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Suspect arrested for murder in Oakwood cold case
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM
Steven G. Noffsinger, 58, Defiance, was arrested Friday as a suspect in connection with the 1981 murder of Alma Noffsinger. (Photo submitted)


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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 of 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.

ODOT releases weekly road construction report
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM


The following is the weekly report concerning construction and maintenance work on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.

For the latest in statewide construction visit Please contact us at 419-999-6803 with any information needs.

Construction and Maintenance Projects

Week of Aug. 4, 2014

Allen County

Interstate 75 Reconstruction Project For the most recent information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction project through Lima and Allen County, please visit

Drug bust nets four suspects
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM

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VAN WERT — Three people were arrested and a fourth was already in custody as the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force served the paperwork from indictments handed down by the Van Wert County Grand Jury on Friday.

The four were reportedly charged due to an undercover drug investigation made by the task force. Arrested were Joshua D. Roberts, 32, Van Wert; Elizabeth Roberts, 26, Van Wert; and Ruby Hollingsworth, 55, Van Wert. Also indicted was Elmeco Crisp, 38, who is in the Mercer County Jail. The other three were taken to the Van Wert County Jail where they will await arraignment in Common Pleas Court, probably on Wednesday.

Surplus vehicle auction features variety of SUVs
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM

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COLUMBUS – More than 120 vehicles will be up for bid at the State of Ohio surplus auction Saturday, Aug. 9.

The auction will be held at the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, General Services Division headquarters, 4200 Surface Road, Columbus. The gates open at 8 a.m.; the auction begins at 10 a.m. The lot will remain open until 5 p.m. on the day of the sale.

The auction features a wide selection of cars, vans, SUVs and trucks, including a 2010 Ford Escape, a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe and a 2007 Dodge Dakota Truck all of which are said to be in good shape.

To view all of the items, visit:

Crestview teacher visits Thomas Jefferson’s home
Friday, August 01, 2014 8:00 PM
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CONVOY — For Crestview history teacher James Lautzenheiser, history is not just a subject to be taught or facts to memorize, history is a true interest. For the past two summers, Lautzenheiser has spent a week at the home of his favorite president, Thomas Jefferson.

“The education wing (at Monticello)they have really been working on the past decade or so,” Lautzenheiser related. “They are really involved with bringing teachers — elementary, middle school, and high school — to Monticello to study different areas. The specific grant that I was on, the Barringer Fellowship, it allowed me and ten other teachers from around the country to develop some research project ideas that we wanted to focus on when we got to Charlottesville.”

Monticello is the private home and plantation of Jefferson, the nation’s third president and the author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

“The site itself is in Charlottesville, Virginia, and it includes probably 60-70 percent of the original 5,000-acre plantation in the Blue Ridge Mountains,” said Lautzenheiser. “The home itself, Monticello, the foundation has been charged with restoring it and keeping it to the period of Jefferson at his retirement, so you’re looking at 1809 until his death in 1826. That includes restoring the original working plantation itself, so they want visitors to have a sense of not just this is Thomas Jefferson’s home, but this is the working plantation. They want to paint the story of the people who worked there.”