UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP - January 19, 2018
    On Thursday, Union City Ohio Police stopped a vehicle for a speeding violation. While speaking with the driver it was found that his driver's license was suspended. K-9 partner Atticus was requested to perform a free air sniff of the vehicle and made a positive alert. A probable cause search was performed on the car. While searching the vehicle, officers located multiple needles, drug paraphernalia, and a plastic baggy containing a crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. Officer's arrest Damon Gilbert, age 21 of Union City, Indiana. Gilbert was also arrested on a warrant out of Mercer County. Gilbert was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail. The Union City Ohio Police Department is committed to taking drugs off of the street. They appreciate all of the drug tips/information that they have received on the anonymous tip-line. If you have drug information/tips please call and leave a message or text 937-459-1210.

DCCA TO PRESENT CHARLOTTE'S WEB - January 19, 2018
    Darke County Center for the Arts will present Theatreworks USA's production of the E.B. White classic Charlotte's Web on Sunday, February 18 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville; the performance begins at 2 p.m. This timeless story about the true meaning of friendship explores life and death, bravery, love, and new beginnings in a delightful and accessible fashion that uplifts spirits and inspires joy. The second presentation of DCCA's 2017-2018 Family Theatre Series, the show is recommended for audiences age 5 and up. DCCA's Family Theatre Series is celebrating it's twentieth year of presenting professional touring productions which introduce children to the magic of theatre. Tickets for Charlotte's Web cost $5, and can be obtained by calling 937-547-0908. Tickets are also available online at www.CenterForArts.net.

DARKE COUNTY PARKS OFFERS PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS - January 19, 2018
    Darke County Parks invites teachers to bring their classes out to the park for their favorite seasonal school program: "Nature's Sweet Treat." This program allows students to observe the process of turning sap into the sweetest of nature's treats: maple syrup! Topics will cover the science behind maple syrup, as well as the rich cultural history of maple sugaring. Students will have the option of trying some maple sugar and fresh maple syrup at the end of the program as well. The program lasts for 60-90 minutes and classes are welcome to eat their packed lunch before or after the program. The park is offering this program only between February 20th and February 28th. Be sure to call and register quickly before the spaces fill up. Call (937) 548-0165.

FAIRBOARD APPROVES OF NEW RIDE COMPANY - January 18, 2018
    The Darke County Agricultural Society met in a special meeting on Wednesday, and the Fair Board finalized plans for a new ride and game provider for the 2018 Great Darke County Fair. With a unanimous vote, the board chose Prime Time Amusements of Tampa, Florida. The decision comes after Kissel Brothers, who's been the ride and game provider at the fair for 35 years, told the Fair Board that they would not return in 2018. The board has made the statement that this year will be the biggest ride line-up the fair has ever seen. They expect to offer between 28 and 32 rides at the fair. The board has plans for pre-sale discount tickets with the new ride company. In other business, the board chose to change ticket providers to eTix. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, February 7th at 7:30 on the fairgrounds.

FARMERS URGED TO RESPOND TO CENSUS - January 18, 2018
    The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) urges Ohio farmers and producers who have not yet done so to respond to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census of Agriculture. Responses are accepted in the mail and online through February 5. Census data is used to support rural infrastructure; farm service agency loan programs; natural resources conservation services programs and rural development funds. USDA has improved the online form making responding easier and more convenient than ever. Additionally, federal law requires that all responses are secure and confidential. To respond, visit agcensus.usda.gov or mail in your questionnaire. Questions about the census should be directed to USDA at 866-294-8560.

WOMAN IDENTIFIED IN FATAL HOUSE TRAILER FIRE - January 17, 2018
    The woman killed in the mobile home fire in Greenville over the weekend has been identified as Christina Haag, 38, of Greenville, according to the coroner's office. Early Saturday, a fire broke out at the family's mobile home. A man and three children, ages 6 to 14, escaped the fire in the Colonial Mobile Home Community in Greenville. Haag was trapped inside and was pronounced dead at the scene. Earlier this week, 2 children were upgraded to stable condition. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is not considered suspicious. There were also working smoke detectors inside the home.

ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL COMING BACK TO FAIRGROUNDS - January 17, 2018
    The 2018 Annie Oakley Committee has signed a contract with the Darke County Fair Board, to move the yearly Annie Oakley Festival to the Darke County Fairgrounds, South Show Arena Area, beginning with the 2018 festival. The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very excited that they will be celebrating the 55th year of the festival at the Darke County Fairgrounds, and they are looking forward to the endless number of possibilities of activities that will take place at the event in the years to come. If you would like more information or would be interested in being a sponsor of this year's festival visit www.annieoakleyfestival.org.

ROLL FOR KIDS' SAKE WITH BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS - January 17, 2018
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke will be holding their annual Roll for Kids' Sake on Thursday, January 25, from 6-10pm. The party is open to the public and will be held at Rolling Hills Skate located at 105 E. Russell Road in Sidney. The cost is $10 per person and includes admission, skate rental, face painting, snacks, and door prizes. This year's theme is "School Pride", and the first 50 people dressed in school logoed attire will receive a gift. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County's Big Buddies after-school mentoring programs. Big Buddies is a nine-month commitment where high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer two times per month to mentor elementary students. During these meetings, high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. If you would like to make a big difference in the life of a child, either through volunteering, financial contribution, or event sponsorship; please contact the agency at 937-492-7611, 937-547-9622, or go to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.

WINTER STORM HITS AREA WITH ICE & SNOW - January 12, 2018
    The Indiana Department of Transportation is scheduling a full call-out of plow trucks throughout the state in anticipation of icy conditions during Friday morning's commute. Weather forecasts are calling for rain, followed by freezing rain and snow. INDOT has 1,092 snow plows across the state and drivers will be in place along 929 designated snow routes in advance of the approaching winter storm. INDOT subdistrict garages will be fully staffed with mechanics until operations have concluded. Drivers and mechanics will work 12-hour shifts as long as needed. State highways and interstates will be treated continuously with granular salt along snow routes during Friday's morning "rush hour" to minimize iced-over pavements. INDOT officials advise motorists to leave early, drive slowly and be on constant alert for icy patches and black ice on roadways. Take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady areas – all are hot spots for black ice. Friday afternoon's commute will be impacted by significant snowfall and drivers are urged to give plow truck drivers plenty of room to maneuver. Remember to stay out of drivers' "blind spots" and allow ample time to make the trip and arrive safely. Learn about traffic and road conditions, crashes and construction on state highways by visiting indot.carsprogram.org, calling 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or dialing 511 from a mobile phone.

WINCHESTER MAY TO RUN FOR STATE REP - January 12, 2018
    Shon Byrum, is the Mayor of Winchester, and has filed paperwork at the Statehouse in Indianapolis to run State Rep. Applying for the District 33 seat in Indiana's House of Representatives, makes him the first person to file for the seat this election cycle. The district includes all of Jay and Randolph counties, and a portion of eastern and southern Delaware County. Byrum said he is running for the post in hopes his election would allow him to help rural communities preserve their populations and workforces. Byrum said he is hopeful he can play a role in crafting and supporting legislation that will better support less-dense areas. Byrum has served as Winchester's Mayor since Jan. 1, 2016 and would be required to resign from the position if he were to win the general election in November. State office candidates have until noon Feb. 9 to file for the primary election, slated for May 8.

CELINA WOMAN CHARGED AFTER ACCIDENT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY - January 11, 2018
    A woman suspected of using heroin before a crash involving a school bus that split another car in two was indicted Wednesday. Kelly Hooks, 38, of Celina, was the driver of a silver 2000 Pontiac Grand Am that ran a stop sign Nov. 11, 2014, on Diamond Mill Road at the National Road intersection. Hooks was headed north on Diamond Mill Road when she struck a silver 1999 Honda Civic headed west on National Road. Its driver, Christopher Biddle, now 30, of West Alexandria, suffered incapacitating injuries. A Brookville Local Schools bus headed north on Diamond Mill Road sustained front-end damage. The bus driver and 18 children aboard -- who ranged in age from 9 to 16 -- were not injured. Hooks and her passenger, 32-year-old Christina Hall of Columbus, were not injured. Hooks is charged with aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, OVI and three drug-related charges. She is ordered to appear Jan. 25 for arraignment in county Common Pleas Court.

MARION LOCAL SCHOOLS PLACED ON HONOR ROLL - January 11, 2018
    Marion Local is one of just 34 Ohio school districts to be placed on the National AP District Honor Roll. National data from 2017 show approximately 50% of underrepresented students with a high degree of readiness for AP are participating in the program. The AP District Honor Roll recognizes school districts committed to increasing access to AP for underrepresented students while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. AP District Honor Roll recipients are committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

GREENVILLE MAN DONATES BLOOD FOR 500TH TIME - January 11, 2018
    Greenville donor Ivan Patterson could think of no better way of closing out his milestone 90th year of life than with a milestone gift of life. Ivan made his 500th lifetime blood donation at the Greenville Ministerial Association blood drive Jan. 9 at the Greenville Church of the Brethren. Ivan is a pioneer platelet and plasma donor with Community Blood Center and a member of the original LifeLeaders apheresis team. He declared two years ago, "My goal is to get to 500 during the year that I turn 90!" and he kept his promise. He first donated in 1945 at age 18 and his 500th donation comes less than a month before his 91st birthday celebration on Feb. 7. He drew closer to his goal by making 21 platelet and plasma donations in 2017. His milestone came on his first donation of 2018. He's now Darke County's oldest active blood donor, a testimony to his longevity. Connect with Community Blood Center for the latest information and services at www.GivingBlood.org. Schedule your next appointment to donate by connecting to www.DonorTime.com.

TUESDAY CHASE LANDS MAN IN JAIL - January 10, 2018
    A Video popped up online from the chase we reported on Tuesday, in Arcanum. Matthew Deal, 36, remains in jail, awaiting arraignment, on charges accusing him of triggering a high-speed pursuit Tuesday morning that reached 85 mph before ending with him crashing in a field. Deal is in the Darke County Jail on single felony counts of fleeing and eluding as well as failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. Deal suspected of stealing a vehicle, was located in the car on Ivester Lane about 11:30 a.m. Wanted out of Miami County on a Warrant, Deal was found sleeping in a vehicle that he allegedly stole, he woke up to Arcanum Police, knocking on the window and Deal then took off. Driving a Pontiac Grand Am, Deal made some dangerous moves in trying to escape police, The suspect, drove off the road several times before crashing in a field off State Route 726 and Ritenour Road near New Madison. Officers arrested Deal after he seriously damaged the Pontiac. Deal is accused of stealing multiple items and cars.

ODOT TO MAKE CHANCES ON OVERPASSES ON INTERSTATES - January 10, 2018
    ODOT is making changes for when overpasses are undergoing construction. The move stems from several incidents including a case out of Toledo where 2 juveniles are accused of throwing a sandbag over an overpass. The juveniles allegedly got the sandbag from a construction site.
    If an overpass in Ohio is under construction and the original safety fence is down, there will HAVE to be a temporary fence up to protect drivers. For overpasses and bridges that don't have a protective fence and there are plans to add one, they will put up a temporary fence. ODOT says it could take some time to implement the changes but they think the move will make drivers safer in their travels.

CANCER ASSOCIATION GOURMET DINNER - January 10, 2018
    The Cancer Association of Darke County has brought back it's Gourmet Dinner Fundraiser. Winner's will have their food prepared by the Gourmet Dinner Club. You get to choose the time and place where your meal will be served. Tickets are $5 each or 6 for $25. If you wish to enter, please contact Christine for further information at Cancer Association of Darke County 548-9960. The deadline for mailing tickets is February 7, 2018. Drawing will be held February 12, 2018 and the winner will be notified right away. All proceeds go to the Cancer Association of Darke County. Thank you for your support of Drake County cancer patients.

SEMI TRUCK DRIVER DIES NEAR NORTH STAR - January 9, 2018
    At approximately 10:59 AM on Monday, Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, North Star Fire, and Osgood Fire, responded to an injury accident in the 7000 block of North Star Ft. Loramie Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed a Red, 2013 Volvo tractor/trailer, driven by Wilbur Miller , 75, of Goshen, Indiana was traveling West on North Star Ft Loramie East of Rismiller Road. Miller's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and continued traveling West in the ditch. Miller's vehicle came back onto the roadway where he over corrected and traveled back off the right side of the roadway coming to rest after striking a tree. Miller succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. North Star Fire had to extricate Miller by mechanical means. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

2ND FATAL ACCIDENT IN COUNTY - January 9, 2018
    The 2nd fatal happened at approximately 4:39pm. Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue and Darke County Coroners Office responded to the intersection of State Route 571 and Kniseley Road for a one vehicle roll-over fatal crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Silver GMC Envoy driven by Johnanna K. Beam 39, of Union City, OH. was traveling eastbound in the 2500 block of State Route 571 and drove off the left side of the roadway down an embankment when the vehicle then went airborne over Kniseley Road and rolled several times ejecting the driver. Beam was pronounced dead at the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and Darke County Coroners Office.

FUND TRANSFER APPROVED FOR MARCS SYSTEM - January 9, 2018
    The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and approved a resolution for a fund transfer to cover the contract between Mote & Associates and the Commissioners for the 911 Center Relocation and Expansion Project. The project is estimated to cost around $300,000 and is needed because of the new MARCS (Multi-Agency Radio Communications System). The project has to be completed by April, when the system goes live. In other business, the Commissioners approved a rate of pay change for Animal Control Officers. Rachel Luggers has been appointed to Interim Chief Animal Control Officer along with Brittany Dabe and Roxanne Hammer as Animal Control Officers. The 1st of 2 required hearings for CDBG Funds was set for Wednesday, January 24th at 10 AM and 6 PM. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, January 10th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

DRUG BUST IN SINDEY - January 8, 2018
    On Friday, officers from the Sidney Police Department, Piqua Police Department and the Ohio State Patrol served a narcotic's search warrant at 1235 St. Marys Ave in Sidney. During the search officers' recovered marijuana, hash, THC products and approx. $245,000 that were concealed in a camper parked behind the home. Also seized were the camper and a Ford F250 truck. Investigators believe the camper and truck were used as part of a large drug trafficking trade spanning multiple states. The St. Marys Ave location was home to parties believed to be involved in the suspected trafficking enterprise. This search warrant was a result of several months of investigation by the Sidney Police Department. As a result of this warrant two individuals were arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail. Sarah Jones, age 31 of Cave Junction, Oregon, was charged with one count of Drug Trafficking a felony of the 4th degree. Leon Francis, age 60 who resides at the 1235 St. Marys Ave, was charged with one count of Drug Abuse a misdemeanor of the 1st degree. The investigation is ongoing and other charges on other subjects are likely. This warrant execution is a continuing effort by the Sidney Police Department to combat drug abuse and drug trafficking in Sidney. All citizens are asked that if they have any information about drug activity to contact the Sidney Police Department at 937-498-8777 or Crime Stoppers at 937-492-8477 (TIPS).

BE PREPARED THIS WINTER SEASON - January 8, 2018
    From lake effect snow in the northeast to snow drifts across the flatlands of western Ohio, the Buckeye state experiences a variety of winter weather. Some years it's a few feet of snow, and others we have endless days of below-freezing temperatures. Whatever the weather will be over the coming months, it's critical that you and your family are properly prepared. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness publishes a number of winter safety tips. Winter safety not only includes careful driving on slick roads, but it’s important to prepare your home and vehicle against potential snowstorms and freezing temperatures. To be ready in case you temporarily lose those essentials, keeping a stock of batteries, bottled water, extra blankets, and canned food can help in the meantime. Maintaining fireplaces, furnaces, and water heaters throughout the year can also ensure warmth and water during the winter season. State Representative Keith Faber recommends that you winterize your vehicle, which helps to keep it in a safer driving condition. Regular servicing and a tune-up at the beginning of winter will get you started off on the right foot. From there, winter windshield wipers and tires will safeguard you against the elements, like snow, ice, and freezing rain. Other maintenance like keeping your gas tank half full at all times, packing a winter safety kit, and filling your washer fluid will ensure that your car is operating in top shape. With these tips in mind, you can better guarantee and safe and happy winter, despite what weather might come. More guidelines can be found at weathersafety.ohio.gov.

GUN FIRED AT MILTON UNION SCHOOL - January 5, 2018
    A juvenile is in custody and faces possible charges after a weapon discharged near a Miami County school. The Miami County Sheriff's Office confirmed reports of an incident which happened in the early morning hours Thursday. A spokesperson said the juvenile discharged a weapon in the area of Milton-Union High School approximately three hours before the start of class. Officials say there are no reported injuries in relation to this incident. They did not identify the weapon used or confirm the number of shots. The juvenile remains in custody, and the sheriff's office says the prosecutor's office is looking into possible charges.

GREENVILLE GRAD UP FOR 4-H AWARD - January 5, 2018
    4-H has announced eight honorable mentions for the 2018 4 H Youth in Action Awards. The national awards have recognized a Darke County 4-H member. These outstanding finalists are making a difference in their communities through Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM. Mollie Hunt from Greenville, was 1 of 2 finalist in the category Healthy Living. Hunt organized the Clover Confidence Building Fearless Females event, 31 young ladies attended a workshop, where they worked on self-esteem, positive body image, and confidence in building safe relationships with families and others. The awards highlight youth in four pillars: Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM. The finalist are from all across the country with Hawaii, Illinois, California, Utah, Texas and Hunt is the only Finalist from Ohio. 4-H will announce the 2018 4 H Youth in Action Pillar Award Winners on January 17th. Good Luck Mollie!!

TASTE OF WINE AND JAZZ COMING TO DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE - January 5, 2018
    Darke County Center for the Arts will present "A Taste of Wine and Jazz" on Friday, January 19 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville; doors open at 6:30 p.m. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will also feature food and music. DCCA invites you to shrug off the chill of winter for a warm and wonderful evening of fun. Music will be provided by Deron Bell and his "Jazz For You" band, a group of extremely skilled musicians who love to play and are dedicated to making sure that their audience has a good time. Tickets to "A Taste of Wine and Jazz" are $35 each, and are available at Montage and at www.centerforarts.net, or can be ordered by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908.

GREENVILLE WOMAN WRECKS VEHICLE - January 4, 2018
    On January 3, 2018 at approximately 9:45pm Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue and Arcanum Fire, responded to an injury accident located at 4032 State Route 49. Preliminary investigation revealed a White, 1999 Honda Accord, driven by Trenda Campbell , 49, of Greenville was traveling Northwest on State Route 49. Campbell advised a deer ran onto the roadway causing her to travel off the left side of the roadway. After leaving the roadway Campbell's vehicle struck a utility pole, overturning, and coming to rest after striking a parked motor vehicle. Campbell was treated for her injuries and released at the scene. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

GOATS TO BE SEPARATED FOR SHOWMAN OF SHOWMAN AT FAIR - January 4, 2018
    It was a packed house on Wednesday, at the first meeting of 2018 for the Darke County Agricultural Society. The majority of the crowd was present to discuss the Goat Department. The Board reviewed rules and regulations that were passed by Junior Fair. One of the issues was the separation of Dairy and Boer Goats for the Showman of Showman. The Goat Department was in favor of this change, but there was hesitation from the Senior Fair Board because of the concern of adding to the Showman of Showman might lead to other departments wanting a change. The reason for the issue is because of the vast difference of how you show Dairy Goats vs. how you show Boer Goats. After 2 failed motions on the issue and some confusion on the issue. The Senior Fair Board finally went back to the initial Junior Fair Board decision and approved the measure to have both a Dairy Goat Showmanship winner and a Boer Goat Showmanship winner. In other business, the Ag Society voted on a new ride company, but will not make an announcement on the issue until the paperwork is completed. They hope to have that decision and paperwork finished this weekend at the 93rd Annual Ohio Fair Managers Convention in Columbus. Triple Treat Shows made a special trip to the Board meeting on Wednesday, to present their offer. The group from Cincinnati offered 29 rides and more. The Board hopes to make that official announcement on a new ride company next week. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, February 7th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.

DINE OUT DARKE COUNTY COMING UP - January 4, 2018
    Main Street Greenville and the Darke County Visitors Bureau have partnered together with local restaurants and eateries to bring you Dine Out Darke County. The new event provides a chance to get out and experience our unique Darke County flavor. Running January 14 - 20, the 1st Annual Dine Out Darke Co. will be a week-long, value priced dining experience taking place at a variety of establishments from fine dining to fast casual. Individuals desiring to participate are encouraged to dine out at any of the 16 participating businesses (a full list is available on the Main Street Greenville Facebook page) multiple times throughout the week and take advantage of the various specials and discounts at each establishment. Punch cards will be available at each participating business and the Darke County Welcome Center, and for each time you dine out you will receive a punch on your card. Get at least 9 punches and you can be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card to the eatery of your choice. For more information visit www.mainstreetgreenville.org or www.visitdarkecounty.org.

FIRST GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF 2018 - January 3, 2018
    Greenville City Council met for their first time in 2018 and they welcomed to new members. Doug Wright and Jeff Whitaker join City Council as they replaced Tracy Tryon and Todd Oliver. City Council did some housekeeping to start 2018 as they appointed members John Hensley and Clarence Godwin to the Community Improvement Corporation. They elected Dori Howdieshell to the Community Action Partnership Board and Council on Aging Board. New Member Jeff Whitaker will serve on both the Main Street Greenville Board and the Darke County Visitors Boards. John Hensley was elected representative to the Architectural Review Board. While Godwin and Howdieshell will both serve as members to the Volunteer Firefighters Dependent Fund. Council Member Dough Schmidt was elected as President Pro Tem. Council approved 3 ordinances and resolutions during Tuesday's meeting. There will be a special meeting next Thursday, January 11th at 6 PM to review the 2018 Appropriations.

UNION CITY MAN ARRESTED AFTER THEFT - January 3, 2018
    Union City, Ohio Police asked the public for assistance on Tuesday and got a quick response. UCO Police put up a video of someone who came in the police department around 945pm on January 1, and stole a carpet. They went through the cameras on the outside of the building to gain footage. The rug was located and the suspect taken into custody. The Union City Ohio Police Department has placed Timothy Hittle, age 54, of Union City, Ohio under arrest for Theft. After a short investigation, the rug that was stolen was located at Hittle's residence. He was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail where he is being held on bond. UCO Police is thankful all tips submitted.

FATAL ACCIDENTS DOWN OVER HOLIDAY WEEKENDS - January 3, 2018
    The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting preliminary traffic fatality data from the 2017 Christmas and 2018 New Year reporting periods. During the reporting period, beginning December 22 and ending December 25, five crashes resulted in five fatalities. This is a significant decrease from the 2016 Christmas reporting period when 14 individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes. Troopers also arrested 292 motorists for impaired driving. During the 2018 New Year Holiday reporting period, beginning December 29 and ending January 1, two traffic crashes caused three people to lose their lives. This is a 50 percent decrease from last year, when six individuals lost their lives traffic crashes. Troopers also arrested 288 motorists for impaired driving. The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.

FROSTBIT WARNINGS - January 2, 2018
    A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect until noon with a Wind Chill Warning for Randolph County until 1 p.m. Temperatures have already dropped anywhere from minus 5 to minus 10 and will likely keep dropping. Fresh snow and clear skies combining with a cold air mass are helping to produce these bone-chilling temperatures. Frost bite can develop on exposed skin in less than 30 minutes with temperatures as such. The American Academy of Dermatology offers the following information to protect yourself from frostbite:
    
    Dress in loose, light, comfortable layers
    Protect your feet and toes
    Protect your head
    Protect your hands
    Make sure snow doesn't get inside your boots or clothing
    Keep yourself hydrated
    Recognize symptoms of frostbite.
    
    The first signs of frostbite include redness and a stinging, burning, throbbing or prickling sensation followed by numbness. if you suspect frostbite is developing it is not a good idea to run hot water on the body part, but instead get yourself into a warm area to warm the body part up.

HOUSE FIRE NEAR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT - January 2, 2018
    Quite a few fires broke out over the extended weekend. Multiple Fire Departments from Darke County battled flames at a Greenville home on Sunday. The fire was reported at approximately 1:30 a.m. as heavy smoke rolled over the Darke County Sheriff's Office, initiating a check of the perimeter of the facility. Flames were seen shooting from the single-story home, across the road, on the 5200 block of County Home Road. As crews arrived on the scene with the structure fully engulfed. A second alarm was required to assist in battling the fire. The fire damages are estimated at $150,000. The homeowner was inside at time of the fire, but fortunately got out without injury.

PIQUA FIRE - January 2, 2018
    Another fire was reported Sunday afternoon as 2 families were displaced after a fire damaged a duplex in Piqua. The fire occurred in the 100 block of Cleveland Street in the Shawnee neighborhood of Piqua around 1 p.m. Sunday. The fire was contained to a bedroom but did damage the structure. Damage was estimated around $20,000. The occupants of the duplex were able to evacuate and no injuries were reported. One family is receiving assistance from the Northern Miami Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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