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Driver Escapes Injury in Semi Roll Over Crash in Wyandot County

 

A driver escaped injury in rollover crash that occurred Wednesday morning in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a semi being operated by 63 year old Leo Smithberger, of Circleville, Ohio, was eastbound on State Route 294 when it went off the right side of the road where it struck a telephone junction box and overturned onto its passenger side.

 

Smithberger was cited for failure to control.

 

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Hancock County Flood Stories Being Sought

 

The University of Findlay, in partnership with the Hancock Historical Museum, is seeking Hancock County community members who are willing to share their stories of flooding in digital formats.

 

Narratives will be recorded this Sunday, December 3 from 1-4 p.m. at Shafer Library’s Learning Commons located on the Findlay campus.

 

For more information on the Findlay Floods storytelling event, visit the museum’s webpage at hancock historical museum. org.

 

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Bluffton University Presents Handel's Messiah

 

Bluffton University will present its 122nd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.

 

New this year, the venue is Yoder Recital Hall. Tickets will be required, and while they are are free, they must be reserved at Marbeck Center.

 

A free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.

 

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Teenager Killed in Logan County Crash

 

A Raymond, Ohio teenager was killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Logan County.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 19 year old Austin Elson was driving west on County Road 153 and failed to negotiate a curve.

 

The car went off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail. Elson was not wearing a safety belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol.

 

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Armed Robbery Being Investigated in Marion

 

An armed robbery this week in Marion continues to be investigated.

 

The Marion Star newspaper reported that two men entered the CVS Pharmacy and jumped over the counter. They pointed a gun at and demanded an employee to open the narcotics case.

 

The Marion Police Department issued a release stating that the men stole hundreds of dollars worth of prescription drugs.

 

The robbery remains under investigation.

 

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Lima Police Department Conducts Several Drug Operations

 

Lima Police officers have conducted several investigations that has resulted in the arrest of numerous individuals for felony drug and weapons charges.

 

According to information on the Police Department's Facebook page, stolen property was recovered and man was arrested for being in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine, four people were arrested and three loaded handguns and drugs were found in a car following a traffic stop, a traffic stop following a pursuit resulted in the arrest of the driver and the location of crack cocaine and a handgun found in the car and two separate traffic stops were made on the same night that resulted in two people being arrested and suspected heroin being located in the cars.

 

The incidents occurred around Lima over the past week.

 

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Benjamin Logan Teacher Pleads Guilty to Gross Sexual Imposition Charge

 

A former Benjamin Logan Teacher has entered a guilty plea in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

 

WPKO radio reports that 30 year old Stacy Walterbusch entered a guilty plea on felony charges of gross sexual imposition. The charges comes after apparent sexual contact with a male 17 year old Benjamin Logan student in her residence in late June.

 

The 5 year high school math teacher and high school boys bowling coach resigned in early July from the school. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies began their investigation late July.

 

Walterbusch will be sentenced on January 11th and will be classified as a Tier I sex offender and could face up to 18 months in prison.

 

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Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at University of Findlay

 

Approximately sixty individuals are expected to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium, 950 North Main Street in Findlay.

 

The free, public event is being hosted by the University of Findlay.

 

The Honorable Judge Jeffrey J. Helmick of the U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, will preside over the ceremony and give the oath of citizenship.

 

Also taking part in the ceremony will be area high school seniors Gabrielle Rodriguez from Riverdale High School, and Jessica Haught and Alyssa Jordan, both from Arlington High School, who will be specifying the obligations of citizenship.

 

Music will be provided by the Riverdale High School A Capella Choir and the Arlington High School All Brass Band.

 

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Wapakoneta Hosting Hometown Holiday Event this Weekend

 

The 11th Annual Children's Hometown Holiday event will take place this weekend in Wapakoneta.

 

Numerous activities are planned for the festival which runs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

The activities include free ice skating on Friday, a parade Saturday morning at 9:45, games and various other holiday themed events each day of the event.

 

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Canadian Man Arrested Following Sex Related Investigation in Augalize County

 

A 27 year old Canadian man is facing charges after allegedly travelling to the United States to meet an Ohio child for sex.

 

The investigation was launched earlier this month when the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office notified the FBI about the allegation that an adult male was attempting to set up a meeting with a juvenile.

 

The adult was identified as Daniel J. Wnek, who was arrested in Orlando, Florida by FBI agents.

 

Wnek is alleged to have posed as a 14 year old during his online conversation with what he thought was a 14 year old female, who actually was 11 years old.

 

The FBI is asking anyone who may have interacted with Wnek, either online or in person to contact the FBI at 419-221-5605 or the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office at 419-739-6565.

 

Wnek is awaiting extradition to Ohio to face these charges at a later date.

 

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Lima Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

 

A Lima man has been indicted on child pornography charges.

 

According to an FBI release, 28 year old Mason Shepherd allegedly received and distributed numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This is said to have taken place between 2013 and 2017, according to the indictment.

 

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

 

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University of Findlay Offering Course on Parkinson's Disease

 

The University of Findlay will offer a course that will focus on issues affecting those with Parkinson's Disease.

 

The elective class will begin in the Spring 2018 semester.

 

It will focus on sleep disorders and patient self-care.

 

According to the Parkinson's Foundation, around one million Americans live with Parkinson's Disease, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease.

 

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Waynesfield School Staff Receives ALICE Training

 

The staff of Waynesfield School took part in ALICE training Monday morning.

 

According to information on the Wapakoneta Police Department's Facebook page, the training was provided by the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office.

 

Detective Jimmy Cox, from the Wapakoneta Police Department, assisted the sheriff's office with the training exercise.

 

Detective Cox showed the staff self defense and takedown techniques.

 

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Marion Man in Court Following Weekend Standoff

 

A Marion County man made an initial court appearance Monday following a weekend standoff with authorities.

 

According to information from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, deputies responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Marion-Upper Sandusky Road to investigate a report that an armed suspect, who was believed to be intoxicated, fired a gun at a female.

 

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted deputies at the scene where they learned the suspect will inside the house and was still armed and threatening to shoot law enforcement officers.

 

Following several hours of negotiations, tear gas was deployed into the residence and the suspect, identified as 42 year old Matthew Anderson, was arrested and charged with having weapons while intoxicated and felonious assault.

 

There were no injuries.

 

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Bellefontaine Man Charged in Union County Crash

 

A Bellefontaine man was arrested following a weekend crash in Union County.

 

According to information from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred at the intersection of Wolford Maskill Road and Martin Welch Road.

 

The driver of the one of the vehicles involved, identified as 34 year old Derrick J. Trahan, was taken into custody on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

One person, who's name is not available, was transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

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Woman Arrested For Domestic Violence in Union County

 

A Raymond, Ohio woman is facing charges following a domestic violence incident this past Sunday.

 

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 21,000 block of Liberty West Road to investigate the incident.

 

At the scene, 29 year old Ashley L. Diamond was taken into custody for domestic violence.

 

She was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

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Shooting in Findlay Being Investigated as a Homicide

 

One person is dead following a weekend shooting in Findlay.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence at 231 East Foulke Avenue to investigate a report that a man had been shot inside an apartment.

 

A man was found dead from a suspected gunshot wound. No one else was in the apartment when police arrived.

 

The body was transported to the Lucas County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. His identity has not yet been released.

 

Findlay Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide and no arrests have been made.

 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Findlay Police at 419-424-7150 or the Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.

 

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Marion Police Department Advises Residents About Scam Phone Calls

 

The Marion Police Department received a couple messages regarding calls collecting donations for police.

 

The department said on its Facebook page that they are not affiliated with the group calling.

 

Police are also currently researching whether it is a legitimate business.

 

They ask that you not donate over the phone to groups that you do not know, no matter how much you appreciate the intended recipient. The department announces in advance of any local phone solicitations on its behalf.

 

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University of Findlay Conducting Toys For Tots Campaign

 

The University of Findlay’s annual Toys for Tots drive will begin Monday, Nov. 27.

 

The goal is to collect 300 toys on campus for Hancock County children, which will assist the U.S. Marine Corps with providing four toys for each child in need this holiday season.

 

The Marines work with the Salvation Army to ensure that everyone is fairly served.

 

The toy drive will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

 

All toy donations must be new, unwrapped, and fit for children ages infant to 15 years of age.

 

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Bellefontaine Police Department Hosting Coffee With a Cop

 

The Bellefontaine Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday December 12.

 

The hours are from 8 to 10am at McDonald's on South Main Street in Bellefontaine.

 

City residents are invited to have coffee with the Chief of Police and other Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department and find out what is going on in our community.

 

They can also learn about the efforts put forth by law enforcement officers to make their community a safer place for families.

 

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Medical Issues Leads to Crash on I 75 in Findlay

 

An unknown medical issue led to a crash on Interstate 75 in Findlay on Monday.


According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Melissa Stone, of Mt. Blanchard, became incapacitated due to the medical condition while driving south on 75.


The vehicle travelled off the left side of the road, where it struck the cement barrier and came to rest at the end of a guardrail.


Stone, who was not injured in the accident, was unresponsive and was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco EMS.


The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

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Two Separate Water Rescue Operations Conducted Monday

 

A total of three people had to be rescued Monday evening in Wyandot County when their vehicles stalled in high water.

 

According to the first report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to Township Highway 44 after a motorist reported seeing a woman standing in the bed of her pickup truck which was stranded in the water.

 

Also dispatched to the scene were crews from Upper Sandusky EMS, Water Rescue Unit and Fire Department.

 

Deputies say 29 year old Caitlin Herrick attempted to proceed through the water despite signs warning of high water and that the road was closed.

 

The Water Rescue Unit deployed a small craft and successfully rescued Herrick. She was checked by EMS and declined to be taken to the hospital for any further treatment.

 

Herrick, who said she didn't see the signs, is facing a charge of disobeying a traffic control device.

 

Around two hours later, a 9-1-1 caller reported a vehicle was submerged in the water on County Highway 16 just east of State Route 53.

 

The McCutchenville Fire Department deployed a small craft and rescued the driver, Anthony Leeth and his passenger, Brandon Leeth, both of Sycamore, who were standing on the roof of the submerged car. They were checked by EMS personnel and declined any further treatment.

 

The driver said he saw the high water and road closed signs but thought it was okay to pass through since they were not blocking the road.

 

He is facing a charge of disobeying a traffic control device.

 

Both of the stranded vehicles will be retrieved once the water recedes to safe levels.

 

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Marion Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

 

An arrest has been made in connection to a weekend bank robbery in Marion.

 

Marion police say a suspect entered PNC Bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money and threatening to use a gun.

 

The man made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

 

The suspect turned himself in to police the next day. He is identified as 32 year Thomas Harris, who is facing a charge of aggravated robbery.

 

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Logan County Sheriff's Office Organizing 5K Walk/Run

 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office is hosting a Jingle Bell "Behind the Badge" 5K Walk and Run on December 9.

 

The event will start at 4:30 that afternoon  at 701 South Street in West Mansfield.

 

The day will include the 5K plus cookie decorating, ornament making and the West Mansfield Conservation Club will have a Fish Fry.

 

Kids will also have an opportunity to visit with Santa.

 

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Marion County to Target Traffic Violations Over Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey announced his office will be participating in a countywide traffic detail targeting speed and alcohol related violations for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Deputies will be conducting extra traffic enforcement and patrol now through November 26th. In an effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public, the sheriff’s office will be enforcing a Zero Tolerance Policy on speeding, drunk driving, and seatbelt violations.

 

Marion County residents are urged to obey traffic laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable homecoming season.

 

These extra patrol activities were made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

 

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Downtown Findlay Celebrating Grand Re-Opening

 

Downtown Findlay is having a grand re-opening ceremony this coming Saturday, which is Small Business Saturday.

 

A ribbon cutting will take place at 9:30 Saturday morning on Main Street at the midblock crosswalk between Main Cross and Crawford Streets.

 

The re-opening of the downtown follows months of construction, and numerous activities are planned throughout the day.

 

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Marion Man Arrested in Wyandot County

 

A Marion man is facing multiple charges following an incident in Wyandot County this past Saturday.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a complaint from a resident in the 8000 block of Township Highway 104 about a male walking between buildings on the property.

 

The suspect, later identified as Christopher Klaiber, was located but failed to comply with the order of the deputy. Klaiber continued to walk into a flooded field after being ordered to stop. He was eventually stopped, but resisted arrest.

 

Klaiber was handcuffed and transported to the Wyandot County Jail where he is facing charges of breaking and entering, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and possession of a controlled substance.

 

Suspected narcotics were also recovered at the scene, and the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Several Vehicles Involved in Wyandot County Crash

 

There were no injuries reported in a three vehicle crash that occurred over the weekend in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a car driven by 25 year old Dylan Niederkohr, of Carey, entered State Route15 from the onramp but had to hit his brakes due to traffic. A car behind him, which was driven by 17 year old Mackenzie Thiessen, of North Carolina, was able to stop in time, but a third vehicle, operated by 51 year old Eric Karhoff, of Columbus, struck Thiessen's car and pushed into into the Niederkohr vehicle. A fourth car avoided a collision by veering into the median.

 

Heavy damage occurred to two of the vehicles involved.

 

Karhoff was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

 

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ODOT To Hold I-75 News Conference

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 will be providing an update on the Interstate 75 widening and reconstruction project through Hancock County and the city of Findlay.

 

ODOT project personnel will outline what has been accomplished so far, as well as what residents and motorists can expect to see happening on the project throughout the winter.

 

The update will be given at news conference which is scheduled for 1:00pm Tuesday November 21 in Findlay.

 

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ODOT To Hold I-75 News Conference

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 will be providing an update on the Interstate 75 widening and reconstruction project through Hancock County and the city of Findlay.

 

ODOT project personnel will outline what has been accomplished so far, as well as what residents and motorists can expect to see happening on the project throughout the winter.

 

The update will be given at news conference which is scheduled for 1:00pm Tuesday November 21 in Findlay.

 

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Michigan Man Sentenced in Wyandot County Court

 

A Michigan man was sentenced yesterday in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

 

Zamarr Clipper II was found guilty recently on one count of aggravated possession of drugs. He was sentenced to a mandatory term of 6 years in prison.

 

According to records from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Clipper was transported to Orient, Ohio to begin the sentence.

 

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Fairfield County Man Arrested on Warrant From Upper Sandusky

 

A man from Amanda, Ohio was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued by the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the warrant for the arrest of Robert A. Fisher was issued for failure to appear on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drug instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Fisher was picked up at the Fairfield County Jail and transported back to the Wyandot County Jail and is awaiting a court appearance.

 

 

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Findlay Residents Asked to Complete a Survey

 

City of Findlay residents are being asked to complete a survey as part of the Findlay Police Department's effort to make improvements in the quality of services provided to city and Hancock County residents.

 

The anonymous survey can be found at the police department's Facebook. It can also be collected from and dropped back off to, Police Administration in room 116 of the Municipal Building.

 

The survey itself is multiple choice and shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to fill out.

 

The police department will be accepting responses until Friday, December 1st, at which time responses will be compiled.

 

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Wapakoneta Lions Club Makes a Donation to WPD.

 

Wapakoneta Lions Club members presented a check to the Wapakoneta Police Department to help purchase additional body cameras.

 

The Club previously gave a donation for an earlier purchase of 14 cameras. With an increase in staffing, additional cameras were needed.

 

The purchase has aided in officer safety, training and investigative purposes.

 

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MPD Seeks Donations to Help Needy Kids with Hats and Gloves

 

The Marion Police Department is accepting new hats and gloves for needy kids in Marion.

 

If you would like to make a donation to the M-PACT-Warming Hands, Heads and Hearts program, stop by the Marion Police Department or call them at 740-387-2228.

 

As the temperatures drop, officers will begin handing out the items to kids in need who they see walking to school or waiting at bus stops.

 

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Several Arrests Made on Wyandot County Grand Jury Indictments

 
Several people were arrested Wednesday on charges handed down by the Wyandot County Grand Jury.
 
According to the reports from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the following people were taken into custody:
 
Roger A. Massie, of Nevada, Ohio, on two counts of aggravated possession of drugs.
 
Taran K. Gillen, of Upper Sandusky, on two counts of trafficking in drugs.
 
Jeremy D. Clark, of Upper Sandusky, on one count of permitting drug abuse.
 
and Brendan T. Kinn, of Carey, on one count of trafficking in methamphetamine and two counts of trafficking in marijuana.
 
All individuals were held pending a hearing in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court. 

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Tiffin Man Arrested on Wyandot County Warrant

 

A Tiffin man was arrested on a warrant through Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies went to the Seneca County Jail where they picked up Jacob Parrott on the warrant for aggravated possession of drugs.

 

Parrott appeared in court and released on an own recognizance bond. He was then returned to the Seneca County Jail.

 

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University of Findlay Fundraiser a Success

 

The University of Findlay Circle K’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon held on November 11 exceeded its goal.

 

According to a release, nearly $41,000 was raised. The goal was $40,000.

 

Funding will support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, including Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo.

 

The family-friendly fundraiser featured music, food, games, inflatables, an auction, and, of course, dancing.

 

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NFPA offers tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe holiday

Thanksgiving is the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires;
NFPA offers tips and recommendations for enjoying a fire-safe holiday

November 13, 2017 – While Thanksgiving tops the charts for family and friends coming together to enjoy food and one another’s company, it’s also the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) latest “Home Fire Involving Cooking Equipment” report, nearly four times as many home cooking fires occurred on Thanksgiving Day in 2015 as on any other typical day of the year; the day before Thanksgiving represents the second-leading day for home cooking fires.

Between 2011 and 2015, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 170,200 home structure fires involving cooking equipment, which resulted in 510 civilian fire deaths, 5,470 civilian fire injuries, and $1.2 billion in direct property damage. Unattended cooking was, by far, the leading contributing factor in these fires and fire fatalities.

In that same five-year period, cooking equipment was involved in almost half (47%) of all reported home fire incidents. Cooking fires caused 20% of home fire deaths, and was the source of nearly half (45%) of the reported home fire injuries. In terms of direct property damage, 17% of damage resulting from cooking fires.  

“At Thanksgiving, when people are cooking multiple dishes and entertaining guests, it’s easy to get distracted,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “These distractions may prompt them to walk away from the kitchen or forget something is cooking on the stovetop or in the oven. These factors can all increase the likelihood of a cooking fire.”

Fortunately, Carli notes, there are many simple steps you can take to greatly reduce the risk of cooking fires on Thanksgiving and beyond. Following are NFPA tips and recommendations for cooking safely:

  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking to keep a close eye on the food, especially when frying and sautéing with oil.
  • Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when cooking a meal that takes a long time like roasting a turkey, baking a roast or simmering. Check the stove or oven frequently. Consider putting timers in different rooms so that you can hear them over music, football games, and party chatter.
  • Stay alert and focused when cooking. To help minimize the risk of injury, avoid cooking when drinking alcohol or if you’re sleepy.
  • Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers and towels away from the cooking area.
  • Kids should stay 3 feet away from stovetops, as well as from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, or gravy could cause serious burns.

Frying turkeys at Thanksgiving has become more popular in recent years. However, NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, as they can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property due to the extensive amount of hot oil used with fryers. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to look instead for grocery stores, specialty food retailers and restaurants that sell deep fried turkeys.

Additional tips and resources can be found on NFPA’s Thanksgiving webpage. General cooking safety information including safety tip sheets, infographics, videos and more can be found on NFPA’s Cooking Fire Safety Central webpage.

The “Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment” report also provides home fire cooking statistics for other holidays such as Christmas, Christmas Eve, and the New Year.

For this release and other announcements about NFPA initiatives, research and resource, please visit the NFPA press room.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
Founded in 1896, NFPA is a global, nonprofit organization devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. The association delivers information and knowledge through more than 300 consensus codes and standards, research, training, education, outreach and advocacy; and by partnering with others who share an interest in furthering the NFPA mission. For more information, visit www.nfpa.org. All NFPA codes and standards can be viewed online for free at www.nfpa.org/freeaccess.

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Ohio Hi Point Outdoor Careers Students Take Home 1st Place

 

Wooster, OH— The Ohio Hi-Point Outdoor Careers students took home first place and $1,500 in prize money at the Ohio High School Landscape Olympics in early November.

 

The Landscape Olympics, an educational competition to test skills and knowledge, was hosted by the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association at OSU ATI in Wooster, Ohio.

 

Ohio Hi-Point’s students competed against 250 other high school students from 20 schools across the state. During the event, students also had the opportunity to network with more than 25 companies and leaders in the green industry.

 

I’m incredibly proud of this group of students and how they displayed their knowledge and skills within the green industry,” said instructor Cole Carpenter. “The prize money will go towards our CTSO (FFA) to help us participate in additional educational opportunities and events.”

 

The team of Outdoor Careers students who captured first place include: Stephen Dunham (Graham High School), Cody Board (Bellefontaine High School), Creighton Bradley (Triad High School), Kolton Parker (Benjamin Logan High School), Quincy Hassell (Bellefontaine High School), Daniel Long (Indian Lake High School), Tylar Jett (Urbana High School), Josh Mays (Graham High School), Orion Horn (Benjamin Logan High School), Damien Masters (Mechanicsburg High School), and Ben Brunswick (Bellefontaine High School).

 

Stephen Dunham also placed fourth overall in the competition. He received a Gold in Sales Presentation and Cost Estimation.

 

Creighton Bradley and Cody Board received a Bronze in the Irrigation competition.

 

Orion Horn, Ben Brunswick, and Damien Masters received a Bronze for Landscape Plant Installation.

 

About the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association

ONLA leads, promotes and facilitates the success and growth of green industry businesses. More than 1,300 members comprise nursery stock growers, garden center operators, landscape contractors, landscape design and grounds maintenance firms, arborists, students enrolled in landscape and horticulture programs in the state and allied suppliers. The association, with administrative offices in Westerville, has represented Ohio’s vital nursery and landscape industry for over 100 years.

 

About Ohio Hi-Point

The Ohio Hi-Point Career Center develops our most valuable resource, people, by providing quality career-technical and academic education programs. Our High School and Satellite Divisions serve juniors and seniors from 14 partner school districts and offer more than 30 career training programs, while our Adult and Continuing Education Division has a strong focus on customized training, providing businesses the training needed to strengthen and prosper in the community. 

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Tick-Borne Lyme Disease Cases in Ohio Rise

COLUMBUS – The weather is turning colder, and it’s hunting season in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are reminding Ohioans that ticks are still active. People need to take precautions to prevent tick bites which can carry diseases such as Lyme disease.

 

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 241 cases of Lyme disease in 60 counties so far in 2017. Cases of Lyme disease have steadily increased in Ohio during the past 5 years with 93 cases in 2013, 119 cases in 2014, 154 cases in 2015 and 160 cases in 2016. The increase in cases coincides with the increase of the blacklegged tick in Ohio.

 

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick. Symptoms can include a flu-like illness, muscle pain, and headache; a bull’s-eye shaped rash is often also seen at the site of the bite as well.

 

“Lyme disease is still very important to think about, even in cold weather,” said Ohio Department of Health Medical Director Dr. Clint Koenig. “You still need to take precautions like wearing bug repellent to make sure you are protected while outside enjoying the fall season.”

 

Fall hunting season has begun and deer gun season begins on Nov. 27. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is reminding sportsmen and sportswomen that hunting brings you in close contact with ticks and their habitats, so it is important to take the proper precautions to reduce your chances of being bitten.

 

Here are some tips on how to avoid tick bites before and after you hunt:

• When possible, walk in the center of trails and paths to avoid brushing up against ticks.

• Apply bug repellent to everyone in your party, including pets.

• Tuck your pants into your boots or socks and tuck your shirt into your pants to prevent ticks from crawling inside clothing.

• Shower immediately after returning from the outdoors to remove unattached ticks.

• Check dogs for ticks after returning from tick habitats.

• Remove any attached tick immediately by grasping it with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out. Do not twist or jerk.

 

There are currently no vaccines to prevent tickborne diseases. If detected at an early stage, Lyme disease can be treated successfully with appropriate antibiotic therapy.

 

For more information about Ohio hunting season, go to www.ohiodnr.gov

For more information about ticks and Lyme disease, go to www.odh.ohio.gov

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Community Invited To Student Talent Competition

The Ohio State University at Marion Office of Student Life | Diversity & Inclusion and Marion Technical College will host a group of talented Marion campus students who will share their unique performance skills as part of the campus’s third annual student talent competition, “Marion’s Got Talent,” Monday, November 13th, 6- 8 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. 

Vocalists, musicians, dance, stand-up comedy, and more will be featured at the event.  Marion’s Got Talent is free and open to the public.  Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners based on scoring by a panel of judges from campus faculty and administration.  

 

According to Program Coordinator for Student Life, Karen Leuthold providing an outlet for students to take part in the arts is an important part of student life programming.
 

“This is a good way for students on the Marion campus to express themselves artistically,” said Leuthold.

“Many of our students have been involved in music, theatre, and the arts their entire lives,” she added.  “I think it is paramount for us to continue to have outlets for their artistic expression.”

 

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Rushsylvania Woman Found Guilty of Murder, Felonious Assult

A Rushsylvania woman now faces potential life behind bars following returned verdicts last night.

 

The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that a 12 piece jury, evenly divided among men and women, returned a guilty verdict to Rosalie Kennedy after four hours of deliberations yesterday on a count of murder and a count of felonious assault, a felony of the second-degree.

 

The paper reports that the verdict was returned after 2.5 days of court proceedings which included recorded 911 calls, and detective interviews.

 

We reported back in March that Kennedy had been charged with her 66 year old husband, Gary’s death, and that Mrs. Kennedy had admitted to the act during what might have been a domestic dispute.

 

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ODOT Truck Inspections for Winter

Each of the Ohio Department of Transportations 1,629 trucks is receiving a 150-point check as part of the departments annual county-by-county operational readiness inspections. This
allows ODOTs 262 mechanics to ensure snow-fighting equipment is in top shape
before the snow begins to fall.

Last year, ODOTs snow plow trucks were driven 6,860,696 miles plowing and
pretreating roadways. Thats like 275 trips around the Earth. Crews used 600,451
tons of salt and 12,056,596 gallons of liquid deicers to treat 43,479 lane miles
of roadway.

ODOT reminds drivers that while they work hard to clear snow and ice, they need your help as well, by giving snow plow drivers plenty of room to work. Plow trucks typically drive much slower than other traffic, so be extra alert when driving near them.

ODOT plows were struck 35 times in 2016

 

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Felonious Assault Case Being Investigated

The Lima Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is currently investigating a felonious assault case that occurred Wednesday night. According to a release by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Lima, at 10:06 PM on State Route 81 near the Neubrecht Road intersection. Sheldon E Gibson, age 33 and Trevor N Hurley, age 33 both of Lima, were walking southbound on Neubrecht Road near the Findlay Road intersection.

 

A 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, driven by Damitrae J Conethan, age 25 of Lima, pulled out of a nearby parking lot and intentionally drove at both men, striking Mr. Gibson. Mr. Hurley was not struck. Mr. Gibson was seriously injured and transported to Lima Memorial Hospital by Bath Township EMS where he is listed in stable condition in the ICU.

 

Ms. Conethan was taken into custody at the scene. She was incarcerated at the Allen County Jail and charged with second degree felonious assault. The case remains under investigation.

 

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University of Findlay Having Veterans Day Service

 

The University of Findlay will host a public service just prior to Veterans Day at its new Veterans Honor Wall.

 

The ceremony at the Veterans Honor Wall in the Center for Student Life will be held this Friday at 8 a.m.

 

The installation is located on the east wall of the Center’s large central atrium. It was established and partially funded by the Class of 1966 in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

 

The featured speaker will be U.S. Army Captain Lauran Glover, who had the honor of being the first woman to lead the United States Army Drill Team.

 

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U.S. Treasury Scam Targeting Regional Residents

 

Residents around the region have been the targets of the US Treasury Department and Tax Fraud scam.

 

According to information on the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, there have been telephone and email scams in which individuals claim to be employees of the Treasury Department.

 

These scammers often state that they are from the “Department of Legal Affairs,” offer grant money in exchange for you wiring a small payment, or threaten to arrest you within a short period of time unless payment is made.

 

Their actions are crimes, and people receiving such calls are cautioned not to provide personal information over the phone, such as Social Security numbers, bank information, or date of birth.  Also, do not provide payments to these individuals.

 

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Double Stabbing Being Investigated in Lima

 

A double stabbing was reported Monday in the City of Lima.

 

According to the Lima Police Department's Facebook page, officers were dispatched to 114 North Cole Street in reference to a 9-1-1 call about the incident.

 

Officers arrived and found two individuals who had been stabbed. They were unconscious on the front steps. 47 year old Austin Hill Senior,  of Lima, and 34 year old Amber Myers, of Middlepoint, were both transported to St. Rita's Medical Center for treatment.

 

Hill passed away from his injuries shortly after arriving. Myers remains at the hospital.

 

There is a history of domestic violence between the estranged couple. No other information is being released it this time, and the investigation is still underway. Further information will be released later this week.

 

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Driver Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 
There were no injuries in a one vehicle crash that occurred Monday in Wyandot County.
 
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 19 year old Jamie Miller lost control of her car while driving west on State Route 103. The car travelled off the right side of the road and struck the guardrail in two different sections.
 
Miller was cited for failure to control.

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Special Blood Drive Being Held in Marion

 

The community is invited to give blood in honor of Leon “Lee” Garfat at a special American Red Cross blood drive held in his name Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Genesis Health Presidential Center in Marion.

 

Lee was born six weeks early June 3, 2014. He experienced many complications. He received a bone marrow transplant at 6 months old and received blood during the procedure. He has fought for his life since the minute he was born and has proved he is a true hero.

 

The Genesis Health Presidential Center, where blood donations in honor of Lee can be made, is located at 524 James Way in Marion.

 

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Counterfeit Money Reported in Marion

 

The Marion County Sheriff's Office has received reports of counterfeit money being circulated at businesses in Marion.

 

According to their Facebook page, if you have any information concerning the counterfeit money being circulated, you are asked to contact the sheriff's office at 740-382-8244 or the TIPS line at 740-387-TIPS.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Spots Still Available For Concealed Carry Class in Marion

 

Spots are still available for this weekend's Ohio Concealed Carry Class hosted by the Marion Police Department.

 

The class, at a cost of $100, is limited to ten participants and will be held this Saturday November 11 from 8am to 4pm.

 

To register, contact Diane Patrick at the Marion Police Department, 740-387-0541.

 

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Columbus Woman Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

 

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to the document from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield's Office, Marissa N. Reynolds was placed on five years community control with conditions on one count of illegal processing of drug documents. As part of her sentence, she must enter into and successfully complete a drug and alcohol assessment.

 

The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.

 

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Kenton Man Arrested Thursday Following Assault Complaint

 

A Kenton man was arrested following a report of an assault on Thursday.

 

According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, officers were called to an apartment on South Main Street to investigate the complaint.

 

A suspect, identified as 36 year old Aaron McGrath, was arrested.

 

He has been charged with offensive conduct, obstructing official business and menacing.

 

McGrath is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Hardin County Municipal Court on Monday.

 

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Garage Broken Into Thursday; Numerous Items Stolen

 

Several items were stolen from a garage on Thursday.

 

According to the Kenton Police Department report, a resident in the 300 block of West Railroad Street reported that the unattached garage on the property was forcibly entered.

 

Several items, including kerosene heaters and an air compressor, were stolen.

 

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Rural Forest Man Arrested in Upper Sandusky

 

A rural Forest man was arrested in Upper Sandusky Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Robbie D. Elwood walked away from the Sheriff's Office while deputies were investigating him for the offense.

 

After a lengthy search, Elwood was located and was taken into custody by officers from the Upper Sandusky Police Department.

 

During a search, Elwood is said to have been in possession of marijuana.

 

He was taken to jail for failing to register as a sex offender and was also cited for possession of marijuana.

 

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Lima Man Indicted on Drug Charges Following Federal Investigation

 

A Lima man has been indicted for selling fentanyl, heroin and cocaine that resulted in overdose.

 

According to an FBI release, 23 year old Lloyd T. Turks Junior, was named in five-count federal indictment.

 

If convicted, Turks could be sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

 

The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force.

 

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Marysville Experiencing Rash of Theft From Vehicle Incidents

 

Numerous thefts from vehicle complaints have been received this week by the Marysville Police Department.

 

In light of the increased number of reports taken in the city, the Division reminds residents to close their garage doors even in the daytime, to keep all doors locked on your house and vehicles and to take all valuables out of your vehicles.

 

Many of the thefts from vehicles in Marysville are crimes of opportunity due to unlocked doors and/or valuables left inside vehicles, some in plain sight.

 

Residents are also asked to report suspicious people or activity to the police department, and all emergencies should be reported to 9-1-1.

 

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Benefit Luncheon Scheduled Today in Marysville

 

The Union County Sheriff's Office is hosting a benefit chili luncheon today.

 

The proceeds from the lunch, which will be served from 11:30 until 1 today at the Sheriff's Office on West 5th Avenue in Marysville, will go to the United Way of Union County annual campaign.

 

The menu consists of chili, white or red, hot dogs, chips, crackers and soft drinks.

 

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New Allen County Sheriff's Office Members Introduced

 

Several new members of the Allen county Sheriff's Office were introduced this week.

 

According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Brittany Parrish and Chris Cunningham were recently hired as Communications Officers and Greg Winegardner, Richard Ginn, and Amondre Knuckles were all hired as Officers in the Corrections Division over the past few weeks.

 

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Hancock County Authorities Hosting Coffee With a Cop

 

The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a Coffee With a Cop Event Saturday.

 

Residents are invited to the coffee shop in downtown Findlay Saturday morning from 9 until 11.

 

They will have an opportunity to enjoy a cup of coffee while asking questions, sharing concerns and getting to know law enforcement officers.

 

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Marysville Police Warns of Scam

 

The Marysville Division of Police received a report recently of a male subject claiming to be a detective or a patrolman with the police department.

 

The individual refused to provide a badge number when he contacted a local business.

 

The male claimed that an employee had committed a theft offense and he was attempting to have her pay the money back. This male also attempted to obtain personal information from the employee.

 

Marysville residents were asked to be aware of this scam and contact MPD directly at 937-645-7300 if you have questions or concerns about similar phone calls or persons representing themselves as police department members.

 

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Marion County Sheriff's Office Receives Grant

 

The Governor’s Highway Safety Office has awarded the Marion County Sheriff’s Office a grant for the year 2018.

 

The grant in the amount of just over $43,000 will fund overtime salaries for deputies to increase their presence on the county roadways. The mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Marion County roads.  

 

Deputies worked 662 overtime hours and stopped 668 vehicles for various violations in target areas for 2017.

 

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