Archives for February 2019

Deadly Ped Accident

A Fulton County man dies after he is hit by a commercial truck. Mark Shadbolt of Wauseon was in the middle of the roadway on Highway 20A. Officers tell reporters the truck, driven by Allen Eberly struck Shadbolt. The victim was taken to the Fulton County Health Center, where he died. The accident remains under investigation.

Frisbie Indicted

An area first responder will answer to perjury charges. Williams County deputy, Mick Frisbie has been indicted by a grand jury on a fifth-degree felony charge of perjury after review by a special prosecutor. The charge stems from alleged conflicting comments Frisbie made in connection to the officer-involved shooting death of John Anderson in June 2016 at Anderson’s home on U.S. 20, outside of Montpelier. Frisbie has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Feds Want Mendez

The FBI is offering $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of Juan Mendez…considered armed and dangerous. Mendez has warrants in both Fort Wayne and Houston, Texas. Investigators say he’s involved in drug racketeering, including murder and kidnapping, between 2015 and 2018 in Indiana and Texas. Mendez is 47…brown hair, brown eyes…5-8…190 to 250…with a scar on his chin and head.

Record Numbers At CCNO

The jail in Stryker is going set a record, holding and average of 636 inmates per day during 2018. The Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio opened in 1990 and has a maximum capacity of 642 beds.

Emergency Lines Down In Kendallville

Internet Technology crews are working to bring the primary phone lines for the Kendallville’s Police and Fire Departments back on line. Officials say the computer system that operates the network started malfunctioning, causing problems within the normal phone system. Crews hope to have it back up in the coming hours.

Loop Accomplice In Court

Zane Bartley…the second suspect in the Michael Loop murder trial…had a pre-trial hearing. Loop, along with Bartley is accused of breaking in to the Cecil home of Philip Koenn back in September. Prosecutors suspect Koenn discovered Loop and the confrontation ended in Koenn’s death. Bartley, is accused of complicity in the case…he helped break-in but didn’t commit the deadly act. He has pled not guilty in a Pauling County court room.

Gibson Gets 17 Years

The former leader of a motorcycle gang is sentenced to 17 years in prison on federal drug and gun charges. Shon Gibson of Rome City was accused with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm. It was December 2016 when police served a search warrant at Gibson’s home. There, federal authorities say, they find the meth…over $32,000 in cash…two AK-47 rifles and some hand grenades. Gibson is believed to be the former vice-president of the Escorts Motorcycle Club.

DeWine Tabs Acton To Run Health Department

Gov., DeWine nominates a licensed physician, with more than 30 years of experience in public health and preventive medicine, to direct Ohio’s health department. The governor announced the selection of Dr. Amy Acton to lead the office. Acton most recently served as a community research and grants management officer at the Columbus Foundation. She was also an assistant professor at Ohio State’s College of Public Health.

Gambling Debate In Indy

Indiana legislation that allows one of Gary’s casinos to move to Terre Haute and another to move inland, while permitting sports wagering, has cleared the Indiana Senate and is headed to the House. Under the bill’s sports gambling provision, any of the state’s casinos, racinos or satellite locations could apply to offer sports betting. Insiders say it’s unclear how the bill will fare in the House. Speaker, Brian Bosma tells reporters it represents a major expansion of gambling in the state…adding, some members of his caucus oppose all gambling bills.

Lowe Caught By Officers

Defiance Police brings in a Williams County man after a chase in Brunersburg. Nicholas Lowe is charged with failure to comply with a police officer. Officials tell reporters there will be additional charges against Lowe, pending a Defiance County grand jury. Officers attempted to stop Lowe’s vehicle in the Walmart parking lot on N. Clinton St. The suspect fled, traveling at high speeds before crashing on Ohio 15, near Haller Road. Lowe fled on foot and was later apprehended close to the crash scene.