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Driver Cited Following Wyandot County Crash

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Woman Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

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

 

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

 

Groves was cited for failure to control.

 

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Union County Law Enforcement Urging Motorists to Drive Safe

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Woman Injured in Wyandot County Crash

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Employee Injured in Armed Robbery in Marion

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Investigators continue to work leads in this matter.

 

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

 

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

 

Westbound traffic will not be affected.

 

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

 

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

 

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Hit/Skip Crash Reported in Wyandot County

 

A hit/skip accident occurred Tuesday in Kirby.

 

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

 

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

 

The incident remains under investigation.

 

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Allen County DARE Program Hosting Skate Party

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The proceeds support the Allen County DARE Program.

 

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Trooper of the Year Named at Bucyrus Patrol Post

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Union County Pair Elected to Farm Bureau Leadership Role

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Jingle Bell Jog Scheduled in Findlay This Saturday

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Bath Fire Department Holds Annual Banquet

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Stolen Items Recovered by Lima Police Officers

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Two Late Weekend Crashes Reported in Union County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The crash remains under investigation.

 

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BPD Hosting Coffee with a Cop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Two Killed Sunday in Hancock County Fire

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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BGSU Locks Tuition and Room and Board Rates

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Bowling Green has not raised its prices since 2013.

 

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26 Individuals Indicted by Wyandot County Grand Jury

 

 

 

 

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

 

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Scam Reported in Hancock County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The monthly fish fry will also take place.

 

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Marion Police Officers Hand Out Poinsettias at City Schools

 

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

 

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

 

Safety Pup also accompanied the officers on the visits.

 

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Hancock County United Way Official Retiring

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Wyandot County Sheriff Releases November Activity Report

 

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

 

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

 

87 inmates were incarcerated at the Wyandot County Jail.

 

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

 

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Fatal Pedestrian/Train Crash Reported in Marion

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Coffee With a Cop Event Scheduled in Findlay

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Allen County Foundation Awards Numerous Grants

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Wapak Police Chief Named Officer of the Year

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Downed Power Lines Reported in Wyandot County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The incident is under investigation.

 

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Holiday Event Scheduled in Upper Sandusky Saturday

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Driver Cited Following Crash in Union County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Marysville Police Alerts Residents About Fraud Case

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Wapakoneta Police Department Conducts Successful November Fundraiser

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Victim Identified in Weekend Train/Pedestrian Accident in Wapak

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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16 Ohio Employers Receive Grant From BWC

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

The intervention will improve the material loading process.

 

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Rhodes State College Hosting Career Day

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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13 Year Old Reportedly Raped

 

Kenton police are investigating a report of a rape.

 

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

 

The victim is a 13 year old Kenton girl.

 

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

 

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Forest Driver Escapes Injury in Wyandot County Crash

 

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

 

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

 

Lawrence was cited for failure to control.

 

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Fire Damages 3 Buildings in Wyandot County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Pursuit Ends With a Crash in Auglaize County

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Allen County Sheriff's Office Conducts Successful Fundraiser

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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MPD Hosting Holiday Event For Kids

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Driver Escapes Injury in Semi Roll Over Crash in Wyandot County

 

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

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a semi being operated by 63 year old Leo Smithberger, of Circleville, Ohio, was eastbound on State Route 294 when it went off the right side of the road where it struck a telephone junction box and overturned onto its passenger side.

 

Smithberger was cited for failure to control.

 

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Hancock County Flood Stories Being Sought

 

The University of Findlay, in partnership with the Hancock Historical Museum, is seeking Hancock County community members who are willing to share their stories of flooding in digital formats.

 

Narratives will be recorded this Sunday, December 3 from 1-4 p.m. at Shafer Library’s Learning Commons located on the Findlay campus.

 

For more information on the Findlay Floods storytelling event, visit the museum’s webpage at hancock historical museum. org.

 

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Bluffton University Presents Handel's Messiah

 

Bluffton University will present its 122nd performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 10.

 

New this year, the venue is Yoder Recital Hall. Tickets will be required, and while they are are free, they must be reserved at Marbeck Center.

 

A free-will offering will be taken for music scholarships.

 

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Teenager Killed in Logan County Crash

 

A Raymond, Ohio teenager was killed in a crash Wednesday morning in Logan County.

 

WPKO Radio reported that 19 year old Austin Elson was driving west on County Road 153 and failed to negotiate a curve.

 

The car went off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail. Elson was not wearing a safety belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The crash remains under investigation by the Marysville Post of the Ohio State Patrol.

 

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Armed Robbery Being Investigated in Marion

 

An armed robbery this week in Marion continues to be investigated.

 

The Marion Star newspaper reported that two men entered the CVS Pharmacy and jumped over the counter. They pointed a gun at and demanded an employee to open the narcotics case.

 

The Marion Police Department issued a release stating that the men stole hundreds of dollars worth of prescription drugs.

 

The robbery remains under investigation.

 

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Lima Police Department Conducts Several Drug Operations

 

Lima Police officers have conducted several investigations that has resulted in the arrest of numerous individuals for felony drug and weapons charges.

 

According to information on the Police Department's Facebook page, stolen property was recovered and man was arrested for being in possession of a large amount of methamphetamine, four people were arrested and three loaded handguns and drugs were found in a car following a traffic stop, a traffic stop following a pursuit resulted in the arrest of the driver and the location of crack cocaine and a handgun found in the car and two separate traffic stops were made on the same night that resulted in two people being arrested and suspected heroin being located in the cars.

 

The incidents occurred around Lima over the past week.

 

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Benjamin Logan Teacher Pleads Guilty to Gross Sexual Imposition Charge

 

A former Benjamin Logan Teacher has entered a guilty plea in Logan County Common Pleas Court.

 

WPKO radio reports that 30 year old Stacy Walterbusch entered a guilty plea on felony charges of gross sexual imposition. The charges comes after apparent sexual contact with a male 17 year old Benjamin Logan student in her residence in late June.

 

The 5 year high school math teacher and high school boys bowling coach resigned in early July from the school. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office Deputies began their investigation late July.

 

Walterbusch will be sentenced on January 11th and will be classified as a Tier I sex offender and could face up to 18 months in prison.

 

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Naturalization Ceremony to be Held at University of Findlay

 

Approximately sixty individuals are expected to become U.S. citizens at a naturalization ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium, 950 North Main Street in Findlay.

 

The free, public event is being hosted by the University of Findlay.

 

The Honorable Judge Jeffrey J. Helmick of the U. S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, will preside over the ceremony and give the oath of citizenship.

 

Also taking part in the ceremony will be area high school seniors Gabrielle Rodriguez from Riverdale High School, and Jessica Haught and Alyssa Jordan, both from Arlington High School, who will be specifying the obligations of citizenship.

 

Music will be provided by the Riverdale High School A Capella Choir and the Arlington High School All Brass Band.

 

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Wapakoneta Hosting Hometown Holiday Event this Weekend

 

The 11th Annual Children's Hometown Holiday event will take place this weekend in Wapakoneta.

 

Numerous activities are planned for the festival which runs this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

The activities include free ice skating on Friday, a parade Saturday morning at 9:45, games and various other holiday themed events each day of the event.

 

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Canadian Man Arrested Following Sex Related Investigation in Augalize County

 

A 27 year old Canadian man is facing charges after allegedly travelling to the United States to meet an Ohio child for sex.

 

The investigation was launched earlier this month when the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office notified the FBI about the allegation that an adult male was attempting to set up a meeting with a juvenile.

 

The adult was identified as Daniel J. Wnek, who was arrested in Orlando, Florida by FBI agents.

 

Wnek is alleged to have posed as a 14 year old during his online conversation with what he thought was a 14 year old female, who actually was 11 years old.

 

The FBI is asking anyone who may have interacted with Wnek, either online or in person to contact the FBI at 419-221-5605 or the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office at 419-739-6565.

 

Wnek is awaiting extradition to Ohio to face these charges at a later date.

 

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Lima Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges

 

A Lima man has been indicted on child pornography charges.

 

According to an FBI release, 28 year old Mason Shepherd allegedly received and distributed numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This is said to have taken place between 2013 and 2017, according to the indictment.

 

The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

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University of Findlay Offering Course on Parkinson's Disease

 

The University of Findlay will offer a course that will focus on issues affecting those with Parkinson's Disease.

 

The elective class will begin in the Spring 2018 semester.

 

It will focus on sleep disorders and patient self-care.

 

According to the Parkinson's Foundation, around one million Americans live with Parkinson's Disease, which is more than the combined number of people diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease.

 

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Waynesfield School Staff Receives ALICE Training

 

The staff of Waynesfield School took part in ALICE training Monday morning.

 

According to information on the Wapakoneta Police Department's Facebook page, the training was provided by the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office.

 

Detective Jimmy Cox, from the Wapakoneta Police Department, assisted the sheriff's office with the training exercise.

 

Detective Cox showed the staff self defense and takedown techniques.

 

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Marion Man in Court Following Weekend Standoff

 

A Marion County man made an initial court appearance Monday following a weekend standoff with authorities.

 

According to information from the Marion County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, deputies responded to a residence in the 2000 block of Marion-Upper Sandusky Road to investigate a report that an armed suspect, who was believed to be intoxicated, fired a gun at a female.

 

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol assisted deputies at the scene where they learned the suspect will inside the house and was still armed and threatening to shoot law enforcement officers.

 

Following several hours of negotiations, tear gas was deployed into the residence and the suspect, identified as 42 year old Matthew Anderson, was arrested and charged with having weapons while intoxicated and felonious assault.

 

There were no injuries.

 

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Bellefontaine Man Charged in Union County Crash

 

A Bellefontaine man was arrested following a weekend crash in Union County.

 

According to information from the Union County Sheriff's Office, the crash occurred at the intersection of Wolford Maskill Road and Martin Welch Road.

 

The driver of the one of the vehicles involved, identified as 34 year old Derrick J. Trahan, was taken into custody on a charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

One person, who's name is not available, was transported to Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

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Woman Arrested For Domestic Violence in Union County

 

A Raymond, Ohio woman is facing charges following a domestic violence incident this past Sunday.

 

According to the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to the 21,000 block of Liberty West Road to investigate the incident.

 

At the scene, 29 year old Ashley L. Diamond was taken into custody for domestic violence.

 

She was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.

 

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Shooting in Findlay Being Investigated as a Homicide

 

One person is dead following a weekend shooting in Findlay.

 

According to a release from the Findlay Police Department, officers were dispatched to a residence at 231 East Foulke Avenue to investigate a report that a man had been shot inside an apartment.

 

A man was found dead from a suspected gunshot wound. No one else was in the apartment when police arrived.

 

The body was transported to the Lucas County Coroner's Office for an autopsy. His identity has not yet been released.

 

Findlay Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide and no arrests have been made.

 

Anyone with information is urged to contact Findlay Police at 419-424-7150 or the Hancock County Crime Stoppers at 419-425-8477.

 

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Marion Police Department Advises Residents About Scam Phone Calls

 

The Marion Police Department received a couple messages regarding calls collecting donations for police.

 

The department said on its Facebook page that they are not affiliated with the group calling.

 

Police are also currently researching whether it is a legitimate business.

 

They ask that you not donate over the phone to groups that you do not know, no matter how much you appreciate the intended recipient. The department announces in advance of any local phone solicitations on its behalf.

 

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University of Findlay Conducting Toys For Tots Campaign

 

The University of Findlay’s annual Toys for Tots drive will begin Monday, Nov. 27.

 

The goal is to collect 300 toys on campus for Hancock County children, which will assist the U.S. Marine Corps with providing four toys for each child in need this holiday season.

 

The Marines work with the Salvation Army to ensure that everyone is fairly served.

 

The toy drive will conclude on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

 

All toy donations must be new, unwrapped, and fit for children ages infant to 15 years of age.

 

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Bellefontaine Police Department Hosting Coffee With a Cop

 

The Bellefontaine Police Department will be hosting a Coffee with a Cop event on Tuesday December 12.

 

The hours are from 8 to 10am at McDonald's on South Main Street in Bellefontaine.

 

City residents are invited to have coffee with the Chief of Police and other Officers of the Bellefontaine Police Department and find out what is going on in our community.

 

They can also learn about the efforts put forth by law enforcement officers to make their community a safer place for families.

 

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Medical Issues Leads to Crash on I 75 in Findlay

 

An unknown medical issue led to a crash on Interstate 75 in Findlay on Monday.


According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 52 year old Melissa Stone, of Mt. Blanchard, became incapacitated due to the medical condition while driving south on 75.


The vehicle travelled off the left side of the road, where it struck the cement barrier and came to rest at the end of a guardrail.


Stone, who was not injured in the accident, was unresponsive and was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital by Hanco EMS.


The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

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Two Separate Water Rescue Operations Conducted Monday

 

A total of three people had to be rescued Monday evening in Wyandot County when their vehicles stalled in high water.

 

According to the first report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to Township Highway 44 after a motorist reported seeing a woman standing in the bed of her pickup truck which was stranded in the water.

 

Also dispatched to the scene were crews from Upper Sandusky EMS, Water Rescue Unit and Fire Department.

 

Deputies say 29 year old Caitlin Herrick attempted to proceed through the water despite signs warning of high water and that the road was closed.

 

The Water Rescue Unit deployed a small craft and successfully rescued Herrick. She was checked by EMS and declined to be taken to the hospital for any further treatment.

 

Herrick, who said she didn't see the signs, is facing a charge of disobeying a traffic control device.

 

Around two hours later, a 9-1-1 caller reported a vehicle was submerged in the water on County Highway 16 just east of State Route 53.

 

The McCutchenville Fire Department deployed a small craft and rescued the driver, Anthony Leeth and his passenger, Brandon Leeth, both of Sycamore, who were standing on the roof of the submerged car. They were checked by EMS personnel and declined any further treatment.

 

The driver said he saw the high water and road closed signs but thought it was okay to pass through since they were not blocking the road.

 

He is facing a charge of disobeying a traffic control device.

 

Both of the stranded vehicles will be retrieved once the water recedes to safe levels.

 

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Marion Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

 

An arrest has been made in connection to a weekend bank robbery in Marion.

 

Marion police say a suspect entered PNC Bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money and threatening to use a gun.

 

The man made off with an undisclosed amount of money from the bank.

 

The suspect turned himself in to police the next day. He is identified as 32 year Thomas Harris, who is facing a charge of aggravated robbery.

 

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Logan County Sheriff's Office Organizing 5K Walk/Run

 

The Logan County Sheriff's Office is hosting a Jingle Bell "Behind the Badge" 5K Walk and Run on December 9.

 

The event will start at 4:30 that afternoon  at 701 South Street in West Mansfield.

 

The day will include the 5K plus cookie decorating, ornament making and the West Mansfield Conservation Club will have a Fish Fry.

 

Kids will also have an opportunity to visit with Santa.

 

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Marion County to Target Traffic Violations Over Thanksgiving Weekend

 

Marion County Sheriff Tim Bailey announced his office will be participating in a countywide traffic detail targeting speed and alcohol related violations for the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday.

 

Deputies will be conducting extra traffic enforcement and patrol now through November 26th. In an effort to ensure the safety of the motoring public, the sheriff’s office will be enforcing a Zero Tolerance Policy on speeding, drunk driving, and seatbelt violations.

 

Marion County residents are urged to obey traffic laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable homecoming season.

 

These extra patrol activities were made possible through a grant from the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

 

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Downtown Findlay Celebrating Grand Re-Opening

 

Downtown Findlay is having a grand re-opening ceremony this coming Saturday, which is Small Business Saturday.

 

A ribbon cutting will take place at 9:30 Saturday morning on Main Street at the midblock crosswalk between Main Cross and Crawford Streets.

 

The re-opening of the downtown follows months of construction, and numerous activities are planned throughout the day.

 

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Marion Man Arrested in Wyandot County

 

A Marion man is facing multiple charges following an incident in Wyandot County this past Saturday.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a complaint from a resident in the 8000 block of Township Highway 104 about a male walking between buildings on the property.

 

The suspect, later identified as Christopher Klaiber, was located but failed to comply with the order of the deputy. Klaiber continued to walk into a flooded field after being ordered to stop. He was eventually stopped, but resisted arrest.

 

Klaiber was handcuffed and transported to the Wyandot County Jail where he is facing charges of breaking and entering, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and possession of a controlled substance.

 

Suspected narcotics were also recovered at the scene, and the incident remains under investigation.

 

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Several Vehicles Involved in Wyandot County Crash

 

There were no injuries reported in a three vehicle crash that occurred over the weekend in Wyandot County.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a car driven by 25 year old Dylan Niederkohr, of Carey, entered State Route15 from the onramp but had to hit his brakes due to traffic. A car behind him, which was driven by 17 year old Mackenzie Thiessen, of North Carolina, was able to stop in time, but a third vehicle, operated by 51 year old Eric Karhoff, of Columbus, struck Thiessen's car and pushed into into the Niederkohr vehicle. A fourth car avoided a collision by veering into the median.

 

Heavy damage occurred to two of the vehicles involved.

 

Karhoff was cited for an assured clear distance ahead violation.

 

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ODOT To Hold I-75 News Conference

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 will be providing an update on the Interstate 75 widening and reconstruction project through Hancock County and the city of Findlay.

 

ODOT project personnel will outline what has been accomplished so far, as well as what residents and motorists can expect to see happening on the project throughout the winter.

 

The update will be given at news conference which is scheduled for 1:00pm Tuesday November 21 in Findlay.

 

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ODOT To Hold I-75 News Conference

The Ohio Department of Transportation District 1 will be providing an update on the Interstate 75 widening and reconstruction project through Hancock County and the city of Findlay.

 

ODOT project personnel will outline what has been accomplished so far, as well as what residents and motorists can expect to see happening on the project throughout the winter.

 

The update will be given at news conference which is scheduled for 1:00pm Tuesday November 21 in Findlay.

 

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Michigan Man Sentenced in Wyandot County Court

 

A Michigan man was sentenced yesterday in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court.

 

Zamarr Clipper II was found guilty recently on one count of aggravated possession of drugs. He was sentenced to a mandatory term of 6 years in prison.

 

According to records from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Clipper was transported to Orient, Ohio to begin the sentence.

 

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Fairfield County Man Arrested on Warrant From Upper Sandusky

 

A man from Amanda, Ohio was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued by the Upper Sandusky Municipal Court.

 

According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the warrant for the arrest of Robert A. Fisher was issued for failure to appear on charges of possession of dangerous drugs, possession of dangerous drug instruments and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

Fisher was picked up at the Fairfield County Jail and transported back to the Wyandot County Jail and is awaiting a court appearance.

 

 

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Findlay Residents Asked to Complete a Survey

 

City of Findlay residents are being asked to complete a survey as part of the Findlay Police Department's effort to make improvements in the quality of services provided to city and Hancock County residents.

 

The anonymous survey can be found at the police department's Facebook. It can also be collected from and dropped back off to, Police Administration in room 116 of the Municipal Building.

 

The survey itself is multiple choice and shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to fill out.

 

The police department will be accepting responses until Friday, December 1st, at which time responses will be compiled.

 

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Wapakoneta Lions Club Makes a Donation to WPD.

 

Wapakoneta Lions Club members presented a check to the Wapakoneta Police Department to help purchase additional body cameras.

 

The Club previously gave a donation for an earlier purchase of 14 cameras. With an increase in staffing, additional cameras were needed.

 

The purchase has aided in officer safety, training and investigative purposes.

 

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