Archives for March 2015

Ottawa Man Killed In Crash

A man from Ottawa was killed in a Friday evening crash. 34 year old Brett Varner died when his vehicle crashed into the river near Cloverdale. His body wasn’t discovered until about 8am Saturday, when a passing driver noticed the submerged car. So far, it appears that Varner was driving his Pontiac Grand Prix as an unsafe speed, when he missed a curve, hit a ditch, then went airborne, landing in a field, hitting a small hill, going airborne a second time for about 120 feet, then jumping the river, hitting the bank on the other side, before finally sliding down into the water. According to investigators, Varner was not wearing his seatbelt, and alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

Man Burned Trying To Rescue Animals From Barn Fire

A man was hurt Sunday morning while trying to rescue livestock from a barn fire. It happened on Fulton County Road C early Sunday morning, around 3:30am. When firefighters got there, the barn was fully engulfed in flames. Clayton Foor rented the property, where he tended to a herd of goats. Foor ran inside to try to rescue as many goats as he could from the flames. It cost him in the form of some severe injuries. Foor suffered serious burns to his hands and face. He was treated at the scene by Fulton County EMS and then life flighted to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center’s burn unit, where he was last listed in serious condition. Much of the livestock was lost in the fire, but it didn’t spread to any adjoining buildings. The barn was completely destroyed. So far, the estimate of damage has not been added up. While the cause does not appear to be suspicious, it is still under investigation today.

Health Rankings Show Our Neck Of The Woods Doing Pretty Well

Counties here in northwest Ohio are doing a lot better than those in other areas of the state when it comes to health.
Defiance County residents in particular, show lower rates of premature death and excessive drinking, and are reporting fewer sexually-transmitted diseases than the statewide average. But the good news comes with the bad… locally, we seem to have inadequate access to exercise opportunities, and we are more likely to have been exposed to drinking water violations during the past year according to a recent study. Those are the findings as published in the annual County Health Rankings which were released last week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. Defiance County ranked 18th of Ohio’s 88 counties for health outcomes. Fulton County ranked 21st, Henry County ranked 24th and Williams County came in at 14th, while Paulding County ranked near the middle of the pack at 48th. For the third year in a row, Putnam County came in near the top of the list at second. The complete results of the report can be found at

Bryan Police List Arrests

A busy weekend for Bryan Police… 24 year old Alex Behrman of Napoleon, was arrested for OVI early Saturday morning. He was released. Also on Saturday, just after 2am, Bryan Police arrested Shane Smith-Myers of Bryan, for Possession of Marijuana Paraphernalia. He too was released. Then on Sunday, Bryan Police sprang into action when they got a call about an intoxicated driver. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over on North Main Street, but the driver continued on, failing to stop for police, who chased it to a home in Stryker. That’s when 48 year old David Jones of Washington Street in Stryker was arrested and charged with OVI, no turn signal and improper turning, driving under suspension, fleeing and eluding. Jones was taken to CCNO.
On Sunday, 27 year old Cavin Sizemore of East High Street in Bryan was pulled over and arrested for OVI. He was released. And also on Sunday, Bryan Police arrested 31 year old Jessica Garcia of South Main Street in Bryan for OVI. She too was simply released.

Williams County Re-Activating Port Authority

The Williams County Port Authority is being restarted, with Bill Pepple designated, by the county commissioners, as the new Port Authority Chairman. The Williams County Port Authority was formed back in 2007, but has not been operating for the past several years. A Port Authority is a governmental entity that facilitates economic activity, capital investment, and job creation and retention. They don’t have to have access to a body of water either, despite the name. In Ohio, there are actually 55 port authorities statewide. In re-activating the port authority, Williams County Commissioners said, according to the Bryan Times, that the see it as a complementary economic development agency to the Williams County Economic Development Corporation. The new director… Pepple, said he will also continue his work as executive director of the United Way of Williams County.

Road Work On The Schedule In Defiance County

Lots of road work is planned for this year on Defiance County. In fact, the total of the projects that are planned not rings up to about $3.5 million worth, with the largest being the widening of Harris Road, between Ohio 18 and Blanchard Road. Other plans include paving Blosser Road, between The Bend Road and Ohio 15; Whetstone Road, between County Road 24 and Defiance-Paulding County Line Road; and Breckler Road, from Christy Road east one-half mile. Five bridge projects are also planned at an estimated cost of $300,000. They include bridge replacements at Openlander and Jericho roads, on Hicksville-Edgerton Road, south of Buckskin Road; on Hoffman Road, east of Hill Road; on Independence Road, south of Behrens Road; and at Conkle and Graber roads.
The county also will dedicate $75,348 this year for crack sealing to help extend road pavement life and $95,368 for pavement markings. In addition, many county and township roades will be chip/sealed this year.

Wild Chase In Hicksville

A man driving an old police cruiser was involved in a police chase, but he was on the wrong end of it in the end. 25 year old Brian Hulbert, Sr. of Mark Center lost control of his 1993 Ford Crown Victoria during a police pursuit that started around 7:45 Wednesday morning in Hicksville when he was pulled over for a traffic violation. Hulbert sped off on Spencerville Road, but lost control on a curve near the Indiana state line. His car went into a ditch, then straight up into the air, coming down and spinning around, and finally landing back on the road facing the other direction. Hulbert was taken to the Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. His dog, which was riding in the vehicle with him during the pursuit, was taken to a veterinary clinic. The investigation is continuing, and charges against Hulbert are pending.

Big Drug Bust In Montpelier Puts Four Behind Bars

A drug bust Thursday afternoon in Montpelier ended up with four people behind bars. An anonymous tip lead to a search warrant, which lead to the arrests at the home on East Court Street. Meth, pot, and drug paraphernalia all were discovered in the raid. The investigation is widening, and so far, all the information that has been released is that four people have been taken into custody. Their names have not been released. All were taken to CCNO. There were reportedly some juveniles at the home when the raid was carried out. The Department of Job and Family Services was called in to assist.

Bryan Police Solve Crime From Last Weekend

Bryan Police have cracked a case involving a damaged vehicle that happened last weekend. It was around 2:30 Saturday morning, when a Chrysler hit a parked Chevy Blazer on South Williams Street. The driver left the scene, but also left the damaged vehicle in the middle of the street. It was registered to a nearby homeowner, who told police that her boyfriend, 33 year old Christopher Gant had borrowed the car to go to a bar in downtown Bryan. The investigation revealed that although Gant had called police and reported the vehicle stolen, he had actually been the one driving it. That was backed up by surveillance video of him at a gas station before the crash. Gant was charged with driving under suspension and leaving the scene of an accident.

Ayersville Local Board of Education Meets

Following the resignation of Ayersville Local Board of Education vice president Brad Morrison earlier this month, the board met in a special executive session Wednesday evening and named a new board member. Lanie Lambert will serve effectively immediately until Dec. 31. If Lambert wants to continue serving on the school board after Dec. 31, he will have to file in the general election in November. Also at this week’s meeting, the board approved the updated resignation date of superintendent Tod Hug effective April 12. Hug was offered a contract to serve as interim superintendent effective April 13 until a replacement can be found. Hug was hired as Liberty Center Local Schools’ superintendent with a starting date of April 13.