Darke County Sheriff's Office 5185 County Home Rd Greenville, Ohio  937-548-3399

 

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer    
















 

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Darke County Sheriff's Office

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

Motorcycle Accident

 

New Madison -On October 16, 2013 at approximately 3:30p.m. Darke County deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village rescue were dispatched to SR121 south of John W. Mills Rd. in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle in to a utility pole.

   Preliminary investigation shows that a 1983 Honda Goldwing, driven by Charles F. Combs (69) of Greenville, was northbound on SR121.  Combs was going around a slight curve and went off the right side of the roadway.  When Combs' motorcycle went off the roadway, Combs was ejected from his motorcycle and struck a utility pole.  Combs succumbed to his injuries from the accident.

   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office.  This marks Darke Counties sixth fatal accident of the year.

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone :937-548-3399

 

Vehicle Struck Subject On Bicycle

 

Greenville - On October 12, 2013 at approximately 2:06 p.m. Darke County deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Rescue were dispatched to to the 5200 Blk of SR 121 in reference to a vehicle that had struck a subject on a bicycle.

   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Pontiac Sunfire, driven by Tia Williamson (19) of Greenville was northbound on SR121.  Williamson observed a bicycle, ridden by Benjamin Flatter (54) of Greenville, northbound on SR 121.  Williamson started to veer to the left of the centerline to try and overtake Flatter.  Flatter then started riding to the left side of the roadway and was struck by Williamson.  Flatter was ejected from the bicycle. 

  Flatter was treated by Greenville Township Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight.  Williamson was not injured during the accident and refused any treatment by Greenville Township rescue.  At this time it is unknown the condition of Flatter.

  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

Two Vehicle Accident

 New Weston - On October 12, 2013 at approximately 12:21 p.m. Darke County deputies, along with Burkettesville Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight, were dispatched to SR 705 and Rhynard Fink Rd. in reference to a two vehicle accident.  Once on scene mutual aid was requested from St. Henry Rescue and Union City, Ohio Rescue.

   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1998 Buick LaSabre, driven by Catherine Franke (65) of Celina, was northbound on Rhynard Fink Rd.  Franke had pulled up to the intersection at SR705 and stopped.  Franke then pulled out in to the intersection and was struck by a 2000 Ford F-150, driven by Arlan Hirschy (61) of Monroe, IN, which was traveling eastbound on SR 705.  Both the Franke and Hirschy vehicle then went off the northeast corner of the intersection and came to final rest in a cornfield.

   Hirschy, along with his passengers, Helenia Hirschy (59), and three grandchildren were treated by Ansonia, St. Henry and Union City Rescue.  All five subjects from the Hirschy vehicle were transported to Coldwater Hospital.  Franke was extricated from her vehicle by Burkettsville Fire and Ansonia Rescue.  Franke succumbed to her injuries from the accident. 

   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office. This marks Darke County's fifth fatal of the year.

 

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Contact: Sgt. Clark

October 8, 2013

937-548-3399

 

Two of Darke County’s most wanted apprehended in Texas

 

On October 8, 2013, Darke County Crime Stoppers received information on Joseph King and Tracey McCarty living in Anna, Texas.  This information was forward to Anna’s police department where Joseph and Tracey were taken into custody without incident.  Joseph and Tracey have been on Darke County’s most wanted list since July after a warrant was issued following an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.  Both are wanted for illegal manufacture of drugs, a felony of the 2nd degree, illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a felony of the 3rd degree, and possession of criminal tools, a felony of the fifth degree.  Sgt. Chris Clark of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office stated “this investigation started back in February when Darke County Deputies discovered a meth lab at 9690 Greenville St. Mary’s Rd.” 

 

Joseph King and Tracey McCarty will return to Darke County, pending an extradition hearing.

 

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Contact: Deputy Cox

October 8, 2013

937-548-3399

         

Shots Fired

 

Arcanum - On Tuesday October 8, 2013 at approximately 2:00AM Darke County Deputies responded to 1060 Red River West Grove Road on a 911 call of a shot being fired inside the residence.  Deputies were also informed that the male suspect, Richard Macy Jr., 36, was intoxicated.  Before arrival Deputies were told Mr. Macy was outside and possibly trying to leave in a vehicle.  Once Deputies arrived and were able to make their way up to the residence, they were able to determine Mr. Macy was outside of the residence and inside of the barn behind the house.  Mr. Macy eventually came out of the barn and was confronted by Deputies and ordered to the ground and taken into custody without incident. 

     Further investigation revealed Mr. Macy and his wife were having a discussion/argument over a requested divorce when Mr. Macy shot a round from a .45 revolver into the bedroom ceiling while his wife was laying in bed. Two children ages eight and fourteen were also inside the residence at the time and uninjured.

     Mr. Macy was transported to the Darke County Jail on charges of weapons while intoxicated and aggravated menacing.

 

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Contact: Deputy S. Cox

September 29, 2013

937-548-3399

                                 Woman Falls Out Of Moving Truck

  

    On Sunday September 29, 2013 at approximately 12:01 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of East Main Street and Clay Street in the Village of Gettysburg on a report of a woman who fell out of a moving pick up truck. 

 

     Preliminary investigation revealed Tina Vititoe 32, Greenville, was riding in the bed of a Tan 1994 Chevy 1500 pick up truck driven by Andrew Vititoe 34, Greenville, and fell out of the rear of the truck over the tailgate as she was attempting to get out of the truck at the intersection of East Main Street and Clay Street.  The truck was traveling approximately 15-20 mph at the time of the accident. 

 

     Mrs. Vititoe was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for a head injury.  Mrs. Vititoe is currently in stable condition.

 

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Contact: Deputy S. Cox

September 18, 2013

937-548-3399

   

     On September 18, 2013 at approximately 5:44 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire and Rescue and CareFlight responded to 9881 McGreevey Road on a report a male subject there who was involved in an injury dirt bike accident. 

 

     Preliminary investigation revealed Jordan Ruschau 19, Versailles, was riding a 2010 Kawasaki KFX250 dirt bike in a side ditch in the 10200 block of Christian Road, and struck a concrete culvert ejecting him from the dirt bike.  Ruschau was then found by a passing motorist and taken to the McGreevey Road address.  Ruschau was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for his injuries, and is currently listed in good condition.  Ruschau was not wearing a helmet at the time of crash.

 

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Contact: Sergant Chris Clark

937-548-2020

 

Darke County Marijuana Eradication
 
 
On September 18, 2013 the Darke County Sheriff's Office, along with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Greenville Police Department, conducted its annual Marijuana Eradication. More than sixty Marijuana plants were located, worth approximately $65,000 to $70,000 at street value. At this time no criminal charges are being pursued stemming from the recovered marijuana plants. 
 

 

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Contact: Detective Corey Turner

Phone: (937) 548-3399

 

On September 1, 2013 at approximately 2:52 pm, the Union City Ohio Fire Department was dispatched to 128 N Franklin Street in Union City , Ohio in reference to a bedroom on fire.  Fire units arrived on scene and quickly extinguished the fire.  Fire personnel requested the Darke County Sheriff’s Office to respond to the scene in reference to evidence that suggests a possible meth lab.  Darke County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Lab Team responded to the scene.  In addition, the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office responded to the scene.

 

Initial investigation reveals that a male subject, William D. Clarkson, age 30, of Union City, Ohio, was seen fleeing the bedroom shortly after the fire started.  Clarkson was later located taken into custody.  Clarkson was transported to the Darke County Jail and is currently being held on the charge of Aggravated Arson.

 

The fire was ruled incendiary by the Fire Marshal’s Office.  Authorities are awaiting results from the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab to determine whether a clandestine lab was involved.

 

Two adults were in the residence at the time of the fire.  The neighboring apartment of the duplex was occupied by a family which included a child.  None of the building’s occupants were injured.  One fire fighter was treated at the scene for heat exhaustion.

 

This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, the Union City Ohio Police Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

Any charges will be pending review by the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

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August, 31, 2013
Contact: Deputy Tom Nichols
937-548-3399
 
 
     On Saturday August 31, 2013 at approximately 11:39 AM Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire and Rescue, Versailles Police, and CareFlight responded to 9996 Jamison Road on a report of a roll-over All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) injury accident.
 
     Preliminary investigation revealed Nathan Peters 18, Versailles, was driving a 2013 Polaris Ranger (ATV) in a wheat stubble field along with passenger Ian Lawrence 18, Versailles,  and made a sharp turn causing the ATV to roll over onto the driver side.  Nathan was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for his injuries, and Ian was uninjured.  Both occupants were not wearing helmets.
 
     Nathan is currently listed in fair condition at Miami Valley Hospital. 

 

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Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
 
Greenville - On August 30, 2013 at approximately 3:12 p.m. Darke County 911 received a call in reference to an injury accident on SR121 at US36 W, which involved a pickup truck and a motorcycle.  Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the scene.
  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Chevy Silverado operated by Lucas Etchison (25) of Frankton, IN, was eastbound on US36W.  Etchison stopped at the intersection then pulled out into the intersection in front of a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Michael Beard (64) of Greenville, which was southbound on SR121.  Beard's motorcycle hit the front of Etchison's vehicle, which caused Beard to be ejected from the motorcycle.  Beard was treated by Tri-Village Rescue and was transported by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital.  Beard's condition is unknown at this time. Etchison refused treatment from Tri-Village.
   Etchison was cited for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.

 

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Sergeant Chris Clark

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Arrest made for Manufacturing Methamphetamine in Darke County
 
On August 5, 2013 at approximately 1:08 p.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic’s Unit along with Greenville Police Department arrested Adam Sturgill and Matthew Bowlin for Illegal Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.
 
Adam and Matthew were arrested in an alley off of Ohio Street in Greenville carrying all the items used to manufacture methamphetamine in a backpack.  Both were transported to the Darke County Jail.  The case will be under review by the Darke County Prosecutors Office. 
 
Citizens are urged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 or the anonymous tip line for Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 to report drug activity.

 

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Date: July 18, 2013

Contact:   Detective David Hawes

Phone: (937) 548-1193

 

 

 

  ADDITIONAL INFORMATION IN DARKE COUNTY FATAL FIRE

IDENTITY CONFIRMED

 

Darke County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division along with the Darke County Coroner’s Office have confirmed the identity of the victim in the fatal fire.  The fire occurred in the early morning hours of July 1, 2013 on the property located at 11632 Mangen Road , Versailles , OH in northern Darke County .  The deceased has been identified as Robert E. Cruikshank, 42, Versailles , OH who had been reportedly staying in the camper on that property.  Identification was confirmed using forensic methods through the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory / Coroner’s Office.

 

Investigation continues.

 

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Sergeant Chris Clark

937-548-3399

 

Arrest made for trafficking drugs in Darke County

On July 12, 2013 at approximately 12:55 a.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic’s Unit and Sheriff Deputies executed a Search Warrant at 10119 State Route 47, north of Union City, Ohio, following an on-going narcotics investigation.  Michelle Middaugh, 45 years old, was arrested for Drug Trafficking in heroin, and Endangering Children. While executing the search warrant, investigators recovered heroin, drug paraphernalia, and electronic items.  Darke County Children’s Services was contacted in reference to a one year old being present during a drug buy and the search warrant. 
 
Citizens are urged to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 or the anonymous tip line for Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 to report drug activity.

 

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Contact: Deputy Stephen Cox
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
 
  On July 10, 2013 at approximately 1824 hrs. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri Village Rescue were dispatched to SR121 north of Hollansburg Sampson Rd. in reference to a vehicle in to a pole.
  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Dodge Dakota, driven by Mary Mehaffie (73) of Greenville, was southbound on SR121 north of Hollansburg Sampson Rd.  Mehaffie got off the right side of the road and tried to get back on the road, when she over-corrected and lost control sliding off the left side of the roadway striking a DP&L utility pole.  Mehaffie was treated at the scene by Tri-Village rescue, but refused any further treatment.
  SR 121 was shut down for a short time due to the power lines being down, but is now currently open.
  Mehaffie was cited for Failure to Maintain Reasonable Control.

 

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Contact: Deputy Mike Day
July 10, 2013
937-548-3399
 
 
     On July 10, 2013 at approximately 12:38 PM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire, Liberty Township Fire, and CareFlight, responded to a one-vehicle injury rollover crash in the 2300 block of Hollansburg-Sampson Road. 
 
     Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2004 Ford F-150 driven by Amanda Price 25, Hollansburg, Ohio was traveling east on Hollansburg-Sampson Road and drove off the right side of the roadway and overcorrected traveling off the left side of the roadway causing the vehicle to roll over onto its side injuring the driver.  Price was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital aboard CareFlight for her injuries, and is currently listed in good condition.
 
     It was also reported that a vehicle may have been traveling west on Hollansburg-Sampson Road left of center being a factor in this accident.
 
     This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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July 1st, 2013

Contact: Detective Sergeant Mike Burns

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

Camper Fire Claims a Life

 

On July 1st, 2013 at approximately 2:48 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a small camper being on fire at11614 Mangen Road north of Versailles, Ohio. The Versailles Fire Department, Versailles Rescue Squad, and Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene.  The 911 caller reported that a single occupant was possibly inside the burning camper.  Emergency responders located the body of an adult male in the trailer.  Investigators from the Darke County Coroner’s Office and the Ohio State Fire Marshal’s Office also responded and assisted in the investigation.  The body was removed to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for further examination.

There was a known adult male resident of the camper, however, conditions of the body prevent authorities from making a positive identification at this time.  Investigators will be relying on the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab to forensically assist them in the identification process.  Confirmation on the identity could take as long as four or five weeks.

The cause and circumstances of the fire remain under investigation.  Further details will be released as the investigation progresses.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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Contact: Sgt. T. Royer

Date: June 30, 2013

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

 

Fatal Accident

 

 

On June 30, 2013 at approximately 12:22 PM Darke County Deputies along, with Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Rescue, New Madison Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 503 and Hollansburg-Arcanum Road in reference to a two vehicle, serious injury accident.

 

Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2001 Oldsmobile Alero driven by Adam J. Bartle, 18, New Paris, Ohio was traveling east bound on Hollansburg-Arcanum Road approaching the intersection of State Route 503.  Bartle failed to stop at the posted stop sign, traveling through the intersection and striking the north bound 2010 Toyota Tacoma.  The Toyota traveled off the right side of the roadway and came to rest in the front yard of a residence.  

 

Bartle was transported to Wayne HealthCare where he was treated and released.  Bartle was the only occupant in the vehicle.  The passenger of the Toyota Tacoma, Marshall Stikeleather, 91, Lewisburg , Ohio was transported to Wayne HealthCare.  Stikeleather was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Spirit Medical Transport (MICU) for further evaluation and is listed in critical condition.  The female driver of the Toyota Tacoma succumb to her injuries sustained in the accident.

 

The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team and the Darke County Coroners Investigator responded to the scene for further investigation.  CareFlight was unable to fly due to weather conditions.

 

The name of the deceased will be released pending notification to multiple family members.

                                                                                

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Chris Clark

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Three arrested in Darke County for Drug Trafficking
 
            On June 12, 2013 at approximately 5:00 p.m., a joint operation was conducted by Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department.
 
            32 year old, Michael A Lewis Jr.,  23 year old, Chakarra K. Thompson, and 28 year old, Dustany M Forman were arrested for Drug Trafficking in Heroin and Crystal Meth. 
 
            Citizens are urged to contact the Greenville Police Department at (937) 548-4150 option 2 or the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 to report drug activity.

 

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Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Chris Clark
May 29, 2013
937-548-3399
 
On June 4, 2013 at approximately 7:00 p.m., a joint operation was conducted by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department with assistance from Greenville Rescue.
A search warrant was executed at 118 Montgomery St. in Greenville following an on-going narcotics investigation. 28 year old, Donald L. Garrett Jr., was arrested for Drug Trafficking in cocaine and taken to the Darke County Jail. While executing the search warrant, investigators recovered a handgun, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, cash, and electronic items. Additional charges for Drug Possession and Having Weapons Under Disability will also be considered. The Greenville Police Department will be issuing a Notice to Abate a Nuisance to the resident, Courtney Weatherspoon, and the property owner, Larry Fourman. Ruth Caudill of Greenville was also arrested on an outstanding bench warrant and found to be in possession of prescription pills and drug abuse instruments. She was taken to the Mercer County Jail.
Citizens are urged to contact the Greenville Police Department at (937) 548-4150 option 2 or the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 to report drug activity.

 

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Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Contact: Deputy Shaun Shell
June 3, 2013
937-548-2020
 
On June 3, 2013 at approximately 1:24 AM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, New Madison Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to 4600 Block of Hollansburg-Arcanum Road in reference to an injury accident involving a SUV.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Jeep Liberty driven by Jennifer N. Borasz, 30, Darke County Ohio was westbound on Hollansburg-Arcanum Road in the 4600 block. Borasz failed to negotiate the curve in her SUV. The SUV drove off of the south side of the roadway striking a utility pole and overturning into a field. The driver was able to walk to a nearby house after crawling out of her wrecked vehicle that was still on its side. 
 
Borasz was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Borasz is listed in serious condition at this time.
 
 
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Chris Clark
May 29, 2013
937-548-3399
 
            On May 29, 2013 at approximately 3:31 PM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Drug Lab team arrested Robert Harris (26) and Jennifer Murphy (39).  Both are from Greenville, Ohio and both were arrested for Illegal possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of methamphetamine in a residence located at 110 West Main Street Yorkshire, Ohio.    
             Present in the home at the time of their arrest were a 14 and 15 yr. old female. While searching the residence items used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine were located in an upstairs room.  Other items found in the house were Heroin and drug paraphernalia. 
            This case is pending further charges and will be forward to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Dep. Josh R. Brinley
May 29th 2013
937-548-2020
 
    On May 29th, 2013 at approx. 452 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Police Department, Ansonia Fire and Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the 3800 Block of ST RT 47 E in reference to an injury accident involving a motorcycle.
    Preliminary investigation revealed a 2002 Honda motorcycle driven by Travis Simmons, 25 of Union City IN. was westbound on ST RT 47. Simmons lost control of his motorcycle on a curve and traveled off the right side of the roadway. Simmons was ejected from the motorcyle and came to rest in a field. Simmons was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and was the only occupant on the motorcycle.
    Simmons was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. Simmons condition is listed as fair at this time.
    
    This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Ron Beisner
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
Yorkshire - On May 27, 2013 at approximately 12:42 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Osgood Fire and Rescue were dispatched to SR705 and North Star Fort. Loramie Rd. in reference to a one vehicle rollover accident with three subjects injured.  Osgood Rescue requested mutual aid from Fort Loramie rescue to respond to the scene.
  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Ford F150, driven by Aaron York (22) of Versailles, was driving westbound on SR705 and was coming up to the intersection of North Star Fort Loramie Rd. York advised a vehicle pulled out in front of him and he swerved to miss the vehicle and traveled across North Star Fort Loramie Rd in to the side ditch on the right side of the road and then attempted to steer his vehicle back on to North Star Fort Loramie Rd. thus causing him to lose control of the vehicle.  York's vehicle then rolled over coming to rest on it's wheels. York was treated by Fort Loramie Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital where he was treated and released.  York had two passengers in the vehicle, Kevin Brandewie (26) of Fort Loramie and Scott Francis (28) of Fort Loramie.  Both Brandewie and Francis received injuries from the accident.  Brandewie was treated at the scene by Osgood Rescue, but refused any further treatment.  Francis was treated by Osgood Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight and is listed in serious, but stable condition.
   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
 
Arcanum - On May 26, 2013 at approximately 5:56 p.m the Darke County 911 center received a call in reference to a male subject struck by a tree in the area of Grubbs Rex Rd and Frazier Rd. Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene.
  Initial investigation revealed that two male subjects were clearing out an area inside the woods.  The subjects were cutting a tree that was already lying on the ground, but was attempting to roll the tree over with a tractor.  When they pulled on the tree, the tree rolled and a limb struck the operator of the tractor, James Scott Miltenburger (53)of Castine, in the head. Once EMS units arrived on scene Miltenburger had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Darke County Coroner's Office was then called to the scene.

 

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Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills
Phone: 937-548-3399

Union City - On May 25, 2013 at approximately 5:08 p.m. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to 13215 Ohio Indiana Stateline Rd. in reference to a male subject with a weapon.  When deputies arrived they spoke with two male subjects who advised they were mowing grass at 13215 Ohio Indiana Stateline Rd. when they were confronted by Michael J. Broeker (45) of Union City.  Both males subjects advised that Broeker had displayed a handgun advising the subjects that they were done mowing, they needed to leave.  Both individuals advised that Broeker then fired several rounds out of the handgun in the general vicinity of them.  The subjects reported that they believed Broeker was intoxicated at the time.  Initial report also revealed that Broeker fired a rifle in the vicinity of the subjects. One of the subjects did state that he was in fear that Broeker was going to use the firearm towards them.
   Deputies attempted to make contact with Broeker for approximately three hours over the PA system and by trying to call Broeker's cell phone without any luck. Darke County's SRT was deployed to the scene to continue efforts to try and make contact with Broeker. Finally deputies were able to make contact with Broeker on his cell phone and had him exit his residence to come outside and meet deputies to talk to them in reference to the incident.  When Broeker came out he was taken in to custody without incident.  Broeker was charged with Aggravated Menacing and Using Weapons While Intoxicated and is currently being held at the Darke County Jail

 

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May 18, 2013

Contact: Detective Rodney Baker

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

Brother Arrested for Felonious Assault

 

On Friday, May 18, 2013 at approximately 10:43 p.m., the Darke County 911 Center received a call from a man reporting that he had just shot his brother.  The caller was identified as 30 year old Kody Clark who stated that the incident had just occurred at his residence located at 41 Knottingham Way in Sherwood Forest, Greenville , OH Darke County deputies along with the Arcanum Rescue Squad were immediately dispatched to the scene.

 

Upon arrival deputies learned that Kody Clarks’ brother, 24 year old Ky Clark of Mooresville, IN, had come to his brothers residence when shortly thereafter a heated argument between the two ensued.  Soon there after a single gunshot was fired by Kody Clark towards his brother, which struck Ky Clark in the left thigh.   Arcanum Rescue transported Ky Clark to Phillipsburg , OH where they were met by Care Flight who then transported him on to Miami Valley Hospital .  At last report Ky Clark was listed in fair condition.  Also present and asleep in the house at the time of the shooting was Kody Clarks’ eight year old son who was unharmed.

 

Kody Clark was arrested at the scene for Felonious Assault and transported to the Darke County Jail.  The case will also be forwarded to and reviewed with the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday, May 20, 2013 for further considerations.

 

This investigation is ongoing.

 

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Contact: Deputy R. Beisner
April 28, 2013
937-548-3399
 

3-wheeler ATV injury accident

 

 
   On April 27, 2013 at approximately 10:58 PM Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and CareFlight responded to the intersection of Greenville-St. Mary's Road and Burns Road on a report of a 3-wheeler ATV injury accident.
 
   Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki 3-wheeler ATV, operated by Charles Francis, 25, of Versailles was traveling West on Burns Road and struck a guardrail at the intersection of Greenville-St. Mary's Road.  Francis was ejected from the ATV and landed in the water of a steep embankment.  A passerby noticed the crashed ATV and located Francis in the water.
 
  Francis was taken by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital where he is being treated for injuries and listed in stable condition.  Alcohol is suspected in this accident. 
 
   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Sergeant C. Clark
April 19, 2013
937-548-3399
 

Two Vehicle Injury Accident

 

            On April 19, 2013 at approximately 2:05 pm Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire, Arcanum Rescue, and Greenville Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 571 and Arcanum Bears Mill Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. 
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2000 Lincoln Sedan driven by Clinton Randall, 39, of Greenville was southbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Road when he failed to yield to an eastbound vehicle.  A 16 year old male driving a Ford F250 struck Mr. Randall’s vehicle in the passenger side.  Mr. Randall was extricated from his vehicle by Gettysburg Fire and transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight.  The 16 year old male was transported to Wayne Hospital by Arcanum Rescue with minor injuries.  At this time Mr. Randall’s condition is unknown. 
 
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

Contact: Sergeant C. Clark
April 19, 2013
937-548-3399

Single Vehicle Injury Accident

 

            On April 19, 2013 at approximately 0903 am Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and Union City Rescue was dispatched to the 2700 block of Beamsville Union City Road in reference to a single vehicle injury accident. 
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a green 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Teresa Corn, 55, Union City Indiana was eastbound on Beamsville Union City Road .  Ms. Corn’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, sticking a utility pole.  Ms. Corn’s vehicle continued through a residential yard and struck a tree. Mrs. Corn and the passenger, Daniel Fries, 64, Englewood Ohio , were trapped inside the vehicle. Ms. Corn was extracted from the vehicle and transported to Wayne Hospital .  Mr. Fries was pronounced dead at the scene.
           
            This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Darke County Coroner’s Office. 

 

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NEWS RELEASE

 

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

Contact: Deputy Tom Nichols
Phone: 937-548-3399
 

 Female Struck By Vehicle

Rossburg - On April 9, 2013 at approximately 1145 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Rossburg Fire and Union City Rescue, were dispatched to Rossburg Lightsville Road and Lightsville Northern Road in reference to a female struck by a moving vehicle
 
   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2000 Ford E250, driven by John Kopilec (35) of Rossburg was north bound on Lightsville Northern Road when the front passenger, Quintina Kopilec, 30, Rossburg tried to jump from the vehicle during a verbal argument.  Quintina lost her footing during the attempt causing her to roll under the moving vehicle. Quintina was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight were she was listed in stable condition.
 
   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

Contact: Deputy Michael Day
Phone: 937-548-3399
 

Injury Accident

 

Greenville - On April 4, 2013 at approximately 11:50 a.m. Darke County deputies along with, Tri-Village rescue and New Madison Fire Dept. were dispatched to SR121 and US36 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.
   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Honda Civic, driven by Michelle Heath (57) of Greenville, was driving eastbound on US36.  Heath stopped at the stop sign at the intersection.  Heath then started pulling across the intersection and was struck by a 2003 Buick LaSabre, driven by James Foreman (79) of New Madison, which was northbound on SR121.
  Heath was treated by Tri-Village Rescue and was transported to Wayne ER.  Foreman and his passenger, Betty Foreman, both refused treatment at the scene.
  Heath was cited for Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

March 27, 2013

Contact:   Deputy S. Mullen

Phone: 937-548-1193
 
 
DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE SEMI ACCIDENT
 
On March 27, 2013 at approximately 10:56 A.M. the Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call of a single vehicle semi accident on St. Rt. 47 east of the Village of Versailles .  Darke County Sheriff Deputies along with Versailles Police Department and Versailles Fire Department arrived on scene to find a semi truck hauling corn on its side. 
 
The driver of the truck, James A. Kuether, age 65 of Yorkshire was transported from the scene by Versailles Life Squad to Wilson Memorial Hospital
 
Preliminary information shows that Mr. Kuether lost control of the truck.  The vehicle struck a guardrail and utility pole before coming to rest on its side.  No citations have been issued at this time to Mr. Kuether as the investigation is ongoing. 
 
Darke County Sheriffs Office enlisted the assistance of the Versailles Police Department, Ohio Department of Transportation and Village of Versailles Utility Department to assist with the hazards on the scene. 
 
This investigation remains open.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Deputy S. Cox
March 26, 2013
937-548-3399

Semi Rollover Accident

    On March 25, 2013 at 8:20 PM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the area of New Weston Ft. Loramie Road and Hillgrove Ft. Recovery Road on the report of a semi on it's side.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the driver, Patrick W. Moore Jr., 49 of Arkansas, was eastbound on New Weston Ft. Loramie Road when he drove off the right side of the roadway and was pulled further by the deep snow.  The 2006 Freightliner and trailer, which was loaded with eggs, rolled over onto its side.  Moore, who was the lone occupant, was not injured in the crash.  Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.  Southwest Mercer Fire Dept. was called to the scene for preventive measures.

    The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

March 22nd, 2013

Contact: Detective David Hawes

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

Drug Search Warrant Executed in Beamsville , OH

 

On March 20th, 2013 at approximately 4:14 PM deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office along with detectives from the Greenville Police Department, Agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations and a K-9 Unit from the Preble County Sheriff’s Office executed a drug search warrant at 6099 Beamsville-Union City Road in the small community of Beamsville, OH in Darke County.

Items seized during the search of the property were several packages of a green leafy substance (believed to be marijuana), drug paraphernalia, scales and other items that support drug usage and or trafficking.  Two adult non-resident males were on the property when the warrant was executed, however no arrests were made.  No one was found to be in the residence.

Further details of this investigation may be released at the conclusion of the case or upon filing of criminal charges if approved by the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney.

Investigation continues.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

Contact: Deputy Tom Nichols
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
 
New Madison -  On March 21, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. Darke County deputies, along with Hollansburg Fire and Tri-Village Rescue, were dispatched to the 900 blk. of Rush Rd. in reference to a single vehicle accident into a pole.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Shannon Riley (38) of Arcanum, was eastbound on Rush Rd. when her vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  Riley's vehicle then overturned and came to final rest in a field.
 
Riley was trapped in her vehicle and was extricated from the vehicle by Hollansburg Fire.  Additional assistance was requested from New Madison Fire Dept.  Riley was treated by Tri-Village Rescue and was transported by Care Flight to Miami Valley Hospital.  Riley's condition is unknown at this time.
 
Witness at the scene reported that possibly a deer had ran in front of Riley's vehicle causing her to swerve and go off the road.  At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Deputy Mark Garbig
March 5, 2013
937-548-2020 

Two Vehicle Injury Accident


On March 5, 2013 at approximately 6:40 A.M., Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Versailles Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the area of Conover Road and Burns Road on a report of a two vehicle injury accident. Preliminary investigation revealed a 2006 Ford Mustang, driven by Samantha Dilsaver,16 year old female of Versailles, Ohio was traveling north on Conover Road and failed to stop at Burns Road. The Ford Mustang was struck by an east bound 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, driven by 18 year old, Austin Luthman of Versailles, Ohio. The Samantha Dilsaver was removed from the vehicle and airlifted by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital where she was treated and released. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills
March 3, 2013
937-548-3399

Vehicle Collides With House


On March 2, 2013 at approximately 10:15 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, and Tri-Village Rescue, responded to the 3800 block of SR 121 in Ft. Jefferson on a report of a vehicle that struck a house. 

Preliminary investigation revealed a black 2003 Chevy Tahoe, driven by 31 year old Bruce A. Burns, Greenville, Ohio was traveling East on Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road and failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of SR 121. Bruce A. Burns then made a left turn onto SR 121 and lost control of his vehicle and collided with a house, possibly injuring an occupant of the residence, 20 year old Kara Reier who was sitting on her bed which was against the wall that was struck by the vehicle. Kara Reier was transported by Tri-Village Rescue to Wayne HealthCare for possible injuries. 

Bruce A. Burns was taken into custody for suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and was later charged with OVI. Kara Reier is currently listed in good condition.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

January 7, 2013

Contact: Detective Corey Turner

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

NEW MADISON HOUSE FIRE RULED ARSON

On December 29, 2012 at approximately 8:31 pm, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a house fire at 2116 State Route 121, just north of New Madison, Ohio. New Madison Fire Department along with several other mutual aid fire departments responded to the scene to extinguish the blaze. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office and State Fire Marshal’s Office were requested to investigate the fire.

On December 31, 2012, an Investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the fire had been intentionally set.  A joint investigation between the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office revealed the perpetrator of the arson fire.  The case is being forwarded to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for review and consideration of criminal charges.  Since criminal charges are pending and no arrest has been made at this time, the identity of the suspect is being withheld.  

The house was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries resulted from the fire.  This incident remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

December 21, 2012

Contact: Detective Rodney Baker

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

 

DEPUTIES RESPOND TO BURGLARY IN PROGRESS

TWO LOCAL MEN ARRESTED

 

 

On Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at approximately 2:35 PM, Darke County Sheriffs Deputies responded to 165 South Main Street in Palestine , OH on a report of a burglary in progress. Witnesses to the crime informed authorities that the door to the residence had been kicked in and Christmas presents were being taken. The witnesses took photographs of the suspects and provided descriptions of them as they fled the scene. The photographs aided deputies in identifying the thieves. The scene of the burglary was secured by deputies as other deputies patrolled the area searching for the suspects on foot. Deputies recovered most of the stolen property near the scene of the crime.

 At approximately 4:08 PM one of the adult males was located several miles north of Palestine on foot and taken into custody. At approximately 4:16 PM the other adult male was located in Palestine several blocks away from the scene of the burglary and was taken into custody. The men have been identified as 27 year old Terry Wayne Goodpaster of Wayne Lakes , OH and 35 year old Douglas Allen Bidwell of Ansonia , OH . Both men were arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail where they await arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court on charges of Burglary, a felony of the 2nd degree, and Felony Theft, a felony of the 5th degree, sometime later today.

 Most all of the property and presents that were taken have been returned to the family.

 Sheriff Toby L. Spencer commends the alert citizens of Darke County in aiding deputies apprehend these men, due to their quick actions, accurate observations and timely reporting of the incident. This is yet another example of how crime can quickly and effectively be resolved which benefits Darke County communities in many ways.

 

This case remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriffs Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

From:  Carol Ginn 

Darke County Auditor (937-547-7308 or 937-547-7317)

And

 Toby Spencer

Darke County Sheriff (937-548-3399)

 

Darke County Auditor, Carol Ginn, and Sheriff Toby Spencer are warning property owners to beware of companies offering to assist with valuation appeals.

Tax Compliance Services, LLC of Cleveland has mailed letters to area residents saying they could be overpaying their taxes because “the County” value of their property might be in error.

Ginn said owners can do the research on their own and can file an appeal for no charge with the Board of Revision (BOR).

“We often advise homeowners to contact a Realtor who is active in their area for an independent opinion of their value,” she said.  “They can also review recent sales of comparable properties on our website at www.darkecountyrealestate.org.”

“The information is available and easy to access,” said Ginn.  “Why pay some out-of-town company to provide what you can get for free?” she asked.  She said similar letters have been mailed to property owners in counties across the state.

She noted that on one can offer a “guarantee” of a value reduction by the BOR.  “Promises of ‘risk free’ filings are extremely misleading.  Each case is considered on its merits and the BOR can increase a value”, she said.

The BOR is a three-member board which includes a representative appointed by a County Commissioner , the County Treasurer , and the Auditor.

Auditor Ginn completed a full reappraisal last year and the new values became effective with the first tax bill this year.  Owners who believe their value is inaccurate should make sure their BOR complaint forms are received by the Auditors office by 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2013.

Complaint forms and instructions are available from the Auditors office or may be accessed on the Auditor’s website.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel
Phone: 937-548-3399
 

 Single Vehicle Roll Over Accident

Bradford - On November 24, 2012 at approximately 1:37 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Bradford Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to the 9100 Blk. of US36 in reference to a single vehicle roll over accident.
   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Jeep Liberty, driven by Bobby Copeland (42) of Arcanum, was eastbound on US36.  Copeland's vehicle went off the left side of the road and drove up an embankment.  Copeland's vehicle then overturned and rolled back down the embankment. 
   Copeland was treated at the scene by Bradford Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Copeland's condition is unknown at this time.  Alcohol appears to be a factor in the accident.
  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Sgt. Chris Clark
November 22, 2012
937-548-2020

Single Vehicle Injury Accident 

On November 22, 2012 at approximately 1:38 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire Department, and Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the 11,600 block of State Route 118 on a one vehicle injury accident. 
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a green 1999 Chevy Blazer, driven by Angel Nicely, 20, Rossburg , Ohio was north bound on State Route 118.  Angel lost control of the vehicle causing it to overturn several times on the roadway and in the ditch. Angel was ejected from the vehicle before it came to rest on its side. 
 
Angel was transport by Ansonia Rescue to Spirit Medical Transports parking lot.  Spirit’s Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MIC Unit) transported Angel to Miami Valley Hospital were she is listed in critical condition. 
 
This Accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

November 20, 2012                                                        

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

 Single Vehicle Injury Accident

 

Ansonia -  On November 20, 2012 at approximately 1443 P.M. Darke County deputies, Ansonia P.D. and Ansonia Fire and Rescue were dispatched to SR118 just north of the Ansonia Village limits in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.

   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1996 Chevy S-10, driven by Robert Christman (62) of Greenville , was southbound on SR118 and veered off the right side of the roadway and struck a large metal sign.  Christman was trapped inside his vehicle for approximately 45 minutes.  Ansonia Fire was on scene and was working on extricating Christman from his vehicle.  Ansonia Fire called for mutual aid from Greenville City Fire.  Christman was extricated from the vehicle and was treated by Ansonia Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight.

  It is unknown at this time the reason for the accident and this accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.  The condition of Christman is unknown at this time.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

November 20, 2012

Contact:  Det. Sgt. Mike Burns

Phone:  937-548-1193

 

 

SHERIFF TOBY L. SPENCER EXPRESSES HIS GRATITUDE

 

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer would like to express his gratitude to the citizens of Darke County for recent “timely and accurate” crime tips.  Over the past several weeks there have been multiple arrests of persons who were observed at the scene of rural burglaries in Darke County .  It is because of these reports that Deputies have been able to respond to the area on four separate occasions.  As a result, the responsible parties were apprehended or identified.

 

1.)    On October 16, 2012 at about 11:20 AM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting that her home in the 3200 block of SR571 West was being burglarized.  The caller advised that she had been informed of this by a friend who had driven by her residence, observed an unfamiliar vehicle in the driveway and saw someone standing inside near a window.  This information was passed on to Deputies as they were responding and as additional information was learned the vehicle was located, a suspect was questioned, stolen property was recovered and charges on the persons involved are being pursued.

 

2.)    On November 1, 2012 at about 2:35 PM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting a burglary in progress in the 3500 block of Hollansburg-Tampico Road near Glen Karn.  The resident reported that they heard a knock on their front door but did not answer the door.  Moments later, the resident was confronted by an unknown female suspect who let herself into the residence through the back door.  The female was confronted by the resident and the female fled the scene.  The resident obtained a description of the vehicle, its occupants and immediately reported it to the Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies responded to the area, located the vehicle with occupants as described.  The vehicle was stopped, stolen property was recovered and three arrests were made; Justin E. Harrison age 32, Melinda S. Johnson age 19 and Danielle E. Eldridge age 23 who are all from Richmond, Indiana.  As a result of this arrest burglaries in Indiana were also solved.

 

3.)    On November 7, 2012 at about 11:00 AM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who advised that he had just observed an unfamiliar, yet distinctive, gray car parked in his neighbor’s driveway and there were 3 males running from the house.  Deputies immediately responded to the residence located in the 8200 block of Martin Road , Bradford , OH .  Deputies learned that the resident had just left there about 30 minutes prior to the neighbor observing the suspicious activity.  Several doors were found to be open in some of the out buildings but no signs of entry were found into the residence itself.  An alert was given out on the distinctive gray car and about an hour and a half later was located on Bishop Road south of Greenville .  As Deputies approached the car, they observed one male occupant and multiple items in the back seat.  The male occupant later admitted to having been the driver of the car at Martin Road .  Items found in his car were later confirmed to be from Martin Road and from another house on Beamsville-Webster Road .  Theft and Breaking and Entering charges were filed against the driver of the gray car, Sterling Seiler age 19 of Greenville, OH who was arrested on November 15, 2012 and is currently incarcerated at the Darke County Jail.  The investigation continues on the other suspects.

 

4.)    On November 15, 2012 at about 1:59 PM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a property owner in reference to a possible break in near the 7300 block of Palestine-Union City Road .  The owner reported that he had been contacted by his neighbor who provided him with a detailed description of a two tone green mini-van that had been observed in the area of the property.  The neighbor also reported finding a freshly broken out window to the shop area of the property.  Deputies and Detectives immediately responded to the area and obtained a list of stolen items.  About an hour and 15 minutes later a green mini-van matching the neighbors’ description was observed in the 7800 block of McMecham Road .  The mini-van was stopped by Deputies and stolen items from the above location were recovered.  Arrested at the scene and transported to the Darke County Jail on charges of Breaking and Entering were two adult males; Michael Price age 26 of Greenville, OH and Marti Thompson age 41 of Greenville, OH.

 

Sheriff Spencer congratulates these alert citizens who provided the “timely and accurate” information to his staff which in turn greatly assisted them in daily duties.  Citizens working hand in hand with law enforcement have achieved tremendous results as seen in these four recent incidents.  Sheriff Spencer urges all citizens to remain alert to suspicious activity and report it to local law enforcement immediately for a timely response.

Sheriff Spencer suggests that Darke County residents secure all doors or access to any of their property; homes, garages, sheds, cars, etc.  Avoid leaving doors standing open unnecessarily at any time.  This advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim.  Property owners should photograph and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers of their valuables.   

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.

Contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-2020 or in the event of an emergency call 911.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 
November 11, 2012                                             
Contact:  Sgt. Shawn Trissel
Phone: 937-548-3399

 Two Vehicle Injury Accident

 

Greenville -  On November 11, 2012 at 11:54 a.m. Darke County Deputies along with Gettysburg Fire and Rescue were dispatch to US36 and Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.  Due to the amount of injuries reported Greenville Township Rescue was also dispatched for mutual aid.

 

  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2008 Buick, driven by Donnie D. Baker (77) of Greenville , was northbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. and had stopped at the intersection of US36.  Baker then pulled out into the intersection and was struck by 1978 Chevy Nova, driven by Jimmy W. Keen (40) of Union City , OH , which was heading eastbound on US36.
  Donnie Baker and his passenger, Larry Baker, of Greenville , were trapped in their vehicle and were extricated by Gettysburg Fire and Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue.  Both Baker subjects were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Jimmy Keen was treated by Gettysburg Rescue and was also transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight.  Keen’s passenger, Jimmy Keen Jr. (15) of Union City , Ohio was treated and transported by Greenville Township Rescue to Wayne Hospital .
  At this time the condition of all four subjects is unknown.
  Charges are pending for failure to yield at a stop sign.  

 

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

Date: November 2, 2012

Contact: Detective Rodney Baker

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

  DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES ARREST SUSPECTED DAYTIME BURGLARS

On November 1, 2012 at about 2:35 PM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting a burglary in progress in the 3500 block of Hollansburg-Tampico Road near Glen Karn, which is located in the south west portion of Darke County .  The resident reported that they heard a knock on their front door but did not answer the door.  Moments later, the resident was confronted by an unknown female suspect who let herself into the residence through the back door.  The resident advised that the female suspect stated that she was lost and needed directions to Richmond .  The resident provided the female with directions and the female left without further incident and got into a tan or gray colored Dodge Intrepid, which was occupied by at least two other persons.

Darke County Deputies immediately responded to the area and observed a vehicle that matched the resident’s description and initiated a traffic stop in the 1900 block of US36 West.  Deputies observed numerous items in the rear seat of the vehicle including a firearm, flat screen TV and other electronics.  Deputies identified the occupants of the vehicle as Justin E. Harrison 32, Melinda S. Johnson 19 and Danielle E. Eldridge 23 all from Richmond , Indiana .  Eldridge was the driver of the vehicle and consented to a search of the vehicle where two prescription bottles were located from an address on East 750 South Road in Randolph County , south east of Lynn , Indiana .  Deputies requested units from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department to respond to this residence.  Randolph County Deputies responded there and learned that the residence had been ransacked and burglarized.

Harrison, Johnson and Eldridge were taken into custody and transported to the Darke County Jail where they are currently being held on charges of receiving stolen property and additional charges are likely.

Anyone with information on criminal activity should contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (937) 548-2020 or in the event of an emergency call 911.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

REVISED  

Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Contact:  Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

   

Greenville On October 27, 2012 at approximately 5:16 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Tri-Village Rescue and New Madison Fire were dispatched to Byrket Rd. and Barry Dr. in reference to a single vehicle rollover accident with injuries. Initial reports advised three subjects were trapped inside the vehicle and mutual aid was requested from Greenville Township Rescue and Arcanum Fire.

  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville, driven by Austin Meade (16) of Greenville , was eastbound on Byrket Rd. and appeared to get off the right side of the road and when Meade tried to steer back on to the road he lost control causing the vehicle to slide off the right side of the road and overturn.  Meades vehicle rolled several times and came to final rest in a wooded area on its top. 

  Meade had two passenger’s in the vehicle with him, being Justice Meade (16) of Greenville and Brian Mendenhall (15) of Greenville .  All three juveniles were trapped inside the vehicle.  Both Meade subjects and Williams all succumbed to their injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene.  CareFlight was initially dispatched to the accident scene, but was cancelled due to the injuries.

  It appears that speed is possibly a factor in this accident.  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Darke County Coroner’s Office.  This accident marks Darke Counties 14th  fatal traffic crash with a total of 16 people killed on Darke County roadways in 2012.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff’s Office

Contact:  Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

 

Arcanum – On October 27, 2012 at approximately 1:27 p.m. Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire and Tri-Village Rescue, were dispatched to US127 and SR 503 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident involving a semi and a car.  Mutual aid from Arcanum Fire and Rescue were also dispatched to the scene.

   Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Chevy Malibu, driven by Lisa A. Wright (43) of Arcanum, was southbound on SR503.  Wright failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of US127 and struck a 2009 International semi, driven by Don A. Bailey (43) of Tallahassee , FL , which was northbound on US127.  Wright’s vehicle struck the front of the semi trailer and was caught underneath the trailer when it was then flipped off the northeast corner of the intersection.  Wright was ejected from her vehicle and her passenger, Daryn Wright (13) of Arcanum, was trapped inside the over turned vehicle.  Daryn Wright was extricated and treated by Tri-Village Rescue, along with New Madison Fire and Arcanum Fire.  Daryn Wright was then transported by CareFlight to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he is listed in fair condition.  Lisa Wright succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Bailey was also treated by Tri-Village rescue and refused treatment.

  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Coroner’s Office.

  This marks Darke Counties 13th fatal traffic crash of 2012

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff’s Office                                                                   

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone : 937-548-3399

 

Ansonia On October 27, 2012 at approximately 5:29 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue, were dispatched to US127 and SR47 in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.  Mutual aid was also requested from Versailles Fire and Rescue.

  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Jeep Wrangler, driven by Robert H. Pierce (31) of Ansonia , was eastbound on SR47.  Pierce failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of US127 and struck a 2000 Chevy Prizm, driven by Joseph H. Winhoven (50) of Greenville , that was northbound on US127.  Winhoven and Pierce’s vehicles both went off the northeast corner of the intersection.  Both vehicles did overturn and came to rest in a parking lot on the northeast corner of the intersection.

  Pierce was treated by Ansonia Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital .  Winhoven was trapped inside his vehicle and succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

   Pierce’s condition is unknown at this time.  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Coroner’s Office.  After the investigation is completed this report will be referred to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for filing of charges.

   This marks Darke Counties 12th fatal traffic crash of 2012.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Date: October 26, 2012

Contact: Deputy T.J.Nichols

  Phone: 937-548-3399 

Single Vehicle Accident

 On October 26, 2012 at approximately 1013 AM.  Darke County Deputies along with Osgood Rescue and Osgood Fire were dispatched to State Route 705 near Coble Road in reference to an injury accident.

 Preliminary investigation revealed a 2005 Chevy Pickup Truck driven by Greg Langenkamp, 32, of Osgood was traveling Westbound on State Route 705, when he lost control of his vehicle after passing another westbound vehicle on a curve. Mr. Langenkamp over corrected,  traveling off the North side of the roadway causing his vehicle to over turn several times into a field.

             Mr. Langenkamp was transported by Osgood Rescue to Mercer Health Hospital in Coldwater , Ohio .

              Mr. Langenkamp was wearing a seatbelt and injuries were minimized by the seatbelt usage.

 This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Date: October 16, 2012
Contact: Deputy Scott Mullen           
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
 
Robbery Suspect Apprehended
 
 
On October 16, 2012 at approximately 2:07 P.M. Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call about a female that had assaulted and stolen an elderly males money at his home.  Darke County Deputies located the vehicle the suspect was in and made a traffic stop on the vehicle on US 36 near Crumrine Rd.
 
 
The investigation revealed that Julie A. Cockrell, 46, of New Madison entered the home of an elderly acquaintance on Hollansburg Tampico Rd.  Ms. Cockrell asked the victim for money and when the victim refused she assaulted him.  Ms. Cockrell then took the money by force and fled the scene. 
 
 
Ms. Cockrell was arrested without incident and transported to the Darke County Jail where she is held without bond.  Ms. Cockrell has been charged with Robbery which is a second degree felony.
 
 
The victim did not require medical attention.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Shell
October 13, 2012
937-548-2020

 

Vehicle Rollover Crash

 

   On October 12, 2012 at approximately 8:37 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire, and Tri-Village Rescue, responded to the 3100 block of US RT 127 on a report of a one vehicle roll-over crash with a utility pole knocked down.
 
   Preliminary investigation revealed a green 1994 Dodge Ram truck, driven by 39 year old Bryon L. Shannon, Greenville, Ohio swerved to miss hitting a deer on the roadway causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the road then back onto the roadway out of control, traveling off the left side of the road striking and knocking down a utility pole and then rolling over onto its top.  The passenger 37 year old Rachel M. Winter, Eaton, Ohio was transported from the scene by Tri-Village Rescue, to the CareFlight landing zone at the Darke County Sheriff's Office where she was airlifted to the Miami Valley Hospital, and listed in critical condition.  Bryon L. Shannon was transported to Wayne HealthCare with minor injuries.  Alcohol is suspected in this crash.
 
   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Date: October 2, 2012
Contact: Deputy M. Garbig   
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
Fatal Accident
 
 
On October 2, 2012 at approximately 7:05 AM Darke County Deputies along, with Arcanum Fire, Arcanum Rescue and Pitsburg Fire were dispatched to State Route 49 north of Oakes Road in reference to a multiple vehicle, injury accident.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a green 1998 Ford contour driven by, Tyler J. Kuhn, 19, Greenville, was traveling northbound on State Route 49 north of Oakes Road.  Kuhn's vehicle traveled across the centerline striking a southbound 2007 Buick Lucerne driven by, Gregg E. Holley, 55, Lancaster, Ohio.  Kuhn and Holley's vehicles collided head on.  After the initial impact Holley's vehicle was struck by a southbound 1996 Chrysler LHS driven by, David P. Maurer Jr., Greenville. 
 
Greg E. Holley was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum Rescue where is listed in fair condition.  David P. Maurer Jr. refused treatment at the scene.  Tyler J. Kuhn succumb to his injuries sustained in the accident. 
 
The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team and the Darke County Coroners Investigator also responded to the scene for further investigation. 
                                                                                
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Chris Clark 
Sept. 22, 2012
937-548-2020

 ATV ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

 
 On September 22, 2012 at approximately 9:26 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Laura Fire, Arcanum Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to 9123 Hogpath Road to investigate an injury ATV roll-over accident. 
   
Preliminary investigation revealed a 14 year-old female was driving a 2004 Polaris ATV on private property when she lost control.  The ATV flipped over and landed on top of the female driver.  The driver was not wearing a helmet.
 
The driver was airlifted to Dayton Children's Hospital and her condition is unknown at this time.
 
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Date: September 21, 2012

Contact: Detective David Hawes

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

 DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF DAYTIME BURGLARIES

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has responded to a rash of burglaries and motor vehicle break-ins which have occurred throughout Darke County during daytime hours.  Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to be vigilant in patrols; however we need the assistance of our local citizens.  Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer requests citizens to be on the look out and immediately report any suspicious activity and vehicles they might observe in their neighborhoods.  Several observations by concerned citizens and neighbors were instrumental in solving cases in the past.  Such activity can be reported to the Sheriff 24 hours a day by calling (937) 548-2020. It is important that reports are called in at the time they are observed to allow the deputies a timely response and investigation.  If able to do so safely, please provide a description of any vehicles or persons associated with any suspicious activity.

The Darke County Sheriff makes the following suggestions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime.  Never leave your keys in the car, remove valuable items and lock your vehicle doors.  Many of the motor vehicle break-ins involved were the result of owners leaving the vehicle unlocked.  Please lock the doors to your home, vehicles and secure outbuildings.  Do not leave garage and outbuilding doors standing open unnecessarily.  This only advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim.

The Darke County Sheriff encourages property owners to record and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers to their valuables.   Photographing your valuables is a quick and easy way for citizens to document their property accurately.  This information is necessary to increase the chances of property recovery should you become a victim of crime and sustain a theft.

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.  

Anyone with information on criminal activity should contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office immediately at (937) 548-2020 or in the event of an emergency call 911.

 

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

September 20, 2012

Contact:   Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZES 250 MARIJUANA PLANTS

TRAFFICKING OPERATION SHUT DOWN


On September 20, 2012 at approximately 1:39 AM Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 3938 Red River West Grove Road to investigate a tip received earlier in the evening on suspicious drug activity. Deputies arrived and observed from the road what appeared to be numerous marijuana plants growing in the yard.  Deputies approached the property on foot to investigate further when they were met by the resident armed with a shotgun.  Deputies identified themselves and the resident immediately cooperated and disarmed himself.  Two adults (mother and son) live at the address and were cooperative in the investigation and consented in a search of the property.  The investigation and search revealed a significant outdoor marijuana growing operation. 

Darke County Deputies recovered 250 mature marijuana plants that ranged from 5 to 10 feet tall.  In addition there was evidence indicating that some harvesting and processing had already occurred.  The plants were located in 4 plots on the property and less than marginal attempts were used to conceal them.  Each plant is valued at $1,000. 

Due to the size and number of marijuana plants two dump trucks from the Darke County Garage and Darke County Engineer’s Office were used to haul away the illegal plants.  The City of Greenville Fire Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office by providing a ladder truck that was necessary to document the scene from the air through photographs.

No arrests were made at this time; therefore the names of the residents are being withheld.  The case will be forwarded to the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office for review.  Charges or indictments will be pending this review.  It is likely that felony charges will be forthcoming for Illegal Cultivation of/and or Possession of Marijuana.  The level of felony will be determined by the weight of the illegal substance which is pending.  Weight estimations are expected to be hundreds of pounds.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the public’s involvement in providing information on criminal activity.  It is tips and information such as this that help us to make our community safer and a more desirable place to live.  If you observe any suspicious or criminal activity please report it immediately to the Darke County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement agency.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 16, 2012
Contact: Deputy Josh Brinley
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
TWO VEHICLE INJURY CRASH
 
    On September 16, 2012 at approximately 2:26 PM Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire Dept., Tri Village Rescue, and Careflight were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and State Route 503 in reference to a two vehicle injury crash.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Chevy Malibu, driven by Carla Detling, 37, of Arcanum,  was traveling northwest on SR 503, when the driver failed to yeild at a stop sign and was struck by a 2003 Chevy Blazer, driven by Sarah Tomlinson, 45, of New Madison, which was southbound on US 127.
    
    Ms. Detling was transported to Wayne Hospital by Tri Village Rescue where she is listed in stable condition.  Ms. Tomlinson was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in stable condition.
 
    The crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Date: September 9, 2012
Contact: Deputy Eric Hanes  
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
One Vehicle Rollover Accident
 
On September 9, 2012 at approximately 3:03am Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight responded to a one vehicle accident on State Route 47 near White Coppess Road.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2011 Nissan Infiniti driven by Travis Hery (23), of Columbus, Indiana was eastbound on State Route 47 just west of White Coppess Road. Hery's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway striking a ditch and culvert causing the vehicle to overturn several times. The vehicle came to rest in a cornfield.  
 
Mr. Hery and the rear passenger, Justin Grant (21) of West Lafayette, Indiana were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where they are both listed in stable condition.
 
The Darke County Sheriff's Office Reconstruction Team also responded to the scene for further investigation. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, alcohol is suspected

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office

Sgt. Tony Royer
September 8, 2012
937-548-2020
 

 Two Vehicle Accident

 
On September 8, 2012 at approximately 10:42 AM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Fire, Greenville Township Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of US RT 127 and Childrens Home Bradford Road in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident involving a motorcycle and vehicle.
 
                Preliminary investigation revealed a silver 2000 Buick LeSabre, driven by Samuel D. Yagle, 79, Versailles Ohio was eastbound on Childrens Home Bradford Road crossing US RT 127.  Yagle's vehicle traveled into the path of the northbound 2006 maroon Harley-Davidson motorcycle, driven by Michael R. Roth, 54, Englewood Ohio.  Roth struck Yagle's vehicle causing both vehicle's to travel of the right side of the roadway.  Roth was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in the side ditch.
 
                Yagle was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Greenville Township Rescue, where he was treated and released.  Yagle was the only occupant in the vehicle.  Roth was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he is listed in critical condition.
 
                The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation.
 
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills
August 29, 2012
937-548-2020

 Semi, Pedestrian Accident

    
     On August 28, 2012 at approximately 11:55 PM Darke County Deputies along with Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Township Fire, and CareFlight, were dispatched to the intersection of US RT 127 and Kruckeberg Road on a report of a semi pedestrian accident. 
 
     Preliminary investigation revealed a 2003 Freightliner from Drew Ag Transport Inc, Greenville, Ohio. driven by Thomas E. Runner, 52, Union City, Ohio was traveling Northbound on US RT 127 and struck Alisha D. Keith, 26, Gettysburg, Ohio as she was attempting to run across the intersection traveling Eastbound.  Alisha D. Keith was taken to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in critical condition.  It is suspected that Alisha D. Keith was under the influence of alcohol at the time of this accident. 
 
     The Darke County Sheriff's Office Accident Reconstruction team along with Motor Carrier Enforcement from the Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene for further investigation.
 
      This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Date: August 26, 2012
Contact: Deputy Scott Mullen           
Phone: 937-548-3399
 
Multiple Vehicle Accident
 
 
On August 26, 2012 at approximately 12:04 PM Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Versailles Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, Osgood Rescue, Ansonia Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to US RT 127 and State Route 242 in reference to a multiple vehicle, injury accident.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Toyota RAV4 driven by Colby Morris, 19, Greenville was driving southbound on US. RT. 127 when he struck the rear of a 1999 GMC Yukon that was stopped in traffic and driven by William Fraley, 41, of North Star causing Fraley's vehicle to strike the rear of a 2000 Honda CRV driven by Thomas Nealeigh, 69, of Greenville.
 
Morris' vehicle traveled into the path of northbound traffic after the initial impact. Morris' vehicle was struck by a northbound 2011 Chrysler Town and Country driven by Marc Litten, 39, of Versailles.
 
Three occupants from vehicles involved in the accident were transported to Wayne HealthCare where they were treated and released.  Colby Morris was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight, where he was treated and released.
 
This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Contact: Sgt. Tony Royer
August 24, 2012
937-548-3399
 
 
 
            On August 24, 2012 at approximately 9:02 AM Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue, Arcanum Rescue, New Madison Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Delisle-Fourmans Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.
 
            Preliminary investigation revealed a white 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Linda R. Benedict, 59, Russia , Ohio was southbound on US Route 127 approaching the intersection of Delisle-Fourmans Road .  Benedict attempted to make a left turn onto Delisle-Fourmans Road when she was struck by a blue 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, driven by Randall J. Liette, 55, Greenville , Ohio .  Liette was traveling southbound behind Benedict’s vehicle.  Liette was attempting to pass Benedict’s vehicle in the intersection when the collision occurred.  Both vehicle’s traveled off the left side of the roadway.  Benedict’s vehicle came to rest in the side ditch.  Liette’s vehicle traveled through a utility pole and into a tree.  Liette’s vehicle overturned and came to rest against a second utility pole.   
 
            Linda R. Benedict was transported to Wayne HealthCare by Arcanum Rescue where she was treated and released.  Randall J. Liette was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where he is listed in serious condition.
 
            This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Shell
August 5, 2012
937-548-2020
 
 
            On August 5, 2012 at approximately 7:38 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Union City, Ohio Rescue, Union City, Ohio Fire, and CareFlight helicopter were dispatched to the 600 block of State Route 571, in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.
 
            Preliminary investigation revealed a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Christopher L. Rogers, 36, Greenville, Ohio was traveling northwest on State Route 571 when he lost control of the vehicle traveling off the north side of the roadway striking a utility pole.  The vehicle then spun approximately 180 degrees.  The vehicle then struck a tree where it came to rest on its driver's side.  The front passenger John T. Boney, 36, Greenville, Ohio was transported to Wayne Hospital.  Mr. Rogers is listed in stable condition, and Mr. Boney was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital where is listed in Stable condition. 
 
            This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Contact: Sergeant Tony Royer
July 15, 2012
937-548-3399
 
 
 
            On July 15, 2012 at approximately 11:20 AM Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the 7300 block of Spidel Road , in reference to a possible burglary in progress.  The suspect was last scene traveling west towards State Route 571 in a tan Honda.  Deputies observed a vehicle matching the description approximately nine minutes later.  Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop in the 7300 block of Erisman Road , when the vehicle fled.  During the pursuit Deputies were advised the vehicle was stolen on July 11, 2012 from the Versailles area in Darke County .  The pursuit lasted approximately 14 minutes traveling through the village of Laura in Miami County .  Miami County Deputies joined the pursuit shortly before the vehicle ran off the roadway, through a bean field, crashing into a woods.  The suspect fled the vehicle on foot entering a large wooded area.
 
            Also called to the scene were Miami County Sheriff’s Office K9 and officer’s from, Arcanum Police, West Milton Police, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio State Patrol.  Additional K9’s from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Buckeye Search and Rescue and Ohio State Patrol’s Airplane.
           
            Deputies, K9’s and OSP Airplane searched the wooded terrain for the suspect for approximately 4 hours without success.
 
The driver of the vehicle is identified as Robert Scott Kindred (Scott) 42 year old white male, 5’08” 160 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  Kindred is suspected of multiple other crimes in Darke, Miami and Shelby counties.  Kindred has an active arrest warrant for parole a violation, if seen contact your local authorities or call 911.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Contact:  Deputy Shell
July 13, 2012
937-548-2020
 
 
            On July 13, 2012 at approximately 11:51 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Osgood Rescue, Osgood Fire and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of North Star Ft Loramie Rd and ST RT 705, in reference to a one vehicle roll over accident with injury.
 
            Preliminary investigation revealed a 1993 Buick Regal, driven by Ryan F Kremer, 28, Osgood, Ohio was traveling northeast on North Star Ft Loramie Road.  Mr. Kremer failed to yield at a stop sign traveling through the intersection, striking a ditch causing the vehicle to overturn several times into a bean field.  Mr. Kremer was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital .  Mr. Kremer is listed in fair condition.
 
            This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.  

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Deputy Shell
July 12, 2012
937-548-2020
 
 
   On July 12, 2012 at approximately 8:14 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Rescue, Rossburg Fire, Spirit Medical Transport, and two CareFlight helicopter's were dispatched to the 4400 block of North Star Ft. Loramie Road in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.
 
   Preliminary investigation revealed a 2004 Ford F-250, driven by Holly Burlile, 33, Tiffin, Ohio was traveling out of the Eldora Speedway camping lot on the North side of the race track onto North Star Ft. Loramie Road with four occupants in the bed of the truck.  As the truck was leaving the lot, it was driven over a gravel incline which resulted in two of the passengers that were sitting on the tailgate to fall from the vehicle onto the roadway. William Powers, 53, Toledo, Ohio and Jerry Boes, 39, Las Vegas, Nevada were airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital.  Mr. Boes is listed in critical condition and Mr. Powers condition is unknown at this time.
 
   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office. 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills
July 2, 2012
937-548-2020
 
 
   On July 2, 2012 at approximately 4:00 PM Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to 1540 New Garden Road to investigate an injury ATV roll-over accident. 
   
   Preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 Yamaha Raptor 4-Wheeler, operated by Tyler Robinson, 12, New Paris, Ohio was attempting to ride the 4-Wheeler up a steep embankment in the woods and the 4-Wheeler flipped over landing on his 4 year old brother, Riley Robinson who was the passenger.  Both occupants were wearing helmets at the time of the accident. 
 
   Riley was airlifted to Dayton Children's Hospital and his condition is unknown at this time.
 
   This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
June 12, 2012
Contact:Dep. Garbig
937-548-2020
On June 12, 2012 at approximately 10:12 AM Darke County Deputies, Greenville Township Rescue and Fire, Arcanum Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to the intersection of US Route 127 and Kruckeburg Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Freightliner box truck, driven by Dylan W. Laird, 23 from Kettering, Ohio was north bound on US Route 127 at Kruckeburg Road. A second vehicle driven by Susan J. North, 56 from Greenville, Ohio was east bound at the intersection of Kruckeburg Road. at US Route 127 when she pulled into the path of the north bound box truck.
Susan North was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight where she is listed in critical condition.
Laird and his passenger, David Howerton, age 26, were transported by ambulance to Wayne HealthCare. Laird was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital by ground.
Accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team.
 
*** On June 28, 2012 Susan North succumb to her injuries at 1:55 PM while in Miami Valley Hospital.  This marks Darke Counties 8th fatal accident on Darke County roadways.
 
       This accident still remains under investigation.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE 

Darke County Sheriff's Office
June 9, 2012
Contact: Dep. Shell
937-548-2020
 
    On June 9, 2012 at approximately 9:14 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue, and CareFlight from Miami Valley Hospital were dispatched to the intersection of Kester Byard Rd and Riffle Rd, in reference, to a motorcycle accident with injury. 
 
    Preliminary investigation revealed a 2012 Harley Davidson, driven by Dwight David Idle, 55, Greenville, Ohio was south bound on Kester Byard Rd when he failed to maintain control of his motorcycle.  Idle traveled off the east side of the roadway ejecting him from the motorcycle. 
 
    Idle was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in critical condition.  This accident remains under investigation.       

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE 

April 29th, 2012

Contact: Deputy J. Brinley

Phone: 937-548-3399

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING FATAL ACCIDENT

Early Sunday morning April 29, Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call at 0617 hrs, about a single car accident on Grubbs Rex Rd.  Along with Darke County Sheriff Office, Arcanum Rescue and Pitsburg Fire Dept. were dispatched to the scene in the 8400 Block of Grubbs Rex Rd. Upon arrival Darke County Coroner's Office Investigator was dispatched to the scene reference a single car accident. Investigation revealed a car was Westbound on Grubbs Rex Rd. went off the right side of the roadway on a curve striking a tree. The driver of 2002 Mazda, Nancy E. Graf, 48 of Arcanum, Ohio was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown at what time of night this accident occurred.
 
The investigation is ongoing by the Darke County Sheriff's Reconstruction Team and Darke County Coroner's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

April 28th, 2012

Contact: Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-3399

DRUG TAKE BACK IN DARKE COUNTY IS ANOTHER SUCCESS

On April 28, 2012 the Darke County Drug Task Force, Darke County Solid Waste, and Darke County Family Health participated in the DEA Drug Take Back Initiative.  This is a time where citizens can take their expired or unwanted medications and turn them in to be properly disposed of.  This drug take back yielded approximately 80 pounds of prescription pills.  Those pills, if improperly dispose of, could have otherwise contaminated the soil or waterways in Darke County .  If you were unable to attend this event the Darke County Drug Task Force, Darke County Solid Waste, and Darke County Family Health plan to continue this service to the community when made available by the DEA.     
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

April 17th, 2012

Contact: Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES MARE ARREST IN ARMED ROBBERY

On April 17, 2012 at approximately 11:29 AM the Darke County Sheriffs Office received a call from Marshall ’s Shell gas station located at 9990 US. RT. 36, Bradford reporting a male subject had just robbed the store at knife point.  Darke County Deputies immediately responded to the business to investigate.  Miami County Sheriffs Deputies were also notified of the armed robbery. 

The investigation revealed that the suspect was a frequent customer and known by employees of the business.  Darke County and Miami County Sheriffs Deputies located the suspect Harley L. Herron, age 24 at his home in the Village of Bradford .  Mr. Herron was taken into custody without incident within 14 minutes of the robbery.  Mr. Herron took 5 packs of cigarettes in the robbery and all were recovered.  Nothing else was taken during the robbery.  Mr. Herron was transported to the Darke County Jail where robbery charges are pending review by the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney.

This case remains under investigation.   
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

April 17th, 2012

Contact: Detective Corey Turner

Phone: 937-548-3399

STOLEN PROPERTY RECOVERED FROM BURGLARIES IN DARKE COUNTY

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer is pleased to announce that a large amount of property that has been stolen from residents in Darke County was recovered on April 16th in Randolph County Indiana.  On April 16, 2012 the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a tip from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office on the possible location of stolen property.  Darke County Deputies and Randolph County Deputies executed a search warrant at 2320 South 225 East near Winchester, IN.  The search resulted in the recovery of over 100 items of stolen property.  The majority of the property has been identified as coming from numerous break-ins and burglaries that have occurred in Darke County over the last several weeks.  Included in the property recovered are items from break-ins occurring on Harrison Road yesterday and a home invasion burglary last week.  Suspects have been developed and those leads are being followed up on.  Detectives are hopeful that their efforts will result in multiple indictments and or arrests.

Even with these recent developments, citizens should continue to remain alert and immediately report all suspicious activity they might observe in their neighborhoods.  Several observations by concerned citizens and neighbors were instrumental in solving these cases.

Anyone with information on these cases or other criminal activity should contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 548-3399 or Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

Darke County Sheriff's Office
Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills
April 6, 2012
937-548-2020
 
 
 
 
     On April 5, 2012 at approximately 7:00 PM Darke County Deputies, along with Liberty Township Fire, Tri-Village Rescue and two CareFlight helicopters were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover accident, with two ejections in the 4900 block of Bishop Road.
 
     Preliminary investigation revealed a teal 1993 Mercury Cougar, driven by Nicholas R. Neal, 17, Greenville, Ohio was southbound on Bishop Road and failed to negotiate a curve and drove off the right side of the roadway causing the vehicle to roll two times before coming to rest.  Both the driver and the passenger, Cody D. Markham Crawford, 17, Greenville, Ohio were ejected from the vehicle. 
 
     Both occupants were airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight and are currently listed in fair and stable condition. 
 
     This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

March 28th, 2012

Contact: Sgt. Tony Royer

Phone: 937-548-3399

1 DEAD FOLLOWING SERIOUS ACCIDENT ON STATE ROUTE 49

On March 28, 2012 at approximately 1030 AM Darke County Deputies, along with New Madison Fire, Greenville Township Fire, Arcanum Rescue, Greenville Township Rescue, and CareFlight were dispatched to the 4900 block of State Route 49 south in reference to a two vehicle serious injury accident.
 
Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2007 Freightliner straight truck, driven by Joshua M. Leybourne, 23, Huber Heights, Ohio was northbound on State Route 49 south of Folkerth Road.  Leybourne’s vehicle traveled across the centerline and struck a southbound 2006 Silver Honda driven by Jeanne G. Morris, 76, Greenville , Ohio .  Leybourne’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway coming to rest in the side ditch.  Morris’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, coming to a rest in the side ditch.     
 
 The Darke County Coroner’s Office and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction team also responded to the scene for further investigation. 
 
Morris was pronounced dead at the scene.  Leybourne refused treatment at the scene.  CareFlight’s response to the accident scene was canceled.    
 
Also responding to the accident scene was Darke County EMA, ODOT and Allied Environmental Services clean up crew out of Lima , Ohio .  The hazardous material spill consisted of oil and diesel fuel.  State Route 49 from US RT 127 to Jaysville-St. Johns Road was completely closed for approximately 4-1/2 hours. 
 
 This accident marks Darke Counties second fatal accident on Darke County roadways in 2012. 
 
 This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

January 27th, 2012

Contact: Detective David Hawes

Phone: 937-548-3399

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY CONFESSES TO NUMEROUS B&E's IN 5 COUNTIES

On the afternoon of January 23, 2012 Detectives from Darke County traveled to Mercer County to interview Douglas N. Fonner, 27, Mendon , Ohio .  Fonner was previously arrested by Mercer County Deputies in Mercer County in connection with a number of recent break-ins at grain elevators and other local businesses.

Darke and Mercer County Detectives together conducted an interview with Fonner.  Fonner confessed that in the early morning hours of January 5, 2012 he broke into Birt’s Store and Mercer Landmark in New Weston, and Moody’s Auto Service in Ansonia .    Fonner also confessed that on December 21, 2011 he broke into True Point Elevator in Osgood.  All four businesses are located in northern Darke County , Ohio .

During the course of the interview, Fonner confessed to committing numerous break-ins to businesses throughout Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Shelby and Van Wert counties beginning in November 2011.

Based on the information obtained during the investigations, multiple breaking and entering and theft charges will be filed through the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigation continues with these cases.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

January 26th, 2012

Contact: Deputy Tom Nichols

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE APPREHENDS TWO SUBJECTS BREAKING AND ENTERING

On January 26, 2012 at approximately 11:38 AM Darke County Sheriffs Deputies along with Preble County Sheriffs Deputies responded to 62 Billman Rd., in southern Darke County, on a complaint of subjects possibly on the property stealing scrap metal. Upon arrival Deputies confronted two subjects in possession of items from the property. Both subjects were apprehended without incident.

Arrested was David Elliot, 44, of Greenville. Mr. Elliot was booked into the Darke County jail on Breaking and Entering charges, and on a parole violation. Also arrested was Michael Jones, 34, of Greenville. Mr. Jones was also booked into the Darke County Jail on charges of Breaking and Entering, and also on an outstanding Darke County warrant recently issued by Darke County Adult Probation. Mr. Jones is currently awaiting sentencing in Darke County Common Pleas Court on another unrelated charge.

This case remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriffs Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

January 19th, 2012

Contact: Sgt. Royer

Phone: 937-548-3399

PATIENT TRANSPORTED TO MIAMI VALLEY FOLLOWING CRASH

On January 19, 2012 at approximately 11:29 AM Darke County Deputies, along with Pitsburg Fire, Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Rescue were dispatch to the 2100 block of St. Rt. 49 south in reference to a one vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a tan 2002 Chevy Silverado, driven by Bruce E. Miller, 77, Greenville, Ohio was northbound on St. Rt. 49 when he lost control of his vehicle on the snow covered roadway. Miller's vehicle traveled across the centerline, off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch, causing Miller's vehicle to rollover. Miller's vehicle came to rest in a field.

Miller was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Greenville Rescue where he is listed in good condition. Miller's passenger/wife, Carolyn J. Miller, 76, Greenville, Ohio was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Arcanum Rescue where she is in the intensive care unit and listed in good condition.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

January 16th, 2012

Phone: 937-548-3399

TWO VEHICLE CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 49

On January 16, 2012 at 7:08 PM Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of State Route 49 and Pitsburg Laura Road reference a two vehicle injury accident.

Investigation revealed that a 2004 Chevy Impala, driven by Benjamin Stump, 17, of Arcanum was northbound on State Route 49 attempting to turn left. A 1992 Olds Cutlass, driven by James Bingham, 58, of Greenville was traveling southbound on State Route 49 when the vehicles struck head-on in the intersection.

Stump was refused treatment by Arcanum Rescue. Bingham was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in fair condition.

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

November 8th, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

CAREFLIGHT CALLED TO SCENE OF CRASH

Ansonia – On November 8, 2011 at approximately 2:04 p.m. Darke County 911 received a call in reference to a two vehicle injury accident on SR 49 and Ansonia Elroy Rd. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the scene along with Ansonia Fire and Rescue and Greenville City Fire.

Initial investigation revealed that a 2005 Buick, driven by James Perkins (79) of Ansonia, was southbound on SR 49. Perkins was making a left turn on to Ansonia Elroy Rd. Perkins failed to yield the right-of-way and turned in front of a 2007 Chevy SUV driven by Donna Bozarth (61) of Ft. Recovery, which was northbound on SR 49. Bozarth’s vehicle struck Perkins’ vehicle. Perkins vehicle spun around and came to rest while Bozarth’s vehicle went off the right side of the road and went out into a field approximately seventy-five yards.

Bozarth was treated by Ansonia Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Casandra Gagle (41) of Ft. Recovery, was a passenger in Bozarth’s vehicle. Gagle was treated by Ansonia Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. Perkins was not injured in the crash.

At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. Charges are pending in the investigation.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

October 15th, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

ROLLOVER CRASH IN DARKE COUNTY

On October 15, 2011 at 16:31 hours, Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire Dept., Union City Rescue, and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the 2,000 block of Greenville-Nashville Road in reference to a one vehicle, rollover accident.  Witness reported one subject was ejected from the vehicle.  Investigation revealed that a Ford Escort was westbound on Greenville-Nashville Road , when the driver lost control and drove off the right side of the roadway and struck a Darke Rural Electric utility pole.  The vehicle spun back onto the roadway, rolling over once. 
The MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) transported the male driver and female passenger to Miami Valley Hospital .

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 7th, 2011

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

FELONY WARRANT TURNS INTO STAND OFF WITH HOSTAGE

On September 7, 2011 at approximately Midnight the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received information that Leona Cheadle, age 24 was located at 130 East Water Street in the City of Greenville .  Leona Cheadle was wanted on three outstanding warrants including a felony warrant for failing to appear on a probation violation out of Darke County Court of Common Pleas and a warrant for failing to comply with a court order out of Darke County Juvenile Court on a case of non support of dependents.  Before Darke County Deputies and Greenville Police Officers arrived to investigate another call was received reporting that Leona Cheadle was causing a disturbance in the building.  When Deputies and Patrolman arrived Leona Cheadle barricaded herself in an upstairs apartment belonging to her mother, Christina Starns and her mother’s boyfriend, Steve Garland.  Present in the apartment at the time of the barricade was Aaron Turner age 23, Leona’s boyfriend, Angel Cheadle age 20, Angel’s 5 year old daughter, and Steve Garland, age 53.  Leona Cheadle refused to come out of the house and the investigation revealed that she held Steve Garland against his will in the apartment until he was able to escape approximately 6 hours after the stand-off started.  The other adults in the apartment were uncooperative with law enforcement and assisted Cheadle in her resistance to arrest.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and Negotiator’s responded to the scene.  Negotiations occurred of and on during the night but the Cheadle’s were resistant and often belligerent with officers.

At approximately 7:00am Special Response Team members forced entry into the apartment and took Leona Cheadle, Angel Cheadle and Aaron Turner into custody.  The child was turned over to her father unharmed at the scene.  Greenville Township Rescue responded to the scene but was released with no transport required.  There were no citizens, officers or suspects injured in this incident.  The stand-off lasted approximately 7 hours.  Some neighboring apartments were evacuated during the stand-off. 

Leona Cheadle is being held in the Darke County Jail on the felony warrant and additional charges as a result of this incident are pending.  Angel Cheadle and Aaron Turner were booked into the Darke County Jail on felony Obstructing Justice charges pending the filing of formal charges through the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 7th, 2011

Contact: Detective Corey Turner

Phone: 937-548-3399

GRANDSON INVOLVED IN AGGRAVATED ROBBERY INCIDENT

On September 6, 2011 at approximately 1325 hours, the Darke County 911 Center received a call requesting help in reference to a man that was observed holding a revolver up to the head of another family member inside the residence located at 2861 Cox Road

Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office responded to that residence and learned that the male suspect involved had already left the residence and was the grandson of the victim.  Family members confirmed that their grandson, 33 year old Justin D. Thomas, residing at 13394 North US127, North Star, Ohio, had pointed a revolver at his grandfather’s head during an argument over money.    A description of Justin Thomas, the vehicle he was driving and his possible direction of travel were obtained and relayed to other responding Deputies.

At approximately 1349 hours, Deputies located Justin Thomas driving northbound on US127.  Deputies conducted a felony traffic stop in the area of Wabash-York Road where Mr. Thomas was taken into custody without incident on charges of Aggravated Robbery.  No injuries were reported by the victim.  

This case remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 1st, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Tony Royer

Phone: 937-548-3399

MULTIPLE MEDICAL HELICOPTERS DISPATCHED TO SERIOUS CRASH

On September 1st, 2011 at approximately 3:05 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Versailles Fire and Rescue, Osgood Rescue, Houston Rescue, 3 Careflight Helicopters from Miami Valley and 1 Life Flight Helicopter from Toledo were dispatched to the 11900-Block of State Route 47 in reference to a two vehicle head on injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white ford excursion, driven by Furnal Wallen, 78 from The Villages, Florida, was eastbound on State Route 47 East of Marshall Road. A green Honda Civic, driven by Jane A. Brown, 61 of Greenville, was Westbound on State Route 47 when the vehicles collided head on. Wallen's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, through a ditch and struck a utility pole.

Wallen and his passenger, wife Carol, were airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in critical condition and his wife is listed in fair condition. The occupants of the Honda Civic were Amber N. Batten, 27 of Sidney and her 10 month old daughter, Emma Mae. Brown and Batten were airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital where they are listed in stable condition. 10 month old Emma Mae is listed in good condition at Wilson Hospital in Sidney.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 29th, 2011

Contact: Deputy Stephen Cox

Phone: 937-548-3399

PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST

On August 29th, 2011 at 04:19 hours, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to Arcanum Bears Mill Rd and Horatio Harris Creek Rd in reference to a male subject passed out in his vehicle.

When deputies arrived, the male identified as Shawn T. Bowels (24) of Greenville took off in his vehicle. Darke County Deputies proceeded after Bowels attempting to stop him, but Bowels failed to stop for Deputies. A short pursuit then started leading into the City of Greenville, where the Greenville Police Department assisted in the pursuit. After a short while, Bowels stopped his vehicle and bailed out of the vehicle where a short foot pursuit ensued. Bowels was apprehended and Deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle Bowels was driving.

Deputies located three handguns, a rifle, two flat screen televisions, cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Bowels was transported to the Darke County Jail where he is being held on felony charges. Further charges are being sent to the Prosecutor's Office for review.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 25th, 2011

Contact: Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE MAKES SECOND ARREST AT DARKE COUNTY FAIR IN TWO DAYS

On August 25, 2011, the Darke County Drug Task Force along with Darke County Sheriff's Deputies conducted an investigation from a complaint at the Darke County Fair located at 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville. Arrested during the investigation was 32 year old Damian King of Greenville. This arrest comes after a complaint that Mr. King was attempting to traffic crack cocaine during the hours of operation at the fair.

Task force officers observed Mr. King make a drug transaction and affected the arrest in the area where children's games and rides were located on the fairground.

Mr. King is currently held without bond in the Darke County Jail until his initial appearance on a charge of Trafficking in Crack Cocaine in the vicinity of a juvenile. The charge is a Felony in the fourth degree.

This comes only one day after the Darke County Drug Task Force made an apprehension for drug trafficking on the fairgrounds.

The Darke County Drug Task Force encourages citizens to call if they suspect narcotics activity in our community at either the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 548-3399 or the Greenville Police Department at 548-1103.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 23rd, 2011

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

Osgood, Ohio

STAND OFF ENDS WITH NO INJURIES

On August 22nd, 2011 at approximately 4:00 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 hang-up call from 3563 Vietor Road southwest of Greenville, Ohio. Upon calling back the number, the dispatcher received an open line in which she determined a domestic dispute was taking place and the female caller was unable to communicate because her spouse was armed with a gun and threatening suicide. Darke County Deputies were dispatched to the scene. Deputies attempted to make contact with 58 year old Gerald "Arlin" Alderman. Alderman refused to communicate or leave the house. The Darke County Special Response Team, Randolph County Sheriff's Department Special Response Team and Tri-Village Rescue responded to the scene. Negotiators attempted to communicate with Alderman several times but he continued to refuse all contact. Deputies observed Alderman walking around inside the house armed with a firearm. At approximately 1:00 AM, Alderman started communication with negotiators and voluntarily surrendered to deputies outside his home without further incident. Alderman was transported to Wayne Health Care in Greenville for a mental health and medical evaluation.

The stand off lasted over 9 hours and concluded with no injuries to the subject or the officers. Two neighboring homes near the incident were evacuated or affected for the duration of the incident. The subject displayed a firearm to officers several times but no shots were fired. The facts of this case will be submitted to the Darke County Prosecutor's Office for review and determination if criminal charges will be filed.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 15th, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills

Phone: 937-548-3399

Osgood, Ohio

CONSTRUCTION ZONE FATAL ACCIDENT

On Monday, August 15th, 2011 at approximately 10:53 AM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office 9-1-1 Dispatch Center received a 9-1-1 call of a 16 year old male being fatally run over by a bobcat on West Main Street in Osgood in a construction zone. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Osgood Fire and Rescue and the Darke County Coroner's Office responded to the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed James Springer, 48 of Celina, Ohio and owner of Springer Sons Tree Service LLC., was operating a bobcat front loader when he accidentally backed the bobcat over his son, 16 year old Damon Springer also of Celina. Damon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Springer Sons Tree Service LLC. had been sub-contracted to remove trees in the construction zone. OSHA was also notified and responded to the accident scene.

This makes the fourth fatal traffic accident in Darke County this year.

This accident remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 4th, 2011

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

DEPUTIES ON THE SCENE OF A FATAL SHOOTING

Darke County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives are on the scene investigating a fatal shooting in rural northwest Darke County.

On August 4 at approximately l:13 a.m. the Darke County Sheriff‘s Office received a 911 call reporting that a 10 year old male child had been shot at 995 Peters Road. Darke County Deputies and Union City, OH Fire and Rescue responded. The 10 year old child was pronounced dead at the scene. Darke County Coroner Dr. Kathman and his investigator were notified and also responded to the scene.

This case is in the early phases of the investigation and no further information will be released at this time. Updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

Update 1:

Darke County Coroner Dr. T. Kathman reports that the preliminary findings indicate the 10 year old died as a result of a single gun shot wound to the head.

Darke County Sheriff's Detectives and the Darke County Coroner's Office continue to investigate this case with no further information available at this time.

Update 2:

Darke County Sheriff's Detectives and the Darke County Coroner's Office have concluded their investigation at the scene. Preliminary findings suggest that at approximately 01:05 hours Thursday, August 4th, 2011, the 10 year old child was handling a 9 mm handgun when he appears to have accidentally suffered a self inflicted gun shot wound to the head. Evidence supports that this was not an intentional act on the child's part.

This investigation is continuing and a final ruling by the Darke County Coroner will be pending further forensic testing over the next few weeks.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 3rd, 2011

Contact: Deputy Doug Didier

Phone: 937-548-3399

NEAR DROWNING OF CHILD

On August 3rd, 2011 at approximately 8:50 AM, Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and CareFlight were dispatched to 4774 Brown Road, Ansonia, in reference to a near drowning of a 9 month old infant that was face down in the bathtub and not breathing.

Preliminary investigation revealed the 9 month old infant and his two year old brother were in the bathtub together. The children's mother, Ariana Graf, 32, of Ansonia stepped out of the bathroom. Graf heard the 9 month old child crying and went into the bathroom. She observed the 9 month old lying face down in the bathtub not breathing. Graf took the infant from the bathtub, pulled the drain and started CPR. Graf dialed 9-1-1 and revived the infant.

The 9 month old infant was airlifted by CareFlight to Children's Medical Center in Dayton.

This incident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 27th, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Tony Royer

Phone: 937-548-3399

22 MONTH OLD FLOWN TREATED FOLLOWING NEAR DROWNING

On July 26th, 2011 at approximately 2:20 PM, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with the Pitsburg Fire Department, Arcanum Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to 4189 Swinger Road in reference to a possible drowning.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 22 month old child was playing near a private pond while other children were swimming. The adults discovered the child was missing and started a search. During the search, it was discovered that the child was in the pond without a life jacket. The Darke County Communication Center received a 9-1-1 call and with the aid of a Darke County 9-1-1 Dispatcher, CPR was initiated.

The child was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital and later to Children's Hospital. The child is listed in critical condition.

The incident remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 16th, 2011

Contact: Deputy S. Cox

Phone: 937-548-3399

1 DEAD AND 1 SERIOUSLY INJURED FOLLOWING SERIOUS CRASH

ANSONIA - On July 16th, 2011 at 01:12 hours, the Darke County 911 Center took a call of a serious 2 vehicle crash at the intersection of US127 & SR47. Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Rescue, Ansonia Fire and Careflight responded to the scene.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Ford F150 truck driven by Michael Short of Chillicothe was eastbound on State Route 47 when it drove through the stop sign and struck a southbound vehicle. The driver of the southbound vehicle, Shane Wetzel, 44 of Greenville, was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. A passenger in the southbound vehicle, Jane Hammaker, 53 of Greenville, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 6th, 2011

Contact: Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO ARREST

ANSONIA - On July 5th, 2011 at approximately 9:35 PM, the Darke County Drug Task Force, in conjunction with Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff's Office arrested Lorraine Combs, 40, of West Manchester. Narcotics Detectives received an anonymous complaint of a meth lab at 2632 State Route 47 in Ansonia. Upon the arrival of deputies, several ingredients used the manufacturing of methamphetamine were found. Due to the hazardous conditions that may occur when dealing with a meth lab, the Ansonia Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue Squad were requested to the scene. Also called to the scene for assistance with the dismantling of the meth lab were officers from the Eaton Police Department and the Attorney General's BCI&I. A private contractor had to be contacted to remove the material to a safe site.

Ms. Combs was arrested at the scene and taken to the Darke County Jail. Ms. Combs is being held without bail until her initial appearance for a charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs. During the time of this investigation, deputies also found small children in the residence ranging in age from 5-9 years old. Ms. Combs is currently on parole from a 2008 drug arrest in Darke County where she was convicted of Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs.

This investigation remains active at this time.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 13th, 2011

Contact: Deputy Steven Cox

Phone: 937-548-3399

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK AND KILLED ON US127 NORTH OF GREENVILLE

On June 13th, 2011 at approximately 5:30 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office along with Ansonia Fire and Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the area of US Route 127 & State Road 242 in reference to an injury accident involving a pick up truck and a bicycle.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a blue Chevy pick up truck, driven by Patrick J. Johnson, 47, of Greenville, was traveling northbound on US127 approaching State Road 242. Jackson's vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway striking the Northbound bicycle, ridden by Richard A. Monk, 51, of Ansonia.

Jackson was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Ansonia Rescue where he was treated and released. Monk was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight where he was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries sustained from the accident. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 7th, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

SERIOUS CRASH LEAVES 1 PERSON IN CRITICAL CONDITION

Arcanum- On June 7, 2011 at approximately 5:09 a.m. Darke County Deputies, along with Arcanum Fire and Rescue were dispatched to SR 49 in the area of Drew Rd in reference to an injury accident involving a car and a semi.

Initial investigation shows that a 2009 Volvo semi owned by Garber Ag Freight, driven by Brad Muhlenkamp (42) of Osgood, was heading northwest on St Rt 49. A 2002 Ford Taurus driven by Wesley Reier (24) of Greenville was driving southeast on SR49 when Reier’s vehicle went left of center hitting Muhlenkamp’s semi head-on. Reier’s vehicle then slid off the west side of the road coming to final rest in the side ditch. Muhlenkamp’s vehicle continued north going off the east side of the road striking an Embarq telephone pole coming to final rest.

Reier was trapped inside his vehicle and was extricated by Arcanum Fire and Rescue. Pitsburg Fire and Greenville Township Fire were also dispatched to the scene to assist.

Reier was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight. Muhlenkamp did not report any injury from the accident at this time.

Reier is listed in critical condition at Miami Valley hospital.

This accident remains under investigation at this time by Darke County Deputies.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

May 10th, 2011

Contact: Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE LEADS TO ARREST

Arcanum – On May 9th, 2011 at approximately 4:38 PM, the Darke County Drug Task Force, in conjunction with deputies from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and detectives from the Greenville Police Department conducted a narcotics investigation in the Arcanum area. Earlier in the day the Darke County Drug Task Force received a tip about a narcotics transaction that was to take place in Darke County near the Arcanum Area. The Darke County Drug Task Force monitored the area and observed the previous described suspects as reported and observed the narcotics transaction take place. Members of the Darke County Drug Task Force then attempted to stop one of the suspect vehicles and a short pursuit ensued. When the driver complied by pulling over, one occupant was arrested at the scene without incident; Anthony D. Cammack, a 20 year old black male from of Dayton, OH.

Mr. Cammack was transported to the Darke County Jail where he was booked in on Drug Trafficking charges. As Mr. Cammack was being booked in, $1,200 in cash was found, which had been stuffed down his underwear. It was learned that the amount of money recovered was the amount of money that was transferred between parties when the transaction took place.

Additionally, Mr. Cammack was recently arrested on March 10th, 2011 for his involvement in similar drug trafficking charges as a result of a previous drug investigation which was conducted by the Greenville Police Department. On those charges, Mr. Cammack pled guilty and was found guilty. Mr. Cammack was released on bond awaiting sentencing on those charges, which was schedule to take place on May 31st, 2011 in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

Mr. Cammack remains incarcerated in the Darke County Jail on Felony Drug Trafficking charges where he awaits his initial appearance in the Darke County Common Pleas Court.

The investigation continues.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

May 1st, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF 'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES FATAL CRASH

Versailles – On May 1st, 2011 at approximately 1:36 PM, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office along with Versailles Fire and Rescue responded to a one vehicle accident on State Route 121 just South of Chase Road.

Initial investigation showed that a 2000 Chevrolet Venture, driven by Danielle L. Stark (25) of Greenville , was Northbound on State Route 121. Stark’s vehicle drifted off the left side of the road and struck a DP&L utility pole and a Century Link phone junction box.

Stark was trapped inside her vehicle and was extricated by the Versailles Fire Department. Stark’s daughter, Hannah Stark (23 months) of Greenville , was a rear seat passenger in the vehicle. Both Danielle and Hannah Stark were transported to Wayne Health Care by Versailles Rescue.

Hannah Stark was pronounced dead at Wayne Health Care due to injuries sustained from the crash. Danielle Stark was later transported to Miami Valley Hospital where she is listed in stable condition.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Darke County Coroner’s Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 22nd, 2011

Contact: Detective C. Turner

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE INVESTIGATES ROBBERY

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Robbery at the Pak-a-Sak (convenience store) located at 3433 SR49, Arcanum, OH.

On Friday night, April 22, 2011 at approximately 9:34 P.M., deputies along with Arcanum Police Department were dispatched to the Pak-a-Sak located at 3433 SR49, Arcanum, OH., in reference to a Robbery that had just occurred.  The clerk advised that the suspect was wearing a black sock hat pulled over his face, stated that he was armed with a gun and demanded the cash from the register.  The clerk then handed the suspect money from the cash register.  At 9:57 P.M., Montgomery County Dispatch advised that Clay Township Police Department, along with other Montgomery County units affected a felony traffic stop on the suspect vehicle.  A male identified as Thomas R. Farrel of Eaton , OH . was arrested from that stop and transported to the Darke County Jail.  Farrel was booked in for Aggravated Robbery.

The investigation is ongoing.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 13th, 2011

Contact: Deputy E. Hanes

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE INJURY ACCIDENT

On April 13th, 2011 at approximately 7:35 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Tri-Village Rescue and New Madison Fire Department were dispatched to US Route 127 and Hogpath Road in reference to an injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a tan Saturn, driven by a 17 year old female of Greenville, was traveling Eastbound on Hogpath Road approaching US Route 127. The 17 year old female, traveled into the path of a white Nissan, driven by Joshua Sagester, 32, of Eaton, Ohio, which was traveling Southbound on US Route 127.

The 17 year old female was transported to Wayne Healthcare by Tri-Village Rescue and later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital for further evaluation. Sagester was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight, where he was later treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 10th, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Randy Linkous

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE INJURY ACCIDENT

On April 10th, 2011 at approximately 2:48 PM, Darke County Deputies along with the Gettysburg Fire Department, Gettysburg Rescue, Bradford Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to Gettysburg Webster Road South of New Harrison Bradford Road in reference to an injury accident

Preliminary investigation revealed a Suzuki motorcycle was traveling Northbound on Gettysburg Webster Road when the motorcycle drove off the right side of the road, overturning, and ejecting the driver.

The driver of the motorcycle was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

The accident remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

March 21st, 2011

Contact: Sgt. Randy Linkous

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE INJURY ACCIDENT

Darke County Deputies are currently investigating an injury accident that occurred on Hollansburg Tampico Road just South of Weavers Ft. Jefferson Road. On March 21st, 2011 at approximately 3:57 PM, Darke County Deputies along with Liberty Township Fire and Tri-Village Rescue were dispatched to the area in reference to a rollover accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a gray Ford Contour driven by Steven Richards, 64, of Hollansburg, was traveling Southbound on Hollansburg Tampico Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, driving off the right side of the road. Richards overcorrected, driving off the left side of the road into a steep ditch which caused his vehicle to rollover.

Richards was transported to Wayne Health Care for injuries suffered during the accident by Tri-Village Rescue.

The accident remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

March 20th, 2011

Contact: Deputy Josh R. Brinley

Phone: 937-548-3399

PERSON INJURED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

On Sunday, March 20th, 2011 at approximately 4:23 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a call in reference to a male shot in the leg at 3583 State Route 49 near Arcanum, Ohio. Darke County Deputies along with Arcanum Fire and Arcanum Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Initial investigation revealed that Dana E. Beighle (45) of Arcanum, Ohio was sitting in his vehicle at his residence. Bieghle was working on his semi-automatic pistol, when it accidentally went off, striking Beighle in the left thigh. Beighle was treated by Arcanum Rescue and transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by Careflight.

At this time, Beighle's condition is unknown. 
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

March 18th, 2011

Contact: Detective Corey Turner

Phone: 937-548-1193

CHILD INJURED IN SHOOTING INCIDENT

On Friday, March 18th, 2011 at approximately 3:26 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the Wayne County 9-1-1 Center reporting they had received a call from the 1900 block of Payne Road near Hollansburg, Ohio in reference to a six year old female who had been shot in the abdomen. Upon arrival at the scene, investigators confirmed that the child had received a small caliber gun shot wound to the lower abdomen.

The six-year old child has been identified as Fayth Van Etten of 1997 Payne Road. The child was transported by Tri-Village Rescue to Wayne Health Care in Greenville, Ohio. The victim was later transferred to Children's Medical Center of Dayton by MICU, where she's expected to undergo surgery for the injuries sustained in the incident. At last report, the condition of the child was listed as stable for transport to Children's Medical Center.

The initial investigation indicates that while at her residence, 1997 Payne Road, the child was struck in the lower abdomen by a projectile fired from a small-caliber rifle which was being controlled by her father, William Baker, age 25 and also of 1997 Payne Road. The child's parents were both present at the time of the incident. Preliminary reports suggest that the injury to the child most likely resulted from a ricochet of the projectile fired from the small-caliber rifle.

Also responding to the scene was Hollansburg Fire Department. Care Flight was also dispatched to the scene, but had to abort flight due to weather conditions.

This incident will remain under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

February 7th, 2011

Contact: Detective Chris Clark

Phone: 937-548-1193

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE DISRUPTS ACTIVE DRUG LAB

On February 6th at approximately 02:46 AM the Darke County Drug Task Force consisting of the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Greenville Police Department responded to an active methamphetamine drug lab at 204 Hart Street in the City of Greenville; a residential neighborhood. Also responding to assist was the City of Greenville Fire Department and Greenville Township Rescue.

All occupants of the residence were ordered to evacuate by the Darke County Clan Lab Unit. Removed without incident were 2 adult males and 1 adult female. Once inside, officer found evidence that the occupants were in the middle of manufacturing methamphetamine when the task force officers made entry.

All occupants were arrested at the scene, transported to the Darke County Jail and booked in under pending charges for Illegal Manufacturing of Methamphetamine.

Those Arrested:        Benjamin Jones, age 34, of 204 Hart Ave., Greenville, OH
                               Christopher Silcott, age 37, of 416 1/2 E Third St Greenville
                               Dawn Briner, age 43, of 416 1/2 E Third St, Greenville

This incident became more serious due to the fact that living next door was an infant under the age of 2 years old, causing the charges to be upgraded from a Felony of the 2nd degree to a Felony of the 1st degree.

All emergency responders remained on scene until the lab was dismantled. Items seized, but not limited to, were Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Prescription pills, Drug Paraphenalia, items used for manufacturing Methamphetamine and over $1,100.00 in cash. A private contractor responded to dispose of the hazardous materials.

Nearby residents were advised of the situation and were given the option to leave or remain in their homes with the windows and doors closed. There was no fire or injuries as a result of this incident. This case remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

January 6th, 2011

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

PROPERTY RECOVERED/ARREST MADE IN RECENT BURGLARIES

Last night Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives were assisted by Greenville Police Officers at 526 Martin Street , Greenville Ohio as a search warrant was executed at that residence.  Earlier in the day Darke County Detectives learned that stolen items were being kept in the basement at the Martin Street address.  Just prior to the execution of the search warrant, James Michael Moore, age 26, was arrested near the address after he was witnessed selling a stolen firearm and large flat screen TV.  Moore was taken to the Darke County Jail where he remains incarcerated on charges of having weapons under disability; additional charges on Moore will be sought after the case is reviewed by the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney.  Darke County Detectives will continue to follow up on leads that developed and will pursue additional arrests as the investigation continues.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer reports that as a result of his department’s actions last night, in excess of $3,500 worth of stolen property has been recovered thus far.  Items recovered during the investigation were multiple electronic devices, firearms, jewelry, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

It is unclear and probably unlikely that Moore is responsible for all of the recent burglaries therefore citizens should remain vigilant in watching for and reporting suspicious activity as investigations continue.  Anyone with additional tips or information on the recent burglaries / home invasions should contact the Darke County Sheriff at (937) 548-3399.  The Darke County Crime Stoppers offers rewards for crime tips and information that leads to the arrest and/ or conviction of those responsible for criminal acts.  Tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661. 
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 29th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills

Phone: 937-548-3399

ONE ARREST MADE AFTER 8 MILE LONG FOOT CHASE

On December 29th, 2010 at approximately 3:42 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a call and dispatched deputies to 4066 US Route 127 in reference to a possible domestic. 

When deputies arrived on scene they learned the male suspect, Jeremy D. McIntosh (32) of Camden, had fled on foot prior to the deputies arrival. The investigation revealed that Jeremy McIntosh had three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Two warrants were out of Preble County, one warrant was for a Failure to Appear charge in reference to telephone harassment, and the second warrant which was issued by the City of Eaton, was for telephone harassment. The third warrant for McIntosh was out of Butler County for a Probation Violation, which the initial violation being Child Neglect - Non support. 

Darke County deputies began following McIntosh's footprints in the snow. McIntosh was tracked for over eight miles where he was finally taken into custody in the area of State Route 722 West of Castine. McIntosh was charged with resisting arrest.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 29th, 2010

Contact: Detective Corey Turner

Phone: 937-548-3399

FARM ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

The Darke County Coroner's Office and the Darke County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a sixteen year old male identified as John M. Warner of Arcanum. On Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 at approximately 2:31 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting the sixteen year old male had been involved in a farming accident.

The preliminary investigation suggests that the teen's outer clothing became entangled in the power take-off shaft of a farm implement. The teen was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Also responding to the scene were the Arcanum Fire Department and Arcanum Community Rescue.

Authorities will continue to investigate this tragic accident.

Warner was a student at Franklin Monroe High School. School officials have been contacted and are implementing a course of action to meet the other student's needs.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 28th, 2010

Contact: Brandon Redmond

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE WARNS OF POSSIBLE BURGLARIES

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received several reports of burglaries across the Southern half of Darke County . These burglaries began early in December and most have occurred during day time hours. There have also been numerous burglaries reported across Preble County and Wayne County in Indiana . It is unknown at this time if the burglaries are connected.

While Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies continue their patrols looking for these burglars, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office needs your help. Sheriff Toby L. Spencer asks citizens report any suspicious activity immediately to our dispatch center by calling 937-548-2020. Time is of the essence when reporting suspicious activity. When reporting suspicious activity, any information available, such as vehicle or person descriptions, should be reported to the on duty dispatcher.

The Darke County Sheriff makes the following suggestions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Lock the doors to your vehicle, home and secure outbuildings. Do not leave garage and outbuilding doors standing open unnecessarily. This only advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim. If you are going to be traveling on vacation or away from your residence for several days, stop your mail and newspaper delivery. Uncollected newspapers and overflowing mail are yet another way that thieves look for unattended homes.

If you have any information on these burglaries, you can contact Detective Baker at 937-548-1193.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 21st, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

"OPERATION SILENT NIGHT" YIELDS MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS

On December 21, 2010 at approximately 6:45 AM the Darke County Drug Task Force implemented “Operation Silent Night”.  This operation is a drug arrest round-up throughout Darke County and the City of Greenville .  More than 20 arrest warrants have been issued on indictment by the Darke County Grand Jury as a result of numerous cases being presented by the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office.  All of the indictments stem from three years of drug investigations by the Darke County Drug Task Force.  The Darke County Drug Task Force consists of counter drug detectives from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department.  Charges on these indictments include Trafficking in Drugs and Permitting Drug Abuse.  Many of these cases included trafficking near a school or juvenile, which comes with enhanced penalties.

“Operation Silent Night” was chosen as the name of this round up to reflect the quietness and sense of safety we hope to experience in our community with drug dealers in jail during the impending Christmas Holiday.

Due to the number of arrests anticipated in “Operation Silent Night” the Greenville Police Department and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by deputies from United States Marshal Cathy Jones’ fugitive task force teams out of Dayton and Columbus , Ohio .  This operation was successful due to the interagency cooperation of city, county and federal law enforcement agencies.

As of 10:15AM there have been a total of 18 arrests made out of 26 felony arrest warrants issued.  The breakdown is as follows 15 were arrested in Greenville and Darke County , 1 arrest in Randolph County , IN , 2 were already incarcerated on unrelated charges in other facilities.  Those arrested in Darke County are being held in the Darke County Jail pending arraignment through the Darke County Court of Common Pleas.  Arrests will continue until all those indicted are brought to justice.

Darke County Sheriff Toby Spencer and Greenville Police Chief Dennis Butts want to send a strong message to drug dealers and their patrons, that this criminal activity will not be tolerated in our community.  The Darke County Drug Task Force will continue to vigilantly enforce drug laws with the support of the citizens through out Greenville and Darke County .

Following are the list of people arrested.

1.  Brian E. Seats Jr.                 age 21, Greenville , OH

2.  Jennifer L. Green                 age 22, Greenville , OH

3.  James Buckingham  age 46, Greenville , OH

4.  Jessica M. Ferrante             age 28, Greenville , OH

5.  Ismael Lopez Jr.                  age 42, Union City , OH

6.  Dale Bowling Jr.                  age 35, Union City , OH

7.  Timothy J. Sanders              age 31, Greenville , OH

8.  Darren A. Coby                  age 50, Greenville , OH

9.  Ella K. Keihn                       age 55, Union City , OH

10.Daniel S. Whitley II age 22, Wayne Lakes , OH

11.Dustin S. Westfall                age 22, Union City , OH

12.Matthew D. Stokes             age 27, Greenville , OH

13.Andrew J. Hanna                 age 26, Greenville , OH

14.Tammy J. Mitchell               age 46, Greenville , OH

15.Joe R. Anguiano                  age 49, Union City , OH

16.Melanie Roth                       age 40, Union City , IN

17.Cary Helmer                        age 35, Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

18.Donald Garrett Jr.                age 25, Shelby Co. Jail


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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 21st, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Steve Mills

Phone: 937-548-3399

CRASH LEAVES ONE DEAD, ANOTHER PERSON INJURED

Darke County Deputies are currently investigating a two vehicle serious injury crash that occurred on Tuesday December 21, 2010 on Hollansburg- Arcanum Road  East of Harrison Road in Harrison Twp.  Darke County Deputies along with New Madison Fire Dept., Hollansburg Fire Dept., and Tri-Village Rescue and Careflight, were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:40 AM.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1997 Saturn driven by 17 year old Samuel Bevins, of Hollansburg , OH. , was traveling Eastbound on Hollansburg-Arcanum Road and was passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction when he collided head on with a Westbound 2006 Dodge Stratus, driven by 26 year old Holly Beam of New Madison.  The female passenger of the Beavin’s vehicle, 11 year old Sarah Bevins was air lifted to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight for life threatening injuries.  The Darke County Sheriff’s Office was later notified that she was pronounced dead at approximately 11:10 AM.   Both drivers were taken to Wayne Hospital with minor injuries.  This was the seventh fatal crash in Darke County for the year.   

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

December 9th, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-1193

DARKE COUNTY TO USE MODIFIED LEVEL 3 SNOW EMERGENCY 

With the potential impending winter weather Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer would like to remind the public of the snow level advisories and introduce a modified level three snow emergency.  The Darke County Sheriff will be using the latest technology in an effort to keep the public informed and up to date on any snow levels or traffic hazards.

Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Attorney General Opinion’s, the Darke County Sheriff can declare snow emergencies and temporarily close any county, township, state roadways or municipal streets within his jurisdiction when necessary to preserve the public peace. 

Winter weather and travel conditions are always changing.  The flat and rural nature of Darke County ’s geography lends itself to these dynamic situations.  The large size of Darke County can often result in varying levels of conditions in the county.  As a rule Sheriff Spencer issues advisories and emergencies based on the overall conditions of the county as a whole.  The Sheriff makes decisions on what levels to issue based on information received from a number of sources including the National Weather Service, road deputies and state, county and township road crews.  Public safety comes first when making such decisions.  With this in mind Sheriff Spencer plans to be more conservative in his use of level three snow emergencies if conditions permit.  A “Modified Level Three” may be issued which will be more geographically specific to areas with the most critical problems.  This will also result in more use of the level 2 snow advisory when weather and conditions dictate its use.  The “Modified Level Three” if used will be issued with specific instructions on what particular types of roads or areas of the county are closed.  This will permit travel to occur in less affected areas of the county or municipalities.

The Snow Level Advisories/ Emergency are explained as follows:

LEVEL 1 SNOW ADVISORY

A level one-snow advisory means that roadways are snow covered and hazardous. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.

LEVEL 2 SNOW ADVISORY

A level two-snow advisory means that roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads can be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. People should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Obviously, if you are driving, use extreme caution.  

LEVEL 3 SNOW EMERGENCY

A level three snow emergency means that ALL roadways are CLOSED to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during this condition unless it is absolutely necessary or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Anyone traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

 MODIFIED LEVEL THREE

A modified level three snow emergency means that roadways or types of roadways (state roads, county roads, township roads, municipal streets) in a specifically designated geographic area are CLOSED to non-emergency personnel.  No one should be driving on these types of roads or in these areas during this condition unless it is absolutely necessary or a personal emergency exists.  All personnel in the affected area should contact their employer to see if they should report to work.  Anyone traveling in the designated area may subject themselves to arrest.

Sheriff Spencer will communicate advisories/emergencies and any updates on their status or cancellation via press releases to local media outlets.  In addition, all advisories/ emergencies will be posted and regularly updated on the Darke County Sheriff’s Office website; http://www.darkecountysheriff.org.  When the website is updated or a status change occurs this information is transmitted automatically to Facebook and Twitter.  This enables the public to be notified almost instantaneously if they choose.  Sheriff Spencer asks that citizens utilize these numerous informational sources rather than call the Sheriff’s Office to ask about snow level statuses.  In years past we have received numerous calls in the dispatch center asking about snow level status and weather conditions.  Such calls tie up emergency communication lines.

Sheriff Spencer urges everyone to always wear a seat belt and have a safe and happy holiday season.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 2nd, 2010

Contact: Deputy Josh Brinley

Phone: 937-548-1193

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE CRASH

Darke County Deputies are currently investigating a one vehicle injury accident that occurred on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 on Brock Cosmos Rd East of State Route 118. Darke County Deputies along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:28 AM.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a Grey 1993 Chevy pick up truck, driven by a Versailles teen was Westbound on Brock Cosmos Rd and lost control on the ice covered roadway. The truck traveled off the left side of the road striking a utility pole. Two teenage passengers were ejected from the vehicle, one being taken to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. The other two teenagers were transported to Wayne Hospital in Greenville for their injuries.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

November 20th, 2010

Contact: Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-1193

DARKE COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANT

On November 19, 2010 at approximately 8:41 PM the Darke County Drug Task Force consisting of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenville Police Department executed a search warrant at 208 Covington Street in the Village of Ansonia .  Also responding to the scene was the Village of Ansonia Police Department and the Village of Ansonia Rescue .  The Darke County Sheriffs Office Special Response Team made entry into the residence and secured the occupant.  One adult male was removed from the residence.  Once inside Drug Task Force Officers found evidence that the occupant was involved in trafficking drugs.  Officers did remove several pieces of evidence from the residence including several firearms. 

The suspect is Sebastian R. Cardenas , age 55 of that address.  Cardenas was eventually released from the scene pending charges.

This search warrant stems from over a month long investigation conducted by the Darke County Drug Task Force.

This case remains under investigation.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 12th, 2010

Phone: 937-548-3399

TWO MEN AIRLIFTED TO MIAMI VALLEY FOLLOWING CRASH

On September 12th, 2010 at approximately 14:02 hours, 9-1-1 Dispatchers at the Darke County Sheriff’s Office answered a 9-1-1 call in reference to a possible serious one vehicle motor vehicle crash on State Route 47 just west of the Village of Ansonia . Initial information from the 9-1-1 callers reported that the vehicle had rolled several times. Darke County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to the crash, along with Ansonia Fire, Ansonia Rescue, and two helicopters from Careflight.

Once on the scene, investigation revealed that a 2002 Ford Truck, driven by Rodney Widener (38) from Ansonia , Ohio , was Eastbound on State Route 47 when the vehicle lost control. The vehicle left the north side of the roadway and rolled multiple times before the vehicle came to rest inverted in a bean field.

Both Widener and the passenger, Kilven Williams (43) of  Greenville , were ejected out of the vehicle. Ansonia Rescue treated both patients before they were flown via Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton , Ohio . Both patients had serious injuries.

Speed and alcohol are suspected in the crash.

UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2010

As of September 16th, 2010 at 12:39 AM, Kilven Williams (43) of Greenville , was pronounced deceased at Miami Valley Hospital due to injuries he sustained from the crash on State Route 47 west of Ansonia on September 12th, 2010.    __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 11th, 2010

Contact: Deputy Steve Hickey

Phone: 937-548-3399

MAN CRASHES MOTORCYCLE, FLOWN TO MIAMI VALLEY

A Kent, Ohio man was injured Friday Night when the motorcycle he was operating crashed west of North Star, Ohio.

At 11:58 PM, September 10th, 2010, Darke County 9-1-1 Operators received a report of an injury accident on North Star Fort Loramie Road, just North of Elijah-York Road. Darke County Deputies along with units from North Star Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue were also dispatched to the scene.

An initial investigation has revealed 47 year old Andrew Novak of Kent, Ohio, was traveling westbound on North Star Fort Loramie Road when he lost control of his 2003 Harley Davidson Motorcycle on a curve and left the roadway.

Novak was airlifted from the scene by Careflight and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital where he was listed in stable condition. Darke County Deputies are continuing their investigation into the accident.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 9th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. S. Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

CAR VERSES PEDESTRIAN CRASH

On September 9th, 2010 at approximately 9:30 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office, along with Rossburg Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue, were dispatched to a vehicle/pedestrian accident on North Star Fort Loramie Road just East of State Route 118.

The initial investigation revealed a 1993 Jeep driven by Ronald Christian (57) of New Weston was Eastbound on North Star Fort Loramie Road. Darrell J. Dow (27) of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, was walking Eastbound on North Star Fort Loramie Road when he was struck by Christian's Jeep. Witnesses at the scene advised that Dow was dressed in all black clothing. Christian reported not seeing Dow on the roadway due to heavy race traffic at the time.

Dow was treated by Ansonia Rescue and was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Investigation revealed that the pedestrian Dow was intoxicated while walking on the roadway.

At this time, the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 9th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Chuck Stebbins

Phone: 937-548-3399

CAREFLIGHT DISPATCHED TO TWO VEHICLE INJURY CRASH

On September 9th, 2010 at approximately 4:42 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office, along with Gettysburg Fire and Gettysburg Rescue were dispatched to the intersection of Gettysburg Webster and Childrens Home Bradford Roads in reference to a two vehicle injury accident. Careflight was also requested to the scene.

The initial investigation revealed that a 2000 Dodge Ram Truck was being operated by Virginia Bergman (21) of Bradford, Ohio, and was Eastbound on Childrens Home Bradford Road. Bergman's vehicle failed to stop at the stop sign at Gettysburg Webster Road and struck a 2007 Toyota Camry being driven by Jo Ellen Zerkle (62) of Bradford, Ohio, which was Northbound on Gettysburg Webster Road. Both vehicles then continued off the Northeast Corner of the intersection into a cornfield.

Bergman was treated by Gettysburg Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Zerkle was treated by Gettysburg Rescue and was then flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.

The condition of both individuals is unknown at this time.   __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 7th, 2010

Contact: Deputy Tony Royer

Phone: 937-548-3399

MAN DIES FROM CRASH

On September 6th, 2010 at 6:33 PM, Darke County Sheriff's Deputies along with Versailles Fire, Versailles Rescue and Careflight were dispatched to Boyer Road north of Etter Road in reference to an injury accident.

The preliminary investigation revealed a motor scooter driven by David L. Armstrong Sr., 70, Versailles, was traveling Northbound on Boyer Road north of Etter Road when the front tire blew out causing the scooter to travel off the roadway, striking a wooden post, which caused both riders to be ejected. Both riders were wearing helmet.

Armstrong was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight. The passenger, Carolyn F. Armstrong, 68, Versailles, was transported to Wayne Hospital where she was treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation. 

UPDATE: 

The Darke County Sheriff's Office was notified during the morning hours of September 7th, 2010, that David L. Armstrong Sr. of Versailles, Ohio, died due to  injuries sustained from the crash on Boyer Road while in surgery at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 26th, 2010

Contact: Detective Sgt. Mike Burns

Phone: 937-548-3399

EDGED WEAPON ASSAULT INVESTIGATION 

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the stabbing of a 19 year old male, identified as Leroy Brock Crawford of Greenville, OH. 

On Thursday morning, August 26, 2010 at approximately 2:08 AM deputies were dispatched to Wayne Health Care in Greenville, OH in reference to an adult male being there for the treatment of a stab wound; that being Mr. Crawford.  Mr. Crawford was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight and was reported early today in serious condition.  Mr. Crawford is expected to recover from his injuries.

Investigation has shown that the assault occurred in the Wayne Lakes area of Darke County .  The arrest of one male juvenile, age 17, from Darke County has been made which has also led to his confinement at the West Central Juvenile Detention Center in Troy, OH.  Formal charges are pending.

The investigation continues as further leads develop.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 23rd, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

CHILD DEATH INVESTIGATION 

The Darke County Coroner's Office and the Darke County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a twelve year old child identified as Jordan T. Pond of Versailles. On Friday Evening, August 20th, 2010 at approximately 10:00 PM, the child suffered a sudden cardiac arrest at the Darke County Fair near the area of Gate 6. An EMS unit stationed on the grounds came to the aid of the child. The child was rushed to Wayne Hospital across the street from the fairgrounds where he was later pronounced dead.

Darke County Coroner Dr. T. Kathman reports that preliminary findings suggest that the cause of death is natural. A final determination on cause and manner of death is pending further forensic testing which could take several weeks.

There is no evidence at this time to suggest that the child's death is associated with his attendance at the Darke County Fair.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 14th, 2010

Phone: 937-548-3399

1 PERSON DEAD FOLLOWING DROWNING 

On August 14th, 2010 at approximately 2:56 AM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 in reference to a male who jumped into a private pond and was struggling in the water at 3799 Byrkett Road outside of Greenville. A bystander rescue was attempted but was unsuccessful. Fire and EMS units from Tri-Village Rescue, New Madison Fire Department and Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. Assistance was requested from the Bradford Fire Department's water rescue team, as well as a dive team from Wayne County, Indiana. 

Bradford Fire Department's water rescue team arrived and recovered the body of thirty-four year old John W. Cox of Greenville at approximately 5:10 AM. The victim was found in approximately sixteen feet of water and pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner's investigator. The dive team from Indiana was cancelled.

This investigation is ongoing by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and by the Darke County Coroner's Office.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 14th, 2010

Contact: Deputy Steve Hickey

Phone: 937-548-3399

ONE PATIENT AIRLIFTED FOLLOWING MOTORCYCLE CRASH 

On August 13th, 2010 at approximately 11:02 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office along with Versailles Fire Department, Versailles Rescue, Versailles Police Department and Careflight were dispatched to State Route 47 North of Studer Road in reference to a motorcycle accident.

A preliminary investigation has revealed a motorcycle was traveling westbound on State Route 47 when the drive failed to negotiate a curve, driving off the left side of the road. The motorcycle rolled into a bean field after striking the ditch, coming to rest on top of the driver. A passing motorist observed the motorcycle in the field and called 9-1-1. This same person also assisted a Versailles Firefighter and Versailles Police Officer with lifting the motorcycle off of the injured person.

The driver of the motorcycle was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton with critical injuries.

This accident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

August 13th, 2010

Phone: 937-548-3399

PREPARATIONS FOR THE DARKE COUNTY FAIR 

In preparation for the Great Darke County Fair, several public service entities have been meeting for the past several months to promote safety for all who will be attending the fair this year.

The Darke County Fair Board, Darke County Commissioners, Darke County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency, Greenville Township Rescue, Greenville Police Department, Greenville Fire Department, Greenville Township Fire Department, Greenville Street Department, Darke County Highway Department and the Darke County Sheriff's Office have all joined teams in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents from the number experienced in the past.

We would like to invite you to a joint news conference that will be held at the Fair Board Office located under the Grand Stand of the fairgrounds on August 17th, 2010 at 10:15 AM to give you more details on what has been done and what will be done to make safety a number one priority for this year's fair.

Please help us inform the public that safety is a concern that we all take seriously!  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 29th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Randy Linkous

Phone: 937-548-3399

ALCOHOL SUSPECTED IN CRASH 

On August 1st, 2010, at approximately 1:46 AM, Darke County Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire and Gettysburg Rescue were dispatched to US Route 36 and Arcanum Bears Mill Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by Joshua Weymer, 19, Arcanum, was approaching Arcanum Bears Mill Road from the East when he attempted to turn South onto Arcanum Bears Mill Road. A Red Pontiac G5 driven by Tyler Treon, 27, of Greenville, attempted to pass within the intersection, colliding with Weymer's vehicle.

Careflight was called to the scene and Weymer was airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. A passenger in Weymer's vehicle was transported to Wayne Hospital by Gettysburg Rescue. Treon refused treatment at the scene.

Alcohol is suspected and possibly a contributing factor in the accident. US Route 36 was closed at the intersection for nearly two hours while the investigation took place. This accident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 29th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

HIGH SPEED PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST 

On July 29th, 2010, Darke County Sheriff's Office Deputies, along with officers from the Greenville Police Department, were attempting to stop a vehicle on State Route 49 that had just pulled out of the Stardust Motel. The deputies and officers were attempting to stop the vehicle in reference to a male that was inside the vehicle, which had a felony warrant out for his arrest out of Darke County for Robbery. The warrant was from an investigation conducted by the Greenville Police Department. The male subject/suspect was Kalob Gray (33) of Greenville. The vehicle went Northbound on State Route 49 and turned West on to Eidson Road. The vehicle continued westbound to State Route 121, where the vehicle then turned and went Southbound on State Route 121. The pursuit continued Southbound on State Route 121 and stopped just South of Bishop Road. When the vehicle stopped the female driver got out of the vehicle and the suspect, Kalob Gray, got into the driver's seat and took off southbound once again on State Route 121. The pursuit continued Southbound on State Route 121 to Main Drive in the village of Wayne Lakes. The vehicle went southbound on Main Drive and then turned Northbound on to North Drive. The pursuit continued down North Drive where the vehicle went off the roadway and struck a fence and a telephone junction box. The driver gained control of the vehicle and continued North on North Drive. At the intersection of North Drive and Ottawa Drive in Wayne Lakes, the vehicle again went off the roadway into a yard. At this time the suspect vehicle was boxed in by Darke County Sheriff's Office Deputies and the suspect, Kalob Gray, was taken in to custody.

Gray did receive minor injuries from the accident and was treated by Tri-Village Rescue and way transported to Wayne Health Care by Darke County Deputies. Speeds during the pursuit reached 100 to 110 MPH.

This incident is still under investigation and further charges are pending.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 8th, 2010

Contact: Detective Sgt. Mike Burns

Phone: 937-548-1193

ANNUAL MARIJUANA ERADICATION

On July 26th and 27th, 2010 the Darke County Drug Task Force, consisting of officers from the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville Police Department, along with The State Of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation Eradication Team conducted air and ground searches at various locations in Darke County.  As a result, $111,000 worth of marijuana plants were located and seized

During an aerial search the Eradication Team observed several marijuana plants growing in the garden of a residence at 1671 Harrison Road , New Madison, OH.  An adult male was observed from the air attempting to destroy those plants.  Agents on the ground responded to the residence as the male subject fled back into the house.  A search warrant was executed at that location.  Further investigation provided evidence of an active indoor grow operation that was inside the residence and an inactive grow operation that was inside the barn. 

Darke County Officials believe they have dismantled a major marijuana growing operation.  Seized from the residence was $1,000 cash, approximately sixteen pounds of cultivated and processed marijuana, numerous firearms and other items used in the cultivation and trafficking of marijuana.  Value of the marijuana is estimated to be $24,000.

No arrests have been made at this time as the investigation continues.  Charges will be pending as a review of the case by the Darke County Prosecutor is made.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 8th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Randy Linkous

Phone: 937-548-3399

TWO VEHICLE CRASH 

On July 8th, 2010 at approximately 4:08 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, along with Gettysburg Fire, Arcanum Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash that occurred at State Route 571 and Arcanum Bears Mill Road.

Preliminary investigation revealed a Northbound vehicle driven by Katie L. Hurst, age 24, of Dayton was stopped at the intersection of Arcanum Bears Mill Road and State Route 571. Hurst attempted to cross State Route 571, northbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Road, pulling into the path of an Eastbound driven vehicle by Ronald L. Thornburg, age 66, of Pitsburg. Hurst's vehicle overturned after the initial impact causing the vehicle to come to rest on it's top.

Two adults and three children from the Hurst vehicle were transported to Wayne Hospital. A child was later airlifted by Careflight to Dayton Children's Hospital. Thornburg was also taken to Wayne Hospital for treatment. This accident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

July 4th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Dave Mikesell

Phone: 937-548-3399

TWO PATIENTS FLOWN TO MIAMI VALLEY 

On July 4th, 2010 at approximately 10:42 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received several calls reporting a serious multi-vehicle crash involving two pedestrians at Ritenour Road approximately a half of a mile East of State Route 121.The Darke County Sheriff's Office, Tri-Village Rescue, North Central Rescue (Eldorado), Northwest Rescue (New Paris), New Madison Fire Department and Careflight were dispatched to the scene. Preliminary investigation revealed an eastbound vehicle driven by Matthew Cline, age 18 of Arcanum, struck two pedestrians and then a vehicle parked stationary on the road. The vehicle that was struck was pushed into a third vehicle that was also parked on the roadway. Careflighted from the scene and listed in stable condition were Lisa Nave, age 45 from New Paris, and Albert Honious, age 48 from Brookville, Ohio. Matthew Cline and his passenger were transported to Wayne Hospital where they were treated and released. A back seat passenger in the first vehicle that was struck was transported to Wayne Hospital where she was transported and released with minor injuries. The two passengers in the second vehicle that was struck did not sustain any injuries. This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 18th, 2010

Contact: Detective David Hawes

Phone: 937-548-3399

PAK-A-SAK ROBBED/SUSPECT APPREHENDED

On June 18th, 2010 at approximately 0109 hours, Deputies from the Darke County Sheriff's Office responded to the Pak-A-Sak Convenience Store, located in North Star at 14428 US Route 127, in reference to the report of an armed robbery.

Initial investigation reveals that a male suspect believed to be around sixty years of age, approximately 5'5" to 5'7" tall, weighing about 160 lbs with gray hair, wearing a camouflaged ball cap, thick framed glasses, a white tee shirt with blue sleeves, blue jeans and dark colored work boots, brandished a chrome finished revolver and demanded and took an undetermined about of cash from the cash register. The male suspect then exited the building and fled the scene in a small car believed to be silver in color. The vehicle had red, white and blue Ohio license plates with unknown numbers. The suspect was last seen traveling northbound on US Route 127.

Investigators request your help with this investigation. If you have any information that could help identify this man, please contact Detective David Hawes at the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

This incident is still under investigation.

UPDATE:

Additional information with regard to the armed robbery that occurred at the Pak-A-Sak Convenience Store located in North Star, Ohio at 14428 US Route 127 on June 18th, 2010 at approximately 0105 hours.

At approximately 1405 hours on June 18th, 2010, Merle Lee Newbauer of Rossburg, Ohio was taken into custody on charged of Armed Robbery at the Pak-A-Sak earlier that same day. Newbauer was taken into custody without incident after numerous calls were made, identifying him as the person in the video that was obtained from Pak-A-Sak which was recorded during the Armed Robbery. Newbauer is a 65 year old white male.

The incident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 14th, 2010

Contact: Deputy S. Hickey

Phone: 937-548-3399

ONE PERSON KILLED IN CRASH

On June 14th, 2010 at approximately 1:50 PM, Darke County deputies, along with Greenville Township Fire and Greenville Township Rescue, were dispatched to the intersection of Stingley Road and Greenville Palestine Road in reference to a two vehicle accident.

Preliminary Investigation revealed a Chevy Pick-up truck driven by Caleb D. Allread, 16, of Bradford, was driving southbound on Greenville Palestine Road when his vehicle entered the intersection of Stingley Road. Allread's vehicle struck an eastbound Mercury car that was driven by Timothy C. Fallis, 29, of Greenville.

Allread was transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Rescue with non life threatening injuries.

Fallis was pronounced dead at the scene. The Darke County Coroner's Office was requested to the scene to assist with the investigation.

This accident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 11th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Chuck Stebbins

Phone: 937-548-3399

ONE PATIENT TRANSPORTED TO MIAMI VALLEY HOSPITAL

On June 11th, 2010 at approximately 6:45 AM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a one vehicle serious accident in the 4500-Block of Horatio-Harris Creek Rd.

Responding units found 16 year old Sara E. Beanblossom of rural Bradford trapped in her vehicle. Investigation revealed that Beanblossom was traveling eastbound when for unknown reasons she drove off the right of the roadway and struck a utility pole. Greenville Township Rescue and Fire freed Beanblossom from her vehicle after approximately 30 minutes. Beanblossom was then transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by Careflight.

This accident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

June 1st, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Dave Mikesell

Phone: 937-548-3399

CAREFLIGHT CALLED TO SCENE OF CRASH

On June 1st, 2010 at approximately 11:50 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office responded to a one vehicle crash. The crash occurred on State Route 49 just South of Kilbourn Rd. Preliminary investigation revealed a northbound vehicle driven by Samuel Newberry, age 29 of Greenville, drove off the right side of the roadway. Newberry's vehicle struck a mailbox and a private driveway causing the vehicle to overturn several times. Mr. Newberry and his wife were both ejected from the vehicle. Arcanum Fire and Arcanum Rescue along with Careflight were dispatched to the scene. Careflight transported Samuel Newberry and his wife Robyn Newberry, age 27, to Miami Valley Hospital. This crash remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

May 20th, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY DEPUTIES RAID DRUG LABS

On May 20, 2010 at approximately 5:30 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and Clandestine Drug Lab Unit raided two suspected Methamphetamine drug labs located in southwest Darke County. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Preble County Sheriff’s Deputies and Eaton Police Detectives. The raid was the result of an investigation that has spanned over two months. A search warrant was executed at 266 Braffetsville-North Road south of New Madison, OH. Also searched in the raid was a log cabin about a mile away on Wiley Road. Evidence of Methamphetamine manufacturing was found at both locations. The case is still under investigation and no arrests were made associated with the drug lab at this time. Charges are expected to be filed after the case is completed and reviewed by the Darke County Prosecuting Attorney.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

May 15th, 2010

Contact: Detective Chris Clark

Phone: 937-548-3399

TWO PEOPLE STABBED DURING FIGHT

On May 15th, 2010 at 12:58 AM, the Darke County 9-1-1 received a call in reference to a fight at 3743 Hickory Dr. in Wayne Lakes. When deputies arrived on the scene, they located two male subjects who had been stabbed. Jivonni Goins (20) of Greenville, and Seth Lambert (20) of Greenville. Both were treated by Tri-Village Rescue and were transported to Miami Valley Hospital by Care Flight.

Initial investigation revealed an altercation took place between 5 male subjects. Goins and Lambert received stab wounds as a result of the altercation. Details of the altercation are still being investigated at this time.

At this time, the altercation is under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 29th, 2010

Contact: Officer Ron Beisner

Phone: 937-548-3399

FARM ACCIDENT KILLS ONE

Darke County Sheriff's Office Deputies are investigating a tragic farm related accident that occurred at 8606 Hager Rd outside of Versailles, Ohio. On April 29th, 2010 at 1:34 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a male subject was caught in a grain auger. The Darke County Sheriff's Office, Versailles Fire and Versailles Rescue were called to the scene along with Careflight, who was later cancelled.

Preliminary investigation reveals Nicholas L. Grillot, 64, of Reed Road, was removing corn from a grain bin when his jacket was caught on the shaft of the grain auger. Grillot was pronounced dead at the scene.

Darke County Coroner's investigator was requested to the scene to assist with the investigation. The accident remains under investigation.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 29th, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS OF POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office has received information that surrounding counties are experiencing a rash of burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. This criminal activity has been occurring close to the Darke County line both day and night. Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to be vigilant in patrols; however we need the assistance of our local citizens. Darke County Sheriff Toby L. Spencer asks citizens to be on the look out and immediately report any suspicious activity they might observe. Such activity can be reported to the Sheriff 24 hours a day by calling 937-548-2020. It is important that reports are called in at the time they are observed to allow the deputies a timely response and investigation. If able to do so safely, please provide a description of any vehicles or persons associated with the suspicious activity.

The Darke County Sheriff makes the following suggestions to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Never leave your keys in the car, remove valuable items and lock your vehicle doors. Many of the motor vehicle thefts involved was the result of owners leaving the keys in the ignition. Lock the doors to your home and secure outbuildings. Do not leave garage and outbuilding doors standing open unnecessarily. This only advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim.

The Darke County Sheriff encourages property owners to record and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers to their valuables. This information is necessary to increase the chances of property recovery if you should become a victim of crime and sustain a theft.

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.  __________________________________________________________________


DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 18th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-3399

ACCIDENT KILLS ONE, INJURES THREE OTHERS

On April 18th, 2010, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 911 calls at 0040 hours in reference to an accident on Delisle-Fourman Rd at Jaysville St. Johns Rd. The initial dispatch advised that the vehicle had rolled and that at least one person had been ejected from the vehicle. Units from Arcanum Rescue and New Madison Fire Department were dispatched to the scene, along with Darke County Sheriff Deputies. 

An initial investigation showed that a 2004 Kia, which was driven by Todd M. Delong Jr. (19) of Lewisburg, was westbound on Delisle-Fourman Rd and ran the stop sign at the intersection of Jaysville St. Johns Rd. The Delong vehicle had three passengers in the vehicle being Derek Baker (18) of Arcanum, Taylor V. Landes (19) of Eldorado and Katilyn S. Moses (17) of Eldorado. The Delong vehicle appeared to hit a bump in the road causing the vehicle to go off the south side of the road into a field. The vehicle overturned and rolled several times ejecting Kaitlyn Moses from the vehicle. Delong and Baker were seat belted in the vehicle and remained inside the vehicle until it came to a final rest. At this time it is unknown if the Landes subject was ejected from the vehicle. Delong and Landis were both transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by Careflight. Baker was transported by Arcanum Rescue to Miami Valley Hospital. Kaitlyn Moses was pronounced dead at the scene. 

At this time it is unknown on the condition of the three male subjects at Miami Valley Hospital. 

At this time, the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office. Speed and alcohol are suspected causes of the accident.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 13th, 2010

Contact: Detective Rodney Baker

Phone: 937-548-3399

MAN FOUND DEAD AT FIRE

On April 13th, 2010 units from the Burkettsville Community Fire Department and Rossburg Fire Department were dispatched to the area of Lightsville Northern Road south of State Route 705 in reference to a corn field fire. Southwest Mercer Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue assisted with the fire. Fire units arrived on scene and began fighting the fire, and a short time later, discovered the body of a deceased unidentified adult male subject within the fire perimeter. Burkettsville Fire immediately contacted the Darke County Sheriff's Office who started an investigation along with the Darke County Coroner's Office.

An initial investigation reveals that the unidentified male subject was apparently attempting to burn a large brush pile on the property. It is believed that the unidentified male subject may have been using an accelerant to start the fire. It appears that the male subject's clothing caught fire, causing the male subject to fall down in the field, possible starting the cornfield fire. At this time, the cause of death is pending a forensic examination. The male subject is believed to be a local land owner and formal identification of the male subject is pending. An estimated twenty acres of land was involved in the fire as well as a large brush pile.

This investigation is still pending with the Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Darke County Coroner's Office.  __________________________________________________________________

DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 7th, 2010

Contact: Brandon Redmond

Phone: 937-548-3399

CAREFLIGHT CALLED TO SCENE OF ACCIDENT

On April 6th, 2010 at approximately 18:45 hours, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call advising that a male subject had fallen off of a tractor at the intersection of Greenville-Nashville Rd and Shade Rd.

The victim, Everett Klinger, was found to be laying in the roadway. The tractor continued into a house. There was no fire or explosion and no one was injured in the residence.

Klinger, 65 years of age from Greenville , was transported to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton , Ohio where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Greenville Township Fire Department along with Greenville Township Rescue assisted the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at the accident scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

April 1st, 2010

2009 Statistics

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer has reported the following information on fees collected for the year 2009.  He also reports the statistics for the Darke County Sheriff’s Office for 2009, along with the percentage of increase or decrease from 2008.

 

Fees collected were as follows:

            $189,891.50       Housing prisoners

            $122,867.69       Service fees

      $ 3,733.50         Reports, Record checks and Impound fees

            $       942.50      Miscellaneous fees

            $  17,338.35      Pay for Stay fees

 

The total of all fees collected in 2009 is $334,773.54.  This money was deposited in the Commissioners’ General Fund to spend as they deem fit.

As a point of interest, the Pay for Stay program was initiated on September 1, 1998.  Since its inception, $268,833.40 has been deposited into the Commissioners’ General Fund.

Another point of interest is that the Sheriff must pay from his budget to house prisoners at other jails when our jail is filled to capacity.  The total amount paid in 2009 for housing prisoners was $500.00.

The Sheriff’s Office receives a commission on telephone calls placed by inmates and phone cards purchased by inmates.  These funds are deposited into a commissary account and are used to pay for items to benefit the inmates, such as bedding, linens, inmate uniforms, community service uniforms, recreational items, initial hygiene items, etc.  Commission fees deposited in this account in 2009 were $9,648.72.  The amount spent to benefit the inmates in 2009 was $7,032.41.

There were a total of 1918 Offenses reported, an average of 159 per month, which is an increase of 145 from 2008.  Of the total reported, 913 cases were cleared and 83 cases were unfounded.  In 2009, our office cleared 48% of all offenses reported.

26 Auto Thefts were reported, 6 more than were reported in 2008.  One case was cleared.

There were 7 Arsons reported, one more than in 2008.  One case was cleared and one was unfounded.

72 Assault reports were taken, 10 less than taken in 2008.  Of those reports, 48 were cleared and 7 were unfounded.

Breaking and Enterings totaled 104, an increase of 29 from 2008, with 12 of those cleared and one unfounded.

Burglaries numbered 76, ten more than in 2008, with 17 cleared and three unfounded.

Criminal Damage reports totaled 127, an increase 32.  Of those, 34 were cleared and three were unfounded.

83 Criminal Mischief reports were taken, three less than 2008.  34 were cleared and one was unfounded.

93 Domestic Violence reports were written, 26 less than the previous year.  76 cases were cleared and 11 was unfounded.

There were 83 Drug Abuse cases, an increase of 20 from 2008.  56 cases were cleared and three were unfounded.

3 Littering reports were taken, three less than 2008.  Of those, none were cleared.

Miscellaneous reports numbered 608, the same number as reported in 2008.  Of those, 442 were cleared and 18 were unfounded.

9 Missing Persons were reported, one less than 2008.  All cases were cleared.

There were two Murder/Homicide cases in 2009, one less than 2008.  Both cases were cleared.

13 Rapes were reported, a decrease of six from 2008.  Six cases were cleared and four were unfounded.

4 Robberies was reported in 2009, three more than in 2008.  None were cleared.

13 Sex Offenses were reported, a decrease of five from the previous year.  Of those, eight were cleared.  Four cases were unfounded.

There were 4 suicides and 23 attempted suicides in 2009.  This compares to four suicides and 20 attempted suicides in 2008.

404 Theft reports were taken, 103 more than 2008.  Of those, 75 were cleared and 18 were unfounded.

Trespassing reports taken totaled 74, an increase of 12 from the previous year.  Of those, 23 were cleared and four were unfounded.

63 Telephone Harassment reports were taken, 26 less than 2008.  Of those, 40 were cleared and five were unfounded.

27 Vandalisms were reported, seven more than in 2008.  Six cases were cleared.

Deputies responded to 4,932 non-criminal Service Calls in 2009, 430 more than in 2008.

A total of 847 Traffic Accident reports were taken by Darke County Sheriff deputies, averaging 70 per month.  This is an decrease of 7% (61 less) from 2008.  Of the total accident reports taken, 610 were Property Damage, 177 Personal Injury, 2 Fatal, and 58 were Unsolved Hit/Skip Accidents.

Deputies made 67 DUI arrests in 2009, seven less than in 2008.  882 Traffic Citations were issued, 98 more than in 2008.

There was a total of 5,067 Rescue Dispatches, a decrease of 6%.  This is an average of 422 squads dispatched per month.

There were 1,147 Fire Dispatches in 2009, a decrease of 27%.  This is an average of 96 fire dispatches per month.

1657 Inmates were housed in the Darke County Criminal Justice Center – 1,379 males and 278 females – 134 inmates less than the year 2008.  A total of 38,425 Meals were served, a decrease of 5%, with an average cost of $1.45 per meal, which is a decrease of 11 cents per meal from 2008.  The total cost for groceries in 2009 was $56,088.37, a decrease of $6,709.01 from 2008.

5,146 Civil Papers were served, a decrease of 5%, resulting in $124,416.01 accrued Service Fees.

The Total Miles Driven by department vehicles in 2009 was 530,184, a decrease of 15%.

In 2009, Sheriff Toby Spencer complied with 289 Orders of Sale of Real Estate.  This is a decrease from 2008 when he complied with 325 Orders of Sale.

TOBY L. SPENCER

Darke County Sheriff


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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S PATROL

NEWS RELEASE

 

March 25th, 2010

48TH ANNUAL HOME AND SPORTS SHOW

On March 26th, 27th and the 28th, the Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol will hold their 48th annual Home and Sports Show. The Show will take place at the Darke County Fairgrounds in the Youth Building and in to the Coliseum.

The Sheriff’s Patrol is the non profit auxiliary of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Patrol consist of approximately 25 members who work thousands of combined hours annually at events such as ball games, school events and other special events in the community. The events worked by members of the patrol cost no money to the tax payers of Darke County . The proceeds from the home and sports show help the patrol purchase cruisers, radios, fuel for the cruisers and many other items required to provide law enforcement services to Darke County . This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Sheriff’s Patrol.

Several events are planned for this years show. Highlights of the show include music by Adelee on Friday Evening from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM, a blood drive on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM, a corn hole tournament Saturday at 11:00 AM and a children’s tractor pull Sunday at 2:00 PM with registration beginning at 11:00 AM.

The show’s hours will be Friday from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM until 9:00 PM and Sunday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission to the Home and Sports show is free to all those wishing to attend. The show consists will consist of vendors featuring landscape ideas, home improvement ideas, household items, sporting goods and accessories and many other items. The Sheriff’s Patrol also offers plenty of good food in their kitchen located in the Youth Building . There will be door prize drawings at the end of the show.

The Darke County Sheriff’s Patrol cordially invites everyone to attend this family oriented event. The Sheriff’s Patrol would like to thank all of the vendors, sponsors and attendees of the show.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

March 19th, 2010

Contact: Captain Steve Stebbins

Phone: 937-548-3399

SERIOUS CRASH SENDS ONE PATIENT TO MIAMI VALLEY VIA CAREFLIGHT

On March 17, 2010 at approximately 1550 hours the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an accident in the 1300 block of State Route 49. The investigation revealed a 2001 black Jaguar driven by 75 year old Mike Randall drove off the left side of the roadway striking two trees. Careflight transported Mr. Randall to Miami Valley Hospital.

 

The Arcanum Fire Department, Pitsburg Fire Department and Arcanum Rescue assisted the Darke County Sheriff’s Office with the accident.

 

The accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

February 26th, 2010

Contact: Sheriff Toby L. Spencer

Phone: 937-548-3399

FATAL CRASH

Darke County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a two-car accident that occurred Friday morning at 9:05 AM that has claimed a life.

Two vehicles hit head-on on U.S. Route 127 half mile south of Grubbs Rex Rd. in southern Darke County.  The roads at the time of the accident were extremely bad from blowing  and drifting snow. It appears that the weather could have been a factor in the accident.

Killed in the accident was 29 year old Robert Kincaid of Greenville who was the single occupant of the vehicle he was operating.  Injured and CareFlighted from the scene was the driver and sole occupant of the second vehicle, 45 year old Christopher Huff of Camden, Ohio.

The investigation is continuing.  At the time of this release it is still not determined which vehicle was going in what direction.

Darke County was under a Level 2 Snow Emergency at the time of the accident.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

February 18th, 2010

Contact: Sgt. Dave Mikesell

Phone: 937-548-3399

TRAIN VERSES SUV CRASH

On 2-18-10 at approximately 1:45 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a report a train verses SUV crash on State Route 47 on the East Side of Versailles. An investigation revealed a southbound vehicle driven by John Simon, age 80, of Versailles, failed to yield to a Westbound CSX train. The Versailles Rescue Squad transported John Simon to Wayne Hospital in Greenville, Ohio. Mr. Simon was treated and released from Wayne Hospital. The vehicle driven by Simon had to be towed from the accident scene. The accident remains under investigation.
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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

January 5th, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

ARRESTS AND RECOVERY IN DARKE COUNTY HOME INVASION

Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives worked non-stop through the night following leads and processing the scene of a home invasion robbery on State Route 121 north of Greenville , Ohio .  During the robbery an elderly lady was pushed down and then duct taped to a chair and locked in a closet as thieves ransacked her home and stole thousands of dollars in property including her car.  In the early morning hours of 01/05/09 Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives went to the City of Dayton, Ohio following up on a possible location of suspects.  Detectives located the elderly victim’s car in the area of Richmond Ave. and Five Oaks Ave. in Dayton .  After conducting surveillance, the stolen vehicle was stopped by Dayton Police Department and three suspects were taken into custody for questioning in this robbery.  Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives and Dayton Police Officers also recovered stolen property from this robbery during a search of 121 Richmond Ave. in Dayton, Ohio. 

Arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Darke County on an unrelated matter is Teresa A. Crawford age 52 of Akron , OH .  Also taken into custody is Clarence Blair III age 26 of Akron , OH ; and George Simpson age 23 of Dayton , OH .  All three subjects were found in the elderly victim’s stolen vehicle when taken into custody.  Charges against all three subjects related to the robbery in Darke County are pending a case review by Darke County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby.  The case remains under investigation as Detectives continue to work to recover the victim’s stolen property.   

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

January 4th, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

DARKE COUNTY HOME INVASION/ROBBERY

Darke County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred over night.  The preliminary investigation revealed that at approximately 7:30 PM last night two masked men entered the home of an elderly Darke County resident at 8135 State Route 121 in Richland Township north of Greenville , Ohio .  The two men forced entry into the house.  One subject was reported to be armed with a handgun.  The suspects duct taped the victim to a chair and locked her in a closet while they removed a large number of items from the residence.  The suspects left the scene in the victim’s vehicle.  The victim suffered minor injuries as a result of this robbery.  The suspects are described as follows;

1 white male with a thin beard, wearing a black ski mask and dark clothes.  

1 subject, possibly a black male, wearing a black ski mask, dark clothes and armed with a handgun  

Stolen from the scene was a dark blue, 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis four door sedan with Ohio Registration CP28PN.

This case remains under investigation.

There is a Crime Stoppers award for information that leads to the arrest and/or conviction of the person(s) responsible for this robbery.    Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020 or Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661.  

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

January 4th, 2010

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

CHILD CRITICALLY INJURED IN TRAFFIC CRASH

On January 4, 2010 at approximately 9:01 AM the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a car into a tree with multiple injuries including a child that was unconscious.  Union City Fire & Rescue, Greenville Rescue and Darke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 1700 block of State Route 571 near Union City , Ohio .  Preliminary investigation indicates that a 1996 Mercury Sable driven by Jo Ann Lambdin, age 56 of Union City, Ohio was traveling eastbound on State Route 571 when she lost control of the vehicle on a slight curve and drove off of the left side of the roadway and crashed into a tree.  Also in the vehicle were Lambdin’s three grandchildren, Christopher Lambdin (age 16), McKenzie Zumbrum (age 10), and Colton Zumbrum (age 6).  All occupants of the vehicle were transported by EMS to Wayne Hospital in Greenville , Ohio .  McKenzie Zumbrum was transferred to Children’s Medical Center in Dayton , Ohio via Careflight and was last known to be in critical condition.  This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office. 

Some roads in Darke County have become hazardous as a result of the early morning snow fall and frigid temperatures; as a result Darke County Sheriff’s Office has handled several traffic crashes, including this one in which weather has not been ruled out as a contributing factor to this serious crash.    

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 17th, 2009

Contact: Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

TWO ARRESTED FOR HOME BURGLARIES

After a joint investigation conducted by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, the Versailles Police Department and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, two adults have been arrested and are being held in the Darke County Jail. The Village of Versailles and areas outside the village in Darke County have experienced a rash of home burglaries and car break-ins over the last two weeks. Numerous items of property including home electronics, cash and Christmas gifts have been stolen. In some cases, the burglar entered homes in the middle of the night while the residents were present and sleeping. Some victims awoke the following morning to find wrapped Christmas gifts and other property stolen from under their Christmas tree.

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2009, the Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, Versailles Police Officers and an Ohio Parole Officer went to 43 E. Wood Street in the Village of Versailles to follow up on this investigation. Officers discovered numerous items of stolen property from these burglaries and car break-ins. A majority of the property that had been stolen recently was recovered. Arrested at this location, for parole violations, was John A. Nelson, age 23 of Lima, Ohio and Vivian "Paige" Jasso, age 27 of Versailles, Ohio. Both are being held without bond. The investigation is continuing and charges in this case are pending a review by the Darke County Prosecutor's Office.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Versailles Police Department are asking anyone who may have experienced a theft or burglary in the Versailles area in the last few weeks to report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 9th, 2009

Contact:   Brandon Redmond

Phone: 937-547-3911

WINTER WEATHER TRAVEL TIPS/INFORMATION

As winter approaches and the chances of snow and inclement weather continue to increase, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Toby L. Spencer want to encourage everyone to utilize safe winter travel practices.

Use slower acceleration and slower speeds. Avoid heavy steering and braking. Allow extra time to reach your destination during inclement weather.  

  • Drive with your headlights on.
  • Don't get overconfident with four-wheel drive. It won't help you stop any faster.
  • Winter road conditions often result in longer stopping distances. Give yourself room. If you have anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. If you don't have anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal.
  • Slow down when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges or shady spots. These all have potential to develop black ice.
  • Avoid abrupt actions while steering, braking or accelerating to lessen your chance of losing control.
  • Look farther ahead in traffic. Actions by other drivers will alert you to problems and give you extra reaction time.
  • Trucks take longer to stop. Don't cut in front of them.
  • Avoid using cruise control or overdrive. Don't let your car make a bad decision for you.

It is important to check travel and road conditions before traveling. The Darke County Sheriff’s Office new website (www.DarkeCountySheriff.org) will have the latest information on any issued snow emergencies. Snow emergency information is also passed on to all local media including print and web media, local radio stations and local television stations.

Snow Emergency Definitions:

Level 1 Snow/Ice Advisory: Roadways are slick and hazardous. Extra caution should be used if traveling. Travel is not restricted.

Level 2 Snow Emergency: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads can be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. People should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Obviously, if you are driving, use extreme caution.

Level 3 Snow Emergency: ALL roadways are CLOSED to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during this condition unless it is absolutely necessary or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Anyone traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.

If at all possible, please avoid calling the Darke County Sheriff’s Office for information concerning snow emergencies and or road conditions. If inclement weather is affecting the region, it is likely that the dispatch center is overwhelmed with emergency calls.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

December 9th, 2009

Contact:   Detective Rodney Baker

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

VICTIM OFFERS REWARD

The Darke County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home burglary & grand theft that occurred on November 25th between 9:10 AM and 12:45 PM at 4803 Hillgrove Southern Road west of Greenville, Ohio. Taken from the residence was a safe & collectable coins. The victim of this burglary and grand theft is personally offering a reward of $1,000.00 for the arrest & or conviction of individuals involved in this criminal act. If you have any information concerning this incident please call Detective Rodney Baker of the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-1193.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

November 12th, 2009

Contact:   Sgt. Dave Mikesell

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

HOME INVASION/BURGLARY

On November 11th, 2009 at approximately 7:19 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a home invasion and burglary.

The incident occurred on Palestine Union City Road west of Greenville. Preliminary Investigation revealed two male suspects wearing ski masks entered the residence. One of the suspects reportedly displayed a handgun.

During the burglary, one of the suspects pushed an elderly man to the ground and fell on top of him. The elderly gentleman suffered a broken hip.

Tri-Village Rescue was called to the scene and transported the victim to Wayne Hospital where he was later transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

The incident is currently under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office Detective Division.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

October 29th, 2009

Contact:   Sgt. Randy Linkous

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

TWO INJURED IN CAR VS. TRACTOR CRASH

On October 29th, 2009 at approximately 7:33 PM, Darke County Deputies, along with Greenville Township Area Rescue and Greenville Township Fire Department, were dispatched to US Route 127 just South of Kruckeberg Road in reference to a two vehicle injury accident.

A preliminary investigation revealed a John Deere Tractor pulling a grain cart, driven by David M. Fourman, 41, was traveling Southbound on US Route 127 when a blue Chevy Pick-up, driven by Garry L. Flatter, 60, struck the rear tire of the grain cart. Flatter's vehicle drove off the left side of the road, rolling onto the driver's side and coming to a rest in the median.

Flatter and Fourman were transported to Wayne Hospital by Greenville Township Area Rescue with non-life threatening injuries.

Motorists are reminded that it is harvest season and to be aware of slow moving farm equipment on Darke County roadways.

This accident remains under investigation.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

October 15th, 2009

Contact:   Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENTAL FALL

On October 14th, 2009 at 9:46 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting that a 35 year old woman had fallen down into a hole and was injured at 9357 Horatio-Harris Creek Road near Bradford, Ohio.

Bradford Fire & Rescue units were dispatched to the scene as well as Darke County Deputies. Careflight was requesting by rescue personnel on the scene, however, Careflight could not respond due to weather.

The woman was extricated from an open excavated dirt hole that was approximately 5 feet deep. Bradford Rescue transported her to Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Darke County Deputies conducted an investigation into this incident. A look out/attempt to locate was issued by deputies for an adult witness who had left the scene of the incident after calling 911. Deputies did made contact with that subject. The investigation which included statements from the female who had fallen, as well as evidence at the scene, indicates that her fall was merely an accident and there is nothing at this time to support any type of criminal conduct.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 25th, 2009

Contact:   Sgt. Shawn Trissel

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO MIAMI VALLEY HOSPITAL

On September 25th, 2009 at 1:54 AM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office, along with the Rossburg Fire Department and Ansonia Rescue were dispatched to the 13200-Block of Cochran Road in reference to a one vehicle accident with entrapment.

Preliminary investigation showed that a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, driven by Dawn Lavy (39) of New Weston, was northbound on Cochran Rd. Lavy's vehicle swerved off the left side of the road and slid into the ditch, striking a Darke Rural Electric Utility Pole. Lavy was trapped in her vehicle while Rossburg Fire and Ansonia Rescue worked to free her. Lavy was treated by Ansonia Rescue at the scene and was flown to Miami Valley Hospital by Careflight.

At this time the accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 11th, 2009

Contact:   Detective Scott Mullen

Phone: 937-548-1193

 

OVER $300,000 WORTH OF MARIJUANA SEIZED

On Tuesday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 9th, the Darke County Sheriff's Office along with the BCI Marijuana eradication team, and Greenville Police Department performed a joint marijuana eradication in Darke County. During the search several woods and fields were found to have marijuana plants growing in them. A total of approximately 316 marijuana plants, ranging in height of up to 9 feet, were located and removed from the county. The search was deemed very successful and charges will be pending for several subjects for their part in the cultivation of Marijuana. The total street value of the Marijuana removed from Darke County is estimated at over $300,000.00

For any questions concerning the case, contact Detective J. Scott Mullen at (937)548-1193.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 10th, 2009

Contact:   Deputy Dave Hawes

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

PATIENT IN CRITICAL CONDITION FOLLOWING CRASH

On 09-10-09 at approximately 4:19 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office was received a call of a two vehicle rollover accident at the intersection of Arcanum Bears Mill Rd and Folkerth Rd. Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, Arcanum Fire and Rescue and Greenville Township Rescue were dispatched to the scene.

Preliminary investigation shows that a 2001 Honda Civic driven by Vincent Gragorace (18) of Greenville was eastbound on Folkerth Rd. Gragorace failed to stop at the stop sign at Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. Gragorace's vehicle was struck by a 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue, which was southbound on Arcanum Bears Mill Rd. and was driven by Tyler Garner (17) of Greenville. Gragorace's vehicle went off the southeast corner of the intersection and overturned. Gragorace was treated by Greenville Township Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Garner was checked by Arcanum Rescue, but refused treatment.

Gragorace had two passenger's in his vehicle, Jacob Rose (18) of Greenville, and Lindsey Ricker (18) of Greenville. Rose was partially ejected from the vehicle and was treated by Greenville Rescue and was transported to Wayne Hospital. Ricker was partially ejected from the vehicle. Ricker was treated by Arcanum Rescue and was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton by Careflight.

Garner had on passenger in his vehicle, Dreema Garber (15) of Gettysburg. Garber was treated by Arcanum Rescue and refused treatment.

At this time Ricker is listed in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital.

This accident remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 3rd, 2009

Contact:   Deputy Chris Clark

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

MULTIPLE INJURY ACCIDENT ON STATE ROUTE 49

On September 3rd, 2009 at approximately 7:29 PM, Darke County Sheriff's Office deputies along with Arcanum Rescue, Phillipsburg Rescue and the Pitsburg Fire Department responded to a one vehicle rollover crash at State Route 49 and Schnorf Jones Rd. 

Preliminary Investigation revealed a purple Oldsmobile, driven by Tammy Miller, 28, of Greenville, was northbound on State Route 49 and traveled off the right side of the roadway. Miller over corrected traveling across the roadway and striking a guardrail. The Miller vehicle continued into the ditch causing the vehicle to roll multiple times. The Miller vehicle came to a rest on its top in a waterway.

Passenger Gary Miller, 30, of Greenville was transported to Miami Valley Hospital. Miller's two children were also in the vehicle and were transported to Children's Medical Center in Dayton. 

The crash remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff's Office.

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 3rd, 2009

Contact:   Sgt. Dave Mikesell

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

 PATIENT AIRLIFTED AFTER CRASH ON STATE ROUTE 49

On September 3rd, 2009 at approximately 3:37 PM, the Darke County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle crash that occurred on State Route 49 at the intersection of Hogpath Rd. The investigation revealed a northbound vehicle driven by 42 year old Troy Thompson from Union City, Ohio was stopped behind another vehicle that was waiting to turn left. The utility truck was rear-ended by a pick-up truck driven by 70 year old Keith Weimer of Hollansburg, Ohio. Careflight transported Keith Weimer to Miami Valley Hospital. Mr. Thompson refused treatment on the scene. Charges are pending. Arcanum Rescue, Arcanum Fire, New Madison Fire and Greenville Township Rescue assisted the Darke County Sheriff's Office at the scene of the crash.

 

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DARKE COUNTY SHERIFF ’S OFFICE

NEWS RELEASE

 

September 2, 2009   1300 hours

Contact:   Chief Deputy Mark Whittaker

Phone: 937-548-3399

 

 METH LAB & EXPLOSIVE DEVICE DISCOVERED

 

On September 1, 2009 at 7:15 PM Darke County Sheriff’s Detectives responded to 4295 Hunter Road in Greenville Township to search the premises for stolen property.  Upon arrival detectives did recover a stolen dune buggy among other possible stolen property.  While searching a garage at that location detectives discovered a methamphetamine drug lab.  The Darke County Sheriff’s Office Clandestine Drug Lab Unit responded to the scene and confirmed there was evidence of a recently active drug lab.  While deputies were working to dismantle the methamphetamine lab they stumbled upon an apparent explosive device that had been made from a dummy grenade.  The Dayton Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene and detonated the device in a controlled manner on the premises.  The Dayton Bomb Squad also assisted Darke County deputies with collecting and removing evidence that could be used to make other similar devices.  The Greenville Township Fire Department and the Greenville Township Rescue responded on this incident.  A private contractor was called and cleaned up the hazardous materials from the drug lab.   Emergency crews were on scene overnight for 16 hours.  No citizens or officers were injured during this incident.  The case remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.  Two adult subjects are being sought for questioning but no charges or arrests have been made at this time.

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August 20th, 2009  

The Darke County Sheriffs Office and Sheriff Toby Spencer are pleased to announce the redesign and update of the Darke County Sheriff’s Office website. The website can be found at www.DarkeCountySheriff.org

“I’m very excited with all of the changes that have taken place on our website. The website is easy to navigate and should provide the citizens with plenty of resourceful information,” Sheriff Toby Spencer stated.

The jail roster and sexual offender registry are linked on the website. Information concerning Press Releases and Winter Snow Emergencies will also be posted and updated as warranted. One new feature that has been implemented is an archiving of Winter Snow Emergencies so that businesses and employees can have immediate access to search when Snow Emergencies were issued and lifted.

 

Website updated by Michael DeLong webmaster@darkecountysheriff.org
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