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No requirement in $420K CVB contract with Springfield for major events
 The city of Springfield and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have reached an agreement on a new 5½-year contract, but some city commissioners are concerned it doesn’t include guarantees for popular events such as Holiday in the City and the Springfield Farmers Market. The contract is worth about $420,000...

Posted: 14 days ago

The city of Springfield and the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau have reached an agreement on a new 5½-year contract, but some city commissioners are concerned it doesn’t include guarantees for popular events such as Holiday in the City and the Springfield Farmers Market. The contract is worth about $420,000...
3 things to know about the Clark County officer-involved shooting
 A Clark County Sheriff’s deputy shot a media photographer with no warning as he was setting up to take photos of a traffic stop in New Carlisle on Monday evening. Here’s three things to know about the incident: A man can be heard screaming in the background as Shaw runs toward him, body camera footage shows. Then it appears Shaw...

Posted: 15 days ago

A Clark County Sheriff’s deputy shot a media photographer with no warning as he was setting up to take photos of a traffic stop in New Carlisle on Monday evening. Here’s three things to know about the incident: A man can be heard screaming in the background as Shaw runs toward him, body camera footage shows. Then it appears Shaw...
Springfield police get $100K grant to battle drug epidemic
 The Springfield Police Division received a $100,000 grant to develop a response team to assist overdose survivors. The grant was one of 40 awarded Wednesday by the Ohio attorney general’s office to law enforcement departments and their partners as part of $3 million in new state funding to battle the drug epidemic statewide. RELATED...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Springfield Police Division received a $100,000 grant to develop a response team to assist overdose survivors. The grant was one of 40 awarded Wednesday by the Ohio attorney general’s office to law enforcement departments and their partners as part of $3 million in new state funding to battle the drug epidemic statewide. RELATED...
Troy man flees deputies, accused of having drugs, gun in SUV
 A Troy man is facing multiple charges after deputies allegedly found 28 grams of drugs and a gun in his vehicle after he fled from a traffic stop. MORE CRIME: Judge to reconsider Pilkington’s alleged confession in sons’ deaths Joshua Leet, 33, is being charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, improperly handling firearms...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Troy man is facing multiple charges after deputies allegedly found 28 grams of drugs and a gun in his vehicle after he fled from a traffic stop. MORE CRIME: Judge to reconsider Pilkington’s alleged confession in sons’ deaths Joshua Leet, 33, is being charged with drug possession, drug trafficking, improperly handling firearms...
Springfield couple accused of squatting in home, endangering children
 A Springfield couple accused of squatting in a home without heat or running water with four children are facing child endangering charges, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of striking woman after fast food argument Russell D. Vanover, 61, and Jamie A. Vanover, 48, are each facing four counts of a child endangering...

Posted: 16 days ago

A Springfield couple accused of squatting in a home without heat or running water with four children are facing child endangering charges, according to a police report. MORE CRIME: Springfield man accused of striking woman after fast food argument Russell D. Vanover, 61, and Jamie A. Vanover, 48, are each facing four counts of a child endangering...
Springfield man accused of striking woman after fast food argument
 A Springfield man accused of hitting and biting a woman he knows because she wouldn’t stop to pick up fast food was arrested last weekend, according to a police report. RELATED: Springfield man assaults hospital staff, attempts to flee Bobby J. Reynolds, 1224 Texas Ave., is facing one count of domestic violence. He appeared in the Clark...

Posted: 17 days ago

A Springfield man accused of hitting and biting a woman he knows because she wouldn’t stop to pick up fast food was arrested last weekend, according to a police report. RELATED: Springfield man assaults hospital staff, attempts to flee Bobby J. Reynolds, 1224 Texas Ave., is facing one count of domestic violence. He appeared in the Clark...
Petition asks Springfield leaders to charge people who overdose
 An online petition with more than 6,400 supporters asks Springfield leaders to criminally charge people who receive medical attention after a drug overdose. However people who are revived after an overdose and seek addiction treatment are protected by Ohio’s Good Samaritan law — which Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said prevents...

Posted: 17 days ago

An online petition with more than 6,400 supporters asks Springfield leaders to criminally charge people who receive medical attention after a drug overdose. However people who are revived after an overdose and seek addiction treatment are protected by Ohio’s Good Samaritan law — which Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson said prevents...
Springfield coalition to host community forum on opiates
 The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition is hosting a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. RELATED: 1st-of-its-kind center for addicts, families opens in Springfield The event will be an open discussion that will include...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Clark County Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Support Coalition is hosting a community forum to discuss the opiate epidemic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main St. RELATED: 1st-of-its-kind center for addicts, families opens in Springfield The event will be an open discussion that will include...
Clark County preparing to replace voting machines, possible $1M cost
 The Clark County Board of Elections wants to create a designated fund to save money to purchase new voting equipment in the future — possibly before the next presidential election in 2020, officials said. The fund would be designed solely for that purpose, elections board Director Jason Baker said. The upgrades may cost about $1 million...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Clark County Board of Elections wants to create a designated fund to save money to purchase new voting equipment in the future — possibly before the next presidential election in 2020, officials said. The fund would be designed solely for that purpose, elections board Director Jason Baker said. The upgrades may cost about $1 million...
Springfield man allegedly assaults hospital staff, attempts to flee
 A Springfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly choked an employee at Springfield Regional Medical Center while attempting to flee the hospital. RELATED: Shots fired at SUV in parking lot of Springfield bar Derrick L. Brock, 28, has been charged with two counts of assault and was also charged with violating a protection order...

Posted: 18 days ago

A Springfield man is facing assault charges after he allegedly choked an employee at Springfield Regional Medical Center while attempting to flee the hospital. RELATED: Shots fired at SUV in parking lot of Springfield bar Derrick L. Brock, 28, has been charged with two counts of assault and was also charged with violating a protection order...
Shots fired at SUV in parking lot of Springfield bar
 An SUV was damaged after shots were fired outside of an east side bar in Springfield early Sunday morning. RELATED: Springfield man allegedly sets car on fire for $50 to buy drugs A group of people were in an SUV getting ready to leave the Wagon Wheel bar, 1005 S. Burnett Road, at about 2:45 a.m. when an unknown vehicle entered the parking...

Posted: 18 days ago

An SUV was damaged after shots were fired outside of an east side bar in Springfield early Sunday morning. RELATED: Springfield man allegedly sets car on fire for $50 to buy drugs A group of people were in an SUV getting ready to leave the Wagon Wheel bar, 1005 S. Burnett Road, at about 2:45 a.m. when an unknown vehicle entered the parking...
Clark County hazardous waste dump likely won’t get Superfund status
 State officials won’t support local leaders desire to place a Clark County hazardous waste dump on the National Priorities List that identifies some of the most contaminated sites in the country, according to a local lawmaker. The Tremont City Barrel Fill — which has 1.5 million gallons of industrial waste buried near the city&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

State officials won’t support local leaders desire to place a Clark County hazardous waste dump on the National Priorities List that identifies some of the most contaminated sites in the country, according to a local lawmaker. The Tremont City Barrel Fill — which has 1.5 million gallons of industrial waste buried near the city&rsquo...
Clark County won’t accept $840K grant to avoid jail overcrowding
 A local court won’t apply for a more than $840,000 state grant because local leaders believe it could create overcrowding at the Clark County Jail and put criminals back on the streets. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections offered the Clark County Common Pleas Court a two-year Targeted Communities Alternatives to Prison...

Posted: 19 days ago

A local court won’t apply for a more than $840,000 state grant because local leaders believe it could create overcrowding at the Clark County Jail and put criminals back on the streets. The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections offered the Clark County Common Pleas Court a two-year Targeted Communities Alternatives to Prison...
High School Football: Braun stars as Cahill earns first win at Graham
 Graham High School quarterback Gage Braun’s career night gave his new coach his first victory in just his second game with the Falcons. Braun accounted for six first-half touchdowns as Graham gained more than 550 yards of total offense in a 54-20 non-league victory over Catholic Central – the first for new Falcons head coach Shane...

Posted: 20 days ago

Graham High School quarterback Gage Braun’s career night gave his new coach his first victory in just his second game with the Falcons. Braun accounted for six first-half touchdowns as Graham gained more than 550 yards of total offense in a 54-20 non-league victory over Catholic Central – the first for new Falcons head coach Shane...
Did your favorite Clark County pizza place make Ohio’s top 100 list?
 Three Springfield pizza restaurants have been chosen among the 100 best in Ohio, according to a travel blog. RELATED: What are the best coffeehouses you should visit in the region? OhioExplored.com recently surveyed its readers on Instagram about the top pizza restaurants in the state. Three from Springfield were chosen among the best in...

Posted: 21 days ago

Three Springfield pizza restaurants have been chosen among the 100 best in Ohio, according to a travel blog. RELATED: What are the best coffeehouses you should visit in the region? OhioExplored.com recently surveyed its readers on Instagram about the top pizza restaurants in the state. Three from Springfield were chosen among the best in...
1st-of-its-kind center for addicts, families opens in Springfield
 A first-of-its-kind support center for addicts and family members will open in downtown Springfield this week. The Families of Addicts Bridge of Support will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at 50 W. High St. The facility will be the first-of-its-kind for the Families of Addicts group, which began three years ago in...

Posted: 22 days ago

A first-of-its-kind support center for addicts and family members will open in downtown Springfield this week. The Families of Addicts Bridge of Support will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at 50 W. High St. The facility will be the first-of-its-kind for the Families of Addicts group, which began three years ago in...
Springfield man allegedly sets car on fire for $50 to buy drugs
 A Springfield man has been accused of helping another man set fire to a car early Wednesday morning and poured gasoline on another one. Anthony L. Gamble Sr., 43, of 526 W. Mulberry St., has been charged with arson and attempted arson. Gamble Sr. pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. Bond was set at $5,000...

Posted: 22 days ago

A Springfield man has been accused of helping another man set fire to a car early Wednesday morning and poured gasoline on another one. Anthony L. Gamble Sr., 43, of 526 W. Mulberry St., has been charged with arson and attempted arson. Gamble Sr. pleaded not guilty in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday morning. Bond was set at $5,000...
Controversial $1.8M Derr Road lane reduction project will move forward
 Springfield city commissioners approved moving forward with a controversial $1.8 million project to reduce Derr Road from four lanes to three lanes and add designated bike lanes on the roadway, despite opposition from community members. But commissioners could stop the project after more information is released during the design phase, they...

Posted: 23 days ago

Springfield city commissioners approved moving forward with a controversial $1.8 million project to reduce Derr Road from four lanes to three lanes and add designated bike lanes on the roadway, despite opposition from community members. But commissioners could stop the project after more information is released during the design phase, they...
5K attend first Clark County powerboat races
 An estimated 5,000 people attended the first Formula 1 powerboat race held in Springfield, which local leaders are hopeful will return next year. However some neighbors were upset by the loud noise created by the event. The inaugural Springfield F1 Grand Prix was held at the 125-acre lake at Clark County Fairgrounds last weekend, the culmination...

Posted: 23 days ago

An estimated 5,000 people attended the first Formula 1 powerboat race held in Springfield, which local leaders are hopeful will return next year. However some neighbors were upset by the loud noise created by the event. The inaugural Springfield F1 Grand Prix was held at the 125-acre lake at Clark County Fairgrounds last weekend, the culmination...
Springfield health expo returns to downtown
 A free local health expo that gives families access to resources is coming back downtown for the fourth year, but this time with a new new name. The Community Health Foundation’s Health Expo ‘17 will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Clark State Community College Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center, 275...

Posted: 23 days ago

A free local health expo that gives families access to resources is coming back downtown for the fourth year, but this time with a new new name. The Community Health Foundation’s Health Expo ‘17 will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Clark State Community College Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center, 275...
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