Clark & Champaign Counties


Wind Advisory from noon today until 4 a.m. Sunday

Rain is likely today as gusty winds increase through the late afternoon and into the evening. A few thunderstorms are possible with wind gusts potentially reaching 40 to 50 mph, according to Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Josh Poland. Highs will climb to about 60 degrees and then fall later in the afternoon as a cold front moves in. Rain may mix with or change to snow showers before ending, Poland said...
Stabbing victim flown to hospital; Springfield crews search for suspect

Stabbing victim flown to hospital; Springfield crews search for suspect

Springfield police are searching for a suspect after a man was stabbed in the chest, according to Springfield Sgt. Michael Curtis. Crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Water Street around 11:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a stabbing.  Officers arrived to find the victim coherent and unable to recall the events leading up to the stabbing, according to Curtis.  Curtis said a medical helicopter...
Springfield Salvation Army kicks off annual kettle drive

Springfield Salvation Army kicks off annual kettle drive

The Salvation Army Springfield Corps kicked off its holiday fundraising drive Friday with a luncheon at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Springfield. Bell ringers from the organization will collect donations over the next several weeks, spokesman Ryan Ray said. “This really sustains us throughout the winter and spring,” he said. READ MORE: Wittenberg student goes shopping for toys...
Get in the holiday spirit: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

Get in the holiday spirit: 4 things to do this weekend in Springfield

Looking for some things to do in your down time while you’re preparing for Thanksgiving next week? Here are four events in the greater Springfield area that might fit the bill. » READ MORE: Downtown Springfield’s Holiday in the City: 4 things to know 1. The Freedom Fund Banquet The Springfield chapter of the NAACP will host its third annual Freedom Fund Banquet at the Hollenbeck...
Springfield man accused of sexual contact with 14-year-old

Springfield man accused of sexual contact with 14-year-old

A Springfield man has been accused of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl. Reuben C. Finlay, 30, 0f 1898 W. Jefferson St. in Springfield, has been charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court this morning and his bond was set at $30,000. MORE CRIME NEWS: Toddler found alone in cold weather...
Springfield to spend $1.1M to replace aging fire truck, ambulances

Springfield to spend $1.1M to replace aging fire truck, ambulances

The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division will spend about $1.1 million to upgrade its aging fleet next year, its first new vehicles since 2010. The fire department will spend about $560,000 for a new rescue engine, including $100,000 from the city’s permanent improvement fund. The department will also spend about $540,000 on three new ambulance units. The current rescue engine has been in service...
Overdose deaths affect western Clark County, rural areas, too

Overdose deaths affect western Clark County, rural areas, too

Nearly 20 percent of people who have died of drug overdoses since 2015 lived outside of Springfield — prompting law enforcement officials to seek more money to help with drug enforcement throughout Clark County. More than 40 people from areas outside of Springfield have died of drug overdoses in the past three years, according to data compiled by the Clark County Combined Health District and...
Mayor: Lack of parks funding from Clark County ‘a scandal’

Mayor: Lack of parks funding from Clark County ‘a scandal’

Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland has called on Clark County to provide more funding for the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, which he says sees a majority of its participants from outside the city. “If you look at the numbers, it’s just a scandal that the county puts so little money into this operation,” Copeland said. County leaders, however, say they don’t believe...
Former Mechanicsburg police officer dies in Champaign County crash

Former Mechanicsburg police officer dies in Champaign County crash

A longtime Mechanicsburg police officer and captain at the Tri-County Jail in Champaign County died earlier this week after deputies said a medical issue led to a car crash. Michael Schipke, 56, of Beavercreek, died Monday. Schipke was involved in a single-car crash about 3:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, near the 5000 block of Ohio 4 in Union Twp., according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office...
Historic Ferncliff Cemetery home that faced demolition restored

Historic Ferncliff Cemetery home that faced demolition restored

A Springfield building that was constructed more than a century ago as the home for a cemetery superintendent now has a new purpose as a place for family and friends to remember the deceased. Ferncliff Cemetery, Arboretum and Crematory’s new House of Reflections, 705 N. Plum St., will hold a ribbon cutting and open house from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The old superintendent’s home, which...
Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill: 3 things you might not know

Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill: 3 things you might not know

For those who live in the greater Springfield area, there aren’t many things that say Christmas more than the famous light show hosted by Clifton Mill every holiday season. The display has been part of the community for years and shows no sign of stopping. But just how did it start and how much work goes into making up the festive light show every year? Here are three things you might not know...
Weather got you down? Here’s how to combat seasonal affective disorder

Weather got you down? Here’s how to combat seasonal affective disorder

For the 16 million Americans who suffer from depression — including residents of Springfield — its symptoms are an everyday struggle. Everything from loss of energy to avoidance of social interactions affect those with depression, which is estimated to affect roughly 5 percent of the world’s population. But some who suffer from the illness find themselves particularly affected by...
Springfield man charged in connection with shooting at Wayside Tavern

Springfield man charged in connection with shooting at Wayside Tavern

A Springfield man faces multiple felony charges in connection with a shooting at a bar earlier this year that left one person injured. Corey L. Ames, 33, of 414 W. Euclid Ave., has been charged with improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation, discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises, having weapons while under disability and carrying concealed weapons. RELATED: Wayside Tavern...
4 Kenton Ridge grads bring school spirit to Ohio State band

4 Kenton Ridge grads bring school spirit to Ohio State band

The Ohio State University has a little more Springfield supporting the best damn band in the land. Several graduates of Kenton Ridge High School are currently in the famed marching band, which has received multiple accolades over the years and has taken part in presidential inaugurations. It isn’t uncommon for graduates of Springfield-area schools to join the band if they attend the university...
Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads

Springfield to use tax increase to hire 7 police officers, pave roads

The city of Springfield will have a surplus in its budget for the first time in eight years, thanks to a recently approved income tax increase, local leaders said. It also plans to use that extra revenue to hire seven new police officers, repave several neighborhood streets and fill some scaled-back positions, such as a code enforcement officer. It will also give raises, the first time in several...
City repairs prominent downtown Springfield site due to safety risk

City repairs prominent downtown Springfield site due to safety risk

The city of Springfield has begun work repairing a prominent downtown building after the owner allegedly hasn’t responded to its orders. Sidewalks were closed on parts of Main and Fisher streets in May because of safety concerns about the facade of Hull Plaza after a large section fell from it. “When brick falls from multiple stories from the air, even though it’s just a brick, it...
Springfield police: Man threatens to ‘blaze’ police with rifle

Springfield police: Man threatens to ‘blaze’ police with rifle

Springfield police accused a man of attempting to break into a restaurant and having messages on his cell phone stating he intended to steal a rifle in order to combat police. Donald R. Silvers III, 33, whose address is listed as at large, was charged with three counts of breaking and entering, two counts of possession of criminal tools, and one count each of attempted breaking and entering, criminal...
Deputies: Infant found in Clark County home with meth lab

Deputies: Infant found in Clark County home with meth lab

A Clark County man is facing multiple charges after a newborn infant was found in the same home meth was being manufactured, according to deputies.  A large fire was discovered by detectives from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice and Organized Crime Unit coming from behind a home in the 11400 block of Gerlaugh Road in Park Layne on Tuesday around 6 p.m., Lt. Kristopher Shultz...
63-year-old Logan County woman guilty of shooting, killing husband

63-year-old Logan County woman guilty of shooting, killing husband

It was anger that prompted a 63-year-old woman to kill her 66-year-old husband in the kitchen of their Logan County home earlier this year, prosecutors said. Rosalie Kennedy, of Rushsylvania, was convicted of murder and felonious assault, both with gun specifications, by a jury last week in connection with the shooting death of Gary Kennedy. She faces up to a maximum sentence of life in prison. RELATED...
Fun and funky: 6 astonishing sites to visit in just a short drive

Fun and funky: 6 astonishing sites to visit in just a short drive

Ohio is filled with fun and quirky places to see.  Here’s a look at six sites you should make a point to visit: Hartman Rock Garden, Springfield  Harry George “Ben” Hartman spent 12 years arranging hundreds of thousands of individual stones into a folk art treasure, Springfield’s Hartman Rock Garden.  His project began in 1932 during the midst of the Great Depression...
Downtown Springfield’s Holiday in the City: 4 things to know

Downtown Springfield’s Holiday in the City: 4 things to know

Springfield’s largest annual downtown festival, Holiday in the City, will bring some Christmas cheer on Saturday, Nov. 25. Festivities are set to begin at 3 p.m. Here are four things to know about the event and what you can expect this year. 1. Nearly two decades worth of holiday magic This year will be the 17th annual Holiday in the City celebration and the second year the festival has been...
Trucker found dead in semi-trailer in Clark County: 3 things to know

Trucker found dead in semi-trailer in Clark County: 3 things to know

Walter “Butch” Blueher, 50, of Indiana, was found dead in his semi-trailer in Clark County late Monday evening after dropping off a shipment at an industrial park in Green Twp. Here are three things to know about Blueher and the ongoing investigation. According to a statement from Blueher’s employer, Scott McDaniel Trucking, based out of Terra Haute, Ind., Blueher arrived at Lineage...
Clark State, Springfield open new drone research hangar at airport

Clark State, Springfield open new drone research hangar at airport

The Springfield Beckley-Municipal Airport now has a new hangar for unmanned aircraft and precision agriculture. The new hangar, the Clark State-Ohio Center for Precision Agriculture, is a part of a $1.2 million project to build 10 new hangars at the airport. It will be used for precision agriculture, which uses technology such as drones, GPS and other sensors to improve farming efficiency. RELATED...
Boomers working longer than ever, expert tells Springfield leaders

Boomers working longer than ever, expert tells Springfield leaders

As the workforce ages, companies are increasingly looking for options that allow baby boomers to continue to contribute to the workforce much longer than may have been the case in previous years, a staffing agency executive told Springfield business leaders Tuesday. Older workers are staying on the job longer than they have in years past for a variety of reasons, said Jennifer Anderson, vice president...
Cottrel: Clark County veterans honored to serve, be recognized

Cottrel: Clark County veterans honored to serve, be recognized

Last weekend I was impressed by all the special events surrounding Veterans Day. There were so many and they were well done. When I was growing up, Veterans Day was kind of a quiet holiday. I remember the red paper poppies that were sold and all the reminders of World War I. After all, the end of “The Great War” was on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 minutes after 11 a.m. RELATED...
Springfield woman sues, claims discrimination on marijuana license

Springfield woman sues, claims discrimination on marijuana license

A local businesswoman has sued the state of Ohio, state agencies and state officials, claiming they’re not enforcing the new medical marijuana laws fairly. Ohio is the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana, even though it’s still illegal to use under federal laws. The state’s law doesn’t allow marijuana to be smoked or grown at home. It will have to be used in patches, vapors...
World-renowned pastry chef teaches Springfield CTC students

World-renowned pastry chef teaches Springfield CTC students

A world-renowned pastry chef visited the Springfield-Clark County Career Technology Center last week because of a former student’s connection. Jan Kish, who owns Jan Kish la petite fleur in Worthington, baked in front of local culinary students Nov. 8 and gave them pointers that they can use in their own cooking. MORE: State finds data error in report cards, including Springfield CTC Kish is...
Referee: Don’t fire Logan County superintendent accused of child rape

Referee: Don’t fire Logan County superintendent accused of child rape

The Indian Lake Board of Education shouldn’t fire its superintendent accused of child rape, according to a state referee. Patrick O’Donnell, who has been Indian Lake superintendent since 2010, has been charged with rape-child under 13, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Investigators have said the alleged rapes occurred over a three-year-period and involve a single child who&rsquo...
Man who sold fatal hit of heroin pleads guilty in Logan County

Man who sold fatal hit of heroin pleads guilty in Logan County

A man accused of selling a fatal hit of heroin to a Bellefontaine man pleaded guilty as part of a deal before his trial was set to start Tuesday morning, the first time Logan County has pursued charges in an overdose death. Dominique B. Woodum, of Montgomery County, accepted the charge of corrupting another with drugs, a second degree felony, according to Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart. Woodum...
Toddler found alone in cold weather, Springfield woman arrested

Toddler found alone in cold weather, Springfield woman arrested

A Springfield woman was arrested on a child endangering charge this week after a 21-month-old boy was found wandering alone outside in 24 degree weather. Kristina R. Burk, 26, pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday and was released on her own recognizance. READ MORE: Woman accused of overdosing in car with child in Springfield Witnesses flagged down police near the corner of...
Woman accused of overdosing in car with child in Springfield

Woman accused of overdosing in car with child in Springfield

A Lima woman has been accused of overdosing on heroin while behind the wheel of a parked car with a child inside. Samantha Carter, 30, has been charged with child endangering in Clark County Municipal Court. Carter pleaded not guilty Monday in court. Her bond was set at $5,000. Springfield police responded to a home in the 1200 block of Imperial Boulevard just after midnight Monday where they say...
No more school overcrowding as Springfield enrollment drops

No more school overcrowding as Springfield enrollment drops

A decrease in Springfield City School District’s kindergarten through sixth grade enrollment has alleviated overcrowding concerns in the district, school leaders said. District leaders explored a number of possible solutions to overcome overcrowding in their elementary schools last school year but decided to not make any changes. Some school board members expressed concern about the issue but...
What’s next for downtown Springfield? Nonprofit weighs options

What’s next for downtown Springfield? Nonprofit weighs options

A recently formed nonprofit will review work that took place in Cincinnati and Hamilton to pull together ideas that might lead to a similar revitalization in downtown Springfield. SpringForward was set up last year, with a goal of targeting redevelopment of existing properties in downtown Springfield to attract new businesses and investments. About a year later, the organization is looking at suggestions...
Trucker, found dead in his semi in Clark County, is 50-year-old Indiana man

Trucker, found dead in his semi in Clark County, is 50-year-old Indiana man

UPDATE @ 4:56 p.m. (Nov. 14): Walter "Butch" Blueher is the trucker found dead in his semitrailer parked at Lineage Logistics in Springfield on Monday night, according to the trucking company.  Blueher, 50, was last heard from or seen when he clocked out about 12:31 a.m. Monday. He had just dropped off his shipment.  Scott McDaniel, who operates Scott McDaniel Trucking...
Poet who left Iraq for freedom to write to speak in Springfield

Poet who left Iraq for freedom to write to speak in Springfield

Where Dunya Mikhail came from, words were treated like weapons if used in a way the government didn’t like. Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq at the time and Mikhail expressed herself in her poetry and writing through alternate means. TRENDING STORY: Ohio storm system could become ‘weather bomb?’ “I knew how the system was — a word could cost you your life,” she said. &ldquo...
Champaign County investigates complaint about dog’s conditions

Champaign County investigates complaint about dog’s conditions

Champaign County residents reported a dog in what they believed to be poor conditions but the dog warden checked and said it appears healthy. The Champaign County Dog Warden received a complaint from an Urbana resident, Logan Borroughs, earlier this month about a dog at a home on South Locust Street. She works for Creative Formations, a service for people with developmental disabilities. One of the...
Christmas gifts sought after low turnout at Springfield toy drive

Christmas gifts sought after low turnout at Springfield toy drive

The Salvation Army of Clark County is asking the community for help after one of its biggest holiday fundraisers was dampened by weather. About 2,500 motorcyclists were expected at the 39th annual Highway Hikers Toy Drive on Sunday, Oct. 15. But the rainy weather kept many riders away. About 1,000 participated in this year’s toy run, said Ryan Ray, resource development manager for the Salvation...
Looking for some unusual holiday gift ideas? Check out this list

Looking for some unusual holiday gift ideas? Check out this list

The giving season has officially started, if Mother Nature is any indication. Around this time every year — or earlier, for those wise men and women among us — millions of Americans start their lists to determine what to put under the tree and shove in stockings for friends and family. RELATED: Kroger hiring for 14,000 seasonal, part-time jobs But it all leads back to the age-old question...
Navistar, big Springfield employer, to make electric school bus

Navistar, big Springfield employer, to make electric school bus

Navistar, a major Springfield employer, unveiled an electric school bus at a show in Columbus recently with plans to begin production as early as 2019. Navistar’s buses are built at a plant in Tulsa, Okla. Company officials said the new product is an example of how the company’s alliance with Volkswagen will allow both companies to develop new technologies. RELATED: Navistar stock jumps...
Could a coming storm system turn into a ‘weather bomb’?

Could a coming storm system turn into a ‘weather bomb’?

The first of two major storm systems to impact the Miami Valley is crossing the area this evening bringing with it showers and breezy conditions.  We are still tracking a stronger system which will impact our area Friday into Saturday. There have been some changes in how the late week storm is set to evolve. Earlier model runs from a few days ago showed this storm system rapidly strengthening...
Kroger hiring for 14,000 seasonal, part-time jobs

Kroger hiring for 14,000 seasonal, part-time jobs

Kroger announced its hiring for 14,000 part-time and seasonal jobs this holiday season. Jobs are available at Kroger locations in 35 states, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply at jobs.kroger.com. Kroger already has 450,000 associates in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states. “We are delighted to welcome new associates to our team...
Urbana man impressed on trip to ‘Live with Ryan and Kelly’

Urbana man impressed on trip to ‘Live with Ryan and Kelly’

An Urbana couple was flown to New York City by a national television talk show last week because of a sophisticated homemade costume. And while they were there, they were just blocks away from the New York City terrorist attack where a man drove a truck on a bike path and killed eight people. The couple’s trip to New York City started when Michael Mossbarger created a large “night walker&rdquo...
Multiple rounds of rain this week

Multiple rounds of rain this week

Showers are expected to continue this evening. This will be widespread, light to moderate rain. It dries out into the overnight hours, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Showers this evening, ending overnight More rain Wednesday Rain and wind Friday 5 Day Forecast with Meteorologist Brett Collar Monday: Mostly cloudy skies are on tap to start the workweek. Highs will be in the middle...
Area police agencies not certified in state standards include two in 2017 officer-involved shootings

Area police agencies not certified in state standards include two in 2017 officer-involved shootings

Law enforcement agencies not fully certified in new state standards regarding deadly force and community relations include two departments involved in some of the region’s most recent officer-involved shootings. The Ohio Department of Public Safety this week said 506 police agencies that represent eight out of every 10 Ohio police officers have complied with the standards, created in the...
In Case You Missed It: 4 crime stories from this week

In Case You Missed It: 4 crime stories from this week

Here is a recap of the top four crime stories from the Springfield News-Sun this week. Expert diagnoses 15-year-old murder suspect with split personalities Donovan Nicholas, a 15-year-old Champaign County boy facing trial for allegedly killing his stepmother, has been diagnosed by a psychologist as having a disassociative identity disorder. The boy, who was 14 at the time of the crime, can be heard...
National NAACP leader highlights Springfield fundraising event

National NAACP leader highlights Springfield fundraising event

A national leader will headline an annual fundraiser for the Springfield unit of the NAACP. The NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet will start at 5 p.m. Friday with a social hour, and the program will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Hollenbeck Bayley Conference Center. The event will feature NAACP National Chairman Leon Russell, who will talk about the national causes the organization is fighting for and the importance...
Rain returns Sunday

Rain returns Sunday

Clouds increase tonight. It’s going to be a cold night again with lows in the lower 30s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. Showers return Sunday Low temperatures stay over next week More rain expected Wednesday Sunday: Rain showers are expected to return with highs in the middle 40s. The best chance for rain will be in the afternoon and early evening, but some areas could...
Champaign County teen remembered as ‘really inspiring’

Champaign County teen remembered as ‘really inspiring’

Hundreds of people attended the funeral Friday for a Champaign County teenager killed in car accident last week. Sara Marie Hess, 15, a sophomore at Graham High School, died after another car rear-ended the one in which she was riding on Ohio 235 near Roswell on Nov. 3, according to the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. Champaign County Sheriff Matt Melvin identified the driver of the 1997...
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