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Regional News Archives for 2017-07

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



3 People Facing Charges Following Traffic Stop in Wyandot County


Three people were arrested on various charges following a traffic stop in Wyandot County over the weekend.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a car for a speeding violation on U.S. 23 at Township Highway 98.


The driver, identified as Michael L. Saunders, of Pleasantville, Ohio, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.


A passenger, Christy L. Keller, of Breman, Ohio, was taken into custody for possession of approximately 17 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and drug paraphernalia.


Another passenger, Robert A. Fisher, of Lancaster, Ohio, was allegedly found to be in possession of prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.


All three were taken to the Wyandot County Jail.


The incident remains under investigation.



Woman Injured in Wyandot County Motorcycle Crash


A weekend motorcycle crash in Wyandot County injured a Bellevue woman.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office report, 26 year old Brittany Famulare lost control of the motorcycle while riding west on U.S. 30. The vehicle went off the left side of the road and overturned.


Famulare was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky for treatment of injuries.


She was cited for failure to control.



Indian Lake Superintendent and Wife Plead Not Guilty


The Indian Lake Superintendent pleads not guilty to all charges including four counts of rape, four counts of sexual battery, and six charges of sexual imposition.


WPKO radio reports that Pat O’Donnell and his wife, Heather have both plead not guilty to sex related charges. During the arraignment hearing that was held on Friday the 14th, Judge Goslee set the Mr. O’Donnell’s bond at $150,000 and his wife’s at $25,000.


The final pretrial is set for October 30th.



Ridgedale Hires New Football Coach


Former Greenfield offensive coach and Benjamen Logan graduate Joe Roberts, became Head Football Coach for Ridgedale according to the Marion Star.


24 year old Roberts is a Bluffton University graduate where he spent four years as the Football assistant to the team. He played for the Benjamin Logan football team when he attended High School and served as an offensive lineman.


The Ridgedale Football team is currently on a 26 game losing streak and is hoping for revitalization with the hiring of a new Head Football Coach.



Flood Warning Continues in Hancock County

Several highways in our region continue to be closed or monitored due to high water. 
According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation:
The following roads remain closed in:
Hancock County
.U.S. 224
.Route 235
.State Route 568
.State Route 12 east of I-75, Findlay, (closed under the direction of the city of Findlay).
The National Weather Service has continued the flood warning for the Blanchard River Near Findlay until late Sunday night.
Major flooding in the City of Findlay*
According to information from the NWS:
. At 10:00 AM Friday the stage was 16.5 feet.
.Major flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
Major flooding in the City of Findlay*
.Flood stage is 11.0 feet.
.Forecast...The river will rise to near 16.8 feet by this evening.
Major flooding in the City of Findlay*
The river will fall below flood stage Sunday evening.
In Wyandot County:
All highways which had been closed due to flooding are now open.
Residents should refer to their respective county sheriff’s office for information on local road closures.
 Motorists are reminded not to drive through areas of high water.
*pictures courtesy of Steven James Kammeyer


Russells Point Couple Indicted on Reckless Homicide Charge


A couple from Russells Point was indicted this week  on charges stemming from a drug related death.


According to information from the Logan County Clerk of Courts website, Jeff and Shandra Young were each indicted by the Logan County Grand Jury on one count each of reckless homicide, abuse of a corpse and aggravated possession of drugs. Shandra Young was also indicted on one count of possession of heroin.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that the charges stem from the death of 42 year old Thomas Cotterman, of Russells Point.


The Youngs, along with Cotterman allegedly travelled to Dayton back in February to purchase drugs. Cotterman died from a drug overdose on February 16. The Youngs are accused of waiting several hours to seek medical treatment for Cotterman fearing criminal charges. Cotterman was pronounced dead the next morning at Lima Memorial Hospital.



High Water Reported in Wyandot County

High water issues are being reported in Wyandot County.
According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, roads that are currently closed are:
.State Route 102 between CH 96 and 95
.TH 45 between CH 96 nd 95
.CH 53 between CH 108 and SR 293
Roads with high water in Wyandot County:
.CH 42, 44, 47 and 49 all between CH 97 and TH 103
.CH 47 between CH 96 and 97 and between SR's 53 and 199
.SR 294 near the Old Hickory Grove Golf Course
.SR 67 south of CH 36
.CH 67 south of TH 42
.SR 294 between CH 95 and 97
.SR 53 south of McCutchenville
.CH 36 between CH 134 and SR 231


Pedestrian Struck in Downtown Bellefontaine


A Bellefontaine man was injured after he was struck by a vehicle while walking across a road in downtown Bellefontaine this morning.


WPKO Radio reported that 75 year old Jeffrey Lee was in the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle operated by 69 year old Ricky Briggs, of Lakeview, who was turning from Madriver onto Columbus Street at the time.


Lee was taken to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.


Briggs, who told police he didn't see Lee in the crosswalk, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.



Indian Lake Superintendent and His Wife Indicted


The superintendent of Indian Lake Schools was indicted yesterday on sex related charges.


According to the the Logan County Clerk of Courts website, Pat O'Donnell was indicted by the Logan County Grand Jury on two counts each of rape and sexual battery and one count of gross sexual imposition.


O'Donnell was put on paid leave after he was arrested on the charges. The Indian Lake Board of Education then placed him on unpaid leave and is considering terminating his contract. That action was taken at the June board meeting.


He is accused of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl from January of 2013 to the fall of 2016.


In addition, his wife Heather O’Donnell was indicted on two counts of child endangering, according to the Clerk of Courts website.



Hancock County WIC to be at Farmer's Market in Findlay


The Hancock County WIC Office will join the Hancock County Farmers' Market at the fairgrounds in Findlay on July 13, for a fun family event.


There will be locally grown, farm fresh produce available, along with many other vendors and organizations.


This event is FREE and open to the public from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.



Kroger to Present Check to USO Thursday at Marysville Store


Kroger customers confirmed their support for members of America’s military by contributing a record $109,842 to benefit the USO during The Kroger Company Columbus Division’s annual Honoring Our Heroes campaign.


Amy McCormick, Kroger corporate affairs manager, will present a check to United Service Organizations (USO) representatives at the Marysville Kroger Marketplace on Friday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m.


According to McCormick, 100 percent of funds raised will benefit the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. The Columbus Division’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign began May 21 and continued through June 3, with funds collected through scan card purchases at Kroger’s Columbus Division store registers.


Customers were invited to write the names of their military heroes on their cards to show support for a military branch by placing it on Kroger’s special USO sign.



Information Session For E-School Program Scheduled


Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), a leading public e-school serving students in grades K-12 throughout Ohio, will host an information session for interested parents and students.


The session will be held on Wednesday, July 19th in Findlay at the Hancock Historical Museum 422 W. Sandusky Street from 6 until 7:30 p.m.


These information sessions are designed to educate prospective parents and students about the virtual public school as well as answer questions about how the program works, the benefits to students, and how to enroll.


Enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year is currently open.



Two Vehicle Crash Injuries Three in Hancock County


Three people were injured in a crash that occurred just before 4:30 Monday afternoon in Hancock County.


According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 49 year old Mark Maag, of Ottawa, drove his pickup truck from a stop sign on County Road 78 onto County Road 16 and was struck by a northbound car being operated by 48 year old Audra Oglesbee, of McComb.


Maag was taken by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center with critical injuries.


Oglesbee was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay with unknown injuries, and a passenger in her car,

21 year old Allison Hammond, of McComb, was taken to St. Rita's in Lima with critical injuries.


The crash remains under investigation.



Blood Donors in Marion Receive Amusement Park Ticket


The American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to offer a free Cedar Fair park ticket to those who come out to donate blood at select blood drives.


In our region, donors who give on Wednesday, July 19 from Noon to 7 p.m. at Marion Knights of Columbus in Marion will receive one park ticket, while supplies last.


They can also enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio. This event serves as a celebration of 100 years of Red Cross service in the Marion community.


Organizers seek 120 blood donations.



Downtown Findlay Getting a Makeover


If you are planning on travelling to Findlay, keep in mind the downtown area is getting a facelift.


The Main Street project officially began July 5.  


As the Downtown Findlay construction is underway, you should plan accordingly when going downtown.


According to the Downtown Findlay Facebook page, these changes are more than just a resurfacing project, but also a beautification project.


To minimize the disruptions to businesses, night time milling of asphalt is scheduled to minimize daytime issues.  One lane north and south bound will be open, allowing customers to reach downtown.


The project is anticipated to be completed in November of this year.



Wyandot County Sheriff Releases June Activity Report


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


Deputies arrested 10 adults for felony violations during the month.


There were 17 property damage crashes and 3 injury crashes in the county.


85 inmates were incarcerated at the Wyandot County Jail.


The Sheriff's Office issued 15 new concealed carry permits, renewed 20 and revoked one.


A total of 183 complaints were investigated for the month of June.



Armed Robbery in Bellefontaine on Friday


An armed robbery occurred in Bellefontaine on Friday.


According to the report from WPKO, My Pharmacy on East Sandusky Street was robbed at gunpoint by three males.


The men allegedly tied up the female pharmacist, who was working alone, and took an unknown amount of prescription drugs.


The suspects fled in a nearby vehicle. No one was injured in that incident. Bellefontaine Police are seeking public assistance. If you have information on this robbery, you are asked to call (937) 599-1010.



Road Maintenance Project Approved in Hancock County


The Hancock County commissioners approve road maintenance project.


The Courier reports that two Public Works Commions grants were approved on Thursday by the commissioners.


A bridge is set to be repaired on Hancock County Road 139, and is estimated at $400,000 with $80,000 being paid by the county.


Road resurfacing will stretch over 15 miles around Hancock county. The project is quoted at $1 million, and the county is set to pay half of that cost.


Both projects are set to be completed in late November.



High Water Reported on Roads in Wyandot County


There are several high water areas reported in Wyandot County from the storms that rolled through the area today.


According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, those areas are:


State Route 231 in Nevada, and in the area of Township Highway 140, County Highway 56 and County Highway 59.


County Highway 330 between County Highway 128 and County Highway 134.


County Highway 47 between State Route 53 and State Route 199.


County Highway 59 near the intersection of Township Highway  12, County Highway 128 and Township Highway 135.


County Highway 134 north of County Highway 330 and also south of Sycamore.


County Highway 128 south of U.S. 30.


County Highway 124 near Township Highway 43.



Bellefontaine Woman Reports Scam Attempt


A Bellefontaine resident was the target of a different kind of phone scam attempt Wednesday.


WPKO reported that a woman received a call from someone claiming to be a captain for the New York Police Department, who told her she won over $600,000 in the Publisher's Clearing House. A few hours later, the woman got a call from someone claiming to be Lt. Herring, from the Bellefontaine Police Department, who told her they received a fax from New York confirming her prize. A short time later, the woman received a call from the New York Police Department telling her she needed to purchase two $1000 WalMart gift cards. This is when the woman realized this was a scam, and she did not purchase the gift cards.


The incident was reported to the Bellefontaine Police Department who believe the scam artists researched police department rosters to use their names.



Logan County Man Arrested Over Threats


A Logan County man was arrested after making threats.


WPKO Radio reports that 46 year old Gary Dunn was arrested on one count of telephone harassment, and a probation violation after he allegedly made threats to kill his mother and her husband. The threats span across 14 phone calls in a four hour overnight timespan.


He was booked into the Logan County Jail.



Scam Attempt Reported in Upper Sandusky


A scam attempt was reported to Upper Sandusky Police Wednesday.


According to the report, a resident was told by a caller that it would cost $199 to keep his laptop computer on. The resident said the call came from a man who claimed to be with Kangaroo Tech, and that they were contracted with Microsoft.


Police called Microsoft and were told they never heard of the company nor do they contract with them.


The resident did not pay the amount requested by the caller.



Car Vandalized in Upper Sandusky


A vandalism complaint was received by the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.


According to that report, officers were called to a residence in Wharton in reference to a car fire.


It was discovered someone lit a rag on fire and threw it at a car resulting in minor damage. Later on, it was discovered that the tires on the vehicle were flattened.


A suspect was named, but no charges have been filed. The incident is under investigation.



Two Lakeview Women Facing Charges Following Traffic Stop


A traffic stop near Indian Lake this past Tuesday night led to the arrest of two Lakeview women.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that a car was stopped by a Logan County Sheriff's deputy on State Route 235 because the driver was not staying in her lane of travel.


44 year old Lauralee Williams admitted that she had been drinking earlier in the day, but it was determined that she was not impaired.


Williams and a passenger, identified as 54 year old Lori Pacha, were said to be acting suspiciously which led to a search of the vehicle.


Deputies allegedly found drug paraphernalia with cocaine residue in Williams' purse. She was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of criminal tools.


Pacha was charged with possession of methamphetamine after the drug was allegedly found in her pants pocket.

Both women were taken to the Logan County Jail.



New Upper Sandusky Police Chief Sworn In


The city of Upper Sandusky swore in a new police chief.


The Findlay Courier reports that Captain Dan Ross was set to be sworn in before City Council at a meeting last night. Ross has been with the department for 22 years, and is a veteran of the Marine Corps.


He has been serving as the interim chief since the retirement of his predecessor, Chief David M. Olds in late April.



Marseilles House Destroyed by Fire


A house in Marseilles was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.


According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Marseilles firefighters were dispatched just before 4 to the 18,000 block of Township Highway 103.


The home is owned by Jenny Bosch, who told investigators she smelled what she thought was hot wires but could not identify the source. She then left the residence around 3 that afternoon.


The home was listed as a total loss.



Crash Claims the Life of Man in Allen County


A fatal crash occurred in Harrod Sunday Morning.


The Lima News reports that 21 year old Erik D. Neeley’s vehicle was traveling eastbound on Clum Road, East of the Lawrence Road intersection, when his pickup truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole owned by AEP. After the truck overturned, he was ejected from the vehicle.


Neeley was transported to Lima Memorial Health System where he was pronounced dead.


Witnesses report that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed before the incident, Neeley was not wearing his seatbelt, and alcohol was believed to be a factor in that crash.



Pedestrian Struck by Car in Logan County


A pedestrian was struck after the Indian Lake Fireworks.


WPKO Radio reports that 17 year old Madison Buffenbarger was attempting to cross U.S. 33 with a group of friends. It is reported that she failed to look before crossing the roadway, and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Authorities that were directing traffic were able to provide rapid service.


Buffenbarger was transported via helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.



Findlay Woman Killed in Wyandot County Crash


A fatal crash was reported in Wyandot County


According to the release from the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 10:30 in the evening on July 1st.


35 year old Normurod Roziko of Niles Illinois failed to yield to a vehicle being operated by 67 year old Darlene A. Kujawa of Findlay while making a U-Turn. Kujawa struck Roziko’s commercial vehicle, and was transported via helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo where she later was pronounced dead.


Three juvenile passengers were airlifted to the same medical facility, one was released, the other two are listed in stable condition.


That crash remains under investigation.



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