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10/29/14 – 5:20 A.M.

A Rhode Island man accused of human trafficking was recently arrested in Fostoria. The Providence Journal reports 25-year-old Terrance Dudley was one of three men accused of forcing a 17-year-old girl into prostitution. He has since been returned to Rhode Island to face charges.

Investigators say Dudley and two others took pictures of the girl to post on the internet, and sold her to five men before police were able to recover her.

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10/29/14 – 5:13 A.M.

An appeals court will rule on whether Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers could smell marijuana on a man who was arrested on drug charges in Findlay last November. The Courier reports The 3rd District Court of Appeals in Lima heard arguments from Trenton Shuttlesworth’s lawyer yesterday. Shuttlesworth was found with more than 1,000 oxycodone pills during a traffic stop. However, he didn’t have marijuana in the car.

Hancock County Judge Reginald Routson has already ruled it was highly unlikely Sgts. Michael Walter and Kurt Beidelschies could smell pot on Shuttlesworth. Attorney Dennis McNamara said there was no way they could smell marijuana in about six seconds of standing upwind of his client.

Shuttlesworth told investigators the oxycodone pills had been stored next to pot in a Toledo house.

A ruling will come at a later date.

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10/29/14 – 5:00 A.M.

The trial of a Fostoria man accused of being complicit in a fatal Memorial Day fire continued Tuesday. The Review-Times reports several more people took the stand to testify for the prosecution, and a key piece of video evidence was shown. During Schaeffer’s police interrogation, he admitted he had feelings for Shey Weiker. Because of that he told her how to use a road flare because it wouldn’t leave fingerprints.

Weiker has already pleaded guilty to starting the fire that killed two people and injured another person. One of the people killed was Daniel Marker Jr., who Weiker had accused of raping her son.

An investigator for the Ohio Fire Marshall’s Office also testified about the evidence. Frank Reitmer said that if it hadn’t been for witness testimony they may never have found out what started the blaze. He added that flares burn until there is nothing left.

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10/28/14 – 10:55 A.M.

After more than 30 years working for Hancock County, Butch Bycynski will call it quits at the end of the week. The director of the Hancock County Job and Family Services agency was honored by the county commissioners today.

While the focus was on Bycynksi’s work, he said the credit goes to his staff…

Audio: Butch Bycynski

Bycynski started as the interim director of the agency in 2011. He said one of the big changes since then has been the collaboration between area counties…

Audio: Butch Bycynski

Bycynski won’t be taking it easy in retirement. He says he plans to volunteer more with Habitat for Humanity and area schools.

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10/28/14 – 5:23 A.M.

Four people were hurt in a crash near Fostoria Sunday afternoon. The State Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just before 2 p.m. on State Route 12, east of the city.

77-year-old Harlene Wood of Findlay was driving west on Route 12 when she tried to turn left into a private driveway. She pulled into the path of a car driven by 50-year-old Anna Delarosa of Van Buren. The collision sent Delarosa’s car left of center, where it struck a pickup truck hauling a boat driven by 45-year-old Robert Lippert of Fostoria.

Delarosa and two passengers were taken to ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. A passenger in Wood’s car was also treated for minor injuries. Wood was cited for failure to yield the right of way.

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10/28/14 – 5:13 A.M.

The State Highway Patrol has released the details of a recent drug bust on I-75 in Findlay. Troopers pulled over a car for speeding in the southbound lanes near State Route 12 last Friday night. A drug dog alerted on the car, and inside troopers found 503 oxycodone pills in a resealed candy bag. The estimated value of the drugs was more than $12,000.

20-year-old Tonyetta Thomas of Southfield, Michigan was taken into custody. She’s been charged with possession of a schedule II drug.

 

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10/28/14 – 5:07 A.M.

The first day of a Fostoria arson trial was full of activity. The Review-Times reports the jury was seated, opening statements were given, and several witnesses testified in the case against 45-year-old Charles Schaeffer. Schaeffer is charged with complicity to aggravated arson, complicity to aggravated murder, complicity to murder and complicity to attempted murder in a May fire that killed two people on Poplar Street.

During opening statements, the prosecution argued that Schaeffer knew Shey Weiker was agitated on the night of the fire, and that giving her a railroad flare was the same as giving her a can of gasoline. The defense said that Weiker was trying to bring Schaeffer down with her and that she had already lied to police.

Weiker took the stand for the state. During her testimony, she said she was upset after she learned Marker had “raped” her son. She added that Schaeffer told her, “flares don’t leave fingerprints.”

Timothy Hall also testified, saying he tried saw Weiker come out of Schaeffer’s home with a flare on the night of the crime, and tried to talk her our of starting the fire. He also admitted he got rid of evidence.

The case is scheduled to continue today.

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10/27/14 – 7:14 A.M.

After spiking in the middle of the month, gas prices are back under $3.00 a gallon. Ohiogasprices.com reports the statewide average for regular is $2.93. That’s down from $3.09 last Monday.

Locally prices have dropped below the $2.90 a gallon mark for the most part. The average price in Findlay was $2.89 a gallon this morning. Drivers in Ottawa reported prices at $2.84.

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10/27/14 – 6:48 A.M.

A Hancock County woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash. The Findlay Police Department reports the collision happened in the 400 block of Bright Road around 4:15 p.m.

67-year-old Sharon Robson was driving north when another car driven by 17-year-old Zoe Houdeshell of Findlay turned left in front of her. Robson was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital for treatment of her injuries. Houdeshell was cited for failing to yield while making a left turn.

 

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