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Springfield man faces charges, accused victim put sugar in gas tank
 A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly entered the home woman he accused of putting sugar in his car’s gas tank. MORE CRIME: Dirt bike rider allegedly hits house, child injured in Springfield Chris Dearmond, 28, of 207 W. Southern Ave., is facing two counts of criminal damaging and a single count of aggravated...

Posted: 24 days ago

A Springfield man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly entered the home woman he accused of putting sugar in his car’s gas tank. MORE CRIME: Dirt bike rider allegedly hits house, child injured in Springfield Chris Dearmond, 28, of 207 W. Southern Ave., is facing two counts of criminal damaging and a single count of aggravated...
Dirt bike rider allegedly hits house, child injured in Springfield
 A man driving a dirt bike reportedly hit a house on West Pleasant Street after allegedly fleeing police, injuring a young child who was riding with him, according to neighbors and initial scanner traffic. Police allegedly chased the man down West Mulberry Street and into an alley where it hit a house near West Pleasant Street about 10:30...

Posted: 24 days ago

A man driving a dirt bike reportedly hit a house on West Pleasant Street after allegedly fleeing police, injuring a young child who was riding with him, according to neighbors and initial scanner traffic. Police allegedly chased the man down West Mulberry Street and into an alley where it hit a house near West Pleasant Street about 10:30...
Rocks used to break into cell phone stores in Springfield
 Large rocks were used to break into four separate cell phone stores in Springfield early Sunday morning, according to multiple police reports. MORE CRIME: German Twp. man accused of trying to pick up child from school drunk The break-ins occurred between 3:50 and 4:30 a.m. A large rock was used to smash the door at Boost Mobile, 1063 N. Bechtle...

Posted: 25 days ago

Large rocks were used to break into four separate cell phone stores in Springfield early Sunday morning, according to multiple police reports. MORE CRIME: German Twp. man accused of trying to pick up child from school drunk The break-ins occurred between 3:50 and 4:30 a.m. A large rock was used to smash the door at Boost Mobile, 1063 N. Bechtle...
Springfield pool loses money but brings in 340K visits after 10 years
 The $6 million Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center — the lone public pool in Springfield — has seen more than 340,000 visits since it opened 10 years ago. The water park operated by National Trail Parks and Recreation District is a valuable resource, even though it’s run a deficit since opening, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland...

Posted: 25 days ago

The $6 million Splash Zone Family Aquatic Center — the lone public pool in Springfield — has seen more than 340,000 visits since it opened 10 years ago. The water park operated by National Trail Parks and Recreation District is a valuable resource, even though it’s run a deficit since opening, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland...
New Carlisle library to expand hours, hire more staff
 The New Carlisle Public Library will soon be open six days per week for the first time in eight years after local leaders agreed to change the split for state library funding, increasing its total by more than $45,000 annually. The Clark County Budget Commission voted unanimously late last week to change the split for local public library...

Posted: 26 days ago

The New Carlisle Public Library will soon be open six days per week for the first time in eight years after local leaders agreed to change the split for state library funding, increasing its total by more than $45,000 annually. The Clark County Budget Commission voted unanimously late last week to change the split for local public library...
KR’s Lemen shines as Cougars beat Northeastern in season opener
 A storied Clark County intra-district rivalry may have ended on Friday night — and Kenton Ridge High School sophomore quarterback Dylan Lemen wanted his team to go out with a bang. Lemen — in his first career start — rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another two scores as the Cougars beat Northeastern High School 48-13...

Posted: 27 days ago

A storied Clark County intra-district rivalry may have ended on Friday night — and Kenton Ridge High School sophomore quarterback Dylan Lemen wanted his team to go out with a bang. Lemen — in his first career start — rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another two scores as the Cougars beat Northeastern High School 48-13...
Vaughn appointed to be next Clark County Juvenile Court judge
 A Cedarville University law professor has been appointed Clark County Juvenile Court judge — a position that handles cases for more than 4,000 children annually with a more than $4.5 million general fund budget. South Charleston resident Robert Vaughn will take office on Oct. 2, Gov. John Kasich announced Thursday. He will replace Judge...

Posted: 28 days ago

A Cedarville University law professor has been appointed Clark County Juvenile Court judge — a position that handles cases for more than 4,000 children annually with a more than $4.5 million general fund budget. South Charleston resident Robert Vaughn will take office on Oct. 2, Gov. John Kasich announced Thursday. He will replace Judge...
Failure not an option for tax reform, Davidson says in Springfield
 Failure isn’t an option when it comes to reforming the tax code and health care, a local U.S. Congressman said in Springfield on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, gave local business and government leaders a legislative update at an event held by the Chamber of Greater Springfield at the downtown Courtyard by Marriott on...

Posted: 28 days ago

Failure isn’t an option when it comes to reforming the tax code and health care, a local U.S. Congressman said in Springfield on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, gave local business and government leaders a legislative update at an event held by the Chamber of Greater Springfield at the downtown Courtyard by Marriott on...
Power boats race into Springfield this weekend for national tournament
 Tickets are still available for the Springfield F1 Grand Prix powerboat races set to be held this weekend at the Clark County Fairgrounds lake. The event will feature two full days of racing in three classes — F-1, F-lights and J-Hydros — as part of the NGK F1 Powerboat Championship. Testing and practice will be held on Friday...

Posted: 28 days ago

Tickets are still available for the Springfield F1 Grand Prix powerboat races set to be held this weekend at the Clark County Fairgrounds lake. The event will feature two full days of racing in three classes — F-1, F-lights and J-Hydros — as part of the NGK F1 Powerboat Championship. Testing and practice will be held on Friday...
German Twp. man accused of trying to pick up child from school drunk
 A German Twp. man faces multiple charges after he allegedly threatened to kill multiple Northwestern Local Schools officials for refusing to allow him pick up a child he knows from school while intoxicated. RELATED: German Twp. man arrested after Colorado threat Ronald E. Spinks, 43, of 5340 Hominy Ridge Road, has been charged with two counts...

Posted: 28 days ago

A German Twp. man faces multiple charges after he allegedly threatened to kill multiple Northwestern Local Schools officials for refusing to allow him pick up a child he knows from school while intoxicated. RELATED: German Twp. man arrested after Colorado threat Ronald E. Spinks, 43, of 5340 Hominy Ridge Road, has been charged with two counts...
Juvenile arrested, warrant filed for alleged Springfield home invasion
 A missing 16-year-old has been arrested and a warrant has been filed for another man involved in an alleged home invasion in Springfield earlier this week. MORE CRIME: Victims identified in shooting and hit-and-run in Springfield Four people were sitting in a home in the 800 block of John Street at about 10:45 p.m. Monday when they heard...

Posted: 29 days ago

A missing 16-year-old has been arrested and a warrant has been filed for another man involved in an alleged home invasion in Springfield earlier this week. MORE CRIME: Victims identified in shooting and hit-and-run in Springfield Four people were sitting in a home in the 800 block of John Street at about 10:45 p.m. Monday when they heard...
Victims identified in shooting and hit-and-run in Springfield
 Two men injured in a shooting and another man injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue have been identified, according to multiple police reports. All three men were all taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, the report said. Luis Garza, 27, was shot several times, including twice in the left...

Posted: 30 days ago

Two men injured in a shooting and another man injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident in the 300 block of West Grand Avenue have been identified, according to multiple police reports. All three men were all taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, the report said. Luis Garza, 27, was shot several times, including twice in the left...
Springfield woman charged after allegedly fabricating accident story
 A Springfield woman faces charges after allegedly fabricating a story about an accident to avoid facing consequences from law enforcement. MORE CRIME: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids Kimberly L. Powell, 36, of 826 Eastmoor Drive, has been charged with making false alarms about an accident that occurred earlier this year....

2:46 PM Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017

A Springfield woman faces charges after allegedly fabricating a story about an accident to avoid facing consequences from law enforcement. MORE CRIME: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids Kimberly L. Powell, 36, of 826 Eastmoor Drive, has been charged with making false alarms about an accident that occurred earlier this year....
Springfield pharmacy robbed at gunpoint, narcotics stolen
 A Springfield pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint and multiple bottles of prescription narcotics were stolen, according to a police report. MORE: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids A man entered the Rite-aid pharmacy at 1805 S. Limestone St. about 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and allegedly pointed a gun at the pharmacy counter and...

12:30 AM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

A Springfield pharmacy was robbed at gunpoint and multiple bottles of prescription narcotics were stolen, according to a police report. MORE: Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids A man entered the Rite-aid pharmacy at 1805 S. Limestone St. about 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and allegedly pointed a gun at the pharmacy counter and...
$1.8M road diet discussed for busy north side Springfield corridor
 Some Springfield and Clark County leaders believe a $1.8 million project on Derr Road will improve safety and quality of life in the area, while others said it will slow down traffic and affect businesses at the nearby shopping center. Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee and Steve Thieken,...

2:00 PM Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

Some Springfield and Clark County leaders believe a $1.8 million project on Derr Road will improve safety and quality of life in the area, while others said it will slow down traffic and affect businesses at the nearby shopping center. Scott Schmid from the Springfield-Clark County Transportation Coordinating Committee and Steve Thieken,...
Mechanicsburg man accused of raping 2 young kids
 A previously convicted sex offender has been accused of raping two young children in Clark County, according to court records. Charles C. Skelton, 44, of 13041 Ohio 56 in Mechanicsburg, has been charged with two counts of rape. The victims were 6 and 4 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, which deputies alleged occurred in Pleasant...

11:30 AM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

A previously convicted sex offender has been accused of raping two young children in Clark County, according to court records. Charles C. Skelton, 44, of 13041 Ohio 56 in Mechanicsburg, has been charged with two counts of rape. The victims were 6 and 4 years old at the time of the alleged offenses, which deputies alleged occurred in Pleasant...
Clark County council votes against merging 2 clerk of courts offices
 The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation...

10:00 AM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

The Clark County Criminal Justice Council voted to no longer examine consolidating two local clerk of courts offices, due at least in part due to the cost to combine computer systems. Council members also questioned the Chamber of Greater Springfield’s motivation for asking local government leaders to move forward with the consolidation...
What happened when the Ku Klux Klan came to Springfield 23 years ago?
 The Ku Klux Klan propelled Springfield into the national spotlight in March 1994 when it held a rally in front of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield News-Sun’s headline of the event read: “They came, they shouted, they left.” Earlier this week, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the recent...

1:41 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

The Ku Klux Klan propelled Springfield into the national spotlight in March 1994 when it held a rally in front of the Clark County Common Pleas Court. The Springfield News-Sun’s headline of the event read: “They came, they shouted, they left.” Earlier this week, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland spoke out about the recent...
Clark County commissioners approve store rezoning despite objections
 Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved...

11:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Clark County commissioners approved Wednesday a rezoning for a proposed retail store in Bethel Twp., despite multiple objections from upset residents who live nearby — including some who asked voters to remember the decision at the polls. The rezoning for a proposed two-acre Dollar General store at 5550 W. National Road was approved...
Hundreds flock to Springfield vigil to stand against hate, racism
 More than 250 people attended a vigil in downtown Springfield in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die amid violent protests. Several local leaders from different backgrounds spoke out about the hatred seen during the white supremacist rallies in Virginia — and stressed Springfield won’t stand...

4:00 AM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

More than 250 people attended a vigil in downtown Springfield in light of recent events in Charlottesville, Va., that saw three people die amid violent protests. Several local leaders from different backgrounds spoke out about the hatred seen during the white supremacist rallies in Virginia — and stressed Springfield won’t stand...
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