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Findlay Firefighters Kept Busy Friday

It was a busy Friday morning for firefighters in Findlay.

 

WFIN Radio reported that the department was dispatched out twice to fires in the city.

 

The first call was to a two story home in the 600 block of G Street where flames were visible in the back of the house. The fire spread through other areas of the house before being contained.

 

Around an hour later, a call came in reporting a fire at 102 Hurd Avenue where a fire started in a freezer in the house.

 

The Red Cross assisted residents at both locations.

 

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Large Fight Under Investigation in Lima

 

A large fight in a Lima restaurant this week is being investigated by the Allen County sheriff's Office.

 

A video of the fight that occurred at the Waffle House on Neubrecht Road in Lima is captured on video, which is posted on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

 

Anyone with information about the incident or the subjects involved is being asked to contact the sheriff's office at 419-227-3535 to speak to a deputy.

 

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Employees of Hancock County Sheriff's Officer Recognized

 

Several employees of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office were recognized for their service during 2017.

 

According to information on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, Shane Leeth and Clay Warnecke received the Above and Beyond Award.

 

Jim Saltzman and Colleen Wedge won the 110% Award. The Corrections Officer of the Year Award went to John Snodgrass, and Kris Otto was named the Deputy Sheriff of the Year.

 

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Vehicle Vandalized in Wyandot County

 

A motor vehicle was vandalized in Wyandot County on Thursday.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 4000 block of State Route 67, where the owner reported that the windshield of a pickup truck was shattered. The owner stated stated a bang was heard followed by the sound of a loud car taking off.

 

A suspect was named, but so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Man Arrested on Warrant in Union County

 

A Ravenna man was arrested following a domestic violence call this week in Union County.

 

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 17,000 block of State Route 347 to investigate the complaint.

 

At the scene, 24 year old Andrew B. Shaffer was arrested on an outstanding warrant. He was also charged with domestic violence and obstructing official business.

 

He was transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.

 

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Upper Sandusky Alumnus Graduates From the Military

 

A graduate of Upper Sandusky High School is retiring from the military.

 

The Daily Chief Union newspaper reported that Lane Cole is retiring from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service.

 

Cole graduated from Upper Sandusky in 1989 then joined the military. He did two tours in Desert Storm then spent time in the inactive reserve. He signed back up for active duty following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

 

Cole plans to retire to his El Paso, Texas home with his son Brandon.

 

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Lima Rotary Aims to Eliminate Homelessness

 

The Lima Rotary is seeking donations in an effort to eliminate homelessness.

 

To help address the needs of the homeless population, a program that will help connect them with the resources that are needed has been created. A single phone number would provide the connection to local resources, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

Lima Rotary, along with the West Ohio Community Action Partnership, is asking for donations that would be used to provide public education about connecting members of the homeless community with the services.

 

Visit the Rotary Club of Lima Facebook page for more information about the go fund me account.

 

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Woman Sentenced to Life on Murder Charge

 

A Rushsylvania woman was sentenced to life in prison after murdering her husband.

 

According to WPKO radio, 63 year old Rosalie Kennedy was sentenced Thursday in the Logan County Court of Common Pleas. She was given a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison, with three additional years after a firearm specification. Kennedy’s time will total 18 years mandatory before she will be eligible for parole.

 

An appeal is said to be filed within the next 30 days. Kennedy was found guilty on all counts November 10th of this year.

 

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Two Men Taken Into Custody on Warrants in Union County

 

Two men were taken into custody in Franklin County on warrants out of Union County this week.

 

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies travelled to the Franklin County Jail and took custody of 32 year old Phillip M. Stewart, of Columbus and 30 year old Dustin G. Starkey, of Orient for outstanding warrants.

 

The pair was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

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Holidays Impact Functions of Marion Sheriff's Office

 

The Marion County Sheriff's Office will not be processing webcheck background checks or Ohio Concealed Carry Weapon applications on Monday, December 25th, 2017 and January 1st, 2018

 

The office will be open for Web Checks and applications on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 and January 2th, 2018

 

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Basic Manufacturing Pathway Class Offered

 

The West Central Ohio Manufacturing Consortium will offer its Basic Manufacturing Pathway class January 8-26, at Ohio Means Jobs-Allen County, 1501 South Dixie Highway in Lima.  

 

This 40-hour class will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Students enrolled in this course will take National Career Readiness Certification assessments at no cost.

 

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Upper Sandusky Police Reminded Residents About Toolkit

 

The Upper Sandusky Police Department reminded residents that they should review the Ohio Crime Victims' Right Research Toolkit.

 

It was developed by the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center to provide assistance to Ohio victims of crime with grant funds from the Ohio State Bar Foundation and is updated with the most current laws.

 

In the Toolkit, victims will find nearly everything they need to know about their rights from the time of the first report to a hospital or police right on through the investigation, prosecution, incarceration, and post-release control.

 

The Ohio Crime Victims Toolkit can be accessed at victims rights tool kit dot com.

 

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MPD Cautions People About Dangers of Thin Ice

 

Temperatures are forecast to take a nosedive early next week, but it still could take some time before lakes and ponds will be frozen enough to support any kind of weight.

 

The Marysville Division of Police issued a release reminding kids and parents that being on any ice is dangerous, so they should stay off frozen ponds, lakes and other bodies of water.

 

The area does not normally experience temperatures low enough and for a long enough duration to have ice thick enough to support even a child. If someone were to break through the ice, they would have a short time before they succumbed to the cold.

 

The department said this is a good time for parents to talk with their kids and make sure they understand that the results of being out on thin ice could be deadly.

 

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Marion County Deputies Involved in Foot Chase

 

A couple of Marion County Sheriff's deputies got a little muddied up after chasing a suspect who was wanted on several felony warrants.

 

According to information on the office's Facebook page, the suspect took off on foot after deputies attempted to arrest him this week.

 

The chase took them into a muddy field, but the suspect was eventually arrested on the warrants.

 

He was also charged with an additional charge of resisting arrest.

 

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Marion County Bar Association Makes Donation

 

The Marion County Bar Association made a donation to help fund self defense classes geared toward crime victims and high school seniors as they head off to college or work life.

 

Dave Reed, Magistrate of the Family Court presented the $1000 donation to Lt. B.J. Gruber, of the Marion County Police Department and Betsy Abbott of the Victims' Assistance Program.

 

The donation will be used to purchase equipment that will be used in the classes.

 

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State Funding Awarded For Renovation of Historic Building in Findlay

 

The Hyatt Block in Findlay has been awarded state funding through the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program for renovations to the historic structure.

 

The Hyatt Block is a three-story building in Findlay's downtown historic district. Except for the first floor, the building has been vacant for more than 10 years. The renovated space will be home to an arts organization offering therapeutic and educational opportunities with offices on the second and third floors.

 

Applications are received bi-annually in March and September for the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

 

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Two Assualted in Findlay Bar Fight

 

Two men were injured after being assaulted in the parking lot of a bar in Findlay over this past weekend.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to the Walnut Saloon on Walnut Street to investigate the incidents.

 

53 year old Gregory Hammer was found unconscious on the ground with injuries to his head. He was eventually transferred to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo.

 

His brother, 47 year old Darryl Hammer, who said the two have them were assaulted by multiple male suspects, was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he was treated and released.

 

No arrests have been made, and the incident remains under investigation. A motive is unknown at this time.

 

Any witnesses with information are encouraged to contact the Findlay Police at 419-424-7150 or the Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.

 

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LPD Welcomes Officer Back

 

The Lima Police Department welcomed back a member of its force this past Sunday.

 

Lieutenant Andy Green graduated on December 15 from Session 270 of the FBI National Academy in Virginia.

 

For the last 11 weeks, Lt. Green has trained alongside 22 of the finest law enforcement executives from 49 states and 20 countries.

 

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Marion Church Serving Christmas Day Meal

 

A church in Marion will be serving a meal on Christmas Day.

 

Apex Church, which is located at 1001 Mt. Vernon Avenue in Marion, invites families to the free event from 11am to 2pm on December 25.

 

Families will enjoy a warm meal, great fellowship and will get something to take home.

 

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University of Findlay Offering Winter Educationl Forum

 

Winter College 2018, the University of Findlay’s annual educational forum for alumni, parents and friends will be held Monday, Feb. 12 in Naples, Florida.

 

Register by February 3 by visiting findlay dot edu/events or call the Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends at 419-434-4516.

 

The event will include three sessions: “The Entrepreneurial Journey,” “The Secret of Imagination” and “Opioids – Roots of the Epidemic and Grassroots Efforts to Combat It.”

 

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Teen Indicted in Champaign County Murder Case

 

Teen who is implicated in the murder of a woman in Champaign County has been indicted as an adult, according to the Bellefontaine Examiner.

 

According to the paper, 15 year old Donovan Nicholas was indicted by a grand jury on Friday on charges of aggravated murder and murder charges. Nicholas was 14 at the time of the murder when he is said to have stabbed and shot Heidi Fay Taylor in April. Nicholas told a 911 dispatcher that an alternate personality shot and stabbed Taylor.

 

Defense Attorney, Darrell Heckman expects to enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. According to the defense Attorney, a psychologist has diagnosed the boy with multi personality disorder.

 

This case was transferred from the Champaign County Juvenile court last month.

 

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Man Facing Charges in Connection to Theft From Tiffin College

 

A Tiffin man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from Tiffin College, according to information from WFIN.

 

55 year old Charles Lutz who served as the manager of Tiffin College’s bookstore is accused of stealing more than $216,000 dollars from the college. Lutz was fired by Tiffin College after accusations of the theft arose.

 

Lutz faces two counts of aggravated theft and four counts of grand theft. A pretrial hearing is set for January the 26th.

 

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Driver Cited Following Wyandot County Crash

 

A crash occurred Thursday morning on State Route 15 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 23 year old Kohl Johnson was driving west on 15 in right lane. He lost control of the car on the snowy road, and it travelled into the passing lane where it struck a semi being operated by 30 year old Daniel Shepley, of Canada.

 

Heavy damage occurred to the car, but Johnson was not injured. He was cited for failure to control.

 

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Woman Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

A Findlay woman escaped injury in a roll over accident Thursday on Wyandot County Highway 96.

 

According to the report, 22 year old Alicia Groves lost control of her pickup truck while driving north on 96. The truck spun around and slid into the ditch where it rolled onto its side before coming to rest.

 

Groves was cited for failure to control.

 

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Union County Law Enforcement Urging Motorists to Drive Safe

 

Union County law enforcement officers are encouraging motorists to drive safe during the holiday season.

 

The Richwood Police Department, Union County Sheriff's Office, Marysville Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Union County Health Department are asking motorists to refrain from drinking and driving and instead get a designated driver.

 

They added that motorists should also wear their seat belt and leave plenty of time to arrive to their destination.

 

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Woman Injured in Wyandot County Crash

 

One person was injured in two vehicle crash that occurred just before 7 Wednesday morning in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 53 year old Shiela Taylor, of Upper Sandusky, was driving north on State Route 199 when she slowed to turn into a private drive. Her car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 74 year old James Needs, of Upper Sandusky. The impact pushed Taylor's car off the road where it struck the Wyandot County Dog Shelter building. She was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injures.

 

Needs was not injured. He was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

 

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Employee Injured in Armed Robbery in Marion

 

Marion police are investigating an armed robbery that occurred this week in that city.

 

According to a release, officers were dispatched to Marion Prescription on Center Street to investigate. Three suspects entered the store, with one brandishing a firearm, and made demands for scheduled narcotics. During the course of the robbery, and employee of the store was physically assaulted before the suspects fled on foot.

 

The suspects are described as three light complected black males in their twenties.

 

They should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

 

Investigators continue to work leads in this matter.

 

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CR 95 Over I-75 in Findlay will be Closed Monday

 

County Road 95 over Interstate 75, Findlay, will be closed in the eastbound direction only for the majority of the day on Monday December 18 for a guard rail repair project.

 

Westbound traffic will not be affected.

 

Traffic will be detoured, and the work is being performed by the ODOT District 1 Roadway Services Department.

 

Traffic control will be provided by the ODOT Hancock County maintenance garage.

 

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Hit/Skip Crash Reported in Wyandot County

 

A hit/skip accident occurred Tuesday in Kirby.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, a semi backed out of a drive in the 100 block of South Main Street in Kirby and crossed into a residence across the street. The trailer hooked a guide wire and snapped several lines. Severe damage occurred to the house where the power line was torn from the house.

 

The semi then left the scene and headed north out of town.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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Allen County DARE Program Hosting Skate Party

 

The Allen County DARE Program is hosting a Christmas Skate Party.

 

Kids are invited to the Edgewood Skate Arena on Monday December 18th from 6 until 8:30pm.

 

Admission is $3 for kids. There is no admission cost for parents who would like to stay, but there will be a rental skate fee.

 

2 pairs of skates will be given away to one boy and one girl.

 

The proceeds support the Allen County DARE Program.

 

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Trooper of the Year Named at Bucyrus Patrol Post

 

Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew T. Stahl has been selected as the 2017 Bucyrus Post Trooper of the Year.

 

The selection of Trooper Stahl, age 33, is in recognition of outstanding service during 2017 at the Bucyrus Post.

 

Fellow troopers stationed at the Bucyrus Post chose Trooper Stahl based on his leadership abilities, professional ethics, courteous treatment of others, enthusiastic work attitude, and cooperation with supervisors, peers, and the public.

 

He joined the Highway Patrol in 2007 and has served at the Bucyrus and Mansfield Highway Patrol Posts.

 

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Union County Pair Elected to Farm Bureau Leadership Role

 

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals have elected their leaders for 2018.

 

Among those elected, Dustin and Casey Converse of Union County were elected co-chairs.

 

The Converses have a beef cattle and small grain operation and bale hay and straw.

 

Dustin is a county Farm Bureau trustee and is a crop insurance adjuster and seed dealer. Casey owns and operates an insurance agency.

 

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Jingle Bell Jog Scheduled in Findlay This Saturday

 

The 2nd Annual Jingle Bell Jog will take place this Saturday in Findlay.

 

This timed 5K will take off at 9:00 AM at the Great Scot on Broad Avenue with everyone wearing jingle bells on their shoes to celebrate the holiday season.

 

You can still register by coming to the packet pickup at Dave's Running on Tiffin Ave between 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday, December 15th or by registering prior to the race at the Great Scot on Broad Ave from 7:30-8:45 this Saturday morning.

 

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Bath Fire Department Holds Annual Banquet

 

The Bath Fire Department held its annual banquet over the weekend.

 

According to information on the Allen County Sheriff's Facebook page, one of their own picked up an award.

 

Communications Officer Donna Sneary won the Communications Several items were recovered at a residence in Lima.

 

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Stolen Items Recovered by Lima Police Officers

 

According to information from the Lima Police Department Facebook page, kitchen appliances, home improvement items and tools as well as other possibly stolen items, were recovered after a search warrant was executed late last week.

 

If you had items stolen, you are asked to review photographs posted on the department's Facebook page.

 

Contact the Lima Police Department to start the process of claiming the items.Officer of the Year for 2017 at the annual event.

 

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Two Late Weekend Crashes Reported in Union County

 

A couple of crashes were reported this past Sunday in Union County.

 

According to the releases from the Union County Sheriff's Office, one crash occurred at the intersection of State Route 31 and Amrine Wood Road.

 

The driver of one of the vehicles, 35 year old Robert L. Hoffman, of Maryville, was cited for failure to yield.

 

The other crash occurred at the intersection of Kinney Pike and Graham Road.

 

The driver of a Dodge Ram pickup truck, who may have been involved in an earlier accident, then fled the scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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BPD Hosting Coffee with a Cop

 

The Bellefontaine Police Department is hosting a Coffee with a Cop event.

 

Residents are invited to have coffee and meet with the Chief of Police as well as other officers from the department.

 

The event is scheduled for tomorrow from 8-10am at 1780 South Main Street in Bellefontaine.

 

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Two Killed Sunday in Hancock County Fire

 

Two people were killed in an early morning fire Sunday in Hancock County.

 

WFIN Radio reported that the bodies of two people were found inside a burnt out mobile home in the 15,000 block of County Road 26.

 

The bodies have not yet been identified, and the State Fire Marshall's Office was called to help with the investigation.

 

The radio station noted that the mobile home is owned by Elizabeth Wilkins, according to the Hancock County Auditor's website.

 

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BGSU Locks Tuition and Room and Board Rates

 

Bowling Green State University is putting a pay lock on Tuition and Room and Board for the upcoming 2018 year according to The Findlay Courier.

 

With information from the Courier, Bowling Green University plans to put a pay lock on Tuition and Room Board. The plan known as the “Falcon Tution Graduation Plan” will be put into place starting in 2018 for all students of Bowling Green despite their status. This will insure that the price that students arrange to pay at the beginning of their freshman year will remain the same until graduation.

 

BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said, “With the “Falcon Tution Graduation Plan” what they pay as Freshman, they continue to pay as Seniors, so they can budget accordingly.” This plan will go into effect for all undergraduate students starting in the fall of 2018.

 

Bowling Green has not raised its prices since 2013.

 

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26 Individuals Indicted by Wyandot County Grand Jury

 

 

 

 

The Wyandot County Grand Jury returned indictments on 26 individuals on cases presented by the Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office.
 
Numerous cases involved drug trafficking investigations conducted by local law enforcement agencies working collaboratively as members of the METRICH Enforcement Unit.
 
Carey P.D., Upper Sandusky P.D. and the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office have served indictments on their following cases:
 
Scott A. Boes of Upper Sandusky was indicted on two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, felonies of the third degree, two counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs, being felonies of the third degree, Permitting Drug Abuse, trafficking in L.S.D., and possession of L.S.D., all being felonies of the fifth degree.
 
Jeremy Clark of Upper Sandusky and employed in Carey was indicted for permitting drug abuse, being a felony of the fifth degree.
 
Taran Keith Gillen of Upper Sandusky was indicted for aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, being a felony of the third degree and trafficking in drugs, being a felony of the fifth degree.
 
Tiffany Sieving of Upper Sandusky, Christopher Samuel Lewis of Upper Sandusky and Ryan Lee Roberts of Wharton were indicted on one count of trafficking in marijuana, being a felony of the fifth degree.
 
Kodak Jeffrey Lawrence of Carey was charged with three counts of trafficking in marijuana, being felonies of the fifth degree and illegal cultivation for marijuana, being a felony of the fourth degree.
 
Brendan Tyler Kinn of Carey was indicted on two counts of trafficking in marijuana, being felonies of the fifth degree and aggravated trafficking in drugs, being a felony of the fourth degree.
 
Heather Ann Hyden of Carey was indicted for two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, being felonies of third degree, aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, being a felony of the second degree, and four counts of aggravated possession of drugs, being a felony of the fifth degree.
 
Labraea Daff of Carey was indicted on complicity to aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, being a felony of the third degree.
 
Andrew Joseph Swartz of Carey was indicted for trafficking in heroin, being a felony of the fifth degree.
 
Christopher Rathburn of Mount Blanchard was indicted on two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, one count being a felony of the fourth degree and one count being a felony of the third degree because the offense was completed in the vicinity of a juvenile.
 
Roger Brodbeck of Kirby was charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, being felonies of the fifth degree and aggravated trafficking in drugs being a felony of the third degree.
 
All cases are currently pending in the Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

 

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Scam Reported in Hancock County

 

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office Office advised residents about a scam taking place in the area.

 

A person received a call telling him his son was in jail, and he needed bond money. The call came from an 866 number from a guy who said he was an attorney.

 

The person calling even told the man his son's name and where he was arrested. The person receiving the call then asked the caller to give him the location his son was born, and the caller then hung up.

 

This is a scam that is going around for money, and if you receive one of these calls, do not provide information and report the call to your local law enforcement agency.

 

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Logan County 5K Cancelled; Kids Activities Still on For Saturday

 

Due to the lack of registrations, the Logan County Sheriff's Office 5K walk/run has been cancelled for tomorrow.

 

Residents are still invited to the West Mansfield Conservation Club from 4:30-6:30pm Saturday for a time of activities for kids.

 

The monthly fish fry will also take place.

 

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Marion Police Officers Hand Out Poinsettias at City Schools

 

Officers from the Marion Police Department spent this past Wednesday handing out poinsettias to city schools.

 

Officers handed out a total of 10 to students and staff at the city's 8 schools, the school administration building and St. Mary's School.

 

Safety Pup also accompanied the officers on the visits.

 

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Hancock County United Way Official Retiring

 

A retirement open house is scheduled for the Finance and Operations Director of the United Way of Hancock County.

 

The event for Robert Ebright Senior is scheduled for Tuesday December 12 from 4-6pm at the Gathering Wine located at 235 South Main Street in Findlay.

 

A cash bar and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

 

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Wyandot County Sheriff Releases November Activity Report

 

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

 

Sheriff's Deputies made 34 felony arrests, 47 misdemeanor arrests and 154 traffic arrests during the month.

 

87 inmates were incarcerated at the Wyandot County Jail.

 

There were 16 new concealed carry permits issued, 7 renewals and 9 were revoked.

 

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Fatal Pedestrian/Train Crash Reported in Marion

 

A fatal pedestrian/train crash is being investigated in the City of Marion this week.

 

According to a release, CSX railroad reported a male subject was lying along the south set of the railroad tracks between the Greenwood and Jefferson Street crossings.

 

The name of the victim has not yet been released, and the incident is under investigation.

 

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Coffee With a Cop Event Scheduled in Findlay

 

Hancock County law enforcement agencies are holding a Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow at a coffee shop in downtown Findlay.

 

The Findlay Police Department and Hancock County sheriff's officials will be on hand to answer questions and hear concerns from area residents.

 

The coffee shop is located at 330 North Main Street in Findlay.

 

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Allen County Foundation Awards Numerous Grants

 

Several non-profit organizations in Allen County benefited from grant money.

 

The Delphos Herald newspaper reported that the Arnold C. Dienstberger Foundation handed out $320,000 in grant to several different non-profits groups.

 

Of those receiving money were Allen County D.A.R.E. and the Delphos Police Department.

 

The foundation has awarded over 5 million dollars over the past 20 years.

 

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Wapak Police Chief Named Officer of the Year

 

The chief of the Wapakoneta Police Department has been voted the Officer of the Year in 2017 in that city.

 

Newly sworn in Chief Calvin Schneider won the honor this week.

 

Schneider took over as chief in October and has been with the department since January 2003.

 

He is a recent graduate of the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program.

 

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Downed Power Lines Reported in Wyandot County

 

A downed pole and power lines were reported to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to the report, deputies were dispatched to the intersection of County Highways 44 and 134, and the area was blocked until a crew from American Electric Power arrived to removed the lines.

 

A deputy observed that a large vehicle possibly pulling a trailer attempted to turn and struck the utility pole causing it to snap and bring the lines down across the roadway. There was red transfer paint on the pole.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Holiday Event Scheduled in Upper Sandusky Saturday

 

Home for the Holidays will be taking place in Upper Sandusky this Saturday December 9.

 

The annual festival features a day filled with children's activities, such as crafts and prizes. There's also lots of specials at the local shops and restaurants.

 

The annual parade with bands, floats and Santa and Mrs. Claus will also take place as will the tree lighting ceremony at the courthouse followed by visits & pictures with Santa.

 

Upper Sandusky merchants open until 8 Saturday evening, and then you're encouraged to visit the Fantasy of Lights at Harrison Smith Park.

 

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Driver Cited Following Crash in Union County

 

A crash occurred this week on State Route 31 in Union County.

 

According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a semi being operated by 55 year old John B. Collins, of Wapakoneta, struck the rear of a pickup truck, which was stopped for traffic at the time.

 

There were no injuries, and Collins was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

 

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Marysville Police Alerts Residents About Fraud Case

 

The Marysville Division of Police alerted residents about a new fraud case that has been discovered.

 

According to a release, a scheme is presented as a legitimate job opportunity for either a full-time or part-time job.

 

The scammer convinces the victim to become an employee of the company and to provide personal information to prove their identity.

 

The victim then is directed to set up bank accounts where money can be obtained through deceptive internet sales.

 

Marysville police investigators say you should be very suspicious of these tactics and not give them personal information.

 

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Wapakoneta Police Department Conducts Successful November Fundraiser

 

The Wapakoneta Police Department announced a successful No Shave November fundraiser.

 

The department raised $1280, which is the largest amount they have raised to date.

 

The money will be donated to a charity for the fight against cancer.

 

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Victim Identified in Weekend Train/Pedestrian Accident in Wapak

 

A 32 year old Wapakoneta woman died following a weekend train/pedestrian crash in that city.

 

According to a release from the Wapakoneta Police Department, the accident occurred at the CSX Railroad crossing on Auglaize Street.

 

The pedestrian was identified as Kimberly Simpson, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The incident remains under investigation, but no foul play is suspected.

 

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16 Ohio Employers Receive Grant From BWC

 

Sixteen Ohio employers will share just over $370,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

 

The money will be used to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

 

In our region, Rudolph Food Company was approved for $40,000 to purchase equipment that will reduce the risk of injury to the hands, wrist, arms, neck and legs.

 

The intervention will improve the material loading process.

 

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Rhodes State College Hosting Career Day

 

Rhodes State College will host its annual Career Day on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 10:00 – 11:50 a.m.

 

This year, over 1,700 students from 34 area high schools are planning to be on campus.

 

Career Day is an annual half-day event that offers 11th grade students in Northwest Ohio an opportunity to explore college and career-related sessions of personal interest.

Each 30-minute session provides an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about education and skills needed to enter and be successful in a specific career and/or industry from professionals.

 

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13 Year Old Reportedly Raped

 

Kenton police are investigating a report of a rape.

 

According to the report, the incident was reported Thursday afternoon and allegedly occurred earlier this month.

 

The victim is a 13 year old Kenton girl.

 

A 19 year old Columbus resident was listed as a suspect, but he has not yet been charged.

 

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Forest Driver Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

A Forest resident escaped injury in a crash earlier this week in Wyandot County.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 19 year old Kassie Lawrence lost control of her car while driving west on State Route 53. The car went off the right side of the road where it overturned.

 

Lawrence was cited for failure to control.

 

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Fire Damages 3 Buildings in Wyandot County

 

Fire damaged three structures on a property located in the 300 block of County Highway 35 in Wyandot County.

 

The homeowner, identified as James Foster told first responders Thursday that as he was getting ready to leave his residence, he discovered his unattached garage was on fire. There were a total of three buildings damaged by the fire, two of which were listed as a total loss.

 

Fire departments from McCutchenville, Sycamore, Upper Sandusky and NBS Fire District were called to the scene as was the Sycamore EMS.

 

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Pursuit Ends With a Crash in Auglaize County

 

The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office released information on a pursuit that ended in a crash earlier this week.

 

According to the release, a deputy on routine patrol noticed a car stopped in the middle of a city street and people were running around the outside of the car.

 

A traffic stop was initiated, but the car sped off reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour at times while travelling on U.S. 33 into Shelby County.

 

Law enforcement officers from both counties followed the car at normal speeds. The vehicle ended up in the City of Sidney, where it crashed.

 

The driver, identified as 33 year old Scott McDonley, of Celina was treated at a local hospital. he was also arrested on outstanding warrant and for fleeing and eluding.

 

Two passengers in the car were also arrested for obstructing official business and probation violations.

 

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Allen County Sheriff's Office Conducts Successful Fundraiser

 

The Allen County Sheriff's Office wrapped up a successful No Shave November fundraiser.

 

According to information on the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, $1380 was raised during the month

 

$1100 of the money was donated to the Fraternal Order of Police Cops and Kids Christmas Shopping Event. The remaining $280 was donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

 

The Sheriff's Office indicated that they are looking forward to making this an annual fundraiser.

 

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MPD Hosting Holiday Event For Kids

 

The Marion Police Department will hold a Cops, Kids, Cookies and Cocoa event from 5:30 to 7pm on Wednesday December 13.

 

The location is Marion City Hall, where Santa will be on hand to visit with kids.

 

The cookies, provided by the Marion City Schools Food Services, and the cocoa are free as are pictures of your child with Santa.

 

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