RANDOLPH COUNTY COUPLE ARRESTED WITH DRUGS - June 14, 2017
After a Randolph County man overdosed on drugs Friday, someone apparently dragged him out of a Lynn home and left him in a backyard to die. Fortunately, a witness saw the 27-year-old Modoc man being pulled outside, and alerted authorities. Sheriff's deputies reported the man was "blue in the face and not breathing" when they arrived, but he was resuscitated with the use of Narcan, frequently used to treat heroin overdoses. The man told the deputies the last thing he remembered was ingesting $20 worth of fentanyl – an opiate pain medication – he had just purchased from 36-year-old Shaun Christopher Sharp, in the house he was found outside of, in the 200 block of North Main Street. Sharp and a woman who also lives in the house, Christy N. Stanley, 40, were found to be currently under the influence as well. Authorities reported finding fentanyl and drug paraphernalia in the house. Child Protective Services officials were called to the scene. Sharp and Stanley were arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of paraphernalia. Sharp also faces a preliminary charge of dealing in a narcotic drug.
TODAY IS FLAG DAY - June 14, 2017
State Rep, Keith Faber wants to remind us that The American flag is not just a piece of fabric, it is the greatest symbol of the United States. It symbolizes our republic, its indivisibility, and the liberty and justice the country was founded upon. June 14th marks the day that our flag was formally accepted, and while national Flag Day was not established until an act of Congress in 1949, this year marks 240 years that our flag has flown. The flag has evolved many times as the United States expanded, and it changed to reflect the addition of new states. Despite its evolution, the 13 stripes remain, representing the 13 original colonies at the founding of our nation. The stars remain, each standing in place of a state, 50 in all. But more than that, the values and principles that the flag signifies have remained the same. Through the ups and downs of our history, the flag is still there, waving over the land of the free and the home of the brave. With it being Flag Day, it is an easy time of the year to reflect upon the blessings we have every day as Americans. Look upon the flag and remember what it means to be free.
FEMALE INJURED IN ACCIDENT - June 13, 2017
On June 12, 2017 at approximately 9:47 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Liberty Township Fire and Union City Rescue were dispatched to the 2200 block of SR502 reference a one vehicle roll over accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Buick Park Avenue, driven by Cathy Swafford (49) of Greenville, was eastbound on SR502. Swafford swerved to miss an object on the roadway and over corrected and lost control of her vehicle going off the right side of the road. Swafford's vehicle struck a concrete culvert causing the vehicle to overturn, going through a fence. Swafford was treated at the scene by Union City Rescue and was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital. Swafford's condition is unknown at this time. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
GREENVILLE FIRE CHIEF ADDRESSES COMMISSIONERS - June 12, 2017
The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday and it was business as usual. In attendance was Greenville Fire Chief, Russ Thompson, who addressed the Commissioners during questions and comments. Thompson, who informed the commissioners that he was there as a concerned citizen, asked multiple questions about the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), funding for the MARCS System and decisions made by the 911 board in the past. The county currently operates off 2 PSAP's, but that will change with the county moving to 1 PSAP in the near future. With the county moving to just 1 PSAP that brings concerns to the City of Greenville. Last Thursday, a special meeting was held by Greenville City Council regarding upcoming changes to 911 PSAPs and a discussion regarding the Darke County Commissioner's proposal to offer emergency communications (dispatch) at no cost to the city. From Monday's Commissioners meeting, the numbers were still being worked on when discussing the funding for the new MARCS system, but Commissioner Mike Rhoades believes it will be around a proposed half mill for voters later this year. The next Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in downtown Greenville.
POLICE SEARCHING FOR ESCAPED PERSON IN PREBLE COUNTY - June 9, 2017
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking the public for help to find a person who escaped custody Thursday. Troopers stopped 25-year-old Alexis Rosario Robles Olvera on I-70 in Preble County for a speeding violation. Officials and a drug K9 were at the scene. The drug K9 smelled something near the vehicle. A probable caused search revealed an estimated five kilos of heroin was hidden in a part of the car. Olvera was taken into custody and the vehicle was moved to a towing service near Eaton. Officials say the car will go through a second in-depth search. After the suspect arrived at the towing yard, he escaped. Officials say Olvera was not armed at the the time of the escape. Other law enforcement agencies are helping the Ohio State Highway Patrol search for the suspect Officials say to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol if you see Olvera and do not approach him.
POSSIBLE CHANCE TO WIN COUNTRY CONCERT TICKETS - June 9, 2017
Donors will get a chance to win tickets to Country Concert '17 at the annual St. Michael's Hall "Country Fun Blood Drive" Tuesday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 33 Elm St. in Fort Loramie. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE. Country Concert at Hickory Hill Lakes is a nationally known three-day music festival that attracts thousands and hosts some of the biggest names in country music. Everyone who registers to donate can enter the grand prize drawing for a pair of reserved seat tickets to the July 6-8 Country Concert '17. Learn more at www.countryconcert.com. There will be additional drawings for country-themed door prizes, plus special refreshments in the Donor Café. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the "Giving Blood, Saving Lives, That's How I Roll! Donate Blood" t-shirt and will also be automatically entered in the "Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive" drawing to win an Indian Scout Sixty motorcycle. Donors must be 18 by the Sept. 2 conclusion of the campaign to win.
ACCIDENT SENDS WOMAN TO HOSPITAL - June 9, 2017
On Thursday, at approximately 2:26 PM, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire & Rescue responded to a head-on injury crash on State Route 49 at Heritage Road. Preliminary investigation revealed a White 2016 Ford F-250 driven by Joseph Brian Clay 23, of Union City, Indiana was traveling northwest on State Route 49 and crossed the center line into the opposite lane of travel and collided head-on with a Red 2013 Ford Focus driven by Christine Lemon 63, Greenville, OH. who was traveling southeast on State Route 49. Lemon was transported to Wayne HealthCare for her injuries and Clay was treated at the released at the scene. Both drivers were wearing seat belts. A medical condition may have been a contributing factor of the crash. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES TO CONTINUE IN CITY PARK - June 8, 2017
Music will continue in the Greenville City Park this summer with presentations from the Greenville Municipal Concert Band. The old band shell has been removed and construction on the new shell is set to begin very soon. Since the construction of the Marling Band Shell in 1934, the Greenville City Park has enjoyed great entertainment provided by the Greenville Municipal Concert Band and this year will be no different. Concerts will be presented as usual this summer beginning July 2 with our Celebration of Independence Day concert. The concert band will perform its summer series on the cement slab in front of the stage area. In case weather might be an issue, the band will perform in the shelter house adjacent to the horseshoe pitching area. All concerts will begin at 7pm.
July 2 - Concert Band
July 9 - Concert Band
July 16 - Concert Band
July 23 - Jazz Band
July 30 - No Concert
August 6 - Concert Band
August 13 - Concert Band
August 20 - No Concert
August 27 - Jazz Band
Sept. 3 - Concert Band
FAIRBOARD TALKS ABOUT DOGS - June 8, 2017
The Darke County Agricultural Society met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday and the focus was on dogs. Members with the Greenville Area Dog Club were present and questioned the Fair Board on a rumor of the dogs being moved from their spot at the Great Darke County Fair. A motion was made to keep the dogs at their same location in the dog barn for 2017. That motion was voted down with a tie vote at 5-5. To the surprise of several Fair Board members, Ed Erisman made a motion to construct a new dog barn on the south end of the fairgrounds just west of the pony barn. Some Fair Board members were opposed to the idea only because of timing issues like the process for permits and worries the facility would not be ready for the Fair. Erisman's motion was voted down with another 5-5 voted. Following the 2 motions on the dog barn came a motion to table the issue and that passed 6-4. The Fair Board will look at this issue at their next meeting on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:30. In other news, the 2017 Fair books are available at the Secretary's office.
DO NOT USE GASOLINE TO START FIRE - June 8, 2017
The Darke County Fire Chief's Association and the Darke County Sheriff's Office are releasing a reminder to residents not to use gasoline to start recreational fires. This release and public service announcement comes on the heels of two incidents in the last couple of weeks in Darke County where children have been seriously burned. In both incidents the children were innocent bystanders when others attempted to start a bonfire with gasoline. In both cases the gasoline was used during the fire starting process. Once the fire was ignited it traveled the path of the vapors and liquid which led to the gasoline container in the hands of the subjects trying to start the fire. This immediately caused a panic to throw away the container. In both incidents the children were nearby when the burning containers were thrown and either were hit with the burning container or splashed with the burning gasoline liquid. Gasoline should never be used to start recreational fires of any kind. There are a number of other safer mechanisms to start such fires. The safest solution is lighting ordinary combustibles like small dry kindling wood with a match. There are commercially available lighter fluids and gels that have much higher flash temperatures making them somewhat safer than gasoline. Another solution to consider would be fire starting sticks designed for this purpose. These items are often available in camping/ sporting goods sections of local retail stores. Recreational fires should be started only by adults and children should be closely supervised at all times. Fires should never be left unattended and should be properly extinguished when no longer in use.
CITY COUNCIL POSTPONES READING FOR KIOSK - June 7, 2017
Greenville City Council met on Tuesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and it was a packed house in the council chambers. President of Council, John Burkett informed the audience that a public hearing would not be held for the Architectural Review District, but instead that public hearing was moved to July 11th. The change had to be made because legislation had to be prepared first before discussion. The legislation is available online at CityOfGreenville.org. Added to ordinances and resolutions on Tuesday was a contract with Main Street Greenville and the Darke County Visitors Bureau to grant a variance for a kiosk on Broadway. Director of the Visitors Bureau, Matt Staugler, addressed council to answer questions pertaining to the legislation that was prepared and listed on the agenda. Staugler, provided detailed answers and apologized for confusion when talking about the project. The director also informed council that Mayor Steve Willman approved the project. Council Member, Tracy Tryon would ask about that approval. The Visitors Bureau has already been approved for a similar project and kiosk in Versailles. The director informed council that the legislation involved language that gave the city options on details to the project and its completion. Staugler, was willing to meet the cities wishes as long as they can get up the kiosk in the summer months with peak traffic coming downtown. Council voted 4-3 on reading the ordinance for a 2nd and 3rd time (6 votes are required to pass), which means the kiosk will have to wait and legislation will be read for a 2nd time at their next meeting, which will be Tuesday, June 20th. Voting no was Doug Schmidt, Tracy Tryon and Clarence Godwin. Council did approve 3 of the 4 ordinances and resolutions on the agenda, with one being construction on the Marling Band Shell, which will include restrooms. In other news, the Friends of Greenville Parks plan on finishing their landscape project on the city island at the end of this week. City Council will meet again in the Council Chambers for Tuesday, June 20th at 7:30 in the City Building.
WORK SESSION TO BE HELD FOR CHANGES TO 911 PSAP'S - June 7, 2017
Greenville City Council will hold a work session on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. The meeting will be held at the Greenville K-8 Facility at 1111 N. Ohio Street, Greenville, Ohio 45331 in the Commons Area/Lunch room. Information will be provided during the meeting regarding upcoming changes to 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP's) as well as a discussion regarding the Darke County Commissioner's proposal to offer emergency communications (dispatch) at no cost to the City.
GREENVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT SUPPORTS DISPATCH - June 7, 2017
On Tuesday, The Greenville Police Department announce they are in full support of keeping the Police and Fire Dispatch center serving the citizens of Greenville. In a statement they said the County Commissioners made a resolution that stated they would provide dispatching services for free. Yet they will not sign a contract or a terms of agreement on the use of the Sheriff's Office dispatching service. They believe negotiations and a common agreement is the first step to any fruitful endeavor to ensure the best outcome. They have been told the Sheriff's Office Emergency Communication system is old and failing. Chief Dennis Butts questions why taking on additional cost and responsibility at this point is prudent? All funds should be saved and spent toward fixing and replacing the current system and/or going to the State's MARCS system. The County Commissioners have been invited to Thursday's meeting.
FRANKLIN MONROE NAMES NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR - June 6, 2017
Tyler Rhodus will be the next Franklin Monroe Athletics Director. A Preble County native and graduate of National Trail High School, Rhodus is back with the Cross County Conference (CCC). Rhodus played baseball, basketball and soccer at National Trail. Rhodus has been teaching at Washington Court House for the past four years while coaching varsity baseball, varsity girls soccer and junior high basketball.
WINCHESTER MAN APPEARS IN DARKE COUNTY JAIL - June 6, 2017
Christopher S. Newman of Winchester, Ind. appeared for arraignment by video connection from the Darke County Jail. The 31-year-old was indicted on eight counts, which included Kidnapping (F1), Aggravated Robbery (F1). Aggravated Arson (F1), Aggravated Arson (F2), Burglary (F2), Grand Theft of a Firearm (F3), Receiving Stolen Property (F5) and Causing Harm to a Companion Animal (F5). He was charged with the last count for causing physical harm to a family dog during the crime spree. A grand jury indicted Newman following an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office that revealed he allegedly made entry into a barn located at 5363 Delisle Fourman Road. The Winchester man is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial on July 9. A two-day jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 8 and 9 if a plea agreement with the state is not reached. He faces up to 57 years behind bars if convicted as charged.
ARCANUM TEEN DIES IN ACCIDENT ON I-75 - June 5, 2017
A pair of accidents on northbound I-75 caused one fatality and another to be transported by Careflight in two separate incidents in the early morning hours Saturday. Macie Preston, 19, of Arcanum, was pronounced dead at the scene around 3:45 a.m. when her car rear-ended a semi truck that had stopped due to another accident. The driver of the truck was not injured. The fatality occurred in Concord Twp. around mile marker 76. The traffic was stopped due to another accident around 12:15 a.m. The previous accident was a report of an SUV flipping on its top north of State Route 41 near Troy. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Megan Redmond, 37, of Kettering, was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital after losing control of her 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe and flipping it on its top.
GASOLINE CAUSE OF FIRE AND BURNS TO CHILD - June 5, 2017
On Saturday, at 9:07 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Osgood Fire and Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to 8019 Bulcher Rd. reference to a child that had burn injuries. Investigation revealed that Mike Nerderman was having a graduation party at his home. There were numerous friends and family at the party. Nerderman's 14 year old son, Austin, and his 16 year old cousin, Calab Browder, were attempting to start a bonfire. Austin in attempting to start the fire poured gasoline on the fire to help ignite it. The fire ignited and quickly spread to the container that Austin was holding. Austin threw the container back away from the fire and it landed on a 11 year old male subject. The gasoline quickly ignited on the child and caused burns to the child's chest, arms and upper thighs. Calab and Austin both attempted to put the fire out on the child and Austin finally bear hugged the child to smother the fire out. The child was treated by Osgood Rescue and Fire. Careflight then transported the child to Dayton Children's Hospital where he is listed in stable condition. This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. This is the second incident within the last few weeks where a child has received burn injuries as a result of subjects using gasoline to start a bonfire.
NUMBERS UP OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND - June 1, 2017
The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, 15 fatalities occurred, and 16 occurred in 2015. One of this year's fatalities was a motorcyclist, and seven were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 26 and ran through Monday, May 29. The Patrol made 33,548 enforcement contacts in total. These contacts resulted in 801 OVI arrests, an increase of 8 percent from 2016; 554 drug arrests, an increase of 26 percent from 2016; and 7,846 safety belt citations, an increase of 9 percent from 2016. In addition, the Patrol made 17,541 non-enforcement contacts to assist motorists. In addition, the Ohio State Highway Patrol made 9,533 seat belt citations in a joint effort with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project in an initiative from Monday, May 22 to Monday, May 29.
POULTRY DAYS QUICKLY APPROACHING - June 1, 2017
Versailles will celebrate the 66th annual festival June 9th -11th with a theme of a "Poultry Days Eggstravaganza" which recognizes the celebration and enjoyment everyone has visiting the festival. Last year, the event crushed the record of 26,101 dinners set in 2002 by selling 26,640 of their World Famous Barbecue Chicken Dinners. Throughout the years many visitors ask why more aren't cooked if we sell out. The committee relies on experience, weather and record keeping to plan how much to cook but in the end it's a gamble. If too much chicken is cooked it impacts their ability to support community projects. In 2016 the chicken line averaged 1,600 dinners sold per hour and at peak capacity they sold more than 2,500 dinners per hour. To put that in perspective that is 41 dinners per minute. Each dinner comes with ½ a chicken, Mikesell's chips, applesauce, the traditional "Chilly Willy" orange drink and a dinner roll for $8.00. Chicken Sales begin at 3:30 Friday, 11:30 Saturday and 11:00 Sunday. Most events are still accepting registrations and many accept entries up to the day of the event. The 5K under the leadership Greenville based YOLO will accept reservations up to the race Saturday, June 10th . Details for entering the Photo, Art, Egg, Cake and Flower contests are available at www.versaillespoultrydays.com Entries for the Antique Car Display and Parade to be held on Sunday begin at 9am. Entries for the FREE Kiddie Tractor Pull and the winner take all Corn hole tournament are also accepted on Sunday. Offering two of the largest parades in the area, the Grand Parade will be held at 11:00am on Saturday while the Antique Car parade will be held at 2:30 on Sunday.
INDIANA ACCIDENT KILLS 6-YEAR OLD; MOM ARRESTED - May 31, 2017
The mother of a 6-year-old girl who died in a crash Sunday in Muncie is facing several charges related to her daughter's death. Jessica Skeens, 28, of Farmland was driving a van on the Muncie Bypass when passenger Nathaniel Leon Jordan, 27, punched her and grabbed the steering wheel, according to state police. Police said the couple had been arguing while Skeens was driving. The van rolled into a ditch killing Skeens' daughter Taelyn Woodson, who was ejected out of a window. Police said two children were in child restraint seats, but the other two were not – including Woodson. Skeens was arrested Tuesday and preliminary charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, driving while intoxicated causing death, three counts of neglect of a dependent and possession of marijuana. Reports showed Skeens had a blood alcohol level over .08 percent at the time of the crash. Jordan was previously charged with domestic battery, criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent.
RUBBER DUCK & DAFFY DERBY JUNE 22ND - May 31, 2017
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County are making plans for the upcoming 2017 Rubber Duck Race. This event will be held on Thursday, June 22nd. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Tawawa Park. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the 11th annual Duck N' Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be held on the same evening of Thursday, June 22rd with race time at 8:15 p.m. through scenic Tawawa Park in Sidney. Registration will begin at 7:00 p.m., and a shot-gun start will begin the race at 8:15 p.m. Runners can pre-register for the event for $25.00, which includes t-Shirt and Rubber Duck Adoption. $20.00 allows a runner to participate and receive a t-shirt, or $12.00 will cover the cost of the race only. Race day registration is $15.00 and does not include a t-shirt. Duck adoptions and t-shirts will also be sold separately on race day. NEW this year: the first 200 individuals that register before June 9, will get an entered into a drawing for a $50 amazon card. The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for some awesome prizes. Last year nearly 3,000 rubber ducks made their way down Mosquito Creek to compete for the many fabulous prizes. The Daffy Duck Derby is a fun and exciting way to help children within the Shelby and Darke County communities. By "adopting" a rubber duck for $5 or a Daffy Dozen (6 ducks) for $25. Duck adoptions will be available at the BBBS office, Meyers Garage and Drive Thru in Newport, and on by contacting any of our board members. If you would like to register for the 5k Race, or adopt a "duck", please call the local office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. Interested persons also have the option of obtaining a registration and/or order form on-line. Log on to www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org.
MAN SHOT AFTER HOME INVASION - May 30, 2017
A burglar was shot three times after breaking into a home in the 4600 block of Kessler-Frederick Road in West Milton, early Monday. A call came in from a woman homeowner at approximately 5 a.m. Monday, the woman believed someone was in her home., Her husband went to the garage and encountered a burglar. The homeowner had a gun and was confronted by the burglar and shot him. The male suspect was shot two times in the leg and once in the hand. The burglar was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. There was no sign of forced entry, they believe the male suspect entered the home through a pet door. It's the second time in the last few months that the home has been invaded. For months, in the area of State Rout 571, National Road and Kessler-Frederick Road, there have been been numerous reports of suspicious activity, people lurking and home and car break-ins. Charges are pending and the investigation continues.
PIQUA WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR - May 30, 2017
A woman who died following a pedestrian crash late Sunday night has been identified as Mary Yeretzian, 61, of Piqua. Authorities say the crash occurred on Riverside Drive (St. Rt. 66) at 10:31 p.m. when Yeretzian apparently stepped off the curb and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The vehicle struck her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Riverside Drive was closed to traffic for nearly two hours while Piqua police and troopers from the Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol investigated the crash. The name of the driver has not been released. The crash is under investigation.
MERCER COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER CHASE - May 30, 2017
On May 29th, 2017 deputies from the Mercer County Sheriff's Office and officers from Coldwater, St. Henry and Celina Police Departments attempted to stop a car on St Rte. 703 near Its It. The deputies were attempting to stop the car due to the fact that the driver was wanted for a domestic violence incident that had occurred earlier in the evening. The investigation found that the wanted male rammed his 2000 Lincoln car into the wall at a local bar and left the scene. This would be the same location that the earlier domestic had taken place. The male then got into another crash at Kozy Kampground prior to the deputies officers coming in contact with him. The male had sustained heavy damage to his vehicle and was driving on three (3) tires.
The male driver was losing parts off of his vehicle as he was driving. It was reported that speeds never exceed 15 mile per hour. Celina PD did use "Stop Sticks" on the suspects' vehicle on Us Rte. 127 and Monroe Road. The vehicle came to a stop in a private drive at that intersection. The male was found to be on his cell phone when he stopped. The male then stripped down to the point that he was wearing no clothing. The male was taken into custody, but was able to slip out of his cuffs. When deputies and Officers tried to re-cuff him, he resisted and was tazed. The male was later transported to Mercer Health for medical clearance prior to being transported to the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility, where he is being held on a $750,000.00 bond (subject to 10%) by Celina Municipal Court Judge Scheer. Arrested was 41 year old Mitchell Dale Mullins of 5567 Ross Road Rockford, Ohio. Mullins is currently charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated (OVI), Domestic Violence, Resisting Arrest and Stop Sign Violation. This case will be sent to the Mercer County Prosecutors Office for review of additional charges. Mullins does have prior Domestic Violence convictions.
COUNTERFEIT MONEY IN UNION CITY - May 26, 2017
Union City Police are calling on the public to pay attention when it comes to collecting money. In a message addressed to business owners and people holding a garage sale, UC Police say be sure to check all monies that you receive to insure it is real. Pay special attention to large denomination currency such as $100.00 bills. The department is getting reports of counterfeit bills being passed. If you suspect that you have received any such bills please call the police department ASAP. Do not try to detain subjects passing the bills but please try to get a good description of them and call the police. This weekend marks the Union City Garage Sales.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CAMP ENCOURAGE - May 26, 2017
Camp Encourage, State of the Heart Care's grief camp for children, will be held Friday, July 14 through Sunday, July 16, 2017. The camp, held at The Spiritual Center of Maria Stein, is run entirely by volunteers. Using volunteers to run the camp also maintains State of the Heart Care's goal of keeping the camp a community-based event. The perfect candidate for a volunteer position would be someone with a really big heart. Some of the kids who come to camp have experienced an unfathomable loss and volunteers play a huge role in their coping, so it is very important to be caring and empathetic. Applications for a volunteer position with Camp Encourage are due June 23 and can be found on State of the Heart Care's website (www.stateoftheheartcare.org). For more information, including registration for potential campers, please call Ashlee at 1-800-417-7535.
WHIRLPOOL COP. CELEBRATES EXPANSION OF GREENVILLE FACILITY - May 26, 2017
On Thursday, Whirlpool Corporation held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the successful expansion of its Greenville, Ohio Factory Distribution Center (FDC). It's been a great week for Darke County Economic Development. Whirlpool FDC nearly doubling the size of the facility which currently services KitchenAid® small appliance shipments throughout the world. "We're excited to expand to accommodate the growing global demand in the small appliance category," said Ken Hossler, Plant Lead at the Greenville Operations. "Our investment in Greenville further demonstrates our commitment to Ohio's skilled workforce and reinforces Greenville as the global hub of our small appliance business." Currently, Whirlpool Corporation has approximately 10,000 workers across its five manufacturing plants in Ohio, many of whom are second and third generation employees. The company is continuing to invest in the workforce in Ohio, through initiatives such as the 2016 Manufacturing Day celebrations which saw the company invite hundreds local high school students into the plan to learn more about the career opportunities there. The project — which will nearly double the size of the FDC from 327,000 square feet to approximately 650,000 square feet — Greenville Operations manufactures stand mixers, stand mixer attachments and accessories, hand mixers, blenders, aerated beverage machines and cutlery blocks under the KitchenAid brand.
MIDMARK TO CONSTRUCT TECHNOLOGY CENTER - May 25, 2017
Midmark Corp. has announced plans to construct a technology center on its Versailles campus to facilitate the company's recent and future growth and strengthen its new product development process and technological capabilities. The company is currently in the initial phases of the project with the goal of breaking ground late in the year or beginning of 2018. Midmark's strategy is to enrich the point of care experience by bringing clinical spaces, technology and workflows into harmony. With the healthcare market rapidly evolving, the company is making strategic moves to accelerate its product development cycle and strengthen its agility to stay ahead of customer needs. The history of Midmark in Versailles began in 1969 when the company constructed the first manufacturing plant for its medical division. Midmark has been working closely with JobsOhio, Dayton Development Coalition, Darke County Economic Development and the Village of Versailles on this project.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS AWARDED A GRATN - May 25, 2017
The Community Impact Fund of the Community Foundation of Shelby County recently awarded a grant to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Big Brothers Big Sisters was chosen to receive funding because of its continued efforts to make a positive impact in "at risk" children. The funding will be used for continuation of the X-Force Think BIG Middle School Workforce mentoring program and for a new program that will be launched in the fall called Sister Power for Big Sisters and Little Sisters enrolled in the program. Locally, the two county agency served over 495 children in Shelby and Darke County through its community-based and High School mentoring programs in 2015. At this time the agency has 24 children on a waiting list in need of a volunteer mentor. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County, a United Way supported agency, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children reach their full potential, which we do matching children with volunteers to develop and nurture quality relationships.
PHONE SCAM IN MERCER COUNTY - May 25, 2017
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports that his office has received information of a phone scam circulating in the area, where the scammer "spoofs" the caller ID to show up as if a business within the county is calling, making it more likely for someone to answer the call and give the scammer an opportunity to gain valuable information. The story-line the scammer uses most times does not fit with the legitimate service the spoofed business provides. Sheriff Grey suggests that you hang up if you do receive a questionable call from a local business number, and call the business back with the phone number that either you have listed on your account statement if you do current business with them or a number you have obtained from the phonebook. Do not call a business back with a number the scammer provides you to verify their authenticity as it is likely linked back to the scammer.
BOY FOUND IN TRUCK OF CAR - May 24, 2017
On Monday, at 8:32 p.m. the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a call from a citizen reporting a child being placed into the trunk of a motor vehicle. The vehicle was located on US 127 near State Route 49 by deputies and a traffic stop was made. The driver, John Anderson (36), of Hamilton, Ohio, told deputies that there was a child in the trunk of the vehicle. The trunk was opened and an 10 year old child was removed. The child did not appear to be physically harmed. According to statements from the mother, Kristine Grimbleby (30), also of Hamilton, Ohio, and Anderson, the juvenile was placed into the trunk as a disciplinary measure. Anderson was charged with child endangering and Grimbleby was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The case will be submitted to the prosecutors office for further review.
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO MISSING PIQUA GIRL - May 24, 2017
The missing persons case involving Nikki Lyn Forrest of Piqua continues as investigators are excavating in the rear of a property in Troy. Two pieces of evidence have been found and will be sent to a crime lab. Tuesday's search was prompted by new information Dayton cold case investigators collected. Nikki Lyn Forrest, 19, was four months pregnant when she disappeared in September 2010. Investigators digging in the rear of a property on Croydon Road in Troy said they have information that at the time close to her disappearance, she was at the home. Nikki's boyfriend once owned the home on Croydon Road. It has changed ownership and has been taken through foreclosure over the years. The current owner is cooperating with the investigation.
ARREST MADE OVER ARGUMENT - May 23, 2017
A dispute between an man attempting to "repo" a vehicle and the vehicle's owner involved an argument, a threat, and shots fired at a residence in the area of State Route 571 and Rangeline Road in Miami County. Detectives later executed a search warrant on the home where the owner, 34-year-old, Matt Naff, was arrested and jailed. The man involved in the attempted repossession of the vehicle, 54-year-old Eric Brown of West Milton, was arrested and booked into the Miami County Jail in Troy. Both are charged with one count each of felonious assault. Deputies recovered two handguns, ammunition and spent bullet casings at the scene.
DARKE COUNTY PARKS LOOKING FOR SUPPORT FOR GRANT - May 23, 2017
The Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday and Roger VanFrank was present with Darke County Parks. The park district is in the process of applying for Ohio Clean Grant Funding with hopes of obtaining the old Spencer Landscaping facility on Ohio Street. VanFrank was at the Commissioners meeting for a letter of support. With support from the Commissioners and the City of Greenville, the park district hopes to score higher on the grant process. The old Spencer facility is located right next to Alice Bish Park, which is part of Darke County Parks. The money will be used to purchase and develop a three-acre tract of land on Ohio Street. Depending on what happens with the grant process, the park district hopes to use the location for education, biking and canoeing. All 3 Commissioners signed the letter of support that states, "This addition to our parks system through the proposed educational/interpretive center and trail hub would provide a vital piece of our economic development strategies for the county". The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
NEW INTERN FOR VISITORS BUREAU - May 23, 2017
The Darke County Visitors Bureau is excited to welcome Ashley Dentinger as their intern for the summer of 2017. She will be welcoming guests that come to the Welcome Center in downtown Greenville, engaging others on social media and promoting the Visitors Bureau's new branding and marketing campaign, "Taste the Flavor." Ashley is from Anna, Ohio and just finished her freshman year at Ohio Northern University. For more information on the Darke County Visitors Bureau, please contact the Bureau at 937-548- 5158, or visit them online at www.visitdarkecounty.org.
BOY BURNED DURING CAMPFIRE - May 22, 2017
On Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10:48 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Union City Fire, Union City Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to 8278 Kniseley Road in reference to a child that had burn injuries. Investigation revealed, Noah Elleman (20) of Greenville was having a bonfire at his residence. While in the process of starting the fire, Joseph Martino (20) of Greenville began pouring gasoline on the fire. The fire quickly spread to the container that Mr. Martino was holding which caused Mr. Martino to turn and attempt to throw the container away. As Mr. Martino turned around, he tripped over a two year old male child causing him to spill the gasoline onto the child. The gasoline quickly ignited on the child causing burns to the face and hands. Mr. Elleman was able to put the fire out before fire and medic crews arrived.
The child was transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Office by Union City Rescue where they met Careflight. Careflight then transported the child to Dayton Children's Hospital where he is listed in good condition. This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
HUFFMAN TO RUN SENATE - May 22, 2017
Stephen A. Huffman has announced his intention to run for the Ohio Senate Seat in the 5th District in the Republican primary election May 2, 2018. The seat is currently held by Bill Beagle who is unable to run for re-election due to term limits. Huffman currently is serving his second term as State Representative for the 80th Ohio House District, which covers parts of Darke and all of Miami counties. Huffman is also a physician and former Miami County Coroner. Huffman said he looks forward to campaigning for the seat. Huffman is a 1983 graduate of Milton-Union High School in West Milton. Huffman received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in 1992 and a bachelors of arts degree from the University Toledo in 1988 where he was also a three-year starter for the Rockets football team. Huffman resides in Tipp City with his wife Kathryn and their five children. The 5th Senate District includes all of Miami and Preble County's, the southern portion of Darke County and parts of the Western portion of Montgomery County.
VICTIM IDENTIFIED FROM MONDAY ACCIDENT - May 19, 2017
Earlier this week, we reported on a fatal crash on 503, the victim killed in the accident Monday in southeastern Preble County has been identified as an Arcanum man. Gregory A. Lavallo, 58, was identified by dental records as the victim, according to Preble County Sheriff's Office. Lavallo was pronounced dead at the scene on Ohio 503 near the north limits of West Elkton. His car had caught fire following a two-vehicle accident. Lavallo was driving a 2002, green, Toyota MR2 Spyder at about 2:45 p.m. Monday when he veered left of the center line and struck a 2006, maroon Saturn driven by Sidney Hacker, 18, of Middletown, Ohio, who was traveling north on Ohio 503. Lavallo was trapped inside when the Toyota caught fire. His body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy and identification.
COVINGTON TEEN IDENTIFIED IN FATAL ACCIDENT - May 19, 2017
Thursday, the Miami County Sheriff's Office announced the identity of Tuesday's fatal accident on Ingle Road. The Montgomery County Coroner's Office has positively identified the crash victim as Jaret D. Vanhoose, age 18, of Covington. The Miami County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the cause of the single car accident. Vanhoose's identity was confirmed by dental records. The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon when deputies responded to a report of an SUV that struck a fence and then a tree and caught on fire. Deputies attempted to extinguish the fire and extract Vanhoose from the burning vehicle. Covington EMS personnel pronounced Vanhoose dead at the scene. A deputy suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation in her attempt to free the victim from the vehicle. This is the first fatal traffic accident in 2017 in Miami County.
FIELD TURF COMING TO HARMON FIELD - May 19, 2017
According to State Line Sports Network, The Greenville City Schools Board of Education has approved the addition of field turf at Harmon Field. The preliminary budget from an April of 2015 estimated project would cost as much as $4,925,000 to complete the entire project. The football field improvements, including the turf was estimated at a cost of $650,000. The Friends of Harmon Field have been behind the project and have already generated donations for the project. One item still available for $250,000 is the naming rights of the field. For more information on the project visit FriendsOfHarmonField.com.
1ST FATAL ACCIDENT IN MIAMI COUNTY - May 17, 2017
The Miami County Sheriff's Office is investigating the first fatal crash in the county for 2017. A fatal single car accident happened in the 7200 block of Ingle Road in Covington, on Tuesday. The incident occurred at 1:57 p.m. Tuesday when deputies responded to a report of an SUV that struck a fence and then a tree and caught fire. Deputies attempted to extinguish the fire and extract the driver from the burning vehicle. Covington EMS personnel pronounced the driver dead at the scene. The body was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for identification. One deputy suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation in her attempt to free the victim from the vehicle.
COUNCIL MEETING VERY BUSY - May 17, 2017
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday for their regularly scheduled meeting. There was 11 ordinances and resolutions listed on the agenda and all 11 were approved. During the public hearing, Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts presented Scott Drew with a Certificate of Appreciation and a retired badge for his 33 years of service for Greenville Police as a Detective, Sergeant and Instructor. The retirement recognition ended with Drew thanking his family and the city, then every person present in the council chambers gave Drew a standing ovation. In other news, Dale Musser from the Greenville Park Board, addressed Council with an update to the Band Shell Project. Musser, asked council for a little over $72,000 to finish the project. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison added to that update, by informing council that the Park Board had raised over $164,000 for the project and receiving $150,000 from ODNR, Council had options to install restrooms or go with portable restrooms. The issue will be passed on to the Finance Committee for review. Council did agree to move forward with demolition. Garrison added to his administrative report by informing Council that the City would save around $300,000 by joining County dispatch. Last month, during a Darke County Commissioners meeting it was reported that the move would save the City close to $500,000. It is uncertain which governmental entity has the right numbers, but that decision has not been made yet. With a packed agenda, one item that was missing was the legislation for a downtown kiosk for the Darke County Visitors Bureau and Main Street Greenville. At the last council meeting, a motion was made by Council to prepare legislation for the kiosk with an emergency clause for the May 16th meeting. Garrison informed Council that he and Greenville's legal team met with Matt Staugler, from the Visitors Bureau, to go over the project and they came away with concerns pertaining to potential advertisers on the kiosk. After hearing from Garrison and Law Director, Eric Brand, asking council if they wanted to move forward with legislation but without allowing advertising space, council has questions to the downtown kiosk. Staugler, who was not present at the meeting, did appear on Community Ties Tuesday and informed listeners that similar kiosk's will be up this summer in Versailles and 2 will be featured at Eldora Speedway. The next Greenville City Council meeting will Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 in the City Building.
NEW MADISON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BURGLARY - May 16, 2017
Terry Goodpaster, 32, New Madison on Monday appeared in the Darke County Common Pleas Court to enter guilty pleas to burglary. Goodpaster was accused of twice burglarizing a family that had taken him into their home and sought to mentor him following a prior stint in prison. Goodpaster possesses an extensive criminal history, having spent nearly half his life in prison. As part of a plea agreement with the state, Goodpaster pleaded guilty to two counts of Burglary and one count of Grand Theft of Firearms...all of which are felonies of the third degree. Three others helped Goodpaster commit the burglaries — Tesla Fox, Michael Bowles and Peter Cheadle. His co-defendants still await their day in court. Goodpaster and his co-defendants burglarized the family's home twice, stealing firearms, money, jewelry, computer equipment, then used the goods to purchase drugs. A third residence was also robbed. Judge Hein sentenced Goodpaster to eight and a half years in prison, with four years suspended. He must pay over $28,000 in restitution.
FATAL ACCIDENT IN PREBLE COUNTY - May 16, 2017
The Preble County Sheriff's Office is investigating a (2) vehicle fatal crash that occurred at approximately 2:47 P.M. Monday, on State Route 503. The preliminary investigation indicated that a 2006 Maroon Saturn traveling northbound was struck by a southbound 2002 Green Toyota MR2 Spyder. Evidence at the scene and witness accounts indicate that the Toyota was left of center at the time of the crash. Upon impact, the Toyota caught fire and the driver was trapped. Sidney Hacker, age 18 of Middletown, who was the driver of the Saturn, was transported to Kettering Hospital by MedFlight with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators did not release that name. The driver was transported to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office where an autopsy is expected to be completed Tuesday. It is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in this crash. State Route 503 remained closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours while deputies conducted their investigation. The crash remains under investigation by the Preble County Sheriff's Office and the Preble County Coroner's Office.
YOGO ON THE LAWN OF GREENVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY - May 15, 2017
The whole family is invited to "Yoga on the Lawn" at the Greenville Public Library. On Wednesdays May 24th, June 21st, July 12th, and August 9th, a yoga teacher will lead a free hour long class from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The class will be suitable for all age groups, from beginners to more advanced. Bring your own blanket or yoga mat and enjoy the relaxing, rejuvenating effects of yoga - especially beneficial out in the fresh air of summer. More info at NaturesHeartYoga.com. Rain location for the class will be First United Methodist Church on Fourth Street.
DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE FALSE SHOOTING - May 15, 2017
On Sunday, at 5:07 p.m. Darke County Dispatch received a 911 call of people shot at a residence on West Main Street in the Village of Rossburg. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene while Ansonia Rescue staged in the area. When Deputies arrived on scene contact was made with Faith Fellers (49), of Greenville. During the course of the investigation it was determined that no one had been shot. Deputies arrested Fellers and transported her to the Darke County Jail where she is held on a charge of Inducing Panic.
PIQUA MAN KILLED IN LAWNMOWER ACCIDENT - May 9, 2017
A Piqua man was killed Monday while mowing his lawn after a car hit him. The accident happened in the 800 block of Sunset Drive around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Robert McClannan, 71, was mowing his lawn with a push mower when a neighbor began backing out of his driveway, hitting McClannan. Police say McClannan may have been making a turn and stepped into the driveway. Piqua Fire Department medics were called to the scene and they asked a CareFlight helicopter to meet them at the American Legion landing zone next to the fire department. McClannan died before he could be placed aboard the helicopter. The body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office where an autopsy will be performed. The driver was identified as a 63-year-old man. Piqua Police are still investigating this incident.
IMPAIRED DRIVER FLEES SCENE AFTER ACCIDENT - May 8, 2017
Darke County Deputies found and arrested a male driver that fled a morning crash scene on US 36 Monday morning. According to deputies, the man was traveling westbound when he went off the right side of the roadway, taking out several mailboxes on the 6400 block of US 36. The Pontiac Grand Prix came to rest on in a residential yard before the driver fled the scene. Deputies soon after discovered the man in a wooded area near the scene. He was immediately taken into custody, charged with OVI. He reportedly is from the Union City, Ind. area. The crash remains under investigation with the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARREST RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN - May 8, 2017
On Saturday, May 6, 2017 at approximately 5:39 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a truck down into a creek on Delisle-Fourmans Road, just west of the intersection of Jaysville St.-Johns Road in Greenville, Ohio. The 911 caller advised the driver from the crash was fleeing the scene on foot and running north through a field. At 5:43 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from Scot Meier (34) Greenville, Ohio advising he was attacked by a man with a shotgun while checking on his family's property located at 5363 Delisle-Fourmans Road which is near the area of the reported crash. Darke County deputies responded to scene along with Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue.
The investigation revealed Christopher Newman (31) Winchester, Indiana, made entry into a barn located at 5363 Delisle Fourmans Road. Mr. Meier stopped at the property with his 3 year old son because he noticed property sitting in front of the barn that wasn't there before. When Mr. Meier got out to investigate, Mr. Newman exited the barn brandishing a 12 gauge shotgun and ordered Mr. Meier back into his truck at gun point. Mr. Newman got into Mr. Meier's truck and took his cell phone and wallet. Mr. Newman then grabbed the three year old in the backseat and at that point, Mr. Meier wrestled the shotgun away from Mr. Newman. Mr. Newman exited the truck and Mr. Meier fled the scene with his son for help. Mr. Meier was treated at the scene by Greenville Township Rescue for injuries received during the struggle. Mr. Newman also fled the scene by driving his truck through a large overhead barn door and traveling east on Delisle-Fourmans Road. Newman crashed his truck into a creek a short distance away in the area of Delisle-Fourmans Road and Jaysville-St. Johns Road. Mr. Newman then fled on foot after the crash and was located by deputies outside a residence at 3598 Jaysville-St. Johns Road. Mr. Newman was taken into custody and transported by Arcanum Rescue to Wayne Healthcare where he was evaluated for suspected drug intoxication.
At 5:29 P.M., the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call in reference to a residential fire at 7808 Darke Preble County Line Road Arcanum, Ohio. Darke County deputies, Arcanum Fire and Rescue, Pitsburg Fire Department and the Verona Fire Department responded to the scene. The investigation revealed the residence appeared to have been ransacked and burglarized prior to the fire. The cause of the fire is suspicious and still under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. Items of property from 7808 Darke Preble Line Road were located and recovered from inside and outside of the barn at 5363 Delisle-Fourmans Road as well as Mr. Newman's pickup truck. Mr. Newman is a suspect in this investigation. Mr. Newman is currently housed at the Darke County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery. This case will be presented to the Darke County Prosecutor's Office for further review and additional charges are likely in the future. These cases remains under investigation.
LAURA FEMALE CAREFLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT - May 8, 2017
On Sunday, at 1:15 PM Darke County Deputies along with Pitsburg Fire, Laura Fire, Arcanum Rescue, and Careflight responded to a one vehicle, rollover crash in the 9100 block of State Route 571. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2003 Dodge Durango, driven by Dorcus McGuirk, 56, of Laura, was westbound on State Route 571 when she lost control of her vehicle and dropped off the right side of the roadway. McGuirk over corrected her vehicle and it overturned while going off the right side of the roadway. The vehicle came to final rest on its wheels. McGuirk was transported by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital with non life threatening injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
BOYFRIEND THROWS GLASS AND CUTS GIRLFRIEND - May 4, 2017
On Wednesday, the Union City Ohio Fire Department was dispatched to 431 ½ E. Main Street in reference to a female that was cut by a piece of glass. Upon the arrival of Fire Department personnel, it was found that the female had been cut by her male boyfriend. The Union City Ohio Police Department arrived on scene and the male subject fled on foot. Officers checked the area and they were able to find the male. The male was identified as Jeremy Martinez, of Union City, Ohio. The male was transported to the Union City Ohio Police Department. During the interview it was found that Martinez became upset with the female because she went to a gas station and got a fountain drink and did not get him one. Martinez then threw a glass of lemonade into the female's face. During the act of throwing the lemonade in the female's face, Martinez broke the glass cup he was holding. Martinez proceeded to cut the female with the broken glass causing a larger laceration on the female's arm. The female was transported to Wayne Health Emergency Department by the Union City Ohio Fire Department, where she was treated and released for her injuries, Martinez was arrested and transported to the Darke County Sheriff's Jail, where he was placed into the custody of the on-duty jail staff where he has been preliminary charged with Felonious Assault, a felony of the second degree.
FAIR TRACTOR PULLING WILL BE 1 DAY IN 2018 - May 4, 2017
The Darke County Agricultural Society met on Wednesday, for their regularly scheduled meeting. Members of the Darke County Tractor Pullers Association were present and the group was informed that the Fair Board met before the meeting and a during Wednesday's session a motion was made for a 1 day Tractor Pull for 2018. The Tractor Pullers suggested that if the Board went to a 1 day pull they go to 6 classes instead of 5 to put on a better show. The Board voted 6 to 4 to move away from a 2 day pull and instead host a 1 day put for the 2018 Fair, which will be scheduled for Tuesday. Since 2011, the Fair has featured a 2 day tractor pull. Although not official yet, it appears the Board could be leaning on the return of Motorcycle Races for the 2018 Fair. The Board has been in talks with a group to bring back Motorcycles to the Grandstands during Fair week. In separate news, the board made plans to repair a damaged roof on the Grandstand along with blacktop sections of the fairgrounds. The next Fair Board meeting will be Wednesday, June 7th at 7:30 on the Fairgrounds.
STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT COUNTY BUILDINGS AND GOVERNMENT - May 4, 2017
On Wednesday, the Darke County Commissioners met for their regularly scheduled meeting. It was a packed house at the meeting as 22 students were present from Ansonia, Arcanum, Bradford, Franklin Monroe, Greenville, Mississinawa Valley, Tri-Village and Versailles. The students were split into 3 groups and each commissioner spent the morning taking their group to the various buildings and departments that make up local government. A few of the stops featured on Wednesday's tour was the Courthouse, Animal Shelter, Jail and Administrative Building. The tour concluded with the students sitting in on the Commissioners meeting and following their regular session, the students were handed a certificate for their participation during Student Government Day. The commissioners hope the students can go back to school and educate their classmates on how local government operates. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Monday at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
CELINA WOMAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT ON TUESDAY - May 3, 2017
Mercer County Sheriff, Jeff Grey reports that his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash occurred on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 at 1:46 pm at the intersection of US 33 and US 127. The preliminary investigation shows that a 2015 Freightliner (Straight Truck) being driven by 59 year old Timothy A Humbert of 5233 Millwright Place Fort Wayne, Indiana was northbound on Us Rte. 127. A 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix was east bound on Us Rte. 33, being driven by 36 year old April L Hall of 222 N Enterprise Street Celina, Ohio. Both vehicles collided in the intersection and traveled off of the Northeast corner of the roadway and struck a pole before coming to rest. Hall was transported to Van Wert Hospital, where she was later air lifted to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, Ohio. A passenger in Hall's vehicle, 30 year old Brandi M Duke of 4909 Nicholson Drive Celina, Ohio was also transported to Van Wert Hospital, where she was pronounced deceased.
Timothy Humbert was transported by EMS to Joint Township District Memorial Hospital (St. Mary's, Ohio). The accident remains under investigation at this time. The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Rockford Fire Department, Celina Fire/EMS, Rockford EMS, Rockford PD and MCERV (Mercer County Emergency Response Volunteers). This marks the first traffic fatality of 2017 in Mercer County.
COUNCIL TALKS ABOUT DISPATCH AND APPROVES YOLO PARK - May 3, 2017
It was a packed house at the regularly scheduled City of Greenville Council Meeting on Tuesday. Most of Tuesday's meeting centered around dispatch even though the issue was not listed on the agenda. During the public hearing, 3 concerned citizens addressed Council in favor of Greenville Dispatch, telling stories in support of the current system. Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison, spent close to an hour briefing Council and providing an update from a meeting he had with the Darke County Commissioners pertaining to County dispatch and the new MARCS system. Multiple City Council members thanked Garrison for talking with the Commissioners and returning with information from that meeting. In separate news, Council approved all 4 ordinances and resolutions including an ordinance authorizing a joint use agreement between the City and the Y.O.L.O Organization for a license to enter upon and make improvements to the municipal parking lot off South Broadway for construction of an urban park in order to meet the requirements of Y.O.L.O's funding source, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 16th at 7:30 in the City Building.
BORNHORST SENTENCED TO PRISON AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT - May 2, 2017
Also in court Monday, was Dean M. Bornhorst, 25. The Minster man was sentenced to two concurrent three-year prison sentences in Darke County Common Pleas Court. He earlier pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a third-degree felony count of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, and a first-degree misdemeanor count of Driving Under the Influence. The Darke County Prosecutor's Office dropped three additional charges in exchange for the guilty plea. On Sept. 11, 2016, near North Star, Ohio, Bornhorst rear-ended the vehicle driven by Steven L. Knapke, 65, of Yorkshire, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Knapke's wife, Lois, was seriously injured in the crash. Two passengers in Bornhorst's vehicle were treated and released at the scene. Bornhorst expressed his remorse to the Knapke family, saying he would understand if they did not forgive him, because he would never be able to forgive himself. Bornhorst was escorted by Darke County Sheriff's deputies to immediately begin serving his sentence. In addition to three years imprisonment, his driver's license was revoked and he will be required to pay court costs.
TEEN AMONG 2 DEAD IN RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH - May 2, 2017
A 17-year-old and 20-year-old are dead after a crash in Indiana Monday night.
The Randolph County Sheriff'S Department says the crash happened south of the city of Winchester around 9:30 p.m. The Sheriff says a car ran a stop sign when it was hit by a pickup truck. The car rolled over into a field near the road. The car's driver, 20-year-old Tanner Folkner, and a passenger in his car, 17-year-old Nicholas Olsen, both of Winchester, died. Police say another passenger in the car, 20-year-old Tyler Gray of Winchester, was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital by medical helicopter. His condition was not released. Police say Folkner and Gray were not wearing seat belts. Olsen, however, was wearing a seat belt. The driver of the pickup truck was not seriously hurt.
KARLH MCCALLISTER GOLF OUTING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - May 1, 2017
Entries now are being accepted for the eighth Annual Karlh McCallister Golf Outing, planned for noon Saturday, June 17, at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 State Route 36 East. Proceeds from the event benefit Bridges to College. This year, golfers may register online at the Bridges to College website at www.bridges2college.org. For convenience, golfers may also pay online. The outing will be in a four-person scramble format with a shotgun start at noon. The entry fee is $90 per person and includes green fees, reverse raffle entry, meal, and golf cart. There will be golf prizes for winners as well as skills contests for closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt. Additional reverse raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each. The Karlh McCallister Golf Outing also is accepting corporate and hole sponsorship's at this time as well. Karlh McCallister, a Greenville businessman, was instrumental in starting Bridges to College, a non-profit organization that helps students go to college through educational programming, mentoring, and scholarships. For more information about the outing, call 548-2084, or visit the Bridges to College website at www.bridges2college.org.
MIAMI COUNTY MAN TAKES PLEA AFTER ROBBERY - April 28, 2017
Back in September, we reported on a armed robbery in Union Township in Miami County. During the home invasion, Keason Twitty was shot by the homeowner outside of the home on North Montgomery County Line Road. The homeowner called 911 and said a group of men kicked in the door of his house and shot at him. Corey Dixon, 18, entered a plea of guilty to first-degree aggravated burglary with a gun specification, second-degree felony conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and aggravated assault in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. As part of Dixon's change of plea, a joint recommendation of seven years in prison was submitted to the court. Dixon also agreed to cooperate with state prosecutors and testify against co-defendants in the case. Three years will be mandatory due to the gun specification. Dixon could face a maximum 22 years in prison and a $35,000 fine. He was ordered to complete a pre-sentence investigation. He will be sentenced on June 12. Dixon remains incarcerated at the Miami County Jail. Eric Santos, 31, also remains in jail on a felony first-degree aggravated burglary charge. A motion to suppress evidence hearing has been set for Friday.
GET FIT WITH DARKE COUNTY PARKS - April 26, 2017
Darke County Parks is hosting a fitness program called 5K Fit every Thursday @ 5:30pm from now through May 18th. Join them throughout the spring to get healthy. They'll have three different programs for you to choose from (walking, walking/jogging, and running) to suit your fitness needs and help you work towards a healthier lifestyle. With everyone setting their own goals and moving at their own pace, feel free to join them at any point during the program. For every time you attend, you'll be entered into a drawing to win a free registration for the Raptor Run/Walk" on Saturday August 5th at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Please dress for the weather and bring a timing device and water bottle. For questions or weather updates, call the Nature Center at 548-0165.
GARRISON APPROACHED COMMISSIONERS ON MARCS RADIOS - April 25, 2017
The Darke County Commissioners met on Monday, for their regularly scheduled meeting and on the agenda was Curt Garrison, Safety Service Director from the City of Greenville, to discuss dispatch and MARCS Radios between the City and County. Garrison presented 2 pages with a total of 12 questions to ask the Commissioners about Dispatch and MARCS Radios. The 1st question was pertaining to the City having a written agreement with the Commissioners outlining terms, cost, grievance procedures and other administrative details to dispatch services. Commissioner Mike Rhoades provided a simple no to that agreement. From that no, a few of the other questions on the list were eliminated. The question that provided the most details was #4 which asked if the Commissioners had a sustainable funding source to provide long term dispatch services to the County at no charge. Commissioner Rhoades informed Garrison and a large crowd on hand that the County did have a sustainable funding source and added that last year, Tri-County Mental Health Board approached Darke County about a facility for treatment to battle the drug epidemic. The County has plans to sell the County Home to Tri-County Mental Health and with that, saving $500,000 a year from the expense to keep up the County Home. There are currently 20 people in the County Home. Rhoades assured that there were homes and funding available to relocate the people at the County Home. The $500,000 savings will be moved around, but will serve as the primary source for dispatch funding. Another question was pertaining to a possible property tax levy to fund equipment. Commissioner Rhoades answered that Garrison and Chief Butts were aware of that through discussion with the Communication Team. That group will gather on Wednesday, to talk about those numbers and a levy. The Commissioner added that with the recent addition of MARCS Radios from ODNR, that price total should be lower, but a tax levy will be coming in the near future for equipment/MARCS Radios. Darke County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker said he is pushing for the move to the MARCS system and it should be for 2018. It has been well documented that this move is needed because of the current outdated system. The next Darke County Commissioners meeting will be Wednesday, April 26th at 1:30 in Downtown Greenville.
SUMMER CAMPS AT DARKE COUNTY PARKS - April 20, 2017
Summer Camps are coming back for Darke County Parks. The day camps this year feature "Things With Wings," a flight themed camp for 6 and 7 year olds, will run June 19th through 23rd from 10am to 12pm. "Rocks," a geology camp, will run June 26th through 30th from 10am to 12pm. The camps for 8-9 year olds include "Trailblazers," an adventure and hiking themed camp on July 10th through 14th. "Ocean Explorers," a sea themed camp on July 24th through 29th. The 10-12 year old camps are "Let's Paddle," a canoe and kayak camp on June 12th through 16th from 1pm to 4pm and "Survive the Ohio Territory," a survival themed camp on July 31st through August 4th. The final day camp offering is "Adventure Zone," an action packed camp for 13-15 year olds on July 17th through 21st. The two mini camps for 6-9 year olds offer a condensed program with three days of camp involving hands on activity, take home crafts, and lots of time outdoors. The sessions offered are "Stamp into Nature," a letter boxing camp on Monday, June 12th through Wednesday, June 14th. "Christmas in July," a Christmas themed camp on Wednesday, July 5th through Friday, July 7th. For more information about any of these camps or to sign children up, please contact the Nature Center at (937) 548- 0165 or email email@example.com.
CITY SHOWS CONCERNS FOR DOWNTOWN KIOSK - April 19, 2017
City of Greenville Council met on Tuesday night for their regularly scheduled meeting and Matt Staugler, from the Darke County Visitor’s Bureau addressed council pertaining to a downtown kiosk. The Visitor's Bureau along with Main Street Greenville were looking for approval from Council for a potential kiosk in front of the Welcome Center on Broadway in Downtown Greenville. The majority of Council spoke highly on the project, but Council President, John Burkett, Safety Service Director, Curt Garrison and Law Director, Eric Brand, had concerns and questions over the project with safety and potential legislation. The Visitors Bureau and Main Street Greenville are paying for the project with one side of the Kiosk focusing on Darke County and the other side providing information about Downtown Greenville. Staugler informed council that this will not be the only kiosk going up in the county. Plans have been made for a kiosk to be put in Downtown Versailles and at Eldora Speedway. Council Member Tracy Tryon made the motion to have legislation prepared for the May 16th meeting for the Kiosk, the legislation will have an emergency clause. The next City of Greenville Council meeting will be Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:30 in the City Building.