Author: Mac Cordell

The local man accused of shooting his nephew is now facing attempted murder charges. The Union County Grand Jury has indicted Richard A. Smith Jr., 52, of 13163 Route 347, Marysville, charging him with one count each of attempted murder, domestic violence, aggravated assault, having weapons under disability, using weapons while intoxicated and two counts of felonious assault. Smith was arraigned Tuesday in Union County Common Pleas Court. At the arraignment, his bond was increased from $100,000 to $500,000. According to court documents, on the afternoon of July 11, Smith and a nephew were involved in a traffic crash in…

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I have spent an inordinate amount of my life, and specifically this week, looking for my keys. I lose my keys so often that I regularly need to factor a few extra minutes of looking into my schedule. I am told that I need a system, but I already have one. The system looks like this: Often, I put my keys in my hat. But sometimes I put them in my pocket… or a different pocket… or a different pocket, in a coat or shirt I was wearing, but am not now. Sometimes I toss them on my desk. I…

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Marysville officials are beginning the 2022 budget process and Finance Director Brad Lutz is offering some advice. “I did encourage our staff to look at capital needs— what do we need to do,” Lutz told the city’s finance committee Monday night. Lutz explained that Marysville is likely going to exceed revenue expectations, specifically income tax revenue, for the year. During the meeting, Lutz reported that through June, income tax receipts were nearly $12.9 million, about $2.8 million, or 28.1%, above the same time last year. “This is the one that surprised us a bit,” Lutz said. He explained that last…

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Robert Parrott has been recommended to serve as the next municipal court judge. Dean Cook, secretary for the local Republican Central Committee said he expects to submit paperwork to Gov. Mike DeWine later today, asking him to appoint Parrott as a replacement for retiring Marysville Municipal Court Judge Michael Grigsby. “We need someone who can step in and do the job without a learning curve,” Parrott said. “I think the staff knows me and how I will do things, the attorneys know what to expect and I think I will be able to pick up where he (Grigsby) left off.”…

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A pair of proposed solar farms already under consideration by the Ohio Power Siting Board, along with any wind or solar farms already in the power network’s new service queue, would be grandfathered in and exempt from new legislation that would allow county officials to exclude solar and wind farms. (Photo submitted) This week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed legislation that will allow local authorities to limit wind and solar farms in Ohio, though it will likely not impact a pair of projects already proposed for the area. The legislation, known as Senate Bill 52, allows county commissioners to create…

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County employees will be getting an additional holiday this year. The Union County Commissioners recently adopted legislation to make Juneteenth a holiday for county employees. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in confederate states. On June 19, 1865, two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, Maj. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, announcing the end of slavery in the U.S. On June 17, President Joe Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday. Like many other federal holidays, when it lands on a weekend it is observed on the nearest weekday. By Ohio Revised Code, Biden’s…

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Stillwater Farms is a proposed development that will use a variety of housing options to create 686 new homes on 200 acres on Route 245, west of Route 4 and U.S. 36 near the U.S. 33 east exit. (Photo submitted) A proposed development could add nearly 700 homes to the community. The Marysville Planning Commission recently approved a sketch plan for the Stillwater Farms development. The project will have a mix of 686 homes on 200 acres on Route 245, west of Route 4 and U.S. 36 near the U.S. 33 east exit. Based on what they called “typical generation…

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Law enforcement officials are investigating a series of thefts of catalytic converters. The catalytic converter is an anti-pollution device between the engine and muffler. “It goes in spurts,” Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said. Chief Deputy Tom Morgan said that since July 1, 17 catalytic converters have been stolen and two have been cut but not successfully taken. The thefts were part of seven separate incidents. Marysville Police Chief Floyd Golden said the thieves will target an area for a time, and when the targets are exhausted, will move to another area. Officials explained that thieves can slide under a…

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“You never know what you are going to get in a live meeting.” That was the summation of Marysville City Council President Mark Reams, as the body met in person for the first time in more than a year and for the first time in chambers since March of 2020. “It is great to be back to in-person meetings. You have unplanned events happen, a little bit different than what’s on the agenda,” Reams said. The council president was referring to the unceremonious removal of John Henry Boer from the meeting. Boer arrived as the meeting was starting, depositing several…

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Investigators responded to an alleged shooting Sunday at this home at 13103 State Route 347, near Pharisburg in Leesburg Township. The victim is listed in critical but stable condition and the suspect has been charged with felonious assault. (Photo submitted) Victim in critical condition at Ohio State A local man is in critical condition and his uncle is behind bars after a shooting Sunday. Richard A. Smith Jr., 52, of 13163 Route 347 was arraigned this morning in Marysville Municipal Court. He is charged with one count of felonious assault. Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said the victim, Timothy D.…

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A recent grand jury indicted Adam Kaetzel on a series of drug charges from nearly 15 months ago. The delay, said Union County Prosecutor Dave Phillips, was caused by the amount of time it takes the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification to test suspected drugs. He said suspected drugs need to be tested to verify what they are before someone can be charged with having something illegal. Phillips said that “due to the amount of drug activity in the state of Ohio,” it can be months before BCI is able to test suspected drugs. The Ohio…

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Installation of the city’s new parking enforcement and notification system will begin next week. Parking on the affected streets will be limited as early as the day before the installation on that section begins. As crews complete the installation, parking spots will be opened. (Photo submitted) Beginning next week, Marysville officials will begin the process of installing a parking notification and enforcement system in the Uptown area. Beginning Monday morning, officials from Fybr, an electronic parking platform, will be in the city to install in-ground parking sensors on nearly 200 of the city’s two-hour parking spaces. “We are planning and…

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The body of Colin Cole was found this morning inside the freezer at UDF, 101 N. Cherry St. The day manager found the body of the employee when she arrived at work. The death remains under investigation. (Journal-Tribune photo by Mac Cordell) Reportedly doesn’t appear suspicious but investigation continues Law enforcement officials are investigating a death inside a local convenience store. Colin Cole, 50, of Marysville, was pronounced dead shortly after 4 a.m. today, at the UDF store, 101 N. Cherry St. Deputy Chief Tony Brooks, with the Marysville Police Department, said that “nothing, at this point, appears to be…

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A trio of local clerks were charged over the weekend following a joint operation between the Marysville Division of Police, the Union County Mental Health and Recovery Board and the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Ohio Investigative Unit. According to police records, Brianna Nikole Moore, 24, of Stocksdale Drive, Donna Holbrook, 49, of W. Fifth St. and Ankur D. Danak, 32, of Powell, were each cited with sale of liquor to an underage person, a first-degree misdemeanor. Deputy Chief Tony Brooks, with the Marysville Police Department, said that Friday, officials went to 11 local businesses. OIU provided an agent as…

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Fairbanks is asking the community to be part of creating a long-term facilities plan for the district. “Please, please join us in this process and invite others in your circle to join in,” said District Superintendent Adham Schirg. He said that over the next several years, Fairbanks will be starting a master facility planning process. “This process is to develop plans that will attend to the educational and community needs for our students, staff, families and residents,” Schirg said. The superintendent said the district schools are “a great source of pride in the community.” “In order to protect our residents’…

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