Archives for January 2014

Off To The Oscars!

A couple of local women are headed to the Oscars!
Two women from Defiance will be there when the 86th Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood on March 2nd.
Karen Lawson and Pam Bernett will be headed to Hollywood for the Oscars after Lawson won the opportunity to sit in the bleacher area of the red carpet through People magazine.
Lawson calimed she’s won a lot of little things over the years, such as a book and maybe a key chain or two, but nothing this big.
All in all, there were 700 winners in the contest which includes the bleacher seats, breakfast, lunch, viewing of the show at the El Capitan Theatre, dinner and gift bags.
The two will have to pay for their own hotel rooms and transportation to and from Hollywood however.

Henry Indictments

The Henry County grand has indicted 17 people.
Two men are facing first degree Rape charges, in a case allegedly involving the same adult female victim in Napoleon. 38 year old Chad Lauharn, and 55 year old Rudi Ochoa-both of Napoleon are charged.
Elwood Fuhr, Vickie Green and David Green, all of Liberty Center, were each indicted for Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana. Elwood Fuhr was also indicted for Tampering with Evidence.
34 year old James Wagner of Holgate was indicted for a felony charge of Theft.
Indictments for Domestic Violence were filed against 37 year old Frank Simon of Deshler, 56 year old David Ward of Napoleon, and 26 year old James Mason of Napoleon.
22 year old Joseph Pedraza of Napoleon was indicted for Grand Theft, and Having Weapons while under Disability.
26 year old Damien Wolpert of Deshler was indicted for Trafficking in Marijuana.
31 year old Tyler VonDeylen of Malinta was indicted for Breaking and Entering.
And 23 year old Christopher Christenseon of Napoleon was indicted for Felonious Assault.

Horsemen Awarded

The Defiance County Area Horsemen Association has earned some well deserved national recognition.
The Association recently learned that the group had won the Blue Ribbon Fair Award, which is given by the U.S. Trotting Association’s Hoof Beats magazine. Only one award is given each year to a county fair or horsemen’s association that “most creatively uses funds provided by the USTA Matching Funds Grant program.”
The Defiance County Area Horsemen Association, formed in 2010, raises money to fund, conduct and manage harness races at the Defiance County Fair.
The Blue Ribbon Fair Award, a plaque, will be presented during this year’s harness races at this year’s fair. Harness racing at the fairgrounds will also be featured in an upcoming edition of Hoof Beats.

Suit Filed Against Restaurant

A lawsuit has been filed in Defiance County Common Pleas Court against a Hicksville restaurant, claiming that restaurant did not make adequate unemployment compensation contributions.
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services filed the suit against High Street Grill of Hicksville Inc., claiming the restaurant owes $10,426.96.
The lawsuit asks for judgment against the restaurant in that amount, plus ongoing collections costs pursuant to Ohio law, interest in accordance with Ohio law and/or at the highest rate permitted by law, and court costs.

Defiance Man Charged With Murder Following Death Of Infant

Defiance Police are calling it a case of shaken baby syndrome. Now, a Defiance man is behind bars, and police say he’s responsible for the death of a five month old girl.
29 year old James Cooper has been charged with first degree felony murder.
Cooper is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, and was scheduled to appear in Defiance Municipal Court today.
Investigators allege that Cooper killed the five month old baby girl, who died over the weekend at Toledo Childrens Hospital, where she was taken after first being taken to ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital.
Cooper is said to be the boyfriend of the baby’s mother, but was not reportedly, the father of the baby.
The baby’s mother called 9-1-1 on Friday after Cooper allegedly injured the infant at a home on Corwin Street in Defiance where the couple lived together.

Montpelier Village Council Fills Vacant Seat

Montpelier Village Council met on Monday and interviewed two applicants for a vacant council seat.
Following those interviews, Dan Willis, who has served on the village council in the past, was appointed and sworn in.
Montpelier Council then moved on to other items of business Monday night.
Kurt Roan was appointed the representative to WEDCO, and cruise-in dates were approved.
Cruise-ins this year will be held the second and fourth Thursdays of June, July and August.
The Grand cruise-in is now slated for Aug. 12, and the final cruise-in will be on Aug. 26.

I-75 / US 224 Interchange Project Getting Close

Details will be unveiled on Thursday evening involving the Ohio Department of Transportation’s plans for rebuilding I-75’s U.S. 224 interchange in Findlay.
Miller Brothers Construction of Archbold is scheduled to start work next month on the $10.6 million state contract.
The 6 p.m. public meeting tomorrow will be held in Room EC 111 at Owens Community College’s Findlay campus, and will begin with a formal presentation which will be followed by a question period. Displays will also be set up to explain the project in detail.
The U.S. 224 project is expected to be done by year end. ODOT plans to widen I-75 through Findlay from four lanes to six.

Henry County Commissioners Make Deal To Get Re-paid

Henry County Commissioners say they may be closer to a resolution involving a good chunk of change that is owed to the county.
Commissioners signed a pay-back agreement with Peter Colaraffi of Revenge Designs, to settle a loan of just over $300,000 that was tied to a project that never materialized.
Colaraffi was given the money by the commissioners to help with start-up of a car production facility in Henry County.
As part of the payback agreement signed by Henry County Commissioners, a check for $25,000 has already been received from Colaraffi, who has also agreed to 9 monthly payments, followed by a payment of $160,000, due at the end of November.
The payments would stop the court proceedings. But if any payment is missed; the court case would be refiled, and commissioners would go for the full amount.

Man Almost Burns House Down While Burning Spiders With Torch

Don’t try this at home…
Authorities say an Indiana man set his house on fire… while using a blow torch to remove spider webs.
Firefighters were called out for a fire reported to be in the walls of a home in rural DeKalb County.
The homeowner told fire crew members he had been burning out spider webs with a blow torch in the basement, and he thought the fire was out, but then discovered that the insulation had caught fire.
The house sustained exterior damage and interior smoke damage.
Authorities say one person living there suffered complications from the smoke, but declined treatment at the scene.


A five year old child is dead and now, a Defiance man has been arrested and charged with murder.
Defiance Police were called to Corwin Street in Defiance just after 7 Friday night on a report of a child not breathing.
The five-month-old baby was taken to Defiance Regional Medical Center, then to Toledo Children’s Hospital. The baby died Sunday.
29 year old James Cooper was charged yesterday with first-degree felony murder.
Cooper will appear Wednesday morning at 8:15 in Defiance Municipal Court.