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PAULDING – A PauldingCounty grand jury returnedindictments against four per-sons on Thursday, Jan. 9.The individuals will be ar-raigned in Paulding CountyCommon Pleas Court. Thoseindicted were:•Aaron S. McMillan, 31,of Paulding, one count eachtrafficking in drugs and pos-session of heroin, bothfelonies of the fourth degree.•Jennifer L. McMillan,29, of Paulding, one counteach trafficking in drugs and possession of heroin, bothfelonies of the fourth degree.•Donald E. Hammons III,36, address unknown, onecount complicity to robbery,felony of the third degree.•Scott J. Collins, 36,Paulding, one count sexualoffender registration, third-degree felony.
By JOE SHOUSECorrespondent
PAYNE – The PayneVillage Council met for itsfirst meeting of 2014 onMonday evening, Jan. 13.Boards and committees wereselected, the council presidentwas approved, and resigna-tions were heard. New committees andboards were approved as fol-lows:•Sidewalks, signs, alleycrossings - Chairman KathyFeasby, Bill Childs, RonSchoenauer •Fire, police, lights -Chairman Schoenauer, RonEtzler, Ray Speice•Laws, contracts, ordi-nances - Chairman Etzler,Speice, Childs•Finance, claims, assess-ments - Chairman RandyMiller, Schoenauer, Etzler •Public grounds, build-ings, refuse, park - ChairmanChilds, Miller, Feasby•Streets, alleys, ditches -Chairman Speice, Feasby,Miller.The resignation of GregBollenbacher as EMS coordi-nator was accepted. The coun-cil tabled a new appointmentfor the position.Ron Etzler also submittedhis resignation as administra-tive secretary. Etzler, who isnow a member of the villagecouncil, is not permitted toserve as a council member and be a village employee.Etzler was appointed byMayor Smith to serve on theretention schedule projectcommittee and zoning boardas a volunteer.Ron Schoenauer received aunanimous vote to serve as thecouncil president.Police Chief Rodney Miller reported to council that he re-ceived one estimate for a new police cruiser in the amount of $30,183 on a three-year lease.Mayor Terry Smith will look into the possibilities of a five-year lease on another vehicle.Two ordinances were unan-imously passed. Ordinance2014-01 makes appropria-tions for current expenses andother expenditures for the vil-lage during the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2014.The second, Ordinance2014-02, fixes the compensa-tion, bonds and benefits of of-ficers, clerks and employeesof the village and repealingordinance 2013-03 and all prior inconsistent ordinances.PAULDING – Severalmembers of the PauldingCounty Sheriff’s office re-ceived recognition at the de-partment’s banquet dinner onFriday, Jan. 3.Awards were given to vari-ous officers-of-the-year, alsofor safe driving and lifesavingactions, plus one promotionwas recognized.All 23 full-time membersof the department voted onwho they felt should be cor-rections officer-of-the-year,communications officer-of-the-year, reserve deputy-of-the-year, deputy-of-the-year and employee-of-the-year.Awards were presented toCharmayne Haller in correc-tions, Beth Derck in commu-nications, William Lyons roaddeputy, Jennifer Wiswell asemployee and ChrisRobinson in the reserve posse.Buckeye State Sheriffs’Association uniform ribbonswere available for Haller andLyons.Plaques for each categoryhave been hung in the sher-iff’s office hallway. Tabs withannual recipients’ names anddate will be added each year.Tyler Stork was promotedto lieutenant and beginningJan. 6 is the third shift super-visor. He has been with thedepartment since 2007.Deputies Nick Mendez andWilliam Lyons each receiveda first-time lifesaving awardfor action they took June 13following a semi/motorcyclecrash on Ohio 613.“Action they took that dayallowed this individual to sur-vive,” said Paulding CountySheriff Jason Landers.Eight personnel memberswere honored for their safedriving, on and off duty. Toqualify, deputies had to haveat least five years of servicewith no citable incidents.These awards went toSheriff Landers, Chief Deputy Mark Butler, Capt.Shane Dyson, Lt. BrionHanenkratt, Lt. Tyler Stork and the following roaddeputies: Gary Deitrick, RobGarcia and Dog WardenMark Rassman.time manpower in order to ac-complish what was needed.Smith said that there is a pur-chase order for 200 tons of salt for an entire winter usage.About half of that has already been used, said the supervisor.Smith thanked those whostayed at home and were pa-tient with street crews to ac-complish their task. However,Smith said, there were resi-dents who became impatientand actually slowed up the en-tire process with the way inwhich they handled their frus-tration.“When we plow streets, wedon’t go out of our way to plow somebody’s drivewayin,” said Smith.Smith said that many resi-dents who are frustrated be-cause some snow has been plowed in front of their drive-way actually snow blow or simply push the snow back out in the streets, forcing vil-lage crews to re-plow the en-tire street and cause the cycleto occur all over again.“People who see us plow-ing come out and ask us to plow out their driveway. Wesimply can’t do that, for manyreasons,” said Smith. “Some people get frustrated and yellthings at our workers. Whenwe have this much snow, weare simply trying to do the best job we can. We’re tryingto help, not cause problems.”Wiebe emphasized thatthere are four regular villagesnow plows. He noted that ittakes a good five to six hoursto make successful passesthrough all of the streets intown. Normally, plows at-tempt to start working uptownat 2 a.m. in order to get the vil-lage ready and available for use.“We appreciate all of thecooperation we can get,” saidSmith. “It makes it easier andmore efficient for everyone if we all work together in coop-eration during these times.”“Our workers are very ded-icated and did a great job of doing what they were sup- posed to do through thisstorm,” said Wiebe.and giving us plenty of timeand room to clean things up.“This was a strong snow-storm, but it’s not the worstI’ve ever seen around here bya long run,” continued Timm.“This wasn’t even a compari-son to the Blizzard of ’78. Butit was one of the strongeststorms we’ve had in sometime. I want to thank our fel-lows for the hard work andspirit of cooperation for allthat they put into this.”On the state level, officialRhonda Pees from the ODOTLima office noted thatPaulding County used 1,069tons of salt, 12,803 tons of brine, drove 251,959 stormmiles over 391 lane miles andcost $290,688 for the period of Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 9, 2014.Last year, on a districtwide basis, 5,850 tons of salt wereused over the eight-countyarea, compared to 28,228 thisyear so far.In addition, last year’s totalexpenditure was $1,012,000on removal compared to$3,638,262 so far this season.“What a difference in ayear’s time,” said Pees. “You just never know what can hap- pen season to season.”
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By BILL SHERRYCorrespondent
OAKWOOD – Oakwood VillageCouncil met Monday, Jan. 13. Prior to the meeting, Mayor Erhard “Bud”Henke administered the oath of of-fice to two council members, JenAshbacher and Vicky Long, whowere re-elected in last fall’s election.Two council members, ToddDangler and Phil Stucky, had notfiled for re-election, so the first order of business was to determine how tofill the remaining two vacant seats.Dangler was in attendance be-cause he was still willing to serve oncouncil. Dangler stated that he hadjust missed the filing deadline so hewas not on the ballot. Council unan-imously voted to appoint Dangler tofill one of the vacant seats.They will fill the other seat at thenext council meeting.Mayor Henke and council extend-ed a big thank-you to the village em- ployees for their good job of plow-ing snow and keeping the villageopen for EMS and fire equipment.Village administrator John Keyesnoted that they were able to borrowa grader from Brown Township andthis helped them immensely withsnow removal.It was suggested that Keyes obtainthe price of a grader for the village asit could be used to grade alleys aswell as remove snow. Keyes told council that the villagehad experienced its largest use of water during the storm due to a cou- ple of homes having water pipes break, and many people runningwater to prevent lines freezing dur-ing the extreme cold.Keyes stated that the highest water usage was 190,000 gallons onFriday, Jan. 10.Mayor Henke commented thatseveral area villages were unable to produce water fast enough to meetdemand and some water towers haddropped dangerously low. There was a lengthy discussionconcerning village employees’ med-ical insurance. Council unanimouslyvoted to table a motion to make achoice on the carrier for the medicalinsurance. Council will be working with FireChief Kenny Thomas and EMS co-ordinator Chad Brown regardingrates and renewing various contractsfor the Village of Melrose andWashington and Brown townships.The decisions and procedure will befinalized at the next council meeting.Thomas informed council thatthey would be taking down theChristmas lights soon.Thomas requested that he be ableto go through each of the assets of the fire department and authenticatethe value and insured amount withan insurance representative. VillageFiscal Officer Susan Barron will setup the meeting.Council voted unanimously tosuspend the rules, declared an emer-gency and unanimously passedOrdinance 14-02 setting wages for the fire chief at $4,200 per year, payable monthly.Mayor Henke announced thatthere would be a representative fromthe Central Collection Agency(CCA) available for taxpayer assis-tance from 3-7 p.m. Monday, March17 at the village clerk’s office to as-sist taxpayers with preparing their Oakwood Village income tax return.For anyone unable to attend, theCCA representatives will be avail-able from 1-7 p.m. Monday, March10 in Paulding.Bill Sherry announced to councilthat there would be free basic tax fil-ing provided by the Ohio BenefitsBank this year to area residents.Anyone whose individual income is$65,000 or less could qualify for thisfree tax filing.A Benefit Bank counselor can as-sist with filing 2014 federal, stateand school district taxes. There will be no fees or charges and e-filing isavailable. Free direct deposit of taxrefunds is also available. The loca-tions for tax preparation and filing inPaulding County will be thePaulding Senior Center and theMiddle Creek UMC. To schedule anappointment, call 419-784-2150 ext.1100.The next regular council meetingis scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27.
Oakwood Council fills vacant council seat
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RIBBON CUTTING – The Paulding Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting onTuesday, Jan. 14 for REAL Waste Disposal LLC. The company has open an office at 106 E.Jackson St. on the square in Paulding. REAL Waste Disposal LLC, a family-owned and op-erated business, services Paulding County and surrounding areas with residential and com-mercial waste removal. Among those who attended the ribbon cutting were, from left – AnneThomas and Dianne Jones, chamber members; owner Ryan Lassiter; chamber member Sonya Herber; and owner Jack Lassiter.
New year brings new boardsand committees at Payne
CHARMAYNE HALLERBETH DERCK WILLIAM LYONSCHRIS ROBINSONLT. TYLER STORK JENNIFER WISWELL
Sheriff’s employees honoredat annual office banquet
Grand jury indicts 4
Hits: 1.153 Date: Dec. 29ANTWERP – TwoPaulding County men wereinjured, one seriously, follow-ing a two-vehicle motor vehi-cle crash on Sunday afternoonsouth of Antwerp.The Ohio State HighwayPatrol’s Van Wert Post is in-vestigating an injury crashthat occurred at 3:13 p.m.Dec. 29 on Ohio 49 at CountyRoad 162 in CarryallTownship, Paulding County.
5. One arrested inlatest meth lab bust in Antwerp
Hits: 1,204 Date: May 21ANTWERP – On Mondayevening, May 20 at approxi-mately 9 p.m., AntwerpPolice Officer Michael Kirschwas answering a routine callfor a domestic issue when hediscovered what appeared to be remnants of a meth lab.
4. Nancy Eagleson Part 1
Hits: 1,218 Date: 2000Originally published Aug.2, 2000It was Sunday, Nov. 13,1960. It was a typical fall day,and Paulding County seemedat peace. The church bellsrang the same as usual, folkswere looking forward toThanksgiving and upcomingholidays. However, before theday would end, there would be a crime committed so hor-rendous that it would shakePaulding County to its roots.
3. 2013 General Election Results
Hits: 1,457 Date: Nov. 5
2. Large multi-vehi-cle crash on US 24Tuesday morning with slideshow
Hits: 1,875 Date: Feb. 5CECIL – A multiple-vehi-cle crash on U.S. 24 near Cecil on Tuesday morning re- portedly claimed the life of one person and closed thehighway for several hours dueto a chemical spill.U.S. 24 likely will remainclosed until at least 9 p.m.tonight as crews work to re-move semis from the scene.They also must clean up thechemical spill at the site.
1. Shoe unearthed inold jail could be from Eagleson case
Hits: 3,028 Date: Oct. 11PAULDING – A small-sizeladies black shoe has been un-covered at the old PauldingCounty Jail site. Could it bemissing evidence from the un-solved Nancy Eagleson mur-der case, supposedly stored inthe old jail?A shoe, along with the slainteen’s dress, scarf, purse andher personal belongings, dis-appeared after her November 1960 death and have not beenfound.Recently, the owners of AllTrades Restoration Company,Jeff and Cassie Hollis, have been working on restoring theold jail, which they purchasedfrom the county earlier thisyear. When speaking withHollis about their plans, he re-vealed some of the things hehad unearthed in the base-ment.