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Black Gets Counsel

A Defiance resident facing drug charges requested and was appointed an attorney. Sara Black had been charged with drug trafficking. Black and two other Defiance residents were arrested on March 1 after a five-month undercover operation.

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Stark Is Sentenced

The father of a local infant, who died in 2016 due to an apparent lack of medical care, is sentenced in Defiance County. Jared Stark was placed on community control for four years by Judge Joseph Schmenk on a charge of reckless homicide and abuse of a corpse. Stark also …

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Local Jobs Numbers

Here’s the first county-level unemployment figures for 2019. Williams County’s rose from 3.2 in November to 3.8 percent in December and then to 4.3 percent in January. Defiance County’s rate for January was 5.1 percent, up from 4.7 percent in December. Henry County was at 6.9 percent, the highest in …

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Rosy Jobs Picture

The close of 2018 saw tens of millions of dollars invested in Williams County and the creation of hundreds of jobs, that’s according to Matt Davis, executive director of the Williams County Economic Development Corporation. In total, $119.4 million was invested on seven development projects that promise the creation of …

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Cheney To Speak In Archbold

Congresswoman, Liz Cheney of Wyoming is the featured speaker at Congressman, Bob Latta’s 2019 Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner, set for April 15, at Sauder Village in Archbold. Tickets are $25. Cheney serves as Wyoming’s lone member of the U.S. House of Representatives. She was first elected in 2016.

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Death Penalty Dropped In Loop Case

The capital component in the Michael Loop murder case in Paulding County is dismissed. Loop is facing charges of aggravated murder and aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony in the death of Philip Koenn in September. Loop has pled not guilty to the charges. A capital component means the death penalty …

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Trooper Involved Crash In DC

A woman drives into the path of an Ohio Highway Patrol car in Defiance County. Officials say Maxine Cook of Hicksville, was driving west on Blosser Road while Trooper Dennis Spangler, was going south on Farmer Mark Road. Cook apparently failed to yield to oncoming traffic and pulled into the …

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Gessel Gives Plea

Steven Gessel, the Lima man indicted on five sexual abuse-related charges, entered pleas to two charges in a Williams courtroom. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and Gessel’s $250,000 bond was continued. Sentencing is scheduled for April, 18. Charges of rape, kidnapping and abduction, will be dismissed at sentencing, in a …

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Fetzer Cast Update

A Van Wert woman pleads guilty to attempted theft of funds from a public office. Coral Fetzer was in a Paulding County courtroom. Fetzer, a former business administrator with the Paulding County Soil and Water Conservation District had been indicted on two charges…theft in office and tampering with records. Prosecutors …

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Drug Bust In PC

Two people are brought in after Paulding County deputies execute a search warrant at a N. Dix St. address. Brandon Berridge and Holly Hinchcliff were found with methamphetamine, crack cocaine, mushrooms, LSD and more than $3,000 in cash.

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