Archives for July 2017

Serious Crash In Garrett

Two people are hurt after the pickup truck they were in is struck by a train on County Road 19, near the intersection with County Road 48, near Garrett. The driver tried to cross the tracks when it was struck, pushing the vehicle about a quarter-mile from the crossing. Another train sitting on a siding may have also hit the truck. The victims were taken from the crash by helicopter to a hospital. The police have not released their conditions.

Hephner Is Picked Up

Authorities find 26-year-old Mitchell Hephner. He was taken in to custody on a three count warrant for failing to register as a sex or violent offender. Hephner is in custody at the Steuben County jail…he was found at an area motel.

Urdiales Goes To Prison

An elderly Defiance man is sentenced to prison in Defiance County Court on several rape charges involving two girls. Miguel Urdiales, 79, was given a 15-year term on four counts of rape. Urdiales pled no contest to the charges. Between 2002-2003, and between 2011-2012, Urdiales engaged in sexual conduct with two different females on two or more occasions…each were under 13 years old.

The Wrench Case Continues

Auburn Police Detectives are investigating a “Battery Causing Bodily Injury” incident, which they say “became very complicated, very quickly”, due to the amount of Social Media posts concerning the event. Late Tuesday night, July 18th, officers responded to Wayne Street on the report of a battery. They found Heather Jones bleeding from a cut to her face and complaining of severe pain. Jones reported she was hit by an object that was thrown from a passing vehicle and into the vehicle that she was driving on Wayne Street. Jones suffered a fractured jaw. Police located a wrench that is believed to be the object that was thrown and struck Jones. Police also learned that the incident occurred after at least one suspect and Jones had a disagreement through social media messages.

Its Busy At The Animal Shelter

The Williams County Humane Society is taking in cats at a rate of about 100 per month, much higher than the normal average. Fortunately, there have also been a record high number of adoptions. Currently, 20 cats are living at the shelter with about 20 kittens in foster care. The high-volume crisis of sorts began when the Fort Defiance Humane Society announced it would no longer be accepting cats. That, coupled with a Fulton County operation that is still getting up and running, created a bottleneck at the height of cat-breeding season.

New NSCC Contract

Northwest State Community College’s Board of Trustees and staff agree to a three-year contract. Colin Doolittle, NSCC engineering technologies faculty and Professional Association representative, indicated that the new contract “allows both sides to do what’s best for the college,” while also stating that it “provides stability, allowing both the association and the college to plan for their collective long-term future.” The agreement provides, on average, a 2.5 percent annual wage increase over each of the next three years for the faculty.

Ruschel Resign Paulding CoC Post

Paulding’s Chamber of Commerce executive director resigns after more than a month in office. Shannon Ruschel’s resignation was effective Wednesday. She had been hired in June to replace Peggy Emerson, who moved to Ansonia. Ruschel did not cite any particular reasons for her resignation. The chamber board had recently written a letter to the editor in a local paper, apologizing for an incident that occurred during John Paulding Days, which the chamber organizes. The letter stated that during the Parade on July 14, Ruschel refused to announce the Democratic Central Committee float as part of her emcee duties. The chamber will be placing ads for a new director.

Fatal Bike Crash In Toledo

One man is dead after a motorcycle crash in south Toledo, on Airport Highway near Byrne Round. Officers saying the driver of the motorcycle was trying to pass another vehicle on Airport, when he was hit by oncoming traffic. Police closed Airport Highway while they investigated the crash.

He Just Had To See His Girlfriend

The inmate on work release, who failed to return to the Noble County Jail is back in custody. Fort Wayne Police located Duane Mayfield at a hotel on West Coliseum Boulevard, in the company of Kelsey Parks of Kendallville. Mayfield was taken to the Noble County Jail, where he faces a new charge of failure to return to lawful detention. He took off after an appointment on Tuesday. His list of priors includes drug offenses and auto theft.

Police Want Hephner

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office wants the public’s help in locating a wanted non-compliant registered sex offender. An arrest warrant was issued by the Steuben County Superior Court, charging 26 year old Mitchell Hephner with 2 counts of failing to register as a sex or violent offender. He is also charged with 1 count of a level 5 felony failure to register as a sex or violent offender with a prior conviction. Hephner is white…6-1…165. He has short brown hair, brown eyes, and a goatee type mustache. Hephner also has several tattoos on his neck and throat area as well as his left arm and hand.