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Regional News Archives for 2017-08

Information on Wyandot County Bank Robber Suspect Being Sought


The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office are seeking the public's assistance in identifying a suspected bank robber.


The First Federal Bank in Harpster was robbed just before 12:30pm on Monday August 21.


The suspect presented a note demanding money. He then left with an undisclosed amount of cash.




The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing around 230 pounds with a thick mustache and brown hair. He is believed to have fled the area in a small, dark colored car.


Tips can be provided to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office at 419-294-2362  or the FBI at 215-522-1400.



Suspicious Person Call Leads to Arrest of a Toledo Man in Auglaize County


A suspicious person complaint earlier this week led to the arrest of a Toledo man.


According to information on the Auglaize County Sheriff's Facebook page, deputies were dispatched to the area  of Buckland Holden Road and I-75 to investigate a report about a male standing on the overpass waving his arms.


Deputies found a man walking in the ditch in that area when they arrived. The suspect, identified as 44 year old Demetro R. Vasquez, was wanted on a warrant out of Lucas County.


Vasquez told deputies he ran out of gas. His car was found abandoned nearby.


A number of items that were reported missing from a residence in the area were also allegedly found on Vasquez.


The suspect was arrested and transported to the Auglaize County Jail.


The incident remains under investigation.



Body of Findlay Woman Found in Fostoria


The body of a Findlay woman was found in Fostoria.


According to a report from WFIN Radio, the Fostoria police chief says a friend of Leah White, age 30, found her body on South Vine Street in a yard.


The body was discovered earlier this week and was been taken to the Lucas County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.


The chief says that investigators have ruled out homicide, and do not suspect foul play in the death.



Raiders Split Tri-Match Wednesday in Boys Golf

Ben Logan split a tri match Wednesday night with Bellefontaine and Tecumseh. 
Ben Logan shot a 166, Bellefontaine 161 and Tecumseh 192. 
The Raiders were led by Bryce Loomis with a 40. He was followed by Will Kenoyer ,Ethan Ricketts ,and Garrett Allen with 42's. Carter Stewart added a 50 and Gavin Clay 52.
For the JV's Noah Comer and Carston Mccain had 56's, and Hunter Kennaw had a 57.
Hunter Karg and Dillon Robb  of Bellefontaine were co-medalists with 39's.
The Raiders return to action Thursday hosting Indian Lake and Riverside at Liberty Hills. 


Marion Harding Beats Upper Sandusky in Girls Tennis

Upper Sandusky lost at home Wednesday evening to Marion Harding in girls tennis.  
Upper Sandusky is now 3-4 on the season, while Harding improves to 6-3.
1st Singles - Maggie Pitts (H) def. Jodi Smalley 6-1, 6-0
2nd Singles - Sydney Schryer (US) def. Destiny Meaney 7-5, 7-5
3rd Singles - Dani Conigy (US) def. Rhiannon Reed 6-2, 6-1
1st Doubles - Hunter Stoneburner/Veda Patterson (H) def. Mara Smalley/Mady West 6-4, 6-3
2nd Doubles - Nicole Flock/Autumn Rawlins (H) def. Emma Schoenberger/Lyndsey McQuown 7-6(7-3), 6-3
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "A good effort from our girls, especially Sydney Schryer and Dani Conigy, who both came away with wins.  Maggie Pitts is one of the better players in the area and Jodi had her hands full with her.  But she didn't back down at all and we talked about how, in this sport, you get better by seeing better competition.  She will benefit from this match in the long run.  We are struggling to find the right combinations at doubles right now and we will continue to tinker with the lineup to find what works.  We need to get points at the doubles spots in tight matches.  We are just so young and inexperienced right now.  We will continue to work and get better each day."
Abby Davidson won a JV Singles match 6-1.
Makayla Field and Anna Koepke won a JV doubles match 6-3.


Hancock County Fair Underway


Today is the first day of the Hancock County Fair in Findlay.


Lots of activities are on tap including Opening Ceremonies at 7 this evening in the South Grandstand, followed by the Junior Fair King and Queen Coronation and Hancock County Band Show.


The fair runs through Labor Day in Monday.



Lima Man Charged With Overstating Assets


A Lima man has been charged with falsely overstating assets to a bank.


According to a release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 77 year old Terry J. Ellis is accused of willfully and falsely overstated assets in relation to a line of credit. Ellis allegedly told JP Morgan Chase that he assets of s.3 million dollars when in truth, his assets were 1.9 million dollars.


If convicted, the defendant's sentence will be determined by the Court.



Ben Logan Golf Team Splits Tri-Match

The Ben Logan Golf Team split a tri match Tuesday night with Urbana and Riverside. 
Ben Logan shot a 176, Urbana 172 and Riverside 190. 
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer and Ethan Ricketts both shooting 40. Garrett Allen 47, Bryce Loomis added a 49, Carter Stewart 50 and Gavin Clay 55. 
For the JV's Noah Comer led the way with a 60, followed by Carston McCain 61, and Hunter Kennaw with a 62. William McDavid of Urbana was medalist with a 35. 
The Raiders return to action Wednesday hosting Bellefontaine and Tecumseh at Liberty Hills.


Marion Man Taken into Custody Following Pursuit in Wyandot County


A Marion man is facing charges after a chase with a Wyandot County Sheriff's deputy Monday evening.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call from a man who said he was being followed in his car on U.S. 23 by a man who he has a protection order against.


A deputy observed the car being driven by the suspect and activated his overhead lights. The suspect, identified as Todd Nicholas, then accelerated and reached speeds of around 110 miles an hour before the engine blew on his car.


Nicholas was then placed under arrest for violating a protection order as well as failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer. He was also cited for reckless operation of a motor vehicle. Nicholas was transported to the Wyandot County Jail.



Suspicious Death in Findlay Believed to be Suicide


A suspicious death in the City of Findlay appears to be a suicide.


According to the Findlay Police Department's Facebook page, a body was found in the parking lot at 1701 Blanchard Avenue early Monday morning. Police say the victim is a 24 year old male. His name is not being released at this time.


He died of a gunshot wound, and the gun involved in the shooting has been recovered.


The incident remains under investigation, and anyone who may have recorded security footage in the area is asked to call the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7164.



Wyandot County Fair Royalty Court Set


The 2017 Wyandot County Fair Royalty Court has been set.


The King Candidates are Alex Ogg, Bradley Chaffee and Noah Fritz-Cheney.


The Queen Candidates are Kylie Troxel, Mackenzie Myers, Madison Kessler, Laura Stauffer and Hannah Ziegler.


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



Auglaize County Commissioner Among Those Attending White House Meeting


President Trump is hosting Ohio County Commissioners today in an effort to develop and promote relationships between the Administration and the influential leaders of local communities.


The County Commissioners will participate in localized policy discussions with members of White House staff, as well as hear individualized presentations from various federal agencies with the intention to improve and build stronger relationships with local governments.


The Administration is anticipating over 80 commissioners and local elected officials will attend from across the state of Ohio.


In our region, Auglaize County Commissioner Doug Spencer is attending the event today.



Rushsylvania Toddler Killed in Sunday Afternoon Accident


An 18-month-old boy was killed in an accident in Rushsylvania Sunday afternoon around 2:15.

According to WPKO radio The Logan County Sheriff's Office and Rushcreek EMS responded to South Sandusky Street to the report of a boy who was pinned between a pickup and lawn tractor.

Authorities believe the accident happened when someone tried to jump start the tractor.

Deputies are still investigating the accident and autopsy results are pending.


Carey Man Injured in Weekend Crash


A Carey man was injured in a weekend crash over the weekend in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Jack D. Allison, lost control of his car while driving east on County Highway 3. The vehicle ended up off the right side of the road where it overturned.

Allison was transported by helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with unspecified injuries.


The crash remains under investigation.



More Fishing Opportunities Planned For Killdeer Plains


Anglers can soon enjoy increased fishing opportunities at Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area in Wyandot County, where catchable catfish will be stocked according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).


On August 29th, two ponds will receive catchable channel catfish from the state’s hatchery system. Pond #30, located on the eastern edge of the wildlife area, off TR 125, will be stocked with 500 catfish. Anglers can also expect to catch sunfish and largemouth bass at this pond. Pond #31, located about a mile south of the wildlife area headquarters near the large parking lot off TR 68, will be stocked with 200 catfish.


Funding to raise and stock these, and other species of fish throughout the state, is generated from Ohio fishing license dollars and the federal Sport Fish Restoration program, which places an excise tax on fishing equipment.


To learn more about Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area and Ohio’s fishing opportunities, please call 419-424-5000 or visit wildohio.gov.



Marion County School Aims to Help Orphans in Africa with Acts of Kindness


The River Valley Middle school in Marion County is setting out to accomplish a tremendous goal.


The school plans on committing 5,000 acts of kindness and donating 1,000 pairs of shoes to orphans in Africa all within the time frame of 15 days. The school has planned out that each student will have to do at least 10 acts of kindness per day to reach the goal of 5,000 acts. The students will be receiving journals to keep track of all the acts of kindness they do throughout the day.


The 15 day period will start on Monday.



OSP Hold OVI Checkpoint in Findlay Friday Night


The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol held a sobriety checkpoint in Findlay over the weekend.


Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs continues to be a national problem. The purpose of an OVI checkpoint is to increase public awareness of the impaired driving problem and to deter citizens from driving impaired in Hancock County and the City of Findlay.

During the checkpoint on Friday night, 957 vehicles came through the checkpoint and were checked. Of those vehicles, five 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 arrested for possession of marijuana. 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.



Accident Shuts Down Westbound 33 in Union County Thursday


The westbound lanes of U.S. Route 33 in Union County were closed most of the day on Thursday following a crash that occurred around 8:45am.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 77 year old Elmer E. Hooffer, of Urbana, was driving a dump truck west on 33. Unaware the bed of the truck was raised, Hooffer drove under the Beecher Road overpass.


The bed struck the bridge and became separated from the truck and  stuck to the overpass.


A car following the truck was heavily damaged as a result of debris that fell from the overpass. The driver of the car was not injured. Hooffer, who was taken to Memorial Hospital in Marysville for treatment of minor injuries, was cited for failing to maintain reasonable control of the vehicle.


Inspectors from the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Union County Engineer's Office inspected the overpass and road for structural damage, and the westbound lanes of 33 were reopened around 2:15 Thursday afternoon.



OVI Checkpoint in Findlay Tonight


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, on Tiffin Avenue, in the City of Findlay, Hancock County.


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


The checkpoint 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.



Ben Logan Splits Golf Tri-Match

Ben Logan split a tri match Thursday night with Waynesfield and Northwestern. 
Northwestern won with a 171, Ben Logan 173 and Waynesfield 210. 
Coach Chris Conley said, "We've had 4 matches over the last 2 years with Northwestern that have been decided by a single stroke. Tonight was no different. It's disappointing to lose any match but I was proud that there was no finger pointing. Each player knew they could have won the match themselves. I've seen improvement but it's not showing up yet. Especially in our 5 and 6 slots. I feel we'll be where we think we should as the season progresses."
The Raiders were led by Will Kenoyer with a 40, followed by Ethan Ricketts with a 42, Garrett Allen 43, Bryce Loomis 48. Also playing were Carter Stewart 49 and Gavin Clay 51. JV's also played today and were led by Carston McCain followed by Noah Comer , and Hunter Kennaw . 
Evan Crew of Northwestern was medalist with a 38. 
The Raiders return to action Monday traveling to Urbana CC. 


Bellefontaine Woman Receives Summons For Possession of Marijuana


A Bellefontaine Woman was issued a summons for possession of Marijuana


WPKO Radio reports that Bellefontaine Middle School staff members noticed that 27 year old Robyn Engle had a strong smell of the drug when she was dropping her child off for school, and contacted the school’s resource officer.


Another officer responded to the incident from the Bellefontaine Police Department.



Findlay Police Searching For Felonious Assault Suspect


The Findlay Police Department is searching for a suspect who was believed to have been involved in a felonious assault this past Sunday evening.


According to the police department's Facebook page, officers were called to the emergency department at Blanchard Valley Hospital to investigate a report that a man had been struck in the head with a hammer.


The victim, identified as 51 year old Robert Durain, was struck following an argument with an acquaintance earlier in the day at his residence in the 1200 block of Bernard Avenue.


Police want to question the suspect, who was identified as 38 year old Robert A. Brown Senior. His last known address was on Bernard Avenue. He has ties to Cleveland, Ohio.


Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Findlay Police Department at 419-424-7150 or Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.



Graham Defeats Ben Logan in Boys Golf Match

Ben Logan ran into a buzz saw Monday night at Lakeland Golf Course losing to Graham 153 to 177. 
Coach Chris Conley said, "I knew they were deep but never expected anything like this. Neither did their coach as he confided this was there finest event of the year."
The Raiders were led by Ethan Ricketts with a 40, Will Kenoyer added a 41, Garrett Allen 44, followed by Bryce Loomis 52. Also playing were Gavin Clay and Carter Stewart 54. JV's also played today and were led by Carston McCain with a 64, Noah Comer 64, and Hunter Kennaw with a 69. 
For Graham Andy Milligan led the way with a 36. 
The Raiders return to action Wednesday at Kenton Ridge. 


Upper Sandusky Beats Fremont St. Joe in Girl's Tennis Action

Upper Sandusky defeated Fremont St. Joe, in Fremont, Monday afternoon 3-2.  
Upper improves to 2-2 on the season. St. Joe drops to 1-3. 
1S- Jodi Smalley (US) def. Abby Chlosta 6-1, 6-1. 
2S- Olivia Eshleman (FSJ) def. Mara Smalley 6-3, 6-3
3S- Gloria Rhinehart (FSJ) def. Dani Conigy 6-0, 7-6(7-3)
1D- Abby Davidson/Emma Schoenberger (US) def. Erin Borer/Hannah Haubert 6-0, 6-1. 
2D- forfeited by Fremont St. Joe. 
Coach Aaron Frazee said, "I thought our girls played really hard and adjusted well throughout the match. St. Joes had some nice players who did a good job of getting the ball back. Abby and Emma played really well together and this was Emma's first varsity match. You wouldn't have known that from watching her. Jodi Smalley continues to be our leader. She just fights her guts out to win and she did so against a quality opponent today. She was happy to get a win but even happier that we got the team win."
Upper Sandusky will be at Pleasant on Wednesday. 


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

The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Monday.


According to the office's Facebook page, the robbery occurred just before 12:30 Monday afternoon at the First Federal Bank in Harpster. The suspect handed the teller a note and left with an undisclosed amount of money. He fled on foot and is believed to have then left the area in a small dark colored car. No weapons were shown, nor did the suspect claim to have a weapon during the robbery.

A picture of the suspect was captured on the bank's surviellance camera, and anyone with information on his identity is asked to call the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office at 419-294-2362.
Residents in the area are alsobeing asked to be aware of their surroundings, but there is no reports of weapons.


Upper Sandusky Man Charged With Public Indecency


An Upper Sandusky man was charged with public indecency for allegedly exposing himself to a woman in that city.


According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers received a call from a woman who said a man pulled his pants down in plain view of her and exposed himself to her.


Following an investigation, the suspect, identified as Shannon Drummond, was taken into custody and charged with public indecency.



Mt. Blanchard Hosting Heritage Day on Saturday


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


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

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


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


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



Hancock County Museum Showing Classic Movie


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


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


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



Bellefontaine Man Arrested on Rape Charge


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


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


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


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


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


Logan County Children’s Services assisted in this case.



Park Board Reverses Decision Concerning Vietnam Monument


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


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


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



Two Arrested Following High Speed Chase


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


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


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


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



Marion Woman's Bond Reduced


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


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


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


Stricklin entered a plea of not guilty.


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



Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis Team Loses to Willard

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


Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck by Vehicle Near Indian Lake


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


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


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


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


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



Crash Victim in Lima Last Week Dies From Injuries


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


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


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


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



Tri-County Chase Ends Near Lima


A tri county high speed chase ended near Lima yesterday.


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


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


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


No further details are available at this time.



Teens Plead Guilty in Logan County Murder Case


Two teenagers entered guilty pleas in a Logan County Murder


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


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



Children's Museum Wins Business Plan Competition in Marion


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


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


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



Findlay to Host Miracle League All Star Game in 2018


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


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


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



Upper Sandusky Tops River Valley in Girls Tennis Opener

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


Ben Logan Places 5th at Golf Invitational Thursday

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


West Nile Virus Detected Near Mt. Blanchard


West Nile Has been Detected Near Mount Blanchard.


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


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


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



Lima Woman Indicted on Drug Charges


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


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


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



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



Bellefontaine Woman Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


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


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


Eley’s passenger was released at the scene.



University of Findlay Receives Numerous Grants


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


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


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


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


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



OSU Marion Offers Free Job Postings


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


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


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



Groundbreaking Held For Campbell Soup Distribution Center in Findlay


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


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


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


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



Ben Logan Golf Team Places Third at Tuesday Tournament


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


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


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


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


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



Hancock County Commissioners Approve Two Sales Tax Issues For Fall Election


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


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


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



Union County Health Department Confirms H3N2v Cases


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


The viruses can be transmitted from pigs to people.


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


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


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



Wyandot County Fair Accepting Beef Ambassador Applications


The Wyandot County Fair is accepting applications for Beef Ambassador.


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


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


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



Bond Set For Marion Woman Facing Murder Charges


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


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


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


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


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


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



Police Departments Conduct Extra Patrols Around Indian Lake


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


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


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


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



Traffic Stop Results in Drug Charges in Bellefontaine


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


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


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


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


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



University of Findlay Hosting Solar Eclipse Viewing


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


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


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


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


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


Another full eclipse will not occur again until 2045.



Wapakoneta Police Show Off New Vehicle


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


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


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


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



Public Comments Sought For Two ODOT Projects


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


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


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


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


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



Vanlue Pallet Company Fire Still Under Investigation


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


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

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

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


Lima Woman Critically Injured in Allen County Crash


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


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


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


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


Weekend Glider Crash Injuries Man in Marion County


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


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


The incident is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.



Lima Man Killed After Exchanging Gunfire with Authorities


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


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


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


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



Unusual Scam Starts in Beaverdam and Ends in Findlay


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


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


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



Termination Hearing For Indian Lake Superintendent Delayed


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


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


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



Newest Member of Findlay Police Department on Duty


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


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


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


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



IRS Scam Reported in Marion


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


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


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


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


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



Lima Man Sentenced to Life in Prison


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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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



Honda Released Sales Figures For July


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


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


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


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



Fire Destroys Garage;Damages Home in Wyandot County


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


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


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



Marion Man Sentenced on Bank Robbery Charges


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


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


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


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



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