Warren County: 5 compelling stories from 2016

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Caption
Prosecutor David Fornshell lists reasons for accepting plea bargain in 24-year-old case in Warren Count case.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Editor’s note: Another year means another list of our top stories that've captured your attention in the last 12 months. Here’s a look back at some of our most read stories that happened in Warren County.

1. Former Warren County resident pleads guilty in 24-year-old homicide

Results from two new DNA tests led Sam Perone, a former resident of Warren County, to plead guilty to the 1992 murder of Richard "Dick" Woods, a rival salesman who worked with Perone at a Lebanon furniture store

2. Warren County man killed in third recent deadly domestic violence case

An extended battle between Jason Dennie Robb and his ex-wife over custody of their two children escalated into domestic violence, which left Robb dead. Robb is the fifth fatality in the third such case in a period of less than four months in Warren County.

Jason Robb died Thursday in a shooting at his ex-wife’s home outside Lebanon.
Caption
Jason Robb died Thursday in a shooting at his ex-wife’s home outside Lebanon.

3. Lebanon fire chief disciplined for abuse of authority

After multiple incidences of misconduct involving his authority as fire chief, Lebanon Fire Chief Perry Gerome was disciplined by the city manager.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Caption
Other driver's version of crash with fire chief

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

4. Family sues Warren County after son dies in jail

The mother of Jason Pittman, a man who died in prison of complications from withdrawal from heroin addiction, filed wrongful death charges against Warren County for negligence and malpractice. The suit alleges the staff in charge of Pittman’s well-being “were negligent and expected to make assessments beyond their level of expertise.”

Jason Scott Pittman, 25, was engaged and had two children. He died in September 2015 in the Warren County Jail.
Caption
Jason Scott Pittman, 25, was engaged and had two children. He died in September 2015 in the Warren County Jail.

5. Waynesville cancels Ohio Sauerkraut Festival contract

In November, the Waynesville Village Council ended their contract with the operators of the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. “We’re just re-negotiating,” said Dawn Schroeder, director of the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce. “The festival’s not in danger of being canceled.”

A giant hot dog is topped with sauerkraut at a past Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.
Caption
A giant hot dog is topped with sauerkraut at a past Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

Credit: Nick Daggy

Credit: Nick Daggy

>> Related: 5 Springboro stories that stood out in 2016

Download the Dayton Daily News app, Dayton's #1 source for news