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Court date pushed back for West Liberty school shooting suspect

A competency hearing for the 17-year-old suspect in the West Liberty-Salem High School shooting has been pushed back. Ely Serna was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning but that hearing has been moved to April 7, the Champaign County Juvenile Court said in a statement. The new date was set at the agreement of counsel, Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi said, to allow for more hearing...
Logan County gets new $262K emergency radios to improve safety

Logan County gets new $262K emergency radios to improve safety

Many Logan County first responders will get new emergency radios after years of spotty reception that left officers unable to communicate with dispatchers at times. The county received a $262,000 grant for new radios from the Ohio Development Services Agency. More than 100 radios will be purchased with the grant and will be distributed to the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Bellefontaine Police...
Warrant issued for pregnant Springfield mom after suspected OD

Warrant issued for pregnant Springfield mom after suspected OD

An arrest warrant has been issued for a pregnant Springfield woman on child endangering charges after police alleged she was found unresponsive over the weekend while she was supposed to be caring for a young child. Jessica Webb, 25, was found inside her home on Saturday, March 25. Her boyfriend came home and found a 4-year-old child unattended, according to the police report. RELATED: Clark County...
Honda, Toyota supplier to add 85 jobs, build $55M Springfield plant

Honda, Toyota supplier to add 85 jobs, build $55M Springfield plant

A Japanese auto parts manufacturer will take over a prominent business park in Springfield and create 85 new jobs as part of a $55 million investment. Topre America Corp. had announced plans in December to build a 20,000-square-foot facility at the Champion City Business Park and create 20 jobs. But the company has already acquired additional work supplying Honda and Toyota, and Monday’s announcement...
World War 1 exhibit opening at Clark County Heritage Center

World War 1 exhibit opening at Clark County Heritage Center

A local historical Society next month will be hosting a World War 1 themed exhibit featuring artifacts from Springfield residents. The Clark County Historical Society will be debuting their two-year exhibit Global Conflict, Local Experience: Clark County Joins the Great War at their museum at the Heritage Center, 117 S. Fountain Ave, on April 6th. The event will be hosted at the center’s Crabill...
ID released in fatal Champaign Co. motorcycle crash

ID released in fatal Champaign Co. motorcycle crash

A 40-year-old Dayton woman was killed over the weekend in a motorcycle crash in which she was a passenger in the 2600 block of W. Ohio 245, Champaign County. Two motorcycles crashed on the curve shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday. according to a release from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. Kelly Ann Morgan, of Dayton, was a passenger on an eastbound 2002 Harley Davidson that went off the...
Feds reach agreement with Wittenberg U. on sexual assault complaints

Feds reach agreement with Wittenberg U. on sexual assault complaints

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has reached an agreement with Wittenberg University after finding that the university’s handling of complaints arising from reports of sexual assault violated federal law. The probe, under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, was based on complaints filed in July 2011 and April 2013, alleging that the university failed...
Showers and storms arrive overnight, Sunday

Showers and storms arrive overnight, Sunday

Clouds increase overnight with the chance for a few passing showers, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said. There is a slight chance for lightning or thunder. Lows overnight will be in the middle 50s. Few isolated showers/storms overnight Widespread showers/storms Sunday Some storms could be strong Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms are expected, some of which could be strong in the afternoon...
Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M complex designed to lure students

Wittenberg breaks ground on $40M complex designed to lure students

Wittenberg University leaders broke ground Friday on a $40 million indoor athletic facility that they hope will help with student recruitment and facilitate more connections with the Springfield community. Among the features of the new 125,000 square-feet complex will be an indoor 100-yard artificial turf surface; a six-lane, 300-meter indoor track; a 7,000-square-foot weight room; a sport performance...
Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number

Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number

Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths involve multiple drugs, including cocaine and other designer...
Springfield native builds center to house, teach children overseas

Springfield native builds center to house, teach children overseas

Springfield native Meredith Wood-Docena was still a student at Cedarville University when she began travelling to the Philippines over the summer for missionary work. Her experiences on those trips would eventually lead to the founding of Obed’s House Ministries in 2013 that aims to help children living on the streets. Wood-Docena is now a resident of General Santos City, Philippines, currently...
Springfield’s John Legend releases new single inspired by ‘Underground’

Springfield’s John Legend releases new single inspired by ‘Underground’

Springfield native John Legend released a new single “In America” this week. The single was written during the production of Legend’s latest album, “Darkness and Light” but didn’t make the final cut. The song was then re-purposed to be used alongside the critically acclaimed television show “Underground.” In an interview with billboard Magazine...
Criminal charges for overdoses in Clark County: 5 things to know

Criminal charges for overdoses in Clark County: 5 things to know

Clark County prosecutors will begin using the Good Samaritan Law to charge people criminally who overdose and don’t seek treatment screenings and referrals after they’ve been revived. Here’s five things to know about the law: 1. Background: In September 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed House Bill 110, more commonly known as Ohio’s Good Samaritan Law. The law grants immunity...
Clark County men died from trauma, not cold in crash missed for hours

Clark County men died from trauma, not cold in crash missed for hours

Two men who crashed a car into a creek in January and weren’t found until the next morning died from the impact of the accident, not from exposure or hypothermia. Curtis Standifer, 28, and Jarron “Jasper” Oopy, 26, and their car was found in a shallow creek near Funderburg Road on Jan. 5. The crash was reported by a resident the previous night. In a 9-1-1 call, the resident said...
Blast of colder air arriving tonight

Blast of colder air arriving tonight

Cold air will be arriving tonight but a warmup is expected by the end of the week.  Temperatures dropping tonight into Wednesday Major warm-up for the end of the week Rain changes return late Thursday THIS EVENING: Clouds will be on the increase again with a slight chance for a sprinkle or quick shower, mainly south. Temperatures will drop back into the 40s. TONIGHT: After a slight chance for...
Springfield club seeking shoes, socks for vulnerable children

Springfield club seeking shoes, socks for vulnerable children

The deadline is looming for shoe donations to the Springfield Rotary Club’s program for children in need in the United States and other parts of the world. The shoe drive is a national and international imitative that provides shoes and socks to vulnerable children, said Mary Jo Leventhal, the Springfield Rotary Club president. “The shoe drive is a way of giving the folks, that are obviously...
Local gas prices increase

Local gas prices increase

Dayton — Average retail gasoline prices in the Dayton area have risen 15.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.23 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton.  This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. ...
Dense fog develops across area as flood advisories expire

Dense fog develops across area as flood advisories expire

Record daily rainfall in Dayton on Monday Foggy start Tuesday morning Warmer temperatures arrive  More ups and downs in the long-range forecast All flood advisories have now expired. A new rainfall record was set in Dayton on Monday with 2.44” falling, breaking for old record of 1.12” set in 1927. There is already dense fog across the area, with visibility now under ½ mile...
Cabin upgrades planned for Buck Creek State Park

Cabin upgrades planned for Buck Creek State Park

Eight cabin renovations will be made at Buck Creek State Park this year through capital improvement funds approved by the Ohio Controlling Board. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources said cabins at Buck Creek and several other state parks, will be receiving interior upgrades. The state controlling board approved $900,000 for pre-construction and $250,000 in design services for Buck Creek. Parks...
Nurses, doctors climbing ladder to big paychecks

Nurses, doctors climbing ladder to big paychecks

A growing number of hospital leaders can chart their career paths from emergency room bedsides to the boardroom’s of giant hospital systems, which are increasingly promoting managers with medical degree’s in hopes of obtaining better clinical outcomes. In the Dayton area, highly skilled doctors and nurses with management skills hold some of the top leadership positions at local hospitals...
Police ID shooting victim in Springfield’s first homicide of year

Police ID shooting victim in Springfield’s first homicide of year

Detectives in Springfield are working to locate a suspect in a shooting overnight that left one man dead and another man wounded. 2 men shot, one fatally, in 500 block of South Clairmont Avenue Jeffery Rife, 36, was killed and Ronald McElroy, 43, wounded No suspects named and no arrests announced Springfield’s first homicide of the year occurred early Saturday when two Springfield men were shot...
Dozen-plus arrested in Friday night blitz in Bethel Twp.

Dozen-plus arrested in Friday night blitz in Bethel Twp.

UPDATE @ 11:50 a.m. (March 18) More than a dozen people went to jail during a patrol blitz by four law enforcement agencies in Bethel Twp. Friday night. Clark County deputies teamed up with the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Springfield police and the U.S. Marshal’s Office to conduct the blitz during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Out of 159 traffic stops, 16 people were taken to jail...
Music video shot in Springfield to debut Monday

Music video shot in Springfield to debut Monday

A music video shot last summer all over downtown Springfield will make its world premiere in the town that had a co-starring role. The video for “Staring Ceilings” by singer/songwriter Michael Gabriel will be shown in the lobby of the Clark State Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20, prior to the John Smarelli Scholarship Concert with the Springfield Youth Orchestras and...
Clark County deputies to crack down on impaired driving this weekend

Clark County deputies to crack down on impaired driving this weekend

Clark County Sheriff’s deputies will be watching for drivers under the influence this holiday weekend. Using grant money from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, additional deputies will patrol county roadways during St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. READ MORE: Ohio scores low on drunk driving laws, MADD says “Sheriff Burchett wishes...
Not just the ‘boys club:’ Local women health executives earn top pay

Not just the ‘boys club:’ Local women health executives earn top pay

Women have made themselves at home in executive positions at the largest hospital systems in the Dayton area, defying the boys-club mentality and societal stereotypes that continue to stymie progress for many of their female counterparts. Despite holding more than three-quarters of all health care jobs, women comprise only about 21 percent of executives and board members at the nation’s Fortune...
Springfield ax murderer: 3 things to know about the Jerry Rogan case

Springfield ax murderer: 3 things to know about the Jerry Rogan case

A Springfield man who killed his father and brother with an ax will be released next month on parole after 30 years in prison. The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office opposed his release from prison. Here are three things to know about the case. 1. Details: Jerry Rogan was 20 years old at the time of the deaths. He pleaded no contest to the slayings and was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison...
Champaign County students pack 75K meals for the hungry

Champaign County students pack 75K meals for the hungry

Champaign County high school students packed 75,000 meals on Thursday to donate to local shelters and food pantries and fight hunger. The Urbana High School chapter of Future Farmers of America brought the Meals of Hope program to the community last year when it packed 50,000 meals for three local organizations. This year students wanted to expand the program and involved FFA chapters from every school...
Springfield apartment complex sues, says ex-manager stole $30K in rent

Springfield apartment complex sues, says ex-manager stole $30K in rent

One of the largest apartment complexes in Springfield has filed a civil lawsuit against a former employee, alleging she stole about $30,000 in cash and checks from the business over a span of about three years. The lawsuit filed in Clark County Common Pleas Court by JRK Property Holdings Inc. accuses Amy Boggs of taking money from the Red Coach Village Apartment Homes in Springfield. The lawsuit also...
Young’s popular ice cream pints discounted for limited time

Young’s popular ice cream pints discounted for limited time

For those having those ice cream cravings, Young’s Jersey Dairy will offer a deal on its famous homemade ice cream. For a limited time, Young’s will sell their homemade ice cream for $2.19 per pint. RELATED: Bob Young, co-owner of Young’s Jersey Dairy, has died It’s a once a year sale with no limit per purchase, according to Young’s website. About 30 different flavors...
Ballooning bonuses boost pay for hospital CEOs

Ballooning bonuses boost pay for hospital CEOs

The Dayton-area hospital executives who took home the largest paychecks in 2015 benefited from incentive-laden contracts that are increasingly based on how well their health systems perform in keeping their patients healthy and out of the hospital. Overall, the 20 highest-paid executives and administrators saw single-digit percent increases in base pay, on average, from 2014 to 2015, based on the...
Springfield Police: 4 kids found in home full of trash, dog feces

Springfield Police: 4 kids found in home full of trash, dog feces

A Springfield woman has been arrested after police alleged they found four children living in a camper littered with dog feces, trash and the smell of rancid meat. Amanda Labounty, 34, of Springfield, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four counts of endangering children. Her bond was set at $1,000. Springfield Police Division officers alleged they went to Labounty’s trailer in the 2300 block of...
Restaurant owner to NKU: Beat UK and the steaks are on me 

Restaurant owner to NKU: Beat UK and the steaks are on me 

Restaurant owner Jeff Ruby is offering free steak dinners for all Northern Kentucky University undergraduates, if the Norse can beat the University of Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA tournament, according to our news partner WCPO-Ch. 9 in Cincinnati. Feeding 15,000 students “could get very expensive,” Ruby told WCPO, an estimated cost of more than $1 million. Ruby said he’s willing...
Clark County Humane Society increases fundraising to avoid closure

Clark County Humane Society increases fundraising to avoid closure

The Clark County Humane Society has cut hours and laid off employees, but remains in danger of closing after recent changes that decreased the amount of county funding it receives. The humane society and Clark County commissioners agreed to an $80,000 annual contract last month to allow county dog wardens to drop off lost or stray dogs at the shelter. The shelter had received about $200,000 from the...
Special Report: Million dollar paychecks for top hospital CEOs

Special Report: Million dollar paychecks for top hospital CEOs

On average, the 20 highest paid hospital executives in the Dayton area take home more than $700,000 in annual salary and incentives, with the Top 5 earning well over $1 million a year, based on the nonprofit hospitals’ most recent tax returns. Fred Manchur, CEO of Dayton-based Kettering Health Network — with eight hospitals and $1.5 billion in annual revenue — topped the list with...
Snow showers, flurries return through early evening

Snow showers, flurries return through early evening

Scattered flurries and snow showers will be possible through sunset. Snow showers early in evening, then clearing Sunny and not as cold Thursday Early mix changing to rain Friday THIS EVENING:  A quick coating of snow will be possible along with brief reduced visibility with the heaviest snow showers. Temperatures will slowly drop back through the 20s. Flurries will taper off with clearing skies...
Clark State sees increase in students

Clark State sees increase in students

Clark State Community College has seen a bump in enrollment over the past year. The school’s enrollment has increased 3 percent thanks to a continuing rise of students taking online courses and high school students who take classes as part of the College Credit Plus program, said Theresa Felder, the school’s vice president of student affairs and Greene Center operations. “We continue...
2 seriously hurt in first of 2 crashes on U.S. 68

2 seriously hurt in first of 2 crashes on U.S. 68

One person suffered minor injuries this afternoon in a three-vehicle crash just north of a crash on U.S. 68 that seriously injured a married Urbana couple. In the first crash, reported at 3:15 p.m., a 2017 gold Ford Escape turned west from south U.S. 68 onto Hickory Grove Road into the path of a northbound black 2000 Mitsubishi sport-utility vehicle. The Mitsubishi struck the right side of the Ford...
Logan County woman indicted on murder charge

Logan County woman indicted on murder charge

A Logan County woman was indicted Tuesday on charges related to her husband’s death. The Logan County Grand Jury indicted Rosalie Kennedy,62, on charges of murder and felonious assault. Logan County Prosecutor Eric C. Stewart said each charge comes with a three-year-gun specification. Kennedy was arrested on March 11 in connection with the death of her husband, Gary Kennedy, 66. He was found...
Springfield man found passed out in running car with 60 grams of pot

Springfield man found passed out in running car with 60 grams of pot

Clark County deputies arrested a Springfield man they alleged was in possession of a large amount of marijuana after he was found passed out behind the wheel of a car with his foot on the gas. Derrick Lake, 27, of Springfield, was taken into custody after a gas station manager alerted police that Lake had been stopped at a gas pump for an hour and appeared to be passed out, according to court records...
Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark County residents

Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark County residents

Proposed changes to an industrial minerals mining permit has some Mad River Twp. residents and school officials concerned, including about how it might affect their drinking water. Enon Sand and Gravel applied to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management in November 2016 to mine limestone and merge two existing permits into one. “In this case, they actually...
Bitter cold wind chills tonight

Bitter cold wind chills tonight

A few snow showers and flurries will be possible through the evening hours before tapering off. Any accumulation will be light. Temperatures will drop through the 20s with wind chills dropping into the single digits after sunset. Scattered snow showers, flurries early tonight Wind chills approaching zero by Wednesday morning Slow warming trend through the week TONIGHT: Scattered flurries will...
Ambassador: Hunger a problem around the world and in Springfield

Ambassador: Hunger a problem around the world and in Springfield

A former U.S. Representative and U.S. Ambassador came to Springfield on Monday to raise awareness of hunger and poverty, saying it’s not only an international issue, it’s a Miami Valley issue. About 21,000 people die each day from hunger around the world, said Ambassador Tony Hall, who’s also works with the Hall Hunger Initiative in Dayton. But he said the good news is that number&rsquo...
New Carlisle restaurant featured for best burgers in Ohio

New Carlisle restaurant featured for best burgers in Ohio

A New Carlisle restaurant was highlighted for having the best burgers in the Midwest. 571 Grill & Draft House took home the top honors as selected by the website Travel Pulse. The tourism website selected one restaurant from seven Midwestern states, including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. RELATED: New Carlisle restaurant taps heavily into craft beer trend The grill&rsquo...
Driver seriously hurt in head-on crash in Moorefield Twp.

Driver seriously hurt in head-on crash in Moorefield Twp.

One driver was seriously injured in a head-on crash in the 6000 block of Urbana Road in Moorefield Twp. CareFlight was requested but could not fly because of winter weather moving into the Miami Valley. A Cadillac and minivan collided. The driver of the Cadillace was seriously hurt and taken to the hospital. The van driver was also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening...
Clark County man accused in baby’s death enters insanity plea

Clark County man accused in baby’s death enters insanity plea

A man accused of killing his 3-month-old daughter has changed his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. Brian Hayslip, 22, was charged in December with murder, involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence in connection with the death of Lilly Hayslip. Lilly was found dead in Mercer County and authorities said it appears she died in Clark County from a subdermal hematoma to the brain, which...
Local gas prices drop

Local gas prices drop

DAYTON — Average retail gasoline prices in Dayton have fallen 11.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.09 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 391 gas outlets in Dayton. This compares with the national average that has fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.29 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.   Including...
How safe and healthy are Clark County schools?

How safe and healthy are Clark County schools?

Schools in Clark County mostly provide safe and healthy buildings, but health inspections have found problems ranging from mouse droppings to high levels of carbon dioxide in classrooms. State law requires health districts to inspect each school in the county twice a year to make sure students and staff at the schools are safe, Clark County Combined Health District Director of Environmental Health...
Snow showers taper off overnight, refreeze possible Tuesday morning

Snow showers taper off overnight, refreeze possible Tuesday morning

A Winter Weather Advisory has been canceled by the National Weather Service. It had been scheduled until 2 p.m. Tuesday. Slick spots possible due to refreeze overnight Becoming windy, cold with flurries Tuesday Slow warming trend through the week OVERNIGHT: Snow showers taper to scattered flurries, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Total snow accumulation is around 1 inch or...
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