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Logan County Teen Arrested for Stealing From Grandpa

 

A Logan County teenager has been arrested for stealing money from her grandfather.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 16 year old Harley Cook was arrested Tuesday afternoon. she is accused of stealing just over $1100 from her 82 year old grandfather's bank account. He suffers from dementia. The money was then used to purchase items online.

 

Cook has been charged with a felony count of theft and was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center following her arrest.

 

The charge is a felony because the victim is in a protected class.

 

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9-1-1 Issues Corrected in Hancock County

 

Problems with 9-1-1 in southern Hancock County have been corrected.

 

WFIN Radio in Findlay quoted the Hancock County Sheriff's Office as saying AT&T and Frontier have fixed the issue that has has been occurring since the first week of this month.

 

With the problem fixed, residents in the area are able to call the emergency number from a landline.

 

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Two Counties in Region Receive HUD Funding

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $103.4 million in annual funding to housing authorities in Ohio.

 

The money will be used to help public housing authorities make needed capital improvements to their properties

 

The grants announced today are provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program, which offers annual funding to approximately 3,100 public housing authorities to build, repair, renovate and/or modernize the public housing in their communities.

 

These housing authorities use the funding to complete large-scale improvements such as replacing roofs or making energy-efficient upgrades to replace old plumbing and electrical systems.

 

In our region, the Allen County Metropolitan Authority received $522,000 and the Logan County Metropolitan Authority was awarded $206,000.

 

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LPD Investigating Incident Involving Injured Pedestrian

 

The Lima Police Department continues to investigate an injured pedestrian from earlier this week.

 

The person was found underneath the North Union Street underpass, according to information on the police department's Facebook page.

 

Anyone with information pertaining to the incident is asked to call the police department at 419-221-5264.

 

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Missing Bellefontaine Teen Returns Home

 

A missing Bellefontaine teenager has returned home and is safe.

 

According to information from the Logan County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Lily Dick returned yesterday.

 

She was reported as a runaway Friday May 18 and was believed to have been in the company of a 19 year old male. They were spotted at one time in Cuyahoga County.

 

No other information is being released on the case.

 

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Wapak Police Participating in Click It or Ticket Campaign

 

The Wapakoneta Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies that is participating in th Click It or Ticket Campaign which runs from now through June 3rd.

 

Officers are reminding travelers to buckle up on the roadways as seat belts save lives.

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2016 seat belt usage in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,668 lives.

 

Higher visibility of Officers and public education is designed to get the word out to drivers and passengers that buckling your seatbelt could save your life.

 

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Shred-A-Thon Being Offered in Lima

 

The Area Agency on Agency is holding a Shred-a-Thon on Friday June 15th.

 

June is National Elder Abuse Awareness month, and anyone in Lima is invited to drive-thru and dispose of personal documents, check stubs, credit card offers, receipts and any other papers that may contain personal information.

 

Contact 419-222-7733 for more information.

 

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Arlington Council Hears Complaint About Fire Damaged House

 

A fire damaged home on North Main Street in Arlington was a topic of discussion at the council meeting in the village.

 

WFIN Radio reported that members of council are working on finding a way to clean up the property, after a neighbor raised his concerns at Monday evening's meeting.

 

Members of council stated that the owner of the burned out property would be contacted and given a list of needed repairs.

 

Council may also move to tear down the structure as well.

 

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Former Deputy Sentenced in Auglaize County

 

A sentencing hearing was held Monday for a former deputy from Auglaize County.

 

WLIO in Lima reported that 33 year old Brian Vernon was sentenced to 10 days in the county jail on one count of assault.

 

Vernon was also facing one count of sexual imposition, but that charge was dropped.

 

The case dates back to December of 2017.

 

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Man Arrested in Findlay Drug Bust

 

A Toledo man was arrested Monday afternoon after the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force, with the assistance of officers from the Findlay Police Department, executed a search warrant at room 211 of the Rodeway Inn on Broad Avenue in Findlay.

 

According to a release, the search of the hotel room yielded crack cocaine, fentanyl, cash, drug paraphernalia, and items indicative of drug trafficking.

 

As a result of the search warrant, 40 year old Nick Lampkin was arrested and incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center.

 

He has been charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of fentanyl.

   

Additional charges are expected pending the conclusion of this investigation.

 

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Lost Photo Returned to Wyandot County Man

 

A lost photograph that was important to a Wyandot County man has been found.

 

According to information on the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the man reported last week that an 8x10 photo of himself with Neil Armstrong while they were serving in Vietnam blew off his turck last week in the Upper Sandusky.

 

An appeal went out to resident to help find, it and over the weekend, it was announced the photo was found and returned to the owner.

 

The sheriff's office thanked everyone who took the time to look for the photo and share the Facebook page.

 

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Elgin Students Spruce Up Marion Law Enforcement Memorial

 

Students from Elgin Middle School along with Principal Mickey Malcom completed some community service Monday morning at the Marion Law Enforcement Memorial.

 

The students planted flowers and cleaned up the site.

 

The flowers were donated by Marion Flower Shop.

 

There will be a Fallen Officers Memorial Ceremony this Thursday the 24th at the Marion Cemetery to honor local fallen officers.

The event will start at noon and is open to the public.

 

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Pennsylvania Tour Bus Crash Injures Delphos Students

 

An early morning bus crash in Pennsylvania injured students and chaperones from Delphos.

 

WLIO in Lima reported a tour bus went off the side of the road and slid into the ditch.

 

Only minor injuries were reported.

 

It's unknown how many people on the bus were injured.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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U.S. 68 North of Dunkirk Restricted to One Lane

 

Berm repair will restrict traffic to one lane in Hancock County this week.

 

According to a release from Ohio Department of Transportation, U.S. 68 from the Hardin County line to Findlay will be affected.

 

The work is being performed by the Hancock County maintenance garage.

 

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UNWO Awarded Grant From Ohio Department of Higher Education

 

The University of Northwestern Ohio has been awarded a $10,000 grant as part of the Strengthening Partnerships to Change Campus Culture from the Ohio Department of Higher Education.  

 

The grant money will allow the University to work with local law enforcement and Crime Victim Services in conjunction with the Safety Services Office to develop an external stakeholder board for the campus.

 

The goal of the stakeholders board will be to develop strategic initiatives to improve prevention and/or response efforts in conjunction with the community response when a crisis arises involving a student.

 

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Findlay Man Arrested Following Pursuit

 

A Findlay man is facing multiple charges following a pursuit that started in Findlay early Sunday morning.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers attempted to stop a car that didn't have an exhaust.

 

The driver sped away and early in the pursuit, a female passenger jumped from the car. She refused medical treatment.

 

The pursuit continued for around 15 minutes inside Findlay and in Hancock County and lasted just over 15 minutes.

 

The vehicle being pursued struck a parked car near Howard Street, and the pursuit ended on Township Road 84 near State Route 12 due to tire damage and a broken tie rod.

 

With the assistance of the Ohio State Patrol, Matthew Ekleberry was taken into custody and has been charged with fleeing and eluding, driving under suspension, failure to control, leaving the scene of an accident and having a defective exhaust.

 

He is being incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center.

 

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Wyandot County House Filled with Smoke

 

A house in the 12,000 block of Jackson Township Highway 84 in Wyandot County filled with smoke from a trash can fire over the weekend.

 

The Jackson-Forest Fire Department was dispatched when a small trash can caught fire and smoldered through the night filling the house with smoke. There was no flames when the fire department arrived.

 

The Marseilles and Wharton Fire Departments provided mutual assistance, and firefighters were on the scene for around an hour and half.

 

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Runaway Juvenile Reported in Logan County

 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help locate a runaway juvenile.

 

She is Lilly Duck, a 16 year old female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet two inches tall and weighs around 150 pounds

 

She is believed to be with 19 year old Daniel Jeremiah Alexander, who has blond hair and blue eyes. He is five feet seven inches tall and weighs 145 pounds.

 

They were last seen on foot Friday morning in Cuyahoga County.

 

If you have any information, call the Logan County Sheriff's Office at 937-592-5731.

 

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Hancock County Sheriff Warns Residents About Scam

 

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office is warning the community of a scam involving persons representing themselves as members of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

 

They are saying they are from the ARA Legal Company and are contacting people regarding a loan in which the person receiving the call is delinquent.

 

The caller states they are with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and will send a Deputy to your home and arrest a family member. The condition to avoid arrest is to pay the balance of the loan by credit card immediately. The number in which they are calling from will show as one of the numbers from the Sheriff’s Office as 419-424-7097.

 

This is a scam and residents should not give any personal or financial information to these people and notify your local law enforcement agency immediately.

 

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Safety Town Program Scheduled in Bellefontaine

 

The Bellefontaine Exchange Club will conduct its 57th Annual Safety Town program starting in June.

 

The first program took place in 1962 at the request of a parent whose son was killed while crossing the street.

 

Instructors are trained officers from the Bellefontaine Police Department and Logan County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from township officers and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers.

 

Classes last approximately two hours with session starting at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

Parents may attend sessions with their children as needed or desired and should inform the instructor of their intent when signing in their child each day.

 

The week-long program has the following start dates: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25 and July 2 (no class on July 4.)

 

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Campaign Raises $27,000 in K9 Campaign

 

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey thanked all the students and staff at River Valley, Pleasant, Elgin and Ridgedale schools that participated in the Quarters for K-9s Campaign.

 

A total of $27,000 was raised toward the purchase of a new K-9 Deputy.

 

The sheriff said his office greatly appreciates the community's support as they welcome their new K-9 Deputy... Viking.

 

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Wyandot County Drivers Escape Injury in Crash

 

Two drivers escaped injury in a crash that occurred Thursday evening in Wyandot County at the intersection of County Highways 16 and 37.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 22 year old Steven Yonts, of Carey, drove from onto 37 and his vehicle was struck by a southbound car being driven by 44 year old Timothy Baum, of Sycamore.

 

Yonts vehicle rolled over after the collision, and the Baum car ended up off the right side of the road where it struck a sign.

 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Yonts was cited for failure to yield.

 

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Cars Heavily Damaged in Wyandot County Crash

 

Two vehicles were heavily damaged in a crash that occurred at the intersection of U.S. Route 23 and County Highway 50 Thursday night.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 18 year old Victoria Elchert, of Tiffin, drove from 50 onto 23 and her car was struck by a car being operated by 31 year old Denton Young, of Oak Harbor, Ohio.

 

Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles.

 

There were no injuries, and Elchert was cited for failure to control.

 

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University of Findlay Presenting Summer Theology Institute

 

The Well, a free, Christian-based, weeklong summer theology institute for 10-12th grade students who are interested in learning more about their faith, and how it intersects with and informs other aspects of their lives, including career choice, will be held July 8-13 at the University of Findlay.

 

The camp is funded with a grant which seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service.

 

To register, and to view an activities list, visit findlay.edu/academics/well.

 

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Findlay Campus Becoming Entirely Tobacco Free

 

To promote optimal health and protect the environment, the University of Findlay will become entirely tobacco free beginning Aug. 1.

 

The tobacco-free policy that has applied only to indoor spaces will expand to include the entire campus. It will also prohibit the use of all products that contain nicotine, such as those used for vaping; and devices used to consume nicotine.

 

Policy updates were developed by a Tobacco-Free Steering Committee, which formed in September 2017 when the university received a $15,500 grant from the American Cancer Society Tobacco-Free Generation Campus Initiative.

 

A campus survey indicated only 4 percent of the student body and 3 percent of faculty and staff use tobacco.

 

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OSP Conducting OVI Checkpoint in Auglaize County

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will conduct an OVI checkpoint Friday evening in Auglaize County.

 

The location of the checkpoint will not be revealed until Friday morning.

 

The checkpoint funded by federal grants.

 

They are designed to not only deter impaired driving but to remove dangerous drivers from the roadways.

 

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Increase in Counterfeit Money Reported in Wapakoneta

 

The Wapakoneta Police Department cautioned businesses and residents to be aware that there has been a significant increase lately in counterfeit money being passed in the area.

 

Some counterfeit money is easy to spot, but there have been several reports of various different monetary bills being cashed in the past few weeks.

 

Police say to follow the policy of your business on determining the authenticity of money, and if you find that you may have received a counterfeit bill, contact Wapakoneta police at 419-738-8802.

 

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Bellefontaine Police Chief Attends Service in Washington

 

Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley was among thousands of law enforcement officers from around the country who attended the 37th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service in Washington DC this week.

 

President Donald Trump, Vice President Michael Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and members of Congress were present.

 

The families of 199 fallen officers were honored during the ceremony.

 

Their names will be sketched into the walls of the national monument near the US Capital.

 

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3 Injured in Logan County Crash

 

Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon in Logan County.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 19 year old Ethan Williams, of DeGraff, drove from State Route 47 onto State Route 235, and his car struck a northbound vehicle being operated by 75 year Madeline Brown.

 

The two drivers were both transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine. A passenger in Williams' car, 18 year old Ciara Feasel, was transferred to Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

 

Williams was cited for failure to yield.

 

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Juveniles Involved in Pursuit in Logan County

 

A high speed pursuit involving juveniles occurred early this morning in Bellefontaine.

 

WPKO reported that Bellefontaine police stopped a car for not having working taillights, and as the officer approached the car, the driver drove away.

 

The pursuit eventually ended after reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. The driver, identified as 15 year old Brayden Todd, abandoned his car and fled on foot. He was captured a short time later in a field.

 

Todd and three juvenile passengers in the car are all facing various charges.

 

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Cincinnati Man Cited Following Traffic Stop in Wyandot County

 

A Cincinnati man is facing charges following a routine traffic stop on State Route 53 in Wyandot County Tuesday night.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, deputies stopped a car for speeding and the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

 

The driver, identified as Honey Omar Ali, allegedly admitted that he smoked marijuana about 45 minutes earlier.

 

He was cited for operating a vehicle intoxicated and for speeding. He also was issued citations for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

 

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LPD Distributing Coloring Books Designed by Students

 

Lima Police Officers will be handing out coloring books designed by students of Lima Senior High School.

 

According to information on the police department's Facebook page, Graphic Communications class students were asked to design the educational coloring books using using Chief Kevin Martin, the City of Lima Park Rangers, the COP Officers, one of the department's K-9 Officers, and a Lima Fire Department Firefighter.

 

The newly created coloring books were picked up this week and will be distributed to children on the officers daily travels.

 

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Marion Police Attempting to Identify Robbery Suspect

 

The Marion Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a person suspected of being involved with a robbery last week in the city.

 

The suspect entered the Mi Pueblito Restaurant and took an undisclosed amount of money.

 

Pictures of the suspect and a car can be found on the Marion Police Department's Facebook page.

 

Contact the department or Crimestoppers with any information.

 

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Logan County Sheriff Meeting with Public

 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office is holding a Coffee and Conversation forum tomorrow.

 

Residents are invited to join Sheriff Randall J. Dodds for the event that will run from 8 until 9 Thursday morning DeGraff Creamery in DeGraff.

 

Sheriff Dodds plans to visit Logan County area coffee shops bi-monthly to visit with Logan County residents.

 

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House of Worship Safety Training Offered in Union County

 

Union County law enforcement officials are sponsoring a House of Worship training exercise.

 

It will be held at the St. Lutheran Church on State Route 736 in Marysville from 6 to 8:30pm on June 19.

 

Clergy management, church security teams and other staff members are encouraged to attend the training.

 

For more information please contact Lt. Matt Warden at 937-645-4138 or Deputy Rich Crabtree at 937-645-4100, Ext. 4310.

 

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New Security Measures Implemented at Wyandot County Courthouse

 

New security measures are being incorporated at the Wyandot County Courthouse.

 

According to information on the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, starting Wednesday May 16th at 8:00am, entry into the courthouse will only be allowed from the main front doors on the west side of the building.

 

All other doors will be for emergency exit only.

 

The new process again starts Wednesday morning.

 

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Crash Injures Two People in Wyandot County on Monday

 

Two people were injured in a crash that occurred Monday in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 56 year old Joseph L. Rioux, of Upper Sandusky, was driving west on Salem Township Highway 47 and ran a stop sign at State Highway 199. His vehicle struck the side of a northbound car being operated by 54 year old Janet E. Kiess, of Bucyrus.

 

Both vehicles ended up off the left side of the road, where the Kiess vehicle rolled over several times before coming to rest on its left side.

 

Both drivers were transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital.

 

Rioux was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

 

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Farm Equipment Damaged by Fire in Wyandot County

 

A piece of farm equipment was destroyed by fire Monday in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a planter being used in a field on Jackson Township Highway 95 caught fire. The owner, Phillip D. Kin, was able to disconnect the planter from the tractor.

 

The Jackson-Forest and Wharton Fire Departments were dispatched to the scene. Damage to the planter was listed as extensive.

 

There were no injuries.

 

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9-1-1 Issues Continue in Hancock County

 

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is reminding customers of Frontier and AT&T that the companies are still working on 9-1-1 outages in the southern part of Hancock County.

 

There is still a chance that if call 9-1-1 on a landline phone that you will get a busy signal.

 

If this occurs, hang up and dial the non-emergency number at 419-422-2424.

 

The problem is expected to be fixed by the end of the week.

 

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ODOT Announces Contest Winners

 

Artistic groups in Wyandot and Allen counties both now hold a new title: plow painting champions.

 

Art Connections, a leg of Angeline Industries located in Carey, was voted the overall ODOT choice award winner at this year’s Paint the Plow contest.

 

Apollo Career Center, located in Lima, won the people’s choice award, which was decided based on social media votes.

 

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Carey Man Arrested on Drug Charge

 

A Carey man was arrested at his residence Thursday on a warrant.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, Adam J. Brand was recently indicted on one count of possession of methamphetamine.

 

The indictment was handed down following an investigation by the Wyandot County Adult Parole Office and the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit.

 

Brand made an initial appearance in court Thursday, and bond was set at $25,000.

 

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Findlay Man Arrested on Charges Including Voyeurism

 

A Findlay man was arrested on a warrant Thursday.

 

According to the report, authorities arrested Craig A. Mason at his residence. He was indicted in Wyandot County on one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of voyeurism.

 

That investigation was conducted by the Upper Sandusky Police Department and the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit.

 

Mason was in court Thursday where bond was set at $25,000.

 

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Wyandot County Sheriff Released April Activity Report

 

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

 

12 adults were arrested during the month on felony charges, while 28 arrests were made on misdemeanor charges.

 

Four people were injured in crashes, and 16 property damage crashes occurred in April.

 

There were 18 new concealed carry permits issued and 29 were renewed during the month.

 

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Man Charged with OVI Following Crash

 

A West Mansfield man was arrested following a crash in Union County this week.

 

According to the media release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred in the 28,000 block of State Route 739. A pickup ended up off the road and struck a utility pole.

 

The driver, identified as 59 year old Paul G. Hamilton, was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence.

 

There were no injuries in the crash.

 

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AEP Awards Grants to 15 Organizations

 

AEP Ohio announced Thursday 15 economic development organizations throughout Ohio have been awarded a Local Economic Assistance Program or LEAP grant.

 

The announcement comes as part of National Economic Development Week, which runs through Saturday.

 

LEAP grant monies are being used on varying projects that promote economic development.

 

In our region:

 

Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development will receive $10,000 for manufacturing site prep.

   

and, Wyandot County Office of Economic Development will get $5900 for a multimedia campaign.

 

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UF Offering Findlay Summer Choir

 

The University of Findlay is offering Findlay Summer Choir, which will begin rehearsals in June and culminate with an Aug. 26 performance at the university's Ritz Auditorium.

 

Members of the public who are of high school age or older are invited to participate with those from the campus community.

Rehearsals will be held from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday from June 7 through Aug. 23 in Egner Center for the Performing Arts, Room 209.

 

No audition is required.

 

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Auglaize County First Responders Hosting Bicycle Safety Day

 

The Wapakoneta Police and Fire Departments are hosting a Bicycle Safety Day tomorrow.

 

The event will be held from 10am to 1pm at the TSC Garage.

 

There will be a bicycle rodeo and drawings for a free bicycle, and free bicycle helmets will be handed out.

 

Bicycle Safety Day will be held rain or shine, and parents asked to attend with their child.

 

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Upper Sandusky Couple Indicted on Drug Related Charges

 

An Upper Sandusky couple was indicted on drug related charges.

 

According to a release from the wyandot County Sheriff's Office, William Renner was indicted by the Grand Jury on one count of manufacturing a controlled substance with juvenile specifications, and Mrs. Renner was indicted on one count of attempt to endangering children.

 

The couple received the summons on the charges on Wednesday.

 

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Wyandot County Man Arrested

 

A Wyandot County man arrested after being indicted by the Grand Jury on two charges.

 

Wyandot County Sheriff's deputies took Michael J. Baldridge into custody Wednesday.

 

He was indicted on one count each of trespassing and disrupting public service.

 

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Ohio Hi-Point's Top Seniors Honor Educators

 
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – Ohio Hi-Point Career Center’s Top 15 graduating seniors were part of the Bellefontaine Main Campus Honored Educators and Top Senior Students Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, May 9.
 
The annual event is an opportunity for the top seniors to select and recognize an educator who impacted and influenced their educational careers.
 
This was Hi-Point’s 11th year hosting the banquet, which coincided with National Teacher Appreciation Week. 
 
The following students and educators were recognized during the ceremony:
 
·Madison Aldo, a Multimedia Marketing student from Bellefontaine High School, honored Justin Lacher, the Multimedia Marketing instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.
 
·Matthew Smith, a Multimedia Marketing student from Riverside High School, honored Lucinda Fleming, an English teacher at Riverside High School.
 
·Jadzia Café, an Electronics Engineering student from Riverside High School, honored Ryan Gilbert, an English instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.
 
.Alexis Christon, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Upper Scioto Valley High School, honored Ryan Gilbert, an English instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.
 
·Stevie Clark, a Multimedia Marketing student from Upper Scioto Valley High School, honored Lisa Shaw, a first grade teacher at Upper Scioto Valley Elementary School.
 
·Tamara Combs, a Cosmetology student from Kenton High School, honored Tomi Cheney, the Flag Corps Advisor at Kenton High School.
 
.Sean Hurley, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Upper Scioto Valley High School, honored Melissa Rofe, an English teacher at Upper Scioto Valley High School.
 
·Karen Kuhn, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Waynesfield-Goshen High School, honored Denise Kaffenberger, the physical education teacher at Waynesfield-Goshen High School.
 
·Samuel Laird, a Structural Construction student who is home schooled, honored Josh Huff, a youth pastor.
 
·Rachel Larson, an Allied Health and Nursing student from West Liberty-Salem High School, honored Andy Cottrell, the soccer coach at West Liberty-Salem High School.
 
·Victoria Pine-Moore, an Allied Health and Nursing student from Bellefontaine High School, honored Vicci Elder, the Family and Consumer Science instructor at Bellefontaine High School.
 
·Joy Brandt, an Allied Health and Nursing student who is home schooled, honored Cheryl Brandt, her mother and home school instructor.
 
.Beigh Wilson, a Cosmetology student from Bellefontaine High School, honored Ben Davis, the Cross Country/Track Coach at Bellefontaine High School.
 
·Morgan Young, a Cosmetology student from Marysville High School, honored Craig Conley, a social studies instructor at Ohio Hi-Point.
 
 
Photo Identification:  
 
Front row L-R: Lucinda Fleming, Karen Kuhn, Andy Cottrell, Rachel Larson, Sean Hurley, Melissa Rofe, Jadzia Café, Ryan Gilbert, Alexis Christon, Beigh Wilson, Ben Davis
 
Back row L-R: Joy Brandt, Cheryl Brandt, Stevie Clark, Lisa Shaw, Josh Huff, Samuel Laird, Vicci Elder, Victoria Pine-Moore, Madison Aldo, Tomi Cheney, Tamara Combs, Morgan Young, Craig Conley 
 
Not pictured: Justin Lacher and Matthew Smith, who are in Texas for the National BPA Leadership Conference 
 
Ohio Hi-Point’s Convocation Ceremony is Wednesday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held outside at Ohio Hi-Point Career Center. In the event of inclement weather, Bellefontaine High School is the secondary location. 

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Woman Sentenced on Robbery and Involuntary Manslaughter Charges

 

A Hancock County woman was sentenced this week on charges connected to the death of a man in Findlay.

 

WFIN Radio reported that 27 year old Jessica Kisseberth was sentenced to 11 years in prison on one count each of robbery and involuntary manslaughter.

 

Kisseberth, Joseph Fleming IV and the victim, Marcus Alexander, attempted to rob a man last year in Findlay. The victim of the robbery ended up shooting and killing Alexander.

 

Fleming will be sentenced on one count of aggravated robbery in June.

 

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Race for 83rd District Ohio House Seat Set for Fall Election

 

WFIN reports Mary Harshfield of Findlay, received enough write-in votes in the primary to become the Democratic candidate for the 83rd District Ohio House seat.

Harshfield had to receive at least 50 write-in votes in the primary for her name to appear on the fall ballot.

The Hancock County Board of Elections stated Harshfield received 211 write-in votes in Hancock County and 64 votes in Hardin County. The vote totals will remain unofficial until later this month.

Write-in vote totals in Logan county could not be verified on Wednesday.

Harshfield, 72, is a retired French and English high school teacher who ran unsuccessfully for Findlay City Council in 2015 and 2017, and for the 83rd District seat in the Ohio House in 2016.

Harshfield will face Republican Jon Cross in the general election.

 

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Car Found In Pond In Findlay

Findlay Police and the Findlay Fire Dept. responded to the report of a submerged vehicle at Owens Community College yesterday afternoon.

 

Upon arrival a vehicle was located submerged in the pond, just northeast of the college. The vehicle, a Ford Contour, was removed from the pond by the Findlay Fire Dept. and Mac and Bob’s Towing.

 

The body of a female was located inside the car deceased. A positive identification has not been made pending an autopsy at the Lucas County Coroner’s Office. The identity will be released, once it’s confirmed.

 

The vehicle appears to have been submerged in the pond for some length of time. It appears at this time that it was accidentally driven into the water. When this occurred is unknown. An employee of the college noticed a portion of the car in the water and notified the Owens Police Department.

 

The incident is being investigated as being related to a missing person case out of Clyde, Ohio involving Charlene Robinson.

 

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Two Arrested In Logan County For Trafficking Cocaine

Two cocaine dealers were arrested outside their Lakeview home Saturday afternoon.

 

WPKO reports that The Logan County Joint Drug Task Force arrested 64 year old Lawrence Jennings, and 53 year old Kristina Gressner, of Lakeview after they were investigated for trafficking crack cocaine.

 

Jennings and Gressner were each arrested on a warrant for trafficking crack cocaine and lodged in the Logan County Jail.

Additional trafficking charges were sent to the Logan County Prosecutor to review.

 

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Columbus Man Arrested in Wyandot

A Columbus man was arrested for OVI and cited for Marijuana Saturday evening during a traffic stop.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s office, David T. Cowans of Columbus was stopped on State Highway 53 near County Road 44 for speeding. Officers arrested Cowans for OVI and transported to Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office where he was issued citations for speed and OVI as well as a minor misdemeanor citation for possession of Marijuana less than 100 grams. He was later released on his own recognizance.

 

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UNOH To Hold Career Fair

The University of Northwestern Ohio College of Applied Technologies semi-annual Career Fair will be host to many local, regional, and national companies looking to meet more than 3,000 potential employees!

 

The Career Fair, open to all UNOH students and alumni, will be held May 16th  from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and May 17th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the Event Center on UNOH’s campus.

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Leipsic Woman Pleads Gulty

A Leipsic woman plead guilty to manslaughter in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

 

Jessica Kisseberth was originally charged with murder in connection with a botched robbery that took place at a Findlay motel in 2017. On Wednesday, Kisseberth plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated burglary both of which are first degree felonies.

 

The plea comes from a joint agreement between the prosecutor and the defense attorney who recommend 11 years in prison for Kisseberth. Sentencing will be 3:30 pm on Wednesday May the 9th.

 

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BPD Holding Cops and Bobbers Event

 

The Bellefontaine Police Department is holding the 4th Annual Cops and Bobbers Fishing Program.

The event will be held Friday May 11 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Camp Willson in Logan County.

It is designed for 3rd through 5th grade students to participate with their parents and officers from the Bellefontaine Police Department.

The event is free, and fishing equipment is provided.

Space is limited so registrations should be made as soon as possible at the police department in Bellefontaine.

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West Liberty-Salem School Shooter Sentenced

 

The teenager responsible for the shooting at West Liberty-Salem has been sentenced in Champaign County Common Pleas Court.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 18 year old Ely Serna was sentenced to the maximum 23 and half years in prison Wednesday afternoon.

 

He pleaded guilty in April to one count each of attempted murder, felonious assault and inducing panic.

 

The charges are connected to the January, 2017 shooting that injured classmate Logan Cole.

 

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Findlay Police K9 Gets Protective Vest

 

The Findlay Police Department’s K9 Deke will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

 

K9 Deke’s vest is sponsored by American Legion, Ralph D. Cole, Post 3, Findlay, OH and will be embroidered with the sentiment “Gifted by American Legion, Ralph D. Cole, Post 3”.

 

Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 

K9 Deke joined the Findlay Police Department in July of 2017 and his handler is Officer Jacob Atkins.  

 

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Union County Sheriff Investigating Theft

 

The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating a theft of mowers and landscaping tools in southern Union County.

 

According to a release, the office is asking for help in identifying the vehicle used in the offense that occurred at a Jerome Township business.

 

Pictures of the vehicle can be found at the Union County Sheriff's Facebook page.

 

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Possible Suicide Being Investigated at Multi County Jail

 

An inmate at the Multi County Jail in Marion is believed to have committed suicide late last week.

 

The Marion Star newspaper reported Monday that the 40 year old Kyle Clevenger was found hanging in his cell. According to officials at the jail, a bedsheet was used.

 

The last suicide at the jail occurred in January of 2017.

 

Jail officials and the Marion Police Department are investigating the death.

 

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Bluffton Fires Village Administrator

 

The Bluffton Village Administrator was fired from that position.

 

The Lima News reported that members of Bluffton Village Council voter to fire Jack Huber at a special meeting this week.

 

The firing was by a unanimous vote, according to the paper.

 

A lack of leadership and direction for the service department and that Huber did not take initiative on service projects were listed as the reason for the action.

 

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Rhodes State College Announces Commencement Speaker

 

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, will give the commencement address to the Rhodes State College Class of 2018.

 

The college’s 48th annual commencement will start at two this Saturday afternoon at Lima’s Veterans Memorial Civic & Convention Center.

 

Chief Justice O'Connor joined the Supreme Court of Ohio as a justice in January 2003 and was re-elected in November 2008. She was elected chief justice in 2010 and was re-elected to a second six-year term in 2016.

 

Also at the ceremony on Saturday, the 2018 Outstanding Alumni will be recognized.

 

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Ground Broken on New Carey Medical Clinic

 

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for the a new medical clinic in Carey.

 

The Daily Chief Union newspaper reported that the 7 million dollar project is an expansion of Blanchard Valley Health Systems.

 

The new building, which will be 15,800 square feet, is the practice of Dr. Troy Puckett.

 

Blanchard Valley Health Systems also has physician offices in Findlay, Ottawa, mcComb, Leipsic and Bluffton.

 

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University Students Headed to France and Amsterdam

 

University of Northwestern Ohio students, alumni, and guests leave May 14th for a nine day trip to France and Amsterdam.

 

International trips are taken each year to give students and alumni an opportunity to experience various cultures around the world.

 

This trip will allow students to explore Paris, France, along with landmarks, then, the group will take a high-speed train to Amsterdam for two more days.  

 

The Amsterdam portion of the trip will include a stop by Anne Frank’s house, and the West Church, where Rembrandt is buried.

 

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Marion Man Killed in Weekend Crash

 

A Marion man was killed in a crash that occurred over the weekend in Bucyrus.

 

According to a release from the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 37 year old Travis E. Blakeman drove off the right side of Sandusky Avenue while travelling southbound, and his car struck a parked vehicle in the rear.

 

Blakeman was unresponsive when troopers arrived. he was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead by the Crawford County Coroner.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Motorcyclist Injured in Crash

 

A Grove City man was injured in a motorcycle crash early Sunday evening in Wyandot County.

 

According to the release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 61 year old Duane Covert was travelling south on the U.S. 23 on ramp when he ran off the left side of the road. The motorcycle overturned, and Covert was ejected.

 

He was taken by helicopter to OSU Medical Center in Columbus.

 

Covert was cited for failure to control.

 

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Stretch of 31 in Union County Set to Close

 

A stretch of State Route 31 in Union County is set to close beginning next week.

 

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, 31 between State Routes 347 and 739 will close, except for local traffic, starting May 7 for 90 days.

 

11 culverts will be replaced.

 

A detour will be posted, and the road is scheduled to reopen July 29.

 

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Marion County Man Convicted on Rape Charge

 

A Marion County man has been found guilty for raping a 5 year old juvenile.

 

Joshua McCoy age 28, was found guilty on five criminal charges which included two counts of rape. The conviction occurred last Thursday in Marion County Common Pleas Court. The maximum sentence will be life in prison for McCoy. Along with being charged with two counts of rape, McCoy was also charged with abduction, endangering children and felonious assault. The Prosecution is moving to recommend life in prison without possibility of parole.

 

McCoy will be sentenced by the Marion Common Pleas Judge in the coming weeks.

 

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Fostoria Man Sentenced

 

A Fostoria man was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

 

Tyree Carpenter is heading to prison for supplying drugs to a Findlay man that resulted in his death. A Jury in Seneca County found Carpenter guilty of involuntary manslaughter, corrupting  another with drugs and trafficking heroin.

 

Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced Carpenter to to 30 years with the addition of 36 months for another drug case involving Carpenter. He will spend 33 year in prison.

 

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U of F Professor Starts Duties as President of OPA

 

A University of Findlay professor has started his duties as President of the Ohio Pharmacists Association.

 

According to a release, the Chair and Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Ryan A. Schneider began his one year term this week. He will remain on the board the following year as an immediate past president.

 

A member since his college days, Schneider has first-hand experience how membership in a professional organization increases your impact within a career, a network and in the practice of pharmacy.

 

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Auglaize County Dare Program Holding Golf Outing

 

The Auglaize County Dare program is taking registrations now for the yearly golf outing at Prairie View Golf Club.

 

Cost is $40.00 per person, which includes, cart, meal, and raffle.

 

The prize for the 1st place winner is $200 and the 2nd place winner receives $100.

 

All proceeds will go toward the programs summer activities and programs throughout the year.

 

If you or your business would like to donate a door prize for the outing, contact Deputy Samuel Blank 419-739-6701 EXT 211.

 

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Marion County Students Learn Dangers of Distracted Driving

 

Some Marion County school students got a visit this week from Marion County Sheriff's deputies along with officers from the Marion Police Department.

 

Students at Elgin and Ridgedale High Schools were educated on the dangers of distracted and/or impaired driving.

 

Law enforcement officers took along the distracted/impaired driving simulator to help show the students the impact of distracted and impaired driving.

 

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Lima Woman Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

Distracted driving is being blamed for a crash that occurred Wednesday evening in Wyandot County.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 58 year old Monique Wilson, of Lima, said she reached for her sunglasses while driving west on State Highway 37. Her car went off the right side of the road on a curve and  went through the ditch where it struck a mailbox and a speed limit sign.

 

Moderate damage occurred to the car.

 

Wilson was not injured, and so far no citations were issued.

 

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