Archives for November 2018

Deadly Accident On 475

A Swanton man dies in a crash on Interstate 475 in Wood County. Investigators tell reporters Randy Hahn was southbound, near milepost 2 in Perrysburg when he veered off the left side of the roadway, smashing into the median and overturning. Hahn was thrown from the vehicle into northbound traffic, where he was struck by another vehicle. Hahn died instantly. The accident remains under investigation.

A Nod To The Past

Brick and ivy. Ornate design. A theatre…a soda fountain. Sauder Village officials have a vision. Turn back the clock and make the place look like it did in, say 1923. Well, now Sauder Village officials announce work has begun on phase II of its 1920s Main Street project, adding the movie house and that soda fountain…are they going to get a couple of soda jerks, too? The funding comes from the Ohio State Capital Appropriations and others. Check it out…the project also includes moving the District 16 School and Dr. McGuffin’s Office to their appropriate place along the timeline as well. Store fronts and other buildings will get that old timey touch too. A 1920s gas station and auto dealership is even getting built. Who breaks out the corduroy knickers first? No timeline has been set for a finish date.

No Gentlemen…Thank YOU

Some area soldiers are in one of the worst places to be in the world right now…Syria. The fighting continues between the rebels and the government…where the weaponry used ranges from chemical warfare to terrorism and atrocities hardly imaginable. Josh Coll is a lieutenant in the Army, serving in an Explosive Ordinance Disposal outfit…in the middle of all this. Ever see the Hurt Locker? Coll, along with First Lieutenant Kyle Maggart, from Beavercreek just wrote back from the Middle East to thank those here who sent them a huge cache of goodies…from candy from Spanglers…and all kinds of other things to make things brighter for them and the unit. The two say they loved the items…so did the rest of the unit. They say thanks for the love. All in a place that no one wants to be in…but have to.

LC Woman Gets Sentenced For Fatal Accident

A deadly crash a few months back ends in punishment for one area woman. Mary Myrice, 81, of Liberty Center, who pled no contest vehicular manslaughter charges in Oct., is fined $150, and must pay $124.50 in court costs. If Myrice passes a state driving test, she will get a six-month license suspension, with driving privileges to care for her sister, go to doctor’s appointments and attend church.

Two Brought In For Warrants, Drugs and Obstruction

Williams County deputies bring in a man with a warrant for his arrest and a woman whose home he was hiding in. Joel Fackler of Pioneer was in Brittany Dummit’s County Road 11 home when officers arrived with court papers in hand. After a quick search, Fackler turns up, as well as some drug related materials. Two handguns were found, too. Dummit was arrested for obstructing justice, trafficking and possession of methamphetamines, along with weapons charges. Both Dummit and Fackler are held at CCNO.

A Lucky Rollover

A solo crash ends without injuries in Edgerton. Crews were dispatched to County Road A, just east of County Road 4-point-50. Williams County emergency officials tell reporters it was a rollover accident. No injuries in those are fairly rare. The investigation continues. Troopers assisted local responders on the call.

Tragic Blaze In IN

Another deadly fire in Indiana…this time in Logansport. Authorities recover six bodies, including four children from the rubble of a burned-out home, there. The two survivors have spoken to investigators. The house was largely engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The building’s roof collapsed after fire gutted most of the interior of the two-story, wood-frame house. Fire investigators are at the scene at this hour.

Timbs Wins

The Supreme Court leaves little doubt it would rule the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. A decision in favor of 37-year-old Tyson Timbs, of Marion, also could strengthen efforts to limit the confiscation by local law enforcement of property belonging to someone suspected of a crime. Police and prosecutors often keep the proceeds.

Fields Trial Update

The trial of a Maumee man, accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia nears. James Fields is charged with murder in the 2017 death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Fields is accused of driving his car into a crowd of people protesting the white nationalists, killing Heyer and injuring dozens more. Nearly all of the prospective jurors said they’d heard or read about the case and many said they had already formed an opinion. Fields’ lawyer said jurors will hear evidence that Fields thought he was acting in self-defense.

Turnpike Project Start Announced

Work on the Turnpike overhaul in Fulton County now has at least a tentative start date. Officials say it looks like work will not begin until at least the end of 2019. The estimated 200 million dollar toll collection system modernization plan, adopted by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission, will include construction of a new toll plaza at Milepost 49 in Swanton Township. It will be equipped with EZ Pass lanes that will replace toll lane gates. Officials say the turnpike should be fully operable by 2022.