Archives for January 2018

Counselor, Inmate Brawl At CCNO

Officers and emergency crews respond to the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio for a fight between an inmate and his attorney. The inmate claims he was assaulted by his lawyer while the two were in the visitation room. The inmate is being held on a charge out of Defiance County. The incident remains under investigation.

Heinze Brought In Without Further Incident

Deputies arrest a wanted Montpelier man after a foot pursuit and short standoff near Nettle Lake. Timothy Heinze fled and barricaded himself in a house trailer. Montpelier Police cordoned off the area, while officers opened a line of communication. Heinze surrendered after 20 minutes A misdemeanor resisting arrest charge was added after his apprehension. He was taken to the jail in Stryker, awaiting a court date.

Stolen Guns Seized

Just over a dozen firearms that were stolen are recovered by officers in Angola. The guns are believed to be among 140 weapons taken from a gun collector in Edon, Ohio last year. Richard Brown of Hamilton and Tiegan Gallant of Montpelier have been charged with theft of a firearm, and several misdemeanors. The weapons are estimated to be worth more than $27,000. They were turned over to Williams County authorities.

SC Drug Bust

A traffic stop on the Toll Road in Steuben County results in a marijuana bust. Marcos Ramos-Jube of Kearny, NJ, with his two passengers, Nicholas Ferrara and Steven Dipietro, were arrested on preliminary charges of possession of marijuana. All three men were transported to the Steuben County lockup.

Fair Date Changes Discussed

The Defiance County Fair Foundation and fair board met with county commissioners to discuss a possible date change in 2019. The change for the fair in Hicksville is being considered for 2019. This year’s dates in August are already set. Any change would have to be approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Livestock Killed In Blaze

Several local crews respond to a farm building blaze on County Road J, near Edon. Officials told reporters the fire killed dozens of pigs. Firefighters arrived to find a house in flames. Investigators believe it started in the attic and spread. The building was totally destroyed…40 sows and their piglets in a nearby structure all died. Crews were on the scene for four hours. The fire remains under investigation.

Wauseon Man Jailed On Sex Charges

Melvin Myers of Wauseon is sentenced to 17 months in prison in a Fulton County courtroom. Prosecutors say Myers shared pornographic material with a minor. He also solicited a minor to engage in sexual activity. He will pay any fees and all prosecution costs. He was found to be a Tier II sex offender, which requires address registration and verification for 25 years, with in-person verification every 180 days with the sheriff of all counties where he resides.

Grime Gets Two Years

A Bryan man goes to jail. Brandon Grime previously plead guilty to assault and drug possession. In Sept., he was high on methamphetamine when he tried to attack an area police officer. Grime was sentenced to two years of community control, ordered to complete his GED, and to stay out of bars.

Levy Proposed In Maumee

The Maumee City School Board votes to place a new levy on the ballot in May. The 5.9 mil levy will be used for the school district operating expenses. This will cost an owner of a $100,000 home just over $200 a year. If approved, the school board expects the levy will generate about $2.5 million per year. Maumee residents have not voted on a levy since 2014, when residents approved a 3.9 mil levy, by barely 200 votes.

Ohio Workers Comp Premium Rate Change Proposed

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is asking its board of directors to reduce private employer premium rates by 12 percent, beginning July 1. If approved, the reduction would save private employers $163.5 million over this year’s premiums, which are already at their lowest rates in at least 40 years. The board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation during its next regular meeting on Feb. 23.