Archives for September 2015

Bryan Man Arrested On Arson Charge

A Bryan man has been arrested in connection with a fire at the home where he lived. 55 year old Ray Ridgway of Haver Drive, has been charged with felony aggravated arson. The charge comes after firefighters rushed to the home on Friday evening, and found the house full of smoke, with a fire burning in the kitchen. Damage was estimated at $6,500, with fire damage in the kitchen and smoke damage throughout the rest of the house. Ridgeway made his initial court appearance yesterday in Bryan Municipal Court. He was then locked up at CCNO, with bond set at $20,000.

Payne House Fire Leaves Three Firefighters Slightly Injured

Three firefighters were hurt battling a house fire in Payne on Monday afternoon. The firefighters, one from Paulding and two others from Payne, were treated and released after being treated for minor injuries after they were called to a burning home on South Laura Street in Payne. The home, owned by Frank Karolyi, sustained heavy damage. Everyone inside was able to get out safely before fire crews arrived. The state fire marshal is investigating it, and the cause is still not clear.

Rest Plaza Closing

As part of Phase One of its Travel Plaza Master Plan, the Indiana Toll Road will be closing the Steuben County travel plaza buildings and fuel stations at the 146 mile marker on Thursday. Demolition is scheduled to take place in 2016. It was decided to close the Steuben County travel plazas after it was determined it was unnecessary to the long-term plan due to the close distance of neighboring plazas. The Steuben location offers only fuel and restrooms. The owner, I.T.R. Concession Company, says more than $30 million will be spent on the demolition and rehabilitation of eight travel plaza buildings. In addition to the Angola plaza, the Howe-LaGrange travel plazas will be torn down and rebuilt into full service plazas too. I.T.R. says the newly designed structures will feature modern travel facilities with state-of-the-art technology and new food options. Construction is scheduled to be completed by early 2018.

Rug Event In Archbold

Ten Thousand Villages in Archbold, is being transformed into a rug gallery with tapestries laid out on platforms for easy viewing during the fifth annual Fair Trade Oriental Rug Event that runs through Saturday. According to store manager Elizabeth Baer, each of the 300 rugs was made in Pakistan.
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit fair trade organization that has been working since the 1980s to bring fair trade rugs to the U.S. The
Bryan Times reports that Baer says the program includes 850 families and no child labor is involved. Most of the rug knotting artisans are between the ages of 18 and 55 and the looms are in the families’ homes so that the women are able to take care of their children. All the rugs are made from 100 percent wool that repels dirt and is stain resistant. A special presentation will be given at 7 p.m. Thursday detailing the process of how the rugs are made and the lives of the artisans that create them.

Motorcycle Fatality

A Fulton County man died Sunday evening in a motorcycle crash. It happened just after 9:30 Sunday night on US 6, when 46 year old Matthew Beltz of Archbold hit a guardrail post. Beltz was taken by ambulance to Henry County Hospital in Napoleon, where he was pronounced dead. The motorcycle was heavily damaged. The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol.

NAMI Vigil Set For Sunday

For 16 years, NAMI [NAH-me] Four County has lit a candle the first Sunday of every October to raise awareness, understanding and support for individuals and families living with mental illness as part of its Candlelight Vigil for Mental Health. The public is invited to this year’s event which will be starting at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. John United Church of Christ in Defiance. Speakers will be sharing their experiences and messages of recovery. It all begins with the understanding that mental illness is a brain disease just as cardiovascular diseases affect the heart. And, they are common — affecting one in four adults and at least one in 10 children and adolescents every year. It should be noted that these brain disorders have a cause and various medical treatments are successful in controlling symptoms nearly 80 percent of the time. The candlelight vigil marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 4-10. NAMI Four County, with support from the Sandy Potter memorial fund, has distributed nearly 3,800 bookmarks for public libraries in Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties this year.

Plea Deal Reached In Drug Case

A plea deal Monday in Steuben Circuit Court, saw a Fremont man plead guilty to two felony charges for allegedly dealing methamphetamine. 24-year-old Nikolus Nevois was arrested in March following an investigation by the IMAGE Drug Task Force in which he allegedly sold to a confidential informant. Nevois was scheduled to go on trial next month. The plea deal has been taken under advisement by the judge, and a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for November 23rd.

Missing Sex Offender Located And Arrested

A man who was being sought by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department for not registering as a sex offender has been captured in Sawyer County, Wisconsin. 62-year-old Bruce Severance was arrested there by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service. Severance was arrested for a violation of Wisconsin’s Sex Offender Registry law and booked into the Sawyer County Jail. He is also wanted by Steuben County officials for failure to register as a sex or violent offender in that county as well.
Severance remains in the Sawyer County Jail, as he awaits extradition back to Steuben County.

Williams County Sheriff Releases Little Information Surrounding Arrest Of Dawn Benton Of West Unity

Williams County Sheriffs Deputies made an early morning arrest today. 50 year old Dawn Benton of West Unity was taken into custody just before 1:30 this morning on a domestic violence charge. No other information surrounding that arrest was released.

3 Arrested In Connection With Williams County Break-Ins

A recent burglary lead Williams County deputies to a home in Bryan within sight of the old Williams County Sheriff’s Office. 37 year old Jesteen Gutierrez was arrested and charged with second-degree felony burglary. Also arrested was 20 year old Gabriel Wilson, who was charged with fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property. Another person, 21 year old
Joshua Cox of Cherry Street in Bryan, was also arrested and charged with receiving stolen property after stolen property was found at his home. All three were taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.