Archives for September 2014

NSCC Gets Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $2,499,588 to Northwest State Community College to prepare unemployed Ohioans for advanced manufacturing careers through online learning technologies.
This program will serve workers in Williams, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, and Van Wert Counties who are eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance that helps workers who lost their jobs due to unfair foreign trade.
Trade Adjustment Assistance helps workers who lose their jobs or have their hours reduced as a result of unfair trade train for new employment. Through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program, the Department of Labor awards funds to community colleges to develop education and career training programs for eligible Trade Adjustment Assistance workers. Qualified workers receive the training required for high-skill, high-wage jobs.

Early Voting Deadlines Announced

The deadline to register to vote or to make any address and/or name change for the November 4, 2014 General Election is 9:00 p.m., Monday, October 6.
Ballots will be available beginning October 7.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at 12:00 noon.

Napoleon Chief On Administrative Leave

In Napoleon, the city Fire Chief Robert Bennett has been placed on administrative leave.
Bennett was place on leave, effective last Friday afternoon. Now, Assistant Fire Chief Tony Druhot is serving as acting chief of the department.
City Officials will not comment on the situation, only saying publicly that an administrative investigation is pending.
Meanwhile, Bennet is still employed by the city, and still on the payroll. He is said to be working from home.
Bennett has been the Napoleon Fire Chief since 2005.

Williams County Courthouse In Bad Shape

Roof leaks and other issues are pusing the Williams County Commissioners to examine the county courthouse and get professional recommendations to fix the problems.
Engineers spent Monday inspecting the four-story, 126-year-old courthouse in downtown Bryan.
The Bryan Times reports that they walked the interior of the building and also used a mobile crane to inspect the slate roof and the brick and carved stone exterior of the courthouse.
Commissioners said they are particularly concerned with damage from roof leaks, particularly in the law library and courtrooms.
In addition, the building’s four chimneys need to be sealed up, and there are problems with the materials recently used at the building’s east side entryway, which is closed as a public entrance.
Currently, the courthouse has one public entrance, but no security measures in place.
The review will include suggestions for upgrades to the building’s utilities and infrastructure too.
One issue is the high level of asbestos in the building. Asbestos removal will have to be addressed at some point.

Pot Found In Henry Flyover

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, conducted an air sweep for marijuana last Friday.
A helicopter was provided by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, at no charge to Henry County. The marijuana eradication campaign spotted 21 marijuana plants growing in Henry County. Marijuana was found growing on four residential properties and in one cornfield.
Police say criminal charges are pending. No other information has yet been released.

Bryan PD Investigating Hit And Runs

Bryan Police are investigating two hit-skip accidents that happened recently. The first occured last Wednesday, and involved a 14-year-old girl who was riding to school on her bicycle.
Police report the girl was pedaling west through the north-side cross walk at South Walnut Street and East Maple Street, near the Bryan Mobile Home Court, when she was hit by a dark gray car traveling south on South Walnut Street. She described the driver as “a tall, skinny man.”
The driver stopped and asked if she was alright. The girl said yes, she was, and that she just wanted to go to school.
According to the Bryan Times, the car’s front license plate was stuck in the spokes of the bicycle’s tire. The girl pulled it out and gave it to the driver, who took it and then fled.
Also last Wednesday, police say a man on a Harley Davidson motorcycle on North Union Street was hit by a copper-colored Lincoln Continental as the Lincoln attempted to pass.
The motorcycle was slammed broad-side and knocked to the pavement.
The two drivers reportedly got in to a heated argument, then the driver of the Lincoln took off. He was described as 30 to 50 years old, thin but muscular, 120 to 140 pounds, very tan, with shoulder-length brown hair and a thin beard.
Bryan Police ask anyone with any info on either accident to call them at 419-636-4233.

Gunfire In Defiance

The Crescent News reports that Defiance Police responded to an incident involving gunfire Thursday evening.
Police say it was around 8:20 Thursday evening that officers were called to the vicinity of South Clinton and Sunday streets for a report of a gun being fired. Witnesses reported seeing a man running in the area at the time they heard a gunshot.
Police officers and a Defiance County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit were called to the scene but were unable to locate the suspect. The investigation is continuing.

Bryan PD Report

Bryan Police were kept busy over the weekend. On Saturday, they arrested 27 year old Trevor D. Hutchison of Bryan, charging him with Criminal Damaging and Burglary. He was taken to CCNO.
Also on Saturday, police collared 57 year old Lynn M. Rupp of Walnut Street in Bryan, charging him with Domestic Violence-Threats. He was taken to CCNO.
And on Sunday, Bryan Police arrested 37 year old Teresa Taylor of Bryan. Taylor was charged with theft-shoplifting, processed, and then released.

Ohio Highway Patrol Announces High Visibility Enforcement Effort

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on marijuana and Criminal Patrol enforcement. The initiative will take place beginning today, through Sunday. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol values our Criminal Patrol efforts highly,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By removing drugs from our roadways, we remove them from our communities and contribute to a safer Ohio.”
In the first six months of 2014, OSHP made 5,664 total drug arrests-a 19 percent increase from 2013. Troopers seized 3,214 pounds of marijuana, as well as 24 pounds of cocaine and 10 pounds of heroin.
The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

Sex Offender Sought

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is hunting for a non-compliant sex offender.
An arrest warrant out of Steuben Superior Court has been issued for 26-year-old Corey Witsman, who police say failed to register as a sex offender.
Steuben County court documents show that Witsman was charged in December 2012 in connection with an incident involving a 15-year-old girl that he met on Facebook.
Witsman is five-feet-ten inches tall and weighs 165 pounds. He has hazel eyes and short auburn colored hair and was known to have a goatee.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department or Steuben County Crime Stoppers.