News Briefs Week of 10/12/20

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Indictment issued
An Elyria, Oh. man has been indicted by the Ottawa County Grand Jury after being involved in a high speed vehicle chase in July and his links to a stolen car ring.
Tyler J. Williamson was indicted on two counts of failure to comply and one count for complicity to receiving stolen property.
He was arrested last month by the Elyria Police Department on outstanding warrants and other charges after officers there obtained a search warrant of a business and found stolen vehicles and stolen parts.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office alleges Williamson was at the wheel of a black Dodge Challenger on July 2 and driving recklessly on State Route 579 near Williston, prompting several 911 calls.
Deputies attempted to stop the vehicle after observing traffic violations while it was traveling east on State Rt. 2 but weren’t successful.
The vehicle was spotted in Oak Harbor and a pursuit with village police and deputies ensued until the officers were involved in a crash.
Deputies later received information the vehicle was in the Elmore area and video from a gas station showed a man using a credit card to purchase fuel. Investigators also learned Williamson had paid for vehicle service in Tennessee several days after the pursuit.
Authorities were able to determine the Challenger was stolen out of Monroe, Mich.
Det. Aaron Leist, of the sheriff’s department, said the investigation is showing “a large amount” of
Challengers and Dodge Chargers have been stolen in Ohio and Michigan.

Lockdown at
Woodmore building
Law enforcement personnel found no evidence of a threat at Woodmore High School Wednesday after the school was placed in a lockdown and searched.
Elmore Police Chief Jeffrey Harrison said the lockdown was implemented about 10:30 a.m. after a threatening message written on a bathroom wall was discovered.
Village police and deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office set up a safety perimeter and a K-9 unit swept the building.
The school remained in lockdown until police deemed it safe to complete an organized early dismissal of students, the chief said.
Anyone with information about the threat should call the Elmore Police Department, 419-862-3980.

Board to meet
The Board of the Ottawa County Transportation Improvement District will hold a regular meeting Oct. 19 at the county engineer’s office, 8247 W State Rt.163, Oak Harbor. To comply with COVID-19 protocol the meeting will be available by conference call. The number to join is 419 734-7555; select option 3 and use code 434521.

Trial rescheduled
A trial to decide a dispute between the Village of Walbridge and Lake Township has been rescheduled for Nov. 5 in Perrysburg Municipal Court.
The trial had been set for Oct. 29 after Judge Aram Ohanian denied a township motion for summary judgment against the village. Township solicitor Phil Dombey requested the trial be rescheduled.
The township alleges the village has reneged on a 1977 agreement to maintain Drouillard Road from Cummings Road to the village’s southern limits.
In 2019, the township submitted an invoice for $116.31 to the village for repairing a pothole in the northbound lane of Drouillard, south of Ayers Road, but the village has refused to reimburse the township.
The township also claims it incurred $367 in labor costs and $208 for road salt to remove snow between Jan. 12 and 31, 2019.
The village informed the township in April 2018 the village was going to cease maintaining Drouillard effective June 1 of that year.

Virtual baby contest
The Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking entries for the Oak Harbor Apple Festival Virtual Baby Contest.
Entrants can submit photos through Friday, Oct. 16 at
Family, friends and the public can vote for $1 per vote. On Nov. 13, the top boy and girl with the most votes will be declared the winners.
Winners receive a crown, a sash and a 30-minute portrait session courtesy of Kelly Lindsay Photography.
The contest open to Ottawa County area babies and toddlers under 3. All net proceeds go toward Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Community Events.

Fall on the Farm
Sauder Village will present its annual Fall on the Farm celebration on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Visitors to Ohio’s largest living history destination can enjoy stories, demonstrations, and fun activities as they visit historic homes, barns, gardens and craft shops.
In the barnyard areas, families will have the chance to meet farm animals and watch a goat-milking demonstration. Children can hop on a pedal tractor to maneuver through a maze, watch a color-separation activity at the Nature Center, and decorate a pumpkin to take home.
In the historic homes, guests can learn more about cooking in days-gone-by while watching noodle-making and pumpkin pie-baking demonstrations.
Learn about the equipment used to harvest and sort potatoes in the Grime Barn and then step into the Grime home to see some potato recipes and cooking gadgets. To celebrate the bounty of the fall season, a short Harvest Home Service will be held in the Village Church.
In addition to the Fall on the Farm activities, guests will want to plan time to experience the past while visiting places like Erie’s Farm Shop, the Grist Mill, print shop, schools, jail, general store, and many craft shops. Other highlights of a visit to the Historic Village include a free train ride, unique shopping, and tasty treats.
New this year, guests can experience the Roaring Twenties while visiting the 1920s Main Street.
Sauder Village is located at 22611 SR 2 in Archbold. Sauder Village is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.
For more info, call 800-590-9755, visit or follow Sauder Village on social media.

Memorial Sight-in
The 37th annual Dick Gremling Memorial Sight-In Day, sponsored by the Elmore Conservation Club, is set for Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the club range, 15550 W. Portage River South Rd., Elmore.
The public event is aimed at giving shooters the opportunity to sight in rifle, pistol, slug-gun, handgun or bow for the hunting seasons. A donation of $10 per firearm or bow is requested, with proceeds going to Elmore-area charities for the needy at the holidays.
Experienced club staff will be on hand to help those attending.
The range is located along the Portage River, on the south side, a half mile west of SR 590. Direct questions to Rich Marleau at 419-729-3358 or Steve Pollick at 419-307-8328.


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