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Accident brings citations and an arrest for a Kenton woman.

According to the accident report from the Kenton Police Department, Timothy Altvater of Kenton was westbound on West Franklin Street, when he slowed to stop as the light had turned red. The report stated Altvater indicated with his turn signal his intent to turn right onto Detroit Street. 
The second vehicle, operated by Chrystal McCafferty of Kenton, was also westbound on Franklin Street when she rear ended the vehicle operated by Altvater. The report shows that McCafferty stated she believed the vehicle, operated by Altvater, was turning right and that she could make the light before it turned red, that's when the collision occurred. McCafferty was found to have a suspended license and did not have proof of insurance. She was cited for driving under financial responsibility law suspension or cancellation.
A 2nd report during the scene of the accident found McCafferty to be arrested on a warrant from the Upper Sandusky Police Department. McCafferty was also issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.


ODOT District 1 Highway Construction Week of May 1 2017

Highway Construction

Week of May 1, 2017


The following is work scheduled to occur on state highways within the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 which includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot. The schedule of work is dependent upon weather conditions and, unless otherwise noted, work will take place during daytime hours.


For the latest in statewide construction visit www.ohgo.com.




State Route 115 just north of State Road will close May 15 for approximately five days for a culvert replacement. Traffic detoured onto state Route 65 to the U.S. 30 interchange back to state Route 115. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.


State Route 501 from state Route 117 to state Route 198 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for crack sealing. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.



U.S. 127 between state Route 18 and township Road 34, south of Sherwood, closed April 24 for 60 days for culvert replacement at two locations. Traffic detoured onto U.S. 24, state Route 15 and state Route 18 back to U.S. 127. Work is being performed by VTF Construction, Celina.


State Route 15 between Glenberg Road and Evansport Road may be restricted through the work zone during ditch work. Work is being performed by the ODOT Defiance County maintenance garage.



I-75 Widening and reconstruction project

For information concerning the Interstate 75 reconstruction and widening project through Findlay and Hancock County, -Click Here


State Route 12/state Route 235 overlap between state Route 235 and township Road 57, west of Benton Ridge, closed April 17 for approximately 60 days for repair of a bridge deck. Traffic on state Route 12 detoured onto state Route 235, Interstate 75 northbound back to state Route 12. State Route 235 traffic detoured onto Interstate 75 northbound to state Route 12 back to state Route 235. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions, Cleveland.


Concrete repair on the following overhead bridges over Interstate 75 will take place with traffic reduced to one lane through the work zone. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage:

  • State Route 12 over Interstate 75
  • State Route 613 over Interstate 75


Berm repair will take place at the following locations during the week with traffic maintained through the work zone. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage:

  • State Route 12 between the Putnam County line and the city of Findlay
  • U.S. 224 between the Putnam County line and the city of Findlay
  • State Route 613 between the Putnam County line and Interstate 75
  • State Route 186 between U.S.224/state Route 15 and McComb

State Route 12 between Western Avenue and Glessner Street, Findlay, closed during daytime hours only from approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day until early June for curb repair and replacement. The work is being administered by the city of Findlay.




State Route 81 at Township Road 55, east of Ada, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for drainage tile repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.




Paving will take place at the following locations with traffic maintained through the work zone. Work is being performed by the ODOT Paulding County maintenance garage:


  • State Route 66 south of state Route 613
  • State Route 637 south of state Route 111 to Grover Hill
  • State Route 111 east of U.S. 127 to state Route 637
  • State Route 613 east of state Route 637 to Melrose




U.S. 224 just east of Ottoville will close May 9 for two days for a waterline upgrade project. Traffic detoured onto state Route 189 and state Route 634 back to U.S. 224. Work is being performed by J & M Excavating, Cloverdale, for the village of Ottoville.


State Route 109 will close May 15 for two weeks for culvert replacement at two locations, both between Road T-A and T-A-7. Traffic detoured onto state Route 613, state Route 108 and state Route 18 back to state Route 109. Work is being performed by the ODOT Putnam County maintenance garage.




There are no projects scheduled during the week which will significantly impact traffic.




U.S. 23 and state Route 15 near their interchange with state Route 103, south of Carey, will be reduced to one lane in each direction beginning May 8 for work related to the removal of two bridge structures over abandoned railroads. Work is being performed by Miller Brothers Construction Inc., Archbold.

  • The work zone will eventually extend from county Highway 97 to county Highway 95. Traffic patterns will change through the zone as the project progresses.
  • The project also includes the resurfacing of U.S. 23 from just north of county Highway 97 to the state Route 103 interchange and of the ramps at state Route 103.

State Route 53 between state Route 103 and county Road 2, McCutchenville, closed April 24 for approximately six months for bridge replacements over Thorn Run and Tymochtee Creek. Traffic detoured onto state Route 103, state Route 231 and U.S. 224 back to state Route 53. Work is being performed by R & I Construction, Tiffin.


State Route 231 from state Route 294 to county Road 330 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing. Work is being performed by Shelly Company, Findlay.


State Route 37 between state Route 67 and state Route 53 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the ODOT Wyandot County maintenance garage.




May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

COLUMBUS - May is National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Ohio State Highway Patrol would like to remind motorcyclists to ride trained and sober. Also, motorists should be aware there will be an increase in motorcycles on the roadways with the warmer weather.  
In 2016, motorcycle-involved crashes resulted in 194 fatal crashes, which is an increase of 45 percent since 2014. Another 3,768 crashes resulted in injuries. Only 25 percent of the motorcyclists killed in crashes were wearing helmets. Ohio requires helmets for riders under 18 and drivers with less than one year of motorcycle experience. Passengers on motorcycles must wear helmets when the driver is required to do so.  
Motorcyclists can help protect themselves and others from injury or death by taking a training class and wearing safety equipment. Of the 1,829 citations the Patrol handed out to motorcyclists in 2016, 23 percent were for operating a motorcycle without a proper license. Riding sober is also very important. Last year, 38 percent of the fatal crashes involving motorcycles were alcohol and/or drug related.  
Of course, motorcycle safety is not solely the responsibility of motorcyclists. Everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings and other vehicles sharing the roadway.
Motorists should keep in mind:
  •  A motorcycle is a motor vehicle with all of the privileges of any vehicle on the roadway.  
  • Give motorcyclists a full lane of travel.  
  • Look for motorcyclists on the highway, at intersections and any time you are changing lanes.
  • Allow plenty of space in front of the vehicle you are driving and do not follow a motorcycle too closely.  
For more information visit www.motorcycle.ohio.gov. 
A statistical map detailing citations and other motorcycle related information can be found at  http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/Motorcycle_Bulletin_2017.pdf 


Car Strikes Sign After Driver is Forced Off Road


A injury accident that occurred late Friday morning on East Columbus Street remains under investigation.


According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, the crash occurred just before 6 Friday evening in the 900 block of Columbus Street. Witnesses say a car pulled from a private drive and forced another car off the road where it struck the sign of Advance Auto.


A driver, identified as Phyliss Blum, of Kenton, was cited for failure to yield.


The name of the driver of the car that struck the sign is not available at this time, and the crash remains under investigation.


3 Arrested in Connection to Counterfeit Money Investigation


Three people who are suspected of passing counterfeit money in the area recently have been arrested.
According to a release, over the past 2 weeks, The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and The Kenton Police Department have received several reports of counterfeit $20 bills circulating.  An investigation led to a traffic stop near the intersection of County Road 175 and Bales Road of a car occupied by two males and one female.  The occupants were identified as Taleah Dematteo age 24 of Rushsylvania, Austin Hart age 23 of Lancaster, and Kevin Minix age 29 of Ridgeway.  A search of the vehicle found a printer which was used in the manufacturing of the counterfeit $20 bills.  A subsequent search of a residence at 4 Mill St in Milford Center Ohio discovered several dozen Amish brown eggs, and a package of candy.  Further investigations revealed the group had been manufacturing the counterfeit $20 bills and targeting local Amish businesses to purchase small items with the bills and receiving real money as change.
Charges are pending on all three involved parties at this time.  Anyone who has had a similar encounter with the subjects or received a counterfeit $20 bill please contact The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Det Michael Conley. 
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the traffic stop by The Union County Sheriff's Office, The Kenton Police Department, and Osborn's Towing.


Ridgemont Considering Drug Testing For Athletes and Drivers


The Ridgemont school district is considering a plan for random, mandatory, drug Testing for student athletes and drivers.


At the April Board of Education meeting held this past Thursday evening, Kyle Prueter of Great Lakes Biomedical said his company has been doing this work with schools for over 20 years. the school district completed focus groups with student athletes and parents.  Most students in the focus groups were supportive of the ideas and parents in the focus groups were overwhelmingly supportive of random drug testing.  In a survey to parents and community members, 85.8% of respondents were in favor of implementing a policy of random and mandatory drug testing for student athletes and drivers.


The Board of Education will continue to explore this program as possible policy for the 2017-2018 school year since it gives students a reason to say NO to drug use.


KHS Students Wear Orange, Support Peer

The Halls of Kenton High School looked slightly more orange today.
Students were proudly wearing the color orange to support fellow student battling cancer. The Kenton FFA Chapter also held a "hat day" where the school's students could pay a dollar to bypass the school's no-hat policy.
The proceeds of the event will be donated to the family of the student. 


Predictions Say Blanchard Flooding Unlikley

Chances are Blanchard River won't flood according to predictions.
WFIN radio in Findlay reporting that forecasters originally projected that the Blanchard River had a chance to cause some minor flooding. 
Despite possible showers this weekend, the National Weather Service predicts the river peaking at 4.9 feet. The action stage of the Blanchard is at 8 feet.


Bellefontaine HS Student Arrested Following Online Threats

A student at Bellefontaine High School was arrested after making threats online.
WPKO radio in Bellefontaine reported that 16 year old Alex Stewart was charged with one count of inducing panic and was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital, and is being detained at the Logan County JDC.
Authorities don't believe that there is any remaining threat. They were notified Thursday evening near 7:50.
Officers responded to the student's home and when interrogated by authorities, Stewart said the video was "just for jokes."
Several air-soft and BB-guns were confiscated as well as a belt of linked 5.56-caliber ammunition blanks that he was seen with in the video.
The school was in session today.


HCCBA Legislative Breakfast Held

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held a Legislative Breakfast at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory Friday.
President and CEO of the Chamber Jon Cross started off the agenda by asking local elected officials to update everyone on their areas.
Hardin County commissioner Roger Crowe commented that roads are being worked on for the wind farm project near Dola.
Joel Althauser, City Council President, commented the project currently being looked at is the downtown revitalization and how to get the old sewer and water lines updated. 
Mt. Victory Mayor Matt Trout commented that a possible retail store would be locating to the village.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart thanked his supportive staff and deputies in the fight on drugs and crime in the county and was appreciative of the support of the community as well.
Jon Cross then introduced the first of several speakers which was State Auditor Dave Yost who spoke about the responsibilities of the auditor and how the state is working hard to stay on budget and keep unnecessary costs down.
State Senator Cliff Hite spoke about the CAUV bill and it's importance to Hardin County. Hite also touched on Senate Bill 252 he sponsored. The bill is now known as Lindsay's Law and recently went into effect. Hite, who is a former high school football coach, stressed the importance of how it will help coaches recognize the signs of potential cardiac trouble.
State Representative Robert Sprague was the final speaker who discussed how the state income tax levels received are below that which was estimated and is being investigated. Sprague also discussed how the demographics of workers in the state are changing and the training that is needed for those jobs which will become available after those from the baby boomer generation retire.
Sprague wrapped up his segment discussing how they are looking to fund opening more detox centers to help battle the opioid issue.


Marion Man Killed In Accident

A Marion man was killed in a crash early Friday morning. 
According to the Marion Star, Andrew Ault, 22, of Marion, was northbound on Pole Lane Road, east of Marion, at 12:59 a.m. when his 2013 Hyundai Alantra went off the left side of the road and struck a tree just south of the intersection of Marseilles-Marion Road.
Ault was ejected from the vehicle, which subsequently caught fire and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.


E.D. of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima Fired

The executive director of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima was fired this week. According to the Lima News there is an ongoing criminal investigation involving the center, a board member said.
The Lima News reported that Director Emily Wrencher was terminated effective Tuesday. She had been on paid administrative leave since April 7 following allegations of potential policy violations.


Kenton Man Arrested on Merchandise Theft

Loss prevention officers from Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio report that a Kenton man has been stealing items that belong to the business while they are in transport.   
In the report from the Kenton Police Department, the lost prevention officers explained that the suspect drives for a trucking company that delivers Big Lots merchandise to their stores. The suspect would park the semi trailer in a lot on S. Leighton St. then drive the tractor to his home and park it.   
The suspect would then drive his personal vehicle back to the semi trailer, open the trailer without breaking the seal, and would then load boxes of merchandise from the trailer into his personal vehicle and take them home.   
The report stated that when officers arrived in the lot on S. Leighton St. the suspect was in the act of loading boxes from the trailer into his pickup truck. The suspect was taken into custody and after an interview, he willingly signed a permission to search form, allowing officers to search his home for additional Big Lots merchandise. Officers took four pickup truck loads of additional merchandise from the suspect's home and garage.   
The total estimated value of all the merchandise was $6000
The suspect was then held at the Multi County Jail. 
No suspect was listed on the report


Charges Pending In Counterfeit Money Case

Over the past 2 weeks, The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and The Kenton Police Department have received several reports of counterfeit $20 bills circulating.  
According to a Press Release From the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, this past weekend The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a red Mitsubishi occupied by two males and one female attempting to purchase Amish goods with counterfeit $20 bills.  
On April, 25th The Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office in surveilling the red Mitsubishi and the vehicle was stopped near the intersection of CR 175 and Bales Rd. 
The vehicle was occupied by Taleah Dematteo age 24 of Rushslyvania, Austin Hart age 23 of Lancaster, and Kevin Minix age 29 of Ridgeway.  A search of the vehicle found a printer which was used in the manufacturing of the counterfeit $20 bills. A subsequent search of a residence in Milford Center Ohio discovered several dozen Amish brown eggs, and a package of candy.  Further investigations revealed the group had been manufacturing the counterfeit $20 bills and targeting local Amish businesses to purchase small items with the bills and receiving real money as change.
Charges are pending on all three involved parties at this time.  Anyone who has had a similar encounter with the vehicle, subjects, or received a counterfeit $20 bill please contact The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Det Michael Conley.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the traffic stop by The Union County Sheriff's Office, The Kenton Police Department, and Osborn's Towing.


Two Running For Upper Sandusky Municipal Court Judge

Two attorneys are vying for the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court judge position.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that James R. Gucker will face James M. Ruhlen in Tuesday's Primary Election.
Gucker has been an acting judge at the Upper Sandusky Court since 1998, and Ruhlen is an administrative hearing officer for Wyandot County Child Support Enforcement Agency and a partner in the Upper Sandusky law firm Fox Ruhlen Company.
Current Judge Thomas E. Osborn is retiring at the end of the year.


Two Toledo Ministers Face Federal Charges

Two Toledo ministers were indicted on federal charges including sex trafficking of minors and production of child pornography. 
According to a release from the FBI, Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, are named in the seven-count indictment.
Haynes is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of production of child pornography and one count of obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation. Jenkins is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of production of child pornography, and one count of receipt of child pornography.
The investigation is ongoing.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced more than 270 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.
The locations in our area are:
.Auglaize County, in Wapakoneta at the Wapakoneta Police Department
.Logan County in Bellefontaine at Mary Rutan Hospital (Outside Main Entrance)
.Marion County, two locations, in Marion at the Marion County Sheriff's Office also  at the Marion County Building 
.Union County, three locations, in Bridgeport at Riesbeck's Food Store, in Marysville at the Union County Sheriff's Office and in Richwood at the Richwood Police Department
.Wyandot County, three locations, in Carey at the Carey Police Department, in Upper Sandusky at the Upper Sandusky Police Dept and at the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.


AEP Phone Scam

Scammers are hitting AEP Ohio customers this week.
According to a release from the utility, scammers are demanding immediate payment. AEP, which has received numerous reports throughout its service territory, says beware of these suspicious demands. A spokeswoman says they never demand immediate payment or ask customers to pay with a prepaid credit card. The company also says they will never ask a customer to meet a representative at another location to make a payment.
If AEP customers receive suspicious phone calls or feel threatened, they should should call law enforcement immediately, and then inform AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.


May Movement Walk and Activity Series

A May movement walk and activity series is scheduled to start May 2.
It is sponsored by Ohio Health Hardin Wellness Center and the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. 
The Director of Chamber and Tourism, Jesse Purcell, explains the series in an interview on At Issue.
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


One Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office,  Roger Hurley was sentenced to 17 months in prison on one count of domestic violence. The offense occurred while he was on post release control from an earlier sentence.
As a result, Hurley was ordered to serve an additional four and a half years in prison.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Kenton Man Facing Domestic Violence Charge


A Kenton man is facing domestic violence charges following a disturbance Wednesday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Main Street to investigate the complaint.


The female victim suffered apparent minor injuries.


Her common law spouse is facing a first degree misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.



Theft of Fishing Equipment Reported Wednesday


Kenton police officers received a report of theft on Wednesday.


According to that report, a resident in the 700 block of Park Avenue told officers someone stole fishing poles and other fishing equipment out of his pickup truck.


The total value of the missing items was listed at around $300.



Hardin County Community Foundation Holds Annual Membership Meeting


The Hardin County Community Foundation held its annual membership meeting as well as quarterly board meeting Henry’s Restaurant this week.


The Foundation approved 119 grant requests, 5 scholarships and 2 bequests totaling $136,602.00 to be awarded at the annual grant celebration at the Kenton Armory on May 18th.



The following board members were re-elected: Russ Berger, Lee Ann Loveridge, Donald Ritchey, David Schwemer and Charles Van Dyne.




The following officers were re-elected: William Hart as President, Matthew Jennings as Vice President, Russ Berger as Treasurer and Gina Messner as Secretary.




It was reported that the foundation had assets of just over 6.2  million dollars as of March 31st.



Upper Sandusky Beats Mohawk in Baseball Action


Upper Sandusky beat Mohawk in Boys Varsity baseball action Wednesday by a final of 8 to 7.


Coach Scott Emerick said, "It seemed like both teams were just trying to give the game away, we were just lucky to end up with a W."


That raises the Rams overall record to 10-9 and 8-3 in the league.


Upper Sandusky is at Shelby tomorrow starting at 5:00.



Mid-Ohio Holds Annual Membership Meeting


KENTON — About 350 members and guests attended the annual membership meeting of Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative on April 11 at the co-op’s new Kenton facility warehouse on West Lima Street.


According to the Daily Chief-Union, reports on the state of the cooperative were announced, as well as the results of pre-meeting voting for trustees.


Members re-elected Gene McCluer of District 7 (Harrod), John Thiel of District 8 (Marion), and Robert Imbody of District 9 (LaRue) to the board of trustees.


President & CEO John Metcalf opened his report by sharing some of the cooperative’s history, which is outlined in an 18-foot-long wall graphic near the new facility’s lobby.



Kenton Man Honored For Promotion of Nuerofibromotosis Awareness


A Kenton man was honored recently for his work to promote awareness about neurofibromotosis.


Larry Gossard recently received the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s Ardent Advocate Award for 2017, and he said he was totally surprised by the award, “I had no idea. That’s the last thing in my wildest dreams I thought would ever happen.”


He said he recently received the award made of crystal, “It has a Children’s Tumor Foundation logo, and it has Larry Gossard Ardent Advocate 2017. It’s a very, very nice crystal award.”


Gossard added that being recognized has bigger benefits, “I look at it also that being recognized brings more awareness about NF to other people. It allow us to have that platform to bring more awareness and to let people know.”


Lima Police Seek Hit/Skip Driver

Lima police are attempting to locate a driver who was involved in a hit/skip accident Tuesday afternoon.


WLIO reported that the incident happened in the 1900 block of Elida Road when a bicycle was struck by a car, and the driver failed to stop. The bicyclist escaped with minor injuries. Officers got a lead on the driver's identity from witnesses at a shopping center and the accident remains under investigation.


Wapakoneta Man Indicted Sex Related Charges

WPKO reported that 60 year old Gregory Hengstler was indicted on one count each of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, gross sexual imposition and pandering obscenity involving a minor.


The case dates back to July of last year when the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office began investigating allegations of a sex offense made against Hengstler.


He is currently free on a $500,000 bond.



Area Unemployment Numbers Released

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the county by county unemployment rates for March.

Area unemployment rates edged lower for the month according to a release. Hardin County's rate for March was 4.8 percent down from 5.7 in February.

In the surrounding counties for March, Hancock County was at 3.5 percent, Allen 5.1 percent, Auglaize 3.7 percent, Logan 4.2 percent, Union 3.6 percent, Marion 5.1 percent and Wyandot County was at 3.7 percent for March.


University of Findlay Receives Donation

The University of Findlay received a generous donation this week.


WFIN reported that Marathon donated the sum of $500,000 to support the university's capital improvement projects. Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said his company has had a partnership with the university for several years, and hopes to see continued growth in the university and the city of Findlay.


Kenton High School Students Hear Maria's Message


Dom Tiberi of WBNS 10TV was at Kenton High School on Tuesday. The news anchor's daughter, Maria, was killed in an automobile crash in the fall of 2013. The cause of the crash was "an unknown distraction" says Dom and wife Terri. Tiberi says that there are three main types of distracated driving. Taking your hands off the wheel, taking your eyes off the road, and taking your mind off of driving.


"11% of all drivers under the age of 20 are involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted." Says Tiberi. "Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an averarge of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent, at 55mph, of driving the length of an entire football field, blind."


Tiberi asked the students to have a good time a prom, but to do it in a safe manner. He also advised the students to be leaders in their school, and communities, and to ask their peers and parents to help them end distracted driving, and keep more people safe. 


Hardin County Sherriff Keith Everhart also spoke to students.


Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush says that he was very proud of the students and how they received Maria's Message. He credits Tiberi for having a way of personally connecting with students. 


Principal Thrush echoes Tiberi in saying that "not only feel responsibility for yourself, but for your peers in making good decisions."


Counterfeit Money Passed in Area


A complaint about counterfeit money being passed was received Monday.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the money was passed at an Amish house that sells bulk foods.


The caller stated it started about a week ago, and has happened three times since. A description of the suspects was given, and the incident is under investigation.



ODNR Announces More Wild Turkeys Taken This Year Over Last


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife reported that 3123 wild turkeys were taken on the first day of Spring wild turkey season on Monday.


In our area, Hardin County hunters took 14, up slightly from last year. Logan county hunters took 27, which was more than double last year’s take. In Hancock County, 6 wild turkeys were taken, compared to 5 last year, and Wyandot County hunters took 18, which was way up from last year’s take of 8 wild turkeys.



Retiring Kenton Police Officer Honored Before City Council Meeting


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


The meeting began with a presentation by Dennis Musser, Chief of Police, to Officer Marc Coffman. Coffman is retiring on April 26th after 25 years with the Kenton Police Department. He has served nearly 30 years total in law enforcement. Musser presented Coffman with a plaque to display his service weapon, which had been engraved with his name and unit number. The members of the council all thanked Coffman for his years of dedicated service to the department, and Council President Joel Althauser noted that many citizens mention Coffman by name when talking about positive experiences with the police department.


Following the police presentation, Larry Gossard spoke to council regarding a requested endorsement for the 8th Cruise in for a Cure. The event raises funds for neurofibromatosis research through the Children's Tumor Foundation. Council voted unanimously to endorse the event; legislation will be presented at the next council meeting on May 8. Gossard has dedicated himself to raising awareness for the disease that has afflicted his son. He has worked with state politicians to have a bill introduced to designate May as Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month. The bill passed unanimously through the Ohio House in 2016, but failed to come to vote in the Senate prior to the conclusion of the session. It was reintroduced in February 2017 as House Bill 45 and is currently awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives. For his efforts, Gossard was honored by the Children's Tumor Foundation as the recipient of the 2017 Advocacy - Opal Advocate Award. Gossard also told council that on May 17th, World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day, both the Hardin County Courthouse and the City Building will be lit with blue and green lights.


During new business, council members voted to waive the right to a hearing on the liquor license requested by Twirl. President Althauser told council that several members had spoken to Laura Wingfield, owner of Twirl, and clarified that the intention of the license is to serve champagne to wedding parties.


In committee reports, the council heard from:


Finance: the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 1 at 5:30pm in council chambers.


Downtown Revitalization: the downtown spring cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 9:00am. Citizens or groups who are interested in participating can meet in the City Building parking lot that morning.


MOP: the MOP Committee met on April 18. It was proposed at the meeting to give extra compensation to the Deputy Auditor, which is being reviewed by the City Law Director. Two city employees (the head of the Water and Sewer departments, respectively) are requesting extra compensation as well. Their titles have been changed to match their responsibilities and a suggestion has been passed to the Finance Committee to increase their salary by 2%.


Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm.


BKP: the BKP Board met on April 17. The board approved two applications from formerly inactive employees, as well as approving a deal with Ohio Hi-Point Career Center to let students of the nursing program have ride time in the ambulances. Two tablets are being purchased for the trucks, and the supervisor will be purchasing four new mattress and foundation sets for the bedrooms at the station. The board also approved a policy for the consequences for a "no call, no show" during a closed session.


During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites told council that citizens blowing grass into the street while mowing is becoming a substantial problem. Council members were asked to speak to residents if they saw them doing this, and law enforcement will be looking into citations if the problem persists. The cut grass clogs the storm drains and causes problems for the department, Hites told council.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers. 


Lakeview Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A Lakeview man is facing several drug charges after being arrested over the past weekend.
WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that Logan County Sheriff's deputies investigating a suspicious vehicle complaint, stopped a car in Russells Point. The driver, identified as 44 year old John Moran, gave authorities permission to search his vehicles, and drugs were found. Moran also had fresh powder in his nose and told deputies it was from snorting the previous night.
Moran was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.


Pittsburgh QB Proud of His Findlay Roots

The rift between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his hometown of Findlay has healed.
ESPN reported that Roethlisberger was back in Findlay over the past weekend where he and his sister were inducted into the Hancock County Sport's Hall of Fame.
He told the Findlay Courier that he was hurt several years ago by criticism from some people that came after he was accused of sexual assault. He wasn't charged, but he was suspended by the NFL in 2010, the same year he stopped listing Findlay as his hometown. Roethlisberger added that he was sorry for letting a few bad words cloud the support he received from so many people.
He said he was proud of where he grew up.


Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

The Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the the 2017 Sports Hall of Fame.
They are:
.Gene Fries, boys head basketball coach at Ada for 10 years.
.Stacey Hairston, a multi-sport athlete at Ohio Northern University, who ended up playing football for the Cleveland Browns.
.Sheila Wallace Kovalchik, head volleyball coach at Ohio Northern University, who compiled a record of 569 and 196.
.Don Lease, a 2 time All-Ohio basketball player who graduated from Forest High School in 1958.
The induction ceremonies will be held starting at 6:30pm May 13 at Upper Scioto Valley High School.


Upper Sandusky Group Builds Walls For Habitat Houses

A group of Upper Sandusky citizens gave up part of their weekend to help better the lives of those in need.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that approximately 175 people gathered for two hours and built walls that will be given to Habitat For Humanity for use in two houses.
One of the houses will be built by the Buckeye Ridge Habitat For Humanity, which oversees projects in Hardin, Marion, Morrow and Wyandot Counties, according to the paper.


Hancock County Company Receives AEP Award


A Hancock County company received an award for its efforts in saving energy.


According to a release, Bridgestone APM in Findlay was one of several companies to receive the Sustained Excellence Award by AEP Ohio during an event held recently. Bridgestone was recognized for its energy efficiency efforts over multiple years, and for its commitment and support of energy efficiency initiatives as well as for making energy efficiency a part of its company culture.



Several Abandoned Vehicles Impounded by KPD


Several abandoned vehicles were impounded by law enforcement officers in Kenton throughout Sunday.


According to the Kenton Police Department reports, a total of four had to be towed after being abandoned for some time.


Two vehicles were located in the Alltel parking lot on Market Street, one was in the 600 block of Detroit Street and the other in the 700 block of West North Street.


The owners of the vehicles were identified and are being sought.



Two Area Towns Named Top Communities For Music Education


The National Association of Music Merchant's Foundation named Upper Sandusky and Carey as two of the top communities for music education in the United States.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that the two districts are two of 527 districts in the country and 35 in Ohio to receive the recognition.


It is Upper Sandusky's seventh and Carey's second consecutive year to make the list, according to the paper.



Kenton Man Arrested on Domestic Violence Warrant


A Kenton man was arrested in Lima on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.


According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 32 year old Dwayne Rogers was serving time in the Allen County Jail, and he was held there on a detainer for the Kenton Police Department to serve the warrant and arrest Rogers, who was then transported to the Multi-County Jail to await arraignment.



Theft of Money Was reported Over the Weekend


The theft of money was reported over the weekend.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received the complaint from a resident in the 900 block of Wilson Street. Reported missing was $400 in $20 bills.


A Marion woman was listed as a suspect, but so far no charges have been filed.



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.



Ohio School Shooting Suspect's Competency Hearing Continued

URBANA, Ohio (AP) - A competency hearing for a teenager charged in an Ohio school shooting that wounded two students has been pushed back to May.
An attorney for 17-year-old Ely Serna asked a Champaign County Juvenile Court judge for the continuance because a defense psychologist couldn't attend Friday's hearing. The judge moved the hearing to May 5, also ruling that psychologists' testimony in that hearing will be closed to the public.
Serna is charged as a juvenile with attempted murder, felonious assault and other offenses for the Jan. 20 attack at a high school in West Liberty. He has denied the charges.
Authorities allege he fired a shotgun at a classmate in a bathroom, critically wounding the teen, and then fired at classrooms. A second student struck by a shot was slightly injured.


14-Year-Old Urbana Boy Charged in Slaying of Father's Girlfriend

 URBANA, Ohio (AP) - A 14-year-old Ohio boy accused of killing his father's girlfriend has been charged as a juvenile on aggravated murder and murder counts.
Champaign County Prosecutor Kevin Talebi filed the charges Friday in juvenile court in Urbana, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Columbus.
Talebi told the judge the boy waited Thursday night for 40-year-old Heidi Taylor at the rural Mad River Township home he shared with her and his father, lured her in and killed her.
Talebi didn't say how Taylor died or comment on a possible motive. He did say the boy used weapons, "including a knife and a gun."
Defense attorney Darrell Heckman says he requested a competency hearing, but had no further comment.
The judge ordered a psychological evaluation for the boy, who remains in detention.


Man Cited For Possession of Drug Paraphernalia


A Kenton man was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia following a routine traffic stop Friday evening.


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


A passenger in the car, 20 year old Blake Treen, was issued a summons for possession of drug paraphernalia.



Theft From Vehicle Reported


A theft from a vehicle was reported to Kenton Police on Friday.


According to the report, someone stole several items, including a purse, wallet and cash, from a car.


The vehicle was parked in the 100 block of Lynn Street at the time.



OSU Hardin County Extension Ready to Resume Rainfall Reports


Hardin County – The county has received its share of precipitation in the past couple of weeks. Soon the 15 Hardin County Township Rainfall Reporters will be back at taking care of the important task of recording rainfall. This type of data has been collected for the past 24 years through the local OSU Extension office. Traditionally, rainfall has been collected during the growing season from April 15-October 15. Monthly reports are sent in to the Extension office and the data is summarized. A monthly article is then submitted to the area media to let people know how much rainfall has been collected around the county and how this information compares with the past month, past year, and sometimes a ten year average. This is useful information for crop producers, but the disadvantage is that immediate rainfall information is not available. The advantage is that there is a wealth of information from collecting data this way for several years, and this research will be continued.


So what about a person who is interested in knowing the rainfall amount the same day or maybe for the week? Many farmers now have cropland around the county and in some cases in multiple counties. Different farms receive different amounts of rainfall. There is a rainfall collection and reporting system that meets these needs as well. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network or CoCoRaHS for short is the nation’s largest rainfall collection network started by Colorado State University in 1998. Once a CoCoRaHS volunteer collects rainfall in their special gauge, it is entered online that day. This rainfall information becomes immediately available to anyone with charts and maps on the internet.


In 2014 the Extension office began a program to start this method of rainfall reporting in Hardin County in addition to the traditional rainfall collection method that will be starting its 25th year

on April 15. New CoCoRaHS gauges have been purchased to continue this rainfall collection process. The idea is to find more volunteers to around the county who are willing to participate in this effort so that all townships are represented. The Extension office will provide these individuals with gauges and training in return for the data that will be collected and will be available for anyone to view online. A person is expected to check their rain gauge each morning and enter the amount, if any, online or by use of a phone app. If they are going to be away and cannot check the gauge, a multi-day entry can be made. There are also methods available to check hail and snow to make this reporting system a year-around process if desired.


Currently the Extension office is asking for volunteer CoCoRaHS rainfall collectors in under-represented townships. Ideally, these rainfall collectors should be located in different areas around the county. Currently there are 18 active CoCoRaHS stations and 5 inactive stations in Hardin County. If you are interested in becoming a CoCoRaHS rainfall collector, please call the Extension office at 419-674-2297 with your address. After a site location map is developed, interested people will be called back regarding placement of rain gauges and training for collecting and reporting rainfall using this online system.



Riverdale Senior Signs Letter of Intent


A Riverdale Falcons senior signed a letter of intent Friday.


The Riverdale website said that Trey Miller signed to continue his education and play baseball at Adrian College.



Miller was surrounded by his family and coach when he signed to attend Adrian College in Michigan, which is home to the Bulldogs.


Ada Man Released From Prison


An Ada man has been released from prison due to an error committed in an Allen County filing.


Kory D. Inglis was sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court  last month to 7 months in prison on one count of escape, but according to a document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield Office, the statutory term for post-release control was not properly stated in the sentencing entry in a case filed in Allen County Common Pleas Court.


Due to that, Judge Scott Barrett vacated Inglis’ sentence and released the defendant from custody.



Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court


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


According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office:


.Kenneth J. Perkins was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of domestic violence. He must serve 30 days local incarceration.


.Jeremy L. Madison was sentenced to 12 months in prison on one count of possession of heroin.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Kenton Grad Receives Ohio Highway Patrol Promotion


A Kenton Senior HIgh School graduate received a promotion recently with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


The Lima News reported that Michael Black, who graduated from Kenton in 1981, was promoted this week to lieutenant colonel, which is the second highest rank with the patrol. The promotion was announced this past Wednesday during a ceremony at the patrol’s training academy.


Black began his patrol career in May of 1988 as a cadet dispatcher at the Piqua District Headquarters, according to the paper.



Not By Choice Opening Second Office in Ada


Not By Choice Outreach is opening a satellite office at Restore Community Center in Ada.


President Patti Risner talks about when the official opening will take place, “We are having our kickoff April 11 at 4pm. It’s going to be a meal, so we’re excited about that. People can come out and eat with us, and then our official day we’re going to be open is 17th, which is a Monday. We’re going to be open the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.

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



Ohio Hi-Point Satellite Program Growing


The satellite program at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center has grown since it started in the Fall of 2004.


According to a release, there are 52 programs, 44 teachers, 3 administrators, 2 technology coordinators and 1 administrative assistant who serve 3000 students across the district. In response to health industry needs, Hi-Point implemented Allied Health and Nursing programs at Kenton City and Marysville Schools.


Students earn their certificate and work as State Tested Nurse Assistants while in high school. Some use the program as a stepping stone to other health careers.


Lakeview Man Arrested Following Home Invasion


A Lakeview man was arrested following a home invasion in Russells Point Thursday morning.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 47 year old Scott Rhinock was taken into custody approximately 200 yards from the residence he allegedly broke into and confronted the woman who lived there. Rhinock was transported to the Logan County Jail and is facing a felony count of burglary as well as one count of menacing, according to the paper.


The Washington Township Police Department was assisted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.



Market Grows For Organic Crops


The market for organic crops is growing which creates opportunities for farmers.


However, Jim Riddle, the former Chairman of the USDA National Organic Standards Board, told Brownfield Ag News that switching to organic farming requires extra work, “You’ve got to have soil building crop rotation, so it’s not just corn and beans. You need to have other things in the rotation to build the soil. You’re more reliant on labor, but you’re less reliant on outside input, so that’s money you can essentially be paying yourself to cultivate, more clean out equipment properly. There’s a lot of records that you have to keep.”



Upper Sandusky Fire Department Received BWC Grant


The Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation awarded a grant to the Upper Sandusky Fire Department.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that the money will help pay for equipment to roll hose.


The total cost of the equipment is $8195, and the city of Upper Sandusky will pay the remaining $2000 according to the paper.



Vehicles Heavily Damaged in Crash Wednesday in Alger


Two drivers escaped injuries in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon in Alger.


According to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office report, 71 year old Arnold Bailey, of Lima, drove from a stop sign on Belmont Street onto McConnel Street, and his car struck a southbound car being operated by 44 year old Charles Biederman, of Kenton.


Both vehicles were heavily damaged.


No citations were listed on the report.



Driver Cited Following Crash on Columbus Street


A crash damaged two vehicles in Kenton Wednesday afternoon.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 62 year old Steven Clements, of Kenton, was driving east in the 1200 block of Columbus Street and failed to stop in time to avoid a collision with a car that was stopped for a red light. The car that was struck from behind was being driven by 75 year old Howard Nicholson, of Wooster.


Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles, but there were no injuries.


Clements was cited for a speeding violation.



Drug Take Back Day This Saturday


Residents looking to rid their homes of unwanted or unneeded medications will soon have the opportunity.


Linda Wuethrich, Program Coordinator for the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, said Drug Take Back Day is planned for Saturday April 8, "From 9-11 at three locations: Hardin Memorial Hospital Medical Office Building parking lot, and in Ada on South Main Street and East College Avenue parking lot and then in Forest at the Forest City Building at 211 West Lima Street."



Indian Lake Students Grieve Death of Fellow Student


Grief counselors were on hand Wednesday for students at Indian Lake School as they coped with the death of a sophomore at the school.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the body of 15 year old Jaiden Lawrence was found at his grandmother’s residence in Islandview this past Tuesday afternoon. He was dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the paper.


He was an honors student at the school and a member of the track and field team.



Marysville Woman Injured by Her Own Car


A Marysville woman was injured Wednesday morning after her foot was ran over by her own car.


The Marysville Journal-Tribune reported that the woman was backing from her driveway when she became sick and leaned out of the vehicle. That caused her to fall out and the vehicle ran over her leg.


The vehicle then continued on across the street and struck a tree.


The woman was transported to the hospital in Marysville for treatment, according to the paper.


Wyandot County Residents Arrested on Warrants


Two Wyandot County residents were arrested on warrants this week.


The Marion Star reported 20 year olds Edward Rehus and Ceidyer L. Niederkohr, both of Carey, were arrested on warrants on felony charges of robbery.


They were taken into custody at the Wyandot County line.



ODA Conducts Ag is Cool Contest


The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that it will be accepting entries for the 2017 “Agriculture is Cool” Creative Expression Contest.


Children enrolled in school or home schooled in Ohio have until June 5, 2017 to capture their personal interpretation of why Ohio agriculture is cool for their chance to win prizes, including tickets for the Ohio State Fair. One winner from each age group and category will be chosen.


They are grades kindergarten through second, third through fifth, sixth through eighth and ninth through twelfth.


The categories are photography, drawing or painting. For a list of rules and entry forms, call 614-752-9817.



Two People Facing Drug Charges


A Kenton man is facing drug related charges following an incident on Tuesday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer followed a vehicle that was suspected to have been involved in a drug transaction to a local apartment complex. A passenger got out of the car and began to walk away when the officer approached. The man was allegedly trying to conceal a syringe. The suspect was told to drop the item that was identified as a used syringe. The 33 year old man was also allegedly in possession of five doses of suspected heroin.


He and the driver of the car, a 32 year old Rushsylvania woman, are facing charges as the investigation continues.



Firearms Among Items Stolen From Home in Kenton


Several items, including firearms, were stolen from a home in Kenton.


The incident was reported by a resident in the 300 block of Garfield Avenue. Seven firearms, including handguns and rifles, as well as some tools were reported missing.


The total value of the missing items was listed at around $2700.


A suspect was listed but no charges have been filed as the incident remains under investigation.



April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month


Barb Maxson, the Director of the Hardin County Department of Job and Family Services, said the goal of the month is to encourage people to be aware of potentially abused children they come in contact with. She said the child often is quite about abuse, "Children often are afraid to tell the story. They're often told not to share the story."


She said changes in the child's behavior is an indicator of abuse, "If you see changes in a child's behavior, that they become quite or maybe that they're not doing as well in school, this could be something that should alert you to the fact that there could be a problem and give you the opportunity to speak with that child, and if there are concerns contact this agency."

Maxson said abuse comes in many different forms, and is not always physical, "A lot the problems that we see are related to the families in regards to the drug involvement. That has an impact on that child, and so just because  you don't see bruises does not mean that child can not still be an abused or neglected child."


She said when reporting abuse, you don't have to report your name, "Anybody that wishes to remain anonymous can do so, and just because the Children's Services Unit is involved does not mean that the child will be removed from the home."


The goal of investigators said Maxson is to help families, "We are here to support the family in any way that we can do so. Our goal is not to take the child out of the family, and if there is a need for the child to be removed from the family, we always look to other family members to see if they can assist in taking care of that child until we are able to reunify the family. Our gaol is always reunification."


Maxson concludes that if you think a child is being abused contact her agency, "At 419-675-1130 to report that they believe there is a case of abuse or neglect. If the agency is not open. If it's during hours that we are closed, then they would contact local law enforcement and they would then contact the person that is our on call worker, and that report would be received and looked into."



Deadly Batch of Heroin Suspected in Lima Overdose Cases


Four recent deaths in Lima has authorities thinking a deadly batch of heroin has hit the area.


The Lima News reported that the four people who died had telltale signs of an overdose. Authorities say that could mean heroin possibly laced with something to increase its potency.


Police are waiting toxicology results from autopsies of the four people, which could take six to eight weeks, according to the paper.



New Trial Dates Set in Logan County Murder Trials


New trial dates have been set for three adults charged in the death of a Zanesfield man.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that their trials were set to begin this month, but have been postponed during hearings in Logan County Common Pleas Court. Their new trial dates will start in July.


They are accused of killing Jeffrey A. Brentlinger in November of 2016.



Cardington Man Charged in Marion Robberies


A Cardington man was arrested this week in connection to the robberies of Rite Aid pharmacies in Marion and Mt. Gilead.


The Marion Star reported that 44 year old Brian Weber was taken into custody by Marion County Sheriff's deputies following a traffic stop. Weber was arrested by deputies for improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon. Marion police are also charging Weber with aggravated robbery.


He is being detained at the Multi County Jail in Marion.


Ohio Secretary of State Recognizes Businesses That Power Ohio


Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced the theme Tuesday for the Ohio Business Profile program.


According to a release, the program will feature businesses that help "Power the State of Ohio" throughout the month of April. The state's natural gas and crude oil industry provides over 193,000 jobs each year and is responsible for more than 700 million dollars a year in Ohio salaries.


Among the companies profiled this month is Marathon Petroleum in Findlay, which is the third largest refiner. It has a capacity of approximately 1.8 million barrels per day.


Ag Society Releases Minutes of April Meeting


The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting. Eighteen directors and 11 guests were present. Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.


Jeff Barnes spoke on behalf of being the town coordinator for GOBA. He wanted to make sure the Ground’s Committee was going to do what they had done in the past, when GOBA came to Kenton. He also had concerns related to his Kenton Times Booth in the Merchant’s Building. Rick Black, from Shelby County, was present to express his interest in having an off season tug a truck show. Mark Badertscher, from OSU Extension, explained some upcoming events and stated there has been an avian flu outbreak in Tennessee. Laura Gossard, representing the Horse 4-H advisors, expressed her concerns related to the Open Class Horse Show on Saturday of the Fair. Howard read correspondences from the Hardin County Farm Bureau about a meeting they are having to see if anyone was interested in attending it, a letter from Mid-Ohio Energy about the grant the Ag. Society applied for, and a letter from the Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine. The letter was about their research project to monitor influenza A viruses in pigs at agricultural fairs and exhibitions. They tested 20 pigs during the 2016 Hardin County Fair and no pig tested positive for the virus. A letter was also read from the Hardin County Veteran’s Board, requesting to have a booth for one day during the Hardin County Fair. This request was denied, since the fair board’s policy is to rent booth space for all 6 days of the fair, not just one day.


Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. Minutes from their meeting on March 15th were discussed. The tube fans have been repositioned in the show arena and livestock barns to help with better ventilation. The new small animal livestock show arena will be started to be built this month. The committee is receiving estimates for repairing the show arena roof, which started to blow off in March. Estimates have been started in cutting down some trees and trimming trees on the grounds. A 5 year contract with AEP was signed so they could use the fairgrounds for a natural disaster, if needed. Storage items will be coming out of storage and will be ready for pick up on Saturday, April 8th. A donation for the new pari-mutuel building was given by Paul and Nancy Rickenbacher. The next ground’s meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 11th at 7pm.


Craig Stump, representing the camping committee, stated there will be a meeting on April 4th to discuss the numbering system for camp sites, which is needed in applying for the state camping license. Brad Murphy discussed his web page recommendations and stated he’s getting some bids for a web design person. This person will also work during the Hardin County Fair in keeping the web page up to date along with all other social media. Rob Wilson stated the entertainer for the 2017 Hardin County Fair will be announced to the public on Monday, April 10th. Pre-Sale tickets will go on sale Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th from 9am-4pm in the Secretary’s office, by going to the website www.hardincountyfair.org and using pay pal, or by calling the office at 419-675-2396 to charge.  All reserved seats have to be purchased in the office. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $15.00 for reserved seats, and $20 for track standing or sitting in the bleachers on the track. After the 15th, tickets can be purchased in the secretary’s office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm or by the above options stated. Rob also stated the Hour of Inspiration will be 2 speakers from the Ohio State University’s Athletes in Action. That organization is a Christian Sports ministry. The music for the service will be provided by the Walnut Grove Praise Band. Howard Lyle discussed a livestock show fact sheet, received from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. A new rule for this year is that exhibitors who fail to attend or complete a quality assurance program or fail to pass the exam may be subject to disciplinary actions.



Man Arrested Following Domestic Violence Call


A Roundhead man was arrested and is facing several charges following a domestic disturbance that was reported Monday.


According to the report from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the man, identified as 21 year old Marcus Rhoades, allegedly grabbed the victim by the throat and threatened her and as well as her family. He then left the residence, and was stopped by deputies, who searched his car and found a butcher knife. Rhoades was taken into custody and transported to the Multi County Jail in Marion.  


He’s been charged with inducing panic, carrying a concealed weapon and domestic violence.



Ada Man Being Investigated


An Ada man is being investigated for alleged inappropriate contact with a minor.


The Lima News reported that the Ada Police Department is investigating 68 year old Dennis Dellifield for possible charges of pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor. The paper reported that the investigation was launched after a 16 year old boy and his parents reported that the former Allen East band teacher texted the boy asking for inappropriate pictures.


Police say Dellifield allegedly sent similar messages to an 18 year old fomrer student as well. 


Young Professionals Alliance Group Off to Strong Start


The Young Professionals Alliance group is off to a strong start.


According to information from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance, around 64 people attended the kickoff event late last week.


The Alliance is in the final process of collecting feedback and will be back soon to determine the next steps in growing and impacting the community.


Program Offered at Marion Tech/OSU Marion


Marion Technical College and the Ohio State University at Marion invite the community to a special one night event to shed light on the issue of sexual violence.


According to a release, the event is called "Take Back the Night." It will be presented from 7-9pm on Wednesday April 19 on the Marion campus.


The event is free and students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.


Kenton Tops Allen East; Carey Tops U.S. in Baseball

In High School Boy's Baseball action from Monday:
Kenton rolled over Allen East 7-0.
Shawn Conover had a complete game, a no-hitter in only 70 pitches.
Coach Matt Dudek said, "This was a complete team victory as we fielded well and were pretty effective offensively."
Also Monday, Carey beat Upper Sandusky by a final of 9-5.
Upper Sandusky Coach Scott Emerick said, "We again gave up the big inning early in the game, worked our way out of it then, made some untimely errors mixed with no timely hitting.  We have  to cut down on our walks 6 of their 9 runs were from batters who walked.  Overall we need to clean up our play and start hitting when we have runners on."


Stolen Car Recovered in Kenton


A stolen vehicle was recovered in Kenton on Sunday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, the vehicle was recovered in the 100 block of Brumm Street.


It had been confirmed to have been stolen out of Union County.



Concession Stand at Robinson Field Broken Into


The concession stand at Robinson Field was broken into over the weekend.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the incident was reported Sunday. Miscellaneous candy bars were reported missing.


A description of three suspects was given to police, and the incident is under investigation.



Drivers See Jump in Gas Prices Around Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio drivers are noticing a jump in gas prices compared with a week ago. 
 Ohio's average price for a gallon of regular fuel was $2.31 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That's 18 cents higher than last week and well above the $2 average from a year ago. 
 The national average rose to about $2.33 on Monday, a few pennies higher than what it had been for several weeks. The national average was lower at this time last year at $2.06. 
AAA has said gas prices would rise as refiners switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline, but there's also uncertainty because of a possible extension of an agreed crude oil production cut. 


Several Crashes Occurred Saturday According to Kenton Police Department


According to the Kenton Police Department Reports, around 3:30 Am a vehicle operated by 30 year old Derek Lowe of Forest was travelling south on N. Main Street when Lowe went off the East side of the road near Silver Street and struck a post and electrical box.

Another crash was reported around Noon on Saturday and involved a vehicle parked in a lot located in the 300 block of Decatur Street. While the vehicle was parked it was struck by another unknown vehicle and caused damage.

Around 7pm Saturday evening a crash was reported at the intersection of East Columbus Street and Oriental Street according to the Kenton Police Department. A vehicle operated by 62 year old Craig Leeth of Dunkirk was traveling west on East Columbus Street when an Eastbound vehicle operated by 37 year old Jamie Holloway of Upper Sandusky attempted to turn left onto Oriental Street and collided with Leeth’s vehicle.

No injuries were listed on the reports.


A Body of a Findlay Woman Was Found Friday Afternoon in Lima

According to the Findlay Courier, a body was found in an alley near the 700 block of Franklin St. in Lima. Lima police have identified her as 23 year old Shae Dickerson from Findlay.

The cause of death is still under investigation, police said evidence suggests the body was left in the alley after Dickerson was already dead.

Anyone who has information about the case can call the Lima Police Department at 419-227-4444.



Two Theft Complaints Taken By KPD


Two theft complaints were taken by Kenton Police on Friday.


According to the first report taken Friday afternoon, a resident in the 700 block of North Main Street said several items were stolen off her front porch.


The value of the missing items was listed at just over $100.


Later in the day, a Jackson Center man reported a theft at his late father’s apartment in Kenton.


According to that report, the man said he was notified Friday morning that his father had passed away. When he checked the apartment later Friday, he noticed some of his father’s belongings were missing. The missing items included keys to a car and the apartment. A suspect was listed.


Both incidents are under investigation.



April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month


Findlay – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to keep their eyes and focus on the roadway while driving.


Last year 13,994 crashes in Ohio had a reported distraction, including 26 fatal crashes. From 2015 to 2016, the number of reported distracted drivers rose 5 percent over the previous year after rising 11 percent from 2014 to 2015.


“Every time someone takes their eyes or their off the road - even for just a few seconds - they put their lives and the lives of others in danger,” said Lt. Matt Crow, Commander of the Findlay Post. “Distracted driving is unsafe and irresponsible. In a split second, its consequences can be devastating.”


Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field when traveling at 55 mph.


Ohio law bans all “electronic wireless communication device” usage for drivers under 18. Texting while driving is illegal for all drivers, as a secondary offense.


Distracted driving is any non-driving activity with the potential to distract a person from the primary task of driving and increase the risk of crashing. Distractions can be visual, taking eyes off of the road; manual, taking hands off the wheel; or cognitive, taking the mind off driving. Texting while driving is an example that results in all three types of distraction.



Schools Checked Following Gas Leak in Upper Sandusky


A work crew ruptured a gas line in the area of North Seventh and Finley Streets in Upper Sandusky this past Thursday.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that emergency calls to police from residents and officials at St. Peter and South Schools on the city’s north side began coming in around 8:30 that morning. Five homes that were closest to the leak were evacuated by Upper Sandusky firefighters.


After a check, no gas was detected in the St. Peter and South Schools as well as Union School which was checked as a precaution, according to the paper.



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