Archives for July 2015

Body Found In Burned Henry County Home

In Henry County, a body found in the rubble of a burned out house on Wednesday afternoon has been identified as that of 52 year old Yvonne Nelson of Espanola, Ontario. The discovery was made in the house at L-688 Henry County Road 17D, just south of Okolona, when firefighters began sifting through the debris after putting out the flames. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was called in, along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

If You Live In Bryan, You Are Probably Pretty Safe

If you live in Bryan, you can rest easy, and you should feel pretty safe. That’s because, according to an online report, Bryan is the safest city in the entire state of Ohio. The Bryan Times reports that SafeWise, a home security systems company based in Utah, says Bryan had only one reported violent crime and no murders or aggravated assaults in all of 2013, making Bryan what the report called, the safest city in Ohio with a perfect combination of old-world charm and modern progress. The survey, according to the paper, rated cities with populations above 8,000 based on the most recent FBI Crime Report Statistics from 2013, including property crime and violent crime, to determined the chance of those type of crimes happening per 1,000 residents. Just for the record though, Bryan is yet unranked in the ratings for 2014 so far.

Williams Sheriff Seeking Clues To Vandalism

The Williams County Sheriffs Dept is asking anyone with information concerning the recent road sign thefts and multiple mail box damaging in Williams County to contact either the Sheriff’s office at 419 636-3151 or the Williams County Crimestoppers at 419 485-9302. Anyone with information leading to arrests,charges,or indictments will receive a minimum reward of $250 from Crimestoppers..and you will remain anonymous.

Tax Holiday Approaching

It’s almost that time again… back to school time that is. This year, parents in Ohio are getting some help from the state during back to school shopping season in the form a limited one-time sales tax holiday. This year, no tax will be added to purchases of clothing under $75 and school supplies and instructional material priced at $20 or less during a tax free weekend that is approaching. The tax holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7th and ends on Sunday, Aug. 9th. Purchases made for business use will still be taxed, but for clothing, just about everything will be tax free. Other items that will still be taxed include briefcases; cosmetics; hair notions; handbags; handkerchiefs; jewelry; sun glasses (non-prescription); umbrellas; wallets; watches; wigs and hair pieces, belt buckles, costumes and masks. Also, the exemption does not cover computers, other electronics or sports equipment.

Bidg Expansion Planned In Hicksville

Defiance County Commissioners on Wednesday, approved a $70,000 Revolving Loan Fund agreement for a Hicksville business that is expanding it’s operations there. The agreement will now allow A&P Tool Inc., to acquire machinery and equipment for it’s planned expansion and growth.
A&P in Hicksville, is planning to add a 14,000-square-foot addition to its existing facility, which translates into 25 new jobs. Additional grant money from JobsOhio and the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Division of Jobs and Commerce, is also expected to come in to finance future phases of the project.

Deadly Semi Crash Near Delta

A truck driver was killed early Wednesday morning in a semi crash on the Ohio Turnpike near Delta. 47 year old Russell Florida of Warren, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened early yesterday morning, around 12:35 a.m., when a semi driven by 61 year old Charles Simons of New York, traveling westbound, reportedly experienced mechanical failure and became disabled in the right lane of travel with no lights. Simons and his passenger, 50 year old John Adams III of Illinois, got out of the semi and were flagging westbound traffic around the disabled vehicle, which was hauling U.S. mail. Florida’s truck, carrying general freight, failed to stop in time, slammed into the rear of the semi and came to rest in a ditch. Simons and Adams were not injured. The westbound lanes of the turnpike were closed for about three hours while crews cleared the scene. The crash remains under investigation today.

75 Year Old Man & 66 Year Old Woman Jailed On Drug Charges

A 75-year-old man and 66-year-old woman in Napoleon have been arrested for Possession of Cocaine. The Multi Area Narcotics Task Force, along with Napoleon Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at 50 Sunnydale Lane in Napoleon, where they found suspected cocaine and paraphernalia. 75 year old Timoteo Salinas and 66 year old Gina Fonseca both were arrested, and now both of them are behind bars in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Paulding Power Line Snagged

Power was out for more than 8 hours Tuesday in downtown Paulding after a semi got caught on a power line. Paulding Police say it happened Tuesday, just afternoon, when Tim Freeman, the truck driver, was trying to find his way out of town, when his trailer caught the low hanging lines. Freeman told police, he was listening to his GPS to get through the village, but every route he found said it was a no-truck route. When Freemen finally got frustrated, and turned off of Walnut Street onto West Perry Street, his vehicle got caught on the lines. The accident knocked out power to a 10-square block area in downtown Paulding. All the traffic lights also were out. Power was restored at approximately 8:30 p.m. Freeman was cited for not following the detour route.

Paulding Putnam Electric Urges Conservation

Paulding Putnam Electric Cooperative is operating under a peak alert today. It’s all due to the hot temperatures, and the load forecast. PPEC reports that it will be under a peak alert from 2-8 p.m. That’s when all customers are asked to conserve energy, along with any peak hours, to help the company keep power costs down, and the juice flowing in this time of heavy consumption. For more information on ways to conserve, visit

Williams County Man Facing Murder Charge

A Williams County man has been charged with murder… again! 24 year old Tyson Reliford of Edgerton, is charged with first degree murder in connection with the death of 3-year-old Columbus girl earlier this year. Reliford was also charged with assault and child endangerment in connection to an incident that happened back in February, resulting in the death of Aiyanna Thompson, of Columbus. Reliford was originally arrested Feb. 8 after barricading himself in an apartment, but in April, the felony charges against Reliford were dropped due to the need for additional investigation. Reliford is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on an unrelated domestic violence charge after he was sentenced in Bryan Municipal Court on Feb. 20. His release date would have been Aug. 5. Now however, in light of the new murder charge, he will likely remain in custody a bit longer.