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POSSIBLE HENRY ARSON

Inves­ti­ga­tors in Henry County now say it may have been arson that caused a Sun­day night fire in a barn. The Lib­erty Cen­ter fire depart­ment responded to the scene. A minor rekin­dle sent fire­man back again. The state fire marshall’s office has been called-in to deter­mine if the blaze was …

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LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE FOR HAWKEY

Life in prison with­out pos­si­bil­ity of parole. That’s the grim out­look now fac­ing 45 year old Judith Hawkey after she was sen­tenced Thurs­day after­noon in Defi­ance County Court. A jury on Novem­ber 8th, found Hawkey guilty of aggre­vated mur­der in the 2003 shoot­ing death of her hus­band, four counts of …

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FIRES KEEP WILLIAMS COUNTY BUSY

Emer­gency respon­ders in Williams County have been kept busy lately. Wednes­day night, fire fight­ers were called out to a sin­gle car fire inside the Goebel Wreck­ing Com­pany sal­vage yard As Bryan fire­fight­ers were clean­ing up that scene, another call came in for a barn fire on Ohio 249. The barn, …

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NEW FULTON COUNTY TREASURER

Ful­ton County has a new trea­surer. Char­lene Lee of Pet­tisville will fill the posi­tion fol­low­ing the retire­ment of for­mer trea­surer Bev Schlosser. Now, Lee is plan­ning her res­ig­na­tion from her cur­rent posi­tion as chief finan­cial offi­cer of the Defi­ance Pub­lic Library Sys­tem effec­tive Dec. 27. Lee resides in Pet­tisville with …

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UAW LENDS A HAND

This year, mem­bers of UAW Local 211 and GM’s Defi­ance Cast­ing Oper­a­tions plant have sup­ported local char­i­ta­ble orga­ni­za­tions, and have raised more than $74,000 for its annual United Way cam­paign through pay­roll con­tri­bu­tions and local fundrais­ing activ­i­ties. In com­bi­na­tion with ear­lier fundrais­ing activ­i­ties this year, the plant raised addi­tional funds …

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ADRIAN MAN ARRESTED ON SEX CHARGES

A man from Adrian is behind bars today, charged with pos­ses­sion and dis­tri­b­u­tion of child pornog­ra­phy. Accord­ing to a fed­eral indict­ment, Brian Schwanke sent an under­cover offi­cer videos of young girls hav­ing sex. Schwanke claims to be a pas­tor who fre­quently has teenagers at his home accord­ing to police reports. …

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STORE OWNER SENTENCED

The owner of a Bowl­ing Green store that was raided by fed­eral agents, was sen­tenced to 71 months in prison Thurs­day. This past July, Richard Schmidt plead guild to pos­sess­ing coun­ter­feit goods and other weapons charges. The FBI raided the Spindle­top Sports Zones one year ago this month. The Bureaus …

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CCNO CONSTRUCTION STARTED

Con­struc­tion is under­way at CCNO. Jim Den­nis, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Cor­rec­tions Cen­ter of North­west Ohio, announced Wednes­day that con­struc­tion for a new fenced-in cor­ri­dor between the main jail and the facility’s work release build­ing has begun. The $49,000 project, when com­pleted some­time next month weather per­mit­ting, will improve over­all …

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EDMONDS STEPPING DOWN IN DEFIANCE

Rick Edmonds, super­in­ten­dent of the Defi­ance County Board of Devel­op­men­tal Dis­abil­i­ties (DD), will offi­cially be retired on Jan­u­ary 3rd after 36 years in edu­ca­tion. As super­in­ten­dent of the Defi­ance County Board of DD since 1992, Edmonds has been respon­si­ble for over­see­ing many pro­grams includ­ing Good Samar­i­tan School, adult and res­i­den­tial …

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HENRY COMMISSIONERS DISCUSS ELEVATOR PLANS

The Henry County com­mis­sion­ers dis­cussed work on the ele­va­tor at the Henry County cour­t­house at their reg­u­lar meet­ing this week. The com­mis­sion­ers met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Tech­ni­cian Design Group to dis­cuss bid spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the reha­bil­i­ta­tion of the ele­va­tor at the cour­t­house. The com­mis­sion­ers also met with Judges Denise McCol­ley …

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