Archives for August 2015

Woman & Child Injured In Weekend Crash

A New Haven woman and her child were injured Saturday afternoon in an accident on I-69 about a mile south of Auburn. That crash happened at about 2:35pm Saturday, when 36-year-old Tara Shramek says she looked down to change the radio station, and when she looked up again, she saw the lanes were divided due to construction. That’s when police say she swerved but over corrected, which caused her vehicle to go off the road and down an embankment, then flip over, finally landing on the driver’s side.
Shramek complained of lower back pain. A child passenger in the vehicle suffered a fractured arm. Both were taken to Parkview Regional Medical Center. No word on whether any charges are being filed.

Saturday Crash Leaves Man Dead, Woman With Critical Injuries

A crash Saturday afternoon leaves one man dead and a woman in critical condition. The Ohio Highway Patrol says 32 year old Amy Bibler of Findlay, was westbound on U.S. 6 at about 5:40 p.m on Saturday, with a passenger, 35 year old Richard Eagleson III of Deshler, when her vehicle veered off the highway near the intersection with County Road 13, went airborne and then overturned into the creek. According to the Bryan Times, Trooper Pat Tusko, a Bryan native who is stationed at the Defiance Post, stripped down and jumped into the water, and pulled both people from the car after breaking a window to get to them. Both victims and Trooper Tusko were taken to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan; Bibler and Eagleson were then flown to Toledo Hospital. Eagleson died en route. Bibler remained listed in critical condition in Toledo as of late yesterday. Trooper Tusko was treated for hypothermia and released.

Bryan Police Collar Stryker Woman On Bench Warrant

Bryan Police on Sunday made an arrest on a bench warrant. Police picked up 36 year old Stephanie R. Spaulding of Stryker, who then posted bond and was released.

Police Suspended Over Thefts

The Auburn Board of Public Works and Safety voted on Thursday to suspend two Auburn Police Officers after more than $2,000 in cash was stolen from the police department’s evidence room. Officer Steve Ryan was suspended for 35 days, and officer Steve Vallance got a 30 day suspension. Now, the officers have five days to appeal the suspensions. If they do, another hearing will be held. It all goes back to an investigation that was launched last January, when a woman tried to pick up cash that was evidence in a case and discoverd that it was gone. That investigation lead to the discovery that knives, bullets, and a shotgun were also missing.

Drinking And Driving Warning Issued

The Williams County Sheriff’s department reminds drivers that the nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is in full effect, and it is being enforced locally too. The heightened enforcement period began on August 21st and it runs through Monday, August 31st. Grant money from the Department of Public Safety has provided the sheriff’s department with additional funding to put extra deputies on patrol looking specifically for impaired drivers. The sheriff reminds everyone that drivers should drink responsibly and also that “Buzzed driving is drunk driving.” A zero tolerance stance is being taken during the enforcement period.

Frontier Hosts Celebration

Frontier Communications hosted a celebration on Thursday night to honor Fremont and Angola for becoming quarter-finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition, a $10 million competition designed to revitalize small towns and rural communitoes. Angola and Fremont won $50,000 for getting through the first round, and will learn in January if they advanced to the next level, as they compete for the top prize of $3 Million. The two communities will work together on community revitalization plans that have to be put together by November 6th. Those plans include developing the Northern Lakes Enterprise Center, developing a technology park in the U.S. 20/I-69 corridor, and working on the shovel ready site on Fremont’s west side.

Fire At Mobile Home Park Destroys Jeep

A vehicle fire at Green Acres Trailer Court on Ohio 66, destroyed a Jeep and damaged a mobile home. It happened Wednesday morning around 11, and the flames were quickly put out by Defiance firefighters. A woman and child living in the mobile home were checked out by Defiance EMS, but not hospitalized. Nobody else was hurt. No damage estimates are available, and no cause has been listed.

Bryan Police Tight-Lipped On Arrests

Bryan Police on Thursday evening, arrested 24 year old Kristin Way of
Hillsdale, Michigan on a charge of Complicity to Commit Theft… or Shoplifting. She was taken to CCNO. Police did not release the location of that arrest or any other details. Also last evening, 25 year old Adam Reese, also of Hillsdale, Michigan, was arrested for theft. He too was taken to CCNO. Once again, police didn’t provide any additional information, and there is no word on whether the two arrests are related.

“Pot Bus” Shows Up In Bryan

An unusual visitor showed up on Wednesday in Bryan. The Green Rush Bus Tour, sponsored by Responsible Ohio was in town yesterday. The group is pro-marijuana, and they are behing a proposed state constitutional amendment question which will appear on the November ballot. If passed, “Issue-3” as it will appear on the ballot, would allow medical marijuana use, and recreational use for anyone over the age of 21. There would be limits… users would be limited to up to one ounce per day, and a limit of four cultivated pot plants. The bus tour is making it’s way through all 88 counties in Ohio, spreading the word that after years of failed prohibition, in which hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent, it’s time for a change. According to the Bryan Times, Haley Phillippi, the person who showed up in Bryan with the bus yesterday, claims that legalizing pot here in Ohio would create as many as 10,000 new jobs. The closest state regulated growing facility to our area would be in Lucas County.

Roundabout Planned In Defiance

On Tuesday night, at the regular meeting of Defiance City Council, councilmembers learned about an innovative traffic control device that is being proposed for one Defiance intersection. A roundabout was proposed by a consulting firm. Now, the mayor plans to ask council to approve an application for an Ohio Department of Transportation grant that would provide most of the funding for a single lane roundabout at Ottawa and Cleveland avenues. The estimated cost, according to Mayor Bob Armstrong, is $1.339 million, with the ODOT grant providing 90 percent, leaving the city’s share at $133,900. A study by ODOT shows 21 vehicle crashes occurred at that intersection between 2012-2014. So far this year alone, another seven crashes have occurred there.