Archives for May 2017

4,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in Ohio

A survey of Ohio county coroners has found more than 4,000 people died from drug overdoses last year in a state among the hardest hit by a heroin and opioid epidemic. The state’s 4,149 unintentional fatal overdoses in 2016 are a 36 percent increase from the previous year when just over 3,000 deaths were reported. Ohio led the nation in the total number of fatal overdoses in 2014 and 2015. The state Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services said Ohio’s 2015 fatal overdose numbers could have been much higher were it not for lives saved with the opioid overdose antidote, naloxone.

Head-on crash in DeKalb County injured three people Tuesday

A head-on crash in DeKalb County injured three people Tuesday. According to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department the crash happened in the 7400 block of State Road 8 around 5 p.m. on Tuesday, just east of Newville. Investigators said a vehicle driven by Austin Ortiz, of Butler, crossed the center line into the eastbound lane. Reports indicate that an oncoming vehicle driven by Eric Rice, of Edgerton, Ohio, crossed into the westbound lane to avoid the collision. Investigators said Ortiz then corrected back into his proper lane and hit the brakes in an attempt to avoid a collision. The Concord Township Fire Department extricated Ortiz from his vehicle. He was taken by air ambulance to a Fort Wayne hospital and last listed in serious condition. Rice was treated and released for his injuries. A passenger in Rice’s vehicle was listed in fair condition. It was reported that all three people were wearing seat belts.

Folks in Paulding County looking for a break in natural disasters

Folks in Paulding County are saying “enough already” and could use a break from natural disasters about now. In the last two weeks, the county has suffered from strong straight line winds and flooding in the Payne, Paulding and Oakwood areas. The Paulding County commissioners had initially declared a state of emergency on May 18, following straight line wind and storm damage in the county. That declaration was lifted on May 22, but then flooding rushed into the area. Flooding prompted a second emergency declaration on May 25, which was still in effect Wednesday morning.

OSHP releases Memorial Day weekend traffic numbers

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is reporting 14 deaths on Ohio roadways over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. In 2016, 15 fatalities occurred, and 16 occurred in 2015. One of this year’s fatalities was a motorcyclist, and seven were pedestrians. The four-day reporting period began Friday, May 26 and ran through Monday, May 29. In addition, the Ohio State Highway Patrol made 9,533 seat belt citations in a joint effort with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project in an initiative from Monday, May 22 to Monday, May 29. The 6-State Trooper Project includes State police from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Henry County man facing a felony abduction charges

A Henry County man is facing a felony abduction charge following an alleged incident that took place Saturday evening in Hancock County. The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was contacted about 30 year old Joseph Burns of Deshler who was allegedly holding his girlfriend against her will while driving her vehicle on Saturday evening in the Hancock County area. The victim, also from Henry County, was reportedly able to send a text message to a family member about the situation. Burns also allegedly struck the female in the head and threatened to kill them both while they were in the vehicle. The car was eventually stopped on Lima Avenue in Findlay where Burns was taken into custody.

Two children were seriously injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash

Two children were seriously injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle crash north of Delta. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Toledo post, at 11 a.m. in Fulton County’s Pike Township, a vehicle driven by 24 year old Jasin Wise of Liberty Center, was westbound on County Road and failed to stop at Ohio 109, colliding with a southbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Jeffrey Jameson of Adrian, Mich. Both vehicles went off the roadway and came to rest in a field. Jameson’s passenger, 39 year old Nichole Jameson of Adrian, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Jameson’s four children were also in the vehicle. Two children, ages 8 and 9, were uninjured. Two children, ages 3 and 4, sustained serious injuries and were taken to area hospitals where their conditions were unavailable.

Defiance Police Department is searching for a male robbery suspect

The Defiance Police Department is searching for a male suspect who allegedly robbed the Circle K gas station, on N. Clinton St., late Sunday evening. The male suspect allegedly entered the store with a firearm and left the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds. He was reportedly wearing a black vest over a dark grey hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information about the suspect or his identification should contact Detective Dave Richards of the Defiance Police Department.

Two kayakers who had been swept under water on the Pigeon River rescued

A 9-1-1 call was received from two kayakers who had been swept under water on the Pigeon River after getting caught on a log jam in swift water Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. Indiana Conservation Officers responded and said that 54 year old Dawn Desmond of Toledo was kayaking with a 14 year old female on the Pigeon River in western Steuben County. Reports indicate that when the kayakers approached a log jam that spanned completely across the river, Desmond’s kayak became pinned against a log. Her kayak flipped over and she was swept under the water, surfacing downriver of the log jam. The 14 year old female exited her kayak in attempts to help rescue Desmond and was also swept under water by the swift currents. Both were able to reach the bank of the river and climb to safety where they called 9-1-1.

The Andersons closing their doors after this Saturday June 3rd

Say goodbye to an Ohio retail icon…this is the final week for The Andersons as they will be closing their doors after this Saturday, June 3, 2017. In January, the company said it would close four retail stores, including two in Columbus, one in Maumee on Illinois Avenue and one in Toledo on Talmadge Road. Store hours will be from to 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. until June 3. The Andersons was founded in Maumee in 1947.

Gas prices are increasing for the first time in four weeks

Gas prices are increasing for the first time in four weeks. AAA Auto Club reports the average cost nationwide is $2.36/gallon – two cents more than a week ago, which is still six cents less than a month ago, but eight cents more than a year ago. The increases are likely the result of rising demand and crude oil prices. At least 36 states saw price increases on the week. The rise in road travel could pressure pump prices to continue to increase into the summer months, potentially returning to the higher national averages seen in April. According to Gas Buddy dot com, here in the Bryan area, we’re seeing much lower prices than the national average. Many outlets are selling regular grade gasoline for 2.19 a gallon.