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Clark & Champaign Counties


Suspect accused of setting Springfield home on fire

A Springfield man has been accused of setting a house on fire late last year. Darren Carroll, 25, was arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday on two counts of aggravated arson and charges of aggravated menacing and domestic violence. His case was continued until Jan. 31 and he didn’t enter a plea. READ MORE: Springfield woman’s $700K gift will remodel busy fire station Police...
Gas prices expected to spike this week

Gas prices expected to spike this week

Ohio drivers, along with motorists in Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky, could see gasoline prices jump in the next two days ending a continuous price drop within recent weeks.  Average gas prices dropped 31 cents in Ohio, 19 cents in Kentucky, 32 cents in Indiana and 29 cents in Michigan over the last three weeks.  By Friday, gas stations will see a price hike to $2.19-$2.29 per...
Classes resume at West Liberty with message from shooting victim

Classes resume at West Liberty with message from shooting victim

West Liberty-Salem High School students returned to classes today after a shooting last week and watched a video with shooting victim Logan Cole. The video talked to students about the events on Friday. “That video ended with a video clip of Logan Cole in the hospital basically wishing all the student body well today and saying he was very happy they got to return to school today and he was...
Unemployment rate rises slightly in Clark County

Unemployment rate rises slightly in Clark County

Clark County’s unemployment rate crept up slightly in December, according to monthly figures released today by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. RELATED: Proposed unemployment fixes concern Springfield union leaders The unemployment rate in Clark County was 4.8 percent last month, up slightly from 4.7 percent in November. But both counties also saw a small decline in the size of...
Downtown Springfield business to close in March

Downtown Springfield business to close in March

Revival: The Art of Healing, a yoga and tea bar located in downtown Springfield, announced that March 1 will be its last day in business. The announcement came as a shock to their customers as the studio made the announcement on their Facebook page. RELATED: Winans Chocolate & Coffees opens in downtown Springfield The statement said, “We wish we could continue to serve you through the practice...
Mild temps continue tonight, change in weather pattern looms

Mild temps continue tonight, change in weather pattern looms

Mainly cloudy skies are expected with temperatures slowly dropping into the upper 30s after dark. Some breaks in the clouds tonight Unseasonably warm for one more day tomorrow Colder weather, snow showers begin Thursday Tonight: Some breaks in the clouds are possible late tonight. Temperatures will be cool, dropping into the middle 30s by morning. Wednesday: Some brief sunshine is possible...
Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton Chapter is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region. For more information on how you can be part of granting a local child’s wish, go online to www.aspecialwishdayton.org. A child’s wish, no matter the age, is incredibly special. Almost all of us have looked into the night sky waiting for the exact moment we see a shooting star in...
Superintendent: Enough harm has been done, it’s time to heal

Superintendent: Enough harm has been done, it’s time to heal

UPDATE @ 4:45 p.m.:  The students also watched a video of victim Logan Cole and discussed the shooting in class Tuesday. Students returned to West Liberty-Salem school in good spirits today, according to  Kraig Hissong, the school district superintendent during a news conference this morning.  “In general today the students came in with smiling faces,” he said. Hissong expressed...
Two high-speed chases in four days not unusual, trooper says

Two high-speed chases in four days not unusual, trooper says

Two high-speed chases in densely populated areas of Springfield in less than four days isn’t rare, according to law enforcement officials. “Being associated with this post for 20 years, I’d say it is not a unique situation,” Highway Patrol Lt. Matt Cleaveland said Monday. “It is sporadic. You can go a long time without a single pursuit, and then you can have two or three...
FAA does not pick Dayton-Springfield as drone test site

FAA does not pick Dayton-Springfield as drone test site

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems, and the Dayton-Springfield area was not on the list. The rejection delivered a major blow to Ohio officials who had argued that the combined Ohio-Indiana application and the presence of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base would have made an ideal location. Although Federal Aviation Administrator...
Car was stolen in fatal Springfield pursuit crash

Car was stolen in fatal Springfield pursuit crash

A man is dead after a police pursuit ended in a crash just after midnight Saturday. Dale R. James Jr., 26, of Springfield, was pronounced dead at the scene on South Limestone Street near Auburn Avenue, according to the Clark County Coroner's Office. James was driving a stolen Oldsmobile Aurora and had several outstanding warrants for his arrest, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol Springfield Post...
Springfield arts center seeks state money for upgrades

Springfield arts center seeks state money for upgrades

Clark State Community College has asked for $500,000 in state capital money for upgrades to its 20-year-old Performing Arts Center, which local leaders say has been a critical piece in downtown’s rebirth. The $750,000 project includes a new roof and upgrades to the heating and air conditioning, plus security systems to the building, which has seen more than 1.5 million patrons during the last...
Suspects arrested in Springfield pursuit identified

Suspects arrested in Springfield pursuit identified

The Ohio Highway Patrol in Springfield arrested two Dayton residents and found marijuana in a rented sport utility vehicle that led a pursuit through the city Thursday afternoon. The pursuit started at approximately 5 p.m. when a trooper on Interstate 70 responded to a report that the Chevrolet Tahoe was driving recklessly. Because of heavy traffic, the trooper temporarily stopped pursuing out of...
Pursuit of juveniles spans 3 counties

Pursuit of juveniles spans 3 counties

A 14-year-old Adriel School student who already had a warrant out for her arrest for a vehicle theft allegedly stole another car early Thursday morning and led officers on a pursuit chase across three counties. Champaign County had a warrant out for the girl's arrest from an incident on Dec. 7, after investigators said she stole a car and was caught in Columbus. Because of mis-communication between...
Local dairy making, selling cheese in Kroger

Local dairy making, selling cheese in Kroger

Blue Jacket Dairy has grown rapidly since it started on the King family farm about five years ago, including landing its artisan cheeses in Kroger stores this year. About 25 Kroger stores in the Central Ohio region — which also spans from Urbana to Toledo and includes Columbus — now carry 12 Blue Jacket cheeses such as its Silver Lake chevre and cheddar cheese curds. And the Bellefontaine...
Urbana woman, 81, killed in Logan County crash

Urbana woman, 81, killed in Logan County crash

An 81-year-old Urbana woman was killed in a Logan County crash Tuesday afternoon at U.S. 68 and County Road 5 that sent another driver to Miami Valley Hospital and also killed the dog traveling with that second driver. Norma Jeannine Thomas-Smith, who was driving a blue Chevrolet Monte Carlo, was headed south on 68 when she went left of center and hit an oncoming small red Toyota Tacoma pickup, according...
Waste transfer station to seek Springfield approval

Waste transfer station to seek Springfield approval

The local developers of a planned $2.5 million solid waste transfer station and recycling center on the city’s south side will begin the process of planning and zoning approval next month. Southgate residents who oppose the proposal, however, say they’ve begun a campaign to stop or move the development. Last week, county commissioners voted to support the project as fitting into the Clark...
Couple rescued after truck submerged in Springfield

Couple rescued after truck submerged in Springfield

Flooding in Clark County left at least two people stranded atop their vehicle on an inundated roadway in Springfield. Springfield police and township emergency crews responded at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday to the 200 block of West First Street. Crews found a couple sitting on top of a full-size Chevrolet pickup that was half submerged in water. They were rescued and were not injured. Flooding was...
Crowds, first-time skaters make new rink an early success

Crowds, first-time skaters make new rink an early success

Springfield is learning to skate. The National Trail Parks and Recreation Department’s Chiller, the new ice rink in downtown Springfield, has been open for two months, and backers are buoyed so far by massive weekend crowds, frequent bookings for parties and a lot of recreational hockey. “The biggest surprise is just how positive the local community has been,” said Jeremy Rogers...
Springfield site seen as key to Navistar’s future

Springfield site seen as key to Navistar’s future

Navistar’s Springfield plant will play a key role in the company’s future as the organization works to overcome a volatile recent history that included layoffs, changes in top management and the closure of a major manufacturing facility in Texas. Despite those struggles company-wide, the Springfield facility has added employees and new work in recent years. Local union and company officials...
Deputy, firefighter injured in fatal fire rescue attempt

Deputy, firefighter injured in fatal fire rescue attempt

A deputy and a firefighter were injured in a fatal Bethel Twp. fire ealy this morning while trying to rescue the victim. A Clark County sheriff's deputy first on scene to the fire in the 100 block of Sinclair Avenue attempted to kick in the apartment door, but was driven back by smoke. When Bethel Twp. fire crews arrived, there was heavy fire in the garage and the upstairs apartment. A neighbor told...
Anonymous donation covers layaway accounts again

Anonymous donation covers layaway accounts again

A man who anonymously donated $25,000 to pay off layaway accounts at the Walmart here for the second year in a row is creating a ripple effect of giving in the community this holiday season. “It wasn’t our money to begin with, so why not pay it forward?” Kim Summers of Bellefontaine asked. Summers had an iPod and a Barbie Horse Stable on layaway and had paid $100 of her $272 bill...
Woman taken by CareFlight in 7-vehicle I-70 crash

Woman taken by CareFlight in 7-vehicle I-70 crash

Six people were hurt when multiple vehicles got tangled up in a wreck that temporarily shut down westbound Interstate 70 near Enon Friday night. The crash involved five passenger vehicles and two semitrailers, according a release from the Ohio Highway Patrol. A woman was taken by medical helicopter with serious injuries and five others, including a small child, were taken by life squads to hospitals...
Snow tapering for some, heavy for others today

Snow tapering for some, heavy for others today

Snow is expected to be heavy at times through Saturday afternoon for counties north of Dayton as the rain and snow mix to the south moves out with the storm system. Winter Storm Warnings remain in effect until 7 p.m. for Mercer and Auglaize counties and Randolph County, Indiana. Winter Weather Advisories continue until 7 p.m. for Darke, Miami, Shelby, Clark, Champaign and Logan counties. Advisories...
Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers

Drug abusers may be injuring pets to get pain killers

Ohio’s war on prescription drug abuse has a new frontline: The veterinarian’s office. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is working with the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and state licensing boards to educate veterinarians about possible abuse by people who seek medications for dogs, cats and other pets. Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the attorney general, said they have heard...
Dogged by debts, Dem candidate drops out

Dogged by debts, Dem candidate drops out

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald is looking for a new running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial campaign after a disastrous introduction and abrupt withdrawal of state Sen. Eric Kearney as his lieutenant governor pick. Kearney stepped aside Tuesday, less than three weeks after FitzGerald announced him as his running mate. But stories about the more than $800,000 in tax liens against Kearney, his...
OSP trooper, truck involved in head-on crash

OSP trooper, truck involved in head-on crash

An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper and a full-size pickup truck were involved in a head-on crash Tuesday morning in Springfield Township in Clark County. The crash was reported around 8:40 a.m. on Burnett Road at Danbury Lane. Burnett Road was closed to Leffel Lane while crews responded to the crash. The trooper suffered only minor injuries and was walking and alert on the scene. He was taken by...
Ex-band director gets prison for student sex assaults

Ex-band director gets prison for student sex assaults

A former band director accused of sexually assaulting students on school property was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison. John Timothy Shook was found guilty on a dozen counts last month, including six counts of sexual battery, five counts of gross sexual imposition and attempted sexual battery. Five former students testified against him and said he had sexual relations with them. Three...
Father arrested for child abuse, bruising infant son

Father arrested for child abuse, bruising infant son

A Clark County man, Chester Perkins, 29, is accused of child abuse by bruising his 5-week-old son. The infant's maternal grandparents alerted deputies to the possible abuse. They have custody of the boy, but had dropped him off with his parents for a visit. While there, Perkins, the child's father, told the mother that the child had been sleeping next to him but rolled off the bed. The mother told...
Local Christmas tree farms don’t face national problem

Local Christmas tree farms don’t face national problem

One of the season’s most popular Christmas trees may be in short supply this season because of a fungus that is killing off much of the country’s stock. About 30 million trees are sold in North America each year for the holiday, fueling the $1 billion tree farm industry. One of the most popular trees is the Fraser Fir, due to its sturdy branches and low needle loss once cut. However, a...

Wittenberg University officials want to recognize the majority of the campus as a historic district, a designation that could bring more prestige and potentially provide historic tax credits that could be used to help cover renovation costs. Wittenberg’s proposal includes 28 buildings, including the majority of the university’s campus. The boundaries of the proposal roughly stretch along...
Help make an Ohio boy’s Christmas wish come true: Send him mail

Help make an Ohio boy’s Christmas wish come true: Send him mail

Looking for a way to send some holiday cheer? Try dropping a line to Lucas Hoelscher, a 14-year-old Springfield resident with spinal muscular atrophy type I. Lucas, who is unable to talk or move, enjoys receiving letters and cards in the mail because his life completely revolves around his visual skills. He can only communicate by making sounds or moving his eyes. Lucas, part of triplet sons, was...
Tecumseh bus driver accused of raping student

Tecumseh bus driver accused of raping student

A Tecumseh Local Schools bus driver is accused of raping an 11-year-old boy he reportedly met on his bus route. Adam James Overholser, 21 of New Carlisle, was arrested Wednesday evening on school grounds by Clark County sheriff's deputies. He is charged with first-degree felony rape and a third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition. He pleaded not guilty to the charges during an arraignment...
New Carlisle man featured on big screen

New Carlisle man featured on big screen

Jason Greear was thinking of his flooded home, not an acting career, when he was asked to read a script in a commercial for a local restoration company six years ago. He still has trouble believing that call led to events like this Friday, when he’ll be featured on the big screen along with stars like Willem DaFoe and Woody Harrelson in, “Out of the Furnace.” Greear, a 2001 Tecumseh...
Exotic animals' owner seeks state law exemption

Exotic animals' owner seeks state law exemption

The breeding and sale of exotic animals is prohibited by state law, but a local man plans to seek an exemption that would allow him to continue doing just that in Clark County. When Sean Trimbach bought his farm off of Lake Road in Bethel Twp. nine years ago, he intended to use it to build his business— Best Exotics LLC— by breeding and selling exotic animals. He has more than 300 snakes...
Local chain restaurant closes unexpectedly

Local chain restaurant closes unexpectedly

A restaurant here closed this week after 25 years in the community, costing 35 part-time jobs and adding to the list of businesses closing in Urbana this year. The Ponderosa Steakhouse, 633 Scioto St., surprised community members when it closed Monday without any warning. “This one did catch us off guard. We like an opportunity as key leaders within the community to talk to business owners,...
Springfield teen’s wish: Send him mail

Springfield teen’s wish: Send him mail

Looking for a way to send some holiday cheer? Try dropping a line to Lucas Hoelscher, a 14-year-old Springfield resident with spinal muscular atrophy type I. Lucas, who is unable to talk or move, enjoys receiving letters and cards in the mail because his life completely revolves around his visual skills. He can only communicate by making sounds or moving his eyes. Lucas, part of triplet sons, was...
Family fears local missing woman is dead

Family fears local missing woman is dead

A local family has contracted with a nationwide search and recovery team and planned a candlelight vigil in hopes of finding a woman who’s been missing for five months. Amanda Ward-Romine, 30, was last seen July 7 in the 3oo block of Buxton Avenue, according to a Springfield police report. Aliya Lindsey wants her sister to be home for the holidays. But with each passing day, she knows it&rsquo...
Receiving mail lights up Springfield teen’s life

Receiving mail lights up Springfield teen’s life

They come from all over the United States, Germany, Turkey, and there was even a package from NASA. Cards, letters, photos, books — all addressed to 14-year-old Springfield resident Lucas Hoelscher. But Lucas — part of triplet sons born to Bill and Patty Hoelscher — isn’t your typical teenager. Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type I when he was 10 months old, doctors...

Project will add new bridge at Snyder Park

The green bridge over Buck Creek that serves as the entrance to the Snyder Park golf course, playground and tennis courts will be converted for pedestrian and bicycle use only next year after a new bridge is constructed to allow access for a $16 million sewer project. The new bridge will be constructed as part of the Erie Express Interceptor Sewer – mandated as part of the U.S. Environmental...
UD Flyers beat No. 11 Gonzaga

UD Flyers beat No. 11 Gonzaga

Khari Price made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to play to ice an 84-79 Dayton Flyers upset win over 11th-ranked Gonzaga in the first round of the Maui Invitational. Trailing by 14 points with 1:36 to play in the first half, UD went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 9 by the half. After shooting just 32 percent from the field in the first half, the Flyers came out hot in the second half and buried...
Clark Co. death believed to be medically related

Clark Co. death believed to be medically related

A death reported in Bethel Twp. late Wednsday is now believed to be medically related, officials said. Deputies received a call of a man down in the road with a head injury in the 200 block of Greenacres Drive around 11:30 p.m. Officials earlier said they believed a vehicle was involved in his death, but did not release further details citing the ongoing investigation. James Foley, 49, was pronounced...
‘Post-apocalyptic’ neighborhoods: Thousands foreclosed this year

‘Post-apocalyptic’ neighborhoods: Thousands foreclosed this year

Mere miles from the city’s center, one Dayton neighborhood looks like the setting of a post-apocalyptic horror film. Windows are boarded up or shattered, yards are overgrown and, on the surface at least, hope seems in short supply. But this neighborhood is not the only one in the Miami Valley rocked by the foreclosures still sending thousands into despair. As WHIO-TV investigative reporter Becky...
Ohio AG creating heroin unit to battle statewide ‘epidemic’

Ohio AG creating heroin unit to battle statewide ‘epidemic’

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine promised to spend an additional $1 million a year and use the bully pulpit to fight the heroin addiction scourge facing the state. DeWine’s office collected data from the 47 county coroners that track heroin-related deaths and found an alarming trend: 292 heroin overdose deaths in 2010, 395 in 2011 and 606 in 2012. Montgomery County saw 93 heroin-related deaths...
Parks family carries on 35 years after Jonestown

Parks family carries on 35 years after Jonestown

Nothing at Patricia L. Parks’ Ferncliff Cemetery grave site mentions Jonestown, Guyana, the Rev. Jim Jones or the cult of the Peoples Temple. But on this day 35 years ago, Parks’ shooting death was among the first of a cascade of homicides and suicides that killed nearly 900 members of Peoples Temple members at its overseas jungle plantation. Even those born well after the event know the...
City project leveraged $270 million

City project leveraged $270 million

The city’s $28 million brownfield redevelopment project has leveraged approximately $270 million in investment, according to city and state records. With the recent openings of the National Trail Parks and Recreation District’s Chiller downtown ice arena and the Champion City Business Park, the city’s brownfield project has put seven sites it redeveloped since 2000 back into productive...
Severe weather possible, wind advisory for Sunday

Severe weather possible, wind advisory for Sunday

Severe weather could affect today's "Battle of Ohio" football game in Cincinnati and some areas of the Miami Valley could see wind gusts over 50 m.p.h. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for the entire area starting at 10 a.m. Sunday until midnight. Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Jamie Simpson says winds could be at least 30 m.p.h, with winds being even stronger...
Family ordered out of no-plumbing Springfield home

Family ordered out of no-plumbing Springfield home

Clark County health officials ordered a Springfield family out of their cluttered home where dozens of cats lived and a garden hose was being used to flush the toilet. Health inspectors responded to a complaint and obtained a warrant to search the Oak Street residence. The Victorian home built in 1900 has seen better days. Inspectors found the place overrun with cats and rooms so full of clutter there...
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