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Bucyrus Man Arrested in Wyandot County

 

A Bucyrus man was arrested following a disturbance at a residence in Wyandot County Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 8000 block of County Highway 128 to investigate a complaint that a man who has a civil protection order against him was on the property.

 

Upon arrival, a deputy observed what appeared to be a fight in progress. While exiting his patrol car, a man lunged into the driver's side of the vehicle. The deputy deployed a Taser gun and ordered the man out of the vehicle and place his hands on the car. Following repeated demands for him not to resist, deputies arrested Dana Kincade Jr. for violating the civil protection order.

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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Fire Department in Marion County Receives Grant

 

Fourteen Ohio employers will share just over $340,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to purchase equipment designed to substantially reduce or eliminate workplace injuries and illnesses.

 

BWC approved the Safety Intervention Grants in December.

 

In our region, the Scioto Valley Fire District in Marion County was approved for $29,452 to purchase one set of extrication tools.

 

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Marion Police Officer Attended SOTU Address

 

A Marion police officer was a guest during the State of Union address delivered by President Trump last night.

 

Major Jay McDonald was invited as a guest of Senator Rob Portman.

 

Major McDonald is the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police President and National Vice-President.

 

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OSU Marion Conducts 3rd Annual Loving Scarves Campaign

 

A group of Ohio State Marion faculty, staff, alumni, and students from the campus social work club have teamed up for the third annual Loving Scarves campaign.

 

Loving Scarves is an initiative to collect and distribute hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to community members in need.

 

According to organizers, donated items will be packaged and placed at the entrance of Lincoln Park, Boys & Girls Club of Marion County, Salvation Army, Marion Public Library, area laundromats, and other random locations throughout the Marion area.  Distribution will take place, Saturday, February 10th.

 

Community members in need of these items should look for plastic bags with red hearts that read, “I’m Yours,” at specified distributions locations.

 

Those wishing to make a donation are urged to drop off items at Ohio State Marion’s Maynard Hall, Room 250, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

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Occupational Therapy Program Set at University of Findlay

 

Occupational therapy, healthcare professionals and the general public are invited to the University of Findlay Occupational Therapy Programs 14th annual Evening with a Leader in Occupational Therapy.

 

The event will be held on Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 p.m. and Friday, February 16 at 9:15 a.m., both in the Alumni Memorial Union’s North Multipurpose Room.

 

The featured speaker for this free event will be Janice P. Burke, a nationally recognized expert on occupational therapy for young children and their families.

 

Both evenings are free, but registration is required by visiting the University of Findlay Occupational Therapy's webpage.

 

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Marysville Student Wins Hi-Point Poetry Out Loud Competition

 
BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio – Alexandra Bushatz, an Ohio Hi-Point Career Center Cosmetology student from Marysville High School, placed first in the Poetry Out Loud school competition held on January 26. Grace Hawson (Multimedia Marketing, Riverside High School) and Trent Devine (Multimedia Marketing, Indian Lake High School) placed second and third, respectively.
 
Bushatz advances to the regional semi-finals on February 20 with a shot to compete at the state and national levels.
 
For the competition, students selected, studied, memorized a poem. Then, students presented the poem in front of a panel of judges. This year, 28 students participated in the school competition.
 
The Poetry Out Loud competition is part of a unit lesson taught by Ohio Hi-Point English instructors, Mrs. Monica Young and Mr. Ryan Gilbert. This is the second year students participated.
 
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

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Two Arrested Following Traffic Stop in Carey

 

Two people were arrested following a traffic stop recently in Carey.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, detectives stopped a vehicle being driven by Chelsea Garza. A passenger in the car, identified as Alex Naeyaert, was found to be in possession of heroin.

 

Garza was also arrested on felony charges from a previous incident. Both were taken to the Wyandot County Jail.

 

The arrests were made following an investigation by the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit and the METRICH Enforcement Unit.

 

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Regional Fire Department Receives BWC Grant

 

Thirty-nine Ohio fire departments will receive a share of over $376,000 in grants from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation under a new program to reduce firefighters’ exposure to toxic environmental elements.

 

The fire departments are receiving the funding under the Firefighter Exposure to Environmental Elements Grant Program, which provides $2 million a year to help departments purchase safety gear and equipment designed to protect firefighters from harmful elements encountered during a firefight.

 

In our region, the American Township Fire Department in Allen County will receive $10,200 to purchase 72 barrier hoods and 36 pairs of washable gloves.

 

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ODA Hosting Gypsy Moth Open Houses

 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture will host open houses in areas where gypsy moth aerial treatments are scheduled this Spring.

 

Open houses will be held in Allen County February 12 at the Auglaize Township Hall in Harrod, in Wyandot County February 13 at the City Hall in Upper Sandusky and in Marion County February 14 at the OSU Extension Office in Marion. All times are from 6 to 8pm.

 

The open house events will offer attendees the opportunity to speak directly with those who work with the program, learn about the pest, and view maps of treatment areas.

 

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Upper Sandusky Man Killed in Wyandot County Crash

 

An Upper Sandusky man was killed in a weekend crash that occurred in the 14,000 block of County Highway 119.

 

According to a release from Wyandot County Sheriff Mike Hetzel, 58 year old Julius Colvin lost control of his vehicle while driving north on 119. The car went off the left side of the road, struck the ditch and travelled through a fence. The car then overturned and rolled several times. Colvin was ejected and was found trapped under the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation, and alcohol was a contributing factor.

 

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Pharmacy at Findlay Kroger Robbed

 

The Kroger Pharmacy on Tiffin Avenue in Findlay was robbed Sunday afternoon.

 

According to a Findlay Police Department release, two suspects entered the store and approached the pharmacy counter. They then jumped over the counter and stole several bottles of prescription medication. The males appeared to know what they were looking for and where it was located.

 

The suspects ran out of the store, got into a waiting car and fled the scene northbound on Bright Road.

 

Both suspects are described as black makes, approximately 6 feet two inches tall with a skinny build. Their vehicle is possibly a smaller black sedan.

 

The robbery remains under investigation.

 

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Man Victim of Armed Robbery in Findlay

 

An armed robbery that occurred early this morning in Findlay is being investigated.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Crystal Avenue at around 3:30 this morning where a man stated that he was walking and was approached by two other men who asked him for money.

 

The victim told them he didn't have any, and the suspects then are said to have displayed a handgun and demanded his cell phone and wallet.

 

The suspects fled the area on foot.

 

One of the suspects is described as a tall, skinny white male, and the other is a shorter make with darker complexion, described as Hispanic.

 

The robbery remains under investigation.

 

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Arlington Man Sentenced to Life in Prison

 

An Arlington man was recently sentenced to life in prison for the death of a young boy in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to information from the Findlay Courier, 29 year old, Brent Houdeshell of Arlington was convicted for the murder of a two year old boy on Thursday. Houdeshell was convicted on the charges of murder, endangering a child and, tampering with evidence. A Hancock County jury found him guilty on all counts. The punishment was life in prison with the possibility of parole after 17 years.

 

Houdeshell called the police at 9 p.m. on March 31st of 2016 to report that Breydon Ferrell had fallen out of his crib and was unresponsive. When an autopsy was performed it was concluded that the two year old boy had died of head trauma.

 

During Houdeshell’s hearing on Thursday, he proclaimed that he was being wrongly convicted for the death of the boy. Houdeshell’s attorney, Adam Nemann, said that his client plans to appeal that court's decision.

 

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Logan County Fiscal Officer Pleads Guilty to Charges

 

A Logan Township Fiscal officer pleads guilty to Child Endangering on Friday in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

 

Chris Foust, 67, of Liberty Township pleaded guilty to a third degree felony of Child Endangerment in Logan County Common Pleas Court. Foust pleaded guilty to the charge to avoid going through a grand jury indictment and criminal prosecution. The Logan County Prosecutor, Eric Stewart, said that Foust is accused of inappropriately touching a minor. According to the Prosecutor, the minor is 16 and the incident occured seven years ago.

 

Foust will be sentenced on March 15th at 9 a.m. in the Logan County Common Pleas Court.

 

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Allen County Has New Coroner

 

A new coroner was introduced in Allen County.

 

According to the Lima News, the Allen County Republican Party appointed Dr. John Meyer to the position of Coroner. Meyer is taking the place of Dr. Gary Beasley who retired from the position after 13 years of service.

 

Meyer had been serving as the Coroner before he was appointed. Before that, he had served with Dr. Beasley as the Deputy Coroner.

 

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Columbus Man Charged In Union County

A Columbus man was arrested this week following a breaking and entering investigation in Union County.

 

According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, officers from the Plain City and Dublin Police Departments responded to the area of Cedar Crest Drive to check a suspicious vehicle and person near several homes under construction.

 

Upon further investigation, 31 year old Hassan A. Saleh was arrested for breaking and entering.

 

He was transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.

 

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HCSO Reminds Resident to Fill Out Survey

 

The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is reminding residents in that county to fill out the community survey.

 

The office says you have until January 31 to complete the survey.

 

The Sheriff's Office thanked the numerous residents who have taken time to fill the survey out.

 

They can be found at the Hancock County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

 

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Marion Man Facing Drug Charges

 

A Marion resident is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Union County.

 

According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies stopped a car on State Route 4 for a traffic violation.

 

The driver, identified as 19 year old Katelyn M. Peerenboom, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and was also cited for failure to stop at a stop sign.

 

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Hi-Point Releases 2nd Quarter Honor Lists

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio –Ohio Hi-Point Career Center recently announced the career center’s Superintendent’s List, Honor Roll and half-day Honor Roll for the second nine weeks.
 
 
To be eligible for the Superintendent’s List students must receive all A’s, while Honor Roll students must receive letter grades of B or better.
 
 
The Superintendent’s List recipients are as follows:
 
 
Bellefontaine High School
 
Amanda Hanley, Jonathan May, Victoria Pine-Moore, Dashae Rogan, Beigh Wilson, Brianna Workman
 
 
 
Benjamin Logan High School
 
Abigail Austin, Ondrea Bryant, Makayla Cayot, Garrett Horsley, Levi Horsley, Autumn Horton, Dakota Horton, Hannah Phillips, Chanceler Price
 
 
 
Graham High School
 
Houston Eubanks, Gabrielle Fisher, Hallie Johnson
 
 
 
Indian Lake High School
 
Trenton Devine, Sierra Kerns, Sierra Lensman, Britney Pond, Trevor VanHoose, Celese Wischmeyer
 
 
 
Kenton High School
 
Devin Arnold, Kylee Baker, Tamara Combs
 
 
 
Marysville High School
 
Harley Adkins, Matthew Carnes, Cassandra Duran, Hayleigh Hansen, Claudia Hewitt, Agatha Livingston, Gary Markin, Olivia Thallman, Hunter Tuel, Morgan Young
 
 
 
North Union High School
 
Mallory Case
 
 
 
Riverside High School
 
Jadzia Café, Samantha Neeley, Matthew Smith
 
 
 
Triad High School
 
Katherine Pennington, Thomas Tossey
 
 
 
Upper Scioto Valley High School
 
Hannah Brant, Alexis Christon, Tony Christon, Stevie Clark, Neal Compton, James Goodin, Jeremy Hensley, Alexa Lowry
 
Urbana High School
 
Briana Ussher, Evan Botkin, Shaina Huffman
 
 
 
Waynesfield-Goshen High School
 
Karen Kuhn, Kaytlyn Kuhn
 
 
 
West Liberty-Salem High School
 
Emily Elser, Kaelen Redden, Karli Dowden
 
 
 
The following students achieved Honor Roll:
 
 
 
Bellefontaine High School
 
Eva Deffenbaugh, Alexis Dunn, Cambryia Elkins, Drew Grumbling, Noah Jackson, Paige Judd, AnnaMarie Nance, Jonathan Parthemore, Kody Riley, Dylan Webb, Daniel Weikart
 
 
 
Benjamin Logan High School
 
Cori Grimes, Dalton Gulasa, Jason Henry, Reede Humphrey, Chase Johnson, Kennedy Richards, Kayla Snyder, Lexi Stewart, David Watkins
 
 
 
Graham High School
 
Bryce Bowman, Hope Burton-Hughes, Austyn Collier, Cortney Floyd, Dylan Reed, Brandi Ussher
 
 
 
Indian Lake High School
 
Leaha Anderson, Devin Brown, Lori Burden, Octavia Cooper, Peyton Farley, Zolena Franklin, Tristin Goings, Anna-Marie Harford, Mercedes Massie, Taylor Mayes Shellby Mays, Hannah Park, Cayne Parker, Hunter Phillips, Nichole Ricketts, Tyann Scipio, Destiny Shinkle, Devin Sweet, Tyler Thomas, Jonathan Ward
 
 
 
Kenton High School
 
Caylie Landon, Alexandria Vasquez
 
 
 
Marysville High School
 
Peyton Barnett, Madilynn Cantrell, Alydia Fultz, Chandler Hildebrand, Kay Houser, Noah Lucas, Samantha Marshall, Stephanie Marshall, Cheyenne Muncy, Kayleigh Pennington, Haylee Rainer, Brian Roark, Hallie Sergent, Clayton Watson
 
 
 
Mechanicsburg High School
 
Baylie Allen, Riley Dillinger, Ronald Grider, Frank Magyar
 
 
 
Ridgemont High School
 
Victor Kep, Alexis Lingrel
 
 
 
Riverside High School
 
Wyatt Auflick, Teisha Ritter, Kailynn Roby
 
 
 
Triad High School
 
Creighton Bradley, Dawson Dellinger, Alyson Inskeep, Matthew McConnell
 
 
 
Upper Scioto Valley High School
 
Korwin Kurtz
 
 
 
Urbana High School
 
Ethan Edwards, Madalene Johnson, Addison Ropp, Charles White, Dylan Youngdahl
 
 
 
Wapakoneta High School
 
Orion Horn
 
 
 
Waynesfield-Goshen High School
 
Kylie Beers, Cathleen Case, Elijah Cotter, Gabriel James, Kirsten Roof, Savanna Spencer, Keaton Webb, Hope Wicker
 
 
 
West Liberty-Salem High School
 
Karley Jenkins, Bailey Smith, Garett Avila, Amber Bell, Bailey Cushman, Deana Dappert, Alexis Eshelman, Rachel Larson
 
 
 
The following half-day students achieved Honor Roll:
 
 
 
Bellefontaine High School
 
Madison Aldo, Raven Beair, Cody Board Hindenlang, Ben Brunswick, Brittney Buffkin, Nathan Carothers, Brittany Case, Julie Downing, Nikolas Feasel, Jacob Lewis, Bronx Meadows, Payten Nott, Madison Payne, Drake Robinson, Weston Rose, Barbara Stein, Ian Stevens
 
 
 
Benjamin Logan High School
 
Christian Blumenschein, Kiarra Coats, Joselyn Herzog, Kiersten Kuch, Kyle Linebaugh, Chase McKinney, Kristen Miller, Antonio Morelli, Jacob Smith, Isaiah Taylor
 
 
 
Graham High School
 
Danielle Ropp
 
 
 
Homeschooled
 
Joy Brandt, Dale Brumfield, Samuel Laird, Nathan Reeves
 
 
 
Kenton High School
 
Braden Britton, Jessilyn Broadstone
 
 
 
Marysville High School
 
Jacob Arnold, Andrew Brady, Xavier Friley
 
 
 
Mechanicsburg High School
 
Ian Foster, Shelby Massie
 
 
 
Ohio Connections Academy
 
Ava Zell
 
 
 
Triad High School
 
Kyler Beckley
 
 
 
Urbana High School
 
Jacob Hudson

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Mom and Her Infant Escape Burning Mobile Home

 

A mobile home was destroyed by fire Wednesday evening.

 

Kenton firefighters were dispatched to Rush Trailer Park lot 74 around 5:30pm. The trailer was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival.

 

The occupants of the mobile home, Hayley Dappert and her infant child, were home at the time and escaped safely.

 

Kenton Fire Chief Tim Clark said it has been the determined the fire was accidental and electrical in nature. The fire department was assisted in the investigation by the Kenton Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office.

 

Mutual assistance was provided by fire departments from Ridgeway, Belle Center and Mt. Victory.

 

Firefighters were on the scene until just before 8 Wednesday night.

 

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Ada Man's Trial to the Court Ended Wednesday

 

The trial to the court for a former Allen East High School band director ended Wednesday in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.

 

69 year old Dennis Dellefield, of Ada, was indicted last year on four counts each of attempted pandering of obscenity to a minor and attempted illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material.

 

Dellefield has maintained his innocence throughout the process.

 

Closing arguments were presented to Judge Scott Barrett, who then took the case under advisement and will rule later.

 

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Money Stolen From Subway in Kenton

 

A theft at Subway was reported to Kenton police on Wednesday.

 

According to the report, 5 $20 bills were stolen from the business.

 

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a hat and a black jacket. He had dark hair and dark eyes and spoke with an accent.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Forest Woman Involved in Wyandot County Accident

 

Slippery roads led to a crash in Wyandot County Wednesday night.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 45 year old Sharon Pelfrey, of Forest, was driving north on County Highway 215 and her car slid through a stop sign at County Highway 53 and ended up in a field.

 

Pelfrey was not injured. She was cited for failure to control.

 

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Regional Schools Participating in Mock Trial Competition

 

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s 35th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition is taking place Friday.  

 

Each Ohio Mock Trial team consists of five to eleven students who assume the roles of witnesses and attorneys to present both sides of an original case based on a constitutional issue. Each team will compete in two trials against opposing teams.

 

Ohio Mock Trial district competitions will be hosted in 24 counties throughout Ohio and more than 1,000 legal professionals will serve as volunteer judges, competition coordinators and team advisors.  

 

Teams that win both trials in the district competition will advance to regional competition on February 16.  Regional winners will compete in the state competition on March 8-10 in Columbus. The 2018 State Champion team will represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13.

 

Counties hosting Ohio Mock Trial district competitions in our region are Hancock, Marion and Union.

 

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St. Marys Man Arraigned on Robbery Charges in Lima

 

A St. Marys man was arraigned yesterday on charges connected to a robbery at Domino's in Lima this past Monday.

 

The Lima News reported that 44 year old Jonathan M. Fugatt was arrested shortly after the robbery at Dominos in the 1400 block of North Cole Street in Liam.

 

Fugatt allegedly entered the business, demanded money and threatened employees. He fled the store following a physical altercation.

 

There were no injuries during the robbery, which remains under investigation by the Allen County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau.

 

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Man Arrested on Warrant Out of Wyandot County

 

A Whitehouse, Ohio man was arrested on warrant out of Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, John R. Lazaro Lopez was arrested Tuesday in Lucas County.

 

The original charge was possession of heroin.

 

Lopez was transported to the Wyandot County Jail where he will be held until appearing in court.

 

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Bellefontaine Police Presenting Internet Safety Program

 

The Bellefontaine Police Department will be presenting an Internet Safety for Parents program.

 

It will be held at the Benjamin Logan High School on Thursday February 15 from 7 until 9pm.

 

The program is for all parents of children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade within Logan County.

 

This is an adults only presentation and no children will be allowed in the presentation space.

 

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Bluffton University Celebrating Library Week

 
BLUFFTON, Ohio— Bluffton University’s Musselman Library will host its fifth annual Celebrate the Library Week, Feb. 5-9. The week is a time for discovery and community for students, faculty, staff and emeriti. The goal of this week is clearly stated in its tag line: “Celebrating Student Research and Creativity.” The week includes a variety of activities such as the First Tuesday Forum, a health and wellness expo and a research fair. 
 
 
First Tuesday Forum at the library
 
11-11:40 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 6, Musselman Library Reading Room
 
Dean Walters will present, “Identifying Novel Chemical Compounds to Inhibit the Development of Cancer.”
 
Walters, a senior biology and pre-medicine major, will discuss research he completed during a paid internship at the National Institutes of Health.
 
 
Health and wellness expo
 
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 7, Musselman Library Reading Room
 
The feature event for Wednesday of Celebrate the Library week has grown into an impressive learning opportunity for all who visit. Student scholars in dietetics, nutrition and wellness will share on a wide range of wellness and nutrition topics through informative displays, practical advice and free food samples.
 
 
Research fair
 
1-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, Musselman Library
 
This poster-session-style event will showcase the work of Bluffton University students; presentations exemplify student research in a broad sense, including traditional research presentations, projects, internships and creative work. Presenters are nominated by members of the Bluffton University faculty.
 
 
All of the above events are free and open to the public.

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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation of Galion Middle School

 

A bomb threat forced the evacuation of a middle school in Galion today.

 

WBNS 10 TV in Columbus reported that students are safe and that bomb-sniffing dogs were used to conduct a search of the building.

 

The middle school students were transported to the high school during the search.

 

After an extensive search, Superintendent Jim Grubbs said they are very confident the building is safe and secure.

 

Students and staff were allowed back in at 1 this afternoon.

 

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Short Change Artists Scam Operating in Findlay

 

The Findlay Police Department has seen an influx of scams involving the "Short Change Scam".

 

This scam basically targets cashiers and businesses where the suspects ask for change to be broken down over a series of transactions. This results in more money being given away than should be.

 

To avoid this scam, employers are asked to educate cashiers on how the scam works and encourage them to take their time and slow down.

 

One transaction should be completed at a time and be mindful of more than one person working together to distract the cashier.

 

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Harrison Street Bridge Over I-75 Set to Reopen

 

A significant structure related to the improvement of Interstate 75 through the city of Findlay and Hancock County is nearly complete and set to reopen this week.

 

Officials with the Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 on Monday marked the completion of the Harrison Street bridge over I-75. The bridge is expected to reopen this week.

 

The bridge was closed in May of last year during a complete reconstruction of the structure. The structure was nearing the end of its service life and required widening to accommodate the new lanes of I-75 beneath it.

 

The cost was $3.3 million.

 

The entire reconstruction project is expected to be completed in August 2020.

 

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Golden Named Deputy of the Year in Union County

 

Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton announced recently that the 2017 Deputy of the Year at the Union County Sheriff's Office is Shawn Golden.

 

He has been on the force since 1994 and is assigned to the investigative division and also serves as a crisis negotiator.

 

During his career, Golden has served as a corrections deputy, patrol deputy, a court service deputy and a detective.

 

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Extensive Damage Reported After Car Strikes US Plant

 

A Sycamore man is facing charges following an incident at Bridgestone in Upper Sandusky Sunday evening.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, a car ran into a garage door at the plant resulting in extensive damage.

 

The incident is being investigated by the Upper Sandusky Police Department with the assistance of the sheriff’s office.

 

The driver was not located for some time, but following a search, the suspect, identified as Sean Cassaro, was located  on the grounds of the plant and is facing charges in connection to the incident which remains under investigation.

 

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Several Units Work to Make Major Crimes Unit Successful

 

The Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit is a joint task force that was formed by Wyandot County Sheriff Michael Hetzel in cooperation with the Upper Sandusky and Carey Police Departments and the Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office.

 

The Sheriff's Office has dedicated two detectives the unit and the Upper Sandusky and Carey Police Departments have each assigned one detective.

 

The unit is dedicated to stopping the influx of dangerous drugs flowing into Wyandot County resulting in the confiscation of over 300 grams of cocaine, 11 grams of heroin, 200 grams of methamphetamine and numerous other drugs.

 

Anyone with information that may be relevant to the sale or possession of illegal drugs is encouraged to communicate with local law enforcement agencies, and the information will be passed along with Major Crimes Unit for investigation.

 

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Bluffton U Offering New Physical Therapy Major

To prepare students for careers in the growing health care industry, Bluffton University is now offering a pre-physical therapy major.

 

The major, housed in the natural and applied sciences division, will feature rigorous coursework to prepare students for post-graduate education. Physical therapists must earn a doctoral degree and pass a licensure exam in order to practice.

 

Bluffton’s Center for Career and Vocation will also work closely with pre-physical therapy majors to ensure they obtain the 40-60 hours of volunteer work and observation experience with a licensed physical therapist, a requirement of many doctoral programs.

 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of physical therapists to increase 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

 

The new major will be officially offered beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.

 

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17 Year Old Missing Person Case Still Under Investigation

 

The Union County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the disappearance of a Marysville woman from nearly 17 years ago.

 

Patricia "Patti" Adkins was last seen clocking out at Honda in Marysville just after midnight on June 29, 2001. She told her friends and family she was going on a romantic vacation with a coworker. Adkins hasn't been seen since.

 

Yesterday, the Union County Sheriff's Office issued a plea for help on their Facebook page.

 

Anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant is asked to call the Crime Tip hotline at 937-642-7653.

 

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Driver Cited Following Roll Over Crash in Wyandot County

 

A roll over crash was reported Wednesday night on Township Road 43 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 26 Jordan Bailey, of Nevada, lost control of his car while driving west on 43. The car went off the left side of the road where it struck a tile and overturned in a creek.

 

Heavy damage occurred to the car, but Bailey was not injured.

 

He was cited for failure to control.

 

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Crash Damages a Car on US 23 Entrance Ramp

 

A crash occurred on the entrance ramp of US 23 in Wyandot County Thursday morning.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 20 year old Jamie Phillips attempted to turn left from State Route 53 onto the entrance ramp. He failed to make the turn and the car was heavily damaged when it struck the guardrail.

 

Phillips was not injured.

 

 

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Wharton Man Involved in Roll Over Crash

 

A Wharton man escaped injury in a roll over crash that occurred Thursday afternoon in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 50 year old Scott A. Bower lost control of his car on the icy road while travelling north on County Highway 87.

 

The car went off the right side of the road and overturned in a field.

 

Heavy damage occurred to the car. No citations were listed on the report.

 

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Kansas Man Killed in Marion County Crash

 

A Kansas man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning on State Route 423 in Marion County.

 

According to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Jesse Williamson, lost control of his car while driving south on 423. Williamson is believed to have overcorrected causing his car to go left of center and into the path of a northbound vehicle being driven by 53 year old Sheri Morrow, of Marion.

 

Williamson was pronounced dead at the scene. Morrow was transported to Marion General Hospital with serious injuries.

 

The Ohio Highway Patrol was assisted by the Ohio Department of Transportation, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Pleasant Township Fire Department and Fort Morrow Fire Department.

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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Two Arrested in Allen County Drug Bust

 

Two men were arrested and are facing drug charges in Allen County.

 

The Lima News reported that a search warrant was served at 615 North Collett Street where Savon Jackson was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.

 

Later in the day, a warrant was executed at 908 Richie Avenue, and Eric Thomas was arrested for suspicion of possession of heroin.

 

The cases will be presented to the grand jury at a later date.

 

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Pillich Announces Marion's Mayor as Running Mate

 

Former state Rep. Connie Pillich announced today that Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer would join her ticket as her running mate.

 

Schertzer was a public school teacher and previously worked in the offices of then-Secretary of State Sherrod Brown and Treasurer Mary Ellen Withrow. He was elected mayor of Marion in 2007, the first Democrat elected to the seat since the 1980s.

 

Schertzer said he's known Pillich for about four years and found her gubernatorial pitch compelling.

 

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Fridays at Findlay Resumes at University of Findlay

 
The University of Findlay Fridays at Findlay executive speaker series will resume on Friday, Feb. 9, with guest speaker Michael Wilcox, founder, chairman and CEO of Wilcox Financial and Wilcox Sports Management. 
 
He will focus on the fast-changing field of sports management and “Lessons Learned from the Intersection of Athletics, Leadership and Business.”
 
Sponsored by First Federal Bank, this breakfast lecture series is designed to encourage educational opportunities for members of our community, campus, and alumni regarding best leadership practices. The Feb. 9 event will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.
 
Admission is $10 per person and $5 for students. To register and for more information, contact Cindy Lahey at lahey@findlay.edu or call 419-434-5334; or visit the Fridays at Findlay webpage.
 
Wilcox, a successful entrepreneur and former Division 1 All-American lacrosse and hockey player, is considered one of the most knowledgeable and influential people in college sports today. He represents nearly 400 college football and basketball coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, conference commissioners, and sports broadcasters throughout the country in all areas of finance, contract negotiation, and financial advising. He has served as board chairman for the Lou Holtz Hall of Fame, the U.S. Lacrosse Foundation, Culver Academy, Bowling Green State University, and serves as a trustee for the Fiesta Bowl, among other organizations.
 
Fridays at Findlay will continue its spring semester series on March 23 by welcoming Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Ph.D. Hayden is the nation’s 14th Librarian, and is the first woman and the first African-American to hold the position. Previously, she served as CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland. She provides leadership to the world’s largest library with more than 164 million items in various formats, including books, films, posters, maps, sound recordings, and numerous rare manuscripts. The library also includes the original library of Thomas Jefferson. Last year, more than 1.8 million people visited the library on site in Washington, D.C., and there were nearly 93 million visits and 454 million page views on the library’s web properties. Hayden will speak on a topic of literacy.

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Crash on I75 Near Findlay Injures Two People

 

Two people were injured in a crash that occurred on Interstate 75 in Hancock County Tuesday afternoon.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 31 year old Shellon A. Schoberg, of Florida, lost control of his semi while travelling in the right lane of northbound 75. The semi first went into the left lane and struck the trailer of another semi before ending up off the right side of the road where it struck a guardrail and a bridge support column.

 

Schoberg and a passenger in the semi were both taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay with non life threatening injuries.

 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Liberty Township Fire Department,  Ed’s towing,  Hancock County EMA, The Ohio Department of Transportation and Hanco EMS.

 

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Rhodes Accepting Nominations for Outstanding Alumni Award

 

Nominations are open now through February 16 for the 2018 Rhodes State College Outstanding Alumni Award.  

 

Community members are encouraged to nominate an Associate Degree graduate of Rhodes State College or Lima Technical College who has brought credit to themselves and the College through distinguished accomplishments.

 

The recipient will be honored through a named Outstanding Alumni Scholarship and be recognized during the 2018 Rhodes State College Commencement in May.

 

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Former Ben Logan Teacher Sentenced for Sex Crimes

Former Benjamin Logan High School math teacher has been sentenced recently in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

 

30 year old Stacy Walterbusch, pleaded guilty to a bill of information to avoid a grand jury indictment. Walterbusch had previously admitted to illicit sexual contact on June 28. The student was a 17 year old male who had the encounter in Walterbusch Bellefontaine home.

 

Judge William T. Goslee imposed a community control for five years, a 90 day jail sentence with work release, fined her $2,500 and 40 hours community service. She will also have to register as a Tier 1 sex offender and register her address for the next 15 years.

 

If Walterbush fails to follow community control, Judge Goslee can impose a 18 month prison sentence.

 

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Bellefontaine Fire Under Investigation by State Fire Marshall

A third structure fire occurred in Bellefontaine early this morning.

 

According to WPKO Radio, the Bellefontaine Fire Department responded to a blaze on Garfield Ave with mutual aid from Huntsville, and remained on scene for around four hours.

 

No one was injured in that fire which remains under investigation by firefighters and the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire is said to have caused around $40,000 in damage.

 

The reporter of the fire, Geggory Ford, was arrested on multiple warrants from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of drugs, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. He was then booked into the Logan County Jail.

 

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Findlay PD Seeking Public Assistance

The City of Findlay is seeking the public’s assistance in a robbery investigation.

 

On December 22nd, two subjects left the Walmart store on Trenton Ave without paying for items of high value. Both were assisted by a male counterpart.

 

 

If you have any information, you are urged to contact Findlay Police at 419-424-7150.

 

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Hancock County METRICH Make Drug Bust

The Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force, with assistance of officers from the Findlay Police Department, executed a search warrant at 243 Ely Avenue in Findlay Friday morning.

 

According to a release, the search of the residence yielded cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, a large sum of cash, drug paraphernalia, a firearm, and items indicative of drug trafficking.

 

As a result of the search warrant, 22 year old Timothy Journigan was arrested and incarcerated at the Hancock County Justice Center:

 

He has been charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and weapons under disability.

 

Additional charges and arrests are expected pending the conclusion of this investigation.

 

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Rash of Incidents Involving Theft From Vehicles Under Investigation

 

A suspect is being sought in connection to a series of reports where items have been stolen from vehicles at area schools.

 

According to information from the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, someone has been stealing items from vehicles parked at schools for the past couple of months. He is targeting unlocked vehicles and taking whatever he can. The thefts have occurred in Putnam County and also occurred this past Wednesday at Vanlue and Riverdale in Hancock County.

 

The deputy investigating said the suspect is a white male and is driving a black sport utility vehicle.

 

Students and staff at all schools are being asked to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity.

 

The deputy also encouraged them to keep items of value out of plain site and to lock your vehicle.

 

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5 Month Investigation Leads to Drug Bust in Union County

 

A five month investigation into alleged drug trafficking by the Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force has resulted in officers and deputies serving a search warrant at a residence in the 21000 block of Titus Road in Raymond, Ohio.

 

Three people found at the residence were arrested for outstanding warrants.

 

Paul J. Lester, age 42 of Raymond has been charged with tampering with evidence, trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

 

Alyssa M. Carver, age 25 of Raymond was arrested for outstanding warrants from Union County for possession of heroin and failure to appear.

 

Timothy L.K. Holton, age 27 of Delaware was arrested for an outstanding warrant from Franklin County for contempt of court.

 

All three were transported to the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Drugs and guns were recovered during the search of the residence. Additional charges are expected

when the case is presented to a Union County Grand Jury.

 

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Wyandot County Man Indicted on Sex Related Charges

 

A Sycamore man was arrested on a warrant Thursday.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Jordan A. Little was indicted on eleven counts of pandering sexually oriented material to a minor and one count of using a minor in nudity oriented material.

 

Jordan was booked into the Wyandot County Jail and is awaiting an initial appearance in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

 

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Marysville Man Arrested on Warrant

 

A Marysville man was arrested this week on an outstanding warrant.

 

According to a media release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 41 year old Shawn P. Didot was taken into custody by a deputy.

 

Didot was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

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Wyandot Sheriff Releases December Activity Report

 

The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office released its activity report for the month of December, 2017.

 

There were 134 complaints filed during the month, and 7 arrests were made on felony charges.

 

5 people were injured in 4 crashes and there were a total of 27 property damage crashes.

 

47 inmates were housed at the Wyandot County Jail.

 

The Sheriff's Office issued 11 new concealed carry permits, 18 were renewed and 1 was suspended.

 

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One Person Killed in Crash at Union/Logan County Line

 

One person was killed in a multi vehicle crash that occurred Wednesday morning at the Union/Logan County line.

 

WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that as many as 10 vehicles were involved. The crash started when a westbound pickup truck crossed into the eastbound lane and struck a semi head-on. The driver of the pickup was killed in the crash. The semi became engulfed in flames following the collision.

 

There were no other reports of injuries from the crash, which remains under investigation.

 

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Murder Trial Continues for Arlington Man

 

The fourth day of a trial for an Arlington man, who is charged with murder in connection to the death of a 2 month baby, will be held today in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.

 

29 year old Brent Houdeshell is accused of killing the boy who was left in his care by the child's mother. Houdeshell call 9-1-1 around 8pm on March 31, 2016 to report that the child had fallen out of his crib. The baby was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital where he died a short time later from severe injuries including a skull fracture.

 

The jury consists of 14 members, which includes two alternates. They are made up of seven men and seven women.

 

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Two Arrested in Marion Following Drug Bust

 

Two people were arrested this week after a search warrant was served at a residence in Marion this week.

 

According to a release from the Marion Police Department, the warrant was served at 619 Wilson Avenue. 4 people were inside the house, and two were arrested. They were identified as 36 year old Andre Mincey, who was charged with possession of drugs, having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property and 23 year old Tyler Gruber, who was charged with possession of drugs and obstructing official business.

 

During a search of the house, drugs, 2 handguns, a rifle and $15,000 in cash were located.

 

Marion Police Chief Bill Collins stated that Mincey was recently added to the 10 most dangerous criminal list in the Marion Community.

 

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University of Findlay Faculty Art Exhibition Underway

 

The University of Findlay’s Spring 2018 Faculty Art Exhibition is taking place now through February 2 in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion’s Lea Gallery.

 

A public reception will be held at the gallery on Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 7-8:30 p.m.

 

8 faculty members will be exhibiting and selling their original artwork.

 

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Several Regional Farms Reach Milestone Years in 2017

 

The Ohio Department of Agriculture recognized 125 farms in 2017, which were owned by the same family for at least 100, 150 or 200 consecutive years.

 

Nearly 1,500 farms are now registered across the state in the Ohio Historic Family Farms program.

 

In our region, 1 farm was registered in Allen County, 4 in Auglaize County, 5 in Hancock, 3 in Logan, 2 in Marion, 2 in Union and 4 in Wyandot County.

 

Each family received a certificate signed by Governor John R. Kasich and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels to keep with their historic documents and pass down to future generations.

 

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Marion Browns Backers Use Losing Season for Something Good

 

The Marion based group Marion Browns Backers are a group of Cleveland Browns football fans and are also animal advocates.

 

The group is teaming up with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Dog Pound to help animals, while at the same time being good sports about the Browns' 0 and 16 season.

 

The event started January 1st, 2018 by the Marion County Dog Pound offering $16 dog adoptions for all dogs being held there. The Marion Browns Backers will in turn donate 1600 pounds of dog food to the dog pound and other dog shelters to help feed the animals throughout the year.

 

In addition, the group has set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money for the Sheriff's Office to purchase a new dog for the K-9 unit. The current dog Taz has cancer and is not expected to survive.

 

More information can be found on the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

 

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Lima Union Donates to Veterans Food Pantry

 

A Lima union group made a donation to the Veterans Food Pantry of Northwest Ohio.

 

The Daily Chief Union newspaper in Upper Sandusky reported that the apprentices of Lima Electrical Professionals made a donation of just over $3000 to the food pantry. They also gave around 200 pounds of food.

 

Organizer Kyle Haynes said the Veterans Food Pantry was chosen because of the service and sacrifices the veterans of this nation have provided.

 

The union represents electrical contractors in Allen, Auglaize, Van Wert, Shelby, Logan, Wyandot, Putnam, Hardin and Mercer Counties.

 

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MPD Welcomes Two New Members

 

Two new members were sworn into the Marion Police Department this week..

 

Faith Combs comes from the US Postal Service and will begin the Ohio Highway Patrol basic academy soon.

 

Mason Bischoff has been working part time as a deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office and will begin his assignment in patrol soon.

 

Both were sworn in by Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer and received their badges from Chief Bill Collins.

 

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Logan County Teenager Charged with Impersonating Offier

 

An 18 year old Logan County resident was arrested recently for impersonating a police officer.

 

WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that Tony Beverly, of West Mansfield, allegedly attempted to conduct a traffic stop. A driver told deputies a pickup truck followed him for a while and then activated a siren. The driver of the car eventually pulled over the pickup passed him.

 

Deputies discovered the vehicle was being driven by Beverly, and he has been charged with impersonating a police officer, reckless operation and driving without a license.

 

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Driver Cited Following Mishap in Wyandot County

 

A semi driver escaped injury in an accident that occurred early Monday morning on US 23 in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 42 year old Bolanos Alexander, of Florida, lost control of the semi while travelling north on 23. The vehicle went into the median and jackknifed resulting in heavy damage.

 

Alexander was cited for failure to control.

 

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Lima Robbery Remains Under Investigation

 

A robbery that occurred this past Friday in Lima remains under investigation.

 

According to a release from the Lima Police Department, a man entered Advanced American on North Cable Road, produced a handgun and demanded money from an employee. The suspect fled the area with an undisclosed amount of money.

 

The suspect is described a medium complexioned black male, about 30 years old with a medium build.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lima Police Department or Crimestoppers at 419-229-STOP.

 

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FPD Forms Quick Response Team

 

The Findlay Police Department announced the formation of the Quick Response Team in Findlay.

 

Chief John Dunbar and Lt. Jim Mathias said the purpose of the program is to make contact with those that have overdosed and provide them with outreach support to prevent future incidents.

 

Family members of those looking for treatment can contact the QRT Hotline at 419-306-6534 or dial 211.

 

More information about the hotline can be found on the Findlay Police Department's Facebook page.

 

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University of Findlay Holding 16th Annual Comedy Jam

 

The University of Findlay’s 16th annual Comedy Jam will take place at the Marathon Center for Performing Arts on Jan. 20, 2018.

 

Successful entertainer Alexandra McHale will be emceeing the show. Mike Paramore will be the feature comedian, and Pete Lee will be the headliner.

 

University of Findlay faculty, staff, and student’s first ticket is free with a valid ID prior to the night of the show. Community tickets are $15. The night of the show, all tickets at the door will be $15.

 

The show is rated PG-13.

 

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Bluffton Grad to Present Martin Luther King Jr. Forum

 

Rev. Daniel Hughes, Price Hill campus pastor of Shiloh United Methodist Church, Cincinnati, will give a presentation at 11 a.m. on Jan. 16 in Yoder Recital Hall.

 

The 2013 Bluffton graduate returns to campus to present the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Forum.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Man Arrested For Operating Meth Lab

 

An Upper Sandusky man has been arrested after a suspected methamphetamine lab was discovered in his apartment.

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit and the METRICH Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on Thursday in the 500 block of West Johnson Street in Upper Sandusky.

 

Detectives discovered a working lab inside the apartment. After the unit was sealed, a business inside the building was evacuated.

 

Approximately 10 small capacity labs were found that were in different stages of manufacturing methamphetamine.

 

25 year old Ethan J. Stansbery was arrested and charged with the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine.

 

A six year old child was inside the apartment and was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital to be checked for exposure to toxic fumes. A 66 year old man was also in the apartment.

 

The Upper Sandusky Police Department, Wyandot County Prosecutor's Office, Wyandot County Emergency Management Association and the Upper Sandusky Fire Department also assisted in the investigation.

 

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Standoff Leads to Arrest of Bellefontaine Man

 

A Logan County man was arrested following a standoff with police this past Wednesday.

 

WPKO Radio reported that the Bellefontaine Police Department was searching for 39 year old John Rogan to arrest on on a military desertion charge.

 

Rogan was located at a residence in the 700 block of Euclid Avenue, and police received information that he may have stolen two guns.

 

Several homes around the area were evacuated while the Bellefontaine Police Department Special Response Team attempted to get Rogan to surrender.

 

The standoff last around 45 minutes when Rogan emerged and surrendered without incident.

 

The incident is under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Woman Arrested Following Domestic Disturbance in Union County

 

An Urbana woman was arrested following a domestic dispute this past Wednesday.

 

According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 11,000 block of U.S. 36 to investigate the dispute involving three people.

 

At the scene, 21 year old Charity N. Cutlip was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Champaign County.

 

She was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

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OSU Offering Realtor Training Class

 

Realtors can now add another tool in their arsenal for success.

 

A new state approved safety training class is being offered through the Alber Enterprise Center at The Ohio State University.

 

The 3 hour Realtor Safety class will be presented in multiple locations throughout Central Ohio. Specific dates will be announced.

 

The class was designed by Safeguard Risk Solutions, an internationally acclaimed safety firm. The Ohio Department of Commerce-Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing has approved the course for three hours of continuing education.

 

For more details about the class, email alber at osu dot edu or call 740-725-6325.

 

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23 Dogs Rescued in Cold and Filthy Conditions in Kirby

 

Numerous dogs were removed from a property in Kirby due to very cold weather and filthy living conditions.

 

According to a report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies investigated a complaint about the dogs with no shelter, food or water.

 

The deputy discovered that around 23 dogs were in above ground kennels. They had no food and the water was frozen.

 

A deceased dog was also discovered in one of the kennels. The Humane Society arrived and the animals were removed from the property.

 

The incident remains under investigation, and so far no charges have been filed.

 

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Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Wyandot County

 

Two people were arrested in Upper Sandusky and are facing drug charges.

 

According to a release from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the METRICH Enforcement Unit and the Wyandot County Major Crimes Unit were notified that the two were staying in a house in the 15,000 block of Township Highway 71. 33 year old Zachary L. Malone and 27 year old Allyson N. Youngquist were inside the house. Both had felony warrants out of Franklin County.

 

Detectives in the house observed indicators that a methamphetamine lab was present and a search warrant was obtained.

 

The lab was deactivated and several items, including methamphetamine, were seized.

 

Malone and Youngquist were each charged with the illegal manufacture of a controlled substance.

 

The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Prosecutor's Office and the Marseilles Fire Department assisted in the investigation.

 

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Semi Driver Escapes Injury in Roll Over Crash

 

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

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 32 year old Prabhdial Sran, of Ontario, Canada, drove off the right side of the road while travelling south on State Route 23 near County HIghway 62. The semi overturned and came to rest on its passenger side in the ditch.

 

Sran was not injured. He was cited for failure to control.

 

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Truck Destroyed by Fire in Wyandot County

 

A truck was destroyed by fire in Sycamore on Wednesday.

 

According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the fire started on the passenger side near the heater.

 

Firefighters from the Sycamore Fire Department were dispatched, and the truck was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

 

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Assault Victim in Findlay Dies

 

A victim of an assault from December of 2017 in Findlay has died.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, 53 year old Gregory Hammer died from injuries he received in the mid December incident.

 

Officers were called to the parking lot of Walnut Saloon to investigate a report of two men who had been assaulted.

 

Hammer was found unconscious on the ground with injuries to his head and was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center in Toledo. His brother, 47 year old Darryl Hammer, suffered injuries to his face and was treated and released at Blanchard Valley Hospital.

 

Police continue to investigate the case and no arrest has been made.  A person of interest has been identified and police are looking to speak with that individual.

 

The case is expected to be presented to the Hancock County Grand Jury in the coming weeks.

 

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Lima Man Indicted in Findlay Robbery Case

 

A Lima resident has been indicted in connection to a robbery in Findlay in May of 2017.

 

WFIN Radio reported that 18 year old Jarrett Mann was indicted on one count of robbery by the Hancock County Grand Jury.

 

Mann is accused of being one of three men who entered the CVS Pharmacy, jumped over the counter and demanded a specific narcotic.

 

Mann was 17 at the time of the crime, and the Hancock County Prosecutor has said the case has been transferred out of juvenile court.

 

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Man Arrested Following Standoff in Bellefontaine

 

A standoff with police ended with the arrest of a Bellefontaine man this past Tuesday afternoon.

 

WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that police were dispatched to the 400 block of Seymour Street to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle parked nearby.

 

26 year old Chase Whiting, who was wanted on multiple warrants, was located in an apartment. Whiting was ordered out after officers surrounded the building.

 

Officers were on the scene for nearly an hour before Whiting surrendered.

 

He was transported to the Logan County Jail.

 

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Marion County Residents Receiving Scam Phone Calls

 

Residents in Marion County reported receiving scam phone calls.

 

According to a release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, people claiming to be members of the sheriff's office tell potential victims that they failed to show up for jury duty and a warrant has been issued for their arrest unless they pay a fine.

 

The scammer speaks to the victim long enough to try and get personal information such as social security number, date of birth, credit card or bank account information.

 

Victims are then told to buy a reloadable Visa card at local stores and then supplies a phone number to call to give the card information once it is purchased.

 

The sheriff’s office will never call and ask for personal information and never collect money over the phone. If you have questions call the Marion County Sheriff's Office 740-382-8244 and select Option number 2 before sending any money.

 

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New Members of Upper Sandusky City Council Sworn In

 

Two new members of the Upper Sandusky City Council were sworn in this week.

 

The Daily Chief-Union newspaper reported that John Walker and Aaron Korte, who were elected in the November election, took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting held this week.

 

Also at the meeting, Don Spiegel was elected as the council president for the third consecutive year.

 

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Rushsylvania Man Faces Charges

 

A man from Rushsylvania is facing charges from an incident that occurred last week.

 

WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that 48 year old Robert Tartt allegedly admitted to inappropriately touching a minor under the age of 13.

 

Tartt, a registered sex offender, was arrested and taken to the Logan County Jail. The minor was taken to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus for examination.

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Drivers Escape Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

There were no injuries reported in a two vehicle that occurred this past Monday afternoon in the village of Nevada.

 

According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 23 year old Nicholas Neville, of Upper Sandusky, drove from Garrett Street onto Dombaugh Street, and his car was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by 56 year old Sheila Rosas, of Nevada.

 

Moderate damage occurred to the vehicles, and Neville was cited failure to yield.

 

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Lima Police Investigating New Year's Day Stabbing

 

A New Year's Eve weekend stabbing remains under investigation in Lima.

 

According to a release from the Lima Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 1200 block of South Sugar Street to investigate the incident.

 

Upon arrival, a suspect identified as 33 year old Stacy L. Bridgewater was detained and transported to the police department.

 

The victim, identified as 23 year old Martin L. Bledsoe had fled the residence and was located a short distance away. He was taken to St. Rita's Medical Center with a stab wound to his upper torso.

 

Bridgewater is facing a charge of felonious assault. Anyone with information on the stabbing is asked to call Detective Jesse Harrod at 419-221-5296.

 

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Ohio Secretary of State Announces Regional Office Hours

 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted regional office hours for the month of January.

 

Regional liaisons for the Secretary of State’s office will be available in 13 counties around Ohio including in Hancock County from 10 until noon at the Findlay-Hancock County Library located at 206 Broadway Street in Findlay.

 

Open office hours provide local residents an opportunity to stay connected with the Secretary of State’s office in an informal and accessible setting.

 

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Wyandot County Chamber of Commerce Schedules Annual Meeting

 

The Annual Meeting of the Wyandot County Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for next Wednesday January 10.

 

The event will be held at the Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky. The doors open at 7:30am, and the meeting starts at 8:00am. Tickets are free for chamber members. Additional tickets are $10 each.

 

The guest speaker is Wyandot County native Matthew Marvin who will present a message called the War on Talent; 3 Keys to Winning the Battle.

 

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Findlay Police Officer Receives Promotion

 

The Findlay Police Department recently promoted Officer Jason Morey to the position of Patrol Sergeant.  

 

Sgt. Morey was sworn at the Findlay Municipal Building on Wednesday, December 27, 2017.  

 

Morey began his career with the Findlay Police Department 17 years ago.  He was hired as a full time Police Officer in 2000, and has been assigned to the Patrol Division.

 

Morey has served as a Field Training Officer for numerous years, is a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trained officer, and is a traffic crash investigator.  

 

Morey is a graduate of Wapakoneta High School.  He also graduated from Lima Technical College with an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and the University of Findlay with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

 

Sgt. Morey and his wife, Wendi, have a daughter and two sons.

 

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Rhodes State College Announces Fall Semester Dean's List

 
Lima, OH (January 2, 2018) – Rhodes State College is pleased to announce the 2017 Fall Semester Dean’s Lists for part-time and full-time students.
 
Part-time students: 
To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in at least six but not more than 11 credit hours and earn a 3.5 grade point average or higher.
 
 
Ada 
Ethan Edward Taylor
 
 
 
Alger
 
Zackary C Risner
 
 
 
Anna
 
Suzanne L Garrett                  
 
                                                 
 
Arlington
 
Ryan Josiah Drerup       
 
                                              
 
Belle Center
 
Haley Marie Hunsicker
 
 
 
Bellefontaine
 
Krystal Sue Abbott
 
Dana Nicole Bell
 
 
 
Bluffton 
Karissa Sue Dorn
 
Tecumseh William Kibele                                                         
 
Blane Jared Miller
 
Jacob Dylan Spencer
 
                                                           
 
Bryan
 
Phillip D Fairchild
 
 
 
Cairo
 
Dakota Keith Hollar
 
 
 
Canal Winchester
 
Sarah E Crabtree
 
 
 
Carey
 
Erin Elizabeth Gilbert
 
           
 
Celina 
Lydia Jane Cron
 
Christina Gross
 
                       
 
Cloverdale 
Jacob Joseph Williams
 
                
 
Coldwater
Molly A Hess
 
                    
 
Columbus Grove         
Jessica Lea Brinkman
 
Alyssa Marie Geckle                                                             
 
Taylor Lynn Harman
 
Kenneth L Hurley                                                               
 
Gracyn Marie Metz                                                              
 
Autumn Elizabeth Thompson
 
                                                          
 
Convoy
 
Samantha Joan Moser
 
Kiersten Marie Sully
 
 
 
Cridersville 
Hellen Jean Douglas
 
Kayla Anne Miller                   
 
Delphos 
Connor Robert Britt
 
Allison Rose McClurg
 
Andrew D Merschman
 
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