Archives for October 2013

WILLIAMS COUNTY CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS KICKS OFF FRIDAY

The Bryan Kiwanis Club is planning its kick-off for the Williams County Christmas for Kids campaign on Friday. Becky McBride is coordinating the Kiwanis’ campaign, and she says that in 2012, Christmas for Kids provided gifts for 550 children in Williams County. A number of local schools are involved in the effort. Persons who want to donate can contact the Kiwanis Club at christmasforkids@yahoo.com.

NORTHWEST RECEIVES GRANT

Northwest State Community College has announced that the school has received a grant for the iSTAR ( or Innovative Strategic Training that Achieves Results) IT Specialist Certificate Program to run until March 31, 2016.
School officials say that although there have been some questions in the past on the grant’s status, it’s still very much active.
School officials say the grant is designed to address long-term unemployment, in some cases helping unemployed workers who had outlived their unemployment benefits and were unable to find jobs that fit their job skills.
The college works with local companies interested in hiring program graduates.
For more information, contact Northwest State Community College, or go to their website…www.northweststate.edu

IT’S UP TO THE VOTERS NOW IN BRYAN

If voters in the Bryan City School District approve the bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot, the existing middle school would be retained, but would be renovated specifically for preschoolers through fifth graders.
A new, two-story school would be built for grades six to 12 southeast of the middle school, and would include classrooms, along with a gymnasium and other common areas.
According to a report in the Bryan Times, the school board and administration will seek out experts in various fields, such as land development, roofing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and other specific areas of design and construction.
Although many details of the grade six to 12 school have not yet been decided, school officials do say it will be a two-story building with separate classroom and common areas including a gymnasium, media center, cafeteria, student dining area, and facilities for music and visual arts.
It’s all in the hands of district voters, who will make the final decision next Tuesday.

MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES TODAY IN DEFIANCE

Testimony in the trial of Judith Hawkey is expected to continue today in Defiance County Common Pleas Court.
Hawkey is charged with aggravated murder, four counts of endangering children, and insurance fraud.
Her trial began Monday. The prosecution’s first expert witness testified Wednesday.
Dr. Barbara Knox, a child abuse physician and pediatrician with the University of Wisconsin, was on the witness stand for approximately five hours yesterday.
The charges against Hawkey allege that she caused her then 10-year-old stepson, who is now 20, to shoot and kill her husband, the boy’s father, in November of 2003 at their home in Mark Center. Hawkey also allegedly abused the boy and committed insurance fraud by collecting benefits from her husband’s death.

SCHOOL LUNCH POLICY UNDER REVIEW

The meal payment plan policy at Ayersville Local Schools has come under the microscope this week following some parent’s Facebook posts.
Daniel Starr posted online [QUOTE] “My children came home on Monday to tell me that they were pulled out of the lunch line and told that they would not eat today (Monday).” He said that a total of 24 students were pulled from the lunch line that day because of lack of money in the students’ lunch debit system.
School officials counter that parental notification of low lunch balance should be made by email. Officials say when a student’s account reaches a certain low balance (designated by the parents), the child is handed a low balance receipt to take home to the parents. In addition, parents get an email to notify them about the balance.
Apparently, some parents are not getting the emails. The school says it will work on that.

SCHOOL THREAT UPDATE

Investigators now say a list of targeted victims was part of the attack planned at Edgerton High School.
Two teenagers were arrested and locked behind bars on Monday in connection with those plans.
According to law enforcement officials, the teens’ plans were credible and included a target list which included some staff members and students at Edgerton High School.
The two teenage boys that are being held are both students… one is from Edgerton and the other from Edon.
Both are being held in jail on charges of inciting violence.
A third teenager was questioned but was released according to the Bryan Times. Authorities say no more charges are expected to be filed against any other individuals in the ongoing investigation.

MURDER TRIAL CONTINUES IN DEFIANCE

A dozen witnesses testified for the prosecution Tuesday in the aggravated murder trial of an Oakwood woman in Defiance County Court.
The trial of 46 year old Judith Hawkey began Tuesday. Hawkey stands accused of aggravated murder; four counts of endangering children; and insurance fraud.
Prosecutors charge that she caused her then 10-year-old stepson who is now 20, to shoot and kill her husband, who was the boy’s father, back in November of 2003 at their home in Mark Center.
Hawkey also is accused of allegedly abusing the boy.
The defense argues that Corey Breininger shot his father accidentally, which was the county sheriff’s office ruling in 2003 as they were discussing gun safety.
The prosecution alleges the boy shot his father on his mother’s orders while he was sleeping.
Testimony continues today.

TWO TRUCKS INVOLVED IN FATALITY’

A crash early Tuesday morning involving two semis and resulting in the death of one of the drivers is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Police say a 2007 Volvo semi, operated by a man from Ontario, Canada was parked on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of U.S. 24 in Paulding County when a 2006 Freightliner semi hit it.
The impact caused the fuel tank of the Freightliner to rupture and both vehicles ignited. The Canadian driver was outside of his vehicle at the time of the crash and was only slightly injured.
The driver of the Freightliner, 53 year old Andrew Nowacki, also of Ontario, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Westbound lanes of U.S. 24 traffic remained closed until approximately 1:30 yesterday afternoon.

NAPOLEON BUSINESS PENALIZED BY OSHA

A local manufacturer of garage door hardware, Napoleon Spring Works, Inc., has been hit with $147,600 in proposed penalties by OSHA for 16 safety violations, including exposing workers to amputation hazards at its Archbold plant.
One violation was for failing to guard two of the company’s mechanical power presses. It was termed a “willful violation”.
A willful violation according to OSHA regulations, is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Fifteen serious violations include failing to…
periodically inspect energy control procedures; provide sufficient energy control procedures; train workers in lockout/tagout procedures to control unexpected equipment energization; guard mechanical power presses and riveters; conduct periodic inspections of presses; and train workers on the safe operation of presses, along with a long list of additional violations.
The citations can be viewed at www.osha.gov
Napoleon Spring Works Inc. employs 105 workers at its headquarters in Archbold.

SCHOOL SCARE

Edgerton Police report that two teenagers were arrested Monday evening in connection with an alleged plot to attack their school.
The two were taken into custody and locked up at the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training & Rehabilitation Center in Stryker.
Police say the investigation began over the weekend following a call from a concerned parent.
The Williams County Prosecutor filed felony charges against the two late yesterday afternoon.
Investigators are not releasing any details of exactly what the pair intended to do, or why they apparently wanted to do it.
Due to their ages, their names have also not been released.
Meanwhile, police say security has been ramped up at the school and further information will be released soon.