Archives for June 2016

Hollywood movies will be coming to Ohio, thanks to new film cap

You’ll see more movies filmed in Ohio, after the Governor signed into law a revised Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit, which caps the incentive at $40 million, up from $5, and changed the incentive rate to a flat 30 percent on all production dollars spent here.

The changes are expected to bring thousands more jobs, and hundreds of millions of dollars to Ohio. It’s another step towards making us more competitive with other states that lead in movie production like Georgia.

Former OSU drum-major instructor convicted of sexual assault on student

A former OSU marching band drum-major instructor is going to prison for sexually assaulting a 19-year-old freshman. The man, Stewart Kitchen was sentenced to three years and can apply for judicial release after serving six months. The victim told the judge her life will never be the same, after the man said he was too drunk to drive home and took her to his apartment, where the assault took place. The victim told police, who monitored a call where Kitchen tried to convince her to say that the sex was consensual. The victim has left OSU and is attending another college. Kitchen will have to register as a sex offender every 3 months for life.

Bronson pool demolition approved

The Bronson Pool is another step closer to being demolished. The City Council approved an ordinance to allow a contract with an excavating company to get rid of the unused pool, it’s decking and the baby pool for about $47,000. The company, Helms & Sons Excavating, will leave the auxiliary buildings which include the bathhouse and the water filtering and pumps because there is an interest in creating another water feature in the park.

North Central counting down the days till new school opens

North Central Schools say their new school buildings are on schedule and will be done in time to open on September 6th. With everything new, up to date, there’s a lot to love. Students, parents and teachers may love one small feature the most. There are no steps anywhere in the new facility. With accomodations big enough to handle the enrollment, students will be able to operate on the same lunch schedule. The district is trying to keep the same schedule to reduce disruptions to the students. Other features include natural lighting in each classroom, flat-screen tvs, 14 classrooms and plenty of room.

Trial for Paulding HS graduates killed in Florida continued

The murder trial of a Florida man accused of killing his mother and step-father from Paulding and another man has been continued until August. 22-year-old Jacob Langston is charged with shooting his mother Shanna McGrath, her husband Kevin, and Elbert Merrick III, 22, Florida, on Jan. 23 of this year. Langston is also charged with shooting two dogs and killing one of them.

Update on assault victim in Toledo hospital

A follow up about the Defiance man who was found unconscious at Stefano’s Ristorante Sunday morning about 1 am. Police determined the man had been assaulted. He remains hospitalized in critical condition at last check at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. Police did not confirm the man’s name but Facebook posts listed him as 31-year-old Todd Wendell, and the hospital confirmed that.

Now according to Defiance County Proscutor Morris Murray, a suspect of continuing investigation is 31-year-old Roberto Martinez of Defiance. So far, he’s been charged with assault, before the extent of the victim’s injuries was known. Now Martinez’s case may go before a grand jury for consideration of more serious charges.

Pioneer’s road project nearly complete, a little behind schedule

The Pioneer road project is a bit behind schedule, but according to Mayor Ed Kidston, the new construction on First Street should be done in early July. Kidston told the Bryan Times that the new storm drains are in, along with a 12-inch water line, new curbs and sidewalks along First Street. Once the black top is laid, the road will be reopened. The final touches include new light fixtures, seeding and some electrical work.

Ford dealership suspect arraigned

The man suspected of arson of the Bryan Ford dealership in May was arraigned yesterday. Jorden Cargle was arrested at the scene along with a 17-year-old Bryan male and both were charged. He’s been in custody since the fire and his bond was denied yesterday. He’s at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio and the juvenile is at Juvenile Detention. Cargle’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on all four counts he’s facing. Cargle will be back in Williams County Common Pleas Court for a preliminary hearing on August 4th.

BMV setting up for credit cards

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is coming into the 21st Century, and by Friday, will take credit cards to pay for driver’s licenses and other services. According to a spokesperson for the BMV, they’ve been negotiating with the credit card companies and have come to deal. Customers who want to pay by credit or debit card will include an additional $1.25 service fee.

Ohio receives approval to keep disabled people where they want to cared for

More than 36,000 individuals with disabilities in Ohio are affected by new federal regulations that move people with disabilities away from institutional care and towards community services. Quadco Rehabilitation Center said in a release that Ohio has received approval to keep people in their existing programs if they want to stay, as long as they are informed about their choices. Many people and their families did not want to change programs, and now they have a choice.