Archives for February 2016

Host homes sought for exchange students this summer

Families who want to host a Japanese exchange student this summer are being sought right now. The State’s 4-H program and OSU Extension are working together to line up 100 Japanese youth from 12 to 16 years old and their adult chaperones for a one-month stay from July 23rd to August 18th. Those interested in learning more should call LeAnn Hall at 419-966-0361.

Paulding Days moving dates

The dates for John Paulding Days have changed. The annual festival is moving from June to July. The Director of the Paulding Chamber of Commerce, Peggy Emerson, told the Cresent News that since a lot of festivals happen at the same time in June, they wanted to provide something to do later in the summer. Some changes set in motion this year are fireworks, and changing from a carnival to more of a hometown festival. They are dropping the carnival rides and will have inflatables and a rock climbing wall. The Chamber is trying to raise $8,000 for a fireworks show on July 9th. Donations are being accepted by the Paulding County Area Foundation.

Construction to start Tuesday on S. Clinton St.

Heads up if you drive in Defiance. The South Clinton Street project will start today, as they work to widen the roadway. The work will take six months. The work depends on the weather, according to the city manager. The project will have two phases. The first phase affects the northbound lane and lasts about three months, then the second phase kicks in affected the southbound lane.

Enforcement of DUI laws till tighten this month

A crackdown on drunk driving begins this Friday and runs through the month of March. Police agencies are ramping up enforcement in time for basketball tournaments and St Patrick’s Day celebrations. In Steuben and DeKalb Counties they report they’ll be working overtime to conduct observational patrols around the clock. The ramped up enforcement this month is being paid for by federal funds.

Liberty Center allows for land purchase

The Board of Education in Liberty Center has voted to allow their superintendent to finalize a land purchase near one of their school properties. The extra land will give the school extra room during a new construction project and allow for additional parking.

Retirement for city finance worker

A long-time Defiance city employee is retiring. Marlene Cripe has worked in the finance department for a quarter of a century. The mother of two and her husband moved to the area in 1989. He is a former pastor in the area. Her last day was Friday.

Indictments handed down

In Defiance County, a grand jury has indicted 55-year-old Alex Johnson for kidnapping. The man is accused of forcing a woman he knows from a residence and drove her to a rural location for sex. The DA’s office is still investigating and there may be more charges coming for Johnson.

A man who assaulted a man in his home then ran from the scene and ended up on the train tracks has been indicted. 23-year-old Cody Jenkins is now facing aggravated burglary, interference with the operation of a train and inducing panic.

A 24-year-old woman is being charged with a case of trying to harm another female. Cassandra Robinson allegedly forced her way into the victim’s home with intent to harm her. She’s now facing aggravated burglary, endangering children and resisting arrest.

Report adds few details to Hannah Fischer’s death

An update on what we know about Hannah Fischer’s death in Paulding. Last Friday, police released the initial incident report to the media. The report indicates a man named Riley Hart called police to report the body in her apartment on February 9th. He had been asked to open the apartment by the suspect’s sister, who hadn’t seen him for some time. That’s when he found the body. The report says there didn’t appear to be any gang activity, drugs or alcohol, and no signs of forced entry to Fischer’s apartment. Paulding police haven’t said much else about the investigation. They are still looking for Frank Tracy, a 47-year-old man who lived with the victim. His truck was found several days after the killing. The Lucas County Coroner’s Office is processing the toxicology results. Finally, a candlelight vigil will be held for Hannah Fischer at Montpelier High School on March 12th at 6 p.m.

Police need witnesses to hit and run

Bryan Police are looking for witnesses to a hit and run collision on Friday. The crash happened about 2:30 p.m. on Friday in the 200 block of West Butler St. Police want to talk to witnesses and anyone with information is urged to contact Bryan Police.

Science fair shows new ideas

About 100 students participated in northwest Ohio’s Regional Science and Engineering Fair on Saturday. They were at Northwest State with their science projects, presenting them to the judges and spectators. The students are middle and high school ages, from fifth grade through seniors. Projects focused on a wide variety of subjects, from chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology.