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GeezeCats to Perfrom at OSU Marion


Five Nights on Campus, Ohio State Marion’s performing arts and entertainment series, welcomes back the nostalgic rock-n-roll sound of The GeezeCats to Morrill Hall Auditorium, Thursday, November 9th at 7:30 p.m.


The GeezeCats performs hits from the Skyliners, Beach Boys, the Four Seasons and more. The band’s uniqueness, harmony, and quality of presentation have brought them untold success in over fifteen years on stage.


Individual and season tickets are now available. Individual performances are priced at $10 general admission, $9 for seniors (60 and up), $4 for students (grades k-12, and college), and $8 for campus faculty and staff.



Driver Cited Following Crash in Wyandot County


There were no injuries reported in a one vehicle crash over the weekend in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Tyler Quick told deputies that he lost control of his car while driving east on U.S. 15. The car went off the north side of the road where it came to rest in the ditch.


Quick was cited for failure to control.



Marion Man Facing Several Charges Following Weekend Crash


A Marion man is facing several charges following a weekend crash on State Route 53 in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call that a large section of guardrail was in the roadway.


While investigating, they were informed that a vehicle was stopped in the roadway on County Highway 119.


It was determined that car was the one that struck the guardrail on 53.


The driver, identified as Brett Cahill, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, failure to reinstate and failure to control.



Forest Woman Charged Following Traffic Stop


A Forest woman is facing charges following a traffic stop conducted by Wyandot County Sheriff's deputies.


According to the report, the car was stopped in the City of Upper Sandusky on Sunday.


The driver, identified as Amanda J. Bacon, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. She was also charged with endangering children since there was a 15 year old passenger in the car.



Former School Principal Considering Run For State Senate Seat


A former Findlay High School Principal is interested in the State Senate seat left vacant by Cliff Hite.


WFIN Radio reported that Craig Kupferberg has announced his intent to run for the State Senate that was left vacant after former State Senator Cliff Hite resigned earlier this month. The former Principal said that he plans to run for the seat next year if the Republican Caucus doesn’t pick him as the replacement.


The Republican Caucus is taking applications for a replacement until Nov. 6th.



Marysville Man Charged with Criminal Damaging


A Marysville man was taken into custody following a criminal damaging incident in Union County.


Deputies from the Union County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a residence in the 17,000 block of State Route 347 to investigate a report of a person striking a vehicle with a baseball bat.


After the investigation, 24 year old Mark A. Borham was arrested for menacing. He was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.



Missing Union County Juvenile Located


A juvenile male who has been missing in Union County since Friday October 20 was found Wednesday.


Union County Sheriff's deputies met with a Columbus Police Officer to take the juvenile into custody.


He was transported to the Central Ohio Youth Center.



Prescription Drug Take Back in Wyandot County Saturday


There will be three locations operating in Wyandot County for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday October 28th, 2017 from 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.


Operation Medicine Cabinet and other collection programs protect our children, our water and our food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier for you to properly dispose of unused or expired medication.


This is a completely confidential program. No personal information will be collected. They ask that you remove all prescription labels before arriving.


The three Wyandot County drop off locations on Saturday are: The Upper Sandusky Police Department, Wyandot County Sheriff's Office and the Carey Police Department.



Marion Police Department Looks to Expand K-9 Unit


The Marion Police Department is looking to expand its K-9 Unit.


According to the department's Facebook page, the current K-9s were purchased through donations from the community.  The department is asking supporters to keep that tradition going by making a donation to help bring a new K-9 member to the force.


Anyone who wants to donate is being asked to contact the Marion Police Department at 740-387-0541.



Two Vehicle Crash Injures Upper Sandusky Man


An Upper Sandusky man was injured in a two vehicle crash that occurred Tuesday morning in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 55 year old Charles King was driving north on State Route 199 and began to slow down to make a turn onto County Highway 44. A northbound semi being operated by 40 year old Michael Nye, of Kirby, failed to see King's car slowing and struck the rear of the car.


Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles. King was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital, and Nye was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.



Most Marion County Communities Hold Trick or Treat on Halloween


While trick or treat takes place in Hardin County on Thursday, the date is on Halloween, October 31 in Marion County.


The times are from 5:30 until 7 in Marion, Caledonia, Morral, Waldo and Green Camp. 5 until 6:30 in Prospect and LaRue and in New Bloomington, Trick or Treat is October 30 from 5:30 until 6:30.



Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Choir to Perform at Bluffton University


Bluffton University will host a concert featuring its Jazz Ensemble and Gospel Choir.


The concert is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, in Yoder Recital Hall.


The performance is free and open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken during intermission for music scholarships.



Wapak Police Department Holding Costume Contest


The 1st Annual HOWL-OWEEN costume contest will be held by the Wapakoneta Police Department.


According to the police department's Facebook page, stop in at the police department from 6 until 7:30 during Trick or Treat hours in Wapakoneta, then take your kid friendly canine to the police department at 7:15 for the pet costume contest.


Two winners will be announced after the kids costume event.


Prizes were donated by Heartland Animal Clinic in Wapakoneta.



Kirby Teenager Escapes Injury in One Vehicle Crash


A driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Ryan Nye, of Kirby, was driving north on County Highway 124 when he attempted to slow down to avoid hitting a deer in the roadway.


The car slid off the left side of the road where it struck a tree.


Heavy damage occurred to the car.



Marion Man Charged Following Pursuit in Union County


An 18 year old Marion resident was charged following a short vehicle pursuit in Union County this past Sunday.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the pursuit ended on State Route 4 near Payne Road.


The driver of the car, 18 year old Tyler T. Ferguson, was charged by deputies with failure to yield to a public safety vehicle, driving under suspension, operating a vehicle without a license and speeding.



Shirt Order Deadline Extended in Wapakoneta


The deadline to order shirts for the 3rd annual Make-A-Wish Charity Basketball game in Wapakoneta has been extended.


According to the Wapakoneta Police Department Facebook page, Auglaize Embroidery will be making the shirts for this event.


There are several options available for purchase.


All proceeds benefit The Make-A-Wish Foundation.


The deadline to order is Wednesday October 25.



List of Names For People Wanting Deer Being Updated in Wyandot County


The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office is updating the list for people who want to pick up deer that have been hit on the roadways.


If you would like to be added to that list, call the sheriff's office at 419-294-2362.


They will need your name, phone number and the township you live in as well as the times you are available to pick up the deer.



Two People Arrested Following Drug Bust in Wyandot County


A drug bust to start the weekend in Wyandot County landed two people in jail.


According to a release from the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit, a search warrant was served at 221 South Street in Carey where drugs and money were found.


33 year old Heather Hyden and 23 year old Ian Hunter, both of Carey, were taken into custody and charged with drug related crimes. They are being held at the Wyandot County Jail.


The warrant was issued following an investigation by the METRICH Enforcement Unit into drug activity in the Carey area.


The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office and the Carey Police Department assisted with the service of the warrant.



Marion Medication Disposal Day Set

A Medication Disposal Day is scheduled to take place next week in Marion.


Residents there can take expired and unused prescription and over the counter medications to the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum at the Marion County Fairgrounds on Saturday October 28 from 10am to 2pm.


Pills, liquids and syringes will be accepted.


Law enforcement officers will dispose of the medications in a safe, legal and environmentally friendly manner with no questions asked.


Containers will be recycled with your identity protected.



Flagman Struck by Car in Wyandot County Construction Zone


A road construction worker was injured after being struck by a car at a worksite in Wyandot County late Wednesday morning.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Daniel Tey was a flagman who was directing traffic through the construction zone on an exit ramp off of State Route 15 at State Highway 103, when he was struck by a car being operated by Todd E. Brenton.


Brenton told deputies he was eastbound on 15 and while taking the exit ramp he looked back towards the west when his car struck Tey, who was standing in the westbound lane.


Tey was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of a fractured hip and was later transferred to the University of Toledo Medical College for other medical issues.


The accident remains under investigation.



Marion Man Arrested on Warrant From Wyandot County


A Marion man was arrested Wednesday on a warrant out of Wyandot County.


According to the report, Dylan Smith was taken into custody for an indictment for one count of possession of drugs.


Smith is being held at the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office pending a court hearing in Common Pleas Court.



Information on Bats Presented Just in Time for Halloween


This is the perfect time of the year to learn about bats.


That is what is happening at the University of Findlay this Sunday October 22.


Lauren Sandhu, a Hancock Parks District naturalist and University of Findlay instructor, will offer a presentation about bats in Ohio at the Rieck Center for Habitat Studies during the fall open house Sunday, Oct. 22 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Sandhu will also lead visitors through an activity to demonstrate the spread of white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that affects North American bats.


Coffee and donuts will be served at 1:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 2 p.m.



Union County Sheriff's Office Holding Fundraiser Cookout


The Union County Sheriff's Office is having a Special Events Committee Cookout tomorrow.


According to the sheriff's Office Facebook page, the cookout will be held from 11:30am to 1pm at the Union County Sheriff's Office located at 221 West 5th Street in Marysville.


The menu consists of brats, hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, macaroni salad, baked beans and a soft drink.


Donations will be accepted and will assist the Special Events Committee that provides assistance to nonprofit organizations.



Fire Destroys House Near Rushsylvania


Fire destroyed a house near Rushsylvania Tuesday night.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that firefighters from the Rushcreek Fire Department were dispatched around 10:40 Tuesday night to the farmhouse of Joe Leveck at 3401 State Route 274.


The blaze started on the first floor when a space heater caught nearby clothing on fire.


Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Ridgeway, Richland, Bokescreek and Bellefontaine.


There were no injuries, and firefighters were on  the scene for over nine hours.



LPD Asking For Information on Robbery Suspect

The Lima Police Department is currently searching for a robbery suspect.
According to the department's Facebook page, 18 year old Tobias Griffin Jr. has an active warrant for robbery, resulting from his involvement with the September 14th robbery at Rite Aid Pharmacy, on W. Robb Avenue. 
If you have any information on his location, please contact the Lima Police Department or CrimeStoppers.


Truck Driver Charged in Connection to Fatal Crash Last Week


A Hamilton, Ohio truck driver has been charged in connection to a crash that claimed the life of a 20 month old baby last week in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 43 year old Frank Bauer IV has been charged with negligent vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter and an assured clear distance ahead violation.


The crash occurred on U.S. 23 when the semi operated by Bauer slammed into the rear of a car being driven by 21 year old Michelle Weatherholtz, of Findlay. The backseat passenger, 20 month old Candase Weatherholtz, who was in a child safety seat, was killed in the crash. Michelle was taken to OSU Medical Center in Columbus. Another passenger in the car, 23 year old Cody Weatherholtz was taken to Wyandot Memorial Hospital and Bauer was not injured.


The investigation was conducted by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Patrol and the Wyandot County Municipal Court Prosecutor.



Suspect Being Sought Following Weekend Robbery at Hotel in Findlay


A suspect is being sought in connection to an investigation into a robbery in Findlay Sunday afternoon.


According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Extended Stay Deluxe Hotel on Tiffin Avenue for a robbery in progress after a worker was approached by a male at the counter who demanded money.


The employee gave the suspect the money from the register, and he then left the hotel. He was last seen running to the east and was not located.


The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20's to early 30's. He was described as 5 feet 2 inches to 5 feet 3 inches tall and was very skinny. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a camouflage hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. Witnesses say he had scruffy facial hair.


The robbery remains under investigation.



Roll Over Crash Reported in Wyandot County Over the Weekend


A Deshler, Ohio man escaped injury in a one vehicle crash over the weekend in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 25 year old Corey Roof drove off the left side of State Route 53, where his car struck a fence then rolled over while crossing back over the right side of the road and come to rest in a field.


Roof was cited for failure to control.



Man with What Turned Out to be a Fake Gun Reported at Honda in Marysville


Union County authorities were dispatched to the Honda Plant in Marysville this morning to investigate a report of a man inside the facility with a gun.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the 9-1-1 call was received just after 8 this morning.


Honda's onsite security team quickly responded and detained the man without further incident. Union County Sheriff's deputies arrived as well as the Union County Public Safety Officer and were told by plant security that the man was in possession of a fake toy handgun.


Detectives from the sheriff's office are interviewing the individual as well as witnesses and more information will be released later.



Two Northwest Ohio Men Indicted on Federal Drug Charges


Two area men were indicted in federal court for attempting to distribute methamphetamine.


According to a release from the FBI, 28 year old Eric D. Mason, of Lima, and 25 year old Kasey J. Hutchinson, of Findlay, were each indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The men possessed approximately 54 grams of methamphetamine on Sept. 6, according to the indictment


If convicted, the defendants sentences will be determined by the Court after reviewing factors unique to this case, including the defendant's’ prior criminal record, if any.


The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.



Scam Alert Issued by Bellefontaine Police


A scam alert was issued this week by the Bellefontaine Police Department.


According to information on the police department's Facebook page, a Bellefontaine received a call this week from someone claiming to be from the Mary Rutan Hospital.


The caller ID showed the hospital name and phone number. The caller claimed there was an issue with a credit card through their Credit Bureau or Division.


The police department said there is no such entity and it is a scam.


The use of local phone numbers used to scam is on the rise. You should never give out your personal information over the phone.



20 Month Old Baby Killed in Wyandot County Crash


A 20 month old baby was killed in a crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 23 in Wyandot County.


According to a release from Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel, a deputy on patrol came upon the crash site that occurred south of Carey.


A semi being operated by 43 year old Frank Bauer IV, of Hamilton, Ohio, was southbound on 23 and struck the rear of a car being operated by 21 year old Michelle Weatherholtz. The car's driver, along with occupants, 23 year old Cody Weatherholtz and 20 month old Candase Weatherholtz, were all transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky, where the baby was pronounced dead. Michelle was later transferred to OSU Medical Center in Columbus. Bauer was not injured.


Seat belts and a child safety seat were in use, and alcohol was not a contributing factor.


Criminal charges are being reviewed by the Upper Sandusky Municipal Prosecutor's Office, and the crash remains under investigation by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office and Ohio State Highway Patrol.



Registrations Being Taken For University of Findlay Workshop


Registration is now open for the University of Findlay's daylong workshop for high school students who are interested in learning more about professions in the fields of communication and theatre.


Participants in grades 9-12 will receive hands-on instruction in skills ranging from speaking in front of an audience to working "behind the scenes" in more technical capacities.


Registration for students is $10, which will include instruction, lunch and a private showing of the University’s upcoming production of the play “Antigone.” The first 50 students to register will receive a free T-shirt. Attendance is free for faculty.


The registration deadline is Oct. 30.



Plea Agreement Reached in Findlay Murder Case


A plea agreement was reached in a murder case in Findlay.


WFIN Radio reported that 37 year old Husam Coleman pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of voluntary manslaughter in connection to the murder of a Toledo man.


As part of the deal, Coleman agreed to testify against two other defendants in the case. 27 year old Jessica Kisseberth, of Leipsic, and 27 year old Joseph Fleming, of Toledo, have been charged in connection to the case involving the shooting death of 31 year old Marcus Alexander at the Findlay motel earlier this year.



Logan County Man Arrested on Rape Charge


A Logan County man has been arrested in connection to a rape that occurred near Indian Lake in late June of this year.


WPKO Radio reported that 34 year old Brandon Murray was arrested this week by Logan County Sheriff's deputies.


The rape involved a 25 year old woman and allegedly occurred in a parked van near a bar in Lakeview.


Murray was charged with one count each of rape and gross sexual imposition.



University of Findlay Receives Grant


The University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Center has been awarded a federal grant to train volunteers and remote emergency responders on how to properly respond to train derailments involving hazardous materials spills, particularly crude oil.


The $950,000 grant was provided by the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.


It is the third award that Findlay has received from this agency to provide such training.


The University was one of three nonprofits to be chosen as recipients.


Up to $2.4 million was available to award.



Benefit Basketball Games Scheduled in Wapakoneta


First responders in Wapakoneta are training for a benefit basketball game.


The Make-A-Wish basketball game is scheduled for Monday November 6 at the Wapakoneta High School gym. The Police Department will take on the Fire Department in the game, and the proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Donations will be taken at the door.



Two Injured in Logan County Crash


A Tuesday afternoon crash in Logan County involving an unloaded school bus and a car injured two people.


WPKO Radio reported that the crash involved an Urbana City School bus and car, and the crash occurred on U.S. 68.


One person was transported to OSU Medical Center in Columbus by MedFlight Helicopter and another was taken to Mary Rutan Hospital. 68 was closed for over an hour during the cleanup process.


The crash remains under investigation.



Whirlpool Hires More Than Expected After Expansion Project


Whirlpool in Findlay hired more employees than expected during its expansion project.


WFIN in Findlay reported that the company is in Phase 3 of its Findlay expansion and had to hire employees to staff new lines faster than expected.


The company hired 354 employees. The plan was to hire 50 when the expansion plan was first announced.



Tiffin Man Injured in Crash Sunday Afternoon


A Tiffin man was injured in a one vehicle crash that occurred this past Sunday afternoon on Township Highway 65 in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 47 year old John Payne lost control of his car, which drifted to the left and right several times before rolling onto its top and coming to rest in the middle of the road.


Payne was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment.


No citations were listed on the report.



Items Stolen From Vehicle Parked in a Garage in Wyandot County


Several items were stolen out of a vehicle in Nevada sometime over this past weekend.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a car parked in the garage at a residence in the village was entered and a backpack containing a laptop computer, caculators, a chemistry book and headphones was taken.


Another vehicle in the garage was also entered but nothing was stolen.


The combined value of the missing property was listed at nearly $1000.



Marion County Man Arrested on Outstanding Warrants


Marion County authorities arrested a man who was wanted on outstanding warrants.


Marion City Police and Marion County Sheriff's deputies advised the public that they were searching for 43 year old David Mahoney, who was wanted on outstanding warrants on charges of breaking and entering and possession of drugs.


Acting on a tip, Mahoney was arrested by authorities Monday night.



Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Releases Activity Report


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


3 people were injured in 3 separate crashes, and there were 14 property damage crashes that occurred during the month.


198 complaints were received at the sheriff's office. 16 adults were arrested on felony charges, 56 on misdemeanor charges and 242 arrested for traffic charges.


9 new concealed carry permits were issued, and 7 were renewed. One carry concealed carry permit was suspended and one was revoked during the month.



Vehicle and Items Stolen at House in Wyandot County


A vehicle was stolen from a residence in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a 2002 Ford pickup was stolen, and several items were stolen from the house located in the 12,000 block of Township Highway 133.


A suspect was listed, but no charges have been filed as the incident remains under investigation.



Firearm Stolen From Wyandot County Residence


A theft of a firearm was also reported to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office over the weekend.


According to the report, the gun, with a loaded magazine, was stolen from a residence in the 19,000 block of Township Highway 63 sometime in the past couple of weeks.


The theft remains under investigation.



Driver Escaped Injury in Wyandot County Crash


A Marysville woman escaped injury in a weekend crash that occurred in on State Route 67 in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Regan M. Dilley was southbound on 67 and attempted to make a left turn onto County Highway 50. She was going too fast to make the turn, and the car went off the right side of the road and struck a small tree.


The vehicle had to be towed from the scene, and Dilley was cited for failure to control.



Scam Reported in Bellefontaine


A scam was recently reported in the City of Bellefontaine.


According to the Bellefontaine Police Department's Facebook page, a resident received a phone call trying to scam her out of several thousand dollars by trying to make her believe a grandchild was in some kind of danger.


The police department advises residents not to send money to anyone unless you are absolutely sure where the money is going.


You should also double and even triple check the information that you receive from a caller.



Student Could Face Charges After Making Threatening Comment


A 6th grade student in the Mohawk School District has been suspended and could face charges after making a threatening statement.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the school to investigate a complaint concerning a comment from the student that he wanted to burn down or blow up the school.


The student said he was angry at the time, and he regretted making the comment.


He was suspended for two days, but the school did not wish to pursue charges.


The boy's mother however advised that she wants charges filed on her son for his behavior.


The report will be sent to the juvenile prosecutor's office for his review.



Driver Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash


A one vehicle crash occurred in Wyandot County just before eight Wednesday night.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 72 year old Nichola Nelson, of Michigan, was travelling west on State Route 15 when she travelled off the road. The car ended up off the right side of the road causing disabling damage to the undercarriage.


Nelson was not injured and was cited for failure to control.



Drawing For Trapping at Killdeer Scheduled


A one-time drawing will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. for trapping in the wildlife refuge on the Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.


The drawing will be held at the Killdeer Plains Check Station, located at 19100 C.H. 115, Harpster in Wyandot County.


All participants must register before 6:25 that evening and must show a valid 2017-2018 Ohio Fur Taker Permit. Anyone interested in registering should plan on being at the Killdeer Plains Check station by 6 p.m.


Registration forms will be completed by the trapper and placed in a drum.


The permit will be valid for portions of the trapping season, with some restrictions on times.



Harding High School Students Hear Maria's Mesage


Students at Harding High School in Marion heard a message Wednesday about the dangers of distracted driving.


The presentation included Officer Richard Wheeler, who spoke about one of the distracted driving crashes he has handled.


Officer Wheeler spoke in advance of Dom Tibari presenting Maria's Message, which was started after the tragic loss of Tibari's daughter Maria who died in a crash that was blamed on distracted driving.


Tibari and Columbia Gas of Ohio donated a distracted driving and impaired driving simulator which will be used to educate kids in an effort to keep them safe.



Two More Indicted in Findlay Murder Case


The Hancock County Grand Jury returned indictments against two more people in connection to a murder in Findlay earlier this year.


WFIN Radio reported that 27 year old Jessica Kisseberth, of Leipsic and 27 year old Joseph Flemming, of Toledo, were charged with murder and aggravated robbery.


The charges come in connection to the shooting death of Marcus Alexander at a Findlay hotel on February 17.


36 year old Husam Coleman, of Chicago, has already been charged with two counts of murder in connection to the case.



Child Abduction Survivor to Speak in Findlay


Elizabeth Smart, survivor of one of the most publicized child abductions in U.S. history will be speaking at the University of Findlay next week.


According to the university's website, Smart is now an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation.


She will be speaking at the University of Findlay’s Alumni Memorial Union’s Multipurpose Room on Friday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Her speech, titled “Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story,” will be free and open to the public.



Marion County Prosecutor Died Tuesday Night at 60


The Marion County Prosecutor died at his home in Caledonia Tuesday night.


According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. emergency personnel were dispatched to the home in 2900 block of Caledonia Northern Road after receiving a 9-1-1 call about an unresponsive male.


The caller was performing CPR on 60 year old Prosecutor Brent Yager. He was transported to the Marion General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is assisting with the investigation.


The nature of Yager’s death is believed to be medical related complications and no foul play is suspected at this time.



4 Injured in Multi Vehicle Crash in Union County


A five-vehicle crash resulted in a semi-truck and trailer crashing into a business at the intersection of US Route 42 and Bell Road in Jerome Township.


One victim was transported to Memorial Hospital and three victims were transported to Riverside Methodist with non-life-threatening injuries.


The preliminary investigation has determined a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck pulling a boat and trailer while traveling southbound on US Route 42 was driven left of center. A 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck and trailer that was traveling northbound on US Route 42 then crossed the southbound lane and struck a 2016 Lexus sport utility vehicle. Other vehicles that were involved in the crash include a 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe that was struck and forced into a 2012 Honda Civic. The 2012 Dodge Ram was pulling a cattle trailer and the truck and trailer crashed into a business known as Buckeye Battery.


Due to the structural damage sustained at the business, it was determined to be unsafe by a building inspector from the Union County Engineer’s Office.


The crash remains under investigation.



Last Defendant in Logan County Murder Case Pleads


A Lima woman became the final defendant to plead guilty in a Logan County murder case.


WPKO Radio reported that 20 year old Alexus Walton pleaded guilty to complicity to aggravated robbery in the murder of Jeffrey Brentlinger on Thanksgiving Day in 2016.


She faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison when she is sentenced on November 9.



Motorcycle Group Makes Donation to Marion Police Program


The Iron Order Motorcycle Club recently made a substantial donation to the Marion Police Department's  M PACT Program.


Members of the group said they wanted to donate because of their appreciation and respect for the efforts M PACT puts into kids through the programs.


Officers met with members of Iron Order of Ohio this past Saturday morning and received a check in the amount of $1,750.


The money will go directly into the programs and functions for the youth of Marion.


The Marion Police Department expressed their appreciation for the generosity of Iron Order.



Wisconsin Man Killed in Allen County Crash


One person was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Monday afternoon in Allen County.


According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 29 year old William J. Samp, of Wisconsin, was a passenger in a car that was struck by a bus at the intersection of State Route 81 and Thayer Road. Samp died of his injuries at the scene.


The car was being driven by 25 year old Lance J. Ward, of Wisconsin, who was westbound on Thayer and failed to yield to the bus, which was travelling east on 81 and being operated by 56 year old Elizabeth Flowers, of Lima.


Ward and two other passengers in his car were taken to Lima Memorial Hospital. Flowers was transported to St. Rita's Medical Center. Five passengers on her transport bus were not injured.


Drug use is suspected as being a factor in this crash, which remains under investigation.



Wyandot County Man Arrested on Warrant


A Nevada, Ohio man was arrested on a warrant Monday.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, deputies arrested Christopher S. Lear into custody on a warrant through the Wyandot County Common Pleas Court. The warrant was issued for failure to comply with conditions of Lear's bond on a complicity to burglary charge.


He was held in the Wyandot County Jail pending a court hearing.



Bellefontaine Sex Offender Arrested by U.S. Marshall's Office


A Bellefontaine man, who is a registered sex offender, was arrested Monday for failing to register his address.


WPKO reported that the U.S. Marshall's Office arrested 48 year old Christopher Tobie at his residence in the 1500 block of County Road 10, which he purchased in January of this year. His last registered address was in San Pedro, California.


Tobie was convicted for possession of child pornography in November of 2009, and as a sex offender, he is required to register his address.


The Logan County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.



Lima Police Chief Investigating Level of Force Used in Arrest Last Week


The Lima Police Department is investigating what force was used to arrest a woman in the city last week.


Chief Kevin Martin used Facebook to inform residents that he is aware of a video regarding the arrest of Kenyatta Secession and the force that was used against her by Lima police officers.


Chief Martin assured residents that the matter is being investigated thoroughly and the findings will be released to the public when the investigation is completed.


He also urged residents who may have a recorded video of the incident to provide it to him to assist in the investigation.



Renovation Project at Wyandot County Museum Completed


A renovation project at the Wyandot County Museum in Upper Sandusky has been completed.


The Daily Chief Union reported that a full renovation of the exterior of the building was completed in September.


The project was started in May by the Wyandot County Archaeological and Historical Society.



Five Nights on Campus Series Returns to OSU Marion


Five Nights on Campus, Ohio State Marion’s performing arts and entertainment series, kicks off a new season on Thursday October 12.


According to a release, Johnny Steiner will bring his one man show Johnny Steiner Live! to the Marion campus.


Steiner is a professional singer, teacher, director, conductor, pianist, song-writer, and arranger.


All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253.



Two Honored by Allen Lima Leadership Program


Two alumni of the Allen Lima Leadership program were honored last week during the Class of 2017 graduation ceremony.


According to the Allen County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Sheriff Matthew Treglia, a 2014 graduate of the program was presented the Alumnus of the Year Award, and 2015 graduate Joe Patton, of Ohio Means Jobs, received the Distinguished Community Leadership Award.


The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017 was held last week at the Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in Lima.



Five Injured in Marion County Crash Sunday Afternoon


Five people were injured in a three vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on State Route 309 in Marion County.


According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 74 year old Lillian Hager, of Bucyrus, was stopped for a stop sign on County Road 162 and failed to yield for traffic when she pulled onto 309. Her car struck a westbound car being operated by 30 year old Elisha Cottrill, of Marion. Cottrill's car then went off the road and struck a vehicle being driven by 39 year old Amanda Klugh, of LaRue, which was stopped northbound on 162 at the stop sign.


Hager and Cottrill, plus a passenger in Cottrill's car, 28 year old Douglas D. Douglas, were all transported by MedFlight Helicopter to Grant Medical Center in Columbus. Another passenger in Cottrill's car, 11 year old Hayden P. Douglas, was taken by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Columbus. Klugh was transported to Marion General Hospital for treatment.


No charges have been filed at this time as the crash remains under investigation.



Tickets On Sale For Bellefontaine Fundraiser


The Bellefontaine Professional Firefighters are holding their annual t shirt and pancake fundraiser for breast cancer.


According to the Bellefontaine Examiner, the group will be selling t shirts all through the month of October. The shirts cost $15 dollars per shirt. All of the proceeds will go to the Stefanie Spielman Breast Cancer Research Fund.


The annual pancake breakfast will take place on October 7th starting at 6am and running through 11am.



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