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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Springfield's Upper Valley Mall, built in 1971, has suffered from the loss of several anchor tenants.
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Springfield's financially troubled Upper Valley Mall has been put up for auction by its owners.  The mall has been in decline after losing several anchor stores.

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More than 650 people attended a public forum held by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday night at Northwestern High School in Clark County. The forum allowed residents to voice concerns over the EPA's refusal to stick with its original cleanup plan for the Tremont City Landfill.

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 The battle for donut supremacy has begun in Springfield as a new Dunkin’ Donuts store has opened on South Limestone Street, right next door to longtime Clark County sweet tooth staple Schuler's Bakery. The new option is testing loyalties.

For Enon resident Dawn Smith, the side-by-side set-up has become a glazed donut and thumb print cookie destination opportunity.

"I have to say Schuler's will always be my favorite, but Dunkin Donuts is good," she said.  "I've been coming to Shuler's probably since I was in my mom's belly and I'm 30."

Central State University

The presidents of Central State University and The Ohio State University signed a Memorandum Thursday afternoon to create a partnership to provide agricultural extension services to Ohio communities. 

CSU President Dr. Cynthia Jackson-Hammond, OSU President Dr. Michael Drake joined other politicians and university representatives on the Central State campus to make the partnership official. The schools will work collaboratively to provide agricultural extension services to Ohio’s rural and urban communities.

Clark County law enforcement and health officials are ramping up their efforts to battle the recent increase in heroin related deaths and drug-related overdoses.

According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office, nearly 2,000 Ohioans have died from heroin related overdoses in the past year. Springfield Regional Medical Center has treated more than 100 patients for drug overdoses since January.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's satellite operation in Springfield's Upper Valley Mall is facing a tough decision. Even though attendance at the museum has been steady, the mall is struggling to survive.

Since 2012, Elder-Beerman, Macy's, JCPenney, Old Navy and Charlotte Russe have closed their doors. And just across the street, Hobby Lobby and K-Mart have recently shut down, too.

After a three-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation, an eight-person Greene County jury delivered a verdict of not guilty for Yellow Springs Police Sergeant Naomi Penrod, who was accused of assaulting a resident last November.

Penrod was facing three misdemeanor charges including interfering with civil rights, assault and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident when she was caught on tape knocking a camera out of the hand of Athena Fannin.

Penrod was serving an eviction notice at Fannin's Allen Street residence, when Fannin began to videotape the sergeant.

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More than 50 people attended a rally organized by gay rights activists in downtown Springfield Wednesday night, to protest what they claim is unfair treatment by a probate judge.

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally marry, Clark County Probate Court Judge Richard Carey refused to affix his name on same-sex marriage licenses - citing his religious beliefs.

Rick Incorvati, of Equality Springfield, organized the rally. He says he thinks Judge Carey's action promotes discrimination.

The Tecumseh Local School District has selected Norm Glisman to become its next superintendent. He will replace Brad Martin who was convicted of using school funds to support a gambling habit.

Glisman, who was selected over three other candidates, explained that the Tecumseh School Board wants transparency and leadership from him.

Wittenberg is claiming the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice.

A Springfield law firm wants a misconduct lawsuit dismissed against it that was filed by Wittenberg University earlier this year.

Wittenberg claimed in the lawsuit that the firm of Martin, Brown, Hull and Harper provided bad legal advice that caused the school to suffer severe financial losses. The complaint alleges that two partners in the law firm had several conflicts of interest while representing the university. They're seeking $25,000 in damages.

One of those conflicts was the university's use of endowment funds to purchase the Springfield Museum of Art in 2010.