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Sunday, Apr. 21, 2024

VW independent staff HAVILAND — The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash in Paulding County that claimed a Rossburg teen. Hayden Matthew Smith, 16, was pronounced dead after being transported from the scene to Parkview Regional Medical Center. According to the local patrol post, the accident occurred […]

POSTED: 11/30/23 at 2:41 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Wednesday November 29, 2023 1:08 a.m. – Deputies responded to a residential alarm on Pohlman Road in Washington Township. 1:33 a.m. – Deputies served a warrant issued by Van Wert County Common Pleas Court for Murder, involuntary manslaughter, and strangulation. Larry P. Andrus, 48, of Van Wert is being held at the Van Wert County […]

POSTED: 11/30/23 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Week No. 16 is here, the end of the 2023 high school football season. Seven state championship games will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton Thursday night through Saturday. The majority of teams playing for a state title have plenty of state championship game experience and there […]

POSTED: 11/30/23 at 4:49 am. FILED UNDER: Sports

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Six defendants were sentenced on various criminal charges during hearings held Wednesday in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court. Five of the sentences were handed down by Judge Martin Burchfield. Brock Parsons, 34, of Delphos, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possession of marijuana, a fourth degree felony, and 18 […]

POSTED: 11/30/23 at 4:46 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff/submitted information Attention dog owners – 2024 Van Wert County dog licenses are now on sale. All dogs three months old or older require a license. Dog tags may be purchased by mail, online or at one of the following locations: Van Wert County Auditor’s Office, Room 205, Van Wert County Courthouse Animal […]

POSTED: 11/30/23 at 4:39 am. FILED UNDER: News

VW independent staff/submitted information COLUMBUS – Deer hunting numbers are up substantially in the Buckeye State. Ohio hunters checked 19,359 white-tailed deer during the opening day of gun hunting season on Monday, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s seven-day gun season is open until Sunday, December 3, and a […]

POSTED: 11/30/23 at 4:38 am. FILED UNDER: News

Jeffery A. Keller, 67, of Ohio City, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2023, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. Born November 28, 1955, in Fort Wayne, Jeff was the son of Betty (Purk) Brown and the late John W. Keller. He was a beloved son, brother, and friend to many in the community. Jeff’s life […]

POSTED: 11/29/23 at 6:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

SCOTT TRUXELL/independent editor Bond has been set at $500,000 cash or commercial surety for a Van Wert man accused of fatally injuring a man in his home in late September. Larry Andrus Jr., 48, was arraigned Wednesday morning in Van Wert County Common Pleas Court. He pleaded not guilty to murder, an unclassified felony; voluntary […]

POSTED: 11/29/23 at 3:48 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Barbara J. Reichert, 85, of Van Wert, passed away Tuesday morning, November 28, 2023, at The Gardens of Paulding. She was born December 3, 1937, in Convoy, the daughter of Herbert Wilhelm Oechsle and Esther Marie (Gribler) Oechsle, who both preceded her in death. She married Christopher H. Reichert, Sr. on September 23, 1966, and […]

POSTED: 11/29/23 at 11:03 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Tuesday November 28, 2023 5:50 a.m. – Deputies responded to an area of U.S. 127 in Pleasant Township on a report of a possible motor vehicle crash. No crash was located. 10:17 a.m. – Deputies responded to a residence on Jackson Street in the Village of Middle Point to check the welfare of juveniles who […]

POSTED: 11/29/23 at 10:09 am. FILED UNDER: Law Enforcement