Archives for November 2016

Appeal filed in double murder case in Paulding County

An appeal has been filed regarding a double murder case in Paulding County. 46 year old Bradley Gillespie has filed his appeal with the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals in Lima. Defiance attorney Timothy Holtsberry has been appointed to represent Gillespie during his appeal. On Oct. 31, Gillespie received consecutive 15 years to life sentences for two counts of murder, unclassified felonies, with a gun specification on each charge.The gun specifications carried a mandatory one-year sentence each, which are to be served consecutively. Gillespie currently is housed at the Correctional Reception Center in Orient. He was found guilty of the February 2016 deaths of Hannah Fischer, 21, and Frank Tracy Jr., 47, both of Paulding. Fisher and Tracy died “as a result of a single gunshot to the head,” according to their autopsy reports.

6-State Trooper Project to commence this weekend

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on OVI enforcement from Friday, December 2 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, December 4 at 11:59 p.m. Along with the OSHP, this high-visibility enforcement effort will include state police from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virgina. So far in 2016, OSHP troopers have made 23,333 OVI arrests. The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

Defiance Police Department is seeking information on an crash

The Defiance Police Department is seeking information on an crash involving a pedestrian that occurred Tuesday morning. According to police, the crash occurred at approximately 9:39 a.m. at the intersection of North Clinton Street and West Sessions Avenue when a pedestrian, who police did not identify, was struck by a white Ford pick-up truck, possibly an F-250 model, with an Ohio license plate. The truck fled the scene and was last seen traveling southbound on north Clinton Street. The pedestrian was transported by Defiance Fire Department to ProMedica Defiance Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Officials are asking anyone who may have information regarding the vehicle and driver involved the crash to contact the police department at 419-784-5050.

Defiance County grand jury returns indictments

A Defiance County grand jury has returned indictments against 46 year old Robert Fenter Jr. of Fort Loramie for domestic violence; and endangering children. The charges allege that on Nov. 12 Fenter caused, or attempted to cause, physical harm to a family member and created a substantial risk to the health and safety of a child. Authorities further allege Fenter has two prior convictions for domestic violence and one prior conviction for endangering children.
In other actions by the grand jury, a separate indictment has been handed down against 40 year old Matthew Baltrip, whose address is unknown Baltrip has been charged with interference with custody. The charge alleges that on July 1 he transported a female juvenile who was on electronic monitored house arrested to Tennessee and removed the female juvenile’s electronic monitor.

Williams County Land Bank closing in on demolishing its first property

Going, going, and almost gone…the Bryan Times reports the Williams County Land Bank is closing in on demolishing its first property and has been approached about taking on three others in Bryan, land bank board members learned at their monthly meeting Monday. The land bank could formally acquire the fire-damaged house at 503 S. Williams St. in Bryan this week and also received a price for demolition of $8,460, which includes removing all debris, according to land bank board chairman Brian Wieland. After some discussion, board members said they would ask for a revised price that includes removing tree stumps on the lot where necessary.

OSHP releases data from Thanksgiving weekend

Provisional numbers released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol show fewer motorists were killed on Ohio’s roadways this Thanksgiving Holiday than in recent years. Seven people were killed during the five day reporting period, from Wednesday until Sunday, November 27. This is a decrease from the past three years when 9 were killed in 2015, 23 were killed in 2014, and 17 were killed in 2013. The Patrol arrested 460 drivers for OVI, 454 for aggressive driving and 1,320 for not wearing safety belts.

Cecil man held on a $2 million bond on drug charges

A Cecil man is being held on a $2 million bond following his arraignment on drug-related charges in Paulding County. 31 year old Christopher Tressler was arraigned in Paulding County Common Pleas Court last Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to possession of methamphetamine and trafficking in drugs, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. According to the indictment, on Sept. 21 Tressler was in possession of 83 grams of methamphetamine. It also alleged that during the commission of the felony offense, $1,641 in cash was found in his pockets. Tressler was also in posession of several guns at his home that were allegedly used in the commission of the felony offenses. A pretrial hearing was set for 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 with trial on Feb. 7.

Defiance County grand jury has returned an indictment against one man charged with robbery

A Defiance County grand jury has returned an indictment against one man charged with robbery and six other offenses. 23 year old Daymon Walker, 23 of Hicksville, was indicted on multiple charges of robbery, attempted grand theft and other charges. Authorities allege that on Nov. 9, following a traffic crash on Defiance-Williams County Line Road in Defiance County, Walker threatened, or attempted to inflict, physical harm while trying to steal a vehicle from another person so he could flee the scene. Authorities further allege that Walker attempted to steal three separate individuals’ vehicles, causing damage to two of them, one of which was used as a volunteer fire department vehicle. He also allegedly caused injury to another male by punching him in the face.

State Auditor warning school districts about pitfalls of open enrollment

The state’s auditor is sending a message to all of Ohio’s school districts to beware of the pitfalls that can come with open enrollment, which can cost schools up to $1 million. When a student decides to leave one school district and enroll in another, state funding follows the student to the new district. But state auditor Dave Yost says his office found that some districts over-extend their open enrollment by taking in too many students and therefore needing to invest in more resources. For example, Yost says Coventry Local School District in the suburbs of Akron could save $1.6 million by reducing open enrollment, which right now makes up 37% of its roster.

Bryan Municipal Utilities will continue selling off extraneous assets through Wednesday

Through tomorrow, Bryan Municipal Utilities will continue selling off extraneous assets in the middle of shopping season. Among the items tapped for sale in the sealed-bid, open-to-the-public auction are some pick up trucks, an electric golf cart, a Carolina HV20 band saw, a 20-inch TV and a 15.5-foot fiberglass canoe. You can go to to look at all the items being sold. Again, bidding ends on Wednesday.