Archives for September 2019

Bomb Threat In SC

Steuben County deputies respond to the McDonald’s on North Old 27 in Jamestown Township for a possible bomb threat…phoned in to the restaurant. The place was closed and cleared out. The bomb squad comes in and combs through area…while several roadways were closed off. Nothing was found…and the place opened back up. An investigation is underway by both state and local officials.

New Happenings At Industrial Park

There was a groundbreaking at the industrial park in Bryan. S&S Directional Boring…Advanced Rehabilitation Technology…and OBIC will make the move from their current County Road 17 home to a $2.5 million, 48,000-square-foot facility, set to be finished in April. The move will see the three firms’ collective payroll rise from 55 to 60-65 people… through the addition of inside and outside sales positions. The hope by city officials is the moves will lead to more growth at the industrial park.

The Supreme Court Is Coming

The Ohio Supreme Court will hold court in Williams County on Oct. 23. Officials say the bench will present official, open-to-the-public arguments on several ongoing cases in the auditorium at Montpelier Schools. The hearings will be attended by upperclassmen from schools across the county, in sessions of 200 per case, before students head into a debriefing…with attorneys, fresh off making their oral arguments, to answer questions.

More Horse Requirements In OH

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announces new veterinary inspection requirements for horses entering Ohio. They apply to all horses, including those intended to participate in the All American Quarter Horse Congress. The intent is to prevent the spread of Vesicular Stomatitis. They say it’s highly contagious, with biting insects the most common method of transmission. Humans can also contract VSV by coming into contact with infected animals. In people, the disease causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle ache, headache, and nausea. Currently, VSV has been detected in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

Seals Enters Plea

Kage Seals, the co-defendant in a local arson case, enters a guilty plea in a Defiance County courtroom to arson. A pre-sentence investigation is ordered and his bond was continued. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 21. Prosecutors say Seals set fire to a home on Domersville Road in Aug, 2018. They say Dawond Hunt forced Seals to set the fire because he owned him money. Hunt’s ex-girlfriend was living in the home which was severely damaged. Hunt is serving five years in prison.

Smith Faces Charges

Jeffrey Smith, the area man accused of stealing a CSX vehicle that was later struck and heavily damaged by a train in Defiance, pleads guilty to intimidation, vandalism, interference with the operation of a train and receiving stolen property. The judge ordered a pre-sentence investigation and continued Smith’s $100,000 cash bond with a 10 percent allowance provision. Sentencing is next month.

Mossing Gets Jail Time

A Napoleon woman is sentenced in Defiance County for causing the traffic death of a Paulding County man in 2018. Emily Mossing was placed on probation for three years for vehicular homicide…and given 180 days in the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio, with 120 days suspended. Mossing was also ordered to make $653 dollar restitution and have no contact with the victim’s family. Mossing was accused of running through a stop sign at Buckskin Road and Ohio 49, north of Hicksville…hitting a vehicle driven by William Moore, of Payne. He died at an area hospital, soon after.

Crash Near Ney

A man in Ney is flown to an area hospital after his pickup goes off Openlander Road, just north of McCavit, in Defiance County. They suspect had some sort of medical condition. The Ohio Highway Patrol is assisting local officers in the crash investigation.

Smith Steps Down

A former Ohio House speaker, who lost his bid to retain the post during the current session, is resigning his seat. The decision by state Rep. Ryan Smith was announced in a resignation letter. He faced term limits next year. Smith fought a months-long battle for the House speakership against fellow Republican, Larry Householder. Caucus members had selected Smith last session to fill the leadership position left vacant when Speaker, Cliff Rosenberger resigned, amid an FBI probe.

Taylor Enters Plea

Philip Taylor, the Bryan man charged with shooting and killing several companion dogs in June, pleads guilty to weapons and animal cruelty charges in a Williams County courtroom. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30, and his $75,000 cash bond was modified to remove a condition requiring GPS with house arrest. Taylor is free on bond. Three additional counts of animal cruelty will be dismissed at sentencing.