Archives for March 2018

Trial Thrown Out

An area drug trial of a Napoleon man becomes a mistrial after one of the jurors makes an unauthorized search on Google. Apparently the web search was made in reference to the definition of a legal term in the case of Curtis Otto. With no opposition from the prosecution, the motion for mistrial was granted. A scheduling conference is now set to take place on April 5.

Teens In Napoleon IDd

Napoleon Police releases the names of two teens found dead last week inside a vehicle in the parking lot of an area business. Annabelle Tipton-Patterson, 15, Napoleon, and Darren Pinson, 18, Liberty Center were found unresponsive after police were dispatched to the Independence Drive location in Napoleon last Saturday.

Police Want Moll

A Montpelier man is wanted after breaking the conditions of a previous arrest. Tim Moll was originally charged with drug possession last October. At that time, he filed for drug intervention and treatment, in lieu of criminal prosecution one month later. He was released from the jail in Stryker, under conditions that he comply with a three-year drug intervention program, administered by the Williams County Adult Probation Office. In March, he violated conditions of his bond after he was charged with an alcohol-related offense in Indiana. The warrant for his arrest still stands since then.

Drug Arrests On The Toll Road

Two West Virginia residents are brought in on drug and paraphernalia charges after a traffic stop on the Indiana Toll Road, near the Howe/LaGrange exit. Officers say they could smell marijuana in the car. A search netted the drugs, as well as a quantity of heroin. Edward Butler and Tiffany Dicapua were taken to the LaGrange County Jail. A small child in the car was released to his mother. Both have court dates, soon.

Bridge Job Approved

Williams County Commissioners give their OK on the winning bid for a bridge repair project on County Road 20. They approved a $559,076.34 bid by Vernon Nagle Inc., of Napoleon. Officials say the bid beat out R.G. Zachrich Construction, of Defiance, and Miller Bros Construction of Archbold. The bridge is located just north of Springfield Township.

Stabbing Leads To Arrest

A 21 year old Garrett man is in the DeKalb County Jail after he was arrested by Indiana State Police following a stabbing. Investigators told reporters Justin Shutt and his mother were involved in a verbal argument at a Center Street address in Waterloo. Shutt’s step-father intervened…that’s when Shutt produced a pocket knife and stabbed him in the left arm. Shutt faces battery charges. The victim was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

Big Rig Fire In Steuben Co

Crews take on a semi fire on the northbound side of I-69, just south of exit 353 in Steuben County, this near The Fremont Outlet Mall. The fire was extinguished in under an hour. No word on injuries. The blaze is under investigation.

West Faces Drug Charges

Rex West of Sturgis is arrested after a traffic stop on State Road 9 in Howe by Indiana State Troopers nets a find of methamphetamine, marijuana, and hydrocodone pills in his car. West was taken to the LaGrange County Jail on drug possession charges, where he posted bond and was released. He faces the court in the coming weeks.

Truck Crash Causes Mess

A semi accident on Highway 24, near Ohio 49 leads to a fuel spill that closes the roadway for a time. The big rig, driven by Gary Reece of San Jose, Ill., was eastbound on 24 when he hit a guardrail, breaking open a fuel tank. More than 250 gallons of diesel spilled, leaving a big mess for crews to clean up. Reece was not injured.

Bond Set For Montez

Judge, Joseph Schmenk set bond at $5 million for Jeno Montez of Dallas, Texas in a Defiance courtroom. Montez was arraigned on five counts of cocaine trafficking. He pled not guilty to the charges.