Former Mount Sterling Village Administrator Joe Johnson, right, signals family members in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday. Defense attorney Scott Culbert is at left.

Lexi Comer, coordinator for the Madison County Safe Communities committee, walks the line in a mock sobriety test, conducted by Trooper Tim Ehrenborg of the West Jefferson Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, in the parking lot of the Madison County-London City Health District on Tuesday. The meeting, attended by area law enforcement and EMS chiefs, also kicked off the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which takes place Aug. 19 through Sept.

Authorities say an elderly Marengo man who was the subject of a Missing Adult Alert when he didn't come home from work Sunday night was found dead in his car Monday afternoon in a creek in Madison County. David Fee, 68, reported missing after leaving work in Hilliard Sunday night and was the subject of an Endangered Missing Adult Alert.

Ohio's state auditor says there's no statistically significant proof that government corruption occurs more frequently in smaller communities amid a rash of recent corruption charges, but notes those communities often feel the effects more than their larger counterparts. State Auditor Dave Yost told The Columbus Dispatch smaller governments typically have a smaller pool of people to draw from and that employees often must share duties.

Madison County Roman Catholic parishes received more than $32,000 in grants from The Catholic Foundation during the organization's most recent fiscal year. Of those dollars, St. Patrick parish in London was given $4,500 for sending five staff members to Denver in 2015 for The Amazing Parish conference.

Would you like to have a leading role in local conservation issues and natural resource protection? Here is your opportunity. The Madison Soil and Water District is looking for candidates to run for their Board of Supervisors.

Two Mexican nationals caught carrying drugs on Interstate 70 in separate incidents in May are headed to prison, following lengthy plea negotiations on Thursday. Madison County Common Pleas Judge Eamon Costello refused to sign off on initial plea deals for both Hector Gonzales-Quintero and Carlos G. Baltazar that would have sent the men to prison for seven and eight years, respectively.

A recent string of thefts in the southern portion of the county is triggering authorities to remind residents to on the lookout for suspicious activities. Starting in June, law enforcement noticed a leap in theft activity, primarily daytime and nighttime burglaries, according to Lt.

As of Friday, I will be retired from The Madison Press . It's been nearly 19 years since I was at home, unemployed, with no apparent prospects.

Jefferson Township Fire Chief, Bill Houk, center, explains how much the department is paid for fire runs to the warehouse area west of West Jefferson. He is flanked by Jefferson Township trustee, Jeff Pfeil, left, and assistant fire chief Paul Buck Van Horn.

A former prison guard, allegedly the centerpiece of a wider inmate smuggling ring, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of conveying drugs into London Correctional Institution in June. The Madison County Grand Jury indicted Martin R. Taylor, 57, of 6161 Shelba Drive, Galloway, for allegedly smuggling marijuana and Suboxone on June 14. Both are third-degree felonies.

A probationer who tried to dodge a court-ordered drug test with a fake urine sample will serve five days in jail and an extra year of community control. James B. Hanna, 33, 241 Smith St., West Jefferson, admitted on Friday to using methadone, but denied trying to fake the drug test.

Mount Sterling council member Mary Lou Stiverson Ratliff commented Monday evening on apparent talk about recalling council members. She advised doing the research on the recall process.

A suicidal veteran seeking help through a crisis line was fatally shot by authorities Tuesday night after he emerged from his home near Mount Sterling carrying a gun. The victim has been identified as Ron Smith, of 18290 Five Points Pike.

A Mississippi man picked up on Interstate 70 in February with 3 pounds of marijuana and 1 ounce of hashish in his rented car pleaded guilty on Tuesday to possessing the hash. Wesley E. Criddle, 32, of West Point, Mississippi, told troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol he was simply transporting the marijuana from Colorado to a designated buyer in Columbus.

An Ohio sheriff says a man who called a crisis line for help in the middle of the night was fatally shot after confronting responding deputies with a rifle. Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff tells The Columbus Dispatch it doesn't appear the man fired during the Tuesday morning encounter outside a home northwest of Circleville.

It's been one year since Mary Griffith was hired as the agriculture and natural resources educator at the Madison County OSU Extension Office. The position was filled last year for the first time since 2008 through a joint investment between the county and state.