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Another 'dive-in' movie Aug. 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:38 PM
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PAULDING – Paulding Pool is preparing for its third “dive-in movie” of the season: “Despicable Me.” It is slated for Friday, Aug. 8. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk.

Admission is $3 for all ages. Floats and noodle devices are allowed. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or adult. Concessions and popcorn will be available.

In the case of rain, the movie will be canceled.

Paulding Pool is located at 700 Lincoln Ave. Call 419-399-9593 with any questions.

 
Area man charged with murder of ex-wife in cold case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 10:22 AM
Steven G. Noffsinger of Defiance was arrested and charged last week for the 1981 beating death of his ex-wife, Alma (left), in Oakwood. His apprehension came after a TV show, “Cold Justice,” help investigate this nearly 33-year-old cold case.

By DENISE GEBERS • Progress Staff Writer

This Friday, Aug. 8, Paulding County will hit the small screen in a big way. A recently solved cold murder case from 1981 will be featured on the TNT program “Cold Justice,” airing at 9 p.m.

Jason Landers, Paulding County sheriff, credits the arrest of Steven G. Noffsinger, 58, of Defiance to the hard work of two of his deputies and the cold case investigators from the program with closing this case.

“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,” said the sheriff. “I commend them for their dedication to see this through. I am pleased to know the healing process can start for Alma’s family.”

The accused, who is an ex-husband of the victim, Alma Noffsinger, was arrested Aug. 1 in Defiance following a special grand jury session July 31 in Paulding. He is charged with aggravated murder with specification, an unclassified felony.

Members of the Defiance Police Department were assisted by Paulding County Sheriff’s deputies at Noffsinger’s home for the arrest. He offered them no resistance.

Noffsinger is currently being held in Putnam County Jail awaiting arraignment in Paulding County Common Pleas Court, tentatively set for Aug. 7 .

Alma Noffsinger was found beaten to death in her Oakwood home on Dec. 17, 1981.

“Cold Justice” Season Two, Episode 17 is titled “Second Thoughts” and discusses her case and its recent investigation.

Her case received the attention of the “Cold Justice” producers, Wolf Productions, last year after they persistently approached Sheriff Landers about assisting with cold cases from Paulding County. He said they offered to bring resources in to assist with investigations.

THREE CASES PROPOSED

Sheriff Landers gave them synopses of three unsolved homicides: the Nancy Eagleson case from 1960, the Alma Noffsinger case from 1981 and the death of Theresa Smith-Shay from 2007.

Eagleson, 14, was abducted Nov. 13, 1960 while walking home from a movie with her younger sister. Her body was found by hunters in a woods along Road 176 near Junction a few hours later. She had been assaulted and shot.

Noffsinger was found in her home Dec. 17, 1981, dead from blunt force trauma causing a basal skull fracture. The 29-year-old mother of three had been struck several times in the head.

Smith-Shay was found June 16, 2007, near the intersection of Roads 87 and 180 in Crane Township. She had been shot. Law enforcement believed the 38-year-old Richmond, Ind. resident was killed where she was found.

Representatives from the production company requested more information on each of the three submissions. Later, the focus was set on the Noffsinger case.

Landers interjected that about this same time, a sister of Alma’s was visiting from Florida and asked if the new sheriff might reconsider the case.

A meeting was set with one of the show’s producers, who flew in from California to meet with local law enforcement. The sheriff’s office would retain complete control of the investigation, while having access to the “Cold Justice” prosecutor and experienced crime scene investigator.

The production crew was in the area from June 13-22, more than 30 people in all. During that time, the sheriff, Garcia and Hanenkratt spent at least 10 hours a day, Mondays through Saturdays, with the production crew interviewing over 30 people connected with the cold case. These were conducted in the sheriff’s office, at people’s homes, here in Ohio and in other states.

“As we worked the investigation, they filmed from the back side,” said the sheriff. “The film crew followed us and we were miked up for the show.”

Sheriff Landers said the selection process by the producers first started in those states that allow this type of work; some have laws that prevent it. Next, all 88 Ohio county sheriffs were contacted to determine interest or need.

Solvability of the proposed unsolved cases was considered as well.

“All but two people connected with this case are still alive. That was a real benefit,” said Sheriff Landers.

CLOSURE AND JUSTICE

He noted the show’s first season in 2013 included a segment from Sandusky County. Before the crew came to Paulding County this summer, they spent time in Guernsey County. They headed to Indiana after completing filming here.

Landers expressed satisfaction with the experience, noting the production company is a very professional organization.

“The people we worked with are there to help bring closure and justice. We developed an expert relationship I expect to last for a long, long time,” concluded Sheriff Landers. “It was really, truly a blessing to have these resources for us to use.”

“Cold Justice” follows Kelly Siegler and Yolanda McClary to “underfunded small-town” law enforcement agencies where they assist with reassessing cold murder cases. The TNT reality crime series premiered last September and was just renewed for a third season.

It is produced for TNT by Wolf Reality and Magical Elves, with Dick Wolf (writer-producer, “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer serving as executive producers.

As of mid-July, the series had helped local agencies secure 15 arrests, four confessions, eight indictments, two guilty pleas and a 22-year prison sentence for murder.

Siegler is a former county prosecutor from Texas with a 68-0 conviction record at murder trials. She has also been bureau chief of the Special Crimes Bureau. McClary has 26 years of experience with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, 16 of which were in the crime lab. She is the inspiration for Marg Helgenberger’s character in “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation.”

 
Paulding Village interviewing for new finance director
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 8:17 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Hiring a new finance director, repairing a water main leak and a letter of thanks from the ball association were among the items discussed by Paulding Village Council at its meeting Monday, Aug. 4.

 
2 arrested in connection with meth lab
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Monday, August 04, 2014 3:54 PM

LATTY – Two men are facing felony charges after deputies allegedly discovered a meth lab in Latty on Friday.

 
Vantage orientation meetings, schedule pickup dates PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, August 04, 2014 12:40 PM

VAN WERT – To prepare for the upcoming school year, Vantage Career Center will hold two orientation meetings to welcome new students and their parents to the school.

The first orientation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11. This is designed for students who are enrolled in Ag & Industrial Power Tech, Auto Body, Auto Technology, Building & Grounds Maintenance, Carpentry, Electricity, Industrial Mechanics, Precision Machining, and Welding.

The second orientation meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 and is for students in the following programs: Network Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Interactive Media, Early Childhood Education, Health Technology, and Medical Office Management.

All students new to Vantage and their parents should attend this meeting.

Both meetings will be held in the Commons Area at Vantage. The evening will include a brief general session as well as an opportunity for students and their parents to reacquaint themselves with the Vantage facilities, talk to the teachers, complete electronic forms, and get measured for uniforms. Class schedules and student handbooks will be available for pick-up and students will be able to pay their program fees.

Students who attended Vantage last year can pick up their schedule and pay program fees from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11-12. Please return completed emergency medical forms when picking up schedules and paying fees.

Returning students who are unable to pick up their schedule on the above dates should call Vantage Student Services at 1-800-686-3944 ext. 2126 to make arrangements to pick up your schedule before school starts.

The first day of school for new students is Tuesday, Aug. 19 starting at 8:23 a.m. The first day of school for returning students is Wednesday, Aug. 20 starting at 8:23 a.m. The school day runs until 2:40 p.m.

For any additional questions, please call Vantage Student Services at the number above for more information.

 
HGTV coming to US 127 yard sales
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Monday, August 04, 2014 11:12 AM

Not just a big sale, a big day for Van Wert! HGTV is coming to the 127 Yard Sale! They are looking for interesting and unusual antiques and collectibles.

The HGTV team will meet first with Van Wert City Mayor Don Farmer, who says he will “welcome them to our community for a weekend of events asking them to enjoy the use of Rotary Park and the Van Wert festivities.”

From there, they will head to the fairgrounds where the 127 sales and rib fest will be full force. Everyone is invited to the Van Wert fairgrounds for some great ribs, listen to some Nashville Crush, play some cornhole, and see what bargains you can find.

Contact Ann Marshal at mamamia9899@gmail.com or the fair board office 419-238-9270 if you are interested in participating in the 127 sales. Space is limited – call today.

Listed below are some of the items they are looking to buy:

old toys: cast iron, tin windup

old signs

old neon signs

pedal cars

folk art

military items

coin-operated machines

antique guns

Civil War antiques

juke boxes

motorcycles

cast iron

pottery

bicycles

old movie posters

early furniture

taxidermy

old photographs

radios: transistors and tabletop

oil paintings

rugs

cookie jars

Western/equestrian gear

crocks

old bar equipment

antique clocks

election memorabilia

duck decoys

gas pumps

old dolls

vintage diner items

wood carvings

telephones

sports collectibles

vending machines

’60s, ’70s, ’80s merchandise

NASA memorabilia

Hawaiiana/tiki collectibles

pinball machines

soda fountain dispensers

advertising items

antique casino/gaming equipment

musical instruments

firefighter collectibles

Circus and carnival memorabilia

old photographs

police officer collectibles

 
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