Wound care: When should you seek treatment?

Published: Monday, August 21, 2017 @ 8:06 AM

Do you have a wound that seems to be hanging around a little too long? If so, don’t ignore it. The general rule of thumb is that, if a wound doesn’t improve after 30 days of care, such as direct pressure, elevation and sterile dressing, it’s time to seek expert care. Non-healing wounds can cause serious infections, illness and even loss of a limb, if not treated in a timely manner. Catching slow- or non-healing wounds early greatly reduces your risk of complications. Click here to read about the risks and causes of non-healing wounds and learn what your treatment options are. 

House in Springfield Twp., Clark County, deemed ‘total loss’ after fire

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 10:25 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:46 PM

SCENE: Fire severely damages Springfield Twp. home

UPDATE @ 11:38 p.m.: “Undetermined” is being listed as the cause of the fire that destroyed a vacant house on Oletha Avenue in Springfield Twp., Deputy Chief Dave Nangle said. 

There were no injuries stemming from the fire, which had engulfed the structure as firefighters arrived, he said. 

Nangle said he wasn't sure about estimating a dollar amount on the damage, but noted, "it's a total loss." 

Nangle said he and his crew were told that the residents vacated the property approximately a month ago, taking all of their belongings.

The investigation of the fire will continue, he said.

UPDATE @ 10:56 p.m.: Flames have severely damaged the one-story ranch home on Oletha Avenue in Springfield Twp.


Springfield Twp. crews have been dispatched to report of a structure fire in the 2800 block of Oletha Avenue, south of the city.

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The structure, said to be a house, is believed to be vacant. The incident was dispatched about 10:10 p.m.

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

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Sidney police: 5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

Published: Sunday, September 17, 2017 @ 10:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 11:14 PM

5 overdose victims will live, video shows rescue underway

UPDATE @ 8:10 p.m. (Sept. 19)

All five people who overdosed within an hour and a half on Sunday night in Sidney will live, according to Sidney Police Chief Will Balling.

Balling said officers were dispatched on two separate overdose calls Sunday night, with police finding two overdose patients during their first call.

Dash and body camera footage shows officers dropping off the victims only to return an hour later on a report of three overdose patients in a car in the hospital’s parking lot.

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“Sometimes that can wear on an officer, but we still have to remember that we’re there to serve and protect,” Balling said.

“So our first mission is to help save that individual and do whatever we can to assist, in this case, hospital staff”

Balling said the five victims are recovering, with one originally reported in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital now listed as stable. He said the videos show the team effort that goes into saving lives on calls like this.

“These are real life situations that you can see them, the first responders, taking actions and saving lives,” Balling said.

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Sidney police will continue an investigation into the overdoses. Balling said the drugs all five victims overdosed on were bought from the same source in Dayton.

“Anytime you have this many [overdoses] we want to try and find out where it came from so we can prevent others,” Balling said.

UPDATE @ 7:50 a.m. (Sept. 18) 

Five people were driven to Wilson Memorial Hospital Sunday after overdosing, according to Sidney Police Chief Will Balling. 

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Balling said a truck arrived at the hospital carrying three people who overdosed, while two other people arrived at different times. The times when each incident was reported was not available and it was not known if the overdoses are believed to be connected. 

The conditions of the five overdose patients was not known, but Balling said one person ‘might not make it.”

We’re working to learn more and we’ll update this page as details become available. 

UPDATE @2:20 a.m. (Sept. 18)

Additional information on reported overdoses in the parking lot of Wilson Memorial Hospital Sunday night is expected to be released this morning.

This story will be updated as we learn additional information.


Sidney police are responding to multiple overdoses in the parking lot of Wilson Memorial Hospital Sunday night. 

Crews were dispatched to the hospital's parking lot at on a report of possible overdoses around 10:25 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate as many as three overdose victims have been found and officers are administering Narcan at the scene.

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At least two of the three patients are reportedly not breathing after several unsuccessful resuscitation attempts.

Sidney dispatchers are unable to confirm whether the victims overdosed in the hospital parking lot or if they were driven to hospital unconscious. 

According to scanner traffic, an unknown number of overdoses were reported in the same area earlier Sunday. 

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Dispatchers could not confirm any details from the reports, telling our news team more information will be available later tonight.

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Springfield man accused of mailing narcotics hidden in Play-Doh set

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 7:10 PM

Narcotics found in play dough

A 30-year-old Springfield man is to be in court Wednesday on felony charges accusing him of mailing narcotics -- hidden inside a Play-Doh set -- to someone in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Jason Rager, of Willow Road, remains in the Clark County Jail after sheriff's deputies arrested him Monday evening. 

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According to a statement the sheriff's office released Tuesday evening, a supervisor from Box King, on North Bechtle Avenue, called the sheriff's office Monday afternoon to report a suspicious package that was being mailed to Asheville, N.C. 

Sheriff's investigators inspected the package, wrapped in brown paper, and found 70 Hydrocodone tablets hidden in the canisters of the children’s toy, sheriff's Maj. Christopher Clark said. 

Deputies here contacted narcotics officers in Asheville, who identified the recipient of the package. They picked him up Tuesday morning for questioning, Clark said, but there has been no word whether the man has been detained on charges. 

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Asheville police ascertained that Rager was the person who mailed the drugs. Clark County detectives contacted Rager at his residence and arrested him on single counts of drug trafficking the drug possession. 

"We do not believe this is the first time he's done it," Clark said, when asked whether detectives think Rager has mailed narcotics -- hidden in toys or not -- to western North Carolina or other locales. 

Clark said the tablets sell on the street for about $5 to $7 apiece, which makes the amount confiscated worth about $350. 

Rager is to make his initial appearance in Springfield Municipal Court on Wednesday morning, according to the sheriff's office.

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Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner says slugs not from his gun range

Published: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 @ 6:32 PM

Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner says slugs not from his gun range

A lawsuit from a Vandalia resident claims bullets fired from the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds were landing in his property.

Jamie Spencer said he’s found hundreds of bullet casings on his property, with some projectiles flying past him.

“It’s a whistling sound that flies over your head. It’s gone before you even know it was there. At that point you knew you were pretty doggone close to it,” he said.

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The owner of Miami Valley Shooting Grounds, 771 Johnson Station Road, said the slugs are not coming from his gun range.

“He has his own range up there, he shot up there forever,” Dana Tackett said of Spencer. “I can give you names of people who go there and shoot.

“If I thought for one-half a second one of my bullets, trajectories, were going onto his property, wouldn’t shoot, wouldn’t do it, don’t need it,” Tackett said.

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The permit for Miami Valley Shooting Grounds states shooters are only allowed to fire from east to west at the 50-foot hill. 

Today, there were bulldozers going in and out of the gun range. Tackett said it’s regularly scheduled maintenance. Spencer said it’s because of the recent attention from his lawsuit.

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“It clearly states projectiles are to be maintained on the property. Even if you don’t believe me, I think we’ve got the police officer’s report, we’ve got multiple witnesses,” Spencer said.

The city of Vandalia said it’s not getting involved in the dispute.