Archives for April 2019

Laser Found Guilty

A verdict in the Scott Laser trial. Jurors concluded whether or not Laser abducted his son’s 14-year-old girlfriend last November, remains undetermined but on all other counts he is found guilty. The jury deliberated for seven and a half hours. Williams County prosecutors closed the state’s case, arguing that “Laser will do whatever he can to commit a crime and control his victims,” including impersonating a police officer to coerce a child. Defense Attorney Aaron Cook countered that Laser simply had an obsession with police gear that led to a misunderstanding. Laser will be held in custody until his sentencing hearing on May 20.

Fatality On The Ottawa

A man drowns while trying to rescue his dog from the Ottawa River. Police in Lima say the fast-moving water in the swollen river swept him more than a mile downstream. A coroner identified the victim as 35-year-old Eric Nolte of Lima. His body was found about an hour after he went into the river. Another person who was walking with Nolte was able to pull the dog out of the water to safety.

Mack Faces Charges

Gunplay in Defiance County leads to an arrest. Officers were dispatched to Power Dam Road on a shots fired call. There, they find a car had been hit several times by gunfire. Investigators determined the car’s owner, George Mack was the shooter. Mack refused to give many details to officers. No one was hurt. He now faces weapons and obstruction charges. The investigation continues.

New Leadership For WC Board

The Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities approves a motion to hire Jennifer Basselman as superintendent. Basselman currently serves as the business manager for the Fulton County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She will begin her new position on June 1. Basselman will replace Debra Guilford, who announced in January she will retire later this year.

Several Injuries In Local Accident

A crash on an area roadway. Several people are hurt after a five car accident on 127 at County Road 17. Officials tell reporters one truck rear-ended another vehicle. In the end, five vehicles were damaged the same way in the chain reaction crash. In all, 10 people were injured. Seven were taken to the hospital. An investigation into the crash continues.

Laser Trial Update

Attorneys make their closing arguments in the Scott Laser trial in a Williams County courtroom. They told the court Laser could be a bully who preys on the very young and the very old or he could be decent person with good intentions who makes bad decisions. The charges against Laser include abduction, obstruction, corruption of a minor, drug possession and more…he is accused of abducting a 14 year old girl and holding her at his Montpelier home in November.

Help Needed At OH Health

The Ohio Department of Health is seeking funding to hire more nursing home inspectors and improve the frequency of its inspections, which hasn’t kept pace with federal guidelines in recent years, partly because of a high turnover rate among the inspectors. A state audit found Ohio’s average time between nursing home inspections was 13.5 months for the 2018 fiscal year. The federal guideline is 12.9 months or less between inspections.

Dick Lugar Passes

One of the great lawmakers passes. Former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican foreign policy sage known for leading efforts to help the former Soviet states dismantle and secure much of their nuclear arsenal, but whose reputation for working with Democrats cost him his final campaign, died Sunday from a neurological disorder in Virginia. A soft-spoken and thoughtful former Rhodes Scholar, Lugar dominated Indiana politics during his 36 years in the U.S. Senate. He was 87.

Barn Fire Near Montpelier

Area crews tackle a barn fire. Fire teams from Montpelier, Pioneer, Bryan and Kunkle responded to the blaze on Ohio 576, north of Montpelier. A fast call to dispatch had crews at the scene of the blaze before it could gather strength…they had it out in ten minutes. Officials tell reporters it was caused by contact between an electric stove and some wood. Damage is light. No injuries reported.

Indiana Coffers Fatten

Indiana’s newly approved state budget anticipates the state keeping $2 billion in cash reserves, which Republican leaders maintain keeps the state protected in case of an economic recession. The plan, approved along party lines, projects that the reserves will amount to at least 11.5 percent of state spending. Democrats argue those figures are unnecessarily high and were reached by ignoring important needs.