Archives for June 2015

Flood Warnings Continue

The Flood warnings continue today in much if not most of northwest Ohio, and they will remain in effect until at least 12:45 this afternoon. Those flood warnings for urban and small streams include Williams, Defiance, Henry and Fulton Counties. The latest reports indicate flood waters are receding in most areas, but some roads are still closed due to flooding in low lying and poor drainage areas. Flooding remains a big problem though on many rivers. Scattered showers are in the forecast for today, but officials say the flooding should gradually subside, with the exceptions to that being near the rivers, where in many cases, the waters will continue to rise.

Fireworks Moved In Defiance Due To Flooding

Flooding in Defiance has forced the city to move its annual fireworks display. According to a report in the Crescent News, Friday night’s fireworks are still scheduled to be launched Friday evening at dusk at Diehl Park. Due to the flooding caused by the recent rains, vendors and other midway activities will be on the oval pavement area next to the little girls softball complex and the fireworks will be launched north of the ball diamonds.

Bryan Police Deal With More Drug Problems

Bryan Police say early Monday morning, just after midnight, they arrested 33 year old Dennis A. Poling of Bryan who was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of paraphenalia, and littering. Poling was also picked up on a bench warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court. Poling was taken to CCNO. Also on Monday, this time around 6:45PM, 19 year old Kip Kellogg of Bryan was arrested by Bryan Police, who charged him with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He too was taken to CCNO.

Violent Sex Offender Sentenced

A Lake James man who pleaded guilty on Monday to three cases in Steuben Superior Court, learned that he will be spending the next 4 1/2 years behind bars. 29-year-old Danny Lee Rhudy was handed three-18 month consecutive sentences on three felony counts including two counts for failing to register as a sex or violent offender. His other guilty plea centered around charges related to resisting law enforcement. As part of the plea deal that was worked out, two other cases against Rhudy were dismissed. At the end of the day though, Rhudy did get a tiny bit of good news… he was given credit for 84 days already served. But although he had asked to serve his time in Community Corrections, he was denied that request.

Hillsdale Man Shocked In Crash

The investigation continues into a Saturday night accident that injured a Hillsdale man when he was shocked by some live electrical wires in Wright Township. The crash happened just after 10:30 Saturday night on Pittsford Road, when 45-year-old Joseph Fredrick Parson’s vehicle hydroplaned on some water that was over the roadway. The vehicle went out of control, off the road, into a field, and then slammed into a utility pole, which then came crashing down on the vehicle. Parson was injured from the live wires. He was flown by LifeFlight to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. No word today on his condition.

Rain Blamed For Truck Crash

A rollover accident in DeKalb County is being blamed on the weekend’s downpours. 59 year old Jack Szeman of Hamilton was trying to enter I-69 on the southbound entrance ramp from U.S. 6 when his Ford F-350 went out of control on the water covered pavement Saturday night just after 11PM. The truck skidded off the ramp and slammed into an earth embankment, then rolled over. Szeman was not hurt in the crash. According to police, it was a combination of water on the road, along with the poor condition of the truck’s tires that caused the accident.

Flood Warnings!

The National Weather Service has extended Flood Warnings for northeast Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Michigan into this morning after emergency management reported widespread flooding across much of the area on Sunday night. Two to five inches of rain fell on our area Saturday, which led to widespread flooding. Major flooding has been forecast for Stryker, where the river was expected to crest 5 1/2 feet above the 11 foot flood stage early this morning. Henry County is under a State of Emergency. Moderate flooding is expected at Defiance where the river is not expected to drop below flood stage until Wednesday afternoon. Moderate flooding is expected near Napoleon and near Montpelier where the river is expected to crest one foot above flood stage on Wednesday morning.

Bryan Police Report

Two people were arrested and taken into custody by Bryan Police recently. It was on Thursday that police nabbed 45 year old Michael Walker of Montpelier, who was arrested on a bench warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court for failing to appear. He was taken to CCNO. Then on Saturday, 18 year old Trevor Williams of Montpelier, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and for OVI. He was taken to CCNO.

Supreme Court Ruling Now Being Interpreted Locally

Local county courts are now bound by last week’s Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, however they may not be able to accommodate same-sex marriage license requests right away. For now, the Ohio Probate Judges’ Association has a committee that hastily began to review the Supreme Court’s decision before making a recommendation to the local courts on how they should proceed. The court, as of Friday, was hoping to receive that recommendation by sometime today. The Crescent News reports that Henry County Judge John Collier said he has received a copy of a license application that is gender neutral from the Probate Judges’ Association and that “he doesn’t see any problems with it.” Paulding County Probate Judge John DeMuth said the court’s paperwork for licenses currently contains wording that refers to ‘husband’ and ‘wife.’ He said they currently do not have an application with alternate wording.

Flood Waters Leave Damage Behind At Golf Course

Last week’s flood waters have caused a part of the Napoleon Municipal Golf Course to be closed down. Napoleon Parks and Rec Director Tony Cotter told the Crescent News that when the river level rises seven feet or more, it causes flooding in the creek running along the west and south sides of the course. In the most recent flooding, that water level reached a height of between 13 and 14 feet, which resulted in a lot of water over a large area of the course. Cotter told the paper that early estimates indicate that as much as 40 percent of the golf course lost turf. He says if the grass is under water for three or more days, it will die due to loss of oxygen. That’s exactly what happened. As late as this past Wednesday, there were still some pockets of water remaining on the course. For now, players must play the five open holes twice. Cotter says hole number 4 may be lost.