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Hurricane Maria Survivor Scheduled to Speak at U of F


University of Findlay graduate Jorge Figueroa, who was living in Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria struck, will share the personal hardships he and others faced as they weathered the storm and its aftermath.


His hopes for revitalizing the island, and his ideas for how all Americans can best prepare for storms of a similar magnitude will also be discussed.


His presentation will be held on Thursday, March 22 from 7:30-9 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Room 254.


The event will be free and open to the public.



New Service-Safety Director Named in Bellefontaine


The City of Bellefontaine will have a new service-safety director.


WPKO Radio reported that 49 year old David Henry has accepted the position, which was announced by Mayor Ben Stahler at a council meeting Tuesday evening.


Henry, who has served as Bellefontaine Council President, will replace retiring service-safety director Jim Holycross, who has served in that position for 36 years.



Lima Man Sentenced in Sex Trafficking Case


The ringleader of a sex trafficking ring as well as the other six participants were eventually brought to justice and sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms following a joint law enforcement effort conducted by the FBI-led Toledo Child Exploitation Task Force.


According to an FBI release, the case started in December 2015, when the Lima Ohio Police Department began investigating allegations of human trafficking and forced prostitution involving a juvenile victim.


Lima resident Lorenzo Young was the leader of the group and was assisted, in varying degrees, by his longtime friend Aundre Davis.


Young, who was convicted at a trial held in December of 2017, was recently sentenced to life in prison. Davis was convicted in May of last year and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.


Five other individuals pleaded guilty and were sentenced during 2017.



One Lane of I75 Through Findlay to Close


A bridge demolition project in Findlay will close one lane of Interstate 75.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, the southbound lane of 75 will be reduced to one lane from County Road 99 to State Route 12 tonight and Thursday.


The lane restriction will begin at approximately 9 p.m. each night and conclude at approximately 7 a.m. the following day.


All Findlay exits will remain open during this time.



Multiple Drug Charges Filed Against Lancaster Man


A Lancaster man was arrested on multiple drug charges following a traffic stop on US Route 33 near Russells Point earlier this week.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that Washington Township Police conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle being driven by 26 year old Curtis Coleman Jr.


A search was conducted after officers detected an odor of marijuana.


Three loaded handguns, cash, methamphetamine and other items were confiscated.


Coleman has been charged with trafficking in drugs, having weapons under disability, driving without a license, fictitious plates, and driving under suspension.



Ben Logan Assistant Treasurer Resigns


The assistant treasurer for Benjamin Logan School resigned over allegations of mishandling money.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Cameron Saylor turned in the resignation and it was accepted by the School Board at this week's meeting.


The 28 year old Saylor is accused of multiple issues, including negligence in paying employee insurance.


A report was filed with the Logan County Sheriff's Office, but no charges have been filed.



Post Office Vehicle Involved in Union County Crash


The driver of a Post Office vehicle was cited following a crash in Union County earlier this week..


According to the daily media release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 27 year old Christion W. Brooks was cited for failure to drive in marked lanes after his vehicle struck a car.


The crash occurred in the 15,000 block of State Route 347.


There were no injuries.



Driver Escapes Injury in Roll Over Crash


An Upper Sandusky teenager escaped injury in a roll over crash that occurred Monday morning in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 16 year old Emma Swihart lost control of her car while driving east on County Highway 330. The vehicle went off the right side of the road where it struck a guardrail and overturned coming to rest on its wheels.


Swihart was cited for failure to control.



Strong Arm Robbery Reported in Bellefontaine


Tim Horton's in Bellefontaine was the target of a strong arm robbery late this past Sunday night.


WPKO Radio reported that a male grabbed around $280 from the cash register and fled the area on foot.


He was wearing a red coat and black pants.


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


The incident remains under investigation.



Findlay Police Advise Residents to Lock Vehicles


The Findlay Police Department has seen an increase in theft complaints where items are being stolen from parked vehicles.


According to the department's Facebook page, in most of these cases, the vehicles are left unlocked with items in plain view. Stolen items range from loose change to firearms.


The police department advises residents that after parking your vehicle, take a moment to secure your items before leaving and make sure to lock your doors. This will cut down on the chances of becoming a victim. Rarely are windows broken unless the items are in plain view.


You should also keep an eye out for your neighbors and report suspicious activity when you see it. This could include someone moving car to car and looking in the windows.




Bluffton University Offering Pre-Engineering Major


Bluffton University is now offering a pre-engineering major for students to explore and prepare for an engineering career in a liberal arts environment.


Pre-engineering majors at Bluffton will take a blend of mathematics and physics courses along with some new classes designed specifically for pre-engineering majors.


Requirements of the major also allow students to earn a second major or pursue additional coursework.


More on the story will be posted later this morning under regional news at wktn.com.



Two Vehicles Damaged in Wyandot County Crash


A Michigan driver was cited following a two vehicle crash in Wyandot County Sunday night.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 29 year old Delan Wynn was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation after his car struck the rear of a vehicle being operated by 48 year old Kelly Dentinger, of Bloomville, Ohio, who had just taken the exit ramp from U.S. 23 and was waiting to turn onto State Route 53.


Moderate damage occurred to the vehicles.


There were no injuries.



LCSO Hosts Awards Banquet


WPKO reports The Logan County Sheriff's Office hosted its inaugural awards banquet Saturday night. 200 employees, elected officials, and community leaders were in attendance as well as


Congressman Jim Jordan as the featured speaker who commended law enforcement for their bravery and commitment.

Jordan said deputies, dispatchers, and support staff are ordinary folks doing extraordinary things.


He praised President Trump for his unwavering support of law enforcement and the military.



Logan County Man Facing Several Drug Charges


WPKO also reports a Logan county man was arrested on multiple felony drug charges following a traffic stop in Santa Fe earlier this week.


The Logan County Joint Drug Task Force arrested Shane Hicks, 30 of Lakeview, at the intersection of State Route 720 and County Road 23 Wednesday night around six o'clock.


The Task Force had been investigating Hicks for trafficking methamphetamine in the Indian Lake area by traveling to Dayton to make the purchase and returning to sell and use the drug.


Hicks was charged with two counts of trafficking in methamphetamine (F4) and single counts of possession of methamphetamine (F5) and tampering with evidence (F3).


Hicks was lodged in the Logan County Jail.



Bluffton University Names Dr. Jane Wood as President

BLUFFTON, Ohio – For just the tenth time in its 119-year history, Bluffton University’s Board of Trustees has named a new president, announcing that Dr. Jane Wood has accepted the call to serve as Bluffton’s next president beginning July 1, 2018. 
“Dr. Wood has demonstrated success in achieving enrollment growth at several institutions by leading academic program innovation, strategic planning, alignment and visioning processes that moved those institutions forward, along with proven success in building relationships for public and private partnerships to broaden the school’s reach,” said Kent Yoder, chairperson of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees. “She is a committed Christian with leadership experience at both Catholic and Protestant institutions and has a passion for social justice. We are excited that she was drawn to Bluffton for its mission, history and faith tradition rooted in peace and social justice. The Board is united in agreement that Dr. Jane Wood is the right person for this time in Bluffton’s history.” 
Dr. Wood currently serves as the vice president of academic affairs and dean at Mount Marty College, a Benedictine liberal arts and co-educational institution in Yankton, S.D. Her previous professional positions were at Westminster College, in New Wilmington, Pa.; Park University and University of Missouri, both in Kansas City, Mo.; and at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan. Her experience in higher education includes positions as a tenured faculty member, department chair, academic dean and vice president. Dr. Wood earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in English literature from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Missouri. 
“This is an exciting time in the life of Bluffton University and it will be an honor to build on the substantial and outstanding programs that are already in place and innovate with the campus community to build new programs that will provide sustainable bridges to the future,” said Wood. “I will lead with an appreciation for Bluffton’s history and its fine reputation as an institution firmly rooted in the ideals of the liberal arts and sciences and framed by the values of the Mennonite/Anabaptist faith. Bluffton’s compelling mission, distinctive history and traditions offer an opportunity to refine and connect a successful past with an exciting future.”
In her previous roles, Dr. Wood worked collaboratively with faculty, staff, students and public and private partners to develop strategic plans that spurred enrollment growth through academic program development including undergraduate, adult studies and graduate-level programs. 
“It is exciting to create, with campus and community collaboration, an innovative and practical strategic vision with academic excellence at its core,” said Wood. “I believe there are significant growth opportunities for right-sized, Christian, liberal arts institutions who work closely with for-profit and non-profit entities to identify the best fit for students for internships, future employment and partnership investments in key identified areas of the university’s academic programs. These initiatives must be balanced with a commitment to a core liberal arts education that equips graduates for success across the full range of professions and for advanced studies in a constantly changing world.”
Dr. Wood also has experience in implementing successful Title IX program improvements, including diversity hiring initiatives, and in fundraising. She has a breadth of experience with different college settings including serving for and interacting with students and faculty at public, private, and Catholic and Presbyterian institutions.
“As a woman who was born and raised in the United Methodist Church (and where my husband and I raised our two daughters), I understand the power of faith as it resonates in individual lives and as it infuses organizations,” said Wood. “Faith is central in my own life and my integrity is guided by my deepening spiritual compass. I am drawn to Bluffton’s Mennonite/Anabaptist faith history for multiple reasons. As a trained mediator, I am committed to Bluffton’s restorative justice principles and understand that Bluffton has always been welcoming to students of all faith backgrounds and is committed to encouraging informed understanding and dialogue, core values that are in great need during this time in our nation and our world. Bluffton’s mission is both special and essential and why I feel called to serve and lead at this time.”
Dr. Wood also noted her enthusiasm for Bluffton’s current $26 million comprehensive fundraising campaign including construction of the Austin E. Knowlton Science Center. To date, Simply Innovate—The Campaign for Bluffton, has surpassed 60 percent of the university’s total campaign goal and more than 80 percent of the funding needed for the science center. In her previous roles, Wood has demonstrated success in developing academic programs related to health care and increasing partnerships that enhance enrollment. 
“I look forward to engaging with energy and enthusiasm the many constituents of Bluffton University to achieve the goals of Simply Innovate—The Campaign for Bluffton,” said Wood. “I applaud all that Dr. Harder has done to position Bluffton for continued success and am excited to carry forward the vision for Bluffton’s emerging excellence in the natural and health science areas. Without doubt, the university’s current goal to open Knowlton Science Center for the 2020/21 academic year is achievable, and I look forward to investing myself fully with staff and volunteers to make this dream a reality for Bluffton students.”
Bluffton’s presidential search process was led by Cheryl Hacker, Bluffton alumna and vice chair of the Board of Trustees. The Search Committee included board members, faculty, staff, a student, a community member, the president of the Bluffton University Alumni Association, a representative from Mennonite Education Agency and alumni representatives from the Ohio Conference and the Central District Conference of Mennonite Church USA. The committee began their work in September and received more than 50 applications for the presidency. 
“We had a fully inclusive process, with the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to meet the final candidates and provide feedback,” said Yoder, board chair. “The Board extends its appreciation to the committee and the campus community for their thoughtful engagement and prayers of support during the presidential search process.”    
Dr. Wood follows Dr. James M. Harder who will retire in June after completing 12 years as president at Bluffton University and more than 30 years working in higher education.


Findlay Nursing Home Given Top Honors

Birchaven Village has been named to the list of Best Nursing Homes 2017-18 by U.S. News & World Report.


This is the third time Birchaven has been named to this prestigious list.


To qualify as a Best Nursing Home, facilities had to earn an average of 4.5 stars or better during 10 months of federal reports ending in August 2017 and had to consistently meet certain performance standards set by U.S. News during the period, such as earning at least four stars in the CMS overall rating for all 10 months.


Birchaven Village is located at 15100 Birchaven Lane in Findlay.



Crime Prevention Program Set in Lima

Training for a crime prevention program in Lima is set to take place this Saturday.


Lima residents who are 18 years or older are being sought to join the Citizen Block Patrol, which involves residents and police working together towards the goal of crime prevention and reduction.


Citizens will be trained to recognize and report suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.


The training will take place from 8 until noon at the Lima-Allen County Neighborhoods in Partnership at 1440 West Spring Street in Lima.



Mid-Ohio Invests in Economic Development

Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative has invested $10,000 in "Marion Can Do" — the local economic development agency serving Marion, Ohio — to support the organization’s marketing and communications efforts.


The investment will help "Marion Can Do" implement strategic communications initiatives designed to elevate the area’s reputation among site selectors, investors, business and community leaders, and other economic development organizations, while promoting the area to companies looking to expand or relocate.


Last year, "Marion Can Do" supported the creation of 400 new jobs and exceeded its goal of $50 million in capital investment by 600 percent.



Tax Season is IRS Scam Season

Tax season means that the "IRS SCAM" could be taking place


The Marysville Division of Police reminds residents that they may receive a call from what appears to be a local or long distance number and the caller will say they are from the IRS and will be issuing an arrest warrant for unpaid tax bills unless you pay them a certain amount of money.


This is a scam. The Internal Revenue Service will not call you demanding payment.


If you receive a call like this, do not provide any information and simply hang up. You should also notify your local law enforcement agency.



Davis Learning Center Being Established at U of F

The University of Findlay and Hancock Historical Museum are collaborating to provide enhanced digital storytelling experiences at the newly named Davis Learning Institute on the museum’s campus.
The effort, which is now in the planning and fundraising stages, will transform the relocated Davis House, built in 1843, into a site for collecting, sharing and archiving community narratives. Organizers intend for the Institute to serve a vital historical preservation purpose and to become a motivator for societal improvement, not only through its storytelling facilitation, but also through its status as an incubator for collective idea generating and impact.
“Very few historic preservation projects look at the social benefits that are possible,” said museum Director Sarah Sisser. “One thing we hope to do is capitalize on a sense of place, which can then support stability and social change.”
The Institute will also provide space for museum programs such as its recently launched Great Decisions discussion group, for after-school workshops that will focus on written and oral communication sharing methods, and for other nonprofits and individuals wishing to host workshops. It will also serve as UF’s off-campus home for its Center for Digital Storytelling and Participatory Media, which is co-directed by Megan Adams, Ph.D., and Harley Ferris, Ph.D. Christine Denecker, Ph.D., is serving as a liaison between the University and museum on the Davis Learning Institute project.
The museum and UF already have a history of storytelling collaboration via the Ohio Farm Stories project that collected digital narratives to help preserve the rich history of the region’s agricultural heritage. The two entities also are working together on the Findlay Floods project, which is gathering flood-related stories.
It is hoped that the Davis Learning Institute will reach beyond historical preservation to effect agency for community improvement. For instance, the region’s heroin epidemic could be spotlighted, Sisser said, which would illustrate the problem’s scope and assist with mitigation ideas.
The Davis Learning Institute will continue to be owned by the museum. The University will contribute technical skills, equipment and staff.
Operational assistance will be provided by established narrative collection groups such as The Story Center, a California-based organization that will advise on the ethical and moral aspects of collecting and sharing; AppalShop based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, which gathers stories from marginalized Appalachian residents; and from Hollow, an ongoing online documentary project that Megan Adams, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, helped create.
Meanwhile, the project is in need of brick and mortar funds for transforming the historic house into a multiuse facility. The interior of the house was demolished last spring to ready spaces for a commercial kitchen, meeting areas, conference rooms, offices, a recording and editing studio, and archival storage. New plumbing, a heating and cooling system, and electrical system will be installed. The museum hopes to raise $100,000 for these purposes.
“The goal is to have construction finished by September. We are essentially building a house from the ground up,” said Sisser, as well as a project that she said is unprecedented in terms of its cross-organizational collaboration. “With some of this, we’ll be learning as we go.”
Museum representatives are excited about the historic house’s impending transformation, particularly given its reputation as a regional hub for community gathering, impact and hospitality. As one of the oldest farmhouses in Hancock County, the museum considers it a community treasure.
William and Margaret Davis built the home and helped establish Ohio 224 as a connection between Findlay and Tiffin. Margaret Davis was a midwife who delivered more than 100 babies in her home while hosting innumerable weary travelers. The house continues to have deep ties to many local residents such as Madeleine Schneider, Donald Sink, retired Judge Allan Davis, and Ohio Representative Robert Sprague, R-Findlay.


Coffee with a Cop Scheduled in Findlay Saturday


Hancock County law enforcement agencies are hosting a Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow.


Residents are invited to attend for an opportunity to have coffee and conversation with members of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Findlay Police Department.


It will be held at Coffee Amici, located at 330 South Main Street in Findlay.



Purse Snatcher Being Sought by Lima Police


The Lima Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying a purse snatching suspect.


The man is described as biracial, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.



He has curly hair and a goatee and may go by the name of Trey.


If you have any information, call Patrolman Knippen at the police department in Lima.



One Person Arrested in Findlay Drug Operation


One person was arrested after a search warrant was served at a residence in Findlay this morning.


According to a release, the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force, with the assistance of the Findlay Police Department Emergency Response Team, executed the warrant at 2325 East Dundee Drive in Findlay.


A search of the residence yielded methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia and items indicative of drug trafficking.


29 year old Corey J. Long, of that address, was arrested and is being held at the Hancock County Justice Center on a charge of possession of methamphetamine. Addition charges are expected at the conclusion of the investigation.



Degraff Crash Injures Woman

A Degraff woman was injured in a roll over crash that occurred in Logan County this past Monday night.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported  that 30 year old Bethany Alspaugh lost control of her vehicle while driving west on State Route 47 near Logansville. The vehicle went off the right side of the road where it struck the embankment and rolled over in a yard.


Alspaugh was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


She is described as a repeat drunk driver and admitted to consuming a 12 pack of beer prior to Monday night's crash. She was reportedly driving 70 to 80 miles per hour and told deputies she was on her way to pick up her children in Logansville.


Alspaugh was charged with operating a vehicle intoxicated, speeding, failure to control and expired registration.



Hi-Point Business Professionals Headed to State

Eight Ohio Hi-Point Career Center students advanced to the Business Professionals of America state competition after competing at the regional level in January at Apollo Career Center in Lima.


Placing first were: Matthew Smith from Riverdale, in prepared speech,  Madison Aldo, from Bellefontaine, in digital media production, Kiarra Coats, from Benjamin Logan, in individual presentation management, a team from Bellefontaine in team presentation management, Korwin Kurtz, from Upper Scioto Valley, in graphic design and promotion and Max Jenks, from Urbana, in computer modeling.


The Ohio Hi-Point BPA chapter consists of students enrolled in the Multimedia Marketing program.



Ben Logan School Hosting Internet Safety Program


An internet safety program for parents will be presented this Thursday at Benjamin Logan High School.


The event will be run from 7 until 9pm at the school auditorium.


The adults only program is for parents of students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Children will not be allowed in the presentation space.



Wyandot County Sheriff Releases January Activity Report


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


194 complaints were received and 9 adults were arrested on felony charges.


One person was killed, and 13 people were injured in crashes during the month.


4 new concealed carry permits were issued, 9 were renewed and one was suspended in the month of January.



(UPDATE) Findlay Homicide Early Sunday Morning



A homicide occurred early Sunday morning in Findlay. 
According to a report provided by the Findlay Police Department, around 12:49 a.m. Sunday morning, Findlay Police received a 911 call from a caller in the 1300 block of Fox St. reporting a shooting incident. 
Upon police arrival, a man was found with a suspected gunshot wound inside the residence. The man has been identified as Jeffery L. Gary, age 56, from Findlay. 
Gary was pronounced dead at the scene by Hanco EMS. 
An autopsy revealed that Gary sustained 2 gunshot wounds.
Police report that multiple unknown suspects entered Gary’s residence where they confronted and shot Gary.  The suspects then ran from the residence, south on Fox Street.  No description of the suspects was obtained as they had their faces covered.  The suspects were believed to be male. 
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Findlay Police at 419-424-7150 or the Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477. Tips to Crime Stopper could result in a reward if the information leads to an arrest and prosecution.



Ohio Secretary of State Appoints Marion BOE Member

Secretary of State Jon Husted has appointed Lynn Zucker as a member of the Marion County Board of Elections.


She will fill the unexpired term of Jackie Smith.


State law requires bipartisan representation on each of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Each board is made up of two Republican members and two Democratic members, all of whom must be qualified electors in the counties for which they serve. The Secretary of State makes appointments to boards of elections based on the recommendations of the executive committees of the respective county political parties.


Zucker was recommended by the Marion County Republican Party Executive Committee.



Lima City Schools Set To Open Food Pantries

The Lima City Schools announced Friday that it will open food pantries in three of its school buildings.


The effort is in partnership with the West Ohio Food Bank. The agency will help provide food that will be in the pantries.


Pantries will be located inside Freedom, Heritage and Unity elementary schools. Staff from other school buildings may also use the pantries to help students who are identified as being in need from their buildings.


The pantry is the latest effort on the part of the Lima City Schools to become a full-service school system meeting as many needs as possible for students.


The school district will on various occasions ask families to give back by bringing in food for the pantries or by donating to the West Ohio Food Bank.



Two U of F Students to Attend Conference


Two University of Findlay Habitat for Humanity students will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend Habitat on the Hill, the organization’s international legislative conference.


This will mark the first time the university chapter will have representation at the event, which will be held Feb. 13-15.


Chapter fundraising chair Molly Hammersmith and secretary Halle Sattler will be attending.


The annual Habitat on the Hill conference provides the opportunity for Habitat staff members, volunteers and youth to attend workshops and meet in person with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.



Rushsylvania Church Hosting Security Seminar


Registrations are being taken now for a church security seminar to be presented March 8 at Rushsylvania Church of Christ.


The free event offers ALICE Training led by the Logan County Sheriff's Office and is open to all churches and organizations.


Call 937-468-2674 by March 5 to register.



2 Soil Fertility Programs Scheduled in Hancock County


Two soil fertility programs will be presented this month at the Hancock County Agriculture Service Center in Findlay.


Ohio Ag Net reported that Dr. Ed Lentz will present the programs on February 14 from 10am to 11:30am and on February 20 from 6:30 until 8pm.


The programs are free to the public, and you can register for one or both by calling the Hancock County Extension Office, 419-422-3851.



Death of Findlay Woman Being Investigated as a Homicide


The death of a Findlay woman is being investigated as a homicide.


WFIN Radio reported that Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman told media that's how investigators are handling the death of 28 year old Danielle Rice until evidence proves otherwise.


The body of the mother of two young children was found in two trash bags in a ditch along Township Road 215 this past Sunday afternoon.


Anyone with information to help solve the case is being asked to call 419-424-7097.



Auglaize County Law Enforcement Participating in Fundraiser


Deputies and other law enforcement officers in Auglaize County are growing facial hair to support the Auglaize County Crisis Center.


According to the sheriff's office Facebook page, the fundraiser is under way from now until April 13. The Crisis Center Auction is set for April 19.


Those wishing to participate and grow a beard, mustache or goatee must pay $20 which will handed over to the Crisis Center at the April 19th event.



Rhodes State College Celebrating Black History Month

Lima, Ohio (February 7, 2018) - Rhodes State College will celebrate February as Black History Month with activities featuring a book drive to benefit local youth. 
Eager readers will be the recipients of new and used books collected by Rhodes State students, staff and faculty. Contributions will be accepted throughout the month for “My Brothers Readers” at Lima North Middle School and Bradfield Center.
A free, fresh-grilled bratwurst lunch for Rhodes State students will be available Thursday, February 8, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  
Kesha Drake, Executive Director of the Bradfield Center, will be on hand for the festivities. She will share her work with the Lima community through the Bradfield Center.


Plea Agreement Reached in O'Donnell Trial

There was a surprise development in the trial for the former superintendent of Indian Lake Schools.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Patrick O'Donnell has accepted a plea deal in the case.
O'Donnell entered an Alford plea Wednesday on one count of gross sexual imposition. In exchange for the plea, four counts each of rape and sexual battery amd five other counts of gross sexual imposition were dismissed. In addition, the charges against his wife, 47 year old Heather O'Donnell, were dismissed. She was on trial for two counts of endangering children.
An Alford plea allows Patrick O'Donnell to enter a guilty plea to the charge without formally admitting guilt.
He will be sentenced under normal circumstances, which will include mandatory registration as a sex offender.


Ada Named 9th Safest City in Ohio

On January 15, 2018 the Village of Ada was named 9th Safest City in Ohio by HomeSnacks.net.  
According to HomeSnacks.net: 
While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:
Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
For example, there were a total of 33 crimes committed in Pepper Pike which had a reported population of 6,247. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00528 which translates into a 1 in 189 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 198 places in Ohio to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 198 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Ohio".
The safest city, based on population, is Pepper Pike. The most dangerous? Springfield, where residents had a 1 in 13 chance of being the victim of a crime.”
In 2017 Ada was named the 16th Safest City in Ohio by the National Council for Home Safety and Security, and according to areavibes.com, “violent crime in Ada, OH is 94% lower than the average rate of crime in Ohio and 96% lower than the rest of the nation. Similarly, crime involving property stands 75% lower than the remainder of the state of Ohio and 73% lower than the nation's average”.
According to Ada Police Chief Michael Harnishfeger, he credits these rankings on the excellent relationship between the Ada community and the police department.  In 2001 the Ada Police Department invented and implement Project S.A.F.E.R., Seeking Aid From Every Resident.  The goal of S.A.F.E.R. is to partner with all of our residents in making Ada a safer community which has proven very effective.
Chief Harnishfeger would like to congratulate all of the residents of Ada, Ohio in making our community a consistently safe place to live.


Groundbreaking for New Kenton Ice Cream Shop Expected Soon


A new ice cream business is coming to Kenton.


The Creamery, which operates in Delphos, purchased the old Dairy Freeze on East Franklin Street several years ago. The building was razed and the area was cleared.


The owner of the Creamery posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday that they are all set to go on their end and are waiting on Morton Buildings to finish up a few details before proceeding.


They are hoping to break ground soon for the Franklin Street location, which is located across from Hardin Memorial Hospital.



Death of Findlay Woman Considered Suspicious


Investigators are considering the death of a Findlay woman to be suspicious.


WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that the body of 28 year old Danielle Rice was found in Hancock County late this past weekend along Township Road 215.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation, and is asking anyone with information to the office at 419-424-7097.



Paving of Main Street in Arlington to Start Later This Year


A pavement project in the Village of Arlington is expected to get underway later this year.


The Findlay Courier reported on Arlington Mayor Michael Palmer's state of the village address when the mayor said the first phase of the Main Street project will get started once the construction season begins.


It was also noted that phase 2 of the project will start in 2019 rather than 2020.


Traffic will be maintained on Main Street, which is U.S. 68 through the village, during the work.



Marion Man Killed in Single Vehicle Crash


A Marion man was killed in a one vehicle crash Monday.


According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol. 53 year old Fred L. Buckner lost control of his car while driving south on Whetstone River Road approaching St. James Road in Marion.


The car went off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.


Buckner, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Marion General Hospital where he passed away.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by Fort Morrow Fire District and Pleasant Township Fire Department.


The crash remains under investigation.



Passenger Injured in Ambulance Accident in Logan County


A passenger in an ambulance that crashed this past Sunday evening suffered serious injuries.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that 52 year old Charles Calisse Jr., of Columbus, was transferred to OSU Medical Center with serious injuries.


The ambulance was being driven by 27 year old Samantha Brockwell, of Galion, who lost control of the vehicle while travelling north on an ice covered State Route 117.


The ambulance went off the right side of the road and struck the ditch. It then rolled over and came to rest on the driver's side.


Brockwell and two other passengers were not injured.



3 Injured in Crash on SR 15 Sunday in Wyandot County


Three passengers in a car were injured following a crash Sunday on State Route 15 in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 39 year old Andrew Asmo, of Upper Arlington, lost control of his vehicle while driving east on 15. The car slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.


37 year old Rebecca, 10 year old Molly and 6 year old David Asmo, were all transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.


The driver was not injured, but he was cited for failure to control.



Driver Charged Following Crash Near Upper Sandusky


A Marysville man was cited for multiple offenses following a weekend crash near Upper Sandusky.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 11,000 block of County Highway 53 where a vehicle went off the road and struck a utility pole. There were no occupants in the vehicle when deputies arrived.


The driver, identified as 59 year old David Miller, then reported that his vehicle had been stolen, but a short time later admitted that he lied and was in fact the driver.


There were reports that Miller was driving at a high rate of speed while being chased by another vehicle following a disagreement with a resident at a house in Upper Sandusky.


Miller was charged with speeding, failure to control and for not wearing a safety belt.


The crash remains under investigation.



Logan County Superintendents on Trial This Week


The Lima News reports that The married Logan County superintendents connected to a child sexual abuse case will now face a jury trial together this week.

Patrick O’Donnell, the former superintendent at Indian Lake Schools, and Heather O’Donnell, the superintendent at the Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, will go to trial on Tuesday.

Patrick O’Donnell, faces felony charges which include rape of a child under 13, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Patrick, who was fired from Indian Lake Local Schools in November, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The alleged victim in the case was not a student enrolled at the district.

Heather O’Donnell, is charged with two counts of child endangering. The Lima News goes on to report that Washington Twp. Police Chief Rick Core said in an affidavit that the girl told Heather O’Donnell about the alleged abuse and she didn’t report it to authorities. Heather O’Donnell has pleaded not guilty.


Findlay Mayor Addresses Army Corps of Engineers


WFIN Radio reports that Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik is leading a group to help make working with the Army Corps of Engineers better. She said that working with the corps isn’t always an easy thing to do.

Mihalik said that she was surprised to learn that Findlay wasn’t the only city that thought the process was too long and cost too much. The group will work with the corps to make changes so that it is easier.

She said that the group has already started working together but will meet with the Army Corps in April.


Logan County Deputies Promoted

Two Logan County Sheriff's deputies were recently promoted.


Sheriff Randall J. Dodds announced that Shawn McIntire and Miriam Reames were promoted to the rank of Corporal.


They will both begin their duties as Correction Officer Supervisors beginning February 10.


McIntire started with the office as a Correction Officer November 8, 2014. Reames began her career as a Correction Officer September 16, 2015.



Public Assistance Requested After Marysville Pharmacy Robbery

A robbery was reported at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, located at 800 Delaware Ave in Marysville back on Thursday night.


According to the Marysville Division of Police report, witnesses said a suspect walked to into the business and brandished a silver handgun.


He is described as a black male approximately 6 feet tall wearing a dark ball cap, a red zip up hooded jacket and black pants. He fled the business on foot carrying a black trash bag. From additional information gathered, it is believed the suspect got into a newer white Honda car and fled the area.


If you have information regarding the suspect or the incident, contact the Marysville Division of Police at 937-645-7300. As always, you may remain anonymous.



Attempted Robbery Suspect Being Sought


A suspect remains on the loose following an attempted robbery in Russells Point this week.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that a white male entered Lester's Tabacco Shack and ordered the clerk to open both registers. He approached with a yellow Dollar General bag, but the clerk was able to activate the silent alarm, and the suspect left the store empty handed.


The man is described as 5 feet nine inches to 6 feet tall and weighs around 185 pounds. He was wearing a black zip up jacket with a hood pulled up over his head and a mask covering his neck, mouth, and nose. His pants are dark in color and his shoes are lighter and possibly a hiking shoe of sorts.


Anyone who has any information is being asked to call 937-843-2245, press option 2 and leave a message.



Man Arrested on Assault Charge


A Nevada man was arrested following an assault that took place in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to a property in the 1500 block of County Highway 330 to investigate a report of a man who physically attack another man in the house.


Deputies arrested Jesse L. Tuten and charged him with assault.


He was transported to the Wyandot County Jail.



Rhodes State College Hosting Open House


Rhodes State College will host its annual Presidents Day Open House on Monday, February 19, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.


This year’s theme is “Experience Rhodes,” and is designed to offer High School students and their parents the opportunity to experience Rhodes State programs and services.


Information about majors, programs, activities and student support will be provided throughout the event. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about admissions, financial aid and student activities, and campus tours will be available.


The event will be filled with fun, food, and an opportunity to learn more about Rhodes State.



I-75 Traffic Impacted by Project


Traffic on Interstate 75 near the state Route 12 interchange in Findlay will be temporarily affected tonight during the installation of a fiber optic line over the lanes of traffic.


Traffic in both directions will be slowed and perhaps temporarily stopped for short intervals while the installation work takes place. The work is scheduled to begin at approximately midnight tonight and is expected to conclude by 5:30 Friday morning.


The Ohio State Highway Patrol will provide traffic control.



Women's Self Defense Class Offered in Marysville


Women are being encouraged to sign-up for the upcoming women's self-defense classes in Marysville.


Officer Amy Findley will be instructing two classes on Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM or Saturday, March 17, 2018 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM


You must be 14 years or older to participate.


Contact her at 937-645-7300 or look for the link on the Marysville Division of Police Facebook page.



Logan County United Way Campaign Successful


The United Way of Logan County held an awards breakfast Wednesday morning to celebrate a successful campaign.


Donors pledged nearly $952,000 through United Way, shattering the $850,000 goal.


It marks a 14.6 percent increase over last year and the sixth consecutive year of increased giving to United Way.


Pictures from the awards breakfast can be found on the United Way of Logan County Facebook page.



Bluegrass Musician to Perform at University of Findlay


Bluegrass musician and composer Jeff Parker will be kicking off the University of Findlay’s spring Music Bach’s Concert Series along with a few members of his band.


The concert is scheduled for tomorrow February 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium.


The concert is free and open to the public.


The Music Bach’s Concert Series is sponsored and hosted by Student Activities Board.



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