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Plea deals for two involved in fights

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Two defendants involved in fights which initially carried charges for inciting violence entered into plea agreements Friday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.Taron O. Captain, 21, of Hillsboro, and Levi Becknell, 18, of Mowrystown, were both a part of an altercation on May 24 in Mowrystown, according to affidavits filed with the court.On that date, Captain and Becknell had been part of a fight involving five men, two of whom told reporting law enforcement that “they had met to fight,” the affidavit states.Captain reportedly had a knife during the fight, and Becknell reportedly “pulled out brass knuckles and a yard rack,” according to the affidavit.

 

Counseling ordered for Hillsboro woman

Following a no contest plea to falsification, Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna ordered that a Hillsboro woman enroll in counseling at the Scioto Valley Mental Health Center before a ruling is made in her case.According to an affidavit filed with the court, Shawna Edenfield, 31, reported to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office on July 5 that her children were being held captive by an unknown intruder who broke into their house.

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Buckeyes motivated by last year

CHICAGO — It was a smudge on the Mona Lisa, a patch of weeds on the White House lawn, a losing streak after a school-record stretch of wins.Ohio State knows the difference between near perfection and perfection.Coach Urban Meyer’s first two years in Columbus ranked among the best in school history. High on the wall of the Buckeyes’ indoor practice complex, a “12-0” banner honoring the bowl-banned 2012 team hangs in the same row as those mark...

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Hammers league runners-up

The Highland County Hammers 13U baseball team recently completed another successful season with a runner-up finish in their league.The Hammers played in the Central Ohio Youth Baseball League (COYBL) American Silver Division and finished the season with a record of 7-3.The Hammers played a more competitive schedule than last year, going up against teams in the Southwest Ohio League and Mid-West Ohio League as well as COYBL. They finished with an overall record of 16-14, ...

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How young is too young?

I was driving home from work the other day, listening to WLW on the radio as usual, when a talk show host posed the question: How young is too young to let your kid mow?The conversation centered around how some guy was letting his kid mow at a certain age – I do not recall the age, but it was somewhat young – and how that was just too young to cut a kid loose with a mower.I was struck by the question because it made me think about how old, or young, I was whe...

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‘Laundry list’ of probation violations gets man jail time

A man with numerous probation violations, and another whose recent felony conviction was a violation of suspended sentences, were among those who appeared in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday.Hillsboro Municipal Court Judge David H. McKenna said Casey Wright, 29, of Hillsboro, had a “laundry list” of probation violations, which included failure to obtain counseling, pay fees, and complete community service.Wright had been convicted on receiving stolen prope...

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New Vienna fire battled Friday

Updated from original 1:31 p.m. Friday post.A fire broke out in a garage in New Vienna Friday morning, but first responders said there were no injuries.The Clinton-Highland Joint Fire District responded to the scene in an alley off of West Main Street at approximately 11:43 a.m., according to the district.Mashell Laymon, of New Vienna, only lives a few blocks from where the incident occurred, and said she was one of the first at the scene.&...

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‘Most importantly, learn to swim’

July has been unseasonably cool, but with the hot and humid temperatures of August on the horizon, swimming will continue to be a popular activity. Staying safe in the water depends on supervision and careful judgment.“Most importantly, learn to swim,” said Becky Fiscus, senior program director at the Highland County YMCA.Drowning, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)S, is one of the main causes of accidental death in the U.S.The CDC r...

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Three facing meth charges

Three defendants appeared in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Friday after law enforcement officials said they observed them buying numerous items used to manufacture methamphetamine.According to an affidavit filed with the court, Clarence Doss, 51, of Hillsboro; Courtney Louk, 23, of Greenfield; and Roger Sowers, 45, of Greenfield, allegedly purchased two boxes of Kroger brand Sudafed, Crystal Drain Opener, Damprid, coffee filters, clear tubing, and a lithium battery on July 31.

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Police Reports

On July 22 at 2:16 p.m., the Hillsboro Police Department responded to a call reporting a shoplifter in Kmart. Upon officer arrival, it was found that Kyle Hollon, 22, of Hillsboro shoplifted from the named business. Hollon was arrested and transported to the Highland County Justice Center.On July 23 at 2:35 p.m., the Hillsboro Police Department received a report of theft from a female resident of Hillsboro. It was reported that two checks were forged and cashed; the checks appear t...

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Take Note

Pancake and sausage breakfast in LynchburgThe Lynchburg Lions Club will have their monthly pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Lynchburg Lions Club/Gun Club Building on Sharpsville Road in Lynchburg. The breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will feature an “all-you-can-eat” pancake and sausage breakfast plus other items such as sausage gravy and biscuits. The public is invited to come and enjoy the meal and support th...

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Charity car show returning Aug. 9

“The Past and The Furious II,” a community charity car and bike show, is slated for Saturday, Aug. 9.Four charities will benefit from the show including American Diabetes Association, the Clinton County United Way, the Clinton/Highland County Red Cross and the local food pantries.Individuals who bring in canned goods, can get a raffle ticket for each item brought. All canned goods collected will go to the Community Action Food Pantry.According to a...

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Burfict emerges as Bengals ‘D’ leader

CINCINNATI — Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has gone from low-risk investment to the heart of the Bengals defense in only two years.Cincinnati thinks so much of its Pro Bowl linebacker that it’s molding one of the league’s best defenses around him in only his third season. And coach Marvin Lewis, who has craved a leader in the style of former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, thinks he has one in the making.“I thought Vontaze had those qualities really ear...

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HDH Foundation annual 5K Family Fun Day Run/Walk

The Highland District Hospital Foundation annual 5K Family Fun Day Run/Walk will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Rocky Fork State Park North Shore Activity Center. There will be a free children’s race following the run/walk.The cost for the regular race is $20 and includes a race and technical T-shirt. Additional donations to the foundation will be accepted and all proceeds go toward the purchase of a new ultrasound unit. Additional T-shirts are available for $12...

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Man who led police on chase enters plea deal

A man who led Lynchburg police on a 10-minute motorcycle chase, which ended after he crashed the bike, entered into a plea agreement Thursday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.Billie Joe Vaught, 45, of Fayetteville, originally faced a total of 12 charges, including fifth-degree felonious assault.Vaught had also been charged with first-degree misdemeanors of assault, domestic violence, endangering children, operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI), fictitious registration...

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Niehaus case bound over to grand jury

The father of a 1-year-old child found dead and secretly buried in a woods last year, was among the defendants appearing on felony charges Thursday in Hillsboro Municipal Court.Ian Niehaus, 29, of Cleves, is charged with third-degree felony production of methamphetamine. On Thursday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His case will be sent to a grand jury.Niehaus was never a suspect in the death of his son. The child’s mother and her boyfriend entered in...

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Thunder will return to Rocky Fork

It’s official. The Rocky Fork Thunder power boat races will return to Highland County in September.Race officials announced late Wednesday evening that what’s actually being called the Dr. Paul Yinger Memorial Rocky Fork Thunder will be held at Rocky Fork Lake on Sept. 20-21.Race director Dave Archiable said that the race committee has raised enough money to pull the races off and get them back in front of the people of Highland County, but they need about $1...

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Woman’s OVI, resisting arrest charges reduced

A woman originally charged with operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) and resisting arrest, first and second-degree misdemeanors respectively, entered into a plea agreement in Hillsboro Municipal Court on Thursday.Carly D. Wardlow, 30, of Hillsboro, pled guilty to reduced charges reckless operation, a third-degree misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.According to an affidavit filed with the court, on May 23, Wardlow was arrested after ...

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