Archives for January 2020

Fatal Crash ID

The woman killed in a two vehicle crash in New Haven Sunday morning has been identified. It is Joyce Eckelbarger, 80 of Fort Wayne. Police and medics were called to a Minnich Road location after an accident with a person pinned inside a vehicle. New Haven Police says witnesses reported seeing Eckelbarger’s SUV traveling southbound and then crossing the center line, into the path of an incoming utility pickup truck. The male driver of the other vehicle was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation continues.

Swancreek Twp Prepares For Taxes

Swancreek Township trustees hold the second of two public hearings on possibly adopting two permissive license taxes, but only one person showed up. Now, the township will decide whether to adopt the taxes, one available since 1987, the other authorized by Ohio legislators in 2019. They’re two of 11 permissive license taxes the state can permit townships and municipalities to collect from residents annually, through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The two $5 taxes Swancreek Township is considering would be collected in tandem. With other taxes in place, it comes to about 25 dollars monthly.

Child Care Incentives Touted

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is offering $3 million in incentives to help current publicly funded child care providers become rated or improve their rating. It’s all a part of the Step Up To Quality program…Ohio’s quality rating system for child care providers. Qualifying child care centers will earn $4,000, and family child care providers will earn $2,000 in incentives. By July, all Ohio licensed child care programs that receive state funding must participate in Step Up To Quality.

NAACP Backs Ballot Initiative

The state NAACP endorses an Ohio ballot initiative, aimed at streamlining the state’s voting process. The organization announced its backing for the Ohioans for Secure and Fair Elections measure. If voters approve it, Ohioans would be automatically registered to vote when conducting business at state Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices. Early voting locations would have to be open on the two weekends prior to Election Day. That would allow eligible voters to register and vote on the same day.

Hog Farm Gets Pushback

Some area residents say they plan to appeal a ruling, approving the permits to operate a 4,800-head hog farm in Pulaski Township. The Ohio Department of Agriculture, issued the approval for the Brown Swine Farm. The applicants, Robert and Sarell Brown, plan to build a new facility on Defiance-Williams County Line Road, just east of County Road 16. Michael Corwin and Tom Hall say they plan to submit an appeal. Their main concern?…property values in the area.

School Voucher Debate Grows

Just days before the next application window opens for Ohio’s biggest school voucher program, state lawmakers are considering changing the eligibility guidelines to avoid a sharp increase in qualifying locations. EdChoice, is supposed to help fund private school tuition for students from poor-performing districts and schools. That list of places was slated to more than double to over 1,200 schools for the next academic year, which raised concerns about funding and fairness, and prompted proposals to avoid such a spike.

Hands Free Law Passes IN House

The Indiana House endorses a proposal, banning motorists from using handheld cellphones, a step that supporters say is aimed at combating distracted driving. House members voted 86-10 in favor of the bill that only permits cellphone use with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies. The bill would broaden the state’s current ban on texting while driving that officials have said is unenforceable. Twenty-one other states already have similar bans. Supporters compared it to the adoption of seat belt laws. The proposal has Gov. Eric Holcomb’s support. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

Good Luck, Gang!

Lights…camera…action! Bryan residents, officials and mascots posed for a photo at the downtown courthouse square. Bryan Municipal Utilities took the snaps and shot a video of the gathering as part of a video application for “Home Town Takeover” HGTV’s upcoming television series. The TV show will select a town and remodel and renovate its downtown.

Malzahn Case Update

A Cleveland man, accused of breaking into a Defiance vehicle dealership and stealing a car, was the subject of a Defiance County grand jury. Christian Malzahn is charged with failure to comply with a police officer…grand theft…and breaking and entering. We reported back on Jan. 20, someone broke into Stykemain GMC Buick on Elliott Road, and stole property from inside the business. When deputies arrived, Malzahn was then trying to take a car from the lot. After the ensuing car chase ends in Wood County…he is picked up on charges.

Home Invasion Suspects In Court b

Four persons involved in a drug-related home invasion in Ney are indicted by a Defiance County grand jury. Tyler Rohrs…Dylan Jordan…Luke Daenens…and Kayla Hahn face aggravated burglary charges. Prosecutors say they entered The Bend Road home on Dec. 16th. They add they robbed the occupants at gunpoint. Both the suspects and the victims knew each other. Later that day, Rohrs apparently fired several gunshots at a Switzer Road address. He faces charges for that also.