Archives for June 2013


A couple of arrests were made this week by Bryan Police.
On Wednesday afternoon, 23 year old Chad Hale of Montpelier was picked up by Bryan Police for criminal trespass. Hale was released.
Also on Wednesday, at just after 7pm, 24 year old Cameron Conrad of Montpelier was arrested for having an open container in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and abuse of harmful intoxicants.


The Special Response Team at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in Stryker recently did a tactical assessment of the campus at Northwest State Community College in Archbold.
The jail’s tactical unit, which is more like a SWAT team, specializes in crowd control, hostage negotiations and use of force.
CCNO guards are not certified peace officers, though. The Bryan Times reports that, since the school’s campus is located in Henry County, the Sheriff got around that issue by swearing in the jail staff as Henry County Deputies, giving them the authority to respond to emergencies at the college along with any other local law enforcment officers.


There’s a new prinicpal at Antwerp Local Schools.
On Thursday, the district’s board of education approved a three year contract for Paulding High School graduate and current middle school science teacher at Central Local Schools, Tim Manz.
Manz has an undergraduate degree from Defiance College and master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, along with eight years of in classroom teaching experience.
Manz will replace Travis Lichty, who will step into the position as the new elementary principal at Hicksville Exempted Village Schools.


A tentative settlement has been apparetntly reached on the eminent domain petition filed last fall in Henry County Common Pleas Court by Napoleon Area Schools Board of Education.
The petition involved 56.266 acres located off Westmoreland Street in Napoleon across from the high school student parking lot.
Details of the settlement amount have not been publicly disclosed, pending final disposition.
School officials want to build a new districtwide elementary school on the property.
The petition was filed by the board under its statutory eminent domain authority to appropriate land after it was unable to negotiate an agreement with the owner regarding price. The board had offered to pay $360,000 but that offer was rejected.


Seems people in our area were more giving last year. Reports say that charitable giving is on the rebound nationally and right here locally.
According to an annual report by the Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, charitable donations nationally were up 3.5 percent in 2012.
Several area United Ways have seen their campaign donations increase.
The 2012-13 campaign for the United Way of Defiance County raised nearly $298,000… $8,000 more than the previous year’s campaign.
In Paulding County, the 2012-13 campaign raised a little more than $60,000… $6,000 more than the year before.


CCNO’s population was slightly down. That news highlighted Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said Wednesday’s inmate population stood at 570 or 89 percent. The population averaged 583 or 91 percent in April and stood at 593 or 93 percent in May. He noted that the population is slowing this month but the year still indicates an increasing trend.
Mr. Dennis said there is still room to place eligible participants on the electronic monitoring program. He said the program is not up to capacity with the actual count as of Wednesday at 107. He said area courts and probation officers are being encouraged to use the program to decrease the inmate population numbers.


The Postal Reform Act of 2013 is on the way, and once it becomes law, the days of postal carriers walking door-to-door will be over.
The Congressional act mandates Post Offices use “the most cost effective primary mode of mail delivery possible,” specifically phasing out “to the door” delivery in favor of curb-side drop-off.
Although postal workers will still make exceptions for people with physical limitations and large parcels and letters requiring signatures, most of the deliveries will be done by driving rather than by walking.
According to an interview with the Postmaster in Bryan in today’s Bryan Times, curb service is the fastest, safest and most efficient way to get the job of delivery done.
The local post office is requesting that Bryan residents install mail boxes within 18 inches of the curb with their house number on the side of the box.


“Jesus Christ Superstar” will be performed at Father John’s this weekend.
The Bryan Times reports it will be a benefit performance, with free-will offerings collected at the door and all proceeds split evenly among the county’s four nursing home activity funds.
Father John’s used to be a Baptist church. John Trippy, the owner of Father John’s, offered to provide the former sanctuary for the show which starts at 8pm on Friday and Saturday.


A letter sent by Defiance City Hall to a number of property owners forcing possible annexation was the topic of discussion at a meeting Tuesday night.
Councilman David Plant expressed his concern about the letter during council’s regular meeting.
The letter Plant referenced to was dated June 6 and signed by city administrator Jeff Leonard, and is part of the city’s efforts to prompt more annexations. It was sent to Defiance property owners who are receiving municipal utilities, but are not within the municipal boundaries..


Two blood drives are being held in Putnam County this week.
One is going on today from noon-6 p.m. at the Glandorf Rod and Gun Club on County Road 11 in Ottawa. The second blood drive will be on Saturday from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Ottawa Chevrolet on N. Perry St. in Ottawa. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS.