Archives for February 2017

Sherwood man arrested on two felony rape charges

A Sherwood man was arrested Monday evening on two felony rape charges. 57 year old Jimmy Pelliccia of U.S. 127, Sherwood, was charged by the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of rape of a minor. The charges involve two Indiana juveniles. According to Defiance County Sheriff Doug Engel, Pelliccia was arrested following an ongoing investigation and taken to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, rural Stryker. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for this morning in Defiance Municipal Court.

Discussions underway for a designated bike trail in the county

Officials with the Maumee Valley Planning Organization met with the Williams County Commissioners Monday to review and discuss a special Ohio Department of Transportation proposed project, which involves a designated bike trail in the county. The project’s purpose is to designate a network of State and US Bicycle Routes throughout Ohio. This is in response to a national initiative to establish bike routes throughout the United States so that one day a person can bike all the way from Washington DC to California. The route being proposed in the Williams County area is called State Bicycle Route 90, which goes through Fulton and Williams County and through what is known as the Wabash Cannonball trail, where it exists. Where the Wabash Cannonball Trail ends, the plan goes onto some County, Townships and Village roads in the area.

Bryan Municipal Utilities won’t be raising its cable rates in 2017

Despite continued increases in programming costs, Bryan Municipal Utilities won’t be raising its cable rates in 2017. BMU Director Rob Berner said at Tuesday’s Board of Public Affairs meeting that BMU is in the process of evaluating the city’s communications operations. He said it appears as though the department will need to make some changes in the near future, including spending on infrastructure and new technologies. Berner acknowledged that spending will likely eventually result in increased rates for BMU cable customers, but he hoped freezing the rates for 2017 would keep BMU from losing cable viewers in the meantime.

First Defiance Financial Corp completes acquisition of Commercial Bancshares, Inc

First Defiance Financial Corp. announced Monday it has completed its acquisition of Commercial Bancshares, Inc. and will merge The Commercial Savings Bank, a subsidiary of Commercial Bancshares, with First Defiance’s subsidiary, First Federal Bank of the Midwest. Commercial shareholders received total consideration of 80 percent stock and 20 percent cash. Based on the Feb. 24 closing price of $49.61 per share of First Defiance, the transaction had an implied value of approximately $70.3 million.

Trial of an Edgerton man charged with murdering a 3-year-old girl has been continued to April 5

The trial of an Edgerton man charged with murdering a 3-year-old girl has been continued to April 5. According to Franklin County Common Pleas Court online records, the trial of 26 year old Tyson Reliford was set to begin Monday but was delayed after a judge granted a request for continuance. In July 2015, Reliford was arrested and charged with murder, felonious assault and child endangerment in relation to the Feb. 7, 2015 death of 3-year-old Aiyanna Thompson of Columbus. Reliford has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted uncovers voter fraud

Ohio’s Secretary of State Jon Husted on Monday announced that his office has uncovered 385 non-citizens registered to vote in Ohio – 82 of whom have managed to cast ballots. Husted, a Republican and likely candidate for Ohio governor, said the non-citizens who registered but never voted will be sent letters requesting they cancel their ballot. But if they fail to cancel their registration, they could ultimately be referred for prosecution. The 82 who did vote “will be immediately referred to law enforcement for further investigation and possible prosecution, according to a release from Husted’s office. The investigation was completed using information obtained from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department investigating semi crash

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department says that an inattentive semi driver went off the road and spilled a load of steel. Investigators in DeKalb County said a flatbed semi driven by 39 year old Travis W. Maldeney of Auburn, told police he was not aware of how close he was to the edge of the roadway when his semi and trailer dipped onto the shoulder and overturned. Authorities say the crash caused thousands of pounds of steel trusses to spill into a grassy area. Maldeney was cited for false and fictitious registration on the tractor-trailer. The truck sustained approximately $150,000 in damage, according to the report from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Montpelier, Ohio wins top prize for best water in the United States

If you’re thirsty, Montpelier, Ohio may be the place to go. The Village of Montpelier has won the top prize for U.S. tap water at an international tasting contest. Ohio towns took two of the top three prizes for Best Municipal Water on Saturday at the 27th annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting in West Virginia. Second to Montpelier was Emporia, Kansas, who took second place. Hamilton, Ohio finished third. Water judges based their rankings on taste, odor, mouth feel and aftertaste.

25 people cited for under age drinking at a party in Williams County

25 people have been cited for under age drinking and the party host arrested after an incident early Sunday morning in Williams County, Ohio. The Williams County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an underage alcohol party in the 11500 block of County Road 15 near West Unity. West Unity Police said approximately twenty-five people were processed for consuming alcohol under the legal age. Those that tested positive will be receiving their charges in the mail. The host of the party, 19 year old Mason Gauden was arrested and transported to the Community Corrections of Northwest Ohio. He was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors, drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana.

Ohio man was injured Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash just west of Oakwood

An Ohio man was injured Saturday evening in a one-vehicle crash just west of Oakwood. 46 year old Scott Rhoades of Middle Point, was transported from the scene by air ambulance to Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, where his condition was unknown. According to the Van Wert post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, at 11:17 p.m., on Ohio 637, north of Ohio 613, a car operated by Rhoades lost control and struck a ditch. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor and the crash remains under investigation.