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  • Greenville man charged for drunk driving with daughter

    by - Mar 28, 2015
    UNION CITY, Ohio — A Greenville man was arrested after police say he was driving drunk with his 15-year-old daughter in the vehicle. According to a report from our media partners at WHIO, Matthew C. Thompson, 37, was...
  • Greenville Police Beat 3-27-15

    by - Mar 27, 2015
    Police investigate assaults, stabbing and CPO felony On March 22 police were dispatched to 144. W. Water St. regarding a subject with a firearm.  When police arrived, the officer observed the defendant, Patrick Covault, arguing with...
  • Greenville Police Beat 3-20-15

    by - Mar 20, 2015
    Police investigate multiple incidents of vandalism On March 12 police responded to several reports of vandalism during the early hours of the morning. On 705 Front St. there was damage to six vehicles in the back...
  • UC Ohio-IN work together to take drugs off the streets

    by - Mar 20, 2015
    UNION CITY – The Union City Ohio and Indiana Police Departments have had a couple successful days taking illegal drugs off the streets. On March 18, at approximately 4:55 p.m. an officer from the Union City...
  • Greenville detective talks about heroin needle hazards

    by - Mar 19, 2015
    GREENVILLE – With heroin usage continuously on the rise, local law enforcement is  dealing with many drug-related issues in Darke County. Detective Eric Roberts of the Greenville Police Department shared with The Early Bird how the...
  • Judge sends Hofacker to prison for 7 years

    by - Mar 19, 2015
    GREENVILLE – For the fourth time in less than 10 years, Randy Hofacker received a prison sentence for stealing from an elderly person. The 54-year-old Greenville man was sentenced to seven years after being found guilty by...
  • Grand Jury activity released

    by - Mar 18, 2015
    GREENVILLE – R. Kelly Ormsby, III, Prosecuting Attorney for Darke County, released the following report on Grand Jury activity recently conducted by the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Daniel O. Richards, Greenville – Indicted on a charge of...
  • Greenville Police Beat 3-13-15

    by - Mar 13, 2015
    Shot fired; an assault two days later at same address On March 9 police were dispatched to 719 E. Main St. regarding a report of a shot fired behind the residence. On arrival the officer saw...
  • Suspected Heroin Trafficker Also Faces Meth Charges

    by - Mar 11, 2015
    UNION CITY – On March 9, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit served an arrest warrant on David Reffitt, 42, for trafficking in heroin.  Reffitt was taken into custody at his residence, 503 Beamsville...
  • Obringer serves time for crashing into police cruiser

    by - Mar 10, 2015
    GREENVILLE – A local man recently completed serving a five day jail sentence in the Darke County Criminal Justice Center after being convicted for crashing into a Greenville police cruiser while intoxicated in December 2014. Brent M. Obringer,...
  • Eldora Speedway among sites hacked by ‘ISIS’ group

    by - Mar 7, 2015
    ROSSBURG – Hearing the word ‘ISIS’ is not something most Darke County residents consider to be a local threat to the community. That changed Saturday as Eldora Speedway was one of several area websites hacked by...
  • UC Police tase suspect to make arrest

    by - Mar 7, 2015
    UNION CITY – On March 7, at approximately 12:35, officers from the Union City Ohio Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding. Officers made contact with a backseat passenger and identified him as...
  • Greenville Police Beat 3-6-15

    by - Mar 6, 2015
    Jailed suspect says he has only stolen twice On February 28 Damon Dickey was served a citation for Theft and Criminal Trespass for shoplifting at Walmart, 1501 Wagner Ave. He had been cited for shoplifting and...
  • Jury finds Hofacker guilty of robbing elderly woman

    by - Mar 4, 2015
    GREENVILLE – A jury was convinced Wednesday, March 4 that 54-year-old Randy Hofacker was responsible for violently robbing an elderly Greenville woman at her home last August. However, the jury did not believe the state proved beyond a reasonable...
  • Municipal Court report

    by - Mar 4, 2015
    04GREENVILLE – Judge Julie L. Monnin, Darke County Municipal Court, reported on the case statistics of the court for February 2015. There were 353 new cases filed in the Darke County Municipal Court in February 2015. ...
  • Hofacker on trial for robbery of elderly woman

    by - Mar 3, 2015
    GREENVILLE – A jury trial got underway Tuesday in the Darke County Common Pleas Court involving an elderly Greenville woman who was assaulted by a suspect investigators say was 54-year-old Randy Hofacker. Hofacker is charged with...
  • Greenville man gets probation for arson retaliation

    by - Mar 2, 2015
    GREENVILLE – A Greenville man was sentenced Monday afternoon for his role in a violent retaliation for a rash of vehicle fires in Greenville last July. Kenneth Jones, 37, appeared for sentencing in the Darke County...
  • Judge orders probation for vehicle arson suspect

    by - Mar 2, 2015
    GREENVILLE – Darke County Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan P. Hein handed down a community control sanction for a second time in a Greenville vehicle arson case. Lowell ‘Bill’ Bowers, 34, of Union City appeared in...
  • Greenville Police Beat – 2-27-15

    by - Feb 27, 2015
    “I gave it back,” the defendant said as he was arrested On February 22 police responded to the 100 block of W. Fifth St. regarding a theft from a vehicle. The defendant, Jacob Henderson, had been...
  • Skeens sentenced to house arrest for violating probation

    by - Feb 26, 2015
    GREENVILLE – A Houston woman convicted of the Dec. 20, 2013 incident that seriously injured the Arcanum student was back in court Thursday morning for violating probation. Billie N. Skeens appeared with her attorney Andrew Pratt in...

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