Archives for December 2015

Ten people interested in open Defiance City Council seat

Ten people have expressed interested and submitted their names for consideration in filling a Defiance City Council seat that will become vacant next week.

At-large Councilman Mike Ketcham plans to give up his at-large seat to become council president on Tuesday. He will replace Mike McCann, who was elected mayor in November and assume his new office on Friday. McCann and Ketcham each were elected to council in November 2013, and have served half of their four-year terms.

The 10 candidates will be given the chance to address council in public session at council’s Jan. 12 meeting, with five minutes to explain “who they are, what they have done and why they want to be a council person.”

Police warn of impersonators in Ft. Wayne

The Montpelier Police Chief is warning drivers that a two white males have made three traffic stops in Fort Wayne, impersonating law enforcement in an unmarked car. They were “clean cut and preppy” and one witness said they appeared intoxicated and identified themselves as CIA. During one incident, the men claimed to be cops and ordered a woman out of her car and onto the ground or she would be shot. Chief Dan McGee says you have the right to ask for identification, and looked for marked cars with overhead lights.

Smith to be honored on Paulding Wall of Honor

The Paulding County Wall of Honor at the courthouse has a new name. Randall Smith, a Paulding native, died last July from injuries he received during a domestic terrorist attack on the Navy Operations Support Center in Chattanooga. His name will be placed under a new category: Global War on Terror.

The attack, which occurred July 16 at two military facilities, claimed the lives of four Marines as well. On Dec. 16, the U.S. Navy announced Smith and the Marines would all receive the Purple Heart after an investigation found the “attack was inspired by a foreign terrorist group.”

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Smith was a 2007 graduate of Paulding High School. Smith is survived by his wife, Angie and three young daughters.

In June, the county unveiled its Wall of Honor, which has the names of more than 300 of the county’s servicemen who were killed in the line of duty during a war.

Two in custody in sex crime case in Branch County

Michigan State Police have made two arrests following an investigation into alleged criminal sexual conduct and extortion. A third suspect is the subject of a search.

State Police said in a release yesterday that the case goes back at least eight years. The alleged crimes took place in Branch County’s Bethel Township with a woman who is now 22-years-old.

44-year-old David Paul Green of Coldwater is facing four counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with alleged multiple sexual assault incidents between 2006 and 2009.

Troopers say the alleged victim claims Green also took nude photos of her during that time.

69-year-old Gene Matthew Keith of Coldwater, a registered sex offender who was a neighbor of the alleged victim, is facing four felony counts of Child Sexually Abusive Activity and for being an Habitual Offender.

He is also accused of allegedly taking nude photos of her when she was 13-years-old in exchange for money.

Meanwhile, Keith and Green both told State Police that the alleged victims mother allegedly tried to get $5,000 from each man or else she would report the incidents to police.

She is facing a two count felony warrant for extortion.

Keith was arrested last week while Green turned himself in on Wednesday.

Both are being held in the Branch County Jail.

Bryan woman arrested on North Dakota warrant

One arrest by the Williams County Sheriffs Dept. 28-year-old Bianca Trevino of Bryan was arrested on New Years Eve morning on a felony warrant out of North Dakota. The warrant’s original charges were terrorizing and simple assault.

Help for college students applying for Financial Aid

Parents of prospective college students can learn about Financial Aid at a workshop next Wednesday, January 6th. The Defiance County Counselors Association hosts the annual program to help parents and students understand how to apply for financial aid through FAFSA… the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which helps families with grants and loans for college. The workshop will be held in Dana Hall on the Defiance College campus. It begins at 7 p.m.

New Council, BPA members sworn in

The Bryan City Council has two new members, and welcomed two new Board of Public Affairs members. They were recognized Tuesday at a swearing-in ceremony. Judy Yahraus and Carrie Schlade were welcomed in to the council. Schlade is a former city employee. Bill Pepple and Tom Sprow were sworn in to the Public Affairs board. Pepple had served once before and is back after a two year hiatus. Sprow is serving his first term.

City offices closed Friday

On this New Year’s Eve, a reminder that city offices will be closed tomorrow. Trash pickup for tomorrow will be moved to Tuesday, Jan. 5.

New Continental FD truck in service

You may see Continental Fire Department’s new fire truck on your travels. The new pumper cost almost a quarter of a million dollars and holds 3,000 gallons of water.

Gas leak “sounded like a freight train”

We have new information about the natural gas leak that forced the evacuation of over 30 homes Monday night. The pipe carries high-pressured natural gas through the back yard of Stephen Mallett’s house on Switzer Rd. He called police saying it was making a “roaring” sound, and the Crescent-News says the deputies described it sounding like a freight train. While residents were being evacuated, CSX train traffic was halted south of the Maumee River as a precaution at 11 p.m. and resumed after the leak was contained just before 1 p.m Tuesday morning. No one was injured, and the pipe company, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line, is investigating the cause of the leak and how much natural gas was released from the nearly two-foot wide underground pipe.