Archives for December 2017

Questions Remain In Defiance House Fire

The investigation continues in determining who died in a Dec. 15 Rolling Meadows Blvd house fire in rural Defiance. Coroner, Dr. William Reeves says the identity of the victim has yet to be released by Lucas County officials. Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene of the fire, though the cause has yet to be determined. The home was heavily damaged.

The Cops Want Coker

Area officers want Ryan Coker. In Feb, Coker, of Bryan, was indicted for unlawful sexual conduct with a minor in Williams County Court. The victim was a 13 year old female. He fled after the charges and the court issued a bench warrant on March 8 when he failed to appear. Coker also has two active warrants charging him with theft. Coker was online when the Sheriff’s Office posted his information Thursday morning. His photo received 226 shares within the first hour and 11 comments. He taunted law enforcement by “Liking” several of the responses.

Thanks For Everything, Mayor Johnson

Bryan Mayor, Douglas Johnson has officially retired from his mayoral post after 16 years. He attended his final council meeting as mayor on Wednesday. On Thursday, former council vice-president Carrie Schlade took the oath of office, becoming just the fourth Bryan mayor in the past 40 years. Schlade is the city’s first-ever female mayor.

Defiance NYE Celebration Cancelled

After looking at the weekend forecast, officials at Arps Dairy and the Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau came to the decision to cancel the inaugural NYE Countdown celebration, Sunday at Defiance Triangle Park. This weekend’s weather is supposed to have evening lows well below freezing, the National Weather Service predicts a Sunday evening low at -5. Officials say they will add a winter event to the schedule in the coming weeks.

BMU Customers Heed The Call

Residents listened to Bryan Municipal Utilities request to voluntarily reduce electric consumption during a three-hour peak demand period Thursday morning. Officials note that another cold snap early next week could drive another BMU request to conserve electricity. They add they appreciate the effort…in the end, it will save the utility and it’s customers money.

Great Local Jobs Numbers

The area jobs market continues to improve. Williams County’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent during November, down from 4 percent in October. An estimated 18,200 of 18,900 available workers in Williams County were employed last month, that’s according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fulton County’s rate was also 3.7 percent for November. Defiance County’s rate dropped to 4 percent last month…it was 4.3 in November 2016. Henry County is at 3.8. Area analysts believe the upcoming tax cuts are going to create even better numbers.

Help Comes To Paulding

Several experts will be walking the streets of Paulding next month to see how they can help revitalize downtown and get it creating business again. These architects, grant writers, economic developers and others who have experience helping small rural communities, will hold a public meeting on Jan. 8 in town. The team will present their findings, give some suggestions, and have the chance to ask, and answer questions.

Plot Of Land Becomes A Bit Of An Issue In Swanton

Several residents of the Westpointe Estates subdivision in Swanton want the Village Council to resist selling a piece of land that borders their properties. Six residents spoke of how valuable the plot is, which is south of the homes on Promenade Drive, is to the subdivision. The area is mostly grass and has been used for years by children in the subdivision for activities such as baseball, Cub Scouts, soccer, and Easter egg hunts. There were also concerns mentioned about selling the land to Toledo Metroparks, which owns the land to the south. Ultimately, Council let the measure to sell the land die without a vote.

Toledo Sandbag Murder Update

Four teenage boys will remain in jail on murder charges in the death of a man struck by a sandbag thrown from an interstate overpass in Toledo. Prosecutors filed the new charges against the boys after 22-year-old Marquise Byrd died at a hospital. The Warren man was in the front passenger seat of a car traveling south on Interstate 75 in Toledo when a sandbag smashed through the windshield on Dec. 19.

Snowmobile Accident In SC

Two snowmobilers in Steuben County are badly hurt after a crash near a County Road 600 West residence. Chad Straw of Angola told dispatchers he had been involved in a bad accident. Kyrie Kopf was the other victim…she was unresponsive. Kopf was flown to Parkview Regional with serious head injuries. Straw was taken to an area hospital. Investigators say both victims were not wearing a helmet…the cause of the crash is under investigation.