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Local News Police raid marijuana cultivation operation Breast cancer fund-raiser seeking businesses to help save women’s lives DAYTON — Are you a business who wants to help save the lives of women in our community? Premier Community Health (PCH) is looking for area businesses or retailers to sell pink ribbon cards for $1 each to customers and/or employees. The money raised will go to pay for mammograms for low-income uninsured women. All money raised will be used for local women right here in Southwest Ohio. Last year PCH provided over 1,700 mammograms free of charge to qualifying women. The fund-raiser will run throughout the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Participants will be supplied with all campaign materials including ribbons, posters, buttons, tape and markers. Premier Community Health will promote the campaign through web, facebook, local media, and to Premier Health’s 13,000 employees. All participants who register by September 5 will have their business name included in all promotional materials. Registration continues through September 23. For more information or to register for this fundraiser, contact Sharon Freeze at or (937) 2279435. About Premier Community Health Premier Community Health, on behalf of Premier Health, works to create healthier communities through prevention, early detection and disease self-management focusing on heart and lung health, cancer and diabetes.

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By RON NUNNARI Independent Editor CLAY TWP. — Police raided a home July 17 at 9472 Dayton-Greenville Pike just south of the village of Phillipsburg, where an elaborate marijuana cultivation operation was discovered inside a residence. Police seized 170 plants and numerous items being used to grow the marijuana inside the home. The resident, Matthew Nixon, 35, of Brookville, was charged with cultivation of marijuana, drug possession (marijuana), manufacturing of drugs (hashish), drug possession (hashish) and endangering children, all of which are felonies. According to Clay Township Police Chief John Simmons, the marijuana and hashish has an estimated street value in excess of $500,000. A Grand Jury hearing is pending. Two of the felony charges each carry a See Police raid on Page 4

Photo courtesy Clay Township Police Police place marijuana plants on the ground outside the home at 9472 Dayton-Greenville Pike after serving a search warrant for a suspected marijuana cultivation operation.

Clayton amends idling engines ordinance By Andrew Wilson Contributing Writer CLAYTON — Due to further complaints concerning vehicles idling while parked, the City of Clayton Thursday unanimously approved an ordinance to amend Clayton Codified Ordinance Chapter 351 regarding restrictions on idling truck engines and vehicle generators/compressors. “It addresses concerns and really ongoing concerns about idling truck engines that have been disturbing the peace both at night and then there have been subsequent complaints

that these idling truck engines have been occurring during the daytime hours as well,” Law Director Robert Portune said. “So what this does, it attempts to really condense down the restrictions that have originally been enacted and address the concept of idling truck engines and compressors, putting time limits on them and locations where they can legitimately continue to idle at truck stops and approved rest areas and other areas where they’re not permitted to do that because of the interference and disrup-

tion that they would have to residents’ ability to occupy their houses.” The new section of the ordinance states that “no person shall allow any commercial tractor, bus, truck, trailer, semitrailer or refrigerated trailer to run or idle while parked on any street, alley or other public place, private property, private street or right of way within 300 feet of a residence for longer than 10 minutes or for such longer period of time as is needed for the on-site delivery or loading of merchandise or goods.” Similarly, “no person shall

allow intermittent operation of a compressor or generator installed on a commercial tractor, bus, truck, semitrailer or refrigerated trailer while such vehicle is continuously parked on any street, alley, or other public place, private property, private street or right-of-way within 300 feet of a residence, regardless of whether such consecutive operation is for periods of duration less than 10 minutes each.” Anyone who violates the provisions of the new section of the ordinance is subject to a minor misdemeanor.

In other business, city council approved the first reading of an ordinance to maintain street lighting assessments for the 14 districts that are located in the City. The assessments cover the maintenance and energy for the street lights and is an annual charge that homeowners see every year. Costs range from $20 to $162 depending on the type of lights and poles that districts have. The assessments, which are due to Montgomery County on Sept. 1, come to a total of $29,396.08. See Clayton on Page 4

Northmont Band Premiere set for August 31 By Kathy Tyler Contributing Writer CLAYTON — Eleven marching bands from two states will present their 2013 shows during the 47th Annual Northmont Band Premiere. The event will be held on Saturday, August 31, in Good Samaritan Stadium at Northmont High School. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the presenting of the colors by the Northmont Junior ROTC and the National Anthem performed by the Pride of Northmont Marching Band. In all, more than 1,000 instrumentalists and guard members will take the field in a preview of their up-coming competition season. Performing in this year’s band premiere include Carlisle, Tri-Village, East Clinton, Crawfordsville, Ind., Brookville, Vandalia-Butler, Miamisburg, Bellbrook, Centerville and the Northmont Intermediate Colorguard in exhibition. The Northmont High School Marching Band, with 115 performers, is proud to present its 2013 show, Lunar Phases, featuring selections from

“Moonlight Sonata,” “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Moondance” and “Clair de Lune.” The Northmont Marching

Band is under the direction of Andrew Brough and assisted by Neil Adkison and is led onto the field by Drum Majors Nathan Paul, Kate Gaston and

Austin Miller. The community is invited to come out and enjoy this special evening of music and performances. Tickets can be pur-

chased at the gate the night of the performance for $8 general admission, $9 reserved seating, or in advance by contacting Brian Hope at 937-854-9896.

Photo by Kathy Tyler Northmont Marching Band presents its pre-game show during the parent preview on the final day of the three-week three band camp.




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CLAYTON — Salem Church of God will host an Outdoor Family Movie Night at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, featuring the Disney film “The Muppets.” The movie, rated PG, will be shown under the stars, with the church building serving as a large screen. Those attending should bring blankets and lawn chairs. The event, which is open to the community, is part of the Salem Family Experience (Sfx) series. There is no admission charge. Salem Church of God is at 6500 Southway Road in Clayton. For more information about Outdoor Family Movie Night or Salem Church, please visit or call (937) 836-6500.

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DAYTON — The U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club – Ohio State Chapter is doing something special in the community on August 24. They are holding their First Annual “Fallen Hero Scholarship Poker Run” to raise funds to provide scholarship(s) in the name of Army Specialist Jesse Snow. Jesse was from Fairborn and was killed in action 3 years ago in Afghanistan. The Poker Run will start at Buckminn’s Harley Davidson dealership in Xenia with registration from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. with the last bike or vehicle out at noon and will end at the Dayton Veterans Hospital where there will be music, food, raffles, skydivers and an enlistment ceremony. The day’s events will culminate with a skydiving demonstration by Team Fastrax. The professional skydiving team out of Middletown will be conducting a jump onto the VA grounds at 5 p.m. Don’t think that just because you don’t ride a motorcycle, you can’t participate. Everyone is invited; it doesn’t matter if you are on two, three or four wheels! See the flyer for more information at Hope to see you there.

CLAYTON — United Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 8611 Hoke Road, Clayton, will hold its fall bazaar Saturday, October 5. A warm welcome is being extended to any hand crafts, artistry, product line vendors to participate in the Church Women’s Fall Bazaar. Two different sized tables are available for a fee of $25 and $30 each. The church women will be providing homemade baked items for sale and a light lunch will be available for purchase after 11 a.m. For more information and/or an application form contract, interested vendors please contact the church office at 937-832-3516. August 31 is the cut-off date for applications.

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ENGLEWOOD — First Baptist Church on Shaw Road in Union is sponsoring free movie night once again at Englewood Cinema. The featured showing is, “Faith Like Potatoes.” This movie is based on a true story and will be offered Monday, August 26 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and concessions will be available for purchase through the Cinema. Please join us everyone is welcome.

DAYTON — The Greater Dayton Area Faith Community Nurse/Health Ministers Network will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday, August 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hospice of Dayton, Community Room, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton. The continuing education presentation “Tough Work… Enhancing Effectiveness of Faith Based Organizations Working with People in Poverty” will be led by Kathy Michelich, MA Rural Sociology, Extension Educator Level III, Ohio State University Extension – Warren County. This program will identify and explore Tough Work training, increase knowledge of the complexities of poverty, increase awareness regarding the challenges faced by volunteers who work with people in poverty and much more. Pre-registration is required. For more information please contact the Good Samaritan Hospital Health Ministries Program, at 937-227-9454.

Deadline nearing for MLK award nominations

Beavercreek 1960s classes to hold reunion

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COLUMBUS — Nominations are being sought for awards honoring Ohioans who carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards honoring such individuals and organizations will be given at the 2014 Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration being held Jan. 16, 2014, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Columbus. Nominations are due to the commission by Sept. 1. This award ceremony is sponsored by the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, which is housed in the Equal Opportunity Division of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (DAS). To obtain more information and a nomination form, visit the website of the Ohio Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission at or contact Bobbi Bell of the DAS Equal Opportunity Division at 614.466.8380 or

Northmont Class of ‘88 seeking classmates CLAYTON — Northmont High School Class of 1988 is planning its 25th class reunion the weekend of October 11-13 and is currently searching for members of the class of 1988. Reunion organizers are in need of current mailing addresses and email addresses. If you know of anyone who graduated in 1988 please contact Michelle Bailey 937-248-4049 or Jeanene Popp 937-545-8244. email: For reunion details go to Members from other classes 1985-1990 are welcome to attend the Saturday Night Event. Any Businesses in purchasing advertising on the class website and at the Main Event Please contact us.

Diabetes Support Group cancels meetings ENGLEWOOD — Due to a vote of the membership, the Englewood Diabetes Support Group will not be holding meetings this summer. The group will start having meetings again this fall. For more information call Tom Bowers, 836-3592.

BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek High School’s 1960s (60 through 69) Class Reunion ( is set for August 24 at 5 p.m., VFW 2389 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek. Limited space. Checks payable to BHS 1960 Reunion ($22 per person). Mail to BHS 1960 Reunion, PO Box 160, Alpha OH 45301 for reservations now! Include your current address, class year & maiden name. Contact Marilyn at or 941-922-8730.

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Senior Living conference offered at Shiloh DAYTON — Shiloh Church will be hosting a Senior Living Education Conference on Friday, Sept. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is presented by Miami Valley Alliance professionals helping seniors. The cost for registration which includes lunch, refreshments and all workshops is only $10. Some of the workshop topics are “How to pay for care without breaking the nest-egg”, “First Light Home Care”, “Medicare and Health Care Reform” and several other very informative topics by experts in their fields. This is a great way for caregivers, seniors and family members to get important information about senior options. Shiloh Church UCC is located at 5300 Philadelphia Dr.,, Dayton. RSVP to Glenna Higgins or call-277-8953 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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DAYTON — Shiloh Church will be holding a Fall Community Fair at 5300 Philadelphia Dr. at North Main Street on Friday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Fair will feature a huge Flea Market under the tent in the parking lot. Indoors will be nearly New Clothing booth and the Book Nook with a large selection of new and used hardback and paperback books. There will also be a Café servings soups, sandwiches and other good things to eat. Saturday, the second day of the event, will be in conjunction with the Shiloh’s Farmer’s Market. For more information contact the church office at 277-8953 or log onto the church’s web site at

St. Paul accpeting donated items for needy ENGLEWOOD — The St. Vincent de Paul truck will be parked in St. Paul Catholic Church’s parking lot Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15. Donations of clothing, household items, small appliances and furniture will be accepted. Volunteers will be at the truck from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday and before and after 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses Sunday. Donations are tax deductible, and receipts are available at the truck.

UNION — Line Dance lessons are offered each Monday at Mill Ridge Village, 1000 Mill Ridge Circle, Union from 2-4 p.m. Kevin Glueckert is the instructor and everyone is welcome. The third Friday of each month a country-western line dance is offered starting at 7 p.m. Questions? Call the Mill Ridge office at 832-6302.

Northmont Class of ‘93 plans reunion DAYTON — Northmont Class of 1993 will hold its 20 Year Reunion Saturday, August 3 at Sharkey’s at the Dayton Marriott from 7-11 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Registration and payment must be received by July 19 to reserve your spot. Rooms are also available for out of town guests. See the reunion page on facebook, Northmont’s website under alumni, or email Heidi Bell at for registration form or more details.

Men’s Aglow to meet at Mill Ridge UNION — A new group, Men’s Aglow, will meet at Mill Ridge Village the third Saturday of each month. The group will begin with a free breakfast at 8 a.m. The normal meeting will include fellowship, prayer and a speaker or Bible study. Men of all ages are encouraged to attend. Any questions contact John Willinger at 832-2786.


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BUTLER TWP. — Polk Grove U.C.C. will hold its 11th annual car show Saturday, August 24 at 10500 Kley Road in Butler Township. Registration is from 9 a.m. - noon with a $10 entry fee. There will be a concession stand with fresh hot food, ice cold beverages and deserts too. Cars will be parked on the grass. There is a playground for the kids with plenty of shade. We’ll have a 50/50 drawing, door prizes and lots of great oldies music. Awards should be out by 2 p.m. including Top 25, Ladies Choice, Men’s Choice, Kid’s Choice and Best of Show. Director Chuck Arndts says “Come on out and enjoy our friendly atmosphere and see some really cool cars too.” For more information, you can contact the church office at 890-1821.

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ENGLEWOOD — Senior Sam Retirees from Good Samaritan Hospital will be celebrating their 11thHomecoming for retired and those who ever worked at Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday, Sept. 6, at Good Sam North Health Center in Englewood. The event will start at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The theme this year is “Mardi Gras.” Senior Sams will max out the conference center with attendees. Each year a theme is selected and the attendee has a choice to come in costume to sponsor that theme. Door prizes are awarded through donation chances of five tickets for $1. This amount goes to fund Senior SamsSunshine Committee and the next year’s Homecoming festivities. Good Samaritan is the only hospital in Dayton that has such an organized group of retirees. This event each year has become more successful. For more information, contact Kathy Barlow at 836-7276 or Lu Musselman at 723-7493.


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Northmont schools now feature improved security Dear Northmont Community: We have Dr. Sarah Zatik, always welcomed your involvement in our schools Superintendent whether you are a parent, guardian, grandparent, volunteer, or a community Northmont member wanting to become City Schools more informed about our schools. We strongly feel that community, even with our these are your buildings and new security measures. you should have access to As most of you are aware, them. What we have to fac- we are in the process of contor in, due to the changes in structing two new buildings, our society, is an added the Kleptz Early Learning level of security for our Center and the Northmont school buildings. We have High School. These buildthe responsibility of provid- ings will be built with ing our students with a safe secure vestibules with similearning environment, and lar security systems. take this responsibility very The current high school seriously. This philosophy has a full-time Student of transparency and being Resource Officer. welcome is something that Additional Student we want to retain with our Resource Officer time has

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been added this year to include the middle school and high school campus. We have a great partnership with our local police departments to provide Student Resource Officer visits to all of our six elementary schools throughout the day. In addition to this, we have taken additional measures to secure our facilities. These new changes consist of securing our buildings with new electronic door locking systems for all entrances in our six elementary buildings, middle school, and our Board of Education office. All entrances will be locked during the school day. In order to gain access to a building at the main entrance, visitors will be asked to push a button that

will alert our building staff that you are at our main entrance. Once notified,the building staff via an intercom system will request that you share the purpose of your visit to the building. They will then be able to unlock the door from a remote location, and monitor your path via newly installed cameras until you have reached the office to check in. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we become familiar with the new process just like you. Working together through this new method we know we can maintain the sense of community and parent involvement, while insuring our students grow personally and academically in a secure environment.

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minimum sentence of eight years in prison, according to Simmons. “This was an excellent piece of police work by Clay Township officers that resulted in a sizable grow operation being closed down,” Simmons said. “The officer who initiated the investigation was able to follow up with a detective to obtain a search warrant for the premises and make an arrest through good, old fashioned police work.” Officers from multiple jurisdictions participated in the execution of a search warrant at the property on two consecutive days, July 17 and 18. The discovery of the marijuana cultivation operation came about as the result of an investigation of a traffic crash on July 11. On that date a blue Oldsmobile had traveled through several yards on Dayton-Greenville Pike (State Route 49) and eventually came to rest in the driveway of the home where the marijuana was being grown. Upon arriving at the scene, officer J. Hawkins parked his cruiser on the roadway. When he got out of his cruiser he immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana even though his cruiser was parked approximately 50 feet from the home. After approaching the vehicle there was no odor emanating from the vehicle, which was driven by an 84year-old man. As Hawkins walked up the driveway to obtain a better angle to take photos of the crashed vehicle, he came within five to 10 feet of the house the distinct odor of marijuana became even stronger. Hawkins described the odor as so strong that it was overpowering, make it impossible to smell anything else. All the windows on the home were closed with the exception of a south facing second story window. Another officer responded to the scene and the officers knocked on the door to try to contact the resident, but there was no answer. Police began conducting surveillance on the property over the next few days. A warrant was obtained for Dayton Power & Light records to see if the residence was using an

elevated level of electricity needed to run grow lights and a possible ventilation system typical of a marijuana growing operation. The DP&L records showed that the residence, listed at 1,588 square feet, was using double the amount of electricity of a nearby home listed at more than 2,300 square feet in size. Police researched the name of the subject living at the residence and learned that Nixon had no prior criminal history. After a search warrant was obtained, a multi-jurisdictional team of officers was assembled to serve the search warrant. Officers from Clay Township, Brookville, Germantown, Perry Township, and Eaton were assembled to help serve the search warrant and assigned specific duties. At 9 a.m. on July 17 an operation briefing was conducted at Clay Township Police Department with township officers McDaniel, Stringfellow, VanGundy and Hawkins, Germantown officers Swafford and Burns, Perry Township officer Bowerman, Brookville officer Swigart and Eaton officer Wray while Clay Township officers Scott and Devore were posted north and south of the residence to conduct surveillance. Officers were provided with a case background and tactical plan for the residence during the briefing. Officer Stringfellow led the team to the address and at 9:38 a.m. pulled to the front of the residence, activated his emergency lights and announced, “Resident of 9472 DaytonGreenville Pike, police search warrant.” This announcement was repeated as officers approached and knocked on the door. A subject appeared in the home’s northwest window, peeking through the blinds. Several more orders were announced and after 45 seconds, Lt. VanGundy ordered officer McDaniel to make forced entry on the front door. McDaniel struck the door with one blow causing it to swing open and a strong odor of marijuana began to emanate from the residence. At that time a male subject later identified as Matthew


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Council members also approved the first reading of an ordinance to certify unpaid charges for weed cutting to the Montgomery County auditor for collection with real estate taxes. According to Finance Director Kevin Schweitzer, the City charges a fee of $320

per acre or portion of an acre to remove offensive grass and weeds and has had eight lawns in excess of $1,000 in unpaid charges located in the city. Additionally, the city has cerPhoto courtesy Clay Township Police tified $36,500 in unpaid Mutiple marijuana plants were found inside the charges to the Montgomery home at 9472 Dayton-Greenville Pike beneath grow County auditor. lights with elaborate irrigation and ventilation systems.

Nixon, was standing in the hallway. Sgt. Scott ordered him to the ground and Nixon was immediately taken into custody, given a copy of the search warrant and read his Miranda rights. Officers made their way through the house. On the second floor officers encountered a padlocked door. Officers used the ram device to force open the door and odor of marijuana became almost overpowering. Upon entering the room officers located numerous marijuana plants with a sophisticated ventilation, lighting and irrigation system. Due to the overwhelming odor of marijuana, it was determined for officer safety to have the fire department respond to ventilate the residence. Phillipsburg Fire Engine 80 arrived and firefighters, along with officer McDaniel, put on self contained breathing apparatus to enter the back of the residence. Firefighters placed a ventilation fan at the front door to create a vacuum to cause the odor to exit the home. Other officers put on personal protective respirators due to the still strong odor and began removing marijuana plants from the second floor. The upstairs was divided into two rooms. The south room contained 122 marijuana plants while the north room contained 19 plants. Both rooms contained numerous items used for the cultivation of marijuana, including grow lights, transformers, bulbs,

ducting, fans, fertilizer, hoses, carbon dioxide tanks, planting tables, and planting tubs. In the basement officers found 29 marijuana plants in a hydroponic tub. The basement also contained fertilizers, lighting, fans and planting tubs. In the living room officers found $40 cash beneath a couch along with a laptop computer. In the dining room officers found a large plastic tub that contained 11 freezer bags of marijuana. The plants and 11 bags of marijuana were transported by Sgt. Scott to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab. In the kitchen cupboard police found two black balls believed to be hashish, two plastic zip lock bags of marijuana, a metal tin containing marijuana seeds and a second tin containing pieces of marijuana. In the freezer officers located a zip lock bag containing marijuana. The kitchen also contained equipment used to ingest and cultivate marijuana including glass pipes, water bongs, and scissors with residue and trays with residue. A search of the rear porch revealed drug paraphernalia in the form of a box containing several small glass containers marked “Medical Cannabis” and a transformer for grow lights. The northeast bedroom was found to contain numerous items belonging to a juvenile. According to Nixon, his 8year-old son uses the bedroom when he is at the residence.

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BROOKVILLE — Do you love someone who drinks too much? Come be with people who understand. Al-Anon is there to help and support spouses, relatives, and friends of people with an addiction to alcohol. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Brookhaven Nursing and Care Center (building with a clock tower), 1 Country Lane, Brookville, Ohio (just off Brookville-Salem or Albert Road). Call for directions or more information; 833-4478 or 222-5707.

CLAYTON — Happy Corner Church of the Brethren, located at 7037 N. Union Road, Clayton, (corner of Old Salem and Union roads) is pleased to announce that it will host a free meal each Monday night at 6 p.m. This free meal at the “Happy Corner Church Cornerstone Bistro” is being hosted for anyone in our community who wishes to attend. Anyone in need of a meal or just interested in dining in good company is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information call the Happy Corner church office at 836-1204, e-mail, or visit

Memories of my great-grandmother Gertrude Hintz Every year about this time, fond memories of my greatgrandmother Gertrude Hintz come rolling back across the years to me. When I was 7 or maybe 8, my parents and I would make the 60-mile drive from Flint, Michigan to Saginaw, Michigan at least three times a year to visit Grandma Hintz. My great-grandfather Hintz, who I don’t recall ever meeting, owned a coal (now there’s a word from the past, huh?) yard in Saginaw and he lost all his money in the stock market crash of ‘29. After he died, my greatgrandmother lived alone, so my parents would visit several times a year to see how she was doing. Grandma Hintz was a wee little woman with hair the color of a Colorado snowfall, enough wrinkles in her face to hold a three-day rain and a totally wonderful smile. Whenever we arrived at her modest and cluttered bungalow in one of those neighborhoods that was once real nice but had fallen on hard times she would talk ever-so-briefly with my mother and father and then quickly whisk me out of the living room and into her cluttered kitchen where she fed me cups of black coffee and stale cookies as she told me stories of the days when she was a child. Across from Grandma’s kitchen was a bathroom and the bath tub in that bathroom was always filled to overflowing with yellowed newspapers. Funny thing. Of all the many fond and lingering images of my great-grandmother, I’ll remember those


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newspapers - and the dishes that were always piled in the kitchen sink - best. Grandma Hintz, who always wore a flowered apron, called me “Robbie” and insisted that I call her “Grandma H” and I always did because I was totally mesmerized by the stories she told me. If I attempted to interrupt one of her incredible tales she would reach across the table, gently pat my hand and shout “HARK!” as loud as she could. Needless to say, she always got my attention. I’m not really sure when Grandma Hintz died. I’m thinking it was probably sometime in the late 1940s. The sad thing about falling in love with someone when you are very young is that someone might be gone by the time you reach an age when you can really appreciate that love. I prefer to think Grandma Hintz passed peacefully in her sleep in her cluttered kitchen among her many yellowed newspapers … and wearing her unforgettable flowered apron. Contact Bob at

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Police reports from Northmont area law enforcement agencies

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observed fleeing the scene. Clayton Tyson L. Jones, 41, of Clayton, was arrested on a warrant issued by Moraine Police. Jones was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Englewood Police responded to the Vineyard Apartments on a noise complaint regarding an individual sitting in a parked car honking its horn at 2:17 a.m. Police located the vehicle which had both its front doors open with a spilled beer on the ground on the passenger side. A male subject was sitting behind the wheel of the vehicle. When the officer asked for his identification, the mane produced an I.D. issued by the Dominican Consulate under the name Gerardo Miranda. He was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated and transported to jail. After being fingerprinted at the county jail, staff discovered the man’s true identity was actually Marcus Coronado, 28, of Cincinnati, wanted by U.S. Immigration. Coronado was then charged with falsification.

Marianne E. Boyd, 28, of Englewood, was charged with theft at Wal-Mart. She was issued a court summons and released. A 15-year-old male from Dayton 45406, was charged with theft at Wal-Mart. Charges were forwarded to Montgomery County Juvenile Court. Union Identity Fraud was reported by a resident of Carol Lane. An unknown subject was using the victim’s Social Security number to receive medical treatment. The victim has been receiving bills from Mercy Memorial Hospital in Urbana. Tuesday, August 6 Clay Township Marvin Ray Karns, Sr., 46, of Brookville, was charged with receiving stolen property, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordnance, and drug possession. Karns was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Clayton An unknown subject used a black magic marker to write graffiti, including the symbol if a vampire, on a sign listing doctor’s names at Northwest

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Clay Twp. Police Chief John Simmons

Dayton Eye Care. Union The theft of a bike from a garage was reported in the 400 block of Applegate. Wednesday, August 7 Clayton Police responded to the 5300 block of Hillgrove Ave. on the report of a theft. The victim stated that two friends had stayed overnight and in the morning after one friend left, items were discovered missing. The second friend had his iPod stolen and the resident discovered two cell phones were missing. Englewood Ronnie D. Abshire, 20, of Englewood, was charged with violating a 48 hour parking notice in the 300 block of Katy Lane. His vehicle was towed and he was issued a court summons. Thursday, August 8 Clay Township Burglary was reported in the 6300 block of Sweet Potato Ridge Road where unknown subjects entered a

residence and removed a jewelry box containing numerous pieces of jewelry. Englewood Joshua Owen Sams, 25, of Dayton 45414, was charged with theft at Wal-Mart. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Criminal damaging was reported at the Chateau Apartments where unknown subjects shot a BB gun and damaged the front window of an apartment and shattered the double-pane glass on a kitchen door. Jeremy David MacDonald, 32, of Dayton 45417, was charged with soliciting for money on S. Main Street at Interstate 70. He was issued a court summons and released. Unknown subjects removed a Troy Built lawn mower and an Echo weed eater from the bed of a pickup truck parked in the Ponderosa lot. Friday, August 9 Union An officer was flagged down by a motorist who was

lost and needed directions. The driver was found to be in possession of marijuana. Kaleb Michael Schoen, 19, of Huber Heights, was charged with possession of marijuana. He was issued a court summons and released. Kearstyn Sue Paulin, 19, of Union, was arrested on an active Union warrant for driving without the owner’s consent. She was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Saturday, August 10 Clay Township A suspicious vehicle was reported in the 10900 block of Pansing Road. A red pickup with black along the bottom and gold or orange pipes coming up out of the bed directly behind the cab was observed outside a residence. When the resident went outside the truck took off leaving burn out marks in the roadway. During a traffic stop on Blank Road the driver was arrested on an active warrant. Eric D. Woullard, 39, of Trotwood, was charged with driving under suspension and arrest on a warrant issued by Trotwood Police for failure to appear. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Clayton Burglary was reported in the 5300 block of National Road where unknown subjects forced a door open and removed a large amount of jewelry. Approximately 75 pieces of jewelry were taken Continued on Page 6

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The following information has been provided by Northmont area police departments. The information listed in this column is considered public record and is available to anyone seeking information concerning what is provided below. For purposes of this column, the term “arrested” or “charged” does not necessarily mean the person was taken into physical custody. It could also indicate that a summons was issued to the subject in lieu of physical custody. All the people listed as “arrested” or “charged” are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thursday, July 11 Clay Township Robert L. Bergman III, 18, of Brookville, was charged with failure to comply, obstructing justice, and reckless operation. He was issued a court summons. Monday, July 22 Clay Township A citizen reported a possible breaking and entering in progress in the 8900 block of Kimmel Road. The caller advised a subject was stealing a riding mower from a building at the corner Route 40 and State Route 49 and was pushing it towards N. Kimmel Road. Police arrived and found a subject matching the description given by the caller. Shawn Morgan, 28, of Brookville, was charged with breaking and entering. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Wednesday, July 31 Clay Township Burglary was reported in the 9200 block of Westbrook Road. Unknown subjects entered the residence and removed numerous items including a Sony 32 inch TV, a PlayStation III console and games, a cordless Hitachi drill, a Maglite flashlight, a Bostich finish nail gun, a Bostich air gun, air hose, a Craftsman three piece drill combo, a Craftsman orbital saw, Craftsman sawzall and blades, drill chuck, a Stihl leaf blower, Stihl chainsaw and caulk gun. Saturday, August 3 Union Larry Paul Marlow, 43, of Union, was charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated. He was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment due to his high level of intoxication and issued a court summons. Sunday, August 4 Clay Township Police responded to eastbound I-70 near the Diamond Mill Road overpass on the report of car that collided with a deer. Due to the deer being injured, officers were forced to euthanize the animal. Monday, August 5 Clay Township Burglary in progress was reported in the 11400 block of Sweet Potato Ridge Road. A suspect described as a white male wearing blue jeans and a blue and white sweatshirt was

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Police reports... while other valuables were left undisturbed. Criminal mischief was reported in the 7100 block of Taywood Road where unknown subjects toilet papered a residence and wrote on the driveway and vehicle with a white substance. Police had been notified on August 9 by a subject associated with the Northmont Marching Band that she and several others in large groups would be out toilet papering band member’s houses. The resident on Taywood Road was not associated with the band. Englewood Police responded to Meijer on the report of a theft in progress. After a brief foot pursuit, Thomas Michael Peck, 34, of Dayton 45410, was charged with theft without consent and resisting arrest. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. The theft of a boy’s bicycle from a yard was reported on Orchard Avenue. Reginald Levar Collins, 32, of Stone Mountain, GA, was charged with solicitation permit required. He was issued a court summons. The theft of a boy’s bike was reported in the 200 block of Tate Avenue.

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Union A 16-year-old male was charged with being unruly on Skyles Road Charges were forwarded to juvenile court, The theft of a bike from a driveway was reported in the 100 block of Parkgrove Drive. Sunday, August 11 Clayton Police received notification of an assault taking place in a vehicle headed into Clayton from Harrison Township. An officer spotted a vehicle matching the description on Westbrook Road and initiated a traffic stop on N. Union Road and Summersweet Drive. Upon making contact with the driver she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend who was sitting in the passenger seat. The driver was found to be intoxicated. Cecelia F. Morris, 42, of Clayton (Englewood Zip 45322), was charged with driving under the influence over the legal limit. She registered at .227 percent on breath intoxilyzer test. Morris was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Englewood Police responded to WalMart on a theft in progress. While attempting to flee on foot, Carlos R. Alvarez, 20,

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was apprehended and charged with theft. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Monday, August 12 Clay Township Jerome N. Holmes, 52, of Brookville and Brenda Moore, 50, of Brookville, were charged with having an animal at large after several pigs got loose and began running loose. A court summons was issued. Burglary was reported in the 8900 block of BaltimorePhillipsburg Road. A old leather coin purse containing 20 coins from World War II, a Pearl Harbor commemorative coin and numerous pieces of jewelry were stolen as well as a wallet and Social Security card belonging to the victim’s deceased son. Credit card fraud was reported at Moyer Industries where a company credit card had several unauthorized charges made on th account. Clayton Rasma V. Vitols, 37, at large, was charged with driving under the influence. She was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Englewood Unknown subjects threw a large rock and shattered the rear window and damaged the trunk lid on a vehicle parked in the lot of Parkville Apartments. Identity theft was reported by a resident who advised someone had used his personal information to open an account at Huntington Bank in his name without his consent. Union Police pulled a vehicle over for having expired tags and discovered the driver to have two active warrants. Melissa M. Slusser, 43, of Union, was arrested for both warrants for failure to appear. She was taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Tuesday, August 13 Clay Township Police responded to N. County Line and Preble County Line roads on a hit and run accident. A motorist advised he failed to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle

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northbound on Preble County Line Road. The vehicle struck a trailer he was pulling. A headlight was torn out of the vehicle when it struck the trailer. Clayton Breaking and entering to a vacant property was reported in the 8500 block of N. Main St. Nothing was missing from the property. Englewood Isaac S. Grubbs, 28, of Englewood, was charged with theft for failing to pay for a haircut at Great Clips. Charges were forwarded to Vandalia Municipal Court which will issue Grubbs a summons to appear. Wednesday, August 14 Clayton Theft was reported in the 4700 block of Crownwood Avenue where unknown subjects removed four checks from a purse inside the residence and four pieces of jewelry from the garage. The victim confronted her son who admitted to taking the checks, but he denied taking the jewelry. The case remains under investigation. Englewood Jackie Lynn Clemons, 29, of Dayton 45417, was charged with theft without consent at Wal-Mart. She was issued a court summons and released. Anthony Michael Dills, 32, of Dayton, and Rebecca Lee Thayer, 30, of Dayton 45405, were both charged with theft without consent at Wal-Mart. Dills and Thayer were taken into custody and transported to the county jail. Thursday, August 15 Clayton Police responded to Cheri Lynne Drive and Westbrook Road on a traffic crash where a motorist struck and sheared off a telephone pole at its base with the vehicle coming to rest 400 feet west of the crash site. The driver was not hurt but was found to be intoxicated. Paula Sue Gradert, 31, of Clayton, was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain reasonable control and no operator’s license. She has one prior DUI conviction in 2004 in the state of Illinois. Gradert was taken into custody and transported to the county jail.

Union Fraud was reported on Woodard Drive where an woman selling wedding rings on Craig’s List sent the rings to a purchaser without receiving payment. The buyers apparently set up a fake PayPal account and scammed her into shipping the rings to them in Illinois without ever paying for the items. The theft of items from a home by family members was reported on Concord Farm Road. Unknown subjects broke out a window on a car parked in the 200 block of E. Martindale and removed sub woofer and an amplifier. Friday, August 16 Englewood The theft of a boy’s bike from an open garage was reported in the 100 block of Brownstone Drive. Kevin Levell Williams, 22, of Trotwood, was charged with theft without consent at Meijer. He was issued a court summons and released. Shauna L. Stott, 28, of Englewood, was charged with endangering children after her young child was found wandering along N. Main Street dangerously close to traffic. She was issued a court summons and released. Saturday, August 17 Clay Township An officer returned to the Clay Township Police Department and found a wallet that had been placed on the door knob. The officer was able to make contact with the owner of the wallet at his residence and returned it to him. He advised he must have left his wallet sitting on top of his vehicle while getting gas at Speedway. He checked the wallet and all of its contents

appeared to be intact. Sunday, August 18 Englewood Brian K. Whitaker, 30, of Clayton, was charged with driving under the influence, speeding and marked lanes of travel. He registered at .247 percent on a breath intoxilyzer test. Whitaker was issued a court summons and released to his wife. A 16-year-old male was charged wit being unruly on Sonoma Court. Charges were forwarded to juvenile court. Unknown subjects shattered the driver’s side window of a vehicle parked in the 600 block of Overla Blvd. I appeared the window had been shot with a BB gun. A motorist came to the police department to report that while she was traveling north on Union Road at Overla Boulevard at 10:30 p.m. the night before, an unknown subject fired a BB gun and shattered the driver’s side window on her vehicle. If the BB had traveled through the window it would have struck her in the head or face. Her children were in the vehicle with her at the time and all of the children were very upset when the glass shattered. April Lynee Weeks, 23, of Dayton 45405, was charged wit theft without consent at Wal-Mart. She was issued a court summons and released. Unknown subjects fired a BB gun and damaged the front window on a residence in the 600 block of Locust Hill Drive. James Logan Reed, 23, at large, was charged with criminal trespass at the Chateau Apartments. He was taken into custody and transported to the county jail.

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Sports Digest Girls tennis team wins first two matches By RON NUNNARI Independent Editor

CLAYTON — Northmont Future Bolts Basketball online registration is now open for the upcoming season. Girls and boys in the 3rd through 6th grades can sign up for either the weekend recreation league or to tryout for select travel teams by going t o Northmontfutureboltsbaske Cost this year is $100, with those choosing to tryout for and making the travel teams paying an additional $85 if they make the team. Boys and Girls in 1st and 2nd grade can register for a Saturday instructional program for only $30. Save $10 if you register now, prior to August 31 midnight. Sign up before October 1 to avoid late fees. All players registering will be eligible to attend the preseason Extreme Crossover Clinic for free. This year Future Bolts is expanding its preseason Clinic and coaches from adding Northmont Middle School Northmont High and School girls and boys basketball programs. For additional details, go to the w e b s i t e www.Northmontfuturebolts or you can call 937-867-BOLT.

Tryout dates set for 13U Troy Rampage TROY — T.L. Baseball Boosters Inc., co-sponsors of Troy Post 43 Baseball and Troy Bombers Baseball will be holding tryouts for the new 2014 “13U Troy Rampage” on Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday Aug. 25 at noon. Location: Legion Field in Duke Park, Troy. Players 13 years and under need to bring their own equipment, including catchers gear. Players can’t be 14 before May 1, 2014. Contact Coach Frosty Brown: 937339-4383 or 937-474-7344 or email:

ELL has openings on its Board of Directors ENGLEWOOD — Englewood Little League announces two openings for its 2014 Board of Directors. In the 53 years of its existence, this all-volunteer organization has grown to over 700 children from the Englewood area playing Baseball and Fastpitch Softball. The league operates through community sponsorship and volunteer assistance for over 50 teams playing at two city parks. Consider becoming involved and part of a rewarding experience. The new season begins in September. Check our website at www.englewoodlittleleague. com. For more information, contact Michele Stoltz 3617076 or Mike Stoffel 4783697.

Photo by Ron Nunnari No. 1 singles player, Akilah Parker, returns to anchor the Northmont girls tennis team. Parker had a stellar freshman year where she was the sectionals runnerup and a district qualifier and earned several post season honors such as 1st Team All-GWOC and 1st Team All-Area. gain and retain their spots on varsity; this will make everyone continue to work hard and stay focused every night and every practice.” Northmont opened the 2013 season with a 4-1 win August 13 at Xenia. At first

Lady Bolts fall to Carroll in season opener By RON NUNNARI Independent Editor CLAYTON — Carroll forward Abby McNamara netted a pair of first half goals to help lead the Patriots to a 2-1 Monday over victory Northmont in the Lady Bolts home opener. McNamara scored the game’s first goal seven minutes and seven seconds into the first half, then punched in another goal from 30 yards out with 8:14 remaining in the half to put Carroll up 2-0 at intermission. Both teams took five shots on goal in the first half. The second half was more of a defensive struggle. Northmont took three shots on goal with Neriah Ross scoring off a pass from Brittany Weatherford. “We had a play that developed from our backfield all the way to our striker, where Brittany Weatherford laid off a perfect pass to Neriah Ross, who placed an incredible shot far post for a goal,” said Northmont coach Ted

Mergler. “That really set the tone for the second half. When playing on one half of a field, it crowds 21 players, and makes it difficult to create opportunities. That was part of our trouble for the win.” Carroll only managed two shots on goal the entire second half but managed to hang on for the 2-1 win. “Even though we lost, we gained a lot,” Mergler said. “Tonight was one of those games where the better team lost. We played the majority of the game on our offensive half. We need to capitalize on our opportunities. I have a lot of faith in this team and after tonight’s loss, I actually believe in us more. We are walking away with more positives than negatives. We will look to correct our mistakes at practice and look forward to the opportunity in getting the result that we want.” Northmont plays at Xenia on Wednesday, August 21 then invades Trotwood on August 28 before hosting Greenville on September 3. All three games are set for 7 p.m.

Photo by Ron Nunnari Senior defender Brittany Huff battles Carroll’s Abby McNamara.

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Photo by Ron Nunnari Senior midfielder Tiffany Hardin fights off heavy pressure from a pair of Carroll players during Northmont’s 2-1 loss Monday.


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singles Akilah Parker defeated Tricia Crawford, 7-6 [2], 61. Xenia’s lone win came at second singles where Tarrah Crawford defeated Kennedy Harden, 6-0, 6-3. Marissa Anderson scored a

In first doubles McCain and Barone defeated Libby and Victoria Foland Holbrook, 6-3, 6-0. At second doubles Hailey Weaver and Morgan Grandfield defeated Morgan Brewer and Shantel BurnettWheeler in straight set, 6-0, 6-0. “Culbertson beat Parker twice last year, once during regular season and then in the Sectional Championship. Akilah had some very good moments in this match, but unfortunately Culbertson was just too accurate tonight. I look forward to the two of them meeting in the Sectionals again,” Hall said. “Kennedy Harden and Marissa Anderson looked solid tonight at singles. Both doubles teams played well overall. Ellie Barone and Amari McCain both played doubles last year, but not together, so this was still a new experience for them. Hailey has played singles for two seasons; so doubles strategy is new to her but she is picking it up very quickly.” Thursday Northmont will host Greenville and on Monday play host to Tippecanoe. Tuesday the Lady Bolts travel to Beavercreek, return home Wednesday to host Troy and Thursday, August 29 play at Trotwood-Madison.



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CLAYTON — Northmont girls tennis coach Christine Hall has high hopes for this year’s team, and for good reason. The team has added several new players to last year’s solid team that went 9-10 overall. “Our number 1 singles player, Akilah Parker, is returning from a stellar freshman year where she was the sectionals runner-up and a district qualifier and earned several post season honors such as 1st Team All-GWOC and 1st Team All-Area,” Hall said. “Last year’s second singles player, sophomore Kennedy Harden, is much improved and has held her position so far despite facing tough competition from incoming freshman, Marissa Anderson. I foresee that being a battle all season, with challenge matches being played each week for the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots.” It gets just as competitive on the doubles side. Northmont has five players competing for four spots. “I am trying different match-ups in hopes of finding some teams that have great chemistry,” Hall noted. “I am excited that all the girls will be pushed this year just to

6-1, 6-1, win over Tabby Crawford in third singles play. Northmont won both doubles matches with Amari McCain and Hailey Weaver defeating Alyssa Wagner and Ali Landis, 6-3, 6-2. At second doubles Ellie Barone and Michelle Hibbard won by forfeit. “Xenia has three sisters that play No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 singles. They are all tough players, so we were pleased to win two of the three matches,” Hall said. “Akilah (Parker) pulled out a close first set in a tie-breaker, and then I think she was able to relax and just play her game, allowing her to win an easier second set 6-1. Marissa (Anderson) won easily 6-1, 61, which helped ease some initial nerves of playing in her 1st Varsity match.” The next day the Lady Bolts traveled to Tecumseh High School and scored another 4-1 win. Tecumseh won the first singles match where top rated Taylor Culbertson defeated Parker, 6-0, 6-2. Northmont won the remainder of the matches. Harden scored a 6-0, 7-5 win over Erica Johnson at second singles. At third singles Anderson defeated Karli Mulkey, 6-1, 6-0.

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VANDALIA — High school football rules are tweaked every year, and they are usually minor modifications to existing rules that go largely unnoticed by the average fan. Every once in a while, however, a major rule change comes around, and 2013 brings with it one of those changes. Starting this fall, pass interference – offensive or defensive – will not carry as substantial of a penalty as it has in previous seasons. Offensive pass interference will no longer carry a loss of down, and defensive pass interference will no longer result in an automatic first down. Pass interference will now be penalized as a 15-yard penalty from the previous spot – or the beginning of the play. Brad Garrett, chair of the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) Football Rules Committee said that this issue has been debated many times in the past. “Offensive and defensive pass interference and the penalty structure related to these fouls has been debated many times in recent years,� said Garrett. “Proposals that either deleted the loss of down or automatic first down – but not both – failed to gain support among committee members. The proposal to eliminate both components, thus not upsetting the balance between offense and defense, was the key factor in the adoption of the new rule.� Another rule change further

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defined when a player whose helmet comes off during or immediately after a play must leave the game. Any player whose helmet comes off, unless it is caused by a foul by an opposing player, must leave the game for one play and cannot be “bought back in� by their team taking a time-out. In addition, if the player who loses his helmet is in possession of the ball, the ball becomes dead immediately. Any player that loses a helmet and then continues to participate in the play will be flagged for illegal participation, a 15-yard penalty, and any player that engages or hits a player without a helmet will be assessed a personal foul penalty, also 15 yards. “Player safety has been and will continue to be the top priority for members of the NFHS Football Rules Committee,� said Garrett. “These rule changes regarding helmet-less players are more examples of the group’s commitment to minimize risks within the game.� Concussions have been a major point of discussion at all levels of football, with the Ohio Legislature going so far

as to pass House Bill 143 that mandates coaches and officials follow a set of concussion-related rules and also take a concussion course. Players will no longer be allowed to return to action if they are removed from a game for exhibiting the signs or symptoms of a concussion. Previously, a medical doctor or certain other health care professionals could sign off on a player being able to return. Game officials are also required to submit a concussion form to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) whenever a player is removed due to a suspected concussion. Helmet contact – both to the helmet and with the helmet – is a point of emphasis again this season, again with the stated goal of reducing concussions and/or other traumatic injuries to the head and neck. No player – offensive or defensive – can lead with the head on any play or initiate contact with the top of the helmet. This is a significant change to just a few years ago when the standard way of coaching a runner was to “get the head down.� Any direct helmet-to-helmet contact in which a player leads with or initiates contact with the helmet is a 15-yard personal foul. Football rules are ever changing, but the safety of players is the primary motivation behind all rule changes.

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