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Not Guilty of Murder

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.
By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.

Kenneth Blancard (left) smiles at his attorney, Jeff Jakmides, before leaving the courtroom Monday.

CARROLLTON – As Judge Dominick E. Olivito Jr. read the verdict in the Kenneth Blanchard murder trial, Blanchard showed no emotion as he sat at the defense table, his hands folded. Michael Fairchild’s mother sobbed as she sat in the gallery.

Blanchard was found not guilty of murdering Fairchild Aug. 31, 2016, at a mobile home in Minerva by a jury of eight women and four men, who deliberated for about 10 hours. They received the case last Friday morning at the conclusion of closing arguments, about 10:30 a.m. They sent a note to Judge Olivito at 4:18 p.m. asking for deliberations to be recessed until Monday “due to juror No. 11 having to prepare for and attend a graduation party.” The request was granted.

Deliberations resumed Monday morning at 9:03 a.m. and concluded when the verdict was reached early in the afternoon.

“I never thought for a minute he’d be found guilty,” said Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides. I thought he was innocent from day one. I don’t know if the jury felt it was self-defense or if they didn’t think the prosecution didn’t prove he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I told the jurors in closing arguments they didn’t have to agree on why he was not guilty, just that he was not guilty.”

CIC agrees to sell 20 acres of Commerce Park property to ODOT for new highway garage

CARROLLTON – The Carroll County Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) agreed to sell 20 acres of property in the Commerce Park located at the southwest corner of the intersection of SR 171 and SR 9 (across SR 171 from the RMC) to the Ohio Department of Transportation for $300,000.

ODOT will also provide $1 million for the installation of water and sewer to the property.

ODOT agreed to transfer ownership of the six and one half acres they own on SR 9 just outside Carrollton, if the county so desires, for the sum of $1.   The county could not accept the ODOT property until one year after ODOT leaves that facility.

Working with the village of Carrollton, this will guarantee the installation of village water and sewer to the SR 171 property for ODOT.

New school groundbreaking

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt. 
Shown above from left are:  Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.
By Nancy Schaar
FPS Correspondent

 

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt.  Shown above from left are:  Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

Elementary students who earned the opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking for the new school during the groundbreaking event May 18 are shown above digging the first shovels of dirt.
Shown above from left are: Demi Leary, Benjamin Hamilton, Dillon Hall, Kasee Gallo, Bryce Hartong, Abigail Zeedyk, Kolton Barker, Evan Brace, Kaden Hamilton, Connor Lowdermilk, Gavin Sanders and Dr. David Quattrochi, superintendent of Carrollton Schools.

CARROLLTON – A beautiful blue sky, 80-degree temperatures and a cool breeze set the backdrop for the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction of a new school for Carrollton Exempted Village School District.

Dr. David Quattrochi, school superintendent, welcomed board members, staff, students, county commissioners and representatives from Carroll County Energy.

Quattrochi said he was very discouraged when he first came to the district and was told “you’ll never pass a levy to get a new school.”

“And then two years ago, a miracle from Boston showed up at my door step,” said Quattrochi.

Sixty-one percent of the $38 million building project is being provided by Carroll County Energy, the miracle from Boston, which will be paid to the district at $1.3 million for 30 years.

County Commissioner President Jeff Ohler said he remembers the first time he, Quattrochi, and a few others met with Jonathan Winslow from Advanced Power. Ohler said he thought that Quattrochi might lead up to asking for help with the school but was shocked when Winslow asked Quattrochi what his company could do to help, what did they need? Quattrochi answered by saying, a new school. Ohler said Winslow was surprised but then it all worked out.

Prosecution, defense rest cases in Blanchard murder trial

By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Prosecutors Steven Barnett (right) and Paul Scarella review case materials as the defendant, Kenneth Blancard, sits at the defense table during Blanchard's murder trial May 18,

Prosecutors Steven Barnett (right) and Paul Scarella review case materials as the defendant, Kenneth Blancard, sits at the defense table during Blanchard’s murder trial May 18,

The prosecution and defense both rested their cases in the Kenneth E Blanchard murder trail Thursday.

Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick E Olivito, Jr. released the jury for the day just before 2 p.m., saying closing arguments and instructions to the jury would begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Judge Olivito denied a motion for judgment of acquittal under Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 29 immediately after the prosecution rested its case, just after 10:30 a.m.

Defense Attorney Jeff Jakmides asked for a direct judgment (acquittal) saying, “The state did not prove that Mr. Blanchard intended to cause the death of the decedent (Michael Fairchild).”

“I believe the evidence shows use of a deadly weapon, so there was intent to kill,” said Olivito.

New owners take over 82-year-old livestock auction

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.
By Carol McIntire
Editor

 

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.

Larry Nisly, manager of Carrollton Livestock Auction, sells round bales of hay during a recent Monday auction.

Carrollton – Since the early 1930s, the Carrollton Livestock Auction has been a hub of activity on Monday.

The business was established at its present location, 1011 N. Lisbon St. in 1935 by Curt Shreve and his son, Glenn. For a couple years prior to that, the auction was held in a barn across the street at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.

In 1946, Glenn Bircher joined his brother-in-law (Glenn Shreve) in the management of the business. In 1971, he acquired sole ownership of the business. In 1988, Jack Bircher purchased the family business and operated it until 1992 when it was sold to the Raymond Piergallini family from near Smithfield.

In August 2005, the longtime business changed owners. Wayne Falb, an auctioneer and cattleman, purchased the business and operated it until Nov. 6, 2016, when the business and nearly five acres of land were purchased by Eugene Nisly of Missouri.

Eugene’s brother, Larry Nisly of Quaker City (near Barnsville) managers the operation of the business.

Larry is an auctioneer and a cattlemen who has been around sale barns for most of his life.

“I got my first job in a sale barn at Zanesville when I was 16,” he said. “My wife is the cousin of Wayne’s wife, so we knew them and knew he wanted to sell the business. It worked out for all of us.”

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