Clark & Champaign Counties


Impact of 3-vehicle crash pushes car, SUV into McDonald’s lot in Springfield

Alcohol may have been a factor in a three-vehicle crash Friday night that sent four people to area hospitals. The impact of the crash around 9:10 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Main Street forced a red car and silver SUV off the roadway and into a McDonald’s parking lot. According to witnesses, the driver of the red car pulled out of KFC and in front of a white pickup truck, which then struck...
Start of $48M fix to I-70 choke point is days away

Start of $48M fix to I-70 choke point is days away

Sixteen years in the works and just days away from beginning, the $48 million widening of a section of Interstate 70 at Springfield promises to make the drive between Dayton and Columbus smoother and safer. But first, there’s going to be some pain. Randy Chevalley, director of Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 7, talked about upcoming area transportation projects at an I-70/75...
What to do if you find the boa constrictor slithering in Springfield

What to do if you find the boa constrictor slithering in Springfield

With the shed skin of a boa constrictor found on a bike path in Springfield last week, Clark County officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for the possibly loose snake. The snake is not a threat to people, according to Tim Harrison, director for Outreach for Animals. Harrison, who has decades of experience with foreign animals, told NewsCenter 7’s John Bedell that the snake will...
Discovery of body in Bethel Twp., Clark County, prompts death investigation

Discovery of body in Bethel Twp., Clark County, prompts death investigation

The discovery of a body in a residence in the 800 block of Edgewick Road in Bethel Twp., Clark County, has prompted a death investigation by the sheriff's office.  Sheriff's detectives were at the residence at midnight, awaiting the arrival of a county coroner's investigator. Crime scene tape has been installed around the home and the property as part of the investigation.  Deputies were...
Springfield man, 74, missing since Monday is found alive after search

Springfield man, 74, missing since Monday is found alive after search

A 74-year-old missing Springfield man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease has been found alive and is being provided medical attention after being found in a wooded area where police have been searching for him since this morning. Jack Dietsch’s vehicle was found around 8:15 a.m. abandoned in a field in the area of Titus Lane in Springfield Twp., Clark County. Multiple officers from different...
‘Tyler please don’t shoot me’: Enon police officer among men arrested in stabbing incident

‘Tyler please don’t shoot me’: Enon police officer among men arrested in stabbing incident

A part-time police officer and another man were arrested on Wednesday after a woman was stabbed in the neck and left in critical condition. Enon Police Officer Dwight Richard, 49, and Tyler Minton, 31, were arrested at the same address of the stabbing and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of felonious assault, records show. The stabbing was reported in the 11000 block of Wolf Creek...
Local site could be selected for federal driverless car designation

Local site could be selected for federal driverless car designation

When the Obama administration designated its first 10 pilot sites for testing of automated vehicle technologies in January 2017, a 4,500-acre facility in East Liberty was not on the list. This week, five Republican lawmakers and a handful of state senators including Senate President Larry Obhof, R–Ashtabula, held a press conference on Capitol Hill with a united message: Rethink that decision...
Enon police officer cleared in Perry Twp. stabbing investigation

Enon police officer cleared in Perry Twp. stabbing investigation

The investigation continues into a stabbing in Perry Twp. late Tuesday night that left a woman in critical condition: Dwight Richard, a part-time Enon police officer initially arrested, has been cleared Tyler Minton, also arrested, faces two counts of felonious assault The victim, who was stabbed in the neck, remains in Miami Valley Hospital Part-time Enon police officer Dwight Richard...
Boa constrictor skin found in Springfield, snake may be on loose

Boa constrictor skin found in Springfield, snake may be on loose

Clark County officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for a possible boa constrictor after shed skin of the snake was found in Springfield last week. On Friday, officials said the skin was found in the area of Home Road and Wildwood Drive. “Subsequent communications with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Reptilian experts indicate there...
Victim in Springfield homicide identified 

Victim in Springfield homicide identified 

Police are still working to learn what led up to the homicide shooting that killed Howard Edley, 70, of Springfield. The shooting occured in the alley of E. Rose Street and Clifton Avenue. Authorities were dispatched to the scene at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found Edley who was shot multiple times according to police.  No arrests have been made in this shooting and police currently...
Murder trial against Champaign County teen set to start Monday

Murder trial against Champaign County teen set to start Monday

A jury trial against a Champaign County teenager accused of killing his surrogate mother is expected to begin Monday. Donovan Nicholas, 15, is charged as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas Court with aggravated murder and murder. Each count includes a gun specification. He’s pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Nicholas faces life in prison if convicted. Nicholas is accused of killing...
Vehicle crashes into Springfield church and pantry

Vehicle crashes into Springfield church and pantry

Despite heavy damage, a Springfield pantry and church will reopen Saturday, according to a church member. Thanks to a volunteer construction crew, the Good Samaritan Outreach Center and New Beginnings Christian Church Worship Center’s pantry will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday and church services will go on Sunday as planned. A volunteer going to sort clothes Friday morning ended up driving...
Springfield police begin death investigation after woman is found

Springfield police begin death investigation after woman is found

Police are involved in a death investigation in the 100 block of Roosevelt Drive in Springfield. According to police, a woman believed to be 45 years old was found by her live-in boyfriend.  Police were dispatched to the address sometime after 3:45 a.m.  We're working to find out more details. Stay with whio.com for breaking news. 
Police: Teen lies about rape at Springfield aquatic center

Police: Teen lies about rape at Springfield aquatic center

A teenage girl’s sexual assault at a Springfield pool never happened, police say. Springfield police detectives determined the assault that reportedly happened June 30 at the Splash Zone Aquatic Center, 300 Eagle City Road was false, according to a news release. The girl is now charged with filing a false report after she admitted to police she made up the incident, police said. “We have...
Glitch leads to a Springfield sex offender living too close to a daycare

Glitch leads to a Springfield sex offender living too close to a daycare

A registered sex offender is living too close to a Springfield daycare, but officials didn’t catch the violation because of incorrect data in their system. The man, Joseph Crager, is a Tier 3 sexual offender. He lives less than 1,000 feet from the Kids World of Springfield preschool, which is located at 2000 E. High St. The daycare moved about a year ago, but its requested address change was...
Funeral set for ex-Graham wrestler, Jim Jordan’s nephew, killed in crash

Funeral set for ex-Graham wrestler, Jim Jordan’s nephew, killed in crash

The funeral for Eli Stickley — the former standout Graham High School wrestler and nephew of Congressman Jim Jordan killed in a crash — will be held Saturday, according to a funeral home notice. Stickley, 21, wrestled at the University of Wisconsin and was the nephew of Jordan, R-Urbana, who married Stickley’s aunt. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church...
3 in custody in connection with Springfield damaged vehicles 

3 in custody in connection with Springfield damaged vehicles 

Springfield police have three people in custody in connection with the smashing of vehicle windows. They include an adult female and two male juveniles. Police have taken many reports about windows of vehicles being smashed and shot out with a BB gun, according to police reports. Officers began their investigation Sunday morning after about 20 vehicles were reported damaged. Police took more reports...
TRC breaks ground on first phase of SMART Center

TRC breaks ground on first phase of SMART Center

The Transportation Research Center broke ground on a $45 million project Monday that is expected to boost business at the site and help make Ohio a hub for autonomous vehicle research and testing. The TRC, located in East Liberty, has served for decades as a 4,500-acre research site where manufacturers and engineers test prototypes of the newest sports cars, motorcycles and trucks long before they&rsquo...
No jail time for Springfield woman who helped dispose body of murder victim

No jail time for Springfield woman who helped dispose body of murder victim

Whitman was sentenced Monday afternoon to five years of community control, six months of house arrest and 500 hours of community service.  A Springfield woman who pleaded guilty in June to charges related to the disposal of a homicide victim is expected to be sentenced this afternoon.  Hannah Whitman, 35, pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony...
Springfield hospital named among top heart facilities

Springfield hospital named among top heart facilities

A recent Heart Surgery Safety Guide published by Consumer Reports included the Springfield Regional Medical Center as one of its top heart hospitals. The report, which listed hospitals by region, included the hospital as one of 12 top heart facilities in the Midwest. In Ohio, Fairview Hospital and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland and The Ohio State University Wexner...
Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions

Laws will change Ohio school safety, behavior, suspensions

Students and teachers will be operating under some new guidelines beginning this fall because the state legislature recently passed a host of measures aimed at balancing school safety techniques with the state’s interest in getting all children the best education possible. The state legislature has recently passed new laws that would require that schools do more to limit the number of its youngest...
Pot bust: Pair tries to get 55-pound ‘name-brand’ marijuana shipment

Pot bust: Pair tries to get 55-pound ‘name-brand’ marijuana shipment

Investigators seized 55 pounds of “name brand” high-quality marijuana shipped to a Springfield residence. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security’s Bulk Cash Task Force conducted a controlled delivery of the illegal drugs and a subsequent search Saturday afternoon at 1670 Summit St. in the city of Springfield. The task force was alerted by a shipping company...
Coach of former Graham wrestler killed in crash: ‘I told him I loved him’ during last visit

Coach of former Graham wrestler killed in crash: ‘I told him I loved him’ during last visit

Eli Stickley leaped into the arms of St. Paris Graham High School wrestling coach Jeff Jordan after winning a state title as a junior in 2014. “We were so happy when he won the state. Everyone went crazy. Eli was a crowd favorite. … It was one of the happiest moments I look back on,” Jordan said Saturday. “I remember he comes running over and jumps in my arms. I’ll remember...
Standout Graham wrestler, Urbana native dies in crash

Standout Graham wrestler, Urbana native dies in crash

A University of Wisconsin wrestler and Urbana, Ohio, native was killed following a Thursday evening car crash in Illinois. Eli Stickley, 21, was a former standout wrestler at Graham High School and a state champion in 2014. He also is the nephew of U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana. The University of Wisconsin Athletics released a statement Friday announcing Stickley’s death: “Our hearts...
No cameras at Springfield pool where alleged sexual assault took place

No cameras at Springfield pool where alleged sexual assault took place

The National Trail Parks and Recreation District does not have cameras at the facility where an alleged sexual assault occurred. This publication learned Friday NTPRD only has surveillance cameras in a few areas. “Our first and only surveillance was added this past winter at the Carleton Davidson Stadium/Mitchell Boulevard Complex,” said Director Leann Castillo of the National Trail Parks...
Springfield man sentenced for trafficking elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl

Springfield man sentenced for trafficking elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl

A Springfield man convicted of trafficking an elephant tranquilizer 100 times more potent than fentanyl was sentenced Friday to 3½ years in prison. Christian O. Dearmond, 25, was one of two men indicted for possession with intent to distribute 10 or more grams of carfentanil, an analogue of fentanyl. Dearmond was sentenced to 42 months in Dayton’s U.S. District Court by Judge Walter Rice...
St. Paris man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

St. Paris man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

A Champaign County man pleaded guilty Friday to producing child pornography by coercing juvenile females, according to a release from the Department of Justice Southern District of Ohio. Aaron Pauly, 44, of St. Paris, reportedly requested and received nude photos and videos from over 50 female juveniles between October 2014 to August 2017. According to court documents, he created fake social...
Freon gas leak forces evacuation of Kissell Center in Springfield

Freon gas leak forces evacuation of Kissell Center in Springfield

Fire officials confirm a Freon gas leak from the air conditioning system has forced the evacuation of the Kissell Center in Springfield. A building maintenance worker noticed the leak when he opened up the building Friday morning, according to officials.  The building was evacuated of other employees while firefighters and Hazmat crews investigated and cleared the building out.  Hazmat crews...
Teenage girl reports rape at Springfield pool

Teenage girl reports rape at Springfield pool

Springfield police are investigating a reported sexual assault at a local pool that happened over the weekend.  It took place on June 30, according to a police report, but was reported on Wednesday.  A 16-year-old girl was at the pool for a group trip. She went to the restroom and an unknown male came in behind her “and forced intercourse with child/victim,” according to the...
Ohio dog breeders to face new standards for care

Ohio dog breeders to face new standards for care

High-volume dog breeders in Ohio will face new standards for care, and supporters believe their signature campaign to put the issue up for statewide vote spurred the compromise. Ohio House Bill 506, introduced by Rep. Brian Hill, R-Zanesville, was amended several times before it was passed as part of a compromise between animal advocacy groups and groups representing dog breeders. The bill requires...
Honda joins business coalition

Honda joins business coalition

Honda recently became the first auto manufacturer in Ohio to join a coalition of businesses and other entities that supports statewide LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination policy. READ MORE: Historic Springfield manufacturer to ramp up hiring Honda announced it is joining Ohio Business Competes,which also includes firms like Whirlpool Corporation, American Electric Power, Bob Evans and...
Elder-Beerman closing: Store adds another 20 percent off sales

Elder-Beerman closing: Store adds another 20 percent off sales

Elder-Beerman’s liquidation sales are expected to continue at some locations until the end of August, but now may be the time to buy. The store’s liquidation sales are marked at 50 to 75 percent off, and during the Fourth of July holiday, stores will take an additional 20 percent off each purchase, said Scott Carpenter, vice president of retail solutions for the Great American Group, the...
Springfield farm goes viral after reality show comes to visit

Springfield farm goes viral after reality show comes to visit

A video featuring a On the Rise Farm outside Springfield went viral after a Facebook web series came to surprise the nonprofit organization’s owners. Returning the Favor is an American reality web television series on Facebook Watch that premiered in 2017. It chronicles the travels of Mike Rowe throughout the United States in search of people who give back to their communities. The show&rsquo...
Man who was subject of Endangered Missing Adult Alert found dead

Man who was subject of Endangered Missing Adult Alert found dead

According to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, David Richards was found deceased. The Sheriff’s Office would not comment on whether any foul play was suspected. We will continue to update this story with the latest details we obtain.  A statewide Endangered Missing Adult Alert has been issued for a 67-year-old northeast Ohio man who was last seen by coworkers on Sunday morning...
Springfield woman arrested on child endangering, multiple charges

Springfield woman arrested on child endangering, multiple charges

A Springfield woman was arrested Saturday and charged with multiple crimes, including child endangering, carrying a concealed weapon and drug possession.  Just before 9 p.m. officers were dispatched to Warder and Howard streets after neighbors observed a 3-year-old boy running around the area and in the streets without adult supervision, according to a court document. Neighbors told the officers...
Springfield man arrested after threatening man with gun,  using ethnic slur

Springfield man arrested after threatening man with gun,  using ethnic slur

A Springfield man was arrested for allegedly threatening a man with a gun and using an ethnic slur on June 27. About 7:15 p.m. James Arthur Campbell Jr. was outside of his home “causing a scene” while a man who was visiting relatives at a home nearby parked his car, according to a document filed in the Clark County Municipal Court.  The man told police Campbell routinely causes problems...
Springfield man found in crash, dead; police investigating incident as a homicide 

Springfield man found in crash, dead; police investigating incident as a homicide 

UPDATE @ 12:42 p.m.:  Springfield police are continuing to investigate the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man who was also involved in a vehicle accident. Scott Williams drove through a red light at the intersection of South Spring Street and Selma Road late on Sunday evening when his car was struck by another vehicle, according to a press release from the City of Springfield. The victim...
5 things to know about the wondrous Ohio Caverns, a must-see hidden treasure in the region

5 things to know about the wondrous Ohio Caverns, a must-see hidden treasure in the region

Full of wonder with its showcase of colorful crystal formations, Ohio Caverns is a hidden treasure in West Liberty. Here are five things to know about Ohio’s largest cave system: The caverns are hidden under green grass and surrounded by corn fields but were found when a large sinkhole on William Reams’ farm filled up with rainwater one night in August of 1897 and rapidly disappeared....
Archdeacon: This Springfield native has wild stories about boxing matches all over the world. Here are the best.

Archdeacon: This Springfield native has wild stories about boxing matches all over the world. Here are the best.

He “worked and scuffled,” as he put it, his way out of Springfield’s South End to see more of the world, but he never expected to see this much. He became a world class boxing referee – working over 1,300 bouts on five continents and in 28 countries – and yet he never saw anything quite like what happened in a ring right here in Tampa where he lives. “It was really...
The area’s industrial history has left officials with a burning question: What to do with the toxic waste

The area’s industrial history has left officials with a burning question: What to do with the toxic waste

Factories that once brought jobs to the region and fueled the post-war economic growth left behind an unwanted legacy: toxic waste. Today, it is buried in old industrial sites and landfills that pose potential threats to the massive underground aquifer that provides drinking water to local communities. While most of those old industrial sites have been cleaned up to an acceptable level, some remain...
Hazmat crews called to anhydrous ammonia leak in Clark County

Hazmat crews called to anhydrous ammonia leak in Clark County

Lower Valley Pike is back open and an order for residents to take shelter has been lifted following an anhydrous ammonia leak at Sunrise Cooperative. “Crews were working alongside the owners of the property. We were able to determine it was a malfunction of the tank; it was a minor malfunction,” Bethel Twp. Fire Chief Jacob King said. There were no injuries and the leak was determined...
Fireworks could get blame for Springfield house fire that injures 1, blows plaster off wall

Fireworks could get blame for Springfield house fire that injures 1, blows plaster off wall

UPDATE @ 10:05 p.m.: One person suffered burns to his arms and face in a house fire that could be connected to the ignition of fireworks that blew plaster off a wall, Springfield fire Battalion Chief Jeremy Linn said.  The cause is under investigation, Linn said, noting that crews took reports of fireworks being set off in the area of the duplex at 1027-1029 Maiden Lane.  "We're looking...
Task force seizes drugs, guns in Springfield high-speed pursuit

Task force seizes drugs, guns in Springfield high-speed pursuit

Police seized drugs, guns, cash following a high-speed chase Thursday that ended with a crash into a home. Kevin Cragg, 26, of Dayton, was arraigned Friday in Clark County Municipal Court on charges of fleeing and eluding a police officer, three counts of weapons under disability and three counts of firearms in motor vehicle. Authorities at the scene said Cragg and a woman were arrested after a police...
Highway reopens after serious crash on I-70 in Clark County

Highway reopens after serious crash on I-70 in Clark County

All eastbound lanes of Interstate 70 have reopened and only one westbound lane remains blocked after an earlier crash in Clark County.  State troopers said the crash was caused by a backup that formed due to a vehicle fire near the I-70 west exit to Ohio 72, dispatched around 11 a.m.  Around 11:30 a.m., the van slammed into the back of a Snap-On tools truck that was slowing down for the...
Police: Springfield woman was dead for about six hours before man found her in backseat

Police: Springfield woman was dead for about six hours before man found her in backseat

A woman was dead for about six hours before she was discovered in the backseat of a vehicle by a passer-by on Thursday afternoon in Springfield, according to police. The deceased woman, 42, was found at about 12:45 p.m. in the 900 block of West Jefferson Street. A cause of death has not been released. A man told police that he was walking to his detached garage when he noticed the car. “(He)...
Former Clark County sheriff’s deputy resigns after investigation and reassignment

Former Clark County sheriff’s deputy resigns after investigation and reassignment

A former Clark County sheriff’s deputy has resigned from the sheriff’s office after an internal investigation into his actions and testimony related to a traffic stop found he made errors. Clark County Judge Richard O’Neill also raised questions about former Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Beller, writing in a court entry earlier this year that he lacked credibility while...
Springfield chef’s sister in Maryland office building during mass shooting

Springfield chef’s sister in Maryland office building during mass shooting

The chef and owner of Seasons Bistro and Grille in Springfield had no idea just how close his family came to a mass shooting in Annapolis. Doug McGregor said he had just returned from shopping for the restaurant at 28 S. Limestone St. when he received a group text from his sister saying that everything was OK, that she and her husband were fine. “I didn’t know what she was talking about...
2 in custody after SUV slams into house to end Springfield police pursuit 

2 in custody after SUV slams into house to end Springfield police pursuit 

UPDATE @ 8:42 p.m.: A man and woman are in custody following a police pursuit involving Springfield police that began as a traffic stop and ended with the suspect SUV slamming into a house at Kenton and York streets.  Both people in the SUV were trapped when the vehicle came to rest on its top after causing heavy damage to the house. Both are believed to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries...
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