Archives for May 2013

Bryan PD Arrests Bryan Man On Bench Warrant

Bryan Police arrested a Byran man yesterday morning. 22 year old Cody Fenton of South Main Street in Bryan was arrested on a bench warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court for failing to appear at at hearing in Bryan. He was taken to Bryan court, and then released.

Water Issues Need To Be Addressed

Dennis Miller, from the Maumee Valley Planning Organization, met with Williams County Commissioners Thursday afternoon. According to the Bryan Times, there’s a problem that needs some serious attention.
Miller said that in 2006 the Northwest Water District borrowed $2.2 million from the Ohio Water Development Agency to finance a water treatment plant north of Edon. It also accepted a $490,000 from the state to create 73 new jobs for a proposed Flying J truck plaza at the same location.
However, the plaza was never built and the jobs were never created. Meanwhile, the water treatment plant was completed in 2009 but it still sits idle. The loan needs to be repaid and if those 73 jobs aren’t created the state will ask for its grant back.
Flying J declared bankruptcy in 2009.

Latta Stops At Henry

Congressman Bob Latta was in Henry County Thursday to visit with constituents.
Latta said business regulation is a top issue facing the country right now.
out in the real world,” Latta said.
Latta also discussed IRS targeting of conservative groups. The congressman said he felt there will be more investigations into that issue, as well as the Department of Justice obtaining phone records of the Associated Press and the attacks on Bengazi from a year ago.

Defiance Trustees Meet

Defiance Township trustees, at their recent May meeting, discussed rescue and fire contracts with the city of Defiance and road projects. The fire contract covers service in the rural section of the township.
Quarterly payments will total $13,414. The rescue service contract remains at $30,000 plus insurance collections.
Trustees also reviewed proposed 2013 road projects, including the rebuilding of Hammersmith Road, from Singer Road to Ohio 111. That project will take place over a three-year period starting in 2013 at a total expense in this year’s budget at approximately $42,327.50.
The Trustees’ June meeting will be held on June 25 in the second floor conference room of the county commissioners building in Defiance.

Non Profit Deal Shielded

Proceeds of the state’s $1.5 billion liquor deal with a job-creation nonprofit would be shielded from public audit under a late addition to a fast-tracked bill now headed to the governor’s desk.
The move is meant to clear up an ongoing dispute over whether the state auditor has the authority to review certain financial records of JobsOhio, a private entity formed by Republican Gov. John Kasich and approved by state lawmakers to spur economic development in the state.
The GOP-dominated Senate passed the measure on a 22-10 vote Thursday, despite objections from state Auditor Dave Yost, a fellow Republican. The Governor is expected to sign the bill.

Fathers Day At The Library

You’re invited to celebrate Father’s Day on June 14 with a make-and-take cupcake day at the Wauseon Public Library. Come in between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to decorate your own Father’s Day cupcake. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact library director Amy Murphy at, or call the library at 419-335-6626.

Vehicle Slams Into House And Starts Blaze

A vehicle slammed into a home in Malinta early Wednesday morning, setting fire to the house.
The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just before 1am Wednesday when 36 year old Jeffery Lauharn of Toledo lost control of his vehicle, hit a pile of mulch, and then slammed into the living room of a home occupied by Travis Swihart and his family, igniting a fire on the porch.
Swihart, his wife Angel, and three children were home at the time.
The house was almost immediately engulfed in flames. The family got out without injury.
Lauharn however, fled the scene. He was picked up later in the morning and taken to Henry County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, then locked up in CCNO after being charged with grand theft and other charges when it was discovered that he had stolen the vehicle earlier in the night.
If you’d like to help the Swiharts, who are now without a home, make a check payable to Travis and Angel Swihart and mail it to the American Red Cross of Henry County, 104 E. Washington St., Suite 116, Napoleon, OH 43545.

Farm Accident In Putnam

A fatal farm accident occured Wednesday afternoon in Putnam County.
84 year old Harold Barnhart of Cloverdale was pronounced dead by Putnam County Coroner Dr. Anna Horstman after officials say Barnhart was working with a planter in a field near his home when it fell on him. He was found by a family member.
The call for help came in yesterday just after noon.

Appeals Court Rules In Defiance Case

An appeals court has returned a split decision in a lawsuit filed by two Defiance city councilmen seeking reimbursement for health care benefits.
Three judges of the Third District Court of Appeals affirmed part of a ruling handed down in Defiance County Common Pleas Court in favor of Defiance city officials in defending suits filed by Council President Tim Holtsberry and former At-large Councilman Steve Hubbard, but reversed other parts.
While affirming that Hubbard and Holtsberry were not entitled to compensation in the period after Jan. 1, 2008, the appeals court ruled that they were entitled to health insurance benefits in 2007.
The appeals court’s decision now entitles Hubbard to receive $13,815 in reimbursement to join the city’s health insurance plan in 2007. Holtsberry is entitled to a like amount.

News From The Henry County Landfill

The Henry County commissioners this week talked about a possible increase of rates at the county landfill, along with changes in hours, staffing of personnel, and other things. The commissioners are working to gather more information.
Henry County Commissioners also approved a work order amounting to $25,350 for detection and compliance monitoring at the landfill.