Archives for August 2016

Williams County woman injured in single car accident

A Williams County woman sustained serious injuries Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash east of here. 38 year old Jeniffer Bergeon of Edgerton, was hospitalized at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, where her condition was unknown. According to the Defiance post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, Bergeon was northbound on Williams County Road 7 at U.S. 6 and struck a ditch at 3:08 p.m.. The vehicle overturned and came to rest in a field. Bergeon was taken by Williams County EMS to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers in Bryan, before being transferred to St. Vincent’s.

Defiance County Fair puts up with heavy rains again

The 2016 Defiance County Fair is now history. Exact statistics from the Fair are not yet in, but fair board president Jerry Sanders doesn’t need statistics to state the obvious that the rains did hurt attendance this year. Rain has been a constant presence at the Defiance County Fair since 1989, with everything from short sprinkles to complete week-long rainouts making their presence known during the eight-day event. However, Sanders believes the rain did not deter fans of the fair, who ultimately compensated for it on other days. While large crowds were expected for such traditional fare as the parade of bands and the demolition derby, many of the animal shows drew large amounts of both audience members and participants.

No change in number of Defiance County write-in candidates

The number of Defiance County write-in candidates in this year’s general election will remain at two.The deadline for write-in candidates in Ohio to qualify for the Nov. 8 ballot passed at 4 p.m. Monday. Steve Flory has filed as a write-in candidate for Defiance County sheriff, while Ryan Burger has filed as a candidate for county commissioner. They had announced their candidacies months ago. Flory, a former sheriff’s deputy, is running against Republican Doug Engel, chief deputy with the sheriff’s office and director of the Multi-Area Narcotics Unit. Engel was unopposed in the March GOP primary. Republican Sheriff David Westrick decided not to seek re-election to a ninth, four-year term due to health considerations.

Ohio Supreme Court issues proposed amendment to clarify medical marijuana law

The Ohio Supreme Court has issued a proposed amendment to provide some clarification for lawyers who are trying to advise clients about the state’s new medical marijuana law. The court’s proposed amendment to the Rules of Professional Conduct says a lawyer can assist a client regarding conduct that it permitted under the new state law but in these circumstances, the lawyer shall also advise the client of related federal law. This proposed amendment will now go through a public comment period until September 18th. The need to clarify the services attorneys can offer clients arose in early August after a non-binding advisory opinion was issued by the independent Board of Professional Conduct.

Paulding house fire sends one person to hospital

A house near Paulding was heavily damaged early Wednesday morning by fire. Shortly after 2 a.m., Paulding Fire Department was called to a home on County Road 95 that was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Poviding mutual aid were Payne, Cecil-Crane Township and Scott fire departments. aulding EMS also transported an unidentified individual to the Paulding County Hospital, where a condition update was unavailable. The home is reported to be a total loss. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

Woman sentenced on drug charges

59 year old Cheryl Price of Pontiac Drive, appeared for sentencing on a charge of illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, a third-degree felony. She was placed on community control for two years, given 30 days in CCNO with work release, and ordered to report medical prescriptions she obtains to her supervising officer within one business day of receiving them. She was given a suspended six-month operator’s license suspension with driving privileges. Carter purchased pseudophedrine to be used in the making of methamphetamine.

President of the Ohio State Bar Association will visit Defiance on Tuesday, Sept. 13

The president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will visit Defiance on Tuesday, Sept. 13, to speak to area attorneys about current issues facing the legal profession and to recognize two area lawyers. Ronald S. Kopp, 2016-2017 OSBA president, will address the District 3 annual luncheon meeting at Serrick Campus Center at Defiance College. OSBA District 3 includes 447 members who practice in nine northwest Ohio counties. Russell J. McMaster of Paulding will be recognized for his 50 years of service to the profession and Clayton J. Crates of Defiance will receive the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.

Defiance man arrested Tuesday in connection to a shooting incident

A Defiance man was arrested Tuesday in connection to a shooting incident that was reported on Defiance’s northside Monday morning. According to the Defiance Police Department, 38 year old Joshua Wachtman of Seneca St., was arrested Tuesday on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons while under disability. The incident occurred at approximately 10:01 a.m. when officers responded to a report of two shots that were fired in the 820 block of North Clinton St. Two 9mm gun shell casings and a weapon were recovered by officers who responded to the scene. No injuries were reported as result of the shooting. The case is being forwarded to the Defiance County Prosecutor Morris Murray’s office for further review.

Defiance man sentenced in gas station robbery

A Defiance man charged with robbing a local gas station and convenience store has been sentenced to prison in Defiance County Common Pleas Court. 33 year old Joshua Brown of Durango Drive, pleaded guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony, and was given a four-year prison term by Judge Joseph Schmenk. He was also also ordered to make $295 restitution to The Barn — a gas station and convenience store on East Second Street in Richland Township — fined $2,000 and given credit for 209 days served in jail while his case was pending.

Dedication of the newly completed middle and high school building set for September 11

Construction continues for the the Bryan City Schools building project, but the dedication of one of the building is just around the corner. Bryan residents are invited to join Bryan City Schools to celebrate the dedication of the newly completed middle and high school building. The project is the first phase of a master plan that will unite all 2,000 students from preschool through grade 12 on one campus for the first time in the school district’s history. The dedication ceremony is Sunday, September 11th at 2 p.m. A reception will follow with tours from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. The new campus is a 21st century learning environment that emphasizes openness, collaboration and project-based learning.