Archives for September 2017

Blast Accidental

A cause of an explosion that leveled a rural Defiance County home on Aug. 21 is determined. The blast at 15525 Sponseller Road is thought to be an accidental fire. Officials say the probable cause was a propane leak in the crawlspace. Defiance crews were called to the one-story home to find it fully engulfed. The five occupants were all able to escape with only minor injuries. The house was a total loss.

Shelter Returns To Steuben Co

The Community Humane Shelter of Steuben County invited the community to tour its new facility on Thursday. The shelter held an official ribbon cutting and open hours. The animals were moved there in late August. It is twice the size. Construction on the new facility began last October. The $1.6 million project was fully funded by donations.

Tax Dispute Policy Changes In OH

Ohioans lost the right to appeal disputed tax decisions directly to the state’s high court, a scarcely debated policy change that critics say will have sweeping consequences for businesses, individuals and governments. The Ohio Supreme Court advocated for and defends the change, arguing it was necessary to lighten its docket of a flood of market-driven property tax disputes and to preserve its role as arbiter of the state’s most significant legal questions. The Board of Tax Appeals, which arbitrates local tax disagreements, issued 8,165 decisions in 2013, which placed such a burden on resources that the board launched an online filing system to handle the load.

Many Questions Still Surround Warmbier

A coroner says her office could not determine what led to the fatal brain damage of a young Ohio man detained in North Korea for more than a year. While the parents of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier and President, Trump have accused the North Korean government of torturing him, doctors say evidence has led to no “scientific facts” to solve Warmbier’s mysterious death. A coroner’s report shows the cause of death as complications from brain-damaging oxygen deprivation.

Fire Captain Dies On Job

A captain with the Fort Wayne Fire Department dies while leading a training exercise at a commercial structure. He was a 19-year veteran of the department. Officials say more information is forthcoming. An investigation is underway.

Murray Is In Trouble

An Delphos man could spend some time behind bars on child pornography charges. 67-year-old, Vernon Murray possessed and had access to numerous digital files that contained images of children being sexually abused.

Fatal Crash In Hancock County

Police were on the scene of a crash in Hancock County on County Road 216, east of Trail 243 in Washington Township. A 22-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle and went off the side of the road. The car rolled several times…the woman was trapped inside…she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Calls Lead To Arrest

Alan Krontz of Angola is arrested on three counts of Intimidation, this after he made threats to two County Judges and a Butler City Police Officer. Auburn Police got word of threatening telephone calls to the residences of Judge, Kevin Wallace and Superior Court Judge, Montel Brown. The calls, allegedly made by Krontz, were answered by the Judge’s wives, who were told that their husbands lives may be in danger. Krontz was taken to the Steuben County lockup.

Buckenmeyer Is Sentenced

A Toledo woman is sentenced in the death of a Northwood woman. Carrie Buckenmeyer pled guilty in a Fulton County courtroom to aggravated vehicular homicide. She was sentenced to five years of community control and 180 days at the Corrections Center, in Stryker. On Aug. 4, 2016, Buckenmeyer was eastbound on U.S. 20, west of Ohio 108, colliding head-on with a vehicle driven by Norma Holguin, of Toledo. Holguin was seriously injured and her passenger, Joann Adamson, of Northwood, was killed in the crash.

Lake Goes To Jail

A Hicksville man is sentenced to a decade in prison in Defiance County on two child sexual abuse charges. Christopher Lake pled guilty in 2016 for sexual contact with a 7-year-old girl at a Hicksville residence. A county grand jury indictment for rape included the possibility of life imprisonment due to the child’s age…it was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.