Clark County eradication nets 120 marijuana plants

Published: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 1:33 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 6:48 PM

Task force officers found and seized 120 suspected marijuana plants from the backyards of three Clark County homes during an eradication effort there, Aug. 15.

The plants, valued at $120,000, were spotted from the air by a Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification helicopter.

Plants were spotted in two yards on Mavor Street in Springfield one in Harmony Township.

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly said this is the 26th consecutive year that his department has used helicopters to search for illegal activity from the air.

“We were able to spot not one but two households where marijuana was being grown in the backyard,” Kelly said of the Mavor Street bust. He said it did not initially appear as though the grow operations were connected.

Exact addresses and names of the homeowners have not been released pending possible charges of cultivating marijuana.

All the plants were submitted to the Miami Valley Crime Laboratory for analysis, and charges will be filed once they are confirmed to be marijuana, Kelly said.

One of the homeowners claimed they thought the plants were catnip, but Kelly said the plants were very well cared for and green despite drought-like conditions.

Also during the eradication efforts, police spotted and recovered a stolen 1993 Toyota Camry in a field off of Innisfallen Avenue in Springfield. The Camry was reported stolen out of German Township in May.

“This is the advantage of having a helicopter,” Kelly said. “It’s amazing what you can see from the air.”

Jennifer Powell lives on Mavor Street and witnessed officers removing the plants from a home there.

“They were taking machetes out of the vehicles and cutting things down,” she said. “The truck that came down here, it was full (of plants).”

Harrison Twp. fires crews battling fully engulfed house fire

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 12:33 AM

Harrison Twp. fire crews are battling a fully engulfed house fire Sunday morning. 

Firefighters were sent to the 600 block of Syracuse Avenue around 12:22 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate crews arrived to find a house in the area fully engulfed in flames.

A portion of Syracuse Avenue remains closed as crews work the scene, according to scanner traffic.

We will continue to monitor this developing story and post updates to this page.

Roof reportedly collapses at Greene County home as crews battle fire

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 1:12 AM

The roof of a Greene County house has reportedly collapsed as fire crews battle a house fire Sunday morning. 

Crews were dispatched to the 3800 block of Wilberforce-Clifton Road outside of Clifton around 12:55 a.m. 

The fire was originally reported in a garage shortly before flames were reported coming from the roof of a house. 

Initial reports indicate the roof of the house has collapsed and crews ancountered heavy flames upon arrival. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

2 West Carrollton women killed in Miamisburg crash

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:22 PM
Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

UPDATE @ 11:10 p.m.

Two West Carrollton women were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early today in Miamisburg.

It was dark when police say a woman driving lost control on King Richard Parkway and drove up onto the curb and crashed into a tree in the yard of a Merry John Drive home. 

"Can you send an ambulance and police?" a caller tells a 911 dispatcher. "Uh, somebody just ran into our house with their car. The people in the car, I can't tell if they are moving or not." 

On Saturday evening, friends huddled around the crash site to remember 27-year-old Carol Pressell and 23-year-old Courtney Morgan Cole. Friends said the women were coming back home from a night out. 

The house was not damaged, but police said alcohol and speed were believed to be factors. 

Residents say speeding is a common problem in the 25 mph zone, where the road signs also say "Thank you for not speeding." 

"I see (motorists) speeding up and down the street all the time and I'll holler because the kids play up and down on the sidewalks," Aaron Collins said. 

Funeral services are still being planned for the two West Carrollton friends, and the crash also is still under investigation.

FIRST REPORT

Two West Carrollton women were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash early today in Miamisburg.

Crews were called around 2:15 a.m. to the intersection of King Richard Parkway and Merry John Drive.

Officers found a 2009 Ford sedan, occupied by Carol Pressel, 27, and Courtney Morgan Cole, 23, had apparently lost control, left the roadway and struck a tree, according to the Miamisburg Police Department.

According to 911 calls, the car struck a house in the 800 block of Merry John Drive.

Speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash, which remains under investigation, police said.

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Demonstrators march for science on Earth Day in downtown Dayton

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:42 PM

Demontrators took to the streets of Dayton today in the name of science.

These marches happened across the world as people defended science on Earth Day.

Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton was packed with 1,200 to 1,500 people of all ages. They chanted "save our planet," "know all the facts" and "science not silence" as they marched. 

"It's kind of upsetting to see how our government has been treating science," said Jessica Spanger, a local organizer. 

Some wanted to promote the fun side of science. 

"People don’t realize how interesting it is," said Ned Rasor, a physicist. 

Others said it's a politically charged event following recent changes in Washington. 

Organizers said the March for Science is bipartisan, and that they hope to get attention from both sides of the aisle. 

"We start influencing our policymakers to make evidence-based decisions rather than making decisions off of opinions or based off of what their lobbyists tell them to do," Spangler said.

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