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Springfield couple had ‘mounds of dog feces’ in child’s home, police say
 A Springfield man was arrested on a charge of robbery on Monday, while his wife was arrested for child endangering after police said deplorable conditions were found at their Harmony Twp. home. Samuel H. Douglas, 33, was charged with one count of robbery for an incident that happened at Walmart earlier this month. He also faces a charge of...

8:22 PM Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2017

A Springfield man was arrested on a charge of robbery on Monday, while his wife was arrested for child endangering after police said deplorable conditions were found at their Harmony Twp. home. Samuel H. Douglas, 33, was charged with one count of robbery for an incident that happened at Walmart earlier this month. He also faces a charge of...
Clark County hit by onslaught of overdoses: 3 things to know about deepening opioid crisis
 Successive waves of drug overdoses in Clark County have overwhelmed first responders and filled emergency rooms as ever-more potent opioids flood the region.  Between April 3 and April 7, the Springfield Regional Medical Center treated at least 40 overdose patients, according to the hospital. Last week, Springfield police responded...

2:57 PM Tuesday, Apr. 18, 2017

Successive waves of drug overdoses in Clark County have overwhelmed first responders and filled emergency rooms as ever-more potent opioids flood the region.  Between April 3 and April 7, the Springfield Regional Medical Center treated at least 40 overdose patients, according to the hospital. Last week, Springfield police responded...
20 more overdoses in Clark County during 25-hour stretch this weekend
 Clark County saw 20 drug overdoses during a 25-hour stretch on Friday and Saturday, on the heels of 19 ODs a day earlier. The second rash of overdoses came between 5 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, according to Anita Biles, spokeswoman for the Clark County Combined Health District. The Ohio Department of Health alerted the health district...

7:32 PM Monday, Apr. 17, 2017

Clark County saw 20 drug overdoses during a 25-hour stretch on Friday and Saturday, on the heels of 19 ODs a day earlier. The second rash of overdoses came between 5 a.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, according to Anita Biles, spokeswoman for the Clark County Combined Health District. The Ohio Department of Health alerted the health district...
Spring allergy season hits Clark, other counties hard, early
 Above average tree pollen counts portend another maddening season for allergy sufferers in the Springfield area, which perennially ranks among the nation’s “Spring Allergy Capitals” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The organization hasn’t released its spring 2017 rankings yet, but tree pollen levels...

12:00 AM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

Above average tree pollen counts portend another maddening season for allergy sufferers in the Springfield area, which perennially ranks among the nation’s “Spring Allergy Capitals” by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. The organization hasn’t released its spring 2017 rankings yet, but tree pollen levels...
Safe houses for Springfield overdose patients might save lives
 The opioid crisis has worsened in Clark County and local leaders say the community needs more ways to reach addicts who overdose in hopes of getting them in to treatment much sooner. Clark County has seen more than 480 overdoses this year, according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, including 19 in 24 hours last week. After a...

10:00 AM Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017

The opioid crisis has worsened in Clark County and local leaders say the community needs more ways to reach addicts who overdose in hopes of getting them in to treatment much sooner. Clark County has seen more than 480 overdoses this year, according to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office, including 19 in 24 hours last week. After a...
Springfield man allegedly ODs with 9-year-old child at home
 A Springfield man was arrested Monday night after he was allegedly found to have overdosed on heroin with a 9-year-old child in his home. Dale Cyphers, 40, of Springfield, was charged with one count of endangering children. RELATED: Clark County sees another big spike of at least 40 overdoses in 5 days A friend was trying to reach Cyphers...

1:11 PM Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017

A Springfield man was arrested Monday night after he was allegedly found to have overdosed on heroin with a 9-year-old child in his home. Dale Cyphers, 40, of Springfield, was charged with one count of endangering children. RELATED: Clark County sees another big spike of at least 40 overdoses in 5 days A friend was trying to reach Cyphers...
Cause of Clark County Jail inmate’s death still unclear
 The death of a man at the Clark County Jail last week remains under investigation. TyJuan Chike Young, 34, died at the jail last week, but the cause of death is unclear at this point, Clark County Coroner Richard Marsh said. “It’s going to take awhile,” Marsh said. “It’s not immediately obvious what’s going...

2:26 PM Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017

The death of a man at the Clark County Jail last week remains under investigation. TyJuan Chike Young, 34, died at the jail last week, but the cause of death is unclear at this point, Clark County Coroner Richard Marsh said. “It’s going to take awhile,” Marsh said. “It’s not immediately obvious what’s going...
Clark County sees another big spike of at least 40 overdoses in 5 days
 Clark County has once again seen a rash of drug overdoses, prompting alerts from the Ohio Department of Health. The Springfield Regional Medical Center treated at least 40 overdose patients at its emergency department between April 3 and today, including 12 on Tuesday and 13 on Thursday, according to data from the hospital. Health leaders...

7:51 PM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

Clark County has once again seen a rash of drug overdoses, prompting alerts from the Ohio Department of Health. The Springfield Regional Medical Center treated at least 40 overdose patients at its emergency department between April 3 and today, including 12 on Tuesday and 13 on Thursday, according to data from the hospital. Health leaders...
Inmate dies at Clark County Jail
 An inmate who died at the Clark County Jail on Thursday was identified as a Springfield man arrested earlier this week for allegedly holding a family hostage briefly, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as 34-year-old TyJuan Chike Young, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. The cause of death...

1:28 PM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

An inmate who died at the Clark County Jail on Thursday was identified as a Springfield man arrested earlier this week for allegedly holding a family hostage briefly, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as 34-year-old TyJuan Chike Young, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. The cause of death...
Springfield to answer residents’ questions ahead of May tax vote
 The city of Springfield will hold forums later this month, a few weeks before the proposed income tax increase headed to the polls on May 2. Springfield had planned to hold the first of three forums held on Thursday, but it was cancelled due to low turnout. City leaders expected low attendance due to Thursday’s inclement weather, City...

10:00 AM Friday, Apr. 07, 2017

The city of Springfield will hold forums later this month, a few weeks before the proposed income tax increase headed to the polls on May 2. Springfield had planned to hold the first of three forums held on Thursday, but it was cancelled due to low turnout. City leaders expected low attendance due to Thursday’s inclement weather, City...
Clark County leaders pledge to fight addiction stigma, OD crisis
 The number of opioid overdoses and deaths continue to climb, prompting Clark County health and law enforcement leaders to examine what more can be done and to pledge to fight the stigma around addiction. About 70 community leaders from across all areas — including judges, law enforcement, mental health, businesses and more — attended...

10:00 AM Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017

The number of opioid overdoses and deaths continue to climb, prompting Clark County health and law enforcement leaders to examine what more can be done and to pledge to fight the stigma around addiction. About 70 community leaders from across all areas — including judges, law enforcement, mental health, businesses and more — attended...
Springfield opposes ‘state takeover’ of tax collection, could cost $60K
 The city of Springfield is opposing Gov. John Kasich’s plan to streamline municipal taxes for Ohio businesses, which could cost the city about $60,000 annually if approved. Springfield city commissioners voted 4-1 last week in favor of a resolution opposing the proposal, which would allow businesses to file net profit taxes through...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Apr. 05, 2017

The city of Springfield is opposing Gov. John Kasich’s plan to streamline municipal taxes for Ohio businesses, which could cost the city about $60,000 annually if approved. Springfield city commissioners voted 4-1 last week in favor of a resolution opposing the proposal, which would allow businesses to file net profit taxes through...
Enon to construct $680K water line
 A $680,000 water line extension project to be completed later this year will enhance Enon’s water system and could bring future development to the village. The water line will extend up Speedway Drive from the Speedway corporate office, Enon Village Administrator Ben Ross said. RELATED: Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark...

12:00 AM Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2017

A $680,000 water line extension project to be completed later this year will enhance Enon’s water system and could bring future development to the village. The water line will extend up Speedway Drive from the Speedway corporate office, Enon Village Administrator Ben Ross said. RELATED: Proposed changes to mining permit concerns Clark...
Springfield residents to ask city leaders about finances, tax increase
 The city of Springfield will host financial forums one month before voters decide on an income tax increase at the polls on May 2. The forums are open to the public and will include presentations on both the city’s financial status and the upcoming tax issue. It will also include time for residents to ask questions, Deputy City Manager...

10:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017

The city of Springfield will host financial forums one month before voters decide on an income tax increase at the polls on May 2. The forums are open to the public and will include presentations on both the city’s financial status and the upcoming tax issue. It will also include time for residents to ask questions, Deputy City Manager...
Clark County drug overdose deaths reach record number
 Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths...

9:30 AM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

Clark County saw a record number of accidental drug overdose deaths last year, which local leaders said was caused by the opioid epidemic that’s spread across the country. The majority of the 79 drug deaths in Clark County last year involved heroin and illicit fentanyl, Clark County Coroner Dr. Richard Marsh said. Many of the deaths...
Springfield voting precinct leaving church location
 A Springfield polling location is being permanently moved to a new building. The voting location for city precincts 2 and 3 — previously at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1612 S. Belmont Ave. — will now be located at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St. The change will take place immediately, according to the...

1:00 AM Friday, Mar. 24, 2017

A Springfield polling location is being permanently moved to a new building. The voting location for city precincts 2 and 3 — previously at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1612 S. Belmont Ave. — will now be located at Developmental Disabilities of Clark County, 2527 Kenton St. The change will take place immediately, according to the...
Smoking in a car with kids could bring $500 fine in Ohio
 People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...

8:00 PM Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017

People who smoke in cars with kids under age 6 could face a $500 fine if a bill proposed by a state lawmaker becomes law. “They have no say in getting into an enclosed vehicle with someone who is smoking,” said sponsor Sen. Charletta Tavares, D-Columbus. “Their little lungs breathe deeper, particularly infants. They breathe...
Clark County population continues to decline, reaches 50-year low
 Clark County’s population dropped by more than 1,000 residents last year to its lowest level in more than five decades. Creating more jobs will be key to reversing that and bringing people back to Clark County, local leaders and residents said. As of last July, Clark County’s population is estimated at 134,786 people, the lowest...

9:30 AM Thursday, Mar. 23, 2017

Clark County’s population dropped by more than 1,000 residents last year to its lowest level in more than five decades. Creating more jobs will be key to reversing that and bringing people back to Clark County, local leaders and residents said. As of last July, Clark County’s population is estimated at 134,786 people, the lowest...
Addicts who overdose could face charges if they don’t ask for help
 The message to Clark County drug users is simple: Get help for your addictions or face criminal charges. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson is seeking to combat the opioid epidemic in the area.  “It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” Wilson said. “We can’t continue to let people just walk in and out free...

3:05 PM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

The message to Clark County drug users is simple: Get help for your addictions or face criminal charges. Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson is seeking to combat the opioid epidemic in the area.  “It’s just absolutely unbelievable,” Wilson said. “We can’t continue to let people just walk in and out free...
More development may be coming to busy Springfield shopping corridor
 More retail and restaurants could be coming to one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Springfield’s busiest shopping corridor. Powell, Ohio-based developer North Bechtle Square I Investments — which recently developed the area north of Walmart that includes a new Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and IHOP — has asked city...

10:00 AM Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

More retail and restaurants could be coming to one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Springfield’s busiest shopping corridor. Powell, Ohio-based developer North Bechtle Square I Investments — which recently developed the area north of Walmart that includes a new Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree and IHOP — has asked city...
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