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Driver found dead near North Lewisburg

NORTH LEWISBURG –  Deputies from the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Northeast Champaign County Fire District responded to a crash at 9984 E. State Route 245 near North Lewisburg’s wastewater plant at 8:13 a.m. Thursday where they found the driver dead.

Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013

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An army of God

A new life springs forth from former fitness center through efforts of regional volunteers to make JW Kingdom Hall a reality

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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New fair treasurer approved

Secretary still sought

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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Man pleads guilty to bar fight

A defendant pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside an Indian Lake bar and two other defendants were sentenced to local jail in other cases this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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BHS Drama Club presents play

The Bellefontaine High School Drama Club presents The Great Gatsby at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students and adults.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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Motorist faces felony charges for Aug. 11 fatal crash

An East Liberty man, who authorities now believe was high on marijuana at the time of an Aug. 11 crash that killed a Galion motorcyclist and severely injured his girlfriend, faces four felony charges in an indictment handed up by a Logan County grand jury Tuesday.

Christian L. Fischer, 29, of 9476 County Road 153, was charged by indictment with aggravated vehicular homicide, a second-felony; aggravated vehicular homicide, a third-felony; aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; aggravated vehicular assault, a third-degree felony; and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department did not suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash, but they obtained a blood sample from the motorist about three hours and 45 minutes after the crash.

The sample was requested after motorcyclist Charles S. Carpenter, 39, of Galion, died at a Columbus hospital.

Laboratory results provided to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office indicate the defendant had enough marijuana in his system to meet the legal threshold of under the influence.

Tests on the whole blood sample — the most reliable source — show the motorist had more than 34 nanograms per milliliter of blood. The minimum level under Ohio law is two nanograms per milliliter.

According to police reports, the defendant turned southbound from the U.S. Route 33 ramp onto southbound U.S. Route 68 and reached for a dropped cigarette and lighter.

His sport utility vehicle crossed over into the northbound lanes and struck Mr. Carpenter’s motorcycle around 2:45 p.m. Aug. 11.

His passenger, Cathy L. Goodyear, 41, also of Galion, was flown by LifeFlight to Grant Medical Center for treatment of a leg fracture, broken ribs and internal injuries.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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Drivers escape injuries in head-on collision


Deputies of the a Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday in front of 11520 County Road 87 in Stokes Township.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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Tree trimming accident results in death

UNION COUNTY — Cecil Swartzentruber, 58, of Richwood, was killed over the weekend after a falling tree struck him.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013

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