Election results certified

The Miami County Board of Elections certified results of the May 2 election during a special meeting May 16.

The election featured council races and a recreation issue in Troy along with school levies in Tipp City and Bethel districts.

The final results for the 13.9-mill, seven-year Tipp schools levy was 1,702 for the levy and 723 against, or 70.19 percent to 29.81 percent.

The final vote for the Bethel Local Schools’ operating levy was 499 for the levy and 347 against, or 58.98 percent to 41.02 percent. The operating levy was for 7-mills and five years.

The vote for the Bethel schools construction/capital improvements levy was 508 for and 337 against or 60.12 percent to 39.88 percent. The levy was 2 mills for five years.

Alumni banquet is Saturday

The annual Tippecanoe Alumni Association Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 27, at the L.T. Ball school. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. The registration deadline is May 20.

The cost for dinner is $18 preregistration and $25 at the door. Registration forms are available at Tipp-Monroe Community Services or from Gordon Pittenger Sr. at 937-667-3051.

Following the annual banquet, a gathering again will be held at the American Legion on North Third Street. There is no admission charge for the gathering but a donation can will be available for those wanting to contribute.

Pleas made in Tipp City robbery

Three people charged in a November robbery at a Tipp City residence pleaded to charges last week in Miami County Common Pleas Court.

Those making the pleas were Madelyn Johnson, 19; Benjamin Danon, 28, and Cody Aullwood, 22.

Danon pleaded no contest to felony aggravated robbery. There was no plea agreement in Danon’s case. He could face up to 11 years in prison at sentencing.

Johnson and Aullwood pleaded guilty to amended charges of attempted robbery. They could face up to 18 months in prison.

Sentencing dates were not yet listed in court records.

Not guilty pleas entered in fatal pursuit

A Miami County judge entered not guilty pleas May 17 for a Clayton man facing four felony indictments including aggravated vehicular homicide in a March traffic pursuit that began in Miami County and ended in Harrison Twp. in a crash that killed an Englewood man.

Jordan Harville, 24, was indicted by a county grand jury on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count each of failure to comply and grand theft of a motor vehicle. The aggravated vehicular homicide charges alleged Harville was reckless and under the influence.

Police said Harville allegedly stole a truck near Fletcher and later led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase that went more than 25 miles and ended when the pickup hit a car driven by Anthony Hufford. Hufford, 28, died in the crash.

Police said Harville told them he was drunk and used heroin during the pursuit.

Harville’s lawyer, Rob Long, told Judge Christopher Gee that Harville would stand mute during arraignment. Gee ented the not guilty plea and increased bail for Harville from $75,000 to $100,000.

A pretrial hearing was scheduled for this week in Gee’s court.

The Troy Police Department issued a statement March 28 saying an administrative review of the pursuit would be conducted. Capt. Shawn McKinney said May 16 the administrative review form is being finalized pending receipt of information from other departments and is scheduled for an attorney review next week.

Tipp City Police Chief Eric Burris said the department policies also are being reviewed with the assistance of the city law director.

County prepares for roadside mowing

Roadside spraying for weed control and environmental enhancement will be performed by state licensed personnel along all Miami County roads between Sept. 15 and Oct. 13.

 Anyone who has sensitive areas adjacent to the road right-of-way, and does not want these area sprayed, must place "begin no,spray" signs and "end no spray" signs, according to Miami County Engineer Paul Huelskamp. Intermediate "no spray" signs must be placed at intervals not exceeding 600 feet when the length of the no spray zone is 1,200 feet or greater.

Organic farm operations or specialized agricultural activity must register tracts with the county Engineer's Office annually to define the specific no spray area. The office can be contacted at 937-440-5656 and is located at 2100 N. County Road 25A, Troy.

All signs placed must be a minimum of 12" high and 18" wide. The bottom of the sign must be a minimum of 36 inches above the ground.  Signs must be made with red or black lettering on a white background and visible and legible from a moving vehicle. Signs meeting those specifications are available for at the engineer's office for $20 per set.

In addition, roadside mowing will be done along all county roads from June 1 through June 20, Aug. 1 through Aug. 20 and Sept. 1 through Sept. 20. 

Anyone who has wild flowers or ornament vegetation adjacent to the road right-of-way and does not want these areas to be mowed, must erect "begin no mow" and "end no mow" signs. Intermediate signs must be placed at intervals not exceeding 600 feet when the no mow zone is 1,200 feet or larger.

The property owner must maintain areas not spray treated or mowed to insure control of vegetation and the safety of motorists.