Archives for April 2013

EDGERTON NOW IN NEW OFFICES

The old elementary school on Michigan Avenue in Edgerton is now officially the new village office, after village employees moved in last week.
The village offices were formerly in the historic town hall, which was destroyed in a June 2010 storm, and then in the former middle school building on East River Street.
What once was a band room is now the council chamber.
There’s a new police-fire training room with Internet, PowerPoint projectors, white boards, chalk boards and bulletin boards.
The old school gymnasium is still exactly as it was when it was a school. Nothing has changed there. The gym will be opened for public use later this summer.
Also, playground equipment is still available outside.
The Bryan Times reports that Edgerton Village council is also working out a plan to lease eight empty rooms upstairs.
The renovation cost to the village was $800,000.

SCHOOLS ON PATH TO SHARE SERVICES

Two local school districts plan to share services in order to save money.
On Monday, The Edon Northwest Board of Education approved a plan to share treasurer and psychologist services with Edgerton Local Schools.
The change for will go into effect July 1st. Edon Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Kerry Samples will serve both districts, saving each district $36,000 annually.
The Bryan Times reports that board members also agreed to share services with Edgerton for Psychologist Tammy Bostelman, also effective July 1.
Edgerton’s school board still needs to approve the measures to make them final.

CRASH INVESTIGATION COULD TAKE A YEAR OR MORE

What will most certainly be a lengthy investigation is now underway into that Saturday plane crash in Williams County that killed a Michigan pilot and injured his passenger.
The Defiance post of the Ohio Highway Patrol and investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were on the scene Monday following the crash at the Bryan Aero Park.
According to the FFA, since the crash resulted in a fatality, the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation which could take up to a year or more.
62 year old Leslie Dean of Ann Arbor, the pilot of a 2010 self-assembled single-engine Highlander aircraft was killed in the crash. His passenger, 51 year old Kent Hyne, also of Ann Arbor, was admitted to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo but has reportedly since been discharged.
Dean was attempting to land on the east-west grass landing strip at approximately 8:30 Saturday morning when another aircraft was also attempting to land from the opposite direction. When the pilots saw each other, they each aborted their landings. Dean’s plane lost power and crashed into a cornfield.
The other plane landed safely.
Since 1982, seven planes have crashed in the Bryan area.

BOATING SAFETY CLASS TO BE HELD IN PAULDING

A boating education course will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Five Span Marina in Paulding County. The course helps Ohio boaters comply with state law that requires operators of engine-powered boats to complete such a course. Cost is $5. Pre-registration is required.
To register, call 419-836-6003 or visit watercraft.odnr.gov.state.oh.us. The course will cover navigation rules and signs, boating laws and safety equipment.

ARCHBOLD HONORED BY ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION

Archbold has once again been designed a Tree City. It’s the 30th year that the city has been honored by the Arbor Day Foundation. The designation means the city is committed to forest management by having a tree commission, tree-care ordinance, adopts an Arbor Day observation/proclamation and has an annual forest budget of at least $2 per capita.

WEST UNITY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF WEAPONS VIOLATIONS

45 year old Anthony W. McCoy of West Unity was found guilty Friday after a two (2) day trial, by a Williams County Jury of Having Weapons While Under Disability, a felony of the third degree. According to Prosecutors, McCoy was originally indicted in December for knowingly acquiring, having, carrying or using a firearm. Mr. McCoy had been previously convicted of a violent felony.
McCoy is scheduled for sentencing on June 13th.

BRYAN PLANE CRASH CLAIMS MICHIGAN MAN’S LIFE

Since 1982, seven planes have crashed in the Bryan area. One more went down over the weekend.
A Michigan man’s plane crashed Saturday morning just north of Bryan.
The pilot, 62 year old Leslie Dean of Ann Arbor died Saturday afternoon at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo where he was taken following the crash. His passenger, 51 year old Kent Hyne, also of Ann Arbor, was admitted to St. Vincent’s.
Police say a plane enthusiast group met Saturday morning for a fly-in at the Bryan Aero Park. That’s where Dean’s 2010 home made single-engine aircraft was attempting to land at approximately 8:30 a.m. when another aircraft was also attempting to land from the opposite direction.
The pilots saw each other and at the last second, both aborted their landings, Dean’s plane lost power and crashed into a cornfield. The other plane landed safely.

ALCOHOL LISTED AS CAUSE OF SATURDAY NIGHT WILLIAMS COUNTY CRASH

One man was arrested Saturday after a crash near the Ohio-Indiana border.
It happened just before 10:30 Saturday night on Steuben County Road 1000 E at the intersection of Williams County Road L.
Police say 30 year old Logan Norton of Pleasant Lake, Ind., was traveling west on County Road L in Williams County when he ran a stop sign, went off the road, hit an embankment and a fence, and then ended up a field.
A passenger, 34 year old Nathan Norton, also of Pleasant Lake, broke a hip and received facial injuries in the crash.
Logan refused medical treatment at the scene and was taken to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office for further investigation and later charged with driving while intoxicated.
Police say neither person was wearing a seatbelt.

NO ARRESTS DURING BRYAN SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT

The Highway Patrol announced on Friday that there would be a sobriety checkpoint in Williams County over the weekend. There was, and fortunately none of the over 500 vehicles processed at that checkpoint in Bryan Saturday night turned up an intoxicated driver. There were no arrests resulting from the checkpoint that was set up on US 127 just south of the Ohio 15 split north of Bryan between the hours of 9pm and midnight Saturday.
In addition to the checkpoint, troopers worked saturation patrols in the area, and thye report that there were no other arrests there as well. Also, The Ohio Investigative Unit did six site checks at establishments with liquor permits and no violations were found in any of them either.

WAUSEON POLICE RECEIVE NEW LASER SPEED GUN

The Wauseon Police Department has been awarded a valuable new piece of equipment.
At a district grant meeting held in Bowling Green on Friday, the Ohio Traffic Safety Office presented the department with a new Laser Technology TruSpeed 100 laser speed gun. The Wauseon Police Department plans to put it into service in three weeks, beginning on Monday, May 20.
The department was awarded the $2,000 piece of equipment in recognition of its participation in two major enforcement programs: “Click It or Ticket,” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”