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Darke County man charged after dog found frozen to death behind home

Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

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An Ansonia man is facing felony charges after a dog was found frozen to death behind a home in December 2017, according to the Darke County Humane Society. 

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An agent with the humane society found the dog deceased, apparently frozen to death due to subzero temperatures, outside a home in the 200 block of East Cross Street in Ansonia on Dec. 26, according to a media release sent Tuesday from the humane society. 

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The agent reported the dog was chained up outside with no food or water readily available. 

On Jan. 25, 2018 a Darke County Grand Jury indicted Robert Frazier, 36, of Ansonia on two felony charges of animal cruelty or neglect. 

The Darke County Humane Society said this is the first felony indictment in the county under the new laws for animal abuse in Ohio. 

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Fire severely damages home north of St. Paris

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:25 AM
Updated: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 12:11 PM

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UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m.: 

A couple was able to safely evacuate their home after a fire broke out Friday morning. 

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The home on North Heck Hill Road suffered extensive damage in the blaze, according to our crew on the scene. 

There have been no immediate reports of injuries. 

Crews are blocking North Heck Hill Road near Millerstown-Eris Road to battle the blaze. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


Fire crews have reported heavy smoke and flames coming from a house on North Heck Hill Road, north of St. Paris in Champaign County Friday morning. 

Several fire crews were dispatched to the house in the 2500 block of North Heck Hill Road, near Millerstown-Eris Road, after the fire was reported around 11:10 a.m. 

It was not immediately known if the structure is believed to be occupied or vacant. 

Initial reports indicate fire crews are fighting the fire defensively. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Memorial Day Weekend local lake quality outlook

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:43 AM

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If you plan on spending your Memorial Day weekend at a local body of water we have your covered with the latest advisories from all the Ohio lakes, rivers and creeks.  

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The local bodies of water that are affected are: 

Grand Lake St. Marys- Has issued a Red Flag Warning for their Camp, Main East, Main West and Windy Point locations.  The Elevated Recreational Public Health Advisory is reportedly due to Algal Bloom/Toxin.

Madison Lake- Has issued a Yellow Flag Warning for high bacteria levels.

Memorial Day Forecast

You can check the latest advisories in your area by visiting the Ohio Beach Guard website at Ohio Beach Guard

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1st named storm of Atlantic season could hit Gulf states Memorial Day

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

UPDATE @ 11:27 a.m. (MAY 25):

As Storm Center 7 Meteorologists forecasted, a broad area of low pressure that has been located over the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula has moved into the waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Based on observations, this system has grown in intensity into what is now Subtropical Storm Alberto. This is the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.  

 What do the categories mean for a hurricane?

Alberto is expected to a take a north to northwestward track over the next few days making landfall near the Gulf States on Memorial Day.  

According the National Hurricane center, regardless of its exact track and intensity, Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

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Rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and early next week when Alberto is expected to slow down after it moves inland.

UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m. (MAY 25):

The National Hurricane Center said the season’s first named storm, Subtropical Storm Alberto, has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Additional advisory information is expected to be released later this morning.


The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and runs through the end of November. This year's tropical season may begin right on time.

 What do the categories mean for a hurricane?

According to the National Hurricane Center there is the chance that a broad area of thunderstorms near the Yucatan Peninsula may move into the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and develop into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend. If that occurs, this would be the first named storm of the season.

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Many Miami Valley residents may be planning to head south for the long holiday weekend. The potential for this tropical development could lead to a wet and stormy holiday. The National Hurricane Center says "regardless of the development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast during the weekend."  

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Dog rescued from sweltering vehicle in Xenia

Published: Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 11:23 AM


A small dog was rescued from over 100 degree temperatures after being locked in a vehicle with the windows closed Thursday morning in Xenia.

Officers responded to the 100 block of West Main Street around 11 a.m. after someone called 911.

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“The windows are rolled up and there’s a small dog,” the caller said.  “It’s parked in front of the new Xenia administrative offices.”

Once officers arrived they found the dog and were able to get it to safety.

“The temperature in this vehicle is 105,” an officer told dispatchers over emergency dispatch radio traffic.

The owner received a warning and the investigation is ongoing.

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