Porter pleads not guilty to DUI charges, demands jury trial

Randy Lee Porter, 57, of Galva, along with his public defender, Robert M. McBride, appeared in Stark County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing concerning numerous charges filed against him.
McBride informed Circuit Court Judge Thomas A. Keith that, “My client waives the preliminary hearing and arraignment procedures. We enter a written plea of not guilty and demand a jury trial.”
Keith accepted the waivers and stated, “Since you have pled not guilty to the charges, probable cause is found.” Keith then set January 17 as a date for a scheduling conference and the jury trial date as March 3.

Daum and Paxson named King and Queen at SCHS

2013kingqueenRyne Daum, son of Duane and Cheryl Daum of Toulon, along with Madisyn Paxson, daughter of Scott and Lynne Paxson of Toulon, were crowned the 2013 Stark County High School King and Queen on Thursday night at the pep rally.

Joining them in the photo are crownbearers Lily Harmon, daughter of Howard and Wendy Harmon, and Ben Browning, son of Dustin and Tammy Browning.

Slightom arrested on multiple charges

Shawn Anthony Slightom, 23, of Toulon was arrested August 14 on six charges. Slightom was originally apprehended for allegedly driving without headlights at night, which led to the other charges.
Slightom has also been charged with, according to court documentation, “fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, no valid insurance, no valid registration.”
In addition to these traffic offenses, Slightom has been charged with a Class B misdemeanor that he “knowingly had in his possession more than 2.5 grams but not more than 10 grams of a substance containing cannabis.”
According to the Stark County Sheriff’s office documentation, Slightom also had the unlawful possession of a vehicle registration sticker, knowing such document to be stolen. He posted a $150 bond plus his driver’s license and was released from custody.

Blakey sentenced to 12 years

blakeyMorgan D. Blakey, 20, formerly of Toulon, was sentenced by Henry County Judge Ted Hamer on Monday morning to 12 years in prison for causing the reckless homicidal deaths of Kelsey Clifford, Levi Berg, and Bradley Wood. Blakey could have received a maximum of 28 years in prison for the Class 3 felony charge which he was found guilty of on June 13 after a three day trial.

Wyoming council approves TIF

wyomingThe Wyoming City Council approved payment of TIF monies for projects that had been previously approved.  Amounts paid were: $16,877 for Shawnee National Properties LLC, $3,925 for Clean Getaway LLC  and $14,600 to Stark County Community School District #100.   

The council reviewed a revised TIF application from Melody Anderson of A Few of My Favorite Things.  After a short discussion, the request was tabled until the next council meeting.  
The council approved donating $100 toward the Wyoming Community Fire Protection District fundraising appeal to raise money for extrication equipment.