Friends, family and co-workers pitched in to move Jeff and Ellie Keaser back to Greenville. (Ryan Berry photo)
Ag Luncheon and Awards
Francis Byers (center) is joined by Director David Daniels and representatives from the Ohio House, Ohio Senate and Darke County Chamber of Commerce. (Ryan Berry photo)
A Life Without Substances
One man is finding a life with substance can be had without substances. (Bob Robinson photo)
Letter of Intent
Haleigh Luce shows off a special congratulations “cake” for her college signing event… a plateful of cupcakes covered by a ball and glove. With her, left to right, are her father Allen Luce, “Grandma Pat,” and mom Tracey. (Bob Robinson photo)
Apr 18, 2014
The Darke County Foundation (formerly named the HOPE Foundation) is administering the scholarship for the Bar Association. Applications are available online at www.darkecountyfoundation.org, or by calling the Foundation office at 548-4673. Applications are due June 13.
The Darke County Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life for residents of Darke County by receiving, managing and distributing charitable gifts. For more information, call 548-4673 or visit www.darkecountyfoundation.org.
The successful applicants will be a graduating senior at Greenville High School with a 2.5 or greater cumulative grade point average after seven semesters.
You must have at least one varsity letter during the eligibility period in any sport. (This includes athletic participants, cheerleaders, trainers, and managers.)
The individual must not be a recipient of a “full ride” academic or athletic scholarship.
Recipient must be pursuing a post-secondary education.
Additional details and applications are available in Greenville High School office or printable from the Athletic Booster page on at www.greenville.k12.oh.us.
The Greenville Poets formed in 1985 with Miriam Vermilya, Myrna Stone, and Belinda Rismiller. Today, their members are David Lee Garrison, Lianne Spidel, Suzanne Kelly-Garrison, Cathy Essinger, Belinda Rismiller, and Myrna Stone. As a group they have published 10 books of poems, three volumes of translation, one book of literary criticism, and two anthologies. Each has won numerous awards, grants, and contests.
David Lee Garrison’s poems have appeared nationwide in various literary journals. Browser Books published two of his four books: Sweeping the Cemetery and Playing Bach in the D.C. Metro. Garrison Keillor read two of his poems on The Writer's Almanac and Poet Laureate Ted Kooser featured one on his website
Lianne Spidel has published poems in many journals and anthologies as well as three books: Chrome, What To tell Joseme, and Pairings. Pairings was in collaboration with Anne Loveland, a Michigan artist. One of her favorite poetry subjects is art as well as people, especially family.
Suzanne Kelly-Garrison is a fiction writer who has turned to poetry. She was a winner in the Dayton Daily News annual contest for one of her short stories and she won a Montgomery County Arts Council grant for a selection from her novel The Stolen Child which was recently published by Bottom Dog Press.
Cathy Essinger is the author of three books: A Desk in the Elephant House won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press; My Dog Does Not Read Plato was runner up in the 2004 Main Street Rag book competition; What I Know About Innocence, which includes a video produced by her son David, was published in 2009.
Belinda Rismiller has been writing for more than 20 years and has received two Professional Assistance Awards, one from the Ohio Arts Council and one from the Darke County Arts Council. She writes realistic poetry about family and farm life.
Myrna Stone has published four books: In the Present Tense: Portraits of My Father by Kelsay Books; The Casanova Chronicles; How Else to Love the World; and The Art of Loss for which she received the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the poetry starts at 7 p.m., at Montage in downtown Greenville. Enjoy music by J.R. Price and Bill Westfall and a nice supper.
|Members of the Greenville Poets are David Lee Garrison, Lianne Spidel, Suzanne Kelly-Garrison, Cathy Essinger, Belinda Rismiller, and Myrna Stone.|
All proceeds will benefit the Resident Aid Fund. This fund was created to provide immediate assistance to residents in financial need; it offers peace of mind while preserving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of those residents. 100% of the money donated to the Resident Aid Fund benefits our elderly residents who have exhausted their financial means. Brethren Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, a national eldercare expert, and the only Eden Alternative Registered Community in Darke County.
To place your orders, call 547-7655 no later than May 1 or email your orders to email@example.com.
Individual awards will be given to the first men’s team, ladies team and mixed for each shift; highest score award for each shift; and individual prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt, - men and women – for each shift. There will also be registration gifts and door prizes.
For more information or to receive a registration form, contact Mayor Scott Stahl, 968-4305, option 1, extension 1. All entries must be postmarked by May 14.
Local salon owner Denise Palivec has partnered with the American Cancer Society to provide a wig bank at her D&Co Stylist Salon, 527 E Main St., Greenville. “We are confident this partnership will help local women obtain a free wig,” says Marybeth Torsell, Mission Delivery Specialist with the American Cancer Society.
At American Cancer Society wig banks, any woman who is experiencing hair loss as a result of treatment can receive a free, brand-new wig. Stylists are also available to cut and style the wigs at no cost to the patient, or women can attend a Look Good…Feel Better® session where a licensed cosmetologist will show them tips and tricks for hair and makeup during treatment.
There are also several options for those looking to donate hair. One option is the Pantene Beautiful Lengths® program. Donated hair must meet several requirements including: hair should be at least eight inches long (measured from just above the ponytail); hair should not be permanently colored or chemically treated; and hair must be less than five percent gray. Donations are collected and made into free, real-hair wigs by campaign partner, HairUWear® and are distributed through the national network of American Cancer Society wig banks. “We are extremely excited to be offering real hair wigs at our local Greenville wig bank,” said Palivec.
“Cancer patients who are interested in getting a wig from our wig bank should call 548-9232 to make an appointment,” explains Palivec. “There are no financial guidelines for obtaining a wig.” The American Cancer Society is able to provide these wigs free of charge due to the fundraising efforts of the Relay for Life of Darke County.
More information on this and other American Cancer Society wig banks, the Look Good…Feel Better program, or to schedule a fitting can be found by calling the Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visiting cancer.org.
Apr 17, 2014
Judge Hein announced his decision after two days of testimony in last week's bench trial and reviewing nearly nine hours of recorded investigation video that was submitted as evidence in the case.
Webber and his wife Lauren Jones, 28, were indicted on one count each of Involuntary Manslaughter, a first degree felony, and Endangering Children, a third degree felony, as a result of their 16-month-old daughter who died of asphyxiation while in her crib February of last year.
Jones was offered a plea agreement if she pleaded guilty to the Endangering Children charge and testified for the state in Webber's trial. She was sentenced to 90 days and probation on April 11. Webber is scheduled to return to the courtroom for sentencing on June 5 at 2 p.m. He faces a maximum of 14 years and a fine of $30,000.
"We are pleased with the judge's decision," Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby stated. "We will definitely request a prison sentence."
Judge Hein granted a continuance of an own recognizance (OR) bond and ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Webber pending sentencing.
Webber's defense attorney David A. Rohrer asked if Webber would be able to now visit his wife, who is serving her sentence at the Darke County jail. The judge said that there is nothing in place keeping that from happening since Jones has already been sentenced on her case.
Patricia Mullins, 41, of Lewisburg, Ashley Bowling, 28, of Dayton and 48-year-old Christopher Johnson of Eaton have been formally charged with Aggravating Trafficking in Drugs (methamphetamine), a felony of the fourth degree.
Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein ordered Mullins and Bowling be held on a $10,000 bond, but decided to grant Johnson an own recognizance bond in the case.
Judge Hein stated both women had pending or current cases in Preble County and "didn't want to risk putting them back on the street and they get into trouble again."
All three are scheduled to appear in Municipal Court in May for a preliminary hearing pending an indictment by the Grand Jury who meets April 24.
Practices will be April 28 and 30, 6-8 p.m., at the High School gym. Games will be each Thursday evening in May at Greenville Jr. High.
Residents should place these items at the curbside for pickup, along with their normal residential waste. There is a limit of five large items per residential customer.
The following items WILL NOT be accepted for removal: tires, lead acid batteries, concrete, large screen TVs, liquids and/or hazardous waste, appliances containing CFCs (Freon), oil tanks.
Loose materials (such as carpeting, fencing, fence posts, etc.) must be bundled and tied. Each bundle should not exceed four-feet in length and two-feet in diameter or 75 pounds. Propane tanks must be empty and valves removed for collection. TVs must be manageable by one person.
Rumpke encourages residents to set out items for collection on Tuesday evening. For more information, call the Village office at 692-8500.
The H.G. Thomas Medical Scholarship program, administered by the Darke County Historical Society, was established and funded in 1971 by Lowell Thomas and his sister Pherbia Thomas Thornburg, in memory of their father Dr Harry G. Thomas. The program was later supplemented by a bequest from Lowell Thomas’s will, with the interest generated by the fund being used to offer scholarships.
Dr. Thomas received a degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School, practiced in Iowa and Colorado, and served during WWI in British hospitals, leaving the war as a Colonel in General Pershing’s army. Dr. Thomas died in 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Both he and his wife, Harriet Wagner, were descendants of Darke County pioneers.
Eligibility for the Harry G. Thomas Medical Scholarship requires the applicant to be a resident of Darke County, a graduate of a Darke County high school, and must have been accepted into a medical school.
|The Garst Museum’s Executive Director, Clay Johnson, Ph.D. presents the Dr. Harry G. Thomas Scholarship award to Melanie Stall.|
Apr 16, 2014
Megan R. Nims, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Perjury based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Christopher Shane Hembree, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of Trespass in Habitation When a Person is Present or Likely to be Present based on an investigation by the Versailles Police Department
Justin L. Hiatt, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of two counts of DUI based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Robert L. Lynch, Jr., Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Cocaine based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Jesse James Phipps, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs (Methamphetamine) and Aggravated Possession of Drugs (Methamphetamine) based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Andrew M. Bowman, Dayton – Indicted on a charge of Trafficking in Marijuana and Possession of Marijuana based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Rebecca J. Kohler, Celina – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
David K. Shepard, New Madison – Indicted on a charge of Assault based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Ashley D. Jenkinson, Ansonia – Indicted on a charge of Theft and Misuse of Credit Card based on an investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office
Ashley D. Bolin, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Possession of Heroin based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Justin L. Dispennette, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Aggravated Burglary and Assault based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Ronnie L. Jones, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of four counts of Trafficking in Heroin based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Tyrus A. Worsham, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Failure to Notify Sheriff of Address Change based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Michael R. Turner, Jr., Union City, IN – Indicted on a charge of Receiving Stolen Property based on an investigation by the Union City, Ohio Police Department
Zachary D. Downham, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Breaking & Entering based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Shawn Bowles, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of Felonious Assault based on an investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office
Jack G. Daniels, Versailles – Indicted on a charge of Breaking & Entering based on an investigation by the Greenville Police Department
Annie’s Star Spangled Gala will be held June 14. This is a fundraiser for The Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center. All funds raised at this event will benefit the Garst Museum in Greenville.
Part of Annie’s Star Spangled Gala is Annie’s Star Spangled Raffle. Prizes for the raffle include accommodations for a weekend Gatlinburg get-a-way donated by Tom and Cindy Scott/Tom Scott Seed Service, an Apple iPad Air 16 GB, and a Bose, SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker. Tickets for the raffle ($5 per chance) can be purchased by calling the Garst Museum, or from any Garst Museum board member.
Another event the society will be hosting, which is open to the public, will be on May 8, 7 p.m., at the historical society. Merri Niekamp, outreach manager from historic Bear's Mill, will be sharing a fun mix of history, culture, agriculture and shopping with a focus on historic preservation. This year's theme for Historic Preservation Month 2014 is "New Age of Preservation: Embark. Inspire. Engage." - a theme quite fitting for the non-profit organization, The Friends of Bear's Mill, Inc. as the new owners and stewards of the Mill and Property. Included in the program will be information and samples from the Mill Store and Gallery, which offers art, pottery, stone ground flours and private-labeled food items.
The historical society’s programs are offered at no charge and open to the public. Active membership in the historical society is encouraged to help preserve the past history of Southern Darke County for future generations. Sign up at these events or contact information is available at www.arcanumhistoricalsociety.org.
Plan to join them in May to be inspired and embark in preservation efforts in the local community. From walking tours, learning about our historic sites, seeing the display at the Arcanum Public Library, and exploring what the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society and the town has to offer, you will be engaged. Pick up brochures from local businesses and the historical society which feature events during the month of May regarding preservation efforts in Darke County.
This event benefits all of Darke County with all the proceeds going to the Darke County Relay for Life. The event will be lead by the Greenville and Versailles YMCA Zumba® instructors, but membership at the YMCA is not necessary.
Advanced registration is requested but no one will be turned away. Regardless of age or ability this event is for you. There will be babysitting on site but RSVP early because there is only space for 10 children.
This is a great time to delve into Zumba®. There will be an instructor on hand to help you modify all moves to meet your level of fitness, making beginners and fun enthusiasts of all ages at ease while being a part of this Zumbathon®. Not only will you be improving your fitness you will indirectly help a cancer patient by your entry fee ($10 donation) which aids the Darke County Relay for Life.
For advance registration, call Carrie at 564-7346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also register with your Zumba® instructor at either Darke County YMCA. More information on the Zumbathon® event can be found on Facebook. For more information regarding the Darke County Relay for Life visit www.relayforlife.org/darkecounty.
This year’s art fair features a “Walk on the Prehistoric Wild Side”. This room sized diorama contains paper maché renditions of prehistoric creatures such as a fierce saber tooth tiger stalking its prey and a 12-foot long T. Rex guarding her nest. The entire school community from preschool to staff contributed art work for the diorama. Other examples of students’ art work will be on display on the upper level of the school.
The Spring Spectacular will be held April 28, 6:30 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. Visitors may visit the art fair on April 26, 6-7 p.m. and April 27, 9 a.m. to noon.
|Students work with some of the prehistoric creatures that will be attending the Spring Spectacular.|
The resolution is in response to proposed funding shifts by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services prompted by Governor John Kasich's Mid-Biennium Review budget adjustments. OMHAS has indicated it will re-allocate a significant amount of funds planned by local boards for local priorities into projects of statewide scope.
Tri-County Board Executive Director Mark McDaniel, in a letter accompanying the resolution sent to legislators representing the three counties, said, "We are alarmed at the efforts underway by OMHAS to redirect resources away from these locally driven initiatives to state priorities."
McDaniel pointed to a number of initiatives in late-stage planning or already under way that are at risk of curtailment if the OMHAS funding shifts occur. Local priorities relate to opiate programming such as detox and residential programming, Vivitrol and Narcan projects, and greater access to physicians.
According to McDaniel, local boards have learned that the redistribution would be used to purchase electronic health records software for State Hospitals; fund statewide prevention efforts above and beyond statewide efforts funded by casino revenue sharing; and use $30 million to create five regional crisis stabilization units. He said it is not clear how these projects would be funded beyond Fiscal Year 2015.
In the letter to legislators, McDaniel identified other local priorities at risk that have reduced the use of State Hospital bed days. "These local programs have reduced civil bed usage of the State Hospital by 860 bed days in FY13 and 733 bed days so far in FY14," McDaniel said. "That's over $1 million less of state hospital bed days used in the past two years by the Tri-County area."
McDaniel added: "This is an excellent example of why local behavioral health resources should be increased and supported and not reduced or reprioritized. And by the way, OMHAS gets to enjoy the significant savings as a result of our local work; we receive none of it!"
The State of Ohio operates under a two-year, or biennial, budget. Historically, the Mid-Biennium review, or MBR, has been a housekeeping measure to correct errors or make minor adjustments to the two-year budget. However, in recent years the MBR has become a significant budgeting process unto its own. In March, Gov. Kasich introduced House Bill 472, a 1600-page bill that members of the Ohio House are considering splitting into as many as 20 separate bills.
Apr 15, 2014
All three will make their first appearance before a judge on April 16, 10:30 a.m.
Judge Hein agreed and sentenced her to five years of community control sanctions, 125 hours of community service, complete Darke Recovery and mental health recommendations, attend Hope in Recovery twice a week and pay court costs. If she violates the requirements, Copeland would face three years on each charge to be served concurrently.
Copeland has previously completed the MonDay program and earned her GED. She has also completed courses through Job & Family Services and wants to complete the next STNA course offered by the Darke County Workforce Development at the Greenville Career Tech Center. She has not been employed since 2011.
Ormsby pointed out the state would normally ask or a prison sentence for this type of offense, “But this case was a little different and the state has agreed not to recommend prison for a few reasons.” He explained the offenses occurred in September 2012 and it was under investigation for a year before the case went before the Grand Jury in August 2013. During that time she had successfully completed the MonDay Program on a separate offense and was making progress. "It put a little different light on it than if she would have been arrested immediately," he said.
David Rohrer, defense attorney, tried to explain and incident in February when Copeland was discharged from Darke Recovery and no-showed on a visit with Probation Officer John Tabler. "I'm not sure what happened. I still don't to this day know what happened," said Rohrer referring to the incident that sent his client to jail on a $50,000 bond to await sentencing. "At that time she was not doing well. I'm not sure if she believed me that she wasn't going down on this and decided to party likes its 1999 or what."
"She hung out with garbage," Rohrer said. "She's got a child. It should be an important reason to change. She needs to not hang around people that make crimes and have addiction problems." He continued, "I think she is ready. Obviously, Mr. Tabler thought she was ready to let her out on an OR (Own Recognizance) bond to attend a class. Mr. Tabler says she's doing better."
Copeland noted the last time she went to jail she realized she was facing a maximum of 32 years and needed to turn herself around. "If I was to do that, my child would already have her own family. I want to do everything I can to stay in her life." When she was released she came home and her four-year old daughter knew she had been in jail. She said, "She's at the age now that she knows. She told me that she doesn't want mommy to go back to jail."
Judge Hein believes the risk of recidivism is likely but told her she doesn't have to be a repeat offender. "That might have been the conversation we had the last go round when you quit on yourself before anybody else quit. If you're going to be flat out lazy at least admit it." He continued, "Maybe your just a follower. Maybe you're just one of those people that like to go along. That means go along to Dayton, go along to use heroin, go along to do criminal behavior. At some point in time you've got to raise a daughter or any other child. You've got to lead, not follow." He asked her, "Do you want your daughter to do this? She's going to. Kids watch and emulate and repeat what their parents do. For the good or for the bad. If you don't do better she doesn't have a chance."
Hein also warned, "I can't let this go on longer and expect the public to have any confidence in what's going on in the courthouse. You already got your opportunity at community control sanctions and what did you do? Rubbed my nose in it. I can't promise you what's going to happen in the future, but the law doesn't have endless patience."
There will be three sessions to the workshop:
May 7 – Water Bath Canning
May 14 – Freezing Fruits and Vegetables
May 21 – Pressure Canning
Each session is from 6:30-8 p.m. All sessions are free.
The workshop focuses on the basics of home canning and preservation and is appropriate for people with all levels of experience.
They emphasize the science behind preservation. They want everyone who cans or freezes fresh fruits and vegetables to understand why certain procedures must be followed precisely to ensure a high quality, safe product that they and their family can enjoy.
All pressure canner gauges except weighted gauges should be tested for accuracy each year. Canner gauge testing is available for $5.
To reserve a spot in the class, contact OSU Extension, Darke County, at 548-5215 or email Diane Barga at email@example.com.
The commissioner will provide the coffee and the donuts. This is something he has wanted to do, and he hopes a lot of people come and see the building they provide for the commissioners.
On April 21, resumés are the topic. Bring your past resumés that need a bit of fine tuning or bring all past employment and education info necessary to create a new resume.
On May 2 professional networking will be the theme of the day. Instructors will introduce you to the online resource LINKED-IN to help you network to find resources, new jobs, or other professionals in your field. Seats for all classes are limited, call 996-1741 to sign up today.
Guests will have an opportunity to bid on items ranging in value from $12 to $100. You will bid on the items you are interested in. It is suggested to bring in $35-$40 in quarters and you can bid on all items.
A concession stand will be available.
For more information, contact Kate Langenkamp, (419) 305-5748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apr 14, 2014
Fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) is a process that uses billions of gallons of water and hundreds of chemicals to extract natural gas and oil. To frack one well, one time, uses approximately 5,000,000 gallons of water. There are thousands of fracking wells in the United States. Fracking is occurring extensively in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania where shale beds are rich in natural gas and oil.
Why We Need to be Concerned for Ohio, and Particularly for Darke County…Fracking Waste, the flowback of the water and chemicals used in the fracking process, MUST be disposed of into deep underground Class II injection wells and can never be introduced back into the ecosystem as potable water. Only a fraction of this water can be “recycled” and used in further fracking and must eventually be disposed also.
Did you know the waste produced by the fracking process, also called “brine,” contains quantities of undisclosed highly toxic chemicals known to include benzene, toluene, xylene, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and radioactive elements such as radium?
Did you know that this toxic waste is required to be disposed in Class II injection wells that inject the waste deep into and below rock formations under high pressure?
Did you know that the head geologist at ODNR has said that the Mt. Simon Sandstone in our area is considered a prime location to hold this fracking waste?
Did you know that many oil and gas wells in Ohio can be turned into Class II injection wells accepting millions of gallons of toxic waste? Darke and Mercer Counties have hundreds of old wells.
Did you know that in 2012, Ohio’s injection wells accepted 14,157,885 barrels of waste from the oil and gas industry? This is equal to 594,631,170 gallons of waste. Nearly 60% of this waste came from states other than Ohio.
Did you know the U.S. Government has awarded $1.8 Million to the Battelle Corporation (the same entity that, along with the U.S. Dept. of Energy,we fought and won, during the proposed CO2 injection at the Ethanol plant in 2005) to find locations in Ohio where more toxic radioactive oil and gas waste can be injected? Preparations are under way to have Ohio communities accept millions more barrelsof waste as drilling expands across the nation.
Did you know Ohio receives millions of dollars for permitting this waste to be injected into our subsurface? Yet local communities receive none of these funds, butthey and property owners carry the burdens and risks these injection wells pose to our families, our property, and our environment.
Did you know that the public has NO input into the permitting process for an injection well? In 2004, the Ohio Legislature approved H.B. 278 that took control of drilling and waste disposal away from local communities.
Did you know that the oil and gas industry waste is legally exempt from federal hazardous waste regulations and from important portions of the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act?
Did you know that radioactivity in oil and gas wastewaters has been found to exceed the U.S.EPA safe drinking limits by up to 3,600 times and federal industrial discharge limits set by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency by more than 300 times?
Did you know that injection wells have been linked to earthquakes in YOUNGSTOWN and ATHENS, OHIO, as well as the states of Colorado, Texas, New York, New Mexico, Nebraska, Arkansasand Oklahoma?
DO YOU WONDER WHY OHIO IS BECOMING THE DUMPING GROUND FOR THIS TOXIC WASTE? Come to the WOFAC Town Hall on April 15, 7-9 p.m. at Memorial Hall, Fourth St, Greenville, Ohio and find out!
Lauren K. Jones, 28, of Greenville appeared in the Darke County Common Pleas Court with her attorney Jack Hemm of Miami County April 11 for sentencing. She and her husband, Scott A. Webber, 29, were charged after an investigation into the February 2013 death of their 16-month-old daughter who died of asphyxiation while in her crib. Investigators believed a combination of the adult sleep-aid ZzzQuil, the couple admitted to giving her that night, and clutter inside the crib led to the baby's death.
Jones pleaded guilty to a count of Child Endangering, a third degree felony, Feb. 14. The state then dropped a first degree felony count of Involuntary Manslaughter as part of a plea agreement. Jones was also expected to testify against Webber if he opted to go to trial on the case.
She did take the stand April 8 as a witness for the state against Webber in a two-day bench trial. During direct questioning by Darke County Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Ormsby, Jones admitted to knowing the ZzzQuil that was being administered to their daughter was wrong, but she claimed Webber was the one controlling the situation and was afraid to go against his orders.
“The state feels Miss Jones has fulfilled her part of the agreement and testified to the best of her ability. She told me in the weeks leading up to the trial that she considered Mr. Webber to be the ‘boss of the boat’ as she put it,” Prosecutor Ormsby addressed the court during Jones’ sentencing Friday. “That doesn’t excuse her from some responsibility, but the state believes that he is the most culpable.”
“I’m just glad this is all over with,” Jones said in court Friday. “I am just sorry for my daughter’s loss and she will be remembered always.”
“I don’t doubt that you are saddened by the loss of your daughter,” Judge Hein told Jones as he handed down the 90 day sentence. “Why you didn’t see that putting your child in a crib that night under those circumstances was going to be bad for the child is just beyond me.”
Webber's fate is still being determined by Common Pleas Judge Hein, who plans to make a decision sometime this week. If convicted on both counts, Webber faces a maximum of 14 years in prison.
Jones, who has been jailed since February, will be released from the Darke County Criminal Justice Center May 15, will then be placed on probation for up to 60 months and serve 100 hours of community service. According to her attorney, she plans to transfer her community control to Florida where her mother lives and has current custody of Jones' four-year-old son.
Formed in 1943 as The Friends of Music, the Toledo Symphony has grown from a group of twenty-two part-time musicians to become a regional orchestra employing nearly eighty professional full-time musicians who continue to grow in artistic quality and relevance, having ended their 2011 season with a critically acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall. TSO remains committed to taking music to the people, playing in venues as varied as churches, schools, and universities, and supports community arts organizations like DCCA by traveling to perform in concert halls in small towns and rural areas.
Jim and Enid Goubeaux, Greenville Federal, and Ami McClurkin are sponsoring the performance by Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, the Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund.
Tickets for the show are $30 for adults and $15 for students, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 547-0908 or email@example.com, or purchased at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library, as well as online at www.CenterForArts.net. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to the performance.
A WonderWalk is a fun filled walking event, modeled after the March of Dimes largest fundraising event, March for Babies, previously named WalkAmerica. It is designed for children, ranging in age from pre-school to fourth or fifth grade. These events are held on school property for safety and only take about one hour to perform. Each child is given a collection envelope and asked to raise money to help all babies be born healthy. All money raised goes to the March of Dimes to help improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
WonderWalk is a unique and special opportunity for children to learn about fundraising, give back to the community and help give all babies a healthy start. There are 8 participating schools and over 1500 children walking this year.
Woodland Primary Principal, Andrea Townsend, with the help of Mississinawa Valley Elementary School Physical Education Teacher, Emily Clark, are leading the walks. Clark states, "It's neat to see the children walking and raising money for other children. Many of the students have benefited from the research done by March of Dimes such as being in incubators, receiving a Polio vaccine or the PKU heel prick tests whether they are aware or not." Last year, six schools raised over $4,800. All Participants win a prize for helping to raise money.
The Darke County March for Babies will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds on April 26. Turn In Donations begins at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information about the WonderWalks or the March for Babies, contact Angelé Price, Community Director for the March of Dimes, 329-9274 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Ansonia Pre-School earned the second place award for raising over $960 for the 2013 WonderWalks.|
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is nearing the end of its after school programming for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Buddies program is a nine-month commitment where high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors volunteer to work with and mentor elementary aged children two times per month. During these meetings the high school students, under the supervision of Big Brothers Big Sisters staff, work with one or two children on different educational and recreational activities. The program continues to promote social and educational enhancing activities, as well as personal safety.
In addition to our after-school program the agency has 87 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County. These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings which are planned around the volunteers own schedule. The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor, who can serve as a positive role model, and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities. Currently the agency has 20 children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the program, so now is the time to think about how you could put a little sparkle into the life of a child! If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our community-based program, please call 547-9622 or 492-7611 for more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. The Buddies program is partially funded by the Ruther and Emerson Booher Committee advised fund & The Versailles Foundation Fund for Versailles as well as The Vectren Foundation Fund. If you would like more information about how to become a volunteer, you may visit the agency web site at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org or call the Sidney office at 492-7611 or the Greenville office at 547-9622.
|Big Buddy Holli Hammaker is shown working with Little Buddy Alyssa York.|
If you love to go hiking, kayaking or canoeing, camp or any other activity where you are in a remote area then Wilderness First Aid is the class for you. The class is far more intense, more in depth, than basic first aid class. The class will be held at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center at 4267 State Route 502 West, Greenville. The instructors are Nathen Epperly and Roger VanFrank, from Darke County Parks and Christina Chalmers will be teaching the CPR course.
The American Camping Association (ACA) reviewed and assisted in development of the Wilderness First Aid Basics course. When accompanied with CPR training; the Wilderness Basics course also meets the ACA’s requirements for first aid training at any camps and outings which are an hour or more way from EMS. In addition the Wilderness First Aid Basics class is approved by the Boy Scouts of America to meet training needs of not only scouts, but their leaders as well.
The Wilderness First Aid Basics class covers assessment and urgent first aid techniques, but not in-depth CPR. Basic first aid skills are covered, making this course appropriate for anyone regardless of experience level. No prerequisites are required. Due to the serious nature of the course and scenarios taught a minimum age of 15 is recommended.
Students will learn to: Types of Delayed-help Situations; Checking the scene, patient and resources; Caring for the patient long term; Patient assessment and common treatments for injuries; Deciding how and when to move a patient; Carrying Out the Plan; and Deciding to Evacuate.
This is an excellent opportunity for Scouts and their Leaders to prepare themselves for summer camping, mountaineering and adventuring to name just a few. They encourage all those who would like to take this course to register at www.redcross.org or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/oh/greenville or visit us on Twitter at DarkeCyRedCross.