Archives for August 2019

School Threat Non Existent

Classes will be in session as usual at Eastside High School, after the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department investigated an alleged threat. The department’s School Resource Division received the report. Investigators found that while inappropriate comments were made, there is no threat to the school. The student at the center of the investigation will remain off school property. That individual’s parents were cooperative with the investigation, and the student was detained and turned over to Juvenile Probation.

Jobs Numbers For Fulton County

The unemployment rate in Fulton County was up slightly during the month of July, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The rate increased to 4.2 percent from 3.9 percent in June. Fulton County’s unemployment rate in July 2018 was 5.0 percent. The labor force in the county increased by 200, to 22,600. Among the state’s 88 counties, preliminary July 2019 unemployment rates ranged from a low of 2.9 percent in Mercer County to a high of 7.5 percent in Monroe County.

Nuke Plant Battle Update

Opponents, hoping to overturn the financial rescue of Ohio’s nuclear power plants and two coal-fired plants have cleared an initial hurdle to put the issue before voters next year. Ohio’s attorney general certified revised language submitted by Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts is a fair, truthful summary of the proposal. That means supporters can start collecting signatures from Ohio voters around the state that are required for the referendum to proceed. Supporters say it saves jobs and protects nuclear plants that account for nearly all of Ohio’s clean energy. Opponents criticize it as a bailout.


State officials say the Eastern equine encephalitis virus has been found in a horse in Ohio. Ohio Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Forshey says the confirmed case was in Ashtabula County. State officials say there have been no reports of any human cases associated with this latest outbreak in Ohio.

Injury Crash In Bryan

A 16-year-old boy is flown to Parkview Regional in Fort Wayne after a crash at Walnut and Wilson streets in Bryan. Officials tell reporters the driver of a vehicle heading south on Walnut, ran a stop sign hitting a motorcyclist. The rider has lower body injuries. The driver of the pickup was cited for neglecting a stop sign. The investigation into the crash continues.

Towns Trial Pushed Back

A pretrial hearing for Williams County Sheriff, Steve Towns is postponed for two months. Towns is facing four misdemeanor charges in an incident in which he posted around 400 pages of documents related to child abuse cases and other complaints…that Towns alleges chronicles the systematic and investigative failure of county family services agents. If convicted, he faces a maximum possible sentence of 14 months in jail.

Wirges Gets 5

David Wirges of Auburn is sentenced in a federal courtroom after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin and selling a firearm to a felon. Wirges gets 5 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. In March of 2018, a confidential informant made controlled buys of heroin from Wirges at his Auburn home…this, while Wirges was out on bond from drug charges pending against him in Dekalb County.

Savings At CCNO

Because of cost-saving efforts by Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio staff over the past nine months, the five member counties of the regional jail will see a reduction in their per diem costs in 2020.

Lauber Gives Money Handling Courses To Students

Lauber Insurance Group donates Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum to a trio of local schools. Pettisville, Archbold and Wauseon high schools will receive the material. Ramsey created Foundations in Personal Finance to teach students the value of saving, spending and giving to guide them down the path of financial literacy. More than four million students have taken the courses in middle schools, high schools and universities, nationwide.

Car Chase Ends In Crash

A Butler man on a motorcycle flees a traffic stop and crashes without a helmet in DeKalb County. It all started at US Highway 6 and Interstate 69. The rider turns north onto County Road 24, that’s when he loses control and smashes into a mailbox. He was ejected from the motorcycle. The man sustained head trauma and was flown to an area hospital. The incident is still under investigation and possible charges are pending.