Archives for July 2019

Bryan Man Dies In Afghanistan

A local tragedy. Officials with the Pentagon confirm a soldier from Williams County died while serving in Afghanistan. Pfc. Brandon Kreischer, he was 20, of Stryker, died in a firefight in the southern part of the country. They say it happened on Monday. Kreischer went to Bryan High School and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. An Afghan soldier was wounded and is in custody.

WC Doesn’t Make The Storm Cut

Williams County doesn’t get on the list of counties to receive a disaster declaration from the Department of Agriculture. Fulton County didn’t make it either. They were the only two counties in the northwest part of the state not to get on the declaration. Some local officials are surprised about that. They can produce data that shows Williams and Fulton counties have similar rates of prevented planting acres as other counties that were declared disaster. All this, in connection to a series of storms that hit the region in November.

Local Governments Discuss Aquifer

A newly formed council of governments…the result of local efforts to band together the nine counties in three states that draw water from the Aquifer, held its first organizational meeting in Bryan. Formally called the Ohio, Michigan, Indiana Council of Government, the panel marks its first priorities as identifying the aquifer boundaries through scientific studies for the purpose of future monitoring.

It Is That Time Again

Hey shoppers!…Seven hundred miles worth of potential treasure awaits this weekend. It’s the annual U.S. 127 Sale. It runs this Friday through Sunday. The yearly tradition now snakes its way through six states…Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama…from Addison, Michigan, in the north to Gadsden, Alabama, in the south. Furniture, antiques, books, clothing, jewelry and more will be out there.

Tax Holiday For Back To School

Back to school time means hitting the books for students, but with the help of a looming state holiday of sorts, parents shouldn’t have to hit their own books as hard to pay for necessary materials. The now permanent summertime sales tax holiday in Ohio, held each year on the first weekend of August, will begin this Friday and run through Sunday. Numerous items for school children will be exempt from sales and use taxes. Clothes, school supplies and more are under the summertime tax holiday.

Area Man Killed In Accident

A Swanton man dies in a solo crash in East Toledo. Officials say Donald Johnson was a passenger in a vehicle traveling northbound on Front Street. Then, the car, driven by Marion Leininger, veers off the road to the right…hitting a large metal support post. Both crash victims were taken to St. Vincent’s, where Johnson was pronounced dead. The investigation continues.

Oliver Brought In

Isaiah Oliver, accused of three armed robberies in Putman County is arrested. Officials tell reporters one victim said a man had held them at gunpoint and took cash and a cell phone. While gathering information from the victim, another officer found there were two other victims who reported being robbed at gunpoint by the same suspect. In the end, the victims identify Oliver as the suspect. He faces robbery charges.

Pair Brought In For Theft

The Indiana State Police arrests two Kendallville residents after a lengthy burglary investigation and a standoff with police. DeKalb County deputies were dispatched to a C.R. 4 location in Waterloo on a burglary call. When they arrive, they find the home ransacked with many items, including a pickup truck, reported stolen. Soon afterwards…the truck was returned to the property, but the suspects fled the scene. The investigation leads to the arrest of Cole Hankins and Robyn Funk. They both were taken into custody in the DeKalb County Jail, after a short confrontation with police.

BWC Proposal In Chambers

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will reduce premium rates for public employers an average of 10% next year, under a proposal discussed by the BWC’s Board of Directors and backed by Governor, Mike DeWine. If approved by the board, the reduction would save Ohio’s 3,700 school districts, cities, and other local government employers $17.8 million over their 2019 premiums. The governor lauded the proposal as a win for public employers and the state overall. It follows a 20% rate reduction for private employers that went into effect on July 1.

Truck Incident Under Investigation

Defiance Police is investigating the theft and subsequent crash of a CSX work truck. Officials say the vehicle was parked on the railroad tracks at the crossing on Squires Avenue…left unattended on the tracks east of the crossing. Minutes later, a CSX train approached from the west and struck the truck. No injuries reported. An investigation revealed the truck was stolen from the CSX offices on Jackson Avenue in Defiance. An investigation is underway at this hour.