Archives for September 2013


Bryan Police say 40 year old Joellen Pessefall of Bryan was arrested on Friday on a bench warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court. She was taken to court, processed, and then released.
Also on Friday, 38 year old Shannon Hugg of Bryan was picked up on four outstanding bench warrants issued by Bryan Municipal Court. Hugg posted bond and then was released.


The Bryan Times this morning is reporting a story about a dog rescue over the weekend.
Dixie, an 11-year-old Lab-shepherd mix, along with another dog, ended up at the Rails to Trails footbridge that crosses Beaver Creek.
Dixie apparently wandered, fell, or was knocked down the embankment and became trapped among metal girders beneath the footbridge.
Fortunately for Dixie, Ivan Phillips and his dogs were taking their usual afternoon walk along the trail Sunday.
Phillips said he evaluated the situation to see if he could get the dog out but realized she was 4 or 5 feet below ground level – and another 35 feet above the creek.
He went home and contacted the sheriff’s office, who in turn contacted Lisa Stalter, president of the Williams County Humane Society. She in turn, called fire and rescue personnel, who were there for hours, before the dog was finally freed.
Rescuers say it was a miracle the dog didn’t fall over the 35-foot drop-off.


The Defiance State Highway Patrol Post is investigating a crash that occurred on Platter Creek road, south of Jericho road, in Defiance County.
The crash occurred around 12:05 am Friday morning.
The driver, 344 year old Jason Edds of Cecil, Ohio, was first taken by ambulance to the Defiance Regional Medical Center and then by Promedica helicopter to the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Police say Edds was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer southbound on Platter Creek road, when he ran off the road and then hit several trees, before coming to rest in a section of woods. He was extricated from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation.


Beginning Sunday, drivers could legally drive 70 mph on the new U.S. 24 from Waterville to just west of Napoleon.
The new speed limits, effective yesterday, come following an overhaul of state highway speed limits.
The new speed limit applies to both cars and trucks, but in some cases the limits will remain the same for cars but increase for trucks.
In all, the limits on 607 miles of roadway statewide have been changed.
The General Assembly, after initially calling for the speed limit on rural Interstates to go from 65 mph to 70 mph, later ordered ODOT to look at so-called Interstate look-alikes – four-lane divided highways that are not part of the federal Interstate system and other roads to see where limits should be increased.
About 194 miles of rural divided highways will go to 60 mph statewide, 15 miles of rural expressways without traffic control signals will go to 65 mph, and 398 miles of rural freeways will go to 70 mph.


If you like ribs, then hopefully you didn’t miss this past weekend’s Rib Fest in Defiance.
Downtown Defiance was the place to be for rib-lovers during the city’s fifth annual rib fest on Saturday.
Saturday’s festival was sponsored by The State Bank and General Motors, and featured local food vendors and musical groups.
Winner’s at this year’s rib fest included the Black Lantern — which won the judge’s choice — and the Defiance Fire Department — which was selected as the “people’s choice” winner for the fifth year in a row.
Estimates put the number attending at between 5,000 and 6,000 people.
The weather was great. The Defiance Fire Department says they went through 650 pounds of ribs this year and 75 pounds of pulled pork.


Bryan Police report the several arrests from Thursday…
28 year old Tiffany Risk of Montpelier was arrested for shoplifting. Risk was turned over to West Unity Police, who were holding two warrants on her at the time of that arrest.
32 year old Troy Ward of Bryan was arrested and charged with theft by deception.
And 27 year old Matthew Costanzo of Montpelier was arrested on a bench warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court for failure to appear on a charge of probation violation. The original charge he faced was violation of a temporary protection order. Ward was locked up in CCNO.


As part of her Midwest book tour, author Shirley Showalter will be at Sauder Village next week, on October 3 and 4, to promote her new book. Guests will have an opportunity to meet Ms. Showalter at an evening book signing and can also attend a free lecture Friday morning at Historic Sauder Village.
She will have books for sale and will be visiting with guests and signing her books.
For more information about Shirley Showalter and her new book visit her website
Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4:00 p.m.
Admission is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available.
For more information visit,


A decision on whether or not to proceed any further with the proposed renovation of Defiance County’s courthouse has been delayed.
Officials had planned to decide during county commissioners meeting Thursday on whether to allow a Columbus architectural firm to continue with the project. That decision was to have been based on floor plan revisions made in the last two weeks by the design firm for the building’s second and third floors.
But those suggestions did not satisfy county officials, so more time will be allotted to come up with an acceptable plan.
Some concerns focused on the second and third floors where the juvenile/probate court and the common pleas court, respectively, will be located.
The center of the concern revolves around the fact that bringing inmates to a hearing room for video arraignments on the second floor would still require that they cross a public corridor.
Another issue with the second floor is that — like the first floor, but unlike the third floor — it has load-bearing wallsthat reduce the floor plan options.
The estimated project cost when completed is right around $4.6 million.


The Williams County Sheriff’s Office has released a statement saying that a Williams County man who had been reported missing has been located.
73 year old Richard Downing was located by Pennsylvania State Police near New Castle, Pa. after State Police there responded to a call of a disabled vehicle and found Downing with that vehicle.
Downing, who is suffering from Alzheimers, reportedly had been last seen driving his 1988 two-tone brown Chevy truck near Pioneer at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
Downing had been stopped at 10 p.m. Tuesday in Beaver County, Pa., by law enforcement for a traffic violation. He was then released.
Downing will be returning to Williams County with his family.


The thought of annexation of the General Motors Defiance Casting Operations plant by the city of Defiance has generated a less than enthusiastic response from GM officials.
Defiance is providing water service to the plant, and therefore it falls under the list of properties that the city is targeting for forced annexation in an effort to expand the city borders. Other annexations have already occured.
GM has replied to the city’s request, saying that GM is currently reviewing the financial, operational and legal ramifications to the plant of the proposed annexation into the city of Defiance in order to determine if the proceedings will lessen their competitive advantage or negatively impact their business. Gm said it will advise the city of findings but will have no further comment on the city’s proposed action until their review is completed.
Defiance Mayor Bob Armstrong told reporters that the annexation letter did not go over well with GM.