UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS - July 26, 2016
Taylor Hall of Union City was arrested in the early morning hours of July 26, 2016. After being stopped for a traffic violation the Union City Ohio Police Dept. requested assistance of the Union City Indiana Police Dept. K-9 unit, the K-9 unit arrived on scene and made a positive indication on the vehicle that was stopped. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed several items that are used in the Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. Hall admitted to officers that he often cooks methamphetamines. Hall was placed under arrest and transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail where he was booked on the charge of Illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the 3rd Degree. Hall is being held without bond awaiting arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court. To report drug activity in Union City Ohio please contact the Union City Police Department at 937-968-7744.
DARKE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MEETING NEWS - July 26, 2016
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them from the Sheriff’s Department was Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker. The Commissioners approved an agreement with Motorola for Communication Equipment and Services pertaining to the MARCS system. The county is preparing to move to the MARCS Radio System for public safety purposes because the current system is outdated. Looking into the MARCS system, it was learned that Union City, Ohio, was lacking coverage and to resolve the problem a tower was required. With the approved agreement, the Commissioners agreed to move forward on the building of a tower that will cost $590,000. Recently, a $500,000 Grant was obtained for the tower with $90,000 coming from the capital improvement fund. It was learned on Monday, that the county got a solid deal on the price of the tower considering the building of MARCS Towers a year ago was well over $850,000. Township Trustees have also been on board with the Commissioners and the Village of Union City has donated the land for the tower to be built. Chief Deputy Whittaker informed the public that the tower could be built and ready to work in 6 months time. However, the project does not have a deadline. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 27 at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
DARKE COUNTY FAIRBOARD PREPARES FOR 160TH FAIR - July 21, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Less than a month away from the 160th Great Darke County Fair, Fair Manager, Daryl Riffle, updated the Fair Board on this year's concert featuring the band "Chicago". There are just over 300 tickets left for the event, which takes place Sunday, August 21st. On the fairgrounds, a reminder was posted that for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation, effective with the 2016 Fair, no chairs will be permitted to be placed on the Fairgrounds until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The Pre-Fair chair signage is now in place for safety & final Fair preparations. In other business, the Fair Board approved naming 97.5-WTGR-FM the official radio voice of the 2016 Great Darke County Fair. WTGR will be broadcasting live from the Fairgrounds all 9 days of the Fair, starting Friday, August 19th. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, August 3rd at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds. For more information on the Fair or tickets to the concert, visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
NARCAN USED FOR FIRST TIME IN MIAMI COUNTY - July 21, 2016
The Miami County Sheriff's Office responded on a possible opiate overdose at an address on N. Rangeline Road in Newberry Township on July 17, 2016 at 10:54 P.M. Deputies had previously been trained for the usage and administration of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, which can help reverse overdoses of opioid drugs. Naloxone is currently carried by deputies in an effort to save lives as they're often first on the scene of overdose calls. The responding deputy, Deputy J. Adams, found an unresponsive thirty year old male possibly suffering from a drug overdose. The man was unconscious and had no detectable pulse. Narcan was administered and the male did begin breathing and regained consciousness. The Covington Life Squad arrived on scene and took over treatment of the man. This is the first deployment of Narcan by a Miami County Deputy Sheriff since the drug was put into use by this agency in mid-May of this year.
ELDORA SPEEDWAY IN GUINNESS WORLD RECORD BOOKS - July 21, 2016
Prior to Wednesday's fourth annual Aspen Dental Dirt Derby NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Tony Stewart hosted the Flip It for Good heads or tails game at Little E, which is Eldora's go-kart track located next to the main raceway. With 561 participants, Eldora Speedway set a Guinness World Record for the largest game of heads or tails. Each of the 561 participants donated $10 to the Tony Stewart Foundation to partake in the completion. The foundation said it will use the $5,610 raised to help children, animals and injured drivers throughout the United States. During the world record attempt, an official from Guinness World Records counted each contestant as they entered the infield at Little E.
GREENVILLE COUNCIL HEARS ABOUT BIKE TRAIL - July 20, 2016
Tuesday's agenda for the City of Greenville Council meeting was packed with 16 ordinances and resolutions. Director of Darke County Parks, Roger Van Frank, started the meeting with the public hearing. Van Frank was present to address council pertaining to an easement for a bike trail in the city that was added to the agenda under ordinances and resolutions. The ordinance authorizes an easement for the construction and maintenance for a 40 ft wide bike path for a shared use trail called Tecumseh Trail. This is Phase 4 of a very extensive process that has Darke County Parks trying to create a connected bike trail from Bradford to Greenville and beyond. Council adopted the ordinance along with all other ordinances and resolutions listed on the agenda. In other business, 2 concerned citizens addressed Council during the public hearings, pertaining to grass issues over on East Main and Ohio Street. With construction taking place in that area and new sidewalks going in, grass has been a problem and a eyesore. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, told the concerned citizens that the contractor would not be paid until the grass issue was corrected. The next Greenville City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, August 2, at 7:30 in the City Building.
ARMY SPECIALIST FROM PIQUA FOUND DEAD - July 20, 2016
A 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment Soldier was found unresponsive at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday, outside his on-base living quarters. U.S. Army Spc. Kyle Gantt, 30, from Piqua, was declared dead at the scene shortly after first responders arrived. The cause of death is under investigation. Gantt served as a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew member and had been deployed to Soto Cano, Honduras Air Base for approximately two months. He is survived by his wife and two children. Gantt deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March-October 2014. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the NATO medal. He joined the Army in February of 2012.
MIAMI COUNTY WOMAN TO SPEND YEAR IN PRISON - July 20, 2016
A Miami County woman who smuggled in heroin, leading to another inmate to overdose inside the Miami County Jail, will spend 12 months in prison. Earlier this week, sentenced was Danielle Brandyberry, 39. The Miami County woman will serve a year in prison for third-degree felony illegal conveyance of drugs into jail and tampering with evidence and six months for drug trafficking charges. The sentences will run concurrently. Brandyberry apologized for her actions and said she was thankful for her incarceration. Brandyberry admitted to authorities that she smuggled the drugs inside a body cavity which went undetected by officers.
FORT RECOVERY MAN SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER ACCIDENT - July 19, 2016
On July 19, 2016 at approximately 7:39 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 5300 block of Brown Road on single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a brown 2013 Nissan Altima, driven by Paul R. Evans, 62, Fort Recovery, Ohio was eastbound on Brown Road in the 5300 block. Evans failed to negotiate a curve causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway and collide head on into a tree, Evans continued through a fence before coming to rest in the side ditch. CareFlight could not fly due to foggy weather conditions, Evans the only occupant in the vehicle was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Ansonia Rescue, where he is listed in serious condition. The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
DARKE COUNTY MOTOR VEHICLE TAX MEETING - July 19, 2016
Following the Darke County Commissioners meeting on Monday, the Commissioners held their first public hearing a proposed $10 tax that would be assessed to the owners of any motor-operated vehicle in Darke County. That tax would include automobiles, motorcycles, trailers and boats - which is required to be licensed. The amount charged would be in addition to existing license fees assessed by the State of Ohio. Multiple people attended the meeting as concerned citizens asked questions to Commissioners Mike Stegall and Mike Rhoades, as well as Darke County Engineer Jim Surber, along with Business Administrator John Cook. If enacted, the tax will become effective beginning in January 2018. The money would be earmarked specifically for road and bridge construction projects and could not be used for other purposes. The second hearing will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. at the Darke County Administration Building at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. The hearings are open to the public. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 20 at 1:30 p.m. Downtown.
WINCHESTER MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY - July 19, 2016
Dillon M. Williams, 18, from Winchester, is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon in Randolph County. Williams is believed to have made arrangements to buy 40 Xanax tablets, for $600, at a park in Saratoga on July 8. The man accused of selling the prescription medication told Randolph County Sheriff's deputies that a man later identified as Williams had tackled him in the park and took his .40-caliber handgun. Williams' accuser later gave a revised statement to investigators, saying he had been trying to sell Xanax he had recently stolen "to make some quick cash" when he was robbed. Williams, told deputies that the drug dealer "pulled out a handgun and began waving it around" while they were discussing their planned transaction. The teen said he feared the other man intended to shoot him or rob him because he had about $1,200 in cash on him. Williams has received an Oct. 31 trial date. Two of the charges against him are Level 3 felonies carrying up to 16 years in prison.
PINK MILE & BREAST CANCER 5K RUN/WALK - July 19, 2016
The Breast Cancer Awareness 5K run/walk, which is part of the Darke County Wellness Challenge, will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Annie Oakley statue in downtown Greenville. The kids run will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the 5K run/walk following at 8:30 a.m. The "Pink Mile", is back, a 1-mile walk led by men representing various community organizations and businesses. The walk will start at approximately 9:45am following the 5K run/walk event. The event is a great opportunity to raise public awareness of breast cancer while offering support for men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer. For more information or to register online, visit www.goodtimesraces.com or contact Jill Brown at (937) 547-5079.
MOTORCYCLISTS KILLED PREBLE COUNTY - July 18, 2016
Troopers from the Dayton Post are investigating a double fatality crash that occurred on Wikel Road near Monroe-Central Road in Monroe Township, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at approximately 5:37 P.M. Thomas Krug, age 49, from Lewisburg, Ohio was operating an orange 2008 Harley- Davidson Motorcycle southwest on Wikel Road in Preble County. Ruth D. Krug, age 45, was a passenger on the back of the motorcycle. Mr. Krug, failed to negotiate a curve and rode his motorcycle left of center striking Joann Hoskins, age 68, from Arcanum who was operating a black 2004 Ford pick-up truck and who was operating northwest on Wikel Road. Both of the occupants on the motorcycle were wearing their helmet and were ejected from the motorcycle. Both Mr. and Mrs. Krug were pronounced dead at the scene by the Preble County Coroner's Office. The crash is still under investigation at this time.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT - July 18, 2016
A car chase early Sunday, resulted in the arrest of Antonio Williams, 26. Around 12:30 AM, Williams refused to comply when Piqua police attempted to stop his vehicle. Speeds were reported at over 60 miles per hour as Williams led officers around the south and west side of Piqua, running a number of stop signs, as he attempted to elude officers. Williams crashed his SUV into a wall on Young Street. Both he and a passenger fled on foot. As officers followed Williams down an ally, witnesses observed Williams enter a garage behind a Downing Street residence. A K-9 unit from Sidney Police Department responded to assist Piqua officers. When the K-9 entered the garage, Williams was located hanging from ceiling joist in an attempt to stay out of reach of the dog. He was taken into custody without further incident. Williams faces charges of breaking and entering and fleeing and eluding. Additional charges may be filed.
LEARN ABOUT FIREFLIES ON THURSDAY - July 18, 2016
On Thursday, July 21st at 8:30pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve join a naturalist to learn about the fascinating world of fireflies. These bioluminescent bugs use their glow to attract prey, for mating, and sometimes even a defense mechanism. These wonderful creatures thrive in meadows, forests, fields, and other natural habitats, but numbers are declining due to human land development. Come find out what the public can do to keep them in their backyards and what scientists are learning from their special light. The program will begin with an interactive discussion and then attendees will watch the nighttime magic as the fireflies rise from the prairie. For questions about this free program or any other program offered by the Darke County, please stop by the nature center or call (937) 548-0165.
JANE DOE INVESTIGATION IN MIAMI COUNTY - July 15, 2016
Miami County investigators have eliminated nearly all ties that an unidentified woman may have had to Ohio. Jane Doe was found on April 24, 1981 strangled to death, but also suffered blunt force trauma to her head and also had a lacerated liver. She is believed to be in her late teens or early 20's at the time of her death, was found along Greenlee Road — west of Troy. Jane Doe is believed to have been a traveler, or a wanderer, but spent roughly four months in the Fort Worth, Texas and southern Oklahoma area in the year preceding her death, according to Stable Isotope analysis. If anyone recognizes or has any information in regards to Jane Doe's identity, they are asked to call Detective Steve Hickey with the Miami County Sheriff's Office at 937-440-3965 ext. 6629 or the Miami County Communication Center at 937-440-9911.
PENCE EXPECTED TO BE TRUMP'S RUNNING MATE - July 15, 2016
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump's running mate. IndyStar confirmed shortly after noon Thursday that Trump is planning to announce Pence as his selection for vice president. Several national news outlets, including CNN and ABC News, later reported Trump had offered the post to Pence and he had accepted, ending a weeks-long casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans. Trump had been scheduled to formally announce his pick at a news conference in Manhattan at 11 a.m. Friday, but delayed the event in the wake of an attack in France, that left more than 70 people dead. The delay could leave Pence, who had already traveled to New York, in political limbo. He faces a noon Friday deadline to withdraw from the governor's race to allow Indiana Republican leaders to select a replacement candidate.
LONGTIME GREENVILLE NATIVE PASSES AWAY - July 15, 2016
Former Greenville Mayor, Dr. Jack Harless, 88, of Greenville, passed away, Wednesday, July 13th. Greenville's own, Jack, along with his son Patrick, owned and operated Harless Chiropractic. He was a veteran of the US Navy, founding member of Greenville Transit and founding member and past president Greenville Rescue. He was a board member of the Boys and Girls Club, board directors at Treaty City Manor, past president of the Darke County Metropolitan Housing. Jack was a high school official for 30 years and involved with Greenville Baseball for 30 years. Member of multiple service organizations. He served on Greenville City Council from 1970-1987 and as Greenville Mayor from 1988-1991. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, July 18, at the First United Methodist Church 202 W 4th Street, Greenville. Burial will follow in Greenville Cemetery with full military service by the Greenville Honor Guard. Family and friends may visit from 11AM till the time of service at the church on Monday. Condolences for the family may be made at www.oliverfloyd.com.
2017 BUDGET PRESENTED TO COMMISSIONERS - July 14, 2016
Darke County Auditor, Carol Ginn was present at the Commissioners meeting on Wednesday. Ginn was there to submit the 2017 budget, which the Commissioners accepted with 3-0 vote. Estimated Appropriations for the 2017 Budget came in at $19,639,952. That's a slight decrease from the 2016 actual appropriations of $20,451,047. The County's increase cost for Health Insurance is not reflected in this budget, because the actual increase in cost is still unknown. Also, unknown at this time is the County's share or match portion for any Grants that could be received in 2017. The Darke County Wagner Avenue Facility total debt will be $5,500,000 as of December, 31, 2016. The principle and interest due in 2017 is $542,670. The County's General Fund will need to continue to help support the facility.
"STUFF A BUS" PROGRAM ON JULY 29TH - July 14, 2016
The Darke County United Way is once again having its annual Stuff A Bus school supply drive to collect school supplies and distribute them to all Darke County school districts for students in need. Items needed include: paper (wide and college-ruled), composition books, #2 pencils, blue and black pens, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, safety scissors, markers, washable markers, highlighters, post it notes, crayons in 16 or 24 packs, single subject notebooks, colored pencils, pocket folders, calculators, pencil sharpeners, pencil pouches/boxes, dry erase markers, backpacks, lunch boxes, ziplock bags, tissues, and/or antibacterial wipes. Collection day is Friday, July 29th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot in Greenville and from 9:00 am-2:00 pm in the Versailles Board of Education's front parking lot. Stuff a Bus benefits children in the following school districts: Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri Village, Versailles, and Board of Developmental Disabilities. The purpose of the Darke County United Way is to increase the organized capacity of people of people to care for one another. For more information, contact the Darke County United Way at 547-1272.
2016 DARKE COUNTY FAIR COURT - July 13, 2016
The 2016 Jr. Fair Pageant was held last night at All Seasons Place (Lighthouse Christian Center). Interviews were be held on Monday. There were 13 young ladies, who competed for the crown as queen, while only 1 male competed for the title as King. Congratulations to Isaac Gehret, 17, who's parents are Gary and Jill Gehret, Isaac was with Darke Co. 4-H Beef Club. The 2016 Queen is Molly Hunt, who is 17 and represents Genesis 4-H Club, her parents are Brian & Teresa. 1st Runner-up went to Deanna Langenkamp, 17, with Grade A Kids 4-H Club, parents Dan & Jennifer. 2nd Runner-up was Shelby Manning from Mississinawa Valley FFA, she's 17 and her parents are Jason & Heather Manning. 3rd Runner-up went to Brenna Loxley, from Swine Koolers 4-H Club, her parents are Shawn Loxley & Katrina Smith. The 160th Great Darke County Fair will be August 19th to the 27th in Greenville. For more information on the Fair, visit DarkeCountyFair.com.
FIRST FRIDAY IN AUGUST - July 13, 2016
Artisan Stroll is the theme for Main Street Greenville's First Friday event held in August. The event has everything to do with handmade, homemade, and artisan crafts. The event will take place on Friday, August 5th from 6-9 pm in the downtown district. The committee is looking for artisans and crafters to display and sell their paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, dolls, children's apparel, wreaths, and more during the event. All local artists and talented creative people are invited to sell and/or demonstrate their craft. The artists will join many downtown businesses who will be staying open late and other activities that will be planned for the event. The deadline to sign-up is July 20th. For more information contact committee member Susan Fowble at 937-548-1414 To learn more about the organization, visit www.DowntownGreenville.org.
DRUG BUST IN CELINA - July 13, 2016
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey, Celina Chief Tom Wale, and Coldwater Chief Jason Miller reports HIT (Heroin Interdiction Team) made an arrest of a 35 year old female. On July 13, 2016 at 4:45 PM officers working HIT observed several traffic violations and stopped a 2002 Ford Explorer that was driven by Amy Cole of 7577 SR 219, Celina. The vehicle was stopped on Echo Street near South Street in Celina. After making contact with Cole, she showed obvious signs of being under the influence and impaired. Officers requested a canine to check the vehicle and Celina Police Department's canine Pang alerted on the vehicle. Officers recovered two syringes one loaded with suspected cocaine, and another used syringe that appeared empty. Also located was a baggie with suspected meth, two straws, a crack pipe, and shoe strings used as a tie off for shooting up. Cole was taken into custody and is initially charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs (Misdemeanor of the first degree), possession of drug abuse instruments (Misdemeanor of second degree), and possession of drug paraphernalia (Minor misdemeanor). Cole is currently incarcerated in the Mercer County Adult Detention facility being held on $100,000.00 subject to 10%. The case will be forwarded to the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office for review of additional charges. The Sheriff's Office in cooperation with the Celina and Coldwater Police Departments continue to supply resources and man power to HIT in an effort to combat Mercer County's on going drug problems.
SIDNEY TREASURER SENTENCED AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT - July 12, 2016
Back in June, we reported on Linda Meininger, 73 from Sidney, was northbound on Sidney Freyburg Road when she started to make a left turn onto Hoewisher Road. She failed to see a motorcycle driven by Philip Brown, 67, of Sidney. She turned into the motorcycle's path, resulting in a near head-on collision. Brown, who was southbound on Sidney Freyburg Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. Meininger, who serves as the Shelby County treasurer, was uninjured in the accident. Meininger, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, a second-degree misdemeanor, and right of way when turning left, a minor misdemeanor. Meininger's attorney appeared on her behalf in Sidney Municipal Court Monday. Paperwork requesting a pretrial date has been filed with the court.
DRIVER IN COURT AFTER MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - July 12, 2016
In late May, an injury accident on US127 in the area of Childrens Home Bradford Rd. revealed that a black 2012 Ford Fiesta driven by Nathan Nisley (33), of Rawson Ohio, changed lanes and struck a northbound 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle. The occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and neither person was wearing a helmet. They both were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by careflight. During the course of the investigation Deputies learned that the incident appeared to be the result of road rage. Deputies arrested Mr. Nisley on two counts of felonious assault both a felony in the second degree. On Monday, Nisley had a "not guilty" plea entered on his behalf, despite his insistence on entering no plea. Nisley's court-appointed defense attorney, Dave Rohrer, told the court that a competency report received by his office July 8 showed his client was "incompetent to stand trial." On each second-degree felony count, Nisley faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
MARSHALL TO LEAVE POSITION WITH DARKE COUNTY - July 12, 2016
On Monday, the Darke County Commissioners confirmed that Jeff Marshall, Community Development/Grants Coordinator for the county will be leaving his position for another job in Dayton. Marshall's last day with the County will be Friday, July 22nd. The Development/Grants Coordinator has served in other positions for the County and started working for Darke County well over 15 years ago. The Commissioners said they are working on replacing Marshall and had not decided whether they would hire from within or advertise the opening. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, July 13th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
SIDNEY COUPLE ARRESTED IN TEXAS - July 11, 2016
Earlier this year, the Sidney Police Department investigated a felonious assault incident that occurred near the rear parking lot of the Post Office near the corner of West Ave and North St. During the assault a 16 year old Sidney male juvenile sustained life threatening injuries which resulted in being Care Flighted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton. Fortunately after extensive medical intervention the male juvenile has made a full recovery. As a result of the investigation into the assault, arrest warrants were issued for two individuals; Johnny L Harness, age 31 and Samantha M Rivera age 24. Both individuals resided at 233 ½ N West Ave, Sidney at the time of the offense. Both fled Sidney after the incident was reported. On Friday, the department was contacted by Harlingen Texas Police Department reporting that both Harness and Rivera had been apprehended. Harlingen PD had been contacted by the agency earlier in the week after the department had received information indicating that the suspects were staying at an address in Harlingen. Harlingen PD working in conjunction with the US Marshalls were able to locate and arrest Harness & Rivera.
COVINGTON TEEN CAREFLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT - July 11, 2016
Also Friday, Darke County Sheriffs Deputies, along with Bradford Fire Department, Bradford Rescue and Miami Valley Careflight, responded to a single vehicle injury accident in the 8300 block of Horatio Harris Creek Road. Preliminary investigation reveals that Levi Brown (18), of Covington Ohio, lost control of his 1992 Honda Accord. Brown's vehicle struck a power pole causing injury. Brown was flown by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital where his condition was listed as stable.
EATON MAN WITH ROAD RAGE INVOLVES 17-YEAR OLD - July 8, 2016
A 70-year-old Eaton man was arrested following an alleged road rage incident involving a 17-year-old girl between Richmond and Eaton. Eaton police said Peter Tucker, 70, was arrested and faces charges of assault, aggravated menacing, criminal damaging and unlawful restraint. Tucker is accused of running into the 17-year-old's vehicle several times between Richmond and Eaton and following her for more than five miles, before an altercation near the intersection of Lexington Road and U.S. 35. Police said Tucker approached the 17-year-old's vehicle near that intersection and tried to open her door, leading to a tug-of-war encounter. Tucker eventually was able to open the vehicle's door and held a pocket knife to the female's leg. The teen was not seriously injured during the incident. Officers were able to locate Tucker a few hours following the incident and took him into custody.
PRAKEL TO RUN IN OLYMPIC SEMI-FINALS FRIDAY NIGHT - July 8, 2016
Congratulations to Versailles Grad and current University of Oregon runner, Sam Prakel, who finished 5th in his heat at 3:50.73 in the mens 1500 at the US Time Trials. The Junior to be at Oregon, advanced to the semifinal on Friday as Prakel will race now at 7:12 PM with hopes to advance to the finals and then a chance to race for an Olympic spot on Sunday. The top 5 finishers in both heats will advance to the finals. Best of Luck to Sam Prakel.
CONCERT BAND TO HOST LOCAL GROUPS ON SUNDAY - July 8, 2016
The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will continue its summer season this Sunday, July 10th at 7pm at the Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. This week's show focuses on the talents of our area young people. The first performing group will be Kura Taka Taiko comprised of students from the Mississinawa Valley School District. The second group to perform is the vocal group Quintessential made up of Versailles students. In addition to our display of great young talent, The Greenville Municipal Concert Band will take the stage to present music through the ages. Next week also marks the start of Food Trucks in the Park. Arrive early on Sunday June 17th and enjoy multiple options for dinner as Food Trucks will be present in Greenville City Park.
DARKE COUNTY K-9 UNIT RECEIVES BODY ARMOR - July 7, 2016
Darke County Sheriff's Office K9 Britta has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Britta's vest is sponsored by a memorial donation to honor the late Donnie Buff of Powhatan Point, OH and embroidered with the sentiment "In memory of S.W.A.T. Officer Don Buff". Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,900 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI. The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 - $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
INMATE DEATH INVESTIGATION - July 7, 2016
The Darke County Coroner's Office and the Darke County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of an inmate while incarcerated in the Darke County Jail. On Wednesday July 6, 2016 at approximately 7:10 AM corrections officers discovered 50 year old Thomas Rochow, of Greenville, Ohio lying on his bed pulseless and not breathing. Corrections officers and deputies performed CPR including the application of an AED in an attempt to revive Rochow. Greenville Township Rescue Paramedics also responded and provided advanced life support care. Rochow was not resuscitated and was pronounced dead in the jail. Darke County Coroner, Dr. Timothy Kathman and Chief Coroner's Investigator Joe VanVickle responded to the scene to investigate. Detectives from the Darke County Sheriff's Office were also assigned to investigate this case. Thomas Rochow was arrested by the Greenville Police Department on the afternoon of July 4, 2016 for an outstanding warrant out of Darke County Common Pleas Court on felony theft charges. Rochow was booked into the Darke County Jail on that date at approximately 2:42 PM. Rochow was placed in general population at the Darke County Jail. The Darke County Jail utilizes single occupancy cells therefore Rochow has no other inmates in his cell. On the morning of July 6th he was awakened at 6:30 AM along with all other inmates in his ward. Rochow exited his cell and spoke with a corrections officer requesting that he remain in his cell in lieu of doing morning cleaning duties because he was not feeling well. Rochow's request was granted and he immediately returned to his cell and the door was secured at approximately 6:32AM. At 7:10 AM corrections officers opened Rochow's cell door and he was called out for breakfast and he did not respond. The corrections officer checked Rochow and discovered him lying on his bed as if he was sleeping. The corrections officer tried to get Rochow to respond and discovered he was in cardiac arrest. The preliminary investigation finds that Rochow did not appear to have any traumatic injury. There is no evidence or information that he was involved in any assault. He was cooperative while in the jail and no physical use of force was utilized while in the jail. The body of Rochow was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for a forensic examination. According to Darke County Coroner Dr. Kathman, cause of death is pending lab results and toxicology that could take several weeks.
DAYTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FT. LORAMIE BURGLARY - July 7, 2016
In June, we reported on a plea agreement for Donald Hicks Jr., 36, from Dayton. On Wednesday, Hicks appeared in the Shelby County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for a Fort Laramie burglary. He entered a guilty plea to one count of burglary, a felony of the second-degree, one amended count of burglary to a third-degree felony, and the one count of having weapons while under disability, a felony of the third-degree. The rest of the charges were dismissed. The original 10-count indictment accused Hicks of various firearm offenses, entering two different homes in Fort Loramie, and receiving various types of stolen property. Upon his release he will have to complete three years of mandatory community control.
GREENVILLE CITY UTILITY BILLS CAN NOW BE PAID ONLINE - July 7, 2016
On Wednesday, Greenville City Mayor, Mike Bowers talked about the cities new utility bills payment available online at CityOfGreenville.org. New and now available to citizens online, the public can click on the "Utility Payment Online" icon which will take them directly to the registration page. They may also go to the drop-down "Government" menu, select "Departments," then "Water," then "Utility Bill Pay." To use the online pay system, new or existing utilities customers must register an account. To do so, customers will need their current or last utility bill, an email address, create a password and then create a recovery question and answer. A credit or debit card is required to make a payment using this service. There is a $1.95 fee incurred for use. Utilities customers are not required to use the online pay system. They may also mail in or drop off their payment. For questions contact the city's utility department at 937-548-1815.
FAIRBOARD TO HANG SIGNS ABOUT CHAIRS AT FAIR - July 7, 2016
Back in April, we reported that the Darke County Agricultural Society will be implementing a policy that no chairs will be permitted to be placed at the Gazebo or Grandstand area until 7 days prior to the start of the annual Fair. Chairs placed prior to that date will be removed. The motion was made for safety and unrestricted pre-fair preparation. On Wednesday, the Fair Board approved signs to be made that read "Attention, for safety reasons and final fair preparations, chairs on the fairgrounds prior to 8:00 A.M. on the Friday 7-days before the annual fair will be confiscated." Multiple signs will be made and placed around the fairgrounds. Fair Manager, Daryl Riffle expected the signs to cost around $400. The 2016 Jr. Fair Pageant will be held July 12th, 7:00 p.m. at All Seasons Place (Lighthouse Christian Center). Interviews will be held on July 11th at All Seasons Place. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
FARM POWER OF THE PAST - July 6, 2016
At the Darke County Fairgrounds from July 7 to 10, marks Farm Power of the Past. Up to 300 antique tractors of many makes and models will be on display, along with hundreds of gas engines - the small stationary engines that ran many machines in early households and factories, garden tractors galore, exhibits of horse drawn equipment, a large flea market, food vendors and more. The John Deere Company is the feature this year Admission is $5.00 per day or $10.00 for a membership pass, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Camping on the fairgrounds is available. More show information and contact numbers are available on their website at www.greenvillefarmpower.org or find them on Facebook.
SIDNEY TEEN DIES WHILE ON MISSION TRIP - July 6, 2016
A Sidney teen who died in a fall on a mission trip in Mexico was expected to be returned to the Miami Valley on Tuesday night. Ty Martin, 17, was part of the Sidney First United Methodist Church's bi-annual mission trip to an orphanage in Tijuana. The boy's death, is believed to be a fall which occurred Sunday. Ty was a student in Sidney City Schools. Sidney High School has informed the media that the school administration will be available for any student who might need assistance or someone to talk to about Ty. The funeral will be at Cromes Funeral Home in Sidney. No date or time has been released.
GREENVILLE FIRE CHIEF TO STEP DOWN - July 6, 2016
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting and only 5 council members were present meaning they could only read ordinance and resolutions 1 time. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison announced in the administrative report that Greenville Fire Chief Mark Wolf has announced he will be retiring at the end of the month. This comes just days after long time Assistant Fire Chief David McDermitt left the Department to retirement. Garrison informed council that Wolf's last day would be at the end of the month on July 29th. The long time Fire Chief has served the city for 28 years. The City has started the process of Wolf's retirement. In other business, council read for the 2nd time an ordinance that directs the Board of Elections to submit ballot questions to opt out for electric and gas service aggregation programs. There were 3 ordinances that read for the 1st time. The next city of Greenville Council Meeting will be Tuesday, July 19th at 7:30 in the City Building.
CLAYTON MURPHY HEADED TO OLYMPICS - July 5, 2016
Tri-Village Grad and New Paris native, Clayton Murphy won the 800-meter finals Monday at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon to secure a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil. Murphy, recently turned pro came from behind in the final 100 meters to pass Boris Berian, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 44.76 seconds. The future Olympian, was the winner of the indoor 800 at the NCAA National Championship earlier this year. A former State Champion at Tri-Village, Murphy also won the 1500 at the NCAA National Championship, last month, while running for the University of Akron. Boris Berian finished second in 1:44.92. Third-place Charles Jock (1:45.48) both are Rio-bound with Murphy. The Olympics will take place from Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Congratulations Clayton Murphy.
PIQUA MAN INJURED AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH - July 5, 2016
On Saturday, a motorcyclist was critically injured in a crash in Shelby County. Deputies and medics were dispatched to the 500 block of State Route 66 Saturday after 8 p.m. According to officials, a motorcycle was speeding and lost control while negotiating a curve and went off the road. The motorcycle then went down and the driver was thrown into a corn field. Deputies said Jerome Hester, 38, from Piqua, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. CareFlight was called and Hester was transported to Miami Valley Hospital. The accident remains under investigation.
PUBLIC MEETINGS TO BE HELD ON PROPOSED LICENSE TAX - July 5, 2016
The Darke County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings this month, July 18 and 27, regarding the proposed enactment of a permissive license tax in the county. The proposed $10 tax would be assessed to the owners of any motor-operated vehicle in Darke County, including automobiles, motorcycles, trailers and boats, which is required to be licensed. The amount charged would be in addition to existing license fees charged by the State of Ohio. The total amount collected cannot exceed $15 per vehicle registration. As well, amounts collected may vary based upon jurisdictions within the county that already collect a permissive tax. The hearings will be held at the Darke County Administration Building at 520 South Broadway in Greenville. The first hearing is Monday, July 18 at 2 p.m. The second will be held Wednesday, July 27 at 6 p.m. The hearings are open to all citizens or organizations desiring to speak on the matter.
HEROIN FOUND AT TRUCK STOP - July 1, 2016
Earlier this month, deputies checked a vehicle at the Petro Truckstop after finding a subject asleep inside. Deputies initiated contact with the subject to check his welfare. The subject was found to be excessively nervous, stating that he was from Texas and traveling thru Ohio to find work. A K-9 unit from the Indiana State Police alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a false compartment in the rocker panel. Deputies located approximately (1) kilogram of suspected heroin and arrested Felix Fernando Castro, age 21 of Mission Texas. He has been formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with the following:
Possession of heroin, 1st Degree Felony
Possessing Criminal Tools, 5th Degree Felony
Trafficking in Heroin, 1st Degree Felony
Deputies estimate the street value of the heroin to be in excess of $85,000. Thru their investigation, deputies believe that Castro was traveling to Boston with the drug. Castro remains in the Preble County Jail. Bond has been set at $200,085 cash.
PHONE SCAMS IN RANDOLPH COUNTY - June 30, 2016
The Randolph County Sheriff's Department has been taking calls from people who are stating that they received calls from various phone numbers. The caller claims to be a Deputy with Randolph County Sheriff's Department. The caller threatens that Judges have issued an arrest warrant for the person being called in order to try to obtain money from the person. Randolph County Sheriff's Deputies will not call you to inform you that you have a warrant and attempt to get money. If you receive calls like this, do not send the people any monies. They are also "spoofing" the calls meaning they can generate a local phone number that the call is coming from. They could literally be calling you from anywhere. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department does not collect money in criminal cases other than bond money if you are actually arrested. Don't fall victim as if these calls are coming from other states or countries, the people may not be able to be prosecuted.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - June 30, 2016
On Wednesday, at 7:22 AM Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Township Rescue, Ohio State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Enforcement, Darke County Coroners Office and Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Team responded to a fatal accident involving a motorcycle and a semi truck and trailer in the 7100 block of State Route 121. Preliminary investigation reveals that David Milligan (45), of Greenville Ohio, was travelling north on State Route 121 on a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Roger Evans (56), of Bellefontaine, was traveling south on State Route 121 in a 2007 Volvo semi truck with a trailer. The semi turned into the path of the northbound motorcycle as he attempted to turn left onto the ramp for U.S. Route 127. Milligan struck the semi and succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Milligan's helmet use is unknown at this time. This was the second fatal accident investigated by Darke County Deputies in 24 hours and marks the third fatal accident for the year. This crash remains under investigation.
2ND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN GREENVILLE ON WEDNESDAY - June 30, 2016
Another motorcycle crash took place on Wednesday, but this one in the afternoon at Washington Avenue and Pine Street in Greenville. Just before 3:00 PM a male rider of a Harley Davidson motorcycle left a stop sign to continue southbound on Washington. As he attempted to cross the Pine Street intersection, the bike was struck by an eastbound Saturn minivan. The motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and was transported to the landing zone at the Darke County Sheriff's Office to be flown to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight. The female driver of the Saturn was not injured. The injured rider appeared not to be wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation by Greenville Police.
SIDNEY MAN KILLED IN SHELBY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - June 29, 2016
A Sidney man was killed after he was involved in a crash with an SUV while riding his motorcycle, according to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Philip Brown, 67, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported at the intersection Sidney Freyburg and Hoewisher roads around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. A preliminary investigation revealed the SUV, driven by Linda Meininger, 73, of Sidney, was travelling north on Sidney Freyburg Road and attempted to make a left turn onto Hoewisher, the sheriff's office said. According to the sheriff's office, Meininger failed to see Brown and turned into his path, resulting in a near head-on collision. Meininger was not injured in the crash and the accident remains under investigation.
EXTRA DAYS TO GET INDIANA TITLES AND PLATES - June 29, 2016
Indiana residents buying vehicles will have 14 extra days to get their titles and plates beginning Friday. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the paper interim plates or temporary tags issued by auto dealers will be valid for 45 days instead of the current 31. She said Tuesday that automobile dealers now will have 31 days after the date of sale to deliver a title if it isn't be provided at the time of the sale. That's 10 more days than the current deadline. Lawson says the previous timeline was a "tight turn around" in some cases for dealers and consumers due to title transfers between banks and lenders. Beginning July 1, consumers who don't receive their titles within 31 days should contact the Secretary of State's office.
FATAL ACCIDENT ON ST. RT. 571 WEST - June 29, 2016
On Tuesday, at 5:03 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue, Ansonia Rescue and Union City Rescue, were dispatched to the 4100 Blk. of SR571 reference to a three vehicle head on crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2012 Chevy Impala, driven by Aaron Holmes (31) of New Paris, was driving eastbound on SR571 when Holmes' vehicle went left of center. Holmes' vehicle struck a 1999 Chevrolet 2500, driven by Ryan Sanders (18) of Greenville, which was driving westbound on SR571. Sanders lost control of his vehicle and went left of center striking a 2002 Toyota Corolla, driven by Linda Stebbins (61) of Greenville, which was driving eastbound behind Holmes' vehicle. Holmes was treated by Ansonia Rescue. Sanders was treated by Union City Rescue and was transported to Wayne Healthcare. Jessica Keily (34) of Union City was a front seat passenger in Stebbins' vehicle. Keily was treated by Greenville Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Stebbins was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by Greenville Township Fire and Rescue. Stebbins succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Darke County Sheriff's Office accident reconstruction team was called to the scene along with the Darke County Coroner's Office. At this time the cause of Holmes' vehicle going left of center is unknown. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office.
LYNN INDIANA WOMAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT - June 28, 2016
A Lynn woman was killed late Monday afternoon when a car crossed the center line on Ind. 32 and struck her vehicle head-on. Faye Runner, 75, died at the scene of the accident, just west of Randolph County Road 1000-W, near Monroe Central Junior-Senior High School. Responding to the scene Randolph County Sheriff's deputies, Farmalnd and Parker City police, Farmland Fire and Rescue, Randolph County EMS and the Randolph County coroner's office. State police said Runner was driving her Chevrolet Lumina eastbound about 5:25 p.m. when a westbound PT Cruiser driven by 20-year-old Dustin Trausch of Ridgeville went left of center. A front-seat passenger in Runner's vehicle, Emily Saylor, 41, Richmond, was flown by air ambulance to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Trausch and a back-seat passenger in Runner's car, Jacob Saylor, 18, Richmond, were taken by ambulance to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
2 SEPARATE ACCIDENTS WITHIN 5 MINUTES OF EACH OTHER - June 28, 2016
We've learned some more details to a Monday crash that took place at 2:06 PM as Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, Careflight and Mutual Aid from Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of SR 118 and Horatio Harris Creek Road in reference to a 2 vehicle accident with one of the vehicles on it side with entrapment. Preliminary investigation revealed a blue 2012 Toyota Prius driven by Zachary W. Musick 31 Ashland, Kentucky was westbound on Horatio Harris Creek Rd. and stopped at the posted stop sign at SR 118. Musick proceeded to cross SR 118 being struck by a northbound red 2009 Ford Explorer driven by Debra J. Weist 58 Rossburg, Ohio who had the right of way. Both Musick and Weist vehicles went off the westside of SR 118. The Weist vehicle over turned onto its side in the ditch. Weist was trapped in the vehicle for a short time. Musick vehicle came to rest in a corn field. Musick was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight and is listed in stable condition. Weist was transferred to Wayne Healthcare, her condition unknown.
At 2:11 PM report of another 2 vehicle accident at this same location came in. Investigation revealed a westbound 2013 blue Toyota Prius driven by Joseph Franklin 26, Ft. Wayne IN was westbound on Horatio Harris Creek Rd. Franklin drove around a semi-tractor and trailer that was stopped on Horatio Harris Creek Rd. for the prior accident. Franklin proceeded across the intersection of SR 118 being struck by a northbound semi-tractor and trailer driven by Derrick Gump 28, Greenville, OH who had the right of way. No injury's were report in this accident.
PALESTINE WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - June 27, 2016
On June 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight responded to an injury accident in the 3100 block of Greenville Nashville Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed 2005 Harley Davidson, driven by Bernice Gress (54) of Palestine, Ohio, was traveling east on Greenville Nashville Rd. and traveled off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle struck a utility box which caused it to overturn multiple times, ejecting the driver. Ms. Gress was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Ms. Gress' condition at the time of the press release was unknown. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
UNION CITY MAN MAN ARRESTED FOR HIT & RUN OVER WEEKEND - June 27, 2016
Late Friday night, at approximately 10:08pm, Union City Ohio Emergency Services were dispatched to the area in front of 417 W. Hickory Street on the initial report of a hit and run accident involving of vehicle that had crashed into the St. Mary's Catholic Church, (425 W. Hickory Street). As officers and medics were responding, they were advised that the suspect vehicle had possibly ran over some pedestrians and that he was fleeing the scene. When officers arrived they found that there was a party that was taking place at the residence, and they discovered three victims who were seriously injured. Jose Amelio Aguilar (33) was pronounced dead at the scene, and Juan Aguilar (22), and Neptali Vasquez (27) were flown from the scene by CareFlight and are still listed in critical condition and reportedly in ICU. Witnesses advised that a fight had broken out and that the suspect had started to flee the scene by backing up in his vehicle erratically and at a high rate of speed. Officers were advised that the suspect had struck all three of the pedestrians at this time, and then continued backing until striking St. Mary's Church. The suspect then fled the scene. The suspect, Ramon Angulo Marin (36), and his vehicle, were located at his residence at 613 1/2 N. Union Street. After speaking with investigators, Marin was taken into custody and transported to the Randolph County Jail on the following charges; Voluntary Manslaughter, (level 2 felony); Reckless Homicide, (level 5 felony); and Leaving the scene of an accident - resulting in death, (level 5 felony). Marin, remains in custody and incarcerated at the Randolph County jail on a $200,000 bond. There has also been a permanent retainer set from Immigration Customs Enforcement.
PREBLE COUNTY ARRESTS AFTER BREAK-INS - June 24, 2016
Deputies have arrested and formally charged (2) two adults after responding to a residence in the 1400 block of Orphans Road on June 17, 2016 at approximately 6:00 A.M. The property owner noticed a vehicle sitting on the property between two barns and made contact with (3) subjects that were in the car. Those subjects fled the area. The homeowner discovered that an unoccupied residence had been entered. Within an hour deputies located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle on Ozias Road, near the original call. Further investigation led deputies to question and arrest (2) adults and (1) juvenile who were involved in the earlier incident. Deputies have charged Christopher Childers, age 32 of New Paris, and Nashelle Dorr, age 19 of Eaton with the following:
Burglary, 3rd Degree Felony
Breaking & Entering, 5th Degree Felony
Contributing To Unruliness or Delinquency of A Minor, 1st Degree Misdemeanor.
Both remain in custody in the Preble County Jail. Deputies are awaiting the filing of formal charges against the juvenile in Preble County Juvenile Court. Deputies continue to actively work investigations involving a series of burglaries in the county.
RICHMOND FIRE CAUSE BY ELECTRICAL WIRING - June 23, 2016
A problem with electrical wiring was to blame for a house fire Wednesday afternoon north of Richmond. The blaze at 3000 Roberts Road was called in to emergency dispatchers just after 3 p.m. Wednesday when a passerby saw flames coming from the home near the intersection of Roberts and Park Elwood roads. Richmond Fire Department was the first on the scene, and aid was requested from the Fountain City, Webster and Hollansburg (Ohio) departments. No one was home when the fire broke out. The back of the house was burning when firefighters arrived, and they were able to knock down the flames quickly. The fire had spread into the attic, and as a precaution, the volunteer departments' tanker trucks were asked to ferry water to a drop tank at the scene.
GAS & ELECTRIC SERVICES TOPIC OF GREENVILLE COUNCIL MEETING - June 23, 2016
On Wednesday, we reported on Greenville City Council meeting for their regularly scheduled meeting. At Tuesday's meeting was a representative from Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE). Council read for the first time a proposed ballot question regarding natural gas and electric services. Two ordinances are being considered that would allow the city to enter into a Municipal Aggregation Consulting Service Agreement, by which the consultant - in this case, Affordable Gas & Electric (AGE) - to enter into service agreements to facilitate the sale and purchase of natural gas and electric on behalf of the city. If the ordinances are approved by council after second and third readings, the measures will appear on the November 8 ballot. If approved by voters, the measures would allow AGE to negotiate community-wide bulk gas and electric rates for eligible city residents and small businesses, who nonetheless would retain the ability to opt out of the program. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, July 5th at 7:30 in the City Building.
UPDATE ON STOLEN TRUCK BY 2 ESCAPED INMATES - June 22, 2016
Fayette County (Ind.) Sheriff Joey Laughlin said the Indiana jail escapees have been apprehended in Dayton. On Tuesday, Dayton police after receiving an anonymous tip, apprehended the men that escaped last week. Dayton Officers Rodney Barrett and Scott Myers located Chadwick Heath and Michael Roberts in the 2100 block of North Gettysburg Avenue just before 7 p.m. The officers took them into custody without incident. Heath and Roberts are now at the Montgomery County Jail. Roberts has charges in Ohio and Heath is awaiting extradition back to Indiana.
ELDORA DRIVERS DISQUALIFIED AFTER DREAM - June 21, 2016
DIRTcar Racing officials have disqualified five competitors following failed post-race inspections at the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway. Tire samples collected from the #B5 driven by Brandon Sheppard, #22 driven by Gregg Satterlee, #20 driven by Jimmy Owens, #33X driven by Ricky Thornton and #0 driven by Scott Bloomquist and tested by an independent laboratory did not meet established benchmarks in a chemical analysis. A total of 32 samples were taken throughout the weekend, June 9, 10 and 11, from participants. All five competitors were found to be in violation of rule 15.11-G and were fined in accordance with rule 11.1. All five have been disqualified from the event, including the loss of all purse money and championship points earned during the event, fined $1,000 and penalized 1,000 DIRTcar Late Model points for the 2016 season. Each has been placed under a three-month suspension from all DIRTcar sanctioned events, which includes World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competition, beginning June 11, 2016 and concluding Sept. 11, 2016 and will be under probation following the conclusion of the suspension for the remainder of the 2016 season.
GREENVILLE MAN IN COURT FOR ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION - June 21, 2016
On Monday, Wesley A. Hobbs, of Greenville, appeared in court and entered a plea of no contest to an amended charge of attempted abduction, a fourth-degree felony, and the state agreed to dismiss other charges. Back in January, Hobbs was originally indicted on four counts of kidnapping. The plea agreement includes a recommendation of community control sanctions rather than prison, including 120 days in county jail, restitution, court costs, a suspended prison term and supervised probation for five years.
GREENVILLE TEEN CITED FOR ACCIDENT - June 20, 2016
On Friday, at approximately 7:59 PM Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Gettysburg Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of E. Main St. and Clay St. in the Village of Gettysburg reference to a two vehicle, injury crash. Investigation revealed that one of the drivers, Ryan Campbell, 17, of rural Greenville, driving a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix, was westbound on E. Main St. when he attempted to turn left onto Clay St. Campbell failed to yield to a 1989 Chevrolet pick up, driven by Shaun Idle, 25, of Rossburg, which was eastbound on E. Main St. Careflight responded to the scene and Idle was flown to Miami Valley Hospital where he was treated and released. Campbell was cited for failure to yield while turning left.
OHIO FARM BUREAU TO PROVIDE GRANT MONEY - June 20, 2016
Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is providing $200,000 for county Farm Bureau-led projects that help improve water quality in local communities. With additional matching funds from partnering organizations, these projects will provide more than $460,000 in total resources. The county water quality grants are part of Ohio Farm Bureau's comprehensive Water Quality Action Plan launched in September 2014. OFBF has dedicated more than $2 million in member funds for projects and measures that help protect the environment and preserve farmers' ability to produce food. This is the second year Ohio Farm Bureau has provided funding for county water quality projects.
STOLEN TRUCK BY 2 ESCAPED INMATES - June 20, 2016
Fayette County Sheriff's Department encourages area residents to be on the lookout for a stolen vehicle they believe might be connected to a Friday night escape from the Fayette County Jail. On Sunday morning, the department announced a resident who had previously hired one of the two missing inmates had filed a stolen vehicle report. The employer also told a deputy that the worker had stolen from him in the past. The complainant discovered his 2015 white Ford F350 dual wheel utility truck was missing. The last time the truck was seen was at about 8 p.m. Friday. The truck is white and has black lettering that says "JOBE BROTHERS" on the side doors. It has the Indiana truck license plate SZP509w If anyone locates the vehicle or the two escaped inmates, Chadwick R. Heath and Michael D. Roberts, the sheriff's department urges an immediate call to 911.
DRUG ARREST IN INDIANA - June 17, 2016
Earlier this week, 3 Redkey residents were arrested on drug-related charges by Jay and Delaware County authorities. The arrests followed an investigation - and several undercover drug transactions - conducted by the Delaware County Sheriff's Drug Task Force and the Jay County Narcotics Division. The Jay County SWAT team and members of the Delaware County Sheriff's SWAT team served a warrant at the Meridian Street home about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, seizing cash, drugs and firearms. Scott A. Krieg, 47, Anthony Massey, 25 and Angela Krieg, 46, were all arrested. Being held in the Jay County Jail, charges range from dealing in cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and maintaining a common nuisance.
MINSTER MAN PLEADS GUILTY AFTER STANDOFF - June 17, 2016
Earlier this year, we reported on a standoff in Auglaize County. James W. Hoskins, 38, of Minster, was arrested after he surrendered approximately four hours after the standoff began. Hoskins pleaded guilty to one felony count of inducing panic, a fifth-degree felony. He will pay restitution of more than $11,000 for the cost of the departments who responded to the standoff on May 3rd at the rural home on State Route 119, just outside Minster. He cannot consume alcohol or drugs, cannot be near weapons and must take his medication as prescribed as part of the conditions for his release from jail.
FAIRBOARD DOESN'T HIRE MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE - June 16, 2016
It was a strange and short meeting for the Darke County Agricultural Society on Wednesday, as they met for the 2nd time in June. The meeting started with the Board not approving the hire of a Fair maintenance employee that was recommended. The Board voted 5-5 on the hire and with Jim Zumbrink absent, the motion did not pass. After the vote, some members of the board discussed the situation with the Fair Manager and Caretaker. Daryl Riffle, who serves as the Darke County Fair Manager, did use the word "disappointed" when describing the situation and his feelings toward the board on the issue. The Fair is close to 9 weeks away and from Wednesday's meeting it seems like multiple people were discouraged by the hiring process. The board went into Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee. At 8:45 PM. the board declared the Executive Session over. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, July 6th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
FOOD TRUCKS COMING TO CITY PARK - June 15, 2016
Earlier this week, Greenville City Council met in a special Monday morning meeting. Council addressed the issue on Food Trucks for a special event to be held on Sunday nights during the summer months. Council unanimously approved a variance to allow food trucks in the parking lot near the horseshoe courts on Sundays, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The event will coincide with the Greenville Municipal Band concerts at the Marlin Band Shell. Three trucks are expected to be available at the first event and five on the final two dates. Main Street Greenville, the last two summers has held food truck events downtown on Sunday nights. Greenville resident, Kim Murray, has helped with the event in years past, has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the event for 2016. The next Greenville City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 in the City Building.
EDISON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE GETS LEADER - June 14, 2016
After an extensive search, Edison State Community College has announced Christopher D. Spradlin is the college's provost - a first for the college. Replacing the unfilled role of senior vice president of Academic Affairs, Spradlin will take his new post in July. Most recently, Spradlin served as the vice president of Academic Services for the last two years after being promoted from his role as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Lake Michigan College. He also holds 10 years of experience as dean, department chair and faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, as well as Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast in Fort Wayne. Spradlin was appointed to serve on the Ohio Association of Community Colleges Student Success Center's Advisory Committee in 2012 and the Michigan Center for Student Success Advisory Committee in 2014.
DARKE COUNTY GRADS DO WELL AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS - June 13, 2016
Clayton Murphy, a Tri-Village High School grad and junior at the University of Akron, won the 1500 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. It's the second NCAA title for Murphy, who who won the NCAA 800 meter indoor title in March. Fellow Darke County native and Versailles High School grad Sam Prakel finished fifth. The junior at the University of Oregon finished with a time of 3:40.84. Murphy won with a time of 3:36.38. It was a busy weekend for Murphy as the NCAA indoor 800m and newly crowned 1500m champion won the Portland Track Festival 1500m race in 3:36.22 on Sunday, which was just shy of the Olympic standard (3:36.20). After the race, Murphy confirmed with FloTrack that he has signed with an agent and will forego his final year of eligibility at Akron.
OFFICERS AWARDED AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING - June 8, 2016
On Tuesday, Greenville City Council met for their regularly scheduled meeting. During the administrative report, Safety Service Director Curt Garrison informed Council of a special award handed to Greenville Police Officer Ryan Borowske. Last November, a medical event occurred at Rural King in Greenville. A male was unresponsive and a request was made for an AED. Darke County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Garbig and Deputy Doug Didier responded to the request along with Officer Borowske. The 3 were able to assess the situation quickly and react by performing separate life-saving tasks. The AED was used and electrical shock was administered to the unresponsive subject. The self-initiated response to a critical situation saved the life of the unresponsive male, who later stated if it wasn't for the officers, he wouldn't be alive. In May, the 3 were recognized by the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association with a Life Saving Award. In other business, Council approved 2 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, June 21st at 7:30 in the City Building.
STREET ART SATURDAYS IN DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - June 6, 2016
This Saturday, a new event art series will begin in downtown Greenville. Street Art Saturdays plan to transform downtown Greenville into a outdoor performing arts venue on the second Saturdays of the summer season. The 2016 season includes the dates of June 11th, July 9th, and August 13th. The events will take place from 10am - 1pm and will feature 6 different locations, including musicians and visual artists set-up throughout the district. The visual artists will be set-up from 10 am - 1pm, the band and musicians will perform from 11am - 1pm, and the Farmers' Market will take place from 9am - 1pm. In addition, retail stores and restaurants will be open for all to enjoy. To learn more visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or 937-548-4998.
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE TO BE AT FAIR - June 2, 2016
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their regularly scheduled Fair Board meeting. During the Fair Manager's report, Daryl Riffle informed the board that this year the United States Postal Service will be setting up shop at the Fair. To celebrate the 160th Great Darke County Fair, the postal service will have a booth at the fair and serve as an actual post office for fairgoers. US Mail will also provide a commemorative pictorial post mark for the 160th Great Darke County Fair. In other business, fair books are now available at the secretary's office on the Fairgrounds. This year's Fair Book cover design comes from Megan Bergman from Rossburg, who was selected the winner of the 2016 Fairbook cover design contest.The age divisions were 9 and under, 10-14 year olds and 15-18 year olds. As the winner, Megan (15-18 year old category), received a check in the amount of $250.00. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
ALGAE BACK IN GRAND LAKE ST. MARYS - May 10, 2016
In a report from the Columbus Dispatch, Grand Lake St. Marys is already colored by the blue-green algae that plagues Ohio each year. Last week, levels of a potent nerve toxin produced by the algae were more than four times the safety threshold set by the World Health Organization for swimming. That does not bode well for summer tourism, a $150-million-a-year industry for the small cities around the lake. Fish have died in the lake, and pets have become ill from drinking water contaminated by an algae toxin. The lake's annual sailing regatta has been canceled again. Residents and owners of vacation houses say the number of visitors is shrinking. Last month, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency awarded Celina an $8 million grant to improve its drinking-water treatment plant, largely because of the toxic algae. That's on top of the roughly $20 million the state has spent trying to clean the lake over the years. Efforts have included chemical applications, dredging and even the building of a wetland that is supposed to naturally filter the water that drains into the lake from the farms that surround it.
STATE ROAD 26 IN JAY COUNTY TO CLOSE - April 25, 2016
An $8.2 million construction project on State Road 26 in Jay County will close the highway on or after Wednesday, May 4 for about seven months. A signed detour will direct state highway traffic around the closure via State Road 67 and State Road 1. Motorists with local destinations are encouraged to plan ahead and seek their best alternate routes. To maintain local access as much as possible, County Road 200 West will remain open throughout most of the project for north-south traffic crossing State Road 26. This access will be closed for up to 60 days sometime after June 1, 2016. State Road 26 and County Road 200 West are expected to open to traffic before the end of November.
CHICAGO TICKETS FOR DARKE COUNTY FAIR ON SALE - March 7, 2016
The Great Darke County Fair had a Great start to selling tickets for Chicago. In the first 4 hours of sales for the entertainment to the 160th Fair Concert, the box office sold over 2,800 tickets. Tickets went on sale via internet and phone at 937-548-5044. Beginning Today, Monday, March 7, at 9:00 a.m., tickets may also be purchased at the Fair Box Office located at 800 Sweitzer Street, Greenville OH. Persons 3 years of age and older are required to purchase a seat ticket. Persons under 3 years of age are admitted free providing they sit on the lap of a paying seat ticket holder. Mark your calendars for this fun concert that will begin at 8:00 p.m., Sunday August 21st.