Archives for December 2012

BRYAN MAN ARRESTED AFTER RUNNING FROM THE LAW

A Bryan man has been picked up on a warrant.
Travis Bauer of Lakeside Circle was arrested Saturday afternoon on a warrant out of the Bryan Municipal Court. Bauer was also charged with resisting arrest after he tried to run from the arresting officers. Bauer was locked up at CCNO.

MANHUNT TURNS UP ROBBER

A four hour long manhunt yesterday morning resulted in the arrest of a 19 year old man in Unity.
Police say Andrew Ratliff robbed the West Unity Main Stop on East Jackson Street Saturday night just before midnight. He took off on foot and officers along with canine units from the Williams and Defiance county Sheriff’s offices tracked him to a home just south of Unity.
Ratliff was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. He was placed behind bars at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.
There were no injuries reported in the robbery and the investigation is still open.

BRYAN COUNCIL TO MEET ONE MORE TIME IN 2012

The Bryan City Council will meet in special session today at 10 a.m. in the council meeting room of the Don North Municipal Building.
On the agenda this morning… the 2013 budget. Council is also expected to authorize salary ranges and classifications, and also to decide on hiring a city attorney.

WAUSEON HOME DESTROYED BY BLAZE

A Wauseon home was destroyed in a fire over the weekend.
Firefighters were called to 15236 Fulton County Road A at 11:45 Saturday morning.
The two-story home was fully engulfed when crews arrived on scene.
The residents were home at the time of the blaze but officials said the family was able to escape without injury.
The home was ruled a total loss.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. however, officials said it does not appear to be suspicious.

AREA EMPLOYMENT RATES RELEASED

Unemployment rates in the area increased slightly between October and November.
The largest increase was Fulton County, where unemployment went from 6.2 percent in October to 7.1 percent in November. Defiance, Williams and Putnam counties all had increases of only 0.1 percent. Only Williams and Fulton counties’ unemployment rates were above the state’s rate of 6.8 percent.
November jobless rates in area counties currently look like this:
Defiance County, 6.4 percent; Henry County, 6.3 percent; Paulding County, 6.2 percent; Williams County, 6.9 percent; Fulton County, 7.1; and Putnam County 5.0 percent.
The regional trend goes against the state and national trend.

COUNTERFEITER CHARGED

A man who said he was homeless was in Federal Court last week… facing charges for making and using fake money and credit cards.
According to court documents, it all began October 31, when a woman tried to use fake $10 bills to purchase a prepaid gift card at the Angola Walmart.
When police were called to the scene, the officer remembered a tip about a counterfeiter staying at an Angola apartment. The officer went to that apartment and found the same vehicle the woman was seen getting in at Walmart.
After getting a search warrant, police went inside the apartment and found Scot Silvers printing money.
Officers seized lots of counterfeit money, debit, and credit cards, and a printer.
They also found birth certificates and drivers licenses for several different names and states.
Silvers admitted to making money and dozens of credit cards.
He said he’s homeless and had given out about $100 in $10 bills to help people.
Silvers is facing charges for counterfeiting and having counterfeiting equipment.

BRYAN WATER DEPARTMENT REMINDS USERS OF FREEZE DANGERS

As we enter the winter season, the Bryan Water Department reminds residents to protect their water lines from freezing:
Protect exposed pipes from cold air drafts.
Provide proper insulation for walls and pipes where necessary.
If pipes cannot be shielded from the cold or the residence has a history of freeze-ups, run a small stream in an inside faucet to keep the water moving through the pipes when temperatures reach the single digits. Make sure the drain is not plugged or blocked.
Keep your thermostat set above 55 degrees, even if you will be away for several days.
Be sure you and other household members know where your main shut-off valve is located in case an emergency occurs.
If your pipes freeze despite these precautions, do not try to thaw them with a torch. If you encounter a burst pipe, be aware of standing water and electrical wires; an electrocution hazard may be present. Call a licensed plumber or the Bryan Water Department, 419-633-6100 during regular business hours and 419-633-6150 after hours, if you are not sure what to do.
The Bryan Water Department cannot work on private service lines or plumbing, but water personnel can confirm that the service line to your property is thawed.
For more winter weather tips, please go to Bryan Municipal Utilities Web site:
www.cityofbryan.net/ConsumerTips.asp.

WEST UNITY DECIDES ON BUDGET

The 2013 appropriations ordinance for the village of West Unity was passed last night.
The new budget is less… $1,536,225 for 2013 compared to $1,908,548 for 2012.
Salaries will also be decreased in 2013.
The 2012 budget allowed for pay increases planned at 50 cents per hour, however only a 25 cents per hour increase was approved in March of 2012.
For 2013, a 20 cents per hour pay increase was approved starting in January.

MUSEUM ADJUSTS HOURS

The Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is changing its hours of operation beginning Wednesday.
New hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The museum is located in the original 1930s national headquarters of the legendary Auburn Automobile Company and is a National Historic Landmark.

SNOW OVER. NOT AS BIG AS EXPECTED

The large snowfall that was predicted never made it on Wednesday, but the windy conditions made driving treacherous throughout the region.
Police responded to numerous accidents on Wednesday due to snow- and ice-covered roadways.
Defiance County officially received 2.2 inches of snow on Wednesday… the same for Paulding and Williams counties. Henry County received 2 inches. Putnam County had 2.9 inches, and Fulton County saw the most… getting 3 inches.
The National Weather Service says that while the region as a whole did not get the 5-7 inches of snow as predicted, many individual locations did receive the forecast amount.