Deanna York, Tourism Marketing Professional and Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau announced that the group will participate in the Great Vacations Travel EXPO presented by AAA, January 16-18, 2015, at Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. With more than 250 exhibits, attractions and events-including Darke County Visitors Bureau and regional partners of West Ohio Adventures-the EXPO is a destination in itself. The six counties of West Ohio Adventures (Darke, Auglaize, Mercer, Miami, Shelby and Van Wert) will showcase the best of the region with interactive exhibits, live cooking demonstrations and food tastings as well as friendly travel experts. The Great Vacations Travel EXPO opens Friday, January 16 and runs through Sunday, January 18, at the Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus. EXPO hours are Friday Noon to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. For additional event details or to purchase tickets in advance, visit

SIDNEY BUSINESS CITED - December 18, 2014
    A Sidney manufacturer, Formed Fiber Technologies LLC, has been cited for the third time since October 2013 for putting workers at risk of serious injury. The U.S. Department of Labor said in a release Tuesday that the facility was placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program for its failure to address its safety violations. The company produces interior trimmings for Toyota, GM and other manufacturers and was cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in 2013 and twice in 2014 for putting workers at risk of amputation and other serious injury by exposing them to dangerous, moving machine parts. During a June 2014 inspection, OSHA issued two willful citations with proposed penalties of $140,000. The company is based in Maine and employs 340 in Sidney and a total of 750 worldwide. The company has contested the citations.

    On Tuesday, the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) announced the names of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony, Friday, October 2, 2015 in Dayton. One of the Four is Greenville, native, the late Robert N. Hartzell. Son of an Ohio woodworker, Hartzell was inspired by neighbor Orville Wright to explore propeller manufacturing. By WWI, Hartzell's company provided propellers used on "Liberty" engines. After briefly manufacturing its own aircraft, the company focused on supplying wood propellers to its customers and metal propellers used on WWII aircraft. Postwar, Hartzell additionally developed lightweight and controllable propellers that spurred worldwide development of the general aviation industry. On October 2nd, he will officially join the roster of 225 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962. The four can be seen at an interactive exhibit hall located adjacent to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

    Fountain City Police are looking for any information about the the Marathon gas station and convenience store being robbed at gunpoint earlier this week. On Monday, A man entered the station at about 9 p.m. and pointed a revolver at the clerk, demanding cash. The clerk described the suspect as about 6-feet tall and of medium build. He was wearing a "camouflage mask." The suspect left the station on foot and crossed the parking lot to a silver passenger car, which drove away. Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call the Fountain City Police Department at (765) 847-2233.

    This Saturday, December 20th, Bruckner Nature Center in Miami County will be having its Winter Party for the Wildlife from 6pm to 8pm. From 6-7 you can enjoy refreshments and games, make a treat for your wild friends and visit their wildlife ambassadors. Then dress up warm for a nocturnal adventure along BNC'S trails from 7-8pm. Admission is a gift for their wildlife ambassadors. The BNC has over 50 wildlife ambassadors ranging from hawks, owls, lizards and more. The wildlife ambassadors worked hard this year to educate thousands of people, so join them as they celebrate the season with their wild friends. Bruckner Nature Center is located on State Route 55 just outside of Troy. For more information visit

    An Ohio man was charged in Henry County Circuit Court on Tuesday after an incident with a Illinois taxi driver the day before. Brian J. Pohl, 40, of Versailles, Ohio, allegedly hit Jeffrey R. Milnes in the face with his fist on Monday while Milnes was "a taxi driver who was on duty," according to the Class 3 felony aggravated battery charge. A misdemeanor theft charge alleges Pohl refused to pay Taxi Plus for a ride. Pohl remained in custody Tuesday on $20,000 bond set. A judge arraigned Pohl and set a Dec. 22 preliminary hearing. Pohl indicated he would hire private counsel.

    On Monday night, a fire broke out in the 200 block of Wagner Avenue in Greenville. The call came down just before 6 o'clock as it was reported as a 2 alarm structure fire. City of Greenville Firefighters were able to knock out the fire quickly as assistance came from New Madison Fire. The blaze took place just across the street from the YMCA as the fire is believed to have started in the living room. The good news, no one was injured during the blaze. The Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to help the residents find temporary living. The estimated damage to the structure was put at around $50,000. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

    Fort Loramie High School came away with another grant as Celebrate My Drive, powered by State Farm, presented a $25,000 grant to Fort Loramie High School. Fort Loramie High School is one of 100 winning high schools. It was among 3,283 registered high schools who participated in this year's program. Students, parents, administrators and the entire community rallied in support of teen drivers, making online safe driving commitments, helping the Redskins reach their goal. Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and the first year behind the wheel is the most dangerous. Celebrate My Drive is an opportunity to celebrate new drivers, focusing on the freedom, but also the responsibility, that comes with earning a driver's license. It's a chance for teens and their high schools to amplify conversations about this important topic and help be part of the solution. Fort Loramie is required to invest 10 percent of the grant award in a teen driver-safety program for students.

    The Versailles Area Museum invite you and your family for the evening opening of our new displays inspired by the theme "Home for the Holidays." This Friday from 6 to 8 will be Christmas at the Museum enjoy the museum by Christmas light to rekindle your childhood memories of wonderful Christmas's Past The event marks a great chance to pick up their newest book "All Roads Lead Home", the history of Northern Darke County. Memberships and tickets are also now available for the Winter Gala "All On a Winter's Eve" for February 14th 2015. For more information call 937-526-4222.

    The Miami County Commissioners said Thursday they will submit legal questions regarding the running of the sheriff's office to the county prosecutor, but will not make those questions public. Sheriff Charles A. Cox Jr., had hip replacement surgery last February and has been recovering from complications from the surgery. Chief Deputy Sheriff Dave Duchak was judicially appointed to the role of acting sheriff to fill Cox's position on Nov. 12 by Judge Robert Lindeman. The commissioners said in a statement that they believed there were many unanswered questions regarding the current status of the sheriff's office and who is the sheriff. Prosecutor Tony Kendell met for an hour Thursday in executive session with commissioners. The commissioners said that while they wish the sheriff a full recovery, Cox's absences in the last 12 to 18 months have created issues that they feel need to be addressed. Cox has stated he will retire at the end of his term in 2016.

    As the holiday parties get into full swing, agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit would like to remind bars, restaurants and party hosts to keep their guests' safety in mind. If the permit holders and party hosts follow these reminders, they are contributing to making this holiday season safer for everyone:
    Ensure your party guests have a ride home, such as a taxi, or a designated driver-one who has not had any alcohol.
    Do not purchase or provide alcohol to anyone who is under 21. While it may be tempting to provide a safe place for your child and their friends to hang out, don't do it. Something can go wrong, and because you provided the location, you can be held criminally and even civilly liable.
    If you see someone tampering with another person's drink, don't turn your back, ACT. Get the person out of harm's way, and if possible-keep the drink as evidence. Contact law enforcement as soon as possible.
    Remember that alcohol is the most commonly used drug used in sexual assaults. If you see someone is attempting to take advantage of an intoxicated individual, get that person out of harm's way. Find his/her friends and ensure the real friends get him/her home safely. If you cannot find a safe option, you can contact law enforcement to ensure the individual gets home safely.

SHELBY COUNTY PHONE SCAM - December 11, 2014
    In the past week the Sheriff's office has received several reports that someone who is representing themselves as the IRS are calling residents in the County. The caller is stating that the person they are calling has to call back right away or they will be arrested. This is a scam and they will try to get you to pay an uncertain amount to avoid being arrested. The (real) IRS investigation unit is aware of these calls, as they have actually received them too. At this time the IRS and the Sheriff's Office wants everyone to know this is a scam and to not fall prey to these scammers. One of the numbers the scammers are calling from is 202-684 6378. If anyone receives a call and has the number the scammers called from, please call the Sheriff's Department.

198TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDIANA - December 11, 2014
    Thursday marks the 198th anniversary of Indiana becoming the nineteenth state in the Union. Gov. Mike Pence has signed a proclamation declaring the day to be Statehood Day across the state of Indiana. He and first lady Karen Pence will welcome Indiana fourth-graders to stations in the Statehouse Rotunda as part of the annual Statehood Day events. Students who visit the governor's booth in the Rotunda will have the opportunity to depict what they would try to accomplish if they were the state's chief executive. Planning is well underway for celebrating the state's bicentennial in two years. They include transforming a street next to the Statehouse into a public plaza.

    Just a few days are left in Main Street Greenville's Win the Window Competition. This holiday season, shoppers can earn chances to win an estimated $3,000+ in merchandise and gift certificates through "Win the Windown", a shop local campaign by Main Street Greenville and Second National Bank. Between November 15th-December 15th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the 51 participating downtown Greenville businesses. A full list is located on Main Street Greenville's website. Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville's window, located in the NEW Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, December 19th at 3:30 pm at the Main Street Greenville office. You are not required to be present to win.

    This week, we've been following the story of a fatal fire in Sidney. On Sunday, a deadly blaze took place in the 300 block of North Walnut Avenue. There were 12 people who were able to escape the fire, but one man would be found dead at the scene, Jeffery Scott Hughes age 50. Fire officials said there were no working smoke detectors in the house. An investigation has been ongoing and on Wednesday, an arrest was made pertaining to that deadly fire. Derek Eilerman, 24, of St. Marys, Ohio, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon by Sidney Police. He is charged with aggravated arson and involuntary manslaughter. Eilerman was booked around 4:45 p.m. in the Shelby County Jail on Wednesday. He is being held in lieu of $400,000 cash only bond and is scheduled to be in court Thursday morning. Eilerman's arrest followed a joint investigation by the Sidney police and fire departments and the State Fire Marshal's Office.

SHELBY COUNTY ACCIDENT - December 10, 2014
    It was quite the scene in Russia on Tuesday as a driver had to be taken to the hospital after crashing into a creek in the 2000 block of Rangeline Road in Shelby County. The crash was called down in the 3 o'clock hour on Tuesday afternoon. CareFlight was initially called, but was unable to respond. The driver would be taken to Upper Valley Medical Center.

    A reminder, the City of Greenville Council has announced a special meeting for Thursday, December 11th at 7:30 PM in the City Building. This will be a Committee of the Whole/Work Session for the review of the 2015 Appropriations. No action will be taken during the meeting on the potential Appropriations or any issues, but the meeting is open to the public. The meeting will take place again on Thursday, December 11th at 7:30 in the City Building. The last City of Greenville Council meeting for 2014 is schedule for Tuesday, December 16th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

NEW HOUSE BILL IN OHIO - December 10, 2014
    State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a Press Release on Tuesday. One of the State Reps, highest priorities is reforming Ohio's current adoption system to ease burdens on families and incentive Ohioans to consider adopting children here in the state. Ohio law affords the father of any newborn child the opportunity to come forward and protest the adoption in the case that he wants to retain custody of his child. Under the current structure, adoptive parents can go through the entire adoption process before the clock runs out on the biological fathers decision to retain custody of the child, preventing the adoption to go through. House Bill 307 will streamline the system to allow potential adoptive parents to know if the father has already given prior approval for the adoption to go through. This is an important change that will increase the chances for adoptions to go through and provide meaningful, safe, nurturing places to live for infants in Ohio. This legislation would also provide a tax credit for Ohio families to adopt children in the state.

    Staying in Columbus, The Ohio Senate on Tuesday evening passed a bill legalizing the use of bottle rockets, firecrackers and other consumer-grade fireworks in Ohio despite hearing earlier in the day from doctors, firefighters and safety advocates who oppose the measure. Currently, Ohioans can buy consumer grade fireworks in Ohio but must take them out of the state within 48 hours. Senate Bill 386 would lift that prohibition and tax fireworks at 4 percent to fund firefighter training and enforcement of the law. The Senate passed the bill in a 22-7 bipartisan vote, sending it to the House. A House committee hearing was scheduled for a companion bill Tuesday evening. Senate President Keith Faber, a Celina Republican, said fireworks regulation has evolved over the years and the bill ensures only "regulated, approved" fireworks will be allowed in Ohio. The bill also allows counties and townships to ban the fireworks or restrict dates and times when fireworks could be set off.

GTI TO EXPAND SERVICES - December 9, 2014
    Greenville Transit System (GTS) has announced that they will be expanding their services. GTS will be conducting a demo service expansion beginning January 2, 2015. They will be offering limited county-wide service Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the following zone rates for outside city limits:
    Zone 1: 1.1 to 3 miles outside city limits at the rate of $5.00 total
    Zone 2: 3.1 to 5 miles outside city limits at the rate of $8.00 total
    Zone 3: 5.1 to 7 miles outside city limits at the rate of $12.00 total
    Zone 4: 7.1 and over, outside city limits at the rate of $25.00 total
    This service will require a 24-hour notice. No elderly/disabled discounts will be offered for this service as there are no local funds available. GTS has also announced their Holiday hours as they will be Open until 5:00 PM CHRISTMAS EVE and Closed on CHRISTMAS DAY. They will return to regular business hours, December 26, 2014. Greenville Transit System will be Open until 5:00 PM NEW YEARS EVE and Closed on NEW YEARS DAY.

2014 HUNTING NUMBERS - December 9, 2014
    Hunters checked 65,485 white-tailed deer during Ohio's 2014 gun hunting season, which began Dec. 1 and ended Sunday, this information from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. This year, numbers were up in Darke County with 241 checked and last year a total of 170. In Mercer County 219 were bagged a year ago with 206 being checked this year. Shelby County saw an increase in 26 from a year ago with 397 being bagged this year. A total of 75,408 were bagged last year. Rifles using specific straight-walled cartridges were allowed during Ohio's deer-gun season. Gun hunters took advantage of the new opportunity and checked 5,360 deer with straight-walled cartridge rifles. Hunters have checked 148,830 deer so far in all 2014 hunting seasons, compared to 162,720 at the same point last year. Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2014-15 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at

MAN HIT IN GREENVILLE - December 9, 2014
    CareFlight landed on Monday night at Greenville High School to take a man to the hospital after being struck by a car on East Main Street. We're still trying to learn more details to the accident, but what we do know is a Dodge Pick-up struck a man in the 8 o'clock hour in the 1000 block of East Main. A crash reconstruction team was called in to investigate as that section of roadway was closed for a couple of hours. The condition of the man is unknown. The incident remains under investigation.

2015 DARKE COUNTY DOG LICENSES - December 9, 2014
    The 2015 Dog Licenses are now available for $16.00. Dog owners can purchase a 1 year license, a 3-year license or a Permanent license for their dog. The 3 year license will cost $48.00 and the Permanent will cost $160. The 3-year license will only be able to be purchased at the Darke County Auditors office, the Darke County Animal Shelter or online. They will only be available on line from December 1st 2014 to January 31st 2015. The Permanent license will only be able to be purchased at the Darke County Animal Shelter. Individual 2015 Ohio County Dog licenses can be purchased at the following locations. Suttons in Arcanum, Pattys IGA in Bradford, Farmers State Bank in New Madison, Birts Store in New Weston, Osgood State Bank in Osgood, Old National Bank in Union City, Ace Hardware in Versailles, Ace Hardware in Greenville, Veterinary & Poultry Supply in Ansonia, the Auditors Office, and the Darke County Animal Shelter. Kennel license can only be purchased at the Darke County Animal Shelter. You must bring a copy of your Vendors License with you in order to purchase a Kennel license. You can purchase your dog license on-line at All dogs over 3 months of age must have a county dog license.

FATAL FIRE IN SIDNEY - December 8, 2014
    The State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a deadly fire that took place in Sidney on Sunday. Crews were called to the 300 block of North Walnut Avenue early Sunday. When firefighters arrived, they found fire and smoke shooting from a two-story duplex. Firefighters had to rescue two people from the second floor. Before crews even arrived, Sidney Police officers also had to rescue several children by catching them as they were dropped from the second story window by adults. According to officials, 12 of the 13 people inside were able to escape the flames. When crews searched the building after bringing the flames under control, they discovered the body of a man in an upstairs bedroom. An autopsy will be performed on the victim. His name has not yet been released. Port Jefferson, Houston, Fort Loramie, Anna and Piqua fire departments provided mutual aid and assisted in transporting victims to Wilson Memorial Hospital. The Red Cross is stepping in to help those displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building is a total loss and damage is estimated at about $140,000.

    On Saturday, Tri-Village Local Schools was handed a $10,000 grant from Monsanto for America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. At halftime of the boys junior varsity contest a representative from Monsanto handed Superintendent Josh Sagester a check to celebrate the grant. Local farmers who nominated the school for the grant were present and recognized during the celebration. Kim Puckett, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educator at Tri-Village was also recognized during the presentation. The grant will go toward increasing STEM participation for students in third through eighth grades.

    Over the weekend, the Midwest Athletic Conference became the first conference in Ohio High School Sports history to win three football state championships in one season. The Flyers of Maria Stein Marion Local defeated Norwalk St. Paul 41-0 in the 2014 Division 7 state championship on Saturday at Ohio Stadium to earn their fourth-consecutive OHSAA football state championship and eighth championship in school history (tied for third all-time). Marion Local capped off an undefeated season (15-0) with the victory, which also earned its 37th consecutive victory overall. Minster High School became the first MAC school to win this weekend as they claimed the Division VI state Championship on Friday with a thrilling come from behind win (46-42) against undefeated Kirtland. Coldwater returned to the state championship game for the sixth consecutive year and proved its experience in a 62-21 victory over Canton Central Catholic in the Division V State Championship game Saturday night at Ohio Stadium. The Cavaliers (14-1) won their third-consecutive state championship. Congratulations to the Flyers, Wildcats and Cavs!

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled meeting approved a resolution for a fund transfer for Sheriff's cameras and up keep to the Darke County Sheriff's Building. The fund transfer was for $250,000, with $46,900 being used to purchase 16 cameras. The remaining amount of money will be moved into the capital improvement line and can be carried over for next year. Cameras are being put in the various patrol vehicles with a wider range for view and audio. The Commissioners seemed pleased with the upgrades and call the installation a nice outfit. They hope in the long run the camera's can save the county some money. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting be Wednesday, December 10th at 1:30 PM as their regularly scheduled session for Monday, will be CANCELLED due to the County Commissioners attending the CCAO Winter Conference.

    The Ohio State Highway Patrol is warning drivers about a disturbing trend. Troopers say the number of fatalities on Ohio roadways is taking an alarming upward tick. The OSP says there were 111 traffic fatalities in November, 52 percent more than the same month in 2013. In the last week Shelby County and Darke County have seen 2 18 year-olds lose their life on county roads. Troopers want to remind you to never driver distracted or impaired. Always buckle up and never hesitate to report aggressive and impaired drivers.

FINAL FAIR BOARD MEETING OF 2014 - December 4, 2014
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and a large crowd was present with quite a few representing the Darke County Swine Committee. The Board approved a motion with the recommendation from the Darke County Swine Committee stating the committee will continue to follow the guidelines in the PQA Plus handbook and the Ohio Livestock Care Standards for handling and loading livestock at all times. In other business, Fair Manager, Darryl Riffle announced that the Great Darke County Fair was named by Ohio Magazine as the 2015 Best County Fair in the Buckeye State. The next Fair Board meeting is set for 2015 on Wednesday, January 7th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

    On Tuesday, the City of Greenville Council met for their first meeting in December and the agenda was packed with 13 ordinances and resolutions. The resolution that has been discussed the most over the last few months was number 1 on the agenda. Council voted 4 to 3 against a resolution that would authorize the Safety Service Director to solicit for bids for the Gardenwood and Rhoades Avenue infrastructure project. Several residents of Gardenwood and Rhoades have been very vocal about the city not putting in sidewalks. The anti sidewalk group has been attending council meetings for close to 5 months and on Tuesday they got their answer. However, with the vote, there are many questions now on what happens to the project and grant money involved. Council Members John Baumgardner and Todd Oliver, who voted for the resolution, also voiced concerns of the future of other projects and how the city would go about addressing those potential sidewalk issues. Planning and Zoning Director, Chad Henry provided council with a detailed letter and map about the importance of sidewalks in the city and future projects that could be impacted by Tuesday's decision. However, it appears the persistence of several homeowners on Gardenwood has paid off, as council voted against the resolution. Of the 13 ordinances and resolutions on Tuesday, the Gardenwood and Rhoades Resolution was the only one not to pass. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, December 16th at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

DRUG BUST ON I-70 - December 3, 2014
    A mother and a her son are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 110 pounds of marijuana, worth nearly $500,000, following a traffic stop near Brookville. Troopers stopped a 2003 Mitsubishi SUV, with Illinois registration, for a marked lanes violation on Interstate 70 westbound, near milepost 21, at 8:27 p.m., on November 20. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed three brown paper bags containing 28 shrink wrapped bundles of compressed marijuana. The driver, Jose F. Hurtado, 37, and passenger, Maria Hurtado, 77, both of Chicago, Ill., were incarcerated in the Montgomery County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana, a second-degree felony. If convicted, each could face up to 8 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.

    St. Clair Manor will hold their Christmas at the Manor event from 5-9pm during First Friday activities This Friday night. Downtown Greenville will feature "FREE" Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides in front of St. Clair Manor, traveling down historic Broadway (these are in addition to the FREE carriage rides that will take place in front of the courthouse), FREE Hot Cider and Cookies, Live String Trio by The Workshop Learning Center, Victorian Christmas Carolers and more.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports a citation has been issued in connection to the injury crash that took place on October 1st, at the intersection of US Rte 127 and SR 119. The crash was caught on a surveillance camera from Moeller Door Sales at the corner of US Rte 127 and SR 119. Deputies and Detectives investigated the crash and they were able to identify the driver of the white vehicle observed in surveillance footage. The vehicle pulled into the path of a northbound semi that was operated by 39 year old George Brown of Gaffney, South Carolina. Brown was also cited in the crash for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, his case is still pending in Celina Municipal Court. A citation for failure to yield was issued to 37 year old David Woodruff from Westfield, Indiana. Woodruff was driving a rental vehicle at the time of the crash. The Sheriff stated he appreciates the surveillance footage from Moeller Door Sales and those who called in with tips and information.

    Garst Museum's annual Holiday Open House will be held on Sunday, December 7 from 1:00 p.m, to 4:00 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Everyone can tour the museum and the National Annie Oakley Center at no charge on Sunday. Highlights of the afternoon include seasonal music, light refreshments and beautiful decorations. Also artifacts from the museum's Christmas collection will be used for decorating. The museum features a number of beautifully-decorated Christmas trees illustrating the theme "The Bounty of Darke County." Plan to stop by and enjoy the fun, shop , and also take advantage of the FREE admission to tour the museum. The Darke County Historical Society (the Garst Museum) has as its mission to collect, preserve, exhibit, study, and interpret materials relating to the history and culture of Darke County, Ohio as part of the development of the crossroads of the American experience. Permanent exhibitions of national significance include the National Annie Oakley Center, the Treaty of Greenville, Lowell Thomas, and Ohio Native Americans. The Garst Museum is located at: 205 N. Broadway, Greenville. For more information call 937-548-5250 or visit

    On December 2, 2014 at approximately 7:37 AM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville City Fire, Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue, Union City Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3600 Block of State Route 571 West near White Springs Golf Course in reference to a serious injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2011 Toyota Camry, driven by Samantha K. Christie, 24, West Chester, Ohio was westbound on State Route 571 west of Woodlane Drive. Christie lost control of her vehicle on the ice covered roadway causing her to travel left of the centerline into oncoming traffic. Christie's vehicle collided with the eastbound 1988 red Chevy truck, driven by Dylan L. Burge, 18, Union City, Indiana. A black 2013 Chevy Malibu, driven by Tonya Woodworth, 37, Greenville, Ohio was traveling eastbound behind Burge's vehicle. Woodworth attempted to avoid the collision however, collided with Christie's vehicle. Christie was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Greenville Township Rescue and later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital for further evaluation, condition unknown. Burge was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in critical condition. Woodworth was not injured. 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.

    Troy Wombold, 49, Greenville who is a Captain with the City of Greenville's Fire Department has been jailed in the Mercer County Jail after being charged with hiding a camera and the video recording of a female minor in a bathroom in Coldwater. Wombold was booked November 19th and has been indicted on three counts of voyeurism and one count of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, the original complaint was filed by Coldwater Police Chief Jason Miller. Bond has been set at $75,000. Wombold is scheduled to appear in court sometime within the next couple of weeks.

    On December 2, 2014 at approximately 8:58 AM Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 3500 block of Palestine-Hollansburg Road in reference to a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2007 Ford Fusion, driven by Michael B. Karns, 20, Greenville, Ohio was southbound on Palestine-Hollansburg Road. Karns failed to control his vehicle on the ice covered roadway. Karns traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a tree on the drivers side of the vehicle. Karns was trapped in the wreckage for approximately 50 minutes before being extricated by mechanical means. Due to the weather conditions CareFlight was unable to respond to the scene. Miami Valley dispatched there MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) to the scene. Karns was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by MICU where he is listed in critical condition. The Darke County Sheriff's Office reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation.

    On Thursday, at 6:24 p.m. Darke County 911 received a call from a subject reporting that his vehicle was just stolen in Union City, IN and that the vehicle was eastbound on SR571 from Union City. Darke County Deputies responded to the area to attempt to locate the vehicle. The vehicle was reported as being a black Kia with an Indiana registration. Darke County Deputies located the vehicle driving eastbound on SR571 coming in to the city limits of Greenville. Darke County Deputies followed the vehicle until it was confirmed by the Randolph County Indiana Sheriff's Office that the vehicle was stolen and a request was made to stop and hold the vehicle. Darke County Deputies initiated a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle on Sycamore St at W Main St. in Greenville. The vehicle initially complied to the order to stop, but then fled from deputies westbound on W. Main St. The pursuit of the vehicle went south on Chestnut St and continued southbound on SR121. The stolen vehicle continued south on 121 to New Madison where the stolen vehicle slowed down and a passenger, Heather Kinnison (23) of Union City,Ohio bailed out of the vehicle. The stolen vehicle continued southbound through New Madison. When the stolen vehicle negotiated a curve in Braffetsville, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and spun out, but gained control of the vehicle and headed back north on 121 and then turned east on SR722. The suspect continued east on SR722 to Preble Co. Butler Twshp Rd where the suspect went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. New Madison Fire and Tri-Village rescue were immediately dispatched to the scene. The suspect, Justin Lithgow (30) of Union City, IN, was treated at the scene by Tri-Village and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Life Flight where he was listed in stable condition. Speeds during the pursuit reached 100 110 MPH. Miami County Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team was requested to the scene to investigate the accident. The case remains under investigation by the Miami County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Sheriff's Office. Charges are being filed against Lithgow for Receiving Stolen Property and further charges will be pending the investigation.

    In closing, WTGR was sad to hear last week that Bill Booker passed away after battling cancer. The Greenville man was a proud member of his community and super supporter of Greenville City Schools. WTGR got to know the Greenville icon through his numerous times on the Community Ties program discussing his Historic Walks in Greenville and various programs at the library. We were also fortunate, along with so many Green Wave fans to benefit from his knowledge and history of Greenville athletics. Bill Booker will be missed, but not forgotten.

    A Minster teenager who was walking on a country road was killed Saturday morning when he was struck by a vehicle. Austin J. Brackman, 18, of Minster, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner. According to the Shelby County SHeriff's Office, Brackman was walking southbound in the 12000 block of Schmitmeyer Baker Road in McLean Township around 3 a.m. Saturday. A 2008 Mazda 6, driven by John L. McGee, 19, of Fort Loramie, was traveling southbound on the road. McGee failed to see Brackman and struck him with his vehicle. Deputies, along with the Fort Loramie Fire Department and Fort Loramie Rescue Squad, responded to the scene. The accident remains under investigation. The accident is the fifth traffic fatality on Shelby County roads since Oct. 30.

    Ohio hunters have additional choices while pursuing white-tailed deer when gun hunting season opens Monday, Dec. 1, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Deer hunting in Ohio is an extremely popular activity for many people who enjoy the outdoors. More than 400,000 hunters are expected to take to the field during this year's hunting season. Hunters checked 75,408 deer during the 2013 weeklong deer-gun season and 86,964 deer in 2012. Hunting hours for all deer seasons are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. All deer hunters are required to have a valid Ohio hunting license and a valid deer permit. Details about deer hunting rules are contained in the 2014-2015 Ohio Hunting Regulations, available where licenses are sold or at

    In 2010, American Express founded Small Business Saturday to help businesses with their most pressing need-getting more customers. The day encourages people to shop at small businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. The single day has grown into a powerful movement, and more people are taking part than ever before. This year, the big day is Saturday, November 29th. To help celebrate the day, Main Street Greenville has created a schedule full of fun activities for shoppers to enjoy when visiting and supporting downtown businesses. WTGR will be celebrating at the All American Clothing Company in Arcanum. The small American made business is hosting 30 other small businesses at their location at 1 Pop Rite Drive from 11 AM to 4 PM.

    On Monday, Nov. 24th, Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Greenville Area Rescue, were dispatched to US RT 127 and Horatio Harris Creek Road in reference to an injury accident. Responding units were advised flames were showing from one of the vehicles. Preliminary investigation has revealed a 2014 Freightliner, driven by Charles P. Baughman, Ansonia, was heading north and attempting a left turn onto Horatio Harris Creek Road, turning into the path of a southbound 1998 GMC Suburban, driven by James Hines, Greenville. Hines drove across the centerline to avoid contact, striking a northbound 2008 Peterbilt, driven by Daniel Leonard Jr, of Celina. Hines' vehicle caught on fire and was eventually extinguished by Greenville Township Fire. All parties were checked by Greenville Area Rescue and released at the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and all 3 Commissioners were present to approve a letter of support for U.S. Aerobotix. The letter was to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and the Federal Aviation Administration. The document is for Jason Adams, who recently came to the Commissioners looking for support and letter for his drone company that he has started in Gettysburg. The purpose for the letter is to get an exemption for commercial operation to use low flying drones. The Commissioners said Adams wants to work with energy companies like Indiana Power and Light, Duke Energy and DP&L to use drones to fly up to towers to check out potential issues. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, November 26th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville. All County Offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, on Thursday & Friday, November 27th & 28th.

UNION CITY WEEKEND FIRES - November 24, 2014
    It was a busy weekend for Union City Firefighters as multiple fires took place a various structures. Flames and thick smoke rolled out from a paint shop at the intersection of Oak and Howard Street on Saturday afternoon. Crews responded Saturday morning to another fire at a single-story home in the 6400 block of North 800 East. No one was injured in either fire and for the house fire one pet was lost, but multiple bets were saved. Heavy damage was the result of both fires as the cause of the fire remains under investigation at both locations.

    The Miami County Prosecutor's Office will present all evidence related to the Nov. 16 homicide of 43-year-old Stuart Yeandle in Pleasant Hill to a grand jury in December. On Friday, Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendall said his office will present the case to jurors to decide whether charges should be filed in connection with Yeandle's death. The grand jury is set to meet on Dec. 1. Yeandle was shot in the back by neighbor Donna Baker, 53, outside their apartment building at 6 E. Monument St., Pleasant Hill.

    On Sunday November 23, 2014 at approximately 12:38 PM, Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Fire Dept. and CareFlight were dispatched to the 6600 block of Smith Rd on a report of a private property injury accident involving a 4-wheeler ATV that had been flipped in a field. Investigation revealed a Polaris 500 Scrambler 4-wheeler ATV was being operated by a 14 year old female from Bradford, OH. She was riding the ATV through a family owned field and lost control after riding in a grass waterway ejecting her from the ATV. The ATV then rolled on top of her. She was taken to Miami Valley Hospital aboard Careflight for non-life threatening injuries. The teenager was not wearing a helmet at the time. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    Two lucky and grateful birds from Fort Recovery have been chosen this year for the presidential turkey pardon, which will take place Nov. 26th at the White House. Cooper Farms, located in Fort Recovery, is providing the turkeys for the annual Thanksgiving tradition. The honor of supplying the birds is bestowed upon the chairperson of the National Turkey Federation-a position currently held by Gary Cooper, chief operating officer of the family-owned poultry operation. These "presidential" birds, as well as the millions of other turkeys raised in Ohio each year, benefit from the internationally recognized research in breeding, nutrition and animal health conducted by researchers at Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Cooper Farms is the largest turkey producer in Ohio and the 12th largest in the U.S. Ohio State's research and outreach helps the turkey industry remain successful. According to the Ohio Poultry Association, Ohio ranks ninth nationally in turkey farming, producing more than 219 million pounds of turkey each year, valued at more than $158 million. Additionally, the state's turkey industry is responsible for the creation of 2,183 jobs and $71 million in earnings.

    This past week, we have reported on multiple house fires throughout our listening area. The state fire marshal is urging Ohioans to take safety precautions when using alternative heat sources to stay warm during chilly weather. Fire Marshal Larry Flowers says there is an increased risk for home fires as people use more space heaters, kerosene heaters and wood stoves. He says such heaters need to be kept at least three feet from combustible materials. As with generators, the manufactures'instructions should be followed. Heaters should not be refilled while hot or refueled indoors, and a kitchen oven should not be used to heat a home. In a power outage, all electrical appliances should be switched to the off position, and any candles being burned should be kept away from children.

    After a year-long contest and many photo submissions, the 2014 Darke County Parks photo contest has come to fruition. The finalists have been selected and a 2015 calendar is complete. Talented photographers set out to the 12 Darke County Park areas and snapped photos during various seasons and all weather conditions. Judging was extremely difficult. Along with photos from local amateur photographers, special events and important meeting dates are featured. The calendars are now for sale for $10.00 in the Gift Shop at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (4267 State Route 502 West). All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Darke County Parks. For more information, call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165.

    Last week, we reported on a fatal crash in Shelby County at Lindsey Road in Turtle Creek Township. Brittany Elliott, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene of the one-vehicle accident. The driver of that car would leave the scene and was arrested days later. That A man has been indicted by a Shelby County grand jury. The case of Carl M. Graber, 33, was dismissed in Sidney Municipal Court recently and sent to Shelby County Common Pleas Court after a grand jury indicted Graber on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one a first-degree felony and the other a second-degree felony. He also was indicted on a charge of failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony.

    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and once again the Gardenwood and Rhoades Avenue Infrastructure project was in the spotlight. Multiple citizens addressed council during the public hearings to voice their concern over potential sidewalks. Several citizens who live on the street do not feel sidewalks are needed and don't want them included in the project. It appears council is starting to lean in favor of the anti sidewalk citizens. Council Member, Leon Rogers, asked for sidewalks to not be included into the project. Council Member, Roy Harrison, asked the Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, if the project could be completed without sidewalks. Garrison answered that question with a yes, but also stated the scope of the project would change and the administration would have to go back to the drawing board. Council Member, Todd Oliver, felt council should take into consideration the future of the city and voiced an opinion that sidewalks might be a good thing for Gardenwood and Rhoades. Council Member, Tracy Tryon, was not present at the meeting and Council Member, Clarence Godwin, voted against the resolution authorizing the Safety/Service Director to solicit bids for the project. With a Council Member not present, Council needed a unanimous vote and with the one no, the resolution did not pass. That resolution will now appear on the next council meeting agenda for a third reading. Council will meet again on Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

BROWN RECEIVES $100,000 BOND - November 18, 2014
    Daniel Brown is 53 and on Monday was handed a $100,000 bond for Attempted Rape, a felony of the second degree. The man was arrested on Sunday and is being held in the Darke County Jail as Brown is accused of attempting to have sex with a 12-year-old female child. The 53 year old man faces a mandatory indefinite sentence of five to 25 years behind bars if convicted as currently charged. Additional charges might becoming in the near future. An arraignment has been scheduled for December 11th. Brown was convicted in 2002 of Attempted Importuning of a child under the age of 13-years-old.

    A home in Fountain City just south of the Levi Coffin Historic Site caught fire Monday afternoon, but firefighters were able to keep the blaze from spreading. New Garden Township/Fountain City firefighters responded to the fire at 111 U.S. 27 N. shortly after 4:30 p.m. Firefighters said they understood the house was empty when the blaze began, as a woman and her dog escaped the fire and took shelter. No one was injured during the blaze. Smoke was seen from an attic window and open flames showed above a porch. Firefighters from Fountain City, Webster and Williamsburg battled the fire. Spirit Medical Transport, Duke Energy and the Wayne County Sheriff's Department also were on the scene. The home suffered serious damage.

    The Miami County Sheriff's Office is investigating a homicide in Pleasant Hill. Officials responded to a multi story apartment building at 6 East Monument Street around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. According to officials, the shooting began as a dispute between a man who lives in the downstairs apartment and a man who lives in the upstairs apartment of the building. Officers said the argument escalated and the girlfriend of one of the men fatally shot the other. Miami County Sheriff's Deputies have identified the man killed in the shooting as 43-year-old Stuart J. Yeandle. Yeandle was shot once during a verbal argument with a male neighbor. The neighbor's girlfriend, who has not been named, said she shot Yeandle while trying to protect her boyfriend. The neighbor and his girlfriend voluntarily met with investigators and are still being questioned.

DRUG BUST IN DARKE COUNTY - November 13, 2014
    On Wednesday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit executed a buy/bust operation in rural Darke County. Antonio Boyd (33) of Trotwood was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs and Illegal Conveyance of Drugs into a Detention Facility. The buy/bust operation involved heroin, cocaine and prescription pills. Illegal drugs were located on Boyd's person by corrections staff upon him entering the Darke County Jail. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937)548-2020 with information regarding criminal activity. Citizens may also contact Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937)547-1661 or Information can be left anonymously.

MAN HIT WHILE WALKING - November 12, 2014
    On Tuesday, at approximately 5:46 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2700 Block of State Route 571 West in reference to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2005 Toyota Tundra driven by William R. Fordyce, 53, Greenville Ohio was west bound on State Route 571 west of Wagner Road. Fordyce observed an object in the roadway and swerved to avoid it. Fordyce struck Austin W. Hayes, 22, Greenville Ohio who was walking west bound in the roadway. Hayes was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Greenville Township Rescue with a head injury. Hayes was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital by there MICU for further evaluation, CareFlight would not fly due to weather conditions at the time of the accident, Hayes is listed in serious condition. William R. Fordyce was not injured. Darke County Sheriff's Office Reconstruction Team was called to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    Over the weekend, we learned more details about the fatal crash that took place on Friday in Shelby County. A Versailles woman, Ella Benning, 76, of Versailles, was pronounced dead at the scene of a crash that took place at the intersection of Ohio 47 and Miller Road. The Darke County woman was involved in a collision with Leroy Marchal, 72, of Russia, who was traveling north on Miller Road. The Russia man was taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital with injuries not believed to be life threatening. Both drivers were wearing safety belts.

    The second program in Garst Museum's speaker series will take place on Friday, November 14th and it will include the unveiling of a new exhibit honoring Darke County native Douglas Dickey. Dickey grew up in Rossburg and graduated from Ansonia High School, where he was a football player and manager of the basketball team, as well as being a member of the Darke County Honors Choir. Dickey served in Vietnam during 1967. On March 26, a radio operator was wounded and Dickey was sent to replace him. While a medic worked on the wounded man, an enemy grenade landed in the bunker. Dickey threw himself on the grenade, saving the lives of several others while losing his own life. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his act. A new, improved exhibit honoring Dickey will be unveiled at the program. The program will begin at 4:00 pm on Friday afternoon in the Lowell Thomas Meeting Room. Those who attend will have a chance to hear the speakers and view the new exhibit. For more information on the event call 937-548-5250 or visit

    It was a full agenda for the Darke County Agricultural Society on Wednesday for their monthly meeting. The board approved a website redesign proposal as will get a makeover. The Ag Society voted to enhance the website and make it more user friendly for fair vendors and fair goers. In other business, the board was split between a new contract with Fair Manager Daryl Riffle. A total of 4 motions were presented and voted on pertaining to the contract extension. Motions for a 3 year contract and a 1 year contract were all presented to the board before a 6 to 5 vote approved a 3 year contract extension for Riffle. The board also started the new 2014-2015 fiscal year by welcoming new board member Ed Erisman to the Ag Society. Erisman replaces Velma Campbell who served as president and vice president multiple times in her 15 plus years on the board. Campbell was thanked by multiple fair board members and named the 2015 Great Darke County Fair Parade Marshall. The board voted and elected Brian Rismiller as President, Dean Neff as Vice President and Jerry Marker will keep the position of Treasurer for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The busy board also approved having a 2-day NTPA tractor pull at the 2015 Fair and kept the Speed Department race sessions the same for the 2015 Fair. The next fair board meeting will be Wednesday, December 3rd on the fairgrounds.

    On Wednesday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at 503 Beamsville-Union City Road, lot 29, Union City, Ohio. Rickie Hess, Jr. (40) of Union City was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs, Possession of Drugs and Illegal Assembly of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs. The search warrant produced methamphetamine packaged for sale, drug paraphernalia and items indicative of the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Evidence at the scene suggests that methamphetamine had been produced on the premises. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at (937)548-2020 with information regarding criminal activity. Information can be left anonymously.

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