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Suspect arrested for murder in cold case PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 01, 2014 3:14 PM
Steven Noffsinger was arrested Aug. 1 in connection with the 1981 beating death of Alma Noffsinger in Oakwood.

PAULDING – On Friday, Aug. 1, officers with the Defiance Police Department, assisted by members of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, arrested a suspect in connection with a 1981 homicide.

Steven G. Noffsinger, age 58, from Defiance, was arrested on a warrant on indictment for aggravated murder with specification, an unclassified felony.

This arrest comes as a result of a special grand jury that was held in Paulding on July 31, in regards to a cold case homicide from 1981. On Dec. 17, 1981, Alma Noffsinger was found beaten to death inside her residence in Oakwood.

"Deputy Rob Garcia and Lt. Brion Hanenkratt have put a lot of man hours into this cold case over the past several months, along with cold case investigators that were brought in to assist our office. I commend them for their dedication to see this through. I am pleased to know the healing process can start for Alma's family."

Steven Noffsinger was Alma's ex-husband.

The case is the focus of an episode of the TNE series "Cold Justice." The episode, titled "Second Thoughts," is set to air at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.


US 24 in Paulding County to be focus of public meeting PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:22 PM

Recent accidents along the route to be discussed

LIMA – The Ohio Department of Transportation announced Thursday it will lead an open discussion next week regarding accidents which have recently occurred along U.S. 24 in Paulding County.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Ohio State University Extension Office, 503 Fairground Drive, Paulding.

Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 1 deputy director, will lead the discussion with county officials, local law enforcement and the public regarding what the accident data indicates, what has been done to this point in response, and to learn the thoughts of the community on the issue.

“We’re looking internally at what could be done from an engineering perspective, but the perspective of local drivers is an important part of the analysis,” said Slusher.

Last year, officials with ODOT District 1 consulted with federal officials, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, and both the Paulding County Commissioners office and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Department in response to the accidents. As a result, pavement markings were added to the intersections with U.S. 24 at County Road 21, Township Road 83, County Road 87, County Road 115, County Road 232, County Road 133 and County Road 143.

It was thought the markings would better define the median areas and provide a visual to motorists of where they could safely wait before crossing or turning into the lanes of travel. The work was completed last fall.

“This was a measure that was viewed positively by the public and we still believe it is a good enhancement to the intersections,” said Slusher. “Unfortunately, additional accidents have occurred since this was done,” he said.

From 2010 to present, 22 accidents have occurred along U.S. 24 in Paulding County. Five of those accidents resulted in six fatalities which occurred at County Road 143, County Road 87 and County Road 115.


Back to school: School supply lists
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:33 PM
'Large cat' sighting reported
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:31 PM

Possible bobcat sighted in county

By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

FORT BROWN – Last week the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office received what it believed to be a credible report of a “large cat” in Brown Township.

Sheriff Jason Landers issued a press release July 22 stating the animal was seen running north of the intersection of roads 151 and 108 on the east side of the road. Two contractors working in the area were the source of the information.

Communities For Kids school supply project under way
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:29 PM

By NANCY WHITAKER • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – It seems like summer has just begun, but school will be back in session in a few weeks. So, now is the time to think about school supplies and those who may need assistance in purchasing them. In fact, a lot of stores already have them on display and the buying has already begun.

Communities For Kids, Susan Farr and Nicole Harris and volunteers, are currently gearing up for the 2014 school supply giveaway. This is the sixth year that Communities For Kids has coordinated the giveaway.

Antwerp Day In the park set for Aug. 9
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 8:28 PM

Antwerp Day In the Park set for Aug. 9


Progress Staff Writer

ANTWERP – Antwerp’s 15th annual Day In the Park is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 9 at Riverside Park. The day will be filled with community fun at the beautiful park along the Maumee River.

The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade through downtown Antwerp. The crowd will then gather at the park at 11 a.m. for the official opening of the day’s events with the community band leading those in attendance in the National Anthem and a salute to the United States.