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  This week the village council of Yellow Springs voted to approve the sale of land to an Illinois-based medical marijuana growing facility. If the sale becomes final, Cresco Labs LLC would take possession of eight acres of land for the cultivation and processing of medical marijuana. The land sits near the current site of Antioch University, just off Dayton Yellow Springs Road.

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Antioch University Midwest is planning to sell its building in Yellow Springs. The school is looking to relocate to a smaller space in a more centrally located area, such as Dayton, officials say.

In a letter Wednesday, Interim Chancellor Bill Groves told students and staff the school has hired a real estate firm to scout out potential buyers for the 94,000-square-foot building on Dayton Street. The property may officially go up for sale as early as August.   

Groves says changes in student educational preferences prompted the decision.

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Police officers are learning de-escalation techniques in an Ohio village where questions have been raised about police tactics at a New Year's Eve celebration.

The Dayton Daily News reports that every Yellow Springs officer took part in mandatory training earlier this month. Interim Chief Brian Carlson says the eight-hour de-escalation training is an important first step in putting the holiday incident behind the department.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer have announced the arrests of two Ohio brothers in connection with a recent double homicide in Miami Township, near Yellow Springs.

Authorities charged 25-year-old Dustin M. Merrick with two counts of aggravated murder in connection to the deaths of William Brown and Sherri Mendenhall. The suspect’s brother, 24-year-old Bret S. Merrick, has also been charged with two counts of complicity to aggravated murder; two counts of complicity to aggravated burglary and felonious assault.

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After a nearly month-long search, the Village of Yellow Springs has named Brian Carlson the new interim chief of police.

Village manager Patti Bates says the council selected Carlson because of his ties to Yellow Springs.

“We felt that Brian’s familiarity with the community would be a huge plus right now," said Bates. "And his experiences here would lend to help healing as well as moving the department down the road that will help them better communicate with the community.”

 

Law enforcement authorities are asking anyone with information related to a suspected double homicide at a  Yellow Springs duplex to come forward and call a dedicated tip-line. Authorities have not yet named a suspect in the killings.  

At a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer says the male victim was shot multiple times. He says investigators believe he was the intended victim.

Fischer says initial evidence indicates the shootings were “not random." 

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Police are investigating a double shooting after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a duplex near Yellow Springs yesterday.

 The Dayton Daily News reports a woman’s body was found outside 4444 E. Enon Road about 1 mile north of Antioch University. Police later found the body of a man inside the same residence.

The Greene County Sheriff's office is now investigating the case as a double homicide and has identified the victims as William Brown and Sherri Mendenhall, both of Yellow Springs.

 

Yellow Springs Village Council officials are moving forward with plans to replace outgoing police chief Dave Hale, who resigned in a written statement read to a packed community meeting Tuesday night in the village.

The chief's resignation followed a New Year’s Eve altercation between police and community members that led to an arrest and several minor injuries.

Council member Karen Wintrow says village officials are moving quickly to improve upon the village’s established hiring procedures.

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UPDATE: July 6, 2016

 

Officer John K. Whittemore has been fired from the Yellow Springs Police Department following an internal review, according to a statement from village manager Patti Bates. 

 

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An investigation is underway to determine whether a Yellow Springs Police officer used improper force during an incident in May. It comes after years of what community members describe as questionable policing tactics in the village.

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A new 28 room, hotel has opened up for business in the village of Yellow Springs.

The Mills Park Hotel was named for William Mills, an early settler to the area, who financed the first railroad and helped to build the town’s infrastructure.

The hotel is owned by developers Jim and Libby Hammond and has been under construction for about two years.

Early reaction to the design and location were mixed, but Yellow Springs resident Angela Moore says the three-story Victorian style hotel fits in with the “front porch culture” that’s present in the village.

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