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High Speed Pursuit Initiated in Wyandot County


A high speed pursuit of two motorcycle operators started around 9:45 Sunday morning in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, a deputy on patrol was southbound on U.S. 23 when he observed two motorcycles approaching at what appeared to be a very high rate of speed.


The deputy was able to clock their speed at around 90 miles an hour.


A pursuit started that was eventually joined by a trooper from the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Patrol.


Speeds at times reached 127 miles per hour as the pursuit entered Hancock County.


The operator of one of the motorcycles eventually pulled to the side of the road. He is identified as Brandon Dusseau, who was also found to be in possession of a firearm.


The operator of the second motorcycle was identified as a Marion who is still being sought.



Bluffton Doctor Convicted on Sex Charges


72 year old Doctor James Gideon was found guilty on three of the five charges of Sexual Imposition filed against him. The verdict was read Saturday morning in the Lima Municipal Court. The three charges were all third degree misdemeanors.


Gideon, who was formerly a doctor in Bluffton, could receive up to 60 days in jail along with a $500 dollar fine. Gideon may also receive 5 years probation for each count of Sexual imposition.


Sentencing for Gideon will be on May 11th at 8am in the Lima Municipal Court.



Three Teens Facing Drug Charged in Bellefontaine


According to a Bellefontaine Police Department report, officers arrived at Brown Park after a caller reported a parked car selling drugs. When officer arrived at 11:30pm on Friday evening, they found a vehicle matching the description.


Officers followed the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near the city limits. Inside the vehicle they found a 19 year old female, a 17 year old male and, a 16 year old male. Both males had outstanding warrants from Hancock County.


The 17 year old male was charged with delinquency counts of conveying drugs into a detention center, possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a curfew violation.



No Injuries in Crash Involving Elida School Bus


There were no injuries following a crash involving an Elida school bus Thursday afternoon.


According to a release from the Lima Post of the Ohio State Patrol, the bus, being operated by 49 year old Sandra Kunkleman, of Elida, and a car being driven by 35 year old Elizabeth McElroy, were both southbound on Northwest Street approaching the intersection at Northern Avenue.


McElroy entered the left turn lane while the bus stayed in the straight lane. The bus attempted to turn right onto Northern and struck the car.


The bus was loaded with 45 students at the time.



Allen County Sheriff Introduces New Deputy


The newest member of the Allen County Sheriff's Office was introduced yesterday.


Jared Breitigan was sworn in this week by Allen County Sheriff Matthew Treglia.


Breitigan has been an active Auxiliary Deputy for over three years and during that time, he also served as an Elida School Resource Officer.


His family has served through law enforcement for decades.



Russells Point Man Arrested on Warrant


A Russells Point man was arrested this week on an outstanding warrant in Union County.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a deputy met with a Russells Point police officer to take 47 year old Robert G. Wellnitz into custody.


He was transported to the Tri-County Regional Jail.



law Enforcement Memorial Service Planned in Logan County


The 2018 Logan County Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony has been set.


The Fraternal Order of Police will be hosting the annual ceremony at the Holland Theatre in Bellefontaine from 11am until noon Saturday May 12.


It is a time of reflection honoring law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice serving Logan County.



Opening Statements Presented in Bluffton Doctor's Trial


Opening statements were presented this week in the sexual imposition trial of a former Bluffton doctor.


WFIN Radio reported that Lima Assistant Prosecutor Nicole Smith told the jury of four men and four women that James Gideon touched six female patients inappropriately during examinations.


Gideon's attorney countered that the accusations of inappropriate contact is a misunderstanding, and that Gideon didn't explain the procedures to his patients well enough.


Gideon was charged with six counts of sexual imposition.



Bluffton University Names May Day King and Queen

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University’s annual May Day ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and will include the traditions of the crowning of a king and queen and the Maypole dance by first-year students.
Filling the roles of king and queen this year are seniors Andrew Hunter of Arlington, Ohio, and Laura Galley of Indianapolis, Ind.
Hunter is majoring in mathematics and is earning his adolescent/young adult teaching endorsement. He is a four-year letter winner on the basketball team and also served as captain this season. He is a member of the Bluffton Education Organization and has served as an intramural assistant and worship leader at chapel where he participated in the praise band. His parents are P.D. and Holly Hunter.
Galley is majoring in nutrition and dietetics. She is the president of the Bluffton University Nutrition Association (BUNA), vice-president of Student Senate, member of the concert band and a football cheerleader. Her parents are Paul and Danielle Galley.
First year students chosen to participate in the Maypole dance include:
? Wearing red is Jihad Shockley, a sociology and criminal justice double major from Columbus, Ohio, and the son of Thomas Shockley and Lesley Monroe- McCauley, and Lily Yoder, a social work major from West Liberty, Ohio, and the daughter of Brian and Sherrie Yoder.
? Wearing orange is Dalton Eversole, an early childhood education major from Eaton, Ohio, and the son of Scott and Karen Eversole, and Bridgette Montgomery, a psychology major from Piqua, Ohio, and the daughter of Jason Montgomery.
? Wearing yellow is Skyler Wilson, an information and technology major from Pleasant Hill, Ohio, and the son of Lonnie and Kylee Bowman, and Sarah Lemmon, a nutrition and dietetics major from Edon, Ohio, and the daughter of Dennis and Cheryl Lemmon.
? Wearing green is Connor Sanders, a nutrition and dietetics major from Mount Vernon, Ohio, and the son of Cindy and Matthew Thompson and Ty Sanders. He is accompanied by Amber Brown, a nutrition and dietetics major from Tiro, Ohio, and the daughter of the late Tracey and Lori Brown.
? Wearing aqua is Jared Nicol, a business administration major from East Liberty, Ohio, and the son Todd Nicol and Tina Love, and Amryn Dover, an early childhood and intervention specialist double major from Gahanna, Ohio, and daughter of Kirk Dover and Latasha Dover.
? Wearing blue is Griffin Burwell, a music performance major from Ottawa, Ohio, and the son of Tom and Michelle Liebrecht and Ed and Jackie Burwell. He is accompanied by Kimberly Hetrick, a history major from Fremont, Ohio, and the daughter of Kyle and Tammy Hetrick.
? Wearing lavender is Heather McConnaughey, a criminal justice major from Pioneer, Ohio, and the daughter of Craig and Dawn Borst, and Kayla McSwords, a nutrition and dietetics major from Marysville, Ohio, and the daughter of Sara and Joesph McSwords.
? Wearing purple is Michael Short, an information technology major from Archbold, Ohio, and the son of Ryan and Sarah Short. He is accompanied by Brittany Howe, an intervention specialist and early childhood double major from St. Henry, Ohio, and the daughter of Jeffrey and Susan Howe.


Multi-Vehicle Crash Injures Four in Marion County


Four people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in Marion County.


According to a release from the Marion Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, 35 year old Paul Williams was driving south on State Route 4 when he travelled left of center and ran a red light at Barks Road.


His car struck two vehicles, one being driven by Bobbi J. Cooney and the other by 17 year old Olivia D. Lindsay.


After the collision, Cooney's vehicle travelled left of center and struck a car being operated by 65 year old Ermitano Olivos-Falla.


Debris from the crashes struck two other vehicles.


Lindsay was flown to Grant Hospital in Columbus with serious injuries. Williams and a passenger in his car as well as Olivos-Falla were all transported to Marion General Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Cooney and her two month old passenger as well as the drivers of the vehicles that were struck by debris were not injured.


The crash remains under investigation.



Driver Not Injured in Wednesday Afternoon Crash


A Fostoria woman escaped injury in a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on State Route 53 in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 47 year old Tammy L. Miller lost control of her car while driving north on 53. The car ended up off the left side of the road where it struck a tree.


Miller was cited for failure to control.



Richwood Man Taken into Custody on Warrant


A Richwood resident was taken into custody this week on a warrant.


According to the media release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a deputy met with a Richwood police officer where they took custody of 19 year old Samuel R. Le for an outstanding warrant.


He was transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.



Former Acting Police Chief in Findlay Drops Appeal


The former acting police chief in Findlay has dropped his appeal of being fired from the job last September.


WFIN Radio reported that in exchange for dropping the appeal, Sean Young will get a one time payment of $15,000.


Young was fired after a domestic violence incident, a charge he pleaded guilty to last summer.


The action now allows the city to fill key positions in the police department that were left open in the event Young gets his job back.



Warm Weather Brings Increase in Thefts From Vehicles


With warm weather coming, theft from vehicle incidents tend to increase.


The Marion County Sheriff issued some simple tips designed to reduce your chances of being a victim.


Thieves like to target areas where many vehicles are located such as housing developments, trailer parks, apartment complexes and business parking lots.


You should always lock your vehicle. Many thieves don’t want to draw attention to themselves by making a lot of noise breaking glass.


It's also recommended that you remove all items of value.


Never leave items such as GPS units, garage door openers, loose change, cell phones, bookbags, clothing, tools and hunting gear in plain view.



Shawnee Teacher Indicted on Burglary Charges


A Shawnee school teacher has been indicted by the Allen County grand jury04/ on a charge of burglary.


The Lima News reported that 47 year old Vincent Deluca, of Lima, was also indicted for grand theft of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.


Deluca allegedly illegally entered a home in the 6800 block of Fort Amanda Road where he had a verbal confrontation with a resident and then fled on foot.


The incident was reported last month.



Two People Arrested Following Drug Bust in Findlay


Two people were arrested after a search warrant was executed this week at a residence in Findlay.


According to a release, the Hancock County METRICH Drug Task Force assisted by the Findlay Police Department Emergency Response team served the warrant at 215 Edith Avenue in Findlay.


The search yielded crack cocaine, cash, drug paraphernalia and items indicative of drug trafficking.


24 year old Ashley Baldridge and 23 year old Kenneth Schellenberg, both of Findlay, were arrested.


Additional charges and arrests are expected at the conclusion of the investigation.



Man Arrested in Wyandot County on Utah Warrants


The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office assisted the Bucyrus post of the Ohio State Patrol in an arrest of man on warrant.


According to the report, the arrest took place on US 23 early Tuesday morning.


Two females in the car that was stopped were placed in a state patrol cruiser, and the trooper asked that a man identified as Jason Morgan be placed in the sheriff's cruiser while a probable cause search was conducted on the car.


During the search, a marijuana blunt and a large amount of cash were located.


Morgan was placed under arrest on active felony warrants out of Utah. He was taken to the Wyandot County Jail and is awaiting extradition.



ALA Releases State of the Air 2018 Report


The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2018” report released this week shows mixed results for Ohio.


Several areas in Ohio suffered more unhealthy ozone days than in the 2017 report.


Cleveland (tied for 10th) and Cincinnati (tied for 18th) ranked among the 25 most polluted areas for year-round particle pollution in the nation.


The only county in our region to have air pollution monitors, Allen County, received an ozone grade of C and a particle pollution grade of A. Both are unchanged from the 2017 report.



To learn how to protect yourself and your family from air pollution, and to join the fight for healthy air, visit: www.StateOfTheAir.org.


Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Hilliard


A stolen vehicle was reported in Union County this week.


According to the report from the Union County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a business in the 8000 block of Corporate Boulevard to investigate the theft of a 2010 Ford dump truck.


The vehicle was recovered by the Hilliard Police Department, and the theft remains under investigation.



University of Findlay Rieck Center Holding Open House


The University of Findlay Rieck Center for Habitat Studies’ annual Spring Open House and Earth Day celebration will be held Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.


A program, which will feature a presentation and a short hike, will focus on monarch butterflies.


A limited number of milkweed seeds or small starts will be available for people to take home for their gardens.


Snacks will be served.


The Rieck Center is located between Findlay and Arlington at 17311 County Road 166.



Lima Police Announces Summer High School Police Academy


The Lima Police Department announced that the 2018 Summer High School Police Academy sign up is now open.


The academy is open to incoming freshman through outgoing seniors.


The dates will be June 12th through 15th 8am- 3pm at Lima Senior High School.


For more information and to sign up, visit the Lima Police Department Facebook page.



West Mansfield Resident Charged with Impersonating a Firefighter


A West Mansfield resident was arrested this past weekend for impersonating a firefighter.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, a complaint was filed by the Marysville Fire Department concerning an individual that had shown up at several EMS calls recently.


At one medical call Saturday evening, medical personnel responded to a call in the 11,000 block of U.S. 36 where they found the patient and a person who identified themselves as a volunteer firefighter.


During an investigation, it was discovered that the person had actually been terminated from the Bokes Creek Fire department in 2016.


18 year old Tony L. Beverly was arrested on an outstanding warrant for breaking and entering and has been charged with impersonating a firefighter.



Fire Damages Recreational Vehicle


Fire damaged a recreational vehicle Monday afternoon in Hancock County.


The Findlay Courier reported that the fire was on US 30 just past Madison Township 68, and the the westbound lane of 30 was closed until the scene was cleared.


The Arlington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.


There were no reports of injuries, according to the paper.



Rhodes Holding Early Scheduling Orientation Sessions


Rhodes State College kicked off Summer and Fall semester registration with Early Scheduling Orientation sessions earlier this month.  


Two sessions were held where new students had the opportunity to learn more about their programs of interest, meet faculty and staff, and register for classes.


A total of 10 scholarships totaling $10,000 were awarded during the 2 evenings.


During the recent awards reception, the Rhodes State College Foundation awarded 125 scholarships totaling over $120,000


Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has awarded over 2,000 scholarships totaling over $2.1 million through endowed and annual scholarships.



Road Construction Project Underway in Auglaize County


A road construction project is underway this week in Auglaize County.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, a lane closure on U.S. 33, between State Route 65 and Center Street in Wapakoneta, is underway.


One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of a temporary signal.


The project is expected to be completed May 9th.



University of Findlay Presents Spring Concert


The University of Findlay Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will combine forces for their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.


The concert is free and open to the public.


Birth of a Nation is the theme for this year’s concert, which will center on music of the American Revolutionary and Civil wars.



Academic Awards Scheduled at Bluffton University


The Bluffton University will be holding its annual Academic Awards forum on Tuesday the 24th.


The event is scheduled to begin at 11 am in Yoder Recital Hall on the campus. Students of the university will be honored including graduating seniors who are in the Honors Program, C. Henry Smith Honors, as well as departmental award winners. Also, several students will be presenting on their departmental honors project.


Many more awards will be given to seniors who have excelled in many different areas. This event is free and open to the public.



Westbound Lane of US 30 in Hancock County Closed Due to Fire

Traffic on US 30 in Hancock County is being impacted by a recreational vehicle fire.
The Findlay Courier reported that the fire is on 30 just past Madison Township 68, and the the westbound lane of 30 is currently closed.
The Arlington Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.
There are no reports of injuries, according to the paper.


Information on Armed Robbery Sought by Marion Police


Information is being sought in connection to an armed robbery in Marion this week.


According to a release from the Marion Police Department, officers responded to the Certified Oil gas station to investigate a report that the business had been robbed.


Officers were advised that the suspect was armed with a large knife and left the area on foot.


On the same night, a suspect attempted to gain entry into the Marion Food Mart. Police believe the same suspect may have been involved.


If anyone has any information, they are being asked to call 740-387-2525.



Juried Student Art Exhibit Opens at U of F


The University of Findlay’s spring Juried Student Art and Design Exhibition is now open through April 26 in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion.


A reception and awards ceremony will be held in the gallery on Tuesday, April 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.


A total of 101 pieces were selected to be exhibited out of approximately 300 submitted. Several works are for sale.


All exhibitions are free and open to the public.



Two People Shot Near Grand Lake St Marys


Two people were shot early Wednesday morning near Grand Lake St. Marys.


According to a release from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to an area off of State Route 364 on a 9-1-1 call about a shooting.


A male victim told deputies that he had been shot. Another victim was also found suffering from gunshot wounds.


Both were transported to the hospital by the St. Marys Rescue Squad. Their conditions are not known.


The incident is being investigated by the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office along with agents from Ohio B.C.I. and I. The St. Marys Police Department and the City of Celina Rescue Squad also assisted at the scene.


Sheriff Al Solomon said this appears to be an isolated incident and there is no threat to other citizens. He did say people should be observant and report anything out of the ordinary.


No other details are being released as the matter remains under investigation.



Forest Office Open Extended Hours


The Village of Forest will offer extended office hours for the purpose of filing your municipal income taxes.


The office will be open on Saturday April 14 from 10am to noon, Monday the 16th from 7am to 7pm, and Tuesday the 17th from 7am to 7pm.


The deadline to file and pay municipal income tax is April 17.



Two Wyandot County Fire Departments Receive Grants


Two fire departments in Wyandot County received grants from the Ohio Bureau of Worker's Compensation to purchase equipment.


According to a release, the Pitt Township Fire Department will recieve $8500, and the Village of Sycamore Fire Department will get $31,000.


Both departments will purchase equipment designed to reduce injuries to their workers.


The grants were part of 1.5 million awarded to employers around the state.



HCSO Adds Website Features Supporting Marsy's Law


The Hancock County Sheriff's Office added a new feature to its website in support of Marsy's Law.


Passed in November of 2017, Marsy's Law grants Ohio's crime victims specific rights in the criminal justice process.


Under the “Services” area of the website hancocksheriff.org, is a new feature titled the “Vine Notification System”.


That allows crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders twenty four hours a day.



Indian Lake Safe Skate Night Scheduled


The third annual Behind the Badge Indian Lake Safe Skate Night has been scheduled for April 25 in Russells Point.


The event will run from 5 until 8pm at Indian Lake Rollarena.


The kid friendly night will feature free skating, k-9 demonstrations, cruiser expo and more.


Participants will also have an opportunity to meet the members of Logan County Law Enforcement, Local fire and EMS.



MPD Refutes 2 Videos Attributed to Them


The Marion Police Department took to Facebook to refute two videos attributed to them earlier this week.


One video shows an apparent police use of force incident, but careful review of the video reveals the footage did not involve the Marion Police Department as an out of state cruiser can be seen.


The second video shows an alleged overdose victim lying on the ground and several officers standing over him failing to provide aid.


The department said the person on the ground was not an overdose victim but was arrested after eluding officers for several hours.


The victim had no visible injury and the officers did not believe that he was in any type of medical distress,however the police department called for a medic from the Marion Fire Department for evaluation.



University of Findlay to Host Healthy Kids Day


The University of Findlay College of Health Professions and Findlay Family YMCA is hosting the 6th annual Healthy Kids Day on Friday, April 20 from 5-8 p.m.


The event will be in the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex on North Main Street and is free and open to the public.


Each child completing a bingo card by visiting at least 25 of the 34 stations will be entered for prizes, including YMCA memberships, sports gear and more.


Blanchard Valley Health Center will also be providing free, healthy food and snacks to all in attendance.



New Scam Reported to Upper Sandusky Police


The Upper Sandusky Police Department was made aware of a new scam on Monday.


According to a release, a person was contacted by an individual who was posing as a former FBI agent through Facebook.


The scammers are using hacked Facebook accounts to find individuals and even use the hacked accounts to send messages from friends to make the scam appear legit. Individuals are then told they won a sweepstakes or contest but need to send money in order to collect the prize.


No real sweepstakes or contests require money to claim a prize.


Should you have questions about a potential scam, call the Upper Sandusky Police Department at 419-294-2324.



Marysville Police Department has New Policy for Webchecks


The Marysville Division of Police has instituted a new policy regarding webcheck and ink fingerprint checks.


The services are provided from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. It is for people who live or work within the Marysville address.


The policy was updated due to the large increase in the demand for the services, many from out of county residents.



Findlay Man Gets New Bicycle


A Findlay man has a new bicycle thanks to the generosity of an area business.


According to information on the Findlay Police Department Facebook page, officers received a call over the weekend informing them a man named Kenny's bike was stolen.


Kenny is well known around Findlay, and his bicycle was his primary mode of transportation while also providing him with a sense of freedom.


The officer contacted Walmart in an attempt to purchase a new bicycle, but instead the store replaced Kenny's bike free of charge and even added a lock to prevent future thefts.



Rhodes Hosting Cybersecurity Information Session


Rhodes State College will be hosting a cybersecurity information session on Friday, April 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Keese Hall Multipurpose center at Rhodes State College in Lima.


Industries consisting of automotive, food processing, and others that have  contact with the Government will be required to adopt similar cybersecurity regulations.


There will be a panel of experts at both sessions explaining  the requirements needed to prepare for these regulations.


For more information and to register, call 419-995-8351.



Construction Project Planned for 33 in Union County


Traffic will be impacted due to a planned construction project on US 33 in Union County beginning today.


According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation, work is began today in both direction of 33 between State Route 739 and Northwest Parkway. This week's work will be on the shoulders as the contractor will be getting ready for bridge and pavement repairs.


That stretch of 33 will be reduced to one lane in both directions beginning next Monday from 6pm to 6am, and the work will include pavement and bridge deck repairs as well as various pavement repairs.


There will also be work in the ramps from 33 to State Route's 287 and 739.


Advance notification will be provided when a specific ramp is restricted and/or closed.



Man Receives Life Sentence on Rape Charges


Tennessee man sentenced to four terms of life in prison in Logan County Common Pleas Court.


37 year old Joseph Todd, was sentenced to four terms of life in prison for raping two boys under the age of 10.


A jury found Todd guilty after a two day trial earlier this year.


Both victims, who were under the age of 10 during the incidents, did not know each other prior to the trial that they both were victimized by Todd.


Todd will have to serve 20 years before he is eligible for a parole hearing.



Former Bluffton Mayor Dies


A former Bluffton mayor passed away this week.


WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that R. Wayne Matter served as mayor for 10 years and as a village councilman for eight.


He also served as president of the Ohio Mayor’s Association and was a founding member of the Bluffton Housing Corporation.


Matter was 92-years-old.


His funeral is scheduled for today in Bluffton.



Marion Seeing Increase in Fake Money Distribution


Businesses in Marion are seeing an increase in counterfeit $100 bills.


The Marion Star reported that four incidents have been reported to Marion Police within the last month.


The trend also appears to be on the increase around the State of Ohio as well, according to the Columbus office of the Secret Service.


The paper also reported that in addition, fake smaller denominations such as 20's and 50's are increasing in circulation as well.



Rhodes State College Foundation to Award Student Scholarships

LIMA, Ohio (April 3, 2018) – The 21st Annual Rhodes State College Scholarship Awards reception will be held April 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Keese Hall Multipurpose Center at Rhodes State College. 
Over 300 recipients, donors and guests are planning to attend. 
For the 2018–2019 academic year, the Rhodes State College Foundation can grant up to 146 student scholarship awards totaling over $140,000. Over the past 19 years, the Foundation has awarded almost 2,000 scholarships to students totaling over $2 million through endowed and annual scholarships. 
Presently, the Foundation has over 50 endowed and annual scholarship funds.
Founded in 1978, the Rhodes State College Foundation assists the College by developing partnerships and relationships with individuals, businesses and community organizations. The Foundation generates financial support to increase the College’s viability, enhance opportunities for students, and help provide more accessible and affordable education to current and future students. 
Persons and organizations interested in establishing a scholarship may contact Kevin Reeks, Executive Director of Development, at 419-995-8044.


WCSO Releases March Activity Report


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


The office received 211 complaints and made 18 felony arrests.


Personal injury accidents were scarce for Wyandot County in March, as only one person was injured.


19 new concealed carry permits were issued and 35 were renewed in the month of March.



Marion County Schools Raising Money for K-9


The Marion County School Districts are raising money to assist the Marion County Sheriff's Office with the purchase of a new Deputy K-9.


The school district that raises the most money will get to name the K-9 after their school mascot. The four schools are the Elgin Comets, Pleasant Spartans, Ridgedale Rockets and River Valley Vikings.


As part of the Quarters for K-9's fundraiser, Deputy Kelly and K-9 Nero plan to visit all four county schools this month to demonstrate the important role K-9 officers play in keeping the community safe.



WWII Veteran's Remains Returned to Findlay


The sister of a man who fought in World War II never thought she would see the day come.


Her brother Ora Sharninghouse Jr. went missing in September of 1944 after his bombing plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean.


WFIN Radio in Findlay reported that his remains were returned to Hancock County  yesterday.


The Coldren-Crates Funeral Home received the remains after they were delivered by the military to the airport in Detroit.


Visitation and funeral services are planned for this week.



Honda Sales Figures Increase


New total vehicle sales for Honda set a record in March.


According to a release issued Wednesday from the company, Honda brand sales gained 2.6% on sales of 128,855.


Sales for the Marysville produced Accord topped 24,000 for the month, moving up.


Civic gained 3.4% on sales of 32,584 units in March.



One of the Last Members of Tuskegee Airmen to Speak at U of F


Lt. Col. Harold Brown, one of the last surviving members of the original Tuskegee Airman, will speak at the University of Findlay.


The event will be held on Monday, April 23.


A brief film showcasing his story, along with a book signing of "Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman," co-authored by Lt. Col. Brown and Dr. Marsha S. Bordner, will be featured as well.


The presentation will run from 6-8pm on April 23 at Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium.



2 Richwood Residents Arrested on Warrants


Two Richwood residents were taken into custody this week on outstanding warrants.


According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 28 year old Dustin M. Decker was arrested on an outstanding warrant.


Later in the day, deputies met with a Marysville Police to take custody of 27 year old Caitlyn D. Miller.


Both individuals were transported to the Tri County Regional Jail.



Youth Academy Scheduled this Summer in Marysville


The Marysville Division of Police and the Marysville Division of Fire are putting on a Youth Academy from June 25th 2018 through June 29th 2018.


These classes will run from 8am-12pm and will be held at the Marysville Police Department and the Marysville Fire Station located on County Home Road.


8th and 9th graders for the 2018-2019 school year in the Marysville School District are invited to participate.


Classes will range from introductions to SWAT, K9 program, Investigations, as well as, Ladder training, Search and Rescue, CPR, and Basic First Aid.


Only 20 applications for the academy are being accepted, so potential participants are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.



4 Facing Charges for Selling Marijuana to Minors


Lima police officers began a short term investigation into the sale of marijuana to minors from 615 Lewis Avenue in Lima from over the past weekend.


The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force, with the aid of the Allen County Sheriff’s SWAT Team, executed a search warrant at the residence where Marijuana, currency, and paraphernalia was located inside.


Four individuals were taken into custody and were charged with various offenses.



Delphos Restaurant Robbed


A restaurant in Allen County was robbed Monday.


The Lima News reported that a black male entered Taco Bell on Elida Avenue in Delphos Monday Morning.


The man walked behind the counter and pointed a handgun at employees demanding money. One of the employees emptied a safe into a paper bag after being forced at gunpoint.


The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.


There were no injuries and the incident remains under investigation.



April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month


The month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.


The University of Northwestern Ohio’s Counseling Center and Title IX Office have partnered to create a month full of educational and interactive ways to address sexual violence.  

The theme for 2018 is “Embrace Your Voice.”


During the month there will be “Fact-Filled Fridays” where interesting facts regarding national statistics, local resources, and ways to get involved on campus will be e-mailed to faculty, staff, and students.  



Fire Damages Wyandot County House


A weekend fire in Wyandot County destroyed a house in the 15,000 block of Township Highway 27 in rural Carey.


The home is owned by Matt and Brandy Fredritz, and according to a report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, the couple and their children were not in the home at the time of the fire.


The Carey Fire Department received mutual aid from the Upper Sandusky, Wharton-Richland and Vanlue Fire Departments.


The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.



Carey Woman Cited Following Crash


A Carey woman escaped injury in a crash that occurred Saturday in Wyandot County.


According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, 64 year old Lua Frisch lost control of her vehicle was travelling south on Township Highway 106. The vehicle went off the left side of the road where it struck a utility pole resulting in heavy damage.


Frisch was cited for failure to control.



Lima Woman Sentenced to 64 Years in Prison


A Lima woman has received 64 years in prison in a human trafficking case.

According to information from Lima News, a 39 year old woman appeared before the Allen County Common Pleas court and showed remorse for her actions. Authorities say the woman allowed a man to have sex with her daughters to pay for her drug habit. She plead guilty to the charges of attempted rape, compelling prostitution, child pornography and trafficking. Authorities say that the daughters were 12 and 15 when they were assaulted during a yearlong period in 2014.  


The man who committed the abuse is currently serving 30 years.



Bluffton University Offering New Major


The Bluffton University is offering a new pathway for Education Majors.


Bluffton University has announced that some students will be able to receive their Bachelor and Master Degrees within a four year period. The program known as the 3+1 Education Preparation Program allows Early Childhood Education majors the ability to earn their teaching license and their Bachelor degree in a three year span. That would allow them to begin the in the Master of Arts Education in their fourth year of schooling.


The program will also be available for Intervention Specialist Majors. Students who are looking to get into the 3+1 program must meet a certain GPA and test score requirements to be eligible.



Mt. Cory Man Sentenced on Sex Crime


A Mount Cory man was sentenced for a Sex Crime in the Hancock County Common Pleas Court.


Don Brewster, 63, of Mount Cory will spend 180 days in jail for sexual contact he had with an 8 year old.


His sentence also includes serving five years of intensive community control and register as a tier two sex offender.



Waynesfield Man Accused of Sexual Conduct with Minor


A 24 year old Waynesfield man is facing five counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor after being arrested this week.


WLIO in Lima reported that Shane "Bud" Matthews Junior is accused of allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 14 year old girl.


Additional charges are pending in the case. Waynesfield investigators say there could be additional victims or others who may have knowledge of other inappropriate conduct with minor children.


The Auglaize County Sheriff's Department and Children Services are assisting in the investigation.



Man Arrested Following Drug Bust in Lima


The West Central Ohio Crime Task Force with the aid of the Allen County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant a residence in Lima this week.


According to a release, the warrant was served at 2300 Kimberly Drive following an investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics from the home.


Suspected marijuana, suspected fentanyl, U.S. Currency, a firearm, and drug paraphernalia were seized during the raid.


One adult resident, 28 year old Dominique Q. Simpson and several small children were in the home at the time the search warrant was executed.


No suspects were taken into custody during the raid. The case will be presented to an Allen County Grand Jury at a later date.



Spring Concert Planned at University of Findlay


The University of Findlay Concert and University Singers annual spring concert will be held next Sunday April 8.


This year's show is inspired by a welcome presence that always soothes our weary winter souls – birds in spring.


The event will start at 3 p.m. in Winebrenner Theological Seminary’s TLB Auditorium. Admission will be free, but tickets are required. They can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 200 W. Main Cross Street or by calling 419-423-2787.



BBB Says Beware of Fake Headphones


The Better Business Bureau continues to field complaints about a company selling fake Beats by Dre headphones.


The real headphones have been popular for 10 years now, and just two years ago, the BBB investigated a company believed to be selling counterfeit Beats headphones and using a fake address in Marion, Ohio.


Bullet-Tech, a company selling electronics nationwide, has an F rating with BBB.


BBB wrote to the business on three different occasions concerning their claim to be an "Authorized Dr. Dre Beats Headphone Retailer" located in Marion, Ohio. The business has yet to respond to any communications.


Consumers are being asked to do their homework, and make sure the product they are buying is authentic.



Lima Hall of Justice Renamed


Lima Police Chief Kevin Martin has announced the dedication of the newly named Chief William K. Davenport Hall of Justice.


In May of 2017, Lima City Council authorized and passed a resolution to permanently memorialize the late chief for his professional accomplishments, integrity, and commitment to our community.


The signage for the City of Lima Hall of Justice building designating the building as the Chief William K. Davenport Hall of Justice Building will be dedicated today.



Union County Planning Memorial Service for Peace Officers


The Union County Sheriff's Office is planning a Memorial Service to pay tribute to Union County peace officers killed in the line of duty.


The ceremony is scheduled for Thursday May 7 at the Union County Courthouse in Marysville starting at 7pm.


The public is invited to attend.



Fake $100 Bills Reported in Marion


The Marion Police Department has received multiple reports involving fake one hundred dollar bills.


According to a release, One bill in particular is a LB series bill with the last four serial numbers being 4201. The other bukk us a series LGQ and ends in 9158.


Those passing the bills have made efforts to cover up identifying defects.


The police department is asking everyone to exercise increased caution when accepting large bills.



Suspect Sought in Findlay Robbery Investigation


The Findlay Police Department is ask for assistance in identifying a robbery suspect from over the weekend.


According to a release, a Hispanic male wearing blue jeans, a black coat and gray stocking cap, entered Circle K, located at 100 Crystal Avenue, this past Sunday afternoon.


He is said to have brandished a knife and demanded cash from a store employee. He fled the area after taking an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register.


Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Findlay Police at 419-424-7150.



MPD Welcomes New Officer


A new officer has been sworn in as the newest member of the Marion Police Department.


Officer Todd Bartson was sworn in by Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer this week.


Following the ceremony, the officer, who was surrounded by family and police department staff, received his badge by Chief Bill Collins.


Officer Bartson is a 2011 graduate of Mohawk High School, and a 2015 graduate of Heidelberg University.


He obtained his Ohio Peace Officer Certification in 2016 from Terra State Community College.



Car Crash Reported on University of Findlay Campus


One person was injured in a crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon on the campus of the  university of Findlay.


According to a witness at the scene, a car failed to navigate a curve at Cory and Davis Streets and travelled over the curb where it hit two trees.


The driver was said to be able to walk to the a nearby ambulance.


The crash remains under investigation.



Riley Creek Festival Held at Bluffton University


Bluffton University will host the annual Riley Creek Festival from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Sommer Center.

The event is Free and open to the public, the festival will feature block-party-style events including: family-friendly inflatables, games and other activities. The event will conclude with the traditional rubber duck race on Riley Creek starting at 4 p.m. Rubber ducks will be sold for $1 each, with proceeds to benefit the Bluffton food pantry. Duck race winners will receive prizes donated by local businesses.

An optional lunch will be available for purchase to community members and non-students. Students may use a meal swipes to cover the cost of lunch for their family and friends.


Riley Creek Festival concludes the university’s Lil’ Sibs weekend. A full schedule of events can be found at bluffton.edu



Lima Noon Sertoma Club Announcing Service Awards

The Lima Noon Sertoma Club will be announcing the winner of the year's Service to Mankind Award at their next meeting.


The award is the highest honor Sertoma can bestow on a non-member.


Past recipients have included educators, foster parents, volunteer camp directors and activities.


The presentation of the this year's winner will be made at 12:15pm on March 27 at the Oak Barn Out Back in Lima.



Ohio Farm Stories Presentation Offered

A free public presentation about the most recent narratives recorded for the Ohio Farm Stories project will be offered on Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Findlay.


The project is a collaboration between the University of Findlay and Hancock Historical Museum, and speaking will be museum Executive Director Sarah Sisser, assistant communication professor Megan Adams and English professor Christine Denecker.


They will detail three additional oral histories collected from Hancock County farm families.


Ohio Farm Stories is funded with a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council.



Suspicious Package Cleared by Allen County Bomb Squad


The Lima City Building and the surrounding parking lots were closed for a couple of hours Thursday morning after a city employee reported finding a suspicious package.


According to a release from the Lima Police Department, the package was found at the rear of the city building located at 50 Town Square.


Officers determined that the package appeared to be out of place and notified the Allen County Regional Bomb Team.


The bomb squad discovered that the package contained trash and was not dangerous.


The police department stated that the employee did the right thing by reporting a package left in a location that was out of the ordinary.


They used the occasion to remind everyone that if you see something that looks suspicious, notify law enforcement.



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