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Two Injured in Moped Accident in Wyandot County


Two people were injured in a crash involving a moped and car Thursday night.


According to a release from the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a moped operated by 20 year old Felix Auboch, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was southbound on U.S. 23 when it was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 62 year old Charles Mckenzie, of Massillon, Ohio.


Auboch and a passenger, 18 year old Sebestian Auboch, of Austria, were both ejected from the moped.


Sebestian was taken by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, where he is listed in critical condition.


Felix was transported to Marion General Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Mckenzie was not injured.


The crash remains under investigation.



Indian Lake School Board Discusses Terminating Superintendent Contract


The Indian Lake Schools Board of Education held a special meeting.


WPKO Radio reports that the board moved superintendent Pat O’Donnell to unpaid leave, and discussed his contract’s termination.


O’Donnell has ten days to request a full hearing in front of the board, or referee appointed by the state department of education, as mandated by Ohio Law. If a hearing is requested, it will be handled at a later date.


O’Donnell is accused of inappropriately touching a female victim over a period of three years. The girl is now 13 years old. The case will go to a grand jury in Logan County.



Some Communities Celebrating 4th of July This Weekend


Several regions will be celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks this weekend.


At Indian Lake, the fireworks will start at 10 Saturday night. Leading up to that, several activities will be held at Old Field Beach. The Indian Lake Beach Spectacular will start at noon tomorrow.


Rushsylvania will also have activities and events during the day tomorrow. That includes a parade at noon, and the Rushsylvania Lions Club will hold a Chicken barbeque at the park. The fireworks will start at dusk.



Upper Sandusky Police Announce Retirement of K9 Hunter


The Upper Sandusky Police Department announced this week the retirement of their K9 Hunter from the force.


Hunter has been with the department since October of 2010. He has assisted on more than 800 illegal drug investigations throughout Wyandot County.


Hunter will now make his home with his handler, Officer Silcox.



Upper Sandusky Fireworks Set For Saturday Night


The Upper Sandusky fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday night.


The location for the display is the Upper Sandusky High School at 800 North Sandusky Avenue.


Admission to the event, which runs from 9 until 10:30 Saturday night, is free.



Bellefontaine Man Sentenced on Rape Charge


A Bellefontaine man was sentenced after the rape of a 15 year old girl.


47 year old Michael Eric Justin was sentenced in Logan County Common Pleas Court to eight years in prison without the possibility of early release. Justin must also register as a Tier III sex offender for life.


The man was arrested in February after a 15 year old girl reported a rape while Justin was giving the teenager a driving lesson. Justin will be on five years post release control after his release.



Two Bellefontaine Teens Have Been Missing For One Week


The Bellefontaine Police Department is continuing to ask for help locating two missing teenagers from Bellefontaine.


According to the Police Department's Facebook page:


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


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


They were reported missing last week, and anyone with information on where these two missing persons may be, please call Det. Salyer or Det. Kenner at the Bellefontaine Police department 937-599-1010.



Murder/Suicide Being Investigated in Marion


The bodies of two young adults were found over the weekend in Marion.


According to information from the Marion Police Department, their deaths are being investigated as a murder/suicide.

The two were in their early 20's, and they were found in a home on the west side of Marion after officers were asked to check on their welfare.


The investigation is ongoing.



Grand Jury to Hear Case Against Indian Lake Superintendent


The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office has said the case against the superintendent of the Indian Lake School District will go to a grand jury.


The gross sexual imposition charge against 52 year old Patrick O’Donnell was dismissed in the Bellefontaine Municipal Court so the case can be presented to the grand jury.


O’Donnell is accused of inappropriately touching the female victim over a period of three years. The girl is now 13 years old.



Midwest Express Announces Expansion Plans


An East Liberty plant announced plans to expand.


WPKO Radio reported that the Midwest Express expansion will bring in 147 new jobs over the next four months.


Groundbreaking is expected to take place in August om conjunction with the company's 30 year anniversary.



Traffic Stops Lead to Charges Against Numerous People in Wyandot County


It was busy weekend for law enforcement agencies in Wyandot County.


The Upper Sandusky Police Department and Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office conducted numerous traffic stops leading to charges.


According to a report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, a man from the state of Washington is facing charges following a crash. Michael A. Goines is facing charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A stolen handgun and $10,000 in cash were seized from his vehicle. His vehicle was impounded. Goines won 25 million dollars in the Washington lottery in the summer of 2016.


Several people were charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated following traffic stops.

According to the reports, Tracey Slater, Aaron Hollanshead, both of Upper Sandusky and Dean Harmon, of Fostoria, were each charged following separate traffic stops.


In addition, 18 year old Kody Sherman, 18 year old Kayla Morehart and 20 year old Mikal Rapp, were each charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol following a weekend traffic stop.


A Pennsylvania man is facing charges following a traffic stop conducted by Upper Sandusky police.

According to that report, Charles Buko was charged with obstructing official business, possession of hashish and possession of marijuana.

The traffic stop was made on U.S. 23 at the State Route 53 exit.


Two West Virginia women are facing drug related charges following another traffic stop conducted by Upper Sandusky police.

According to the report, Jillian Spurlock was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Fiasili Bartran was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug abuse instruments.



Upper Sandusky Man Injured in Weekend Crash


An Upper Sandusky man was injured in a two vehicle crash Sunday.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, 22 year old Clayton Hall, of Upper Sandusky was driving south on State Route 231 when a car driven by 62 year old Rebecca Stetson, of Tiffin, drove from a stop sign on County Highway 330 into his path. The resulting collision caused heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Hall was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.


Stetson was cited for failure to yield.



Results From OVI Checkpoint Saturday Night Released


The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol released results for the OVI checkpoint held in Findlay this past Saturday night.


According to a release, 629 vehicles came through the checkpoint and were checked. Of those vehicles, seven were diverted for further investigation.  Four drivers were found to be impaired.  All of the drivers were charged with operating a vehicle while impaired.  In addition, two individuals were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Officers from the Findlay Police Department, Deputies from the Hancock CO. Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Findlay Post participated in the checkpoint.  


Local law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists not to drive while under the influence.



Alleged West Liberty-Salem Gunman Pleas Not Guilty, Insanity

The 17 year old Ely Serena, who is accused of shooting two people in the January 20th West-Liberty Salem Shooting Incident has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.


WPKO radio reports that Serena’s attorney has filed three motions alongside the plea in Champaign County Common Pleas Court. The first was to transfer the motion back to juvenile court. The second, to suppress statement and evidence from the teen’s interrogation with law enforcement. The third, to authorize a forensic psychologist to have access to Serena in the Central Ohio Youth Center located in Marysville.


Serena was indicted on 13 counts by a Grand Jury on June 13th. A judge ruled that the case would be heard in common pleas court earlier this month. Serena remains in custody on a million dollar bond.


The radio station reports that victim Logan Cole, age 17, continues to recover.



City of Findlay Has New Chief of Police

The city of Findlay has a new Chief of Police.


WFIN Radio reports that John Dunbar has been appointed as the Chief mayor Lydia Mihalik announced Friday.


Dunbar has been serving for 25 years, and spent the last seven of those years as a lieutenant in the force. He has been acting as the Chief since the retirement of former Chief Greg Horne.



Wyandot County's 4th Annual 'Wyanstock' Ready to Rock

The Wyandot County Young Professionals are putting on the 4th annual 12 hour music festival known as Wyanstock.


The Daily Chief Union reports that the event is loaded with bands, food vendors, contests, and much more.


The $7 admission fee goes to help the Wyandot County Young Professionals Alliance scholarship fund, and to help fund other projects.


The group is looking to expand into Wyandot County high schools.


The event is set for July 1st, starting at 12 noon at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.



OSP Announces Location of OVI Checkpoint


The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, announced today an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a. m. tonight (June 24), on Main Street, in the City of Findlay, Hancock County.


The OVI checkpoints, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.


The checkpoints will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.


If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.



Upper Sandusky Names New Police Chief


A new police chief has been named in Upper Sandusky.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that Captain Dan Ross, who has been chief since the April 28 retirement of David Olds, accepted the job during a special safety committee meeting this week.


He is a 22 year veteran of the force.



Gas Explosion Destroys Logan County Church


A Logan County church was destroyed by a gas explosion this (Thursday) afternoon.


WPKO Radio reported that the explosion occurred at the Hi-Point Free Will Baptist Church at  the corner of County Roads 11 and 18.


The Bellefontaine Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and was assisted by the West Liberty Fire Department.


A construction crew apparently struck a gas line, which ignited the church which then exploded.


There were no injuries.



UNOH Enrolling Adults For Classes


The University of Northwestern Ohio is now enrolling adult students for its One-Night-a-Week Associate, Bachelor, and Master Degree programs for Fall Quarter.  Classes start on September 11, 2017.  


The Associate Degree in Business Administration one-night-a-week option will meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 10:00pm and can be completed in just 8 quarters.  


For interested working adults, UNOH will be hosting an Open House event for those seeking more information on Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Student Commons Building on the  UNOH campus.


Financial aid is available for those who qualify.



Bluffton Physician Suspended


A Bluffton physician has been suspended from medical practice and surgery.


The Findlay Courier reported that Dr. James Gideon admitted to sexual misconduct with his patients dating back to September 2013.


The Medical Board of Ohio banned Gideon from his medical practice until a hearing can be held on the case.



DeGraff Fills Council Seat


The final vacant seat on the DeGraff Village Council was filled this week.


WPKO Radio reported that longtime resident Meggin Parker was approved at this week's council meeting by a final vote of 4-0 and was sworn into office.


DeGraff has a full council for the first time since April 18th.



Coffee with a Cop Scheduled in Hancock County


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Findlay Police Department will hold a Coffee with a Cop event Friday.


The event gives citizens to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know officers in the community.


It will be held Friday June 23 from 9 to 11am at 114 E. Sandusky Avenue in Findlay.



Man Shot in Fostoria

Hancock County Authorities responded to a shooting Wednesday night in Fostoria.


According to the Findlay Courier, the incident took place in an alleyway between South Street and Tiffin Street in the city of Fostoria.


The paper reports that a LifeFlight Helicopter was called to the hospital that a man was transported after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.


The condition of the victim’s injuries was not listed.



Delaware Man Facing Forgery and Theft Charges

A Delaware man is facing multiple felonies


WPKO reports that 45 year old Charles Fogle cashed $800 in checks at Fields’ Grocery in West Mansfield last week.


The checks reportedly were from his father’s account, which is closed.


Fogle was charged with two counts of forgery, and two felony theft counts, and was transported to the Logan County Jail.



Blanchard River Upgrades Move Forward

The Hancock County Commissioners approved a payment to move upgrades to the Blanchard River in Findlay a step closer.


WFIN reported that the commissioners approved a $650,000 payment to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to pay Stantec Engineering for design work.


Stantec hopes to finish some design work by early next year and construction could start soon after.



Hancock County Grand Jury Indicts Two Men on Drug Trafficking

The Hancock County Grand Jury returned indictments against two Findlay men.


The Findlay Courier reported that 46 year old Eric Brown was indicted on two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of trafficking in cocaine and 33 year old Cutler Batchelor was indicted on one count of trafficking in cocaine.



Bellefontaine Man Arrested After Trespassing at Honda Plant

A Bellefontaine Man was arrested after trespassing at a Honda Plant in East Liberty.


WPKO Radio reports that 31 year old Dusty Penrose climbed a fence, after his mother, who works at the plant, reported for her shift.


He was detained by plant security until officers responded around 5:20 on Tuesday.


Penrose told deputies he was hearing voices, and was being chased by an armed man, according to the report.


He was transported to the Logan County Jail, where he is being held on crimnial trespass charges.


Bridge Work Planned for I-75 in Bluffton

A project to replace the bridge deck on the Bentley Road bridge over I-75, Bluffton, will require two overnight closures of I-75 this week.


I-75 northbound under the Bentley Road overpass will close from 10 tonight to 6 Friday morning and I-75 southbound under the Bentley Road overpass will close from 10 Friday night to 6 Saturday morning.


Through traffic will be maintained utilizing the I-75 exit and entrance ramps at Bentley Road (exit 140). Northbound motorists must exit I-75 at Bentley Road, then re-enter I-75 from Bentley Road.


Left turns onto Bentley Road from I-75 northbound will still be prohibited due to construction.



Bridge Repairs Slated for Logan County

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that the Logan County Highway Department will be conducting bridge repairs on County Road 17 between State Route 720 and County Road 52.


The repairs are slated to begin on Wednesday morning and is set to wrap up June 29th, weather dependent.


Motorists should find alternate routes during this time.



Findlay Woman Injured, Flown In Accident

WFIN radio reports that an injury accident occurred in Findlay.


26 year old Randy Smith was operating a vehicle in 500 block of Broad Ave. He traveled left of center and struck Sara Robinson’s vehicle traveling northbound.


Robinson was transported via LifeFlight Helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.


Smith was cited for driving a lane violation, and driving under suspension. Police were assisted at the scene by the Findlay Fire Department, Hanco Ambulance, Mac and Bob’s Towing and R & A Towing.



Findlay Man Charged with Rape Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charges

A Findlay man charged with rape avoided a jury trial by pleading guilty to lesser charges this week in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.


WFIN Radio reported that 55 year old Rodolfo Sierra was convicted on one count each of gross sexual imposition and sexual battery stemming from a sexual assault dating back to May of 2016.


Judge Reginald Routson then sentenced Sierra to 71 months in prison.

Assistant Prosecutor Steve Powell said the plea bargain means the victim in the case will not have to her attacker while Sierra spends serious time in prison.



Lima Teens Will Be Tried As Adults in Logan County Murder Case

17 year old Jasmine Lewis and 18 year old Tatianna Freeman will be tried as adults in connection to the shooting death of Jeffrey Brentlinger the Bellefontaine Examiner reports.


Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart now has the ability to take the case to a Logan county grand jury for trial.


They are two of five Lima citizens charged in the November 24th shooting, and were 17 when the crime was committed.



Union County Officials Holding Sexual Assault Awareness Event

The Union County Prosecutor's Office and the Union County Sexual Assault Response Team will be hosting the 5th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on Friday.


It is an international event held to bring awareness and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.


According to a release from Union County Prosecutor David Phillips, in 2016, nearly 250 victims of relationship violence were served by the Victims of Crime Program.


Participants in the Friday night walk will travel through the streets of Marysville during the popular City of Marysville's Uptown Friday Nights. Registration will be begin at 6pm at Partner's Park. The walk will start at seven. It is free, and all are welcome to walk in support of this cause.



Wyandot County Mayor's Breakfast Held

The Wyandot County Mayor's breakfast meeting was held Tuesday morning.


The Daily Chief-Union newspaper reported that the featured speaker was Jeff Ritchey, Wyandot County Director of Environmental Health. He spoke to the elected officials about the dangers of mosquitoes such as West Nile virus and Zika diseases they may carry.


He urged residents to use personal protection such as repellants, long sleeve shirts and pants and to take extra precautions when out at dawn or dusk.


Ritchey also informed the group that traps have been set in Upper Sandusky, Carey and Sycamore to catch mosquitoes so they can be tested for diseases.



Lakeview Teenager Injured After Hit-Skip Crash

A 17 year old Lakeview resident was injured after being struck by a car that then fled the scene Tuesday night.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Donald A. McCombs was walking east with a friend along the right side of County Road 13 when a car approached from behind them. The vehicle's side mirror struck McCombs left shoulder. The car, described as a dark colored newer model Honda CR-V was being operated by an older, balding man. They say he turned around in a driveway and drove by them again before heading off to the west. McCombs was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine for treatment of injuries.

The incident remains under investigation.



Bond Set for WL-S Shooting Suspect

Bond has been set for a 17 year old suspect charged in connection with the shooting at West Liberty-Salem School back in January.


WPKO Radio reported that the judge in the case set bond at one million dollars for Ely Serna, who appeared in Champaign County Juvenile Court this (Wednesday) morning. Serna chose to waive a probable cause hearing that was scheduled today. He faces 13 charges including two counts of attempted murder and three counts of felonious assault. Two students were injured in the shootings. The most serious was 17 year old Logan Cole who continues to recover.



Lima Teen Dies in Tuesday Shooting

A 16 year old boy died in a shooting Tuesday night in Lima.


WLIO reported that the shooting occurred at an apartment in the 900 block of West Wayne Street.


Lima Police were called to the scene where they found the boy collapsed in the intersection of Collett and North Streets. He was taken to St. Rita's Medical Center where he died a short time later.


No names have been released as the incident is still under investigation.



Three Sentenced In Connection to Sex Trafficking Case

Three people from Lima were sentenced to prison this week for their roles in a sex trafficking conspiracy involving a 14-year-old girl.


According to a release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Randy Thompson, 26, was sentenced to 24 years in federal prison. Shemeric Cook, 30, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Precious Russell, 20, was sentenced to nine years in prison.


All three defendants frequented the 4th Street apartment complex in Lima and played a role in the sex trafficking of a 14-year old girl from that location in November 2015, according to court documents and testimony.

Two other people are scheduled to be sentenced later this month in connection to the case.



Logan County Woman Arrested Following Traffic Stop

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


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


She was restrained and transported to the Logan County Jail.


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



Arlington Pool Open For Business

Residents in Arlington can go swimming at the village pool.


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


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



Upper Sandusky FFA Members Awarded National Scholarships

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


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


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



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