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Statewide write-in candidates
Yesterday was the deadline for write-in candidates to file for the May 2014 Primary. In all, the Secretary of State’s office received declarations for three candidates. Individuals filing write-in declarations for statewide offices include: Governor/Lt. Governor: Anita Rios/Bob Fitrakis (Green) – Auditor: Bob Bridges (Libertarian) - Secretary of State: Kevin Knedler (Libertarian). In order for a write-in candidate with no opposition names printed on the ballot to advance to the General Election, they must garner... read more.
Sheriff terminates deputy after Sexual Battery charges filed, By Ryan Berry
GREENVILLE – Former Darke County Auxiliary Sheriff Deputy Bryan Wombolt, 27, of Versailles, had served the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol since September 2012 and pledged to uphold the law. His pledge and the trust Darke County residents placed in him was shattered on Feb. 27 when he was arrested on four counts of Sexual Battery. The incident allegedly occurred with a high school... read more.
Fair Tax to become a national issue, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “The good thing about this election year is we’ve made Fair Tax a national issue. We currently have 100 to 120 supporters in the House,” said Steve Curtis, Ohio director of Americans for Fair Taxation. “This year will be about creating the next wave of supporters.” Curtis told Republicans and guests at the Republican Men’s Club meeting Feb. 15 the organization’s focus was to put Republicans in the House and Senate who support the Fair... read more.
Copeland remanded to custody to await sentencing, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Lacie D. Copeland was remanded to custody on $50,000 bond pending sentencing on four Felony 2 counts of Burglary Feb. 18. Sentencing will take place April 14. Copeland was charged with five F2 counts of Burglary. She pleaded guilty to four of them. The fifth count was dismissed in return for her plea and cooperation with the state should a trial be necessary for co-defendant, Matt Bowlin. Bowlin is currently in prison on an unrelated... read more.
Greenville Police… Deadly Fentanyl now in Greenville
The Greenville Police Department has received confirmation from the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory that a recent evidence submission has resulted in the finding of heroin laced with the powerful prescription drug, Fentanyl.   Fentanyl, is typically used to ease the pain of end-stage cancer patients or in  anesthesia;  however,  when  used  with  heroin  can  cause immediate death.   This is the first such finding for the... read more.
Greenville Police Beat… Drug related death, weapons arrest and domestic violence
On Feb. 16 police were notified by Christopher Dotson that he and his fiancé Michelle Defevers went to visit her father and believe he was deceased when they found him. Police went into Apt. 10, 224 W. Main St., and found Ric Defevers sitting on the floor slumped over. He had no pulse. Greenville Rescue arrived and pronounced him deceased. Michelle told police he had been staying in a homeless... read more.
DeWine… Nearly $1 million in Rape Crisis Program grant funding awarded
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he has awarded 25 rape crisis centers in Ohio with a total of nearly $1 million in new grant funding. "This is the first time that money from Ohio's new Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund is being used, so these are additional resources that can now go towards helping survivors of sexual assault," said Attorney General... read more.
Columbus Dispatch… Text of Kasich’s State of the State speech
Kasich talks education, tax cuts during State of the State - The following text of Gov. John Kasich’s State of the State speech delivered in Medina, Ohio, on February 24, 2014, was provided by the governor’s office: Thank you Mr. President and Mr. Speaker.  Thank you members of the General Assembly, members of my Cabinet, the people of Medina and, of course, my wife... read more.
ABC News… 'Pay Your Taxes Now or Be Arrested': The Dirty Dozen Tax Scams You Want to Avoid
By Stephanie Zimmermann - Feb. 21, 2014 - This unnerving lie set the stage for a costly scam that ensnared the mother of an ABC News viewer in Jacksonville, N.C., who shared her story with the ABC News Fixer. The scammer was so convincing, the woman immediately went out and bought $2,000 in prepaid debit cards to pay for back taxes and penalties the "agent" claimed she owed. But the con didn't stop there. Within three hours of handing over the money, the terrified victim got another call... read more.
Greenville Law Director offers savings to GCSD, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Greenville Law Director Eric Brand introduced himself to the Greenville City School Board Feb. 13, noting his statutory duty included representation to the district as needed. “I’m not here to reinvent the wheel,” he said. “However there are things I can do as Law Director that haven’t been done in a while.” He noted the district has spent $92,623.59 in the past three years on outside legal fees. “I’m not permitted to ... read more.
Ohio Secretary Jon Husted… Ballot Board Approves Language for May Primary Statewide Issue
Ohio Public Works Ballot Issue to be State Issue 1 and only statewide issue voters will consider in May. COLUMBUS –Secretary of State Jon Husted and members of the Ohio Ballot Board today approved ballot language for the statewide bond issue appearing on the 2014 May Primary ballot. The language, as well as the approved explanation and arguments for and against the issue, are available online via the link below: Issue 1: To Fund Public Infrastructure... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohio Seizes Tax Refunds from Individuals Who Commit Fraud
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Starting this year, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) will intercept federal tax refunds headed to individuals who have committed unemployment compensation fraud. The state expects to recover tens of millions of dollars more in fraudulently obtained benefits through this new program, called the Treasury Offset Program (TOP). When necessary, ODJFS already intercepts state income tax refunds and lottery winnings... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Two Ohio cities among ‘unhappiest’ cities for work
Workers, evidently, aren't all that happy working in two of Ohio's largest cities, according to job-hunting Web site Cincinnati ranked as the No. 1 unhappiest cities to work in, while Columbus ranked No. 7. CareerBliss’ ranking considered the opportunity for growth, relationship with boss and colleagues, and working environment in at least 100 reviews by employees. “Understanding where people are happiest is a tool you can use to help navigate your own career path,” Career... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Piqua unveils $10M riverfront development plan, by Tristan Navera
The city of Piqua has unveiled plans for a major redevelopment to transform its riverfront space downtown. The plan calls for the demolition or redevelopment of several buildings along the city’s riverfront and park improvements to transform several blocks around Main and Water streets into a more walkable space. Tentative plans call for a new amphitheater, park space and more avenues for walking, biking and possibly boating. The project could be a boon for the city and help draw more... read more.
FBI Releases Preliminary Semiannual Crime Statistics for 2013
February 18, 2014 - Statistics released today in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report reveal declines in both the violent crime and the property crime reported in the first six months of 2013 when compared with figures for the first six months of 2012. The report is based on information from 12,723 law enforcement agencies that submitted three to six months of comparable data to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program for the first six months of 2012 and 2013. Violent... read more.… Protecting Aircraft from Lasers
New Program Offers Rewards for Information - 02/11/14 - Today the FBI announced a program aimed at deterring people from pointing lasers at aircraft—a felony punishable by five years in jail—and rewarding those who come forward with information about individuals who engage in this dangerous activity. “Aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft is a serious matter and a violation of federal law,” said Ron Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “It is important that people... read more.
Husted Announces Certified Statewide Candidates for May Primary Ballot
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the complete list of candidates who qualified to run for statewide offices following the review and verification of signatures by county boards of elections. Statewide candidates appearing on the May Primary ballot include: For Governor and Lieutenant Governor - Democratic Party, Larry Ealy and Ken Gray, Edward FitzGerald and Sharen... read more.
Greenville Police Beat… Drugs and assaults play significant role this week
On Feb. 6 police responded to Fairview Avenue regarding a possible overdose of drugs (heroin). A witness said the victim was in the bathroom unconscious. The victim was slumped backwards toward the shower/wall. The officer found a pulse and moved the victim to the floor. EMS arrived and began life-saving skills. The officer found a brown belt and what looked like a used needle on the floor, along... read more.
LeMaster Running for 80th District House Seat
ARCANUM – Joe LeMaster, Navy veteran and local pastor, has announced his candidacy for the 80th District House of Representatives seat that is being vacated by Representative Richard N. Adams. LeMaster believes he offers the best solutions for the district, which includes Miami County and portions of Darke County. The Republican victor in this Primary Election will not face opposition in the November election... read more.
Former Air Force captain enters race for State Rep.
Troy, OH, February 5, 2014:  Mark Williams, a former U.S. Air Force Captain, announced on Wednesday his intent to run for the Ohio House of Representatives in the 80th district.  After being stationed at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Mississippi, Williams returned to live on the Kuckherman family farm in Miami County and manage the family engineering business. “As the next State Representative for Miami and Darke... read more.
Officer highest risks in Domestic Violence and Traffic Stops, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The most dangerous calls a peace officer can make are for Domestic Violence. “We run two units on all cases,” Darke County Sheriff Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker said. “They are the most volatile to us.” Lt. Steve Strick of the Greenville Police Department agreed. “Definitely,” he said. While neither agency tracks the role of alcohol or drugs in a “domestic” Whittaker believes they play a... read more.
Flint gets 60 days on separate charges, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “All that stuff you said about wanting to do better… only words. It’s your actions that count. You’re 44. There’s no excuse.” Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein told Patrick J. Flint, Ft. Recovery, he heard the defendant blame others three times and say twice “I should have been smarter.” Hein said the criminal record indicates Flint consistently takes the wrong steps, then noted “you couldn’t keep the appointments I told... read more.
FBI… Callback scheme used in international revenue share fraud
Telephone companies in the United States are seeing missed calls used to enable International Revenue Share Fraud (IRSF). Fraudsters are using call generators with automated spoofing capabilities to place calls to a large volume of US cell phone numbers. The calls typically ring once. The number displayed on the recipient’s caller ID is a high cost international number, usually located in the Caribbean. The recipient calls the number back and is greeted with a message designed to keep them... read more.
Redditt gets 20 days and a tongue-lashing, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE - Ebony Redditt, Greenville, was sentenced to 20 days in jail, service to begin Feb. 17, plus up to 60 months community control sanctions, but that isn’t what had her in tears Feb. 13. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein gave her a tongue-lashing regarding her attitude. “I don’t like the sighs I’m hearing,” Hein said. “All that ‘I can’t do it’ attitude is what got you here today! You want to have it... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Chilly winds still blow on job market, Kent Hoover
The job market remained frozen in January: Employers added only 113,000 jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The unemployment rate, which is based on a survey of households, fell to 6.6 percent, however. That's the lowest rate in more than five years. That sounds good, but many Americans aren't even looking for work and therefore aren't counted when computing this statistic... read more.
Attorney General DeWine… Sweetheart Scam Complaints on the Rise
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned that more consumers are reporting “sweetheart” or “romance” scams — costly ploys where con artists develop relationships with their victims, usually online, to convince them to send money. In 2013, the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section received more than 50 complaints involving sweetheart scams, double the number recorded... read more.
Sheriff reminds snowmobile and ATV operators not to trespass
Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer is reminding operators of snowmobiles and all purpose vehicles to use caution while operating these types of vehicles and be aware that trespassing on another’s property is a criminal offense. The weather the last few months has been less than desirable for some; however, it has become a welcome sight for snowmobile and ATV enthusiasts.  With all of the snow that remains on the ground it has created great opportunities to ride these special purpose vehicles through... read more.
Removing a child “worst task we have” By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “At that moment they lose just about everything… law enforcement arrives, the child loses parents, house, sometimes school and church…” Becky James, Darke County Jobs & Family Services Social Services administrator, said removing a child from his or her home is the “worst task we have here.” It happens maybe five or six times a year. She said the state mandate is to preserve the family if possible. However if the child... read more.
We can’t ‘arrest’ ourselves out of the drug problem, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “You DO have a connection to someone with a substance abuse issue,” said Darke County Chief Deputy Sheriff Mark Whittaker. Everyone has a relative, a niece, nephew, sister, brother with a drug problem. This is a huge problem. “It’s going to take the whole county, community, city, village, schools… we have a problem here!” On Jan. 31 Whittaker told local business owners and community... read more.
Politico… Chuck Schumer floats 2017 immigration plan, By Seung Min Kim
2/9/14 - Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) floated a compromise Sunday intended to break the stalemate on immigration reform on Capitol Hill. It was immediately rejected by House Republicans, but key advocates said it is an option worth considering. The Gang of Eight leader’s plan: Pass a law this year, but don’t allow it to actually start taking place until 2017 — when President Barack Obama leaves office. That’s meant to target the heart of House GOP resistance to taking up immigration measures... read more.
Youngstown Vindicator… Lt. Gov. kicks off state’s youth drug abuse prevention initiative
By Denise Dick - YOUNGSTOWN - Sept. 25, 2011, started just like any other Sunday for Dale Batdorff. The Stark County man got up and headed to Bob Evans for breakfast, enjoying the sunny day and thinking about what he planned to accomplish that day. The next day, his son, Dustin, 21, was to check into rehab for a heroin addiction. He didn’t make it. While Batdorff was at the restaurant, he got a call from his wife telling him that his son was dead from... read more.
Curb drug abuse; improve the bottom line, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “About 70 percent of workplace accidents are due to some sort of drug impairment,” said Adriane Scherrer, CEO of Enhancements to Your Workplace, Inc. She added there are many underlying costs as well. She noted lost productivity, excessive use of healthcare benefits, theft and morale damage to the work team. There is also the cost associated when a family member requires the worker to take time off the job to deal with... read more.
Police Beat… Police deal with multiple assault and domestic violence issues
On Jan. 26 police responded to Sportzters at 406 S. Broadway regarding an assault. The victim, Mark Haney, said he was hit outside of Sportzters and complained his head was in pain. Greenville Rescue responded and transported Haney to Wayne Hospital. The left side of Haney’s face was slightly swollen and there was a large, bloody bump on the top of his head. A witness said two males and a female entered the bar close to closing time and... read more.
Mercer County inmate causes physical alteration
Celina, OH - Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey released few details of an incident in the jail.  On Thursday evening around 6:30 PM an inmate became unruly in the jail. When corrections officers entered the cell block, the inmate refused to comply and follow directions. As corrections officers approached the inmate they saw that he had a homemade shank. A physical altercation ensued and the inmate was disarmed by the corrections officers. Patrol units were called to the facility to assist... read more.
Chamber breakfast focuses on drugs, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Think a little marijuana on occasion is no problem? Think again. According to Adriane Scherrer, CEO Enhancements to your Workplace, Inc., single use of marijuana: 3 to 10 days detection and impairment; weekly use: 30 to 50 days and daily use: 125 to 145 days detection and impairment. Eventually impairment is permanent. Whether or not this bothers the individual, it puts a burden... read more.
WHIO-TV… Dog attack victim was animal lover, active volunteer
By Breaking News Staff and Meredith Moss - DAYTON — The decorative welcome sign and mailbox on the front of Klonda Richey's white clapboard home on Bruce Avenue reflect a homeowner who loves animals. Cats are everywhere. Behind the attractive wood-and-glass door lived a 57-year-old Dayton woman and 20 of her beloved cats. Richey, 57, was found naked on the sidewalk in front of her home on Friday morning, fatally mauled by... read more.
Buchy Launches Website to Respond to Rumors About Natural Gas Extraction
Columbus,  Ohio– Ohio State Representative Jim Buchy (R–Greenville) launched a website  to provide  factual  information about  oil and gas exploration in Ohio.  Although  Darke County is highly unlikely to host any hydraulic  fracturing sites or waste sites for fracturing fluid, is a one–stop  shop for answers  to common  questions in the community. Representative Buchy explained, “Because of the work of my... read more.
Attorney General DeWine… February Sexual Assault Kit Testing Update
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- In an effort to keep the public up-to-date on the progress of the Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative, Attorney General DeWine released the following status update today: As of February 1, 2014: Forensic scientists with the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have received 5,523 previously untested rape kits from 121 law enforcement agencies in Ohio. BCI has... read more.
Fair investigation continues to be delayed due to weather
The Board of Directors for the Great Darke County Fair are issuing this press release to update the public on the status of the ongoing fire investigation taking place involving the 60' by 240' Beef Palace; the 60' by 240' Dairy Palace; the 50’ by 50’ connector and the 12’ by 20’ Cattle Office. An all interested party’s scene examination took place on the morning of February 5th, 2014. This scene examination had fire investigators present that represent the insurance carriers both for the building and items... read more.
Byers named 2014 Darke County Fair Marshall
February 6, 2014 - Greenville OH - Born December 21, 1921, Francis Byers has been exhibiting fruits, vegetables and grains at The Great Darke County Fair since 1939.  Francis has won over 250 rosettes and hundreds of exhibitor ribbons during these 74 years.  Francis still enjoys exhibiting very much but he stated he is not getting along as he used to. His Darke County Fair awards also include: Best Display of Vegetables and Best Display of... read more.
State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle Applauds 100 New Jobs in Tipp City
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) (R–Tipp City) is proud to announce that Meijer Stores Limited Partnership has decided to invest $105 million in a dairy plant in Tipp City that will create more than 100 new jobs. The announcement follows a competitive process where Michigan and Indiana were also considered for the location of the plant. “Expansions like the Meijer dairy plant in... read more.
Civitas Media considers CCW public records request, By Bob Robinson
DARKE COUNTY – “I don’t agree with that happening,” said Howie Schaefer, president of the Darke County Fish & Game Association. “I know our membership would not want it to happen either.” Schaefer was referring to the possibility of a public records request by Civitas Media, publishers of several area newspapers, for Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders in Darke and surrounding counties... read more.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohio AG Monitoring Propane Price Complaints
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today said that his office is actively monitoring complaints regarding propane prices and shortages. The Attorney General also will work with other states to look for possible anti-competitive activities related to the sale of propane. “We want to assure Ohioans that we will carefully monitor reports of potential price gouging or other unfair business practices related... read more.
Police Beat… GPD investigates rape, robbery and arrest warrants
On Jan. 25 police were dispatched regarding an unresponsive female with a syringe lying at her side. The complainant advised she was in the bedroom. Police found her on her back unclothed and partially covered with a small blanket. To her right was a syringe and a nearly full open can of beer. She was breathing lightly, had a steady pulse but was unresponsive. Following police efforts she eventually became coherent and was able to talk. She... read more.
FBI… Sixteen Juveniles Recovered in Joint Super Bowl Operation Targeting Underage Prostitution
The FBI, in partnership with more than 50 law enforcement agencies, recovered 16 juveniles during an enforcement action focused on commercial child sex trafficking. Additionally, more than 45 pimps and their associates were arrested, some of whom claimed to have traveled to New Jersey from other states specifically for the... read more.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine… AG Collections at Historically High Levels
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced that efforts to collect debts owed to Ohio state government offices have resulted in more than $1.3 billion recovered from 2011 to 2013. The amount recovered represents the first time an Ohio Attorney General has recovered more than $1 billion for the taxpayer funded agencies in the first three years of his or her term. “The data shows a positive trend in that the Attorney General’s... read more.
Newsmax… Louisiana Gov. Jindal Fights Washington War on School Vouchers
By Andrea Billups and Jennifer G. Hickey - Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 - Gov. Bobby Jindal is battling to protect Louisiana’s fast-growing school voucher program from an all-out attack by the Obama administration. The Justice Department claims the state’s private schools are defying a decades-old federal desegregation order. In November, a judge ruled the Department could monitor Louisiana's voucher program, even though 90 percent of the 6,750 students who use the Louisiana Scholarship Program... read more.
Weather frustrations high among educators, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – On Jan. 27 Greenville School District was scheduling school days until May 30 to make up extra calamity days. Overnight temps dropped to minus 15 degrees with minus 32 degree wind chills… Darke County campuses, including Greenville’s, were once again closed. This pushed GCSD to June 2, one short of its final available day. While some school districts were going to Blizzard... read more.
Jessup pleads to lesser sex offense , By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Paul Jessup, Randolph Co., Ind., pleaded guilty to two counts of Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition for his actions with two minors, one 14 and one under 14, early in 2013. Both are Felony 5 charges with possible prison terms of up to 12 months each. An earlier Grand Jury indictment of four counts of Felony 1 Rape and six counts of Felony 3 Gross Sexual Imposition was dismissed and replaced by the current F5 Bill of Information... read more.
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