A Bucyrus man was detained Thursday in connection to a complaint about a theft from a vehicle in Upper Sandusky.
According to the report from the Upper Sandusky Police Department, officers were called to the 500 block of Highland Parkway to investigate the incident.
A description of the suspect was given by the resident, and a man matching that description was detained by another officer on patrol, who was investigating the suspect on a separate complaint.
So far nor charges have been filed as the incident is under investigation.
The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office took a report for two missing juveniles last week, and the public's assistance is still needed to help find them.
According to the Sheriff's Office Facebook page, they are suspected to be runaways from the Upper Sandusky area.
Adrian and Carmen Holloway
Carmen Holloway is a 14 year old female. She is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs 120 pounds with long dark hair and hazel eyes.
She took her brother, Adrian Holloway, with her. He is a 12 year old, approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes.
The siblings are possibly with Dylan Kincade, a 19 year old male. He is approximately 5 feet 6 inches tall and 125 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.
If you have any information about these juveniles please contact the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office at 419-294-2362.
The Wyandot County Fair Secretary's Office has expanded office hours as the 2017 fair draws closer.
The new hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The deadline for entries is August 15.
The fair premium book is available now at the Secretary's Office, libraries in Upper Sandusky, Carey, Mohawk and Forest, 4-H Extension Office or online at the wyandot county fair dot com.
The fair runs September 12 through the 17 in Upper Sandusky.
A Washington state lottery winner pleaded not guilty to charges in Wyandot County Common Pleas Court this week.
46 year old Michael Goines was indicted this month on one count each of possession of cocaine, having a weapon under disability, receiving stolen property and improper handling of firearm in a motor vehicle. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on a $200,000 bond.
The charges stem from a crash handled by the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office late last month.
Goines won 25 million dollars in the Washington State lottery last year.
A Logan County Man was arrested on a felony count of burglary following a domestic dispute.
WPKO Radio reports that 23 year old Dylan Kossel was removed from a property after a dispute with a 24 year old woman, who lives a the property with her children. When Kossel returned, he kicked a door in, and ransacked the property.
Officers observed a broken shovel and glass, personal belongings disarranged around the home, and blood on Kossel’s arms and hands. Kossel was treated and released from Mary Rutan Hospital where he was then charged with a felony count of burglary. He was booked into the Logan County Jail.
The woman and her children were not injured in the incident.
Two teenagers who were missing in Bellefontaine have been found.
The Bellefontaine Examiner is reporting that 17 year old Emily Goodwin and 16 year old Cayde Neeley turned themselves into probation officers. The pair was originally reported as missing by family members on June 19th.
Neeley was placed in the Logan County JDC, and Goodwin was returned home.
The Indian Lake Schools superintendent is appealing the board's decision to put him on unpaid leave while he fights charges that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that once the Ohio Department of Education provides a required referee, Patrick O'Donnell will get a public hearing with the Indian Lake Board of Education.
The 52 year old O'Donnell pleaded not guilty to charges of rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition.
His 46 year old wife Heather O'Donnell, the superintendent of the Midwest Regional Education Services Center in Bellefontaine, pleaded not guilty to child endangering charges alleging she failed to report the allegations to police.
The Marion Police Department has received numerous phone calls regarding a Fraternal Order of Police phone solicitation for donations.
According to the police department's Facebook page, the FOP is currently doing their phone solicitation that supports programs such as the cops and kids Christmas shopping for area students in need.
This is the only local phone solicitation that benefits local departments and their outreach programs. The persons who pick up the donations will have proper identification with them that bear the image of the FOP. As always, you should feel free to call if you have questions or concerns regarding the identify of the person talking to you or picking up your donation.
The FOP just completed week one of three and the solicitation will wrap up on Friday July 28th
Three people were arrested on various charges following a traffic stop in Wyandot County over the weekend.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a car for a speeding violation on U.S. 23 at Township Highway 98.
The driver, identified as Michael L. Saunders, of Pleasantville, Ohio, was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A passenger, Christy L. Keller, of Breman, Ohio, was taken into custody for possession of approximately 17 grams of crystal meth, marijuana, marijuana paraphernalia and drug paraphernalia.
Another passenger, Robert A. Fisher, of Lancaster, Ohio, was allegedly found to be in possession of prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments.
All three were taken to the Wyandot County Jail.
The incident remains under investigation.
A weekend motorcycle crash in Wyandot County injured a Bellevue woman.
According to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office report, 26 year old Brittany Famulare lost control of the motorcycle while riding west on U.S. 30. The vehicle went off the left side of the road and overturned.
Famulare was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky for treatment of injuries.
She was cited for failure to control.
The Indian Lake Superintendent pleads not guilty to all charges including four counts of rape, four counts of sexual battery, and six charges of sexual imposition.
WPKO radio reports that Pat O’Donnell and his wife, Heather have both plead not guilty to sex related charges. During the arraignment hearing that was held on Friday the 14th, Judge Goslee set the Mr. O’Donnell’s bond at $150,000 and his wife’s at $25,000.
The final pretrial is set for October 30th.
Former Greenfield offensive coach and Benjamen Logan graduate Joe Roberts, became Head Football Coach for Ridgedale according to the Marion Star.
24 year old Roberts is a Bluffton University graduate where he spent four years as the Football assistant to the team. He played for the Benjamin Logan football team when he attended High School and served as an offensive lineman.
The Ridgedale Football team is currently on a 26 game losing streak and is hoping for revitalization with the hiring of a new Head Football Coach.
Several highways in our region continue to be closed or monitored due to high water.
According to a release from the Ohio Department of Transportation:
The following roads remain closed in:
.State Route 568
.State Route 12 east of I-75, Findlay, (closed under the direction of the city of Findlay).
The National Weather Service has continued the flood warning for the Blanchard River Near Findlay until late Sunday night.
Major flooding in the City of Findlay*
According to information from the NWS:
. At 10:00 AM Friday the stage was 16.5 feet.
.Major flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
Major flooding in the City of Findlay*
.Flood stage is 11.0 feet.
.Forecast...The river will rise to near 16.8 feet by this evening.
Major flooding in the City of Findlay*
The river will fall below flood stage Sunday evening.
In Wyandot County:
All highways which had been closed due to flooding are now open.
Residents should refer to their respective county sheriff’s office for information on local road closures.
Motorists are reminded not to drive through areas of high water.
*pictures courtesy of Steven James Kammeyer
A couple from Russells Point was indicted this week on charges stemming from a drug related death.
According to information from the Logan County Clerk of Courts website, Jeff and Shandra Young were each indicted by the Logan County Grand Jury on one count each of reckless homicide, abuse of a corpse and aggravated possession of drugs. Shandra Young was also indicted on one count of possession of heroin.
WPKO Radio in Bellefontaine reported that the charges stem from the death of 42 year old Thomas Cotterman, of Russells Point.
The Youngs, along with Cotterman allegedly travelled to Dayton back in February to purchase drugs. Cotterman died from a drug overdose on February 16. The Youngs are accused of waiting several hours to seek medical treatment for Cotterman fearing criminal charges. Cotterman was pronounced dead the next morning at Lima Memorial Hospital.
High water issues are being reported in Wyandot County.
According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, roads that are currently closed are:
.State Route 102 between CH 96 and 95
.TH 45 between CH 96 nd 95
.CH 53 between CH 108 and SR 293
Roads with high water in Wyandot County:
.CH 42, 44, 47 and 49 all between CH 97 and TH 103
.CH 47 between CH 96 and 97 and between SR's 53 and 199
.SR 294 near the Old Hickory Grove Golf Course
.SR 67 south of CH 36
.CH 67 south of TH 42
.SR 294 between CH 95 and 97
.SR 53 south of McCutchenville
.CH 36 between CH 134 and SR 231
A Bellefontaine man was injured after he was struck by a vehicle while walking across a road in downtown Bellefontaine this morning.
WPKO Radio reported that 75 year old Jeffrey Lee was in the crosswalk when he was struck by a vehicle operated by 69 year old Ricky Briggs, of Lakeview, who was turning from Madriver onto Columbus Street at the time.
Lee was taken to Mary Rutan Hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.
Briggs, who told police he didn't see Lee in the crosswalk, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.
The superintendent of Indian Lake Schools was indicted yesterday on sex related charges.
According to the the Logan County Clerk of Courts website, Pat O'Donnell was indicted by the Logan County Grand Jury on two counts each of rape and sexual battery and one count of gross sexual imposition.
O'Donnell was put on paid leave after he was arrested on the charges. The Indian Lake Board of Education then placed him on unpaid leave and is considering terminating his contract. That action was taken at the June board meeting.
He is accused of sexually assaulting a 13 year old girl from January of 2013 to the fall of 2016.
In addition, his wife Heather O’Donnell was indicted on two counts of child endangering, according to the Clerk of Courts website.
The Hancock County WIC Office will join the Hancock County Farmers' Market at the fairgrounds in Findlay on July 13, for a fun family event.
There will be locally grown, farm fresh produce available, along with many other vendors and organizations.
This event is FREE and open to the public from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Kroger customers confirmed their support for members of America’s military by contributing a record $109,842 to benefit the USO during The Kroger Company Columbus Division’s annual Honoring Our Heroes campaign.
Amy McCormick, Kroger corporate affairs manager, will present a check to United Service Organizations (USO) representatives at the Marysville Kroger Marketplace on Friday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m.
According to McCormick, 100 percent of funds raised will benefit the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. The Columbus Division’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign began May 21 and continued through June 3, with funds collected through scan card purchases at Kroger’s Columbus Division store registers.
Customers were invited to write the names of their military heroes on their cards to show support for a military branch by placing it on Kroger’s special USO sign.
Ohio Connections Academy (OCA), a leading public e-school serving students in grades K-12 throughout Ohio, will host an information session for interested parents and students.
The session will be held on Wednesday, July 19th in Findlay at the Hancock Historical Museum 422 W. Sandusky Street from 6 until 7:30 p.m.
These information sessions are designed to educate prospective parents and students about the virtual public school as well as answer questions about how the program works, the benefits to students, and how to enroll.
Enrollment for the 2017-18 academic year is currently open.
Three people were injured in a crash that occurred just before 4:30 Monday afternoon in Hancock County.
According to a release from the Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol, 49 year old Mark Maag, of Ottawa, drove his pickup truck from a stop sign on County Road 78 onto County Road 16 and was struck by a northbound car being operated by 48 year old Audra Oglesbee, of McComb.
Maag was taken by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center with critical injuries.
Oglesbee was transported to Blanchard Valley Hospital in Findlay with unknown injuries, and a passenger in her car,
21 year old Allison Hammond, of McComb, was taken to St. Rita's in Lima with critical injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
The American Red Cross and Cedar Fair theme parks are partnering to offer a free Cedar Fair park ticket to those who come out to donate blood at select blood drives.
In our region, donors who give on Wednesday, July 19 from Noon to 7 p.m. at Marion Knights of Columbus in Marion will receive one park ticket, while supplies last.
They can also enter to win one of three grand prize packages for four to Knott’s Berry Farm in California or Cedar Point in Ohio. This event serves as a celebration of 100 years of Red Cross service in the Marion community.
Organizers seek 120 blood donations.
If you are planning on travelling to Findlay, keep in mind the downtown area is getting a facelift.
The Main Street project officially began July 5.
As the Downtown Findlay construction is underway, you should plan accordingly when going downtown.
According to the Downtown Findlay Facebook page, these changes are more than just a resurfacing project, but also a beautification project.
To minimize the disruptions to businesses, night time milling of asphalt is scheduled to minimize daytime issues. One lane north and south bound will be open, allowing customers to reach downtown.
The project is anticipated to be completed in November of this year.
The Wyandot County Sheriff's Office released their activity report for the month of June.
Deputies arrested 10 adults for felony violations during the month.
There were 17 property damage crashes and 3 injury crashes in the county.
85 inmates were incarcerated at the Wyandot County Jail.
The Sheriff's Office issued 15 new concealed carry permits, renewed 20 and revoked one.
A total of 183 complaints were investigated for the month of June.
An armed robbery occurred in Bellefontaine on Friday.
According to the report from WPKO, My Pharmacy on East Sandusky Street was robbed at gunpoint by three males.
The men allegedly tied up the female pharmacist, who was working alone, and took an unknown amount of prescription drugs.
The suspects fled in a nearby vehicle. No one was injured in that incident. Bellefontaine Police are seeking public assistance. If you have information on this robbery, you are asked to call (937) 599-1010.
The Hancock County commissioners approve road maintenance project.
The Courier reports that two Public Works Commions grants were approved on Thursday by the commissioners.
A bridge is set to be repaired on Hancock County Road 139, and is estimated at $400,000 with $80,000 being paid by the county.
Road resurfacing will stretch over 15 miles around Hancock county. The project is quoted at $1 million, and the county is set to pay half of that cost.
Both projects are set to be completed in late November.
There are several high water areas reported in Wyandot County from the storms that rolled through the area today.
According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, those areas are:
State Route 231 in Nevada, and in the area of Township Highway 140, County Highway 56 and County Highway 59.
County Highway 330 between County Highway 128 and County Highway 134.
County Highway 47 between State Route 53 and State Route 199.
County Highway 59 near the intersection of Township Highway 12, County Highway 128 and Township Highway 135.
County Highway 134 north of County Highway 330 and also south of Sycamore.
County Highway 128 south of U.S. 30.
County Highway 124 near Township Highway 43.
A Bellefontaine resident was the target of a different kind of phone scam attempt Wednesday.
WPKO reported that a woman received a call from someone claiming to be a captain for the New York Police Department, who told her she won over $600,000 in the Publisher's Clearing House. A few hours later, the woman got a call from someone claiming to be Lt. Herring, from the Bellefontaine Police Department, who told her they received a fax from New York confirming her prize. A short time later, the woman received a call from the New York Police Department telling her she needed to purchase two $1000 WalMart gift cards. This is when the woman realized this was a scam, and she did not purchase the gift cards.
The incident was reported to the Bellefontaine Police Department who believe the scam artists researched police department rosters to use their names.
A Logan County man was arrested after making threats.
WPKO Radio reports that 46 year old Gary Dunn was arrested on one count of telephone harassment, and a probation violation after he allegedly made threats to kill his mother and her husband. The threats span across 14 phone calls in a four hour overnight timespan.
He was booked into the Logan County Jail.
A scam attempt was reported to Upper Sandusky Police Wednesday.
According to the report, a resident was told by a caller that it would cost $199 to keep his laptop computer on. The resident said the call came from a man who claimed to be with Kangaroo Tech, and that they were contracted with Microsoft.
Police called Microsoft and were told they never heard of the company nor do they contract with them.
The resident did not pay the amount requested by the caller.
A vandalism complaint was received by the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.
According to that report, officers were called to a residence in Wharton in reference to a car fire.
It was discovered someone lit a rag on fire and threw it at a car resulting in minor damage. Later on, it was discovered that the tires on the vehicle were flattened.
A suspect was named, but no charges have been filed. The incident is under investigation.
A traffic stop near Indian Lake this past Tuesday night led to the arrest of two Lakeview women.
WPKO in Bellefontaine reported that a car was stopped by a Logan County Sheriff's deputy on State Route 235 because the driver was not staying in her lane of travel.
44 year old Lauralee Williams admitted that she had been drinking earlier in the day, but it was determined that she was not impaired.
Williams and a passenger, identified as 54 year old Lori Pacha, were said to be acting suspiciously which led to a search of the vehicle.
Deputies allegedly found drug paraphernalia with cocaine residue in Williams' purse. She was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of criminal tools.
Pacha was charged with possession of methamphetamine after the drug was allegedly found in her pants pocket.
Both women were taken to the Logan County Jail.
The city of Upper Sandusky swore in a new police chief.
The Findlay Courier reports that Captain Dan Ross was set to be sworn in before City Council at a meeting last night. Ross has been with the department for 22 years, and is a veteran of the Marine Corps.
He has been serving as the interim chief since the retirement of his predecessor, Chief David M. Olds in late April.
A house in Marseilles was destroyed by fire Tuesday afternoon.
According to information from the Wyandot County Sheriff's Office, Marseilles firefighters were dispatched just before 4 to the 18,000 block of Township Highway 103.
The home is owned by Jenny Bosch, who told investigators she smelled what she thought was hot wires but could not identify the source. She then left the residence around 3 that afternoon.
The home was listed as a total loss.
A fatal crash occurred in Harrod Sunday Morning.
The Lima News reports that 21 year old Erik D. Neeley’s vehicle was traveling eastbound on Clum Road, East of the Lawrence Road intersection, when his pickup truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole owned by AEP. After the truck overturned, he was ejected from the vehicle.
Neeley was transported to Lima Memorial Health System where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses report that the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed before the incident, Neeley was not wearing his seatbelt, and alcohol was believed to be a factor in that crash.
A pedestrian was struck after the Indian Lake Fireworks.
WPKO Radio reports that 17 year old Madison Buffenbarger was attempting to cross U.S. 33 with a group of friends. It is reported that she failed to look before crossing the roadway, and was hit by an oncoming vehicle. Authorities that were directing traffic were able to provide rapid service.
Buffenbarger was transported via helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, where she remains in critical condition.
A fatal crash was reported in Wyandot County
According to the release from the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 10:30 in the evening on July 1st.
35 year old Normurod Roziko of Niles Illinois failed to yield to a vehicle being operated by 67 year old Darlene A. Kujawa of Findlay while making a U-Turn. Kujawa struck Roziko’s commercial vehicle, and was transported via helicopter to St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo where she later was pronounced dead.
Three juvenile passengers were airlifted to the same medical facility, one was released, the other two are listed in stable condition.
That crash remains under investigation.
Two people were injured in a crash involving a moped and car Thursday night.
According to a release from the Bucyrus Post of the Ohio State Patrol, a moped operated by 20 year old Felix Auboch, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was southbound on U.S. 23 when it was struck from behind by a vehicle being operated by 62 year old Charles Mckenzie, of Massillon, Ohio.
Auboch and a passenger, 18 year old Sebestian Auboch, of Austria, were both ejected from the moped.
Sebestian was taken by helicopter to St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima, where he is listed in critical condition.
Felix was transported to Marion General Hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Mckenzie was not injured.
The crash remains under investigation.
The Indian Lake Schools Board of Education held a special meeting.
WPKO Radio reports that the board moved superintendent Pat O’Donnell to unpaid leave, and discussed his contract’s termination.
O’Donnell has ten days to request a full hearing in front of the board, or referee appointed by the state department of education, as mandated by Ohio Law. If a hearing is requested, it will be handled at a later date.
O’Donnell is accused of inappropriately touching a female victim over a period of three years. The girl is now 13 years old. The case will go to a grand jury in Logan County.
Several regions will be celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks this weekend.
At Indian Lake, the fireworks will start at 10 Saturday night. Leading up to that, several activities will be held at Old Field Beach. The Indian Lake Beach Spectacular will start at noon tomorrow.
Rushsylvania will also have activities and events during the day tomorrow. That includes a parade at noon, and the Rushsylvania Lions Club will hold a Chicken barbeque at the park. The fireworks will start at dusk.
The Upper Sandusky Police Department announced this week the retirement of their K9 Hunter from the force.
Hunter has been with the department since October of 2010. He has assisted on more than 800 illegal drug investigations throughout Wyandot County.
Hunter will now make his home with his handler, Officer Silcox.
The Upper Sandusky fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday night.
The location for the display is the Upper Sandusky High School at 800 North Sandusky Avenue.
Admission to the event, which runs from 9 until 10:30 Saturday night, is free.
A Bellefontaine man was sentenced after the rape of a 15 year old girl.
47 year old Michael Eric Justin was sentenced in Logan County Common Pleas Court to eight years in prison without the possibility of early release. Justin must also register as a Tier III sex offender for life.
The man was arrested in February after a 15 year old girl reported a rape while Justin was giving the teenager a driving lesson. Justin will be on five years post release control after his release.
The Bellefontaine Police Department is continuing to ask for help locating two missing teenagers from Bellefontaine.
According to the Police Department's Facebook page:
The first person is 16 year old Cayde Neeley, white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
The second person is 17 year old Emily Goodwin, white female. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She has blond hair with brown eyes.
They were reported missing last week, and anyone with information on where these two missing persons may be, please call Det. Salyer or Det. Kenner at the Bellefontaine Police department 937-599-1010.
The bodies of two young adults were found over the weekend in Marion.
According to information from the Marion Police Department, their deaths are being investigated as a murder/suicide.
The two were in their early 20's, and they were found in a home on the west side of Marion after officers were asked to check on their welfare.
The investigation is ongoing.
The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office has said the case against the superintendent of the Indian Lake School District will go to a grand jury.
The gross sexual imposition charge against 52 year old Patrick O’Donnell was dismissed in the Bellefontaine Municipal Court so the case can be presented to the grand jury.
O’Donnell is accused of inappropriately touching the female victim over a period of three years. The girl is now 13 years old.
An East Liberty plant announced plans to expand.
WPKO Radio reported that the Midwest Express expansion will bring in 147 new jobs over the next four months.
Groundbreaking is expected to take place in August om conjunction with the company's 30 year anniversary.
It was busy weekend for law enforcement agencies in Wyandot County.
The Upper Sandusky Police Department and Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office conducted numerous traffic stops leading to charges.
According to a report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, a man from the state of Washington is facing charges following a crash. Michael A. Goines is facing charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. A stolen handgun and $10,000 in cash were seized from his vehicle. His vehicle was impounded. Goines won 25 million dollars in the Washington lottery in the summer of 2016.
Several people were charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated following traffic stops.
According to the reports, Tracey Slater, Aaron Hollanshead, both of Upper Sandusky and Dean Harmon, of Fostoria, were each charged following separate traffic stops.
In addition, 18 year old Kody Sherman, 18 year old Kayla Morehart and 20 year old Mikal Rapp, were each charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol following a weekend traffic stop.
A Pennsylvania man is facing charges following a traffic stop conducted by Upper Sandusky police.
According to that report, Charles Buko was charged with obstructing official business, possession of hashish and possession of marijuana.
The traffic stop was made on U.S. 23 at the State Route 53 exit.
Two West Virginia women are facing drug related charges following another traffic stop conducted by Upper Sandusky police.
According to the report, Jillian Spurlock was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of heroin, possession of marijuana and possession of drug abuse instruments.
Fiasili Bartran was charged with possession of a dangerous drug and possession of drug abuse instruments.
An Upper Sandusky man was injured in a two vehicle crash Sunday.
According to the report from the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office, 22 year old Clayton Hall, of Upper Sandusky was driving south on State Route 231 when a car driven by 62 year old Rebecca Stetson, of Tiffin, drove from a stop sign on County Highway 330 into his path. The resulting collision caused heavy damage occurred to both vehicles, and Hall was transported to Wyandot Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.
Stetson was cited for failure to yield.
The Findlay Post of the Ohio State Patrol released results for the OVI checkpoint held in Findlay this past Saturday night.
According to a release, 629 vehicles came through the checkpoint and were checked. Of those vehicles, seven were diverted for further investigation. Four drivers were found to be impaired. All of the drivers were charged with operating a vehicle while impaired. In addition, two individuals were charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Officers from the Findlay Police Department, Deputies from the Hancock CO. Sheriff’s Office and Troopers from the Findlay Post participated in the checkpoint.
Local law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists not to drive while under the influence.
The 17 year old Ely Serena, who is accused of shooting two people in the January 20th West-Liberty Salem Shooting Incident has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
WPKO radio reports that Serena’s attorney has filed three motions alongside the plea in Champaign County Common Pleas Court. The first was to transfer the motion back to juvenile court. The second, to suppress statement and evidence from the teen’s interrogation with law enforcement. The third, to authorize a forensic psychologist to have access to Serena in the Central Ohio Youth Center located in Marysville.
Serena was indicted on 13 counts by a Grand Jury on June 13th. A judge ruled that the case would be heard in common pleas court earlier this month. Serena remains in custody on a million dollar bond.
The radio station reports that victim Logan Cole, age 17, continues to recover.
The city of Findlay has a new Chief of Police.
WFIN Radio reports that John Dunbar has been appointed as the Chief mayor Lydia Mihalik announced Friday.
Dunbar has been serving for 25 years, and spent the last seven of those years as a lieutenant in the force. He has been acting as the Chief since the retirement of former Chief Greg Horne.
The Wyandot County Young Professionals are putting on the 4th annual 12 hour music festival known as Wyanstock.
The Daily Chief Union reports that the event is loaded with bands, food vendors, contests, and much more.
The $7 admission fee goes to help the Wyandot County Young Professionals Alliance scholarship fund, and to help fund other projects.
The group is looking to expand into Wyandot County high schools.
The event is set for July 1st, starting at 12 noon at the Wyandot County Fairgrounds.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Findlay Police Department and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, announced today an OVI checkpoint will be held from 9 p.m. to 2 a. m. tonight (June 24), on Main Street, in the City of Findlay, Hancock County.
The OVI checkpoints, funded by federal grant funds, is planned to deter and intercept impaired drivers.
The checkpoints will also be held in conjunction with nearby saturation patrols to aggressively combat alcohol-related injury and fatal crashes.
If you plan to consume alcohol, designate a driver or make other travel arrangements before you drink. Don’t let another life be lost for the senseless and selfish act of getting behind the wheel impaired.
A new police chief has been named in Upper Sandusky.
The Daily Chief-Union reported that Captain Dan Ross, who has been chief since the April 28 retirement of David Olds, accepted the job during a special safety committee meeting this week.
He is a 22 year veteran of the force.
A Logan County church was destroyed by a gas explosion this (Thursday) afternoon.
WPKO Radio reported that the explosion occurred at the Hi-Point Free Will Baptist Church at the corner of County Roads 11 and 18.
The Bellefontaine Fire Department was dispatched to the scene and was assisted by the West Liberty Fire Department.
A construction crew apparently struck a gas line, which ignited the church which then exploded.
There were no injuries.
The University of Northwestern Ohio is now enrolling adult students for its One-Night-a-Week Associate, Bachelor, and Master Degree programs for Fall Quarter. Classes start on September 11, 2017.
The Associate Degree in Business Administration one-night-a-week option will meet every Tuesday evening from 6:00pm – 10:00pm and can be completed in just 8 quarters.
For interested working adults, UNOH will be hosting an Open House event for those seeking more information on Tuesday, July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Student Commons Building on the UNOH campus.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
A Bluffton physician has been suspended from medical practice and surgery.
The Findlay Courier reported that Dr. James Gideon admitted to sexual misconduct with his patients dating back to September 2013.
The Medical Board of Ohio banned Gideon from his medical practice until a hearing can be held on the case.
The final vacant seat on the DeGraff Village Council was filled this week.
WPKO Radio reported that longtime resident Meggin Parker was approved at this week's council meeting by a final vote of 4-0 and was sworn into office.
DeGraff has a full council for the first time since April 18th.
The Hancock County Sheriff's Office and Findlay Police Department will hold a Coffee with a Cop event Friday.
The event gives citizens to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know officers in the community.
It will be held Friday June 23 from 9 to 11am at 114 E. Sandusky Avenue in Findlay.
Hancock County Authorities responded to a shooting Wednesday night in Fostoria.
According to the Findlay Courier, the incident took place in an alleyway between South Street and Tiffin Street in the city of Fostoria.
The paper reports that a LifeFlight Helicopter was called to the hospital that a man was transported after suffering a gunshot wound to the leg.
The condition of the victim’s injuries was not listed.
A Delaware man is facing multiple felonies
WPKO reports that 45 year old Charles Fogle cashed $800 in checks at Fields’ Grocery in West Mansfield last week.
The checks reportedly were from his father’s account, which is closed.
Fogle was charged with two counts of forgery, and two felony theft counts, and was transported to the Logan County Jail.
The Hancock County Commissioners approved a payment to move upgrades to the Blanchard River in Findlay a step closer.
WFIN reported that the commissioners approved a $650,000 payment to the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District to pay Stantec Engineering for design work.
Stantec hopes to finish some design work by early next year and construction could start soon after.
The Hancock County Grand Jury returned indictments against two Findlay men.
The Findlay Courier reported that 46 year old Eric Brown was indicted on two counts of trafficking in heroin and one count of trafficking in cocaine and 33 year old Cutler Batchelor was indicted on one count of trafficking in cocaine.
A Bellefontaine Man was arrested after trespassing at a Honda Plant in East Liberty.
WPKO Radio reports that 31 year old Dusty Penrose climbed a fence, after his mother, who works at the plant, reported for her shift.
He was detained by plant security until officers responded around 5:20 on Tuesday.
Penrose told deputies he was hearing voices, and was being chased by an armed man, according to the report.
He was transported to the Logan County Jail, where he is being held on crimnial trespass charges.
A project to replace the bridge deck on the Bentley Road bridge over I-75, Bluffton, will require two overnight closures of I-75 this week.
I-75 northbound under the Bentley Road overpass will close from 10 tonight to 6 Friday morning and I-75 southbound under the Bentley Road overpass will close from 10 Friday night to 6 Saturday morning.
Through traffic will be maintained utilizing the I-75 exit and entrance ramps at Bentley Road (exit 140). Northbound motorists must exit I-75 at Bentley Road, then re-enter I-75 from Bentley Road.
Left turns onto Bentley Road from I-75 northbound will still be prohibited due to construction.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reports that the Logan County Highway Department will be conducting bridge repairs on County Road 17 between State Route 720 and County Road 52.
The repairs are slated to begin on Wednesday morning and is set to wrap up June 29th, weather dependent.
Motorists should find alternate routes during this time.
WFIN radio reports that an injury accident occurred in Findlay.
26 year old Randy Smith was operating a vehicle in 500 block of Broad Ave. He traveled left of center and struck Sara Robinson’s vehicle traveling northbound.
Robinson was transported via LifeFlight Helicopter to St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo.
Smith was cited for driving a lane violation, and driving under suspension. Police were assisted at the scene by the Findlay Fire Department, Hanco Ambulance, Mac and Bob’s Towing and R & A Towing.
A Findlay man charged with rape avoided a jury trial by pleading guilty to lesser charges this week in Hancock County Common Pleas Court.
WFIN Radio reported that 55 year old Rodolfo Sierra was convicted on one count each of gross sexual imposition and sexual battery stemming from a sexual assault dating back to May of 2016.
Judge Reginald Routson then sentenced Sierra to 71 months in prison.
Assistant Prosecutor Steve Powell said the plea bargain means the victim in the case will not have to her attacker while Sierra spends serious time in prison.
17 year old Jasmine Lewis and 18 year old Tatianna Freeman will be tried as adults in connection to the shooting death of Jeffrey Brentlinger the Bellefontaine Examiner reports.
Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart now has the ability to take the case to a Logan county grand jury for trial.
They are two of five Lima citizens charged in the November 24th shooting, and were 17 when the crime was committed.
The Union County Prosecutor's Office and the Union County Sexual Assault Response Team will be hosting the 5th annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" event on Friday.
It is an international event held to bring awareness and support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
According to a release from Union County Prosecutor David Phillips, in 2016, nearly 250 victims of relationship violence were served by the Victims of Crime Program.
Participants in the Friday night walk will travel through the streets of Marysville during the popular City of Marysville's Uptown Friday Nights. Registration will be begin at 6pm at Partner's Park. The walk will start at seven. It is free, and all are welcome to walk in support of this cause.
The Wyandot County Mayor's breakfast meeting was held Tuesday morning.
The Daily Chief-Union newspaper reported that the featured speaker was Jeff Ritchey, Wyandot County Director of Environmental Health. He spoke to the elected officials about the dangers of mosquitoes such as West Nile virus and Zika diseases they may carry.
He urged residents to use personal protection such as repellants, long sleeve shirts and pants and to take extra precautions when out at dawn or dusk.
Ritchey also informed the group that traps have been set in Upper Sandusky, Carey and Sycamore to catch mosquitoes so they can be tested for diseases.
A 17 year old Lakeview resident was injured after being struck by a car that then fled the scene Tuesday night.
The Bellefontaine Examiner reported that Donald A. McCombs was walking east with a friend along the right side of County Road 13 when a car approached from behind them. The vehicle's side mirror struck McCombs left shoulder. The car, described as a dark colored newer model Honda CR-V was being operated by an older, balding man. They say he turned around in a driveway and drove by them again before heading off to the west. McCombs was transported to Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine for treatment of injuries.
The incident remains under investigation.
Bond has been set for a 17 year old suspect charged in connection with the shooting at West Liberty-Salem School back in January.
WPKO Radio reported that the judge in the case set bond at one million dollars for Ely Serna, who appeared in Champaign County Juvenile Court this (Wednesday) morning. Serna chose to waive a probable cause hearing that was scheduled today. He faces 13 charges including two counts of attempted murder and three counts of felonious assault. Two students were injured in the shootings. The most serious was 17 year old Logan Cole who continues to recover.
A 16 year old boy died in a shooting Tuesday night in Lima.
WLIO reported that the shooting occurred at an apartment in the 900 block of West Wayne Street.
Lima Police were called to the scene where they found the boy collapsed in the intersection of Collett and North Streets. He was taken to St. Rita's Medical Center where he died a short time later.
No names have been released as the incident is still under investigation.