Archives for May 2019

Guerrero Faces Charges

Raziel Guerrero of Napoleon faces felony charges after leading law enforcement on a chase. Guerrero is accused of aggravated burglary and felonious assault with specifications, both first-degree felonies…and one count of failure to comply with the order of a police officer, a third-degree felony. Guerrero was granted court-appointed counsel and pled not guilty to the charges. A pretrial hearing is set for June 24. Bond for Guerrero is $500,000.

Frisbie Memorial Update

A police officer remembered. Funeral services for Williams County Sheriff’s Deputy, Mick Frisbie, will be held at an area funeral home. County residents have been asked to lower their flags to half-staff through Sunday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Fraternal Order of Police Captain Custar Lodge 181 Scholarship Fund in memory of Frisbie’s service to Williams County.

Rain Woes In NW OH

Many farmers in the region are worrying about this year’s crops. The National Weather Service has reported in May, there were only five days without precipitation in Defiance. Rainfall totals were approximately an inch above normal. Further south, near Lima there were six days without precipitation in the same time frame, but with more rain. The Lima area got almost seven inches…also above normal. Because of all that, officials say only 22% of the corn crop has been planted…only 11% of soybeans are now in the ground. That compares to 80% and 65%, respectively, for the same time last year. Wheat farmers are expressing similar concerns.

It Is Relay Time

Relay for Life of Paulding County puts on an event tonight from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday. This year’s theme is iRelay. The annual event, which is open to the public, will be held at the Paulding County Fairgrounds. This year’s relay will have 25 teams that will be conducting various fundraising events during the relay. The fundraising goal is $60,000.

Store Robbed In New Haven

New Haven Police are searching for a suspect involved in attempted armed robbery at a Dollar General on S.R. 930 East. Officials tell reporters the suspect brandished a handgun while entering the store. Police described the suspect as a black man…6 feet tall…150 lbs. He was wearing a red bandana over his face. The investigation continues.

Fitch Heads To Prison

An Angola man pleads guilty to a drug charge in connection to a police chase in 2016. Andrew Fitch, was accused of intent to distribute methamphetamine. The U.S. District court sentenced him to ten years and one month in prison, followed by five years of supervised release. Police arrested Fitch after he crashed his motorcycle to end a brief chase…that’s when officers reportedly found drugs and cash on him…to the tune of 66 grams of methamphetamine, paraphernalia and $1655 dollars.

New Baby Box In Defiance

The city of Defiance now has a baby box location. City Council there okayed the plan. It will be set up at the city fire department at Perry and Third streets. The boxes are considered by city officials as a better alternative in a bad situation…when a parent chooses to abandon an infant child. The box is heated and will include an alarm that alerts city safety personnel that an infant has been placed there.

Holgate Ed Signs Hughes

Holgate education officials meet in special session to hire a new principal. Brian Hughes, who currently serves as assistant principal and athletic director at North Central Local Schools…is now the Holgate Middle/High School principal. Hughes replaces Keith Robinson, who announced his resignation at the April 15 meeting of the board. Robinson served one year in that position. Hughes was approved for a two-year contract at $81,000 a year.

Deadly Crash In Franklin Twp

Three people die and three others are hurt in a four-vehicle crash on the Ohio Turnpike in Franklin Township. A semi left the roadway and went into the median…then into the westbound lanes. Debris, as well as an unhitched trailer, rolling down the highway, caused other accidents as well. The victims were in another car. The crash remains under investigation…officials tell reporters alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident.

Bad Accident On 20

Two people are airlifted from the scene of a crash in LaGrange County, at the intersection of U.S. 20 and S.R. 3. A pickup collided into a small SUV, head-on. Kevin Schrock of Orland was westbound on 20, approaching 3. Officials say the pickup pulled into the path of the SUV, driven by Michael Frost of Auburn. Frost was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital with fractures and internal injuries. One passenger in the SUV was airlifted to an area hospital.