Archives for June 2017

Yost In Town Next Week

Auditor of the State of Ohio, Dave Yost, is planning to attend the last Financial Planning and Supervision Commission Meeting in Edgerton. The State declared the Village of Edgerton in fiscal emergency in December of 2013. The VOE financial planning and supervision commission will have its final meeting on July 6, at Edgerton Town Hall. Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend. After the meeting there will be light refreshments served by Rita’s Family Dining.

Multi Sport Stars

In a move considered for several months, the Bryan Board of Education approves a one year trial of a dual-sport participation policy, starting this fall. Bryan students will, for the first time in quite awhile, be able to participate in multiple sports, so long as they meet certain conditions. First, students must declare a primary and secondary sport, with the primary taking precedence over the secondary, if a scheduling conflict arises. Students must practice for both sports when possible and meet certain team requirements decided on by coaches. If a student athlete is disqualified or suspended from one sport, they are suspended from both. Approval may be denied at any time on academic grounds.

Kressbach Goes To Prison

A former church school teacher was sentenced to 22 years in prison for having sex with underage girls. Brian Kressbach, of Napoleon, pled guilty last month to nine counts of sexual battery and unlawful sexual conduct. In January he was charged with 13 counts following an investigation at St. Paul Lutheran School. The incidents involved three junior high girls at St. Paul’s.

Get Ready To Travel

The Bryan Chamber of Commerce announces they will be hosting a trip to Germany. The trip will depart on March 24th, 2018. Participants will visit Berlin, Dresden, and Munich. The cost is 3-thousand-3-hundred-49 dollars, if the deposit is submitted by September 30th.

Ohio Energy Firm Disagrees With Court

A federal appeals court rules the EPA is not required to estimate the number of mining job losses that may be caused by air pollution regulations. The ruling issued Thursday by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a West Virginia judge’s ruling that sided with coal companies. Ohio-based, Murray Energy and other companies argued the EPA should have to report on potential job losses caused by its policies. The EPA under the Obama administration had appealed that decision. A Murray Energy spokesman says the company plans to appeal the ruling.

Rutledge Gets Life

A jury in Columbus recommends life in prison without parole for a man convicted of fatally shooting an Ohio SWAT officer during a standoff last year. The jury could have recommended the death penalty for Lincoln Rutledge. The jury earlier this month found the 45-year-old guilty of aggravated murder and other charges in Officer Steven Smith’s death. Rutledge shot Smith as officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant in April 2016. Smith died two days later. Rutledge’s defense team argues he suffers mental issues that affected his actions during the standoff, which lasted more than nine hours. The judge is expected to sentence Rutledge on July 18.

Medicaid Battle Brews

Republican legislators in Ohio are bracing for a veto fight with Gov Kasich. Conservatives have called on the outspoken Kasich to set a national example, by leaving in place a state budget provision calling for freezing new enrollment under Medicaid expansion starting July 1, 2018. Kasich must decide by midnight, tonight. Allowing the freeze would mark a stunning reversal for Kasich. He’s been one of the Republican Party’s most vocal defenders of the expansion, made possible under the federal health care law reviled, and now targeted, by his party.

Mohamud Makes Plea

An Ohio man, charged with plotting to kill military members in the U.S. after receiving training in Syria, pled guilty two years ago to terrorism charges, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. Ab-dir-ah-man Sheik Mohamud, a Somali-born naturalized citizen was accused of supporting terrorism. Federal prosecutors say Mohamud received training in 2014 on weapons, combat and tactics in Syria and then returned to the U.S. with a plan to kill military officers or others in uniform. Mohamud, now 25, was living in Columbus when he was taken into custody.

Funding Sags In Napoleon

While not official yet, Napoleon Area Schools anticipate losing funds in the state biennial budget. During the board of education meeting, Treasurer, Michael Bostelman reported the district is anticipated to lose approximately $200,000 each year of the proposed two-year budget, which includes the loss of property.

Napoleon Drug Bust

The Multi Area Narcotics Task Force assisted with a traffic stop in Napoleon, which resulted in two city residents being charged with possession of drugs. A K-9 unit was alerted during the stop and approximately one pound of marijuana was located in the vehicle. Both Spencer Nelson and Morgan Wyse are charged with the fifth-degree felony.