Archives for February 2020

Partee Gets CC

Chantel Partee of Defiance is placed on community control for four years for robbery and vandalism in a case from last spring. She will also pay $464.33 for damage at the Shell gas station on S. Clinton St. The judge reserved a prison sentence of 41 months, in case Partee violates terms of community control. Partee’s counsel admitted their client has a history of mental health issues. They added Partee is employed now…and sober.

Huizenga Recovers From Gunshot Wound

A Continental man is recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound that happened just before he was found not guilty of 11 child sex abuse charges. Michael Huizenga faced seven counts of rape and sexual battery during the four-day trial. He was taken to a ProMedica Toledo…they say he will make a full recovery.

Shock Case Update

A Defiance man will face child abuse charges, in connection to a case in Williams County. We reported earlier this month William Shock, 68, was arrested by the Defiance County deputies, following an investigation. Prosecutors say Shock inappropriately touched a juvenile during the summer of 2019. He is held at CCNO.

No One Hurt In Semi Wreck

A commercial truck, heading northbound on Highway 127, north of County Road 17, loses control, leaving the roadway to the east…rolling onto its side in a snow drift. The driver is okay. Ohio State Highway Patrol responded. No word on any citations in the crash, as the investigation continues by both state and local officials.

Gallardo Honored By CCNO

Andy Gallardo is named the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio’s top employee for 2019. Gallardo was honored with a plaque, during a CCNO governing board meeting. In October, he saved an inmate who tried to hang himself at the facility.

Barnett Case Update

A Wauseon woman, charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless homicide, as part of a seven-count indictment, pleads not guilty to each count. Amber Barnett, 19, is accused of causing the death of Kevin McFarland, sometime between Jan. 17-18. She was also charged with one count of felonious assault. Drug charges apply, also. Barnett is held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on $50,000 bond. A pre-trial hearing is set for March 31 in Fulton County.

Vet Meeting In Bryan

Sen. Sherrod Brown’s staff met with veterans in Bryan. Vets from Williams County attended the roundtable discussion with Anthony Eliopoulos, an outreach staffer in Brown’s office who specializes in veterans’ affairs. The meeting was organized by the Williams County Veterans Service Office. Brown’s team will take the veterans’ priorities back to Washington, where Brown sits on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

New Jobs Announced

Nova Tube & Steel, which bought land in the Delta area last year, has officially announced plans to open a new pipe and tube production facility there. Nova will install two new tube mills in Delta, expected to create about 100 jobs and generate an estimated $5.7 million in new annual payroll. The new facility will produce hollow structural sections and standard pipe. With headquarters in Montreal, Canada, Nova Steel will invest more than $70 million in the new facility.

NSCC Gets Funding

Northwest State Community College gets a $513,000 investment from JobsOhio, to enhance and expand the college’s workforce education and development efforts. The funds are part of a $1.5 million investment JobsOhio is making in northwest Ohio. The specific programs at Northwest State that will benefit are Machining and Industrial Automation Maintenance. The investment made by JobsOhio will benefit a total of eight educational institutions and is a new funding source to the area for workforce education, training and development.

One Dead In Motorcycle Crash

Authorities in Steuben County are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash, near the intersection of County Roads 700 N and 925 E, in rural Clear Lake Township. Emergency crews found 48-year-old Kenneth Byrd of Fremont. They were able to begin treatment, but Byrd died at the scene. Investigators say Byrd was traveling south at a high rate of speed. That’s when he went off the road, hitting a wooden post, brush, and then a large stack of firewood. He was not wearing a helmet. They do not believe alcohol was a factor. The crash remains under investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.