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Wooster man facing charges in Medina County

June 26, 2019

A Wooster man is facing charges of indecent exposure in Medina County. Police in Lodi arrested 37 year-old Eric Zeigler Wednesday after an arrest warrant was issued following incidents last month where a man was reported to have exposed himself at various businesses. The Medina County Sherriff’s Office want to know if there were any other victims, and encourage those who may have been a victim to call them at 330-725-0028.

Special Olympics’ torch run tomorrow in Wooster

June 26, 2019

The Special Olympics’ annual Law Enforcement Torch Run will be making its way through Wooster tomorrow afternoon.  The Wooster leg of the run will begin at around noon, at the city’s safety service center, on Burbank Road.  From there, officers and some of this year’s athletes will take Burbank to Quinby Avenue before turning onto North Market Street.  From there they’ll head to West Liberty Street and eventually finish up at Chevrolet of Wooster.  The Wooster PD hopes that this year’s route, which differs from years’ past, will bring out more business and community members to cheer on the runners.

WARCOG votes to meet only every other month

June 26, 2019

During its meeting on Tuesday, the Executive Board for the Wooster Ashland Regional Council of Governments unanimously approved changing its meeting schedule.  Starting next month, the board will begin meeting on a bi-monthly basis, rather than its current monthly schedule.  WARCOG’s operations board, however, which includes first responders and dispatchers, will continue to meet once a month.

New radar system to be placed at south end of Millersburg

June 25, 2019

Millersburg Village Council will move forward with a plan to replace the loop stop light system with a radar system on the south end of Millersburg. The hope for council is to eventually move to a radar system on all of the city’s traffic lights. The radar system would help with traffic flow at the Walmart intersection. The Village will use permissive tax funds to pay for the system, which is set to costs between $26,000 and $27,500.

More open houses set for the public to see Wayne County’s Comprehensive Plan

June 24, 2019

Wayne County Commissioner’s and Wayne County Planning Department are set to host another open house about the County’s Comprehensive Plan on Tuesday. The open house is set to take place at the Wayne County Administration Building from 5:30-7:20 pm. Tuesday. Anyone who is unable to attend that meeting is invited to a rotating open house that will move throughout the county through mid-July. For dates of the rotating open house you can visit www.wayneonward.com

Car fire under investigation in Ripley Township

June 24, 2019

Firefighters responded to a car fire at a residence in Ripley Township in Holmes County Monday. The truck caught fire near a garage at a residence on County Road 330 south of Big Prairie. According to authorities, the fire was contained by a resident of the home with a garden hose. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Dispute headed back to Wayne County

June 24, 2019

The East Wayne Fire District and Sugar Creek Township will return to Wayne County Commons Pleas Court to continue their dispute. The 9th Court of Appeals sent the case back after ruling that the initial ruling from Judge Corey Spitler did not clearly address whether a conflict of interest would void a contract between the two entities. The issues dates back to 2016 when Sugar Creek Township decided to leave the East Wayne Fire District.

New contracts approved for Holmes County Schools

June 24, 2019

Holmes County Commissioners accepted contracts for law enforcement services at both Holmes County school districts. East Holmes and West Holmes will continue to have full time law enforcement patrols during the school year. The contract continues a 40 hour work week for an officer at both schools, with the schools picking up the majority of the officers salary during the year, while the Commissioners pay during the summer. As part of the new contract each school will have a new Sheriff’s deputy this fall.

Three people rescued after driving into high water

June 24, 2019

Three people had to be rescued from the roof of their car over the weekend after driving through high water.  This happened Saturday afternoon on Wilderness Road, just south of Funk Road, in Wayne County’s Plain Township.  According to the Highway Patrol, the 26-year old driver and two passengers, including a child, had to climb on the roof when the water’s strong current turned their car completely sideways and disabled it.  Despite the scare, authorities say all three people escaped unscathed.

Wooster man killed in Knox County crash

June 24, 2019

The Highway Patrol continues to investigate a weekend crash in Knox County that claimed the life of a Wooster man.  52-year old William Burkhart was killed Saturday afternoon while riding his motorcycle on State Route 514, northeast of Danville.  The patrols says Burkhart was thrown from his bike when he lost control of it on a curve.  He was pronounced dead after being lifeflighted to a hospital in Columbus.

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