Archives for July 2015

Defiance Man Charged For Sexual Abuse Of A Minor

A Defiance man is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Williams County Court on charges that he sexually abused a minor. 42 year old Bobby Stratton was indicted earlier this month by a Williams County grand jury on one count of sexual battery and two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. All the charges filed against Stratton are felonies. The victim, at the time of the alleged crimes, was under the age of 16, according to prosecutors. Stratton is being held at CCNO. He faces as much as 15 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.

Quadco Has A Plan

Quadco Rehabilitation Center is working on a plan that will comply with new Medicaid conflict of interest rules affecting county boards of developmental disabilities across the state and the country. At their regular Administrative and Non-Profit Board meeting on Tuesday, board members learned that the center is planning to privatize their services, just as many county boards are doing, to be in compliance with the rules. The new rules essentially say that an entity, such as a county board, that provides case management services to the people they serve cannot also provide other services, since that could create a conflict of interest. Some people apparently feel that Quadco, which was created before the county board system was formed in the state, could be confused as a similar entity. With that in mind, the center is now working with an administrative law firm in Columbus who has been working with over 20 other county boards in the state who are developing similar plans to also develop one for Quadco that should satisfy any concerns of complying with the new rules. The next meeting of the board will be on August 25 at noon in the Stryker conference room.

Hicksville Man Jailed After Chase

A Hicksville man is locked behind bars in CCNO today, following a Sunday afternoon chase. 29 year old Matthew Justice so far has been charged with a temporary protection order violation, but Hicksville Police say more charges are pending against him. The chase began Sunday afternoon, around 3:40, near Maple and High streets when a Hicksville police officer tried to pull over Justice’s vehicle to stop him for the temporary protection order violation that had been issued. After the short chase, Justice ditched his vehicle and then took off on foot through several alleys and streets before he was finally tackled by officers in the 100 block of West Arthur Street. The whole thing took about ten minutes.

Paulding Inmate Van Crashes

A Paulding County Sheriff’s Office prisoner transport van crashed on Monday, injuring a Paulding County officer and five inmates. It happened at the intersection of Ohio 613 and Ohio 637 around 8AM Monday, when another vehicle driven by 49 year old Mark Rolston of Michigan, failed to yield to the transport van, driven by 45 year old Sgt. Chris Dilling. Rolston’s vehicle slammed into the side of the van, pushing it off the road, where it then flipped. The van was transporting eight inmates from the Putnam County Jail to Paulding County for court appearances. All nine people in the van escaped with minor injuries. Rolston was not injured. His was cited for failing to yield. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is continuing.

Flushing Set For Montpelier

The Montpelier Water Department will begin the annual fire hydrant flushing and flow-testing program on Monday, August 3rd. They say work is expected to be wrapped up on or before Friday, August 14th. During the flushing and testing, customers may notice some discoloration in their water. These conditions are only temporary… the water will still be safe to drink, but you should double-check the tap water prior to using your washer, as the discolored water may stain light colored clothing. The water should return to normal within thirty minutes or less of the crew leaving the area and any stained water in the pipes in your home, should clear out by letting the taps run a short time. Fire hydrant maintenance and testing are a vital part of the fire protection program in Montpelier.

Williams EMS Building Bids Come In Way Over Estimates

Well, this isn’t good… It seems that the bids for the renovation project at the Williams County Emergency Medical Services building came in over the original estimate. Way, way over in fact! The original estimate was for right around $250,00o. A bid from one contractor came in at $353,610. Another was even higher, coming in at $468,500. One bid, for the electrical work only, came in at just under $30,000. All the bids are obviously way over the 10 percent mark above the original estimate, meaning that the entire project, which calls for interior renovations, foyer upgrades, relocating the garage, and adding two ADA approved restrooms, must now be rebid. Originally, it was planned to get the work going in August, and completing it by the end of the year. Now, that schedule will be delayed because the whole thing must once again go out to bid. According to the Bryan Times, Williams County might consider partnering on the project by loaning EMS the additional amount necessary over the original bid, though no decision on that offer was finalized Monday.

Friday Night Crash In Steuben County

Two people were hurt in a Friday night crash in Steuben County. It happened around 10:30 Friday night, when 21 year old Lyndsey Boyd of Coldwater, Michigan was southbound on C.R. 300 W. and missed a yield sign at S.R. 120. Boyd’s car hit a truck driven by 17 year old Madison Funk of Fremont. Funk’s truck then hit a utility pole and a telephone junction box, finally coming to rest in a cornfield. Funk was pinned in her truck and had to be freed by rescue workers. Boyd was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital with injuries to her arm and leg. Funk was also taken to the hospital with a possible head injury. Investigators are trying to determine if alcohol was a factor as they continue to look into the cause of the crash today.

Police Association Accepts Report On Contract

The members of the Defiance Police Officers Association have accepted a state fact finder’s report on a new three-year contract proposal that now clears the way for city council to consider an ordinance agreeing to the three-year deal retroactive to Jan. 1. The fact finder agreed with a proposal for 2.75 percent annual raises for three years, but rejected the city’s plan to slash the sick leave retirement pay provision for police officers from a maximum 960 hours to 480 hours. The fact finder also nixed the police union’s request for longevity pay. The agreement with the police marked the last of the three city employee unions to reach agreement on a new contract. Had the city and police union not agreed to the fact finder’s report, the matter would have gone to arbitration. The fact finder’s cost was approximately $4,000, with the city and the police union splitting the expense.

World Horsehoe Champ From Defiance

Alan Francis is a World Horseshoe champion… for the 20th time! Francis, of Defiance, completed a perfect week of play on Saturday, winning all five matches to finish the 97th annual World Horseshoe Tournament undefeated. Francis went 15-0 during preliminary action on Monday through Wednesday, and made it 15-0 over the final three days of action, capped off by a 42-30 victory over Brian Simmons. It marked the third year in a row that Francis and Simmons met in the last game on the final day. For the tournament, Francis had an 88.41 ringer percentage, his fourth best ever.
Amy Francis, Alan’s wife, placed 15th in the Women’s A Division, going 4-11 with a 61.22 ringer percentage.

Defiance Meat Company Issues Recall

A massive recall of some local meat products… Jacob’s Quality Meats, of Defiance has issued a voluntary recall of some 430 pounds of shredded beef because it was produced without inspection and misbranded. Also included in the recall is approximately 45 pounds of sandwich spread, potentially labeled as ham salad. The sandwich spread contains eggs and milk, which are known allergens that are not declared on the product label. The products subject to recall include:
• Shredded Beef – Individual 5 pound containers and
• Sandwich Spread or Ham salad – Individual 5 pound containers.
The shredded beef product was produced between July 26, 2013 and June 10 of this year, and packaged with two different labels. Labels include the Jacob’s Quality Meats label with the facility’s establishment number 1015 inside the Ohio mark of inspection. The second recall involves a retail only label that does not bear the mark of inspection. The sandwich spread or ham salad was produced between December 10, 2014 and July 1st of this year, and was labeled with a retail only label that does not bear the mark of inspection. The products were sold at three businesses in the Defiance area:
• Newman’s Carry Out on Ralston Avenue

• White Pines Golf Course in Swanton

• Glen Park of Defiance

The recall does not include products sold through the retail store at Jacob’s Quality Meats in Defiance. Jacob’s Quality Meats says anyone who purchased the products should discard it or return it to the company. Those with questions should call (419) 782-7831.