Archives for October 2016

Final work being done on South Clinton Street project in Defiance

Commuters who drive on South Clinton Street in Defiance will be getting some good news later today. A construction schedule provided by the city of Defiance notes that traffic on South Clinton Street should be restored by the end of the day. Only northbound travel has been allowed on South Clinton since March when a widening project there got underway. Asphalt was placed last week while pavement markings and sign installation were to be completed today. According to the city, the new traffic signal at South Clinton and Downs streets was also scheduled to be in operation Tuesday.

Defiance man sentenced in Paulding County double murder case

A judge handed 43 year old Bradley Gillespie of Ashpacher Road in Defiance two consecutive 15-year to life sentences Monday morning for two counts of murder, with a gun specification on each charge for the murder of two Paulding County residents. The charges stem from the deaths of Paulding residents 21 year old Hannah Fischer and 47 year old Frank Tracy Jr. Paulding County Common Pleas Court Judge Tiffany Beckman said the sentences were to be served consecutive to one another in order to protect the public from any future crime. Beckman did inform Gillespie that he had 30 days after sentencing to appeal his case to the Third District Court of Appeals.

Williams County Economic Development Corporation has “four or five” potential projects in its current business development pipeline

The Williams County Economic Development Corporation has “four or five” potential projects in its current business development pipeline, WEDCO Executive Director Matt Davis told county commissioners Thursday. The Bryan Times reports according to Davis, the potential projects represent up to 120 new jobs and $50 million to $60 million in new investment. He presented the figures during his quarterly update to commissioners. Davis noted that two companies have recently begun operations in formerly vacant buildings in the county. VRT, a locally owned second-tier manufacturer, mainly of garage door parts, moved into the former APEX building on South Union Street in Bryan earlier this summer.

Flu season officially underway in the Buckeye State

Flu season has officially begun in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that everyone six months old and older get the flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu viruses. In Ohio, flu season begins in October and runs through spring, with cases typically spiking between December and February. Ohio’s flu activity currently remains sporadic, meaning that there have only been a small number of confirmed influenza cases across the state.

New flag to be raised on top of the Williams County Courthouse

There will be a new flag on top of the Williams County Courthouse. Appropriately, the flag will be unfurled and raised for the first time during a brief ceremony on Veterans Day, scheduled at the courthouse at 8:30 a.m. on, Nov. 11. According to county commissioner Lew Hilkert, the Bryan American Legion Post 284 will present the colors on the South Lawn of the courthouse, followed by the playing of ‘Taps.’ The Bryan High School band will then play ‘The National Anthem’ as the flag is raised to the top of the flagpole, according to Hilkert, who is the commission’s representative on the courthouse project committee. The public is invited to the ceremony.

Defiance County man plans appeal of murder conviction

A Defiance County man convicted last month in a double homicide case in Paulding County said he plans to appeal his case. 43 year old Bradley Gillespie of Ashpacher Road, Defiance, was found guilty of two counts of murder, each with a gun specification on Sept. 30, in Paulding County Common Pleas Court. The charges stem from the deaths of Paulding residents 21 year old Hannah Fischer and 47 year old Frank Tracy Jr. Gillespie will be sentenced for those crimes at 9 a.m. this morning. Under the Ohio Revised Code, there is a mandatory sentence of 15 years to life on each count with a one-year mandatory sentence for each gun specification.

Village of Edon to recieve funding to build a new $1 million water treatment plant

The Village of Edon is well on its way to obtaining most of the funding it needs to build a new $1 million water treatment plant. The Bryan Times reports no objections were heard in county commissioners’ chambers Thursday during a mandatory second public hearing on a $483,080 Community Development Block Grant to help offset half the current estimated $966,160 cost of the new plant. The village and Maumee Valley Planning Organization will now work on obtaining a permit to install and once that’s received the grant application can move forward, according to Dennis Miller of the MVPO, which will administer the grant and serve as a conduit for the funding.

Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio employees to recieve $1000 bonus

The battle over who pays for which inmates at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio is over with the City of Toledo gone from the partnership, but employees who pitched in to get the jail through its financial crisis will receive a $1,000 bonus. Last week, Henry County Commissioner Robert Hastedt presented the staff incentive option to the jail’s executive board. Having started his own law enforcement career as a corrections officer at the jail when it opened in 1990, Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns gave his stamp of approval to the bonuses. The bonus was recommended by the jail’s financial oversight committee following discussion at a September meeting.

Defiance woman facing at least two charges following multiple crashes on Oct. 17

A Defiance woman is facing at least two charges following multiple crashes on Oct. 17. The incident ended with her vehicle crashing into Defiance’s Citizens National Bank on E. Second St. 31 year old Jessica Davilla of Sherwood Drive, appeared Wednesday morning in Defiance Municipal Court on charges of failure to comply with a police officer and OVI. Additional charges are pending. An arraignment was set for 8:15 a.m. Friday. Her bond was set at $100,000. Davilla allegedly struck vehicles of two area residents and two Defiance Police Department cruisers before fleeing officers, crossing four lanes of traffic on East Second Street, and eventually crashing into a pillar at the front door of the bank.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day once again a success

Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day pulled 28,263 pounds of unneeded, unwanted and expired medications off the street and out of Americans’ medicine cabinets. Locally, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office collected 127 pounds and the Multi-Area Narcotics Task Force collected 593 pounds from all six of its covered counties. The annual Take-Back initiative was created to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of prescription drug disposal, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a press release Wednesday. Unused prescription drugs in homes create a public health and safety concern because the medications can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused.