Archives for April 2018

Break In Leads To Arrest

A Fremont man is brought in on charges after a home invasion on Jimmerson Lake. Steuben County deputies were already in the area for another invasion when the call came in. When they arrived at the Lane 415A address, the homeowner told them he caught Dustin Coleman inside his home after coming in through a window. Coleman left immediately and was picked up by officers nearby soon after. He faces burglary and residential entry charges. He is held at the Steuben County lockup.

Butler Man Held For Child Charges

Butler Police makes an arrest for child exploitation. Jaisen Zentz was brought in after officers received an online tip. After an investigation that took several months, the police moved in and made the arrest. Official told reporters that investigation is still underway…this while Zentz sits in the DeKalb County Jail, held without bond.

Distracted Driving Results Posted

We told you last week that troopers in the region were conducting an operation to stop distracted driving on the highway. Well, we have some numbers for you, now. In the 12 county area around here, over 150 tickets were wrote up for doing more than just driving. Statewide, the number of citations peaked at over 15 hundred. Officers in five other states in the region carried on similar operations and netted huge citation numbers as well. It was all in an effort to get the message out there…put down the devices…your cell phone especially…while behind the wheel. Officials say the number of distracted driving fatalities in the state doubled from 2016 to 2017.

Aerica Firman Of Defiance…Come On Down…

An area woman is on TV. Aerica Firman of Defiance was in Southern California a while back and while she was in Los Angeles, she went to see a taping of the game show, The Price Is Right. Well…they called her name and told her to come on down. We won’t give the rest away but if you want to see it…it’s on our CBS affiliate, today.

More Charged In Child Death Case

Two more are charged in the 2016 death of a baby boy near Hicksville. Investigators say Sarah Stark gave birth at a residence on Arrowsmith Road, near Hicksville but failed to obtain any medical attention to the newborn, who died about 10 hours later. Prosecutors say following the death, between Oct. 29, 2016 and March 28, 2018, Sarah and Jared, with the assistance of Steven and Sheryl Stark, treated the deceased child’s remains in a manner that prosecutors say would outrage reasonable community sensibilities. Steven Stark, 58, and Sheryl Stark, 56, both of Hicksville, have both been indicted on one count of gross abuse of a corpse.

McClure Is Arraigned

A Maumee man is arraigned on two sexual abuse charges in a Defiance County courtroom. Keith McClure pled not guilty to rape and sexual battery. A pretrial hearing is now set for May 3…bond was posted at $300,000. Investigators say during December and on March 19, he coerced an adult female to engage in oral sex.

Erber Faces Charges

A Fulton County grand jury indicts Andrew Erber, 25, of Naperville, Ill. on one count of aggravated possession of drugs and one count of possession of drugs. In March, Erber was pulled over and the drugs were found then.

Dennis Put On Leave

The Corrections Commission of Northwest Ohio places Executive Director, Jim Dennis on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation and advises legal counsel to retain an independent investigator. So far, officials have not offered much information concerning the move. Dennis has served as executive director of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio since April 1993.

Solid Job Numbers

Unemployment rates declined in all five area Northeast Indiana counties during March. LaGrange and Elkhart Counties continued to post the lowest in the area and the state, going from 2.5 to 2.2 percent. Steuben County went from 2.8 to 2.5. DeKalb County dropped from 2.9 to 2.5, that’s the fifth lowest in the state. Noble County went from 3.1 to 2.7 percent.

Blair Case On Hold

An accused murderer asks for and gets permission to get new counsel. Paulding County judge, Tiffany Beckman told the court she received a letter from the accused, Tristen Blair, requesting a new lawyer in his case. Prosecutors say Blair killed his 3 month old son last October. So now the trial for Blair is off the schedule for the time being, so Blair’s new attorney can prepare for the case.