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Coffee with a Cop Scheduled in Findlay Saturday


Hancock County law enforcement agencies are hosting a Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow.


Residents are invited to attend for an opportunity to have coffee and conversation with members of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Findlay Police Department.


It will be held at Coffee Amici, located at 330 South Main Street in Findlay.



Purse Snatcher Being Sought by Lima Police


The Lima Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a purse snatching suspect.


The man is described as biracial, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.



He has curly hair and a goatee and may go by the name of Trey.


If you have any information, call Patrolman Knippen at the police department in Lima.



One Person Arrested in Findlay Drug Operation


One person was arrested after a search warrant was served at a residence in Findlay this morning.


According to a release, the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Findlay Police Department Emergency Response Team, executed the warrant at 2325 East Dundee Drive in Findlay.


A search of the residence yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia and items indicative of drug trafficking.


29 year old Corey J. Long, of that address, was arrested and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Addition charges are expected at the conclusion of the investigation.



Degraff Crash Injures Woman

A Degraff woman was injured in a roll over crash that occurred in Logan County this past Monday night.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported  that 30 year old Bethany Alspaugh lost control of her vehicle while driving west on State Route 47 near Logansville. The vehicle went off the right side of the road where it struck the embankment and rolled over in a yard.


Alspaugh was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


She is described as a repeat drunk driver and admitted to consuming a 12 pack of beer prior to Monday night's crash. She was reportedly driving 70 to 80 miles per hour and told deputies she was on her way to pick up her children in Logansville.


Alspaugh was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated, speeding, failure to control and expired registration.



Hi-Point Business Professionals Headed to State

Eight Ohio Hi-Point Career Center students advanced to the Business Professionals of America state competition after competing at the regional level in January at Apollo Career Center in Lima.


Placing first were: Matthew Smith from Riverdale, in prepared speech,  Madison Aldo, from Bellefontaine, in digital media production, Kiarra Coats, from Benjamin Logan, in individual presentation management, a team from Bellefontaine in team presentation management, Korwin Kurtz, from Upper Scioto Valley, in graphic design and promotion and Max Jenks, from Urbana, in computer modeling.


The Ohio Hi-Point BPA chapter consists of students enrolled in the Multimedia Marketing program.



Ben Logan School Hosting Internet Safety Program


An internet safety program for parents will be presented this Thursday at Benjamin Logan High School.


The event will be run from 7 until 9pm at the school auditorium.


The adults only program is for parents of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Children will not be allowed in the presentation space.



Wyandot County Sheriff Releases January Activity Report


The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office released the activity report for the month of January.


194 complaints were received and 9 adults were arrested on felony charges.


One person was killed, and 13 people were injured in crashes during the month.


4 new concealed carry permits were issued, 9 were renewed and one was suspended in the month of January.



(UPDATE) Findlay Homicide Early Sunday Morning



A homicide occurred early Sunday morning in Findlay. 
According to a report provided by the Findlay Police Department, around 12:49 a.m. Sunday morning, Findlay Police received a 911 call from a caller in the 1300 block of Fox St. reporting a shooting incident. 
Upon police arrival, a man was found with a suspected gunshot wound inside the residence. The man has been identified as Jeffery L. Gary, age 56, from Findlay. 
Gary was pronounced dead at the scene by Hanco EMS. 
An autopsy revealed that Gary sustained 2 gunshot wounds.
Police report that multiple unknown suspects entered Gary’s residence where they confronted and shot Gary.  The suspects then ran from the residence, south on Fox Street.  No description of the suspects was obtained as they had their faces covered.  The suspects were believed to be male. 
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Findlay Police at 419-424-7150 or the Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477. Tips to Crime Stopper could result in a reward if the information leads to an arrest and prosecution.



Ohio Secretary of State Appoints Marion BOE Member

Secretary of State Jon Husted has appointed Lynn Zucker as a member of the Marion County Board of Elections.


She will fill the unexpired term of Jackie Smith.


State law requires bipartisan representation on each of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Each board is made up of two Republican members and two Democratic members, all of whom must be qualified electors in the counties for which they serve. The Secretary of State makes appointments to boards of elections based on the recommendations of the executive committees of the respective county political parties.


Zucker was recommended by the Marion County Republican Party Executive Committee.



Lima City Schools Set To Open Food Pantries

The Lima City Schools announced Friday that it will open food pantries in three of its school buildings.


The effort is in partnership with the West Ohio Food Bank. The agency will help provide food that will be in the pantries.


Pantries will be located inside Freedom, Heritage and Unity elementary schools. Staff from other school buildings may also use the pantries to help students who are identified as being in need from their buildings.


The pantry is the latest effort on the part of the Lima City Schools to become a full-service school system meeting as many needs as possible for students.


The school district will on various occasions ask families to give back by bringing in food for the pantries or by donating to the West Ohio Food Bank.



Two U of F Students to Attend Conference


Two University of Findlay Habitat for Humanity students will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend Habitat on the Hill, the organization’s international legislative conference.


This will mark the first time the university chapter will have representation at the event, which will be held Feb. 13-15.


Chapter fundraising chair Molly Hammersmith and secretary Halle Sattler will be attending.


The annual Habitat on the Hill conference provides the opportunity for Habitat staff members, volunteers and youth to attend workshops and meet in person with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.



Rushsylvania Church Hosting Security Seminar


Registrations are being taken now for a church security seminar to be presented March 8 at Rushsylvania Church of Christ.


The free event offers ALICE Training led by the Logan County Sheriff's Office and is open to all churches and organizations.


Call 937-468-2674 by March 5 to register.



2 Soil Fertility Programs Scheduled in Hancock County


Two soil fertility programs will be presented this month at the Hancock County Agriculture Service Center in Findlay.


Ohio Ag Net reported that Dr. Ed Lentz will present the programs on February 14 from 10am to 11:30am and on February 20 from 6:30 until 8pm.


The programs are free to the public, and you can register for one or both by calling the Hancock County Extension Office, 419-422-3851.



Death of Findlay Woman Being Investigated as a Homicide


The death of a Findlay woman is being investigated as a homicide.


WFIN Radio reported that Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman told media that's how investigators are handling the death of 28 year old Danielle Rice until evidence proves otherwise.


The body of the mother of two young children was found in two trash bags in a ditch along Township Road 215 this past Sunday afternoon.


Anyone with information to help solve the case is being asked to call 419-424-7097.



Auglaize County Law Enforcement Participating in Fundraiser


Deputies and other law enforcement officers in Auglaize County are growing facial hair to support the Auglaize County Crisis Center.


According to the sheriff's office Facebook page, the fundraiser is under way from now until April 13. The Crisis Center Auction is set for April 19.


Those wishing to participate and grow a beard, mustache or goatee must pay $20 which will handed over to the Crisis Center at the April 19th event.



Rhodes State College Celebrating Black History Month

Lima, Ohio (February 7, 2018) - Rhodes State College will celebrate February as Black History Month with activities featuring a book drive to benefit local youth. 
Eager readers will be the recipients of new and used books collected by Rhodes State students, staff and faculty. Contributions will be accepted throughout the month for “My Brothers Readers” at Lima North Middle School and Bradfield Center.
A free, fresh-grilled bratwurst lunch for Rhodes State students will be available Thursday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Kesha Drake, Executive Director of the Bradfield Center, will be on hand for the festivities. She will share her work with the Lima community through the Bradfield Center.


Plea Agreement Reached in O'Donnell Trial

There was a surprise development in the trial for the former superintendent of Indian Lake Schools.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Patrick O'Donnell has accepted a plea deal in the case.
O'Donnell entered an Alford plea Wednesday on one count of gross sexual imposition. In exchange for the plea, four counts each of rape and sexual battery amd five other counts of gross sexual imposition were dismissed. In addition, the charges against his wife, 47 year old Heather O'Donnell, were dismissed. She was on trial for two counts of endangering children.
An Alford plea allows Patrick O'Donnell to enter a guilty plea to the charge without formally admitting guilt.
He will be sentenced under normal circumstances, which will include mandatory registration as a sex offender.


Ada Named 9th Safest City in Ohio

On January 15, 2018 the Village of Ada was named 9th Safest City in Ohio by HomeSnacks.net.  
According to HomeSnacks.net: 
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 33 crimes committed in Pepper Pike which had a reported population of 6,247. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00528 which translates into a 1 in 189 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 198 places in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 198 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Ohio".
The safest city, based on population, is Pepper Pike. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.”
In 2017 Ada was named the 16th Safest City in Ohio by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, and according to areavibes.com, “violent crime in Ada, OH is 94% lower than the average rate of crime in Ohio and 96% lower than the rest of the nation. Similarly, crime involving property stands 75% lower than the remainder of the state of Ohio and 73% lower than the nation's average”.
According to Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, he credits these rankings on the excellent relationship between the Ada community and the police department.  In 2001 the Ada Police Department invented and implement Project S.A.F.E.R., Seeking Aid From Every Resident.  The goal of S.A.F.E.R. is to partner with all of our residents in making Ada a safer community which has proven very effective.
Chief Harnishfeger would like to congratulate all of the residents of Ada, Ohio in making our community a consistently safe place to live.


Groundbreaking for New Kenton Ice Cream Shop Expected Soon


A new ice cream business is coming to Kenton.


The Creamery, which operates in Delphos, purchased the old Dairy Freeze on East Franklin Street several years ago. The building was razed and the area was cleared.


The owner of the Creamery posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday that they are all set to go on their end and are waiting on Morton Buildings to finish up a few details before proceeding.


They are hoping to break ground soon for the Franklin Street location, which is located across from Hardin Memorial Hospital.



Death of Findlay Woman Considered Suspicious


Investigators are considering the death of a Findlay woman to be suspicious.


WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that the body of 28 year old Danielle Rice was found in Hancock County late this past weekend along Township Road 215.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation, and is asking anyone with information to the office at 419-424-7097.



Paving of Main Street in Arlington to Start Later This Year


A pavement project in the Village of Arlington is expected to get underway later this year.


The Findlay Courier reported on Arlington Mayor Michael Palmer's state of the village address when the mayor said the first phase of the Main Street project will get started once the construction season begins.


It was also noted that phase 2 of the project will start in 2019 rather than 2020.


Traffic will be maintained on Main Street, which is U.S. 68 through the village, during the work.



Marion Man Killed in Single Vehicle Crash


A Marion man was killed in a one vehicle crash Monday.


According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. 53 year old Fred L. Buckner lost control of his car while driving south on Whetstone River Road approaching St. James Road in Marion.


The car went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.


Buckner, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Marion General Hospital where he passed away.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Fort Morrow Fire District and Pleasant Township Fire Department.


The crash remains under investigation.



Passenger Injured in Ambulance Accident in Logan County


A passenger in an ambulance that crashed this past Sunday evening suffered serious injuries.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that 52 year old Charles Calisse Jr., of Columbus, was transferred to OSU Medical Center with serious injuries.


The ambulance was being driven by 27 year old Samantha Brockwell, of Galion, who lost control of the vehicle while travelling north on an ice covered State Route 117.


The ambulance went off the right side of the road and struck the ditch. It then rolled over and came to rest on the driver's side.


Brockwell and two other passengers were not injured.



3 Injured in Crash on SR 15 Sunday in Wyandot County


Three passengers in a car were injured following a crash Sunday on State Route 15 in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 39 year old Andrew Asmo, of Upper Arlington, lost control of his vehicle while driving east on 15. The car slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.


37 year old Rebecca, 10 year old Molly and 6 year old David Asmo, were all transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.


The driver was not injured, but he was cited for failure to control.



Driver Charged Following Crash Near Upper Sandusky


A Marysville man was cited for multiple offenses following a weekend crash near Upper Sandusky.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 11,000 block of County Highway 53 where a vehicle went off the road and struck a utility pole. There were no occupants in the vehicle when deputies arrived.


The driver, identified as 59 year old David Miller, then reported that his vehicle had been stolen, but a short time later admitted that he lied and was in fact the driver.


There were reports that Miller was driving at a high rate of speed while being chased by another vehicle following a disagreement with a resident at a house in Upper Sandusky.


Miller was charged with speeding, failure to control and for not wearing a safety belt.


The crash remains under investigation.



Logan County Superintendents on Trial This Week


The Lima News reports that The married Logan County superintendents connected to a child sexual abuse case will now face a jury trial together this week.

Patrick O’Donnell, the former superintendent at Indian Lake Schools, and Heather O’Donnell, the superintendent at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, will go to trial on Tuesday.

Patrick O’Donnell, faces felony charges which include rape of a child under 13, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Patrick, who was fired from Indian Lake Local Schools in November, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The alleged victim in the case was not a student enrolled at the district.

Heather O’Donnell, is charged with two counts of child endangering. The Lima News goes on to report that Washington Twp. Police Chief Rick Core said in an affidavit that the girl told Heather O’Donnell about the alleged abuse and she didn’t report it to authorities. Heather O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty.


Findlay Mayor Addresses Army Corps of Engineers


WFIN Radio reports that Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is leading a group to help make working with the Army Corps of Engineers better. She said that working with the corps isn’t always an easy thing to do.

Mihalik said that she was surprised to learn that Findlay wasn’t the only city that thought the process was too long and cost too much. The group will work with the corps to make changes so that it is easier.

She said that the group has already started working together but will meet with the Army Corps in April.


Logan County Deputies Promoted

Two Logan County Sheriff's deputies were recently promoted.


Sheriff Randall J. Dodds announced that Shawn McIntire and Miriam Reames were promoted to the rank of Corporal.


They will both begin their duties as Correction Officer Supervisors beginning February 10.


McIntire started with the office as a Correction Officer November 8, 2014. Reames began her career as a Correction Officer September 16, 2015.



Public Assistance Requested After Marysville Pharmacy Robbery

A robbery was reported at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, located at 800 Delaware Ave in Marysville back on Thursday night.


According to the Marysville Division of Police report, witnesses said a suspect walked to into the business and brandished a silver handgun.


He is described as a black male approximately 6 feet tall wearing a dark ball cap, a red zip up hooded jacket and black pants. He fled the business on foot carrying a black trash bag. From additional information gathered, it is believed the suspect got into a newer white Honda car and fled the area.


If you have information regarding the suspect or the incident, contact the Marysville Division of Police at 937-645-7300. As always, you may remain anonymous.



Attempted Robbery Suspect Being Sought


A suspect remains on the loose following an attempted robbery in Russells Point this week.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that a white male entered Lester's Tabacco Shack and ordered the clerk to open both registers. He approached with a yellow Dollar General bag, but the clerk was able to activate the silent alarm, and the suspect left the store empty handed.


The man is described as 5 feet nine inches to 6 feet tall and weighs around 185 pounds. He was wearing a black zip up jacket with a hood pulled up over his head and a mask covering his neck, mouth, and nose. His pants are dark in color and his shoes are lighter and possibly a hiking shoe of sorts.


Anyone who has any information is being asked to call 937-843-2245, press option 2 and leave a message.



Man Arrested on Assault Charge


A Nevada man was arrested following an assault that took place in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to a property in the 1500 block of County Highway 330 to investigate a report of a man who physically attack another man in the house.


Deputies arrested Jesse L. Tuten and charged him with assault.


He was transported to the Wyandot County Jail.



Rhodes State College Hosting Open House


Rhodes State College will host its annual Presidents Day Open House on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


This year’s theme is “Experience Rhodes,” and is designed to offer High School students and their parents the opportunity to experience Rhodes State programs and services.


Information about majors, programs, activities and student support will be provided throughout the event. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid and student activities, and campus tours will be available.


The event will be filled with fun, food, and an opportunity to learn more about Rhodes State.



I-75 Traffic Impacted by Project


Traffic on Interstate 75 near the state Route 12 interchange in Findlay will be temporarily affected tonight during the installation of a fiber optic line over the lanes of traffic.


Traffic in both directions will be slowed and perhaps temporarily stopped for short intervals while the installation work takes place. The work is scheduled to begin at approximately midnight tonight and is expected to conclude by 5:30 Friday morning.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol will provide traffic control.



Women's Self Defense Class Offered in Marysville


Women are being encouraged to sign-up for the upcoming women's self-defense classes in Marysville.


Officer Amy Findley will be instructing two classes on Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM or Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


You must be 14 years or older to participate.


Contact her at 937-645-7300 or look for the link on the Marysville Division of Police Facebook page.



Logan County United Way Campaign Successful


The United Way of Logan County held an awards breakfast Wednesday morning to celebrate a successful campaign.


Donors pledged nearly $952,000 through United Way, shattering the $850,000 goal.


It marks a 14.6 percent increase over last year and the sixth consecutive year of increased giving to United Way.


Pictures from the awards breakfast can be found on the United Way of Logan County Facebook page.



Bluegrass Musician to Perform at University of Findlay


Bluegrass musician and composer Jeff Parker will be kicking off the University of Findlay’s spring Music Bach’s Concert Series along with a few members of his band.


The concert is scheduled for tomorrow February 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium.


The concert is free and open to the public.


The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by Student Activities Board.



Bucyrus Man Arrested in Wyandot County


A Bucyrus man was arrested following a disturbance at a residence in Wyandot County Tuesday afternoon.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 8000 block of County Highway 128 to investigate a complaint that a man who has a civil protection order against him was on the property.


Upon arrival, a deputy observed what appeared to be a fight in progress. While exiting his patrol car, a man lunged into the driver's side of the vehicle. The deputy deployed a Taser gun and ordered the man out of the vehicle and place his hands on the car. Following repeated demands for him not to resist, deputies arrested Dana Kincade Jr. for violating the civil protection order.


The incident remains under investigation.



Fire Department in Marion County Receives Grant


Fourteen Ohio employers will share just over $340,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.


BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in December.


In our region, the Scioto Valley Fire District in Marion County was approved for $29,452 to purchase one set of extrication tools.



Marion Police Officer Attended SOTU Address


A Marion police officer was a guest during the State of Union address delivered by President Trump last night.


Major Jay McDonald was invited as a guest of Senator Rob Portman.


Major McDonald is the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police President and National Vice-President.



OSU Marion Conducts 3rd Annual Loving Scarves Campaign


A group of Ohio State Marion faculty, staff, alumni, and students from the campus social work club have teamed up for the third annual Loving Scarves campaign.


Loving Scarves is an initiative to collect and distribute hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to community members in need.


According to organizers, donated items will be packaged and placed at the entrance of Lincoln Park, Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, Salvation Army, Marion Public Library, area laundromats, and other random locations throughout the Marion area.  Distribution will take place, Saturday, February 10th.


Community members in need of these items should look for plastic bags with red hearts that read, “I’m Yours,” at specified distributions locations.


Those wishing to make a donation are urged to drop off items at Ohio State Marion’s Maynard Hall, Room 250, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



Occupational Therapy Program Set at University of Findlay


Occupational therapy, healthcare professionals and the general public are invited to the University of Findlay Occupational Therapy Programs 14th annual Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy.


The event will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, February 16 at 9:15 a.m., both in the Alumni Memorial Union’s North Multipurpose Room.


The featured speaker for this free event will be Janice P. Burke, a nationally recognized expert on occupational therapy for young children and their families.


Both evenings are free, but registration is required by visiting the University of Findlay Occupational Therapy's webpage.



Marysville Student Wins Hi-Point Poetry Out Loud Competition

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – Alexandra Bushatz, an Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Cosmetology student from Marysville High School, placed first in the Poetry Out Loud school competition held on January 26. Grace Hawson (Multimedia Marketing, Riverside High School) and Trent Devine (Multimedia Marketing, Indian Lake High School) placed second and third, respectively.
Bushatz advances to the regional semi-finals on February 20 with a shot to compete at the state and national levels.
For the competition, students selected, studied, memorized a poem. Then, students presented the poem in front of a panel of judges. This year, 28 students participated in the school competition.
The Poetry Out Loud competition is part of a unit lesson taught by Ohio Hi-Point English instructors, Mrs. Monica Young and Mr. Ryan Gilbert. This is the second year students participated.
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.


Two Arrested Following Traffic Stop in Carey


Two people were arrested following a traffic stop recently in Carey.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, detectives stopped a vehicle being driven by Chelsea Garza. A passenger in the car, identified as Alex Naeyaert, was found to be in possession of heroin.


Garza was also arrested on felony charges from a previous incident. Both were taken to the Wyandot County Jail.


The arrests were made following an investigation by the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit and the METRICH Enforcement Unit.



Regional Fire Department Receives BWC Grant


Thirty-nine Ohio fire departments will receive a share of over $376,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements.


The fire departments are receiving the funding under the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect firefighters from harmful elements encountered during a firefight.


In our region, the American Township Fire Department in Allen County will receive $10,200 to purchase 72 barrier hoods and 36 pairs of washable gloves.



ODA Hosting Gypsy Moth Open Houses


The Ohio Department of Agriculture will host open houses in areas where gypsy moth aerial treatments are scheduled this Spring.


Open houses will be held in Allen County February 12 at the Auglaize Township Hall in Harrod, in Wyandot County February 13 at the City Hall in Upper Sandusky and in Marion County February 14 at the OSU Extension Office in Marion. All times are from 6 to 8pm.


The open house events will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.



Upper Sandusky Man Killed in Wyandot County Crash


An Upper Sandusky man was killed in a weekend crash that occurred in the 14,000 block of County Highway 119.


According to a release from Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel, 58 year old Julius Colvin lost control of his vehicle while driving north on 119. The car went off the left side of the road, struck the ditch and travelled through a fence. The car then overturned and rolled several times. Colvin was ejected and was found trapped under the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


The crash remains under investigation, and alcohol was a contributing factor.



Pharmacy at Findlay Kroger Robbed


The Kroger Pharmacy on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay was robbed Sunday afternoon.


According to a Findlay Police Department release, two suspects entered the store and approached the pharmacy counter. They then jumped over the counter and stole several bottles of prescription medication. The males appeared to know what they were looking for and where it was located.


The suspects ran out of the store, got into a waiting car and fled the scene northbound on Bright Road.


Both suspects are described as black makes, approximately 6 feet two inches tall with a skinny build. Their vehicle is possibly a smaller black sedan.


The robbery remains under investigation.



Man Victim of Armed Robbery in Findlay


An armed robbery that occurred early this morning in Findlay is being investigated.


According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Crystal Avenue at around 3:30 this morning where a man stated that he was walking and was approached by two other men who asked him for money.


The victim told them he didn't have any, and the suspects then are said to have displayed a handgun and demanded his cell phone and wallet.


The suspects fled the area on foot.


One of the suspects is described as a tall, skinny white male, and the other is a shorter make with darker complexion, described as Hispanic.


The robbery remains under investigation.



Arlington Man Sentenced to Life in Prison


An Arlington man was recently sentenced to life in prison for the death of a young boy in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.


According to information from the Findlay Courier, 29 year old, Brent Houdeshell of Arlington was convicted for the murder of a two year old boy on Thursday. Houdeshell was convicted on the charges of murder, endangering a child and, tampering with evidence. A Hancock County jury found him guilty on all counts. The punishment was life in prison with the possibility of parole after 17 years.


Houdeshell called the police at 9 p.m. on March 31st of 2016 to report that Breydon Ferrell had fallen out of his crib and was unresponsive. When an autopsy was performed it was concluded that the two year old boy had died of head trauma.


During Houdeshell’s hearing on Thursday, he proclaimed that he was being wrongly convicted for the death of the boy. Houdeshell’s attorney, Adam Nemann, said that his client plans to appeal that court's decision.



Logan County Fiscal Officer Pleads Guilty to Charges


A Logan Township Fiscal officer pleads guilty to Child Endangering on Friday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.


Chris Foust, 67, of Liberty Township pleaded guilty to a third degree felony of Child Endangerment in Logan County Common Pleas Court. Foust pleaded guilty to the charge to avoid going through a grand jury indictment and criminal prosecution. The Logan County Prosecutor, Eric Stewart, said that Foust is accused of inappropriately touching a minor. According to the Prosecutor, the minor is 16 and the incident occured seven years ago.


Foust will be sentenced on March 15th at 9 a.m. in the Logan County Common Pleas Court.



Allen County Has New Coroner


A new coroner was introduced in Allen County.


According to the Lima News, the Allen County Republican Party appointed Dr. John Meyer to the position of Coroner. Meyer is taking the place of Dr. Gary Beasley who retired from the position after 13 years of service.


Meyer had been serving as the Coroner before he was appointed. Before that, he had served with Dr. Beasley as the Deputy Coroner.



Columbus Man Charged In Union County

A Columbus man was arrested this week following a breaking and entering investigation in Union County.


According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, officers from the Plain City and Dublin Police Departments responded to the area of Cedar Crest Drive to check a suspicious vehicle and person near several homes under construction.


Upon further investigation, 31 year old Hassan A. Saleh was arrested for breaking and entering.


He was transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.



HCSO Reminds Resident to Fill Out Survey


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents in that county to fill out the community survey.


The office says you have until January 31 to complete the survey.


The Sheriff's Office thanked the numerous residents who have taken time to fill the survey out.


They can be found at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.



Marion Man Facing Drug Charges


A Marion resident is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Union County.


According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped a car on State Route 4 for a traffic violation.


The driver, identified as 19 year old Katelyn M. Peerenboom, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was also cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.



Hi-Point Releases 2nd Quarter Honor Lists

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio –Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently announced the career center’s Superintendent’s List, Honor Roll and half-day Honor Roll for the second nine weeks.
To be eligible for the Superintendent’s List students must receive all A’s, while Honor Roll students must receive letter grades of B or better.
The Superintendent’s List recipients are as follows:
Bellefontaine High School
Amanda Hanley, Jonathan May, Victoria Pine-Moore, Dashae Rogan, Beigh Wilson, Brianna Workman
Benjamin Logan High School
Abigail Austin, Ondrea Bryant, Makayla Cayot, Garrett Horsley, Levi Horsley, Autumn Horton, Dakota Horton, Hannah Phillips, Chanceler Price
Graham High School
Houston Eubanks, Gabrielle Fisher, Hallie Johnson
Indian Lake High School
Trenton Devine, Sierra Kerns, Sierra Lensman, Britney Pond, Trevor VanHoose, Celese Wischmeyer
Kenton High School
Devin Arnold, Kylee Baker, Tamara Combs
Marysville High School
Harley Adkins, Matthew Carnes, Cassandra Duran, Hayleigh Hansen, Claudia Hewitt, Agatha Livingston, Gary Markin, Olivia Thallman, Hunter Tuel, Morgan Young
North Union High School
Mallory Case
Riverside High School
Jadzia Café, Samantha Neeley, Matthew Smith
Triad High School
Katherine Pennington, Thomas Tossey
Upper Scioto Valley High School
Hannah Brant, Alexis Christon, Tony Christon, Stevie Clark, Neal Compton, James Goodin, Jeremy Hensley, Alexa Lowry
Urbana High School
Briana Ussher, Evan Botkin, Shaina Huffman
Waynesfield-Goshen High School
Karen Kuhn, Kaytlyn Kuhn
West Liberty-Salem High School
Emily Elser, Kaelen Redden, Karli Dowden
The following students achieved Honor Roll:
Bellefontaine High School
Eva Deffenbaugh, Alexis Dunn, Cambryia Elkins, Drew Grumbling, Noah Jackson, Paige Judd, AnnaMarie Nance, Jonathan Parthemore, Kody Riley, Dylan Webb, Daniel Weikart
Benjamin Logan High School
Cori Grimes, Dalton Gulasa, Jason Henry, Reede Humphrey, Chase Johnson, Kennedy Richards, Kayla Snyder, Lexi Stewart, David Watkins
Graham High School
Bryce Bowman, Hope Burton-Hughes, Austyn Collier, Cortney Floyd, Dylan Reed, Brandi Ussher
Indian Lake High School
Leaha Anderson, Devin Brown, Lori Burden, Octavia Cooper, Peyton Farley, Zolena Franklin, Tristin Goings, Anna-Marie Harford, Mercedes Massie, Taylor Mayes Shellby Mays, Hannah Park, Cayne Parker, Hunter Phillips, Nichole Ricketts, Tyann Scipio, Destiny Shinkle, Devin Sweet, Tyler Thomas, Jonathan Ward
Kenton High School
Caylie Landon, Alexandria Vasquez
Marysville High School
Peyton Barnett, Madilynn Cantrell, Alydia Fultz, Chandler Hildebrand, Kay Houser, Noah Lucas, Samantha Marshall, Stephanie Marshall, Cheyenne Muncy, Kayleigh Pennington, Haylee Rainer, Brian Roark, Hallie Sergent, Clayton Watson
Mechanicsburg High School
Baylie Allen, Riley Dillinger, Ronald Grider, Frank Magyar
Ridgemont High School
Victor Kep, Alexis Lingrel
Riverside High School
Wyatt Auflick, Teisha Ritter, Kailynn Roby
Triad High School
Creighton Bradley, Dawson Dellinger, Alyson Inskeep, Matthew McConnell
Upper Scioto Valley High School
Korwin Kurtz
Urbana High School
Ethan Edwards, Madalene Johnson, Addison Ropp, Charles White, Dylan Youngdahl
Wapakoneta High School
Orion Horn
Waynesfield-Goshen High School
Kylie Beers, Cathleen Case, Elijah Cotter, Gabriel James, Kirsten Roof, Savanna Spencer, Keaton Webb, Hope Wicker
West Liberty-Salem High School
Karley Jenkins, Bailey Smith, Garett Avila, Amber Bell, Bailey Cushman, Deana Dappert, Alexis Eshelman, Rachel Larson
The following half-day students achieved Honor Roll:
Bellefontaine High School
Madison Aldo, Raven Beair, Cody Board Hindenlang, Ben Brunswick, Brittney Buffkin, Nathan Carothers, Brittany Case, Julie Downing, Nikolas Feasel, Jacob Lewis, Bronx Meadows, Payten Nott, Madison Payne, Drake Robinson, Weston Rose, Barbara Stein, Ian Stevens
Benjamin Logan High School
Christian Blumenschein, Kiarra Coats, Joselyn Herzog, Kiersten Kuch, Kyle Linebaugh, Chase McKinney, Kristen Miller, Antonio Morelli, Jacob Smith, Isaiah Taylor
Graham High School
Danielle Ropp
Joy Brandt, Dale Brumfield, Samuel Laird, Nathan Reeves
Kenton High School
Braden Britton, Jessilyn Broadstone
Marysville High School
Jacob Arnold, Andrew Brady, Xavier Friley
Mechanicsburg High School
Ian Foster, Shelby Massie
Ohio Connections Academy
Ava Zell
Triad High School
Kyler Beckley
Urbana High School
Jacob Hudson


Mom and Her Infant Escape Burning Mobile Home


A mobile home was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.


Kenton firefighters were dispatched to Rush Trailer Park lot 74 around 5:30pm. The trailer was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival.


The occupants of the mobile home, Hayley Dappert and her infant child, were home at the time and escaped safely.


Kenton Fire Chief Tim Clark said it has been the determined the fire was accidental and electrical in nature. The fire department was assisted in the investigation by the Kenton Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office.


Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Ridgeway, Belle Center and Mt. Victory.


Firefighters were on the scene until just before 8 Wednesday night.



Ada Man's Trial to the Court Ended Wednesday


The trial to the court for a former Allen East High School band director ended Wednesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


69 year old Dennis Dellefield, of Ada, was indicted last year on four counts each of attempted pandering of obscenity to a minor and attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.


Dellefield has maintained his innocence throughout the process.


Closing arguments were presented to Judge Scott Barrett, who then took the case under advisement and will rule later.



Money Stolen From Subway in Kenton


A theft at Subway was reported to Kenton police on Wednesday.


According to the report, 5 $20 bills were stolen from the business.


The suspect is described as a black male wearing a hat and a black jacket. He had dark hair and dark eyes and spoke with an accent.


The incident is under investigation.



Forest Woman Involved in Wyandot County Accident


Slippery roads led to a crash in Wyandot County Wednesday night.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 45 year old Sharon Pelfrey, of Forest, was driving north on County Highway 215 and her car slid through a stop sign at County Highway 53 and ended up in a field.


Pelfrey was not injured. She was cited for failure to control.



Regional Schools Participating in Mock Trial Competition


The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s 35th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition is taking place Friday.  


Each Ohio Mock Trial team consists of five to eleven students who assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys to present both sides of an original case based on a constitutional issue. Each team will compete in two trials against opposing teams.


Ohio Mock Trial district competitions will be hosted in 24 counties throughout Ohio and more than 1,000 legal professionals will serve as volunteer judges, competition coordinators and team advisors.  


Teams that win both trials in the district competition will advance to regional competition on February 16.  Regional winners will compete in the state competition on March 8-10 in Columbus. The 2018 State Champion team will represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13.


Counties hosting Ohio Mock Trial district competitions in our region are Hancock, Marion and Union.



St. Marys Man Arraigned on Robbery Charges in Lima


A St. Marys man was arraigned yesterday on charges connected to a robbery at Domino's in Lima this past Monday.


The Lima News reported that 44 year old Jonathan M. Fugatt was arrested shortly after the robbery at Dominos in the 1400 block of North Cole Street in Liam.


Fugatt allegedly entered the business, demanded money and threatened employees. He fled the store following a physical altercation.


There were no injuries during the robbery, which remains under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau.



Man Arrested on Warrant Out of Wyandot County


A Whitehouse, Ohio man was arrested on warrant out of Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, John R. Lazaro Lopez was arrested Tuesday in Lucas County.


The original charge was possession of heroin.


Lopez was transported to the Wyandot County Jail where he will be held until appearing in court.



Bellefontaine Police Presenting Internet Safety Program


The Bellefontaine Police Department will be presenting an Internet Safety for Parents program.


It will be held at the Benjamin Logan High School on Thursday February 15 from 7 until 9pm.


The program is for all parents of children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade within Logan County.


This is an adults only presentation and no children will be allowed in the presentation space.



Bluffton University Celebrating Library Week

BLUFFTON, Ohio— Bluffton University’s Musselman Library will host its fifth annual Celebrate the Library Week, Feb. 5-9. The week is a time for discovery and community for students, faculty, staff and emeriti. The goal of this week is clearly stated in its tag line: “Celebrating Student Research and Creativity.” The week includes a variety of activities such as the First Tuesday Forum, a health and wellness expo and a research fair. 
First Tuesday Forum at the library
11-11:40 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, Musselman Library Reading Room
Dean Walters will present, “Identifying Novel Chemical Compounds to Inhibit the Development of Cancer.”
Walters, a senior biology and pre-medicine major, will discuss research he completed during a paid internship at the National Institutes of Health.
Health and wellness expo
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, Musselman Library Reading Room
The feature event for Wednesday of Celebrate the Library week has grown into an impressive learning opportunity for all who visit. Student scholars in dietetics, nutrition and wellness will share on a wide range of wellness and nutrition topics through informative displays, practical advice and free food samples.
Research fair
1-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, Musselman Library
This poster-session-style event will showcase the work of Bluffton University students; presentations exemplify student research in a broad sense, including traditional research presentations, projects, internships and creative work. Presenters are nominated by members of the Bluffton University faculty.
All of the above events are free and open to the public.


Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of Galion Middle School


A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a middle school in Galion today.


WBNS 10 TV in Columbus reported that students are safe and that bomb-sniffing dogs were used to conduct a search of the building.


The middle school students were transported to the high school during the search.


After an extensive search, Superintendent Jim Grubbs said they are very confident the building is safe and secure.


Students and staff were allowed back in at 1 this afternoon.



Short Change Artists Scam Operating in Findlay


The Findlay Police Department has seen an influx of scams involving the "Short Change Scam".


This scam basically targets cashiers and businesses where the suspects ask for change to be broken down over a series of transactions. This results in more money being given away than should be.


To avoid this scam, employers are asked to educate cashiers on how the scam works and encourage them to take their time and slow down.


One transaction should be completed at a time and be mindful of more than one person working together to distract the cashier.



Harrison Street Bridge Over I-75 Set to Reopen


A significant structure related to the improvement of Interstate 75 through the city of Findlay and Hancock County is nearly complete and set to reopen this week.


Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 on Monday marked the completion of the Harrison Street bridge over I-75. The bridge is expected to reopen this week.


The bridge was closed in May of last year during a complete reconstruction of the structure. The structure was nearing the end of its service life and required widening to accommodate the new lanes of I-75 beneath it.


The cost was $3.3 million.


The entire reconstruction project is expected to be completed in August 2020.



Golden Named Deputy of the Year in Union County


Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton announced recently that the 2017 Deputy of the Year at the Union County Sheriff's Office is Shawn Golden.


He has been on the force since 1994 and is assigned to the investigative division and also serves as a crisis negotiator.


During his career, Golden has served as a corrections deputy, patrol deputy, a court service deputy and a detective.



Extensive Damage Reported After Car Strikes US Plant


A Sycamore man is facing charges following an incident at Bridgestone in Upper Sandusky Sunday evening.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, a car ran into a garage door at the plant resulting in extensive damage.


The incident is being investigated by the Upper Sandusky Police Department with the assistance of the sheriff’s office.


The driver was not located for some time, but following a search, the suspect, identified as Sean Cassaro, was located  on the grounds of the plant and is facing charges in connection to the incident which remains under investigation.



Several Units Work to Make Major Crimes Unit Successful


The Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit is a joint task force that was formed by Wyandot County Sheriff Michael Hetzel in cooperation with the Upper Sandusky and Carey Police Departments and the Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office.


The Sheriff's Office has dedicated two detectives the unit and the Upper Sandusky and Carey Police Departments have each assigned one detective.


The unit is dedicated to stopping the influx of dangerous drugs flowing into Wyandot County resulting in the confiscation of over 300 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of heroin, 200 grams of methamphetamine and numerous other drugs.


Anyone with information that may be relevant to the sale or possession of illegal drugs is encouraged to communicate with local law enforcement agencies, and the information will be passed along with Major Crimes Unit for investigation.



Bluffton U Offering New Physical Therapy Major

To prepare students for careers in the growing health care industry, Bluffton University is now offering a pre-physical therapy major.


The major, housed in the natural and applied sciences division, will feature rigorous coursework to prepare students for post-graduate education. Physical therapists must earn a doctoral degree and pass a licensure exam in order to practice.


Bluffton’s Center for Career and Vocation will also work closely with pre-physical therapy majors to ensure they obtain the 40-60 hours of volunteer work and observation experience with a licensed physical therapist, a requirement of many doctoral programs.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of physical therapists to increase 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.


The new major will be officially offered beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.



17 Year Old Missing Person Case Still Under Investigation


The Union County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the disappearance of a Marysville woman from nearly 17 years ago.


Patricia "Patti" Adkins was last seen clocking out at Honda in Marysville just after midnight on June 29, 2001. She told her friends and family she was going on a romantic vacation with a coworker. Adkins hasn't been seen since.


Yesterday, the Union County Sheriff's Office issued a plea for help on their Facebook page.


Anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant is asked to call the Crime Tip hotline at 937-642-7653.



Driver Cited Following Roll Over Crash in Wyandot County


A roll over crash was reported Wednesday night on Township Road 43 in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 26 Jordan Bailey, of Nevada, lost control of his car while driving west on 43. The car went off the left side of the road where it struck a tile and overturned in a creek.


Heavy damage occurred to the car, but Bailey was not injured.


He was cited for failure to control.



Crash Damages a Car on US 23 Entrance Ramp


A crash occurred on the entrance ramp of US 23 in Wyandot County Thursday morning.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 20 year old Jamie Phillips attempted to turn left from State Route 53 onto the entrance ramp. He failed to make the turn and the car was heavily damaged when it struck the guardrail.


Phillips was not injured.




Wharton Man Involved in Roll Over Crash


A Wharton man escaped injury in a roll over crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 50 year old Scott A. Bower lost control of his car on the icy road while travelling north on County Highway 87.


The car went off the right side of the road and overturned in a field.


Heavy damage occurred to the car. No citations were listed on the report.



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