Archives for April 2015

CCNO Talks About Change

Action on proposed changes to the operating agreement for the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio were delayed this week, to allow officials from the City of Toledo and Lucas County to continue talks. CCNO officials had gathered Wednesday expecting to discuss some 11 proposed changes to the operating agreement that were prompted by two recent meetings of a special ad hoc committee. Instead, Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken agreed to a two-week extension to allow continued talks between the two entities. A special board meeting was scheduled for May 13. The changes to the 27-year-old CCNO operating agreement — which has been revised four other times — were prompted when Toledo stopped its practice of arresting offenders under its municipal codes and, instead, charged under state law shifting the incarceration costs to Lucas County. The issue was referred to the special ad hoc committee that came up with draft language to revise the CCNO operating agreement. At Wednesday’s meeting, CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis reported 100 participants in the electronic monitoring program. He said the largest increase were those on GPS and TAD providing additional community accountability. Defiance County Commissioner Otto Nicely asked that area judges increase their use since there is funding for indigents. Dennis reported Wednesday’s population at 545 or 85 percent… down a bit compared to February’s average count of 577 or 90 percent and March which stood at 585 or 92 percent.

Wood County Crash Shuts Down Interstate

A crash on Interstate 75 in Wood County Wednesday morning shut down both the north and southbound lanes for approximately two hours. A Subaru Legacy driven by 22 year old Rebecca Beerman of Lancaster was southbound on I-75 in the right lane. Her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected, crossed both lanes of travel and struck a Freightliner driven by a man from Dearborn, Mich., who was also southbound on I-75 in the left lane. After the collision, the truck struck the concrete median, which pushed the median barrier into the northbound lanes. The impact with the barriers ruptured the left fuel tank of the rig, and about 70 gallons of diesel fuel spilled. The truck driver was taken to Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, with minor injuries. Beerman was not hurt, but she was cited for failure to control.

Female Pajama Wearing Burglar Indicted

A woman who police say broke into two Montpelier homes last week, was indicted Wednesday by a Williams County grand jury. The Bryan Times reports that 35 year old Sarah Doyle illegally entered homes on Randolph and Court Streets last Friday afternoon. In fact, the owner of the home on Randolph Street came home to find Doyle wearing pajama pants in the house, and she was quite disoriented at the time. She told the homeowner that there was another person with her there. That’s when the homeowner went to check, and Doyle took off. Doyle, who recently moved to Montpelier from West Virginia, was indicted Wednesday on two counts of fourth-degree felony burglary. If convicted on both counts, she could spend up to three years behind bars.

Bryan Man Accused Of Rape

A Bryan man will be arraigned on Tuesday morning on charges related to his alleged rape of a six year old girl. 40 year old William Johnson JR, has a history of violent crimes. Johnson is accused of raping the young girl on or about April 12. The girl’s name and additional details have been withheld. Charges against Johnson include also take into account that Johnson is already classified as a sexually violent predator and that he is a repeat violent offender.
If convicted on all the charges facing him, Johnson could be sentenced to life behind bars without parole. Johnson was convicted in Bryan Court on domestic violence charges in 1999 and 2000. He was also convicted in Bryan on a 2001 assault charge and disorderly conduct cases from 2000 and 2014, according to the Bryan Times.

Stryker Man Accused Of Violence

A Stryker man is accused of holding a woman against her will and assaulting her with a knife. According to Williams County Prosecutor Kirk Yosick, 23 year old Jochua Smallwood, on April 10, kept a woman confined to a home and would not allow her to leave. Smallwood allegedly also beat the woman and used a knife to inflict injury. Smallwood was indicted Wednesday by a Williams County grand jury. The charges against him include felonious assault; abduction; and domestic violence. He’s no stranger to the law either. Smallwood was convicted in 2013 of aggravated burglary, and also of charges surrounding the carrying of a concealed weapon in Paulding County. Smallwood is due to be arraigned in Williams County Court on Monday morning.

Continuance Granted In Noffsinger Trial

Well, that didn’t last long… The opening day of the aggravated murder trial of Steven Noffsinger of Defiance was cut short after additional information was discovered. The trial of the 59 year old Noffisinger was continued on Tuesday following testimony from a former Paulding County Sheriff’s deputy, which turned up additional notes about the crime scene and original investigation that neither the state nor defense knew about. Noffsinger is charged with aggravated murder in the 1981 death of his ex-wife, Alma Noffsinger.

Defiance College Planning Commencement

Defiance College will hold commencement ceremonies for 219 graduates on Sunday. The ceremony will begin at noon in front of Pilgrim Library. Guest speaker for commencement will be Laura Caldwell, a distinguished scholar in residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she founded Life After Innocence, a project that aids innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted in order to begin their lives again after exoneration. Preceding commencement will be a 10:30 a.m. baccalaureate service in the Weaner Community Center.

Low Clearance Signs In Defiance Finally Working

Low clearance warnings below two CSX Railroad viaducts in Defiance were finally working as intended, but now one of them has been removed until a new location for it is found. In all, four of the new signs were installed earlier this year. The problem quickly became apparent, when the flashing messages indicating the low clearance were not all that bright at night, and they were often totally unreadable during the daytime hours. New bulbs were installed, and now the signs are much brighter. The repairs were done by the company that installed the lights, and cost th ecity of Defiance nothing. Now in fact, the bulbs are so bright in order to be seen during the day, that they must be dimmed at night so they are not too bright in the dark.

Williams Sending Out Delinquent Tax Notices

Williams County is stepping up efforts to collect delinquent property taxes. The Bryan Times reports today, that Williams County has set a deadline of May 29 for those with delinquent property tax bills to either pay up in full, or set up a payment plan. Those who fail to meet the deadline could have their tax lien certificates sold to a private collection company. Sales are dependent on whether that company wants the property. Notices are being sent out this week to those with delinquent property tax bills, informing them of the May 29 deadline. The last day the treasurer will accept personal checks for past due taxes is May 15. In addition, owners of the parcels of record also will be charged a $25 administrative fee. For questions, call the Williams County Treasurer’s Office at 419-636-1850.

Three Injured In Henry County Crash

Three people were injured in a one-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon. It happened on a curve at Henry County Roads 16C and 17, when a vehicle driven by 27 year old Ashli Hanson of Napoleon lost control, hit some signs, and then ran into a guardrail, which cause the car to flip several time before coming to rest in a ditch. Hanson and a passenger, 7 year old Omar Rodriquez, also of Napoleon, were taken to Mercy Defiance Hospital. Another passenger, 4 year old Alannah Hernandez, also of Napoleon, was taken by air ambulance to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo with injuries. The cause of that crash is under investigation.