Archives for December 2016

Former Pandora teacher facing charges of sexual battery and furnishing alcohol to a minor

28 year old Jessica L. Storer of South Ave., Pandora, was arraigned on Dec. 22 in court on charges of sexual battery and six counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person. She pleaded not guilty. 33 year old Derrick Storer also of South Ave. in Pandora, was charged with six counts of furnishing alcohol to an underage person in municipal court. He pleaded not guilty. Jessica Storer had reportedly been a substitute teacher with the Putnam County Educational Service Center prior to the incident. The complaint was filed with the Pandora Police Department on Dec. 21 and involved a male student from Pandora-Gilboa Schools. The incident took place at her residence on Nov. 25-26. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was bound over to Putnam Common Pleas Court. Her bond was set at $50,000.

New Bavaria man enters not guilty pleas to multiple child porn counts

A New Bavaria man has entered not guilty pleas to a 100-count indictment in Henry County Common Pleas Court in a case that dates back to September 1. 37 year old Jason Ladd was indicted on 50 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material or performance and 50 counts of pandering sexually-oriented material involving a minor. Ladd’s bond was set at $100,000 cash. He is currently being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, rural Stryker. A pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 24.

Semi truck fire on the Indiana portion of the toll road

Emergency response teams responded to a semi truck fire on the Indiana portion of the toll road at mile marker 150 (Eastbound) Thursday morning just before 5:30 a.m. Reports indicated that the fire was quickly brought under control by the driver before response teams arrived. Crews controlled the issue and remained on scene until things were fully clears. No hazardous materials were reported. The situation was taken care of in less than an hour by response teams.

Napoleon man enters pleas to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault

A Napoleon man has entered pleas to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault. Scott Houser pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter and assault this week in Henry County Common Pleas Court. Two counts of aggravated vehicular assault will be dismissed at sentencing. Houser had initially been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault following an accident that occurred on Nov. 15, 2015 when he allegedly operated a vehicle on Henry County Road X in Freedom Township that went out of control, overturned twice and struck a barn before coming to rest on its side. A passenger in Houser’s vehicle, Sarah Leaders, was pronounced dead at the scene while three other passengers sustained serious injuries. Houser was given a personal recognizance bond. A sentence of community control and house arrest has been recommended by the state. He is scheduled to appear for sentencing on Feb. 2.

Tuesday night crash in Steuben County claims the life of a Pleasant Lake man

A Tuesday night crash in Steuben County has claimed the life of a Pleasant Lake man. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies responded to a crash just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at County Road 400 South West of Meridian Road. Upon arrival, officers found a SUV that had struck a tree. The driver of the vehicle, 57-year-old Charles Vilders of Pleasant Lake, was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma. Authorities say it appears Vilders was traveling west on County Roud 400 South when for an unknown reason he went off the side of the road and hit a tree head on. Police say it is unknown if alcohol is a factor. Reports indicate that Vilders was not wearing a safety belt. The crash remains under investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s office.

Henry County commissioners Tuesday approved a pair of resolutions

The Henry County commissioners Tuesday approved a pair of resolutions for Henry County Job and Family Services. The commissioners a resolution regarding Job and Family Service’s procurement plan as well as a resolution for the adoption of agency policy for wages and supplements. A pair of resolutions were also approved between the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the villages of Liberty Center and Holgate for continued services. In other business, the commissioners approved an termination of contract with Power House Energy. The commissioners will not meet on Dec. 29. County offices will be closed on Jan. 2 in observance of New Year’s Day.

Flooding expected along St. Joseph and Tiffin Rivers

Monday’s warmup led the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for the St. Joseph River in Montpelier and the Tiffin River in Stryker. The Tiffin River is expected to crest at 12.9 feet Thursday afternoon and the St. Joe River is expected to crest at 11.9 feet by noon Friday.

Stolen SUV from Bryan dealership found in Alabama, suspect in custody

A 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee stolen from a dealership north of Bryan over the weekend was recovered near Scottsboro, Alabama, Monday afternoon. An employee of Giffin Auto Sports on Ohio 15, reported the theft Monday morning. Apparently the car thief, who has been identified as 32 year old Larry Dale Brown of Henagar, Alabama didn’t know that the vehicle had an on-board GPS unit which was used to track it down near Scottsboro. Scottsboro police were contacted with the vehicle’s description. Brown was arrested and charged with eluding, felony receipt of stolen property and three counts of reckless endangerment – one count for each passenger in the vehicle during the pursuit. He remains in custody at the Jackson County Jail.

Sarah’s House is returning to its roots to become Sarah’s Friends

In its 25th anniversary year, Sarah’s House is returning to its roots to become Sarah’s Friends, a name that its operating corporate entity has always held and that management hopes will alleviate confusion regarding its role in the community. Sarah’s Friends’ new mantra is “Helping Those Harmed by Crime.”The change comes as the organization is expanding the scope of its temporary and transitional housing services, bringing its total number of apartment spaces to four by the end of 2017, due to high utilization. Board President Sarah Vashaw says their goal is that all victims will prevail over the trauma of their victimization and will heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Sarah’s Friends can be reached at 419-636-7272

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced his office’s January regional office hours

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced his office’s January regional office hours. Regional liaisons for the Secretary of State’s office will be in 15 counties around Ohio. The purpose of open office hours is to give local residents an opportunity to stay connected with the Secretary of State’s office in an informal and accessible setting. In addition to making voter registration forms and election information available, regional representatives will be on hand to answer questions and distribute materials to those interested in learning more about the other functions of the office. A liaison will be at Napoleon Public Library on W. Clinton St., from 2-4 p.m. Jan. 3.