Archives for January 2016

Scholarships for Defiance seniors majoring in education

Parents of Defiance High School seniors who are planning to major in education this fall are reminded that scholarships are available now for the Claude W. Henkle or Marie Kauser Memorial Scholarship. They are due by March 15th, and are available from the Defiance High School counselors’ office.

Napoleon charity begins drive for needy families

Donations have begun in Napoleon, for the annual Snowman Campaign held by the group Together We Can Make a Difference. The group needs donations of toiletries and personal care items for families in need in our area. Things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, bath soaps and even diapers. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to their offices.

Together We Can Make a Difference
P.O. Box 403
Napoleon, OH 43545

or call 419-579-0199.

Defiance council welcomes newest member

Defiance has a new City Council member. Jill Krutsch took the oath of office Tuesday. She was appointed by council to fill an at-large council position, which became open when Mike Ketcham became council president on January 5th. Krutsch retired as a teacher from Continental Local Schools. Her term will be for two years, when elections will be held for the three at-large seats in November of 2017.

The Barn robbery suspects nabbed

In a follow-up to a story we brought you yesterday, two people have been taken into custody in the robbery of The Barn carryout in Defiance on Monday night. First, the man, 32-year-old Joshua Brown is being charged with the robbery. The woman, 29-year-old Sheri Kraegel, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Defiance Municipal Court, and the sheriff’s office says more charges are pending. The Sheriff’s Office credits The Barn’s video cameras for capturing the vehicle used in the robbery, which pointed them to the suspects. Both of them are in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Fatal fire in Defiance

A fatal house fire in Defiance last night. Two people in the home in the 500 block of Petain St. were unable to get out, according to the Crescent-News. Heavy flames engulfed the home as fire fighters arrived just before 7 p.m. According to reports, a female, age unknown, was taken to Mercy Defiance Hospital with burns. The Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office and the Defiance County Coroner were notified.

Williams County Blizzard Auction Saturday

There’s still time to donate to the WBNO and WQCT live auction this Saturday, benefitting Williams County’s biggest food pantry. The auction begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. The annual Williams County Blizzard Auction helps the Open Hands Caring Hearts Food Pantry, which served over 7,000 families last year.

Jobless numbers low in region

The numbers of jobless workers in the area last month showed Henry County had the highest unemployment rate at 5.5 percent. The Henry County Commissioner Glenn Miller said that rate stems from the layoffs at Campbell’s Soup. The lowest jobless rate is for Putnam County, now at 3.8 percent.

Here in Williams County, the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in December.

Putnam Co. Sheriff dies of surgery complications

Our condolences to the family, friends and staff at Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Michael Chandler died yesterday from complications after surgery. Chandler began nearly 33 years ago as a part-time deputy with Putnam County, eventually rising to sergeant, then retiring after 25 years. He ran for Sheriff in November 2012 and was sworn in just three years ago. Chandler is survived by his wife, Jane and two children. Chandler was 55.

Interim sheriff has been named. Lt. David Roney will oversee the office until a successor is officially named to finish Chandler’s term.

Police: Former Paulding residents killed by woman’s son in Florida

Two former Paulding residents were killed last weekend in a shooting in Florida. The victims were 47-year-old Kevin McGrath, Sr. and 42-year-old Shanna McGrath, his wife. Their bodies were found Saturday morning in Crestview. The woman’s son, 22-year-old Jacob Langston has been charged with their murders. He was shot in the arm and shoulder during the shootout with Kevin McGrath. Police aren’t clear what the circumstances were. A third victim was found dead outside the home, he’s thought to be the boyfriend of a girl the suspect Langston used to date.

Ohio bill passes house to delete “mental retardation” from state laws

A bill to delete the term “mental retardation” from state laws has been approved unanimously in the Ohio House. The measure replaces the phrase with the term “intellectual disability” and would specify that condition as a form of developmental disability. More than just changing the term, the bill also would change the criteria how a person can be determined to have a moderate level of intellectual disability, and be the subject of institutionalization by a court order. The bill passed 95-to-zero. The bill now goes to the Ohio Senate for their consideration.