On November 16, 2016 at approximately 10:46 PM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, Tri-Village Fire, Arcanum Police Department and Lifeline were dispatched to US Rt. 127 just south of Arcanum Hollansburg Rd. in reference to a one vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed Jena Garland (37) of West Alexandria, Ohio was driving a gray 2000 Buick Century southbound on US Rt. 127. Garland traveled off the right side of roadway striking a mailbox and a utility pole. Garland was trapped inside vehicle. Ms. Garland was extricated from the vehicle. Ms. Garland was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital for her injuries. Garland is listed in stable condition. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    After being well represented in the "Best of Ohio Reader's Choice "awards from Ohio Magazine last year, Darke County was recognized with ten in the 2017:
    The ten include:
    -Best Main Street/Downtown: Main Street Greenville (second year in a row)
    -County Fair: The GREAT! Darke County Fair (third year in a row)
    -Best Historical Museum: Garst Museum (third year in a row)
    -Best Summer Festival: Gathering at Garst (second year in a row)
    -Best Winery: The Winery at Versailles (second year in a row)
    -Fine Dining: Michael Anthony's at the Inn
    -Casual Dining: The Merchant House
    -Breakfast Spot: The Old Arcana
    -Coffee Shop/Roaster: The Coffee Pot
    -Historical Site: Bear's Mill
    "We were pleasantly surprised with the five awards from last year, but to be recognized with ten awards this year is very special," said Matthew Staugler, Executive Director of the Darke County Visitors Bureau. For more information on Ohio Magazine and the "Best of Ohio" awards, visit www.ohiomagazine.com. The Darke County Visitors Bureau is located at 421 S. Broadway in Greenville, OH and can be reached at
    937-548-5158 or www.visitdarkecounty.org.

    Multiple fire departments responded to a railroad tie pile fire just west of Ansonia Tuesday afternoon. At approximately, 3:30 p.m. crews responded to the scene of the fire, located about 150 yards west of the CSX railroad hub office. Additional departments were requested to help with the flames. Heavy machinery was brought in to help toss the pile and smolder the flames. Thick black smoke was visible for miles as the large pile of railroad ties continue to burn. No structures were near the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

FABER READY TO MOVE TO HOUSE - November 16, 2016
    Senate President, Keith Faber from Celina will be moving on from the Senate as he heads to the House to replace Jim Buchy from Greenville, in the 84th District. Earlier this week, members of the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus unanimously elected Senator Larry Obhof (R-Medina) to serve as President of the Ohio Senate for the 132nd General Assembly. President-elect Obhof will be the first Senator from Medina County to lead the chamber since the 1860s. Senator Obhof will officially assume his role as Senate President on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.

    This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Indiana. With the possibility of snow falling this late Saturday night into Sunday, its a good time to refresh everyone on the Indiana Travel Advisory Map. The lowest level which truly isn't a level is white. White means that there is no travel advisory and there are no known local situations that would affect travel. The second level is the Yellow Level, or Advisory Level. This level is the lowest level of travel advisory. The Advisory Level means that travel or activities may be restricted because of hazardous conditions. The third level is the Orange Level, or the Watch Level. This level means that conditions are beginning to threaten the safety of the public traveling on roadways. During the Watch Level, it is advised that persons on travel if needed, such as to and from work or emergency situations. The highest level is the Red Level or the Warning Level. This means that travel has now been restricted by the Randolph County Commissioners and is applicable only to unincorporated roadways within Randolph County. To find out the current travel status for every county in Indiana, you can go to http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory.

    The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining Commissioners Diane Delaplane and Mike Rhoades was County Engineer Jim Surber. The Commissioners approved a resolution presented by Surber for the State and US Bicycle Routes. The resolution involves Bicycle Tourism as the Ohio Department of Transportation is asking for the commissioners and Darke County Park District, to vote for their approval on the project. Surber said the project is called SBR 36 because of State Route 36 and the goal of connecting Greenville to Urbana with a bike path. The County Engineer said the project will parallel 36 and will not be an exclusive bike path, but some of the path will be on existing roads. The vision of the project will be through Darke, Miami and Champaign Counties. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in downtown Greenville.

DEER REFRESHER COURSE - November 15, 2016
    Deer season is in full swing and gun season is almost upon us. It's time to dust off those old tracking skills. Join a naturalist on Saturday, November 19th at 2pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on St. Rt. 502 just west of Greenville for a great refresher course. Whether you're a hunter or just enjoy investigating tracks, you are practicing one of the most ancient arts known to man. Along with studying deer and other animal tracks, they'll discuss stalking, wind awareness, and camouflage to maximize the odds of seeing the animal being followed. We'll also brush up on blood trailing a wounded deer, discussing color consistency, and technique, so everyone is ready for opening day of gun season on November 28th. Registration is requested for this event; however, the program is free and open to the public. For questions about this or any other park district programs or to register for the class, please call 548-0165.

    A synthetic drug known as Pink - easily purchased online and implicated in dozens of deadly overdoses - is being banned under federal law. Last week, The Drug Enforcement Administration announced that the opioid, also called U-47700, will be placed onto Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act for drugs with no medical use and a high risk of abuse. That puts it on the same footing as heroin, LSD and ecstasy and paves the way for a law enforcement crackdown. The DEA said it has confirmed 46 deaths from Pink. A handful of states have made Pink illegal, but until the DEA scheduling takes effect, it can still be bought legally online, for as little as $5 plus shipping. It's part of a family of synthetic opioids that are many times stronger and deadlier than heroin. Pink can be combined with heroin or other drugs or pressed into pills meant to look like traditional painkillers, meaning some users may not even know what they are taking. Pink will stay on Schedule 1, a notch above cocaine, for at least 24 months before the feds decide whether to make it permanent.

    Despite Recent Warm Weather, Indiana Department of Homeland Security Encourages Hoosiers to Prepare for Winter During Winter Weather Preparedness Week November 13-19. One step that Hoosiers can take to prepare their homes for winter is ridding gutters of debris or leaves before snow and ice accumulate. When gutters are clogged and the ice and snow from winter storms melt, water can back up and flow beneath a roof, causing costly water damage. A way to prevent debris and leaf build-up is to purchase a screen to cover the gutters. IDHS also recommends removing dead branches from trees surrounding the home. Ice and snow can weigh down branches which can lead to them snapping and damaging property. Before winter arrives, homeowner insurance policies should be reviewed to ensure that coverage is adequate for the winter weather that occurs each year. Hoosiers should use Winter Weather Preparedness Week to create or maintain a preparedness kit that may be needed during winter storms. For more information on winter weather preparedness, visit GetPrepared.IN.gov.

    Shoppers can earn chances to win over $2,500 in merchandise and gift certificates through "Win the Window", the 3rd annual shop local campaign presented by Main Street Greenville and sponsored by Second National Bank. Between November 15th - December 15th, shoppers can enter to win by spending money at any of the participating downtown Greenville businesses, a full list will be available on their website at www.mainstreetgreenville.org. Participating businesses have provided merchandise and gift certificates to place under the Christmas tree in Main Street Greenville's window, located in the Darke County Welcome Center at 421 S. Broadway. In 2014, Main Street Greenville tracked over $500,000 spent in the downtown district during the contest, and last year the amount was over $680,000. Shoppers will get a ticket entry for every $5 they spend at a participating downtown business, up to single purchases of $1,000. For example, if you spend $100 at a business, you will receive 20 tickets to enter into the contest to win the window of prizes. There is no limit to how many times you can shop to enter. The more you spend downtown at participating businesses, the more chances you have to win the window full of prizes. The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, December 16th at 3:30 pm in the Main Street Greenville office. You are not required to be present to win.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. At the end of Wednesday's session, the Commissioners approved a pre-lease agreement with Harbor Freight. Commissioner Mike Stegall said the company is looking at a property owned by the county at the Wagner Avenue Plaza. Time will tell, but Harbor Freight is looking to move in the area. The Company, which is based out of California, offers a selection of more than 7,000 tools and accessories at discount prices, including hand tools, generators, air and power tools, shop equipment and automotive tools. Harbor Freight has hundreds of locations across the US including Troy and Dayton. Darke County Offices will be closed on Friday, November 11, in Observance of "Veterans Day". The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, November 14th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

PARADE MARSHALS NAMED - November 10, 2016
    Main Street Greenville's Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Dean and Arlene Bankson, owners of Wieland Jewelers, as the Grand Marshals of the 2016 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. When selecting the Grand Marshals for the horse parade, the committee and board considers individuals who support the success of downtown Greenville. Voting to select the Banksons was an easy decision for the 13th annual event. Wieland Jewelers opened in 1902 by Roy Wieland. In the 1950's, Arlene's father, the late Ivan Spahr purchased the store. In 1968, the Banksons gained ownership and have operated it since. The store has had multiple locations throughout the years, all of them located downtown Greenville. The 2016 Hometown Hometown Holiday Horse parade will be on Saturday, November 19th. The parade will begin at 7 pm, with entertainment leading up to the parade. You can find additional information on Main Street Greenville's website, www.mainstreetgreenville.com or follow them on Facebook.

    Darke County Park District invites children in kindergarten through 2nd grade to join them on November 12th from 6pm to 8pm to explore owls during Park P.A.L.S! During this special night time edition of Park P.A.L.S., join a naturalist to explore the forest after dark in search of owls. Participants will listen to the owls distinct calls, and discover if they see the owls before the owls see them. P.A.L.S. stands for Practicing And Learning Stewardship, and its mission is to develop future earth stewards through meaningful educational opportunities and hands-on experiences in the natural world. A fee of $3 is charged for the program, and registration is required. For any questions about the Park P.A.L.S. program or any other park district programs or to register for the November class, please call the nature center at (937) 548-0165.

    Jason Stevens, the off-duty West Milton police officer who struck and killed a woman and her dog Sunday night, is on administrative leave, pending the results of the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigation. Stevens got off work at 7 p.m. and was traveling south on South Miami Street when he hit Tina Miller, who was walking her dog across the 1000 block. The victim resided no more than half a mile from where she was struck. There is no crosswalk in that area, and investigators said it is a poorly-lit area. Stevens said he didn't see Miller. There are street lights in that vicinity, "but it doesn't take the place of daylight. Headlights illuminate some things, but it's not bright daylight. There's light, but it's not really bright." The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

    Three upcoming programs in Richmond and one in Ohio will promote education and awareness of the area's drug epidemic. "Operation: Street Smart" returns for a second presentation from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday in the county commissioners chambers of the Wayne County Annex Building, 401 E. Main St. The program is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary by calling (765) 983-7920. A box meal will be provided. The program will begin with a Reid presentation on Narcan, an antidote to opioid overdoses. The law now allows the sale of Narcan without a prescription. The Drug Free Wayne County Partnership will have the second installment of its "How to Fight the Drug Epidemic: A Community Awareness Series" from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road W.
    The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County is beginning a free, five-session "Guiding Good Choices" program for parents and guardians that focuses on strengthening family bonds and communication. Sessions are 5:30-8 p.m. Nov. 10, Nov. 15, Dec. 1, Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 at the Richard E. Jeffers Boys & Girls Club Unit, 1717 S. L St. In Preble County, the Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership will conduct a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Twin Valley South High School,
    100 Education Drive in West Alexandria, Ohio. The meeting is free and open to the public.

DEER ON THE MOVE...BE CAREFUL - November 7, 2016
    After the most deer-vehicle crashes on Ohio roadways in years, Lt. Governor Mary Taylor is stressing driver precaution this November, a peak month for deer movement. More than 21,000 people were involved in deer-vehicle crashes last year - the most since 2011 according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety. There were 801 injuries and four fatalities. As part of Taylor's Think Again initiative, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the American Automobile Association offered these tips:
    Scan the road and shoulders ahead of you.
    Use high beam headlights if there's no oncoming traffic.
    Be extra cautious at dawn and dusk.
    If you strike a deer or other animal move your vehicle to a safe place, preferably off the road and turn on your hazard lights.
    Contact law enforcement to report the traffic crash.
    Taylor also provided important auto insurance considerations:
    Check with you agent to ensure you have adequate insurance.
    Keep you insurance card in your car.
    The comprehensive coverage portion of your policy is most often used to pay repair damage for deer-vehicle incidents. A liability-only policy does not cover the damage.
    Photograph any damage to support your claim.
    Ohioans can find more driving safety tips at www.publicsafety.ohio.gov. People in need of educational auto insurance information can visit www.insurance.ohio.gov or call
    1-800-686-1526 with questions.

    The Darke County Visitors Bureau was recently recognized with a RUBY Award Citation of Excellence from the Ohio Travel Association at the 2016 Ohio Conference on Travel, which took place October 26-28 in Columbus. The Bureau won the award in the "Brochure" category for the Western Ohio Frontier Trail brochure, highlighting historical sites in and around Darke County. The guide was designed by CJ Jasenski of Project One Twenty, Greenville. It is the second state marketing award the brochure has won in 2016. The RUBY Awards, sponsored in 2016 by Ohio Magazine, are the Ohio Travel Association's way of honoring those who have found the most innovative way to market their destination, experiences, or services. This is the nineteenth year for the RUBY Awards. The Darke County Visitors Bureau is a non-profit destination marketing organization whose mission is to share and enrich the stories and destinations that make Darke County unique. For more information, visit www.VisitDarkeCounty.org. The Visitors Bureau will be in the focus on Community Ties, next Wednesday.

    The former Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy and former employee of The Ohio Department of Public Safety faces new felony charges Thursday. William J. Steinke has been indicted by the Shelby County Grand Jury on one count of promoting prostitution - a fourth-degree felony, one count of soliciting, a first-degree misdemeanor and possession of criminal tools, a first-degree misdemeanor. Back in October, we reported on Steinke being arrested on charges related to soliciting a prostitute after a lengthy investigation into his alleged crimes. Steinke was picked up in a sting operation within Shelby County in October. The woman he was with is a known prostitute in the area, according to Shelby County Sheriff. Earlier, she had provided the office with information that one of her clients was a former county employee. According to the Sheriff Department, in their investigation, they found that Steinke was picking up prostitutes throughout Shelby County, as well as far south as in Dayton. William Steinke is not in custody, but he is expected to appear in court.

    Nearly half the workforce at Randolph County's largest employer, Indiana Marujun, is expected to be without jobs by Dec. 1, when the facility reopens under new ownership. About 45 percent of the nearly 600 workers employed at the facility will not be part of the transition group when TOA Industries begins operations in early December, either because they weren't presented an offer, declined an offer or didn't apply for a job at the company. TOA is expected to begin production Dec. 1, and the staff could reach up to 325 to 350 people. Marujun initially was placed on the chopping block in September 2015, when its parent company announced it would cease factory operations in the United States and potentially cost up to 765 jobs for the area. The U.S. subsidiary was bought earlier this year by TOA Industries, which, like Marujun, is a Japanese-owned automotive parts manufacturer. TOA operates another facility in Mooresville, Ind., and the Winchester facility will assist that site in the production of parts for Subaru vehicles. Each person working at Marujun was informed at that time that Nov. 30 would be the final day of operations for the company under that banner. All Marujun workers technically will be laid off and unemployed at the end of the day, but some have jobs lined up either with TOA or other area employers.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is excited to announce that another great year is in the works for the Big Buddies after-school program. The Buddies program is a nine-month commitment where high school freshman through seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. This year's curriculum focus will be The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Last year Big Brothers Big Sisters served over 400 youth through our mentoring programs in the two county area. For More information contact Shelby & Darke County high school students to join our program. Please call the office at 937-492-7611 or 937-547-9622 or logo into our website at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

    Earlier this week, Governor John R. Kasich issued a resolution officially recognizing November as Hire-a-Veteran Month, asking Ohio's employers to consider the skills and abilities of Ohio's military veterans and service members when seeking new employees. The resolution highlights that military service members have received extensive education and skills training in a broad range of areas that directly correlates to private-sector occupations, and as a result of their military experience have gained leadership and management perspectives that are invaluable to today's employers. Ohio is proud to be called home for nearly 900,000 veterans and military service members - the sixth-largest veteran population in the nation. About 10,000 Ohio veterans transition out of the military each year. The OhioMeansJobs Veterans Business Support Center makes it easier for employers to connect with veteran talent. Since the program launched in 2014, more than 2,300 employers have requested veteran resumes. Ohio's 37 public colleges and universities are building a system to better apply military training, experience, and course work toward free college credit.

    The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday for their November meeting. Election of Officers took place and the Board will stay the same as Brian Rismiller will serve as President, Dean Neff is back as Vice President and Jerry Marker will be Treasurer. The Board also approved a decision to keep on a 2 day Tractor Pull for 2017. In addition to the 2 day pull, the board also voted yes to have a decision on the Tractor Pull for 2018, regarding the schedule to be decided no later than May 3, 2017. In other business, Board Member Matt Aultman, informed fellow members on the hiring process for a new caretaker. The Board Approved a $500.00 retirement gift for Ken Coates and provided a standing ovation. Wednesday's meeting got heated at the end with talk shifting to fair entertainment. A committee has offered a contract and they're waiting on a response from the artist to see if they have the fair concert for 2017. At 9:35pm, the board enter into Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of an employee. The next meeting will be Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

    On Tuesday, at approximately 9:17pm, Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of State Route 49 and Hollansburg-Sampson Road on a report of a one vehicle injury crash into a utility pole. Preliminary investigation revealed, Craig S. Goubeaux 32, of Greenville, was driving a 1995 Green Dodge Dakota southbound on State Route 49 when he fell asleep and traveled across the center line and off the left side of the roadway colliding with a utility pole knocking power out to some residents in the area. Goubeaux was not wearing a seat belt and was transported to Wayne HealthCare for a head injury. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and the hot topic for the second straight time was Erwin Brothers Trucking. At the last City Council meeting, Darke County Commissioner Mike Rhoades and Erwin Brothers Trucking both addressed council with issues pertaining to construction and services at a new fuel stop going up at the county's South Industrial Park, located at U.S. Route 127 and Ohio Route 49. Last week, Council had a special work session for leaders from the City of Greenville and Darke County to hash out concerns regarding the construction of the fuel stop. On Tuesday, for the third straight week, the County, Erwin Brothers and the City are not on the same page. During Tuesday's meeting, Mike Erwin tried to inform council by providing all members with a packet. Commissioner Diane Delaplane also voiced her thoughts at the podium, Mark Erwin then stepped forward to request another meeting with ODOT, the Commissioners, Council and EB. Two concerned citizens also approached council about the issue and future traffic problems that might occur with the new addition to the new facilities at South Industrial Park. Erwin Brothers claimed to be caught in the middle of a misunderstanding with the County and the City. The mix up centers around a signed pre-annexation agreement and contract for the City to provide water and sewer services to the Darke County Sheriff's Office, the County Home, and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) garage. The Erwin Bros. fuel stop, was not included in the agreement. Although some council members still seemed confused by the situation, others feel the issue should be between the County and Erwin Brothers.
    In order to sign a pre-annexation agreement with EB, the city has sought the installation of curbs, sidewalks, storm infrastructure, and a widening of the road between Erwin Bros. and the ODOT garage as a condition for future annexation. Erwin Brothers are asking for the same agreement as ODOT. The issue went back and forth for close to an hour. The discussion will continue at a later date as Erwin Brothers plan to organize a meeting with the City, County and ODOT. Council continued with there meeting by passing every ordinance and resolution. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 15th at 7:30 in the City Building.

    The employees of the Darke County Sheriff's Office, through the support of Sheriff Toby L. Spencer, and in conjunction with local law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical professionals have announced plans to host the 16th annual "Warm Winter Wear for Darke County Children”" program. Thanks to generous donations from caring individuals and businesses within our community, "Warm Winter Wear" is able to provide all Darke County Schools with items they request for their students. New hats, gloves and coats are collected in the dispatch center at the Darke County Sheriff's Office from October 1st through the middle of November and items are distributed to the schools and local families as orders are filled. Monetary donations are accepted throughout the year; checks should be made payable to Warm Winter Wear and mailed c/o Darke County Sheriff's Office, 5185 County Home Rd, Greenville, OH 45331. The Darke County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank the numerous individuals and businesses throughout the County who have made donations in previous years.

    Two men were taken to a hospital following a head-on collision in front of Greenville Technology Inc. on State Route 571. A black Honda HR-V attempted to pull out from the parking lot at GTI, in the 5700 block of state Route 571, and into the path of an oncoming eastbound semitrailer. The semitrailer veered left in the collision and came to rest off the side of the road. A westbound white Ford van rear-ended the big rig, which was still partially on the road. The drivers of the Honda and van were take to Wayne HealthCare. The semi driver was not injured. The accident was called down just before 4 PM.

    On Monday, demolition happened at the old Moody Auto Sales in Ansonia.
    Crews were working at the buildings at the intersection of Canal Street (State Route 47). The demolition has taken place to make room for Casey's General Store. Casey’s General Stores Inc., is a chain of convenience stores in the Midwestern United States, primarily within the states of Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and now Ohio. The company is headquartered in Iowa.

HOUSE FIRE IN TROY - October 28, 2016
    Troy Fire Department responded to a house fire at 591 Locust Wednesday afternoon and damage was so extensive the home appears to be a total loss. No cause has been determined. Two occupants were inside the home at the time of the blaze. There were no reported injuries. Three pets were inside the home at the time of the incident. One dog was found in the hallway of the home. Firefighters gave the dog oxygen at the scene. Another pet that had been in the home, was found outside the house by fire crews and it was taken to the vet. One of the occupants, Charles Chandler, was detained by Troy Police Department. Chandler attempted to rescue the pets inside the home, impeding fire fighters at the scene. Chandler was charged with misdemeanor misconduct at an emergency for trying to get back in the house to save the animals.
    Chandler reportedly had to be restrained at the scene by fire personnel before being detained by police.

    We've been following the homicide of Ronnie Bowers, 16, since September, when the former Fairmont student was shot to death near Alter Fest. Bowers, a teen with plenty of Darke County ties and family from the area was murdered after he was shot by another teen. On Wednesday, prosecutor said a 16-year-old Kettering defendant will face murder charges as an adult in last month's shooting death. Kylen Gregory will face two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault and two other firearm charges in the Sept. 4 homicide of 16-year-old Ronnie Bowers. The charges against two other teens - ages 17 and 15 - in the shooting near AlterFest will remain in juvenile court. On Wednesday afternoon, Montgomery County Juvenile Court Judge Anthony Capizzi ordered Gregory held until his probable cause hearing on Jan. 24.

    Earlier this week, we reported on the robbery of an 83 year old woman at Walmart. Greenville Police say they've received an overwhelming amount of tips identifying the the three suspects. The case will be presented to the grand jury and charges will be pursued. Greenville PD appreciate the support from the community in trying to resolve the case.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced the filing of formal charges against Jeffery E. Rasawehr, age 51, Birmingham, Michigan. Since January 2012, Rasawehr has continually barraged his family & extended family and the Mercer County Sheriff's Office with threatening and condescending emails, blog posts, voicemails, phone calls, and texts.
    The Mercer County Sheriff's Office and Prosecutor's Office have tried to work through Rasawehr's attorney, Joseph Yamin, to find a solution to the ongoing issues. These attempts have been met with threats by Rasawehr to sue the Sheriff's Office. In a statement from Sheriff Grey "While people have a first amendment right to free speech, the Ohio Revised Code prohibits menacing by stalking, telecommunications harassment, and obstructing official business". Rasawehr has been charged with 5 counts of Menacing by stalking, 8 Counts of Telecommunications Harassment, and 13 Counts of Obstructing Official Business. Menacing by stalking and telecommunications harassment are first degree misdemeanors carrying a possible penalty of 6 months in jail for each charge. Obstructing Official business is a second degree misdemeanor carrying a possible 3 months in jail for each charge. It is possible more charges will be filed as the investigation continues.

    On Tuesday, Hermelando Chacon, 29, was arraigned in a Darke County Court Room. Jailed on a $150,000 bond, Chacon was charged with the rape of a juvenile female, on allegations of a incident that happened this past Sunday in Greenville. Pending an indictment by a Grand Jury this week, Chacon is expected to appear in court on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. He faces a maximum of 11 years in prison and a $20,000 fine if convicted as currently charged.

    After 54 years, a historic Great Darke County Fair vendor has decided to not return to Greenville. In 1963, Melvin Moore from Lancaster OH first brought the Arcade Express to the Great Darke County Fair. Melvin operated the arcade until his son, Jon Moore, took over the business in 1970. John's daughter Holly and her husband Mike Williams became the owners in 1997 and have continued the tradition by returning to Greenville for the annual event that always begins the 3rd Friday in August. In a tough decision, Holly spoke with her 93 year old grandfather before she and husband Mike confirmed they would not return. Holly stated it was strictly a business decision only. Holly and Mike reassure everyone that they are not going out of business, they are just minimizing their travel distances. The entire Moore and Williams families wish to extend a since thank you to everyone that has played and enjoyed the arcade these past 54 years.

    We've learned some more details to that shooting that took place Sunday at 3:45 A.M. The Darke County 911 Center received a 911 call in reference to a man with a gunshot wound to his leg in the yard located 3652 US Route 127 South. Darke County deputies and investigative division along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene. Tyler L. Minton (29) of Verona, Ohio sustained a single gunshot wound to his right thigh. Minton was treated at the scene for his injury and airlifted by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital for further treatment. At that time, his condition was listed as stable. Minton was discharged from Miami Valley Hospital later that day. Based upon multiple witness statements and the physical evidence at the scene, the investigation revealed the injury appeared to be the result of an accidental discharge by the victim with his own firearm. Alcohol can not be ruled out as a factor. This incident remains under investigation.

    Ohio wildlife officials are releasing more than 15,000 ring-necked pheasants at 24 public hunting areas this fall to provide more hunting opportunities. The Department of Natural Resources says its Division of Wildlife released pheasants on Oct. 21 with another release scheduled for Oct. 28, prior to the small-game weekends for youth hunters. Youth ages 17 and younger can hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during the designated weekends of Oct. 22-23 and Oct. 29-30. Ohio's small game hunting season begins Nov. 4 with more pheasant releases set for Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. The final release this year will be Nov. 23. Pheasant hunting season in Ohio runs from Nov. 4, through Jan. 8 with a daily bag limit of two male birds.

SUNDAY ACCIDENT ON 127 - October 24, 2016
    On Sunday, at 1:35 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of US127 and Childrens Home Bradford Rd reference a two vehicle accident. The original dispatch advised that one vehicle rolled. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevy Blazer, driven by Starla Bowers(51) of Union City, IN, was westbound on Childrens Home Bradford Rd. Bowers pulled through the intersection at US127 and was hit by a 2006 Dodge Caravan, driven by Jonathan White(37) of Troy,OH, which was southbound on US127. Bowers vehicle overturned on its side from the impact of the two vehicles. Bowers and her minor child passenger both climbed out of the vehicle as emergency units arrived. White had two adult passengers and two minor children in his vehicle. All subjects were treated at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue, but refused transport to the hospital. Bowers was issued a citation for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.

    Another suspicious fire is being investigated by the Greenville Fire Department that took place Sunday night. Emergency personnel responded to the alley behind 409 Riffle Ave. in Greenville just before 8 p.m. on a reported fire near a garage. As crews arrived on scene it was discovered that a mattress was on fire against the garage. Firefighters were about to quickly extinguish the fire before it could ignite the wood-framed, detached garage. No injuries were reported. The fire is under investigation by the Greenville Fire Department.

    The Edison Foundation presented Edison State Community College with a check for $101,325 to support student scholarships. These funds are a percentage of the Foundation's asset pool, which continues to grow thanks to the financial support of the surrounding community. Scholarships are administered by the Edison Foundation and are typically bestowed or endowed by individuals, corporate partners, and civic organizations to support nearly 100 students annually. It is the mission of the Edison Foundation to assist Edison State Community College in meeting its educational and community service goals. The Foundation accomplishes this through the identification, cultivation, and solicitation of corporate, foundation and individual donors, and by communicating the goals and needs of the college to the communities of Darke, Miami and Shelby counties. For more information about scholarship opportunities or to help support local students, visit www.edisonohio.edu/Foundation.

    City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday, for a meeting that could be described as long and strange. First, Affordable Gas & Electric approached the podium for their 2nd public hearing regarding an overview of the gas and electricity aggregation ballot question that will appear this November during the election. A representative from AGE was present to answer questions from Council and the public about the vote. Second, Phillip Pierri, addressed Council on behalf of YOLO of Darke County, he provided an update on their Urban Park Project. Pierri gave council a very detailed packet about the potential project that is featured across the street from the Annie Oakley statue from Martin Street to Broadway. The project cost $750,000 and YOLO has been able to raise $400,000 so far, with $250,000 coming from a grant with the State of Ohio. Pierri is looking for final approval from the City and an agreement to move forward and officially receive funding from the state. There were some questions brought up about a water feature to the project and City Council's legal team will review the agreement and project. Pierri, is hopeful to have that approval by November 1, so YOLO can submit their plans and continue to move forward on the Urban Park. To view plans and learn more about that project visit YOLOorg.com.

    Tuesday's City Council meeting became strange following the YOLO Urban Park public hearing. Darke County Commissioner, Mike Rhoades approached the podium and President of Council, John Burkett informed Rhoades and the audience that City Council would enter into executive session. Council left the room at 8:10 PM and left the public in the Council Chambers waiting for a little over 20 minutes before they re-entered just after 8:30. The meeting continued at 8:32 with President Burkett asking Commissioner Rhoades to come back to the podium. The Commissioner was there representing the County and Erwin Brothers LLC, pertaining to the new happenings and buildings out by the Sheriff's Department on State Route 49 near US 127. Commissioner Rhoades asked Council if a committee could be put together to talk about a misunderstanding the County had with the City pertaining to an agreement on the project centered around Erwin Brothers. After a few questions were traded back and forth with the City Lawyer, Eric Brand and design representation with Erwin Brothers, the City agreed to put a committee together to meet with the Commissioners. However, after Commissioner Rhoades left with Erwin Brothers, the City did not assign a committee to the issue. In other business, Council approved 2 committee reports and passed 4 ordinances and resolutions. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 1, at 7:30 in the Council Chambers.

    The Darke County Commissioners on Monday, held their general session meeting and all 3 Commissioners would sign a proclamation supporting the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery Renewal Levy. Mental illness does affect one in five persons in any given year. Substance abuse and addiction does affect businesses and families across all socio-economic groups. Treatment is effective and people do recover to live productive and rewarding lives and to contribute to the prosperity of the community. Access to mental health and addictions treatment and related services is critical to maintaining healthy individuals, livable communities and a productive workforce. The 0.6 mill Mental Health and Recovery Levy, which is necessary to address local needs and priorities for Mental Health and Recovery services to children and adults in the our community, shall expire December 31, 2016, if not renewed. The Commissioners have endorsed the Tri-County Mental Health and Recovery Levy Renewal. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    On Saturday, at 7:55 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Bradford Fire, Bradford Rescue, and the Darke County Coroner's Office responded to the 8500 Block of Horatio Harris Creek Rd on a injury accident. Preliminary investigation reveals that a 2006 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, driven by John Shingler (58) of New Carlisle was east bound on Horatio Harris Creek Rd. The motorcycle went off the right side of the road and impacted a utility pole, John was pronounced dead at the scene. This accident remains under investigation.

    Two women were airlifted after being ejected from an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) Saturday night. At 7:45 p.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Gettysburg Rescue, and CareFlight responded to the ATV rollover accident at 8157 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. The preliminary investigation reveals that Amanda Hans, 36, of Greenville was operating a Polaris ATV in the yard at 8157 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. Hans lost control of the ATV ejecting both her and her passenger, Leah Patterson, 28, of Greenville. Both women were flown to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where they are both listed in stable condition at the time of the press release.

    In a letter from State Representative Jim Buchy, Archery season in Ohio for deer hunters began on September 24th and will run through February 5th, while deer gun season will begin on November 28th and end on December 4th, with a bonus season December 17th and 18th. Hunters using a muzzleloader will have another opportunity in the New Year, with a four day season January 7th through January 10th, and youth deer gun season will be November 19th and 20th. Once again, bag limits have stayed the same as last year. In Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, and Shelby counties, hunters will be under the two-deer bag limit. These bag limits are established by county lines, so you should consult the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) handbook on bag limits in other counties. Hunters this year will be using the electronic checking system, which has successfully reduced administrative concerns during deer season and ensures that permit money is put to better use. Whether you are hunting with a bow or a gun this deer season, please be safe and remember to wear your orange.

DRUG BUST IN PARKER CITY - October 13, 2016
    Four people were arrested on drug-related charges Tuesday after a traffic stop west of Parker City. Law Enforcement was told shortly after midnight a van had been parked at a gas pump at that town's Pak-a-Sac convenience store, 725 W. Jackson St., for about 25 minutes, although its occupants never bought gas. As the officer pulled onto store property, the driver of the van - later identified as Carlina M. Bitette, 30, Springport - started its engine and drove away. The deputy activated his car's emergency lights after noticing the van's license plate was not illuminated. The westbound van did not pull over until entering Delaware County. The deputy described the behavior of Bitette and three passengers as "very nervous and fidgety." The Parker City officer and two Randolph County deputies reported finding plastic bags containing methamphetamine, along with 20 syringes and other drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle. Bitette was arrested on preliminary charges of possession of meth, unlawful possession of a syringe and maintaining a common nuisance. Passengers Danny R. Melman, 43; William E. Norris, 46, and Nathan A. Privett, 36, were also arrested on preliminary charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of meth and visiting a common nuisance.

    On Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Mercer County Sheriff's Office will be holding a drug take back event as part of the National Drug Take Back Initiative. The Sheriff's Office will be working in conjunction with Mercer Health and the Coldwater Exempted Village School System. The public can bring their expired, unwanted, or unused medications to the Coldwater High School at 310 North Second Street in Coldwater. So far in 2016, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office has collected nearly 200 pounds of drugs from the Drug Drop Box located in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office and from take back events. The public is reminded that if they are unable to make it to the organized take back event, the drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office is available 24 hours a day. There are no liquids or needles accepted at the drug take back events or in the drug drop box.

    Every year, the Flyin' to the Hoop tournament pumps millions into the local economy. On Tuesday, the Schedule was released for the event and 2 Darke County Schools this year will be featured and they'll be playing each other. It's one of the largest high school basketball tournaments in the country–giving players a chance to showcase their talents in front of college coaches–while the local economy cashes in on the thousands of people coming to the area. More than 20,000 basketball fans will be there–some have been attending the tournament for the last 14 years. It's an event that takes thousands of hours of planning to put together. Coming with them is roughly $1.9 millions dollars that will be spent at local businesses in the area. This year Tri-Village and Versailles will square off at Kettering Fairmont Trent Arena on Monday, January 16th at 11:30 AM. WTGR will be covering the covering the Darke County Match Up on Martin Luther King Day.

    On Friday, the Greenville Fire and Police departments posted a Blue Ribbon Arson Reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the most recent fire at Colonial Mobile Home Community in Greenville, which occurred on Sept. 28 on lot #13. Another vacant trailer fire has been ruled arson at Colonial. This marked the fourth intentionally set fire at the trailer park since 2014. Any information that leads to a conviction will be submitted for a cash award up to $5,000 under the Ohio Blue Ribbon Arson committee. Anyone with information about any Greenville arson fire is urged to contact the fire department at 937-548-3040 or the police department at 937-548-1103. You can also submit an anonymous tip through Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or online at darkecountycrimestoppers.com/tips.

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