Archives for December 2014

Computer Scam Reported

Watch out for the latest computer scam making the rounds.
Police say it works like this…
The victim receives a phone call saying their home computer has a virus. They are then told it can be taken care of for just $2,090.
If the victim agrees, the crook or crooks obtain payment by credit card and then get full access to all information on the computer. It won’t be long after that, the computer begins to malfunction.
If you get such a call, police say hang up, and immediately give them a call. Never provide any financial or other information over the phone.

Donations Sought

A family of eight lost their home in a weekend fire near Scott.
The home belonging to the Rich Strunkenburg family in Paulding County caught on fire Sunday afternoon around 5.
Now, the Crescent News reports that a special fund has been set up to help the family at the Van Wert Federal Savings Bank.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt in that fire, and although the exact cause has yet to be officially determined, the state fire marshal had a team on the scene to try to figure it out.
Just about everything is needed right now by the family, who lost pretty much everything in the blaze that hit right after Christmas.
The American Red Cross in Paulding was able to provide food and clothing to the family, as well as shelter at a Van Wert hotel for three days.

Police Issue Warning

With the holiday season halfway over, the Ohio Highway Patrol is asking drivers to continue to buckle up and refrain from driving impaired. During this year’s five-day Christmas Holiday reporting period of December 24 at 12 a.m. through December 28 at 11:59 p.m., 10 people were killed in 10 fatal crashes, with five of the fatal crashes attributed to impaired driving. Five people who died were not wearing their safety belts.
In 2013, seven people died in six crashes during the two-day Christmas reporting period.
Troopers continue to crack down on impaired drivers; so far this year, troopers have arrested over 24,500 motorists for impaired driving.
The public is encouraged to continue using #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers, as well as drug activity.

Time To Begin Tax Planning

While the clock ticks down on 2014 and many here in Ohio have celebrations on their minds, experts say a little time spent preparing for tax season in the next few days will pay off in the months ahead.

(Luis Garcia with the I-R-S says now is the time to make sure you know where all your important tax documents are, so you’re not scrambling to find them when the deadline is looming.


Garcia also offers a reminder that anyone who wants to claim a charitable donation for this year needs to make that donation before midnight tonight (Wednesday), and to have appropriate records where necessary. More detailed information, forms, and publications are online at “”

Charged With Dog Violations

Two people from Bryan have been charged following a dog attack earlier this month that ended when Bryan Police shot and killed one of the dogs.
Officers were called out on a report of two unlicensed pit bulls running loose in the area of the American Legion Post 284 and Lincoln Elementary School on East Butler Street.
One of the pit bulls ran home, but the other attacked and carried off a Chihuahua which was on a leash with its owner at the time. The Chihuahua died due to its injuries.
Police arrived and attempts were made to subdue the pit bull with a stun gun. When that had no effect, police fired, killing the dog.
The Bryan Times reports that Renee Schlegel and Ryan Mumaw each have now been charged with failure to register the dogs and dog-at-large violations.

Couple Sentenced In Death Case

The Associated Press this morning is reporting that a man and his wife have pleaded guilty in the death of a Michigan man whose body was found in an empty grain storage barn in Putnam County earlier this month.
Robert Strauss of Toledo pleaded guilty to murder on Monday and was sentenced to life in prison. His wife, Desirae Strauss, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, for which she will serve 15 years behind bars.
Both were charged in July with killing 52-year-old Brian Martin, who had been missing since June.
Martin’s remains were found after an anonymous tip provided new information to prosecutors.

Truck Crash North Of Defiance

A flatbed tractor trailer from Michigan went out of control and then crashed in a field north of Defiance on Monday morning.
The Ohio Highway Patrol says it happened just before 8 yesterday morning at the Ohio 15/18 split. The semi was southbound on Ohio 15 when the driver missed the curve. The semi rolled onto its side, spilling a load of lumber and concrete blocks into the nearby field.
The driver was not injured.

Strange But True News From Bryan Police

Some interesting news from the local police blotter today…
Bryan Police report that early Friday morning, a North Walnut Street resident of Bryan reported her vehicle was stolen by someone she knew. Police located the vehicle and driver who was in the process of returning the vehicle. The woman who reported the incident declined to press charges. The same caller also reported her roommate was out of control, but the roommate had fled before police arrived. We aren’t sure if it was in the caller’s car.
On Friday evening, police say someone living on South Main Street in Bryan asked police to add an extra patrol near their home after they claimed somebody knocked on their door and then ran away.
And early Saturday morning, the Williams County Communications Agency claims a man called, asked the dispatcher’s name and said “You are about torture and rape,” and hung up. Police rushed to the home of the suspected caller, where they discovered he no longer lives there. No other information was made available about that.

Wauseon Man Killed In Weekend Crash

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a one-vehicle fatal traffic crash happened on Ohio 108 near County Road L in Dover Township, Fulton County. According to the Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 3:30 yesterday morning when a Ford E-150, driven by 36 year old Daniel Boff of Wauseon, traveling southbound on Ohio 108, went out of control and ran off the road and into a tree.
Police say Boff was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash and police say Boff was wearing a safety belt. The
The crash remains under investigation today.

Crash Takes Life Of Pioneer Man

A man from Pioneer died Friday morning in a two-vehicle crash in Williams County.
The Ohio Highway Patrol says it happened just after 8 Friday morning on Ohio 15 in Jefferson Township, when 19 year old Joshua Taylor was heading north on 15, and his Chevy Silverado went out of control, crossed the center line, and slammed head-on into a vehicle driven by 75 year old Louis Harding of Pioneer.
Taylor wasn’t hurt, but Harding was pronounced dead at the scene of that crash. According to police, Taylor was wearing a seat belt, but Harding was not buckled up.
The crash remains under investigation.