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Hart gets community control for Felony 3 drugs, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “If I send you to prison the warden will kick you out in 30 days to go through a substance abuse program… “You say things that don’t make sense. You don’t follow through. However the current model says we have to give you a chance to go through substance abuse programs.” Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein expressed his displeasure as he sentenced Felony 3 defendant Jacob Hart to community control rather... read more.
CareFlight called for single-car accident
On Wednesday November 27, 2013 at approximately 3:20 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Rossburg Fire, and CareFlight, responded to the area of Rossburg-Lightsville Road east of Riegle-Bell Road on a report of a one vehicle roll-over crash with injuries with a possible ejection. Preliminary investigation revealed Amanda Wehrkamp 30, Rossburg, was driving a Red 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo eastbound on Rossburg-Lightsville... read more.
Commissioners commend Corynna Strawser, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Brave little girl,” said Darke County Commissioner Mike Stegall following the presentation of the Commissioners Proclamation to Corynna Strawser. Due to the girl’s inability to visit the Commissioner’s Office, the Commissioners went to her. Each of the commissioners – Diane Delaplane, Mike Rhoades and Stegall - had comments about their visit with the Darke County teen who... read more.
Indictments Issued by Steubenville Special Grand Jury
(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that indictments have been issued in the special grand jury reviewing whether additional crimes were committed regarding the Steubenville teen rape case. Michael McVey, 50, of Steubenville, has been indicted on five counts: One count of Tampering with Evidence, a third degree felony Two counts of Obstructing Justice, a fifth degree felony One count of Falsification, a first degree misdemeanor One count of ... read more.
Greer faces up to 15 years behind bars, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – After spending a year in the Randolph County jail, Codey Michael Greer was returned to Darke County to face three counts of Felony 1 Rape. He pleaded guilty to three counts of Sexual Battery (victim under 13), a Felony 2 offense. He later changed his plea to No Contest. The defendant faces five to 15 years in prison plus a maximum fine of $45,000. Under the F1 charge, the 18-year-old (at the time) could have spent the rest of his... read more.
Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in October 2013, 7.4 percent in September, and 7.3 percent in August, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment at 5,204,800, increased 2,400 from September to October and 200 from August to September. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in October was 427,000, up 2,000 from 425,000 in September. The number of unemployed has increased by... read more.
Recovery needs painful consequences, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “The process of recovery is cumulative… it needs enough consequences causing enough pain to finally outweigh the perceived benefit of drugs or alcohol.” Cynthia Cook, Associate Director of Darke County Recovery Services and the Darke County Mental Health Center, said she probably sees as many as half of those with a drug or alcohol addiction come through Recovery more than once. “It’s frustrating,” she said. A six-month... read more.
House arrest, sanctions for repeat probation violations, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Charles Robbins, a convicted rapist in Miami County, is required to register with the sheriff where he lives, in this case Darke County. He pleaded guilty to four counts of probation violations in Darke County Common Pleas Court on Nov. 18. Robbins was charged with Failure to Notify, a Felony 1 violation. He had been arrested on a warrant during the recent sweep of registered sex offenders conducted by numerous local law enforcement... read more.
Cincinnati Enquirer… Boehner signs up for Obamacare – eventually, by Carl Weiser
11/21/13 - Being speaker of the House doesn’t make it any easier to sign up for health care coverage using the troubled federal website. Just ask John Boehner. The Ohio Republican says he had to re-start the process several times while spending four hours trying to sign up at, the Associated Press reports. At one point Thursday, Boehner tweeted his frustration — “Guess I’ll just have to keep trying” — along with photos of himself at a computer and the error message he says he received... read more.
New Most Wanted fugitive
Eugene E. Woodruff, wanted for: August 2013 – Warrant issued by Darke County Common Pleas Court for a probation violations; Failed to report as ordered, Failed to report contact with Law Enforcement, Failed to make monthly payments towards financial obligations / restitution.  Original charge of theft, a felony of the fifth degree. Last known address: Daniel Place Sidney, OH 45365, 34 Little John Drive Greenville... read more.
Ohio State Agricultural Economist Offers 2013
Farm Bill Update As the farm bill progresses through Congress’ legislative process, several major differences exist in the House and Senate versions of the bill, an economist with Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences said. Carl Zulauf, an agricultural economist in the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics, recently offered a comprehensive update of the 2013 farm bill process in a policy brief that he co-authored with Jonathan... read more.
Senator Beagle announces grant for safer schools
COLUMBUS —Senator Bill Beagle (R- Tipp City) today announced the approval of $12 million in grants to make Ohio school buildings safer. The creation of the School Security Grant program is intended to address specific school safety needs across the state. “Superintendents across my district have indicated that costs for security upgrades can be a substantial burden for them,” Beagle said. “Having participated in the School Security Task Force, I am happy to support this effort to ensure... read more.
Police Beat… Body discovered, two assaults and robbery at knife-point
On Nov. 7 police were dispatched to 824 Park Dr., No. 6, with a report of a dead body. The witness discovered the victim when she was dropping her child off and found the deceased still in bed. Police found his wallet and secured his I.D. The witness stated the victim had not been ill and was not on any medications that she knew of. She said he had cancer 3-4 years ago but was declared cancer free. She had seen the victim the previous day and... read more.
Pedestrian struck in Mercer County
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his Office is investigating a car / pedestrian crash.   On November 19, 2013 Central Dispatch received several 9-1-1 calls reporting the crash at 6:41 PM on Clover Four Road in Franklin Township. Deputies determined 58 year old Laura L. Reed of 309 West Fulton Street, Celina, had stopped her 1999 Dodge 1500 pickup truck in the east bound lane of Clover Four Road, east of Guadalupe Road.  Reed exited her vehicle and was attempting to corral two stray dogs... read more.
State Approves Funds Recognizing Dayton Area as National Leader in Aviation
COLUMBUS — Senators Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), Chris Widener (R- Springfield) and Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) today announced the Controlling Board’s approval of $10 million to further economic development programs at the Department of Defense facilities in Ohio. The funds will aid in the creation of new jobs to leverage and support mission gains at the facilities. Specifically, the funds will be used to position Ohio to be a receiving site of defense consolidation actions, support future... read more.
Career Tech graduates first Medical Tech Prep class, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “You are the first,” said Lisa Wendell, Workforce Specialist for the Darke County Economic Development Center. She was speaking to 11 graduates of the Greenville Career Tech Center’s Medical Tech Prep program. “This is the first time we have matched a workforce need to a training program,” she continued. The Medical Tech Prep graduates are the first to complete a Career Tech program and enter the workforce as... read more.
New Data Show Steady Rise in Heroin Deaths in Ohio…Attorney General DeWine Announces Formation of New Heroin Unit
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- “There is a heroin epidemic in Ohio,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today in a news conference to announce disturbing new figures about the use of heroin in the state. The data, gathered from coroners across the state, show that the use of heroin has increased dramatically over the last four... read more.
NBC News Midwest tornadoes: Communities count cost as deadly storms head northeast, By M. Alex Johnson and Henry Austin
NBC News Communities reeling after a deadly storm system brought widespread destruction throughout the Midwest began to take stock of the damage early Monday. At least six people died as a result of the severe weather system that wreaked havoc as it tore across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Missouri and Ohio. Father Timothy Mueller of the St. John’s Lutheran... read more.
Minnich gets Community Control for F3 Trafficking, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Despite the presumed necessity of a prison sentence for a Felony 3 charge of Drug Trafficking, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Kent E. Minnich of Greenville to 60 months of Community Control following completion of the MonDay program, along with 80 hours of community service, a $5000 fine and restitution of $595 for ‘buy money’ and lab fees. Two Felony 4 trafficking charges were dropped in return... read more.
Lawyers fight for veteran rights
Seven lawyers are now working in Ohio to help solve civil legal problems for homeless and low-income veterans, and two of them are veterans. Ohio Veteran Legal Corps lawyers, who began work on September 1, have been placed at legal aid host organizations and are representing veterans on issues related to benefits earned as a result of military service; access to safe and affordable housing; removing barriers to employment, and other life-changing legal needs. The corps positions are funded in part by the... read more.
Mercer County traffic fatality
Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating a fatal traffic crash.  Mercer County dispatch received several 9-1-1 calls at 6:08 am this morning of a crash at State Route 29 and State Route 118 (north). A 2011 Freightliner semi tractor and trailer was south bound on 118 and failed to stop for the stop sign.  The semi was driven by Robert Riley age 54 of 19882 Road 21 Fort Jennings Ohio. A 2002 Hyundai was east bound on State Route 29 and struck the semi trailer... read more.
Rohrer says don’t talk, but they don’t listen, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The police don’t like it when local attorney David Rohrer tells his clients “don’t talk to the cops!” “I don’t know why,” Rohrer said, laughing. “They don’t listen to me.” They always think they can talk themselves out of it, he added. “What you see on TV is true,” he said. “Cops are allowed to lie to you… do whatever they have to do to get you talking. Get a confession. They separate you and one of you may be in one room sound asleep... read more.
Judge frustrated; gives King 90 days, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Expressing his displeasure at state laws keeping him from sending the defendant back to prison, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Damien King to 90 days in jail on Nov. 7, followed by the MonDay Program and 60 months Community Sanctions for one count of Felony 4 Trafficking in Drugs. In addition, the 34-year-old was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service. Assistant Prosecuting... read more.
GCSD to welcome 3 freshman board members, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Greenville City School District voters replaced incumbents with freshmen in the GCSD School Board General Election Nov. 5. There were five candidates for three positions. Two candidates – Sue Bowman and Cindy Scott – were running for re-election. Three candidates – Dave Ernst, Brad Gettinger and David Madden – were challenging them. The challengers took the top three spots, thus changing the face of the GCSD... read more.
Judge frustrated; gives King 90 days, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Expressing his displeasure at state laws keeping him from sending the defendant back to prison, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Damien King to 90 days in jail on Nov. 7, followed by the MonDay Program and 60 months Community Sanctions for one count of Felony 4 Trafficking in Drugs. In addition, the 34-year-old was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service... read more.
Injury Accident on 571
On November 8, 2013 at 10:46 P.M. Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Twp. Fire, Greenville Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to State Route 571 near Wagner Road in Darke County on an accident with injury.  The caller reported that the vehicle had rolled onto its side and the occupant was trapped in the wreckage. Preliminary investigation revealed that the eastbound 2006 Pontiac Torrent minivan, driven by David L. Harrison, 45, of Greenville, failed to negotiate the curve and drove off the... read more.
Park District levy gets overwhelming voter approval, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – By nearly a 2 to 1 margin, the Darke County Park District’s 0.5 mil replacement levy received the approval of voters in the Nov. 5 General Election. “I’m just tickled to death,” Roger Van Frank said when the final tally of 5,870 for and 2,983 against showed up on the Internet screen from the Darke County Board of Elections. The margin of approval was 66.3 percent. Van Frank estimated about a 25 percent increase in their... read more.
Politico…Gay rights bill poised for final Senate vote, By Burgess Everett
If everything goes as planned, gay rights history will be made on Thursday in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday set up the the final series of votes for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity — culminating in a vote final passage on Thursday afternoon if the bill passes a key, 60-vote threshold procedural test in the morning. Senate passage of ENDA seemed more... read more.
Houdeshell pleads guilty to two counts of F3 Burglary, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Bryan A. Houdeshell pleaded guilty Nov. 4 to two counts of Felony 3 Burglary. An original charge of Felony 2 Burglary was revised to F3 in return for the plea. The pleas were for burglaries on July 31 and Sept. 13. The maximum penalty for each charge is three years in prison plus a $10,000 fine; terms could be served consecutively. In the plea agreement, Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby agreed to recommend a sentence... read more.
YMCA assault suspect apprehended in Piqua
On November 6, 2013, Officers with the Piqua Police Department and Detectives with the Greenville Police Department apprehended Cory M. Nichols in the 400 block of Cleveland St in Piqua, Ohio. An arrest warrant was issued for Cory Nichols as a result of an investigation pertaining to the aggravated robbery incident that occurred on September 4, 2013 at the Darke County YMCA in Greenville, Ohio. Following the apprehension, Cory Nichols... read more.
NBC News… Discovery of Nazi-plundered art offers glimpse 'into a dark story'
By Carlo Angerer and Erin McClam - MUNICH — Hundreds of works of art by Picasso, Matisse and other masters of the 20th century — seized by the Nazis, lost for decades and now worth more than $1 billion — were reportedly found among piles of rotting groceries in a German apartment. The find would be among the largest in the worldwide effort, underway since the end of World War II, to recover masterpieces plundered by the Nazis from Jews inside Germany and from elsewhere in Europe... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine…Ohio Unsolved Homicides: Sheronda Norris
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- As part of his Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for information regarding the 1991 murder of a woman in Franklin County. A passing motorist discovered the body of Sheronda Norris on September 16, 1991, on the side of Agler Road, just east of Sunbury Road. According to family, she was last seen alive the previous day, when she was reportedly going to her aunt's house on East 23rd Avenue in Columbus, but never arrived... read more.
Clark pleads guilty to Felonious Assault, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Kody Clark of Greenville pleaded guilty Oct. 29 to one count of Felonious Assault, a 2nd Degree Felony. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13 following a pre-sentencing report. Asst. Prosecutor Deborah Quigley told Hein the state will dismiss the gun specification requiring a mandatory three year prison term. In return Clark agreed to plead guilty to... read more.
Injury Accident, Beamsville-Webster
On November 1, 2013 at 6:48 P.M. Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire Department, Ansonia Rescue and Care Flight were dispatched to the 6500 blk of Beamsville-Webster Rd in Darke County Ohio on a vehicle into a tree. Preliminary investigation revealed that an East bound vehicle went off the south side of the road and hit a tree. The vehicle was occupied by a single occupant at the time deputies arrived on scene. Daniel McCarty was treated at the scene by Ansonia Rescue then... read more.
Rohrer: Few clients are innocent, but deserve good defense, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Are there people I got off who were guilty? Yes. Do I feel bad? No. It only means the prosecutor didn’t prove it.” The prosecutor’s job is to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, said defense attorney David Rohrer. The defense attorney’s job is to challenge the prosecution’s case. Rohrer, Paul Wagner and Randy Breaden provide legal defense services through the ILAF (Indigent Legal Assistance Fund). The program... read more.
NBC News… How the feds snoop: What happens when you hit send on your email
By Stephanie Gosk and Jeff Black - The Internet makes it easy to send information to far flung places in an instant – hit “send” and poof there it goes. But where does that information go, how does it get there and who gets access to the data? Every second of every day billions of bits of data speed through an elaborate network, many created and controlled by companies such as Yahoo and Google. Indeed, the latest leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, first reported by the Washington Post... read more.
Greenville Police Chief Earns Statewide Recognition
Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts was named the Ohio CIT Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year at the Crisis Intervention Team Advanced Training Conference October 28 in Columbus. The Crisis Intervention Team process trains law enforcement officers in how to recognize and deal with persons exhibiting signs of mental illness or substance abuse and addiction, and how to divert them into appropriate treatment and recovery as... read more.
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