Archives for October 2019

Trucks Burn In NH

New Haven Fire and Police are investigating a semi fire at a truck dealer just east of town. They were called to I-469 and U.S. 30 East, after people driving by saw the flames and called 911. Crews found two semi-truck cabs on fire inside a locked and gated area at Ruble Truck Sales on Dechell Drive. One truck was fully engulfed, and the fire had already spread to the other cab as well. The flames were soon put out. At this hour, investigators are working to see if the fire started within one of the trucks’ engines, or if someone started it intentionally.

Taylor Gets A Year

Phil Taylor, the Bryan man accused of shooting and killing four dogs at his now-estranged wife’s home, back in June, is sentenced to 12 months in prison. The defense argued that serious health concerns, including mental health issues, on the part of Taylor be considered during sentencing. Additionally, alcohol was cited as playing a large role in the incident. The prosecution countered Taylor had a history of domestic violence issues and that the violence was committed with malice in this case. Taylor reports to CCNO on Monday.

Smith Case Comes To A Close

An Edon man is sentenced to six years in prison in the traffic death of an Edgerton couple last year. Prosecutors accused John Smith of being under the influence at the time. Smith pled guilty in a Williams County courtroom to vehicular homicide, DUI and more. Back in May, 2018, Smith collided head-on with another vehicle on U.S. 20, near Ohio 49. The driver of the other vehicle, David Williams and his wife, Roberta, both of Edgerton, were killed in the crash.

Early Voting Update

So far, more than 500 Williams County voters have already cast ballots for the Nov. 5 general election. That includes those mailed or hand-delivered to the board office, along with ballots cast at voting machines in the elections office in Bryan. Early voting began Oct. 8. The elections office is open extended hours for in-person voting or hand-delivered absentee ballots.

Robbery In LC

A Liberty Center convenience store is robbed. Police are still looking for the suspect at this hour. Deputies were called in to the Liberty Main Stop on Ohio 109. They say an unknown black male entered the store with a handgun and left with the loot. It’s not known how much the suspect got. He left the scene in a silver Dodge Charger. The investigation continues.

Blaze Handled In Defiance

Several area fire departments are called to a structure fire in rural Defiance on Bowman Road. Officials tell reporters the blaze damaged the attic and roof area of the home. The South Richland, Delaware and Defiance fire departments helped out, fighting the blaze. An investigation into the fire continues at this hour.

Towns Case Update

Proceedings continue in Bryan Municipal Court for Williams County Sheriff, Steve Towns. As we reported, he faces two misdemeanor offenses, concerning a disclosure of information related to an investigation. Three counts of improperly releasing child abuse reports have been dismissed. Towns, who remains at his post, was granted a personal-recognizance bond when the charges were filed earlier this year. Two were filed in June, followed by three in August.

More Bucks For CCNO

The Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio governing board sets a 2020 operating budget that includes good news for its members. The $19 million budget is about $67 thousand dollars more this year, it’s a 3.6 percent increase.

Local Companies Recognized

Women in Transportation’s official magazine, Redefining the Road, releases the 2019 list of Top Companies for Women to Work For in the transportation industry. Both Keller Logistics Group and affiliate, Thomas E. Keller Trucking, made this year’s list. More than 150 nominations and nearly 11,000 votes identified the 86 companies on the list.

Boo To You

With Halloween this Thursday, various “Trick or Treat” celebrations are going on this week, as area communities get ready for ghosts and other goolish visitors. Bryan will have a trunk or treat on Thursday, from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on the west side of the square in downtown. The event features vendors with treats, a costume contest and more.