Family Safe After Blaze

A family of 6 is okay after they escape a house fire at US 6 west home, near Corunna. Witnesses say the building was a good distance back off of the highway. Flames could be seen a mile away. One child suffered from smoke inhalation but is in fair condition. The family’s home is a complete loss. The Red Cross was called in to assist. Crews from Corunna, Garrett, Waterloo and Hudson responded. It took 45 minutes to get the flames under control. An investigation is underway at this hour.

Close Call For Deetz

Randall Deetz, a former DeKalb County commissioner, escapes serious injury after falling through the ice while fishing on a pond near Waterloo, along County Road 23. When deputies arrived, Deetz was in the middle of the pond, submerged up to his neck…holding himself up by a rope that had been tied to a tree. Responders find a small boat on the shore…push it to Deetz…he gets in the boat until more help arrives. Deetz was checked out by emergency crews at the scene.

Gessel In Court

Steve Gessel of Lima, accused of two counts of rape, both first-degree felonies, and one count each of kidnapping…abduction…and unlawful sexual conduct with a minor…was in a Williams County courtroom. He now has a hearing set.

Ryan Is Indicted

Courtney Ryan of Bryan, is indicted in Williams County for a list of assault charges. Authorities allege on Jan. 1, she caused or attempted to cause harm to another person by means of a deadly weapon.

Laser Has Trial Set

Scott Laser, the Montpelier man accused of abducting a girl from Michigan and providing her with drugs, is scheduled to stand trial in March. Authorities say Laser took a 14-year-old girl on Nov. 23 and held her at his home on Monroe Street in Montpelier overnight against her will. They say he also solicited a different girl, age 13, for sex in 2017. Laser was arrested Dec. 7 and charged with methamphetamine possession and a list of kidnapping and sex related charges. He pled not guilty to all counts. He remains behind bars at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Blair Case Update

Tristen Blair is sentenced for reckless homicide and burglary to 36 months in prison in a Paulding County courtroom.. Blair pled no contest to homicide and guilty to burglary, as part of a plea agreement in December. The reckless homicide charge involves the death of Blair’s 3-month-old son, who died in October 2017. Prior to the plea agreement, Blair had been charged with murder.

Speeder Picked Up In Wauseon

Wauseon Police arrest a Chicago man after a high-speed chase on the Ohio Turnpike. Everardo Diaz was pulled over and brought in at mile marker 28. Diaz was cited with driving under suspension and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Lucas County Jail.

Harrington Gives Plea

A Montpelier theft case. Kruz Harrington, accused of stealing five guns from another man pled not guilty, this before Williams County Judge, JT Stelzer. Prosecutors say back on Dec. 13, he stole two handguns and three rifles. Harrington’s next court appearance is Feb. 4.

Blaze In Blakeslee

Fire breaks out at a Washington St. location in Blakeslee, damage was minimal. Fire officials say an electrical outlet shorted out. No one was hurt.

Tax Continues In Montpelier

Montpelier residents will see a small income tax renewal on their ballots in May. The Village Council passed the third reading of it now. The tax has been in place for the past 20 years, and helps fund the sewer separation process, which is mandated by the state.