Clark & Champaign Counties


Passerby mistakes controlled burning of old barn for house fire in Clark County

A passerby this evening mistook a controlled burning of an old barn for a house fire, prompting multiple fire crews to respond. The passerby reported that flames could be seen coming through the roof of a house on Milton-Carlisle Road in Bethel Twp. From a distance, it appeared the fire was coming from a house. But in reality, the flames were from the vacant barn some distance behind the home...
Springfield men recognized by national magazine

Springfield men recognized by national magazine

Two Springfield men were honored by Forbes and named to the 30 under 30 list for education in the United States and Canada. Karlos Marshall and Moses Mbeseha, the founders of The Conscious Connect, Inc. were added to the list for the commitment to literacy in Springfield and the surrounding area. “We are honored to receive such a recognition, but this award is one that is representative of larger...
Cold overnight with lingering clouds; flurries early Tuesday

Cold overnight with lingering clouds; flurries early Tuesday

Clouds linger and cold overnight Flurries or snow shower early Tuesday Rain returns this week >> Live Doppler 7 HD Interactive Radar Overnight: Clouds will linger through the night and it’ll be cold with lows near 30 degrees by daybreak. A weak front will swing through, bringing the chance of a few flurries or snow showers by morning, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall...
Springfield residents shocked after man is trapped inside truck hours after crash

Springfield residents shocked after man is trapped inside truck hours after crash

A man flipped over a bridge off West County Line Road and crashed into the ground upside down around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, but wasn’t rescued until a passerby noticed him eight hours later on Sunday morning. News Center 7’s Malik Perkins was in Springfield Sunday morning with what residents had to say about the man found around 7:30 a.m. after he trapped for eight hours.  “That...
How Springfield woman fared when she competed on Price is Right

How Springfield woman fared when she competed on Price is Right

Springfield resident Ellen Weidauer appeared on the popular daytime television game show, The Price is Right on Friday. She taped the show during a recent trip to California. Weidauer made it to the stage after making a winning bid on a smart TV with a media console. She was closest to the actual retail price of the $2,291 TV with a bid of $1,801. Once on the the stage, she was presented with the...
Court docs: Woman who abandoned 3 dogs with mange, fleas said they were strays

Court docs: Woman who abandoned 3 dogs with mange, fleas said they were strays

A New Carlisle woman was in court Friday accused of abandoning three dogs, and lying about it. Patricia A. Sharp, 49, identified three female dogs as strays when she brought them on Oct. 30 to the Clark County Dog Shelter. The dogs, described as a shar-pei mix, Labrador retriever mix and pit mix, all had a severe skin infection, mange, and were infested with fleas, according to the criminal complaint...
Springfield cardiologist, wife plead guilty in federal health care fraud case

Springfield cardiologist, wife plead guilty in federal health care fraud case

A Springfield cardiologist and his wife changed pleas to guilty Thursday in a federal Medicare and Medicaid fraud case. Dr. Salim Dahdah and his wife, Cindy Dahdah, were headed to trial in early October on a July 2017 federal indictment accusing them of unlawfully raking in more than $2 million by billing, or causing billing to be submitted, for medically unnecessary medical tests and procedures...
School district will focus on supporting students after teen indicted on sex crime charges

School district will focus on supporting students after teen indicted on sex crime charges

The Logan County 15-year-old accused of assaulting a six-year-old on a Benjamin Logan school bus now faces additional charges after three other potential victims have been identified. Court documents show the teen was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on two counts of rape and seven counts of gross sexual imposition. The indictment indicates three other potential victims in the case — another...
Acura SUV hits sales record

Acura SUV hits sales record

The Acura RDX, assembled in East Liberty, Ohio set a new annual sales record this year, beating a previous sales record of 52,361 units set in 2016. Sales in 2018 have exceeded that figure with more than six weeks remaining in 2016. Further, RDX has helped Acura to a 7.3 percent gain in luxury sport utility sales for the year, including a new all-time record for Acura SUVs in October. On a cumulative...
15-year-old bus helper indicted on sex crimes against four children

15-year-old bus helper indicted on sex crimes against four children

The teen accused of sex crimes against a girl on a Benjamin Logan school bus last month is now facing additional charges involving other children, according to court records. The 15-year-old was a bus helper at the time of at least one of the alleged incidents, school officials have said. The teen is was indicted Tuesday on seven counts of gross sexual imposition and two counts of rape, court...
Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warning in effect; wintry mix, slick morning commute expected

Winter Weather Advisory, Ice Storm Warning in effect; wintry mix, slick morning commute expected

An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for southern Miami Valley until noon. Counties include: Butler, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, and Warren. Significant amount of ice accumulation will make road conditions dangerous, or impossible. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire Miami Valley until noon Thursday; the advisory for Randolph County is in effect through 7 p.m. Thursday...
2019 CR-V begins arriving at Honda dealerships

2019 CR-V begins arriving at Honda dealerships

Honda’s 2019 CR-V began arriving at dealerships today, according to information from the company. The latest version of the sport utility vehicle is assembled by workers at the auto maker’s facilitities in East Liberty and Marysville. Workers at facilities in Greenburg, Ind., Ontario, Canada and Japan also assemble the vehicle. The latest model startes at $24,350 for the LX model with...
California wildfires called terrifying by local native who witnessed destruction

California wildfires called terrifying by local native who witnessed destruction

Ben Poston was able to leave his western Malibu condominium before the California wildfires ripped through his complex, destroying at least 20 homes and leaving the hillsides surrounding the community looking like a moonscape. Thousands have lost their homes in the California wildfires, but Poston, a Springfield native, was one of the lucky people who did not. The fire has claimed the lives of at...

California wildfires: Area volunteers to assist with recovery

A team of five Red Cross volunteers from the Dayton-Cincinnati region has left for California to assist with the wildfires recovery, officials said Tuesday.  Five volunteers may seem like a small group, given the magnitude of the wildfires, but it’s significant in Red Cross terms, said Marita Salkowski, regional communications and marketing director for the American Red Cross...
HELP NEEDED: Thousands stolen from area ATMs in ‘organized effort’

HELP NEEDED: Thousands stolen from area ATMs in ‘organized effort’

Tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen from ATMs at IH Credit Union in Springfield, Urbana and Clark County in a crime deputies said was a “pretty organized.” “There’s tens of thousands of dollars of dollars and I think that figure will grow exponentially,” said Det. Scott Cultice with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. “It’ll reach...
Rain, snow showers developing overnight

Rain, snow showers developing overnight

Passing light rain or snow showers developing tonight Accumulation should stay under ½”  More rain/snow developing early Thursday TONIGHT:  Cloudy skies are expected with scattered snow showers. Those areas that see snow could pick up around ½ inch or less. Some areas may get very little, if any snow. However, temperatures are expected to fall into the upper 20s...
8 years ago today: Video captures Springfield smokestack falling the wrong way in demolition

8 years ago today: Video captures Springfield smokestack falling the wrong way in demolition

A dramatic video captured the moment, eight years ago today, when a 275-foot smokestack fell the wrong way and sent spectators scrambling.  Demolition of the former Ohio Edison Mad River Power Plant smokestack was intended to send the structure into a cleared area.  Instead, the tower came crashing down in the opposite direction, landing on 12,500-volt power lines and a building. No one...
10 things you should know about Jonathan Winters, the area’s beloved comedic genius

10 things you should know about Jonathan Winters, the area’s beloved comedic genius

Comic genius Jonathan Winters was a master of creating colorful characters and concocting bizarre sound effects.  Born in Bellbrook on Nov. 11, 1925 and raised in Springfield, Winters broke into comedy in the late 1950s.  Here are 10 things to know about his life:  1. Semper fidelis. In 1942, at the age of 17, he dropped out of Springfield High School and joined the United States...
Navistar launches new truck assembled in Springfield

Navistar launches new truck assembled in Springfield

Navistar has launched a new medium-duty truck built in Springfield that is designed to be used in a variety of industries. The new Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks will be aimed at fleet and commercial customers, according to information from the company. Workers in Springfield have long been preparing for the joint venture with GM to build the trucks. Those trucks are available in both the International...
Springfield woman charged in connection to drug raid

Springfield woman charged in connection to drug raid

A 29-year-old Springfield woman was arrested on charges accusing her of stashing fentanyl in her home and exposing three children to the synthetic opioid that is used as a painkiller and anesthetic. LaPrecious Anthony, of the 100 block of North Light Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon by detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Vice & Organized Crime Task Force and Criminal Investigation...
Three arrested in connection to gunfire incident at Urbana University

Three arrested in connection to gunfire incident at Urbana University

Three people have been arrested in the shots fired incident that led to a campus lockdown at Urbana University on Tuesday, according to police. Bond was set Friday for all three in Champaign County Municipal Court. Hunter Donnan, 18, of Huber Heights faces a trafficking in drugs charge for marijuana, according to online court records. His bond is $2,500 and he is due back in court Nov. 15. Ryon Lucas...
Video shows sparks fly as bird causes power outage in Clark County

Video shows sparks fly as bird causes power outage in Clark County

Video shared with WHIO shortly after power outages were reported in Enon shows sparks shooting from power lines and electric equipment in the area of the Speedway station. Ohio Edison said a bird flew into a substation in Clark County, causing an issue, which resulted in a transformer blowing in downtown Enon. Some power lines also were damaged during the incident, Ohio Edison said. Power from outages...
Man fires shotgun after police respond to domestic disturbance in Springfield

Man fires shotgun after police respond to domestic disturbance in Springfield

A Springfield man was arrested accused of firing a weapon as the officer tried to speak with him on Pine Street Thursday night. Michael Green, 31, of Springfield, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with having weapons under disability, abduction and obstructing official business. Green appeared in court Friday morning but his hearing was continued and a bond was not set. Springfield police...
Woman accused of operating fentanyl stash house, exposing children to opioid

Woman accused of operating fentanyl stash house, exposing children to opioid

A 29-year-old Springfield woman remained in jail Thursday night on charges accusing her of stashing fentanyl in her home and exposing three children to the synthetic opioid that is used as a painkiller and anesthetic.  LaPrecious Anthony, of the 100 block of North Light Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon by detectives with the Clark County Sheriff's Vice & Organized Crime Task Force and...
2 Urbana University students arrested in gunfire incident in dorm

2 Urbana University students arrested in gunfire incident in dorm

UPDATE 2:15 a.m. (Nov. 9): Two Urbana University students have been arrested in the shots fired incident Tuesday that led to a campus lockdown. Campus police said they received a report of a gunshot fired on campus near a dormitory around 2 p.m. Urbana police on Thursday confirmed a weapon was discharged during an altercation involving several people in a room at the Sycamore Hall dormitory. No...
Four people plead to charges in Snider Road chase, crash

Four people plead to charges in Snider Road chase, crash

Quaymar Hill, 20, of Dayton, the alleged driver of the vehicle is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $10,000 bond for fleeing/eluding.  There were three others in the car with him when he allegedly fled from police and crashed into a tree on Snider Road.  27-year-old Ieshia Horton, of Montgomery, is being held on a $1,500 bond for an obstruction charge.  Sydney Wise, 23, of Springfield...
Assurant reports solid income in Q3

Assurant reports solid income in Q3

Assurant reported net operating income of $67.4 million for the company’s third quarter this year, including seeing a boost from the company’s Global Housing Division based in Springfield. The company saw significant improvement compared to the same period in 2017, when Assurant reported a net operating loss of $76.3 million. Company officials attributed the improved numbers to lower costs...
Did you know Clark County was critical to Revolutionary War?

Did you know Clark County was critical to Revolutionary War?

Thousands of us drive past it every day. A pivotal battle of the Revolutionary War was fought here in our community, in Bethel Twp. to be exact, right along Ohio 4, yet so many of us have no idea what it was all about. Fought on Aug. 8, 1780, the Battle of Peckuwe (pronounced “Pick-a -way”) was, as the historical markers say, “the largest Revolutionary War battle fought west of the...
Clark County Municipal Court cases

Clark County Municipal Court cases

CASES CALLED MONDAY INCLUDED: Amanda J. Adkins, 36, of 2820 Oletha, driving without a valid license, bond $100. Rodolfo Alavarado, 40, of New Carlisle, aggravated menacing and domestic violence, bond $1,000. Heather M. Bayless, 43, of 1501 S. Burnett Road, possession of drug abuse instrument and use and possession of drug paraphernalia, innocent. Parneel P. Chandra, 41, of 1712 Northgate Road, two...
Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know

Polls are open for Election Day: What you need to know

Local voter turnout is strong so far this election.  "We've got a big turnout at all of our polling locations throughout the county," said Jan Kelly, director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, at a Tuesday afternoon press conference. After polls close at 7:30 p.m., results might not be in as quickly as after the primary vote because there are two extra machines at each location...
Report: Springfield stabbing suspect swallows two razor blades in jail

Report: Springfield stabbing suspect swallows two razor blades in jail

The Springfield man accused of slicing his wife’s throat earlier this year swallowed two razor blades wrapped in bologna while in jail, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy’s report says the jail learned Raymond Roberts swallowed the blades when Roberts’ family notified them Sunday evening. The report says Roberts was on recreational time when one of the...
Parents of 11-year-old Triad student who killed herself sue district

Parents of 11-year-old Triad student who killed herself sue district

The parents of an 11-year-old Triad student who killed herself after alleged bullying at school has sued the district, 10 unnamed students, teachers and administrators at the school. Bethany Thompson’s parents filed a federal lawsuit last month. Bethany committed suicide in 2016. The lawsuit aims to bring change to the school district, it says. “This action seeks damages and seeks to reform...
Rain lingers, windy Election Day ahead

Rain lingers, windy Election Day ahead

Rain lingers overnight Wind gusts up to 40 mph Tuesday Taste of winter coming this weekend Overnight: Rain is likely, especially for the first half of the night, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said. Winds will increase by morning with temperatures holding in the middle 50s. Tuesday: Expect mostly cloudy skies with some lingering showers in the morning for Election Day. It...
Speedway’s steady growth benefits region

Speedway’s steady growth benefits region

Speedway was already one of the nation’s largest company-owned convenience store chains just a few years ago, with about 1,500 stores spread across nine states, mostly in the Midwest. But Marathon, Speedway’s parent company based in Findlay, made two separate acquisitions in just a few years that made the Enon-based convenience store chain into a national brand. Marathon spent $2.8 billion...
Honda reports sales dip 4 percent in October

Honda reports sales dip 4 percent in October

Honda sales fell 4 percent in October compared to the same month last year, according to recent sales figures released by the company. The auto manufacturer reported 122,182 in sales last month, compared to 127,353 in October 2017. Sales for the company through the first 10 months of this year are down about 2 percent compared to last year, although Honda hit an all-time sales record in 2017. Even...
Honda reports sales dip in October

Honda reports sales dip in October

Honda sales fell 4 percent in October compared to the same month in 2017, according to recent sales figures released by the company. Sales for the company through the first 10 months of this year are down about 2 percent compared to last year, although Honda hit an all-time sales record in 2017. Even though sales are down compared to last year, Honda said it was the company’s fourth best October...
High water forces several road closures across the Miami Valley 

High water forces several road closures across the Miami Valley 

Several roads are closed due to high water following Thursday’s widespread rain showers across the Miami Valley. The Flood Watch, which was in place for most of the area since Wednesday, was cancelled around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. A Flood Warning is in effect for Little Miami River until 4:45 p.m. Friday for southwestern Greene and northeastern Warren counties and the Great Miami River...
Donnelsville man jailed in connection to child rape allegations

Donnelsville man jailed in connection to child rape allegations

A 62-year-old Clark County man accused of raping an elementary school-aged child remained in the Clark County Jail as of Thursday afternoon. Douglas Lovelock, of Donnelsville, was arrested last week and his bond was set at $75,000. He hadn’t been appointed an attorney as of Thursday afternoon. He was indicted on two counts of rape — victim under the age of 13 and two counts of gross sexual...
Marathon reports $737 million in Q3 earnings

Marathon reports $737 million in Q3 earnings

Marathon reported third quarter earnings today of $737 million, and executives said the company’s recent acquisition of Andeavor will drive profits in the long-term. Marathon’s earnings were down compared to the same quarter last year, when the Findlay-based company reported earnings of $903 million. Company officials attributed the lower earnings in part to pre-tax charges of $49 million...
Suspect in high-speed chase arrested during raid in Springfield

Suspect in high-speed chase arrested during raid in Springfield

A Springfield man reportedly involved in a high-speed chase with children in the car last week was arrested during a raid at a home Thursday morning. Chadwick Carpenter was arrested around 10 a.m. in the 400 block of Linden Avenue by Springfield police. The home was raided by U.S. Marshals about an hour before his arrest. Carpenter was wanted on several charges, including fleeing police, abduction...
Person injured in Troy in string of morning pedestrian strikes across the Miami Valley

Person injured in Troy in string of morning pedestrian strikes across the Miami Valley

A pedestrian was transported to Miami Valley Hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Nashville Road in Troy Thursday morning. Initial reports indicate the individual was struck in the 1800 block just after 7 a.m. The person was taken by ground transportation after a medical helicopter was canceled from responding to the scene.  This incident is one of several pedestrian strikes reported throughout...
Sprint cell service reporting outages throughout Midwest

Sprint cell service reporting outages throughout Midwest

Sprint is continuing to deal with outage issues affecting much of the Midwest, including the Dayton area. According to media reports in the Indianapolis area, Sprint acknowledged that states in the Midwest were experiencing intermittent voice issues. The company has not released a timetable hinting at when service is expected to be restored. A caller to this newsroom just after 9 p.m. reported that...
OSP: No serious injuries from SUV rollover crash on I-70 West in Clark County

OSP: No serious injuries from SUV rollover crash on I-70 West in Clark County

There are no reported serious injuries from a rollover crash Wednesday night on I-70 West in the Bethel Twp. area of Clark County, Ohio State Highway Patrol dispatch reports. The left lane remains shut down just after 9 p.m. from the accident reported about 8:57 p.m.  According to Clark County Sheriff's dispatch. the vehicle rolled several times and ended up on its top.  According to state...
FTC raises concerns about Marathon acquisition in New York

FTC raises concerns about Marathon acquisition in New York

Marathon has agreed to divest its assets in five retail stores in New York State after the Federal Trade Commission raised concerns Marathon’s recent acquisition of about 78 Express Mart stores would harm competition in a handful of markets. Marathon is the parent company of Speedway, a convenience store chain headquartered in Enon. The News-Sun reported earlier this year that Marathon...
Flood Watch issued for most of the Miami Valley until Friday

Flood Watch issued for most of the Miami Valley until Friday

FLOOD WATCH for much of the Valley until Friday morning Heavy rain possible late tonight through Thursday Break from rain for the weekend TONIGHT: A Flood Watch has been issued for most of the Miami Valley from Wednesday at 8 p.m. until Friday at 8 a.m. Counties affected include Champaign, Clark, Greene, Clinton, Montgomery, Preble, Butler and Warren. The rain may be heavy at times overnight...
One person in airborne Springfield crash released from hospital

One person in airborne Springfield crash released from hospital

One of the three people taken to the hospital following a Springfield crash has been discharged. A 9-year-old and and another victim are still in area hospitals. We are working to learnt the status of their conditions. Three people, including a child, have been injured in a two-vehicle crash in Springfield that sent one of the vehicles airborne. Springfield police and medic units were dispatched to...
Beavercreek Twp. fire union is NOT soliciting funds by telephone, official says

Beavercreek Twp. fire union is NOT soliciting funds by telephone, official says

Hang up if you get a phone call from someone claiming to solicit funds in the name of the "Beavercreek Township Fire Union" because it's likely a scam, a union spokesman said in a social media post Tuesday night. No one from the union is calling around seeking funds and attempting to get your credit car information, said Matt Clark, PIO, Beavercreek Professional Firefighters Local 2857...
Logan County school weighs making changes after alleged bus assault

Logan County school weighs making changes after alleged bus assault

The Benjamin Logan Local School District is weighing whether changes need to be made after a high school sophomore is accused of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl on a district bus. The incident allegedly took place Oct. 24 on a school bus, according to Logan County Sheriff Randall Dodds. The girl reportedly told her parents about the incident the next day. The 15-year-old boy was arrested for...
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