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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Attorney General Gives Voter Fraud Cases Update
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)— Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced an update on the twenty cases referred to his office by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to be investigated for possible voter fraud as a result of Ohio’s voluntary involvement in the Interstate Crosscheck Program. Agents from the Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have investigated nineteen of the cases, and are in the process of investigating the remaining case. Nineteen cases have been turned over to... read more.
Lear gets 60 days, community control, By Bob Robinson
10/28/2013 - GREENVILLE – Joseph Lear received 60 days jail time, plus 60 months community control, for Gross Sexual Imposition, a Felony 4 offense. He was given credit for four days, leaving 56 to be served. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein advised Lear to use his time well in jail. He told Lear he had a choice; he could choose to do better or follow the path of those he saw around him going downhill. “Put out the effort,” Hein said... read more.
Politico… Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn, By Alex Isenstadt
10/29/13 - The 2014 midterm just got a lot more interesting. The twin dramas of the government shutdown and botched rollout of Obamacare have snapped a sleepy 2014 election season out of its slumber, sharpening the battle lines for each party and setting the stage for a consequential midterm that few expected even two months ago. The spring and summer months were filled with charges and countercharges about the Internal Revenue Service, wiretapping, Syria and immigration. Politicians... read more.
Rhoades named Republican of the Year, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Commissioners issued a proclamation Oct. 22 at its regular public meeting congratulating Commissioner Mike Rhoades for being named 2013 Darke County Republican of the Year. “They messed with me,” said Rhoades, grinning. “Diane and Mike (Commissioners Delaplane and Stegall) had me sign a proclamation for someone else.” During the Darke County Republican Pig Roast on Oct. 21 Rhoades... read more.
Politico…Joe Biden on sideline in gun control talks, By Reid J. Epstein
10/28/13 President Barack Obama’s behind-the-scenes plans for gun control go on but without Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, the White House’s public face of and private force behind the push for new gun control laws, and his chief of staff, Bruce Reed, are no longer involved in the long-term planning between the White House and major gun violence prevention groups, officials from several organizations tell POLITICO. The vice president’s disappearance from an issue he’d been spearheading... read more.
YouTube video available on GSCD candidates
A YouTube video has been posted on the League of Women Voters Candidates Night, featuring the candidates for the Greenville City School District School Board. It runs one hour and 22 minutes and is suggested viewing for anyone planning to vote on Nov. 5. The event took place Oct. 21 at the American Legion. The candidates for the 2013 General Election are Sue Bowman, incumbent, Dave Ernst, Brad Gettinger, David Madden and... read more.
Juvenile difficulties usually result of family issues, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Paul Garrett, Chief Probation Officer for the Darke County Juvenile Court, checked his records… “Four out of 34 are living with their biological parents,” he said, referring to the juveniles he has in his caseload. He noted it could be a single mom, or the other adult in the family could be a step-parent, a live-in or grandparents. He didn’t think the caseloads of the two other juvenile probation officers, Mike Morris and Lori Miller, would.. read more.
Police Beat…Multi-vehicle accident involves six vehicles, injuries on Russ Road
GREENVILLE – “He had to be doing 50 or 60 miles an hour,” said William Dich. Mark Dich, his father, agreed. Both witnessed the event. Dich then added the black car looked like he went up on the curb, trying to go around. He hit the silver car; the silver one hit the gray one. Another witness, Patsy Riley, said she was getting ready to pull out of McDonald’s and saw the car coming at a high rate of speed. “Uh, uh… I’m not doing... read more.
Driver named in fatal Mercer accident
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey states his Office is continuing the investigation a fatal traffic crash.  On Friday October 25 at 4:03 PM Mercer County Central Dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls in reference to a crash on US Route 33, east of Celina Mendon Road in Center Township. Sheriff Grey is now releasing the names of the victims that were involved.  The driver of the 2007 GMC Budget truck would have been 52 year old Terry G. Keck, of 20762 Roycroft Drive, South Bend Indiana... read more.
Court News Ohio… Law Cannot Be Applied Retroactively to Keep Sex Offender from Living Near School
By Stephanie Beougher; October 3, 2013 - The 7th District Court of Appeals has sided with a lower court that state law cannot be applied retroactively to stop a convicted sex offender from living near a Belmont County school. Ray Benedetta was convicted in 2001 of attempting to compel prostitution and was required to report his residence for 10 years as a sexually oriented offender. A few days after his reporting requirement ended in 2012, he moved into a house within 1,000 feet of Shadyside High School... read more.
The Hill… ObamaCare gives vulnerable incumbent Democrats the jitters
By Alexander Bolton - 10/26/13 - The Affordable Care Act is casting a shadow over Democrats’ chances in Senate battleground states, putting pressure on vulnerable Senate Democrats to distance themselves from the law’s clumsy rollout. Five vulnerable Democratic incumbents who this week called for extending the law’s enrollment period and delaying penalties for not signing up on time come from states where voters hold... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… 8,658 Pounds of Pills Discarded in Drop Box Program's First Year
DeWine Urges Residents to Take Advantage of DEA Drug Take-Back Day - (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that residents in southern Ohio disposed of more than 8,600 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs by using drop boxes provided by the Attorney General's Office, Ohio Department of Health, and Drug Free Action Alliance. "By disposing of these prescription drugs in a safe and secure way, it removes the chance of them potentially getting... read more.
Candidates have mixed views on athletics, pressing issues and more, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Five candidates for three positions on the Greenville City School Board squared off Oct. 21 during the Darke County League of Women Voters’ Meet the Candidates Night at the American Legion. While there was general agreement among the candidates on a few issues, there were differences on others. Candidates for the 2013 General Election Nov. 5 are Sue Bowman, incumbent, Dave Ernst, Brad Gettinger, David Madden and... read more.
NBC News… will work smoothly by end of November, government pledges
by Maggie Fox, NBC News - The troubled federal health insurance website will be fixed by the end of November, giving uninsured Americans two weeks to get signed up in time to have health insurance by the earliest possible date, officials pledged Friday. One of the main government contractors, QSSI, has been assigned to oversee the fix, says Jeff Zients, the newly appointed chief White House economic adviser who’s been tasked to fix the logjammed website. “We are confident that by the end of the... read more.
Mercer County Sheriff's Department… Driver killed in Mercer County box truck crash
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey states is Office is investigating a fatal traffic crash.   At 4:03 PM todays date, Mercer County Central Dispatch received multiple 9-1-1 calls in reference to a crash on US Route 33, east of Celina Mendon Road in Center Township.  A 52 year old male from out of state was operating a 2007 GMC Budget rental box truck west bound on US Route 33.  For an unknown reason the truck traveled off the north... read more.
Politico…Paul Ryan: Focus on ‘achievable goals’, By David Rogers
10/24/13 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Thursday he is encouraged by his early talks with Senate Democrats and hopes the two parties can skip past “grand bargains” and focus on “achievable” goals such as substituting entitlement reforms for sequestration cuts this winter. “We need to focus on achievable goals,” Ryan told POLITICO. “If we spend our time talking about a grand bargain, we will fall far short, because that will require each party to insist on the other compromising... read more.
Police Beat…Homeowner discovers what appear to be bones buried under residence
On Oct. 9 police were dispatched to 444 Harrison Ave. regarding homeowner Chris Newberry finding bones in his crawl space. Newberry said while he was working on his house he discovered what appeared to be bones. Some pieces were small; one piece was larger and appeared to be a bone. It appeared to have been cut on one end, and what appeared to be a cut mark on the other. Newberry said there was an add-on to the house in the... read more.… Ohio OKs Obamacare Medicaid expansion, By Kyle Cheney
10/21/13 - An obscure Ohio board has approved Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, but a likely legal fight by furious conservatives is looming. The decision, 5-2, by the state Controlling Board to back expansion at the urging of Republican Gov. John Kasich would accept billions of federal dollars to extend coverage to an estimated 300,000 poor Ohioans. Kasich pursued a vote of the board after efforts to win over his Republican-led Legislature failed to gain traction... read more.
Darke County Sheriff Conducts Sex Offender Compliance Check
On October 23, 2013 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office conducted a verification sweep of all registered sex offenders in Darke County.  The objective of the verification sweep was to ensure that all Darke County registered sex offenders were in compliance with sex offender registration laws.  This operation was conducted with 11 teams of law enforcement officers and involved over 30 personnel.  The following law enforcement agencies... read more.
NBC News… Jerky treat mystery: Nearly 600 pets dead; still no source, FDA says
by JoNel Aleccia - Nearly 600 pets have died and more than 3,600 have been sickened in an ongoing, mysterious outbreak of illnesses tied to jerky treats made in China, federal animal health officials said Tuesday. Most of the cases have been in dogs of all breeds, ages and sizes, although 10 cats have been sickened, too. The pace of the reported illnesses appears to have slowed, but federal Food and Drug Administration officials are now seeking extra help from veterinarians and pet... read more.
Dingman pleads guilty to Felony 3 drug charge, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Edward F. Dingman, Jr. pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to the Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a Third Degree Felony. Dingman was arrested on Feb. 7 following a search warrant issued to his address at 9690 Greenville-St. Mary’s Road, Versailles. While attempting to serve a misdemeanor arrest warrant Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies observed what appeared to be materials used to manufacture... read more.
NBC News…Student opens fire at Nevada middle school, killing teacher; shooter dead, By Erin McClam, Staff Writer
A student apparently opened fire at a Nevada middle school Monday, killing a teacher and wounding two boys, authorities said. The shooter was left dead. A hospital said that the two boys arrived in critical condition. One was later upgraded to fair. Kyle Nucum, a student, told the Reno Gazette-Journal newspaper that he heard “a pop, like a loud pop, and everybody was ... read more.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…Duck marks last days; lovable bird to be moved, cleaned, deflated Sunday, By Elizabeth Bloom
The mighty duck that has seized Pittsburgh by the beak since it hatched three weeks ago is ready to leave the nest. The 40-foot Rubber Duck, the brainbird of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman that has been floating in the Allegheny River just off of Point State Park since Sept. 27, will depart at 11 p.m. Sunday, the Pittsburgh Cultural ... read more.
Felonious assault plea gets Moore 6 years in prison, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Donald Eugene Moore was sentenced to six years in prison Oct. 16 on a single felony count of Felonious Assault for a stabbing on July 5. “It takes a lot of nerve to take a knife and shove it into somebody, doesn’t it?” asked Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein. “Yes, sir,” responded Moore. “If you are able to learn to knife somebody, can you learn not to?” Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley told the court in return... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Losing Money to Sweetheart Scams, DeWine Warns
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—With Sweetest Day on Saturday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is warning Ohioans about the high cost of sweetheart scams, where a con artist develops a relationship with a victim, usually online, before asking the victim to send money. Since October 2011, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section has received about 70 complaints involving these scams. The average reported loss is more than $14,000, and the highest reported loss is $210,000... read more.
Middaugh gets community control for F4 Trafficking, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “You were into marijuana at 18, cocaine at 27, meth at 39, prescription drugs at 41 and heroin at 44,” said Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein… “Marijuana, meth and every other drug in the universe since she was 18,” Hein added later. Michelle Middaugh had pleaded guilty to Trafficking, a Felony 4 offense. He turned to Middaugh. “Three misdemeanors; this is your first felony. All your lifetime has been composed of... read more.
Court News Ohio… Income Calculations for Child Support May Include Employer Benefits
By Kathleen Maloney - October 16, 2013 - Certain employer-paid benefits may be included as gross income for the purpose of calculating child support payments, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today. The 6-1 decision, authored by Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, affirms the judgment of the Ninth District Court of Appeals that the trial court did not abuse its discretion when it included the value of several benefits provided by an employer in a decision whether to adjust a child-support obligation... read more.
Staying ‘clean’ not an easy choice, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “They don’t ‘decide’ to make the wrong choice,” said Katy Linkous, Probation Officer with the Darke County Adult Probation Department. “They don’t have the decision making skills that you and I take for granted.” One defendant had just been sentenced to 60 months of community control on Oct. 16. She would be reporting to Linkous. Regarding her chances for success, Linkous said chance had nothing to do with it. Luck wasn’t involved... read more.
Ohio Governor John Kasich… $30 Million available to improve skills of Ohio workforce
Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program Launches Second Round - COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich celebrated the launch of the second round of Ohio’s Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program and the $30 million in training vouchers now available to businesses and workers.  Federal assistance is available for training but largely only after people have first lost their jobs. The Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program helps... read more.
NBC News… Six killed in Columbus, Ohio, police car crash, By Alexander Smith
A car and a police cruiser collided at an intersection northwest of central Columbus, Ohio, early Friday, killing a family of six and injuring a police officer, officials said. None of the victims who died was wearing a seat belt, including a toddler, who also was not in a child-safety seat at the time of the crash, Perry Township Lt. Steve Cicero said. The police officer was responding to reports of a robbery at a McDonald’s in the suburb of Upper Arlington. Local police union boss Jason Pappas... read more.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services… Ohio Children’s Trust Fund Announces Board Appointments
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is pleased to announce new and reappointed board members. OCTF is the state’s sole public funding source dedicated to preventing abuse and neglect. Housed within the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it works with its 88 county partners to serve all Ohio communities. Board members represent various regions of the state. “OCTF greatly benefits from the expertise of these individuals and their many years of experience in promoting... read more.
Multi-vehicle accident injures eight, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “He had to be doing 50 or 60 miles an hour,” said William Dich. Mark Dich, his father, agreed. Both witnessed the event. Dich then added the black car looked like he went up on the curb, trying to go around. He hit the silver car; the silver one hit the gray one. Another witness, Patsy Riley, said she was getting ready to pull out of McDonald’s and saw the car coming at a high rate of speed. “Uh, uh… I’m not doing that,” she... read more.
NBC News…McCain: Attempt to defund Obamacare was 'fool's errand', By Becky Bratu
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Wednesday that the budget standoff in Washington and partisan bickering have eroded the confidence of the American people and damaged the credibility of the U.S. Congress. In an interview with NBC News' Brian Williams, McCain said some House members' determination to repeal or defund President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act during a government shutdown was “a fool’s errand.” "We inflicted pain on the American people that was totally unnecessary ... read more.
Police Beat…Attempted pick up of young girl, dead body, vehicle fire and more
On Oct. 3 a juvenile girl was walking home from school in the 800 block of Washington Ave. when an unknown male pulled up beside her and said “Does a pretty little girl want a ride home?” She shook her head no and said no, backing up from the roadway. She picked up a stick and kept walking. The suspect was driving a red sport utility vehicle, possibly like a Toyota 4-Runner. It looked newer with rounded sides. The suspect was a white ... read more.
CASA involved in cases of abuse, neglect & more, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Typical? There is no typical,” CASA Director Kay Robbins said. CASA stands for Court Appointed Children’s Advocates. “We have children born with drugs in their system, children who were in a home when a drug bust occurs, children with broken bones, shaken babies…” CASA volunteers see the same things Montgomery and Franklin counties see, just not as many. “There has to be (Darke County) Children’s Services... read more.
NBC News… World to US: Stop 'tap dancing' and solve default crisis, By Tracy Connor
The approach of the U.S. default deadline — with no clear resolution in sight — is being greeted around the world with a mixture of angst and anger. "It's hard not to believe lunatics have taken charge of the asylum in Washington," the newspaper The Australian declared Monday, predicting significant damage to the global economy if the government can't pay its debts. "America is diminished by the standoff," the editorial continued. "Government shutdowns, debt defaults and the shenanigans witnessed in... read more.
Accident claims life of motorcyclist
New Madison -On October 16, 2013 at approximately 3:30 p.m. Darke County deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village rescue were dispatched to SR121 south of John W. Mills Rd. in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle into a utility pole. Preliminary investigation shows that a 1983 Honda Goldwing, driven by Charles F. Combs (69) of Greenville, was northbound on SR121.  Combs was going around a slight curve and went off the... read more.
Commissioners hear concerns about GTS services, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – During the public comments part of the Darke County Commissioners session Oct. 9 Art Garland and Louise (Weezy) Alexander asked about the changes in Greenville Transit Systems (GTS) policies, saying transportation used to be available for doctors’ appointments to Dayton. “Now they charge a dollar a mile,” she said. “Private pay is $25 plus a dollar a mile to go there, and $25 plus... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine…DeWine, Pharmacy Board Announce Proposed Rule Banning New Synthetic Drugs
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio State Board of Pharmacy Executive Director Kyle Parker announced today that a proposed administrative rule will be presented to Ohio Governor John Kasich and the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) in an effort to quickly ban new chemical compounds being abused as synthetic... read more.
Ohio Governor John Kasich…Twelve projects to invest $187 million around Ohio More Than 1,200 Jobs Expected To Be Created
COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich today announced the approval of assistance for twelve projects set to create 1,265 jobs and retain 687 jobs statewide. During the Ohio Tax Credit Authority’s (TCA) monthly meeting, it reviewed economic development proposals brought to the board by JobsOhio and its regional partners. Together the... read more.
FBI… National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2013
October marks the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Established by presidential directive in 2004, the initiative—administered by the Department of Homeland Security—raises cyber security awareness across the nation by engaging and educating public and private sector partners through a variety of events and programs. The ultimate goal is to protect the country from cyber incidents and respond to them effectively if they do occur... read more.
Court News Ohio… O.P.E.N. Court Lets Youth with Exceptional Needs Learn about Court Proceedings
By Jenna Gant - A teen with exceptional needs is the subject of a video series introduced today to Ohio juvenile court judges and organizations that help youth with developmental disabilities. O.P.E.N. Court, Orienting Young People with Exceptional Needs about Court, is designed to explain to teens and young children with needs such as autism about juvenile court through a series of three short videos that are available for public viewing. The videos are centered on Henry, a teen who is stopped by police... read more.
Summers gets a year added to Mercer County’s 20, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – In pronouncing sentence on a Felony 3 Sexual Battery guilty plea, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein told Fort Recovery teacher and coach Christopher A. Summers and the other individuals in the courtroom on Oct. 11 he wants Darke County to understand the defendant’s behavior is not acceptable. “I don’t believe a concurrent sentence gives that message,” he said. Based upon the state guidelines that Summers would be at low... read more.
Darke County’s Most Wanted adds new fugitive
Corey M. Nichols has been added to the Crime Stoppers Most Wanted list. WANTED FOR: October 2013 – Warrant issued out of Darke County for Aggravated Robbery, a felony of the first degree, on September 4 at the Darke County YMCA on 301 Wagner Ave in Greenville. Nichols reportedly assaulted a 73 year-old woman, causing serious physical harm. Nichols has known history of violence and is considered to possibly be armed and dangerous... read more.
Cyclist struck by car
On October 12, 2013 at approximately 2:06 p.m. Darke County deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the 5200 Blk of SR 121 in reference to a vehicle that had struck a subject on a bicycle. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, driven by Tia Williamson (19) of Greenville was northbound on SR121.  Williamson observed a bicycle, ridden by Benjamin Flatter (54) of Greenville, northbound on SR 121.  Williamson started to veer to the left... read more.
New Grant Announced During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, By Stephanie Beougher
October 8, 2013 - More than 18,000 domestic violence civil protection orders were filed in Ohio’s courts last year, according to statistics compiled by the Ohio Supreme Court. Today, the Supreme Court announced funding for a new project to assist courts when it comes to dealing with parental rights in domestic violence cases. A $50,000 grant from the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice will be used in part to support the domestic violence track at the Domestic... read more.
Accident claims life of Celina woman
On October 12, 2013 at approximately 12:21 p.m. Darke County deputies, along with Burkettesville Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight, were dispatched to SR 705 and Rhynard Fink Rd. in reference to a two vehicle accident.  Once on scene mutual aid was requested from St. Henry Rescue and Union City, Ohio Rescue. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Buick LaSabre, driven by Catherine Franke (65) of Celina, was northbound on... read more.
Ohio fight against Opiate abuse…Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Established To Prevent Abuse, Save Lives
COLUMBUS – As part of an ongoing effort to curb the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications and unintentional overdoses, today Gov. John R. Kasich announced the adoption of new opioid prescribing guidelines for treating patients with chronic, non-terminal pain. Developed by the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team (GCOAT), and in conjunction with more than 40 professional groups, state licensing boards and state agencies, the opioid prescribing guidelines encourage... read more.

Accidental Shooting
On October 10, 2013 at approximately 12:16 p.m., Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to 112 Harrison Street in reference to a subject with a gunshot wound to the leg. Preliminary investigation revealed Constance I. Bayless, 54 of Pitsburg, Ohio was walking with her husband James Bayless down Harrison Street in Pitsburg. James who is an avid CCW holder, adjusted his pants while walking and the firearm dropped out of his pants pocket. The firearm struck... read more.

Police Beat…Fights, assaults, fire investigation keep GPD busy
On Sept. 28 police were dispatched to the 700 block of Martin Street regarding a large fight in the roadway. Upon arrival police observed about 20 subjects in the roadway between 745 and 750 Martin St. Broken glass was observed in the roadway and traffic was stopped going in either direction. According to witnesses it is believed to have started with a verbal argument. Others then jumped into the fight. Austin Parkman entered Ava Burkhart’s yard... read more.
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services… New Unemployment Fraud Penalties to Begin in October
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Starting on Oct. 21, new penalties will take effect for unemployment claimants who commit fraud and for employers whose inaction leads to benefits being paid in error. Already, claimants who commit fraud are required to repay amounts they weren’t entitled to and forgo benefits for a period of time. In the most egregious cases, claimants may face criminal charges. Now, because of a new law passed in June, they also will be fined 25 percent of the total amount collected... read more.
Garrett gets 18 months for drug trafficking, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “I’ve been in court a long time, into drugs a long time,” said Donald L. Garrett, Jr., when he had his opportunity to speak. He said he lost a friend that morning to an overdose. He didn’t want that, adding he has six kids. “Is there any way I can get help?” Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein noted three pages of convictions, including two prison terms in Ohio and one in Indiana. He told him “You own what you do… just like the rest of us... read more.
The New York Times… Supreme Court Has Deep Docket in Its New Term, By Adam Liptak
October 7, 2013 - WASHINGTON — After back-to-back terms ending in historic rulings that riveted the nation, the Supreme Court might have been expected to return to its usual diet of routine cases that rarely engage the public. Instead, the court’s new term, which starts Monday, will feature an extraordinary series of cases on consequential constitutional issues, including campaign contributions, abortion rights, affirmative action, public prayer and presidential power. “This term is deeper in important... read more.
Medicaid expansion a major challenge under Affordable Care Act, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “In 1988 Medicaid consumed 16.9 percent of our budget,” said Ohio Senate President Keith Faber. “Today – without expansion – it consumes 50.2 percent of our budget.” He added the challenge is to “go down the path of opportunity” and make Medicaid more efficient. “It could approach 90 percent of the budget,” he said. Earlier Ohio State Representative Richard Adams told Chamber of Commerce members Medicaid is insurance for the... read more.
NBC News… White House calls on Boehner to hold vote on 'clean' funding bill
By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News - White House officials on Sunday pushed back on House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that the Republican-controlled lower chamber could not pass a government spending bill or raise the debt ceiling without concessions from Democrats. Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Boehner continued to assert that a stopgap government funding measure would not pass the House without GOP supported provisions like delaying the implementation of
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Shot fired inside a residence
On Tuesday October 8, 2013 at approximately 2:00AM Darke County Deputies responded to 1060 Red River West Grove Road on a 911 call of a shot being fired inside the residence.  Deputies were also informed that the male suspect, Richard Macy Jr., 36, was intoxicated.  Before arrival Deputies were told Mr. Macy was outside and possibly trying to leave in a vehicle.  Once Deputies arrived and were able to make their way up to the residence
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Sexual Predator gets 20 years, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Jason T. Shaw was sentenced to 20 years on three charges of Attempted Rape on Oct. 7, all Level Two Felonies. Originally there were six charges of Rape involving three children, ages six to nine, however the state agreed to drop one charge for each child and reduce the Rape charges to Attempted Rape as part of a plea agreement to which Shaw pleaded guilty on Aug. 13. The maximum sentence would have been 30 years, 10 years
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Two of Darke County’s most wanted apprehended in Texas
On October 8, 2013, Darke County Crime Stoppers received information on Joseph King and Tracey McCarty living in Anna, Texas.  This information was forward to Anna’s police department where Joseph and Tracey were taken into custody without incident.  Joseph and Tracey have been on Darke County’s most wanted list since July after a warrant was issued following an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit
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Local issues for November election…Darke, Mercer, Miami and Shelby counties
The local issues report for the upcoming November 5th General Election is now available. There are 1,677 local issues on the ballot, of which, 195 are school issues. The report is attached and also available online via the Secretary of State’s website here. A breakdown of the types of local issues appearing on the ballot has been included below for your convenience. 18 Bond Issues (10 are school issues) 19 Combination Issues (all school issues) 13 Bond and Property Tax Questions 2 Income Tax and ... read more.
Family a major factor in probation offenders, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Do we have repeat customers? Absolutely! Unfortunately we see it in families… generations,” said Darke County Chief Probation Officer James Mollette. He picked up the jail roster, noting they check it out every day to see who’s on it. If anyone is already on probation or has a history. ”It’s what our parents always told us. Bad company corrupts good morals. You are a product of your environment,” he added. Mollette oversees a... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine…DeWine Announces Increased Funding for Law Enforcement to Apprehend Wanted Sex Offenders
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that the maximum reimbursement amount available to agencies extraditing wanted sex offenders has increased from $2,000 to $3,000. "The increased reimbursement amount will enable local law enforcement to extradite absconded... read more.… Twelve-year-old girl arrested for bullying, By Christina Hartman
Courtesy of - A 12-year-old girl has been arrested and charged in a case of so-called “relentless bullying.” So let’s start with a couple details: “Last month the parents of a 13-year-old girl told police that the 12-year-old girl was taunting, bullying and harassing their daughter.” (Via WTIC) “Police say they became concerned when the victim made comments about committing suicide.” (Via News 12 Connecticut) Now, to protect all involved police haven’t released any names and haven’t even
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Murphy to get MonDay, sanctions for felony, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “I know I need help,” said defendant Jennifer Murphy. “I deserve everything I get. I want to make a better life for me. I got a job…” Which according to her attorney, Randall Breaden, she likely no longer has. Murphy has spent the last week and a half in Greene County Jail on an unrelated felony charge, and was transported to Darke County for her sentencing in the Common Pleas Court of Judge Jonathan Hein on Sept. 30
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Attorney General Mike DeWine… Consumers Should Watch for Scams Related to Affordable Care Act
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor are warning Ohioans to guard against scams related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obamacare, with open enrollment for the new federally-run health insurance exchange in Ohio running through March 31, 2014. Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014 for those who select a plan by Dec. 15. “Scammers often pretend to be associated
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NBC…Congressman confronts Park Ranger over closed WWII Memorial, By Mark Segraves updated 10/3/2013 Conflict over the responsibility for the government shutdown got personal at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Wednesday when a member of Congress confronted a U.S. Park Service Ranger over access to the closed park land. The congressman was Randy Neugebauer, a Republican representing Texas. He confronted the ranger in the middle of a crowd of tourists as she was keeping most of the public out of the closed World War II memorial. The ... read more.
Hart pleads guilty to Felony 3 drug charge, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Jacob A. Hart pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to a single count of Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a Third Degree Felony. Sentencing will occur Nov. 18. As part of the plea agreement the state dropped two other charges: Illegal Manufacture of Drugs, Felony 2, and Possession of Criminal Tools, Felony 5. “There were four people involved in this case,” said Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Deborah Quigley. “Two... read more.…Obamacare's insurance exchange for Ohio to launch without navigators to guide customers, By Robert Higgs, Northeast Ohio Media Group
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The federally run marketplace offering Ohioans health insurance plans opens for business beginning Tuesday, but Ohio will not have any of the so-called navigators trained and in place to guide people through their options. The organizations that will provide the navigators must first be certified to handle the work, and none had been certified as of ... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine…More than 1,640 Cases Added to Ohio Unsolved Homicides Database
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that more than 1,640 cold case homicides have been added to the Ohio Unsolved Homicides Database since efforts to expand the program were announced last year. Attorney General DeWine asked law enforcement agencies to submit their cold case information to the online database in September 2012. At the time, there were only 166 unsolved homicide cases on the site. Today there are 1,808 cases in the database... read more.
Darke County Crime Stoppers…Two new fugitives added
Two new fugitives have been added to the Darke County Most Wanted list. Amy Nisonger and Shaunte Griffith. Nisonger is WANTED FOR: July 2013 – Warrant issued by Darke County Common Pleas for a probation violation. Original Charge: Misuse of Credit Cards, a felony of the fourth degree. LAST KNOWN ADDRESS: 708 Martin St. Greenville, OH ::: 109 E Third St., Apt. #7 Greenville, OH Griffith is... read more.
3D scale modeling planned for K-8 building, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Bruce Miller of Garmann Miller Architects Engineers, Minster, told Greenville City School District Superintendent Doug Fries, other school officials and board members, and Ohio Facility Construction Commission (OFCC) representatives of the company’s plans to use 3D scale modeling for the district’s recently approved K-8 building project on North Ohio Street. “This will be the fourth school we’ll have used it ... read more.
The Heritage Foundation… The Story Behind the Government Shutdown, by Amy Payne
October 1, 2013 - Much like the day after sequestration budget cuts kicked in, most people will wake up today to find that the country and their lives aren’t much different. All the fearful fretting over shutting down the government—which is reaching Y2K proportions in the media—is really a distraction. Government funding isn’t the issue. It’s Obamacare. The House has passed multiple bills that would fully fund government but would defund or delay Obamacare. The Senate has rejected these plans
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