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Classes resume Tuesday after West Liberty-Salem HS shooting

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West Liberty school shooting rocks tight-knit community

A shooting in West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday morning left one student critically injured and a tight-knit, rural community where most families know each other badly shaken. Logan Cole, a 16-year-old high school junior, remained in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in the pediatric intensive care unit after suffering more than one shotgun wound. A Facebook post by Logan&rsquo...
Clark County teen charged after alleged school threats

Clark County teen charged after alleged school threats

A Springfield teen is expected to appear in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday after he was accused of texting a series of alleged threats that led district officials to lock down Northwestern High School last month. Brandon C. Bowen, 18, of North Hampton, has been charged with inducing panic in connection with the incident, according to municipal court records. The documents say Bowen is accused...
Clark County mom faces new charges in death of baby son

Clark County mom faces new charges in death of baby son

New charges have been filed against a Clark County mother in connection with the death of her newborn baby. Shania Delawder, 19, was charged Sunday with involuntary manslaughter, according to Clark County Municipal Court records. The baby, Liam Lee Spencer, died Oct. 6 after he was found unresponsive in a room at the Drake Motel, 3200 E. National Road in Springfield Twp. He had visible bruising and...
Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Finding work key to cutting crime, saving money in Clark County

Helping the nearly 300 convicts that leave Ohio prisons and return to Clark County every year can save taxpayers here millions of dollars and cut down on crime, local experts say. Finding work is often a critical part of keeping felons from committing more crimes, said Brad Andringa, the re-entry coordinator for Opportunities for Individual Change, a local nonprofit that offers job training and other...
Shawnee assistant principal working following OVI arrest

Shawnee assistant principal working following OVI arrest

An assistant high school principal who was charged with OVI in December continues to work while the legal process goes through the courts. Chad Mossing, 37, of Cedarville, wasn’t suspended and continues to work at Shawnee High School, according to Superintendent Gregg Morris. A police affidavit states Mossing blew a 0.13 during a breathalyzer test following an arrest by German Twp. Police. RELATED...
Man robs Springfield bank from drive-through, claims he planted bomb

Man robs Springfield bank from drive-through, claims he planted bomb

A man robbed a Springfield bank using the drive-through lane, claiming he had put a bomb in the building. Springfield Police were called to the PNC bank on 2000 block East Main Street about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. A bank teller told police that a man wearing a black mask sent a note through the drive-through tube system demanding money. “The note also said that the male had placed a bomb in the...
Bellefontaine mom’s murder trial pushed back again

Bellefontaine mom’s murder trial pushed back again

The trial of Bellefontaine mother Brittany Pilkington, who has been charged with aggravated murder in the death of her three sons, has been pushed back again at the request of her lawyers. Following a hearing in Logan Common Pleas Court on Wednesday, the judge vacated the final pre-trial date set for February and rescheduled the next hearing for March 20. The trial was previously set to begin in early...
Springfield schools trigger 4th false alarm in 2 months

Springfield schools trigger 4th false alarm in 2 months

Police rushed to a Springfield school today for what is at least the fourth false alarm in two months. The Springfield City School District implemented a new security system where employees at any school can activate an alarm that sends an emergency call over all police radios asking them to get to the school quickly. RELATED: False alarm sends Springfield police to high school The alarm was triggered...
Clark County grand jury indicts suspects on drug, violence charges

Clark County grand jury indicts suspects on drug, violence charges

A Clark County Grand Jury met this week and the following indictments were returned: Kody Allen Huffman, 24, 2028 Clifton Ave.: Receiving stolen property. Anthony Lalmar Jeffrey, 24, 82 S. Cypress Avenue, Columbus: Domestic violence. Larry L. Long, 53: Violating a protection order or consent agreement. READ MORE: Springfield father indicted in death of 3-month-old daughter Mark Anthoney McWhorter...
Big Stories of 2016: Clark County, there’s a new sheriff in town

Big Stories of 2016: Clark County, there’s a new sheriff in town

Clark County has seen a the top of the sheriff’s office for the first time in 30 years. After a contentious campaign, longtime Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly lost his re-election bid in November to Deb Burchett. She became the first female sheriff in Clark County’s history when she took office in January. MORE: Burchett defeats incumbent Clark County sheriff Burchett ran for office following...
Big Stories of 2016: Clark County sees impact of opiate epidemic

Big Stories of 2016: Clark County sees impact of opiate epidemic

The nation has been dealing with a spike in opiate abuse and Clark County wasn’t spared from the epidemic. Since 2008, the number of overdose deaths in Ohio has risen by more than 600 percent, according to statewide data. In 2015, a record 72 people died of unintentional drug overdoses in Clark County. Through November 2016, the county had seen 39 confirmed unintentional overdose deaths, according...
Urbana man indicted on rape charge

Urbana man indicted on rape charge

An Urbana man accused of raping a woman with developmental disabilities pleaded not guilty during an arraignment hearing in Clark County Municipal Court. Bond for Fred T. Markel, 59, of 5920 Terre Haute Road, was set at $50,000. Markel was indicted on rape and gross sexual imposition charges. RELATED: Clark County man indicted in rape of woman with disabilities Clark County Sheriff’s Office...
Violence spike at West Liberty group home from holidays, new residents

Violence spike at West Liberty group home from holidays, new residents

A spike in violence at a West Liberty children’s group home may have been caused by new residents at the holidays, according to home leaders. Earlier this month, two girls at the Adriel School group home pushed their way into a staff member’s office, stole the staff member’s car keys and drove off, West Liberty Police Chief Shane Oelker said. Then last week nine youths at the home...
Springfield woman charged in connection with Florida woman’s death

Springfield woman charged in connection with Florida woman’s death

A Springfield woman has been arrested in connection with the alleged killing of a Florida woman in Springfield and the hiding of her remains in Xenia. Hannah Whitman, 34, of Springfield, has been charged with complicity to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence. Police alleged in court records that she played a role in the 2015 death of Tiffany Chambers, who’s remains were recently identified...
Mother of Springfield murder victim seeks help in unsolved case

Mother of Springfield murder victim seeks help in unsolved case

The mother of a murdered Springfield woman wants anyone with information on the crime to come forward, after more than a year has passed without an arrest in the case. Candance Prunty, 26, was found shot to death in her West Mulberry Street home in October 2015. No one has been arrested. She was shot in her head and neck, according to a police report. Family members found her on the kitchen floor...
Clark County couple sentenced to life in prison for rape of children

Clark County couple sentenced to life in prison for rape of children

A Clark County couple will likely spend their rest of their lives in prison after they were sentenced Thursday for sexually abusing three children. Christopher Remy, 28, and Tamara Remy, 29, were convicted late last month of multiple charges, including rape of three children under the age of 10 whom they knew. Both received multiple life sentences. “I’m very satisfied with the sentence...
New Clark County sheriff picks new leaders

New Clark County sheriff picks new leaders

Newly elected Sheriff Deb Burchett, Clark County’s first female sheriff, started on the job this week and has made several new administrative appointments. One of Burchett’s first actions was to split the major position into three jobs. Maj. Russell Garman, who worked in the sheriff’s office for 36 years, has been replaced by Majs. Gary Cox, Chris Clark and Andy Reynolds. Cox will...
Springfield man indicted, accused of bringing heroin into jail

Springfield man indicted, accused of bringing heroin into jail

A Springfield man has been indicted after deputies say he attempted to bring heroin into the Clark County Jail. Deon Ragland, 28, of Springfield is charged with illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility and possession of heroin. Ragland was pulled over in Springfield Twp. for driving under suspension, according to court records. He was taken to jail...
Baby’s death part of rise in felony child abuse cases in Clark County

Baby’s death part of rise in felony child abuse cases in Clark County

The death of a 3-month-old girl last week allegedly at the hands of her father is part a spike in felony child abuse cases across Clark County prompting local leaders to take preventative action. Lilly Hayslip died Dec. 27 and her father, Brian Hayslip, 22, has been arrested in connection with her death. Deputies alleged Hayslip told them he shook her because she wouldn’t stop crying. A Clark...
Springfield father indicted in death of 3-month-old daughter

Springfield father indicted in death of 3-month-old daughter

A father accused of killing his 3-month-old daughter has been indicted by a Clark County Grand Jury on a murder charge. Brian Hayslip, 22, of Springfield, is facing murder, involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidences charges in Clark County Common Pleas Court. Hayslip is accused of shaking baby Lilly Hayslip when she wouldn’t stop crying Dec. 27. Officials said Lilly appears to have...
Ohio Supreme Court to debate red light camera laws

Ohio Supreme Court to debate red light camera laws

Love them or hate them, the fight over red light cameras in Ohio will resume next week when the Ohio Supreme Court hears arguments on a lawsuit against the 2014 state law that effectively bans the electronic traffic cops. The city of Dayton has sued the state, arguing that three elements of the 2014 law are unconstitutional because they undercut local municipalities’ home-rule authority to self-govern...

Clark County Municipal Court cases

Cases called Wednesday included: Emily Cyphers, 22, of New Carlisle, domestic violence and assault, both dismissed. AustinD. Emery, 26, of 5111 Stoneridge Drive, two counts of passing bad checks, dismissed. William L. Ferrell, 50, of South Vienna, South Vienna, four counts of trafficking drugs, four counts of possession of drugs and weapons under disability, dismissed, indicted by the grand jury....
Springfield public housing: smoking ban will be difficult to enforce

Springfield public housing: smoking ban will be difficult to enforce

A new federal rule that bans smoking in public housing will be difficult to enforce in Springfield and Clark County. The Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority has begun to discuss its policy on the ban, board member Kent Sherry said. The rule was announced by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in late November, according to the Associated Press. “From a health standpoint it&rsquo...
Enon man charged with vehicular manslaughter in fatal motorcycle crash

Enon man charged with vehicular manslaughter in fatal motorcycle crash

A man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection to a May crash that killed a New Carlisle resident. Nathan Burkholder, 20, of Enon, was charged Wednesday in Clark County Municipal Court. Burkholder was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 on Ohio 235 near Scarff Road when he allegedly turned left in front of an oncoming motorcycle, according to investigators. The driver of the motorcycle, Nicholas...
Judges: Proposed Springfield court budget plan illegal

Judges: Proposed Springfield court budget plan illegal

The city of Springfield wants the Clark County Municipal Court judges and clerk to agree to use about $450,000 from its revenue-generating funds — such as court costs — to pay for its operations, but the judges said that’s illegal. City leaders disagree and believe their proposal to cover budget cuts to the judicial system is legal. City commissioners voted recently to cut about...
Clark County student killed in crash called hard worker, caring

Clark County student killed in crash called hard worker, caring

An 18-year-old killed in a one vehicle accident Wednesday night was a student at Northeastern High School and the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center. Luke W. Cordell, of South Vienna, was pronounced dead at the scene on Tarbutton Road where authorities believe he lost control of his Ford F-150 pickup truck. He was headed west about 8:40 p.m. when he drove off the right side of the roadway...
Downtown Springfield business vandalized

Downtown Springfield business vandalized

An unknown person vandalized the sixth floor lobby of the EF Hutton Tower this week, spraying the floor and bathrooms with a fire extinguisher and ripping parts of the EF Hutton sign from the lobby wall. The vandal caused other damage, according to a Springfield Police Division report, including writing, “Wall St. sucks,” on the lobby floor using an unknown orange substance. The suspect...
Police continue to search for leads in Springfield women’s slaying

Police continue to search for leads in Springfield women’s slaying

Friends of a woman found shot-to-death in her home last week remembered her for being a caring, determined person as police continue to search for leads in the case. Lacie Henry, 29, was found killed in her home on South Fountain Avenue on Dec. 8. Police suspect two gunman broke into her home and killed her in the same room that her 2-year-old child was in, Springfield Police Chief Stephen Moody said...
Unlikely source make gifts for Springfield nursing home residents

Unlikely source make gifts for Springfield nursing home residents

Residents of Springfield Manor were treated to an early Christmas surprise this week supplied from an unlikely source — prison inmates. Community Stitches, one of the programs through the Madison County Correctional Institution, teaches inmates how to sew various items, including crafts and quilts. The gifts are then delivered to the sponsoring program site or some of the items are sold, with...
Springfield woman sues medic, others in alleged ambulance assault

Springfield woman sues medic, others in alleged ambulance assault

A woman who said she was assaulted in the back of an ambulance while she was sedated has sued the ambulance company, the employees who were allegedly involved and the nursing home she was being taken to. The woman reported that the incident occurred in December, 2015. The woman was returning from a hospital to Southbrook Health Care Center by way of a First Care Ohio ambulance when she said she was...
Springfield-based EF Hutton says fraud wiped out 8 weeks of business

Springfield-based EF Hutton says fraud wiped out 8 weeks of business

EF Hutton America has lost two months of business after the company was the victim of an Internet scam, leading to a major financial loss and a reduction in hours for staff members, company officials said. The company hired a Florida-based marketing firm in October, which was paid thousands of dollars to drive customers to EF Hutton America’s website. RELATED: Community ‘sold’ EF...
Clark County bust finds $400K in drugs; suspects held on $1M bond

Clark County bust finds $400K in drugs; suspects held on $1M bond

Deputies seized $400,000 worth of drugs and almost $300,000 in cash in one of Clark County’s biggest raids as part of a months-long investigation with law enforcement from across the region. “This is what happens when law enforcement gets together,” Lt. Chris Clark from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office said. “We get stuff done.” The drugs included multiple kilos...
Springfield man gets max prison sentence in choking death

Springfield man gets max prison sentence in choking death

A Springfield man convicted of choking another man to death over $70 and drugs was sentenced Wednesday to 26 years to life in prison. Prentiss Hare, 35, received the maximum sentence from Clark County Common Pleas Judge Richard O’Neill. Hare was convicted last month of murder and aggravated robbery in the death of 35-year-old Deshun Lumford. Clark County prosecutors said Hare killed Lumford...
Springfield man accused of failing to register as sex offender

Springfield man accused of failing to register as sex offender

A Springfield man has been indicted on a charge of failure to verify his address after he didn’t register with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office as a sex offender, the sheriff’s office said. Dereal Wells, 33, of 502 Linwood Ave., was considered armed and dangerous by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office when he failed to register in June, the Springfield News-Sun previously reported...
Suspect in 5-hour standoff with Springfield police found, arrested

Suspect in 5-hour standoff with Springfield police found, arrested

A Springfield man who was at the center of a more than five-hour standoff with police and escaped has been found and arrested. Kyle Harris, 26, was arrested on Saturday at an apartment on Villa Road by U.S. Marshals, Springfield Police Capt. Mike Hill said. Police attempted to arrest Harris on Dec. 5 in the 400 block of East Southern Avenue when the standoff took place, Hill said. He was wanted on...
Several Springfield senior police officers set to retire as group

Several Springfield senior police officers set to retire as group

Five veteran Springfield police officers with more than 150 years of combined service will retire this week. To Detective Tim Barcus, Sgt. Barry Eggers, Capt. Mike Hill, Detective Allen Icenhour and Officer Mark Parsons — being a police officer was never a job. It was something they loved to wake up to do every day. “This is a family, this is what I’m going to miss about it &mdash...

Family of dead inmate sues Clark County

The mother of the woman who died from a drug overdose at the Clark County Jail has sued Clark County and its Sheriff’s office for $500,000. Kristy Parker, 32, died earlier this year while in custody. An autopsy report states she died of a drug overdoes. It is believed she took the drugs while confined at the jail and Marcia S. Galvan is accused of smuggling those drugs into the institution and...
Christmas gifts, other items stolen from cars in Clark County

Christmas gifts, other items stolen from cars in Clark County

Thieves in Clark County got away with about $1000 worth of items from cars in Moorefield Twp., including a woman’s Christmas presents for her family. Surveillance video from the Northridge Apartments complex captured two suspects going through vehicles and taking things from six unlocked cars early Sunday morning, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian Melchi said. “They&rsquo...
Clark County jail moms record stories for kids

Clark County jail moms record stories for kids

A nonprofit group is working in the Clark County Jail for the first time with incarcerated women to make sure children are not without their mother’s voices. The number of women in prisons in the United States has been increasing at a rate 50 percent higher than men since 1980, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Justice. “When the mother is incarcerated, family units are literally...
$100K cut to Springfield police, fire OT may mean slower responses

$100K cut to Springfield police, fire OT may mean slower responses

Springfield city leaders have recommended cutting $100,000 in overtime pay for police officers, firefighters and medics next year, which could mean fewer first responders on the streets. The proposed cuts come after voters rejected an income tax increase on the ballot last month. Staff members have recommended about $1.5 million in cuts to several departments next year to avoid a projected deficit...
Rumor of Springfield police on ‘Cops’ TV show spreads on social media

Rumor of Springfield police on ‘Cops’ TV show spreads on social media

A Springfield police team will be featured on the popular show “Cops” but it won’t be any officers from Ohio. A Facebook post reporting that the Springfield Police Division in Clark County will be featured on the national TV show is false, Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody said Wednesday. “It’s probably another Springfield in the country,” the chief said. There...
Springfield man accused of leaving infant daughter at laundromat

Springfield man accused of leaving infant daughter at laundromat

A man pleaded not guilty to allegedly leaving his 9-month-old daughter in the care of a stranger while he did drugs in a Springfield laundromat. Justin Woodard, 33, of Mechanicsburg, was arrested by Springfield police on a charge of child endangering Monday afternoon. Officers were called to the Soapbox Laundry, 1791 S. Limestone St., by a woman who said a man had overdosed in the laundromat bathroom...
Questions remain in 74-year-old Springfield woman found dead in lake

Questions remain in 74-year-old Springfield woman found dead in lake

Clark County investigators have still several questions in the death of a 74-year-old woman who was found in C.J. Brown Reservoir in Buck Creek State Park. Eloise Briggs and her SUV were pulled out of the lake Monday morning. She had been missing since Saturday afternoon. At this point, investigators don’t believe she had any kind of dementia, said Lt. Chris Clark of the Clark County Sheriff&rsquo...
Springfield couple face life sentence in child rape, abuse case

Springfield couple face life sentence in child rape, abuse case

A Clark County husband and wife face life in prison after a jury found them guilty of dozens of child sex abuse charges. Tamara Remy, 29, and Christopher Remy, 28, each faced more than a dozen charges, including child rape, child endangering, gross sexual imposition, intimidation of a victim or witness and complicity to rape, according to court records. The couple abused three girls they knew, Clark...
Three indicted in connection with shooting death of Logan County man

Three indicted in connection with shooting death of Logan County man

Three suspects have been indicted on charges related to the shooting death of a Logan County man found dead in his home on Thanksgiving morning. Zachariah Huddleston, 22, and Marquevous Watkins, 21, have been indicted on charges of murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery, with a specification that the crimes involved a firearm, Logan County Assistant Prosecutor Eric Stewart said. Alexus...
West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

Prosecutors said today a teenager accused of shooting another student at West Liberty-Salem High School may be tried as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas Court. Ely Ray Serna, 17, was taken into custody Friday after the shooting, which left one student in critical condition and caused minor injuries to another victim, a 17-year-old student. Serna will face 13 charges that include attempted...
West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

West Liberty-Salem school shooting suspect identified

The teenager shot and lying on the ground bleeding inside West Liberty-Salem High School on Friday continued to talk his assailant into surrendering, family members and several other students said a day after the tragedy. Prosecutors said Saturday the teenager accused of shooting 16-year-old junior Logan Cole at the small, rural high school may be tried as an adult in Champaign County Common Pleas...
Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

Troopers seize 22 pounds of pot, 12 pounds of THC edibles worth more than $150K

A traffic stop this week led troopers to seize more than $150,000 in marijuana and edibles containing THC, the chemical responsible for the psychological effects of pot. Adam R. Bye, 25, of Taylor, Michigan, was stopped at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 75 in Shelby County for a turn signal violation, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers saw marijuana debris in plain view inside the...
VICTIM’S FAMILY: Logan Cole out of ICU

VICTIM’S FAMILY: Logan Cole out of ICU

Family members said West Liberty-Salem High School student Logan Cole, who was hit multiple times by a shotgun in the Friday morning school shooting, is showing progress. Cole’s father, Ryan, posted on Facebook tonight that his son was moved out of ICU at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Earlier, Ryan Cole posted on social media that doctors removed a breathing tube.  Today...
Fallen Florida officer's cruiser vandalized, police say

Fallen Florida officer's cruiser vandalized, police say

Police in Florida are searching for the person or people who vandalized fallen Orlando Lt. Debra Clayton's vehicle. Authorities made the announcement Friday afternoon on Twitter. Clayton's vehicle has been parked outside police headquarters since she was gunned down Jan. 9 outside a Walmart parking lot. Markeith Loyd, 41, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing her, police said. He's...
Centerville attorney pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme role

Centerville attorney pleads guilty to Ponzi scheme role

Local attorney Steven Scudder pleaded guilty this morning to his role in the $70 million Ponzi scheme orchestrated by William and Connie Apostelos, who themselves are due in federal court today for a hearing and potential pleas. Scudder, 62, of Centerville, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to wire fraud, admitting that he used his position as an attorney to facilitate a fraudulent investment...