Local News

One motorcycle rear-ends another

Fayette County Sheriff reports an injury traffic accident from Saturday involving two motorcycles.

Dale E. Powell of New Vienna was operating a motorcycle westbound on U.S. Route 35 approaching the State Route 435 exit ramp. Powell failed to maintain assure clear distance ahead, striking another motorcycle in the rear, operated by Glenn Stoop Jr. of Hillsboro.

Stoop was not injured in the crash; however Powell, and his passenger, Anita Powell also of New Vienna were both injured as a result of the motor vehicle crash. Mr. Powell was flown from the scene by Medflight to Grant Medical Center and Mrs. Powell was transported by squad to Fayette County Memorial Hospital.

Trio charged in Brown Co. drug raid

MOUNT ORAB, Ohio —Three people were arrested after a drug raid in Brown County on Wednesday.

Deputies discovered a marijuana grow operation inside a home on Hillcrest Road in Mt. Orab.

Deputies confiscated 49 marijuana plants and arrested three people living at the residence:

Donna M. Covert, 56
Shane M. Trent, 31
Dawn M. Kidd, 30

Each is charged with engaging in pattern of corrupt activity, illegal assembly of chemicals to manufacture drugs, illegal manufacturing of drugs and four counts of trafficking drugs.

Dogs seized at Highland Co. animal rescue

HILLSBORO —Officials concerned about living conditions for dozens of dogs at a Tri-State property have removed 15 dogs and want court guidance on what should happen to about 80 others.

Officials tell the Times-Gazette in Hillsboro that investigators found more than 100 dogs in inadequate conditions Tuesday at Cares About Life Rescue outside of Hillsboro.

Sheriff's deputies and animal cruelty investigators returned Thursday with a search warrant and removed some of the dogs.

Those were placed in foster homes or the local dog pound. Dozens more were documented.

Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward said he expected animal cruelty charges against the site's operator. He says it appears she couldn't properly care for so many animals, though her intentions may have been good.


GEORGETOWN (C103)--Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that charges were filed against the parents of 9 year old, Sebastian Swartz, who subsequently died from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound at a residence in Decatur, OH on February 18, 2013.


On March 28, 2013, the parents identified as Chris Swartz, 35 years of age and Shanna Swartz, 34 years of age, whose residential address is State Route 125, Russellville, OH 45168, were both charged with one count each of Child Endangering, a Felony 3rd Degree. 

The charges were initially filed in Brown County Municipal Court, but the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office will consider presenting the charges to the Grand Jury at a later date.

Chris Swartz
Shanna Swartz
Both subjects turned themselves in to Brown County Municipal Court on Friday,     March 29, 2013 and were taken to the Brown County Adult Detention Center.  Both subjects were released shortly thereafter upon posting a $10,000.00 cash, surety, property bond individually through Brown County Municipal Court.
Early voting begins in Ohio for May 7 election

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio voters can now start casting early ballots for local races and issues for the May 7 election.

The state's top election official said Tuesday that voters in 74 counties will decide several local races and 355 local issues. Those local issues include 116 school issues and a number of local tax levies, bond issues and charter amendments.

Ohio law allows voters to cast early ballots in person or by mail before Election Day.

Monday is the deadline to register to vote for next month's election. Voters have until May 4 to request an absentee ballot by mail from their county board of elections.

Patrol Investigates Fatal Crash In Ripley

RIPLEY-(C103)--The Georgetown Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a one vehicle fatal traffic crash. The crash occurred on February 21, 2013 at approximately 10:00 PM on Main Street in the Village of Ripley.

A Honda Fourtrax 300 ATV, operated by Gerald W. Polley, age 47, of Ripley, Ohio was traveling northbound on Main Street. The ATV traveled off the right side of the roadway,over an embankment, and then struck tree. Mr. Polley was killed as a result of the crash.

Two Suspects Arrested By Sheriff's Office For Trafficking Heroin in Ripley Area

GEORGETOWN-(C103)--Brown County Sheriff Dwayne Wenninger reports that as a result of the Brown County Sheriff's Office ongoing undercover drug investigation, two suspects were arrested for trafficking heroin in the Ripley area. Sheriff Wenninger stated that on February 20, 2013 Deputies arrested Samual Stacy Jr., 32 years of age, of North Second Street, Ripley, Ohio for five (5) counts of Trafficking Heroin and Candus Richmond, 20 years of age, of Circle Drive, Ripley, Ohio for two (2) counts of Trafficking heroin.

Both suspects were transported the the Brown County Adult Detention Center where they both remain in custody awaiting a bond hearing on the charges.