Archives for October 2015

Ohio Making Gains In Health Coverage For Kids

Ohio is making gains in children’s health coverage, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Mary Sherman reports…

New College President Chosen

The Defiance College Board of Trustees has named Dr. Richanne C. Mankey as the college’s 19th president. Dr. Mankey is the first woman president in the 165-year history of the college. She will begin her presidency on campus Jan. 11. Mankey succeeds Mark Gordon, who stepped down to accept the presidency of William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. Edward Buhl is currently serving as interim president and will return to his position as chair of the Board of Trustees when Mankey assumes the presidency. Mankey is a noted expert on transformational leadership and has a proven record as a fundraiser, according to college officials, who in making the announcement, said she understands and believes in the mission of Defiance College as a private, liberal arts-based college, and her distinguished professional career demonstrates a strong commitment in that area. She began her career at Ohio Northern University, where she was the youngest named vice president. Mankey and her husband, Michael, will be relocating to Defiance.

Sheriff To Hit The Road Due To New Funding

Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns announced yesterday that the Ohio Department of Public Safety has awarded just under $34,000 in federal traffic safety funding to his office for 2016. Based on crash data, there have been 7 fatal crashes in Williams County in 2015 and to help reduce those numbers, the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting high visibility enforcement.

Semi Crash Under Investigation

A crash involving two semis on U.S. 24 in Paulding County on Wednesday, is still under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. 42 year old Daniel Guy Jr of Toledo, one of the drivers, was taken to Fort Wayne by air ambulance where he is being treated for critical injuries. Troopers say Guy was westbound and hit the rear of a slower-moving semi driven by 26 year old Maurice Waller Jr of Philadelphia, Pa. Guy’s truck cab became separated from the frame, trapping him in the driver’s seat. Waller was not injured in the crash. Troopers reported that both drivers were wearing safety belts.

CCNO Budget Approved But Cloudy Future Remains Due To Toledo’s Outstanding Bill

A $16.77 Million 2016 operating budget was approved during Wednesday’s meeting of the Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio with 9 votes in favor. Both members from the City of Toledo, as well as Williams County Sheriff Steve Towns, abstained, and the Toledo City Law Director said while he felt it was a good budget, that city continues to object to financing 228 beds that it views as the responsibility of Lucas County. Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken was at yesterday’s meeting, and he said that if the City of Toledo fails to pay the rest of its 2015 bill totaling $299,920, officials will have to plan for the worst. Toledo is a 35 percent contributor to CCNO finances. Commission members yesterday, also unanimously approved the 2016 Electronic Monitoring budget totaling $606,680 which is funded by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as well as fees charged to participants. The program averages 100 to 120 participants per day, including pretrial offenders from the City of Toledo. Executive Director Jim Dennis said the inmate population has continued to increase over the past months. The August population averaged 581 or 91 percent; September averaged 597 or 94 percent; and Wednesday’s population stood at 589 or 92 percent.

Woman Who Reported Abduction Apparently Made The Whole Thing Up

It now appears that the reported abduction of a Coldwater woman was
faked. Michigan State Police say the 18 year old woman called 911 Monday afternoon, and told them that she had been abducted while walking along a road in Coldwater Township. She said the man tied her up and left her in a cornfield, and she was able to get free, then get her phone and call for help.
She claimed she had gotten into a fight with her boyfriend prior to taking off on that walk. Officials triangulated her position using cell phone towers and located her within 20 minutes of her call. When she was later interviewed however, she told officers that she made the whole thing up due to what she called “personal issues”. The woman was released, but charges will likely be filed through the Branch County Prosecutor’s Office

Fremont Woman Facing Drug Charges

A Fremont woman who already had a warrant out for her arrest on three drug charges stemming back to incidents that happened in November of 2011 appeared for an initial hearing on Tuesday. 45-year-old Kristine Bisel is facing felony charges for Dealing Marijuana and for Unlawful Possession or Use of a Legend Drug or Precursor and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Bisel’s bond was set at $35,000 with no ten percent allowed. A pre-trial conference was scheduled for December 14th. Bisel’s arrest came following an investigation by Angola Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department which started when a student was caught with a pill bottle and a wallet that smelled of marijuana. Investigators followed up with a search warrant that was later executed at a home where authorities say they found over 10 pounds of marijuana, prescription pills and over $8,000 in cash.

Williams County Authorities Holding Back Information Surrounding Murder Investigation

Williams County authorities have had very little to say and have released almost no information over the past several days with regard to a murder investigation that is now underway. Officials in North Carolina however, have been more accomodating. In High Point, North Carolina, Fox 8 TV late yesterday, reported that a person has been arrested in Surry County, North Carolina who they say has a connection to the murder back here in Williams County, and they say that person has even confessed. 22-year-old Bradley Gilbert of Montpelier was arrested Sunday night in North Carolina after he armed himself with a machete, then a firearm, and then made threats, all after drinking heavily. Gilbert was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation, and that’s when, during interviews, that Gilbert said he had killed a man in Ohio shortly before coming to North Carolina on October 11th. Gilbert, according to the report on the North Carolina television station, admitted during an interview that he had killed a man in Montpelier and that the body could be found on a remote walking trail, which it later was. Gilbert on Wednesday, waived extradition and is expected to be sent back to Williams County from North Carolina as soon as arrangements for his transfer can be made.

Williams County Reports Homicide Investigation Underway

In Williams County, authorities are investigating a possible homicide that has led to the arrest of one man. In Montpelier, police were alerted of a possible homicide that occurred somewhere along the St. Joe River Trail on Sunday. An adult male’s body was found in the area, however officials are withholding the victim’s identity until a positive identification can be made.
The body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy. A suspect, 22 year old Bradly Gilbert of Montpelier, has been apprehended by Surry County, N.C., sheriff’s deputies. Gilbert is being held in North Carolina pending extradition. The entire incident remains under investigation today.

Quadco Plans Reorganization

The boards at Quadco Rehabilitation Center are planning to reorganize at the first of the year after their attorney has done research into the organization’s history and reviewed their structure and recommended that the center have two separate boards as the center completes plans to privatize. The move will not really be much of a change according to Quadco officials, who say the boards could continue to meet together, as they now do. The Non-Profit Board would end up processing most of the business, and the Administrative Board would handle the few remaining public functions. In other news, the annual Halloween party is going to be held this Friday beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Stryker building.
The next QRC joint board meeting will be held on November 24 at noon in the Stryker conference room.