Several Logan County veterans recently took a trip to Washington DC.
49 World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans made the trip.
Veterans saluting the wreath laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
They left the Bellefontaine fairgrounds after a brief ceremony and were escorted through Bellefontaine by over 50 motorcycles.
After arriving in the nation's capital, the veterans group went to Arlington Cemetery where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Korean War Veterans
They also visited numerous other sites as well during the trip.
The 38th Annual Fall Festival starts today and continues through the weekend at the Indian Lake State Park.
The event is co-sponsored by the Indian Lake Development Corporation.
Those attending can camp or just visit for the day.
The festival highlights many craft vendors that are set up around the park as well as food vendors and lots of activities for the kids as well.
The event is free to attend and entertainment is happening daily.
The hours are today 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
The spillway of the Indian Lake dam adjacent to Ohio Route 366 is an active construction zone.
The work area and job site construction trailer lot across the road from the spillway are closed to the public.
Boaters and anglers on or near the water should stay clear of the work site.
The spillway replacement and dam improvements project will be completed in the spring 2018.
The Ben Logan boys golf team finished 3rd Thursday in the Mad River Division of the CBC.
Graham won the event with a 346, followed by Urbana 354, Ben Logan 365, NW 365, Indian Lake 432.
For the Raiders Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts led the way with 83, Garrett Allen 97, Bryce Loomis and Carter Stewart both shot 102, and Gavin Clay 112. Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts both earned 1st team honors, Garrett Allen 2nd team honors, and Will Kenoyer won the Sportsmanship award.
Next up is the Sectional tournament next Tuesday at Reid Park in Springfield.
An Auglaize County man was killed in a crash that occurred on US 30 Wednesday morning in Van Wert County.
According to a release from the Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 63 year old Bert Helsel, of Minster, was driving west on 30 and began to slow for traffic in front of him. His car was struck from behind by a semi being operated by a Florida man. Helsel's car was then pushed into the semi in front of him.
Helsel was pronounced dead at the scene by the Van Wert County Coroner.
The westbound lanes of US 30 were temporarily closed while the scene was being cleared.
The crash remains under investigation.
Fireworks were placed inside mailboxes at two locations on State Highway 37 in Wyandot County.
According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, the incidents were reported at houses in the 19,000 and 20,000 blocks of 37.
The report stated roman candle firecrackers were placed inside the roadside mailboxes and were detonated.
The incidents are under investigation.
Some Logan County residents have been getting scam phone calls regarding jury duty.
WPKO Radio is Bellefontaine reported that the scammer is calling residents using phone numbers that appear to be from the Logan County Jail or Bellefontaine Police Department.
The caller claims there is a warrant for the residents arrest for failing to report to jury duty.
The person receiving the call is then asked to confirm personal information and meet them at the jail to pay bond.
Residents are being asked to disregard such requests and hang up.
An armed robbery was reported at a Findlay business this week.
WFIN Radio reported that two men walked into the 777 Games of Skill Internet Cafe this past Tuesday night and pulled out handguns.
A woman in the business was shoved to the floor, and the two intruders fled after taking an undisclosed amount of cash.
The investigation continues by the Findlay Police Department.
Upper Sandusky beat Tiffin Columbian 3 to 2 Wednesday afternoon in girls tennis action.
The Rams are now 6 and 5 on the season.
1S- Brooke Smith (C) def Sydney Schryer 6-3, 6-1
2S- Mady West (US) def Katie Smith 6-3, 6-2
3S- Casey Knutsen (C) def Emma Schoenberger 7-6(7-5), 6-2
1D- Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def Sophie Crist/ Marina Pennycuff 6-3, 6-2
2D- Sam Fagan/ Lyndsey McQuown def Alexis Smith/ Linzi Boos 6-0, 6-0
Abby Davidson won a JV Singles match 6-2.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "Nice to win three in a row for a winning streak here. We played well in spots today and I fee like we won the matches we should have won. Columbian had some good singles players and a very nice first doubles team as well. The Smalley girls are kind of rolling now and have settled into a nice rhythm as a team.
Lyndsey McQuown and Sam Fagan won their third straight 2D match today also.
"We feel like our winning recipe is if we can get those two wins and then try and win one of the singles matches. Today it was Mady West and she played great. At this level it's a team sport and a 3-2 win is the same as a 5-0 win," said Coach Frazee.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – September 20, 2017 – A unique partnership between ApprenticeOhio and 10 community colleges across the state is making it easier for Ohio students to pursue careers in well-paying industries that need workers.
The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium will provide tuition reimbursement to participating students for completing pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in occupations identified by local businesses as needing workers. The programs combine classroom and on-the-job training to help apprentices learn the skills employers need, in fields as diverse as advanced manufacturing, computer programming, construction, health care and business services.
“Students are full-time employees from day one of their apprenticeships, and they graduate college debt-free,” said Cynthia Dungey, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, which manages ApprenticeOhio. “Employers gain ready access to a stream of qualified employees, and those employees earn good wages: as much as $60,000 a year.”
“ApprenticeOhio affords students the unique opportunity to earn while they learn without accruing college debt,” said Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “The benefit to businesses is clear – they can develop a skilled and productive workforce that meets the needs of the 21st century workplace.”
The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The following educational institutions are participating:
Columbus State Community College
Cuyahoga Community College
Edison State Community College
Lorain County Community College
Marion Technical College
North Central State College
Rhodes State College
Sinclair Community College
Stark State College
Washington State Community College
“I am pleased with the level of participation from our community colleges in this unique endeavor with ApprenticeOhio,” said Chancellor John Carey. “Partnering with businesses in different regions of the state is the best way to ensure that students are being placed in in-demand jobs, and the businesses are getting students who are prepared for a successful career.”
“It’s vital that we support student learning through work-based and apprenticeship experiences. These kinds of engaged learning experiences are powerful and support student success in further education or in the workplace – oftentimes leading to well-paying jobs,” said Paolo DeMaria, state superintendent of public instruction. “Enormous opportunity exists for Ohio's businesses to partner with educators in setting students up for lifelong success while developing our state's future workforce.”
The 5th Annual Susan G. Koman Race for a Cure is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Findlay.
The race will start at 7 Saturday morning from the Blanchard Valley Hospital campus.
The race will be held rain or shine.
The University of Findlay announced that it has received a $15,500 grant from the American Cancer Society’s Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative.
The initiative is designed to help create the nation’s first tobacco-free generation and help reduce the number of people who get sick and die from tobacco-related disease by reducing tobacco use among college students.
The University of Findlay, which was one of 44 schools nationwide to receive funding, intends to use the money to develop a plan for the entire campus to become tobacco-free.
A hit/skip crash occurred in Upper Sandusky Monday evening.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, a police detective witnessed the crash when a pickup operated by Bradley Sammet ran a stop sign on Hicks Street at Sandusky Avenue. The truck struck a northbound car being driven by Tiffany Gorby. Sammet then fled the scene and was followed by the detective who witnessed the incident.
The pickup eventually travelled onto the railroad tracks and was on two wheels where it almost rolled over at one point before stopping.
Sammet told officers he fled because he was scared. He was cited for an unspecified traffic violation.
Ben Logan boys golf team dropped their final 9 hole match of the year to Springfield Shawnee Monday evening 166-182.
Ohio State bound Grant Engle was the medalist with a 34.
For the Raiders Ethan Ricketts led the way with a 41, Will Kenoyer 42, Garrett Allen 43, Bryce Loomis 56, Carter Stewart 57, and Gavin Clay 64.
Next up is the CBC tournament this Thursday at Urbana Country Club.
A fatal crash occurred in Marion County on Saturday according to the Ohio State Patrol.
According to the Marion Post of the State Patrol, one woman was killed in a car accident on State Route 4 in Marion County.
According to the report, Shane M. Deyo age 26 and Mildred L. Robinson were traveling eastbound on County Road 106 when their vehicle was struck by a car being driven by Jeremy W. Cox.
Robinson was taken to Grant Hospital by Medflight where she was pronounced deceased.
There are no charges filed at this time as the incident remains under investigation.
A teen in Allen County lost his life in a single car accident on Saturday according to WLIO.
A 16 year old was killed in a car accident early Saturday morning in Lima. According to WLIO the car was heading North on Slabtown Road, near Eversole Road when the car went off the left side of the road. When the driver over corrected he went off the right side of the road where he hit a ditch and the vehicle was flipped. He was pronounced dead at the scene
Authorities do not think alcohol was a factor in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.
A robbery occurred in Lima this past Thursday night and the suspect is being sought.
According to information from the Lima Police Department, the robbery occurred at Duke's on N Main Street.
Tips on the female suspect are being sought. A picture from a surveillance camera of the suspect is posted above, and the suspect's vehicle is posted below.
Contact Crimestoppers or the Lima Police Department at 419-812-0059 if you have any information.
Today is day number four of the Wyandot County Fair.
Lots of activities are on tap for today, including the Wyandot County Business Showcase in the Master's Building from noon until 3, the National Kiddie Tractor Puller's Association will take place outside the Master's Building at three, the Antique Tractor Pull is at 4 and the Truck Pull is scheduled for 6:30 this evening in the Grandstand.
You can also enjoy music from the Rough Country Band in the Master's Building from 8 until 11 tonight.
The fair runs through Sunday at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.
The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office issued its activity report for the month of August.
According to the report, sheriff's deputies investigated 192 complaints. 88 prisoners were housed at the Wyandot County Jail.
7 concealed carry permits were issued and 8 were renewed.
4 injury crashes and 19 property damage crashes occurred in the county during the month of August.
A theft at a Lima business is being investigated by the Lima Police Department.
According to information on the department's Facebook page, the theft occurred at the Grandview Drive Thru earlier this week.
Officers are asking for assistance in identifying the suspect.
You can contact the department through social media outlets or through Crimestoppers.
Several storage and utility trailers were broken into a facility under construction in Wyandot County.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the locks were cut off the trailers to gain entry to the trailers at Kalmbach Feeds on County Highway 44.
Numerous tools were stolen. Employees are adding up the value of the missing items today.
Footage from security cameras on the property is being examined as the investigation is underway.
A pursuit that started in Findlay Wednesday morning ended in a crash outside the city.
According to information on the Findlay Police Department Facebook page, a Findlay Police Department officer initiated a traffic stop in the 2500 block of North Main Street. The car stopped, but the driver sped away after contact was made.
The car travelled through yards and eventually made it back onto the roadway where it travelled onto County Road 95 reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. Eventually the driver lost control, and the car travelled off the road and struck a culvert.
The driver, identified as Joey O'Neal Jackson, was arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving under suspension and improper display. He also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest from Hancock and Wood Counties.
There were no injuries.
Today is day 3 of the 2017 Wyandot County Fair.
Lots of activities are on tap for today, which is Senior Citizen's Day.
Admission today only for seniors in $3.00, and activities are planned all day in the Master's Building.
Harness racing is featured this evening starting at 5 in the Grandstand.
The fair runs through this Sunday at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.
Another classic movie night is scheduled for Friday evening in Findlay.
The Hancock County Historical Museum will be showing the movie Breaking Away starting at 7 Friday.
The museum is located at 422 West Sandusky Street. The movie, popcorn and refreshments are free and the public is invited.
Historical information will be shared before the movie and discussion time will follow.
Ben Logan boys golf team participated in the Springfield Invitational at Springfield Country Club Wednesday.
13 teams from mostly D-1 schools participated.
Lebanon won with a 323, followed by Xavier 325, Butler 326, Beavercreek 335, Fairmont 338, Northmont 342, Bellefontaine 352, Springfield 360, Ben Logan 364, Shawnee 366, Tipp City 369, Northwestern 370, and Middle Christian 385.
For the Raiders Will Kenoyer led the team with a 84, Garrett Allen 85, Ethan Ricketts 96, Bryce Loomis 99, and Carter Stewart 100.
Coach Chris Conley said, "The course is one of the better courses in the area and it was a joy for the guys to get the chance to play."
The Raiders return to action Thursday at Reid Park.
Upper Sandusky won in girls tennis at Mansfield Madison Wednesday afternoon 3-2.
The Lady Rams are now 4-5 on the season. We play at Bucyrus on Thursday.
1S- Ally Marsh (M) def Sydney Schryer 7-6(9-7), 6-2
2S- Mady West (US) def Chloe Lyndsey 7-6(7-0), 6-2
3S- Dani Conigy (US) def Helena Hicks 6-4, 6-4
1D- Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def Bailey Hill/Natalie Reynolds 6-4, 6-2
2D- Caylynn Pency/Alana Pierce (M) def Abby Davidson/Lyndsey McQuown 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Emma Schoenberger and Emma Swihart won a JV doubles match 8-0.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "A very competitive match against an unfamiliar opponent for us. We were pretty evenly matched up with them and we had to fight to get this win. Jodi and Mara struggled early but got stronger as the match went on and looked really good at the finish. Mady West also played very well in winning her first set tiebreaker 7-0 and then rolling in the second set. And Dani Conigy played her best match of the year in winning very quickly at third singles. She worked on some things in practice the past two days and then used those things in her match to get the win."
The Ohio Department of Transportation District 7 is holding a job fair to hire seasonal employees.
The fair will be held in Auglaize County on September 25th from 11am until 5pm.
Anyone interested in a career with ODOT should apply.
ODOT will train drivers to get a CDL and everyone on hand can complete an application and begin the hiring process the day of the job fair.
The job fair will be held at the Auglaize County ODOT Garage, 511 Commerce Drive in Wapakoneta.
Surplus items will be auctioned off during Marion County's auction next Wednesday September 20th starting at 4:30pm.
The auction will be held at the The Beidler Center 2820 Harding Highway.
County departments will be auctioning off surplus property, and the is open to the public.
According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, The sheriff's office will be participating and will be auctioning cars, power tools, hand tools, office furniture, computers and bicycles.
Ben Logan split a tri match Tuesday evening defeating Kenton and losing to Ft Loramie.
Ft Loramie shot a 170, Ben Logan 176, and Kenton 180.
Coach Chris Conley said, "I knew this would be competitive. We've played in tournaments with Kenton a couple times during the year and always been close. Talking with the Ft Loramie coach before the match he indicated his team’s scores were very similar to ours."
The Raiders were led by Ethan Ricketts who was also medalist with a 40. Will Kenoyer added a 42. Garrett Allen and Bryce Loomis both shot 47.Carter Stewart 50 and Gavin Clay 54.
**UPDATE** This individual has been identified and a warrant has been issued for Aggravated Robbery. The Allen County Sheriff's Office would like to thank everyone for their assistance.
The Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau is investigating an aggravated robbery that took place at Adult Mart, located at 1406 Elida Road.
The robbery occurred this past Saturday at approximately 12:01 am.
An unknown white male entered the business and brandished a knife while demanding money from the employee.
The man fled after receiving an undisclosed amount of money.
Any information regarding the crime or the identity of the male in the photograph above can be forwarded directly to Detective Ryan Ream, 419-993-1413 or submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 419-229-STOP (7867).
Today is the start of the 2017 Wyandot County Fair in Upper Sandusky.
The official opening is/was at 8 this morning. The flag raising ceremony takes place at 9. Today is Veteran's Day with all veterans admitted free with proof of service, and a Veteran's Day lunch will be served in the Master's Building from noon until 2 this afternoon.
The Junior Fair King and Queen Pageant will be in the Master's Building starting at 5:30 this evening. A parade begins at 6:30 and the County High School Band Show will be at the grandstand starting at 7:30.
Daily admission to the fair, which runs through Sunday, is $7.00 and a season pass is $25.
Northwest Ohio’s German Heritage will be celebrated during Oktoberfest in Findlay on Saturday September 23 from 2 until 10pm.
The festival features live German music, polka dancing, and food. A baking competition, kids activities, Oktoberfest Pageant and much more will also take place.
Admission is $5.00 for 21 and over, $3.00 for 20 and under. Children in strollers are admitted free.
The proceeds from this event will support the Hancock Historical Museum.
The Ben Logan golf team fell to Graham Monday night at Liberty Hills 183-170.
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts with 44's. Garrett Allen added a 47, Carter Stewart 48. Bryce Loomis 54 and Gavin Clay 58.
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was a bit of a letdown after playing well Sat. However anyone who has ever played golf understands success one day isn't a guarantee the next. We'll tee it up tomorrow at Liberty in our final home match against Kenton and Ft. Loramie."
Ben Logan placed 7th this past Saturday in the David Christoph Match held at Reid Park.
Ben Logan shot 353, Dublin Jerome won with a 320, followed by Xavier 334, Troy 337, Oakwood 340, Beavercreek and Springfield 348, BL 353, Southeastern 362, Kenton Ridge 366, Graham 367, Northwestern 370, Springfield Shawnee 377, Xenia and Bellefontaine 382, Northeastern and Catholic Central 391, Miami East 424, and Tecumseh 434
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer 83, He was followed by Ethan Ricketts 85, Bryce Loomis 89, Garrett Allen 96 and Carter Stewart 102.
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was great to see the guys keep battling despite the difficult course. This is a nice tune up for our sectionals and we always look forward to playing here. Hopefully this will boost our confidence for the coming week."
A Marion man was indicted on a charge of bank robbery.
According to information on the Marion Police Department's Facebook page, the Union Bank on Richland Road in Marion was robbed on August 17.
Several tips were received and following an investigation, 40 year old Todd P. Smith was arrested two days later.
Late last week, the grand jury indicted Smith on one count each of aggravated robbery and possession of cocaine.
Since it is unknown if Smith acted alone, the investigation into the bank robbery continues.
Upper Sandusky's Girls Tennis Team finished as runner-up in the 2017 Sam Sabback Tennis Invitational at Bucyrus High School on Saturday.
Galion took home the first place trophy and Ontario finished in third place. Other teams participating were Mansfield St. Peters, Marion Pleasant, River Valley, Bucyrus, and Clear Fork.
Sisters Jodi and Mara Smalley won first place in the First Doubles bracket of the tournament. They defeated Ontario's duo of Workman and Doklovic in the first round by a score of 8-1 (tournament was all 8 game pro sets) before defeating the #1 seeded duo of Drollinger and McCoy of Marion Pleasant in the second round by a score of 8-2. In the finals, the Smalleys defeated Davis and Thomas from Clear Fork 8-4.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "A great victory for our team and for the Smalley girls! They didn't get a seed because they just hadn't played together much this year, but they really had it rolling and they just played awesome against the team from Marion Pleasant, who are 8-1 this season. They were aggressive at the net and just were placing the balls where their opponents couldn't get to them. I hope this kind of propels them forward as we move toward the Sectional Tournament."
In the Second Doubles bracket, Samantha Fagan and Lyndsey McQuown were playing together for the first time and finished as the runners up. In the first round they defeated Clear Fork's Rodriguez and Salyers by a score of 8-3. In the second round, they defeated Pleasant's Wasnik and Goebbel 8-4 before eventually falling in the finals to Ontario (Burson and Salyers) by a score of 8-0.
"A tough loss to finish the tournament for them but they really played well in their first two matches. Lyndsey has been solid for us all year at 2nd Doubles but Sam had kind of bounced around the lineup. So to see them work as a team and get some wins was a good thing. Ontario had a really good duo at 2nd Doubles we would have had to have played perfect tennis to even have a chance at beating them," siad Coach Frazee.
At Third Singles, Emma Schoenberger finished as the third place finisher. In the opening round, she defeated Fohl from River Valley by a score of 8-1. In the second round, Emma lost to Davis of Pleasant by a score of 8-4. She struggled with her serve at the start of this match, and that is really the best part of her game. But she was down 3-0 before she knew what hit her. But from that point she rallied and really played even with a really good opponent. In the consolation match, Emma defeated Foss from Ontario by a score of 8-6.
The coach added, "Emma's only been playing tennis for about six weeks (after coming over volleyball), so she has been a super pleasant surprise. She has great movement on the court and an unbelievable serve for someone just starting out playing. Going to be fun to see her get better as the season moves on. We were unable to get wins in the first and second singles brackets. Mady West lost in the first singles bracket to Prederi from Bucyrus (8-2) in the first round. Dani Conigy lost to Dunaway from Pleasant (8-0) in the second singles bracket. We were asking a lot of these girls who had to play higher up the ladder than they usually would due to one of our players taking the ACT today. Even though they didn't win, they did compete and try to get some points for the team."
A marijuana indoor grow operation in Wyandot County was discovered this week when a search warrant was executed near Carey.
According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, detectives with the Major Crimes Unit/METRICH Enforcement Unit executed the search warrant at a residence in the 16,000 block of State Route 103.
During a search of the residence, outbuildings and vehicles, the indoor grow operation was located.
24 marijuana plants, dry harvested marijuana, scales, paraphernalia, a large amount of grow equipment and a large sum of money were seized and will be sent to the Mansfield Lab for analysis.
The matter remains under investigation, and criminal charges are expected to be filed.
The unit was assisted at the scene by the Carey Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office and Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.
The 2017 Wyandot County Fair is fast approaching.
The fair starts on Tuesday September 12.
On opening night, the Jr. Fair King & Queen Pageant at Masters’ Building starts at 5:30pm, a parade at 6:30 and the County High School Band Show will be in the grandstand at 7:30.
The fair runs through Sunday the 17th at the fairgrounds in Upper Sandusky.
In girls tennis, Upper Sandusky lost at home to Mansfield St. Pete's Thursday afternoon 3-2.
The loss brings Upper's record to 3-5, while St. Pete's improves to 5-4 on the season.
1S - Gracie Cornell (SP) def. Sydney Schryer 6-1, 6-1
2S - Alex Wasyleuski (SP) def. Mady West 6-1, 6-2
3S - Emily McCarvick (SP) def. Samantha Fagan 6-2, 6-0
1D - Jodi Smalley/Mara Smalley (US) def. Corinne Amalfitano/Ava Naumoff 6-3, 6-2
2D - Dani Conigy/Emma Schoenberger (US) def. Chloe DeMint/Alysse Wade 6-2, 6-2
JV Doubles matches were won by Abby Davidson/Lyndsey McQuown and Hannah Frey/Miriam Gutierrez
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "Another match where we just couldn't get a win on the singles side. But most of that had to do with the quality of the opponent. St. Pete's has three really good singles players who hit the ball hard and know what they're doing. They are experienced and we just have trouble with those kinds of players at this point. Our girls played hard but just couldn't overcome the problems presented to us. Both of our doubles teams played really well. Jodi and Mara finished the match really strong and I like how they are playing. We have bounced Jodi around between singles and doubles, and that's really kind of unfair to her. We're going to see if we can't get her into a rhythm with Mara and maybe position them to make some noise in the tournament. Dani Conigy and Emma Schoenberger played really well for their first time playing together as well."
The Rams will compete in the Bucyrus Sam Sabback Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
A Wharton man was taken into custody in Wyandot County Wednesday on two outstanding warrants.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Andrew Fredritz had a warrant through Marion City Municipal Court on a drug abuse charge. He also had a warrant out of Hardin County for child support.
Fredritz was transported to the Marion County line and turned over to officers from the Marion Police Department.
The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to join its workforce to help people affected by Hurricane Harvey and other disasters locally and across the country.
In the past week, the Ohio Buckeye Region of the Red Cross has sent 67 volunteers to Texas and Louisiana in response to Hurricane Harvey and more are on their way. In addition, the Red Cross is closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and is beginning preparations to get workers and supplies in place.
The Red Cross is training new volunteers to help with this upsurge of disaster relief efforts across the Ohio Buckeye Region and across the country.
Disaster relief volunteer orientations for new volunteers will be held every Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at the American Red Cross in Lima, located at 610 South Collett Street, in Lima.
A Findlay company is donating money for recovery efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
WFIN in Findlay reported that Marathon Petroleum is donating one million dollars to Galveston County and the Corpus Christi areas.
The company will also be matching donations made by its employees up to $100,000.
A Bellefontaine man was arrested this week in connection to a robbery at a store in that city.
WPKO Radio reported that 24 year old Andrew Hartford was arrested and charged with safecracking and three parole violations.
Hartford is accused of entering Village Pantry on Sandusky Avenue in Bellefontaine where he asked for change for a $20 bill.
When the register was opened, Hartford allegedly grabbed money out of it left the store with another man.
He was arrested around 90 minutes later.
Ben Logan won a tri match Wedensday night with Lima Central Catholic and Springfield Shawnee.
Ben Logan shot a 175, LCC 183 and Springfield Shawnee 184.
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer 42, He was followed by Bryce Loomis 43, Garrett Allen and Ethan Ricketts 45, Also playing were Carter Stewart 54. and Gavin Clay 61. For the JV's Carston Mccain had 58, Noah Comer 59, and Hunter Kennaw had a 62.
Coach Chris Conley said, "It was great to see the consistency in the top 4 tonight in the cool conditions. It was also great to get wins against 2 teams that had beaten us earlier in the season. Hopefully we'll peak at the right time."
Grant Engle was medalist with a 35.
A Teen Challenge Team from Youngstown will be in Upper Sandusky this weekend.
The event will be held at the Harrison Smith Park amphitheater this Saturday from 5-7pm
Music will be featured, and food will be served for free.
A Fostoria boy is accused of taking his grandfather's car back over the weekend in Fostoria.
WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that the 10 year old took the car this past Saturday night in the Hancock County town.
Police then began to get calls that they saw a boy driving a car in a reckless manner. The boy allegedly admitted to taking the car, and the case remains under investigation.
A weekend traffic stop in Logan County led to charges against a Lakeview man.
WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that the Washington Township Police Department stopped the car on U.S. 33 near Lakeview for multiple lane violations.
The driver, identified as 48 year old Matthew Trent, allegedly handed officers a bag of marijuana and a marijuana pipe.
A search of the car also turned up two bags of crack cocaine.
Trent was arrested on a charge of possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was transported to the Logan County Jail.
The deadline to file a petition for Wyandot County Fair Director is 5pm today.
There are 7 current directors whose term expires this November.
According to the fair's Facebook page, petitions have been received from four people so far.
Voting this year will be Saturday September 16 from noon until 4 in the Master's Building.
Petitions can be picked up in the Senior Fair Board Secretary's office and must be turned in again by 5 today.
A severe thunderstorm rumbled through the area Monday night.
Hardin County was spared any major damage.
The same can't be said for nearby Crawford County where homes were destroyed and trees were uprooted.
According to 10TV in Columbus, the village of Crestline was hardest hit where numerous power outages occurred.
More than a dozen homes were damaged and corn fields were leveled by the storm.
No injuries have been reported.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspected bank robber.
The First Federal Bank in Harpster was robbed just before 12:30pm on Monday August 21.
The suspect presented a note demanding money. He then left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing around 230 pounds with a thick mustache and brown hair. He is believed to have fled the area in a small, dark colored car.
Tips can be provided to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office at 419-294-2362 or the FBI at 215-522-1400.
A suspicious person complaint earlier this week led to the arrest of a Toledo man.
According to information on the Auglaize County Sheriff's Facebook page, deputies were dispatched to the area of Buckland Holden Road and I-75 to investigate a report about a male standing on the overpass waving his arms.
Deputies found a man walking in the ditch in that area when they arrived. The suspect, identified as 44 year old Demetro R. Vasquez, was wanted on a warrant out of Lucas County.
Vasquez told deputies he ran out of gas. His car was found abandoned nearby.
A number of items that were reported missing from a residence in the area were also allegedly found on Vasquez.
The suspect was arrested and transported to the Auglaize County Jail.
The incident remains under investigation.
The body of a Findlay woman was found in Fostoria.
According to a report from WFIN Radio, the Fostoria police chief says a friend of Leah White, age 30, found her body on South Vine Street in a yard.
The body was discovered earlier this week and was been taken to the Lucas County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.
The chief says that investigators have ruled out homicide, and do not suspect foul play in the death.
Ben Logan split a tri match Wednesday night with Bellefontaine and Tecumseh.
Ben Logan shot a 166, Bellefontaine 161 and Tecumseh 192.
The Raiders were led by Bryce Loomis with a 40. He was followed by Will Kenoyer ,Ethan Ricketts ,and Garrett Allen with 42's. Carter Stewart added a 50 and Gavin Clay 52.
For the JV's Noah Comer and Carston Mccain had 56's, and Hunter Kennaw had a 57.
Hunter Karg and Dillon Robb of Bellefontaine were co-medalists with 39's.
The Raiders return to action Thursday hosting Indian Lake and Riverside at Liberty Hills.
Upper Sandusky lost at home Wednesday evening to Marion Harding in girls tennis.
Upper Sandusky is now 3-4 on the season, while Harding improves to 6-3.
1st Singles - Maggie Pitts (H) def. Jodi Smalley 6-1, 6-0
2nd Singles - Sydney Schryer (US) def. Destiny Meaney 7-5, 7-5
3rd Singles - Dani Conigy (US) def. Rhiannon Reed 6-2, 6-1
1st Doubles - Hunter Stoneburner/Veda Patterson (H) def. Mara Smalley/Mady West 6-4, 6-3
2nd Doubles - Nicole Flock/Autumn Rawlins (H) def. Emma Schoenberger/Lyndsey McQuown 7-6(7-3), 6-3
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "A good effort from our girls, especially Sydney Schryer and Dani Conigy, who both came away with wins. Maggie Pitts is one of the better players in the area and Jodi had her hands full with her. But she didn't back down at all and we talked about how, in this sport, you get better by seeing better competition. She will benefit from this match in the long run. We are struggling to find the right combinations at doubles right now and we will continue to tinker with the lineup to find what works. We need to get points at the doubles spots in tight matches. We are just so young and inexperienced right now. We will continue to work and get better each day."
Abby Davidson won a JV Singles match 6-1.
Makayla Field and Anna Koepke won a JV doubles match 6-3.
Today is the first day of the Hancock County Fair in Findlay.
Lots of activities are on tap including Opening Ceremonies at 7 this evening in the South Grandstand, followed by the Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation and Hancock County Band Show.
The fair runs through Labor Day in Monday.
A Lima man has been charged with falsely overstating assets to a bank.
According to a release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 77 year old Terry J. Ellis is accused of willfully and falsely overstated assets in relation to a line of credit. Ellis allegedly told JP Morgan Chase that he assets of s.3 million dollars when in truth, his assets were 1.9 million dollars.
If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the Court.
The Ben Logan Golf Team split a tri match Tuesday night with Urbana and Riverside.
Ben Logan shot a 176, Urbana 172 and Riverside 190.
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts both shooting 40. Garrett Allen 47, Bryce Loomis added a 49, Carter Stewart 50 and Gavin Clay 55.
For the JV's Noah Comer led the way with a 60, followed by Carston McCain 61, and Hunter Kennaw with a 62. William McDavid of Urbana was medalist with a 35.
The Raiders return to action Wednesday hosting Bellefontaine and Tecumseh at Liberty Hills.
A Marion man is facing charges after a chase with a Wyandot County Sheriff's deputy Monday evening.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call from a man who said he was being followed in his car on U.S. 23 by a man who he has a protection order against.
A deputy observed the car being driven by the suspect and activated his overhead lights. The suspect, identified as Todd Nicholas, then accelerated and reached speeds of around 110 miles an hour before the engine blew on his car.
Nicholas was then placed under arrest for violating a protection order as well as failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. He was also cited for reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Nicholas was transported to the Wyandot County Jail.
A suspicious death in the City of Findlay appears to be a suicide.
According to the Findlay Police Department's Facebook page, a body was found in the parking lot at 1701 Blanchard Avenue early Monday morning. Police say the victim is a 24 year old male. His name is not being released at this time.
He died of a gunshot wound, and the gun involved in the shooting has been recovered.
The incident remains under investigation, and anyone who may have recorded security footage in the area is asked to call the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7164.
The 2017 Wyandot County Fair Royalty Court has been set.
The King Candidates are Alex Ogg, Bradley Chaffee and Noah Fritz-Cheney.
The Queen Candidates are Kylie Troxel, Mackenzie Myers, Madison Kessler, Laura Stauffer and Hannah Ziegler.
The Wyandot County Fair runs September 12 through the 17 in Upper Sandusky.
President Trump is hosting Ohio County Commissioners today in an effort to develop and promote relationships between the Administration and the influential leaders of local communities.
The County Commissioners will participate in localized policy discussions with members of White House staff, as well as hear individualized presentations from various federal agencies with the intention to improve and build stronger relationships with local governments.
The Administration is anticipating over 80 commissioners and local elected officials will attend from across the state of Ohio.
In our region, Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer is attending the event today.
An 18-month-old boy was killed in an accident in Rushsylvania Sunday afternoon around 2:15.
According to WPKO radio The Logan County Sheriff's Office and Rushcreek EMS responded to South Sandusky Street to the report of a boy who was pinned between a pickup and lawn tractor.
Authorities believe the accident happened when someone tried to jump start the tractor.
Deputies are still investigating the accident and autopsy results are pending.
A Carey man was injured in a weekend crash over the weekend in Wyandot County.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Jack D. Allison, lost control of his car while driving east on County Highway 3. The vehicle ended up off the right side of the road where it overturned.
Allison was transported by helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with unspecified injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
Anglers can soon enjoy increased fishing opportunities at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County, where catchable catfish will be stocked according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
On August 29th, two ponds will receive catchable channel catfish from the state’s hatchery system. Pond #30, located on the eastern edge of the wildlife area, off TR 125, will be stocked with 500 catfish. Anglers can also expect to catch sunfish and largemouth bass at this pond. Pond #31, located about a mile south of the wildlife area headquarters near the large parking lot off TR 68, will be stocked with 200 catfish.
Funding to raise and stock these, and other species of fish throughout the state, is generated from Ohio fishing license dollars and the federal Sport Fish Restoration program, which places an excise tax on fishing equipment.
To learn more about Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area and Ohio’s fishing opportunities, please call 419-424-5000 or visit wildohio.gov.
The River Valley Middle school in Marion County is setting out to accomplish a tremendous goal.
The school plans on committing 5,000 acts of kindness and donating 1,000 pairs of shoes to orphans in Africa all within the time frame of 15 days. The school has planned out that each student will have to do at least 10 acts of kindness per day to reach the goal of 5,000 acts. The students will be receiving journals to keep track of all the acts of kindness they do throughout the day.
The 15 day period will start on Monday.
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol held a sobriety checkpoint in Findlay over the weekend.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs continues to be a national problem. The purpose of an OVI checkpoint is to increase public awareness of the impaired driving problem and to deter citizens from driving impaired in Hancock County and the City of Findlay.
During the checkpoint on Friday night, 957 vehicles came through the checkpoint and were checked. Of those vehicles, five were diverted for further investigation. Four drivers were found to be impaired. All of the drivers were charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. In addition two individuals were arrested for possession of marijuana. Officers from the Findlay Police Department, Deputies from the Hancock CO. Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Findlay Post participated in the checkpoint.
Local law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists not to drive while under the influence.
The westbound lanes of U.S. Route 33 in Union County were closed most of the day on Thursday following a crash that occurred around 8:45am.
According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 77 year old Elmer E. Hooffer, of Urbana, was driving a dump truck west on 33. Unaware the bed of the truck was raised, Hooffer drove under the Beecher Road overpass.
The bed struck the bridge and became separated from the truck and stuck to the overpass.
A car following the truck was heavily damaged as a result of debris that fell from the overpass. The driver of the car was not injured. Hooffer, who was taken to Memorial Hospital in Marysville for treatment of minor injuries, was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control of the vehicle.
Inspectors from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Union County Engineer's Office inspected the overpass and road for structural damage, and the westbound lanes of 33 were reopened around 2:15 Thursday afternoon.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, announced today an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a. m. tonight, on Tiffin Avenue, in the City of Findlay, Hancock County.
The OVI checkpoint, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.
The checkpoint will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.
If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink.
Ben Logan split a tri match Thursday night with Waynesfield and Northwestern.
Northwestern won with a 171, Ben Logan 173 and Waynesfield 210.
Coach Chris Conley said, "We've had 4 matches over the last 2 years with Northwestern that have been decided by a single stroke. Tonight was no different. It's disappointing to lose any match but I was proud that there was no finger pointing. Each player knew they could have won the match themselves. I've seen improvement but it's not showing up yet. Especially in our 5 and 6 slots. I feel we'll be where we think we should as the season progresses."
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer with a 40, followed by Ethan Ricketts with a 42, Garrett Allen 43, Bryce Loomis 48. Also playing were Carter Stewart 49 and Gavin Clay 51. JV's also played today and were led by Carston McCain followed by Noah Comer , and Hunter Kennaw .
Evan Crew of Northwestern was medalist with a 38.
The Raiders return to action Monday traveling to Urbana CC.
A Bellefontaine Woman was issued a summons for possession of Marijuana
WPKO Radio reports that Bellefontaine Middle School staff members noticed that 27 year old Robyn Engle had a strong smell of the drug when she was dropping her child off for school, and contacted the school’s resource officer.
Another officer responded to the incident from the Bellefontaine Police Department.
The Findlay Police Department is searching for a suspect who was believed to have been involved in a felonious assault this past Sunday evening.
According to the police department's Facebook page, officers were called to the emergency department at Blanchard Valley Hospital to investigate a report that a man had been struck in the head with a hammer.
The victim, identified as 51 year old Robert Durain, was struck following an argument with an acquaintance earlier in the day at his residence in the 1200 block of Bernard Avenue.
Police want to question the suspect, who was identified as 38 year old Robert A. Brown Senior. His last known address was on Bernard Avenue. He has ties to Cleveland, Ohio.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7150 or Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.
Ben Logan ran into a buzz saw Monday night at Lakeland Golf Course losing to Graham 153 to 177.
Coach Chris Conley said, "I knew they were deep but never expected anything like this. Neither did their coach as he confided this was there finest event of the year."
The Raiders were led by Ethan Ricketts with a 40, Will Kenoyer added a 41, Garrett Allen 44, followed by Bryce Loomis 52. Also playing were Gavin Clay and Carter Stewart 54. JV's also played today and were led by Carston McCain with a 64, Noah Comer 64, and Hunter Kennaw with a 69.
For Graham Andy Milligan led the way with a 36.
The Raiders return to action Wednesday at Kenton Ridge.
Upper Sandusky defeated Fremont St. Joe, in Fremont, Monday afternoon 3-2.
Upper improves to 2-2 on the season. St. Joe drops to 1-3.
1S- Jodi Smalley (US) def. Abby Chlosta 6-1, 6-1.
2S- Olivia Eshleman (FSJ) def. Mara Smalley 6-3, 6-3
3S- Gloria Rhinehart (FSJ) def. Dani Conigy 6-0, 7-6(7-3)
1D- Abby Davidson/Emma Schoenberger (US) def. Erin Borer/Hannah Haubert 6-0, 6-1.
2D- forfeited by Fremont St. Joe.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "I thought our girls played really hard and adjusted well throughout the match. St. Joes had some nice players who did a good job of getting the ball back. Abby and Emma played really well together and this was Emma's first varsity match. You wouldn't have known that from watching her. Jodi Smalley continues to be our leader. She just fights her guts out to win and she did so against a quality opponent today. She was happy to get a win but even happier that we got the team win."
Upper Sandusky will be at Pleasant on Wednesday.
The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Monday.
According to the office's Facebook page, the robbery occurred just before 12:30 Monday afternoon at the First Federal Bank in Harpster. The suspect handed the teller a note and left with an undisclosed amount of money. He fled on foot and is believed to have then left the area in a small dark colored car. No weapons were shown, nor did the suspect claim to have a weapon during the robbery.
A picture of the suspect was captured on the bank's surviellance camera, and anyone with information on his identity is asked to call the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office at 419-294-2362.
Residents in the area are alsobeing asked to be aware of their surroundings, but there is no reports of weapons.
An Upper Sandusky man was charged with public indecency for allegedly exposing himself to a woman in that city.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers received a call from a woman who said a man pulled his pants down in plain view of her and exposed himself to her.
Following an investigation, the suspect, identified as Shannon Drummond, was taken into custody and charged with public indecency.