September 30, 2014

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Car thief/burglar gets four years
Written by joe awad   
Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:48 AM

John Zieger, the Harrison man who broke into a home and led police on a high-speed chase on Dry Fork Road in July, has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

Zieger, 34, fled at speeds up to 100 MPH with two children and his girlfriend in a stolen car. Zeiger wrecked the vehicle and got away on foot, but was arrested a few days later.

Zieger pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and two counts of burglary Thursday, Sept. 25, in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. Child endangering charges were dismissed as part of a plea bargain.

Harrison police said Zieger stole several vehicles in and near Harrison this past summer.

Youth honored for saving child’s life
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:28 AM | Updated ( Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:57 PM )

Bennett Noble, a sixth-grader at Harrison Junior School, was honored by US Bank and many others on Friday, Sept. 19, for saving a 3-year-old boy from drowning in a pond this past August.

Noble, 11, was at a picnic in Franklin County, Indiana, at the home of Jeff Kist. He was 4-wheeling near a pond just before dinner when he noticed the bottom side of a John Deere miniature tractor in the pond.

Charges filed in burglary spree case
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:27 AM

Harrison Police made an arrest Thursday night, Sept. 18, in connection to three burglaries, three attempted burglaries in the same area, and three auto thefts.

Ronald Luke Wallace II, 33, Harrison allegedly burglarized three houses, attempted to burglarize three others, and stole three cars allegedly in cahoots with Shaina Perkins, 27, Harrison, for whom a warrant has been issued.

Southwest ranked 74th out of 671 districts
Written by Patricia Huelseman   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:26 AM

The Ohio Department of Education’s revised proficiency report cards for school districts  shows the Southwest Local School District earned the best ranking in its history, earned scores above most similar districts, and scored 74th out of all 671 districts in Ohio.

“On the whole, we progressed a great deal in the last five years, this year kind of peaking at our highest performance index in history,” said Southwest Assistant Superintendent John Hamstra.

Communities work out new fire, EMS protection contracts
Written by Joe Awad   
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:25 AM

New fire protection and EMS contracts between Harrison, Dearborn County, and Harrison Township, Ind., will put more cash in Harrison’s coffers, take financial pressure off  Dearborn County, and require the Hoosier township to pay a little more for services.

Harrison, which contracts fire protection and EMS to much of  Harrison Township, and EMS to major parts of Logan and Kelso townships in Dearborn County, took the lead in correcting a long-standing entanglement that had left Dearborn County paying for township fire protection and the city undercharging for services.