Archives for November 2014

Good News For Quadco

Quadco is leasing additional warehouse space in Archbold in order to meet an ever-increasing demand for the cardboard pallets they produce.
The Quadco Administrative board met on Tuesday, and it was announced that the center would be leasing space in a warehouse near their Northwest Products division for the storage of cardboard pallets that they are producing.
The center reportedly continues seeing an increase in the sales of cardboard pallets, and Quadco leaders say they expect to see sales ramp up after the first of the year.
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, a letter explaining why the center is discontinuing The Ride was distributed. The letter detailed the history of the service and also explained why the center cannot continue offering the individual public transportation service in Williams County after the end of the year. Because it is being discontinued, the center will not be reapplying for any grants for the service.
The next joint board meeting will be the annual organizational meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. The regular business meeting will follow at noon in the Stryker main conference room.

Bond Denied For Alleged Murderer

On Wednesday, a bond request was denied for a Defiance man who stands accused of murder.
58 year old Steven Noffsinger of Defiance was in Paulding County Court on Wednesday. Noffsinger is charged with murdering his ex-wife, Alma Noffsinger, who was 29 at the time, way back in 1981.
The case made national attention when it was featured on TNT’s “Cold Justice,” this past August after Noffsinger was taken into custoday following a long investigation.
Noffsinger is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail. His attorneys have asked that he be released on $50,000 bond, saying his risk of flight is zero. They point out the fact that he owns property, including a house, and he should be allowed to get out of jail, pending his trial, and simply be monitored with a GPS ankle bracelet.
They say it would be more cost efficient for the county to allow him to be out on bond, rather than paying for the expenses associated with transporting him to and from jail for hearings.
The defense also argued that bond should be allowed because of Noffsinger’s medical conditions.
The prosecution on Wednesday, said that the risk of flight is substantial, pointing to the fact that there have been cases where a GPS ankle bracelet has simply been cut off and the person has just disappeared.
The court, after considering both sides, declined to reduce Noffsinger’s bond, and also refused to grant a furlough from jail each week in order for his son to take him to a doctor.

Emergency Services Building Plans Viewed

Williams County Commissioners reviewed plans at their meeting yesterday, for a proposed $171,000 upgrade to the county’s Emergency Medical Services building on Ohio 15.
The Bryan Times reports that the project as planned, will upgrade the foyer, close off the open garage on the west end of the building, and relocate the garage to the east side of the building. Two more restrooms that are ADA approved will also be added.
The revisions could boost the cost of the project to somewhere around a quarter of a million dollars.
The entire amount of the project will be funded from its budget. No county general funds are involved according to commissioners.

OSU Extension In Jeopardy

The levy supporting the Paulding County OSU Extension Office failed in the Nov. 4 election. However, the ag and natural resources position will remain, although for how long it’s not certain, as the funding source for that position is not permanent.
Sarah Noggle is the agriculture and natural resources educator for the office. Her position is funded by private donations through next year, but that presents a problem as those sources are sometimes unstable.
Therefore, to try to set up a more stable and long-term funding source, the OSU is considering asking that the levy be re-run in 2015. It failed in the most recent election by a vote of 2,806 to 2,919… almost split exactly down the middle, 50-50.
In the meantime however, farmers can rest assured that they will not have to travel far for the services they depend on.

Wind KO’s Power

It’s windy out there, and those winds are wreaking havoc with electricity in the area. According to Toledo Edison, more than 1,500 customers lost power in the six-county area.
The power company is reporting this morning that it was the high winds, which caused limbs to fall on lines, that brought about most of the problems.
As of early yesterday afternoon, more than 260 customers were in the dark in Defiance County, almost 500 in Williams County, more than 650 in Fulton County, and more than 150 in Henry County.
According to power company reps, a tree went down on a major line, causing widespread outages. Scattered outages may still remain, however, most customers should have their power back by now. If you still have no power, you should call your utility company to report it.

State Police Will Be On The Roads This Holiday Weekend

In anticipation of increased traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to buckle up every trip, every time.
Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 17 people were killed in 15 fatal crashes on Ohio’s roadways. Seven of the 17 fatalities, 41 percent, were the result of an impaired driver. That is why troopers will be out in full force this weekend, looking for and removing these dangerous drivers from our roadways.
AAA predicts more than 46 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home over the holiday. The Patrol expects traffic to increase beginning tomorrow afternoon and is urging motorists to contribute to highway safety by planning ahead for possible delays and making safety their first priority.
Troopers recommend that motorists contact the Patrol by calling #677 to report drug activity or impaired drivers.

Bryan PD Make Drugs, OVI Arrests Over The Weekend

A drug bust in Bryan on Friday night. Bryan Police nabbed 18 year old Alicia Luke of Edgerton, charging her with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernala. Luke was processed and then released. She’ll be back in court at a future time to face those charges.
Also on Friday night, Bryan Police arrested 18 year old Sydney Ladd of Bryan, who was charged with marijuana possession. She too was processed and then released to appear at a future date.
On Saturday, Bryan Police say they collared 60 year old Donald Hallett of Bryan, charging him with OVI. Hallett was processed, then released. However, he will be back in court at a date to be determined to face charges.

Fatal Crash In Defiance County

A crash Friday night that took the life of a Hicksville man remains under investigation today.
The Ohio Highway Patrol says 41 year old James Cummings was pronounced dead following the two-vehicle crash in Hicksville Township, Defiance County. It happened around 9:20p.m. on Ohio 2, one half mile east of Casebeer-Miller road, near Hicksville. Police say Cummings was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe and not wearing a safety belt, as he was eastbound on Ohio 2, crossed the center lane, and slammed head-on into a 2006 Ford F-150 driven by 48 year old Larry Geren of Fort Wayne.
Cummings was taken to Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville where he was pronounced dead. Geren, who was wearing a safety belt, was treated at the scene.

Food Pantries Need Your Help

Some area food pantries have enough food. Others however, need more… some a lot more.
In Defiance County, most food pantries report so far so good, but some in Defiance say a rise in the number of clients brings with it a great need for more donations.
At the Catholic Comm-unity Food Pantry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance, they report a lot of new people coming in and a lot of people who have not been in for several years are back. They report to be in definite need of more donations of both food items and funds.
Other area pantries report the same. If you can make a donation, of either food or money, you are asked to get in touch with your local food pantry to find out how you can best help them during this holiday season.

NSCC Foundation Awards Pending

Each day, countless people make a positive impact on northwest Ohio, and the Northwest State Community College Foundation is offering an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who have. The
NSCC Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Making a Difference Award in the categories of
individual, business and organization.
The 2014 Making a Difference Award recipients were John Wilson in the individual category, Rupp Seeds in the
business category, and Wauseon Rotary Club in the organization category.
The Making a Difference Awards will be presented during a special celebratory event in May. Nomination forms
can be found online at NorthwestState.edu and are due to NSCC Foundation Office by November 30. For more
information, contact Robbin Wilcox at 419.267.1460 or rwilcox@NorthwestState.edu.