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Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in March 2014, down from 6.5 percent in February, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment increased 600 over the month, 5,282,300 in February to 5,282,900 in March. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in March was 353,000, down 24,000 from 377,000 in February. The number of unemployed has decreased by 68,000 in the past 12 months... read more.
Fairboard has regained possession of fire area
The Directors for the Great Darke County Fair are pleased to announce that the fire investigation team and all outside, interested parties attended a joint evidence exam session on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10:00am regarding the December 27, 2013 fire loss. As a result of that session, the Fairboard has regained possession of the area, allowing the Fairboard and Insurance Company approved demolition contractor to begin the cleanup project on... read more.
The Hill… High court to decide fate of renegade television service, By Julian Hattem
The Supreme Court is primed to make a decision on copyright law that could change the way people receive broadcast television. Broadcasters are fighting to stop the tech service Aereo, arguing it operates illegally and undermines their business. They say allowing the service to continue could spell the end of free, over-the-air broadcast television. For a monthly fee, the Barry Diller-backed company lets users watch broadcast channels such as... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Dayton TV station calls for auditions for local reality show, Olivia Barrow - Dayton’s CW is launching a reality show about local high school graduates preparing for the next step in their lives. WBDT-TV will begin airing the show, called The Valley, this fall after following five high school graduates throughout their summers. “We’re excited to bring a unique, locally produced reality show to the television viewers of the Dayton area,” said Joe Abouzeid, president and general manager... read more.
WND… Al Gore: Critics 'immoral, unethical and despicable', Bob Unruh
Climate crusader rants: 'The future of civilization is at stake' - Al Gore, known for wild rants about global warming, including one where his foul language earned him the description “mentally unstable,” is at it again. Only this time he’s complaining about those who put up “barriers” to his agenda that critics say includes cracking down on carbon emissions, buying and selling credits for that activity and putting the American coal industry out of business. “The ‘barriers’ to doing something about climate... read more.
Akron Beacon Journal… Drilling-rich watershed district looking to reduce assessment paid by 500,000 Ohio landowners, By Bob Downing - April 16, 2014 - Property owners from Akron to the Ohio River could see a reduction in the annual assessment paid to the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District starting next year. The reason: The district is flush with cash from Utica Shale leases and royalties paid on natural gas and liquids produced from wells on district-owned land. Reducing the assessment — about $12 a year for most landowners — will be recommended Friday when the district’s five-member... read more.
Become informed then vote
With the May 6th Primary elections fast approaching, the League of Women Voters of Darke County urges residents to get out to vote for their favorite candidates. This spring, LWV will not hold its usual Candidates Night due to local offices being unopposed.  Each citizen should become informed about the candidates for local government and those running for state offices.  However, several ballot issues are up for voter consideration. In the village of Versailles, Issue # 8 proposes a... read more.
Police make warrant arrests, cite for child endangering
4/11/2014 - On April 5 police stopped at Circle Mart and the officer noticed a male subject, Thomas Boner, at the counter. The suspect had a warrant through Darke County Municipal Court for Failure to Appear on a Probation Revocation Hearing; original charge DUI (Driving Under the Influence). Boner was arrested and transported to the Mercer County jail. On April 7 police were dispatched to 425 Martin... read more.
Vision for America… Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Veterans To Warn Neighbors Of Their Combat Service - Posted on April 17, 2014 - Following a second mass shooting at Fort Hood, at least one lawmaker thinks a bill currently under consideration will ensure the safety of American communities by requiring the estimated 2.6 million unstable veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan to tell their neighbors of their combat service. The Fortify & Unite Communities to Keep Veterans’ External Threats Secure Act (H.R. 1874) which was introduced on Tuesday, would require military veterans to... read more.
text… New Earth found
Its sun's name is Tau Ceti, visible to the naked eye and the planet is one of five in its orbit, thought to have the conditions to support life. Tau Ceti, identical to the Earth's Sun, is a mere 12 light years away, just 120 trillion kilometres. The breaking news is that one of these five planets is thought to contain water. And life. The news comes in the next edition of Astronomy and Astrophysics which provides further information on the... read more.
Rep. Adams to Host Event to Honor Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice
TROY, Ohio—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) will be hosting a dedication program to honor Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice, a soldier and native of Troy who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. A portion of State Route 55 in Miami County will be named the “Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice Memorial Highway” in his honor. The program will be held on Monday, May 12th at 10 a.m. at the Troy Christian Church, located at 1440 E. State Route 55 in Troy. Members of the public and the media are invited to... read more.
Blue Bag Media… Mother gets 90 days for death of daughter, By Clinton Randall
4/14/2014 - GREENVILLE - The mother of a deceased child will stay in jail until the middle of May after Judge Jonathan Hein ordered the recommended 90 day sentence. Lauren K. Jones, 28, of Greenville appeared in the Darke County Common Pleas Court with her attorney Jack Hemm of Miami County April 11 for sentencing. She and her husband, Scott A. Webber, 29, were charged after an... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… 3 ways to win the war against your inbox, By Heinan Landa
Apr 15, 2014 - You left the office at 7 p.m. last night — and emails were still coming in. After the kids were asleep, you responded to 20 or so. This morning, over coffee, you replied to about 10 more. Still, when you entered your office today, 60 new emails were waiting. Sound familiar? This is the world in which we live. The overuse of email is killing productivity, efficiency and (perhaps) even the message medium itself. I struggle with this problem constantly. How are you supposed to do your job when you... read more.
Upstart Business Journals… The priceless marketing of a $100 grilled cheese, Teresa Novellino
The UpTake: Here's one Chicago restaurant's real recipe for a $100 grilled cheese: turn a commonplace lunch item into a luxury meal with premium ingredients, place a decadent price tag on it, cook up a press release and watch the incredulous headlines roll in. Are you crazy enough to pay $100 for a Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese, a limited-edition sandwich that a restaurant and bar at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago, announced... read more.
The Hill… Is Obama enforcing the law? By Benjamin Goad
On issues ranging from marijuana legalization and criminal sentencing to healthcare and immigration, the president’s lieutenants have taken actions that critics say violate his constitutional duty to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The administration has sought to deflect the criticism, claiming not only that the president has acted within his power, but that an obstructive Congress has left him no other choice. In testimony Wednesday before the House Judiciary... read more.
Three Arrested for Meth Trafficking in Darke County
On April 14, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, along with Darke County Deputies and the Arcanum Police, conducted two separate meth buy/bust operations.   The first such operation occurred at 6825 State Route 722, where Patricia Mullins (41) of Lewisburg was taken into custody without incident.  A short time later at 2494 US Route 127, Ashley Bowling (28) of Dayton and Christopher... read more.
Blue Bag Media… Judge to decide fate of father, By Clinton Randall
4/13/2014 - GREENVILLE - The bench trial of Scott A. Webber, a 29-year-old Greenville resident, concluded April 10 and is now in the hands of Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein. Webber and his wife Lauren K. Jones, 28, were charged after the death of their 16-month-old daughter. The couple was indicted on one count each of Endangering Children, a felony of the third degree; and Involuntary... read more.
FBI… Advice for U.S. College Students Abroad
04/14/14 - Be Aware of Foreign Intelligence Threat - Three years ago, Glenn Duffie Shriver, a Michigan resident and former college student who had studied in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), was sentenced to federal prison in the U.S. for attempting to provide national defense information to PRC intelligence officers. (See sidebar for more on the case.) According to the Institute of... read more.
Injury accident McNutt Road east of US 127
Greenville - On April 13, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to McNutt Rd. just east of US127 reference to an injury accident involving a motorcycle. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2010 Harley Davidson, driven by Ray Homsi (52) of Clayton, was heading southeast on McNutt Rd. when he tried to negotiate a curve and lost control of his motorcycle in some loose gravel.  Homsi went off the right side of the... read more.
Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 30% Say U.S. is Heading in Right Direction - Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 40%, Republicans 39% - Investors Continue to Have More Confidence in Personal Finances Than Consumers. Just a week after the Obama administration declared its health insurance sign-up program a success, Kathleen Sebelius, the Cabinet secretary in charge of the new national health care law, announced her resignation. Mixed message or part of the plan... read more.
The Hill… Members: Boehner will stay on, By Molly K. Hooper
04/08/14 - Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) will run for Speaker again if Republicans win control of the Senate this fall, according to a survey of GOP lawmakers conducted by The Hill. But if Democrats retain their Senate majority, all bets are off, the Republican lawmakers said. Boehner’s future is a hot topic in the nation’s capital. The 64-year-old Speaker and his staffers have repeatedly insisted he isn’t retiring any time soon. They also point out that Boehner... read more.
The Business Journals… Why women didn't apply: A primer on how not to write a help-wanted ad, Gina Hall - Job descriptions have keywords that can either recruit or repel you. A buzzword that has always cautioned me away from a job is "thick-skinned." Less because I'm sensitive and more because those are code words for "crazy boss." As it turns out, there are plenty more keywords in want ads that are turn-offs for women, which may keep them from applying for leadership positions. According to a... read more.
Los Angeles Times… Mexico confirms confrontation with Border Patrol agents, By Richard A. Serrano and Tracy Wilkinson - Two armed Mexican soldiers crossed into Arizona in January and faced off with the U.S. officers. April 1, 2014 - WASHINGTON — Two heavily armed, camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed 50 yards inside Arizona in January and drew their guns against U.S. Border Patrol agents who confronted them in a tense standoff, according to documents obtained by The Times/Tribune Washington Bureau. U.S. officials said it was one of nearly two dozen border incursions... read more.
Mandell… Financial Summit focuses on the economic and financial issues facing states
COLUMBUS - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel is proud to be hosting the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF) financial summit in Columbus this week. State treasurers and chief financial officers from across the country are convening in Columbus to discuss important fiscal issues like public pension reform, municipal bankruptcy, and public finance. "I am proud to host State Treasurers from across the... read more.
CNS News… Americans on Medicaid Exceed Population of UK, By Terence P. Jeffrey
April 7, 2014 - ( - The number of Americans who were enrolled in Medicaid at any time during fiscal 2013 exceeded the entire population of the United Kingdom, according to new data published by the federal government’s Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC). Were Medicaid a nation instead of a U.S. entitlement program it would be the 20th most populous country on earth. "The estimated number of individuals ever covered by Medicaid remained steady at... read more.
Daily Caller… Survey: US sees sharpest health insurance premium increases in years
Sarah Hurtubise - Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in years, according to a Morgan Stanley survey of insurance brokers. The investment bank’s April survey of 148 brokers found that this quarter, the average premium increase for customers renewing an insurance plan is 12 percent in the small group market and 11 percent in the individual market, according to Forbes’ Scott Gottlieb... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… Sexual Assault Services Increase for More than 460,000 Ohioans Over Past Year - (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that more than 460,000 Ohioans now have increased access to sexual assault services following the first year of the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Services Expansion Program. Attorney General DeWine announced the formation of the program in March 2013 after a survey conducted by his office's Crime Victim Services Section found that only... read more.
CNS News… Boehner on IRS Scandal: 'I Want to Know Who Is Going to Jail' By Susan Jones
April 8, 2014 - ( - House Speaker John Boehner says the House Ways and Means Committee will go into executive session on Wednesday to outline the criminal case against former IRS official Lois Lerner for "misleading the Congress." "When someone asked me the question, well, who should be fired? I said I don't know -- I don't care who is going to be fired. I want to know who is going to jail," Boehner told Fox News's Megyn Kelly on Monday. "The fact is that the IRS... read more.
Greenville City Schools Construction Projects Move Forward
Both of the upcoming construction projects continue to progress for Greenville Schools. A variety of district committees have worked hand in hand with Garmann Miller Architects and Engineers through the design process to develop plans for renovating at the high school facility and a new building for the K-8 students. The new and updated facilities will enhance the total educational... read more.
Blue Bag Media… Greenville Police Beat… Police respond to domestic violence, harassment and more - On March 26 Christopher Schlamb was cited for Domestic Violence by Threat and arrested following threats made on the victim. Schlamb had been cited earlier for disorderly conduct within the vicinity of a school after being in an intoxicated state and shooting a nail through his fingers with a nail gun. He also reportedly made suicide threats. When he returned from Wayne Hospital he reportedly told... read more.
The Hill… Republican leaders tamp down rebellion against Ryan budget, By Erik Wasson
House Republican leaders appear to have warded off a conservative effort to protest their decision to hold a voice vote on Medicare legislation by opposing Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget. Key critics of the leadership maneuver on the “doc fix” vote said Friday they planned on supporting the GOP budget authored by Ryan (R-Wis.). Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) was one of the members most angry about a voice vote last week on legislation to prevent a cut in physician payments under Medicare. The... read more.
Darke County Sheriff… Motorists warned to be alert to local volunteers on roadways April 12 & 13
Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer and the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Director Krista Fourman would like to advise motorists to use caution while traveling Darke County roadways in the upcoming weekend. On April 12th and April 13th Darke County Solid Waste Management District will be holding its 7th Annual Trash Bash.  Over 1100 volunteers and organizations will be cleaning up 635 miles of Darke County and Township roads... read more.
CNS News… 180,000 More Women Unemployed in March, By Ali Meyer
April 4, 2014 - ( - The number of women who were unemployed in  the United States climbed 180,000 in March, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In March, there were 4,850,000 unemployed women, 180,000 more than the 4,670,000 American women were unemployed in February, according to BLS. At the same time, the unemployment rate for women rose from 6.4 percent in February to 6.6 percent in March. To be counted as unemployed, a person... read more.
Drug Epidemic… Celina man found in vehicle in middle of road
Sheriff Jeff Grey reports the arrest of an individual for possession of drugs.  Mercer County Central Dispatch received a call on April 4, 2014 at 6:39 PM of a vehicle sitting in the middle of the roadway and the driver slumped over the wheel.  Deputies responded to Township Line near Oregon Road.  Deputies found a burgundy Plymouth sitting in the middle of the road.  Deputies made contact... read more.
April Grand Jury activity
GREENVILLE – R. Kelly Ormsby, III, prosecuting attorney for Darke County, released the following report on Grand Jury activity conducted by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Bruce D. Baldridge, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Theft based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department. James E. Smith, Jr., Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Passing Bad Checks based on an... read more.
Blue Bag Media… Filling jobs involves multi-faceted approach, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – There’s been a transition in the county. In 2009 Marc Saluk was hired as Darke County’s new Economic Development Director. “In the beginning,” he said, “ED (economic development) had to be developed… payoff seemed a little vague to employers and community leaders.” Today there is no need to sell the concept or a project, he continued. “It shows how the county and Partnering for... read more.
Rep. Adams Announces Passage of Bill Impacting Ohio Land Banks
COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 172, which modifies laws regarding land reutilization programs and property tax foreclosures. Regarding its passage, Adams, released the following statement: “Senate Bill 172 modifies state law to increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of acquiring abandoned properties into a land bank through tax foreclosure, while also protecting the constitutional rights of... read more.
Court Proceedings… Four convictions handed down
In the last couple of weeks the Darke County Common Pleas Court has handed down three prison sentences and one probation. In addition there was a guilty plea for later sentencing. All articles have links to complete stories on Blue Bag Media. They include: Sex offender gets 10 years for sexual battery, Bright faces up to 30 months in prison, Dean gets 15 months for Trafficking, Mother gets probation for not reporting infant abuse and Vanata pleads... read more.
text… Pillow fighters descend upon National Mall
Saturday - 4/5/2014 - Editor’s Note: This came from a reader who said “I think I’ve read everything now.” Ye olde editor is playing footsy and he 70 agrees. National Pillow Fight Day? - WASHINGTON -- Pillow fighters are encouraged to gather at the Washington Monument on Saturday for International Pillow Fight Day. The annual event will be held 2-4 p.m. The organizers of the pillow fight day say prospective pillow fighters should meet... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Ohio gets one step closer to recognizing same-sex marriages, by Olivia Barrow - A federal court judge in Ohio has announced he will strike down Ohio’s ban on recognizing legal same-sex marriages from other states. Judge Timothy Black, a U.S. District Judge for southern Ohio, said his ruling on April 14 on the case Henry v. Wymyslo will require Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. The ruling gets the state one step closer to legalizing gay marriage in Ohio, but there is... read more.
Rasmussen… What They Told Us: Reviewing Last Week’s Key Polls
Saturday, April 05, 2014 - 28% Say U.S. is Heading in Right Direction - Generic Congressional Ballot: Democrats 39%, Republicans 38% - 21% Of Consumers Rate Economy as Excellent/Good - March Madness is upon us. Much of the country is caught up in the NCAA basketball playoffs that come to a head this weekend, but 48% of Americans think most big-time college athletic programs play dirty when it comes to recruiting. No wonder then that only 24% believe the NCAA does a good or excellent... read more.
Police Beat… Nail gun injury, traffic stops lead to OVI arrests
On March 26 police were dispatched to 412 Armstrong St. regarding Christopher Schlamb allegedly intoxicated and having taken Klonopin to kill himself. When officers arrived they spoke with Schlamb who said he was working on home repair and did not want to harm himself. He said he’d been drinking and did take Klonopin but only what was prescribed. On March 24 the Klonopin prescription bottle... read more.
Blue Bag Media… Heavy rainfall causes county flooding, By Clinton Randall
DARKE COUNTY - Water levels rose throughout Darke County as heavy rain moved through the region. The National Weather Service issued a Flood Watch that will be in effect until 10 a.m. Friday. Forecasters are calling for rainfall to continue throughout the day Friday as well. Some rural roadways in Darke County are becoming almost too dangerous to pass as water covers both lanes of travel... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Drones swarm over downtown Dayton fire, Tristan Navera
It was sort of a shock for me to hear the now-familiar buzz of a quadcopter as I stepped out of my car last night. Like everyone else downtown, I was stunned at the enormous column of smoke rising from the factory district near downtown just after 5:30 p.m. yesterday evening, as the former Harris-Thomas Industries Inc. building on Harshman avenue burned. But as reporters arrived on the scene, so did a crowd... read more.
State Senator Bill Beagle… Capital Budget Advances Local Projects, Invests in Job Creation
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today announced the 2014 Ohio Capital Budget has cleared both chambers of the General Assembly and will now be delivered to Governor John Kasich for his signature. The bill funds needed improvements to public facilities across the state including schools, colleges and universities, and parks. The legislature generally approves a capital budget every two years in order to fund pressing construction... read more.
The White House… America deserves a raise
Hey, all -- Last Friday, I spoke at a rally in Cleveland about raising the minimum wage. While I was there, I had the opportunity to talk with 11-year-old Jesseca Hudson, who came out to show her support. Before I'd even boarded my plane back to D.C., she had already emailed me, telling me how she wanted to help in the fight to give millions of workers the wages they deserve. Jesseca doesn't think that someone working full-time should struggle to make ends meet. But full-time workers earning... read more.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Election Advisory for May 6
Nearly 24,000 voters requested ballots for May 6th Primary Election ahead of start of early voting today; deadline to register to vote is one week away. COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted announced today that county boards of elections have received nearly 24,000 requests for absentee ballots ahead of the 2014 May Primary. Secretary Husted is also reminding Ohioans that absentee voting beings today and there is... read more.
FBI… Child Predator... Help Us Identify John Doe 28
04/02/14 - The FBI is seeking the public’s help to stop a child predator. The unidentified individual we are seeking is known only as John Doe 28. In November 2012, online video of the man engaging in sexually explicit activities with a young boy was reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), an organization that works closely with the Bureau to stop child predators. The video contains a brief image... read more.
Accident on U.S. 36 sends one to hospital
On April 2, 2014 at 2:14 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue were dispatched to US36 at Greentree Dr. reference a two vehicle, semi vs. car, injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Chevy Camaro, driven by Linda L. Stacey (71) of Ft. Wayne, was eastbound on US36 and was stopped for a vehicle that was waiting to make a left turn on to Greentree Dr.  A 2005 International semi, driven by Gary G. Lockhart (49) of Thomasville, NC, was also eastbound on... read more.
Ohio Organized Crime Task Force Seizes Cocaine, Approximately $300,000
Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force Has Seized $7.6 Million in Drugs, $1.8 Million in Cash Since September - (DAYTON, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Acting Special Agent in Charge William Hayes announced today that an ongoing investigation has led to the seizure of more than a quarter of a million dollars and nearly 50 pounds of cocaine... read more.
The Hill… Poll: Dems missing mark with swing voters, By Alexander Bolton
03/30/14 - A new political advocacy group has teamed up with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) to argue that the economic inequality agenda of Senate Democrats is a loser with swing voters. That might be why some centrist Democrats facing uphill campaign battles have kept their distance from the Democratic leadership’s agenda items. The group, Each American Dream, which has a starter budget of $1 million, has commissioned a poll showing that 67 percent of swing voters believe expanding... read more.
Mercer County Drug Bust
Celina, Ohio – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey announced his Office and the Grand Lake Task Force conducted an 8 hour drug interdiction operation on March 27, 2014.  Deputies were assisted with a K-9 from Celina Police Department. Deputies made 54 traffic stops during the operation.  They issued 8 traffic citations, 46  written warnings, and 8 verbal warnings.  Deputies searched 5 vehicles... read more.
The Hill… US at odds with Middle East friends, By Justin Sink
The United States is at odds with its three most important allies in the Middle East, raising fundamental questions about the White House’s ability to shape regional events as President Obama arrives in Riyadh on Friday. Under Obama, a chill has settled on the U.S. relationships with Saudi Arabia and Israel, which both opposed U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear accord with Iran. And in Egypt, Obama has an uncertain partner, given the toppling of two governments since 2010... read more.
Metzger arrested for trafficking, endangering children
On March 28, 2014 a Darke County man arrested for drug trafficking and endangering children. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with Darke County Deputies executed a search warrant at 3540 Arcanum- Bearsmill Road, near Arcanum, Ohio.   Arrested was Colton Metzger (23), of Arcanum, who was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal... read more.
Rollover accident on U.S. 36
On March 29, 2014 at 4:49 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to US36 east of Stahl Rd. in reference to a one vehicle rollover accident. Preliminary investigation shows that a 2001 Buick, driven by Makayla Pearce (16) of Greenville, was westbound on US36.  Pearce was going around a curve and lost control of her vehicle. Pearce's vehicle slid off the left side of the road and struck a guard rail causing Pearce's vehicle to overturn and roll... read more.
Rollover accident on SR121
Greenville-On March 26, 2014 at approx. 10:04pm Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire Department and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to the area of State Route 121 and Byrket Road in reference to a single vehicle roll over crash. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Pontiac, driven by Tayler Crawford (24) of Greenville was North bound on State Route 121 South of Byrket Road. Crawford traveled of the left side of the roadway, over correcting then traveling off the right... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Good news for Amazon, bad news for Dell: Here are America's top business brands, Scott Bridges - Amazon has passed Apple as the favorite business brand among small and medium-sized companies in the United States. FedEx has for the first time edged out UPS as the preferred go-to shipping company for those same influential SMB owners. And Dell seems to be slipping significantly with that sector of the economy. Those are among several important shifts reflected in an annual survey of more than... read more.
FBI… The selling of innocence: Testimony
Michael T. Harpster, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division - Federal Bureau of Investigation - Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, Washington, D.C. - March 26, 2014 - Good morning Chairman Sensenbrenner, Ranking Member Scott, Vice Chairman Gohmert, and distinguished members of the subcommittee. I am pleased to be here with... read more.
Visitors Bureau board approves relocation and creation of welcome center
GREENVILLE, OH (March 25, 2014) – The Board of Trustees of the Darke County Visitors Bureau (DCVB) announced their decision to relocate the office from the second floor of The Palace to a store front location at 421 South Broadway, to create a Welcome Center next to KitchenAid Experience. “The DCVB is extremely excited to have the opportunity to relocate to a ground level, store front location in historic downtown Greenville, the county seat. This move will allow the Visitors Bureau to further... read more.
Cleveland Plain Dealer… Kasich signs calamity days bill giving school districts some relief from the harsh winter, By Robert Higgs - March 26, 2014 - COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. John Kasich signed legislation Wednesday to give school districts some relief from the long winter that already has prompted many to exceed their allotments of calamity days. The legislation, approved earlier this month in a compromise between the Ohio House and Senate, provides schools with four additional calamity days. Districts first will... read more.
Husted Marks Democracy Day, Kicks Off Grads Vote During Portage County Visit
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today joined more than 150 students at Windham High School in Portage County to commemorate Democracy Day and kick off Grads Vote 2014. “Voting is not only a right, but also a responsibility,” Secretary Husted said. “By educating future generations of voters about the role they can have in deciding the outcome of an election, which has a direct impact on their lives, we will... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Who's the boss on birth control coverage? The employer or government? by Kent Hoover - Does a corporation have religious rights? That's the question the U.S. Supreme Court wrestled with Tuesday as they heard arguments from two businesses that contend they shouldn't be required to provide their employees with coverage for all forms of birth control. These businesses, Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., contend that the... read more.
State Rep. Richard Adams… Funding for Local Projects Announced
H.B. 497, the capital budget, targets state dollars within communities - COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard N. Adams (R-Troy) has announced the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 497, the state’s capital budget bill, which appropriates funding for local projects within the 80th House District. The Bradford Rail Museum located in Miami County will receive $275,000 for renovations that will include adding... read more.
State Senator Bill Beagle… Ohio Libraries Supported by Beagle Resolution
COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Concurrent Resolution 22, sponsored by State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), which urges the U.S. Congress to bring libraries, publishers and other interested parties together to find a cost-effective solution to providing increasingly popular eBooks. Currently, public libraries are finding it difficult to access digital media due to its higher cost. Libraries sometimes pay up to 10 times the cost of digital materials... read more.
Police Beat… Drugs, alcohol and more keep police busy
On March 14 police were dispatched to Harrison Avenue regarding a possible dead body. A male subject was lying on the floor of the bathroom, purple/blue in color. There was a syringe about half full of a clear substance suspected to be heroin. There was also a silver spoon on the floor near the subject. The subject’s sister was talking on a cell phone and attempting to do chest compressions. The officer detected a pulse and shallow breathing. When... read more.
Darke County Sheriff’s Office… Local man stabbed at underage party
On Sunday, March 23, 2014 at approximately 1:56 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Wayne Healthcare ER of a stabbing victim that had been received there.  They advised that the victim was brought to them by some friends. A deputy was dispatched to Wayne ER and learned that the victim was 24 year old Christopher A. Bowles of Greenville, OH.  The investigation revealed the Bowles subject had attended a large party located at 3114 Byrket Road in Darke County... read more.
Supreme Court Rules on Minimum and Consecutive Sentences for Certain Juvenile Offenses
By Kathleen Maloney - March 13, 2014 - A juvenile court has the authority to commit a delinquent juvenile to confinement with the department of youth services for a minimum time greater than the statutory minimum of 30 days when the juvenile has violated his supervised release, according to a decision today by the Ohio Supreme Court. In the court’s majority opinion, Justice William M. O’Neill wrote that a juvenile court may also impose commitment periods consecutively when a juvenile is found... read more.
Ohio and U.S. Employment Situation (Seasonally Adjusted)
Ohio's unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in February 2014, down from 6.9 percent in January, according to data released this morning by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Ohio’s nonfarm wage and salary employment decreased 4,600 over the month, from a revised 5,284,600 in January to 5,280,000 in February. The number of workers unemployed in Ohio in February was 377,000, down 18,000 from 395,000 in January. The number of unemployed has decreased by 44,000... read more.
Wind damages tree at junior high
GREENVILLE – On March 15 Greenville City School District maintenance personnel were doing initial cleanup for a tree damaged the previous evening at the junior high school. According to Greenville Supt. Doug Fries the damage occurred about 6 p.m. due to heavy winds. There was no damage to the junior high school. He indicated the District will probably hire... read more.
Sex offender gets 90 days, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley wanted nine months prison for each of two offenses, Felony 5 Attempted Gross Sexual Imposition, served consecutively, for the offender, Paul Jessup. Darke County Judge Jonathan Hein said he understood that, but added he had to follow rules of evidence. “The warden, the governor, the legislature don’t expect us to send first offenders... read more.
Senator Bill Beagle… Capital Budget Advances Local Projects, Invests in Job Creation
COLUMBUS– Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today announced the introduction of Ohio’s 2014 Capital Budget, which will provide state investment dollars to support local community projects. This year’s Capital Budget included many different community projects for the Miami Valley. “I am excited to see funds made available through wise economic policies and investment strategies be used for projects in... read more.
A life of substance without substances, By Bob Robinson
DAYTON – “I stole from them, I lied to them… I did everything a junkie does,” said college graduate Matt Stevens. But they didn’t give up on him. Acknowledging the 12 years he spent on drugs, the people he hurt, Stevens was grateful for his family’s support. “Having them in my corner means a lot… mom, dad, my sister… I have a stack of mail from family, friends and relatives. My sister has written... read more.
Faber, Beagle Honor Corynna Strawser, Mitochondrial Disease
COLUMBUS– Ohio Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) and Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today introduced Senate Bill 300, which will designate the month of September as “Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Month” in Ohio. The purpose of this legislation is to raise awareness in Ohio about mitochondrial disease, and to honor an avid mitochondrial disease awareness advocate, Corynna Strawser. Strawser, a 16-year-old from Greenville... read more.
Criminal charges filed against Toyota; $1.2 billion penalty
U.S. Department of Justice - March 19, 2014 - Justice Department Announces Criminal Charge Against Toyota Motor Corporation and Deferred Prosecution Agreement with $1.2 Billion Financial Penalty… Toyota Motor Corporation Admits to Misleading Consumers and U.S. Regulator about Safety Issues Related to Unintended Acceleration in Its Cars; Independent Monitor to be Appointed to Oversee Toyota’s Public Statements and Reporting of Safety Issues. WASHINGTON—U.S.... read more.
Police Beat… Suspect assaults former girlfriend; youth drug offenses
On March 6 police were dispatched to a residence by victim who said she had been assaulted by former boyfriend Justin Dispennette. The victim said Dispennette had knocked on her bedroom window and insisted she let him in or he would damage her vehicle and break windows of her residence. She went to the front door to check on her vehicle; Dispennette reportedly pushed her back into her residence. She... read more.
DeWine Announces Help for No. 1 Consumer Complaint: Motor Vehicles
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today a new tool to help consumers buy used cars.  The Attorney General’s Used Car Buyer Checklist covers purchasing, maintenance, and contract issues. “Any time a consumer invests in a car, it is a big financial decision,” Attorney General DeWine said. “This Checklist will equip consumers with information we hope will save them time, money, and hassle.” The Used Car Buyer Checklist provides guidance to consumers on a number... read more.
A talk about drugs to parents and their kids, By Bob Robinson
ANSONIA – It was brutal and it was an eye opener… “That’s why we didn’t include kindergarten through second grade. It wouldn’t have been a good idea.” Ansonia Elementary School Principal Krista Stump talked about the March 3 visit from Joe Van Vickle, Darke County Coroner’s office, and members of the Darke County Drug Task Force. The purpose was to inform families about drugs and “how they are impacting adults and children in Darke County... read more.
Celina B&E bust leads to pot bust
Celina, OH – Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey reports his office is investigating several related incidents.   On Thursday 3-13-2014 at 3:39 PM  Deputies responded to a reported breaking and entering at 7272 Prairie Brook Drive Celina Ohio.  The owner of the residence reported cash, collector coins, jewelry, and a safe taken in the break in. At 7:20 PM Deputies went to 345 South Green Street in Mendon to serve an unrelated warrant, and attempt to locate the suspect in the breaking and entering on Prairie Brook Drive.  Deputies were initially permitted to search the residence by the owner. While searching for the... read more.
DeWine Announces More than 3,000 Sexual Assault Kits Tested by BCI
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that forensic scientists with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have now tested more than 3,000 previously untested rape kits as part of the Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative. "As of today our scientists have tested 3,010 kits that may have never been tested if not for this initiative, and I am happy that we've... read more.
Blue Bag Media… $40 Million Investment and 400 Jobs for Whirlpool in Greenville, By Ryan Berry - 3/14/2014 - GREENVILLE – “This announcement is going to affect one of the world’s greatest manufacturing teams,” said Ken Hossler, plant leader for Whirlpool’s Greenville plant. “It couldn’t happen without you.” He then handed the mic via video conference to Marc Bitzer, president of Whirlpool North America and Whirlpool Europe, Middle East and Africa, who joined the celebration from Chicago, IL. Bitzer... read more.
Phipps held on $50K bond, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Jesse James Phipps, 26, of Dayton was charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Drugs, Methamphetamine, within 1,000 feet of Greenville Junior High School, a Felony 2 offense, in Darke County Common Pleas Court March 13. Conviction would provide for a mandatory two to eight years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines. Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby asked for $50,000 bond... read more.
MonDay a “good steward of resources”, By Bob Robinson
DAYTON – The first-year recidivism rate for drug offenders at the MonDay Community Correctional Institution from 2010 is 15.4 percent; after the second year it climbed to 23.6 percent. From 2011 the first year rate is 16.9 percent; the second year is not yet available. Compare this to the American Psychological Association’s estimated recidivism rate for drug offenders released from prison with no treatment at 75... read more.
Rep. Adams Announces Funding for Local School Districts
Funding for Piqua, Covington schools will support district projects - COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of funding for Piqua City School District and Covington Exempted Village School District in support of various school district projects. The Ohio School Facilities Commission requested the release of a total of $130 million, which derives from the licensing fees for the Ohio Lottery video lottery terminals, according to... read more.
Courts Must Expressly Consider Youth as Mitigating Factor Before Imposing Life-Without-Parole Sentence on Juvenile, By Kathleen Maloney - March 12, 2014 - A trial court must reconsider the life-without-parole sentence of a juvenile convicted of two 2009 murders in Cincinnati, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today. In an opinion authored by Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger, the court held that the record must show that a trial court separately considered the youth of a juvenile offender as a mitigating factor (a circumstance that may lessen the punishment) before it sentences a juvenile to... read more.
DeWine, Reps. Dovilla and Blair push for harsher penalties for identity thieves targeting active-duty military families - (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and State Representatives Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) and Terry Blair (R-Washington Township) today pushed for harsher penalties against scammers who commit identity fraud and other theft crimes against active-duty service members and their spouses. House Bill 471 amends the current identity fraud, theft, and securing writings by deception statutes to increase penalties for felons whose targets... read more.
One Arrested for Trafficking in Meth in Darke County
On March 12, 2014 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit along with Darke County Deputies and officers from the Greenville Police Department conducted a meth buy/bust operation in Greenville, Ohio.   Arrested was Jesse James Phipps (26) of Dayton.   Phipps was taken into custody without incident and is currently being housed at the Darke County Jail where he awaits formal charges of... read more.
Community leaders address drug problem, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Ten years ago three to five percent of all autopsies showed death was due to drugs, according to Darke County Coroner Dr. Tim Kathman. “Last year it was 31 percent… so far this year? All of them!” This was just one set of statistics that “opened the eyes” of community and business leaders Feb. 28 at Wayne Healthcare. According to Sharon Deschambeau, director of the Darke... read more.
Greenville Police Beat… Police respond to injured pedestrian, dog attack and more
On Feb. 20 police were dispatched to Shawnee and Wagner Avenues regarding a pedestrian hit while in the crosswalk. The pedestrian, William Price of Greenville, had a green light and was crossing the street when a vehicle driven by Erin Riffel allegedly struck him while in the process of making a left turn. The driver told police she did not see him. A witness said he heard a thump as the vehicle hit the man... read more.
State Representative Richard Adams… Funding released for Edison Community College
COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard Adams (R-Troy) has announced that the State Controlling Board approved the release of funding to Edison Community College for the Choose Ohio First Co-op and Internship Program. Edison Community College, in partnership with Upper Valley Career Center has been awarded a total of $269,665 to promote and encourage cooperative education and internship programs, according to documents from the Office... read more.
Beagle Efforts to Strengthen Child Enticement Statute Affirmed by High Court
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) introduced and saw enacted Senate Bill 64 in 2013 which sought to resolve the legal issues with Ohio's child enticement statute. The bill was in response to a decision by the 9th District Court of Appeals, which ruled the former statute overly broad and unenforceable. The Ohio Supreme Court today upheld the appellate court ruling, further emphasizing the positive affect... read more.
McCarty gets 12 months prison, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Tracey McCarty, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of F3 Illegal Manufacture of Drugs in January and was offered two options by Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley and her attorney, Caroline Schmidt. One was 18 months (12 months prison and six months in the MonDay program); the other was a straight 12 months in prison with no treatment. The acknowledged addict chose the latter... read more.
DeWine Issues Auto-Title Loan Advisory
 (COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today urged consumers to carefully consider the terms and conditions of auto-title loans. “Auto-title loans use a consumer’s vehicle title as collateral,” Attorney General DeWine said. “That means that if consumers fail to pay off the loans, they risk losing their vehicles. These loans also may involve higher costs than consumers realize, and we want to make... read more.
Kasich credits Ohioans for sharp uptick in new jobs; Revised U.S. Department of Labor Data Shows 238,200 New Private-Sector Jobs Created in Past Three Years - COLUMBUS – Gov. John R. Kasich issued the following statement today in response to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor showing that Ohio created more than 238,000 new private-sector jobs in the past three years—67,700 more than the Department originally believed—as well as 70,000 new private-sector jobs in the past 12 months alone.  The new information was part of the Labor Department’s annual recalculation of jobs data and showed... read more.
Attorney General DeWine… Ohio to Receive More than $5 Million in Endo Pharmaceuticals Case
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that Ohio has joined with several other states and the federal government in a global settlement with the pharmaceutical product manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals. The $172,916,967 settlement resolves civil allegations of unlawful marketing practices aimed at promoting the drug Lidoderm for conditions not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which then caused false and... read more.
Husted rules Libertarian candidates not eligible for May primary
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today issued a decision concerning the protests against the Libertarian candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor and Attorney General that were filed on February 21, 2014. The protest hearings were held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  Based on the evidence and the law, the hearing officer concluded signatures were gathered contrary to state law (ORC 3501.38 (E)(1)), therefore Charles R. Earl and Sherry L. Clark are not eligible for nomination at the May 6, 2014 Primary Election by the Libertarian Party for the offices of Governor and Lieutenant Governor and Steven R. Linnabary is not eligible for nomination at the May 6, 2014 Primary Election by the Libertarian Party for the office of Attorney General.  The Secretary has adopted the hearing officer’s recommendations. Candidate protests are governed by ORC 3501.39 and 3513.05.
Darke County Crime Stoppers… $10,000 reward sparks renewed interest in double murder
Renewed interest has been sparked in a double murder occurring 17 years ago by the brother of one of the victims. He hopes bumping a $1,000 reward by the Darke County Crime Stoppers to $10,000 with $9,000 of his own will bring forth the evidence needed to convict the offender. The Greenville Police Department continue to investigate a double murder that occurred Feb. 23, 1997 in Greenville. The... read more.
“Please don’t give up on us,” says MonDay resident, By Bob Robinson
DAYTON – “I’ve done everything,” the 30-year-old Bradford resident said. “It was the heroin that brought me to my knees.” She was living in Columbus at the time. “My friends were doing it… I started with them. I got locked up for six months for possession.” Stacey Snyder has an Assoc. of Applied Science and a Medical Assistant degree. She was working in the medical field. Following her incarceration she was... read more.
Schedule improvements (with estimated costs) to Darke County Roads and Bridges for 2014
By: James P. Surber P.E.,P.S., Darke County Engineer - In addition to normal road and bridge maintenance, an estimated $3,136,508 worth of improvements to Darke County roads and bridges is scheduled for 2014 that will be 98 percent locally funded. Local funds are gas tax and license fees returned monthly to the County by the State of Ohio for County Highway operations. No real estate or sales taxes are used to fund any of this work. The unusually high costs of fighting snow and ice this year... read more.
Court News Ohio… Students from Six Cities to Compete in Mock Trial, By Stephanie Beougher
February 28, 2014 - High school students from Ohio’s urban schools will prove they have what it takes to be lawyers at the Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) 2014 Mock Trial Competition and Leadership Project Showcase at Columbus Africentric Early College. On Saturday, March 1, LLI students from six cities – Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Dayton, and Toledo – will assume witness and attorney roles and argue both sides of an original case. More than 70 LLI students prepared for the competition by... read more.
Secretary of State Husted… Husted sets Fair and Uniform Voting Hours for 2014 General Election
COLUMBUS – In adopting a proposal put forth by Democratic and Republican elections officials, Secretary Husted today announced a voting schedule that will ensure voters in all 88 counties will have an equal opportunity to cast a ballot in the 2014 statewide election. Secretary Husted’s directive issued today implements a bipartisan proposal by the Ohio Association of Elections Officials (OAEO) and will give Ohioans the ability to cast an absentee ballot in... read more.
Beagle Announces Legislative Scholarship Program
COLUMBUS-- State Senator Bill Beagle (R - Tipp City) recently announced that the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools is now taking applications for its 2014-2015 Legislative Scholarship Program. The program offers more than 280 scholarship opportunities worth more than $1 million. High school seniors are eligible to apply and participate. Those who are selected may use the scholarships to assist with tuition costs for certificate completion and associate or... read more.
E&P Includes Early Bird in Top 10
Editor & Publisher has released its story on the Ten Newspapers that do it Right. The Early Bird is the only free, weekly newspaper to be included in this honor. Also earning this honor were daily newspapers from Chattanooga, TN, Rochester, NY, Des Moines, Iowa, Peoria, IL, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Ottawa, IL, and York, PA. Editor & Publisher: 10 Newspapers... read more.
Police Beat… Disorderly conduct, drugs, assaults and more
On Feb. 26 police received a call from Daniel Cornett. He was being threatened at Danny’s Place by unknown subjects. Police found him walking at 419 E. Main St. He said there were guys doing heroin and he didn’t want them following him home. He had an odor of alcohol about him and appeared intoxicated. The officer took him to the alley behind 724 E. Main, where he is currently staying. Cornett told police the guys... read more.
Attorney General DeWine… Record Number of CCR Licenses Issued in 2013
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today issued a report indicating that more than 145,000 concealed carry licenses were issued in Ohio in 2013, the largest number since licenses were first issued in 2004. According to statistics reported to the Attorney General’s office, county sheriffs in Ohio issued 96,972 new licenses and 48,370 renewal licenses in 2013, or 145,342 total licenses... read more.
Attorney General DeWine… Heroin Recognition and Investigation Training for Law Enforcement Begins - (LONDON, Ohio) -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that new training developed to assist law enforcement officers in the fight against the heroin epidemic is now available. Ninety-four officers representing 48 agencies from 24 counties attended the "Heroin Epidemic: Recognition and Investigation" training provided by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, Wednesday. The free training was developed... read more.
Ohio Senator Bill Beagle… New EPA Grant Application for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) is pleased to announce the Ohio EPA’s new grant application opportunities for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund.  Potential applicants can view guidelines online now for the spring and summer 2014 grant cycles. “Continually pursuing environmental advancements through educational projects is of vital importance to the growth and sustainability of Ohio,” said Beagle. This grant is open to any group... read more.
Husted announces new Board of Elections appointments
COLUMBUS – Secretary of State Jon Husted today announced the appointment of 176 boards of elections members. The new board appointees, half of the 352 board members statewide, began their term on March 1, 2014. His appointments for Darke County are: David E. Niley D and Terry L. Haworth R. “Serving as an elections official in Ohio is both and honor and responsibility,” Secretary Husted said. “I look forward to working with each newly appointed board member to continue our... read more.
Ohio Governor, John Kasich, Named National MS Society Governor of the Year
February 27, 2014 - Ohio Governor John Kasich is the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s 2013 Governor of the Year. In 2013, Governor Kasich worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) and their families. Through political and procedural obstacles, he persevered to expand Medicaid in Ohio, ensuring that at least 275,000 more vulnerable residents—many of whom are living with disabilities—will receive comprehensive, affordable health... read more.
Bond set at $50,000 for Bryan Wombolt, By Ryan Berry
GREENVILLE – Bryan Wombolt, 27, was shackled as he came into the courtroom to answer to four counts of Sexual Battery, a Felony 3. The former Auxiliary Sheriff Deputy is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a Greenville High School student. Wombolt allegedly met the girl as he was performing duties as a deputy while in uniform. The defendant had little to say when answering the questions of Magistrate Anne Brumbaugh... read more.
Doing it Right! Local newspaper recognized with distinguished honor!
DARKE COUNTY -The Early Bird newspaper, locally owned and operated with distribution to 28,000 homes in Darke County, OH, was recently recognized as "One of Ten Newspapers that do it Right'' by Editor & Publisher (E & P),  a national newspaper and magazine trade industry publication.  E & P makes its selection from newspapers across the country from all circulation sizes; from large... read more.
Butts: intervention or prevention? By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Put 100 people in a local inpatient treatment facility who are not ready to beat their addiction, you will have zero percent success,” said Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts. Add to that, it’s expensive. Local estimates range from $700 to $800 a day. The national average is $898 a day. An inpatient program needs a minimum of 28 days to (hopefully) get an addict clean. Figuring the halfway... 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.
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.
State Senator Bill Beagle… Senate Clears “Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day”
COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate Bill 227, sponsored by State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), which would name the second Tuesday of each April as “Internship and Co-op Appreciation Day.” “Internships and co-ops provide students with exciting opportunities and insight into new career possibilities,” said Beagle, who serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Workforce and... read more.
Cantrell to serve 18 months for child endangering, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Cody R. Cantrell, 21, Greenville, to 18 months in prison for each of two Endangering Children charges, both Felony 3 offenses. The sentences are to be served concurrently. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charges after having been indicted by the Grand Jury for felonious assault and child abuse, both Felony 2 offenses. Cantrell... read more.
Drug overdose calls dangerous for paramedics, By Bob Robinson
DARKE COUNTY – “They get mean. They get violent,” said Eric Burns, director of Tri-Village Rescue. “We bring them out of it (a drug overdose), we’re taking away the buzz they paid good money for.” Burns and Steve Wenning, chief of Greenville Township Rescue… both said one of the most dangerous calls a paramedic can make is on a drug overdose. Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker agreed; saying there is an element of... read more.
Police Beat… Three incidents of Domestic Violence reported
On Jan. 19 police responded to a domestic abuse call regarding Daniel Griggs. According to the victim, he had come home drunk and accused her of stealing his money. She tried to remove herself from the situation but Griggs shoved her then began repeatedly punching her in the face. He caused bruising and swelling as well as scratches to the area of her left eye. She got away from him and went into... read more.
Boehner Hosts Ohio Job Creators at the State of the Union
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester), a former small business owner, today announced that his guests for the State of the Union will include employers in his district who say the president’s health care law is making it harder for them to hire. Congressman Boehner's guests included: Joe Brown, President and CEO of Hartzell Propeller in Piqua, OH... read more.
Kunc… The 2014 GOP State Of The Union Response
Transcript of the GOP response to the 2014 State of the Union as prepared. What an honor it is for me to be with you after the President’s State of the Union. Tonight we honor America – a nation that has witnessed the greatest rise of freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen. A nation where we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential. And a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol... read more.
Washington Post… Fact Checking the 2014 State of the Union address, By Glenn Kessler
January 28 - A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses often are very political speeches, an argument for the president’s policies, so context is sometimes missing. Here is a guide through some of President Obama’s more fact-challenged claims, in the order in which he made them. At the end, we also examine... read more.
Transit continues to grow in Greenville
Pamela Garland, Public Transportation Director for the City of Greenville, announced the end of the year figures for Greenville Transit System (GTS).  2013 had a ridership increase of 7.27% over 2012 and an increase of 53.8% since 2009.  GTS delivered 52,755 one-way trips during the year.  With the aging baby boomers, every indication is that the demand for public transportation will only increase. 72% of riders qualified for the Elderly... read more.
State Representative Jim Buchy… Buchy Applauds Recognition of Great Ohioans
Darke County Native Annie Oakley Receives Great Ohioan Award - COLUMBUS—State Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) today applauded the recent announcement by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) and the Capitol Square Foundation of the 2014 Great Ohioans. The Great Ohioan Award commemorates Ohioans who have played a significant role in an event or series of events of lasting significance in World, American... read more.
Washington Post… Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address
Published: January 28 - President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, my fellow Americans, today in America, a teacher spent extra time with a student... read more.
Ohio Senate Approves Agricultural Nutrient Management Bill, From Sam Custer
The Ohio Senate has approved a bill directing the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to establish a fertilizer applicator certification program in Ohio.  The sponsors of Senate Bill 150, Senator Cliff Hite and Senator Bob Peterson, designed the legislation to address agricultural nutrient runoff into Ohio waterways and the algae problems in Grand Lake St. Marys and Lake Erie.  According to Senator Hite, the bill hinges on a new education and certification program... read more.
Buchy supports the Governor’s Request for Additional Calamity Days
Buchy Recognizes the Need for more Calamity Days to Keep Ohio’s School Children Safe—and Encourages Local Schools to Use E-Day/Blizzard Bag as an Option in Future Years - Columbus—Following Governor Kasich’s call for additional snow days for Ohio’s schools, Representative Jim Buchy (R-Greenville) released the following statement: “Today, I learned that Governor Kasich has called for additional calamity... read more.
Kasich calls for extra school snow days
Urges Increasing Five-Day “Calamity Days” Cap, Keeping Focus on Student Safety - COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich urged the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Department of Education to work together on legislation providing a one-time increase in the number of days that schools can take off because of snow or bad weather.  Kasich said a one-time increase of just a few days is needed since so... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Targeted by Utility Bill Email Scam
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of unexpected email messages that appear to be utility bills. In the last two weeks, the Attorney General’s Office has received more than 30 reports of utility bill email scams from consumers across Ohio. “With bitterly cold temperatures affecting the state, you might expect your utility bill to be higher than usual,” Attorney General... read more.
FBI… Cincinnati Man Indicted for Producing Child Pornography Involving a Child He Babysat
January 22, 2014 - CINCINNATI—A federal grand jury has charged Caleb Zachary Storey, 30, Cincinnati, with one count each of production of child pornography and possession of child pornography, alleging that he took sexually explicit photographs of a child he babysat. Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Kevin R. Cornelius, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Cincinnati, announced the indictment returned today... read more.
King gets 30 months for drug conviction
GREENVILLE – On Jan. 21 Joseph D. King was sentenced to 30 months in prison for Illegal Assembly or Possession of Chemicals for the Manufacture of Drugs, a third degree felony. Following King’s plea of guilty to the charge, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein noted he did not see a need for a pre-sentence investigation due to the seriousness of the offense and “its impact on the victim.” He noted a... read more.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted… Ohio deemed “All Star” state in voting process
COLUMBUS – Today the Presidential Commission on Elections Administration, established by President Obama’s Executive Order 13639, released its bipartisan recommendations on how to improve the voting experience across the nation. In regards to the recommendations, available here, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted: “This commission of Republicans and Democrats recommended for the nation what we... read more.
State Rep. Adams… Adams Announces Passage of Infrastructure Improvement Resolution
Proposed ballot initiative would allocate funds without raising taxes - COLUMBUS—State Representative Richard N. Adams (R-Troy) yesterday announced the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 6 in the House of Representatives, an infrastructure improvement resolution which authorizes nearly $2 billion in funding for improvement projects. Representative Adams cosponsored SJR 6 as a member of the House Finance and Appropriations... read more.
Court News Ohio… Supreme Court Adopts New Parenting Coordination Rules, By Bret Crow
January 24, 2014 - The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted new rules governing local courts’ use of parenting coordination that take effect on April 1. The new Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio would apply to those courts that wish to use parenting coordination, a child-focused alternative dispute resolution process that can be ordered by a court in which a parenting coordinator assists families in implementing parental rights... read more.
FBI… Scam on the Run: Fugitive Identity Thief Led Global Criminal Enterprise
01/22/14 - Cyber thief graphicHe made a living stealing other people’s identities… and then their money. And what a living it was—more than enough to bankroll luxury homes, fancy cars, expensive clothes and jewelry, and nights spent in clubs and casinos. When law enforcement was about to swoop in and arrest the thief, he managed to flee the country and continue his extravagant lifestyle abroad for about four years. Eventually, thanks to investigators who wouldn’t give up... read more.
Cockrell gets Community Control, MonDay program, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Julie Cockrell, New Madison, was sentenced to 60 months of Community Control, along with the MonDay program, for Felony 3 Trafficking. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein remanded her to the Darke County Jail to await her admission to the program. “It’s one thing not to be productive,” Hein told the defendant. “To go through the justice system you just ‘take’ – drain the system... read more.
Rasmussen… Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove (see trends). The latest figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 38% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -14. Results are updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail... read more.
Sex offender gets 30 days in jail, supervision and tongue-lashing, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “How long will it take you to get rid of that stinking attitude? I’m not sure MonDay can do that for you.” Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Zachary Geiger, Richmond, Ind., to 30 days in jail, intense supervision for up to 60 months and Tier 1 Sex Offender status for Felony 4 Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor or Corruption of a Minor on Jan. 17. Geiger, 19, pleaded guilty... read more.
Single vehicle crash on SR 571
On January 23, 2014 at approximately 3:09 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City, Oh. Fire Department and Rescue responded to the 1400 block of SR 571 on a report of a one-vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Ramona C. Prosser 61, of Union City, Oh. was driving a 1999 Gray Chevy Blazer when she lost control on a partially snow covered roadway, due to the blowing snow and  traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole in the drivers door... read more.
Suspects captured in Circle Mart robbery
On January 23, 2014 at approximately 6:29a.m., the Greenville Police Department responded to the Circle Mart at 100 E. Main St. on a report of an armed robbery.  During the initial investigation, officers located one possible suspect at 307 N. Main St. in Greenville.  After one subject was taken to the police department for questioning, a second suspect fled from the residence.  After a foot pursuit, I 7... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Outlook improves for construction -- if firms can find skilled workers
Kent Hoover - This year is shaping up to be a good year for the construction industry -- if contractors can find enough qualified workers. A survey of more than 800 construction firms by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 41 percent plan to add workers this year, compared with only 2 percent that plan layoffs. The rest either plan no change in staffing or don't know yet. Last year... read more.
Tri-County Board Commits Funds for Residential Opiate Treatment
At its regular meeting January 15 the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services approved a strategic plan to guide the Board through 2016 and beyond. Effective immediately, the plan outlines key activities for Board directors and staff to plan, fund, monitor, and evaluate mental health and recovery services in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties. Executive Director Mark McDaniel thanked the Board, staff and guests in attendance for their input on the plan. “We are pleased with how the goals... read more.
Accident on Oswalt-Good claims one life; First fatal crash on Darke County roads in 2014
On January 22, 2014 at approximately 1:20 PM Darke County Deputies along with Union City Fire and Rescue and Ft. Recovery Fire Department responded to the 12,800 block of Oswalt-Good Road on a report of a serious one-vehicle accident into a guardrail. Preliminary investigation revealed Rayne B. Honeycutt 27, of Union City, IN. was driving a black 1995 Suzuki Sidekick along with front passenger Christin M. Deaton 25, of Union City, IN.  The... read more.
Hunt arraigned on Felony 1 Aggravated Burglary, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Jason Lee Hunt, the suspect arrested following an alleged forced entry into a residence in New Madison on Jan. 12, was arraigned in Darke County Common Pleas Court Jan. 14 on a Felony 1 Aggravated Burglary charge. The arraignment took place by video from the Darke County Jail. Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein advised Hunt of his rights, noting the F1 charge could result in a maximum 11... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… Ohioans Report Losing Money to Debt Collection Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned Ohioans to beware of phony calls claiming consumers owe money. The office received more than 2,400 collections complaints in 2013, and hundreds of those complaints involved potential scams. Consumers who are taken advantage of by debt collection scams often report losing $200 to $300, though some lose thousands... read more.
Police Beat… Thefts, burglaries continue to be major issue
On Jan. 10 police were dispatched to the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 306 Devor St., regarding a theft complaint. Pastor Doug Klinsing advised items have come up missing over the past few months, most recently a snow blower in the past few days. Other items stolen include Kroger gift cards, bags of candy and a brass bell formerly belonging to the Greenville Lions Club. There was no evidence of forced entry and no suspects... read more.
The Hill… House Democrats break ranks with the White House on ObamaCare vote, By Pete Kasperowicz - Dozens of House Democrats broke ranks with President Obama on Friday to support legislation that would require people to be notified of security breaches under ObamaCare. The House passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, H.R. 3811, in a 291-122 vote. Sixty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, ignoring arguments from party leaders that the bill was a "messaging" vote meant to discourage people from signing up for insurance. The one-sentence bill says... read more.
“These kids are no different than my own” By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Every resident has violated probation; has been determined by the staff – and ultimately the judge – to need removal from the home. The (Darke County Juvenile) court runs the facility.” Scott Lind, director of Michael’s Resource and Treatment Center, commonly referred to as Michael’s Home, said there are two things common with every resident… “They come from a single-parent home and have... read more.
State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle Introduces Legislation to Automatically Refund Overpaid Business Taxes - COLUMBUS— Senators Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) and Bob Peterson (R-Sabina) joined State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) and Al Landis (R-Dover) today to introduce legislation—Senate Bill 263 and House Bill 402—that will require the Ohio Department of Taxation to notify Ohio businesses when they overpay their taxes and provide automatic refunds in the form of... read more.
Kasich issues emergency declaration to expedite heating propane shipments
COLUMBUS –Gov. John R. Kasich recently issued a statewide energy emergency declaration in order to expedite shipments of propane gas and help ease tight propane gas supplies brought on by the recent cold spell.  Propane gas is a common home-heating fuel in rural Ohio and delivered to both suppliers and homes by truck.  Kasich is also asking the federal government to take similar steps so that propane gas shipments can come into Ohio more quickly from other states... read more.
Neighbors gets MonDay in lieu of prison , By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Patricia A. Neighbors, Greenville, was sentenced on Jan. 13 to nine months in prison for Forgery, a Felony 5 offense, two years for Deception to Obtain, a Felony 2 offense, and one year for Illegal Processing of Drug Documents, Felony 4. All to be served concurrently for a total of two years. If consecutive, she would have been facing over 10 years in prison and more than $22,000 in fines. Prison time was not mandatory on any... read more.
Court News Ohio… Ready to Make Their Case, By Stephanie Beougher
January 13, 2014 - High school students in the Law and Leadership Institute at the University of Dayton have been doing a lot of work to get ready for their first Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Mock Trial Competition – where they will go head-to-head with other teams in an unscripted simulated trial. Lauren Baker, a ninth grader at Stivers School for the Arts, has been studying legal terms and courtroom procedures to make her case. “You... read more.
Dean held on $30K bond for Trafficking Marijuana, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Raul D. Dean was arraigned and held on $30,000 bond Jan. 14 on Trafficking in Marijuana in the Vicinity of a Juvenile, a Felony 4 offense. The arraignment took place by video from the Darke County Jail. After explaining to Dean his rights, Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein asked if he had an attorney. “I was hoping the court would provide one,” Dean answered. He said he had no job, no... read more.
State Senator Bill Beagle… Beagle announces over $1.8 B Local Government Infrastructure Investment
COLUMBUS–Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today announced the Ohio Senate has passed Senate Joint Resolution 6, which seeks to renew the State Capital Improvement Program (SCIP). The partnership between SCIP and the Ohio Public Works Commission finances public capital improvements to preserve and improve public... read more.
Drug court not worth the effort, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “Nothing comes for free,” said Darke County Judge Jonathan Hein. “In the past we hadn’t done anything about a drug court because it wasn’t worth the effort.” Hein was referring to the additional funding possible to set up a drug docket in Darke County. “If you establish a drug docket you have to follow the rules that go along with it.” He noted it was the same for any specialized docket. Miami County for instance has a drug court... read more.
Spencer tells state to return local money, do their own jobs, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “They cut our feet out from under us – cut our money – bolstering their big ideas.” Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer pulled no punches… “They want to teach about drugs in our schools but they didn’t include us. They want to send State Troopers in,” he said. “Quite frankly, that p***es me off!” He added in his opinion the state patrol has no authority on private property or going into local schools... read more.
Attorney General Mike DeWine… DeWine Warns of Tax Scams
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—In recognition of Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week, January 13-17, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned consumers to protect their personal information and watch for scams. “At this time of year, consumers are at a higher risk for tax-related identity theft and scams,” Attorney General DeWine said. “Ohioans can help protect themselves by researching the reputations of tax preparers, using secure websites when... read more.
Secretary of State Jon Husted… Husted reminds Ohioans: One Vote Matters
A number of local races and issues decided by just one vote in 2013 General Election - COLUMBUS - For anyone who has ever questioned the impact or importance of their vote, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today provided more evidence that one vote really does matter. Based upon review of 110 recounts conducted following the 2013 General Election on November 5th, 35 local races and eight... read more.
Governor John Kasich… Kasich launches ‘stop human trafficking’ awareness campaign
COLUMBUS -- Today, Gov. John Kasich kicked off a new public awareness campaign to ramp-up Ohio’s ongoing fight against human trafficking, the illegal trade of people for commercial sex or forced labor exploitation that enslaves approximately 1,000 Ohioans every year.  The new campaign, led by the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, gives Ohioans new resources for how they can personally help combat the... read more.
2014 county appropriations exceed revenues, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Auditor Carol Ginn presented the 2014 budget to Darke County Commissioners on Jan. 8. The General Fund Appropriations came to $17,192,224.60, an increase of $972,943.20 over 2013. Total appropriations, including funding from outside the county, was $55,165,766.24. The estimated revenue for the county’s general fund... read more.
CareFlight called for one-vehicle injury accident
On January 13, 2014 at approximately 11:43 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, and Greenville Township Rescue responded to the 2600 block of Stingley Road in reference to a one-vehicle injury crash. Preliminary investigation revealed Angel M. Cheadle 22, of Greenville, was driving a white 2007 Saturn Eastbound on Stingley Road, when she drove off the right side of the roadway. She over-corrected, striking the guardrail on the right side of the road which next caused... read more.
Aggravated Burglary Suspect Arrested in Darke County
On 1/12/2014 at approximately 0518 hours, deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an Aggravated Burglary that had recently occurred at 102 Anderson Street in New Madison, OH.  Witnesses reported that Jason Lee Hunt, age 20, of New Madison, OH had broken into the residence at 102 Anderson Street by busting through a locked door.  Mr. Hunt then entered a bedroom, brandished a small handgun, racked a round into the chamber and pointed it at a 21 year old female's head... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Canadian manufacturer to open plant in Greenville, hire 50
By Olivia Barrow - A Canadian manufacturing company will bring a vacant building in Greenville back online and create 50 new jobs. Precision Fab Inc., based in Ontario, is expanding its operations into the 87,000-square-foot facility at 5963 Jaysville-St. Johns Road. Tim Echemann, with Industrial Property Brokers in Sidney, brokered the deal on the building, which was formerly known as the Cadillac Gage building. “The former Cadillac Gage building provided PFI with a heavy amount of amenities... read more.
Fleeter study: not enough money spent educating economically disadvantaged
By Bob Robinson - GREENVILLE – “You can’t control the kids walking through the door,” said Dr. Howard B. Fleeter, a consultant with the Education Tax Policy Institute (ETPI). He noted 40 to 45 percent of Ohio’s population is at or below the federally defined poverty level, adding… “That’s scary!” His point? These students are “economically disadvantaged” and their situation contributes to special learning problemsy... read more.
Department heads concerned over sheriff’s 2014 budget, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – The biggest concern for Darke County department heads was the trickle-down effect… Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer gets $310,697 more money in 2014 than he got in 2013. In addition, according to Darke County Judge Jonathan Hein, $135,000 for vehicle purchases was removed from the sheriff’s budget and moved to the commissioner’s line item. The new money, according to Spencer, will be used for an additional drug... read more.
Commissioners to split County Farm into industrial properties, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “It’s kind of like a birthright,” he said. “The county farm has been owned by the taxpayers since 1854… that’s over 150 years.” This was the response of one public official to a rumor the Darke County Commissioners were going to the zoning commission (Greenville Township) Jan. 9 to get the 137-acre county farm rezoned commercial. And their first sale, according to the rumor... read more.
Beagle Announces 800 Jobs to the Miami Valley
COLUMBUS– State Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City) today joined with Ohio Governor John Kasich in announcing 800 new Ohio jobs being created in the Miami Valley. The company, Fuyao North America Glass Company, will invest more than $200 million into the project. Beagle joined Kasich in making the announcement with company executives from the Governor’s Cabinet Room in the Ohio Statehouse this morning. “For years, the... read more.
Human Trafficking Awareness Month
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is joining with the Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force and partner organizations around the state to recognize January as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “Ohio has made great strides in the ongoing fight against both labor and sex trafficking; however, there is so much more we can do,” said ODJFS Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “ODJFS encourages all Ohioans to be aware of the signs that someone... read more.
Governor John Kasich… Ohio launches youth drug abuse prevention initiative
Research Shows Conversations with Youth Can Stop Drug Abuse before It Starts - COLUMBUS – As we focus on our New Year’s resolutions for 2014, Ohio Gov. John R. Kasich and First Lady Karen W. Kasich urge Ohio families to adopt a pledge for the coming year:  a pledge that will help keep their children safe from the tragedies that result from drugs. It’s part of START TALKING, a new drug abuse prevention initiative... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Three Ohio cities score high marks on ‘drunkest cities’ list
By Andy Dean - Men's Health magazine’s annual survey is based on data including DWI arrests, binge-drinking rates and incidents of liver disease. When it comes to tipping back a few (or even more than a few) three Ohio cities are making their mark. Men’s Health magazine ranks the 100 Drunkest Cities in America. Topping the list for Ohio town is Cincinnati at No. 68 (with No. 100 being the drunkest.) Next up are Cleveland (No. 67) and... read more.
Greenville Police Beat… Theft, burglary and robbery led complaints
On Dec. 21 police were dispatched to 121 Tillman Ave. for a robbery that had occurred on E. 4th Street. The victim, Tyray Grice, said he had been walking home from a friend’s house on Martin Street when a vehicle pulled up next to him and two occupants, whom he knew, offered him a ride. He accepted and when he entered the back seat discovered two more individuals whom he knew. After the car pulled away he felt someone reach... read more.
36th Annual Darke County Engineer’s Annual Report for 2013,By James P. Surber P.E., P.S., Darke County Engineer - The purpose of this report has always been to show the tax money received, exactly how it was spent, and what was accomplished. Our challenge to maintain the large road mileage and large number of bridges in Darke County was further magnified this year as we were forced to assume an additional 2.15 miles of road and another bridge on the former State Route 242. This became a County obligation by... read more.
President Faber Urges Ohioans to Take Precaution Against Cold Weather
COLUMBUS– Senate President Keith Faber (R–Celina) today urges all residents of Western Ohio to take additional precautions during the pending bitter cold temperatures descending on the Midwest over the next 48 hours. To reduce the risk of accidents and falls, as well as health-related issues such as hypothermia and frostbite, the Ohio Department of Public Safety urges residents to minimize your time outdoors and travel only when necessary... read more.
Court News Ohio… Ohioans Seek Compensation for Pothole Damage Through Court of Claims
By Bret Crow - January 3, 2014 - There are a few hurdles Ohioans must clear before receiving pothole compensation. The yo-yo known as Ohio winter weather can have an adverse impact on the state’s roads and highways with a cycle of freezing and thawing that results in potholes. Each year, the Court of Claims of Ohio processes hundreds of claims from Ohioans seeking compensation from the state for damage to their vehicles caused by potholes. Daniel R. Borchert, interim clerk with the Court of... read more.
Drug use a lifestyle… a lonely one, By Bob Robinson
GETTYSBURG – “It’s kind of sad when your best friend ends up being your lawyer,” said Paul Wagner, a local attorney who is often in Darke County Common Pleas court defending someone accused of a drug related offense. “It has to be a very lonely existence.” Wagner’s job is to find out what led to his client’s arrest… the defendant’s version and the prosecution’s. The prosecutor’s case can often include testimony from someone his client thought was... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… One Ohio city in Top 25 stongest business climates
Just one Ohio city made it into the list of Forbes Top 25 Best Places for Business and Careers. The ranking listed the 200 largest metro areas on a dozen factors related to jobs, business and living costs, income growth, quality of life and education levels of the labor force. What does it take to make the list? Bustling economies, highly educated work forces and being home to the headquarters for some of the nation's most well-known corporations... read more.
Injury accident at Wayne Lakes
WAYNE LAKES - On January 4, 2014 at 0939 am Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire Department and Careflight responded to a single vehicle injury accident with entrapment in the 3300 Block of State Route 121 south of Main Drive, Wayne Lakes. Preliminary investigation revealed a Black 1997 Oldsmobile Bravada was traveling north bound on State Route 121 lost control on the snow and ice covered roadway going off the right side of the roadway... read more.
Weather milder than predicted; low wind chills coming, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Temperatures reached unexpected highs on Jan. 5 (39 degrees at 1:30 p.m.). Some areas were reporting rain, others light snow. Snow predictions for the Darke County area had dropped from 6-10 inches to 4-5 inches overnight. Unseasonably cold weather is anticipated for Monday, although that as well has dropped from an expected overnight low of -14 to -6, only slightly lower than... read more.
The Hill… 2013's top economic stories, By Bernie Becker and Peter Schroeder
Economic issues dominated discussion in Washington for much of the year — from the opening moments of 2013 until lawmakers broke for the holidays. But as in years past, President Obama and Congress were only able to strike fiscal agreements through escalating brinkmanship, not because of any great “grand bargain” compromise. Washington suffered through its first government shutdown in 17 years after Republicans tried — and failed — to stop funding for the healthcare law. Late... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Air Force Marathon registration opens to sellout expectations
Joe Cogliano - Registration for the Air Force Marathon — sure to sell out again in 2014 — opens with special rates on New Year’s Day. Sign up Wednesday for the full or half marathon and save $10 while a $5 discount applies to the 10K and 5K. New rates kick-in Thursday and go until April 1. The Air Force Marathon — presented by Northrop Grumman, USAA and Boeing — is held in... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Moving to or from California? Golden State is this year's most mobile
by Sonya Sorich - California might be a mobile state, but it's not a magnetic state, according to one moving company's data. Allied Van Lines has released its annual Magnet States Report, which evaluates moving patterns. With nearly 13,000 moves conducted by Allied, California is this year's most mobile state, according to the report. But compared to the data of previous years, more Allied customers moved... read more.
Washington Post… Younger military veterans are angered by budget cuts to their pension benefits
By Lori Montgomery - December 31 - After 25 years of service, including a combat tour in Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Stephen Preston retired from the Army and began collecting a pension of nearly $55,000 a year. The money made it possible for Preston to go back to college, get his MBA and embark on a second career in corporate strategy. So it happened that Preston was sitting in his new office shortly before Christmas when he heard on the radio that he had become the latest target in Washington... read more.
Court News Ohio… Mental Illness Reporting Tool Ready for Ohio Courts, By Stephanie Beougher
December 31, 2013 - A new rule approved by the Ohio Supreme Court takes effect in the new year requiring Ohio’s courts to notify police about violent offenders with a mental illness. Rule 95 and Form 95 to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio was recommended by a workgroup of law enforcement and judicial representatives convened by the Supreme Court after... read more.
On Scene Report from Blue Bag Media… Beef Barns Receive Major Damage in Fire at Darke County Fairgrounds, Photos & Original Report by Early Bird Editor Ryan Berry - GREENVILLE - The Greenville City Fire Department responded to the Darke County Fairgrounds at 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 27. Upon arrival, crews found the Cow Palace (aka Beef Barn) engulfed in flames. In addition to the north barn (closest to Martz St.) the fire had spread to the south barn and the barns connector... read more.
Heritage Network… Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013, by Romina Boccia and Matthew Sabas - December 30, 2013 - The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with... read more.
Law Street Media… Crime in America: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000, by Kevin Rizzo - November 25, 2013 - In the United States, there is a disproportionately high level of violent crime in densely populated areas; however, crime levels in similar-size cities vary to a wide degree. This calls us to investigate what factors make certain cities safer or more dangerous than others. To properly compare and analyze these cities, we group them into large and small categories.  A large city... read more.
Dayton Business Journal… Court sides with Ohio Gov. Kasich on Medicaid expansion,
By Tristan Navera - The Ohio Supreme Court denied a request Friday from several state organizations hoping to reverse Medicaid expansion in Ohio. Opinions issued Friday ended the legal challenge set up by six state legislators, as well as two pro-life groups and the conservative-leaning 1851 Center for Constitutional Law against Medicaid expansion in the state, a battle which has continued between Gov. John Kasich... read more.
Single vehicle accident on Hogpath Road
On December 31, 2013 at approximately 6:07 AM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and CareFlight responded to the 4100 block of Hogpath Road on a report of an injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a Silver 2013 Toyota Scion, driven by Samuel Pickett, 23, of Greenville, was traveling west on Hogpath Road and crossed the center line traveling off the left side of the roadway and struck a mailbox before coming to rest in a field.  Further... read more.
Top Ten Most Common New Years Resolutions
1) Eat healthy and exercise regularly. Ah, the infamous resolutions to eat healthy and exercise regularly, code word for “lose weight.” Generally, people use the holiday season as an excuse to binge one last time before the New Year. We rationalize that extra helping of Christmas dinner with the thought that it will be our last bout of unhealthy eating, for it is certain we will be at the gym every week... read more.
Washington Post… The biggest Pinocchios of 2013, By Glenn Kessler
December 16 - It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. This was not a presidential election year, so in some ways the subjects that needed to be fact checked were more substantive. In reviewing The Fact Checker’s more than 200 columns in the past year, we found an interesting evolution from statistics about gun violence to claims about President... read more.
The Fiscal Times… Top 10 Policy Blunders of 2013, By David Francis
December 20, 2013 - This past year was a tough one for President Obama on a number of fronts. But it was particularly difficult internationally, as the president seemed to lurch from one crisis to the next without an apparent cohesive strategy, hurting America’s reputation and interests. There were some highlights in international affairs – Secretary of State John Kerry restarting the... read more.
Law Street Media… Crime in America: Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000, Kevin Rizzo
November 25, 2013 - Although most crime in the United States occurs in densely populated areas, there are several large cities that somehow manage to keep their crime levels low despite their sizes. These cities beg the question: what factors make one city safer than another? To properly compare and analyze these cities, we group them into large and small categories.  A large city is... read more.
Addiction tough to treat; focus on prevention, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – “There’s this young lady… ‘I know it,’ she says… ‘I know I’m going to die but I have to have this drug’.” Darke County Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker tried to explain the depth, and nastiness, of the drug problem Darke County – along with the rest of the country – faces. Whittaker said the coroner spends a lot of taxpayer money – the Sheriff’s Department spends a lot of taxpayer money – dealing... read more.
Top 10 U.S. News Stories, By TIME Staff
Dec. 04, 2013 - 10. The Moore, Okla. Tornado - Like most tornados, the storm that tore through Moore, Okla. on May 20 arrived with little advance notice. Though forecasters knew the conditions were present for a potentially dangerous twister, it wasn’t until 2:40 p.m. that the National Weather Service issued its most serious warning: a “tornado emergency.” 16 minutes later, the storm barrelled... read more.
Cow Palace/Beef Barn destroyed in fairgrounds fire
Fire spreads to milking parlor and small office building; no other buildings affected - The Greenville City Fire Department responded to the Darke County Fairgrounds at 7:45 p.m. on December 27, 2013. Upon arrival, crews found the Cow Palace/Beef Barn fully engulfed in flames. The fire spread to the milking parlor and a small office building. No other buildings on the Fairgrounds received any damage... read more.
Police Beat... Armed robbery, DUI and domestic violence
On Dec. 17 police responded to an armed robbery at Papa Johns restaurant, 1111 E. Main St. The manager of the store advised an unknown male subject entered wearing a black ski mask with a black hockey mask over his face. He also wore a green hoodie, dark jeans and black gloves. The suspect displayed a knife approximately eight inches long and demanded the money in the cash register. The... read more.
Tri-County Region Re-Qualifies for Mental Health Professional Recruiting Funds
Darke, Miami and Shelby counties have been designated a Mental Health - Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for an additional three years, qualifying clinicians in mental health service fields to be eligible for tuition loan repayment and other benefits of up to $120,000, according to Jodi Long, Director of Clinical Services and Evaluation for the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services. To qualify for the benefits, psychiatrists, Licensed Independent
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Injury Accident on Rossburg Lightsville Rd
On December 25, 2013 at approximately 1:08 AM Darke County Deputies along with Rossburg Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the 2800 Block of Rossburg Lightsville Rd in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed Richard S. Smith, 43, of Rossburg, Ohio was traveling east on Rossburg Lightsville Rd. Smith's vehicle veered off the right side of the roadway striking a utility pole. The vehicle traveling approximately
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GCSD board, staff thank retiring board members for service, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Following the Greenville City School Board’s Dec. 12 regular meeting the board, staff and administration hosted a “thank you” buffet with a parting gift for retiring board members Ben Studabaker, Sue Bowman and Cindy Scott. A variety of delicacies were prepared and served by the high school’s hospitality students. District Superintendent Doug Fries said it is with “great... read more.
Kasich signs adult adoption bill
COLUMBUS– Governor John R. Kasich today signed into law Senate Bill 23, sponsored by Senator Bill Beagle (R–Tipp City), which will give adults adopted between January 1964 and September 1996 access to their original birth records. Adoptees will also have access to important health records. Senate Approves Beagle Initiative To Open Original Birth Records For Adult Adoptees December... read more.
Rowe gets 13 years in prison, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – On Dec. 20 Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Cory M. Rowe to 10 years prison for each of two Felony One counts – Aggravated Robbery and Aggravated Burglary – to be served concurrently, plus three years for a gun specification, to be served consecutively. Acknowledging Rowe had already been incarcerated for two years, Hein pointed out this was in line... read more.
Greenville Police Beat… Shoplifting at Walmart and assault at a local restaurant
GREENVILLE - On Dec. 18 police responded to Walmart regarding a suspect, Joshua Johnson. The suspect walked into Walmart through the general merchandise door, put two Shark bagless upright carpet cleaners in a cart and pushes it outside without paying for them. A Loss Prevention employee chased Johnson, telling him to stop. Johnson abandoned the cart and ran into JC Penney’s where he exited... read more.
Attorney General DeWine Warns of Scams Targeting Sales Consultants
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today warned independent sales consultants and at-home sellers to beware of scam artists posing as hearing-impaired customers in a twist to the counterfeit check scam. “During this busy time of year, we want to warn those who sell products that some scam artists are pretending to be customers,” Attorney General DeWine said. “If anyone places an order and sends you a check for more than the cost of the products, the check is likely... read more.
Houdeshell gets MonDay, community sanctions, By Bob Robinson
GREENVILLE – Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Bryan A. Houdeshell on Dec. 16 to Community Sanctions, including the MonDay Program, for two counts of Felony 3 Burglary. Darke County Prosecutor Kelly Ormsby asked for a year in prison; acknowledging the defendant has a drug problem. Hein noted the defendant had started with marijuana at 13, went to cocaine at 15, prescription drugs at 16 and heroin at 23... read more.
AG DeWine, Darke County Prosecutor Ormsby indictment in Craigslist Scam Case
Updated - According the Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby III, The crimes were committed over a five months span, June 22 through Nov. 21. Williams S. Cameron has been indicted on Grand Theft, a felony of the 4th degree, and Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the 3rd degree. While the crimes were committed in numerous counties across the state and in other states, Ormsby noted a trial can take place in Darke County because one of the... read more.
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