Two Arrested After Chase

Two Bryan residents are brought in after a car chase with police. Cory Caulkins was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving under suspension. He was taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, pending an appearance in Bryan Municipal Court. His passenger, Anna Garver, was arrested without incident at the scene on a warrant from Defiance County. She also was taken to CCNO.

House Fire In Defiance

A Defiance home is badly damaged in a fire on Sherwood Drive. Crews found the home fully engulfed, with the fire starting in the back of the residence. Damage is estimated at $220,000 to the home, which was under renovation. The residence was unoccupied. Crews were on the scene for three hours and the fire remains under investigation.

Latta In Town

Congressman, Bob Latta will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Williams County Courthouse on Wednesday, from 9-11 a.m. Residents can meet individually with him and discuss the issues. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.

Feeling Good In Williams Co

Williams County ranks among the healthiest places to live in Ohio, that’s according to the 2019 County Health Rankings report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Of Ohio’s 88 counties, Williams County ranked 19th. Delaware County got the top slot while the lowest ranking counties were Vinton, Jackson, Pike and Adams counties, along the Ohio River.

BWC Drug Case In Court

Ohio is suing a company that managed prescription benefits for the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, seeking to recover nearly $16 million in alleged overcharges for the fund for injured workers. Attorney General, Dave Yost says OptumRx Administrative Services managed drug prescriptions for BWC clients but didn’t provide the contractually arranged discounts on generic drugs between 2015 and 2018.

Slone Found Dead

A Kendallville man, missing since mid-February is found dead near where he was last seen. John Slone was reported missing on February 14 by his mother. She said her son had not been heard from since February 7. He was last seen on February 6 on Mapes Rd by a relative. Noble County authorities received a report of a possible deceased person in a swampy area near the residence Slone was last seen at. Slone’s body was found and later identified in an area that was covered in ice and snow when it was previously searched by investigators. The case is still under investigation, pending autopsy reports. Police believe there was no foul play involved.

Dennis Brought In

Officers in Williams County serve a warrant in the arrest of Jeremy Dennis, charging him with a community control sanction violation. They arrived at the Meadowbrook Apartments on High St. in Defiance. After a search, they find Dennis and bring him in.

Morton Inked Thru 22

The terms of the new school superintendent’s contact is handled by the Defiance City Board of Education. Board members approved the superintendent employment contract terms with Bob Morton through 2022.

Ominous Device Unveiled

Hicksville Schools’ first mass casualty weapons detector ever is installed at the high school entrance. The Screen and Flow Weapons Detector screens all who enter the building and flow through the new device, which resembles a metal detector someone may find at a courthouse or airport entrance.

Red Tape Cutter Jammed

An Ohio state agency, designed by then-Gov. John Kasich’s administration to cut through state bureaucracy, is now itself backlogged. The Common Sense Initiative was formed in 2011 to help make Ohio business-friendly. The agency’s backlog totals 1,233 business regulation rules for review, hundreds of which had not been addressed by the agency. Backlogged rules include rules on alcohol and drug testing, health-product standards, drinking-water standards and water-source protection.