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Drug Bust Conducted in Kenton Thursday

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s  Office, Kenton Police Department, BKP Ambulance, Hardin County Children Services and the Hardin County Prosecutor's Office served a search warrant at 398 E Forest Rd, Kenton Ohio apartment 46 Thursday.

 

According to a release, the search warrant was as a result of an ongoing investigation into the sales of illegal narcotics from the location. Two adults and two juveniles were found in the residence at the time.

 

The two adults, one male and one female, were arrested and transported to the Multi-County Correctional Center.

 

A search of the residence found heroin, pills and drug abuse instruments.  Charges are pending on both adults, so their names are not being released at this time. The children were removed from the residence and placed with other family members.

 

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Kenton Man Arrested in Wyandot County

 

A Kenton man was arrested following a routine traffic stop in Wyandot County just before 11:30 Thursday night.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a deputy on patrol stopped a car on State Route 67 near Marseilles for having only one headlight.

 

It was discovered the driver, identified as Shawn A. Persons, had an active warrant for his arrest in Crawford County.

 

Persons, who was also cited for not having a valid driver's license, was arrested and turned over to a deputy from the Crawford County Sheriff's Office.

 

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Road Closing Announced in Hardin County

 

The Hardin County Engineer’s Office announced a road closing in Hardin County.

 

County Road 75, between County Road 110 and Township Road 120, closed for four weeks beginning yesterday for a ditch and bank repair project.

 

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One Person Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

 

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

 

According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office,

 

Morgan Renee Bodine was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of attempted tampering with evidence, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

 

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Hardin County Fair Shirts and Hats on Sale

 

T-Shirts are on sale now for the 2017 Hardin County Fair featuring the new logo.

 

Shirts are jade in color, and are available in the Secretary's Office.

 

Adult Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large shirts are $10.00, Adult 2XL $13.00, Adult 3XL $14.00 and hats are being sold for$10.00.

 

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Beeson Resigns, Ridgemont School Board Meets

Several announcements came from a meeting of the Ridgemont School Board of Education Meeting Thursday night.

 

According to a statement on the school’s Facebook page, Superintendent Emmy Beeson said that serving the children of the “community has been [her] absolute privilege.” Beeson announced that she has resigned as Superintendent of the school. She will be moving to a Career Technical Center in Plain City. Beeson will stay on through the 31st of July.

 

Also in the board meeting, the board honored Sidney Richardson and Meadow Cromer, for competing in the State Track and Field Meet this past year.

 

The Board approved a policy and handbook regarding random, mandatory drug testing.

 

For the Drug Testing Policy, click here.

 

For the Drug Testing Handbook, click here.

 

Gene Ledley and Patty Hale were recognized as retirees from the district. They have a combined 29 years as Gopher staff members.

 

Jessica Brackman was hired as a 4th-6th grade Social Studies/LA Teacher.

Brian Claybaugh was hired as a 7th-12th grade Social Studies/Government Teacher.

Daniel McCulloch was hired as a 4th-12th Band and Choir Teacher.

Crystal Bridenstine and Stan Schrader were hired as custodians.

 

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Former Riverdale Teacher Indicted

 

A former Riverdale teacher has been indicted on sex related charges.

 

According to the Hancock County Clerk of Courts Office, the Hancock County Grand Jury returned indictments this week against 26 year old Brooke L. Rosendale, charging her with three counts of sexual battery.

 

She was the Junior High Girls Volleyball and Basketball Coach as well as 5th grade intervention specialist at Riverdale.

 

She resigned back in March amid an investigation into the accusation she sexually assaulted a female student.

 

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Commissioners Discuss Overcrowding Issues at Multi County Jail

 

The subject of overcrowding at the Multi County Jail in Marion was the topic of discussion for the Hardin County Commissioners Thursday.

 

Commissioner Brice Beaman said they are attempting to take a proactive approach to finding a solution since the county is allocated 44 beds, and the number of inmates, male and female, has increased. He said once the number is exceeded, another facility has to be found at a higher cost to the county. To avoid that, they are asking the judges to consider an early release plan for some inmates. Beaman stressed that would only be for non-violent offenders as the commissioners agreed with the judge's position that their job is to protect the public.

 

Beaman stated that the early release plan is not a solution, but a tool that could help alleviate some overcrowding issues.

 

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Medical Building in Kenton Broken Into

 

A medical building in Kenton was broken into Wednesday morning.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to 40 Washington Boulevard after an alarm was activated at the building.

 

A window at the rear of the building was broken and entry was made.

 

It is not known what, if anything, is missing at this time.

 

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Assault Reported at France Lake

 

An assault and theft was reported at France Lake Wednesday evening.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a man was assaulted by a named suspect and a cellphone was stolen.

 

So far, no charges have been filed against the suspect.

 

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Numerous Services Offered Through Coleman Behavioral

 

Coleman Behavioral Services provides a number of services to Hardin County.

 

The Director of Behavioral Healthcare of Hardin County, Melanie Woods, said that includes treatment for mental health and substance use disorders, which she said often co-exist
 

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

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Ada Police Department Sets Up Go Fund Me Page For K9 Unit

 

The Ada Police Department has started a Go Fund Me page to help continue the K9 unit.

 

K9 Jaeger was killed on June 8, and immediately after his death, a number of individuals approached the police department and wanted to make a contribution in memory of Jaeger.

 

The police department memorialized Jaeger with a plaque presentation to his handler, Sgt. Matt Purdy.

 

It was also determined that the Go Fund Me page would be authorized as a way to allow citizens to contribute to the K9 program.

 

Donations are tax deductible, and for more information, visit the Ada Police Department Facebook page.

 

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Ohio Hi Point Board of Education Conducts June Meeting

 
The Ohio Hi-Point (OHP) Career Center Board of Education gathered for their monthly meeting on Wednesday to hear presentations from OHP students who were active in internships throughout the year, review staff contracts, and approve funds that were donated to scholarship funds. 
 
Angel Payne of the Logan County Solid Waste District presented a recycling rebate to Ohio Hi-Point for its active participation in the Campbell Hill Recycling Center, located on Sloan Boulevard across from the campus. The recycling center processed 168 tons of recyclables this year and donated 7.5% per ton to the school district, totaling approximately $1,500. The board authorized the rebate from Campbell Hill recycling to be deposited in the Warren Stevens Scholarship fund that will be awarded to a student next year. 
 
Tara O’Conner, a recent Cosmetology student from Ohio Hi-Point main campus and Marysville High School, presented to the board about her internship experience at Kenneth’s Hair Salon and Day Spa in Dublin. “The experience I got at the salon was amazing and there was always something new and interesting happening,” said O’Conner. “It was an unpaid internship that I was able to get 165 total hours which eventually led to a job opportunity with the same company.” The school board and staff have been putting a lot of focus on creating more connections in the community to create paid and unpaid internship opportunities for students who are looking to get experience in their field. “I got the opportunity to job shadow at Honda and see how their assembly, equipment engineering, paint, and welding processes operate,” said Marysville Early College STEM satellite student Jesse Boomstra, who is planning to become an engineer. “I discovered that there were so many opportunities available to engineers at a place like Honda and they are always doing something different and learning new, more efficient processes to get the job done.” There were 60 main campus students and 450 satellite program students who worked in either a paid or unpaid internship this previous academic year and the district is only looking to increase that number in years to come. 
 
The Animal Science building renovation project is nearing its completion and features an operating table, high-tech classroom, and pet grooming facilities that students will manage. There will be a grand public opening to the newly renovated building on August 8 that will give people from the community a change to check out the building as well as other new developments on campus.
 
High School Director, Tonya Ramey presented data and requested a new grading scale that would move OHP to a 10-point grading scale from the existing 93-100 scale. “Ohio Hi-Point students are at a strong disadvantage for scholarships when compared to schools who are operating on a 10-point scale,” said Ramey. “From the 14 partner school districts that we serve, there are 6 schools who are already following this scale and it is effecting how students are ranked when considering their GPA and class ranking for scholarships.”
 
In other Board action: 
Paul McMahill presented a legislative report
Treasurer, Eric Adelsberger presented the end-of-year financial reports and five-year forecast planning
Playground equipment will be donated to the City of Bellefontaine
Approved the employment of Heather Godwin, Educational Aide
Approval to begin Construction Manager at Risk negotiations with Thomas and Marker Construction, as recommended by the district’s Construction Manager at Risk Evaluation Committee
Annual employee contract agreements were renewed and/or re-issued for several OHP staff members 
Designation of Title VI, VII, IX, and Section 504 Compliance Officers

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Fire Reported in Alger

According to emergency response radio traffic, a fire was reported in Alger in the vicinity of the Hertiage Cooperative Alger grain branch, formerly Farmers Commission grain elevator.

 

Authorities said a small building near the facility was on fire. They are not sure what started the blaze.

 

Stay with WKTN on-air and online for the latest updates.

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Two Arrested; Drugs Confiscated at Lima Street Residence Tuesday

 

Drugs were confiscated and two men were arrested after a search warrant was executed Tuesday at 723 West Lima Street, Lot 2, in Kenton.

 

According to a release from the Hardin County Task Force, 26 individual doses of heroin, 60 capsules of a controlled substance, drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia were seized.

 

At the scene, John Byers was arrested on a warrant and Seth Elling was taken into custody on a parole violation. Both men were taken to the Multi County Jail in Marion.

Additional charges are pending against the two men as well 2 adult females were were at the residence.

 

The Task Force was assisted at the scene by the Kenton Police Department, The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, The Hardin County Special Response Team and the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

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Two Sexual Assaults Reported to Police on Tuesday

 

Two sexual assault incidents were reported to the Kenton Police Department Tuesday.

 

According to one report, the mother of a 13 year old girl reported that her daughter had been sexually assaulted. A 35 year old man was listed as a suspect, but so far no charges have been filed.

 

Earlier in the day, officers were dispatched to Hardin Memorial Hospital to investigate a report of sexual assault. A 26 year old woman was the victim. No suspects were listed.

 

Both cases remain under investigation.

 

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Marathon Pipeline Project Nearing Completion

 

Marathon started the project back in January and is expected to wrap it up by the end of the month.

 

Ryan Schroeder, the Business Development Representative for Marathon Pipeline, said this week they are finishing up their commissioning efforts, "That is getting all the pipeline and stations liquid filled, and it gives the ability to and make sure that everything is safe, the integrity of the pipeline is there and get us fully operational at the end of the month."

 

Commercial Development manager Jason Stechschulte talks about what completion of the project means for Marathon, "What this pipeline does is it now brings connectivity not only to Lima refinery, but also two refineries in Toledo, and there are only four refineries in Ohio, so all are now connected via the Marathon pipeline system."

 

He said in the end that means a cheaper product for consumers.

 

Schroeder concludes that they have been involved in the community during the process, "There was an event where some of the local community in the Kenton area came and actually provided breakfast to the crews that were working on the pipeline, and this was so appreciated that we returned the gesture and we did some donations to Table One, and we also held a charity golf event and was able to take the donations, the money from that charity and give it back to the community in a number of different ways."

 

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Kroger Reports Shoplifting Incident

 

A shoplifting was reported at Kroger.

 

According that report from the Kenton Police Department, store employees reported that someone stole 3 five pounds tubes of hamburger from the business.

 

The incident was reported just before 6 Tuesday evening.

 

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Women's Self Defense Class Scheduled

 

A Super Woman Self Defense class is scheduled for Thursday evening.

 

The event is sponsored by Women LEAD, Deputy Christina Henderson from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office and Damsel in Defense.

 

The class teaches woman moves they can use in everyday life to ensure safety. They will also learn how to feel comfortable defending yourself against attack.

 

The class will be held Thursday from 6 to 8pm at the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance Office at 225 South Detroit Street in Kenton.

 

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ONU Hosting Holiday Concert Event

 

Ohio Northern University will celebrate the Fourth of July with the Lima Symphony Orchestra this weekend.

 

The event will start at 7pm on Saturday July 1st on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber Halls on the campus in Ada.

 

Those attending are invited to come early, bring lawn chairs, blankets and your favorite picnic foods.

 

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside ONU's Fieldhouse at King Horn Center.

 

Concert goers would be welcome to bring chairs and picnic food inside.

 

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Sexual Assault Being Investigated

 

A sexual assault complaint was received by Kenton police Monday afternoon.

 

According to the report, a woman said she was sexually assaulted by a named suspect.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Prescription Medicine Stolen From Kenton Home

 

A burglary was reported to police on Monday.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a suspect entered a home in the 600 block of West Lima Street and stole a large quantity of prescription medicine.

 

The theft is under investigation.

 

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Vehicle Vandalized in Kenton

 

A vandalism was reported Monday evening.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a Lima man stated his van was vandalized by a named suspect while parked at a residence in Kenton.

 

The incident occurred in the 800 block of South Main Street.

 

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Kenton City Council Met Monday

 

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

 

During comments, the council learned from Fire Chief Tim Clark that one of the city’s firefighters has taken a position with Columbus Fire, leaving the department one person short for staffing. Chief Clark said that the list of applicants is nearly depleted. As a result, the city will be offering a civil service exam on Wednesday, August 9, at 1:00 pm. Applications for the exam need to be submitted by Friday, July 14. Councilman Michael White said during his report for the BKP Board that they are working with the fire department on alleviating staffing shortages until a new firefighter can be hired.

 

The council also heard one piece of legislation under old business and six pieces of legislation under new business. Five of the pieces of legislation under new business were voted to bypass the three-reading rule. Four of the five pieces passed unanimously; one piece, an ordinance to change the zoning of the property at 825 East Columbus Street from an R-1 (one and two family residence district) to a B-1 (neighborhood business district), received an abstain vote from council members Antwilla Davis and Pegg Wren. That piece of legislation passed 5-0. The ordinance in old business, vacating the alley between (I) inlot number 4 and inlot numbers 2 and 3 of James Ewing’s second addition to the city, and (II) inlot number 46 and inlot number 47 of Ewing’s third addition to the city, went to third reading in two weeks. One ordinance in new business, an ordinance vacating the alley between inlot number 14 of Adam Schneider’s addition and inlot number 90 of A. Letson’s third addition, went to second reading in two weeks.

 

During committee reports, the council heard from:

 

Finance: the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, July 10 at 3:30 pm in council chambers.

 

Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet on Monday, July 3 at 7:00 pm.

 

During comments, the council heard from Safety Service Director Jim Hites, who expressed sympathy from the city for the death of Richard Purcell. Mayor Randy Manns seconded Hites’ comments, saying that Richard did a “super job” and noting “it’s amazing what he’s done.” Hites said that Bob Lawrence will be taking over at the quarry. Fire Chief Tim Clark spoke about the grants that the department had received. Bob Wilson wrote a grant to the Hardin Community Foundation and received $750 for dive equipment. Captain Tony Hastings wrote and received a $10,000 grant for new helmets, boots, and other necessities for the firefighters. Clark said that the helmets are only good for 12 years, and the current helmets are 11 years old, so the grant is coming at a crucial time.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm in council chambers.

 

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Ribbon Cutting Scheduled For Community Garden

 

The Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance will be hosting a Grand Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Table One Community Garden.

 

Alliance Members and all those interested are invited to come celebrate the construction of a new community garden.

 

It is scheduled for 9am Thursday July 13 at 717 South Wayne Street in Kenton.

 

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Two Blood Drives Scheduled in Area

 

Another blood drive is scheduled in Hardin County tomorrow.

 

The bloodmobile will operate from 2 until 7 Wednesday afternoon at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182 located at 204 West Lima Street in Forest.

 

In addition, a blood drive will be held Monday July 3 from noon until 6 at the Kenton Moose Lodge.

 

Walk-ins are welcome at both blood drives.

 

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Road Resurfacing Planned For Myers and Root Additions

 

The Pleasant Township Board of Trustees has contracted with Bluffton Paving to resurface roads in the Myers and Root Additions.

 

According to a release, the milling process, which is when grinding the surface is done to prepare for resurfacing, could start as soon as tomorrow. Paving could begin Saturday July 1, weather permitting.

 

Root Addition will follow, but the dates are still uncertain.

 

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Kenton Man Charged with Domestic Violence

 

A Kenton man is facing charges following a call to the 800 block of Morningside Drive early Sunday morning.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were dispatched to investigate a physical domestic violence incident.

 

26 year old Tyson Kelly was charged with one count of domestic violence.

 

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ODOT Announces Construction Projects For Week of June 26

Hardin County:
 
Bridge repairs
 
State Route 31 closure between township Road 265 and state Route 273 has been delayed until late summer. Work will begin once a project on state Route 195 south of McGuffey has been completed.
 
Once under way, the project will close the route for 60 days for bridge repair at two locations: one over Painter Creek just south of township Road 206, the second over Wolf Creek north of township Road 265. Traffic detoured onto state Route 292 and state Route 273 back to state Route 31. Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge. (See detour map 1, map 2)
 
State Route 195 over Cottonwood Ditch, south of McGuffey, between the north and south jog of Cottonwood Road, closed June 5 for 60 days for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto county Road 110, state Route 235 and state Route 309 back to state Route 195 Work is being performed by Crossroads Construction, Cambridge. (See detour map)
 
Drainage tile repairs
 
State Route 81 at township Road 55, east of Ada, will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for drainage tile repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hardin County maintenance garage.
 
Allen County:
 
Pavement repairs
 
U.S. 30 westbound, just east of state Route 309, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for bridge deck repair one day of the week, likely Monday, June 26, weather permitting. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services.
 
Pavement repairs will reduce traffic to one lane through the work zone at the following locations. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage:
 
    State Route 309 eastbound near the Hardin County line
    State Route 81, both eastbound and westbound, from Dutch Hollow Road to the Van Wert County line.
 
Interstate 75 southbound, south of Bluffton, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair and sealing of pavement cracks. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
 
U.S. 30 eastbound, east of Delphos near the Auglaize River bridge, will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repair. Work is being performed by the ODOT Allen County maintenance garage.
 
Bridge work
Interstate 75, and also Bentley Road and Napoleon Road will be affected during bridge deck replacements on Napoleon Road over Interstate 75, Beaverdam, and Bentley Road over Interstate 75, Bluffton. The following are upcoming impacts related to the project:
 
Napoleon Road
Napoleon Road bridge over I-75 closed May 22 for approximately four months.
 
    Traffic detoured onto Sugar Creek Road, Swaney Road and Lincoln Highway (state Route 696) back to Napoleon Road. 
 
The northbound exit ramp from Interstate 75 to Napoleon Road closed May 30 for four months.
 
    Traffic detoured north on Interstate 75, east on Lincoln Highway (state Route 696), south on Swaney Road and west on Sugar Creek Road back to Napoleon Road; or west onto Lincoln Highway (state Route 696) back to S. West Street in Beaverdam.
    The entrance ramp to Interstate 75 southbound from Napoleon Road will remain open.
    Motorists traveling northbound on Interstate 75 wishing to access state Route 696 are advised to do so via exit 135 (state Route 696/U.S. 30) at Beaverdam. No access to state Route 696 from Interstate 75 northbound at the Napoleon Road exit will be available.
 
Bentley Road (exit 140)
Two bridges on Bentley Road at exit 140 (one over Interstate 75 and one over the railroad north of Interstate 75) closed June 5 for approximately four months.
 
Both the southbound entrance and exit ramps at Bentley Road also closed on June 5 for four months.
 
    Interstate 75 northbound traffic will be detoured to the state Route 103 (exit 142) interchange back to Bentley Road.
    Interstate 75 southbound traffic is advised to access Bentley Road via the state Route 103 interchange (exit 142) and follow state Route 103 through Bluffton back to Bentley Road.
 
The northbound ramps at the interchange remain open; however, left turns onto Bentley Road from northbound Interstate 75 are not permitted. (See detour map)
 
Interstate 75
 
    Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound will be periodically reduced to one lane at times beneath both the Napoleon Road and Bentley Road bridge structures during certain operations related to construction.
    Lane closures will occur sporadically and are expected to occur mostly during daytime hours but some nighttime closures may occur.
 
Hancock County:
 
Resurfacing
Resurfacing of the following routes within the city of Findlay will restrict traffic to one lane through the work zone. Work is being performed by M&B Asphalt, Old Fort.
 
    U.S. 224 from Broad Street to Main Street
    State Route 12 from Interstate 75 to Main Street (section between Western Avenue and Glessner Street closed during daytime hours for a project administered by the city of Findlay)
    State Route 37 from Lincoln Avenue to Blanchard Avenue
    State Route 568 from Main Street to Beech Avenue
 
Culvert replacement
U.S. 224 just west of state Route 235, west of Findlay, is scheduled to close July 17 for approximately 30 days for a culvert replacement. Traffic will be detoured onto U.S. 224, state Route 235, state Route 12 and state Route 65 back to U.S. 224. Work is being performed by BCC Ohio, New London.
 
Pavement repairs
 
The following locations will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage:
 
    U.S. 224 from the Putnam County line to state Route 235
    State Route 235 from county Road 86 north of Benton Ridge to McComb
    State Route 568 from Findlay to the Seneca County line
 
Bridge repairs
 
Interstate 75 at the following locations will be restricted to one lane through the work zone for bridge maintenance. Work is being performed by ODOT roadway services:
 
    Near state Route 698, northbound (mile marker 152)
    South of Findlay near county Road 9 (mile marker 154, both northbound and southbound
 
U.S. 68 southbound exit ramp to U.S. 68 southbound over Eagle Creek at state Route 15, south of Findlay, closed May 15 for approximately two months for bridge repair. Traffic detoured onto state Route 15 eastbound to the state Route 37 interchange to state Route 15 westbound back to U.S. 68. Work is being performed by Global Outdoor Solutions, Cleveland. (See detour map)
 
State Route 12/state Route 235 overlap between state Route 235 and township Road 57, west of Benton Ridge over Moffitt Ditch, 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. (See detour map)
 
Cable barrier installation
 
U.S. 68 from the Findlay airport to Eagle Creek, south of Findlay, will have daily lane closures in both directions beginning early August for installation of cable barrier in the median. Once work begins it is expected to be completed in approximately eight weeks. Work is being performed by Lake Erie Construction, Norwalk.
 
Wyandot County:
 
Pavement repairs
 
U.S. 30, both directions, from the Hancock County line to near county Highway 330, west of Upper Sandusky, will be restricted at various locations for pavement repairs. Work is being performed by the ODOT Wyandot County maintenance garage.
 
Resurfacing
 
State Route 53 between Upper Sandusky and state Route 37, Forest, is restricted to one lane through the work zone for resurfacing. Work is being performed by Kokosing Construction Co., Columbus.
 
Bridge replacements and removals
 
U.S. 23 and state Route 15 near their interchange with state Route 103, south of Carey, reduced to one lane in each direction for work related to the removal of two bridge structures over abandoned railroads. Work is being performed by Miller Brothers Construction Inc., Archbold. The following are upcoming traffic impacts related to the project:
 
    All traffic has been shifted to the east side of the road and is reduced to one lane in each direction between county Highway 97 and county Highway 95 for the removal of structures on the U.S. 23 southbound, state Route 15 eastbound lanes. Traffic will remain in this pattern for approximately two months. All ramps at state Route 103 will remain open during this phase.
    The project also includes the upcoming 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.

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Vehicles Damaged in Friday Afternoon Crash in Kenton

 

There were no injuries in a two vehicle crash that occurred Friday afternoon at the intersection of East Franklin Street and Jacob Parrott Boulevard.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a vehicle driven by 62 year old James Wells, of Kenton, turned from from Franklin Street onto Jacob Parrott and struck a car that was stopped for a stop sign. It was being operated by 26 year old Charles Bethel, of Kenton.

 

Moderate to heavy damage occurred to the vehicles involved. No citations were listed on the report.

 

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Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of Alger Woman

 

An Alger woman is facing charges following a routine traffic stop Friday afternoon.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers stopped a car for a traffic violation in the 400 block of East Franklin Street.

 

The K9 unit was dispatched to conduct a sniff of the car, and the dog alerted officers to the presence of drugs.

 

A passenger, identified as Kellie M. Cramer was allegedly in possession of what appeared to be cocaine. She was arrested, and charges are pending.

 

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Theft Reported at Henry's Restaurant

 

A theft was reported Friday at Henry's Restaurant.

 

The Kenton Police Department reported listed a suspect, who allegedly stole money from the business.

 

So far no charges have been filed.

 

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Three Facing Charges Following Disturbance Friday Evening

 

Three people have been charged following a fight Friday evening.

 

According to that report from the Kenton Police department, officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Detroit Street to investigate the incident.

 

As a result of the investigation, Jeremy Pack, Miranda Hoyt and Larry Baker, all of Kenton, were each charged with assault and are scheduled to appear in Hardin County Municipal Court June 29.

 

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Eats on The Street in Downtown Kenton Tonight

 

Downtown Kenton is the scene this evening for Eats on the Street, the annual food truck festival.

 

The event will go from 5 until 10 tonight in the Downtown Courthouse District.

 

14 plus food trucks will offer great food, plus there will be a classic car show and lots of entertainment. The Chairs of Hope auction is also taking place this evening with the proceeds going to Not By Choice Outreach. The chairs were painted by Kudo Studios and have been on display around the square for the past couple of weeks.

 

Listen for live reports from the event starting at 5 this evening on WKTN.

 

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Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

 

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

 

According to documents from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office:

 

.Vanessa D. Gilroy was sentenced to just under 4 years in prison on one count each of burglary and theft of drugs

 

.Billy J. Howard was sentenced to 18 months in prison on two counts of burglary.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

 

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Kenton Man Arrested on Warrant

 

A Kenton man was arrested on a warrant Thursday afternoon.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, an officer on patrol noticed several parole officers at a residence in the 800 block of King Street. The officer stopped to assist, and the resident, identified as 20 year old Jacob Klingler, was taken into custody without incident.

 

He was transported to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

 

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Theft of Building Material Reported

 

A theft of building materials was reported to police on Thursday in the 200 block of Gilmore Street.

 

According to the report, a witness observed a man walk into a yard and pick up an item which he placed in a green truck and drove off.

 

The witness was able to get pictures of the vehicle, and a suspect was listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Hardin County Fair Performer Featured in Movie

 

The artist who is scheduled to perform at the 2017 Hardin County Fair in September doubles as a movie star.

 

Lauren Alaina stars in a movie called "Road Less Traveled" which can be streamed on Amazon.

She plays Charlotte, a country music singer who moves back home to Tennessee a week before she is set to get married, but she runs into her high school sweetheart, which complicates the relationship.

 

Alaina is scheduled to perform at the Hardin County Fair Saturday September 9.

 

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Study Reveals Link Between Obesity and Cancer

 

 

A recent study reveals a link between cancer and obesity.

 

Chuck Reed, from the American Cancer Society said what makes that most disturbing is most people are unaware of the link. Plus he said most people don’t realize how better lifestyle choices can greatly decrease their chance of getting cancer.
 

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

 

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Car Vandalized in Kenton

 

A car was vandalized in Kenton Wednesday.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the car was parked at a residence in the 700 block of Gilmore Street at the time. The vehicle’s  windshield and passenger side window were broken by an unknown suspect.

 

The damage was listed at $600.

 

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Car Damaged by Fire in Upper Sandusky

 

Fire damaged a car in Upper Sandusky Wednesday.

 

According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, the car was parked at a residence on Fifth Street.

 

The Upper Sandusky Fire Department extinguished the fire prior to officers arriving.

 

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Ohio Hi-Point Holds Special Meeting

 
The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Board of Education and Construction Committee met Wednesday evening for a special Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) meeting to interview and evaluate three construction firms for a potential career center improvement project. 
 
Elford Incorporated of Columbus, Thomas and Marker of Bellefontaine, and Shook-Touchstone of Lima, the top three qualified firms, each were given 40 minutes to explain their detailed construction management processes, experience, and capabilities to complete the particular project. The CMAR provides the professional project services and is a consultant throughout the construction phases.
 
While providing some of the construction, the CMAR is primarily responsible for managing construction costs, design developments, and ensuring the plans and specifications are fulfilled. Each interview was followed by a 20-minute question and answer segment. 
 
The board discussed the competencies of each firm and their evaluation details as well as local opinion research initiatives that will be used to measure the public interest in the construction project. 

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Cross Campaign Announces County Campaign Chairs

 
Kenton, OH – Today, the Jon Cross for State Representative campaign committee announced its county campaign chairs for Hancock, Hardin and Logan counties, as the campaign expands its leadership team. 
 
"I am excited to welcome aboard these highly respected community members with careers in agriculture, business, law, manufacturing, real estate, restaurant and local government, as well as active Republicans within their respective county party,” said Jon Cross. “I appreciate their endorsement of my values, actions and leadership abilities as the best candidate to represent the 83rd district, and I look forward to their support in building a winning campaign for the Republican primary in 2018.”
 
Hancock County Chairs are Cheryl Blakely and Edward Ingold.
 
Cheryl Blakely of Findlay, Ohio, was the Hancock County campaign chair for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. She is the president of the Hancock County Right to Life organization and elected to the Hancock County Republican Central Committee.  Edward Ingold of Findlay, Ohio is a business executive and former Hancock County Commissioner serving from 2000-2008.  He serves as vice president of the Hancock County Park District-Board of Park Commissioners and elected to the board of trustees of the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.
 
Hardin County Chairs are Charles VanDyne and Rosalie Elliott.
 
Charles VanDyne of Alger, Ohio is a practicing attorney in Ada, Ohio and a former chairman of the Hardin County Republican Party.  He was elected to the Hardin County Republican Party Central Committee and serves on its executive committee.  Rosalie Elliott of Mt. Victory, Ohio is involved with the family business, which includes the Plaza Inn Restaurant and Elliott Farms.  She is the wife of the late Edward Elliott II, a recent Hardin County Commissioner, farmer and businessman.
 
Logan County Chairs are Doug & Libby Zimmerman and Mark & Joan Haushalter.
 
Doug & Libby Zimmerman of Bellefontaine, Ohio are real estate brokers/owners of Zimmerman Realty.  Mark & Joan Haushalter are from Bellefontaine as well, where Mark is Vice President of Robinson Fin Machines, a family manufacturing facility in Kenton, Ohio and Joan is an attorney.  Both Doug & Libby and Mark & Joan have been actively involved in their community by serving on a number of community service organizations. Some included the United Way, Mary Rutan Hospital Board, the Bellefontaine City Planning Commission, the Logan County Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellefontaine City Schools Board of Education and the Green Hills Community Board of Trustees.
 
Cross announced his official campaign in March of 2017 and since then has grown his campaign committee to over 80 members from various communities throughout the 83rd district.  For more information about the candidate, committee and campaign, please visit www.votejoncross.com.  

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Bellefontaine Police Looking For Two Missing Teens

 

The Bellefontaine Police Department is asking for help locating two missing teenagers from Bellefontaine.

 

According to the Police Department's Facebook page:

 

The first person is 16 year old Cayde Neeley, white male, 5 feet 8 inches weight, 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

 

The second person is 17 year old Emily Goodwin, white female. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has blond hair with brown eyes.

 

Anyone with information on where these two missing persons may be, please call Det. Salyer or Det. Kenner at the Bellefontaine Police department 937-599-1010.

 

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Marion Woman Killed; 2 Children Injured in Early Morning Crash

 

A Marion woman was killed and two children were injured in a crash that occurred early this morning in Marion County.

 

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 31 year old Kathryn M. Margraff lost control of her car while driving south on Pole Road. Margraff overcorrected, and the car travelled off the left side of the road and overturned coming to rest on its top. Margraff, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

8 year old passenger Cohen Oden was transported to Children’s Hospital in Columbus by MedFlight Helicopter. Another passenger, 2 year old Izabella Oden, was taken to Marion General Hospital. Both suffered non life threatening injuries.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Dunkirk Man Charged with OVI Following 3 Vehicle Crash

 

A Dunkirk man is facing several charges following a three vehicle crash in Kenton late Tuesday  morning.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, the crash occurred on East Columbus Street at North Wayne Street.

 

A driver of one of the vehicles, identified as Seth Elling, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle intoxicated, failing to maintain an assured clear distance ahead and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

There were no injuries in the crash.

 

 

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Man Charged with Theft After Being Identified by Video Surveillance

 

A theft from Hardin Memorial Hospital was reported to Kenton police on Tuesday.

 

According to the report, hospital officials said they are preparing for their annual raffle, and items to be raffled off are on display in the cafeteria, and they discovered that four tickets to COSI valued at $130 were missing.

 

The surveillance camera captured a male suspect picking up the tickets and placing them in his pocket before leaving the hospital.

 

The suspect was identified by police as Howard Gettings, who was issued a summons for theft.

 

The tickets were returned to the hospital.

 

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Items Stolen From a Kenton Home Tuesday

 

A burglary complaint was received on Tuesday.

 

According to that Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 700 block of Robinson Avenue reported that she discovered her home had been forcibly entered and several items were missing.

 

A suspect was listed, but so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Arlington Plans Fireworks Display

 

A fireworks display is planned in Arlington this Friday night.

 

WFIN Radio reported that the Arlington Festival food committee is sponsoring an open house at the village park shelter house from 7 to 9 Friday evening.

 

Food, including hot dogs, root beer floats and popcorn will be served. The evening will be capped off by the fireworks display put on by the Arlington Fire Department.

 

Proceeds from the event will go to the Arlington Festival which is scheduled for August 11 ad 12.

 

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Area Unemployment Rates Remain Below 5%

 

Unemployment rates for May were released this week by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

 

By County in our region:

 

.Hardin County was at 4.3%

 

.Hancock County 3.2%

 

.Allen 4.6%

 

.Auglaize 3.4%

 

.Logan County 3.7%

 

.Union 3.4%

 

.Marion 4.5%

 

.Wyandot County 3.2%.

 

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Findlay Man Victim of Stabbing

 

A Findlay man is the victim of a stabbing at his apartment in Findlay Tuesday morning.

 

The Findlay Courier reported that the victim suffered injuries to his chest and forearm. He was treated and released at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

 

The suspect is identified as 29 year old Gabriel Underwood, the victim's brother. He was arrested and is facing charges of felonious assault and domestic violence.

 

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Russells Point Police Department Hires New Officer

 

A new full time police officer for the Russells Point Police Department was sworn in this week.

 

WPKO Radio reported that Officer Logan Miller from Lima began training with Chief Joe Freyhof this week. .

 

The position was necessitated by the departure of one officer and another electing to go from full-time to part-time.

 

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Investigation Underway After Two Found Dead North of Ada

The Lima news reports that the Hancock County Sheriff's office is investigating two deaths discovered north of Ada.

 

The paper reports that two bodies were found just north of route 30 North of Ada at a residence on Hancock County Road 56. The female is identified as 18 year old Marie Beach, and the Male has yet to be identified. The bodies were taken to Lucas County for autopsies. Officials don’t believe the crime was a violent act, according to the paper. The deaths remain under investigation.

 

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Indian Lake School Superintendent Facing Sex Charges

 

The Superintendent of Indian Lake Schools was arrested on sex charges yesterday.

 

WPKO radio reports that 52 year old Pat O’Donnell has been charged with a third-degree felony of gross sexual imposition.

 

The victim, a 13 year old girl who is not an Indian Lake Student, resides in Logan County

 

The alleged incidents are reported to take place from 2013 up until last month in O’Donell’s home in Lewistown.

 

O’Donnell, who has been superintendent of the district since 2010, has been placed on paid leave as he is being housed in the Logan County Jail. The Logan County Prosecutor is considering additional charges as the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Car Vandalized in Downtown Kenton

 

A vandalism complaint was received by Kenton Police Monday afternoon around 2:30.

 

According to the report, a woman stated her car was vandalized while parked in the parking lot on Detroit Street in downtown Kenton.

 

Two tires on the car were flattened and the driver’s side window was broken out.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Fraudulent Activity Attempted on Bank Account

 

A woman reported fraudulent activity was attempted on her bank account.

 

Four checks on her account through a Kenton bank were attempted to be passed at a bank in Texas. The total amount of the checks was listed at over $5000.

 

The bank in Texas rejected the checks.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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Shoplifting Reported at Shoe Sensation

 

A shoplifting occurred at Shoe Sensation in Kenton.

 

According to that report, employees of the store reported that two women stolen two pairs of shoes from the business on Monday.

 

The total value of the shoes was listed at $128.00.

 

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Man Critically Injured in Allen County Crash

 

A Cairo, Ohio man was injured in a crash that occurred Monday afternoon in Allen County.

 

According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 41 year old Richard L. Hager was driving west on Lincoln Highway when a semi being operated by 45 year old Steven L. Love, of Indiana, pulled from Stewart Road after failing to stop for a stop sign. The resulting collision sent both drivers to St. Rita's Medical Center where Love was treated and released. Hager, who had to be mechanically extracted from his vehicle, is listed in critical condition.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Marion Driver Escapes Injury in Monday Afternoon Crash

 

A Marion driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday on U.S. 23 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, 18 year old Amelia Poorman lost control of her vehicle on the wet pavement while driving south on 23.

 

The car struck the north side guardrail then travelled across both lanes of traffic where it struck the south guardrail before coming to rest.

 

The car was heavily damaged.

 

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Kenton Board of Education Meets, Approves Contracts

The Kenton City Schools Board of Education held their June meeting last night. The board to light action on pertaining to the approval of financial reports and the transfer of funds, approval of employee contracts, resignations, substitutes, field trips, policies, and hiree’s.

 

Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski noted that there are still open job positions. Interested applicants should visit the district's website (kentoncityschools.org).

 

The board also thanked Patricia Davison for her 41 years of service to the district. Davison will be retiring from the district in August.

 

The board approved  extended service time contracts for the following employees during the 2017-2018 school year:


Brent Fackler - CBI Coordinator

Cheryl Hiller - Vocational Home Ec

Amy Kohl - High School Guidance Counselor
Jennifer Rogers - High School Guidance Counselor
Susie Thrush - Elementary School Guidance Counselor
Jessica Parsley - Social Worker

 

The board approved the following Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2017-2018 school year:

Jodi Cole Needles - Elementary Library Supervisor
Ashley Anderson - KHS Student Council/BRAVO
Beth Harshfield - KHS National Honor Society
Deb Bartlett - KHS Yearbook

Joe Funkhouser - KHS Robotics
Rick Hudgel - KHS Musical

Todd Daquino - KHS Asst. Musical
Melody Norris - Dual Enrollment

Anne Eley - Dual Enrollment
Teresa Harris - Dual Enrollment
Rick Hudgel - Dual Enrollment
Christina Cross - Dual Enrollment
Zach Turner - Senior Class Advisor
Leslie Cochensparger - Junior Class Advisor
Kevin Kapanka -  Sophomore Class Advisor
Colby Rush - Freshman Class Advisor
Todd Daquino - KHS Top Twenty
Travis Wissman - KHS Band Director
Tomi Cheney - Flag Corp. Advisor
Ellen Sheldon - Elementary Vocal Music
Tim Davis - Elementary Vocal Music
Amy Long - Junior National Honor Society
Ryan Miller - AV Supervisor

Ryan Miller - Student Government

Jamie Bartlett - KMS Yearbook
Jared Manns - KMS Robotics
Chris Becker - KMS Robotics

 

The board also approved Non-Employee Supplemental contracts for the 2017-2018 school year:

 

Ashlee Dawson - Majorette Advisor
Kuert Lautenschlager - 7th Grade Football coach
Emily Schaub - KHS Swim coach
Robin Hughes - KHS Quiz Bowl
Robin Hughes - KMS Quiz Bowl
Sue Buroker - KMS Dimensions

 

In other contractual business, the board Approved the resignation of Jennifer Ewing, 3rd grade team lead; Approved substitute educational assistant, Carrie Aurand, Approved the salary adjustments for John Downing, Zach Turner, Luke Abbott, Morgan Rogers; and Approved the transfer of Kelli Reese from Cafeteria I to KES Educational Assistant.
 

The following were approved for hiring:

Jessica Stephens, KES 6th grade Math teacher,

Regina Comstock, Cafeteria Supervisor

Alyssa Goldsmith, KES 3rd grade teacher

Carlie Roby, KMS KOLA Educational Assistant
R. Jordan Gibson, Assistant Band Director/Instrumental Music/General Music

Approve Captain Mark Federle, KHS JROTC Instructor

Cathy Lawrence, transportation summer help
 

The following Employee Supplemental contracts were approved

R. Jordan Gibson - Assistant Band Director
R. Jordan Gibson - Pep Band

 

The board also conducted the following miscellaneous business:

 

Approved the resolution authorizing continued membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association The OHSSA policy every year

 

Approved the contract between Kenton City Schools and Madison-Champaign ESC for ED services

 

Approved field trips for the next school year:

6th grade Camp Willson

7th grade Heartland Outdoor Environmental Education School

 

Approved the student handbooks.

 

Approved to revise the Gifted Education and Identification policy:
 

Approved standards based report cards for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.

 

Approved the transfer funds within accounts.
 

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held on July 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Woman Killed in Marion County Motorcycle Crash

 

One person died is a weekend motorcycle crash in Marion County.

 

The Daily Chief-Union reported that 60 year old Cheryl Hollinger, of Powell, Ohio, was a passenger on the motorcycle being operated by 50 year old Paul Hollinger. The motorcycle was travelling south on State Route 98 when it struck a deer that entered the roadway. Both were transported to Marion General Hospital where Cheryl Hollinger died.

 

Neither rider was wearing a helmet.

 

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Juvenile Shot Following Breaking and Entering in Hancock County

 

One juvenile was shot after he and a friend were caught inside a garage early this morning on County Road 8 in Hancock County.

 

According to information from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the two broke into a detached garage on the property and were caught inside by the homeowner, who fired shots striking one of the boys. He was treated at Blanchard Valley Hospital, and both boys are now being held in the Hancock County Juvenile Detention Center.

 

No other information is being released at this time as the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Hilliard Man Facing Charges Following Wyandot County Crash

 

A Hilliard man is facing charges following a weekend crash in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, 34 year old Brendan Burgert was travelling on County Road 35 and lost control of his car after crossing the railroad tracks.

 

The vehicle travelled off the road where it struck a utility pole and came to rest in a field.

 

Burgert refused treatment of injuries. In addition to failure to control, Burgert was taken into custody for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

 

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Rifle Stolen From Carey Home

 

A home in Carey was broken into over the weekend.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office report, a rifle was stolen from the house.

 

The owner named a possible suspect, and the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Teenager In Violation of Curfew

A curfew violation was reported to Kenton Police.

 

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, a 16 year old female, and an 18 year old male, were seen in the parking lot at the Save-A-Lot store in Kenton. The girl was transported to the Police Department while her parents were contacted.

 

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Multiple Thefts Reported on Saturday

Three reports of theft were taken Saturday by Kenton Police.

 

According to the documents from the Police Department, the first theft occurred in the 100 block of Broadway street. Officers responded to a report of a stolen pickup truck.

 

The second occurred in the 800 block of Harding Ave. where a credit card was stolen from a motor vehicle.

 

The third was a shoplifting incident occurring at Rite Aid in Kenton around 3:42 Saturday afternoon. Merchandise was attempted to be stolen by a 12 year old juvenile, according to that report.

 

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Burglary Reported in Kenton

A report of burglary was taken by the Kenton Police Department

 

According to the report, 36 year old Andrew Rhinehart reported a theft in his home in the 400 block of North Market Street. The report states that two pairs of shoes, and $80 in cash were reported as missing, the total value of the missing items is at $380

 

That incident remains under investigation.

 

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Kenton Man Facing Drug Charges

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers observed 25 year old Devin Chris Edward Disbennett sitting in the middle of the intersection of Eliza and Gilmore Streets.

 

Officers recovered Marijuana on the man, who is facing charges of Disorderly Conduct, and Possession of Drugs.

 

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Police Respond to Unruly Juvenile Report

Police responded yesterday around 6:13pm to a report of an unruly juvenile.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers found a 16 year old male had fired a BB gun at a house in the 600 block of Wayne Street.

 

No charges were filed, and no further information is available at this time.

 

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Several Incidents Handled By KPD Friday

A report about a gun found in the men's restroom at McDonald's in Kenton was taken Friday.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the gun was secured in a safe by a manager until officers arrived.

The owner, a concealed carry permit holder, told officers he placed the gun on a changing table so it wouldn't fall out of his holster while in the restroom.

Officers explained the importance of knowing where the gun is at all times, and he was issued a warning for failure to secure dangerous ordnance.

 

 

 

Officers were also dispatched to a disturbance in the 200 block of Leighton Street Friday afternoon.

According to the report, a 17 year old male in the house was charged with domestic violence.

 

 

 

A criminal damaging complaint was also filed Friday.

According to the report, a Toledo woman stated that her tires were slashed while the vehicle was at the B & J Motel in Kenton.

No suspects were listed.

 

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Lakeview Man Indicted on Sex Charges

A Lakeview man has been indicted on multiple sex charges.

WPKO radio reported that the Logan County Grand Jury indicted 35 year old James Putsch on five counts of rape and one count of gross sexual imposition.

Putsch was arrested by the Logan County Sheriff's Office in May for allegedly raping a 10 year old boy.

The incidents are said to have happened from 2014 to 2016, and investigators say the boy was raped multiple times in Putsch's home.

 

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Two Arrested in Connection to Wednesday Shooting in Fostoria

Two people have been arrested in connection to a shooting in Fostoria this past Wednesday night.

The Findlay Courier newspaper reported that 37 year old Jerel Rhoades is facing a charge of felonious assault while 32 year old Tonya Brown faces a count of falsification.

Rhoades is alleged to have shot 46 year old Durwin Perkins of Fostoria in the 200 block of Poplar Street. The victim was taken by Lifeflight Helicopter to a hospital in Toledo.

Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno says the shooting is a result of an altercation between several people.

 

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Auglaize County Commissioners Approve Handguns in Some County Buildings

 

Valid concealed carry handguns are now being allowed inside some county buildings in Auglaize County.

 

WLIO reported that Auglaize County Commissioners approved the removal of signs thus enabling concealed handgun license holders to carry guns in the Administration Building, the Highway Department, Dog Warden's Office, Title Department, Solid Waste Recycling Center and the Fairgrounds.

 

The commissioners are hoping the action gives their employees a way to stay safe in case of an emergency.

 

The action has the blessing of Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, who said he believes in everyone's right to bear arms.

 

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Indecent Exposure Incident Reported to KPD

 

A resident in the 100 block of  North Market Street reported an indecent exposure incident Thursday evening.

 

According to information on the day log of the police department, a man was allegedly exposing himself in a window.

 

The incident was reported around 7:20 Thursday evening, but the suspect was not located.

 

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Woman Charged With Theft

 

A theft was reported to Kenton police on Thursday.

 

According to the report, a Forest man reported a named suspect stole $30 in store credit at Domino’s.

 

The suspect, identified as Tiffany Bennett, of Kenton, was charged with theft.

 

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Upper Sandusky Man Arrested For Domestic Violence

 

An Upper Sandusky man was taken into custody Thursday night following a report of domestic violence.

 

According to the Upper Sandusky Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Walker Street to investigate the complaint. A man identified as Drew Walter was taken into custody on a domestic violence charge. The report indicated this is Walker’s second domestic violence, and the information was sent to the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office.

 

Walter was transported to the Wyandot County Jail.

 

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Ag Society Holds June Meeting

 

The Hardin County Agricultural Society met Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Hardin County Fairgrounds for their monthly board meeting, after not being able to hold a meeting on their regular scheduled date due to not having a quorum. Thirteen directors and 5 guests were present.

 

Howard Lyle, President, called the meeting to order.

 

Mark Badertscher, representing the OSU Extension Office, stated there were 102 sheep/lambs weighed in and tagged on June 10th.

Roger Crowe, County Commissioner, stated he was looking forward to seeing a full fairground on the day GOBA visits and on the 4th of July.

 

Correspondence was read from the Marion County Fair Board. They will be celebrating the retirement of their Fair Manager, Candy Tripp, on July 4th from 6-7pm at the Marion County Fair Picnic Pavilion.

Howard also read an email received from OFMA, about AEP having a rep. available to help lower demand rates. This letter was referred to the Ground’s Committee.

Jami Dellifield, Family Consumer Science Educator from OSU Extension, had given the fair office flyers discussing an on line training about Occasional Quantity Cooks Volunteer Training. For more information on this on line training you can pick up flyers at the Fair Office or call the extension office at 419-674-2297.

 

Jim Bidwell spoke on behalf of the Grounds Committee. It was noted the Hardin Community Foundation granted $500 for flowers, $500 for 20 vinyl chairs in the Community Building and $2500 for the new speaker system in the livestock barns. The board moved to order 80 more chairs for the community building, to finish buying those. Discussion was held on what was needed to be done for when GOBA visits next week.

 

It was noted the Ag. Society is still waiting on the State Camping License. There are currently 10 fair campers who have not paid for their camping spots for 2017. Most of those are new campers for this year, but a few are past campers and those sites are being given to people on the waiting list. Money for the camp sites were due on May 19th and they have been given an extra month to pay and no payment has been received by them. The camping committee was able to accommodate around 15 new campers this year.

 

Judi Cronley, gave an update on how ticket sales were going for the Lauren Alaina Concert. Ticket sales continue on the Fair’s website through pay pal and in the office on Wednesday and Fridays from 9am-4pm. The Fair Office will be open on July 4th for those wishing to purchase tickets that day. Ticket sales have increased since Lauren received a CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the year. The board moved to purchase $200 for a Facebook push for the Lauren Alaina Concert. The board moved to give 2 track tickets for the concert, to the 50/50 raffle on the 4th of July. The board moved to purchase cancellation insurance through Nationwide Insurance for the concert. It was noted the Hardin County Fair Website has been updated. The board moved to have Corey Ledley purchase a lap top to communicate to the TV’s in the Show Arena.

 

Ray Davis announced who the goat show judge will be. Howard Lyle discussed a USDA inspection that was recently done. USDA forms were added to the retention policy in the office. The issue with the Jr Fair Draft Horses was discussed. It was noted having youth draft showmanship on both Wednesday and Friday, gives more exposure to draft horses. Youth do not have to compete on the Wednesday Jr Fair Horse Show, they can just compete on Friday if they choose. Youth draft horse exhibitors can compete on Wednesday and Friday is they choose. Also there is no requirement for 4-H youth to participate at the fair, they finish their project at the interview judging. Regular horse shows on Monday – Thursday during the summer were discussed. Only horse shows being offered to youth are free during those days, if there are open classes, payment for the use of the arena needs to be made. The horse arena is worked on Sunday of each week. If there are youth horse shows being planned by clubs, the fair office still needs to be notified, so proper planning can be made.

Livestock judges are still needed for the Wednesday Beef Show and Rabbit Show.

 

It was noted vendor and concession contracts deadline for payment was June 15th and follow-calls will be made next week. There are several new vendors and concessions wanting spots and those people will also be called with available spots.

 

It was noted the Jr. Fair Board will be offering breakfast bags Saturday morning of GOBA.

 

It was also noted the Freedom Celebration on the 4th of July will begin at 12 noon with a full day of activities planned at the fairgrounds, right up to the fireworks display at 10pm. This will be a day focused on honoring our veterans. Mark Garmon stated Senior Citizen’s Day on Friday, Sept. 8th of the Fair will be the same as last year with the exception that Hardin Hills will be supplying the donuts.

 

Under old business:

Judi still needs judges for all non-livestock departments, except the flower dept. Box Seat letters were sent out at the end of May, with their due date being Friday, June 30th. There were 3 directors and 1 guest who attended the District 2 meeting in Wapak. on June 10th.

 

Under new business:

Jr. Fair entries can now be entered by going to the Fair’s website and they are due by July 31st. The board moved to have a community group work as ticket takers for the grandstand events during the fair. The board approved a design for the 2017 fair t-shirts. The board moved to donate a fair t-shirt to the 50/50 drawing on the 4th of July. It was noted Fair Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, August. 19th.

The next regular board meeting will be Saturday, July 1st at 7:30pm.

 

 

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Ohio Hi Point Releases Honor Roll List

Bellefontaine: Beigh Wilson; Ben Logan: Makayla Cayot, Levi Horsley; Graham: Kaitlin Niday, Chelsea Strunk; Indian Lake: Kacie Bush, Taylor Mayes, Tyler Thomas; Marysville: Tabitha Daugherty, Hannah Reedy, Morgan Young; Riverside: Jadzia Café, Wesley Kidder; Triad: Alandria Ketchell; Upper Scioto Valley: Alexis Christon, Stevie Clark, Sean Hurley, Elaney Overs; Urbana: Natalie Thomas; Waynesfield Goshen: Karen Kuhn, Kylie Beers; West Liberty-Salem: Rachel Larson

 

4th Quarter Honor Roll

Bellefontaine: Madison Aldo, Sierra Allen, Savanah Blair, Cody Board Hindenlang, Benjamin Brunswick, Brittany Case, Austin James, Jonathan May, Bronx Meadows, Jonathan Parthemore, Victoria Pine-Moore, Harley Pittman, Kody Riley, Kaleb Ritter, Brandon Rose, Trisha Sales, Daniel Weikart, Alissa Workman; Ben Logan: Reede Anderson, Abigail Austin, Jenna Blumenschein, Emily Boyer, Shayla Dick, Autumn Horton, Dakota Horton, Shannon McEvoy, Makayla McGuire, Garret Nicholl, Hannah Phillips, Ashley Powers, Kennedy Richards, Lexi Stewart; ECOT: Keith Irick; Graham: Bryce Bowman, Austyn Collier, Lane McAlexander, Ebony Peoples, Danielle Ropp, Sadie Scott, Kelsey Woodham; Home School: Joy Brandt, Samuel Laird, Nathan Reeves; Indian Lake: Georgia Blackburn, Jesse Brown, Madison Bryant, Jewlian Cruz, Maggie Henry, Kalei Hughes, Sierra Lensman, Arron McIntire, Hannah Park, Tyann Scipio, Caleb Thornburgh; Kenton: Devin Arnold, Kylee Baker, Braden Britton, Mackenzie Brooks, Tamara Combs, Lewis Latham, Brooklyn Thacker, Samantha Turner; Marysville: Andrew Brady, Tori Breedlove, Macy Carroll, Rachel Clarridge, Alydia Fultz, Hope Kunkler, Josh Lynch, Trent Moyer, Tara O’Conner, Haylee Rainer, Skyler Shepard, Makala Thirkield, Lachelle Yates; Mechanicsburg: Megan Miller, Maykayla Smith; Ridgemont: Chelsea Giancaterino, Christopher Miller; Riverside: Aaron Brown, Philip Corwin, Carlton Miller, Elizabeth Ordean, Matthew Smith; Triad: Karen Alspaugh, Lyndsey Alspaugh, Creighton Bradley, Gretchen Holland, Katherine Pennington; Upper Scioto Valley: Jeremy Hensley; Urbana: Jeffrey Carter, Ashley Colvin, Kayla Ferryman, Victoria Fraley, Tyler Gibson, Kalista Kitchen, Jase Knutson, Kelsey Quickle, Kimberly Reynolds, Kodie Shear, Ryan Windmiller; Waynesfield Goshen: Elijah Cotter, Jonathan Klingler, Ethan Miller, Abby Phipps, Joshua Searson, Keaton Webb, Hope Wicker; West Liberty-Salem: Karli Dowden, Kaelen Redden  

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Hancock Public Transportation Giving Free Rides Friday

The Hancock Area Transportation Service is giving free rides today.

 

WFIN Radio reports that the free rides are in memory of Barbara Bloom who was a long time order of the service. The trips on the public transport service are on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like a ride, call 419-423-7261.

 

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Two Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

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

 

According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenschield’s Office, Kacey L. Rimes was sentenced to a total of 59 months in prison on one count each of burglary, grand theft of a firearm and safecracking and Candice N. Lafferty was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of possession of heroin.

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

 

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Kenton Man Issued Summons for Junk

A homeowner in Kenton was issued a summons for having junk on his property.

 

According to that report, officers received a complaint about the property located in the 400 block of East Columbus Street.

 

The property was written up, and Daniel McKinna was issued a summons for a violation of the noxious odor, filthy accumulations ordinance in the city.

 

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Kenton Man Reported Air Conditioner Stolen

A Kenton man is facing charges following a report of a theft Wednesday.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 400 block of East Ohio Street reported his air conditioner was stolen from his front porch.

 

The owner had a video surveillance system, and the camera captured the theft in progress.

 

A suspect was listed, but so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Coroner: Heintz Died of Hyperthermia

Former Kenton High School Football Player, and incoming Kent State Offensive Tackle Tyler Heintz is said to have died due to hyperthermia due to heat after a team workout on Tuesday.

 

Portage County Coroner Dr. Dean DePerro's office said that preliminary autopsy reports of the 19 year old Heintz showed that he had a "very high body temperature." The doctor is still working on a cause of that body temperature rise.

 

Hyperthermia can be caused from exercise in hot temperatures and in high humidity. DePerro explains that the body will cease to sweat, keeping from regulating its own temperature.

 

In a 9-1-1 call made by an assistant athletic trainer at the university requested an ambulance to Dix Stadium. The trainer advised dispatch that Heintz was "in and out of consciousness" and was having trouble breathing.

 

DePerro stresses that these are preliminary results, and other factors could have contributed to the death of the football player. DePerro said the finalized results could take weeks or months to be completed.

 

The autopsy was completed by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, media sources say.

 

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Kenton Man Apprehended After Foot Pursuit

A Kenton man was apprehended Wednesday following a foot pursuit with Kenton police.

 

According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, the suspect, identified as 39 year old Joel Hamlin, was wanted on a warrant out of Upper Sandusky for a parole violation.

 

He fled from officers and the foot pursuit ended with Hamlin being taken into custody in an abandoned house. Hamlin is suspected of several burglaries and theft cases. Police recovered property that is suspected to have been stolen.

 

Hamlin fled a traffic stop earlier this week in Kenton.

 

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Three People Facing Charges Following Early Morning Disturbance

 

Three people are facing charges after Kenton police officers responded to a report of shots being fired Tuesday morning.

 

According to the report, officers responded to to the 200 block of Harrison Street to investigate the complaint. Two 16 year old Kenton boys are facing charges, including carrying a concealed weapon and curfew violations.

 

An 18 year old suspect was arrested and is facing a charge of obstructing official business.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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Handgun Stolen After Garage was Broken Into

 

A garage was broken into and a handgun was stolen from a vehicle.

 

According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident in the 400 block of Vine Street told officers his detached garage was broken into and the suspect stole a handgun from inside a truck parked in the garage.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Parts of Upper Sandusky Under Boil Water Alert

 

Some parts of Upper Sandusky are under a Boil Water Alert until further notice.

 

According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Facebook page that Sandusky Avenue from Wyandot Avenue to Crawford Street, Johnson Street from 7th to 4th, Hicks frm 7th to 5th, 4th Street from Johnson to the railroad tracks and 5th from Wyandot Avenue to Crawford, are advised to boil water before consumption.

 

The advisory was issued Tuesday night, and the earliest it is expected to be lifted is Thursday morning around 10.

 

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Several People Facing Charges Following Drug Bust in Kenton

 

The Hardin County Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of E. Franklin St. in the city of Kenton late this past Monday evening.  

 

According to a release, the search resulted in the seizure of heroin, suspected crack cocaine, prescription drugs, drug paraphernalia and $250 cash.

 

Two children were removed from the house and placed in the care of non-involved family members.

 

Charges are pending on 3 adults who were present in the house and on one adult who had been observed leaving the property. Their names have not been released at this time pending charges

 

The Task Force was assisted by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton Police Department, the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office, Hardin County Job and Family Services and Osborn’s Towing service.

 

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Red Cross Urges Eligible Donors to Give Blood This Summer

 

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood this summer for hospital patients in need.

 

In June, the Red Cross joins blood collection agencies around the world marking World Blood Donor Day on June 14 by raising awareness about the need for a readily available blood supply.

 

Upcoming blood drives in Hardin County include:

 

In Forest Wednesday June 28 from 2 till 7 p.m. at McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima St.

 

In Kenton on Monday June 26 noon until 6 at First Baptist Church, County Road 175 and on Monday July 3 from noon until 6 at Kenton Moose Lodge, 801 W Lima Street.

 

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Bluffton University President Announces Retirement

 

Bluffton University President Dr. James M. Harder has announced plans to retire next year.

 

The announcement was made at the June Board of Trustees meeting.

 

Dr. Harder plans to retire on June 30, 2018 after serving 12 years in that role.

 

The Bluffton University Board of Trustees has appointed incoming vice chair of the board Cheryl Hacker, a 1981 Bluffton alumna, to chair the search committee to find the university's next president.

 

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UPDATE 9:57pm University Statement Included: Former Kenton Football Player Dies During Workout at Kent State

Tyler Heintz, a 2017 graduate of Kenton High School, and Offensive Tackle at Kent State University has died today after the second day of Football Camp at the university. Heintz had a full ride scholarship to play football.

The statement from the University:

"Today, the Kent State University family mourns the tragic loss of one of our student-athletes, freshman football player Tyler Heintz. Tyler was transported to a local hospital by paramedics this morning following football conditioning drills at Dix Stadium. The cause of death is not yet known.

Tyler was from Kenton, Ohio, and planned to study marketing and entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration. Tyler was recruited as a rising star on our offensive line.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and friends, as well as Coach Haynes and the team, our athletics staff and our student-athletes."

Cleveland 19 (WOIO) Reports that Heintz was transported to UH Portage and was pronounced dead at 11:34 this morning at the hospital.

 

The following tweets were released by the Kenton Football Twitter Account.

 

 

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Identity Theft Reported in Kenton

An identity theft complaint was taken Monday at the Kenton Police Department.

 

A resident in the 400 block of Scioto Street informed officers information such as his name, address and social security number were stolen.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Two Kenton Men Arrested

A Kenton man was arrested Monday on a warrant.

 

According to the report, officers found Keith McCoy hiding in an apartment. He was arrested on a warrant and transported to the Union County line and turned over to Union County sheriff’s deputies.

 

In a related story, a resident at the apartment where McCoy was found was also arrested and is facing a charge of obstructing justice for allegedly telling officers that McCoy was not in the residence.

 

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Arrest Made by KPD After Gun Threat Report

A man was arrested Monday night after Kenton police officers were dispatched to Rush Trailer Court to investigate a 9-1-1 call about a suspect with a gun threatening a neighbor.
 

According to the report, officers arrested 24 year old Christopher Biederman  on a warrant through the Kenton Police Department. The case remains under investigation. The report does not indicate whether or not a gun was found.

 

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Kenton City Council Entertaining Solutions to Water Problem

The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved and there were no citizens requesting time to speak.

 

Councilwoman Patti Risner spoke about a petition to vacate the East/West alley between Letson and Sycamore; it was the recommendation of the Safety Committee to approve the petition. Legislation will be forthcoming.

 

During committee reports, the council heard from:

 

Finance: the Finance Committee met on June 5. Discussions at the meeting included the recommendation to form an agreement with Tim Fox of The Nerd Room for IT maintenance for the city, as well as a lengthy discussion about the income taxes for the city.

 

Downtown Revitalization: the Downtown Revitalization Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 14 at 8:30am with the engineering firm O.H.M. to discuss the proposed plans for the project. O.H.M. will also have a booth at the Eats on the Streets event for any citizens wishing to learn more about the project.

 

BKP: the BKP Board will meet on Monday, June 19 at 6:00pm.

 

Special Projects: two separate issues were discussed in Special Projects session. The first was a review of the grass nuisance ordinance for the city; there is a suggestion to change the ordinance to specify that a violation under the ordinance would carry a minor misdemeanor charge for the person cited. The second was a review of the parking ticket fees for the downtown area. City Law Director, Jon Schwemer, said that the current fees of $10 per violation are not serving as enough of a deterrent for people to follow the posted parking limits. The committee recommended raising the cost of tickets from $10 to $25 for regular violations, and from $25 to $50 for those found violating the terms of a handicapped space. In addition, Schwemer noted that the city should look into the feasibility of hiring a nuisance officer to handle the growing lawn and trash complaints and violations. Currently, citations are issued by the police department, and having a nuisance officer on staff would allow KPD officers to focus on their job of protecting the city. Schwemer told council that he believes this would be a cost-saving measure in the long run, but that he understands the financial limitations in the short term.

 

Parks and Recreation: the Parks and Recreation Board will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at 4:30pm at the 555 building.

 

Under new business, the council heard three pieces of legislation. The first, an ordinance vacating the alley between inlot number 4 and inlot numbers 2 and 3 of James Ewing’s second addition to the city and inlot number 46 and inlot number 47 of the third addition to the city, was read and will be read for the second time in two weeks. The second legislative piece, an ordinance providing for appropriations, including repairs to the sewer plant, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. The third piece of legislation, an ordinance allowing the transfer of funds in the police canine line items, was also voted on to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously as well.

 

During the comments portion of the meeting, City Law Director Jon Schwemer spoke at length about an issue of heavy rain water accumulation causing damage to the International Paper plant. Schwemer told council that he had held three meetings with the County Commissioners and the management of IP to discuss the significant damage that results from a backup of rainwater following heavy storms. Other businesses, such as Jump’n Jims gas station, and several residences along Letson Avenue have suffered damage as well. Schwemer informed council of the options regarding the process to investigate the cause of the water backup. The most feasible option was to pay a $500 fee for a petition through the Commissioner’s office, which would facilitate the County Engineer’s office to assess the damage and the cost of any potential repairs. Council voted unanimously to accept Schwemer’s recommendation and the petition will be forthcoming.

 

The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, June 26, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers.

 

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Fire Near Belle Center Investigated as Possible Arson

 

A fire that destroyed a structure in the 3000 block of State Route 67, Belle Center, Sunday morning is being investigated as a possible arson.

 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, the Hardin County Fire and Explosion Team is seeking information on the fire.

 

The structure was totally destroyed in the blaze. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Mike Conley at the Sheriff's Office, 419-673-1268.

 

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Two Vehicles Damaged in Sunday Crash

 

Two vehicles were damaged in a crash that occurred just before nine Sunday morning at the intersection of Main and Columbus Street in downtown Kenton.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, 42 year old Suzanne Black, of Bellefontaine, was driving north on Main and entered the intersection where her car was struck by a westbound car being driven by 45 year old Todd Pees, of Kenton.

 

Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles. There were no injuries.

 

Both drivers claimed to have the green light, and the crash remains under investigation.

 

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Woman Reports Charges to Her Credit Card Without Her Consent

 

A woman in Kenton reported her credit card was being used without her permission.

 

The incident was reported Sunday from a resident in the 600 block of East Street,  according to the report.

 

Two suspects were listed, but so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Kenton City Schools Expanding Athletic Building

The Kenton Athletic Department is working on a new athletic building facility. Kenton Athletic Director Mike Leddy tells us about the structure.

 

“The expansion project is essentially a new athletic facility. A new building that we’re putting up that will house a number of things. We’re looking to create a new indoor space for athletic programs and activities for Kenton City Schools. It will be about 150’ x 150’ just open indoor space.”

 

The new structure will impact students of all ages and sports.

 

“The indoor building will also create an opportunity for us to designate a wrestling room. Where our wrestling team practices now is more of a multipurpose room that gets used for a number of different things. This will be a designated wrestling room for our middle school, high school, and our youth. With that, moving the wrestling space will give us an opportunity to expand our weight training room. We have a cramped space right now with a lot of people trying to use it, and it will open that up as well.”

 

Leddy says that the community has been instrumental in the creation of the expansion.

 

“The community has played an unbelievable role in making this happen. None of this happens without the community’s support. One of the things about being in Kenton is we are extremely blessed with people who give expecting nothing in return. Between local individuals and businesses, we have a number of groups that have donated to the facility, so it is a privately funded project.”

 

Leddy is hopeful that if all goes according to plan, the project will be completed, and the building operational by next summer.

 

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Upper Sandusky Woman Facing Charges Following Incident on Sunday

 

Upper Sandusky woman is facing several charges following an incident Sunday.

 

According to the Upper Sandusky Police Department report, while on patrol an officer observed a car pull into the stones surrounding the railroad tracks on Hicks Street and stopped partially on the tracks.

 

The officer activated his lights and pulled behind the car. He attempted to get the driver’s attention but she allegedly repeatedly ignored him. He asked her to move the car fearing a train could come along at any time, but she refused.

 

The driver, identified as 64 year old Debra E. Ekleberry, was eventually taken into custody and is facing charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest and assault.

 

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Stolen Car in Upper Sandusky Recovered in Kenton

 

A vehicle that was stolen in Upper Sandusky was recovered in Kenton over the weekend.

 

According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, a resident in the 500 block of North Sandusky Avenue said his car  was stolen from his driveway. He said the last time he saw the vehicle was Friday.

On Saturday, the Kenton Police Department  notified Upper Sandusky police that the vehicle was found in the 200 block of East Columbus Street.

 

A suspect, who was believed to be connected to an earlier car theft, was named, and the the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Kenton Downtown Revitalization Plan in Final Stages

 

The City of Kenton is currently in the final stages of completing a Downtown Revitalization Plan.

 

Like many downtowns across the country, downtown Kenton is built upon infrastructure that is nearing the end of its life cycle due to its aging storm, water and sewer lines, some of which are as old as the city itself.

 

O.H.M. Advisors has been working closely with the city, along with local and regional stakeholders, on the development of the revitalization plan which will accomplish two objectives. The first is to replace the aging infrastructure in downtown Kenton involving a significant construction process and then take advantage of the opportunity and develop a blueprint for how Kenton's downtown streets will look, function and feel once the process is complete.

 

Residents are encouraged to visit kentondowntownplan.com for more information on the project. O.H.M. Advisors will also have a booth set up at Eats on the Street on Friday, June 23rd where questions will be answered.

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Sexual Assault Case Under Investgation

 

A Kenton woman informed Kenton Police that her children claimed to have been sexually abused by a former neighbor.

 

The report listed an 18 year old male suspect, but no charges have been filed as the incident is under investigation.

 

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Quick Change Artist Steals Money From Business

 

A theft by deception incident was reported to Kenton Police on Friday.

 

According to the report, a quick change artist managed to steal 50 to 60 dollars from Village Pantry in Kenton.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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A Burglary Was Reported to KPD Friday

 

A burglary occurred at a residence in the 200 block of Letson Avenue in Kenton.

 

According to that report, someone stole silver and gold coins from the home.

 

The value of the missing coins was listed at $1000, and the burglary remains under investigation.

 

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Man Arrested on Warrant

 

A Kenton man was taken into custody Friday on a warrant.

 

According to that report, officers stopped a car being driven by 30 year old Terry Miller because they were aware of an active warrant for his arrest.

 

The traffic stop was conducted on West Franklin Street, and Miller was taken into custody and later transported to the Multi-County Jail in Marion.

 

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Congressman Pushes For Repeal of Dodd-Frank Act

 

Congressman Bob Latta recently discussed efforts to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

 

Latta told Findlay radio station WFIN that the restrictions it puts on banks hurt small banks and credit unions.

He said that forces one local bank to close every day.

 

Latta added that it's not that he wants to help big bank empires by removing the restrictions, however he said he does want to help main street banks in local communities.

 

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Hardin County BPW Club Holds Ladies Night Out

 
Six members of Hardin County Business and Professional Women's Club gathered to carpool to Viva Maria's Restaurant in Ada at 5:30 p.m. It was Ladies' Night Out.
 
After the delicious dinner, President Sandy Moore conducted a short business meeting. Sec. Norma Frederick had sent the May 24 minutes digitally and they were accepted. Treas. Connie Dietz gave an accounting of club funds which was followed with discussion for this year's scholarship. It was decided to grant one $500 scholarship.
 
Vanessa Brim (left) presents check to scholarship recipient Kelsey Erwin
 
 
After a considerable review and discussion, Kelsey Erwin was selected to receive the $500 scholarship. She is the daughter of Eric and Jada Erwin. She is a junior at The University of Findlay as she plans to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Chairman Vanessa Brim will contact her soon to make the presentation.
 
In other business, discussion followed that BPW would donate to  Blue Star Mothers and VIPS. Discussion ensued about not donating to other charities from the Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund. The fund is only used to buy shoes for children. If a charity or group is asking for a donation, they should contact the Hardin County Business and Professional Women's Club which may consider a donation from its treasury.
 
The funds for the Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund and the Sunshine Fund had the same balances. Director Moore will try to contact Shoe Sensation for more details about sizes of shoes as covered by either $30 or $45. Details will be decided soon enough for back to school shopping.
 
The club welcomed Patty Garmon as the newest member of Hardin County Business and Professional Women's Club. Any lady in Hardin County is invited to join the club for a very informal dinner and then to listen to a speaker. BPW is serving as a guide for active concerns for anyone living in Hardin County. Please contact any member about attending a meeting. Suggestions for speakers are appreciated.
 
The last point of the agenda was to decide chairman for meetings in 2017-2018. September 27 is Vanessa Brim; October 25 is Sandy Moore; no meeting in November; December 6 are Patty Garmon and Connie Dietz; no meeting in January or February; March 28 is Norma Frederick; April 25 is Charlotte Spencer; May 23 is Cindy Keller; and June is Ladies' Night Out.
 
Hearing no other business, the meeting was adjourned and all were wished a fun safe summer.

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Ada Police Announce the Death of K9 Jaeger

 

The Ada Police Department announced the death of K9 Jaeger Thursday morning.

 

According to the police department's Facebook page, Jaeger was home with his handler when he ran into the path of a motor vehicle and was killed.

 

Jaeger has served the department since October of 2015. He is credited with numerous drug and crime apprehensions.

 

In a Facebook statement, the police department said, "Our hearts are heavy today."

 

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Two Sentenced Recently in Common Pleas Court

 

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

 

According to the documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, Jayden M. Kramer was placed on five years community control with conditions on two counts of grand theft of a motor vehicle and one count each of burglary and theft of drugs and Elveda M. Ralph was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of theft.

 

Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

 

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Heartbeat Considered Hardin County's Best Kept Secret

 

Heartbeat of Hardin County continues to provide services to residents of the area.

 

Executive Director Julie Zaring said the program has been around for decades, " We've been around for over 30 years, so we're Hardin County's best kept secret. We're located in the old AAA building on East Franklin Street. It's a great building, and we're going to be there a long time."

 

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

 

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YMCA Announces 60 Day Summer Challenge

 

The Hardin County Family YMCA has announced the 60 Days of Summer Challenge from June 12 to August 10.

 

Participants will be able to select from 76 activities and are then encouraged to complete one activity every day.

 

Those completing 60 in 60 will then be entered into a drawing to win one free individual membership renewal.

 

All participants will receive a t-shirt.

 

Contact the Y for more details.

 

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Logan County Relay For Life Event Scheduled

 

The Logan County Relay for Life is set for next Friday

 

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that the event is being held at a new location this year, Southview Park. The “Season of Hope” relay kicks off at 6pm with opening ceremonies, and honorary co-chair recognition. An Easter Egg Hunt and Trick-Or-Treating activities occur at 8, Thanksgiving and Christmas themed events and luminary ceremony is in the 9:00 hour. The night wraps up with a Fourth of July and Valentine's day, and New Year’s activities.

 

Raffles, food, and a chance to smash a car will all be sold as well.

 

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Scam Alert Issued in Marion County

 

A new scam alert has been issued by the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

 

The Marion Star newspaper reported that the Sheriff's Office has received several complaint calls about the scam in which a subject identifies themselves as a sheriff's office deputy and tells the potential victim they have missed jury duty and are required to pay a fine or go to jail.

 

The scammer then asks for a wire transfer of money and urges the victim to stay on the phone until the transaction is complete.

 

Those kind of payments will never be asked for over the phone. Individuals receiving these kind of calls should hang up and notify the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 740-382-8244.

 

Do not make any wire transfer to the caller.

 

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Upper Sandusky Woman Reports Her Car was Stolen

 

A resident in Upper Sandusky reported that her car was stolen from her residence.

 

According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, she stated she last saw her 2009 Chrysler parked in her driveway Wednesday evening in the 100 block of Edgewood Drive.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Car Damaged by Fire in Upper Sandusky

 
A car parked in Upper Sandusky was damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon.
 
According to the Upper Sandusky Police Department report, 9-1-1 received a call about a vehicle on fire at Wyandot Memorial Hospital. The vehicle was unoccupied when patrol units and the fire department arrived on scene.
 
The owner stated she had been having transmission issues with the vehicle.
 

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Equipment Reported Stolen From Upper Sandusky Factory

 

A theft complaint was received Wednesday from employees of Wannemander Packaging in Upper Sandusky.

 

According to the report, two employees said two welding machines were stolen from the maintenance department sometime between Memorial Day to yesterday.

 

The value of the missing items was listed at over $2000.

 

A suspect was named, but so far no charges have been filed as the incident remains under investigation.

 

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(UPDATE) Marion Police Investigating Possible Homicide

 

Victim identified and suspect arrsted in Marion homicide case.

 

 

 

A death in Marion is being investigated as a possible homicide.

 

According to a release from the Marion Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 7 Wednesday evening to 303 Uncapher Avenue after a caller reported that a family member found their 81 year old relative covered in blood and did not appear to be breathing.

 

The victim is identified as Howard Biederman, and a Marion woman has been arrested in connection to his death.

 

An updated release from the police department stated that 52 year old Jackie Miller was located at a residence within walking distance of the crime scene. She was allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine and was arrested. During the interview she was also arrested for the murder of Biederman.

 

Investigators are continuing to work multiple aspects of the case, and the investigation is ongoing.

 

The release noted that this is the first homicide in Marion in 2017.

 

 

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Vehicle Stolen in Kenton

 

A theft of a vehicle complaint was received by Kenton Police on Tuesday.

 

According to the report, the 2002 Dodge pickup truck was reported stolen by a resident in the 100 block of Broadway Street.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Crash Occurs Wednesday Morning East of Kenton (UPDATE)

 

 

A Kenton woman was injured in  two vehicle crash that occurred around 9:30 Wednesday at the intersection of Township Road 100 and County Road 167.

 

According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, Mary Ramge was driving south on 100 when a car driven by Fred Rarey, of Kenton pulled into the intersection from 167.

 

The collision caused heavy damage to both vehicles.

 

Ramge was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

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OHSAA Announces Format For 2017 Football Playoffs

 

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has announced the football regions and schedule format for the 2017 playoffs.

 

New in 2017, all playoff games during the first four rounds will be played on Friday nights. Also announced was the format for the state championship games, which will be played at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

 

The new regions and playoffs format were approved last Thursday by the OHSAA Board of Directors at their June meeting as part of the 2017 football tournament regulations.

 

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Huntsville Woman Charged with Driving Under the Influence

 

A Huntsville woman was taken into custody following a traffic stop Monday evening in Russells Point.

 

WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that Washington Township Police stopped a car driven by 63 year old Diana Fissel on State Route 366. Fissel exited her vehicle and is said to have become irate and yelled and cussed at the officers.

 

She was restrained and transported to the Logan County Jail.

 

Fissel has been charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, persistent disorderly conduct and for a stop sign violation.

 

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Arlington Pool Opens For the Season

 

Residents in Arlington can go swimming at the village pool.

 

The Findlay Courier newspaper reported that after repairs were made to the pump and the water reached proper chemical levels, the pool opened for business this week.

 

Future projects are also planned at the park. A fund to build a walking path is being established by the Arlington Festival Committee.

 

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Upper Sandusky Students Awarded Scholarships

 

The National FFA Foundation awarded scholarships to two Upper Sandusky High School students.

 

The Daily Chief-Union reported that $1000 was given to Mackenzie Myers by AGCO Schmidt Machine Company and $6670 was awarded by Lincoln Electric to Jonathan Lewis.

 

Myers plans to attend Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute to major in equine business management, and Lewis plans to attend Marion Tech and Lincoln Welding to major in agribusiness, according to the paper.

 

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June Ag Society Meeting Rescheduled

 

The June meeting of the Hardin County Ag Society has been postponed.

 

The meeting was scheduled for this past Saturday night, but due to too many people absent because of farming, the meeting could not be held.

 

Fair Board Secretary Judi Cronley said they will attempt to hold the June meeting on the 14th starting at 7:30pm at the Fairboard Office.

 

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Kenton City Schools Seeks Coaches

Kenton City Schools has two athletic coaching positions available.

 

The positions are 7th grade volleyball coach and an assistant swim coach. Those interested should contact Kenton High School Athletic Director, Mike Leddy at leddym@kentoncityschools.org.

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Road Work Scheduled Later This Month

Two bridge repair projects on State Route 31 are now scheduled to start later this month.

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, bridge repair projects over Painter Creek and Wolf Creek were scheduled to start June 5, but that has been pushed back to June 19. State Route 31 from Kenton to Mt. Victory will be closed for 60 days starting then, and traffic is being detoured onto State Routes 292 and 273 back to 31.

 

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Kenton Men Arrested in Logan County on Breaking and Entering Charges

Two Kenton men were arrested after a break in occurred in Logan County

 

WPKO Radio reports that a break in was reported to the Logan County Sherriff's Department around 3:15 Saturday morning.

 

Deputies responded to KC Auto Parts in Lakeview to find rims piled near the property. The 28 aluminum rims were attempted to be stolen by 33 year old Kyle May and 53 year old Jack Curl Jr of Kenton.

 

Upon investigation of the incident, the K-9 unit located May hiding near a fence, who was taken into custody.

 

Authorities noticed a parked vehicle at a gas station, which contained a sleeping Curl, who was also arrested.

 

They are facing charges of breaking and entering, and are being housed in the Logan County Jail. The estimated value of the merchandise is at $3,500.

 

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Details on Pursuit/Crash Released

 

A Kenton man is facing several charges following a pursuit and crash that started late Sunday night and ended early Monday morning.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, an officer attempted to stop a car because the driver failed to keep it in the marked lanes. The driver stopped on North Barron Street at East Franklin but then sped away as the officer exited the cruiser. A pursuit started  that ended in the 400 block of King Street after the suspect's car struck a tree and a house. The suspect, later identified as 49 year old Jeffrey Reid, then fled on foot and attempted to hide underneath a pickup truck near Clinton Street.

 

He was eventually taken into custody and was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash.

 

So far, Reid has been charged with fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle while under the influence and driving under suspension.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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Two Burglaries Under Investigation in Kenton

 

Two burglary complaints were taken by the Kenton Police Department Monday.

The first occurred early in the morning at Fuel America on South Main Street.

 

The second was reported in the 500 block of East Columbus Street.

A laptop computer was stolen from that residence.

 

Both burglaries are under investigation.

 

 

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Go Fly a Kite Day Planned

 

The 1st Annual Hardin County Community 'Go Fly a Kite' Day is scheduled for later this month.

 

There will be kite building for kids and families as well as kite flying and the Pigs Aloft Kite Flying Club will be flying advanced kites for everyone's viewing enjoyment. Numerous other activities are planned as well for the whole family.

 

The event will be held Saturday June 17 from noon until 3 at the YMCA Corner Kick Soccer Field on State Route 292.

 

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Ada Senior Citizen's Group Scheduled to Meet

 

The Ada Senior Citizens group will meet on June 14 in the Ada Community Health Professionals Community Room.

 

A carry-in picnic will kickoff the festivities starting at noon.

 

Entertainment will be provided by the female trio "Believe."

 

There will be a short business meeting on that day as well.

 

Ada citizens age 55 and over are invited to come and join the group for a $10 annual membership fee and participate in the twice-monthly meetings and activities.

 

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One Injured in Findlay Crash

 

A Findlay woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash Monday.

 

WFIN Reports that a vehicle being operated by 20 year old Jessica Hendrick was traveling east on County Road 7. Hendrick pulled from an intersection with County Road 330, and collided with a vehicle being operated by 34 year old David Cole of Vanlue.

 

Hendrick was transported to Toledo’s St. Vincent’s Hospital via Life Flight Helicopter. The extent of her injuries is not known. Cole was not injured.

 

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Riverdale Track and Field Player Earns Championship

 

Riverdale’s Carrol Pauley is a champion thrower.

 

A post on the Riverdale Falcon Track and Field Facebook page reports that Pauley threw 158 feet and 10 inches in the discus event making her the 2017 All Division Champion.

 

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Death of Lakeview Man Being Investigated

 

The death of a Lakeview man is being investigated in Logan County

 

WPKO radio reports that 32 year old Caleb Davis was found by his brother, Matt Davis apparently not breathing.

 

He was transported Mary Rutan Hospital by Indian Lake EMS, and was pronounced dead at the Hospital.

 

His death is being investigated by the Logan County Coroner’s Office.

 

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Kenton City Schools BOE Holds Special Meeting for Personnel

The Board approved numerous items of personnel business.

 

Transfers

Amanda Dyer - KES 6th Grade to KES Math Intervention

Karren Plott - KES 4th Grade to KES 6th Grade

 

Resignations

Amanda Wiley - KMS Intervention Specialist

Stefany Petrie - 5th Grade Team Lead

Jennifer Ewing - 3rd Grade Team Lead

 

Hiring

Samantha Griner - KES Intervention Specialist

Tori England - KES Intervention Specialist

 

Employee Supplemental Contracts

 

Allison Kemmere and Alicia Wissman - Kindergarten Team Leads

Kim Gerding and Amy Root - First Grade Team Lead

Karen Nease and Rhoda Deitsch - Second Grade Team Lead
Rebecca Kimmel - Fifth Grade Team Lead
Melissa Good and Brooke Purcell - PK-6 Intervention Specialist Team Lead

Amy Long - Seventh Grade Team Lead
Amy Johnson - Eighth Grade Team Lead

Matt Frey - ENCORE Team Lead

 

The board also passed a resolution dealing with the acceptance of gifts, in regards to the athletic building expansion project.
 

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Police Seeking Public's Help in Identifying Burglary Suspect

 
The Kenton Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in possibly identifying a suspect in a breaking and entering that occurred at a Kenton business.
 
According to information from Kenton Police Chief Dennis Musser, the break-in occurred early this (Monday) morning.
 
 
The suspect is a white male, thin build, possibly in his twenties, with short dark hair. He also has tattoos on his left inner bicep area and left chest area. 
 
 
 
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771.

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Pursuit and Crash on King Street

 

A pursuit and crash occurred Sunday night.

 

According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, the incident ended in the 400 block of King Street.

 

No other information is available at this time as the report has not been completed.

 

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Man Arrested After Fight at Village Pantry

 

A man was arrested on a warrant following a report of a fight in Kenton over the weekend.

 

According to that report, officers pulled into the parking lot of Village Pantry and observed people yelling. An employee pointed out two men who had been fighting. 24 year old Brandon Wynegar, of Kenton, was taken into custody on a warrant out of Logan County.

 

Police are looking over images from the store surveillance camera to help determine who was at fault in the fight.

 

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Theft of Vehicle Reported to Kenton Police

 

A Kenton resident reported her vehicle was stolen sometime in the last few days.

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the owner of the 2015 Kia Optima reported her vehicle was missing from her residence in the 200 block of South Wayne Street. The incident is under investigation.

 

 

Police also received a report of a theft from a vehicle over the weekend.

That occurred in the 600 block of North Detroit Street.

 

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Clark County Crash Claims Child's Life

A car-bicycle crash in New Carlisle leaves a child dead.

 

WPKO Radio reports that 19 year-old Andrew Blake of Springfield was travelling North on State Route 235 when he struck a bicycle on the roadway. The boy riding the bicycle, described to be between 10 and 12 years old, was ejected from the bike. He was not wearing the proper safety and reflective equipment.

 

The boy was transported via CareFlight Helicopter to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

 

The Clark County Sheriff's Department was assisted at the scene by Bethel Township fire and EMS, as that incident remains under investigation.

 

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Murder-Suicide Claims Two Lives

An alleged murder-suicide left two people dead Friday Afternoon.

 

The Courier reports that Alma Moffett, age 78 of Tiffin, didn’t appear for dinner. When her daughter, whose name was not listed in the report, went to check on her, Moffett, and husband Paul Moffett, age 75, appeared dead.

 

Seneca County Sheriff Bill Eckelberry said that it appeared Paul murdered his wife, then took his own life.

 

The motive for the shooting, which remains under investigation, is unknown.

 

The Seneca County Coroner assisted the Sheriff's Department at the scene.

 

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Golf Scramble Raises Money For Findlay Non-Profits

A charity golf scramble that is coming to Findlay raises money for local non-profit’s.

 

The 28th Julie Cole Charity Golf Classic will be held at the Findlay Country Club next week according to WFIN radio.

 

Registration begins at 8:00 and tournament action begins at 9:30 at the country club.

 

The classic has raised $2.6 million for nonprofit organizations in Findlay. The funds this year are set to go to Bridge Hospice, Women’s Center of Bluffton Hospital, and the Julie Cole Golf Fund for Junior Golfers.

 

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Former Findlay PD Chief Pleads Guilty In Domestic Violence Case

WFIN Radio reports that the Former acting Chief of Police in Findlay has plead guilty to Domestic Violence. Sean Young, age 46, will be enrolled in a 26 week diversion program as set forward by Young’s attorney, agreed upon by Visiting Judge Dwight Osterud. His case will be dismissed upon the completion of the program.

 

Young’s wife accused him of throwing a camera at her in February, and filed for a protection order after needing medical attention. Mrs. Young also alleges that her husband “squeezed and grabbed” one of their children, according to that report.

 

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New Carey Fiscal Officer Expected Monday

The Village of Carey’s Fiscal Officer is expected to be named on Monday.

 

Mayor of the village Jennifer Rathburn is expected to appoint a candidate for the village council’s approval at their Monday Meeting, according to WFIN radio.

 

The position became available when Nickie Coppler, former Fiscal Officer, resigned.

 

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Two Upper Sandusky Teenagers Facing Charges

Two Upper Sandusky teenagers are facing multiple charges.

 

According to the documents from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, two juveniles were located outside of a Wal-Mart store in the city around 1:50 early Friday morning. Officers seized various tobacco products from the teenagers, who were identified as both under 18 by officers.

 

The boys arrived at the store on a 4-wheeler ATV. The parents of the juveniles say they were to be on a fishing trip at one of the teen’s grandparents house, not in town at the store.

 

Citations were issued for violating a Temporary Permit, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving and unsafe vehicle, possession of tobacco, curfew, and a probation violation.

 

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Three Injured in Friday Night Crash in Wyandot County

 

Three people were injured in a Friday night crash on U.S. 23 and County Highway 114 in Wyandot County.

 

The Daily Chief-Union reported that Brittany Frazier, of Michigan, was driving south on 23 and mistook the intersection with 113 as a curve. Her vehicle struck a car occupied by Melvin and Shirley Dible.

 

Frazier and Melvin Dible were both transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment while Shirley Dible was taken to Marion General Hospital with chest pains. A passenger in Frazier's vehicle was not injured.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Patrol.

 

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HSLC and ICBA Remind Consumers About Homeowner Resources

 
Washington, DC, June 2, 2017-In recognition of National Homeownership Month The Home Savings and Loan Company of Kenton, Ohio (HSLC) and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) are reminding current and prospective homeowners of community bank resources that make financing easier and more available.
 
“For most people buying a home is an investment in their future-an opportunity to establish roots, start a family, and build financial security”, said ICBA Chairman Scott Heitkamp, President and CEO of ValueBank Texas in Corpus Christi, Texas. “Your local community banker, as a trusted financial advisor, can help you navigate the homebuying process and select the financing option that works best for you and your financial future”.
 
ICBA reminds consumers that community banks can be a great resource to help determine:
 
.How much you can borrow and determine the appropriate loan products to suit your financial needs and budget considerations. Your community banker will review the mortgage process along with available mortgage programs and other loan features, including how long it will take to complete the process, so there aren’t any surprises.
 
.How current mortgage rates, the loan amount, property taxes and insurance premiums translate into monthly mortgage payments. This will help you shop for a home that fits your budget and increase your prospects for success as an informed buyer.
 
.Your rights and obligations under your mortgage contract. Today’s consumers have more avenues than ever to homeownership. Your community banker can help you read through and understand the fine print before signing on the dotted line.
 
.Suitable government-sponsored programs. In addition to federal homeownership and home-buying assistance programs there are a number of programs sponsored by your state, local government or other organizations that community banks can recommend to make homeownership more affordable.
 
Additional resources to help you create a budget and set financial targets. Many community banks offer homebuyer seminars and other helpful resources. Free online educational tools can also be found at www.hud.gov.

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Some AEP Customers to Receive Refund

 

AEP Ohio, an American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) company, and the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state’s residential utility consumer advocate, announced Friday that $84 million will be refunded to AEP Ohio’s customers through a credit on their June 2017 electric bills.

 

The refund to customers was agreed to as part of a major settlement that AEP Ohio, the Consumers’ Counsel and several other parties negotiated in December 2016. The settlement resolved rate issues in lawsuits and legal challenges in 14 cases.

 

A one-time bill credit will be issued to those AEP Ohio customers who purchased their generation service from AEP Ohio through its Standard Service Offer any time from August 2012 through May 2015.  Credit amounts are based on a customer’s electricity usage under the Standard Service Offer during this period. An average residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month during this time will see an approximate $60 credit.

 

All AEP Ohio customers, former and current, are eligible to receive this credit. Customers will not receive a bill credit for any purchases of generation service that they made from an energy marketer during this time period.

 

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Riverdale Track Results From Friday

 

Kyle Evans advanced to the finals in the 400 meter dash. He was 1st in his heat with a time of 50.03 seconds on Friday. He will run in the finals today (Saturday).

 

Carrol Pauley ended her high school career as 2nd in the state in discus with a throw of 139'8".  She also finished 11th in shot put.

 

Taylor Bacon finishes his track season 10th in the state in pole vault with a jump of 13'10".

 

The boys 4x800 team consisting of Ben Gannon, Josh Hunter, Antonio Renteria, and Justyn Scott finished the season in 14th place.

 

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One Person Sentenced in Common Pleas Court

 

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

 

According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, Robin L. Parmer, also known as Robin L. Snyder, was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count each of theft and forgery.

 

Parmer was ordered to pay $160 in restitution to Quest Federal Credit Union.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

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Theft Reported in Upper Sandusky

 

A theft was reported Thursday to Upper Sandusky police.

 

According to the report, the resident in the 100 block of North Sandusky Avenue told officers someone entered his apartment by forcing open a window.

 

An air compressor was stolen from the apartment.

 

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Family Fun Day Scheduled For June 11

 

The Family Fun Day Cruise in For a Cure is scheduled to take place a week from this Sunday.

 

Organizer Larry Gossard said the event will be held Sunday June 11 starting at noon at Simon Kenton School in Kenton.

 

He said it features something for everyone, “We have anywhere from 95 to 100 classic and hot rod cars in the Car Show. We also have all different kinds of activities. We have kids games, bounce house and we’ve got Tater the Clown coming doing balloon animals for the kids.”

 

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

 

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Young Professionals Alliance Holds Leadership Panel Meeting

 

The Hardin County Young Professionals Alliance met last night for a leadership panel.

 

Those in attendance were able to hear panelists discuss career goals, failures, successes, lessons, and ideas for the county.

 

Officials from the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance also noted the upcoming Eats on the Streets event, and the need for volunteers to help with these events.

 

More meetings and events are planned for the Young Professionals Alliance. If you are interested in applying, you can contact them on Facebook.

 

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OSP Cautions Drivers to Yield the Right of Way

 

The Ohio State Patrol is urging motorists to yield the right of way on roadways.

 

According to a release, failing to yield is the cause of one in five crashes in Ohio. These types of crashes increased in 2016 resulting in 206 deaths and nearly 31,000 injuries.

 

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is asking motorists to pay attention to which vehicles have the right-of-way and yield to them.

 

Troopers wrote nearly 21,000 citations last year that included an FTY violation, and the patrol will continue enforcing the law to make Ohio roads safer.

 

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Local Disc Golf Club Hosting "Combat Cancer Classic"

Disc golf is very similar to the traditional game, although with a twist. President and founding member of the Chain Don’t Break Disc Golf Club, Steven Stalder explains.

 

“Disc golf is very similar to real golf, except you take discs that are very similar to frisbee's, and throw them at these big chain baskets, in as few shots as possible.” Stalder said.

 

The tournament is set to also have a silent auction including a fan pack from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

The event is being held at Wharton Park in Kenton tomorrow, with registration beginning at 9:30, and play starting at 10. Cost for the competitive division is $20 and the recreational division is $15. T-shirts will also be sold for $15.

 

All proceeds are set to go to the Bloom Family.

 

If you have questions you are encouraged to reach out the the club on twitter @CDBDGC, or via email: CDBDiscGolfClub@gmail.com

 

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Ohio U.S. Senator Portman Visits International Paper

 

Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman paid a visit Wednesday to International Paper in Kenton.

 

Portman called company headquarters in 2013 to convince them that Kenton was the best place to expand when that decision was being made by company officials.

 

WLIO reported that the senator talked with employees and toured the facility on his first time back to the plant since the expansion was completed resulting in more than 100 new jobs.

 

Portman noted that he is proud of his role in making the expansion a reality.

 

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Teen Facing Curfew Violation and Underage Consumption Charge

 

A 16 year old Kenton boy is facing charges having being caught out after curfew.

 

According to that report, the juvenile was located in the 200 block of East Columbus Street at around 1:30 Wednesday morning.

 

In addition to a curfew violation, the boy is also facing charges of underage purchase or consumption of alcohol.

 

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Car Vandalized While Parked at Residence

 

A car vandalism complaint was received by Kenton Police Wednesday.

 

The owner stated her car had paint chipped off on the driver's side passenger door.

 

The damage was listed at around $500.

 

The car was parked in the 500 block of North Market Street when it was damaged.

 

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Woman Cited For Theft Following Shoplifting

 

A Kenton woman was cited for theft following a report of a shoplifting at a store in Kenton Wednesday evening.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the incident was reported by employees of Family Dollar.

21 year old Sara Lightner, of Kenton, was issued a summons for theft.

 

The items were returned to the store.

 

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Benjamin Logan Union Reaches Tentative Agreement With Administration

 

It took Members of the Benjamin Logan Education Association, and the school’s administration 13 hours to reach a tentative contract agreement says the Bellefontaine Examiner.

 

The deal, which specifics haven’t been released yet, is awaiting approval by the executive committee of the union’s membership and executive committee.

 

Ben Logan Superintendent Dave Harmon told the Examiner in an email statement that the agreement has “concessions on both sides” and says it was a “difficult process.”

 

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Quest Warning About Phone Scam Targeting Customers

 

Members of Quest Federal Credit Union are being warned of a scam.

 

According to a post on the financial institution’s Facebook page, allegedly fraudulent calls are being made on behalf of “Hardin Community Federal Credit Union.” The caller says that the member is behind on their loan payment, and demands credit card information for the payment of the loan.

 

Quest says they never demand credit or debit card information to resolve past loans. If you receive one of these calls, you are asked to report it by calling (800) 333-9571.

 

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Man Continues to Raise Awareness About NF

 

A Kenton man continues to raise money to find a cure for Neurofibromatosis or NF.

 

Larry Gossard said his work started when his son Brice was diagnosed when he was 10 months old, “His mother and I began to do a lot of research, because we didn’t know what neurofibromatosis was, and we wanted to know everything about and what his needs would be as he grew up.”

 

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

 

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HMH Holding Farmer's Market

 

OhioHealth Hardin Memorial Hospital will be providing a Farmer's Market.

 

According to the hospital's news letter Hardin Highlights, it will operate every Wednesday from 11am to 4pm in the northwest corner of the parking lot.

 

Any vendor who wants to participate can contact Chris Davis at 419-675-8137.

 

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Arizona Man Sentenced in Logan County

 

An Arizona man was sentenced this week in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

 

WPKO reported that 35 year old Christopher Hodge pleaded guilty last month to a felony count of telecommunications fraud.

 

He was sentenced this week to five years community control with conditions, including being prohibited from selling securities in Ohio for life.

 

Hodge could have been sentenced to up to three years in prison.

 

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Security Breach Reported By Chipotle Restaurant

 

If you have dined at the Chipotle Restaurant on Elida Road in Lima, you may have been affected by a security breach.

 

The Lima News reports that a breach of the company’s point-of-sale credit and debit card readers were affected.

 

According to the Mexican Grill’s website, the investigation uncovered malware infecting computers. The virus was programmed to obtain card numbers and verification codes alongside cardholder names.

 

These incidents are reported to have occurred between March 24th and April 18th. The chain suggests that those who paid with cards during this time, should check their statements and banks for unusual charges, and activate security freezes.

 

The company reports that they have removed the infections software, and is investigating the incident further with the help of law enforcement.

 

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