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Springfield, Clark County commissioners to hold joint work sessions
 The city of Springfield and Clark County commissions will hold joint work sessions later this year to improve communications between the two government entities, local leaders said. MORE: 3 new Springfield commissioners, fire chief sworn into office The meetings have yet to be scheduled but Springfield city commissioners approved holding...

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The city of Springfield and Clark County commissions will hold joint work sessions later this year to improve communications between the two government entities, local leaders said. MORE: 3 new Springfield commissioners, fire chief sworn into office The meetings have yet to be scheduled but Springfield city commissioners approved holding...
Clark County approves dispatching, law enforcement for townships
 Several contracts for law enforcement and dispatching services to be provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in townships and one local city were renewed by county commissioners this week. MORE: Clark County land use plan includes entertainment district, youth programs The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will provide law enforcement...

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Several contracts for law enforcement and dispatching services to be provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in townships and one local city were renewed by county commissioners this week. MORE: Clark County land use plan includes entertainment district, youth programs The Clark County Sheriff’s Office will provide law enforcement...
Springfield man arrested, accused of robbing Fifth Third bank
 Video footage of a bank robbery provided to local news outlets helped the Springfield Police Division track down the man responsible for the robbery. FIRST REPORT: Report: Bank robber asked to open new account before demanding money Drew Boddie, 21, of 501 S. Ohio Ave., is expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today on a charge of robbery...

Posted: 4 days ago

Video footage of a bank robbery provided to local news outlets helped the Springfield Police Division track down the man responsible for the robbery. FIRST REPORT: Report: Bank robber asked to open new account before demanding money Drew Boddie, 21, of 501 S. Ohio Ave., is expected to appear in court at 10:30 a.m. today on a charge of robbery...
Springfield man arrested after allegedly robbing bank with note
 A Springfield man was arrested after allegedly robbing a west side bank with a handwritten note earlier this week. FIRST REPORT: Police searching for suspect in Springfield bank robbery Rodney J. Oglesby, 33, of 908 W. Rose St., pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $10...

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A Springfield man was arrested after allegedly robbing a west side bank with a handwritten note earlier this week. FIRST REPORT: Police searching for suspect in Springfield bank robbery Rodney J. Oglesby, 33, of 908 W. Rose St., pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery in the Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday. Bond was set at $10...
Springfield man accused of striking mom with cane over drug money
 A Springfield man is facing domestic violence charges after he allegedly struck his mother with a walking cane because she wouldn’t give him money for drugs. Franklin L. Wilson, 31, pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $1,000. Springfield Police Division officers were sent to a home in the...

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A Springfield man is facing domestic violence charges after he allegedly struck his mother with a walking cane because she wouldn’t give him money for drugs. Franklin L. Wilson, 31, pleaded not guilty in the Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday. Bond was set at $1,000. Springfield Police Division officers were sent to a home in the...
Clark County plan includes entertainment district, youth programs
 A downtown entertainment district, a program aimed at keeping young people in Clark County and school pride initiatives have all been suggested as part of a long-term strategic planning effort. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan — held a public meeting Tuesday evening to allow...

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A downtown entertainment district, a program aimed at keeping young people in Clark County and school pride initiatives have all been suggested as part of a long-term strategic planning effort. Connect Clark County — a local group working to update the county’s land use plan — held a public meeting Tuesday evening to allow...
Springfield drive-through robbed at gunpoint
 A Springfield drive-through was robbed by a man with a gun on Tuesday evening. RELATED: Man uses handwritten note to rob west side Springfield bank The Springfield Police Division were sent to John’s Drive Thru, 826 W. Main St, at about 8 p.m. for an alarm call. An employee then told police she had been robbed by a man with a gun, according...

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A Springfield drive-through was robbed by a man with a gun on Tuesday evening. RELATED: Man uses handwritten note to rob west side Springfield bank The Springfield Police Division were sent to John’s Drive Thru, 826 W. Main St, at about 8 p.m. for an alarm call. An employee then told police she had been robbed by a man with a gun, according...
Man uses handwritten note to rob west side Springfield bank
 A man used a note to rob a west side Springfield bank on Tuesday afternoon. The Springfield Police Division was called to the Security National Bank: Western Office, 920 W. Main St. at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. FIRST REPORT: Police searching for suspect in Springfield bank robbery The man walked into the bank and began asking about a loan...

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A man used a note to rob a west side Springfield bank on Tuesday afternoon. The Springfield Police Division was called to the Security National Bank: Western Office, 920 W. Main St. at about 3:50 p.m. Tuesday. FIRST REPORT: Police searching for suspect in Springfield bank robbery The man walked into the bank and began asking about a loan...
I-70 widening in Clark County to start a year ahead of schedule
 A long-planned $52 million project to widen Interstate 70 and improve safety between U.S. 68 and Ohio 72 in Clark County is expected to begin construction in July, a year ahead of schedule. The project was previously set to begin in July of 2019, Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Director Scott Schmid said, but...

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A long-planned $52 million project to widen Interstate 70 and improve safety between U.S. 68 and Ohio 72 in Clark County is expected to begin construction in July, a year ahead of schedule. The project was previously set to begin in July of 2019, Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Director Scott Schmid said, but...
Springfield man accused of biting woman’s face
 A Springfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly bit a woman he knows in the face last week. Israel R. Scott IV, 20, of 1374 W. Pleasant St., appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday but his case was continued. He’s set to appear again at 11 a.m. Wednesday. MORE: Woman accused of biting man’s face over...

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A Springfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly bit a woman he knows in the face last week. Israel R. Scott IV, 20, of 1374 W. Pleasant St., appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Monday but his case was continued. He’s set to appear again at 11 a.m. Wednesday. MORE: Woman accused of biting man’s face over...
Bullets hit home, car in Springfield
 A home and a car were each struck with bullets in Springfield over the weekend, according to a police report. A Springfield woman was awoken by gun fire at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning outside her home in the 700 block of Summer Street, the report said. The woman didn’t see the suspect, but heard a vehicle speeding out of the area...

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A home and a car were each struck with bullets in Springfield over the weekend, according to a police report. A Springfield woman was awoken by gun fire at about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning outside her home in the 700 block of Summer Street, the report said. The woman didn’t see the suspect, but heard a vehicle speeding out of the area...
Domestic violence, arson arrests in Springfield linked to Snapchat
 A Springfield man and woman both face charges after a woman allegedly set her husband’s clothes on fire in the backyard after Snapchat posts. Renee Arnold, 26, was charged with arson and is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today. Bryan L. Arnold, 28, also has been charged with domestic violence and is expected in court...

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A Springfield man and woman both face charges after a woman allegedly set her husband’s clothes on fire in the backyard after Snapchat posts. Renee Arnold, 26, was charged with arson and is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today. Bryan L. Arnold, 28, also has been charged with domestic violence and is expected in court...
Springfield commission at odds over landlord/tenant rights debate
 Whether or not to remove a $100 civil fine for landlords who fail to provide information to tenants about their rights has divided Springfield city commissioners. Landlords must provide a tenant rights booklet to renters or face a $100 fine, according to city code that was enacted in 2001. MORE CITY NEWS: $11M apartment complex rejected by...

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Whether or not to remove a $100 civil fine for landlords who fail to provide information to tenants about their rights has divided Springfield city commissioners. Landlords must provide a tenant rights booklet to renters or face a $100 fine, according to city code that was enacted in 2001. MORE CITY NEWS: $11M apartment complex rejected by...
Clark County to recruit relatives, foster families due to drug crisis
 Clark County is one of eight Ohio counties hard hit by the opioid crisis that have been chosen to participate in a pilot program to recruit more relatives and foster families to care for children in need. The program is part of a $1 million statewide grant announced by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in August, designed to lessen...

Posted: 12 days ago

Clark County is one of eight Ohio counties hard hit by the opioid crisis that have been chosen to participate in a pilot program to recruit more relatives and foster families to care for children in need. The program is part of a $1 million statewide grant announced by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in August, designed to lessen...
3 new Springfield commissioners, fire chief sworn into office
 Three Springfield city commissioners, including two first-time politicians, were sworn into office Tuesday evening, the first change to the city’s governing body in eight years. The city of Springfield held a swearing-in ceremony at the City Hall Forum on Tuesday evening. RELATED: Rue, Chilton, Estrop elected to Springfield city commission...

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Three Springfield city commissioners, including two first-time politicians, were sworn into office Tuesday evening, the first change to the city’s governing body in eight years. The city of Springfield held a swearing-in ceremony at the City Hall Forum on Tuesday evening. RELATED: Rue, Chilton, Estrop elected to Springfield city commission...
First baby of year born in Springfield 11 days earlier than expected
 The new year started off just right for Springfield residents Tanesha Bishop and Michael Compston, even if it was 11 days earlier than expected. The Springfield couple celebrated the birth of their son, Brennan, who arrived at about 8:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the first baby born in 2018 at Springfield Regional Medical Center. At a...

Posted: 14 days ago

The new year started off just right for Springfield residents Tanesha Bishop and Michael Compston, even if it was 11 days earlier than expected. The Springfield couple celebrated the birth of their son, Brennan, who arrived at about 8:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, the first baby born in 2018 at Springfield Regional Medical Center. At a...
$11M apartment complex rejected by Springfield planning board
 A local planning board recently rejected a rezoning application for an $11 million, 60-unit, low-income apartment complex being proposed on the east side of Springfield, but the plan can still be approved by the Springfield City Commission. FIRST REPORT: $11M apartment complex proposed at former Springfield school site Indianapolis-based...

Posted: 15 days ago

A local planning board recently rejected a rezoning application for an $11 million, 60-unit, low-income apartment complex being proposed on the east side of Springfield, but the plan can still be approved by the Springfield City Commission. FIRST REPORT: $11M apartment complex proposed at former Springfield school site Indianapolis-based...
Recently-elected Springfield commissioners to focus on jobs, roads
 More jobs, better cooperation with other local governments and an even distribution of resources across neighborhoods are all goals three recently-elected Springfield commissioners hope to improve upon next year. RELATED: Longtime leaders Martin, Duncan say farewell to Springfield commission The commission will have two new members beginning...

Posted: 15 days ago

More jobs, better cooperation with other local governments and an even distribution of resources across neighborhoods are all goals three recently-elected Springfield commissioners hope to improve upon next year. RELATED: Longtime leaders Martin, Duncan say farewell to Springfield commission The commission will have two new members beginning...
Springfield man cycles 3,300 miles across America to promote recovery
 A Springfield resident and recovering addict recently completed a 3,300-mile bicycle ride across the United States to raise awareness about drug overdoses and addiction. OPIOID WAR: Progress made against drug overdoses in Clark County but war not over Tim Derr, 51, began his journey along the bay of the Atlantic Ocean in Baltimore on Aug...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Springfield resident and recovering addict recently completed a 3,300-mile bicycle ride across the United States to raise awareness about drug overdoses and addiction. OPIOID WAR: Progress made against drug overdoses in Clark County but war not over Tim Derr, 51, began his journey along the bay of the Atlantic Ocean in Baltimore on Aug...
Springfield man accused of stealing $46K from woman’s bank account
 A Springfield man is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing nearly $46,000 from a woman’s bank account over a two-year period, according to public records. MORE CRIME: Woman accused of biting man’s face over friend request in Springfield Richard Dean Burton, 41, of 2657 Aberdeen Drive was indicted by the Clark County...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Springfield man is facing felony theft charges after allegedly stealing nearly $46,000 from a woman’s bank account over a two-year period, according to public records. MORE CRIME: Woman accused of biting man’s face over friend request in Springfield Richard Dean Burton, 41, of 2657 Aberdeen Drive was indicted by the Clark County...
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