You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

breaking news

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston, official says

Police headlines

75 pounds of pot found

Law enforcement agencies from Clark and Champaign counties recovered 75 pounds of marijuana early Tuesday morning after they executed a search warrant at a home on Flatfoot Road in Champaign County, according to a press release.

Authorities declined to provide details of the case Tuesday evening but said felony criminal charges are pending. The case involved deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, as well as officers from the Springfield Police Division’s narcotics unit and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Man faces 8th OVI arrest

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers arrested a Springfield man for his eighth OVI offense.

Jerry L. Smith, 54, was arrested just before 10 p.m. Monday on Limestone Street at Leffel Lane, troopers said.

Smith is expected to be in court on August 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Vehicle shot at, driver injured

A Springfield woman was injured driving home from a local bar early Sunday morning when her vehicle was shot at, according to a Springfield police report.

The 21-year-old had lacerations to her left arm, left back shoulder area and to her left ear area. Police reported the injuries appeared to be spray from bird shot, commonly fired from a shotgun.

She also sustained a head injury that she believed happened when she ducked after hearing the gunshots and hit her head on the door. She was transported by medics to Springfield Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Officers observed the vehicle to have two shattered windows, indentations on the driver’s side door and a small tear on the interior lining above the passenger seat.

A male passenger in the vehicle was not injured. STAFF REPORT

Police: Woman threatened girls with knife

Springfield police officers who were dispatched to a disorderly conduct call in the 1900 block of Primm Drive late Sunday arrived in the area to find a woman with a knife chasing two teen girls.

They also alleged they observed Ashlee M. Truss, 25, of 1942 Primm Drive, Apt. D, “violently slashing the knife toward the females, almost cutting one of them.”

Truss refused orders to drop the knife and was hit with a stun gun before being taken into custody, according to the report. One officer also drew their gun on her. She was placed in Clark County Jail.

The two girls, both 14, were not injured. The approximately 6-inch knife was collected as evidence.

Officers had initially been dispatched to Truss’s apartment about 11:45 p.m. on separate incident where she was not the suspect. STAFF REPORT

Man jailed on domestic charges

William B. Thomas Jr., 37, 1120 E. John St., Apt. 36, was placed in Clark County Jail on charges of domestic violence and aggravated menacing Sunday night.

According to a Springfield police report, Thomas put his hands on the neck and chest area of a 41-year-old woman he knows, pushed her up against a wall, and told her he’d kill her about 9 p.m. at his apartment. STAFF REPORT

2 women charged in assault case

Two Springfield women were charged with one count each of assault and criminal damaging after, according to police, they damaged a man’s vehicle and assaulted a woman who was driving it Sunday.

Driver Tosha L. Cochran, 25, of 1529 S. Sunset Ave., and passenger Shawnda L. Cochran, 23, of 1127 W. High St., according to a report, used their vehicle to box in a vehicle a 32-year-old woman was driving in 800 block of Selma Road about 5:30 p.m.

They’re accused of then breaking a window on the vehicle, owned by an 80-year-old Springfield man, and assaulting the female driver. STAFF REPORT


• A refrigerator and a stove, valued at $950, were reported stolen between July 29 and Sunday during a break-in at a rental property in the 1200 block of Clifton Avenue. Damage to a door and windows was estimated at $1,300.

• A cell phone and case, valued at $600, was reported stolen between 1:30 a.m. Saturday and 1:20 p.m. Sunday from the area of Mason Street and Stanton Avenue.

• DJ equipment, valued at $2,900, was reported stolen between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Saturday during a vehicle break-in in the 2100 block of Park Road.

• Three string trimmers, valued at $1,300, were reported stolen between 3 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday from a National Trail Parks and Recreation District-owned storage garage in the 1500 block of Mitchell Boulevard. STAFF REPORTS

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Crime

Texas police officer shot, killed; suspect dead
Texas police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

A Texas police officer reportedly was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon while responding to a call about an armed man outside a house in Little Elm, a Dallas suburb.
Light drizzle for morning commute, dry time and sun to return
Light drizzle for morning commute, dry time and sun to return

Light drizzle early this morning Drying out this afternoon through Thursday More rain Friday and Sunday Today: Light drizzle will be possible through sunrise this morning leading to some wet roadways, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar. Temperatures will start in the upper 30s and will eventually rise to the low to mid-40s this afternoon...
Ex-'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos files defamation lawsuit against Trump
Ex-'Apprentice' contestant Summer Zervos files defamation lawsuit against Trump

On Tuesday, former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos held a press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred to announce that she is filing a defamation lawsuit against President-elect Donald Trump. One month before Election Day, Zervos claimed that she was subjected to “unwanted sexual touches” by Trump during a business...
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush is in stable condition at a Houston hospital, KHOU reported early Wednesday. Bush's chief of staff, Jean Becker, told KHOU that Bush, 92, is "doing fine." Jim McGrath, spokesman for Bush and his wife, Barbara, later tweeted that Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday for "shortness...
No, President Obama didn't pardon Chelsea Manning; here's what he did instead
No, President Obama didn't pardon Chelsea Manning; here's what he did instead

It was announced Tuesday that President Obama commuted the sentence of famed whistleblower Chelsea Manning. And no, this is not the same as a pardon, despite the hopes of many privacy and human rights advocates. Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution grants Obama the executive power of clemency. With this, he can choose...
More Stories