Howard Resignation Approved

Swanton Village Council members approves the resignation of police officer, Kevin Howard. As we reported, Howard was placed on unpaid administrative leave back in early April, when he was charged with domestic violence. The charge was amended to endangering children…he pled guilty. He was hired by the Swanton Police Department in November 2018. Sentencing is scheduled for July 15.

Storm Damage Update

A dairy farm located on State Road 111 in Paulding County suffers extensive damage in Thursday’s storms. Officials tell reporters farm hands were milking cows when the roof of one of the buildings was blown off. Debris from the roof struck some cattle, although they weren’t seriously hurt. The National Weather Service is in the process of determining whether a tornado or straight line winds caused the damage. The storm also downed power lines caused a semi to overturn on State Route 637, near Grover Hill. The driver was injured and taken to a hospital in Van Wert.

Wilson Gets Sentenced

Jacob Wilson of Delta is sentenced to two years of community control, and ordered to be held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio until he can enter a recovery program in Bowling Green and more. Wilson pled guilty to trafficking a counterfeit controlled substance and failure to comply with a police officer in a January incident.

Hill Case Months From Court

Officials tell reporters a decision is at least five months away on whether Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill could face disbarment as an attorney by the state Supreme Court…this, on allegations he groped four women during a party. Lawyers for Hill and the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission agreed to schedule a possible five-day hearing in late October, during which potentially 25 people could testify.

Heads Up, Motorists

Transportation officials say the Ohio Turnpike will be closing the eastbound entrance ramp from Exit 13…that’s the Bryan-Montpelier cutoff…to the mainline until June 15. Just so you know, traffic will be detoured eastbound to Exit 25, via SR 15 to either US 20 or SR 107. This as portions of the turnpike gets a new surface in Williams County.

Edwards Case Update

Johnny Edwards, the Napoleon man charged in connection with sexual assault in the city, appeared by video in court. Edwards, 26, was taken into custody in Toledo on Monday and charged with one count of rape…this, after a report of a sexual assault on Welsted Street. He was granted a court-appointed attorney…a preliminary hearing is set for May, 30.

McClure Is Sentenced

Keith McClure is sentenced in a Defiance County courtroom for an on-campus sexual abuse incident. McClure was placed on community control for five years with intensive supervision. He also was classified as a tier 1 sexual offender, requiring him to register his address with authorities for 15 years. Prosecutors say McClure had sexual contact with an adult female by force or threat, on two occasions in December 2017 and March 2018.

Rate Hikes Mulled At BMU Cable

Bryan Municipal Utilities is poised to raise cable rates. BMU Communications Superintendent, Joe Ferrell told officials of the ever-rising costs of carrying broadcast stations, which BMU must carry based on industry rules, is the problem. Ferrell says those guidelines are crippling the industry. The proposal, expected to be voted on by the board in June, calls for a $4 monthly hike for both BMU’s basic and extended packages.

Welch Takes The Helm

The Henry County Economic Development Office has a new leader. April Welch replaces Denise Dahl, who resigned. Welch currently is the economic development director of Blissfield, Mich. She has been involved in the field for six years. She says she is looking to expand the territory from an economic standpoint and wanted to work in a rural community.

Jobs A Plenty In WC

And the good numbers keep rolling in. Williams County hit the 2.5 percent jobless mark for April, after falling to a near-county record of 3.2 percent in March. It places Williams County among the top 10 in the state for lowest unemployment rate and continues to put it well under state and national numbers. The rate bypassed lows seen during the late 1990s and early 2000s, becoming easily the lowest mark for the county in the past three decades.