Blakey awaits judge’s decision in “huffing” trial
- Last Updated on Friday, 07 June 2013 20:09
- Written by John A. Ballentine
Morgan Blakey must wait until next Thursday June 13 to find out if he is acquitted or guilty of charges filed against him in a “huffing” trial. The charges are aggravated DUI /accident/death, a Class 2 felony and also Reckless Homicide, a Class 3 felony. Blakey could spend up to 28 years in prison if convicted of both charges.
After three days of a bench trial, the fate for Blakey now rests in the hands of Judge Ted Hamer. Hamer will decide if the evidence presented by States Attorney Terry Patton proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Blakey purchased from the Kewanee Walmart a can of compressed air, Ultra Duster to “huff”. The purpose of “huffing” (inhaling the can’s contents) was in order to get a “high”, according to Patton, not to clean the X-Box computer game of a friend.
Second Long Time Employee resigns from City of Wyoming
- Last Updated on Thursday, 30 May 2013 20:49
- Written by Doug Hampton
Wyoming City Council called a special meeting for Wednesday, May 29 with the only item on the agenda being personnel. At the meeting it was revealed that 26 year city worker George Knowles had turned in his resignation. This comes just over two months from when the only other full time street department employee Joe Beck, with 29 years of service, resigned his position as City Street Superintendent. This leaves only a part time summer worker and summer lawn mowing employee in the department.
Straight line winds make a path through county
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 13:31
- Written by Administrator
Just over a month after experience record rainfall, residents from Wyoming to Bradford and everywhere in between have to once again clean up after Mother Nature.
At 8:34 p.m. on Monday afternoon, a quickly strengthening system entered Stark County from the southwest. According to radar images, a slight rotation was occurring within the rain wrapped system. It was at that time that local officials prompted the National Weather Service to issue the first severe thunderstorm warning.
The first wave produced about dime sized hail and minor damage despite its torrential rainfall. It was the second wave an hour later that did the most damage.
Just after 9 p.m. the second warning was issued and the punch that it packed was dangerous to say the least.
Widespread damaged occurred from Sharkey Highway, to the north end of Wyoming, to Castleton, and on into Bradford.
Softball Season Ends With Extra Inning Loss
- Last Updated on Monday, 20 May 2013 14:09
- Written by Kelsey Cochran
Bank robbery suspect: It was just a joke
- Last Updated on Sunday, 05 May 2013 17:44
- Written by Jason Musselman
In a rare Sunday morning hearing, Judge Thomas Keith in his first Stark County Circuit Court preceding found probable cause to charge Joshua Allen Williams, 28, of Toulon with Financial Institution Robbery, a Class 1 felony.
According to the criminal complaint and sworn testimony from arresting Deputy Eric Peed, Williams entered the State Bank of Toulon on Saturday, May 4, just before 11:15 a.m.
With a plastic bag over his head, he proceeded to tell one of the tellers to present him all the money in the drawer. After the teller refused, Williams tore a hole in the bag and said he “wasn’t very good at this” and left.
Williams returned to the bank around 12:15 p.m. and was identified as the suspect and arrested.
In an initial interview with Deputy Peed, Williams stated it was “just a joke” and he was “trying to play a prank on the tellers but it went wrong.”