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Car Strikes Sign After Driver is Forced Off Road


A injury accident that occurred late Friday morning on East Columbus Street remains under investigation.


According to information on the day log of the Kenton Police Department, the crash occurred just before 6 Friday evening in the 900 block of Columbus Street. Witnesses say a car pulled from a private drive and forced another car off the road where it struck the sign of Advance Auto.


A driver, identified as Phyliss Blum, of Kenton, was cited for failure to yield.


The name of the driver of the car that struck the sign is not available at this time, and the crash remains under investigation.


3 Arrested in Connection to Counterfeit Money Investigation


Three people who are suspected of passing counterfeit money in the area recently have been arrested.
According to a release, over the past 2 weeks, The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and The Kenton Police Department have received several reports of counterfeit $20 bills circulating.  An investigation led to a traffic stop near the intersection of County Road 175 and Bales Road of a car occupied by two males and one female.  The occupants were identified as Taleah Dematteo age 24 of Rushsylvania, Austin Hart age 23 of Lancaster, and Kevin Minix age 29 of Ridgeway.  A search of the vehicle found a printer which was used in the manufacturing of the counterfeit $20 bills.  A subsequent search of a residence at 4 Mill St in Milford Center Ohio discovered several dozen Amish brown eggs, and a package of candy.  Further investigations revealed the group had been manufacturing the counterfeit $20 bills and targeting local Amish businesses to purchase small items with the bills and receiving real money as change.
Charges are pending on all three involved parties at this time.  Anyone who has had a similar encounter with the subjects or received a counterfeit $20 bill please contact The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Det Michael Conley. 
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the traffic stop by The Union County Sheriff's Office, The Kenton Police Department, and Osborn's Towing.


Ridgemont Considering Drug Testing For Athletes and Drivers


The Ridgemont school district is considering a plan for random, mandatory, drug Testing for student athletes and drivers.


At the April Board of Education meeting held this past Thursday evening, Kyle Prueter of Great Lakes Biomedical said his company has been doing this work with schools for over 20 years. the school district completed focus groups with student athletes and parents.  Most students in the focus groups were supportive of the ideas and parents in the focus groups were overwhelmingly supportive of random drug testing.  In a survey to parents and community members, 85.8% of respondents were in favor of implementing a policy of random and mandatory drug testing for student athletes and drivers.


The Board of Education will continue to explore this program as possible policy for the 2017-2018 school year since it gives students a reason to say NO to drug use.


KHS Students Wear Orange, Support Peer

The Halls of Kenton High School looked slightly more orange today.
Students were proudly wearing the color orange to support fellow student battling cancer. The Kenton FFA Chapter also held a "hat day" where the school's students could pay a dollar to bypass the school's no-hat policy.
The proceeds of the event will be donated to the family of the student. 


Predictions Say Blanchard Flooding Unlikley

Chances are Blanchard River won't flood according to predictions.
WFIN radio in Findlay reporting that forecasters originally projected that the Blanchard River had a chance to cause some minor flooding. 
Despite possible showers this weekend, the National Weather Service predicts the river peaking at 4.9 feet. The action stage of the Blanchard is at 8 feet.


Bellefontaine HS Student Arrested Following Online Threats

A student at Bellefontaine High School was arrested after making threats online.
WPKO radio in Bellefontaine reported that 16 year old Alex Stewart was charged with one count of inducing panic and was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital, and is being detained at the Logan County JDC.
Authorities don't believe that there is any remaining threat. They were notified Thursday evening near 7:50.
Officers responded to the student's home and when interrogated by authorities, Stewart said the video was "just for jokes."
Several air-soft and BB-guns were confiscated as well as a belt of linked 5.56-caliber ammunition blanks that he was seen with in the video.
The school was in session today.


HCCBA Legislative Breakfast Held

The Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance held a Legislative Breakfast at the Plaza Inn in Mt. Victory Friday.
President and CEO of the Chamber Jon Cross started off the agenda by asking local elected officials to update everyone on their areas.
Hardin County commissioner Roger Crowe commented that roads are being worked on for the wind farm project near Dola.
Joel Althauser, City Council President, commented the project currently being looked at is the downtown revitalization and how to get the old sewer and water lines updated. 
Mt. Victory Mayor Matt Trout commented that a possible retail store would be locating to the village.
Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart thanked his supportive staff and deputies in the fight on drugs and crime in the county and was appreciative of the support of the community as well.
Jon Cross then introduced the first of several speakers which was State Auditor Dave Yost who spoke about the responsibilities of the auditor and how the state is working hard to stay on budget and keep unnecessary costs down.
State Senator Cliff Hite spoke about the CAUV bill and it's importance to Hardin County. Hite also touched on Senate Bill 252 he sponsored. The bill is now known as Lindsay's Law and recently went into effect. Hite, who is a former high school football coach, stressed the importance of how it will help coaches recognize the signs of potential cardiac trouble.
State Representative Robert Sprague was the final speaker who discussed how the state income tax levels received are below that which was estimated and is being investigated. Sprague also discussed how the demographics of workers in the state are changing and the training that is needed for those jobs which will become available after those from the baby boomer generation retire.
Sprague wrapped up his segment discussing how they are looking to fund opening more detox centers to help battle the opioid issue.


Marion Man Killed In Accident

A Marion man was killed in a crash early Friday morning. 
According to the Marion Star, Andrew Ault, 22, of Marion, was northbound on Pole Lane Road, east of Marion, at 12:59 a.m. when his 2013 Hyundai Alantra went off the left side of the road and struck a tree just south of the intersection of Marseilles-Marion Road.
Ault was ejected from the vehicle, which subsequently caught fire and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.


E.D. of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima Fired

The executive director of Crossroads Crisis Center in Lima was fired this week. According to the Lima News there is an ongoing criminal investigation involving the center, a board member said.
The Lima News reported that Director Emily Wrencher was terminated effective Tuesday. She had been on paid administrative leave since April 7 following allegations of potential policy violations.


Kenton Man Arrested on Merchandise Theft

Loss prevention officers from Big Lots of Columbus, Ohio report that a Kenton man has been stealing items that belong to the business while they are in transport.   
In the report from the Kenton Police Department, the lost prevention officers explained that the suspect drives for a trucking company that delivers Big Lots merchandise to their stores. The suspect would park the semi trailer in a lot on S. Leighton St. then drive the tractor to his home and park it.   
The suspect would then drive his personal vehicle back to the semi trailer, open the trailer without breaking the seal, and would then load boxes of merchandise from the trailer into his personal vehicle and take them home.   
The report stated that when officers arrived in the lot on S. Leighton St. the suspect was in the act of loading boxes from the trailer into his pickup truck. The suspect was taken into custody and after an interview, he willingly signed a permission to search form, allowing officers to search his home for additional Big Lots merchandise. Officers took four pickup truck loads of additional merchandise from the suspect's home and garage.   
The total estimated value of all the merchandise was $6000
The suspect was then held at the Multi County Jail. 
No suspect was listed on the report


Charges Pending In Counterfeit Money Case

Over the past 2 weeks, The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and The Kenton Police Department have received several reports of counterfeit $20 bills circulating.  
According to a Press Release From the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, this past weekend The Sheriff’s Office received a report of a red Mitsubishi occupied by two males and one female attempting to purchase Amish goods with counterfeit $20 bills.  
On April, 25th The Union County Sheriff’s Office assisted The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office in surveilling the red Mitsubishi and the vehicle was stopped near the intersection of CR 175 and Bales Rd. 
The vehicle was occupied by Taleah Dematteo age 24 of Rushslyvania, Austin Hart age 23 of Lancaster, and Kevin Minix age 29 of Ridgeway.  A search of the vehicle found a printer which was used in the manufacturing of the counterfeit $20 bills. A subsequent search of a residence in Milford Center Ohio discovered several dozen Amish brown eggs, and a package of candy.  Further investigations revealed the group had been manufacturing the counterfeit $20 bills and targeting local Amish businesses to purchase small items with the bills and receiving real money as change.
Charges are pending on all three involved parties at this time.  Anyone who has had a similar encounter with the vehicle, subjects, or received a counterfeit $20 bill please contact The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and ask for Det Michael Conley.
The Hardin County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the traffic stop by The Union County Sheriff's Office, The Kenton Police Department, and Osborn's Towing.


Two Running For Upper Sandusky Municipal Court Judge

Two attorneys are vying for the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court judge position.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that James R. Gucker will face James M. Ruhlen in Tuesday's Primary Election.
Gucker has been an acting judge at the Upper Sandusky Court since 1998, and Ruhlen is an administrative hearing officer for Wyandot County Child Support Enforcement Agency and a partner in the Upper Sandusky law firm Fox Ruhlen Company.
Current Judge Thomas E. Osborn is retiring at the end of the year.


Two Toledo Ministers Face Federal Charges

Two Toledo ministers were indicted on federal charges including sex trafficking of minors and production of child pornography. 
According to a release from the FBI, Cordell Jenkins, 46, and Anthony Haynes, 37, are named in the seven-count indictment.
Haynes is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of production of child pornography and one count of obstruction of a sex trafficking investigation. Jenkins is charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, one count of production of child pornography, and one count of receipt of child pornography.
The investigation is ongoing.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman announced more than 270 sites where Ohioans can safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.
“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to provide safe, convenient and responsible means for disposal of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications.
The locations in our area are:
.Auglaize County, in Wapakoneta at the Wapakoneta Police Department
.Logan County in Bellefontaine at Mary Rutan Hospital (Outside Main Entrance)
.Marion County, two locations, in Marion at the Marion County Sheriff's Office also  at the Marion County Building 
.Union County, three locations, in Bridgeport at Riesbeck's Food Store, in Marysville at the Union County Sheriff's Office and in Richwood at the Richwood Police Department
.Wyandot County, three locations, in Carey at the Carey Police Department, in Upper Sandusky at the Upper Sandusky Police Dept and at the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office.


AEP Phone Scam

Scammers are hitting AEP Ohio customers this week.
According to a release from the utility, scammers are demanding immediate payment. AEP, which has received numerous reports throughout its service territory, says beware of these suspicious demands. A spokeswoman says they never demand immediate payment or ask customers to pay with a prepaid credit card. The company also says they will never ask a customer to meet a representative at another location to make a payment.
If AEP customers receive suspicious phone calls or feel threatened, they should should call law enforcement immediately, and then inform AEP Ohio at 1-800-672-2231.


May Movement Walk and Activity Series

A May movement walk and activity series is scheduled to start May 2.
It is sponsored by Ohio Health Hardin Wellness Center and the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance. 
The Director of Chamber and Tourism, Jesse Purcell, explains the series in an interview on At Issue.
For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue, Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.


One Sentenced in Hardin County Common Pleas Court

One person was sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.
According to the document from Prosecutor Brad Bailey’s Office,  Roger Hurley was sentenced to 17 months in prison on one count of domestic violence. The offense occurred while he was on post release control from an earlier sentence.
As a result, Hurley was ordered to serve an additional four and a half years in prison.
The case was heard by Judge Scott Barrett.


Kenton Man Facing Domestic Violence Charge


A Kenton man is facing domestic violence charges following a disturbance Wednesday.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Main Street to investigate the complaint.


The female victim suffered apparent minor injuries.


Her common law spouse is facing a first degree misdemeanor charge of domestic violence.



Theft of Fishing Equipment Reported Wednesday


Kenton police officers received a report of theft on Wednesday.


According to that report, a resident in the 700 block of Park Avenue told officers someone stole fishing poles and other fishing equipment out of his pickup truck.


The total value of the missing items was listed at around $300.



Hardin County Community Foundation Holds Annual Membership Meeting


The Hardin County Community Foundation held its annual membership meeting as well as quarterly board meeting Henry’s Restaurant this week.


The Foundation approved 119 grant requests, 5 scholarships and 2 bequests totaling $136,602.00 to be awarded at the annual grant celebration at the Kenton Armory on May 18th.



The following board members were re-elected: Russ Berger, Lee Ann Loveridge, Donald Ritchey, David Schwemer and Charles Van Dyne.




The following officers were re-elected: William Hart as President, Matthew Jennings as Vice President, Russ Berger as Treasurer and Gina Messner as Secretary.




It was reported that the foundation had assets of just over 6.2  million dollars as of March 31st.



Upper Sandusky Beats Mohawk in Baseball Action


Upper Sandusky beat Mohawk in Boys Varsity baseball action Wednesday by a final of 8 to 7.


Coach Scott Emerick said, "It seemed like both teams were just trying to give the game away, we were just lucky to end up with a W."


That raises the Rams overall record to 10-9 and 8-3 in the league.


Upper Sandusky is at Shelby tomorrow starting at 5:00.



Mid-Ohio Holds Annual Membership Meeting


KENTON — About 350 members and guests attended the annual membership meeting of Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative on April 11 at the co-op’s new Kenton facility warehouse on West Lima Street.


According to the Daily Chief-Union, reports on the state of the cooperative were announced, as well as the results of pre-meeting voting for trustees.


Members re-elected Gene McCluer of District 7 (Harrod), John Thiel of District 8 (Marion), and Robert Imbody of District 9 (LaRue) to the board of trustees.


President & CEO John Metcalf opened his report by sharing some of the cooperative’s history, which is outlined in an 18-foot-long wall graphic near the new facility’s lobby.



Kenton Man Honored For Promotion of Nuerofibromotosis Awareness


A Kenton man was honored recently for his work to promote awareness about neurofibromotosis.


Larry Gossard recently received the Children’s Tumor Foundation’s Ardent Advocate Award for 2017, and he said he was totally surprised by the award, “I had no idea. That’s the last thing in my wildest dreams I thought would ever happen.”


He said he recently received the award made of crystal, “It has a Children’s Tumor Foundation logo, and it has Larry Gossard Ardent Advocate 2017. It’s a very, very nice crystal award.”


Gossard added that being recognized has bigger benefits, “I look at it also that being recognized brings more awareness about NF to other people. It allow us to have that platform to bring more awareness and to let people know.”


Lima Police Seek Hit/Skip Driver

Lima police are attempting to locate a driver who was involved in a hit/skip accident Tuesday afternoon.


WLIO reported that the incident happened in the 1900 block of Elida Road when a bicycle was struck by a car, and the driver failed to stop. The bicyclist escaped with minor injuries. Officers got a lead on the driver's identity from witnesses at a shopping center and the accident remains under investigation.


Wapakoneta Man Indicted Sex Related Charges

WPKO reported that 60 year old Gregory Hengstler was indicted on one count each of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material, gross sexual imposition and pandering obscenity involving a minor.


The case dates back to July of last year when the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office began investigating allegations of a sex offense made against Hengstler.


He is currently free on a $500,000 bond.



Area Unemployment Numbers Released

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the county by county unemployment rates for March.

Area unemployment rates edged lower for the month according to a release. Hardin County's rate for March was 4.8 percent down from 5.7 in February.

In the surrounding counties for March, Hancock County was at 3.5 percent, Allen 5.1 percent, Auglaize 3.7 percent, Logan 4.2 percent, Union 3.6 percent, Marion 5.1 percent and Wyandot County was at 3.7 percent for March.


University of Findlay Receives Donation

The University of Findlay received a generous donation this week.


WFIN reported that Marathon donated the sum of $500,000 to support the university's capital improvement projects. Marathon CEO Gary Heminger said his company has had a partnership with the university for several years, and hopes to see continued growth in the university and the city of Findlay.


Kenton High School Students Hear Maria's Message


Dom Tiberi of WBNS 10TV was at Kenton High School on Tuesday. The news anchor's daughter, Maria, was killed in an automobile crash in the fall of 2013. The cause of the crash was "an unknown distraction" says Dom and wife Terri. Tiberi says that there are three main types of distracated driving. Taking your hands off the wheel, taking your eyes off the road, and taking your mind off of driving.


"11% of all drivers under the age of 20 are involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted." Says Tiberi. "Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an averarge of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent, at 55mph, of driving the length of an entire football field, blind."


Tiberi asked the students to have a good time a prom, but to do it in a safe manner. He also advised the students to be leaders in their school, and communities, and to ask their peers and parents to help them end distracted driving, and keep more people safe. 


Hardin County Sherriff Keith Everhart also spoke to students.


Kenton High School Principal Chad Thrush says that he was very proud of the students and how they received Maria's Message. He credits Tiberi for having a way of personally connecting with students. 


Principal Thrush echoes Tiberi in saying that "not only feel responsibility for yourself, but for your peers in making good decisions."


Counterfeit Money Passed in Area


A complaint about counterfeit money being passed was received Monday.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, the money was passed at an Amish house that sells bulk foods.


The caller stated it started about a week ago, and has happened three times since. A description of the suspects was given, and the incident is under investigation.



ODNR Announces More Wild Turkeys Taken This Year Over Last


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife reported that 3123 wild turkeys were taken on the first day of Spring wild turkey season on Monday.


In our area, Hardin County hunters took 14, up slightly from last year. Logan county hunters took 27, which was more than double last year’s take. In Hancock County, 6 wild turkeys were taken, compared to 5 last year, and Wyandot County hunters took 18, which was way up from last year’s take of 8 wild turkeys.



Retiring Kenton Police Officer Honored Before City Council Meeting


The Kenton City Council met in regular fashion Monday evening at the City Building.


The meeting began with a presentation by Dennis Musser, Chief of Police, to Officer Marc Coffman. Coffman is retiring on April 26th after 25 years with the Kenton Police Department. He has served nearly 30 years total in law enforcement. Musser presented Coffman with a plaque to display his service weapon, which had been engraved with his name and unit number. The members of the council all thanked Coffman for his years of dedicated service to the department, and Council President Joel Althauser noted that many citizens mention Coffman by name when talking about positive experiences with the police department.


Following the police presentation, Larry Gossard spoke to council regarding a requested endorsement for the 8th Cruise in for a Cure. The event raises funds for neurofibromatosis research through the Children's Tumor Foundation. Council voted unanimously to endorse the event; legislation will be presented at the next council meeting on May 8. Gossard has dedicated himself to raising awareness for the disease that has afflicted his son. He has worked with state politicians to have a bill introduced to designate May as Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month. The bill passed unanimously through the Ohio House in 2016, but failed to come to vote in the Senate prior to the conclusion of the session. It was reintroduced in February 2017 as House Bill 45 and is currently awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives. For his efforts, Gossard was honored by the Children's Tumor Foundation as the recipient of the 2017 Advocacy - Opal Advocate Award. Gossard also told council that on May 17th, World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day, both the Hardin County Courthouse and the City Building will be lit with blue and green lights.


During new business, council members voted to waive the right to a hearing on the liquor license requested by Twirl. President Althauser told council that several members had spoken to Laura Wingfield, owner of Twirl, and clarified that the intention of the license is to serve champagne to wedding parties.


In committee reports, the council heard from:


Finance: the Finance Committee will meet on Monday, May 1 at 5:30pm in council chambers.


Downtown Revitalization: the downtown spring cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 9:00am. Citizens or groups who are interested in participating can meet in the City Building parking lot that morning.


MOP: the MOP Committee met on April 18. It was proposed at the meeting to give extra compensation to the Deputy Auditor, which is being reviewed by the City Law Director. Two city employees (the head of the Water and Sewer departments, respectively) are requesting extra compensation as well. Their titles have been changed to match their responsibilities and a suggestion has been passed to the Finance Committee to increase their salary by 2%.


Cemetery: the Cemetery Board will meet Monday, May 1 at 7:00pm.


BKP: the BKP Board met on April 17. The board approved two applications from formerly inactive employees, as well as approving a deal with Ohio Hi-Point Career Center to let students of the nursing program have ride time in the ambulances. Two tablets are being purchased for the trucks, and the supervisor will be purchasing four new mattress and foundation sets for the bedrooms at the station. The board also approved a policy for the consequences for a "no call, no show" during a closed session.


During comments, Safety Service Director Jim Hites told council that citizens blowing grass into the street while mowing is becoming a substantial problem. Council members were asked to speak to residents if they saw them doing this, and law enforcement will be looking into citations if the problem persists. The cut grass clogs the storm drains and causes problems for the department, Hites told council.


The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 7:00pm in council chambers. 


Lakeview Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A Lakeview man is facing several drug charges after being arrested over the past weekend.
WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that Logan County Sheriff's deputies investigating a suspicious vehicle complaint, stopped a car in Russells Point. The driver, identified as 44 year old John Moran, gave authorities permission to search his vehicles, and drugs were found. Moran also had fresh powder in his nose and told deputies it was from snorting the previous night.
Moran was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.


Pittsburgh QB Proud of His Findlay Roots

The rift between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his hometown of Findlay has healed.
ESPN reported that Roethlisberger was back in Findlay over the past weekend where he and his sister were inducted into the Hancock County Sport's Hall of Fame.
He told the Findlay Courier that he was hurt several years ago by criticism from some people that came after he was accused of sexual assault. He wasn't charged, but he was suspended by the NFL in 2010, the same year he stopped listing Findlay as his hometown. Roethlisberger added that he was sorry for letting a few bad words cloud the support he received from so many people.
He said he was proud of where he grew up.


Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

The Hardin County Sports Hall of Fame announced the inductees for the the 2017 Sports Hall of Fame.
They are:
.Gene Fries, boys head basketball coach at Ada for 10 years.
.Stacey Hairston, a multi-sport athlete at Ohio Northern University, who ended up playing football for the Cleveland Browns.
.Sheila Wallace Kovalchik, head volleyball coach at Ohio Northern University, who compiled a record of 569 and 196.
.Don Lease, a 2 time All-Ohio basketball player who graduated from Forest High School in 1958.
The induction ceremonies will be held starting at 6:30pm May 13 at Upper Scioto Valley High School.


Upper Sandusky Group Builds Walls For Habitat Houses

A group of Upper Sandusky citizens gave up part of their weekend to help better the lives of those in need.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that approximately 175 people gathered for two hours and built walls that will be given to Habitat For Humanity for use in two houses.
One of the houses will be built by the Buckeye Ridge Habitat For Humanity, which oversees projects in Hardin, Marion, Morrow and Wyandot Counties, according to the paper.


Hancock County Company Receives AEP Award


A Hancock County company received an award for its efforts in saving energy.


According to a release, Bridgestone APM in Findlay was one of several companies to receive the Sustained Excellence Award by AEP Ohio during an event held recently. Bridgestone was recognized for its energy efficiency efforts over multiple years, and for its commitment and support of energy efficiency initiatives as well as for making energy efficiency a part of its company culture.



Several Abandoned Vehicles Impounded by KPD


Several abandoned vehicles were impounded by law enforcement officers in Kenton throughout Sunday.


According to the Kenton Police Department reports, a total of four had to be towed after being abandoned for some time.


Two vehicles were located in the Alltel parking lot on Market Street, one was in the 600 block of Detroit Street and the other in the 700 block of West North Street.


The owners of the vehicles were identified and are being sought.



Two Area Towns Named Top Communities For Music Education


The National Association of Music Merchant's Foundation named Upper Sandusky and Carey as two of the top communities for music education in the United States.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that the two districts are two of 527 districts in the country and 35 in Ohio to receive the recognition.


It is Upper Sandusky's seventh and Carey's second consecutive year to make the list, according to the paper.



Kenton Man Arrested on Domestic Violence Warrant


A Kenton man was arrested in Lima on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence.


According to that report from the Kenton Police Department, 32 year old Dwayne Rogers was serving time in the Allen County Jail, and he was held there on a detainer for the Kenton Police Department to serve the warrant and arrest Rogers, who was then transported to the Multi-County Jail to await arraignment.



Theft of Money Was reported Over the Weekend


The theft of money was reported over the weekend.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers received the complaint from a resident in the 900 block of Wilson Street. Reported missing was $400 in $20 bills.


A Marion woman was listed as a suspect, but so far no charges have been filed.



Playground Equipment at Veteran's Memorial Park Painted


Wet paint signs were present at Veteran’s Memorial Park this past Friday.


That’s because the playground equipment at the park was painted.


The work was done by employees of Kenton Davita Dialysis as part of a community project for Earth Day.



Large Amount of Marijuana Confiscated in Wyandot County


Numerous marijuana plants were seized during separate operations in Wyandot County this past week.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that plants of marijuana were found in a barn after a man reported seeing a red light coming from the barn and found marijuana plants under an LED lamp. The plants, along with a marijuana pipe were confiscated. The owner of the property has not yet been identified.


Then, a Michigan man was arrested after Upper Sandusky police made a traffic stop and found more than six pounds of marijuana in the vehicle. Michael E. Tipton Jr. was charged with a third degree felony count of possession of marijuana.



Several ODOT Projects Planned For Next Week


Several projects will impact traffic in the region during the upcoming week.

According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation:


U.S. 68 between the city of Kenton and the Hancock County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.


In Wyandot County, State Route 53, between State Route 103 and County Road 2 in McCutchenville, will close April 24 for approximately six months for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured.


And, State Route 37, between State Routes 67 and 53 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.



Panel Discussion on Opioid Epidemic Held Friday


Several Hardin County officials attended an event dealing with the opioid epidemic late last week.


According to information from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office website, Sheriff Keith Everhart joined Judge Steve Christopher, Lifeworks Director Wade Melton and State Representative Robert Cupp for a panel discussion concerning Ohio's opioid epidemic.


The  meeting was held Friday. The Ohio Council of Criminal Justice Education was hosted by Cedarville University.


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was the event's keynote speaker.


Two Sentenced in Common Pleas Court This Week


Two people were sentenced recently in Hardin County Common Pleas Court.


According to documents from Clerk of Courts Carrie Haudenshield’s Office, Jacob Meekens and James E. Scott were each placed on five years community control with conditions.


Meekens on one count of burglary and Scott on one count of possession of heroin.


Both cases were heard by Judge Scott Barrett.



Driver Cited Following Thursday Morning Crash


Two cars were damaged in a crash that occurred Thursday morning on East Franklin Street.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, 73 year old Janice Rall, of Kenton, was stopped for traffic on Franklin when her car was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 62 year old Katherine Temple, also of Kenton. Moderate damage occurred to both vehicles.


There were no injuries, and Temple was cited for following too close.



Lakeview Woman Charged With OVI


A Lakeview woman was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs following a traffic stop this week.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that a car driven by 28 year old Cori Price was stopped on U.S. 33 near Township Road 239 after an officer spotted numerous lane violations. She was subsequently arrested for OVI and transported to the Logan County Jail.


Her 9 year old was a passenger in the car, and he was released to a family member, according to the paper.



Honda Announces Investment at TRC in East Liberty


Honda announced Thursday a new investment at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the company will invest 124 million dollars to establish a wind tunnel facility to advance vehicle innovation and enhance the world class testing facilities.


The groundbreaking is scheduled to take place late in the summer of 2017, according to the paper.



Hardin County Pasture Walk Scheduled


Underwood Stock Farms will serve as the location for the Hardin County Pasture Walk on Wednesday, May 3.


This program will be from 6:00-7:30 pm in a pasture located at 18917 County Road 155 near Ridgeway, Ohio. A pasture walk is an educational program for beef, dairy, sheep, goat, and horse producers who would like to learn how to best manage their livestock pastures and grazing techniques. Underwood Stock Farms is a beef cattle operation, but the principles discussed and questions answered at this event will benefit all types of livestock operations that utilize pasture as part of their livestock operation.


Those planning to attend the Pasture Walk program are asked to call the Hardin County Extension Office at 419-674-2297.



Participants Sought For Summer League Swim Team


The Kenton Area Swim Team is recruiting for participants who are interested in swimming in the summer league program.


Volunteer Sue Bailey said there are currently eight teams that compete this summer.


For the complete discussion, tune in At Issue,Saturday morning at 7:35 on WKTN.



Campbell Soup Building Warehouse in Findlay


Campbell Soup is planning to build a warehouse in Findlay.


WFIN reported that the company's site plans were approved by the Findlay City Planning Commission at a meeting this week.


The site for the 741,000 square foot facility is just south of the McLane Distribution Center, and there is no word on when construction will start or how many people will be hired by the company, according to the radio station.



U of F Women's Team in Top 25


The University of Findlay women’s outdoor track and field team has claimed a top 25 spot in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division II poll.


According to information on the university website, the poll was released this week.


The Oilers are ranked 14th in the national poll and are among only two programs from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the top 25.  



Woman Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop


A Kenton woman is facing drug related charges following a traffic stop Wednesday evening.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, the car was pulled over on North High at Cecilia Street. The driver, identified as 19 year old Cambra Brooks, was issued a summons for possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana.


She was also cited for no operator’s license, child restraint and no proof of insurance.



Riverdale Implementing Security Device


The Riverdale Local school is implementing the Lockdown Boot device for school safety.


According to the school website, Riverdale, along with all other Hancock County schools, will be implementing the device.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office has started an online donations campaign where individuals and groups can donate to help schools with the cost.


For information about how to make donations or if you have any questions, call 419-694-4994, extension 1801.



Seven Teens Charged With Underage Drinking


Seven teenagers are facing charges after admitting to drinking at a party last week.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that the teens are between the ages of 15 and 17. They have been charged with underage consumption. at the party, a 17 year old Harpster boy was found passed out. He was flown by helicopter to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.


The 12 people at the home were from Carey, Forest, Harpster, sycamore, Upper Sandusky and Wharton, according to the paper.



Dogs Rescued From Lima Area Puppy Mill


A number of dogs were rescued from a puppy mill in the Lima area.


WLIO reported 22 adult pugs as well as nine puppies were saved from the living room of a Lima area home.

Officials with the SPCA believe the dogs have lived in their cages for the entirety of their lives. The homeowner was breeding the for profit.


Despite the situation, the dogs seem friendly and should be ready for adoption soon.



Man Pleads to Lesser Charge in Logan County


A former Bellefontaine man pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in Logan County Common Pleas Court this week.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that 53 year old Michael Robinson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection to the death of his son. Robinson was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2008 on charges of felonious assault, child endangering and domestic violence after he severely beat his then 11 month on son Dana, who died from those injuries in 2015. It is believed that the transcript of the hearing when Robinson pleaded guilty could have allowed him to be charged with murder if his son died, however, it has been lost. The Logan County Prosecutor said he had no other choice but to allow Robinson to plead to the lesser charge.


Robinson was scheduled to be released in 2028, but 11 years could be added to that when he is sentenced on May 30.



Pair Arrested on Trafficking Charges


Two people were arrested this week in Logan County on drug trafficking warrants.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that 39 year old Ella Horne, of Bellefontaine was being investigated by Logan County Joint Task Force, and during the process, investigators learned that 80 year old Jerome Newland, of Lakeview had been providing her rides to buy and sell heroin.


The two were arrested this week following a traffic stop in Bellefontaine. Horne is facing two counts of trafficking heroin and Newland was charged with complicity to trafficking, according to the paper.



New Bloomington Man Sentenced on Burglary Charges


A string of burglaries landed a New Bloomington man behind bars.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that 22 year old Bridon J. Carroll was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on three counts of complicity to burglary and one count of grand theft. Carroll pleaded guilty to the charges on February 3.


Jewelry, firearms and other items were stolen from homes, according to the paper.



Man Arrested on Assault Charge


A Mt. Blanchard man was arrested Tuesday following a report of a physical domestic situation.


According to the Kenton Police Department report, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of South High Street to investigate the complaint.


It was determined that an assault took place, and the suspect, identified as 23 year old Michael Taylor was arrested and charged with the offense.



Theft of Jewelry Reported Tuesday


A burglary was reported Tuesday in the 300 block of South Detroit Street.


According to the report from the Kenton Police Department, a resident told officers jewelry was stolen from her house. A suspect was named, but so far no charges have been filed.


The value of the missing property was listed at $300.



Hardin Northern Presents Wizard of Oz


Travel down the yellow brick road this week as Hardin Northern High School presents, "The Wizard of Oz."


Lydia Rush, who plays Dorothy, said the show will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, "On the 21st and the 22nd, it's at 7:30 and on the 23rd, it is at 2:30. Ticket prices are $6.00 for seniors and kids and $8.00 for adults."


Garrett Eikenbary, who plays the Cowardly Lion, talks about how the Wizard of Oz was chosen to perform, "My mom's actually the director of the musical, and she's always really liked the Wizard of Oz, and she just looked at some of the parts and stuff that were in in, and she just knew her cast really well and picked it based off of who she saw and I think we kind of like a challenge when we do our musicals, and this has definitely been one, but we're really excited."


Sam Diller, who plays the Wizard, said he has really enjoyed playing the character, "Because he gets to be a real high and mighty, and he gets to yell a lot. I think that's a lot of fun."



Vietnam War Travelling Museum Coming to Marion


A presentation about the Vietnam War and the Americans who fought will be held April 25 in Marion.


The Marion Star reported that the Vietnam Awareness School will be held at the Harold L. Bradley American Legion Post 584 in Marion.


There will be an open house from 10am to 8pm for the public to come in and view the Vietnam War Experience Traveling Museum, which features one of the largest personal collections of Vietnam War memorabilia in Ohio.


There is no cost to attend and all are welcome, according to the paper.



Arlington Junk Drop Off Date Set


A day to drop off junk in Arlington has been set.


WFIN reported that village council approved May 20 for the event, which replaces the old curbside pickup day. J & N of Ada will set dumpsters in the park for residents to get rid of household junk.


You can use an ID or village water bill to use the dumpsters, according to the radio station.


Money Donated to Upgrade Security at Indian Lake Schools


13 businesses contributed money to install security devices throughout Indian Lake Schools.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that the money has been pouring in over the past month.


A total of $2200 will be added to a donation of just over $9800 from Honda Transmission Manufacturing to install locking mechanisms for use during an act of violence at the school district, according to the paper.



Cold Case Arson Investigation Ends Following Search


A cold case involving an arson fire and possible homicide that occurred in 1994 is now closed.


According to a release from Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart, a search was served in the 16,000 block of State Route 117 in Roundhead Township. The burned out structure was excavated and sifted through by Hardin County Sheriff’s detectives, agents from B.C.I. and I. and the Prosecutor’s Office investigators. No evidence was found, and the case is now closed.


It was stressed in the release that the residents at the location are not now nor ever were suspects, and the Sheriff’s Office thanked them for their cooperation.



KFD Conducts Extrication Training


Kenton Firefighters conducted a training exercise Monday on car extrication.


The fire department Facebook page showed that the training provided emergency responders with proper techniques and various routes to gain access to entrapped patients.


The vehicles used by firefighters in the training were provided by Brims Salvage Yard.


Three vehicles were used in the training exercise.



Carey Man Arrested on Sex Related Charges


A Carey man was arrested this week on sex related charges.


21 year old Devon S. Layfield is accused of having sex with a 14 year old girl. He was taken into custody by Wyandot County Sheriff’s Deputies this past Sunday.


Layfield was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor and sexual imposition.



Lakeview Man Arrested Following Drug Overdose


A Lakeview man is facing charges following an overdose in Lakeview this past Sunday.


WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that the Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a home in Lakeview to investigate an overdose report. 30 year old Jarrod Taylor unresponsive in the house. He was revived and transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for further treatment.


Suspected heroin and drug paraphernalia were found in the house.


After being released from the hospital, Taylor was arrested on charges of inducing panic and on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear, according to the radio station.



Russells Point Pair Arrested on Drug Charges


Two Russells Point residents are facing drug charges after being arrested this past weekend.


The Bellefontaine Examiner reported the Russells Point Police Department and the Indian Lake EMS were dispatched to a home in Russells Point concerning a possible overdose.


Investigators found   31 year old Katie M. Hale responsive, but confused. She was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital for evaluation. She, along with 33 year old Jerry L. Okie Nelson II, were then both arrested and taken to the Logan County Jail.



Upper Sandusky Approves Random Drug Testing For Student Athletes


The Upper Sandusky Board of Education approved random drug testing for student athletes.


The Daily Chief-Union reported that all Upper Sandusky athletes in grades 7 through 12 will be subject to the random testing.


Parents of students will be required to sign a form giving the district permission to test students for drugs or they will not be eligible to play sports, according to the paper.



Kenton City School Board of Education Meets

At the regular meeting Monday night, the board heard from Kenton High School JROTC cadets Alyssa Rostorfer, Dalton Perkins, and Jason Madison, about the recent JROTC Senior cruise to the bahamas. The group reported that they learned of cultural diversity as well as operation planning. The students toured multiple islands, as well as a naval air station, and Washington D.C. JROTC instructor MSG David Clifford said that the trip was very informational for the students.


The board also heard from the finance committee as they met on the previously discussed JROTC obstacle course, and athletic building projects.


Superintendent Jennifer Penczarski said that they have had many successes with the straight A grant, and that many students that have completed the coursework will be awarded college credit.


Approved Substitutes:



Jacob Eikenbary​ - Substitute bus driver
Steve Black​ - Substitute custodian
Barbara Scherer​ - Substitute bus driver
Approved Volunteers:
Brittney Arnold
Brad Blue
Rebecca Browning
Bonita Burroughs
Elizabeth Byers
Joshua Byers
Amanda Cameron
Ricki Coulson
Tiffany Dale
Megan Dalton
Stefanay Dick
Tony Doenges
Shannon Donnelly
James Evans, Jr.
Hannah Flowers
Michelle Gammon
Derek Gibson
Amanda Grasley
December Hannah
Renea Harris
Carrie Haudenschield
Christina Haudenschield
Stayci Hensel
Britney Hites
Nicole Hougendobler
Stacey Kavanaugh
Lee Lawrence
Cassandra Lightner
Renae Klotz
Amber McKinley
Michelle Musser
Amber Newland
Melody Norris
Kelsey Ralston
Nick Rhodes
Ranae Sherman
Darcy Shumaker
Penny Smith
Joy Vanhorn 
Sharron Wells
Matt Winegardner
Sarah Wirbel
David Yoder
Samantha Zachariah
Approved Non-Renewal of Supplemental Contracts:
Jared Manns 
Chuck Downing
Jason Jones
Zach Turner
Jamie Bartlett
Alexandra Manley
Matt McCullough
Ryan Miller
Matt Frey
William Lawrence 
Morgan Rogers
Shawn Smith
Brent Fackler
Matt Dudek
Bo Hoppe
Colby Rush
William Lawrence
Rick Hudgel
Nancy Baum
Rick Collins
Kevin Kapanka
Chuck Moore
Katie Brim
Jeremy Reed
Anne Eley
Brad Blue
Nick Stuck 
Joe Funkhouser
Traci Jones
Shana Stout 
Vicki Krock
Beth Harshfield
Deb Bartlett
Leslie Cochensparger
David Clifford
Eric Croke
Chris Becker
Jared Manns
Jodi Cole-Needles
Jamie Bartlett
Travis Wissman
John Georgeson
Tomi Cheney
Todd Daquino
Katie Ketcham
Ashley Chapman
Mary Cook
Robyn Sturgeon
Jennifer Ewing
Tom Ewing
Stefany Jacoby
Brenda Ames
Amy Long
Amy Johnson
Kendra Hale
Heather Erwin
Susie Thrush
Amy Kohl
Allison Kemmere
Jennifer Woodward
Brooke Purcell
Bari Bradford
Tom Buroker
Christina Cross 
Melody Norris 
Teresa Harris
Sharon Martin
Ashley Anderson
Robin Hughes
Ellen Sheldon
Tim Davis
Luke Abbott
Chad West
Andrew Hobensack
Jordan Martin
Courtney Rolf
Keith Kissling 
Brooke Bostelman
Ashlee Dawson
Aaron Montgomery
Randy Morris
Jay Bostelman
Sarah Cooper
Jackie Stalder
Aaron Johnson
Josh Sheldon
Julie Baird
Angela Miller
Emily Schaub
Jenna Sherman
Trevor Beazley
Dave Stuck
Lynn Webb
Megan Manns
Keith Kissling
Ryan Althouse
Sue Buroker
Penczarski noted that these contracts would be re-evaluated and approved at the next board meeting.
Approved Classified Substitutes:
Bus Drivers:
Tom Anderson 
Brian Bays
Bryan Clawson
Rick Collins
John Dulin 
Jacob Eikenbary
Marcus Lyons
Jared Manns
Doug Roberts
Russ Senning
Brian Ulrich
Van Drivers:
Brad Blue 
David Clifford
Jacob Eikenbary
Rozina Eikenbary
Andrew Hobensack
Mike Leddy
Shalie Logan
Tom McBrayer
Tasha Bridenstine 
Dorothy Britton
Tiffany Dale
Crystal Edwards 
Cathy Lawrence
Jessica Miller
Gloria Mullins 
Sherry Peoppleman
Kelli Seiler
Steve Black 
Dan Comstock
Mel Donnal
James Evans 
Charles Fox
David Kah
Karen Murphy 
Russ Senning
Educational Assistants:
Brittany Arnold
Barb Baum
Tasha Bridenstine
Mark Butterman 
Brenda Conley
Judy Donnal
Crystal Edwards 
Jacob Eikenbary
James Evans
Stacie Francis 
Amanda Hewett
Kevin Kapanka, Jr.
Carrie Miller 
Lindsay Payne
Sherry Peoppleman
Heather Preston 
Christa Rarey
Angela Rembis
Cindy Rogers 
Jennifer Smith
Sharron Wells
Carol Wilcox 
Kim Wirbel
Stacy Clawson 
Judy Donnal
Rozina Eikenbary
Heather Preston
Christa Rarey
Jennifer Smith
Approved Substitute Teachers:
Tanyce Addison
Julie Baird
Angela Brown
Jana Burns
Sue Buroker
Kathy Burris
McKenzie Butterman 
Dustin Clapsaddle
Emily Cooper
Sarah Cooper 
Andrew Corne
Judi Cronley
Paula Deardorff 
Shannon Donnelly
Britni Dooley
Marilyn Dulin 
Brice Fackler
Stacie Francis
Jaimee Frey 
Timothy Greer 
Paul Herman
Michelle Hicks 
Johnna Horn
Terry Huffman
Jeanette Karcher 
Alicia Kleinfelter
Lois Lautenschlager
Holly Layman Cannode 
Valerie Lifer 
Kelly MacDonald
Deb Manns 
Portia Mansfield
Greg Markley
John McEntee 
Donna Myers
Catlin Pauley
Kelsey Ralston 
Terrena Robson 
Robin Rosebrook
Adam Shaw 
Heather Shaw
Mary Sherman
Evelyn Titus 
Steve Walter
Lauren Weaver
Vernon Wedemeyer 
Nancy Wilcox
Sue Wilcox
Randall Wilson 
Sandra Ziebold
LeAnn Zimmerly Pryor
Approved Internal Transfers:
Christie Lawrence​
Alexandra Manley​
Brad Blue​
Shawn Smith
Rebecca Reineke-Hites
Jenifer Stauffer​
Approved Resignations:
Tammera Harp
Eric Croke
Approved Maternity Leave:

Kelli Kugel

Furthermore, Teacher Appreciation Week was approved for the week of May 1st, and it was voted that the school day lengths will remain the same for the three schools across the district.


4 Year Old Girl Reportedly Raped


The rape of a 4 year old girl is being investigated by the Kenton Police Department.


According to the report, the incident was reported by officials at Hardin Memorial Hospital over the weekend. The victim was taken to Children’s Hospital in Toledo for further evaluation.


A suspect was listed on the report, but so far no charges have been filed as the crime case remains under investigation.



Two Crashes Reported Sunday


Two injury crashes were handled by the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning.


The first was a rollover crash that occurred around 9 on County Road 119 at County Road 180 in Lynn Township. The driver received minor injuries as a result.


Around an hour later, a two vehicle crash occurred on Front Street in Alger.


A total of five victims were transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries.


Both crashes remain under investigation.



Several ODOT Projects Scheduled This week


Several projects will impact traffic in the region this week.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation:


U.S. 68 between the city of Kenton and the Hancock County line will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.


In Wyandot County, State Route 53, between State Route 103 and County Road 2 in McCutchenville, will close April 24 for approximately six months for a bridge replacement project. Traffic will be detoured.


And, State Route 37, between State Routes 67 and 53 will be reduced to one lane through the work zone for sealing of pavement cracks.



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