On Friday October 20th, at approximately 10:23am, Union City Indiana Police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle, near the intersection of N. Mulberry Street and W. Hickory Street, after observing a driver, who they believed was suspended and had disregarded a stop sign. The driver of the vehicle was Tiffany Barnes, 28, Eaton. It was later learned that Barnes's driver's license was in fact suspended through the State of Indiana. Other UCPD officers arrived on scene to assist with the traffic stop. Two passengers were found in the vehicle and identified as Jason Gerstner, 38, Union City and Aaron Sturgill, 32, Oak Hill. It was learned that Sturgill had two civil warrants for his arrest. A deputy from the Randolph County Sheriff's Department responded to assist with his K-9 partner. A search of the vehicle was then conducted and several drugs were located. Inside the vehicle, officers located over 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine, which has a street value of approximately $1,200. Officers also found over 2 grams of heroin, a hypodermic syringe, and several empty baggies that are commonly used to possess and transport drugs. All three subjects were taken into custody and transported to the Randolph County Jail, where they were left in the care of the Jail Staff. While at the jail, it was learned that Barnes had a bag of mushrooms and a small bag of a white powdery substance hidden on her. All three subjects were initially booked on several drug charges.

    Last week, officers also responded to the parking lot at Lincolndale Apartments, (300 block Essex Court), on a report of a suspicious vehicle/subjects call. Upon arrival, officers made contact with two subjects inside a vehicle who were identified as Jeremy Weiss, 32 and Drema Weiss, 25, both from Farmland. Both subjects told officers that they were waiting on Andrew Day, 37, Ridgeville. Officers located Day in a nearby apartment, and spoke to him on scene. Officers obtained consent to search the vehicle. During the search, officers located 100 pills in a zip-lock baggy. The pills were later identified as a prescription only pill, (not a controlled substance), and they were not in the proper prescription bottle. Drema Weiss claimed ownership of the pills that were located. Also, during the search, officers located a hypodermic syringe in a backpack that belonged to Day. Both Drema Weiss and Day were arrested and transported to the Randolph County Jail, where they were released to the Jail Staff.

    The Darke County Sheriff's Office has released information on their website, www.darkecountysheriff.org, pertaining to the upcoming vote on the MARCS system. This process has been going on for approximately 3 years. The Darke County Communications Committee has evaluated a cost vs. benefit approach in their examination of their options. The Committee unanimously agreed to recommend that Darke County public safety communications should transition to Ohio MARCS. Sheriff Toby Spencer is asking for support in passing a levy this coming election day that will modernize the Darke County Emergency Communications System. For more information, view their brochure at DarkeCountySheriff.org or on their Facebook Page.

    Earlier this week, we reported on Celina police taking a report of a man exposing himself to an elementary age girl. She was walking in the 900 block of Echo Street walking to a neighbor's house. The incident actually took place on October 7th. The suspect was reported as being a white man possibly in his 50's, graying or white hair and beard with glasses and wearing a red shirt. He drove a dark red car. The information was posted on Facebook by the Celina Police Department looking for leads. That posting lead to a lead being phoned into the Celina P.D. and followed up on by Detectives. As a result of the investigation an arrest was made Thursday, of a Rockford man, 39 year old Chad A. Ralston. Ralston is currently being held in the Mercer Co. Jail for a $100,000 bond on charges of indecent exposure.

BEGGARS NIGHT THURSDAY OCT. 26 - October 20, 2017
    On Thursday, October 26th, downtown Greenville will be transformed into a trail of Halloween treats for elementary school aged children. The Early Bird/BlueBag Media, Main Street Greenville and downtown businesses are pleased to bring this safe Halloween event to the community. There are many ways to join in the fun, including a costume contest and costume parade. Anyone who chooses to enter the costume contest will walk in the parade, from W. 5th Street (next to Wayne Cinema), down Broadway and finish at the circle. The costume judging will take place at the circle. Cash prizes will be awarded in each of the seven categories of costumes, with first place winning $30, second place winning $20 and third place winning $10.
    Schedule of events:
    6:30 pm - To participate in the costume contest, line- up on W. 5th St. - next to Wayne Cinema
    7:00 pm - Costume Contest Parade begins, will end at the circle.
    After costume judging (approx. 7:45) - Beggars' begin trick-or-treating! Only pre-registered businesses will be able to distribute candy during the event. For more information, visit MainStreetGreenville.org.

    Darke County Park District is ready to provide a remarkable 18th century historical experience in the Log House at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. This dinner highlights the types of dinners that would have been held at a large gathering in the period from 1795 -1825 here in Darke County. The dinner will include the following menu and will begin promptly at 5 pm. In addition to the meal, there will be a tomahawk throwing demonstration and visitors from the 17 and 1800's. The event is a fundraiser with proceeds going towards maintenance, repairs, and cultural programming within the log house. The opportunity to take part in the dinner will be Saturday, October 28th at 5pm. The fee is $50 per person or $90 per couple, and preregistration is required. Space is limited, reserve your place. To register for this event or to learn more about other programs that the Darke County Park District has to offer, please call (937) 548-0165.

    We've reported on Christopher Silcott, multiple times. The 44 year-old was arrested this summer after drug detectives removed approximately 17 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, a firearm and ammunition from an apartment in Gettysburg. Earlier this week, Silcott received a guilty verdict on all counts and was handed a combined sentence of five years. Silcott was indicted on four felony counts, following a July 24 buy/bust operation. The charges included Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (F3), Aggravated Possession of Drugs (F2), Possessing Criminal Tools (F5) and Having Weapons Under Disability (F3). Girlfriend and co-defendant in the case, Jamie Hampshire, testified against Silcott as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution.

    On Wednesday, at 9:41 a.m. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Tri Village Rescue, Liberty Township Fire Department and Medflight responded to the 400 block of Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road on an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by, Christopher Elliot (32), of Greenville, was traveling east on Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Elliot had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken to Kettering Medical Center by Medflight where he was listed in critical condition. This accident remains under investigation.

2 VEHICLE ACCIDENT - October 18, 2017
    On Tuesday, at approximately 9:57pm Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire & Rescue responded to the intersection of US Route 36 and Jaysville St. John's Road for a two vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 White Toyota Scion driven by LaDonna Jackson 28, of Prescott, AZ. was traveling northbound on Jaysville St. John's Road and stopped at the intersection of US Route 36, then attempted to make a left hand turn onto US Route 36 and was struck by a White 1994 Dodge Dakota driven by Douglas Halley 48, of Ansonia who was traveling eastbound on US Route 36. Halley was transported to Wayne HealthCare for possible injuries and Jackson was treated and released at the scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. Jackson was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

    Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. A large crowd was present in the council chambers with concerned citizens, but no one approached the podium during the public hearing. Council accepted 4 of the 5 committee reports listed on the agenda. The Safety Committee submitted a report pertaining to bike racks in Downtown Greenville that were removed by the city for safety reasons earlier this year. Council Member Todd Oliver made a revision to the report asking the committee to keep the bike racks the same vibrant colors. Council Members, Dori Howdieshell, Leon Rogers and Tracy Tryon all supported Oliver's suggestion that the bike racks remain the same colors. In in the report, the Committee recommended that all the bike racks be painted forest green. Before the meeting, a petition with over a 1,000 signatures was handed to council asking for the vibrant bike racks to keep their color. From Tuesday's, meeting Council has plans to remove the seat on the bike racks and then return the bike racks back to Broadway. However, that Committee Report was only accepted and not voted on. Only the last Committee Report on the Agenda had a clause to be moved to ordinances and resolutions. Council accepted the report and then approved the measure from the Finance Committee. City Council approved all 5 ordinances and resolutions on the agenda. In other business, the Safety Committee was granted an extension on the review for estimates to a dispatch console, that report will be ready at the first meeting in November. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 7, at 7:30 in the City Building.

    The Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program kicked off Oct. 2 with a huge increase over the previous year in the number of students needing help. Major changes in the operation of the program were required; one of them is in providing snacks. Wayne HealthCare Foundation came to the rescue with a significant donation to assure that at least some of the snacks are healthy. The Wayne HealthCare Foundation Board expressed a strong interest in the program and, according to Lauren Henry, Wayne HealthCare Foundation Director, the full board is pleased to be able to support the Empowering program. The Empowering Darke County Youth After School Program is in need of volunteer and financial support. Anyone interested in helping can call, 937-548-5546, or message Empowering on Facebook. The Empowering Mission: Empowering Darke County Youth provides After School and Summer Tutoring.

    On Friday, at approximately 7:55 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2500 block of Beamsville-Union City Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Investigation revealed a black 2011 Jeep Wrangler driven by Kyle D. Gower, 29, Union City, Ohio was eastbound on Beamsville-Union City Road. Gower attempted to pull into a private drive when he struck a westbound blue 2006 Saturn Ion driven by Suzanne S. Simon, 24 of Greenville. Both vehicle's traveled off the roadway coming to rest in the ditch. Gower was treated and released from the scene by Ansonia Rescue. Simon was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in stable condition. Simons 3 year old son who was restrained in a child safety seat was transported by Ansonia Rescue to Wayne Healthcare for an evaluation. Kyle D. Gower was issued a citation for Failure to Yield when turning left.

    On Friday, at approximately 9:00am, officers from the Union City Police Department responded to 510 S. Stateline Road, on a report of two suspicious subjects, who were in a parked vehicle in the driveway and appeared to be passed out. After authorities shouted several times for the subjects in the vehicle to wake up, police made contact with the person sitting in the driver's seat, later identified as Jacob Evans, 23, from Arcanum. The passenger was also identified as Dustin Sonner, 26, of Greenville. While speaking with the subjects, police noticed a hypodermic syringe in plain view in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle rendered drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers located nearly 7 grams of crystal methamphetamine, which has a street value of approximately $700, as well as a small amount of heroin, a smoking instrument, scales, and small baggies commonly used to transport heroin and methamphetamine. Both Evans and Sonner were taken into custody and transported to the Randolph County Jail and released to the Jail Staff on the following charges; dealing in methamphetamine (level 3 felony), possession of methamphetamine (level 5 felony), possession of narcotics/heroin (level 6 felony), possession of syringe (level 6 felony), and possession of paraphernalia (class C misdemeanor).

    The week of October 16 through October 20, has been designated National School Bus Safety Week. This year's theme, "Stop on Red," reminds motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside of school buses. Troopers will increase visibility on school bus routes and school related safety zones by following or riding on school buses to identify violations. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is receiving or discharging students. Bus drivers will activate yellow warning lights prior to the stop to warn traffic, and will display red flashing lights and a stop sign while the bus is stopped. Motorists should be especially vigilant around any stopped school bus – with or without flashing lights. Where a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop. The Patrol reminds motorists to use caution when driving around school buses or in school zones. Motorists should also be prepared to stop quickly and remain aware of their surroundings.

    Two Miami County men were arrested Thursday night after allegedly being involved in a shooting and assault incident. According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Dustin Seiber, 21, of Troy, and Michael Butts, 28, of Piqua, were arrested in Miami County by the Troy Police Department and Miami County Sheriff's Office deputies in the area of Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy. Shelby County deputies were dispatched on a 911 call Thursday at 7:49 p.m. for an active physical fight in the 12000 block of Ash Drive in McLean Township.
    While deputies were responding, 911 callers were reporting gun shots had been heard at the location. When deputies arrived they found a male victim with serious facial injuries from an assault. The suspects had left the scene prior to deputies arrival. Upon further investigation, deputies determined at least four gun shots had been fired as indicated by evidence found on the scene. Both Seiber and Butts were taken into custody and the suspect vehicle was taken as evidence. Detectives are currently seeking to locate a third suspect involved. Seiber and Butts were incarcerated into the Shelby County Jail on felonious assault charges. Additional charges are pending on all suspects and the investigation is active.

    Join Darke County United Way on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for Runway & Rhythm at Montage Café. This fun, laidback Friday evening event will feature a premiere fashion show by Youniques, hors d'oeurves, beer and wine selections by Montage Café, a silent auction, and great live music from Rick Robinson. A fun night out with friends and/or your significant other, you're also helping the United Way raise funds to serve over 30,000 Darke County residents. Tickets for Runway & Rhythm are $25 each and are presale only. Tickets are limited and can be reserved by calling 547-1272 or visiting Youniques or Montage. Proceeds from this event will assist United Way partner agencies. The Darke County United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every resident in Darke County. To learn more, visit us online at www.darkecountyunitedway.org.

    The Darke County Commissioners met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and joining them was Business Administrator, John Cook. The Commissioners were handed a Retirement Letter from longtime County Dog Warden, Duane Sanning. Commissioners Mike Rhoades informed the audience that Sanning had mentioned possibly retiring this past summer. Sanning has been with the County well over 15 years, his last day at the Animal Shelter will be October 31st. In other news, the Commissioners signed off on a proclamation for Domestice Violence Awareness Month. In recognition of the important work done by domestic violence programs. The Commissioners proclaimed the month of October to be National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and urged all Darke County citizens to actively participate in scheduled activities and programs to work toward improving victims safety and holding perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable for their actions against individual victims and society as a whole. The next Commissioners meeting will be Monday, October 16, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.

    This is the 89th year of the Bradford Pumpkin Show and Wednesday was a night for royalty. The Miss Pumpkin Queens Pageant took place and congratulations to Miss Pumpkin 2017, Aspen Weldy, 18, from Bradford.
    1st Runner-Up was Lillian Elleman
    2nd Runner-Up - Ashlee Jones
    Miss Congeniality went to Aspen Weldy
    Best Evening Gown to Brooke Fair
    Miss Photogenic - Morgan Heitkamp
    The Little Miss and Master Pumpkin also took place and Congratulations to Little Miss Pumpkin Kyndal Hopewell and Little Master Pumpkin Garrett Yingst.
    For Girls
    1st Runner-Up was Claire K. Wood
    2nd Runner-Up went to Lillian Mae Shuff
    For Boys
    1st Runner-Up - Benson Duncan
    2nd Runner-Up to Jacob Wood
    The Bradford Pumpkin show continues Thursday and runs till Saturday.

    Main Street Greenville's Board of Directors and the Horse Parade Committee have named Dick Brown, president of the Greenville High School Alumni Association, as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Hometown Holiday Horse Parade. When selecting the Grand Marshals for the horse parade, the committee and board considers individuals who support the success of Greenville. Voting to select Dick Brown was an easy decision for the 14th annual event. Many local natives may know Brown for his spectacular Christmas light display. The decorations have drawn people from all over the area to the Browns' home for the past 24 years. The 2017 Hometown Hometown Holiday Horse parade will be on Saturday, November 18th. 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.org or follow them on Facebook.

    On Tuesday, Bluebag Media reported that Spartech LLC, located in the Greenville Industrial Park, will eliminate 57 of its 130 positions. In a notice to the Ohio Job & Family Services, the company stated that "due to a change in business circumstances, Spartech LLC is permanently reducing its workforce at Spartech Plastics facility located at 1050 Lansdowne Ave., Greenville." The majority of positions being eliminated will be assistant operators (20). Maintenance will lose eight, material handlers will lose seven, operators lose six, quality will lose four and the warehouse will lose two. The positions of maintenance manager, senior plant administration, engineer – manufacturing process and black belt will each lose one. Fifty-one of the positions are expected to be eliminated on Dec. 6. The remaining six will be eliminated on Jan. 25, 2018. Arsenal Capital Partners, private equity firm, purchased Spartech from PolyOne for $115 million in July.

    Darin W. Reineke, 49, of Sidney, will spend the next four years in prison for his role in the overdose death of a Piqua woman last February. The Sidney man was sentenced to serve four years for involuntary manslaughter and corrupting another with drugs. Each four-year sentence will run concurrently with one another. According to Piqua Police Department reports, Reineke provided Tabatha Murphy, 45, with fentanyl-laced heroin, which resulted in her overdose death on Feb. 1. A Judge ordered Reineke to pay Murphy's mother $1,200 in restitution for funeral costs. Reineke was also ordered to complete five-years mandatory post-release control upon his release from prison. He was given 146 days of jail time credit. The Piqua Police Department responded to the 200 block of Manning Street on Feb. 1, at approximately 7 p.m., on a report of a possible physical altercation, and upon arrival, officers found Murphy dead. Reineke and Murphy were reportedly living together in the residence.

    Miami County Park District is seeking a new 1.5-mill operating levy to replace its current 1.1-mill levy this November. The parks' popularity has surged in recent years and will welcome nearly 900,000 visitors through its gates by the end of 2017. That figure is estimated to eclipse 2016's attendance of more than 679,000 people. This summer, the board of park commissioners approved to replace its current 10-year, 1.1-mill levy with a 10-year, 1.5-mill levy on June 27. If passed, the existing levy of 1.1 millage will be canceled and replaced by the new proposed levy. The district is in the eighth year of the current 10-year levy. The new operating levy would raise $3.4 million per year or $1.1 million more than the current levy. The park district conducted a community survey, which garnered favorable feedback from the community. The levy accounts for approximately 85 percent of the park district's budget. The Miami County Park District has expanded from seven parks in 2001 to 15 parks in 2016 and has nearly doubled its park acreage from 1,290 acres to 2,116 acres in the same time period. For more information, visit www.miamicountyparks.com.

    The Great Pumpkin Hunt will return next weekend at Darke County Parks. Spend the afternoon wandering through the woods at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on a scavenger hunt filled with tons of fall goodies. Inside the Nature Center each child will get a pumpkin to paint and take home. Children are encouraged to wear a costume and receive an extra prize. The Great Pumpkin Hunt will take place on October 21 st at 1pm at Shawnee Prairie Preserve located at 4267 St. Rt. 502 west of Greenville. Pre-registration is required, and a $6 fee is charged. To register for this fun fall event, call the Nature Center at (937) 548-0165. To find out more about the other programs offered by the Darke County Park District, call the office, check out the website at darkecountyparks.org, or visit the Nature Center Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.

    Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a suicide that occurred today in Chickasaw, Ohio. Sheriff Grey advised that his office received a call at 10:49 AM from a male, who advised that an acquaintance of his had threatened suicide via social media. The male caller indicated that the victim had taken some sort of pills in his attempt to overdose.
    Deputies responded to an address in Chickasaw, where they found the victim inside the residence. As deputies entered the residence the male committed suicide by means of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the victim was transported to Mercer Health in Coldwater by the St. Henry EMS; where he was pronounced deceased. The deceased is 22 year old Stephen J Arling of Chickasaw, Ohio. Mercer County Sheriff's Office detectives were called to the scene for the investigation. This case remains under investigation at this time.

JOBS IN OHIO - October 9, 2017
    Ohio ranks third in the nation in the number of manufacturing jobs and produces more than $100 billion in manufactured goods annually. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) joins Gov. Kasich in celebrating the importance of manufacturing in Ohio and recognizing Manufacturing Day. Apprenticeship programs provide a smooth pathway to many manufacturing occupations. With more than 19,000 apprentices in more than 200 occupations, the ODJFS ApprenticeOhio program ranks second in the nation and first in the region in the number of apprentices. Apprentices become full-time employees from day one of their apprenticeship. This gives them the opportunity to earn while they learn, and they also avoid student loan debt. To learn more about ApprenticeOhio, visit ApprenticeOhio.gov. To search for jobs or research careers in Ohio, visit OhioMeansJobs.com, the state's premier online career and employment center. The website highlights in-demand careers with a "thumbs up" icon. For a list of Manufacturing Day events around Ohio, visit mfgday.com.

    The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is investigating a multi-vehicle accident that took place Saturday. It happened on County Road 25A north of Harmon Road just after 1:30 p.m. A white 2011 Chevrolet HHR was headed north in the 1200 block of CR 25A, north of Harmon Road in Franklin Twp. near Anna, when the car veered across the center line and struck the driver's side of a green 2005 Chevy pickup truck headed south. The HHR then struck head-on a 2013 Honda Pilot. Five people were taken to the hospital. The HHR driver had to be extricated and was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital. Four people inside the Honda were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney. The driver and passenger of the pickup were not injured.

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