Archives for January 2019

Gordon Earns Statewide Honor

Montpelier Parks and Recreation director, Sandy Gordon is named Child Welfare Worker of the Year for Ohio by the American Legion in Columbus. Gordon was selected out of 656 nominations statewide. Officials say she was honored for her efforts in providing over 17,000 free summer lunches to underprivileged children in Montpelier over the past nine years. The award also recognizes the many programs Gordon has initiated and instructed throughout the years for the local community. Gordon says she was surprised and honored.

New Driver License Rules In Effect

Ohioans who had their driver’s license suspended for certain violations may be able to have their license reinstatement fee waived, or reduced, under a new program going into effect today. The Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative allows drivers six months to apply for a fee reduction or a waiver. Drivers can apply through July 31. The bureau will determine eligibility based on qualifying offenses. Offenders must have completed all court-ordered sanctions other than paying the reinstatement fees and at least 18 months must have passed since any court-ordered suspension ended. The offense cannot have involved drugs, alcohol or a deadly weapon.

Perfect Walks Back Labor Law Bill

An Indiana legislator is backing off his attempt to repeal the state’s child labor laws after conflict of interest concerns were raised because hundreds of minors work at his family’s ski resort. Republican Sen. Chip Perfect’s bill would have eliminated work permit requirements for minors and remove restrictions on hours that 16 and 17 year-olds can work.

Brown Starts Tour

Sen. Sherrod Brown kicked off his tour of states that cast pivotal early votes in the 2020 presidential primary by accusing President, Trump of phony populism, that disrespects minorities, workers and families, while benefiting billionaires. The Ohio Democrat launched his Dignity Of Work tour at a warehouse south of Cleveland. He and his wife, journalist Connie Schultz, head next to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Suspected Burglars Indicted

Three men are indicted in Henry County after an eight-month investigation gets to the bottom of 25 breaking and entering incidents over the past two years. Porfirio Diaz Jr., Crecencio Morales and Franklin Niese face a list of charges. Most of the items stolen were tools valued over $50,000. Also stolen was about $32,000 worth of corn seed.

Repairman Hurt In Huntertown

A person is rescued from the roof of a Walgreens store in Huntertown, on E. Dupont Road, near Leo Crossing. Officials tell reporters a worker was on the roof working on the heating unit and fell on the ice, breaking his leg. He was unable to climb down off the roof of the building. Huntertown Fire brought in a ladder truck, stabilized the man in a basket and brought him down. No word on the man’s condition. State and local investigators for both emergency services, as well as workplace safety, are on the case.

Osborne-Steuer Heads To Stryker

A Lyons woman is sentenced to community control in a Fulton County court room on a drug charge. Megan Osborne-Steuer, 28, previously pled guilty to possession of cocaine. According to prosecutors, the incident happened on or about May 11, 2018. Judge, Jeffrey Robinson sentenced Osborne-Steuer to three years of community control, and ordered her to serve 150 days in the lockup in Stryker, with credit for time served. She must also pay prosecution and court-appointed attorney fees and successfully complete a drug treatment program. If she fails, Osborne-Steuer could get an additional year in jail.

A New CFO At Spangler

A new face has been promoted to a high level management position on Spangler Candy Company’s leadership team. Joining President, Bill Martin and Chairman, Kirk Vashaw in guiding the company’s future is new CFO, Matt Dixon. He has been with Spangler since 2005 when was employed as a controller before being named corporate controller in 2011.

Residents Forced From Homes

A gas leak chases several Napoleon residents from their homes. It happened over at the Pineview Apartments on Sheffield Ave. Crews were able to safely close off the gas line. The building, which has 12 apartments, was evacuated as a precaution. Both gas and water lines are now closed off until further notice to the building, leaving residents without heat and water. The police says it’s uncertain when the repairs can be made. The Red Cross is helping six families and 14 residents for the duration of the repairs.

Wrong Way Driver Bust

A Fort Wayne woman is brought in for driving the wrong-way on Highway 24 in Defiance County. Maria Gonzalez-Dominguez was taken to the Corrections Center in Stryker with DUI charges as well. She was later released on bond. Officers say she was eastbound in the westbound lanes coming from Paulding County. Defiance deputies were able to get the vehicle stopped on 24 near Krouse Road, west of town.