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Extra chairs had to be put to use Tuesday night, Aug. 23, 2016, for a public hearing in West Carrollton. (Nick Blizzard/Staff)

Opponents criticize plan for annual fee on West Carrollton landlords

A West Carrollton proposal to charge landlords an annual fee to fund a program aimed at curbing housing code violations continues to face opposition.Those against the plan for a $30 annual license fee and periodic inspections for rental units in the city voiced their displeasure Tuesday night – nearly a ...

A member of the Clark County Sheriff’s office pulls marijuana plants out of the growing containers after they raided a barn in the 5000 block of Fairfield Pike and found a growing operation Tuesday. Bill Lackey/Staff

3-month investigation leads to 3rd large pot bust in Clark County

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office removed more than 100 marijuana plants from a barn Tuesday afternoon after a three-month investigation into the growing operation in Mad River Twp. Deputies began searching at a home and a barn in the 5500 block of Fairfield Pike about about 10 a.m., Maj. Rusty ...

Hamilton Police Officer Kevin Ruhl in 2007 (FILE)

Positive evaluations for Hamilton officer who shot robbery suspect

“An excellent officer and makes good decisions,” states the most recent evaluation for the officer who fatally shot a robbery suspect that police said was holding a woman at knife-point.Officer Kevin Ruhl, 33, a nine-year veteran of the Hamilton Police Department, shot the suspect, Kelley Brandon Forte, early Monday morning ...

Brandon Cantrell

Suspect sought in Miami County arrested after high-speed pursuit

UPDATE @ 7:51 p.m. (Aug. 23): Brandon Cantrell has been booked into jail on several new charges stemming from his attempt to elude capture when he triggered a high-speed pursuit that began in Miami County and ended in Montgomery County.Cantrell is in the Miami County Jail awaiting arraignment on minor ...

Clark County Common Pleas Court. Bill Lackey/Staff

Clark County grand jury issues indictments for fraud, drug charges

Clark County Prosecutor Andy Wilson reports the Clark County grand jury met Monday and approved the following indictments:Ethan C. Davis, 36, 1430 West Sparrow Road: Theft, identity fraud, misuse of a credit card, unauthorized use of a vehicle, forgery.Joshua Leach, 39, 1744 Lundgren Road, New Carlisle: Receiving stolen property.Kimberly Powers, ...

Juan Reyes

Shooting after Springfield party leads to indictments

A Springfield man has been indicted in connection with a shootout that left one man shot in the head.A Clark County grand jury approved charges Monday against Juan Reyes Jr., 19, of 2410 Irwin Ave., for discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and tampering with evidence in ...

Huber Heights police officer Matthew Blair is on paid leave after he was arrested for domestic violence Monday night. (Contributed)

Huber officer on paid leave following arrest

UPDATE @ 5:16 p.m.:An arrest report from Tipp City police indicates Matthew Blair, 43, and his wife, 49, were reportedly “arguing over finances” when Matthew Blair admitted to officers, “I lost my (expletive)” and started to throw ceramic dog bowls at the woman, according to public records.Tipp City police noted ...

Scott Carnes

Piqua man sentenced in odometer scam

A Piqua man convicted with three others in a scheme in which vehicle odometers were turned back before they were sold was sentenced Monday, Aug. 22, to 18 months in prison.Scott Carnes Jr. ,32, was convicted in Miami County Common Pleas Court of felony charges of tampering with records, tampering ...

Noodles (Flickr/David Pursehouse)

Ramen noodles may be replacing cigarettes as prison currency

Ramen noodles may be surpassing cigarettes as the most valuable prison currency. A new study from the University of Arizona found that at one prison in the American Sunbelt, packs of the noodles serve a dual purpose. On the one hand, they're being used as money and exchanged among prisoners for food, clothes and ...

Rolf E. Kruger

Drug cartel forced ex-cop to transport heroin, federal document says

When a drug cartel offered “condolences” after the death of his 21-year-old son, former Mexican Federal Highway Patrol Officer Rolf E. Kruger decided he should transport illegal drugs across the United States, according to federal court documents. “In 2015, Mr. Kruger received a series of phone calls, each more menacing ...

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