Archives for December 2019

Drug Arrests In LC

Police in Lagrange County arrest two people on drug-related charges. Officials tell reporters Joseph Stewart is accused of drug possession, public intoxication, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. Keegen Bentley of Kendallville was brought in by Lagrange County deputies for a drug court violation. Both have court dates approaching, soon.

Disappointing OH Traffic Death Numbers

Governor, DeWine announces that deaths caused by traffic crashes on Ohio’s roads this year have increased over 2018, making 2019 one of the deadliest years on the highway in the Buckeye State this decade. A total of 1,119 people have been killed in traffic crashes in Ohio this year to date, as compared to 1,068 traffic deaths during the entire year of 2018. Overall, traffic fatalities have increased in five of the past six years. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, more than 91,000 distracted driving crashes occurred in Ohio from 2013 to today, resulting in more than 47,000 injuries. A total of 305 people were killed in distracted driving accidents during the same period.

IDEM Budget Woes Detailed

Funding for the Indiana agency that oversees hazardous spills and the safety of water and air has been decreasing over the last decade, a report by a nonprofit organization concludes. The Environmental Integrity Project’s report also says the slashes in funding for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management happened even as the state government’s spending budget increased. Officials add IDEM’s budget lost nearly $35 million in the last decade, accounting for inflation. The agency’s budget comes from various sources, including the state’s overall fund, federal money and income from waste permit fees.

Jobs Numbers Improve

All counties, including Williams County, in the northwest corner of Ohio saw unemployment rates drop from October in November. In Williams County’s it was 3.2 percent, down slightly from 3.4 percent in October, September and August. The county’s rate remains one of the lowest in the state and is the lowest in the four-county area by 0.5 percent. An estimated 18,300 of Williams County’s 18,900-person work force were employed in November 2019. Defiance County’s jobs rate for November was 4.1 percent.

Keep Bryan Clean

The City of Bryan has created a new position, one it hopes will lead to a neater and cleaner appearance. The city council voted unanimously to the full-time role that will eventually pay $13 to $15 an hour. The main purpose of the job?…to clean up urban blight in the city.

Looking For A Job

The Census Bureau is seeking thousands of temporary workers to help conduct its 2020 count in Ohio. Workers are needed to interview residents and update address lists. The Bureau also is seeking field supervisors, recruiting assistants, clerks and office supervisors for its eight field offices. The positions will pay between $14 and $23.50 an hour. Census Day is April 1. It is unclear how many people will be hired in the state. The Census Bureau hired 24,000 temporary workers for the 2010 count. The bureau is seeking around 88,000 applicants in Ohio and has received about 36,000 so far. Job offers will be made between January and April, with some positions lasting through September.

New IN Gun Rules

Indiana residents who’ve had felony convictions expunged from their criminal records are eligible, in most circumstances, to again buy and obtain a license to carry guns. The legal opinion responded to a question from an Indiana State Police lawyer about the gun rights of people who’ve had criminal charges removed from their records by a judge several years after those convictions.

Crash On 15

Everyone is okay after a two car crash at Ohio 15 and Ohio 576. Officials say a pickup turned onto County Road I…and into a pickup, heading south on 576. The six people in the second vehicle, including a few kids, were treated at the scene and released. The driver of the initial vehicle is cited for an improper turn. The wrecked vehicles could be seen from the road for a few hours.

Injury Accident In GT

A Michigan man is hurt in a solo crash in Gorham Township. Troopers say a semi, with Tonin Beleshi of Sterling Heights behind the wheel, went off the left side of the road on Highway 20 at County Road 22. The big rig then overturns into a power pole. Beleshi was taken to Fulton County Health Center with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is not a factor in the crash, they add. The roadway was closed for several hours, between County Road 20 and 22, to remove the truck. An investigation into the crash is underway by both state and local officials at this hour.

Holcomb Touts Ed Boost

Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb says last year’s historic unprecedented education spending increase is just now finding its way to teacher paychecks. Holcomb says the raises were negotiated district by district between September 15 and November 15. He tells reporters his goal is to put Hoosier teacher pay in the top three among Indiana’s neighboring 10 or 11 states.