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Kevin Stokes, incumbent Brian Housh, and Lisa Kreeger all earned seats on the Yellow Springs Village Council. Six candidates were vying for the three open seats.

 

Candidates business owner Chrissy Cruz, business owner David Turner and Wright State professor Taki Manolakos all failed to secure seats.  

 

The race sparked a debate about ways to attract more businesses to Yellow Springs. Police reform and  village affordability were also among the top issues.

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
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The General Election is next week. In Yellow Springs, six candidates are competing for three seats on the Village Council.

Business owner Brian Housh is the lone incumbent on the ballot. The other candidates are business owner Chrissy Cruz, registered nurse Lisa Kreeger, Antioch College IT Director Kevin Stokes, business owner David Turner and Wright State University professor Taki Manolakos.

Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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With the General Election one week away, four candidates are competing to replace outgoing Yellow Springs Mayor David Foubert.

The candidates come from diverse backgrounds. Pam Conine is a retired longtime educator, Laura Curliss is an attorney, Gerald Simms is a retired Wright Patterson Air Force Base employee, and a former member of the Village Council, and Catherine Price works as a pharmacist.

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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.

 

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