FIRST FRIDAY OCTOBER - August 27, 2014
    Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in October, which has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan craft. The event will be held from 6-9 pm in the downtown district on Friday, October 3rd. The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children's apparel, wreaths, flower arrangements and more during the event. All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. Registration to showcase and sell your items is $15.00 per space, which is a donation to Main Street Greenville (a non-profit organization). The deadline to sign-up is September 10th, 2014. For more information contact committee member 937-548-1414 or visit readers voted and The Lego Movie will be shown for free at the Theater on Third on Friday, September 5th at dusk. As part of Main Street Greenville's First Friday event, the movie will be projected on the east side of the elementsLife building on West Third Street. As with past events, movie goers can bring blankets and chairs and watch the movie from the municipal parking lot behind Bach to Rock.

    With 2014 school year starting and school children making their way to school, the City of Greenville Fire Department would like to remind everyone to be alert and plan for the extra time needed for children during school hours. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Leading cause of death and injuries of children ages 2-14 are Vehicle accidents. This means that on any given day nearly 700 children are harmed on the road ways. Every day in the United States, an average of 4 children age 14 and younger were killed and 529 were injured in motor vehicle crashes during 2008. Take the extra time during school transportation hours to allow for the school buses to stop for the children. Remember if school bus is stop and red lights flashing you must come to a complete stop and be aware of children loading and unloading the school bus. Be alert at cross walks and look to make sure they are clear from pedestrians. If you are using a child safety restraint and need assistance with installation or have question contact City of Greenville Fire department for there child safety restraint technician.

    The Darke County Sheriff's Office is investigating the aggravated robbery and felonious assault of a small business owner in Darke County just east of the City of Greenville. At approximately 5:10 PM Monday August 25, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting that a male subject at 5740 Jaysville-St. Johns Road had suffered a serious head injury. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to the address which is the location of a small engine repair shop. A 63 year old male appears to have suffered serious head injuries as a result of an assault during a robbery of the business. The male victim was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where he is being treated as of the time of this release. Darke County Deputies and Detectives are investigating the robbery and working with witnesses on the case. Leads are being aggressively pursued. Darke County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime. Citizens with information on this crime are encouraged to call the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020 or Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547 1661. Tips may also be reported through the Darke County Crime Stoppers website As always tips may be submitted anonymously.

    The Darke County Sheriff's Office responded to 5740 Jaysville St. Johns Road on Monday after a person was found bloody and unresponsive. The injured person had to be taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by Careflight. The incident might be related to a robbery as authorities were on scene for several hours. Near that location on the west end of Greenville is Frick's Sales, which deals in new and used mowers, chain saws and power equipment. If you have any information about this investigation, you are urged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020 or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661.

    The Miami County Solid Waste District will be having an electronics recycling drop-off for residents on Saturday, Sept. 6. The drop-off will be held at the Miami County Sanitary Engineering Building at 2200 N. County Road 25A in Troy. The hours of the event are from 8 a.m. to noon. This is a free drop-off event with the exception of cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions. CRT televisions that are 36" or less will be charged $5. CRT televisions that are more than 36" will be charged $10. Flat screen televisions are free. For questions about this event or other recycling and proper disposal methods visit or call the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 440-3488.

GRAND LAKE MARATHON - August 26, 2014
    Runners are invited to the inaugural Grand Lake Marathon for a full or half marathon, or a 5K or 10K on Sept. 27. The course will go along the shoreline of Grand Lake in St. Marys, and some courses will include passing by family farms and through rural countryside. The course is flat and uses city streets, state routes and county roads and is USATF certified for Boston qualification. Every runner who finishes a full or half marathon will receive a commemorative medal. Those interested can go to or can contact the Auglaize and Mercer Counties Visitors Bureau.

DARKE COUNTY BARN FIRE - August 25, 2014
    On Sunday, three firefighters were taken to the hospital following a large barn fire in Darke County. The fire sparked Sunday around 1:30 p.m. on State Route 121 just north of Weaver-Fort Jefferson Road. Firefighters from multiple agencies were called to battle the flames. Officials said the bales of hay created problems. It took them hours to douse the flames and smoke. Medics rushed three firefighters to the hospital for injuries. Multiple personnel on scene were treated for heat related problems.

    Mercer Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a suicide attempt. Central Dispatch received call indicating a person had been contacted on Facebook by another person that was threatening suicide. An address was located for the person that made the threats and deputies with the assistance of Coldwater Police responded the address in Montezuma. The Coldwater Police Officer arrived on scene before deputies and found the 34 year old male victim hanging in the garage, but the victim was still alive. The Coldwater Officer held the victim up until a Deputy arrived. Both the Officer and the deputy were then able to cut the victim down and performed CPR until a rescue squad arrived. The victim was transported to Mercer Health, and then later transported to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.

    Friday was a huge success at the Great Darke County Fair which featured the 3rd annual Gene Riegle Memorial Pace for a purse of $30,000. Also featured this year was the first annual Three Diamonds Mare Pace for $10,000. The first annual Three Diamonds Mare Pace was a very fine group of pacing ladies. Rescue Team driven by Jack Dailey was the first to the line in a quick 1.54 1/5. She is a 4 year old mare out of Western Terror trained by Ron Burke. The Gene Riegle Memorial had a strong group of horses and gelding pacers all aimed at taking the prized trophy home. When the dust settled Jack Dailey with Easy Again took the victory in a new track record 1.53 2/5. Easy Again is a 5 year old out of Dragon Again also trained by Ron Burke. Event organizers and the Darke County Harness Horseman Association thank all their sponsors along with the owners and trainers for bringing their horses to the fair. A special thanks to all the great fans that filled the grandstand and lined the fence.

    Recently retired trotting superstar Lanson will parade the post for the 2014 edition of the Gene Reigle Memorial Pace Friday night. The race is carded as the 10th race and is loaded with power. The Three Diamonds Open Mare Pace is equally strong and is slated as the 8th race of the 11 race closing card. Lanson had a stellar career earning over $79,000 lifetime. He was trained by Don Swick for Royal Wire Products. He race in many classics over the years against many of great trotters of his time. He posted a lifetime best of 1:51 3/5 on a mile track with the usual services of Mike LaChance. Winning such notable races as the Su Mac Lad Open Trot in 2009. Lanson is now transitioning into his next career with Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program. WTGR will have harness racing live on Thursday at 1 PM and 7 PM from the grandstands and on Friday at noon and 7 PM.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and approved a letter of support to establish "Recovering Housing" in Greenville and Darke County. The letter supports the Tri-County Board's application for funding to establish recovery housing in Darke County. In the letter it states that adding a facility will help with efforts in recovery and reduce addiction to drugs and alcohol. The commissioners support the Tri County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services it its efforts to acquire, configure, establish and operate a recovery housing facility in the community. The next Commissioners meeting will be on Monday, August 25th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    Last Saturday, at approximately 9:36 p.m., the Greenville Police Department responded to the Sunoco gas station at 841 Martin St. on a report of an armed robbery. During the robbery, the suspect pulled a knife on the clerk and demanded money. The suspect then fled on foot from the business. The suspect is described as a white, male in his 20's approximately 5' 10" with a thin build. He had dirty blonde hair that was long enough to stick out of the eye holes of the ski mask he wore and hazel eyes. The suspect was wearing a brown/green ski mask, long sleeve faded black T-shirt and dark sweat pants. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at (937) 548-4150 option 2 or Darke County Crime Stoppers at (937) 547 1661. All calls may remain anonymous.

SANDERS SENTENCED - August 20, 2014
    On Tuesday, we reported that Trevin Sanders was the 2nd person sentenced in the murders of Robert and Colleen Grube from Fort Recovery. Sanders like Bryant Rhoades will see life in prison. Matthew Fox, Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney released a statement on Tuesday pertaining to the case.
    "Today is not a day for celebration. It is a day for contemplation and reflection. Incredibly selfish criminal acts led to the murders of Robert and his daughter Colleen Grube. The murders are horrific losses to the Grube family, to friends of the Grube Family, to the greater rural Ft. Recovery community, and to all of us."

    State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a press release on Tuesday pertaining to Grand Lake St. Marys and Toledo. The city of Toledo gets its water from the Maumee Bay/western basin of Lake Erie, the city of Celina in Mercer County receives water from Grand Lake St. Marys. The harmful toxin that caused problems in Toledo's water supply, microcystin, is also present in Grand Lake St. Marys and has been an issue for the past four years, yet the fine engineering work of the Celina water purification system to this point has kept that vital water supply available to the public. The federal, state and local governments are all engaged to address concerns. Recently Senator Portman led an effort to have a bill passed that will increase funding for research of Harmful Algal Blooms. The bill allocates money to freshwater locations around the country for the research and prevention of hypoxia. It specifies that $20.5 million will go to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration over a span of four years. It also develops Comprehensive Research and Action Plans to identify and then prioritize the regions that need research the most. The State Rep. encourages the federal government to spend some of those research dollars in western Ohio.

    Loretta Rush was formally sworn in Monday as Indiana's first female Chief Justice. Rush was selected Aug. 6 by the Judicial Nominating Commission to succeed Brent E. Dickson, who announced in June that he would step down as chief justice but remain an associate justice. He faces mandatory retirement when he turns 75 in 2016. Rush, a former Tippecanoe County judge, was appointed to the high court by former Gov. Mitch Daniels in 2012. She's the first woman to serve on the court since Myra Selby stepped down in 1999 after five years on the bench. Indiana justices are appointed to five-year terms before facing a retention vote.

    Monday morning, officers from Celina P.D. were called to the 500 block of Lisle St. regarding a vicious dog complaint. Upon arrival an officer spoke with the complainant. They advised that a pit bull and a smaller dog crossed the street to get at them while they walked their own dog on a leash. They were able to get their dogs inside. They went back to the home where the dog's owner resides to let them know. The pit bull came at them aggressively until they backed all the way home. They then called police. A Celina P.D. officer responded and went to the door of the pit bull owner's residence. The pit bull came around from the back of the residence and began barking at the officer. He jumped on the officer, scratching him repeatedly. The officer backed away, the pit bull continued to advance on the officer and jump on him. The officer pushed the pit bull away. The pit bull continued his aggression, snapping at the officer. The officer drew his sidearm and shot the dog once, injuring him. The pit bull fled and was located a short time later. The animal was captured and taken by the Mercer Co. Dog Warden. It was later treated by a veterinarian and is being held pending charges on the owner. All names involved are being held pending the completion of the investigation and filing of charges.

    The Visitors Bureau will have a large booth located in the center of the Coliseum during this the 158th celebration of The Great Darke County Fair. Visitors as well as locals are invited to stop by to learn about the attractions, events, history, restaurants and accommodations found in our community. In addition, there will be demonstrations from KitchenAid Experience and The Old Arcana, as well as information sessions with Garst Museum, Darke County Parks, The Winery at Versailles, Kennedy Vineyard, Arcanum Historical Society, and 2014 tourism grant recipients Tour de Donut and YOLO Festival of Races. Stop by the booth in the Coliseum to enter several contests to win local prizes.

    A man wearing a ski mask with a large knife on Saturday night robbed a gas station clerk on Martin Street. The armed robbery happened shortly before 10 p.m. at the Sunoco at 841 Martin St. The suspect, who was described as a white male with dirty blond hair wearing a long-sleeved black shirt, fled with cash in a trash bag. A Darke County Sheriff's Office K-9 was called to track the suspect, but the robber was not caught. No injuries were reported. If you know any information about this robbery contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-1103 or the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548 2020. You can also call the private Crime Stoppers tip-line at 937-547-1161 or submit a tip online at

    Over the weekend, in between Troy and Covington a highway was dedicated to a fallen Miami County deputy. State Senator Bill Beagle hosted a ceremony Sunday, dedicating a portion of State Route 41 in memory of Sheriff's Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Elliott. Sgt. Elliott, spent nearly 15 years with the Miami County Sheriff's Department as he lost his life in the line of duty on February 25, 1987. He was shot and killed with his own weapon while guarding a prisoner in Stouder Hospital. The portion of highway was near the family's home and where they attended church.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reported Thursday that deputies executed a search warrant at 112 Home Avenue, Celina. Deputies received information that drugs were present in the home. During the execution of the search warrant deputies recovered 19 suspected heroin capsules, a small amount of suspected marijuana, other drug paraphernalia and over $500 in cash. Dominic M. Disanto, age 43, who was released on bond on July 9 and is awaiting trial on charges of theft, possession of drugs, and trafficking in drugs was again arrested for possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Disanto has a lengthy criminal history including previous drug charges. The case has been forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of formal charges and review of his bond.

    Today the 158th Great Darke County Fair got underway on the Fairgrounds with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in front of the Gazebo at 8:00 AM. On Thursday, Fair Manager Daryl Riffle announced the 2014 Fairboard Election Names:
    Richard Delk
    Ed Erisman
    Russell Bennett
    Velma Campbell
    Apollo Perez
    Cindy Riffle
    This year, 4 spots on the Fair Board are up for election. Next Thursday, the election will take place. WTGR will be broadcasting live all 9 days of the fair including all Harness Racing events in the Grandstands. Tiger County will be broadcasting live from Midway 4 and we hope to see you at the fair.

    On Thursday, two males were arrested stemming from the meth lab raid in Union City. The raid is part of a week long investigation that includes police from Union City, Ohio, and Union City, Ind., as well as the Darke County Sheriff's Office. UCO Police Department, officers raided the garage behind 210 East Oak St. after an ongoing investigation tipped them off of an active cook taking place. The two story concrete block garage sat in a populated residential neighborhood with children right next door. The investigation is ongoing, the 2 men arrested were take to the Darke County Jail.

    On Tuesday, we reported Bryant Rhoades taking an Alford Plea for the 2011 deaths of Robert and Colleen Grube in Fort Recovery. Late Tuesday, the 23 year old Union City man was given 2 life sentences plus 36 years on gun specifications on charges of aggravated robbery and burglary. A three-judge panel accepted the plea and handed down the sentence while dismissing 21 other counts. Rhoades pleaded guilty Tuesday, a month after he backed out of his first attempt at a plea deal and demanded going to trial. Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty but agreed to the deal that would spare Rhoades' life. Despite entering an Alford plea that means Rhoades can be found guilty, he continued to maintain his innocence. Robert Grube, 70, was in a wheelchair after suffering a stroke. Colleen Grube, 47, was his caregiving daughter. Rhoades and others broke into their home Nov. 29 or 30, 2011, to rob them. They were bound with duct tape and shot multiple times inside their rural Fort Recovery home. The co-defendant in the case, Trevin Sanders, who was 17 at the time of the crime, will be sentenced in the near future.

    State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a press release on Tuesday, supporting Governor John Kasich in reducing the burden of taxes on all Ohioans, but especially farmers. Within his first year as governor, the Governor worked to kill Ohio's death tax. Meaning Ohio farmers could pass down their farm to their children without passing down assets that faced an unfair tax. In 2013, Governor Kasich put in place an 8.5% cut in personal income taxes. Small businesses, which include farmers, saved even more when they were able to claim an additional 50% tax deduction. That tax deduction is set for a temporary expansion in 2014, which will help farmers save even more. Tax deductions are not the only thing that Governor Kasich supports to help Ohio farmers. The agriculture industry of the 84th House District has received nearly $1 million in workers' compensation rebates as well.

    An estimated 10,000 lives would be spare each year if drunk driving was eliminated nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join other Ohio law enforcement agencies and thousands of highway safety partners throughout the nation to take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown on impaired driving. The enforcement effort begins Friday, August 15 and will last through Labor Day. During the enforcement period, more than 99 law enforcement partners have planned more than 8,400 enforcement hours. In 2013, 341 people died in 309 OVI-related crashes on Ohio's roads. Impaired drivers were involved in 34 percent of all fatal traffic crashes.

    In Randolph County, Indiana conservation officers are still investigating an ATV accident that left a man in critical condition. Jacob Blocher, 20, Arcanum, Ohio, was seriously injured when his ATV struck a tree early Sunday morning. Between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Sunday, Blocher was riding a friend's ATV on a path in a wooded area in eastern Randolph County when the vehicle left the trail and struck a tree. Blocher was found unconscious at the scene by the landowner. He was airlifted from the scene to IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, where he was in critical condition.

    The Great Darke County Fair starts on Friday and discussing Harness Racing at the Fair, The Three Diamonds filly and mare open pace will now carry a purse of $10,000. The event is scheduled on closing night of the meet on Friday August 22nd. Sugar Valley Farms in Delaware, Ohio will award the winning mare a breeding to Woodstock. The Darke County Harness Horseman's Association will be footing the bill to ensure that every overnight division races for a minimum of $1,000. Racing returns to Greenville, Ohio on Friday night, August 15 for the Great Darke County Fair's annual week long race meet. Racing also takes place on Saturday, August 16, afternoon and night, and on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22 in the afternoons and nights. Afternoon post times are 1 pm except for Friday August 22 it will be at noon. Evening post times at 7 pm. Condition sheets can be found at WTGR will broadcast all events for Harness Racing at the Great Darke County Fair.

    On Monday, we reported of a shooting at a Sidney Drive-Thru with the Shelby County Coroner being called to the scene. Although authorities have still yet reveal all the details to that story, what we have learned is the death was from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting happened at North Dixie Drive Thru at 2598 Wapakoneta Ave. in Sidney at approximately 12:49 p.m. The victim is believed to be an adult male, but his identity has not been released. The coroner is investigating alongside police and that investigation is ongoing.

    On Sunday, August 10 2014 at 6:10 pm, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Bradford Fire & Rescue, Gettysburg Rescue and Care-flight were all dispatched to 9600 block of Grise Rd. on a report of a bicycle struck by a pickup truck. Preliminary investigation revealed the 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup truck was driven by a 17 Year old male. The tandem bicycle was occupied by a 13 year old female and a 5 year old female. Both were traveling eastbound on Grise Road when the accident occurred. Investigation shows the Chevy 1500 pickup truck attempted to pass the slow moving bicycle resulting is a collision. The 5 year old female was transported by Care Flight to Dayton Children's Hospital. The 13 Year old female was transported by Bradford Rescue to Upper Valley Medical Center and later transferred to Dayton Children's Hospital. Both are listed in Fair condition. The driver of the truck was uninjured. At this time the accident is still under investigation.

    On August 10, 2014 at approximately 2200 hours, the Darke County 911 Center received a call of a single car accident with injury on SR49 near East Alternate SR49. Arcanum Rescue, Arcanum Police Department, Arcanum Rescue Squad and Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival it was found that the occupants from the crashed vehicle were hiding in a field. The occupants were identified as Trevor Botsford, age 26, his wife Killian Botsford, age 26, and their two children ages three and one. Mr. and Mrs. Botsford reported that they were hiding in the field because they were being followed by another person from Michigan who was trying to cause harm to them and their children. No visible injuries were found on any of the occupants, but were transported to Wayne Health Care to be examined further. Deputies were unable to locate the person who was reportedly chasing the Botsford Family. As deputies questioned Ms. Botsford, she reported that there was a bomb in the car. Deputies approached the vehicle and observed many exposed wires hanging from the dashboard area and the headliner. With the assistance of the Arcanum Fire Department a safety perimeter was established, the immediate area of SR49 and East Alternate SR49 was closed to all approaching north bound and south bound traffic and the Dayton PD Bomb Squad was summoned to the scene. The Dayton Bomb squad examined the vehicle and reported that there were no explosives present. SR49 was reopened after having been closed for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. This investigation is ongoing.

    Join the Darke County Park District for the special chance to visit the Anthony Wayne Peace Council House, located at Prairie Ridge Meadow on Wilson Avenue. The Council House will be open for visitors on Saturday, August 16th from 1:00pm-3:00pm. They'll discover why Anthony Wayne built the house and what purpose it served in the creation of the Treaty of Greene Ville. For more information, please call the Nature Center at 937.548.0165 or visit our website

    On Sunday afternoon, Darke County Deputies, Darke County Coroner's Office, Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team, Darke County K-9, Ansonia Rescue, Ansonia Fire Department and Careflight were dispatched to the 3100 block of St. Rt. 47 in reference to a one vehicle fatal accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 GMC Canyon driven by Jason Dirksen, 38, of Union City, Ohio was traveling west bound on St. Rt. 47 in the 3100 block. The truck was occupied by Rory Wampler, 40, of Ansonia, Ohio and a deceased male subject. The truck overcorrected across the centerline of roadway. The truck drove off the left side of roadway into a ditch. The truck over turned coming to rest on the driver's side in a cornfield. The driver and rear passenger were flown to Miami Valley Hospital for there injuries. The front passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed speed and alcohol may be factors of the accident. The identity of the deceased as not been confirmed by the cornor's office and next of kin as not been notified. Accident remains under investigation.

    In June, visitors selected Frozen to be shown at July's Theater on Third event hosted by Main Street Greenville. The event was an amazing success and the organization is putting on a second event as part of September's First Friday event (September 5th). This time, you can choose one of the following films: The Lego Movie, E.T. the Extraterrestrial, or Free Birds. Vote on The poll will close on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of three individuals on drug related charges. On Wednesday August 6, 2014 Sheriff's Office detectives received information of heroin being transported back to Mercer County from the Dayton area. The information was assigned to the Sheriff's Office heroin unit. The heroin unit is comprised of Sheriff's Office detectives and road patrol deputies. Patrol deputy Mike Link observed the suspect vehicle and it was stopped at 8:08 PM in the Chief's Supermarket parking lot in Coldwater.
    Arrested were the driver of the vehicle 21 year old Danielle M. Pulfer from Spencerville. Passengers 26 year old Aaron L. Rodriguez from Celina and 23 year old Aron R. Lange from Celina.
    Pulfer was arrested for a traffic violation (Lanes of travel), complicity to trafficking in drugs, and a bond violation. Pulfer was out of jail on bond for two previous felony indictments for trafficking in drugs (Heroin).
    Rodriguez was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants for failure to appear in court on original charges of trafficking in drugs and possession of heroin. He was also charged for possession of drug abuse instruments. Rodriguez had two syringes and other drug paraphernalia on his person.
    Lange was arrested for possession of heroin. Lange was found with 24 suspected heroin capsules on his person. He was also arrested and charged with resisting arrest.
    Deputies recovered an additional suspected capsule of heroin from inside the vehicle. The vehicle was seized by deputies, a 2006 Pontiac Torrent owned by Pulfer's mother. All three were transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention facility and incarcerated. Deputies requested assistance on the stop from Coldwater Police Department. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor's office for review and possibly additional charges.

    Last week,we reported on the Preble County Sheriff's Office conducting an animal cruelty investigation that occurred on Thursday, July 31st at the Preble County Fair. 4-H advisers reported that (9) rabbits that were 4-H projects were found dead in their pins. All were reported to have been killed. That investigation continues and anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 456 6262. The reward has been increased to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killing of nine rabbits at the Preble County Fair, the sheriff said. A local business owner pledged $1,000 and last week, the Preble County Agricultural Society offered $500.

    Last Saturday, at approximately 11:05 p.m., the Greenville Police Department, with the assistance from the Darke County Sheriff's Office, responded to 612 E. 4th St. on a report of a burglary in progress. Just prior to officer's arrival, the suspect fled on foot out the back door of the residence. The 90 year old female victim reported knowing the suspect by a false name and had been scammed out of money twice in the past 3 weeks by him. On this particular night, the suspect returned and asked to use the restroom and she refused. He then told the victim that he had the money he owed her and she let him in the home at which time the suspect obtained a weapon from the house and began threatening the victim's life if she didn't give him $40. The suspect then took $2 the victim had in her Bible. The victim was able to get out of the house and yell for help and was helped by a neighbor. The victim was treated by Greenville Area Emergency Rescue for non-life threatening injuries. The Greenville Police Department quickly developed a suspect and on Monday, arrested 53 year old Greenville resident, Randy L. Hofacker for Aggravated Robbery. Hofacker is being housed at the Mercer County Jail. On Tuesday, a 1st degree felony Aggravated Robbery complaint was issued by the Darke County Prosecutor's Office and filed with the Darke County Common Pleas Court. Anyone with information regarding a crime is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937 544-4150 (option 2), or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937-547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

    Performance among Indiana's charter schools on the 2014 ISTEP tests ran the gamut from low passing rates to rates similar to the state's best public schools. The percent of students passing both the math and English portions of the test, a key measure used by the state in determining both school grades and teacher and principal salaries, ranged from a low of 0 percent to a high of 88 percent among the 59 schools that administered the test. The 21st Century school saw 45.8 percent of students pass both portions of the test, down from 68.4 percent in 2013.

    This Wednesday, Senior Leaders from Whirlpool Corporation will be joined by Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers and Ferguson Construction Inc. as they commemorate the $40M expansion of the Greenville, Ohio manufacturing operations with an official ground breaking. The company is also applying Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) practices to contribute to annual operational savings and make Greenville one of the company's most energy efficient plants. Whirlpool Corporation and contractor, Ferguson Construction Inc., will break ground for the expansion of its existing Greenville, OH manufacturing facility. Home to the KitchenAid standmixer, this expansion will nearly double the size of the current facility, allowing for future growth of various KitchenAid brand small appliances. Throughout the construction process, Whirlpool will work to hire an additional 400 new jobs by 2018, bringing the facility's total workforce to approximately 1,400 employees.

    A semi carrying yogurt overturned on Saturday, shutting down U.S. 33 for several hours. The crash happened around 11 a.m. on the highway, near Celina Mendon Road, and the road did not reopen until 9:30 p.m. Mercer County Sheriff's deputies said the truck clipped a car during the wreck, and spilled some of the yogurt it was carrying. No injuries were reported. Deputies said the entire trailer's content needed to be off loaded onto another semi before the truck could be righted, which caused the long shutdown.

    The Preble County Sheriff's Office is currently conducting an animal cruelty investigation that occurred on Thursday, July 31st at the Preble County Fair. 4-H advisers reported that (9) rabbits that were 4-H projects were found dead in their pins yesterday. All are reported to have been killed. This is believed to have occurred over a period of several hours throughout the day. The investigation is continuing today and anyone who may have information is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 456 6262. Rabbits were the only animals involved yesterday. There were rumors and speculation that other animals on the grounds had been involved. This was quickly determined not to be true. 4-H clubs on the fairgrounds watched over animals last night and extra deputies were provided for additional security to assist in making sure no additional problems occurred.

    On Thursday, we reported on Gregory Grubb, age 49, from New Paris. He was arrested on Wednesday after he led deputies on a chase after the Preble County Sheriff's Department responded to the 6400 block of State Route 320, on a domestic violence complaint where a female had been assaulted. We've learned more details to that case as charges have been filed against Grubb in Eaton Municipal Court, related to the incident that occurred Wednesday night. He is charged with the following:
    Failure to Comply with Order of a Police Officer, 3rd degree felony; Abduction, 3rd degree felony; Endangering Children, 1st degree misdemeanor; Using Weapons While Intoxicated, 1st degree misdemeanor; Domestic Violence, 1st degree misdemeanor. A traffic citation will also be issued related to a crash with a mini-van.

    On Tuesday, the Darke County Sheriff's Office, along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), conducted its annual Marijuana Eradication. More than 200 Marijuana plants were located, with an estimated street value of over $200,000. At this time, no criminal charges are being pursued stemming from the recovered marijuana plants.

    Police say four robberies in eight days in Sidney and Piqua may be linked to the same suspect. The Sidney and Piqua police departments are working together to help solve a series of robberies:
    July 22 at the Checkered Flag Drive Thru, 1151 Wapakoneta Ave., Sidney
    July 27 at the Oasis Drive Thru, 1222 Michigan St., Sidney
    July 27, parking lot of Sidney Food Town, 1010 Wapakoneta Ave., Sidney
    July 29, Spring Thru Drive Thru, 225 Spring St., Piqua.
    In all four incidents, the robber, who concealed his face, entered and fled the business area on foot. A similar type of knife and threat was used in three of the four robberies. In the Piqua incident, the suspect was seen getting into, a white minivan, according to police. Anyone with information is urged to call either the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-2351 or the Piqua Police Department tipline at 937-615-TIPS (8477).

    State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced the Controlling Board's approval of $2.1 million in funding to a consortium of Milton-Union Exempted School Village, Franklin Monroe Local School District and Piqua City School District for their Straight A Fund application. Of the $2.1 million dollars allocated to these schools, $524,159.04 will go to the Milton-Union Exempted School Village, $293,239.04 will go to the Franklin Monroe Local School District, and $1,280,579.04 will go to the Piqua City School District. The school districts will be partnering with The Ohio State University Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and Wright State University. The funding will be used for Reading Expands All Chidlren's Horizons (REACH), a kindergarten and first grade literacy initiative that will bolster reading achievement by engaging parents as their children's at home learning partners. Through one-on-one devices and educational media, REACH will extend learning beyond the school day into homes and communities for anytime/anywhere learning. The Straight A Fund was created through the 2013 state biennial budget to encourage efficiency and innovation in education.

    The driver of a Ford Taurus was killed Monday evening in a single-car accident on Interstate 70 westbound near mile marker 139.5. Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa said the 2012 Gray Ford Taurus had been westbound and left the roadway, traveling down the median until it reached the Jacksonburg Road overpass. The vehicle became airborne, striking an embankment and rolling on its top on Jacksonburg Road. The male driver, who was trapped in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. The incident remains under investigation pending toxicology and the medical examiner's report. I-70 westbound was closed, or down to one lane, in the accident area for more than two hours Monday.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating an injury crash on US Rte 127 at St Rte 703, that occurred Sunday, July 27th at 8:49 PM. The operator of a 1991 Honda motorcycle, Jeremy D. Link, age 32 of Celina, was arrested for his 5th OVI since June of 2013. Link attempted to turn north onto US Rte 127 from St Rte 703 and ran into a 2008 Chrysler convertible operated by 59 year old David Vangundy, who was south bound on US 127, and was attempting to turn onto St Rte 703. 56 year old Debra Vangundy was a passenger in the convertible and neither Mr. or Mrs. Vangundy were injured. Link was injured in the crash, and he was transported to Mercer Health by Coldwater Squad, where he was treated and released. Link was arrested for OVI and refused the test. A search warrant was applied for and granted for Link's blood and or urine. The Celina man was incarcerated at the Mercer County Adult Detention facility on numerous driver's license suspensions. The case is currently being reviewed for felony OVI charges by the Prosecturer's Office.

    Last week, we reported on multiple vehicle break ins and fires. Two suspects have been named and charges will be filed regarding the recent vehicle fires and thefts from vehicles which occurred last Tuesday: Joshua C. Willis, 18 years of age, from Greenville, Ohio and Lowell "Bill" Bowers, 34, also from Greenville. Charges include multiple arson, thefts, and felony theft and will be filed at the Darke County Prosecutor's Office this week. The investigation continues, anyone with information is asked to contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-4150 (option 2), or the Darke County Crime Stoppers tipline at 937 547-1661. All callers may remain anonymous.

    On July 16, 2014, Michelle Middaugh (46) of Union City, Ohio and James Spencer (37) of Union City, Indiana were taken into custody without incident following a buy/bust operation conducted by the Darke County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, along with Darke County Deputies and Union City (Ohio) Police, in the 100 Block of E. Spearmint Street in Union City, Ohio. Both Middaugh and Spencer were transported to the Darke County Jail, where they await formal charges of Trafficking in Drugs and Possession of Drugs. Citizens with drug information, or information on any criminal conduct for that matter, are asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020. Tips can also be left with Darke County Crime Stoppers by visiting their website at or by calling 937-547-1661. Information can be given anonymously.

ARSON REWARD - July 14, 2014
    Darke County Crime Stoppers has announced that the State Fire Marshal's Office has issued a Blue Ribbon Arson Reward of up to $5,000 to help solve an investigation of a stolen vehicle that was abandoned and set ablaze last December. The Darke County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of the torched sedan in the evening hours of Dec. 8, 2013. It was discovered the red 2012 Toyota Camry was reported stolen early that day out of the City of Greenville. An investigation revealed the fire was intentionally set. The red sedan also had a black stripe down the hood of the vehicle. If you have any information about this crime you are urged to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020 or the State Fire Marshal's Office at 800-589-2728.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday asked that the federal government expand health care coverage for Indiana's low income residents using a state-run alternative to traditional Medicaid. Pence's proposal, dubbed the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, would still rely on billions in federal aid to cover residents earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, like states that approved the Medicaid expansion included in the federal health care overhaul. But Pence and his supporters contend it supports personal responsibility in a way Medicaid doesn't because it would rely on health savings accounts and patient input. The plan expands on the state's existing Healthy Indiana Plan, which has been covering about 35,000 to 45,000 low income residents for the past six years.

COMMON CORE IN OHIO - June 26, 2014
    Earlier this week, State Representative Jim Buchy sent out a press release pertaining to Common Core. In House Bill 487, which the Governor signed recently, there will be four standards review committees with experts, parents and teachers that will advise the Ohio Department of Education on Ohio's Academic Content Standards. The committees provide a platform to educate the leaders that are not yet aware of the threat of common core. In addition to other advancements in protecting Ohio's children from the Common Core, the bill also requires each Ohio school to establish a parental review committee or other method of input. This will give parents a say in the curriculum at the school and give them the assurance that local curriculum matches the values of the community. While the amendments in HB 487 provide a temporary stop gap to the unintended consequences Buchy is working with other legislators to advance the passage of House Bill 237 which would repeal the Common Core in its entirety.

    Major changes in the Indiana education policies will have Indiana students taking new, different standardized tests in each of the next two academic years. The first ISTEP test is being created for use during the upcoming school year. Federal education officials have said that test would have to be given this year in order for the state to maintain its waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. The state will also seek a contractor to design a new test for the 2015-2016 school year, state officials told members of an education roundtable that includes teachers unions and charter school operators Monday.Gov. Mike Pence, speaking at the first of two back-to-back education meetings Monday afternoon, said teachers and parents should understand that the first test is only temporary and will be replaced once work developing the second test is complete.

    The Darke County Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 to aid in the arrest of a suspect(s) responsible for a rash of arson fires that have plagued the county over the past week. In addition to the Crime Stoppers reward, the State Fire Marshal's Office has posted a Blue Ribbon Reward of up to $5,000 for a fire that destroyed a vacant home at 2585 Hollansburg-Richmond Road near the Village of Hollansburg and the fires set at the Greenville locations. The Hollansburg blaze occurred in the early morning hours of May 31 and was discovered as firefighters and deputies were on the scene of a truck fire nearby. Just a few days later, the City of Greenville Fire Department responded to a series of fires in and around detached garages in the early morning hours of June 3 that have been ruled arson as well and also issued a Blue Ribbon Reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest, conviction of a suspect(s). If you have any information about any of the fires listed contact Det. Corey Turner at the Darke County Sheriff's Office, 548 2020, Det. Eric Roberts at the Greenville Police Department, 548-4150, or the Darke County Crime Stoppers'private Tipline at 547-1661 or online at

    The Community Blood Center (CBC) is making two exciting changes to its traditional summer blood drive campaign. The campaign has been extended to four months (May 30 through Sept. 30). In addition, eligible donors can now double their chances of winning. Eligible donors will be entered into the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Anyone age 18 and older who registers to donate at any CBC Donor Center or CBC mobile blood drive May 30 through Sept. 30 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze, valued at approximately $19,000. Ten computer-selected finalists will be invited to a special envelope opening announcement event on or about October 23 to discover the Chevy Cruze winner. Each registered, eligible donor receives a maximum of two chances to win. You must be age 18 or older to win. Official rules are available

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