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Four Arrested During Drug Bust at a Railroad Street House

Four people were arrested Wednesday when a search warrant was executed by the Hardin County Crime Task Force at 336 West Railroad Street in Kenton.
According to a release, Flora L. Humphries, Thomas F. Snyder Junior and Robin Lee Parmer, all of Kenton, and Heather Nichole Hilton, of McGuffey, were all arrested and transported to the Multi-County Correctional Center in Marion. A juvenile was also removed from the residence. 
Several drug abuse instruments, pill and suspected heroin were seized.
The Hardin County Crime Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Kenton Police Department and BKP Ambulance District.


Motorists Urged to Use Caution During Trick or Treat Hours Tonight

The streets around Hardin County will be filled with various little characters this evening as trick or treat times will be observed. 
The following are times for Trick or Treat in Hardin County communities:
October 26th:
.Mt. Victory-6-7:30pm
In addition, the Halloween Parade takes place in downtown Kenton this evening. Line up and judging at 5:15 in front of the Windstream Building in downtown Kenton. The parade moves out starting at 6.
Since trick or treat takes place around the county, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said motorists should be cautious in every village, "From the hours of 5-8, more so than they generally otherwise do, because there's going to be a lot of little ones running around the streets. The kids have masks on quite a few of the times, and that prohibits them from seeing things as clear as they normally would, plus they're excited to get all the candy, so motorists really need to pay attention and drive extra cautiously."
He said trick or treaters should use caution as well, "Stay along the sidewalks. Hopefully the parents are having an adult walk with them or at least in the general vicinity so they don't get so excited that they run out into the streets. Cross at crosswalks and watch for traffic. the kids need to protect themselves a little bit as well."
As for additional patrols this evening, the sheriff said, "We will have deputies in each village and in the City of Kenton to assist the city police department. The deputies will be in the villages just as a presence to not only slow down traffic, but also to hopefully make the parents feel a little more safe that we have a law enforcement presence while the kids are out."
And kids, you should never eat the candy you collect until it can be carefully inspected by your parents.


Police Funding and Nuisance Homes Discussed at Meet the Candidates Wednesday Evening


The 2016 Meet the Candidates was held Wednesday Evening at the Kenton City Schools Administration building.


Incumbent republican Randall Rogers is facing Democrat Joe Hord for the January 2nd seat.


Hord is a former Kenton City Council Member and was on a number of committees. Rogers has served as Hardin County Commissioner for the past 4 years and is a member of many local boards.


Independent candidates James Bostater and Roger Crowe and Republican Bob Carder are vying for the January 3rd seat.


Bostater worked at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and became the lost prevention director and is a sitting member of many local boards. Carder was a Union president for employees of the Ohio Northern University system and was a branch manager for a local company in Kenton for many years. Crowe worked as deputy for the Hardin County Sheriffs Office before moving to the Kenton Fire Department as a Captain and is a board member of many local organizations.


The first question of the evening was about funding for local law enforcement to fight crime and the drug problem.


Carder started of this round of questioning and says they need to “Continue to find more resources to continue on with their training and better their education and how to do more with drug related crimes.”


Crowe adds that the “collaboration of the multi-agency crime task force is an excellent use of resources. It reduces duplication of effort, and it allows different areas to get the extra manpower and resources needed to fight the crime and drugs in the area.”


Hord was next and he says that “funding is the biggest problem, I would like to see more funding. The State of Ohio has granted Hardin county an $80,000 grant, its going to be useful, but it is not near enough.”


According to Rogers “ This is a community problem, and it takes strong community based effort to fight it. I believe our community is stepping up though, we are seeing more involvement from churches, community groups, and schools. Working with our law enforcement agency and drug courts. As a commissioner I'm very supportive of this work in our county.”


Bostater says “I think that when it comes to the drug problem in Hardin County, I believe we can do better. I think we should look at some option, find out what is successful, and maybe review the process with the judicial system, law enforcement, and the prosecutor. To see if there are alternative solutions we can find to make a more economical way to make the problem go away without creating a worse problem in the debt.”


The candidates were asked about the area housing codes and about nuisance properties in Hardin County and how they would handle to situation as commissioner. 


Crowe was the first to take this question and according to him “I think some type of nuisance board and enforcement ability is an excellent tool to get a handle on nuisance properties. Currently the county has no building codes and has no enforcement agency.”


According to Hord “Nuisance properties and code enforcement has been a problem in the county for some time.  It's a funding issue and legislation must be passed by municipalities and they have to follow it.”


Rogers adds its about “Money, Money, Money. You've got to have money to do all of those things. Certainly other counties have a county wide zoning which solves part of that problem. As you know there is no county wide zoning here, we do have nine of the fifteen townships that are zoned and do have zoning boards.”


Bostater adds that he “also supports the concept of looking into a zoning board for the county. I think that if we sit down with the municipalities, as well as the county commissioners, and the county government we can find a solution. We can find a solution and we can find the funding through fees and items like that.”


Carder says he would “rather do a local zoning committee, since we don't have one try to establish one on our own before the State would happen to step in, because the State would have tougher laws and be more costly."


Early voting has begun and can be completed now until election day on November 8th.


The complete Meet The Candidates forum can be heard here: http://wktn.com/podcasts/wktn-radio-audio-clip


Below are individual clips from the forum:




Ada Man Killed in ATV Accident

A 43 year old rural Ada man was killed in an ATV accident that occurred Monday on private property behind his residence.
According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, the Sheriff's Office received a call reporting that Jeremy Imes, of 4597 State Route 701, had been involved in an ATV crash in a wooded area behind his residence. Upon arrival of the emergency responders, Imes was found deceased. A preliminary investigation determined that Imes was travelling west on a trail in the woods and struck a downed tree which caused the ATV to flip over and land on top of him.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash. His body was transported to Montgomery County for an autopsy to be conducted, and the crash remains under investigation. 
The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Ada Fire and EMS, the Hardin County Coroner's Office and Osborn's Towing. 


Crash Heavily Damages Two Vehicles

Two drivers escaped injury in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on East Columbus Street in front of Walmart.
According to the Kenton Police Department report, 22 year old Rosa Mendoza, of Kenton, attempted to turn from Columbus into the Walmart plaza, and her car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 48 year old Krista Sherman, of Kenton, who had the green light.
Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. So far, Mendoza has been charged with operating a vehicle without a valid license. 


Quest Federal Credit Union Opens Fifth Branch

Upper Sandusky, OH – October 25, 2016 – Quest Federal Credit Union celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch, located in Upper Sandusky, serving the residents of Wyandot County. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. The event was held after hours at the fifth branch location for Quest Federal Credit Union, it’s first in Wyandot County. 
“Wyandot County is a great neighbor to Hardin County with solid infrastructure for building, strong employers, and a long-standing, very robust farm community, perfect for what we specialize in with our products and services,” stated Matthew Jennings, Chief Executive Officer.
Wyandot County was chartered by Quest Federal Credit Union in 2013. From that time, all those who live, work, worship, or attend school were eligible to join Quest Federal Credit Union as members. In late 2015, the Board of Directors at Quest Federal Credit Union unanimously voted, approving the budget and plans to move forward with the expansion efforts to build a brand new, fully-staffed branch location in Upper Sandusky.
The new branch, located at 1725 E. Wyandot Ave, Upper Sandusky, features a full-service, next generation ATM, drive-thru service, technology bar with iPad kiosk for technology training, complete member services, and a NMLS registered loan officer in Misty Hurley.
Board President, Richard “Dick” Wilcox added, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to welcome the public here in Wyandot County to check out our new location and wish our new staff members, including Lisa Bricely (VP of Branch Operations), the best as we begin and continue to serve residents here in Wyandot County.”
For more information on Quest Federal Credit Union, or the new Upper Sandusky Branch, contact Brian Sprang (bsprang@questfcu.com) or Jolene Bailey (jbailey@questfcu.com), at 800-333-9571, or visit www.questfcu.com. 
Established in 1969 as Kenton Rockwell Standard Federal Credit Union, Quest Federal Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative open to anyone who lives, works, worships, and/or attends school in Hardin, Logan, and Wyandot Counties.


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