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Findlay Police Searching For Felonious Assault Suspect


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.



Graham Defeats Ben Logan in Boys Golf Match

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 Beats Fremont St. Joe in Girl's Tennis Action

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. 


**UPDATE...MORE INFO PROVIDED** Wyandot County Bank Robbed Monday

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.


Upper Sandusky Man Charged With Public Indecency


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.



Mt. Blanchard Hosting Heritage Day on Saturday


The Village of Mt. Blanchard will host its second Heritage Day Saturday August 19.


According to the village's Facebook page, the event will be held in the center of town with numerous activities planned.

They include a 5 K race starting at Hurricane Park at nine Saturday morning. The dedication of the Veteran's Memorial will be held at 10, which officially opens the event. There will also be antique car, tractor and living history interviews throughout the day.


Vendors serving food items and merchants will be set up on Clay Street.


The event runs in Mt. Blanchard tomorrow until 4 in the afternoon.



Hancock County Museum Showing Classic Movie


Classic movie night will be held at the Hancock Historical Museum this evening.


The movie being shown is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The movie starts at seven with historical information presented before and discussion after. Popcorn and refreshments will be provided, and it is free for the public.


The museum is located at 422 West Sandusky Street in Findlay.



Bellefontaine Man Arrested on Rape Charge


A Bellefontaine Man was arrested following the rape of a Logan County Girl.


According WPKO radio, 18 year old Layne Williams was arrested yesterday morning by the Bellefontaine Police Department around 11:00 on multiple felony sex charges after raping a 14 year old Huntsville Girl.


The girl was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital, and then to Nationwide Children’s Hospital for treatment.


Reportedly the girl was drugged and raped by the man after she was visiting with a friend.


Williams is being held in the Logan County Jail on charges of rape, unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, pandering sexually oriented material involving a minor, and corrupting another with drugs. Additional charges may be possible.


Logan County Children’s Services assisted in this case.



Park Board Reverses Decision Concerning Vietnam Monument


A group made up mostly of Vietnam veterans convinced the Upper Sandusky Park Board to reverse a decision that allowed the repositioning of a Vietnam Monument at Bicentennial Park.


The Daily Chief-Union newspaper reported that the Veterans Heritage Foundation was given permission by the park board in July to move the Vietnam monument from the center of the park to make room for a World War I veterans monument and a Wyandot County Veterans Hall of Fame Monument. Upper Sandusky City Councilman Ken Wessler said the group on Monday expressed their concern and opposition prompting the park board to reverse the July approval.


City officials now say the monuments will now be arranged in of war dates, which they say was the original plan before the Vietnam monument was installed over 10 years ago.



Two Arrested Following High Speed Chase


Two people were arrested on Monday following the tri county police chase.


The Courier reports that 25 year old Ryan Yoakum, and 24 year old Caroline Lantz of Tiffin were arrested on outstanding warrants- and charges resulting from the chase.


The chase Started on the north side of Findlay around 10:58 am, and concluded near Lima on State Route 81 in Lima after The State Highway Patrol used spikes to flatten the tires of the vehicle around 1:40 in the afternoon.


Both Yoakum and Lantz are being held in the Allen County Jail.



Marion Woman's Bond Reduced


Bond has been lowered for a Marion County woman who is accused of murdering her husband.


According to the Marion Star newspaper, Judge Jim Slagle set the bond for 63 year old Barbara Lucille Stricklin at $500,000 cash or surety, reducing it from $1 million.


Stricklin has been charged with aggravated murder following the death of 68 year old John L. Stricklin. Mr. Stricklin was found with a bullet wound in his back in late April.


Stricklin entered a plea of not guilty.


The paper reports that the prosecutors are set to dismiss charges of possession of cocaine after lab tests reported negative for the drug.



Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis Team Loses to Willard

Upper Sandusky lost 5-0 at home to Willard in girls tennis Tuesday afternoon. 
1S - Emma Moll (W) def. Jodi Smalley 6-2, 3-6, 10-7
2S - Carlee Gibson (W) def. Sydney Schryer 6-1, 6-1
3S - Addison Paxton (W) def. Samantha Fagan 6-0, 6-0
1D - Addie Slone/JoBrubaker (W) def. Mara Smalley/Mady West 6-0, 6-0
2D - Tori Barnett/Kennedy Daub (W) def. Dani Conigy/Lyndsey McQuown 7-5, 6-1
Hannah Johnson and Anna Koepke won their JV doubles match, 8-6.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "We've played three matches and have played three different lineups.  Still looking for the one that we love and are confident in.  We knew going into this match that Willard was a tough matchup for us.  They returned several girls that were problematic for us last year and their first doubles team is as good as we see through the year.  I was happy that our girls saw how the Willard girls play and how hard they hit the ball and are kind of thinking to themselves that there's no reason we can't play like that...now we just have to act on it.  Despite the results today, we are getting better.  Jodi Smalley played a great match and just battled hard against Emma Moll, who is a really solid girls tennis player.  Jodi has played well in each of the positions we've put her in.  We are very happy with her competitiveness at this point."
The loss brings Uppers record to 1-2, while Willard improves to 2-0.


Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck by Vehicle Near Indian Lake


A former Bellefontaine man was struck and killed by a vehicle on State Route 235 near Indian Lake Monday morning.


According to information from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, 43 year old Anthony T. Scott, who was currently residing in Lakeview, was walking just inside the edge line when he was struck by a northbound pickup truck being operated by 24 year old Shane M. Rice, of Lakeview.


The crash occurred in the early morning hours Monday, and Rice said he didn't see the pedestrian until it was too late.


Scott was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified through fingerprints following an autopsy.


The crash remains under investigation, but no charges are expected to be filed.



Crash Victim in Lima Last Week Dies From Injuries


A crash that occurred in Lima last week is now being investigated as a fatality.


According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 23 year old Holly C. Mooney was a passenger in a car being driven by 23 year old Patrick Hull, of Lima. The car was eastbound on Bluelick Road when Hull attempted to pass another vehicle by driving off the right side of the road. Hull lost control of the car which ended up off the left side of the road where it struck the ditch and a utility pole. The vehicle then overturned several times before coming to rest in a field.


Mooney was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Toledo where she died three days later. Hull was treated for minor injuries.


Neither occupant was wearing seatbelts, and alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the crash.



Tri-County Chase Ends Near Lima


A tri county high speed chase ended near Lima yesterday.


WFIN Radio reports that the chase began in Cass Township on Hancock County Road 18 around 11:05 yesterday morning.


The vehicle went into southern Wood County before ending in Lima where the suspects reportedly fled on foot into a wooded area.


Officers made an arrest, as well as a call for an ambulance.


No further details are available at this time.



Teens Plead Guilty in Logan County Murder Case


Two teenagers entered guilty pleas in a Logan County Murder


The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that both 18 year old Tatiana Freeman, and 17 year old Jasmine Lewis admitted to their involvement in the death of Jeffrey Brentlinger.


Both teenagers accepted plea deals from the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office in front of Judge Mark O’Connor.



Children's Museum Wins Business Plan Competition in Marion


The plans for a Children's Museum won over the Business Plan Competition according to the Marion Star.


Cindy Barns a retired teacher said her winning museum will be called The Explore It-Torium. The plan for the new museum was awarded 2,500 for winning the competition. She says that the funds will be used to pay for the registration of the museum as a 501(c)(3) organization.


There is no date set for when the museum will be open to the public.



Findlay to Host Miracle League All Star Game in 2018


Findlay has been selected to host the 2018 National All Star baseball game for children with special needs according to WFIN.


Miracle League a baseball league is a league that is dedicated to giving children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an environment where they will be accepted from their teammates and coaches. The Miracle League President Greg Harold, said that the game will be a weekend of fun for those children who will be participating.


The Miracle League has been around since 2000 and currently has 240 plus Miracle organizations across the country as well as 200,000 member including adults and children.



Upper Sandusky Tops River Valley in Girls Tennis Opener

Upper Sandusky (1-0) defeated River Valley (0-1) to open their season this afternoon, 3-2.  
1st Single - Jodi Smalley (US) def. Maggie Dennis 6-2, 6-2
2nd Single - Grace Payne (RV) def. Sydney Schryer 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3rd Single - Mara Smalley (US) def. Sophie Thompson 6-4, 6-2
1st Double - Mercedez Smith/Bailey Shuff (RV) def. Dani Conigy/Abby Davidson 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-1
2nd Double - Mady West/Lyndsey McQuown (US) def. Camryn Smith/Gurlene Kharia 6-1, 6-4
Miriam Gutierrez and Emma Schoenberger won a JV doubles match by a score of 8-4.
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "Very good first win for us as we had nobody playing in the same position that they played last year and several girls playing their first varsity matches.  It was a good win for both of the Smalley sisters.  Jodi had never played someone of the caliber of Maggie Dennis and she really answered the call.  Mara also played very well in getting her first ever singles win.  River Valley is pretty strong at the top of their lineup so to get a 3-2 victory over them is a good win for us.  At 2nd Doubles, Mady and Lyndsey had never played together before and their styles of play really seemed to compliment one another."  
Upper Sandusky is home Monday against Kenton (starts at 1:00, which is a change from the schedules that were sent out).


Ben Logan Places 5th at Golf Invitational Thursday

Ben Logan took 5th place Thursday at the Ryan Reynolds Invitational at Liberty Hills. 
The Raiders shot a 341 finishing behind Bellefontaine and Butler who tied at 332, Lima Shawnee 335, Springfiled Shawnee 335.
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer with an 80. He was followed by Ethan Ricketts 85, Garrett Allen 88, and Bryce Loomis  with a 90. 
Also scoring for the Raiders were Gavin Clay with a 111, and Carter Stewart 117. 
Coach Chris Conley said, "I was really proud of the way Will bounced back from his front nine to shoot a 36 on the back. He was playing really well and got a couple bad breaks that cost 6 shots on 2 holes. Bryce Loomis was also a highlight shooting his best 9 of the year scoring a 40. Fifth place doesn't sound that great but we were only 9 away from winning. I think we're making progress and that's the main thing. We'll have a couple days of practice next week to iron out some things."
Ben Logan returns to action Monday at Cherokee Hills in their first nine hole match of the year. 


West Nile Virus Detected Near Mt. Blanchard


West Nile Has been Detected Near Mount Blanchard.


The Courier Newspaper has reported that a mosquito from a collection pool near Mount Blanchard has tested positive for West Nile virus.


Symptoms of the virus include fever, headache, body aches, rash, swollen lymph nodes as well as Stiff neck, sleepiness, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis when severe.


No humans have tested positive for the virus in Ohio this year. It is recommended that you eliminate standing water, limiting outdoor activities during dusk and dawn, and using insect repellent as well as loose, light-colored clothing.



Lima Woman Indicted on Drug Charges


A Lima woman was indicted for having a large amount of carfentanil.


According to an FBI release, 32 year old Nancy Garza was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.


Garza had more than 52 grams of carfentanil on July 20, according to the indictment.



The investigating agencies in this case are the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lima Police Department in conjunction with the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force in Lima.



Bellefontaine Woman Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


A traffic stop in Bellefontaine has led to a drug related arrest.


According to WPKO radio, 31 year old Ashley Eley of Bellefontaine was stopped for a stop sign violation. Eley gave officers consent to search the vehicle, That search revealed a crack pipe. Both Eley and her passenger claimed they didn’t own the pipe. Eley, who later admitted she would not pass a drug test after smoking crack cocaine on Monday, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and was booked into the Logan County Jail.


Eley’s passenger was released at the scene.



University of Findlay Receives Numerous Grants


The University of Findlay announced it has received several grants that will greatly benefit campus life and assist the larger community.


The Oilers Changing Campus Culture received a $10,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Higher Education to continue the University’s educational efforts.


The Center for Civic Engagement has received $40,000 annually, renewable for up to five years, from the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation to hire an executive director. In addition, United Way of Hancock County has pledged to donate $30,000 for at least one year.


The Institution for International Education has awarded a $7,500 matching grant to the International Education organization to fund six study abroad scholarships.


Finally, the Master of Physician Assistant Program received $3,500 from a foundation to incorporate dental health lectures and activities into the curriculum.



OSU Marion Offers Free Job Postings


Local Marion area employers seeking to hire part-time, seasonal, or full-time employees may post job openings with The Ohio State University free of charge.


Each fall new students arrive on campus and many seek part-time employment.  They look to the Office of Career Services for available part-time, temporary and other job leads. Likewise, returning enrolled students often use the Office of Career Services to seek internship and future full-time employment opportunities.


Questions may be directed to the Coordinator of Career Services, Will Smith, at 740-725-6344.



Groundbreaking Held For Campbell Soup Distribution Center in Findlay


A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday in Findlay for the new Cambell Soup distribution center.


WFIN Radio reported that local officials and representatives from the company attended the ceremony.


The center is being built south of Hancock County Road 212. Campbell says the location will allow them to distribute their products across the nation.


The 740,000 square foot building at a cost of 44 million dollars is expected to be in operation in about one year.



Ben Logan Golf Team Places Third at Tuesday Tournament


Ben Logan took 3rd place Tuesday at the Russ Houge golf tournament at Cherokee Hills hosted by Indian Lake.


The Raiders shot a 352 finishing behind Springfield Shawnee 336 and Cedarville 349.


For the Raiders Will Kenoyer was low with a 81. He was followed by Ethan Ricketts 82, Garrett Allen 88, and Gavin Clay 101 with a personal best of 45 on the front nine.


Also scoring for the Raiders were Bryce Loomis 109, and Carter Stewart 113.


Ben Logan returns to action today at Urbana CC for the pre season conference tournament.



Hancock County Commissioners Approve Two Sales Tax Issues For Fall Election


The Hancock County Commissioners voted Tuesday to add separate sales tax issues to the ballot in this November's election.


WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that a 20 year quarter percent sales tax for capital improvements and a 10 year quarter percent sales tax for the general fund, will be decided by Hancock County voters this fall.


The commissioners also passed a resolution Tuesday that makes a quarter percent of the current sales tax permanent.



Union County Health Department Confirms H3N2v Cases


The Union County Health Department is reporting confirmed cases of H3N2v swine flu in Union County.


The viruses can be transmitted from pigs to people.


According to a release, the department is asking people who have had recent contact with swine or swine exhibits to be on the look-out for flu-like illness.


If individuals who have had recent contact with swine or swine exhibits develop flu-like symptoms, they are encouraged to contact their doctor and ask if flu testing is recommended.


It is important to note, you can NOT get swine flu from eating or handling pork meat.



Wyandot County Fair Accepting Beef Ambassador Applications


The Wyandot County Fair is accepting applications for Beef Ambassador.


Applications are available at thewyandotcountyfair.com and the Wyandot Chamber of Commerce.


They need to be dropped off or mailed to the Secretary's Office before Friday August 18.


The 2017 Wyandot County Fair rune September 12 through the 17 in Upper Sandusky.



Bond Set For Marion Woman Facing Murder Charges


Bond for a Marion woman accused of murdering her husband was set Monday.


The Marion Star reported that bond was set at one million dollars for Barbara L. Stricklin who is facing a charge of aggravated murder.


The bond hearing was held in Marion Municipal Court, but a grand jury is scheduled to meet tomorrow.


If indictments are returned against Stricklin, the case would be bound over to Marion County Common Pleas Court.


She was arrested late last week for allegedly shooting her 68 year old husband to death back in April.


The body of John Stricklin was found at a neighbor's house in the 2300 block of Pleasant Hill Road.



Police Departments Conduct Extra Patrols Around Indian Lake


Stepped up patrols around Indian Lake over the weekend resulted in numerous citations over the weekend.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that the saturated patrols were conducted by officers from the Washington Township, Russells Point and Waynesfield Police Department.


23 warnings were issued during 31 traffic stops. Several citations for speeding and other violations were also issued, and five summons were issued for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia and open container.


Increased drug related crimes and overdoses in the region prompted the increased enforcement.



Traffic Stop Results in Drug Charges in Bellefontaine


A traffic stop in Logan County resulted in Felony Drug Charges.


According to WPKO Radio, The Bellefontaine Police Department arrested 30 year old Adair Robinson after stopping him for a traffic violation.


The warrants were the result of an investigation by the Logan county Joint Drug Task Force. It was revealed that Robinson was transporting large quantities of the drug from Springfield to Logan County.


Springfield arrested Robinson and a passenger on July 21st, the department assisted the Task Force.


Robinson was charged with first-degree felony counts of possession and trafficking in crack cocaine. The drug was also seized following the service of a search of a residence. Robinson, who was booked into the Logan County Jail, was arrested in 2014 for the same violations, he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.



University of Findlay Hosting Solar Eclipse Viewing


The University of Findlay will be hosting a solar eclipse viewing for the campus and public when the event happens on Aug. 21.


According to a release, participants are asked to gather at the Cory Street Mall gazebo near Brewer Center for Health Science’s planetarium.


Steven Wild, University of Findlay assistant professor of physics, will be on hand to answer questions and provide devices for safe viewing from 1:00pm to about 3:50 p.m.


A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.


Some states will have a full eclipse. but there will only be a partial eclipse in our area. Despite that, the event will be great to experience. It is estimated that several hundred million people throughout North America alone will observe the eclipse.


Another full eclipse will not occur again until 2045.



Wapakoneta Police Show Off New Vehicle


Wapakoneta Police Chief Russ Hunlock unveiled his department’s newest piece of equipment in the ongoing fight against crime Monday morning.


The chief offered his thanks on behalf of the community and to a pair of local business that helped make a new tactical response unit vehicle possible.


The fully equipped Emergency Response Team vehicle was put on display for the first time Monday at the city police department and will be put into use in the near future. Hunlock said six members of his department have been undergoing training in enhanced tactical situations since 2014.


Those efforts, the chief said, “are close to coming to fruition” as the city’s new unit becomes a reality.



Public Comments Sought For Two ODOT Projects


The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act is seeking public comments regarding proposed projects in three counties in our region.


In Allen County, the project is the Delphos-1st, 3rd and 7th Street Bridges. Construction for this project is scheduled to occur in the summer and fall of 2019.


In Hancock County, The Ohio Department of Transportation, in partnership with the village of Arlington, has proposed a project to reconstruct Main Street (U.S. Route 68) in the village of Arlington. Construction for phase one is scheduled to occur in the summer of 2018.


and in Wyandot County, the project proposes to replace the bridge deck and perform repair on the state Route 67 bridge over Sycamore Creek in the village of Sycamore. Construction is scheduled to occur in the summer of 2019.


Written comments regarding these projects may be sent to: Ohio Department of Transportation District 1, Attn: Nate Tessler, 1885 N. McCullough Street, Lima, Ohio 45801; or to nate.tessler@ d o t .ohio.gov.



Vanlue Pallet Company Fire Still Under Investigation


Firefighters expect hot spots to smolder for a few more days at BR Pallet.


According to WFIN, Vanlue Fire Department was still monitoring three areas Sunday afternoon. The fire ripped through BR Pallet on County Road 7 Friday night and at least eight fire departments responded to try and contain the blaze.

The Vanlue Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s office are investigating the cause of the fire.

So far there is no damage estimate and no firefighters were injured fighting the blaze.


Lima Woman Critically Injured in Allen County Crash


The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lima Post is investigating a serious injury crash that occurred at approximately 11:40 P.M. Saturday evening on Bluelick Road, near Interstate Route 75, Bath Township, in Allen County.


A 2002 Dodge Neon, driven by Patrick E. Hull, age 23, of Lima, Ohio, was eastbound on Bluelick Road, attempted to pass an eastbound vehicle on the right, went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, crossed over Bluelick Road, rolled and struck a utility pole. There was a passenger in the vehicle, Holly C. Mooney, age 23, of Lima. Hull was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Mooney was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Bath Township EMS. She was ultimately taken by Promedica Air Ambulance to Promedica Hospital in Toledo, where she is listed in critical condition. Seatbelts were not in use at the time of the crash and would have helped to minimize injuries.


Alcohol is believed to be a factor. The crash remains under investigation. The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted on scene by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Bath Township Fire and EMS, as well as Army’s Towing Service of Lima.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to always buckle up, and designate a driver.


Weekend Glider Crash Injuries Man in Marion County


A glider crash left one man in serious condition in Marion County on Saturday afternoon according to NBC4.


According to a report from the Ohio State Highway Patrol a 77 year old male was behind the controls of a glider that was being towed by another aircraft. He crashed the glider around a mile from the runway the men were headed to. The man involved in the accident was taken to Marion General Hospital for treatment.


The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.



Lima Man Killed After Exchanging Gunfire with Authorities


An exchange of gunfire led to the officer involved shooting death of a Lima man during a drug bust Thursday morning.


Allen County Sheriff Matthew B. Treglia released a statement this morning stating a search warrant was being served at a residence on 218 West Michigan Avenue by the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, Sheriff's Office SWAT Team and agents from Ohio BCI, the FBI, DEA and ATF when an adult male confronted the SWAT Team with a firearm from inside the residence. Following an exchange of gunfire, the suspect was shot and killed. His identity will be released following positive identification by the Lucas County Coroner's Office. An adult female and and minor child were safely removed from the house. A significant amount of contraband was recovered from the residence during the search.


Search warrants were also served at two other locations in Lima Thursday. According to the release drugs and other items were confiscated at 323 Ewing Avenue and 300 Harrison Street.


The investigations started after authorities received multiple citizen complaints surrounding suspected drug trafficking at the residences.



Unusual Scam Starts in Beaverdam and Ends in Findlay


Law enforcement authorities are warning of a new kind of scam taking place.


According to information on the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, a female victim in Beaverdam reported that she received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Legal Affairs Department and accused her of tax fraud. A short time later, a person who appeared to be a uniformed officer knocked on her door and claimed to have a warrant for her arrest. Eventually the man on the phone told the victim to follow the man in the uniform to Findlay to resolve the matter. The victim eventually did this and followed the man to the area of Best Buy to where she finally determined this was a scam.


A description of the suspect and the car he was driving was given to authorities, and the Allen County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation. Authorities, who said scammers are getting bold, are advising residents to be alert to this kind of activity.



Termination Hearing For Indian Lake Superintendent Delayed


The Indian Lake School District has postponed a hearing on the firing of superintendent Pat O' Donnell.


The board notified O'Donnell of its intent to terminate his contract after O'Donnell was charged with multiple sex related charges. The 52 year old O'Donnell appealed the termination before a referee appointed by the Ohio Department of Education.


The hearing on the matter will now take place at a later date, according to the Bellefontaine Examiner.



Newest Member of Findlay Police Department on Duty


The newest Findlay police officer walked out of a building and stopped to sniff a cigarette butt on the ground.


The officer, a 15-month-old German Shepherd named Deke, has officially been with the force since May.


But a diagnosis of heartworm delayed Deke’s participation on the force. He was announced as a new member last week.


Deke is one of two dogs on the Findlay Police Department.



IRS Scam Reported in Marion


The Marion Police Department received a report Wednesday from a resident regarding an IRS scam.


The resident told officers they were left several messages of a final notice and were told that they would be sued if they did not comply.


The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies will never call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.


The IRS also does not use these methods for tax payments. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes. All tax payments should only be made payable to the U.S. Treasury and checks should never be made payable to third parties.


You should not give out any information and hang up immediately if you receive such calls.



Lima Man Sentenced to Life in Prison


A Lima man was sentenced this week on murder and other charges in Logan County Common Pleas Court.


WPKO Radio reported that 23 year old Zachariah Huddleston was convicted last week on one count each of murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery with a firearm specification and having weapons under disabilty.


He was sentenced this week to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years. The sentence on the murder charge will start after the sentence for using a gun in the commission of a crime and having weapons under disability, meaning Hiddleston will spend a minimum of 21 years in prison.


The charges stem from the murder of Zanesfield  resident Jeffrey Brentlinger in late November of 2016.



Women of the Moose Honor Retired Upper Sandusky Police K-9


The Upper Sandusky Police Department retired K-9 received an award.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that Hunter was the recipient of the Hero of the Community Award presented by the Women of the Moose Chapter 1045.


Hunter served seven years on the job and retired recently due to health issues.



Honda Released Sales Figures For July


American Honda Motor Company on Tuesday reported total July sales of 150,980 for Honda and Acura vehicles.


According to a release, tight supplies of certain products contributed to a slight decrease of 1.2 percent compared to July 2016.


Combined sales of Honda and Acura cars were up 1.9 percent on sales of 76,468, while combined trucks decreased 4.2 percent on sales of 74,512.


Total Honda Division sales decreased 1.7 percent on sales of 136,803.



Fire Destroys Garage;Damages Home in Wyandot County


A garage was destroyed and extensive damage occurred to the back of a house after a vehicle caught fire Monday in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office report, the utility vehicle caught fire while parked in the garage on State Highway 568. The  Vanlue Fire Department received mutual assistance from the Carey and Washington Township Fire Departments.


Several individuals, including firemen, were treated for injuries at the scene by the Wyandot County EMS squad.



Marion Man Sentenced on Bank Robbery Charges


A Marion man was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison for robbing two banks in Marion last summer.


According to a release from the FBI, a jury convicted 35 year old Ronald R. Myles, Jr. earlier this year of robbing two Commercial Savings Bank branches in June 2016. He was sentenced on Monday.


Myles wore a ski mask, pointed a firearm at bank employees and threatened them during the robberies, according to trial testimony and court documents.


He served eight years in state prison for two previous robberies, according to court documents.



Access to Health Insurance Restored in 19 Ohio Counties


COLUMBUS – Ohio Department of Insurance Director Jillian Froment today joined five major Ohio health care insurers to announce that health insurance options have been restored on the federal exchange in 19 Ohio counties following the withdrawal of other insurers earlier this year. Buckeye Health Plan, CareSource, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Molina Health Care of Ohio and Paramount Health Care are helping ensure coverage is available in these counties on the exchange in 2018.  Announcements made earlier this year would have left Ohioans in 20 Ohio counties without access to health insurance.  The department is working to restore coverage to the 20th county before insurers must enter contracts with the federal government in late September.


“Knowing 20 counties might not have access to health insurance on the exchange in 2018, our team went to work with the companies to find a way through the challenge, and together we have identified a solution,” Froment said.  “Ohio has long had a strong insurance system and once again our insurers stepped up at an important time for thousands of Ohioans, taking unprecedented action to provide access to health insurance for Ohioans who otherwise were without options.”

The 19 counties are: Coshocton, Crawford, Guernsey, Hancock, Harrison, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Logan, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Van Wert, Vinton, Williams and Wyandot.  Approximately 11,000 Ohioans purchase coverage through the health care exchange in those counties.  


In light of this announcement, insurers are still in the process of finalizing filings at the Department of Insurance, including the types of plans that will be sold in these areas and the rates that will be charged.  The department’s review must be completed later this summer and insurers must sign contracts with the federal government by late September to sell coverage on the federal exchange.


The department continues to look at coverage options in Paulding County where no insurer is presently planning to sell an exchange product in 2018.  


“There is more work to do as we try to secure coverage options in Paulding County while also making sure this plan can be finalized in the fall,” Froment added. “We will continue working with the industry, but those efforts are heavily dependent on market stability and clarity from Washington.  We encourage Congress to work on ways to stabilize our health insurance markets.”


Consumers with questions can contact the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526. 



Buckeye Health Plan: Harrison, Logan, and Van Wert

CareSource: Guernsey, Jackson, Lawrence, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, and Vinton

Medical Mutual of Ohio: Crawford, Knox, Hocking, and Hancock 

Molina Health Care of Ohio: Coshocton, Hancock, and Holmes

Paramount Health Care: Williams and Wyandot


Horse Drawn Buggy/Car Crash Kills LaRue Woman


A 62-year-old La Rue woman died Sunday after a car crashed into her horse and buggy outside of La Rue, according to the Marion Star


Amanda M. Hopkins, age 21, of La Rue, was driving north on Winnemac Pike south of Allen Road about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when she struck the rear of a northbound horse and buggy being driven by Mary D. Petescheim, 62, of La Rue.


Both vehicles went off the side of the road and came to rest in a field.


Petescheim was flown to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, where she died of her injuries. Hopkins and an infant in her car suffered minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital.


The crash is under investigation.



Wyandot County Crash Results in OVI Charges

A crash was reported to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office early this morning.


In incident occurred on State Highway 231 north of Sycamore. Officers arrived to a pickup truck owned by James R. Crews that had collided with a tree.


He was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries, and was placed under arrest for OVI. Crews was also cited for OVI refusal, and failure to control.



Lima Man Convicted in Bellefontaine Murder

A Lima man was found guilty in a Bellefontaine murder case.


WPKO Radio reports that 23 year old Zachariah Huddleston was found guilty of all counts in the murder of Jeffrey Brentlinger.


A Logan County Jury found Huddleston guilty after two hours of deliberation in Logan County Common Pleas Court. The trial lasted three days.


Huddleston will be sentenced on Monday at 1 pm, and faces the maximum sentence of life in prison.



Logan County United Way Stuffs The Bus

The United Way of Logan County is aiming to “stuff the bus” in a school supply drive.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that the event is on through August 7th, and is collecting school supplies for students who are in need of them at each county school. The drive will be collecting outside of Bellefontaine’s Walmart store from 9am until 2pm on August 5th.



State Grant Money Used by Regional Employers to Reduce Workplace Injuires

Ohio employers will share more than $294,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.


In our area, the  Bokescreek Township Fire Department in Logan County will receive nearly $16,000 to purchase one power cot and one power load system.


And in Hancock County, A-1 Auto Center was approved for close to $17,000 to purchase a fuel tank/transmission lift, car caddy, and one overhead door lift system with 6 door openers  to reduce the risk of injury.


10 other organizations from around the state also received grants.



Ohio National Guard and Ohio Department of Health Offering GuardCare

Members of the Ohio National Guard, in conjunction with representatives from the Ohio Department of Health and the Union County Health Department, will be offering GuardCare in August.  


In our region, it will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Union County Health Department in Marysville. Through GuardCare, the Ohio National Guard supports and assists local health care providers. The event also enhances the skills of Ohio National Guard medical personnel, many of whom work as health care professionals in their civilian occupations as well.



Red Cross Receives $1 Million in Funding

The American Red Cross received just over one million dollars in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service to support AmeriCorps members as they help the Red Cross teach people about how to be prepared for emergencies. CNCS is the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.


Here in the North Central Ohio Chapter the grant will help fund an AmeriCorps worker to serve Hancock, Marion, Hardin, Crawford, Morrow, Seneca, Wyandot and Union counties.


Todd James, Executive Director of the North Central Ohio Chapter, said the money will be used to teach more households and children about fire prevention and the importance of being prepared.


The term of service for the new full-time AmeriCorps position will begin on September 11, 2017 and end on August 10, 2018.  


Interested applicants should contact the American Red Cross by phone at (419) 422-9322



Traffic Stop Results in Drug Charges

Drug Paraphernalia was recovered following a traffic stop in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Police Department, Officers executed a traffic stop on State Highway 53 for a speeding violation. Deputies noticed signs of Marijuana, and requested the Upper Sandusky K9 Unit. The K9 Officer indicated drugs on the vehicle. Brandon J Simmons of Michigan was issued a citation for possession of Marijuana



Red Cross B*A*S*H Scheduled in Findlay Friday Evening


The Marathon Petroleum Red Cross B*A*S*H is scheduled for this Friday July 28.


The event is a signature fundraising event for the American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter.


The theme is based on the popular TV show M*A*S*H and showcases Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces, veterans and military families.


Numerous activities are planned including live music with Tongue ‘n Groove, The Reunion Band and Luke Rausch.


There will be great food vendors, fun games and prizes as well as a Kids Zone with fun for the whole family.


The event will run from 6 to 11 this Friday night at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W Main Cross Street in Findlay.



Wyandot Chamber of Commerce Holding Gun Raffle

UPPER SANDUSKY, Ohio – The Wyandot Chamber of Commerce is hosting the First Annual Aim High Gun Raffle this November. Every Thursday one ticket will be drawn at 10 a.m. at Wyandot Firearms. 
Only 500 tickets will be sold for $20 each. Winning tickets will be placed back in barrel for additional chances to win. 
Tickets are available at the Wyandot Chamber of Commerce, Wyandot Firearms, Chamber Ambassadors and Board Directors of the Wyandot Chamber. 
All participants must be 21 years of age or older. Proof of identity must be provided and if a winner is ineligible to receive a prize under relevant federal, state, or local laws and regulations the prize will be forfeited and no substitution will be provided.
November 2...Savage Axis 22-250...Retail Value $420
November 9...Henry Golden Boy...Retail Value $480
November 16...Glock handgun (Model Choice: 19/17/22/23/26/27/42/43)...Retail Value $550
November 23...Henry 45/70...Retail Value $750
November 30...Ithaca model 37 20 or 12-gauge...Retail Value $890
For more information about the Aim High Gun Raffle please contact the Wyandot Chamber at (419)294-3349 or Wyandotchamber.com. Please note the November 23 drawing will occur on Wednesday, November 22.


New London Man Facing Charges in Upper Sandusky


A New London man is facing charges following an incident in Upper Sandusky on Monday,


According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers were called to Love’s Travel Center to investigate a report of a customer who was behaving as if he was drunk.


Following an investigation, a man identified as Joseph Nightengale was charged with improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.


Charges of possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated are pending as the incident remains under investigation.



Bluffton Women's Soccer Team Hosting Mentorship Program


The women’s soccer team at Bluffton University is hosting a mentorship program for girls in the first through eighth grades who are interested in connecting with Bluffton’s women soccer players.


Each KITS Club participant will be paired with a player from the team, and throughout the fall semester, participants will have the opportunity to take part in planned activities such as game day help, team dinners, soccer training and community involvement.


The fee for new members is $50 which includes a KITS shirt. The cost for returning members is $40 if the participant is using last year’s shirt.


The registration deadline is August 15 and spots are limited.


All proceeds support the women’s soccer program.



Flag City National Night Out Scheduled for August 1


The Flag City National Night Out is scheduled from 6-9pm next Tuesday August 1 at Riverside Park in Findlay.


It is a free community event that is open to everyone.


The event features the 2nd annual Mascot Games consisting of local mascots competing in events, K-9 demonstrations, vehicle extrication demonstrations by Findlay Fire, bounce houses and free food.


Romick Railway will also be there offering free rides for the kids.




University of Findlay Offers New Minor


The University of Findlay will begin offering a new minor titled “Substance Use Disorders” starting in August.


According to a release, the courses are being offered in efforts to educate students and the community on all aspects of addictions.


Housed in the College of Health Professions, the minor will consist of four core courses available to students of any major as well as community members.


In a statement, the university said the minor was not just something that was thought up, it was more of a community partnership and a response to a community need.



Several Blood Drives Scheduled Around Region

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 25, 2017) — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed. As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.
Around our region, blood drives are scheduled as follows:
Logan County
8/15/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 Main N
Russells Point
7/26/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Indian Lake Community Church, 121 Orchard Island Rd
West Liberty
7/27/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Marie's Candies, 311 Zanesfield Rd
Marion County
8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Marion Salem United Methodist Church, 1640 Salem Road
8/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., River Valley High School, 4280 Marion-Mount Gilead Rd
8/19/2017: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., LaRue Baptist Church, 217 North High Street
8/7/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Harding High School, 1500 Harding Highway East
8/9/2017: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Marion Family YMCA, 645 Barks Rd East
8/10/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., American Legion Harold L. Bradley Post 584, 142 Olney Ave.
8/11/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Marion General Hospital, 1000 McKinley Park Drive
8/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Harding High School, 1500 Harding Highway East
8/14/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Marion Public Library, 445 E Church Street
8/22/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., The Alber Red Cross Center, 1849 Summerset Drive
8/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, 1465 Mt. Vernon Avenue #95
8/4/2017: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Prospect Lions Club - Senior Center, 318 N. Elm St.
Union County
7/27/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., First UMC, 207 South Court Street
7/30/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Dairy Queen, 816 Columbus Ave
8/4/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Union County Family YMCA, 1150 Charles Lane
8/17/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Catholic Community Center, 1033 West Fifth Street
8/17/2017: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., hopecenter, 212 Chestnut Street
8/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St


Two Woman Team Patrols Streets of Marion


There have been a lot of two man cars over the years but a two WOman car was patrolling the streets of Marion last week.


According to the Marion Police Department Facebook page, Officers Jagger and Tetreault teamed for a night patrol in Marion.


The pair was thanked for their hard work and dedication. Girls everywhere should see inspiring women such as these and be reminded that they can do anything that boys can do. as the two officers take a back seat to nobody.



Deadline For Wyandot County Fair Livestock Royalty Approaching


The deadline for applications for Livestock Royalty for the 2017 Wyandot County Fair is July 31st.


This includes King and Queen of Beef, Dairy, Dairy Feeder, Equine, Goats, Llama, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine.


Applications are available at the Senior  Fair Office, from advisors or online at the wyandot county fair dot com.


Each species has separate qualifications, and all interviews will be held on August 19th.



Man Detained in Theft From a Vehicle Incident in Upper Sandusky


A Bucyrus man was detained Thursday in connection to a complaint about a theft from a vehicle in Upper Sandusky.


According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers were called to the 500 block of Highland Parkway to investigate the incident.


A description of the suspect was given by the resident, and a man matching that description was detained by another officer on patrol, who was investigating the suspect on a separate complaint.


So far nor charges have been filed as the incident is under investigation.



Wyandot County Authorities Looking For Missing Juveniles

The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office took a report for two missing juveniles last week, and the public's assistance is still needed to help find them.
According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, they are suspected to be runaways from the Upper Sandusky area. 
Adrian and Carmen Holloway
Carmen Holloway is a 14 year old female. She is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds with long dark hair and hazel eyes. 
She took her brother, Adrian Holloway, with her. He is a 12 year old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes. 
Dylan Kincade
The siblings are possibly with Dylan Kincade, a 19 year old male. He is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. 
If you have any information about these juveniles please contact the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office at 419-294-2362.


Wyandot Fair Secretary's Office Expands Hours


The Wyandot County Fair Secretary's Office has expanded office hours as the 2017 fair draws closer.


The new hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.


The deadline for entries is August 15.


The fair premium book is available now at the Secretary's Office, libraries in Upper Sandusky, Carey, Mohawk and Forest, 4-H Extension Office or online at the wyandot county fair dot com.


The fair runs September 12 through the 17 in Upper Sandusky.



Washington State Lottery Winner Enters Pleas in Wyandot County


A Washington state lottery winner pleaded not guilty to charges in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court this week.


46 year old Michael Goines was indicted this month on one count each of possession of cocaine, having a weapon under disability, receiving stolen property and improper handling of  firearm in a motor vehicle. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on a $200,000 bond.


The charges stem from a crash handled by the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office late last month.


Goines won 25 million dollars in the Washington State lottery last year.



Logan County Man Facing Burglary Charge


A Logan County Man was arrested on a felony count of burglary following a domestic dispute.


WPKO Radio reports that 23 year old Dylan Kossel was removed from a property after a dispute with a 24 year old woman, who lives a the property with her children. When Kossel returned, he kicked a door in, and ransacked the property.


Officers observed a broken shovel and glass, personal belongings disarranged around the home, and blood on Kossel’s arms and hands. Kossel was treated and released from Mary Rutan Hospital where he was then charged with a felony count of burglary. He was booked into the Logan County Jail.


The woman and her children were not injured in the incident.



Missing Logan County Teens Turns Themselves In


Two teenagers who were missing in Bellefontaine have been found.


The Bellefontaine Examiner is reporting that 17 year old Emily Goodwin and 16 year old Cayde Neeley turned themselves into probation officers. The pair was originally reported as missing by family members on June 19th.


Neeley was placed in the Logan County JDC, and Goodwin was returned home.



O'Donnell Appealing Unpaid Leave


The Indian Lake Schools superintendent is appealing the board's decision to put him on unpaid leave while he fights charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.


The Columbus Dispatch reported that once the Ohio Department of Education provides a required referee, Patrick O'Donnell will get a public hearing with the Indian Lake Board of Education.


The 52 year old O'Donnell pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.


His 46 year old wife Heather O'Donnell, the superintendent of the Midwest Regional Education Services Center in Bellefontaine, pleaded not guilty to child endangering charges alleging she failed to report the allegations to police.



Marion Police FOP Asking For Donations


The Marion Police Department has received numerous phone calls regarding a Fraternal Order of Police phone solicitation for donations.


According to the police department's Facebook page, the FOP is currently doing their phone solicitation that supports programs such as the cops and kids Christmas shopping for area students in need.


This is the only local phone solicitation that benefits local departments and their outreach programs. The persons who pick up the donations will have proper identification with them that bear the image of the FOP. As always, you should feel free to call if you have questions or concerns regarding the identify of the person talking to you or picking up your donation.


The FOP just completed week one of three and the solicitation will wrap up on Friday July 28th




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