Tagliaferri Case Update

The grandmother of three boys, allegedly molested by an Angola man, took the stand in Steuben Superior Court. A 12-person jury was selected and heard seven felony charges pending against Tylarr Tagliaferri. He is accused of forcing the boys, six to ten years old, to perform a sex act on him in his home. This…between April and August of 2015.

Guess IDd In Swanton Derailment

The driver of an SUV that caused a train derailment in Swanton on June 6 is identified at 25-year-old Logan Guess of Delta. Investigators say Guess abandoned her vehicle after it became stuck on the railroad tracks on Main Street, north of U.S. 20A. It was then hit by a Norfolk Southern train., causing the derailment of 15 train cars and damage to five nearby passenger vehicles. No injuries were reported. The accident caused a power outage, affecting more than 4,000 customers. No charges have been filed against Guess…the investigation continues.

Still No Identification In Maumee Case

Defiance County deputies release more information on that body recovered from the Maumee River back in May, near the Ohio 127 bridge. A physical description has now been released…the victim?…a white male…5-4…150 pounds. A tattoo on the right side of the body reads ‘music’ while a tattoo on the right shoulder and back reads Gemini with stars below. Officials say the cause of death remains unknown until toxicology reports come back.

Torbet Changes Posts

Wauseon will lose its longtime police chief in August. Keith Torbet has been appointed to fill the vacancy being left by Public Service Director, Dennis Richardson, who is retiring on Sept. 1. Torbet will leave the police force Aug. 1 to work with Richardson for a month before taking over the office. No replacement for Torbet has been named.

Taylor Case Update

Philip Taylor, the Bryan man accused of killing four dogs earlier this month with a handgun, is indicted on six counts by a Williams County grand jury. Prosecutors say it all happened at Taylor’s home on County Road 13. He was arrested back on June 2 and booked at the Corrections Center in Stryker.

Duvendack Will Pay

A northeastern Indiana man who pled guilty in a DUI crash involving a horse-drawn carriage has been ordered to pay $427,000 in restitution to the crash victims. A Steuben County judge also sentenced Brady Duvendack of Fremont to 18 months’ probation. Officials tell reporters Duvendack was intoxicated when his car rear-ended the carriage on August 16th, 2017, ejecting four people from the buggy.

Defiance Alley Plan Moves Forward

A plan to turn Defiance’s downtown alleys into pedestrian walkways is approved by city council. J&N Builders of Defiance gets the $25 thousand dollar contract for the improvements…which entails extending curbs and stamped concrete in four Clinton Street locations…blocking traffic from entering the alleys. The project is part of the city’s initiative in recent years to increase pedestrian walking opportunities in the downtown area.

Strike News In Toledo

The union representing 950 nurses on strike against Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo says a tentative contract agreement has been reached. Nurses have been on strike there since May 6. The union says the agreement addresses many of the nurses’ concerns, including quality-of-life issues. Nurses complained shortages were forcing them to routinely work extra hours and be on-call day after day. The union plans to vote on the contract before the weekend.

ECOT Update

The sponsor of a huge online charter school that abruptly closed in Ohio agrees to repay the state $879,000. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow closed in January 2018 after the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West suspended sponsorship. Attorney General, Dave Yost says the repayment represents disputed sponsorship fee overpayments that the service center received from ECOT.

Injury Accident On 20

An Edon man is hurt after a head-on crash between a pickup truck and a semi on U.S. 20 in Steuben County. Franklin Figgins of Edon tried to pass a vehicle. then left the south side of the highway…across the center line…head on into another vehicle. Figgins was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital in serious condition. The accident is under investigation.