Clark & Champaign Counties


Springfield man accused of firing gun twice during alleged robbery

A Springfield man has been accused of firing two shots during an attempted robbery last week. Brock See, 19, was charged in connection with a July 17 shooting where police alleged he used a handgun to try to rob a man. See was charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery in Clark County Municipal Court. READ MORE: Springfield man accused of hitting pregnant woman with heater Police said...
Urbana native to voice Marvel villain in third Thor film

Urbana native to voice Marvel villain in third Thor film

Urbana native Clancy Brown will have a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in one of Hollywood’s biggest franchises. SOCIAL MEDIA: FOLLOW REPORTER MICHAEL COOPER ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. Brown will voice the role of the demon Surtur in the upcoming Marvel movie, “Thor: Ragnarok,” according to Comicbook.com. The film’s director announced the news at this weekend’s San...
Buyers stretch out car loans to record lengths to lower monthly bills

Buyers stretch out car loans to record lengths to lower monthly bills

The length of loans for new vehicles hit an all-time high last month, as buyers took on more debt and stretched their budgets for increasingly expensive cars and trucks.  The average length of an auto loan hit a record of 69.3 months in June, according to research from Edmunds.com, up almost 7 percent compared to five years ago. And Clark County lenders said it’s no longer uncommon to see...
New store pursues location in Bethel Township

New store pursues location in Bethel Township

Dollar General attempted to secure a spot in Bethel Twp. in 2015, but concerned residents halted the attempt. Now Dollar General is back, once again looking to build but this time along West National Road in Springfield. Residents originally did not support the building of a Dollar General store in the farmland area originally proposed due to concerns that it could lead to possible flooding of nearby...
Clean audit issued for Clark County economic development nonprofit

Clean audit issued for Clark County economic development nonprofit

A recent report from the Ohio Auditor of State showed a clean audit after a review of the Community Improvement Corp. of Springfield-Clark County. Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office is responsible for auditing all public entities in Ohio. The CIC’s finances are audited annually and it’s been several years since any issues have been raised, said Chad Yancey, finance director for...
Springfield church may face fines after cutting trees in historic area

Springfield church may face fines after cutting trees in historic area

A Springfield church could face fines after allegedly violating the city’s municipal code by cutting down trees in a historic district without first going to a review board. Dove Pentecostal Assembly sits at the corner of South Fountain Avenue and East Pleasant Street in the South Fountain Historic District. It made cut down several trees on its property recently, causing the city to send an...
Springfield woman charged after boy, 10, allegedly missing for 7 hours

Springfield woman charged after boy, 10, allegedly missing for 7 hours

A Springfield woman is accused of child endangering after an Amber Alert was nearly issued for a 10-year-old boy who was allegedly missing for more than seven hours on Tuesday evening. Jana Chanel Stanhope, 29, of 2503 Virginia Ave., faces two counts of child endangering. Stanhope plead not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of unlawful...
Clark County Fair lowers price, plans more promotions, entertainment

Clark County Fair lowers price, plans more promotions, entertainment

The 2017 Clark County Fair has more shows, more attractions and more free music — and it’s all for the lowest admission price that fairgoers have seen in a number of years, according to Dean Blair, executive director of the fairgrounds. “It’s more bang for the buck,” Blair said. General admission has dropped to $6, which is thought to be the lowest price since 1998. Parking...
Troopers make more drug arrests, impaired driving up in Clark County

Troopers make more drug arrests, impaired driving up in Clark County

Ohio troopers are making more drug arrests this year, a trend local leaders say they expect to see in Clark County, too. Felony drug arrests by troopers statewide are up 12 percent compared to this time last year, according to statistics from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers in Clark County have made 36 felony drug arrests so far in 2017, but that number will likely go up, said Lt. Brian Aller...
Longtime Urbana auto dealer sold to SVG Motors

Longtime Urbana auto dealer sold to SVG Motors

A growing chain of car dealerships recently stepped in to buy one of the longest-running family owned businesses in Urbana, with plans to add additional employees and renovate the business. SVG Motors, an auto dealer with locations in Dayton, Eaton and Greenville, has purchased Trenor Motors for an undisclosed price. READ MORE: Springfield Airport tapped to test new drone technology The Urbana company...
Clark County deputies stop man on I-70 accused of trafficking meth

Clark County deputies stop man on I-70 accused of trafficking meth

A Missouri man has been accused of attempting to traffic meth through Clark County using Interstate 70. Ryan Burke, 36, has been charged with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence. He is accused of having in his possession 11 grams of meth, four glass pipes and digital scales. READ MORE: Secret indictment accuses Springfield man of several burglaries...
Springfield woman charged after toddler allegedly found on roof

Springfield woman charged after toddler allegedly found on roof

A Springfield woman is facing child endangering charges after a 2-year-old child was allegedly found on the roof of their home with a dog. MORE: Clark County suspected overdose deaths surpass last year’s total Daun Morrison, 23, of 231 S. Shaffer St., was arrested and placed in the Clark County Jail. She’s expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today. Springfield Police Division officers...
Columbus Zoo welcomes 3 new tiger cubs

Columbus Zoo welcomes 3 new tiger cubs

The baby fever that has overtaken the Cincinnati Zoo has now spread to Columbus with the addition of three new tiger cubs.   Columbus Zoo announced on Wednesday the birth of  three Amur tiger cubs. Two of the cubs were born on July 12, and the third was born the following day. According to the zoo’s website, the newborn cubs appear to be healthy and are nursing in a behind-the-scenes...
Thousands of dollars in flood damage at Springfield baseball stadium

Thousands of dollars in flood damage at Springfield baseball stadium

Heavy rains last weekend caused thousands of dollars in damage at Carleton Davidson Stadium, home of the Champion City Kings and Wittenberg University baseball teams. “When we rolled in it was pretty bad,” King’s owner Rick White said. The Kings were on the road playing away games when the storms hit Springfield last weekend and the team returned to find their equipment and other...
Logan County superintendent suspended after ‘horrible’ charges

Logan County superintendent suspended after ‘horrible’ charges

The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center governing board placed its superintendent on paid administrative leave after she was indicted and accused of not acting on allegations of child rape, calling the charges against her “horrible.” Heather O’Donnell has been charged with two counts of child endangering in connection with child rape charges lodged against her husband, Indian...
If swine flu breaks out, pigs at Clark County Fair may face kill order

If swine flu breaks out, pigs at Clark County Fair may face kill order

The Clark County Fair Board wants swine exhibitors to take precautions before attending the fair this week after reports of swine flu in Ohio, but some parents are upset about what the precautions could mean for their children and their pigs. Pigs at the Clinton County fair were found to be infected with a strain of the swine flu that can infect humans, Clark County Fair Board President Bill Agle...
Speedway to hire more than 2,000 workers in 9 states, including Ohio

Speedway to hire more than 2,000 workers in 9 states, including Ohio

Speedway is looking to hire more than 2,000 employees across nine states to fill existing and growth-related positions. The company, based in Enon in Clark County, is the nation’s second-largest chain of company-owned and -operated convenience stores. It has approximately 2,730 stores in 21 states. Speedway will hold open interviews from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 at every store in Ohio, Indiana...
West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Clark County

West Nile Virus detected in mosquitoes in Clark County

West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes trapped in Clark County, according to the Clark County Combined Health District. The health district traps mosquitoes and sends them to the Ohio Department of Health for testings. The samples collected near the southwest side of the city of Springfield have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The Clark County Combined Health District has sent an...
Clark, Champaign County farmers to see changes in property tax bills

Clark, Champaign County farmers to see changes in property tax bills

The recently approved state budget included reforms to a decades-old formula that Clark and Champaign County farmers said will eventually provide some relief to property tax bills that in some cases have shot up as much as 300 percent in recent years. Agriculture contributes $105 billion to the Ohio economy and accounts for one in seven jobs in the state, according to information from the Ohio Farm...
Police officer recovering after hit by car in Springfield charity ride

Police officer recovering after hit by car in Springfield charity ride

A Dayton Police Department officer is recovering after being struck by a car over the weekend during a charity motorcycle ride in Springfield. The crash happened before 4 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Wheel Street during a charity bike run, according to the Springfield Police Division. The officer hit has been identified as Jeffery Holmes, according to a police division...
Wright State students uncover buried Clark County history

Wright State students uncover buried Clark County history

Wright State University students are digging up history in George Rogers Clark Park to piece together what happened at the Battle of Piqua. The students are enrolled in field school, a six-week archaeological dig that has focused on the Clark County historical site for the last two years. Led by Professor Lance Greene, students are looking for artifacts from the Shawnee village that once lived on...
Horse rescued from German Twp. sinkhole expected to be OK

Horse rescued from German Twp. sinkhole expected to be OK

A horse is expected to be OK after it was rescued from a sinkhole in German Twp. on Monday, according to a veterinarian. Police and firefighters responded to the 6000 block of Ballentine Pike on Monday morning after they were alerted of a horse trapped in a hole by the property owners. “The horses were out all night,” German Twp. Police Chief Michael Stitzel said. “They …...
Major Springfield employer looking to hire workers

Major Springfield employer looking to hire workers

Assurant — one of the biggest employers in Springfield — will host open interviews for various positions at OhioMeansJobs of Clark County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20. The company is seeking applicants for various positions, including loss draft specialists, research specialists, processing specialists and customer care specialists. Most positions start at $12.50 per hour,...
New Wittenberg president wants stronger ties with Springfield

New Wittenberg president wants stronger ties with Springfield

A top priority for the new president of Wittenberg University is to further connect the school with the Springfield community. Mike Fransden, the 15th president of the liberal arts college that’s a major local employer with an estimated $70 million impact on the region’s economy, took his seat as the leader of the Springfield school on July 1. He told the Springfield News-Sun during an...
Barnstorming Carnival brings aviation history, fun to Springfield

Barnstorming Carnival brings aviation history, fun to Springfield

People didn’t have to leave the ground to appreciate the vintage aircraft that lined Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport on Saturday, July 15. Others took directly to the skies. The fourth Barnstorming Carnival gathered more than 50 planes from the classic era of aviation so families could appreciate a time when daredevil pilots were the showmen of their day and get an idea of what it&rsquo...
Looking for a job? Springfield fire division hiring to bolster ranks

Looking for a job? Springfield fire division hiring to bolster ranks

The Springfield Fire/Rescue Division is actively recruiting firefighter/paramedic applicants because of low division numbers. “We know we have seven vacancies currently. We know we have an impending retirement in the next two weeks and we anticipate a couple of more,” Springfield Assistant Fire Chief Brian Miller said. RELATED: Springfield leaders reopening fire, police stations Numbers...
Clark State president launches new mentoring program for employees

Clark State president launches new mentoring program for employees

Clark State Community College is set to launch a new mentoring program led by President Jo Alice Blondin. SOAR — Serving Our Own through Leadership and Retention — aims to develop and create leaders who are committed to serving Clark State and focusing on student success. “It was important to start the program because in higher education there are so few opportunities for structured...
Springfield youth for group to create understanding across faiths

Springfield youth for group to create understanding across faiths

A group of Springfield youth from Muslim and Christian backgrounds have come together to learn more about different religions. “We’re friends with some of the girls from the mosque,” Emily Hasccke, a student at Springfield High and member of the Interfaith Youth Group, said. “We all thought it would be neat to start this group and to learn more about each other’s faith...
Patients react to fraud indictment of Springfield cardiologist

Patients react to fraud indictment of Springfield cardiologist

Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield, and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were both charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and making false statements, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. The indictment alleges the couple received more than $2 million from Medicare and Medicaid for medically...
New Carlisle man indicted, accused of injuring 2-year-old

New Carlisle man indicted, accused of injuring 2-year-old

A New Carlisle man accused of injuring a 2-year-old boy has been indicted. Seth Tackett, 25, has been indicted on charges of felonious assault and two counts of endangering children. EARLIER COVERAGE: New Carlisle man pleads not guilty to child abuse allegations On June 24, family members of the boy discovered a “significant physical injury” and reported the case to police, according to...
Honda unveils new 2018 Accord made in Ohio

Honda unveils new 2018 Accord made in Ohio

Honda showed off its newest version of the Accord in Detroit on Friday, highlighting an Ohio-made car that company leaders said was a key to the automaker gaining a foothold in America. About 1,400 workers from Clark and Champaign counties work for the automaker, and it employs about 14,500 Ohioans overall. Several area companies, including KTH Parts Industries in St. Paris and Parker Trutec in Springfield...
Urbana University approved to become branch of Columbus school

Urbana University approved to become branch of Columbus school

Franklin University has received approval to make Urbana University a branch campus effective Aug. 1, a step Franklin officials said will allow Urbana to offer new academic programs and provide better service to students. Urbana had been under academic probation since November 2014 when the Champaign County school faced a variety of challenges, but that will also no longer be the case now that it&rsquo...
2 Springfield women, 1 man accused of leaving kids in dirty house

2 Springfield women, 1 man accused of leaving kids in dirty house

A Springfield woman has been arrested and warrants have been issued for two others on child endangering charges. Chris Jo Marie Nutt, 32, was arrested on child endangering charges on Wednesday, July 12. DETAILS: Springfield doctor charged in national health care fraud sting A 12-year-old boy allegedly was found along the 900 block of Essex Street, crying and yelling, “What did I do wrong,&rdquo...
New $55M auto parts part under construction in Springfield

New $55M auto parts part under construction in Springfield

Construction of a $55 million auto parts manufacturing site that will supply parts to Honda and Toyota is well underway at the Champion City Business Park. Topre America, a Japan-based manufacturer, plans to open a new 146,000-square-foot plant at the end of the summer. The company has pledged to add at least 85 jobs over the next three years, with an estimated annual payroll of about $3.45 million...
Longtime Springfield florist expands into tuxedo rental business

Longtime Springfield florist expands into tuxedo rental business

A Springfield florist will expand its services into the tuxedo rental business and make minor improvements to its building on North Limestone Street. Schneider’s Florist, 633 N. Limestone St., has continuously operated under the same name for more than 100 years. The business recently began offering tuxedo rentals, in part to offer wider variety of products not offered by online companies. Staff...
West Liberty school shooting suspect ordered to mental health hospital

West Liberty school shooting suspect ordered to mental health hospital

The teen accused of opening fire at West Liberty-Salem High School has been admitted to a mental health hospital because he posed a, “substantial risk of physical harm to himself or others,” according to court records. Ely Serna, 17, faces several charges, including attempted murder, in connection with the school shooting on Jan. 20 that left another student seriously injured. He has pleaded...
Springfield woman shot in the head identified, recovering

Springfield woman shot in the head identified, recovering

A Springfield woman is recovering from being shot in the head Wednesday afternoon. Victoryia Printz, 21, was shot in the right temple about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Crossgate Court in an “unknown manner by an unknown male with an unknown weapon,” according to a Springfield Police Division report. Her injury is serious, according to a police report. But her injuries weren&rsquo...
Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud

Springfield cardiologist among hundreds charged with health care fraud

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife were two of hundreds of defendants federally charged with health care fraud after a massive investigation. The indictments were part of an initiative announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price. Dr. Salim Dahdah, the owner of the Ohio Institute of Cardiac Care (OICC) in Springfield...
Location of Clark County OVI checkpoint announced

Location of Clark County OVI checkpoint announced

State troopers will conduct an OVI checkpoint in Clark County tonight. The checkpoint will be on Ohio 235 south of New Carlisle from 8 p.m. until midnight. READ MORE: Family wants driver in deadly Clark County crash to come forward “The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers,” the release says. Lt. Brian Aller, commander of the...
Medical marijuana grow site in Clark County on state application list

Medical marijuana grow site in Clark County on state application list

A company is hoping to turn a warehouse facility between Dayton and Springfield into a growing site for medical marijuana, according to Clark County records. Pure Ohio Wellness LLC has applied for a state license to become a Level 1 medical marijuana cultivation facility, meaning it could initially cultivate up to 25,000 square feet. RELATED: State identifies medical pot applicants County zoning records...
No criminal charges expected in Shawnee baseball investigation

No criminal charges expected in Shawnee baseball investigation

No criminal charges are expected to be filed in connection with an investigation that involved the Shawnee High School baseball team. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson and Clark County deputies began investigating after the team took a spring break trip to Tennessee in March. “The investigation that has been provided to our office doesn’t indicate that any criminal acts occurred,&rdquo...
Sales tax changes means cuts to county, Clark County sheriff’s office

Sales tax changes means cuts to county, Clark County sheriff’s office

Clark County faces budget cuts to all departments after changes to sales taxes, including the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The federal government ended the state’s collection of sale taxes on services from Medicaid managed-care organizations — such as Dayton-based CareSource — as of June 30. Clark County collected $3.2 million in such sales taxes last year, up from $2.2 million...
Prominent historic Springfield home hit by lightning, catches fire

Prominent historic Springfield home hit by lightning, catches fire

A prominent, nearly 100-year-old Springfield home was damaged by a fire after it was struck by lightning Tuesday morning. The Petticrew House on East McCreight Avenue suffered $50,000 to $65,000 in damage, according to Brian Miller, Springfield Fire/Rescue Division assistant fire chief. But the fire was contained to the attic, he said. The house is owned by Opportunities for Individual Change of Clark...
Logan County school superintendent indicted on child rape charges

Logan County school superintendent indicted on child rape charges

Two married school superintendents were indicted Tuesday afternoon in connection with allegations of child rape. Patrick O’Donnell, 52, the superintendent at Indian Lake Schools in Logan County and his wife, Heather O’Donnell, the superintendent at Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, were booked into Logan County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, according to jail officials. He was booked...
Deputies accuse Medway man of trafficking marijuana, hashish, dabs

Deputies accuse Medway man of trafficking marijuana, hashish, dabs

Clark County deputies alleged a search uncovered hashish, marijuana and dabs packaged for sale in a Medway man’s house. Tyler Neitzel, 21, of 10816 Lower Valley Pike, has been charged with illegal manufacture/cultivation of drugs, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs, possession of drugs and two counts of trafficking in drugs. READ MORE: Springfield woman injured...
Two roads in Springfield Twp. have been closed due to high water

Two roads in Springfield Twp. have been closed due to high water

Two roads in Springfield Twp. have been closed due to high water, Springfield Twp. announced this morning. RELATED: Heavy rains cause flooding, power outages Mitchell Road between Crabill and Ridge Roads has been closed, while Ridge Road between the Prime Ohio 2 and Mitchell Road has also been closed. It’s unclear when the roads will re-open. Springfield Twp. announced the road closings on its...
Springfield North coaching legend Henderson dies at 87

Springfield North coaching legend Henderson dies at 87

Don Henderson, one of the most successful high school basketball and baseball coaches in Springfield history, died at 87 on Saturday after a long illness. Henderson is a member of the Wittenberg Athletics Hall of Honor, the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Henderson was one of the founders...
New Wittenberg president starts job, prepares for first year

New Wittenberg president starts job, prepares for first year

The new Wittenberg University president took office last week. Mike Frandsen was named the school’s 15th president in February and started the job on July 1. Frandsen served almost three years as the vice president for finance and administration at Oberlin College and before that was interim president at Albion College in Michigan. Wittenberg is a major local employer with a total of more than...
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