Springboro booster investigation hearing scheduled for Thursday

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 3:05 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 3:05 PM

Authorities are expected to reveal the results of a year-long investigation of the Springboro Athletic Booster Association on Thursday in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

Forensic accountants from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation have been reviewing the financial records of the booster club since last spring, when the long-time treasurer resigned, and the boosters and coaches holding camps were required to account for fundraising and purchasing with the district.

“The investigation began in the spring of 2012 when current board members of the Springboro Boosters brought their concerns to the Springboro Police Department,” according to a Warren County Prosecutor’s office press release. “Neither the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, the Springboro Police Department, BCI, nor the Springboro Boosters will make any further comment until after tomorrow’s hearing.”

Judge James Flannery is expected to preside over the 1:30 p.m. hearing in court in Lebanon.

Last year, Jim Rigano, vice president of the Springboro school board, said a check for $130,000 was made out to the association by a booster officer in response to questions about finances.

Vehicle accident, with pole and wires down, reported in Jamestown

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:46 PM

Vehicle accident, with pole and wires down, reported in Jamestown

Greene County fire/rescue crews have been sent to a vehicle accident in the 4000 block of Navajo Trail, in Jamestown, with a pole and wires reportedly down.

The accident was dispatched just before 6:30 p.m. and Navajo Trail has been shut down at Huron Trail. 

We have a crew on the way and we will update this developing report.

4 injured in 3-vehicle accident on state Route 66 in Auglaize County

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 6:41 PM

4 injured in 3-vehicle accident on state Route 66 in Auglaize County

A three-vehicle accident in New Bremen, Auglaize County, sent four people to hospitals and remains under investigation, troopers with the Ohio Highway Patrol, Wapakoneta post, said.

The driver and a passenger in a Honda minivan drove into the path of a semitrailer at state Route 66 and Lock Two Road just before 1 p.m., according to the patrol. 

Jeanette Raudabaugh, 81, of Saint Marys, and the passenger in her minivan suffered incapacitating injuries and were taken to St. Ritas Hospital in Lima. 

The driver of the semitrailer, 34-year-old Doug Everman of Celina, suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Joint Twp. Hospital in Saint Marys. 

According to the state patrol, the collision involving Raudabaugh's and Everman's vehicles caused the big rig to hit a Chevy passenger car headed north on 66. 

Janelle Homan, 32, of Saint Marys, was driving that car. She was taken to Joint Twp. Hospital also, suffering non-incapacitating injuries. 

Alcohol use is not suspected in the accident that left all three vehicles heavily damaged, according to the patrol.

Lebanon man gets 5 years for selling drugs in fatal overdose

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 5:42 PM

Lebanon man gets 5 years for selling drugs in fatal overdose

A 30-year-old Lebanon man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and drug trafficking in connection to the overdose death of a 50-year-old man.

Andrew M. Lutz was sentenced to five years in prison by Warren County Common Pleas Judge Timothy Tepe.

Charles Boswell Jr. was found unresponsive in a vehicle Sept. 14, 2016, on U.S. 42 in Mason, and was taken to West Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Investigation revealed that Boswell’s cause of death was an overdose from fentanyl and carfentanil. His passenger also was treated for a drug overdose but survived, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Mason police detectives learned Lutz had sold to Boswell and his passenger what they believed to be heroin a short time before at Lutz’s Lebanon residence. Lutz was arrested by Lebanon police and agents of the Warren County Drug Task Force. Investigators seized fentanyl, carfentanil and drug trafficking paraphernalia from Lutz’s Warren Street residence, prosecutor’s said.

Tree pollen spikes with warm weather 

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 11:11 AM

DAYTON —The Miami Valley has been experiencing a warm stretch lasting more than five days.

Temperatures have been more than 20 degrees above normal since last weekend. 

Periods of abnormally high temperatures in February has been shown to correlate with a spike in tree pollen. 

Records from the Regional Air Pollution Control Agency, the agency that keeps track of pollen counts in the Miami Valley, show that after our last brief warm burst a quick burst in tree pollen was recorded. 

This time, counts following a record breaking weekend show the spike in tree pollen this week was even higher than the last. 

Since temperatures in the 60s are expected for the rest of the week it's a good bet our pollen counts will stay in the moderate range possibly higher.

Warm and breezy weather is typically a driver for higher pollen counts. 

Rain can wash the pollen out of the atmosphere but also can bring up mold counts and even promote plant growth. 

Temperatures are expected to snap back to reality briefly this weekend after a strong cold front passes. 

Looking at long range trends through another period of warm weather is expected next week. 

Stay tuned to the latest forecast and get the most recent trends for our pollen counts on-air and online from your Storm Center 7 team.