Archives for June 2014

Sauder Sets Naturalization Ceremony

During a special Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village on July 4, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as 47 people become new U.S. citizens.
The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 4 at 11:00 a.m. on the Village Green, weather permitting. Forty-seven people from 29 countries will take the oath of American citizenship during this special ceremony at Sauder Village. The Naturalization Ceremony will include special music, the colors carried by the Fulton County Honor Guard and special remarks by guest speakers.
Many other special activities are planned for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Event at Sauder Village. Guests will have an opportunity to dress up like Abraham Lincoln and read the Gettysburg Address in the Museum Building.
Patriotic songs will be played on the reed organ in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and guests will be encouraged to join in.
A Fourth of July Brunch will be served on Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Historic Village hours for the Independence Day Weekend are from Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4:00 p.m. Admission is $16.00 for adults and $10.00 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are free. For more information visit

House Of Filth

Two people near Defiance have been arrested after authorities had to remove nearly four dozen cats and dogs from their home.
The Defiance County Sheriff’s Office says 33 year old Ralph Rupp and his wife, 31 year old Tamara Rupp, were charged with two counts of child endangering, and 10 counts of animal cruelty.
The charges were filed after the sheriff’s office and other county officials investigated a “report of a dirty home” in which children were living.
When officials got there, they found a home with no running water, no electricity, animal feces everywhere, animals in the windows and “deplorable living conditions”.
11 dogs and 36 cats were removed from the home and taken to the Defiance County Humane Society’s animal shelter.
Defiance County Health Department officials were also involved in the case.

Henry Gets Cooled

A new chilling unit is on the way to the Henry County Courthouse.
County Commissioners approved the replacement unit at a total cost of $283,620, which includes equipment and installation, saying it will make a significant improvement to the air conditioning in the 130 year old building.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the project won’t get underway until after the current cooling season is done, with completion expected in early November.
Air conditioning issues have plagued the courthouse for a long time.

Bryan PD Have Busy Weekend

Bryan Police had a busy weekend. On Friday, they arrested 22 year old Joshua Sanders of Bryan for Open Container. He was released.
On Saturday at 1:40 AM, 30 year old Brett Armstrong of Bryan was arrested for OVI and Open Container. He was released.
On Saturday at 11:26 PM, 19 year old Timothy Powell, of Stryker, was arrested for OVI, Improper Lane Change and Left of Center. He was released.
On Sunday at 4:34 AM, 34 year old Mary McDaniel of Edgerton was arrested on three warrants out of Bryan Municipal Court for failing to appear. The original charge on all three warrants were passing bad checks. She was taken to CCNO.
On Sunday at 8:13 PM, 23 year old Amberly Badillo of Bryan, was arrested the Theft-Shoplifting. She was released.
And on Sunday at 9:33 PM, 69 year old Glenda Hatfield of Cecil, OH was arrested for OVI. She was released.

Tornado Sirens Set Off

Well, at least people know they work.
Reports of a funnel cloud Wednesday night set off Steuben County tornado sirens around 9:45pm. No watches or warnings had been issued by the National Weather Service though.
Officials say it was a case of better safe than sorry.
The N.W.S. did indicate later that evening on their Twitter feed, that they received reports of funnel clouds in Steuben County. They also made reference to the sirens going off. However, no touchdowns were reported.

Stolen Van With Dangerous Chemicals Recovered

A van which was stolen Tuesday in Swanton, was recovered by Toledo Police. In it, police found potentially fatal chemicals, which were, according to police, mostly still intact.
The white 1998 Ford E350 had a 14-foot black, homemade trailer attached to it, and inside the trailer was a Polaris all-terrain vehicle. The ATV was previously found in Toledo, but the van and about 50 pounds of hazardous chemicals were missing for about a day. The chemicals were said to be those that are typically used to treat ponds, and can be dangerous or fatal if ingested or in some cases, they come in contact with skin.
Police theorize that whoever stole the van probably had no idea that there were dangerous chemicals in it. They think the person or persons just saw a van with a trailer and an ATV that looked like an easy take.

Cemetery Rate Increase May Be Headed For Voter Approval

We recently told you about some pending rate increases at a Defiance cemetery. Well now, it seems that a group of Defiance residents plan to place that issue on the ballot.
Earlier this month, Defiance council passed an ordinance that would have significantly raised the rates at Riverside Cemetery, doubling those rates for some Defiance residents, and increasing them even greater for non-residents.
According to the Crescent News, two former city councilmen and a former city police officer in Defiance are now trying to get the issue on the November ballot and leave the decision up to the voters.
They plan to circulate petitions to submit to the county’s board of elections before the 4pm, August 6th deadline for filing for the November ballot. They need to get 521 signatures to do it.
If you would like to help, call 419-784-5171 or 419-784-4712, or 419-784-3475.
Those behind the movement call the rate increases… quote: excessive.

Two Injured In Crash

The State Highway Patrol says at least two people were hurt and taken to area hospitals following a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning near Montpelier.
Police say it happened around 11 yesterday morning at the intersection of Ohio 15 and County Road J, and that at least one person was trapped for a time in one of the vehicles.
Williams County EMS, Montpelier and Bryan Firefighters, The State Highway Patrol, and the Williams County Sheriff’s Department all responded.
The identities of those involved have not been released.

Delinquent Water Bills A Source Of Concern In Defiance

In Defiance, delinquent water accounts are becoming an issue.
Council, during their regular meeting, was made aware that while the percentage of delinquent accounts isn’t huge right now, it is a problem that needs to be addressed.
A committee meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. July 15 in the city service building to discuss the water matter in more detail.
$70,000… that’s the amount that is apparently delinquent at this time according to some. Others put the figure at around $44,000, although it’s unclear why there is such a wide discrepancy.
Either way, it’s not a huge amount, considering the annual water and sewer revenues in Defiance add up to around $8 Million, but all agree that it does need attention.

Wauseon Councilman Indicted On Felony Charges

A Wauseon City Councilman has been indicted by a Fulton County grand jury on two felony charges.
The indictment was handed down Tuesday against Fred Allen, who is charged with tampering with records and theft in office, both felonies.
According to the Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office, between January, 2012, and this past February, Allen allegedly stole property or services owned by the county, and tampered with records belonging to a government entity.
City officials have placed Allen, who had also been serving as the city’s assistant fire chief, is on administrative leave from the Wauseon Fire Department, however he still remains a member of city council.