Local Briefs

Bryan man killed in US 24 crash

GRAND RAPIDS — A Bryan man was killed when his tractor-trailer went off the road on Saturday morning on U.S. 24.

The Toledo post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the fatal crash that occurred at 10:55 a.m. on Route 24 near mile post 54 in Providence Township, Lucas County.

A 2022 Kenworth T880 semi-tractor pulling a 2005 Heil trailer being operated by Kenneth Risner, 50, Bryan, was traveling westbound. The tractor-trailer traveled off the north side of the roadway into a ditch, striking a speed limit sign.

Risner was transported by EMS to McLaren St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee. Risner was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

At this time safety belt usage is unknown. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

The patrol was assisted on scene by the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office, Providence Township Fire and EMS and Lucas County EMS.

The crash remains under investigation.

Patrol releases New Year holiday report

COLUMBUS – According to provisional statistics, 11 people were killed on Ohio roadways this New Year holiday.

During the four-day reporting period, from Dec. 30, at midnight until Jan. 2, at 11:59 p.m., 11 people were killed in nine fatal crashes. Impairment was a factor in six fatalities, while eight were not were safety belts.

During reporting period, troopers removed 214 impaired drivers from Ohio’s roads, while citing 67 for distracted driving and 101 for illegal drug violations.

This is a decrease from the four-day reporting period last year, when 12 fatalities were reported.

Call #677 to report dangerous or impaired drivers.

State fire marshal urges Ohioans to remove indoor Christmas trees

COLUMBUS — Now that all the presents have been opened and the holiday season is over, the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal says it’s time to discard your Christmas tree.

“The longer trees remain in homes, the higher the fire risk,” said State Fire Marshal Kevin S. Reardon. “Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home, garage, or placed outside against the house.”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, a third of home fires involving Christmas trees occur in January as the trees begin to dry out and become fire hazards.160 home structure fires began with Christmas trees from 2015 to 2019, resulting in two civilian deaths, 12 civilian injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage.

Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Also, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources recommends recycling a tree as a wildlife habitat.

Camera club meets Wednesday

MONCLOVA — TOPICS Camera Club, a non-profit organization open to everyone, will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Monclova Community Center, 8115 Monclova Road.

Forecast

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 40. West wind 9 to 13 mph.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

Extended: Mostly cloudy Wednesday, with a high near 43. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 37. Showers likely, mainly after 1 p.m. Thursday. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Showers likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 36. Chance of precipitation is 70%. A chance of showers Friday. Cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Mostly cloudy Saturday, with a high near 36.