Archives for February 2014

Deadly Defiance Crash

The Ohio Highway Patrol this morning is saying that a Defiance woman was killed in a single-vehicle crash Thursday morning in Defiance County.
Police say a car driven by 50 year old Kathy Browns of Defiance ran off Defiance County Road 424 and slammed into a utility pole.
The crash happened yesterday morning around 6:20, and police say they believe speed was a factor.
Browns was pronounced dead at the scene by the Defiance County Coroner.
Details of that deadly crash yesterday morning remain under investigation today.

More Snow & More Delays

Once again, snow emergencies were announced yesterday in many areas of Northwest Ohio due to blowing and drifting snow, as the winter of 2013-14 just won’t give up.
Williams and Henry Counties were reported to be operating on Level 2 emergencys, while Fulton and Defiance Counties were at level 1.
Many schools again were delayed. Keep your radio set right here for the latest information today and for the weekend forecast.

Calamity Days On Path To Approval

The Ohio House voted last week to approve four additional calamity days for the state’s school districts because of this winter’s extreme weather, after many school districts across the state simply ran out of extra days.
This bill still awaits approval by the Senate.
If the Senate bill ends up significantly different from the House bill, it will be brought to a conference committee for a compromise bill, which would then need to be passed by both houses.
The entire effort is expected to take up to two weeks.

New Sears In Adrian

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. announces the opening of a new Sears Hometown Store on Main Street in Adrian.
The new store is celebrating its grand opening today through March first by offering an additional discount of 10 percent off almost everything in the store, plus special giveaways, including a $10 gift card for the first 20 customers on Saturday.
According to a press release, Sears Hometown Stores combine the value, selection and services associated with larger retail stores but are owned and operated by a member of the local community.
The Sears Hometown Store in Adrian is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tax Holiday Looks Likely

The Ohio Senate signed off this week on legislation allowing people here in Ohio to buy certain items over a three-day period without paying any state or local sales taxes.
The sales tax holiday would begin on the first Friday of August and cover school supplies, computers and supplies.
The bill passed on a vote of 30-2 and now heads to the Ohio House.
The tax exemption would cover clothing, school supplies, textbooks, instructional materials, computers and tablets and other devices.
There would be limits on the value of items covered — computers would only be covered up to $1,000, for example. And purchases such as sporting goods, video game consoles and cell phones would not qualify.
Eighteen other states have comparable sales tax holidays in place.

CCNO Hands Out Recognitions

Two employees received special recognition during the Feb. 26 meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio.
Corrections Supervisor Jason Wisecup was named CCNO Employee of the year for 2013. Jason has been employed at CCNO since 2004.
Michael Jordan was named the Top Contract Employee for 2013. Michael is an IT technician of more than ten years experience, and was recognized for providing prompt assistance to CCNO staff, researching solutions to issues, and training various CCNO staff on the use of new programs and equipment.
CCNO staff also noted that Michael has been instrumental in updating various programs to include the library computer system and the GED classroom with the newly required Pearson Vue GED testing system.

CCNO Meets

Increasing prison transports highlighted Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio. Also, board members took time to tour newly painted units within the 638-bed facility.
CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis told the board that Lucas County officials had expressed concern about the number of prison runs CCNO is providing. In 2009 the prison runs were reduced from two to only one per week to reduce costs, he said, amounting to a projected savings of about $65,453 per year.
It was done because in addition to CCNO transporting offenders to state prisons, they are also bringing back offenders from prison for court hearings.
Also, a judge in Williams County is using video conferencing to avoid having offenders being brought back for judicial review and requiring the family to transport if the offender is released from prison. Mr. Dennis said there are 33 prisons in Ohio and the majority are located in the southern portion, requiring a 12 to 16-hour road trip.
A six-year study revealed that CCNO transported an average of 1,323 offenders per year to and from prison.

Bryan PD Report

Some arrests by Bryan Police, and this time around, many of those arrested were placed behind bars. They include 35 year old Jay L. Hahn of Bryan, who was arrested on a bench warrant
out of Bryan Municipal Court. Was taken to CCNO.
22 year old Jacob C. Hite was arrested on a bench warrant out of Fulton Cty. He too was locked up in CCNO.
37 year old Jackie D. Emerson of Bryan, was arrested on a bench warrant out of Bryan Municipal Court. Emerson also was taken to CCNO.
52 year old Katherine M. Douglas of Bryan, was arrested and charged with Domestic Violence. She was taken to CCNO.
And finally, 40 year old Michael D. Klamert of Hamilton IN, was arrested and charged with Open Container in a motor vehicle. He was cited and then he was released.

Raises Voted In Defiance

Defiance City Council met on Tuesday night, and among the items on the table, were potential raises for non-union city employees.
The Crescent News reports that an emergency ordinance approved by council, will give the city’s non-union employees, which does not include elected officials, a 1.5 percent raise in pay this year.
The increase is in line with raises given to employees of the city’s three unions.
The legislation will become law upon the mayor’s signature.

Quadco Considering Mission Statement Revision

Quadco Rehabilitation Center board members will be considering the revision of their mission statement for the center as well as other short term and long term issues as they head into planning sessions in the months ahead.
At the meeting of the board on Tuesday, the Executive Director said he felt the board members should consider revising the present mission statement, saying the trend is to go with broader statements.
A list of mission statements from 50 well-known non-profit organizations was distributed to board members. Each of those statements generally ran from 6 to 15 words.
The reason??? More concise statements are easier to remember.
The board members will consider the mission statement and other short term and long term issues as they hold their annual planning session at their meeting in March.