Wayne Baker

Clark County Reporter

Wayne Baker is a graduate of Yellow Springs High School and Central State University. He has worked in print media for several years covering news and sports.  Baker has coached youth basketball in the Yellow Springs school system and served on the Human Relations Commission.

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A Clark County sheriff's deputy has been fired after admitting to publishing racist tweets.  A concerned citizen saw the posts on Twitter and realized they belonged to a member of local law enforcement.

Tuesday night, Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly says he received an email containing social media posts from one of his deputies, Zachary Davis, that were made in late April. The posts encouraged the use of deadly force against protesters in Baltimore along with racist language to describe African-Americans.

Springfield's collegiate summer baseball franchise, the Champion City Kings, is starting its second season next week.  The team's first year was a financial and entertainment success and they are looking to build on that.

An average attendance of 544 people per game last season, helped the Kings pump more than $2 million into the local economy. Former pro player and general manager Rick White, believes the franchise will perform even better this year.

Brad Martin has submitted his resignation as the superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County.  The school board voted unanimously to accept his resignation on Tuesday, but deny any severance pay.

Martin had been suspended without pay since January and recently accepted a plea deal related to three felony counts that stated he used school funds to support a gambling habit.

An investigation by law enforcement revealed Brad Martin stole money from the school to spend more than 300 days gambling at a casino.

Four Northwestern High School seniors have plead not guilty to felony charges in connection with a senior prank that caused the district to postpone a fourth grade field trip and cancel classes. 

Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly noted that the four teens allegedly removed the valve stems and flattened 60 tires on 24 school buses. The vandalism, according to Kelly, will be costly for the district.

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According to unofficial numbers from the Montgomery County Board of Elections, only 8.3 percent of registered voters turned out for Tuesday's primary.

A Springfield manufacturing company plans to add 40 new jobs over the next three years. The company had planned to ship the new jobs to Mexico but will remain in Clark County after receiving a  tax break.

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority recently approved a seven-year, 45 percent commercial tax break for Pentaflex Inc. 

CEO David Arndt explained that his stamping and tooling company, which has been in business since 1972, has grown since the recession in 2009, and he's glad to be staying in Springfield.

The superintendent of the Tecumseh School District in Clark County has accepted a plea deal related to three felony counts that stated he used school funds to support a gambling habit.
 

An investigation by law enforcement revealed Brad Martin stole money from the school to spend more than 300 days gambling at a casino.

Under the term's of Martin's deal, he plead guilty to three felony charges and will make restitution to the district from his State Teachers Retirement account.

Clark County now has enough pollworkers to cover the May 5 election, as the board of elections recruited enough people this week to avoid being short staffed on election day.
 

Clark County Board of Elections Director Matthew Tlachac explained that there was a flood of applications that came in just a week before the May 5 primary.

"As of right now we are in good shape and we have a significant amount of back up workers on call that we can call upon if necessary," he said.

When voters hit the polls, they will decide on several tax issues.

Wright State University students and members of the Ohio Student Association gathered Thursday afternoon to discuss recent racial tensions on the Wright State campus. 

Earlier this week, a group of WSU students sent a letter to President David Hopkins asking him to address concerns that included black students being threatened during a recent protest on campus and an Islamic student being harassed via the internet.

Central State University, Ohio's only public, historically black college, has been placed on fiscal watch by the Ohio Board of Regents because of financial problems. 

Senate Bill 6, a law passed in 1997, empowered the Regents to audit the fiscal health of Ohio's colleges and universities. Central State has scored badly in the audit for the last two years.

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