wilson's 40-year-old accuser said he forced her to perform a sex act on Friday night. The woman said she had not previously met Wilson, and was visiting his home with a mutual female acquaintance. Wilson told the deputy he had paid the woman for a sex act. A deputy said Wilson had a bag of marijuana in his pocket when he was arrested in a traffic stop near his home. Formal Charges are coming in the case.
BOOK AVAILABLE AT LOCAL LIBRARIES ON DARKE COUNTY'S DICKEY - August 9, 2016
The book "Remembering Douglas Eugene Dickey, USMC" by Terence W. Barrett, Ph.D, is now available at several local public libraries (Arcanum, Greenville, New Madison, Union City, and the Worch Public Library in Versailles). Two books were recently donated to each library by the Darke County Educational History, Inc. via grant funds awarded by the Lydia E. Shaurer Memorial Trust Fund. One of the goals of the Darke County Educational History, Inc. is to help make PFC Douglas Dickey as important in Darke County history as are Annie Oakley and Lowell Thomas. This 800+ page book is a "must read" for young and old lovers of history. Many pages describe the WWII experiences of Doug's father, Harold. Many names of Darke County soldiers are mentioned throughout the book.
ACCIDENT KILLS SIDNEY WOMAN - August 8, 2016
On Sunday, Deputies and rescue personnel in Shelby County responded at approximately 12:47 a.m. to the 2000 block of Riverside Drive on the report of a single-vehicle crash. Alcohol and speed are considered factors in a single-vehicle crash that killed 46-year-old Kristi M. Clark, of Sidney. Clark was driving a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer westbound on Riverside, west of Sidney Freyburg Road, when the vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail. The vehicle then traveled across the road and struck another guardrail. Clark was partially ejected in the second impact. Clark was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
FRIENDS OF HARMON FIELD MEETING WEDNESDAY EVENING - August 8, 2016
Friends of Harmon Field will hold a Public Meeting at 7:00PM on August 10, 2016 at Good Samaritan Stadium at Harmon Field. The purpose of this meeting is to share information with the community concerning the progress, direction, and the goals of the project. Friends of Harmon Field committee members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss phases of the project. Friends of Harmon Field would like to invite the community to the meeting, following the annual "Back the Wave". Come out and learn more about the project and become a Friend of Harmon Field. Honor the past and build for the future with www.FriendsOfHarmonField.com.
UNWANTED PESTICIDES WILL BE TAKEN AT MIAMI COUNTY FAIRGROUND - August 8, 2016
The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Aug. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the north entrance of the Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 North County Road 25-A, Troy, OH 45373. The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted. Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987. For more information visit www.darke.osu.edu.
BASF DONATES EMERGENCY CAR KITS TO SHERIFF'S OFFICE - August 5, 2016
Sheriff Toby L. Spencer would like to thank BASF for donating emergency car kits to the Darke County Sheriff's Office. BASF donated the emergency car kits to be placed in the Sheriff's cruisers and other vehicles in the Sheriff's fleet. The kits include booster cables, flares, and other items in case of a roadside emergency. Even though Darke County deputies have radios and cell phones available to call for assistance it is important for each deputy and vehicle to be prepared for roadside emergencies. In times of disaster and other circumstances when resources may be low or absent emergency responders need to be self sufficient in order to continue with whatever mission may be presented to them.
FAIR LITTLE MISS & MR. PAGEANT DEADLINE IS AUGUST 12 - August 5, 2016
Applications are now being accepted for The 2016 Great Darke County Fair Little Miss and Mr. Pageant. The pageant will take place in the fairgrounds youth building, located behind the gazebo. It will be on Monday, August 22, 2016 with the boys starting at 5:30 and the girls starting at 6:30. This year's theme is "Under the Sea," a themed and judged event. Children must be between the ages of 3-5 years by August 22, 2016 and a resident of Darke County. There will also be a most photogenic contest for a boy and girl this year. Please include a 5x7 or smaller photograph with no enhancements with your entry fee and registration form. Please make sure the picture is labeled with name and address. There is a $15 non-refundable entry form due at the time of registration. Applications will be accepted until August 12th at 5:00PM. Please drop off or mail your application, registration and picture at The Flower Patch at 104 Rhoades Ave Greenville OH 45331. Applications can also be printed off line at www.darkecountyfair.com.
OLYMPICS OPENS TONIGHT WITH CLAYTON MURPHY IN ATTENDANCE - August 5, 2016
The next 2 weeks, the best athletes in the world will gather in Brazil for the 2016 Olympic Games. This evening at 7 PM on NBC the Opening Ceremonies will feature four hours of dancing, lights, fireworks, history and the athletes. Clayton Murphy will be one of those athletes, as the Darke County native will be competing in the Mens 800 Meters. The Tri-Village Grad and 2 time NCAA Champion will compete next Friday the 12th at 9:10 am EST. That will be the first round. Murphy is in Brazil and will be at the opening ceremonies. Best of Luck Clayton Murphy!
FATAL ACCIDENT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY - August 5, 2016
Stephen A. Anderson, 30, from Parker City, lost his life early Thursday in a crash on Indiana 32. Anderson was a front-seat passenger in a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, he was pronounced dead at the scene, on Ind. 32 near Randolph County Road 1000-W. Mackenzie Anderson, 25, was driving westbound on the state highway when her car crossed the eastbound lane and left the south side of the road. The vehicle then "traveled the ditch line" about 500 feet before it hit a cement culvert and then flipped onto its roof. A 3 month old infant, was in a child seat, had to be taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. The baby was then taken by air ambulance to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. Mackenzie Anderson was flown by medical helicopter from the scene to Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. She was reported to be in critical condition. The accident was reported about 2:25 a.m. Other agencies at the scene included Farmland and Parker City police and firefighters, Randolph County EMS and Indiana State Police.
DRONES NOT ALLOWED AT DARKE COUNTY FAIR - August 4, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society has an active Drone Policy and it will be enforced during the 160th Fair that takes place August 19-27, 2016. The Darke County Agricultural Society bans the use of all remotely controlled devices such as aircraft, cars, etc. That policy is on their website at DarkeCountyFair.com. In other news, the Fair Board met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them were members of the 2016 Fair Court. The 2015 Queen Danielle Hesson and King AJ Warner were present as they said thank you presented the board with a banner. The board was very proud of the 2015 court and looks forward to working with the 2016 court. The fair begins in 15 days, but some of Wednesday's meeting was focused on 2017. The Board did not approve a 2017 concert entertainment recommendation, but did approve presenting Variety Attractions with a 2-year (2017-18) contract with revised language for concert entertainment purposes. This year, the band Chicago will perform on Sunday, August 21st on the fairground and currently there are just under 200 tickets left for the concert. For tickets or more information visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
STATE FOCUSES ON SMALL BUSINESSES - August 4, 2016
State Representative Jim Buchy has announced his support for legislation that will support local small businesses. The Ohio legislature has been focused on passing legislation that will benefit the millions of Ohioans who rely on private businesses as an employer. The Ohio House worked tirelessly to reduce the new business filing fee by 21 percent, making it cheaper and easier for small businesses to get started in Ohio. House Bill 3 not only cut the filing fee to under $100, but it also put measures in place to enhance the state's job search website, OhioMeansJobs, to better connect employers with qualified job candidates. Since passing HB 3, the state has already seen 9,746 new businesses register with the Secretary of State's office in 2015, beating 2014's record-setting number by 3,971 businesses. In 2016, the first quarter business growth continued to surpass the growth seen in 2015. Ohio is on pace for a seventh consecutive year of seeing a record-setting number of entities filing to do business in the state. Under this new tax plan, which has already gone into effect, Ohio businesses will see a 75 percent tax deduction on their first $250,000 of business income in 2016, and by 2017 the deduction will increase to 100 percent. Additionally, there will be a 3 percent flat tax on all business income that exceeds $250,000. In total, Ohio small businesses will see a total of approximately $949 million in tax reductions over the next two years - providing a much needed boost to our local economy.
GARY PLEAS GUILTY IN COURT - August 4, 2016
Back in October, we reported on Jordan Gary, 24, who was in a 2005 Chevy 2500, driving eastbound on Ross Road and stopped at the stop sign at Palestine-Union City Road. Gary then pulled from the stop sign, turning right on to Palestine-Union City Road, lost control of his vehicle and went left of center, striking a 2002 Chevy, driven by Lisa Miller, of Palestine, which was northbound on Palestine-Union City Road. Gary was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a third-degree felony, and Driving Under the Influence (DUI), a first-degree misdemeanor. The crash injured three people. In a plea agreement, on Wednesday, Gary pleaded guilty to an amended count of Attempted Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a fourth-degree felony. The third-degree felony charge carried a mandatory prison term. The original DUI charge stands as indicted. A second DUI count was dismissed. Sentencing is scheduled for September, Gary faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000. He also may see his driver's license suspended.
COMMEMORATIVE POSTMARK AT DARKE COUNTY FARI - August 3, 2016
The Greenville Post Office will be celebrating the 160th Great Darke County Fair by offering free commemorative pictorial postmarks. These postmarks are considered highly collectible. The postmark will be available August 19-26 at the Great Darke County Fair Station located on the fairgrounds. Hours of operation at the station will be weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Those who wish to obtain the postmark through the mail may submit a mail-order request. Mail-order requests must be postmarked no later than September 18, 2016. Requests must include a stamped envelope or postcard bearing at least the minimum First-Class $.47 postage or $.34 postcard postage. A self-addressed stamped envelope is required to return the commemorative postmarked item(s). For more information and the address visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
BUSY GREENVILLE COUNCIL MEETING - August 3, 2016
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and although it was a packed parking lot, attendance was small. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison informed the audience that parking was limited because 49 people had showed up to the City Building to take the Fire Fighters test. In other business, Council approved 7 ordinances and resolutions along with approving a new permit from the Division of Liquor Control for Rapid Fire Pizza, which will be coming to the City in the near future on Wagner Avenue. In the Call of Council, multiple members congratulated Mayor Mike Bowers on his new job as he'll become Economic Development Director for Darke County later this year. The Darke County Republican Party is accepting letters of interest and resumes for the positions of Greenville City Mayor and Greenville City Treasurer. Any registered Republican residing within the City of Greenville, that is interested can apply to Darke County Republican Party at P. O. Box 45, Greenville, OH 45331 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is Noon on August 29, 2016. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, August 16th at 7:30 in the City Building.
FATAL ACCIDENT AT 127 AND KRUCKEBERG - August 3, 2016
On Tuesday, at approximately 5:13 PM Darke County Deputies, Careflight and multiple EMS units were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeberg Road in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1999 Honda CRV driven by 16 year Elias Burr of Greenville, Ohio was stopped at the posted stop sign on Kruckeberg Road at US Route 127. Burr attempted to travel west across US Route 127 when his vehicle was struck by a black 2006 Ford F-350 driven by Samuel M. Wengerd, 28, Geneva, Indiana which was traveling northbound on US Route 127. Both vehicles continued north traveling across the grass median and coming to rest in the southbound lanes of travel on US Route 127. Burr lost his life do to his injuries at the scene. The seven and nine year old male passenger of the CRV, both from Greenville, Ohio were transported to Children's Hospital in Dayton Ohio by two separate CareFlight helicopters where they are listed in critical condition. Wengerd was treated and released by EMS at the scene. Wengerd's passengers, Jacob Schwartz, 19 and Marvin Schwartz, 21, both of Portland, Indiana were transported to Wayne Healthcare by Greenville Rescue and Ansonia Rescue where they were treated and released. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and The Darke County Coroner's Office.
PREBLE COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT KILLS 10-YEAR-OLD - August 2, 2016
The Preble County Sheriff's Office investigated a (2) two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, July 30th at approximately 3:40 P.M. The crash occurred on State Route 725, (1) one mile east of Camden. The preliminary investigation found that a motorcycle with a side car was traveling west on SR 725 when the driver lost control while entering a curve. The motorcycle traveled left of center and was struck by an SUV that was traveling east. In addition to the driver of the motorcycle, a passenger was seated in the side car. Both were ejected from the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Daniel Muhs of Olney, Illinois, suffered serious injuries and was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. His passenger who was in the side car, Joseph Muhs, age 10 of Olney, Illinois was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the SUV were not injured in the crash. State Route 725 was closed for approximately two hours while deputies conducted their investigation. Camden-Somers Twp. Fire & EMS, Gasper Twp. Fire & EMS and the Preble County Coroner's Office responded to the scene.
$10 TAX TOPIC AT COMMISSIONERS MEETING - August 2, 2016
The Darke County Commissioners met Monday and it was business as usual except for a handful of concerned citizens in attendance. During the public hearing, multiple people addressed the Commissioners with concerns over a possible $10 tax that would be assessed to the owners of any motor-operated vehicle in Darke County. That tax would include automobiles, motorcycles, trailers and boats, which is required to be licensed. The amount charged would be in addition to existing license fees assessed by the State of Ohio. If enacted, the tax will become effective beginning in January 2018. The money would be earmarked specifically for road and bridge construction projects and could not be used for other purposes. The Commissioners have already held 2 public hearings pertaining to the issue. However, citizens had more questions about the tax and possible projects at the airport. The Commissioners confirmed that the tax would be earmarked specifically for road and bridge construction projects and could not be used for other purposes. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
FARMLAND COUPLE BUSTED FOR DRUGS - August 2, 2016
A Farmland couple were arrested – for the second time in three days, after police reported finding narcotics in the apartment they shared with three children. Last week, Farmland police accompanied a Department of Child Services worker to the East Jackson Street apartment of Shay A. Edwards and Cassandra J. Barker. Authorities reported finding drug paraphernalia - including more than 25 syringes – and a substance identified as heroin in the apartment. Barker, 26, who was home with her three children, ranging in age from seven years to eight months – was arrested, preliminary charged with neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. The children were placed in the custody of CPS workers. Edwards, 27, later surrendered at the Randolph County jail and was held on the same preliminary charges.
MERCER COUNTY DRUG BUST 2 CELINA WOMEN - August 2, 2016
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of two individuals on a drug related incident. On August 1, 2016 a deputy received information that two females were on their way to Dayton to purchase drugs and would then be returning to Mercer County. The caller described the females by name, and also described what they would be driving, and also advised the females would hide the drugs inside their body cavities if they suspected they would get pulled over. At 10:12 PM deputies initiated a stop on the suspect vehicle on Coldwater Creek Road east of St Anthony Road, for a traffic infraction. A canine was requested to the stop and Celina PD's canine Peng alerted to the vehicle, but no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle. Based on the tip information and information gathered at the traffic stop, deputies applied for and were granted body cavity search warrants. Prior to the search warrants being secured, both the female driver and female passenger each removed a syringe from their vaginal cavity area. The body cavity search warrant was executed at Mercer Health, and nothing else was found. Both females were incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility on initial charges of possession of drug abuse instruments, a misdemeanor of the second degree. Both females are being held on $100,000.00 bond subject to 10%. Deputies were assisted by members of the Grand Lake Drug Task Force, Celina Police Department, and the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor for review of additional charges.
Paige W. Waterman, age 29 of 5019 Frahm Pike, Celina.
Chelsie M. Hedge, age 21 of 8038 US Rte. 33, Celina.
Sheriff Grey states body cavity search warrants are rare; however, due to the health and safety risks of those involved, these type of warrants will become more common, and necessary. This is yet another obstacle law enforcement has to deal with not only on the street, but also inside the Adult Detention Facility with drugs, and drug paraphernalia being concealed and transported inside body cavities.
UNION CITY MAN CHARGED FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ON MINOR - August 1, 2016
Tyler D. Philpot, 21, from Union City, is charged with two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, a Level 4 felony carrying a maximum six-year prison term. His trial is set for Nov. 14 in Randolph Circuit Court. According to documents filed, Philpot in May engaged in sexual activities with the girl, who recently turned 15. In Indiana, the age of consent for sexual activity in most instances is 16.
AMERICAN RED CROSS TO CLOSE SHELBY COUNTY BUILDING - August 1, 2016
The American Red Cross has made a decision to sell the building where its Sidney office is located. The building is far larger than what is needed to deliver services and although a vital building, no longer meets the needs of Red Cross clients. This does not mean, that the Red Cross is leaving Shelby County. Training programs will continue to be offered throughout the area, volunteers will continue to operate out of the county. There will be no difference in service delivery. If you have questions, would like more information about any of the American Red Cross classes or programs, or have space to offer, contact the Shelby County office at 937-492-6151.
NEW PARIS CHAMBER WANTS TO TEAR DOWN STRUCTURE - August 1, 2016
The New Paris Chamber of Commerce is seeking to take control of a vacant property at 101 S. Washington St. so the structure can be torn down. The two-story building holds four apartments as well as street-level retail space, and shares an intersection with the New Paris Antique Mall. "The Chamber," said president Dale Hall, "would like to remove the building and replace it with a parking lot, grass lot, or gazebo."
GREENVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON - July 29, 2016
On Wednesday, at 11:14 P.M., Darke County 911 Center received a call from a resident at 22 Sherwood Court Greenville, Ohio advising someone threw something onto the deck of the residence and it was on fire. The caller and their family were inside the residence at the time. As Darke County deputies and New Madison Fire Department were responding to the call, at 11:22 P.M., the 911 center received a call from a resident at 23 Friar Tuck Greenville, Ohio advising their porch was on fire. The caller was alone inside the residence at the time. Deputies and fire fighters arrived on scene, the flames were quickly extinguished and no one was found to be injured. Deputies learned a black car was observed fleeing the mobile home park moments after the fires were reported. Deputies and detectives investigated these incidents throughout the early morning hours. On Thursday, at 6:12 A.M., the 911 Center received a call from a resident at 1326 Fort Jefferson Avenue, Greenville, Ohio advising they discovered the undercarriage of their vehicle had been burnt but was not actively on fire. Deputies responded to the scene and learned no one sustained any injuries. Investigators interviewed several witnesses and collected numerous pieces of evidence throughout the course of the day. Tyelor Jamal Henry-Dever (20), Greenville Ohio was located and arrested without further incident at his residence and was transported to the Darke County Jail where he is currently held on charges of two counts of Aggravated Arson and one count of Arson. This incident remains under investigation.
HURD WINS MISS ANNIE OAKLEY - July 29, 2016
Congratulations to Katie Hurd, who out-shot five other contestants Thursday night, to be named Miss Annie Oakley 2016. A junior, who’s 16 and attends Greenville High School, Hurd is the daughter of Kris and Dean. First runner-up was Megan Elizabeth Troutwine, sophomore at Ansonia., Second runner-up was Morgan Hissong, 15- from Franklin Monroe High School. Hurd won the competition from 100 feet away. The Annie Oakley festival starts today and stretches to Sunday at York Woods north of Greenville off of U.S. 127. More information visit AnnieOakleyFestival.org.
UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS - July 26, 2016
Taylor Hall of Union City was arrested in the early morning hours of July 26, 2016. After being stopped for a traffic violation the Union City Ohio Police Dept. requested assistance of the Union City Indiana Police Dept. K-9 unit, the K-9 unit arrived on scene and made a positive indication on the vehicle that was stopped. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed several items that are used in the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. Hall admitted to officers that he often cooks methamphetamines. Hall was placed under arrest and transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail where he was booked on the charge of Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the 3rd Degree. Hall is being held without bond awaiting arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court. To report drug activity in Union City Ohio please contact the Union City Police Department at 937-968-7744.
DARKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING NEWS - July 26, 2016
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them from the Sheriff’s Department was Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. The Commissioners approved an agreement with Motorola for Communication Equipment and Services pertaining to the MARCS system. The county is preparing to move to the MARCS Radio System for public safety purposes because the current system is outdated. Looking into the MARCS system, it was learned that Union City, Ohio, was lacking coverage and to resolve the problem a tower was required. With the approved agreement, the Commissioners agreed to move forward on the building of a tower that will cost $590,000. Recently, a $500,000 Grant was obtained for the tower with $90,000 coming from the capital improvement fund. It was learned on Monday, that the county got a solid deal on the price of the tower considering the building of MARCS Towers a year ago was well over $850,000. Township Trustees have also been on board with the Commissioners and the Village of Union City has donated the land for the tower to be built. Chief Deputy Whittaker informed the public that the tower could be built and ready to work in 6 months time. However, the project does not have a deadline. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 27 at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
DARKE COUNTY FAIRBOARD PREPARES FOR 160TH FAIR - July 21, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Less than a month away from the 160th Great Darke County Fair, Fair Manager, Daryl Riffle, updated the Fair Board on this year's concert featuring the band "Chicago". There are just over 300 tickets left for the event, which takes place Sunday, August 21st. On the fairgrounds, a reminder was posted that for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation, effective with the 2016 Fair, no chairs will be permitted to be placed on the Fairgrounds until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The Pre-Fair chair signage is now in place for safety & final Fair preparations. In other business, the Fair Board approved naming 97.5-WTGR-FM the official radio voice of the 2016 Great Darke County Fair. WTGR will be broadcasting live from the Fairgrounds all 9 days of the Fair, starting Friday, August 19th. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds. For more information on the Fair or tickets to the concert, visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
NARCAN USED FOR FIRST TIME IN MIAMI COUNTY - July 21, 2016
The Miami County Sheriff's Office responded on a possible opiate overdose at an address on N. Rangeline Road in Newberry Township on July 17, 2016 at 10:54 P.M. Deputies had previously been trained for the usage and administration of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can help reverse overdoses of opioid drugs. Naloxone is currently carried by deputies in an effort to save lives as they're often first on the scene of overdose calls. The responding deputy, Deputy J. Adams, found an unresponsive thirty year old male possibly suffering from a drug overdose. The man was unconscious and had no detectable pulse. Narcan was administered and the male did begin breathing and regained consciousness. The Covington Life Squad arrived on scene and took over treatment of the man. This is the first deployment of Narcan by a Miami County Deputy Sheriff since the drug was put into use by this agency in mid-May of this year.
ELDORA SPEEDWAY IN GUINNESS WORLD RECORD BOOKS - July 21, 2016
Prior to Wednesday's fourth annual Aspen Dental Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Tony Stewart hosted the Flip It for Good heads or tails game at Little E, which is Eldora's go-kart track located next to the main raceway. With 561 participants, Eldora Speedway set a Guinness World Record for the largest game of heads or tails. Each of the 561 participants donated $10 to the Tony Stewart Foundation to partake in the completion. The foundation said it will use the $5,610 raised to help children, animals and injured drivers throughout the United States. During the world record attempt, an official from Guinness World Records counted each contestant as they entered the infield at Little E.
GREENVILLE COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT BIKE TRAIL - July 20, 2016
Tuesday's agenda for the City of Greenville Council meeting was packed with 16 ordinances and resolutions. Director of Darke County Parks, Roger Van Frank, started the meeting with the public hearing. Van Frank was present to address council pertaining to an easement for a bike trail in the city that was added to the agenda under ordinances and resolutions. The ordinance authorizes an easement for the construction and maintenance for a 40 ft wide bike path for a shared use trail called Tecumseh Trail. This is Phase 4 of a very extensive process that has Darke County Parks trying to create a connected bike trail from Bradford to Greenville and beyond. Council adopted the ordinance along with all other ordinances and resolutions listed on the agenda. In other business, 2 concerned citizens addressed Council during the public hearings, pertaining to grass issues over on East Main and Ohio Street. With construction taking place in that area and new sidewalks going in, grass has been a problem and a eyesore. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, told the concerned citizens that the contractor would not be paid until the grass issue was corrected. The next Greenville City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30 in the City Building.
ARMY SPECIALIST FROM PIQUA FOUND DEAD - July 20, 2016
A 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment Soldier was found unresponsive at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday, outside his on-base living quarters. U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Gantt, 30, from Piqua, was declared dead at the scene shortly after first responders arrived. The cause of death is under investigation. Gantt served as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew member and had been deployed to Soto Cano, Honduras Air Base for approximately two months. He is survived by his wife and two children. Gantt deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March-October 2014. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the NATO medal. He joined the Army in February of 2012.
MIAMI COUNTY WOMAN TO SPEND YEAR IN PRISON - July 20, 2016
A Miami County woman who smuggled in heroin, leading to another inmate to overdose inside the Miami County Jail, will spend 12 months in prison. Earlier this week, sentenced was Danielle Brandyberry, 39. The Miami County woman will serve a year in prison for third-degree felony illegal conveyance of drugs into jail and tampering with evidence and six months for drug trafficking charges. The sentences will run concurrently. Brandyberry apologized for her actions and said she was thankful for her incarceration. Brandyberry admitted to authorities that she smuggled the drugs inside a body cavity which went undetected by officers.
FORT RECOVERY MAN SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER ACCIDENT - July 19, 2016
On July 19, 2016 at approximately 7:39 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 5300 block of Brown Road on single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a brown 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Paul R. Evans, 62, Fort Recovery, Ohio was eastbound on Brown Road in the 5300 block. Evans failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway and collide head on into a tree, Evans continued through a fence before coming to rest in the side ditch. CareFlight could not fly due to foggy weather conditions, Evans the only occupant in the vehicle was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Ansonia Rescue, where he is listed in serious condition. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
DARKE COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE TAX MEETING - July 19, 2016
Following the Darke County Commissioners meeting on Monday, the Commissioners held their first public hearing a proposed $10 tax that would be assessed to the owners of any motor-operated vehicle in Darke County. That tax would include automobiles, motorcycles, trailers and boats - which is required to be licensed. The amount charged would be in addition to existing license fees assessed by the State of Ohio. Multiple people attended the meeting as concerned citizens asked questions to Commissioners Mike Stegall and Mike Rhoades, as well as Darke County Engineer Jim Surber, along with Business Administrator John Cook. If enacted, the tax will become effective beginning in January 2018. The money would be earmarked specifically for road and bridge construction projects and could not be used for other purposes. The second hearing will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Darke County Administration Building at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. The hearings are open to the public. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. Downtown.
WINCHESTER MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY - July 19, 2016
Dillon M. Williams, 18, from Winchester, is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon in Randolph County. Williams is believed to have made arrangements to buy 40 Xanax tablets, for $600, at a park in Saratoga on July 8. The man accused of selling the prescription medication told Randolph County Sheriff's deputies that a man later identified as Williams had tackled him in the park and took his .40-caliber handgun. Williams' accuser later gave a revised statement to investigators, saying he had been trying to sell Xanax he had recently stolen "to make some quick cash" when he was robbed. Williams, told deputies that the drug dealer "pulled out a handgun and began waving it around" while they were discussing their planned transaction. The teen said he feared the other man intended to shoot him or rob him because he had about $1,200 in cash on him. Williams has received an Oct. 31 trial date. Two of the charges against him are Level 3 felonies carrying up to 16 years in prison.
MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED PREBLE COUNTY - July 18, 2016
Troopers from the Dayton Post are investigating a double fatality crash that occurred on Wikel Road near Monroe-Central Road in Monroe Township, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at approximately 5:37 P.M. Thomas Krug, age 49, from Lewisburg, Ohio was operating an orange 2008 Harley- Davidson Motorcycle southwest on Wikel Road in Preble County. Ruth D. Krug, age 45, was a passenger on the back of the motorcycle. Mr. Krug, failed to negotiate a curve and rode his motorcycle left of center striking Joann Hoskins, age 68, from Arcanum who was operating a black 2004 Ford pick-up truck and who was operating northwest on Wikel Road. Both of the occupants on the motorcycle were wearing their helmet and were ejected from the motorcycle. Both Mr. and Mrs. Krug were pronounced dead at the scene by the Preble County Coroner's Office. The crash is still under investigation at this time.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT - July 18, 2016
A car chase early Sunday, resulted in the arrest of Antonio Williams, 26. Around 12:30 AM, Williams refused to comply when Piqua police attempted to stop his vehicle. Speeds were reported at over 60 miles per hour as Williams led officers around the south and west side of Piqua, running a number of stop signs, as he attempted to elude officers. Williams crashed his SUV into a wall on Young Street. Both he and a passenger fled on foot. As officers followed Williams down an ally, witnesses observed Williams enter a garage behind a Downing Street residence. A K-9 unit from Sidney Police Department responded to assist Piqua officers. When the K-9 entered the garage, Williams was located hanging from ceiling joist in an attempt to stay out of reach of the dog. He was taken into custody without further incident. Williams faces charges of breaking and entering and fleeing and eluding. Additional charges may be filed.
JANE DOE INVESTIGATION IN MIAMI COUNTY - July 15, 2016
Miami County investigators have eliminated nearly all ties that an unidentified woman may have had to Ohio. Jane Doe was found on April 24, 1981 strangled to death, but also suffered blunt force trauma to her head and also had a lacerated liver. She is believed to be in her late teens or early 20's at the time of her death, was found along Greenlee Road — west of Troy. Jane Doe is believed to have been a traveler, or a wanderer, but spent roughly four months in the Fort Worth, Texas and southern Oklahoma area in the year preceding her death, according to Stable Isotope analysis. If anyone recognizes or has any information in regards to Jane Doe's identity, they are asked to call Detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff's Office at 937-440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.
PENCE EXPECTED TO BE TRUMP'S RUNNING MATE - July 15, 2016
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump's running mate. IndyStar confirmed shortly after noon Thursday that Trump is planning to announce Pence as his selection for vice president. Several national news outlets, including CNN and ABC News, later reported Trump had offered the post to Pence and he had accepted, ending a weeks-long casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans. Trump had been scheduled to formally announce his pick at a news conference in Manhattan at 11 a.m. Friday, but delayed the event in the wake of an attack in France, that left more than 70 people dead. The delay could leave Pence, who had already traveled to New York, in political limbo. He faces a noon Friday deadline to withdraw from the governor's race to allow Indiana Republican leaders to select a replacement candidate.
LONGTIME GREENVILLE NATIVE PASSES AWAY - July 15, 2016
Former Greenville Mayor, Dr. Jack Harless, 88, of Greenville, passed away, Wednesday, July 13th. Greenville's own, Jack, along with his son Patrick, owned and operated Harless Chiropractic. He was a veteran of the US Navy, founding member of Greenville Transit and founding member and past president Greenville Rescue. He was a board member of the Boys and Girls Club, board directors at Treaty City Manor, past president of the Darke County Metropolitan Housing. Jack was a high school official for 30 years and involved with Greenville Baseball for 30 years. Member of multiple service organizations. He served on Greenville City Council from 1970-1987 and as Greenville Mayor from 1988-1991. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 18, at the First United Methodist Church 202 W 4th Street, Greenville. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery with full military service by the Greenville Honor Guard. Family and friends may visit from 11AM till the time of service at the church on Monday. Condolences for the family may be made at www.oliverfloyd.com.
2017 BUDGET PRESENTED TO COMMISSIONERS - July 14, 2016
Darke County Auditor, Carol Ginn was present at the Commissioners meeting on Wednesday. Ginn was there to submit the 2017 budget, which the Commissioners accepted with 3-0 vote. Estimated Appropriations for the 2017 Budget came in at $19,639,952. That's a slight decrease from the 2016 actual appropriations of $20,451,047. The County's increase cost for Health Insurance is not reflected in this budget, because the actual increase in cost is still unknown. Also, unknown at this time is the County's share or match portion for any Grants that could be received in 2017. The Darke County Wagner Avenue Facility total debt will be $5,500,000 as of December, 31, 2016. The principle and interest due in 2017 is $542,670. The County's General Fund will need to continue to help support the facility.
2016 DARKE COUNTY FAIR COURT - July 13, 2016
The 2016 Jr. Fair Pageant was held last night at All Seasons Place (Lighthouse Christian Center). Interviews were be held on Monday. There were 13 young ladies, who competed for the crown as queen, while only 1 male competed for the title as King. Congratulations to Isaac Gehret, 17, who's parents are Gary and Jill Gehret, Isaac was with Darke Co. 4-H Beef Club. The 2016 Queen is Molly Hunt, who is 17 and represents Genesis 4-H Club, her parents are Brian & Teresa. 1st Runner-up went to Deanna Langenkamp, 17, with Grade A Kids 4-H Club, parents Dan & Jennifer. 2nd Runner-up was Shelby Manning from Mississinawa Valley FFA, she's 17 and her parents are Jason & Heather Manning. 3rd Runner-up went to Brenna Loxley, from Swine Koolers 4-H Club, her parents are Shawn Loxley & Katrina Smith. The 160th Great Darke County Fair will be August 19th to the 27th in Greenville. For more information on the Fair, visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
DRUG BUST IN CELINA - July 13, 2016
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Chief Tom Wale, and Coldwater Chief Jason Miller reports HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) made an arrest of a 35 year old female. On July 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM officers working HIT observed several traffic violations and stopped a 2002 Ford Explorer that was driven by Amy Cole of 7577 SR 219, Celina. The vehicle was stopped on Echo Street near South Street in Celina. After making contact with Cole, she showed obvious signs of being under the influence and impaired. Officers requested a canine to check the vehicle and Celina Police Department's canine Pang alerted on the vehicle. Officers recovered two syringes one loaded with suspected cocaine, and another used syringe that appeared empty. Also located was a baggie with suspected meth, two straws, a crack pipe, and shoe strings used as a tie off for shooting up. Cole was taken into custody and is initially charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs (Misdemeanor of the first degree), possession of drug abuse instruments (Misdemeanor of second degree), and possession of drug paraphernalia (Minor misdemeanor). Cole is currently incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention facility being held on $100,000.00 subject to 10%. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review of additional charges. The Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Celina and Coldwater Police Departments continue to supply resources and man power to HIT in an effort to combat Mercer County's on going drug problems.
SIDNEY TREASURER SENTENCED AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT - July 12, 2016
Back in June, we reported on Linda Meininger, 73 from Sidney, was northbound on Sidney Freyburg Road when she started to make a left turn onto Hoewisher Road. She failed to see a motorcycle driven by Philip Brown, 67, of Sidney. She turned into the motorcycle's path, resulting in a near head-on collision. Brown, who was southbound on Sidney Freyburg Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. Meininger, who serves as the Shelby County treasurer, was uninjured in the accident. Meininger, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, and right of way when turning left, a minor misdemeanor. Meininger's attorney appeared on her behalf in Sidney Municipal Court Monday. Paperwork requesting a pretrial date has been filed with the court.
DRIVER IN COURT AFTER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - July 12, 2016
In late May, an injury accident on US127 in the area of Childrens Home Bradford Rd. revealed that a black 2012 Ford Fiesta driven by Nathan Nisley (33), of Rawson Ohio, changed lanes and struck a northbound 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. The occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and neither person was wearing a helmet. They both were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by careflight. During the course of the investigation Deputies learned that the incident appeared to be the result of road rage. Deputies arrested Mr. Nisley on two counts of felonious assault both a felony in the second degree. On Monday, Nisley had a "not guilty" plea entered on his behalf, despite his insistence on entering no plea. Nisley's court-appointed defense attorney, Dave Rohrer, told the court that a competency report received by his office July 8 showed his client was "incompetent to stand trial." On each second-degree felony count, Nisley faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
MARSHALL TO LEAVE POSITION WITH DARKE COUNTY - July 12, 2016
On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners confirmed that Jeff Marshall, Community Development/Grants Coordinator for the county will be leaving his position for another job in Dayton. Marshall's last day with the County will be Friday, July 22nd. The Development/Grants Coordinator has served in other positions for the County and started working for Darke County well over 15 years ago. The Commissioners said they are working on replacing Marshall and had not decided whether they would hire from within or advertise the opening. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 13th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
SIDNEY COUPLE ARRESTED IN TEXAS - July 11, 2016
Earlier this year, the Sidney Police Department investigated a felonious assault incident that occurred near the rear parking lot of the Post Office near the corner of West Ave and North St. During the assault a 16 year old Sidney male juvenile sustained life threatening injuries which resulted in being Care Flighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Fortunately after extensive medical intervention the male juvenile has made a full recovery. As a result of the investigation into the assault, arrest warrants were issued for two individuals; Johnny L Harness, age 31 and Samantha M Rivera age 24. Both individuals resided at 233 ½ N West Ave, Sidney at the time of the offense. Both fled Sidney after the incident was reported. On Friday, the department was contacted by Harlingen Texas Police Department reporting that both Harness and Rivera had been apprehended. Harlingen PD had been contacted by the agency earlier in the week after the department had received information indicating that the suspects were staying at an address in Harlingen. Harlingen PD working in conjunction with the US Marshalls were able to locate and arrest Harness & Rivera.
COVINGTON TEEN CAREFLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT - July 11, 2016
Also Friday, Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Bradford Fire Department, Bradford Rescue and Miami Valley Careflight, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the 8300 block of Horatio Harris Creek Road. Preliminary investigation reveals that Levi Brown (18), of Covington Ohio, lost control of his 1992 Honda Accord. Brown's vehicle struck a power pole causing injury. Brown was flown by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where his condition was listed as stable.
EATON MAN WITH ROAD RAGE INVOLVES 17-YEAR OLD - July 8, 2016
A 70-year-old Eaton man was arrested following an alleged road rage incident involving a 17-year-old girl between Richmond and Eaton. Eaton police said Peter Tucker, 70, was arrested and faces charges of assault, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging and unlawful restraint. Tucker is accused of running into the 17-year-old's vehicle several times between Richmond and Eaton and following her for more than five miles, before an altercation near the intersection of Lexington Road and U.S. 35. Police said Tucker approached the 17-year-old's vehicle near that intersection and tried to open her door, leading to a tug-of-war encounter. Tucker eventually was able to open the vehicle's door and held a pocket knife to the female's leg. The teen was not seriously injured during the incident. Officers were able to locate Tucker a few hours following the incident and took him into custody.
DARKE COUNTY K-9 UNIT RECEIVES BODY ARMOR - July 7, 2016
Darke County Sheriff's Office K9 Britta has received 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 of Powhatan Point, OH and embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Don Buff". 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 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a 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. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
INMATE DEATH INVESTIGATION - July 7, 2016
The Darke County Coroner's Office and the Darke County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate while incarcerated in the Darke County Jail. On Wednesday July 6, 2016 at approximately 7:10 AM corrections officers discovered 50 year old Thomas Rochow, of Greenville, Ohio lying on his bed pulseless and not breathing. Corrections officers and deputies performed CPR including the application of an AED in an attempt to revive Rochow. Greenville Township Rescue Paramedics also responded and provided advanced life support care. Rochow was not resuscitated and was pronounced dead in the jail. Darke County Coroner, Dr. Timothy Kathman and Chief Coroner's Investigator Joe VanVickle responded to the scene to investigate. Detectives from the Darke County Sheriff's Office were also assigned to investigate this case. Thomas Rochow was arrested by the Greenville Police Department on the afternoon of July 4, 2016 for an outstanding warrant out of Darke County Common Pleas Court on felony theft charges. Rochow was booked into the Darke County Jail on that date at approximately 2:42 PM. Rochow was placed in general population at the Darke County Jail. The Darke County Jail utilizes single occupancy cells therefore Rochow has no other inmates in his cell. On the morning of July 6th he was awakened at 6:30 AM along with all other inmates in his ward. Rochow exited his cell and spoke with a corrections officer requesting that he remain in his cell in lieu of doing morning cleaning duties because he was not feeling well. Rochow's request was granted and he immediately returned to his cell and the door was secured at approximately 6:32AM. At 7:10 AM corrections officers opened Rochow's cell door and he was called out for breakfast and he did not respond. The corrections officer checked Rochow and discovered him lying on his bed as if he was sleeping. The corrections officer tried to get Rochow to respond and discovered he was in cardiac arrest. The preliminary investigation finds that Rochow did not appear to have any traumatic injury. There is no evidence or information that he was involved in any assault. He was cooperative while in the jail and no physical use of force was utilized while in the jail. The body of Rochow was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for a forensic examination. According to Darke County Coroner Dr. Kathman, cause of death is pending lab results and toxicology that could take several weeks.
DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FT. LORAMIE BURGLARY - July 7, 2016
In June, we reported on a plea agreement for Donald Hicks Jr., 36, from Dayton. On Wednesday, Hicks appeared in the Shelby County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a Fort Laramie burglary. He entered a guilty plea to one count of burglary, a felony of the second-degree, one amended count of burglary to a third-degree felony, and the one count of having weapons while under disability, a felony of the third-degree. The rest of the charges were dismissed. The original 10-count indictment accused Hicks of various firearm offenses, entering two different homes in Fort Loramie, and receiving various types of stolen property. Upon his release he will have to complete three years of mandatory community control.
GREENVILLE CITY UTILITY BILLS CAN NOW BE PAID ONLINE - July 7, 2016
On Wednesday, Greenville City Mayor, Mike Bowers talked about the cities new utility bills payment available online at CityOfGreenville.org. New and now available to citizens online, the public can click on the "Utility Payment Online" icon which will take them directly to the registration page. They may also go to the drop-down "Government" menu, select "Departments," then "Water," then "Utility Bill Pay." To use the online pay system, new or existing utilities customers must register an account. To do so, customers will need their current or last utility bill, an email address, create a password and then create a recovery question and answer. A credit or debit card is required to make a payment using this service. There is a $1.95 fee incurred for use. Utilities customers are not required to use the online pay system. They may also mail in or drop off their payment. For questions contact the city's utility department at 937-548-1815.
FAIRBOARD TO HANG SIGNS ABOUT CHAIRS AT FAIR - July 7, 2016
Back in April, we reported that the Darke County Agricultural Society will be implementing a policy that no chairs will be permitted to be placed at the Gazebo or 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. On Wednesday, the Fair Board approved signs to be made that read "Attention, for safety reasons and final fair preparations, chairs on the fairgrounds prior to 8:00 A.M. on the Friday 7-days before the annual fair will be confiscated." Multiple signs will be made and placed around the fairgrounds. Fair Manager, Daryl Riffle expected the signs to cost around $400. The 2016 Jr. Fair Pageant will be held July 12th, 7:00 p.m. at All Seasons Place (Lighthouse Christian Center). Interviews will be held on July 11th at All Seasons Place. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
SIDNEY TEEN DIES WHILE ON MISSION TRIP - July 6, 2016
A Sidney teen who died in a fall on a mission trip in Mexico was expected to be returned to the Miami Valley on Tuesday night. Ty Martin, 17, was part of the Sidney First United Methodist Church's bi-annual mission trip to an orphanage in Tijuana. The boy's death, is believed to be a fall which occurred Sunday. Ty was a student in Sidney City Schools. Sidney High School has informed the media that the school administration will be available for any student who might need assistance or someone to talk to about Ty. The funeral will be at Cromes Funeral Home in Sidney. No date or time has been released.
GREENVILLE FIRE CHIEF TO STEP DOWN - July 6, 2016
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and only 5 council members were present meaning they could only read ordinance and resolutions 1 time. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison announced in the administrative report that Greenville Fire Chief Mark Wolf has announced he will be retiring at the end of the month. This comes just days after long time Assistant Fire Chief David McDermitt left the Department to retirement. Garrison informed council that Wolf's last day would be at the end of the month on July 29th. The long time Fire Chief has served the city for 28 years. The City has started the process of Wolf's retirement. In other business, council read for the 2nd time an ordinance that directs the Board of Elections to submit ballot questions to opt out for electric and gas service aggregation programs. There were 3 ordinances that read for the 1st time. The next city of Greenville Council Meeting will be Tuesday, July 19th at 7:30 in the City Building.
CLAYTON MURPHY HEADED TO OLYMPICS - July 5, 2016
Tri-Village Grad and New Paris native, Clayton Murphy won the 800-meter finals Monday at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon to secure a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Murphy, recently turned pro came from behind in the final 100 meters to pass Boris Berian, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 44.76 seconds. The future Olympian, was the winner of the indoor 800 at the NCAA National Championship earlier this year. A former State Champion at Tri-Village, Murphy also won the 1500 at the NCAA National Championship, last month, while running for the University of Akron. Boris Berian finished second in 1:44.92. Third-place Charles Jock (1:45.48) both are Rio-bound with Murphy. The Olympics will take place from Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Congratulations Clayton Murphy.
PIQUA MAN INJURED AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH - July 5, 2016
On Saturday, a motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash in Shelby County. Deputies and medics were dispatched to the 500 block of State Route 66 Saturday after 8 p.m. According to officials, a motorcycle was speeding and lost control while negotiating a curve and went off the road. The motorcycle then went down and the driver was thrown into a corn field. Deputies said Jerome Hester, 38, from Piqua, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. CareFlight was called and Hester was transported to Miami Valley Hospital. The accident remains under investigation.
PUBLIC MEETINGS TO BE HELD ON PROPOSED LICENSE TAX - July 5, 2016
The Darke County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings this month, July 18 and 27, regarding the proposed enactment of a permissive license tax in the county. The proposed $10 tax would be assessed to the owners of any motor-operated vehicle in Darke County, including automobiles, motorcycles, trailers and boats, which is required to be licensed. The amount charged would be in addition to existing license fees charged by the State of Ohio. The total amount collected cannot exceed $15 per vehicle registration. As well, amounts collected may vary based upon jurisdictions within the county that already collect a permissive tax. The hearings will be held at the Darke County Administration Building at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. The first hearing is Monday, July 18 at 2 p.m. The second will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. The hearings are open to all citizens or organizations desiring to speak on the matter.
HEROIN FOUND AT TRUCK STOP - July 1, 2016
Earlier this month, deputies checked a vehicle at the Petro Truckstop after finding a subject asleep inside. Deputies initiated contact with the subject to check his welfare. The subject was found to be excessively nervous, stating that he was from Texas and traveling thru Ohio to find work. A K-9 unit from the Indiana State Police alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a false compartment in the rocker panel. Deputies located approximately (1) kilogram of suspected heroin and arrested Felix Fernando Castro, age 21 of Mission Texas. He has been formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with the following:
Possession of heroin, 1st Degree Felony
Possessing Criminal Tools, 5th Degree Felony
Trafficking in Heroin, 1st Degree Felony
Deputies estimate the street value of the heroin to be in excess of $85,000. Thru their investigation, deputies believe that Castro was traveling to Boston with the drug. Castro remains in the Preble County Jail. Bond has been set at $200,085 cash.
PHONE SCAMS IN RANDOLPH COUNTY - June 30, 2016
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department has been taking calls from people who are stating that they received calls from various phone numbers. The caller claims to be a Deputy with Randolph County Sheriff's Department. The caller threatens that Judges have issued an arrest warrant for the person being called in order to try to obtain money from the person. Randolph County Sheriff's Deputies will not call you to inform you that you have a warrant and attempt to get money. If you receive calls like this, do not send the people any monies. They are also "spoofing" the calls meaning they can generate a local phone number that the call is coming from. They could literally be calling you from anywhere. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department does not collect money in criminal cases other than bond money if you are actually arrested. Don't fall victim as if these calls are coming from other states or countries, the people may not be able to be prosecuted.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - June 30, 2016
On Wednesday, at 7:22 AM Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement, Darke County Coroners Office and Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a semi truck and trailer in the 7100 block of State Route 121. Preliminary investigation reveals that David Milligan (45), of Greenville Ohio, was travelling north on State Route 121 on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Roger Evans (56), of Bellefontaine, was traveling south on State Route 121 in a 2007 Volvo semi truck with a trailer. The semi turned into the path of the northbound motorcycle as he attempted to turn left onto the ramp for U.S. Route 127. Milligan struck the semi and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Milligan's helmet use is unknown at this time. This was the second fatal accident investigated by Darke County Deputies in 24 hours and marks the third fatal accident for the year. This crash remains under investigation.
2ND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN GREENVILLE ON WEDNESDAY - June 30, 2016
Another motorcycle crash took place on Wednesday, but this one in the afternoon at Washington Avenue and Pine Street in Greenville. Just before 3:00 PM a male rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle left a stop sign to continue southbound on Washington. As he attempted to cross the Pine Street intersection, the bike was struck by an eastbound Saturn minivan. The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and was transported to the landing zone at the Darke County Sheriff's Office to be flown to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight. The female driver of the Saturn was not injured. The injured rider appeared not to be wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation by Greenville Police.
UNION CITY MAN MAN ARRESTED FOR HIT & RUN OVER WEEKEND - June 27, 2016
Late Friday night, at approximately 10:08pm, Union City Ohio Emergency Services were dispatched to the area in front of 417 W. Hickory Street on the initial report of a hit and run accident involving of vehicle that had crashed into the St. Mary's Catholic Church, (425 W. Hickory Street). As officers and medics were responding, they were advised that the suspect vehicle had possibly ran over some pedestrians and that he was fleeing the scene. When officers arrived they found that there was a party that was taking place at the residence, and they discovered three victims who were seriously injured. Jose Amelio Aguilar (33) was pronounced dead at the scene, and Juan Aguilar (22), and Neptali Vasquez (27) were flown from the scene by CareFlight and are still listed in critical condition and reportedly in ICU. Witnesses advised that a fight had broken out and that the suspect had started to flee the scene by backing up in his vehicle erratically and at a high rate of speed. Officers were advised that the suspect had struck all three of the pedestrians at this time, and then continued backing until striking St. Mary's Church. The suspect then fled the scene. The suspect, Ramon Angulo Marin (36), and his vehicle, were located at his residence at 613 1/2 N. Union Street. After speaking with investigators, Marin was taken into custody and transported to the Randolph County Jail on the following charges; Voluntary Manslaughter, (level 2 felony); Reckless Homicide, (level 5 felony); and Leaving the scene of an accident - resulting in death, (level 5 felony). Marin, remains in custody and incarcerated at the Randolph County jail on a $200,000 bond. There has also been a permanent retainer set from Immigration Customs Enforcement.
GAS & ELECTRIC SERVICES TOPIC OF GREENVILLE COUNCIL MEETING - June 23, 2016
On Wednesday, we reported on Greenville City Council meeting for their regularly scheduled meeting. At Tuesday's meeting was a representative from Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE). Council read for the first time a proposed ballot question regarding natural gas and electric services. Two ordinances are being considered that would allow the city to enter into a Municipal Aggregation Consulting Service Agreement, by which the consultant - in this case, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE) - to enter into service agreements to facilitate the sale and purchase of natural gas and electric on behalf of the city. If the ordinances are approved by council after second and third readings, the measures will appear on the November 8 ballot. If approved by voters, the measures would allow AGE to negotiate community-wide bulk gas and electric rates for eligible city residents and small businesses, who nonetheless would retain the ability to opt out of the program. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 5th at 7:30 in the City Building.
OHIO FARM BUREAU TO PROVIDE GRANT MONEY - June 20, 2016
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is providing $200,000 for county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. With additional matching funds from partnering organizations, these projects will provide more than $460,000 in total resources. The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau's comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has dedicated more than $2 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers' ability to produce food. This is the second year Ohio Farm Bureau has provided funding for county water quality projects.
FOOD TRUCKS COMING TO CITY PARK - June 15, 2016
Earlier this week, Greenville City Council met in a special Monday morning meeting. Council addressed the issue on Food Trucks for a special event to be held on Sunday nights during the summer months. Council unanimously approved a variance to allow food trucks in the parking lot near the horseshoe courts on Sundays, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the Greenville Municipal Band concerts at the Marlin Band Shell. Three trucks are expected to be available at the first event and five on the final two dates. Main Street Greenville, the last two summers has held food truck events downtown on Sunday nights. Greenville resident, Kim Murray, has helped with the event in years past, has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the event for 2016. The next Greenville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 in the City Building.
DARKE COUNTY GRADS DO WELL AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - June 13, 2016
Clayton Murphy, a Tri-Village High School grad and junior at the University of Akron, won the 1500 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. It's the second NCAA title for Murphy, who who won the NCAA 800 meter indoor title in March. Fellow Darke County native and Versailles High School grad Sam Prakel finished fifth. The junior at the University of Oregon finished with a time of 3:40.84. Murphy won with a time of 3:36.38. It was a busy weekend for Murphy as the NCAA indoor 800m and newly crowned 1500m champion won the Portland Track Festival 1500m race in 3:36.22 on Sunday, which was just shy of the Olympic standard (3:36.20). After the race, Murphy confirmed with FloTrack that he has signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility at Akron.
STREET ART SATURDAYS IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - June 6, 2016
This Saturday, a new event art series will begin in downtown Greenville. Street Art Saturdays plan to transform downtown Greenville into a outdoor performing arts venue on the second Saturdays of the summer season. The 2016 season includes the dates of June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th. The events will take place from 10am - 1pm and will feature 6 different locations, including musicians and visual artists set-up throughout the district. The visual artists will be set-up from 10 am - 1pm, the band and musicians will perform from 11am - 1pm, and the Farmers' Market will take place from 9am - 1pm. In addition, retail stores and restaurants will be open for all to enjoy. To learn more visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO BE AT FAIR - June 2, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled Fair Board meeting. During the Fair Manager's report, Daryl Riffle informed the board that this year the United States Postal Service will be setting up shop at the Fair. To celebrate the 160th Great Darke County Fair, the postal service will have a booth at the fair and serve as an actual post office for fairgoers. US Mail will also provide a commemorative pictorial post mark for the 160th Great Darke County Fair. In other business, fair books are now available at the secretary's office on the Fairgrounds. This year's Fair Book cover design comes from Megan Bergman from Rossburg, who was selected the winner of the 2016 Fairbook cover design contest.The age divisions were 9 and under, 10-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds. As the winner, Megan (15-18 year old category), received a check in the amount of $250.00. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
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.
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.
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.