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Playground Equipment at Veteran's Memorial Park Painted


Wet paint signs were present at Veteran’s Memorial Park this past Friday.


That’s because the playground equipment at the park was painted.


The work was done by employees of Kenton Davita Dialysis as part of a community project for Earth Day.



Large Amount of Marijuana Confiscated in Wyandot County


Numerous marijuana plants were seized during separate operations in Wyandot County this past week.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that plants of marijuana were found in a barn after a man reported seeing a red light coming from the barn and found marijuana plants under an LED lamp. The plants, along with a marijuana pipe were confiscated. The owner of the property has not yet been identified.


Then, a Michigan man was arrested after Upper Sandusky police made a traffic stop and found more than six pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Michael E. Tipton Jr. was charged with a third degree felony count of possession of marijuana.



Several ODOT Projects Planned For Next Week


Several projects will impact traffic in the region during the upcoming week.

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation:


U.S. 68 between the city of Kenton and the Hancock County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.


In Wyandot County, State Route 53, between State Route 103 and County Road 2 in McCutchenville, will close April 24 for approximately six months for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured.


And, State Route 37, between State Routes 67 and 53 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.



Panel Discussion on Opioid Epidemic Held Friday


Several Hardin County officials attended an event dealing with the opioid epidemic late last week.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office website, Sheriff Keith Everhart joined Judge Steve Christopher, Lifeworks Director Wade Melton and State Representative Robert Cupp for a panel discussion concerning Ohio's opioid epidemic.


The  meeting was held Friday. The Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education was hosted by Cedarville University.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was the event's keynote speaker.


Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court This Week


Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, Jacob Meekens and James E. Scott were each placed on five years community control with conditions.


Meekens on one count of burglary and Scott on one count of possession of heroin.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Driver Cited Following Thursday Morning Crash


Two cars were damaged in a crash that occurred Thursday morning on East Franklin Street.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 73 year old Janice Rall, of Kenton, was stopped for traffic on Franklin when her car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 62 year old Katherine Temple, also of Kenton. Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.


There were no injuries, and Temple was cited for following too close.



Lakeview Woman Charged With OVI


A Lakeview woman was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs following a traffic stop this week.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that a car driven by 28 year old Cori Price was stopped on U.S. 33 near Township Road 239 after an officer spotted numerous lane violations. She was subsequently arrested for OVI and transported to the Logan County Jail.


Her 9 year old was a passenger in the car, and he was released to a family member, according to the paper.



Honda Announces Investment at TRC in East Liberty


Honda announced Thursday a new investment at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the company will invest 124 million dollars to establish a wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the world class testing facilities.


The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place late in the summer of 2017, according to the paper.



Hardin County Pasture Walk Scheduled


Underwood Stock Farms will serve as the location for the Hardin County Pasture Walk on Wednesday, May 3.


This program will be from 6:00-7:30 pm in a pasture located at 18917 County Road 155 near Ridgeway, Ohio. A pasture walk is an educational program for beef, dairy, sheep, goat, and horse producers who would like to learn how to best manage their livestock pastures and grazing techniques. Underwood Stock Farms is a beef cattle operation, but the principles discussed and questions answered at this event will benefit all types of livestock operations that utilize pasture as part of their livestock operation.


Those planning to attend the Pasture Walk program are asked to call the Hardin County Extension Office at 419-674-2297.



Participants Sought For Summer League Swim Team


The Kenton Area Swim Team is recruiting for participants who are interested in swimming in the summer league program.


Volunteer Sue Bailey said there are currently eight teams that compete this summer.


For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue,Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.



Campbell Soup Building Warehouse in Findlay


Campbell Soup is planning to build a warehouse in Findlay.


WFIN reported that the company's site plans were approved by the Findlay City Planning Commission at a meeting this week.


The site for the 741,000 square foot facility is just south of the McLane Distribution Center, and there is no word on when construction will start or how many people will be hired by the company, according to the radio station.



U of F Women's Team in Top 25


The University of Findlay women’s outdoor track and field team has claimed a top 25 spot in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll.


According to information on the university website, the poll was released this week.


The Oilers are ranked 14th in the national poll and are among only two programs from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the top 25.  



Woman Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


A Kenton woman is facing drug related charges following a traffic stop Wednesday evening.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the car was pulled over on North High at Cecilia Street. The driver, identified as 19 year old Cambra Brooks, was issued a summons for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.


She was also cited for no operator’s license, child restraint and no proof of insurance.



Riverdale Implementing Security Device


The Riverdale Local school is implementing the Lockdown Boot device for school safety.


According to the school website, Riverdale, along with all other Hancock County schools, will be implementing the device.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office has started an online donations campaign where individuals and groups can donate to help schools with the cost.


For information about how to make donations or if you have any questions, call 419-694-4994, extension 1801.



Seven Teens Charged With Underage Drinking


Seven teenagers are facing charges after admitting to drinking at a party last week.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that the teens are between the ages of 15 and 17. They have been charged with underage consumption. at the party, a 17 year old Harpster boy was found passed out. He was flown by helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.


The 12 people at the home were from Carey, Forest, Harpster, sycamore, Upper Sandusky and Wharton, according to the paper.



Dogs Rescued From Lima Area Puppy Mill


A number of dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in the Lima area.


WLIO reported 22 adult pugs as well as nine puppies were saved from the living room of a Lima area home.

Officials with the SPCA believe the dogs have lived in their cages for the entirety of their lives. The homeowner was breeding the for profit.


Despite the situation, the dogs seem friendly and should be ready for adoption soon.



Man Pleads to Lesser Charge in Logan County


A former Bellefontaine man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in Logan County Common Pleas Court this week.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that 53 year old Michael Robinson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of his son. Robinson was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2008 on charges of felonious assault, child endangering and domestic violence after he severely beat his then 11 month on son Dana, who died from those injuries in 2015. It is believed that the transcript of the hearing when Robinson pleaded guilty could have allowed him to be charged with murder if his son died, however, it has been lost. The Logan County Prosecutor said he had no other choice but to allow Robinson to plead to the lesser charge.


Robinson was scheduled to be released in 2028, but 11 years could be added to that when he is sentenced on May 30.



Pair Arrested on Trafficking Charges


Two people were arrested this week in Logan County on drug trafficking warrants.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 39 year old Ella Horne, of Bellefontaine was being investigated by Logan County Joint Task Force, and during the process, investigators learned that 80 year old Jerome Newland, of Lakeview had been providing her rides to buy and sell heroin.


The two were arrested this week following a traffic stop in Bellefontaine. Horne is facing two counts of trafficking heroin and Newland was charged with complicity to trafficking, according to the paper.



New Bloomington Man Sentenced on Burglary Charges


A string of burglaries landed a New Bloomington man behind bars.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 22 year old Bridon J. Carroll was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on three counts of complicity to burglary and one count of grand theft. Carroll pleaded guilty to the charges on February 3.


Jewelry, firearms and other items were stolen from homes, according to the paper.



Man Arrested on Assault Charge


A Mt. Blanchard man was arrested Tuesday following a report of a physical domestic situation.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of South High Street to investigate the complaint.


It was determined that an assault took place, and the suspect, identified as 23 year old Michael Taylor was arrested and charged with the offense.



Theft of Jewelry Reported Tuesday


A burglary was reported Tuesday in the 300 block of South Detroit Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident told officers jewelry was stolen from her house. A suspect was named, but so far no charges have been filed.


The value of the missing property was listed at $300.



Hardin Northern Presents Wizard of Oz


Travel down the yellow brick road this week as Hardin Northern High School presents, "The Wizard of Oz."


Lydia Rush, who plays Dorothy, said the show will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, "On the 21st and the 22nd, it's at 7:30 and on the 23rd, it is at 2:30. Ticket prices are $6.00 for seniors and kids and $8.00 for adults."


Garrett Eikenbary, who plays the Cowardly Lion, talks about how the Wizard of Oz was chosen to perform, "My mom's actually the director of the musical, and she's always really liked the Wizard of Oz, and she just looked at some of the parts and stuff that were in in, and she just knew her cast really well and picked it based off of who she saw and I think we kind of like a challenge when we do our musicals, and this has definitely been one, but we're really excited."


Sam Diller, who plays the Wizard, said he has really enjoyed playing the character, "Because he gets to be a real high and mighty, and he gets to yell a lot. I think that's a lot of fun."



Vietnam War Travelling Museum Coming to Marion


A presentation about the Vietnam War and the Americans who fought will be held April 25 in Marion.


The Marion Star reported that the Vietnam Awareness School will be held at the Harold L. Bradley American Legion Post 584 in Marion.


There will be an open house from 10am to 8pm for the public to come in and view the Vietnam War Experience Traveling Museum, which features one of the largest personal collections of Vietnam War memorabilia in Ohio.


There is no cost to attend and all are welcome, according to the paper.



Arlington Junk Drop Off Date Set


A day to drop off junk in Arlington has been set.


WFIN reported that village council approved May 20 for the event, which replaces the old curbside pickup day. J & N of Ada will set dumpsters in the park for residents to get rid of household junk.


You can use an ID or village water bill to use the dumpsters, according to the radio station.


Money Donated to Upgrade Security at Indian Lake Schools


13 businesses contributed money to install security devices throughout Indian Lake Schools.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the money has been pouring in over the past month.


A total of $2200 will be added to a donation of just over $9800 from Honda Transmission Manufacturing to install locking mechanisms for use during an act of violence at the school district, according to the paper.



Cold Case Arson Investigation Ends Following Search


A cold case involving an arson fire and possible homicide that occurred in 1994 is now closed.


According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a search was served in the 16,000 block of State Route 117 in Roundhead Township. The burned out structure was excavated and sifted through by Hardin County Sheriff’s detectives, agents from B.C.I. and I. and the Prosecutor’s Office investigators. No evidence was found, and the case is now closed.


It was stressed in the release that the residents at the location are not now nor ever were suspects, and the Sheriff’s Office thanked them for their cooperation.



KFD Conducts Extrication Training


Kenton Firefighters conducted a training exercise Monday on car extrication.


The fire department Facebook page showed that the training provided emergency responders with proper techniques and various routes to gain access to entrapped patients.


The vehicles used by firefighters in the training were provided by Brims Salvage Yard.


Three vehicles were used in the training exercise.



Carey Man Arrested on Sex Related Charges


A Carey man was arrested this week on sex related charges.


21 year old Devon S. Layfield is accused of having sex with a 14 year old girl. He was taken into custody by Wyandot County Sheriff’s Deputies this past Sunday.


Layfield was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual imposition.



Lakeview Man Arrested Following Drug Overdose


A Lakeview man is facing charges following an overdose in Lakeview this past Sunday.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that the Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in Lakeview to investigate an overdose report. 30 year old Jarrod Taylor unresponsive in the house. He was revived and transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for further treatment.


Suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the house.


After being released from the hospital, Taylor was arrested on charges of inducing panic and on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, according to the radio station.



Russells Point Pair Arrested on Drug Charges


Two Russells Point residents are facing drug charges after being arrested this past weekend.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported the Russells Point Police Department and the Indian Lake EMS were dispatched to a home in Russells Point concerning a possible overdose.


Investigators found   31 year old Katie M. Hale responsive, but confused. She was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for evaluation. She, along with 33 year old Jerry L. Okie Nelson II, were then both arrested and taken to the Logan County Jail.



Upper Sandusky Approves Random Drug Testing For Student Athletes


The Upper Sandusky Board of Education approved random drug testing for student athletes.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that all Upper Sandusky athletes in grades 7 through 12 will be subject to the random testing.


Parents of students will be required to sign a form giving the district permission to test students for drugs or they will not be eligible to play sports, according to the paper.



Kenton City School Board of Education Meets

At the regular meeting Monday night, the board heard from Kenton High School JROTC cadets Alyssa Rostorfer, Dalton Perkins, and Jason Madison, about the recent JROTC Senior cruise to the bahamas. The group reported that they learned of cultural diversity as well as operation planning. The students toured multiple islands, as well as a naval air station, and Washington D.C. JROTC instructor MSG David Clifford said that the trip was very informational for the students.


The board also heard from the finance committee as they met on the previously discussed JROTC obstacle course, and athletic building projects.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said that they have had many successes with the straight A grant, and that many students that have completed the coursework will be awarded college credit.


Approved Substitutes:



Jacob Eikenbary​ - Substitute bus driver
Steve Black​ - Substitute custodian
Barbara Scherer​ - Substitute bus driver
Approved Volunteers:
Brittney Arnold
Brad Blue
Rebecca Browning
Bonita Burroughs
Elizabeth Byers
Joshua Byers
Amanda Cameron
Ricki Coulson
Tiffany Dale
Megan Dalton
Stefanay Dick
Tony Doenges
Shannon Donnelly
James Evans, Jr.
Hannah Flowers
Michelle Gammon
Derek Gibson
Amanda Grasley
December Hannah
Renea Harris
Carrie Haudenschield
Christina Haudenschield
Stayci Hensel
Britney Hites
Nicole Hougendobler
Stacey Kavanaugh
Lee Lawrence
Cassandra Lightner
Renae Klotz
Amber McKinley
Michelle Musser
Amber Newland
Melody Norris
Kelsey Ralston
Nick Rhodes
Ranae Sherman
Darcy Shumaker
Penny Smith
Joy Vanhorn 
Sharron Wells
Matt Winegardner
Sarah Wirbel
David Yoder
Samantha Zachariah
Approved Non-Renewal of Supplemental Contracts:
Jared Manns 
Chuck Downing
Jason Jones
Zach Turner
Jamie Bartlett
Alexandra Manley
Matt McCullough
Ryan Miller
Matt Frey
William Lawrence 
Morgan Rogers
Shawn Smith
Brent Fackler
Matt Dudek
Bo Hoppe
Colby Rush
William Lawrence
Rick Hudgel
Nancy Baum
Rick Collins
Kevin Kapanka
Chuck Moore
Katie Brim
Jeremy Reed
Anne Eley
Brad Blue
Nick Stuck 
Joe Funkhouser
Traci Jones
Shana Stout 
Vicki Krock
Beth Harshfield
Deb Bartlett
Leslie Cochensparger
David Clifford
Eric Croke
Chris Becker
Jared Manns
Jodi Cole-Needles
Jamie Bartlett
Travis Wissman
John Georgeson
Tomi Cheney
Todd Daquino
Katie Ketcham
Ashley Chapman
Mary Cook
Robyn Sturgeon
Jennifer Ewing
Tom Ewing
Stefany Jacoby
Brenda Ames
Amy Long
Amy Johnson
Kendra Hale
Heather Erwin
Susie Thrush
Amy Kohl
Allison Kemmere
Jennifer Woodward
Brooke Purcell
Bari Bradford
Tom Buroker
Christina Cross 
Melody Norris 
Teresa Harris
Sharon Martin
Ashley Anderson
Robin Hughes
Ellen Sheldon
Tim Davis
Luke Abbott
Chad West
Andrew Hobensack
Jordan Martin
Courtney Rolf
Keith Kissling 
Brooke Bostelman
Ashlee Dawson
Aaron Montgomery
Randy Morris
Jay Bostelman
Sarah Cooper
Jackie Stalder
Aaron Johnson
Josh Sheldon
Julie Baird
Angela Miller
Emily Schaub
Jenna Sherman
Trevor Beazley
Dave Stuck
Lynn Webb
Megan Manns
Keith Kissling
Ryan Althouse
Sue Buroker
Penczarski noted that these contracts would be re-evaluated and approved at the next board meeting.
Approved Classified Substitutes:
Bus Drivers:
Tom Anderson 
Brian Bays
Bryan Clawson
Rick Collins
John Dulin 
Jacob Eikenbary
Marcus Lyons
Jared Manns
Doug Roberts
Russ Senning
Brian Ulrich
Van Drivers:
Brad Blue 
David Clifford
Jacob Eikenbary
Rozina Eikenbary
Andrew Hobensack
Mike Leddy
Shalie Logan
Tom McBrayer
Tasha Bridenstine 
Dorothy Britton
Tiffany Dale
Crystal Edwards 
Cathy Lawrence
Jessica Miller
Gloria Mullins 
Sherry Peoppleman
Kelli Seiler
Steve Black 
Dan Comstock
Mel Donnal
James Evans 
Charles Fox
David Kah
Karen Murphy 
Russ Senning
Educational Assistants:
Brittany Arnold
Barb Baum
Tasha Bridenstine
Mark Butterman 
Brenda Conley
Judy Donnal
Crystal Edwards 
Jacob Eikenbary
James Evans
Stacie Francis 
Amanda Hewett
Kevin Kapanka, Jr.
Carrie Miller 
Lindsay Payne
Sherry Peoppleman
Heather Preston 
Christa Rarey
Angela Rembis
Cindy Rogers 
Jennifer Smith
Sharron Wells
Carol Wilcox 
Kim Wirbel
Stacy Clawson 
Judy Donnal
Rozina Eikenbary
Heather Preston
Christa Rarey
Jennifer Smith
Approved Substitute Teachers:
Tanyce Addison
Julie Baird
Angela Brown
Jana Burns
Sue Buroker
Kathy Burris
McKenzie Butterman 
Dustin Clapsaddle
Emily Cooper
Sarah Cooper 
Andrew Corne
Judi Cronley
Paula Deardorff 
Shannon Donnelly
Britni Dooley
Marilyn Dulin 
Brice Fackler
Stacie Francis
Jaimee Frey 
Timothy Greer 
Paul Herman
Michelle Hicks 
Johnna Horn
Terry Huffman
Jeanette Karcher 
Alicia Kleinfelter
Lois Lautenschlager
Holly Layman Cannode 
Valerie Lifer 
Kelly MacDonald
Deb Manns 
Portia Mansfield
Greg Markley
John McEntee 
Donna Myers
Catlin Pauley
Kelsey Ralston 
Terrena Robson 
Robin Rosebrook
Adam Shaw 
Heather Shaw
Mary Sherman
Evelyn Titus 
Steve Walter
Lauren Weaver
Vernon Wedemeyer 
Nancy Wilcox
Sue Wilcox
Randall Wilson 
Sandra Ziebold
LeAnn Zimmerly Pryor
Approved Internal Transfers:
Christie Lawrence​
Alexandra Manley​
Brad Blue​
Shawn Smith
Rebecca Reineke-Hites
Jenifer Stauffer​
Approved Resignations:
Tammera Harp
Eric Croke
Approved Maternity Leave:

Kelli Kugel

Furthermore, Teacher Appreciation Week was approved for the week of May 1st, and it was voted that the school day lengths will remain the same for the three schools across the district.


4 Year Old Girl Reportedly Raped


The rape of a 4 year old girl is being investigated by the Kenton Police Department.


According to the report, the incident was reported by officials at Hardin Memorial Hospital over the weekend. The victim was taken to Children’s Hospital in Toledo for further evaluation.


A suspect was listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed as the crime case remains under investigation.



Two Crashes Reported Sunday


Two injury crashes were handled by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning.


The first was a rollover crash that occurred around 9 on County Road 119 at County Road 180 in Lynn Township. The driver received minor injuries as a result.


Around an hour later, a two vehicle crash occurred on Front Street in Alger.


A total of five victims were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.


Both crashes remain under investigation.



Several ODOT Projects Scheduled This week


Several projects will impact traffic in the region this week.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation:


U.S. 68 between the city of Kenton and the Hancock County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.


In Wyandot County, State Route 53, between State Route 103 and County Road 2 in McCutchenville, will close April 24 for approximately six months for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured.


And, State Route 37, between State Routes 67 and 53 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.



Forest Police Department to Enforce Nuisance Ordinance


The Forest Police Department plans to enforce the village’s ordinances prohibiting garbage, junk and tall grass or weeds on properties.


The department has said they have had issues in the past with some residents, and they hope to avoid that this year. They are urging citizens to take advantage of the Spring Clean Up in the village on May 20 to clean up their properties.


If citizens in Forest have any questions or concerns regarding the ordinances, they can call Forest Police Chief Donny Southward at 419-273-2552.



Retired Teachers Group to Hold Luncheon


The Hardin County Retired Teachers group has scheduled a luncheon meeting.


According to a release, the meeting will start at noon on April 21 in the banquet room of Table One in downtown Kenton. The cost of the lunch is a donation.


The speaker is the Rev. Loran Miracle. Those attending are asked to bring wrapped candy for a school project. RSVP to any officer or call 419-673-5752.



Upper Sandusky Man Sentenced on Drug Charges


An Upper Sandusky man was sentenced recently in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court after being convicted on drug related charges.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 26 year old Benjamin Gamble was sentenced to 8 years in prison on one count each of complicity to the illegal manufacturing of drugs with a juvenile specification and illegal assembly or possession of chemicals for the manufacturing of drugs.


The maximum Gamble could have sentenced to was 11 years, according to the paper.



Water Main Project in Forest to Start Soon


A water main project in Forest is expected to start soon.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that Village Administrator Wes Davis told council members at Thursday’s meeting that 8 bids were received from contractors. The winning bid was submitted by R.A. Bores Excavating from Monroeville for $289,650.


The project will replace the existing 4 inch water main, which was installed in 1922 with a looped 8 inch main. It is designed to improve water pressure to the northern portion of the business district, according to the paper.



UHCCF Offers Healthcare Grants For Qualifying Children


Ohio families in need of financial assistance for child medical care costs are encouraged to apply for a UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) grant.

In Ohio, UHCCF awarded more than 800 grants since 2013 and is encouraging more Ohio families to apply this year.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child, to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan.

Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to apply today at www.UHCCF.org.

To be eligible for a grant, a child must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Families do not need to have insurance through UnitedHealthcare to be eligible.




Man Sentenced on Gross Sexual Imposition Charge


One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office, Thomas J. Donegan was sentenced to 30 months in prison on one count of gross sexual imposition.


He was classified as a Tier II Sex Offender.


The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Dog Owner Cited After Her Dog Bites Boy


A Kenton boy was bitten by a dog on the porch of his residence in the 400 block of West Carroll Street Thursday.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the neighbor’s dog got loose from her and ran on the porch and bit the boy on his ankle. The dog warden advised that the dog has bitten people before.


The owner, identified as Shacota Gayheart, said the dog is a lab/pit bull mix.


She was cited for not properly securing a vicious dog.



Forged Documents Found at Superior Credit Union


A forgery was reported by employees of Superior Federal Credit Union on Thursday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, a female is said to have cashed a forged check.

At the time the report was made, the suspect was found to be in custody in Allen County for allegedly forging a check at a financial institution there. The incident remains under investigation.


The Credit Union also reported in a separate incident on Thursday that three counterfeit 20 dollar bills were turned into the business. That is also under investigation.



Self Referred Mammograms Offered at HMH


Hardin Memorial Hospital is now making it easier for women to get a mammogram.


Registered Nurse Lindsey Vance said a new service started April 1, “Women over the age of 40 will no longer need an order from their physician to come to Hardin Memorial and get their annual screening mammogram. It’s what we call the self referred mammogram. They can call the hospital and set up the appointment on their own.”


For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.



Forest Income Tax Due Tuesday


The Village of Forest income tax is due no later than April 18.


The village has mandatory filing. Those residents over 18 years of age, except retired persons with no earned income, must file a return even if no tax is due.


Those needing assistance can call 419-273-2500 during regular business hours.



Tree Town Festival Officials Seeking Royalty Contestants


The 2017 Tree Town Festival is now accepting applications for the festival royalty.


There will be three competitions: prince and princess, king and queen and festival baby. The winners will be chosen by the most festival tickets sold by the contestants.


Applications and full contest rules can be obtained by calling Michelle Courtad at 419-273-3353. The deadline for entries is June 15.


The festival will be held July 7, 8 and 9 in Gormley Park in Forest.



Spring Clean Up Scheduled in Forest


A Spring Clean up day is scheduled in Forest on May 20.


Dumpsters will be available from 9:00am until they are full. If they don’t fill up, then they will be closed at 3 that afternoon. The dumpsters will be located on Speidel Street across from the softball diamond. This is a community service sponsored event held in conjunction with the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District and for residents of the Village of Forest only.


An identification or copy of your most recent water bill may be required.



Kenton Board Scheduled to Meet Monday


The Kenton City School Board of Education will conduct its April meeting on Monday April 17.


The board will take care of a number of routine personnel items on the agenda. The meeting is held in the Administrative Office Building on Carroll Street in Kenton, starting at 7:00pm.


The Records Commission Committee will meet at 6:30 that evening.



Ada Named 16th Safest City in Ohio


Ada has been named Ohio’s 16th Safest City by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.


Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger credits the entire Ada community for being civic minded and engaged for a safer community as a major component in receiving the distinction.


In 2002, the police department implemented their award winning project Seeking Aid From Every Resident, or SAFER,  which encourages residents to be engaged and recognizes citizens who contribute to a safer Ada.


Chief Harnishfeger said being named Ohio’s 16th Safest City confirms their efforts are paying off.



Forest Woman Cited Following Wednesday Afternoon Crash


Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon in the 500 block of East Columbus Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 74 year old Phillip D. Wroten, of Morral, Ohio, was driving west on Columbus Street and slowed for traffic. His car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 52 year old Brenda L. Mitchell, of Forest.


Moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.


There were no injuries, and Mitchell was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.




Kenton Man Arrested on Warrant


A Kenton man was taken into custody on a warrant Wednesday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers spotted 56 year old Jerry Wyomic walking in the 400 block of North Barron Street. An active warrant for his arrest was confirmed through the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, and Wyomic was taken into custody. He was also cited for possession of marijuana.


Wyomic was then transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.



Kenton City Income Tax Due Soon


The deadline for City of Kenton residents to file income tax returns is fast approaching.


You have until Tuesday April 18 to file, which is also the deadline to file state and federal returns without a penalty. The city returns can be filed at the City Income Tax office, which is now located at 555 West Franklin Street.


If mailing, make sure they are mailed in time to have the April 18 or earlier postmark.



Homes in Forest to Get Smoke Alarms


Smoke alarms will be installed in homes in Forest on Saturday April 22.


According to a release, the American Red Cross in partnership with the Forest Fire Department and the Forest Community Improvement Corporation, will be going door to door in the village to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and to teach people about what to do in case a fire breaks out in their home.  Volunteers will meet at the VFW Post 1182, 204 E. Lima Street in Forest at 9:00am April 22 for training and team assignments before starting door to door canvassing and installing.


Anyone interested in volunteering can call the Red Cross at 419-422-9322. In the North Central Ohio District, which includes Hardin County, the Red Cross has installed more than 1000 free smoke alarms.



Wood County Man Indicted on Multiple Charges


A Wood County man has been indicted on multiple charges related to a chase in which he allegedly lit and threw bottles of explosive chemicals at law enforcement officers.


According to a release from the F.B.I., 45 year old William B. Milliron, of Bloomdale, was charged with assault on federal officers, possession and use of a destructive device during a crime of violence, manufacturing and possessing methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of ammunition.


Late this past February, U.S. Marshals spotted Milliron, who was wanted for a probation violation in Florida, near Bowling Green and attempted to pull the car over. A pursuit ensued during which Milliron is said to have thrown bottles, which contained an unknown substance,  at the pursuing cars, and one of the bottles exploded on the windshield of a police vehicle.


The pursuit ended in Findlay when Milliron crashed his vehicle.


He was arrested with 13 rounds of live ammunition in his pants pocket.



McComb Local School District Hires New Superintendent


The Assistant Principal at Upper Sandusky High School is leaving the position for a new job.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that Tony Fenstermaker has been hired as Superintendent for the McComb Local School. Fenstermaker started at Upper Sandusky as an English teacher.


He then went to Findlay where he was a high school English teacher for nine years and went back to Upper Sandusky where he served as Assistant Principal the last three years, according to the paper.



Inmate Found Dead in Lima Identified as Kenton Resident


The body of a inmate found dead at the Allen County Justice Center has been identified as that of a former Kenton resident.


WLIO in Lima reported that 23 year old Brady Lee Hoop was found unresponsive Monday evening. Corrections officers attempted CPR while waiting for EMS to arrive. Hoop was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. He was serving a two year prison sentence for theft from the elderly and was scheduled to be transferred to the prison in Orient.


His body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office in Toledo for an autopsy.



Inspector General's Reports Critical of Marion Correctional Institution


Two reports critical of the Marion Correctional Institution were released Tuesday by the Ohio Inspector General.


According to a release, an investigation regarding staff members discovering operable computers hidden in the ceiling of the facility was conducted with the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Department of Administrative Services. It was determined that the computers were being used by an inmate to steal the identity of another inmate to submit credit card applications and commit tax fraud as well as to create security clearance passes for inmates to gain access to restricted areas and download hacking tools that could be used in network attacks.  The Ohio Inspector General found wrongdoing due to lax inmate supervision that allowed inmates the ability to build computers and eventually connect them to the prison’s network. That report will be turned over to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Ethics Commission for consideration.


n addition, an investigation focused on the circumstances surrounding the execution of a contract and the transfer between vendors. The Inspector General found wrongdoing  for violating policy to follow competitive bidding. The report will be provided to the Ohio Auditor’s Office for further review.



Scholarships Sought For Kenton Awards Day


The Kenton High School Guidance Counselor is asking anyone who would like to provide scholarships for students during the awards ceremony in May to contact her office as soon as possible.


Amy Kohl said she would like to have them contact her office by April 15, however that's not written in stone, "If someone decides after the April 15th deadline, we're always willing to accept scholarships, and all they have to do is call the high school at 419-673-1286."


She said the awards ceremony is always a highlight of the year, "It is a huge deal. It always amazes me how much this community supports our students. It's wonderful, and Awards Day is not until May 16, so as long as I know by the first week of May and can get the information in the program and let people know how to get the money the students, then we're good."


Man Pleads Guilty On Murder Charge in Logan County


A Lima man pleaded guilty to murder this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 21 year old Marquevous Watkins entered the plea in connection to the murder of Jeffrey Brentlinger. Watkins faces life in prison with the possibility of parole after 18 years, according to the paper.


Four other Lima residents are awaiting trial for their role in the killing.



Illinois Man Sentenced in Wyandot County


An Illinois man was sentenced to prison this week in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 27 year old Alek B. Walls was sentenced to more than five years in prison after he pleaded guilty last month to aggravated possession of drugs, abusing harmful intoxicants and failure to appear.


The charges were filed by Wyandot County authoritie after they seized 4000 hits of acid and $16,000 in cash during a traffic stop in late 2015, according to the paper.



Kenton Cruiser Damaged in Accident


A Kenton police cruiser was damaged in a crash that occurred Tuesday evening.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the officer was driving the cruiser south on Leighton Street and proceeded into the intersection at West Grove Street. A vehicle driven by 21 year old Samantha Bogue drove into the intersection and struck the cruiser causing light damage to both.


Bogue was cited for failing to yield the right of way.



Laws Affecting Teen Drivers to Change This Summer


Ohio laws affecting teenage drivers are set to change starting July 1.


WDTN in Dayton reported that drivers under 18 will not be allowed on the road between midnight and 6am without a parent or guardian. They will also not be allowed to have more than one non-family member in the car. All of their passengers are required to wear safety belts.


Existing law also bans Ohioans under 18 from using cellphones while they are behind the wheel.


The decision comes after the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety released a report on a study about teen driver distractions.



Field Work in Ohio Slowed By Weather Last Week


Field work in Ohio was hindered by rain and snow last week.


Brownfield Ag News reported that the wet week kept producers out of fields. 82 percent of Ohio winter wheat is rated good to excellent condition despite ponding in some fields and delays in top dressing. Ten percent of Ohio oats have been planted and five percent emerged.


The sunny skies and warm conditions helped to dry some fields over the weekend.



Riverdale Teacher Resigns Amidst an Ongoing Investigation


An investigation against a former Riverdale teacher is underway.


Superintendent Eric Hoffman only confirmed that the investigation is on-going against the 5th grade intervention teacher and Junior High girls volleyball and basketball coach. Hoffman refused to talk about the nature of the investigation, instead referring the matter to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office. A detective at the office would only confirm that there is an ongoing investigation.


Hoffman said the teacher and coach cited personal reasons for her decision to resign.



Lima Woman Arrested on Warrant


A Lima woman was taken into custody on a warrant through Hardin County Municipal Court.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the Lima Police Department arrested 25 year old Tasha M. Neely.


She was turned over to Kenton police officers who then transported her to the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion.



Man Cited For Possession of Drugs Following Traffic Stop


A Kenton man was cited for possession of drugs following a traffic stop Monday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car in the 300 block of Kohler Street and during the stop, the K-9 unit was requested and alerted officers to the drugs in the vehicle.


A passenger, identified as Jay Leathem was allegedly hiding marijuana in a sling on his left arm.


He was cited for possession of marijuana.



Kenton City Council Conducts Meeting

The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.


Two new city employees were introduced; Kaily Whitaker, the new Pool Manager, and Ryan Morgan, the new Recreation Director. Both expressed that they are looking forward to working with the city.


Council received one communication, a new liquor license application from Laura Wingfield, DBA Twirl. Wingfield is seeking a new D5 license. Council declined to take action on the request until further information could be obtained from either Wingfield or from Safety Service Director, Jim Hites, who was absent from the meeting. The council will act upon the license request at the next meeting in two weeks.


During old business, the council voted to bypass the three-reading rule and ultimately pass an ordinance to re-zone the Forest Court apartment complex. Council member David Beazley said that after first reading, there had been no public opposition, so there was little need for the legislation to move to third reading.


Under new business, council members also voted to bypass the three-reading rule and unanimously pass an ordinance allowing for appropriations for Police Maintenance of Equipment and Police New Equipment, among other items in the General Fund. Police Chief Dennis Musser spoke in support of acting on the legislation that evening, as the new uniforms for the officers are custom made and cannot be commissioned without a purchase order.

Also during the meeting, council heard from:


Downtown Revitalization: the Spring Cleanup for the Downtown will be held on Saturday, April 29th beginning at 9:00am.

MOP: will meet on Tuesday, April 18th at 8:00am in Council Chambers.

Cemetery: the Cemetery Board is looking for two seasonal employees.

BKP: the BKP Board will meet next Monday, April 17th at 6:00pm.

Parks & Recreation: the Parks & Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, April 11th at 4:30pm at the 555 Building.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.  


Logan County Residents Facing Drug Charges


Two people have been arrested in Logan County on drug charges.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 45 year old Kevin Latham, of  Lakeview, and 33 year old Patricia Taylor, of  Urbana, are facing charges including illegal manufacturing of drugs and trafficking methamphetamine following a traffic stop from over the weekend.


The traffic stop was made at State Routes 235 and 47.


Deputies had been looking for Latham to serve him with a grand jury warrant concerning another incident where he had suspected meth and a revolver during another traffic stop, according to the paper.



Wyandot County Authorities Looking For Car That Struck Grain Bin Then Fled


Authorities in Wyandot County are looking for the driver of a car that struck a grain elevator in Nevada over the past weekend.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that a white Pontiac sedan struck the elevator and the driver then fled the scene. A witness told deputies that a man was passed out in front of a pizza shop and when the owner of the business tapped on the window, the man drove off, struck the elevator and sped off. The driver is described as a man in his his mid-20’s.


Witnesses reported seeing the vehicle headed east on County Highway 55 into Crawford County, according to the paper.


Barn and Craft Show Scheduled


A Barn and Craft Show is scheduled to take place this week.


The event will be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 to 6 each day at Hardin County Heritage Farm located on County Road 140.


Featured in the show are hand crafted items, repurposed furniture, antiques, baked goods and more.


Admission to the show is a donation to the museum.



Congressman to Conduct Town Hall Meeting in Lima


U.S. Congressman Jim Jordan will conduct a town hall meeting in Lima later this month.


The Urbana Daily Citizen reported that the representative will be in the South Hall at the Veteran’s Memorial Civic and Convention Center from 6-8pm on April 24.  


The town hall is sponsored by Allen and Hardin for Election Action and Democracy in partnership with other groups in Jordan’s district, which used to include Hardin County.



Hardin County Has Lowest Gas Prices in Area

LIMA — The Lima News reported that gas prices in nine area counties increased an average of 9.7 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com.
Hancock County saw the most significant jump, as the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas went from $2.25 last week to $2.38 early Monday — a 13-cent climb. Van Wert County experienced the second-largest increase, with the average gas price rising 12 cents. Prices in Hardin and Logan counties surged 11 cents, while Mercer and Putnam counties saw a 9-cent spike.
Regional gas prices rose at least 7 cents per gallon for the second week in a row, with four of nine counties experiencing double-digit increases.
The lowest average price in the region was $2.22 in Hardin County, followed by Auglaize ($2.25), Van Wert ($2.30), Mercer ($2.34), Shelby ($2.35), Allen and Logan ($2.37), Hancock ($2.38) and Putnam ($2.39) counties.


Kenton Top 20 Places at First Runner Up


The Kenton Top Twenty! finished their competition season with a first runner up placement in their class at Wapakoneta on Saturday.


Some of the members of Top Twenty who are involved in The Kenton Choral also performed at St. Johns for their Palm Sunday service yesterday.


Ohio State Beefs Up Response Plans After Attack

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State University is beefing up its automated response system for campus crises after last year's car-and-knife attack exposed problems with the text-message system.
 A report that studied the November attack that injured more than a dozen people found some campus contractors and visitors weren't aware of automated campuswide alerts to seek shelter.
The report by the OSU Department of Public Safety and obtained by The Associated Press also found that too much time passed between automated alerts and that the initial alerts lacked specifics about the attack.
The report also found that communication between safety personnel and top university officials was cumbersome and some outside police departments weren't aware an "all-clear" message had been sent.
The report makes several recommendations for changes that the university is reviewing.


2017 Hardin County Fair Entertainment Announced


The entertainment for the 2017 Hardin County Fair has been announced.


Fair officials said today that Lauren Alaina will perform at the fair this September. She was the runner-up to Scotty McCreery on season ten of American Idol. Alaina released her first album in 2011 and the follow up was released this past January.


Presale tickets go on sale this Friday and Saturday April 14th and 15th from 9am to 4pm in the Secretary’s Office at the Hardin County Fairgrounds. You can use Pay Pal during that time or pay by credit card by calling 419-675-2396.


Tickets are $20 for track, $15 for reserved and $10 general admission.



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