Archives for December 2018

Chase Ends In Bust

Three men are in custody after they crashed their car in Stryker following a high-speed chase that began on the Ohio Turnpike. Troopers initiated a traffic stop at milepost 46 in Fulton County, between Swanton and Delta. The three men in a rental car with Texas license plates, then fled and turned south off onto the Archbold exit. The chase was on until the suspects crashed on North Defiance Street in Stryker. One suspect was immediately arrested. The other two were picked up soon after. Kentwan Robinson, Tarell Williams and Carlos Pagan…all from Bridgeport, Connecticut, face a list of charges.

Work Numbers Remain Steady

Unemployment rates throughout the region remain consistent from October to November. Across the area, rates ranged from 4.1 percent in Defiance to 3 percent in Putnam County…again, among the counties with the lowest unemployment rates in the state. The lowest rate was in Mercer County with 2.4 percent.

Human Trafficking Meeting Set

Did you know the third largest criminal activity in the world already is in northwest Ohio? The Zonta Club of Defiance is hosting a human trafficking seminar to educate the public on the effects of the crime. The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Family Christian Center in Defiance.

Davis Sworn In

Brian Davis is sworn in for his fourth term as a Williams County commissioner at the County Courthouse. He told reporters, the aquifer issue and program funding will be high on his list of things he will be dealing with in the coming year.

Zillagod Comes

Hey rock and roll fans…check this out. The Williams County Fair Board has announced they have booked one of the all time acts…it’s the soft white underbelly of Blue Oyster Cult! The upstate New York guitar rock gods from the 70’s featured hits like “Don’t Fear The Reaper”…and who doesn’t love their rendition of “Godzilla”?…The group still features most of the original members of the supergroup. They will be performing in front of the grandstand on Sept. 7, the opening Saturday of the 2019 fair. Tickets will go on sale in the next week or two.

Pursuit Leads To Charges

A driver and his passenger are behind bars after leading police on a chase with speeds up to 120 miles per hour. The LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department responded to a suspicious vehicle report south of Shipshewana. Someone parked their vehicle at an address and left it there. Officers waited for the owners of the vehicle to return. Then, they conducted a traffic stop. The driver refused and sped off. The chase went to up 120 miles per hour before it ended in LaGrange. The driver and the juvenile passenger were taken into custody. Officers found a large amount of marijuana, paraphernalia, cash and replica pistols. Daniel Kuhns was the driver. The juvenile wasn’t named. They are facing resisting law enforcement, dealing marijuana and more.

Indiana And Jobs

Governor Eric Holcomb says Indiana is well-positioned to compete for jobs, compared to most states. But does Indiana have enough workers to fill those jobs? Part of Holcomb’s plan is to stop taxing veterans’ pension checks. Vets could choose to live here, starting a post-military career, while spending that pension check in Indiana. The governor plans to unveil similar ideas in the coming weeks.

Off Road News For Four Wheelers

Indiana’s first state property for off-road vehicles is closing for several months for upgrades that will include new trails, a major trail repair and reroutes. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced the Redbird State Recreation Area near Linton in southwestern Indiana will be closed to the public from spring to early fall of 2019. Actual dates will be announced later. Staff will add about 5 miles of new dirt bike trails, reroute two trails and rebuild trails damaged during the wet 2018 season. The work will also include adding amenities such as trail-side rest areas at scenic vistas.

One Hurt In Accidental Shooting

Officials tell reporters one person was shot in the leg at a residence on County Road I. The victim was transported to Parkview in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she remains. It was accidental. No charges will be filed. Someone was cleaning a 45 caliber handgun…when it went off. The investigation continues.

Injury Crash On 107

One person is hurt in a solo rollover on Ohio 107 east of Montpelier. Witnesses told officers the driver attempted to pass a vehicle when the pickup truck slid on ice and went off the right side of the roadway…knocking down a utility pole. No word on injuries. Power was restored soon after. The crash remains under investigation at this hour.