Archives for January 2015

Williams County Has A Huge Drug Problem

According to the Bryan Times, we have a huge problem locally with drugs. In fact, it’s more than just a problem… the paper is referiing to it as an epidemic, according to Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns.
Methamphetamine is reportedly a huge problem locally, in spite of aggresive actions aimed at prosecuting those operating meth labs.
Of the 42 indictments returned this week by the Williams County Grand Jury, 34 were drug related. It was the most ever in a single month, setting a record in Williams County.
The problem is more than just drugs. It also involves other crimes, such as robbery and theft, which often are caused by those needing money to support their drug habit.

Gambling Raids In The Area

A full scale investigation is underway in Williams and Henry Counties, after authorities raided four businesses Thursday.
Agents with the Ohio Investigative Unit, along with Bryan and Montpelier police officer, executed three search warrants in what they are calling a joint illegal gambling investigation.
The search warrants were executed at Cut-Rate Tobacco shops in Bryan and Montpelier, and at the Petro 2 Truck Stop in Napoleon. Citations were issued against Petro 2 Truck Stop’s liquor permit in connection with illegal gambling. In the searches conducted in Bryan and Montpelier, eight slot machines, one quarter push machine, records, and cash were seized, and investigators say criminal charges are pending.
At Cut-Rate Tobacco in Napoleon, 11 alleged gaming machines were confiscated, along with cash and other evidence. That investigation is still underway, and so far, no charges have been filed.

Fugitive From Defiance Nabbed In Florida

A treasure hunter, originally from Defiance, and accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest treasure finds ever in U.S. history — $50 million in gold bars and coins from a 19th-century shipwreck — was captured by federal agents at an upscale Florida hotel after a search for the past two years.
Tommy Thompson was arrested this week at a Hilton Hotel in Boca Raton, Florida on a warrant that was issued for his arrest back in 2012 after he failed to show for a hearing that was held as part of a lawsuit brought on by some of his investors who allege he stiffed them.
The U.S. Marshals Service referred to the now 62 year old Thompson as “one of the most intelligent fugitives ever sought” , saying he used cash and other means to live his life under the radar.
Thompson was a 1970 graduate of Defiance High School. He made history back in 1988 when he discovered the sunken SS Central America, also known as the Ship of Gold, which went down in a hurricane about 200 miles off South Carolina in 1857, along with tons of gold from the California Gold Rush.
Thompson and his crew brought up about $50 Million worth of treasure from the wreck in 2000. But the investors who paid Thompson $12.7 million to find the ship never saw any of it.

Henry County Buys An “Air Trailer”

The Henry County commissioners on Tuesday, awarded a bid for an air trailer. The winning bid was for a Black Swamp Air Trailer and the winning bidder was Fire Safety Services of Huntsville. The cost… $99,105.
What is an air trailer, why does the county need one, and what is it used for? Good questions, but there was no mention of any of that according to the Crescent News.

Archbold Man Injured In Crash

A Fulton County man was taken by air to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo on Tuesday morning, after he was critically injured in a three-vehicle crash on I-75.
22 year old Christopher Henderson of Archbold was pulling back onto the interstate from the berm, when he was hit by another vehicle driven by 61 year old Mark Sutherin, whose vehicle then ran into another vehicle driven by 38 year old Nadeem Kahn. The other two drivers were not hurt. I-75 was shut down for about an hour and a half while crews cleaned up the mess. The crash remains under investigation.

Five Arrested On Drug Charges In Fulton County

Five people have been caught up in a drug investigation in Fulton County that included the discovery of an active meth lab in Defiance on Tuesday, and a stolen vehicle in Montpelier.
21 year old Schuylar Winkler of Defiance; 19 year old Kylie Cranson of Bryan; 28 year old Misty Lane of Edgerton; 22 year old Tristen Reynolds of West Unity; and 18 year old James Black of Bryan are all now facing some very serious charges. On top of that, investigators tell us that more charges are likely to be filed before it’s all over.

Grand Jury Hands Down Indictments

A Williams County Grand Jury met Tuesday and handed down 42 indictments on a long list of charges. According to the law, many of those indicted have not been arrested, and until they are, their cases are not permitted to appear publicly. As soon as official charges have been filed in any of the cases, and arrests have been made, we will have complete details here on the air, and on our website, WBNO WQCT Dot Com.

Blizzard Auction Set For Saturday

It’s that time again! The annual WBNO-WQCT Williams County Blizzard auction will be held this Saturday, January 31st, starting at 8 a.m.
This year, the beneficiary will be Conquer Childhood Cancer Now, based in Defiance.
More than 400 unique items will be available including, but not limited to: a 21-foot boat, recliners, a drill set, Cedar Point tickets, African safari tickets, gas grills, a men’s bike, hotel accommodations in Cancun, Mexico, candles, pictures, gift cards and much more.
The auction is held in commemoration of the 1978 blizzard, and will be broadcast on both WBNO 100.9 FM and WQCT 1520 AM.

Bomb Threat At Area School

A bomb threat Tuesday, at Antwerp Local Schools, resulted in all students and personnel being safety evacuated from the facility.
The entire building was searched by bomb squad officers, but nothing was found. The all-clear was given just after 3:30 yesterday afternoon. The investigation into that bomb theat yesterday at Antwerp Local Schools is continuing today. So far, no arrests have been made.

Hospitals Form Partnership

Eight northwest Ohio hospitals have formed a partnership to pool resources and save money.
Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Bellevue Hospital, Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers of Bryan, Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, Henry County Hospital in Napoleon, Magruder Memorial Hospital in Port Clinton and Fisher-Titus Medical Center have formed a new corporation, Vantage Healthcare of Ohio LLC.
Each hospital will keep its individual name but the group has pooled resources to create this new organization, which will look for ways to combine their purchasing power. All of the members are community hospitals that operate independently in small communities. The new agreement will allow each hospital to have the scale of some of the larger hospital systems when purchasing health-care products for employees or when contracting with vendors to provide products such as linen services.