Archives for November 2017

Jones In Court

Counsel for a Napoleon man, charged with rape of a minor under age 13, files an oral motion in court, to withdraw his client’s guilty plea. Anthony Jones appeared in a Henry County courtroom for sentencing. Jones is seeking to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Following evaluations, he was deemed competent to stand trial, and not eligible for an insanity defense. Jones is currently held at the Corrections Center, in Stryker.

Defiance Defiant Against Weed

An ordinance, that prohibits medicinal marijuana facilities in Defiance, was let lie by city council. The panel tabled the ordinance that would ban all businesses associated with the cultivation, processing and dispensing of medicinal marijuana within the city limits. It will receive a second reading at council’s next meeting. The action addresses the Ohio General Assembly’s passage of a law last year, allowing the production and sale of medical marijuana in Ohio.

O’Donnell Tapped For Law Position

Defiance’s next city law director is named. Mayor, Mike McCann announced Sean O’Donnell…one of the city’s two assistant law directors…will take over on Jan. 1. O’Donnell will replace long-time law director, David Williams, who will retire at year’s end. O’Donnell, 33, is a North Carolina native. He was employed by the Steve K. Snavely law firm of Defiance when hired by McCann earlier this year as an assistant law director. The city’s other assistant law director, Troy Essex, will retain that title and continue to handle Defiance Municipal Court proceedings.

Metal X Is Here

Scrapping company, Metal-X hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility in Delta. The proposed $35 million investment will fund the development of a state-of-the-art scrap processing plant that will create more than 75 new jobs to handle over 500,000 tons per year in its first phase. The company expects the facility to be fully operational within one-year, and plans to begin certain operations as early as next summer.

Rick Is In The Money

A Warsaw man wins $1 million after hitting a CA$H 5 jackpot through the Hoosier Lottery. Rick Calvert, who’s retired from the printing industry, won $1,055,000 before taxes on the jackpot drawn on Nov. 18. Calvert plans to pay off his home mortgage with the winnings…and use the balance of the prize money on his retirement, including a possible trip to Florida…good choice.

Montpelier Tax Abatement Update

A plan to offer a 100 percent tax abatement over a 15-year period on residential improvements over $5,000, or for new construction is now law after Montpelier Village Council voted it in unanimously. A similar ordinance, covering the downtown area, which contains commercial, industrial and residential buildings, is being prepared by village legal counsel.

Suicide Averted

Multiple law enforcement agencies were able to safely talk a juvenile off of the roof of the Whitley County Courthouse. Police found a girl who had threatened to jump. A counselor from the Columbia City Bowen Center talked with the juvenile until negotiators from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department arrived. The negotiators were able to talk the juvenile to safety after an hour. Investigators say it appeared the juvenile was able to gain access to the roof by using exterior construction scaffolding.

Kendallville Woman In Crash

A Kendallville woman is hurt after she suffered a seizure while driving. Officials say Lois Williamson, 50, was headed north on State Road 3 near County Road 70. A witness saw Williamson slump over the wheel before crossing the grass median into the southbound lanes. She went down a steep embankment into a wooded area and hit several trees. She was wearing a seatbelt. Williamson received a spinal fracture and was treated at a local hospital.

Jenkins Fired

The Lucas County Commission voted Tuesday to fire county administrator Laura Lloyd Jenkins. Jenkins has been on administrative leave since her husband, Cordell Jenkins, was indicted on federal child sex trafficking charges. Laura Lloyd Jenkins was not charged in that case. Megan Vahey Casiere is replacing her as county administrator.

Kid Caught Driving

An 11-year-old girl was driving an SUV when police stopped it and arrested a young woman riding in the back seat in Warren. The woman doesn’t have a driver’s license and indicated that she thought it would be better to let the child drive. 19-year-old Brandy Cross was jailed on charges. The 11 year old went home.