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Diana Willett, 60, mother of missing 37-year-old Wanda Lemons, holds a photo of her daughter beside missing poster. Photo by Steve Bennish.

Dead and missing women grip Ohio town

The young woman in pink shorts and sandals has a cellphone cupped to her ear when she spots the Ross County Sheriff’s cruiser slow and then stop just across the flooded street. She walks a few more steps and then darts inside a house. It’s Tuesday night on Second Street ...

Extra patrols added to New Carlisle

City leaders have freed up money in New Carlisle’s budget to add extra Clark County Sheriff’s Office patrols to the city until full-time positions can return.Sheriff’s deputies will patrol New Carlisle on overtime hours, said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.The “extra-duty pay” patrols supplement hours worked by two deputies who ...

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Siri causing Apple users to accidentally call 911

Usually the Apple program “Siri” makes headlines for responding to questions in a humorous way, but this time she is stirring up some serious trouble. Many have inadvertently discovered that if you say “211” to Siri, she will call 911 instead. This is because 211 is Europe’s version of 911, ...

TV crew robbed during live report about bizarre San Francisco crime

Mayhem broken out Wednesday in a popular tourist area of San Francisco, Pier 14 along the waterfront. First, a woman was shot to death in an apparently random shooting, while strolling with her father and a friend.  Then, a KTVU cameraman and reporter were pistol-whipped and robbed during a live ...

Municipal Court

Cases called Wednesday included:William R. Bowne R, 22, of New Carlisle, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and expired registration, dismissed.Haunz J. Bray, 18, of 969 Lagonda Ave., offenses/underage persons, guilty, three days jail, suspended, fined $150; resisting arrest and speed, dismissed.Larry W. Fout, 54, of 1928 ...

Public Records

NEW SUITS15-DR-0513 - Jessica L. Mattox, 117 Northwestern Ave. v. Tyrail R. Mattox, 134 Parkwood Ave.; complaint for divorce.15-DS-0514 – April Ann Estes, 3733 New Carlisle Pike and Christopher Ryan Estes, 1418 Selma Road; petition for dissolution of marriage.15-DP-0515 – Charles Dehart, PO Box 955 v. Summer Anon, 142 Oaksmere ...

Lee Tinsley (Courtesy, WCPO)

Reds hitting coach accused of impaired driving

A Cincinnati Reds assistant hitting coach was arrested today on suspicion of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.Lee Tinsley, 46, was booked at 11:15 a.m. into the Carroll County Jail in Carrollton, Kentucky, our media partner, WCPO-TV in Cincinnati reported.Rob Butcher, Reds director of media ...

2 store clerks busted for underage alcohol sales

Clerks at two of 12 area businesses violated state law and sold alcohol to underage individuals, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.Sheriff’s investigators conducted an underage alcohol buy operation Wednesday, using an underage confidential informant.The clerks who completed the illegal transactions have been charged and have been ordered into ...

Married same-sex couples can now divorce legally in Ohio

The first same-sex divorce case is nearly ready to be filed in Montgomery County, a week after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in a landmark decision.“With gay marriage comes a lot of other rights and privileges that individuals get to experience daily, including, unfortunately, that of divorce,” said ...

Wittenberg seeks to continue lawsuit against former law firm

Wittenberg University asked this week that its lawsuit against its former law firm be allowed to continue, noting the firm withheld legal files that continue to hamper an ongoing investigation by the school.The private university has been involved in a legal dispute with Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper, its former ...

Bellefontaine Police Officer Scott Stewart and his partner, canine officer Toby, are both at the end of their careers. Toby retired June 30 after 10 years and Stewart will retire in August. Jeff Guerini/Staff

K9, police officer retiring together after long service

After 10 years, police dog Toby retired this week from the Bellefontaine Police Department. Toby, a Belgian malinois, began working along side Officer Scott Stewart when he was about 1 year old. “He fit right in. He was very sociable. Real good narcotic dog. And he’s a dual-purpose dog who ...

Drug raid on Catherine St. in Springfield

Three men and a woman were put in handcuffs during a drug raid at a home at 629 Catherine Street in Springfield on Thursday. United States Postal Service Inspectors were on the scene serving a warrant at the residence after police received complaints from neighbors about alleged drug activity at ...

Public Records

COMMON PLEAS COURTNEW SUITS15-CV-0437 - U.S. Bank NA, as Trustee, v. Lisa Stone, Russells Point, et al., complaint in foreclosure for property located at 1591 Summit St., for $38,841.15-CV-0438 - PNC Bank, NA, v. The Unknown Heirs, Devisees, Legatees, Executors, Administrators, Spouses and Assigns and the Unknown Guardians of Minor ...

Municipal Court

Cases called Tuesday included:Krista N. Jones, 28, of 555 E. Northern Ave., Apt. D, 12 point suspension, guilty, 30 days jail, 27 days suspended; failure to reinstate license, speed and no seat belt, dismissed.Aaron L. Rice, 19, of 620 Homeview Ave., receiving stolen property, dismissed.Richard Ricardo Sinclair, 23, address unknown, ...

Patrol enforces traffic laws from the sky

Some people don’t know that the Ohio State Highway Patrol uses aircraft to catch speeding and other traffic violations. Today, WHIO’s Allison Wichie took a ride along up in the skies to see how they do it. In Clark County, troopers on the ground and in the skies partnered with ...

State Highway Patrol trooper and pilot Mark Woodring looks out the window as he navigates his plane along stretches of Interstate 70 in Clark County looking for speeders Wednesday. Allison Wichie/Staff

Crash deaths up, patrols increase as holiday approaches

Law enforcement across Clark County is teaming up to enhance patrols as crash fatalities have more than doubled so far this year.The Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office joined forces Wednesday to patrol for speeders and other violations on Interstate 70 with the help of the ...

State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana

Champaign County lawmaker seeks to exempt clergy from gay marriages

A Champaign County lawmaker’s wants to prevent clergy members from being forced to perform same-sex marriages, but opponents said the measure is unnecessary because religious entities are already protected. State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, said he will soon introduce the Ohio Pastor’s Protection Act, which he argued would protect pastors, ...

Holly Fowler

Judge to decide if driver in fatal hit-skip stays in prison

Logan County Judge Mark O’Connor will decide in the next 10 days whether the Urbana woman who left the scene of an accident last year after hitting and killing a Marine with her car should be let out of prison early.Holly Fowler, 27, began serving a 30-month prison sentence at ...

Contractor sentenced in military bribery case

UPDATE@4:30 p.m. (July 1):A man extradited from Iraq in a military contract bribery case has been sentenced in Ohio to 2 1/2 years in prison.Metin Atilan (MEH’-tin AT’-il-ahn) also was fined $1 million and given five years’ probation.He pleaded guilty to three counts earlier this year. Under a plea agreement, ...

Man walks with loaded assault rifle in Daytona Beach tourist district

Police said a man was walking around Daytona Beach’s tourist district with a loaded assault rifle slung over his shoulder. A man and his girlfriend called 911 while out to dinner Sunday night when they saw Christopher Ray, 27, walking by with an assault rifle. "I was sitting out in ...

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