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2-vehicle crash in Van Wert County claims life of Melrose teen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:00 AM

GROVER HILL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a fatal crash that occurred at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 on Ohio 637 near Elm Sugar Road in Hoaglin Township, Van Wert County.

Dead is Robert A. Seffernick, age 17, of Melrose.

According to troopers, a 2002 Chrysler Sebring, driven Seffernick, was northbound on Ohio 637.  He lost control on the snow-covered roadway and slid left of center and was struck by a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by David Simko, age 64, of Toledo. The Jeep overturned and both vehicles came to rest off the west side of the roadway.

Seffernick sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead on scene by the Van Wert County Coroner. Seffernick was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

Simko was extricated from his vehicle by emergency personnel on scene and transported by Samaritan LifeFlight helicopter to Parkview North Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne with serious injuries. Simko was wearing his seat belt and also had front and side air bag deployment, which minimized his injuries.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash and the investigation is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene were the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, Grover Hill Volunteer Fire and EMS, Brickner EMS, Parkview Samaritan, Delpha Chevy Towing, and Straightline Auto Body.



Benefit set for Doris Antoine PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 8:40 PM

PAULDING – Friends and family have come together to help raise funds for Doris Antoine. A benefit for her will be held at the Paulding Eagles on March 15.

In the summer of 2013, she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Doris and her family were hopeful that she would be able to have surgery and treatment.

The news from the surgeon was devastating. She had only a 10 percent chance of beating the cancer through surgery and recovery would be difficult. Doris chose not to undergo the surgery.

Although she has accepted the outcome, the bills that she faces as the cancer continues to rob her of her health are beginning to mount.

Doris is the daughter of Lawrence and Nettie Vogelsong. She married Ed Antoine on Sept. 15, 1962. Ed worked at Grizzly in Paulding for many years. Ed and Doris also owned and operated Ed’s Lunch for a while in Paulding in the 1980s. Ed’s Lunch was located on the south side of the square.

They have three children, Steve (Dona) Antoine, Kathy (Julian) Martinez, and Amy (Mark) Yenser and they have seven grandchildren.

A corn hole tournament will start at 3 p.m. which will cost $5 per person to enter. Menu of sloppy joes, creamed chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, potato or pasta salad, cookies and brownies will be served from 5-7 p.m.

The DJ will start playing at 8 p.m. There are lots of very nice prizes for the silent auction and raffle including a 40-inch TV, blu-ray player, handmade quilt, handmade wooden angel, Jacob’s Meats for a month package, NASCAR items, and much, much more.

For those cannot attend, but would like to help, an account has been established in the name of Doris Antoine Benefit with the Sherwood State Bank, P.O. Box 4546, Sherwood OH 43556.

Toby Keith tickets to go on sale at Allen County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 5:30 PM

LIMA – Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, March 8 at 9 a.m. for the biggest country music act to take the stage at the Allen County Fair in years - Toby Keith! The concert will be presented on Aug. 23 at this year’s fair.

Tickets can be purchased at the Allen County Fair Box Office at the Fairgrounds, 2750 Harding Highway, Lima, Ohio, or by phone at 419-228-7141 or on line at www.AllenCoFair.com.

Tickets are priced from $42 for grandstand and bleachers, $52 for track, and $65 for Toby’s Party Zone Pit area (standing), which is the closest to the stage and features a special runway in front of the stage.

There is a limit of eight tickets per order. Ticket holders may buy gate admission tickets at the time of purchasing Keith tickets, which are necessary to enter the fairgrounds.

David Grimm, general manager of the fair, expects a huge turnout Saturday, not only at the fairgrounds box office, but online and over the phone as well.

The Allen County Fair is based in Lima just east of I-75 on Ohio 309. It is western Ohio’s premier fair, attracting 180,000 patrons annually. The fair will be held Aug. 15-23 and will feature a mix of entertainment, agriculture competitions, food, and competitive and commercial exhibits.

Man charged in 2013 shooting incident enters plea PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:09 AM

PAULDING – A Haviland man has pleaded guilty to two charges in connection with a shooting incident last summer.

James D. Fleenor, 42, appeared in Paulding County Common Pleas Court and entered guilty pleas to two counts inducing a panic (F4) after a plea agreement was approved.

Burkley: Options for schools in rough winter PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:07 AM


I don’t think a single square inch of the state has been spared this brutal winter. About the time I heard the term “polar vortex” being thrown around, I had a feeling this might not be a typical winter.

While this has caused extra work for the crews tasked with clearing off the roads, it has also raised issues for school districts, many of which used up their allotted number of calamity days early in the year.

As of Feb. 7, approximately one-third of the state’s school districts had used all five of their calamity days. Among the school districts that responded to a survey conducted by the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the average number of days used was nine. Some school districts in the 82nd House District have used upwards of 10.

Semi fire on US 24 closes highway several hours PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 05, 2014 9:57 AM

CECIL – The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Van Wert Post is investigating a commercial vehicle fire on U.S. 24 near U.S. 127 near Cecil, in Crane Township.

At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, the Crane Township Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial semi-truck fire.

A 2013 Kenworth Semi driven by Jaspal Dosanjh, age 33, of Brampton, Ontario, was eastbound on U.S. 24 when he observed smoke coming from the trailer. He pulled onto the side of the road and observed that the rear tires of the trailer were on fire.

Dosanjh attempted to extinguish the fire with his fire extinguisher, but was unable to due to the amount of smoke and flames. Mr. Dosanjh unhooked his trailer and pulled the tractor away before the fire reached it.

By 4 p.m., the Crane Township Fire Department, with assistance from the Paulding Fire Department, was able to have the fire under control. The trailer and load of oranges were a total loss.

Photo from Paulding Fire Dept. Facebook page.

Dosanjh was not injured.

The cause of the fire is unknown and still under investigation.

U.S. 24 eastbound between Ohio 49 and U.S. 127 was closed to traffic during the incident. The highway reopened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Troopers were assisted on scene by Crane Township Fire Department, Paulding Fire Department and EMS, Ohio Department of Transportation, Paulding County Sheriff’s Office and Paulding County EMA.


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