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Deadly Crash In DC

A Defiance man dies early Sunday in a solo crash in Defiance County. Officials say Jed Cooper was eastbound on Watson Road. Cooper drove the pick up off the left side of the roadway…hitting a guardrail…then overturning. Cooper dies at the scene. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in …

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Aqua Bounty…On Hold

Williams County Commissioners have suspended AquaBounty Technology’s environmental review process…and the release of funds, pending receipt of permits from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. As we reported…AquaBounty is planning a $200 million investment in Pioneer to create a nearly 500,000-square-foot facility…to raise and process genetically engineered salmon. Supporters of …

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Sex Abuse Case Involves Edgerton Man

An Edgerton man is arrested by Indiana State Police…in connection to the alleged sexual molestation of an Auburn child. The arrest comes after a 6-month investigation. Detectives were contacted by the state’s Department of Child Services. During the investigation, police collected enough evidence to determine that Steven Gilbert had been …

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Smith Is Sentenced

Exceeding the state’s recommended prison term, Defiance County Judge Joseph Schmenk sentences a Defiance County man to more than a dozen years…for causing an injury crash while under the influence and fleeing the scene. Loren Smith gets prison terms totaling 12 1/2 years to 16 ½…on charges of aggravated vehicular …

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Stephen “Steve” W. Kepler, 61

Stephen “Steve” W. Kepler, 61, of Bryan, Ohio passed away Friday, August 27, 2021 at the Cleveland Clinic.  He was born May 15, 1960 in Bryan, Ohio, son of the late William W. and Dona L. (Abel) Kepler.  Steve was a 1978 graduate of Bryan High School.  He married Debra …

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Mort Myers, 64

Mort Myers, age 64, of rural Montpelier, Ohio, passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021, from injuries suffered in a home explosion at his residence. Mort was a roofing contractor for twenty-three years and was currently employed by Cardinal IG in Fremont, Indiana, where he had been employed for the …

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Tamara K. Benoit, 73

Tamara K. Benoit, 73, of Alvordton, Ohio, passed away Thursday, August 26, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. Tamara was born March 24, 1948, in Bryan, Ohio to the late James V. and Evelyn M. (Reed) Fielitz. She married William H. Benoit in Montpelier, Ohio on September 27, …

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Tyson Phillip Underwood, 45

Tyson Phillip Underwood, 45, of Bryan, Ohio passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2021.  He was born January 10, 1976 in Bryan, Ohio, to Thomas W. and Darlene K. (Rex) Underwood.  Tyson was a 1994 graduate of Bryan High School.  He was employed at Con-Agra Foods since 2017 as a skilled …

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Smith Is Sentenced

Exceeding the state’s recommended prison term, Defiance County Judge Joseph Schmenk sentences a Defiance County man to more than a dozen years…for causing an injury crash while under the influence and fleeing the scene. Loren Smith gets prison terms totaling 12 1/2 years to 16 ½…on charges of aggravated vehicular …

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An Emergency In MI

Governor, Whitmer declares a state of emergency for St. Joseph, Branch and Hillsdale Counties…over the impacts of severe thunderstorms and straight-line winds that hit on August 11 and 12. The governor thanked first responders and line-workers…efforting to restore power to the communities hit by the storms. By declaring a state …

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