Clark & Champaign Counties


Officer: Books ‘just as vital as Narcan’ for first responders

It’s hard to know what impact a traumatic event can have on a child, but Jana Gruber has learned a small gift can make a big difference. Gruber is the founder of Books to the Rescue, a Greene County nonprofit organization that is providing children’s books, games and stuffed animals for dozens of police cruisers, fire engines and life squads across the county. The new books will be used...
State’s long-time plans for UAS could benefit Clark County center

State’s long-time plans for UAS could benefit Clark County center

State officials said this week a new long-term plan to push unmanned vehicle technologies could boost resources and lead to more investment in Clark County, which houses the Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center. DriveOhio, an entity developed within the Ohio Department of Transportation, is tasked with pushing new technologies like autonomous vehicles to improve Ohio’s transportation system...
Police: Springfield Family Dollar burglary caught on camera

Police: Springfield Family Dollar burglary caught on camera

Springfield police are investigating a burglary at a Springfield Family Dollar. Police were called to the store on South Limestone Street on Wednesday and met with a representative. There, they found that electronic items had been taken including a Bluetooth speaker, a gaming headset, a massage pillow and earmuffs. “(The representative) stated that when she arrived to work this morning she noticed...
Pike County Murders: Ohio lawmakers OK $100K to help cover costs

Pike County Murders: Ohio lawmakers OK $100K to help cover costs

Ohio lawmakers passed a bill Thursday night that would give Pike County $100,000 to help cover the costs of litigating the four death penalty-eligible cases related to the 2016 Rhoden family massacre.  The bill now heads to Gov. John Kasich’s desk for approval.  Pike County officials have long been concerned about the cost of the eight-victim murder case. Those anxieties increased...
Driver arraigned in crash that injured Northwestern school board member, killed husband

Driver arraigned in crash that injured Northwestern school board member, killed husband

A Sidney man pleaded not guilty this week to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in a June 30, three-vehicle crash that injured a Northwestern school board member and killed her husband. Charles Robbins 61, appeared in Miami County Municipal Court. He is free without bail. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for Jan. 17. Miami County Sheriff’s deputies said Dan Hasting, 54, of New Carlisle died...
Springfield woman pleads guilty to carrying concealed weapon

Springfield woman pleads guilty to carrying concealed weapon

A Springfield woman pleaded guilty to a gun charge this week that stemmed from her asking officers to retrieve her purse. Tonya Metcalf, 35, pleaded guilty to carrying concealed weapon in Clark County Common Pleas Court. A sentencing hearing is set for Jan. 7 in front of Clark County Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill. Metcalf was accused of carrying a loaded 9mm handgun concealed in her purse...
Passing sprinkles possible overnight ahead of Friday showers

Passing sprinkles possible overnight ahead of Friday showers

Passing sprinkles possible overnight Showers develop Friday  Wet, breezy on Saturday  Overnight: Passing sprinkles are possible, but most of the region will remain dry through the overnight hours, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs said. Temperatures will be fall through the 40s and settle into the upper 30s. Friday: Cloudy and cool, with scattered showers developing...
Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio Senate

Heartbeat abortion bill passes Ohio Senate

State senators voted 18-13 on Wednesday in favor of legislation that would ban abortion once a fetal heart beat can be detected, setting up a likely showdown with Gov. John Kasich who two years ago vetoed a similar measure. The Senate added a last minute change: transvaginal ultrasounds to check for a fetal heartbeat would not be required. That technology can detect a heartbeat as early as six weeks...
Springfield Kroger robbery: Man indicted, accused of robbing 73-year-old woman

Springfield Kroger robbery: Man indicted, accused of robbing 73-year-old woman

A Springfield man accused of robbing a 73-year-old woman and stealing her vehicle was indicted. Brandon Russell, 35, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on a count of robbery. A next court date has not been set in the case, but Russell remains in Clark County jail where he has remained since his arrest on Nov. 30. Authorities began their investigation when they were called to Kroger on...
Local Navistar workers to vote on tentative six-year deal

Local Navistar workers to vote on tentative six-year deal

Navistar said Tuesday the company has a tentative six-year deal with members of the United Auto Workers, who will vote Sunday on whether to ratify the contract. Officials from both the company and the national UAW declined to provide any further details about the potential contract Tuesday. RELATED: Volkswagen execs indicate possible takeover of Navistar “No details of the tentative agreement...
Navistar says it has tentative six-year deal with UAW

Navistar says it has tentative six-year deal with UAW

Navistar said today the company has a tentative six-year deal with members of the United Auto Workers, who are expected to vote Sunday on whether to ratify the contract. Company officials said the truck maker will not discuss any details of the contract before the Dec. 16 vote. Members of the UAW Local 402, which represents the majority of its workers in Springfield, could not be immediately reached...
Springfield native stops robber from taking 72-year-old woman’s purse

Springfield native stops robber from taking 72-year-old woman’s purse

A Springfield native is being hailed a hero after stopping a would-be robber from taking a 72-year-old woman’s purse. Paris Valles, who grew up in Springfield and lives in Cleveland, was praying Sunday at the Cleveland Korean Presbyterian Church when he heard commotion outside, he said. “I heard the lady say ‘call 911’ and I just got up and went outside and the guy had robbed...
Filing shows SEC investigating Springfield firm

Filing shows SEC investigating Springfield firm

HUTN, Inc. said in a financial filing that the Springfield company is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission focusing on the company’s involvement with digital currency. The Springfield firm said in a quarterly financial report that company officials are confident there are no violations, but will continue to cooperate and respond to information requests. “HUTN fully...
Hit-skip crash causes parked car to strike Springfield house

Hit-skip crash causes parked car to strike Springfield house

A parked car was pushed into a house Tuesday morning in a hit-and-run crash. Police say the suspect vehicle around 1:15 a.m. hit a parked car. The impact caused the parked car to crash into a home in the 400 block of Montgomery Avenue. The driver fled and was last seen in the area of Montgomery Avenue and Pleasant Street, according to emergency scanner traffic.  The homeowner was inside at the...
Parents of girls allegedly assaulted on Ben Logan school bus speak out

Parents of girls allegedly assaulted on Ben Logan school bus speak out

Parents of the little girls who were allegedly sexually assaulted on a school bus by a Benjamin Logan High School student are speaking out about the teen’s recent release from detention. The father of one of the six-year-old victims said he feels physically sick every time he sits in the same courtroom with the teen. “To be honest with you, it takes everything in me not to jump over the...
Dayton man charged with trafficking more than 500 grams of cocaine in Clark County

Dayton man charged with trafficking more than 500 grams of cocaine in Clark County

Two men are facing criminal charges in Clark County after they allegedly were found to have more than 500 grams of cocaine in their possession. Eddie Ash, 43, of Chicago and Gregory Montgomery, 44, of Dayton, are charged in Clark County Municipal Court with possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs. They pleaded not guilty, Monday and their bonds were set at $200,000 each. Springfield police began...
New Carlisle to light menorah, Christmas tree Saturday

New Carlisle to light menorah, Christmas tree Saturday

New Carlisle plans to light a Hanukkah menorah tonight during its tree lighting ceremony to honor those killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. The menorah will be lit before the city’s Christmas tree lighting Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in downtown New Carlisle. “Right now is a time full of darkness and hate and it’s only appropriate we spread joy and light to all communities and...
Kroger reopens Derr Road store after $7 million renovation

Kroger reopens Derr Road store after $7 million renovation

The Kroger store on Derr Road held a grand reopening Friday morning after a $7 million remodel. The renovations will help Kroger continue to be one of the top grocery stores in the region, said Kimberly Cooley, manager of the Derr Road store. Kroger started construction on the store on May 1. “We decided to remodel to invest in our store and our company,” she said. “This gives our...
Have you seen this missing Springfield teen?

Have you seen this missing Springfield teen?

Springfield police investigators are asking for help in finding a 17-year-old girl who has been missing for two months. Carly Young was reported missing from Oesterlen Services, 1918 Mechanicsburg Road. She was last seen on Sept. 27, according to a press release.  Young is described as standing 5 feet, 5 inches who weighs about 240 pounds. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged...
Clark County sheriff arrests Dayton man who flashed stolen gun, report says

Clark County sheriff arrests Dayton man who flashed stolen gun, report says

A man is accused of possessing a stolen gun that was loaded in his car. Timothy Cook, 25, of Dayton, was charged with improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $10,000 bond. Clark County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation Thursday near Kroger on U.S. 40 when Sgt. Ralph...
1 in custody after occupants bail when vehicle hits house in Clark County

1 in custody after occupants bail when vehicle hits house in Clark County

UPDATE @ 8 a.m: One person is in custody after an unknown number of occupants fled a crash scene after striking a house on South Bird Road Friday morning. According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Springfield Post, a Chevrolet Venture was traveling north on South Bird Road when it went off the right side of the road and struck the house in the 1900 block. The occupants...
Endangered Missing Child Alert issued for abducted Hamilton County 2-month-old

Endangered Missing Child Alert issued for abducted Hamilton County 2-month-old

Authorities issued a statewide Endangered Missing Child Alert after a two-month-old baby was taken by his non-custodial parents from Hamilton County, according to a release by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.  Cobain Reidmiller was last seen Wednesday, Dec. 5 on 216 North Hill Street in the city of Harrison at 11 a.m. Our media partners at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati say Clint "Roach"...
Clark State dedicates lab to local business

Clark State dedicates lab to local business

Clark State has renamed a manufacturing lab on campus in honor of a longtime Springfield manufacturer for providing scholarships to help students go to the school. The community college’s advanced manufacturing laboratory was dedicated as the Sweet Advanced Manufacturing Center Thursday. “This gift is targeted to a workforce that is necessary to develop in our region,” said Clark...
Springfield man indicted in attack on woman during meeting to sell microwave

Springfield man indicted in attack on woman during meeting to sell microwave

A Springfield man accused of using an online marketplace to meet up and rob a woman was indicted. James Messer II, 37, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court on charges of aggravated robbery and felonious assault. The Springfield Police Division began its investigation Nov. 21 when they were dispatched to the Springfield Regional Medical Center in reference to an assault, an affidavit says...
Xenia man charged with murder in stabbing deaths of mother, sister

Xenia man charged with murder in stabbing deaths of mother, sister

A Xenia man accused of stabbing his mother and sister to death had his first court appearance today. Winston W. Sheppard was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of felonious assault in Xenia Municipal Court. Bond was set at $1 million. Winston reportedly stabbed his mother, Estella Sheppard, 84, and sister, Ralphael Sheppard, 57, after an argument broke out before dinner at...
Ohio Senate passes Destiny’s Law - with added language that lengthens penalty

Ohio Senate passes Destiny’s Law - with added language that lengthens penalty

State lawmakers Wednesday finished work on a long-awaited change in state law being sought by Randi Shepherd of Springfield.  “Destiny’s Law,” named for Shepherd’s daughter, passed the Ohio Senate.  The proposal adds 6 years to the sentence for anyone convicted of assaulting a child under 10 years old. Shepherd sought passage of the change in state law after her daughter...
Navistar, UAW continue to work as contract details are negotiated

Navistar, UAW continue to work as contract details are negotiated

Navistar and the local labor union are continuing to negotiate a contract even though a deadline set for this week has passed. A statement on Navistar’s website dedicated to providing information on labor contracts said the company offered a six-year contract to the UAW but it was voted down. MORE: Contract extension between UAW, Navistar could end tomorrow “The ratification vote took...
KBA News discontinues New Carlisle, Enon, Tipp City newspapers

KBA News discontinues New Carlisle, Enon, Tipp City newspapers

Central to the decision to shut down the New Carlisle News, Enon Eagle and Tippecanoe Gazette is Andy Grimm’s health after he was shot last year by a Clark County Sheriff’s deputy who mistook a camera for a gun. Owners Dale Grimm and his son, Andy, made the announcement Tuesday on the company’s Facebook page.  “We’re not happy about it at all,” Andy Grimm told...
Bryan Heck named next city manager of Springfield

Bryan Heck named next city manager of Springfield

The city of Springfield announced Wednesday that they have named the next city manager. Current Deputy City Manager Bryan Heck has accepted an offer to be Springfield’s next city manager. “I’m honored to have been selected by the City Commission to become Springfield’s next City Manager,” said Heck. “I am excited for the opportunity to lead this organization comprised...
Vacant house damaged by ‘suspicious’ fire in Springfield

Vacant house damaged by ‘suspicious’ fire in Springfield

A vacant house in Springfield caught fire Tuesday morning, and the fire is considered suspicious, according to officials. About six weeks ago, an unattached garage caught fire at the same address in the 2000 block of Lagonda Avenue. That fire also was considered suspicious. No one was injured. Firefighters are reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from a structure on Lagonda Avenue in Springfield...
After 30 years, Santa still bringing magic to the Upper Valley Mall

After 30 years, Santa still bringing magic to the Upper Valley Mall

Parents and grandparents say what Santa brings to the Upper Valley Mall is “magical.” This year, he’s celebrating 30 years of making kids’ Christmases at the mall. For many of the kids who line up in bow ties and holiday clothes to see Santa, it’s the best part of Christmas.  Little do they know it makes Santa’s eyes light up just as much as theirs do. &ldquo...
Springfield UAW rejects Navistar contract offer

Springfield UAW rejects Navistar contract offer

Navistar employees in Springfield have rejected a contract offer from the company. Members voted on the offer Sunday. The Springfield UAW rejected the offer 98 percent to 2 percent, according to Chris Blizard, president of UAW Local 402. Employees are working under an extension agreement that is scheduled to expire at 1 p.m. Tuesday, according to Blizard. He declined further comment at this time.
Woman facing charges after throwing knife during argument

Woman facing charges after throwing knife during argument

A Springfield woman is facing charges after reportedly throwing a knife at a man during an argument. Casey L. Payne, 28, pleaded not guilty to felonious assault and domestic violence today in Clark County Municipal Court. Payne was arguing with the man Saturday at her South Yellow Springs Street home, according to court documents. She told deputies they were arguing over her losing her job when the...
1 critical, 1 in serious condition after Clark County crash 

1 critical, 1 in serious condition after Clark County crash 

UPDATE @ 2:25 a.m: One person is in critical condition and another individual is listed in serious condition after a two-vehicle crash occurred on Dayton Springfield Road near Old Mill Road Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. According to a release by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Springfield Post, a 2007 Ford Five Hundred, driven by George Baier Jr., 74, of Centerville, attempted to exit...
Springfield Kroger Robbery: Man arrested in vehicle theft has criminal past

Springfield Kroger Robbery: Man arrested in vehicle theft has criminal past

Springfield police are crediting media coverage and the public for their help in arresting a suspect in a robbery of a 73-year-old woman in a Kroger parking lot. Brandon Russell, 35, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail Friday morning. “When the public gets involved and they provide information to the police, it really helps us do our jobs and it makes things work a lot faster...
George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, has died at 94

George H. W. Bush, 41st president of the United States, has died at 94

President George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died Friday evening at age 94, according to a statement from his office. Family spokesman Jim McGrath told the Associated Press that Bush died shortly after 10 p.m., about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush.  The nation's 41st president served from 1989 to 1993, and eight years later watched his son George...
Man arrested in robbery of 73-year-old woman at Springfield Kroger

Man arrested in robbery of 73-year-old woman at Springfield Kroger

Springfield police have arrested a man accused of stealing a 73-year-old woman’s car. Brandon Russell, 35, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail Friday. He was booked into jail on complaints of theft without consent and robbery, according to online records. Authorities were called to Kroger on Bechtle Avenue Nov. 20 at around 4 p.m. There, they met the woman who said she was approached...
Dayton police make arrest in theft of pickup truck taken in Springfield

Dayton police make arrest in theft of pickup truck taken in Springfield

A 27-year-old man remains in jail Thursday night on charges related to the theft of a pickup truck in Springfield that ended in Dayton after a pursuit involving at least two law enforcement agencies. Michael Sibole, believed to be of New Carlisle, was arrested just before 8 p.m. Wednesday by Dayton police in the 3200 block of West Siebenthaler Avenue. The truck was there, too.  Sibole is being...
Tire iron attack accusation lands Springfield woman in jail

Tire iron attack accusation lands Springfield woman in jail

A Springfield woman accused of hitting a man with a tire iron earlier this month was in court facing arraignment on a felonious assault charge. Nocona January, 40, is accused of hitting the man in the 1100 block of Clifton Avenue during an argument, a police report showed. January came to the house after her sister called while she was in a dispute with the man. The man allegedly spit on January,...
Pike County murders: Third homicide suspect pleads not guilty

Pike County murders: Third homicide suspect pleads not guilty

Angela Wagner, the third homicide suspect in the Pike County murders, pleaded not guilty to all 22 charges. She will be held without bail. Angela Wagner also waived her right to a speedy trial. The third of four suspects charged with killing eight members of the Rhoden family will be arraigned in court today. Angela Wagner, her husband George "Billy" Wagner III, and adult sons, Edward "...
Passing showers; warming trend to end the week

Passing showers; warming trend to end the week

Areas of fog and rain developing tonight Wet for Friday morning commute Mild but stormy to start the weekend  TONIGHT: Areas of rain will develop with fog. Temperatures will hold steady or slowly rise to near 40 degrees by morning. FRIDAY: Rain will taper off early in the morning but areas of fog and drizzle will linger. Skies will remain mostly cloudy with milder temperatures climbing...
Destiny’s Law passes Ohio house by 84-1 vote 

Destiny’s Law passes Ohio house by 84-1 vote 

A bill making it tougher on people who assault children passed the Ohio Statehouse today by an 84-1 vote. Randi Shepherd and her 13-year-old daughter Destiny were in the gallery when the vote passed, a victory 11 years in the making. Destiny was 16 months old when she suffered brain damage from a skull fracture after being shaken and thrown against a wall by Terrance King. She was rushed to Dayton...
Pickup truck stolen in Springfield is found abandoned in Dayton after pursuit

Pickup truck stolen in Springfield is found abandoned in Dayton after pursuit

A Dodge pickup truck reportedly stolen in Springfield has been recovered in Dayton, along a tree line behind a store at the Northwest Plaza.  Police, at 8 p.m., were continuing to look for a male suspected of taking off in the vehicle before abandoning it outside the Family Dollar store, in the 3200 block of West Siebenthaler Avenue, at the shopping center.  According to Springfield police...
Judge throws out drug evidence in fatal crash case that killed 2 Clark County teens

Judge throws out drug evidence in fatal crash case that killed 2 Clark County teens

A judge tossed out evidence of marijuana use by a Clark County driver in a case where two local teenagers were killed in a car crash. Trey Blevins, 19, still faces two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide in the deaths of 17-year-old David Waag and 15-year-old Connor Williams. Authorities accused Blevins of being under the influence in 2017 when he lost control of the 2005 Toyota Corolla and crashed...
U.S. News and World Report names Honda best brand for SUVs

U.S. News and World Report names Honda best brand for SUVs

Honda’s sport utility lineup was named the best SUV brand for the fourth consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. The award recognized the recently updated 2019 Honda HR-V and 2019 Pilot as well as Honda’s CR-V. The main production site for the vehicle is at Honda’s facility in East Liberty. But workers at the company’s manufacturing plant in Marysville also assemble...
Cold temps, flurries continue; rain set to return this weekend

Cold temps, flurries continue; rain set to return this weekend

Some flurries late tonight Few passing showers tomorrow Wet and mild Friday and Saturday Chance rain/snow early next week  >> STAY INFORMED: School closings and delays  OVERNIGHT:  Cloudy and cold with temperatures in the lower 20s. A passing flurry or snow shower is possible by daybreak. Little to no accumulation expected. THURSDAY:  Waking up to...
Police search ends at Hull Plaza in Springfield

Police search ends at Hull Plaza in Springfield

Police have concluded their search at Hull Plaza and have not been able to locate a gunman who reportedly grabbed a woman and ran inside the building, according to investigators. Units from the Columbus Police Bomb Squad have been requested to the investigation at the Hull Plaza in Springfield, according to officials.  The building has been evacuated for the investigation, officials said. ...
Speedway to add 300 new jobs in Enon

Speedway to add 300 new jobs in Enon

Speedway will add 300 new jobs at its corporate headquarters in Enon as part of a $48 million expansion, continuing the convenience store chain’s growth into a national brand. The new positions would be full-time corporate and office support jobs created to provide support for a new store that Marathon Petroleum Corp., Speedway’s parent company, acquired from rival refining firm Andeavor...
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