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Regional News Archives for 2018-03

KPD Seeks Public Assistance with Identification


The Kenton Police Department seeks assistance from the public in identifying this suspect. On Tuesday March 20th at 2:25 P.M. a white male entered the Marathon Store located at 303 N. Detroit Street, in Kenton. The suspect approached the counter and brandished a knife, demanding money. The clerk activated the robbery alarm and the suspect fled the business on foot. The male is approximately five foot ten inches tall with a slim build and brown facial hair. The suspect appears to be in his early to mid twenties and was wearing dark sunglasses, a green stocking hat, black shirt, light colored jeans and brown work boots. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Kenton Police Department at 419-673-0771


Fire Kills Marion Man

A Marion man has been pronounced dead in the City of Marion.


According to the Marion Star, Marion City firefighters pulled the man from a home at 328 Pearl Street in Marion after fire broke out Monday around 4:16pm  


The story state that it is unclear if the man suffered from a preexisting health condition, but firefighters found him unconscious near the kitchen after the stove top had caught on fire.

Firefighters initiated CPR on the man and was transported to OhioHealth Marion General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.


Firefighters from the Marion Township Fire Department were called to assist as well.



Ben Logan BOE Creates Social Worker Position

The Benjamin Logan Board of Education voted Monday evening to create a position to help students' well-being.


According to WPKO, the school board created the school social worker position. The position provides an individual who can interact with students on campus. The social worker would focus on the students mental health and well-being and the position will be posted in the near future.


The district also added a school resource officer through a contract with the Logan County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Matt Robinson has been on the campus for two weeks.



Arlington Water Meters To Be Replaced

A Cincinnati company will likely replace water meters in Arlington.


According to WFIN, the village’s Board of Public affairs recommended Neptune Equipment Company to council during their Monday which could cost the village around $183,000 to replace the meters.


Village officials say the new meters offer better water readings. Officials are also asking residents to check for water line leaks in their homes. They’ve received complaints about higher water bills recently and a small leak can lead to a higher bill during the two-month water cycle.



Former Indian Lake Superintendent Sentenced

The former superintendent of Indian Lake schools has been sentenced in Logan County Common Pleas Court.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that 52 year old Pat O'Donnell was sentenced to 4 and half years in prison on one count of gross sexual imposition.


O'Donnell entered an Alford plea last month prior to the case going to trial. As part of the plea agreement, the remaining counts of gross sexual imposition and two charges against his wife were dismissed.


Judge William Goslee classified O'Donnell as a Tier II Sex Offender.



Bellefontaine Robotics Team Qualifies for World Competition


The Bellefontaine Robotics team has qualified for the world competition.


The Bellefontaine Robotics team recently competed in the VEX State Competition held at East High School. Due to their performance at the state meet, the team has won a spot for the world competition that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky. Only one percent of international Vex Robotics teams will be present at the event.


The competition will be April 24-28th.



Fostoria Man Indicted on Sex Related Charges


Fostoria man indicted on Child Pornography Charges by the Seneca County Grand Jury.


Charles O’Neill, 58, of Fostoria has recently been indicted on Child Pornongraphy charges in Seneca County. O’Neill faces two counts of pandering obscenity involving a minor and two counts of pandering sexually oriented matter involving a minor.


Law enforcement had first arrested O’Neill at his home on February 22.



Bluffton U Hosting Jazz & Gospel Concert

Bluffton University’s Gospel Choir and Jazz Ensemble concert has been set for 6 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Yoder Recital Hall.


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


Under the direction of Dr. Crystal Sellers-Battle, the Gospel Choir’s program will remember the life of composer Edwin Hawkins, who passed away in January, by singing his most famous song “Oh Happy Day.” A rhythm section led by Wesley Sellers of Columbus will accompany the group.


The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Andrew Liebermann, will play tunes by Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson and Duke Ellington.



ODNR Hosting Fishing Instructor Course

A Passport certification course is being offered April 5 at the ODNR Division of Wildlife District Two Office in Findlay.


Passport to Fishing is a one-day instructor training program that qualifies individuals to become ODNR Division of Wildlife certified fishing instructors, similar to a hunter education instructor.


This workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 952 Lima Ave., Findlay 45840.


Participants are encouraged to bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather. It is free of charge, but pre registration is required by April 4, as space is limited. Interested individuals can register by calling Andrea Altman at 419-429-8321.


Participants will be required to complete a background check.



Marijuana Grow Operations Dismantled in 3 Counties


Marijuana grow operations in three counties were dismantled following a drug investigation that started back in January.


According to a release, from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the investigation was initiated by the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office and the Major Crimes Unit. It expanded into Marion and Crawford counties when investigators found that multiple marijuana cultivation buildings were being utilized for the illegal production and sale of marijuana.


As a result of search warrants being served at residents in the three counties, numerous marijuana plants, cocaine, cash and a gun have been confiscated and the grow operations have been disassembled.


37 year old William S. Rimmer, of Upper Sandusky has been arrested and is facing felony charges. Charges are pending on other individuals that were involved in the grow operations.



Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Union County


Union County Sheriff's deputies recovered a stolen vehicle on Thursday.


According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a deputy on patrol discovered a 1988 pickup truck parked on White Stone Road near State Route 347.


After further investigation, it was determined the vehicle had been stolen from the City of Columbus.


The truck was impounded.



Rhodes State Holding Early Scheduling Orientation


Rhodes State College will kick off Summer and Fall semester registration with Early Scheduling Orientation beginning Wednesday, April 4th.


Sessions will be held Wednesday, April 4th and Thursday, April 5th at 5:30 p.m. each evening in the Keese Hall Multipurpose Center.


New students will learn more about their programs of interest, meet faculty and staff, and register for classes.


Scholarships totaling $10,000 will be awarded during the 2 evenings. Students who attend either session will be entered into a drawing for five $1,000 scholarships that will be awarded each night.  



Woman Arrested Following Stabbing Death of Lima Man


A Lima man died Wednesday from stab wounds.


According to a release from the Lima Police Department, officers were dispatched to 605 Fairview where they found 65 year old Eddie McClellan, who had been stabbed multiple times, including once in the chest.


McClellan was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. His body was taken to the Lucas County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.


The suspect has been identified as 39-year-old Marchion Williams. She was found by officers at a residence at approximately 5:45 Wednesday morning. She was taken into custody for suspicion of murder.


If anyone has any information about the stabbing incident, they are being asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 419-229-STOP.



Death of Wyandot County Woman Under Investigation


The death of a Wyandot County woman is being investigated.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Seventh Street in Sycamore on a report of a deceased person.


The body of a 41 year old woman was found in the house. Her husband reported the incident.


The investigation was turned over to the Major Crimes Unit.



Two Arrested Following Marion County Drug Investigation


An investigation that was launched this past weekend in Marion led to the arrest of two major drug dealers.


According to a release from the MARMET Drug Task Force, Shiloh Jackson was arrested at a residence in Marion, while Sylvester Jones was able to elude officers following a high speed pursuit through the streets on the west side of Marion and eventually onto State Route 309 towards Big Island. He was arrested the next day in Columbus and is awaiting extradition back to Marion.


Both men are facing charges of trafficking in drugs.


The Drug Task Force was assisted in the investigation by the Marion Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.



Accident Claims Life of Wauseon Man


A 23 year old Wauseon man died following a crash Wednesday morning.


WPKO reported that the crash occurred on US 68 north of Urbana in Champaign County when a vehicle driven by Jacob Hite struck the rear of car being operated by 46 year old Stephanie Castle, who was slowing to make a left turn onto State Route 296.


Hite exited his vehicle to check on Castle, and as he was returning, he was struck by a northbound vehicle being operated by 47 year old Jason Lewis, of West Liberty.


Hite was pronounced dead at the scene.


The crash remains under investigation.



One Injured in Two Vehicle Crash


One person was injured in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of County HIghways 58 and 119 in Wyandot County.


According to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office report, 18 year old Madison Vince, of Upper Sandusky, drove from 58 onto 119, and her car was struck by a southbound vehicle being operated by 72 year old Ivon Brugler, of Morral, Ohio.


Heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Brugler was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital.


Vince was cited for failure to yield.



Indian Lake Student Facing Aggravated Menacing Charge


A student at Indian High School is facing charges following a threat at the school this week.


WPKO Radio reported that Washington Township Police arrested 18 year Jordan Barhorst, of rural Waynesfield, after he allegedly took a photo of two female students that he didn't know, drew a circle around them, and described them as school shooters. He then posted the photo on social media.


Barhorst was taken into custody on a charge of aggravated menacing and disorderly conduct. He was transported to the Logan County Jail.



Apollo Hires New Superintendent


The Apollo Career Center in Lima as a new leader.


WLIO reported that Keith Horner will take over as superintendent. He is expected to be formally hired at the March 26th board meeting.


Horner has served in the Wapakoneta City Schools for over a decade.



Rhodes State College Hosting Med Prep Day


Rhodes State College will host their annual Med Prep Day tomorrow morning beginning at 9:15 in the Keese Hall Multipurpose Center.


Area High School students interested in healthcare careers will be able to learn more about programs available in the Division of Health Sciences.


Sessions will be offered in Emergency Medical Services, Human Patient Simulator, Exercise Science, and more.



Carey Woman Receives Threats from Phony IRS Agent


A resident from Carey reported receiving threatening phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the woman said the caller told her she owed over $8000 and demanded payment, stating that if she doesn't pay, she would be arrested.


When the man called back, the woman informed him she had contacted police to get them involved. At that point, the man told her if she didn't pay, he was going to show up at her house and kill her along with the cops.


The woman was advised to block the calls, and she stated she is not going to take any more calls from numbers she didn't know.


She was told to contact law enforcement if she has any more problems.



Traffic on 33 Slowed by Car Fire


Traffic on Route 33 in Union County was slowed by a car fire Tuesday.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that 26 year old Alicia Armentrout, of Lima, was driving east on 33 near the Marysville Auto Plant, when her vehicle caught on fire.


A nearby trooper from the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol alerted Armentrout her car was on fire, and it eventually became fully engulfed.


The fire started in  the engine compartment, and the car was destroyed. There were no injuries.


33 eastbound in that area was closed for over 90 minutes.



Bluffton University President-Elect to be Introduced


Dr. Jane Wood, president-elect of Bluffton University, will speak to students, faculty, staff and community members during a public introduction at 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19 in Yoder Recital Hall.


The event will include a welcome from Kent Yoder, chair of the Bluffton University Board of Trustees, and comments from Cheryl Hacker, vice chair of the Board of Trustees and chair of the presidential search committee.


A reception in the lobby of Yoder will follow the formal comments.


Dr. Wood was named president-elect in February. Starting on July 1, 2018, she will serve as the tenth president of Bluffton in its 119-year history.



FPD to Target Impaired St. Patrick's Day Drivers


St. Patrick's Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number  of drunk drivers on the road.


This year, the Findlay Police Department will be increasing patrol efforts to detect and apprehend intoxicated drivers. According to the department's Facebook page, officers will be focusing their efforts on liquor violations in the downtown area.


People are being reminded about the slogan, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and they are being asked to do their part this St. Patrick's Day and have a reliable designated driver to get you home safely.



UF Hosting Browns Edge Spring Breakout Program


The University of Findlay will host a Browns Edge Spring Breakout, which will feature Cleveland Browns executives addressing topics such as wellness in the workplace and data analytics.


The event will be held Wednesday, March 28 from 12:30 to 3:45 p.m. in Ritz Auditorium. Current and prospective UF students are invited.


Made possible through UF’s exclusive partnership with the Browns organization, the summit will illustrate that there is much more to the NFL than just players and games.


For more information and to register, visit the Browns Edge Program's webpage.



Arrest Made in Marion Murder Case


An arrest has been made in a murder case in Marion.


According to a release from the Marion Police Department, 35 year old Mitchell Rankin was arrested over the weekend and transported to the Multi-County Correctional Facility.


He is facing charges in connection to the death of 50 year old Catherine Cochran, whose body was found back on Friday in a home shared by Rankin at 643 Universal Avenue.


This case is still actively being investigated and the Marion Police Department encourages anyone with information in the case to please contact detectives at 740-387-2525.



Marion County Sheriff Keeps Flags at Half Staff


The Marion County Sheriff has joined with Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart in keeping flags at half staff in awareness of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.


Sheriff Tim Bailey made the announcement on the sheriff's office Facebook page.


The flags were lowered to show respect for the two fallen Westerville Police Officers, but will remain lowered, at least at the sheriff's offices in Marion and Hardin Counties, until the country can go a full 30 days without an officer being killed at the hands of another.


20 officers have been murdered around the country so far this year. The last was on March 6 when a police officer in Missouri was killed.


The 30 days started March 7.



Highway Right of Way Encroachments Occurring Frequently

LIMA, Ohio (Monday, March 5, 2018) - Putting up a mailbox, installing a driveway or cleaning out a ditch are all normal activities property owners routinely undertake. But if done improperly and without the permission of the Ohio Department of Transportation, serious legal ramifications could result.
“We are urging property owners to contact us before they do any type of work along a state highway. It’s much better to work with us ahead of a project rather than create a problem that requires reversal,” said Kirk Slusher, Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 deputy director.
The following are the most common kinds of activities that can sometimes conflict with state requirements. Please contact your local ODOT District 1 garage at the numbers provided regarding any work within highway right of way. District 1 includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert and Wyandot.
.Driveways – A permit must be obtained from ODOT prior to a driveway being installed along a state highway. Proper spacing from existing driveways and intersections, width requirements and the size of drainage pipe needed beneath the drive must be determined prior to installation. Contact your local ODOT garage for guidance and to initiate the permit process.
.Mailboxes – Mailboxes can be a roadside hazard if guidelines for mailbox placement and type are not adhered to. Visit the United States Postal Service for guidance at: https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm.
.Ditch cleaning – Before performing any work in or along a ditch, check with the local ODOT garage to ensure the waterway is not located within highway right of way. Strict environmental regulations must be followed when working within a state-controlled waterway. A permit is required prior to this type of work taking place.
.Snow removal – Snow removed from a private driveway and placed onto a highway is in violation of Ohio Revised Code. Placing anything on the highway could be dangerous to motorists in that they may hit these obstructions and lose control of their vehicle. The offense is considered a first degree misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
.Farming – Property owners should know where highway right of way begins in relation to a farm field. It’s easy to unknowingly creep over the line when working fields, which can lead to maintenance issues for highway personnel. Consult the local ODOT garage to establish boundaries.
.Drainage – ODOT personnel can provide guidance on the proper placement and size of pipe along farm fields, along lawns and under driveways. A permit is required before this type of work can take place.
.Signage – It is illegal to place anything within highway right of way without permission of ODOT. Signs placed within highway right of way that obstruct the view of motorists will be removed. As a general rule, anything placed behind utility poles is outside of highway right of way; however, permission from private property owners should be received prior to placing any sign. 
“We are a resource for property owners at any time. If work is being performed along a state highway or there’s any question as to what is permissible, contact ODOT before to be sure the project is not in violation of state requirements,” said Slusher.
For information regarding permits contact Duane Hackworth, ODOT District 1, at 419-999-6843; duane.hackworth@dot.ohio.gov.
Or visit the District 1 permits website at: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D01/PlanningPrograms/permits/Pages/default.aspx


(UPDATE) Driver Seriously Injured in Marion County Crash


A serious crash Sunday night is being investigated by the Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

According to a release, the crash occurred on US 23 when a passenger van, being operated by 27 year old Dan J. Lydick Jr., of Sterling Heights, Ohio,  struck the rear of a minivan being driven by 54 year old Becky L. Porter, of Shelby, Ohio.
Lydick suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to OSU Medical Center in Columbus by MedFlight helicopter.
Porter and 13 other occupants in the passenger van were all transported to Marion General Hospital.
The Marion Highway Patrol Post is currently wanting to speak to any passers-by who may have witnessed this crash. Call: (740) 383-2181 to provide information.
This crash is currently under investigation.



Findlay Firefighters Battle a Blaze in the City


A fire was reported this morning in the City of Findlay.


According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, the fire occurred in the 300 block of East Sandusky Avenue.


Findlay firefighters were dispatched to the scene around 6 this morning.


The police department is assisting at the scene.


East Sandusky Avenue, between South Blanchard and East Streets were closed in the area while the fire was being extinguished.



Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation Busted in Marysville


Detectives from the Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Task Force, deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Marysville Police Department Special Response Teams served a search warrant at a residence in 10000 block of Industrial Parkway, Marysville back on Friday.


According to a release, investigators located an indoor marijuana grow operation. Criminal charges for Illegal Manufacturing of Drugs/Illegal Cultivation of Marijuana, Trafficking in Drugs and possession of Drugs are pending against a 34-year-old male residing at the residence.  


Once laboratory results are received the case will be presented to a Union County Grand Jury.  



Data Breach Reported at Multiple Applebee's Restaurants


RMH Franchise Holdings recently learned about a data breach incident affecting certain payment cards used at RHM owned Applebee's restaurants.


Guests should pay attention to their accounts if they used payment cards at Applebee's in Findlay, Marysville, Marion, and 2 locations in Lima, as well as locations around Ohio, between December 6, 2017 to January 2, 2018.


According to a release from the company, after discovering the incident on February 13, 2018, RMH promptly took steps to ensure that it had been contained.


In addition to engaging third-party cyber security experts to assist with the investigation, RMH also notified law enforcement about the incident and will continue to cooperate in their investigation.


Moving forward, RMH is continuing to closely monitor its systems and review its security measures to help prevent something like this from happening again.


The company announced that the incident has been contained and guests may use their cards with confidence at the RMH Applebee’s locations that were affected by this incident.



Michigan Man Facing Drug Charge Following Traffic Stop


A Detroit, Michigan man was arrested on a drug charge following a traffic stop in Wyandot County on Thursday.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a car was stopped on US 23 for a speeding violation.


The deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana which led to a search of the vehicle.


A black bag containing numerous syringes, a glass pipe and a plastic bag with what appeared to be crystal methamphetamine, was found in the vehicle.


The driver, identified as Tyrone L. Jackson Jr., allegedly admitted the bag was his and said he had a crystal meth problem.


Jackson was arrested and transported to the Wyandot County Jail and is awaiting an initial appearance in Upper Sandusky Municipal Court.


During the booking process, it was discovered that Jackson had a warrant for his arrest out of Michigan for a parole violation.



Wyandot County Sheriff Releases February Activity Report


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

The office took 163 complaints. 10 felony, 24 misdemeanor and 102 traffic arrests were made.

There were no fatal crashes during the month. A total of 5 people were injured in three crashes during the month.

There were 19 new concealed carry permits issued, 28 were renewed and none were revoked.


Two Neighborhood Meetings in Lima


Two neighborhood meetings are scheduled in Lima.

The first is the Northside Neighborhood Association meeting starting at 7pm on Monday March 19 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church. The other is the Central Lima Neighborhood Association, which will meet at 6:30pm on Wednesday March 21 at Heritage Elementary School.

The meetings are a way for Lima citizens to get to know their neighbors and voice concerns about problems in the neighborhood.


Man Arrested Following Task Force Investigation


A Columbus man was arrested following a traffic stop in Logan County this week.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that the Logan County Joint Drug Task Force stopped a car on U.S. 38 in West Liberty, and the driver, identified as 41 year old Kandale Harrison, was taken into custody on charges of possession of cocaine, having weapons under disability and receiving stolen property.


Harrison had been under investigation Task Force for trafficking in cocaine.



Two Arrested Following Auglaize County Traffic Stop


Two people were arrested following a recent traffic stop in Auglaize County.


According to a release from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office, a traffic violation led deputies to stop the car and during a subsequent search, suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found and confiscated.


Two people, 35 year old Cory D. Gross and 23 year old Alyssa R. Ridder, were both arrested on charges of possession of drugs.


Additional charges are possible as the incident remains under investigation.



Police Chief Addresses Indian Lake Students


Indian Lake High School students heard from the Washington Township Police Chief about verbal and social media threats that are aimed at schools.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Chief Rick Core addressed the students in the wake of the school shooting in Florida in February.


The chief said all threats are taken seriously, adding that they don't have the luxury of thinking they are just a sick joke.


He said if students hear of a threat, their first course of action to be to report it to a parent, school administrator and/or to law enforcement.


Chief Core said statistics show that in 88 percent of all violent school attacks, at least three other students were aware it was going to happen.



Incredible Kid Day Scheduled at U of F


The University of Findlay again will be participating in Camp Fire’s Absolutely Incredible Kid Day on Wednesday, March 14.


Tables will be set up from 11am to 3pm in the Alumni Memorial Union’s Fireside Lounge.


The public is welcome to join students, faculty and staff in writing letters of encouragement and inspiration to children.


The University of Findlay has been hosting Absolutely Incredible Kid Day letter-writing sessions for more than 15 years.


For more information, call 419-434-4606.



Marion Man Killed in Crash This Past Sunday Morning


A Marion man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred  this past Sunday morning.


According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol, 73 year old Edwin A. Keirns was driving east on State Route 309 when his car struck a vehicle being driven by 45 year old Tara M. Baker, of Upper Sandusky, who drove from a stop sign on Marion Williamsport Road.


Kierns died at the scene. A passenger in his car, Susan Kierns, and Baker were both transported to Marion General Hospital with serious injuries.


The crash remains under investigation.



Suspect Arrested Following Stabbing in Findlay


A woman was arrested following a weekend stabbing in Findlay.


According to the media release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to 448 Center Street to investigate a report that a man had been stabbed.


The victim, identified as 30 year old Mario Altman, was found conscious and alert and was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.


23 year old Jasmine Kirkland was located a short distance from the scene and was taken to the hospital for treatment of stress related issues.


She was then arrested on a charge of felonious assault and taken to the Hancock County Jail.



Theft From Vehicle Reported in Wyandot County


A theft from a vehicle was reported to the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office on Monday.


According to the report, a man from Sycamore told deputies someone entered his unlocked vehicle and removed his wallet and other items.


The victim said before he could cancel a credit card, it had already been used six times and only one of the purchases was declined.


The incident is under investigation.



BPD Holds Youth Academy Class


The Bellefontaine Police Department kicked off its 5th Youth Academy Class this past weekend.


High School juniors and seniors signed up and spent one, full day of learning more about policing.


20 of them arrived at 7:30 Saturday morning and finished their day by 5:30.


They received an overview of the police department, toured the facility, learned about the history of policing, K9 presentation, investigations/crime scene presentation, 911 dispatching, and more.


With nearly 50 attendees, this year's academy class was separated into two separate classes. The next class will meet this Saturday March 10.



Marion Campus Hosting Job Fair


The annual Marion Campus Job & Internship Fair is set for this Thursday.


The event runs from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Alber Student Center on the OSU Marion campus. Check-in and set-up begins at 9:30 a.m.


This well-attended event is open to Marion Campus students, graduates, and members of the public.


The annual event is sponsored by Marion Technical College, The Ohio State University at Marion and OhioMeansJobs - Marion County.



Speaker Scheduled at Bluffton University


Bluffton University alumnus Aaron Williams, founder of Unbound Holdings and CEO of EkoMovers, will present the Forum, “The True Price of Entrepreneurship," at 11 a.m. on March 20 in Yoder Recital Hall.


The Cincinnati business owner, real estate investor and Bluffton alumnus will discuss the many ways business ownership impacts communities and the world by creating jobs and opportunities.


Williams, a native of Lima, Ohio, studied business administration at Bluffton.



Roll-Over Weekend Crash Reported in Wyandot County


A McCutchenville teenager escaped injury in a one vehicle crash over the weekend in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 17 year old Grace Morehart lost control of her car while driving east on County Highway 2.


The vehicle ended up off the left side of the road where it overturned.


Morehart was cited for failure to control.



High Speed Chase Results in Drug Bust


A drug bust and high speed chase occured on 1-75 in Findlay on Friday.


According to WFIN, a Toyota Corolla was driving on I-75 when the driver merged into a Semi and hit a median barrier. The State Patrol reported that the crash occurred near the County Road 99 overpass around 5:45 pm. The two victims of the accident, Sharonda Green, and Quentin Randolph, were taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment.


While the two were in the hospital, law enforcement officials were able to find narcotics within the wrecked vehicle. Green was then transported back to the scene of the incident by sister, Shamauria Harris. Officers then proceeded to attempt to interview Green and Harris on the narcotics found within the wrecked vehicle. Green and Harris fled from police down I-75, leading officers on a chase for 30 miles. The speeding vehicle hit stop sticks which stopped her vehicle.


Green and Harris are both facing multiple charges.



Indian Lake Boat Show Runs Through Sunday March 4


The big 3 day Indian Lake Boat Show runs today through Sunday.


It is the annual spring event for the entire Indian Lake area.


Boaters, campers, visitors, tourists, and residents look forward to this annual event which marks the beginning of spring activities in the area.


The 2018 Indian Lake Boat show will feature excellent deals, good food, and meetings with old and new friends. Annually boaters come to the Indian Lake Boat show and enjoy the fun and excitement of seeing the new and used boats on display.


Snacks and prizes are available throughout the weekend and the boating fans love seeing the many new boats available from boat dealers at Indian Lake.


Boaters will be able to explore the best brands in the industry at each of the area's marine dealerships: Indian Lake Marine, Bud's Marine and Spend-A-Day Marina.


The hours are from 10am until 8pm today and Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sunday.



Group Seeks to Have Mural on Findlay Municipal Building Removed


A Wisconsin group is seeking to have a mural that features a bible verse on the Findlay Municipal Building removed.


WFIN Radio reported that Freedom From Religion sent a letter to the city asking that the mural be removed stating that it goes against the First Amendment.


Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik appeared on the Fox and Friends television show to say that the mural is staying put until the city is legally directed to remove it.



Truck Driver Seriously Injured in Crash


A Marysville truck driver was injured in a crash Thursday morning.


WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that 42 year old Joseph Evans failed to stop for stop sign after he exited the westbound lane of Route 33 onto State Route 347.


The semi hit a sign and went across 347 where it struck the embankment.


Evans was transported to Memorial Hospital in Marysville for treatment of serious injuries.


So far no charges have been filed as the crash remains under investigation.



UF Designated Tree Campus USA

For the second consecutive year, the University of Findlay has received the designation of Tree Campus USA from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The University’s initial designation was precipitated by a robust urban forest management program overseen by Ben Dolan, Ph.D., associate professor of biology. UF has continued its stewardship by planting eight trees last spring, and replaces ash trees as they die. Additionally, treatments will continue on four ash trees, which will concurrently serve educational purposes.
“Our biggest success was the addition of 80 new trees for landscaping around the new Center for Student Life and College of Business,” said Dolan. “Money for the trees primarily came from donations through a fundraising effort by University Advancement. Stratton Greenhouses selected trees that diversified species in our urban forest, which helps reduce the impact of species-specific diseases and pests,” he said.
A total of 92 trees were planted on campus in 2017, which was likely an unprecedented number for UF. Dolan said about four trees are planted during any given year. Along with those mentioned above, the plantings included an Arbor Day tree planted during a spring ceremony, a cherry tree donated by Friends of Findlay, and a memorial tree in the sensory garden.
Also last year, the UF Campus Tree Advisory Board hosted a service learning project in October in which Wilderness Club students helped remove excess mulch from trees on the front lawn.
“Mulch needs to be removed on an annual basis, before fresh mulch is applied,” said Dolan. “This was our effort to help the grounds crew get it done more quickly. We called the event Mulch Rehab. It also serves as an opportunity for students to learn about tree biology and the danger of burying tree stems.
The University will again be hosting an Arbor Day event this spring; details are still being finalized.


Driver Cited for FTC Following Wyandot County Crash


A Sycamore man escaped injury in a crash that occurred Wednesday afternoon.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 44 year old Jeffery R. Bland lost control of his car after swerving to avoid an animal while driving south on State Highway 231.


The vehicle went off the road and struck a telephone junction box and a utility pole resulting in heavy damage.


Bland was cited for failure to control.



Five Arrested in Union County on Outstanding Warrants


Several people throughout Union County were taken into custody on outstanding warrants Wednesday.


According to the daily media release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, five people were arrested during the day.


Most were transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail. Others were released after posting bail.


One man was released to a deputy from Logan County where the warrant was from.



Motivational Speaker Addresses Bellefontaine Students


The Bellefontaine Middle School played host to a motivational speaker this week.


According to the Bellefontaine Police Department Facebook page, Roy Hall, a former wide receiver for an Ohio State Buckeye National Championship team, shared with the students the importance of staying on track and completing tasks while going the extra mile to help someone.


The one time wideout with the Indianapolis Colts, also gave tips on how to survive difficult times and how to avoid pitfalls of social media.



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