Traffic stop in Celina leads to seizure of suspected meth, 2 arrests

Published: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

(Courtesy/Celina Police Dept.)
(Courtesy/Celina Police Dept.)

A traffic stop involving a man who police know is not likely to have his driver's license led to the discovery of suspected methamphetamine, a loaded handgun and cash, Celina police said Tuesday.

The arrest of 24-year-old Mark Worrell of Celina and his passenger, Heather Mullins, occurred not long after a patrolman made the traffic stop prompted by a citizen's call to report a drug transaction. 

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The caller described two vehicles, which left the parking lot of Advance Auto on Grand Lake Road just after noon before the caller could hang up. 

Mark Worrell (Courtesy/Mercer County Jail)

Patrolman Brian Taylor spotted a gray 2011 Jeep on East Wayne Street moments later. It was one of the vehicles described in the suspected drug deal and Worrell was identified as the driver. 

Taylor knew Worrell likely would not have his driver's license, police department officials said in a statement about the arrests. 

Heather Mullins (Courtesy/Mercer County Jail)

Officers searched the vehicle and seized suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, hundreds of dollars in cash and a loaded handgun, department officials said. 

Tuesday night, Worrell remained in the Mercer County Jail on charges of carrying concealed weapons and drug possession. His bond has been set at $50,000. 

Mullins is being detained on a warrant from Celina Municipal Court on a charge of failure to pay fines on a matter unrelated to Tuesday's arrest. 

County Prosecutor Mathew Fox is reviewing the drug case, according to the police department. 

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2 males sought in Kettering home invasion robbery

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:11 PM

FROM SCENE: 2 males sought in Kettering home invasion robbery

Police are continuing to look for two males who committed a home invasion robbery on Hazel Avenue. 

Investigators don't know what led the invaders to pick the home they did Wednesday afternoon, Kettering Police Patrolman John Jung said. 

According to the preliminary investigation, the two males forced their way inside just before 4 p.m., knocked down the resident and took property, Officer Jung said. 

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A K-9 unit was called to the scene as part of the investigation and he said police are interviewing neighbors, hoping to get a description of the robbers. 

Jung asked that if you have information you believe will help in this investigation, please call Kettering police at 937-296-2555.

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Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Former nurse recalls ‘small, friendly place’

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 6:44 PM

Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Former nurse recalls ‘small, friendly place’

A former nurse who has spent a good portion of her career at Good Samaritan Hospital was "shocked" to hear Wednesday's announcement that Premier Health planned to close the facility. 

"I just cannot believe what I'm hearing," Rosa Lee Weinert said. The 89-year-old graduated from nursing school at the hospital in 1949 and worked there as a nurse until 1964. 

The Englewood resident said she still serves on the hospital's alumni board. 

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Weinert remembers her time on Philadelphia Avenue fondly, smiling as she remembered "the nuns who used to run the place" back with the hospital was a Catholic institution. 

"It was a small, friendly place back then," Weinert said. "It was a beautiful community." 

Weinert ran the heart-lung machine during open heart surgeries during her last four years at Good Samaritan. She marvels at all the instruments and machines nurses today use during surgeries. 

Weinert wasn't a fan of how the hospital's exterior changed throughout the years -- from a small, warm building with a circular drive to the large facility she sees today. 

She says it "boggles her mind" to think of the massive job of moving the services and patients from Good Samaritan to other Premier Health properties. 

"I just cannot imagine Miami Valley [Hospital] assuming all of the patients and all of the care that is given at Good Samaritan. I can't imagine another building incorporating that," Weinert said. 

As of late Wednesday afternoon, Premier Health hasn't offered a public plan for how it will accomplish that, just that the hospital will likely close sometime toward the end of 2018.

Greater Dayton RTA buses could be rid of cash fares by 2020

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 7:33 PM

The Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority hopes to modernize its payment system and get rid of cash fares by 2020, officials said Wednesday.

More than half of RTA riders have migrated to passes, including monthly and weekly passes, said Mark Donaghy, CEO of the agency. 

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The agency will work to become the first major transit authority in the nation to stop using cash, he said. 

RTA spends more than $1 million each year collecting and managing cash, and the future holds even more easy and convenient electronic forms of payment, he said. 

Customers will be able to load up electronic cards to pay their fares at various locations. 

"What we don't want to do is invest more money in something that has a short life span -- we think we can take this to the next level," Donaghy said.

Crews rescue pets in Fairborn house fire battalion chief says is a total loss

Published: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 4:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 5:45 PM

FROM SCENE: Fairborn house fire

UPDATE @ 5:37 p.m.: Two adults and two children have been displaced and two pets had to be rescued in the Marchmont Drive house fire. 

Battalion Chief Laura Conley-Kerr, Fairborn Fire Department, said, firefighters revived one of the two pets found inside the burning home. 

"It looks like it's a total loss, from top to bottom," Conley-Kerr said. She estimates the damage to the house and contents at $45,000 to $68,000. 

The cause remains under investigation, she said. 

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There were heavy flames, with fire burning through the roof, when crews arrived, she said. 

The Red Cross has been called to assist the family, which has been displaced, Conley-Kerr said.

Although Conley-Kerr didn't specifically say the fire involved the kitchen, she advises all residents to have extinguishers in the home and a fire drill plan because many house fires involve the kitchen.

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Crews are on the scene of a house fire in the 200 block of Marchmont Drive. 

Crews were dispatched just after 4 p.m. on a report of a structure fire, with flames reportedly through the roof.

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There is no word whether anyone has been injured or whether the dwelling is occupied. 

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