Archives for January 2016

Bryan man arrested for assault

Police tell us Shane Smith of Bryan was arrested for assault on Saturday just before 3 a.m. The 22-year-old was taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Paulding woman dies in Ohio 49 crash

A fatal crash took the life of an Antwerp woman Sunday morning. The Ohio Highway Patrol says 47-year-old Lisa Recker was a passenger in a vehicle that went off the right side of the road, then the opposite side and hit a tree. The driver, 30-year-old Bobbi Brkovic of Paulding was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The woman who died was not wearing a seat-belt, but the driver was. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this fatal crash that happened on Route 49, north of Ohio 111 about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Bryan police post two OVI arrests

Bryan police tell us they’ve made two OVI arrests this weekend. 55-year-old Tim Szabo of Bryan was arrested for drunk driving just after midnight. He was released on his own recognizance.

A 30-year-old Montpelier woman as arrested for OVI about 2 a.m. Sunday. Elisha Roden was arrested and released on her own recognizance.

Suspected robbers of The Barn held

In other area crime news, two people arrested for robbing The Barn in Defiance last Monday were in court yesterday. Joshua Brown was assigned a public defender and charged with robbery. His case was continued until this morning. He has a $150,000 bond already set. The woman arrested with him in this case, Sheri Kraegel, has not been formally charged. She is in jail on warrants from Municipal Court, and the grand jury is expected to consider more charges against her and three other defendants, according to the Prosecutor Morris Murray.

Pair accused of robbery in Sherwood in court

The two men charged with robbing a man in the parking lot of the Village Food Emporium in Sherwood appeared in court for the first time yesterday. Dequavis Farris waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for the county grand jury. His bond set at $150,000. The other man accused in the robbery is Damon Coressel. His preliminary hearing is set for 1 p.m. today.

Troopers seize liquid codeine in traffic stop, arrest 4

Most of the time, The Ohio Highway Patrol finds heroin or marijuana in cars traveling through the area. This time, it was liquid codeine they found on the Ohio Turnpike in Fulton County. Four people in a car with temporary Illinois plates were arrested after the stop for speeding. After troopers smelled pot, the searched the vehicle and found 10 bottles of liquid codeine and five fake prescriptions. All four are now in the Correction Center of Northwest Ohio. Their names not released. Charges include third and fifth degree felonies.

I-69 semi driver recovering after rollover

An update on the semi driver injured in a rollover crash on northbound I-69 near the rest area at the 344 mile marker yesterday. The 44-year-old driver is Ronald Sherard from Cairo, Ohio. He went off the right side and over-corrected, rolling his semi and snarling traffic for hours. He was wearing a seat belt, which helped him suffer non-life-threatening injuries. He’s in the hospital in Fort Wayne.

Hudson sex offender surrenders after warrant issued

A Hudson man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Steuben County has turned himself in. Levi Tink walked into the Steuben County jail after the Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Marshal’s Office were searching for him.

He was booked into the Steuben County Jail, bond set at $3,000.

Paulding man trapped in Mack truck crash

A man from Paulding is recovering today from a crash Wednesday morning. 25-year-old Rodney Osbun Jr., at last check was in “good” condition at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne. According to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Osbun was driving a Dodge 1500 on U.S. 127, north of Crane Township Road 224, when his truck struck the rear of a Mack truck stopped at the railroad crossing driven by Clint Porter of Paulding. Osbun was entrapped for a while, and was flown to the Fort Wayne hospital. He was cited for assured clear distance.

Mayor: Loss of River Street Market is “devastating”

The loss of the River Street Market is devastating to the local community, according to Mayor Ray Delong. He said the fire that destroyed the market caused a “tremendous loss to the community.” He said “a small town without a grocery store is a dying town. It’s a terrible tragedy for the village itself … not only for Doug but for the citizens.”

Doug Bragg has owned the River Street Market for three years. The business itself has been around since 1951. The scene is still dangerous for firefighters and they’ve been hampered in their investigation. Still no word what caused the blaze Tuesday night.