Oct 25, 2013

Greenville Police Beat

Multi-vehicle accident involves six vehicles, injuries on Russ Road

GREENVILLE – “He had to be doing 50 or 60 miles an hour,” said William Dich. Mark Dich, his father, agreed. Both witnessed the event. Dich then added the black car looked like he went up on the curb, trying to go around. He hit the silver car; the silver one hit the gray one. Another witness, Patsy Riley, said she was getting ready to pull out of McDonald’s and saw the car coming at a high rate of speed. “Uh, uh… I’m not doing that,” she said. The accident occurred a little before 5 p.m. Oct. 17 near the intersection of Russ Road and Wagner Avenue. The vehicle that allegedly started the chain reaction was heading west on Russ. Overall, according to Greenville police, there were six vehicles involved. Greenville Twp Rescue, Greenville Fire Department and the Darke County Sheriff were on scene. Mutual aid was provided by Ansonia, Arcanum and Versailles. According to the official police report a black 2008 Ford Taurus, driven by Craig White, was traveling westbound on Russ Road and struck a tan Pontiac Aztek, driven by Kimberly Berner. The Pontiac then struck a 2010 Dodge Avenger driven by Randell Goins which, in turn, struck a 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette. All four vehicles had to be towed from the scene. The Oldsmobile struck a 2012 Chevrolet Impala which then struck a 2000 Dodge Caravan. An unspecified number of individuals were transported to Wayne Hospital for treatment. No citations were noted in the traffic report.


On Oct. 11 police responded to Greenville High School regarding two students making death threats. According to the report they were targeting several staff members and students. A knife fell out of the pocket of one of the students who upon questioning advised of the plans. Two other knives were found in his possession. A knife was also found in the possession of the second student. They indicated there was no set date for their plan but had been carrying the weapons on their person for two to three weeks. The students were transported by their parents to Greenville Police Department for questioning. Both students were “pink slipped” and transported to Darke County Mental Health by police. The suspects will be charged for possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone and filed with the prosecutor’s office.

On Oct. 13 police were dispatched to the home of an unruly juvenile. She was yelling at her mother; when her older sister visited she yelled at her and threatened to beat her up. The juvenile was ordered to her room and refused. A call to Juvenile Probation revealed she was on diversion for a disorderly conduct charge. The officer advised police could issue the juvenile a citation for unruly conduct. While this was being done, the juvenile said she wanted to kill herself. Greenville Rescue responded and the juvenile went voluntarily to the hospital for evaluation.

On Oct. 16 police were dispatched to Greenville High School regarding a drug complaint. Police found evidence of marijuana use. The juvenile admitted it belonged to him. He was cited into Darke County Juvenile Court for Possession of Marijuana Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of a Controlled Substance.


On Oct. 12 police were dispatched to 312 E. Third St. regarding a burglary. The victim, Genora Moser said someone had entered by the back door of her residence and stole her son’s guitars. A glass pane had been pushed out and the suspect unlocked the door. The victim advised police of possible suspects. Nothing further at this time.

On Oct. 13 police were dispatched to 5438 St. Rt. 49 S. Lot 21 regarding stolen tools from a shed. The victim, John DeBord, stated the tools were there the night before. The handle was attached to a latch on the inside and it appeared the suspect pulled on the handle to break the latch. No suspects at this time.

On Oct. 17 police were dispatched to 311 E. Fourth St. regarding a theft complaint. The victim, Kelly Limmer, stated the suspect Adam Falknor had stolen her phone following an argument. A witness within hearing distance corroborated her story. Falknor denied taking the phone, however due to the comments of the victim and the witness, Falknor was issued a misdemeanor citation for theft.

On Oct. 19 police were dispatched to the Greenville Police Department regarding a theft complaint. The victim, Michael Braun, stated the suspect, Michael Price, had taken several items of his and pawned them. After repeated denials Price admitted to the thefts and turned over three pawn tickets from Greenville Pawn Shop. The tickets had Price’s name and signature on them. A hold was placed on the items with the pawn shop. Price will be cited for receiving stolen property.

On Oct. 19 police were dispatched to 509 Euclid Ave. regarding the theft of a license plate off a motorcycle. The victim was Matt Noehl, the license plate number is 83WDG. No suspects or witnesses at this time.

On Oct. 16 police were contacted by a local business person she found a missing purse in bushes outside the business. Kristin Hargrave had contacted police to say her purse had been taken from her vehicle overnight. The purse was hers; all items were still in it except $40 cash.

On Oct. 13 police were dispatched to 1120 Front St. regarding a burglary complaint. An unknown person had entered through a bedroom window; a T.V. and laptop were missing. There are no suspects or witnesses at this time.

On Oct. 14 police were dispatched to 1037 Washington Ave. regarding a missing Rumpke bin. No suspects at this time.


On Oct. 13 police responded to a private property accident at the car wash on 1017 Sweitzer St. The complainant, Terra Hodge, stated she was vacuuming out her car when a white Grand AM or Grand Prix struck her passenger door causing damage then drove off without stopping. Hodge asked if the business had videos; police advised her they did. The video footage was reviewed and showed Hodge’s vehicle being driven by a male subject with no female there. It showed the vehicle backing up into the vacuum by the male subject. At no point was her vehicle struck by another one. Hodge, when confronted with the officer’s report, said another individual borrowed her car and that was the story he told her. She said she lied because she was afraid the insurance company wouldn’t pay for the damage if she wasn’t the driver. Hodge was issued a citation for filing a false report and misleading an officer with false information.


On Oct. 11, based upon a tip, police went to the area west of DP&L on Sweitzer Street, in the field in the northwest corner near the trailer court and located 12 marijuana plants. They were removed and taken to the Hart Street facility for disposal.


On Oct. 21 police stopped regarding a broken down vehicle being pushed to the curb by the owner, Robert Gray. In the cup holder between the front seats was a 24 oz. can of Steel Reserve beer. It was 1/4 full. Gray was cited for open container.


The Greenville Police Beat is prepared from public records available at the Greenville Police Department. Every effort is made to balance the public’s right to know with the rights of the individuals involved. Readers are encouraged to contact Greenville Police if they have information or concerns regarding these or any other incidents they see. The Early Bird notes all suspects are innocent until proven guilty and welcomes comments and concerns regarding this community service.


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