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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
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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.

Jerry Kenney

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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Talitha Green / Glen Helen

Today WYSO Curious takes on a question that’s simple, but also age-old. It involves a feature familiar to Yellow Springs locals: the actual springs after which the town is named.

The springs inside a preserve called Glen Helen look bright yellowish orange where the water comes out. So listener Jonathan Kouse, an occasional visitor to the Glen, asked, “Why are the Yellow Springs yellow?”

 

The "yellow springs" in Glen Helen Nature Preserve.
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Antioch College and Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs have secured a second land conservation easement that will forever protect 973 acres of the preserve. The first easement, was announced in February, 2015.

Communications Director at Antioch, Matt Desjardins, calls the easement a big deal and something that has remained a priority even as the college seeks to regain it's accreditation.

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August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the bombs were dropped, the world was both awestruck and horrified by their destructive power.  And while some worked to further develop them and harness their immense nuclear energy, others dedicated themselves to preventing more tragedies from happening. Earle and Barbara Reynolds were two of these people. The former Yellow Springs residents and their family protested nuclear development in a unique - and dangerous way.

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